Superintendent search so far yields 32 names

The search for the replacement for Fayette County School System Superintendent John DeCotis is well underway. Board members have received applications and are currently vetting those submissions.

Hired in the spring, the Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) received, reviewed and screened applications and conducted reference checks on the top candidates. The applications of 32 people interested in the position were forwarded to the school system, said Board of Education Chairman Terri Smith, adding that the applicants are from 15 states across the country. Read More»

County inspections pave way for ISO drop

Fayette County was recently recognized for its vigorous implementation of building codes for both residential and commercial property.

The Insurance Services Office has lowered the county’s rating for building inspection and code enforcement from a 5 to a 3, putting it in pretty elite company.

Of more than 8,300 communities audited by ISO, only 140 had better scores than Fayette in the residential category. And only 160 communities had better scores in the commercial category. Read More»

F'ville changes junction plans, sells K-9 dog

The Fayetteville City Council in a brief meeting June 3 approved a change order for the Ga. Highway 314/Banks Road intersection project and the retirement and sale of police K-9 dog “Duke.”

City Engineer Don Easterbrook recommended the $24,871 change order for the construction of the 1-cent sales tax-funded full turn lane and sidewalk project on White Road approaching Hwy. 314. The project is part of the larger 314/White/Banks intersection project. Read More»

Fayette tries to cap carbon — in its water

Fayette County is trying to impose its own carbon cap — not on energy but on one of its water reservoirs.

To address problems with carbon levels at the South Fayette Water Treatment Plant, the Fayette County Water System wants to test two different treatment processes for potential future implementation.

The carbon levels do not pose a health threat, but the county is required to come into compliance with state regulations that call for a 35 percent removal of the total organic carbon compared to the water source. Read More»

3 local governments prepare to spend combined $273.55 million

Fayette County Commission — $73.3 million budget smaller than this year’s, but no tax increase Read More»

Don’t tread on . . . our Tea Party

The Board of Directors of the South Atlanta Tea Party (SATP) has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to local candidates for any office linking the phrase “Tea Party candidate” to their campaign.

The bottom line to candidates, the board said in a June 8 letter, is that the SATP has not endorsed any candidate. The group also advised candidates not to try to cash in on the Tea Party name without an endorsement by the local organization. Read More»

BoE chair Terri Smith makes $12.2 million ‘oops’ on campaign form

If you were to examine the state-required financial disclosure statements filed 10 months apart in 2008 by Fayette County Board of Education Chair Terri Smith, you would discover a difference.

A $12.2 million difference. Read More»

PTC wants public's take on budget

Questions for town hall meeting can be submitted in advance online

In a departure from tradition, the Peachtree City Council is hosting a town hall meeting on the city’s budget Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Citizens with questions are encouraged to submit them online Read More»

PTC gives fee break to Sany

Chinese company to host 150 jobs by end of 2011

With a quick welcome to Peachtree City, the City Council promptly signed off on a request to cut $198,166 in impact fees for a new company that will employ 150 people by the end of next year. Read More»

Fayette school board candidate forum coming June 17

The Fayette County Tea Party and Fayette-Coweta 912 Patriots will be co-hosting a second candidates’ forum for local office. This one will involve the contested seat for the Fayette County Board of Education race to be decided by voters in the July 20 primary. Read More»

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