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BoE forum topics: Age, race, technology integration

District 4 Board of Education candidates (L-R) Diane Basham and Ogechi Oparah and District 5 incumbent Leonard Presberg use smart phones to cast their votes in a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Race and age played key roles in a political forum Saturday when a young black candidate for the Fayette County Board of Education asked voters to make history by electing her while a veteran white teacher stressed her experience in the classroom. Read More»

Police warn against scam

Peachtree City Police are advising residents to be aware of a new email scam informing citizens that they are needed for jury duty.

“We hope not, but just in case, we want you all to be aware,” said department spokesperson Odilia Bergh. “A citizen recently reported having received an email that arrived from an address that appeared to be connected to a state website @judiciary.state.nj.us. This email alleged the recipient was needed for jury duty.”

Bergh said the email stated that in order to be removed from the list a questionnaire was required to be completed. Read More»

Residents urged not to set lake on fire

On Oct. 1, the statewide burn ban comes to an end and once again and residents will be able to burn yard debris after obtaining a burn permit through the city website at www.peachtree-city.org/burn

Lake Peachtree will not be refilled this winter, and tall grass and weeds have overtaken the lake bed. As fall approaches, these grasses and weeds will brown and dry out as they go dormant for the winter. While not a significant threat, this additional fuel load does increase the risk of a grass fire in the area. Read More»

PTC police get safety grant

The Peachtree City Police Department announced that it has been awarded a traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

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Scarecrow contest set to begin

County officials are looking for residents who wish to display their best scarecrows next to the public plaza and the county’s Administration Building in downtown Fayetteville.

A call has been issued by the Fayette County Public Arts Committee for citizens of all ages to participate. Individuals, families, schools, clubs, businesses, churches and other groups from anywhere in the county are eligible. Read More»

Senoia balks at county's terms

The Senoia City Council decided on Sept. 6 not to agree with the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority's terms regarding the annexation of Morgan Farms into Senoia.

According to Senoia city manager Richard Ferry, Coweta County Water and Sewer proposed that, instead of the city internally metering the subdivision and billing the residents, the water and sewer desires to be the water authority and bill the residents. Read More»

BoE moves toward cart paths at Starr’s Mill HS

A golf cart traverses a street crossing in Peachtree City. File photo.

School officials unveiled three possibilities for golf cart parking at the Starr’s Mill school complex during a meeting Monday where they also stressed a need to get the word out to parents that a proposal to allow students to use golf carts on nearby Peachtree City cart paths is moving forward.

“We want the public to know we are continuing to work on this,” School Superintendent Joseph Barrow told Fayette County Board of Education members Monday during a work session where they were also presented with several other projects to think about before making decisions. Read More»

Smooth sailing so far for 60-acre Oddo rezoning

A proposed rezoning for the largest undeveloped tract of land in Fayetteville drew little criticism during a City Council meeting last week because neighbors hashed out most of their concerns with representatives of the developer beforehand.

Community rezoning meetings are “typically a little more contentious, but in this case, it was very productive,” said David Spearman, a representative of developer DR Horton. Read More»

PTC OKs 1st step to annex personal care home

The Peachtree City Council on Oct. 2 gave approval to initiate the annexation process for the Heritage of Peachtree City personal care apartments on the city’s east side to rescue the facility from its failing septic tank system.

The 3.52-acre property is situated between Ga. Highway 54 and Sumner Road. Located in unincorporated Fayette County, the property is zoned community commercial.

Owned by HCRIX Royal LLC, the site consists of 49 personal care apartments and is accessed by a driveway off Hwy. 54. Read More»

Fayette Commission votes $257K for sports field lights

The county’s ongoing mission to refurbish the lighting at its various outdoor sports facilities was addressed once again by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners at its Sept. 25 meeting.

A $257,000 project for Soccer Field No. 4 and Softball Field No. 6 at McCurry Park was given the go-ahead, with $125,000 coming from the FY2015 budget and the remainder from the McCurry Park Contingency Fund. The board approved a bid from Donald Camp, Inc. Read More»