Newsmakers

Judge rules Starship sold prohibited items; owner says they're not toys, but 'novelties'

An Aug. 5 ruling by Coweta County Chief Magistrate Jim Stripling found the Starship Adult Novelties and Gifts store on Ga. Highway 34 at Thomas Crossroads in violation of the county obscenity ordinance. Starship attorney Alan Begner said he will appeal the ruling and potentially file a constitutional challenge in Coweta Superior Court. Read More»

Coweta-Fayette Rotary gives backpacks for school, help to new Coweta non-profit

Eastside Elementary School Principal Leigh Munson and the entire Rotary Club of Coweta-Fayette joined Kate and JT Queener who helped assemble the backpacks with school supplies for the special presentation recently. Photo/Special.

As a part of Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club’s month-long Centennial Celebration, the club served lunch to over 30 children and volunteers of the Backpack Buddies Summer FUN camp in Senoia, donated over $1,000 worth of backpacks and school supplies to Eastside Elementary School in Senoia and on behalf of the Rotary Club, Rotarian, Dr. Sean Carr of Carr Eye Care in Newnan, donated $3,000 to Linda Kirkpatrick CEO and Founder of Family Patterns Matter, Inc. to help launch the new non-profit in Coweta County.
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Youth advisory board established for group aiming at reducing family abuse

The organizational meeting for the newly formed Youth Advisory Board (YAB) for the non-profit Family Patterns Matter, Inc. was held on July 22 in Summer Grove in Newnan.

The sole mission of Family Patterns Matter (FPM) is to provide generational interventions that break the destructive patterns of abuse in families so that the next generation has an opportunity to thrive, according to FPM director Linda Kirkpatrick. Read More»

Mang it! Dirty water again

Manganese is the main villain causing brown water to flow from your faucets today, says the Fayette County Water System. The other villain in parts of Peachtree City is just plain old mud.

But don’t sweat the brown stuff, says Floyd Jones, Fayette County clerk, in a news release late Tuesday afternoon. It won’t hurt you, he says.

They’ve shut the valve controlling the manganese-tinted water, Jones said, and they’ve just shut off the water in the Golfview Drive area of Peachtree City, where a broken pipe let in lots of mud.

The Golfview Drive waterless problem is expected to be over by Tuesday night, Jones said.

Here’s the county news release in its entirety: Read More»

Divas race picks PTC for Sept. 2014 run

If running and bling are your things, you might want to mark your calendar for Sept. 6, 2014.

That’s when the Divas Half Marathon and 5K Series is coming to Peachtree City, with an 8 a.m. start at Shakerag Knoll.

Participants will enjoy various entertainment stations along the route. Flowers, bubbly and shiny finisher medals are awarded to participants as they cross the finish line. Read More»

New president takes Rotary oath

New president takes Rotary oath

Amy Leuenberger, center, was inducted as the incoming president of the Rotary Club of Peachtree City at the club’s July 11 meeting. Leuenberger was joined by her husband, Ben (L) as she was sworn in by Rotary Assistant Governor Raymond Ray. Photo/Special.

Donors sought for Senoia Optmist blood drive Aug. 5

Amanda Minix (left) and her grandmother Olitta Bennett (former Senoia police chief) came together to the last Senoia Area blood drive that was held in May at the Senoia United Methodist Church. Donors are encouraged to participate in the next area drive, sponsored by the Senoia Optimist Club, on August 5th. Photo/Special.

The Optimist Club of Senoia will sponsor a blood drive for the Senoia area on August 5. The community drive will be held in the Fellowship Hall of the Senoia United Methodist Church from 1 to 6 p.m. Read More»

Brown's Mill Battlefield fired up for grand opening

The shots fired by Confederate troops were only a part of the activities at the July 27 grand opening of the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site on Millard Farmer Road south of Newnan. Union and Confederate reenactors provided a realistic component to the day’s events that had been years in the making. Photo/Ben Nelms.

History came alive July 27 and more than 350 people came to take in the sights at the grand opening of the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Civil War Historic Site located south of Newnan at 155 Millard Farmer Road.

Among the large number of people present for the dedication and grand opening were Coweta County Commissioner Tim Lassetter who presided at the event, Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association representative Carolyn Turner, state archeologist David Crass and historian David Evans. Crass and Evans provided a wealth of information on the historic site and the battle. Read More»

Fayette issues Q&A on stormwater sales tax issue

To educate residents about the proposed two-year “core infrastructure” stormwater sales tax vote coming in November, county officials late last week released details about the county’s stormwater plans in a question-and-answer format.

In that information, the county defends the need to repair three dams on privately-owned lakes which have structural deficiencies that, if unrepaired, could lead to a breach that would endanger properties downstream. Read More»

Local student learns about marine life

Cal Davison, a student at McIntosh High School, recently attended a program titled “Gulf Island Journey” at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) on Dauphin Island, Ala.

The Gulf Island Journey is part of the Discovery Hall Programs, the DISL’s education and outreach department. The program is designed to encourage students' interest in science, enhance their understanding of the marine environment, and experience life on a barrier island. Read More»