Peachtree City

National magazine picks PTC as one of ‘best family towns’

Family Circle magazine has named Peachtree City the second-best family town in America.

The magazine has graced the city and nine others with a spot on its “10 best towns for families” list this year. The top factors considered were “top-notch schools, affordable housing, green space and giving spirit,” according to the Family Circle web site. Read More»

PTC eyes funding for aging infrastructure

New authority will use bonds to fund improvements

Peachtree City has been looking for a way to borrow more money at a cheaper rate.

They found it in a newly created city Facilities Authority that will address the potential acquisition of new bonds and/or the refinancing of existing bonds. Read More»

PTC police lauded for traffic safety efforts

Department wins 3rd in national competition; also cited with technology award

The Peachtree City Police Department has achieved a nationwide accolade for having one of the best traffic safety programs in the United States.

The department won third place in the National Law Enforcement Challenge among city police departments which have between 46 and 75 sworn officers. It also won the competition’s overall “Technology Award” for new and innovative approaches to improving traffic safety through the use of technology.

The competition focuses on three major traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, impaired driving and speeding, police said. Read More»

Haddix claims 'part drunk' assertion was true

Current PTC mayor defending self from libel suit filed by former mayor Logsdon

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix is claiming that his assertion in a February email to a city staffer that former Mayor Harold Logsdon was “part drunk” during meetings is true.

Haddix, who is being sued by Logsdon for libel, claims that a witness has testified under oath that Logsdon had alcohol on his breath during a City Council meeting and also “was red in the face and perspiring.”

The identity of the witness is not disclosed in Haddix’s formal answer to the libel lawsuit filed by Logsdon. Read More»

After 1st cuts, Fayette in line for $320 million in T-SPLOST

Based on the first cut of a smorgasbord of proposed transportation projects announced July 7, Fayette County looks to be in line for about $320 million Read More»

Updated: arrest in 1 PTC wallet theft

Updated: arrest in 1 PTC wallet theft

Peachtree City police have arrested a Sharpsburg woman in connection with a wallet stolen from Hibbett Sports July 2.

Tracy Jones, 50, of Sweet Bay Drive was arrested Wednesday, the same day police released a photograph of a “person of interest” in the case. She has been charged with one count of theft by taking and one count of financial transaction card fraud.

According to police, after the wallet was stolen from the Hibbett Sports, there was an attempt to use a Visa debit card from the wallet at the nearby Target store, which is also in the Kedron Village shopping center. Read More»

Jobless rate down to 8.1% in Fayette, up in PTC

The recession continues to wear on in Fayette County. The unemployment rate in Fayette County dropped slightly to 8.1 percent in May while the rate in Peachtree City rose to 7.2 percent.

The jobless rate in Fayette County edged down a tenth of a percent in May to 8.1 percent, or 4,078 people out of work in a countywide workforce of 50,097. The jobless rate was 8.2 percent in April and 8.3 percent in May 2010. Read More»

Family, friends marvel at Ory Stoker’s spirit after crippling dive

Life can change in a moment.

Gregory Stoker, 31, known as Ory to his friends and coworkers, was playing with some kids by a pool at a family reunion in Thomasville on June 25. The kids were chasing him with water balloons and Stoker dove into the water and did not immediately resurface.

“He was blue, he wasn’t breathing and my sister did CPR while we called 9-1-1,” said Stoker’s mother, Kathryn. “He told me he remembers hitting the bottom and realizing he couldn’t move before everything went white.” Read More»

PTC Council to talk priorities, public input during budget hearing

The next workshop meeting on the proposed $28 million budget for Peachtree City is scheduled for Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The big decision facing the council will be whether to increase the millage rate by close to 1 mill (.098), which would raise enough tax revenue to counteract the decrease in property tax values. Read More»

City manager aims to ‘streamline’ PTC functions

Jim Pennington, Peachtree City's new city manager. Photo/John Munford.

When Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington visited the city for his first and second interviews, he was struck by its beauty.

So much so, in fact, that on the way home from his second trip, his wife Dee noticed he was nervous.

Pennington said it was all because he really wanted the job.

“The first time I went back going ‘oh, my gosh, what an opportunity this would be,’” Pennington said in an interview last week. “I’ve been in some very nice cities ... but this is something just special.” Read More»