Newsmakers

Holyfield mansion, Fayette’s largest, on the auction block

Fayette’s largest home is up for auction. The mansion that was once the residence of heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield will go on auction in mid-November and carries a starting bid of $2.5 million.

The one-of-a-kind home — at more than 48,000 sq. ft. on nearly 105 acres along Ga. 279 in north Fayette County — looks more like a palace than a house. It was listed on Redfin.com with an asking price of $7.9 million. But now at auction, the residential behemoth requires an opening bid of only $2.5 million. Read More»

Early voting starts in PTC, Tyrone

Early and absentee voting for the elections in Peachtree City and Tyrone starts Monday at each municipality’s respective library.

Registered voters will be able to cast ballots Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at both library facilities through Friday, Nov. 1. Those seeking a larger window of time can wait until election day itself on Nov. 5 when their individual precinct will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Read More»

Senoia vet joins protest over treatment of fellow veterans

Senoia resident Marshall Huckaby (L) and his friend Bill Brantley of Miami were two of the many veterans to assemble at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 13 during the “government shutdown” to protest the treatment  of the remains of American soldiers killed on Oct. 5 in Afghanistan and returned to Dover Air Force Base. Photo/Special.

For Senoia resident Marshall Huckaby it was a matter of taking a stand. The Vietnam veteran joined countless other veterans in Washington, D.C. Oct. 8 to express their outrage and shame over the treatment received by the families of fallen soldiers at Dover Air Force Base during the recent government shutdown. Read More»

PTC Fire Chief a 'silent hero'

PTC Fire Chief a 'silent hero'

Acting Peachtree City Fire Chief Joe O'Conor (L) was presented with the Silent Hero Award from the Ronnie Thames Foundation at a recent event. O'Conor was nominated by a member of the fire service who lauded him for helping provide strong leadership and helping improve morale inside the department while he simultaneously improved the department's external relations. The award was presented by the Ronnie Thames Foundation to recognize firefighters who have performed outstanding services in Fayette County, Peachtree City and Fayetteville. Presenting the award to O'Conor was Ronnie Thames. Read More»

McIntosh makes it 6-0

McIntosh makes it 6-0

With a 35-15 win tonight, the McIntosh Chiefs bagged the biggest win in recent school history in a home match over Whitewater.

Deadlocked until their first score in the 2nd quarter, the Chiefs controlled the entire game, though Whitewater haas several opportunities to climb back in the hunt.

Stay tuned for more details later tonight as the stat sheet comes in.

Senoia Optimists host barbecue fundraiser Oct. 19

The Senoia Optimist Club, “Friend of Youth,” will host its fall barbecue on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Masonic Lodge in downtown Senoia. The lodge is located at 19 Main Street – between Hollberg’s Furniture and Senoia Coffee & Café. Read More»

F’ville working on more than 1 mile of sidewalks along Hwy. 54

Workers prepare to install a concrete sidewalk on the south side of Ga. Highway 54 West between Burch Road and Grady Avenue in Fayetteville, one of two projects expected to be completed in the next four months. Another sidewalk is being installed along Hwy. 54 on the city’s east side between Robinson Drive and Gwinnett Street. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Sidewalk projects are underway along Ga. Highway 54 on the east and west sides of Fayetteville. With a project completion expected in the next four months, the bulk of the project that will install nearly 9,000 feet of sidewalk comes from a federal transportation grant.

Fayetteville Director of Public Services Chris Hindman said the purpose of the sidewalk project is to address environmental and congestion mitigation concerns by providing an alternative to automobile travel. Read More»

Coweta eyes path extension linking Senoia to PTC

Armed with grant money, Coweta County is poised to explore the construction of a golf cart path linking Senoia to Peachtree City’s vaunted cart path system.

Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington said Coweta has already begun planning the path, which would run along Rockaway Road. There is a tunnel along Rockaway that reaches under Ga. Highway 74 to reach the rest of the city’s path system on the south side of town. Read More»

On duty, 40 years later

On duty, 40 years later

Four decades may have passed since they served, but these Vietnam Veterans looked as if they were ready to go back to war as they rode through downtown Fayetteville in a special parade in their honor Saturday morning. The parade was followed by a ceremony at the Southern Ground Amphitheater, all designed to give Vietnam soldiers a “welcome home” they didn’t get when the war ended thanks to unpopularity in the court of public opinion. Photo/Michael Clifton, www.kombatkamera.com.
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UPDATE: armed 'disturbed' individual taken into custody

Officers were near this special operations vehicle that was brought in to the scene during one point during the incident. Photo courtesy Adam Hoffman.

UPDATE, 3 p.m. Monday Sept. 30. A man who was in a standoff with police in south Peachtree City has surrendered peacefully to officers on the scene, police said.

Officers had surrounded the suspect's home in the Morallion Hills neighborhood after police were told that he was "disturbed" and possibly armed.

It is not known at this point if any criminal charges will be filed as the incident is still under investigation, said Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown. Read More»