Fayette County

Welcome home, Marine

Welcome home, Marine

Friends and family welcomed home Marine Lance Cpl. Bradley S. Werho of Fayetteville in a surprise celebration Saturday at McCurry Park. Werho was brought to the party in a motorcade escorted by law enforcement and the Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle group. Werho, whose unit served in Marjah and Sangin, Afghanistan, is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville and a 2007 graduate of Fayette County High School. Photo/John Munford.

2nd year in a row, F’ville wants voters to OK redevelopment tax

If the first tax dies at the polls, wait a year and try it again, the Fayetteville City Council has decided. Read More»

Dad accuses school of over-‘kill’ with ISS for girl, 10

Should a 10-year-old girl with no discipline record be suspended from classes for exclaiming in the school hallway to a girl friend, “I‘ll kill her”?

One middle school principal said, “Yes,” and one father last week let the Fayette County Board of Education know how he felt about that. Read More»

Fayette Board of Education OKs $2 million purchase of 24 schoolbuses

The Fayette County Board of Education Feb. 17 unanimously approved the purchase of 24 schoolbuses using local 1-cent sales tax (SPLOST) revenues designated for that purpose and, in the case of six of the buses, the combined use of SPLOST and available state bond funds.

The school system will purchase 14 of the 72-passenger buses for a total of $1.11 million using SPLOST funds and four of the 48-passenger buses for $378,000, also with SPLOST dollars. Read More»

F’ville P&Z gets S. Glynn request for home over commercial space

A request before the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission early this month proposes to change the zoning at 300 South Glynn Street from C-3 (Highway Commercial) to a less intensive C-1 zoning to provide a way for the property owner to reside on the second floor of the 6,148 square-foot building and lease the first floor for office space.

The measure is expected to come up for a vote at the commission’s March 22 meeting. Read More»

F’ville adopts language change for downtown projects

The Fayetteville City Council on Feb. 17 voted to amend portions of the language included in the Planned Community Development (PCD) and Downtown Commercial District (C-1) zoning codes. The changes were made to clarify the city’s intent as it relates to downtown commercial projects.

City planner Linwood Robinson in an earlier letter said the proposal to amend the ordinance would allow developers the ability to create a PCD with a “mixed use” assignment of development uses defined as residential, commercial and office uses along with any designated open space and recreational amenities. Read More»

Fayette County Commission prepares to vote on East Bypass alignment

The Fayette County Commission is expected to vote Thursday night on the conceptual alignment for the East Fayetteville Bypass.

The final alignment will be considered at a future meeting, but in general the bypass is expected to begin north of Fayetteville at Ga. Highway 85 North at Corinth Road. From there it will follow Corinth Road to Ga. Highway 54 where it will embark on a new road path to County Line Road.

The remainder of the bypass will follow County Line Road to the end of the bypass, which will be at the intersection of South Jeff Davis Drive and Inman Road. Read More»

Expert: East Bypass ‘a dead-end road’

Local resident and retired road builder David Wimmer displays a map highlighting the current alignment for the East Fayetteville Bypass and his proposals to lengthen it. Photo/John Munford.

To be a ‘bypass’ it must — but does not — connect hwys. 85 & 92 south of F’ville, retired road builder contends

[RELATED STORY — County Commission prepares to vote on preliminary East Bypass route]]

Fayette County resident David Wimmer contends that the $39.4 million East Fayetteville Bypass, as currently conceived, is not a bypass at all.

“It’s really a dead-end road,” Wimmer said of the current bypass alignment, noting that the southern end halts at the rural intersection of County Line Road/Inman Road and South Jeff Davis Drive at the south end. Read More»

Too many cliches for one county

There is, “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,” or perhaps “Peter, meet Paul. Paul, meet Peter.” You could include, “if it walks like a duck ...,” “money makes the world go round,” “bait and switch,” “show me the money,” and even “a fool and his money are soon parted.” But my favorite is “Bend over.” Read More»

Citizens say, ‘We’re not taking it anymore’

Over the past two months, we’ve come about as close as one can to witnessing a feeding frenzy against toxic government. The new kids on the block, Commissioner Steve Brown and Commissioner Allen McCarty, are working long hours to put an end to the secret meetings and backroom dealings of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. They have shown a lot of courage. Read More»

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