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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 on the study results and where a number of residents expressed their opinions pro and con.

For her part, Learnard’s comments were brief, saying that she had asked City Manager Jim Pennington to respond to several questions she posed.

“He did a prompt and professional job,” Learnard said of Pennington’s response to her request. 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.

Newcomer Coston promises she will ‘work with everyone’ on ‘quality of life’

Pota Coston.

Democrat Pota Coston is ready to hit the ground running in January as Fayette County’s newest commissioner, but she is not looking to make waves.

“I’m new,” she acknowledged. “I’m going to come in, get briefed and work with everyone.”

Giving no indication of any new initiatives she wants to present to her peers, she reaffirmed that she wishes to continue working on the priorities that were the focus of her campaign. Read More»

BoE member-elect Basham brings her classroom, business experience to board

Diane Basham.

The Nov. 5 election is over and Republican Diane Basham will be sworn in in a few weeks as the District 4 representative on the Fayette County Board of Education. Basham was asked to respond to several questions pertaining to her candidacy and her view of the charge and responsibility of a school board member.

Basham, as a retiree from the Fayette school system, said she ran because she is still committed and passionate about education. Basham logged 27 years as a teacher. Read More»

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