Fayette County

New map shrinks footprint of 13th district

Would keep Tyrone, Fayetteville intact, not split as original map proposed

Under a new congressional district map passed today by a legislative committee, Fayette County won’t have as much of a footprint in the 13th district currently held by Democrat U.S. Rep. David Scott.

State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, told The Citizen today that the latest map gives Scott’s district about 15 percent of Fayette’s population. In contrast, the first version of the map had put about 35 percent of Fayette County in the U.S. 13th district. Read More»

2nd week Fayette schools’ enrollment down 787 from last year

Chart of enrollment numbers from individual Fayette schools year to year. Source/Fayette County School System.

The second week of classes at Fayette County schools brought a further decline in enrollment numbers from the first week, according to figures provided by the central office.

Figures for the second week of school show a loss of 787 students over the same time a year ago. The current numbers appear to continue the trend of falling enrollment that began in 2007.

Information supplied by the school system showed that the overall student count for the second week of school this year totaled 20,429 students. Read More»

Cochran to seek Post 2 on F’ville City Council

Qualifying time is fast approaching and so far two candidates have announced their intentions to run in Fayetteville. Incumbent Mayor Kenneth Steele announced last week his plan to seek re-election.

And this week, Cathy Cochran, a political newcomer, says she is running for City Council. Cochran, who has served for several years with Al Hovey-King on the Fayetteville Main Street board, is seeking the Post 2 council seat currently held by Hovey-King. Read More»

PTC Mayor Haddix gets prayer request from atheist activist

A Peachtree City atheist has sent in a prayer request to the City Council.

Al Stefanelli, the Georgia state director of American Atheists, Inc. wants Mayor Don Haddix to amend the way prayers Read More»

Fayette schools facing big changes, big choices

School survey: Will you support closing 1 middle, 2 elem. schools; 4-day school week; out-of-county students?

Fayette County School System officials soon will be surveying parents to see how many will support required cost-cutting through a fundamental re-ordering of how public school is conducted: Read More»

Picking the local high school football winners, by Citizen Sports Editor Mike Boylan

Will Mike Hilton and the Sandy Creek Patriots make it to the championship game again? Photo/John Munford.

The 2011 football preview is done. It’s in our print edition of The Citizen and available online in the digital edition by then, too.

After talking to all of the coaches, catching some scrimmages and viewing some practices, I have some ideas on how I think the season plays out for our local football teams. (To see the teams’ full schedules, check out the print or online version of the football preview.)

Fayette to enact 2 tax increases in rollup and E-911 levy

All Fayette County residents and businesses will see a .207 mill property tax increase this year thanks to the new E-911 property tax that is being instituted at the behest of Fayette’s municipalities. Read More»

Mayor Steele argues Fayette won’t be ‘donor’ county for tax

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele. File photo from August 2011.

As the 21-member Regional Transportation Roundtable inches closer to its final vote on Oct. 15, the preliminary project list is already being sized up for its impact on Fayette County.

The latest projections from state economic forecasters are for Fayette County to contribute some $190 million over the 10-year life of the proposed transportation sales tax, if it is approved by voters.

The question that remains is: will Fayette County get enough bang for its buck to make the tax a worthwhile effort? Read More»

Machines clearing trees, making progress on West F’ville Bypass

Old makes way for new. There it goes. One of the large trees situated along Tillman Road on what is about to become a portion of the West Fayetteville Bypass near Sandy Creek Road saw its last day Aug. 17 as crews toppled, then removed, this and a number of trees located in the easement for the new roadway. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Work began in June along Sandy Creek Road on the initial section of Phase 2 of the West Fayetteville Bypass that will connect to Eastin Road before continuing north to Ga. Highway 92. That work is more evident today with tree removal and grading activities in the area of the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Tillman Road that will extend the bypass some 3,000 feet to the north on its way to Eastin Road. Read More»

Breaking through for the new season

Breaking through for the new season

The McIntosh varsity football team break out of their banner last Friday in their scrimmage against the Shaw Raiders. They will open the season at home this Friday against Pike County. For more on the local football teams, see the 2011 Football Preview in the Wednesday print edition. Photo/Michael Boylan.