Government

Wary of ‘strings,’ Fayette BoE rejects innovation grant

The Fayette County School System will not be applying for a $1.2 million state grant that, had it been approved, could have potentially established a local Center of Innovation at Read More»

Plans moving ahead for East Fayetteville Bypass

Crews construct the West Fayetteville Bypass in February 2013. File photo.

County officials have put the East Fayetteville Bypass back on the front burner, and as plans for the project continue to develop, citizens are likely to hear more about it in the near future.

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners voted Oct. 7 to approve an amendment in the design contract, and Public Works Director Phil Mallon suggested scheduling a public meeting as soon as possible to further update affected property owners and others interested in the project. Read More»

Pennington delays answers to Learnard’s pay raise questions

Peachtree City Councilwoman Kim Learnard in an Oct. 5 letter to City Manager Jim Pennington Read More»

Keeping Ebola at bay: Here’s what Fayette school officials are doing

Fayette County School System Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow. File photo.

The Citizen on Monday presented Fayette Schools' Superintendent Joseph Barrow with this hypothetical scenario: Five children from the Ebola-affected area of West Africa show up to enroll in schools here this week. What would you do? Here is Barrow's answer: Read More»

F’ville OKs Oddo rezoning

Rezoning of the largest remaining tract of undeveloped residential land in Fayetteville was approved Oct. 16 by the Fayetteville City Council on a 4-0 vote. The tract will be the site of 77 homes located on 60 acres along Redwine Road. The property is owned by Councilman Paul Oddo, Fayette County Commissioner Chuck Oddo and their brother Warren.

Though approved for 84 lots under R-30 (.75-acre lots) zoning several years ago, developer D.R. Horton had asked for R-22 (.5-acre lots) zoning for 77 homes. Read More»

Some local officials nervous before Wednesday ARC vote

Today is the day that the Atlanta Regional Commission is scheduled to vote on proposed changes in its bylaws that have raised concerns among numerous local government leaders, including some in Fayette County.

The regular ARC board meeting is at 1 p.m. at the commission’s office in downtown Atlanta.

The primary issue is a possible consolidation of power within the ARC board chairman’s position, allowing him or her unprecedented authority in the selection of committee members and other key matters. Read More»

PTC man arrested for aggravated child molestation

Thomas Edward Zerbarini

A Peachtree City man has been arrested on charges of child molestation in connection to incidents involving a 4-year-old girl during early 2013 to mid-2014.

Thomas Edward Zerbarini, 45, of Peachtree City, was arrested on Oct. 6 on charges of aggravated child molestation stemming from offenses against a 4-year-old Fayette County girl that took place during early 2013 to mid-2014, said department spokesperson Odilia Bergh. Read More»

EMC gives money to CERT

EMC gives money to CERT

The EMC community outreach program, Operation Round Up, recently funded a grant donation of $1,079.85 to the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for three chain saws. (Left to right) Corporal Brian Jantosciak, Glenn Valencia, Captain Stanley Pye and Marsha McDaniel. Valencia and McDaniel work with the EMC office. Photo/Submitted.

Early voting is underway in Coweta

Early voting is underway in Coweta County. Voters can cast their ballots between now and Oct. 31 at the voter registrar’s office in downtown Newnan.

Superintendent of Elections Jane Scoggins on the county’s elections page said early voting is open to voters until Oct. 31 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the county administration building located at 22 East Broad Street in Newnan.

Saturday voting is also available on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. until noon and on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The general election will be held Nov. 4.

Cart safety path check results in three citations

Peachtree City Police CPl. Chris Hyatt checks a golf cart registration at a cart path safety check conducted Oct. 15. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Peachtree City Police Dept. conducted a cart path safety check in multiple locations on Oct. 15. With 233 citizens contacted, the Wednesday afternoon safety check was sixth check in the past eight weeks.

Department spokesperson Odilia Bergh said the Wednesday safety check was conducted by three teams at two locations each. The focus of the safety check was to verify golf carts registrations and identify underage drivers, Bergh said.

In total, 233 citizen contacted with three citations issues for underage operation of a golf cart/allowing minors to drive, said Bergh. Read More»

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