Government

Coweta ESPLOST meeting in Senoia Thursday

A public meeting on the continuation of the Coweta County School System’s 1-cent sales tax for education (ESPOLST) will be held at the Senoia Municipal Court and Police building on Howard Road on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Coweta voters will go to the polls on March 15.

Governor: cut Pre-K days, not hours

Will trim school year, teacher salaries

Instead of drastically cutting the length of day for Pre-K classes, Gov. Nathan Deal is proposing to shorten the Pre-K school year instead.

The school year will be shortened from 180 to 160 days, and class sizes will be increased from 20 to 22 students, which each classroom served by a teacher and a paraprofessional, under the governor’s new proposal. Read More»

Tyrone eyes upcoming budget shortfall

Tyrone Councilman Eric Dial.

The Tyrone Town Council met Feb. 26 for its annual retreat, and while there were a number of items on the agenda, few held such far-reaching significance as the discussion on next year’s budget that takes effect July 1.

Town Manager Richard Newbern provided the council with an overview of the various concerns associated with the upcoming budget. Inside that conversation were a number of financial realities. Read More»

PTC puts 6-month ban on ‘sweepstakes Internet cafes’

To avert a new type of business that uses electronic gaming to provide cash payouts for what is essentially gambling, the Peachtree City Council enacted a moratorium Thursday night. Read More»

Sr. apartments OK'd as PTC caves to lawsuits

Facing not one but two lawsuits, the Peachtree City Council voted unanimously Thursday to rezone a 5.6 acre site for an age-restricted senior apartment complex off Newgate Road next to the Kedron Village shopping center. The rezoning approves 96 units, Read More»

Immigration bill passes Ga. House

Officer alleges it will endanger police by encouraging 'fight or flight' response

A bill aimed at discouraging illegal immigrants from coming to Georgia passed the Georgia House of Representatives Thursday.

Bill sponsor Matt Ramsey, a Republican from Peachtree City, argued to his colleagues that the legislation “removes every single incentive that we possibly can that lures illegal aliens to come to Georgia ... the incentives that our taxpayers are footing the bill for, we can remove those as state policy makers and that’s exactly what House BIll 87 proposes to do.” Read More»

Seabaugh bill on overpayment recovery passes Senate

The Georgia Senate this week passed Senate Bill (SB) 8 authored by Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) that aims to recover overpayments made by state agencies to vendors. Read More»

Bridge replacement on Moore Road to cause detour

Work crews on Monday will begin work that will lead to the replacement of the bridge on Moore Road at White Oak Creek. A detour using Gordon Road to Martin Mill Road to Scoggin Road is being advised for the 17-month project.

The bridge replacement on Moore Road over White Oak Creek Tributary requires that the road be closed for removal and replacement of the bridge, said Coweta County spokesperson Patricia Palmer. The closure will begin March 7 and the road will be reopened by August 7, 2011.  Read More»

In 3-2 commission split, Fayette to stay in regional transit plan for now

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown.

An effort by newly elected Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown to remove Fayette County from conceptual plans for regional bus and commuter rail service was rebuffed by a majority of the Fayette County Commission Wednesday afternoon.

Although all five commissioners said they opposed mass transit coming to Fayette County, there was some sentiment that the matter needed to be studied further based on the potential growth projected for the county and the metro Atlanta area in future years. Read More»

County gives green light to East Fayetteville Bypass

The East Fayetteville Bypass was officially resurrected as a viable project by unanimous vote of the Fayette County Commission last week.

The $39.4 million project would construct a road that would begin north of Fayetteville at Hwy. 85, but end well short of either Ga. Highway 92 or Ga. Highway 85 south of Fayetteville. Read More»

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