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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»

Senoia charter school still on shaky ground

Moving on up — The Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia held its first graduation May 27 and the occasion saw the sanctuary at Peachtree Baptist Church on Ga. Highway 16 filled to capacity with parents and friends of the K-3 graduates attending the two-hour “Moving On!” celebration. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Crunch time continues for new and existing charter schools created last year by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission after a change in state law, a law that was recently struck down on 4-3 vote by the Georgia Supreme Court on the grounds it was unconstitutional. Schools such as the Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia are attempting to work with legislators, the Coweta County Board of Education and the Georgia Dept. of Education (DOE) to find a way to continue operations. Read More»

BusinessWeek gives Coweta top state ranking

Coweta County is a mix of suburban and country with a hint of urban thrown in. It has a growing population and, despite the recession, is becoming the economic engine of southwest metro Atlanta. And it has been named by Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek magazine as the “Best Affordable Place in Georgia” in 2011.

“We are very happy with the recognition from BusinessWeek,” said Coweta County spokesperson Patricia Palmer. ”From economic activity, to a low tax rate, to a broad and expanding education and healthcare system, to our proximity to Atlanta and our rural side, we have a lot to offer." Read More»

Lifeguard rescues child from Kedron pool

An alert lifeguard helped save the life of a 9-year-old girl who became incapacitated and fell underwater at the Kedron large pool Thursday afternoon.

The victim was reportedly in stable condition in intensive care at Scottish Rite children’s hospital following the incident, The Citizen has learned. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — May 24–May 30

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty.

Tuesday, May 24—Monday, May 30

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Xavier Leon Hizine, 20, of Roy Huie Road, Riverdale, for state drug law violation and driving unsafe or improperly equipped vehicle.

Toral Baldevbhal Patel, 38, of Newnan Crossing Boulevard, Newnan, for gambling-commercial and keeping a place of gambling.

Dwayne Alfonzo Roberts, 18, of Ocee Drive, Riverdale, for aggravated battery. Read More»

Chick-fil-A gets okay to add second drive-thru lane

Revised development plans for the Chick-fil-A on North Glynn Street in Fayetteville were unanimously approved May 24 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission. For restaurant customers the approval means a quicker trip through the drive-thru window by adding a second lane.

The proposal called for reconfiguring a number of parking spaces adjacent to the existing drive-thru lane on the building’s south side, thereby making room for a second drive-thru lane and changing the current perpendicular parking spaces to ones that are diagonal. Read More»

PTC on zombie alert

‘Walking Dead’ cameras coming to Fayette, Coweta

Rumors about zombies have been staggering around in the Peachtree City and Senoia area for a few weeks now, so inquiring minds at The Citizen set out to nail down the facts.

Consider this an official zombie alert. Read More»

Hurricane Hunter plane coming to Falcon Field

Hurricane Hunter plane coming to Falcon Field

Tours of National Weather Service also part of June 4 event

To kick off the 2011 hurricane season, the National Weather Service in Peachtree City will host the Air Force Reserve “Hurricane Hunter” plane at a special event June 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The public will have a chance to tour the aircraft and meet crew members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, who will be available at the city’s Falcon Field airport.

Also, the weather service will offer tours of its office to help residents learn more about operations, monitoring weather systems and ways to take action to protect life and property. Read More»

191-unit senior complex gets F’ville P&Z green light

A proposal to establish a residential living facility for independent seniors at the Villages at Lafayette development on Ga. Highway 54 in Fayetteville was recommended for approval May 24 by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission on a 3-1 vote.

With the land currently zoned for office use, the recommendation will go before the City Council on June 9 for a zoning change. Read More»

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