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Sany moves to new campus in PTC’s industrial park

Exterior view of the Sany America office and manufacturing facility in Peachtree City’s industrial park. Photo/Special.

PTC OK's large sign for 400,000 sq. ft. building

Sany America this past week opened its new 400,000 sq. ft. office and manufacturing facility at the southern end of Peachtree City’s industrial park.

That puts all of the company’s workforce under one roof as it prepares to begin its assembly operations at the facility. Read More»

Tyrone state Sen. Ronnie Chance honored

Tyrone state Sen. Ronnie Chance honored

Republican Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone, right, was presented last week with the 2011 Legislative Service Award by the Association County Commissioners of Georgia. Chance was one of 11 legislators to receive the award this year for his role in helping legislation of importance to Georgia counties. The award was presented immediately prior to a meeting of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. Photo/John Munford.

Tyrone tables fire station sewer deal

The Tyrone Town Council at the Sept. 1 meeting voted unanimously to table an agreement with Fayette County pertaining to the provision of sewer service to the prospective fire station to be located on Jenkins Road and Ga. Highway 74. The decision related to several needed changes to the agreement that was approved in May. Read More»

Qualifiers throw their names in the hat for Coweta local races

It will not be long before voters have their say when it comes to local elections. Those qualifying by press time on Sept. 1 included mayoral and council candidates in Senoia, Sharpsburg and Palmetto.

Senoia voters in November will decide on two council positions. As of press time on Sept. 1 there were four people who had qualified for the two seats currently held by Maurice Grover and Bobby Graham.

Qualifiers include Grover, Graham, retired Col. Don Rehman and IBM technical support staff Harry Ramos.

Voting in Senoia is at-large with the top two vote-getters winning the seats. Read More»

Coweta looks to extend local 1-cent sales tax

Coweta County and its municipalities met Aug. 29 to firm up project lists that will be included in the 2012 referendum that would continue the current 1-cent local option sales tax (SPLOST). If approved by voters the tax would fund a variety of local projects and run for six years with a maximum collection ceiling of $120 million. Read More»

Fayette high schools poll on 3 schedule options

The Fayette County School System on its website is currently conducting a survey to gain input on the idea of changing the school day for high school students. The change would provide students with the ability to earn additional credits beyond the currently 24-credit structure.

School system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said high school students, their parents, teaching and administrative staff and the community at large are being asked to give their input on options for altering the high school day. Read More»

Survey says ... Fayette BoE $10 million short

Public has 2 weeks to vote in school system’s online survey: Bring in tuition-paid out-of-county students is one option

It is a matter of not having enough funds beginning July 1, 2012 to operate the Fayette Read More»

With redistricting maps now law, Fayette delegation swings to GOP majority

It’s official: Fayette County’s legislative delegation in the Georgia House of Representatives will feature a majority Republican vote for the first time since Democrat Roy Barnes was governor, three governors ago.

That’s thanks to the new House and Senate district maps adopted by the legislature and signed last week by Gov. Nathan Deal.

Previously, Fayette’s delegation in the House had a Democratic majority between Rep. Virgil Fludd, who has a sizable chunk of northwest Fayette, and two other Democrats who had relatively small footprints here. Read More»

UPDATED — Regional SPLOST vote still to be next summer

UPDATED for print, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 — Despite the wishes of Gov. Nathan Deal, the referendum on a proposed 10-year, 1 percent regional transportation sales tax will not be moved to a November vote.

Instead the referendum will stay on the July primary ballot, which may give an edge to the prospects of defeating the tax. The November vote stood to have drawn more Democrats who might favor the tax. Read More»

Despite taxpayers’ pleas, Fayette Commission adopts tax hike, 3–2

The Fayette County Commission got an earful last week from residents who opposed the property tax increases the board enacted on a 3-2 vote.

Several speakers urged the commission to reconsider using a new power granted by the legislature to shift funds from the county’s 2003 transportation sales tax to help avoid the tax increases entirely. Read More»