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Fulton County BOE to Hold First Budget Hearing on May 3
Government, Schools

Fulton County BOE to Hold First Budget Hearing on May 3

The Fulton County Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, May 3 at the Fulton County School District’s North Learning Center, at 450 Northridge Parkway in Sandy Springs. A series of sessions is planned for the day, including the first budget hearing. The day's agenda items include the Superintendent's report, a report on K-8 STEAM, a facilities master plan update, public comment, and monthly recognition of student and staff accomplishments. All topics up for approval are posted for the public on BoardDocs. The school board will first meet for executive session at 11 a.m. A pre-work session will begin at approximately 12:30 p.m. with work session presentations immediately following at approximately 2:30 p.m. The first budget hearing will take place at 6 p.m. All meetings of the S...
Carn, Joyner Advance to Runoff in Commissioner Race
Politics

Carn, Joyner Advance to Runoff in Commissioner Race

Residents in District 6 in Fulton County are one step closer to learning who will be their next commissioner and fill the seat of the late Emma Darnell. Joe Carn, with 26.26 percent of the vote, and Gordon Joyner, with 20.03 percent will advance to a runoff election on October 15. Both candidates say they'll bring a new senior center to the district. Carn, who has the backing of the South Fulton Democrats, is also seeking court reform measures. South Fulton residents Sojourner Marable Grimmett (15.94 percent) and Rafer Johnson (13.87 percent) had a strong showing. The remaining five candidates collectively received less than 25 percent of the votes. Of the nearly 126,893 registered voters in the district, 6,071 cast a vote. Historically, elections in odd numbered years and...
Fulton County Seeks Input on Water Rate Increase, Affordable Housing
Government

Fulton County Seeks Input on Water Rate Increase, Affordable Housing

Fulton County will hold a public meeting at the South Fulton Service Center on September 23 to seek input on proposed water rate changes. Meetings will be held at the same venue on September 19 and 25 to solicit input on the community development plan and fair housing study. Proposed Water Rate Increase Based on recent financial analysis, in order to complete the Fulton County Department of Public Works' revised 2020 – 2026 Capital Improvement Program (CIP), the county must provide additional funding and a change in water rates is being considered. If approved by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners, the new fee structure would go into effect on January 1, 2020. A meeting will be held on Monday, September 23 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the South Fulton Service Center (5600 ...
Commissioner Race: 743 Votes Cast at Early Voting Sites, More Candidate Forums Planned
Elections, Politics

Commissioner Race: 743 Votes Cast at Early Voting Sites, More Candidate Forums Planned

Mayor William “Bill” Edwards was one of the first South Fulton residents to cast a ballot during early voting in the election for Fulton County Commissioner in District 6. The former commissioner took to social media earlier this week to “post the peach" and encourage turnout. So far, 742 other voters have followed his lead. Five sites opened on Monday, August 26 for early voting. The highest turnout was at the South Fulton Service Center with 268 votes, followed by the C.T. Martin Natatorium and Recreation Center with 205 votes. The Fulton County Government Center and East Point and Fairburn library branches are also open. Voter turnout in special elections and in odd-numbered years, especially in local elections, tends to be lower. After a review of the numbers, candidate Rafer ...
League of Women Voters, NAACP Host Forum for Commissioner Candidates
Politics

League of Women Voters, NAACP Host Forum for Commissioner Candidates

Early voting is underway in Fulton County to determine who will be the next District 6 Commissioner, and fill the shoes of the late Emma Darnell. And voters are still getting to know the candidates. The latest forum, held yesterday, was hosted in the city of South Fulton by The League of Women Voters Atlanta-Fulton County in partnership with the Atlanta NAACP, Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Renaissance Church of Christ. https://youtu.be/mRZ4mISan9o The event forum was moderated by Emmy Award-winning journalist Maria Boynton (V-103, 1380 WAOK) and CW 69's Keisha Lancelin. Topics tackled included economic development, annexations and how candidates would collaborate with existing commissioners to get results for South Fulton County. ...
County Responds to City’s to Lawsuit: We’ve Exhausted All Practical Solutions
Government

County Responds to City’s to Lawsuit: We’ve Exhausted All Practical Solutions

South Fulton’s transition from Fulton County has been anything but smooth. Over the two-year process, residents have watched city and county leadership haggle over assets and their costs. In May, Mayor William “Bill” Edwards announced the city’s intention to acquire the Wolf Creek Amphitheater in a formal “State of the City” address. But now, just three months later, negotiations with the county have turned sour and the city is taking legal action. Today, just outside of the amphitheater, Mayor Edwards and six members of the city council announced that the city has filed a lawsuit in Fulton Superior Court against the county to acquire the venue along with the Tom Lowe Shooting Range and the Southwest Arts Center. The city has already acquired all parks within its boundaries at ...
South Metro Democratic Women Hold Forum for District 6 Commissioner Candidates
Government, Politics

South Metro Democratic Women Hold Forum for District 6 Commissioner Candidates

On July 8, the South Metro Democratic Women's Council held the first candidate forum for those vying to become the next Fulton County Commissioner in District 6. The seat was previously held by the late Emma Darnell. Nine candidates have qualified to run: Khadijah Abdur-Rahman; Yoshina Colbert Bradford; Joe Carn; Carl Winfred Dorsey Jr.; Sonia Francis-Rolle; Sojourner Marable Grimmett; Warren C. Head Jr.; Rafer Johnson; and Gordon L. Joyner. Bradford, Francis-Rolle, Grimmett and Johnson are residents of the city of South Fulton, which comprises 50 percent of District 6. During the forum, six of the nine candidates addressed a number of topics, including workforce development, environmental justice and senior services. (Watch the forum in its entirety below.) https://youtu.be/...
Four South Fulton Residents Vie for the Late Emma Darnell’s Seat
Government, Politics

Four South Fulton Residents Vie for the Late Emma Darnell’s Seat

On September 17, voters in Fulton County’s District 6 will head to the polls to elect a new commissioner, following the death of the beloved Emma Darnell. The district includes Chattahoochee Hills, Fairburn, unincorporated Fulton County, Hapeville, Palmetto and portions of Atlanta, College Park, East Point, South Fulton and Union City. Nine candidates met the deadline last Friday to qualify for the election to fill Darnell’s unexpired term. City of South Fulton Residents Pictured R to L: Colbert-Bradford, Grimmett, Johnson Four residents of the city of South Fulton have put their names in the hat: Yoshina Colbert-Bradford, Sonia Francis-Rolle, Sojourner Marable Grimmett and Rafer Johnson. Yoshina Colbert-Bradford Colbert-Bradford is a life-long resident of the distric...
Commissioner Arrington Hosts Annual Write to Rise Workshop
Community

Commissioner Arrington Hosts Annual Write to Rise Workshop

Starting June 1, Fulton County District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. will host the third annual Write to Rise Young Writer’s Workshop and Competition in conjunction with Friends of Wolf Creek and Opus Cultural Lifestyle Magazine. The workshop and subsequent competition are available on a first-come-first-served basis to middle and high school students in Fulton County. Workshop sessions will be held at Wolf Creek Library (3100 Enon Road) on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. Free lunch will be provided. “The written word opens up so many possibilities for young people able to maximize their communications skills,” said District 5 Commissioner Marvin S. Arrington, Jr. “This workshop hopes to demonstrate to our young people what is p...

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