Fayette County

PTC police lauded for traffic safety efforts

Department wins 3rd in national competition; also cited with technology award

The Peachtree City Police Department has achieved a nationwide accolade for having one of the best traffic safety programs in the United States.

The department won third place in the National Law Enforcement Challenge among city police departments which have between 46 and 75 sworn officers. It also won the competition’s overall “Technology Award” for new and innovative approaches to improving traffic safety through the use of technology.

The competition focuses on three major traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, impaired driving and speeding, police said. Read More»

Chattahoochee Bend State Park opens in northwest Coweta

To say it is scenic would be an understatement. The nearly 3,000-acre Chattachoochee Bend State Park, Georgia’s first in nearly 20 years, opened July 1 in northwest Coweta County. Located off Flat Rock Road, the park with seven miles fronting the Chattahoochee River provides a host of amenities and wilderness area for hikers and campers. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was some time in the making, but Georgia’s newest state park opened July 1. The nearly 3,000-acre Chattahoochee Bend State Park is located off Flat Rock Road in northwest Coweta and includes a number of amenities and seven miles of property fronting the Chattahoochee River.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park is one of Georgia’s largest, covering 2,910 acres, according to the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, providing visitors with what has been called a spectacular tract of protected wilderness area. The park will be a haven for paddlers, campers and anglers, DNR said. Read More»

Feds launch program on radon gas exposure

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, and the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Veterans Affairs have joined forces to help save lives and create healthier home and school environments for America’s families. The plan announced in June brings together commitments that help to reduce exposure to radon and protect the health of Americans through leveraging and advancing existing state, local, and national programs. Read More»

Brown's Mill Battlefield group to host several Confederate lectures

July was a historic month in the year 1864 for Newnan, Coweta County. Not only were Newnan's seven hospitals filled with hundreds of Confederate wounded brought in from other battles, on July 30, a cavalry battle was fought 3 miles south of town at Brown's Mill. Both Confederate and Union wounded were brought in to be treated by the doctors and nurses located here. Life was never the same in Newnan after that day. Read More»

Brooks councilman named police chief in Chatt Hills

Brooks Town Councilman Lewis Harper was recently hired as the new Chattahoochee Hills Police Chief. Harper brings to the job a working knowledge of municipal matters and more than three decades in law enforcement. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For Brooks Town Councilman Lewis Harper retirement after a career in law enforcement was not enough. Harper was recently hired as the new police chief in Chattahoochee Hills.

Harper’s career in law enforcement to date spans more than three decades. He started work in College Park in 1973 and retired from the department in July 2006.

Harper said he was contacted in November about assuming the position of interim chief in the south Fulton County city. Read More»

Skeletal remains found in east Coweta near PTC

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office is the investigating the discovery of a human skull and a large number of bones found July 5 by a surveyor working on the east side of Trinity Fellowship Church just south of Ga. Highway 54 East near Line Creek and Peachtree City. Read More»

Haddix claims 'part drunk' assertion was true

Current PTC mayor defending self from libel suit filed by former mayor Logsdon

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix is claiming that his assertion in a February email to a city staffer that former Mayor Harold Logsdon was “part drunk” during meetings is true.

Haddix, who is being sued by Logsdon for libel, claims that a witness has testified under oath that Logsdon had alcohol on his breath during a City Council meeting and also “was red in the face and perspiring.”

The identity of the witness is not disclosed in Haddix’s formal answer to the libel lawsuit filed by Logsdon. Read More»

County puts hold on stormwater decision

Citing a need for more information, the Fayette County Commission has postponed a decision to create a new stormwater utility and subsequent fee on residents of unincorporated Fayette County.

At its Wednesday workshop, several commissioners asked for specific data about the proposal, which would cost about $50 a year for the average size home. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — June 28 – July 4

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, June 28 — Monday, July 4

Elizabeth M. Clark, 38, of Westminister Village, Sharpsburg, for no drivers license.

Willie A. Fairure, 47, of Golfview Drive, Conyers, for abandonment of spouse or child.

Robert L. Frisby, 55, of Jordan Place, Fayetteville, for driving with suspended license. Read More»

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»