Fayette County

Bond to repair, replace PTC infrastructure

Needs vary from playgrounds, tennis courts, library and more

At the Blue Smoke recreation area, one of two tennis courts sits unplayable due to problems with the surface that have left standing water in a significantly-sized puddle the day after a rainstorm.

The back entrance to the city’s library has remained cordoned off as engineers work on a repair to prevent the exterior brick surface from falling off; apparently it wasn’t fastened to the wall during construction.

The “cast house” at the city’s amphitheater is in need of major work; other tennis courts are showing their age as is much of the city’s infrastructure. 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»

Quick action helped save PTC home from fire

Peachtree City firefighters come down from the roof of the North Cove home that was believed to have been struck by lightning in the late afternoon of July 9. Photo/Special.

Fire contained to attic; neighbor called 911 quickly

A North Cove subdivision resident is very thankful for the Peachtree City Fire Department’s work to save her home from burning to the ground shortly after 6:15 p.m.

Maureen Holloway’s home at 129 North Cove is believed to have been struck by lightning during a thunderstorm, fire officials said. That touched off a fire in the attic area that was spotted by a nearby homeowner, who called 911.

Fire crews were able to limit the damage to one area of the attic, but there was a significant amount of smoke and water damage to the home, according to Assistant Fire Marshal John Dunlap. Read More»

Civil Air Patrol encourages leadership, unit helps with search and rescue

Civil Air Patrol Cadets from the Peachtree City Squadron are at the ready for a number of challenges. Photo/Matthew Niebes.

By MATTHEW NIEBES (Special to The Citizen) — Though many Peachtree City citizens have heard of the Civil Air Patrol Squadron stationed at Falcon Field, few know of the important services the CAP provides for our community and nation.

The Civil Air Patrol is the Air Force’s volunteer civilian auxiliary corps which provides invaluable support in a variety of missions and educational programs in the community. Read More»

Tubing company blamed in drowning of PTC girl

A private tubing company is to blame in large part for the death of 9-year-old Peachtree City girl who drowned in the Chattahoochee River June 3, according to an investigation conducted by the National Park Service.

When Anna Van Horn and her party signed up to rent tubes from Allsouth Tubing, they weren’t made aware of a pending water release from the nearby Buford Dam that was scheduled for about 40 minutes later. The release subsequently caused turbulent waters and ultimately led to Van Horn’s drowning, the report concluded. Read More»

Imker eyes PTC loan payoffs, calls 54W bridge land deal a stinker

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker is hopeful that the city can devote some budgetary savings toward paying off a loan or two which have less than favorable terms for the city. Read More»

Imker: PTC to woo new businesses

At an informal meeting on the Peachtree City budget between citizens and City Councilman Eric Imker last weekend, the talk turned away from budget cuts toward another side of the city fiscal picture: how to increase revenues.

One resident contended that if the city is to be run like a business, it must emulate the most successful companies that focus on revenue constantly, at every turn. Read More»

Clayton State moving to World Drive in north PTC

Clayton State University’s campus in Peachtree City will be moving northward before fall classes begin.

The Fayette County campus will be moving to office space at 100 World Drive, on the northern end of Peachtree Parkway across from the Kedron Village shopping center.

The big move coincides with the success of the program, which offers dual enrollment for high school students as well as degree completion programs, psychology and business degrees for part-time students, and the MBA. Read More»

Fayette County to pursue land acquisition policy

At the suggestion of Fayette County Commissioner Allen McCarty, county officials are going to pursue a written policy for how it handles land acquisition for all projects.
The commission agreed last week to pursue the policy, which McCarty said should be at least as stringent as those used by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Read More»

Fayetteville nurse wins healthy $10,000 lottery prize

Esther Kelechi of Fayetteville holds the presentation check for her winnings. Photo/Ga. Lottery.

A Fayetteville nurse is a two-time lottery winner. She recently won a healthy Georgia Lottery prize. Esther Kelechi, 50, won $10,000 from the latest monthly Extra Chance Maximum Green drawing.

She won $1 million from another instant game in 2008.

“I was shocked,” Kelechi said of her most recent win. “I was working out when I got the call.”

Winning feels awesome, she said.

“I’m going to pay fall tuition for my son who is at the University of Hawaii,” she said.

Since moving to Georgia from Hawaii five years ago, Kelechi said the lottery has been good to her. Read More»