Fayette County

Enrollment declines could cost 27 classroom positions

Numbers could change, but right now the Fayette County School System is looking at losing funding for more than 27 classroom teachers and parapros, mostly due to declining enrollment.

Human Resources Director Reanee Ellis last week gave Board of Education members an initial look at the possibility of losing 27.45 classroom positions.

Ellis told the board that the school system has lost 1,050 students since August 2007. Read More»

PTC terminates firefighter who reported for work drunk

Peachtree City firefighter/EMT Kevin Bernard McMullen had his employment with the city terminated Jan. 13 after reportedly showing up at work while under the influence of alcohol on Jan. 11. McMullen did not exercise his ability to appeal the Jan. 13 decision.

McMullen was hired while his father, Bernard McMullen, was city manager. The elder McMullen left the city’s employ last month.

McMullen was charged with DUI alcohol by Peachtree City Police on the morning of Jan. 11. Read More»

Nine underage drinkers arrested at rowdy party

A late night gathering at Weatherly Walk Apartments in Fayetteville last weekend resulted in the arrest of nine underage drinkers.

Fayetteville Police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw said officers at 2:30 a.m. received a call about a possible fight occurring in one of the buildings at Weatherly Walk Apartments, located in east Fayetteville off Ga. Highway 54.

After arriving at the scene officers found no altercation at the specified building but did hear a range of activity including loud music and people yelling coming from an apartment in the adjacent building, Crawshaw said. Read More»

Mayor: F'ville tax rates to be 'level' this year

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele says he anticipates “level” property taxes this year and defends his involvement in state and regional organizations during an interview with The Citizen. Read More»

Melear’s BBQ closes its doors in F’ville

A long-standing Fayetteville institution has closed its doors, maybe permanently.

Melear’s Barbecue, a fixture in the community for more than 50 years, served its last customers Saturday. Ever since the restaurant’s gravel parking lot has been empty, its famous pig statue has been lonely, and another slice of Fayette history is practically gone with the wind. Read More»

Fayette Board of Education's Terri Smith elected to state association

Fayette Board of Education's Terri Smith elected to state association

Fayette County Board of Education Chairman Bob Todd at the school board meeting Jan. 18 congratulates board member Terri Smith, who was recently elected to serve as a district director for the Georgia School Boards Association. In the background are board members Janet Smola and Sam Tolbert. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Parading for Sandy Creek High School champions

Parading for Sandy Creek High School champions

Crowds in Tyrone cheered on a cold Saturday morning, Jan. 22, as the Sandy Creek High School Band paved the way down Senoia Road for the Parade of Champions recognizing the school’s 2010 Patriot football team, Georgia’s AAA football champs (their second consecutive state title), and the 2010 Lady Patriots Volleyball team, runner-up in the statewide competition. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New school chief ‘impressed’ by Fayette students, teachers

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New Fayette County school Superintendent Jeff Bearden last week completed his first three weeks as head of the Fayette County School System. He shared his first impressions in an interview.

“I think the first thing I would like people to know are my first impressions on Fayette County and our school system. And I’m proud to use the term ‘our school system’ now and not the school system I’m looking forward to joining,” Bearden explained. Read More»

School chief: Job not created for Maine teacher friend

Fayette County School System Superintendent Jeff Bearden, fresh from Maine, has been on the job less than a month. And Bearden last week responded to several questions posed to him by The Citizen, including a query about a new female teacher from his home state of Maine who was approved for hire in December by the school board. Bearden was insistent that the teaching position was not created for this individual, Read More»

3 commissioners run closed government

Our three musketeer commissioners, Frady, Horgan and Hearn, continue the legacy of Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell. That legacy is nothing more than a manipulative, deceptive and closed process government.

As a prime example of the manipulative and closed form of government the citizens of Fayette County have been subjected to over the last four years, our former commission tried to sneak through a change in the county’s charter, which would give the commissioners control over the Board of Elections member selections. Read More»

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