Government

F’ville OKs 2 of 3 requests for controversial car wash

The Fayetteville City Council on May 1 approved two of the three requests involving the construction of the Tidal Wave Car Wash at 750 North Glynn Street at Ga. Highway 314. The council approved the rezoning and special exception requests, but denied a setback variance. Read More»

BoE plans gift to visioning initiative

The Fayette Visioning Initiative is a good idea, one that should be provided with a financial contribution. That was the May 5 opinion of the Fayette County Board of Education.

Comments by the school board in response to an April 30 letter from the Fayette Visioning Initiative asking for a consideration of support had board members favoring such a move.

Board member Leonard Presberg said the school system has a big stake in the activities of the initiative and the county’s future. Read More»

Fayette eyes office zone for 74S.

A proposal from Fayette County planning staff to designate 15 parcels on Ga. Highway 74 South for future office use will be considered Thursday night by the Fayette County Commission.

The tracts total about 68 acres and each one fronts Hwy. 74 with direct access. Of the parcels, four are undeveloped, 10 contain single-family residences and one has an existing child daycare facility, according to county staff. Read More»

One more piece in place for big F’ville roundabout

Round and round we go, and Fayetteville is now one step closer to what will be the much-delayed Hood Avenue/Ga. Highway 92/Jeff Davis Drive Connector with included roundabout, intended to help mitigate the gridlock caused by the tens of thousands of vehicles that pass through the downtown area each day. Read More»

Imker lauds smooth start for council

The new year has gone off quite smoothly for the Peachtree City Council, even as two newbies came aboard in January with the addition of Councilmen Mike King and Terry Ernst, who joined council after voters sacked former councilman George Dienhart and former mayor Don Haddix.

The difference, to some political observers, has been a more professional atmosphere during council meetings in 2014. And Councilman Eric Imker spoke directly to that fact in a brief comment at the end of council’s May 1 meeting. Read More»

Legislature lays rules for state response to water emergencies

Georgia’s waterways received vital added protection with the passage of House Bill 549 into law on April 15.

According to the Georgia Water Coalition, HB 549 requires Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division to maintain an emergency response program that includes appropriate and timely response to emergencies that threaten the state’s waters and public health as well as proper public notification in such emergencies. Another key component of the bill is training and coordination between state and local emergency personnel. Read More»

Manning, Johnston, Harbin lead campaign contributions race

Manning, Johnston, Harbin lead campaign contributions race

If money talks, we may have a pretty good idea of who the frontrunners are in the seven-man race to replace Tyrone resident Ronnie Chance as the state senator for the 16th district, which includes parts of Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Lamar counties. Read More»

Raises ahead for Fayette teachers

Raises ahead for Fayette teachers

Following years of decline, BoE’s budget expected to go up by $4.2 million

Things are looking up for the Fayette County School System — up as in more money coming in that can be used for pay raises. Read More»

F’ville honors city clerk

F’ville honors city clerk

Fayetteville City Clerk Anne Barksdale was recognized May 1 by Mayor Greg Clifton and the City Council for her service to the city as part of Georgia’s Municipal Clerks Week. Photo/Ben Nelms.

2 men and a vision: Peachtree City

Above, (L-R) Jerry Petersen, Gordon Fleming, Hollis Harris, Frances Meaders, Sallie Satterthwaite and City Clerk Betsy Tyler pull the curtains off busts of the two men considered to be the founding fathers of Peachtree City: Joel Cowan and Floy Farr. Photo/John Munford.

A crowd of about 100 witnessed the dedication Sunday of the Founders’ Corner in Peachtree City’s City Hall Plaza as the busts of city founders Joel Cowan and Floy Farr were unveiled along with a plaque highlighting their influence over the young town’s growth nearly 50 years ago. Read More»