Newsmakers

Bacallao loses Common Core test battle with Fayette school

Mary Kay Bacallao in December 2013. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Former District 2 Fayette County Board of Education member Mary Kay Bacallao is running in a crowded field for the job of state school superintendent primarily on her opposition to the Common Core Curriculum, but she was unable recently to keep her daughter from taking a Common-Core-based test required by the Fayette County School System.

Bacallao tried to opt her daughter out of taking the CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Test) administered by the school system in mid-April. Her opinion on the test notwithstanding, her daughter attended school the day of the CRCT and was tested. Read More»

Welcome to America, new citizens!

Immigrants from 45 different countries celebrated as they were officially declared U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony Friday afternoon at the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville. Story on Page A3. Photo/John Munford.

101 immigrants become Americans at Fayette library

Some of them waved flags. Others clapped. There were hugs and a few high-fives mixed in too. All were smiling, and they had good reason to be so happy: They had just been officially declared to be American citizens at a special naturalization ceremony at the Fayette County Library Friday afternoon.

The new Americans hailed from 45 different countries ranging from Algeria to Uruguay and many in-between such as Canada, China, German, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and more. Read More»

Ga. sets $400K study for locating a 4-year college in Fayette

Fund focuses on building film/TV curriculum for Fayette County area

The dream of luring a four-year state college or university here may be getting closer to fruition, thanks in part to Pinewood Atlanta Studios.

Two local legislators confirmed this week that $400,000 was programmed in the University System of Georgia’s 2014-2015 budget to prepare a new curriculum for television and movie course offerings that could be presented in Fayette County, a nod to the bright economic future brought here by the location of Pinewood. Read More»

PTC police offering emergency training for teenagers

The Peachtree City Police Department will be hosting a Teen Community Emergency Response Team (Teen CERT) camp beginning June 16.

Classes will be held Monday through Friday of that week ending on June 20. The classes will start at 8 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. each day. The camp will be held in the training room at the Police Station. Read More»

Ga. college savings plan offers newborn sweepstakes prize

As tax season once again comes to a close, Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan officially kicked-off its annual statewide Newborn Sweepstakes, where one baby born in Georgia this year will receive $5,529 toward his/her college savings. The hospital where the baby is born will also receive $1,529. Read More»

Fellowship of Christian Athletes bringing Goliath Mud Challenge to Tyrone May 31

Thrill-seeking athletes will soon have an opportunity to showcase their adventurous side. After a successful inaugural year in 2013, the Goliath Mud Challenge will return on Saturday, May 31.

As the event’s beneficiary, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes seeks to create a competitive experience that builds character and dedication while embracing relationships and strategic partnerships. Read More»

PTC Council may lift moratorium on more apartments

City staff would be able to consider assisted living project near MHS

The Peachtree City Council will decide Thursday whether it wants city staff to study a proposed 52-unit assisted living development in the Lexington Circle commercial center off Ga. Highway 54 at Walt Banks Road.

Council has the luxury of saying “no” outright to the development, thanks to the city’s moratorium on rezonings for multi-family uses such as apartments and multi-unit facilities. Read More»

Fayette plans feral cat roundup

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A trial program approved April 10 by the Fayette County Commission will trap and neuter feral cats and return them to the locations where they were found. The alternative to euthanizing the cats was a request of the Fayette County Humane Society. Read More»

Fayette Commission recognizes social services non-profits

Fayette Commission recognizes social services non-profits

Board members from area social service nonprofits on April 10 received a proclamation by the Fayette County Commission citing April as “Prevent Child Abuse Month.” Pictured are, front row from left, Commissioner Chuck Oddo, Alice Mutzel (Advo-Kids CASA), Nadine Tyft (CASA), Kristin Melton (Bloom), Dawn Oparah (Fayette FACTOR), Becky Smith (FACTOR), Dorothy Herzberg (FACTOR), Charlie Cave (CASA) and Fayette County Family and Children’s Services Director Susan Boggs; in rear, from left, are Commissioner David Barlow, Audrey Holliday (CASA), Pete Nelms (DFCS) and Commissioner Steve Brown. Read More»

Sheriff updates citizens

Sheriff updates citizens

Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager was the guest speaker at the March 31 meeting of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club held in Senoia. Yeager used the occasion to update club members on some of the activities and priorities of his office. Photo/Ben Nelms.