Fayette County

Reynolds Development Group begins building Haddonstone

Haddonstone’s model home is designed to impress, with energy efficiencies that are standard for all its homes. Photo/Special.

There is a new residential community beginning to take shape in Fayette County. A product of the Reynolds Development Group, Haddonstone is the site of what will become 52 custom one-acre homesites and 62 acres of nature preserve on 119 acres along Redwine Road just north of Ebenezer Church Road. The subdivision’s model home opened last weekend. Read More»

‘Sneak’ vote on county pay hike illegal?

When the Fayette County Commission voted at its Oct. 28 meeting to authorize $579,000 for employee “pay for performance” raises, it did so without providing notice to the public in advance. The idea was suggested by Commission Chairman Jack Smith during a discussion that was advertised on the commission’s agenda as “Further discussion resulting from a previous request from staff concerning current account and fund balances for Fiscal Year 2010.” Read More»

F’ville pitches $8.65 million roundabout plan for Hwys. 85N/92/Hood Ave. to county

Proposed plan for Hwys. 92/85 and Hood Avenue is overlaid on aerial photo.

A plan to fix the intersection of Ga. highways 92 and 85 North, plus Hood Avenue in downtown Fayetteville, was presented to the Fayette County Commission last week.

A big part of the fix is the addition of a roundabout to the west of the existing BP gas station, along with moving the traffic light on Hwy. 85 southward from the current Hwy. 92 intersection a few yards south to the existing non-signaled Hood Avenue intersection. Read More»

After winning election to BoE, Tolbert’s focus is budget

Sam Tolbert in January will replace Lee Wright in the Post 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Education after his successful election bid in November. Aside from his experience in academics and in the corporate world, just who is Sam Tolbert and what does he think about public education and his role Read More»

F’ville police school residents on avoiding identity fraud

Fayetteville Police Detective Mike Whitlow explains the ways residents can protect themselves against identity fraud. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The need for people to live with an enhanced awareness of identity theft was the resounding message by Fayetteville Police Det. Mike Whitlow Oct. 26 at a fraud prevention seminar held at the Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville. Identity theft has been the fastest growing crime in the country for nearly a decade.

Whitlow at the seminar said such fraud includes many types of illegal operations like credit card theft, identity theft, fraudulent emails and skimming and counterfeiting checks. Read More»

F’ville looks at state rules on outside watering

The Fayetteville City Council on Nov. 4 heard the first reading of a proposed ordinance on outside watering that will put the city in compliance with recent changes in state law. Though there are a number of exceptions included, the ordinance requires outside watering to be done between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. Read More»

The Fayette County Public Library honors Jack Smith

The word “advocate” was used a number of times by Chris Snell, director of the Fayette County Public Library, at an event last Friday evening. The event was a reception to honor the county commissioner who had been a staunch supporter of the library, Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith.

The word advocate, according to Mr. Webster, means “a person who supports or speaks in favor, or who pleads for another.”

When Snell mentioned to Smith that the library was in desperate need of enlarging, Smith said let’s do it, and found the money. Read More»

In Haddix coup, Steele is kingpin

Quite a few of us who follow local government issues, actively involved in a revival of Fayette County ethics, land use standards and common sense conservatism, attended last Thursday’s City Council meeting in Peachtree City.

We were attending the council meeting in the hopes of brokering the peace between three council members (Eric Imker, Kim Learnard and Vanessa Fleisch) and Mayor Don Haddix. It has been no secret that a rift exists and the ability to agree to disagree has fallen by the wayside. Read More»

$1.8 million for golf cart bridge? Ridiculous

The idea of spending $1.8 million for a golf cart bridge is unbelievable! Spending this kind of money would be a waste beyond compare.

Why is it needed, how many people will use it and benefit from building it? I don’t believe answers to these questions justify funding it.

Anyone on the PTC council who would vote for SPLOST to fund this bridge to nowhere should be immediately declared insane and put in a mental hospital.

We cannot afford to build or fund these types of extravaganza. There is no real justification for the bridge. We just don’t need this type of senseless spending. Read More»

PTC's McMullen deserves better than he got

The Citizen’s recent article, “PTC city manager ousted; documents show rift with mayor,” will be one of the final articles written about Bernard McMullen, Peachtree City’s city manager since 2003; and although it certainly gets the reader’s attention, it is not at all representative of Bernie’s legacy. Read More»