Lights and Sirens

Local man is proof: seatbelts save lives

Thana Alusi, center, is presented an award by (L-R) Mayor Don Haddix, Sgt. Brad Williams, Cpl. Chris Hiat and Police Chief H.C. "Skip" Clark. Photo/John Munford.

The simple act of wearing a seatbelt saved a Peachtree City man’s life earlier this year when he fell unconscious while driving on Peachtree Parkway.

Thana M. Alusi was presented the “Saved By the Belt” award from the police department and city council at Thursday’s council meeting.

Earlier this year and just after 4 p.m., Alusi was driving south on the parkway near North Cove when he suffered a medical problem, causing his car to strike a large tree on the opposite side of the road. Read More»

What’s up with this flashing yellow arrow?

What’s up with this flashing yellow arrow?

Flashing left-turn yellow arrows will soon be coming to traffic lights at 10 intersections in Fayetteville, thanks to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The new scheme is intended to improve safety by reducing crashes, and it also will increase traffic flow, according to DOT. The new lights will, however, take some getting used to by local motorists.

The solid red and green arrows are self-explanatory: you can turn left on a green arrow and you must stop on a red one. It’s the yellow arrows where things get a bit trickier. Read More»

PTC woman dies in 8-vehicle pileup in Cobb

A Peachtree City woman was killed Thursday in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 75 in Acworth Thursday afternoon, according to the Cobb County Police Department.

Barbara Phenicie, 71, was the front-seat passenger in a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country minivan that was struck from behind by a BMW which caught fire during the eight-vehicle pileup, police said.

Mrs. Phenicie’s husband, Dale, 72, and son, Jonathan, 38 were treated at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for non life-threatening injuries, police said. Read More»

PTC police win traffic safety awards

PTC police win traffic safety awards

The Peachtree City Police Department was one of several law enforcement agencies to win big Nov. 15 when the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) hosted its 13th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards at the Macon Centreplex.

An annual recognition program of law enforcement agencies of all sizes and from all over the state, the program features recognition in seven different categories based on department size as well as several other specialty categories.
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Tyrone youngster seeks 'pitchers' for charity

Tyrone 7th grader Matthew Sherrod felt led to begin a charity to help children and families in need. Far from being content to just consider it, Matthew put his thoughts into action and formed the non-profit Pitches for Hope. The organization’s first fundraiser will be held on Nov. 9 in Peachtree City. Read More»

East Coweta High gets stop sign at Hwy. 154

Placing a stop sign at the intersection of Ga. Highway 154 and Old Ga. Highway 16 adjacent to the campus of East Coweta High School may not be a permanent fix but it is something that should help make the intersection safer.

The Ga. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) recently installed a stop sign at the intersection to make it a three-way stop and paved a section along Hwy. 154 for a right-turn lane. Read More»

Early Sunday gunfire across Lake Peachtree leaves questions

The Fayette County 911 center received numerous calls during the early morning hours of Oct. 27 reporting multiple gunshots around Lake Peachtree in Peachtree City. Read More»

Booth students partner with cops to prepare for the worst

It was a mock exercise meant to educate school staff, students and parents and to enhance the skills of law enforcement in responding to an actual school shooting scenario. When the exercise was completed, the post-active shooter exercise held Friday morning at Booth Middle School in Peachtree City accomplished its goals. Read More»

2 killed in early Sunday crash

Two men were killed early Sunday morning when a car ran off Marion Boulevard in south Fayette County, striking a tree before it came to a stop, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb.

The deceased were identified as Julius West, 32, of Atlanta and Martin Parris, 31, of Fayetteville, Babb said. Both were pronounced dead at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Babb said. A third occupant of the car was treated on the scene by paramedics, he added. Read More»

Biker still sore over crash with young PTC cart driver

Amy Hill in a photo taken before her mishap. Photo/Special.

A run-in with a golf cart in Peachtree City has halted a Sharpsburg woman’s bid to participate in an Ironman triathlon.

Amy Hill said she was going 26 mph on her bike heading westbound on McIntosh Trail in front of Huddleston Elementary School when a golf cart piloted by a juvenile driver struck her Oct. 6.

The crash sent Hill tumbling to the pavement, tangled in her bike. She ended up with a broken kneecap, several lacerations and a number of bruises, her chance at the Ironman event later this month dashed completely. An ambulance took her to Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Read More»

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