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Water safety urged: keep your eye on the kids

Fire officials want to prevent youth drowning incidents here

As the temperature rises and summer sets in, many Fayette County families will head to the pool for fun in the sun.

But lurking in those waters is a deadly danger if the proper precautions aren’t taken, particularly for children, officials said. Drowning is the leading cause of death in America for children under five years old.

Though most children drown in their own backyard swimming pool, others have drowned in buckets, bathtubs, toilets, dog water bowls, lakes, rivers and ponds, officials said. Read More»

BoE’s Tolbert gets Ride for Life

Hannah Tolbert has been busy and her efforts are paying off. The daughter of Fayette County Board of Education member Sam Tolbert is coordinating 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. The fund-raiser will be held at Partner’s Pizza located at 834 South Glynn Street beginning at 11 a.m.

Hannah told The Citizen in April she was determined to put on a fund-raiser for her father that will draw a large crowd. And that is what’s happening. Read More»

Best sports year ever in Fayette

When the high school athletic season started last year, who knew it would arguably go down as the best in Fayette County history?

There is no doubt that sports fans in the county had become used to high schools competing for and winning state titles, but nobody could have predicted a year like this. Read More»

Clayton State MBA program adds concentrations in International Business and Accounting

Open houses scheduled for Morrow, Peachtree City

The AACSB-accredited School of Business at Clayton State University has announced the addition of two new concentrations to its MBA program.
The concentration in International Business will allow students to take courses in Global Marketing or Cross-Cultural Negotiating, and to participate in a Study Abroad class. The School of Business will be holding six open houses, three in Morrow and three in Peachtree City, in June and July, to provide information on the MBA program. Read More»

Outstanding Partners in Education honored at Fayette Chamber of Commerce breakfast

Outstanding Partners in Education honored at Fayette Chamber of Commerce breakfast

What could be more rewarding than playing a significant role in the lives of students in Fayette County? There are many great businesses in our community that invest time and energy to help our schools prepare the workforce of tomorrow. The Fayette Chamber recently hosted their annual Partners in Education Recognition Breakfast to honor organizations who have made outstanding efforts to help provide enhanced educational opportunities for Fayette students.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jeff Bearden was the featured guest speaker. Read More»

Cutting the ribbon at Panera Bread

Cutting the ribbon at Panera Bread

Larry Underwood, Operation Partner of the Panera Bread Company in Peachtree City, Stephanie Moore and Anastasia Held hold the scissors while members of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce look on at a recent ribbon cutting at Panera Bread Company in Peachtree City. They are located in the Kedron Shopping Center in Peachtree City. Photo/Special.

You probably can find these scissors at Harbor Freight

You probably can find these scissors at Harbor Freight

Jonathan Cooper, the manager of Harbor Frieght Tools cuts the ribbon at a recent ribbon cutting event with the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. Harbor Freight Tools is located at the Uptown Square shopping center in north Fayetteville. Photo/Special.

Temporary employee of the month

Temporary employee of the month

FutureStaff, which serves Fayette and Coweta counties, has been doing Temporary Employee of the Month awards for the last almost 30 years. From left are Derek Wyckoff, HR Manager, Jamie Lagatare, HR Assistant, Randolph Davis, Employee of the Month and Lisette Rietschier, HR Generalist. The company Davis worked for is Chromalloy of Geogia. Photo/Special.

PTC girl, 9, drowns in Chattahoochee

A 9-year-old Peachtree City girl died Friday afternoon when she drowned while riding an inner tube in the Chattahoochee River in Forsyth County, officials said.

The victim was identified as Anna Vanhorn by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. She was reported missing on the river just after 4:30 p.m. Friday, officials said.

When water rescue teams found Vanhorn, she was about eight feet underwater with her life preserver on, said Capt. Jason Shivers with the Forsyth County Fire Department. Read More»

Special needs teacher charged in affair with student

Mug shot of Dorothy Elizabeth Dixon. Photo/Coweta S.O.

A 29-year-old contract teacher working at Northgate High School was charged May 27 with child molestation involving a 15-year-old former student. Dorothy Elizabeth Dixon was arrested after her husband found sexting messages on his wife’s phone, confronted her and reported her explanation to authorities.

Maj. James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said investigators were alerted to what is said to have been a sexual relationship between Dixon and one of her former students, a 15-year-old male special needs student, after her husband found sexting messages on her phone. Read More»

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