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Coweta tops west Ga. in job, housing growth

The Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia (UWG) has published its annual West Georgia Regional Update which shows Coweta County leading the six-county region in a number of areas such as job growth and housing starts.

Coweta County is one of six counties in the west Georgia region profiled in the UWG report. The remaining counties include Douglas, Carroll, Paulding, Polk and Haralson. Read More»

Patel named Coweta teacher of the year

Ruth Hill Elementary School 5th grade teacher Ami Patel on May 1 was named the 2014 Coweta County Teacher of the Year by Coweta school board member Harry Mullins, at left. Patel was chosen from among three finalists and 31 fellow school Teachers of the Year for the honor. The 31 TOTYs were honored by school board members and the Newnan Pilot Club at the May 1 program. Photo/Special.

Ruth Hill Elementary School 5th grade teacher Ami Patel was chosen from among Coweta County’s 31 Teacher of the Year winners and three finalists as the 2014 Coweta County Teacher of the Year. The award ceremony was held May 1 at the school system’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

Patel was introduced by Ruth Hill Principal Aaron Corley, who described Patel as an extraordinary teacher for her “ability to see students not just for who they are, but for who they can become.” He said that he would be “proud to have (Patel) as my own child’s teacher.” Read More»

AAA:Georgia traveling to increase

The majority of Georgia residents (81 percent) plan to kick start the summer travel season by taking at least one leisure trip of 50 miles or more requiring overnight accommodations during the next three months. This reflects a 2 percentage point increase from 2013, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey on summer travel plans. Read More»

Chance earns 'A+' from Ga. Chamber

Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) has received an ‘A+’ grade on the Georgia Chamber of Commerce’s 2014 legislative scorecard.

The Georgia Chamber’s scorecard recognizes legislators that supported pro-business initiatives during the recent legislative session. Midterm assessments from the 2013 legislative session, as well as a final grade for the biennial legislative term, were also included on this year’s scorecard. Read More»

Univ. of West Georgia breaks fundraising mark with $6.7M

In 2013, the University of West Georgia raised a record $6.7 million through the generous support of alumni, faculty, staff, private foundations, the business community and friends of the university. UWG receives this record-breaking amount as it looks toward a comprehensive campaign, the first in its history. Read More»

F’ville man arrested on child molestation charges

A Fayetteville man was arrested May 8 on charges of child molestation and aggravated assault in connection to three incidents involving two girls between 2007 and 2011. Fayetteville Police were made aware of the assaults after one of the girls recently contacted a school resource officer. Read More»

Brown offers reward for damage to campaign truck parked in Braelinn

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Brown is offering a $500 reward to find out who damaged a fellow commissioner’s pickup truck decked out with Brown’s campaign sign that was parked in the Braelinn shopping center this past weekend.

Brown said someone scratched the truck down both sides, though police have told him surveillance video of the parking lot doesn’t show anything conclusive during the time in question. The incident occurred over the weekend when the truck was parked near the Kroger gas pumps, Brown said. Read More»

Deputies hold boy, 14, for stolen car, 3 burglaries in north Fayette area

A 14-year-old Fayette County juvenile is in custody after sheriff’s deputies found him hiding in the woods after attempting a break-in at a north Fayette residence.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies responded to a burglary in progress call at a Mercedes Trail residence at approximately 11 p.m. on April 28.

Babb said the resident called 911 after he heard someone trying to break into his home. Deputies arrived and set up a perimeter to search for the suspect, Babb said. Read More»

PTC cops credit public calls with leading to suspect who ran after stop

Alert Peachtree City residents helped police capture a suspect who bolted from a traffic stop late Monday morning, officials said.

The suspect, later identified as Dontevious Ferrell, 24, of Gay in Meriwether County, had been pulled over on Huddleston Drive but sped away and abandoned his vehicle soon after in a business park, attempting to escape on foot, police said. Read More»

South Fayette man charged with breaking family member’s ribs

A south Fayette County man was arrested April 16 after a family arrived at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office to report an incident of family violence.

William K. McAbee, 50, was charged with aggravated battery, according to jail records.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies on April 16 received a complaint of family violence when a member of McAbee’s family came to the sheriff’s office to report that the relative’s ribs had been fractured in the attack by McAbee.

McAbee allegedly attacked his family member after an argument, Babb said. Read More»