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Traffic signal problem on PTC’s busiest road now fixed

Shutterstock image of crosswalk buttons.

UPDATED 3:50 p.m. Jan. 15, 2014 — The traffic nightmare trigger causing more gridlock than usual along Ga. highways 54 and 74 in Peachtree City has been identified and fixed, police said.

The culprit was a broken pedestrian crossing button — not at the main junction of hwys. 54 and 74, but about a quarter mile west at the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Planterra Way.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesperson Odilia Bergh said the Georgia Department of Transportation on Thursday had crews looking at the traffic signal devices in the west corridor area. Read More»

Fayette private, home school numbers remain steady

Fayette private, home school numbers remain steady
Fewer students attend Fayette schools in 2015 than a decade ago, so where have the kids gone?

Deputy struck by vehicle chases, apprehends suspect

Deputy struck by vehicle chases, apprehends suspect

A Fayette County sheriff’s deputy was transported to Atlanta Medical Center on Jan. 14 after being struck by a vehicle Read More»

Paralyzed from the waist down, chief’s wife released from Atl. hospital

UPDATED 2:35 p.m. Jan. 15, 2014 — Maggie McCollom has has been released from Atlanta Medical Center after being shot accidentally Jan. 1 by Peachtree City Police Chief William McCollom in the couple’s home on Jan. 1. Atlanta media are reporting she is paralyzed from the waist down as a result of the gunshot wound.

The chief is still on paid leave from the city and has made no statements to news media.

There is still no word from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) on the results of the investigation the agency is conducting. Read More»

Stephenson to play for Young Harris

'Beast' on the lacrosse field, coach says

Peachtree City native Zach Stephenson will join the Young Harris College men’s lacrosse team in 2016, the college announced.

“Zach is an absolute beast,” head coach Kirk Rogers said. “As a multi-sport athlete, Zach excels at football, wrestling, and lacrosse. Although he has played multiple positions throughout high school, he started to focus primarily on face-offs this spring and has quickly become one of the best face-off players in the country.”

Stephenson plays lacrosse at The McCallie School and also competes for the LB3 club program.

Clayton State names 'Hall of Fame' inductees

Lisa Williams, one of the best

Basketball, cross country, medicine represented in honored group

Clayton State University has announced the second class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame.

The group includes Charlie Frazier of men’s basketball, Allison Kreutzer of women's cross country and track, and women’s basketball’s Lisa Williams as well as special inductee Dr. Joseph S. Wilkes, who has served as the program’s team physician since its inception in 1990. Read More»

Clayton State offering more chances to learn about film school

One session to be in Fayetteville

Want to know more about film school? Now is the time to learn at a Clayton State University information session to be held on the Fayette campus.

Clayton State’s Film and Digital Media Center is having two free information sessions – one on Thursday, Jan. 22, and another on Saturday, Feb. 7. The Jan. 22 event will be held in Fayetteville at the LaFayette Education Center, Room Media D, 205 LaFayette Ave. It begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Feb. 7 event will be held at Clayton State’s film studio in Lucy Huie Hall, 9013 Tara Blvd., Jonesboro, and begins at 10 a.m. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Dec. 30–Jan. 5

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. 30 - Monday, Jan. 5

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Delores A. Austin, born in 1977, of Bradley Drive, Fayetteville, for wanted person.

Crystal R. Buchanan, born in 1988, of Haley, Jonesboro, for probation/parole violation.
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Clayton State leader among 'most influential'

Thomas Hynes, president of Clayton State University

Hynes named to power list

Georgia Trend magazine has named Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas Hynes to its list of “100 Most Influential Georgians.”

The “2015 Georgia's Power List” was presented in the magazine’s January issue and is, according to the magazine, a year-round process, beginning with an initial working list of far more than 100 distinguished Georgians.

The list includes leaders in government, education, business, healthcare, economic development, non-profit management and religion. Read More»

Booth teacher wins statewide honor

Awarded for teaching citizenship

A Peachtree City teacher has been named as the 2015 State Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year for middle school teachers.

Holly Trudgeon, who teaches gifted social studies at J.C. Booth Middle School, was honored by the state Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and will receive her award on Jan. 31 in Macon at the VFW State Convention. Read More»

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