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Charges filed in runaway trailer death

A Fayetteville man has been charged with second degree homicide in the death of a Fayetteville woman who died as a result of Sept. 26 collision when her vehicle was struck by a trailer that became unhooked from his approaching vehicle.

Kelsey L. Cartwright, 49, was charged with second degree homicide by vehicle, failure to secure load, unsafe vehicle or equipment, expired or no license plate or decal and defective or no tail light, according to jail records. Read More»

Fayette adds online options for paying water bills

To meet the needs of a growing number of local residents who no longer do such arcane things as writing checks, putting them in stamped envelopes and placing them in the mailbox, the Fayette County Water System is implementing a new system that will make paying the water bill a little bit easier in the future.

County water customers can now pay their bills online, without using a shred of paper or a single stamp. Not only that, they can elect to not even have paper bills mailed to their homes in the first place. Read More»

GMC, Southern Crescent Tech agree to partner

Ga. Military College (GMC) President Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, left, and Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) President Randall Peters signed an agreement on Sept. 29 signifying that GMC will guarantee admission to SCTC graduates with an Associate of Applied Science degree into GMC’s new four-year Bachelor of Applied Science program. The new four-year program will be offered at GMC’s Fayetteville campus expected to open in August 2015. Photo/Submitted.

A Sept. 29 agreement between Ga. Military College (GMC) and Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) will pave the way for SCTC students graduating with an associate’s degree in Applied Science to be guaranteed acceptance to GMC’s new four-year program which will lead to a bachelor’s degree in Applied Science.

GMC is expected to break ground on its new West Fayetteville campus on Oct. 16. The new 26,000 sq. ft. classroom building is expected to open for classes next August. The four-year Applied Science program will be one of GMC’s academic offerings in Fayetteville. Read More»

Couple survives crash landing at Starr’s Mill HS

Bystanders survey the aftermath of an Oct. 5 crash landing on an unused practice field at Starr’s Mill High School. Photo/Ben Nelms.

UPDATED FOR PRINT EDITION — An Atlanta couple was injured Oct. 5 when their single-engine plane crash landed on a practice field at Starr’s Mill High School in southwest Fayette County.

Sheriff Barry Babb said the occupants of the single-engine, turboprop aircraft were 66-year-old pilot Shelby McCaleb and his wife, 57-year-old Cynthia McCaleb. Read More»

Piedmont Fayette Hospital to expand ER by 18 bays, add 30 rooms

This side of the hospital will be getting a second story. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital is looking to expand by adding a two-story section on the hospital’s east side. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Sept. 23–30

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, Sept. 23 - Monday, Sept. 30

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Rikkia N. Anthony, born in 1992, of Chilkate Court, Atlanta, for less than an ounce of pot.

Sheileen J. Davis, born in 1989, of Yarbrough Drive, Fairburn, for revoked or suspended license. Read More»

More retail coming to east Coweta, close to PTC

It has been a long wait but the precursor to commercial development at the large Fischer Crossing retail center has begun. The area on the northeast corner of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta County is the site of grading activity that will lead to the planned opening of 200,000 sq. ft. of retail in 2015.

Though no tenants have been identified, signs posted on the Fischer Crossing property note plans to establish 200,000 square feet of retail space on the site. Read More»

Construction company headed to MacDuff Parkway

The Peachtree City Planning Commission heard an initial proposal on Sept. 8 that could lead to the development of the headquarters for Massana Construction on six acres on the future MacDuff Parkway section near Senoia Road.

The staff report noted that the property, currently zoned GI (general industrial), will serve as the new headquarters for Massana Construction and will include an office building, an equipment building and a drop yard. Totaling 3,765 sq. ft., the one-story building will be constructed of stone-relief concrete and glass. Read More»

Two injured in Oct. 5 crash landing at Starr's Mill High School practice field

An Atlanta couple was transported to area hospitals Oct. 5 after their single-engine plane crash landed on an unused practice field at Starr’s Mill High School. Photo/Ben Nelms.

An Atlanta couple was injured Oct. 5 when their single-engine plane crash landed on a practice field at Starr’s Mill High School in southwest Fayette County.

Sheriff Barry Babb said the occupants of the single-engine, turboprop aircraft were 66-year-old pilot Shelby McCaleb and his wife, 57-year-old Cynthia McCaleb.

Babb said both were conscious and alert and assisted responders exiting them from the plane. Shelby McCaleb was transported by ambulance to Piedmont Fayette Hospital while Cynthia McCaleb was transported by ambulance to Atlanta Medical Center. Read More»

More jobs are headed to Coweta

Pre-cast building manufacturer Spancrete will begin operations in Newnan in January and bring approximately 40 jobs to the area. Pictured at the recent announcement were, from left, Kristin Szymczak, General Manager, Precast South, Spancrete; E. Jane Caraway, Regional Project Manager, Ga. Dept. of Economic Development and Coweta County Development Authority Chairman Terry Daviston. Photo/Submitted.

A Sept. 25 announcement by Spancrete pre-cast building products will lead to the creation of approximately 40 new manufacturing jobs in Newnan. The revitalization of an existing facility in Newnan South Industrial Park is expected to be complete for a January opening. Read More»