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New Senoia mayor Owens hopes to extend success beyond downtown area

Senoia Mayor-elect Larry Owens. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Councilman Larry Owens is the new mayor-elect in Senoia. Though he has been a part of local politics for nearly a dozen years, The Citizen sat down with Owens last week to get his take on issues affecting the city.

Owens has served on the Senoia City Council for 11 years. The city, especially the downtown area, has changed dramatically during the past decade and Owens said he ran for the mayor’s seat because he wanted to be part of the continuation of that unfolding process. Read More»

Voters settle sales tax question; PTC mayor to be decided Dec. 3

While Peachtree City voters filled three city council seats in last week’s election, the mayor’s race has yet to be settled since none of the five candidates won more than 50 percent of the vote.

That sets up the Dec. 3 runoff election between current Councilwoman Vanessa Fleisch and former Mayor Harold Logsdon. Read More»

No SPLOST, so Fayette set to issue stormwater bills

Officials to pare back projects, seek $5M in financing vs. $16M from failed tax

The failure of a proposed two-year countywide sales tax last week means that property owners in unincorporated Fayette County will get a new stormwater utility bill, perhaps by the end of the month.

It also means the county will have to scale back its proposed $16 million in stormwater projects down to $5 million, a figure the county is projected to finance over a number of years by pledging repayment from stormwater utility proceeds. Read More»

Haddix out as runoff set for PTC mayor’s seat

Top voter-getter Vanessa Fleisch in a pre-election photo from her website.

The job isn’t over for Peachtree City voters, who will need to choose between Vanessa Fleisch or Harold Logsdon to be their next mayor in a runoff election Dec. 3 since no one in the five-candidate field got more than 50 percent of the vote.
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Coston loses to Tyrone incumbent by 6 votes

Pota Coston, challenger for a seat on the Tyrone Town Council.

The votes were cast Tuesday night and the recount came on Thursday. When all was done, incumbent Tyrone Councilman Ken Matthews beat challenger Pota Coston by a slim margin of six votes in the race for the Post 3 council seat.

Matthews won the contest taking 659 votes while Coston received 653 votes. A total of 1,317 votes were cast, representing a 29.8 percent turnout of Tyrone’s approximately 4,000 registered voters. Read More»

Owens ekes out win to become Senoia mayor

The mayor’s race in Senoia ended Tuesday night with Councilman Larry Owens receiving 51 percent of the ballots cast in the three-way race.

The Nov. 5 mayoral election saw Owens competing with Senoia Downtown Development Authority Chairman Suzanne Helfman and retiree Don Rehman.

Of the 500 ballots cast, the unofficial results showed Owens with 256 votes, Helfman with 209 votes and Rehman with 37. Those numbers gave Owens 51.03 percent of the vote while Helfman received 41.84 percent. Read More»

Fayette to go with ‘Plan B’ after stormwater SPLOST goes down the drain

Stock drainage culvert photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Property owners in unincorporated areas to get bills before Christmas

Fourteen percent of Fayette County’s registered voters turned out Tuesday, and a majority gave a thumbs down to a one-cent special sales tax targeted mostly for stormwater projects in the county.

The final unofficial tally was 5,522 (57.18 percent) against to 4,135 (42.82 percent) in favor.

The first-ever countywide two-year Special Local Option Sales Tax would have funded $16.8 million in stormwater projects in the unincorporated county.
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Owens wins mayor's race in Senoia

Senoia candidates Suzanne Helfman (L), Larry Owens and Don Rehman at an October forum. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Senoia voters have elected Councilman Larry Owens as the city’s next mayor.

The Nov. 5 mayoral election saw Owens competing with Senoia Downtown Development Authority Chairman Suzanne Helfman and retiree Don Rehman.

Of the 500 ballots cast, the unofficial results showed Owens with 256 votes, Helfman with 209 votes and Rehman with 34. Those numbers gave Owens 51.03 percent of the vote while Helfman received 41.84 percent. Read More»

F’ville voter makes SPLOST decision

F’ville voter makes SPLOST decision

Christa Griffin of Fayetteville casts her vote Tuesday morning on the countywide special purpose local option sales tax. That was the only issue for Fayetteville voters to decide, unlike their counterparts in Peachtree City who will be picking a mayor and three council members. Tyrone voters also will be deciding one post on the town council. Election results will be posted online at www.TheCitizen.com. Photo/John Munford.

Voters sack sales tax; Haddix out as PTC mayor

County elections staff begins the process of sorting printouts from early voting machines.

Fleisch, Logsdon will battle for PTC mayor's seat; Coston loses by 6 votes in Tyrone

A majority of Fayette voters said "no" to a proposed countywide sales tax, and while Read More»

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