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Bedroom dresser cleanup yields $557K lottery ticket for F’ville mom of 3

Georgia Lottery winner Karen Wilkes, center, is pictured with her husband, Charlie, and one of her three daughters, a recipient of the Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship. Photo/Ga. Lottery.

A Fayetteville mother of three daughters, all of whom are recipients of the Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship, is making room for a big prize of her own.

Karen Wilkes, 50, won the $557,520 jackpot prize from the Dec. 19 Fantasy 5 drawing from matching all five of the winning numbers.

Wilkes and her husband, Charlie, were all smiles when she claimed the prize Feb. 27 at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

The couple, married 30 years, were cleaning off their bedroom dresser when they discovered the ticket. Read More»

ToonBoom in Tyrone — Fayette schools, Clayton State launch animation training pilot project

From left to right, ToonBoom’s Joan Vogelesang, Clayton State’s Janet Winkler, Fayette County Board of Education’s Lisa Collins. Photo/Clayton State University.

They were all gathered at Tyrone’s Sandy Creek High School on Mar. 4: the partners in a new venture with the long-term goal of creating a state model for animation training.

Clayton State University, the Emmy Award-winning Montreal-based ToonBoom Animation Inc., the Georgia Department of Education and the Fayette County Schools held a special event at Sandy Creek to announce an animation pilot project for Fayette County, and a partnership, “a partnership with a passion.”
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Coweta's shining STARs

Coweta's shining STARs

East Coweta High School student Yehong Zhu was named Coweta County’s 2014 STAR student on Feb. 28 at the annual STAR Student and Teacher luncheon hosted by the Newnan Rotary Club. Zhu, at center, stands with East Coweta Principal Evan Horton and her chosen STAR teacher Paula Corley. Corley teaches REACH (gifted) classes at White Oak Elementary School, and was Zhu’s fifth grade teacher. Zhu plans to study government at Harvard University after she graduates from East Coweta this spring. Photo/Special.

Judge under fire for reversing rape verdict

Visiting Appeals Court judge overturns jury decision, citing Down Syndrome victim’s behavior

A Georgia Court of Appeals judge has come under fire for setting aside a jury’s guilty verdict in a local rape case he presided over in September 2012, the first criminal trial he had ever conducted. Read More»

Appeals court overturns Judge Crawford’s dismissal of drug case

The Georgia Court of Appeals has overturned the dismissal of a case in Fayette County Superior Court involving a defendant accused of selling a counterfeit substance.

A panel of jurists determined that Superior Court Judge Robert “Mack” Crawford should not have dismissed the case for lack of prosecution because the district attorney’s office failed to present a witness during a pre-trial motion hearing. Read More»

No winter storm makeup days needed in Fayette

Discussions with school principals in Fayette County resulted in a Feb. 26 decision to recoup the several days missed from two winter storms in February without having students make up the time with additional school days.

“After a lengthy meeting on the topic, the consensus among principals at all school levels (elementary, middle and high) was that modifications could be made to the existing school day schedule to accommodate the missed instructional days,” said school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach.

Berry-Dreisbach said all testing schedules will remain unchanged. Read More»

Fight over jail debt extends inmates’ time behind bars

It was supposed to be just a week left before Newnan resident Laquan Johnson was ending his stay in the Fayette County Jail. But a Feb. 17 fight between Johnson and two other inmates resulted in the three being charged with rioting in a penal institution, a felony which carries a minimum one-year sentence.

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said 23-year-old Johnson owed inmates Rodriguez Baltimore, 31, of Riverdale, and Michael Ferguson, 28, of Union City, compensation for items purchased at the jail store. Read More»

2 busted in north Fayette meth sting

Two Atlanta men were arrested Feb. 27 by agents with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Tactical Narcotics Team (TNT) on methamphetamine trafficking charges in a buy-bust operation in north Fayette County. The bust netted 5.6 ounces of suspected crystal methamphetamine.

Charged in the incident were Demario S. Carter, 27, for trafficking in methamphetamine and Ronald E. Alexander, 31, for party to a crime/trafficking in methamphetamine, according to jail records. Read More»

Lawsuit filed in synthetic pot death of 16-year-old PTC boy

"Spice," a variant of synthetic marijuana. Photo from drugabuse.gov.

The parents of a Peachtree City teen who died two years ago after using a synthetic marijuana product have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against local convenience store operator Geo. H. Green Oil, Inc. and BP.

David and Yvette Burnett in the suit argue that their son Chase would not have ingested the deadly chemicals from the product labeled as potpourri if it had not been available for purchase at the store, located at 2597 Ga. Highway 54 West in Peachtree City, near Westpark. Read More»

Emergency drill set for Saturday around Piedmont Fayette Hospital

Piedmont Fayette Hospital will participate in an emergency management exercise March 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. on the campus of Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

During the drill emergency personnel will respond as in a real emergency.

Traffic delays can be expected in the proximity of the Piedmont Fayette campus but the exercise will not affect patient/visitor access to hospital services, access to the hospital’s main entrances or surrounding medical offices. Read More»

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