Newsmakers

Vietnam vets will soon have ‘their time’

It will be a time for remembering and a time for healing. And for Vietnam Veterans, this is their time. The arrival of the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Wall will arrive in Coweta County in mid-October and will be on display at the fairgrounds.

Coweta Commission of Veterans Affairs (CCVA) representative Malcolm Jackson at the Aug. 9 meeting of the Coweta County TEA Party Patriots gave a preview of the week-long events that will accompany the arrival and display of the wall. Read More»

Newnan Coweta Humane Society offering 'Back in Black' promotion

Black tie, black t-shirt or a little black dress…this year’s hot trend is furry, black and will lick your face or purr for you. Whatever your taste, add style and love to your life by adopting a beautiful black dog or cat during the national "Back in Black" adoption promotion. Adoption fees for black animals (or mostly black animals) are 50 percent off. Read More»

Half of proposed regional sales tax would fund mass transit plans

Committee approves $3 billion for rail and buses, leaving $3 billion for all road projects

A committee tasked with paring projects down for a potential regional transportation sales tax has put together its mass transit priorities.

While none of the transit projects would operate in Fayette County, their $3 billion price tag will cut in half the available funding for roads in metro Atlanta. The projects would leave $3.1 billion to spend on road, bridge, pedestrian and other projects.

Transit projects on the list are not set in stone, however, as they will require a full vote of the 21-member Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable by Oct. 15 of this year. Read More»

Surprise arrival: F’ville mother-to-be wins $225K

Jennifer Desai and husband Tyrone hold the presentation check from the Georgia Lottery. Photo/Ga. Lottery.

One Fayetteville mother-to-be can add a Georgia Lottery win to her family tree. Jennifer Desai, 24, won a $225,000 top prize playing the instant game Cash Crop.

She and her husband, Tyrone, anticipate starting their own business.

“We’re just a hard-working, young family,” she said. “We’re going to finish fixing up our home.”

The couple, who recently purchased their first home, is expecting their second child in November.

Desai, who works at a car dealership, described her win as exciting and shocking. Her husband presented her with the ticket. Read More»

NAACP sues Fayette to halt at-large voting districts

A federal lawsuit has been filed in the hopes of forcing the elimination of at-large voting for seats on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners and the Fayette County Board of Education. Read More»

For Fayetteville’s Grady Avenue, it’s roundabout time

Traffic flows smoothly Tuesday morning through Fayetteville’s first and so-far only roundabout. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Something happened at the intersection of Grady Avenue and Beauregard Avenue in Fayetteville Aug. 5 that could never have happened since the time when the four-way stop was installed years ago.

And with that event the long lines at the four-way stop are now a thing of the past.

It was on Friday afternoon that the new roundabout opened and, at one point minutes later, the advantage of the new intersection became obvious when nine vehicles passed through the intersection in 12 seconds. Read More»

PTC resident on 'The Price is Right' Tuesday

Peachtree City resident Manuel Munoz will be on “The Price is Right” Tuesday, August 9 at 11 a.m. on CBS. Representatives for the show wouldn’t say how Munoz fared, but promised that “nobody leaves “The Price is Right” without a great prize and a really fun chat with host Drew Carey.  

Contestant hopefuls can get complete information and obtain their free show tickets online at http://www.cbs.com/daytime/the_price_is_right/

In addition, viewers can call the CBS Ticket Office at 323-575-2458 (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. PST) or the 24-hour Ticket Information Line at 323-575-2449.

Traffic-slowing medians get brushoff in PTC

Matter to be revisited when section of north Parkway is repaved

Peachtree City staff has recommended a first for Peachtree Parkway: three “traffic calming” medians near Loring Lane and Tinsley Mill to slow cars down.

But the city council put the brakes on the concept, at least for now, during a workshop meeting Aug. 2. Council asked for more data on how they will effect vehicle speeds, and whether the medians would indeed reduce crashes. Read More»

New cancer hospital breaks ground at Newnan’s Ashley Park

These are just a few of the 500 people attending the groundbreaking ceremonies Aug. 3 for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital located at Ashley Park in Newnan. The hospital is the first in the Southeast for CTCA and is expected to draw patients from across the region. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a groundbreaking like no other. More than 500 people made their way to the Ashley Park retail area in Newnan Aug. 3 for the long-awaited groundbreaking of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital. Expected to open in September 2012, the Newnan facility is the company’s first hospital in the Southeast United States. Read More»

Friends of Brown's Mill Battlefield hold successful event

There was no mistaking the thundering of cannons July 30 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds as Civil War re-enactors put on a display for more than 250 people attending a barbecue fund-raiser sponsored by the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association. Somewhere in all the smoke are Coweta County Commissioner Bob Blackburn and Rep. Lynn Smith, tasked with firing the vintage weapons. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Friends of Brown's Mill Battlefield Association held a barbecue to introduce folks who were not familiar with the group to its work and to thank those who have already pledged funds and manpower. The actual battle was fought on the same date, July 30, in 1864.

President Carolyn Turner along with Commissioner Bob Blackburn welcomed the several hundred who came to the Coweta County Fairgrounds. There were Musketeers, re-enactors, and several cannon camps to delight all ages. Read More»

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