Bud’s Benz repairs car shipped from Ireland

Bud's Benz

The fifteen member team at Bud’s Benz recently received an interior from a customer in Ireland to be restored. They took each part individually and repaired and upholstered them. The restored interior was then prepared for shipment back to Europe. They also restored a 1971 Mercedes SL engine that arrived from France. Latham is clearly…

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Ashton Harrison is Persistent in Pink

Ashton Harrison by her Miata.

Ashton Harrison is Persistent in Pink: By Chuck Palmer “I drove too fast as a teenager. I had three speeding tickets before I was 18 years old,” begins Ashton Harrison, Global MX-5 Cup Series race car driver and 2012 graduate of Villa Rica High School. Concerned with her safety, Ashton’s father, Bill Harrison, arranged for her…

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Good Samaritan helps refugees from Hurricane

refugees from Hurricane

Florida Tags, Gas, and Goodwill By Chuck PalmerYou wouldn’t think a license plate would make a difference. Don’t tell that to Jim Hall. As Hurricane Irma was bearing down on south Florida, Hall, a long time resident of Douglas County, noticed more and more vehicles with Florida tags at local gas stations and convenience stores.…

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Retail development planned for Highway 61

retail development

Huge new shopping development planned for Villa Rica: Kroger not part of the plans Recently the rumors about Kroger opening a store in Villa Rica began to swirl once again, especially on social media. Villa Rica News & Views contacted Kroger’s Atlanta headquarters, as well as Roy Martin from Sofran Partners, the company that is overseeing…

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DC Chamber Youth Leadership Douglas Summer Class Graduates

DC Chamber Youth Leadership

The Douglas County Chamber is pleased to announce the graduating students from the Youth Leadership Douglas (YLD) Summer 2017 program. These students are juniors that participated from Douglas County high schools and private schools. They were recognized at the Board of Education meeting held on Monday, August 22nd. Youth Leadership Douglas gives the students the…

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Ben’s Antiques & Market Relocates to Chapel Hill Road


Ben’s Antiques & Market CEO Ben Haverty, staff, customers, and Chamber representatives celebrated their upcoming grand opening by holding a DC Chamber Ribbon Cutting on August 23rd. Ben’s Antiques & Market is located at 9365 The Landing Drive next to Toys “R” Us in Douglasville. The official grand opening of the store is Saturday, August…

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Douglas County Commissioners Roll Back Property Millage Rate

With an unanimous vote, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners rolled back the property tax millage rate to accommodate for the increase in property values for 2017. The action took place during the Board’s regular voting session on Tuesday, August 15th. The value of land in Douglas County has risen over the past year as…

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Chuck Palmer joins News and Views

Chuck Palmer

Welcome, Chuck Palmer! We’re excited to welcome a new member to our team at News and Views. Chuck Palmer will be writing articles and helping develop content that appeals to our readers. Chuck is not a stranger to many in Douglas and Carroll counties. He taught for twenty years at Douglas County High School up…

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Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism – WGTC & Carroll County Partner

Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism

A Carroll County Prison inmate welds as part of a Welding & Joining Technology program taught at the prison by West Georgia Technical College.   Breaking the Cycle of Recidivism – Ten inmates at the Carroll County Prison are learning a skill while incarcerated they hope will lead to a career once they’re released. West Georgia…

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July is Parks and Recreation Month in Douglas County

Parks and Recreation Month

Since 1985, the US has celebrated July as the Nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. Created by the National Recreation and Park Association, this month specifically highlights the vital role local parks and recreation agencies, such as the Douglas County Parks and Recreation Department, play in conservation, health and wellness, and social equity efforts in…

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