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Flat Rock band selected for special performances

Flat Rock band selected for special performances

Flat Rock Middle School Symphonic Band performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in Savannah last weekend. The band, led by Band Director Matthew Price, was one of only 2 middle school bands that were invited to perform from Georgia. The Flat Rock Symphonic Band was also one of two Middle School Bands invited to perform at the Southeast United States Band Clinic at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. The band was selected from throughout the Southeast United States through a competitive audition. Read More»

STRANDED! PTC’s Kay Fulp iced in on I-285 for 27 hours

Jim and Kay Fulp, with “the little Honda that could.” Photo/Special.

Good Samaritans, not the government, rescued her

By Joyce Beverly

Fayette County Realtor Kay Sams Fulp drove up to Cobb County last week to do a walk-through with a client.

The forecast for Jan. 28 called for snow later in the day, but schools were open. She figured she’d be back before the storm hit. She left home with a full tank of gas, wearing a bulky sweater and a scarf but no coat.

“I mean, I was just running out,” she said.

At right, Jim and Kay Fulp, with “the little Honda that could.” Photo/Special. Read More»

Fayette students delayed from leaving school as PTC streets iced over

By 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ga. Highway 74 in Peachtree City was iced over in both lanes as commuters slogged home to be with their families. These folks were lucky they didn't get stranded on the interstate like so many others did Tuesday night. Photo/Rhonda Sue.

Peachtree City was not immune to the weather-related struggles Tuesday, though a police presence on the road helped officials direct sand to where it was most needed to help get folks home as safely as possible.

One of the first roads to close was north Peachtree Parkway from the Lake Kedron boat docks northward. Because it had iced over before school let out, cars were spinning out and unable to make it up hills, police reported. Read More»

Coweta schools closed in advance of storm, but wrecks tangled county roadways

The winter storm earlier last week played havoc on Coweta County roadways with ice on roads as late as Friday morning and still contributing to traffic accidents. The storm resulted in one weather-related traffic fatality.

Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones on Wednesday morning said the 911 center through Tuesday and into Wednesday received 100-200 calls, with many of those being accident-related. Read More»

Winter visits Fayetteville’s Waterfall

Winter visits Fayetteville’s Waterfall

A visit by this winter’s frigid temperatures Jan. 24 left the water in the Waterfall retail development at Grady Avenue and Ga. Highway 54 frozen in place. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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»