Douglas County Schools Superintendent Trent North announced Monday a new format for Board of Education meetings that will include a dedicated work session meeting and a voting meeting each month. The announcement is welcome news for many taxpayers who have for years wanted to see more transp…

Earlier this year, we urged voters to pass a new Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) to provide money to improve conditions for our children and their teachers, and voters did so overwhelmingly on March 1.

When Kali Boatright said that because Douglas County is so close to Atlanta, "we kind of get cast into the shadow of what Atlanta is," she nailed it. Douglas County does have something of a problem standing out in the sea of sprawl that is Atlanta.

As Douglasville and Douglas County's leaders look for ways to make our community an even better place to live, work and play, we want to applaud two college students who are products of the Douglas County School System for doing their part.

The Douglas County Board of Education is asking voters to pass a new 1-cent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) during early voting going on now and when they go to the polls March 1 to also vote in the presidential primaries.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Douglas County Sentinel questioned the local legislative delegation, considered their local focus, voting record, understanding of the job, accessibility and effectiveness and rated each elected official. The grades are the opinion of the editorial board of this newspaper,…

March 16-22 is Sunshine Week not only in Georgia, but all across the country. Newspapers like the Sentinel, and columnists like me, will attempt to stress the importance of open meetings, open records and transparency in government.

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When it comes to reporting the news, the aim of this newspaper is to be fair and report all the news. Opinions differ on whether our mission has been achieved. With that mission in mind — after taking one area group to the woodshed — it is now time to give them an ”attaboy.”

A 23.74 percent property tax increase will be coming to residents in the county portion of tax bills after a Tuesday vote by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners to increase the millage rate from 9.9 mills to 12.25 mills.