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The Citizen winter storm news updates

Updated 4:42 p.m. Thursday – Fayette County is starting to thaw out from the great ice storm of 2014 as most roads are clear, and the traffic lights have been repaired Read More»

Police: stay off icy roads

PTC cops warn that N. Peachtree Parkway is likely to be closed to all but local traffic

With ice expected to cover local roads tomorrow, Peachtree City police are urging all motorists to stay off the road to stay safe. It might turn out to be good advice throughout Fayette and Coweta counties, and based on reports we've heard from grocery stores, locals are prepared to hunker down for a day or more if necessary.

Gov. Nathan Deal has also urged drivers to get off the roads so they can be pretreated with salt and sand by the Georgia Department of Transportation, which has called in extra staff and vehicles from South Georgia to assist.

Officials want to make sure the roads are clear so they can respond to emergencies. Read More»

In advance of ice storm, GEMA offers safety tips

The Georgia Emergency Management Association is urging residents to prepare for winter weather and offered several tips to aid in preparation efforts.
• Prepare a ready kit of emergency supplies for your home and car and include adequate clothing and blankets to keep you warm. In addition to the basic essentials, consider adding an ice scraper, extra blanket, sand for traction and jumper cables. Read More»

Fayette schools closed Wed. and Thurs., Coweta schools closed Wed.

Fayette County public schools will be closed Wednesday and Thursday and Coweta County public schools will be closed for students and staff on Wednesday. Both systems will close due to winter weather conditions forecast for the local area.

Fayette schools spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach said schools will be closed for students and staff on Wednesday and Thursday. All extra-curricular activities for the two-day period have also been cancelled. Read More»

Fayette, Coweta schools to hold classes Tuesday

Schools in Fayette and Coweta counties will be open Tuesday. Fayette County has, however, cancelled all after-school and extracurricular activities due to the threat of impending weather.

Fayette County School System spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach on Monday afternoon said plans call for Fayette schools to be open Tuesday.

“Based on the weather information we have we’re planning to have school on Tuesday,” Berry-Dreisbach. “The winter weather is expected to come into the area on Tuesday evening after schools ends.” Read More»

Iced-in Wednesday ahead for Fayette, Coweta

UPDATED 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 — It’s official: Wednesday will be icy — up to nearly a half-inch of ice on trees, parked cars and roads in Fayette and Coweta counties, the National Weather Service Office in Peachtree City says in issuing a winter storm warning.

The hour-by-hour graphical forecast predicts that the temperature dips below freezing around 5 a.m. Wednesday and stays there for at least the next 24 hours, the NWS says. That means liquid water turns to ice and there will be no melting until Thursday.

A day-long freezing rain could cause trouble for electrical power lines as ice-loaded tree limbs fall across live wires. Everyone should be prepared to lose power for an extended period Wednesday and Thursday, the NWS says. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Jan. 28 – Feb. 3

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 - Monday, Feb. 3

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Jamecia L. Blount, born in 1995, of Bernardo Drive, Riverdale, for less than an ounce of pot.

Deanthony Brown, born in 1992, of Ward Bluff Court, Ellenwood, for probation/parole violation.
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Area vets seek behavioral hospital

U.S. HealthVest Vice President Stacie York on Wednesday presents details of the psychiatric hospital proposed for Newnan to representatives of veterans groups from Coweta and Fayette counties. Also pictured are Coweta Commission of Veterans Affairs co-chairs Joe Brooks, L, and Malcolm Jackson. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Coweta Commission of Veterans Affairs (CCVA) hosted a meeting Wednesday that brought representatives from Coweta and Fayette counties and a number of interested parties together to address the recent state denial of the proposed Newnan Behavioral Hospital. Veterans were adamant that such a facility is needed locally.

The certificate of need (CON) submitted by U.S. HealthVest was recently denied by the Ga. Dept. of Community Health and the appeal process is currently underway. The appeal will likely be heard in the spring, said U.S. HealthVest Vice President Stacie York. Read More»

Flat Rock band selected for special performances

Flat Rock band selected for special performances

Flat Rock Middle School Symphonic Band performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in Savannah last weekend. The band, led by Band Director Matthew Price, was one of only 2 middle school bands that were invited to perform from Georgia. The Flat Rock Symphonic Band was also one of two Middle School Bands invited to perform at the Southeast United States Band Clinic at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. The band was selected from throughout the Southeast United States through a competitive audition. Read More»

Coweta won't have to make up snow days

The Coweta County School System has determined that no additional school days will be required to make up for student instructional days missed due to inclement weather over the month of January.

Superintendent Steve Barker informed parents of the decision in a letter sent to Coweta families on February 4:

“Dear Parents, Read More»