Fayette County

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»

Mr. Billy Earnest Byrd, 69, of Buchanan

Mr. Billy Earnest Byrd, of Buchanan, GA, passed away on July 15, 2011 at the age of 69. Read More»

Joyce Disharoon Reich, 76, of Fayetteville

Joyce Disharoon Reich, 76, of Fayetteville, passed away on July 15, 2011.

Mrs. Reich proudly served her country as a member of the U.S. Navy.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert J. Disharoon.

She is survived by Roger Clayton; nieces, Cindy Rampley and her husband Lanny, and Kathy Murphy; nephew, Mike Disharoon and his wife, Cindy; several other nieces & nephews; good friend Karen Gifford.

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

In her memory please make donations to: Companion Animal Connection, 310 Debord Lane, Waleska, GA 30183. Read More»

Roy Clark comes to The Villages July 23

Roy Clark comes to The Villages July 23

On Saturday night, July 23, The Villages Amphitheater brings the country music legend and Grand Ole’ Opry member, Roy Clark, to the Fayetteville stage. Read More»

County to fix 'lodge' zoning rules

Commission gets update on library director position

With a light agenda this evening, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners agreed to have staff fix some inconsistencies in the zoning district for lodges and retreats.

County Director of Community Development Pete Frisina explained that the inconsistencies were inadvertently adopted when the county approved a wholesale set of tweaks to zoning laws back in December. The new changes will be run by the county planning commission and brought back for formal adoption by the commission at a later date, Frisina said. Read More»

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