Newsmakers

NAACP suit alleges white ‘bloc’ votes against ‘every black-preferred candidate’

A federal lawsuit aimed at eliminating at-large voting for seats on Fayette County’s board of commissioners and the board of education alleges the current system has kept 11 individual plaintiffs from being able to “elect candidates of their choice” to both governing bodies. Read More»

Committee discussing creation of Founders Park in PTC

Local historical memories abound with this trio: (L-R) Jerry Peterson, the man who planned the majority of Peachtree City’s neighborhoods and named most of their streets; Jim Strickland, architect and local builder, who served in the early days of the city’s Planning Commission; and Jim Williams, former longtime city planner. The three chat after Tuesday’s meeting about the History Timeline project. Photo/John Munford.

A “time-line” committee has been hard at work for a number of months to create a Founders Park in Peachtree City.

The commemoration is conceived for the arc around the front of City Hall and the city library. The design was created by Jerry Peterson, one-time vice president of planning for Peachtree City Development Corp. (later Pathway Communities) for 25 years and now owner of Peterson Planning.

It is to be established near the fountain outside City Hall and across from the library. Read More»

Senoia Tea Party celebrates first anniversary

It has been one year since the Senoia Tea Party Patriots held its organizational meeting. The group since its inception has been active in addressing local, state and national issues. And on Aug. 22 the group will hold its first anniversary meeting featuring state Rep. Billy Horne and Senoia Mayor Robert Belisle. Read More»

East Coweta High School's resource officer wins state honor

The School Resource Officer at East Coweta High School has been named the Georgia School Resource Officer of the Year. Cpl. Vence Meadows, a Coweta County Sheriff’s deputy, received the honor Aug. 5 at a meeting of the Georgia Association of School Resource Officers. It was the first year GASRO offered the state-wide recognition. Read More»

Senoia to hold town hall meeting Aug. 18

The Senoia Downtown Development Authority will hold a town hall meeting Aug. 18 to solicit input from citizens on ways to improve their hometown and to learn what types of business and services residents would like to see in the future.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Freeman Sasser building located at the Seavy Street Park. A light meal will also be served during the meeting. Read More»

Senoia Area Historical Society invites public to come out and learn more

The Senoia Area Historical Society museum was opened in July 2010 and is open each Friday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m.

Maureen Schuyler, 2011 chair of the museum committee advises that the society is dedicated to collecting, preserving and protecting our area's history and historical artifacts. Read More»

Vietnam vets will soon have ‘their time’

It will be a time for remembering and a time for healing. And for Vietnam Veterans, this is their time. The arrival of the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall will arrive in Coweta County in mid-October and will be on display at the fairgrounds.

Coweta Commission of Veterans Affairs (CCVA) representative Malcolm Jackson at the Aug. 9 meeting of the Coweta County TEA Party Patriots gave a preview of the week-long events that will accompany the arrival and display of the wall. Read More»

Newnan Coweta Humane Society offering 'Back in Black' promotion

Black tie, black t-shirt or a little black dress…this year’s hot trend is furry, black and will lick your face or purr for you. Whatever your taste, add style and love to your life by adopting a beautiful black dog or cat during the national "Back in Black" adoption promotion. Adoption fees for black animals (or mostly black animals) are 50 percent off. Read More»

Half of proposed regional sales tax would fund mass transit plans

Committee approves $3 billion for rail and buses, leaving $3 billion for all road projects

A committee tasked with paring projects down for a potential regional transportation sales tax has put together its mass transit priorities.

While none of the transit projects would operate in Fayette County, their $3 billion price tag will cut in half the available funding for roads in metro Atlanta. The projects would leave $3.1 billion to spend on road, bridge, pedestrian and other projects.

Transit projects on the list are not set in stone, however, as they will require a full vote of the 21-member Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable by Oct. 15 of this year. Read More»

Surprise arrival: F’ville mother-to-be wins $225K

Jennifer Desai and husband Tyrone hold the presentation check from the Georgia Lottery. Photo/Ga. Lottery.

One Fayetteville mother-to-be can add a Georgia Lottery win to her family tree. Jennifer Desai, 24, won a $225,000 top prize playing the instant game Cash Crop.

She and her husband, Tyrone, anticipate starting their own business.

“We’re just a hard-working, young family,” she said. “We’re going to finish fixing up our home.”

The couple, who recently purchased their first home, is expecting their second child in November.

Desai, who works at a car dealership, described her win as exciting and shocking. Her husband presented her with the ticket. Read More»