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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»

Deadly ‘spice’ variant in stores, health officials warn parents

A type of synthetic marijuana known as “Spice” was banned in Georgia last year. But it appears its life-threatening replacement can now be found on the shelves of some convenience stores and smoke shops and the Ga. Dept. of Public Health (DPH) is warning consumers to avoid it. Read More»

The Citizen runs into delays seeking info about disciplinary actions by Fayette

Editor’s note: In the wake of the much-publicized problems with the Fayette County Water System, The Citizen has been seeking to inspect a letter to Fayette County government from an employee of the Fayette County Water System who has been fired.

In addition, The Citizen has requested more information about the announced discipline of five unnamed county employees as a result of the water system problems. Read More»

Fayette OK’s chicken study committee

Commissioner Allen McCarty. Photo/John Munford.

Hens only, no roosters allowed

With the blessing of the Fayette County Commission, a committee will research the idea of allowing female chickens to be raised in all zoning categories.

Current county rules deem chickens as “livestock” meaning they may only be raised on lots zoned agricultural-residential, which have a minimum lot size of 5 acres.

The suggestion came from County Commissioner Allen McCarty, who will chair the committee looking into the matter.

Commissioner David Barlow said his concern was to limit the number of hens on smaller lots to as few as three. Read More»

EPD: Fayette-run Brooks water system not tested for lead, copper for 3 years

The Fayette County Water System failed to conduct adequate lead and copper sampling of the former Brooks Water System for three straight years, according to a notice sent to system customers in the small south Fayette town. Read More»

PTC Powerball winner identified

A Peachtree City man has come forward to claim a $1 million payoff from the Aug. 7 Powerball lottery, according to Georgia Lottery officials.

Matthew Beecher was one of three winners who matched the first five numbers in the drawing. He purchased the winning ticket at the Braelinn Village Chevron convenience store at Robinson Road and south Peachtree Parkway, officials said.

Beecher claimed his prize at Georgia Lottery headquarters Aug. 16, officials said. Read More»

Rehman appealing marijuana lawsuit

The lawsuit brought by Senoia resident Don Rehman against the Senoia City Council over his interpretation of a city ordinance dealing with misdemeanor possession of marijuana was dismissed in May by Coweta County Superior Court Judge Dennis Blackmon. But Rehman will have another day in court when his case is appealed to the Ga. Supreme Court in the fall.

Rehman said his appeal has been accepted by the Ga. Supreme Court and is on the court’s calendar for October, adding that he has been permitted to include nearly a dozen additional pages in his appeal documents. Read More»

F'vile Market Day cancelled for Aug. 17

Market Day in downtown Fayetteville that was scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 17 has been postponed until Saturday, Aug. 24 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The cancellation of activities held at the Fayette County complex was due to expected inclement weather.

State blasts Fayette Water System

Water System Director Tony Parrott (third from right) helps Fayette Commission Chairman Steve Brown and other county commissioners cut the ribbon during June ceremonies at the official opening of Lake McIntosh in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

EPD urges probe to determine if director, 4 employees were ‘fraudulent’ or ‘incompetent’

Main PTC Crosstown water treatment plant flunks inspection with score of 69

Now, something more than just the water smells.

The Fayette County Water System has been ticketed for 10 violations of Georgia’s safe drinking water rules, ranging from faulty monitoring of filters and water disinfectants at water treatment plants to a lack of appropriately-certified personnel running the two treatment plants and plant operations being conducted by uncertified, unsupervised personnel. Read More»

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