Fayette County

Mom arrested after leaving 5-year-old in car

A Fairburn woman was charged with reckless conduct July 9 after leaving her 5-year-old son in a car at the Publix grocery store in Tyrone. The child was found by a patron and was hot but unharmed.
Police Chief Brandon Perkins said 28-year-old Semeatress Robinson was charged with reckless conduct in the incident. Read More»

Ga. Senate District 16 Republican runoff candidate Marty Harbin responds to questions from The Citizen

Marty Harbin.

The July 22 Republican runoff election for the Georgia State Senate, District 16 nomination is just two weeks away. To give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates, The Citizen asked Republican runoff candidates Marty Harbin and David Studdard to respond to seven questions with short answers of 100 words or less to each query.

Below are the questions and the responses from candidate Marty Harbin.

1. What are your spending priorities for state government? Do they require a tax hike or a tax decrease and explain your justification.
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Fayette Board of Education Republican runoff Post 4 candidate Diane Basham responds to questions from The Citizen

Fayette Board of Education Post 4 Republican runoff candidate Diane Basham. File photo.

The July 22 Republican runoff election for the District 4 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education is just two weeks away. To give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates, The Citizen asked Jane Owens and Diane Basham to respond to seven questions with short answers of 100 words or less to each query.

Below are the questions and the responses from candidate Diane Basham.
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Fayette Board of Education Republican Post 4 candidate Jane Owens responds to questions from The Citizen

BoE Post 4 Republican runoff candidate Jane Owens. File photo.

The July 22 Republican runoff election for the District 4 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education is just two weeks away. To give voters the opportunity to hear from the candidates, The Citizen asked Jane Owens and Diane Basham to respond to seven questions with short answers of 100 words or less to each query.

Below are the questions and the responses from candidate Jane Owens.
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From McIntosh HS to ‘The Last Ship’ — Van Winkle fights to save humanity . . . on cable TV

PTC native Travis Van Winkle aboard a Navy destroyer. Photo/Special.

By BONNIE HESTER
Intern to The Citizen

A Peachtree City native has a high-profile role in one of the hottest dramas on summer TV screens.

Travis Van Winkle, a class of 2000 McIntosh grad, can now be seen Sunday evenings on “The Last Ship,” a new post-apocalyptic drama on TNT.

In this week’s episode, his character pilots an explosives-laden boat into the side of a rogue Russian warship and lives on to fight another day. Read More»

Smash and grab auto break-ins on increase in Fayette

Shutterstock posed photo.

There are increasing reports across Fayette County of motorists having their vehicles entered and items stolen. Read More»

Skateboarding on a parade float is a moving target

Skateboarding on a parade float is a moving target

Unusual and unexpected floats can really turn heads in the annual July 4th parade in Peachtree City, and this shredding ode to skateboarding was no exception last week. The entry from PTCSK8 was a half-pipe skateboard ramp on which jumps and tricks were performed as the float moved to the crowd’s delight. The entry won the Grand Marshal’s trophy. See more winning floats on pages C5-C6 in this week's print edition of The Citizen. Photo/John Munford.

More costly dam looms if PTC fails in Lake Peachtree appeal

State decision stands to increase cost to county

Peachtree City officials plan to appeal a decision from state regulators that would require a more costly repair to the dam and spillway holding back Lake Peachtree.

The city, which owns the lake, is working in conjunction with Fayette County, which leases the use of the lake as a water reservoir. The county has agreed with the city that the best option for now is to pursue the appeal. Read More»

Timber harvest gets landowner in trouble with Fayetteville rules

Denuded land after clear-cutting on Ga. Highway 54 East. Photo/Ben Nelms.

There is nothing prohibiting a property owner from cutting timber. The problem is when the rules are not followed and an approved development plan has not been secured. That was the case with property owner 54 Development, Inc. and two parcels the company owns along Ga. Highway 54 East in Fayetteville. The city attorney is currently preparing a letter to CEO Perry Knight outlining the company’s obligations. Read More»

F’ville to fine-tune budget figures at July 10 meeting

Aside from the two customary public hearings on the budget, some on the Fayetteville City Council wanted an additional work session to address the proposed FY 2015 general fund budget that begins in August. The work session will be held at 6 p.m. on July 10 in the council chambers.

Council members will review the proposed $10.4 million general fund budget. The city will end the fiscal year in July with a $9.8 million general fund budget. The proposed FY 2015 budget shows $10.43 million in revenues, with $171,469 of that amount coming from the proposed .25-mill increase. Read More»

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