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Ice Storm 2011 stops Fayette cold

No serious injuries or major property damage reported during worst ice storm to hit Fayette this decade; schools closed

UPDATED 6:33 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12 — Despite major and secondary roads being mostly clear and ice-free Wednesday afternoon, the Fayette County School System will be closed Thursday for what may be a record fourth snow day in a row. However, local government offices in Fayetteville and Peachtree City will be open for business on Thursday. Read More»

Main roads in better shape as temps rise above freezing today

UPDATED 11:33 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 11 — The worst may be behind us in Ice Storm 2011 as a combination of road crew efforts and rising temperatures melt away much of the icy coating on main roads in Fayette County.

While schools, government offices and a majority of businesses remain closed for the second straight day after an accumulation of 1 to 3 inches of snow, then ice, brought normal operations to a halt, state highways 54 and 85 were easily passable at 11 a.m. today. Read More»

Ga. DOT chief speaks at PTC Rotary

Ga. DOT chief speaks at PTC Rotary

Vance C. Smith Jr., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation, spoke to the Peachtree City Rotary Club Thursday about the future of transportation in Georgia. Citing an unclear future for funding, Smith also spoke of the need to improve access to job centers, more transit, and improvements for port connectivity and commuter trip reliability. Photo/Gwen Griffin.

Coweta preps for winter storm

In anticipation of possible winter weather later this weekend, Coweta County crews have spent today in preparation, said county public information officer Patricia Palmer. 

The National Weather Service Saturday morning was forecasting a winter storm watch from Sunday evening through Monday evening. The storm is expected to begin with snow and transition to freezing rain and sleet sometime Monday. Accumulations of frozen precipitation could range from 3-5 inches. Read More»

Winter weather in outlook for Sunday, Monday

Area residents might want to keep an eye out on the weather later this weekend and into early next week. The National Weather Service Friday afternoon called for the potential for wintry conditions that include rain, sleet and snow beginning Sunday afternoon then changing to sleet and snow for much of Monday. Accumulations of up to two inches are expected. Read More»

Deputy dogs ready for duty at Fayette Sheriff's Office

Deputy Shane Head (L) with Duke, a 5-month-old bloodhound and Deputy Cody Bensley with Darko, a 3-year-old Belgium Malinois. Photo/Ben Nelms.

If a dog is man’s best friend, the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office now has two new best friends on the force.

The sheriff’s office about a month ago acquired the services of Darko, a 3-year-old Belgium Malinois, that serves with Dep. Cody Bensley as a patrol dog. And just last week the office secured Duke, a 5-month-old bloodhound that serves with Dep. Shane Head as a tracking dog. Read More»

Up close and larger than life

Up close and larger than life

Rainy skies before Christmas may have put a damper on the annual visit to Senoia by the Clydesdales, but it did not stop two of the gargantuan horses from arriving in town to be viewed and admired by the hundreds who braved the elements for a close-up look. Photo/Ben Nelms

Coat drive a success for local scout

Starr's Mill High School's Ray Loya as part of an Eagle Scout project spearheaded an effort collected 415 coats and blankets for homeless men and families in downtown Atlanta.

For his Eagle Scout project, Ray Loya decided to warm the hearts of people down on their luck, people who had no place to go.

And by all measures he succeeded and then some, providing 415 blankets and jackets to homeless men and families in downtown Atlanta. His initial goal was 300.

Loya came up with the idea because his church does outreach programs in Atlanta, serving food to the homeless, and he knew there weren’t many jackets to hand out. Read More»

Piedmont Newnan donates $10K to Coweta schools

Piedmont Newnan Hospital last week announced that it will donate $10,000 to the Coweta County School System and other local organizations.
School system spokesperson Dean Jackson said Piedmont Newnan Hospital is showing its support for Coweta schools and students through its recent sponsorship of the Coweta County School System. Jackson said the sponsorship benefits a wide range of educational and student health and wellness programs at Coweta elementary, middle and high schools, as well as associated educational organizations. Read More»

Tyrone Post Office to be named for Robert Collins

It was an honor that not many receive. Congress last week in one of its final acts of 2010 approved the naming of the Tyrone Post Office in honor of 1st Lt. Robert Wilson Collins of Tyrone, who died April 7 in Mosul, Iraq when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle. Read More»

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