A three-seat Commission governs Warren County. The Commission Chairman is elected at large from the County. The other two commission seats are elected one from each of two districts. The City of Warrenton is the County seat. The Mayor, elected at large from the city, and a five member Council, elected by districts, governs it. The Towns of Norwood and Camak each have elected mayors and five member councils.
Warren County is located in a rural setting in East Central Georgia along Interstate 20 and adjacent to the Augusta MSA. There are three Warren County interchanges on this interstate.
There are seven major banks that serve the local area and contribute to the economic stability of Warren County.
Excellent hospital care, physician’s care, dental care, nursing home and assisted living options are offered in the area. The area also has various emergency care clinics, sports medicine clinics, physical therapy services, and hospice programs.
Within a 40-minute drive, there are five additional hospitals, including the nationally recognized Georgia Health Science University, which is the state’s health science university.
Warren County Emergency Services - 911
(This phone number reaches the dispatcher for the County Sheriff Dept.,
City Police Dept., Fire Dept., and EMS.)
Georgia Power Co.
Atlanta Gas Light Co
Wilhoit Gas Co.
866-620-6000 or 800-288-2020
Contact the Warrenton City Hall for water, sewer, and cable information - 706-465-3282
Offering educational opportunities to all residents is a priority of the leaders in Warren County. Listed below are descriptions of several options.
Warren County Headstart
Headstart is a readiness program for 3 and 4 year-olds. This program is housed in the newly built Warrenton Learning Center next to Warrenton City Hall.
WARREN COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM
Warren County School System became Georgia’s first Charter School in May 2009. The charter addresses leadership, fine arts, advanced academics, and vocational/career awareness tracks for K-12 and post secondary to provide a seamless career program. Every classroom has the interactive white boards and computers.
Mildred E. Freeman Elementary School – Title I-Distinguished School. Named a Georgia School of Excellence in 2004. The elementary school serves approximately 500 students from kindergarten to fifth grade. The average class size is twenty. Each class is equipped with computers connected to a central network, and software programs are used as an integral part of the curriculum. 706.465.3342 www.warren.k12.ga.us
Warren County Middle School – Title I Distinguished School. Named a High Flying Middle School and featured on the Lou Dobbs Show. Also designated by Standard and Poor’s as one of ten Outperforming School Districts. The middle school serves approximately 200 students grades 6-8. Career awareness activities begin in middle school to prepare students for variety of opportunities afforded them in high school from dual enrollment to apprenticeships. 706.465.3742
Warren County High School – Received a grant in 2008 to construct and operate a Career Academy for Warren County. The high school serves approximately 250 students in grades 9-12 with a graduation rate of 73% (highest in our region). College preparatory and vocational/technical paths are offered. Oconee Fall Line Technical College offers dual enrollment classes as part of the daily curriculum for high school students. An apprenticeship program allows students to work in local businesses to apply academic learning to real world work experiences. There is also opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities from literary to athletics. Beginning in year 2010-21111, high school students will have the opportunity to attend the Warren County Career Academy and take classes with Oconee Fall Line Technical College and Augusta College & State University. 706.465.3742 www.warren.k12.ga.us
The academy is a fully accredited private school serving pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, and has students from Warren, McDuffie, Wilkes, Lincoln, Columbia, and Taliaferro Counties. An accelerated curriculum is provided for the college bound in an atmosphere emphasizing Christian family values. A variety of extra-curricular activities from literary to athletics are offered as well. 706-595-5641 www.briarwoodacademy.com.
Registration for Schools
Registration is available at each school. Requirements for registration are: birth certificate, Social Security card, and proof of required immunizations.
Housed in the Warrenton Learning Center beside Warrenton City Hall are adult classes provided by Oconee Fall Line Technical College. Classes provided range from adult literacy and preparing for the GED exam to computer training continuing education classes.
Higher educational opportunities, including 2 and 4-year colleges,
Universities and technical colleges are available in the area.
(Location, phone number, & distance from Warrenton/Warren County)
Augusta Technical College (706) 771-4000
Augusta, GA—50-minute drive
Augusta Technical College Thomson Campus (706) 595-0166
Thomson, GA—15-minute drive
Georgia College & State University (478) 453-5151
Milledgeville, GA—50-minute drive
Georgia Regents University
Augusta, GA - 50-minute drive
www.gru.edu - www.aug.edu/archive.php - www.georgiahealth.edu/archive.html
Oconee Fall Line Technical College (478) 553-2050
Sandersville, GA—45-minute drive
Sandersville Technical College Sparta Campus (478) 553-2149
Sparta, GA—25-minute drive
University of Georgia (706) 542-3000
Athens, GA—65-minute drive
Paine College (706) 821-8200
Augusta, GA—50-minute drive
Georgia Military College (478) 387-4900
Augusta, GA—50-minute drive
HOPE scholarship is a comprehensive scholarship program assisting with education opportunities. The HOPE scholarship has enabled thousands of Georgia students to attend public colleges, universities and technical schools free or to receive partial tuition to a private college or university.
Eligibility for the scholarship is determined by grade point average (3.0 on a 4.0 scales), and to continue receiving the scholarship the student just maintain that grade point average. www.gacollege411.org
Warren County’s quality of life is exceptional! It is a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.
Numerous hunt clubs offer hundreds of acres, catering to those who enjoy this sport.
Fishing, Camping, Boating, Skiing
Warren County is filled with lakes and streams for these activities, including the RV Campground, Rocky Comfort Plantation. Call 706-465-1113 for further information. Warren County is conveniently located in close proximity to Clarkshill Lake, Lake Oconee, and Lake Sinclair.
A variety of State Parks are within a short driving distance, including Hamburg State Park, Alexander Stephens State Park, and Mistletoe State Park.
The Gunn/Stewart Trail Ride, which takes place twice a year, is a two-day ride through the countryside and attracts over 1000 riders from miles around. For more information, call 706-465-3847.
In addition to local school athletics, the City of Warrenton Recreation Department offers programs for the youth in the area. Within a convenient drive, professional and semi-professional games are enjoyable family sporting events to attend. Running, Cycling and Tennis events are held on an annual basis.
The Warren County Area Children’s Theater (ACT) has performances each spring. Children from ages 8-18 audition in the fall of each year. Practices are after school weekly throughout the school year. The group has performed plays including A Night of Comedies, Big Bad, Romeo and Juliet, and Murder by the Book. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information.
Ballet, symphony, and theater production are also available with a short drive.
2012 MAJOR events
Wonderland ARTS Festival - March 2nd, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Racing down the rabbit hole to fund the ARTS of Wonderful Warren County
· March Hare Race (5K & 10K)
· Mock Turtle Soup & Chili Cook-Off
· White Rabbit Magic Show
· Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum Crafts n’ Fun
· Queen of Hearts Arts Exhibit
· Cheshire Cat Crafts Fest
· Mad Hatter’s Music Mash
· Alice’s Book Sale
Bikes Galore - May 4th, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Biking for Books…Leather meets Spandex
· Cycle Tour: Registration @ 7-8, Mass start @ 8
· Back Roads & Bikes: Registration starts @ 9, Ride starts @ 10
· Lunch @ Depot
· Raffles @ Depot Stage
· Helmets Required | Rest Stops Provided
PATRIOTIC DAYS - July 6th, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (8th-13th : Tennis)
Red melons, White Lines & Blue Ribbons
· Watermelon Eating
· Pie Bake-Off
· Kid’sCourt “Redneck Tennis” Fun
· Tennis Tourney begins
· Jr. Tennis Camp
· Tennis Tourney matches
Sportsman’s festival - November 9th, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Leave the woods and the lake for a day of FAMILY FUN!
· Big Buck Contest
· Turkey Shoot
· Live Entertainment
· Car Cruise-In around the square
· Hunting, Fishing, and Commercial Vendors & Exhibitors
· Kid’s Carnival, including rides, games and crafts
· Gun raffle & 50/50 raffle, and t-shirts @ Welcome Booth
Hometown Christmas - December 12th, 5-9 p.m.
Step back in time to enjoy a nostalgic evening with friends & family
· Annual Tree Lighting on Court House Square
· Open Houses in the downtown shops
· Candlelight Suppers in the downtown restaurants
· Carriage Rides & Hayrides
· Elves Bakery & Garden Clubs Grits
· Cauldrons for roasting marshmallows
· Handicrafters onsite, when available
Warren County is full of history with a number of historic homes and places of interest. The Warren County Chamber of Commerce/Welcome Center is located in the historic East Warrenton Depot. The Museum of Cultural History, located in the same facility, includes items significant to Warren County history. Adjacent to the Chamber of Commerce is the historic Knox Theater, which is currently being restored.
Many more historical sites and interesting stories can be found in Warren County. The Warren County Historical Driving Brochure is available at the Warren County Chamber of Commerce/Welcome Center. Some interesting areas to see are:
The Warren County Library has many genealogical records and historical artifacts, including the mill Branch Indian Artifact display.
The Burkhalter Home was the first colonial house in Warren County. During the Revolutionary War, Lafayette spent several nights being nursed back to health.
Several stagecoach stops from the colonial days are found in Warren County including the Old Stagecoach Inn.
Norwood is also known as the “Birthplace of Rural Free Delivery”.
Beall Springs, a natural spring, was once a resort at the turn of the century. Legends report that the spring water restored good health to those who drank it.
The Ogeechee River Mill has been in operation since 1826 and still grinds corn like it did many years.
Jewell, a National Historical District, has the distinction of lying in two counties with homes built on either side of the river.
Little Briar Church is the oldest church in the County, established in 1777. It is also the fourth Baptist Church organized in Georgia.
Warren County has a number of civic clubs that are active in the community, including the Warrenton Kiwanis Club, Burkhalter Chapter - DAR, Masons, American Legion, Warren County Historical Society, Garden Clubs, the Senior Citizens Center, and the Warren County Chamber of Commerce. Events and programs, sponsored by these organizations are held throughout the year.
Georgia driver’s licenses can be obtained at the Community Service Building in Warrenton and on the 3rd Thursday of each month or weekdays at the Georgia State Patrol office in Thomson (706-465-2973). The license fee is approximately $15.00 and checks are not accepted.
Tags can be obtained at the Tag Commissioners office in Warren County Court House (706-465-2231).
Register to vote in Georgia and Warren County at the Warren County Board of Registrar’s Office at the Warren County Community Service Building on Warren Street (behind Citizens Bank and beside the County Library).
State and local sales and use taxes that apply to building materials,
machinery, installation labor and equipment: 8%
State Property tax rate: 0.20%
Typical local tax rates:
|Unincorporated County Rate:||State||0.20|
| ||School Bond||2.00|
| ||Total Unincorporated rate||32.60|
Assessment ratio for industrial property: 40% of the total value
Business Inventory Tax Rate:
The City and the County have 100% Freeport tax exemption.
Workers Compensation Rates: Companies that participate in the Warren County Chamber’s Drugs Don’t Work Program will receive a 7 ½ % discount on their workers compensation premiums.
State Income Tax: 6%
WELCOME TO WARREN COUNTY!!!
For additional assistance, contact the Warren County Chamber of Commerce.