‘Growth’ measure: Fayette grades 6-12 in the middle

‘Growth’ measure: Fayette grades 6-12 in the middle

While Fayette County middle and high school students nearly always score high on achievement (in the high 80s to high 90s) in test scores, the recent statewide growth scoring methodology that measures academic growth over a three-year period reflects a different story.

Results for Fayette’s middle and high schools in 2013, the most recent year available, published by the Ga. Dept. of Education (DOE) shows largely mid-range growth compared to schools statewide, as opposed to the customary high-level achievement Fayette students exhibit. Read More»

Fayette man faces murder charges in the death of his 10-week-old son

Justin Carl Marshall is charged with the felony murder of his 10-week-old son.Photo/Submitted.

A Fayette County man was arrested Nov. 13 on charges of felony murder in the Nov. 5 death of his 10-week-old son. Read More»

Sheriff: Woman declines to share bed, man responds with chokehold

A College Park man was charged with kidnapping and simple battery in a Nov. 7 incident on Allenwood Road involving his girlfriend.

Corbin M. Livingston, 28, was charged with kidnapping and simple battery, according to jail records.

Sheriff Barry Babb said deputies were dispatched to a burglary in progress at the north Fayette address, though once at the scene they determined that the incident was domestic in nature involving a girlfriend and an ex-boyfriend.

Babb said Livingston was upset over not sleeping in bed with the woman. Read More»

F’ville man charged with kidnapping in SWAT standoff

A Fayetteville man was arrested Nov. 11 after a standoff with law enforcement at his residence on Susan Lane in Fayetteville. There were no injuries in the incident.

Marcellus Shead, 31, was charged with one count of kidnapping-family violence and one count of false imprisonment, said Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow.

Whitlow said the officers at 12:02 a.m. on Nov. 11 responded to a 911 call from a female, who also lives at the residence, saying that she was being held against her will. The cell phone was tracked to a Susan Lane residence, Whitlow said. Read More»

Fayette firefighter charged with stealing drugs

A Fayette County firefighter was arrested Oct. 27 for stealing Schedule 2 drugs from a resident’s home. He was subsequently fired from his position with Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services.

Sidney W. White, Jr., 28, of Fayetteville, was charged Oct. 27 with misdemeanor theft by taking and felony possession of a Schedule 2 drug, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said the arrest stemmed from an incident on Oct. 22 when a Fayette County resident reported the theft of medication from her home in the Shiloh Mobile Home Community. Read More»

Newcomer Coston promises she will ‘work with everyone’ on ‘quality of life’

Pota Coston.

Democrat Pota Coston is ready to hit the ground running in January as Fayette County’s newest commissioner, but she is not looking to make waves.

“I’m new,” she acknowledged. “I’m going to come in, get briefed and work with everyone.”

Giving no indication of any new initiatives she wants to present to her peers, she reaffirmed that she wishes to continue working on the priorities that were the focus of her campaign. Read More»

BoE member-elect Basham brings her classroom, business experience to board

Diane Basham.

The Nov. 5 election is over and Republican Diane Basham will be sworn in in a few weeks as the District 4 representative on the Fayette County Board of Education. Basham was asked to respond to several questions pertaining to her candidacy and her view of the charge and responsibility of a school board member.

Basham, as a retiree from the Fayette school system, said she ran because she is still committed and passionate about education. Basham logged 27 years as a teacher. Read More»

Pace tells Rotary Club about Pinewood

From left, Brent Randolph, Jim Pace  and Ed Outlaw. Photo/Submitted.

Jim Pace, CEO of the Group VI Companies, spoke to the Peachtree City Rotary Club recently.

Pace was very instrumental in bringing Pinewood Studios to Fayette County, and he outlined the brief history of how Pinewood decided to select Fayette as their Atlanta home. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Oct. 28–Nov. 3

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the period indicated. 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, Oct. 28 - Monday, Nov. 3

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Brandon D. Buchanan, born in 1995, of County Line Road, Fayetteville, for revoked or suspended license.
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Deputies searching for North Coweta armed robber

Anyone recognizing this armed robbery suspect is asked to contact the Coweta County Sheriff's Office at 678-423-6711. Photo/Submitted.

Coweta County deputies are searching for a man driving a white minivan who held up a convenience store on U.S. Highway 29 at gunpoint on Nov. 9.

Sgt. Jason Fetner said the armed robbery occurred during the evening hours at the Mini Mart on Hwy. 29 in north Coweta County.

The suspect entered the building, briefly cased the store and departed. He returned approximately 20 minutes later, Fetner said. He was wearing a gray sweater, a dark stocking caps and had a mustache and a partial beard, said Fetner.

The man produced a handgun and robbed the cashier, Fetner said. Read More»

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