Monday, May 6, 2013
"I want to continue to move Watkinsville ahead in these tough economic times," he says.
Charles Ivie says he's liked his time as mayor of Watkinsville so much that he's hoping to stay on the job. But just don't call it that. "Because I don't consider this to be a job," Ivie said. "This is a place that I come to enjoy every moment of it." Ivie was first elected in Nov. 2011 and took office that following January, serving on the same council as he had decades before as a councilman. "I am seeking re-election because I want to continue to move Watkinsville ahead in these tough economic times," he stated in a news release. "I would also like to see the sewer extension in the Industrial Park and the Streetcape II project come to fruition." The city election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. Along with the mayor's post, …
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Charles Ivie garnered 71 percent of the vote to opponent Dan Matthews' 29 percent.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Charles Ivie will take over as mayor of Watkinsville when current Mayor Joe Walter retires at the end of the year. Ivie won the mayoral race Tuesday with 284 votes to opponent Dan Matthews' 114. That breaks down to 71 percent versus 29. With a total of 398 votes cast out of a pool of 1,687 potential registered voters, turnout was 23.5 percent. All results still have to be certified. "I'm real gratified and appreciate the confidence that the voters in Watkinsville have placed in me, and I will do my very, very best to serve them faithfully and equitably," Ivie said. He will serve a 2-year term. When asked what he believes helped him win, Ivie said hard work and that they did their very best to contact every registered voter. Ivie planned …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Candidates for Mayor of Watkinsville Dan Matthews and Charles Ivie discuss what they will do for voters and explain their vision for the future of the city at Thursday's forum held at the Oconee County Library.
Voters in Watkinsville will have their work cut out for them when it comes to selecting a mayor on Nov. 8. Local residents haven't had to choose between two candidates in more than 20 years, much less between candidates who fundamentally agree on a majority of issues concerning the city's future. For the most part, candidates Dan Matthews and Charles Ivie echoed one another on Thursday night as they answered questions generated from audience members at a public forum sponsored by The Oconee Enterprise at the Oconee County Library. Both Matthews and Ivie said they'd like to see communication strengthened between the city council and Oconee County Board of Commissioners, and support the widening of Simonton Bridge and Experiment Station …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Matthews, an office administrator and clerk for the Athens law firm of Eric K. Krasle & Associates, is running against Charles Ivie, a retiring sales manager, in the Nov. 8 election.
Oconee Patch presents a two-part series about the candidates running for the office of Mayor of Watkinsville. Part one focused on Charles Ivie. Dan Matthews is featured in part two. Dan Matthews lost his first major foray into politics running as a Democratic candidate for the State House this summer. Now he's setting his sites on the office of mayor for the city of Watkinsville. “We've come to a point in Watkinsville's evolution where I think we need to continue with strong leadership, someone who sees all sides of the issues, and is willing to work with everybody to make Watkinsville the best place it could possibly be for the 2,000-plus residents and people coming to the area,” Matthews said. “I think I can do that job and look …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Ivie, a salesman for Baldwin Filters, is running against Dan Matthews, who manages an Athens law firm and ran for State House District 113.
Oconee Patch presents a two-part series about the candidates running for the office of Mayor of Watkinsville. Part one focuses on Charles Ivie. Look for part two, an interview with Dan Matthews, on Sept. 21 at 4:30 p.m. Charles Ivie didn't expect to retire this year from a long sales career just to run for another full-time job as mayor of Watkinsville. But Ivie, 62, who has lived in Oconee County all his life, said it was perfect timing and something he's wanted to do to give back to the community that's been so good to him. “I was going to retire whether I ran for mayor or not,” Ivie said. “When I learned that (current) Mayor Joe Walter had planned not to offer for re-election, I said, 'OK, now's my opportunity,' so I qualified to run…
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Here are some of the most read stories on Oconee County Patch this week:
News: Legendary Barbecue Owner Remembered Friends and family mourned the loss of Howard "Hot" Thomas, who owned the famous Hot Thomas Barbecue restaurant off Highway 15 south of Watkinsville. Thomas, whose health had recently declined, took his own life Tuesday behing an Athens restaurant. Thomas converted an old grocery store on his family farm in the early 80's into the simple barbecue restaurant, which he ran for more than 30 years. Police and Fire: Oconee Man Guilty of Child Exploitation, Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison Oconee County Judge Lawton Stephens gave Thomas Heath King a 30-year sentence, 15 of which must be spent in prison, after he was found guilty of child exploitation, according to the Oconee County Sheriff's Office. King …