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Pageant crowns winners, raises funds for Relay for Life

Pageant crowns winners, raises funds for Relay for Life

FAYETTEVILLE – (submitted by Melinda Barry-Dreisbach) Pageant goers and participants enjoyed a day of beauty and fun while helping support one of Fayette’s largest cancer research and prevention fundraising events.

The sixth annual Miss South Fayette County Beauty Pageant, held at Brooks Elementary on March 5, raised $1,500 to benefit Relay for Life. Each year the pageant’s proceeds are donated to a worthy cause; this marks the first year the funds have gone to Relay for Life.

Of course, the highlight of the pageant was crowning the winners.

Free calls and texts to Japan for all AT&T customers

ATLANTA – In wake of the recent natural disasters in Japan, AT&T wireless is offering free international long distance usage and text messages to Japan, when the call originates from the United States.  

In addition, and also effective March 11 through March 31, residential wireline customers can seek credits for up to 60 minutes of direct dial calling to Japan; upon receiving their wireline bill, customers may call AT&T to receive adjusted calling for up to 60 minutes.

Fayette County's unemployment rate rises to 9.0 percent

ATLANTA – According to State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler the preliminary unadjusted unemployment rate in the metro Atlanta area increased to 10.4 percent in January, up three-tenths of a percentage point from a revised 10.1 percent in December.

Previously, in 2010, the jobless rate in the metro Atlanta area was 10.7 percent. Unemployment in Fayette County, currently, sits at 9.0 percent. The rate increased because of layoffs in manufacturing, construction and administrative and support services.  

For more information on the Georgia labor market visit www.dol.state.ga.us 

PTC Fire Hydrants get a New Attitude

PTC Fire Hydrants get a New Attitude

PEACHTREE CITY – Earlier this week, the Peachtree City Fire Department began pressure washing fire hydrants throughout Peachtree City in preparation for repainting.

Hydrants will be painted with a reflective silver body and hydrant caps will be color-coded to indicate their individual water pressure; this project will continue into April.

Remember, no landscaping should be placed between the hydrant and the street, within 10 feet of either side of the hydrant, or within three feet behind the hydrant.

PTC Pedestrians Free to Roam, on Both Sides

PTC Pedestrians Free to Roam, on Both Sides

PEACHTREE CITY – Last week, the Peachtree City Updates newsletter listed an article about “path safety” which generated questions about where pedestrians should walk – on the right or the left side.

Peachtree City’s ordinance doesn’t specify, so either side is correct. However, walking on the left side is recommended, especially for those who many use headphone or on the busier paths to ensure pedestrians can see carts or cyclists approaching.

No matter which side you walk on, please remain alert to the other path users coming from both directions so everyone stays safe.

Community Safety Reminder – Report Suspicious Activity

Community Safety Reminder – Report Suspicious Activity

PEACHTREE CITY – (PTC Updates) A burglary incident last week in a Peachtree City neighborhood reminds us all to be vigilant in reporting suspicious activity to the Police Department. The Peachtree City Police Department reminds all residents of these basic crime prevention tips:

  • Keep doors (home, garage, out buildings, and vehicles) closed and locked at all times - even when you're home.
  • Turn garage door openers off at night. Most newer models have a switch on the wall control to either lock the system down or turn the power off.

ARC’s CREATE Community Awards Honor Local Governments

ARC’s CREATE Community Awards Honor Local Governments

ATLANTA — (ARC) Through the annual CREATE Community Local Government Awards program, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will recognize five local governments for their innovation and efforts to make the Atlanta region a better place.

The CREATE awards recognize several areas of achievement: Community Involvement & Collaboration (Fayette County), Regional Prosperity & Economic Development (City of Stone Mountain), Environmental Sustainability (Gwinnett County), Application & Innovation in Technology (Fulton County) and Educational Excellence (City of Decatur).

Community Involvement & Collaboration:

AWARD WINNER – Fayette County, Fayette Counseling Center’s “Legacy Build” Project

Faced with the possibility of losing their community’s public mental health facilities, a number of local governments, businesses, faith-based