Fayette County

Fayette to flip to GOP control

Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) at the podium of the Georgia House of Representatives in a file photo from March 2011.

Current Democrat 4-3 dominance of local delegation will reverse to 4-3 GOP; Fayette gets new ‘empty’ district

The first draft of a redistricting map creates a bit of a wildcard in Fayette County politics at the state legislature.

That’s because a brand-new district, the 63rd, was drawn without an incumbent in office who lives in that area. The district is split between Fayette County and parts of south Fulton and south Clayton counties. Read More»

Properly attending to Old Glory’s last day

Properly attending to Old Glory’s last day

Keeping his distance from the flames, Fayetteville Cub Scout John Krmpotich cautiously places a worn U.S. flag in a barrel of fire during a ceremony Saturday to properly dispose of well-used American flags. American Legion Post 105 collects worn flags in a drop box at the log cabin in downtown Fayetteville and oversees the disposal process. This time organizers were able to save about 17 flags that were in good enough condition to be cleaned and re-used. Photo/John Munford.

LongHorn Steakhouse wants F’ville to allow sign variance

Representatives of the LongHorn Steakhouse currently under construction on Ga. Highway 85 just south of the Fayette Pavilion are requesting a sign variance that would allow additional exterior wall signage and an increase in the maximum square footage allowed by city ordinance. The request will be heard by the Fayetteville City Council at the Aug. 18 meeting. Read More»

Fayetteville sets lower millage rate, expects lower tax digest

It is the time of year to set the millage rate, which determines how much money you will owe this fall on your property tax bill.

The Fayetteville City Council on Aug. 18 is expected to adopt a combined general fund and capital projects millage rate that will equal a two-one-hundreths percent decrease in the rollback millage rate of 3.442 mills.

The council will also hear that the city’s tax digest — the value of all taxable property — fell by 5.86 percent from last year. Read More»

Huddleston Elementary works to fix mold issue

One teacher and one student at Huddleston Elementary School in Peachtree City have reported physical reactions to mold found on shelving in one of the school’s classrooms. The mold has been removed and the school, as a precautionary measure, has taken air samples in several classrooms.

Fayette County School System Facilities Director Mike Satterfield said Aug. 15 that information provided by Principal Rebekah Maddox indicated that one student and one teacher last week had reported physical issues relating to exposure to mold. Read More»

F’ville’s Steele to run for reelection

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as mayor of Fayetteville for a number of years. Municipal elections will be held in November of this year and I hope I have continued to earn your trust and confidence and look forward to your support.

The city of Fayetteville has been fortunate for quite some time in that we have chosen to elect individuals that have held similar beliefs as to the responsibilities and obligations of local government. There is a consensus among your local officials that the smaller and least intrusive the government the better it serves the people. Read More»

Steele trying to run from transit support

Although I couldn’t attend the last Fayette Board of Commissioners meeting, I contacted a friend who was able to go. He said there was another large crowd in attendance.

People are finally beginning to wake up and, more importantly, show up.

By the first meeting in April of this 2011, more local citizens had attended Board of Commissioners meetings than all of the meetings in 2010 combined. The main reason for the boom in attendance is people are very angry over the previous board’s and the three current holdovers’ total lack of respect for their constituents. Read More»

Brown: PTC Council’s censure of Haddix’s free speech is troubling

You have, no doubt, heard the expression, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Another reality alongside that statement is it disappears so slowly you do not realize you are losing it.

Freedom of expression is part of the bedrock of our country. Our country works because our people can publicly address both the good and the bad with honesty and candor. Likewise, countering public expression with yet more public expression, regardless of controversy, is permitted. Read More»

GOP wants 2 things: ‘Regain White House and enrich themselves’

The past few weeks watching congressional efforts to deal with the self-imposed debt crisis have been at once mesmerizing and disgusting.

Republican leaders harp and harp on broadening the tax base (meaning flattening it out so they pay less) and tirelessly work to protect the wealthy from any tax increases whatsoever.

As far as I have been able to see, their plan for economic recovery is nothing more that further tax breaks for the rich. They are vainly trying to convince the public that trickle down economics is viable. It simply is not. Read More»

A healthcare case for free enterprise, less government regulation

It is a hard fact that free enterprise made America into the world’s premiere, free and pluralistic country it still is today. But apparently it is not considered equally and universally that that same free enterprise will keep America a free and prosperous country in the future.

There are those that believe government is the cure-all, of which we need more. I suggest to look at another hard fact: the public sector requires lots of funds but does not produce any [funds]. Only the private sector can produce the revenue that enables government to exist. Read More»

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