Government

Imker breaks tie in favor of larger tax hike

Says it will solve city's budget woes

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker, who campaigned for office on a pledge to not increase city taxes, broke a deadlocked city council and voted in favor of a 1.25 mill property tax rate increase Thursday night. Read More»

Haddix, Imker clash; Split council slashes DAPC budget

Haddix, Imker clash; Split council slashes DAPC budget

3-2 vote OK's hire of "contract" economic development coordinator

A difference of opinion devolved into a brief shouting match Thursday night between Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix and City Councilman Eric Imker Read More»

Coweta approves new provisions on animal control

There were a number of changes to the Coweta County Animal Control Ordinance approved by county commissioners Tuesday night. Those changes included certain provisions for impoundment, humane treatment, tethering animals, transporting them and an additional requirement for commercial animal establishments. Read More»

Coweta commissioners roll back the millage rate

The millage rate set Tuesday night by the Coweta County Commission holds no surprises for property owners. Commissioners, like the Coweta County Board of Education earlier this month, kept the millage rate steady again for 2010. Read More»

Senoia holds tax rate to 6.11 mills

The Senoia City Council was expected to adopt the millage rate at a called meeting Friday morning. The council maintained the same rate of 6.11 mills that has been in effect for the past several years. Read More»

Senoia reviews ordinance for pre-owned manufactured homes

The Senoia City Council Monday night heard the first reading of an ordinance addressing the regulation of pre-owned manufactured homes.

City attorney Drew Whalen told the council that the ordinance addressing pre-owned manufactured homes was needed so that the city could be in compliance with recent changes in state law.

“The city needs an ordinance to regulate pre-owned manufactured homes as long as age is not used as a factor,” Whalen said. Read More»

Fayette high school start times changed

There has been a change in the starting time for Fayette County high schools. Beginning Monday, Aug. 23 the school day will begin at 8:40 a.m., the same as last year. The end time remains at 3:20 p.m. Read More»

Bearden hired as superintendent of Fayette County schools

Jeff Bearden, newly hired superintendent of the Fayette County School System. Bearden was at the Board of Education meeting Aug. 17. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Dr. Jeffrey Bearden is the new superintendent of the Fayette County School System. A unanimous vote by the Fayette County Board of Education Tuesday night was followed by the announcement after executive session that Bearden, who attended the meeting, had signed the three-year contract. He will begin the job on Jan. 3. Read More»

Council to consider new cell tower rules for PTC

Peachtree City’s new proposed cell tower ordinance, which would allow new towers to be built in parks and recreation areas with approval of the City Council, will be up for consideration by the council Thursday night.

The ordinance will require all new cell tower applications to be voted on by the City Council after they are reviewed with a vote of recommendation for or against by the city Planning Commission. Read More»

Chief public defense official picked as newest circuit judge

New judges (L-R) Mack Crawford, Carla McMillian, and Fletcher Sams.

Veteran jurist Sams tapped for Superior Court post

Robert “Mack” Crawford’s path to the bench hasn’t been your typical one.

Reared on a farm in the rural Pike County hamlet of Concord, Crawford started adulthood in agribusiness and has sold mules and been in the antique business, among other ventures. Oh, and he notched 20 years as a small-town lawyer in Pike County, the last 16 years of which Crawford served in the Georgia legislature representing Pike, Upson and Lamar counties. Read More»