Fayette County

Falcon Field getting extra room on runway

Will improve safety at landing, takeoff

The Peachtree City Airport Authority is moving ahead with a project that will improve airplane safety on takeoffs and landings.

The authority Thursday night approved a project bid that will add 450 feet to the north end of the runway, which will give planes more room at takeoff and landing, according to Aviation Director John Crosby.

The additional room is not enough to allow larger aircraft to land, Crosby said. But it will provide extra room for certain corporate jets which are not currently allowed to land for insurance reasons. Read More»

Tyrone adopts budget with no millage increase

Residents whose property values decreased will get tax break

There was no fanfare last week as the Tyrone Town Council adopted the $3.15 million FY 2010-2011 General Fund budget that took effect July 1. Council members said they would keep the millage rate steady at 2.89 mills.

The budget actually represents a 3.5 percent increase, or $106,005, that was attributed to increases in employee health insurance, pension benefits and a $61,000 capital expenditure for drainage improvements on Castlewood Road, according to Town Manager Richard Newbern. Read More»

PTC police warn of auto break-ins

Don't leave keys, valuables behind ... and don’t program “home” into your GPS

Peachtree City has seen an uptick in entering auto cases in recent weeks and is asking motorists to remove valuables from their vehicles and always lock the vehicle when leaving it unattended whether at home or away.

Criminals have been targeting unlocked vehicles and those which have valuables inside in plain view, police said.

Citizens are being asked to be alert to suspicious persons waiting in parking lots and watching where motorists are hiding or placing their valuables, police said.

Any suspicious activity should be reported to 911 immediately. Read More»

Larry Joe Rushin, 63, of Fayetteville

Larry Joe Rushin, 63, of Fayetteville, GA died July 7, 2010.

Mr. Rushin earned a Bachelors Degree and was a Senior Analyst with Internal Revenue Service.

He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years Julie Rushin, son Alex Rushin & wife Krystie, daughters Erika Shughart, Michelle Shughart, Michelle McCroan & Ashley Rushin all of Dallas, TX; grandchildren Madison and Alex Rushin, Jr. and brother Ron Rushin. Read More»

Dorothy Halley Hamner Stewart, 88, of Peachtree City

Dorothy Halley Hamner Stewart, 88, of Peachtree City, GA died July 6, 2010.

Mrs. Stewart was a homemaker and a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister & cousin. She was preceded in death by her 2nd husband Wilton W. Stewart and 1st husband Charles F Hamner along with one brother & sister. Read More»

Helene Nina Esposito Dolan, 75, of Peachtree City

Helene Nina Esposito Dolan of Peachtree City passed away on July 6th following a lengthy illness.

Born in New Haven, Conn. on 02-09-35, she was the eldest child of Andrew Esposito and Helen Falcone Esposito. Helene met her future husband, Larry J. Dolan, in New Haven, while he attended Yale University . Read More»

Richardson pleads guilty to January arrow attack on Brooks horse

The court date for Jeremy Ryan Richardson came Thursday, but there was no trial since the 17 year-old entered a plea of guilty in Fayette County Superior Court. The first-offender was given five years probation, 300 hours of community service and future financial restitution on a felony charge of aggravated cruelty to animals for the January incident in which he impaled a horse in Brooks with arrows. Read More»

Mrs. Wanda Kocienda of Peachtree City

Mrs. Wanda Kocienda of Peachtree City died Tuesday, July 6, 2010.

Mrs. Kocienda was preceded in death by her husband Frank Kocienda. She is survived by her daughter Stephanie Schmidt of Peachtree City; son Czeslaw Kocienda and his wife Donna of Stockbridge; 5 grandchildren; great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Read More»

Mavis Kennedy Roberts, 85, Peachtree City

Mavis Kennedy Roberts passed from this world, peacefully on July 5, 2010. Read More»

Tyrone rape verdict overturned

Court of Appeals rules that evidence may have prejudiced jury

The Georgia Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a Sharpsburg man for raping a 16-year-old girl at her Tyrone home in 2005. Read More»

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