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Supremes say charter schools out, Senate says not so quick

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled on charter schools, handing proponents of the initiative a 4-3 defeat May 16 on the state’s 2008 move that created a number of new charter schools, including the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia in Coweta County. Affected school systems support the move while charter advocates said the decision is a step backward for Georgia. Voicing their disagreement, the Georgia Senate has formed a subcommittee to combat the judicial decision. Read More»

Confusion over failed PTC hotel-motel tax hike

Bill stalled in committee; senators point fingers at others

Two stories have emerged as to why a bill to increase Peachtree City’s hotel-motel tax rate failed to pass the Georgia Senate this year.

City Councilman Eric Imker contends the inaction cost the city approximately $130,000 this budget year. That’s the amount that the increase would have added to the city’s general fund.

Imker at the May 5 council meeting reported that Republican Sen. Ronnie Chance told him that Chance signed the bill, but fellow Sen. Valencia Seay, who represents a portion of north Fayette County, failed to do so. Read More»

Volunteers claim victory in PTC path cleanup event

The Great Path Cleanup held on May 7 was Peachtree City’s first organized venture into helping keep the city’s path system free of litter. Doing their part at Luther Glass Park off South Peachtree Parkway were Ingrid Zambrauna, her son Ethien and Melvin Castrillo. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Peachtree City Path Cleanup on May 7 has been deemed a big success.

With the help of about 100 volunteers, numerous bags of rubbish were removed from the path system as part of the annual Keep Peachtree City Beautiful trash cleanup event.

The city was mapped into 14 zones with a trash collection point for each. As bags were filled, they were returned to the collection zones, unless the volunteers decided it was easier to dispose of in their home trash.

Volunteers for the event ran the gamut from individuals, entire families, church groups and civic clubs. Read More»

Navy pilots visit Willis Rd. Elementary pen pals

A hero’s welcome — Students at Willis Road Elementary School near Sharpsburg turned out May 11 to welcome Lt. Commander Luke Suber (pictured) and Lt. Commander John Voight. Suber recently returned from Afghanistan where he and others had received more than 200 CARE packages and endless letters from Merry Nicholson’s first-grade class and others in the school. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was nothing short of a hero’s welcome for Lt. Commander Luke Suber (USN) and Lt. Commander John Voight (USN) when they arrived at the Coweta County airport May 11 and rode with Merry Nicholson’s first-grade class on a school bus back to Willis Road Elementary School near Sharpsburg. The trip to the Georgia school was Suber’s way of saying thanks for the many CARE packages and letters he and others received while stationed recently in Afghanistan. Read More»

SilverSneakers Now Available at Piedmont Newnan Hospital Wellness Center

Piedmont Newnan Hospital Wellness Center, located at 26 W. Court Square in Newnan, is recognizing the unique needs of the older adults in the community by partnering with the nationally recognized Healthways SilverSneakers Fitness Program.  Read More»

Crossroads Chiropractic spearheads “Bedtime Backpack” drive

Crossroads Chiropractic in Sharpsburg is joining forces to address a critical need right now in the Gadsden, Ala. community. Due to the recent outbreak of severe tornadoes, many people are living without the essential needs of daily living. It is difficult enough to have to see the destruction but to have to go without supplies and essential items is unacceptable. Read More»

Senoia library site work approved

It did not take long for construction activities at the site of Senoia’s new library to get under way. Trees are coming down at the new facility at Merrimac Lakes Park and the City Council on May 2 unanimously approved the $80,000 contract bid by Newnan-based Headley Construction for the library’s landscaping and the parking lot.

City Administrator Richard Ferry at the meeting said the project is part of and contiguous to the 1.04-acre area where the 6,563 square-foot library is to be constructed. The library is being constructed under a separate contract, Ferry said. Read More»

Senoia bike ride tour May 14

The Senoia Area Historical Society is sponsoring two bike riding tours of Senoia on Saturday, May 14, starting at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. These updated, fun and easy tours are for riders of all ages and abilities and are a fund raiser for the Society. Proceeds will be used to preserve and display artifacts for the museum. These are great rides for people interested in the history of the area, interesting architecture, tales of residents past and present, or who just want some Saturday fun. Read More»

Coweta Public Safety Day features low-cost rabies shots

Low cost rabies shots and micro-chipping of cats and dogs will be offered by Coweta County Animal Control at the Public Safety Day event on Saturday, May 7. Public Safety Day will be at the Coweta County Fairgrounds at 275 Pine Road in Newnan. 

The event will also feature animals available for adoption. The rabies clinic will be from 10 a.m. until noon while the micro-chipping and adoptions will be available from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

Coweta County Animal Control only accepts cash and prices are as follows:

-Rabies shot: $9

-Micro-chipping: $25

-Feline adoption: $70 Read More»

Hearn: ‘I’m not the only one’; look at Studdards

Remaining under fire for failing to disclose that a recent elections board appointee was his cousin until weeks following the vote, Fayette County Commissioner Lee Hearn asserted a different defense at the close of the April 28 commission meeting.

Hearn pointed out that a current member of the elections board, whom he did not name, has a wife who is an elected official in Fayette County. Read More»

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