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Evan Schmalenberger, a senior at Starr’s Mill High School, used the Heimlich Maneuver to save a fellow classmate who was choking in the school cafeteria. Photo/John Munford.

Starr's Mill senior acts fast, saves friend from choking

Just over two weeks ago, Starr’s Mill senior Evan Schmalenberger was chatting with a friend at lunch when he felt someone hitting on his arm.

At first he ignored the distraction before turning to see classmate Devohn Walton, in severe distress.

Walton’s hands were around his neck making the universal choking gesture.

“Everybody was just literally sitting there staring, not even moving,” Evan recalled. “His veins were bulging out of his head and neck.”

Walton remained seated as Schmalenberger, a lacrosse player, went behind him and summoned knowledge from ninth grade health class. Read More»

Outdoor burning OK, but caution urged

Residents in Peachtree City and Tyrone must acquire a burn permit before they are allowed to conduct any outdoor burning, even though the summertime burning ban has been lifted.

In Peachtree City, residents can go online to fill out and print a burn permit, which will be available as long as the weather conditions are ok for burning, said Fire Marshal David Williamson. Those without a computer may visit station 82 at 101 north Peachtree Parkway across from the Peachtree Crossing shopping center to fill out a permit. Read More»

PTC company to show off solar power system

A Peachtree City company’s new solar power generating system will be on display Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the public is invited to drop by and learn more about solar power.

The event will be hosted at ALTA Refrigeration located at 403 Dividend Drive in the city’s industrial park. The open house is part of the national Solar Tour campaign in which solar sites all over the country will be open for the public to help spread the word about the benefits of solar power. Read More»

Oldies cruisin' in Senoia

Oldies cruisin' in Senoia

It was another record breaking event in Senoia. The annual Cruisin’ to the Oldies car show held Sept. 25 had nearly 300 entries this year. And area residents responded to the mass of cars that lined Main Street, with crowds filling the downtown area and taking time to grab a meal and listen to live music.

Winners again

Winners again

Senoia won more races than most teams last weekend at the International Dragon Boat Races in Peachtree City. And the team of muscular athletes relied on their wits, prowess and rowing skills to best most of the opponents they faced. The 4th Annual Dragon Boat Races and International Fest was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Peachtree City and Peachtree City Tourism. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Fischer Crossings: next up, football fields, daycare

The meeting of the Coweta County Commission next Tuesday is expected to include the continuation of a portion of the conversation surrounding the Fischer Crossings commercial development. Commissioners last week on a 3-2 vote denied the rezoning and road abandonment portions of the development request for a Kohl’s department store and other retailers Read More»

Piedmont Newnan Hospital earns 'Gold Seal' award

By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety, Piedmont Newnan Hospital has again earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval™. Read More»

3 burglars crash after chase in F'ville, arrested after brief manhunt

3 burglars crash after chase in F'ville, arrested after brief manhunt

It was quite a lunchtime spectacle in Fayetteville Wednesday after three Clayton County burglary suspects wrecked their car at the intersection of Ga. Highway 85 and Banks Road when they were being pursued by Clayton County police, according to Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah. Read More»

Police pack piles of old pills

Police pack piles of old pills

Peachtree City residents turned in approximately 193 pounds of old and unused medication for disposal at a special event hosted by the Peachtree City Police Department and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Saturday. Lt. Jason Epps (R) and Lt. John Jenkins unloaded a rather large drop-off from one resident that consisted of several hundred pill bottles which were left behind by an elderly man. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office also participated in the program. Photo/John Munford.

Delta Community Credit Union offers 'Switch Day' this Friday

Metro Atlanta residents will find easy switch to better financial solution

Understanding the stress that accompanies switching from one financial institution to another was top of mind as Delta Community Credit Union created Switch Day, an event that offers a no-hassle and easy solution for those looking to make the change.  In fact, 22 percent of bank customers polled in a study by research firm Jupiter admitted that most of them stay with their current bank because switching was too much of a hassle.  Read More»