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Community leaders double as servers for fund-raiser tonight

The pressure will be on Monday night when two dozen community leaders from around Fayette County will do their best to measure up to the occasion; and get the orders right. Far from the confines of law enforcement, legal issues or the business of running businesses or local government, the 24 will be volunteer servers for what should be a packed house at a charity dinner supporting child abuse prevention. Read More»

Massive law enforcement procession to move through county Saturday morning

Residents of Fayette County Saturday morning will see a procession that includes a very large number of law enforcement vehicles and motorcycles. The procession for the Georgia Police Memorial Ride will begin at the state Capitol and arrive at Falcon Field in Peachtree City shortly after noon. Read More»

Judge’s sex talk swept under the robe?

Chief Judge English fails to act on complaint

A Peachtree City attorney Friday said Chief Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English Jr. failed to intervene when she informed him in fall 2008 of sexually inappropriate comments made to her by Superior Court Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell in 2007 and 2008. Read More»

Governor to fill Fayette court vacancy

Nominations are being accepted for persons interested in filling the unexpired seat of Fayette County Superior Court Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr., who resigned earlier this week. Read More»

March unemployment drops slightly in Fayette and Peachtree City

Figures released this week by the Georgia Dept. of Labor (DOL) showed a small drop in unemployment to 9 percent in Fayette County and 7.9 percent in Peachtree City. Unemployment in the 10-county Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) also fell slightly to 10.7 percent.

Fayette County saw a drop in unemployment in March to 9 percent compared to the 9.3 percent rate in February. Fayette County has a workforce of 51,035, with 4,582 of those people jobless in March. Fayette’s unemployment rate in March 2009 was 7.3 percent, with 3,823 out of work. Read More»

Fayette taps top teacher

Carrie Collins, kindergarten, Peeples Elementary.

The long journey for the three finalists vying for Fayette County Teacher of the Year came to an end Thursday night at New Hope Baptist Church, North Campus, with the naming of the winner. Read More»

The Caldwell file: Which judges knew what and when?

Judge Johnnie Caldwell (file photo)

Messy PTC divorce case leads to 1 judge's downfall; more questions remain to be answered

UPDATED April 22, 8:30 p.m.: A long-running and messy Peachtree City divorce case is at the heart of this week’s shocking resignation of Fayette County Superior Court Judge Johnnie Caldwell, The Citizen has learned from court filings and in interviews. All four judges in the Griffin Judicial Circuit have removed themselves from the case during the past eight months because of allegations of judicial impropriety — a case that raises the question of which judges knew what and when, and what they did with what they knew. Read More»