Fayette County

Imker: Just straight talk on PTC budget

Peachtree City has about a $25 million annual budget. Of this, $12 million is for police and fire/EMS, $3 million for public works, $4 million for recreation (including library) and $4 million for everything else (finance/purchasing, engineering, planning, zoning, code enforcement, court, IT, public relations, HR, etc.) Please excuse the rough numbers as they are for discussion purposes only.

Some of you just added those numbers up, and it only came to $23 million. The rest is debt payment. Read More»

Wherever ‘Little House on the Prairie’ went, we need to go back

What happened to “Little House on the Prairie”?

In the mid 1980s it was in the top 10 list of most watched programs. Today, it has been replaced in popularity by “Desperate Housewives.”

This is so symptomatic of our times. It seems we are focused to ensure everyone is special, no one is to blame, and when times get tough enough someone will be there to bail you out. Are these the qualities we want to embrace for our future?

Forget Wisteria Lane, Walnut Grove is looking better by the minute. Read More»

Official county information documents faulty reasons for bypass

Many letters and articles about the West Fayetteville Bypass have criticized the county for building a “road to nowhere.” Let’s take a look at the language the Fayette County Road Department has actually published as a rationale. This is available online at the Fayette county government website under SPLOST Project R-5, items #15-16. Here’s what the county says: Read More»

Parallels between Rome, U.S. eerie

Many years before there was the United States of America, there was a republic called Rome. Actually, I never realized that “Ancient Rome” as we’ve come to know it existed in three phases that spanned the course of almost a thousand years.

It was founded sometime between 758 and 728 B.C. and existed as a monarchy for over two centuries. It then became a democratic republic, which lasted for 460 years, and finally transitioned to an empire for the final 200 or so years. Read More»

College Park man arrested for molesting girls: 12, 15

A College Park man was arrested Saturday for molesting two girls at a home in the Four Seasons mobile home community Feb. 13, sheriff’s deputies said
Samuel Antonio Mayen, 19, is charged with three counts of child molestation, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

The victims, ages 12 and 15, were friends of Mayen, according to sheriff’s spokesperson Brent Rowan.

As of Tuesday afternoon Mayen remained in jail on a $66,000 bond set by a Fayette County magistrate judge.

Police Reports week of Mar. 23-29, 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, March 23 - Monday, March 29
Natecia Ranasha Busby, 17, of Ales Way, Fayetteville, for financial identity fraud (5).
Xavier Dewayne Parker, 22, of Webster Lane, Riverdale, for probation violation.
Alton Grady Barker, 52, of Summerbrook Drive, Atlanta, for probation violation.
Robin Ashley Carey, 22, of Franklin Farms Circle, Fayetteville, for simple battery. Read More»

Health insurance ‘choice’ bill passes House

Another bill would ban texting while driving, and all cellphone use by youngest drivers

A bill that would increase consumer choice for health insurance plans was passed by the Georgia House of Representatives Friday.
Also passing the House on “Crossover Day” was a bill that would ban text messaging while driving for drivers of all ages, in addition to a full ban on all cellphone use while driving for those under 18 years old.

By passing before the end-of-Friday deadline, both bills can be taken up in time for potential passage by the Senate before the legislative term ends. Read More»

McIntosh alumni Torres goes west to work for Dreamworks

David Torres. Photo/Special.

David Torres, a graduate of McIntosh High School and Ringling College of Art and Design, had a taste of Hollywood working on hit films like “Ice Age,” “Robots” and “Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who” with Blue Sky Studios Read More»

Donation to Locks of Love is a family affair

Jackie Arnold and her daughter, Kellie. Photo/Special.

A mother and daughter from Peachtree City decided to make a difference together and collectively cut more than 20 inches of their own hair length to donate to Locks of Love. Locks of Love is a non-profit agency that collects hair donations from around the country and turns them into hair pieces and hair wigs for young patients with medical conditions such as alopecia and cancer. The organization, located in Florida, specifically supports children with hair loss due to medical conditions. Read More»

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity joins Relay For Life

From left are members of Theta Lambda Lambda, Fate Simmons, Curtis Jenkins, Jerome Kirkland, and Isaac Aycock. Photo/Special.

Theta Lambda Lambda, local chapter of the international Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, has committed to participating in the American Cancer Society’s 2010 Relay For Life of Fayette County.  Founded in 1911 at Howard University in Washington, D. C., Omega Psi Phi is the first African-American national fraternal organization to be founded at a historically black college.  Peachtree City based Theta Lambda Lambda is just one of the 750 chapters of Omega Psi Phi that exist throughout the world.   Read More»

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