Fayette BoE to decide Oct. 3 on Tolbert replacement process

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

Tolbert, 64, was elected to the Board of Education in November 2010 and took office in January. He was a semi-retired senior manager who had served as an adjunct professor of mathematics at Gordon College in Barnesville.

The long-time Fayette County resident loved education and spent a lot of his life teaching, said wife Lynn Tolbert. Read More»

Another 3-to-2 vote as Fayette awards West Bypass contract

Commissioners Lee Hearn, Herb Frady and Robert Horgan raise their hands to vote yes, while commissioners Allen McCarty (far left) and Steve Brown (far right) await their chance to vote no on the West Bypass contract. Photo/John Munford.

To no one’s surprise, it was another split 3-2 vote last week that authorized the contract for construction of the second phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass, also known as Veterans Parkway. Read More»

Fayette County property owners hit with new fee

Owners of an “average” size homestead in unincorporated Fayette County will face a new $25.20 annual fee as part of the new stormwater utility adopted on a 3-2 vote of the Fayette County Commission Sept. 22. Read More»

Seniors: ‘What about our needs?’

With all the talk about Fayette County’s road projects for the regional transportation sales tax list, momentum shifted briefly last week to address a critical need for the county’s future: transportation options for senior citizens.

At a public forum seeking input on the projects, one member of the audience suggested that some of the $43 million Fayette County and its cities will get if the tax is approved should be spent on expanding Read More»

New PTC Dunkin' Donuts wants color change

The Peachtree City Planning Commission at its Sept. 22 meeting gave the go-ahead to a discussion that could lead to a new Dunkin’ Donuts store at the Wisdom Road Convenience Center located at Ga. Highway 74 and Wisdom Road provided the applicant is okay with toning down expectations about the look of the exterior of the vacant storefront situated adjacent to the Shell FoodMart. Read More»

Coweta honors ‘Tourism Champion’

Coweta honors ‘Tourism Champion’

State Rep. Lynn Smith (center, at microphone) received a proclamation Sept. 20 from the Coweta County Commission for being named “Tourism Champion” at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism for her work on Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Also pictured are park “friends” Dean Jackson (left) and Trey Baggarly. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Kedron bubble replacement starts with new anchors

Kedron bubble replacement starts with new anchors

A crew began excavating concrete at the Kedron pools last week so a new anchoring system can be installed for the bubble exterior that allows the pools to be used in colder weather. The entire project will cost about $454,000, which includes a new bubble and a new air return system. The project is roughly $204,000 more than initially expected, but part of that is because the city hadn't planned on replacing the underground anchoring system at a cost of $96,000. The bubble is scheduled to be in place no later than Nov. 1. Photo/John Munford.

Retail subdivision proposal approved for 54 West

The years-long battle over the fate of a potential retail venue along Ga. Highway 54 West adjacent to the Planterra Ridge subdivision in Peachtree City came to a partial end Sept. 22 when Peachtree City Planning Commission members voted unanimously to approve a concept plat for the 69,000 square-foot McIntosh Village retail subdivision that will lead to the 14.3-acre tract being subdivided into a number of separate lots to be sold individually for development. Read More»

PTC to host Fireball Run Tues. night, Wed. morning

Auto fanatics in particular will want to see the goings-on at Shakerag Knoll Tuesday evening as the city hosts the “Finish Line Frenzy” event for the Chevrolet Fireball Run Adventurally competition. Read More»

County to close Kirkley Road for several months

Culverts degraded at Trickum Creek; closing starts Monday

Beginning Monday, Kirkley Road in northwest Fayette County will be closed to thru traffic because of the deteriorating condition of culverts underneath the road at Trickum Creek, county officials have said.

The county expects the road to be closed for several months, but the county will work "aggressively" to build a new creek crossing at the location. There was money programmed into this year's budget to handle the repairs. Read More»