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East Coweta joins collection

Students, families and employees from East Coweta Middle School helped the Beta Club collect 194 toy donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. From left, Logan Courtright, Brittney Bridges, Kenna Hannah, Alexis Gordon, Trent Brody, Bryanna Houston, Hannah Kelly, Zuri Limehouse, Christopher Alarcon-Salinas, Haylee Ray, Keegan Brown, Kendra Turner, Andrew Thompson, Kayson Pike, Rylan Sharpe, Cameron Cookfair and Beta Club Sponsor Kimberly Tysor. Photo/Submitted.

194 toys collected

Students, families and employees from East Coweta Middle School helped the Beta Club collect 194 toy donations for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign. Students who collected donations from families in the car rider line each day are pictured from left, Logan Courtright, Brittney Bridges, Kenna Hannah, Alexis Gordon, Trent Brody, Bryanna Houston, Hannah Kelly, Zuri Limehouse, Christopher Alarcon-Salinas, Haylee Ray, Keegan Brown, Kendra Turner, Andrew Thompson, Kayson Pike, Rylan Sharpe, Cameron Cookfair and Beta Club Sponsor Kimberly Tysor. Photo/Submitted.

6-year-old offers pocket change for needy children

Above, 6-year-old Nathan Brown hands U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel James Ruvalcaba his pocket change. Below, Brown and Ruvalcaba shake hands. Photo/Submitted.

Toys for Tots gets young donor

At a Toys for Tots collection celebration in Sharpsburg, medical offices joined Piedmont Newnan Hospital and Piedmont Fayette Hospital to deliver all the toys collected for disadvantaged children in Coweta and Fayette counties.

At the event, 6-year-old Nathan Brown bravely walked up to U.S. Marine Lieutenant Colonel James Ruvalcaba and offered him all the money he had–his pocket change–to buy even more toys for children.

Lt. Ruvalcaba is Fayette County’s Toys for Tots coordinator.

Ruvalcaba accepted Nathan’s gift, thanked him for his generosity and shook his hand. Read More»

Fayette kids’ test scores among top 12 in state, metro

The 2014 College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) scores are in, and Fayette County schools are among the highest in metro Atlanta and the state. Read More»

PTC house fire causes minor damage and no injuries

Photo from Peachtree City Police/Fire Facebook page.

A mid-afternoon house fire in Peachtree City on Dec. 23 resulted in no injuries and resulted in damage mainly in the area of the chimney.

Peachtree City Fire and Rescue spokesman John Dunlap said the call came in at approximately 3:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and was made by the residents who observed smoke in the home at 102 Harris Halt off Doubletrace Lane.

Dunlap said engines responded within five minutes. Firefighters had extinguished the flames within approximately 20 minutes, he said, adding that the fire that was confined mainly to the chimney area.
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Heavy rains expected in Fayette, Coweta; severe weather possible Wed. morning

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Cold, heavy rains of 2 to 4 inches are forecast for Fayette and Coweta counties from now until after dark Christmas Eve, with the potential for severe weather, including tornadoes Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS Forecast Office in Peachtree City issued a flash flood watch through 8 p.m. Wednesday.

“A strong cold front will move through Georgia on Wednesday. Showers and scattered thunderstorms Read More»

Middle schoolers learn coding

Students listen to a guided tutorial as they learn computer coding basics during the “Hour of Code” event held at Bennett’s Mill Middle as part of Computer Science Education Week. Photo/Submitted.

98 percent student participation in program at Bennet’s Mill

Computer Science Education Week at Bennett’s Mill Middle included participation in one of the largest global learning events in history.

Students at the school joined millions around the world as participants in the “Hour of Code” during the week of Dec. 8-14.

98 percent of more than 980 students at Bennett’s Mill took part in the program. In just one hour, students were introduced to computer coding basics, showing them that programming is fun and for all ages.

The program was an effort to demystify computer science and get more students interested in technology-related careers. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Dec. 9–15

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the period indicated. 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.
 
Tuesday, Dec. 9 - Monday, Dec.

F'ville cops searching for Dollar General robber

Surveillance photo of robbery suspect. Photo/Fayette County Sheriff's Department.
Fayetteville police are asking for the community’s help in locating a man who held up the Dollar General store on Banks Road near Ga. Highway 85 North during the mid-morning hours of Dec. 22.
 
Det. Mike Whitlow said a black male wearing blue jeans and a black hoodie entered the Dollar General store at 10:14 a.m. Monday.

Peachtree City's convention bureau achieves Benchmark of Excellence Certification

The Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (GACVB) is pleased to announce that the Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau has earned the status of Gold Level Benchmark of Excellence GACVB Certification. Read More»

Panasonic supports school’s STEM

 Liberty Tech Charter School, the proposed charter school in Fayette County, was awarded a grant from Panasonic Corporation in Peachtree City, contributing towards its computer program.

Liberty Tech’s virtue-based educational model infuses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) with a Classical education in a relevant, hands-on manner for students in grades K-12.

According to the Georgia Department of Labor website, STEM jobs are growing at a rate of 17 percent faster than all other job categories. Read More»

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