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Fayette County arrests report — March 4 – 10

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. Read More»

Ga. Chamber chief: Education a top concern for future Ga. business

Georgia is benefitting from new policies and assets such as Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Georgia Chamber President Chris Clark told the Peachtree City Rotary Club Thursday. Photo/John Munford.

In terms of attracting major employers and convincing local companies to expand, Georgia has started to pull ahead of others in the southeast, Georgia Chamber of Commerce President Chris Clark told the Peachtree City Rotary Club Thursday.

In the last 15 months, Georgia has had about 1,200 corporate locations or expansions, including the Pinewood Atlanta Studios project that is nearing completion in Fayetteville, said Clark, who is a Peachtree City resident and former CEO of the Fayette County Development Authority. Read More»

Tyrone sees 35% drop in serious crime

Serious crimes in Tyrone during 2013 saw a 35 percent decrease over 2012, said Police Chief Brandon Perkins at the annual Town Council retreat March 6. Read More»

Career fair gives SCHS students inside scoop

Athletic trainer Laura Taylor (R) and student Jaila Lewis talk about career opportunities. Photo/Special.

Most high school juniors and seniors have decided what their probable careers will be after graduation, but for some the choice is based on perception and not reality.

Sandy Creek High is the only high school in the county that provides its juniors and seniors with an opportunity to learn inside knowledge about various careers of interest through a career fair that has been organized by the school’s counselors for the last 14 years. Read More»

Coweta's Blackburn named to state probation advisory council

Coweta's Blackburn named to state probation advisory council

Coweta County Commissioner Bob Blackburn on Feb. 28 was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Ga. County and Municipal Probation Advisory Council (CMPAC).

Blackburn chairs the Coweta County Commission and owns a real estate sale and consulting firm. He holds a certified county commissioner designation from the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia.

The CMPAC mission is to ensure the provision of quality, ethical and professional misdemeanor probation service to the courts and citizens of Georgia through evaluation, education, and regulation. Read More»

Senoia cops seek second suspect in pharmacy heists

Warrants have been issued for a second arrest in connection with the July 2013 burglary and Dec. 23 attempted burglary at the Senoia Drug Company on Ga. Highway 16. A North Carolina man is on the run, but officers serving the warrant found enough prescription pain pills and other medications to fill a small pharmacy.

Rico Ussery, 35, of Juliette was arrested March 3 on charges of burglary and attempted burglary in connection with the burglary and attempted burglary at the pharmacy on Hwy. 16, according to Senoia Police Investigator Jason Ercole. Read More»

Home a total loss in March 14 fire

Home a total loss in March 14 fire

A late morning house fire on March 14 at 210 Hilo Road south of Fayetteville was a complete loss. Bob Arnold, who lives next door, was in the house with a Comcast service staff who noticed the fire in the basement and escorted Arnold out of the house. The fire was worked by multiple units from Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services and the Fayetteville Fire Dept. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Gas leak shuts entrance to PTC Walmart, Home Depot

A gas leak that sprung just after 11 a.m. today is ongoing, resulting in the closure of the entrance road to the Peachtree City Walmart and Home Depot, fire officials said.

It could be 7 p.m. or later before the gas leak can be repaired, according to estimates communicated by Atlanta Gas Light, city fire officials said.

The nearby Chase bank decided to close because of the gas leak, attributed to a break in a two-inch service line, officials said.

3 women beat up, rob Decatur man

A Decatur man who travelled to Fayette County on Feb.19 to meet women he met on the Internet got a bit more than he bargained for. After driving the three 18-year-old Fayetteville women to a sparsely populated area of south Fayette County at their request, the man was beaten, robbed, threatened with a knife and had his car stolen.

Brianna Gibson, Keanna Gibson and Allawni Ford were charged with two counts of armed robbery, aggravated assault, hijacking a motor vehicle, and kidnapping, said Sheriff Barry Babb. Keanna Gibson and Brianna Gibson are sisters, Babb said. Read More»

Medical device maker brings 120 new jobs to PTC plant

The 120 new jobs coming to pharmaceutical packaging manufacturer Gerresheimer’s Peachtree City location next year will include executive, administrative, supervisory and production positions, the company has said.

The Citizen first reported on the expansion last March.

The expansion was formally announced Monday by Gov. Nathan Deal, who noted that the German-based company would invest millions into the 60,000 sq. ft. expansion later this year. Read More»