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College baseball signee from McIntosh

McIntosh senior Charles “Tre’’ Hudak III has recently signed to play baseball at Reinhardt University and study physical therapy. Seated are parents Chuck and Raelynn Hudak. Standing, from left, are McIntosh head coach Brad Campbell and pitching coach Scott Camp. Photo/Special.

Book ’im, Neivah

Book ’im, Neivah

Neivah Molina, 14, puts the handcuffs on Peachtree City Police Sgt. Jason McKinnon during an exercise last week as part of the police department’s Junior Police Academy. Local teens got a hands-on look at what it takes to be a cop on the beat. Photo/Special.

Train hits car stuck on PTC tracks

Train hits car stuck on PTC tracks

A motorist narrowly averted disaster early this morning in a failed attempt to cross railroad tracks that were under repair, police said.

The driver was running late for work and disregarded three “road closed” signs before reaching the tracks at Paschall Road, police said. Because the road had been cut for maintenance, the car fell off the roadway.

“The driver called for a wrecker but a train arrived first and a collision occurred,” according to the police department’s Facebook page.

The train received minimal damage, but the driver was issued a citation. Read More»

Courthouse affair ruins 5 felony verdicts

Paschal English presiding over a trial, before his resignation. File photo.

Carjacking, kidnapping, bank robbery, child molestation, burglary verdicts thrown out; several criminal trials get do-overs, thanks to judge-public defender affair

A once-respected judge’s long-term sexual tryst with a public defender has come back to haunt several victims who believed they had received justice in his court. Read More»

Caught in midnight highway gunfight, woman driver and her son uninjured

A motorist driving on Ga. Highway 138 in Fayette County near midnight on June 9 had her vehicle damaged when gunshots were exchanged between two vehicles speeding past her.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies at approximately 12:45 a.m. responded to a gas station at Hwy. 138 and Ga. Highway 314. They were met by a female motorist who said she and her son had been traveling eastbound on Hwy. 138 when her vehicle was shot by another moving vehicle, Babb said. Read More»

Rail crossing work in PTC closes Dividend Drive, Paschall Road

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The intersection of Dividend Drive and Aviation Way at the railroad tracks and the intersection of Paschall Road at the railroad tracks will be closed for the next three to four days, city officials said Tuesday.

The closures are necessary as the CSX Railroad company makes improvements in those areas, officials said.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes until the work is complete.

Trade school signs up to produce film workers

Griffin’s Southern Crescent Technical College (SCTC) is about to get in on the action created by the arrival of Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville. SCTC has been approved to create the Georgia Film Institute (GFI), which will provide technical certificates for use in the growing film industry.

SCTC Director of Marketing and Public Relations Anna Taylor on June 4 said the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia approved the first five film and television technical certificates of credit created by Griffin-based SCTC. Read More»

Common Core tests v. 2.0 arrive in Fayette

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Two familiar mainstay tests used by Georgia schools are about to pass into history. The Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) and the End of Course Tests (EOCT) will be replaced next school year with the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, also aligned to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards.

Ga. Dept. of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said school systems across the state will implement the new Georgia Milestones testing system during the 2014-2015 academic year. The new system will replace both the CRCT and EOCT. Read More»

Kroger 'drop-in' burglar in custody

Kroger 'drop-in' burglar in custody

Suspect turns self in after photos published

Security camera photos published by the news media have led to the capture of a young Fayetteville man accused of sneaking into the pharmacy at the south Kroger in Fayetteville on June 8, police said.

Justin Blake Moody, 21, was arrested at noon today and is charged with one count of burglary, and police said he was “encouraged by family members to surrender” after his photo was published in the news Tuesday.
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A new spin on an old favorite

A new spin on an old favorite

The talents of the third grade class at St. Paul Lutheran School were showcased at their production of “Charlotte’s Web “after completing a study of the book by E.B. White. St. Paul Lutheran School is a Christian school in Peachtree City serving children ages one through grade eight and their families. For more information about the school, please call 770-486-3545 or visit their website at stpaulptc.org. Photo/Special.