Newsmakers

Class of 2014’s 1,671 seniors to march Friday

Vals and sals — (Front, L-R) Fayette County High School Valedictorian Menaka Reddy; Salutatorian Casey Patterson; McIntosh High School Salutatorian Sue Liang;  MHS Valedictorian Jacob Wilson. (C) Sandy Creek High School Valedictorian Savannah Eichhorn; Salutatorian Sarah Estrada; McIntosh Salutatorian Airyn Nash. (Top) Whitewater High School Valedictorian Bonnie Hester; Salutatorian Austin Dill; Starr’s Mill High School Valedictorian Vivian Nguyen; Salutatorian Julia Oden. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County School System’s Class of 2014 will be front and center for graduation ceremonies at the county’s five high schools Friday night.

Once they toss their hats in the air, more than 91 percent of all graduating seniors plan to go to either college or tech schools, according to figures supplied by the school system. Many of them will go on to post-secondary classes using part of the nearly $25 million in scholarship money awarded to students at the five high schools. Read More»

Early voting ends Friday, primary election is next Tuesday

Early voting in Peachtree City, Fayetteville and Tyrone ends Friday at 5 p.m., and if you miss the boat you’ll have to wait until election day Tuesday to cast your ballot at your usual polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

With no Democrats contested by fellow party members in local races, the action is really on the Republican ticket with three contenders vying for the District 3 nomination for county commission currently held by Steve Brown and four would-be school board members seeking the District 4 seat being vacated by retiring BoE member Bob Todd. Read More»

AAA:Georgia traveling to increase

The majority of Georgia residents (81 percent) plan to kick start the summer travel season by taking at least one leisure trip of 50 miles or more requiring overnight accommodations during the next three months. This reflects a 2 percentage point increase from 2013, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey on summer travel plans. Read More»

Chance earns 'A+' from Ga. Chamber

Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) has received an ‘A+’ grade on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 legislative scorecard.

The Georgia Chamber’s scorecard recognizes legislators that supported pro-business initiatives during the recent legislative session. Midterm assessments from the 2013 legislative session, as well as a final grade for the biennial legislative term, were also included on this year’s scorecard. Read More»

Three special women chosen as Mother of the Year winners

The winners of the 12th annual Mother of the Year contest. Photos/Submitted.

For 12 years, The Citizen has saluted the special moms in our community; one mom had been on dialysis for 14 years, while another has raised eight children. One has found a calling in the chiropractic field.

The Citizen and Fayette Woman are pleased to announce the winners of the 12th annual Mother of the Year contest.

The winner in the 65 and over age category is Miriam Rinomhota of Fayetteville. Mrs. Rinomhota was nominated by her daughter, Milka Punungwe, who said her mother “has to be the most versatile and enterprising woman” she knows. Read More»

Directing on the flight deck

Directing on the flight deck

Aviation Boatswain's Mate Airman Michael Gable, of Peachtree City, directs an MH-60 Sea Hawk during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan is the flagship for the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group and, with the embarked 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, is deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Specialist 3rd Class Mark Hays).

Locals recover from minor storm damage

The storm that blew through Fayette and Coweta counties early Wednesday morning took out one of the greenhouses at the nonprofit 180-degree Farm near Sharpsburg. Friends of the farm wasted no time Thursday morning helping to pick up the pieces. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A storm moving through Fayette County and east Coweta County in the early morning hours of April 30 brought trees and power lines to the ground but resulted in no reported injuries.

Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones said the damage came as a storm system moved through the area early Wednesday morning between 3-5 a.m. packing winds of up to 55 miles per hour. Read More»

Senoia seeks donors for May 5 drive

Meagan Baker was one of the donors at the last Senoia Area Blood Drive Feb. 3 at the Senoia United Methodist Church. Donors are encouraged to participate in the next area drive sponsored by the Senoia Optimist Club on May 5. Photo/Special.

Nearly 6,000 times a day someone receives blood from a Red Cross donor, yet only about 3 percent of the population donates.

Donors are needed and are welcomed at the upcoming blood drive for the Senoia area that will be held Monday, May 5, from 1 – 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Senoia United Methodist Church. 

Members of the Senoia Optimist Club will help to host the event and will offer blood donors their “famous” grilled cheese sandwiches along with a number of free coupons from local area businesses.  Read More»

Visiting with Riley, for whom hundreds race

Visiting with Riley, for whom hundreds race

Riley Peek, center, visits with friends and their dog during the 10th Annual Race for Riley fund-raiser for the Joseph Sams School in Fayetteville. The race again this year was held in the picturesque Serenbe community in Chattahoochee Hills. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC eyes borrowing $3 million for fix-ups

10-year repayment at $361,000 per year; PTC already owes $14.8 million with a yearly budget of $29.5 million

The Peachtree City Council on Thursday will consider going into debt for an additional $3 million by using a second round of facilities bond financing to address infrastructure and building needs.

At $3 million the debt repayment is estimated to be $361,000 a year for 10 years. Read More»