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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»

Man indicted for pointing pellet gun

A Locust Grove man was indicted last week for pointing an air pellet gun at four people during a May altercation at the Taco Bell in Peachtree City.

Jermal Thomas, 17, of Kings Cove, Locust Grove, is charged with four felony counts of aggravated assualt in connection with the incident.

The incident occurred May 8 and Thomas was on a golf cart at the time, police said. The dispute involved people who had congregated on the outdoor patio area of the restaurant, police said.

The charges were filed in part because Thomas portrayed the air pellet gun to be a real handgun, police said.

Former Tyrone cop indicted for sex crimes

Accused of molestation, sexual battery of 2 underage girls

A former Tyrone police officer has been indicted on more than six dozen felony crimes including several counts of child molestation that occurred in the city of Fayetteville.

Matthew Anthony New, of Orchard View, Fayetteville, 37, is accused of taking a photograph of a 13-year-old girl after he “induced” her to expose her genitals sometime between November 2007 and March 2008, according court records. New also is accused of molesting and committing sexual battery on the same victim by touching her “intimate body parts,” according to the indictment. Read More»

Two indicted for PTC auto break-ins

Two men have been indicted for breaking into three autos in Peachtree City Feb. 16.

Police arrested Andre Quincy Axam, 28, of Blanton Avenue, Atlanta, and Demarco Gonzalez McDonald, 19, of Skyline Drive, College Park in the parking lot of the Kedron Village Chick-fil-A after an alert citizen witnessed them enter an auto at the Mellow Mushroom and called 911.

The duo is accused of entering a Ford pickup truck parked at Mellow Mushroom, a 2008 Ford Expedition parked at the Smokey Bones restaurant and a 2002 Cadillac Escalade parked at World Gym on Commerce Drive. Read More»

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