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U.S. Attorney investigates possible tainting of Judge Camp’s cases

U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates announced Dec. 2 that her office is continuing to investigate the outcomes of cases administered by discredited U.S. Senior District Judge Jack Camp and whether the sentences he imposed between May and September might have been affected by his admitted drug use or any racial bias. Yates said her office would not object to requests for re-sentencing for cases in which Camp presided during the May-September time frame during which he was using drugs and engaged in a relationship with an Atlanta stripper. Read More»

Piedmont Newnan asks if hospital's name should change

Work at the eight-story Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Poplar Road near I-85 continues. Expected to open in early 2012, CEO Michael Bass is asking for community input on whether the replacement hospital should retain the same name or be given a new one. A survey on that question can be found through Dec. 8 at www.piedmontnewnan.org. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Those traveling along Poplar Road at I-85 cannot miss the eight-story Piedmont Newnan Hospital now under construction and expected to open in early 2012. But should the new replacement hospital carry that name or should the name be changed? That is what hospital CEO Michael Bass wants to know and he is asking the community for input. Read More»

Fayette Superior Court Clerk Sheila Studdard honors prior superior court clerks

Sharing information on his uncle, N. W. Kelley, is Lamar McEachern. Superior Court Clerk Sheila Studdard told him his uncle, located in the middle of the photo, was the longest serving clerk. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Current Fayette County Superior Court Clerk Sheila Studdard has honored those clerks of court who came before her, dating back to 1830.

Fayette County is fortunate to have all its original records and she went back to the first clerk of record, John D. Stell. Several of his descendants still reside in the county.

She photocopied the signature of each one from a record they would have signed, learned as much about each one as could be found in the Fayette County Historical Society, and obtained photos of as many as could be located. Read More»

Jobless rates drop again in Coweta, Newnan

Could it be signs of a strengthening local economy? Unemployment figures released late last week by the Georgia Dept. of Labor (DOL) show that the jobless rate in October fell by three-tenths of a percent in Coweta County and by a half a percentage point in Newnan.

Jobless figures for October showed Coweta’s unemployment rate dropping to 8.7 percent, down from 9 percent in September. Those compared to a September unemployment rate of 10.3 percent.

The rate for October reflects 5,047 people out of work in a workforce of 58,192. Read More»

Teen struck crossing road in critical condition

A 17 year-old Tyrone male is in critical condition at Atlanta Medical Center after being struck by a vehicle late Friday evening while crossing Senoia Road in Tyrone.

The 17 year-old was struck by a vehicle at approximately 5:30 p.m. near the Crumpton’s Furniture store on Senoia Road on Tyrone’s south side, according to Tyrone Police Det. Steve Lafferty.

The teenager, whose name has not been released, was apparently in route to his residence across the street, Lafferty said.

The teenager was flown to Atlanta Medical Center where is he in critical condition, said Lafferty. Read More»

Patriots, Panthers win! State title bouts next weekend

Creek players celebrated after the game with fans, a nod to the support the team has received this season.

Two Fayette County football teams will fight for state football championships at the Georgia Dome next weekend.
The Starr's Mill Panthers eked out a 20-19 win over heavily favored Tucker on the road Friday night. And Sandy Creek ran away from Peach County Read More»

West PTC: get ready for some smoke

The contractor clearing the land for Lake McIntosh is preparing to begin burning debris, and Peachtree City officials are worried at least part of the city will be choked out by the smoke.

Peachtree City Fire Chief Ed Eiswerth said the event will be “a big burn” and stands to at least startle some residents to the point where they might flood the county’s 911 center with calls. Read More»

Police: PTC church burglar caught

A 24-year-old Peachtree City man has been arrested for burglarizing two churches here, taking electronics, cash, computers and musical instruments, police said Thursday afternoon.

Authorities also linked Joseph Michael Robinson to two similar incidents in unincorporated Fayette and Coweta counties, police said.

A substantial amount of electronics and money was found in Robinson’s residence at 203 Morgans Turn, and some of the items appear to be related to a fifth church burglary, at a location in North Georgia, police said. Read More»

Gun and knife show being considered for Kedron Fieldhouse

The City’s Recreation Department and Leisure Services Commission is considering the possibility of renting the Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center Complex for a weekend gun and knife show early next year. This would include the fieldhouse, pools, rink and all parking. Read More»

Santa Run starts this weekend

A visit from jolly old St. Nicholas on Christmas Eve is heralded by sleigh bells, but Santa will be making the rounds early in Peachtree City to a chorus of sirens, courtesy of the Peachtree City Fire Department and Volunteer Firefighters Association.

Each year, the firefighters stand in for Santa’s elves to escort Mr. Kringle through Peachtree City neighborhoods, collecting canned goods for local needy families (and helping Santa double check that naughty and nice list). Read More»

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