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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»

Supremes say charter schools out, Senate says not so quick

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled on charter schools, handing proponents of the initiative a 4-3 defeat May 16 on the state’s 2008 move that created a number of new charter schools, including the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia in Coweta County. Affected school systems support the move while charter advocates said the decision is a step backward for Georgia. Voicing their disagreement, the Georgia Senate has formed a subcommittee to combat the judicial decision. Read More»

Confusion over failed PTC hotel-motel tax hike

Bill stalled in committee; senators point fingers at others

Two stories have emerged as to why a bill to increase Peachtree City’s hotel-motel tax rate failed to pass the Georgia Senate this year.

City Councilman Eric Imker contends the inaction cost the city approximately $130,000 this budget year. That’s the amount that the increase would have added to the city’s general fund.

Imker at the May 5 council meeting reported that Republican Sen. Ronnie Chance told him that Chance signed the bill, but fellow Sen. Valencia Seay, who represents a portion of north Fayette County, failed to do so. Read More»

Volunteers claim victory in PTC path cleanup event

The Great Path Cleanup held on May 7 was Peachtree City’s first organized venture into helping keep the city’s path system free of litter. Doing their part at Luther Glass Park off South Peachtree Parkway were Ingrid Zambrauna, her son Ethien and Melvin Castrillo. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Peachtree City Path Cleanup on May 7 has been deemed a big success.

With the help of about 100 volunteers, numerous bags of rubbish were removed from the path system as part of the annual Keep Peachtree City Beautiful trash cleanup event.

The city was mapped into 14 zones with a trash collection point for each. As bags were filled, they were returned to the collection zones, unless the volunteers decided it was easier to dispose of in their home trash.

Volunteers for the event ran the gamut from individuals, entire families, church groups and civic clubs. Read More»

Navy pilots visit Willis Rd. Elementary pen pals

A hero’s welcome — Students at Willis Road Elementary School near Sharpsburg turned out May 11 to welcome Lt. Commander Luke Suber (pictured) and Lt. Commander John Voight. Suber recently returned from Afghanistan where he and others had received more than 200 CARE packages and endless letters from Merry Nicholson’s first-grade class and others in the school. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was nothing short of a hero’s welcome for Lt. Commander Luke Suber (USN) and Lt. Commander John Voight (USN) when they arrived at the Coweta County airport May 11 and rode with Merry Nicholson’s first-grade class on a school bus back to Willis Road Elementary School near Sharpsburg. The trip to the Georgia school was Suber’s way of saying thanks for the many CARE packages and letters he and others received while stationed recently in Afghanistan. Read More»

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