Fayette County

F’ville budget, tax rate, water bills headed up

After years of static taxes and reduced city budgets, living in Fayetteville is about to get a little more expensive.

As part of that, those planning to attend the June 19 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council might want to prepare for an extended session. A sampling of the items up for discussion or a vote include the city’s 2015 budget that begins in August, the proposed Lafayette Square apartments, an increase in the hotel/motel tax and proposed water and sewer rate increases. Read More»

Economic hits mount with permit delays for dredging Lake Peachtree

The infamous spillway on Lake Peachtree. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

With Lake Peachtree unusable, August triathlon canceled; uncertainties about Dragon Boat Race

County officials last week announced another potential delay in refilling Lake Peachtree.

The proposed dry dredging of the lake bed will require state and/or federal permits, unlike previously thought, according to County Manager Steve Rapson. This stands to delay the dredging process by at least several months.

The lake has been drained almost completely since February when it was lowered to allow dock and shoreline maintenance ... but in the interim problems were discovered with a cavern that was created underneath the lake’s spillway, threatening its structural integrity. Read More»

Cool water for a determined runner

Cool water for a determined runner

Taking a cool sip for Fayetteville’s June 14 Civitans Old Courthouse 5K is Betty Rose of Peachtree City, who has run over 50 marathons in the last 13 years. She started at age 53 and is now 66, and has been running 5Ks for over 50 years. Proceeds from the run will aid organizations serving medically fragile citizens in Fayette, such as the Joseph Sams School, ExceptionalOPS, Fayette County Special Olympics, and Southwest Christian Care (Hospice, Hope House, Senior Care, Spiritual Care). Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Accrediting group hits past Fayette BoE’s ‘factions’

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow ay an early June 2014 board meeting. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Lately, however, ‘board members appeared to be moving in a positive direction’

The Fayette County School System has received another five-year accreditation by AdvancED whose accrediting body includes the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS/CASI).

The school system’s score from the accreditation review which covered the past five years was an overall 2.57 out of a possible 4. Asked about the score, Superintendent Jody Barrow it is a reflection of the five-year period. Read More»

Restore 7th-grade sports?

he June 16 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education included an item that addressed the potential for restoring seventh-grade athletics that were removed from the budget last year.

Superintendent Jody Barrow said he had received a number of emails on the issue.

“I don’t think anyone is against it. We do have to be fiscally conservative and I think we can make it happen in the future,” said Barrow.

As important as having the available funds, Barrow said issues such as scheduling, planning and securing coaching are also of prime importance. Read More»

Running in the family

Running in the family

Grandparents Beth and Howard Dial, who will be observing their 50th anniversary soon, celebrate after the 22nd Annual Civitans Old Courthouse 5K Run June 14 in Fayetteville with their grandson Connor Dial, who runs for Sandy Creek. Connor finished second and then went back and ran alongside his grandmother as she completed the race. Howard Dial, now retired, is the founding pastor of Berachah Bible Church in east Fayette County. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Former golf course may house future public safety facility

A former golf course purchased by Fayette County officials for $1.42 million may end up as something other than part of the future East Fayetteville Bypass.

The county commission voted March 27 to purchase the land, in order to protect a future road path for the bypass — which would need a new stretch of road between Ga. Highway 54 to the north and County Line Road to the south. Read More»

3 arrested in Fayette chase

A June 13 car chase along Ga. Highway 54 in Fayetteville and into central Fayette County followed by a chase on foot by sheriff’s deputies and Tyrone officers led to the arrest of three men on multiple charges.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies on June 13 conducted a traffic stop on Hwy. 54 in Fayetteville near Sharon Drive. He said the driver of the vehicle pulled into the parking lot of the AutoZone store then fled from the officer by quickly returning to Hwy. 54 and running the light at Gingercake Road. Babb said the pursuit continued west on Hwy. 54, then north onto Tyrone Road. Read More»

Drop-in Kroger burglary suspect turns himself in to police

The man who burglarized the Kroger pharmacy at 805 South Glynn Street in Fayetteville on June 8 surrendered to police after family members saw his photo in newsaccounts and suggested he turn himself in.

Justin Blake Moody, 21, of Fayetteville, voluntarily surrendered to Fayetteville investigators at noon on June 11, said Det. Mike Whitlow. Moody was charged with one count of burglary for breaking into the Kroger pharmacy at approximately 9 p.m. on June 8, Whitlow said. Read More»

I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange improvements years away

Partial cloverleaf design still being analyzed

Commuters hoping for progress on the choke point of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85 shouldn’t be expecting action anytime soon.

The good news is that the state is still working toward a “partial cloverleaf” design, which would have more capacity than for a diverging diamond layout ... and engineering is currently underway, according to state transportation officials.

Right of way acquisition has been accelerated to 2018, but the actual construction is mired in a “long range” plan that could mean anytime between 2020 and 2030. Read More»

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