Fayette County

UPDATED: Fayette angling to keep Chris Snell on as county library head

UPDATED FOR PRINT EDITION for JULY 20 — Fayette County officials are trying to come up with Plan B to keep Fayette County Library Director Christeen Snell in her job past the end of this year.

County Manager Jack Krakeel explained that the county will be working toward retaining Snell, who was recently let go by the Flint River Regional Library System. Read More»

Gazebo, garden planned for Braelinn Elementary to remember Anna Van Horn, 9

Raising money for Anna’s garden — Students and parents from Braelinn Elementary School ran a lemonade stand at a recent concert at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater to raise money in memory of their classmate, Anna Van Horn. Photo/Special.

More than $10,000 has been raised for the Anna Van Horn memorial fund, as her parents have been overwhelmed with support from neighbors, friends, folks they didn’t even know and Anna’s third-grade classmates from Braelinn Elementary School.

Anna, 9, drowned in the Chattahoochee River June 3 in a tubing accident, despite the fact that she wore a lifevest. Read More»

Cities, county to get briefing on regional 1¢ sales tax proposal

Representatives of each local government in Fayette County will get a briefing this Wednesday night about the process of compiling transportation projects for a proposed regional sales tax that will be voted on in 2012.

The meeting will take place at Fayetteville City Hall at 7 p.m. (July 20) and the public can attend.

Officials from the Atlanta Regional Commission are slated to make the presentation. Read More»

F’ville set to adopt $9.4M budget Thursday; tax rate still uncertain

It will be a full agenda July 21 when the Fayetteville City Council is expected to adopt a $9.41 million Fiscal Year 2012 budget and decide on an ordinance requiring new criteria relating to the sale of precious metals.

The council is also expected to vote on a measure that would allow incentives on development by reducing, waiving or negotiating the payment of impact fees and sewer proportionate fees. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — July 5 – July 11

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, July 5 – Monday, July 11

Jason A. Bard, 30, of Timber Ridge Court, Lawrenceville, for probation/parole violation.

Travis L. Braden, 37, of Shaw Road, Sharpsburg, for probation/parole violation.

Sloan M. Broome, 17, of Fairfax Court, Fayetteville, for shoplifting.

Joshua L. Brown, 25, of Welcome Sargent Road, Newnan, for probatioin/parole violation. Read More»

Public gets say Thursday on $27.7 million PTC budget

Citizens will get another chance to sound off about the proposed $27.7 million budget for Peachtree City at a public hearing Thursday night. Read More»

PTC Mayor Haddix slams Councilman Imker on ‘smoke and mirrors’ budget

PTC mayor says councilman flip-flopped on tax increases

A disagreement over City Council budgeting tactics now has Mayor Don Haddix on the offensive against fellow Councilman Eric Imker. In a letter to the editor in the July 20 edition, Haddix chides Imker for promising to avoid property tax increases when he ran for election in 2009, only to vote for a property tax increase in 2010. Read More»

Name this robber

Robber brandishes semiautomatic during SunTrust heist last Thursday, the second bank robbery in Fayetteville within a week. Photo/Fayetteville Police Department.

Police hopeful public will ID hardhat bank robber

The lone gunman who robbed the SunTrust Bank off Ga. Highway 85 North in Fayetteville didn’t know it, but the bank had better than average surveillance cameras in place when he struck July 14.

That led to higher-quality photos which Fayetteville police hope will help identify the gunman, who wore a yellow construction hat with a red bandana around his neck. Read More»

Big boxes are not the answer for PTC

Sales taxes aren’t going to rescue the Peachtree City budget, and selling on the cheap city property near Line Creek so another big box store can be built is a short-sighted plan.

This new shopping center will not generate more sales tax, but only shift sales and sales taxes from the Target and Kedron Kroger, Peachtree Crossing, Westpark, Braelinn, Publix and Peachtree East and other existing shops. (There may be a brief surge as people explore the “new,” but after that, sales will fall to today’s levels.) Read More»

Mayor Haddix: ‘Which is the real Eric Imker?’

“’You ran on the premise of no tax increases,’ Posey said of Imker, ‘... And I think this is the time to rein in the belt, not spend, spend, spend.’”

“Imker later noted that he devised more than $2 million in budget cuts last year that were defeated on separate council votes. And because the city faced a severe projected budget shortfall, the other choice was to raise taxes, Imker said.” Read More»