Fayette County

Camels among the pines at Providence

Camels among the pines at Providence

There is nothing locally like the life-size mock-up of ancient Jerusalem found each year at Providence United Methodist Church on Bernhard Road. The Marketplace event last weekend gave the usual mass of visitors the chance to see ancient pottery-making and try their hand at a multitude of interactive exhibits such as crushing grapes, slaying Goliath, conversing with villagers and Roman soldiers and going for a camel ride. Photo/Ben Nelms.

F’ville’s Mayor Steele seeks tax-funded call center for seniors’ transit needs

’Prefers’ shifting cost later to private entity

A proposal being suggested by Fayette and a number of other counties in the 10-county Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) area is meant to address the current and future needs of the area’s rapidly aging population. Read More»

Brown: Fund East Bypass by ditching West Bypass

An effort to steer Fayette County’s remaining transportation sales tax funds toward the East Fayetteville Bypass — and away from the West Fayetteville Bypass — was introduced last week by Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown and then tabled by the full commission. Read More»

Look! In the can! It’s Plastic Man!

Look! In the can! It’s Plastic Man!

Kids at Fayette Montessori School gathered around Plastic Man (aka Jim Ries) last week at the school’s activities in support of Plastic Awareness Week. The Fayetteville resident and his two children, Carter and Olivia, produce http://OneMoreGeneration.org to bring attention to the marine and other animals that die after ingesting plastic products. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Numbers of Fayette public school students drop to 2003 level

It has been known for some time that enrollment in Fayette County’s public schools has been slipping since 2007. The Citizen looked at the number of children attending private schools or being home-schooled during the same period to see what those numbers looked like. That look showed, for the most part, a relatively stable trend over time. Read More»

PTC survey says . . . No new taxes

86% want to keep same or lower rate; majority says no to Gathering Place expansion plans

Read their fingertips ... More than two-thirds of Peachtree City residents who took the online survey this year agreed that city taxes and service levels “should remain the same.” Read More»

Keep bubble, but cut rescue team?

I don’t make it a habit to get involved in city politics, but after learning that the city plans to disband the Peachtree City Fire Department’s Dive Rescue Team due to funding cuts, I decided to email our mayor and City Council asking why they would cut funding for a valuable emergency service, yet they find funding to replace bubbles over swimming pools that are a constant drain on the city’s resources and to remediate cracks in tennis courts. Read More»

What does Animal Control do anyway?

On March 23 I came home from the hospital after cancer surgery on both arms with orders to rest. I got home from the hospital around 2 p.m. and at 3:30 my grandson, who is 10 years old, came in the door almost in shock.

The friend he was playing with has a large dog on a long rope. Jeffry went to pick up the basketball they were playing with. The dog jumped him, knocked him down and bit him on the back. He had an open wound with blood. Read More»

Libya war an abuse of presidential power

I seldom feel an impetus to join the bandwagon of Obama criticizers in this obsequiously Republican section of the country. Nonetheless I must decry the government’s recent decision to attack Libya, placing ourselves once more in the vanguard of half-witted nations. Read More»

Politicians make plans for Fayette’s future, but guided by what vision?

For some in our county, the answer to our future seems to be quite clear: conform. Then again, I am still having a difficult time attempting to discern what question they are answering. Even further, I am wondering if they are asking questions at all.

There appears to be this urge among the political leadership in Fayette County to follow the beaten path laid by the metro counties that preceded us in various growth scenarios. Read More»