Candidate slates not related to voting district lawsuit, says NAACP

(L-R) Tyrone Council mayoral candidate Derrick Jackson, Tyrone Council Post 2 candidate Pota Coston and Fayetteville Post 1 candidate Edward Johnson. Photo composite/Ben Nelms.

Three candidates in three council races in Fayetteville and Tyrone are black, the most minority candidates in local elections in Fayette history. The Fayetteville candidate, pastor Ed Johnson, is the past president of the Fayette chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Is this coincidental or does this unprecedented slate have anything to do with the NAACP’s district voting lawsuit against Fayette County?

The Fayette County attorney who filed the voting rights lawsuit — Wayne Kendall — says, “No,” there’s no connection. Read More»

Sandy Creek High School hosts Accident Avoidance workshops for parents, teens

An instructor gives the green flag for a driver to start the driving course at one of the workshops. Photo/Special.

In two weeks — Nov. 10, Nov. 12 and Nov. 13 — you’ll be seeing green flags, checkered flags, orange cones and vehicles swerving through obstacle courses in the Sandy Creek High School parking lot.

No, NASCAR hasn’t come to Tyrone, but what is billed as a life-saving teen driving course has. Read More»

Tyrone sees expensive races for mayor and two council seats

The November elections for the Tyrone mayor and two seats on the Town Council are nearly here. But what about the money usually needed to fund a campaign? It turns out that mayoral candidate Derrick Jackson is the biggest spender with his competitor Eric Dial barely beating out Post 2 candidate Pota
Coston for the second spot Read More»

Happy 105th birthday, Fran!

Happy 105th birthday, Fran!

Fran Kolts, born Oct. 26, 1906, celebrated her 105th birthday at Downtown Grill in Tyrone on Wednesday. She was born in Hoboken, NJ and has lived in Peachtree City for 17 years. She has one daughter, Irene Sullivan, who lives in Peachtree City. Fran has four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is a member of Christ our Shephard Lutheran Church in Peachtree City and 25 church members brought her to lunch for her birthday Wednesday. She is well loved. Photo/Special.

Voting starts Monday at PTC, Tyrone libraries

Voters in Peachtree City and Tyrone can cast ballots at their respective libraries all next week.

The polling locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m on Monday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 4.

Fayetteville voters may continue to cast their ballots during the same hours at the county’s elections office at the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville.

No voting will occur on Monday, Nov. 7, and voters waiting until election day Nov. 8 must cast their ballots at their regular polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Read More»

Tyrone’s Southampton Village sold for $15.2 million

The Southampton Village shopping center on Ga. Highway 74 in Tyrone has a new owner. The shopping center, along with another in metro Greenville, South Carolina, were purchased this week for $15.2 million.

Phillips Edison-ARC Shopping Center REIT, Inc., a publicly registered, non-traded REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) focusing on acquiring grocery-anchored neighborhood and community shopping centers announced Oct. 17 that it had acquired two shopping centers in Tyrone and Greenville, South Carolina, with a combined 150,243 square feet of space, according to a company press release. Read More»

Steele, Frady show why officials can’t be trusted

To Mayor Ken Steele, Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan I say, gentlemen, what we have here is a failure to communicate.

It’s become so obvious that the West Fayetteville Bypass is about nothing other than our tax dollars going to pay for increased development in the center of the county that any of us would be a complete fool to think otherwise. The excuses keep changing from month to month and it proves how government can’t be trusted to do the legitimate work of the people. Read More»

Enrollment study: Tyrone Elem. to add students over next decade

It has been no secret that enrollment in Fayette County schools has been declining for several years. A new enrollment study by the University of Georgia shows even fewer students between now and 2021. But for Tyrone Elementary School there may be a silver lining in the continuing storm of falling enrollment and revenues. Read More»

Tyrone police reports – September 2011

The following arrests were made by Tyrone Police during September. Those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Brian Anthony Bartlett, 55, of Schatulga Road, Columbus, for giving false name/address/birth date, driving while license suspended (felony) and following too closely.

James Leon Bethea, 28, of Brookstone Way, Union City, for driving while license withdrawn and speeding.

James Bradley Cordell, 57, of Tangley Trail, Peachtree City, for failure to maintain lane and DUI alcohol. Read More»

Tyrone candidates for mayor, council have their say at forum

Nearly 200 people packed the Tyrone Depot on Oct. 11 to hear from the six candidates running for three town council seats in the Nov. 8 election. A sampling of the large number of questions asked is provided below. The forum also featured a straw poll showing a razor thin preference in all races.

Candidates for mayor included marketer Derrick L. Jackson and Post 1 Councilman Eric Dial. Post 1 candidates included bookkeeper Linda Howard and volunteer Tammy Proctor. And the candidates for the Post 2 seat included career consultant Pota Coston and small business owner Ryan Housley. Read More»

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