CLEVELAND - The White County Board of Commissioners on Monday held a public hearing on the draft 2015 proposed budget for the county. <br />
The budget calls for $15.9 million in the general fund. <br />
Commission Chairman Travis Turner said the proposed plan is down $214,000 from the current budget. <br />
During the public hearing, commissioners heard a request for $3,000 in additional funding to assist the White County Public Library in purchasing needed books and materials. <br />
Nancy Duggan, with the group Friends of the White County Library, told the commissioners that the state is not providing funding for books anymore yet that is something that is needed. She said one-third of the county's population has a library card. <br />
Following a motion by Commissioner Craig Bryant, commissioners approved adding the money to the new budget. <br />
Commissioners will meet for another budget hearing, as well as possible approval, next Monday night. <br />
White County officials report a happy ending to an incident involving a third grade student at White County Intermediate School. The student was placed on the wrong bus and got off at the wrong location late Tuesday and was the object of a small search.
House Republican leaders rallied around one of their own, Whip Steve Scalise, on Tuesday after he said he regrets speaking 12 years ago to a white supremacist organization and condemns the views of such groups.
President Vladimir Putin's chief political foe was convicted along with his brother on Tuesday in a fraud case widely seen as a vendetta by the Kremlin, triggering one of Russia's boldest anti-government demonstrations in years.
Hall County commissioners plan to give final approval Thursday evening to a couple of items whose time has come: sidewalks along half-a-mile of Floyd Road and an updated Comprehensive Plan for Hall County to state officials in Atlanta.