Newsmakers

Leslye Puddy of PTC, newly 107, pursues lifelong love of flowers

Celebrating 107 with 4 generations

The sparkle in her eyes and the animation in her voice would have many people surprised to learn that Leslye Mount Puddy had just turned 107 years old. For Leslye Puddy, it is more like she is 107 years young.

Puddy was born in Ruston, La., on Feb. 24, 1904. She graduated from Louisiana Polytechnic Institute in 1925 with a Bachelor of Industry and, in 1929, she received a B.A. in Commerce. Read More»

Tornado watch in effect until 8 p.m. Monday

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Monday for much of north and central Georgia, including Fayette and Coweta counties.

The tornado watch, issued at 1:30 p.m., also includes a wind advisory. Winds are expected to increase through the afternoon and begin decreasing after sunset. Sustained winds could reach 20-25 miles per hour with gusts of up to 35 miles per hour.

For more information visit www.weather.gov.

ARC: Coweta population to swell to quarter-million by 2040, Fayette to 168,500

A new population forecast for the 20-county metro Atlanta area prepared by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) shows Coweta County’s 2040 population at nearly a quarter-million people, more than double the estimated 2010 population. Meantime, the population in the 20-county Atlanta area is expected to increase to 8.26 million during the same period, an increase of 57.1 percent over 2010. Read More»

Newnan museum property gets a face lift for Arbor Day

Newnan museum property gets a face lift for Arbor Day

The grounds of the Male Academy Museum in Newnan was the site of an Arbor Day presentation Feb. 18 when the city was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the Arbor Day Foundation for its 21 years as a Tree City USA. Pictured, from left, are Newnan Mayor Keith Brady, Newnan Tree Commission members Jeannine Jackson and Millie Coggin, Chief Ranger Terry Quigley and city crew leader Sean West.

Coweta-Fayette Tea Party groups help stage anti-protest

Members of the Coweta and Fayette Tea Party groups Wednesday in Atlanta acted as an anti-protest to the group of union supporters protesting the legislatures of Wisconsin and other states and their attempts to address, and potentially end, collective bargaining by state employees. “If (a state) doesn’t have the money and is going broke they have to cut spending,” said Senoia Tea party Coordinator Joe Canin.

Members of the Coweta County and Fayette County Tea Party movement joined others Wednesday in Atlanta in a protest to show support for Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin legislature in its move to potentially end many collective bargaining rights for state workers. The anti-protest-protest was also in response to a protest rally in the city held by supporters of the Wisconsin state workers. Read More»

FCHS basketball back on top

FCHS basketball back on top

Fayette County High School’s varsity girls and boys basketball teams swept the region 3-AAAA championships at Woodland High School in Stockbridge Saturday night. Both teams are now number one seeds entering the Class AAAA state playoffs this weekend. They will both host Northside, Warner Robins on Saturday night. For more on basketball, see the stories at TheCitizenSports.com. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Welcome home, Marine

Welcome home, Marine

Friends and family welcomed home Marine Lance Cpl. Bradley S. Werho of Fayetteville in a surprise celebration Saturday at McCurry Park. Werho was brought to the party in a motorcade escorted by law enforcement and the Patriot Guard Riders motorcycle group. Werho, whose unit served in Marjah and Sangin, Afghanistan, is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville and a 2007 graduate of Fayette County High School. Photo/John Munford.

Coweta assessment targets healthcare, other industries

It was a way to provide a look at the way Coweta County might approach future economic growth. Released Jan. 28, the Community Assessment prepared by Herron Consulting for the Coweta County Development Authority and Georgia Power Community and Economic Development recommended that the county retain and target industries providing healthcare services, advanced manufacturing, automotive parts manufacturing, data management and technical consulting services and warehousing and distribution. Read More»

Motorcade to welcome home local Marine

Citizens encouraged to show support by lining McDonough Road by 12:30 Saturday

A local Marine who has returned from a tour in Afghanistan will be honored Saturday afternoon with a motorcade from his home to a private reception at McCurry Park.

Citizens who wish to show their honor and respect to Lance Cpl. Bradley S. Werho are asked to line McDonough Road no later than 12:30 to greet the motorcade as it arrives at McCurry Park, organizers said.

Werho, a lifelong resident of Fayetteville and a 2007 graduate of Fayette County High School, has returned stateside with his fellow Marines following his 2nd Batallion’s stint in Marjah and Sangin Afghanistan. Read More»

PTC Rep. Ramsey gets key reapportionment appointment

Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, will play a pivotal role in the process of reapportionment of districts for both the state’s House of Representatives and also the state Senate later this year.

Ramsey has been assigned to chair the subcommittee for House and Senate Legislative Districts by Roger Lane, R-Darien, who chairs the House of Representatives Reapportionment Committee. Read More»