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Fayette soars on SAT scores

While Fayette County students increased their average SAT score for the second consecutive year, blew way past the state average, and outpaced the national average, school officials are thinking of adding an expensive international ranking to the mix that would require more student testing.

“I know there is the sense that we test too much and we would have to deal with that if we decide to do this,” School Superintendent Joseph Barrow told school board members when he introduced the possibility. Read More»

Local hospital has safety protocols in place for Ebola

Training drill at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in March 2014. Photo/file.

With concerns about the Ebola virus flooding the nation, Piedmont Healthcare has released a series of statements outlining how the parent company of Piedmont Fayette Hospital is dealing with the unfolding scene.

Piedmont Healthcare Communications and Public Relations Executive Director Elizabeth Wang said all Piedmont facilities are using guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Emory Healthcare. Read More»

2 arrested in Coweta double homicide

Two arrests have been made in connection to the double homicide that occurred near Newnan on Oct. 20.

Kenya Nneaka Sewell, 26, of Moreland, and Jarico Deshun Brown, 18, of Memphis. Tenn. were charged with murder in the double homicide that occurred in the early morning hours of Oct. 20 at a residence on Widgeon Trail near Newnan, according to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

Yarbrough said Allen Cantrell, 20, and Wes Watson, 26, were killed at the Widgeon Trail residence of Cantrell’s father. Read More»

Sniffing out crime

Sniffing out crime

Demonstrating a drug-sniffing dog’s capabilities is a Fayette County Sheriff’s Department deputy participating in the Oct. 7 National Night Out. The event is an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Photo/Submitted.

PTC man arrested for aggravated child molestation

Thomas Edward Zerbarini

A Peachtree City man has been arrested on charges of child molestation in connection to incidents involving a 4-year-old girl during early 2013 to mid-2014.

Thomas Edward Zerbarini, 45, of Peachtree City, was arrested on Oct. 6 on charges of aggravated child molestation stemming from offenses against a 4-year-old Fayette County girl that took place during early 2013 to mid-2014, said department spokesperson Odilia Bergh. Read More»

Williams speaks to Rotarians

From left, Ed Outlaw, (PTC Rotary President), Mark Williams, Rep. Matt Ramsey, Joel Cowan. Photo/Submitted.

Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for the State of Georgia, Mark Williams, spoke at a recent Peachtree City Rotary Club luncheon.
Commissioner Williams explained to the Rotarians in attendance exactly what role the DNR plays. 

With 2,300 employees, the DNR has statewide responsibilities for the management and conservation of Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources.  Read More»

Helping support a good cause

Helping support a good cause

Instead of the typical neon yellow or white, Coweta-Fayette EMC linemen and outside employees are wearing bright pink hard hats in October to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month and encourage early detection. “Our linemen were happy to help raise awareness,” EMC CEO Anthony “Tony” Sinclair said. “Fighting breast cancer is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts, and a portion of the funds used to purchase the hats directly support the American Cancer Society. We think they look great, and we hope to make it a yearly tradition.” Photo/Submitted.

Family fun

Family fun

Braelinn Elementary Family Game Day was a huge success. The weather couldn’t have been better when family members came together to have fun and fundraise. Families competed against each other in eight events from archery to racing giant tricycles.  A majority of the teachers came out to support the students as they participated and played. Even Principal Bell and Principal Munoz warmed up the track in the huge tricycle race. Photo/Submitted.

New facility

New facility

The Starr’s Mill high school cheerleaders helped with the ribbon cutting of the new athletic building at the south Fayette campus last week. Coaches of the team are Mandy Ratliff, Todd Saye, Emily Woodward. Also present at the ribbon cutting were members of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and Starr’s Mill principal, Audrey Toney. Photo/Submitted.

Barrow named to Ga. Ebola Response Team

Superintendent Jody Barrow.

Fayette County School Superintendent and Ga. School Superintendent’s Association President Jody Barrow has been named by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Ga. Ebola Response Team which was created by executive order on Oct. 20.

According to Deal spokesperson Sasha Dlugolenski, the Ga. Ebola Response Team will assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia. Read More»