Fayette County

PTC OKs budget transfers: $198K for Sany fee break, and $250K for more court fines

Last week the Peachtree City Council voted on several budget housekeeping items to help close out the 2009-2010 budget cycle.

One of the most significant actions was a transfer from the general fund to the impact fees as a result of the fee break granted last year to Sany Corporation in consideration for the new heavy equipment facility it is building on the southern end of the city’s industrial park. Read More»

Blood donations sought, holidays lead to drop in participation

With Thanksgiving over, it’s only natural for people’s minds to turn to the buying of gifts for the holidays.

For many it’s a time to give, and one of the best ways to give of oneself is to donate blood. Holiday donations are crucial to the American Red Cross. Blood donations typically decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day due to the holiday season and travel, Red Cross officials said. Read More»

Tyrone hosts ‘Tree Lighting’ next Friday

The Town of Tyrone has been busy with plans for the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration. The celebration will include local schools groups such as Tyrone Tempos, Burch Elementary, Flat Rock Middle School Chorus and Band to perform festive Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit. Read More»

PTC-manufactured product combats disease in Haiti

M.A. Industries produces water filter helping fight against spread of deadly cholera epidemic

A water filter produced by a legacy industry in Peachtree City has been distributed in Haiti to prevent the spread of cholera and other diseases. Read More»

Peeples students ‘Smile’

Peeples students ‘Smile’

Second graders from Peeples Elementary School sing “Smile” in celebration of the life of Mary Evelyn King, the 8-year-old who recently lost her battle to cancer, at the Relay for Life Kickoff. The event took place in Peachtree City Nov. 21. The annual Fayette County Relay for Life will take place at Falcon Field in Peachtree City on Apr. 29, 2011. Photo/Special.

Crabapple Elementary School welcomes local author

Crabapple Elementary School welcomes local author

Crabapple Elementary School in Peachtree City welcomed award-winning children's author Carole Marsh as she talked about her newest "Real Kids, Real Places" mysteries. Students listened to "the stories behind the stories," as Marsh shared interesting facts about the well-known places used as the settings of the books. "My passion is turning children into avid readers. They become readers when you make stories come alive for them from the earliest age. My most enjoyable days are spent with a roomful of children who ask lots of questions and want to learn," Marsh states. Read More»

Starr's Mill and Sandy Creek are semifinal bound

There was little drama in their quarterfinal matches tonight, but that suited the players, coaches and fans just fine. Those who braved the cold were rewarded with seeing their teams advance to the semifinals in their respective classifications on the strengths of shutouts.

For more on the games, see the story at http://www.thecitizensports.com/node/1122

Creek keeps a-truckin' with 41-0 win

Bruce Dukes scampered 60-plus yards returning a punt for a touchdown against visiting Monroe Friday night.

Sandy Creek rolled over the visiting Monroe Hurricanes 41-0 at home on another chilly night. The Hurricanes largely kept the ball on the ground but couldn't get much momentum against the Creek defense, which secured a shutout for the second week in a row.

Is flu on the rise in some Fayette schools?

There have been a undetermined number of student illnesses recently in Fayette County public schools. While those illnesses may or may not be influenza, schools have sent letters to parents urging them to take the necessary precautions. Statewide, there have been few hospitalizations and no deaths related to the seasonal flu types A and B.

“We’re not tracking numbers, but we have had a lot of kids out and a number of our schools are saying it is the flu,” said school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach. Read More»

Fayette school board hears warning of state fund cuts of up to 4%

State officials are still talking about making further cuts in education spending, Comptroller Laura Brock told the Fayette County Board of Education last week.

The cuts would come from the school system’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding, and there’s talk of either a 2 percent or a 4 percent cut, Brock said.

The 4 percent cut would cost Fayette County Schools about $1.6 million, Brock estimated. To counterbalance that cut, the school will make cuts of 4 percent in transportation and nursing services going into the middle of the school year’s budget cycle, she said. Read More»

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