Fayette County

Chairman Smith flips on county tax increase

Two weeks after losing his bid for reelection, Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith — who campaigned on his record of opposing countywide tax increases — has decided a tax hike might be a good idea after all. Read More»

PTC fees kill industry deal, 165 jobs

A Jonesboro company that had intended to relocate to Peachtree City has withdrawn from the effort.

Low Temp Industries Inc., would have brought 165 jobs here but has bowed out because the company would have to pay for the city sewer line to be extended to its proposed site at the intersection of Ga. Highway 74 and Redwine Road. Read More»

Commission skeptical about need for new Fayette judge

While Fayette County’s judicial circuit caseload meets state thresholds for adding another superior court judge, the concept wasn’t well-received by the Fayette County Commission Wednesday afternoon.

Will Simmons, the court administrator for the Sixth Administrative Judicial District, said the county’s four judges, — who also hold court in Spalding, Pike and Upson counties — were handling the workload of an additional 1.33 judges. Read More»

Horgan appeals ethics slap

Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan is challenging an independent panel’s finding that he violated the county’s ethics ordinance by possessing a misdemeanor amount of marijuana in his truck May 23, 2009.

Last week Horgan’s attorney Rick Lindsey argued to senior Superior Court Judge Byron Smith that Horgan was not acting as a county commissioner at the time, and was not in a county-owned vehicle, so he should not be held to the county’s ethics standards for the infractions.

Horgan is asking the court to overturn the ethics ruling. Read More»

Cancer Wellness Center now open at Piedmont Fayette Hospital

Piedmont Fayette Hospital has now opened its Cancer Wellness Center and has announced the many programs available to those recuperating from cancer treatments. There are programs and assistance available for both women and men. Read More»

What’s in healthcare law that affects seniors? Find out Aug. 17

When it comes to the built-in complexities of federal programs, few would claim to be an expert. And that is especially true of the voluminous Affordable Care Act — also known as ObamaCare — adopted earlier this year and signed into law. To help clarify the new law as it applies to seniors, Fayette Senior Services (FSS) will host an Aug. 17 presentation to help answer residents’ questions. Read More»

School bond tax rate to drop 52%; $177 lower on $250K home

It is nice to get some tax relief. And that will likely be the case come tax time for Fayette County property owners since the Fayette County School System’s debt service millage rate is expected to decrease by 52 percent, down to 1.65 mills.

School system Comptroller Laura Brock told members of the Fayette County Board of Education last week that the proposed debt service millage would decrease to 1.65 mills, a 52 percent decrease from the current 3.42 mills. The decrease would amount to a savings of approximately $177 on a home valued at $250,000, Brock said. Read More»

F’ville could eliminate distance barriers between churches, alcohol

The Fayetteville City Council Aug. 5 heard the first reading of a proposal that would do away with the distance restriction in shopping centers and on the Old Courthouse Square that separates churches from businesses serving alcohol. The second reading and vote will occur at the council’s Aug. 19 meeting. Read More»

New route approved for F’ville Christmas parade

The Fayetteville City Council Aug. 5 approved a new route for the Main Street Christmas Parade to be held Dec. 4. The route will begin and end at the Fayette County Justice Center southeast of town after making its way through a portion of the downtown area.

Main Street Director Brian Wismer in promoting the new route said city staff, along with the Fayetteville Police Department, devised the new route that will begin at the Justice Center and proceed west to South Glynn Street. The parade will go north to Stonewall Avenue, east to Lee Street and back to the Justice Center. Read More»

What to ban after gas carts? Gas lawnmowers?

Mayor and council, my name is Danny Allen, and I am a manager at Partners Pizza in Peachtree City, as well as a concerned resident. I know some of you have eaten at my restaurant and have family that has worked with me.

I tried to get to the council meeting last night, but was unable to attend.

I am the owner of a gas-powered golf cart, but more importantly I have been a bicyclist on the city’s path system for over 36 years. In those years I have come to appreciate the gas-powered cart, because you can hear them coming. Read More»

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