Fayette County

Chief public defense official picked as newest circuit judge

New judges (L-R) Mack Crawford, Carla McMillian, and Fletcher Sams.

Veteran jurist Sams tapped for Superior Court post

Robert “Mack” Crawford’s path to the bench hasn’t been your typical one.

Reared on a farm in the rural Pike County hamlet of Concord, Crawford started adulthood in agribusiness and has sold mules and been in the antique business, among other ventures. Oh, and he notched 20 years as a small-town lawyer in Pike County, the last 16 years of which Crawford served in the Georgia legislature representing Pike, Upson and Lamar counties. Read More»

New route approved for F’ville Xmas parade

The Fayetteville City Council Aug. 5 approved a new route for the Main Street Christmas Parade to be held Dec. 4. The route will begin and end at the Fayette County Justice Center southeast of town after making its way through a portion of the downtown area.

Main Street Director Brian Wismer in promoting the new route said city staff, along with the Fayetteville Police Department, devised the new route that will begin at the Justice Center and proceed west to South Glynn Street. The parade will go north to Stonewall Avenue, east to Lee Street and back to the Justice Center. Read More»

Hwy. 74S to be re-routed for repairs

A section of Ga. Highway 74 South will be closed several days over an upcoming weekend so crews can work on drainage for the road widening project.

Hwy. 74 between Rockaway Road and Redwine Road will be closed Friday evening Aug. 27 and it will reopen very early Monday morning Aug. 30, according to an advisory from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Motorists in the area will be detoured onto Holly Grove, Robinson and Redwine Roads to circumvent the closed work area on the highway. Read More»

Our Lady of Mercy HS celebrates 10 years

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Our Lady of Mercy High School in north Fayette County are (from left) Howard Burch, Knights of Columbus, Tara Council 6352; OLM Chaplin Father Jimmy Adams; the Most Reverend John F. Donoghue, Archbishop Emeritus of Atlanta; Father Paul Burke, founding OLM Chaplain; and Vernon E. Martin, Jr., Knights of Peter Claver. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It has been 10 years since Our Lady of Mercy (OLM) Catholic High School in north Fayette County opened its doors. It has been a decade that has led to many achievements and one that points to an even brighter future.

OLM opened its doors in 2000 for grades 9 and 10 with an enrollment of 70 students. The school at that time offered a few sports and fine arts, said Principal Danny Dorsel, adding that OLM’s first graduating class came in 2003 when 19 students received their diplomas. Read More»

EPA would ban gas carts from roads

Peachtree City is currently considering a plan that will not allow new registrations of gas-powered carts and in 10 years will ban all gas-powered carts from the cart path system.

A vocal minority is expressing the view that this is government interference and an infringement of their rights.

There is a different perspective. This is an example of government acting on behalf of the citizenry and attempting to correct a long-ignored problem. Read More»

City Council’s new clothes: power abuse

Our leaders have just unveiled their new line of clothing for the upcoming season, and it is see-through, but they would have us believe that it is the wardrobe of democracy.

In reality it is nothing short of a raw and deliberate abuse of power. Sadly, however, they have also found many willing tailors amongst Peachtree City residents to perform this pantomime with them. Read More»

Imker: Finally, plan in place to solve PTC’s long-term budget shortages

Finally, Peachtree City’s long-developing budget problem will be addressed in earnest at this Thursday’s council meeting. Years of dodging the problem with no real solutions other than kicking it down the road will come to an end, one way or another.

I can pretty much guarantee the solution chosen will not be to my liking. Over the last seven months I’ve advocated $2 million in solutions, including expense reductions in certain areas that would NOT reduce services. I’ve also advocated future revenue generating ideas of equal importance. Read More»

For 1st time in 20 years, PTC has motorcycle cop on patrol

Corporal Chris Hyatt and his Harley-Davidson motorcycle on patrol for the Peachtree City Police Department. Photo/Special.

There is something new in law enforcement on the streets of Peachtree City. Beginning about three weeks ago Corporal Chris Hyatt and his Harley-Davidson motorcycle started patrolling city streets and sometimes going places that no patrol car has gone before. Read More»

Councilman Imker is swing vote on PTC tax increase

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker. File photo.

Wants pay cuts, other reductions, but says ‘compromise’ is in the offing for Thursday

The final two public hearings on Peachtree City’s property tax increase are slated for Thursday at 7:30 a.m. and sometime during the City Council’s regular 7 p.m. meeting. Both will be in council chambers at City Hall. Read More»

Who’s #1 on list of campus crimes in Fayette?

Five affluent suburban high schools; three school years; 266 crimes reported and worked by local law enforcement officers. Read More»