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Officials field questions on particulars of Ga.’s gun laws

GeorgiaCarry official Jerry Henry (L) responds to a question while Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah looks on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The meeting room downstairs at the Peachtree City Library was full March 31 as Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah and GeorgiaCarry.org Executive Director Jerry Henry fielded residents’ questions on the particulars of current state law on carrying firearms.

Henry at the outset of the meeting referenced the passage of Senate Bill 308 in 2010 and how it expanded the places where a gun can be carried.

The questions quickly followed, with one resident asking about the use of deadly force and potential liability. Read More»

Tyrone Post Office named for Lt. Collins

Tyrone Post Office named for Lt. Collins

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Burkitt “Deacon” Collins (L) views a plaque honoring his son, Army 1st Lt. Robert W. Collins, at a ceremony Monday in Tyrone. The plaque will be erected at the Tyrone Post Office, which is being renamed in honor of Lt. Collins, who died April 7, 2010 while serving in Iraq. Participating in the unveiling were (L-R) U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss and U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. Photo/John Munford.

Council poised to limit use of all ‘walking’ signs in PTC

‘Will work . . . if PTC Council lets me’

For the past year or so, some businesses in Peachtree City have used employees or contractors to hold promotional signs along the road in an effort to drum up more business.

That practice may become significantly curtailed — perhaps even banned — after Thursday night’s City Council meeting. City staff is recommending that such walking signs, sometimes held by costumed mascots, be limited to four times a year and for no more than five consecutive days at a time, among other regulations. Read More»

Kurpiel is All American 5K's Hometown Hero

Ashley Kurpiel

Last year, the Peachtree City Running Club launched the All American 5K, a race on the Saturday before Memorial Day that raised money for the Dan Berschinski Fund. Lt. Dan Berschinski is a local man who was injured in Afghanistan. The race this year, set for Saturday, May 28, will be run in honor of

Ashley Kurpiel, a Peachtree City resident with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP). Money raised from the $25 entry fee for runners, walkers and phantom runners will support the International FOP Association (IFOPA). Read More»

Sports groups pitch in

With rec budget cuts, youth associations spend $122K on PTC fields

As Peachtree City budget cuts have hit the recreation department in recent years, various youth sports associations are picking up some of the slack financially.

Last year, those sports associations kicked in an extra $122,000, compared to the city’s overall recreation budget for the sports fields: $617,000.

The soccer association, for example, spent $40,000 for the aeration and top dressing of its fields, which previously had been funded by the city, said Leisure Services Director Randy Gaddo. Read More»

Fayette County again tops in Ga. health

Fayette County continues to have the healthiest residents in Georgia and Calhoun County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the annual County Health Rankings, released this week by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read More»

Census shows Coweta, Newnan, Senoia with major growth

It took a while but the final local breakdown is in from the U.S. Census Bureau. Those numbers show a 42.71 percent increase in Coweta County’s 2010 population. The census findings also show all the county’s municipalities with greater numbers, such as Newnan with a 103 percent increase and Senoia with a 90 percent increase.

Coweta County’s population was listed at 127,317. That number represents an increase of 42.71 percent over the 89,215 residents counted in 2000. Read More»

A trip back in time to the days of Christ

A trip back in time to the days of Christ

Ancient Jerusalem came to life last weekend at Providence United Methodist Church for the annual presentation of The Marketplace. The unique event places visitors in a life-size mock-up of the city at the time of Christ. The mass of visitors watched pottery-making, tried their hand at writing Hebrew and participated in the endless activities available for the entire family. Photo/Ben Nelms

7th Annual Race for Riley coming April 30

It’s almost time for what has become a local health and family-oriented fundraising tradition. The 7th Annual Race for Riley fundraiser to benefit the Joseph Sams School in Fayetteville will be held on April 30 at its new location in the Serenbe community in City of Chattahoochee Hills. Read More»

Bank of Coweta holds PB&J drive throughout April

Bank of Coweta, a division of Synovus Bank, will host a Peanut Butter and Jelly Food Drive to benefit the Coweta Community Food Pantry, April 2-30 during normal banking hours. April 2 just happens to be National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!

Bank of Coweta is very much at the heart of community life in Coweta County, supporting those organizations and programs that make the local community a desirable place to live and work. Recognizing that there is an urgent need for food that offers good nutrition to children, the bank is focusing on a staple lunchtime classic – peanut butter and jelly. Read More»

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