Fayette County

McIntosh girls vs. Whitewater girls in AAAA state soccer championship game

McIntosh girls vs. Whitewater girls in AAAA state soccer championship game

It’s an all-Fayette state championship girls soccer match this Friday. Top ranked McIntosh, which defeated Starr’s Mill 3-1 in Tuesday’s AAAA state semifinal, will meet Whitewater, who beat Lambert (17-4-1) 2-0. McIntosh will be seeking their seventh state title, while Whitewater, which has been in the previous two state championship games, will be seeking their second. The two teams split a pair in their earlier matches this year. Click here for the full report.

Fayette BoE braces for declining budget

Fewer students mean fewer teachers, classrooms needed; school consolidations on the horizon?

The Fayette County Board of Education on May 17 will begin a discussion that will lead to the adoption of the 2011-2012 budget by the end of June. The board in that discussion and those that will likely follow will have to grapple with rising expenses and decreasing revenues that, by 2012-2013 or sooner, could have significant consequences. Read More»

Home and private schools not cause of Fayette schools’ enrollment drop

Student enrollment in Fayette County public schools has been falling for several years. And though there are likely a number of reasons for the decrease, the flight to private schools or home schooling is not among them.

The Fayette County School System during the past six years has seen a relatively consistent average of 1,287 students per year attending private schools and another 809 being home-schooled. These figures come from the school system itself. Read More»

Mayor Haddix slammed for pushing south PTC bowling alley

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix. File photo.

A proposal to remove a zoning restriction for a bowling alley in south Peachtree City has led to criticism of Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix, who has been shepherding the project for several months.

Some critics are accusing Haddix of luring the bowling center to a site where it would violate the city’s current zoning laws instead of trying a more suitable site elsewhere.

Haddix said the City Council can vote to change the zoning if it wishes. Read More»

Church-service thief cuffed by deputies

Latoya Ellis, 31, has been arrested for helping herself to credit cards and other valuables purloined from church-goers vehicles in a series of thefts in the Fayetteville area. Photo/Special.

An Atlanta woman has been arrested for helping herself to credit cards and other valuables purloined from church-goers vehicles in a series of thefts here.

Latoya Ellis, 31, would strike in the middle of church services, and she would use credit cards immediately afterwards, often to buy shoes, investigators said. She has been linked to eight entering auto cases that occurred at New Hope Baptists Church (north campus) and Flat Creek Baptist Church dating back to April 17, and also on May 1 and May 8. Read More»

Mrs. Thelma Haley Caldwell, 83, of Fayetteville

Mrs. Thelma Haley Caldwell, 83, of Fayetteville, died May 9, 2011.

Mrs. Caldwell is preceded in death by her son Johnny Caldwell. Read More»

Which side of the alley is mayor on?

Wow, talk about betraying your constituents! Recently Mayor Haddix said to Wilshire homeowners he would fight hard to get a massive bowling alley put in across from Publix on Ga. Highway 74 South at the Senoia turnoff. His statements were AFTER about 30 homeowners had firmly stated the many reasons it was bad for them and the city.

Did you really listen to your constituents, Mr. Mayor? Or did you allow your love of bowling and dollar signs cloud your reason? Read More»

Council must be more proactive to save PTC

Lately, it has been apparent that Peachtree City no longer plans ahead. Instead we find ourselves reacting to whatever comes our way and trying to make it work.

What has happened?

What happened to the town that told everybody how it was going to be and as a result businesses felt privileged to build here? Now it seems like we are the ones that bow down to whatever is presented to us and we are constantly compromising.

Take the bowling “center” proposed for Ga. Highway 74 South across from Wilshire Estates and adjacent to Somerby senior living facility. Read More»

Why do commissioners keep secrets, vote with no explanations?

You get a funny feeling after reviewing some of the recent decisions by the Fayette County Board of Commissioners, and maybe a few questions.

There is a great deal of curiosity (suspicion?) regarding what Commissioner Lee Hearn, Commissioner Robert Horgan and Chairman Herb Frady are really up to lately.

Disbelief creeps in when you see the three commissioners spending $89,000 in tax dollars on paving a dead-end gravel road with two houses on it at the same time they claim there is no funding to do far more important projects. Read More»

O, the deceptions, the conflicts we could name

It appears that there will be a significant cost overrun to build the West Fayetteville Bypass along Tillman Road.

I was advised that there are five springs that feed water into the road area. I’m also told that the county engineer and former land acquisition specialist recently left that area stating that they were going to have to redesign the road to allow for the additional wetland problem that has been encountered.

According to the owner, the county indicated that it would have to take additional land borings to determine what would have to be dealt with. Read More»