Sturbaum honored for service on PTC Council

Mayor Don Haddix (L) watches as former Peachtree City Councilman Doug Sturbaum thanks residents who trusted him to serve. New Councilman George Dienhart (R) watches behind Sturbaum. Photo/John Munford.

For his going-away present Thursday night, former Peachtree City Councilman Doug Sturbaum asked his cohorts to ditch the plaque.

Instead, they honored his request for a “gift”: an armload of books to donate to the Peachtree City Library.

But saying goodbye wouldn’t be easy for Sturbaum, as he broke down in tears after thanking Haddix and his fellow councilmates.

Coming in for the save was council member Kim Learnard, who explained how serving on council meant very much to Sturbaum, and by extension to all council members. Read More»

Fayette assistant principals’ salaries range from high of $96K to low of $62K

For the past two years, The Citizen has looked at the various expenses in the Fayette County School System. The reviews originated when it became apparent that expenditures outstripping revenues would lead to the need for several millions of dollars in cuts that now face the Fayette County Board of Education.

The review this time focuses on the number of assistant principals in the school system, the number paid by state funding and those paid by local property owners. Read More»

Regime change on F'ville Council as mayor, 2 new councilmen are sworn in

The main event at the Jan. 5 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will come before the meeting ever begins with the swearing-in of Greg Clifton as mayor along with new council members Ed Johnson and Mickey Edwards. As for the meeting itself, many of the items pertain to council appointments and will be tabled. As for the swearing-in, it will begin at 6:20 p.m. in the council chambers. Read More»

Senoia completes long-range recreation plan

It is an ambitious plan for parks and recreation in Senoia that would add substantially to the family-friendly landscape in coming years. The draft of the city’s 20-year Recreation Master Plan has been completed and is available on the city’s website. As conceived, the total cost of the long-range plan was established at $25.9 million. Read More»

PTC Council to consider wine tasting rule, sale of road

Peachtree City retailers who sell package beer and wine may soon have the option of hosting wine tasting events.

An ordinance has been drafted by city staff that would allow wine tastings at establishments that already offer package beer and wine sales. Last month, a representative of the Kroger grocery company asked for the ordinance, saying that Kroger has had success in building wine sales through tasting events.

The City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance at its first meeting Thursday night. Read More»

Brown to press for big fix of Hwy. 74 at I-85 interchange

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown will ask his fellow commissioners this week to support a resolution advocating a large-scale solution for traffic woes at the interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85.
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Tyrone voting location changes to library

Tyrone residents accustomed to using the Tyrone First Baptist Church as their voting location will begin using the Tyrone library instead beginning in 2012. The Tyrone Town Council on Dec. 15 voted unanimously to move the location to the library after a complaint was filed with the state questioning whether a sign placed on the church during the Nov. 8 election that encouraged citizens to vote against the alcohol referendum might have violated state law. Read More»

Traffic alert: Peachtree Parkway N. near Peninsula

Peachtree Parkway north may be limited to one lane of traffic for several days as crews are repairing a water main break near The Peninsula neighborhood, according to Peachtree City officials.

As of 2 p.m. today the county's contractor was on-site to handle repairs. Motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible.

Those who must drive that way should use caution, city officials recommend.

School enrollment down 719 students

Student numbers are on a downhill slide at all of the county’s high schools and most of its elementary schools, according to figures from the Fayette County School System. Fewer students mean fewer state dollars coming to an already cash-strapped system. There was a hope that the years-long trend of falling enrollment numbers in Fayette County public schools might begin to see Read More»

Horgan: County not resurrecting TDK road extension to Coweta

The Fayette County Commission wants full ownership of a Peachtree City-owned 1.7-acre tract just south of Lake McIntosh to provide permanent access to the lake’s amenities in the area, according to Commissioner Robert Horgan. Read More»

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