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Meris Lutz

Local government reporter

Meris Lutz covers Cobb County politics and community news for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Before joining the AJC, she worked at the Marietta Daily Journal, and previously covered the Middle East for the Los Angeles Times and others. She graduated from Emory University.

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Cobb government to close early, open late due to possible snow
 Cobb County government is closing early Tuesday and opening late Wednesday in anticipation of freezing weather and possible snow. Government buildings, including libraries, will close at 6 p.m. this evening and open at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. The decision was made in an effort to reduce travel time on potentially dangerous roads. The transportation...

Posted: 51 minutes ago

Cobb County government is closing early Tuesday and opening late Wednesday in anticipation of freezing weather and possible snow. Government buildings, including libraries, will close at 6 p.m. this evening and open at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning. The decision was made in an effort to reduce travel time on potentially dangerous roads. The transportation...
Atlanta opens additional warming center as first fills up
 The city of Atlanta said it would open an additional emergency warming center Sunday as temperatures struggled to rise above the 30s.  The city announced it would open the Central Park Recreation Center at 4 p.m. after the Old Adamsville center reached capacity. It’s been an unusually cold January for Atlanta. The cold is...

Posted: 2 days ago

The city of Atlanta said it would open an additional emergency warming center Sunday as temperatures struggled to rise above the 30s.  The city announced it would open the Central Park Recreation Center at 4 p.m. after the Old Adamsville center reached capacity. It’s been an unusually cold January for Atlanta. The cold is...
Clayton police seek man wanted in teen’s death
 Clayton County police are seeking the public’s help in locating Dantae Lamar Jones, who is a suspect in the slaying of 17-year-old Jalen Camron of Riverdale. On Saturday evening, someone at the 100 block of Gristmill Court in Riverdale called the police and said they heard two pops followed by a banging at the rear door and a person...

Posted: 2 days ago

Clayton County police are seeking the public’s help in locating Dantae Lamar Jones, who is a suspect in the slaying of 17-year-old Jalen Camron of Riverdale. On Saturday evening, someone at the 100 block of Gristmill Court in Riverdale called the police and said they heard two pops followed by a banging at the rear door and a person...
Former Congressman Doug Barnard Jr.’s funeral set for Monday
 Former Augusta Congressman Doug Barnard Jr., who passed away last week at the age of 95, will be laid to rest Monday. Barnard, a banker and veteran, represented the 10th Congressional District from 1977 to 1993. The funeral is scheduled for Monday, January 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Augusta, according to an obituary...

Posted: 2 days ago

Former Augusta Congressman Doug Barnard Jr., who passed away last week at the age of 95, will be laid to rest Monday. Barnard, a banker and veteran, represented the 10th Congressional District from 1977 to 1993. The funeral is scheduled for Monday, January 15, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Augusta, according to an obituary...
$1 million grocery giveaway in Austell at ‘food insecurity’ event
 More than $1 million in groceries were distributed Sunday as part of an event in Austell to combat food insecurity.  According to the Georgia Food Bank Association, one in six Georgians are food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to adequate food.  Families and individuals in need are encouraged to stop by the Austell...

Posted: 2 days ago

More than $1 million in groceries were distributed Sunday as part of an event in Austell to combat food insecurity.  According to the Georgia Food Bank Association, one in six Georgians are food insecure, meaning they lack consistent access to adequate food.  Families and individuals in need are encouraged to stop by the Austell...
Family reacts to death of 24-year-old man found by highway
 The mother of a 24-year-old man whose body was found by the side of I-75 in Bartow County suspects foul play in her son’s death, according to Channel 2 Action News.  Mack Griggs' body was discovered Wednesday morning near exit 283 in Emerson. Family members said the coroner told them Griggs had sustained severe trauma to his face...

Posted: 2 days ago

The mother of a 24-year-old man whose body was found by the side of I-75 in Bartow County suspects foul play in her son’s death, according to Channel 2 Action News.  Mack Griggs' body was discovered Wednesday morning near exit 283 in Emerson. Family members said the coroner told them Griggs had sustained severe trauma to his face...
Sunny and cold weather expected throughout Sunday
 ATLANTA FORECAST:    Today: Sunny, with a high of 39 and a low of 18. “It may not feel quite as cold to you this afternoon because it’s just not going to be quite as windy,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said Sunday.   Monday: Temperatures could rise to 47 with a low of 26. Tuesday...

Posted: 2 days ago

ATLANTA FORECAST:    Today: Sunny, with a high of 39 and a low of 18. “It may not feel quite as cold to you this afternoon because it’s just not going to be quite as windy,” Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brian Monahan said Sunday.   Monday: Temperatures could rise to 47 with a low of 26. Tuesday...
PHOTOS: New Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center in East Cobb
 Cobb County celebrated the opening of the new Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center Tuesday in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by state and local representatives.  The 28,000-square foot facility is being billed as a unique facility with special sections for children and young adults, study rooms, recording studios, an art gallery...

Posted: 6 days ago

Cobb County celebrated the opening of the new Sewell Mill Library and Cultural Center Tuesday in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by state and local representatives.  The 28,000-square foot facility is being billed as a unique facility with special sections for children and young adults, study rooms, recording studios, an art gallery...
With latest purchases, Cobb brings new greenspace to 133 acres
 Cobb County has acquired two more parkland parcels, bringing the total greenspace purchased since last year to 133 acres for a cost of $10.5 million. Commissioners voted to finalize the purchase of the two adjacent plots on Anderson Road in West Cobb during their regular meeting Tuesday. The land is largely undeveloped woodland with...

Posted: 7 days ago

Cobb County has acquired two more parkland parcels, bringing the total greenspace purchased since last year to 133 acres for a cost of $10.5 million. Commissioners voted to finalize the purchase of the two adjacent plots on Anderson Road in West Cobb during their regular meeting Tuesday. The land is largely undeveloped woodland with...
Cobb seeks federal money for Sunday bus service
 Cobb County has submitted a proposal to the Atlanta Regional Commission for increased weekend bus service, including offering Sunday service for the first time. The request is one of many under consideration by the ARC, which is expected to finalize a $422 million transportation spending plan next year. ARC distributes federal transportation...

Posted: 19 days ago

Cobb County has submitted a proposal to the Atlanta Regional Commission for increased weekend bus service, including offering Sunday service for the first time. The request is one of many under consideration by the ARC, which is expected to finalize a $422 million transportation spending plan next year. ARC distributes federal transportation...
After net neutrality: Brace for internet ‘fast lanes’
 Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet “fast lanes” and “slow lanes.” The net neutrality rules just voted down by the Federal Communications Commission prohibited such “paid prioritization,” as it’s technically known. That&rsquo...

Posted: 21 days ago

Now that federal telecom regulators have repealed net neutrality, it may be time to brace for the arrival of internet “fast lanes” and “slow lanes.” The net neutrality rules just voted down by the Federal Communications Commission prohibited such “paid prioritization,” as it’s technically known. That&rsquo...