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A job well done

A job well done

The Peachtree City Council honored the city’s newest Sergeant Jamie McDowell at its Aug 7. City Council meeting. McDowell was given his new rank before family and friends at the meeting. Photo/John Thompson.

West side developments move forward

Peachtree City is following noted author Horace Greeley’s mantra of “Go West, young man" Read More»

Bypass extension work to begin later this month

The transportation landscape on Newnan’s southeast side is about to undergo a transformation. Crews are set to begin work on a project that will extend the four-lane Newnan Crossing Bypass south to Ga. Highway 16 and U.S. Highway 29. The area along Hwy. 29 will also be upgraded from Interstate 85 to Pine Road.

The project will have Newan Crossing Bypass extended from Turkey Creek Road to the north for a distance of approximately 1.7 miles down to Hwy.16 where it will intersect just west of East Gordon Road. The entire span of the roadway will include four lanes and a median. Read More»

Shopping center planned for Newnan Bypass

The economic climate in Coweta County continues to improve. Evidence of that reality will come Aug. 19 when county commissioners conduct a public hearing on a proposal that would create nearly 163,000 square feet of retail and office space along Newnan Bypass East at Poplar Road.

Located primarily on the east side of the bypass, the majority of the 79.38 acres is situated south of Poplar Road, north of Turkey Creek Road and immediately west of Interstate 85. Read More»

Rhonda Smits is named state Nurse of the Year

East Coweta Middle School nurse Rhonda Smits has been named Georgia’s 2015 School Nurse of the Year. Photo/Special.

East Coweta Middle School nurse Rhonda Smits has been named Georgia’s 2015 School Nurse of the Year.

Smits received the honor at the July 16 meeting of the Georgia Association of School Nurses in Athens. Smits has been a registered nurse for 33 years and has served as school nurse at ECMS for 11 years.

“This is the first time the Georgia Association’s Nurse of the Year recognition has been bestowed on a Coweta County school nurse,” said Coweta school system spokesman Dean Jackson.
Smits began the school year on Aug. 5, during East Coweta’s pre-school orientation. Read More»

Appreciation time

Appreciation time

Appreciation time
Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts, left, received an unexpected gift from commission Chairman Bob Blackburn at the Aug. 5 meeting. Noting Fouts’ one-year anniversary as administrator, Blackburn presented him with a cane and seat cushion in anticipation that Fouts would serve in the position for many years to come. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fayette tax digest up 1 percent

The value of all property in Fayette County saw a small but significant increase in 2014.

Information supplied by Fayette County Tax Commissioner George Wingo showed an increase of approximately 1 percent in the 2014 tax digest.

Though small, an increase of 1.022 percent over the value of all real and personal property in the county in 2014 is a marked improvement over 2013 when the tax digest finally climbed into positive territory but was essentially flat. Read More»

Casting company urges pre-registration

By JOHN THOMPSON
jthompson@TheCitizen.com

A large crowd is expected Saturday for the open casting call for “Ant-Man” and the casting company is urging potential extras to pre-register to cut down on the wait times. In order to make the process more efficient, New Life Casting said people should pre-register by going to http://goo.gl/ETsds7 and complete the information form. Read More»

Arrest report: Aug. 5-11

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, Aug. 5 - Monday, Aug. 11

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tristen G. Allen, born in 1990, of Ashley Trail, Griffin, for revoked or suspended license.

Charles H. Arnold, III, born in 1966, of Veranda Way, Mount Dora, Fl., for probation/parole violation. Read More»

Teacher of the Year is presented with ring

From left, Dr. Darrell Evans (principal), Dr. Joseph Barrow (superintendent), Alexandra Vlachakis , Robert Smith (Balfour representative), Richard Smith (assistant principal), Kathy Smith (assistant principal), and Dr. Margo Wimbish (assistant principal). Photo/Submitted.

The first day of school year 2014 will be one Fayette County’s current teacher of the year will never forget. That’s because she has a piece of hardware on her right hand to remind her.

Alexandra Vlachakis, Fayette County Teacher of the Year for 2014, was presented with her official teacher of the year ring before the start of school at Sandy Creek High on August 7. She teaches web design, animation and computer science. Read More»

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