Fayette County

BoE’s Tolbert gets Ride for Life

Hannah Tolbert has been busy and her efforts are paying off. The daughter of Fayette County Board of Education member Sam Tolbert is coordinating a “Ride for Life” car and bike show and benefit ride fund-raiser on June 12 to help offset her father’s expenses as he undergoes treatment for Stage 4 esophageal cancer. The fund-raiser will be held at Partner’s Pizza located at 834 South Glynn Street beginning at 11 a.m.

Hannah told The Citizen in April she was determined to put on a fund-raiser for her father that will draw a large crowd. And that is what’s happening. Read More»

Dogs (and their companions) get their day in PTC

Dogs (and their companions) get their day in PTC

The Bark for Life fund-raiser to support the American Cancer Society Relay for Life held June 4 at Drake Field in Peachtree City saw more than 40 canine entries for the various events. Watching the excitement was Mary Lou Goehring and MacKay, her 7-year-old West Highland Light Terrier. Photo/Ben Nelms.

F’ville’s first roundabout takes shape on Grady Avenue

Traffic is rerouted while Grady Avenue work is going on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Motorists traveling through the heavily-used intersection at Grady Avenue and Beauregard Avenue in Fayetteville began using a two-month detour of the area beginning June 1.

Once re-opened by the start of school on Aug. 8, the new intersection will have a look unlike anything seen before in Fayetteville. The old four-way stop will have been replaced with a large, heavily landscaped roundabout designed to keep traffic moving in every direction. Read More»

Brown: Repurpose SPLOST funds

Shift of bypass money would rescue ‘unsustainable’ budget, commissioner says

At Thursday night’s Fayette County Commission meeting, Commissioner Steve Brown will urge the reallocation of transportation sales tax revenues “as a means of bolstering the budget.” Read More»

Best sports year ever in Fayette

When the high school athletic season started last year, who knew it would arguably go down as the best in Fayette County history?

There is no doubt that sports fans in the county had become used to high schools competing for and winning state titles, but nobody could have predicted a year like this. Read More»

North to Alaska in Model A – Fayette couple drive for trip of a lifetime

Ray Besch — who portrays Santa Claus at local events — and wife Teri prepare to drive their restored 1931 Ford Model A to the Arctic Circle this summer. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It’s the story of Santa Claus and the school teacher and a trip nearly all the way to the North Pole. And it’s the story of Fayette County residents, Santa look-alike Ray Besch and Fayette County school teacher Teri Besch, who on June 1 began a 10,000 mile trip that will take them to the Arctic Circle and back in their fully restored 1931 Model A Deluxe Coupe.

Ray said the 1931 Model A Deluxe Coupe was re-built and restored to factory standards. Unlike some, the car was built to drive, not to show, Ray said smiling. Read More»

UPDATED: When will commission allow public to speak?

UPDATED: When will commission allow public to speak?

Won't require sign-up, but citizens may have to wait until end of meeting to speak

UPDATED for print version — Citizens wishing to address the Fayette County Commission in the future will not have to sign up a week in advance.

But they may have to wait to have their say to the end of any meeting, after all other business is conducted, under a proposal suggested Wednesday by Commission Chairman Herb Frady.

Frady noted that some of the citizens recently have become “boisterous” during public comments at the beginning of the meeting. Since there are sometimes Boy Scouts and other youths in the audience at the time, it’s not a good atmosphere, he said. Read More»

Haddix expresses ‘regret’ to Logsdon

The time has come to make a reply to the article in The Citizen concerning Harold Logsdon suing me in court for defamation, resulting from an email exchange on the subject of extended alcohol hours of sales. Read More»

Where’s Citizen scorn for gateway bridge?

Please tell me how the city’s incessant drumbeat request for funding of the “gateway bridge” has escaped resounding scorn and ridicule by [The Citizen].

Were you (or a representative) not at the County Commission meeting in January where the city’s mayor and engineer unabashedly and candidly admitted to missing the federally mandated deadline for final funding request submission? Did you not hear them cavalierly state that the city’s submission was several weeks past the more than once communicated submission deadline? Read More»

Citizens are my boss

The Wednesday meeting was a planning meeting, not a vote for policy.

I voted to carry the public agenda issue forward to the regular commission meeting, where the public will see what and who votes for citizens’ rights.

I am of the opinion and belief that the public comment section of the commission agenda be the FIRST item on the list.

The citizens need to freely express their opinions on the agenda items so that the commissioners will have an understanding of the citizens views of all items.

Our citizens are the BOSS. Read More»