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 (1,915 beds), including the nationally recognized Medical College of Georgia, 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. Sandersville 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 Sandersville 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 Sandersville 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
Sandersville 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
Augusta State University (706) 737-1400
Augusta, GA—50-minute drive
Georgia College & State University (478) 453-5151
Milledgeville, GA—50-minute drive
Medical College of Georgia (706) 722-9011
Augusta, GA—50-minute drive
Paine College (706) 795-7151
Augusta, GA—50-minute drive
Georgia Military College (706) 793-8577
Augusta, GA—50-minute drive
HOPE scholarship is a comprehensive scholarship program assisting with education opportunities. The HOPE scholarship has awarded over $863 million and has enabled 426,600 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.
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. Come Away Plantation is a hunting preserve and conference center in Warren County that will accommodate both business and pleasure. Call 706-465-3292 for rates and availability.
Over 20 golf courses, both public and private, are accessible within a short drive.
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.
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 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.
(1/17/11) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March begins at 10 a.m. at the Community Services Building and ends at the Warren Co. Court House where the program will be held. Then, the march moves back to the Community Services Building for a reception.
FIRST SATURDAY (3/5/11) Our 7th Annual March Hare Affair 5K + 10K & Fun Run begins at 10AM in front at the Depot Welcome Center.* Registration begins at 9AM, Fun Run begins at 9:30AM, 5K at 10AM, & 10K at 11AM.. Registration is $20, which includes a t-shirt to first 40.
Pre-register @ active.com or EventsInWarrenCountyGa.org
FIRST SATURDAY (4/2/11) Camak Railroad Days in Camak, GA. For more information go to www.camaksrailroaddays.com
(4/2/11) Blue Devil Bash at Warrenton Cultural Center, 6-11:30 p.m. Tickets $15 available by calling 706-465-0914 or 706-829-1694
SECOND & FOURTH THURSDAY (4/14/11, 4/28/11) Concert at the Depot *. Live music from 6:30-8:30PM at the Depot. Food vendors may also be available. Rain location: Cultural Center on S. Gibson. Band list @ EventsInWarrenCountyGA.org.
(5/2-5/3/11) ACT presents “Improv @ the CC”, Warrenton Cultural Center, 7 p.m.
(5/6/11) @ 6pm-12am: Relay For Life of Warren County to be held In City Park, South Norwood Street, Warrenton, GA.
FIRST SATURDAY (5/7/11) 7th Annual Cycle Tour & Fun 1-mile Ride begins at 8AM at the Depot *. Registration is $20. 12, 26, 50 and 100 mile routes.
Pre-register @ active.com or EventsInWarrenCountyGa.org
SECOND & FOURTH THURSDAY (5/12/11, 5/26/11) Concert at the Depot. Live music from 6:30-8:30PM at the Depot. Food vendors may also be available. Rain location: Cultural Center on S. Gibson. Band list @ EventsInWarrenCountyGA.org.
THIRD TUESDAY (5/17/11) The Chorus presents “Spring Tune-Up”, Barbershop & Women’s Ensembles. Location & Time TBA.
SECOND WEEKEND (5/12-5/14/11) Gunn/Stewart Trail Ride Call Jimmy Stewart at 706.465.3847 for information.
FIRST SATURDAY (6/4/11) 7th Annual Art on Main: Fine Art Sale to be held on Courthouse Square, and includes a juried competition. Cash prizes awarded to First, Second, and Third Overall, plus People’s Choice. Artist must be pre-approved, registered and have an exhibit to participate. No kits allowed….only original FINE artwork.. Fee: $20.Deadline: May 29th. Register at EventsInWarrenCountyGA.org.
FIRST SATURDAY (7/2/11) 5th Annual Patriotic Parade & Park Party in downtown Warrenton. Classic cars,children and Veterans encouraged to participate.City sidewalk sales.Parade at 10AM.Pie Bake-Off and watermelon eating, in City Park..
(7/2/11-7/11/11) 3nd Annual Tennis Tourney. Competition begins after the Patriotic Parade & Pie Bake-Off. Singles, Doubles & Mixed Doubles. Register by June 25th. $20 fee. Register @ EventsInWarrenCountyGA.org.
FIRST SATURDAY (8/6/11) 8th Annual Back Roads & Bikes Charity Ride with Poker Run begins at 11:30AM with registration at 10:30AM at the Depot*. $20 per bike & $5 per hand. 50/50 drawing and other prizes.
FIRST SATURDAY (9/3/11) 8th Annual Kid’s Day is held at the Depot beginning at 10AM. Fun for kids of all ages: rides, shows and other treats. It includes Main Street Read, with the library book sale, literary characters & reading FUN!
THIRD WEEKEND (9/16-17/11) Gunn/Stewart Trail Ride Call Jimmy Stewart at 706.465.3847 for information.
(10/8/11) 4th Annual Fiddles & Vittles: Music & Food Fest at the Depot. Begins at 10AM. Live music from Depot stage & food vendors lining South Norwood Street. Register at EventsInWarrenCountyGA.org.
(10/11/11) 6th Annual Evening of ...Opera by The Chorus at 7PM. “Comedy of Arias”. Reception following. Ticketed. LOL :)
Date TBA (Call 706.465.9604 for more info) Farm/City Tour of an industry and a farm in Warren County. Bus leaves Community Services Center at 9:00AM. Lunch is provided. RSVP 706-465-2136
(11/3/11) ACT presents their fall production at the Warrenton Cultural Center at 7 p.m.
SECOND SATURDAY (11/12/11) 18th Annual Sportsmans Festival in the Warrenton City Park Area. Fishing & Hunting vendors, kid’s carnival, exhibits & demonstrators, car Cruise-in, free health fair, turkey shoot & big buck contest and the best festival food around. Something for the ladies, too. Fun for the entire family! Held from 9AM-3PM. Special: LUMBERJACK SHOW!
Register at EventsInWarrenCountyGa.org
FIRST THURSDAY (12/1/11) 9th Annual Hometown Christmas brings cheer from 5pm till 9pm. Open Houses, Santa, hayride and carriage rides, Live Nativity, music and treats in the restaurants and Elves Bakery. The Warren County Garden Club will be holding their annual Lighting of the Tree of Honor at 5pm.
SECOND TUESDAY (12/13/11) The Chorus presents “Festival of Lessons & Carols” at Jewell Baptist Church, Jewell, GA at 7:00 p.m.
* Depot Welcome Center, 46 South Norwood Street, Warrenton, GA
Warrenton’s Super Saturdays give citizens and visitors an opportunity to stroll downtown Warrenton along the sidewalk and take advantage of all the spring sales of the businesses, as well as, treasures & trash of individuals who would like to reserve a space to sell their wares. To reserve a space along Main Street, contact the Hometown Warrenton, Inc. @ 706-465-9604. ^top `home
The Warren County Annual Martin Luther King Day Service is held on MLK Day at the Warren County Community Services Bldg. Line-up for the march will begin at 9:45 a.m. with the march beginning at 10 a.m. The program will begin immediately after the march. For more information, please contact, Betty Reese at 706-465-2869. ^top `home
March Hare Affair 5K & Fun Run is held the first Saturday of March each year. Registration begins in front of the Warren County Court House at 9:00 a.m., and the run begins promptly at 10:00a.m. The route travels through the neighborhoods of Warrenton, and it finishes in front of the Court House where we will gather for awards (trophies and ribbons) and door prizes. There are many divisions for male and female, and they are 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over, and wheelchair. Contact the Warren County Chamber of Commerce @ 706-465-9604 for more information.
Railroad Days is an annual event that takes place in Camak, Georgia around the Camak City Hall and the Camak Firehouse on the first Saturday in April. The festival offers historic railroad memorabilia, arts and crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, a turn of the century church service and much more. A good time for all ages. Call Camak City Hall for festival or vendor information at 706-465-2332. ^top `home
The Concerts at the Depot are held during the months of April and May each year. It is an outdoor concert from 6:00-8:00 in the evening. Everyone is invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Bring dinner and drinks, let the children play in the park and take it easy for a couple of hours while you listen to a variety of music. ^top `home
The Cycle Tour is held the first Saturday in May each year. Registration for the ride will be in the Warren County Court House from 7:30am – 8:00am, with a pre-ride briefing at 8:00am. There are three different routes with various lengths (12, 26, & 50 mile routes). The rides will finish in front of the Warren County Court House. Contact the Warren County Chamber of Commerce @ 706-465-9604 for more information. ^top `home
The Gunn / Stewart Trail Ride is a two-day trail ride including horses and wagons. A dinner and dance is held on Saturday night. Camping area is provided in the pecan orchard and surrounding area of the Gunn Family Farm. For more information on this event, contact Jimmy Stewart @ 706-465-3847. ^top `home
Art on Main is an annual event held the first Saturday in June. The day will feature several artists and designers displaying their original work for show and for sale. A variety of work will be showcased for all art enthusiasts, including stone sculptures, floor cloths, stained glass, oil paintings, floral designs, pottery, ceramics, quilts, and plein aire. Bring your children to town for a coloring and artistic time of fun. ^top `home
The Patriotic Parade is held the first Saturday in July. Other family events are held that day including a pie baking contest, and free watermelon in the park for those in attendance. ^top `home
The Backroads & Bikes Charity Poker Run is an annual event held the first Saturday in August. This day is for motorcycle enthusiasts, who would like to ride country roads and enjoy the scenic views. Bikers may register that morning from 10:00a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Warren County Courthouse. The 40 - 70-mile ride will begin at 11:00a.m. sharp. All participants will meet back at the Courthouse for prizes. Contact the Warren County Chamber of Commerce @ 706-465-9604 for more information. ^top `home
The Relay for Life Cancer Walk is conducted in downtown Warrenton at the Warrenton City Park. The event starts on a Friday night at 6:00 PM with a Survivor Lap and at 9:30 a luminary service is conducted. The walk will continue until 6:00 AM, Saturday. At the conclusion of the Walk there will be a breakfast. This event is sponsored by the American Cancer Society. Call Louise Hadden for more information @ 706-465-9604. ^top `home
The Warren County Farm City Tour is a bus tour of selected local farm and businesses or industries in Warren County. The bus tour is sponsored by the Warren County Chamber of Commerce, the Warren County Farm Bureau and the Warren County Extension Office. People going on the bus tour will meet at the Community Services Building for biscuits at 9:00 AM board the bus for the tour at 9:30 AM. A picnic lunch is provided in the pecan orchard beside the County Extension office. The tour concludes around 1:30 PM. Contact the Warren County Chamber of Commerce at 706-465-9604 or the County Extension office at 706-465-2136 for more information. ^top `home
The Sportsman's Festival, another anticipated annual tradition, takes place in downtown Warrenton and includes commercial vendors, carnival rides, hunting exhibits, foods of all kinds, a car cruise in, turkey shoot, big buck contest, free health fair, and musical entertainment. Tickets are sold for prizes that are given away that day. These tickets can be purchased in advance at Miss Jane's Restaurant, Wheeler Hardware Store and the Warren County Chamber of Commerce for $1.00 each. Contact the Warren County Chamber of Commerce for more information @ 706-465-9604. ^top `home
The Lighting of the Tree of Honor takes place the first Thursday in December each year (during Hometown Christmas) in front of the historic Warren County Court House and is sponsored by the Warrenton Garden Club. Luminaries may be purchased from a Warrenton Garden Club member in honor or in memory of someone special. Anyone interested in this event can contact Babs Davis @ 706-465-2324 for more information. ^top `home
The Hometown Christmas on the first Thursday in December each year. Local restaurants serve dinner and downtown shops will be open for business to complete each and every shopping list while folks are swayed by the music permeating through the downtown streets. Cauldrons are set up within town roast marshmallows and horse drawn carriage rides tour visitors through the residential streets to view the holiday decorated homes. Sketch artists are on hand and photo opportunities abound in the charming downtown. Santa will be meeting and having pictures with all of the children in his workshop located on Main Street. The art gallery and museum, located in the Warren County Court House, will have items for sale including Warren County History Books, Warren County Plates, and prints of the Warren County Court House and Theater, the old Warrenton School House, and the Warren County Collage. Come on out and share in the Christmas spirit. Enjoy the self-guided tour of the town and pick up a few Christmas gifts along the way. Contact the Warren County Chamber of Commerce @ 706-465-9604 for more information. ^top `home
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 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: 7%
State Property tax rate: 0.25%
Typical local tax rates:
|Unincorporated County Rate:||State||0.25|
| ||School Bond||2.50|
| ||Total Unincorporated rate||31.40|
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.