Government

Fayette Chief Judge Edwards to seek re-election

Fayette County Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards has announced he will seek a fourth term on the bench.

Edwards, a Brooks resident, was elected to the bench in 1998 and re-elected for subsequent terms in 2002 and 2006. He hears cases in the Griffin Judicial Circuit which includes Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Upson counties.

Edwards has run unopposed the past two elections. Qualifying for the non-partisan race begins Monday, June 28 at 9 a.m. and runs through noon Friday, July 2. Read More»

Fayette BoE to begin superintendent interviews in mid-July

The search for a new superintendent for the Fayette County School System appears to be making some progress. The Citizen was told Monday that the first round of interviews is expected to begin in mid-July. The number of people to be interviewed is unknown. Read More»

F’ville to cut FY 2011 budget by 4.6 percent

The Fayetteville City Council Thursday heard the first reading of the $9.7 million Fiscal Year 2011 budget that will take effect in August.

City finance staff expect to see an 8.89 percent decrease in property taxes for the coming year, but a 7.44 percent recovery in local option sales taxes.
The proposed $9.7 million general fund budget represents a decrease of 4.6 percent from the current $10.12 million budget. Read More»

Fayette BOE to pay employees back for furlough days

It was a time for giving back. The Fayette County Board of Education last week unanimously approved restoring the equivalent of up to three furlough days imposed on employees during the past school year. The number of days to be paid will depend on the number of days taken, since most, but not all, system staff took three furlough days.

The furloughs came as the state reckoned with diminished revenues and passed that downturn on to school systems across the state. Payment for the furlough days will be effective by the end of June. Read More»

Candidate meet and greet Tuesday night at PTC Wyndham

Bevy of candidates from local, state, federal offices expected

Voters wanting to hear directly from the candidates will have just that chance Tuesday night at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City. Read More»

Fayette BOE forum a one-man show for incumbent Todd

Board of Education member Bob Todd at June 17 forum. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Challenger Cave calls in sick, misses forum

It was supposed to be a forum between challenger Charlie Cave and Fayette County School Board District 4 Post incumbent Bob Todd. Read More»

6 on governor's short list for 2 vacant Fayette judgeships

Six local judges and attorneys have made the final list of nominees for the two Superior Court vacancies in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette County. The judges on the list are Read More»

New Senoia PD/Court building almost ready

The delay of the opening for the new Senoia Police Department and Municipal Court building appears to be coming to a close. The floors are in and the final walk-through is expected next week.

The completion of the $1.3 million project on Howard Road had been delayed recently due to the moisture level in the concrete floor. But that obstacle has been overcome and the flooring has been installed.

Police Chief Jason Edens said Thursday that an initial walk-through with the project punch list was accomplished last week. The final walk-through is expected on June 23, he said. Read More»

Commission okays talks on next phase for interchange

The Coweta County Commission last week gave unanimous approval for county representatives to begin negotiations with design firm Clough Harbour on the pricing and scope of work for the interchange at I-85 and Poplar Road.

County administrator Theron Gay told commissioners that the consultant selection committee had reviewed the 13 submissions received in the Request for Qualifications process and selected six design firms as finalists for interviews. Of those, the committee preferred Clough Harbour as the primary choice, Gay said. Read More»

GAE endorses only Democrats for statewide offices

The 43,000-member Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) on Monday released its list of endorsements for the upcoming statewide primaries. It was no surprise that only Democrats won GAE approval.

"Ours is a very exacting and detailed two-step process," said GAE President Jeff Hubbard. "Our political action committee, the GAE Fund for Public Education Committee, first sent out questionnaires to all declared candidates for statewide offices. We next set up face-to-face interviews with those who responded to the questionnaires so the committee could ask any clarifying questions." Read More»

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