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McIntosh grad is USC Salutatorian

McIntosh grad named USC Salutatorian

Craig Western, a Peachtree City resident and graduate of McIntosh High, has been named Salutatorian of the University of Southern California Class of 2011. Craig will graduate summa cum laude on May 13 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, having maintained a 3.99 grade point average. Read More»

PTC Police seminar to focus on Internet safety, gang issues

Parents of middle schoolers urged to attend, but open to all

Parents wanting to be up to speed on Internet safety and gang issues should put Tuesday, May 17 on their calendars.

That’s when the Peachtree City Police Department is offering such information in a community forum at J.C. Booth Middle School from 7-8:30 p.m.

The program is free and there is no limit to the number of people who can attend, police said. The event will take place in the school’s cafeteria. Read More»

Police reports for Tyrone in April

The following arrested were made by Tyrone Police during the month of April. Those arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Jefferson Britton Allen, 32, of Anthony Drive, Tyrone, for possession of marijuana and DUI alcohol.

Rodriguez Baltimore, 29, of Stillwater, Riverdale, for fleeing or attempting to elude, reckless driving, driving while unlicensed and failure to yield right-of-way to school bus.

Lauren Brittany Douglass, 23, of Bradford Drive, Fayetteville, for suspended or revoked license (felony) and headlight requirements. Read More»

March jobless numbers fall in Fayette to lowest rate in Atlanta metro

March unemployment figures released by the Georgia Dept. of Labor (DOL) show the jobless rate in Fayette County and Peachtree City on the decline. Fayette’s jobless rate dropped one-third of a percent over the past month while the rate in Peachtree City fell nearly half a point. Read More»

Fayette County law enforcement arrest reports — April 19–25

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

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, April 19 - Monday, April 25

Willie Denson, 56, of Registry Place, Hampton, for harassing phone calls.

Felisa Marcel Harris, 44, of Wind Trail, Fayetteville, for probation violation.

Shankyera Lakeeta James, 20, of Talley Street, Hampton, forfirst degree forgery, financial identity fraud (2 counts). Read More»

Jobless rate continues to fall in Newnan, Coweta

The unemployment numbers in Newnan and Coweta County continue to fall as 2011 wears on. Newnan’s jobless rate in March fell to just over 10 percent while the jobless rate in Coweta hovered just above 9 percent.

Newnan’s jobless rate dropped six-tenths of a point in March, falling to 10.2 percent from the 10.8 percent rate in February. Just a year ago the rate was 11.5 percent. The current figures released this week by the Georgia Dept. of Labor means that 1,365 people in a workforce of 13,371 are without work. Read More»

Out of a dark and stormy night, South Fayette's mystery girl

Out of a dark and stormy night, South Fayette's mystery girl

She wears a striped sundress, a bow in her hair, cradling a baby doll.

She could be 10. Maybe 12. Impossible to know for sure.

Who is she? Where did she come from? And how did she come to rest in Jim Harris’ pastoral backyard in south Fayette County Thursday morning?

The answers may lie in the resiliency of a black-and-white photograph, the staying power of an ink stamp, and the fury of an intense thunderstorm that skirted the area Wednesday night.

In the photo, the girl is leaning on a concrete wall. Two dated sedans and a rather unique tree are in the background. Read More»

Senoia Police hold gang awareness meeting

A gang awareness meeting presented April 25 by Senoia Police was attended by area residents, city Council members and Coweta County Board of Education member Amy Dees. Investigator Alicia Batts and others provided a primer on the recognition of gang activity and the methods and distinguishing characteristics community members can look for as those activities continue to spread throughout the 28-county metro Atlanta area. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For Senoia Police it is a matter of citizens being aware of their surroundings and mindful that new forms of crime can enter a community as metro Atlanta continues its spread across the 28-county area of north Georgia. To that end, Investigator Alicia Batts on April 25 presented a gang awareness meeting for city residents designed to heighten that awareness. Read More»

Coweta dodges big weather bullet

A system of severe thunderstorms swept through Coweta County during the nighttime hours April 27. One of those storm systems tracking to the northeast out of the area of Heard and Troup counties entered Coweta near Grantville, apparently spawning a tornado. Unlike many areas in Georgia and the South that night the storm system spared Coweta from significant destruction.

“I think we dodged a big bullet compared to other places,” said Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones. Read More»

Daybreak update: Fayette dodges storm

Fayette County avoided serious storm damage overnight that wrought likely tornados in neighboring Spalding County.

The Spalding storm was Fayette's closest call, potentially threatening southeast Fayette near the Brooks and Woolsey areas. Damage in Spalding was significant along Ga. Highway 92 north of Griffin, as aerial news video showed leveled buildings and damaged mobile homes.

No significant damage was reported in Fayette County to speak of, emergency officials said. Fayette crews are being dispatched to Spalding County this morning to help assist them in clearing roads, said Lt. Donnie Davis of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services. Read More»

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