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Peachtree City's council votes against proposed water park


PEACHTREE CITY, GA (WXIA) – Hundreds of Peachtree City residents rallied to prevent a new water park, and it appears they may have gotten their way.

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So many people attended Thursday night's city council meeting, that dozens of them had to watch through the windows from outside of City Hall. The question the city council had to deal with is whether the proposed water park was "out of character" for one of metro Atlanta's most meticulously planned communities.

Peachtree City homeowners protest indoor water park


PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Homeowners in Peachtree City are rallying against a plan to build an indoor water park resort.

Great Wolf Lodge wants to redevelop a 38-acre tract of land that backs into a residential neighborhood to build the hotel and several restaurants.

Supporters say it will bring jobs and much needed tax revenue. Opponents say it will reduce their property values and cause traffic, water and noise pollution.

The planning commission voted unanimously against the rezoning request. The city council will make the final decision tonight, after giving both sides one hour to speak.


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Former Peachtree City Police Chief released on bond


PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. (WXIA) -- Former Police Chief William McCollom reported to the Fayette County Jail Thursday after being indicted for shooting his former wife. He was charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct.

McCollom arrived at the jail a few minutes after noon Thursday.

Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard announced in March he would seek the misdemeanor indictment against McCollom.

The indictment was returned by the grand jury after hearing from only one witness, a GBI agent who conducted the investigation into what happened in McCollum's bedroom on January 1.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Telephone scam hits Fayette County

Telephone scam hits Fayette County

FAYETTE COUNTY, Ga. -- The Fayette County Sheriff's Office received two reports of phone scams over the weekend.

In both cases, the caller told the would-be victim that he worked for the sheriff's office. He said the victim had an active arrest warrant for missing jury duty; to avoid being arrested, the victim was asked to put $240 on a prepaid debit card.

The sheriff's office would like to remind Fayette County residents that this is a scam -- no respectable agency will ever ask for immediate payment via a prepaid card.

Anyone who receives a similar phone call is asked to hang up and dial 911.

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

Indulge in a free sugar cookie on Tax Day

(WXIA) -- There's nothing sweet about completing your taxes -- but Great American Cookies wants to change that.

On Wednesday, Apr. 15, all Atlanta-area Great American Cookies locations will offer each customer a free sugar cookie. It will be the third time the cookie chain has offered a little sweet relief on Tax Day.

"Only in the world of Great American Cookies is Tax Day this enjoyable," Great American Cookies Brand VP David Kaiser said in a release. "After all those tax forms and number crunching, we think everyone deserves a treat to savor."

No purchase or proof of completed taxes is necessary to take advantage of the free cookie promotion.

Participating locations in metro Atlanta include:

Atlanta
* Atlantic Station
* Centennial Olympic Park
* Greenbriar Mall
* Lenox Square
* Peachtree Center

Clarke County
* Georgia Square Mall

Clayton County
* Southlake Mall

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.