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The Caldwell file: Which judges knew what and when?

Judge Johnnie Caldwell (file photo)

Messy PTC divorce case leads to 1 judge's downfall; more questions remain to be answered

UPDATED April 22, 8:30 p.m.: A long-running and messy Peachtree City divorce case is at the heart of this week’s shocking resignation of Fayette County Superior Court Judge Johnnie Caldwell, The Citizen has learned from court filings and in interviews. All four judges in the Griffin Judicial Circuit have removed themselves from the case during the past eight months because of allegations of judicial impropriety — a case that raises the question of which judges knew what and when, and what they did with what they knew. Read More»

Facebook class for parents offered Saturday morning

There will be a different type of internet class for parents offered Saturday morning at St. Paul Lutheran School and Church in Peachtree City. Thirteen year-old Girl Scout Maddie Plant will be joined by Peachtree City Police Capt. Rosanna Dove for a “Facebook Class for Parents.”

Dove said the class was Plant’s idea and is part of her work toward a Girl Scout Silver Achievement Award. Her Facebook presentation is designed to help parents know what Facebook visitors do and how they do it, Dove said. Read More»

Judge rules Starship can open

The Starship Adult Novelties and Gifts location on Ga. Highway 34 at Thomas Crossroads was given the go-ahead to obtain its business license April 19 after the company had its day in Coweta County Superior Court.

It was a long time in the making, but all that ended April 19 when Coweta County Superior Court Judge Jack Kirby ruled in favor of Starship Enterprises in its lawsuit against Coweta County after county commissioners last year denied a business license to the Starship Adult Novelties and Gifts location on Ga. Highway 34 at Thomas Crossroads. Read More»

Tax Day rally in Newnan draws crowd again this year

Nearly 300 people attended the April 15 Tax Day Tea party rally at the Greenville Street Park in Newnan.

It was a year ago that a small group of Coweta County residents organized an April 15 Tax Day Tea (Taxed Enough Already) Party rally outside Newnan City Hall. Last week, one year later, they were back. This time the rally was held at Greeville Street Park. Unlike many citizens’ movements, the local Coweta County Tea Party Patriots and the 9/12 Patriots that sponsored the rally are still here and don’t plan on ceasing their efforts. Read More»

Coweta Charter Academy holds meeting in Sharpsburg

More than 120 family members interested in the new Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia hear comments from Coweta businessman and board member Ernest Taylor on the lawsuit by the Coweta County School System that would block the school’s opening in August. Taylor was joined at the Sharpsburg meeting by Charter Schools USA representatives Sandy Castro and Sylvia Hall.

The lawsuit by the Coweta County School System over the establishment of the Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia did not stop representatives of school operator Charter Schools USA with meeting with more than 120 family members April 19 at the A&O Bridges Recreation Center in Sharpsburg. Read More»

Piedmont Newnan’s impact: current and future

A new report by the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA) shows that Piedmont Newnan Hospital in 2007 generated more than $216.3 million in revenue for the local economy. Those numbers will likely only increase once the new nine-story hospital on Poplar Road is completed. Read More»

Sgt. Gragg named finalist on TV show - needs votes

Palmetto Police Sgt. Lee Gragg has been named one of eight nationalist finalists in the America’s Most Wanted All-Star Contest, sponsored by Sprint, after surviving a routine traffic stop gone wrong. Gragg is in the running for a $10,000 Grand Prize if he can receive enough online votes. Read More»

Judge Caldwell’s consent order sent to Gov. Perdue Monday

Judge Caldwell’s consent order sent to Gov. Perdue  Monday

The document above is the handwritten “consent” letter sent to Gov. Sonny Perdue Monday in which Fayette Superior Court Judge Johnnie Caldwell Jr. promises to never again seek or hold a judicial position.

Piedmont Hospital opposes open heart service in Riverdale

Southern Regional Hospital partnering with Emory to offer open heart surgery nearby

Piedmont Hospital is challenging a rival hospital's bid to offer open heart surgery a short trip outside Fayette County.

Piedmont has filed a formal notice opposing the request from Southern Regional Health System, which needs approval from the Georgia Department of Community Health before it can begin offering open heart surgery at its hospital in Riverdale. Read More»

Promise Place to add support group in F’ville

Promise Place Domestic Violence Center Director Vanessa Mottley (L) and counselor Helen Branch recently announced plans for a new domestic violence support group in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

In Fayette County, the Promise Place center approaches the reality of domestic violence in a variety of ways, and to meet community needs the non-profit organization is ready to start up a support group in Fayetteville that will compliment the existing group in Peachtree City. Read More»

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