Fayette County

Mr. Larry Glen Vickers, age 65, of Fayetteville

Mr. Larry Glen Vickers, age 65, of Fayetteville, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2011.

He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Mr. Vickers is survived by his wife, Nancy Vickers; son Richie Vickers of Fayetteville, daughters Debbie Vickers and Carri Vickers of Sacramento, CA; grandchildren, Kayce, Codie, Kyle, Tim and Arianna.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville. The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 10 AM.

Mr. James Edward Butler, Sr., 85, of Fayetteville

Mr. James Edward Butler, Sr., of Fayetteville, passed away on June 20, 2011 at the age of 85.

Mr. Butler was a dedicated provider, loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He was an Army veteran who proudly served his country during WWII, serving in the Philippines. Following his military service he worked for the Boomershine Automotive Service Center until his retirement. During his retirement Mr. Butler served as a Pastor’s Associate at Kenwood Baptist Church where he had attended for many years.

He is preceded in death by his wife Nona Bowen Butler. Read More»

7 from Fayette achieve Girl Scouts’ highest award

Elizabeth Schmidt of Peachtree City. Photo/Special.

Seven young women from Fayette County were among 79 Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta who recently earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award girls can earn in Girl Scouts.

The seven are as follows:

Katherine Burke of Peachtree City, founded a special education club at Bennett’s Mill Middle School to give main stream teens opportunities to interact positively with special needs students. She is the daughter of Barbara and Brenden Burke. Katherine has been a Girl Scout for 11 years and is a rising junior at Fayette County High School. Read More»

Couple recovering after Tuesday crash

A local couple who were injured in a two-car collision with a sheriff's deputy late Tuesday morning continue to recover in separate hospitals.

Gerald and Linda Sudduth received several injuries in the crash, according to family friend Carol Hamner. Gerald Sudduth suffered broken ribs, a fractured back and multiple contusions and lacerations, Hamner said. He is recovering in the intensive care unit at Grady Memorial Hospital where is is conscious "and very concerned for his wife," Hamner said. Read More»

Brown to get his say on shift of SPLOST money away from bypasses

At Thursday night’s Fayette County Commission meeting, Commissioner Steve Brown will make his argument to shift transportation SPLOST revenues, earmarking the money for a host of projects that he considers critical.

Brown attempted to make such a pitch at the June 9 commission meeting, but he was halted by Commission Chairman Herb Frady, who brought up a policy that requires commissioners to submit supporting written documents two weeks in advance for items discussed on the regular commission agenda. Read More»

Selling gold, silver in Fayetteville? Smile for cop cam

If you want to sell gold or silver jewelry in Fayetteville soon, your face and thumbprint will go into a police digital database first, under a proposed new ordinance being considered by the Fayetteville City Council. Read More»

New 9-1-1 tax, fire tax hike in Fayette’s $88.6 million budget set for vote Thursday

Thursday night, the final public hearing is scheduled for the proposed $88.6 million budget for all of Fayette County government for fiscal year 2011-2012, including the water system and all other operations.

And although they are not voting on the millage rate, the budget sets up a new 911 tax to fund the county’s 911 center, which is currently funded through the general fund of each municipality and the county.

This new 911 tax would be created by a tax district, with a .2 millage rate that would cost $19 a year on a home valued at $250,000. Read More»

PTC budget gives 2% bonus to city staff

Mayor Haddix: Cut services, don’t hike taxes, make recreation fee-based

Peachtree City’s 238 employees are in line for a 2 percent “incentive” bonus in the next fiscal year, a pay bump the City Council calls “essentially a cost of living increase.”

The proposed $28 million budget for Peachtree City also includes a property tax rate increase — though not an increase in money received — Read More»

Fayette County High School’s Class of 1936 celebrates 75th reunion

Attending the 75th Fayette County High School reunion are seated from left, above: Alma Jones Edwards, Martha Stinchcomb Schell Harris, Mildred Davis Swygert, and Weymon Newton. Standing from left: Sarah Adams Rivers, Elizabeth Swanson Stephens, and Elizabeth Dumas Brown. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

The 1936 Fayette County High School graduating class recently celebrated its 75th reunion with six of its members on hand. It was a luncheon held at the Fayette Senior Services Center in Fayetteville.

When these seniors graduated, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was campaigning for a second term and the country was months away from the double dip seven years into what became known as the Great Depression. World War II was still five years away, and “Gone with the Wind” had just been published a few weeks earlier. Read More»

UPDATED: Sudden dismissal of long-time PTC Rec head angers many

2009 file photo of Peachtree City Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo.

UPDATED for Wednesday print edition — Having retired in 2002, former Peachtree City Manager Jim Basinger has kept away from City Council meetings.

That changed Thursday night as he spoke up for former employee Randy Gaddo, whose position as director of leisure services was later eliminated in a “reorganization” of city depar
tments that was approved unanimously by council.

Basinger said with five grandchildren now, he appreciates all the recreation the city has to offer even more. Read More»