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Senoia OK's new ethics regulations

The Senoia City Council Monday night approved an upgrade to the city’s ethics ordinance that addresses frivolous ethics complaints. The ordinance now includes a litmus test for potentially frivolous ethics violations against elected or appointed officials and city employees.

Containing a 180-day window for bringing complaints, the amendment creates a way to determine the merit of a claim, said City Administrator Richard Ferry, noting that if the complaint meets the approved criteria the ethics board can proceed with hearing the matter and, if not, the board can reject the complaint. Read More»

Senoia revamping ethics ordinance

The Senoia City Council is in process of revamping the city’s ethics ordinance by adding criteria that essentially serves as a litmus test for potentially frivolous ethics violations against elected or appointed officials and city employees. The first reading was held at the May 6 council meeting.

The amendment creates a way to determine the merit of a claim, said City Administrator Richard Ferry. If the complaint meets the outlined criteria the ethics board can proceed with hearing the matter and, if not, the board can reject the complaint. Read More»

Bank employee charged with forgery, theft

An employee of the Senoia branch of the Bank of the Ozarks was arrested Tuesday for theft and forgery after she activated dormant accounts, forged withdrawal slips and withdrew more than $39,000 from the accounts.

Kathy Graham, 56, of Senoia, was charged with four counts of felony first degree forgery and one count of felony theft by taking, according to Det. Jason Ercole. Read More»

Senoia woman in critical condition after Hwy. 16 accident

The driver of this car had to be extricated by fireman after her vehicle collided with a tractor trailer on Ga. Highway 16 Wednesday afternoon. Police believe the driver of the car turned into the path of the big rig. Photo/Special.

A Senoia wwoman was critically injured in an April 17 crash on Ga. Highway 16 when her vehicle struck a tractor-trailer rig.

Senoia Police Maj. Steve Tomlin said officers responded at approximately 5:10 p.m. to the two-vehicle accident that occurred in the area of Hwy. 16 and Harper Road. Read More»

Senoia swats back at unusual lawsuit

Senoia city attorney Drew Whalen has filed a response to the March 15 lawsuit filed in Coweta County Superior Court by resident Don Rehman against the mayor and city council over a city ordinance that he maintains amounts to a requirement that all males within city limits be required to possess one ounce or more of marijuana. Whalen in the response said the city ordinance making possession of less than an ounce a misdemeanor is not in violation of state law and that Rehman is asking the court for an advisory opinion on what in his mind is a political issue or question. Read More»

Senoia family featured on ‘Family Feud’

A Senoia family will try to prove they have the right stuff as they try to take down a family from Michigan on the “Family Feud” television game show that will be aired April 22.

The Pope family from Senoia will face off against the Parker Family from Lansing, Mich., in front of a live studio audience in Atlanta with the chance to win up to $100,000 and a brand new car, along with some serious bragging rights, said Family Feud spokesperson Megan Barker. The show airs Monday, April 22 at 7 p.m. on WUPA (The CW 69). Read More»

Senoia Optimist Club names oratorical winners

Senoia Optimist Club names oratorical winners

Senoia Optimist Club President Tony Bell stands with winners of the club’s recent oratorical contest who centered their verbal skills to address “Why my voice is important.” Pictured with Bell, from left, are Jeremiah Murrell (Northgate High School), Josiah Millan (Northgate), Hope Hazelton (Coweta Charter Academy), Rachael Williams (East Coweta High School), Haley Potter (Northgate), Madison Fouche (East Coweta), Briana Spencer (Northgate), Emma Goodwin (East Coweta), Brittney Seguin (Northgate), Amanda Sechrest (Northgate), Meaghan Johnson (East Coweta) and Yehong Zhu (East Coweta). Read More»

Senoia gains statewide attention

It seems like Senoia is always making the news, including in stories outside Coweta County. Most recently the city was featured on the cover of the statewide Georgia Travel Guide. Now the city has been featured in the 2013 Economic Yearbook of “Georgia Trend” magazine. Read More»

Senoia tables hotel tax ordinance

The Senoia City Council last week tabled a proposed ordinance that would establish a Hotel/Motel Excise Tax. Tabled until the proposal can be researched further, the ordinance is expected to surface again in the near future.

As written, the tax would carry a rate of 3 percent on the price of room rental and would apply to a variety of lodging accommodations. Senoia currently has only bed and breakfast businesses and no hotels or motels. Read More»

Bigfoot sighted at Senoia council meeting

It was a most unusual meeting of the Senoia City Council on April 1 when the legendary Bigfoot appeared and took a seat among city residents. The bipedal beast at meeting’s end made his way to the dais and gave Mayor Robert Belisle a friendly hug. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a sight never seen before at a meeting of the Senoia City Council, or likely at any government meeting for that matter. But the April 1 council meeting included an unexpected guest, one whose visit prompted a unanimous vote to proclaim every April 1 as Bigfoot Day in Senoia.

For generations, Bigfoot has been the subject of folklore. But all that changed Monday night when the mythical creature entered the council chambers in the flesh and calmly took a seat among the city’s residents. Read More»

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