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New Fayette district voting map is proposed

A proposed new district map for the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education proposed by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten. The pdf was provided by Fayette County. That pdf — which may be magnified — is attached as a file to this story.

Timing a concern as qualifying starts March 3 for two county commission posts and two school board seats

A proposed new district map for the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education, crucial to enacting district voting here, has been proposed by a U.S. District Judge.

The new map is necessary to comply with the May decision of U.S. District Court Judge Timothy C. Batten which declared the county’s former at-large voting system violated the federal Voting Rights Act.

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All Fayette students home by 6:45 p.m. Tuesday; all county roads passable but dangerous

“Our Public Safety and Emergency Management folks did a great job coordinating this effort and our response. I’m told that all Fayette roads, though dangerous, are passable except Kite Lake Trail,” Fayette County Administrator Rapson reported to the Fayette County commissioners via email at 1 p.m. Jan. 29.

“State DOT has one truck operating on state highways; our Road Department is monitoring county roads; EOC remains up and operational; Piedmont Fayette has its command center open and functioning; Fire and EMS is running below average call volume at this time as a result of low traffic volumes,” Rapson said.

“Sunlight is helping roads considerably but we’re saving remaining salt for evening and tomorrow morning,” Rapson said. Read More»

Coweta cancels classes Tuesday and Wednesday

Coweta County school officials at 9 p.m. Monday announced that schools will be closed for students on Tuesday. Staff should report as normal. Read More»

Court proposes new map for district voting

Commission to meet tomorrow and discuss response to map; court hearing set Feb. 18

A new district map to implement Fayette County’s new district voting format has been proposed by U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten.

A special called meeting of the Fayette County Commission slated for today at 4 p.m. to discuss the map in executive session has been POSTPONED due to weather and rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. Read More»

Republicans honor MLK, Jr.

Republicans honor MLK, Jr.

Tyrone Jones, first vice chair of the Fayette County Republican Party, gave remarks Monday at a reception the party threw to recognize the civil rights efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. immediately following the parade and ceremony hosted by the Fayette County Chapter of the NAACP. Jones said he remembered learning about Dr. King as a child, and he underlined King’s belief that our nation is not separated based on party-centric political beliefs, but moreso that “We are all children of God,” regardless of race, creed or color. Read More»

Fayette seeks route to stormwater loan

By JOHN MUNFORD — The Fayette County Commission is poised to ask the Georgia Legislature to allow the county to use its Public Facilities Authority to issue revenue bonds for stormwater improvement projects. Read More»

Fayette OK’s roundabout study for 92S, Antioch Rd.

Google aerial view of the proposed roundabout location, which abuts Harp's Crossing Baptist Church.

Ga. DOT will fund study and construction if project is worthwhile

The Fayette County Commission, on a 4-1 vote, has given approval for the Georgia Department of Transportation to study the possibility of installing a roundabout for the intersection of Ga. Highway 92 south and Antioch Road.

If the study shows the project is feasible, DOT would pay for the entire right of way and construction costs, with the county only on the hook for ongoing landscaping maintenance and lighting costs. The latter is estimated to be about $1,840 a year, according to county officials. Read More»

Fayette to foot lawyer bill for Watts against GOP

County OKs defense for elections board member

The Fayette County Commission has authorized paying for the legal defense of a member of the county’s board of elections, whom the Republican Party is attempting to remove from office.

The lawsuit against Marilyn Watts was filed by the Fayette County Republican Party, which appointed Watts to the election board several years ago after the previous county commission dismissed her as the commission’s appointee. Read More»

Behind the scenes in ‘spat’ – Why did Barlow, Oddo retreat?

Fayette County commissioners Chuck Oddo (L) and Steve Brown at the Jan. 9, 2014 meeting. Photo/John Munford.

Brown reappointed chairman, Oddo renamed vice chair; apologies all around

An hour prior to the Jan. 9 Fayette County Commission meeting, fellow commissioners Steve Brown and David Barlow brought their feuding to a halt.

The two men sat down and talked out their differences, they said.

“He offered me what I felt was a heartfelt apology,” Barlow said. “We talked I’d guess about 15 minutes about things, and I accepted it and was good with it, and I said ‘I have no reason not to support you because that’s what I said I would do.’”
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Boil water advisory issued for PTC subdivision

Residents of the Coventry subdivision in Peachtree City are being advised to boil their drinking water following a water line break in the subdivision Monday. Read More»