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»

Senoia to hold town hall meeting Aug. 13 on future development

There is no better way for Senoia residents to have a say in what types of businesses and services the city might see in the future than to attend the town hall meeting held every two years to solicit citizen input. Those two years are up and the town hall meeting will be held Aug. 13.

Senoia Downtown Development Authority Chairman Suzanne Helfman said the intention of the community meeting is to solicit input from citizens on ways to improve their hometown and to learn what types of business and services residents would like to see in the future. Read More»

Winged sprint cars heading to Senoia

Winged sprint cars from six states are expected in Senoia next weekend. Photo/Special.

Wild and exciting winged outlaw sprint car racing will headline the two-day USCS Senoia Summer Nationals IV (2013) racing program at Senoia Raceway August 16 and 17. The United Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters “Outlaw Thunder” Tour ( roars into the high-banked 3/8-mile red clay oval for the 4th annual USCS Senoia Summer Nationals. This event is race number 23 and 24 on the 17th Anniversary schedule for the nationally touring USCS drivers.
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2 arrested in Senoia for entering 15 autos

Two Senoia men are in custody after stealing belongings from 15 vehicles on July 29 in the Willow Dell subdivision near downtown Senoia.

Maj. Steve Tomlin said Bryan James Wilson, 23, and Adolfo Velez-Reyes, 24, were charged with multiple counts of entering auto, obstruction and loitering and prowling.

Tomlin said officers received a call at 4 a.m. about two suspicious men entering a vehicle in the subdivision. Upon arriving at the scene, one of the officers located the men traveling on foot and wearing black clothes and carrying a black duffel bag, Tomlin said. Read More»

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