Handel sneaks past Deal in Fayette

The last round of six precincts helped Karen Handel win Fayette County, as she reversed Nathan Deal’s slim lead, defeating him 6.204 to 6,166 among local voters in the runoff. All precincts are in for Fayette and now the state scoreboard watching begins. The Secretary of State’s office is posting results at http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/election_results/2010_0810/ Fayette turned […]

New PTC tower ordinance criticized

Peachtree City’s new celltower ordinance, which will allow new towers to be built in some parks and recreation areas with approval of the City Council, resulted in the planning commission getting an earful Monday night. Resident Kevin Cheney, who lives near Blue Smoke Park, complained that the city should be protecting its parks and recreation […]

County’s 53 dirt miles perplex officials

For a place considered part of metropolitan Atlanta, Fayette County has a good many unpaved dirt and gravel roads lingering around. Some 53 miles of those roads are maintained by the county’s road department, and the county has $1.8 million squirreled away to pave some of them. But that money may not be enough to […]

Chairman Smith flips on county tax increase

Two weeks after losing his bid for reelection, Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith — who campaigned on his record of opposing countywide tax increases — has decided a tax hike might be a good idea after all. Smith changed his position after being told by staff last week that if the commission doesn’t raise […]

Commission skeptical about need for new Fayette judge

While Fayette County’s judicial circuit caseload meets state thresholds for adding another superior court judge, the concept wasn’t well-received by the Fayette County Commission Wednesday afternoon. Will Simmons, the court administrator for the Sixth Administrative Judicial District, said the county’s four judges, — who also hold court in Spalding, Pike and Upson counties — were […]

Horgan appeals ethics slap

Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan is challenging an independent panel’s finding that he violated the county’s ethics ordinance by possessing a misdemeanor amount of marijuana in his truck May 23, 2009. Last week Horgan’s attorney Rick Lindsey argued to senior Superior Court Judge Byron Smith that Horgan was not acting as a county commissioner at […]

F’ville could eliminate distance barriers between churches, alcohol

The Fayetteville City Council Aug. 5 heard the first reading of a proposal that would do away with the distance restriction in shopping centers and on the Old Courthouse Square that separates churches from businesses serving alcohol. The second reading and vote will occur at the council’s Aug. 19 meeting. City staff is proposing an […]

New route approved for F’ville Christmas parade

The Fayetteville City Council Aug. 5 approved a new route for the Main Street Christmas Parade to be held Dec. 4. The route will begin and end at the Fayette County Justice Center southeast of town after making its way through a portion of the downtown area. Main Street Director Brian Wismer in promoting the […]