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Municipal Candidate Forums October 8 & 12

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The public is invited to attend upcoming candidate forums to be held in two Fayette County locations in October.  Sponsored by the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP, Fayette Chamber of Commerce, Fayette County Democratic Committee, Fayette County Republican Party and the Fayette County Issues Tea Party, these forums will provide an opportunity for citizens to hear from and ask questions of candidates vying for contested seats in Fayette’s municipal elections on November 3.

Fayetteville City Council candidates will gather Thursday, October 8 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Sams Auditorium, 205 Lafayette Avenue, Fayetteville.
Fayetteville candidates for Mayor are Greg Clifton, incumbent and Edward Johnson; Fayetteville Post 1 candidates are Harlan Shirley and Mimi Oddo, write-in.  Fayetteville Post 2 candidates are Kathaleen Brewer and Mickey Edwards, incumbent.

Peachtree City Council and Tyrone Town Council candidates will gather Monday, October 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Sandy Creek High School, 360 Jenkins Road, Tyrone.
Peachtree City Post 1 candidates are Phil Prebor and Shayne Robinson.
Tyrone candidates for Mayor are Eric Dial, incumbent and Derrick Jackson; Tyrone Post 2 candidates are Ryan Housley, incumbent and Wil James.

At each forum, candidates will answer questions from a panel of moderators and take questions from the attendees. Meet and greet opportunities will be available following the program.

Citizens are reminded that the last day to register to vote for the November election is October 5.  Early voting will take place October 12-30 at the Fayette County Elections Office and from October 19 – 30 at the Peachtree City Library and Tyrone Town Hall. Voting hours at all locations are from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Municipal Candidate Forum FLYER

Fayette County Elections Information

Georgia Holds Sales Tax Holiday on Oct. 2-4 for Purchase of WaterSense Products

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

The state of Georgia on Oct. 2-4 will sponsor a sales tax-free weekend for the purchase of WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products with a sales price of up to $1,500.

“The purchase of WaterSense products for the home is one more way residents can demonstrate how serious the region is about water conservation in metro Atlanta,” said Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin, chair of the District.

According to the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, per capita water usage in the region has decreased by more than 30 percent since 2000.  This reduction is due in large part to the conversion from old inefficient products to water-efficient fixtures.

“We use more water in our homes than anywhere else,” Austin said. “WaterSense-labeled toilets, showerheads, faucets, irrigation controllers and other products use at least 20 percent less water, and can significantly contribute to both water and money savings. Not only that, new models often outperform older, conventional models.”

Replacing a standard showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled fixture can save thousands of gallons of water a year. Replacing an old toilet with a water-efficient model will save more than two gallons a flush. Residents living in a home built in 1993 or earlier who replace an existing high-flow toilet with a new WaterSense model, may qualify for a rebate from their local water utility. More information on the Metro Water District Toilet Rebate Program is available at

Visit for other strategies for reducing water use. My Drop Counts is a water conservation program developed by ARC and the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.

About the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District)

The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is the planning organization dedicated to developing comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resources plans to be implemented by local governments in the 15-county metro Atlanta region, which include Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. These plans protect water quality and public water supplies, protect recreational values of the waters and minimize potential adverse impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region.

Municipal Election Candidate Qualifying Begins August 31

Monday, August 24th, 2015

The candidate qualifying period for upcoming Fayette municipal general elections runs from August 31 – September 4.  The general election takes place Tuesday, November 3, 2015

For the complete list of seats up for election and qualifying deadlines and dates, visit Fayette County Elections website:

FCBOE Center of Innovation Seeks Equipment Donations for Healthcare Classes

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Fayette County is committed to ensuring all students have the opportunity to fully explore and pursue their individual career goals.  To meet growing student demands, Fayette County is offering an innovative model that enhances and expands current course offerings.  Two career clusters showing the highest student interest, health science and culinary arts will be the focus for the 2015-2016 school year.

Southern Crescent Technical College and Fayette County have partnered to remove the barriers for participation in dual enrollment and have streamlined how eligible students earn college credit while still in high school.  Through this partnership health science and culinary arts students will have the opportunity to earn high school credit, technical college credit as well as industry recognized credentials.

The 3rd year Healthcare classes at the Centers of Innovations invites hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, manufacturers, individuals, and other health care organizations to donate medical equipment on a one-time or recurring basis.

If you are willing to donate resources for the Health Science Program, call Fayette County’s Career and Technical Education Office @ 770-460-3990 x 137

FREE Personal Empowerment Seminar @ Fayette County Library

Monday, July 27th, 2015
11:00 am

Fayette County Public Library invites the public to attend a one-hour personal empowerment seminar Saturday, August 1 at 11:00 a.m. The session is aimed at adults who are tired of being tired, feeling overwhelmed by life, and looking for some help becoming more proactive and more self-sufficient. Admission is free.

Professional therapist Musanna Overr will introduce participants to some tools they can use to take control of how they feel each day. She will focus on five key areas: Finding Your Life’s Purpose; Health; Love & Relationships; Loss & Grief; and Dealing with Life’s Unexpected Realities. Overr plans to inspire and encourage every participant to go forth with greater zest to live life to the fullest, and to embrace their inner power to create change on a personal level.

Musanna Overr has worked to help others realize their potential since 1999, when she received her master of arts in psychology from Georgia School of Professional Psychology, and started working at Anchor Hospital as a needs assessment counselor for patients struggling with mental health or substance abuse problems. She followed that with 13 years as director of guidance at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School, where in addition to providing college guidance, facilitating student/parent teacher conferences, and allocating Title I funds, she also served as a family therapist whenever needed.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways 85 and 54.  For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841.

Peachtree City Hires New Planning Director

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Master-planned city Peachtree City welcomes a new Director of Planning and Development.  Interim City Manager Jon Rorie announced that Michael Warrix of Brownsville, Texas, would be heading up the department beginning July 20.


Warrix has 30 years of experience in public sector planning agencies and private sector civil and environmental engineering firms.  He comes to Peachtree City from Brownsville, Texas, where he served the community’s 200,000 residents as Director of Planning and Zoning.


Warrix has also served as Planning and Community Development Director for MSE of Kentucky, a municipal engineering, architecture and planning firm based in Lexington, and as Vice President of Planning and Community Development with Keck & Wood, Inc., a civil environmental engineering firm in Duluth, Georgia.


Warrix’s public sector experience includes working as an Assistant Planner for Greenville, South Carolina; Community Development Planner in Berea, Kentucky; Effingham County Coordinator for the Coastal Area Planning & Development Commission; and Staff Planner with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.   He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography with a specialization in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Kentucky.


Rorie welcomed Warrix, saying, “We have seen a dramatic increase in projects this past year, and Michael’s range of experience at the local, regional, and state level will be a valuable asset to the department.”

PTC Hires New Police Chief

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015


Takes helm August 10 at $111,000 Salary

Peachtree City Interim City Manager Jon Rorie announced today that Suwanee Deputy Chief Janet Moon has accepted the position as Chief of the Peachtree City Police Department.

The appointment comes after a two-step process that involved an interview panel that assessed technical skills and knowledge of the applicants, followed by a panel of community representatives who assessed the top three candidates in terms of the best fit for Peachtree City.

Rorie said, “While we had many well-qualified candidates, members of both panels were particularly impressed with Janet’s philosophy of being a ‘servant leader’ and her emphasis on being involved in the local community.”

Chief Moon comes to Peachtree City with an impressive 30-year history in law enforcement, with four years in the U.S. Army Military Police Force followed by twelve years with the Police Department of Rome, Georgia, where she rose to the rank of Lieutenant.  Moon joined the Suwanee Police Department as a Captain in 2001, earning the promotion to her current rank of Deputy Chief in 2006.

Rorie said, “We are very fortunate to have found a Chief from this area with Janet’s level of knowledge and experience.  Peachtree City has an excellent Police force that weathered some very difficult circumstances earlier this year.  I’m confident Chief Moon and the entire department will be able to move forward and continue providing outstanding service to our citizens.”

Moon is a graduate of the U.S. Army Military Police School in Ft. McClellan, Alabama; the Floyd College Police Academy in Rome; the Georgia Law Enforcement Command College in Columbus, Georgia; and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.  She holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice (Suma Cum Laude) from Floyd College in Rome, a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management from Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia.  She will begin serving in Peachtree City on August 10.

Become a Mentor for Fayette Youth Leadership Program

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

The Fayette Youth Leaders PRIDE (FYLP) program represents Fayette County’s most innovative, influential, and ambitious high school student leaders. Selected through a competitive process, these students demonstrate a passion for problem solving, positive role modeling and creating opportunities for success.

AVPRIDE, the Fayette County School System and other community partners are investing in these young leaders through this program. By providing an opportunity for youth to connect with current community leaders, engage in decision making processes and contribute youth voice, FYLP will bridge the gap between this generation and the pioneer leaders of our county.

Mentors are needed for Youth Leaders… Enrich the life of Fayette’s youth leaders by becoming a mentor. Mentors are comprised of business professionals and community members who will meet with their student once a month to give a hands on opportunity to learn from a leader. Mentors are also encouraged to connect with their student mentee once a week via email, text, or phone to support and encourage leadership development.

For more information or to sign up to be an FYLP mentor, please email

Fayette Teacher Receives Teacher of the Year Recognition

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Sally Meyer, a teacher of math and social studies at Crabapple Lane Elementary in Fayette County, has received two statewide “teacher of the year” honors for 2015. The latest is from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, which named her the 2015 Georgia History Teacher of the Year. In April, the Georgia Council on Economic Education named her the 2015 Georgia Economics Teacher of the Year. Meyer is one of 53 finalists vying for the National History Teacher of the Year title, which includes a $10,000 award. The winner will be announced in the fall. As Georgia’s History Teacher of the Year, Meyer will receive a $1,000 award, certificate of recognition, an archive of books and historical resources presented in her name to Crabapple Lane’s media center, and an invitation to attend a 2016 Gilder Lehrman Teacher Seminar.

Fayette Students Wanted for Model ARC Leadership Development Program

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

There are open seats available for Fayette County students in the 2015-2016 Model ARC class. If you know a rising sophomore or junior who is interested in this FREE youth leadership program, please reach out to ARC directly.

Click here for full information and contact info:   MARC_Flyer2015

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