Fayette County

26th annual Art & Music Showcase featured lots of local talent

26th annual Art & Music Showcase featured lots of local talent

The 2011 Art & Music Showcase sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City was held at the Bridge Community Center in Peachtree City on March 21.

Local youth from grades 1st through 12th competed in art and music. The competition is arranged in grade groups 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. The art competition had 142 entrants. The music competition had 47 performers audition, of which 21 made it to the finals. Winners are chosen from each group by a panel of judges. The high school winner from the music competition advances on to compete in the District competition held later this month. Read More»

Bearden talks with McIntosh School Council

Bearden talks with McIntosh School Council

The new Fayette County School Superintendent, Dr Jeff Bearden, spoke at the March meeting of the McIntosh School Council. Dr Bearden told the council members about his vision for Fayette County schools, to include a continued focus on 21st century technology advancements as well as engaging students and the community in education. He is proud to be in a school system that enjoys such a stellar reputation for excellence. He intends to do all he can to nurture the county's growth and development as a top-notch educational system. Read More»

Fayette County NAACP Youth Council has several win ACT-SO gold medals, qualify for nationals

Fayette County NAACP Youth Council members with their ACT-SO gold medals. Photo/Special

ACT-SO is an acronym for Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program designed to recruit, stimulate, improve and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. The ACT-SO program is centered on the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders; to serve as mentors and coaches to promote academic and artistic excellence among African-American students. There are 25 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, and performing and visual arts. Read More»

Poets in the spotlight at Fayette County Public Library

In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Fayette County Public Library presents “Poets in the Spotlight,” a poetry performance revue and open mike session on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Read More»

F'ville Rite-Aid hit by snatch-and-grab robber

Fayetteville Police are searching for a man in connection with an April 4 snatch-and-grab robbery at the Rite-Aid drug store on South Glynn Street.

Department spokesperson Mike Whitlow said the man, described as wearing a dark t-shirt and sunglasses and in his 40s, entered the store at approximately 8 p.m.

The man brought a candy bar to the cash register and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash when the cashier opened the register.

The man then fled the scene, Whitlow said.

2 F’ville businesses hit in same day robbery

2 F’ville businesses hit in same day robbery

Update: A second robbery on April 7 has occurred in Fayetteville in a span of six hours. The first was at a florist on South Glynn Street at 10 a.m. The second was at the Rite-Aid pharmacy on Ga. Highway 54 West shortly after 4 p.m. Police believe both robberies were the work of the same man. Read More»

Gas leak snarls S. Fayetteville traffic

A mid-morning natural gas leak April 7 at the new RaceTrac gas station on South Glynn Street caused Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services officials to divert traffic around a heavily-traveled section of Ga. Highway 85 at the Fayetteville city limits.

The intersection of Highways 85 and 92 and Ramah Road was completely shut down, causing traffic to back up significantly on Beauregard Boulevard as motorists made their way around the mess. The leak was repaired and the roads re-opened by 3:15 p.m., said Fayette FES Capt. Pete Nelms Read More»

Officials field questions on particulars of Ga.’s gun laws

GeorgiaCarry official Jerry Henry (L) responds to a question while Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah looks on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The meeting room downstairs at the Peachtree City Library was full March 31 as Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah and GeorgiaCarry.org Executive Director Jerry Henry fielded residents’ questions on the particulars of current state law on carrying firearms.

Henry at the outset of the meeting referenced the passage of Senate Bill 308 in 2010 and how it expanded the places where a gun can be carried.

The questions quickly followed, with one resident asking about the use of deadly force and potential liability. Read More»

F’ville eyes tightening rules for sexually-oriented businesses

The Fayetteville City Council on April 7 will get its first look at a proposed amendment to the sexually-oriented business ordinance, one that provides a range of updates and definitions to the ordinance first adopted in 1998.

Also noteworthy, and immediately following the meeting in the council chambers, Councilman Larry Dell will shed his increasingly long locks as part of a fund-raising effort for the Cancer Wellness Center at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Read More»

Tyrone Post Office named for Lt. Collins

Tyrone Post Office named for Lt. Collins

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Burkitt “Deacon” Collins (L) views a plaque honoring his son, Army 1st Lt. Robert W. Collins, at a ceremony Monday in Tyrone. The plaque will be erected at the Tyrone Post Office, which is being renamed in honor of Lt. Collins, who died April 7, 2010 while serving in Iraq. Participating in the unveiling were (L-R) U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss and U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. Photo/John Munford.