Fayette County

Tyrone is tuning up for its biggest celebration

The parade is always the highlight of Founders Day. This year's festival features a variety of activities all during the week. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Founders Day festivities will occur for a full week

By Bethan Adams
badams@TheCitizen.com

The 38th annual Tyrone Founders Day is a weeklong festival this year. The schedule ranges from new events, like a kids’ fishing rodeo (worms provided), to old favorites, featuring Saturday night fireworks.

Jennifer Patton, recreation director, said the town was seeking more community involvement by prolonging the festival from Sunday to Sunday, Sept. 13-21.

The festival is full of firsts, including the All-Star wrestling match Sept. 21. Read More»

Helping out a good cause

Helping out a good cause

Members of the Rotary Club of Peachtree City, along with the Floy Farr Trust, made a $5,500 donation to the Southern Crescent Walk To End Alzheimer's. From left are Club members: Marie Schlosser, Scott Trammell, Emily Richter (Walk Specialist-Metro Atlanta Region Alzheimer's Association), Ed Outlaw, Kathy Tulley, Debbie Britt, Costas Soulakos and Elaine Gaillard. Sue Shaffer (not pictured) is the 2014 Walk Chair. The Walk, which includes participants from Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Meriwether, South Fulton and Spalding counties, will be held on Saturday, October 4 at 8 a.m. Read More»

Marching band exhibition is Sept.22

The Sandy Creek Marching Patriot Band will host the 2014 Annual Fayette County Marching Band Exhibition Monday, Sept. 22, on the Battlefield at Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone.

It is an opportunity to see five separate halftime shows in one location as the Fayette marching bands kick off their competition season.

Gates open at 5 p.m. A combined band of Fayette County middle school students will start the event with the National Anthem at 6 p.m. Read More»

A successful run

Pictured, from left,Jacob Rideout and Jackson Routon. Photo/Submitted.

The McIntosh High School cross country team had a great showing at the third annual Nike Panther XC Invitational.  The varsity girls took second, led by Alyssa LeClaire.  The varsity boys took fourth, led by Conner Reynolds. The junior varsity girls and boys both took first and were led by Maddie Smith and Justin Brown.

Sandy Creek talent show is this week

Sandy Creek High School’s Shailla Head performs in last year’s talent show. Photo/Special.

Sandy Creek High School’s choral department is pleased to present the 2014 talent show Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. at the new Handley Park Pavilion at 250 Handley Rd. in Tyrone during this year’s Founders Day celebration.

Students will compete for prizes in several categories, including vocal solo, vocal duet, band/instrumental performance, dance, and others.

First-place winners in each category will be offered the opportunity to perform onstage September 19, during the Tyrone Founders Day festivities. Read More»

Fayette schedules rare afternoon session

It is expected to be a relatively light agenda for the Fayette County Board of Commissioners at Thursday’s regular meeting, with perhaps the most noteworthy item being the time it starts.

The board will meet at 2 p.m. instead of its normal evening start time because of the Silent Heroes Award ceremony that evening, which a number of county officials are expected to attend.

Chairman Steve Brown’s recommendation to request a $2,000 grant from the Fayette Master Gardener Association will be considered. The grant funds would be used after park designs are officially approved by the board. Read More»

F’ville, county come to terms on automatic aid pact

April 2014 photo of Fayetteville Fire Department vehicle.

Both city and county residents may see some changes in fire department service with the adoption of a new pact between the Fayetteville City Council and the Fayette County Commission that pares down automatic responses into each other’s territories to only fire calls, and also limits the number of units automatically crossing territories for each call.

The City Council agreed to the plan last week and the County Commission is expected to do the same at its Thursday afternoon meeting. Read More»

Fayette seeks artists for public projects

If you’re an artist who wants to leave your mark on the community, the Fayette County Public Art Committee may have some work for you.

The committee has announced a call for artists who want to participate in the creation of a mural at the Crosstown Water Treatment Plant on TDK Boulevard in Peachtree City. Read More»

PTC off-duty cop snags fraudster

PTC off-duty cop snags fraudster

A Mableton man was arrested by Peachtree City police officers on Sept. 5 after using a stolen credit card to purchase thousands of dollars in gift cards.

Travis Tyree Johnson, 47, was charged with three counts of financial transaction card fraud, two counts of first degree forgery, one count of financial transaction card theft and one count of obstruction, according to department spokesman Mark Brown.

Brown said that while off duty at the Rite Aid pharmacy at Ga. highways 54 and 74, Cpl. James Beato observed a man trying to buy more than $2,000 worth of Visa gift cards. Read More»

Vacuum cleaner thieves nabbed after chase

The attempt by three men to steal vacuum cleaners from a store in Peachtree City then get away clean did not pan out as they expected. A pursuit by Tyrone police officers ended with the getaway car crashing into a telephone pole in Union City.

Samuel Etuk, 28, of Riverdale, was charged by Tyrone officers with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, shoplifting and nearly a dozen other charges relating to the incident, according to Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins.

Ryan Bing, 28, of Bradenton, Fla., was charged with obstruction, according to Tyrone police. Read More»