Lights and Sirens

Just in time for Christmas — Yellow blinkie traffic lights

Just in time for Christmas — Yellow blinkie traffic lights

Contractors installed a new yellow turn light system at the intersection of Ga. Highways 85 and 92 in Fayetteville Monday afternoon. The system consists of four arrows governing the left turn lanes: the obvious red “stop” and green “go” arrows, along with a solid yellow arrow that allows turn movements and a flashing yellow that allows left turns if traffic flow allows. The lights have also been installed at several other highway locations in Fayetteville on Hwy. 85 and Ga. Highway 314. Photo/John Munford.

Ground broken on new fire station for Tyrone

Groundbreaking for the 9,500 sq. ft. replacement for Fire Station 3 located at Jenkins Road and Ga. Highway 74 in Tyrone was held Thursday. Pictured from left are Commissioner David Barlow, Fayette County Administrator Steve Rapson, Commissioner Randy Ognio,Commissioner Steve Brown, Commissioner Allen McCarty, Tyrone Councilwoman Linda Howard, Tyrone Town Manager Kyle Hood and Fayette Fire and Emergency Services Chief David Scarbrough. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Ground was broken Thursday for the fire station on Jenkins Road that will replace the station on Senoia Road in the center of Tyrone. Construction time for the nearly 9,500 sq. ft. Fire Station 3 is 300 days. Read More»

Police, fire study seen as ‘positive’ for PTC with no major changes sought

The Peachtree City Council got a detailed overview Thursday night that recommended mostly minor changes to the city’s police and fire departments following an intensive investigation conducted by Matrix Consulting Group.

While a few personnel changes were recommended along with a host of other minor administrative changes, by and large the report gave a solid grade to both organizations. Read More»

Fayette Fire Dept. urges caution with holiday decorations

Fayette Fire Dept. urges caution with holiday decorations

The Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services is urging caution be used with Christmas lights and candles heading into the festive holiday season.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), an estimated 250 fires are caused by Christmas trees and another 170 are caused by Christmas lights and other decorations such as candles each year.

The fire department lists the following safety tips for Christmas trees, electric lights and candles. Read More»

Local man is proof: seatbelts save lives

Thana Alusi, center, is presented an award by (L-R) Mayor Don Haddix, Sgt. Brad Williams, Cpl. Chris Hiat and Police Chief H.C. "Skip" Clark. Photo/John Munford.

The simple act of wearing a seatbelt saved a Peachtree City man’s life earlier this year when he fell unconscious while driving on Peachtree Parkway.

Thana M. Alusi was presented the “Saved By the Belt” award from the police department and city council at Thursday’s council meeting.

Earlier this year and just after 4 p.m., Alusi was driving south on the parkway near North Cove when he suffered a medical problem, causing his car to strike a large tree on the opposite side of the road. Read More»

What’s up with this flashing yellow arrow?

What’s up with this flashing yellow arrow?

Flashing left-turn yellow arrows will soon be coming to traffic lights at 10 intersections in Fayetteville, thanks to the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The new scheme is intended to improve safety by reducing crashes, and it also will increase traffic flow, according to DOT. The new lights will, however, take some getting used to by local motorists.

The solid red and green arrows are self-explanatory: you can turn left on a green arrow and you must stop on a red one. It’s the yellow arrows where things get a bit trickier. Read More»

PTC woman dies in 8-vehicle pileup in Cobb

A Peachtree City woman was killed Thursday in a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 75 in Acworth Thursday afternoon, according to the Cobb County Police Department.

Barbara Phenicie, 71, was the front-seat passenger in a 2011 Chrysler Town and Country minivan that was struck from behind by a BMW which caught fire during the eight-vehicle pileup, police said.

Mrs. Phenicie’s husband, Dale, 72, and son, Jonathan, 38 were treated at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital for non life-threatening injuries, police said. Read More»

PTC police win traffic safety awards

PTC police win traffic safety awards

The Peachtree City Police Department was one of several law enforcement agencies to win big Nov. 15 when the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) hosted its 13th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards at the Macon Centreplex.

An annual recognition program of law enforcement agencies of all sizes and from all over the state, the program features recognition in seven different categories based on department size as well as several other specialty categories.
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Tyrone youngster seeks 'pitchers' for charity

Tyrone 7th grader Matthew Sherrod felt led to begin a charity to help children and families in need. Far from being content to just consider it, Matthew put his thoughts into action and formed the non-profit Pitches for Hope. The organization’s first fundraiser will be held on Nov. 9 in Peachtree City. Read More»

East Coweta High gets stop sign at Hwy. 154

Placing a stop sign at the intersection of Ga. Highway 154 and Old Ga. Highway 16 adjacent to the campus of East Coweta High School may not be a permanent fix but it is something that should help make the intersection safer.

The Ga. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) recently installed a stop sign at the intersection to make it a three-way stop and paved a section along Hwy. 154 for a right-turn lane. Read More»