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In Coweta, BoE's Dees, Mullin re-elected with newcomer Menk

Coweta County voters in local contested races on May 20 chose incumbents Amy Dees and Harry Mullins and first-time candidate Linda Menk in the county’s three contested races for seats on the Coweta County Board of Education. Votes tallied countywide showed a 14.81 percent voter turnout.

The District 1 race featured incumbent Amy Dees and challenger Monica Terrell. Dees took 66.67 percent of the vote compared to 31.75 percent for Terrell. Read More»

Coweta invites public to learn about school system flexibility options

The Coweta County School System will hold public sessions on May 28 and June 2 to provide information about upcoming decisions regarding state flexibility options for the school system. The Ga. Dept. of Education (DOE) has given school systems until June 30, 2015 to decide if they will operate as a status quo system, a charter system or an Investing in Education Excellence (IE2) system. To date, most school systems are opting for the charter system approach. Read More»

Coweta devises 'mass fatality' plan in case disaster strikes

It is sometimes better to plan for the worst while expecting the best. That was the idea May 20 as the Coweta County Commission approved the county’s new mass fatality plan.

County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones said the move to establish a mass fatality plan was a matter of being precautionary and proactive. Read More»

Fayette eyes commercial rezoning on Ellis Road

A proposed commercial rezoning on Ellis Road near the Fayette Pavilion will be considered by the Fayette County Commission Thursday night.

The .42-acre site is currently zoned for single-family residential development and is vacant. Owner Victor Clincy of Clincy Enterprises wants to build an office, retail or educational use for the site, though he may sell the lot as a commercial parcel to a potential buyer.

The area is designated for commercial use on the county’s comprehensive plan. Read More»

Director: Fayette water quality violations fixed, no health threat

The Fayette County Water System violated three state testing standards for disinfectant by-products as noted on the annual drinking water quality report sent to all county water customers.

The good news is that the violations don’t pose a health risk and changes to the treatment process have brought the county back into compliance, according to Water System Director Lee Pope. The decision was made to alter the order of when chemicals are applied, which helped the numbers in question drop. Read More»

Fayette BoE gives $10K to visioning initiative

The Fayette County Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved a $10,000 contribution to the Fayette Visioning Initiative.

Superintendent Jody Barrow recommended the board’s approval of the contribution. Read More»

Brown: East Fayette Bypass needed to ease F’ville traffic

The East Fayetteville Bypass may be coming closer to reality ... and some might consider it a necessity, with the state’s plans to widen Ga. Highway 54 east of Fayetteville into Jonesboro and also McDonough Road from Hwy. 54 in Fayetteville into Lovejoy planned to be built in the next 15 years. Read More»

5% BoE budget increase pays for 1.5% teacher pay hikes

With the first budget increase in more than five years, the system still plans to spend $3 million more than it collects in revenue

The Fayette County Board of Education on May 19 unanimously approved a $170.5 million tentative budget for the 2014-2015 school year that begins in July.

That’s a nearly 5 percent increase over the current year’s budget, the first budget growth in at least five years.

Even so, the school system plans to spend nearly $3 million more than it takes in for the coming year by reaching into leftover unspent funds from this year’s budget. Read More»

F’ville fire vote may cost city $900,000 in road funds

Fayette declines to help pay for Hwy.92/85 traffic realignment cost increases after 3-to-2 anti-consolidation vote Read More»

Brown wins his PTC district; Harbin, Studdard in runoff for Ga. Senate

Confounding his vocal critics, Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown in Tuesday Republican voting overpowered two former mayors of Peachtree City to win the Post 3 slot without a runoff with a 52 percent total.

Brown has no Democrat opposition in November, so he is assured of another four years on the commission.
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