Fayette County

Spotlight turns to next 2 judges from 6 candidates

Perhaps the most important political offices to be filled in coming days or weeks won’t be decided on by voters at all.

Instead, it’s Gov. Sonny Perdue in the driver’s seat, as he will appoint two people to fill the unexpired terms of resigned Superior Court judges Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr. and Paschal A. English Jr. Read More»

F’ville teaches middle schoolers in Junior Police Academy

Fayetteville Police Officer Zac Mittenzwei works with several of the 20 Fayette County middle school students participating this week in the department’s 7th Annual Junior Police Academy. Aside from training on vehicle license checks, the young students attend classes in areas such as defensive tactics, crime scenes, the use of force, K-9 activities, fingerprinting and DUI law. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Being a police officer is much more involved than what many people may think. That reality is being driven home this week as 20 students from middle schools around Fayette County participate in the Fayetteville Police Department’s 7th Annual Junior Police Academy. Read More»

Voting chief vows no more tabulation glitches in the future

Fayette Elections Supervisor Tom Sawyer demonstrates a vote tabulating computer. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Following the progress of Fayette’s primary election returns as they came in last week was difficult to do. Read More»

Election: Brown, McCarty win most of Fayette’s 36 precincts

Incumbents Smith, Maxwell fare best in PTC polls

One of the biggest questions left from last week’s primary election was how deposed Peachtree City Mayor Steve Brown, who had seemed to have spent all his political capital in two successive failed elections, managed to unseat sitting Fayette County Commissioner Jack Smith. Read More»

Sup't. DeCotis’s parting shot tags BoE's Todd

Strife on the Fayette County Board of Education (FCBOE) has been growing the past couple of years, with some of those on both sides of a given argument demonstrably vocalizing their opinion. Now as a parting shot Read More»

Incumbents, do you hear us now?

Prior to the primary election we heard the rumble of the voters and their loud objections to the 2009 SPLOST referendum.

The election on July 20 signified the official turning of the page on politics as usual in Fayette County.

Just a couple of weeks ago, incumbent politicians of all different stripes gathered for the photos that lined full-page color campaign ads. They were the inglorious symbols of political deafness in Fayette County. Surely Smith and Maxwell will be reelected. Why else would creditable politicians plant their name with two corrupt (who lost big) commissioners? Read More»

Results show voters can be led, not driven

I would like to thank commissioners Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell for their past service to the Fayette County Commission.

In my humble opinion, voters in our county made a decision to replace these two commissioners because they did not share the vision of governance offered by these two individuals.

I would hope that the remaining commissioners would take note that voters in Fayette County can be led, but not driven. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Read More»

Message: Redirect SPLOST funds now

The election rhetoric is finally in the rearview mirror and we can all redirect our collective energy to Fayette County’s future. Commission incumbents and challengers laid out for voters two opposing directions on spending any more 2004 SPLOST dollars for planned Phases II & III of the West Fayette Bypass (WFB): We could either accept or reject the project. Read More»

Fleisch: Discussion on DAPC post should not be an adversarial battle

How to bring new businesses to Peachtree City? That is the question that will continue to be debated until the 2011 budget is finalized in the next few weeks. We as a council all want to bring businesses into the city to fill our industrial and commercial areas, but we differ on the way to achieve this goal.

Currently, the city has a wonderful group of volunteers on the Development Authority which has taken on various projects to help retain and recruit businesses. They currently have a budget provided through our taxpayer dollars in the general fund of $35,000. Read More»

Commissioner-elect Brown: Look for term limits, senior tax exemption

I extend my heartfelt thanks to all the voters who took the time out of their busy day to participate in the voting process. Likewise, I humbly offer my sincere gratitude to all of the wonderful men, women and children who volunteered on behalf of my campaign.

I could not have been more proud to stand next to our volunteers waving signs in the heat and humidity, preparing for forums, and encouraging as many voters as possible to get out and vote. Read More»

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