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Lunch is served

Lunch is served

Residents who head to the Fayette Senior Center at the Gathering Place in Peachtree City can order lunch a couple of Fridays a month and enjoy cards and games afterward. For the sum of $5 each of these ladies got a big chicken salad made at the Senior Center in Fayetteville. Enjoying it are Louise Needham and Dolores Rodriguez. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Newest member

Newest member

Jeff Duncan is sworn into office after a unanimous vote to select him as a new Planning Commission member during the Tyrone council meeting Sept. 4. Photo/Bethan Adams

Tax unchanged from last year as Fayette rolls back rate

As expected, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night to roll back the general fund tax rate from 5.714 mills to 5.602 mills to keep property owners’ tax bills the same as last year after the first positive property assessment in seven years.

The 1.96-percent reduction in millage was made possible by an increase in property values, according to Mary Parrott, the county’s chief financial officer.
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Jeff Davis Drive rezoning denied for traffic safety issues

Concerns about eight new driveways emptying directly onto South Jeff Davis Drive were what motivated the Fayette County Board of Commissioners to deny a rezoning request for a new residential development.

The property in question was a 10.56-acre tract sandwiched between two large existing subdivisions, Jeff Davis Plantation and The Woodlands, and homeowners from both of those neighborhoods came to the meeting to express their opposition to the request that would allow eight lots with frontage on South Jeff Davis Drive.
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MacDuff extension: When will it open?

Road to feature two accesses to Hwy. 74

Residents hoping for traffic relief on MacDuff Parkway learned that there will now be two points that cars can get on Ga. Highway 74. Senior planner David Rast explained that there will be a railroad bridge over the CSX tracks about 1,000 ft. from Senoia Road. He also added there will be an at-grade crossing at Senoia Road.

The road extension will be a welcome sight for residents in Wilksmoor Village, who currently only have one way in and out of their homes every day: Ga. Highway 54 West.
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Odd procedure by P&Z on Oddo plans to rezone tract

Fayetteville Planning and Zoning commissioners, like their counterparts in other jurisdictions, are charged with following guidelines on matters of rezoning and the development of property. Yet an Aug. 26 vote on a rezoning request involving a sitting city councilman appeared to run counter to the guidelines customarily used to recommend a project’s approval or denial. Read More»

F’ville Planning splits 3-2 against Oddo rezoning

The Fayetteville City Council will conduct a public hearing Sept. 4 on a proposal that would transform the Oddo property on Redwine Road into a 77-home subdivision. The site of the family’s CPA business, the Oddo family has owned the 60-acre property since 1971. Photo/Ben Nelms.

An Aug. 26 proposal that would establish a subdivision on Fayetteville’s largest remaining undeveloped tract located on Redwine Road received a 3-2 vote at the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission which will recommend to the City Council that the plan be denied.

The 60-acre tract along Redwine Road is owned by the Oddo family, which includes Fayetteville Councilman Paul Oddo and Fayette County Commissioner Chuck Oddo.

Voting to recommend denial were commissioners Bill Talley, Derryll Anderson and Mike Menchinger. Commissioners Ken Collins and Debi Renfroe voted against denial. Read More»

Superintendent outlines new areas of focus

Parents of school-age children might want to be aware of a number of changes coming to schools systems across the state this year. Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker said among those are the new Ga. Milestones Assessment tests designed to measure a student’s academic growth in a given subject area.

Barker recently outlined a number of areas of focus for the school system, including local initiatives and several major state and federal requirements.

Among the major state and federal-required items being implemented are: Read More»

More retail space is slated for Coweta

Approval for a 163,000 sq. ft. retail and office center at Poplar Road and Newnan Bypass Read More»

Ice age of the zombies

Ice age of the zombies

City councils in Peachtree City and Newnan have been officially called out to take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge for the ALS Association. The Senoia City Council on Aug. 28 made the challenge and got a taste of the zombie version of the ice bucket treatment as four of the local un-dead dumped ice water on council members in front the Woodbury Shoppe, The Official Walking Dead Store, at Seavy and Main. Braving the madness were, from left, Councilman Maurice Grover, Mayor Larry Owens and councilmen Bobby Graham and Jeff Fisher. Photo/Ben Nelms.