Fayette County

KidzFest, FoodFest and HelpFest tomorrow at Shakerag Knoll

Nothing is free anymore, right?

Wrong!

Kidz Fest is free. The celebration of the end of summer returns Saturday, August 27th from 11 a.m. -3 p.m. There will be free rides, free prizes for the kids and free parking. Read More»

Second suspect arrested in north Fayette home invasion

A second suspect in an Aug 3. home invasion in north Fayette County has been arrested by Fayette County Sheriff’s investigators on multiple charges that included kidnapping, armed robbery and cruelty to children.

Sheriff’s spokesman Brent Rowan said Thursday that 20 year-old Thaddeus Deonte Fowler, of Clarkston, was arrested on Aug. 24 and charged with two counts of armed robbery, burglary, two counts of first degree cruelty to children, two counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping. Read More»

PTC company to expand with high-paying jobs

Council OK's $50K grant for unnamed 'large' business

A large existing Peachtree City company is gearing up to expand with a number of high-paying jobs, and the city council Thursday approved offering a grant of up to $50,000 in return. Read More»

Transportation sales tax vote won't move to Nov.

Gov. Deal abandons switch after Tea Party cries foul; vote set for July 2012 primary

The referendum on a proposed 10-year, 1 percent regional transportation sales tax will stay right where it is on the calendar: on the July primary.

Gov. Nathan Deal has abandoned an attempt to convince the legislature to move the vote to the general election in November.

In a news release, Deal said he still believes the vote should be moved “to allow as many taxpayers as possible to participate in this important decision.” But he has relented on his request due to the lengthy amount of time it would take to win consensus on the matter. Read More»

New map shrinks footprint of 13th district

Would keep Tyrone, Fayetteville intact, not split as original map proposed

Under a new congressional district map passed today by a legislative committee, Fayette County won’t have as much of a footprint in the 13th district currently held by Democrat U.S. Rep. David Scott.

State Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, told The Citizen today that the latest map gives Scott’s district about 15 percent of Fayette’s population. In contrast, the first version of the map had put about 35 percent of Fayette County in the U.S. 13th district. Read More»

2nd week Fayette schools’ enrollment down 787 from last year

Chart of enrollment numbers from individual Fayette schools year to year. Source/Fayette County School System.

The second week of classes at Fayette County schools brought a further decline in enrollment numbers from the first week, according to figures provided by the central office.

Figures for the second week of school show a loss of 787 students over the same time a year ago. The current numbers appear to continue the trend of falling enrollment that began in 2007.

Information supplied by the school system showed that the overall student count for the second week of school this year totaled 20,429 students. Read More»

Cochran to seek Post 2 on F’ville City Council

Qualifying time is fast approaching and so far two candidates have announced their intentions to run in Fayetteville. Incumbent Mayor Kenneth Steele announced last week his plan to seek re-election.

And this week, Cathy Cochran, a political newcomer, says she is running for City Council. Cochran, who has served for several years with Al Hovey-King on the Fayetteville Main Street board, is seeking the Post 2 council seat currently held by Hovey-King. Read More»

PTC Mayor Haddix gets prayer request from atheist activist

A Peachtree City atheist has sent in a prayer request to the City Council.

Al Stefanelli, the Georgia state director of American Atheists, Inc. wants Mayor Don Haddix to amend the way prayers Read More»

Fayette schools facing big changes, big choices

School survey: Will you support closing 1 middle, 2 elem. schools; 4-day school week; out-of-county students?

Fayette County School System officials soon will be surveying parents to see how many will support required cost-cutting through a fundamental re-ordering of how public school is conducted: Read More»

Picking the local high school football winners, by Citizen Sports Editor Mike Boylan

Will Mike Hilton and the Sandy Creek Patriots make it to the championship game again? Photo/John Munford.

The 2011 football preview is done. It’s in our print edition of The Citizen and available online in the digital edition by then, too.

After talking to all of the coaches, catching some scrimmages and viewing some practices, I have some ideas on how I think the season plays out for our local football teams. (To see the teams’ full schedules, check out the print or online version of the football preview.)

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