Newsmakers

Pinewood Studios will pay reduced taxes for 20 years

FCDA CEO Matt Forshee listens in the background as staff member Emily Poole reports to the Peachtree City Council in March on economic development efforts. Photo/John Munford.

While various local officials have been enthusiastic about the projected financial impact of the Pinewood Atlanta Studios in central Fayette County, many among the public may have been unaware that the big development received a significant property tax break bestowed by the Fayette County Development Authority. Read More»

Fayette deputies receive awards

Investigator Chad Wallace, L, at a March 27 Ga. Police Academy ceremony received a bronze pin from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) for 27 DUI arrests made in 2013 and Dep. Robert Kersey, R, received the academic award for the highest testing average in the 35th Drug Recognition Expert class. The officers were joined by Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb, center, who attended the event in College Park. Photo/Special.

Two members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office were recognized March 27 in a ceremony held by the Ga. Police Academy in College Park.

Investigator Chad Wallace received a bronze pin from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) organization for his efforts in arresting motorists found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Wallace made 27 DUI arrests in 2013. Read More»

Police warn motorists: Stay out of the lake!

In this photo provided by the police department, several people worked to free this sport utility vehicle from the mud and muck at the bottom of Lake Peachtree. The department hid the faces of the parties involved before providing the photo. Photo courtesy Peachtree City Police Department.

With the pool of Lake Peachtree lowered for the past two months to allow for maintenance, the usually-hidden floor of Lake Peachtree has drawn a lot of attention from onlookers.

The lake serves as a reservoir for the countywide water system, but earlier this week it almost became an automobile graveyard. Someone drove a sport utility vehicle onto the lake bed, and it became stuck in the mud and muck, according to the Peachtree City Police Department. (The department blurred the faces of the people involved before releasing the photo above right.) Read More»

Ready to help his dad

Ready to help his dad

Lathan Gibby of Senoia tried on his dad’s brand-new fire helmet last week following a promotion ceremony hosted by the Fayette County Commission. Dad Brandon was promoted to Lieutenant as Lathan, mom Carrie and sister Paislie watched. Photo/John Munford.

The case of the missing drone

The ‘Quadcopter’

Fayette County has its own missing aircraft, the case of the county’s first missing drone.

A reward is being offered for the “Quadcopter” lost this month while surveying construction work at All Saints Anglican Church near Ga. Highway 54 in west Fayette.

Newnan resident and church member John Stevenson was using his drone to provide church members a birds-eye view of construction activities at the church’s Ebenezer Road location off Hwy. 54

“I wanted to keep the excitement up about the church’s building project,” Stevenson said March 12. Read More»

Ga. Chamber chief: Education a top concern for future Ga. business

Georgia is benefitting from new policies and assets such as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Georgia Chamber President Chris Clark told the Peachtree City Rotary Club Thursday. Photo/John Munford.

In terms of attracting major employers and convincing local companies to expand, Georgia has started to pull ahead of others in the southeast, Georgia Chamber of Commerce President Chris Clark told the Peachtree City Rotary Club Thursday.

In the last 15 months, Georgia has had about 1,200 corporate locations or expansions, including the Pinewood Atlanta Studios project that is nearing completion in Fayetteville, said Clark, who is a Peachtree City resident and former CEO of the Fayette County Development Authority. Read More»

Coweta's Blackburn named to state probation advisory council

Coweta's Blackburn named to state probation advisory council

Coweta County Commissioner Bob Blackburn on Feb. 28 was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Ga. County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council (CMPAC).

Blackburn chairs the Coweta County Commission and owns a real estate sale and consulting firm. He holds a certified county commissioner designation from the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.

The CMPAC mission is to ensure the provision of quality, ethical and professional misdemeanor probation service to the courts and citizens of Georgia through evaluation, education, and regulation. Read More»

Piedmont Fayette Hospital ground zero for shooter drill

Ambulances along with a host of emergency response units from around Fayette County participated March 8 in an emergency preparedness mock scenario at Piedmont Fayette Hospital that involved an active shooter with hostages. Photo/Special.

An emergency preparedness drill held on March 8 at Piedmont Fayette Hospital was executed to help emergency responders prepare for the absolute worst. In a mock scenario of a gunman in the hospital holding 30 hostages, county and municipal emergency personnel worked with Piedmont Fayette Hospital staff to lock down the hospital and protect patients and the facility itself.

The drill ended with the fictitious death of one gunman and the capture of the other two. A fake bomb blast also was included in the event. Read More»

2 national groups seek judge’s ouster for overturning rape verdict

Two representatives of national Down syndrome organizations are urging the removal of a judge who overturned a guilty verdict in a 2012 rape case involving a Fayetteville victim who suffers from the genetic condition, which is tied to cognitive delays. (See Letters here and here.) Read More»

No black candidate for BoE in new minority district

6 in race for 2 BOE seats; McCarty and Brown face commission opposition

Adjusting to district voting is proving to be a challenge for both political parties in Fayette County. Read More»