• Politician Responsible for Braves Move Voted Out

    by David Wickert and Meris Lutz July 2016

    Cobb County voters handed commission Chairman Tim Lee a dramatic defeat Tuesday in what some say is a referendum on his handling of the Atlanta Braves move to the suburbs. With all precincts reporting, in unofficial returns, challenger Mike Boyce won 64 percent of the vote. Lee conceded defeat in the election less than three years after he triumphantly announced the deal that lured the Braves to Cobb County. In other races, Drew Ferguson beat Mike Crane in the runoff for the 3rd Congressional District, while Vernon Jones led Rhonda Taylor in the Democratic race for state House District 91. DeKalb County Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton lost her bid for re-election. Cobb County

  • Plan for $58.4M HS Facilities Put to Vote

    by Bob Dohr July 2016

    A new pool is in. So is a new auditorium. And a revamped base plan to address facility and maintenance needs. All are planned to be part of a single, $58.4 million referendum question the Arrowhead School District will put in front of voters in November. The Arrowhead School Board didn't take official action, but at a special meeting Wednesday, July 20, members agreed the three items should be wrapped up into a single question on the November ballot. A second question would ask voters to support yearly operational costs of both a new pool and new auditorium, the combined cost of which is estimated to be $135,000 per year.

  • Community Works Toward Natural-Themed Playground

    by Denisse Salazar July 2016

    Vista Del Verde I Park on Lakeview Avenue has been constructed in phases. The final phase, which was approved for $508,000, includes construction of a playground and landscaping next to the existing restroom building.

  • County Again Delays Contract Talks with Hockey Team

    by Luke Ranker July 2016

    Shawnee County again on Thursday delayed discussion and action on its embattled contract with junior hockey team the Topeka RoadRunners. Rich Eckert, county counselor, requested an unspecified amount of time to continue negotiations with legal staff representing team owner Don Stone. The commission agreed, delaying action on the three-year contract for a third time. The financial dispute between the county and team first came to light in June after The Topeka Capital-Journal reviewed documents that revealed a months-long conflict. "This is a very important issue; it's important to the fans," Eckert said. "I want to make sure we do this right."

  • Legal Challenge Offers Lessons in Parking Lot Siting

    by John Wolohan July 2016

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  • Report: Paterno Knew of Sandusky Allegation in 1976

    by Paul Steinbach July 2016

    A report unsealed by a Philadelphia judge Tuesday indicates that Penn State University officials — including former longtime football coach Joe Paterno — knew of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual misconduct with minors for decades, with Paterno directly informed of one allegation as far back as 1976.

    According to, Raymond Williams was asked by the university’s liability insurance provider to assess when key PSU officials should have known about child sex-assault charges against Sandusky. Williams identified six cases, all of which resulted in settlement payments by the university and two of led to criminal convictions against Sandusky, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence.

    Williams made his assessment based on reports of Penn State’s history of annual policy renewals with Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association Insurance Co., as well as on settlement documents. PMA has tried to deny reimbursement of millions of dollars in Sandusky settlement payments, claiming that Penn State had a duty to inform it of incidents that could result in liability exposure — “both to give notice of the potential for claims and to work together to take corrective actions for the future,” according to’s coverage.

    “Penn State should have notified PMA of the incidents involving Sandusky on a timely basis. Penn State did not do that,” Williams said, adding the incidents were never reported internally to the university's risk management office.

  • Arena Worth Debate Could Impact Tax Status

    by Bill Bush July 2016

    In December 2007, the Columbus Board of Education ended a long battle over the value of Nationwide Arena when it signed a deal to take a flat $1 million a year that wasn't based on the arena's value.

  • State Parks Dept. Feels 'Ambushed' By Developer

    by Emily Bregel July 2016

    The proposed master planned community could bring 28,000 homes and 70,000 people to Benson. Opponents worry the project's groundwater pumping could harm precarious ecosystems in and around the federally protected San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area.

  • Rec Center Planned with Input from Residents

    by James Thomas Jr. July 2016

    Suffolk's Parks & Recreation department hosted a Program Charrette at the Creekside Elementary Joint Use Recreation Center to field public input on future programming at the facility.

  • Council OKs Rezoning to Allow for $8M Sports Complex

    by Telegram & Gazette July 2016

    The City Council voted Tuesday to take a first step in plans to build an $8 million commercial sports complex in West Fitchburg in an area that was zoned residential. After hearing strong opposition from neighbors, the council approved rezoning the area to create a special overlay district. It will allow commercial development in the residential area, including the building of a sports complex projected to have 10 outdoor fields and four indoor in a 100,000 square foot building. The area is off Westminster Hill Road and Victorial Lane and will be accessed through Industrial Road in the Montachusett Industrial Park.