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Deadly 48 hours on north Fayette roads – 3 dead, 4 injured

Firefighters work to remove a door of the Toyota Camry to reach a victim who was trapped inside, while paramedics, at left, attend to victims of the crash including (at left) the one child in a car seat, identified as Caleah Thomas, age 3, who is in very critical condition. Photo/John Munford.

Fayette County just experienced more traffic fatalities in one 48-hour period than at any time in recent memory.

In the period from Friday morning to Sunday morning, three people lost their lives and four were injured in three separate crashes, all in north Fayette.

The first fatality happened Friday morning.

A Riverdale woman died in a traffic accident May 30 on Ga. Highway 279 near Helmer Road.
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Retired educators honor students

Zahra Laiwala. Photo/Special.

The Fayette County Retired Educators continue their interest in today’s students by giving awards to students from each of the middle schools and a scholarship to a senior from Fayette County High School. Read More»

Science at work at Burch

Science at work at Burch

Flat Rock Middle School students use science topics to help first grade students at Robert J. Burch Elementary review their sight words. Students from Mrs. Tatum’s eighth grade physical science class were given the task of creating science books that contained first and second grade sight words to share with students in Mrs. Knowles’ first grade classroom at Robert J. Burch Elementary.

This project allowed for eighth grade students to act as role models and teachers to the younger students, while also hopefully igniting an interest in science for the young Burch Bears. Read More»

Off to college

Off to college

Creekside Christian Academy’s Koby Hill signed a letter of commitment to play basketball for Erskine College in South Carolina. Hill helped lead his team to the GICAA 2AA state championship and a region championship. 

He led the Cougars in scoring (13.3 ppg) and was an All-State and All-Region Selection. Hill is pictured with his teammates, Asst. Coach J.J. Hines, brother, mother, father and Head Coach Burton Urarow. Hill is a resident of Fayette County. Photo/Special

Veteran coaches join forces at Mercy

From left; Glenn Griffin, Mike Earwood and Clint Wade. Photo/Special.

All high schools dream of having a successful head football coach.

This fall Our Lady of Mercy will have three proven veterans on the same staff.

Going into his fifth season at OLM, Mike Earwood has taken a program that won ten games in ten years and now is coming off consecutive winning seasons and state playoff appearances. He joined the Bobcats after a very successful stint at Starr’s Mill, where he started the Panthers’ football program and had eight winning seasons and as many trips to the state playoffs in 12 years. Read More»

Drones flying at Rising Starr

Nick Brown pilots the drone as Jonathan Baxter serves as the spotter. Photo/Special.

If you walk down the “Connections” hallway at Rising Starr Middle, do not be surprised if you see something flying overhead.

Several of Bob Didier’s technology students were assigned to a project where they are learning how to design, program and fly unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones. However, the students are not building drones for the sake of building drones, they are researching problems that possibly can be solved by their use. Read More»

F'ville man dies in 1-vehicle accident

A Fayetteville man died June 1 after his vehicle left the roadway on Mann Road and turned over multiple times.

Joseph Dobson, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene, according Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said deputies at 7:40 a.m. responded to a single vehicle traffic accident at 143 Mann Road, a rural dirt road in the northwest section of Fayette County near the Fulton County line.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies and medics located an overturned Ford Expedition that was determined to have left the roadway and violently rolled multiple times, Babb said. Read More»

Niagara bottling plant adds more jobs prior to opening

California-based Niagara Bottling LLC, the nation’s largest private label bottled water supplier, announced in mid-March that it would construct a new 450,000 sq. ft. facility in late 2014 and create 40 initial jobs in Coweta County. Now the company has updated those plans to include two production lines at start-up and expects to create 70 jobs. Read More»

Trinity captures GISA region title

The girls track team from Trinity Christian School celebrates its region title. Photo/Special.

Trinity Christian School’s track team has made huge strides in only its second season.

The girls won the GISA’s 1-AAA region championship April 16. Andrea Campbell and Dee Cowan finished first and second in the 100 and 200 meters and Ashley Caldwell won the 100-meter hurdles. Cowan was the top individual scorer due in part to her performances in the long jump and as part of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams. Read More»

Another stuck truck in what was Lake Peachtree

Another stuck truck in what was Lake Peachtree

Curious motorists are continuing to venture out onto the exposed bed of the drained Lake Peachtree ... but they’re not getting back out. This driver and others are being cited by police with violating a city ordinance forbidding the “improper use of Lake Peachtree.” Photo courtesy Peachtree City Police Department.