Senoia fugitive nabbed in multi-county effort

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It required the efforts of law enforcement agencies in counties around metro Atlanta, but in the end Senoia resident Bill Owens, Jr. ended up in custody on June 18.

Currently housed in the Fayette County Jail, the highly mobile Owens, 36, faces a litany of charges from Fayette and numerous surrounding counties. Read More»

East Coweta graduate commemorates D-Day in Normandy

Army Spc. James Estabrooks. Photo/Special.

Army Specialist and former East Coweta High School graduate James M. Estabrooks on June 6 joined hundreds of American service members to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy.

“He and hundreds of other American service members are here commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion in 1944 that changed the course of World War II and history. Honoring our history and securing our future is the reason the American service members are here today,” said a press release by the Joint Hometown News Service (JHNS) in Fort Meade, Maryland. Read More»

Students headed to nationals

Central Educational Center students Breanne Thompson (L) and Lauren Veal will compete in the 2014 SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri June 22-27, as part of SkillsUSA’s 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. Photo/Special.

Two students from the Central Educational Center’ (CEC) will be competing in this summer’s SkillsUSA national championships in Kansas City, Missouri.

Breanne Thompson (Central Educational Center, Northgate High School) won first place in Graphics Communications at this year’s SkillsUSA Georgia competitions and Lauren Veal (Central Educational Center, Newnan High School) won first place in Early Childhood Education. Read More»

West Georgia Technical College sees increase in students at Coweta campus

The new West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) campus opened in Coweta County nearly a year ago. A report on the status of the new campus and WGTC’s efforts in Coweta was presented at a recent meeting of the Coweta County Commission. The report noted a large increase in the number of students at the Turkey Creek Road campus and the Central Educational Center in Newnan since last fall.

Located on Turkey Creek Road near Interstate 85, the new campus opened in August 2013. Read More»

Newnan Nissan dealership is now open for business

From left to right are finance director Mark Tumpson,owner Bruce Bean, Nissan of Newnan general manager Lane Crider and Nissan of Union City general manager Sam Ajayi. Photo/Special.

The Atlanta area celebrates its 18th Nissan Dealership and first in Newnan, Ga., when Nissan of Newnan, held its grand opening June 14.

The 39,000 square foot location is the 6th dealership owned by Atlanta-based Automotive Associates of Atlanta and is led by General Manager Lane Crider, a Georgia native who has been selling Nissan automobiles since 1984, back when they were called Datsun. Read More»

PTC police credit man for big pot arrest — his own

Photo courtesy of Peachtree City Police Department.

‘Check out my YouTube Page’ – cops did, found online pics of 33 marijuana plants in man's house

A Peachtree City man was arrested on felony marijuana charges June 13 after he invited an officer to “check out his YouTube channel” which showed a marijuana-growing operation at his residence that contained 33 marijuana plants.

Zachary A. Peak, 29, of Paddock Trail in Glenloch Village, was charged with manufacturing, distribution and possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related objects and indecent exposure, according to police and jail records. Read More»

Economic hits mount with permit delays for dredging Lake Peachtree

The infamous spillway on Lake Peachtree. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

With Lake Peachtree unusable, August triathlon canceled; uncertainties about Dragon Boat Race

County officials last week announced another potential delay in refilling Lake Peachtree.

The proposed dry dredging of the lake bed will require state and/or federal permits, unlike previously thought, according to County Manager Steve Rapson. This stands to delay the dredging process by at least several months.

The lake has been drained almost completely since February when it was lowered to allow dock and shoreline maintenance ... but in the interim problems were discovered with a cavern that was created underneath the lake’s spillway, threatening its structural integrity. Read More»

3 arrested in Fayette chase

A June 13 car chase along Ga. Highway 54 in Fayetteville and into central Fayette County followed by a chase on foot by sheriff’s deputies and Tyrone officers led to the arrest of three men on multiple charges.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies on June 13 conducted a traffic stop on Hwy. 54 in Fayetteville near Sharon Drive. He said the driver of the vehicle pulled into the parking lot of the AutoZone store then fled from the officer by quickly returning to Hwy. 54 and running the light at Gingercake Road. Babb said the pursuit continued west on Hwy. 54, then north onto Tyrone Road. Read More»

Drop-in Kroger burglary suspect turns himself in to police

The man who burglarized the Kroger pharmacy at 805 South Glynn Street in Fayetteville on June 8 surrendered to police after family members saw his photo in newsaccounts and suggested he turn himself in.

Justin Blake Moody, 21, of Fayetteville, voluntarily surrendered to Fayetteville investigators at noon on June 11, said Det. Mike Whitlow. Moody was charged with one count of burglary for breaking into the Kroger pharmacy at approximately 9 p.m. on June 8, Whitlow said. Read More»

I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange improvements years away

Partial cloverleaf design still being analyzed

Commuters hoping for progress on the choke point of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85 shouldn’t be expecting action anytime soon.

The good news is that the state is still working toward a “partial cloverleaf” design, which would have more capacity than for a diverging diamond layout ... and engineering is currently underway, according to state transportation officials.

Right of way acquisition has been accelerated to 2018, but the actual construction is mired in a “long range” plan that could mean anytime between 2020 and 2030. Read More»

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