Fayette County

Chester Cleal Ping, age 100, of Peachtree City

Chester Cleal Ping, age 100, of Peachtree City, Ga. passed away on July 25, 2014.

He was born on June 13, 1914 to Charles Wesley Ping and Mary Alice Barkus Ping in Miller, S.D.

He was the co-owner of Ping McCurdy Century 21 Real Estate in Peachtree City, Ga. for more than 20 years and a past President of the Fayette Board of Realtors. He was a member of Peachtree City Christian Church, a 25 year Mason, Indiana local and State Grange. Chester loved watching Westerns, watching the Braves and playing solitaire. Read More»

Minnie Cavalli, of Fayetteville

Minnie Cavalli

Mrs. Minnie Cavalli, a long time native of Fayetteville, Ga., passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 shortly after celebrating her 96th birthday.

She will always be remembered by her smile, sense of humor, gentle nature and always a pleasant and good word for all. Read More»

'Turbo' showing Saturday night in Peachtree City

Peachtree City’s Family Film series continues Saturday with a showing of "Turbo." The event runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Drake Field.

Bring the kids, a blanket or lawn chair, and relax under the stars as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta presents “Turbo” on a giant outdoor screen. Read More»

Fayetteville Planning Commission on senior complex: ‘Good project, bad location’

The proposal was good but the location was not. That was the decision by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission on July 22, recommending that the proposed Fayette Place senior housing community along Ga. Highway 54 be denied by the City Council.

The Beverly J. Searles Foundation is proposing 239 independent living, assisted living and memory care units along Hwy. 54 in The Villages development several blocks west of downtown. Read More»

Now in custody:1 suspect, 2 nights and 37 vehicle break-ins later

Person of interest in break-ins. Photo/Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Update: July 31, 7:45 p.m.- The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on July 31 arrested 22-year-old Randen Morris, of Atlanta, charging him with 31 felony counts of entering auto.

Sheriff Barry Babb said investigators used surveillance footage and other evidence collected to identify Morris and connect these incidents.

Members of the U.S. Marshals South Eastern Regional Fugitive Task Force located Morris in the Bankhead neighborhood of Atlanta and took him into custody, Babb said, Read More»

Big load snags overhead wires

A semi was pulled over near Piedmont Fayette Hospital on July 25 after knocking utility lines off a pole on Ga. Highway 54 west of Grady Avenue. There were no injuries reported in the incident. Photo/Danielle Ruttinger.

A tractor-trailer carrying an oversized load through Fayetteville along Ga. Highway 54 West on July 25 knocked utility lines off a pole and continued west until it was pulled over by Fayette County deputies. There were no injuries from the utility lines that struck one vehicle.

Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow said the semi was carrying what was believed to be a large generator encased in a container. Whitlow said the truck began its westward journey from Hwy. 54 East, traveling through the downtown area. Read More»

Tractor Supply Co. picks F’ville for its new location

The landscape at Fayetteville Corners on North Glynn Street in Fayetteville, specifically the old Walmart location, will soon have a new look and a new business. Tractor Supply Co. is establishing its first Fayette County location at the site.

Revised elevations for the business were approved July 22 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

The project will include 31,000 square feet of store space and 6,900 square feet of exterior sales space with an enclosed fence. Plans call for eliminating 35 parking spaces to accommodate an additional fenced area. Read More»

Homeless man arrested as suspect in child molestation; woman jailed for hindering

A 19-year-old homeless man who occasionally stayed with a Fayette County family was arrested in Richmond County on July 19 on charges of child molestation.

Zenon Rivera was charged with child molestation, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Brandi Black, 31, of Peachtree City, was subsequently charged with hindering the apprehension of a fugitive after investigators learned of her involvement in transporting Zenon Rivera to the Augusta area, Babb said.

Babb said a resident on Ga. Highway 54 West on July 17 reported a child molestation incident involving her 12-year-old daughter. Read More»

Branching out in the gardening section?

Branching out in the gardening section?

Lest you think this Home Depot is sprucing up for the Denver, Colo., market, reader Steve Fraas assures us he shot this picture of the store getting new signage July 24 at 2 p.m. right here in Peachtree City. “Looks like they are getting the jump on legalization,” Fraas said in his email, tongue firmly lodged in cheek. “You have to think the sign guys knew what they were doing,” said the Peachtree City resident. Photo/Steve Fraas.

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