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Hwy. 54 hospital pedestrian bridge closer to reality

There has been plenty of talk in Fayetteville in recent years about building a pedestrian bridge across Ga. Highway 54 at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. An update on the project was presented to the Fayetteville City Council at the Feb. 25 retreat.

The city is currently waiting to hear if a grant proposal that would help facilitate the project has been approved. If successful, those funds paired with others already received could make the project a reality. Read More»

Families, friends mourn 3 plane crash victims

Builder Mike Rosetti (L) and physician Jeffery Curtis “were almost like brothers.” Photo/submitted.

Peachtree City is saying goodbye this week to three men with deep ties in the aviation and business community who died in a LaGrange, Ga., plane crash Saturday.

Local homebuilder Mike Rossetti, 60; family physician Dr. Jeffery V. Curtis, 53; and flight instructor Willy Lutz, 69, were killed when their twin-engine Beechcraft Baron crashed at the LaGrange-Callaway Airport. Read More»

Herobox seeks injured vets for NASCAR therapy program

Herobox is seeking 10 injured veterans from recent conflicts who would like to participate in a NASCAR event called Project Green Flag.

The event includes an all-expenses paid day at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday March 7, with a ride along in a NASCAR car, meals, a meet and greet with racers and Herobox/NASCAR gear.

Project Green Flag is designed to provide a safe and therapeutic experience for injured veterans. The idea is to spark injured veterans who are eager to start their new journey, according to Herobox founder Ryan Housley. Read More»

Forecast: Squall line after midnight may produce severe weather

An approaching cold front will bring rain and the possibility of severe thunderstorms early Friday, the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City says.

“Estimated timing of a potential squall line is into northwest Georgia between midnight and 2 a.m., the Atlanta metro area between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m., then across central Georgia through noon on Friday,” the NWS says. Read More»

Chance announces departure from Ga. Senate

Sen. Ronnie Chance speaks at a Memorial Day 2013 event. File photo.

State Senate Majority Leader Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) first took office in 2005. Representing District 16, Chance announced on the Senate floor Wednesday that he would not seek another term in office. Read More»

Nearly all power outages in Coweta, Fayette restored

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Nearly all power outages in Coweta and Fayette counties had been restored by Sunday morning.

A Sunday morning check of the storm maps for Coweta-Fayette EMC and Georgia Power showed there were 7 remaining power outages in Coweta and 23 in Fayette for EMC customers and none for Georgia Power customers.
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Fayette Visioning supporters talk funding, goals

Bob Ross, co-chair of the Fayette Visioning Initiative. File photo.

The Fayette Visioning Initiative is well underway, with a steering committee of 40 and a recently completed public survey with more than 1,450 people providing input on Fayette County’s needs for the future. So who is funding the initiative and exactly what kind of influence does the steering committee hold as the visioning process continues to unfold?

Fayette County Chamber of Commerce President Virginia Gibbs was asked about the initiative’s income and expenses: Where do the funds come from and who is giving money for the effort?
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PTC family escapes injury from tree crashing into their house

Lilly Evans climbs aboard the tree that narrowly missed her and her mother. Photo/Special.

James Evans’ wife Jami and daughter Lillian narrowly escaped serious injury Wednesday afternoon when a pine tree, weighted down with ice, came crashing into the wall outside the room where they were watching television.

Evans — who lives on Hip Pocket Road in Peachtree City — took photos and tells the story:

At right above, Lilly Evans climbs aboard the tree that narrowly missed her and her mother. Photo/Special.
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The Citizen winter storm news updates

Updated 4:42 p.m. Thursday – Fayette County is starting to thaw out from the great ice storm of 2014 as most roads are clear, and the traffic lights have been repaired Read More»

Iced-in Wednesday ahead for Fayette, Coweta

UPDATED 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 — It’s official: Wednesday will be icy — up to nearly a half-inch of ice on trees, parked cars and roads in Fayette and Coweta counties, the National Weather Service Office in Peachtree City says in issuing a winter storm warning.

The hour-by-hour graphical forecast predicts that the temperature dips below freezing around 5 a.m. Wednesday and stays there for at least the next 24 hours, the NWS says. That means liquid water turns to ice and there will be no melting until Thursday.

A day-long freezing rain could cause trouble for electrical power lines as ice-loaded tree limbs fall across live wires. Everyone should be prepared to lose power for an extended period Wednesday and Thursday, the NWS says. Read More»

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