Newsmakers

Sup’t candidate Wenzel answers criticism of her refusing furlough days

One of the three finalists for the position as superintendent of the Fayette County School System is Peachtree City resident and former Assistant Superintendent Lyn Wenzel.

An issue that surfaced after her name was announced related to a recommendation in early 2009 by former Superintendent John DeCotis that school system administrators take several voluntary furlough days to help out with expenses during the recession. Read More»

NAACP urges new lawyers for 200+ defendants in Judge English affair

State and local officials for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have been asked to investigate whether multiple defendants had their legal rights jeopardized because of a sexual affair that took place between now-retired Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English Jr. and Public Defender Attorney Kim Cornwell. Read More»

Drop Dead Diva season finale shoots in Senoia

Films crews Thursday afternoon prepare to shoot scenes for the season finale of Drop Dead Diva.

Looks like a blackout at Founders Restaurant in Senoia. And that is what it was Thursday (at least outside the restaurant) when crews prepared to film the season finale of Drop Dead Diva. Founders was only one of the locations used Thursday. Other film locations included Maguire’s, Twist and the new police department and court building on Howard Street. And later Thursday night, the intersection of Main Street and Travis Street was the site of a vehicle stunt to be used in the finale.

Gateway intersection to open in October

Road crews were at work last weekend doing grading work for the intersection of Holly Grove Road and the realigned Rockaway Road at Ga. Highway 74.

Recognize this location? It may not look like much now, but it the new intersection on Ga. Highway 74 at Holly Grove Road that is part of the widening of Hwy 74. The project will realign Rockaway Road located just to the south of he new intersection. Once completed in October, the location will become the gateway to Senoia, at least from the Peachtree City perspective. But from the Senoia perspective it will be the long-awaited end of having to take your life in your hands while waiting to turn north off Rockaway.

Vineyard Church holds Kids Block Party

Vineyard Church holds Kids Block Party

It was a fun time for the kids when the Vineyard Church recently held a Kids Block Party on Main Street in downtown Senoia. Some of those “kids” seemed to be disguised as adults, with parents enjoying the festivities as much as their children. The block party was a way of supporting youth and extending the church’s mission into the community.

DOT: No problems with ramp meters at Hwy. 74/I-85

Red-light ramp meters at the on-ramp for Interstate 85 northbound at Ga. Highway 74 became operational July 1.

The meters are programmed to kick in only when interstate traffic is heavy, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The agency is touting the meters as a tool to improve travel times and reduce congestion. Read More»

Oakley Blvd. in Fairburn to be widened

The traffic snarls for Fayette residents making their way to I-85 via Ga. Highway 92 will see some improvement in traffic congestion on Oakley Industrial Boulevard with the award of $1.5 million to add a third lane and turn lanes between Fayetteville Road and Ga. Highway 138.

The $1.5 million grant award to the South Fulton Community Improvement District (CID) by way of the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank was announced last week by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Read More»

Watermelons and Independence Day festivities in PTC

Kids of all ages enjoy watermelon eating at Peachtree City's Drake Field July 3rd. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Kids of all ages enjoyed watermelon eating contests and other Independence Day festivities at Drake Field in Peachtree City Saturday following the annual parade. The city celebrated the Fourth a day early this year, culminating in a spectacular 18-minute fireworks display over Lake Peachtree that was enjoyed by many thousands. See other holiday photos here.

Meeting on illegal immigration law July 8

On July 8 at 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 203 McIntosh Trail in Peachtree City, the South Atlanta Tea Party (SATP) will be welcoming the public to a special educational experience.

Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah and Inger Eberhart of the Dustin Inman Society will discuss the impact of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as it relates to Fayette County citizens. Read More»