Newsmakers

Counting the vehicles at Fayette’s 2 busiest intersections

Ever wondered how many cars go through the two busiest intersections in Fayette County every day?

Not everyone in Fayette County travels through the intersections of Ga. Highway 54 and Ga. Highway 74 in Peachtree City or along Hwy. 54 at Ga. highways 85 and 92 in Fayetteville. But for those who do the growing congestion is old news, sometimes looking more like north metro Atlanta than what was once rural Fayette County.

So what are the traffic counts and what might the volume of traffic look like in coming years? Read More»

PTC may duck millage rate hike

Peachtree City may get by without a millage rate increase this year after all.

The first draft of the $28 million budget recommended by City Manager Jim Pennington had contained a .098 mill increase to counteract the decreased property values and thus give the city an amount of property taxes almost identical to this year’s take.

However, at Monday night’s budget workshop, Pennington will present an amended budget that eliminates any millage rate increase. Read More»

Chattahoochee Bend State Park opens in northwest Coweta

To say it is scenic would be an understatement. The nearly 3,000-acre Chattachoochee Bend State Park, Georgia’s first in nearly 20 years, opened July 1 in northwest Coweta County. Located off Flat Rock Road, the park with seven miles fronting the Chattahoochee River provides a host of amenities and wilderness area for hikers and campers. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was some time in the making, but Georgia’s newest state park opened July 1. The nearly 3,000-acre Chattahoochee Bend State Park is located off Flat Rock Road in northwest Coweta and includes a number of amenities and seven miles of property fronting the Chattahoochee River.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park is one of Georgia’s largest, covering 2,910 acres, according to the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, providing visitors with what has been called a spectacular tract of protected wilderness area. The park will be a haven for paddlers, campers and anglers, DNR said. Read More»

Feds launch program on radon gas exposure

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, and the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Veterans Affairs have joined forces to help save lives and create healthier home and school environments for America’s families. The plan announced in June brings together commitments that help to reduce exposure to radon and protect the health of Americans through leveraging and advancing existing state, local, and national programs. Read More»

Brown's Mill Battlefield group to host several Confederate lectures

July was a historic month in the year 1864 for Newnan, Coweta County. Not only were Newnan's seven hospitals filled with hundreds of Confederate wounded brought in from other battles, on July 30, a cavalry battle was fought 3 miles south of town at Brown's Mill. Both Confederate and Union wounded were brought in to be treated by the doctors and nurses located here. Life was never the same in Newnan after that day. Read More»

Brooks councilman named police chief in Chatt Hills

Brooks Town Councilman Lewis Harper was recently hired as the new Chattahoochee Hills Police Chief. Harper brings to the job a working knowledge of municipal matters and more than three decades in law enforcement. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For Brooks Town Councilman Lewis Harper retirement after a career in law enforcement was not enough. Harper was recently hired as the new police chief in Chattahoochee Hills.

Harper’s career in law enforcement to date spans more than three decades. He started work in College Park in 1973 and retired from the department in July 2006.

Harper said he was contacted in November about assuming the position of interim chief in the south Fulton County city. Read More»

Will Fayette Commission kick public comment to the meeting’s end?

At its workshop meeting Wednesday, the Fayette County Commission will begin to tackle a detailed updating of the ordinance that governs how meetings are run.

Although there has been some sentiment to move the public comment portion of the meeting to the end of the agenda, the ordinance prepared by county staff keeps it near the beginning of the meeting. Read More»

Director Chris Snell out at F’ville Library

Chris Snell has been the face of the Fayetteville Library for years. But a June decision by the Flint River Library System board could change all that by year’s end unless the Fayette County Commission can find the funds to retain the position. Read More»

Feds charge 2 Fayette air traffic controllers in $1.4 million foreign currency trading fraud

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in Washington, D.C., on June 30 announced the filing of charges against two air traffic controllers, Louis J. Giddens, Jr. of Fayetteville, Ga., and Anthony W. Dutton of Peachtree City, Ga., as well as commodity trader Michael Gomez of Valrico, Fla., for operating a fraudulent off-exchange foreign currency (forex) scheme in which they solicited and accepted approximately $1.4 million from the general public. Read More»

SCHS grad prevents drowning

Katie McKennon. Photo/Special.

On June 7, Katie McKennon was on her first day as a lifeguard at the Southampton subdivision pool.

It didn’t take long for her mettle to be tested as the only lifeguard on duty. And she passed with flying colors, with an assist from another pool patron.

Her eyes on the lone swimmer, McKennon leapt into the pool after he stopped moving while underwater. She found the 16-year-old boy unconscious, so she pulled him out using a technique that adapts her body to serve as a sort of “rescue board.”

McKennon then shouted for someone to call 911 and a nurse came forward to help. Read More»