Coweta students help shore up newest state park

Sixteen work-based interns from the Central Educational Center spent part of their summer working at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Coweta County. At the visitor’s center following a day of trail-blazing and clearing are, (L-R) front row, Zach Ponce, Brock Dorman, Kenny Johnson , Jesse Stearns, Jimmie Reid, Ethan Blevins, Mitch Knabe, Sam Lasater; back row, Gabriela Bump, Alex Palacio, Haley Johnson, Ashley Davis, Sidney Sowerbrower, Olecia Witt, Alison Walker, Kyle Sorrells. Photo/Special.

It is one thing to spend part of the summer break hanging out and having fun. It’s quite another for a group of Central Educational Center (CEC) students to help shore up the amenities at the new Chattahoochee Bend State Park in northwest Coweta County.

And that is what 16 CEC students did during the week of July 11-15 when they helped blaze trails, clear campsites and set up the visitor’s center at the newly-opened Chattahoochee Bend State Park, according to Coweta County School System spokesperson Dean Jackson. Read More»

East Coweta teacher selected for Costa Rica trip

Tammy Hyder, teacher at East Coweta Middle School. Photo/Special.

For East Coweta Middle School teacher Tammy Hyder it will be a trip to remember. Hyder will study the Costa Rican rainforest later this year after being selected as a recipient in the 2011 Toyota International Teacher Program.   Read More»

Fairburn approves large warehouse development near Hwy. 74/I-85

A July 25 vote by the Fairburn City Council may add more trucks to the roadways around Interstate 85 but it will also bring in approximately $950,000 per year in local tax revenues. The council unanimously approved a rezoning request by Shugart Farms Industrial, LLC that will eventually locate 2.81 million square feet of warehouse space on nearly 169 acres on Bohannon Road and I-85. Read More»

Location changed for PTC National Night Out

The location for Peachtree City’s National Night Out Tuesday has been changed to Drake Field, the open field area between the city library and Lake Peachtree.

The event, slated from 7 to 9 p.m., is part of a larger national anti-crime campaign. There will be a host of public safety equipment on display for the public to see, including fire department ladder trucks, helicopters, police vehicles, auto wreckers and more.

Also planned is a special event for the children, a public safety scavenger hunt that requires them to check in with various agencies that will be on hand. Read More»

Coweta approves Thomas Crossroads rental facility

Coweta County commissioners at the July 19 meeting approved a rezoning proposal that will lead to the construction of a 5,023 square-foot U-Haul self-storage and truck rental facility on the south side of Ga. Highway 34 just west of Thomas Crossroads. The rezoning approval for the site immediately to the west of Starship Adult Novelties and Gifts changed the zoning to C-8 (Heavy Commercial District) from Old C (Old Commercial) zoning. Read More»

Fayetteville pastor Creecy dies

Fayetteville pastor Creecy dies

1 of first to leave inner city Atlanta for suburban ministry

The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Fayetteville and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died Wednesday night, SCLC officials confirmed.

In 1999, Rev. Creecy took a leap of faith and followed a vision to move from St. Peter’s Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta to Fayetteville, and he was joined by his father, Howard Creecy Sr., in establishing Olivet Baptist here, according to SCLC spokesman Maynard Eaton. The elder Creecy at the time led Mt. Moriah Baptist Church near the campus of Morehouse college. Read More»

PTC closing Crabapple Lane

Starting this Thursday morning (July 28), Crabapple Lane in north Peachtree City will be closed for several days so so a new sewer line and storm drain may be installed near the Peachtree City fire station.

The road is expected to reopen Monday afternoon, Aug. 1, city officials said. In the meantime, motorists heading to and from the neighborhoods of Maple Shade, Crabapple Woods, Leisure Trail, and homes and businesses off Crabapple Lane should plan to access Crabapple from Old Senoia Road. Read More»

Fallen tree knocks out power to F’ville City Hall

Fallen tree knocks out power to F’ville City Hall

Skies were calm in the late morning hours July 27 but that did not stop a large oak tree from somehow breaking off and toppling power lines before it came to rest across Lee Street at the intersection with Johnson Street in Fayetteville. Crews from the city and Ga. Power worked into the afternoon to clean up the blocked intersection and restore power to City Hall and area businesses that lost power after the tree fell.

End-of-course tests show Fayette kids outpacing state

Fayette County school students did themselves proud during the 2010-2011 school year, besting their scores compared to the previous year on the end-of-course tests administered during the spring. Those scores also significantly surpassed the state average. Fayette also had all its schools make AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) for the eighth consecutive year. Read More»

Woman robbed at southside F’ville bank ATM

A woman depositing money in the ATM at Fayetteville’s South Glynn Street Chase Bank after dark July 25 was robbed at gunpoint by a lone assailant, police said.

Fayetteville Police spokesperson Debbie Chambers said the incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. as a woman approached the ATM to make a monetary deposit.

The woman was in process of making the deposit when a man holding a handgun came up to her and demanded that she give him the money and leave the area, Chambers said.

Chambers said the robber was described as being either Hispanic or as a light-skinned black male. Read More»

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