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Fayette Commission recognizes social services non-profits

Fayette Commission recognizes social services non-profits

Board members from area social service nonprofits on April 10 received a proclamation by the Fayette County Commission citing April as “Prevent Child Abuse Month.” Pictured are, front row from left, Commissioner Chuck Oddo, Alice Mutzel (Advo-Kids CASA), Nadine Tyft (CASA), Kristin Melton (Bloom), Dawn Oparah (Fayette FACTOR), Becky Smith (FACTOR), Dorothy Herzberg (FACTOR), Charlie Cave (CASA) and Fayette County Family and Children’s Services Director Susan Boggs; in rear, from left, are Commissioner David Barlow, Audrey Holliday (CASA), Pete Nelms (DFCS) and Commissioner Steve Brown. Read More»

Sheriff updates citizens

Sheriff updates citizens

Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager was the guest speaker at the March 31 meeting of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club held in Senoia. Yeager used the occasion to update club members on some of the activities and priorities of his office. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette County’s health rankings: Some highs, some surprising lows

Montage by Joyce Beverly.
Which Georgia county has the best access to healthcare but the second worst potential exposure to polluted drinking water? Yep, it’s Fayette.

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Friends of PTC Library to host poetry workshop April 26

The Friends of the Peachtree City Library annual poetry workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. at the library. The workshop will be presented by Dr. Brigitte Byrd, who teaches creative writing, contemporary literature, and multicultural literature at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Clayton State University. She is the author of ”Fence above the Sea,” “Song of a Living Room” and ”The Dazzling Land.” Her work has appeared in anthologies including ”Shade 2006,” “Like Thunder,” ”American Diaspora” and others. Read More»

CEO Forshee leaves Fayette Development Authority

Fayette County Development Authority (FCDA) President and CEO Matt Forshee. Photo/Special.

Fayette County Development Authority (FCDA) President and CEO Matt Forshee will be leaving Fayette at the end of April to become the Augusta Area Community Development manager for Georgia Power Co. Read More»

Pinewood Studios will pay reduced taxes for 20 years

FCDA CEO Matt Forshee listens in the background as staff member Emily Poole reports to the Peachtree City Council in March on economic development efforts. Photo/John Munford.

While various local officials have been enthusiastic about the projected financial impact of the Pinewood Atlanta Studios in central Fayette County, many among the public may have been unaware that the big development received a significant property tax break bestowed by the Fayette County Development Authority. Read More»

Fayette deputies receive awards

Investigator Chad Wallace, L, at a March 27 Ga. Police Academy ceremony received a bronze pin from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for 27 DUI arrests made in 2013 and Dep. Robert Kersey, R, received the academic award for the highest testing average in the 35th Drug Recognition Expert class. The officers were joined by Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb, center, who attended the event in College Park. Photo/Special.

Two members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office were recognized March 27 in a ceremony held by the Ga. Police Academy in College Park.

Investigator Chad Wallace received a bronze pin from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization for his efforts in arresting motorists found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Wallace made 27 DUI arrests in 2013. Read More»

Police warn motorists: Stay out of the lake!

In this photo provided by the police department, several people worked to free this sport utility vehicle from the mud and muck at the bottom of Lake Peachtree. The department hid the faces of the parties involved before providing the photo. Photo courtesy Peachtree City Police Department.

With the pool of Lake Peachtree lowered for the past two months to allow for maintenance, the usually-hidden floor of Lake Peachtree has drawn a lot of attention from onlookers.

The lake serves as a reservoir for the countywide water system, but earlier this week it almost became an automobile graveyard. Someone drove a sport utility vehicle onto the lake bed, and it became stuck in the mud and muck, according to the Peachtree City Police Department. (The department blurred the faces of the people involved before releasing the photo above right.) Read More»

Ready to help his dad

Ready to help his dad

Lathan Gibby of Senoia tried on his dad’s brand-new fire helmet last week following a promotion ceremony hosted by the Fayette County Commission. Dad Brandon was promoted to Lieutenant as Lathan, mom Carrie and sister Paislie watched. Photo/John Munford.

The case of the missing drone

The ‘Quadcopter’

Fayette County has its own missing aircraft, the case of the county’s first missing drone.

A reward is being offered for the “Quadcopter” lost this month while surveying construction work at All Saints Anglican Church near Ga. Highway 54 in west Fayette.

Newnan resident and church member John Stevenson was using his drone to provide church members a birds-eye view of construction activities at the church’s Ebenezer Road location off Hwy. 54

“I wanted to keep the excitement up about the church’s building project,” Stevenson said March 12. Read More»

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