Fayette County

Injuries avoided when car crashes into store

No one was injured when a Sharpsburg man accidentally drove through the front door of the Lenscrafters at The Avenue shopping center in Peachtree City early Thursday afternoon, police said.

There were people inside the business at the time, but they escaped injury when the vehicle crashed through the front, police said.

The driver was identified as B.J. Curry, 73, of Sharpsburg. The investigation into the crash is ongoing, police said in a news release late Thursday.

Penelope Wanelle Welch, 70, of Fayetteville

Penelope Wanelle Welch, 70, of Fayetteville, Ga., died February 10, 2011.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 2:00 PM at Glad Tidings Assembly of God, Jonesboro. Rev. Larry Hammock will officiate. The family will receive friends after the service.

Born April 2, 1940, in Alabama, she lived in Alaska from the late 1990s until 2009. She had worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for the Alaska Department of Corrections.

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Harvey and Lathan Welch. Read More»

Mrs. Martha Bonnelle Preston, age 89 of Peachtree City

Mrs. Martha Bonnelle Preston

Mrs. Martha Bonnelle Preston, age 89, passed away Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at Southland Health & Rehab Center in Peachtree City. Read More»

Pennington announced as next PTC manager

Veteran has 32 years experience, wants 'high performance, citizen friendly organization"

Peachtree City’s next city manager comes with a wealth of experience, with some 32 years under his belt in eight different cities.

Dr. James Leonard Pennington most recently served as City Manager in Hartsville, S.C. where he served eight and a half years.

The city released background information on Pennington including his application and references at Thursday night’s abbreviated meeting of the city council. The employment agreement between the city and Pennington is expected to be approved by council at its March 3 meeting. Read More»

Heber Blaine “Bud” Bankhead, 92, of Peachtree City

Heber Blaine “Bud” Bankhead, 92, of Peachtree City, GA passed away on February 15, 2011.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 62 years, Patricia C. Bankhead and his 3 daughters Jan Guilbeau & husband Lyle, Cindy Clements & husband Mike & Debbie Bankhead; 5 grandchildren Jennifer, Landon, Cameron, Travis and Brittany. Read More»

Peachtree City’s Historical Concepts wins 2011 Shutze Awards for Classical & Urban Design

The Hockaday residence in Richmond Hill, Ga., a design winner by Historical Concepts of Peachtree City. Photo/Historical Concepts.

An architectural firm with deep and long roots in Peachtree City, has won two prestigious design awards. Historical Concepts, a traditional architecture and planning firm at 430 Prime Point, Peachtree City, has won two 2011 Shutze Awards for design excellence. Read More»

Additional classes for Fayette high schools questioned

An idea that surfaced at the Tuesday meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education would expand the school day beyond the current six-class acdemic day. The presentation by several school system staff and students was essentially the beginning of a discussion that could easily take months to resolve. Read More»

Motorcade to welcome home local Marine

Citizens encouraged to show support by lining McDonough Road by 12:30 Saturday

A local Marine who has returned from a tour in Afghanistan will be honored Saturday afternoon with a motorcade from his home to a private reception at McCurry Park.

Citizens who wish to show their honor and respect to Lance Cpl. Bradley S. Werho are asked to line McDonough Road no later than 12:30 to greet the motorcade as it arrives at McCurry Park, organizers said.

Werho, a lifelong resident of Fayetteville and a 2007 graduate of Fayette County High School, has returned stateside with his fellow Marines following his 2nd Batallion’s stint in Marjah and Sangin Afghanistan. Read More»

Mr. Robert “Bob” John Bales, 85, of Fayetteville

Mr. Robert “Bob” John Bales, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away on February 11, 2011.

Mr. Bales was a WWII survivor of the Normandy invasion and went ashore at Omaha Beach. He later served under General G.S. Patton, Jr. during the occupation of Berlin. He was a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Mr. Bales is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard J. Bales and Frances Case Bales; son Trek M. Bales; brothers, Leonard F. Bales, John K. Bales, and Donald J. Bales. Read More»

. . . Meanwhile just across the street . . .

. . . Meanwhile just across the street . . .

Workers put the new sign up for Fresh Market, which is taking the place of the “baby Kroger” at Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway on the northeast corner. Fresh Market is projecting a March 9 grand opening. Photo/Betsy Tyler, Peachtree City Public Information Officer.