Fayette County

Starr’s Mill drama students spreading 'Rumors'

Starr's Mill High School students Chase Thomaston and Liz Buckalew rehearse a scene from Neil Simon's "Rumors," which they will perform at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29, at Duke Auditorium. Photo/Special.

What happens when four couples arrive at a dinner party and the host has a gunshot wound to the head and the hostess is nowhere in sight? Rumor has it that a brilliant comedy is about to ensue.

Starr’s Mill High School Drama Department will present award-winning playwright Neil Simon’s 1988 comedy “Rumors” on April 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. in the school’s Duke Auditorium. Read More»

Tyrone girl celebrates ninth birthday with a visit from a python

Tyrone girl celebrates ninth birthday with a visit from a python

The Reptile Guys visited a birthday party in Tyrone on Apr. 22 wishing nine-year old Caylee a happy birthday with help from a 12 foot, Yellow Burmese Python. From left are Kaitlynn, Ashlyn, Cassidy, Aniya, Caylee, Kayla, Rita, Mallory, McKenzie, Madison, and Annsley. Photo/Special.

PTC changing crime alerts; users need to sign up again

Peachtree City residents who have become accustomed to crime alerts on their cellphone and email inboxes will have to make a switch, and soon.

The city is abandoning the Nixle service because the company has changed its mind and decided to start charging cities for the service. Instead, the city is rolling out a similar service that will also be free, and can be signed up for on the city’s website at http://www.peachtree-city.org/CivicAlerts.aspx. Read More»

Here's your keys, Ace

Here's your keys, Ace

Peachtree City resident Wickus Kok, center, sank a hole in one Wednesday, scoring a free 24-month lease on this Mercedes-Benz SUV at the annual Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City golf tournament. Kok hit his magic shot on the 17th hole with a 170-yard ace. Presenting him the keys is Ernest Dixon, Retail Operations Manager for Mercedes-Benz of South Atlanta as Cliff Schmidt, Kiwanis Tournament Director, looks on with great satisfaction for another successful tournament. Photo/Dan Nelson.

Holy Carp!

Holy Carp!

Blaise McCord, 16, of Peachtree City caught this whopper of a grass carp in a local pond in the city a few days ago. A member of the Bass Fishing Club at McIntosh High School, McCord caught it while casually fishing in the evening hours; and yes, he released it back into the water. Photo/Special.

Crabapple Lane Elementary’s Red Bird Run winners

Crabapple Lane Elementary’s Red Bird Run winners

Crabapple Lane Elementary School hosted the 7th Annual Red Bird Run last month with more than 350 participants. This is one of the Peachtree City Rotary Club Elementary Grand Prix Race Series.

Elementary students who were 1-mile fun run winners are (L-R, front row) Abigail Hooper (first place female), Allie Silbert (third place female), Caitlin Van Zyl (second place female). Back row: Jacob Richardson (third place male), Kyle Riesselmann (first place male), Brooks Baro (second place male). Read More»

Wigs for Kids Cut-A-Thon in PTC next Sunday

Helping to promote the hair-cutting for kids are (L-R) Elizabeth Gilbert, Sarah Shupenus and Geoffrey Gilbert. Photo/Special.

Atlanta-based NV Hair Studio and Wigs for Kids have teamed up to organize a Cut-A-Thon to promote Wigs for Kids, a non-profit organization that assists children who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy, alopecia and burns.

Wigs for Kids provides human hair wigs for children and assists them with their cosmetic and psychological needs.

The Cut-A-Thon will take place on Sunday, May 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. at NV Hair Studio, 1301 Commerce Drive, Peachtree City. Read More»

More mowing OK’d by PTC Council

$45K includes 2 plantings at City Hall, with curb/gutter spraying

Peachtree City will spend nearly $45,000 from its ample cash reserves to beef up its mowing schedule for secondary roads, and add two “color” plantings to City Hall for the rest of the calendar year.

The additional mowing will restore the mowing frequency on secondary roads, such as Hip Pocket and Golf View, to the same levels the city used prior to the 2009 switchover to the private contractor TruGreen. That change allowed the city to save a projected $840,000 by laying off 23 public works employees as the city faced a pending budget deficit upwards of $3 million. Read More»

Gumerson is Fayette's top teacher

Aimee Gumerson.

Aimee Gumerson, a math teacher at Fayette Middle School, was announced Thursday as the 2011 Fayette County Teacher of the Year (TOTY) by Superintendent Jeff Bearden.

Keelan Seabolt and Shelly Dowse, a physics teacher at Sandy Creek High and a chemistry teacher

at McIntosh High, respectively, were the other contenders.

Gumerson thanked a long list of teachers who she said helped pave the way for her success, including her mother, grandparents, and many Fayette County educators. Read More»

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