Monday, August 20, 2012
"The Onion," a satirical site, featured a fictitious story Friday about such an event.
Cobb County's been in America's cultural crosshairs before, as Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee recalled last week in his re-election battle against Bill Byrne. On Friday, the satirical newspaper and website The Onion had fun at Cobb's expense in an article and video devoted to the same topic as a nearly 20-year-old episode that Lee referenced: homosexuality. In a fictitious story on its website that includes a Marietta dateline, The Onion wrote about efforts by a "Cobb County Evangelical Hospital" that holds an annual "Gay Cureness Walk." The money raised will be used to build a new gayness treatment center at the hospital. The accompanying video "interviews" include a physician at the hospital, as well as a supposedly "cured" gay man …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Cobb commission chairman is denouncing his predecessor's anti-gay vote in the early 1990s.
Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee won't debate his Aug. 21 Republican runoff opponent in his bid to keep his job. But Lee is spending the final days before his head-to-head electoral clash with Bill Byrne attacking him in other ways. After Byrne proposed a City of East Cobb last week, Lee has elected to step back in time, reminding voters of an anti-gay resolution the Cobb Commission passed in 1993 that cost the county an Atlanta Olympics volleyball venue at the Cobb Galleria Centre. Byrne, who was chairman from 1992-2002, voted for the resolution, which was a general condemnation of "the gay lifestyle." "The Olympics pulled volleyball out of Cobb County—and all that economic impact and all the positive things that could have been …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The potential changes to the Code of Cobb County would mandate security measures to fight the pawning of stolen goods, but the issue of fees for the service is proving a stumbling block.
The Cobb County Police Department and the Cobb Board of Commissioners are looking for ways to recover stolen property and catch those pawning stolen items. The Police Department has suggested the amendment of Chapter 78 of the Code of Cobb County. The additions would include provisions for Cobb County pawn shops to be equipped with electronic fingerprint readers. Additionally, pawn shop attendants would be required to photograph each client and the items being pawned. "If we have the system, more property will be recovered and people who trade in stolen goods may move to other ventures," said Cobb Police Chief John Houser. "In areas where this program has been started, business does not decrease." Houser had been observing other …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Also in his e-newsletter, Tim Lee reminds county residents of the new fine for those who pass buses as they're letting children off.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
By Cobb Commission Chairman Tim Lee As part of Cobb County Department of Transportation’s commitment and partnership with the Cobb County School District, we regularly schedule most of our work in and around schools during the summer break when there is less impact on the schools and traffic. We are concluding another successful summer and have the following projects substantially complete and ready for the opening of Cobb County public schools next week: Paper Mill Road at Sope Creek Elementary School This project added a right turn lane and lengthened the left turn lane on Paper Mill Road at the main school entrance. School driveway improvements included a new left turn lane for motorists exiting the school, and traffic signal and …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
County residents are encouraged to check out sample ballots before heading to the polls on Aug. 13.
After the highest primary turnout in nearly a decade last month, Cobb's run-off candidates are looking to the next election on Aug. 21. Some voters in the July 31 primaries told Patch they went to the polls specifically to vote on TSPLOST, which was overwhelmingly rejected by voters. With the transportation tax off the table, and if the election follows the trend of recent run-offs, less than half of primary voters will head to the polls again. Turnout for Cobb run-offs in 2004 and 2010 were about 15 percent, Cobb Board of Elections Director Janine Eveler said. In the 2000 run-off, only 2 percent of eligible voters participated. For this run-off, residents can vote in advance on Aug. 13-17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cobb Board of …
Monday, July 30, 2012
During today's primary elections, residents will cast party ballots for commission and school board seats, state senators and representatives, a sales tax increase for transportation projects and much more.
Voters in Cobb and across Georgia will be exercising their democratic arms today as they decide who will represent them at the local, state and federal levels, and whether to raise their sales tax by 1 percent to fund transportation projects. You can read about who is taking part in Cobb-wide races below, as well as see where their names will appear on the ballot in the attached sample ballots. The polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you don’t know what precinct to go to, you can check the “My Voter Page” online. Original Report As far as local government is concerned, it seems that Tuesday’s primary elections in Cobb will carry far more weight than the general election in November. All three Board of Commissioners races have …
Friday, July 27, 2012
The final Cobb Commission chairman candidates forum before the July 31 primary featured some heated sparring between the likely frontrunners.
The usual topics of taxes, transportation and immigration didn't dominate the final debate on Wednesday featuring the four candidates for Cobb County Commission chairman. With just six days remaining before Tuesday's Republican primary, the most explosive rhetoric centered on allegations by incumbent chairman Tim Lee that his chief opponent, former chairman Bill Byrne, made disparaging remarks about Cobb County when attempting to qualify to run for the Polk County Commission in 2008. Lee's campaign mailed out a flyer to Republican voters over the weekend quoting Byrne's testimony before the Polk County Board of Elections, which was examining his residency claims: "The last thing I wanted to do is live in Cobb County. I want to make damn…
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Sign the petition to ask the Board of Commissioners to save the lives of our furry friends.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Cobb homeless animals are dying daily and in large numbers. During the week of June 19, there was an intake of 327 animals at the county animal shelter. Many of those 327 animals were owner turn-ins; the rest were strays or considered wild, such as feral cats. As that horrific week ended, the shelter opened its doors to the start of the next week, only to be confronted with 34 animals turned in during the first hour of operations alone. These numbers are staggering, but typical and completely unacceptable. There is not enough room at the shelter to house such numbers, and frankly, no reason they should be coming through the doors anyway. Because of the way policy stands now, a vast numbers of healthy, adoptable animals and innocent wild …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
In a video interview, the retired Marine and GOP contendor for Cobb commission chairman explained what he thinks are the county's most pressing issues and what he plans to do about the budget. The primary elections are Tuesday.
Editor's Note: Retired Marine Mike Boyce is one of four Republicans running for Cobb commission chairman, the others being former Cobb Chairman Bill Byrne, incumbent Tim Lee, and retired businessman Larry Savage. With no Democrats in the primaries, it appears the GOP winner will take office. Primary elections are Tuesday.
With the July 31 primary election less than a week away, the former Cobb commission chairman, who is seeking the office again, responded to these questions on TSPLOST and more.
Editor's Note: Former Cobb Commission Chairman Bill Byrne is one of four Republicans running for the office, the others being retired Marine Mike Boyce, incumbent Tim Lee, and retired businessman Larry Savage. With no Democrats in the primaries, it appears the GOP winner will take office. Primary elections are Tuesday. What are the most important issues facing Cobb in the coming years? The most important issues facing Cobb County is to stop the loss of property values, reducing the 16 percent unemployment rate and to address the massive foreclosure rate. Getting the county budget under control is the first step, and reducing property taxes will send a clear message to all. What's your position on TSPLOST? I am totally opposed to the …