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Police reports Nov. 30-Dec.6

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, Nov. 30 - Monday, Dec. 6
Carl Lessie Brown, 48, of Wild Turkey Trail, Riverdale, for seatbelt violation and no license.
Christopher Gordon Chaplin, 37, of North Bend Court, Fayetteville, for obstruction.
Charles Anthony Clyburn, 36, of Audobon Parkway, Stockbridge, for probation violation.
Jeremy Allen Dorsey, 28, of Wynmeade Parkway, Peachtree City, for probation violation. Read More»

'Taunted' Whitewater High student charged for gun threats

Officials working to substantiate whether student threatened to harm other students

UPDATED 3:17 p.m. A 16-year-old Whitewater High School student has been charged by sheriff's deputies for making "a series of threats" against other students, officials said. Read More»

3rd strike conviction results in life sentence for self-lawyered defendant

A defendant who elected to represent himself in court last week was sentenced to life in prison after a Fayette County jury found him guilty of trafficking in cocaine.

Sanyo Walter McGee had two prior felony drug convictions, so he was sentenced as a repeat offender by Fayette County Superior Court Judge Fletcher Sams, meaning McGee will have to serve every day of his life sentence, said Fayette County Assistant District Attorney David Younker. Read More»

Man, woman charged in Friday south Fayette home invasion

Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies on Dec. 3 arrested two of the four people sought in a south Fayette County home invasion that occurred earlier that morning when four individuals came to the house posing as law enforcement. The arrests came at a traffic stop along Ga. Highway 74 and Tyrone Road.

Michelle Marie Perez, 30, of Atlanta, and Darius McKee Gray, 38, of College Park, were each charged with one count of armed robbery and three counts of kidnapping, according to Sheriff Wayne Hannah. Read More»

Once-thriving Shannon Mall goes dark

Nobody’s home even for the holiday shopping season Monday at Union Station — once known as Shannon Mall — in Union City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

When it opened in 1980 it was like nothing else in southwest metro Atlanta. But the once-bustling Shannon Mall of old — a must destination for shoppers in Fayette, Coweta and Fulton counties in the 1980s and 1990s — is now a skeleton of its former self, a locked and nearly vacant darkened mall, shuttered food court and acres of empty parking spaces, emblematic of recession-fatigued 2010. Read More»

2 for the titles! Starr’s Mill (4-A), Sandy Creek (3-A) play for two state championships

Starr’s Mill quarterback Adam Holley (L) celebrates after the Panthers’ 20-19 win over Tucker in the 4-A semifinals.

When Sandy Creek won the Class AAAA state championship last year, the first in football for any Fayette County school, many wondered if, and when, another local school would make it back to the title game.

The wait was not long at all. Sandy Creek, which dropped to Class AAA in the off-season, is in the state championship game against Carrollton this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Read More»

FCHS’s holiday concert with the band benefits CARE

For the first time ever, the Fayette County High School Band holiday concert, scheduled for tomorrow night, will benefit high school students in need.
The band has partnered with the school system’s CARE (Children at Risk in Education) program to help fulfill requests from high school students on the program’s Angel Tree. School counselors recommend students for the Angel Tree if they and their families are in need of financial assistance. Parents must work or be actively looking for work in order for students to qualify. Read More»

Kedron salutes veterans

Kedron salutes veterans

Kedron Elementary School honored America’s veterans and those who currently serve with a school wide musical, “The American Dream,” and patriotic artwork. Pictured are students who have relatives serving in our armed services. They are Lyong-kyong McDonald, Victoria Anthony, Do-Kyong McDonald, Lyann Hernandez, and Gloria Hernandez. Photo/Special

Oak Grove's top poetry reciters

Oak Grove's top poetry reciters

Congratulations to the Oak Grove Grade-Level Poetry Recitation Winners. These students won at their respective grade levels by memorizing lengthy poems and reciting for the school. Oak Grove’s winners will continue to the county-level to recite with the other school winners across Fayette County. In the front row, from left, are Tyndall Phillips (KDG), Ashley Sikes (1st grade), and Leo Maneein (2nd). In the back row are Haruka Nakatsuji (3rd grade), Abby McMichen (4th), and Carson Langham (5th). Photo/Special.
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Local band gives world premiere

Composer Robert W. Smith and band director Ricky D. Williams. Photo/Special.

On Veterans Day, the Bennett’s Mill Symphonic Band gave the world premiere of a piece of music composed especially for them. “Mekong,” written by the well-known composer Robert W. Smith, is dedicated to all veterans of the Vietnam War. “Mekong” was commissioned in memory of TSGT (Retired) Tommy R. Williams, a victim of Agent Orange Cancer, through a grant from the Woodruff Salutes the Arts in Education that was awarded to band director Ricky D. Williams.  Read More»