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Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts, left, received an unexpected gift from commission Chairman Bob Blackburn at the Aug. 5 meeting. Noting Fouts’ one-year anniversary as administrator, Blackburn presented him with a cane and seat cushion in anticipation that Fouts would serve in the position for many years to come. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette tax digest up 1 percent

The value of all property in Fayette County saw a small but significant increase in 2014.

Information supplied by Fayette County Tax Commissioner George Wingo showed an increase of approximately 1 percent in the 2014 tax digest.

Though small, an increase of 1.022 percent over the value of all real and personal property in the county in 2014 is a marked improvement over 2013 when the tax digest finally climbed into positive territory but was essentially flat. Read More»

Casting company urges pre-registration

By JOHN THOMPSON
jthompson@TheCitizen.com

A large crowd is expected Saturday for the open casting call for “Ant-Man” and the casting company is urging potential extras to pre-register to cut down on the wait times. In order to make the process more efficient, New Life Casting said people should pre-register by going to http://goo.gl/ETsds7 and complete the information form. Read More»

Arrest report: Aug. 5-11

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, Aug. 5 - Monday, Aug. 11

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tristen G. Allen, born in 1990, of Ashley Trail, Griffin, for revoked or suspended license.

Charles H. Arnold, III, born in 1966, of Veranda Way, Mount Dora, Fl., for probation/parole violation. Read More»

Teacher of the Year is presented with ring

From left, Dr. Darrell Evans (principal), Dr. Joseph Barrow (superintendent), Alexandra Vlachakis , Robert Smith (Balfour representative), Richard Smith (assistant principal), Kathy Smith (assistant principal), and Dr. Margo Wimbish (assistant principal). Photo/Submitted.

The first day of school year 2014 will be one Fayette County’s current teacher of the year will never forget. That’s because she has a piece of hardware on her right hand to remind her.

Alexandra Vlachakis, Fayette County Teacher of the Year for 2014, was presented with her official teacher of the year ring before the start of school at Sandy Creek High on August 7. She teaches web design, animation and computer science. Read More»

Millage hike looms

If you want a chance to be heard about Peachtree City’s tax hike, Thursday night is your first chance to address the City Council.

The council is staging a public hearing at 6 p.m. at City Hall for the public to speak out on the proposed one-mill hike in taxes. City staff said the tax hike represents about a $100 jump for a house valued at $277,000.

Earlier this summer, City Manager Jim Pennington said the hike is necessary in large part to make up for a lack of funding in road and cart path maintenance. Read More»

Open casting call Saturday at Pinewood

The glamor of Hollywood is coming to call on Fayetteville Saturday. According to New Life Casting’s Facebook page, the first open casting call for the city’s Pinewood Atlanta Studios is this weekend. Read More»

School board looking at Brooks as charter location

The former Brooks Elementary School campus. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

One week after turning down an application that would have Liberty Tech Charter School become a part of the county school system, the Fayette County Board of Education voted Aug. 4 to potentially lease the vacant Brooks Elementary School to Liberty Tech if the school is approved by the Ga. Charter Schools Commission. Read More»

Weekend fire leads to power outages in Peachtree City

Crews continued work Aug. 12 to complete the repair of the remaining utility outages that occurred Aug. 10 from an electrical fire on a pole adjacent to City Hall in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

An electrical fire Sunday afternoon outside City Hall in Peachtree City cut utilities to the building and caused various utility outages across a portion of the city. Some of the outages continued until later in the day Sunday while other locations saw the return of utilities Monday.

The fire on a utility pole adjacent to a number of utility mechanical boxes also led to the closure of the eastern portion of Willowbend Road between Hip Pocket Road and Ga. Highway 54 by the Presbyterian Church and City Hall. Read More»

Films, TV brought $5.1B to Ga. in 2013

Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville and Riverwood-Raleigh Studios in nearby Senoia are two of the players in Georgia’s growing film and television industry.
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