Fayette County

Fayette BoE OKs millage rate, but warned revenues are iffy

After being warned of a potential shortfall in local tax revenue, the Fayette County Board of Education on Aug. 15 adopted the 2011 property tax millage rate, set again this year at the maximum rate of 20 mills. You’ll get the bill this fall. Read More»

NAACP suit alleges white ‘bloc’ votes against ‘every black-preferred candidate’

A federal lawsuit aimed at eliminating at-large voting for seats on Fayette County’s board of commissioners and the board of education alleges the current system has kept 11 individual plaintiffs from being able to “elect candidates of their choice” to both governing bodies. Read More»

Fayette gets $142 million for 10 projects on regional list

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele at an August 2011 City Council meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A project to fix the often-clogged interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85, the bane of many Fayette commuters, has survived another round of cuts for consideration in a push for a regional transportation sales tax.

The interchange fix, projected at $22.5 million, is on a list approved Monday by the five-member executive committee of the Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable.

The interchange fix, along with the 10 other projects OK’d for Fayette County, face on more hurdle: approval on Oct. 15 by the entire 21-member regional transportation roundtable. Read More»

PTC couple ‘had a ball’ on 11,000 mile trip to Alaska

Peachtree City resident Ray Besch (red cap) and Marietta resident Jim Donaldson take a minute to chat and admire Bear Glacier near Steward, British Columbia, during an intercontinental trek earlier this summer that took Ray and Teri Besch and Jim and Rose Donaldson on an 11,609-mile journey through 19 states and three provinces, all in a matter of 44 days. The  couples made the trip in their fully restored 1931 Model A coupes. Photo/Special.

It was not like a walk in the park but it was just as much fun. The difference was that, unlike a stroll across the grass and around a pond, Peachtree City residents Ray and Teri Besch in their fully restored 1931 Ford Model A Deluxe Coupe traveled 11,609 miles and visited 19 states in the United States and three provinces in Canada in 44 days.

“Every day was fun. If we had not done the trip and left tomorrow we’d do it again with few changes,” Ray said. “We had a ball.” Read More»

Fayette to flip to GOP control

Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) at the podium of the Georgia House of Representatives in a file photo from March 2011.

Current Democrat 4-3 dominance of local delegation will reverse to 4-3 GOP; Fayette gets new ‘empty’ district

The first draft of a redistricting map creates a bit of a wildcard in Fayette County politics at the state legislature.

That’s because a brand-new district, the 63rd, was drawn without an incumbent in office who lives in that area. The district is split between Fayette County and parts of south Fulton and south Clayton counties. Read More»

Properly attending to Old Glory’s last day

Properly attending to Old Glory’s last day

Keeping his distance from the flames, Fayetteville Cub Scout John Krmpotich cautiously places a worn U.S. flag in a barrel of fire during a ceremony Saturday to properly dispose of well-used American flags. American Legion Post 105 collects worn flags in a drop box at the log cabin in downtown Fayetteville and oversees the disposal process. This time organizers were able to save about 17 flags that were in good enough condition to be cleaned and re-used. Photo/John Munford.

LongHorn Steakhouse wants F’ville to allow sign variance

Representatives of the LongHorn Steakhouse currently under construction on Ga. Highway 85 just south of the Fayette Pavilion are requesting a sign variance that would allow additional exterior wall signage and an increase in the maximum square footage allowed by city ordinance. The request will be heard by the Fayetteville City Council at the Aug. 18 meeting. Read More»

Fayetteville sets lower millage rate, expects lower tax digest

It is the time of year to set the millage rate, which determines how much money you will owe this fall on your property tax bill.

The Fayetteville City Council on Aug. 18 is expected to adopt a combined general fund and capital projects millage rate that will equal a two-one-hundreths percent decrease in the rollback millage rate of 3.442 mills.

The council will also hear that the city’s tax digest — the value of all taxable property — fell by 5.86 percent from last year. Read More»

Huddleston Elementary works to fix mold issue

One teacher and one student at Huddleston Elementary School in Peachtree City have reported physical reactions to mold found on shelving in one of the school’s classrooms. The mold has been removed and the school, as a precautionary measure, has taken air samples in several classrooms.

Fayette County School System Facilities Director Mike Satterfield said Aug. 15 that information provided by Principal Rebekah Maddox indicated that one student and one teacher last week had reported physical issues relating to exposure to mold. Read More»

F’ville’s Steele to run for reelection

It has been an honor and privilege to serve as mayor of Fayetteville for a number of years. Municipal elections will be held in November of this year and I hope I have continued to earn your trust and confidence and look forward to your support.

The city of Fayetteville has been fortunate for quite some time in that we have chosen to elect individuals that have held similar beliefs as to the responsibilities and obligations of local government. There is a consensus among your local officials that the smaller and least intrusive the government the better it serves the people. Read More»

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