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Uh oh, Bigfoot roaming in north Fayette?

Reports of the sightings of large primates, usually referred to as “Bigfoot,” are not uncommon across the United States. But they are uncommon in Fayette County. At least until this past summer. Read More»

Patriots’ defense may rule the Dome

Patriots’ defense may rule the Dome

If you’re late jumping on the Sandy Creek bandwagon but want to show your support for the Patriots, here’s what you need to know.
The Patriots won their Class AAAA state semi-final game at Griffin last Friday and are now the first football team in Fayette County history to make the state finals.
Sandy Creek Patriots (13-1) vs. Clarke Central Gladiators (12-2) Read More»

Ex-Tyrone man, 45, charged with molesting young relative

A former Tyrone resident was arrested last week for molesting a female relative under the age of 10, according to officials with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
Bruce Alan McDonald, 45, of Christopher Road, Sharpsburg, is charged with aggravated child molestation, according to sheriff’s Detective Josh Shelton.
McDonald is believed to have committed several similar offenses over a period of time, but the most recent one occurred last year, Shelton said. There is a potential for more charges to be filed as the investigation continues, Shelton said. Read More»

3 arrested in 2 Fayette armed robberies

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has made arrests in connection with two armed robberies that were reported on Nov. 29 and again on Nov. 30.
On Thursday, Fayette County Sheriff’s investigators, with the assistance of the Fairburn and Palmetto police departments, arrested Sedrick Whatley, 19, and Kevin Wygant, 17, both of Fairburn. They were each charged with two counts of armed robbery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and one count of kidnapping. Read More»

F’ville delays Pavilion request for more parkway ‘monument’ signs

A variance request by Fayette Pavilion owner/manager Developers Diversified Realty Corp. for additional monument signs along Pavilion Parkway to help draw needed customers was tabled prior to the Dec. 3 Fayetteville City Council meeting for further review. The issue could be taken up at the Dec. 17 meeting.
The Nov. 16 request by DDRC Regional Property Manager Don Jurenek noted the need of retailers along the nearly one-mile stretch of Pavilion Parkway to have their businesses identified in the attempt to help offset the hard economic times being experienced due to the recession. Read More»

PTC OK's 'raise' for volunteer firefighters

A program to help pay Peachtree City volunteer firefighters expenses will have its maximum cap raised from $3,000 to $4,500 for this budget year.
The stipend program allows volunteers to be compensated $10 for each call they answer, each training event they attend and each time they performa four hour shift of station duty, in which they respond to all necessary calls with no further compensation. Read More»

PTC soldier supports troop surge

1st Lt. Dan Berschinski, who lost both his legs several months ago in an explosion while his Army unit patrolled in Afghanistan, is supporting a plan to add 30,000 troops to the country to battle Taliban forces.

In a brief clip of an interview played on ABC News early Wednesday morning, Berschinski said the new troops will be “a plus ... a nice increase in manpower.”
“And then hopefully everyone gets to come home,” Berschinski said in the six-second clip. Read More»

BBB offers identity protection tips

Identity theft claimed 10 million victims in 2008, a 22 percent increase over 2007, according to a report from Javelin Strategy and Research. Better Business Bureau warns that the holiday season provides many new opportunities for identity thieves to ply their trade.
BBB recommends taking the following steps to fight identity theft this holiday season:

Online Shopping Tips Read More»

Kennedy receives leadership award

Kennedy receives leadership award

Coweta County Director of Development and Engineering Wayne Kennedy received a different kind of recognition at the Dec. 1 meeting of the Coweta County Commission. He was honored by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) with a Sustainable Leadership award based on cost-savings and environmental sustainability through the use of recycled roadway materials.

PCA Southeast Region Director Bob Nickelson presented the Sustainable Leadership Award in the category of Leadership in Sustainability Policy on behalf of PCA. Read More»

Commission approves some courthouse changes, rejects others

Coweta County commissioners Dec. 1 approved three changes orders and rejected six others relating to the ongoing rehabilitation work at the historic courthouse in downtown Newnan. Read More»