Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Replay our live coverage of Election Day 2011.
Voters throughout metro Atlanta overwhelmingly approved Sunday alcohol sales on Tuesday, as well as school tax referendums in DeKalb and Fulton counties. In the city of Chamblee and Sandy Springs, voters also appoved Sunday alcohol sales by resounding majorities. Southwest Atlanta residents also sent Angela Brown and Byron Amos to a runoff in the race for the District 2 school board seat. Here are the preliminary results for Tuesday's election: Fulton School SPLOST: Yes ... 64% No .... 36% DeKalb School SPLOST: Yes ... 62% No ... 39% Atlanta Sunday alcohol sales: Yes ... 82 percent No .... 18 percent Sandy Springs Sunday alcohol sales: Yes ... 85% No ..... 15% Chamblee Sunday alcohol sales: Yes ... 85% No .....15% APS District 2 Seat: …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Buckhead voters to join in citywide election
Buckhead residents go to the polls Tuesday to vote on a proposal to continue the 1-cent sales tax for the Atlanta Public Schools and to decide whether to allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays. The polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Those unsure about their precinct can go the secretary of state's My Voting Page, MVP, and find where they are to vote. A sample ballot is also available at the web site. Voters can also use Fulton County's polling place finder. Under the APS SPLOST IV proposal, a new elementary school would be built in Buckhead to relieve overcrowding. Proceeds from the sales tax, to be extended for five years, would also go to pay off bonds for the new North Atlanta High, although the APS will pay for the school out …
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Anyone seeing a violation can notify hotline, Ga. secretary of state tells Buckhead Business Association
Ga. Secretary of State Brian Kemp told the Buckhead Businesss Association Thursday morning that anyone seeing incidents of voter fraud in the Nov. 8 election can notify his department's Stop Voter Fraud web site. One of his office’s primary duties is to "make sure Georgia continues to have safe, secure and honest elections," he said. Kemp said that a person who sees someone try to buy a vote, intimidate a voter or campaign too close to a poll can email or call his department, and an investigator would respond in as little as an hour. Use the web site's e-mail form or call the hotline at 877-725-9797. He said the department would also accept cellphone photographs of such incidents. He said "a lot of that goes on" in Georgia, with the State …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
"Shadow lifted" from school, North Atlanta says. Step Up Or Step Down also welcomes news
The removal of accreditation probation from APS high schools was welcome news in Buckhead Tuesday afternoon. District 4 school board member Nancy Meister cited the school board’s hard work in meeting six conditions laid down last January by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools when it put the school system on probation and said “we’re really thrilled” at the news. She promised that the board will “continue our momentum” and said that the announcement will benefit all the city’s high schools, including Buckhead’s North Atlanta. North Atllanta Principal Mark MyGrant said he was “thrilled to hear the good news, and I believe it’s a direct result of the leadership provided by the board chair Brenda Muhammad and our Superintendent …
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Davis offers few definitive solutions for upset E. Rivers, Morris Brandon parents
Atlanta school officials Wednesday night assured North Atlanta High parents that APS remains confident in a fall 2013 opening for the new high school on Northside Parkway. Alvah Hardy, APS director of facilities services, said that the school's "design needs to be finished" by Nov. 7 and that the school system is "way ahead of schedule" in meeting that deadline, which comes a day before the vote on the SPLOST IV 1-cent sales tax. That certainty, in response to a statement from parent Reid Olney that completion of the new high school "opens up the process to solve other problems" with ovecrowding in Buckhead schools, was one of the few definitive answers school officials offered to parents, who expressed their frustrations with packed …
Monday, October 17, 2011
Voters can cast votes early until Nov. 4
Early voting for the Nov. 8 election opened Monday and continues through Nov. 4, according to the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. Buckhead residents can vote early from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fulton Government Center, Public Safety Building, 130 Peachtree St, Suite 2186; North Fulton Annex, 7741 Roswell Road, Suite 232, Sandy Springs; and the South Fulton Annex, 5600 Stonewall Tell Road, Room 108, College Park. In Atlanta, the APS SPLOST IV and proposed Sunday alcohol sales are on the ballot. On election day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters may request to receive an absentee ballot by mail by faxing their request to 404-730-8839. The last day to submit a request for an absentee ballot is Nov. 4…
Friday, October 14, 2011
Moms appear at Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting to explore charter school options
A group of Morris Brandon Elementary moms concerned about overcrowding at the school appeared at the Buckhead Council of Neigbhorhoods Thursday night seeking solutions. Converting Morris Brandon to a charter school, or making a proposed new Buckhead elementary school a charter school, emerged as possibilities during a wide-ranging discussion that covered the Nov. 8 APS SPLOST election, Buckhead school politics and the intricacies of creating charter schools. Morris Brown and Sutton Middle School mom Katie Mori, who called for support of the APS SPLOST, said that Morris Brandon, with 1,200 students, is at capacity. She also pointed to E. Rivers Elementary, where the auditorium is being used as classrooms. "The reality is we need more …
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Voters to decide Nov. 8 on 1-cent sales tax for APS
Buckhead and other city voters will decide Nov. 8 on whether to renew the 1-cent sales tax for city schools. If voters approve, a renewed penny sales tax would raise $520 million over its five-year lifespan from 2013, by APS' math. In Buckhead, $16 million would be set aside for a new elementary school, $14.7 million for renovating overcrowded E. Rivers Elementary and roughly $32 million to pay off bonds for the new North Atlanta High, although the school board would pay for the bonds from its general fund if the SPLOST IV vote fails. Here is a Buckhead Patch poll to determine your views on the SPLOST.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Former Army officer, Westminster athlete joins field seeking Republican nomination
Smyrna businessman Hunter Hill Tuesday announced his campaign for the Georgia Senate's 6th District, according to a news release. Hill, a Westminster Schools alum and a former Army captain who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, joins Josh Belinfante and Beth Beskin as candidates in the 2012 Republican primary. The winner will face Democratic incumbent Doug Stoner. The district, redrawn by the GOP-dominated Ga. Legislature, now stretches from Smyrna into Buckhead. "After many prayers and discussions with my family and friends, and encouragement from many throughout our community, I am excited to announce my candidacy for the Georgia State Senate," Hill, 34, said in a statement. "I look forward to bringing principled leadership and a true …
Sunday, October 9, 2011
If law passes, will you buy from supermarket or liquor store?
The Atlanta City Council has officially approved a vote for Nov. 8 on allowing alcohol sales in supermarkets and liquor stores. This Buckhead Patch poll asks whether you will vote yes, and, if so, whether you will buy alcohol from a supermarket or a liquor store. And, another question asks if you may consider buying alcohol on Sundays, even if you vote no. Along with answering the poll question, please let us know in the comments box what you think about Sunday alcohol sales.