Special prosecutor to probe former county attorney’s ‘data wipe’

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens has appointed a special prosecutor to investigate claims that former Fayette County Attorney Scott Bennett had official public records wiped from the hard drives Read More»

Fayette Commission, F’ville Council to hold joint annexation workshop Tuesday

It’s being called a workshop, but the joint meeting at 5:30 this Tuesday afternoon is all about lights, cameras and interlocking governmental action to be taken by the Fayetteville City Council and the Fayette County Commission.

With the massive annexation of hundreds of acres of mostly undeveloped rural land in the middle of the county as close to a done deal as such requests can get, the two governing boards are meeting to get their respective ducks in a public row and to put a cooperative face on the Pinewood Atlanta Studios project.

While projected to bring potentially thousands of jobs connected with Read More»

Outgoing Coweta chief credits 'best' employees for success over 40-year career

There were plenty of hugs and well-wishes for retiring Coweta County Administrator Theron Gay Tuesday night at the Coweta County fairgrounds. Hundreds attended the occasion that marked the culmination of Gay’s four decades of service to Coweta County. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The legacy we live is the legacy we leave. And when it comes to a legacy, retiring Coweta County Administrator Theron Gay is leaving a large impact on the county he loves. It is an impact that extended for 40 years of exceptional service to the county and its residents. Read More»

Lake McIntosh is now officially open for public’s use

It took decades from start to finish, but the ribbon was cut June 28 to open the Lake McIntosh Park and Reservoir in Peachtree City. Pictured, from left, are Fayette County commissioners Randy Ognio, David Barlow, Chairman Steve Brown, Fayette County Water System Director Tony Parrott and commissioners Allen McCarty and Charles Oddo. Photo/Ben Nelms.

What began more than four decades ago came to official completion Friday as Fayette County Commission members cut the ribbon that officially opened Lake McIntosh Park and Reservoir in Peachtree City. The site located at the end of TDK Boulevard will double as a Fayette County park and drinking water reservoir. Read More»

Fayette adopts balanced budget for FY 2014: $76 million

Fayette County’s $76 million budget for FY 2014 was adopted June 27. The budget included $44 million in the General Fund, $14.7 million in the Water System Fund and $15.4 million in Special Revenue Funds and will come with no anticipated increase in property taxes.

That compares with last year’s budget total of $80.85 million. Read More»

District voting maps now due

The U.S. Supreme Court decision Tuesday invalidating a portion of the Voting Rights Act will have no effect on the recent district voting decision involving Fayette County, according to County Commission Chairman Steve Brown.

“I have received a couple of calls already about whether the Section 5 ruling affects our appeal on a Section 2 lawsuit,” Brown said in an email. “It is my understanding that the ruling has no relevance on our case.” Read More»

Coweta lauds service, record of retiring leader

Retiring Coweta County Administrator Theron Gay (L) received a plaque from Coweta County Commission Chairman Bob Blackburn at the June 18 board meeting. Gay has attended more than 600 commission meetings in his 20 years as administrator. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a meeting of the Coweta County Commission that felt more like the end of an era. In a sense it was because the June 18 board meeting was the last one that retiring Coweta County Administrator Theron Gay would attend in that capacity.

For Gay, his retirement in the next couple of weeks translates into 20 years as administrator and a total of 40 years of service in various positions in the county. The commission meeting was attended by a host of county employees and members of Gay’s family. Read More»

New plan for Fischer Crossing emerging

There is a bit of preliminary movement at the proposed Fischer Crossing retail development on the northeast corner of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta County. A rezoning request for an access road and other items were heard at the June 18 meeting of the Coweta County Commission. Read More»

Fayette to skim $2 million from pension fund

Turning tables, former Commissioner Hearn gigs commission on budget

To help balance its 2013-2014 budget, the Fayette County Commission is dipping into the overfunded pension plan for county retirees.

The county is taking about $2 million from the fund and recapturing it for this year’s budget, County Administrator Steve Rapson said at the June 13 commission meeting. Read More»

Brown, Horgan differ on ‘settlement’ offered to NAACP in district voting case

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown contended this week that last year three county commissioners approved offering a settlement that would have enacted district voting in time for the November 2012 elections.

Brown contends the settlement, which he did not approve because he opposes district voting, was ultimately rejected by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which has advocated in a federal lawsuit for a district voting format to replace Fayette’s current at-large voting process. Read More»