Fayette County

Only lawyers allowed to run for this local office?

One local elected office will be reserved exclusively for attorneys from here on out, if Fayette officials get their wish. The office of Fayette County Magistrate, of which there are four part-time judges here, would require any candidate to have either practiced law for seven years or been a magistrate for seven years. Read More»

Reworked gas golf cart ban up for vote at Thursday's PTC Council

Thursday night the Peachtree City Council will consider a proposal to ban the registration of gas-powered golf carts, although existing gas cart owners will have 10 years before facing the same consequence, thereby rendering their carts unusable on the city’s 80-plus mile cart path system. Read More»

Chamber passes gavel as new chair takes helm

Joe Domaleski (R) accepts the chamber outgoing board chair plaque from the incoming chair, Melanie Myer. She will be the 46th Board Chair of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce was begun in the late 1960s and has progressed from its first annual banquets which were pot luck dinners at the local Masonic Lodge, to a full-fledged meal at a local a banquet facility with hundreds of people in attendance.

Today the chamber is the one organization focused on business growth, leadership development, entrepreneurship and community enhancement in Fayette. It works to bring together leadership and business, government, non-profits, and education to address issues and the needs of the community. Read More»

Brown, McCarty oppose bypass by voting against asphalt contracts

Fayette's newest county commissioners: (L) Allen McCarty and Steve Brown.

To record a vote against the West Fayetteville Bypass, new Fayette County Commissioners Steve Brown and Allen McCarty voted against the “consent agenda” of housekeeping matters at last week’s regular commission meeting.

The agenda, which generally consists of non-controversial “housekeeping” items, last week included the awarding of annual bids for asphalt acquisition and milling services for various paving and resurfacing projects. Brown inquired if any of that money would be going towards the West Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»

Haddix: Watch for more taxes in survey

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix

Again this year, the annual survey of city residents will include a host of questions about property taxes and what services/programs citizens support the most.

Mayor Don Haddix said this week that he is concerned the survey isn’t specific enough, particularly when it comes to explaining the issue with property taxes. He noted that when last year’s 1.25 mill property tax increase was approved, city staff projected a subsequent .5 mill hike necessary for this year and each of the following three years. Read More»

Fayette a ‘donor county’ for taxes?

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele.

Mayors of county’s 2 largest cities take opposite positions on 2012 regional transportation tax referendum

The mayors of Fayette County’s two largest cities have diametrically opposing viewpoints about a pending 1-cent regional sales tax to be put to a vote next year.

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix is against it, while Fayetteville Mayor Kenneth Steele is for it.

Early projections show that a 1 percent, 10-year sales tax for regional transportation projects in the 10 counties in metro Atlanta would generate about $205 million total from Fayette County alone. Read More»

King honored and remembered in Monday event in F’ville

Happy marchers in an honored cause

“One Nation, One Dream: Justice for All.” That was the theme of the 7th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade and the 11th Annual Commemorative Program held Monday in Fayetteville. The event was sponsored by the Fayette County branch of the NAACP.

This year’s lengthy parade began at Fayette County High School then proceeded to Ga. Highway 85 and onto the Lafayette Education Center. Rev. Toney Mosley, senior pastor of Woods Memorial Baptist Church served as the parade’s grand marshal. Read More»

Questions about county’s 3-2 vote

I attended [the Jan. 5, 2011] Fayette County Commission meeting, and was disturbed by one particular vote. Commissioner [Steve] Brown proposed that before the commission votes on an action having a financial impact, the public be given at least a 24-hour notice. Read More»

3 commissioners show lack of wisdom

The article in the 1/5/11 edition of The Citizen concerning a special called meeting of the [Fayette County Commission] on 12/29 for the purpose of acquiring land by eminent domain was very informative on several levels.

This was not an emergency event and two of the members were losing their job in two days. The two newest commissioners, who had already been sworn in to office, attended this meeting as well.

When the commissioners went into executive session, the chairman refused a request to allow the new commissioners access to the session as observers. How is that for cooperation? Read More»

PTC strains at gas golf carts, swallows trash trucks

I am an owner of a gas cart and live in Peachtree City. I’ve lived here since 1987, and have had my Yamaha cart just about the same length of time.

I am amused at all the justification for the elimination of the carts. Most of the talk settles around the fact that they are noisy and stinky.

There is an element of truth to that, and I agree that we would probably be better off without them. The burning coal at some far off stinky Georgia Power plant is not in our back yard, so that is okay ... right? Read More»

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