Senoia gains statewide attention

It seems like Senoia is always making the news, including in stories outside Coweta County. Most recently the city was featured on the cover of the statewide Georgia Travel Guide. Now the city has been featured in the 2013 Economic Yearbook of “Georgia Trend” magazine. Read More»

Senoia tables hotel tax ordinance

The Senoia City Council last week tabled a proposed ordinance that would establish a Hotel/Motel Excise Tax. Tabled until the proposal can be researched further, the ordinance is expected to surface again in the near future.

As written, the tax would carry a rate of 3 percent on the price of room rental and would apply to a variety of lodging accommodations. Senoia currently has only bed and breakfast businesses and no hotels or motels. Read More»

Bigfoot sighted at Senoia council meeting

It was a most unusual meeting of the Senoia City Council on April 1 when the legendary Bigfoot appeared and took a seat among city residents. The bipedal beast at meeting’s end made his way to the dais and gave Mayor Robert Belisle a friendly hug. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a sight never seen before at a meeting of the Senoia City Council, or likely at any government meeting for that matter. But the April 1 council meeting included an unexpected guest, one whose visit prompted a unanimous vote to proclaim every April 1 as Bigfoot Day in Senoia.

For generations, Bigfoot has been the subject of folklore. But all that changed Monday night when the mythical creature entered the council chambers in the flesh and calmly took a seat among the city’s residents. Read More»

Marian Allene Smith, of Senoia

Marian Allene Smith, of Senoia, passed away April 3, 2013. She was born and raised in Atlanta. She lived 40 years of her life in Riverdale.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years James Ray Smith and grandson Stephen Roberson.

She is survived by her daughters Raylene and husband Robert Brown of Senoia and Rhonda and husband Doug Joyce of Flowery Branch; grandson Philip Roberson of Great Lakes, Ill.; great-grandchild Carley Roberson of Mechanicsville, Md. Read More»

Senoia man arrested for residential burglary

A Senoia man was arrested April 3 in connection with a residential burglary and is a suspect in four other residential burglaries that occurred in recent months on Senoia’s northeast side.

James A. Robinson, age 38, of Bridge Street, was charged with burglary, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, according to Senoia Police Det. Jason Ercole. Read More»

Senoia water tower to become restaurant, bar with a view

Now surplused property by the city, Senoia’s 110-foot tower will be converted by Scott Tigchelaar’s company, Historic Development Ventures, LLC, into a restaurant at the tower’s base and a bar above that overlooks Senoia’s skyline. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Ever since Scott Tigchelaar was a kid he wanted a water tower. That dream came true recently when his company purchased the old water tower in downtown Senoia that was put out for bid by the Senoia City Council last year as surplus property. As for the 110-foot water tower, look for it to be transformed in the future into a restaurant on ground level with a bar in the tower’s bowl that will provide a scenic view of the surrounding area. Read More»

Marijuana semantics ; Gadfly files suit over language in Senoia ordinance

Senoia resident Don Rehman has filed suit against the mayor and city council over a city ordinance dealing with the misdemeanor offense of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. Rehman’s March 15 filing in Coweta County Superior Court contends that the Senoia city ordinance essentially mandates that males are required to be in possession of more than an ounce of marijuana to be considered law abiding citizens. City attorney Drew Whalen in response to the filing said he did not understand Rehman’s twisted logic. Read More»

Senoia hosts Resurrection Run

Senoia hosts Resurrection Run

Runners were off the mark quickly March 16 for the second year of the Resurrection Run sponsored by Legacy Church in Senoia. Coordinated as an Easter event, the runners began the event at the corner of Pylant Street and Morgan Street in Senoia made their way through portions of the city. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Senoia business owner charged with sending nude photo to girl, 14

Senoia business owner Todd Baggarly is facing a misdemeanor charge that involves a nude photo of himself that he purposefully sent to a 14-year-old Senoia girl.

Senoia Police Investigator Jason Ercole said a Senoia resident on Feb. 11 made a complaint to the Senoia Police Dept. alleging that Founders Restaurant owner Todd Baggarly had sent a nude photograph of himself to her 14-year-old daughter via Facebook. Read More»

Senoia/Coweta sign joint park venture

The Coweta County Commission and the Senoia City Council have approved an intergovernmental agreement that will lead to the establishment of a future active recreation park in the Senoia area. The new park will be designated as the Leroy Johnson Park.

The agreement calls for the city to purchase the future park property and to provide a warranty deed to the county. The county will be responsible for the park’s operation. The agreement also calls for initial construction to begin within three years. Read More»