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Return of value deadline nears

Fayette County property owners wishing to file a “return of value” have until April 1 to get it done. The filing is open to property owners who disagree with the value placed on their properties last year.

Tax Assessor Joel Benton said tax assessment notices coming in May will only be sent if the fair market value property has changed since last year. Benton said assessment notices are expected to be mailed May 3, adding that those notices will be sent only if the property is determined to have increased in value or unless new legislation requires it. Read More»

Cop Reports 2/24/10

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Tuesday, Feb. 16 - Monday, Feb. 22
Omeshia Shantee Alford, 39, of Belmont Park, Newnan, for probation violation.
Raven Symone Anderson, 19, of Rosewood Circle, Jonesboro, for illegal dumping of biomed waste, hazmat materials.
Virgin Eustrtonel Chandler, 28, of Saddle Ridge Way, Fayetteville, for probation violation. Read More»

Sex offender arrested for failure to register

Fayetteville resident Jesse Alan Murden was arrested over the weekend by Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies for failure to register as a sex offender.

Murden was released from Ware State Prison on Sept. 19 after serving a 10-year sentence for child molestation and aggravated child molestation stemming from a 1999 Rockdale County case.

Fayette County Sheriff’s arrest records showed Murden with an address on Ga. Highway 314 in Fayetteville. He was booked into Fayette County Jail.

Environmentalists, educators gear up for Earth Day

Environmentalist Dennis Chase (L) shares a symbolic olive branch with Fayette County Commission Chairman Jack Smith (C) as Rawls Whittlesey looks on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The annual celebration of Earth Day in Fayette County is around the corner. This year’s event will be held in Tyrone April 17 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Shamrock Park on Senoia Road.

The widely-attended annual event will include educational exhibits and presentations, a green market with eco-friendly products and services, entertainment and special awards for schools and organizations. Read More»

Firefighters rescue 3 dogs trapped in house

Peachtree City firefighters rescued three dogs from a house fire that occurred early Monday morning during a heavy electrical storm.

The fire at 301 Robinson Rd. was reported via 911 at 4:38 a.m., said Assistant Fire Chief Joe O’Conor. When firefighters arrived, there was smoke and fire showing from the home’s crawlspace and smoke coming from the attic also, he said.

The family had already evacuated the home but the dogs were trapped upstairs, O’Conor said. The first fire crew to enter the house was able to bring the pets to safety, he confirmed. Read More»

16 arrested on drug charges

Undercover drug agents have arrested 16 people this month — including three juveniles at a Peachtree City home — in conjunction with nine investigations into illegal drug activity. Read More»

Girl, 9, roughed up; lone assailant is sought

GBI sketch of attempted kidnapping suspect.

Fayette sheriff’s detectives are asking the public to be on the lookout for a black man who attempted to abduct a 9-year-old girl in the Landmark mobile home community off Milam Road Wednesday, Feb. 17. The department released information about the incident Feb. 23. Read More»

PTC police probe death of student

CORRECTED VERSION

Peachtree City police are investigating the death of a University of Georgia student who was found unresponsive early Sunday morning at a residence in the Bradford Estates subdivision.

Emergency crews sent to 301 Bradford Way at 7:20 a.m. determined that the student, identified as Samuel Kennedy, 24, of Vandiver Hall on the UGA campus in Athens had died.

The department is awaiting the autopsy report and also results from toxicology testing as part of the investigation, police said Tuesday morning. Read More»

Open heart surgery for Southern Regional?

Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale has announced plans to begin providing open heart surgery as early as Jan. 1, 2012. If the application is approved, SRMC would be the first hospital on the Southside to offer the specialized care.

The proposal must first be approved by the Georgia Department of Community Health before the hospital can proceed.

Hospital representatives are seeking the community’s support for the expansion, which would cost less than $3 million. Read More»

Rep. Fludd wants 1% tax surcharge

‘Temporary’ Ga. tax aimed at $200K single filers and couples making over $400K, Tyrone legislator says

State Representative Virgil Fludd, D-Tyrone, wants to add a “temporary” 1 percent income tax. Read More»