Coweta County

Loretta Hughes Nickelson Allison, 80, of Sharpsburg

Loretta Hughes Nickelson Allison

Loretta Hughes Nickelson Allison, 80, of Sharpsburg, Ga. passed away July 7, 2014 from a long illness.

She was born April 7, 1934 in Sinking Creek, Va. and graduated from Mayfield High School in 1952. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Hallie Hughes. Her husband, Buddy Nickelson, her sisters, Ileta Huffman, Sally Patton and Eva Saunders preceded her in death. Read More»

Senoia homes to be walled in for ‘The Walking Dead’

AMC promotional photo for 'The Walking Dead.’

It might look like the Great Wall of Senoia, but the 15-foot temporary wall to be constructed on the Gin Property in the fall will actually serve as a contained set for AMC television’s “The Walking Dead.”

The July 7 request to construct a temporary 15-foot wall around portions of the Gin Property just south of the downtown retail district received unanimous approval from the Senoia City Council. Read More»

Slinging songs in Senoia

Slinging songs in Senoia

There was no practical way to estimate the large mass of people attending the 2014 Senoia Social held July 5. The large stage was set up on the south side of Main Street again this year to accommodate the bands that played all afternoon and into the evening. The Senoia Social is a fundraiser for Camp Southern Ground. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Coweta beats state in final year of CRCT

The Coweta County School System in the final year of the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) outperformed the state of Georgia on all grades and subjects. The CRCT test will be replaced with the new Georgia Milestones Assessment System during the 2014-2015 school year.

The CRCT measures student mastery of Georgia’s basic curriculum in the subjects of reading, English/language arts, math, science and social studies in grades 3-8. Read More»

Choral auditions start this month

The Masterworks Chorale in concert with accompanist David Kinrade and artistic director Kathy Bizarth. Photo/Special.

By Joan Doggrell
Special to The Citizen

If you enjoy choral singing and want to sing even better, a golden opportunity awaits you.

Kathy Bizarth, artistic director for Coweta County’s distinguished Masterworks Chorale, is holding auditions for new singers through the month of July. For an appointment at your convenience, call her at 770-846-8278 or reach her by email at kbizarth@numail.org. Read More»

Local unemployment rates spike for May

When it comes to unemployment rates, Fayette and Coweta counties saw a reversal of fortunes in May. Fayette’s rate increased seven-tenths of a point to 6.8 percent while Coweta jumped eight-tenths of a point to 7 percent.

Fayette’s jobless rate in April was 6.1 percent, but that number had climbed to 6.8 percent in May, according to the Ga. Dept. of Labor. Fayette has a workforce of 53,096, with 3,617 people out of work in May.

Fayette’s unemployment rate in May 2013 was 7.3 percent. Read More»

Amateur radio operators hold field day in Senoia

Amateur radio operators hold field day in Senoia

Members of the Fayette County Amateur Radio Club met June 28 at the stone lodge at Marimac Lakes Park in Senoia for the American Radio Relay League’s Annual Field Day event where “ham” operators talk with their counterparts across North America. Among those present for the 24-hour event were, from left, Fayetteville resident Robert Burton, Peachtree City resident Steve Yothment, Senoia resident Bill Lackey and Brooks resident Jim Burchfield. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Coweta deputies discover 'basement full of pot'

A raid on a home in east Coweta County by local and federal law enforcement agents revealed approximately 350 marijuana plants being grown in what Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager described as a sophisticated growing operation.

The raid last week by local and federal law enforcement occurred at 72 Meadows Drive, off Ga. Highway 16 south of Senoia.

Yeager said Coweta deputies worked with federal Drug Enforcement Agency agents in the bust.

“The basement was full of pot being grown,” Yeager said. “We worked with federal agents and seized more than 350 plants.” Read More»

Coweta OK's road abandonment for Fischer Crossing retail expansion

The July 1 vote by the Coweta County Commission to abandon a portion of Wynn’s Pond Road in east Coweta paves the way for the development of the large Fischer Crossing retail development on the northeast quadrant of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34.

The measure called for a median cut on Ga. Highway 54 at Wynn’s Pond Road and the installation of a gated cul-de-sac on the west side of the roadway near the retail area for use by residents of the Featherston Fishing Club and emergency vehicles. Read More»

Coweta BoE adopts $173M budget

The Coweta County Board of Education on June 25 adopted a $173 million operations budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget includes the restoration of a full work-year calendar for all employees and employee step increases.

The FY 2015 budget represents a $5 million increase over last year’s budget. The school system expects revenues totaling $193.8 million, of which $20.8 million will make up the fund equity. Read More»

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