Few candidates qualify for Tyrone races

The qualifying period for the Post 3 and 4 seats of the Tyrone Town Council ended Friday afternoon. By press time Friday only three people had qualified for the seats.

Post 3 Councilman Ken Matthews at press time was the only candidate with competition. Consultant Pota Coston, who ran for office in 2011, also qualified for the Post 3 seat.

Incumbent Councilwoman Gloria Furr was the only qualifier for the Post 4 seat at press time.

The deadline for registration for the November election is Oct. 7.

Sandy Creek fans ready for another big year

Sandy Creek fans ready for another big year

Fans rejoiced after last year’s state football championship win by the Sandy Creek Patriots. Can they pull it off again this year? And what are the prospects of Fayette's other high schools? See our Football Preview section, starting on D1 in the Wednesday print edition, to catch up with fall’s top sport in Fayette County. Also see "Are you ready for some football?" by clicking here. Photo/John Munford.

Qualifying starts Monday for 2 Tyrone council seats

The qualifying period for the Post 3 and 4 seats of the Tyrone Town Council will be held next week. Voting in the November election is at-large.

Post 3 Councilman Ken Matthews and Post 4 Councilwoman Gloria Furr said they will be seeking re-election.

The qualifying period will run from Monday, Aug. 26 through Wednesday, Aug. 30. from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at Town Hall. The qualifying fee is $144.

Qualifying requires continuous residence in the town for the past 12 months.

The deadline for registration for the November election is Oct. 7.

1 year later, unsolved Tyrone murder haunts deputies

Donna Denice Roberts

With scant evidence in Tyrone killing, detectives still hope for a break

If anybody deserved to be spared a deadly bullet, it was Donna Denice Roberts.

Known to everyone as Denice, she never, ever missed Sunday school at The Rock Baptist Church. She collected Barbie dolls, keeping them in their boxes in pristine condition. She loved horseback riding. She also suffered from cerebral palsy, a physical disability that necessitated her grandmother’s care for many years. Read More»

Gov. Deal, BoE needs your help

An open letter to Gov. Nathan Deal: I bet you remember when more than one family had a “crazy uncle.”

You know what I’m talking about: Ol’ Uncle Earl’s daddy bought him the first Mustang on the showroom floor and six months later crazy Earl ran off to Panama City with a 17-year-old car hop.

Well, I hate to tell you, but some crazy uncles have taken over the Fayette County School Board and we need your help. Read More»

Tyrone approves sales tax project list

The Town Town Council approved the list of projects that will be undertaken if the two-year core infrastructure one-percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) passes voters’ muster in November. The town expects to receive $2.9 million if the referendum is successful and will use the funds to stormwater, sewer, road sidewalks, road and multi-use paths projects. Read More»

Cities to get bigger slices of SPLOST pie

Cities to get bigger slices of SPLOST pie

Voters will weigh in on 2-year tax this November

The Peachtree City Council had hoped to get a better deal from the Fayette County Commission on a proposed two-year countywide sales tax that will be voted on in November.

The city got what it wanted, and the county has increased the city’s take by $1.69 million, while also raising Fayetteville’s projected proceeds by $1.3 million with a $603,000 increase for Tyrone as well. Read More»

Tyrone-based Herobox expands mission to help veterans

Wounded veterans at the Shepherd rehabilitation center in Atlanta opened customized Heroboxes full of comfort items that also provide a mental boost for them. Photo/Special.

Herobox in Tyrone is adapting its mission to coincide with the drawdown of deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Herobox is turning its eyes to wounded veterans in what is called the “Renewing Heroes” program. A second new program, designed to help aging veterans, is called “Creative Heroes.”

The concept is similar to the original mission of Herobox: to provide specialized care packages for troops overseas that provide snacks, specialty items and mostly a message that someone cares about them, said Herobox founder Ryan Housley. Read More»

‘Oops, wrong house’ burglary suspect jailed after chase

Darrell Shaun Taylor in mug shot provided by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

A Whitesburg man was arrested on multiple charges after breaking in a home in Tyrone on June 21 then, after being arrested, kicking out the window of the patrol car and attempting to flee.

Darrell Shaun Taylor, 39, was charged with burglary, escape, obstruction and interference with government property, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said deputies on June 21 responded to a burglary in progress on Tyrone Road. The victim of the burglary called 911 after a white male kicked his door in.
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Fayette School Board is paying a premium for ‘Core’ brand

The more things change, the more they stay the same when it comes to the Fayette County School Board.

I read with interest that the school board now has a balanced budget with a surplus (some call it reserve, I call it surplus) of $11.5 million.

I think I also saw that the board, by a vote of 4-1, has approved spending $1.6 million for those Common Core math books. More about the books later. Read More»

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