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Central Class of ’64 recognized

Central Class of ’64 recognized

John Kirkland, a member of the 1964 graduating class of Central High School in Newnan, stands with Coweta County Commissioner Al Smith after receiving an April 1 proclamation recognizing the former students’ 50th reunion. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Surprise: Fayette spends $1.4 million for East Bypass

The men who were elected mainly on the basis of their opposition to the West Fayetteville Bypass have now become supporters of the East Fayetteville Bypass.

The Fayette County Commission voted Thursday night to spend $1.42 million to acquire a large tract of land deemed necessary for construction of the East Bypass. Read More»

Fayette Comm. says yes to 15-year-old golf cart drivers

Cart owners in unincorporated Fayette must pay $15 for new decal

New rules adopted by the Fayette County Commission March 27 will allow 15-year-olds to drive a golf cart solo if they have a learner’s permit.

While part of the impetus is an effort to allow golf carts to be driven to Starr’s Mill High School, that is not in the immediate offing due to the lack of a cart path leading to the school. The school also does not yet have a separate parking lot for golf carts similar to the one built several years ago at McIntosh High School. Read More»

NAACP threatens bigger legal bills if county, BoE pursue district voting appeal

The district voting lawsuit filed by the National NAACP will turn out to be a costly one for local taxpayers, and it’s not over yet, as appeals are being filed seeking to overturn the ruling.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is seeking nearly $850,000 in attorneys fees and costs for its share of the litigation, according to a court filing late last week. The funds would come from the two co-defendants in the case: the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

NAACP issues $850K bill for district voting

NAACP issues $850K bill for district voting

Group seeks legal fees, damages from Fayette County Commission, Board of Education Read More»

Shirley chosen as new Coweta fire marshal

Blaine Shirley is Coweta's new fire marshal. Photo/Special.

Coweta County has a new fire marshal. The recent retirement of Fire Marshal Jimmy Gantt was followed March 3 by the appointment of former fire inspector/investigator Blaine Shirley to his new role.

“I have learned a great deal about this office from having been fortunate enough to work with two previous fire marshals prior to their retirements,” said Shirley. “I look forward to continuing my career with the fire department in this position and I will work hard to maintain the professionalism and integrity that is expected of this office.” Read More»

Fayette launches appeal to restore at-large voting

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In a bid to overturn a judge’s decision to replace at-large voting with district voting for future county commission and board of education elections in Fayette County, the County Commission will challenge a number of legal rulings made by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten. Read More»

Cross-county carting ahead?

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Fayette may allow 15-year-old drivers in unincorporated county

A proposal to update the golf cart regulations for unincorporated Fayette County, allowing 15-year-olds to drive solo if they have a learner’s permit, will be considered Thursday night by the Fayette County Commission.

Along with the new regulations will be a $15 fee every three years for unincorporated county residents to register their golf cart, with the idea they will be able to drive it in Peachtree City and Tyrone as well without having to register their cart in either city. Read More»

Home rental causes problems for neighbors on Adams Court

A handful of residents on Adams Court in unincorporated Fayette County asked the county commission Feb. 27 for help with problems stemming from a neighbor who rents out his property to large gatherings such as family reunions and the like.

Their pleas came as the commission heard a staff presentation on short-term rentals and the problems they can cause to local neighborhoods.

The neighbors on Adams Court recalled one time when a “biker gang” rented the home and caused a nuisance to neighbors on the street. Read More»

Fayette appeals district voting

The Fayette County Commission is petitioning the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in an effort to overturn a federal judge’s ruling that forced district voting to elect commissioners and board of education members in future elections.

The board of education last week voted 3-1 to also appeal the case, but for now district voting remains in play for the current 2014 election season. Read More»

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