Newsmakers

New law brings changes to property assessment notices, appeals

There are a few changes for 2011 relating to property assessment notices, appeals, the oversight of the Board of Equalization and the definition of an arm’s length property sale. Fayette County Tax Assessor Joel Benton commented last week on the provisions of House Bill 346 that brought those changes into law.

Benton said that, unlike in times past, the passage of HB 346 requires that every property owner in the state receive a “Uniform Assessment Notice” this year. That said, the current moratorium on unimproved property will continue through 2011, Benton added. Read More»

ARC planner: No mass transit projected for Fayette — ever

Atlanta Regional Commission Principal Planner David Haynes presents the ideas behind metro Atlanta’s regional Plan 2040 to a group of Fayette County residents and others last week. The plan has no transit plans for Fayette County, though Newnan could potentially see commuter rail if the funding can be found. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Plan 2040 multi-county public meeting held last week to solicit input on metro Atlanta’s future was attended almost exclusively by Fayette County residents. Perhaps as significant as anything at the meeting was a future long distance transit map showing no — that’s “zero” — projects planned for Fayette County. Read More»

PTC mayor in hot water for wife’s remark about new city employee

A comment to a new city employee by the wife of Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix has created a bit of a stir.

Cathy Haddix made the comment as she met the city’s new economic development coordinator, Joey Grisham, for the first time last week at the grand opening of The Fresh Market grocery store. Read More»

Sharpsburg man wins $50K with free lottery ticket

A Sharpsburg man who works at a Peachtree City manufacturing plant has won $50,000 thanks to a free Fantasy 5 ticket. Timothy Beckham, 43, won the prize by matching all five winning numbers in the March 9 drawing.

“The funny thing is I won it off of a free ticket from last week,” Beckham said. “That’s pretty neat.”

Beckham won the free ticket by matching two of five numbers in a previous Fantasy 5 drawing. He was at work when he called the Georgia Lottery hot line and discovered his big win. Read More»

Two PTC Troop 75 alumni win prestigious Boy Scout Silver Beaver award

Carl Lowry (L) and Ute Whatley display the prestigious Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award. Photo/Scott Ash.

Two weeks ago, at the annual Flint River Council Eagle Scout banquet, five Silver Beaver Award winners were announced and two of the recipients — Carl Lowry and Ute Whatley — were from Peachtree City’s Troop 75.

The Silver Beaver Award for distinguished service is the highest and most esteemed award that a Boy Scout council can give out each year. Read More»

Tyrone is holding ‘Century of Treasures’ Yard Sale this Saturday

Members of the Tyrone Centennial Committee stand in front of the mural in Tyrone Town Hall. Photo/Special.

The Tyrone Centennial Committee is having a kick-off for The 100-Year Celebration for 2011.

The Town of Tyrone Centennial Committee is holding the largest yard sale in Tyrone on Saturday, Mar. 19, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The yard sale is being held at Shamrock Park, 941 Senoia Rd. Tyrone, Ga. 30290. The committee is still taking applications for participants to sell their items. The booth space is $25 for a 12 x 12 spot. You must provide your own table and tent. It is open to the community to sell items and shop for treasures. Read More»

Fresh Aire plays at Race for Riley fundraiser

Fresh Aire plays at Race for Riley fundraiser

The March 5 concert at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center marked the second appearance of the Florida-based group of air traffic controllers, Aire Traffic, known for their own blend of original jazz and rock.

The benefit concert is a fundraiser connected to the long-running, annual Race for Riley event in Chattahoochee Hills that benefits the Joseph Sams School in Fayetteville. Read More»

Ronald McDonald gets a hand from F’ville cops

The Fayetteville Police Department will be serving as a drop-off point for aluminum can tabs which will be turned over to the Ronald McDonald House to benefit their charity. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Read More»

Fireball Run coming to Peachtree City this fall; film crews to record competition for movie

In late September, Peachtree City will host a competition among auto enthusiasts called the Fireball Run Adventurally.

This year’s Fireball Run will take nearly 50 teams over 2,500 miles in eight days. Along the way, teams will solve clues and compete in challenges in an attempt to earn points.

Film crews will capture the fun, which will become part of a movie that will be screened initially in Orlando, Fla. later in the year. Read More»

Dog attack on PTC cart path sparks concern

Joshua Ellis, 2, pictured with family pet Patches, who was viciously attacked last week by another dog while Joshua was nearby on a golf cart. Photo/Special.

A Peachtree City family is warning path users about a “large black lab-like dog” that attacked their family dog, Patches, on the cart path near the Waterford Green subdivision last week. Read More»