Regional sales tax transportation project list for Fayette now must face voters

Now that the project list for a proposed transportation sales tax is complete, voters have quite a bit to chew on between now and July 2012.

But the sales pitch is only just beginning, for those favoring the tax, and for those who vow to oppose it.

Last week the project list received unanimous approval, and elected officials on the 21-member roundtable lauded the fact that they were able to agree on the list. Read More»

No political crimes here

No political crimes here

There were no laws broken, only a group of well-dressed dudes and ladies like Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah (R) and Vicki Turner at the Fayette County Republican Western Masquerade held Oct. 15 at the former Resurrection Clothing store on Ga. Highway 85 South. Dinner and line dancing highlighted the evening’s fund-raising activities. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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»