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Traffic accident with no serious injuries stalls traffic on Hwy. 54 East in PTC

Traffic accident with no serious injuries stalls traffic on Hwy. 54 East in PTC

A two-car accident at Ga. Highway 54 and Flat Creek Road on Monday afternoon in Peachtree City resulted in an overturned vehicle but no serious injuries.

The accident occurred before 5 p.m. and roadways were open by 6 p.m., according to the Peachtree City Police Dept.

Police said there were no serious injuries in the accident which had police, ambulance crews and firefighters at the scene. Read More»

Fayette deputies test on-body cameras

Dep. Jonathan Henderson provides a close-up look at one of the cameras being tested for road use by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Photo/Ben Nelms.

On-body cameras worn by law enforcement officers may be in the news recently but the idea of finding cameras that are durable and affordable has been a long time coming for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

Having experimented with cameras since 2007 with limited success, the sheriff currently is evaluating two types of camera systems for road deputies and jailers.

Sheriff Barry Babb said the sheriff’s office initially used shoulder-mounted cameras as far back as 2007, but found little success with the units. Read More»

Water park eyes berth in quiet PTC neighborhood

From the Great Wolf website, a front view of one of the company's lodges.

UPDATED for print Jan. 20, 2014 — So far, three Peachtree City Council members are noncommittal 

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Marriott coming to town

lon Hotels and its desire to construct and operate an all-suites Marriott Residence Inn in the Kedron Office park won unanimous approval Jan. 15 from the Peachtree City Council.

The vote on the rezoning proposal was 4-0. Mayor Vanessa Fleisch did not attend the meeting.

The approval came with 14 conditions.

The Apsilon proposal called for the construction of a 62,000 sq. ft. Marriott Residence Inn with 126 rooms on 6.522 acres on the north side of the office park. The structure will have four floors and be no more than 45 feet in height at the highest point. Read More»

PTC planners hear about new high-tech industry

Sensor components of the PAVE-IR Scanner are shown mounted on paving machinery in a photo from the MOBA website.

A workshop discussion on a request to construct a 50,000 sq. ft. office building and three soccer fields along Ga. Highway 74 South in a proposed industrial subdivision Read More»

Traffic signal problem on PTC’s busiest road now fixed

Shutterstock image of crosswalk buttons.

UPDATED 3:50 p.m. Jan. 15, 2014 — The traffic nightmare trigger causing more gridlock than usual along Ga. highways 54 and 74 in Peachtree City has been identified and fixed, police said.

The culprit was a broken pedestrian crossing button — not at the main junction of hwys. 54 and 74, but about a quarter mile west at the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Planterra Way.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesperson Odilia Bergh said the Georgia Department of Transportation on Thursday had crews looking at the traffic signal devices in the west corridor area. Read More»

Fayette private, home school numbers remain steady

Fayette private, home school numbers remain steady
Fewer students attend Fayette schools in 2015 than a decade ago, so where have the kids gone?

Deputy struck by vehicle chases, apprehends suspect

Deputy struck by vehicle chases, apprehends suspect

A Fayette County sheriff’s deputy was transported to Atlanta Medical Center on Jan. 14 after being struck by a vehicle Read More»

Paralyzed from the waist down, chief’s wife released from Atl. hospital

UPDATED 2:35 p.m. Jan. 15, 2014 — Maggie McCollom has has been released from Atlanta Medical Center after being shot accidentally Jan. 1 by Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom in the couple’s home on Jan. 1. Atlanta media are reporting she is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the gunshot wound.

The chief is still on paid leave from the city and has made no statements to news media.

There is still no word from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) on the results of the investigation the agency is conducting. Read More»

Stephenson to play for Young Harris

'Beast' on the lacrosse field, coach says

Peachtree City native Zach Stephenson will join the Young Harris College men’s lacrosse team in 2016, the college announced.

“Zach is an absolute beast,” head coach Kirk Rogers said. “As a multi-sport athlete, Zach excels at football, wrestling, and lacrosse. Although he has played multiple positions throughout high school, he started to focus primarily on face-offs this spring and has quickly become one of the best face-off players in the country.”

Stephenson plays lacrosse at The McCallie School and also competes for the LB3 club program.