Fayette County

Chance to chair Senate economic development committee

State Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) has been appointed chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee for the 2011-2012 legislative term.

Chance was also named to the Banking, Ethics, Finance, Higher Education and Reapportionment and Redistricting committees.

In addition to his committee assignments, Chance is the Senate Floor Leader for Governor Nathan Deal. Read More»

F’ville allies with Ga. Revenue Dept. to find tax cheats

Fayetteville is hooking up with state revenuers to uncover sales tax cheats. Read More»

Smola’s job plea keeps Tuesday meetings for school board

Fayette County Board of Education members Janet Smola (L) and Terri Smith.

The organizational meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 4 began easily enough with the unanimous election of board member Bob Todd as chair and board member Marion Key as vice-chair.

But when it came to the board’s meeting nights the discussion became more problematic, with board members eventually voting to keep the meetings on Tuesdays through July then switch to Monday nights for the remainder of the year. Yet it was of note that the primary reason for changing the meeting days last year to Tuesdays was never addressed by anyone on the board. Read More»

Brown wants controversial elections board change rescinded

New Commissioner Steve Brown (R) makes a point before the full county commission at the first meeting of the new year. Looking on are (L-R) Lee Hearn, Chairman Herb Frady and Robert Horgan. Commissioner Alllen McCarty was present but is not shown in this picture. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown is hoping to rescind a controversial resolution passed by the commission last month that would give the county commission the ability to veto any appointee made by either political party to the Fayette County Board of Elections.

The final say, however, may rest with state legislators who have the ability to either change the law or leave it as is.

Currently, the county commission appoints one member of the elections board, while the Republican and Democratic parties also appoint one member each of their own choosing. Read More»

Sen. Chance: HOPE scholarship funding on the line

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone)

The state budget will be the dominant issue of this year’s legislative session, by far, according to Ga. Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone).

December’s state revenue figures came in about 10 percent above last year, about three times more than expected, Chance said. Still, the state is looking at having to make a budget cut between $1 billion and $1.5 billion, he added. Read More»

Hwy. 138 clerk grazed by robber’s gunshot

A Fayetteville K-9 unit followed the gunman’s trail to a nearby road, leaving officers to conclude that he left the area in an automobile. Photo/Mike Clifton/KombatKamera.com.

Fayette County sheriff’s detectives are looking for a gunman whose shot grazed a convenience store clerk Monday afternoon at the BP/Amoco gas station at the intersection of Ga. highways 138 and 279 on the county’s northern border with Fulton and Clayton counties.

The gunman entered the store around 2:10 p.m. talking on a phone, and waited inside the store about 15 minutes before approaching the counter and displaying a handgun, sheriff’s detectives said. Read More»

Ice Storm 2011 stops Fayette cold

No serious injuries or major property damage reported during worst ice storm to hit Fayette this decade; schools closed

UPDATED 6:33 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 — Despite major and secondary roads being mostly clear and ice-free Wednesday afternoon, the Fayette County School System will be closed Thursday for what may be a record fourth snow day in a row. However, local government offices in Fayetteville and Peachtree City will be open for business on Thursday. Read More»

Fayette, Coweta schools remain closed on Wednesday, Fayette gov't offices open

Representatives from the Fayette County and Coweta County school systems said Tuesday afternoon that both systems will remain closed on Wednesday. Read More»

Frady, 2 sidekicks out to bamboozle

More gloom fell over Fayette County on Jan. 5. On that day, three of our county commissioners (Frady, Horgan and Hearn) proved they could care less about the responsibilities a local government has to its constituents.

On that day, Herb Frady finally reached his 18-year-long dream when he was elected chairman on a 3 to 2 vote with new commissioners, Steve Brown and Allen McCarty voting in opposition. Read More»

Politicians have been lying about Medicare

This is in reply to the Jan. 4 letter to the editor, “Thanks to ‘our wonderful’ Obama.” A reader thanked the President for an increased Medicare check she recently received.

Here’s the thing: The money didn’t come from Obama. As my parents taught me, money doesn’t grow on trees. All money in the government treasury comes from taxing, and borrowing against future taxes.

Ms. Zeldin, decades ago, before I was old enough to work, politicians told you a lie. They said that if you would just pay your Medicare taxes into the system, they’d pay you back when you got older. Read More»

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