Military chaplain swears son into Army

Fr. Landon and his son are serving Communion together on the last Sunday before PFC Landon’s departure for basic training. Photo/Special.

In a ceremony at the Military Enlistment Processing Station at Ft. Gillem, Ga, on June 23, Chaplain (Major) Jonathan K. Landon (Senoia, GA) of the Command Chaplain’s Office, Third United States Army & US Army Central Command swore his son Jonathan P. Landon (18 yrs old) in to active duty in the US Army. The same day, the new Private First Class Landon departed for basic training. Read More»

Wieland settles sex, race discrimination lawsuit

Atlanta homebuilder John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods has agreed to a settle a race and sex discrimination lawsuit filed by federal authorities in June 2009.

Under the settlement, Wieland will pay $378,000 to six claimants and hire at least 10 African-Americans and women into management positions over the next six years, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Read More»

Want a pawn shop? Go to F’ville city dump

If you want to open a pawn shop in Fayetteville, you may have to go to the city dump and sewer plant.

The Fayetteville City Council at the June 17 meeting heard the first reading of an ordinance amendment that would confine pawn shops to industrial-zoned areas of the city and another that would help attract restaurants to the historic downtown area. Read More»

Tyrone boy, 9, in critical condition after near drowning

A 9-year-old Tyrone boy is in critical condition at Scottish Rite Hospital after his near drowning Sunday at the swimming pool in the Southampton subdivision. Read More»

‘This system needs to start fresh’

Judge Edwards pushed ‘to clear the air’ of ‘lingering cloud’; DA Ballard urged ‘not making things worse and not overreacting’

Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards felt strongly that an alleged affair between fellow jurist Paschal A. English Jr. and defense attorney Kim Cornwell had caused the public’s faith of the judicial system to waver. Read More»

Fayette school lunch prices to inch higher

Projected increases in food and kitchen-related supplies led to the approval last week of a 5-cent rise in elementary school lunches and 10-cent increases in middle and high school lunches in Fayette County schools beginning in August.

Prior to the increases, the price of lunch for elementary school students was $2.05 while those for middle and high school student was $2.15. The prices of other meals served in school cafeterias remained unchanged. Read More»

Going for Gold

Sally Maple running towards the endzone for the Palm Beach Punishers.

McIntosh grad Maple playing football for Team USA

The sport that citizens of the United States refer to as “soccer” is called football practically everywhere else. Right now, the largest soccer tournament in the world, the World Cup, is being played in South Africa. This Sunday, the 2010 IFAF Women’s World Championship, the first and arguably the biggest football tournament in the world, begins in Sweden and Sally Maple, a former Peachtree City resident and graduate of McIntosh High School is on the roster. Read More»

Police reports - June 15-21, 2010

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies during the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Tuesday, June 15 - Monday, June 21
Uvaldo Alvarado-Tequillas, 33, of Greenville Circle, Fayetteville, for trafficking in illegal drugs.
Jose Aleho Gonzalez, 32, of Sweetbriar, Peachtree City, for probation violation.
William Marcus Harmon, 34, of Georgian Drive, Newnan, for probation violation.
William Leon Jones, no age, of Coleman Lake Road, Fayetteville, for child molestation (2). Read More»

Sany construction underway in PTC

Sany employees, flanked at the rear by one of the company's concrete pumper trucks, proudly gathered to celebrate Sany's construction progress. The company expects to be up and running with heavy equipment assembly in 12 to 14 months. Photo/Special.

SANY America, Inc. held a ceremony last week to mark the start of construction on the site of what will become the company’s first North American manufacturing facility and corporate headquarters in Peachtree City, GA. This event demonstrates Sany’s strong belief in and commitment to North America and its Construction Equipment markets. Read More»

Chief public defender hospitalized

Fayette County’s Chief Public Defender, Joe Saia, is hospitalized in Wilmington, N.C. after he fell ill and was rushed to the hospital late last week.

Saia was determined to be suffering from congestive heart failure, according to his office. As of Monday afternoon, he continues to recover and remains hospitalized.

Saia is responsible for overseeing the defense of all criminals deemed indigent in not just Fayette County but in the entire four-county Griffin Judicial Circuit which includes Spalding, Pike and Upson counties. Read More»

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