Roundabout coming to busy Coweta intersection

It is still a couple of years away, but the Coweta County Commission on Jan. 6 approved a lighting agreement for the upcoming roundabout that will be installed at the intersection of Ga. highways 16 and 54.

County Director of Transportation and Engineering Tod Handley said the roundabout intersection improvement project at the intersection of Hwy. 16 and Hwy. 54 scheduled to begin in 2017 is proposed to include lighting of the intersection. Read More»

Brown voted out; Oddo new chairman, Democrat Coston new vice-chair

With the first full meeting of the Fayette County Commission Thursday night, it was out with the old and in with the new.

Republicans Charles Oddo and David Barlow teamed up with newly elected Democrat Pota Coston to strip Chairman Steve Brown of the gavel he has been wielding for two years and voted in a new slate.

By a 3-to-2 vote Thursday night, Charles Oddo is now chairman and Pota Coston is vice-chair. Brown retains his district seat as one of five commissioners, but loses his base of power, which includes his representation of the county at the powerful regional governing body, the Atlanta Regional Commission. Oddo now becomes that delegate to the power brokers in the metro area.

Brown complained bitterly. Read More»

Don't forget new golf cart registration law

Unincorporated county owners must register

Changes to Fayette County regulations require golf cart owners in unincorporated areas to register their carts by Jan. 30.

The golf cart registration fee is $12 and is good for five years.

“The registration and application of the decals is very important for enforcement by way of identifying the vehicle in cases of misuse or theft,” said Fayette County Clerk Floyd L. Jones in a written reminder of the new requirment. Read More»

Fayette County wins district voting appeal

Fayette County wins district voting appeal

Will get bench trial and a chance to keep at-large voting

A federal appeals court ruling says Fayette County gets another shot at upholding at-large voting for the board of commissioners and the board of education, The Citizen has learned.

The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta has ruled that the district court judge made a mistake in granting summary judgment in favor of the NAACP and against the county and the school board in the lawsuit alleging racial discrimination under the federal Voting Rights Act. Read More»

Another first: Pota Coston takes oath as new commissioner

Judge Chris Edwards swears in Pota Coston Jan. 2 as husband Bernard looks on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

There was not a vacant seat in the Fayette County Commission chambers on Jan. 2 as new District 5 Fayette County Commissioner Pota Coston took the oath of office. Coston is the first African American to be elected to the commission and the first Democrat since the early 1990s. She was elected by a 2-to-1 margin last November in the newly created majority-minority District 5. Read More»

New water purity test in place for Fayette County

The Fayette County Water System has implemented a new high-tech sensor system that officials say will lead to significant improvements in water safety. Read More»

Giving law enforcement a thumbs up

Small efforts make big show

A local police department chaplain hopes Fayette County residents will participate in the national “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” Friday and show their support of the county’s law enforcement agencies with a few simple gestures.

“There is an urgent need to show our nation’s law enforcement officers that the vast majority of our citizens appreciate their sacrifice and recognize the difficult and often impossible career they have chosen in public service to us all,” said Father Paul Massey, one of four volunteer chaplains with the Peachtree City Police Department. Read More»

McCarty looking ahead, hasn’t ruled out another run

Allen McCarty (center) says goodbye to fellow commissioners. Photo/Monroe Roark.

Allen McCarty is moving into the next phase of his professional life, albeit rather slowly.

A week after his final meeting as a member of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners, he fell at his home and broke his hip. It was repaired surgically the next day, which meant using a walker at Christmas time but with his usual smile and a positive attitude.

So what will he do with his extra free time after leaving office?

“I’ve got a big list but I don’t know where I’m going to start with it,” he said with a laugh. Read More»

Self-driving vehicles in Fayette: Not ‘if’ but ‘when’

Autonomous cars may still come to Fayette County, depending on the Georgia House of Representatives’ Autonomous Vehicle Technology Study Committee.

The five-member committee is studying issues involved with autonomous cars, and plans to release a report Dec. 31. Until then, Fayette County is waiting.

There have been multiple discussions about self-driving, or autonomous, cars coming to Fayette County, including one by The Fayette Issues Tea Party, whose members met with a panel Oct. 4. Read More»

Fayette County touts its 2014 accomplishments

Officials point to Pinewood Studios, public art, fire station Read More»