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POW, MIA soldiers remembered in PTC ceremony

POW, MIA soldiers remembered in PTC ceremony

Local veterans took time Friday morning at the Veterans Memorial Park in Peachtree City to remember those who were taken prisoners of war or declared missing in action while serving during U.S. wars and conflicts. Photo/John Munford.

Constitutionally speaking at Falcon Field

Constitutionally speaking at Falcon Field

American history and the Constitution came alive Sept. 14 when historian Earl Taylor made a presentation on “The Making of America” before a large group at the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette continues slow growth, population now tops 108K

Fayette County continues to be one of the slow-growth leaders in metro Atlanta — if there were such a category.

According to population estimates released by the Atlanta Regional Commission, Fayette County added 700 residents between 2012 and 2013, with an average three-year growth estimated at 544 residents each year.

ARC now measures Fayette’s population as being 108,200 residents. Read More»

Work on Hwy. 74, Oakley Blvd. to blame for I-85 area traffic snarl

Work on Hwy. 74, Oakley Blvd. to blame for I-85 area traffic snarl

The recent traffic dilemmas south of Interstate 85 along Ga. Highway 74 are bad enough on their own. But intersection improvement work long underway, which causes its own version of congestion, are expected to eventually make the intersection with Oakley Industrial Boulevard more manageable.

Commenting on general aspects of the project,DOT spokesman Mark McKinnon said the project was designed by the Ga. Dept. of Transportation to result in a number of traffic improvements to the high-volume intersection.

The project is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the year. Read More»

Sewer work a sign of progress in south PTC

WASA contractors from Willow Construction work toward the recent completion of the Meade Field Pump Station project, which included installation of 2,400 linear feet of 8-inch PVC gravity sewer line and more than 4,500 linear feet of 6-inch HDPE force main. Photo/Special.

In Peachtree City, the construction of an additional pump station within the sewer system’s service area is a sign that new customers from two residential development projects are coming online on the south side of town off Ga. Highway 74.
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Cheerleader lifted community's spirit despite her cancer

Madeline McTier, in a photo with her mother, became a positive influence on the east Coweta community. Photo/Special.

The East Coweta High School cheerleader who made such an indelible impression on the community and many around the world passed away Sept. 10 after an 18-month battle with cancer.

Seventeen-year-old Madeline McTier is remembered as a person possessing an unrivaled spirit that made her an inspiration to many.

Madeline was diagnosed with brain cancer in March 2012. The high school junior, ECHS varsity cheerleader and competitive cheerleader with ACE in Peachtree City passed away on Tuesday at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Read More»

Grandparents urged to get child car seats checked

Grandparents urged to get child car seats checked

Although Grandparents’ Day was commemorated Sept. 8, the Fayette County Safe Kids group and the Peachtree City Fire Department still are urging grandparents be more aware of the need to buckle up their grandchildren in an appropriate and correctly-installed car seat.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury among children even when close to home and at low speeds, fire department officials said. Grandparents can help keep their grandchildren safe by using car seats designed for crash protection, unlike early models which focused on comfort and convenience. Read More»

McIntosh recognized as one of Ga.’s top 28 schools

McIntosh recognized as one of Ga.’s top 28 schools

The awards and presentations at McIntosh High School were numerous Tuesday as state school Superintendent John Barge proclaimed McIntosh a 2013 Georgia School of Excellence. McIntosh was one of only 28 schools across the state to receive the distinction. The school also received a $1,000 check from the Ga. Natural Gas True Blue Schools program and staff were told they would receive free massages courtesy of United Healthcare. Accepting the award from Barge (L) is MHS Principal Lisa Fine. Photo/Special.

Plant operators: ‘Water system broken’

Director admits he ‘guessed’ about odor; county says he has continued to visit plants despite 'incorrect' notes saying otherwise

Some employees of the Fayette County Water System told state regulators that broken equipment is not repaired in a timely manner, and several indicated that management has chalked it up to budgetary concerns, according to reports provided by Fayette County in response to The Citizen’s Open Records request. Read More»

Grandparents urged to brush up on car seat protocol

With Grandparents’ Day coming up Sept. 8, the Fayette County Safe Kids group and the Peachtree City Fire Department are urging grandparents be more aware of the need to buckle up their grandchildren in an appropriate and correctly-installed car seat.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death and serious injury among children even when close to home and at low speeds, fire department officials said. Grandparents can help keep their grandchildren safe by using car seats designed for crash protection, unlike early models which focused on comfort and convenience. Read More»

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