Newsmakers

Barlow steps in it, apologizes; critics are still upset

Apology or not, comments made by Fayette County Republican Commissioner David Barlow at the Nov. 13 County Commission meeting on the treatment of conservative Christians by liberal “Demoncrats” continue to be met with negative reactions by Democrats and Republicans.

Barlow’s remarks have opened an outcry from across the political spectrum. Weighing in with outrage about Barlow’s comments were Fayette County Democratic Committee Chair Dawn Mabra, Fayette County Republican Party chair Scott Fabricius, the Fayette County Issues Tea Party and Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown. Read More»

Festive 'tea party' helps out youth organization

Volunteers dressed as characters in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" film adaptation. The volunteers milled around with the event attendees during the night while the movie played on a screen in the front of the room. The Queen of Hearts thundered "Let their heads roll!" occasionally, and the other characters passed around a mic, saying certain lines at the same time their characters in the movie did. Photo/Bethan Adams.

All kinds of guests came through the keyhole shaped door at The Mad Hatter Tea Party Nov. 15, dressed in stripes, flashing bow-ties, popping colors and whimsical hats.

Family Patterns Matter, a youth-based development organization, hosted the event, which featured volunteers dressed as characters from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Family Patterns Matter CEO and President Linda Kirkpatrick came up with the idea for the event and the organization’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB), consisting of teens and preteens in and around Fayette and Coweta counties, spread the word. Read More»

PTC council, citizens have their say on salary study

A discussion over the pay and classification study recently adopted by the Peachtree City Council and requested by Councilwoman Kim Learnard was held at the council’s Nov. 20 meeting.

The discussion was largely one where Councilman Eric imker gave his perspective Read More»

Commissioner Barlow unloads on Democrats

Fayette County District 1 Commissioner David Barlow. File photo.

What began as a tribute to veterans and included a congratulatory message to an incoming commissioner was quickly overshadowed by a tirade against liberal media and Democrats across the nation made at the close of the Nov. 13 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners.

Commissioner David Barlow made his remarks during the “Commissioners’ Reports” portion of the meeting, the last item on the agenda before executive session. He provided members of the press with a written copy before the meeting began. Read More»

Honoring our heroes

Honoring our heroes

U.S. Representative for Georgia's 3rd congressional district Lynn Westmoreland giving a speech at Veteran's Park in Tyrone, Ga., in honor of Veteran's day, Nov. 11. The program honored veterans from start to finish. Sandy Creek High School's chorus sang the National Anthem during the program, and the SCHS JROTC presented and retired the colors. Other speakers included Julius Edwards of Operation Mobilization, who gave the invocation, Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial, and Vanna Byrd, project director of United Way of Greater Atlanta. Photo/Bethan Adams.

Blue Angels headed to air show in 2015

Blue Angels headed to air show in 2015

Captain Jeff Kuss and Captain Corrie Mays get down from the F/A-18 they landed at Falcon Field Wednesday, Nov. 12. Kuss and Mays, representing the Blue Angels, flew in to discuss logistics for the Great Georgia Airshow Oct. 31, 2015, of which they will be a part. The Blue Angels are the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration squadron. A total of 16 officers voluntarily serve with the Blue Angels. Each year the team typically selects three tactical (fighter or fighter/attack) jet pilots, two support officers and one Marine Corps C-130 pilot to relieve departing members. Photo/Bethan Adams.

Survey says Tyrone is happiest city in Ga.

Tyrone is the happiest city in Georgia, according to a report by journalist Rebecca Lake with CreditDonkey, a credit card comparison and financial education website. Read More»

Police warn about pine straw scam

A homeowner in Peachtree City was presented a bill for $8,400 for materials and labor for two days of work installing pine straw at the residence. Photo/Peachtree City Police Dept.

Need pine straw in your yard? Be careful who you hire to provide it. The Peachtree City Police Department is advising that residents be aware of scams Read More»

Police gearing up for holiday toy drive

The Peachtree City Police Department is about to kickoff the 2014 “Light up the Night” toy drive with a drop-of location at the Walmart on Ga. Highway 54 West.

To ensure that local families in need can have a joyous holiday, the department is asking for donations of new unwrapped toys for both girls and boys. The age range should be from 2 years to 17 years of age. In lieu of toys, monetary donations can also be made at Walmart or at the police department at 350 Ga. Highway 74 South. Businesses and civic organizations can make a contribution by contacting Capt. Stan Pye at 770-487-8866. Read More»

City's holiday celebration is set for Dec. 6

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 6, for an evening of winter holiday fun. Peachtree City’s annual Hometown Holiday will kick off at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall Plaza.

Activities include children’s holiday crafts, making s’mores, and live performances by Huddleston Elementary School Chorus, Music Alive, The Stage Music Academy, and Legacy Dance. Santa will arrive on the plaza at 5:30 p.m. to hear children’s wish lists, and the evening will conclude with the official lighting of the tree.