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Economic hits mount with permit delays for dredging Lake Peachtree

The infamous spillway on Lake Peachtree. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

With Lake Peachtree unusable, August triathlon canceled; uncertainties about Dragon Boat Race

County officials last week announced another potential delay in refilling Lake Peachtree.

The proposed dry dredging of the lake bed will require state and/or federal permits, unlike previously thought, according to County Manager Steve Rapson. This stands to delay the dredging process by at least several months.

The lake has been drained almost completely since February when it was lowered to allow dock and shoreline maintenance ... but in the interim problems were discovered with a cavern that was created underneath the lake’s spillway, threatening its structural integrity. Read More»

I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange improvements years away

Partial cloverleaf design still being analyzed

Commuters hoping for progress on the choke point of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85 shouldn’t be expecting action anytime soon.

The good news is that the state is still working toward a “partial cloverleaf” design, which would have more capacity than for a diverging diamond layout ... and engineering is currently underway, according to state transportation officials.

Right of way acquisition has been accelerated to 2018, but the actual construction is mired in a “long range” plan that could mean anytime between 2020 and 2030. Read More»

Book ’im, Neivah

Book ’im, Neivah

Neivah Molina, 14, puts the handcuffs on Peachtree City Police Sgt. Jason McKinnon during an exercise last week as part of the police department’s Junior Police Academy. Local teens got a hands-on look at what it takes to be a cop on the beat. Photo/Special.

Fayette plans to speed up Lake Peachtree dredging

With spillway fix unsure, Fayette Co. wants to dredge lake while lake level is low

The mostly dry bed of Lake Peachtree may be unsightly, but Fayette County officials see an opportunity among the mud puddles and weeds. Read More»

SCHS student urges government participation

Sandy Creek senior Ben Weinhardt advocated citizens engaging government, and even challenging it when necessary, to improve the United States and its residents. Photo/John Munford.

Sandy Creek High School Senior Ben Weinhardt didn’t just read his award-winning essay on Memorial Day. Instead, he delivered an impassioned plea for Americans to do their civic duty, just as the soldiers who have laid down their lives for our country.

Weinhardt was also critical of those who sit on the sidelines instead of arming themselves with information and acting upon it, as a way of making this country great. Read More»

Memorial Day gatherings set for Monday

This ROTC unit presented the colors at Peachtree City's Memorial Day event last year. Photo/File.

Two Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies will be conducted in Fayette County Monday to honor those who “gave the greatest measure of devotion” serving in the U.S. military. Senoia will also host Read More»

PTC July 4 fireworks to proceed, even if lake remains dry

PTC July 4 fireworks to proceed, even if lake remains dry

Lake Peachtree may be down for some time, but the city’s July 4 fireworks display will go on over the lake, water or none, city officials have said.

The lake’s level was lowered in February to allow residents to repair docks and maintain the shoreline, but structural problems were found with the lake's spillway, putting a halt to plans to refill the lake in April. City and county officials are working together on a plan to temporarily repair the spillway, but the state may force the lake to remain unfilled until permanent repairs are made. Read More»

VFW Prepares for Memorial Day in PTC

VFW Prepares for Memorial Day in PTC

Members of VFW Post 9949 install the most recent veteran bricks at the Peachtree City War Memorial in preparation for Memorial Day: (L-R) Ben Gross, Bud Ellis, Joe Bowler, Arnie Geiger (kneeling), Doug Gray, Bill Camper, Allen Barnes and Al Hogg. Veterans and citizens will be honoring those veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, for their country and for the freedoms we all enjoy today. The annual Memorial Day Ceremony is Monday, May 26, at Peachtree City Hall Plaza at 9 a.m. Read More»

PTC police urge everyone to 'choose your ride' for Memorial Day safety

To highlight the importance of safe driving and safe boating as the unofficial start of summer draws near, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is once again partnering with the Department of Natural Resources, local agencies, and Georgia State Patrol to add an impaired driving message to its Memorial Day Click It or Ticket campaign.

For the first time in five years, unrestrained crash deaths have gone up nationwide. In 2012, seatbelts saved an estimated 12,174 people from dying, but another 10,335 unbuckled motorists still lost their lives. Read More»

Fayette law officers honored at banquet

Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Mauney (R) receives the Officer of the Year Award from District Attorney Scott Ballard  at the 8th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet held May 15. Photo/Ben Nelms.

There was not a seat to spare in the dining room of the Fayetteville First Baptist Church May 15 as approximately 500 hundred people attended the District Attorney’s 8th Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet hosted by D.A. Scott Ballard.

Among the many awards and recognitions at the banquet, the 2014 Officer of the Year Award went to Fayette County Sheriff’s Dep. Josh Mauney, who was selected from four finalists and 21 nominees across the Griffin Judicial Circuit. The circuit comprises Fayette, Spalding, Pike and Upson counties.
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