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Fayette OKs Redwine Rd. cart paths

Residents along the southern portion of Redwine Road in unincorporated Fayette County will eventually have direct golf cart path access to the Starr’s Mill school complex just south of Peachtree City, but it’s not going to happen overnight. Read More»

Dredging of Lake Peachtree set to begin by January

Grass growing in the bed of Lake Peachtree in June 2014. File photo.

The long-awaited dredging of Lake Peachtree appears to be close to beginning. Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson in an Oct. 24 letter said the dredging job is expected to be put out for bids in late December with initial work beginning in January.

However, even after dredging the mostly dry lakebed is completed, the larger issue of when the lake will be refilled is still an unanswered question, pending a decision on rebuilding the dam’s damaged spillway.

Rapson in the Oct. 24 letter to Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington said sampling of soils and survey fieldwork is complete. Read More»

Feral cats meet the private sector and commissioners applaud

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Fayette Humane Society’s traps, neuters, releases more feral cats at lower cost than Animal Control

For those who have taken to heart legendary TV host Bob Barker’s plea to “help control the pet population,” a report at the Oct. 23 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners will be especially encouraging. Read More»

BoE rivals disagree on the urgency of innovation grant

(L-R) Ogechi Oparah and Diane Basham. Photos/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County School Board in an Oct. 20 split vote said “No” to an immediate application for a $1.2 million state grant that, if received, might have established a local Center of Innovation at the former Fayetteville Intermediate School (FIS) to help prepare students for employment in the health sciences and digital media/animation fields.

District 4 school board candidates Ogechi Oparah (Democrat), 23, and Diane Basham (Republican), 66, were asked to have their say on the issue. Read More»

Ebola protocols change again for local schools

The Ga. Dept. of Public Health (DPH) issued an Oct. 24 update on the Ebola virus for Georgia educators. Students who have traveled to an affected country will undergo the 21-day monitoring by school staff and/or health department staff. Read More»

Fayette early voting extends through Friday

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Election Day is next week and the time for advanced voting will end Oct. 31. With those deadlines looming, it is time for Fayette County voters to have their say on local and statewide races and two proposed constitutional amendments. Read More»

Drainage project to begin in Senoia

The city of Senoia will implement a $26,090 drainage and beautification design on Barnes Street. The money for the project will come from a capital project fund, which covers projects with life spans greater than five years or that cost more than $25,000. Read More»

Fayette BoE to hire 19 parapros, buy more supplies

An Oct. 20 vote by the Fayette County Board of Education approved nearly $1 million in budget changes that will hire 19 parapros and help pay for school-level supplies and materials.

The $987,378 budget change includes $364,058 for the salaries and benefits of 19 parapros, $425,000 in operations expenses for a variety school-level supplies and materials, $48,000 to pay for additional classes if needed, $50,000 for professional development and $100,000 for instructional software. Read More»

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»

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