Rep. Ramsey: Talk of gas tax increase ‘premature’

Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City). File photo.

‘Someone would have to do a lot of convincing to get me to vote to raise gas taxes’ Read More»

Common Core to be first topic of ‘Civil Conversations’

A new organization is convening Friday night for its first public gathering and hopes to bring together a variety of people and viewpoints.

The inaugural “Civil Conversations Fayette” event is Friday at 6:30 p.m. and the group has rented a meeting room at 174 N. Glynn Street for the first 100 people who sign up. There is a $22 cost for a catered meal provided by Broadway Diner. Read More»

Mayor: PTC budget went ‘off track’

Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Flesh. File photo.

Fleisch defends pay raises, police department in state of city report

The city’s budget process “went slightly off-track last year,” Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch admitted Jan. 15 in her State of the City address at a meeting of the Peachtree City Rotary Club.

The mayor also defended the city’s police department in the wake of the New Year’s Day shooting of the wife of Chief Will McCollom. Read More»

‘Consensus’ to be Oddo’s goal

Fayette County Commission Chairman Charles Oddo in a file photo.

Downplays Republican-Democrat divisions, hopes to push harmony

How much differently will the Fayette County Board of Commissioners conduct its business with Charles Oddo as chairman?

Not much, if Oddo has anything to say about it.

“Our goals and objectives don’t differ that much,” Oddo said in an interview Jan. 12 when comparing himself to the previous chairman, Steve Brown. “We both want what’s best for the county. I’m not planning on making wholesale changes, although I do want to do things a little bit differently.” Read More»

Coweta legislators preview upcoming session

The 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly is set to begin on Jan. 12. The Citizen asked some of the members of the Coweta County legislative delegation two general questions- what they see as the statewide priorities for the upcoming session and what they see as the local (Fayette County) priorities for the 2015 session.

Members asked to comment included Rep. Matt Ramsey (Rep. - District 63), Rep. David Stover (Rep. - District 71) and Sen. Mike Crane (District 28).

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Brown voted out; Oddo new chairman, Democrat Coston new vice-chair

With the first full meeting of the Fayette County Commission Thursday night, it was out with the old and in with the new.

Republicans Charles Oddo and David Barlow teamed up with newly elected Democrat Pota Coston to strip Chairman Steve Brown of the gavel he has been wielding for two years and voted in a new slate.

By a 3-to-2 vote Thursday night, Charles Oddo is now chairman and Pota Coston is vice-chair. Brown retains his district seat as one of five commissioners, but loses his base of power, which includes his representation of the county at the powerful regional governing body, the Atlanta Regional Commission. Oddo now becomes that delegate to the power brokers in the metro area.

Brown complained bitterly. Read More»

Fayette’s legislators detail their priorities for Jan. 12 session

Senator Marty Harbin (R-Tyrone).

The 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly is set to begin on Jan. 12. The Citizen asked the members of the Fayette legislative delegation two general questions: what they see as the statewide priorities for the upcoming session and what they see as the local (Fayette County) priorities for the 2015 session.
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Fayette Commission chairmanship up for a vote Thursday

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown in a January 2014 file photo.

A relatively light agenda at the Jan. 8 Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting begins with two significant items – the election of the board’s chairman and vice-chairman for 2015.

The meeting is the first of the year at which the board will conduct official business. A special called meeting took place last Friday for the swearing-in of new commissioner Pota Coston. Read More»

McCarty looking ahead, hasn’t ruled out another run

Allen McCarty (center) says goodbye to fellow commissioners. Photo/Monroe Roark.

Allen McCarty is moving into the next phase of his professional life, albeit rather slowly.

A week after his final meeting as a member of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners, he fell at his home and broke his hip. It was repaired surgically the next day, which meant using a walker at Christmas time but with his usual smile and a positive attitude.

So what will he do with his extra free time after leaving office?

“I’ve got a big list but I don’t know where I’m going to start with it,” he said with a laugh. Read More»

Will judge hear voting lawsuit?

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Appeals court judges question whether district voting should be decided by a judge at a bench trial

Federal appeals court judges last week questioned whether the whole district voting lawsuit filed by the NAACP against Fayette County ought to be heard by a judge at a bench trial.

The appeal of a federal court decision mandating district voting in Fayette County was heard Dec. 10 at the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. There is no established time frame for a decision on the appeal to be rendered. Read More»

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