Fayette County

ARC: T-SPLOST in '12 to raise $8 billion across region

If a regional 1-percent sales tax is approved by voters in July 2012, it would pull up to $8 billion dollars for regional transportation improvements in the Atlanta area, including Fayette County, according to estimates from the Atlanta Regional Commission. Read More»

‘Cancer, I’m gonna beat you again in the blink of your evil eye’

Battling relapse of cancer together are Edna (L) and 8-year-old Mary Evelyn King. Photo/John  Munford.

On a recent afternoon, 8-year-old Mary Evelyn King piled all her stuffed animals together on the floor of her room. Then she covered them with a blanket so they wouldn’t see what was coming next.

Taking a perch high on her bed, Mary Evelyn leapt in the air, landing on the pile with a cackle of high-pitched laughter.

For someone who’s such an active child, and has such a heartwarming smile, it’s hard to imagine that Mary Evelyn has cancer ravaging the inside of her body. The neuroblastoma that has struck her attacks the nerves through the spinal cord. Read More»

Pinter-Yosten Engagement

Meghann Mary Pinter engaged to Nicholas Alan Yosten

Mr. and Mrs. Randy Pinter of Peachtree City announce the engagement of their daughter, Meghann Mary Pinter, to Nicholas Alan Yosten, son of Police Chief Bruce and Mrs. Pam Yosten of Plainview, Neb. Read More»

Terry Lynn Long, Jr., age 27

Mr. Terry Lynn Long, Jr. (TJ) passed away Monday, September 6, 2010. TJ was 27 yrs old and attended Fayette County High School. He had been a quadriplegic since 2005. Mr. Terry Lynn Long, Jr. is survived by a daughter Bianca Garza and son Zachary Shae Sontimer. Mother, Sandra Goza Lyle and father Terry Lynn Long Sr. Sisters Christa Lyle McConnell and Faith Lyle Felth. Preceded in death brother Jason Lyle. Check with C.J. Mowell Funeral Home in Fayetteville GA for arrangements.

PTC Mayor Haddix foresees more 2-to-3 votes ahead

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker (L) and Mayor Don Haddix. File photo.

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix, who hasn’t shied away from controversy by chiming in to local bloggers via TheCitizen.com, is venturing into new territory this week.

In a letter to the editor on Page A4, Haddix is now criticizing fellow Councilman Eric Imker for bringing up a matter at a council meeting which Haddix was already working on behind the scenes.

In this case Haddix is upset that Imker discussed at last week’s council meeting the possibility of renegotiating the city’s take of the 2004 special purpose local option sales tax for transportation. Read More»

Haddix: It’s time for some corrections

The time is right for updates, concerns and corrections.

It took over two years and a new council to effect changes to the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) that were needed. That authority is now on the right track. Read More»

Police reports - Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2010

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, Aug. 31 - Monday, Sept. 6
Noel Ayala-Lara, 32, of Camron Landing, Stockbridge, for no license.
Mia Lasonya Boyd, 44, of Spruce Ridge Way, Stone Mountain, for probation violation.
Trey Allen Doxie, 18, of Chardinay Court, Peachtree City, for probation violation.
Brandon Donkor Harville, 29, of Tara Boulevard, Jonesboro, for suspended license. Read More»

Fayette’s slowed growth rate mirrors metro Atlanta

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) in August released a report that examined the changes in the 10-county metro Atlanta population where the recession is taking its toll. Yet Fayette County, like the remaining ARC counties and the larger 28-county metro area continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate than what was seen in the past three decades. Read More»

Local student shines in theater and opera

Carolyn Balkovetz

The Twilight Theatre Apprentice Company is a local theater training program for middle school and high school students. Recently, Carolyn Balkovetz, a student at Starr’s Mill High School and senior apprentice with the Twilight Theatre, was selected to attend six-week vocal training program at the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina. The vocal students enjoyed daily classes in acting, yoga, diction, music literature, music theory, and had the honor of auditing rehearsals of the Janiec Opera Company. Read More»

Iron kid: PTC teen wins national event

Lots of kids like to follow in their father’s footsteps. Will James’ father participates in triathlons, so there are a lot of footsteps to follow.

James, 15, recently took part in the 2010 USA Triathlon Junior Triathlon festival in San Diego, Calif. and was a national champion in Boys 13-15 with a time of 30:04. The triathlon consisted of a 200 meter swim, a 10 km bike ride and a 2 km run.

James has been competing in triathlons for close to eight years, starting out in his own backyard in the annual Peachtree City Youth Triathlon. Read More»

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