Government

PTC passes on fire sprinkler mandate for new homes

A proposal to require fire sprinkler systems to be installed in all new single family homes in Peachtree City failed on a 4-1 vote at Thursday night’s City Council meeting.

Fire Chief Ed Eiswerth gave an impassioned plea urging approval of the ordinance, citing recent construction techniques that have caused quicker building collapses when they are exposed to fire. He also noted that sprinklers dramatically increase a person’s chances of surviving a fire. Read More»

20-year transportation plan aims to protect 'county’s values and rural character'

AECOM representative Paul Moore responds to questions March 30 at the final public information session of the "Fayette Forward" 20-year Transportation Plan that has been in the works for more than a year. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a meeting intended to get public input on Fayette County’s Transportation Plan covering the next 20 years. But some of the 60 people Read More»

Coweta schools unaffected by Senate furlough bill

The Georgia Senate passed, and the House in considering, a bill that prevents school systems with more than six percent of their operations budget in a reserve funds account from imposing additional furlough days on school system employees prior to June 30. But for the Coweta County School System that action, if it becomes law, will matter little since the school board previously said it would absorb up the three furlough days. Read More»

Coweta schools announce “Teacher of the Year” from each school

The 2010 Teachers of the Year for each of Coweta County’s 31 public schools have been chosen by their fellow teachers. All will be honored at the April 27 Coweta County Teacher of the Year Program at 7 p.m. at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

The 2010 Teachers of the Year from each school are: Read More»

Newnan Fire Dept. conducts Haz-Mat training this week

Newnan Fire Department will be conducting Hazardous Materials (Haz-Mat) training this week along with the City of Carrollton Fire Department. The training will be at Newnan Coweta Public Safety Training Center on Greison Trail on March 31st beginning at 9:30 a.m. Read More»

Anthony Drive in Newnan to be closed for work beginning April 5

Anthony Drive will be closed to traffic for drainage work beginning on April 5. Local access will be maintained from either Elaine Drive or Jefferson Street.

“Drivers should plan travel in this area accordingly”, said Newnan Public Works Director Michael Klahr. “The repaired section of road will be worth the time and inconvenience the road is closed.”

PTC residents, watch for discolored tap water as fire hydrants are tested

Officials say to run the faucet a few minutes until water clears

Beginning April 1st and running through June 30th, the Peachtree City Fire Department will be testing all of the public fire hydrants in the city. Read More»

Fayette School System’s #3 wants statewide 1¢ education sales tax

Fayette County School System Assistant Superintendent Sam Sweat

The number three official in the Fayette County School System is not shy about his request to lawmakers: Impose a 1-cent statewide sales tax to fund education. Read More»

Fayette Senior Services hit with ‘silver tsunami’

Fayette Senior Services Director Debbie Britt speaks at a town hall meeting March 29 in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Director says center needs more help from Fayette County following projected state and federal cuts

It is not a time of crisis, but it is a time of need. Read More»

Health insurance ‘choice’ bill passes House

Another bill would ban texting while driving, and all cellphone use by youngest drivers

A bill that would increase consumer choice for health insurance plans was passed by the Georgia House of Representatives Friday.
Also passing the House on “Crossover Day” was a bill that would ban text messaging while driving for drivers of all ages, in addition to a full ban on all cellphone use while driving for those under 18 years old.

By passing before the end-of-Friday deadline, both bills can be taken up in time for potential passage by the Senate before the legislative term ends. Read More»