Newsmakers

Citizen reporter John Munford dead at age 41

John Munford at a Braves game with son Tyler and daughter Katie. Photo from his Facebook page.

UPDATED WITH OBITUARY Wednesday, 1:55 p.m. — The man whose byline appeared in this space hundreds of times over 14 years now has a headline containing his name on that same front page.

But his byline will appear on no more new stories.

John Munford, 41, a reporter for The Citizen since May 2000, died Sunday night at his home in Fayetteville, apparently of natural causes.
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Appeal cites ‘poor candidates’

Appeal cites ‘poor candidates’

In its federal appeal of a court ruling that enacted district voting in Fayette County, the county commission has a different take on the 2006 special election for a county commission seat that is central to the case.

That election saw local businessman Robert Horgan, the only white candidate in the race, defeat three black challengers in Emory Wilkerson, Malcolm Hughes and Charles Rousseau. Read More»

Turnout 1.7% so far, early voting’s last day is Friday

Friday is the last day to early vote before the July 22 election, and if you need further incentive, low turnout might make your vote more valuable.

At the end of early voting last week, some 1,212 of the county’s 70,373 registered voters had cast a ballot, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. That’s just 1.7 percent. Read More»

Senoia homes to be walled in for ‘The Walking Dead’

AMC promotional photo for 'The Walking Dead.’

It might look like the Great Wall of Senoia, but the 15-foot temporary wall to be constructed on the Gin Property in the fall will actually serve as a contained set for AMC television’s “The Walking Dead.”

The July 7 request to construct a temporary 15-foot wall around portions of the Gin Property just south of the downtown retail district received unanimous approval from the Senoia City Council. Read More»

'Recon' Ryan gets state VFW award for volunteer efforts

James “Recon” Ryan was presented with the “Mr. VFW” Joe L. Smith Memorial Award by Georgia VFW Commander Al Lipphardt. Photo/Special.

James “Recon” Ryan of Peachtree City has been awarded the statewide Joe L. Smith Memorial Award as “Mr. VFW” for the 2013-2014 year.

The award is presented annually to a VFW member in Georgia who has served veterans, the VFW, and his community with singular distinction and excellence. Read More»

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»