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Bacallao loses Common Core test battle with Fayette school

Mary Kay Bacallao in December 2013. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Former District 2 Fayette County Board of Education member Mary Kay Bacallao is running in a crowded field for the job of state school superintendent primarily on her opposition to the Common Core Curriculum, but she was unable recently to keep her daughter from taking a Common-Core-based test required by the Fayette County School System.

Bacallao tried to opt her daughter out of taking the CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Test) administered by the school system in mid-April. Her opinion on the test notwithstanding, her daughter attended school the day of the CRCT and was tested. Read More»

Clayton State promotes PTC’s Demmitt

Dr. Kevin Demmitt, a 20-year veteran faculty member and administrator at Clayton State University, has been named the university’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Read More»

PTC seek KC man for identity theft

Peachtree City police have issued arrest warrants for this man, Brian Gordon, 40, of Kansas City, for multiple counts of identity theft. Anyone with information on Gordon's location is asked to call police at 770-487-8866 or use the department's anonymous web tips site at www.tipsubmit.com (select "Peachtree") or submit a tip on the department's Facebook or Twitter feed.

Peachtree City police have issued warrants for a Kansas City man for multiple counts of identity theft after he stole wallets from gym lockers and used credit cards minutes later.

Police said Brian Gordon, 40 used two credit cards for a $2,818 purchase at Best Buy in Newnan and also at the Newnan Chevron on Hampton Way for a $9.75 transaction. The fraud took place April 9 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. after he stole the wallets from lockers at the World Gym at 680 Lexington Circle in Peachtree City, police said. Read More»

Welcome to America, new citizens!

Immigrants from 45 different countries celebrated as they were officially declared U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony Friday afternoon at the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville. Story on Page A3. Photo/John Munford.

101 immigrants become Americans at Fayette library

Some of them waved flags. Others clapped. There were hugs and a few high-fives mixed in too. All were smiling, and they had good reason to be so happy: They had just been officially declared to be American citizens at a special naturalization ceremony at the Fayette County Library Friday afternoon.

The new Americans hailed from 45 different countries ranging from Algeria to Uruguay and many in-between such as Canada, China, German, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and more. Read More»

Ga. sets $400K study for locating a 4-year college in Fayette

Fund focuses on building film/TV curriculum for Fayette County area

The dream of luring a four-year state college or university here may be getting closer to fruition, thanks in part to Pinewood Atlanta Studios.

Two local legislators confirmed this week that $400,000 was programmed in the University System of Georgia’s 2014-2015 budget to prepare a new curriculum for television and movie course offerings that could be presented in Fayette County, a nod to the bright economic future brought here by the location of Pinewood. Read More»

Outside burning ban starts May 1

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The annual ban on outdoor burning starts May 1 for not just Fayette County but 44 other counties around metro Atlanta.

The ban, which runs through Sept. 30, prohibits citizens and businesses from burning yard and land-clearing debris. It is enacted each year to improve air quality during the summer months, as outdoor burning activities release smoke, oxides and nitrogen into the air which can cause ozone to form. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — April 8–14

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. 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, April 8 - Monday, April 14

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Carltavius L. Johnson, born in 1987, of Knight Way, Fayetteville, for revoked or suspended license and defective or no tail light.
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PTC home invasion victim confronts attacker in court

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It is extremely rare for a victim to directly hold her attacker accountable in open court. But that’s exactly what Ceresa “Cece” Coffee did Wednesday morning, immediately after he was sentenced to more than three decades in prison.

Minutes earlier, Ted Andrew Jefferson refused to admit his role in a 2012 home invasion that resulted in Coffee being shot in the head and beaten, Coffee addressed Jefferson in open court about how the incident traumatized her.

Coffee said she would “never forget” the look in Jefferson’s eyes during the attack. Read More»

PTC police offering emergency training for teenagers

The Peachtree City Police Department will be hosting a Teen Community Emergency Response Team (Teen CERT) camp beginning June 16.

Classes will be held Monday through Friday of that week ending on June 20. The classes will start at 8 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. each day. The camp will be held in the training room at the Police Station. Read More»

Senoia police seek theft suspect

Recognize this man? If you do, contact Senoia detective Jason Ercole at 770-599-3256. This man is wanted in connection to an April 10 theft at a convenience store in Senoia. Photo/Special.

Senoia police investigators are searching for a man who robbed the Crook’s Hit n Run convenience store of more than $500 on April 10.

Senoia Det. Jason Ercole said the man entered Crooks’ Hit n Run convenience store at Ga. Highway 16 and Broad Street at approximately 5:45p.m. on April 10.

The thief made his way to the back room while the store clerk was distracted, Ercole said.

Ercole said the man removed approximately $545 from the store’s safe after locating the keys in the back room area. Read More»

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