Newsmakers

Locals recover from minor storm damage

The storm that blew through Fayette and Coweta counties early Wednesday morning took out one of the greenhouses at the nonprofit 180-degree Farm near Sharpsburg. Friends of the farm wasted no time Thursday morning helping to pick up the pieces. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A storm moving through Fayette County and east Coweta County in the early morning hours of April 30 brought trees and power lines to the ground but resulted in no reported injuries.

Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones said the damage came as a storm system moved through the area early Wednesday morning between 3-5 a.m. packing winds of up to 55 miles per hour. Read More»

Senoia seeks donors for May 5 drive

Meagan Baker was one of the donors at the last Senoia Area Blood Drive Feb. 3 at the Senoia United Methodist Church. Donors are encouraged to participate in the next area drive sponsored by the Senoia Optimist Club on May 5. Photo/Special.

Nearly 6,000 times a day someone receives blood from a Red Cross donor, yet only about 3 percent of the population donates.

Donors are needed and are welcomed at the upcoming blood drive for the Senoia area that will be held Monday, May 5, from 1 – 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Senoia United Methodist Church. 

Members of the Senoia Optimist Club will help to host the event and will offer blood donors their “famous” grilled cheese sandwiches along with a number of free coupons from local area businesses.  Read More»

Visiting with Riley, for whom hundreds race

Visiting with Riley, for whom hundreds race

Riley Peek, center, visits with friends and their dog during the 10th Annual Race for Riley fund-raiser for the Joseph Sams School in Fayetteville. The race again this year was held in the picturesque Serenbe community in Chattahoochee Hills. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC eyes borrowing $3 million for fix-ups

10-year repayment at $361,000 per year; PTC already owes $14.8 million with a yearly budget of $29.5 million

The Peachtree City Council on Thursday will consider going into debt for an additional $3 million by using a second round of facilities bond financing to address infrastructure and building needs.

At $3 million the debt repayment is estimated to be $361,000 a year for 10 years. Read More»

Fayette Teacher of the Year is Sandy Creek’s Alexandra Vlachakis

Alexandra Vlachakis is the Teacher of the Year. Photo/Special.

There was silence as everyone waited for School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow to open the sealed envelope, and then a roar of applause came from the crowd as he announced Alexandra Vlachakis as the 2014 Fayette County Teacher of the Year.

Vlachakis, a technology and business teacher at Sandy Creek High, was one of three finalists chosen from 26 school-level teachers of the year who were vying for the honor. The two runners-up are David Spearman, a drama teacher at Starr’s Mill High, and Dr. Kelly Jackson, a music teacher at Crabapple Lane Elementary. Read More»

Coweta to observe National Prayer Day

Coweta to observe National Prayer Day

National Prayer Day Committee representative Brenda Jessel is joined by Coweta County Commissioner Al Smith after receiving an April 22 proclamation noting May 1 as National Prayer Day in Coweta County. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC spring cleanup slated for May 3-4 at recycling center

It’s that time of year again! Clean out the garage and yard and bring your unwanted items to the Peachtree City Recycling Center (off Ga. Highway 74 South at Rockaway Road) between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4.

Peachtree City residents can drop off unwanted appliances, furniture, and other junk that the Recycling Center does not normally accept.

No tires, batteries, or household garbage will be accepted. If you have questions, please contact Public Works at 770-487-5183.

UWG student affairs program recognized

The University of West Georgia was recently named one of the 30 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.

Schools were chosen based on factors such as salary, benefits, professional development opportunities and family friendliness.

The list included schools such as Rutgers University, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, SUNY Cortland, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, University of Vermont and The College of William and Mary. The list was published March 27 in Diverse Magazine as well as on the American College Personnel Association website.

Fludd, Mabra to host town hall meeting May 6 at Sandy Creek High School

House Minority Chairman Virgil Fludd (D- Tyrone) and State Representative Ronnie Mabra (D- Fayetteville) will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Sandy Creek High School.

Reps. Fludd and Mabra will provide a legislative update on events that occurred during the 2014 legislative session and hear comments and questions from their constituents.
For more information, please call 770-362-0123.

Fayette CARE Clinic to take part in local conference for charity healthcare clincs

The Fayette CARE Clinic, Fayette County’s free healthcare clinic for uninsured Fayette County citizens, will participate in the Georgia Charitable Care Network’s Annual Conference scheduled for May 5-6 at Glendalough Manor in Peachtree City. Read More»