County revamps travel policy

Fayette County is tightening restrictions on any employee who wants to travel to a conference or for other business reasons.

Council to look at DOT agreement

Fayetteville council members Oct. 20 will take up issues involving a Georgia Department of Transportation sidewalks project and a proposed amendment to the Solid Waste Ordinance relating to customers not removing garbage containers in a timely manner.

Robbery suspect arrested

A LaGrange man has been arrested for robbing an elderly woman in her north Fayette home earlier this month.

Fayette County sheriff’s deputies arrested Brian Keith Hethcox, 32, of Bartley Road, LaGrange last week on a charge of felony robbery.

Ham radio system upgraded

An enhancement to the local HAM radio system will help provide a backup emergency communications system for the county, officials said last week.

Donations accepted for Project Love

Fayette Senior Services is accepting contributions for Project Love – the program that provides delicious and nutritionally balanced holiday meals to senior citizens in Fayette County. For more then ten years the program has been a heartfelt gesture of kindness to many of the community’s homebound seniors.

Starr’s Mill groups tapped to attend prestigious event

Over 100 Starr’s Mill High School students will get to enjoy Savannah for a few days in January.

The Starr’s Mill High School Wind Ensemble and Chanticleer, the school’s mixed chorus, have been selected to perform at this year’s Georgia Music Educator’s Association meeting next year, and band director Scott King and choral director Dr. John Odom are ecstatic about their students being selected for this honor.

Local eatery hosts month-long fundraiser for fire safety program

A Peachtree City restaurant is helping the city fire department raise money for a special fire safety education program.

Support group announces schedule change

Dr. Bryan Woods, who was scheduled to be the guest speaker at the Oct. 25 meeting of the local Crohn's & colitis (IBD) support group meeting, will not be able to attend, so there has been a slight change in the program from what was originally advertised.


The following arrests were reported by local police agencies for the past week:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Handy way to keep soup in mind

The Culinary Institute of America’s “Book of Soups” is now available in paperback (Lebhar-Friedman, $17.95). The book, first published in hard cover in 2001, features more than 100 recipes for all kinds of soup, carefully worked out and well illustrated. The color photos includes plenty of step-by-step sequences.


Debbie and Bob Felt of Fayetteville announce the engagement of their daughter, Lisa Renee Felt, to Nathan Lloyd Glass, son of Rena and Chris Glass of Kennesaw.


Truong Thi Hong Vi of Phu My, Vietnam, and Richard Adam Whitener of Peachtree City were married in Vietnam July 8, 2005.

County drug squad helps bust Mexico-Atlanta drug group

Undercover Fayette County drug agents played a role in a months-long investigation of a Mexican drug trafficking operation that netted 28 arrests Wednesday, authorities said.

Lanes shift today

Huddleston Road/Hwy. 54 intersection closed all weekend

Motorists who travel through the work zone for Ga. Highway 54 West in Peachtree City will likely notice a bit of a change starting today.

Scout tackles vandalized church as Eagle project

The Flat Rock AME Church on Chapel Road in Fayetteville was vandalized in August. A rock was thrown through a stained glass window, and its brick sign was kicked in, destroying the wording.

Grove Park proposal covered at P&Z meeting

The discussion over the Grove Park subdivision development on Ga. Highway 314 continued at the Oct. 11 work session of Fayetteville Planning & Zoning Commission. The meeting drew fewer neighbors than in the two prior meetings, but those in attendance persisted with questions and concerns related to the rezoning request that would put 60 homes on the 19-acre site.

Movie extras needed Oct. 24 in Fairburn

A major feature film titled Angel From Montgomery will be filming on the Landmark Christian School campus Monday, Oct. 24, and extras are needed.

4th arrest in chop shop case

A Riverdale man was arrested this week as one of the participants in an auto chop shop that operated in a warehouse off Ga. Highway 138 in north Fayette County, police said.

Residents oppose Grove Park

Though tabled as an agenda item at the Sept. 27 regular session, the Fayetteville Planning & Zoning Commission heard from a number of neighbors of the proposed Grove Park subdivision on Ga. Highway 314. The vocal group that nearly filled the council chambers was adamant in its opposition to the development.

JCPenney to open Oct. 7 in Fayetteville

A major player in the retail market is coming to Fayetteville next week.

The grand opening of the JCPenney department store at Banks Crossing Shopping Center is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 7. The celebration begins with a ribbon-cutting at the store entrance at 8 a.m.

State extends price-gouging statute

Consumers urged to report problems

Gov. Sonny Perdue has extended the states price gouging statute to protect Georgia consumers from unlawful price increases in gas prices and other products. The temporary law will now expire at midnight Oct. 14.

Local soldier hurt in Iraq

A Fayetteville soldier was injured by a gunshot to his neck while serving in Iraq sometime late Saturday or early Sunday.

Clay is a-okay!

Clay-based wall treatment blends texture and color

Copley News Service

Forget wallpaper. The latest wall treatment is a unique clay product thats all about adding texture with a touch of color. Its American Clay Earth Plaster, a new finish that can easily mimic the rugged earthy feel of adobe or the smooth, porcelain finish of Venetian plaster.

Bill G. Horton

Bill G. Horton, 44, Fayetteville, died Sept. 19, 2005. He was born June 15, 1961 in Greenup County, Ky. Services were at the Dogwood Church with the Rev.

For $35 diabetes donation, kids can spend no-school days at Velocity Sports Center

For $35 diabetes donation, kids can spend no-school days at Velocity Sports Center

Parents wondering what to do with children suddenly out of school on a gas conservation holiday Monday and Tuesday (Sept. 26 and 27) have an option: Velocity Sports Center in Peachtree City.

How you can help today, Monday, Sept. 19, 11:00 am

Brusters Real Ice Cream of Peachtree City will be holding a Hurricane Katrina relief effort Monday, Sept. 19, from 5-8 p.m.

Bruster's taking donations for victims today

Brusters Ice Cream of Peachtree City will be collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina on Monday, Sept. 19 from 5-8 p.m. They will be accepting food, water, everyday necessities and supplies and Real life Services will transport the items directly to the victims displaced by the hurricane.
The Flat Creek Baptist Church youth band will be performing and there will be a jumping castle on the premises, as well as a fire truck from the Peachtree City Fire Department. The Peachtree City Police Department will also have fingerprinting available.

How you can help today (Tuesday, Sept. 12, 10:00 am)

Food bank needs urgent help
Fayette Samaritans, one of the main food banks serving Fayette County, was down to a two to three day supply of food for local needy families and refugees from Hurricane Katrina Wednesday morning.
Companies that normally provide the Samaritans with food have been instructed to divert the food to victims of the hurricane, said Charlie Charping, administrator of the all-volunteer Fayette Samaritans.

Landmark Christian accepting applications from Katrina refugees in most grades

Landmark Christian School is accepting admission applications from families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, on a case-by-case basis. There are currently openings in all grades (K4-12), except 2nd, 6th, and 9th. Prospective applicants should contact Tammy McCurry, Director of Admission, at 770-306-0647, to schedule an interview. Financial aid is also available to families displaced by the hurricane, on a case-by-case basis. Landmarks academic and behavioral standards for admission remain unchanged.

List of hurricane families grows to 243

As of late Friday, 243 families have sought assistance from the Fayette County Department of Family and Children Services, which is helping those who have fled here from hurricane ravaged areas.
The Fayette community has responded with $37,410 in gift cards that have been dispersed to families to buy food, clothing, medicine and gas.
Housing arrangements are being made for some of the families who arent staying with family members or friends, officials said. Some are being placed in apartments, others in homes.