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Christmas comes to Senoia, Newnan this weekend

It’s that time of year. The Christmas season is here and so are the parades and festivities this weekend in Senoia and Newnan. Light Up Senoia festivities will be held Saturday, followed by Newnan’s annual Christmas parade on Sunday. Weather for both events should include relatively clear skies and cool temperatures.

Light Up Senoia festivities will begin downtown on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. As usual, the afternoon will be filled with a variety of venues including Santa’s workshop, music and entertainment and plenty of goodies at the food court. Read More»

Senoia soldier slain in Afghanistan

Nineteen year-old Senoia resident Pvt. Austin Staggs was one of five soldiers killed in Afghanistan Monday when a border policeman opened fire on his unit.

Pvt. Staggs and five others died Nov. 29 in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an insurgent attacked their unit with small arms fire, according to the U.S. Dept. of Defense. Read More»

Police: PTC church burglar caught

Also charged with church burglaries in Fayette, Coweta counties; loot found in offender's PTC home

A 24-year-old Peachtree City man has been arrested for burglarizing two churches here, taking electronics, cash, computers and musical instruments, police said this afternoon.
Authorities also linked Joseph Michael Robinson to two similar incidents Read More»

Fayette jobless rate rises back up to 8%

Fayette County’s unemployment rate bucked the trend in Peachtree City and the region — but in the wrong direction — according to the latest Georgia Department of Labor figures for October. But Fayette is still among the seven Atlanta metro counties to have a jobless rate of under the national average of 9.6 percent.

The numbers showed a rise in Fayette County’s jobless rate to 8 percent, a small decrease in Peachtree City’s jobless rate and a similar small decrease across the 10-county Atlanta Regional Commission. Read More»

PTC Council to Coweta businesses: ‘Don’t use city’s name’

Official letter warns Fischer Crossings businesses in Coweta not to identify themselves as located in PTC

The Peachtree City Council is upset that two new businesses across Line Creek and inside Coweta County are marketing themselves with “Peachtree City” in their names. Read More»

School level Teachers of the Year announced

The first step toward finding Fayette’s 2011 Teacher of the Year (TOTY) is complete.

Last month teachers at all 29 schools voted for the person they thought most deserved to be their school’s TOTY. These school-level nominees are now competing to become one of three finalists who will be selected as the county’s overall winner. Read More»

Guilty pleas in bank robbery, holdup of Walgreens, kidnapping of woman

An Atlanta man pled guilty Monday to robbing the Bank of America off Ga. Highway 314 in Fayetteville Aug. 15, 2009.

Michael Ray Baskerville Jr., 34, of Washington Street, Atlanta was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison consecutive to a prison term he is already serving for two similar bank robberies in Cobb County, said Fayette County Assistant District Attorney Warren Sellers.

Baskerville was charged with the robbery in October 2009 after he was arrested during the robbery of a SunTrust bank in Cobb County, officials said. Read More»

F’ville cops bust 5 store workers for underage alcohol sales

It really doesn’t pay to sell alcohol to underage buyers. That is what the clerks at five Fayetteville convenience stores found out Nov. 26. All were arrested after selling to an underage buyer who was working with Fayetteville Police. The good news is that seven other stores refused to make the sale. Read More»

New movie theater at Fischer Crossings to open mid-January

Even vice presidents of corporate development drive fork lifts on this project. That’s Jeff Geiger behind the wheel, unloading building materials at the theater site at Fischer Crossings. Photo/Ben Nelms.

“See you at the movies,” soon will have new meaning for Peachtree City and eastern Coweta County moviegoers.

The NCG Peachtree City Cinemas is expected to open in mid-January at the new Fischer Crossing commercial development in east Coweta County at Fischer Road and Ga. highways 34 and 54, one-half mile west of Peachtree City.

But it is what moviegoers will find inside the theaters that makes NCG’s entree into southwest metro Atlanta decidedly different from the norm. Read More»

Gas detector saves 4 lives

Lee Westbrook checks piping leading to the furnace beneath his home. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It is a Thanksgiving that the Westbrook family in Fayetteville will long remember. Had it not been for the carbon monoxide detectors they installed in their home, this Thanksgiving might have been one that they never celebrated.

You can’t see it, smell it or taste it but it’s a killer. And that could have easily been the case at the home of Lee and Alice Westbrook and their 5-year-old twins Zachary and Aleya. Read More»

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