Government

Ruppenthal named new chief magistrate

As Fayette County mourns the death of Chief Magistrate Charles Floyd, another local magistrate has been appointed to take his place.

Robert “Bob” Ruppenthal was appointed Monday as the new chief magistrate for the county, replacing Floyd, who passed away Oct. 27 unexpectedly at the age of 53.

Floyd was appointed to the position in 2002, becoming Fayette’s first-ever African-American judge. He subsequently was elected to the post in 2004 and won re-election in 2008.

The appointment was made by Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards, as prescribed by law. Read More»

PTC coup? Council to vote on booting Haddix

Several of Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix’s fellow city council members may be pushing to have him removed as one of Fayette County’s two representatives on the Regional Transportation Roundtable.

Doing so will require a majority vote of the five mayors of municipalities in Fayette County, which includes Peachtree City, Fayetteville, Tyrone, Brooks and Woolsey.

The matter will be discussed at Thursday night’s City Council meeting, as a notice was published Tuesday afternoon adding the item to the agenda. Read More»

No surprises: Fayette goes for GOP candidates in Nov. 2 election

Fayetteville resident Charles Yaughn votes Tuesday at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. Fayette County election Supervisor Tom Sawyer said that as of 2 p.m. Tuesday approximately 15,000 residents — or about 21 percent of the total — had completed early or advanced voting either in person or by mail. That number placed Fayette 11th in Georgia for the number of persons having participated in the early voting process. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Fayette County voters on Nov. 2 voted almost straight party tickets. Unfortunately for the Democrats, by about a 2-to-1 ratio, local voters chose the Republican candidate Tuesday over any Democrat challenger.

In Fayette returns, Republican Nathan Deal overwhelmed former Democrat Governor Roy Barnes 64 percent to 31 percent. But the margins didn’t shift that much down ballot.

Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle beat Democrat Carol Porter by about the same ratio. Read More»

Fayette voter turnout for Nov. 2 tops 60%

One thing you can say about Fayette voters: Every two years, they swarm to the polls with percentages that put other counties to shame.

2010 was no exception, and Fayette may even have set a record for a non-presidential year. By the time polls closed Nov. 2, 42,378 Fayette men and women had cast their ballots.

That’s out of a total registration of 70,233, according to the Fayette County Elections Office online, representing a turnout of 60.34 percent. Read More»

Dees and Parker win contests in Coweta BoE races

The local races were few in Coweta County Tuesday night. But in the end the important races for the Coweta County Board of Education seat for District 1 was taken overwhelmingly by Amy Dees and the District 1 At-large seat was won by a slim margin by April Parker.

The school board’s District 1 seat pitted Amy Dees against Andrew Krause and write-in candidate Jimmy Harrison. Dees garnered 70.91 percent of the vote, with Krause taking 26.99 percent and Harrison receiving 2.1 percent. Read More»

Tolbert wins BOE Post 5

Challenger Burgess couldn't improve on early deficit

With all precincts in and only the paper absentee ballots left to count, Sam Tolbert is the new Post 5 member on the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

You can bob for apples, we're going for doughnuts

You can bob for apples, we're going for doughnuts

Participants and spectators alike enjoy the festivities Saturday marking the grand opening of the Senoia Police Department and Municipal Court building on Howard Street, just in time for Halloween fun for kids and their parents. Officers and court staff were joined by local elected officials and business owners determined to show everyone a good time and provide tours of the new facility. More photos from the celebration here. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC to regulate — or ban — walking signs, mascots

You’ve seen them: costumed or not, holding signs alongside the road promoting a local business.

While they are not about to become an endangered species in Peachtree City, they may not be seen nearly as often if a new city ordinance is approved that restricts the amount of times they can appear in a given year.

Such an ordinance was discussed Monday night by the Peachtree City Planning Commission. Another version was bandied about that would fully ban such “walking signs.” Read More»

PTC Council removes TDK extension, Crosstown widening from plans

Last week the Peachtree City Council voted unanimously to remove two major but unnecessary projects from consideration for funding from the 2003 countywide Transportation sales tax.

Now but a distant memory are plans that would have extended TDK Boulevard from Peachtree City into Coweta County and also widened Crosstown Road from two to four lanes to handle the additional traffic. Read More»

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