Griffin Judicial Circuit: Ballard; Crawford; Coker vs. Hayes

Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Scott Ballard, who decided this year to run for superior court judge instead of seeking reelection as D.A., has defeated incumbent Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson, garnering about 55 percent of the 31,698 combined ballots cast in Fayette, Spalding, Upson and Pike counties. A bit more than half of those…

Winners: Babb, Oddo, Maxwell, Ognio, Hollowell, Huddleston, and Anderson

  Tuesday night’s Fayette County Primary Election was one for the books as Sheriff Barry Babb won big over challenger Chris Stevers 88 percent to 12, and first-term incumbent County Commission Chairman Charles Oddo won a five-man District 5 race outright with about 51 percent of the 12,224 votes cast in that county-wide race. One…

Update: Fayetteville Applebee’s murder trial has begun

The trial against two men suspected of killing Fayetteville Applebee’s restaurant manager Gregory Smith last summer began in Fayette County Superior Court Monday morning where prosecutors and defense attorneys spent most of the morning and afternoon picking a jury. That jury was seated just before 4 p.m. and heard about 70 minutes of opening arguments…

Fayetteville cinema setting stricter curfew for children

Cinemark’s Tinseltown cinema in Fayetteville’s Fayette Pavilion shopping center will enforce a new, stricter child curfew starting this weekend, according to Fayetteville Police Chief Scott Pitts. Last month, several officers with the Fayetteville Police Department and Fayette County Sheriff’s Department responded to a Saturday night fight that broke out in the Tinseltown lobby. Officers reportedly…

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