County

Artist boosts Fayette public art projects

Shanequa Gay and First Lady Michelle Obama. Photo/Submitted.

When Fayette County leaders wanted to get their Public Art Committee organized and see some key projects get off the ground, they looked for someone with the skills and experience to do that.

They found her right up the road and at no cost to the county. Read More»

Fayette County election returns

UPDATED 10:43 p.m. — Coston becomes first African-American elected to Fayette County Commission; Basham, Presberg win BoE posts

All precincts reporting including 1,400 absentee ballots

Post 5, Fayette County Commission (9 of 9 precincts reporting)

Allen McCarty (R) — 33% (2803)
Pota Coston (D) — 67% (5741)

Fayette BoE, District 4 (12 of 12 precincts reporting)

Diane Basham (R) — 64% (5498)
Ogechi Oparah (D) — 36% (3145)

Fayette BoE, District 5 (9 of 9 precincts reporting)
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Fayette OKs Redwine Rd. cart paths

Residents along the southern portion of Redwine Road in unincorporated Fayette County will eventually have direct golf cart path access to the Starr’s Mill school complex just south of Peachtree City, but it’s not going to happen overnight. Read More»

Dredging of Lake Peachtree set to begin by January

Grass growing in the bed of Lake Peachtree in June 2014. File photo.

The long-awaited dredging of Lake Peachtree appears to be close to beginning. Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson in an Oct. 24 letter said the dredging job is expected to be put out for bids in late December with initial work beginning in January.

However, even after dredging the mostly dry lakebed is completed, the larger issue of when the lake will be refilled is still an unanswered question, pending a decision on rebuilding the dam’s damaged spillway.

Rapson in the Oct. 24 letter to Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington said sampling of soils and survey fieldwork is complete. Read More»

Feral cats meet the private sector and commissioners applaud

Shutterstock image of feral cats.

Fayette Humane Society’s traps, neuters, releases more feral cats at lower cost than Animal Control

For those who have taken to heart legendary TV host Bob Barker’s plea to “help control the pet population,” a report at the Oct. 23 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners will be especially encouraging. Read More»

Fayette early voting extends through Friday

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Election Day is next week and the time for advanced voting will end Oct. 31. With those deadlines looming, it is time for Fayette County voters to have their say on local and statewide races and two proposed constitutional amendments. Read More»

Plans moving ahead for East Fayetteville Bypass

Crews construct the West Fayetteville Bypass in February 2013. File photo.

County officials have put the East Fayetteville Bypass back on the front burner, and as plans for the project continue to develop, citizens are likely to hear more about it in the near future.

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners voted Oct. 7 to approve an amendment in the design contract, and Public Works Director Phil Mallon suggested scheduling a public meeting as soon as possible to further update affected property owners and others interested in the project. Read More»

New park set for Senoia

New park set for Senoia

A large number of Coweta County residents joined city and county officials Oct. 15 at a 49-acre site along Ga. Highway 16 in Senoia for the groundbreaking of the Leroy Johnson Park.

Senoia and Coweta County in early 2013 approved an intergovernmental agreement that led to the Wednesday groundbreaking of the new county park situated on 49.4 acres along Hwy. 16 and Harper Road on the city’s west side.

Expected to open sometime in 2017, the park will feature eight baseball fields, two football/soccer fields, a gymnasium of up to 10,000 sq. ft, tennis courts and a tot lot. Read More»

Commission dulls some iffy tree-cutting options

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners voted at its Oct. 7 meeting to approve a timber harvesting ordinance that all agreed was only the first of the county’s attempts to deal with massive tree cutting in some residential neighborhoods.

“This is not something that’s going to get done in two weeks’ time,” board Chairman Steve Brown said to the residents at the meeting who have been petitioning the board for several weeks to get something done. “Be patient. This is a good start.” Read More»

For county, McCarty, Coston spar about district voting

Candidates for the District 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners (L-R) Pota Coston and incumbent Allen McCarty wait for instructions on electronic voting during a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Transportation, voting methods, and the need to make Fayette County as attractive as possible to both business leaders and young people dominated a political forum where candidates vying for the District 5 county commission seat spoke on Saturday.

“This election is about the future of Fayette County,” said Pota Coston, the Democratic challenger to Republican incumbent Commissioner Allen McCarty.

“Many of us moved here because of the quality of life,” she said, adding that the campaign is about ways to grow the economy while protecting and increasing home values in Fayette County. Read More»