Radio talk show host warns of global Islamic agenda

“Let Freedom Ring” radio talk show host Dr. Jody Hice tells a packed house in Newnan July 12 that Islam, not just a religion, is a totalitarian way of life that threatens human rights. Photo/Ben Nelms.

More than 130 people filled the meeting room at The Carnegie in Newnan July 12 to hear radio talk show host and former pastor Dr. Jody Hice explain that Islam, far from being only a religion, is actually a totalitarian way of life that stands in opposition to the freedoms guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Read More»

Newnan man dies after June wreck in Senoia

Twenty-year-old Newnan resident Tramario Reese died July 3 as a result of injuries he sustained in a June 10 wreck when a Newnan woman in whose vehicle he was riding ran a stop sign on Rockaway Road and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Charges are pending in the accident.

Senoia Police spokesman Jason Ercole said the incident occurred on June 10 at 11:57 p.m. after Reese, 17-year-old driver and Newnan resident Angelica Williams and two other passengers left a graduation party at either the Twin Lakes or Heritage Pointe subdivisions. Read More»

Red Cross asks for help in critical blood shortage

The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region is facing a critical blood shortage and has issued an appeal for blood donors.

Many donors are busy or traveling, school is out of session and donations in May and June dropped to the lowest levels the Red Cross has seen during this timeframe in over a dozen years. Demand for blood remained steady during this same period, which is why the Red Cross needs people—now more than ever—to roll up a sleeve and give as soon as possible. All types are needed, but especially O negative, which can be used to treat any patient. Read More»

Local students win medals at SkillsUSA Champions

From left are Rebekah Rhinehart, 5th place (in nation): Preschool Teaching Assistant, Ryan Evans & Jacob Jennings, 2nd place & Silver Medalists: 3D Visualization & Animation and Justin Kaufman, Computer Maintenance Technology. Photo/Special.

Central Educational Center’s (CEC) SkillsUSA team participated in The SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri. Four GA Gold Medalists from CEC attended the conference from June 20-24, 2011, as part of the SkillsUSA 47th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference (NLSC). Team members participating from CEC were Ryan Evans, Jacob Jennings, Justin Kaufman, and Rebekah Rhinehart. Each SkillsUSA Championships contestant is a state-level gold medalist. Read More»

Appeals court upholds child exploitation verdict in PTC case

The Georgia Court of Appeals has upheld the guilty verdict from a jury that convicted a Clayton County man of soliciting sex online from an undercover Peachtree City police officer whom he thought was a 15-year-old girl.

Mohammed Bolton, 37, was convicted in March 2006 by a Fayette County Jury.

When he was arrested in October 2005, police said that Bolton was a youth minister at Harvest International Church in Jonesboro and also was a school bus driver. Read More»

Quick action helped save PTC home from fire

Peachtree City firefighters come down from the roof of the North Cove home that was believed to have been struck by lightning in the late afternoon of July 9. Photo/Special.

Fire contained to attic; neighbor called 911 quickly

A North Cove subdivision resident is very thankful for the Peachtree City Fire Department’s work to save her home from burning to the ground shortly after 6:15 p.m.

Maureen Holloway’s home at 129 North Cove is believed to have been struck by lightning during a thunderstorm, fire officials said. That touched off a fire in the attic area that was spotted by a nearby homeowner, who called 911.

Fire crews were able to limit the damage to one area of the attic, but there was a significant amount of smoke and water damage to the home, according to Assistant Fire Marshal John Dunlap. Read More»

Tubing company blamed in drowning of PTC girl

A private tubing company is to blame in large part for the death of 9-year-old Peachtree City girl who drowned in the Chattahoochee River June 3, according to an investigation conducted by the National Park Service.

When Anna Van Horn and her party signed up to rent tubes from Allsouth Tubing, they weren’t made aware of a pending water release from the nearby Buford Dam that was scheduled for about 40 minutes later. The release subsequently caused turbulent waters and ultimately led to Van Horn’s drowning, the report concluded. Read More»

Clayton State moving to World Drive in north PTC

Clayton State University’s campus in Peachtree City will be moving northward before fall classes begin.

The Fayette County campus will be moving to office space at 100 World Drive, on the northern end of Peachtree Parkway across from the Kedron Village shopping center.

The big move coincides with the success of the program, which offers dual enrollment for high school students as well as degree completion programs, psychology and business degrees for part-time students, and the MBA. Read More»

Fayetteville nurse wins healthy $10,000 lottery prize

Esther Kelechi of Fayetteville holds the presentation check for her winnings. Photo/Ga. Lottery.

A Fayetteville nurse is a two-time lottery winner. She recently won a healthy Georgia Lottery prize. Esther Kelechi, 50, won $10,000 from the latest monthly Extra Chance Maximum Green drawing.

She won $1 million from another instant game in 2008.

“I was shocked,” Kelechi said of her most recent win. “I was working out when I got the call.”

Winning feels awesome, she said.

“I’m going to pay fall tuition for my son who is at the University of Hawaii,” she said.

Since moving to Georgia from Hawaii five years ago, Kelechi said the lottery has been good to her. Read More»

Can you identify this latest bank robber in Fayetteville? Check the photos

Robber points handgun at teller in robbery Thursday afternoon at SunTrust Bank on Ga. Highway 85 North in Fayetteville. Photo/Fayetteville Police Department.

Fayetteville police are looking for help from the public in identifying a gunman who robbed the SunTrust Bank on Ga. Highway 85 North near the Pavilion Thursday afternoon.

Check out the photos and call 770-461-4441 if you have any information.

For a gallery of bank robber photos, click here.

For the story on the robbery, click here.

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