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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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Moving to the other side

Moving to the other side

New Post 2 Fayette County Board of Education member Dan Colwell is sworn in May 19 by Fayette County Probate Judge Ann Jackson. Colwell was appointed from a field of 10 to fill the unexpired term of resigned board member Mary Kay Bacallao.Colwell previously served as interim superintendent. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Class of 2014’s 1,671 seniors to march Friday

Vals and sals — (Front, L-R) Fayette County High School Valedictorian Menaka Reddy; Salutatorian Casey Patterson; McIntosh High School Salutatorian Sue Liang;  MHS Valedictorian Jacob Wilson. (C) Sandy Creek High School Valedictorian Savannah Eichhorn; Salutatorian Sarah Estrada; McIntosh Salutatorian Airyn Nash. (Top) Whitewater High School Valedictorian Bonnie Hester; Salutatorian Austin Dill; Starr’s Mill High School Valedictorian Vivian Nguyen; Salutatorian Julia Oden. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County School System’s Class of 2014 will be front and center for graduation ceremonies at the county’s five high schools Friday night.

Once they toss their hats in the air, more than 91 percent of all graduating seniors plan to go to either college or tech schools, according to figures supplied by the school system. Many of them will go on to post-secondary classes using part of the nearly $25 million in scholarship money awarded to students at the five high schools. Read More»

Early voting ends Friday, primary election is next Tuesday

Early voting in Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Tyrone ends Friday at 5 p.m., and if you miss the boat you’ll have to wait until election day Tuesday to cast your ballot at your usual polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

With no Democrats contested by fellow party members in local races, the action is really on the Republican ticket with three contenders vying for the District 3 nomination for county commission currently held by Steve Brown and four would-be school board members seeking the District 4 seat being vacated by retiring BoE member Bob Todd. Read More»

AAA:Georgia traveling to increase

The majority of Georgia residents (81 percent) plan to kick start the summer travel season by taking at least one leisure trip of 50 miles or more requiring overnight accommodations during the next three months. This reflects a 2 percentage point increase from 2013, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey on summer travel plans. Read More»

Chance earns 'A+' from Ga. Chamber

Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) has received an ‘A+’ grade on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 legislative scorecard.

The Georgia Chamber’s scorecard recognizes legislators that supported pro-business initiatives during the recent legislative session. Midterm assessments from the 2013 legislative session, as well as a final grade for the biennial legislative term, were also included on this year’s scorecard. Read More»

Three special women chosen as Mother of the Year winners

The winners of the 12th annual Mother of the Year contest. Photos/Submitted.

For 12 years, The Citizen has saluted the special moms in our community; one mom had been on dialysis for 14 years, while another has raised eight children. One has found a calling in the chiropractic field.

The Citizen and Fayette Woman are pleased to announce the winners of the 12th annual Mother of the Year contest.

The winner in the 65 and over age category is Miriam Rinomhota of Fayetteville. Mrs. Rinomhota was nominated by her daughter, Milka Punungwe, who said her mother “has to be the most versatile and enterprising woman” she knows. Read More»

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