Tyrone

UPDATE: Police raid local convenience stores, arrest 11 on gambling charges

Officers stand by as alleged gaming machines are hauled out of the Pit Stop convenience store at Petrol Point and Hwy. 54 in Peachtree City Friday night. Photo/William Courtney.

UPDATED for print edition — It was back to business as usual Saturday morning — minus a truckload of pay-for-play video games — at a half dozen convenience stores in Peachtree City and Tyrone following a gambling raid Friday night. Read More»

Tyrone Elementary’s Pollard named ‘national distinguished principal’

Tyrone Elementary Principal Eddie Pollard (R) is congratulated for the national honor. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The cafeteria of Tyrone Elementary School was as quiet as a mouse May 16, even though the entire school and staff had returned after lunch to fill the large room. But that silence broke into wild applause when Principal Eddie Pollard entered. The occasion was a surprise announcement and celebration honoring the longtime administrator who has been named Georgia’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal. Read More»

Hopewell’s Chick-N-Que is Saturday

Tyrone’s Hopewell United Methodist Church will hold its annual Chick-N-Que on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $7.50.

The meal cosists of a barbecued chicken half, coleslaw, baked beans, bread, and iced tea. In addition to the Chick-N-Que, there will also be a yard sale and a bake sale, and the youth will sponsor a car wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Individuals may rent space at the yard sale for a fee of $20. Call Pat Powers, 770-632-9050, for information. Read More»

Tyrone talks FY 2011 budget; millage rate to remain steady

The adoption of Tyrone’s FY 2011-2012 budget is just around the corner. A proposed increase of approximately a quarter million dollars from the current $3.145 million general fund budget Read More»

Former Tyrone officer sentenced to 140 years in prison for child sex crimes

Matthew Anthony New, 38, was found guilty of 38 different charges, most of which were related to possession of child pornography; he was sentenced to serve 140 years in prison, followed by 10 years on probation, by Fayette County Superior Court Judge Mack Crawford.

Jury convicted Matthew Anthony New of child molestation, sexual exploitation of children

A former Tyrone police officer was convicted May 10 of taking semi-nude photographs of two juveniles who he encouraged to “strip wrestle,” prosecutors said.
Matthew Anthony New, 38, was found guilty of Read More»

Commissioner Hearn just keeps digging his self-made pit even deeper

Here we go again with the sneaky crusade of Commissioner Lee Hearn. First, in 2010, we had a situation where a full quorum of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners was spotted having an improper meeting in a local restaurant in Fayetteville to discuss how they were going to change the county’s Board of Elections to their advantage. However, the new commissioners Allen McCarty and Steve Brown broke that up when they took office. Read More»

Burch team wins fifth grade math tourney

The 1st place team from Robert J. Burch Elementary. From left are Anna Bridgeman, Jordan Hinnant, Shon Hoberg, and Mia Williams (alternate) with teachers Kim Watson (L) and Venita Jones (math bowl coach). Photo/Special.

The sum of all the prime factors of 42 is subtracted from the sum of all the odd factors of 42. What is the result?

If you don’t know the answer, chances are the fifth grade math team at Robert J. Burch Elementary does. They are the champions of the 11th Annual Fayette County Elementary Math Tournament, fifth grade division.

After calculating 15 timed word problems, Anna Bridgeman, Jordan Hinnant, Shon Hoberg, and Mia Williams (alternate) took their team to victory with the most correct answers. Read More»

Money management skills earn national ranking for SCHS students

Anyone needing advice on how to save and spend money wisely in today’s tough economic times may consider asking some local high school students. Read More»

Police reports for Tyrone in April

The following arrested were made by Tyrone Police during the month of April. Those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Jefferson Britton Allen, 32, of Anthony Drive, Tyrone, for possession of marijuana and DUI alcohol.

Rodriguez Baltimore, 29, of Stillwater, Riverdale, for fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving while unlicensed and failure to yield right-of-way to school bus.

Lauren Brittany Douglass, 23, of Bradford Drive, Fayetteville, for suspended or revoked license (felony) and headlight requirements. Read More»

3 county emperors dressed in deception

We have three emperors in Fayette County who wear no clothes. They are dressed only in an aura of dishonesty and deception they have woven around themselves

I sat with a large crowd of people at the April 14 County Board of Commissioners meeting. One person after the next went to the podium to complain about the lack of transparency from the three emperors. In fact, “lack” is probably an understatement and “nonexistent” might be more appropriate. Read More»