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PTC cops searching for man in Kedron area

UPDATE - 2:40 p.m. - Peachtree City police the suspect has been taken into custody.

Crabapple Elementary School was locked down temporarily Thursday afternoon while Peachtree City police search for a man who ran from officers.

Department spokesman Mark Brown said officers are searching for a man, identified as Christopher Cudd, who ran from an officer at the Kedron Holiday Inn.

The man is described as a white male, 6’ 2” and wearing a blue jacket, tan pants and brown shoes. Read More»

Pearl Harbor survivor's story

Sgt. Darwin "Ditty" Schurr wearing a lei. Photo/Courtesy of Linda Conley.

He had to choose between Hawaii and the Philippines upon his enlistment, and Hawaii won. He liked the name.

Little did Sgt. Darwin “Ditty” Schurr know he would miss getting bombed on the beach only because he decided to sleep in the motor park. It was his birthday, and he had camped on the beach while on furlough.

Ditty, whose daughter, Linda Conley, lives in Tyrone, survived the surprise strike on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941–it was his 22nd birthday. Read More»

Cameras in classrooms? Schools seek pilot program

Shutterstock photo of ceiling mounted surveillance camera.

The Fayette County Board of Education on Dec. 1 heard a potential proposal that could bring video and audio monitoring and instructor enhancement to classrooms in the county’s schools. If approved sometime in 2015, the pilot project would outfit one elementary, middle and high school with the SAFE system at a cost of $4,000 per classroom. The cost for the pilot program would be about $720,000. Read More»

Students make flag out of recycled bottle caps

 
 Students proudly display the American Flag mural made out of recycled bottle and can tops. Back Row (L-R): Logan Walters, Tyler Glover, Heath Atkinson,  Dylan Aguilera, Katherine Stone, Cayleigh Fitzsimmons, Hayden Dixon, Sara Morris. Middle Row (L-R): Luke Walters, Carlo Siguenza, Ethan Aguilera, Drew McCarthy, Lauren Gutshall, Aashvi Nakrani, Jahnvi Nakrani. Front Row (L-R): Lucia Greco, Lexi Ober, Camille Hodek, Kaylee Stacy, Hannah Marsalis. Photo/Submitted.

Students in the art club at Braelinn Elementary created a mural of the American Flag using more than 3,000 recycled bottle caps.

As a way to teach the fourth and fifth graders about art and recycling, Braelinn Elementary teacher Dr. Ellen Mitchell worked with students to handcraft the mural using plastic lids from bottled water and juice drinks, and aluminum pop-tops from soda cans.

Soon, students throughout the school caught the spirit of collecting lids, and a school-wide race ensued to see which homeroom could collect the most. Lids started pouring in from far and wide. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Nov. 25–Dec. 1

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, Nov. 25 - Monday, Dec. 1

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Shaheid N. Bilal, born in 1976, of Stillman Court, Hampton, for expired or no license plate and no valid license.
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Erratic driver causes accident on Hwy. 85 in F'ville

Traffic along Ga. Highway 85 in north Fayetteville was backed-up for approximately 45 minutes Monday afternoon after a man with a medical condition driving southbound crossed into the northbound lanes and struck two vehicles then had his car disabled by plainclothes sheriff’s deputy who witnessed the event.

Sheriff Barry Babb said the driver of the vehicle, whose name has not been released, had a medical condition that caused him to drive erratically. Read More»

Future nurses benefit from CEC-Chamber partnership

At Central Educational Center in Newnan are, from left, East Coweta High School student Savanna Byrd, who recently passed her CNA exam; Sandee Beard, CEC’s Work-based Learning Healthcare Director; Dorothy Floyd, LPN, Nurse’s Aid Instructor at CEC; and Leah Robinson, a 2014 Northgate High School graduate who recently passed her CNA exam. Photo/Submitted.

Coweta nursing students Savanna Byrd and Leah Robinson are learning firsthand that the education and business communities in Coweta County know how to work together.

Byrd, who will graduate from East Coweta High School in 2015, and Robinson, a 2014 graduate of Northgate High School, are among the many local students who have taken advantage of the dual-enrollment program that allows them to complete high school while also earning college credits through West Georgia Technical College classes at the Central Educational Center (CEC) in Newnan. Read More»

Coweta CERT team

This large group of people are members of Coweta County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) No. 6. Recognized Dec. 2 by the Coweta County Commission, the recent graduates are part of the group of 85 Coweta residents to become CERT members. The next CERT class is expected to begin in March. Photo/Ben Nelms.

This large group of people are members of Coweta County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) No. 6. Recognized Dec. 2 by the Coweta County Commission, the recent graduates are part of the group of 85 Coweta residents to become CERT members. The next CERT class is expected to begin in March. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Woman recognized for aiding injured pedestrian

The Peachtree City Council recognized Sasha Pope on Dec. 4 for her recent efforts to assist a pedestrian who was struck by a motorcycle. Pictured from left are paramedic Ashlee Koontz, Sasha Pope, Sgt. Odilia Bergh and Cpl. Terry Blackburn. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Peachtree City Council recognized Sasha Pope on Dec. 4 for her recent efforts to assist a pedestrian who was struck by a motorcycle. The victim received extensive leg and head trauma. Sgt. Read More»

Smoke inhalation caused couple’s, 5 pets’ deaths

The aftermath of the fire that killed 2. Photo/Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services.

Investigators: Accidental electrical fire began in the attic

UPDATED for print Dec. 9, 2014, 4 p.m. A Dec. 5 house fire in southeast Fayette County ended in tragedy, Read More»

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