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PTC eyes borrowing $3 million for fix-ups

10-year repayment at $361,000 per year; PTC already owes $14.8 million with a yearly budget of $29.5 million

The Peachtree City Council on Thursday will consider going into debt for an additional $3 million by using a second round of facilities bond financing to address infrastructure and building needs.

At $3 million the debt repayment is estimated to be $361,000 a year for 10 years. Read More»

Fayette Teacher of the Year is Sandy Creek’s Alexandra Vlachakis

Alexandra Vlachakis is the Teacher of the Year. Photo/Special.

There was silence as everyone waited for School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Barrow to open the sealed envelope, and then a roar of applause came from the crowd as he announced Alexandra Vlachakis as the 2014 Fayette County Teacher of the Year.

Vlachakis, a technology and business teacher at Sandy Creek High, was one of three finalists chosen from 26 school-level teachers of the year who were vying for the honor. The two runners-up are David Spearman, a drama teacher at Starr’s Mill High, and Dr. Kelly Jackson, a music teacher at Crabapple Lane Elementary. Read More»

Coweta to observe National Prayer Day

Coweta to observe National Prayer Day

National Prayer Day Committee representative Brenda Jessel is joined by Coweta County Commissioner Al Smith after receiving an April 22 proclamation noting May 1 as National Prayer Day in Coweta County. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC spring cleanup slated for May 3-4 at recycling center

It’s that time of year again! Clean out the garage and yard and bring your unwanted items to the Peachtree City Recycling Center (off Ga. Highway 74 South at Rockaway Road) between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4.

Peachtree City residents can drop off unwanted appliances, furniture, and other junk that the Recycling Center does not normally accept.

No tires, batteries, or household garbage will be accepted. If you have questions, please contact Public Works at 770-487-5183.

UWG student affairs program recognized

The University of West Georgia was recently named one of the 30 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.

Schools were chosen based on factors such as salary, benefits, professional development opportunities and family friendliness.

The list included schools such as Rutgers University, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, SUNY Cortland, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, University of Vermont and The College of William and Mary. The list was published March 27 in Diverse Magazine as well as on the American College Personnel Association website.

Fludd, Mabra to host town hall meeting May 6 at Sandy Creek High School

House Minority Chairman Virgil Fludd (D- Tyrone) and State Representative Ronnie Mabra (D- Fayetteville) will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 6 from 6-8 p.m. at Sandy Creek High School.

Reps. Fludd and Mabra will provide a legislative update on events that occurred during the 2014 legislative session and hear comments and questions from their constituents.
For more information, please call 770-362-0123.

Fayette CARE Clinic to take part in local conference for charity healthcare clincs

The Fayette CARE Clinic, Fayette County’s free healthcare clinic for uninsured Fayette County citizens, will participate in the Georgia Charitable Care Network’s Annual Conference scheduled for May 5-6 at Glendalough Manor in Peachtree City. Read More»

Newnan student honored for art celebrating manufacturing

Newnan High School 10th grade student Ansley Knight received an award for her submission in the 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Week student design contest. Pictured with Knight are Larry Callahan with Pattillo Industrial Real Estate (L) and Georgia Power representative Pedro Cherry (R). Photo/Special.

Newnan High School 10th grader Ansley Knight returned from the Governor’s Award Luncheon April 18 with a third place award for her artwork supporting the state’s manufacturing industry.

Knight took third place in her division (grades 9-12) of the 2014 Manufacturing Appreciation Week (MAW) student design contest. She received a $100 scholarship check at the MAW Governor’s Awards Luncheon held at the Georgia International Convention Center in College Park.  Read More»

Bacallao loses Common Core test battle with Fayette school

Mary Kay Bacallao in December 2013. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Former District 2 Fayette County Board of Education member Mary Kay Bacallao is running in a crowded field for the job of state school superintendent primarily on her opposition to the Common Core Curriculum, but she was unable recently to keep her daughter from taking a Common-Core-based test required by the Fayette County School System.

Bacallao tried to opt her daughter out of taking the CRCT (Criterion-Referenced Competency Test) administered by the school system in mid-April. Her opinion on the test notwithstanding, her daughter attended school the day of the CRCT and was tested. Read More»

Welcome to America, new citizens!

Immigrants from 45 different countries celebrated as they were officially declared U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony Friday afternoon at the Fayette County Library in Fayetteville. Story on Page A3. Photo/John Munford.

101 immigrants become Americans at Fayette library

Some of them waved flags. Others clapped. There were hugs and a few high-fives mixed in too. All were smiling, and they had good reason to be so happy: They had just been officially declared to be American citizens at a special naturalization ceremony at the Fayette County Library Friday afternoon.

The new Americans hailed from 45 different countries ranging from Algeria to Uruguay and many in-between such as Canada, China, German, Iran, Iraq, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and more. Read More»

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