Senoia

Mayoral hopeful Rehman ordered to pay Senoia’s court fees

Coweta County Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon ruled Thursday that Senoia resident and mayoral candidate Don Rehman will have to pay more than $7,000 in attorney’s fees and litigation costs incurred by the city in a failed lawsuit brought by Rehman earlier this year.

Rehman in May lost a lawsuit against the Senoia City Council over his interpretation of a city ordinance dealing with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Read More»

Great Georgia Airshow coming back Oct. 11-13

Planes will take to the skies of Peachtree City and Coweta County Oct. 11-13 for the revamped Great Georgia Airshow. Photo/file.

After a one-year hiatus, the Great Georgia Airshow will roar back to life Oct. 11-13 at Falcon Field Airport in Peachtree City with its first-ever “night show” featuring a fireworks show and a “pyro show” executed by an airplane flying in complete darkness.

Also slated to perform in the Friday-only night show are the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, the Magic By Moonlight plane, the Misty Blues all-female skydiving demo team and the FlashFire Jet Truck. Read More»

Senoia voters to see 3-way race for mayor

Qualifying for mayor and two seats on the Senoia City Council ended Wednesday but the lone contested race will be for mayor’s seat. Three candidates qualified for the seat held by Mayor Robert Belisle who previously announced that he would not seek re-election.

Qualifying for mayor were incumbent Councilman Larry Owens, 65-year-old business owner and Senoia Downtown Development Authority Chairman Suzanne Helfman and 81-year-old retiree Don Rehman.

Mayor Robert Belisle, as promised, did not seek re-election. Read More»

Newnan man charged with Senoia rape of PTC woman

Benjamin Gray, 28, of Newnan in a police mug shot.

A Newnan man was arrested Aug. 18 on charges of raping a Peachtree City woman at a Senoia residence earlier that day.

Benjamin Gray, 28, was charged with rape, according to Senoia Police Det. Jason Ercole.

Ercole said Senoia officers at 3:16 a.m. on Aug. 18 responded to the FlashFoods convenience store located on Ga. Highway 16 in reference to a reported rape. The 27-year-old female victim told officers that she had been raped while attending a gathering at a residence in Senoia. The victim identified Gray as the suspect. Read More»

Old Senoia postcards: Pennies then, priceless memories now

Old Senoia postcards: Pennies then, priceless memories now

It was like a step back into history last week when a large number of residents and visitors got a look at 19 vintage postcards that were mailed to or from Senoia. The exhibit was sponsored by the Senoia Area Historical Society. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Senoia candidates start signing up Monday

The time is just around the corner for those interested in political office in Senoia make a decision. Qualifying for mayor and two seats on the Senoia City Council will be held Aug. 26-28. Mayor Robert Belisle will not seek re-election while Councilman Larry Owens said he will qualify to run for mayor.

The mayor’s seat will be open since Robert Belisle has long-maintained that he will not seek re-election.

Qualifying will also include the Post 1 seat held by Owens. Read More»

Despite economy, Senoia reinvents downtown area

All the cars filling parking spaces in downtown Senoia on virtually every day of the week is indicative of the the economic development boom that began in defiance of the Great Recession and continues today. The downtown area has experienced a 700 percent increase in businesses since 2007 and has a waiting list of others wanted to locate there. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Call it an economic miracle. Call it impossible. Or maybe call it effective planning and implementation with a vision for the future.

However it is described, the downtown Main Street area of Senoia since the Great Recession began in late 2007 has seen a 700 percent increase in business growth.

Senoia Enterprises, Inc. developer Scott Tigchelaar said the downtown area had seven businesses open in 2007. By early 2013 that number had swelled to 50 businesses, and came little remaining space available and with a waiting list of others wanting to locate on Main Street. Read More»

Senoia residents get their say on city's future

CUTLINE - The Senoia Downtown Development Authority held its customary town hall meeting Aug. 13 to solicit suggestions on city services and business ventures that residents would like to see in the future. Residents used dots to vote for their favorite suggestions after providing a list of 36 suggestions. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It only happens in Senoia. Following a course established eight years ago by the Senoia Downtown Development Authority (DDA), residents on Tuesday night filled the Freeman Sasser building at the Seavy Street Park to have their say on what the city might look like in the future. Read More»

Rehman appealing marijuana lawsuit

The lawsuit brought by Senoia resident Don Rehman against the Senoia City Council over his interpretation of a city ordinance dealing with misdemeanor possession of marijuana was dismissed in May by Coweta County Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon. But Rehman will have another day in court when his case is appealed to the Ga. Supreme Court in the fall.

Rehman said his appeal has been accepted by the Ga. Supreme Court and is on the court’s calendar for October, adding that he has been permitted to include nearly a dozen additional pages in his appeal documents. Read More»

Qualifying nears for Senoia council seats

Qualifying for city office in Senoia is just around the corner. Up for election this year will be the mayor’s seat and those of Post 1 Councilman Larry Owens and Post 2 Councilman Jeff Fisher. Qualifying will be held Aug. 26-28.

Mayor Robert Belisle for the past few months has maintained that he will not seek re-election. Belisle reiterated that stand Monday night after the City Council meeting. Read More»