First science national honor society formed at Whitewater HS

Members of the society. Photo/Special.

Thanks to the efforts of Whitewater High senior Jackson Kirchner, the school system’s first national honor society for science has been formed.

History was made at Whitewater High on the evening of February 3 when 108 of the school’s juniors and seniors were inducted and became charter members of the county’s first ever Science National Honor Society. Over 150 students at Whitewater met the eligibility requirements and were invited to join. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Feb. 4 – 10

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, Feb. 4 - Monday, Feb. 10

Fayette County Sheriff’s Offic

Melanie D. Carder, born in 1977, of Harris Road, Fayetteville, for DUI alcohol and drugs.
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Coweta man charged with killing father, 58

Thirty-one-year-old Justin Lee Earhart has been charged with the Feb. 13 murder of his 58-year-old father at his east Coweta County residence.

Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager on Friday said the 911 call center received a call after 5:30 a.m. Thursday from an individual asking for help, adding that his son had attacked and stabbed him.

The man was kept on the phone as deputies were routed to the location at 300 Nectarine Drive off Ga. Highway 154 and south of Thomas Crossroads, said Yeager. Read More»

Nearly all power outages in Coweta, Fayette restored

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Nearly all power outages in Coweta and Fayette counties had been restored by Sunday morning.

A Sunday morning check of the storm maps for Coweta-Fayette EMC and Georgia Power showed there were 7 remaining power outages in Coweta and 23 in Fayette for EMC customers and none for Georgia Power customers.
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University of West Ga. gets $284K to help school teachers

The University of West Georgia has received $284,326 in teacher quality grants to enhance the teaching of science, mathematics, language arts, reading and social studies at public and private elementary, middle and high schools. Read More»

EMC outages remain a problem

Fayette and cities to conduct 'wellness check' on those without power; Nearly 4,000 customers in Fayette, Coweta heading into 3rd day of no power; frustrated customer says, ‘They do not answer the phone’

Nearly 1,800 homes in Fayette County and 2,200 homes in Coweta County -- all served by Coweta-Fayette EMC -- remain without power early Friday afternoon. Many, if not all of them are going into their third day in a row with no power and most importantly no heat as the temperatures that led to the ice storm blanketing the area Wednesday have remained cold. Read More»

Fayette Visioning supporters talk funding, goals

Bob Ross, co-chair of the Fayette Visioning Initiative. File photo.

The Fayette Visioning Initiative is well underway, with a steering committee of 40 and a recently completed public survey with more than 1,450 people providing input on Fayette County’s needs for the future. So who is funding the initiative and exactly what kind of influence does the steering committee hold as the visioning process continues to unfold?

Fayette County Chamber of Commerce President Virginia Gibbs was asked about the initiative’s income and expenses: Where do the funds come from and who is giving money for the effort?
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Coweta schools to open Friday, Fayette resumes after school activities

The Coweta County School System announced Thursday night that all schools will be open for normal operating hours on Friday, February 14.

Coweta County school bus drivers rode their regular routes Thursday afternoon, to check for any trouble areas. What few were found were addressed with the help of the Coweta County government, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»

Finalists named for Fayette Teacher of the Year

Better than an apple for the teacher — Fayette County Board of Education Vice-Chair Dr. Bob Todd (R) congratulates a surprised Dr. Kelly Jackson, music teacher at Crabapple Lane Elementary School in Peachtree City, for being named a finalist for teacher of the year. Photo/Special.

It is a “first” for the Fayette County Teacher of the Year program: all three finalists teach elective subjects: drama, music, and business/computer science.
This year’s finalists are David Spearman, drama, Starr’s Mill High; Kelly Jackson, music, Crabapple Lane Elementary; and Alexandra Vlachakis, business/computer science, Sandy Creek High.
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Traffic lights, power lines down at PTC’s major intersection

Traffic lights, power lines down at PTC’s major intersection

UPDATE 11:36 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12 — Winter weather has brought down the traffic signal at Ga. highways 54 and 74, normally Peachtree City’s busiest intersection.

Motorists should completely avoid the area as live power lines are down as well, according to the Peachtree City Police Department.

The police department posted the info on Facebook around 10:30 p.m. tonight.

The police department itself has lost outside power and is working on emergency backup power.

Numerous officers have been called in to work along with volunteers from the auxiliary police force. Read More»