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Senoia, Palmetto to see contested races

Qualifying is over and up next for voters in Senoia and Palmetto is choosing who will represent them for the next four years. Voters in Senoia’s contested races will decide on two City Council seats while those in Palmetto will decide on candidates for mayor and two council seats. The qualifying period resulted in no contested races in Sharpsburg.

Senoia voters in November will decide on two council positions. Read More»

Brown opposes funding by county of feds’ office change

A federally-funded program providing nutritional aid to low-income families in Fayette County has outgrown its shared space with the Fayette County Health Department.

But Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown contends the county should not be donating an estimated “less than $5,000 in labor” to aid in relocating the local Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office to county-owned property on Lee Street in Fayetteville. Read More»

F’ville adopts rollback millage

The Fayetteville City Council as expected at the Aug. 18 meeting approved a combined general fund and capital projects rollback millage rate of 3.441 mills, a two-hundredths of 1 percent decrease over last year. The council also approved a sign variance for the new LongHorn Steakhouse restaurant being constructed on Ga. Highway 85 south of the Fayette Pavilion.

The council approved a general fund millage rate of 2.691 mills and a capital projects rate of .75 mills for a total of 3.441 mills. Read More»

Sany revealed as recipient of $50,000 jobs grant from PTC

Sany America will be the recipient of a job credit for as much as $50,000 under a resolution approved recently by the Peachtree City Council. When the resolution was approved by council Aug. 25, it did not list Sany as the beneficiary of the “job creation grant.” Read More»

Familiar county roads getting new look as West F’ville Bypass arrives

Say hello to the next section of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Now under construction is the stretch that parallels a portion of Tillman Road (the narrow strip of roadway on the right). The current section runs from Sandy Creek Road and proceeds north, as pictured, extending to Eastin Road. Photo/Ben Nelms.

There is a new landscape beginning to emerge along the initial section of Phase 2 of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Virtually all the trees along the right-of-way and easement are down from Sandy Creek Road to Tillman Road to Eastin Road and work is expected to begin soon that will raise the grade of the road 4-to-6 feet on the north side of the section where it will intersect with Eastin Road. Read More»

F’ville mayor Steele to face rare challenge in November election

While the political rhetoric has been ongoing in Peachtree City for a while now in advance of the November election, things may be about to get spicy in Fayetteville too.

For the first time in recent memory, Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele will face a challenger: computer salesman Greg Clifton.

Qualifying for various council seats ended last week, setting the stage for the fall political season. Read More»

Fayette’s property values fall 11.65% since 2009

Worst: 15% in unincorporated county; best: PTC with 6.4% decline

Fayette County’s economic picture developed some new shadows in recent weeks. June saw the worst jobless numbers on record while, last week, the county’s tax digest figures for 2011 were released, showing a second year of declining property values. Read More»

PTC shutters rec administration building

New director named, staff shuffled in reorganization

The downsizing of staff at Peachtree City’s recreation department has led to the closing of the city’s recreation administration building, effective Tuesday.

Instead, the city’s recreation staff will be located at both the Kedron Fieldhouse and Read More»

County to review cell tower rules

Concern cited over lack of notice for new tower applications

Wednesday afternoon, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners will discuss concerns about the county’s current ordinance regulating cellphone towers. Read More»

PTC wants MacDuff Parkway extension funding

Move would restore project to regional tax list

Peachtree City is hoping to slip the extension of MacDuff Parkway back onto a list for funding via a potential regional sales tax.

The project is seen as a potential bypass around the intersection of Ga. highways 54 and 74 for residents living off MacDuff Parkway, and potentially for commuters going through Peachtree City into western Coweta County. The road would be extended from its current terminus northward, with a bridge over the CSX railroad, to link with Old Senoia Road and ultimately Ga. Highway 74 north. Read More»

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