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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»

Fayetteville council to consider sign variance, Google project

The Fayetteville City Council in a relatively abbreviated agenda Thursday will consider a monument sign variance for Teton Village on South Glynn Street and likely sign a resolution supporting an initiative to have Google install a one-gigabyte fiber network in Fayette County.

Teton Village retail center is requesting a variance from the general regulations of the sign ordinance that states a planned center is entitled to a ground sign that shall not be located within 10 feet of a street right-of-way, said city planner Linwood Robinson. Read More»

Residents and employees have their say on superintendent characteristics

The public input session to receive the opinions of the community on the characteristics and qualifications residents deem important in the selection of a school superintendent drew comments from 12 of the approximately 110 people who turned out Monday night at Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville.

The public hearing was moderated by representatives from the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA), the organization hired last week to lead the process that will replace outgoing superintendent John DeCotis. Read More»

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