Continuing a 30 year partnership between Fayette County and the Fayette Senior Services Inc. (FSS), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, efforts are being finalized to complete a 1,600 square foot renovation. . .Full Story
Animal Control Director Rani Rathburn and Animal Control Officer Susan Hardwick attended the Best Friends National Conference at the Cobb Galleria July 16-19. Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. The Society is known world-wide as a leader in the animal care community and operates the largest animal sanctuary in the nation in Kanab, Utah. The conference featured classes on adoption strategies, fundraising ideas, animal health and well-being, leadership skills, and community outreach. Director Rathburn was able to obtain a grant through the Best Friends Network Program for employees to attend the conference. Rathburn and Hardwick are excited to bring back the inspiring information and ideas they gained and implement them at the Fayette County Animal Shelter to better improve services for the animals and to the county. Members of the Fayette Humane Society also attended and the ladies met up as the Fayette Humane Society and Fayette County Animal Control have a valuable and beneficial relationship.
Animal Control Officer Susan Hardwick and Animal Control Director Rani Rathburn
Front row, left to right: Elisa Price of Critter Sitters, Susan Griffith, Jan Abbott, Karen Scannell
Top row, left to right: Susan Hardwick, Sharon Marchisello, Karin Keller, Rani Rathburn, Sally Pritchett, Nancy Turk
Rani Rathburn, Fayette County Animal Control Director
Local Special Olympics Fayette County Athlete Michael Crofton will be representing the USA at the Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles, California, July 25 through August 2, 2015. Michael is a member of the Special Olympics USA sailing team. He along with 299 other athletes, 44 Unified Partners, 96 coaches, and 41 management team members will represent the United States at the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Michael is a member of the Unified Sailing team along with his unified partner from Macon, John Kirkland. This will be their first time to Los Angeles and the first time they will be sailing a boat with single hull instead of the catamarans they are used to sailing. Michael and John share an easy going attitude that works well with the unpredictability of sailing. Michael will be manning the jib sail as John steers and helms the main sail. The Assistant Sailing Coach to the USA Team is local Special Olympics Fayette County Coordinator Debbie Parrish.
Crofton has been involved with Special Olympics Fayette County since he was three-years- old, and started competing in sailing five years ago. He considers sailing his favorite sport. His Unified partner (a teammate without intellectual disabilities) John, started sailing with Special Olympics 2 years ago.
Other hobbies of Michaels are walking, jogging, video games, traveling and going out with friends. Special Olympics has changed Michael's life by helping him make new friends, learn new skills and being able to succeed at new challenges. In the future he wants to become a volunteer coach for younger Special Olympics athletes.
>Every two years, the world transcends the boundaries of geography, nationality, political philosophy, gender, age, culture and religion to come together for the Special Olympics World Games. Alternating between Summer and Winter Games, this event is the flagship event of the Special Olympics movement, which promotes equality, tolerance and acceptance around the world. This prominent world stage brings attention to the Special Olympics movement and helps create positive, sometimes lifesaving policy change for people with intellectual disabilities in countries around the world. Nearly 5 million Special Olympics athletes train and compete in 170 nations across the globe.
Nearly 7,000 athletes from 170 nations will compete in twenty five Olympic-type sports at the 2015 World Games: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Golf, Gymnastics, Judo, Kayaking, Half Marathon, Open Water Swim, Power Lifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Softball, Soccer, Table Tennis, Team Handball, Tennis, Triathlon, and Volleyball. More than 500,000 family, friends, volunteers, and spectators are also expected to attend.
Make plans to tune in to watch the Opening Ceremony of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games Live on July 25 at 9 PM ET on ESPN.
Be sure to cheer on the athletes from the Special Olympics USA and local Fayette County athlete Michael Crofton during the Opening Ceremony parade of athletes!
ESPN's coverage of the World Games from Los Angeles begins with the Opening Ceremony and continues daily, throughout the Games. Check local listing for exact times.
Pictured are Unified Partner John Kirkland and Local Fayette County Athlete Michael Crofton.
Fayette County has hired Bernard Brown to be director of the County's Consolidated E911 Center. Brown has over thirty years of experience in Public Safety with an in depth knowledge of all facets of 911 operations.
Brown began his career as a dispatcher in Buffalo, New York and currently serves as a regional coordinator of (21) twenty-one 911 centers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He has overseen City and County 911 operations in Virginia and has experience with emergency medical and emergency management operations as well.
Brown holds numerous certifications from both the National Emergency Number Association (NENA) and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) organizations and serves as an adjunct instructor for APCO. He is also the immediate past president of NENA.
"I am very pleased," said County Manager Steve Rapson. "The County's Emergency 911 Center is the hub of communications for our public safety facilities throughout the entire county and we're exciting about tapping into Bernard's broad in-depth PSAP experience."
Brown will begin his new assignment on August 24th at the Fayette County E911 Center which is the public safety answering point for all of Fayette County and handles dispatch responsibilities for the Fayette County Sheriff's Department, Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services, Fayetteville Police Department, Fayetteville Fire Department, Peachtree City Police Department, Peachtree City Fire and EMS, Tyrone Police Department and the Fayette County Marshal's Office.
Brown replaces Cheryl Rogers who served as director of the consolidated center since its inception in 1995 and retired from the County in March of 2015 with 35 years of service.
Please keep her family and her extended family in your prayers.
Below are the family's requested groups for donations in honor of Pota:
Fortitude Educational & Cultural Development Center, Inc.
Marshall University Foundation
519 John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25703
Southwest Christian Care
7225 Lester Road
Union City, GA 30291
C/o Rebecca Carlson
195 Roxboro Ct
Fayetteville, GA 30215
Scheduled pump testing caused flow change resulting in discolored water.
Scheduled pump testing at the Water System's South Fayette Water Treatment facility was conducted by our engineering consultant, CH2M, on June 23, 2015. Some Water System customers may experience discoloration in their water due to the flow changes that occurred during testing.
On Wednesday, June 24th, Water System personnel began strategically flushing hydrants to lessen the appearance of the discolored water. This discoloration is present due to trace levels of manganese in the water. Although unpleasant in appearance at elevated levels, manganese is not a health risk and the water is safe to drink. We apologize for any inconvenience the discolored water may have caused. The Water System will continue flushing hydrants in the affected areas to clear up this temporary issue.
Please contact the Fayette County Water System Customer Service at 770-461-1146 option 5 for further assistance.
Fayette County, Georgia, June 19, 2015 - On May 28, 2015, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners approved a two-year corporation/business parking decal that permits non-county employees of corporations and businesses in Fayette County to use both Lake McIntosh Park and Lake Horton Park Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The cost for the two-year decal is $1.00.
"The objective of the BOC is one of appreciation to those who work daily in Fayette County, but may not reside here. In a real sense, they, too, are part of our community and its well-being. This special decal affords those "day citizens" the opportunity to enjoy the amenities offered by Lake Mac and Lake Horton as a thank you for their contributions to our home of Fayette." says Chairman Charles Oddo.
Persons who are not residents of Fayette County, but who are employed at businesses and corporations that are located in Fayette County are able to obtain the $1.00 parking decal. The decal will permit the employee to enjoy both Lake McIntosh and Lake Horton Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.
Non-County residents who wish to visit either Lake Horton or Lake McIntosh on the weekends, before 8:00 a.m., or after 5.00 p.m. will need to purchase a $5.00 daily parking decal or an annual $50.00 parking decal.
Decals are not transferable and are required to be placed on the outside of the back window at the lower, left-hand corner of the driver's side.
Employers may contact Fayette County's Parks and Recreation Department at 770-716-4320 or by email at email@example.com for instructions on how to obtain the parking permits.
Group reservations are required to be made in person and all rules and regulations apply
Fayette County Health Department wants to know your opinion about our community health and quality of life. We plan to use the information to develop a community health improvement plan so that we may serve you better. Click HERE to complete the survey.
The Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind all Fayette County residents that the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) Open Burning Ban will be in effect May 1 through September 30, 2015.