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PTC PeachMac store rammed, burglarized, high-speed chase halted

More than $20,000 of computers and related items were stolen in a brazen ram-and-grab burglary at the PeachMac store at The Avenue in Peachtree City around 2:30 Wednesday morning, police said. Read More»

PTC terminates firefighter who reported for work drunk

Peachtree City firefighter/EMT Kevin Bernard McMullen had his employment with the city terminated Jan. 13 after reportedly showing up at work while under the influence of alcohol on Jan. 11. McMullen did not exercise his ability to appeal the Jan. 13 decision.

McMullen was hired while his father, Bernard McMullen, was city manager. The elder McMullen left the city’s employ last month.

McMullen was charged with DUI alcohol by Peachtree City Police on the morning of Jan. 11. Read More»

Nine underage drinkers arrested at rowdy party

A late night gathering at Weatherly Walk Apartments in Fayetteville last weekend resulted in the arrest of nine underage drinkers.

Fayetteville Police spokesperson Steve Crawshaw said officers at 2:30 a.m. received a call about a possible fight occurring in one of the buildings at Weatherly Walk Apartments, located in east Fayetteville off Ga. Highway 54.

After arriving at the scene officers found no altercation at the specified building but did hear a range of activity including loud music and people yelling coming from an apartment in the adjacent building, Crawshaw said. Read More»

Melear’s BBQ closes its doors in F’ville

A long-standing Fayetteville institution has closed its doors, maybe permanently.

Melear’s Barbecue, a fixture in the community for more than 50 years, served its last customers Saturday. Ever since the restaurant’s gravel parking lot has been empty, its famous pig statue has been lonely, and another slice of Fayette history is practically gone with the wind. Read More»

Southeast’s largest Sam’s Club set to open 8:30 a.m. Thursday, with ribbon-cutting at 8 a.m.

Greeting guests at the Sam's Club preview Jan. 20 were management team members (L-R) Michelle Stotts, Victoria Palumbo, Allen Lucas and Cary Ledgerwood.

When the state’s newest Sam’s Club opens Thursday morning a mile west of Peachtree City, shoppers will see a line-up of celebrities that include country music artist Randy Houser, fitness expert Denise Austin, Atlanta Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton and, on Friday, chef and restauranteur Wolfgang Puck.

Hundreds of residents from Fayette and Coweta counties earlier took advantage of a Jan. 20 pre-opening “Evening of Fresh Fare” at the new Sam’s Club at Fischer Crossings commercial center on Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta. Read More»

Parading for Sandy Creek High School champions

Parading for Sandy Creek High School champions

Crowds in Tyrone cheered on a cold Saturday morning, Jan. 22, as the Sandy Creek High School Band paved the way down Senoia Road for the Parade of Champions recognizing the school’s 2010 Patriot football team, Georgia’s AAA football champs (their second consecutive state title), and the 2010 Lady Patriots Volleyball team, runner-up in the statewide competition. Photo/Ben Nelms.

School chief: Job not created for Maine teacher friend

Fayette County School System Superintendent Jeff Bearden, fresh from Maine, has been on the job less than a month. And Bearden last week responded to several questions posed to him by The Citizen, including a query about a new female teacher from his home state of Maine who was approved for hire in December by the school board. Bearden was insistent that the teaching position was not created for this individual, Read More»

Rep. Ramsey preps tough immigration law

Under a proposed law being introduced this Wednesday by Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City), employers across the state will be required to verify the residency status of all new job applicants to make sure only American citizens or properly documented aliens can be hired. Read More»

Whitewater team a semi-finalist for employment branding challenge

Publix Super Markets is looking closely at the ideas of two students for attracting young employment applicants to their stores.

Whitewater High DECA students Yanna Banks and Lia Poulson have been selected as 12 semi-finalist teams in the Publix Brand Champion Challenge, a competition open to DECA students that involves creating a fully integrated marketing program to attract 16 to 25-year-olds to apply for work at the stores. DECA is a student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality, and management. Read More»

Sting nets two arrests for prostitution, one for pimping

Two women were arrested on charges of prostitution and one man was arrested for pimping in a Jan. 20 sting conducted by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotic Team (TNT).

Tavish Sunshine Hunter, 40, of East Point and Megan Paige Johnson, 21, of Hixson, Tenn. were both charged with prostitution, said sheriff’s office spokesperson Brent Rowan.

Also arrested on charges of pimping and violating the Georgia Controlled Substance Act for being in possession of prescription medication without a legal prescription was Corey Montez Hollie, 31, of Atlanta, said Rowan. Read More»

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