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Fayette Chief Magistrate Floyd dies

Fayette County Chief Magistrate Charles R. "Chuck" Floyd.

Fayette County’s Chief Magistrate, Charles “Chuck” Floyd Jr., died overnight, court officials have said.

When Floyd, 53, was appointed to the position in 2002, he became Fayette’s first-ever African American judge. He subsequently was elected to the post in 2004 and won re-election in 2008.

Fellow Magistrate Bob Ruppenthal in a statement today said that Floyd “served the citizens of Fayette County with integrity.”

“Chuck will be greatly missed,” Ruppenthal said.

Details of Floyd’s death are unavailable and funeral arrangements are expected to be released later by the family. Read More»

Police reports, Oct. 19-25, 2010

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, Oct. 19 - Monday, Oct. 25
Elihu Adony Bonilla, 25, of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Atlanta, for probation violation.
Erica Shavonn Brown, 27, of Registry Boulevard, Hampton, for probation violation.
Kenneth Courtland Burton, 33, of Podwer Springs Road, Marietta, for no license.
Phyoncia Sharyae Gresham, 20, of Center Street, Atlanta, for pending charges sale of marijuana. Read More»

PTC Mayor Haddix to advocate for fix of Hwy. 74-I-85 interchange

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix said Tuesday that one of his top priorities to push for inclusion on the list of projects for a potential 10-year regional transportation sales tax will be the often-clogged interchange of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85 just outside Fayette County in Fairburn.

While that’s a worthy project, Haddix is skeptical it will qualify for funding through the 1-cent tax, which will be up for voter approval on a region-wide basis in July 2012. Read More»

Bypass foes: We’ll file federal lawsuit

Members of the West Fayetteville Bypass Coalition say they will not be deterred from trying to stop construction of Phase II (the northern portion) of the roadway even though Fayette County received federal clearance for the project last week with a permit issued under the Clean Water Act. Next stop for the coalition will be federal court. Read More»

Wells Fargo puts new face on several local banks

A worker puts finishing touches on the new signage at Crossings West in Peachtree City, part of the operation changing Wachovia locations to Wells Fargo banks across Georgia. Photo/Wells Fargo.

Wachovia financial centers in Fayette County and across Georgia became Wells Fargo stores over the past weekend as a result of the largest bank merger in U.S. history.

More than 2.9 million customers in Georgia can now take advantage of over 350 Wells Fargo locations and 646 ATMs across the state, with added products and services and continued support to local communities, according to a company press release.

With four bank stores in Fayette, the company is claiming No. 1 market share of 18 percent and deposits of $327 million. Read More»

Bypass/Hwy. 54 light to activate Thursday

The new traffic signal located at the intersection of the West Fayetteville Bypass, Phase 1, and Ga. Highway 54 will be fully activated on Thursday, Oct. 28 at 10 a.m., county officials said.

Drivers should take extra precautions in this area as the public becomes familiar with the new traffic patterns.

The light has been operating in blink mode between Oct. 20 and Oct. 28, 2010. The blink mode is a requirement of the Georgia Department of Transportation and its purpose is to alert drivers of the new signal. Read More»

Healthcare forum coming Oct. 28 in PTC

So what will healthcare reform in America look like beginning Jan. 1? That question will be answered by a panel from the medical and insurance fields at a forum on Oct. 28 in the council chambers at Peachtree City Hall.

Speakers at the forum will include Dr. Brian Hill, insurance expert Ron Bachman and insurance agent Linda Mulligan.

Hill is on the board of the Prostate Cancer Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital and is a member of Docs 4 Patient Care.

Bachman is a retired partner with Pricewaterhouse having spent 30 years as an insurance actuary. Read More»

County fire stations collecting food, items for the needy

Donating food for the needy has become even easier in advance of the holidays, as all nine Fayette County fire stations will accept donations for the countywide Fayette Samaritans food pantry through Nov. 15.

Fayette Samaritans is a non-profit agency that assists the needy by not just providing food but also emergency assistance for Fayette residents who qualify for help.

Among the top 10 needs of the Samaritans food pantry are:
• Canned meats including tuna, chicken, salmon, beef stew, sloppy joe and spaghetti
• Canned fruits, cereal, juice, jellies/jams, and soup. Read More»

Kedron kids sing songs of Seuss

Kedron kids sing songs of Seuss

The second grade students at Kedron Elementary School recently performed “Seussical the Musical” based on books by Dr. Seuss. They performed songs from “McElligott's Pool,” “Horton Hears a Who,” “Oh the Thinks You Can Think,” and “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Sara Harp Minter students study early exploration of the Americas

Sara Harp Minter students study early exploration of the Americas

Fourth grade students at Sara Harp Minter Elementary have been studying Early Exploration of the Americas. Their studies culminated by choosing a minimum of 3 detailed projects on Early Exploration. Projects reflected their understanding of challenges and problems solved by early explorers who had limited technology to guide them. Students created New World Menus, Papier-mâché globes showing routes taken by explorers, built ships reflective of the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, and showed their artistic abilities by drawing monsters, giant creatures, and mermaids in the ocean. Read More»

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