Lights and Sirens

Local faith groups challenged to aid in emergencies

Fayette County Fire Chief Tom Bartlett (L) points toward a table-top mock-up of a disaster area during the Fayette County Faith-based Disaster Network conference held Feb. 16 at Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church. Ga. Emergency Management Agency Director Charley English was the keynote speaker. More than 100 area residents from 18 churches attended. Photo/Ben Nelms.

When there’s a disaster, be ready to step up and help, the head of Georgia’s Emergency Management Agency challenged representatives of 18 local churches last week.

The reality that churches play a vital role in disaster response was reiterated by Ga. Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security Director Charley English. Read More»

Local citizens spearhead aid for Adairsville tornado victims

Residents of Adairsville will get a helping hand from Fayette County residents on Feb. 23 when a local group will caravan to the northwest Georgia town to bring needed items to the city after the area was hit by a devastating tornado Jan. 30. Read More»

Driver unhurt after detour into the swamp

Driver unhurt after detour into the swamp

A Fayette County deputy sheriff assists a woman whose car went off the road into a swampy area next to Hood Avenue Tuesday morning. She said she veered off the roadway, over-corrected and ran off the steep embankment on the north side of the road into the wetlands. Passers-by waited with the woman, who was unharmed, and directed traffic until police and rescue personnel arrived. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Meeting set for faith-based responders to disasters

Emergency management officials in Fayette County have worked for years with area churches in preparing for and responding to a variety of disaster scenarios. Those efforts will take on a new look on Feb. 16 when the Fayette County Emergency Management Agency and Ga. Public Health District 4 will host an extensive faith-based disaster conference at Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church south of Fayetteville. Read More»

Search ongoing for missing Zebulon man

Family members of a 70-year-old Zebulon man are asking for help in locating their father who has not been seen heard from since Dec. 22.

Daughter Cindy Pollette said she last heard from her father, Philip E. Chiges, on Dec. 22 when she spoke with him by phone.

“We talk regularly, twice a day every day,” Pollette said. “He’s never been one to disappear. I just can’t see him staying gone.” Read More»

Two injured, one critical, in vehicle roll-over accident

A single vehicle accident on Jan. 9 along Brooks Woolsey Road in south Fayette County resulted in two of the vehicle’s occupants being hospitalized after the driver lost control of the vehicle. The driver is in stable condition while one of the two passengers is in critical condition after being ejected from the vehicle. Read More»

PTC fire victim identified as homeowner

Police have confirmed that a man who perished in a fire in north Peachtree City Dec. 23 was the homeowner: Steven Russell, 39.

The fire at 104 Adams Fall was well underway with most of the residence engulfed in flames by the time the first fire crews arrived on the scene, officials said.

The blaze gutted the entire second floor of the home. Russell’s remains had to be identified by the state medical examiner’s office, police said previously. Read More»

New sheriff brings promotions, demotions, transfers, changes

Sheriff Barry Babb poses with a spear, hearkening to his campaign promise to act as the “tip of the spear” in projecting law enforcement in Fayette County. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb has been sworn in and is in the process of appointing a new set of four command staff members to lead the department. Three of the former command staff will move to other positions in the sheriff’s office while Maj. Bryan Woodie — a top aide to former Sheriff Wayne Hannah — has resigned, effective Jan. 3.

Woodie previously headed the Field Operations Division (FOD) over traffic and patrol deputies. Read More»

Next CERT training scheduled

The Peachtree City Police Department will host its next Community Emergency Response Team class beginning March 7.

Classes will be held Thursdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. for 10 weeks at police headquarters.

CERT teaches residents how to prepare themselves and their family for hazards that may affect the community. Participants will be trained in basic disaster response skills including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Read More»

Fire victim believed to be PTC homeowner

The man who died in an early morning house fire Dec. 23 in north Peachtree City is believed to be the homeowner, Steve Russell, 39.

As of press time Friday, the state medical examiner’s office had not completed the process of identifying the victim who was discovered in the blaze, police said. Russell’s family, however, has announced that his memorial service was scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday at Peachtree City United Methodist Church. Read More»

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