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 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,, 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 story, “Ant-Man: First film to shoot at Pinewood Atlanta.”

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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.

Commissioners reconcile; Brown reelected 5–0

Newly reelected Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown. Photo/Cal Beverly.

Rather than fireworks, there was rapprochement Thursday night as Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown was reelected without opposition in a unanimous show of harmony.

Calling the recent stories of discontent with Brown’s leadership style a “family spat,” Brown declared all hostilities were behind him and called for a continued spirit of cooperation with commissioners Charles Oddo, David Barlow, Allan McCarty and Randy Ognio.
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Outgoing Senoia mayor: progress is 'team effort'

Former Senoia Mayor Robert Belisle. Photo/Ben Nelms.

With the turning of the calendar Robert Belisle has ended his run in political office in Senoia. Holding office both on the city council and as mayor for a dozen years, Belisle spoke recently about his time in office and the city he served.

Belisle was sworn in as mayor in 2006, with the preceding four years spent on the city council. Being one who believes in term limits, Belisle opted not to qualify again as mayor. It was based on his time in office that The Citizen invited Belisle to share his thoughts on the memorable issues he faced while on the council. Read More»

F’ville’s Dell reflects on his quarter century of governing

Fayetteville Councilman Larry Dell has ended his 25 years on the city council. Dell, joined by his ever-attentive dog Spencer, recently reflected on his time in office. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayetteville City Councilman Larry Dell has ended a quarter-century in elected office.

Dell in 2012 declined to qualify for his Post 4 seat on the council. Known as a man with a penchant for speaking his mind, Dell recently had his say on a number of the significant issues facing the city during his time in office. Read More»

Congratulations to Fayette’s 1st baby born in 2014!

Congratulations to Fayette’s 1st baby born in 2014!

The south Atlanta metro’s first new baby of 2014 was born at 1:04 a.m. Jan 1 to Mrs. Irani Ramos at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville, according to hospital spokesperson Debbie Britt.

Baby boy Ramos weighed in at 8 pounds 4 ounces and measures 19.5 inches in length, Britt said.

Senoia pitches in to help local man in need

Senoia pitches in to help local man in need

Senoia for all its growth is still a small city. One of its residents who has long-frequented David and Suzanne Pengelly’s Senoia Coffee & Cafe was found recently to be in need and a number of residents and businesses have responded to those needs.

Like others in communities across the land, Lonnie is a man who has always been self-sufficient, one who provides for himself. And like others, there are times when conditions in life change and a helping hand is needed. Read More»

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