Government

F’ville imposes moratorium on sweepstakes gaming

The Fayetteville City Council last week imposed a six-month moratorium on new businesses such as the Sweepstakes Internet Cafe.

The action comes after the business in Hudson Plaza on North Glynn Street that recently secured a business license to operate a business center was reported to been engaging in cash pay-outs for customers playing sweepstakes games on the premises.

Fayetteville City Manager Joe Morton Tuesday morning said the company indicated on the business license application that it would be providing services such as copying, printing and computer access. Read More»

Fayette parent charges cyber bullying – in the 4th grade

The parent of a 9-year-old girl at a Fayette County elementary school told The Citizen last week that his daughter had been the victim of cyber-bullying through a website put online by one of her classmates in the fourth grade. Read More»

Brown says there’s hope for an I-85, Hwy. 74 fix

According to Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown, there is hope after all for improvements to the often-clogged interchange of Interstate 85 and Ga. Highway 74. Read More»

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»

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