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Not your usual bake sale at McIntosh HS

Police testing for pot in McIntosh student’s birthday brownies

A student at McIntosh High School could face a marijuana distribution charge if GBI tests confirm that brownies in his possession on campus were laced with pot, police said.

Blake W. Kessler, 18, was arrested April 1 at the school and charged with possession of marijuana (less than one ounce) and possession of one pill of lysdexamfetamine, a schedule II drug, according to a police incident report. Read More»

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Fayette County arrests report — March 25-31

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.
 
Tuesday, March 25 - Monday, March 31
 
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
 
Jamara M.

Woolsey fire claims three lives

The three victims of the Saturday night home fire on Ga. Highway 92 South all died of smoke inhalation, two of them only a few feet from the front door, officials said.

The victims in the April 5 house fire were 61-year-old Valerie Phillips, 64-year-old Darrell Phillips and their daughter, 30-year-old Emily, according to Fayette County Fire Chief David Scarbrough.

Scarbrough said autopsies by the Ga. Bureau of Investigation confirmed that all three family members died of smoke inhalation and that dental records had been used to positively identify the victims. Read More»

Coweta man shot over unreturned lawnmower

An April 1 dispute between neighbors over a lawnmower led to one man shooting the other in the leg. Coweta County deputies are searching for the south Coweta man who fled the scene carrying a handgun.

Michael Eure Hanson, 36, is being sought in connection with the shooting on Joy Springs Drive in southeast Coweta County, according to Maj. James Yarbrough.

Yarbrough said a dispute began between Hanson and a neighbor at approximately 4:15 p.m. on April 1 over a borrowed lawnmower. The neighbor did not return the lawnmower in a timely manner which resulted in an argument. Read More»

Coweta inks $50M deal for Niagara

California-based Niagara Bottling LLC, the nation’s largest private label bottled water supplier, will construct a 460,000 sq. ft. facility on 45 acres in late 2014 and create 41 initial jobs in Coweta County. The Coweta Development Authority, with the support of other county partners, has agreed to provide a bond for the project estimated at $50 million. Read More»

Principal’s paperwork

Principal’s paperwork

Robert J. Burch Elementary Assistant Principal Tammy Sibley confers with Davis Chapman, a second-grade student performing part of his responsibilities as “Principal for a Day.” Chapman was selected as part of a fundraiser for the school’s Parent Teacher Organization and used by the school to foster leadership mentoring and students’ self-esteem. Photo/Special.

Fire damages N. Fayette home Thurs.

Flames licked from the roof of the home as firefighters worked to put water on the blaze to knock it down. Photo/John Munford.

A Thursday morning structure fire severely damaged a home on Lees Mill Road in north Fayette County owned by the family of county commissioner Allen McCarty.

The fire was reported to 911 by an employee of Coweta-Fayette EMC who happened to notice smoke coming from the home at 163 Lees Mill Road as he drove by, according to Division Chief Pete Nelms of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.

Prior to calling 911, the employee, Curtis Camp, went to the door and notified the occupant of the home so she could go to safety while he reported the fire to authorities. Read More»

Lee Middle math team wins region title

A math team from the Lee Middle School Math Club took first place at this year’s West Georgia MathCounts competitions and represented Coweta and the region at this year’s state level competition on March 17 at Georgia Tech. Lee’s team included: front row, left to right - Minhyuk Kim, April Hong, Josh White, Ben Lacina; second row - Marlayna Cromedy, Jenny Oh and Laura Keuhl; back row - Bryan Shim, Joon Baek and Chris Raum. Photo/Special.

A math team from Lee Middle School traveled to the campus of the University of West Georgia recently for district MathCounts competitions and took 1st Place in the West Georgia Region.

Lee’s team, consisting of Math Club students Jenny Oh, Chris Raum, Laura Keuhl, Josh White, Minhyuk Kim, April Hong, Ben Lacina, Marlayna Cromedy, Bryan Shim and Joon Baek, represented the region at this year’s MathCounts State Level Competition, held March 17 on the Georgia Tech campus, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»

Friends of PTC Library to host poetry workshop April 26

The Friends of the Peachtree City Library annual poetry workshop is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. until about 1:30 p.m. at the library. The workshop will be presented by Dr. Brigitte Byrd, who teaches creative writing, contemporary literature, and multicultural literature at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at Clayton State University. She is the author of ”Fence above the Sea,” “Song of a Living Room” and ”The Dazzling Land.” Her work has appeared in anthologies including ”Shade 2006,” “Like Thunder,” ”American Diaspora” and others. Read More»