Government

Fayetteville agrees to 90-day extension of joint aid contract

Along with the many changes to the Fayetteville budget adopted July 17 was a recommendation of another kind. The City Council on a 4-1 vote agreed to take over all permitting and inspections in the West Fayetteville area that primarily includes Pinewood Atlanta Studios. Read More»

Wife of sup’t. gets $75K job via BoE

With the hiring of new Superintendent Joseph Barrow this year, the Fayette County School System also created a new high level position for his wife.

Dr. Susan Barrow was hired July 21 by the Board of Education to fill a newly created position: Read More»

Fayette BoE says ‘No’ to charter school

The meeting room at the Fayette County Board of Education was full Monday night with supporters of the Liberty Tech Charter School. The request to have the school be part of the Fayette public school system failed on a 4-1 vote. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Barry Marchman casts lone vote favoring approval; would provide ‘motivation’ for other system schools Read More»

Senoia’s Walking Dead wall may live awhile

Construction of the “The Walking Dead” wall around portions of the Gin Property in Senoia is underway. The area inside the wall will function as a contained set for filming episodes of AMC television’s hit show beginning in September. Photo/John Thompson.

The Senoia City Council will conduct a public hearing on Aug. 18 to consider amending the agreement with Stalwart Films that would leave a 15-foot wall in place around portions of the Gin Property until 2019. The wall is being constructed to serve as Read More»

Interchange work progresses at Poplar Rd.

The long-anticipated interchange at Poplar Road and Interstate 85 on Newnan’s south side continues to move closer to reality. Coweta County commissioners on July 15 approved $165,000 in professional services needed for appraisals and right-of-way negotiations.

County Administrator Michael Fouts said right-of-way plans for the project are currently under consideration by the Ga. Dept. of Transportation (DOT).

The $165,000 cost will be funded by the county’s special purpose local options sales tax (SPLOST), Fouts said. Read More»

RaceTrac store gets consent to renovate

A variance request that would allow the RaceTrac convenience store on Ga. Highway 34 in Newnan to renovate and update its location was approved July 15 by the Coweta County Commission.

County zoning administrator Angela White said RaceTrac requested a number of variances related to the company’s plan to totally renovate and update its current location on Hwy. 34 at the Shenandoah Industrial Park.

The variance requests included issues such as setbacks, interior and street planting, solid waste recycling and dumpster screening, according to county planning staff. Read More»

Fayetteville losing 70 years of institutional knowledge

Fayetteville City Manager Joe Morton in a photo from 2013.

Fayetteville City Manager Joe Morton is in the final months of his job. The city is advertising the job and expects to have Morton’s replacement in place by mid-October.

Morton served as Fayetteville City Manager from 1994-1998 and as Peachtree City Assistant City Manager and Director of Financial Services from 1998-2000. He returned as Fayetteville City Manager in 2000, where he served in that capacity for nearly a decade and a half. Morton retired nearly two years ago and returned to the position on a part-time basis. Read More»

Golf carts on F’ville sidewalks being eyed

Brick sidewalk along Lanier Avenue in Fayetteville. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

A measure by the Fayetteville City Council to align the use of motorized carts in Fayetteville with the county’s other jurisdictions was tabled at the July 17 meeting to give city staff time to review the idea of allowing carts on city sidewalks. Read More»

Big senior subdivision eyed for west PTC

PTC planners discuss 650-unit senior subdivision; 403 acres in westside village already zoned for 55-plus-only; developer wants a few changes Read More»

Basham takes GOP nomination for BoE Post 4

Diane Basham in an April photo.

In Fayette County’s first county-level runoff under the newly mandated district voting, Republican Diane Basham ran away from her opponent Jane Owens Tuesday, winning the Post 4 Board of Education nomination by 20 points.

Basham locked in her victory from the first batch of ballots.

With all 12 of the 12 precincts in the Post 4 voting district counted, Basham had 1,419 votes (60%), while Owens wound up with 938 (40%).

Basham, 65, is a 30-year resident of Fayette County who recently retired after 27 years teaching in the Fayette County School System. Read More»

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