Fayette County

N. Hwy. 74 rezoning for gas station gets PTC cold shoulder

A proposal to build a gas station and convenience store off Ga. Highway 74 North next to two subdivisions got an informal thumbs-down from the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night.

The development plan would require a rezoning from office-institutional to general commercial, which would not be in conformity with the city’s land use plan, according to Community Development Director David Rast. Read More»

Gateway bridge, Parkway-Crosstown fix on PTC agenda

At its meeting Thursday night, the Peachtree City Council is expected to make a decision on the future of improvements to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Road.

The possibilities range from adding turn lanes to a roundabout or even perhaps a traffic light, though council has resisted the latter based on constituent requests. Read More»

A fruitful life: Friends celebrate 100 years for Ellen ‘Biddy’ Porter

A friend of the family, Doug Fields, reads a proclamation from the city of Fayetteville, and one from President and Mrs. Barack Obama, extending congratulations on the 100th birthday of Ellen “Biddy” Porter. Story on Page A3. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Born just a mile west of the old courthouse in Fayetteville a hundred years ago, Ellen Swanson Lester “Biddy” Porter has outlived two husbands, William Lester and Ken Porter, and a son, Daniel. A son, Benjamin, is still living.

Schooling was at the Masonic Lodge on Church Street, next to the Edgefield Baptist Church, where she has been a longtime member.

She was raised by her maternal grandmother, Georgia Swanson, and was the great-great-granddaughter of slaves brought from Ethiopia. Read More»

He’s a commissioner but county wants McCarty’s land, too

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty, who has opposed construction of the second phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass, may turn out to be the very first citizen whom the county takes to court over property acquisition for the project. Read More»

Back from the dead: East F’ville Bypass

Shelved for the controversial West Bypass, $39.4M project finds new federal, state funds

Adopting a new strategy, Fayette County staff is projecting to have enough money left from the 2003 transportation sales tax to complete the proposed East Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»

'The Fred' announces 2011 Summer Concert Series

Kenny G. Photo/Dominick Guillemot.

Some point to the emergence of the groundhog as a sign of spring, while others believe it is when pitchers and catchers report for spring training. In Fayette County, a case can be made that spring’s true arrival is when the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater announces the lineup for their annual concert series.

Although the trees are still bare and there is a slight chill in the air, thoughts of a concert under the stars at The Fred can instantly bring back memories of warm evenings with good music, good friends and bobbing flamingos. Read More»

Beef O’Brady’s gives county’s families a great place to meet and eat

Beef O’Brady’s gives county’s families a great place to meet and eat

You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy Beef O’Brady’s in Peachtree City, but it helps.

Since 2001, Beef O’Brady’s has been a popular spot for casual, family dining. It’s a place where the kids can scramble off to the game room, the guys can get together to watch a game or people can just get together for an inexpensive quality meal. Read More»

All 5 Fayette high schools make state’s Advanced Placement honor roll

Each of Fayette County’s five public high schools were among more than 350 high schools statewide to be included on Georgia’s 2011 list of AP (Advanced Placement) Honor Schools. The majority of Fayette’s high schools earned recognition in multiple categories based on the results of AP exams. Read More»

Fayette school system posts milestone: ontime online agenda

And they said it couldn’t be done, but that was a year ago. Today — actually last Friday by 5 p.m. — the agenda and supporting documentation for the Feb. 15 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education was posted on the school system’s website, giving those interested far more time to view the information.

The change to having the agenda and other documentation online on Friday came with no fanfare and not even an announcement. Read More»

Widow feels singled out for bypass condemnation after filing suit

It has been back and forth since October between Fayette County and Tillman Road property owner Charlene Denney over a portion of her land the county wants for right-of-way for Phase 2 of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Now five months later, little has changed to correct the impasse.

Referencing what is essentially a stalemate, the county’s land acquisition agent Diana Hunt on Jan. 30 said she would be recommending that the county initiate legal proceedings to acquire the property. Read More»

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