Annexation is now official

The Chattahoochee Hills City Council on Oct. 7 agreed with the Coweta County Commission to have 179 acres off Shell Road annexed into the city. The vote followed a unanimous vote by commissioners on Aug. 19.

The 178.78-acre area situated inside Coweta off Shell Road (Atlanta Newnan Road) is part of the much larger 900-acre Serenbe community which lies within the city limits of Chatt Hills in southwest Fulton County.

Applicant Steve Nygren and Chatt Hills had requested that the acreage situated inside Coweta be annexed, allowing the city limits to be expanded to include the 179 acres. Read More»

Commission dulls some iffy tree-cutting options

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners voted at its Oct. 7 meeting to approve a timber harvesting ordinance that all agreed was only the first of the county’s attempts to deal with massive tree cutting in some residential neighborhoods.

“This is not something that’s going to get done in two weeks’ time,” board Chairman Steve Brown said to the residents at the meeting who have been petitioning the board for several weeks to get something done. “Be patient. This is a good start.” Read More»

PTC Council has light agenda for Oct. 16

The Oct. 16 meeting of the Peachtree City Council will be light, with only one new item and no old business on the agenda.

The new business involves a rear setback request for a garage extension on Adell Court.

Aside from several recognitions, the council will consider appointments to the Planning Commission and Convention and Visitors Bureau and discuss increasing tennis center membership fees.

PTC staff seeks direction on annexing 1,450 acres

Graphic provided by the Peachtree City Planning Dept.

City Manager Pennington presses for 20-year plan

To address what the geographic boundaries of Peachtree City might look like in 20 years the City Council on Oct. 6 commissioned city staff to formulate a proposal that would guide future annexation efforts. That proposal that might include the future annexation of more than 1,400 acres could be presented before the end of the year. Read More»

PTC: Open for annexation business?

Change would reverse a decade-old go-slow policy

Peachtree City for more than a decade has used a two-step annexation policy. But on Oct. 6 the Peachtree City Council agreed that city staff should adjust the process Read More»

Here’s how and where you can vote early before Election Day

Sample Fayette County General Election ballot from the county Elections Board website.

Advanced voting is here and Fayette County residents get to have their say on local and statewide races and two proposed constitutional amendments.

New this year are the local races for the Fayette County Board of Education in Districts 4 and 5 and the Fayette County Commission race in District 5.

Advanced voting for the Nov. 4 election runs from Oct. 13-31 at the elections office at the government complex in Fayetteville and from Oct. 20-30 at the Peachtree City Library and Tyrone Town Hall.

Voters from all districts can vote at any of the advanced voting locations. Read More»

For county, McCarty, Coston spar about district voting

Candidates for the District 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners (L-R) Pota Coston and incumbent Allen McCarty wait for instructions on electronic voting during a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Transportation, voting methods, and the need to make Fayette County as attractive as possible to both business leaders and young people dominated a political forum where candidates vying for the District 5 county commission seat spoke on Saturday.

“This election is about the future of Fayette County,” said Pota Coston, the Democratic challenger to Republican incumbent Commissioner Allen McCarty.

“Many of us moved here because of the quality of life,” she said, adding that the campaign is about ways to grow the economy while protecting and increasing home values in Fayette County. Read More»

BoE forum topics: Age, race, technology integration

District 4 Board of Education candidates (L-R) Diane Basham and Ogechi Oparah and District 5 incumbent Leonard Presberg use smart phones to cast their votes in a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Race and age played key roles in a political forum Saturday when a young black candidate for the Fayette County Board of Education asked voters to make history by electing her while a veteran white teacher stressed her experience in the classroom. Read More»

Police warn against scam

Peachtree City Police are advising residents to be aware of a new email scam informing citizens that they are needed for jury duty.

“We hope not, but just in case, we want you all to be aware,” said department spokesperson Odilia Bergh. “A citizen recently reported having received an email that arrived from an address that appeared to be connected to a state website This email alleged the recipient was needed for jury duty.”

Bergh said the email stated that in order to be removed from the list a questionnaire was required to be completed. Read More»

Residents urged not to set lake on fire

On Oct. 1, the statewide burn ban comes to an end and once again and residents will be able to burn yard debris after obtaining a burn permit through the city website at

Lake Peachtree will not be refilled this winter, and tall grass and weeds have overtaken the lake bed. As fall approaches, these grasses and weeds will brown and dry out as they go dormant for the winter. While not a significant threat, this additional fuel load does increase the risk of a grass fire in the area. Read More»