Ga. bans texting while driving ... for all ages

Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, far right, watches Gov. Perdue sign one of two bills that ban all cellphone use for drivers under 18 and all texting for drivers of all ages. Photo/Governor's Press Office.

Teen driver cellphone ban also signed by Gov. Perdue

Drivers under 18 can no longer use cellphones while driving, and motorists of all ages are banned from texting while driving under new laws signed today by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

The teen driver cellphone ban, which takes effect July 1, allows for a $150 fine and a 1 point deduction from the driver's license points. The fine would be doubled Read More»

Thousands pour into Senoia for Memorial Day events

It was a Memorial Day Celebration and Festival like no other. Multiple events in Senoia Monday brought several thousand people to the downtown area. The event now in its fifth year, the parade was the headline event but the action and activities were non-stop from 10 a.m. until sunset when the skies over Senoia were filled with fireworks. To view all the event’s photos visit the Newsmaker section at

Senoia is no stranger to large crowds attending special events. But the city’s previous turnouts were far exceeded Monday by the thousands who attended the 5th Annual Senoia Memorial Day Celebration and Festival.

The day began at 10 a.m. on Main Street and every side street in the downtown area, along with businesses open for the occasion, was simply bursting with people.

The keynote speaker Monday was Col. Brent Bracewell, with the colors presented by the Falcon Field Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron 116. Read More»

Coweta’s unemployment rate drops .6% in April

The unemployment rate for Coweta County fell significantly in April to just over 10 percent, while the jobless rate in the Three Rivers area fell by nearly a full percentage point.

Coweta’s unemployment figures for March showed the jobless rate at 10.8 percent, but the April figures showed a decrease to 10.2 percent, representing 6,097 people out of work in the workforce of 59,697. Coweta’s unemployment rate one year ago was 8.8 percent. Read More»

Serious injury reported in PTC vehicle collision

Peachtree City Police reported Wednesday that on June 1 at 3:20 p.m. a collision occurred at the intersection of Crosstown Drive at the entrance to Braelinn Village Shopping Center. Officers responded to a reported two vehicle collision at this intersection.

Mr. Clinton Melton, 81 years of age, Peachtree City, was air lifted to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries, according to department spokesperson Michelle Ward.

Ms. Jessica Rexrode, 18 years of age, Peachtree City, did not report any injuries at the scene, Ward said. Read More»

Local Ga. Tech student hurt in explosion

A Georgia Tech student from Peachtree City was one of two men severely burned in an explosion outside a fraternity house on campus early this morning, officials said.

Tommy Keen, an aerospace engineering sophomore from Peachtree City and Paul Grzybowski, a junior materials science and engineering student from Appling were injured in the explosion, according to a statement released by the school. Read More»

CPR class Saturday at Booth Middle

Class urged at start of swimming season

In an effort to train parents and children for CPR at the start of the swimming pool season, a CPR class is being offered Saturday at Booth Middle School from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The class was arranged by the Best family, whose two girls were saved by adults who used CPR and rescue breathing after they were found unconscious at the bottom of a Peachtree City family's pool several weeks ago during a birthday pool party.

Kinsley, 3, and Reagan Best, 5, were saved thanks to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation adminstered by adults Kathleen Mason and Will Bernardi. Read More»

Police reports May 24-31

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, May 25 - Monday, May 31

Latanya Tiheshia Bell, 36, of Wilburn Street, Jonesboro, for probation violation.
Corey James Bryant, 27, of Graden Lake Drive, Riverdale, for tail light violation and less than an ounce of marijuana.
Maurice DeMarco Cook, 21, of Foxhunt Lane, East Point, for probation violation.
Jovaughn Dominique Cutno, 25, of Thompson Road, Fairburn, for probation violation. Read More»

Col. Malcolm, Rep. Yates, others pay tribute to war dead

Reenactors fire a volley across South Glynn Street during 2010 Memorial Day observances in Fayetteville. Photo/John Munford.

A packed house crowded inside the American Legion Log Cabin in downtown Fayetteville to pay honor and respect to America’s heroes who have served our country and given the ultimate sacrifice: their lives.

The event, normally given gravitas by virtue of its location in Fayetteville’s historic cemetery, was moved indoors due to the threat of rain. But it did not damper the spirits of the audience nor the speakers. Read More»

PTC ceremonies replete with patriotism for Memorial Day memories

Members of Boy Scout Troop 75 salute the flag during Memorial Day 2010 ceremonies in Peachtree City. Photo.Ben Nelms.

The grounds of Peachtree City Hall were overflowing Monday morning for the 12th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Emotion born in patriotism and the love of country unmistakably filled the air. Read More»

Fayette gets its own linear accelerator

If your physician tells you that you have cancer, you can rely on two things, your faith and the fact that there is a linear accelerator as close as the Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

It is a high tech machine that delivers very precise radiation treatments. It will automatically determine the density of the cancer cell, and automatically determine the exact amount of radiation therapy needed. Read More»

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