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F'ville Rite-Aid hit by snatch-and-grab robber

Fayetteville Police are searching for a man in connection with an April 4 snatch-and-grab robbery at the Rite-Aid drug store on South Glynn Street.

Department spokesperson Mike Whitlow said the man, described as wearing a dark t-shirt and sunglasses and in his 40s, entered the store at approximately 8 p.m.

The man brought a candy bar to the cash register and grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash when the cashier opened the register.

The man then fled the scene, Whitlow said.

2 F’ville businesses hit in same day robbery

2 F’ville businesses hit in same day robbery

Update: A second robbery on April 7 has occurred in Fayetteville in a span of six hours. The first was at a florist on South Glynn Street at 10 a.m. The second was at the Rite-Aid pharmacy on Ga. Highway 54 West shortly after 4 p.m. Police believe both robberies were the work of the same man. Read More»

Gas leak snarls S. Fayetteville traffic

A mid-morning natural gas leak April 7 at the new RaceTrac gas station on South Glynn Street caused Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services officials to divert traffic around a heavily-traveled section of Ga. Highway 85 at the Fayetteville city limits.

The intersection of Highways 85 and 92 and Ramah Road was completely shut down, causing traffic to back up significantly on Beauregard Boulevard as motorists made their way around the mess. The leak was repaired and the roads re-opened by 3:15 p.m., said Fayette FES Capt. Pete Nelms Read More»

Officials field questions on particulars of Ga.’s gun laws

GeorgiaCarry official Jerry Henry (L) responds to a question while Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah looks on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The meeting room downstairs at the Peachtree City Library was full March 31 as Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah and GeorgiaCarry.org Executive Director Jerry Henry fielded residents’ questions on the particulars of current state law on carrying firearms.

Henry at the outset of the meeting referenced the passage of Senate Bill 308 in 2010 and how it expanded the places where a gun can be carried.

The questions quickly followed, with one resident asking about the use of deadly force and potential liability. Read More»

Tyrone Post Office named for Lt. Collins

Tyrone Post Office named for Lt. Collins

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Burkitt “Deacon” Collins (L) views a plaque honoring his son, Army 1st Lt. Robert W. Collins, at a ceremony Monday in Tyrone. The plaque will be erected at the Tyrone Post Office, which is being renamed in honor of Lt. Collins, who died April 7, 2010 while serving in Iraq. Participating in the unveiling were (L-R) U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss and U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland. Photo/John Munford.

Council poised to limit use of all ‘walking’ signs in PTC

‘Will work . . . if PTC Council lets me’

For the past year or so, some businesses in Peachtree City have used employees or contractors to hold promotional signs along the road in an effort to drum up more business.

That practice may become significantly curtailed — perhaps even banned — after Thursday night’s City Council meeting. City staff is recommending that such walking signs, sometimes held by costumed mascots, be limited to four times a year and for no more than five consecutive days at a time, among other regulations. Read More»

Fayette law enforcement arrest reports March 22 – April 4

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past two weeks. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

March 22-28

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Robert Christopher Burtchael, 28, of Ga. Highway 138, Riverdale, for harassing phone calls.

Alicia Lynn Corvette, 36, of Old Covington Highway, Conyers, for probation violation.

Rusty James Cox, 24, of Northwood Road, Tyrone, for state drug law violation.

Vickie Darlene Cox, 49, Northwood Road, Tyrone, for state drug law violation. Read More»

Tyrone motorist trapped by fallen tree, but unhurt

The wind speed of the storm that blew through Fayette County during the late night hours April 4 is not known. But what is known is that the winds were strong enough to blow trees onto two homes and one vehicle in north Fayette and to cause temporary power outages in the Tyrone area. Read More»

Kurpiel is All American 5K's Hometown Hero

Ashley Kurpiel

Last year, the Peachtree City Running Club launched the All American 5K, a race on the Saturday before Memorial Day that raised money for the Dan Berschinski Fund. Lt. Dan Berschinski is a local man who was injured in Afghanistan. The race this year, set for Saturday, May 28, will be run in honor of

Ashley Kurpiel, a Peachtree City resident with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP). Money raised from the $25 entry fee for runners, walkers and phantom runners will support the International FOP Association (IFOPA). Read More»

Fayette to welcome home fallen Griffin soldier

A procession to bring home a Griffin soldier who died in Afghanistan March 29 will take place tomorrow (Wednesday, April 6) starting at Falcon Field in Peachtree City.

Pvt. Jeremy P. Faulkner, 23, was killed after enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire in the Konar province of Afghanistan. Faulkner was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, Read More»