Senoia gets its charter school

It was the final hurdle for parents who wanted a charter school in Senoia. That hurdle came Thursday when the Georgia State School Board offered no opposition to the recommendation by the board’s Charter Schools Committee that the petition to start up the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia be approved.

Thomas Crossroads girls raise money for Haiti victims

It is always relevant for a person to think of the plight of others and go into action to lend a hand. Such an action is no less significant when it is born in the minds and hearts of two 4th graders. And that is what happened as Thomas Crossroads Elementary School students Taylor Racht and Riley Scruggs began the “Pennies for the Poor” effort that raised $1,400 for victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

Fischer Crossings on agenda again Feb. 16

Developer Scott Seymour will return to the Coweta County Commission next week to see the outcome of a proposed change to the Fischer Crossings commercial development on the northeast corner of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34/54. Commissioners on Feb. 2 were split 2-2 on the issue.

Rain delays Senoia PD/Muni Court building completion

The completion of the new $1.3 million Senoia police department and municipal court building across from the ball fields on Howard Road is being delayed a bit. It is not a matter of budget overruns or contractor delays. The culprit is the rainy weather that has plagued the area for months. At this point the facility is expected to open sometime in May.

Fire destroys portion of Fairburn’s historic downtown

By anyone’s standards it was a unique landmark. But all that changed in the early hours of Thursday morning when flames engulfed one of downtown Fairburn’s large historic buildings along U.S. Highway 29, resulting in the loss of several businesses. No injuries were reported in the fire that is under investigation.

Holyfield accused of striking wife

The wife of professional boxer Evander Holyfield is asking for a temporary protective order, claiming he assaulted her the night of Feb. 1.

Trysts lead to PTC teen's arrest

Police: victim was 15, leading to statutory rape charge

A Peachtree City teen has been charged with statutory rape for having sex “over a period of time” with a 15-year-old girl, police said.

PTC path closed due to sinkhole

Path #339, which runs between Weatherstone Way in Pleasance Grove and Chadwick Drive in Waterford Green has been closed until further notice due to a pipe failure.

Fayette Supt. John DeCotis is calling it quits

Fayette County School System Superintendent John DeCotis is stepping down as head of the 22,000 student system when his contract expires June 30 this year, The Citizen has learned.

Students up 16%, school budget up 68%

Fayette schools have only 2,807 more kids in classes than 10 years ago, but per pupil expenditures increase 47 percent; system still shows small to no reserves

F'ville cops nab IHOP parking lot robbers

Armed robbers in the IHOP restaurant parking lot in Fayetteville Sunday night did not make it out of town before being nabbed by police. Two men and a woman were arrested after their vehicle was spotted by an officer on the way to the scene.

Staff wants PTC Council to require registration of all vacant homes

Peachtree City may soon be considering an ordinance to deal with the growing number of vacant homes left in the wake of the nationwide housing crisis.

As Fresh Market says no, Baby Kroger’s future uncertain

As the former “Baby Kroger” store in the Peachtree Crossings shopping center has remained dark for nearly a year, a deadline is approaching that could impact the immediate future of the 33,000-square-foot space.

F’ville post office installs safety fixes after robbery

Postal inspectors are continuing to investigate the Jan. 29 robbery of a postal truck driver at the Fayetteville Post Office.

Final F’ville campaign contributors revealed

The final campaign contribution filing period for candidates in the races for the three Fayetteville City Council posts has ended. Here is a look at what each of the six candidates raised and where it came from.

Fayette County touts savings by hiring in-house attorney

Fayette County taxpayers are paying significantly less for legal work after the county commission ditched a contracting process in favor of an in-house staff attorney.

Rep. Ramsey introduces test tampering bill after scandals

Rep. Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City has introduced two bills to criminally penalize educators who tamper with standardized tests, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office announced Monday.

F’ville Council OK’s 1st reading to change rule

The Fayetteville City Council at the Feb. 4 meeting heard the first reading of a change in the city’s purchasing ordinance that permits other city entities to make purchases.

Promise Place gets plug from state

The Promise Place domestic violence refuge program that helps abused woman and their children now has another way of getting the word out to victims who need help.

Cop Reports 021010

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Thirst for beer nets burglary charge for 2 PTC teens

Peachtree City police Saturday arrested two teenagers for stealing beer from a garage refrigerator in the Kedron Village area.

Ramsey unveils test integrity legislation

Rep. Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City has introduced two bills to address educators who tamper with standardized tests, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s office announced today.

School board to look at school year, finances and department move to East Fayette

The Fayette County School Board will hear reports Tuesday night pertaining to the school year and extended school days.

County audit to be detailed Thursday

The audit of Fayette County's finances for the 2008-2009 fiscal year will be presented to the county commission at its regular meeting Thursday night.

Students eye changes for village centers

More greenspace, better cart access among concepts reviewed

Students eye changes for village centers

A new group of architecture students from Georgia Tech who are plotting the potential future of Peachtree City’s village retail centers got invaluable feedback during a strategy session Wednesday afternoon.

Valleywood Road issue still unresolved

The longstanding question about the closure of the railroad crossing at Valleywood Road in Tyrone continued Thursday night. Representatives from Georgia Dept. of Transportation (GDOT) were on hand to review the project again and solicit community input. Residents were there, at least most of them, to voice their opposition to the closure. The Town Council is expected to make a final decision on the matter in the next 30-60 days.

PTC briefs: bridge, tunnel project updates

Due to rainy and cold weather the completion date has been adjusted for construction of the path connections leading to the bridge over the CSX railroad tracks along Ga. Highway 54.

Imker puts PTC Council on spot over budget

Claims comments about staff levels misinterpreted

In a rather unusual move Thursday night, Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker strode to the microphone during the public comment portion of the meeting ... to address his fellow council members.

Fischer Crossings still in limbo 

Fischer Crossings still in limbo

There is still no resolution to the Fischer Crossings commercial development along Ga. Highway 54 just east of Fischer Road. Coweta County commissioners Feb. 2 voted 2-2 on changes to the conceptual site plan pertaining to an aquatic center on the north side of the property and questions about the access road situated behind the aquatic center and the theaters. Commissioners asked developer Scott Seymour to return Feb. 16 with additional information.  

New Senoia restaurant moves closer to reality

A large group of Senoia residents at a public forum last year said they wanted to see another restaurant in the city that would serve breakfast. Enter the Fried Green Tomatoes Cafe. The Senoia City Council Monday unanimously approved a variance request for the restaurant destined for Main Street across from the post office.

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