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ACC chooses West Point over PTC, Newnan

School to keep PTC presence for adult, high school 'joint enrollment' classes

Atlanta Christian College, which flirted with moving its campus to Peachtree City or Newnan, has instead decided to move even further from metro Atlanta. Read More»

Fayette jobless rate rises to 8.8, remains steady at 7.2% in PTC

Unemployment in Fayette County rose two-tenths of a percent in December to 8.8 percent, while the jobless rate in Peachtree City held steady at 7.2 percent. Read More»

Tags from 29 counties at new Sam’s Club, 40% Fayette, 39% Coweta

Visitors enjoy a pre-opening buffet at Sam's Club at Fischer Crossing. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Sam’s Club store in the new Fischer Crossings commercial center on Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta County near Peachtree City opened last Thursday to much fanfare and many shoppers. But where did all those shoppers come from?

A survey of vehicles on Thursday morning and again Saturday afternoon showed the crowded parking lot populated with shoppers from 29 Georgia counties. Of those, 40 percent of the vehicles were from Fayette County and 39 percent were from Coweta County, according to an actual count of auto license tags by a reporter for The Citizen. Read More»

Police blotter for Jan. 18 through Jan. 31

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past two weeks. The first section covers the most recent arrests, Jan. 25 through Jan. 31. The second section covers arrests in the prior week, as noted. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

For the period Jan. 25-26

Darrell Cornelius Gilbert, 39, of Largo Lane, Atlanta for violation of probation.

Brendalee Antoinette Gray, 20, of Paines Avenue, Atlanta for failure to appear in court. Read More»

Defendant gets 35 years in prison for armed robbery charges

Jury convicted Fairburn man of 2 holdups: 1 at convenience store and the other at a Fayette home

A Fairburn man convicted of charges stemming from two armed robberies in Fayette County last November was sentenced to serve 35 years in prison by Superior Court Judge Fletcher Sams.

Sedrick Whatley, 20, was convicted of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault, one count each of kidnapping and burglary, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of financial transaction card theft. Read More»

Where's the beef? Wendy's approved for Pavilion

A new Wendy’s restaurant has been approved by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission at the site of the former Wachovia Bank on the northwest corner of Ga. Highway 85 and Pavilion Parkway.

The commission’s approval last week calls for the old Wachovia Bank building to be demolished. In its place will be a 3,000 square-foot restaurant building located across the parking lot from the Home Depot. Read More»

Alveda King inspires audience at pregnancy center event

Dr. Alveda King signs “We Who Are In Jesus Christ” for Fayette County resident Linda Sandwich at the conclusion of the Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center banquet and fund-raiser. King was the featured speaker Jan. 25 at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center event. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center is an organization that is unashamedly pro-life and pro-Christian. The center’s annual banquet and fundraiser at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center Jan. 25 featured Dr. Alveda King and was attended by several hundred residents from Fayette and Coweta counties and around southwest metro Atlanta.

Dr. King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., was the featured speaker at the event. Woven throughout the fabric of her remarks was the question, “How can the dream survive if we murder the children?” Read More»

Planting knowledge for 1st-graders

Planting knowledge for 1st-graders

Alex Kontos and Gabe Earl hold a book they wrote to tell first-graders about how plants stabilize a creek bank. They and other members of Laura Brown’s class at Cleveland Elementary School are participating in a Disney Environmental Challenge project. The class is creating a native plant walking trail that informs the public of the role native plants play in keeping small, local creeks clean and how important this is for the Chattahoochee/Flint River basins. They’ve planted some native plants behind the school and will hold a “Plant Fair” Feb. 15 at the school. Photo/Special.

PTC police offer $5,000 reward for PeachMac burglars

Police are seeking these 3 “persons of interest“ in connection with a smash-and-grab burglary of $20,000 worth of Macintosh computers and equipment from Peachtree City's The Avenue. Photo/PTC Police Dept.

Peachtree City police and a local business are hoping the offer of a $5,000 reward will help shake loose information to solve the ram-and-grab burglary of the PeachMac computer store at The Avenue shopping center Jan. 26.

The reward is offered for “information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons responsible” for the burglary, according to a police department news release.

Police also have released still photos taken from a surveillance camera which depict three young black men who “have been identified as persons of interest in this case,” police said. Read More»

Parents can register children early for kindergarten

Parents with children entering kindergarten for the 2011-2012 school year can register their students at the Welcome Center from through April 1. Georgia law requires students to be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2011 to be eligible for kindergarten.

Early registration is encouraged to avoid long wait times. The Welcome Center is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with extended hours every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is located at 205 LaFayette Avenue in Fayetteville. Read More»

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