Fayette County

Local unemployment rates spike for May

When it comes to unemployment rates, Fayette and Coweta counties saw a reversal of fortunes in May. Fayette’s rate increased seven-tenths of a point to 6.8 percent while Coweta jumped eight-tenths of a point to 7 percent.

Fayette’s jobless rate in April was 6.1 percent, but that number had climbed to 6.8 percent in May, according to the Ga. Dept. of Labor. Fayette has a workforce of 53,096, with 3,617 people out of work in May.

Fayette’s unemployment rate in May 2013 was 7.3 percent. Read More»

Amateur radio operators hold field day in Senoia

Amateur radio operators hold field day in Senoia

Members of the Fayette County Amateur Radio Club met June 28 at the stone lodge at Marimac Lakes Park in Senoia for the American Radio Relay League’s Annual Field Day event where “ham” operators talk with their counterparts across North America. Among those present for the 24-hour event were, from left, Fayetteville resident Robert Burton, Peachtree City resident Steve Yothment, Senoia resident Bill Lackey and Brooks resident Jim Burchfield. Photo/Ben Nelms.

KPTCB branches out from recycling to cart path litter patrol; volunteers log 18K hours a year

KPTCB Director Al Yougel helps organize the manpower to empty trash cans on the cart paths and keep the paths clean, along with running recycling operations. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

By Bonnie Hester
Intern to The Citizen

The nonprofit agency Keep PTC Beautiful has recently taken on a larger role within Peachtree City.

The organization, a chapter of Keep America Beautiful, is dedicated to controlling litter and reducing waste throughout the community. In late April of this year, it began fulfilling a contract with the city to empty and maintain the trash receptacles located along the city’s 98 miles of cart paths. Read More»

New PTC Rotary president installed

New PTC Rotary president installed

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City has a new president. Outgoing president Amy Leuenberger (L) passes the gavel to incoming president Ed Outlaw at a recent club meeting. Photo/Special.

Peachtree City puts on a show!

Peachtree City puts on a show!

The Citizen Facebook fan Jeff Lange Friday night shot some of the most difficult subjects in photography — nighttime fireworks blasts.

Even though the Lake Peachtree lakebed was mostly dry, thousands lined its sandy shores and every available viewing spot to watch the yearly fireworks display fired from a peninsula southeast of City Hall.

At right and below of some of the pictures Jeff shot in celebration of July 4th, America's Independence Day.

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'Recon' Ryan gets state VFW award for volunteer efforts

James “Recon” Ryan was presented with the “Mr. VFW” Joe L. Smith Memorial Award by Georgia VFW Commander Al Lipphardt. Photo/Special.

James “Recon” Ryan of Peachtree City has been awarded the statewide Joe L. Smith Memorial Award as “Mr. VFW” for the 2013-2014 year.

The award is presented annually to a VFW member in Georgia who has served veterans, the VFW, and his community with singular distinction and excellence. Read More»

Charges filed in fatal motorcycle crash

A Fayetteville woman is facing criminal charges stemming from a June 27 crash that killed a Jonesboro man.

Zahra Rupani, 34, of Jay Trail, has been charged with homicide by vehicle in the second degree and a stop sign violation, according to jail reports.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Flat Creek Trail, claiming the life of Alex Strickland, 37, of Jonesboro. Read More»

GMC unveils its West F’ville college campus plan

Graphic from the city of Fayetteville shows the proposed college campus.

Georgia Military College announced its intention in April to construct a college campus in Fayetteville. The plan for the campus on the west side of the intersection of Veterans Parkway and South Sandy Creek Road was included in a staff report at the June 24 meeting of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

If approved later this summer, Fayette County’s first college built from the ground up will open in August 2015. Read More»

F’ville planners see plans for 239-unit senior complex

Graphic from the city of Fayetteville shows the proposed 239-unit senior residential complex.

It has been a couple of years since the last residential development for ages 55 and up was presented in Fayetteville. Today the Beverly J. Searles Foundation is back in town, proposing 239 independent living, assisted living and memory care units along Ga. Highway 54 in The Villages development just west of downtown. The proposal will not be formally presented until later in July.

The Lafayette Place senior living proposal was presented only as a staff report at the June 24 meeting of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission and is expected to be formally presented later in July. Read More»

Early voting underway in F’ville

Voters make choices in early voting in Peachtree City for the May primary. File Photo.

State Senate, school board races up for grabs

If you’re antsy to pull your touch-screen trigger finger, early voting began this week for the upcoming July 22 primary runoff election.

Early birds can hit the polls at the county’s elections office at 140 Stonewall Avenue in downtown Fayetteville from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through July 18. Also, the week of July 14-18 polls will also be open at the Peachtree City Library and Tyrone Town Hall from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day. Read More»

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