Newsmakers

Fayette to Ga. DOT: Here’s money for I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange

The Fayette County Commission is putting its money where its mouth is in terms of prioritizing state-level transportation projects.

The commission has notified the Georgia Department of Transportation that it wants to shift funds away from both bypasses around Fayetteville in order to accelerate the interchange improvement at Interstate 85 and Ga. Highway 74 in Fairburn. Read More»

Soon, guns will be legal in new places

Rep. Ronnie Mabra at the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville June 21. Photo/John Munford.

Rep. Mabra hosts forum at county library, where you can legally carry a weapon as of July 1

Starting July 1, gun owners with a carry permit will be allowed to legally bring their guns into bars, churches and “unsecured” public buildings such as local libraries and the like. Read More»

East Coweta graduate commemorates D-Day in Normandy

Army Spc. James Estabrooks. Photo/Special.

Army Specialist and former East Coweta High School graduate James M. Estabrooks on June 6 joined hundreds of American service members to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy.

“He and hundreds of other American service members are here commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion in 1944 that changed the course of World War II and history. Honoring our history and securing our future is the reason the American service members are here today,” said a press release by the Joint Hometown News Service (JHNS) in Fort Meade, Maryland. Read More»

Economic hits mount with permit delays for dredging Lake Peachtree

The infamous spillway on Lake Peachtree. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

With Lake Peachtree unusable, August triathlon canceled; uncertainties about Dragon Boat Race

County officials last week announced another potential delay in refilling Lake Peachtree.

The proposed dry dredging of the lake bed will require state and/or federal permits, unlike previously thought, according to County Manager Steve Rapson. This stands to delay the dredging process by at least several months.

The lake has been drained almost completely since February when it was lowered to allow dock and shoreline maintenance ... but in the interim problems were discovered with a cavern that was created underneath the lake’s spillway, threatening its structural integrity. Read More»

I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange improvements years away

Partial cloverleaf design still being analyzed

Commuters hoping for progress on the choke point of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85 shouldn’t be expecting action anytime soon.

The good news is that the state is still working toward a “partial cloverleaf” design, which would have more capacity than for a diverging diamond layout ... and engineering is currently underway, according to state transportation officials.

Right of way acquisition has been accelerated to 2018, but the actual construction is mired in a “long range” plan that could mean anytime between 2020 and 2030. Read More»

Book ’im, Neivah

Book ’im, Neivah

Neivah Molina, 14, puts the handcuffs on Peachtree City Police Sgt. Jason McKinnon during an exercise last week as part of the police department’s Junior Police Academy. Local teens got a hands-on look at what it takes to be a cop on the beat. Photo/Special.

Fayette plans to speed up Lake Peachtree dredging

With spillway fix unsure, Fayette Co. wants to dredge lake while lake level is low

The mostly dry bed of Lake Peachtree may be unsightly, but Fayette County officials see an opportunity among the mud puddles and weeds. Read More»

SCHS student urges government participation

Sandy Creek senior Ben Weinhardt advocated citizens engaging government, and even challenging it when necessary, to improve the United States and its residents. Photo/John Munford.

Sandy Creek High School Senior Ben Weinhardt didn’t just read his award-winning essay on Memorial Day. Instead, he delivered an impassioned plea for Americans to do their civic duty, just as the soldiers who have laid down their lives for our country.

Weinhardt was also critical of those who sit on the sidelines instead of arming themselves with information and acting upon it, as a way of making this country great. Read More»

Memorial Day gatherings set for Monday

This ROTC unit presented the colors at Peachtree City's Memorial Day event last year. Photo/File.

Two Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies will be conducted in Fayette County Monday to honor those who “gave the greatest measure of devotion” serving in the U.S. military. Senoia will also host Read More»

PTC July 4 fireworks to proceed, even if lake remains dry

PTC July 4 fireworks to proceed, even if lake remains dry

Lake Peachtree may be down for some time, but the city’s July 4 fireworks display will go on over the lake, water or none, city officials have said.

The lake’s level was lowered in February to allow residents to repair docks and maintain the shoreline, but structural problems were found with the lake's spillway, putting a halt to plans to refill the lake in April. City and county officials are working together on a plan to temporarily repair the spillway, but the state may force the lake to remain unfilled until permanent repairs are made. Read More»

Recent Comments