Fayette County

Fayette seniors rally at Capitol against possible budget cuts

From left: Anita Terry-McDonald, Lynn Manning, Karen Stephens, John Thompson, and Linda Pirog rallied for older adults at the Be There 4 Seniors event at the state capitol. Photo/Special.

Several members of the Fayette Senior Advocacy Council and other local supporters joined more the 600 senior citizen advocates Jan. 31 for the “Be There 4 Seniors Rally” at the state Capitol. The rally was held to protest possible budget cuts, such as the Meals On Wheels program, that organizers said would negatively impact seniors. Read More»

Bypass targets 183-year-old Bowlden family farm

Lifelong Fayette County residents Paul (left) and James Bowlden stand astride the proposed path of the West Fayetteville Bypass, which they say would jeopardize the operation of their cattle farm off Harp Road, maybe the last such family farm in Fayette. The 200 acres have been in their family since 1828. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Brothers fear controversial road will destroy last big cattle farm

For Paul and James Bowlden, Fayette County’s controversial West Bypass means splitting their cattle farm and a large tract of land that has been in their family for 183 years.

Proposed land acquisition plans for a portion of Phase 3 of the West Fayetteville Bypass between Ebenezer Church Road and Harp Road would have the road splitting the Bowlden’s pasture land and potentially prohibiting their cattle from being able to access water and other farm facilities. Read More»

Brown: County Commission votes $1.5 million in off-agenda items

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown.

New commissioner slams 3 holdover members for voting on items without any public notice

The Fayette County Commission last year voted on $1.5 million in revenue and spending decisions without listing them on a meeting agenda to notify the public, according to new Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown.

Beyond failing to keep the public informed, the commission may have violated the state’s Open Meetings law, Brown claims.

Of the more significant assertions from Brown is that the commission spent $579,000 to fund employee “pay for performance” raises at an Oct. 28 meeting without listing them as a separate agenda item. Read More»

Accused Walmart gunman turns self in

Accused Walmart gunman turns self in

The alleged gunman in an Sept. 17 armed robbery at the Fayetteville Wal-Mart has turned himself in to Fayetteville police, officials said.

Brandon Thomas Mann, 18, of Fairburn was accompanied by his attorney Wednesday when he surrendered to police, who had issued multiple arrest warrants against Mann in connection with the case. Read More»

1,011 points . . . and counting

1,011 points . . . and counting

After scoring 24 points against Northgate on Saturday, McIntosh senior guard Laura Higgason reached 1,001 points in her career. After the game she was surrounded by family and teammates in a brief ceremony recognizing her achievement. On Monday night, she added 10 more points. For more on Higgason, see her story on TheCitizenSports.com. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Snow tonight, into tomorrow

Fayette and Coweta counties could see some snow starting tonight through tomorrow morning, according to the National Weather Service. Read More»

One dead, one injured in wreck at Hwy. 74/Aberdeen Pkwy.

Investigating officers stand between two of the four vehicles involved in the fatal collisions Wednesday morning in Peachtree City at the intersection of Ga. Highway 74 and Aberdeen Parkway. Photo/Dave Niebes.

Update: 5 p.m., Feb. 9 — Preliminary information supplied by the Peachtree City Police Dept. indicates that an East Point man, 37-year-old Thomas McGhee, was killed in the traffic accident that occurred Wednesday at approximately 8:10 a.m. at the intersection of Ga. Highway 74 and Aberdeen Parkway.

Department spokesperson Mark Brown said McGhee at the time of the accident was traveling southbound on Ga. Highway 74. McGhee was pronounced dead at the scene, Brown said. Read More»

The woes of even legal immigration

As a U.K citizen living and working legally in the U.S., I must respond to Bob Ross’s reference to “orderly processes” for would-be legal immigrants (The Citizen, 2/2/11).

The immigration system is completely broken. There’s no orderly process.

In 2005 I applied for a specialty technical position in Atlanta, with one of the world’s top media companies. I got that job on merit, as “there was no qualified American wiling or able” — that’s the INS rules.

It took me four years to get to the U.S. due to INS visa issues. Read More»

PTC police: Have they gone too soft?

Are PTC police too soft? Or just too busy harassing citizens to catch the real bad guys?

I was reading in the paper about the robbery that took place at the PeachMac store at The Avenue on Jan. 26. And how the police were able to pursue the suspect’s vehicle that left the scene, but terminated their pursuit along North Peachtree Parkway because the suspect was driving recklessly. Read More»

Former candidate Wilkerson: Fayette must move to district voting

How much longer can the two main governing bodies of Fayette County (County Commission and School Board) pretend to be living on an island? As much as our leaders try to ignore it and convince us likewise, Fayette does not exist on an island unto itself. Actually, the School Board has done a far superior job than the County Commission in governing as part of a much larger society than just the island of Fayette. However, this cannot be said of the County Commission. Read More»