Government

Fayette BoE appoints Presberg to Post 5 seat

Fayette BoE appoints Presberg to Post 5 seat

The Fayette County Board of Education at its Nov. 14 meeting voted unanimously to appoint north Fayette resident Leonard Presberg to fill the Post 5 Board of Education seat that became vacant with the recent passing of board member Sam Tolbert. Presberg was one of seven candidates vying for the seat.

The motion to nominate Presberg was made by board member Janet Smola with board member Marion Key making the second. There was no discussion on the nomination and Presberg immediately received a unanimous vote from the four board members. Read More»

54W street-land swap back on in Peachtree City?

Will it be a 24-hour RaceTrac, or something much bigger coming to Ga. Highway 54 West in Peachtree City? Or maybe both. Read More»

Dienhart off to rocky start with PTC Council

George Dienhart, Peachtree City councilman-elect.

For someone who pledged to improve relationships among council members, Peachtree City councilman-elect George Dienhart didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts.

During the campaign, Dienhart pegged sitting councilman Eric Imker as being a significant source of the strife among council members.

Dienhart also went out on a limb saying he felt Imker’s opponent, Steve Allen, “would be easier to work with” for himself and the other councilmembers. Read More»

Sunday sales, Imker prevail in PTC

In Peachtree City, the voters cared more for their alcohol than any of the City Council candidates on the ballot.

The Sunday alcohol package sales initiative won 2,835 favorable votes, making it more popular than even unopposed council candidate George Dienhart (2,586), re-elected Post 1 incumbent Eric Imker (2,039) and Imker’s unsuccessful challenger, Steve Allen (1,468). Read More»

Tyrone voters pick Dial, Howard, Housley

The run up to the Nov. 8 election in Tyrone must have been like heaven for local sign makers. Campaign signs too many to count dotted the town’s landscape in the weeks prior to the election, but when it was all over Councilman Eric Dial had been elected mayor and first-time candidates Linda Howard and Ryan Housley had been elected to serve on the town council.

When the ballots were counted Dial had garnered 1,204 votes (70 percent) while first-time candidate Derrick Jackson received 523 votes (30 percent). Read More»

Senoia council seats retained, Palmetto sees regime change

The Nov. 8 elections in Senoia and Palmetto represented opposite ends of the political spectrum when it came to the fate of incumbents and challengers. In the two Senoia at-large City Council races incumbents Maurice Grover and Bobby Graham were re-elected. And in Palmetto Mayor John Miller was defeated by former Mayor Clark Boddie, while in the at-large races for three council seats the outcome saw incumbent Leon Sumlin retaining his seat and challengers Patty O’Hara Willey and Larry Parrott picking up the other two. Read More»

Blackburn, Crane to face-off in Dec. 6 Senate runoff election

The numbers in the nine-way race to fill the unexpired term of state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (Dist. 28) are in and the top two vote-getters on Nov. 8 were Newnan residents Duke Blackburn and Mike Crane. The two will face off in a runoff election on Dec. 6.

Blackburn received 2,718 votes, or 26.28 percent of the total while Crane ended the night with 2,095 votes, or 20.25 percent. Both men qualified on the Republican ticket. Read More»

Senoia leaves library board

The board of directors of the Coweta County Library System voted unanimously Oct. 21 to approve a request by Senoia that the city’s five-year Joint Operating Agreement be terminated two years early. The decision also means that the city will no longer be required to contribute $20,000 per year for the city library’s maintenance and operation costs. Read More»

Which one will the BoE choose?

Fayetteville attorney Emory Wilkerson at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education. Photo/John Munford.

7 hopefuls seek appointment to Post 5 seat on Board of Education, including 1 who is suing the board

Seven private citizens auditioned Monday night for a spot on the Fayette County Board of Education.

The four judges — the remaining elected members of the school board — could make their choice as early as the Nov. 14 meeting.

One unusual element: One of the aspiring volunteers — Emory Wilkerson, a seeker of local elective offices several times in the past decade — is suing the same board in federal court. Read More»

BoE candidate Wilkerson has tried for elective office in both political parties

Attorney Emory Wilkerson of Fayetteville — who is seeking appointment to the open Post 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education — is a familiar name on both Republican and Democrat election ballots for the past decade.

Wilkerson has run three times as a Republican and most recently as a Democrat — and he lost all four times.

In 2002, Wilkerson ran as a Republican for the 34th district seat in the Georgia Senate, but he lost to challenger Valencia Seay by more than 6,351 votes. Read More»