Fayette County

Frady, Brown clash over bypass, agenda

Brown claims censorship; Frady says Brown’s ‘rebuttal’ on project is not county business

Things took a turn for the worse early on at Thursday night’s meeting of the Fayette County Commission. Read More»

Mr. Henry Allen Smith, 58, of Brooks

Mr. Henry Allen Smith, 58, of Brooks, passed away on January 25, 2011.

Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his parents William Smith and Katheryne Stephenson Smith.

He is survived by his son Eric Smith of Brooks; two daughters, Amy Story of Loganville, and Christie Nelson of Brooks; eight grandchildren; four brothers, Tom Smith of Brooks, US Ambassador Jim Smith of Saudi Arabia, John Smith of Oxford, England, and Marion Smith of Brooks; sister Dr. Harriet Smith of Pelham, NY; Aunt and Uncle Caroline and Jimmy Barcheldor of Phoenix City, AL; many nieces and nephews. Read More»

Mrs. Vera Lucile Tanner, 93, of Fayetteville

Mrs. Vera Lucile Tanner, 93, of Fayetteville, went to be with Jesus on January 24, 2011.

Mrs. Tanner was born in Lakeland, FL to the Late Mr. Jefferson Robert Marshall and Mrs. Beulah Mae Rush Marshall. She resided in central Florida until moving to Georgia in 1982.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband, James Lester Tanner.

She is survived by her daughters, Joan Branton of Fayetteville, Mr. and Mrs. Frank (Bea) Martin of Ormond Beach, FL; seven grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; seventeen great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Read More»

Arrest made in north Fayette armed robbery, shooting

David Parnell, 41, is awaiting extradition to Fayette County on numerous charges including aggravated assault, armed robbery and burglary for a Jan. 10 incident at a north Fayette convenience store.

Fayette County Sheriff’s investigators today announced the arrest of an Alabama man who shot a north Fayette convenience store clerk during an armed robbery Jan. 10.

David Earl Parnell, 41, of Troy, Ala. was identified based on forensic evidence and video surveillance obtained at the BP located on Ga. Highway 138 near Ga. Highway 279, investigators said.

Parnell was arrested Thursday, Jan. 27 by the United States Marshalls Service in Huntsville, Ala. and he is currently in the Madison County (Ala.) jail awaiting extradition, officials said. Read More»

PTC girl cleared of gang charges forced to change schools

Eight female students from Booth Middle School and one from McIntosh High School in Peachtree City were arrested in December on gang-related charges. One of those girls, Gabby Santamorena, was later cleared of the charges, yet the 13 year-old is not being allowed to attend her school and has been transferred to another middle school by the Fayette County School System. Read More»

Sam’s Club opens at Fischer Crossings

Sharpsburg Mayor Wendell Staley and Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Candace Boothby (both at left) look on as Sam’s Club manager Darrell Arnold cuts the ribbon Thursday morning to officially open the new mega-store at the Fischer Crossings retail development on Ga. Highway 34 and Fischer Road in east Coweta County.

The day finally came. The Sam’s Club at Fischer Crossings held it’s ribbon cutting at 8 a.m. Thursday and opened its doors to shoppers at 8:30 a.m. The retailer is the first to open at the expansive Fischer Crossings retail development permitted for nearly 800,000 square feet of commercial space. The 136,000 square-foot Sam’s Club is located on the northwest corner of Ga. Highway 34 and Fischer Road. Read More»

PTC PeachMac store rammed, burglarized, high-speed chase halted

More than $20,000 of computers and related items were stolen in a brazen ram-and-grab burglary at the PeachMac store at The Avenue in Peachtree City around 2:30 Wednesday morning, police said. Read More»

Enrollment declines could cost 27 classroom positions

Numbers could change, but right now the Fayette County School System is looking at losing funding for more than 27 classroom teachers and parapros, mostly due to declining enrollment.

Human Resources Director Reanee Ellis last week gave Board of Education members an initial look at the possibility of losing 27.45 classroom positions.

Ellis told the board that the school system has lost 1,050 students since August 2007. Read More»

PTC terminates firefighter who reported for work drunk

Peachtree City firefighter/EMT Kevin Bernard McMullen had his employment with the city terminated Jan. 13 after reportedly showing up at work while under the influence of alcohol on Jan. 11. McMullen did not exercise his ability to appeal the Jan. 13 decision.

McMullen was hired while his father, Bernard McMullen, was city manager. The elder McMullen left the city’s employ last month.

McMullen was charged with DUI alcohol by Peachtree City Police on the morning of Jan. 11. Read More»

Nine underage drinkers arrested at rowdy party

A late night gathering at Weatherly Walk Apartments in Fayetteville last weekend resulted in the arrest of nine underage drinkers.

Fayetteville Police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw said officers at 2:30 a.m. received a call about a possible fight occurring in one of the buildings at Weatherly Walk Apartments, located in east Fayetteville off Ga. Highway 54.

After arriving at the scene officers found no altercation at the specified building but did hear a range of activity including loud music and people yelling coming from an apartment in the adjacent building, Crawshaw said. Read More»