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Iced-in Wednesday ahead for Fayette, Coweta

UPDATED 8:25 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 — It’s official: Wednesday will be icy — up to nearly a half-inch of ice on trees, parked cars and roads in Fayette and Coweta counties, the National Weather Service Office in Peachtree City says in issuing a winter storm warning.

The hour-by-hour graphical forecast predicts that the temperature dips below freezing around 5 a.m. Wednesday and stays there for at least the next 24 hours, the NWS says. That means liquid water turns to ice and there will be no melting until Thursday.

A day-long freezing rain could cause trouble for electrical power lines as ice-loaded tree limbs fall across live wires. Everyone should be prepared to lose power for an extended period Wednesday and Thursday, the NWS says. Read More»

Area vets seek behavioral hospital

U.S. HealthVest Vice President Stacie York on Wednesday presents details of the psychiatric hospital proposed for Newnan to representatives of veterans groups from Coweta and Fayette counties. Also pictured are Coweta Commission of Veterans Affairs co-chairs Joe Brooks, L, and Malcolm Jackson. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Coweta Commission of Veterans Affairs (CCVA) hosted a meeting Wednesday that brought representatives from Coweta and Fayette counties and a number of interested parties together to address the recent state denial of the proposed Newnan Behavioral Hospital. Veterans were adamant that such a facility is needed locally.

The certificate of need (CON) submitted by U.S. HealthVest was recently denied by the Ga. Dept. of Community Health and the appeal process is currently underway. The appeal will likely be heard in the spring, said U.S. HealthVest Vice President Stacie York. Read More»

Flat Rock band selected for special performances

Flat Rock band selected for special performances

Flat Rock Middle School Symphonic Band performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association Conference in Savannah last weekend. The band, led by Band Director Matthew Price, was one of only 2 middle school bands that were invited to perform from Georgia. The Flat Rock Symphonic Band was also one of two Middle School Bands invited to perform at the Southeast United States Band Clinic at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. The band was selected from throughout the Southeast United States through a competitive audition. Read More»

STRANDED! PTC’s Kay Fulp iced in on I-285 for 27 hours

Jim and Kay Fulp, with “the little Honda that could.” Photo/Special.

Good Samaritans, not the government, rescued her

By Joyce Beverly

Fayette County Realtor Kay Sams Fulp drove up to Cobb County last week to do a walk-through with a client.

The forecast for Jan. 28 called for snow later in the day, but schools were open. She figured she’d be back before the storm hit. She left home with a full tank of gas, wearing a bulky sweater and a scarf but no coat.

“I mean, I was just running out,” she said.

At right, Jim and Kay Fulp, with “the little Honda that could.” Photo/Special. Read More»

Fayette students delayed from leaving school as PTC streets iced over

By 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Ga. Highway 74 in Peachtree City was iced over in both lanes as commuters slogged home to be with their families. These folks were lucky they didn't get stranded on the interstate like so many others did Tuesday night. Photo/Rhonda Sue.

Peachtree City was not immune to the weather-related struggles Tuesday, though a police presence on the road helped officials direct sand to where it was most needed to help get folks home as safely as possible.

One of the first roads to close was north Peachtree Parkway from the Lake Kedron boat docks northward. Because it had iced over before school let out, cars were spinning out and unable to make it up hills, police reported. Read More»

Coweta schools closed in advance of storm, but wrecks tangled county roadways

The winter storm earlier last week played havoc on Coweta County roadways with ice on roads as late as Friday morning and still contributing to traffic accidents. The storm resulted in one weather-related traffic fatality.

Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones on Wednesday morning said the 911 center through Tuesday and into Wednesday received 100-200 calls, with many of those being accident-related. Read More»

Winter visits Fayetteville’s Waterfall

Winter visits Fayetteville’s Waterfall

A visit by this winter’s frigid temperatures Jan. 24 left the water in the Waterfall retail development at Grady Avenue and Ga. Highway 54 frozen in place. Photo/Ben Nelms.

At the back of the line on Hwy. 54

At the back of the line on Hwy. 54

From our readers: Heather Sherwood — This is 54 heading downhill to Olde Mill bridge yesterday at 3 on my way home. Several cars were getting stuck and couldn't get up the hill to head back to PTC.

Photos of Fayette Snow Jam 2014

Photos of Fayette Snow Jam 2014

Fayette County folks took photos of the traffic mess Tuesday caused by snowfall and slippery roads. here are some of them.

Photo at right was taken by Kathy Gesslein at approximately 2:30 p.m. 1/28/14 on Ga. Highway 54 looking east from Bank of Georgia at Old Norton Road.

Below, Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown shot this photo of a car off the road in brush. Read More»

Fayette schools monitoring winter storm, cancel extra-curricular activities Tuesday

The Fayette County School System is monitoring what is now forecast as a winter storm warning expected to hit sometime Tuesday. While conditions might change, the school system at 3 p.m. announced that extra-curricular activities planned for Tuesday evening have been cancelled. Read More»