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On duty, 40 years later

On duty, 40 years later

Four decades may have passed since they served, but these Vietnam Veterans looked as if they were ready to go back to war as they rode through downtown Fayetteville in a special parade in their honor Saturday morning. The parade was followed by a ceremony at the Southern Ground Amphitheater, all designed to give Vietnam soldiers a “welcome home” they didn’t get when the war ended thanks to unpopularity in the court of public opinion. Photo/Michael Clifton, www.kombatkamera.com.
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UPDATE: armed 'disturbed' individual taken into custody

Officers were near this special operations vehicle that was brought in to the scene during one point during the incident. Photo courtesy Adam Hoffman.

UPDATE, 3 p.m. Monday Sept. 30. A man who was in a standoff with police in south Peachtree City has surrendered peacefully to officers on the scene, police said.

Officers had surrounded the suspect's home in the Morallion Hills neighborhood after police were told that he was "disturbed" and possibly armed.

It is not known at this point if any criminal charges will be filed as the incident is still under investigation, said Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown. Read More»

DOT to fund ‘smarter’ signal timing on 54W

Project seen as stopgap measure until road improvements can be made

Motorists weary of battling clogged traffic on Ga. Highway 54 may get a touch of relief in early spring, thanks to efforts from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

DOT plans to install a new “intelligent” signal timing system along the corridor to maximize efficiency and, hopefully, improve traffic until a longer-term solution can be devised and implemented. Read More»

CEC’s Britt gets lifetime award for TV work

Peachtree City resident Michael Britt (L in plaid shirt) oversees a student operating video equipment. Photo/Special.

Television producer and Central Educational Center teacher Michael Britt has been inducted into the Southeast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Silver Circle of broadcast professionals.

Britt was inducted to the honor at a NATAS Southeast ceremony on Friday, Sept. 20, held at Atlanta’s Grand Hyatt hotel. He was honored at the 2013 ceremony along with 12 other broadcast professionals from around the southeast, including 11-Alive News’ Donna Lowry and the Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore. Read More»

Another water system citation letter sent home

Our water is still safe to drink even though the Fayette County Water System was cited for a chemical treatment violation recently, county officials said in a mailing to all water system customers.

The system has been cited for violating the maximum level for trihalomethanes, which is a byproduct of the use of chlorine to disinfect drinking water to eliminate disease-causing organisms, for the third quarter of this year. Read More»

Fayette to choose new water system engineer

Presentation planned on McDonough Road widening for 2019

The Fayette County Commission is expected Thursday night to select CH2M Hill as its on-call consulting engineering firm for the county water system.

CH2M Hill was one of nine firms that submitted bids to the county to handle the work and was the unanimous recommendation of the evaluation committee that reviewed the proposals. CH2M Hill has the familiarity of having worked with the water system this summer to ameliorate the taste and odor issues that plagued the county’s drinking water for weeks. Read More»

Fantasy 5 winning ticket sold in PTC, worth $207K

Another big winning lottery ticket has been sold in Peachtree City, this time for $207,979 in the Fantasy 5 drawing on Sept. 20.

Lottery officials say the local winner has not yet come forward to claim the prize. The winning ticket was sold at the BP gas station on Ga. Highway 54 near Westpark Drive.

Three other winners have come forward including Mabel Simmons of Lawrenceville, James Greathouse of Flintstone and Larry Major of Macon.

Fantasy 5 winners have 180 days from the draw date to claim their prizes. Read More»

Senoia eyes new filter to fix discolored water issue

The Senoia City Council on Monday approved water system tests designed to lead to a recommendation on the appropriate type of filter that should be purchased. Issues with “yellow water” from 2011 that reoccurred temporarily in 2012 and again this summer in some homes on Teal Court were found to be associated with oxidized iron. Read More»

POW, MIA soldiers remembered in PTC ceremony

POW, MIA soldiers remembered in PTC ceremony

Local veterans took time Friday morning at the Veterans Memorial Park in Peachtree City to remember those who were taken prisoners of war or declared missing in action while serving during U.S. wars and conflicts. Photo/John Munford.

Constitutionally speaking at Falcon Field

Constitutionally speaking at Falcon Field

American history and the Constitution came alive Sept. 14 when historian Earl Taylor made a presentation on “The Making of America” before a large group at the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.