Government

Dees and Parker take Coweta County BoE seats

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. Coweta voters also cast their lot with Nathan Deal, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and Sen. Johnny Isakson.

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»

Outgoing PTC city manager to ask council to appoint interim manager

With current City Manager Bernie McMullen retiring at the end of the year, the Peachtree City Council may be selecting an interim city manager at its regular meeting Thursday night.

McMullen’s last day is scheduled to be Dec. 31 after council accepted his resignation via a separation agreement at its Oct. 21 meeting.

McMullen is recommending the appointment of an interim city manager whom he can brief on “current issues,” which will ostensibly create a smoother transition. Read More»

PTC to seek $1.8 million SPLOST money for gateway cart bridge, Crosstown/Parkway junction fix?

Two big-budget transportation projects for Peachtree City will need money from the Fayette County Commission to proceed, as the city has no other method of funding them.

The Peachtree City Council is expected Thursday night to formally vote to petition the county for funding of both projects: improvements to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Road, and a new “gateway” cart path bridge across Ga. Highway 54 at the western city limits. Read More»

Fayette Commission's unannounced non-agenda item: Raises for county workers

There was no way for the public to know what was coming Thursday night — since the item never appeared on a public agenda — but the Fayette County Commission unanimously approved Read More»

WASA defends sewer rate hikes in PTC

After dramatically raising its sewer rates last month, the Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority had just four residents attend its meeting Monday evening.

Resident Doreen Helmen asked why the city’s sewer bills would be 63 percent higher than those for residents in the city of Fayetteville. Read More»

Horgan tagged $200, censured by commission for pot arrest

Ending what has been a bizarre chapter in Fayette County political history, Robert Horgan’s fellow county commissioners fined him $200 and officially rebuked him in a resolution Thursday night for being arrested May 2009 with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana while driving with an expired tag on his personal truck.

Most likely this is the last we’ll hear of the matter until the 2012 election cycle in which Horgan will be up for re-election. Read More»

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»

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