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Police: no charges for PTC kid photographer

Investigation determined there was no intent to harm kids

Peachtree City police have decided not to file charges against a man who caused a stir last Saturday by photographing several juveniles in the Mark Style subdivision and walking away before the childrens’ mothers could question his actions.

The photographer did not intend to commit a harmful act against the children, and as such police and the victims made a joint decision not to file charges, police said. Read More»

Fayette deputies uncover arson for profit insurance scam; 5 arrested in statewide fraud ring

Five women were arrested Tuesday for participating in a statewide insurance fraud scheme that involved torching a residential unit at the Shiloh Mobile Home Park, sheriff’s officials said. Read More»

Miss Starr's Mill 2011 crowned

Miss Starr's Mill 2011 crowned

 The 10th annual Miss Starr’s Mill High School Scholarship Pageant was held recently at Willie Duke Auditorium. The scholarship pageant is a fundraiser for the SMHS drama department. Finalists for 2011 were, from left, Carolyn Balkovetz, 2nd Runner Up and the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from Dr. Jay Burney and Digestive Health Care of Georgia; Leoghain Strnad, 1st Runner Up and the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from The Southern Federal Credit Union; Liz Buckalew, Miss Starr’s Mill 2011 and the recipient of a $2,000 scholarship from Dr. Read More»

From bookstore to tool store: Harbor Freight Tools coming to empty Barnes & Noble

There will soon be a new business operating at the site of the former Barnes & Noble bookstore at the Uptown Square commercial development on Ga. Highway 85 North in Fayetteville. Nationwide retail tool supplier Harbor Freight Tools is expected to open its Fayette County location in the coming months.

The 21,000 square-foot store across Hwy. 85 from the Fayette Pavilion will soon become the home to a wide variety of power, air and hand tools, generators, automotive and motorcycle accessories, lawn and garden equipment, garage and shop items and general merchandise. Read More»

Churchill’s great-grandson: Come to London, FCHS Chorus

Fayette County High School Chorus Director Richard Prouty (L) accepts the invitation of Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandson, Duncan Sandys, the Lord Mayor of the city of Westminster in London. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Sir Winston Churchill’s great-grandson, Duncan Sandys, and also the Lord Mayor of the city of Westminster in London, made a personal appearance at Fayette County High School Friday to invite the school’s chorus to perform in the London International Choral Festival taking place in London, England Dec. 27, 2011 through Jan. 4, 2012.

The choral festival is being held in conjunction with the London New Year’s Parade, according to school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach. Read More»

Sandy Creek’s Rabold moves to Whitewater

Long-time Sandy Creek High School Principal Roy Rabold prepares to become principal at Whitewater High School. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Longtime Sandy Creek High School Principal Roy Rabold will be saying goodbye to staff and the Tyrone community at the end of the school year. Rabold was approved last week by the Fayette County Board of Education to begin duties as the Whitewater High School principal beginning in June. Rabold will replace the retiring Gregory Stillions.

He goes from the high school with the smallest enrollment in Fayette — 1,176 students — to the school with the third-highest — 1,533. McIntosh High in Peachtree City is the school with the largest enrollment in the county — 1,634. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrests reports: March 1 — March 7, 2011

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

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, March 1 - Monday, March 7

Michael Brandon Brooks, 30, of Lees Lake Road, Fayetteville, for probation violation.

Robert William Cisneros, 20, of Glenn Street, Palmetto, for probation violation.

Tarrah Diane Clark, 24, of Herchel Road, College Park, for probation violation.

Alexander Leland Coe, 23, of Stonehaven Drive, Fayetteville, for probation violation. Read More»

Sheriffs arrest 2 for ID fraud

Two men have been arrested by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office for two unrelated incidents involving check-related identity fraud.

Rontavis Walker, 27, of Hampton has been charged with three counts of identity fraud, according to sheriff’s investigators.

He was arrested Feb. 23 for fraudulently depositing three checks belonging to a Fayette County business into his bank account, officials said.

The deposits were made Sept. 10, 2010, investigators said. Read More»

The Fresh Market opens in Peachtree City Wednesday

A view of the inside of the Peachtree City location of The Fresh Market. Photo/Joyce Beverly.

The Fresh Market, Inc. will expand its presence in the Southeast region Wednesday (March 9) with a new store in Peachtree City, marking the company’s eleventh store in the state. Read More»