New homes could impact Tyrone and Coweta County

A birds-eye view of what Wilksmoor Village and MacDuff Parkway in northwest Peachtree City will look like has been made available by the Peachtree City Planning Dept. The new map shows how the parkway will be linked to North Kedron Drive on Ga. Highway 74.

The existing subdivisions, including one apartment complex, have a total of 1,454 units while the three subdivisions approved for construction total 1,329 units. In total, Wilksmoor Village will eventually have 2,783 units. Read More»

New FCDA chief brings experience in Gwinnett

New FCDA CEO Alan Durham. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Development Authority at its monthly meeting on Sept. 25 voted unanimously to hire former Gwinnett County and West Palm Beach, Fla. economic developer Alan Durham as the organization’s president and CEO.

A resident of Jonesboro, Durham established Atlanta-based consulting firm Economic Development Strategies and Solutions in 2012, working with government and private sector clients.

Having graduated high school in Jonesboro, Durham said he has an ongoing familiarity with Fayette County, calling it “one of the gems of metro Atlanta.” Read More»

Suburban logging causes headaches for homeowners

Shutterstock photo of cutting a downed limb.

A number of residents from the same subdivision just north of Fayetteville spoke out at the Sept. 25 Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting about a problem that has increased in recent months Read More»

Cops investigate suicide, close busy Crosstown Rd.

UPDATED OCT. 2, 2014 — Police have determined that the man found dead Sept. 29 at Rockspray Pond Park in southern Peachtree City was the victim of a self-inflicted wound.

The subsequent investigation closed Crosstown Drive from Cameron Trail to South Peachtree Parkway to all traffic during a busy part of Monday afternoon, causing schoolbuses to be diverted.

The name of the man was not disclosed by police.

Here's the department's press release: Read More»

PTC staff seeks expanded pay hike

City Manager James Pennington makes a point to council members in a file photo from January 2014. City Clerk/Public Information Officer Betsy Tyler is in the background.

If adopted, new salary scale would bump some starting PTC staffers’ paychecks upward by between 9% and 23%

The Peachtree City Council on Oct. 2 will consider a staff Read More»

Community Source showcases Fayette’s strengths

The Fayette Chamber staff is excited about the newly published 2014-15 edition of The Source. Pictured, from left, are Adalene Holley, Membership Development Manager; Paige Muh, Communications Manager; Virginia Gibbs, President & CEO; Jackie Graham, Resource Specialist; and Jamie Ferguson, Events Manager. Photo/Fayette Chamber.

The Fayette Chamber of Commerce is unveiling its 2014-2015 Fayette Community Source magazine.

For the second year in a row, the chamber partnered with The Citizen Newspapers to create an engaging quality-of-life magazine, providing visitor information and highlighting what makes Fayette County an unparalleled place to live, work and play.

The pages of the Source are filled with stories and photos that showcase the people, places and opportunities that are uniquely Fayette — some old, some new. Read More»

Runaway trailer costs F’ville woman her life

Tiphanie Fletcher, 25, of Fayetteville was traveling southbound last Friday on Ga. Highway 92 near Pond Trace when a trailer being towed by a Chevy Silverado traveling northbound came unhooked and crossed over into the southbound lane striking her Read More»

Fayette kids’ academic growth a mixed bag, new scores show

Shutterstock image of answering test questions.

It is not only about test scores anymore. Fayette County public schools are always at or near the top of the list when it comes to test scores. Yet a recently released accounting of student growth percentiles (SGP) statewide tells a somewhat different story. While still near the top of more than 180 school districts in some growth categories, Fayette in other areas falls far short.

As a district, Fayette’s SGP scores in 2013 compared to other districts were:

Comparing CRCT in all grades 4-8:

Reading – 60 percent (near the top of all districts). Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Sept. 16–22

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the period indicated. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, Sept. 16 - Monday, Sept. 22

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

George A. Cole, born in 1958, of Belle Drive, Fayetteville, for bench warrant.

Irvin G. Fontenelle, born in 1982, of Pine Cone Court, Atlanta, for wanted person.
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A big help

A big help

The Peachtree City Police Department received a donation from Clothes Less Traveled. The check is to help fund the department’s CERT program for the coming year. It will be used in a variety of ways to help fund both the adult and teen programs. The grant was approved as one of their many community based grants they offer. Photo/Submitted

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