Fayette County

Mr. Walter Allie Ponder, Sr., 92, of Fayetteville

Mr. Walter Allie Ponder, Sr., 92, of Fayetteville, formerly of East Point, died on July 8, 2011.

Mr. Ponder proudly served East Point for 25 years, from 1963 – 1988. He served as City Councilman for 20 years and as Mayor for 8 years. He was a longtime member of Fayetteville Christian Church and the Lamplighters Sunday school class. He was a 33 degree Mason and was a 50-year member of the East Point Masonic Lodge. Read More»

Ernest Clain Bannister, 89, of Fayetteville

Ernest Clain Bannister, 89, of Fayetteville, died July 8, 2011.

He was born August 10, 1921 in Pickens County, Georgia, the fifth son of the late Rufus and Ida Bannister.

He was preceded in death by first wife Rosalene Fletcher Bannister; parents; four brothers, Broughton, Alman, Linc and Rex Bannister.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Joyce Tate Bannister; brother-in-law Bill Tate of Sharpsburg, GA; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Janice and Joe Lynch of Fayetteville; numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Read More»

See 'Rango' at Fayetteville's Movie Under the Stars this Friday

This Friday, July 15, Xfinity along with Fayetteville Main Street is hosting a free “Movie Under the Stars” at the Villages Amphitheater. Beginning at 7 p.m., families are encouraged to come out for an evening of fun, music, and entertainment on the big screen.

Leading up to the movie, attendees can enjoy the free, family game zone and bubble area. Movie concessions (popcorn, snacks) will also be available for sale throughout the evening.

After sundown, at approximately 9:15 p.m., the featured movie, “Rango”, starring Johnny Depp, will begin. Read More»

F’ville 1st Baptist’s Venture Crew 100 canoes across Canadian wilderness

Top row (standing): Rusty Wood, Andrea Wood, Emily Wood, Chandler Hadley, Timothy Lindsey, David Harbin, Tony McWaters, Julie-Ann Logan. Bottom row (kneeling): Daniel Harbin, Katie Wood, Hollie McWaters, David McWaters. Photo/Special.

On June 22, Venture Crew 100 of Fayetteville, chartered by Fayetteville First Baptist Church, undertook an adventure. They were to embark on a canoeing journey covering 143 miles of Canadian wilderness. Read More»

Planning meeting moves to library Monday

The Peachtree City Planning Commission has a rather light agenda for its monthly meeting Monday at 7 p.m.

And because of a scheduling conflict, the meeting will be held in the Floy Farr Room downstairs at the Peachtree City Library. The downstairs entrance is closed, however, so those wishing to attend will have to go through the library’s main entrance upstairs and either take the elevator or the stairs to the downstairs area.

The only item on the agenda is the presentation of a conceptual site plan for the parking lot expansion of Southside Church on Robinson Road. Read More»

PTC may duck millage rate hike

Peachtree City may get by without a millage rate increase this year after all.

The first draft of the $28 million budget recommended by City Manager Jim Pennington had contained a .098 mill increase to counteract the decreased property values and thus give the city an amount of property taxes almost identical to this year’s take.

However, at Monday night’s budget workshop, Pennington will present an amended budget that eliminates any millage rate increase. Read More»

National magazine picks PTC as one of ‘best family towns’

Family Circle magazine has named Peachtree City the second-best family town in America.

The magazine has graced the city and nine others with a spot on its “10 best towns for families” list this year. The top factors considered were “top-notch schools, affordable housing, green space and giving spirit,” according to the Family Circle web site. Read More»

PTC eyes funding for aging infrastructure

New authority will use bonds to fund improvements

Peachtree City has been looking for a way to borrow more money at a cheaper rate.

They found it in a newly created city Facilities Authority that will address the potential acquisition of new bonds and/or the refinancing of existing bonds. Read More»

PTC police lauded for traffic safety efforts

Department wins 3rd in national competition; also cited with technology award

The Peachtree City Police Department has achieved a nationwide accolade for having one of the best traffic safety programs in the United States.

The department won third place in the National Law Enforcement Challenge among city police departments which have between 46 and 75 sworn officers. It also won the competition’s overall “Technology Award” for new and innovative approaches to improving traffic safety through the use of technology.

The competition focuses on three major traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, impaired driving and speeding, police said. Read More»

Chattahoochee Bend State Park opens in northwest Coweta

To say it is scenic would be an understatement. The nearly 3,000-acre Chattachoochee Bend State Park, Georgia’s first in nearly 20 years, opened July 1 in northwest Coweta County. Located off Flat Rock Road, the park with seven miles fronting the Chattahoochee River provides a host of amenities and wilderness area for hikers and campers. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was some time in the making, but Georgia’s newest state park opened July 1. The nearly 3,000-acre Chattahoochee Bend State Park is located off Flat Rock Road in northwest Coweta and includes a number of amenities and seven miles of property fronting the Chattahoochee River.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park is one of Georgia’s largest, covering 2,910 acres, according to the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, providing visitors with what has been called a spectacular tract of protected wilderness area. The park will be a haven for paddlers, campers and anglers, DNR said. Read More»