Peachtree City

How could cop shoot unarmed man 6 times?

I read the letters to the editor by Mr. Terry Garlock and Mr. Anthony Coleman, both concerning events surrounding the shooting of an unarmed young black youth by a police officer. Mr. Garlock defended a previous letter and Mr. Coleman wrote criticizing Mr. Garlock’s letter. Both letters were very well-written but neither really addressed the central issue.

Clearly a capital crime was committed. An unarmed citizen was shot at least six times and killed by a police officer. Read More»

Richard Hamman of Peachtree City

Richard "Dick" Hamman

Richard "Dick" Hamman of Peachtree City, Ga., passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014.

Born in Fairmont, W.Va., on Sept. 25, 1928, Dick was the son of the late Roy Silas Hamman and Edna Jane Hamman. He was 85. Read More»

Styx sailing into Peachtree City

Styx sailing into Peachtree City

Classic Rock will fill the air Saturday night as The Fred finishes up the Lexus of South Atlanta Summer Concert Series.

The finale features the 70s and 80s band Styx.

The opening act is very special guest star Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project.

They will open the show at 8 p.m.

Spawned from a suburban Chicago basement in the early 70s, Styx would eventually transform into the virtual arena rock prototype by the late 70s and early 80s, due to a fondness for big rockers and soaring power ballads. Read More»

Dragon boats head to Lake Mac

Dragon boats head to Lake Mac

The Peachtree City International Festival and Rotary Dragon Boat Races will celebrate its seventh year September 27. The festivities will be held at a new location this year. The boats will be racing at Peachtree City’s Lake McIntosh, located at the end of TDK Boulevard.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend this family-friendly event. All proceeds from the races will benefit the local Breast Cancer Survivors’ Network.

The race has grown from a handful of teams and a few spectators to a signature Peachtree City event that continues to grow year after year. Read More»

Anthony Philip Bertino, 68, of Peachtree City

Anthony Philip Bertino, 68, of Peachtree City, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2014.

He served his country in the US Army and retired as Chief Warrant Officer II.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years Dawn Bertino; son Troy Bertino; daughter Christine (Juan) Quiza; grandchild Chaz Bertino; one brother; and one sister. Read More»

Joseph K. Graves, 76, of Peachtree City

Joseph K. Graves, 76, of Peachtree City, passed away September 14, 2014.

He served his country during the Vietnam War with the United States Air Force and later was a pilot for Delta Airlines.

He is survived by his wife Martha; sons Brandon and Devon Graves; sisters Barbara Glaser, Martha Moore and Betty Backfield; brother James Graves and several nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass was held Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Burial followed at Westminster Memorial Gardens. Read More»

Proposed salaries at PTC could cost up to $1 million

City employees in Peachtree City on Sept. 16 got a look at the classification and compensation plan performed by Condrey and Associates of Athens. With several options to choose from and if acted upon at a future date, implementation would carry a cost ranging from $650,000 to $1.1 million.

Mayor Vanessa Fleisch said the presentation at the Sept. 16 council workshop was for presentation purposes only, adding that it will be up to City Manager Jim Pennington to determine if a recommendation based on the findings will be forthcoming. Read More»

PTC fire department honored

Teamwork personified

Members of the Peachtree City Fire Dept. received the 2014 Silent Hero Award for Teamwork due to their efforts in responding to a plane crash on June 29. The award was presented by the Ronnie Thames Foundation at a ceremony at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville. Pictured, front row from left, are Lt. Paramedic Mike Hunnicutt, FF/EMT Andy Hinesley, FF/EMT Robby Shelton, FF/EMT Austin James, FF/Paramedic Melody Wilson; back row, from left, are Capt. Don Davison, FF/Paramedic Billy Swanson, FF/Paramedic Ashlee Koontz and FF Recruit/ First Responder Jeremy Raper. Read More»

PTC Council prepares to borrow $3 million for fixups

The Peachtree City Council on Sept. 18 is expected to vote on an intergovernmental agreement with the city’s Public Facilities Authority on a $3 million bond resolution designed to address a variety of issues from recreation needs to fire protection system upgrades at city buildings.

The council will also consider issues relating to sidewalks installed by developers and a percentage reduction in maintenance bonds required of developers. Read More»

Coach Rock’s new arena

Ted Knapp with his new book. Photo/Bethan Adams.

‘Bury Me with My Whistle’

Coach Ted “Rock” Knapp woke up one day in March 2008 with both ankles swollen. He ended up at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, was diagnosed 36 hours later with two terminal diseases, amyloidosis and multiple myeloma, and given six to 11 months to live.

As his health waned, Rock, who lives in Peachtree City, quietly retired from Sherwood Christian Academy in Albany, Ga., after 30 years of coaching high school football across the continent. Read More»