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Newnan launches pedestrian safety campaign

The city of Newnan is starting a Pedestrian Safety public awareness campaign “Safe STEP." The city will begin conducting an ongoing campaign to remind drivers to look for pedestrians; and to encourage pedestrians to use crosswalks and follow the pedestrian signal indications. Read More»

Coweta schools look to extend accreditation

The Coweta County School System will soon initiate the process for its continued accreditation by SACS/CASI (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Council on Accreditation and School Improvement). Coweta was one of the first five systems in Georgia to receive district accreditation. Read More»

Blackburn wins Coweta’s Dist. 3 commission seat

Once the votes were counted and the smoke cleared Tuesday night Bob Blackburn squeaked by David Stover to win the runoff for the District 3 seat on the Coweta County Commission. Blackburn won with just under 51 percent of the vote.

District 3 voters cast a total of 2,874 ballots in the northeast Coweta race. Blackburn came away with 1,460 votes compared to 1,414 taken by Stover, representing a win for Blackburn with 50.8 percent of the vote. A total of 14 provisional votes remain to be tallied but those ballots would not alter the outcome. Read More»

Handel sneaks past Deal in Fayette

All precincts counted; sights turn to statewide returns

The last round of six precincts helped Karen Handel win Fayette County, as she reversed Nathan Deal’s slim lead, defeating him 6.204 to 6,166 among local voters in the runoff.

All precincts are in for Fayette and now the state scoreboard watching begins. The Secretary of State's office is posting results at http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/election_results/2010_0810/

Fayette turned out 19.3 percent of its registered voters for the runoff.

In the race for Republican Attorney General, Sam Olens won Fayette with 5,640 votes to Preston W. Smith’s 4,161. Read More»

New PTC tower ordinance criticized

Meanwhile, county moves to relax distance rules for new towers

Peachtree City’s new celltower ordinance, which will allow new towers to be built in some parks and recreation areas with approval of the City Council, resulted in the planning commission getting an earful Monday night.

Resident Kevin Cheney, who lives near Blue Smoke Park, complained that the city should be protecting its parks and recreation areas from celltowers instead of allowing them to be built.

“Is there anything in there that says the quality of life in Peachtree City has to be taken into account?” Cheney asked. Read More»

County’s 53 dirt miles perplex officials

For a place considered part of metropolitan Atlanta, Fayette County has a good many unpaved dirt and gravel roads lingering around.

Some 53 miles of those roads are maintained by the county’s road department, and the county has $1.8 million squirreled away to pave some of them.

But that money may not be enough to pave a road, as the county commission expressed sentiment Wednesday that residents who want their dirt road paved should donate their right of way. Read More»

Chairman Smith flips on county tax increase

Two weeks after losing his bid for reelection, Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith — who campaigned on his record of opposing countywide tax increases — has decided a tax hike might be a good idea after all. Read More»

Commission skeptical about need for new Fayette judge

While Fayette County’s judicial circuit caseload meets state thresholds for adding another superior court judge, the concept wasn’t well-received by the Fayette County Commission Wednesday afternoon.

Will Simmons, the court administrator for the Sixth Administrative Judicial District, said the county’s four judges, — who also hold court in Spalding, Pike and Upson counties — were handling the workload of an additional 1.33 judges. Read More»

Horgan appeals ethics slap

Fayette County Commissioner Robert Horgan is challenging an independent panel’s finding that he violated the county’s ethics ordinance by possessing a misdemeanor amount of marijuana in his truck May 23, 2009.

Last week Horgan’s attorney Rick Lindsey argued to senior Superior Court Judge Byron Smith that Horgan was not acting as a county commissioner at the time, and was not in a county-owned vehicle, so he should not be held to the county’s ethics standards for the infractions.

Horgan is asking the court to overturn the ethics ruling. Read More»

School bond tax rate to drop 52%; $177 lower on $250K home

It is nice to get some tax relief. And that will likely be the case come tax time for Fayette County property owners since the Fayette County School System’s debt service millage rate is expected to decrease by 52 percent, down to 1.65 mills.

School system Comptroller Laura Brock told members of the Fayette County Board of Education last week that the proposed debt service millage would decrease to 1.65 mills, a 52 percent decrease from the current 3.42 mills. The decrease would amount to a savings of approximately $177 on a home valued at $250,000, Brock said. Read More»

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