Sunday, November 6, 2011
Find out what's coming up on Canton-Sixes Patch today and what you might have missed overnight.
1. If you didn't do it before you went to bed, make sure to turn back your clock one hour. It's daylight saving time. 2. Cherokee County journalist Candi Hannigan returns at 6 a.m. with another Meet the Pastor profile. This week's ministry spotlight will focus on the pastor of Mount Paran North Canton. 3. Speaking of ministries, a new church is opening in Canton this month. The Source Worship Center, 207 Marvin Land Ln., will have its grand opening at 11 a.m. Nov. 13. Kenneth Turner, who serves on the church's leadership committee, has additional details here. 4. This week, Canton voters will go to the polls to vote for mayor, three city council positions and a Sunday alcohol sales referendum. All voters in Cherokee County will be asked if…
Friday, October 28, 2011
Here are the top headlines from around the region for Friday, Oct. 28.
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If the Ed-SPLOST doesn't pass in November, officials say property taxes will need to be raised.
A continuation of the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax is on the ballot this November, and Cherokee County School District officials say other taxes could increase if it’s not passed. Superintendent Frank Petruzielo said in an email that if Cherokee County residents vote down the Ed-SPLOST, the Board of Education could vote in July to increase property taxes by 3.9 mills to continue making bond debt payments, which equates to approximately $320 a year for the average property owner. “That not only hits all property owners in the wallet, it also can lower property values, stymie economic development and lead to inflation in costs for goods and services,” Petruzielo said. The state gives school systems very little funding for…
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Here are the top headlines from around the region for Thursday, Oct. 27.
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011
"Since, our (self) esteemed Mayor is questioning leadership perhaps we should look at what has occurred under his," Canton City Council member Bob Rush wrote.
Editor's note: Tension is growing after Mayor Gene Hobgood sent a letter critical of the current council to residents in the Laurel Canyon and River Green communities. Hobgood is running unopposed for a second term as mayor, but a Facebook campaign to get Council member Bob Rush on the Nov. 8 ballot as a write-in candidate has taken shape. Today, Rush sent this letter to Canton-Sixes Patch. An Open Letter to Canton Residents Recently, Mayor Hobgood, sent to Canton voters, under the guise of a campaign letter, a blatant bid for more POWER to the Mayor’s office. He cites a need for it due to a lack of leadership from the City Council. In my opinion, Canton is in its current state because too much authority has been ceded to former mayors by…
As the Nov. 8 election nears, a letter from Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood urges residents to put "in place a council that believes as I do." Open the PDF on this page, read the letter in its entirety, then take our poll.
Mayor Gene Hobgood never calls them out by name, but the targets of the criticism are clear. "The Mayor's leadership and direction for this City can only succeed if there is cooperation and commitment among the members of the Council," he says. "Unfortunately, I have been met with opposition, a lack of understanding of the issues, an unwillingness to accept the responsibility of an elected official and sometimes simply apathy. This has tempered the success I have been able to achieve." As the Nov. 8 election nears, a letter from the mayor is making the rounds. A reader emailed a copy, apparently sent to residents in the Laurel Canyon and River Green communities, to Canton-Sixes Patch on Tuesday. In it, Hobgood, who is unopposed in his bid…
Monday, October 24, 2011
The candidates for Canton City Council weighed in on that topic during the Cherokee Tribune's candidates forum.
Seven of the eight candidates vying for political office in Canton participated in the Cherokee Tribune's candidates forum at the Cherokee Arts Center on Oct. 19. Candidates for Canton City Council Wards I, II and III were asked if the city should unload the Hickory Log Creek Reservoir, a move that would relieve Canton of more than $28 million in debt. In August, incumbents Jack Goodwin (Ward II), Amelia Rose (Ward III) and Pat Tanner (Ward I) joined council members John Beresford (Ward III), Bill Bryan (Ward II) and Bob Rush (Ward I) in a unanimous endorsement of water merger talks with the Cherokee Water & Sewerage Authority and the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority. The endorsement came in the form of a non-binding memorandum of …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
"It's just really bad timing for us right now," said Doug Williams, the chief executive officer of 23½ HR Locksmith Security Co.
A day after filing paperwork to run for mayor, local businessman Doug Williams withdrew from the race today. "It's just really bad timing for us right now," said Doug Williams, the chief executive officer of 23½ HR Locksmith Security Co., 571 Main St. Without elaborating, he hung up on a Canton-Sixes Patch reporter. City clerk Coty Ervin confirmed this afternoon that Williams dropped out this morning. "No explanation," she said. It's not clear if Williams' name will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot with the eight other people—four incumbents and four challengers—who qualified this week. With today's development, Mayor Gene Hobgood will enter a second term without opposition. "I haven't seen anything officially," the mayor said. All this week, …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Today, the mayor got a challenger and Ward I council member Pat Tanner launched her re-election bid.
The slate of candidates for mayor and city council is complete. A total of nine people—four incumbents and five challengers—will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. All of the incumbents—Mayor Gene Hobgood included—will face competiton. Doug Williams, 54, said he's running against Hobgood because "we need some changes. "I think it's an interesting time. I'd like to get involved and see what I can do." Williams is the chief executive officer of 23½ HR Locksmith Security Co., 571 Main St. Ward I council member Pat Tanner also filed today, setting up a head-to-head race with retired 3M sales executive Hooky Huffman, the Great Sky resident who hopes to unseat her. All this week, candidates have submitted mini-bios to Canton-Sixes Patch. Tanner submitted …
She has served Ward III since 1990.
Tuesday, two more people tossed their names in the ring for spots on the Canton City Council. One of them was Ward III council member Amelia Rose, who has been in office since 1990. River Green resident Glen Cummins filed paperwork to unseat her on Monday. Rose, 64, submitted background information to Canton-Sixes Patch late Tuesday. WARD III Click here to learn more about four other candidates for mayor and city council, then stay tuned to canton-ga.patch.com for your Election 2011 updates.