Government

Lawsuit from former Fayette Co. manager dismissed

Judge: No evidence of gender discrimination

A federal judge has dismissed a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against the Fayette County Board of Commissioners by former County Administrator Christine Venice.

Venice didn’t bring forth any facts to support the contention that she was terminated because of her gender, according to the ruling issued March 16 by U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp. Read More»

Organic farm OK'd for Coweta

The way has been cleared for a Fayetteville couple to open up an organic farm on Emory Phillips Road in Sharpsburg.
A conditional use permit was approved Tuesday night by the Coweta County Commission at the request of Scott and Nicole Tyson.
The Tysons will run the farm on a 9.81 acre tract at 237 Emory Phillips Road. They will build a 320 square foot building on the property, with the farm open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Read More»

Korean Church permit OK'd in Coweta

Denial of public comment debated by Collins, Poole

The Korean Church of Newnan Tuesday was approved for a conditional use permit to build a new facility on Lora Smith Road near Ga. Highway 34.

The church plans to build a 6,055 square foot building on the 4.28 acre site with 128 parking spaces. The property is zoned for rural conservation use and there are no plans for a child care or private school facility. Read More»

Raise in the works for PTC Mayor Haddix? Vote may be 3-to-2

As the Peachtree City Council bandied about budget cuts to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars this weekend, Councilmen Doug Sturbaum and Eric Imker said they supported raising the pay of Mayor Don Haddix, who is currently compensated at $9,000 a year [corrected amount].

Council members Vanessa Fleisch and Kim Learnard indicated they would not support the proposal, and Haddix said he would “go along” with whatever Imker and Sturbaum decided. Read More»

Imker’s proposed cuts draw fire from PTC's chief

From left, Peachtree City Fire Chief Ed Eiswerth, City Councilman Eric Imker and Mayor Don Haddix. Photos/John Munford.

Chief Eiswerth criticizes past councils for not increasing PTC’s ‘low’ property tax rate to pay for cost of living raises

With a $1.2 million shortfall projected for the 2010-2011 fiscal year starting Read More»

School superintendent search gets citizen advice: Thick-skinned

The search to replace retiring Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. John DeCotis is on, and local folks weighed in Monday night on who should replace him.

Former Board of Education member Debbie Condon was one of several school system employees and community members who believed that the successful candidate should not be required to possess a doctorate. Condon said a superintendent should possess strong leadership skills, have tough skin and be a strong leader with courage and a vision for both academics and budget issues. Read More»

PTC's Rep. Ramsey steers water restrictions into state law

For Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City), Rep. Lynn Smith (R-Newnan) and others it is about the future of Georgia’s water. The drought and the accompanying water restrictions are over, but for much of metro Atlanta, the real danger is just over the horizon. Smith’s House Bill 1094 on water conservation — supported by Ramsey — passed 166-5 last week in the House and 52-0 in the Senate. Read More»

‘Tea Party’ bout: Bost vs. Steele

Local political activist Harold Bost had organized the political gathering of nearly 140 people last week, but he got some pushback from Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele over one of Bost's central contentions. Read More»

Imker: How to cut $1.2 million

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker thinks the city can eliminate a projected $1.2 million shortfall in the 2011-2012 budget by enacting a series of cuts. Read More»

PTC budget cuts include fireworks, new library books

Facing a $621,000 shortfall for the rest of the current budget year, the Peachtree City Council agreed Saturday to a laundry list of cuts Read More»

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