Newsmakers

Tyrone adopts FY 2012 budget, has $4.6M in reserve

The Tyrone Town Council June 16 adopted a $3.42 million General Fund budget for FY 2012 that begins July 1. The budget that included a 2 percent cost-of-living increase for town employees will allow the millage rate to remain steady at 2.89 mills.

The adoption of the budget leaves Tyrone with $4.6 million in certificates of deposit and cash in reserve. Read More»

UGA standout to tackle July 4 parade grand marshal duty

Peachtree City resident Matt Stinchcomb, former UGA Bulldog and NFL player, will be the grand marshal of the 4th of July Parade in Peachtree City. Photo/John Munford.

The grand marshal for Peachtree City’s Fourth of July parade this year will be a familiar face to many UGA football fans.

Matt Stinchcomb, who went on to a successful NFL career as an offensive lineman, is now involved in the business world, enjoying three children and so much of what Peachtree City has to offer. Read More»

PTC to talk budget this Monday,Tuesday

Given the continuing economic doldrums, Peachtree City’s budget is likely to take another hit this year with dwindling property values resulting in less property tax revenue. Read More»

‘Walking Dead’ set to film in Senoia, Coweta

Don’t be alarmed if you see people walking around areas if Coweta County in the next few months that look a little less than alive. That is because portions of the second season of “The Walking Dead” television show will filmed in Sharpsburg, Senoia, Newnan and other locations around the county.

The Coweta County Commission at its June 7 meeting approved a request from Stalwart Films, LLC for the filming of the popular television show from June 6 through Nov. 11. Read More»

Gin Street in Senoia closed for filming

Senoia officials said Wednesday that Gin Street from Pylant Street to Broad Street will be closed Monday, June 20 from 5 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the filming of an episode of the Drop Dead Diva television show.

Haddix libel defense: Logsdon remains ‘public figure’

There’s a new twist in the libel lawsuit filed by former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon against current Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix.

Haddix has already admitted that he said that Logsdon “came to meetings part drunk” in an email to a city staffer Feb. 22. Haddix also has said he “regrets” making the statement.

In addition to using the public apology as a defense, Haddix is also planning to contend that Logsdon “continues to qualify as a public figure,” according to Haddix attorney John Mrosek of Fayetteville. Read More»

Father’s Day gift: A daughter’s kidney

Arnold Hicks stands with daughter Natalie Fields. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Natalie Fields donates one of her healthy kidneys to her dad, Arnold Hicks

Arnold Hicks will likely still get a card this Sunday from his daughter, Natalie Fields, for Father’s Day, but he got an incredible gift nearly two weeks ago when he received one of her kidneys in a transplant operation. The surgery was nearly two years in the making and it will almost certainly improve Hicks’ quality of life as well as the lives of everyone in the family.

Hicks, 59, is a Type I diabetic and he has been insulin dependent for 49 years. One of the things that diabetes does is take a toll on the kidneys, an organ that filters the blood, among other functions. Read More»

Senoia to offer six week Citizens’ Police Academy

It will be an opportunity for Senoia residents to get a first-hand look at how police officers do their job. The Senoia Police Dept. will offer its first Citizens’ Police Academy beginning in July.

The six-week course will offer information on law enforcement issues ranging from training requirements, patrol operations, investigations, crime prevention, use of force, traffic and DUI law and a firearms simulation exercise, according to department spokesperson Steve Tomlin. Read More»

Haddix ‘regrets’ calling Logsdon ‘part drunk’ in email to PTC staffer

In a letter to the editor published in The Citizen (June 8), Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix expressed “regret” for saying in an email that former mayor Harold Logsdon “drank a lot and came to meetings part drunk.” Read More»

Widow’s lawsuit drops Fayette County, aims at liability of EMS medics

A widow can’t sue Fayette County for the death of her husband, the Georgia Supreme Court says.

So the widow is instead suing the Fayette EMS medic personally.

A wrongful death lawsuit filed in Spalding County State Court in September by Fayette county resident Charlene Denney in relation to the April 2009 death of her husband, 57-year-old Dickie Denney, has now released Fayette County based on a recent ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court on an aspect of sovereign immunity. Read More»