Chief’s attorney on GBI report: ‘A tragic, tragic accident’

Fayette District Attorney Scott Ballard talks to a TV reporter following his receipt of a GBI report Feb. 20. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Seven weeks after the Georgia Bureau of Investigation began a probe into the shot reported around the world, here’s the agency’s conclusion: “A tragic, tragic accident,” according to criminal attorney Tom Cook, spokesman for Peachtree City Police Chief Will McCollom.

Cook said he talked with Fayette District Attorney Scott Ballard Friday afternoon, just minutes after the DA received the GBI investigation.

The GBI agents who delivered the report to Ballard characterized the shooting of Maggie McCollom by Will McCollom as “a tragic, tragic accident,” Cook told The Citizen Friday. Read More»

Fayette, Coweta schools closed Wednesday

Fayette County and Coweta County public schools will be closed on Wednesday in anticipation of the winter storm forecast for the area. Read More»

Black ice conditions may be present in Fayette, Coweta on Tuesday morning

Residents of Fayette and Coweta counties should be aware that black ice conditions could exist on roadways Tuesday morning due to temperatures falling below freezing Monday night.

Coweta County Emergency Management Director Jay Jones on Monday afternoon a significant threat for widespread black ice issues exists for Tuesday morning near and north of a line from Troup, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Rockdale, Walton, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties. Read More»

Good job!

Good job!

The Coweta County Relay for Life team was recognized Feb. 3 by the Coweta County Commission in a proclamation establishing March 22 as “Survivor Sunday.” Pictured from left are team members Bob Riede, Zan Riede, Pat Craven, Gene Craven, Julie Hanson, Tanya Grieb, Billie Cloudsdale and Commissioner Tim Lassetter. Photo/Submitted.

An annual tradition

An annual tradition

Breakfast at the 23rd Annual Pancake Saturday at McIntosh High School on Jan. 24 was made to order for this Tyrone family. Pictured from left are 7-year-old Ella, 8-year-old Madison, 2-year-old Hannah and dad, Eric Hinkle. The annual event is sponsored by the Peachtree City Kiwanis Club. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Merriman picked for new post at chamber

Newnan-Coweta County Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Leslie Merriman has been named the new Director of Strategic Growth with the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. Read More»

Facebook Abby is found: How a lost dog engaged an entire community

The Davis' dog Abby — before she was famous. Photo/Matt Davis.
Nearly two weeks after their lost dog, Abby, was found through the coupling of social media and the good hearts of their extended Peachtree City community,

Northgate student gets up close view of holiday celebration

Northgate High School senior Kevin Cheng, left, was chosen to represent Coweta County at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service with the help of Coweta County School System reading specialist Dr. Beverly McCray. Photo/Submitted.

Northgate High School student Kevin Cheng was chosen to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Service held Jan. 19 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

A senior and Northgate’s Student Government Association class president, Cheng appeared at the annual service along with other students from around the metropolitan Atlanta area and read a portion of King’s “Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March” speech.  Read More»

Spelling champ crowned

 Aanchal Patel won Coweta County’s district-wide Spelling Bee. Aanchal Patel, front row left, appears with runner-up Dynahsty James, center, of Lee Middle School. At right is Garnett Reynolds, of BB&T of Newnan, who sponsored this year’s bee. In the rear, from left, are Coweta County spelling bee judges, Principal Jan Franks of Arnall Middle School, Principal Leigh Munson of Eastside Elementary School, and Principal Christi Hildebrand of Elm Street Elementary School. Photo/Submitted.

A fifth grade student at Welch Elementary School won the Coweta County School System’s district-wide Spelling Bee held Jan. 12 at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Monday.

Aanchal Patel, a 5th grader at Welch Elementary, became Coweta County’s 2015 spelling bee champion in the 15th round of the annual competition. She and runner-up Dynahsty James, a Lee Middle School 8th grader, sparred for the annual title in a spell-off that ended with Patel correctly spelling “delinquent” and then “intelligible” for the win, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»

Burch students get a visit

Burch students get a visit

Ambassadors from Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia visited with Ambassadors at Robert J. Burch Elementary School. UGA Ambassadors (Caroline and Alex) with their adviser, Christy Dasher, spoke with Burch Ambassadors about being an ambassador at the college level. The UGA students shared with the Burch Bears the requirements and selection process for this prestigious opportunity at the University of Georgia. A Question & Answer time allowed Burch Ambassadors to get further information about experiences, skills, and training for college level ambassadors . Read More»

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