Government offices closed Wednesday

All local government offices in Fayette County will be closed Wednesday in anticipation of the winter storm expected to hit tomorrow.

Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Tyrone and Fayette County offices will be closed and motorists are urged to stay off the roads to leave them clear for emergency vehicles.

The City of Fayetteville plans to reopen Thursday at noon but has postponed its retreat that was slated to start that morning.

Hopewell UMC women will offer Craft and Coffee event in March

Hopewell Methodist Women invite the community to participate in their upcoming “Craft and Coffee” event to be held Sunday, March 23, from 4:30 – 6 p.m. at the church.

The craft project will be a beautiful wooden bangle bracelet decoupaged with special paper to make it unique.

Each participant will create a one-of-a-kind bangle for personal use or as a gift for someone else.

The cost for supplies and instruction is $10 per person. The group will get to know each other as they work, sip coffee, and enjoy homemade coffee cake. Read More»

Flat Rock band selected for special performances

Flat Rock band selected for special performances

Flat Rock Middle School Symphonic Band performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in Savannah last weekend. The band, led by Band Director Matthew Price, was one of only 2 middle school bands that were invited to perform from Georgia. The Flat Rock Symphonic Band was also one of two Middle School Bands invited to perform at the Southeast United States Band Clinic at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. The band was selected from throughout the Southeast United States through a competitive audition. Read More»

Local officials begin assessing response to Snow Jam 2014

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb in a file photo from fall 2013.

With the snow gone and the black ice melted, the assessments of Snow Jam 2014 begin: What happened, who responded well, who didn’t, and why?

The Citizen interviewed public safety and public works officials from around the county on Monday to explain their part in the events that unfolded during the middle of the day on Jan. 28.

Unlike the winter storm that hit in 2011 and deposited significantly more ice on county roadways, the one last week came in the middle of the day and caught the school system, employers and many motorists by surprise and — in many cases —unprepared. Read More»

Katie Howard of Tyrone

Mrs. Katie Howard of Tyrone passed away February 1, 2014.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Ray Howard of Tyrone; sons, Billy R. Howard and his wife Linda of Tyrone; daughters, Connie Bryant and her husband Perry of Sharpsburg; Brenda Presley and her husband Gerald of Senoia; sister, Genora Jenkins of Delano, Tenn.; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Read More»

Fayette students delayed from leaving school as PTC streets iced over

By 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ga. Highway 74 in Peachtree City was iced over in both lanes as commuters slogged home to be with their families. These folks were lucky they didn't get stranded on the interstate like so many others did Tuesday night. Photo/Rhonda Sue.

Peachtree City was not immune to the weather-related struggles Tuesday, though a police presence on the road helped officials direct sand to where it was most needed to help get folks home as safely as possible.

One of the first roads to close was north Peachtree Parkway from the Lake Kedron boat docks northward. Because it had iced over before school let out, cars were spinning out and unable to make it up hills, police reported. Read More»

City, county offices to reopen tomorrow (Thurs.)

Local government offices will be getting back to business tomorrow (Thursday).

Fayette County and Fayetteville offices will open at 10 a.m. and Peachtree City offices will open at 10:30 a.m. Tyrone town offices will open for business at noon. Read More»

Roads continue to be slippery; multiple stores closed

Best advice may be to stay home as officers direct sand trucks to slick spots on roads, streets

With ice and snow clogging local streets and a number of Fayette highways facing the same fate, citizens are being advised to stay home except for an emergency.

Ga. Highways 92, 279 and 85 have a number of icy spots, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. A number of Fayette residents reported on Facebook that it took seven hours or more for their commute home yesterday afternoon, with some stretching past the 12-hour mark. Read More»

Icy driving conditions already

This is the icy view on Robinson Road in Peachtree City contributed by Seth Langford. Slick conditions all over the county are leading to multiple wrecks.

Vehicles continue to slide off road, get stuck; multiple highways shut down

UPDATED 8:30 p.m. Read More»

Tyrone mayor: crime down, economy up

Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial delivered the 2014 State of the Town address at the Jan. 16 meeting of the town council. Pictured from left are Councilman Ken Matthews, Dial, Councilman Ryan Housley and Councilwoman Linda Howard. Present at the meeting but not pictured was Councilman Gloria Furr. Photo/Special.

It was a look behind and a look ahead for Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial as he delivered the 2014 State of the Town address at the Jan. 16 meeting of the Tyrone Town Council. Dial suggested that conditions that led to a successful 2013 are in place to make 2014 a time of increased opportunity.

Beginning with the year just ended, Dial said the town government’s pledges during 2013 included the battle to protect Tyrone Elementary School from closure. Read More»