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Veteran: Pearl Harbor attack was ‘chaotic’

Griffin resident Bob Schmutzler talks about his experiences in World War II, including firing at attacking Japanese fighter planes at Pearl Harbor using a rifle like the one he holds. Photo/John Munford.

Editor’s note: This interview was conducted because of WWII Heritage Days, taking place this weekend in Peachtree City. Please see the special section in this paper for more information about that event.

When Japanese airplanes struck Pearl Harbor by surprise Dec. 7, 1941, Bob Schmutzler of nearby Griffin was eating breakfast in the mess hall. Read More»

Gas is higher — so are gas taxes

You’ll pay 3¢ more a gallon at the pump thanks to automatic tax increase

The drastic rise in gas prices statewide has triggered an automatic increase in gasoline taxes, meaning motorists will be paying more at the pump.

The gas tax will rise an additional 2.8 cents per gallon in state gas taxes starting May 1, according to state fiscal economist Kenneth Heaghney.

The increase was triggered by a rise of more than 25 percent in gas prices statewide over a six-month period, Heaghney said. That resulted in a re-figuring of the “second part” of the state’s motor fuel taxes. Read More»

Fund-raiser set for ailing Board of Education member Sam Tolbert

Sam Tolbert.

It is a way to show her love and support. Hannah Tolbert, daughter of Fayette County Board of Education member Sam Tolbert, is planning a “Ride for Life” car and bike show and benefit ride fund-raiser on June 12 to help offset her father’s expenses as he undergoes treatment for Stage 4 esophageal cancer.

Stage 4 — the final and most serious of four stages — means that the metastatic cancer has spread to distant sites in the body. Read More»

F’ville man arrested for child molestation

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office announced April 26 that a Fayetteville man has been arrested on child molestation charges relating to inappropriate sexual behavior with a juvenile over a two-year period.

Sheriff’s spokesperson Brent Rowan said Vick Cataldo, 61, was arrested April 15 and charged with child molestation. Rowan said the case involved Cataldo engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior over a two-year time frame with a juvenile at a residence on Kite Lake Road. That time frame occurred between March 2009 and March 2011, Rowan said. Read More»

Fayette judge scandal spawns 4 requests for new trials

Four defendants convicted in Fayette County are seeking a new trial, claiming the affair between former Fayette County public defender Kimberly Cornwell and former Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English Jr. adversely affected their rights to fair trials. Read More»

PTC changing crime alerts; users need to sign up again

Peachtree City residents who have become accustomed to crime alerts on their cellphone and email inboxes will have to make a switch, and soon.

The city is abandoning the Nixle service because the company has changed its mind and decided to start charging cities for the service. Instead, the city is rolling out a similar service that will also be free, and can be signed up for on the city’s website at http://www.peachtree-city.org/CivicAlerts.aspx. Read More»

Holy Carp!

Holy Carp!

Blaise McCord, 16, of Peachtree City caught this whopper of a grass carp in a local pond in the city a few days ago. A member of the Bass Fishing Club at McIntosh High School, McCord caught it while casually fishing in the evening hours; and yes, he released it back into the water. Photo/Special.

Crabapple Lane Elementary’s Red Bird Run winners

Crabapple Lane Elementary’s Red Bird Run winners

Crabapple Lane Elementary School hosted the 7th Annual Red Bird Run last month with more than 350 participants. This is one of the Peachtree City Rotary Club Elementary Grand Prix Race Series.

Elementary students who were 1-mile fun run winners are (L-R, front row) Abigail Hooper (first place female), Allie Silbert (third place female), Caitlin Van Zyl (second place female). Back row: Jacob Richardson (third place male), Kyle Riesselmann (first place male), Brooks Baro (second place male). Read More»

Gumerson is Fayette's top teacher

Aimee Gumerson.

Aimee Gumerson, a math teacher at Fayette Middle School, was announced Thursday as the 2011 Fayette County Teacher of the Year (TOTY) by Superintendent Jeff Bearden.

Keelan Seabolt and Shelly Dowse, a physics teacher at Sandy Creek High and a chemistry teacher

at McIntosh High, respectively, were the other contenders.

Gumerson thanked a long list of teachers who she said helped pave the way for her success, including her mother, grandparents, and many Fayette County educators. Read More»

‘The Wall That Heals’ fundraiser April 23

A motorcycle benefit ride on April 23 will raise money to bring “The Wall That Heals,” a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to the Coweta County Fairgrounds in October.

The April 23 event will begin at the Great South Harley Davidson dealership located at 185 Ga. Highway 16 East in Newnan. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Riders will depart at 10 a.m. for the U.S. Army National Infantry Museum in Columbus. Read More»

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