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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 travelling 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

It's Students' Day at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City

Georgia students and their families are invited to come to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City for a day of activities and learning Saturday. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students will be able to tour the facility and learn weather concepts at various stations including various types of clouds and weather, severe weather preparedness and safety, public and aviation forecasting, river flood and flashing flooding, types of warnings and how they are issued, and the best ways to stay informed and get the warnings. Read More»

Crosstown Drive in PTC open to traffic after temporary closure

The portion of Crosstown Drive in Peachtree City from Cameron Trail to South Peachtree Parkway was closed Monday afternoon due to the investigation of a death that occurred at Rockspray Pond Park.

Police spokesman Mark Brown said officers are investigating, adding that he expected that portion of Crosstown Drive to be closed for much of the remainder of the afternoon.

Brown reported at approximately 4:30 p.m. that the roadway had been re-opened.

PTC remembers POWs/MIAs

A group of veterans and others gathered at the Veterans Memorial at Peachtree City Hall on Sept. 19 to remember the 83,189 service members still counted as POW/MIA. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Out of sight, out of mind? Not a chance. A small group of veterans from Fayette and Coweta counties and their families made the time Sept. 19 to gather at the Veterans Memorial in front of Peachtree City Hall for National POW/MIA Recognition Day to make sure their brothers-in-arms are not forgotten. Read More»

Patriots down Ala. foe 24-17

Sandy Creek head coach Chip Walker gives instructions to his team during Friday night's game. Photo/Bethan Adams.

After a slow start the Sandy Creek Patriots picked up the pace offensively to take a first-half lead and held on for a 24-17 win at home against Alabama’s Auburn High Tigers.

It was a historic night for one Patriot in particular, as senior running back Eric Swinney became the school’s all-time leading rusher early in the second quarter. He came into the game with 3,552 yards, 27 behind Phillip Hyde, and now has five regular-season games plus the postseason to add to his total. Read More»