Lovejoy City Council holds first meeting of 2020

Lovejoy City Hall on a winter’s evening

Lovejoy City Council members met a week early for their first enclave of the year, avoiding a conflict with the Jan. 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The city council normally meets on the third Monday of each month.

One of the first action items was to appoint a new mayor pro-tem, which fell to Post 2 Councilwoman Marci Fluellyn. Bobby Cartwright, who serves on contract as Lovejoy’s city manager, began another term as mayor. Also returning to the board were Post 4 Councilwoman Mary Ann Carp and Post 3 Councilwoman Rebekah Holland Wright. Continue reading

Mayor honored by presentation of gratitude

Lovejoy and Clayton County officials and community members thanked Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright for his service and leadership during the Oct. 21, 2019 City Council meeting. Picture (l-r) are Third District Clayton County Commissioner Felicia Franklin Warner, District Attorney Tasha Mosley, Council members Tommy Green and Marci Fluellyn, City employee Cassandra Hetterman, Mayor Cartwright, Councilwoman Mary Ann Carp, City employee Ashley Nix, Councilwoman Rebekah Wright, Lovejoy resident Gloria Davis, and Superior Court Judge Katie Powers.

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Community Center playground to open soon

Who hasn’t noticed the amazing new playground equipment rising from the pavement beside the Lovejoy Community Center?

This welcomed addition to an ever-growing recreational and entertainment complex is expected to be opened in the next couple of weeks, according to City Engineer Mark Whitley. He told city council members Monday night that the ground covering still needed to be finished, and a safety fence will be installed.

Mayor Bobby Cartwright said the playground will be open for children to enjoy it as soon as construction is complete. An official opening ceremony will follow when the best date for such an event is determined.

RR crossing improvements may come in 2020

Lovejoy Mayor Bobby Cartwright said during the April 15 City Council meeting that the Talmadge Road railroad crossing is due to be upgraded beginning as soon as the summer of 2020.

During the council meeting, a Lovejoy resident asked if the intersection surrounding the railroad crossing could be improved from its current condition as a steeply-graded hill. Cartwright said railroad company Norfolk Southern will be investing a lot of money to make the crossing grade more level and to install additional safety equipment. City officials have recently said as well that a pedestrian crossing will be built at the Talmadge Road intersection.

AMS announces more affordable ticket pricing for 2020 NASCAR weekend

Drivers race during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QT500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, on 24 February, 2019. (HHP/Garry Eller)

Atlanta Motor Speedway is making the NASCAR experience more affordable for its 60th anniversary.

The Speedway has adjusted pricing for the vast majority of its Sunday grandstand seating options, which means the unrivaled sightlines of fans’ favorite seats will now be available at a better price. Continue reading