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Chiefs fall 42-28 at Northgate

The McIntosh Chiefs rode a strong first half to a 14-point early lead but couldn’t stem the tide in the third quarter as the host team, the Northgate Vikings, fought their way to a 42-28 win.

Northgate struck quickly after forcing the Chiefs to punt on their opening drive. Tyler Rowland connected with Malik Wade for a 35-yard score with 7:56 left in the first quarter.

During the ensuing possession, one of the four giant light towers illuminating the field went completely dark. Play was halted for nearly a half-hour, and when it resumed the Chiefs caught fire. Read More»

Fayette kids’ academic growth a mixed bag, new scores show

Shutterstock image of answering test questions.

It is not only about test scores anymore. Fayette County public schools are always at or near the top of the list when it comes to test scores. Yet a recently released accounting of student growth percentiles (SGP) statewide tells a somewhat different story. While still near the top of more than 180 school districts in some growth categories, Fayette in other areas falls far short.

As a district, Fayette’s SGP scores in 2013 compared to other districts were:

Comparing CRCT in all grades 4-8:

Reading – 60 percent (near the top of all districts). Read More»

It's Students' Day at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City

Georgia students and their families are invited to come to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City for a day of activities and learning Saturday. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students will be able to tour the facility and learn weather concepts at various stations including various types of clouds and weather, severe weather preparedness and safety, public and aviation forecasting, river flood and flashing flooding, types of warnings and how they are issued, and the best ways to stay informed and get the warnings. Read More»

Patriots down Ala. foe 24-17

Sandy Creek head coach Chip Walker gives instructions to his team during Friday night's game. Photo/Bethan Adams.

After a slow start the Sandy Creek Patriots picked up the pace offensively to take a first-half lead and held on for a 24-17 win at home against Alabama’s Auburn High Tigers.

It was a historic night for one Patriot in particular, as senior running back Eric Swinney became the school’s all-time leading rusher early in the second quarter. He came into the game with 3,552 yards, 27 behind Phillip Hyde, and now has five regular-season games plus the postseason to add to his total. Read More»

Cultural Ambassadors pick fruit for those in need

Members of the Cultural Ambassadors group and their parents shown on the grounds of the Real Life Fruit Orchard where they picked about 124 pounds of grapes that will be distributed to those in need.Photo/Submitted.

The newly formed Cultural Ambassadors group at Peeples Elementary completed its first service project that will bring fresh fruit to community residents who cannot afford to purchase it.

About 50 students and their parents descended on the Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard the evening of September 16 and picked approximately 124 pounds of grapes in 30 minutes. The three-acre orchard in Tyrone grows and gives away around 30,000 pounds of fresh fruit to clients of the Real Life Center every year. Read More»

OLM prevails 42-35 over Lumpkin Co.

The Our Lady of Mercy Bobcats jumped out to a 19-point lead only to see the Lumpkin County Indians tie the game in the fourth quarter before the home team got a late score for a 42-35 win.

Lawrence Tillman put OLM on the scoreboard less than 30 seconds into the game with a 76-yard touchdown run. A few minutes later Jameson Vest threw a short pass to Jordan Thomas that turned into a 70-yard scoring play and a 12-0 lead. Read More»

University names a resident for director

University names a resident for director

The University of West Georgia announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Heaberlin as senior director and chief administrative officer of Off-Campus Programs.

Based at the UWG Newnan center, Heaberlin will be responsible for spearheading the growth and success of UWG Newnan as it moves to its historic downtown location in 2015. He will also be responsible for UWG’s Douglasville sites and other off-campus locations. Read More»

How many Fayette grads are college-ready?

Graphic provided by ACT and available through the Fayette School System’s website.

ACT results say fewer than 4 in 10 students meet all 4 benchmarks
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The Campus gets in on the icy fundraiser

Logan Phillips drenches Dylan Higgins with ice water during The Campus’ recent ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fundraiser. Photo/Submitted.

The Campus, a private school in Peachtree City, recently hosted an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Fundraiser and raised $400 for the cause.

Students were invited throughout their school week to pre-purchase buckets of ice water for $10 a piece and designate an instructor or administrator to receive their icy wrath.

On Sept. 4, students from elementary, middle and high school took to our field to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

In total, 17 instructors/administrators were good sports and participated in the challenge, receiving a cumulative total of 40 drenchings. Read More»

Panthers hold on for 35-33 win at Dutchtown

The Starr’s Mill Panthers endured a 90-minute weather delay and an offensive shootout on the road against Dutchtown, but they hung on for a 35-33 win and their first victory of the season.

The game went down to the wire, with the Panthers’ special teams play coming up huge at the end just before midnight. A field goal attempt that would have won the game for the Bulldogs was blocked with five seconds left. Read More»

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