Bad news for Fayette taxers: Digest devalued 10%

The news could hardly be worse for the tax levying entities in Fayette County. Figures from the Fayette County Tax Assessor’s Office show a 10.39 percent decrease in the value of real property for the 2012 tax digest. That translates into a drop of nearly $500 million in property value — mostly the same property but worth a lot less.

That means fewer tax dollars can be collected at current tax rates. Read More»

PTC apartment burglary sparks chase

Suspects escaped on foot; $2,500 reward offered

An apartment burglary in Peachtree City late Friday morning set off a police chase that ran through Tyrone and south Fulton County.

A Tyrone police officer tried to pull over a black Buick Lucerne with a U.S. Army auto tag that had fled the scene, but the driver refused to stop and continued on Ga. Highway 74 into Fairburn, onto Interstate 85 and then Ga. Highway 138 in Union City. Read More»

Deputies hunt burglary suspects in S. Fulton

Fayette County sheriff's deputies are hunting two burglary suspects who sped away from a deputy who tried to stop them in Tyrone.

The pursuit led the deputy and other law enforcement through Tyrone and south Fulton County a few minutes ago. The suspects ditched their vehicle on Spicewood Court near Love T. Nolan elementary school in College Park and deputies are on foot trying to locate the suspects, with the Hawk 1 helicopter in the air above and K-9 tracking teams on their way to the scene.

It is believed the suspects may be armed with firearms stolen during the burglary. Read More»

Barlow: Bailing water, ignoring hole in boat

I am blessed that my children are grown and that I have the time available to get active in local government.

We have got a real mess on our hands at the county level right now. It’s obvious to anyone who attends the meetings that the majority voting block made up of Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan simply isn’t representing the citizens of our county.

Watching the citizens get steamrolled at the meetings motivated me to throw my hat in the ring to run against Herb Frady. Read More»

Tyrone First Christian announces activities through Holy Week

The First Christian Church of Tyrone has released a slate of upcoming events leading up through Holy Week.

This Saturday, March 31, the congregation will have a work day to prepare the grounds and building for the Holy Season. Coffee will be served starting at 8 a.m. At 5:30 p.m. there will be a Low Country Boil meal, followed by a showing of he movie “Courageous” at 7 p.m. Childcare is provided for children up through first grade age. Read More»

PTC mayor helps with Meals on Wheels

PTC mayor helps with Meals on Wheels

In honor of national Mayors For Meals day, Wednesday, March 21, Fayette County mayors Gary Laggis (Woolsey), Don Haddix (Peachtree City), Greg Clifton (Fayetteville), and County Commissioner Allen McCarty delivered meals to senior citizens alongside Meals On Wheels volunteers from Fayette Senior Services. The event is sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA.org) to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Read More»

Tyrone gun range zoning: Council priorities are not residents’

Is Tyrone Town Council listening to its constituents?

On March 1, 2012, Tyrone Town Council approved by a 3-2 vote to place a gun shop and shooting range in the Southampton Shopping Center within 400 feet of Southampton Subdivision (largest subdivision in Tyrone).

There was significant opposition largely on the grounds that putting the gun shop and shooting range in the Southampton Shopping Center was too close to a residential area. The issue was location, location, location! Read More»

Tyrone egregiously ignores residents’ protests

The Town of Tyrone’s recent vote in favor of placing a gun shop and shooting range in the Publix shopping plaza in South Hampton next to a pizza parlor frequented by local families is an egregious example of local government ignoring the legitimate concerns of its citizenry.

Despite vehement opposition by a majority of residents at the meeting on March 1, the council voted 3 to 2 in favor of this controversial development. Read More»

Tyrone Christian breaks new ground with contemporary service

The First Christian Church of Tyrone recently broke new ground by adding a more contemporary style of worship to its Sunday morning traditional format.

Pastor Dan Roberts said, “While we will always have a traditional Sunday service, we decided to add a contemporary style because we know that it appeals to many younger families.”

Both services begin at 10:30 a.m. Read More»

Tyrone First Christian will present ‘Jews for Jesus’ program April 4

The First Christian Church of Tyrone will feature a special free program by the international organization “Jews For Jesus” on April 4 at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Mark Landrum, a Georgia native, who will lead a “Model Seder.” The ritual feast includes a retelling of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt, as described in the biblical Book of Exodus.

First Christian is a congregational church at 294 Jenkins Road. It recently added a Sunday morning contemporary service to its longstanding traditional service. Read More»