Ground broken for GMC campus in F'ville

Officials from Ga. Military College, Fayetteville and Fayette County threw the first shovels of dirt at the Oct. 16 groundbreaking for the new GMC campus in Fayetteville expected to open in August 2015. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Officials from Ga. Military College, Fayetteville and Fayette County threw the first shovels of dirt at the Oct. 16 groundbreaking for the new GMC campus in Fayetteville expected to open in August 2015.

No Ebola – 5 W. Africa kids cleared by Fayette schools in Aug.

With the Ebola virus making news worldwide, questions have surfaced in Fayette County about whether any of the children in the school system had recently come from countries in west Africa. The answer is that five children entered the school system in early August and were subject to the 21-day monitoring process using guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those children showed no signs of illness. Read More»

Patriots open region play with 30-14 win over Wildcats

The Sandy Creek Patriots remain undefeated and are off to a good start in Region 5-AAAA play after a 30-14 home win over the Whitewater Wildcats in a battle between two teams ranked among the state’s top 10.

The Wildcats (4-2) got on the board less than two minutes after the opening kickoff, as a 66-yard touchdown run by Christian Wafford put Whitewater ahead. The Patriots (6-0) tied the score on the ensuing drive, marching downfield to set up Eric Swinney’s two-yard scoring run that tied the game at 7. Read More»

GMC, Southern Crescent Tech agree to partner

Ga. Military College (GMC) President Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, left, and Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) President Randall Peters signed an agreement on Sept. 29 signifying that GMC will guarantee admission to SCTC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science degree into GMC’s new four-year Bachelor of Applied Science program. The new four-year program will be offered at GMC’s Fayetteville campus expected to open in August 2015. Photo/Submitted.

A Sept. 29 agreement between Ga. Military College (GMC) and Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) will pave the way for SCTC students graduating with an associate’s degree in Applied Science to be guaranteed acceptance to GMC’s new four-year program which will lead to a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science.

GMC is expected to break ground on its new West Fayetteville campus on Oct. 16. The new 26,000 sq. ft. classroom building is expected to open for classes next August. The four-year Applied Science program will be one of GMC’s academic offerings in Fayetteville. Read More»

Chiefs fall 42-28 at Northgate

The McIntosh Chiefs rode a strong first half to a 14-point early lead but couldn’t stem the tide in the third quarter as the host team, the Northgate Vikings, fought their way to a 42-28 win.

Northgate struck quickly after forcing the Chiefs to punt on their opening drive. Tyler Rowland connected with Malik Wade for a 35-yard score with 7:56 left in the first quarter.

During the ensuing possession, one of the four giant light towers illuminating the field went completely dark. Play was halted for nearly a half-hour, and when it resumed the Chiefs caught fire. Read More»

Fayette kids’ academic growth a mixed bag, new scores show

Shutterstock image of answering test questions.

It is not only about test scores anymore. Fayette County public schools are always at or near the top of the list when it comes to test scores. Yet a recently released accounting of student growth percentiles (SGP) statewide tells a somewhat different story. While still near the top of more than 180 school districts in some growth categories, Fayette in other areas falls far short.

As a district, Fayette’s SGP scores in 2013 compared to other districts were:

Comparing CRCT in all grades 4-8:

Reading – 60 percent (near the top of all districts). Read More»

It's Students' Day at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City

Georgia students and their families are invited to come to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City for a day of activities and learning Saturday. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students will be able to tour the facility and learn weather concepts at various stations including various types of clouds and weather, severe weather preparedness and safety, public and aviation forecasting, river flood and flashing flooding, types of warnings and how they are issued, and the best ways to stay informed and get the warnings. Read More»

Patriots down Ala. foe 24-17

Sandy Creek head coach Chip Walker gives instructions to his team during Friday night's game. Photo/Bethan Adams.

After a slow start the Sandy Creek Patriots picked up the pace offensively to take a first-half lead and held on for a 24-17 win at home against Alabama’s Auburn High Tigers.

It was a historic night for one Patriot in particular, as senior running back Eric Swinney became the school’s all-time leading rusher early in the second quarter. He came into the game with 3,552 yards, 27 behind Phillip Hyde, and now has five regular-season games plus the postseason to add to his total. Read More»

Cultural Ambassadors pick fruit for those in need

Members of the Cultural Ambassadors group and their parents shown on the grounds of the Real Life Fruit Orchard where they picked about 124 pounds of grapes that will be distributed to those in need.Photo/Submitted.

The newly formed Cultural Ambassadors group at Peeples Elementary completed its first service project that will bring fresh fruit to community residents who cannot afford to purchase it.

About 50 students and their parents descended on the Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard the evening of September 16 and picked approximately 124 pounds of grapes in 30 minutes. The three-acre orchard in Tyrone grows and gives away around 30,000 pounds of fresh fruit to clients of the Real Life Center every year. Read More»

OLM prevails 42-35 over Lumpkin Co.

The Our Lady of Mercy Bobcats jumped out to a 19-point lead only to see the Lumpkin County Indians tie the game in the fourth quarter before the home team got a late score for a 42-35 win.

Lawrence Tillman put OLM on the scoreboard less than 30 seconds into the game with a 76-yard touchdown run. A few minutes later Jameson Vest threw a short pass to Jordan Thomas that turned into a 70-yard scoring play and a 12-0 lead. Read More»

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