Newsmakers

DOT hosting open house on I-85, Poplar Rd. plans

The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) on Nov. 21 will hold a public hearing open house to discuss the upcoming construction of the full-diamond interchange at Interstate 85 and Poplar Road in Coweta County. 

The Open House is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Central Educational Center located at 160 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Newnan.

DOT engineers and consultants will be available to discuss the proposed project. DOT said there will not be a formal presentation during the open house. Read More»

Ficalore lawsuit to cost taxpayers $30K minimum

City’s insurance to foot $275K of $300K settlement to end former employee’s discrimination suit

A $300,000 settlement to end a sex and disability discrimination case against Peachtree City officials and police chief H.C. “Skip” Clark will cost city taxpayers a minimum of $30,000. Read More»

F’ville appoints its 1st homegrown chief in 25 years

Stacey Pitts (center) takes a minute at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council to pin the chief’s badge on her husband Scott, who assumed the duties of Fayetteville Police Chief after serving in an interim position since April. Looking on are (L) City Manager Joe Morton and Mayor Greg Clifton. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Scott Pitts last week became Fayetteville’s police chief after serving since April in an interim capacity. Pitts brings with him a management philosophy that promotes ownership of the department by every officer. Read More»

PTC settles discrimination lawsuit for $300K

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A former administrative assistant with the Peachtree City Police Department has been awarded $300,000 in a settlement of her sex and disability discrimination case against the city and Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark.

The settlement for Lisa Ficalore includes $5,000 in back pay awarded by a vote of the City Council Thursday night and $300,000 that is being paid by the city’s risk management carrier, the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency (GIRMA).

Ficalore’s lawsuit claimed that Chief Clark intimidated two high-ranking officers in the department Read More»

PTC Council proclaims Veterans Day

PTC Council proclaims Veterans Day

Mike Bosma (R) of the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force accepted a proclamation issued by Mayor Don Haddix on the occasion of the CAF’ hosting the city’s Veterans Day ceremony today (Nov. 9) at its facility on Falcon Field. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m. but will be preceeded by an open house at 9 a.m. with WWII and Korean War Aircraft on display alongside vintage military vehicles and Vietnam War-era helicopters from the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. At 10 a.m. music will begin from Bombshells United and Music Alive. The guest speakers at the 11 a.m. ceremony are Maj. Gen. Read More»

Dismissal of Senoia marijuana suit upheld by Supreme Court

Senoia resident Don Rehman had his day in the Ga. Supreme Court to contest a ruling earlier this year by Coweta County Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon that dismissed Rehman’s contention that a Senoia city ordinance dealing with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. But the unanimous decision by the Supreme Court issued Nov. 4 upheld Judge Blackmon’s decision. Read More»

PTC close to settling discrimination complaint

The Peachtree City Council Thursday may pay its portion of a settlement to resolve a lawsuit involving sex and disability discrimination claims brought by former Police Department employee Lisa Ficalore against the city and Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark. Read More»

Brown gets award for state ethics reform

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown has been selected to receive a Democracy Award from Common Cause Georgia.

Brown is being recognized for his support of efforts to reform ethics at the state government level, officials said.

Common Cause Georgia advertises itself as a “statewide non-partisan cross-ideology education and advocacy watchdog group dedicated to openness, accountability and ethics in government.”

At Brown’s urging, the commission adopted a resolution encouraging local legislators to help pass meaningful ethics legislation during the 2013 general assembly. Read More»

2nd Monster Golf Cart Rally deemed a success

Bob Owen and his dog Muffin, along with their skeleton dopplegangers, were the winning entry in last week’s Monster Golf Cart Rally to benefit the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Photo/Special.

A new golf cart-decorating tradition is taking root in Peachtree City thanks to a dedicated group of people wanting to fight against blood-based cancer.

For the second year in a row, residents turned out for the Monster Golf Cart Rally, an event raising money for the national Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Oct. 27. The idea is for participants to decorate their carts with a monster theme to scare off blood cancer.

The golf carts again took their path around Lake Peachtree to raise awareness and hope one day for a cure, according to organizer Amanda Johns. Read More»

Labor commissioner talks in Senoia about employment gains

Ga. Dept. of Labor Commissioner Mark Butler spoke Monday at the meeting of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club. Butler updated the group on ongoing DOL initiatives to combat unemployment and boost the skills of Georgia workers. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Georgia Dept. of Labor (DOL) Commissioner Mark Butler spoke to the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club Monday night, updating the group on DOL initiatives designed to combat unemployment and boost the skills needed for the Georgia job market which is becoming increasingly high-tech.

Butler noted that, with high employment from the Great Recession and with the trust fund depleted in 2009, the state had to borrow money from the federal government to meet unemployment insurance obligations. That amount plus interest amounted to nearly $1 billion. Read More»