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Hwy. 74 south closing postponed

Road will remain open this weekend

State officials have postponed a plan to close part of Ga. Highway 74 south Aug. 27-30.

The closing will be rescheduled for another weekend at a future date, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

When the closing occurs, motorists will be able to circumvent the closing by using Holly Grove, Robinson and Redwine roads.

The road closing will take place on a Friday evening and the road will be reopened the following early Monday morning. The section of the highway to be closed will be from Rockaway Road to Redwine Road, officials have said.

Palmetto house fire claims three lives

Malfunctioning medical equipment has been named as the cause of a house fire Tuesday morning in Palmetto that claimed the lives of three of its occupants.

Though the investigation is continuing, the state fire marshal and Georgia Insurance and Fire Commissioner John Oxendine have concluded that the fire started as a result of malfunctioning medical equipment. Read More»

Action of Faith Ministries opens GED program

Action of Faith Ministries in Tyrone is at it again. The most recent of its many missions will begin next month as the non-profit partners with Hearts to Nourish Hope to offer a GED program to residents of Fayette, Coweta and beyond.  Hearts CEO Deborah Anglin, Hearts Education Director Valerie Humphries and Action of Faith Director Curtis Hindman discuss the specifics of the new program at the Tyrone facility on Senoia Road.

It is another first for the multiple ministries of Fayette County-based Action of Faith Ministries. The most recent initiative will provide a GED high school equivalency program in conjunction with the Hearts to Nourish Hope organization. Enrollment is set to begin and classes will be held at Action of Faith’s Tyrone headquarters beginning in September. Read More»

Jobless rates in Newnan and Coweta decrease in July

Both Newnan and Coweta County saw significant decreases in the unemployment rate during July. Coweta’s jobless rate is inching downward toward 9 percent while Newnan’s rate fell below 11 percent.

Coweta saw its unemployment rate drop from 9.7 percent in June to 9.3 percent in July, according to the Georgia Dept. of Labor (DOL). The decrease in the past two months compares to an unemployment rate of 10.1 percent in July 2009. The current jobless rate represents 5,428 people out of work in a county workforce of 58,641. Read More»

Upcoming Chamber Expo features plenty of 'competitive' opportunity

While we may often think of “competition” as a negative word, when it comes to the upcoming 2010 Fayette Chamber of Commerce’s COMMUNITY EXPO, “competition” is all about fun, the future, Fayette youth and yummy food!  “There is pretty much something for everyone!” according to Virginia Gibbs, Fayette Chamber president.  “This EXPO is by the Fayette community and for the Fayette community.”  
        
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OLM defenders converge for a quarterback sack

OLM defenders converge for a quarterback sack

Senior Nolan Bynum (51) and junior Cameron Chaney flush out the Cross Keys quarterback in Our Lady of Mercy’s season opening 41-18 win on Saturday night. The game was also the debut of the Bobcats new head coach, Mike Earwood, the former head coach at Starr’s Mill High School. For more on the 2010 high school football season, see the preview section starting on Page E1 in the Wednesday edition of The Citizen. For all local sports, go to our sister site, TheCitizenSports.com. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Fayette County Sheriff Hannah and wife named in lawsuit

A woman whose car collided with a sheriff’s patrol vehicle Jan. 27 has filed suit seeking medical and punitive damages against Fayette County, Sheriff Wayne Hannah and the driver of the patrol vehicle, Capt. Deborah Hannah, who is also the wife of Sheriff Hannah. Read More»

Fewer Fayette students in classes this year than last

Years of explosive growth behind them, Fayette schools now face declining numbers

A school system that a decade ago was growing by an elementary school a year has shifted into reverse. All age groups are affected as elementary schools, middle schools and high schools — with a few exceptions — are having fewer students show up for classes. Read More»

Enjoy free pizza, free oil change and other back-to-school savings

“Free” is everyone’s favorite price, particularly when it’s time for back-to-school.

Get a free Papa John’s medium, one topping pizza and a free Firestone Complete Auto Care standard oil change, no purchase necessary at either location, when you buy an Enjoy the City coupon book for $10; that’s half off the cover price. Read More»

Controversial bypass intersection: Protesters say, “Fix it or close it”

Protesters demonstrate Friday at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and the newly opened West Fayetteville Bypass, scene of a fatal wreck before it opened last week. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Nearly 75 people gathered late Friday afternoon at the intersection of Huiet Road/West Fayetteville Bypass and Ga. Highway 54 to silently protest the opening of the southbound lanes prior to the installation of the traffic signal. Fresh on their minds, some said, was the death last week of Peachtree City resident Amy Layton that resulted from a traffic crash as she was attempting to turn west onto Hwy. 54 from the newly opened southbound lanes of the bypass. Read More»

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