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Ebola protocols change again for local schools

The Ga. Dept. of Public Health (DPH) issued an Oct. 24 update on the Ebola virus for Georgia educators. Students who have traveled to an affected country will undergo the 21-day monitoring by school staff and/or health department staff. Read More»

Fayette early voting extends through Friday

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Election Day is next week and the time for advanced voting will end Oct. 31. With those deadlines looming, it is time for Fayette County voters to have their say on local and statewide races and two proposed constitutional amendments. Read More»

Drainage project to begin in Senoia

The city of Senoia will implement a $26,090 drainage and beautification design on Barnes Street. The money for the project will come from a capital project fund, which covers projects with life spans greater than five years or that cost more than $25,000. Read More»

Fayette BoE to hire 19 parapros, buy more supplies

An Oct. 20 vote by the Fayette County Board of Education approved nearly $1 million in budget changes that will hire 19 parapros and help pay for school-level supplies and materials.

The $987,378 budget change includes $364,058 for the salaries and benefits of 19 parapros, $425,000 in operations expenses for a variety school-level supplies and materials, $48,000 to pay for additional classes if needed, $50,000 for professional development and $100,000 for instructional software. Read More»

Wary of ‘strings,’ Fayette BoE rejects innovation grant

The Fayette County School System will not be applying for a $1.2 million state grant that, had it been approved, could have potentially established a local Center of Innovation at Read More»

Plans moving ahead for East Fayetteville Bypass

Crews construct the West Fayetteville Bypass in February 2013. File photo.

County officials have put the East Fayetteville Bypass back on the front burner, and as plans for the project continue to develop, citizens are likely to hear more about it in the near future.

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners voted Oct. 7 to approve an amendment in the design contract, and Public Works Director Phil Mallon suggested scheduling a public meeting as soon as possible to further update affected property owners and others interested in the project. Read More»

Pennington delays answers to Learnard’s pay raise questions

Peachtree City Councilwoman Kim Learnard in an Oct. 5 letter to City Manager Jim Pennington Read More»

Keeping Ebola at bay: Here’s what Fayette school officials are doing

Fayette County School System Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow. File photo.

The Citizen on Monday presented Fayette Schools' Superintendent Joseph Barrow with this hypothetical scenario: Five children from the Ebola-affected area of West Africa show up to enroll in schools here this week. What would you do? Here is Barrow's answer: Read More»

F’ville OKs Oddo rezoning

Rezoning of the largest remaining tract of undeveloped residential land in Fayetteville was approved Oct. 16 by the Fayetteville City Council on a 4-0 vote. The tract will be the site of 77 homes located on 60 acres along Redwine Road. The property is owned by Councilman Paul Oddo, Fayette County Commissioner Chuck Oddo and their brother Warren.

Though approved for 84 lots under R-30 (.75-acre lots) zoning several years ago, developer D.R. Horton had asked for R-22 (.5-acre lots) zoning for 77 homes. Read More»

Some local officials nervous before Wednesday ARC vote

Today is the day that the Atlanta Regional Commission is scheduled to vote on proposed changes in its bylaws that have raised concerns among numerous local government leaders, including some in Fayette County.

The regular ARC board meeting is at 1 p.m. at the commission’s office in downtown Atlanta.

The primary issue is a possible consolidation of power within the ARC board chairman’s position, allowing him or her unprecedented authority in the selection of committee members and other key matters. Read More»

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