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Fire kills S. Fayette man

A south Fayette man died Sunday, shortly after he was rescued from his burning home, county fire officials said.

Wilson Hightower, 67, was in the house when the first fire crew arrived at 165 Weldon Road at 7:18 a.m., said Lt. Donnie Davis of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

At the time, there was heavy smoke and fire showing from the attic and Hightower’s wife, Denise, was in the front yard telling firefighters that her husband was still inside. Read More»

Fines set for false burglar alarms in PTC

In an effort to free up police manpower, Peachtree City has approved new rules that could lead to fines for multiple false burglar alarm calls at a given residence or business.

Under the ordinance the first two false alarms are free, and the third can be free if the system owner takes an online course.

The move is in response to a staggering number of false burglar alarms. In 2010, the department responded to 2,707 burglar alarms. Only one had indicated an actual crime had occurred, according to Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark. Read More»

UPDATE: Police raid local convenience stores, arrest 11 on gambling charges

Officers stand by as alleged gaming machines are hauled out of the Pit Stop convenience store at Petrol Point and Hwy. 54 in Peachtree City Friday night. Photo/William Courtney.

UPDATED for print edition — It was back to business as usual Saturday morning — minus a truckload of pay-for-play video games — at a half dozen convenience stores in Peachtree City and Tyrone following a gambling raid Friday night. Read More»

UPDATE: Former PTC mayor sues current mayor for libel

In this composite, former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon is at left; current Mayor Don Haddix at right. File photos.

Current PTC mayor claimed predecessor was ‘drunk at meetings’

UPDATED for print edition — Former Peachtree City Mayor Harold Logsdon is suing current Mayor Don Haddix over an email to a city staffer in which Haddix said Logsdon “drank a lot and came to meetings drunk.”

Haddix served on the City Council for two years — 2008 and 2009 — while Logsdon was mayor. Haddix ran for mayor in 2009, while Logsdon did not seek reelection.

The email message, written Feb. 22 of this year, was sent to then-economic development coordinator Joey Grisham, according to the lawsuit, which was filed May 19 in Fayette County Superior Court. Read More»

Lawn equipment stolen in storage burglary

Peachtree City Police are investigating the theft of more than $5,000 in lawn equipment stolen in the early morning hours May 11 from Citadel Storage on Dividend Drive. A video surveillance camera at the location showed a male wearing tan pants and a hoodie remove the equipment from two of the four entered trailers after the locks had been cut. Read More»

Tyrone Elementary’s Pollard named ‘national distinguished principal’

Tyrone Elementary Principal Eddie Pollard (R) is congratulated for the national honor. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The cafeteria of Tyrone Elementary School was as quiet as a mouse May 16, even though the entire school and staff had returned after lunch to fill the large room. But that silence broke into wild applause when Principal Eddie Pollard entered. The occasion was a surprise announcement and celebration honoring the longtime administrator who has been named Georgia’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal. Read More»

Newnan man pleads guilty in prescription drug ring

Newnan resident Terry Randy Wallace pleaded guilty in federal court May 11 to conspiring with nearly a dozen others to possess and distribute the prescription drug oxycodone. The case is related to another involving 27 year-old Marietta resident Kristen Noelle Goduto and an alleged drug ring, the Goduto organization, that forged prescriptions for oxycodone and sold the drug across north Georgia from Blue Ridge to McDonough. Read More»

Equipment stolen at PTC storage facility

Peachtree City Police are investigating the theft of more than $5,000 in lawn equipment stolen in the early morning hours May 11 from Citadel Storage on Dividend Drive. A video surveillance camera at the location showed a male wearing tan pants and a hoodie remove the equipment from two of the four entered trailers after the locks had been cut. Read More»

Sheriff arrests two for identity fraud and theft

Investigators with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on May 18 and 19 arrested two Atlanta residents on charges of identity fraud and theft.

Spokesperson Brent Rowan said the May 18 arrest was in connection to an identity fraud incident that occurred on March 31. Read More»

Charter schools dealt Supreme blow

Coweta charter school rally at Capitol — Six-year-old Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia student Dante Robinson (right) and his little brother Donovan joined their parents Sue and Nacoma, other Senoia families and those attending charter schools across Georgia for a rally at the Capitol May 17 in response to the 4-3 ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court that holds the 2008 law that created the charter schools to be unconstitutional. Photo/Special.

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 public school systems support the move while charter advocates said the decision is a step backward for Georgia. Voicing their disagreement, Coweta parents and students joined others at a Capitol rally after the announcement to protest the decision and the Georgia Senate has formed a subcommittee to combat the judicial decision. Read More»

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