Fayette County

Jenkins gets award

Jenkins gets award

Peachtree City Police Lt. John Jenkins was recognized Jan. 15 by Mayor Pro-tem Kim Learnard for his 25 years of service in Peachtree City. The Peachtree City Council noted his multiple activities over the years that benefitted the community. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC Council checks on goals’ progress, eyes new ones

City Manager Jim Pennington talks about goals being reviewed by the council. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The annual Peachtree City Council retreat held Jan. 9 had council members reviewing a long list of goals established at the 2014 retreat a year ago and establishing an equally long list of goals for 2015.

City Manager Jim Pennington at the beginning of the retreat emphasized that, especially where goals were concerned, that the idea was to look back and look ahead.

“This is a meeting for talking about the city in general, not about specific departments,” said Pennington, noting that his role at the meeting was that of moderator and not as city manager. Read More»

PTC planners hear about new high-tech industry

Sensor components of the PAVE-IR Scanner are shown mounted on paving machinery in a photo from the MOBA website.

A workshop discussion on a request to construct a 50,000 sq. ft. office building and three soccer fields along Ga. Highway 74 South in a proposed industrial subdivision Read More»

Traffic signal problem on PTC’s busiest road now fixed

Shutterstock image of crosswalk buttons.

UPDATED 3:50 p.m. Jan. 15, 2014 — The traffic nightmare trigger causing more gridlock than usual along Ga. highways 54 and 74 in Peachtree City has been identified and fixed, police said.

The culprit was a broken pedestrian crossing button — not at the main junction of hwys. 54 and 74, but about a quarter mile west at the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Planterra Way.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesperson Odilia Bergh said the Georgia Department of Transportation on Thursday had crews looking at the traffic signal devices in the west corridor area. Read More»

Rosarians to learn proper planting techniques

Both novice and expert growers welcome

Master Rosarian, or cultivator of roses, Walt Reed will speak to the South Metro Rose Society this month about soil preparation and the proper techniques for planting new roses either in the ground or in raised beds.

Reed is a past president of the group and also a horticulture judge who will explain why proper planting is key to growing quality roses. Read More»

Suicide prevention among military is Rotary topic

Rotary Club hears about high rates of suicide in military

Two-day intervention class offered in Tyrone

Kenneth Koon, founder of Armed Forces Mission headquartered in Tyrone, recently spoke to the Peachtree City Rotary Club.

AFM was established in 2012 with the primary focus of developing the Office of Suicide Intervention and Training to address the high rate of suicide within the active military, including the Reserves and National Guard, and the veteran community.

Koon’s personal story and the stories he told about others gave Rotarians insight as to how common suicide really is, particularly among war veterans. Read More»

Band students earn top honor

More than 40 students in all-state group

Fayette County’s band and orchestra students always make a strong showing in competition and this year is no exception with more than 40 students chosen to be in the Georgia Music Educators Association’s (GMEA) All State Band and Orchestra.

Only the best high school musicians in the state are chosen as members and Fayette’s five high schools produced 41 members with eight of them selected for first chair positions. Four additional Fayette students were selected as alternates. Read More»

January is radon action month

Get a test kit, learn more from extension service

Because January is National Radon Action Month, the Fayette County Extension office will conduct a free radon education program on Jan. 30.

The program begins at 10 a.m. at the extension office, in the Administrative Complex, Suite 209,140 Stonewall Ave. in Fayetteville. Please call 770-305-5412 to RSVP.

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas and is the second leading cause of lung cancer -- the first leading cause among non-smokers. It comes from the decay of uranium in rock and soil. Read More»

Fayette private, home school numbers remain steady

Fayette private, home school numbers remain steady
Fewer students attend Fayette schools in 2015 than a decade ago, so where have the kids gone?

Some residents urge Fayette to drop voting appeal

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Voting lawsuit legal expenses mount up: $743,000 so far

There was no official statement from any member of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners at the Jan. 8 meeting regarding the recent developments in the district voting case, which an appellate court recently sent back here for trial, but several citizens made their opinions known during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Three speakers urged the board to stop pursuing the case, while one expressed his displeasure at how the new district voting setup has affected his voting rights. Read More»

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