Government

Qualifying opens for local, regional political posts

Qualifying starts Monday for local and regional offices in the primary and general elections that will be held later this year.

Interested candidates must qualify with their respective party, not at the county’s elections office.

The Fayette County Republican Party will be open at its headquarters at 174 N. Glynn Street in Fayetteville from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. For information call 770-716-1545. Read More»

Tyrone Tea Party activist tosses hat in ring for District 16 Senate race

Marty Harbin. Photo/submitted.

Republican businessman and Tea party activist Marty Harbin announced Feb. 21 his candidacy for Georgia State Senate in the 16th district.

Harbin promised to fight for less government, more personal responsibility, and a better Georgia.

Current Senator Ronnie Chance announced his retirement last week after 10 years in the legislature.

“Ronnie is a good friend and I honor him for giving many years of his life to public service,” said Harbin. “In light of Ronnie’s retirement, I would be honored to represent the voters of the 16th district in the state Senate.” Read More»

Senoia Dev. Authority to meet Monday

The new Senoia Development Authority will hold its first meeting Monday. Expected to serve as an organizational meeting, it will include agenda items such as the election of officers and a discussion of the by-laws governing the authority.

Authority members include Doug Kohlbenschlag, Bill Wood, Harry Ramos, Tammie Adams, Jim Schuyler, Matthew Bennett and former Mayor Robert Belisle.

The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at the Stone Lodge at Merrimac Lakes, located at 140 Pylant Street. The meeting is open to the public. Read More»

Council halts 54W light request

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DOT wants time to install new signal management system

A proposal to add a new traffic light on Ga. Highway 54 West for a new shopping center ran into a logjam of its own Thursday night, as the Peachtree City Council voted unanimously to table the request indefinitely. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey sets reelection bid

Rep. Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City says he wants to serve another term in the Georgia General Assembly. Read More»

It’s final — Federal court enacts district voting

It’s final — Federal court enacts district voting

New map with majority-minority 5th District will be used for upcoming elections; NAACP calls it "historic win-win" for all citizens

Tuesday afternoon, district voting became the law of the land in Fayette County by decree of a U.S. District Judge, replacing the county’s at-large voting format with a new process that will allow residents to vote for just one of the five members on both the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education.

Under at-large voting, struck down by the court, Fayette voters had the luxury of casting a ballot for all five members on each governing body. Read More»

PTC Council may scrap citizen ethics committee

The Peachtree City Council will consider a big change to its ethics ordinance Thursday night. The new rules would ditch a committee of citizens sitting in judgment of all ethics complaints. Read More»

F’ville to sign streetlight pact?

An intergovernmental agreement between Fayetteville and the Ga. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) for lighting for the upcoming streetscape project that will add sidewalks and other features to both sides of Stonewall Avenue from Braxton Court to Ga. Highway 85 will be up for a vote Feb. 20 by the Fayetteville City Council.

The intergovernmental agreement addresses the need for 20 street lights to be located along Stonewall Avenue from Tiger Trail to Hwy. 85 in downtown Fayetteville. Read More»

Hwy. 54W traffic light up for PTC vote

Councilman King cites liability for cost, potential for substandard businesses without signal at Line Creek Drive next to Planterra Read More»

‘Emergency’ declared in Fayette by commission

At the height of the winter storm last week, the old Fayette County Courthouse reposed in icy splendor with few to admire the wonderland spectacle. Photo/Steve Rapson.

Allows for federal disaster funds to offset costs

The Fayette County Commission Monday officially declared a state of emergency for the period following last week’s ice storm.

The designation allows the county to be eligible for state and federal recovery funds at a future date.

The commission was also effusive in praising county employees and volunteers who helped weather the storm, from the public works staff to emergency management officials who staffed the county’s emergency operations center. Read More»