Smoky skies in Fayette coming from controlled burn in Jasper County

Smoky skies in Fayette coming from controlled burn in Jasper County

  Areas around Fayetteville are seeing smoke-filed skies Thursday afternoon. Not to worry in terms of a local fire emergency, the smoke is coming from the east in Jasper County. Fayette County Deputy Fire Chief Tom Bartlett said the smoke experienced in Fayetteville and surrounding areas on Thursday afternoon is not local. It is from […]

Schools officials make quick work of threat at Whitewater High School

Schools officials make quick work of threat at Whitewater High School

  A March 23 threat reportedly made by a Whitewater High School student to “shoot up the school” was dealt with by school officials at the outset of the school day. Pertaining to the threat, school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach on Thursday said, “The situation was handled first thing this morning, and school has been […]

Hampton woman killed in car crash

Hampton woman killed in car crash

  A Hampton woman was killed in a March 18 vehicle crash on McDonough Road in east Fayette County. Sheriff Barry Babb said 47-year-old Simara Colin died at the scene of the accident. Babb said the incident occurred at approximately 10 a.m. when Pasha Asante, of Lithia Springs, was travelling eastbound on McDonough Road and […]

Coweta passes school system ESPLOST

Coweta passes school system ESPLOST

  Coweta County voters had their say on March 21 and approved the continuation of the Coweta County School System’s ESPLOST (Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax). The five-year ESPLOST continuation received nearly two-thirds of the votes, with 62.65 percent of voters supporting the initiative and with 37.35 percent in opposition. A total of […]

Is Fayetteville safe? Officials: We’re working on it

Fayetteville Police Chief Scott Gray, at podium, was joined by Mayor Ed Johnson (L) and District Attorney Ben Coker (R) and others at a community safety meeting held March 18 at the Fayetteville Library. Photo/Submitted.

Is Fayetteville safe? Officials: We’re working on it

A community safety meeting held March 18 at the Fayetteville Library was attended by numerous residents and a wealth of local officials. The event was initially organized by Realtor Heidi Becker. “I was reading comments and debates on Nextdoor.com about whether or not Fayetteville was still a safe place to live,” Becker said. “There are […]

Local GOP hit with $30K legal fees award

Judge rules party officials’ lawsuit was latest effort to ‘harass’ Watts

Local GOP hit with $30K legal fees award

A senior judge has called a lawsuit filed by the Fayette County Republican Party, its former chairman and a local attorney “abusive and frivolous” litigation and awarded $30,000 in legal fees to Fayette County, which defended the lawsuit. The lawsuit involved former Fayette County Board of Elections member Marilyn Watts, a longtime county GOP member, […]

Bag toss tourney brings 400+ to Peachtree City

Bag toss tourney brings 400+ to Peachtree City

  Visitors from 13 states travelled to Peachtree City on March 10 for an American Cornhole Organization major tournament. Now in its third year in the city, nearly 500 ACO participants, friends and family members arrived at the tennis center for the two-day event. ACO founder and president Frank Geers said the group was glad […]