Government

Fayette Commission chairmanship up for a vote Thursday

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown in a January 2014 file photo.

A relatively light agenda at the Jan. 8 Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting begins with two significant items – the election of the board’s chairman and vice-chairman for 2015.

The meeting is the first of the year at which the board will conduct official business. A special called meeting took place last Friday for the swearing-in of new commissioner Pota Coston. Read More»

New water purity test in place for Fayette County

The Fayette County Water System has implemented a new high-tech sensor system that officials say will lead to significant improvements in water safety. Read More»

Giving law enforcement a thumbs up

Small efforts make big show

A local police department chaplain hopes Fayette County residents will participate in the national “Law Enforcement Appreciation Day” Friday and show their support of the county’s law enforcement agencies with a few simple gestures.

“There is an urgent need to show our nation’s law enforcement officers that the vast majority of our citizens appreciate their sacrifice and recognize the difficult and often impossible career they have chosen in public service to us all,” said Father Paul Massey, one of four volunteer chaplains with the Peachtree City Police Department. Read More»

McCarty looking ahead, hasn’t ruled out another run

Allen McCarty (center) says goodbye to fellow commissioners. Photo/Monroe Roark.

Allen McCarty is moving into the next phase of his professional life, albeit rather slowly.

A week after his final meeting as a member of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners, he fell at his home and broke his hip. It was repaired surgically the next day, which meant using a walker at Christmas time but with his usual smile and a positive attitude.

So what will he do with his extra free time after leaving office?

“I’ve got a big list but I don’t know where I’m going to start with it,” he said with a laugh. Read More»

Self-driving vehicles in Fayette: Not ‘if’ but ‘when’

Autonomous cars may still come to Fayette County, depending on the Georgia House of Representatives’ Autonomous Vehicle Technology Study Committee.

The five-member committee is studying issues involved with autonomous cars, and plans to release a report Dec. 31. Until then, Fayette County is waiting.

There have been multiple discussions about self-driving, or autonomous, cars coming to Fayette County, including one by The Fayette Issues Tea Party, whose members met with a panel Oct. 4. Read More»

School system holding listening session Wednesday

A public listening session to discuss flexibility options for the Coweta County School System will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 6:30 p.m. at Madras Middle School. Coweta County Superintendent Steve Barker, R, and school system Director of Public Policy Mark Whitlock, center, discuss school system flexibility options at an public listening session held in June. Photo/Submitted.

Coweta County School System Superintendent Dr. Steve Barker will hold another public listening session to discuss school system flexibility options. The Jan. 7 meeting will be held at Madras Middle School at 6:30 p.m. All school districts in Georgia must declare a flexibility option in order to receive waivers from the State Board of Education past June 30, 2015. Read More»

Fayette County touts its 2014 accomplishments

Officials point to Pinewood Studios, public art, fire station Read More»

Fayette Water Quality Improving

New Technology Shows Immediate Results

The Fayette County Water System is the first in Georgia and among only a handful in the nation to install new monitoring technology that provides immediate information on water quality, according to county officials.

"Operators must not only have the proper tools to treat the water effectively but they need laboratory equipment that provides them real time results, so adjustments can be made during treatment to allow them to produce the best water quality possible," Water System Director Lee Pope said. Read More»

EPD’s dam decision could save millions in repair costs for Fayette, PTC

In what might be a belated Christmas present for Peachtree City, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) on Dec. 30 announced that the dam on Lake Peachtree will be classified Read More»

Fayette schools’ enrollment numbers down to 2002 levels

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Student enrollment in Fayette County public schools continues to decline, even during the school year. Enrollment figures reported for Nov. 21 showed 20,063 students, down 60 from the 20,123 that began the school year in the county.

Fayette County public schools saw a small overall decrease in the number of students who began the 2014-2015 school year in early August. With a net decrease of 160 students, elementary and middle schools lost students while the county’s high schools saw a increase enrollment. Read More»