Newsmakers

NAACP seeks special Fayette elections later this year

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is pressing a federal judge to order a special election later in Fayette County this year under a court-ordered district voting format.

If the judge agrees, at least one board member on both the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Board of Education would be in essence removed from office to face an election campaign, likely to fill the remainder of the seat’s given term. Read More»

Newnan July 4 parade cancelled, fireworks rescheduled

The annual July 4 parade through downtown Newnan has been cancelled due to concerns pertaining to the inclement weather expected Thursday afternoon. The parade will not be rescheduled.

Meantime, the Newnan Rotary Club’s Independence Day fireworks show at Newnan High School has been postponed due to a forecast of heavy rains on July 4.

The fireworks show has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 13. The celebration will begin that day at 6 p.m. with live music, and will conclude with the annual fireworks show at nightfall. Read More»

Soggy Independence Day in the forecast

Soggy Independence Day in the forecast

Bring your umbrellas to outdoor activities on the Fourth of July, and prepare to change locations because of lightning during heavy downpours, warns the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City.

“Fourth of July outdoor activities will likely be impacted,” the NWS said in a special weather statement Sunday.

“[A] prolonged period of strong thunderstorms and very heavy rainfall [is] likely Tuesday through Friday,” the forecasters are saying.

NWS forecasters looking ahead this week say this: Read More»

Bike tour raises thousands for animal care

A group of 17 cyclists made the 300-mile trip from Senoia to Savannah in June for the third annual Pedal for Pets fundraiser to raise awareness and money to provide spay and neuter services to local dogs and cats. Photo/Special.

The non-profit Pedal for Pets has completed its third annual 300-mile bicycle tour to Savannah to raise awareness and money to provide spay and neuter services for local dogs and cats.

A group of 17 riders ranging in age from 15-68 left Senoia June 6 for the three-day bike ride to Savannah. The non-profit charity was initiated by Wendy Maguire and her son Robbie when they decided to take the journey in 2011 to raise money to help provide spay and neuter services to puppies, kittens, dogs and cats in their community. Read More»

One peril of Internet posting: A $2 million federal lawsuit

A lawsuit brought by former Starr’s Mill High School student Chelsea Chaney over the use of her bikini-clad photo in a Fayette County School System seminar for students, teachers and parents is headed to federal court in a $2 million lawsuit.

Though the use of her online Facebook photo in the October 2011 presentation was said to be used as a cautionary tale about the dangers of posting photos on the Internet, Chelsea maintains that the photo was used without her permission and caused her to be demeaned, degraded and ridiculed by a portion of her classmates and teachers at Starr’s Mill. Read More»

Stinky water may be gone, but county to evaluate processes

Although Fayette’s stinky drinking water issue has subsided, county officials are continuing to work with a consultant and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division on potential changes to the water treatment process.

CH2M Hill, which has provided consultation services to the county about the problem, has been contracted to provide a $45,000 assessment of the proposed magnetic ion exchange (miex) project which is designed to remove smelly organic compounds from the raw water before it’s treated. Read More»

Honoring a fallen Fayette soldier

Honoring a fallen Fayette soldier

The Robert W. Collins Post Office in Tyrone received an addition Wednesday as members of the Fayette County American Legion Post 105 installed a photographic plaque that commemorated the life of the local man who was killed in Iraq in 2010. The plaque includes photos of Lt. Collins as a Sandy Creek High School football player, later in his dress blues and finally, in a photo taken the day before he was killed. Pictured, from left, are parents Deacon and Sharon Collins, Postmaster Ken George and Post 105 director John Christ. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Common Core math books pass Fayette BoE’s test 4-1

New math textbooks to be used in the Fayette County School System were approved by a 4-1 vote Monday by the Fayette County Board of Education. The motion also came with a provision that will examine how Fayette students can compete globally and will lead to an opinion that assesses both traditional and integrated math offerings.

The lone dissenting vote in the 4-1 approval came from board member Mary Kay Bacallao, who said her opposition dealt only with the textbook adoption portion of the motion. Read More»

Senoia music festival Saturday

Senoia music festival Saturday

The group Seven Handle Circus is one of the acts scheduled to play in front of thousands in Senoia Saturday afternoon during the Senoia Social in the downtown area starting at 1 p.m. Photo/Special.

Weatherly Walk heroes honored

Weatherly Walk heroes honored

Management and residents of Weatherly Walk Apartments in Fayetteville along with firefighters who responded to the large structure fire in March were honored June 6 as “Weatherly Walk Heroes” by the Fayetteville City Council. Receiving the honors were (front row L-R) Deputy Chief Linda Partridge, Amanda Hall, Quantarious “Chuck” Faison, Mike Gutheridge, Lieutenant Blaze Brookshaw, firefighter Corey Mask and Captain Marty Mundok; and (back row L-R) firefighter Chris Stanley, firefighter Josh Thomas, Fire Chief Alan Jones, Lieutenant Jeff Gable and Captain Keith Harris. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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