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Pinewood Studios will pay reduced taxes for 20 years

FCDA CEO Matt Forshee listens in the background as staff member Emily Poole reports to the Peachtree City Council in March on economic development efforts. Photo/John Munford.

While various local officials have been enthusiastic about the projected financial impact of the Pinewood Atlanta Studios in central Fayette County, many among the public may have been unaware that the big development received a significant property tax break bestowed by the Fayette County Development Authority. Read More»

Fayette deputies receive awards

Investigator Chad Wallace, L, at a March 27 Ga. Police Academy ceremony received a bronze pin from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for 27 DUI arrests made in 2013 and Dep. Robert Kersey, R, received the academic award for the highest testing average in the 35th Drug Recognition Expert class. The officers were joined by Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb, center, who attended the event in College Park. Photo/Special.

Two members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office were recognized March 27 in a ceremony held by the Ga. Police Academy in College Park.

Investigator Chad Wallace received a bronze pin from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization for his efforts in arresting motorists found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Wallace made 27 DUI arrests in 2013. Read More»

Father, daughter pulled from fiery wreck near movie theater Sunday

A March 30 car crash in front of the NCG Cinemas at the intersection of Ga. highways 34 and 54 just west of Peachtree City resulted in a vehicle fire and a heroic — and successful — effort to remove two passengers from the burning car.

Ga. State Patrol Sgt. James Corbett said the March 30 accident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. at the traffic signal at Ga. highway 34 and 54 at the entrance to the NCG Cinemas area. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — March 18–24

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.

Tuesday, March 18 - Monday, March 24

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Keyona E. Allen, born in 1990, of Plantation Circle, Fayetteville, for failure to maintain lane and revoked or suspended license. Read More»

PTC home invasion case ends with guilty verdict

A Snellville man is expected to face a steep prison sentence after he was found guilty Friday of participating in a July 2012 home invasion in Peachtree City that resulted in the homeowner being shot in the head as she tried to run away.

A Fayette County jury found Ted Andrew Jefferson, 29, guilty of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of kidnapping with bodily injury, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson delayed sentencing until mid-April at the request of the defendant. Read More»

Jobless rate drops in Coweta, Fayette

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Unemployment figures in Coweta and Fayette counties continue to head in the right direction. Jobless figures for February fell to 6.5 percent in Coweta and 6.2 percent in Fayette.

Figures for February released by the Ga. Dept. of Labor show Coweta County with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. That represents a decrease from 6.8 percent in January and 8.1 percent one year ago. Coweta has a workforce of 63,521. Read More»

PTC’s World Airways goes out of business

PTC’s World Airways goes out of business

Peachtree City-based World Airways has closed its doors. The company in a Thursday press release said the company founded in 1948 operated its last flight on March 26. The closure resulted in the loss of 325 jobs. Read More»

Police warn motorists: Stay out of the lake!

In this photo provided by the police department, several people worked to free this sport utility vehicle from the mud and muck at the bottom of Lake Peachtree. The department hid the faces of the parties involved before providing the photo. Photo courtesy Peachtree City Police Department.

With the pool of Lake Peachtree lowered for the past two months to allow for maintenance, the usually-hidden floor of Lake Peachtree has drawn a lot of attention from onlookers.

The lake serves as a reservoir for the countywide water system, but earlier this week it almost became an automobile graveyard. Someone drove a sport utility vehicle onto the lake bed, and it became stuck in the mud and muck, according to the Peachtree City Police Department. (The department blurred the faces of the people involved before releasing the photo above right.) Read More»

Sandy Creek FBLA teams advance to Nationals

Sandy Creek FBLA teams advance to Nationals

Nine Sandy Creek FBLA members attended the 2014 Georgia State FBLA State Leadership Conference after qualifying at the regional level. Six members won top honors and qualified to attend the 2014 FBLA National Leadership Conference. Front row, from left: Madison McNair, Saridh Galvan, Rosie Jamison, Tamara Lopez, Ellie Klarl, and Carlisle Vidourek. Back row, from left: Malcolm Woods, Sanjay Rampersaud and Jamarcus Mathis. Photo/Special. Read More»

Coweta employee charged in domestic incident

Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Event Services Tray Baggarly is facing charges of simple battery in connection with a March 16 incident at his Senoia residence.

According to an incident report from the Senoia Police Dept, an officer was dispatched to Baggarly’s residence in reference to a family violence dispute.

The officer contacted a woman describing herself as Baggarly’s girlfriend who said she came to the residence to check on him. The woman said she entered the home and Baggarly cursed at her and told her to leave the house, according to reports. Read More»

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