Fayette County

Rep. Ramsey, Sen. Chance to play lead roles in redistricting

In less than two weeks, the Georgia Legislature will convene in a special session called by Gov. Nathan Deal to begin the once-every-decade process of redistricting.

Fayette County is in a unique position to come out ahead in terms of the way maps are redrawn for the various districts in the state House of Representatives and Senate. That’s because Read More»

Celebrating 70 years together

Celebrating 70 years together

Massachusetts residents John and Ellen Gallant traveled to Peachtree City last week to be near relatives as they celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at the home of Jim and Julie Veilleux. The couple met on a blind date in 1938 and were married on Aug. 2, 1941. John joined the Navy and served in the North Atlantic on a destroyer escort in WWII. Ellen and their family moved from Massachusetts to Michigan to Missouri and back to Massachusetts again over the years while rearing eight children. John sold ice from an ice truck with his father in his younger years and made and sold root beer. Read More»

Lou Meadows Gilmer Hale, 84, of Fayetteville

Lou Meadows Gilmer Hale, 84, of Fayetteville, GA passed away August 1, 2011.

She was born in Eatonton, GA to the late Archie Albert Meadows and Pearl Lee Waltz Meadows. She attended Eatonton High School & Eatonton Business School in Eatonton, GA. Lou was retired from Constangy, Brooks & Smith Law Firm in Atlanta, GA and a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA and a member of the Gideons International Auxiliary. Read More»

Mrs. Marian R. Fielder, 78, of Peachtree City

Mrs. Marian R. Fielder, 78, of Peachtree City, passed away August 2, 2011.

She was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She received a bachelors degree and was employed with the Fairfax Co. School System in Virginia. She was a member of the Alpha Pi Sorority. Read More»

PTC man gets 30 years for making child porn videos

A Peachtree City man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for making pornographic videos of his young daughter, niece and one of their friends.

Edgar Pagan-Torres, 43, pled guilty in February to those charges, Read More»

Story with buzz: Fayette to remain mostly hands off with private ‘bees-ness’

Fayette County beekeepers won’t have too many new rules to meet after all.

Instead of a slate of regulations proposed by county staff, the county commission, at its July 28 meeting, crafted an allowance for beekeeping to be allowed in all residential zoning districts.

Prior to the adoption of the new ordinance, beekeeping was only allowed on lots zoned for agriculture reserve.

The new ordinance also allows residents to sell honey on the premises without needing a home occupation permit. Read More»

Fayette to discuss library services, stormwater authority and fees today

Among a very busy agenda for its workshop meeting this Wednesday (Aug. 3), the Fayette County Commission will discuss whether it wants to revisit establishing an independent library system for Fayette County.

Currently, the Fayette County, Peachtree City and Tyrone libraries are all part of the Flint River Regional Library System.

But the library system’s recent decision to withdraw funding for Fayette County Library Director Christeen Snell by the end of this year has some questioning what benefit the county gets from its annual contribution to FRRLS. Read More»

PTC family hosts East European orphans

Siblings, Diana, 10, and Roman, 8, enjoy an American Fourth of July celebration. Photo/Special.

A story in a newspaper over five years ago led Don and Debra Shoaf of Peachtree City to New Horizons for Children, an international hosting program for orphaned children, and their hope is that their story will lead others to the same place.

LeAnn Dakake leads a small missions team to orphanages in Eastern Europe each year to look for older children, ages 8-16, who stand little chance of being adopted and would benefit from experiencing life in a loving, stable, Christian family in America. Read More»

All-Republican commission approves countywide tax hike

Cities pushed for relief from 9-1-1 funding obligations

Fayette County residents and businesses will have a new tax on their property tax bills this year.

And they have the municipalities of Fayette County to thank, as the arrangement was brokered after the cities told county officials they no longer wanted to pay their portion of E-9-1-1 center expenses from their general funds. Read More»

McCarty: Instead of stormwater fees, use current SPLOST funds

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty. File photo.

Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty says he has a solution that will avoid imposing a new stormwater fee on residents in unincorporated Fayette County.

The $18 million in stormwater projects can be funded with money from the county’s 2003 transportation sales tax, McCarty said at last week’s commission meeting. County staff previously has told the commission such is not possible because the stormwater projects don’t match up with the county’s SPLOST road projects. Read More»