Fayette County

UPDATED: Scott Brown drops out of PTC race; Dienhart is in; forums ahead

UPDATED FOR PRINT Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011 — One half of Peachtree City’s City Council election has been decided well before election day. Smokerise resident Scott Brown Monday morning announced that he is withdrawing his candidacy for the Post 2 council seat. That leaves Robinson Woods Estates resident George Dienhart as the only remaining candidate for Post 2. Read More»

Former Patriot star Taylor takes world title in triple jump, sets sights on Olympic gold

Christian Taylor shows off his gold for winning the world title in triple jump. Photo/Special.

Christian Taylor, a two-time state champion with the Sandy Creek High School track team and current senior at the University of Florida and member of their track team, recently won a world title in the triple jump in Daegu, South Korea.

“I’ve been working towards this from the beginning,” said Taylor. “Any athlete wants Olympic gold and this is the closest thing for me so far.”

With his jump of 58-feet-11.25-inches (17.96 meters), Taylor announced his presence on the world stage and his intention for contending for a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London next summer. Read More»

Officials get dunked for local charities at Lunch on Lawn

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele splashes into the dunking tank Friday on the courthouse lawn. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayetteville Main Street is known for sponsoring “Lunch on the Lawn” on the grounds of the old courthouse in downtown Fayetteville during the spring and summer months. But the Sept. 10 event provided an additional feature to the culinary and musical offerings as a number of elected officials and others participated in the local fund-raiser that had them making a splash in the dunking booth to help raise money for local non-profit organizations. Read More»

Armed robber hits PTC Pit Stop

Peachtree City Police are searching for an armed robber that held up the Pit Stop convenience store on Ga. Highway 54 and Petrol Point in Peachtree City during the nighttime hours Sept. 12. No one was injured in the robbery. Read More»

Steve Allen: Why I’m running against Eric Imker for PTC Council

This is my introduction and reasons why I am running for Peachtree City Council Post 1.

My wife and I have been married for 14 years and we have two children. My career, which is in the Information Technology (IT) industry, has spanned more than 30 years in sales, development and delivery positions responsible for growing multi-million-dollar revenue streams and achieving budget productivity objectives. Read More»

Trolley tales: The myth of ‘grants’

The Citizen reported it: Peachtree City may get a Tourism Product Development Grant to cover part of the cost of a “film tour trolley.”

A grant. Makes it sound as if someone else were paying for it, right?

Sorry, that’s not true. Any “grant” money we might get is just our own money, paid in taxes to some government agency, and returned to us minus a brokerage fee.

Not only are we paying the full cost of the trolley, but we’re also paying for the privilege of begging a bureaucrat to return our own money to us. Read More»

Sidewalks to nowhere in a city of cart paths

The forethought and design of Peachtree City and the 90 miles of paths intertwined within makes it an ideal place to live. Whether you’re walking, running, cycling or carting, the paths provide a means of fun, safety and access. It eliminates the danger and congestion of automobile traffic, crosswalks, and red lights. Wow! What a concept!

Sidewalks in Peachtree City, you have to be kidding! Have you seen them? They’re not even sidewalks. Just mere cement pads to identify crosswalks. What a joke, besides a waste of time and money that could be used elsewhere. Read More»

Why is our tax money going to communists?

It would be interesting to see a tally of how much tax money Peachtree City collects from refugees of communism, having escaped Europe, Asia and Latin America.

From military members who have fought with service and blood against communism and from families who have lost loved ones in this never ending fight.

Yet the Peachtree City Council sees it fit to use part of this tax money, the people’s money, $50,000 to support a communistic enterprise masquerading under the name of SANY, subsidizing them, so they can compete in free world markets. Read More»

The absurdity of Fayette subsidizing the feds

The majority of our Board of Commissioners, composed of Chairman Herb Frady, Commissioner Lee Hearn and Commissioner Robert Horgan, continue to astound us with their unbelievably poor decision-making abilities.

You’ve got the West Fayetteville Bypass, the appointment of relatives to oversee their re-election campaigns, an illegal meeting to take control of the Board of Elections, the vote to keep Fayette County in the regional mass transit plan and the rejection of the proposal to use HB 240 to save the 2012 budget. The list goes on and on. Read More»

Councilwoman Fleisch: Recalling the days that changed our lives

Early last week, while doing things in and around Peachtree City, I overheard a conversation between two women. They were discussing the 9/11 remembrances going on across the country; the gist of the conversation was this: “that it was time to get over it.”

I was flabbergasted and couldn’t believe what I had heard, “get over it.” As I watched the memorial service at Ground Zero Sunday morning I couldn’t get that conversation out of my mind as I watched the names of those who perished that day scroll across the TV screen. Read More»

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