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Citizen reporter John Munford dead at age 41

John Munford at a Braves game with son Tyler and daughter Katie. Photo from his Facebook page.

UPDATED 10:58 p.m. Wednesday, July 23 — John Waller Munford, Jr., 41, a third generation newspaper man and a reporter for The Citizen for 14 years,  passed away  in the early morning hours of Monday, July 21, 2014.  Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — July 8–14

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, July 8 - Monday, July 14

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office


Ashley M. Bass, born in 1993, of Buffington Road, Union City, for driving without valid license.

Ronald A. David, born in 1976, of Cold Springs Drive, Lilburn, for less than an ounce of pot. Read More»

Cost of Fayette Vision: $850K

Fayette County Deputy School Superintendent Sam Sweat (R) and Assistant School Superintendent Terry Oatts (C) meet with Fayette citizens to discuss the vision and future of Fayette’s education system. Photo/Special.

Fayette Visioning Initiative Co-chair Bob Ross revealed two dozen “to-do’s” with a price tag of approximately $850,000 to about 100 residents who attended a climactic vision meeting at the Dolce in Peachtree City last week.

Ross’s presentation outlined the findings and recommendations of the initiative that began last October.

The committee recommends focusing on initiatives in the areas of community, place, education and economy and monitoring 24 areas of progress. Read More»

Fayette offered as pilot test site for driverless vehicles

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Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown wants the county to become a pilot location for autonomous vehicle design and testing.

Brown in a July 24 proposal would have Fayette become Georgia’s first pilot site for testing onboard computer-driven vehicles in live traffic conditions. Read More»

Bowling in PTC?

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On Peachtree City’s horizon: an indoor amusement center featuring competition and recreational bowling lanes, a gaming arcade area, and a sports bar and restaurant.

To be located on Widget Drive off TDK Boulevard inside the Peachtree City industrial park, Thunderzone at the Exchange is asking the Peachtree Planning Commission for conditional zoning approval for its 40,000-plus-square-foot building and 168 parking spaces. Read More»

Fayette’s first charter school to get a hearing

Parent and Liberty Tech Charter School representative Christi McCully. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New school would add 30 instructional days to the standard 180-day year

The Fayette County Board of Education will hold a called meeting July 28 and likely vote on the application submitted by the Liberty Tech Charter School. If approved by the school board or by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission, Liberty Tech hopes to open its doors in the 2015-2016 school year. Read More»

DOL staging recruitment drive to help Newnan's Niagara plant fill 70 jobs

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) will help Niagara Bottling fill 70 jobs for a new facility under construction in Shenandoah Park in Newnan. When operational later this year, the facility will package and distribute bottled water. The company is the largest supplier of bottled water in the country.

A recruitment event will be held Thursday, July 31, from 4-7 p.m. at the West Georgia Technical College Coweta Campus, 200 Campus Drive in Newnan. Read More»

Senoia arrests man, 18, for child molestation

An 18-year-old Senoia man faces child molestation charges for actions committed in 2010 and 2011 when he was a juvenile.

The man was charged with two counts of child molestation, according to Senoia Det. Jason Ercole, adding that the man’s name is not being released because the crime was committed while he was a juvenile.

Ercole said the man was arrested on July 9 after an investigation conducted by the Senoia Police Dept. that spanned a five-month period. Read More»

More than 30K Georgians employed by film, TV work

Ga. Film, Music and Entertainment Office representative Craig Dominey spoke July 14 to a meeting of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club. Photo/Special.

Members of the Rotary Club of Coweta-Fayette on July 14 were given a wide-ranging update on Georgia’s film industry by Georgia Film, Music and Entertainment Office Senior Location Specialist Craig Dominey.

Dominey said that “Georgia has production incentives up to a 30 percent tax credit, state of the art infrastructures, highly skilled workforce, diverse shooting locations and direct flights through Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.”

Dominey said Georgia now has eight film and television studio facilities. Read More»

Coweta Chamber unveils its membership drive for July

While most chambers of commerce struggle through their annual membership drive, The Newnan-Coweta Chamber will host a “Membership Event” that is like none other. For two and a half days, over 100 volunteers will work against the clock and against each other to sign up new Chamber members and create a greater community awareness of the important role of the Chamber. The event is organized by Jimmy Cusano and a group called Your Chamber Connection. Read More»