Porterdale voters tossed out two incumbent candidates and elected a neophyte to a vacant council seat in a change election Tuesday that hinged on debates over the budget and police department and on sharp divisions in the City Council.
Porterdale candidates and elected officials agree that the city's police department is short staffed, but disagree over whether to seek grants for an officer now or to wait for the economy to improve to hire.
Porterdale is considering an ordinance that would ban the sale within city limits of items that could be used for drug consumption.
Porterdale was one of six projects in the region, and the only one in Georgia, selected to receive federal assistance in developing a new recreational area, according to the National Park Service.
Porterdale Mayor Bobby Hamby pointed to his work representing the city and pushing for the creation of a park along the Yellow River and a city development plan when making his case for another term in office.
Porterdale officials may allow a police sergeant to use a city vehicle transport and train a new drug dog off duty until a lease agreement can be reached between the officer and the city.
Porterdale mayoral candidate Arline Chapman has reported more than 30 of her campaign signs have gone missing.
Porterdale still needs investment in infrastructure and business development, though tough decisions need to be made to make that happen in an era of tight budgets, eight Porterdale candidates said Tuesday as they debated how best to move the city forward.
Porterdale has a full slate of council races in 2011, and residents will have a chance to hear candidates address the issues at a forum from 7-9 p.m., Oct. 25 at the Porterdale Mill Lofts.
Porterdale mayoral candidate Arline Chapman and some city residents take exception to the local Chevron convenience store selling adult DVDs, adult magazines, pipes and hookahs, but when Chapman called the manager a "foreign thug" on Facebook at least some disapproval was turned on her.
The accusations of battery against Porterdale councilman Robert Foxworth were dismissed by Magistrate Court Judge John Degonia this morning, after the judge heard from alleged victims Dawn and Skylar Taylor.
The city of Porterdale is pushing residents to be registered to vote for this fall's city elections, and a voter registration drive will take place all week at Porterdale City Hall.
A Porterdale couple has filed a complaint, accusing city councilman Robert Foxworth of battery after a verbal - and some say physical - altercation occurred at Porterdale City Hall Tuesday.
Porterdale Elementary School staff members were notified this summer that they were one of 14 schools in Georgia and 400 schools or parent organizations across the nation to be awarded a grant from the latest round of Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program.
Councilman Robert Foxworth is passionate about Porterdale, and he's proud of the time and effort he's put into making the town better. He's seeking reelection to a third term for the Post 1 council seat.