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PTC voters give Imker a 4-year term, approve Sunday retail alcohol sales

Peachtree City Council Post 1 winner Eric Imker. Photo/File.

Incumbent Post 1 Councilman Eric Imker Tuesday easily turned back a challenge from political first-timer Steve Allen to win a four-year term on the Peachtree City Council.

Imker’s tally was 2,039 votes (58 percent) to Allen’s 1,468 (42 percent).

Imker was running for a full term after having won a special election two years ago to fill the unexpired term of then-Councilman Don Haddix, who resigned to run for mayor.

George Dienhart locked up the unopposed Post 2 slot on council. Read More»

Tyrone elects new mayor, 2 council members, OKs Sunday alcohol sales

Tyrone Mayor-elect Eric Dial. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Energized Tyrone voters in a 39 percent turnout for an off-year election Tuesday promoted Councilman Eric Dial to the open slot of mayor and installed two newcomers on the Town Council Dial overwhelmed first-time challenger Derrick Jackson by more than 2-to-1 to step into the mayor’s office being vacated by Don Rehwaldt, who chose not to run for reelection. Dial received 1,204 votes (70 percent) to Jackson’s 523 (30 percent). First-timer Linda M. Howard defeated Tammy Proctor 892 (55 percent) to 726 (45 percent) for the open Post 1 spot. Read More»

NEWS ANALYSIS — Challengers sweep F’ville races; longtime Mayor Steele loses to political newcomer

Fayetteville Mayor-elect Greg Clifton. Photo/Ben Nelms.

NEWS ANALYSIS — A continuing wave of voter unrest Tuesday night brought a sea change to previously placid Fayetteville politics as three challengers swept two incumbents out of office and defeated an establishment-anointed first-timer for an open slot on the City Council.

In the process, voters ended the political career of veteran Fayetteville Mayor Kenneth Steele, ousted incumbent Wilson Price and thwarted Mainstreet Fayetteville board member Cathy Cochran’s effort to win an open seat on the council. Read More»

Election results

UPDATE 9:24 p.m. Fayetteville results are FINAL; Mayor Steele out -- newcomer Clifton in; incumbent Price defeated by Johnson in Post 1 brings new majority to council
UPDATE 9:09 p.m Tyrone results are FINAL; one precinct outstanding for Fayetteville.
8:53 p.m. all Peachtree City precincts have reported, results are FINAL: Imker wins, so does Sunday alcohol sales; Fayetteville first precinct is in, Spring Hill

These are the total returns from all precincts but the results will not be made official until Monday:

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Learnard speaks out after PTC mayor is 'overruled'

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix attempted, but failed, to halt a presentation by fellow council member Kim Learnard to “clear up confusion about our budget” at the end of Thursday night’s city council meeting.

Learnard mentioned that “there have been a lot of conversations about our development authority” whereupon Haddix immediately cut her off.

Haddix said such a discussion “was getting into an election issue” that council was not allowed to address.

Learnard responded that she simply wanted residents to know they can find the necessary information on the city’s website. Read More»

Tyrone police chief adds role after council boots its town manager

Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins.

It was nearly two years ago that Richard Newbern was hired as Tyrone’s Town Manager. Things changed on Nov. 1 when his contract was not renewed. Police Chief Brandon Perkins was appointed to serve in that capacity until the position is filled.

Mayor Don Rehwaldt said the Town Council at an Oct. 17 called meeting voted 4-0 not to renew Newbern’s contract. Rehwaldt in commenting on the council’s action said the evolving priorities in Tyrone led to the decision not to renew the contract.

Newbern was hired nearly two years ago on a two-year contract. Read More»

Candidates for Seabaugh’s seat have their say at forum

A candidates forum held Nov. 2 at the old Coweta County Courthouse in Newnan for the unexpired term held by Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (Dist. 28) gave a packed house of residents a closer look at the nine candidates vying for the seat. Voters will have their say on Nov. 8 and, odds are, again on Dec. 6 when the top two vote-getters will face each other in a runoff election.

The forum was conducted by the Newnan-Coweta County Chamber of Commerce.

Eight of the nine candidates reside in Coweta County, with the other a resident of Carroll County. Read More»

Senoia council candidates meet at forum

Candidates vying for the two at-large seats on the Senoia City Council had their say at an Oct. 27 forum hosted by the Senoia Tea Party Patriots. Candidates are (from left) challenger Harry Ramos, incumbent Maurice Grover, challenger Don Rehman and incumbent Bobby Graham. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The election to determine the winners of the two Senoia City Council seats comes on Nov. 8. And the four candidates for those seats got a chance to put themselves before the voters Oct. 27 at a forum held at the city’s Municipal Court building. Front and center at the forum were incumbents Bobby Graham and Maurice Grover and challengers Harry Ramos and Don Rehman. Read More»

Palmetto gets railroad underpass improvements

It was a while coming but in the end the project to refurbish the aging CSX Railroad underpasses in Palmetto was worth it. Among those at the Oct. 27 ribbon cutting at the Fayetteville Road underpass were (from left) Palmetto Councilwoman Lorraine Allen, Palmetto resident Mabel Reid, Sen. Donzella James and Palmetto Mayor John Miller.  Photo/Ben Nelms.

The work has been completed and the new look at the CSX Railroad underpasses in Palmetto provides a positive change to the visual landscape in the areas along U.S. Highway 29 in downtown Palmetto. Safety improvements to the underpasses came complete with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 27. Read More»

Fayette agrees to fund library director

The Fayette County Commission has agreed to fund the position of library director for the Fayette County Public Library, in light of the funding being withdrawn by the Flint River Regional Library System.

At the Oct. 27 meeting, the commission voted 4-1 to create the position, with Commissioner Steve Brown voting against. Read More»

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