Newsmakers

Veterans commission briefs Coweta-Fayette Rotarians on mission, goals

Malcolm Jackson (L) and Joe Brooks attended the Nov. 11 meeting of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club to review the activities of the Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs which the two men co-chair. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Malcolm Jackson and Joe Brooks can always be counted on to keep the sacrifices of members of the military and the memories of that service alive in the minds of Coweta County residents. Their mission continued on Veterans Day as the co-chairs of the Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs (CCOVA) provided information on some of the organization’s activities with members of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club. Read More»

F’ville grandmother of 2 collects $20K

Georgia Lottery winner Sandra Hollis is flanked by Georgia Lottery Corp. President and CEO Debbie D. Alford (R) and spokesman John Crow. Photo/Ga. Lottery.

A Fayetteville grandmother of two is enjoying a prize from the Georgia Lottery.

Sandra Hollis, who celebrated her 65th birthday on Veterans Day, was selected as a big winner in the Georgia Lottery’s $1 & $2 Play It Again Second Chance Promotion.

She won a $20,000 prize Tuesday in Atlanta.

As a monthly grand prize winner in the Georgia Lottery’s $1 & $2 Play It Again Second Chance Promotion, Hollis won a chance to select one envelope from 20, with prizes ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.

The envelope Hollis chose contained a $20,000 prize. Read More»

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»