Fayette County

Census estimate: Fayette’s population grew 18% since 2000

The 2010 Census county by county population tally for Georgia is scheduled to be released this week. Though they might differ from the actual numbers, the July 2010 estimated population figures showed that Fayette County’s population grew 18.8 percent over 2000, while Coweta County showed a 31 percent increase and Clayton County grew by 17 percent.

The figures generated by the U.S. Census Bureau are stated as estimates. Those figures showed that the Fayette population increased from 91,263 in 2000 to an estimated 108,431 in 2010, a difference of 17,168, or 18.8 percent. Read More»

Sgt. Joshua Searcy comes home to a restored dream

“This is just unbelievable.” Those were the words of north Fayette County resident Staff Sgt. Joshua Searcy to a group of nearly 100 people Sunday as he got his first look at the 1966 Dodge Charger restored for him by the North Georgia MOPAR Club. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Searcy received quite a surprise Sunday afternoon. And his response to the nearly 100 people gathered on Spence Road (Ga. Highway 92 just into Fulton County) to see him receive a completely restored 1966 Dodge Charger was, “This is just unbelievable.” Read More»

Winners of 2011 Miss Pride crowned

Winners of 2011 Miss Pride crowned

The 2011 Miss Pride Pageant was held last weekend. The winners were:

Miss Pride - Amanda St. John

Junior Miss Pride - Madison Mueller

Young Miss Pride - Delaney Mueller

Little Miss Pride - Kazley Gilreath

Tiny Miss Pride - Laney Sutherland

St. John won a $1,000 scholarship which was donated by Dr. Scott T. McPherson.

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»