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Extended unemployment benefits now being paid

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced today that federal extended unemployment insurance benefits are now being paid to 90,994 jobless Georgians. The benefits were enacted by Congress and signed by the President last Thursday, July 22. The law extends the qualifying time for eligible recipients from June 2 through Nov. 30.

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) transmitted benefit payments made through direct deposit yesterday and checks have been mailed today. The total amount of payments made is $76,187,412.20. Read More»

F’ville woman charged with murder of infant son

Mug shot of Kaisha Poulson.

A Fayetteville woman has been charged with the murder in March of her 2 month-old infant son. Autopsy results showed that the infant died of methamphetamine intoxication. Read More»

Woman hurt in PTC crash

Woman hurt in PTC crash

A crash off Ga. Highway 54 at Stevens Entry this morning sent an area woman to the hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, officials said.

A Lexus sport utility vehicle somehow jumped a curb, running off the road and into the woodline before it came to a stop. Peachtree City fire and rescue crews responded and prepared one victim for transport to Atlanta Medical Center for treatment.

The wreck happened shortly before 9:30 a.m.

This photo was provided by local businessman Dave O’Farrell.

Tyrone "Back to School Bash" Saturday

Looking for some fun for the family this weekend? Look no further than Shamrock Park in Tyrone Saturday morning and afternoon where the town will hold the 2010 version of the “Back to School Bash.”

Tyrone Recreation Department Director Jennifer Patton said the festivities will include all day fun for kids including moonwalks and face painting, a local DJ and lots of music.

The event will also feature a 4-D movie that will provide much more than just the sound and video, Patton said, suggesting that families come and see just what’s inside the unique ride. Read More»

2 laundry workers get steamed as gun is pulled in workplace brawl

A workplace dispute at a Fayetteville business last week led to the arrests of two coworkers. And for one, the incident resulted in a host of charges, including aggravated assault. The dispute began over clothes at a local dry cleaners and quickly escalated to a physical assault.

Melinda James, 53, of Atlanta, was charged with aggravated assault, battery, carrying a concealed weapon, obstruction, pointing a weapon at others, reckless conduct and using fighting words, according to Fayetteville Police Det. Jeff Harris. Read More»

Police arrests blotter

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, July 20 - Monday, July 26

Michael Brandon Brooks, 30, of Lees Lake Road, Fayetteville, for probation violation.

Jamiah Merjarone Carter, 25, of North Davis Street, Albany, revoked license.

Richard Michael Gentry, 24, of Patterson Road, Griffin, for theft by taking.

Jamal Caree Hill, 21, of Ridgeview Trail, Jonesboro, for failure to appear. Read More»

Spotlight turns to next 2 judges from 6 candidates

Perhaps the most important political offices to be filled in coming days or weeks won’t be decided on by voters at all.

Instead, it’s Gov. Sonny Perdue in the driver’s seat, as he will appoint two people to fill the unexpired terms of resigned Superior Court judges Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr. and Paschal A. English Jr. Read More»

F’ville teaches middle schoolers in Junior Police Academy

Fayetteville Police Officer Zac Mittenzwei works with several of the 20 Fayette County middle school students participating this week in the department’s 7th Annual Junior Police Academy. Aside from training on vehicle license checks, the young students attend classes in areas such as defensive tactics, crime scenes, the use of force, K-9 activities, fingerprinting and DUI law. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Being a police officer is much more involved than what many people may think. That reality is being driven home this week as 20 students from middle schools around Fayette County participate in the Fayetteville Police Department’s 7th Annual Junior Police Academy. Read More»

Voting chief vows no more tabulation glitches in the future

Fayette Elections Supervisor Tom Sawyer demonstrates a vote tabulating computer. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Following the progress of Fayette’s primary election returns as they came in last week was difficult to do. Read More»

Local man honored by governor

Morrison receives customer service award from Perdue

A Fayetteville man has received a commendation from Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for his service with the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

Jeff Morrison, a senior planner for the GEMA Radiological Program, recently was awarded the Governor’s Commendation for Excellence in Customer Service. Morrison works with numerous counties to develop emergency management exercises.

Morrison was lauded for having a positive attitude, concern for those he is assisting and technical expertise and professionalism. Read More»

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