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Coweta CERT volunteers recognized

Graduates of the current Coweta County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), who are all amateur radio operators, were recognized Jan. 7 by the Coweta County Commission. Those attending included, from left, Greg Keck, Alan Hamel, Tony Oresteen, Sam Smith, Arlin Lambert, Nancy Smith, Yiannis Vasiliadis, Steve Yothment, Bill Hardin, Jeff Cantor and CERT instructor Randy Mercer. Not pictured are Ellis Camp and Huey Kenmar. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Members of the fourth Coweta County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class were front and center at the Jan. 7 meeting of the Coweta County Commission. Formed to provide assistance in times of disaster and community emergencies, members of the new CERT team are also amateur radio operators.
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Closures of railroad crossings in Coweta slated to start Jan. 13 for improvements

Motorists traveling throughout Coweta County can expect to see temporary closures of some roads at railroad crossings beginning Jan. 13 and extending through Jan. 27.

Approved by the Coweta County Commission Jan. 7, the temporary closure of approximately 50 roadways with railroad crossings is intended to address needed repair and rehabilitation work by Norfolk Southern Railroad.

The tentative closure dates will begin Jan.13 and run through Jan.27. Read More»

Coweta preparing fix for traffic-choked junction of U.S. 29, Ga. 16 and Pine Rd.

The intersection of Pine Road, Ga. Highway 16 and U.S. Highway 29 near Interstate 85 and just up the road from the fairgrounds has long been a point of traffic congestion. But not for long.

The days of clogged traffic are numbered and, with the approval of the final right-of-way acquisition by the Coweta County Commission on Jan. 7, initial construction work to realign the intersection is expected to begin in the summer and be completed in January 2015. Read More»

Brown wins county chair on surprise unanimous vote

Brown wins county chair on surprise unanimous vote

Putting aside some public sniping, the Fayette County Commission tonight unanimously reappointed Steve Brown as its chairman for the 2014 calendar year.

There had been a push to replace Brown as chairman with fellow commissioner Chuck Oddo, but it vaporized at the beginning of the meeting after Brown opened the meeting saying the commission would continue to work together this year despite their public disagreements about he chairmanship issue.

More details to come later tonight following the meeting.

Frozen fountain

Frozen fountain

Freezing cold temperatures turned this fountain outside the Fayette County Justice Center into an ice sculpture.

Fayette weather is expected to dip back below freezing tonight, down to the mid-20s, so keep those faucets dripping overnight to avoid frozen pipes which can burst very easily.

If you have any cold weather photos to share, please send them to editor@thecitizen.com.

Fayette eyes roundabout at Hwy. 92-Antioch Road

The Georgia Department of Transportation is proposing to undertake a study that could lead to a roundabout being built at the intersection of Ga. Highway 92 South and Antioch Road.

The proposal will be vetted Thursday night by the Fayette County Commission at its regular meeting, starting at 7 p.m. at the county’s Stonewall government complex in downtown Fayetteville.

GDOT officials have said if the commission is OK with it, GDOT would first conduct a study on the intersection. Read More»

Power struggle – Oddo to Brown: Tone it down

Soft-spoken Oddo gives Brown 4-point ultimatum to avoid removal: # 1. Stop writing letters and blogging
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Commission infighting goes public: Et tu, Barlow?

Fayette County Commissioner David Barlow.

Barlow says he will issue apology to public at Thurs. commission meeting

A political brouhaha will be settled this Thursday night as current County Commission Chairman Steve Brown will face opposition for the post from fellow Commissioner Charles “Chuck” Oddo Read More»

What will happen to excess SPLOST money?

The choice: Use $29M in the bank for East Bypass, or ‘other’ projects?

In the new year, local officials will grapple with somewhat of a good problem. Read More»

Fayette’s district voting lawyer fees rise to $283K

The district voting lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People continues to be a costly one for Fayette County government.

So far, the county commission has paid $283,522 to the Atlanta law firm which is representing it in the case. That cost does not include additional hourly charges caused by action of the county’s own attorney nor does it include the attorney’s fees paid by the Fayette County Board of Education, which was also listed as a defendant in the lawsuit. Read More»