Fayette, Coweta schools open Thursday with two-hour delay

Public schools in Fayette and Coweta counties will be open Thursday but schools will open two hours later than usual.

Though the winter storm did not produce the conditions that were forecast, both school systems advised parents to check for weather updates due to the potential for hazardous driving conditions early Thursday morning and to refer to the school systems' websites for up-to-date information.

For Fayette County the website is

For Coweta County the website is

Bandit climbs through drive-thru window to rob F’ville McDonald’s

The McDonald’s restaurant on Fayetteville’s south side was robbed on Feb. 20 by an armed man who entered the restaurant by climbing through the drive-thru window after brandishing a firearm.

Det. Mike Whitlow said the robbery occurred at approximately 11 p.m. A white woman driving a dark SUV pulled up to the drive-thru and placed an order for fries. Once at the window, a light-skinned black male believed to be accompanying her approached the window and brandished a firearm in the direction of the store employee, demanding that he open the window, Whitlow said. Read More»

Pace: Post-production incentives missing ingredient in Fayette movie success

Pinewood Atlanta Studios Project Manager Jim Pace, left,  was one of several panel members commenting on the local impact of the film industry at the South Metro Development Outlook conference held Feb. 18. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Group VI Principal and Pinewood Atlanta Studios Project Manager Jim Pace was one of several panel members to give his perspective on the local impact of the move and television industry at the annual South Metro Development Outlook Conference held Feb. 18 at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park. His comments centered on the impact of Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayetteville.

The “South Metro’s Thriving Film Industry” portion of the conference had Pace and others providing input on the local ramifications of the growing film and television industry. Read More»

Beverley Watson’s murderer is up for medical parole

The Georgia Corrections and Parole Board (GCPB) is considering Jim Watson for an early release due to what was described as a declining health status. Watson was convicted in 2002 of the murder of his wife, Beverley, in 1997. Beverley’s brother, Scott Bennett, is adamant that Jim Watson not be released. Read More»

Chief’s attorney on GBI report: ‘A tragic, tragic accident’

Fayette District Attorney Scott Ballard talks to a TV reporter following his receipt of a GBI report Feb. 20. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Seven weeks after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation began a probe into the shot reported around the world, here’s the agency’s conclusion: “A tragic, tragic accident,” according to criminal attorney Tom Cook, spokesman for Peachtree City Police Chief Will McCollom.

Cook said he talked with Fayette District Attorney Scott Ballard Friday afternoon, just minutes after the DA received the GBI investigation.

The GBI agents who delivered the report to Ballard characterized the shooting of Maggie McCollom by Will McCollom as “a tragic, tragic accident,” Cook told The Citizen Friday. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Feb. 10–16

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, Feb. 10 - Monday, Feb. 16

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Vicki L. Barfield, born in 1959, of Lakeside Drive, Union City, for probation/parole violation.

Anthony J. Berry, born in 1965, of Thurman Street, Jackson, for wanted person.
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Fayette, Coweta schools closed Wednesday

Fayette County and Coweta County public schools will be closed on Wednesday in anticipation of the winter storm forecast for the area. Read More»

Drug overdose suspected in PTC death

A Peachtree City man was found dead at his home Feb. 24 from a suspected drug overdose.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesperson Odilia Bergh said the 25-year-old man was found dead Tuesday morning by family members at the Lakewood Lane residence. It is believed the man passed away sometime during the previous night, said Bergh.

Bergh said the preliminary investigation indicated that the death was due to a suspected drug overdose.

The body was sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab.

Fayette government offices to close at noon Wednesday

Gov. Deal declares state of emergency to begin at 2 p.m.

Fayette County government offices will close at noon on Wednesday because of weather, according to County Manager Steven Rapson.

Fayette officials are following the lead of Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, who ordered state government offices in 50 counties, including Fayette and Coweta, that are under a storm warning to close by noon on Wednesday.

Deal also declared a state of emergency starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Read More»

Crane accident at Pinewood Atlanta Studios temporarily halts construction on soundstage

A Monday afternoon accident involving a crane at Pinewood Atlanta Studios resulted in no serious injuries. A new soundstage Read More»

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