Government

Brown, McCarty, Todd victorious

Incumbent commissioners Smith, Maxwell unseated by former PTC mayor and political newcomer

UPDATED 10:39 p.m. — With only 250 mailed in absentee ballots and one early voting machine left to be tallied, it is certain that county commission challengers Steve Brown and Allen McCarty have upset incumbents Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell. Bob Todd also held onto his seat on the Fayette County Board of Education.

Brown has 7,420 votes to incumbent Jack Smith's 6,506 votes in the Post 4 commission race. In Post 5, McCarty has a 7,415 to 6,236 edge over incumbent Eric Maxwell.

Incumbent Board of Education member Bob Todd has retained a significant lead with 8,446 to 5,200 compiled by challenger Charlie Cave. Read More»

F’ville sends pawn shops to industrial

Fayetteville currently has no pawn shops, and any future shops will not be found along the city’s main commercial strips. Read More»

F’ville adopts $9.7 million budget, down 5%

Fayetteville’s diminishing budget approved July 15 is a sign of the times. The City Council trimmed approximately $400,000 off last year’s budget to come in at $9.7 million in the General Fund. Read More»

7 US applicants, but BoE picks a foreign teacher

An Australian teacher with a temporary work visa has won a Fayette County drama teaching slot over at least seven U.S. applicants. Read More»

Smith property deal with sup't. candidate raises questions

Fayette County Board of Education Chairwoman Terri Smith.

Sup’t. candidate Wenzel had 29% profit in real estate deal involving BoE's Smith

One of the three finalists for the top job in the Fayette County School System has some real estate buying and selling history with the current chairwoman of the Board of Education. Read More»

All Fayette schools meet AYP

Fayette is among 27 systems in Georgia with 100 percent of its schools meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements in 2010. Of these systems, most have less than 10 schools compared to Fayette’s 28, according to school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach.

All of Fayette’s schools have made AYP each of the seven years since the assessment was implemented, Berry-Dreisbach said, adding that AYP is one of the cornerstones of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. It is a measure of year-to-year student achievement on statewide assessments. Read More»

Early voting nets 3,800 ballots in Fayette

Some voters can use license for quick ‘scan’ check-in at polls tomorrow

Some 3,801 ballots for tomorrow’s primary election have already been cast, Read More»

PTC annex bid OK'd for new company

The Peachtree City Council Thursday night agreed to explore a potential 77-acre annexation of property on Ga. Highway 74 South to house a new manufacturing facility.

The company, Low Temp, is currently in Jonesboro and manufactures kitchen equipment for use in hospitals, restaurants and schools across the nation, according to Ben Casey, the third generation in his family to work with the company.

Council’s approval allows Low Temp to begin working directly with city staff, which will analyze the proposal and provide a recommendation to City Council. Read More»

PTC Council remains at property tax impasse

Members battle over funding for development authority: $35,000 vs. $150,000

The Peachtree City Council continues to appear headed for a deadlocked vote on the millage rate for the 2010-2011 fiscal budget year. Read More»

PTC celltower moratorium extended

Zoning changes OK'd, banning celltowers from conservation-zoned parcels

New, tougher restrictions on new cellphone towers coming to Peachtree City will take a bit longer than planned.

Thursday night the City Council tabled the new ordinance and extended a moratorium on new celltower applications until Aug. 19. Read More»

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