Make sure you ‘Click It or Ticket’

Those traveling though Peachtree City over the Thanksgiving holiday should make sure their seatbelts are buckled. Officers will be participating again this year in the annual “Click It or Ticket” campaign.

Peachtree City Police will be cracking down on motorists who are not buckled up during the Thanksgiving holiday period. The two-week mobilization will target drivers and passengers who are not restrained in motor vehicles as well as adults who do not properly restrain children. The enforcement effort will continue through Nov. 30. Read More»

Coweta leads region in job expansion

Coweta County received some good news recently when it was announced that the county leads the west Georgia region in job growth.
The announcement came with the presentation of the West Georgia Regional Outlook at the Economic Forecast Breakfast at the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of West Georgia.

“Coweta County led the region in job growth with an increase of 8.1 percent for the survey year,” Coweta County Development Authority President Greg Wright said in the CCDA November newsletter. “That outpaced the growth rate for the state, which was 2.2 percent.” Read More»

Starr’s Mill grad is new Miss Ga. USA

Brooke Fletcher is crowned Miss Georgia USA 2015 by the Miss Georgia USA 2014, pictured left.Tiana Griggs, and the newly crowned Miss Teen Georgia USA 2015, Mary Calkins. Photo/Submitted.

Brooke Fletcher, a 2010 graduate of Starr’s Mill High School, was crowned Miss Georgia USA 2015 on Nov. 22 at the Henry County Performing Arts Center after three days of competition. Fletcher, 22, is the daughter of Scott and Angie Fletcher of Fayetteville.

She graduated from Auburn University in May with a major in business marketing and a minor in Spanish. She currently works at ESPNU and the SEC Network as an associate director.

Fifty-nine young women competed for the honor of representing Georgia at the Miss USA Pageant, which will be nationally televised in June.

Word remains mum on new shopping center

The year is coming to an end and there is still no word on The Overlook shopping center, RaceTrac and Chick-fil-A to be built along Ga. Highway 54 West in Peachtree City.

The timelines involved could depend on the state’s decision on a “continuous green T” traffic signal at the site.

City Senior Planner David Rast said there has been no further progress on the Chick-fil-A, RaceTrac or Overlook developments situated west of Planterra Way. Read More»

Road rage involving motorcycle and SUV puts man in hospital

A Morrow man was arrested on multiple charges Nov. 22 after causing a motorcycle to crash on Ga. Highway 54 in Fayetteville and leaving the scene of the accident, police said.

Ira J. Lawrence, 31, was charged with aggravated assault, aggressive driving, hit and run/failure to render, reckless driving, improper use of turn signal/light and revoked or suspended license, according to arrest records.

Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow said the incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. after Lawrence had entered the city traveling east on Hwy. 54. Read More»

Fate of Lake Peachtree dam undecided

Lake Peachtree dam and water system intake pumping station. July 2014 photo by Bonnie Hester.

The fate of the Lake Peachtree dam could be decided before the end of the year. Hanging in the balance is the determination by the state on whether the dam can remain a Category 2 structure or if it will be designated a Category 1 dam that comes with a much greater cost.

The state is currently considering the appeal by Fayette County and Peachtree City over the reclassification of the dam from a Category 2 to a Category 1 structure. Read More»

Arrested PTC man hit with second child molestation charge

A Peachtree City man arrested on Oct. 6 on charges of child molestation has been charged with a second offense involving a 10-year-old Peachtree City girl.

Thomas Edward Zerbarini, 45, of Plantain Terrace, was charged Nov. 24 with child molestation, according to Fayette County Jail records.

Peachtree City Police Department spokesman Mark Brown said the second child molestation charge involves a 10-year-old girl from Peachtree City. Jail records indicate the offense occurred in January 2013. Read More»

Barlow steps in it, apologizes; critics are still upset

Apology or not, comments made by Fayette County Republican Commissioner David Barlow at the Nov. 13 County Commission meeting on the treatment of conservative Christians by liberal “Demoncrats” continue to be met with negative reactions by Democrats and Republicans.

Barlow’s remarks have opened an outcry from across the political spectrum. Weighing in with outrage about Barlow’s comments were Fayette County Democratic Committee Chair Dawn Mabra, Fayette County Republican Party chair Scott Fabricius, the Fayette County Issues Tea Party and Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown. Read More»

Pinewood Studios in F’ville to nearly double its capacity

Sign outside Pinewood Atlanta Studios on Sandy Creek Road in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New soundstages to make facililty largest in Georgia

Earth-moving equipment is being assembled on the 288-acre Pinewood Atlanta Studios property Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Nov. 11–17

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, Nov. 11 - Monday, Nov.

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