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Coweta Solicitor: witness per diem, mileage rates unconstitutional

Coweta County commissioners at an informal Feb. 10 work session heard proposals from a number of county departments, including one from Solicitor Robert Stokely suggesting that current per diem and mileage rates paid to court witnesses are too low and unconstitutional. Pictured (from left) are county manager Theron Gay and commissioners Bob Blackburn, Al Smith, Rodney Brooks, Tim Lassetter and Paul Poole.

A request by Coweta County Solicitor Robert Stokely to members of the Coweta County Commission to increase the per diem and mileage rates paid to court witnesses went nowhere fast at the commission’s Feb. 10 work session. With little discussion by the commission, the request to increase the per diem rate paid to witnesses was not addressed, but a motion was made to raise the mileage rate to conform with current IRS rates. That motion failed on a 2-3 vote. Read More»

NASA Chief Technologist addresses Coweta schools science fair

The Coweta County Science Fair held recently at the Centre for Visual and Performing Arts drew 69 entries from local schools. Local residents viewed the exhibits while students in the auditorium heard from NASA Chief Technologist and Coweta resident Dr. Robert Braun.

The Coweta County School System could not have selected a more fitting person to address the entrants in the school system’s annual Science Fair held earlier this month. Speaking to the students responsible for submitting the 69 science fair entries was NASA Chief Technologist and Coweta County resident Dr. Robert Braun. Read More»

Additional classes for Fayette high schools questioned

An idea that surfaced at the Tuesday meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education would expand the school day beyond the current six-class acdemic day. The presentation by several school system staff and students was essentially the beginning of a discussion that could easily take months to resolve. Read More»

McCarty says bypass residents face county ‘intimidation’

At Thursday night’s meeting of the Fayette County Commission, new Commissioner Allen McCarty accused a county contractor of using “intimidation” tactics in efforts to acquire land for the second phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass.

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Fayette County manager: Raise taxes to cover coming budget crunch

Property tax revenues for Fayette County government are expected to take another dip again this year, putting further pressure on the county budget. Read More»

N. Hwy. 74 rezoning for gas station gets PTC cold shoulder

A proposal to build a gas station and convenience store off Ga. Highway 74 North next to two subdivisions got an informal thumbs-down from the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night.

The development plan would require a rezoning from office-institutional to general commercial, which would not be in conformity with the city’s land use plan, according to Community Development Director David Rast. Read More»

Gateway bridge, Parkway-Crosstown fix on PTC agenda

At its meeting Thursday night, the Peachtree City Council is expected to make a decision on the future of improvements to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Road.

The possibilities range from adding turn lanes to a roundabout or even perhaps a traffic light, though council has resisted the latter based on constituent requests. Read More»

He’s a commissioner but county wants McCarty’s land, too

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty, who has opposed construction of the second phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass, may turn out to be the very first citizen whom the county takes to court over property acquisition for the project. Read More»

Back from the dead: East F’ville Bypass

Shelved for the controversial West Bypass, $39.4M project finds new federal, state funds

Adopting a new strategy, Fayette County staff is projecting to have enough money left from the 2003 transportation sales tax to complete the proposed East Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»

Fayette school system posts milestone: ontime online agenda

And they said it couldn’t be done, but that was a year ago. Today — actually last Friday by 5 p.m. — the agenda and supporting documentation for the Feb. 15 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education was posted on the school system’s website, giving those interested far more time to view the information.

The change to having the agenda and other documentation online on Friday came with no fanfare and not even an announcement. Read More»

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