Fayette County

Mr. Robert “Bob” John Bales, 85, of Fayetteville

Mr. Robert “Bob” John Bales, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away on February 11, 2011.

Mr. Bales was a WWII survivor of the Normandy invasion and went ashore at Omaha Beach. He later served under General G.S. Patton, Jr. during the occupation of Berlin. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Mr. Bales is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard J. Bales and Frances Case Bales; son Trek M. Bales; brothers, Leonard F. Bales, John K. Bales, and Donald J. Bales. Read More»

. . . Meanwhile just across the street . . .

. . . Meanwhile just across the street . . .

Workers put the new sign up for Fresh Market, which is taking the place of the “baby Kroger” at Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway on the northeast corner. Fresh Market is projecting a March 9 grand opening. Photo/Betsy Tyler, Peachtree City Public Information Officer.

Making way for Walgreens on one PTC corner, while . . .

Making way for Walgreens on one PTC corner, while . . .

A fixture on the southwest corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway for many years, Ruby Tuesday restaurant is being demolished to make way for a Walgreens drugstore three times the size of the eatery. Local resident Mary Giles saw this Feb. 16 and notified Peachtree City Public Information Officer Betsy Tyler, who shot the photo and made it available to The Citizen. While one building is being gutted to make way for another . . .

Cobb-Polizzi engagement

Rachel Allison Cobb engaged to Christopher Ian Jude Polizzi

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph (Robyn) Cobb of Peachtree City announce the engagement of their daughter, Rachel Allison Cobb, to Christopher Ian Jude Polizzi, son of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher (Deborah) Polizzi of Ormond Beach, Fla. 

The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard McWilliams, Sr. of Forest Park, GA.She is a 2004 graduate of Starr's Mill High School and attended Georgia Southern University. She is currently employed by Atlantic Southeast Airlines in Atlanta as a flight attendant.  Read More»

McCarty says bypass residents face county ‘intimidation’

At Thursday night’s meeting of the Fayette County Commission, new Commissioner Allen McCarty accused a county contractor of using “intimidation” tactics in efforts to acquire land for the second phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass.

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• He’s a commissioner but county wants McCarty’s land, too.

• Widow feels singled out for bypass condemnation after filing suit Read More»

Fayette County manager: Raise taxes to cover coming budget crunch

Property tax revenues for Fayette County government are expected to take another dip again this year, putting further pressure on the county budget. Read More»

PTC Rep. Ramsey gets key reapportionment appointment

Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, will play a pivotal role in the process of reapportionment of districts for both the state’s House of Representatives and also the state Senate later this year.

Ramsey has been assigned to chair the subcommittee for House and Senate Legislative Districts by Roger Lane, R-Darien, who chairs the House of Representatives Reapportionment Committee. Read More»

N. Hwy. 74 rezoning for gas station gets PTC cold shoulder

A proposal to build a gas station and convenience store off Ga. Highway 74 North next to two subdivisions got an informal thumbs-down from the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night.

The development plan would require a rezoning from office-institutional to general commercial, which would not be in conformity with the city’s land use plan, according to Community Development Director David Rast. Read More»

Gateway bridge, Parkway-Crosstown fix on PTC agenda

At its meeting Thursday night, the Peachtree City Council is expected to make a decision on the future of improvements to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Road.

The possibilities range from adding turn lanes to a roundabout or even perhaps a traffic light, though council has resisted the latter based on constituent requests. Read More»

A fruitful life: Friends celebrate 100 years for Ellen ‘Biddy’ Porter

A friend of the family, Doug Fields, reads a proclamation from the city of Fayetteville, and one from President and Mrs. Barack Obama, extending congratulations on the 100th birthday of Ellen “Biddy” Porter. Story on Page A3. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Born just a mile west of the old courthouse in Fayetteville a hundred years ago, Ellen Swanson Lester “Biddy” Porter has outlived two husbands, William Lester and Ken Porter, and a son, Daniel. A son, Benjamin, is still living.

Schooling was at the Masonic Lodge on Church Street, next to the Edgefield Baptist Church, where she has been a longtime member.

She was raised by her maternal grandmother, Georgia Swanson, and was the great-great-granddaughter of slaves brought from Ethiopia. Read More»

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