Articles by Josh Akeman

Josh Akeman is the managing editor of the Fayette County News, Today in Peachtree City, and East Coweta Journal. He is a graduate of Fayette County High School and the University of Georgia.


Board of Ed. dealing with novel issue of increasing revenues

The Fayette County Board of Education is anticipating increased revenues based on projections that the county tax digest could increase by 10-percent or more. As property values and resulting revenues rise, so has the projected budget for the school district. One board member, Barry Marchman, is recommending the school board consider reducing taxes and curtailing…

Cost of living raises on the table for school employees

The financial outlook of Fayette’s schools is rosier than it has been in years, and consequently the school board is weighing how to prioritize spending versus saving money. Assistant Superintendent Tom Gray laid out the tentative Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the board on Monday. The budget anticipates a five-percent increase in the tax digest,…

Study shows growing up in Fayette County is good for kids in poor families

A new study on upward economic mobility reported in the New York Times indicated that growing up in Fayette County is a relatively good proposition for the future income of children in lower income families. The study by Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren examined the relationship between the county in which children were raised and…

Community group wants stricter law for parents that host ‘drinking parties’

A campaign from AVPRIDE, the Fayette County based Youth Leadership Development organization, has sought to expand awareness of youth drinking habits in the county and encourage the passage of a “social hosting” ordinance that would punish parents that host parties that involve underage drinking. Michael Mumper and other AVPRIDE representatives have been presenting before local…

Disagreement about Kenwood Park underscores rift in county leadership

A recent discussion of potential upgrades to Kenwood Park in north Fayette County underscored an ongoing rift in county leadership that has commissioners Steve Brown and Randy Ognio frequently on one side of county issues opposing Pota Coston, David Barlow, and Chairman Charles Oddo. Since he was replaced as chairman in January, Brown has questioned…

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