Fayette County

For Fayetteville’s Grady Avenue, it’s roundabout time

Traffic flows smoothly Tuesday morning through Fayetteville’s first and so-far only roundabout. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Something happened at the intersection of Grady Avenue and Beauregard Avenue in Fayetteville Aug. 5 that could never have happened since the time when the four-way stop was installed years ago.

And with that event the long lines at the four-way stop are now a thing of the past.

It was on Friday afternoon that the new roundabout opened and, at one point minutes later, the advantage of the new intersection became obvious when nine vehicles passed through the intersection in 12 seconds. Read More»

Heading back on the first day of school

Heading back on the first day of school

The kids poured in to the parking lot and onto the sidewalk at Cleveland Elementary School Monday morning just in time for the first day of school. And, as usual, many of the elementary students came hand in hand with their parents, as with these first-day parents with their children. The school is on Lester Road off Ga. Highway 54 in the center of the county. Across the school system, Fayette reported 20,293 students this year compared to 20,894 students this time a year ago. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC says ‘No’ to any more big box stores on 54W

With city refusing to sell street to developer, plans undergo shrinkage

In a surprise move, the Peachtree City Council has withdrawn the possibility of selling Line Creek Court and Line Creek Circle to accommodate a shopping center off Ga. Highway 54 West directly across from the Best Buy store. Read More»

After censure, now what for council?

Thursday night’s episode of Peachtree City’s ongoing soap opera is over, the mayor was censured on a predicted 3-2 vote (anyone surprised?), and I and many other residents are asking ourselves if we can simply move on.

My idea of good government is one that is effective without the fanfare of headlines or disputes that spill over into the media. In fact, I would say the best type of local governance would be the kind that is heard from as the exception rather than the rule. An acquaintance informed me that we live in a modern day Mayberry, but with several Barneys running things. Read More»

Regional sales tax plan skews to costly but little used mass transit

Next year, we’ll have the choice to tack another 1¢ onto our sales tax for 10 years to fund transportation projects throughout the 10 counties of the Atlanta region. If a majority of the region’s voters approve the measure, everyone must pay the tax whether their individual county favored the measure or not. Read More»

PTC’s Mayor Haddix and ‘Two-Gun’ Crowley

Watching the City Council Meeting last Thursday night (streaming video) reminded me of a true story I read years ago about “Two Gun” Crowley. The mental disposition of “Two Gun” is a lot like our current mayor in Peachtree City, Don Haddix. The events of Crowley are found towards the beginning of one of the best personal and business relationship management books ever written called “How To Win Friends and Influence People,” Dale Carnegie, 1937. It is apparent that the mayor has never read the book. The true account of “Two Gun” Crowley is described in the book as follows: Read More»

State law clearly allows Fayette to use SPLOST for stormwater costs

The 2004 SPLOST ballot over the years has gotten a great deal of publicity for being unspecific. However, one thing that was specific was the language that appeared in it ...”a special 1 percent sales and use tax to be imposed for road, street and bridge purposes in Fayette County.”

We are now faced with an $18 million liability of bringing up our storm drains, culvert, and related items to good repair status. Certainly not the billion-dollar storm sewer task facing the city of Atlanta, but nonetheless large to us. Read More»

Stop trying to sell fur-lined gloves to PTC’s voters

Let’s imagine a situation in which a shop owner, in some far away place, asks the opinion of the employees in his glove shop in Peachtree City. He wants to know if they think fur-lined vs. unlined leather gloves will sell better here in Georgia.

There are five employees and three of the five explain that they think, because of our climate, that fur-lined gloves would not sell well. The other two feel that fur-lined is the way to go. Read More»

‘Enjoy Life Revival’ set for Aug. 14-17 at McDonough Road Baptist

The Rev. Dennis Nunn will be preaching “How to Actually Enjoy Being a Christian” in revival at McDonough Road Baptist Church in Fayetteville Aug. 14-17.

Nunn is founder and president of Living the New Life Ministries in Dallas, Ga. Childcare will be provided for each service. Read More»

Fayetteville First UMC will offer fitness classes this month

During the month of August, Fayetteville First United Methodist Church (FFUMC) will offer a number of fitness classes for people of all ages and abilities.

PiYo™ is a unique class designed to build strength and gain flexibility using pilates and yoga practice as a base. All levels welcome. PiYo started Aug. 8 and meets Mondays from 7 - 8 p.m.

Zumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. Classes started Aug. 9 and meet on Tuesdays from 6 - 7 p.m. Read More»

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