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Father, daughter pulled from fiery wreck near movie theater Sunday

A March 30 car crash in front of the NCG Cinemas at the intersection of Ga. highways 34 and 54 just west of Peachtree City resulted in a vehicle fire and a heroic — and successful — effort to remove two passengers from the burning car.

Ga. State Patrol Sgt. James Corbett said the March 30 accident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. at the traffic signal at Ga. highway 34 and 54 at the entrance to the NCG Cinemas area. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — March 18–24

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 18 - Monday, March 24

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Keyona E. Allen, born in 1990, of Plantation Circle, Fayetteville, for failure to maintain lane and revoked or suspended license. Read More»

PTC home invasion case ends with guilty verdict

A Snellville man is expected to face a steep prison sentence after he was found guilty Friday of participating in a July 2012 home invasion in Peachtree City that resulted in the homeowner being shot in the head as she tried to run away.

A Fayette County jury found Ted Andrew Jefferson, 29, guilty of two counts of armed robbery, two counts of aggravated assault and one count each of kidnapping with bodily injury, burglary and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson delayed sentencing until mid-April at the request of the defendant. Read More»

Jobless rate drops in Coweta, Fayette

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Unemployment figures in Coweta and Fayette counties continue to head in the right direction. Jobless figures for February fell to 6.5 percent in Coweta and 6.2 percent in Fayette.

Figures for February released by the Ga. Dept. of Labor show Coweta County with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. That represents a decrease from 6.8 percent in January and 8.1 percent one year ago. Coweta has a workforce of 63,521. Read More»

PTC’s World Airways goes out of business

PTC’s World Airways goes out of business

Peachtree City-based World Airways has closed its doors. The company in a Thursday press release said the company founded in 1948 operated its last flight on March 26. The closure resulted in the loss of 325 jobs. Read More»

Police warn motorists: Stay out of the lake!

In this photo provided by the police department, several people worked to free this sport utility vehicle from the mud and muck at the bottom of Lake Peachtree. The department hid the faces of the parties involved before providing the photo. Photo courtesy Peachtree City Police Department.

With the pool of Lake Peachtree lowered for the past two months to allow for maintenance, the usually-hidden floor of Lake Peachtree has drawn a lot of attention from onlookers.

The lake serves as a reservoir for the countywide water system, but earlier this week it almost became an automobile graveyard. Someone drove a sport utility vehicle onto the lake bed, and it became stuck in the mud and muck, according to the Peachtree City Police Department. (The department blurred the faces of the people involved before releasing the photo above right.) Read More»

Sandy Creek FBLA teams advance to Nationals

Sandy Creek FBLA teams advance to Nationals

Nine Sandy Creek FBLA members attended the 2014 Georgia State FBLA State Leadership Conference after qualifying at the regional level. Six members won top honors and qualified to attend the 2014 FBLA National Leadership Conference. Front row, from left: Madison McNair, Saridh Galvan, Rosie Jamison, Tamara Lopez, Ellie Klarl, and Carlisle Vidourek. Back row, from left: Malcolm Woods, Sanjay Rampersaud and Jamarcus Mathis. Photo/Special. Read More»

Coweta employee charged in domestic incident

Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Event Services Tray Baggarly is facing charges of simple battery in connection with a March 16 incident at his Senoia residence.

According to an incident report from the Senoia Police Dept, an officer was dispatched to Baggarly’s residence in reference to a family violence dispute.

The officer contacted a woman describing herself as Baggarly’s girlfriend who said she came to the residence to check on him. The woman said she entered the home and Baggarly cursed at her and told her to leave the house, according to reports. Read More»

HealthSouth construction cranks up, adding 120 jobs

Groundbreaking for the 50-bed HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital located on Newnan Crossing Boulevard East was held March 27. Ready with the shovels were, from left, HealthSouth Regional Marketing Director Margot Munger, HealthSouth Regional Vice President of Operations Terry Brown, HealthSouth Regional President Linda Wilder, Piedmont Newnan Hospital Chief Operating Officer Nathan Nipper and Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce Chair Sharon Szymanski. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Construction is underway on Coweta County’s newest hospital. The 50-bed HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan will create 120 full-time jobs and is expected to open later this year.

Operated by HealthSouth Corp, the 50-bed comprehensive physical rehabilitation hospital will be located on Newnan Crossing Boulevard East near Interstate 85. The $22 million investment will generate 120 full-time jobs with salaries averaging $50,000, HealthSouth officials said. Read More»

Coweta’s STAR student an SAT ace; going to Harvard

East Coweta High School senior Yehong Zhu, center, and White Oak Elementary School REACH Teacher Paula Corley (R) were named as the region STAR Student and STAR Teacher on March 21 by Dr. Emily Felton (L), President of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE) in a ceremony in Griffin. Photo/Special. 

Coweta County’s 2014 STAR Student Yehong Zhu has another star attached to her name. The East Coweta High School senior on March 21 was named STAR Student for the 10-county region that includes Coweta County.

Zhu and her family, along with STAR Teacher Paula Corley, were present at the Region 3B STAR Student and Teacher banquet in Griffin when the announcement was made. Zhu is now a contender for Georgia’s 2014 State STAR student. Read More»