Local officials begin assessing response to Snow Jam 2014

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb in a file photo from fall 2013.

With the snow gone and the black ice melted, the assessments of Snow Jam 2014 begin: What happened, who responded well, who didn’t, and why?

The Citizen interviewed public safety and public works officials from around the county on Monday to explain their part in the events that unfolded during the middle of the day on Jan. 28.

Unlike the winter storm that hit in 2011 and deposited significantly more ice on county roadways, the one last week came in the middle of the day and caught the school system, employers and many motorists by surprise and — in many cases —unprepared. Read More»

PTC vote: 54W light, Planterra link

Recent view of evening traffic backed up on Planterra Parkway awaiting entrance onto Ga. Highway 54. Photo/Special.

Road connection to be opposed by subdivision residents who say cut-through traffic is bad enough already

Thursday night the Peachtree City Council will consider a request to apply for a new traffic light on Ga. Highway 54 West at Line Creek Drive to serve a new shopping center.

The city acknowledges that the new light will likely make the city’s worst traffic problem even worse, but officials contend that improved safety may make it a worthwhile tradeoff.

The same “Overlook” shopping center also will be the subject of a related but controversial proposal up for consideration Thursday: to allow the developer to link an access road from the shopping center to Planterra Way. Read More»

Why weren’t Fayette schools closed Tuesday? Sup’t. Barrow: ‘It was my decision’

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow, Jr. File photo from mid-2013.

“If we had known things were going to hit as hard and fast, if I had had that crystal ball, I would have obviously made a different decision. Knowing what I knew, based on the information I had, I felt like we were going to be OK.” — Dr. Joseph Barrow
Fayette County school students went to school Tuesday morning, Jan. 28, just like every other school day. After a mid-day snowfall covered roads in icy patches, many of them didn’t make it back home until well after dark. Parents were both anxious and furious.
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PTC setting Friday Feb. 28 for city court make-up day

Just because Peachtree City Municipal Court had to close for the snow Wednesday doesn’t mean defendants who were slated to appear will get a free pass. Read More»

Fayette Commission to ponder court's district voting map Tues.

Fayette Commission to ponder court's district voting map Tues.

The Fayette County Commission will meet Tuesday at 3 p.m. in executive session to discuss its response to a proposed district voting map proffered by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten. Read More»

Coweta thanks a nurse

Coweta thanks a nurse

Coweta County Nurse Manager Alice Jackson will soon retire after serving for 23 years with the Coweta County Health Dept. Jackson on Jan. 23 received a proclamation from the Coweta County Commission honoring her service to the community. Photo/Ben Nelms.

McIntosh High’s Brian Messer recognized for national soccer honor

McIntosh High’s Brian Messer recognized for national soccer honor

The Fayette County Board of Education on Jan. 27 recognized McIntosh High School boys soccer coach Brian Messer, recently named the 2013 assistant coach of the year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Pictured are Messer (L) and school board Chairman Marion Key. Photo/Ben Nelms.

East Point congregation relocating to Coweta

A church operating in East Point for more than a half century got its wish last week and was granted a conditional use permit to build a new building on U.S. Highway 29 near Arbor Springs Plantation and move the congregation to Coweta County.

County Planning Director Robert Tolleson said East Point-based Southwest Christian Church is acquiring property on Hwy. 29 to the north and east of Arbor Springs Plantation and is proposing to build the facility in phases. Read More»

New Fayette district voting map is proposed

A proposed new district map for the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education proposed by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten. The pdf was provided by Fayette County. That pdf — which may be magnified — is attached as a file to this story.

Timing a concern as qualifying starts March 3 for two county commission posts and two school board seats

A proposed new district map for the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education, crucial to enacting district voting here, has been proposed by a U.S. District Judge.

The new map is necessary to comply with the May decision of U.S. District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten which declared the county’s former at-large voting system violated the federal Voting Rights Act.

[View that pdf by clicking on the "attachment" below.] Read More»

$3.5 million new bus barn idea wheeled out to BoE

Fayette County School System Facilities Director Mike Satterfield in a photo from early 2013 by Ben Nelms.

A proposal made Monday to the Fayette County Board of Education could lead to a new location for the school system’s transportation department and the facility used to store and maintain school buses. The school board voted 4-1 to have the project designed and returned for a possible vote to proceed.

The bus shop, sometimes called the bus barn, and the school system’s transportation department building are located behind the school board headquarters on Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville. Read More»

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