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Radio talk show host warns of global Islamic agenda

“Let Freedom Ring” radio talk show host Dr. Jody Hice tells a packed house in Newnan July 12 that Islam, not just a religion, is a totalitarian way of life that threatens human rights. Photo/Ben Nelms.

More than 130 people filled the meeting room at The Carnegie in Newnan July 12 to hear radio talk show host and former pastor Dr. Jody Hice explain that Islam, far from being only a religion, is actually a totalitarian way of life that stands in opposition to the freedoms guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Read More»

Red Cross asks for help in critical blood shortage

The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region is facing a critical blood shortage and has issued an appeal for blood donors.

Many donors are busy or traveling, school is out of session and donations in May and June dropped to the lowest levels the Red Cross has seen during this timeframe in over a dozen years. Demand for blood remained steady during this same period, which is why the Red Cross needs people—now more than ever—to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible. All types are needed, but especially O negative, which can be used to treat any patient. Read More»

Local students win medals at SkillsUSA Champions

From left are Rebekah Rhinehart, 5th place (in nation): Preschool Teaching Assistant, Ryan Evans & Jacob Jennings, 2nd place & Silver Medalists: 3D Visualization & Animation and Justin Kaufman, Computer Maintenance Technology. Photo/Special.

Central Educational Center’s (CEC) SkillsUSA team participated in The SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri. Four GA Gold Medalists from CEC attended the conference from June 20-24, 2011, as part of the SkillsUSA 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Team members participating from CEC were Ryan Evans, Jacob Jennings, Justin Kaufman, and Rebekah Rhinehart. Each SkillsUSA Championships contestant is a state-level gold medalist. Read More»

Fayetteville nurse wins healthy $10,000 lottery prize

Esther Kelechi of Fayetteville holds the presentation check for her winnings. Photo/Ga. Lottery.

A Fayetteville nurse is a two-time lottery winner. She recently won a healthy Georgia Lottery prize. Esther Kelechi, 50, won $10,000 from the latest monthly Extra Chance Maximum Green drawing.

She won $1 million from another instant game in 2008.

“I was shocked,” Kelechi said of her most recent win. “I was working out when I got the call.”

Winning feels awesome, she said.

“I’m going to pay fall tuition for my son who is at the University of Hawaii,” she said.

Since moving to Georgia from Hawaii five years ago, Kelechi said the lottery has been good to her. Read More»

Counting the vehicles at Fayette’s 2 busiest intersections

Ever wondered how many cars go through the two busiest intersections in Fayette County every day?

Not everyone in Fayette County travels through the intersections of Ga. Highway 54 and Ga. Highway 74 in Peachtree City or along Hwy. 54 at Ga. highways 85 and 92 in Fayetteville. But for those who do the growing congestion is old news, sometimes looking more like north metro Atlanta than what was once rural Fayette County.

So what are the traffic counts and what might the volume of traffic look like in coming years? Read More»

PTC may duck millage rate hike

Peachtree City may get by without a millage rate increase this year after all.

The first draft of the $28 million budget recommended by City Manager Jim Pennington had contained a .098 mill increase to counteract the decreased property values and thus give the city an amount of property taxes almost identical to this year’s take.

However, at Monday night’s budget workshop, Pennington will present an amended budget that eliminates any millage rate increase. Read More»

Chattahoochee Bend State Park opens in northwest Coweta

To say it is scenic would be an understatement. The nearly 3,000-acre Chattachoochee Bend State Park, Georgia’s first in nearly 20 years, opened July 1 in northwest Coweta County. Located off Flat Rock Road, the park with seven miles fronting the Chattahoochee River provides a host of amenities and wilderness area for hikers and campers. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was some time in the making, but Georgia’s newest state park opened July 1. The nearly 3,000-acre Chattahoochee Bend State Park is located off Flat Rock Road in northwest Coweta and includes a number of amenities and seven miles of property fronting the Chattahoochee River.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park is one of Georgia’s largest, covering 2,910 acres, according to the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, providing visitors with what has been called a spectacular tract of protected wilderness area. The park will be a haven for paddlers, campers and anglers, DNR said. Read More»

Feds launch program on radon gas exposure

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, and the departments of Agriculture, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Veterans Affairs have joined forces to help save lives and create healthier home and school environments for America’s families. The plan announced in June brings together commitments that help to reduce exposure to radon and protect the health of Americans through leveraging and advancing existing state, local, and national programs. Read More»

Brown's Mill Battlefield group to host several Confederate lectures

July was a historic month in the year 1864 for Newnan, Coweta County. Not only were Newnan's seven hospitals filled with hundreds of Confederate wounded brought in from other battles, on July 30, a cavalry battle was fought 3 miles south of town at Brown's Mill. Both Confederate and Union wounded were brought in to be treated by the doctors and nurses located here. Life was never the same in Newnan after that day. Read More»

Brooks councilman named police chief in Chatt Hills

Brooks Town Councilman Lewis Harper was recently hired as the new Chattahoochee Hills Police Chief. Harper brings to the job a working knowledge of municipal matters and more than three decades in law enforcement. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For Brooks Town Councilman Lewis Harper retirement after a career in law enforcement was not enough. Harper was recently hired as the new police chief in Chattahoochee Hills.

Harper’s career in law enforcement to date spans more than three decades. He started work in College Park in 1973 and retired from the department in July 2006.

Harper said he was contacted in November about assuming the position of interim chief in the south Fulton County city. Read More»

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