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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»

Crowds turn out for annual F'ville Cemetery Spirit Walk

One of the ghostly visitors at the Fayetteville Cemetery on Oct. 17 and 18 for the annual Cemetery Spirit Walk was John Henry "Doc" Holliday. Any resemblance to Fayette resident Lance Gault was strictly coincidental. Photo/Ben Nelms.

There was plenty of ghostly action at the Fayetteville Cemetery Oct. 17 and 18 for the 7th Annual Historic Cemetery Spirit Walk.

Sponsored by Main Street Fayetteville, the annual event has residents playing the part of some of Fayette County's notable citizens from the past.

The cemetery is nearly 200 years old, with the earliest graves dating to the 1820s.

McCollom is now officially top cop

McCollom is now officially top cop

Interim tag is removed

Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Peachtree City Council announced that interim Police Chief Will McCollom has been appointed to fill the position on a permanent basis. Read More»

Fayette gets good news on I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange

Proposed improvements to the I-85/Ga. Highway 74 interchange have gotten approval from the Federal Highway Administration to move forward, county officials announced last week.

“We have jumped through a lot of hoops and overcome a lot of obstacles to make this project happen,” said Fayette County Board of Commissioners chairman Steve Brown, Read More»

A fall treat

A fall treat

Zandra Thompson, left, and her husband Richard were quick to fill endless plates Sept. 4 at the annual Senoia Optimist Club barbecue held at the Masonic Lodge in downtown Senoia. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC police get safety grant

The Peachtree City Police Department announced that it has been awarded a traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

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800 students get an up-close view of NWS

Meteorologist Lauran Belanger explains air pressure and cloud formation to the kids. She pumped air into a bottle containing water and vinegar, and then popped it off the lid, creating vapor to simulate clouds. Photo/Bethan Adams.

“I see the sun,” first-grader at Hogansville Elementary Ariah Hardy said, gasping and laughing as she clapped her hands at the solar scope view. “It’s round, and yellow.”

She was one of the estimated 800 schoolchildren and their parents who toured the National Weather Service (NWS) in Peachtree City, the only forecast office in Georgia, this past Saturday.

During Saturday’s event, children walked around stations inside and outside the NWS building, learning about air pressure, flooding in Georgia, weather balloons, tornado safety, lightning storms and survival kits. Read More»

Scarecrow contest set to begin

County officials are looking for residents who wish to display their best scarecrows next to the public plaza and the county’s Administration Building in downtown Fayetteville.

A call has been issued by the Fayette County Public Arts Committee for citizens of all ages to participate. Individuals, families, schools, clubs, businesses, churches and other groups from anywhere in the county are eligible. Read More»

Ferguson named as Ga. Power manager

Georgia Power has named Tony Ferguson as the area manager for the company’s operations in Coweta and Fayette counties.

In this position, Ferguson will be responsible for coordinating company activities and focusing on delivering world-class value to customers in Coweta and Fayette counties, the company said.

Ferguson will also work closely with community leaders and local, state and federal officials on issues concerning Georgia Power and the company’s customers. Read More»

A rolling history lesson

A rolling history lesson

The weather was perfect for the Senoia Area Historical Society Bike Tour that showed off some of the city’s historic homes and buildings. Bonnie Bobbit (standing at left) prior to the event gave cyclists an overview of the tour. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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