Superintendent Bearden: Wait a couple of years to decide on closing schools

Fayette County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden wants to wait more than a year before even talking about closing any schools because of falling student numbers.

Bearden at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education reiterated his call Read More»

County commissioners spar over W. F’ville Neighborhoods, bypass

Fayette County commissioners (clockwise, from left) Robert Horgan, Steve Brown, Lee Hearn and Chairman Herb Frady. Photo composite/The CItizen staff.

Fayette Commissioner Brown points to plan revealed by The Citizen as proof West F’ville Bypass is ‘developers’ road’; Frady, Horgan, Hearn disagree, saying road has been talked about for many years

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown contends a conceptual plan to develop land in the central area of the county is evidence that the West Fayetteville Bypass is being built to cater to developers. Read More»

Tyrone candidates for mayor, council have their say at forum

Nearly 200 people packed the Tyrone Depot on Oct. 11 to hear from the six candidates running for three town council seats in the Nov. 8 election. A sampling of the large number of questions asked is provided below. The forum also featured a straw poll showing a razor thin preference in all races.

Candidates for mayor included marketer Derrick L. Jackson and Post 1 Councilman Eric Dial. Post 1 candidates included bookkeeper Linda Howard and volunteer Tammy Proctor. And the candidates for the Post 2 seat included career consultant Pota Coston and small business owner Ryan Housley. Read More»

MacDuff extension makes transportation sales tax list

Will the public vote for the sales tax?

If a region-wide transportation sales tax passes next year, some Peachtree City commuters may rejoice.

The list of projects for sales tax funding was adopted Thursday, and a last-minute bid to add the extension of MacDuff Parkway was unanimously approved. Read More»

Residency issues surface for Palmetto councilman

Questions have arisen about Palmetto City Councilman Leon Sumlin’s place of residence in the city and whether he currently resides in Palmetto. Another question involves the homestead exemption filed with Fulton County on a home where he might not live. The questions surfaced last week as Sumlin is running for re-election in November. Sumlin responded to the allegations, indicating that his primary residence is in Palmetto and that he will pay the penalties related to any inaccuracy found to exist with homestead exemption filing. Read More»

Coweta BoE approves reapportionment map

Coweta County’s significant population growth over the past decade and the results of the 2010 Census led to the need to re-draw the population boundaries of the five Coweta County Board of Education electoral districts. The proposed map was approved by the school board on Oct. 11 and will be forwarded to the U.S. Dept. of Justice for approval.

Five of the seven Coweta County Board of Education seats are determined by voters in those respective districts while the remaining two seats are elected at-large. Read More»

Food bank starting up in PTC industrial park

Midwest Food Bank, a faith-based agency which collects food donations from companies and distributes it to local non-profits and disaster sites at no charge, is coming to Peachtree City.

Midwest has purchased a warehouse on Parkade Court in the city’s industrial park. The operation is ramping up to have its first monthly food distribution on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Read More»

TDK expansion approved, warehouse and shipping space to be added

It didn’t take long Monday evening for Peachtree City’s planning commission to sign off on a plan allowing TDK to build a 36,823 square foot addition for extra warehouse and shipping space.

The company will use similar exterior materials to match the existing exterior, and no additional parking will be necessary for the site.

TDK will build a new service and loading area off the existing service drive to provide access to the building from the rear. Read More»

Transportation sales tax projects OK'd

Ball in voters' court July 2012 for 10-year regional levy

A list of transportation projects for a proposed 10-year regional 1 percent sales tax was approved unanimously Thursday by government officials from 10 different counties.

Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady joined the unanimous vote, while Mayor Ken Steele was absent at an out of town conference for the Georgia Municipal Association conference. Read More»

10 qualify for Seabaugh’s Senate seat

It did not take long for a very large handful of people to qualify for the seat vacated recently by state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh. The qualifying period that ended Oct. 13 showed nine Coweta County residents and one from Carroll County vying for the seat in the non-partisan special election to be held Nov. 8.

Those qualifying by press time Oct. 13 included:

-Cynthia C. Bennett, Non-partisan, 55, educator, of Newnan

-Duke Blackburn, Republican, 61, retired law enforcement officer, of Newnan

-Matthew Brass, Republican, 33, small business owner, of Newnan Read More»

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