Fayette County

End-of-course tests show Fayette kids outpacing state

Fayette County school students did themselves proud during the 2010-2011 school year, besting their scores compared to the previous year on the end-of-course tests administered during the spring. Those scores also significantly surpassed the state average. Fayette also had all its schools make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for the eighth consecutive year. Read More»

Woman robbed at southside F’ville bank ATM

A woman depositing money in the ATM at Fayetteville’s South Glynn Street Chase Bank after dark July 25 was robbed at gunpoint by a lone assailant, police said.

Fayetteville Police spokesperson Debbie Chambers said the incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. as a woman approached the ATM to make a monetary deposit.

The woman was in process of making the deposit when a man holding a handgun came up to her and demanded that she give him the money and leave the area, Chambers said.

Chambers said the robber was described as being either Hispanic or as a light-skinned black male. Read More»

Kids, bring your iPads to class?!? Plus, maybe more electives for Fayette high schools

The Fayette County Board of Education heard a proposal July 19 that would alter the six-period daily schedule at the county’s five high schools and another that would allow students to use their personal electronic devices in the classroom to “enhance educational opportunities.” Both proposals will be discussed further at upcoming board meetings. Read More»

UPDATED: PTC mayor vows to fight council censure

Mayor Don Haddix (back to the camera, right) walks out of the July 21 City Council meeting. Photo/John Munford.

UPDATED FOR PRINT July 27,2011 — Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix is not about to apologize for what his fellow council members are calling a pattern of “negative comments” that affect the city’s working relationship with other persons and agencies.

Haddix left Thursday’s council meeting prematurely in an effort to insure that he has a chance to respond to an effort to reprimand him that is being undertaken by three other city council members. Read More»

Frady: Fayette a ‘donor’ county in regional sales tax, as local projects drop off list

Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady. File photo.

One of Fayette County’s two negotiators for regional transportation projects says at this stage it looks as if Fayette taxpayers will be sending out more sales tax money than they will receive in return.

That comes after the list of projects in Fayette County under consideration for possible regional sales tax funding keeps dwindling.

The latest round of cuts, released Thursday, were so severe that Fayette County Commission Chairman Herb Frady bluntly assessed: “It looks like Fayette will be a donor county.” Read More»

The sheriff has a new ‘Hawk One’ to patrol the skies over Fayette County

The new Hawk One helicopter gets an inflight portrait taken by its retiring predecessor in this photo provided by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has replaced its aging helicopter with a much-newer model.

The AS350 B2 chopper from American Eurocopter becomes the new “Hawk 1” replacing the older Vietnam-era Bell OH-58 unit, purchased in 2002.

The old Hawk 1 was experiencing much more downtime due to maintenance, and parts were becoming hard to come by, said Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah.

“The maintenance issues were getting to where it was down more than it was up,” Hannah said. Read More»

Ike’s D-Day secretary speaks to Fayetteville Council

Ike’s D-Day secretary speaks to Fayetteville Council

Fayetteville resident Helen Denton was joined by Councilman Larry Dell (L) and Mayor Ken Steele (R) at the Fayetteville City Council meeting July 21. Denton came with a number of items such as dog tags, photos and a bracelet with her name and serial number, all memorabilia from her time serving with Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. As part of Eisenhower’s staff stationed in England, Denton typed the orders for Operation Overlord, the D-Day invasion of France. The memorabilia will be on display at the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum. Read More»

Greetings from Antarctica

Greetings from Antarctica

That’s Peachtree City resident Scott Rowland behind the sub-zero parka in frigid temperatures in Antarctica (20 below). Rowland was working a “summer” job for five months at McMurdo Station. Read his story about summering in the land the penguins love here. Photo/Special.

Rowland’s adventure takes him south to the ice continent for a ‘summer’ job

Scott Rowland with his Antarctica Service Medal. Photo/Michael Boylan.

When Peachtree City resident Scott Rowland was serving in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, one of the biggest days of the week was when the previous Sunday’s New York Times would arrive. It was a way to see what was going on in the rest of the world and an article in one particular issue led to Rowland going on arguably the biggest adventure of his life. It was an adventure that led him to the end of the world. Read More»

Georgia’s state flag to fly over our troops

Georgia’s state flag to fly over our troops

VFW Post 3650 member Ron Stubbs (R) is joined by state Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) at the July 21 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council to present a state flag. The Georgia flag being displayed will soon be flown by troops in Afghanistan. Looking on are Councilman Paul Oddo (center) and Mayor Kenneth Steele (far right). Photo/Ben Nelms.