Fayette County

Familiar county roads getting new look as West F’ville Bypass arrives

Say hello to the next section of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Now under construction is the stretch that parallels a portion of Tillman Road (the narrow strip of roadway on the right). The current section runs from Sandy Creek Road and proceeds north, as pictured, extending to Eastin Road. Photo/Ben Nelms.

There is a new landscape beginning to emerge along the initial section of Phase 2 of the West Fayetteville Bypass. Virtually all the trees along the right-of-way and easement are down from Sandy Creek Road to Tillman Road to Eastin Road and work is expected to begin soon that will raise the grade of the road 4-to-6 feet on the north side of the section where it will intersect with Eastin Road. Read More»

F’ville husband scares off wife’s mugger with gunshots

A Sept. 1 attempted robbery outside a Swanbrook Drive residence in Fayetteville was foiled when the husband fired shots in the air after a man ran into his yard and attempted to steal his wife’s purse as she was exiting her vehicle.

Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow said the incident occurred at approximately 10:30 p.m. as the homeowner arrived home in the subdivision off East Lanier Avenue, got out of her vehicle and was about to remove her young child from the car when a male mugger ran up and attempted to grab her purse. Read More»

Dunk Fayetteville mayor and others at Lunch on the Lawn

Fayetteville Main Street is excited to host another wonderful opportunity for locals to get outside on their lunch break, and enjoy beautiful weather, music, and entertainment on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse square
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Lunch on the Lawn will take place from 11: 30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and everyone is welcome to participate in this community event.

The Rotary Club of Fayetteville will be selling hot dog lunch combos for $5, but people can bring their own lunch as well. Read More»

F’ville mayor Steele to face rare challenge in November election

While the political rhetoric has been ongoing in Peachtree City for a while now in advance of the November election, things may be about to get spicy in Fayetteville too.

For the first time in recent memory, Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele will face a challenger: computer salesman Greg Clifton.

Qualifying for various council seats ended last week, setting the stage for the fall political season. Read More»

UPDATED: Belly-button piercing goes bad; 2 FCHS girls, 1 boy charged

UPDATED FOR PRINT, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 — A female student at Fayette County High School faces charges relating to the forcible body piercing of a 13-year-old female during the school’s lunch period on Aug. 26.

The girl had asked for the piercing earlier in the day but changed her mind as the incident was occurring, police said. She was being held down by two other juveniles when a school administrator intervened. Read More»

Hung jury in deputy dragging case; prosecution to re-try

The criminal trial of a local man accused of assaulting two sheriff’s deputies ended last week in a hung jury, with jurors unable to reach a unanimous decision.

But prosecutors are planning to re-try Nathaniel Elder, who admitted to speeding away from the deputies, which briefly resulted in one of them being dragged by the car.

Elder contends he sped away after he was shot twice by Dep. Ryan Phillips. Phillips, however, contends he squeezed off the shots after the car began to move, causing him to slip out of the passenger side door. Read More»

Fayette’s property values fall 11.65% since 2009

Worst: 15% in unincorporated county; best: PTC with 6.4% decline

Fayette County’s economic picture developed some new shadows in recent weeks. June saw the worst jobless numbers on record while, last week, the county’s tax digest figures for 2011 were released, showing a second year of declining property values. Read More»

Fayette schools kick out 255 illegal students since 2009

Fayette County School Superintendent Jeff Bearden at a recent Board of Education meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Most popular schools for illegal out-of-county students: Fayette County and Sandy Creek high schools, Flat Rock Middle School, North Fayette and Burch elementary schools

The Fayette County School System has received criticism in recent years for not doing enough to catch and expel out-of-county students illegally attending classes here. What do the numbers say about that? Read More»

Fayette ready to remember 9-11

Peachtree City's Village Park subdivision displays this remembrance of the 9-11 attack. Photo/Special.

Both amphitheaters, multiple churches schedule services to commemorate those lost in the 2001 al Qaeda attacks

The events of Sept. 11, 2001 will be recalled across Fayette County this weekend in a variety of venues.

Rising Starr Middle School near Peachtree City will hold a “10th Anniversary of 9/11 Remembrance” on Friday, Sept. 9 at 8:30 a.m. at the school complex off Ga. Highway 74 South. The community is invited to pay tribute to all of those who were affected by the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The school particularly wishes to honor military, law enforcement and firefighters for their service to our country and invites them to attend in uniform. Read More»

Former PTC resident drowns in lake

Tyler Harris was rookie cop for UGA police dept.

A former Peachtree City resident died over the weekend in what is believed to be a drowning at Lake Sinclair Monday.

Tyler Harris, 24, was a rookie officer with the University of Georgia Police Department, according to several news accounts of the incident.

Harris was a graduate of McIntosh High School and held an associates degree in criminal justice from Gainesville State College. Read More»

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