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Peachtree City Council not happy about legalized fireworks

Peachtree City leadership made it clear Thursday that they consider the state law legalizing the use of fireworks on private property to be a dud. As of July 1, fireworks will be legal in the state of Georgia, and there will surely be fewer clandestine trips to the Alabama border. Peachtree City Fire Chief Joe… Continue reading Peachtree City Council not happy about legalized fireworks

Ernst apologizes to anyone offended by looters editorial

Peachtree City Council Member Terry Ernst issued an apology to “all true Americans that I may have offended” for an editorial he co-authored with resident Terry Garlock in which the two advocated for a law allowing law enforcement to use lethal force to stop looters, arsonists, and rioters. The editorial was a response to the… Continue reading Ernst apologizes to anyone offended by looters editorial

Board of Ed. dealing with novel issue of increasing revenues

The Fayette County Board of Education is anticipating increased revenues based on projections that the county tax digest could increase by 10-percent or more. As property values and resulting revenues rise, so has the projected budget for the school district. One board member, Barry Marchman, is recommending the school board consider reducing taxes and curtailing… Continue reading Board of Ed. dealing with novel issue of increasing revenues

Fayette Democrats rebuke councilman’s shoot-the-looters view

The Fayette County Democratic Committee is asking that Peachtree City leadership publicly disavow the sentiments expressed by Council Member Terry Ernst in a May 5 letter to the editor regarding rioting that occurred in Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray, a widely covered national story that was the most recent in… Continue reading Fayette Democrats rebuke councilman’s shoot-the-looters view

Cost of living raises on the table for school employees

The financial outlook of Fayette’s schools is rosier than it has been in years, and consequently the school board is weighing how to prioritize spending versus saving money. Assistant Superintendent Tom Gray laid out the tentative Fiscal Year 2016 budget for the board on Monday. The budget anticipates a five-percent increase in the tax digest,… Continue reading Cost of living raises on the table for school employees

Study shows growing up in Fayette County is good for kids in poor families

A new study on upward economic mobility reported in the New York Times indicated that growing up in Fayette County is a relatively good proposition for the future income of children in lower income families. The study by Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren examined the relationship between the county in which children were raised and… Continue reading Study shows growing up in Fayette County is good for kids in poor families

‘Walking Dead’ actor clocked at 107 mph, charged with DUI and drug possession

On Saturday night actor Seth Gilliam became the second major “Walking Dead” cast member to be arrested for DUI on Highway 74 in  Peachtree City. Gilliam, 46, was clocked going 107 mph on Highway 74 at Georgian Park. In his report the arresting officer noted that Gilliam had already applied the brakes by the time… Continue reading ‘Walking Dead’ actor clocked at 107 mph, charged with DUI and drug possession

No summer camp this year for Fayette YMCA

The Fayette County YMCA will not be hosting a summer day camp this year due to a pattern of operational losses. According to Dawn Oparah, a YMCA board member, a task force has been formed to examine what types of programs should be offered at the facility. “There will not be a day camp this… Continue reading No summer camp this year for Fayette YMCA

Community group wants stricter law for parents that host ‘drinking parties’

A campaign from AVPRIDE, the Fayette County based Youth Leadership Development organization, has sought to expand awareness of youth drinking habits in the county and encourage the passage of a “social hosting” ordinance that would punish parents that host parties that involve underage drinking. Michael Mumper and other AVPRIDE representatives have been presenting before local… Continue reading Community group wants stricter law for parents that host ‘drinking parties’

Disagreement about Kenwood Park underscores rift in county leadership

A recent discussion of potential upgrades to Kenwood Park in north Fayette County underscored an ongoing rift in county leadership that has commissioners Steve Brown and Randy Ognio frequently on one side of county issues opposing Pota Coston, David Barlow, and Chairman Charles Oddo. Since he was replaced as chairman in January, Brown has questioned… Continue reading Disagreement about Kenwood Park underscores rift in county leadership