Fayette County

Flora Mae Perkins, 99, of Fayetteville

Flora Mae Perkins, age 99, of Fayetteville. Read More»

ATF thanks sheriff's investigators for gun case

ATF thanks sheriff's investigators for gun case

Hard work led to federal time for 12 defendants in Autrey's Armory burglary

A number of Fayette County Sheriff’s investigators have been lauded for their work in the prosecution of 12 people related to the 2007 smash-and-grab burglary of 85 guns from Autrey’s Armory off Ga. Highway 314.

The federal prosecution of those defendants netted a combined sentence of 67 years in federal prison, along with the conviction of a juvenile suspect in Fayette County Juvenile Court, according to Gregory K. Gant, the special agent in charge of the ATF’s Atlanta Field Division.

All suspects were also ordered to pay more than $50,000 in restitution, Gant said. Read More»

First Market Day of 2011 in Fayetteville Saturday

This Saturday, June 18 is the first Market Day event for 2011 and the marks the 4th year since its inception. Along with over 50 vendors, Fayetteville Main Street wants to welcome everyone to come out to the Gazebo in Downtown Fayetteville and browse through a variety of vendors showcasing their homemade and homegrown products.  Everything from jewelry, jellies, flowers, and birdhouses to organic vegetables are available for sale to the public.  The Market opens at 10 a.m. and will close at 2 p.m.  Read More»

Haddix libel defense: Logsdon remains ‘public figure’

There’s a new twist in the libel lawsuit filed by former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon against current Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix.

Haddix has already admitted that he said that Logsdon “came to meetings part drunk” in an email to a city staffer Feb. 22. Haddix also has said he “regrets” making the statement.

In addition to using the public apology as a defense, Haddix is also planning to contend that Logsdon “continues to qualify as a public figure,” according to Haddix attorney John Mrosek of Fayetteville. Read More»

F’ville eyes budget cut again, but rate may rise

The numbers have been crunched and the Fayetteville City Council on June 16 will hear the first reading of the FY 2012 General Fund budget proposal totaling $9.41 million. A decrease of $169,000 over last year, the FY 2012 budget continues the long-time hiring freeze, anticipates Read More»

PTC planners delay vote on Hwy. 54W big box retail

A proposal for a 164,000-square-foot shopping center on Ga. Highway 54 West at Line Creek Drive was presented to the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night. No vote was taken.

The plan for what is being called “McIntosh Village 2.0” includes a large “big box” tenant of up to 65,000 square feet and three junior anchors around 20,000 to 30,000 square feet each. Read More»

PTC girl, 7, raises money for missions 1 muffin, 1 cup of coffee at a time

Zara Morgan, left, with some of her Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and sister, Monse, by the coffee station. The muffins and coffee were for sale during swimming practice at the Planterra Ridge pool last week. Photo/Michael Boylan.

There are good ideas and then there are great ideas. Zara Morgan, 7, of Peachtree City had a great idea when she heard some of the parents at her sister’s morning swimming practices wishing they had a cup of coffee. If she set up a coffee stand and sold coffee and muffins, the parents needing a little morning pick me up would probably buy something. Read More»

Volunteers unveil ‘Therapeutic Garden’ at Fayette Senior Services

Volunteers rest for a moment at the Enrichment Center Therapeutic Garden long enough for a photo. They are from left: Kevin Hargrove, Joyce Peck, Tom Peck, Morgan Gibbs, Allen Coe, and Harrison Gibbs. Opening ceremonies are today at the Fayette Senior Services in Fayetteville. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Several years ago one of the board members of the Fayette Senior Center and a couple of Fayette’s Master Gardeners thought a therapeutic garden on the grounds at the center sounded like a fine idea.

That idea has come to fruition. The official opening is today (June 15) at 10 a.m. next to the Fayette Senior Center.

Because the 15,000-square-foot space was really a drainage field, fill dirt and top soil needed to be brought in. In addition, funds were needed for the project. It was estimated that the entire project would take about $65,000. Read More»

Father’s Day gift: A daughter’s kidney

Arnold Hicks stands with daughter Natalie Fields. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Natalie Fields donates one of her healthy kidneys to her dad, Arnold Hicks

Arnold Hicks will likely still get a card this Sunday from his daughter, Natalie Fields, for Father’s Day, but he got an incredible gift nearly two weeks ago when he received one of her kidneys in a transplant operation. The surgery was nearly two years in the making and it will almost certainly improve Hicks’ quality of life as well as the lives of everyone in the family.

Hicks, 59, is a Type I diabetic and he has been insulin dependent for 49 years. One of the things that diabetes does is take a toll on the kidneys, an organ that filters the blood, among other functions. Read More»

Fayette schools have unused space for 4,791 more students

Chart showing Fayette schools' enrollments, capacities and percent capacities. From the print version of The Citizen (June 15, 2011).

The Fayette County Board of Education tentatively adopted the FY 2011-2012 General Fund budget on June 7. And while the budget will be balanced using the majority of the fund balance from June 30, such an approach will not work the following year unless the state and local economies recover at lightning speed or unless millions in expenses are cut.

One of the falling revenue sources is linked to falling student enrollment. The Citizen recently looked at current and past enrollment numbers at the individual schools and the percentage of student capacity at each school. Read More»