Fayette firefighter cadets sworn-in April 2

The Fayette County Commission chambers were filled with coworkers, colleagues, friends and family April 2 for the graduation and swearing-in of the Fayette County Fire & Emergency Services (FES) cadet class of 2010.

The graduating class included Jared R. Babb, Philip E. Harris, Matthew J. Lanza, Matthew K. Noel and Richard C. Ryckeley. Also graduating with the Fayette group were Brian Porterfield and Chris Rogers from the Hapeville Fire Department. Read More»

Superintendent candidates’ first look at Fayette

Some might say it’s just an informational brochure, but to the potential applicants across America considering the position of Fayette County school superintendent, that brochure is the first look at a system and a community that puts a high value on its public schools.

Approved recently by the Fayette County Board of Education, and after much discussion, the brochure is being disseminated by the Georgia School Board Association (GSBA), hired to head the search to fill the position of long-time Superintendent John DeCotis whose retirement is effective this summer. Read More»

Police reports Mar. 30-Apr. 5

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

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Tuesday, March 30 - Monday, April 5
Quentonio James Anderson, 22, of Hemlock Way, Jonesboro, for drug law violation.
Nicholas Jermaine Ball, 36, of Lake Ridge Parkway, Riverdale, for burglary (2).
Michael Stewart Hollingsworth, 17, of Lake Point Lane, Fayetteville, for drug law violation.
Samuel Elijah Jackson, 19, of Blum Road, Jackson, for theft by taking (3). Read More»

Voter registration drives coming to local high schools

The local chapter of the Knights of Columbus will be conducting voter registration drives at area high schools this month.

To register, applicants must be at least 17.5 years old though they cannot vote until they are 18. Applicants must also be a legal resident of Fayette County and a citizen of the United States.

The drives will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and are scheduled as follows: • Apr. 12-13 at Fayette County High School, Apr.14-15 at Sandy Creek, Apr. 19-20 at McIntosh, Apr. 22-23 at Starr’s Mill, Apr. 26-27 at Whitewater, Apr. 29 at Our Lady of Mercy. Read More»

Hope you like yellow — Metro pollen count sky-high today

If you saw a thicker-than-usual amount of yellow-green dust on your car this morning, your watering eyes weren’t deceiving you. Around midday, clouds of yellowish pine pollen swirled around the area near McIntosh High School on Walt Banks Road near Ga. Highway 54. Read More»

PTC girl’s Fla. drowning a ‘tragic accident’

Wheelchair-bound victim found in grandparents’ backyard pool

A Peachtree City girl died Saturday after she and her wheelchair were found submerged in the pool at her grandparents’ home in Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., officials said.

Alexis Holly Butler, 10, was found in the pool by her 13-year-old sister shortly after 2 p.m., Read More»

PTC's Jo Ann Wilson named president of Art Institute of Atlanta

Jo Ann Wilson of Peachtree City, new president of the Art Institute of Atlanta. Photo/Special.

Jo Ann Wilson of Peachtree City has been named president of The Art Institute of Atlanta, it was announced by John Mazzoni, president, and John Kraft, chairman of the board of trustees. President Wilson joined The Art Institute of Atlanta on March 8, 2010. Read More»

WHS Hosts 2010 Special Olympics for Fayette County Schools

WHS Hosts 2010 Special Olympics for Fayette County Schools

By Jessie Harris and Brittany Riley, staff writers for The WHS Observer Read More»

Silver Award Book Drive benefits Gracie’s Closet

Karson Mizell displays the organized containers of books she collected for Gracie’s Closet.

Gracie’s Closet has an additional 1,000 children’s books thanks to the efforts of a girl scout and her school.

Karson Mizell, an eighth grader at Rising Starr Middle and member of Girl Scout Troop 39000, collected over 1,000 books for Gracie’s Closet, which provides clothing, books and school supplies for the county’s foster children. Read More»

Heavy fire damage reported at home near Lake Horton

County responded to 2 more structure fires Sunday

It took firefighters just over four hours to bring a raging fire under control Read More»

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