Fayette County

From bookstore to tool store: Harbor Freight Tools coming to empty Barnes & Noble

There will soon be a new business operating at the site of the former Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Uptown Square commercial development on Ga. Highway 85 North in Fayetteville. Nationwide retail tool supplier Harbor Freight Tools is expected to open its Fayette County location in the coming months.

The 21,000 square-foot store across Hwy. 85 from the Fayette Pavilion will soon become the home to a wide variety of power, air and hand tools, generators, automotive and motorcycle accessories, lawn and garden equipment, garage and shop items and general merchandise. Read More»

Churchill’s great-grandson: Come to London, FCHS Chorus

Fayette County High School Chorus Director Richard Prouty (L) accepts the invitation of Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandson, Duncan Sandys, the Lord Mayor of the city of Westminster in London. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandson, Duncan Sandys, and also the Lord Mayor of the city of Westminster in London, made a personal appearance at Fayette County High School Friday to invite the school’s chorus to perform in the London International Choral Festival taking place in London, England Dec. 27, 2011 through Jan. 4, 2012.

The choral festival is being held in conjunction with the London New Year’s Parade, according to school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach. Read More»

F’ville Council resolution supports county transportation plan; proposed projects listed

The Fayetteville City Council on March 3 adopted a resolution supporting potential projects that will be reviewed for potential inclusion in the regional transportation 1-cent sales tax initiative going before voters in mid-2012. The measure, consisting mainly of local projects, is expected to be considered by other local Fayette County governments in the coming days.

City Director of Public Services Don Easterbrook in a recent letter said Fayetteville’s resolution is part of the Fayette County submittal. Read More»

Ground is broken for Fayette Library expansion; will add 5,000 square feet

Last week the community celebrated as ground was officially broken for the 5,000-square-foot expansion of the Fayette County Library in downtown Fayetteville.

The expansion will add about 1,000 square feet added to the large meeting room including a stage. The other 4,000 square feet will be added to create a new reading room on the opposite side of the library, which will also create more room for bookshelves, tables, study areas and several meeting rooms for private groups to study together. Read More»

Sandy Creek’s Rabold moves to Whitewater

Long-time Sandy Creek High School Principal Roy Rabold prepares to become principal at Whitewater High School. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Longtime Sandy Creek High School Principal Roy Rabold will be saying goodbye to staff and the Tyrone community at the end of the school year. Rabold was approved last week by the Fayette County Board of Education to begin duties as the Whitewater High School principal beginning in June. Rabold will replace the retiring Gregory Stillions.

He goes from the high school with the smallest enrollment in Fayette — 1,176 students — to the school with the third-highest — 1,533. McIntosh High in Peachtree City is the school with the largest enrollment in the county — 1,634. Read More»

Apartment developer's lawsuit: PTC Council's rezoning refusal is racist

In a Superior Court lawsuit filed last year, senior apartment developer NorSouth Company accused Peachtree City of denying a rezoning proposal based on racism. The city denied the allegation in its response to the lawsuit, which ultimately was settled last week as the City Council reversed course under pressure from lawsuits filed in both Fayette Superior Court and in federal district court. Read More»

F’ville imposes moratorium on sweepstakes gaming

The Fayetteville City Council last week imposed a six-month moratorium on new businesses such as the Sweepstakes Internet Cafe.

The action comes after the business in Hudson Plaza on North Glynn Street that recently secured a business license to operate a business center was reported to been engaging in cash pay-outs for customers playing sweepstakes games on the premises.

Fayetteville City Manager Joe Morton Tuesday morning said the company indicated on the business license application that it would be providing services such as copying, printing and computer access. Read More»

Fayette parent charges cyber bullying – in the 4th grade

The parent of a 9-year-old girl at a Fayette County elementary school told The Citizen last week that his daughter had been the victim of cyber-bullying through a website put online by one of her classmates in the fourth grade. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrests reports: March 1 — March 7, 2011

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, March 1 - Monday, March 7

Michael Brandon Brooks, 30, of Lees Lake Road, Fayetteville, for probation violation.

Robert William Cisneros, 20, of Glenn Street, Palmetto, for probation violation.

Tarrah Diane Clark, 24, of Herchel Road, College Park, for probation violation.

Alexander Leland Coe, 23, of Stonehaven Drive, Fayetteville, for probation violation. Read More»

3 commissioners thwart the voters

Dear Chairman Frady: I attended my first Fayette County Workshop Meeting today because I fear our current lifestyle is in dire jeopardy if we are snared by ARC’s lure of money to fund local transportation projects in exchange for our joining them in their transit plan, which seems to have as its ultimate goal bringing mass transit to all the counties in the ARC.

Commissioner Brown made a well-laid-out, informative presentation about concerns of his, should Fayette County become part of ARC’s “Concept 3.” Read More»