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Fayette GOP to hold precinct mass meetings in Feb.

On Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at 10 a.m., the Fayette County Republican Party will convene precinct mass meetings to elect delegates and alternates to the Fayette County Republican Party Convention.

All Fayette County residents who are legally registered to vote and believe in the principles of the Republican Party are urged to participate in this process.

Registration is without charge and will open at 9 a.m. on Feb. 12, 2011 and the precinct meetings will begin promptly at 10 a.m. at the Harvest Community Christian Center, located at 383 North Glynn Street, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214. Read More»

Atlanta mayor added to regional transportation committee

At the behest of Georgia House Speaker David Ralston, the five-member executive committee of the metro Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable was tweaked a bit at a hastily-called meeting today.

The change added Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to the executive committee, which is charged with preparing a list of recommended projects to be funded by a potential 10-year 1 percent region-wide sales tax referendum that would include Fayette County. Read More»

County agenda: Qualifications and pay for magistrates, library expansion

With a light agenda for Thursday night, the Fayette County Commission is expected to approve a $715,000 expansion for the Fayette County Library in downtown Fayetteville and pay for it with long-designated sales tax proceeds.

The project will add 1,000 square feet to the library’s meeting room and another 4,200 square feet to extend the southeast side of the existing facility to create a new reading room and also create room for more bookshelves. Read More»

County pressed for decision on route for East Fayetteville Bypass

The first meeting of the year for the Fayette County Commission last week included the topic of the East Fayetteville Bypass, whether the roadway will be built and what route it would take. A decision will likely be reached by late February. Read More»

Chance to chair Senate economic development committee

State Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) has been appointed chairman of the Senate Economic Development Committee for the 2011-2012 legislative term.

Chance was also named to the Banking, Ethics, Finance, Higher Education and Reapportionment and Redistricting committees.

In addition to his committee assignments, Chance is the Senate Floor Leader for Governor Nathan Deal. Read More»

F’ville allies with Ga. Revenue Dept. to find tax cheats

Fayetteville is hooking up with state revenuers to uncover sales tax cheats. Read More»

Smola’s job plea keeps Tuesday meetings for school board

Fayette County Board of Education members Janet Smola (L) and Terri Smith.

The organizational meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 4 began easily enough with the unanimous election of board member Bob Todd as chair and board member Marion Key as vice-chair.

But when it came to the board’s meeting nights the discussion became more problematic, with board members eventually voting to keep the meetings on Tuesdays through July then switch to Monday nights for the remainder of the year. Yet it was of note that the primary reason for changing the meeting days last year to Tuesdays was never addressed by anyone on the board. Read More»

Brown wants controversial elections board change rescinded

New Commissioner Steve Brown (R) makes a point before the full county commission at the first meeting of the new year. Looking on are (L-R) Lee Hearn, Chairman Herb Frady and Robert Horgan. Commissioner Alllen McCarty was present but is not shown in this picture. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown is hoping to rescind a controversial resolution passed by the commission last month that would give the county commission the ability to veto any appointee made by either political party to the Fayette County Board of Elections.

The final say, however, may rest with state legislators who have the ability to either change the law or leave it as is.

Currently, the county commission appoints one member of the elections board, while the Republican and Democratic parties also appoint one member each of their own choosing. Read More»

Sen. Chance: HOPE scholarship funding on the line

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone)

The state budget will be the dominant issue of this year’s legislative session, by far, according to Ga. Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone).

December’s state revenue figures came in about 10 percent above last year, about three times more than expected, Chance said. Still, the state is looking at having to make a budget cut between $1 billion and $1.5 billion, he added. Read More»

PTC rec dept. declines gun show at Kedron

Neighbors expressed concern, but show may move to private facility

The Peachtree City Recreation Department, after getting public input for and against, has decided not to host a gun show at the Kedron Fieldhouse.

In a news release issued Friday, Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo said his agency would work with local officials to try and identify a suitable location to host the show in the city.

Following is the news release from the city: Read More»

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