Government

Fayette BoE member Sam Tolbert succumbs to cancer

Sam Tolbert

Fayette County Board of Education member Sam Tolbert passed away in the afternoon hours of Sept. 22. The first-term Post 5 board member had struggled recently with esophageal cancer. Read More»

Coweta BoE unveils proposed reapportionment map

It is no mystery that Coweta County has experienced significant population growth during the past decade. That growth, documented by the 2010 Census, results in the need to re-draw the population boundaries of the five electoral districts pertaining to the Coweta County Board of Education. The proposed map is now available at the school system’s website and is expected to be up for a vote by the school board on Oct. 11. Read More»

Coweta adopts $59 million budget for 2012

There was little discussion Sept. 20 as members of the Coweta County Commission unanimously adopted $59.1 million General Fund budget for the fiscal year that begins in October. The FY 2012 budget represents a .76 percent decrease over the current budget.

County finance director Hans Wilson at the meeting provided a brief recap of the budget presentation made earlier this month. Wilson at that meeting said that FY 2012, like FY 2011, will be financially challenging across all fund categories. Read More»

Fayette set to OK contract for West Bypass, Phase II

The Fayette County Commission is poised to award a $3.4 million contract Thursday night for the completion of the second phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass, also known as Veterans Parkway.

The design includes a roundabout intersection at the bypass and Lees Mill Road and a new bridge over Whitewater Creek. This section of the road will begin at the current end on Sandy Creek Road, continuing to the north and east to Ga. Highway 92 North at West Bridge Road. Read More»

Budget survey says cut Fayette’s school year to save money

Close 2 schools, use new Rivers Elem., plurality says in BoE’s online survey

Don’t bring in tuition-paying out-of-county students to Fayette County schools, a plurality of survey takers told the Board of Education. Read More»

Outgoing councilman questions lower speed limits on F’ville streets

For Fayetteville Police Chief Steve Heaton it was a matter of slowing motorists down on three city roadways. The City Council at the Sept. 15 generally agreed, though Councilman Al Hovey-King said he would like more details before voting to lower the speed limit from 45 miles per hour to 35 mies per hour on South Jeff Davis Drive.

Hovey-King is not running for reelection to his post in the November city election. Read More»

Stormwater fee scaled back but still on

County officials have significantly scaled back a proposal to increase the scope of Fayette County’s stormwater management program through a new fee assessed to property owners in the unincorporated area.

The latest proposal, which would cost $25.20 a year for the average 6,400 square feet of impervious surface of the typical residential lot, will be considered Thursday night Read More»

Kedron pools closed for new bubble

PTC to keep Glenloch pool open through October

The Kedron pools are closed for the time being as construction begins on the new support system for the new bubble exterior, city officials said.

But the swim season is still on for a little while longer, as the city is keeping its Glenloch outdoor pool open through Oct. 30.

The Glenloch pool hours will be Mondays through Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays from 7:45 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 1-6 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Read More»

Senoia Police Academy graduation

Senoia Police Academy graduation

Participants in the first Senoia Citizens’ Police Academy attended the recent graduation ceremony that marked the end of the six-week course. From left are (front row) Jacob Lowery, Susan Lowery, Shonie Benton, Robert Smith and Robert DeWinter; (back row) Lt. Jason Ercole, Don Burlile, Charlene Redding, James Hall, Chris Shriner, Don Rehman and Chief Jason Edens. Photo/ Ben Nelms.

Tyrone Council to school board: Don't close our school

It was like a preemptive strike based on the potential that the operation of a long-time local institution might be coming to a close. The Tyrone Town Council Sept. 15 unanimously approved a letter to the Fayette County Board of Education and Superintendent Jeff Bearden stating that any attempt to close the town’s elementary school would be a mistake. Read More»