Fayette County

Haddix libel defense: Logsdon remains ‘public figure’

There’s a new twist in the libel lawsuit filed by former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon against current Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix.

Haddix has already admitted that he said that Logsdon “came to meetings part drunk” in an email to a city staffer Feb. 22. Haddix also has said he “regrets” making the statement.

In addition to using the public apology as a defense, Haddix is also planning to contend that Logsdon “continues to qualify as a public figure,” according to Haddix attorney John Mrosek of Fayetteville. Read More»

F’ville eyes budget cut again, but rate may rise

The numbers have been crunched and the Fayetteville City Council on June 16 will hear the first reading of the FY 2012 General Fund budget proposal totaling $9.41 million. A decrease of $169,000 over last year, the FY 2012 budget continues the long-time hiring freeze, anticipates Read More»

PTC planners delay vote on Hwy. 54W big box retail

A proposal for a 164,000-square-foot shopping center on Ga. Highway 54 West at Line Creek Drive was presented to the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night. No vote was taken.

The plan for what is being called “McIntosh Village 2.0” includes a large “big box” tenant of up to 65,000 square feet and three junior anchors around 20,000 to 30,000 square feet each. Read More»

PTC girl, 7, raises money for missions 1 muffin, 1 cup of coffee at a time

Zara Morgan, left, with some of her Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and sister, Monse, by the coffee station. The muffins and coffee were for sale during swimming practice at the Planterra Ridge pool last week. Photo/Michael Boylan.

There are good ideas and then there are great ideas. Zara Morgan, 7, of Peachtree City had a great idea when she heard some of the parents at her sister’s morning swimming practices wishing they had a cup of coffee. If she set up a coffee stand and sold coffee and muffins, the parents needing a little morning pick me up would probably buy something. Read More»

Volunteers unveil ‘Therapeutic Garden’ at Fayette Senior Services

Volunteers rest for a moment at the Enrichment Center Therapeutic Garden long enough for a photo. They are from left: Kevin Hargrove, Joyce Peck, Tom Peck, Morgan Gibbs, Allen Coe, and Harrison Gibbs. Opening ceremonies are today at the Fayette Senior Services in Fayetteville. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Several years ago one of the board members of the Fayette Senior Center and a couple of Fayette’s Master Gardeners thought a therapeutic garden on the grounds at the center sounded like a fine idea.

That idea has come to fruition. The official opening is today (June 15) at 10 a.m. next to the Fayette Senior Center.

Because the 15,000-square-foot space was really a drainage field, fill dirt and top soil needed to be brought in. In addition, funds were needed for the project. It was estimated that the entire project would take about $65,000. Read More»

Father’s Day gift: A daughter’s kidney

Arnold Hicks stands with daughter Natalie Fields. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Natalie Fields donates one of her healthy kidneys to her dad, Arnold Hicks

Arnold Hicks will likely still get a card this Sunday from his daughter, Natalie Fields, for Father’s Day, but he got an incredible gift nearly two weeks ago when he received one of her kidneys in a transplant operation. The surgery was nearly two years in the making and it will almost certainly improve Hicks’ quality of life as well as the lives of everyone in the family.

Hicks, 59, is a Type I diabetic and he has been insulin dependent for 49 years. One of the things that diabetes does is take a toll on the kidneys, an organ that filters the blood, among other functions. Read More»

Fayette schools have unused space for 4,791 more students

Chart showing Fayette schools' enrollments, capacities and percent capacities. From the print version of The Citizen (June 15, 2011).

The Fayette County Board of Education tentatively adopted the FY 2011-2012 General Fund budget on June 7. And while the budget will be balanced using the majority of the fund balance from June 30, such an approach will not work the following year unless the state and local economies recover at lightning speed or unless millions in expenses are cut.

One of the falling revenue sources is linked to falling student enrollment. The Citizen recently looked at current and past enrollment numbers at the individual schools and the percentage of student capacity at each school. Read More»

What would Brown have proposed if Frady hadn't squelched him? Here’s a peek

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown (L) and Commission Chairman Herb Frady in composite file photos.

In the presentation he wasn’t allowed to make at Thursday’s Fayette County Commission meeting, Commissioner Steve Brown was going to recommend the county take on millions in debt for what he feels are a host of necessary projects, with the debt to be paid off from repurposed transportation SPLOST revenues.

That plan, however, assumes that the county commission would authorize a referendum allowing for voters to sign off on transportation SPLOST revenues being shifted to pay off debt or shift the money to the general fund for property tax rollbacks. Read More»

UPDATED: Tempers flare as Frady tables tax shift plan

UPDATED: Tempers flare as Frady tables tax shift plan

Chairman claims fellow commissioner failed to submit documents per county policy

UPDATED for print version — When Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown came to Thursday night’s commission meeting, he had planned to ask his fellow commissioners to pursue a referendum that would allow transportation sales tax dollars to be shifted towards either paying off debt or helping the county’s general fund. Read More»

3 commissioners block tax debate

It should come as no surprise that an immovable majority on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners — who put their relatives on the Board of Elections to oversee their re-election bids, push expensive and unwarranted road projects, voted on contacts and other expenditures in the millions without putting the items on an agenda, voted to keep us in the regional mass transit plans and consistently approve no-bid contracts for everything from grass cutting to engineering services — is frantically attempting to thwart a fellow commissioner from trying to rescue a failed budgeting process which w Read More»

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