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Arsonist torches house with owner inside

Fayetteville Police have arrested a Stockbridge man in connection with a Fayetteville house fire that occurred Sept. 27.

Rico Jermaine Williams 30, was arrested on Oct. 9 and is in the Fayette County Jail charged with one count of first degree arson and one count of burglary, according to Det. Mike Whitlow.

Whitlow said the Fayetteville Fire Dept. on Sept. 27 responded to a house fire at 100 Holly Ave which was fully engulfed. Neighbors reported seeing a subject enter the home through a window and leave shortly before the fire started, Whitlow said. Read More»

Fayette jail inmate dies while in custody

An inmate in the Fayette County Jail was found unresponsive in the facility’s infirmary on Oct. 13 and was transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Sheriff Barry Babb said Rodney Joyner, 55, of Fayetteville, was found unresponsive at approximately 10:07 a.m. on Oct. 13 while being housed in the infirmary at the Fayette County Jail.

Infirmary staff performed CPR and Fayette EMS was contacted, Babb said. He was transported to Piedmont Fayette Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 11:04 a.m., Babb said. Read More»

Fayette gets good news on I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange

Proposed improvements to the I-85/Ga. Highway 74 interchange have gotten approval from the Federal Highway Administration to move forward, county officials announced last week.

“We have jumped through a lot of hoops and overcome a lot of obstacles to make this project happen,” said Fayette County Board of Commissioners chairman Steve Brown, Read More»

Chamber’s Gibbs says it’s time for new leadership

Virginia Gibbs.

It has been more than a decade since Virginia Gibbs was selected as the president and CEO of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. Gibbs announced Oct. 13 that she will retire on Dec. 31. (See her letter to the editor here.) Read More»

PTC cops give OK on suspicious device

Peachtree City Police gave the all-clear on an investigation into a suspicious device found Tuesday morning in the area of Hidden Spring and Smokerise Point.

Police earlier in the morning urged motorists to avoid traveling in the area.

Spokesman Mark Brown at 9:25 a.m. said police and fire officials were at the scene investigating a suspicious device found in the area.

Stockbridge man arrested in F'ville arson case

Fayetteville Police have arrested a Stockbridge man in connection with a Fayetteville house fire that occurred Sept. 27.

Rico Jermaine Williams 30, was arrested on Oct. 9 and is in the Fayette County Jail charged with one count of first degree arson and one count of burglary, according to Det. Mike Whitlow.

Whitlow said the Fayetteville Fire Dept. on Sept. 27 responded to a house fire at 100 Holly Ave which was fully engulfed. Neighbors reported seeing a subject enter the home through a window and leave shortly before the fire started, Whitlow said. Read More»

Patriots open region play with 30-14 win over Wildcats

The Sandy Creek Patriots remain undefeated and are off to a good start in Region 5-AAAA play after a 30-14 home win over the Whitewater Wildcats in a battle between two teams ranked among the state’s top 10.

The Wildcats (4-2) got on the board less than two minutes after the opening kickoff, as a 66-yard touchdown run by Christian Wafford put Whitewater ahead. The Patriots (6-0) tied the score on the ensuing drive, marching downfield to set up Eric Swinney’s two-yard scoring run that tied the game at 7. Read More»

Residents urged not to set lake on fire

On Oct. 1, the statewide burn ban comes to an end and once again and residents will be able to burn yard debris after obtaining a burn permit through the city website at www.peachtree-city.org/burn

Lake Peachtree will not be refilled this winter, and tall grass and weeds have overtaken the lake bed. As fall approaches, these grasses and weeds will brown and dry out as they go dormant for the winter. While not a significant threat, this additional fuel load does increase the risk of a grass fire in the area. Read More»

A fall treat

A fall treat

Zandra Thompson, left, and her husband Richard were quick to fill endless plates Sept. 4 at the annual Senoia Optimist Club barbecue held at the Masonic Lodge in downtown Senoia. Photo/Ben Nelms.

PTC police get safety grant

The Peachtree City Police Department announced that it has been awarded a traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.

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