Newsmakers

Fayette got up to 4 inches of ‘beneficial’ rain; more coming

Fayette got good soaking over weekend; helpful to recharge water sources

Depending on where you live in Fayette County, the weekend rains brought between 2.5 and 4 inches of precipitation combined with the showers seen Monday night, according to the National Weather Service north Georgia office in Peachtree City.

If you think you’re soggy now, wait until Saturday when the next rainstorm is predicted to hit with another half-inch to one inch of rain, potentially wiping out most outdoor activities.

At least there will be a few days between now and then to dry out, said NWS Hydrologist Kent Frantz. Read More»

NCIS retiree to settle down in Peachtree City

Marvin Reese (seated, left) confers with friend and colleague Brad Steel. Photo/Cynthia Johnson, NCIS Academy staff.

“That’s what friends are for,” Dionne Warwick and her friends Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight sang in their 1985 mega hit. Two friends, who are also colleagues and veterans, are taking that seriously. Until the end of April, they worked side-by-side and then, quietly, but concurrently, retired. Read More»

Chairman Brown gets ethics case costs repaid by taxpayers

The Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown got what he wanted April 25 when commissioners voted 3-0 to reimburse Brown for more than $2,000 in legal expenses he incurred fighting an ethics complaint filed by former Commissioner Robert Horgan.

Voting in favor of the reimbursement were commissioners David Barlow, Randy Ognio and Charles Oddo. Read More»

Supt.’s $190K pay package brings dissenting vote

BoE member Bacallao says pay “too high” compared to Fayette's teachers

Newly hired Fayette School Superintendent Jody Barrow will get a raise over his predecessor. Barrow’s salary and benefits total $190,000. Read More»

Pinewood to Fayette: here we come

Phase One soundstages to be built at the Pinewood-Atlanta site in central Fayette. Rendering/Pinewood Studios.

Now it’s official: Pinewood Studios of London this morning formally announced its film and TV studio venture “coming soon” to rural central Fayette County.

In a press release, the company said construction will begin immediately on the “Pinewood Atlanta” venture with the first phase of five soundstages ready for action in January of next year.

Pinewood Atlanta will provide “a full service film and entertainment studio complex” on the 288-acre site directly across from Rivers Elementary School.
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Starr's Mill takes region title

Sophomore Adam Goodman held a hot Whitewater team to four hits in a 3-2 victory for Starr’s Mill Wednesday night. The win clinched a region title for the Panthers, who head into the playoffs as a number-one seed. Photo/Horace Holloman.

Panthers lifted by 4-hitter complete game from Goodman against hot Whitewater team

Starr’s Mill sophomore Adam Goodman was not scheduled to start Thursday night's game against Whitewater, but he fired a complete game four-hitter to lock up the Panthers first outright region title since 2006.

Goodman threw 90 pitches and gave up just two earned runs, getting out of a rough jam in the sixth in which the tying run reached third.

“He came through for us. He was pushed into duty and he pitched a great game. I’m proud of him,” said Starr’s Mill Head Coach Brent Moseley. Read More»

PTC’s Imker lays egg in backyard hens request

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker. File photo.

Derides citizens asking for pilot program; ‘I can’t believe we wasted almost an hour’

More than a dozen local residents stuck around late at Thursday night’s Peachtree City Council meeting, asking the city to adopt a pilot program to allow homeowners to keep backyard hens to provide fresh eggs for their family. Read More»

Chairman Brown wants taxpayers to pay for his ethics lawsuit

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown in a file photo.

Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown is asking his fellow commissioners to pay for the attorney he selected to represent him in an ethics hearing earlier this year.

The attorney’s fees include the filing of a lawsuit in which Brown is seeking to overturn a decision of the ethics board that he violated a rule forbidding commissioners from ordering county employees.
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Running for Boston

Running for Boston

Members of the Peachtree City Running Club met Wednesday evening for a run in memory of the victims from Monday’s bombing of the Boston Marathon. Following a moment of silence, club members took to the city’s path system for a quiet run. Several club members ran in the marathon but none was hurt during the two explosions that took place near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 170 others. Photo/John Munford.

McIntosh sweeps rival tilt with Starrs Mill

Ball control was the name of the game for McIntosh as they beat Starr's Mill 3-0 Friday night at home with Salomon Lorenzano (#15) scoring the first goal of the night.

The McIntosh boys soccer team kept its perfect season intact, on the heels of a big 2-0 win for the girls squad as they faced off Friday night in home matches against cross-town rival Starr's Mill High School. Read More»