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Fayette County landfill transfer station reopens after fire

Firefighters at an early morning blaze May 15 at the landfill transfer station on First Manassas Mile in Fayetteville battled a fire of unknown origin for seven hours before extinguishing the large amount of household trash stored in the metal building. Though still under investigation, the building was unharmed and able to re-open May 17. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Firefighters from Fayetteville and Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services battled an early morning fire May 15 in the transfer station building at the county landfill on First Manassas Mile. The fire was brought under control early Sunday afternoon and the transfer station was reopened Tuesday. Read More»

Lady Chiefs win it all!

Running for a soccer dynasty — McIntosh High School’s victorious Lady Chiefs race toward their goalie to celebrate after winning the Ga. state soccer championship in AAAA Friday night in Peachtree City. The McIntosh boys finished second in the state. Photo/John Munford.

Whitewater forces 1-1 tie into overtime; McIntosh wins on penalty kicks

Friday night’s all-Fayette girls soccer final was one for the ages.

With a 1-1 tie through regulation and past two overtimes, McIntosh won the AAAA title on penalty kicks.

But that’s no knock on Whitewater, which kept the game close until the bitter end.

Early on, there were plenty of stellar defensive plays on both sides, giving fans much to cheer about.

Host team McIntosh broke the 0-0 tie with a penalty kick goal from Laura Higgason with just under 8 minutes left in the first half. It sent the home crowd into a frenzy. Read More»

Supremes say charter schools out, Senate says not so quick

The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled on charter schools, handing proponents of the initiative a 4-3 defeat May 16 on the state’s 2008 move that created a number of new charter schools, including the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia in Coweta County. Affected school systems support the move while charter advocates said the decision is a step backward for Georgia. Voicing their disagreement, the Georgia Senate has formed a subcommittee to combat the judicial decision. Read More»

Confusion over failed PTC hotel-motel tax hike

Bill stalled in committee; senators point fingers at others

Two stories have emerged as to why a bill to increase Peachtree City’s hotel-motel tax rate failed to pass the Georgia Senate this year.

City Councilman Eric Imker contends the inaction cost the city approximately $130,000 this budget year. That’s the amount that the increase would have added to the city’s general fund.

Imker at the May 5 council meeting reported that Republican Sen. Ronnie Chance told him that Chance signed the bill, but fellow Sen. Valencia Seay, who represents a portion of north Fayette County, failed to do so. Read More»

Volunteers claim victory in PTC path cleanup event

The Great Path Cleanup held on May 7 was Peachtree City’s first organized venture into helping keep the city’s path system free of litter. Doing their part at Luther Glass Park off South Peachtree Parkway were Ingrid Zambrauna, her son Ethien and Melvin Castrillo. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Peachtree City Path Cleanup on May 7 has been deemed a big success.

With the help of about 100 volunteers, numerous bags of rubbish were removed from the path system as part of the annual Keep Peachtree City Beautiful trash cleanup event.

The city was mapped into 14 zones with a trash collection point for each. As bags were filled, they were returned to the collection zones, unless the volunteers decided it was easier to dispose of in their home trash.

Volunteers for the event ran the gamut from individuals, entire families, church groups and civic clubs. Read More»

Coweta Charter Academy puts some fling in spring

Coweta Charter Academy puts some fling in spring

Students and parents of the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia celebrated the arrival of spring with their own version of Spring Fling held at the school on May 6. The event brought crafts, games and other family activities to the front lawn of the school on Ga. Highway 16. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fire closes Fayette Co. transfer station

Fayette County's solid waste transfer station will remain closed temporarily in the wake of a recent fire. Read More»

Chiefs fall 3-0 in game for state AAAA soccer title

Unable to overcome a tenacious Chattahoochee defense, the McIntosh men’s soccer team managed to keep Saturday night’s AAAA championship game close right up until the end.

The Chiefs rallied from a lackluster attack in the first half with more offensive pressure on in the second frame. Even as Chattahoochee went up 1-0, the Chiefs remained in striking distance until the waning minutes when the Cougars added two more goals to cinch the win on their home turf. Read More»

Navy pilots visit Willis Rd. Elementary pen pals

A hero’s welcome — Students at Willis Road Elementary School near Sharpsburg turned out May 11 to welcome Lt. Commander Luke Suber (pictured) and Lt. Commander John Voight. Suber recently returned from Afghanistan where he and others had received more than 200 CARE packages and endless letters from Merry Nicholson’s first-grade class and others in the school. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was nothing short of a hero’s welcome for Lt. Commander Luke Suber (USN) and Lt. Commander John Voight (USN) when they arrived at the Coweta County airport May 11 and rode with Merry Nicholson’s first-grade class on a school bus back to Willis Road Elementary School near Sharpsburg. The trip to the Georgia school was Suber’s way of saying thanks for the many CARE packages and letters he and others received while stationed recently in Afghanistan. Read More»

McIntosh girls take 7th title

McIntosh girls take 7th title

After a 1-1 tie lasted through two overtimes, it was a penalty kick save by Kaitlin Deitrick that sealed a 7-6 championship win Friday night over local rival Whitewater. Read More»