Fayette County

Militarized local police? Hard to find information

Militarization of local police departments has become a hot topic due to recent events in Ferguson, Mo., that has lead to a military response to demonstrators in Ferguson by local police forces.

The controversy stems from a federal policy called the 1033 Military Surplus Property Program. The 1033 program allows the Pentagon to send excess military equipment to states upon the requests of their county police departments.

According to the Georgia Department of Public Safety (GDPS) Georgia has received $200 million worth of military equipment since the birth of the 1033 program. 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.

Students raise $7,500 for heart association

Elementary students in six schools across the county participated in the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart event last year, raising over $7,500 in the fight against heart disease.

Fayette schools that participated in the 2014 campaign include Cleveland Elementary, Crabapple Lane Elementary, Inman Elementary, Sara Harp Minter Elementary, and Spring Hill Elementary. The goal this year is to have 100 percent participation. Read More»

Honors program

Honors program

These Whitewater High School students represented Fayette County at Valdosta State University for the 2014 Governor’s Honors Program June 22-July 19. The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a four-week, summer residential program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. Only 1 percent of sophomores and juniors in the state of Georgia are nominated to the state level for the Program. Read More»

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»

Fayette County arrests report — Aug. 19–25

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the period indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, Aug. 19 - Monday, Aug. 25

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Antwahn T. Berry, born in 1990, of Ga. Highway 85, Riverdale, for revoked or suspended license, no insurance and license plate used to conceal. Read More»