Fate of Lake Peachtree dam undecided

Lake Peachtree dam and water system intake pumping station. July 2014 photo by Bonnie Hester.

The fate of the Lake Peachtree dam could be decided before the end of the year. Hanging in the balance is the determination by the state on whether the dam can remain a Category 2 structure or if it will be designated a Category 1 dam that comes with a much greater cost.

The state is currently considering the appeal by Fayette County and Peachtree City over the reclassification of the dam from a Category 2 to a Category 1 structure. Read More»

Arrested PTC man hit with second child molestation charge

A Peachtree City man arrested on Oct. 6 on charges of child molestation has been charged with a second offense involving a 10-year-old Peachtree City girl.

Thomas Edward Zerbarini, 45, of Plantain Terrace, was charged Nov. 24 with child molestation, according to Fayette County Jail records.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Mark Brown said the second child molestation charge involves a 10-year-old girl from Peachtree City. Jail records indicate the offense occurred in January 2013. Read More»

Barlow steps in it, apologizes; critics are still upset

Apology or not, comments made by Fayette County Republican Commissioner David Barlow at the Nov. 13 County Commission meeting on the treatment of conservative Christians by liberal “Demoncrats” continue to be met with negative reactions by Democrats and Republicans.

Barlow’s remarks have opened an outcry from across the political spectrum. Weighing in with outrage about Barlow’s comments were Fayette County Democratic Committee Chair Dawn Mabra, Fayette County Republican Party chair Scott Fabricius, the Fayette County Issues Tea Party and Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown. Read More»

Pinewood Studios in F’ville to nearly double its capacity

Sign outside Pinewood Atlanta Studios on Sandy Creek Road in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New soundstages to make facililty largest in Georgia

Earth-moving equipment is being assembled on the 288-acre Pinewood Atlanta Studios property Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Nov. 11–17

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the period indicated. 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, Nov. 11 - Monday, Nov.

Burch receives a $10,000 Empowerment Package

Pictured are Burch yearbook staff members and yearbook advisor, Lindsay Perry, when Fellowship of Love presented the students with their new cameras for documenting school events. Photo/Submitted.

Robert J. Burch Elementary School in Tyrone recently received an Empowerment Package from Fellowship of Love Church, a Partner in Education.

This package, valued at approximately $10,000, will assist the school with a variety of projects to support student learning and student-centered activities. Read More»

Patriots back in state quarterfinals with 29-7 win

Sandy Creek’s senior wide receiver Christian Branch warming up before a home game. The Patriots are in the quarterfinals for the seventh straight year after a rare second-round road game, winning 29-7 over Region 3-AAAA champion Wayne County in Jesup. Photo/Bethan Adams.

The current senior class at Sandy Creek High School was in elementary school the last time its football team lost in the first two rounds of the state playoffs.

The Patriots are in the quarterfinals for the seventh straight year after a rare second-round road game, winning 29-7 over Region 3-AAAA champion Wayne County in Jesup. Read More»

Faulty outlet cause of fire

Fire officials said nearly 70 percent of the home was destroyed in Monday's fire. Photo/Bethan Adams.

A short circuit in a bedroom outlet resulted in a Nov. 17 fire at former city council member Bobbie Blandburg’s home at 323 Bridge Street in Senoia.

Fire crews worked for more than four hours to extinguish the blaze that damaged 70 percent of the home but resulted in no injuries.

Coweta Fire Dept. Assistant Chief Jeff Denney said the fire occurred at approximately 10:22 a.m. and was caused by an electrical outlet in a bedroom that shorted-out. Read More»

Festive 'tea party' helps out youth organization

Volunteers dressed as characters in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" film adaptation. The volunteers milled around with the event attendees during the night while the movie played on a screen in the front of the room. The Queen of Hearts thundered "Let their heads roll!" occasionally, and the other characters passed around a mic, saying certain lines at the same time their characters in the movie did. Photo/Bethan Adams.

All kinds of guests came through the keyhole shaped door at The Mad Hatter Tea Party Nov. 15, dressed in stripes, flashing bow-ties, popping colors and whimsical hats.

Family Patterns Matter, a youth-based development organization, hosted the event, which featured volunteers dressed as characters from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Family Patterns Matter CEO and President Linda Kirkpatrick came up with the idea for the event and the organization’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB), consisting of teens and preteens in and around Fayette and Coweta counties, spread the word. Read More»

East Coweta Middle gets 'Breakout' award

East Coweta Middle School was named a 2014 “Distinguished Breakout School” by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. During the school’s recognition by the Coweta County school board on Nov. 11 are, from left, East Coweta Middle School teacher Mitch Bailey, Assistant Principal George Wilkerson, Assistant Principal Yovandra Matthews-Curtis, Principal Schwanda Jackson, teachers Leslie Bryant, Erin Hicks and Blaire Boothe and Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker. Photo/Submitted.

East Coweta Middle School has been named one of only three schools in Georgia to receive the designation as a 2014 “Distinguished Breakout School” by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP).

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said the Breakout School distinction, bestowed on only five Georgia schools this year, is the highest honor presented by the GASSP organization. The award recognizes Georgia middle schools that are high achieving or show dramatic increases in student achievement. Read More»

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