Fayette County

PTC ponders how to pay for dredging more of Lake Peachtree

A discussion on additional dredging for Lake Peachtree at the Nov. 6 meeting of the Peachtree City Council came with a consensus that the issue must be addressed and that the discussion should continue at the Nov. 20 meeting. At play is a dredging cost of $400,000 to $1.35 million in addition to other costs such as hauling and disposal. Meantime, the dredging of others areas of the lake by the county is expected to begin in January. Read More»

Sheriff: Woman declines to share bed, man responds with chokehold

A College Park man was charged with kidnapping and simple battery in a Nov. 7 incident on Allenwood Road involving his girlfriend.

Corbin M. Livingston, 28, was charged with kidnapping and simple battery, according to jail records.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress at the north Fayette address, though once at the scene they determined that the incident was domestic in nature involving a girlfriend and an ex-boyfriend.

Babb said Livingston was upset over not sleeping in bed with the woman. Read More»

F’ville man charged with kidnapping in SWAT standoff

A Fayetteville man was arrested Nov. 11 after a standoff with law enforcement at his residence on Susan Lane in Fayetteville. There were no injuries in the incident.

Marcellus Shead, 31, was charged with one count of kidnapping-family violence and one count of false imprisonment, said Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow.

Whitlow said the officers at 12:02 a.m. on Nov. 11 responded to a 911 call from a female, who also lives at the residence, saying that she was being held against her will. The cell phone was tracked to a Susan Lane residence, Whitlow said. Read More»

Fayette firefighter charged with stealing drugs

A Fayette County firefighter was arrested Oct. 27 for stealing Schedule 2 drugs from a resident’s home. He was subsequently fired from his position with Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services.

Sidney W. White, Jr., 28, of Fayetteville, was charged Oct. 27 with misdemeanor theft by taking and felony possession of a Schedule 2 drug, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said the arrest stemmed from an incident on Oct. 22 when a Fayette County resident reported the theft of medication from her home in the Shiloh Mobile Home Community. Read More»

Fayette milestones in Election 2014

(L) Pota Coston; (R) Diane Basham.

First Democrat in a generation, first-ever African American wins first district election to Fayette County Commission Read More»

Newcomer Coston promises she will ‘work with everyone’ on ‘quality of life’

Pota Coston.

Democrat Pota Coston is ready to hit the ground running in January as Fayette County’s newest commissioner, but she is not looking to make waves.

“I’m new,” she acknowledged. “I’m going to come in, get briefed and work with everyone.”

Giving no indication of any new initiatives she wants to present to her peers, she reaffirmed that she wishes to continue working on the priorities that were the focus of her campaign. Read More»

BoE member-elect Basham brings her classroom, business experience to board

Diane Basham.

The Nov. 5 election is over and Republican Diane Basham will be sworn in in a few weeks as the District 4 representative on the Fayette County Board of Education. Basham was asked to respond to several questions pertaining to her candidacy and her view of the charge and responsibility of a school board member.

Basham, as a retiree from the Fayette school system, said she ran because she is still committed and passionate about education. Basham logged 27 years as a teacher. Read More»

Ramsey reelected House whip

Rep. Matt Ramsey (R) receives congratulations upon being reelected House majority whip. Photo/Ga. House of Rep.

ATLANTA – The House Republican Caucus met Nov. 10 and reelected its key leaders, including House Majority Whip Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City).

“I am incredibly honored to be elected to serve as the Majority Caucus Whip,” said Ramsey, a Peachtree City attorney. “I look forward to working with the men and women of the House Republican Caucus to move our agenda forward over the next two years for the benefit of the citizens of Georgia.” Read More»

MacDuff Parkway to Kedron rail bridge moves closer

Construction of the MacDuff Parkway bridge that will connect Wilksmoor Village to North Kedron Drive came on step closer to reality Nov. 6 when the Peachtree City Council authorized a construction agreement between CSX railroad and developer Brent Scarbrough. Read More»

FFUMC to offer Advent Study starting next week

Rev. Allyson Lawrence

The community is invited to prepare for Christmas through a new free Advent study, “Hope Amidst the Chaos,” written and led by Fayetteville First United Methodist Church’s associate minister, the Rev. Allyson Lawrence. The four-week study exploring the book of Isaiah begins Nov. 19 and continues Dec. 3, 10 and 17 with two meeting times each day — one at 10 a.m. and the other at 6:15 p.m. Read More»