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DOT to fund ‘smarter’ signal timing on 54W

Project seen as stopgap measure until road improvements can be made

Motorists weary of battling clogged traffic on Ga. Highway 54 may get a touch of relief in early spring, thanks to efforts from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

DOT plans to install a new “intelligent” signal timing system along the corridor to maximize efficiency and, hopefully, improve traffic until a longer-term solution can be devised and implemented. Read More»

CEC’s Britt gets lifetime award for TV work

Peachtree City resident Michael Britt (L in plaid shirt) oversees a student operating video equipment. Photo/Special.

Television producer and Central Educational Center teacher Michael Britt has been inducted into the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Silver Circle of broadcast professionals.

Britt was inducted to the honor at a NATAS Southeast ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20, held at Atlanta’s Grand Hyatt hotel. He was honored at the 2013 ceremony along with 12 other broadcast professionals from around the southeast, including 11-Alive News’ Donna Lowry and the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore. Read More»

Another water system citation letter sent home

Our water is still safe to drink even though the Fayette County Water System was cited for a chemical treatment violation recently, county officials said in a mailing to all water system customers.

The system has been cited for violating the maximum level for trihalomethanes, which is a byproduct of the use of chlorine to disinfect drinking water to eliminate disease-causing organisms, for the third quarter of this year. Read More»

Fayette to choose new water system engineer

Presentation planned on McDonough Road widening for 2019

The Fayette County Commission is expected Thursday night to select CH2M Hill as its on-call consulting engineering firm for the county water system.

CH2M Hill was one of nine firms that submitted bids to the county to handle the work and was the unanimous recommendation of the evaluation committee that reviewed the proposals. CH2M Hill has the familiarity of having worked with the water system this summer to ameliorate the taste and odor issues that plagued the county’s drinking water for weeks. Read More»

Fantasy 5 winning ticket sold in PTC, worth $207K

Another big winning lottery ticket has been sold in Peachtree City, this time for $207,979 in the Fantasy 5 drawing on Sept. 20.

Lottery officials say the local winner has not yet come forward to claim the prize. The winning ticket was sold at the BP gas station on Ga. Highway 54 near Westpark Drive.

Three other winners have come forward including Mabel Simmons of Lawrenceville, James Greathouse of Flintstone and Larry Major of Macon.

Fantasy 5 winners have 180 days from the draw date to claim their prizes. Read More»

Senoia eyes new filter to fix discolored water issue

The Senoia City Council on Monday approved water system tests designed to lead to a recommendation on the appropriate type of filter that should be purchased. Issues with “yellow water” from 2011 that reoccurred temporarily in 2012 and again this summer in some homes on Teal Court were found to be associated with oxidized iron. Read More»

POW, MIA soldiers remembered in PTC ceremony

POW, MIA soldiers remembered in PTC ceremony

Local veterans took time Friday morning at the Veterans Memorial Park in Peachtree City to remember those who were taken prisoners of war or declared missing in action while serving during U.S. wars and conflicts. Photo/John Munford.

Constitutionally speaking at Falcon Field

Constitutionally speaking at Falcon Field

American history and the Constitution came alive Sept. 14 when historian Earl Taylor made a presentation on “The Making of America” before a large group at the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette continues slow growth, population now tops 108K

Fayette County continues to be one of the slow-growth leaders in metro Atlanta — if there were such a category.

According to population estimates released by the Atlanta Regional Commission, Fayette County added 700 residents between 2012 and 2013, with an average three-year growth estimated at 544 residents each year.

ARC now measures Fayette’s population as being 108,200 residents. Read More»

Work on Hwy. 74, Oakley Blvd. to blame for I-85 area traffic snarl

Work on Hwy. 74, Oakley Blvd. to blame for I-85 area traffic snarl

The recent traffic dilemmas south of Interstate 85 along Ga. Highway 74 are bad enough on their own. But intersection improvement work long underway, which causes its own version of congestion, are expected to eventually make the intersection with Oakley Industrial Boulevard more manageable.

Commenting on general aspects of the project,DOT spokesman Mark McKinnon said the project was designed by the Ga. Dept. of Transportation to result in a number of traffic improvements to the high-volume intersection.

The project is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the year. Read More»

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