Fayette County

What’s on regional SPLOST road list, and what’s not

A preliminary first round of cuts has trimmed some $116.8 million in Fayette County road improvement projects from the equation, at least for now, when it comes to potential funding with a regional sales tax that will be considered by voters in June 2012.

Making the cut were some $130.8 million in projects inside Fayette County, not including another $22.5 million for arguably the most significant congestion-relief project which would be just across the county line in Fairburn: improvements to the interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85. Read More»

Counting the vehicles at Fayette’s 2 busiest intersections

Ever wondered how many cars go through the two busiest intersections in Fayette County every day?

Not everyone in Fayette County travels through the intersections of Ga. Highway 54 and Ga. Highway 74 in Peachtree City or along Hwy. 54 at Ga. highways 85 and 92 in Fayetteville. But for those who do the growing congestion is old news, sometimes looking more like north metro Atlanta than what was once rural Fayette County.

So what are the traffic counts and what might the volume of traffic look like in coming years? Read More»

Have you seen this SUV?

Have you seen this SUV?

Police: Vehicle may be key to Friday RBC Centura bank robbery in Fayetteville

Police are hoping this grainy snapshot of a getaway vehicle might jog someone's memory and help solve a bank robbery from July 8 at the RBC Centura Bank in Fayetteville.

The three gunmen, armed with an assault rifle and two handguns, used duct tape to bind three of four bank employees, but none were injured, police said. One shot was fired into the air when they entered, police said.

The surveillance video shows the dye pack exploding inside the blue SUV, police said. Read More»

Appeals court upholds child exploitation verdict in PTC case

The Georgia Court of Appeals has upheld the guilty verdict from a jury that convicted a Clayton County man of soliciting sex online from an undercover Peachtree City police officer whom he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

Mohammed Bolton, 37, was convicted in March 2006 by a Fayette County Jury.

When he was arrested in October 2005, police said that Bolton was a youth minister at Harvest International Church in Jonesboro and also was a school bus driver. Read More»

N. Fayetteville SunTrust bank robbed

N. Fayetteville SunTrust bank robbed

Cops looking for maroon older model vehicle; no shots fired

Fayetteville Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred just before 2:30 this afternoon at the SunTrust bank near the Fayette Pavilion off Ga. Highway 85 and Ellis Road.

For a gallery of bank robber photos, click here.

A gunman entered the bank with a handgun and left in what was believed to be an older model maroon Chevy Impala with dark-tinted windows, according to initial police radio accounts of the scene. Read More»

Gregory Eugene Poe, 41, of Fayetteville

Gregory Eugene Poe, 41, of Fayetteville, went to be with the Lord on July 12, 2011 after an extended illness.

Gregg was born on July 22, 1969, in Chambersburg, PA. He is the much beloved son of Larry and Janis Poe of Goose Creek, SC.

He is survived by his loving wife, Carla Brannon Poe; a devoted sister Anita R. Black of Winchester, VA; a daughter, Cheri Poe of Peachtree City; a son, Aarron Poe of New Caney, TX; and his stepson, Keegan Brannon of Waleska; a niece, Amber Keehr of Winchester, VA; a nephew, John Black of Durham, NC and many extended family members. Read More»

Mr. Oliver Clyde “O.C.” Hendrix, Jr., 79, of Fayetteville

Mr. Oliver Clyde “O.C.” Hendrix, Jr., 79, of Fayetteville, passed away on July 11, 2011.

Mr. Hendrix was a member and past president of the Fayette Chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He was also a member of Fayetteville 1st United Methodist Church where he served as an usher. He proudly served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. Read More»

Woman, 78, scammed out of $4,000 by 2 false ‘Samaritans’

The circumstances of the July 8 theft of $4,000 from a woman in Fayetteville by two women posing as Good Samaritans serves as a cautionary tale for others who might find themselves in a similar situation.

Fayetteville Police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw said the July 8 incident began when a 78-year-old Jonesboro woman walked out of the Dollar Tree store at the Fayette Pavilion.

The woman was approached by a woman in her 40s, telling the victim one of her tires was flat and that someone had been called to repair it, Crawshaw said. Read More»

South Fayette home burns after lightning strike

A house on Littlefield Court off Seay Road in south Fayette County suffered substantial damage after being struck by lightning July 9. No one was home when the fire occurred.

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services spokesperson Donnie Davis said the fire was called by in neighbors at 6:35 p.m. The first units arrived at 6:38 p.m. and firefighters had the fire under control at 8:30 p.m.

The family was away from home when the lightning strike and fire occurred, Davis said. Read More»

PTC Judge Stephen Ott throws hat in ring for state court judge

Stephen Ott, city court judge for Peachtree City. File photo.

Local attorney Stephen Ott has announced he will seek election as Fayette County State Court Judge in the July 2012 non-partisan election.

New State Court Judge Carla Wong McMillian will be facing her first election then, as she was appointed to the bench in August 2010 by Gov. Sonny Perdue after her predecessor, Fletcher Sams, was appointed to an open slot as superior court judge for the Griffin Judicial Circuit, which includes Fayette. Read More»

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