Child porn charges for Brooks man

A Brooks man arrested Dec. 22 for the molestation of two underage female victims faces new charges of possession of electronic pornography and child exploitation.

Thomas J. Brandlehner, 57, of 135 Elsberry Lane east of Brooks, was initially charged with one count of aggravated sexual battery, one count of sexual battery, two counts of child molestation and two counts of enticing a child for indecent purposes, according to Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb. The new charges include possession of electronic pornography and child exploitation. Read More»

The Citizen Sports Calendar — Jan. 9–Feb. 14

The Citizen Sports Calendar — Jan. 9–Feb. 14

Friday, Jan. 9

Basketball: Fayette County at Sandy Creek; Elite Scholars Academy at Landmark; Woodland at McIntosh; OLM at Mt. Vernon; Stockbridge at Starr’s Mill; Carrollton at Whitewater.

Swimming: Landmark at Forsyth Winter Invitational; Whitewater vs. McIntosh (Kedron).

Saturday, Jan. 10

Basketball: W.D. Mohammed at Landmark; ELCA at OLM; Forest Park at Starr’s Mill.

Wrestling: A area duals at ELCA; AAAA area duals at Whitewater; AAAAA area duals at Hardaway.
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More power to the medics

More power to the medics

Paramedics with the Peachtree City Fire Department recently demonstrated the use of one the department’s three new battery-operated LUCAS chest compression units. A proven life-saver, the new units are in addition to the one pneumatic LUCAS unit already in use by the department. Pictured from left are paramedics Philip Stusak, Ashlee Koontz and Nick Bishop. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Motorcyclist fatally injured Tuesday in PTC collision

Photo of wreck scene from Peachtree City Police Department.

UPDATED 12:01 a.m. Wed. Jan. 7, 2014 — A vehicle turned into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist Tuesday afternoon in Peachtree City, causing fatal injuries to the motorcyclist, Robert McElwaine, 28, Read More»

Student musicians selected for special performance

The Whitewater Middle School Symphonic Band honored with special invitation.

Community is invited to concert preview

The Whitewater Middle School musicians selected to perform in front of the state’s music teachers will give a talent preview to their own community before heading to Savannah for the big show.

The Whitewater Middle School Symphonic Band led by Bill Melton is one of only two middle school bands in the state selected to perform at the Georgia Music Educators annual convention on Jan. 29. The two bands were chosen after a competitive selection process.

The public is invited to a preview concert Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. at Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Read More»

Andrews is volunteer award winner

Andrews is award winner

She worked nearly 10,000 volunteer hours

The Piedmont Fayette Hospital Auxiliary recently chose Adele Andrews as the “2014 Spirit of Volunteerism” award winner because of her dedication to the community she serves.

The prestigious award recognizes Andrews for her “servant heart and willingness to go above and beyond in her volunteer service,” the group said in a statement. Read More»

State soliciting student opinions

Chance for Fayette students to lead

A state education official wants to hear student opinions and is accepting applications from savvy kids who want to share theirs.

All seventh through 12th grade students in Fayette County and in the state are invited to apply for a seat on the 2015 Student Advisory Council that will be led by state School Superintendent-elect Richard Woods. Read More»

F'ville cops searching for armed robber

Fayetteville police investigators are looking for a suspect in the Jan. 2 armed robbery at the Shell gas station and convenience store at 485 Bradley Drive.

Det. Mike Whitlow said a black male entered the store at approximately 8:20 p.m., proceeded behind the counter and pointed silver revolver at the clerk.

“The male then demanded all of the money from the register. The clerk handed the suspect the money and he fled on foot north from the store towards a car wash,” Whitlow said. Read More»

Should anyone get a ticket for this blocking infraction?

Fayetteville police conduct ticketing process in businesses’ access area. Photo/Rich Hoffman.

F’ville businessman accuses police of blocking access to his workplace Read More»

Fayette Vision goals: Attract Millennials, emulate Tennessee county

Bob Ross. Photo/Bethan Adams.

To counteract the exodus of Millennials leaving the county, Fayette Visioning Initiative (FVI) co-chair Bob Ross has created a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, One Fayette, Inc.

Millennials, or Generation Y, is the demographic age group that came after Generation X. The generation’s birth years range from the 1980s to the 2000s.

Ross and the FVI are developing the nonprofit as part of their five-year plan to improve Fayette County. Read More»