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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»

Toronto drafts McIntosh High School outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr.

Although recent McIntosh graduate Dwight Smith Jr. will likely start playing minor league ball in the South, the goal will be to one day start in the Great White North.

Smith Jr., a recent McIntosh graduate and outfielder for the Chiefs varsity baseball team, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night. The Blue Jays selected Smith, son of former major leaguer Dwight Smith, with the 53rd overall pick.

A story at Bluejays.com states that Smith, 5-feet-11-inches, 180 pounds, is likely to make a transition to a corner outfield position and has the ability to hit for high average. Read More»

BoE’s Tolbert gets Ride for Life

Hannah Tolbert has been busy and her efforts are paying off. The daughter of Fayette County Board of Education member Sam Tolbert is coordinating a “Ride for Life” car and bike show and benefit ride fund-raiser on June 12 to help offset her father’s expenses as he undergoes treatment for Stage 4 esophageal cancer. The fund-raiser will be held at Partner’s Pizza located at 834 South Glynn Street beginning at 11 a.m.

Hannah told The Citizen in April she was determined to put on a fund-raiser for her father that will draw a large crowd. And that is what’s happening. Read More»

Best sports year ever in Fayette

When the high school athletic season started last year, who knew it would arguably go down as the best in Fayette County history?

There is no doubt that sports fans in the county had become used to high schools competing for and winning state titles, but nobody could have predicted a year like this. Read More»

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»

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