Lights and Sirens

Vigil planned Friday for crash victim

A candlelight prayer vigil will be held Friday evening on behalf of the daughter of a local woman who was seriously injured in a car crash in Atlanta.

The victim is Julia Tarter, who is the daughter of Peachtree City Farmers Market and Community Garden Director Tricia Stern. Tarter is in a coma at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.

The candlelight vigil will take place at 7 p.m. Friday at the city's Community Garden located off McIntosh Trail directly across from Lake Peachtree.

Boy resuscitated after near-drowning

A life-threatening situation came to a good end last week when Newnan firefighters resuscitated a 3-year-old boy after a near-drowning in the Summer Grove pool.

Capt. Damon Rosser said firefighters Richard Scott and Jim Murphy were among the four firefighters arrived at the scene within 3-4 minutes after being dispatched at approximately 8:30 p.m. on July 24.

An adult female approached the firefighters carrying the near-lifeless child, Rosser said. Scott took the child and began administering CPR while Rosser called for an air flight helicopter. Read More»

Missing Coweta woman found

Missing Coweta woman found

UPDATE: Eleanor Alexander was found by searchers at approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday and was transported to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment. The 78-year-old was found 300 yards from her home, according to reports.

Area residents have joined the law enforcement in searching for 78-year-old Coweta County resident Eleanor Alexander who was last seen early Sunday morning. Read More»

Sunday storm brings torrential rain

There was only minimal damage to property that resulted from a storm that dumped several inches of rain in portions of Fayette County on Sunday.

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services spokesman Donnie Davis said five homes in central Fayette County were struck by lighting during the storm that made its way through the area late Sunday afternoon. There were no fires associated with the lightning strikes, Davis added. Read More»

Fire safety training starts young

Fire safety training starts young

Twelve-year-old Sarah Sorme was one of 14 youngsters ages 8-12 to participate in the Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services Summer Camp held July 19 and sponsored by FES and the Fayette County Recreation Dept. Sarah gets help from FES supervisor Donnie Davis in extinguishing a fire that was part of the day’s activities. Read More»

PTC’s Junior Police cadets watch a K-9 takedown

PTC’s Junior Police cadets watch a K-9 takedown

It may have been a view at a distance from behind a fence, but participants in the Junior Police Academy offered by the Peachtree City Police Department saw a live demonstration of the department’s K-9 team Wednesday. A police officer donned a “bite suit” to show how the canine can subdue a suspect in a foot chase. The program is designed to provide a detailed insight into various department operations which also serves to strengthen the department’s bond with the community. Photo/Special.

Fire destroys Scout building on New Hope campus

This portion of the home burned completely to the ground. Fire investigators are working to determine what caused the fire. Photo/Ira Clifton.

Update: Public asked to share any information on blaze

An early-morning fire destroyed a home on the campus of New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville that was used for the church-sponsored Boy Scouts program, and the public is being asked for any information they may have on the incident.

There is no indication that arson is involved, but investigators want to be thorough in their search for the cause of the fire, officials said. Read More»

Weatherly Walk heroes honored

Weatherly Walk heroes honored

Management and residents of Weatherly Walk Apartments in Fayetteville along with firefighters who responded to the large structure fire in March were honored June 6 as “Weatherly Walk Heroes” by the Fayetteville City Council. Receiving the honors were (front row L-R) Deputy Chief Linda Partridge, Amanda Hall, Quantarious “Chuck” Faison, Mike Gutheridge, Lieutenant Blaze Brookshaw, firefighter Corey Mask and Captain Marty Mundok; and (back row L-R) firefighter Chris Stanley, firefighter Josh Thomas, Fire Chief Alan Jones, Lieutenant Jeff Gable and Captain Keith Harris. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Spot-savers halted for PTC parade, fireworks

One July 4 tradition in Peachtree City will have to be put off until the last minute: the placement of tarps and blankets to “save a spot” for viewing the parade and fireworks.

The City Council passed a new ordinance Thursday night that will forbid the placement of tarps, blankets and the like along city property and city right of way until dawn that morning.

Anyone who dares to deploy a spot-saving device a day or more in advance risks it being confiscated by the city where it could perhaps be sold or trashed at a later date. Read More»

School for the unthinkable

School for the unthinkable

What happened at Newtown, Conn., could happen anywhere. With that in mind, local law enforcement members practice training scenarios that involve what's called an “active shooter” in various environments, including a school. Here, Peachtree City Police trainer Ken Rawlls demonstrates techniques used in the active shooter training held Wednesday at J.C. Booth Middle School on Peachtree Parkway. The school provided an appropriate environment for the training that required a large setting. Participating in the training and pictured, from left, were Cpl. Monica Cacourly and Sgt. Kay Crider. Read More»