What’s on the ballot?

Early voting awaits you — Staff at the Fayette County elections office in Fayetteville have been ready for early voters. Voters in Peachtree City and Tyrone can cast ballots for their contested races also at the public libraries in each city. Early voting ends Friday, Nov. 1. Pictured are elections staff Leigh Combs (L) and Sharon Davis. Photo/Ben Nelms.

All voters in Fayette County, regardless of whether they live in a city or the unincorporated county, have something to vote about before election day ends Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Everyone gets a say on the proposed two-year core infrastructure SPLOST, and Peachtree City will elect a mayor and three council members. Those in the unincorporated county also face a separate measure that would allow alcohol sales by the drink, as an alcohol referendum approved last year only addressed package alcohol sales at locations in unincorporated Fayette. Read More»

Up for vote: SPLOST, 4 PTC Council posts

Time running out to early-vote before election day; Hwy. 54W traffic, mayor’s lawsuit, ‘civility’ key issues in PTC campaigns

Friday is the last day for early voting at the Peachtree City Library in advance of the official Election Day Tuesday, when Peachtree City residents will pick a mayor and three of four city council members and weigh in on a proposed county-wide sales tax. Read More»

Dienhart, 4 others accused of defaming former chairman

Peachtree City mayoral candidate George Dienhart is one of five defendants in a defamation suit filed last month by former Fayette County Republican Party Chairman Lane Watts. Read More»

Westmoreland votes ‘no’ on both debt deal, end of shutdown

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland speaks to the Fayette Chamber of Commerce in April 2013. Photo/Staff.

Federal government reopens as debt crisis averted; Westmoreland removes shutdown posts from Internet

With a last-minute chance to avoid a default on the United States government’s debts, U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland instead voted against a bill that would extend the debt ceiling until February and also reopen the federal government by extending federal appropriations until mid-January. Read More»

Senoia mayor candidates grilled at forum

Senoia mayoral candidates, from left, Suzanne Helfman, Larry Owens and Don Rehman squared-off in a forum Thursday night. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A packed house of Senoia voters Thursday heard from the three candidates vying for the mayor’s seat to be decided in the Nov. 5 election. Councilman Larry Owens, Senoia Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Chair Suzanne Helfman and retired Col. Don Rehman responded to questions in the forum hosted by the Senoia Forums Group and sponsored by the Senoia Area Business Association.
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Westmoreland’s staff paid, but not Fayette’s feds

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland speaks at a Memorial Day ceremony in Fayetteville this past May. Photo/Staff.

Air traffic controllers go unpaid; press rep ducks questions about staff, views on shutdown, debt ceiling battles

The partial federal government shutdown due to the political standoff in Congress has forced more than 160 employees at the Atlanta regional air traffic control center (TRACON) in Peachtree City to work without pay for more than two weeks. Read More»

All 3 Senoia mayor candidates to appear at Oct. 17 forum

Voters in Senoia will get only one chance to hear from all three candidates vying for the mayor’s seat on the Senoia City Council. That opportunity will come Oct. 17 at a candidates forum hosted by the Senoia Forums Group.

Councilman Larry Owens, Senoia Downtown Development Authority Chair Suzanne Helfman and retired Col. Don Rehman will square-off at the forum to be held in the courtroom of the Senoia municipal building located at 505 Howard Road. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. Read More»

Mayor touts savings, Dienhart wants ‘reform,’ Logsdon cites ‘return to civility,’ Jolly opposes SPLOST

Candidates for the Tyrone and Peachtree City councils face the public Saturday at the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville. From left, front row, are Tyrone candidate Pota Coston and Peachtree City candidates Stephanie Franz, Cathy Haddix (with microphone), Mike King and Kim Learnard. Back row, from left, are George Dienhart, incumbent Don Haddix, Ryan Jolly and Harold Logsdon. Photo/John Munford.

Councilwoman Learnard: "SPLOST a good business decision"; Mrs. Haddix opposes, says PTC must make budget provisions for its own expenses Read More»

Commission to SPLOST doubters: Come grill us about tax . . . please

The Fayette County Commission is asking residents to grill them and county staff about the upcoming proposed core infrastructure Special Purpose Option Sales Tax. Read More»

PTC election to heat up Tues. at Rotary candidate forum

Spectators can submit questions in writing; handicap best options for mayor, 3 council seats

With a field of 12 candidates running for the mayor and three city council posts in Peachtree City, how’s a discerning voter to sort them all out? Read More»