Fayette County

Pageant crowns winners, raises funds for Relay for Life

Pageant crowns winners, raises funds for Relay for Life

Pageant goers and participants enjoyed a day of beauty and fun while helping support one of Fayette’s largest cancer research and prevention fundraising events.

The sixth annual Miss South Fayette County Beauty Pageant, held at Brooks Elementary on Mar. 5, raised $1,500 to benefit Relay for Life. Each year the pageant’s proceeds are donated to a worthy cause; this marks the first year the funds have gone to Relay for Life. Read More»

PTC: no fix needed for Crosstown-Parkway

NOTE: This story corrects a version that appeared in the Wednesday, March 9 printed edition of The Citizen

In its pursuit of county funding for a golf cart bridge, the Peachtree City Council has abandoned its quest for improvements at the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Road.

Last week council voted unanimously to sack the intersection project. Read More»

Miss Starr's Mill 2011 crowned

Miss Starr's Mill 2011 crowned

 The 10th annual Miss Starr’s Mill High School Scholarship Pageant was held recently at Willie Duke Auditorium. The scholarship pageant is a fundraiser for the SMHS drama department. Finalists for 2011 were, from left, Carolyn Balkovetz, 2nd Runner Up and the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Dr. Jay Burney and Digestive Health Care of Georgia; Leoghain Strnad, 1st Runner Up and the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from The Southern Federal Credit Union; Liz Buckalew, Miss Starr’s Mill 2011 and the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from Dr. Read More»

Local high schools seek more teaching time

The principals at Fayette County’s high schools Monday morning advocated for adding an Instructional Focus period at the three high schools that are not currently utilizing the extra time for additional instruction.

The called meeting came after the Fayette County Board of Education wanted more information on the 20-minute instructional period previously implemented by Sandy Creek High School and Fayette County High School. Read More»

Frady says he will ‘wait and see’ on his support for regional tax

Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady said he will not yet commit to supporting an initiative to implement a 10-county regional transportation sales tax.

Instead, Frady wants to see the final list of projects that would be funded in Fayette County with sales tax revenue. That list, however, won’t be finalized for a matter of several months.

“If we don’t get the money back that we’re putting into it, we won’t support, and you’ll know that before you have to vote,” Frady said.

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele has taken the same stance. Read More»

From bookstore to tool store: Harbor Freight Tools coming to empty Barnes & Noble

There will soon be a new business operating at the site of the former Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Uptown Square commercial development on Ga. Highway 85 North in Fayetteville. Nationwide retail tool supplier Harbor Freight Tools is expected to open its Fayette County location in the coming months.

The 21,000 square-foot store across Hwy. 85 from the Fayette Pavilion will soon become the home to a wide variety of power, air and hand tools, generators, automotive and motorcycle accessories, lawn and garden equipment, garage and shop items and general merchandise. Read More»

Churchill’s great-grandson: Come to London, FCHS Chorus

Fayette County High School Chorus Director Richard Prouty (L) accepts the invitation of Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandson, Duncan Sandys, the Lord Mayor of the city of Westminster in London. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandson, Duncan Sandys, and also the Lord Mayor of the city of Westminster in London, made a personal appearance at Fayette County High School Friday to invite the school’s chorus to perform in the London International Choral Festival taking place in London, England Dec. 27, 2011 through Jan. 4, 2012.

The choral festival is being held in conjunction with the London New Year’s Parade, according to school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach. Read More»

F’ville Council resolution supports county transportation plan; proposed projects listed

The Fayetteville City Council on March 3 adopted a resolution supporting potential projects that will be reviewed for potential inclusion in the regional transportation 1-cent sales tax initiative going before voters in mid-2012. The measure, consisting mainly of local projects, is expected to be considered by other local Fayette County governments in the coming days.

City Director of Public Services Don Easterbrook in a recent letter said Fayetteville’s resolution is part of the Fayette County submittal. Read More»

Ground is broken for Fayette Library expansion; will add 5,000 square feet

Last week the community celebrated as ground was officially broken for the 5,000-square-foot expansion of the Fayette County Library in downtown Fayetteville.

The expansion will add about 1,000 square feet added to the large meeting room including a stage. The other 4,000 square feet will be added to create a new reading room on the opposite side of the library, which will also create more room for bookshelves, tables, study areas and several meeting rooms for private groups to study together. Read More»

Sandy Creek’s Rabold moves to Whitewater

Long-time Sandy Creek High School Principal Roy Rabold prepares to become principal at Whitewater High School. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Longtime Sandy Creek High School Principal Roy Rabold will be saying goodbye to staff and the Tyrone community at the end of the school year. Rabold was approved last week by the Fayette County Board of Education to begin duties as the Whitewater High School principal beginning in June. Rabold will replace the retiring Gregory Stillions.

He goes from the high school with the smallest enrollment in Fayette — 1,176 students — to the school with the third-highest — 1,533. McIntosh High in Peachtree City is the school with the largest enrollment in the county — 1,634. Read More»