Peachtree City

Mystery smoke fills some PTC neighborhoods Sunday night

Residents in Peachtree City neighborhoods north of Ga. Highway 54 and on the east and west sides of Flat Creek Road and around Northlake Drive got a smoky surprise Sunday night. But units from the Peachtree City Fire Dept. and police officers cruising the streets could not find the source of the smoke.

The haze and smoke began well before 8 p.m. and by that time fire units were driving area neighborhoods trying to locate the source. That search as of 9 p.m. came up empty. Read More»

PTC girl cleared of gang charges forced to change schools

Eight female students from Booth Middle School and one from McIntosh High School in Peachtree City were arrested in December on gang-related charges. One of those girls, Gabby Santamorena, was later cleared of the charges, yet the 13 year-old is not being allowed to attend her school and has been transferred to another middle school by the Fayette County School System. Read More»

PTC PeachMac store rammed, burglarized, high-speed chase halted

More than $20,000 of computers and related items were stolen in a brazen ram-and-grab burglary at the PeachMac store at The Avenue in Peachtree City around 2:30 Wednesday morning, police said. Read More»

PTC terminates firefighter who reported for work drunk

Peachtree City firefighter/EMT Kevin Bernard McMullen had his employment with the city terminated Jan. 13 after reportedly showing up at work while under the influence of alcohol on Jan. 11. McMullen did not exercise his ability to appeal the Jan. 13 decision.

McMullen was hired while his father, Bernard McMullen, was city manager. The elder McMullen left the city’s employ last month.

McMullen was charged with DUI alcohol by Peachtree City Police on the morning of Jan. 11. Read More»

Federal government is hiring 193,000 additional workers. Why?

Sorting the Jan. 16 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I was sick to see the headline on the “ajcjobs” section read, “Government needs to add 193,000 hires.”

I know what you’re saying: “Why would you read the AJC?” Friends are out of town and said we could have their Sunday paper for the coupons. Wife can’t pass them up. Read More»

What’s changed in America: Value of life has measurably declined

“Welcome back to America!”, I keep thinking as we re-adjust to having been away for two years in Japan. I learned a lot living overseas, about myself, my country, and particularly about how important it is for a culture to value human life above all things.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest trends I notice upon my return is how human life has become increasingly cheap in the U.S. To illustrate this trend I’d like to talk about the following items: the war in Afghanistan, stem cells, gay marriage, Obama, and Alzheimer’s Read More»

20th century scourges: Nazism, Communism, Abortionism

This Monday, the Pro Life movement demonstrated throughout the country for the right to life and an end to abortion. The Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade ruling made abortion legal in this country causing the deaths of millions of innocent human beings. Why did this happen?

The twentieth century has experienced some of the most brutal and evil philosophies ever known by mankind – Communism and Nazism. These philosophies, which believe the ends justifies the means, were used to murder millions of innocent human beings for the greater good. Read More»

For those relying on Supreme Court for ‘right’: Just remember ‘Plessy’

In a recent edition of The Citizen, Mr. Timothy Parker took objection to my response to his earlier letter to the editor. I find it necessary to again respond.

In his most recent letter, Mr. Parker accuses me of inventing an issue and of misrepresenting history. After carefully reviewing his original letter, my response, and his rebuttal, I have absolutely no idea how he concluded that I invented an issue. I simply responded to his earlier letter, point by point. Read More»

Holy Trinity Catholic Church plans retreat/mission Feb. 7-9

Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City will host a parish retreat/mission Feb. 7-9 at 6:30 p.m. each evening.

Leading the event will be Fr. James Friedel, an Augustinian from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Friedel will also conduct a mini-series especially for seniors at 9 a.m. which will be open to others who prefer to attend a morning session.

“We encourage you to come and prepare for the upcoming Lenten season,” a spokesperson said.

Refreshments will follow each session. For more information call 770-487-7672.

Rieder-Thurston engagement

Emily Rieder engaged to Stephen Thurston

The parents of Emily Rieder and Stephen Thurston announce the couple’s engagement and upcoming marriage.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of Udo and Karen Rieder of Portland, Ore., formerly of Peachtree City. She is a 2005 graduate of McIntosh High School, where she was salutatorian. She earned a psychology degree from the University of Georgia in 2009 and a nursing degree from Oregon Health and Science University in 2010. She is a nurse at CODA, a behavioral healthcare agency in Portland. Read More»

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