Fayette County

Couch - birth

Kevin Couch and Michelle Roush proudly announce the birth of their daughter on Feb. 24, 2011. Lexie Marlee Sue Couch was born at Piedmont Fayette Hospital at 11:43 a.m. She was 7 lbs and 3 oz and 19 1/2 inches long. Grandparents are Patricia Roush of Peachtree City and Wayne and Ginger Couch of Brooks. Lexie was also welcomed home by her big brother Nicholas.

Fayette’s road ‘wish list’ compiled, subject to regional sales tax OK

The wish list of future regional transportation projects for Fayette County has been vetted by local government officials and is about to be sent to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The list represents the county’s request for regional funding through a proposed region-wide 1 percent sales tax that will be voted on in June 2012.

Among the large-scale road projects are the East Fayetteville Bypass, the widening of Ga. Highway 54 east of Fayetteville into Clayton County, and improvements to Tyrone/Palmetto Road. Read More»

Line Creek project: 4 ‘junior’ big boxes proposed for Hwy. 54W.

Drawing and aerial photo of proposed retail development on Peachtree City's west side. The graphic is from the information packet provided by the Peachtree City Planning Commission.

UPDATED for print 03-16-11 — A proposal to build a 134,000-square-foot shopping center at the corner of Ga. Highway 54 West and Planterra Way got first public exposure in a workshop Monday night by the Peachtree City Planning Commission.

The proposal includes a request for the city to sell Line Creek Court, the short road and cul-de-sac that stubs out from Line Creek Drive. Without Line Creek Court, the city’s road setback rules would trim down Trinity Development’s ability to make the development happen as proposed. Read More»

PTC Council may vote to extend Saturday night alcohol serving times

A proposal to extend Peachtree City’s alcohol serving hours on Saturday from midnight until 2 a.m. Sunday morning will be considered by the City Council Thursday night. Read More»

New law brings changes to property assessment notices, appeals

There are a few changes for 2011 relating to property assessment notices, appeals, the oversight of the Board of Equalization and the definition of an arm’s length property sale. Fayette County Tax Assessor Joel Benton commented last week on the provisions of House Bill 346 that brought those changes into law.

Benton said that, unlike in times past, the passage of HB 346 requires that every property owner in the state receive a “Uniform Assessment Notice” this year. That said, the current moratorium on unimproved property will continue through 2011, Benton added. Read More»

F’ville Council eyes recession tax impact

The Fayetteville City Council in a file photo from 2010.

Finances were a central feature of the all-day retreat held March 11 by the Fayetteville City Council. Front and center in the discussion was the ongoing recession, its toll on city revenues and the measures taken to weather the recessionary storm. Read More»

ARC planner: No mass transit projected for Fayette — ever

Atlanta Regional Commission Principal Planner David Haynes presents the ideas behind metro Atlanta’s regional Plan 2040 to a group of Fayette County residents and others last week. The plan has no transit plans for Fayette County, though Newnan could potentially see commuter rail if the funding can be found. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Plan 2040 multi-county public meeting held last week to solicit input on metro Atlanta’s future was attended almost exclusively by Fayette County residents. Perhaps as significant as anything at the meeting was a future long distance transit map showing no — that’s “zero” — projects planned for Fayette County. Read More»

Tea Party takes over Fayette GOP

Some of the new officers of the Fayette County Republican Party stand together after the Saturday convention in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

In a milestone for local politics, Tea Party-affiliated delegates took about two-thirds of the county officers’ slots when the Fayette County Republican Party held its convention Saturday in Fayetteville. Read More»

PTC mayor in hot water for wife’s remark about new city employee

A comment to a new city employee by the wife of Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix has created a bit of a stir.

Cathy Haddix made the comment as she met the city’s new economic development coordinator, Joey Grisham, for the first time last week at the grand opening of The Fresh Market grocery store. Read More»

PTC planners want strict limits on ‘walking’ signs

This costumed sign holder for Southeast Gold Buyers showed up at the planning commission meeting Monday night in costume with his sign in tow. Some sign holders for other businesses do not wear costumes. Photo/John Munford.

City Council will make final decision

UPDATED PRINT version for 03-16-11 — Roadside “mascots” and other sign-holders, drumming up business for local companies, may soon face heavy restrictions in a new city ordinance.

The planning commission voted 3-1 Monday night to recommend an ordinance that would allow such handheld or “walking” signs to be used only four times a year and for up to 5 days at a time.

The regulations will be considered by the City Council at a future meeting, as the commission’s vote is one of recommendation only. Read More»