Fayette County

Weekend fire leads to power outages in Peachtree City

Crews continued work Aug. 12 to complete the repair of the remaining utility outages that occurred Aug. 10 from an electrical fire on a pole adjacent to City Hall in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

An electrical fire Sunday afternoon outside City Hall in Peachtree City cut utilities to the building and caused various utility outages across a portion of the city. Some of the outages continued until later in the day Sunday while other locations saw the return of utilities Monday.

The fire on a utility pole adjacent to a number of utility mechanical boxes also led to the closure of the eastern portion of Willowbend Road between Hip Pocket Road and Ga. Highway 54 by the Presbyterian Church and City Hall. Read More»

Cart use measure tabled in Fayetteville

A measure by the Fayetteville City Council to align the use of motorized carts in Fayetteville with the county’s other jurisdictions was tabled at the Aug.7 meeting to give city staff time to obtain clarification on the use of golf carts on sidewalks adjacent to state roadways.

The agenda item had been tabled July 17 to give city staff time to review a request that would allow golf carts on city sidewalks. Read More»

Students work on cart path solutions

Fayette County Interns Khalil Coleman, left, and Tessa Strickland discuss ideas for a cart path and crossing on Redwine Road at the Starr's Mill school complex. Photo/Submitted.

Fayette County high school interns working with the Fayette County government are set to present their findings and options for a golf cart path and crossing for the Starr’s Mill school complex on Redwine Road. The presentation will be made at the Aug. 14 meeting of the Fayette County Commission. Read More»

Second hearing set on GMC site in Fayetteville

Architect Bill Foley provides information on the proposal by Ga. Military College to construct a campus in West Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

An Aug. 7 public hearing before the Fayetteville City Council that had Ga. Military College (GMC) proposing to construct a new campus in West Fayetteville came with few questions from council members. A second public hearing and a likely vote on the proposal will come Aug. 21. Read More»

Films, TV brought $5.1B to Ga. in 2013

Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville and Riverwood-Raleigh Studios in nearby Senoia are two of the players in Georgia’s growing film and television industry.
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Fayetteville police accreditation renewed

Members of the Fayetteville Police Dept. are presented the department's fifth consecutive accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies. Photo/Submitted.

The Fayetteville Police Dept. has received its fifth accreditation by the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) review board.

CALEA in April conducted an on-site inspection of the department. Department staff heard the results of that inspection July 26.

“The review board made a recommendation that the Fayetteville Police Department be re-accredited,” said department spokesman Steve Crawshaw. 

The accreditation certificate was issued by the CALEA at a banquet held by the organization in Schaumburg, Ill. Read More»

iPhone sale leads to robbery

A Fayetteville man attempting to sell an iPhone to a perspective buyer Aug. 9 was the victim of an armed robbery by three men.

Fayetteville police Det. Mike Whitlow said the 21-year-old victim had put the iPhone up for sale on Craigslist and was contacted by a buyer who wanted to meet at the Weatherly Walk apartments on Ga. Highway 54 East.

Once at the scene at approximately 3 p.m., the victim was met by three men demanding that he give them the phone, Whitlow said. Read More»

Lafayette Place proposal tabled

A proposal that would establish 239 independent living, assisted living and memory care units along Ga. Highway 54 in The Villages development was tabled Aug. 7 by the Fayetteville City Council at the request of the applicant.

The Beverly J. Searles Foundation, the applicant for the Lafayette Place development, asked that the item be tabled to give Searles representatives 30 days to meet with residents of The Villages. The council agreed by unanimous vote. Read More»

Commission set to discuss fluoride issue

Fayette County high school interns working during the summer with Fayette County government will present their findings to commissioners Aug. 14 regarding water fluoridation, offering evidence on both sides of the issue.

Since fluoride was introduced to the American water supply in 1945 it has been a national controversy and increasing concerns have been raised by Fayette County’s citizens in recent years.

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners has decided it is time to take an honest yet careful look at this issue, officials said in a July 25 press release. Read More»

2 PTC men die in plane crash off Hwy. 85 in Coweta County

Update - Aug. 10, 9:55 p.m.: The life of a Peachtree City man and that of his brother-in-law also living in Peachtree City were claimed in the crash of a Cessna 150 on Aug. 9 shortly after taking off from Falcon Field.

Albert E. Ensell IV, 57, and his brother-in-law Charles Ronald Kephart, 50, died in the crash, according to Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk. Kephart had an Alaska drivers license, though Hawk said he had been living recently in Peachtree City. Read More»