Government

County avoiding tax hike; reserves to be used instead

Instead of raising the county’s property tax rate, the Fayette County Commission has decided to use its cash reserves to meet a $461,000 shortfall in revenue for the 2010-2011 budget year.

At Thursday’s commission meeting, it was noted that the county has about $6 million in uncommitted reserve funds available for just such a necessity. Read More»

Walking signs may be asked to take a hike

Peachtree City folks have taken notice to a new trend in signs: those carried by folks on the side of the road, hoping to drum up new business.

But with concerns about aesthetics and potential safety hazards, city officials are taking a second crack at regulating these so-called “walking signs.”

The regulations would forbid signs from being held or displayed by a person if the sign is visible from any public street. A similar measure was discussed last year but was unanimously voted down by the planning commission and was never ultimately considered by the City Council. Read More»

Walgreens architecture will be reviewed by PTC planners

The architecture for a Walgreens drugstore which will replace Peachtree City’s Ruby Tuesday restaurant will be reviewed by the city’s planning commission at an upcoming meeting.

The Ruby Tuesday will be razed to make way for the Walgreen’s at the southwest corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway.

The Walgreens will be three times the size of the existing restaurant. A company representative has assured the city that despite the larger footprint, all the existing landscaping surrounding the store off Peachtree Parkway and Hwy. 54 will remain. Read More»

Residents upset about path closing in Cedarcroft

City says path was temporary and is private property

The blocking off of a dirt cart path in the Cedarcroft subdivision has several Peachtree City residents upset.

Several people have contacted The Citizen in the past few weeks complaining that the path should be reopened as it provided a more direct route from Cedarcroft to the nearby cart path bridge that crosses Ga. Highway 74 north. Currently it is blocked off with posts dug into the ground.

Path users now have to loop around on a path between Cedarcroft and Centennial to reach MacDuff Parkway to get to the bridge. Read More»

Coweta BoE holds millage steady for 7th year

Members of the Coweta County Board of Education Tuesday night voted to maintain the 18.59 millage rate again this year. The board also received a report on sales tax collections that decreased 6.8 percent in the past year. Read More»

Two public hearings on Fischer Crossing set for Sept.

The Sept. 16 public hearing before the Coweta County Commission pertaining to a rezoning and conditional use request for the east side of the Fischer Crossing commercial development in east Coweta will be joined by another that night that requests the abandonment of 1,100 feet of Wynn’s Pond Road as it approaches Fischer Road. The developer is requesting that the road be re-routed north and then west to connect to Fischer Road. Read More»

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»