Politics

FSS responds to federal budget cuts for seniors

Fayette Senior Services (FSS) has announced its participation in the National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services “Paper Plate Campaign” to raise money for and awareness of senior meal programs after the U.S. government sequester cut funding for these programs across the country last month.

Over $41,000 in Older American Act (OAA) funding has been cut from the annual operating budget of FSS and these funds will be taken directly from services that provide meals to seniors, including both their Meals On Wheels and Congregate Meals programs, FSS representatives said. Read More»

PTC Councilwoman Learnard announces re-election bid for Post 3 seat

Current Peachtree City Councilwoman Kim Learnard has announced she will seek reelection to her Post 3 seat this November.

In her announcement, Learnard said she is proud of how council has worked to address significant budget issues while also authorizing bond funding to “repair and restore facilities citywide.”

A 14-year resident, Learnard said she is proud of having a track record of meeting often with local residents, city staff and elected officials at the city, county and state level. Read More»

Free-for-all in PTC election? 5 in for mayor’s slot, 4 seats open

As the calendar turns to August, the political season will begin to heat up in Peachtree City as candidates have to enter the race during the qualifying period Aug. 26-30. Read More»

At 2nd meeting, volunteers grapple with reworking ethics rules

The Fayette County Citizens’ Ethics Ordinance Committee held its second meeting July 23 to hammer out needed changes to the Fayette County Ethics Ordinance. The committee formed three working groups that will submit their findings in mid-August. Read More»

Cities asked for final SPLOST lists

The Fayette County Commission has given the county’s municipalities until Aug. 30 to submit final project lists for the November vote on the two-year Core Infrastructure Special Purpose Location Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum.

Commissioners will hold a final public hearing on the county’s stormwater projects list on Aug. 29 followed by a vote on county projects at a Sept. 5 called meeting.

County Clerk Floyd Jones on Monday said each of the municipalities has been asked to submit an officially approved list of projects to the county by Aug. 30. Read More»

PTC to lower tax rate 1.25%

Paul Salvatore in file photo.

With no property tax increase in the works, a public hearing on Peachtree City’s $29.58 million budget passed without comment from the four residents who attended the July 18 City Council meeting. Read More»

1-year delay for Fayette district voting?

1-year delay for Fayette district voting?

Although a federal court judge has ruled that Fayette County must adopt a district voting process to elect representatives to the county commission and the county board of education, the details have yet to be hammered out.

U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten issued an order July 12 for the plaintiffs in the case to respond to several legal arguments raised by the county, including a request to avoid a special election in 2013 using the new district voting format, which instead would be applied in 2014 when the current commission seats go up for re-election. Read More»

Judge denies voting appeal

A federal judge has denied a request to appeal his May 21 ruling to enact district voting for both the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education.

Attorneys representing the county had sought to appeal the matter to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals prior to final conclusion of the case. Their argument, however, did not pass muster with U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr. Read More»

Special prosecutor to probe former county attorney’s ‘data wipe’

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate claims that former Fayette County Attorney Scott Bennett had official public records wiped from the hard drives Read More»

Former PTC Police captain to run for spot on council

Terry Ernst, former captain with the Peachtree City Police Department, plans run for City Council.

Another political hopeful is entering the fray for one of three Peachtree City Council seats that will be up for grabs this November, and he has a familiar name.

Terry Ernst, who spent 19 years with the Peachtree City Police Department, said Friday he plans to run for the Post 4 seat currently held by Vanessa Fleisch, who is running for mayor.

Ernst, 62, is hoping he can change some of the culture at council meetings, which have been notorious lately for several heated disputes that left citizens dumbfounded and city staff doing their best to not squirm in their seats. Read More»

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