Newsmakers

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»

Emails detail slugging match over stormwater SPLOST

Local environmentalist Dennis Chase has said he cannot support a list of stormwater projects proposed for funding with a countywide two-year sales tax that will be voted on in November. Read More»

PTC fireworks rescheduled

PTC fireworks rescheduled

Show re-set for Friday, Aug. 30

Peachtree City’s postponed July 4th fireworks extravaganza has been officially rescheduled for the Friday of Labor Day weekend: Aug. 30. Read More»

PTC resident completes specialized sniper training

Spc. Anthony Tramonte, a native of Peachtree City, fires as Staff Sgt. Kevin Corter, an instructor with the U.S. Army Sniper School, watches during the final day of M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS) qualifications. (U.S. Air Force photo/Justin Connaher).

Spc. Anthony Tramonte of Peachtree City recenty completed M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System (SASS) qualifications at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson’s Grezelka Range, July 10.

Tramonte is assigned to Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. The brigade’s soldiers are attending the U.S. Army Mobile Sniper School, a five-week course with graded marksmanship on the M24 Sniper System, M110 SASS, and the M107 .50-Caliber Long Range Sniper Rifle. Read More»

Fayette details $16.8 million in SPLOST projects

Fayette County officials have released a list of 181 stormwater projects proposed for funding through a countywide 1 percent Special Local Option Sales Tax over two years that will be up for voter consideration this November.

The final estimates to complete projects, all located in unincorporated Fayette County, came in under budget at $16.8 million, which will allow Read More»

4 inches of rain swamp PTC, Newnan July 4 events

July 4 parades and fireworks in Peachtree City and Newnan saw a rare cancellation due to large amounts of rain and the expectation of thunderstorms and lightning. While no significant storm damage was reported in either county, rain clouds did bring nearly 4 inches of rain to Peachtree City and 2-5 inches across Coweta County. Read More»

Ga. EPD cites Fayette water system violation

The Fayette County Water System has been issued a Notice of Violation from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division concerning total trihalomethanes (TTHM) in the water supply. County officials said the violation does not pose a health risk. Read More»

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»