Fire damages PTC home

Firefighters survey the damage at the rear of the home after the flames were extinguished.

A fire significantly damaged a home on Gelding Garth in Peachtree City Friday afternoon.

When firefighters arrived at 100 Gelding Garth, flames were visible from the rear of the home. The fire was deemed under control in about half an hour with about 20 firefighters responding to the scene, officials said. Read More»

Foul play not suspected in student's death

At this point, there have been no indications that foul play is involved with the Sunday death of a University of Georgia student at his mother’s Peachtree City home, police said Friday morning. Read More»

Tourism director resigns

The executive director of the Peachtree City Tourism Association has resigned, the association announced Friday morning.

Lauren Yawn, who has served in the position since 2005, has decided to pursue other opportunities, according to the news release submitted by the association.

Tourism Association Chairman Bill Bexley said the association would immediately begin a search to fill the position. Read More»

Imker OK with bridge vote

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker last week thought he had enough votes among his fellow council members to halt an estimated $45,000 design expenditure for the widening of the cart path bridge over Lake Peachtree.

As it turned out, Imker was the only council member voting in favor of postponing the project. After Councilman Doug Sturbaum suggested the bridge widening could be eligible for federal stimulus funds if the design were completed, the rest of council voted for the project to proceed: Sturbaum, council members Kim Learnard and Vanessa Fleisch and Mayor Don Haddix. Read More»

Governor Perdue recognizes PTC Eagle Scouts

Governor Perdue, Representative Matt Ramsey and three Eagle Scouts from Peachtree City.

Three new Eagle Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 75, chartered by the Peachtree City United Methodist Church, were recognized at the State Capitol during winter break by Governor Sonny Perdue and Representative Matt Ramsey. From left are Representative Ramsey, Carl Eifert, Governor Perdue, Ben Brettin, and Alex Pearson. All three scouts are seniors at McIntosh High School and they have been together in scouting since first grade when they started out as Tiger Cubs in Pack 181. Read More»

PTC residents can apply for insurance discount as city’s fire safety rating improves

Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker is urging all residents to call their insurance company to see if they qualify for a rate reduction.

Effective Feb. 1, the Insurance Service Office upgraded the city’s fire safety rating from a class four to a class three. Residents should notify their company of the matter to qualify for a potential discount.

Although not all insurance companies will honor a discount for the rating improvement, Imker noted that the change will save him $115 a year on his policy. Read More»

Recycling campaign helping PTC

Peachtree City’s recycling program is hauling in some benefits in terms of keeping material out of landfills.

In a presentation to the city council last week, Keep Peachtree City Beautiful Director Al Yougel shared how much has been collected in the fiscal year so far:
• 21,000 pounds of cardboard;
• 53,000 pounds of glass;
• 4,820 pounds of plastic;
• 5,837 pounds of aluminum cans; and
• 25,000 pounds of newsprint. Read More»

Fayette County is healthiest Georgia county

Fayette County has the healthiest residents in Georgia and Quitman County is the least healthy county in the state, according to a new report released today by the University of Wisconsin’s Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The County Health Rankings are the first to rank the overall health of the counties in all 50 states – more than 3,000 total – by using a standard formula to measure how healthy people are and how long they live. Read More»

Right of way secured for Paschall tunnel

Peachtree City now has the necessary rights of way necessary for the new cart path tunnel underneath Ga. Highway 74 at Paschall Road, city officials said.
Last week the city council accepted right of way from Frank Cawood and Associates. Previously the city has accepted additional right of way from Peachtree Villas and a nearby doctor’s office.

The right of way will allow the city to proceed with building paths leading to the tunnel on both sides of the highway, said City Engineer David Borkowski. A bid is expected to be awarded for the project at the March 4 council meeting. Read More»

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