Panthers hold on for 35-33 win at Dutchtown

The Starr’s Mill Panthers endured a 90-minute weather delay and an offensive shootout on the road against Dutchtown, but they hung on for a 35-33 win and their first victory of the season.

The game went down to the wire, with the Panthers’ special teams play coming up huge at the end just before midnight. A field goal attempt that would have won the game for the Bulldogs was blocked with five seconds left. Read More»

F’ville, county come to terms on automatic aid pact

April 2014 photo of Fayetteville Fire Department vehicle.

Both city and county residents may see some changes in fire department service with the adoption of a new pact between the Fayetteville City Council and the Fayette County Commission that pares down automatic responses into each other’s territories to only fire calls, and also limits the number of units automatically crossing territories for each call.

The City Council agreed to the plan last week and the County Commission is expected to do the same at its Thursday afternoon meeting. Read More»

PTC off-duty cop snags fraudster

PTC off-duty cop snags fraudster

A Mableton man was arrested by Peachtree City police officers on Sept. 5 after using a stolen credit card to purchase thousands of dollars in gift cards.

Travis Tyree Johnson, 47, was charged with three counts of financial transaction card fraud, two counts of first degree forgery, one count of financial transaction card theft and one count of obstruction, according to department spokesman Mark Brown.

Brown said that while off duty at the Rite Aid pharmacy at Ga. highways 54 and 74, Cpl. James Beato observed a man trying to buy more than $2,000 worth of Visa gift cards. Read More»

Vacuum cleaner thieves nabbed after chase

The attempt by three men to steal vacuum cleaners from a store in Peachtree City then get away clean did not pan out as they expected. A pursuit by Tyrone police officers ended with the getaway car crashing into a telephone pole in Union City.

Samuel Etuk, 28, of Riverdale, was charged by Tyrone officers with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, shoplifting and nearly a dozen other charges relating to the incident, according to Tyrone Police Chief Brandon Perkins.

Ryan Bing, 28, of Bradenton, Fla., was charged with obstruction, according to Tyrone police. Read More»

Golf carts to Starr’s Mill complex?

Parents and students in the Starr’s Mill school complex are another step closer to the day they will be able to cruise in on golf carts from nearby Peachtree City cart paths.

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Judge talks about public safety

Judge Jason B. Thompson (shown far left) poses with students enrolled in Whitewater High’s first course on public safety. Photo/Submitted.

A course on Public Safety and the Law, part of a Career/Tech pathway, is being offered at Whitewater High for the first time this year.

Fayette County State Court Judge Jason B. Thompson addressed the class shortly after the start of the school year. He spoke about the training and education needed to become a judge, as well as the different types of courts and their functions in Fayette County.

Judge Thompson applauded the idea of having a high school course on Public Safety and the Law, and offered his help where needed. Read More»

Students take top math honors at boot camp

Andy Huynh of Flat Rock Middle won the eighth grade competition at the Morehouse Math Boot Camp. Photo/Submitted.

After a grueling competition of solving math problems from pre-algebra to calculus, students from Flat Rock Middle and Sandy Creek High took home five top place trophies at the third annual Morehouse Math Boot Camp.

Taylor Howell, a senior at Sandy Creek, is the competition’s overall winner.

Phaidra Buchanan, a 10th grader at Sandy Creek, won the overall award in both the eighth and ninth grade competitions. She has also won overall awards in the competition for the last two years. Read More»

Wednesday funeral planned for Chick-fil-A’s Cathy, 93

S. Truett Cathy, the founder of Chick-fil-A who called the southside home, died early Monday morning at the age of 93. Read More»

Roundabout is set for Lower Fayetteville Road

The Newnan Centre will soon have a new entrance on Lower Fayetteville Road. The installation of a roundabout is underway just west of the current entrance shared with the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Slow traffic conditions along portions of Lower Fayetteville Road have existed for years. But a portion of the back-ups in the area of the Centre for Performing and Visual and Arts and the Newnan Centre will be mitigated with the construction of a roundabout west of the current entrance.

Situated immediately to the west of the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, the Newnan Centre that opened last year will have its own entrance once the roundabout project is completed. Read More»

Patriots steamroll through Hampton 49-6

It was the first home game in the history of the new Hampton High School in Henry County, and the Sandy Creek Patriots made it a blowout of historic proportions.

With five touchdowns in the game’s first 13 minutes, the Patriots cruised to a 49-6 win over the outmanned Hampton Hornets to improve to 3-0 on the season and extend their regular-season unbeaten streak to 52 games.

Playing a regular AAAA schedule in the school’s first year of operation and without a senior class, the Hornets dressed out 21 players for the game. Read More»

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