Fayette County

Joe Saia, Fayette Co. public defender, dies

Long-time defense attorney Joe Saia, who most recently served as the Chief Public Defender for Fayette County, has passed away, The Citizen has confirmed.

Saia fell ill while on vacation in June in North Carolina and had to be hospitalized for treatment of heart congestion; he had quadruple bypass surgery. Read More»

Blood drive next Wednesday at Holy Trinity

A blood drive is being conducted at Holy Trinity Catholic Church of Peachtree City. Donors will be received in Loreto Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 29 from 12-6 p.m. For convenience, appointment times may be scheduled by calling Dan Law at 770.631.6779 but walk-ins are also welcome. Holy Trinity Catholic Church is located at 101 Walt Banks Road which is the intersection of Walt Banks Road and GA Highway 54. The holidays are a particular time of need due to travel creating shortages of donors at a time of peak demand. Read More»

Fayette’s 2 roundtable reps switch positions on voting power

County and city governments in 10 metro Atlanta counties — including Fayette — can now start pitching transportation projects for funding through a potential regional sales tax that will seek voter approval in 2013.

The projects will be voted on next October by a 21-member Regional Transportation Roundtable, which will have the power to add and remove projects from a “first draft” list that will be compiled by a five-member executive committee that consists of five roundtable members. Read More»

Judge-public defender affair may win new trial for carjacker

An affair between a now-resigned Fayette County Superior Court judge and a public defense attorney who routinely appeared in his courtroom may help win a new trial for a Riverdale man who was convicted in 2008 for a carjacking incident in Fayetteville.

A public defender attorney for Christopher Deangelo Wakefield has indicated in court papers that she needs to investigate whether one of Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English’s rulings in the case favored a co-defendant to the detriment of Wakefield. Read More»

F’ville signs off on major changes at Hwys. 85/92/Hood Ave.

It was essentially a housekeeping issue, but one that will lead to significant changes in traffic patterns in coming years on Fayetteville’s north side.

The City Council last week acted on two intergovernmental agreements with Fayette County, one of which affirms the Hood Avenue/Ga. Highway 92 Realignment project while the other cancels the Lafayette Avenue extension project.

The Hood Avenue/Hwy. 92 Realignment project will relocate the traffic signal at Ga. Highway 92 and Glynn Street a short distance to the south at Hood Avenue. Read More»

Some uses just unwanted in industrial areas, F’ville decides

The Fayetteville City Council last week acted as expected and unanimously approved changes that eliminated a number of inappropriate or undesirable permitted uses in the city’s manufacturing zoning districts.

Now banned are meat processing plants, wastewater treatment facilities, sawmills and other milling operations, sanitary landfills and waste transfer facilities. Read More»

Fayette sheriff’s charity program helps 39 kids have merry Christmas

Shopping with a sheriff’s deputy

Sometimes the best way to make sure someone gets what they want, and particularly what they need, for Christmas, is to take them shopping.

That’s just what members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office did Saturday morning at the Fayetteville Walmart.

Armed with more than $15,000 in donations from the community, they were able to take 39 needy children and their families shopping for necessities such as coats, shoes, clothes and bedding ... and a few nice toys too. Read More»

F'ville woman turns 102 on Christmas Eve

Rowena Pickens, soon to be 102, stands in from of her grandson’s Christmas tree in Fayetteville. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Through 19 presidents, and 2 world wars, the centenarian’s secret: ‘Learn to adapt’

Rowena Pickens laughs easily. At 101 years old (Rowena turns 102 this Friday, Christmas Eve), why waste time doing anything else? As she says, she “has had a good, full life,” but she doesn’t show any signs of slowing down any time soon either.

Theodore Roosevelt was president when she was born; 18 more presidents have been elected since.

Born in Milford, Ohio on Dec. 24, 1908, Rowena was just like many other children. The exception was having a birthday so close to Christmas. Read More»

Surplus forecast for Fayette BoE, amid calls to restore teacher pay

Reports on the financial state of the Fayette County School System show that both revenues and expenditures are on track to end the year June 30 with a $17 million fund balance. Read More»

Fayette tops in Georgia for life expectancy

Folks in Fayette County have longer life expectancies than anyone else living anywhere else in Georgia — 78.9 years — according to a new study. Read More»

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