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City's holiday celebration is set for Dec. 6

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 6, for an evening of winter holiday fun. Peachtree City’s annual Hometown Holiday will kick off at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall Plaza.

Activities include children’s holiday crafts, making s’mores, and live performances by Huddleston Elementary School Chorus, Music Alive, The Stage Music Academy, and Legacy Dance. Santa will arrive on the plaza at 5:30 p.m. to hear children’s wish lists, and the evening will conclude with the official lighting of the tree.

Site work continues at new shopping center

Road work underway along Ga. Highway 54 between Peachtree City and Fischer Road in east Coweta County will lead to the installation of a median cut at the intersection at Wynn’s Pond Road. The work is part of a requirement that must be completed prior to the planned opening of 200,000 sq. ft. of retail in 2015. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Motorists traveling along Ga. Highway 54 between Peachtree City and Fischer Road in east Coweta County have doubtless noticed congestion in the past several days. The roadwork deals with the installation of a median cut and turn lanes at Wynn’s Pond Road, one of the two requirements for the next phase of the Fischer Crossing commercial development. Read More»

‘Growth’ measure: Fayette grades 6-12 in the middle

‘Growth’ measure: Fayette grades 6-12 in the middle

While Fayette County middle and high school students nearly always score high on achievement (in the high 80s to high 90s) in test scores, the recent statewide growth scoring methodology that measures academic growth over a three-year period reflects a different story.

Results for Fayette’s middle and high schools in 2013, the most recent year available, published by the Ga. Dept. of Education (DOE) shows largely mid-range growth compared to schools statewide, as opposed to the customary high-level achievement Fayette students exhibit. Read More»

Fayette man faces murder charges in the death of his 10-week-old son

Justin Carl Marshall is charged with the felony murder of his 10-week-old son.Photo/Submitted.

A Fayette County man was arrested Nov. 13 on charges of felony murder in the Nov. 5 death of his 10-week-old son. Read More»

Sheriff: Woman declines to share bed, man responds with chokehold

A College Park man was charged with kidnapping and simple battery in a Nov. 7 incident on Allenwood Road involving his girlfriend.

Corbin M. Livingston, 28, was charged with kidnapping and simple battery, according to jail records.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress at the north Fayette address, though once at the scene they determined that the incident was domestic in nature involving a girlfriend and an ex-boyfriend.

Babb said Livingston was upset over not sleeping in bed with the woman. Read More»

F’ville man charged with kidnapping in SWAT standoff

A Fayetteville man was arrested Nov. 11 after a standoff with law enforcement at his residence on Susan Lane in Fayetteville. There were no injuries in the incident.

Marcellus Shead, 31, was charged with one count of kidnapping-family violence and one count of false imprisonment, said Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow.

Whitlow said the officers at 12:02 a.m. on Nov. 11 responded to a 911 call from a female, who also lives at the residence, saying that she was being held against her will. The cell phone was tracked to a Susan Lane residence, Whitlow said. Read More»

Fayette firefighter charged with stealing drugs

A Fayette County firefighter was arrested Oct. 27 for stealing Schedule 2 drugs from a resident’s home. He was subsequently fired from his position with Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services.

Sidney W. White, Jr., 28, of Fayetteville, was charged Oct. 27 with misdemeanor theft by taking and felony possession of a Schedule 2 drug, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said the arrest stemmed from an incident on Oct. 22 when a Fayette County resident reported the theft of medication from her home in the Shiloh Mobile Home Community. Read More»

Newcomer Coston promises she will ‘work with everyone’ on ‘quality of life’

Pota Coston.

Democrat Pota Coston is ready to hit the ground running in January as Fayette County’s newest commissioner, but she is not looking to make waves.

“I’m new,” she acknowledged. “I’m going to come in, get briefed and work with everyone.”

Giving no indication of any new initiatives she wants to present to her peers, she reaffirmed that she wishes to continue working on the priorities that were the focus of her campaign. Read More»

BoE member-elect Basham brings her classroom, business experience to board

Diane Basham.

The Nov. 5 election is over and Republican Diane Basham will be sworn in in a few weeks as the District 4 representative on the Fayette County Board of Education. Basham was asked to respond to several questions pertaining to her candidacy and her view of the charge and responsibility of a school board member.

Basham, as a retiree from the Fayette school system, said she ran because she is still committed and passionate about education. Basham logged 27 years as a teacher. Read More»

Pace tells Rotary Club about Pinewood

From left, Brent Randolph, Jim Pace  and Ed Outlaw. Photo/Submitted.

Jim Pace, CEO of the Group VI Companies, spoke to the Peachtree City Rotary Club recently.

Pace was very instrumental in bringing Pinewood Studios to Fayette County, and he outlined the brief history of how Pinewood decided to select Fayette as their Atlanta home. Read More»