Sheriff: May cooperate with feds on illegal aliens

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the possibility of participating in a federal program that would identify illegal immigrants when they are arrested so federal authorities can be notified. The “287g” program allows local law enforcement agencies to enter an agreement with federal immigration officials which empowers certain officers and deputies to use federal […]

Banned: Texting while carting

If you type on your phone while driving — including operating a golf cart — you’re almost certainly breaking a new state law that went into effect last week. Text messaging, emailing and web surfing are now prohibited to all drivers under the new law, according to Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah. The ban applies […]

DOT: No problems with ramp meters at Hwy. 74/I-85

Red-light ramp meters at the on-ramp for Interstate 85 northbound at Ga. Highway 74 became operational July 1. The meters are programmed to kick in only when interstate traffic is heavy, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The agency is touting the meters as a tool to improve travel times and reduce congestion. The […]

Oakley Blvd. in Fairburn to be widened

The traffic snarls for Fayette residents making their way to I-85 via Ga. Highway 92 will see some improvement in traffic congestion on Oakley Industrial Boulevard with the award of $1.5 million to add a third lane and turn lanes between Fayetteville Road and Ga. Highway 138. The $1.5 million grant award to the South […]

Police reports June 29-July 5

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty: Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday, June 29 – Monday, July 5 Lester Aallen, 55, of Old Greenville Road, Fayetteville, for probation violation. Mark Eugene Blessitt, 47, of Lassiter Road, Forsyth, for probation violation. […]

Watermelons and Independence Day festivities in PTC

Kids of all ages enjoyed watermelon eating contests and other Independence Day festivities at Drake Field in Peachtree City Saturday following the annual parade. The city celebrated the Fourth a day early this year, culminating in a spectacular 18-minute fireworks display over Lake Peachtree that was enjoyed by many thousands. See other holiday photos here.

Construction beginning on Fischer Crossing theaters

The new 10-screen theater at the Fischer Crossing commercial development is about to come out of the ground. The 40,000 square-foot building on the northeast corner of Fischer Road and Ga. Highway 34 in east Coweta County is expected to open around Thanksgiving. Fischer Crossing developer Scott Seymour said the footers for the building are […]

4 PTC Walmart employees charged with theft

Four employees of Peachtree City’s Walmart store were indicted June 18 for stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and groceries from the company. The biggest tab was racked up by Melissa Reeves, 23, of Cardinal Road, Jonesboro who is accused of gaining $6,959 in the scam, according to the indictment. Juanita Tripp, 46, of […]

Meeting on illegal immigration law July 8

On July 8 at 7 p.m. at The Gathering Place, 203 McIntosh Trail in Peachtree City, the South Atlanta Tea Party (SATP) will be welcoming the public to a special educational experience. Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah and Inger Eberhart of the Dustin Inman Society will discuss the impact of Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) as […]

Tyrone woman charged with bilking funds from employer

A Tyrone woman has been indicted on 40 criminal charges for forging checks and stealing more than $13,000 from a local business and its proprietor. Linda J. Bowman, 53, of Vista Lane Tyrone faces 19 counts of theft by taking while acting as a fiduciary, 18 counts of forgery in the first degree and three […]