Bomb threat at PTC Walmart one of several across region

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Walmart regional officials decided not to evacuate the store

Notification of a bomb threat at the Peachtree City Walmart Wednesday afternoon was one of a number of similar threats made against other Walmart stores in the region. Peachtree City police and fire units responded but left the scene after Walmart corporate officials decided not to evacuate the store. Read More»

F’ville has ‘Christmas with police’

These are but a few of the Fayetteville police officers who participated in the department’s 11th Annual Christmas with the police event designed to help families in need have a happier Christmas. Pictured in front, from left, are Officer Richard Gaines and Lt. Mike Whitlow; and in the rear, from left, are Lt. Robert Mask, Officer Allison Sankeralli, Det. Shawn Albea, Santa Claus aka Kris Kringle, Det. Chris Stevers, Det. Scott Gibson and Det. Melissa Peacock. Photo/Submitted.

The Fayetteville Police Department on Dec. 11 held its 11th annual “Christmas with the Police” program.

This year, the department was able to provide presents for nine children in four families as well as dinner and gift certificates for each family. Fayetteville police officers and detectives shopped for each child based on wish lists they had provided. The department also held a Christmas party for the families, said Det. Mike Whitlow. Read More»

PTC Kroger shoppers see cops chase, tase man

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A Riverdale man was arrested on Dec. 14 on charges stemming from his attempt to fill fraudulent prescriptions at the Crosstown Kroger grocery store then fleeing from officers who were called to the scene, police said.

Andrew Menjor, 24, was charged with felony obstruction and felony attempting to obtain dangerous drugs by fraud and is being held in the Fayette County Jail, according to Peachtree City Police reports. Read More»

Fire kills pet dog; family unhurt but needs help

Slithery victim rescued — Peachtree City firefighter Josh Peal holds a python, one of numerous animals rescued at a house fire on Dec. 13. The family was not at home as firefighters arrived to fight the blaze and rescue the animals. The python shown with Peal was resuscitated using a device made especially for animals. Photo/Submitted.

A Peachtree City family was not at home on Dec. 13 when a mid-morning house fire caused significant damage to the house. A family dog did not survive the fire.

Peachtree City Fire Department spokesman Ron Mundy said the fire at 129 Burnham Rise on the city’s south side was reported just after 10 a.m.

Units arrived within five minutes to find a heavily involved fire with heavy flames in the kitchen area, Mundy said. He said a vehicle was in the driveway so firefighters did a search but found no one at home. Read More»

Fayette County arrests report — Dec. 2–8

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, Dec. 2 - Monday, Dec. 8
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Heather L.

Lighting up the season in Fayette

The Gaddy's house. Photo/Submitted.

A look at three of the most popular light displays in Fayette County

If you like thousands of Christmas lights twinkling in colorful displays, you won’t have to drive far this season to find them. Here are some of Fayette County’s more notable displays:

Mike and Gwen Gaddy

898 Sandy Creek Rd.

When started: 1988. This is their 26th year.
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Poetry paladins

Huddleston Elementary School's 2014 Poetry Recitation Winners. Front row (L-R), Gavin Smalley (second grade), Naya Reshetov (first grade), Tyler Wilkins (Kindergarten), Sarah Wilson (third grade). Back Row (L-R) - Michael Gomez (fifth grade), Ava Hall (fourth grade), Heidi Pfannenstiel (HES Principal), Jamie Voorhies (HES Assistant Principal). Photo/Submitted.

Huddleston Elementary School's 2014 Poetry Recitation Winners. Front row (L-R), Gavin Smalley (second grade), Naya Reshetov (first grade), Tyler Wilkins (Kindergarten), Sarah Wilson (third grade). Back Row (L-R) - Michael Gomez (fifth grade), Ava Hall (fourth grade), Heidi Pfannenstiel (HES Principal), Jamie Voorhies (HES Assistant Principal). Photo/Submitted.

Academic teams take top spots in Regional Bowl

The middle school academic bowl season has come to an end with Fayette County teams taking five of the top eight placements for points earned.

The final results of the Griffin RESA Academic Bowl regional competition placed J.C. Booth Middle in first place, Flat Rock Middle in second place, Bennett’s Mill Middle in fifth, Rising Starr Middle placing sixth and Whitewater Middle finishing in eighth place.

Tournaments consist of 20 pairs of toss-up and bonus questions. Read More»

Schools gain two new donors

Schools gain two new donors

ClubZ! and Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church help fund schools

Two long-time supporters of schools in the county have joined the newly restructured Partners in Education (PIE) program. Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church was the first partner to sign on with PIE, followed by ClubZ! In-Home Tutoring.

PIE is managed under Fayette County Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides additional funding for educational programs and opportunities for students and staff of the Fayette County Public School System. Read More»

Shopper avoids potential carjacking at Pavilion

A female shopper at the Fayette Pavilion on Dec. 13 refused to give up her vehicle when confronted by a man threatening her with a handgun. She drove away, avoiding the carjacking and leaving the man with no choice but to flee the scene.

Det. Mike Whitlow said a shopper at the Marshalls department store had entered her Hummer at 11 p.m. when she was approached by a male carrying a handgun. The man pointed the gun at the woman and told her to give him the vehicle, said Whitlow.

“The woman refused and sped off,” Whitlow said. Read More»

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