Fayette County

Fire kills S. Fayette man

A south Fayette man died Sunday, shortly after he was rescued from his burning home, county fire officials said.

Wilson Hightower, 67, was in the house when the first fire crew arrived at 165 Weldon Road at 7:18 a.m., said Lt. Donnie Davis of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

At the time, there was heavy smoke and fire showing from the attic and Hightower’s wife, Denise, was in the front yard telling firefighters that her husband was still inside. Read More»

Mr. Talmadge Lamar Williams, 83, of Fayetteville

Mr. Talmadge Lamar Williams, 83, of Fayetteville, passed away on May 22, 2011.

Mr. Williams retired from American Homes Products after 26 years of dedicated service. He enjoyed woodworking, playing his guitar and sketching and was also a member of McDonough Road Baptist Church for 38 years. Read More»

Barbara Mucklow, of Crete, Ill.

Barbara Mucklow, of Crete, IL, passed away on Saturday, May 21st in Peachtree City while visiting her family for the winter.

She is survived by one sister, Pat Beitelshees of Elkhart, IN. Barbara is also survived by daughters Nancy (James) Knauff of Peachtree City, GA and Patricia Mucklow (Patrick Slivka) of Homewood, IL and one son, Robert (Priscilla) of Peachtree City, GA.

Also surviving are seven grandchildren:James (Aimee) Stevens, Michelle (Alex) McGee , Molly Slivka, Andrew Slivka, Rachel Read More»

Billy Ferrell Bland, 76, of Fayetteville

Billy Ferrell Bland, 76, of Fayetteville, passed away May 20, 2011.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years Carol Bland; sons Mark Bland of Yatesville, GA, Richie Bland of Griffin, and Curt Bland of Fayetteville; daughter Kimberly Oliver of Fayetteville; grandchildren Rhonda, Kandace, Dustin, Karrisse, Stevie, Kelsea, Daylie, and Marshall; 6 great grandchildren; brother C.A. Bland Jr. of Savannah, GA ; and also nieces & nephews. Read More»

Lunch on the Lawn with The Shoulderbone Creek Orchestra

Fayetteville Main Street is excited to host another wonderful opportunity for local employees and residents to get outside on their lunch break, and enjoy beautiful weather and music on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse square.

Lunch on the Lawn will take place Friday, May 27 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., and everyone is welcome to participate in this community event. Chick-fil-A will sell lunch combos for $5, but people can bring their own lunch as well. Read More»

Serious budget issues expected at Fayette BoE meeting

The Fayette County Board of Education on May 24 will hold a budget work session on the FY 2011-2012 budget that takes effect July 1. Recent figures pertaining to expected revenues and expenditures show a different story than most in Fayette County are accustomed to. The ongoing recession has effectively neutralized the long-sustained glory days when annual leaps in the Fayette economy boosted local property tax operating revenues along with increases in state dollars received from climbing student enrollment, both of which are now in decline. Read More»

New PTC officers sworn to protect and to serve

New PTC officers sworn to protect and to serve

New Peachtree City police officers Courtney Lumpkin (L) and Christopher Dukes (R) took their official oaths to protect and serve the city of Peachtree City at Thursday night’s City Council meeting. Lumpkin was joined by Takesha Carter and Dukes was supported by his fiancee Crystal Farrell. Both officers have previous law enforcement experience: Lumpkin at the Atlanta probation and federal corrections programs, and Dukes at the DeKalb County Police Department. Photo/John Munford.

Fines set for false burglar alarms in PTC

In an effort to free up police manpower, Peachtree City has approved new rules that could lead to fines for multiple false burglar alarm calls at a given residence or business.

Under the ordinance the first two false alarms are free, and the third can be free if the system owner takes an online course.

The move is in response to a staggering number of false burglar alarms. In 2010, the department responded to 2,707 burglar alarms. Only one had indicated an actual crime had occurred, according to Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark. Read More»

UPDATE: Police raid local convenience stores, arrest 11 on gambling charges

Officers stand by as alleged gaming machines are hauled out of the Pit Stop convenience store at Petrol Point and Hwy. 54 in Peachtree City Friday night. Photo/William Courtney.

UPDATED for print edition — It was back to business as usual Saturday morning — minus a truckload of pay-for-play video games — at a half dozen convenience stores in Peachtree City and Tyrone following a gambling raid Friday night. Read More»

UPDATE: Former PTC mayor sues current mayor for libel

In this composite, former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon is at left; current Mayor Don Haddix at right. File photos.

Current PTC mayor claimed predecessor was ‘drunk at meetings’

UPDATED for print edition — Former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon is suing current Mayor Don Haddix over an email to a city staffer in which Haddix said Logsdon “drank a lot and came to meetings drunk.”

Haddix served on the City Council for two years — 2008 and 2009 — while Logsdon was mayor. Haddix ran for mayor in 2009, while Logsdon did not seek reelection.

The email message, written Feb. 22 of this year, was sent to then-economic development coordinator Joey Grisham, according to the lawsuit, which was filed May 19 in Fayette County Superior Court. Read More»