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Irvin R. Vicknair, 84, of Peachtree City

Irvin R. Vicknair

Irvin "Irv" R. Vicknair, 84, a 38-year resident of Peachtree City, Ga. passed away on August 28, 2014. "To make a long story short," he was born on August 3, 1930 in Norco, La. to Mr. and Mrs. Wilton D. Vicknair. He was the second born of three children, W.J. Vicknair and Sybil Vicknair Retif.

In December 1950, he married his beloved wife and sweetheart of 63 years, Eva Jane Goudeau of Baton Rouge before joining the Armed forces in 1951 and attending the Korean War. He returned to Baton Rouge in 1953 and began his 36-year career with Delta Airlines. Read More»

What’s behind the new $3 ‘leak’ fee?

I have received the Fayette County Water System notice about the Excessive Leak Protection Program and am writing to insist on a public unveiling of supporting data for this new fee.

It seems to me that $3 per month per household is an excessive amount to cover their losses for leaks in residential plumbing. Read More»

$3 water fee ‘scheme’: No customer input

According to a recent notice from the Fayette County Water System to its customers: “Effective July 1, 2014, the Fayette County Water System implemented an excessive Leak Protection Program. We have implemented this program to financially assist our customers in dealing with large, unintentional water leaks.”

Is this program yet another scheme of Steve Brown and Steve Rapson to extract money from paying water customers without these customers’ input? Read More»

New PTC budget improved, but what about pensions?

I was pleasantly surprised in the most recent Peachtree City Council meeting. Staff had recommended increasing the millage rate and the PTC budget for Fiscal Year 2015. The actual action was a vote to keep the millage as is, and manage costs better.

This was, I believe, a dramatic improvement over the city staff proposal. Having sat through the entire meeting (yes, until 11:15 p.m.), I was also struck by the dramatic improvement in the PTC Council’s interaction. Read More»

Some PTC ‘angels’ help out grandmother, baby

I would like to bring attention to some very special people who came to the aid of a grandma in distress. Sunday, Aug. 17, I got stranded by a golf cart that refused to shift into gear near the SpeedZone in Braelinn Village. The worst part of this is that I had my 11-month-old granddaughter on the golf cart with me.

Rich Van’t Hof, owner of the SpeedZone, saw my dilemma and without hesitation offered to help me. His top priority (as well as mine) was my granddaughter. Read More»

Lessons I learned in school

So much talk about Common Core and the academic progress of students. It sounds like we are now thrust into teaching kids toward “the test,” whatever the test of the day is.

Thinking back to the highlights of my education, I wrote down the first thing that popped into my head for each grade. Oddly enough, the academic points didn’t score high for even one year. Read More»

Trivia time

Trivia time

Trivia Fridays are back at the Fayette Senior Center. Anywhere from 16 to 20 players are on hand at 1:30 p.m. to try their luck at answering all 24 questions each week. There are no prizes, except bragging rights.. Standing is Linda Abbott, who provides the worldwide provocative questions. From left M. T. Allen, Mary Minicucci, and Glen Allen. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Bret Michaels to rock The Fred

Bret Michaels to rock The Fred

Bret Michaels will be rolling into Peachtree City on Sept. 6 when he brings his 2014 “Let’s Rock” tour to The Fred Brown Amphitheater.

Michaels is a multiplatinum global superstar who has turned his passion for music into a multi-faceted brand that encompasses record breaking touring sales, reality TV stardom, legendary songs that have sold over 32 million records, product endorsements as well as being a devoted philanthropist, all supported and followed by three generations of loyal fans.

He was born in the small town of Butler, Pa. March 15, 1963. Read More»

Free screening of 'Rio 2' is Saturday night

Free screening of 'Rio 2' is Saturday night

Bring the family and join everyone for a freeoutdoor movie, “Rio 2”on a giant 36-foot screen at Drake Field, just to the left of the Peachtree City Library.

The movie is open to the public and begins at dark. Arrive early to enjoy the pre-show music and activities.

Concessions are available, but feel free to bring your picnic baskets and coolers. Alcohol is not permitted. The movie is presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Read More»

Charter Bank to close PTC office

This office is set to close in September. Photo/Ben Nelms

It has been more than five years since West Point-based Charter Bank opened an office in Fayette County. But that office located in Peachtree City is set to close in late September.

Regional president Ashley Schubert in a recent letter to customers said Charter has determined that maintaining a retail branch office in Peachtree City is not economically feasible, adding that Charter will exit the Fayette County market on Sept. 26. Read More»

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