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Fayette seniors rally at Capitol against possible budget cuts

From left: Anita Terry-McDonald, Lynn Manning, Karen Stephens, John Thompson, and Linda Pirog rallied for older adults at the Be There 4 Seniors event at the state capitol. Photo/Special.

Several members of the Fayette Senior Advocacy Council and other local supporters joined more the 600 senior citizen advocates Jan. 31 for the “Be There 4 Seniors Rally” at the state Capitol. The rally was held to protest possible budget cuts, such as the Meals On Wheels program, that organizers said would negatively impact seniors. Read More»

Bypass targets 183-year-old Bowlden family farm

Lifelong Fayette County residents Paul (left) and James Bowlden stand astride the proposed path of the West Fayetteville Bypass, which they say would jeopardize the operation of their cattle farm off Harp Road, maybe the last such family farm in Fayette. The 200 acres have been in their family since 1828. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Brothers fear controversial road will destroy last big cattle farm

For Paul and James Bowlden, Fayette County’s controversial West Bypass means splitting their cattle farm and a large tract of land that has been in their family for 183 years.

Proposed land acquisition plans for a portion of Phase 3 of the West Fayetteville Bypass between Ebenezer Church Road and Harp Road would have the road splitting the Bowlden’s pasture land and potentially prohibiting their cattle from being able to access water and other farm facilities. Read More»

Brown: County Commission votes $1.5 million in off-agenda items

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown.

New commissioner slams 3 holdover members for voting on items without any public notice

The Fayette County Commission last year voted on $1.5 million in revenue and spending decisions without listing them on a meeting agenda to notify the public, according to new Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown.

Beyond failing to keep the public informed, the commission may have violated the state’s Open Meetings law, Brown claims.

Of the more significant assertions from Brown is that the commission spent $579,000 to fund employee “pay for performance” raises at an Oct. 28 meeting without listing them as a separate agenda item. Read More»

GAGOP Chairman Everhart to speak to Fayette Republican Women

Sue Everhart, Chairman of the Georgia Republican Party, will be guest speaker at the Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club luncheon meeting on Thursday, Feb. 10.   Read More»

PTC wonders: get a new bubble for Kedron fieldhouse or wait?

It’s almost time for Peachtree City to replace the plastic “bubble” that’s erected over the Kedron pools to keep them open year-round.

The flexible plastic device, kept afloat by a pressurized air system, is near the end of its usable life, Read More»

Minute fix gets testy in PTC

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix (L) and Councilman Eric Imker.

Councilman Imker chides mayor for distorting facts on tax increase

The correction of minutes from a previous City Council meeting is without fail a mundane task that garners a quick motion, second and unanimous approval. Until Thursday night that is. Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker dragged out the video and audio of the meeting to prove an error, and lobbed criticism at Mayor Don Haddix for using the incorrect information in a recent newspaper column in an effort to discredit him. Read More»

PTC says 'no' to tree removal ban

Favoring private property rights over government intervention, the Peachtree City Council unanimously sacked a proposed six-month ban on the removal of trees. Read More»

F’ville eyes changes to zoning for downtown, mixed uses

The Fayetteville City Council at its Thursday meeting will hear the first reading of proposed amendments to portions of the Planned Community Development (PCD) and Downtown Commercial District (C-1) zoning codes. The change in language follows recommendations from a 2009 audit of the city’s planning and development goals. Read More»

Fayette School Board goes to school for boards

Board members get schooled in board responsibilities by Zenda Bowie (top right, standing). Clockwise from top are Superintendent Jeff Bearden and board members Marion Key, Terri Smith, Janet Smola, Bob Todd and Sam Tolbert. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Board of Education got a little education of its own Jan. 29 at a retreat sponsored by the Georgia School Boards Association. Organization Director of Field Services and former Fulton County Board of Education member Zenda Bowie essentially provided a primer on the roles and responsibilities of both school board members and the superintendent.

Bowie used the planning session occasion to discuss various aspects of “general boardsmanship” that highlighted the roles and responsibilities of school board members and superintendents across the state. Read More»

PTC closing in on finalists for vacant city manager slot

The Peachtree City Council will meet Saturday at 1 p.m. to rank their top three finalists wishing to become the next city manager.

The next step on the process will be for council to vote on its final selection at a public meeting in the near future.

On Saturday, council will be reviewing the applicants who have been recommended by a panel that has been sorting through the applications. That panel has included interim City Manager Nikki Vrana, City Attorney Ted Meeker, the city’s Human Resources administrator and LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall. Read More»

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