PTC facing pressure for, against new cell towers

Cellphone companies Tuesday night presented their case for the necessity of new cellphone towers to the Peachtree City Council and Planning Commission.

Budget woes: Bad to worse

Fayette braces for property tax crash

Fayette County officials are preparing for the bleak economy to catch up to home values this year.

Councilman: PTC has too many workers

More than three dozen residents attended a budget meeting hosted by newly-elected Councilman Eric Imker Saturday afternoon at City Hall in Peachtree City.

School budget in 2011 may be cut $10.3M

The Fayette County Board of Education heard last week its funding next fiscal year could be more than $10.3 million less than what it currently gets, bad news for a system already reeling from $12.65 million in cuts so far this year.

BoE hopes for 4% cushion in 2010 budget

So far, so good, for the Fayette County School System, at least in terms of the projected fund balance for the year ending June 30. Barring any funding changes the school system might show a balance of $7.88 million in the general fund by the middle of this calendar year, about 4 percent of the total budget.

F’ville to lose Barnes & Noble; Goodwill store to anchor

Bye-bye, Barnes & Noble; hello, Goodwill store.

It will have been nearly 10 years to the day from the time that Barnes & Noble opened its doors across from the Fayette Pavilion until the time it closes those doors. The bookseller will discontinue operations at its Fayetteville store on Ga. Highway 85 at the end of May.

Law dog bites crime, gets barefoot burglar

Fayette sheriff’s detectives have arrested five Clayton County youths for burglarizing a home in the Hampstead Heath subdivision off Ga. Highway 314 North early Monday afternoon.

$25,000 reward in postal robbery

The United States Postal Service is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two men who robbed a postal service contract truck driver at the Fayetteville Post Office Friday night.

Crash involving sheriff’s wife to be reviewed

Sheriff’s Capt. Deborah Hannah was responding to a burglar alarm at her own home the afternoon of Jan. 2 when her sport utility vehicle collided with another car, sheriff’s officials said.

State court employee charged in theft

Fayette County State Court Solicitor’s employee Sabrina Ann Miller has been charged with felony theft by taking of more than $3,800 in funds from her office at the Fayette County Justice Center. Additional charges could be forthcoming.

Jobless rate hits 8.3% in Fayette, 7.4% in PTC

The U.S. gross domestic product grew by 5.7 percent in the last quarter of 2009, but you could not see any improvement locally by the look of Fayette County’s jobless rate. That rate rose again last month and now sits at 8.3 percent.

Jury rules for Fayette man in fire case

Landlord claimed HP scanner sparked blaze at dress shop

A retired Fayette County teacher has won a $110,000 jury verdict against the Hewlett-Packard Corporation for a fire at a downtown Fayetteville building that was tied to a computer scanner used by a tenant.

F’ville to hear ordinance proposal Thursday

The Fayetteville City Council will take up a change to the purchasing ordinance and consider an improvement to the Lee Street sidewalk project at the Feb. 6 council meeting.

School board looks at further use for East Fayette

The oldest school building in Fayette County still has some life in it, despite having lost all its students.

School Board members last week seemed to be amenable to the idea of having the school system’s Facilities Services department relocated to the former East Fayette Elementary School. The board is expected to make a decision on the move at the Feb. 9 meeting.

Ministry cofounder dies unexpectedly

A Better Way Ministries co-director Tony Ingram passed away unexpectedly Sunday night.

A Better Way founder John Barrow said Monday that cofounder and musician Tony Ingram died Sunday night of what is believed to have been a heart attack. Ingram is survived by a wife and two small children.

Atlanta woman arrested for attempted theft at church

An Atlanta woman was arrested Saturday morning when a Fayette County patrol deputy caught her in the act of stealing an air conditioning unit at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Ga. Highway 314.

Barefoot burglar apprehended by K-9 unit near Helmer Road

Update: 2:03 p.m.

A suspect has been arrested after being subdued by a Fayette County K-9 unit.

A call at 1:47 p.m. indicated that the K-9 unit "made apprehension" off Helmer Road just this side of the Clayton County line. An ambulance was being sent to the scene to treat a dog bite, according to reports.

Fred announces summer concert acts

The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater this morning announced its lineup for the 2010 concert season.

The B-52s of Athens rock fame will be playing the amphitheater July 24, and the season kicks off May 15 with Gloria Gaynor and The Village People.

Fayette schools look at 2011 funding issues

The Fayette County School Board is doing more than waiting to see how things play out with more state cuts this year. The board heard a presentation by Comptroller Laura Brock at the Jan. 26 meeting that centered on the 2011 budget cycle that begins in July. Brock gave the board a look at several factors that could influence budget calculations.

Rezoning OK'd for 74S shopping center

The plan for a shopping center off Ga. Highway 74 south and Redwine Road has shrunk a bit under a rezoning approved Thursday night by the Fayette County Commission.

Volunteer Opportunities 013010

• The American Cancer Society is seeking volunteers in the Coweta County and Carroll County areas to assist with the Road to Recovery Program. Volunteers will be drivers to assist cancer patients who need transportation to the location for their radiation and/or chemotherapy treatments.The patients involved have no other means to access the treatment that is essential to their recovery. Anyone who would like more information about the Road to Recovery Program is asked to telephone 770-460-8920 ext 227.

Concert cutback means lotto for season ticketholders

Concert cutback means lotto for season ticketholders

Patrons of the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater’s summer concert series will soon be receiving their ticket renewal forms in the mail along with an announcement of this year’s acts for the season.

Unemployment still rising in Fayette, PTC

The effects of the recession are still being evidenced in Fayette County and Peachtree City. Fayette’s unemployment for December rose to over 8 percent while Peachtree City’s jobless rate rose to well over 7 percent.

Cell tower workshop preview

The future of cellphone towers in Peachtree City will be discussed at a workshop meeting of the City Council Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.

Cart bridge widen over lake Ptree

The Peachtree City Council has selected a design option for widening the existing cart path bridge that spans Lake Peachtree along Ga. Highway 54.

Cap and trade bill derided as tax increase

Cutting carbon dioxide would add costs to electric bill, other products

A bill in Congress touted as a way to improve the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions will hit Georgia folks in their wallets, according to Michael Whiteside, the former CEO of Fayette-Coweta Electric Membership Corporation.

PTC wants survey results

Residents and business owners are being encouraged to respond to a survey initiated by Peachtree City staff.

Among the questions on the residential survey, the most telling answers might be found on the section about the 2010-2011 budget, which is facing a potential $3 million shortfall.

Space heater led to trailer fire

A space heater is being blamed for causing a fire that destroyed a trailer in downtown Tyrone last week.

The trailer, located adjacent to Tyrone Tire, caught fire Jan. 21 but no one was hurt, fire officials said. The resident had left the space heater on for several dogs while the resident was away, officials said.

Falcon Field targeting business clients

Contingent attending trade show to increase corporate traffic

Atlanta Regional Airport Falcon Field in Peachtree City will be participating in National Business Aircraft Association’s (NBAA) 21st Annual Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference that will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center January 27-29 in San Antonio, Texas.

Barnes & Noble in F’ville closing in May

It has been nearly a decade since Barnes & Noble opened its doors across from the Fayette Pavilion on Ga. Highway 85 in Fayetteville. Those doors will close at the end of May.