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Shelton leaving FCSO

Josh Shelton.

Investigator Josh Shelton, who spearheaded the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office “Shop with a Sheriff” program, is leaving the sheriff’s office after 13 years of service.

Sheriff Barry Babb said Shelton has received numerous awards and decorations during his service to his community. 

Shelton is now taking the corporate career route with a Fortune 500 company where his skills as a detective will be applied with new challenges, Babb said.

“We are very proud of him and he will be missed,” said Babb. Read More»

Council to discuss cost of dam repair at Thurs. meeting

By JOHN THOMPSON
jthompson@TheCitizen.com

As the calendar turns to August, the state of Peachtree City’s signature lake will be the focus of Thursday’s City Council meeting.

The only item of note during the meeting is a budget amendment to help pay for ongoing costs associated with the repair of the lake’s dam.

During the summer, residents have driven by the once-tranquil lake that has turned into a weed-filled mud pit. Numerous cars have been towed out of the former lake and residents have complained about the state of the area. Read More»

Promise Place providing legal advocates for victims

Promise Place is always on a mission to help women victimized by domestic violence. One facet of that mission is the organization’s legal advocacy program helping women in the four counties served by Promise Place.

“Promise Place offers help to those experiencing domestic violence through our legal advocacy program. We understand the daunting tasks associated with leaving an abusive relationship. Our legal advocates assist victims of domestic violence in (a number of) ways,” said Promise Place Volunteer Services Director Wendi Bozeman. Read More»

Camp Southern Ground gears up for 2015

An artist's rendering of the dining hall at Camp Southern Ground. Photo/Special.

By BONNIE HESTER

Intern for The Citizen

Construction and fundraising are kicking into high gear at Camp Southern Ground, the summer camp for typical children and children of special needs on the neurobehavioral spectrum aged 7-17 that is the realization of a lifelong dream for GRAMMY Award-winning musician Zac Brown. The camp is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of which Zac is the founder and chairman of the board of directors. Read More»

Getting ready for school

Getting ready for school

Nearly two dozen school, education, social service and community organizations held Fayette County’s first “Back to School Expo” Aug. 2 at the county government complex in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Big day for sailing

Big day for sailing

Remote-control sailboat enthusiasts from Peachtree City, Atlanta, North Carolina, Missouri, Florida and South Carolina took part Aug. 2 in the Peachtree Regatta on the shores of Lake McIntosh. The event was hosted by Peachtree City’s Turtle Pond Model Yacht Club. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Gearing up for the season

Gearing up for the season

On the march

With the start of the school year as well as football season, marching bands at various local high schools are in full swing, practicing on fields and in parking lots to get ready for Friday night lights. Pictured is a recent practice session of the Wildcat Marching Band from Whitewater High School, whose varsity football season opens Aug. 29 at Starr’s Mill. Photo/Bonnie Hester.

Fayette County arrests - July 29 - Aug. 4

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, July 29 - Monday, Aug. 4

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Blanca E. Cisneros-Cerda, born in 1977, of Briar Street, Union City, for no valid license.

Elisa R. Frazier, born in 1963, of Lakeside Way, Newnan, for suspended registration and probation/parole violation. Read More»

Top cadets

Top cadets

The Sandy Creek High School AFJROTC Cadets excelled at Converse College’s Leadership Lab Activity in June.In a highly stressful and competitive environment 18 cadets from Sandy Creek stood tall taking top honors. We had four Honor Graduates, two Outstanding Flight Cadres and one who won the Iron Woman competition. Left to right top row: Gio Alfaro, Branden Spindler, Bradley Gibson, and Austin Culpepper. Front row: Kris Arellano, Evan Tapp and Briana Willis Photo/Submitted.

New Fayette teachers go through orientation

Amy Pierson, a new teacher at Spring Hill Elementary, shares a laugh with Tammy Strickland, an ESOL department lead teacher for the school system. Photo/Submitted.

Approximately 90 teachers new to the Fayette County Public School System took part in a three-day induction program to orient them with the mission, goals, vision, and teaching philosophies and practices of the system.

A breakfast kicked-off the induction, giving the new teachers an opportunity to get acquainted with each other and their building principals before the return of all faculty on July 31. Read More»

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