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Coweta approves intersection work at Lower F’ville and Hwy. 154

Much needed improvements are coming to the intersection of Lower Fayetteville Road and Ga. Highway 154. The Coweta County Commission last week unanimously approved a bid of nearly $700,000 for work that will install a new traffic signal and turns lanes at the intersection.

Commissioners reviewed eight bids received for the project, awarding the contract to low bidder Matriarch Construction Company, Inc. for $697,889.

The project will include the installation of dedicated turn lanes on all sides of the intersection and a replacement for the traffic signal currently in use. Read More»

School board members Smith, Smola charge that local funds are being siphoned

Fayette County Board of Education members Janet Smola (L) and Chairwoman Terri Smith (R).

Two members of the Fayette County Board of Education last week blamed part of their ongoing budget woes on tax dollars being diverted to less affluent Georgia counties. Read More»

Fayette: Ranked 7th most conservative-friendly in U.S.

You wouldn’t know it by counting the number of drivers occupying the left lanes on local roads, but Fayette County is one of the most right-leaning counties in the country, according to a Washington, D.C.-based news website, The Daily Caller. Read More»

Fayette to present latest version of 20-year transportation plan

Fayette County’s transportation plan for the next 20 years is nearing completion and the latest version will be presented to the public at a meeting Tuesday, March 30.

Local officials are also hoping to get citizen input on the “Fayette Forward” plan at the meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. at the county’s Stonewall government complex.

The latest version of the recommended project list was not available Tuesday afternoon at press time, but it has been vetted by officials in Fayette’s cities, according to Fayette County Public Works Director Phil Mallon. Read More»

American Legion birthday celebrated

American Legion birthday celebrated

The Fayette County Commission recently recognized members of Fayette's American Legion posts 105 and 50 at a recent commission meeting. The occasion was the 91st birthday of the American Legion. The Legion got its beginnings as a way of communicating and sharing fellowship with fellow veterans following World War I.

County wants "Fayette First" on Census returns

The Fayette County Commission recently recognized its “Complete Count Committee” which is charged with maximizing mail return rates for the Census among Fayette County residents.

Fayette County officials are hoping to “Keep Fayette First” when it comes to the county’s response rate to the U.S. Census.

The county has a bit of a reputation to uphold, having had the highest mail return rates in Georgia for the Census in 1990 (76 percent) and 2000 (79 percent). Organizers are hoping to significantly increase those numbers this year.

Data collected during the 2010 Census will provide critical information about Fayette’s current conditions and potential future needs, officials said. Read More»

Kemp to address Fayette County Republicans

Brian Kemp, Georgia Secretary of State, will be the guest speaker at the Fayette County Republican Party’s First Saturday breakfast in April. Read More»

Gov. Perdue: Health bill will hurt Ga., require new taxes or big service cuts

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue

New taxes and fees ahead for individuals, businesses — timeline and details

The just-passed federal healthcare bill will cost Georgia an added $1 billion in Medicaid spending per year, “requiring either a tax hike or offsetting cuts to public safety, education and other core services of state government,” Governor Sonny Perdue said Monday. Read More»

Sen. Chance to sit on board examining state tax system

Senate Finance Chairman Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) would be appointed to a special committee examining Georgia's tax laws under legislation announced today by Georgia's House and Senate leaders.

The panel, called the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians, would be charged with "weeding through Georgia's cumbersome tax system to bring balance, transparency and fairness to Georgia taxpayers," according to a Senate news release about House Bill 1405. Read More»

Rep. Westmoreland: Healthcare vote fundamentally alters nation

U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland

The Democrat victory on healthcare Sunday night “will fundamentally alter the nature of our nation by implementing a government takeover of healthcare that Americans don’t want and can’t afford,” said U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Grantville). Read More»

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