Government

Big storm yields little damage

Wednesday night’s blustery thunderstorm yielded no major damage in Peachtree City.

It did, however, leave a bit of a mess.

Public Works crews were out very early Thursday morning after mud began to wash over Rockaway Road, said Public Works Director Mark Caspar. A backhoe was used to clear the mud, he said.

Also, crews were out all day Thursday removing fallen trees, some of which had fallen on roads. Still others had fallen on the cart paths, he said.

“We didn’t really have any damage other than debris and tree cleanup,” Caspar said. Read More»

East Coweta’s Levi Young named Coweta Teacher of Year

East Coweta High School AP European History teacher Levi Young was named as Coweta County Schools’ 2011 Teacher of the Year April 26. Young (L) is presented with a silver tray from the Newnan Pilot Club by Coweta County Board of Education Vice-Chairman Winston Dowdell during the annual Teacher of the Year ceremony at the Centre for performing and Visual Arts. Photo/Dean Jackson for the Coweta School System.

East Coweta High School history teacher Levi Young was named Coweta County’s 2011 Teacher of the Year at an April 26 ceremony at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan. Young was one of three finalists for the honor along with Poplar Road Elementary’s Karen Daniel and Central Educational Center’s Amanda Sexton. Read More»

Senoia library finally breaks ground

The first shovels of dirt were thrown April 23 for the new Senoia library that will be located on Pylant Street at Merrimac Lakes Park. Helping at the groundbreaking were (L-R) state Rep. Billy Horne, Sam Belisle, Shannon Ferry, state. Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, Coweta County Commission Chairman Rodney Brooks, Kylie Grover and Coweta County Commissioner Paul Poole. The energetic kids, who did most of the work, read poems at the dedication minutes earlier. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a journey that began some years ago. That journey ended April 23 when Senoia residents and local and state elected officials gathered at Merrimac Lakes Park on Pylant Street for the groundbreaking of the new Senoia Library.

“The library has been on a journey for a while,” Coweta County Library System Director Barbara Osborne-Harris said as she took the podium at Merrimac Lakes Park for the ground breaking of the city’s replacement library. Read More»

Fayette being asked to rezone 18 acres on Hwy. 85N

A property owner is requesting for a rezoning that would allow a mix of office, commercial and light industrial uses on an 18-acre site off Ga. Highway 85 north of Fayetteville.

The Fayette County Commission is slated to consider the rezoning at its meeting Thursday night, which begins at 7 p.m.

The site, which is north of Roberts Road, already has a Storage Xxtra business on it, and currently is zoned solely for light industrial use.

The developer touts the existing use of the property as a “self storage facility and incubator businesses.” Read More»

Despite pleas from parents, high school students, traditional math stays out

Despite pleas from parents, high school students, traditional math stays out

The Fayette County Board of Education on April 19 took up the issue of continuing with the school system’s high school integrated math curriculum endorsed by the state or returning to the traditional math curriculum. The board after the discussion voted 3-2 to keep the integrated curriculum. Students needing assistance can receive that help during the instructional focus period, officials said. Read More»

Fayette schools face perfect storm

Costs are increasing, while student enrollment, local tax collections and state funding are declining

The Fayette County Board of Education on April 19 voted to restore $4 million in past employee pay cuts effective May 1. But that restoration is small potatoes compared to Read More»

More mowing OK’d by PTC Council

$45K includes 2 plantings at City Hall, with curb/gutter spraying

Peachtree City will spend nearly $45,000 from its ample cash reserves to beef up its mowing schedule for secondary roads, and add two “color” plantings to City Hall for the rest of the calendar year.

The additional mowing will restore the mowing frequency on secondary roads, such as Hip Pocket and Golf View, to the same levels the city used prior to the 2009 switchover to the private contractor TruGreen. That change allowed the city to save a projected $840,000 by laying off 23 public works employees as the city faced a pending budget deficit upwards of $3 million. Read More»

Decision on fines for security system false alarms tabled by PTC Council

City Manager wants to evaluate new information before vote on ordinance

The Peachtree City Council has put the brakes, temporarily, on an ordinance to fine property owners or tenants who have more than Read More»

Imker miffed about Senate inaction

No hotel-motel tax increase costs PTC $130K this year

Peachtree City’s bid to increase the hotel-motel tax rate fell flat at the state legislature this year.

While it won approval in the House of Representatives, it was never voted on in the Senate, City Councilman Eric Imker said Thursday night. Read More»

Senoia approves variance for elderly facility

The Senoia City Council at its April 18 meeting approved a variance for roadway improvements for the Tranquil Village elderly care facility project on Coweta Street. The approval will still have the facility responsible for paving 7,600 feet of roadway but will not require the construction of curb and gutter. Read More»

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