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Dismissal of Senoia marijuana suit upheld by Supreme Court

Senoia resident Don Rehman had his day in the Ga. Supreme Court to contest a ruling earlier this year by Coweta County Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon that dismissed Rehman’s contention that a Senoia city ordinance dealing with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. But the unanimous decision by the Supreme Court issued Nov. 4 upheld Judge Blackmon’s decision. Read More»

PTC close to settling discrimination complaint

The Peachtree City Council Thursday may pay its portion of a settlement to resolve a lawsuit involving sex and disability discrimination claims brought by former Police Department employee Lisa Ficalore against the city and Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark. Read More»

Brown gets award for state ethics reform

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown has been selected to receive a Democracy Award from Common Cause Georgia.

Brown is being recognized for his support of efforts to reform ethics at the state government level, officials said.

Common Cause Georgia advertises itself as a “statewide non-partisan cross-ideology education and advocacy watchdog group dedicated to openness, accountability and ethics in government.”

At Brown’s urging, the commission adopted a resolution encouraging local legislators to help pass meaningful ethics legislation during the 2013 general assembly. Read More»

2nd Monster Golf Cart Rally deemed a success

Bob Owen and his dog Muffin, along with their skeleton dopplegangers, were the winning entry in last week’s Monster Golf Cart Rally to benefit the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Photo/Special.

A new golf cart-decorating tradition is taking root in Peachtree City thanks to a dedicated group of people wanting to fight against blood-based cancer.

For the second year in a row, residents turned out for the Monster Golf Cart Rally, an event raising money for the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Oct. 27. The idea is for participants to decorate their carts with a monster theme to scare off blood cancer.

The golf carts again took their path around Lake Peachtree to raise awareness and hope one day for a cure, according to organizer Amanda Johns. Read More»

Labor commissioner talks in Senoia about employment gains

Ga. Dept. of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler spoke Monday at the meeting of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club. Butler updated the group on ongoing DOL initiatives to combat unemployment and boost the skills of Georgia workers. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Georgia Dept. of Labor (DOL) Commissioner Mark Butler spoke to the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club Monday night, updating the group on DOL initiatives designed to combat unemployment and boost the skills needed for the Georgia job market which is becoming increasingly high-tech.

Butler noted that, with high employment from the Great Recession and with the trust fund depleted in 2009, the state had to borrow money from the federal government to meet unemployment insurance obligations. That amount plus interest amounted to nearly $1 billion. Read More»

Fayette’s new water system director comes from Rockdale Co.

Fayette County has hired a new water system director, filling a vacancy created by the demotion of long-time director Tony Parrott following systemic failures that led to foul drinking water across the county for several weeks in late spring.

Steven “Lee” Pope will take the helm of the Fayette water department, which serves all of unincorporated Fayette County, Peachtree City, Tyrone, Brooks and Woolsey.

Pope was hired away from Rockdale County, where he served as special projects and compliance technical service manager for more than four years. Read More»

BoE wins dismissal of Starr’s Mill student’s lawsuit about use of Facebook photo

A former Starr’s Mill High School student’s lawsuit against the Fayette County Board of Education over the use of a Facebook photo she posted has been dismissed in federal court.

U.S. District Judge Timothy C. Batten ruled that because plaintiff Chelsea Chaney posted it to her Facebook page, thus allowing others access to it, she had no reasonable expectation of privacy under federal law. Read More»

Holyfield mansion, Fayette’s largest, on the auction block

Fayette’s largest home is up for auction. The mansion that was once the residence of heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield will go on auction in mid-November and carries a starting bid of $2.5 million.

The one-of-a-kind home — at more than 48,000 sq. ft. on nearly 105 acres along Ga. 279 in north Fayette County — looks more like a palace than a house. It was listed on Redfin.com with an asking price of $7.9 million. But now at auction, the residential behemoth requires an opening bid of only $2.5 million. Read More»

Early voting starts in PTC, Tyrone

Early and absentee voting for the elections in Peachtree City and Tyrone starts Monday at each municipality’s respective library.

Registered voters will be able to cast ballots Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at both library facilities through Friday, Nov. 1. Those seeking a larger window of time can wait until election day itself on Nov. 5 when their individual precinct will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read More»

Senoia vet joins protest over treatment of fellow veterans

Senoia resident Marshall Huckaby (L) and his friend Bill Brantley of Miami were two of the many veterans to assemble at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13 during the “government shutdown” to protest the treatment  of the remains of American soldiers killed on Oct. 5 in Afghanistan and returned to Dover Air Force Base. Photo/Special.

For Senoia resident Marshall Huckaby it was a matter of taking a stand. The Vietnam veteran joined countless other veterans in Washington, D.C. Oct. 8 to express their outrage and shame over the treatment received by the families of fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base during the recent government shutdown. Read More»

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