Fayette County

1st, illegal hunting; now loose pit bulls

I have written you before about our neighbor who hunts on property where he has no permission to hunt. It doesn’t matter if it’s deer season or not, he hunts.

Well, the courts took care of that problem: he is on probation, can’t hunt anywhere, and can’t have guns on his property. All is well, you think. Not hardly!

Now he has two pit bulls that are running the neighborhood. I came home from cardiac rehab to find two pit bulls trying to tear down the fence to my chicken pen. I called animal protection [and] they caught one of the dogs and the other escaped. Read More»

Car defect blamed for boy’s death

A defect in a 1999 Chrysler Sebring is being blamed for the death last week of a 6-year-old boy in north Fayette County.

The vehicle had a defective ignition park interlock that caused it to slip out of park, roll down a driveway and strike the victim, said Capt. Brian Eubanks of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Chrysler had issued a recall on the ignition park interlock in 2004, Eubanks said. Read More»

Correction

I recently wrote a letter to the paper entitled “Westmoreland Right On Most Things, get government out of the way.”

In the printed version, it says (incorrectly) that government would have cut a trillion dollars from Medicare.

My letter said one-half-trillion. I just wanted it to be accurate.

John Currie

Peachtree City, Ga.

[The editor replies: The mistake was my editing error, and has been corrected in the online version.]

A few donations needed to complete counseling center

It has been a long time coming and it’s nearly complete. And through it all Square Foot Ministry has kept the faith. About the only thing needed to finish the Fayette Counseling Center in Fayetteville are donations to pay for asphalt on the Bradley Avenue parking lot and funds to cover some outstanding bills for interior materials.

“We’re close to wrapping it up,” said Square Foot’s Craig Wiley.
And what started over a year ago is very close to completion. Wiley said donations to cover the asphalt and some of the interior materials will effectively meet the financial needs of the job. Read More»

F’ville ahead of the game on ‘09 audit

The Fayetteville City Council at the Feb. 18 meeting got a look at the audit for the fiscal year ending July 31 and approved a minor change to the purchasing ordinance.

Mauldin & Jenkins representative Miller Edwards in the audit review said total general fund revenues increased to $10.12 million, a difference of nearly $650,000 over last year’s total of $9.4754 million. Most notable were the increases in fines and forfeitures and intergovernmental revenues, for a combined total of $745,000, and a decrease in sales tax revenues of $240,000, Edwards said. Read More»

Blended Heritage Celebration is Friday

Free evening of music, poetry, dance and refreshments slated at Fayetteville Library

12th Annual Blended Heritage Celebration Promises Diverse Lineup of Free Entertainment at the Fayette County Public Library on Friday, February 26 at 6:30 p.m.
The Fayette County Public Library and the Friends of the Fayette County Public Library invite the public to attend the 12th Annual Blended Heritage Celebration, a free evening of performing arts at the Fayette County Public Library on Friday, Read More»

Fayette to consider code violation fees

With more vacant homes in Fayette County due to foreclosures, the county’s building permit and inspection office has seen an uptick in inspection requests for code violation citations.

Department Director Joe Scarborough said some of the homes have overgrown grass and shrubs, or they’ve been vandalized, and others have pools that aren’t maintained and have stagnant water.

Currently the county doesn’t charge a fee for violations of the property maintenance code, even for violators who fail to fix the issue and must be taken to court. But that may change in the near future. Read More»

Forshee to take job in Athens

It has been nearly four years since Matt Forshee moved to Fayette County to lead its economic development efforts. Forshee will continue to serve as CEO of the Development Authority until March 31 when he will become president of the Athens Economic Development Foundation.

Forshee came to Fayette County in the early summer of 2006 from Oconee County where he began work as a land planner and was later given responsibility for Oconee’s economic development efforts. Read More»

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