Fayette County

Fayette’s jobless rate at a 20-year peak

The roller-coaster ride called unemployment just hit its highest point in Fayette County in more than two decades. The 9.3 percent jobless rate in June is the highest seen here since 1990. Peachtree City in June also saw a large jump in the jobless rate. Read More»

PTC Mayor Haddix faces almost certain censure from council

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix (L) and Councilman Eric Imker. File photo.

A dispute over decorum will come to a head at the Peachtree City Council meeting Thursday night with an unprecedented vote to officially censure a sitting mayor.

That’s when council is expected to adopt a resolution formally reprimanding Mayor Don Haddix for criticizing current and former city employees, elected officials and appointed officials.

The resolution also raps Haddix for criticizing several governmental agencies, including the Fayette County Development Authority and the Atlanta Regional Commission, “which has damaged the city’s relationship with those and other agencies.” Read More»

School closings on the table for Fayette School Board

From left, Fayette County Board of Education member Janet Smola and Chairman Bob Todd. Photos/Ben Nelms.

Revenues falling, expenses rising, BoE begins next year’s budget talks now; how about a 4-day school week?

Money is tight, and school enrollment is stagnant or falling. So the Fayette County Board of Education met Aug. 1 to talk about what to do about a shortfall of $9-10 million at the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year next July.

Among the ideas to increase revenues: Let out-of-county students pay tuition to attend Fayette schools, plus aggressively rent out school facilities after-hours to churches, civic and other groups. Read More»

Changes to F’ville business park zoning district to be studied

A proposed amendment to the Fayetteville Business Park (BP) zoning district adds a number of new permitted uses that city staff say will help create planned development and related commercial opportunities for the city’s future. The measure will come before the City Council for a vote at the Aug. 4 meeting. Read More»

Olive Garden restaurant approved for F’ville

The area along Ga. Highway 85 just south of the Fayette Pavilion will soon see the beginnings of a second new restaurant approved by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission in the past few months.

The old Bugaboo Creek restaurant site will soon be demolished to make way for an Olive Garden restaurant. Commissioners in late April also approved a LongHorn Steakhouse one block to the south at the site of the former Johnny Carino’s restaurant. Read More»

F’ville OKs Kroger fuel center

The Kroger grocery store on North Glynn Street in Fayetteville received approval July 26 from the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission to install a fuel center in the area of the parking lot area near Taco Bell and Popeye’s.

Kroger will install a 785 square-foot kiosk building at its Banks Crossing store. The fuel center will include six pump islands with six double-sided fuel dispensers, according to development plans.

The station will be situated in an area of the parking lot between the Taco Bell restaurant to the south and Popeye’s restaurant to the north. Read More»

PTC cancels discussion to kill development authority

A discussion about possibly dissolving the Development Authority of Peachtree City won't be taking place at Thursday night's City Council meeting after all.

The matter, which was initially placed on the agenda at the request of Councilman Eric Imker, has since been removed from the meeting agenda. The Citizen received notice of the change after the Wednesday print edition was sent to press.

The reason for the cancellation was not mentioned in the notice submitted by the city. Read More»

PTC must justify cop car numbers

The letter from Jeff Christian in the July 27 issue of The Citizen sparked my curiosity. I wondered how one might determine if the amount of police vehicles, on hand and requested, was justified.

Being a senior citizen with time to spare, and having a friend of 50-plus years who recently retired as chief from the police department in my boyhood home town in New Jersey, I asked him for his take on our department’s vehicle proposal. Read More»

Numbers show PTC has too many vehicles

Last week in this space it was revealed that currently the Peachtree City Police Department maintains 94 vehicles. (It has since been learned that 59 of the 94 are used as transportation for officers to get themselves to and from home!)

The Police Department maintains more vehicles than there are personnel in the department. But, that’s only half the story.

The other half of the story is that Peachtree City taxpayers support an additional 94 city maintained vehicles. A total of 188. One for every 183 residents! Read More»

The lessons of the grouper: Fried or grilled?

During a recent visit to the Georgia Aquarium, I watched “goliath grouper” swim by through a viewing window that was two feet thick at the Ocean Voyager exhibit. At approximately 600 pounds, imagine the barbecue we could have with just one fish!

As I listened to the expert, I learned that eating grouper is not sustainable. Grouper can live up to 50 years, but don’t reproduce fast enough to keep up with the demand. In other words, if we keep eating grouper at the current rate, they will soon become extinct. Salmon, tuna, and tilapia are much better choices. Read More»

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