Newsmakers

BusinessWeek gives Coweta top state ranking

Coweta County is a mix of suburban and country with a hint of urban thrown in. It has a growing population and, despite the recession, is becoming the economic engine of southwest metro Atlanta. And it has been named by Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek magazine as the “Best Affordable Place in Georgia” in 2011.

“We are very happy with the recognition from BusinessWeek,” said Coweta County spokesperson Patricia Palmer. ”From economic activity, to a low tax rate, to a broad and expanding education and healthcare system, to our proximity to Atlanta and our rural side, we have a lot to offer." Read More»

PTC on zombie alert

‘Walking Dead’ cameras coming to Fayette, Coweta

Rumors about zombies have been staggering around in the Peachtree City and Senoia area for a few weeks now, so inquiring minds at The Citizen set out to nail down the facts.

Consider this an official zombie alert. Read More»

PTC, F’ville recall war sacrifices in Monday ceremonies

Memorial Day honors in PTC

UPDATED for print edition — As thousands of soldiers and civilians worldwide continue to put their lives in harm’s way, Peachtree City residents took time Monday to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

More than a thousand people attended the annual ceremony at the city’s Veterans Memorial just outside City Hall.

And though his remarks were brief, the crowd felt the impact of World War II and Pearl Harbor survivor Roy Mooney, the featured guest speaker. Read More»

I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange tops regional road wish list

One of Fayette County’s notoriously slow commuting arteries has gained regional notoriety.

In fact, on a recent online survey, it came in as having the highest percentage of local support for an interchange improvement in the entire 10-county metro Atlanta region.

If you commute to the airport, downtown or parts beyond, it’s no secret to you that traffic backups are a regularity where Ga. Highway 74 meets Interstate 85.

And that’s both in the morning (outbound) and evening (inbound) commuting hours. Read More»

Help send servicemember to Braves game Monday

Tyrone's Herobox has backlog of requests for tickets

Herobox of Tyrone is asking the public to participate in its "Send the Brave to the Braves" promotion.

There is now a waiting list of service members hoping to go to Monday afternoon’s Atlanta Braves game against the San Diego Padres.

To contribute, visit http://www.herobox.org/braves.asp and select the option to purchase a discounted ticket for a service member. There is also an option to purchase tickets for others.

A non-profit based in Tyrone, Herobox was formed to help support deployed American service members by mailing special customized care packages to them. Read More»

Class of 2011: 5 Fayette high schools to graduate 1,799 Friday

The time that every high school student waits for is almost here. Graduation ceremonies will be held May 27 at the football stadiums at Fayette County’s five high schools. In all, there will be 1,799 students graduating this Friday night. (See The Citizen’s complete graduation coverage with photos in this week's print edition.) Read More»

Whitewater’s walk-off grand slam winner

Whitewater’s walk-off grand slam winner

Whitewater’s Alex Liquori looks down the left field line during the Wildcats semifinal game with Effingham County on Monday, May 23. Liquori parked a walk-off grand slam over the fence in left to give the Wildcats a 7-4 game one win. He had a total of four hits and seven RBI in Whitewater’s two wins, helping lead the team to Saturday’s AAAA final. For more on the wins, click here. Photo/Michael Boylan.

UPDATE: Former PTC mayor sues current mayor for libel

In this composite, former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon is at left; current Mayor Don Haddix at right. File photos.

Current PTC mayor claimed predecessor was ‘drunk at meetings’

UPDATED for print edition — Former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon is suing current Mayor Don Haddix over an email to a city staffer in which Haddix said Logsdon “drank a lot and came to meetings drunk.”

Haddix served on the City Council for two years — 2008 and 2009 — while Logsdon was mayor. Haddix ran for mayor in 2009, while Logsdon did not seek reelection.

The email message, written Feb. 22 of this year, was sent to then-economic development coordinator Joey Grisham, according to the lawsuit, which was filed May 19 in Fayette County Superior Court. Read More»

F’ville Mayor Steele: Keep Fayette out of regional mass transit agency

If a new transit agency is created to handle bus and rail service in the Atlanta region, Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele says he doesn’t want Fayette County to have any part in it.

Any new such agency should only have jurisdiction, and a likely sales tax, in counties that “either have transit at this time or would like to have transit,” Steele said in an interview last week.

A resolution passed last month by the metro Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable includes such language, Steele said. He added, however, that the final decision rests with the Georgia legislature. Read More»

On Memorial Day, bring old cell phones, chargers to help troops call home

Last year's crowd of more than 1,000 spectators. This year they can be more than just spectators by donating their old cell phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. Photo/Special.

Anyone who has served in the military, or who has had a loved one deployed in the military, knows how important a phone call home can be. On Memorial Day, anyone coming to the Peachtree City celebration can help ensure that deployed troops get plenty of phone calls home. The event will be accepting Cell Phones for Soldiers.

People can bring their old, defunct cell phones and place them in a collection bin. Memorial Day organizers will get them to a local drop-off point. Read More»