Newsmakers

Fayette picks firm to oppose NAACP district vote suit

The Fayette County Commission has selected a small but prominent Atlanta law firm with litigation experience on both sides of the federal Voting Rights Act to represent the county in the district voting lawsuit filed by the Fayette County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Read More»

Auto parts facility to bring 400+ jobs to Meriwether

A Sept. 21 announcement by Gov. Nathan Deal will go a long way toward taking a bite out of the recession in west central Georgia. Deal announced the decision by South Korean-based Mando Corp. to open a $200 million high-tech automotive parts manufacturing operation in northwest Meriwether County. The facility is expected to create 200 new jobs initially and more than 420 in the near future. Read More»

Senoia to be cruisin’ on Saturday

It’s that time again. And, as usual, Senoia will be packed on Sept. 24 with an endless variety of vintage vehicles arriving for the 7th Annual Cruisin’ to the Oldies Car Show. The car show on Main Street will run from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will feature live music and plenty of food.

Senoia Downtown Development Authority Chairman Suzanne Helfman commenting on this year’s event said it is expected to feature at least 250 cars. The car show this year is limiting entries to those vehicles from 1986 or older, Helfman added. Read More»

Feds name Coweta an agricultural disaster area due to drought

Coweta County has the unfortunate distinction of having been named as a primary agricultural disaster area due to the ongoing drought that has affected nearly every county in Georgia for the past six months.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 150 out of Georgia’s 159 counties as primary natural disaster areas due to an ongoing drought and excessive heat that has damaged thousands of acres of crops. All metro Atlanta counties are included in the agricultural disaster designation. Read More»

Coweta County Fair open through Oct. 1

The temperatures might not feel like fall just yet, but there is a clear way to know it’s coming. That is because it is time for the 2011 Kiwanis Coweta County Fair. The annual fair opened Sept. 22 at the county fairgrounds on Pine Road and will run through Oct. 1.

Aside from the many rides, the fair will feature entertainment such as Animal Magic, Racing Pigs, Muttsville Comix and live music. Read More»

Woman escapes quicksand in PTC

A Peachtree City woman is urging local residents to stay away from the bed of Lake McIntosh, the new county reservoir that is under construction adjacent to the Planterra Ridge golf course. [Read her first person account here.] Read More»

Ground broken for the Newnan Centre

Ground was broken Sept. 9 for the 16,000 square-foot Newnan Centre on Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan. The facility is a project of the Newnan Convention Center Authority. Shoveling dirt for the groundbreaking were, from left, authority members Theodora Stegall, Theresa Lovett, Mike Colpoys, Chris Hallman, Cathy Sandlin, Don Bowen and Chairman Parks Avery. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan is about to get a new neighbor. The Sept. 9 groundbreaking ceremony for the 16,000 square-foot Newnan Centre means that by next July the side-by-side facilities will add another level of civic opportunities to the Coweta County community.

The Newnan Centre is a project of the Newnan Convention Center Authority. Like The Centre that will be situated directly to the east, the Newnan Centre is expected to provide another venue for meetings, arts and civic activities to Newnan and the Coweta County community. Read More»

Former Patriot star Taylor takes world title in triple jump, sets sights on Olympic gold

Christian Taylor shows off his gold for winning the world title in triple jump. Photo/Special.

Christian Taylor, a two-time state champion with the Sandy Creek High School track team and current senior at the University of Florida and member of their track team, recently won a world title in the triple jump in Daegu, South Korea.

“I’ve been working towards this from the beginning,” said Taylor. “Any athlete wants Olympic gold and this is the closest thing for me so far.”

With his jump of 58-feet-11.25-inches (17.96 meters), Taylor announced his presence on the world stage and his intention for contending for a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London next summer. Read More»

Officials get dunked for local charities at Lunch on Lawn

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele splashes into the dunking tank Friday on the courthouse lawn. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayetteville Main Street is known for sponsoring “Lunch on the Lawn” on the grounds of the old courthouse in downtown Fayetteville during the spring and summer months. But the Sept. 10 event provided an additional feature to the culinary and musical offerings as a number of elected officials and others participated in the local fund-raiser that had them making a splash in the dunking booth to help raise money for local non-profit organizations. Read More»

Fayetteville remembers 9/11

Fayetteville remembers 9/11

Fayetteville residents honor the flag during a rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at a concert Sunday to remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. Read More»