Race now part of dispute roiling Fayette Commission

Pota Coston, former Tyrone Council candidate, Democratic Party secretary and one of the alternates to the county ethics board. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Citizens question county ethics appointees; Commission urged to ‘redo’ process, seek and interview applicants Read More»

Lower F’ville Rd. to close for bridge replacement

Get ready for a 9-month detour on Lower Fayetteville Road. The portion of the road near Fischer Road in east Coweta County will be closed beginning Nov. 26 so that crews can replace the bridge over Shoal Creek.

Construction crews will close the bridge on Lower Fayetteville Road over Shoal Creek beginning November 26. 

The detour route will be Bob Smith Road to Stewart Road to Ga. Highway 54 to Fischer Road. Read More»

Coweta opens expanded animal control facility

Coweta County Animal Control Maj. Steve Orr takes a minute to play with Gabby while her friend Masey looks on. These are two of the dogs, along with a number of cats, hoping for a new home. For more information on adopting a dog or cat call the shelter at 770-254-3735. Photo/Ben Nelms.

“We’ve come a long way.” That was how Coweta County Animal Control Director Bill McKenzie noted the recent expansion of the county’s animal control facility. The expanded facility opened in September and can now accommodate 92 dogs and 92 cats.

The expansion came with a $250,000 price tag, half of which utilized county funds while the remaining half came from the Holland Ware Foundation. The expansion included a new intake building, additional parking space and drainage upgrades, McKenzie said. Read More»

Horgan files open meetings complaint over county mgr. interviews

Says 2 sitting commissioners 'should have known better'; asks for fine, penalties Read More»

Smith wins reelection to Coweta County Commission

In Coweta County, voters returned incumbent Democrat Al Smith to the District 5 post on the County Commission.

Smith defeated Republican Hayden Marlowe to retain his seat.

Coweta reported a turnout of more than 75 percent, with 55,774 voters casting ballots.

Here are the numbers:

Coweta County Commission (District 5)

Al Smith (incumbent Democrat) – 4,126 (53.91%)

Hayden Marlowe (Rep) - 3,528 (46.09%)


Romney – 39,663 (71.40%)

Obama - 15,156 (27.30%)


Charter amendment

Yes – 35,399 (65.85%)

No – 18,360 (34.15%) Read More»

Fayette to pick ethics board to hear complaint against county attorney Bennett

Fayette County commissioners are expected to appoint three ethics board members and two alternates so a hearing may be convened on a complaint lodged against Fayette County Attorney Scott Bennett.

The commission is expected to appoint the ethics board members at its Nov. 7 workshop meeting. Read More»

Water system shuts down well in heart of PTC

Who would have thought that one of the Fayette County Water system’s two wells would be located on the property of the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City? Well, it is, but not for long. The low-output Willowbend well is being shut down after tests since 2009 showed small, but reportable, quantities of an industrial solvent in the water. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Commission on Oct. 11 unanimously approved a recommendation by Fayette County Water System Director Tony Parrott to shut down the Willowbend well in Peachtree City. Read More»

Former NAACP lawyer goes after Fayette’s attorney on ethics

An ethics complaint against County Attorney Scott Bennett has been lodged by Fayette County residents Richard and Judith Moore.

The complaints center on a beef between Bennett and the Moores’ attorney, Wayne Kendall, who at one point represented several other county residents and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in a still-pending lawsuit filed against the county that seeks to enact district voting in lieu of at-large voting in Fayette County for seats on the county commission and the board of education. Read More»

‘Speed table’ in your subdivision’s future?

The Fayette County Public Works Department is crafting regulations designed to help slow down speeders in neighborhoods that lie in the unincorporated county.

The county has had success with a speed table, a device that lifts an automobile off the ground to a flat plateau of several feet before bringing them back to the road path at grade level. The current ones are installed on East Banks Road, which was often a cut-through for traffic using Banks Road as a back route to the Fayette Pavilion shopping center and beyond. Read More»

NAACP map splits 11 of 36 Fayette voting precincts

Fayette Co. asks court to rule against ‘racial gerrymandering’

In the legal battle over how citizens are elected to Fayette County’s board of education and county commission, both sides are now sparring over the map proposed by the plaintiffs including the Fayette County and national branches of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Read More»

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