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Census estimate: Fayette’s population grew 18% since 2000

The 2010 Census county by county population tally for Georgia is scheduled to be released this week. Though they might differ from the actual numbers, the July 2010 estimated population figures showed that Fayette County’s population grew 18.8 percent over 2000, while Coweta County showed a 31 percent increase and Clayton County grew by 17 percent.

The figures generated by the U.S. Census Bureau are stated as estimates. Those figures showed that the Fayette population increased from 91,263 in 2000 to an estimated 108,431 in 2010, a difference of 17,168, or 18.8 percent. Read More»

Sgt. Joshua Searcy comes home to a restored dream

“This is just unbelievable.” Those were the words of north Fayette County resident Staff Sgt. Joshua Searcy to a group of nearly 100 people Sunday as he got his first look at the 1966 Dodge Charger restored for him by the North Georgia MOPAR Club. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Searcy received quite a surprise Sunday afternoon. And his response to the nearly 100 people gathered on Spence Road (Ga. Highway 92 just into Fulton County) to see him receive a completely restored 1966 Dodge Charger was, “This is just unbelievable.” Read More»

Winners of 2011 Miss Pride crowned

Winners of 2011 Miss Pride crowned

The 2011 Miss Pride Pageant was held last weekend. The winners were:

Miss Pride - Amanda St. John

Junior Miss Pride - Madison Mueller

Young Miss Pride - Delaney Mueller

Little Miss Pride - Kazley Gilreath

Tiny Miss Pride - Laney Sutherland

St. John won a $1,000 scholarship which was donated by Dr. Scott T. McPherson.

New law brings changes to property assessment notices, appeals

There are a few changes for 2011 relating to property assessment notices, appeals, the oversight of the Board of Equalization and the definition of an arm’s length property sale. Fayette County Tax Assessor Joel Benton commented last week on the provisions of House Bill 346 that brought those changes into law.

Benton said that, unlike in times past, the passage of HB 346 requires that every property owner in the state receive a “Uniform Assessment Notice” this year. That said, the current moratorium on unimproved property will continue through 2011, Benton added. Read More»

ARC planner: No mass transit projected for Fayette — ever

Atlanta Regional Commission Principal Planner David Haynes presents the ideas behind metro Atlanta’s regional Plan 2040 to a group of Fayette County residents and others last week. The plan has no transit plans for Fayette County, though Newnan could potentially see commuter rail if the funding can be found. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Plan 2040 multi-county public meeting held last week to solicit input on metro Atlanta’s future was attended almost exclusively by Fayette County residents. Perhaps as significant as anything at the meeting was a future long distance transit map showing no — that’s “zero” — projects planned for Fayette County. Read More»

PTC mayor in hot water for wife’s remark about new city employee

A comment to a new city employee by the wife of Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix has created a bit of a stir.

Cathy Haddix made the comment as she met the city’s new economic development coordinator, Joey Grisham, for the first time last week at the grand opening of The Fresh Market grocery store. Read More»

Tiger Run Car Show set for Saturday

Tiger Run Car Show set for Saturday

On Saturday, Mar. 19, the Fayette County High School Class of 2011 will sponsor the third annual spring Tiger Run Car Show in the FCHS stadium parking lot from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Anyone wishing to enter a car should contact Sherry Van de Motter at 770-402-3447 or Laura Johnson at 678-938-8073.  Cars can register before the show from 11 a.m. - noon for a $25 fee or they can pre-register for a $20 fee before Mar. Read More»

Fayette’s First Army JROTC seeks cadets/instructors

History is in the making as the Fayette County Public School System brings its second ever Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program online next year.

After years of waiting for approval from the U.S. Army ROTC, Fayette County High finally got the go ahead to offer the Army JROTC program for the 2011-2012 school year. This marks the second JROTC program for the school system; Air Force JROTC was established at Sandy Creek High nine years ago. Read More»

Heaton shows downward trend in crime at city retreat

Fayetteville Police Chief Steve Heaton used the City Council retreat last week to unveil the city’s crime statistics for 2010. That data showed that Fayetteville has fewer violent crimes than nearly every other city in Georgia of similar size, that serious crimes continue to be on a downward trend and that the actual crime at the Fayette Pavilion continues to be more perception than reality. Read More»

New technology to ID ‘criminal aliens’ at Fayette jail

Starting Tuesday, illegal and legal aliens convicted of a previous crime face deportation

Starting tomorrow, people booked into the Fayette County Jail will be subject to “biometric” fingerprint scans to identify aliens “both lawfully and unlawfully present in the United States.” Read More»

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