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Charter schools dealt Supreme blow

Coweta charter school rally at Capitol — Six-year-old Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia student Dante Robinson (right) and his little brother Donovan joined their parents Sue and Nacoma, other Senoia families and those attending charter schools across Georgia for a rally at the Capitol May 17 in response to the 4-3 ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court that holds the 2008 law that created the charter schools to be unconstitutional. Photo/Special.

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 public school systems support the move while charter advocates said the decision is a step backward for Georgia. Voicing their disagreement, Coweta parents and students joined others at a Capitol rally after the announcement to protest the decision and the Georgia Senate has formed a subcommittee to combat the judicial decision. Read More»

East Coweta Middle wants Senoia sewer hook-up

The Senoia City Council at its May 16 meeting agreed to explore a request that could result in having East Coweta Middle School connected to the city’s sewer system.

City Administrator Richard Ferry in addressing the request from the Coweta County School System noted an April 28 letter asking that the middle school on Ga. Highway 16 west of the city be connected to the sewer system. Ferry said he is not yet certain of the sewer capacity generated by the middle school, but would obtain that information to present to the council. Read More»

F’ville Mayor Steele: Keep Fayette out of regional mass transit agency

If a new transit agency is created to handle bus and rail service in the Atlanta region, Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele says he doesn’t want Fayette County to have any part in it.

Any new such agency should only have jurisdiction, and a likely sales tax, in counties that “either have transit at this time or would like to have transit,” Steele said in an interview last week.

A resolution passed last month by the metro Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable includes such language, Steele said. He added, however, that the final decision rests with the Georgia legislature. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — May 10-16

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, May 10 — Monday, May 16

Samuel Aaron Bullington, 20, of Menlo Park Drive, Rex, for use of safety belts in passenger vehicles and state drug law violation.

Stacy William Clark, 29, of Arch Way, Norcross, for violation of probation.

Franklin Roosevelt Haskins, 24, of 17th Street, Atlanta, for failure to appear. Read More»

Distribution center opens near I-85 in Fairburn; truck traffic to increase

The Electrolux Corp. on May 13 opened a 600,000 square-foot distribution center near I-85 on Ga. Highway 92 in Fairburn. That’s just under 14 acres under roof. The opening follows the opening of another distribution center in Fairburn by the Clorox Corp. earlier this year and one by the Smucker’s company two years ago, both off Oakley Industrial Boulevard near Ga. Highway 74. Read More»

N. F’ville Chick-fil-A wants 2nd drive-thru lane

Business is booming at Chick-fil-A Dwarf House. The restaurant on North Glynn Street at Banks Crossing went before the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission at the May 12 work session with a proposal to add a second drive-thru lane that will parallel the one currently in use. Approximately 40 percent of the restaurant’s business comes by way of the drive-thru window. Read More»

On Memorial Day, bring old cell phones, chargers to help troops call home

Last year's crowd of more than 1,000 spectators. This year they can be more than just spectators by donating their old cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Photo/Special.

Anyone who has served in the military, or who has had a loved one deployed in the military, knows how important a phone call home can be. On Memorial Day, anyone coming to the Peachtree City celebration can help ensure that deployed troops get plenty of phone calls home. The event will be accepting Cell Phones for Soldiers.

People can bring their old, defunct cell phones and place them in a collection bin. Memorial Day organizers will get them to a local drop-off point. Read More»

Fayette County landfill transfer station reopens after fire

Firefighters at an early morning blaze May 15 at the landfill transfer station on First Manassas Mile in Fayetteville battled a fire of unknown origin for seven hours before extinguishing the large amount of household trash stored in the metal building. Though still under investigation, the building was unharmed and able to re-open May 17. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Firefighters from Fayetteville and Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services battled an early morning fire May 15 in the transfer station building at the county landfill on First Manassas Mile. The fire was brought under control early Sunday afternoon and the transfer station was reopened Tuesday. Read More»

Lady Chiefs win it all!

Running for a soccer dynasty — McIntosh High School’s victorious Lady Chiefs race toward their goalie to celebrate after winning the Ga. state soccer championship in AAAA Friday night in Peachtree City. The McIntosh boys finished second in the state. Photo/John Munford.

Whitewater forces 1-1 tie into overtime; McIntosh wins on penalty kicks

Friday night’s all-Fayette girls soccer final was one for the ages.

With a 1-1 tie through regulation and past two overtimes, McIntosh won the AAAA title on penalty kicks.

But that’s no knock on Whitewater, which kept the game close until the bitter end.

Early on, there were plenty of stellar defensive plays on both sides, giving fans much to cheer about.

Host team McIntosh broke the 0-0 tie with a penalty kick goal from Laura Higgason with just under 8 minutes left in the first half. It sent the home crowd into a frenzy. Read More»

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»

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