Government

Fayette high school start times changed

There has been a change in the starting time for Fayette County high schools. Beginning Monday, Aug. 23 the school day will begin at 8:40 a.m., the same as last year. The end time remains at 3:20 p.m. Read More»

Bearden hired as superintendent of Fayette County schools

Jeff Bearden, newly hired superintendent of the Fayette County School System. Bearden was at the Board of Education meeting Aug. 17. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Dr. Jeffrey Bearden is the new superintendent of the Fayette County School System. A unanimous vote by the Fayette County Board of Education Tuesday night was followed by the announcement after executive session that Bearden, who attended the meeting, had signed the three-year contract. He will begin the job on Jan. 3. Read More»

Council to consider new cell tower rules for PTC

Peachtree City’s new proposed cell tower ordinance, which would allow new towers to be built in parks and recreation areas with approval of the City Council, will be up for consideration by the council Thursday night.

The ordinance will require all new cell tower applications to be voted on by the City Council after they are reviewed with a vote of recommendation for or against by the city Planning Commission. Read More»

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»

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»

Fayetteville eyes big traffic shift on Hwy. 85

A proposed traffic realignment for Fayetteville north of the Old Courthouse Square promises some fundamental changes.

The Fayetteville City Council on Thursday will begin looking at a way to help mitigate traffic congestion and improve the traffic flow on both sides of North Glynn Street near downtown. Read More»

County avoiding tax hike; reserves to be used instead

Instead of raising the county’s property tax rate, the Fayette County Commission has decided to use its cash reserves to meet a $461,000 shortfall in revenue for the 2010-2011 budget year.

At Thursday’s commission meeting, it was noted that the county has about $6 million in uncommitted reserve funds available for just such a necessity. Read More»

Walking signs may be asked to take a hike

Peachtree City folks have taken notice to a new trend in signs: those carried by folks on the side of the road, hoping to drum up new business.

But with concerns about aesthetics and potential safety hazards, city officials are taking a second crack at regulating these so-called “walking signs.”

The regulations would forbid signs from being held or displayed by a person if the sign is visible from any public street. A similar measure was discussed last year but was unanimously voted down by the planning commission and was never ultimately considered by the City Council. Read More»

Walgreens architecture will be reviewed by PTC planners

The architecture for a Walgreens drugstore which will replace Peachtree City’s Ruby Tuesday restaurant will be reviewed by the city’s planning commission at an upcoming meeting.

The Ruby Tuesday will be razed to make way for the Walgreen’s at the southwest corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway.

The Walgreens will be three times the size of the existing restaurant. A company representative has assured the city that despite the larger footprint, all the existing landscaping surrounding the store off Peachtree Parkway and Hwy. 54 will remain. Read More»

Residents upset about path closing in Cedarcroft

City says path was temporary and is private property

The blocking off of a dirt cart path in the Cedarcroft subdivision has several Peachtree City residents upset.

Several people have contacted The Citizen in the past few weeks complaining that the path should be reopened as it provided a more direct route from Cedarcroft to the nearby cart path bridge that crosses Ga. Highway 74 north. Currently it is blocked off with posts dug into the ground.

Path users now have to loop around on a path between Cedarcroft and Centennial to reach MacDuff Parkway to get to the bridge. Read More»