Spalding Co. Commissioner Don Hawbaker arrested for DUI

SHEILA A MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Board of Commissioners Vice Chairman Don Hawbaker was on Monday evening arrested in Fayette County on a charge of driving under the influence. Hawbaker was arrested by the Peachtree City Police Department and booked into the Fayette County Jail at approximately 6:30 p.m. His bond was set at $3,520. […]

Spalding BoC seeking property tax increase

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners is seeking to increase the 2019 General Fund property taxes to be levied by 6.81 percent over the rollback millage rate. According to a press release issued by Spalding County, the Board of Tax Assessors is required to annually review the assessed value for property tax […]

Spalding Animal Control to host Clear the Shelter event tomorrow

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Animal Shelter is participating in a Clear the Shelter event tomorrow. This nationwide event is being hosted by NBC and Telemundo, who are partnering with hundreds of animal shelters across the country. The local Clear the Shelter event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 […]

Commissioner Don Hawbaker responds to ethics complaints and hearing

Publisher’s note: During the Aug. 6, 2018, Spalding County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, Commissioner Don Hawbaker produced a written statement he requested be placed in the public record. This is his complete and unedited response to the Ethics Review Panel hearing regarding three complaints filed against himself, and one filed against Commissioner Gwen Flowers-Taylor. At […]

Ethics Review Panel determines Hawbaker did not violate code

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Ethics Review Panel has determined Commissioner Don Hawbaker did not violate the county’s code of ethics. Hawbaker faced complaints by three individuals who alleged he violated the code in social media discussions. The Ethics Review Panel unanimously voted in favor of Hawbaker in each of the three complaints. […]

Ethics Review Panel determines Flowers-Taylor did not violate code

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: It has been determined that Spalding County Commissioner Gwen Flowers-Taylor did not violate the county’s code of ethics. The Spalding County Ethics Review Panel, in a unanimous vote, determined Flowers-Taylor did not violate the code of ethics in a verbal confrontation with resident Bobby Peurifoy during a recess of the May […]

Department of Revenue questions Spalding County tax appeals process

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Georgia Department of Revenue Commissioner Lynette Riley has contacted Spalding County officials to express concern that local property owners may not be receiving their due process rights with regard to the appeal of property taxes. In a letter addressed to William Norris, whose service as the chairman of the Spalding County […]