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Green light: TV-movie studio gets county OK

In a decision likely to change the fabric of Fayette County's future, the county commission Thursday night approved a rezoning that will allow a television and movie studio to be built on a large tract of farmland in the rural center of the county. Pinewood Studios plans to make a home on a 288-acre site at the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Veterans Parkway Read More»

Kedron water levels make big comeback

Fayetteville resident Mary Burton knows a lot about fishing and has spent a lot of time on Lake Kedron. And her trips to the lake just got a lot better since it is now full of water. Mary had three lines out on a recent Sunday afternoon ready to reel in the next catch. Asked about the largest fish she ever landed in her years fishing at the lake, Mary said it was a 15-inch crappie. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Lake Kedron in Peachtree City is full, thanks to recent rains, and the water level at Lake Horton in south Fayette County also is making a comeback.

Lake Horton was down as much as 16 feet, but much of that deficit has been erased by rains and the ability to pump more water from the adjacent Flint River, said Water System Director Tony Parrott. Lake Horton as of Monday stood 2.3 feet short of full pool. Read More»

Coweta Co. to save $115K in reorganization plan

The reorganization of the Coweta County Dept. of Information Technology and the Development and Engineering Dept. last week by the Coweta County Commission is expected to improve service delivery and save taxpayers an estimated $115,000.

Commissioners by a unanimous vote approved the reorganization proposed by Community and Human Resources Director Patricia Palmer. Read More»

TV/movie studio rezoning approved

In a decision likely to change the fabric of Fayette County's future, the county commission Thursday night approved a rezoning that will allow a television and movie studio to be built on a large tract of farmland in the rural center of the county.

Pinewood Studios plans to make a home on a 288-acre site at the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Veterans Parkway (also formerly known as the West Fayetteville Bypass). Read More»

Pinewood Studios auditions for 289-acre rezoning tonight

A plan to rezone 289 acres in rural central Fayette County to make way for a multi-million dollar movie studio complex will be up for a vote before the Fayette County Commission tonight (March 28). Read More»

Tax digest decrease slows to just 1% less in ’13

The idea of a county’s tax digest showing declining numbers could hardly be called good news. But given the 20 percent decrease in the value of property that has occurred over the past three years, the potential of seeing the tax digest decrease by only 1 percent this year could make the argument that Fayette County may be turning the corner on the Great Recession. Read More»

Studio rezoning up Thurs. night

A plan to rezone 289 acres in rural central Fayette County to make way for a multi-million dollar movie studio will be up for a vote before the Fayette County Commission Thursday night.

The project is expected to bring roughly 2,000 jobs once it gets up to full steam. Read More»

County warns of 'aggressive' pit bull dog in Lees Lake area

Commission chairman: citizens can 'take dog down if they feel threatened'

Fayette County officials are warning the public about a loose pit bull dog in the area of Lees Lake Road that is acting aggressively.

In a news release issued Friday afternoon, officials noted that a resident on Lees Lake was grilling out one evening and came face to face with a large pit bull standing next to his grill.

The resident, Charles Mitchell, said the dog's “mouth came open and he started towards me growling,” Mitchell was quoted as saying in the release. The county noted that Mitchell was thankful his grandchildren were not playing in the yard. Read More»

Coweta adds 2 officers to elementary schools

A March 19 request by Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager led to the unanimous approval by the Coweta County Commission to provide half-funding for two additional school resource officers (SRO) to provide support in the elementary schools in the unincorporated areas.

Sheriff Mike Yeager told commissioners the need for additional school resource officers came at the request of the school system after the recent school shooting in Connecticut. Read More»

Despite past opposition, commissioners OK West Bypass

It came with a significant caveat, but the Fayette County Commission on March 14 voted to complete the construction on Phase 2 of the West Fayetteville Bypass.

The irony is that all five commissioners have vehemently opposed what each previously called “the road to nowhere” at one time or another during the past three years. Read More»