Government

Coweta OK's new cell tower

Residents in the area of southwest Newnan should soon be experiencing better cell phone coverage. The Coweta County Commission voted unanimously on Feb.18 to approve a rezoning request that will locate an AT&T cell tower on a 10-acre site off 179 Old Corinth Road.

The 150-foot monopine tower surrounded by a chain-link fence will be located 524 feet off Old Corinth Road within the 10-acre site. The rezoning request asked for special use approval for a section of the property totaling .1125 acres. Read More»

Filter swap fixes Senoia water issue

What had been an issue for a handful of Senoia residents on the city’s north side with yellow-colored water coming from taps and brown-colored whole house filters has been resolved. A change in filters at the city’s Heritage Pointe wells for under $1,000 has solved the problem. Read More»

Haunted house request pushed to March 4

“13 Stories” haunted house owner Allyn Glover was back before the Coweta County Commission Feb.18 to request that two conditions accompanying his September approval to re-locate his facility to the old Playtex plant off Ga. Highway 16 be removed. The public hearing was conducted, but the vote will not be taken until the March 4 meeting.

Though approved in September, Glover at the Feb. 18 meeting said the new location did not open for Halloween due to the amount of work required. Read More»

F’ville Council hears upbeat financial report at retreat

Fayetteville, Fayette County’s commercial center, during the years of the recession suffered more than any municipality in the county. A report from the city’s finance staff at the City Council retreat held Tuesday signaled that the severe financial hit may be coming to an end.

In fact, City Manager Joe Morton characterized the previous fiscal year as “probably the most positive financial year we’ve had in recent memory.” Read More»

Fayette BoE: Charter school given until May 1 to make its case

Liberty Tech Charter School representative Christi McCully addressed the Fayette County Board of Education on Feb. 24, making the case for the proposed new charter school to be located in Fayette County. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Monday amended its charter school acceptance policy, but exempted a current petitioner from retroactive deadlines. The vote on the amendment was followed Read More»

Fayette bus drivers honored for snowy service

Fayette bus drivers honored for snowy service

A small group representing more than 200 bus drivers was recognized Feb. 24 by Chairman Marion Key and the Fayette County Board of Education for their successful efforts during the recent ice storm. Pictured, from left, are Mark Ballard, Key, Janie Killpatrick, Danette Cocoran, Diane Vaughan and Transportation Director Roxane Owen. Photo/Ben Nelms.

‘Urban’ zones planned for West F’ville

The annexation last fall of 1,200 acres on Fayetteville’s west side was followed by an initial look at the potential for a new way of zoning Read More»

PTC revamps ethics rules, ditches citizen involvement

By unanimous vote, the Peachtree City Council approved sweeping changes to its ethics ordinance Feb. 20, including the replacement of a citizen ethics board with an attorney from outside the city who would sit in judgment of specific complaints as a “hearing officer.”

Under the new ordinance, that attorney must have at least five years’ experience and a law practice and residence at least more than 10 miles outside the city limits. Read More»

New map means confusion for some candidates, voters

Members and supporters of and attorneys for the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP pose outside the federal courthouse Feb. 18.

NAACP hails judge’s decision as ‘historic win-win’; new map creates district to ensure a minority candidate will be elected in Fayette

The switch to district voting for Fayette County Commission and Board of Education elections will prevent about 60 percent of Fayette voters from casting ballots in four local races during the May primary and the November general election. Read More»

Brown wants term limits for commission

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown in a January 2014 photo.

The Fayette County Commission will vote Thursday on a recommendation to apply term limits to existing and future commissioners.

The restrictions would limit commissioners to serving no more than two consecutive four-year terms. Proposed by Commission Chairman Steve Brown, the restrictions would be made retroactive to those holding office since 2011, which would include Brown and fellow commissioner Allen McCarty. Read More»

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