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It's that time of year

It's that time of year

The Starr's Mill band participated in the annual summer ritual of band practice, and is gearing up for the upcoming season. The band should be in excellent tune by the time the first football game kicks off against Whitewater High School on Aug. 29. Photo/ Bonnie Hester.

Back to class in Fayette

It’s that time again.

Fayette County’s public schools will open their doors Aug. 7 for the 2014-2015 school year, which will see changes in the school day for middle and high schools.

The school year will include a new fall break and a two-day winter break.

Elementary schools will begin the day at 7:40 a.m. and will run until 2:25 p.m. Read More»

City, county fight dam classification

By JOHN THOMPSON

jthompson@TheCitizen.com

Peachtree City and Fayette County are calling out the EPD in hopes that an administrative hearing can speed up the refilling of Lake Peachtree.

The guns-blazing assault against the state agency appeared in a July 17 petition filed with the state’s office of administrative hearings. Read More»

School millage not expected to change, but Nov. tax bills will see a slight increase

The millage rate to be set by the Fayette County Board of Education later this month will remain the same this year, but property owners will still see a tax increase going to the school system.

An Aug. 4 public hearing on the 2014 millage rate had the school board proposing to keep the 2014 maintenance and operation tax rate at 20 mills, the maximum rate allowed by state law. Read More»

Clayton State program welcomes indie filmmakers

Clayton State University continues to ramp up its presence in the movie and television industry. The university’s Digital Film Tech program is seeking Atlanta-area independent filmmakers (indies) to partner with its course offerings.

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Gas leak closes Fayette government offices, Fayetteville Library

Crews work Wednesday afternoon to repair a gas leak behind the Fayette County government complex. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Update: Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. - Fayette County officials report that the natural gas line has been capped and offices will open as usual on Aug. 7.

Fayette County government offices and the Fayetteville Library in downtown Fayetteville were closed Wednesday after contractors struck a natural gas line. Business is expected to be back to normal on Thursday.

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Pete Nelms said contractors boring and laying pipe behind the county complex at approximately 11 a.m. struck a gas line. Read More»

Sheriff’s Office helping with students’ backpacks

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office recently provided backpacks and school supplies to needy children as part of the “Shop with a Sheriff” program. Pictured from left are Inv. Chad Wallace, Sgt. Doug Hardy, Sheriff Barry Babb, Capt. Tom Brenna and Capt. Brian Eubanks. Photo/Special.

One of the projects undertaken by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is aimed at lending a hand to needy kids as school begins. The recipients of backpacks and school supplies this year are students at Inman Elementary School.

Sheriff Barry Babb said the office for the third consecutive year has continued its “Shop with a Sheriff” program that provides backpacks and school supplies to needy children in Fayette County. Read More»

N. Fayette shooting investigation continues

The investigation into a July 28 incident along Ga. Highway 85 in north Fayette County where shots were fired into a vehicle is ongoing.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies responded at approximately 11 p.m. to Clayton County in reference to a person shot. The victim told Clayton County Police that she was shot while driving through north Fayette County, Babb said. Read More»

Charges filed in three dozen auto break-ins

An Atlanta man is in custody and facing a long list of charges of in connection to 37 incidents where vehicles in north Fayette County neighborhoods were entered July 20-23.

Randen Morris, 22, was charged with 31 felony counts of entering auto, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Approximately 22 vehicles were entered July 20 while parked at residences in the Shenandoah Estates subdivision off Old Ga. Highway 138, Babb said.

“The majority of the vehicles appear to have been unlocked and small items of value were removed,” Babb said. Read More»

County seeks role as vehicle testing site

A July 24 vote by the Fayette County Commission asked state lawmakers to consider Fayette as a test site for research, development and manned testing of autonomous vehicle technology.

The resolution was intended to request legislative support that would serve to encourage related technology companies to consolidate their efforts in Fayette County, establishing the county as an epicenter for the creation of state and federal regulations and industry standards. Read More»

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