Brown wants Brooks mayor booted

Commissioner with pending ethics complaint says it’s improper for elected official to judge him

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown, accused of violating the county’s ethics ordinance, Read More»

Mabra heads to House from Fayetteville

Dawn and Ronnie Mabra. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For Ronnie Mabra the time has come and the Atlanta attorney and Fayetteville native is ready to be sworn-in as the representative for the newly created District 63 seat in the Georgia House of Representatives that includes portions of Fayette, Clayton and south Fulton counties.

“I’m excited. It’s going to be fun, being a Georgia boy going to serve in his own state and representing the town where he grew up,” Mabra said. “This state and county gave so much to me. What better thing to do now than to help them out.” Read More»

Stokely turns down House seat for local appointment

Longtime Coweta County Solicitor Robert Stokely was successful in his July bid to represent east Coweta residents and a portion of those living in west Peachtree City as the Dist. 71 representative in the Georgia House. But that will not occur, as Stokely has opted to forego the position in favor of serving in the full-time capacity as a Coweta County Magistrate Judge. The special election will be held Feb. 5 with qualifying coming on Jan 7-9.

Stokely in a Dec. 14 statement said he had planned to serve D-71 citizens but had decided, instead, to fill the magistrate position. Read More»

Horgan charges Brown violated Fayette ethics code

Outgoing Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan has filed an ethics complaint against fellow Commissioner Steve Brown. The complaint alleges that Brown violated three county ordinances by making an order to a county employee, disclosing information discussed by the board in executive session and also violating attorney client privilege: the latter two of which he did without first seeking approval from his fellow commission members. Read More»

Appeal seeks overturn of commission elections

The federal court battle over the new five-district map for electing representatives to the Fayette County Commission is apparently not yet over. Local attorney Wayne Kendall has filed an appeal with the U.S. 11th Circuit of Appeals in an attempt to overturn the map on the basis that Read More»

Race now part of dispute roiling Fayette Commission

Pota Coston, former Tyrone Council candidate, Democratic Party secretary and one of the alternates to the county ethics board. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Citizens question county ethics appointees; Commission urged to ‘redo’ process, seek and interview applicants Read More»

Tyrone’s Chance to be 2nd highest ranking Senate officer

IN a file photo from summer 2011, Sen. Ronnie Chance (R) receives the Legislative Service Award by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, presented at a Fayette County Commission meeting. Chairman Herb Frady watches at left. Photo/John Munford.

Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) was elected by the Senate Republican Caucus Nov. 15 to become the next majority leader of the Georgia State Senate, effective with the start of the 152nd Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly in January.

The Senate Republican Caucus held leadership elections Thursday during a retreat at Little Ocmulgee State Park, where they were scheduled also to adopt caucus rules and proposed Senate rules for the upcoming legislative session. Read More»

Smith, King and charter schools win in Coweta races

Election Day on Nov. 6 brought out a wealth of voters for the presidential race and for the two constitutional amendments on the ballots. Also featured were the contested races for the District 5 seat on the Coweta County Commission and the District 132 seat for the Georgia House.

In all, there were 55,774 ballots cast in the election. That number represents a voter turnout of 75.48 percent. Read More»

ESPLOST, Bacallao win the day in Fayette Co.

Voters extend $19M/year school tax, elect new school board member

Based on the lines for early voting, it’s no surprise that Fayette County managed a 78.8 percent turnout in the hotly contested presidential election this week.

Fayette County school board incumbent Terri Smith was defeated by Republican challenger and college professor Mary Kay Bacallao for the Post 2 seat on the board of education. Bacallao, a Republican, won more than 35,000 votes, giving her nearly 65 percent of the vote over Smith, a Democrat. Read More»

Tea Party forum hears ideas for helping schools weather financial storm

Fayette County Local Issues Tea Party representative Bob Ross complies a list of suggestions made by residents Oct. 30 on possible approaches to address the Fayette county School System’s financial issues that will require up to $20 million in cuts for the school year that begins in July. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a chance for Fayette County residents to offer suggestions on ways the Fayette County Board of Education might address the financial dilemma that will require up to $20 million in expense cuts or new revenues to balance the budget for the new school year that begins in July. Read More»