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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»

Chiefs fall 42-28 at Northgate

The McIntosh Chiefs rode a strong first half to a 14-point early lead but couldn’t stem the tide in the third quarter as the host team, the Northgate Vikings, fought their way to a 42-28 win.

Northgate struck quickly after forcing the Chiefs to punt on their opening drive. Tyler Rowland connected with Malik Wade for a 35-yard score with 7:56 left in the first quarter.

During the ensuing possession, one of the four giant light towers illuminating the field went completely dark. Play was halted for nearly a half-hour, and when it resumed the Chiefs caught fire. Read More»

New homes could impact Tyrone and Coweta County

A birds-eye view of what Wilksmoor Village and MacDuff Parkway in northwest Peachtree City will look like has been made available by the Peachtree City Planning Dept. The new map shows how the parkway will be linked to North Kedron Drive on Ga. Highway 74.

The existing subdivisions, including one apartment complex, have a total of 1,454 units while the three subdivisions approved for construction total 1,329 units. In total, Wilksmoor Village will eventually have 2,783 units. Read More»

New FCDA chief brings experience in Gwinnett

New FCDA CEO Alan Durham. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette County Development Authority at its monthly meeting on Sept. 25 voted unanimously to hire former Gwinnett County and West Palm Beach, Fla. economic developer Alan Durham as the organization’s president and CEO.

A resident of Jonesboro, Durham established Atlanta-based consulting firm Economic Development Strategies and Solutions in 2012, working with government and private sector clients.

Having graduated high school in Jonesboro, Durham said he has an ongoing familiarity with Fayette County, calling it “one of the gems of metro Atlanta.” Read More»

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