Lights and Sirens

F’ville extinguishes fire dept. merger with Fayette

It was an idea designed to save money by consolidating the Fayetteville Fire Dept. with Fayette County and, at the same time, rolling back the millage rate to offset an increase that would be paid by city taxpayers for what they would owe on the fire district tax. But the June 21 work session of the City Council ended with a consensus that the city should retain its own fire department. Read More»

Hella helps PTC Police

Hella helps PTC Police

Hella Inc. of Peachtree City recently donated emergency lighting products to the Peachtree City Police Department which will be deployed on emergency vehicles and the trailers for the Community Emergency Response Team. Hella Marketing Coordinator Monika Boutwell (L) made the presentation recently to Police Capt. Stan Pye. Photo/Special.

Fire chief: sprinklers saved Kedron Fieldhouse

Peachtree City Community Services Director Jon Rorie (L) and Recreation Director Cajen Rhodes review the fire damage in the storage room at the Kedron Fieldhouse Thursday afternoon. Photo/John Munford.

Arson suspect arrested hours after blaze; pools, building to remain closed for cleanup

The fire sprinkler system saved Kedron Fieldhouse from being destroyed by fire early Thursday morning, but a malfunction in the fire alarm system resulted in the facility being under two inches of water because a switch failed to send an alert to the city’s alarm monitoring company, officials said.

“The sprinklers saved that building,” Peachtree City Fire Chief Ed Eiswerth told the city council Thursday night. “Otherwise instead of cleaning up the building, we’d be moving it with a bulldozer. There’s no doubt that sprinkler saved that building.” Read More»

Soldier’s sacrifice saluted in Fayetteville

Soldier’s sacrifice saluted in Fayetteville

All was silent Saturday morning as crowds lined Ga. Highway 85 in downtown Fayetteville as another fallen soldier was borne to his final resting place. Killed in Afghanistan after his unit was attacked with an IED on June 7, the body of Pfc. Brandon D. Goodine was transported from Falcon Field to Henry County where he attended school. Age 20, Goodine leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter. Photo/Ben Nelms.

1-car crash in Woolsey kills Griffin man

A Griffin man died Tuesday after his car ran off the road on Ga. Highway 92 south in Woolsey, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

John M. Fulop, 63, was driving south on Hwy. 92 in his 1994 BMW 325i when the crash occurred just after 1 p.m. Tuesday, officials said. He was traveling by himself, deputies said.

According to the investigation, Fulop’s vehicle was approaching a curve on the highway but for an unknown reason it continued on a straight path, leaving the roadway. Read More»

Citizen’s academy honored

Citizen’s academy honored

The latest class to graduate the Citizens Police Academy offered by the Peachtree City Police Department was recognized at Thursday night’s City Council meeting. The class gives residents and business owners behind the scenes insight about how the police department is run. Photo/John Munford.

Newnan to residents: don’t feed stray/feral cats

It seems like such an innocent practice. But there is a lot more involved. Newnan’s stray and feral cat population continues to grow and the city is asking residents to refrain from feeding the furry animals that tend to congregate behind shopping centers. Those found feeding them could be subject to a citation.

“While it is understandable citizens have concern for these animals it does prohibit us from doing our job to trap and relocate these strays if citizens continue feeding them,” said Newnan Animal Warden Cyndi Hoffman. Read More»

Sheriff’s K-9 dog gets loose, bites Walmart worker

A Fayetteville Walmart employee was bitten by a Fayette Sheriff’s K-9 early Thursday morning after the vehicle housing the dog became unlocked in the parking lot.

The 57-second incident was caught on the store’s video and showed no one opening the door prior the dog exiting the vehicle. The “bail-out” system on the vehicle is being replaced after a subsequent call to the manufacturer identified problems with similar units. Read More»

Fire truck vs. auto in Tyrone; car driver injured

Fire truck vs. auto in Tyrone; car driver injured

Tyrone resident Coleman Taylor, 17, was traveling on Tyrone Road near Ga. Highway 74 Monday morning and was preparing to turn right into a business parking lot when he made an abrupt U-turn and was hit by the Fayette County fire truck that was behind his vehicle. Coleman was transported to Atlanta Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries and was later charged with making an improper U-turn, according to Maj. Bryan Woodie with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Photo/John Munford.

Tyrone golf cart mishap injures 12-year-old girl

Aftermath of Tyrone golf cart accident. Photo/Special.

A 12-year-old Tyrone girl was injured May 26 when the golf cart she was riding in overturned. The driver of the golf cart, also a 12-year-old girl, was uninjured. Though only suffering “road rash,” the injured girl was transported to Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta for treatment.

Tyrone Police Maj. Van Brock said the accident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. in the Chimney Springs subdivision when the driver of the golf cart lost control as it picked up speed while traveling on a downhill course. The golf cart was estimated to have been traveling at 15-20 miles per hour, Brock said. Read More»