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No winter storm makeup days needed in Fayette

Discussions with school principals in Fayette County resulted in a Feb. 26 decision to recoup the several days missed from two winter storms in February without having students make up the time with additional school days.

“After a lengthy meeting on the topic, the consensus among principals at all school levels (elementary, middle and high) was that modifications could be made to the existing school day schedule to accommodate the missed instructional days,” said school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach.

Berry-Dreisbach said all testing schedules will remain unchanged. Read More»

Fight over jail debt extends inmates’ time behind bars

It was supposed to be just a week left before Newnan resident Laquan Johnson was ending his stay in the Fayette County Jail. But a Feb. 17 fight between Johnson and two other inmates resulted in the three being charged with rioting in a penal institution, a felony which carries a minimum one-year sentence.

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said 23-year-old Johnson owed inmates Rodriguez Baltimore, 31, of Riverdale, and Michael Ferguson, 28, of Union City, compensation for items purchased at the jail store. Read More»

2 busted in north Fayette meth sting

Two Atlanta men were arrested Feb. 27 by agents with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT) on methamphetamine trafficking charges in a buy-bust operation in north Fayette County. The bust netted 5.6 ounces of suspected crystal methamphetamine.

Charged in the incident were Demario S. Carter, 27, for trafficking in methamphetamine and Ronald E. Alexander, 31, for party to a crime/trafficking in methamphetamine, according to jail records. Read More»

Lawsuit filed in synthetic pot death of 16-year-old PTC boy

"Spice," a variant of synthetic marijuana. Photo from drugabuse.gov.

The parents of a Peachtree City teen who died two years ago after using a synthetic marijuana product have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local convenience store operator Geo. H. Green Oil, Inc. and BP.

David and Yvette Burnett in the suit argue that their son Chase would not have ingested the deadly chemicals from the product labeled as potpourri if it had not been available for purchase at the store, located at 2597 Ga. Highway 54 West in Peachtree City, near Westpark. Read More»

Emergency drill set for Saturday around Piedmont Fayette Hospital

Piedmont Fayette Hospital will participate in an emergency management exercise March 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. on the campus of Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

During the drill emergency personnel will respond as in a real emergency.

Traffic delays can be expected in the proximity of the Piedmont Fayette campus but the exercise will not affect patient/visitor access to hospital services, access to the hospital’s main entrances or surrounding medical offices. Read More»

Lights . . . camera . . . business!

A workman walks in front of the pre-production annex off Soundstage 2 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios. Photo/Ben Nelms.

More than a dozen companies prepare to assist Pinewood Studios in making movies in Fayette

The soundstages are nearly ready, and the first movie production service businesses are checking in to the Fayette economic scene.

Pinewood-affiliated vendors whose Fayetteville business licenses have been issued include Hertz Entertainment Services, Future Staff, Movie Cars Unlimited, Hanna Brothers Georgia, Hollywood Trucks Georgia, Backstage Printing Solutions and C and S Film Concierge. The city also has business licenses pending for Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Home Depot. Read More»

‘Seaside on steroids’ next to Pinewood Atlanta Studios?

The Fayetteville City Council at its Feb. 25 retreat got a glimpse of what could be the future of approximately 200 acres adjacent to Pinewood Atlanta Studios. Project manager Jim Pace told council members the current plan for a portion of the area on the east side of Veterans Parkway would be to develop a New Urbanist community modeled after, yet exceeding, the upscale Gulf Coast resort community of Seaside, Fla. Read More»

$250K winning ticket sold at PTC Kroger

Arnold Brown holds lottery check. Photo/Ga. Lottery Commission.

An Atlanta man is celebrating a tremendous windfall from an instant ticket he received as a gift. Arnold Brown received the Georgia Lottery instant ticket “Gold” as an early birthday gift and won a $250,000 top prize.

The lottery ticket was purchased at the Kedron Kroger store in Peachtree City, lottery officials said. 

“I immediately scratched it off,” said Brown, 55, upon receiving the ticket. “It was on the last line, and I saw $250.”

Then, he saw the zeros that followed and was overwhelmed with joy.

“I’m going to let it soak in. It’s still too unreal,” he said.

Top AAAAA wrestlers

Top AAAAA wrestlers

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Five wrestlers from Starr's Mill and Whitewater finished in the top six in their respective weight classes at the recent GHSA state traditional wrestling tournament. From left are Whitewater senior Zach Thorne, sixth place at 132 pounds; Starr's Mill junior Cory Carter, sixth place at 220 pounds; Starr's Mill senior Alex Ashley, first place at 285 pounds and a two-time state champion; and Whitewater senior Alex Walker, fourth place at 160 pounds. Not pictured is Whitewater senior Reid Loveless, fifth place at 106 pounds. Photo/Special.

Fayette County arrests report — Feb. 18–24

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes. Read More»

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