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Playoff spots on the line Friday

The race for the state football playoffs has hit full speed going into the final week of the regular season, and there is plenty left to be decided this Friday night.

There is a chance that the Sandy Creek Patriots (8-1, 3-1) could finish somewhere other than first in their region for the first time since its current roster was in elementary school, although a playoff appearance is highly likely.

There is also a chance that five of the six teams in Region 5-AAAA could finish with 3-2 records, which would cause a tiebreaker scenario I don’t even want to think about. Read More»

PTC’s McIntosh H.S. 16th best in Ga., 469th in U.S.

McIntosh High School in Peachtree City is ranked No. 469 in the nation and No. 16 in Georgia in U.S. News and World Report’s listing of the 2014 Best High Schools in the United States.

McIntosh was the only Fayette school to be named in the top 2,000 high schools nationally.

In the Georgia high school rankings, McIntosh was No. 16 in the top 51 schools that were ranked. McIntosh had a 17:1 student/teacher ratio last year, with 48.2 percent of students above the average in college readiness. Read More»

Fayette’s Col. Ben Malcom inducted into Ga. Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame Nov. 1

Col. Ben Malcom (U.S. Army-Ret.). Photo/Submitted.

It was an honor that few receive. Fayette County resident Col. Ben Malcom (U.S. Army-Ret.) was inducted into the Ga. Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) during a Nov. 1 ceremony in Columbus.

Malcom was one of 16 service men inducted in the second annual GMVHOF ceremony.

Malcom was awarded the U.S. Army’s third highest medal, the Silver Star, for valor during the Korean War. It was during the Korean War that 1st Lt. Ben Malcom served as a member of the Far East Command Liaison Detachment. Read More»

Coweta-Fayette EMC’s CEO calls it quits, interim CEO is Chris Stephens

Chris Stephens, interim CEO of Coweta-Fayette EMC. Photo/EMC.

Coweta-Fayette EMC announced Friday that Tony Sinclair informed the Board of Directors of his desire to resign as CEO in order to pursue other career opportunities.

“We are very appreciative of Tony’s tenure here,” said Jim Fulton, Coweta-Fayette EMC board chairman. “During that time, the cooperative has continued to grow and remains financially strong and competitive. We have just completed a review and update of our strategic plan and are well-positioned and prepared going forward. We wish Tony the best in all his endeavors.” Read More»

Add parapros, and Fayette’s student teacher ratio is low

The Fayette County Board of Education on Nov. 3 got a an update on the ratios of pupils to teachers that shows Fayette schools with an overall ratio of 13:1, a figure significantly lower than the national average. Read More»

Marching in honor of U.S. veterans

Marching in honor of U.S. veterans

Cold weather on Nov. 1 may have dampened the turnout but it did not stop local U.S. military veterans from showing their patriotism along the streets of downtown Fayetteville for the annual Veterans Day Parade. For more local observances, see Page C1. Photo/Ben Nelms.

28% turnout in Fayette — before Election Day

28% turnout in Fayette — before Election Day

Early voters line up to cast their ballots on Thursday outside the Fayette County Elections Headquarters in Fayetteville. According to Elections Director Tom Sawyer, 19,528 Fayette voters cast early or absentee ballots, out of 69,096 active voters. That’s a 28 percent turnout before Election Day even arrived. To compare, more than 35,000 voted early in the 2012 election. Photo/Bethan Adams.

Champions!

Champions!

The Starr’s Mill Varsity Competition Cheerleading team won first place and Grand Champions in the 5-A Division at the Northgate Cheer Classic October 25. Pictured above are  first row (from L to R) Abby Oat, Paige Berkey, Ashley Evert, Tracey Riley, Hannah Willis, Taylor Haney, Christina Deraney.  Second Row (from L to R) Alexandria Thomas, Emily Herrmann, Sydney Mayson, Olivia Phillips, Brenna Elliott, Claire Nicola, Chloe Griffith, Maudianna Cicalese.  Back Row (from L to R) Coach Emily Woodward, Kensley Hanie, Baylee Smith, Mary Lou Masters, Coach Mandy Ratliff and Coach Todd Saye. Read More»

Arrest made in PTC kidnapping

A Talmo man was arrested Nov. 4 in Peachtree City on charges of kidnapping and sodomy.

Verlon Tuck, 34, of Talmo, was charged with theft, aggravated sodomy, false imprisonment and kidnapping, said Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Mark Brown.

Brown said officers at approximately 5:25 a.m. responded to a business located at 995 North Peachtree Parkway in reference to a reported sexual assault.

Brown said the victim and the offender travelled together to the incident location.

“The suspect had access to the business as a part of a cleaning contract,” Brown said.

PTC Veterans Day observance set for Sat.

PTC Veterans Day observance set for Sat.

On Saturday, Nov. 8, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be honored at Peachtree City’s 2014 Veterans Day Observance hosted by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing. The program will be held during the flying museum’s fourth annual Veterans Day Open House from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The open house and program is free to the public. Read More»

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