Newsmakers

Advocate pushes for stronger workforce in Coweta

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) President Steve Dolinger. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Educators and business people from Coweta County and the region met Nov. 20 to hear from Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) President Steve Dolinger on the need of businesses and the community to build a strong workforce and strengthen the local economy.

“Stronger education leads to a stronger workforce,” Dolinger said, noting the ongoing work of GPEE with local chambers of commerce across the state.

The audience got a look at where Coweta stands in a number of categories focusing on factors such as high school graduation rates and teen unemployment rates. Read More»

PTC sex suits settlement costs: $840K

Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington.

PTC taxpayers on the hook for $61,000 in latest case

A new accounting of the cost of settling a sex and disability discrimination case against Peachtree City officials and police chief H.C. “Skip” Clark shows that Peachtree City taxpayers paid $60,905 directly to defend and ultimately settle the case. Read More»

Volunteers sought to help pack HeroBoxes at Home Depot HQ

HeroBoxes are a welcome sight for U.S. troops deployed overseas, particularly during the holidays. Photo/Special.

A charity in Tyrone that provides customized care packages for U.S. troops overseas is seeking volunteers for a large-scale packing event Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9.

HeroBox will bus the volunteers from their local office to the Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta, and meals will be provided along with a T-shirt in exchange for helping from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., organizers said.

HeroBox is trying to reach a goal of 5,000 boxes and already has donations and supplies on hand for 3,600 of them, said executive director Ryan Housley. Read More»

Tyrone WWII veteran, 101, addresses Newnan group

Tyrone WWII veteran, 101, addresses Newnan group

The West Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Power Ambassadors on Nov. 11 honored veterans at the organization’s meeting in Newnan. The guest speaker at the meeting was 101-year-old Tyrone resident Lamar Wallace, a veteran of World War II.

As veterans arrived for the meeting at Wesley Woods in Newnan, they were thanked for their service. There were almost 30 veterans in attendance. Each was introduced and their branch of service was announced, said organization spokesperson Theresa Kinzly. Read More»

Veterans commission briefs Coweta-Fayette Rotarians on mission, goals

Malcolm Jackson (L) and Joe Brooks attended the Nov. 11 meeting of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club to review the activities of the Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs which the two men co-chair. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Malcolm Jackson and Joe Brooks can always be counted on to keep the sacrifices of members of the military and the memories of that service alive in the minds of Coweta County residents. Their mission continued on Veterans Day as the co-chairs of the Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs (CCOVA) provided information on some of the organization’s activities with members of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club. Read More»

F’ville grandmother of 2 collects $20K

Georgia Lottery winner Sandra Hollis is flanked by Georgia Lottery Corp. President and CEO Debbie D. Alford (R) and spokesman John Crow. Photo/Ga. Lottery.

A Fayetteville grandmother of two is enjoying a prize from the Georgia Lottery.

Sandra Hollis, who celebrated her 65th birthday on Veterans Day, was selected as a big winner in the Georgia Lottery’s $1 & $2 Play It Again Second Chance Promotion.

She won a $20,000 prize Tuesday in Atlanta.

As a monthly grand prize winner in the Georgia Lottery’s $1 & $2 Play It Again Second Chance Promotion, Hollis won a chance to select one envelope from 20, with prizes ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.

The envelope Hollis chose contained a $20,000 prize. Read More»

DOT hosting open house on I-85, Poplar Rd. plans

The Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) on Nov. 21 will hold a public hearing open house to discuss the upcoming construction of the full-diamond interchange at Interstate 85 and Poplar Road in Coweta County. 

The Open House is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Central Educational Center located at 160 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Newnan.

DOT engineers and consultants will be available to discuss the proposed project. DOT said there will not be a formal presentation during the open house. Read More»

Ficalore lawsuit to cost taxpayers $30K minimum

City’s insurance to foot $275K of $300K settlement to end former employee’s discrimination suit

A $300,000 settlement to end a sex and disability discrimination case against Peachtree City officials and police chief H.C. “Skip” Clark will cost city taxpayers a minimum of $30,000. Read More»

F’ville appoints its 1st homegrown chief in 25 years

Stacey Pitts (center) takes a minute at the Nov. 7 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council to pin the chief’s badge on her husband Scott, who assumed the duties of Fayetteville Police Chief after serving in an interim position since April. Looking on are (L) City Manager Joe Morton and Mayor Greg Clifton. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Scott Pitts last week became Fayetteville’s police chief after serving since April in an interim capacity. Pitts brings with him a management philosophy that promotes ownership of the department by every officer. Read More»

PTC settles discrimination lawsuit for $300K

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A former administrative assistant with the Peachtree City Police Department has been awarded $300,000 in a settlement of her sex and disability discrimination case against the city and Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark.

The settlement for Lisa Ficalore includes $5,000 in back pay awarded by a vote of the City Council Thursday night and $300,000 that is being paid by the city’s risk management carrier, the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency (GIRMA).

Ficalore’s lawsuit claimed that Chief Clark intimidated two high-ranking officers in the department Read More»

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