Fayette County

WASA defends sewer rate hikes in PTC

After dramatically raising its sewer rates last month, the Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority had just four residents attend its meeting Monday evening.

Resident Doreen Helmen asked why the city’s sewer bills would be 63 percent higher than those for residents in the city of Fayetteville. Read More»

Jobless rate dips in PTC to 7.4%; Fayette at 8% as hiring increases

Recession or not, unemployment rates released late last week by the Georgia Dept. of Labor show jobless figures falling to 8 percent in Fayette County and to 7.4 percent in Peachtree City.

The September jobless rate in Fayette dipped to 8 percent, half a percentage point better than the 8.5 percent rate in August. The rate in September 2009 was also 8.5 percent.

Fayette’s unemployment figures for September reflect 4,036 people out of work in a workforce of 50,319. Read More»

Horgan tagged $200, censured by commission for pot arrest

Ending what has been a bizarre chapter in Fayette County political history, Robert Horgan’s fellow county commissioners fined him $200 and officially rebuked him in a resolution Thursday night for being arrested May 2009 with a misdemeanor amount of marijuana while driving with an expired tag on his personal truck.

Most likely this is the last we’ll hear of the matter until the 2012 election cycle in which Horgan will be up for re-election. Read More»

Thieves make off with business AC units

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of several large air conditioning units stolen in the past few weeks from businesses along Ga. Highway 85 North.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Brent Rowan said several air conditioning units were stolen on Sept. 30, Oct. 13 and Oct. 26 from businesses on Carnegie Place and on Ellis Road. The Ellis Road thefts occurred at the same business.

Rowan said the thefts are currently under investigation. Read More»

F’ville looks at state rules on outside watering

It will be largely a matter of housekeeping Thursday night when the Fayetteville City Council hears the first reading of a proposed ordinance that will put the city in compliance with recent changes in state law, with numerous exceptions, requiring outside watering to be done between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

The odd/even watering restriction still applies to non-landscaping activities such as car washing and pressure washing operations. Read More»

Ruppenthal named new chief magistrate

As Fayette County mourns the death of Chief Magistrate Charles Floyd, another local magistrate has been appointed to take his place.

Robert “Bob” Ruppenthal was appointed Monday as the new chief magistrate for the county, replacing Floyd, who passed away Oct. 27 unexpectedly at the age of 53.

Floyd was appointed to the position in 2002, becoming Fayette’s first-ever African-American judge. He subsequently was elected to the post in 2004 and won re-election in 2008.

The appointment was made by Chief Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards, as prescribed by law. Read More»

Seniors hear “the other side” of the Medicare story

More than 100 people showed up Oct. 28 at Peachtree City Hall to learn more about the transformation of the American healthcare system and its potential impact on Medicare recipients.

Addressing the convoluted topic were St. Joseph’s Hospital oncologist Dr. Brian Hill, insurance expert and Atlanta-based Healthcare Visions, Inc. CEO Ron Bachman and Sharpsburg independent insurance agent Linda Mulligan. Read More»

Feds: Fayette drug agents helped take down Mexican cell

The Tactical Narcotics Team of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was lauded this week for participating in an investigation that led to disruption of a Mexican drug trafficking organization that operated in nearby Ellenwood.

In three separate incidents involving the cell, agents seized over 900 pounds of marijuana and $1.8 million in cash, officials said. Read More»

Police reports, Oct. 26-Nov. 1

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Tuesday, Oct. 26 - Monday, Nov. 1
Breyone Montez Aaron, 28, of Creekview Court, Riverdale, for suspended license.
Tanesha Nashelle Arnold, 22, of Avery Drive, Jonesboro, for pending charges false name, following too close, possession of marijuana and suspended license.
Jemar Antonio Branch, 27, of Walker Avenue, Fayetteville, for light/beam violation and no license. Read More»

Whitewater band wins second Grand Championship

Whitewater band wins second Grand Championship

The Wildcat Marching Band had an outstanding performance last Saturday, Oct. 30 at the "LaFayette Marching Classic" at Fayette County High School. In Prelims the band placed 1st in the Class 4A division, receiving all superior ratings for band, percussion, and color guard. The color guard and percussion also placed placed 1st in Class. Read More»