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At the back of the line on Hwy. 54

At the back of the line on Hwy. 54

From our readers: Heather Sherwood — This is 54 heading downhill to Olde Mill bridge yesterday at 3 on my way home. Several cars were getting stuck and couldn't get up the hill to head back to PTC.

Photos of Fayette Snow Jam 2014

Photos of Fayette Snow Jam 2014

Fayette County folks took photos of the traffic mess Tuesday caused by snowfall and slippery roads. here are some of them.

Photo at right was taken by Kathy Gesslein at approximately 2:30 p.m. 1/28/14 on Ga. Highway 54 looking east from Bank of Georgia at Old Norton Road.

Below, Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown shot this photo of a car off the road in brush. Read More»

Fayette schools monitoring winter storm, cancel extra-curricular activities Tuesday

The Fayette County School System is monitoring what is now forecast as a winter storm warning expected to hit sometime Tuesday. While conditions might change, the school system at 3 p.m. announced that extra-curricular activities planned for Tuesday evening have been cancelled. Read More»

Local French teacher honored for dedication to language

Stephane Allagnon (L) was pinned with the insignia by Palmes officer Marc Mallet. Photo/Special.

Last month, Denis Barbet, Consul General of France in Atlanta, presided over a ceremony during which Marc Mallet, an Officer in the Order of the Palmes Académiques bestowed the insignia of Knight of the Academic Palms upon Stéphane Allagnon at the French Residency in Buckhead.

Created by Napoleon in 1808, the Palmes Académiques is an honorific distinction awarded to members in the educational field who, by their actions, have contributed to better education. Abroad, it recognizes those who have participated actively in the promotion of the French culture and language. Read More»

Lake Peachtree being lowered for maintenance

Lake Peachtree being lowered for maintenance

If you’ve taken a peek at Lake Peachtree over the past few days, don’t let the lower level cause alarm: it’s being done on purpose.

The lowering of the waterline will allow property owners along the lake to maintain their shoreline and docks along the lake. It’s expected the lake will remain low for approximately two months, with the lake level set to rise back up in late March, officials said.

The lowering of the lake will also allow the city to take a look at the Battery Way boat dock, which will be considered for a future upgrade as part of the city’s focus on infrastructure. Read More»

Pinewood Atlanta Studios officially arrives in Fayette

Rivers Rock LLC General Manager Jim Pace (L) and Pinewood Studios CEO Ivan Dunleavy await their introduction from the podium Friday at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Studio CEO Ivan Dunleavy addresses Fayette C of C Annual Luncheon; Pace details genesis of landing a studio

By BEN NELMS — The banquet room at the Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Hotel in Peachtree City was packed Jan. 17 for the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce 2014 Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon. Chick-fil-A CEO and prime mover of the Pinewood Atlanta Studio project Dan Cathy was the scheduled keynote speaker, but Cathy was taken ill after a trip out of the country.
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Report: 'Ant-Man' to be first Pinewood film

Marvel comic book hero Ant-Man.

Signs are pointing to a tiny, little-known comic book superhero being the first big-screen blockbuster to film at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville.

Though nothing has been confirmed officially, the movie buzz has lit up with a report from production industry clearinghouse KFTV.com that “Ant-Man” will be the first big movie filmed here. Read More»

Symposium for Fayette, Coweta focus on human trafficking

Symposium for Fayette, Coweta focus on human trafficking

Some in the communities spanning Fayette and Coweta counties might be surprised to learn that human trafficking is a problem not only in America, but in Georgia. A symposium calling for an end to human trafficking will be held Feb. 1 at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Newnan.

The “End Human Trafficking” panel will feature Ga. Attorney General Sam Olens, Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Coppedge, Wellspring Living representative Mary Frances Bowley, and members of the Ga. Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Read More»

Marvel Comics Ant-Man to be 1st Pinewood Atlanta film, UK trade pub says

Marvel Comics Ant-Man to be 1st Pinewood Atlanta film, UK trade pub says

A London-based film and TV production guide publisher, KFTV.com, is reporting Jan. 15 that Marvel Comics’ Ant-Man will be the much anticipated blockbuster movie to start filming in May at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville.

“It is likely that the other locations for Ant-Man will be predominantly Atlanta-based; these were being locked down at the time of going to press,” according to the KFTV.com story, “Ant-Man: First film to shoot at Pinewood Atlanta.”

Set to star in the film are Read More»

Winter visits City Hall for a couple of days

Winter visits City Hall for a couple of days

The fountain at Peachtree City Hall earlier this week presented clear evidence that winter had arrived in full force. The uncustomary frigid weather kept overnight temperatures in the single digits and daytime highs in the 20s. By week’s end, temperatures had climbed back into the 50s and a fast-moving squall line dumped heavy rain on the area. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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