Fayette County

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»

Celebrating Juneteenth in Fayetteville

Celebrating Juneteenth in Fayetteville

Longtime members of the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP gathered at the Church Street Park in Fayetteville June 18 for the local organization’s first Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. It commemorates the date of the arrival in Texas of the news of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation during the Civil War. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A literal 2-car pile-up

A literal 2-car pile-up

No one was injured, but this two-vehicle crash left an odd scene around lunchtime Tuesday in the parking lot adjacent to the Fayetteville Krystal restaurant. The collision forced the minivan to nearly rollover before it came to rest against the hood of the sport utility vehicle. The occupants of the minivan, including several children, were able to escape on their own before ambulances arrived. Photo/John Munford.

Scouts take aim for gun safety

Scouts take aim for gun safety

These local scouts learn gun safety and shooting skills with air rifles as part of the many activities last week at Cub Scout Day Camp at Providence United Methodist Church just east of Peachtree City. They were among more than 250 who participated in a variety of activities including canoeing, marbles, and slime-making, just to name a few. Photo/John Munford.

PTC city manager: ‘We must shift focus’

Dear Editor and Peachtree City residents: Many of you have probably read about the reorganization of the city government that was approved last night [June 16]. You may be asking yourselves if your new city manager and the Council who hired him are completely out of their minds. I understand your concerns. Read More»

Citizens, come have your say on taxes

Last July, approximately 55 percent of those who voted in the county commissioner election voted for Steve Brown and Allen McCarty. The platform of Brown and McCarty was for change: anti-West Bypass, anti-SPLOST, and anti-mass transit. Your newly elected commissioners have been diligently working toward those ends. But they are outnumbered 3 to 2. They need your help. Read More»

Brown: Government openness, accountability has to start at local level

We are rapidly approaching one of our nation’s most sacred holidays: Independence Day.

I am often frustrated at how our modern society has smoothed all the rough edges off of the Founding Fathers through a sort of historical canonization process. The road to creating our great country was a treacherous, rowdy and often painful trek into mostly uncharted reasoning and practices.

Creating a democracy was grueling, and defending it through the generations has been equally demanding. Read More»

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