Lights and Sirens

NWS: 2 tornadoes hit Fayette 3 days before Christmas

These large trees off Mud Bridge Road in Woolsey were uprooted by a tornado packing 95 mph winds. Photo/Special.

Twisters struck within 2 minutes on opposite sides of the county; damaged 2 homes; destroyed barn, outbuilding; downed 85 trees

Fayette County escaped a potential brush with disaster Dec. 22 as two minor tornadoes struck within two minutes of each other, some 13 miles apart, according to reports released late last week by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City.

One of the twisters hit a rural area near Lake Horton in south Fayette County, heading onto Mud Bridge Road in Woolsey. The second tornado touched down in the area of Ga. Highway 92 and Lees Mill Road.

That’s right: they touched down within two minutes of each other, but on opposite ends of Fayette County, more than 13 miles apart. Read More»

‘Have you been drinking tonight?’

‘Have you been drinking tonight?’

Officers check drivers on Rockaway Road just south of Ga. Highway 74, one of the late night locations where Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies and Peachtree City Police conducted road checks on New Year’s Eve and into New Year’s Day. Another road check on Helmer Road in north Fayette and concentrated enforcement all along Hwy. 74 resulted in five arrests for suspended licenses, no licenses and possession of marijuana along with 21 citations and 19 warnings. The multiple area enforcements began before midnight and continued until nearly 2 a.m. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC’s new weather radar shows more storm details

New radar technology at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City will provide better real-time data on all storms just in time for potentially crippling winter weather storms to hit the area as were experienced last year. Photo/File.

The newly-installed radar technology at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City will provide much better live data on potentially deadly and dangerous storms, according to Meteorologist in Charge Lans Rothfusz.

The technology is detailed enough to show tornado debris in addition to the various types of droplets inside clouds and thunderstorms, Rothfusz said.

The new radar system will make it easier to identify a storm that is capable of producing tornados, increasing the speed with which a tornado warning can be issued, Rothfusz said. Read More»

Teen injured crossing dark Hwy. 74 in Tyrone

A 17-year-old Fayetteville resident sustained serious injuries early Sunday morning when he was struck while crossing Ga. Highway 74 in Tyrone.

Tyrone Police Sgt. Eric DeLoose said the accident occurred when Christian Kennedy was crossing Hwy. 74 at Dogwood Trail Sunday morning at approximately 6:45 a.m., well before sunrise. Read More»

Fayette graduates 11 EMT cadets in Dec. 9 ceremony

Graduation ceremonies for the Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services’ Cadet Class No. 31 were held Dec. 9 in Fayetteville. Pictured are (from left, front) Lt. Scott Roberts, Ryan Griffin, Joshua Frasier, Stacy Elmore, Kane Hicks and Andrew McIntyre; and (rear) Timothy Hartley, Jr., John Auers, Jason Hollen, William Patterson, Samuel Lindsey and Jeremy Prather. Photo/Special.

The Fayette County Dept. of Fire and Emergency Services on Dec. 9 held graduation ceremonies for 11 new members from Cadet Class No. 31. The graduation was held at the county complex in Fayetteville.

Capt. Pete Nelms said all Fayette County cadets are certified as National Registered Emergency Medical Technicians and all have completed a 12-week 480-hour Fire School that is based on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1001) curriculum. Read More»

Arrests but no fatalities in Coweta T’giving traffic

Thanksgiving is always a time for travel and visiting friends and relatives. And it is the time that some drivers should pay a bit more attention to the roadway. A tally of activities during the holiday period by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Unit showed a total of 23 arrests and 82 citations issued.

First and foremost, there were no fatalities on Coweta County roads during the holiday period. But there were a number of arrests made and larger number of citations and warnings issued. Read More»

No injuries, quick fix in gas leak at Marnelle Mobile Home Park

Firefighters escort a gas company worker to the leak site. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A natural gas leak at the Marnelle Mobile Home Park on Ga. Highway 54 West Tuesday morning was contained less than 30 minutes after it had been reported. A small number of residences were evacuated before an Atlanta Gas worker cut off the supply of natural gas to a meter that had been damaged.

Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services incident commander Doug Morris said a 911 caller had reported the leak just before 9 a.m. The leak was discovered behind the leasing office near the front of the mobile home park, Morris said. Read More»

PTC girl, 11, spots fire, saves neighbors

An alert 11-year-old girl is being credited with saving the lives of her two next-door neighbors after spotting a fire in their carport area just before 5:30 this morning, Peachtree City fire officials said.

The girl saw the flames at 107 Grenoble and told her mother, who confirmed the fire and called 911 while the youth's father knocked on the door to get the neighbors out, Read More»

Fire destroys mobile home in Tyrone

Fire destroys mobile home in Tyrone

A home in the Whispering Pines mobile home park was heavily damaged by a fire reported shortly after 2 p.m. this afternoon.

When the first fire crew arrived, the unit was fully engulfed in flames, said Lt. Donnie Davis of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

The firefighters were able to successfully contain the flames so they didn't spread into a nearby adjacent wooded area, Davis said. Read More»

1 Fayette firefighter still being treated for burns

3 injured in collapse during Sat. house fire; 1 still in hospital

A Fayette County firefighter is expected to remain in the hospital several more days as he recovers from burns sustained while fighting a house fire east of Peachtree City Saturday morning. Read More»