Fayette County

After 1st cuts, Fayette in line for $320 million in T-SPLOST

Based on the first cut of a smorgasbord of proposed transportation projects announced July 7, Fayette County looks to be in line for about $320 million Read More»

Nude pix lead to man's arrest

Sheriffs: Fayetteville man sent unsolicited nude photos using cellphone

A Fayetteville man was arrested June 30 for sending unsolicited nude photos to three victims via his cellphone, Fayette County sheriff’s investigators said.

Thruman H. Jones, 53, was charged with five counts of distributing obscene materials depicting nudity.

The incidents occurred on June 13, June 20 and June 27, investigators said. Read More»

County: public comment won’t be moved

Citizens retain ability to address commissioners at beginning of meetings

Citizens wishing to address the Fayette County Board of Commissioners will still be able to do so near the beginning of the meetings.

The commission flirted with the possibility of moving public comments to the end of the meeting, but instead commissioners agreed at a workshop Wednesday to leave the public comments near the top of its bi-weekly agenda.

Moving the comments to the end of the meetings would have prevented citizens from being able to speak to the commission about items on that meeting’s agenda until after the commission made its decisions, noted Commissioner Lee Hearn. Read More»

Updated: arrest in 1 PTC wallet theft

Updated: arrest in 1 PTC wallet theft

Peachtree City police have arrested a Sharpsburg woman in connection with a wallet stolen from Hibbett Sports July 2.

Tracy Jones, 50, of Sweet Bay Drive was arrested Wednesday, the same day police released a photograph of a “person of interest” in the case. She has been charged with one count of theft by taking and one count of financial transaction card fraud.

According to police, after the wallet was stolen from the Hibbett Sports, there was an attempt to use a Visa debit card from the wallet at the nearby Target store, which is also in the Kedron Village shopping center. Read More»

Comparing 3 shopping destinations by their car tags

Who shops at the Fayette Pavilion in Fayetteville, The Avenue in Peachtree City and Ashley Park in Newnan? Which counties do these people come from to spend their money?

It turns out that each retail area benefits significantly from having out of county shoppers travel to these three venues to potentially spend their money and add to the sales tax rolls. A June 25 survey by The Citizen showed that auto tags registered in other counties accounted for approximately 65 percent of vehicles at the Pavilion, 54 percent at The Avenue and 41 percent at Ashley Park. Read More»

8th arrest made in 2010 Shiloh Mobile Home Park arson, fraud

An eighth person has been arrested by Fayette County Sheriff’s investigators in connection to a case of insurance fraud relating to an August 2010 arson fire at a residence in the Shiloh Mobile Home Park near Peachtree City.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Brent Rowan said Fayette County investigators with the assistance of Richland County South Carolina Sheriff’s Office, the Columbia, S.C., Police Department and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) made an arrest on June 29 in connection with an arson for profit investigation which began on Aug. 4, 2010. Read More»

Jobless rate down to 8.1% in Fayette, up in PTC

The recession continues to wear on in Fayette County. The unemployment rate in Fayette County dropped slightly to 8.1 percent in May while the rate in Peachtree City rose to 7.2 percent.

The jobless rate in Fayette County edged down a tenth of a percent in May to 8.1 percent, or 4,078 people out of work in a countywide workforce of 50,097. The jobless rate was 8.2 percent in April and 8.3 percent in May 2010. Read More»

Family, friends marvel at Ory Stoker’s spirit after crippling dive

Life can change in a moment.

Gregory Stoker, 31, known as Ory to his friends and coworkers, was playing with some kids by a pool at a family reunion in Thomasville on June 25. The kids were chasing him with water balloons and Stoker dove into the water and did not immediately resurface.

“He was blue, he wasn’t breathing and my sister did CPR while we called 9-1-1,” said Stoker’s mother, Kathryn. “He told me he remembers hitting the bottom and realizing he couldn’t move before everything went white.” Read More»

PTC Council to talk priorities, public input during budget hearing

The next workshop meeting on the proposed $28 million budget for Peachtree City is scheduled for Monday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The big decision facing the council will be whether to increase the millage rate by close to 1 mill (.098), which would raise enough tax revenue to counteract the decrease in property tax values. Read More»

City manager aims to ‘streamline’ PTC functions

Jim Pennington, Peachtree City's new city manager. Photo/John Munford.

When Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington visited the city for his first and second interviews, he was struck by its beauty.

So much so, in fact, that on the way home from his second trip, his wife Dee noticed he was nervous.

Pennington said it was all because he really wanted the job.

“The first time I went back going ‘oh, my gosh, what an opportunity this would be,’” Pennington said in an interview last week. “I’ve been in some very nice cities ... but this is something just special.” Read More»