Friday, November 25, 2011

PTC Police ask for help from potential gun shot incident witnesses

On November 23, 2011 at approximately 11:00 pm, Officers with the Peachtree City Police Department responded to 404 Abbey Road, Peachtree City, Ga reference a reported gun shoot wound. Upon arrival, Officers met with the victim, a 36 year old Hispanic male, who stated that an unknown subject had shot him in the hand. A witness on the scene described the suspect as a light skinned, possibly white male in his 20’s, who was wearing a grey hoodie. The gun shot was at close range and the bullet went through the victim’s left hand. The victim was transported to Piedmont-Fayette Hospital where he received treatment and was released.

Due to lack of information and limited cooperation, the department is asking that anyone who witnessed this incident or who may have any information regarding this shooting contact us as soon as possible. Please call the Fayette County E911 Center at 770-461-4357 to report any information while the department’s offices are closed.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Firefighters and EMTs at Station #10 Thanked by DAR

Firefighters and EMT personnel at Station #10 on Seay Rd in Fayette County were presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for protecting our community by the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.  Shown are Dianne Hudson, Firefighter EMT Travis Hooker, and James Waldrop Regent Betty Harrah. 

The James Waldrop Chapter DAR is chartered in Fayetteville.

Friday, September 02, 2011

City of Fayetteville Proclaims Constitution Week with DAR

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele recently proclaimed September 17-23 Constitution Week in Fayetteville. Susan Sloan of the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution also presented the city of Fayetteville a certificate of appreciation for the city's ongoing support of the Constitution.

The James Waldrop Chapter DAR is chartered in Fayetteville.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Armed Robbers Hit Peachtree City Target

On August 30, 2011 at approximately 10:00 PM, Peachtree City Police Department was dispatched to Target, located at 1209 North Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City, Ga reference an ARMED ROBBERY. While the store employees were attempting to close for the evening, two males entered the store, displayed a black semi-automatic handgun, threatened several employees and customers, and ordered the employees to open several cash registers. The offenders were able to take an undisclosed amount of cash from the registers.

SUSPECT #1 is possibly a white male who was wearing black clothing and had a black t-shirt wrapped around his head. This subject displayed the firearm. Additionally, he was carrying a blue backpack. SUSPECT #2 has a medium complexion and is possibly a Hispanic male or black male who was wearing black clothing and a red t-shirt wrapped around his head. Additionally, he was carrying a gray backpack.

Both suspects were in Target for a short period of time and fled on foot. No vehicle description is available.

If anyone has information that would assist the Police Department in this or any other incidents, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 770-631-2510 or the Crime and Narcotics Information Hotline, (770) 487-6010. You may remain anonymous.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Fayette County Sheriff's Investigators Make Arrests in Armed Robbery

Fayette County Sheriff’s Investigators made an arrest on August 24 in connection with an armed robbery case which occurred on August 3, 2011. Investigators have arrested Thaddeus Deonte Fowler, 20, of Clarkston and charged him with two (2) counts of Armed Robbery, Burglary, two (2) counts of Cruelty to Children in the 1st Degree, two (2) counts of Aggravated Assault and two (2) counts of Kidnapping.

This case involved Fowler and a second suspect, Arnold Floyd Jr., 20 of Union City entering into a residence on Revina Trail in north Fayette County where they held a 16 and 12 year old at gun point and proceeded to steal approximately $4,000.00 worth of items from inside the home. The two victims were not injured during the assault.

The victims in this case helped Fayette Investigators positively identify the two suspects which led to the arrest of Floyd at his Union City home on August 3, 2011. Fowler turned himself in at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office on August 24, 2011.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Investigators took additional criminal arrest warrants on a suspect arrested on August 12, 2011 in connection with an attempted theft that occurred on North 85 Parkway earlier that day. Investigators have arrested Jaritt Ramon Ortiz, 22, of Griffin and charged him with Possession of Tools for the Commission of a  Crime, five (5) counts of Criminal Damage in the 2nd Degree and five (5) counts of Criminal Attempt to Commit Theft. Ortiz is currently in the Fayette County Jail.

The case involved on August 12, 2011 Ortiz entering onto the premises of a business located on North 85 Parkway and attempting to steal recyclable metal from five (5) air conditioning units at that location. Fayette County Deputies with the assistance of the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the North 85 Parkway business when an alarm was activated because of the attempted theft. Ortiz was located by responding deputies near the premises of the North 85 Parkway business and was arrested for Loitering and Prowling at the time of the incident.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Market Day in Downtown Fayetteville (Aug 20)

This Saturday, August 20 is the third Downtown Fayetteville Market Day event for 2011 and offers a variety of handmade and homegrown items. Along with 59 vendors, Fayetteville Main Street wants to encourage everyone to come out to the Gazebo in Downtown Fayetteville and browse through a wide selection of local vendors showcasing their unique products. Everything from jewelry, jellies, flowers, and birdhouses to fresh vegetables and breads are available for sale to the public. Half Shell restaurant will also be there serving “tasty” chili dogs and other items from their menu.

The Market opens at 10am and runs until 2pm. Subsequent Market Days will be held on the third Saturday of every month, now through September, and on the fifth Saturday of October.

Any vendors wishing to participate in future Market Days should call 770-719-4173. The criteria for Market Day is anything handmade or home grown.

For info on other planned events in Downtown Fayetteville, please check the Main Street Event Calendar at

Monday, August 08, 2011

Candidates Can Qualify For Peachtree City Municipal Election Week of August 29 – September 2

Candidates qualifying for Peachtree City’s November 8 General Election begins at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, August 29, and will run through 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 2. All candidates who run for office must come to City Hall to fill out a Candidate Affidavit and pay the $180 Qualifying Fee between those dates. The two seats up for election are Post 1, currently held by Eric Imker, and Post 2, currently held by Doug Sturbaum.

Prior to qualifying or accepting any campaign contributions, candidates must also file a Declaration of Intent to Accept Campaign Contributions (DOI form) with the City.

City Clerk Betsy Tyler said, “We have a packet of information available at City Hall for anyone considering running for one of the two Council posts this fall.” Tyler continued, “One of the new requirements that the State has advised us about is the need to have the DOI on file before the qualifying fee is paid because, even if a candidate does not accept contributions from others, the qualifying fee is considered a personal contribution to the campaign.”

Candidates for office must keep careful records of contributions to campaigns and file reports regularly with the Georgia Government Transparency and Campaign Finance Commission (GGTCFC), and should review the applicable state laws and regulations that set forth the requirements for such reports. The public can review candidate reports at GGTCFC’s website,

The November 8 General Election will also include a bond referendum question asking the voters to decide whether to allow alcohol package sales on Sunday.

If a run-off is necessary because no candidate for City Council receives over 50% of the vote, the run-off election will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The last day for voters to register to be eligible to vote in the election is Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Fayetteville Announces Effort to Curb False Alarms

The City of Fayetteville is working on an alarm ordinance.

The Fayetteville Police Department answered 2,212 police-related alarm calls in 2010. 1,652 of those alarms were false activations, the result of operator error or a malfunctioning alarm system. The numbers for 2009 are similar, 1,833 false alarms out of 2,297 alarm calls.

Response to alarm calls represents a significant expenditure of police resources. It only makes sense that real time and money could be saved if alarm system users were more aware of this problem and took steps to prevent false activations. After consulting with an advisory group recognized by the International Association of Chief’s of Police (IACP) and following the model of other Georgia communities, the City of Fayetteville has decided to draft a city ordinance that will address the false alarm problem and create a more efficient and effective police response to legitimate alarms.

In the coming months, there will be advertisements in the local newspapers, the City of Fayetteville web site, Facebook, and other media sites about the false alarm ordinance and the registration process that will required of each user.

The first important dates to mark on your calendar will be the upcoming City Council meetings in which the ordinance is presented for discussion and approval. We will advertise those dates as soon as they are scheduled.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Peachtree City UPDATES Week of August 1, 2011

Council Workshop Tomorrow on Dividend Drive Paving, Loring Lane Traffic Concerns

The Mayor and City Council will hold a workshop on Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 p.m., at City Hall to discuss traffic concerns at Peachtree Parkway/Loring Lane (Kedron Hills) and the Dividend Drive pavement evaluation. The public is welcome.

Council Meets Thursday

The Mayor and City Council meet this Thursday, August 4, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The agenda includes reconsideration of the intergovernmental agreement with Fayette County for E-911 (minor revision), a Resolution to Censure Mayor Haddix, and the possible dissolution of the Development Authority of Peachtree City. The complete agenda and packet are available at, and the public is welcome... The meeting will be streamed live and available on demand at

National Night Out Tomorrow Night at DRAKE FIELD (Note Location Change)

The Peachtree City Police Department is hosting National Night Out, a crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, on Tuesday, August 2, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The event will be at Drake Field by City Hall and the PTC Library. Numerous public safety agencies have committed their assets for the event, including Fire Department ladder trucks, helicopters, police vehicles, and other public safety equipment. Children can also compete in a scavenger hunt for prizes donated by local merchants. For more information, visit

Peachtree City to have Community Garden

Want to learn more about organic gardening? Harvest your own vegetables? Peachtree City will have a Community Garden off Kelly Drive (just east of Hwy 74 and Hip Pocket). The Mayor and Council approved an agreement with Fresh South, Inc., the non-profit organization that hosts the Peachtree City Farmers Market. Plots can be reserved (8 X 10, $100/year; or 8 X 20, $175/year) and will include soil with an ideal mixture for successful organic gardening, along with the initial seedlings. Several handicap accessible garden plots will also be available. Fundraising is also underway with the goal of having the garden ready for spring planting in April 2012. For more information, visit

Library Returns to Fall Hours on August 8

With the reopening of school, the Peachtree City Library will institute its fall and winter hours of operation on Monday, August 8. The library will be open Monday – Thursday from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

2011 Municipal Election – Qualifying August 29 – September 2

Peachtree City will hold a general municipal election on Tuesday, November 8, for City Council Post 1 (Imker) and Post 2 (Sturbaum). Candidates must be at least 21 years of age, must be a qualified elector of the City, and must have continuously resided in Peachtree City for at least six months immediately preceding the election. Qualifying will open at 8:30 a.m. on August 29, and will close at 4:30 p.m. on September 2. The qualifying fee is $180. Candidates must also file a Notice of Candidacy with the City Clerk’s office prior to accepting any campaign contributions. An information packet for prospective candidates is available at City Hall.

You’re Invited – PTC History Time Line Presentation – August 7 or 9

Peachtree City residents are invited to attend one of two meetings next week to learn more about the History Time Line, a community project to help preserve Peachtree City’s history. Peachtree City’s History Time Line has been envisioned to provide a physical presence at City Hall Plaza that will allow our community to reflect on our past, document our history, and inspire our successors. The History Time Line Committee invites the public to a brief presentation about this special project and to obtain input and ideas moving forward. The presentation will be made at City Hall on Sunday, August 7, at 4:00 p.m., and on Tuesday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Reminder: Parking at City Hall & Library

Many groups and individuals use the parking lot at City Hall and the Library. Cyclists, runners, and carpoolers are reminded that upper level parking around the fountain is reserved for City Hall and Library visitors during the workweek. Please use the lower parking lot at Drake Field or at the All Children’s Playground for non-City Hall/Library visits.

Fayette County Schools start Monday, August 8 – Orientation on August 4

Please drive with caution in the mornings as students wait for the bus. The Fayette County Board of Education has posted the orientation schedule for new students and parents on their web site at .

Seeking Volunteers for Peachtree City Planning Commission

Peachtree City is seeking volunteers to serve on the Peachtree City Planning Commission. One seat is up for renewal, and an additional alternate will be appointed. Applicants must have lived in Peachtree City for at least six months. The application is available at and must be submitted to City Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2.

Planning Commission meets Monday, August 8

The Peachtree City Planning Commission will meet on Monday, August 8, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome. The agenda includes the Landscape Plan for SANY America, the City’s “Tree Ordinance.” A workshop session will include discussion of the concept plat for McIntosh Village retail outlots (formerly Line Creek retail center) and potential future ordinance amendments for thrift stores in GI General Industrial, parking requirements for golf carts in retail, commercial and office zoning districts, tree replacement requirements, maintenance requirements for new landscape plans, tree pruning standards, and building setbacks in ER Estate Residential.

Project Updates:

Library Lower Level Entrance CLOSED for Repairs - The lower level entrance to the PTC Library remains closed due to cracks in the masonry. The area has been barricaded for safety reasons until repairs are completed. Please use the main entrance to the Library upstairs until further notice.

Don’t Forget . . .

Peachtree City CVB Meeting – Monday, August 1, 4:30 p.m. – The Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau will hold a special called meeting and strategic planning workshop on Monday, August 1, 4:30 p.m., at the Amphitheater Cast House (behind Public Works, 209 McIntosh Trail). The regular meeting on July 20 was cancelled. The public is welcome.

City Council Workshop – Tuesday, August 2, 6:30 p.m., at City Hall, to discuss traffic concerns at Peachtree Parkway/Loring Lane (Kedron Hills) and the Dividend Drive pavement evaluation. The public is welcome.

National Night Out – Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Drake Field (between the Library and Lake Peachtree). Join the PTC Police, Fire, Fayette County Sheriff’s, and Georgia State Patrol at this crime/drug prevention event. See ladder trucks, helicopters, police vehicles, and other public safety equipment.

Peachtree City Council Regular Meeting – Thursday, August 4, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

American Red Cross Blood Drive – Friday, August 5, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (note time change), at The Gathering Place, 203 McIntosh Trail.

Bryan Adams “Bare Bones Tour” @ The Fred – Friday, August 5. Gates open at 7:00 p.m.; concert begins at 8:00 p.m. More information and tickets at

Peachtree City History Time Line Presentation – Sunday, August 7, 4:00 p.m., at City Hall. The History Time Line Committee will review the plans for this project to commemorate Peachtree City’s past and inspire its future generations. Alternate date is Tuesday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome to either event.

Peachtree City History Time Line Presentation – Tuesday, August 9, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The History Time Line Committee will review the plans for this project to commemorate Peachtree City’s past and inspire its future generations. The public is welcome.

Carriage Lane Presbyterian Charity Yard Sale – Friday & Saturday, August 12 & 13. Community yard sale to benefit Ranch on Jesus Orphanage Ministries, Uganda, East Africa. Electronics, furniture, children’s items, clothing, and more. Hours: Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.’ Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Donated items welcome Monday, August 8, - Wednesday, August 10. Carriage Lane is at the corner of Hwy 54 East and Walt Banks.

Tour of Faith Rally / Bike Ride / 5K & 10 K Run – Saturday, August 13, at Peachtree Crossing Shopping Center and area paths. Registration starts at 7:00 a.m., rides begin at 8:00 a.m., and walks begin at 8:30 a.m. Benefiting Wellspring Living and Miles for Smiles. More information and registration at

Meet the Author: Donny Bailey Seagraves – Sunday, August 14 at the Peachtree City Library. The Friends of the Library present Donny Bailey Seagraves, author of Gone from These Woods, Sunday, August 14, at 1:30 p.m. Ms. Seagraves will read from and discuss her book in a program that is expected to last an hour. She will also sign copies of the book, which is available at the Omega Bookstore in the Peachtree Crossing Shopping Center. For information, visit

Peachtree City Council Regular Meeting – Thursday, August 18, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

10,000 Maniacs & Edwin McCain@ The Fred – Saturday, August 20. Gates open at 7:00 p.m.; concert begins at 8:00 p.m. More information and tickets at

Youth Basketball Registration – Saturday & Sunday, August 21 – 22, 27 – 28, at Kedron Fieldhouse Gym. Registration is for boys and girls grades 1 – 12, $135 for Fayette county residents (check or cash only, discounts for three or more players in the same family). Registration is 12:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. For more information or directions, visit

Girl Scout Membership Drive - Sunday, August 21, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., at the Peachtree City First Presbyterian Church, 206 Willowbend Road. Local girls and their families are invited to come participate in a fun activity, meet new friends and sign-up for Girl Scouts. For more information, visit

District 3 Job Fair – Monday, August 22, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Coweta County Fair Grounds (275 Pine Road, Newnan). Representatives from various businesses in the 3rd Congressional District, including manufacturing, small businesses, and more, will attend. For more information, or to have your business represented, contact Andy Bush or Robb Nichols at 770-683-2033.

Kidz Fest / Food Fest / Help Fest – Saturday, August 27, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at Shakerag Knoll, 191 McIntosh Trail. Free rides & games, great food, and sign up to volunteer in your community. For more information, visit

Departure: Journey Tribute Band @ The Fred – Saturday, August 27. Gates open at 7:00 p.m.; concert begins at 8:00 p.m. More information and tickets at

Fairways of Freedom Golf Tournament – Monday, August 29, at Flat Creek Club. This charity golf event will benefit deployed service members through the non-profit organization Registration of $100 includes cart, range balls, box lunch, beverages, raffle ticket, gift bag, and ticket to awards dinner, which will feature the raffle and silent auction with memorabilia from Chipper Jones, John Smolz, Hank Aaron, Matt Ryan, Mickey Mantle, and many more! Visit for more information.


Peachtree City Yard Sales – Peachtree City yard sales are listed on the City web site at Yard sale signs are available at City Hall for 50 cents.

Peachtree City Street & Path Maps – New full-color maps available for $2 at City Hall, 151 Willowbend Rd., and the PTC Visitors Center on McIntosh Trail.

Recreation Activities Catalog & Online Registration – The Peachtree City Parks and Recreation Activities Catalog is available online at Online registration is at

Outdoor Burning Ban in effect – May 1 – September 30. State law prohibits outdoor burning of yard debris during these months.

Recycling - The Peachtree City Recycling Center on Rockaway Road accepts yard waste and recyclables Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Keep PTC Beautiful also operates the Recycling Stations at Public Works, which are open 24/7 and include a used book drop box.

Peachtree City Farmers Market – Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the new Aberdeen Village Center location.

Bingo – Thursdays, 7:00 p.m. (except major holidays) at the Commemorative Air Force – Dixie Wing Hangar at Atlanta Regional Airport – Falcon Field (1200 Echo Ct. in Peachtree City). Snack bar and prizes.

Community Safety Alert

The Police Department is investigating three daytime residential burglaries that took place on July 25th and July 29th, 2011. The burglaries occurred at the Camden Apartments located at 100 Merrick Drive in Peachtree City. Items taken in the burglaries included electronics and other miscellaneous property. The burglars accessed each residence forcibly by kicking in the front door. On July 25th, two African American males were observed at the Building 11 crime scene just prior to the burglary. The persons of interest are described as six feet tall and weighing approximately 200 lbs or more. One of the subjects was wearing a red in color plaid vest and a tan shirt. The burglaries occurred when the residences were unoccupied

In order to promote community safety, the police department would like to remind our citizens to report any suspicious activity to the police department immediately. Additionally, it is important for you to secure your residence and be observant of your surroundings, especially as it relates to your neighborhood and neighbors. If you have a security alarm system, activate the alarm when you are away.

You can contact the Peachtree City Police Department at 770-487-8866 or Fayette County 911 Center at 770-461-4357 if you observe any suspicious activity, including individuals loitering in neighborhoods or looking into vehicles. If it seems suspicious to you, it is probably something that our police department needs to check.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Camp Gets Students Ready for School

With just one week left before school starts, J.C. Booth Middle is already abuzz with students as sixth graders flock to Camp Warrior.

The camp provides an in-depth orientation, tackling some of the common issues students new to middle school worry about the most: opening lockers, changing classes, finding rooms, and making friends.

The 2011 sixth grade class is the first to participate in the camp, which was developed by counselors Terese Benefield and Lynda Manwearing. About 260 of the school’s approximately 320 sixth graders signed up to participate in one of the three half day camps held July 26, 27 and 28.

“We had done shadowing in the past, but that didn’t give us enough time with the students,” says Benefield. “We have six feeder elementary schools coming into Booth. We mixed the students up over the three days so that they could get know others outside of their elementary school.”

Campers were divided into four tribes, Apalachee, Oconee, Muskogee and Cherokee. The tribal groups participated in a scavenger hunt to help them become familiar with the school, worked collaboratively on tasks to build relationships, practiced opening lockers, and learned from other students about how to be successful in middle school.

Booth’s 8th grade student ambassadors in the Warrior Blazer program assisted with the camp. Eighth grader Madeline Hervey, who helped check students in on the first day, thinks the camp is a great way to ease anxiety during the first week of school.

“I wish we could have had this when I started sixth grade. Although students worry about their lockers and changing classes, those things come easily after the first day. The biggest worry is making friends and who to sit with at lunch. This camp is a great opportunity for them to get a head start on those things,” says Madeline.

Thanks to Booth’s business partners, the expenses of the camp were covered by donations. Each camper received a T-shirt plus school supplies that are recommended for all students. The school’s business partners that helped sponsor the camp are AJAKO, ClubZ! In-Home Tutoring, Huntington Learning Center, Mathnasium, Mahaffey Orthodontics, Artworks on the Square, McPherson Orthodontics, Walmart, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, and Camden Apartments.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Arrest Made in Traffic Collision Resulting in Fatality

On July 21nd, 2011, the investigation into the fatal vehicle collision that occurred on February 9th, 2011 at Hwy 74 and Aberdeen Parkway, Peachtree City, GA concluded with the arrest of SAMPLES, GENE LEE (40 years of age) of Kilough Church Rd, Dawsonville, GA. SAMPLES is charged with HOMICIDE BY VEHICLE IN THE SECOND DEGREE, DRIVING ON THE WRONG SIDE OF THE ROAD, AND FAILURE TO MAINTAIN LANE.

The investigation revealed that the vehicle collisions occurred when SAMPLES failed to maintain his vehicle in the correct lane, and it drifted into the opposing lanes of on coming traffic. SAMPLES’ vehicle side swiped the vehicle being operated by Mr. Davison, and then had a head on collision with the vehicle being driven by Mr. McGhee. The head on impact from these two vehicles caused a secondary collision with the vehicle that Mrs. Lewis was driving. Mr. Thomas McGhee was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision. Mrs. Lewis sustained injuries in the collision and was treated by hospital staff at the Atlanta Medical Center. She was later cleared by medical personnel and released. Mr. Davison was released from the scene that date.

Original Release – sent February 9, 2011
On February 9th, 2011 at approximately 8:10 a.m., officers responded to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of Hwy 74 and Aberdeen Parkway, Peachtree City, GA. A preliminary investigation revealed that Mr. Gene Samples, 40 years of age, of Dawsonville, GA was traveling northbound on Hwy 74; Mr. Arthur Davison, 52 years of age, of Tyrone, GA was traveling southbound on Hwy 74 preparing to turn left onto Aberdeen Parkway; Mr. Thomas McGhee, 37 years of age, of East Point, GA was traveling southbound on Hwy 74, and Ms. Michelle Lewis, 38 years of age, was also traveling southbound on Hwy 74. A vehicle collision occurred. Ms. Michelle Lewis was transported by ambulance to the Atlanta Medical Center where she is listed in stable condition. Mr. Thomas McGhee was pronounced deceased at the scene of the collision. Ongoing investigation is being conducted by the department’s Community Response Team, who specializes in collision reconstruction.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

School Orientations Scheduled

As students get ready to head back to school on August 8, many will be entering the school system for the first time or graduating to middle or high school.

In order to help students and parents become familiar with their new schools, orientations will be held prior to the beginning of the academic year. During orientation, parents and students will receive information that will help make their first year at their new school an enriching and successful one.

Teachers, counselors, administrators and bus drivers will be on hand to help answer questions.

Representatives from various clubs and organizations will also be in attendance to help introduce parents and students to extracurricular activities available at each school.

The orientation schedule is listed below.

All Elementary Schools will hold orientation on August 4, 4-6 p.m. The following schools will hold special pre-K and/or kindergarten orientations on August 4 or 5 at the times listed below by school.

· Brooks: August 5, Pre-K and Kindergarten, 10-11:30 a.m.
· Crabapple Lane: August 5, Kindergarten only, 9-11 a.m.
· Huddleston: August 4, Kindergarten only, 9-11 a.m.
· North Fayette: August 4, Pre-K and Kindergarten, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
· Peeples: August 4, Kindergarten only, 9-11 a.m.
· Peachtree City: August 4, Kindergarten only, 9-11 a.m.
· Robert J. Burch: August 4, Pre-K and Kindergarten, 9-11 a.m.
· Spring Hill: August 4, Kindergarten only, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Middle Schools
· Bennett’s Mill: August 5, (6th – 2-3:30 p.m.) (7th & 8th – 4-5:30 p.m.)
· Fayette: August 5, (6th – 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.) (7th & 8th – 9-10 a.m.)
· Flat Rock: August 4, (6th only– 2-3:30 p.m.)
Flat Rock: August 5, (7th & 8th – 2:30-4 p.m.)
· J.C. Booth: August 3, (6th – 2-3:30 p.m.) (7th & 8th – 4-5:30 p.m.)
· Rising Starr: August 4, (6th – 9:30-11 a.m.) (7th & 8th – 1:30-3 p.m.)
· Whitewater: August 4, (6th – 9-10:30 a.m.) (7th & 8th – 1:30-3 p.m.)

High Schools
· Fayette County: August 4, (9th grade and new students) – 6 p.m.
· McIntosh: July 28, (Camp McIntosh Freshman Orientation), 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
· McIntosh: August 4, (9th grade, for students not attending camp, – 3-4:30 p.m.), (10th grade – 1:30-3 p.m.), (11th grade – 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.), and (12th grade – 9-10:30 a.m.).
· Sandy Creek: August 4, (9th grade and new students) – 6-8 p.m.
· Starr’s Mill: August 4, (9th grade and new students) – 6-8 p.m.
· Whitewater: August 3, (12th – 8-9:30 a.m.) (11th – 9:30-11 a.m.) (10th – 2-3:30 p.m.) (9th – 3:30-5:30 p.m.)

Friday, June 10, 2011

Gang Robbery Arrests, PTC

On June 9th, 2011 the Peachtree City Police Department arrested the following individuals in reference to an investigation concerning two separate robberies within the city. One arrest involved the strong arm robbery of a purse from a female that occurred on May 31, 2011. The second incident was an armed robbery that occurred on June 6, 2011, and involved the offenders spraying pepper spray into the face of a male victim and removing his personal property. The suspects are known to have association with a local gang identified as “Savage Life”. The adult offenders were transported to the Fayette County Jail awaiting bond. The juvenile offenders were transported to the Clayton Regional Detention Center until a court date can be set. Five search warrants were also executed at the offender’s residences with several items of gang paraphernalia found along with a .32 cal. Revolver. At one residence a small amount of suspected marijuana was located.

Wilson, Antwoine Lavell 18 B/M 03/30/1993, of Mantell Court, Peachtree City, Ga. 30269 charged with Armed Robbery, Criminal Street Gang Activity, Robbery (party to a crime)

A Juvenile, of Wynnmead Parkway, Peachtree City, Ga. 30269 charged with Armed Robbery, Criminal Street Gang Activity

A Juvenile, of Stevens Entry Apartments. Peachtree City, Ga. 30269 charged with Armed Robbery, Criminal Street Gang Activity

McKiver, Kristopher, 20 B/M 09/02/90, of Kings Court, Peachtree City, Ga. 30269 charged with Armed Robbery, Criminal Street Gang Activity

Butler, Malik 18 B/M 07/28/92 of Ridgeview Drive Peachtree City, Ga. 30269 charged with Armed Robbery, Robbery (party to a crime), Criminal Street Gang Activity, and V.G.C.S.A. possession of Marijuana (less than one ounce)

Monday, June 06, 2011

Moovie Night and Chick-fil-A at the Villages

This Friday, June 10, Fayetteville Main Street is hosting its first free “Moovie Night” of 2011 at the Villages Amphitheater. Beginning at 7pm, families are encouraged to come out for an evening of fun, music, and movies.

Before sundown, a DJ will play songs for all ages, and kids can meet and dance with the Chick-Fil-A cows, and get their face painted like a bear. Cool Flavors will also be there serving Italian Ice. To conclude Chick-fil-A’s Customer Appreciation Week, the Fayetteville Dwarf House will provide free Chick-Fil-A kids meals to the first 500 kids through the gate at 7pm. Adult meals will also be sold that night for only $5.

After sundown, at approximately 8:55pm, the featured movie, YOGI BEAR, will begin.

Moovie Night is sponsored by the Chick-Fil-A Fayetteville Dwarf House. For more info on this and other planned events in Downtown Fayetteville, please check the Main Street Events Calendar at and also visit City of Fayetteville, GA on Facebook.

Peachtree City UPDATES Week of June 6, 2011

Alligator Update

Agents from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) spent some time in Lake Kedron checking on the reported alligator. They did not find any sign, but have asked anyone who sees it to get a photo to document it and its location and contact the DNR at 1-478-825-6354. If you see an alligator and it is acting aggressively (hissing or approaching humans or animals), call 911 immediately.

Golf Cart Registration (Lessons Learned – Week 1)

By October 31, all golf carts registered in Peachtree City will need to have a new, white decal to legally operate on the paths. Notices are being mailed to all residential addresses (not just to registered cart owners) over the coming months (about 2,500 per month) with the necessary registration form. After the first week of registrations, Peachtree City staff has the following notes and tips:

Registrants must fill out and sign a new information form. Forms will be included in the mailings, and are also available online at

There are three ways to register and pay:
ONLINE – register through the online form and pay with a debit or credit card through Pay Pal
MAIL-IN – Mail a completed and signed paper registration form and check or money order to City Hall.
WALK-IN – Bring a completed and signed paper registration form to City Hall and pay with cash, check, or money order.

PTC Police Host Teen CERT Camp July 11-15 – Register by July 8

The Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates young adults about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Classes will be held Monday through Friday, July 11 -15, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Peachtree City Police Department. Participants must be between 13 and 17 years old, and the application and waivers must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. There is no charge to participate, but class size will be limited to 16 participants. A meeting with the parents/legal guardians of those admitted into the program will be held prior to the first class. Applications are available at (click “Teen CERT”) and are due by July 8.

Beat the Heat – Avoid Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

Summer has arrived with a vengeance, and whether you are working or playing in the heat, be aware of the potential for heat-related illnesses in yourself, your family, and others. Plan ahead when you will be spending time in the heat:

• Wear light-colored, loose-fitting, breathable clothing, such as cotton.

◦ Avoid non-breathing synthetic clothing.

• Gradually build up to heavy activity.

• Schedule heavy activity during the coolest parts of day.

• Take more breaks in extreme heat and humidity.

◦ Take breaks in the shade or a cool area when possible.

• Drink water frequently. Drink enough water that you never become thirsty.

• Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol, and large amounts of sugar.

Heat exhaustion is the body's response to an excessive loss of water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Those most prone to heat exhaustion include the elderly, those with high blood pressure, and those spending a lot of time in a hot environment. Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness or fatigue, dizziness, confusion, nausea, clammy and moist skin, pale or flushed complexion, muscle cramps, and fast and shallow breathing. Have the person rest in a cool, shaded, or air-conditioned area and drink plenty of water or other cool, nonalcoholic, and non-caffeinated beverages.

Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related disorder and can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not given. It occurs when the body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. Symptoms of heat stroke can include hot, dry skin or profuse sweating, hallucinations, chills, headache, confusion, dizziness, and slurred speech. Call 911 and move the sick person to a cool, shaded area. Cool them by spraying or soaking clothes with water and fanning until help arrives.

Public Works Starts Summer Hours on June 6

In the interests of protecting the health of our crews that are out in the heat each day, Public Works crews start today on a summer schedule of 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. through Labor Day. The Public Works office will remain open until 5:00 p.m.

Project Updates:

Library Lower Level Entrance CLOSED for Repairs - The lower level entrance to the PTC Library remains closed due to cracks in the masonry. The area has been barricaded for safety reasons until repairs are completed. Please use the main entrance to the Library upstairs until further notice.

Rite Aid /Whitlock Ellis Entrance from Peachtree Parkway will have intermittent CLOSURES during construction of the Walgreens at Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway. Access from Highway 54 will remain open. Even when open, this is a construction area - drive slowly and remain alert when using this entrance. Path access via the Walgreens site remains closed.

Lake McIntosh – Fayette County reports that the Lake McIntosh dam construction continues on schedule for a completion by December 2012, after which the lake can begin filling. The time to fill is estimated to be about one year, but depends on the amount rain and the amount of water withdrawn for treatment during filling.

Highway 74 South Sound Wall Landscaping – The City has received a grant for this project, but will be required to dedicate matching funds. This will be discussed as part of the FY 2012 budget preparation.

Don’t Forget . . .

Water & Sewerage Authority Regular Meeting – Monday, June 6, 6:30 p.m., at the WASA offices at 1127 Highway 74 South. The public is welcome.

City Council Workshop – Tuesday, June 7, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Council has scheduled a workshop to discuss the MacDuff Parkway multi-use tunnel alignment, the City’s tree removal permit process, and the pending update to the City’s comprehensive plan. The public is welcome.

Georgia Department of Labor Job Fair – Thursday, June 9, 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Coweta County Fair Grounds, 275 Pine Road, Newnan, 30263. Open to the public (please dress in business attire). For further information or other assistance, please contact the Georgia Department of Labor.

Fayette County Commission Regular Meeting – Thursday, June 9, 7:00 p.m., in the County Commission Chambers at 140 Stonewall Avenue West in Fayetteville. The public is welcome. For agenda information, visit

Peachtree City Youth Triathlon – Saturday, June 11, 8:00 a.m. – noon, at Glenloch Recreation Center. For more information, visit

Benefit Bike Ride for Children's Healthcare of ATL – Saturday, June 11, at the Peachtree City Wal-Mart (2717 Hwy 54 West). Registration from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.; ride starts at noon. For more information, call 770-365-2576.

Free Flicks @ The Fred: How To Train Your Dragon – Saturday, June 11. Gates open at 8:00 p.m., movie begins at 9:00 p.m. or dark. Presented by Dolce Hotels & Resorts. More information at

Peachtree City Planning Commission Regular Meeting – Monday, June 13, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

Peachtree City CVB Regular Meeting – Wednesday, June 15, 5:30 p.m., at the Amphitheater Cast House (behind Public Works). The public is welcome.

City Council Regular Meeting – Thursday, June 16, 7:00 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

Meet the Author – Captain (Rev.) Don Barron – Saturday, June 18, 10:00 a.m., at the PTC Library. Captain (Rev.) Barron will sign copies of The Sky Pilot, which recounts his experiences as an international pilot and his mission as the pioneer pastor of four churches. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served. For more information, contact the Friends of the Peachtree City Library at

Jo Dee Messina with Jimmy Wayne @ The Fred – Saturday, June 18. Gates open at 7:00 p.m.; concert begins at 8:00 p.m. More information and tickets at

FY 2012 Budget Workshops – Monday & Tuesday, June 20 – 21, 6:30 p.m., at City Hall. The public is welcome.

Meet the Author/Columnist Terry Garlock – Sunday, June 26, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., at the Peachtree City Library. Local author Terry Garlock will hold a book signing for Strength & Honor: America's Best in Vietnam. For more information, contact the Friends of the Peachtree City Library at

The Swingin' Medallions @ The Fred – Friday, July 2. Gates open at 7:00 p.m.; concert begins at 8:00 p.m. More information and tickets at

Peachtree City Celebrates Independence Day – Monday, July 4. Parade, Public Safety Expo, and Fireworks will all be held on Monday, July 4.

Teen CERT Camp Registration Deadline – Friday, July 8. Applications available at (Click “Teen CERT”). The program will be held Monday – Friday, July 11 – 15, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and is for teens age 13 – 17.


Peachtree City Yard Sales – Peachtree City yard sales are listed on the City web site at Yard sale signs are available at City Hall for 50 cents.

Peachtree City Street & Path Maps – New full-color maps available for $2 at City Hall, 151 Willowbend Rd., and the PTC Visitors Center on McIntosh Trail.

Recreation Activities Catalog & Online Registration – The Peachtree City Parks and Recreation Activities Catalog is available online at Online registration is at

Outdoor Burning Ban in effect – May 1 – September 30. State law prohibits outdoor burning of yard debris during these months.

Recycling - The Peachtree City Recycling Center on Rockaway Road accepts yard waste and recyclables Wednesdays, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Keep PTC Beautiful also operates the Recycling Stations at Public Works, which are open 24/7 and include a used book drop box.

Peachtree City Farmers Market – Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the new Aberdeen Village Center location.

Peachtree City UPDATES is published weekly by the City of Peachtree City and emailed to subscribers. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Victories Clinched at State Elementary Science Olympiad

Half of the top 10 teams at the 2011 Georgia Elementary Science Olympiad are from Fayette County.

Fayette’s elementary schools battled 65 teams from throughout the state to secure their top 10 victories. Kedron’s team finished in second place followed closely by Huddleston in third. Teams from Peeples, Crabapple Lane, and Oak Grove took fifth, seventh and ninth places, respectively.

The Georgia Elementary Science Olympiad is the largest science Olympiad in the United States; the competition challenges students with team events that cover earth, life, and physical science topics, each aligned with the Georgia Performance Standards.

The event was held May 14 at Kennesaw State University.


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Friday, May 27, 2011

Air Force JROTC Recognized for Stellar Performance

Air Force Junior ROTC at Sandy Creek High continues its tradition of excellence. The unit has been selected as one of 80 to receive the 2010-2011 Air Force Junior ROTC Outstanding Organization Award.

This marks the seventh year the unit has received the award since the program started at Sandy Creek nine years ago. Recipients must demonstrate that they have performed above normal expectations, and distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.

“The cadets this year worked very hard to earn this recognition by accomplishing all the cadet goals, showing leadership within the school, and in supporting activities benefitting the local community,” says Colonel Doug Pearson, senior aerospace science instructor.

Contact Colonel Pearson at Sandy Creek High for more information about the Air Force Junior ROTC, 770-969-2840, ext. 278.


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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Students Earn College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships

Georgia Tech and Emory College, the undergraduate division of Emory University, has awarded National Merit Scholarships to three students who will begin studying at their institutions in the fall.

Justin Buchanan, Starr’s Mill High, has received a scholarship from Georgia Tech where he will major in mechanical/electrical engineering; Graham Bloomsmith, Starr’s Mill High, and Erika Burgess, McIntosh High, both received scholarships from Emory. Graham plans to major in economics; Erika is planning to study forensic pathology.

The college-sponsored scholarships provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. These three students are among 2,900 graduating seniors nationwide who were awarded scholarships in the first announcement of winners. Another group of winners will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored scholarship recipients to approximately 4,800.


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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fayette Leads State in High School Graduation Test Pass Rates

More good news has just been released about the pass rate results of Fayette’s Spring 2011 Georgia High School Graduation Test.

In a report showing pass rate percentages for all of the state’s 11th grade first-time test takers released today by the Georgia Department of Education, Fayette is top in the state, compared to the number of students tested, coming in at number one in Math, Science, and English/Language Arts, and second in Social Studies. Systems that finished ahead of Fayette in Math, Science and English/Language Arts are smaller, with six to 400 students tested compared to over 1,600 in Fayette.

Fayette’s pass rate percentages are 98, Science; 97, English/Language Arts; 95, Math; and 90, Social Studies.

Fayette stands alone as first in the state in Science and Math; the county is tied with Forsyth for first in English/Language Arts. The school system is tied for second in Social Studies with Columbia County.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Booth Secures Third at Olympiad

The Science Olympiad team at J.C. Booth beat their fourth place finish from last year, making them one of the top three ranked teams in the nation.

Booth came in third out of 60 teams competing at the 2011 Science Olympiad National Tournament held May 20-21 at the University of Wisconsin. There were 46 competition categories spanning the sciences from chemistry, biology, and physics to engineering, robotics and astronomy.

This year marked Booth’s 18th trip to the national competition. In order to get an invitation, a team must place first or second at the state competition. The Booth team won the state championship this year as it has done every year since 1999.

Tammy Pakulski is the team’s coach.


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Fayette’s Graduates Perform Best at College Level

Fayette County produces the state’s top academic talent for Georgia’s public colleges and universities, according to a report released by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.

The report tracks the cumulative college grade point average (GPA) by graduating high school of first-time freshmen that entered one of the state’s institutions in the fall of 2009. Both private and public high schools throughout Georgia are included.

McIntosh High and Starr’s Mill High are in the top 1 percent with their graduates posting average GPAs of 2.96 and 2.92, respectively, after finishing their first college semester. Schools that finished ahead of McIntosh and Starr’s Mill had fewer first-time freshmen enrolled in a state institution, 1-98, in comparison to McIntosh with 186 and Starr’s Mill with 274.

Fayette’s three other high schools also placed high on the list. Sandy Creek’s graduates posted a GPA of 2.67, placing the school in the top 12 percent in the state. Whitewater and Fayette County, with GPAs of 2.59 and 2.57, respectively, placed in the top 13 percent.

McIntosh Principal Lisa Fine is proud that graduates from her school have the highest GPA in the state compared to other public and private high schools with comparable enrollments. She credits the success to her team of teachers who prepare students to meet the demands of today’s society.

“McIntosh High School students and teachers strive for excellence in all of our endeavors. Teachers provide a rigorous curriculum that prepares students for post-secondary success and lifelong learning. In addition to teaching academic content, teachers focus on creating well-rounded students who are critical thinkers, good communicators, and visionary--equipping students for success in the real world,” says Fine.


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Monday, May 23, 2011

Students Put Energy Into Conservation Plan

Georgia Power has turned the spotlight on Whitewater High, selecting the school as a top winner of its Campus Energy Challenge.

Five teams of students from Krystin Glover’s marketing classes developed a marketing plan to successfully get the student body to conserve energy. Some specific tasks included getting students to fan the Campus Energy by Georgia Power Facebook Page, the program’s primary marketing platform, view the YouTube “Mascots for Campus Energy” video, and implement energy conservation methods at school and at home.

Teams were judged on creativity, strategic approach and measurable results aimed at reaching the stated goals. Students who worked on the challenge are (Team 1) Lena Alston, Erin Mahlbacher, and Kayla Maxwell; (Team 2) Andrew Avrit, Helen Menchinger, and Tanner Sweatman; (Team 3) Mikayla Stewart and RoShonda Welch; (Team 4) Case Jackson, Lauren Morrison, and Katherine Spits; (Team 5) Jordan Garrett, Ryan Gray, and Tori McCrite.

The school will be recognized on the Campus Energy Facebook Page and through other promotional efforts organized by the Georgia Power’s Corporate Communications team. Whitewater High has also been given the Spotlight School Award in recognition of outstanding participation in the program.


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Friday, May 20, 2011

Four Students Are Georgia Scholars

Graduating seniors selected as Georgia Scholars embody traits of all-around excellence: high academic achievement, involvement in school activities, and participation in community service.

Four Fayette seniors have been named 2011 Georgia Scholars by the Georgia Department of Education. They are Bernadette Green, Jessica Heimann, and Lori Schachle, all from Whitewater High; and Thomas Marion, Starr’s Mill High.

Some of the requirements for Georgia Scholar consideration are a score of 1360 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT, at least a 3.75 GPA, participation in a minimum of three different interscholastic events, holding at least two different leadership positions in school-sponsored activities, and assuming a leadership role in a minimum of two different youth activities outside of school.

Local school system Georgia Scholar Program Coordinators nominate students for the recognition.


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Pollard Second to Hold Distinguished Honor in Fayette

A meeting location mix up with the school system’s superintendent brings one elementary school principal to tears.

Tyrone Elementary Principal Eddie Pollard arrived on time at the Board of Education yesterday for a scheduled meeting with School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden only to discover that the superintendent was actually waiting for him at his school. Pollard immediately headed back to Tyrone preparing to apologize for the mix up, but little did he know he was about to get one of the biggest highlights of his career.

As Pollard rounded the corner of the cafeteria where Dr. Bearden was waiting, he was surprised by the cheers and claps of the school’s students, staff, parents, and fellow principals, all who had come for the official announcement that he is Georgia’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal.

Hal Beaver, executive director of the Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals (GAESP), delivered the news along with Pollard’s parents and son who were also in on the surprise. Following words of praise from the superintendent, Pollard was asked to make an impromptu speech.

“One thing I have learned in all of my years as a principal is that you always have to be ready to deliver a speech,” he said jokingly as he tried to hold back tears of joy. “You are only as good as the people you work with. You all are wonderful; I’m honored to be your principal.”

Pollard was nominated and selected by his fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the GAESP. Every state, the District of Columbia, plus private and overseas schools select one principal each year for the national honor that is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the U.S. Department of Education.

Selection criteria requires that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students, and where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations.

Pollard is the second elementary school principal from Fayette to ever receive the national honor. Jeanie Miller, retired principal of Cleveland Elementary, was the county’s first recipient in 2008.

Pollard has served as principal of Tyrone Elementary since July 1, 1999. He began working in Fayette in 1987 as the principal of North Fayette Elementary. He has also been principal of Braelinn Elementary and Flat Rock Middle. During his years as an administrator, six out of nine of his assistant principals have become principals, and he has lead two schools to be recognized as “Georgia Schools of Excellence.”

He currently sits on the GAESP Board of Directors as the Federal Relations representative. Pollard has also served as the organization’s District Four Director, District President, District President-Elect, and District Legislative Chairperson.


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Grandmother Turns Tables, Uses Day to Show Appreciation

One determined and thankful grandmother has declared May 17 as Exceptional Children’s Teachers Day at Fayette Middle.

Life circumstances have left Rachel Pittman the responsibility of raising her grandson, Derek. Although Pittman’s situation is similar to that of many grandparents today, hers is a bit more complicated because Derek has a disability and requires special education.

“This is all new to me. I want to do my best for Derek, but I need guidance in meeting his needs,” she said.
Pittman sings the praises of the Exceptional Children’s staff at Fayette Middle who work with both her and Derek to ensure that he excels to the best of his ability. Now that she is rearing her grandson, Pittman is learning quickly how to help him both emotionally and intellectually. She credits the school’s teachers and paraprofessionals for advising her on procedures and activities she can do at home to help with his education and growth.

“Not only are they teaching him, they are teaching me. They have spent hours answering my questions, giving me advice and showing me exactly what I need to do to help him. I am so grateful,” she said.
Pittman wanted to show her appreciation to the staff for all that they have given her and Derek. She had hoped to find a special day dedicated to honoring Exceptional Children’s teachers, but finding none, she took it upon herself to create one.

On the very day the staff planned to host a Mothers and Grandmothers Appreciation Tea, Pittman decided she would turn the tables and declare it a day to honor the staff instead. In the middle of the staff serving finger foods and tea to mothers and students, Pittman made her presentation.

“You have helped me so much; I wanted to honor you today. Thank you for all of the help you have given me. Thank you for all that you do for these kids. You deserve a special day of thanks,” she told the staff.
Pittman, with Derek’s help, handed out gift boxes and appreciation certificates. She also baked and decorated a cake in their honor.

Derek was as excited about thanking his teachers as was his grandmother. It was a monumental week for him, he was one of the torch runners for the Georgia Summer Olympic games “Flame of Hope” torch relay that came through Fayetteville on May 18.


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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

SCHS Air Force Junior ROTC Earns Highest Rating

The Air Force Junior ROTC program at Sandy Creek High continues its tradition of excellence.

Every three years units are rated to ensure that they are compliant with Air Force standards and policy. The Sandy Creek unit earned the highest rating possible, “Exceeds Standards,” which places it in the top 20 percent of all 824 Air Force Junior ROTC units worldwide.

Rating officials cited instructors Colonel Douglas Pearson and Chief Master Sergeant Mark Davidson as having created a dynamic and supportive learning environment coupled with excellent community outreach.

The cadets were also lauded for performing exceptionally well and taking great pride in leading and accomplishing their unit goals, as well as making a positive impact on the school and community through their citizenship program.

In addition to the exceptional rating, the unit has also received the annual Distinguished Unit Award or Outstanding Organizational Award seven of the nine years that the program has been in place at Sandy Creek.


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Monday, May 16, 2011

Gains in Pass Rates for 2011 GHSGT

Fayette County Public School System’s scores on the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT) remain strong in all subjects, even with the math section of the test aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) for the first time.

The 2011 spring administration results for first time 11th grade test takers show the percentage of passing scores are up in English/Language Arts (97 percent passing) and Science (98 percent passing) by 1 and 2 percent, respectively, compared to last year. Social Studies remained the same (90 percent passing) while Math (95 percent passing) dropped 2 percent compared to the test give last year under Quality Core Curriculum (QCC).

State comparisons show that Fayette has higher pass rates across the board: 6 percent higher in English/Language Arts, 11 percent higher in Math, 5 percent higher in Science and 10 percent higher in Social Studies.

Not only are Fayette’s scores up in English/Language Arts and Science, but also are the percentages of students scoring in the “advanced proficiency” and “honors” categories. In English/Language Arts, the percent scoring in “honors” increased 2 percent; those scoring in “advanced proficiency” in Science increased 6 percent.

Special Education and Hispanic students increased their passing score in English/Language Arts by 12 and 2 percent, respectively, compared to last year. Even with math being aligned for the first time to the GPS, both groups increased their pass rate. Special Education students had a 10 percent increase with Hispanic students increasing their rate by 3 percent.

Passing percentage increases were also seen in science for Hispanic students, up 10 percent, and Black students, up 6 percent.


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Math Teacher Earns “Master” Status

Only an elite few hold the designation of “Master Teacher.” Dr. Carol Taylor, an eighth grade math teacher at Rising Starr Middle, is now a member of this distinguished group.

She joins 85 other teachers throughout the state who have earned their Master Teacher Certification based on demonstrated excellence in student achievement and student growth for 2011.

Fayette currently has nine Master Teachers spread among two elementary and three middle schools.

Georgia’s Master Teacher Certification Program was established in 2005 and is coordinated by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). Based on classroom performance on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), documentation of student growth, and exemplary professional practices, superior teachers are designated as “Master Teachers” for a period of seven years.

Master Teachers are eligible to automatically renew their teaching certificates as long as they continue to qualify for Master Teacher status.

Dr. Taylor was also Fayette County’s 2009 Teacher of the Year.


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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Kedron, Braelinn and Peachtree City Elementary Fourth Graders Take Top Spots at Annual Math Competition

It took four tiebreakers to determine the fourth grade winners of the 11th Annual Fayette County Elementary Math Tournament, but in the end Kedron Elementary was declared the county champs.

The team of Katie Austensen, Ian Buckalew, John Norris, and Clay Lawhead (alternate) answered the most questions correctly and lead their team to victory. Last year Kedron placed third in the competition.

The Braelinn Elementary team of Brady Meyer, Yuna Shimizu, Dylan Yost and Ian Fertig (alternate) finished second with Peachtree City Elementary and the team of Iain Hemenway, Owen Henahan, Jonathan Zhang, and Lucy Stone (alternate) taking third.

The top three teams each received a trophy to take back to their school to celebrate their achievement. In addition, as the county’s fourth grade champion, Kedron’s name will be added to the plaque of champions that is displayed in the math classroom at the LaFayette Educational Center.

All 17 elementary schools had teams of three plus one alternate at the tournament. Participants were determined through each school’s math competition with the four highest scoring students advancing to the county competition.

 1st Place Kedron Elementary: (L-R) Katie Austensen, Ian Buckalew, Clay Lawhead (alternate), and John Norris with teacher Laura Griffies and daughter Susanna.
 2nd Place Braelinn Elementary: (L-R) Ian Fertig (alternate), Brady Meyer, Yuna Shimizu, and Dylan Yost with teacher Dr. Mary Lou Goehring.
3rd Place Peachtree City Elementary: (L-R) Iain Hemenway, Owen Henahan, and Jonathan Zhang with assistant principal Karen Oot. Not pictured is Lucy Stone (alternate).


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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Mentor Breakfast Celebrates Another Successful Year

Mentoring changes lives, that was the message that resounded throughout the annual Fayette County School System’s Friends Mentoring Appreciation and Awards Breakfast.

The mentors were not just talking about the students they help every week, they were also referring to themselves, stating that they get as much out of the experience as they give. Both adult and teen mentors alike say the experience has enriched their lives in ways they didn’t expect.

“It taught me how to be there for someone and taught me how to care for someone other than myself,” says Malcolm Belton, a senior at Fayette County High who has mentored at Fayetteville Intermediate for two years. “The greatest achievement I got out of mentoring was a life lesson, a lesson that will be useful in my future. That life lesson is that you should always give one hundred and five percent on anything you do because that percentage could have a huge impact on someone. The feeling of having an impact on someone is huge. It is a good feeling that doesn’t happen often.”

A number of mentors attended the breakfast spanning age groups and different walks of life. Some were high school students from the Hi Teen program, while others were retired teachers and administrators, current school system employees, retired community members, and local business people. All have made a commitment to devote at least one hour a week during the school year to helping a child. Many have been involved with the program for years.

New this year was the presentation of Outstanding Service Awards, one to a teen mentor and the other to an adult. Persons were nominated by school counselors and After School Program site coordinators as those who personify the foundations of mentoring: showing up, having a positive attitude and empathy, giving their best, and demonstrating a love of mentoring.

The first award recipients are Kathryn Aquino, a senior at Whitewater High who has mentored for four years at Sara Harp Minter Elementary, and Tanya VanHoozer, a community member who has also been in the program for four years starting at Spring Hill Elementary then following her student to Fayette Middle where she continues to mentor her today.

While it is nice to have public recognition and appreciation, the mentors say they are not looking for accolades, just an opportunity to have a positive impact on someone’s life.

“Mentors are like Navy Seals, they work in the shadows and they are willing to extend themselves to go the distance. We don’t need pats on the back; we’re not looking for accolades. We’re doing this because we’re making a difference,” says Julius Pryor III, a mentor and member of the program’s advisory board.
This marks the 18th year for the Friends Mentoring Program. Through the years nearly 800 volunteers have helped Fayette County Public School students. This year, 144 registered mentors and tutors worked with over 200 students.

Anyone interested in becoming a mentor or learning more about the program can contact mentoring coordinator Jane Gough, 770-460-3990, ext. 255.


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Burch, Spring Hill and Inman Elementary Winners of Fifth Grade Math Tourney

The sum of all the prime factors of 42 is subtracted from the sum of all the odd factors of 42. What is the result?

If you don’t know the answer, chances are the fifth grade math team at Robert J. Burch Elementary does. They are the champions of the 11th Annual Fayette County Elementary Math Tournament, fifth grade division.

After calculating 15 timed word problems, Anna Bridgeman, Jordan Hinnant, Shon Hoberg, and Mia Williams (alternate) took their team to victory with the most correct answers.

Also placing in the competition was second place winner Spring Hill Elementary with team members Nicholas Koenig, Albert Lambert, Aliaahil Lilywala, and Kirsten Gillette (alternate), and third place winner Inman Elementary with the team of Seth Holloway, Keagen McCartha, Juwan Wesley, and Isabel Henares (alternate).

The top three teams each received a trophy to take back to their school to celebrate their achievement. In addition, as the county’s fifth grade champion, Robert J. Burch’s name will be added to the plaque of champions that is displayed in the math classroom at the LaFayette Educational Center.

All 17 elementary schools had teams of three plus one alternate at the tournament. Participants were determined through each school’s math competition with the four highest scoring students advancing to the county competition.

 1st Place Robert J. Burch Elementary: (L-R) Anna Bridgeman, Jordan Hinnant, Shon Hoberg, and Mia Williams (alternate) with teachers Kim Watson (L) and Venita Jones (math bowl coach).

2nd Place Spring Hill Elementary: (L-R) Kirsten Gillette (alternate), Nicholas Koenig, Albert Lambert, and Aliaahil Lilywala with teacher Barbara McMillan.

3rd Place Inman Elementary: (L-R) Isabel Henares (alternate), Seth Holloway, Keagen McCartha, and Juwan Wesley with teachers (L-R) Melissa King, Sue Paggen, and principal Louis Robinson.


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Discount to Pre-Register for After School

The Fayette County Public School System’s After School Program (ASP) is accepting pre-registrations for the 2011-2012 school year May 13-27.

Parents who register their students by May 27 will receive a 10 percent discount off of the $50 registration fee and the first week’s tuition. Registration will take place at the child’s school of attendance. Parents will need to fill out a three-page application on site to complete the registration process. Hours to register are 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. on any school day.

The ASP offers quality supervision with plenty of fun activities to keep children busy including arts and crafts, games, computer classes and homework assistance. Hours of operation begin at the end of the school day and continue to 6:30 p.m. on days when school is in session. More information on the program can be obtained by visiting


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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Volunteers Needed to Help Build New Therapeutic Garden at Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center

The excitement is "growing" and so is the long-awaited building of the new therapeutic garden at Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center located at 4 Center Drive in Fayetteville. With help from the Fayette County Master Gardeners the 500 plants that were started from seeds, thanks to greenhouse space on loan from the University of Georgia, are ready for planting. Grading has been completed as well as the concrete main pathway and platform where the greenhouse and storage shed will stand.

The space is designed to be functional, tranquil, and aesthetically pleasing to enrich the physical, social, mental, and spiritual health of those whose visit. The garden will also provide a means of exercise through activities such as planting, weeding, and harvesting. Produce and herbs will be enjoyed by those who use the garden and will also benefit the Ultimate CafĂ© at Fayette Senior Services Life Enrichment Center as well as the organization’s Meals On Wheels program. Fundraising for the garden has been ongoing and will continue throughout the year.

Volunteers are needed from May 16-24 to help prepare the soil, plant, build raised beds, and prepare pathways. The opportunity is open to individuals, civic groups, scout troops, churches, and businesses. Please call 770-461-0813 if you are interested in volunteering. Any amount of time and help is appreciated. For more information about Fayette Senior Services visit

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

International Teachers Get Lessons on Economics

Spring Hill teacher Shelby Garner (standing second from right) explains the Mini-Society program to Latin educators (L-R) Claudia Sicoli from Lima, Peru; Carmen Leticia Jemenez from Guadalajara, Mexico; Santiago Foguet from Tucuman, Argentina; and interpreter Patricia Yanez Ibanez while students (L-R) Shruti Patel, Michael Baker and Tye Mitchell complete work in their notebooks.

Latin American educators spent their first Monday in Georgia observing how Fayette’s teachers deliver lessons on economics.

Two of the school system’s top economics teachers, Chris Cannon, 12th grade at Sandy Creek High, and Shelby Garner, third grade at Spring Hill Elementary, were selected by the Georgia Council on Economic Education as classroom hosts for the Latin delegation taking part in a study tour on economic education in the United States.

Fayette’s classrooms were the first of several the visiting educators planned to see during their weeklong stay May 2-6 in the metro Atlanta area. The educators are participants of the Cooperative Education Exchange Program (CEEP) offered through the national Council for Economic Education and funded by the U.S. Department of Education in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State. After Georgia, they will travel to Michigan and Washington, D.C.

Mini-Society, a program used in all of Fayette’s third grade classrooms to teach students about economics, government, entrepreneurship, career opportunity, consumer issues, and values, was the focus of the observation at Spring Hill Elementary.

Students studied production methods by examining the assembly of hamburgers done by one individual compared to an assembly line with seven persons each assigned a particular task. Teacher Shelby Garner had the students participate in a hands-on burger making activity to demonstrate. While nearly twice as many burgers were completed using the assembly line, the students quickly learned areas where they needed to hire additional workers to keep the line moving and quality control in place.

The international visitors, representing the countries of Uruguay, Argentina, Mexico, and Peru, spent nearly three hours in Garner’s classroom observing her teaching methods and talking to students. They will take what they learned from their visit and apply it to their economic education curriculum at home.


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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Foundation Awards Money for Education

The Fayette County Education Foundation has awarded over $9,000 this year in grants and scholarships to educators in the Fayette County Public School System.

More than $7,800 was given to 17 teachers at all school levels throughout the county to implement innovative learning programs in their classrooms, grade levels, and in some cases, the entire school. Awards are given to unique programs that are in addition to what is already being funded by the school system. Because these are supplemental programs, many would never come to fruition without monetary assistance from the Fayette County Education Foundation.

Three employees studying to become teachers received $500 scholarships to help offset their college expenses. The scholarships were awarded to the following paraprofessionals: Laurie Cannata, Braelinn Elementary; Autria Hairston, Fayetteville Intermediate; and Patricia Sanders, Oak Grove Elementary. Scholarship recipients must be employed as paraprofessionals in the school system and enrolled in an accredited teaching program through a college or university.

Counting this year’s grants and scholarships, the Fayette County Education Foundation has given nearly $190,000 to educators since its first awards in 2002. Funding would not be possible without the generous support of the business community, Fayette County Public School System employees and local individuals.

The foundation is a cooperative effort between the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and the Fayette County Public School System. Anyone interested in becoming a supporter of the Fayette County Education Foundation can contact Melinda Berry-Dreisbach at the Fayette County Board of Education, 770-460-3535.


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Monday, May 02, 2011

ATM stolen from Fayetteville Walgreens

Walgreens located at 880 South Glynn Street Fayetteville, Georgia was burglarized and ATM machine stolen.

At approximately 3:30AM on May 2, 2011 two men in a silver truck backed into the Walgreens building, loaded the ATM Machine in the truck and drove off. The ATM was located near the front door. The truck is possibly a Dodge, silver with black trim on the tailgate. There is damage to the tailgate, right rear corner, and the right taillight is broke or missing.

Anyone having any information is asked to call Detective Todd Chitwood at the Fayetteville Police Department, 770-461-4441.

School System Seeks Stakeholder Input

Stakeholders can help the Fayette County Public School System improve its educational program by providing input through an online survey. School system employees, parents and community members are invited to participate.

The online survey will be available May 2-20 on the school system’s website,, and individual school websites.

Input from stakeholders is extremely valuable as the school system continues to strive for excellence. Survey results will help the school system determine where improvements need to be made.


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Money Management Skills Earn National Ranking

Anyone needing advice on how to save and spend money wisely in today’s tough economic times may consider asking some local high school students.

Fourteen students at Sandy Creek High proved their financial skills by ranking in the top 20 percent on the National Financial Capability Challenge sponsored through the US Department of the Treasury. The following students are among the over 18,000 nationwide, 156 statewide, and the only ones from Fayette to place in the top 20 percent on the Challenge’s exam: Hong Cheng, Tyler Fields, Aundrey Flewellen, Ryan Hamill, Jordan Harrison, Alexander Hughes, Corey Kent, Jamarcus Mathis, Michael Munson, Jo-Marie Redley, Joshua Reynolds, Aaron Rynders, Levoyd Wardlow, and Aisha Williams.

These students, all from Jaime Nicks’ businesses and marketing classes, were among the more than 84,000 high school students nationwide who participated in the Challenge. Students learned about earning and spending, saving and investing, using credit wisely, avoiding fraud, and paying for college so that they can better navigate their financial futures.

The students and Nicks will receive awards certificates for their achievement.


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Thursday, April 28, 2011

April = Art + Awards for Young Artists

The month of April has brought showers of awards for visual arts students at Fayette County High.

The school was the only one from Fayette, and just one of 35 statewide, to have student work juried into the Georgia High School Ceramic Symposium held April 16 at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan. The two students whose pieces were showcased were Amy Donadeo and Katie Trebendis.

Katie Trebendis, along with fellow student AJ Klemp, has been accepted into the Allstate Honors Art Exhibition that will be held at Kennesaw State University May 6-7. Once again, Fayette County High is the only high school in the county to have artwork accepted into the competition. The school’s students are up against others from some of the best art schools in the state including the DeKalb School for the Art and Savannah Arts Academy.

“This event is very competitive. It is a great honor for our students to be selected and have their work up against the best student artists in the state,” says Pamela Woodworth-Watkins, Fayette County High’s visual art and design teacher.

Also, Jeni Hill was Fayette County High’s winner in the Creative Self-Expression Show sponsored by the Great Frame Up of Peachtree City. Her work is being shipped to the national competition in Los Angeles where it will be judged by the show’s national spokesperson, actress and artist Jane Seymour, along with a judging panel. Two winners will receive a $2,000 scholarship.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Severe Weather Warning via Tyrone PD

The National Weather Service predicts an outbreak of severe thunderstorms and possible tornadoes tonight throughout metro Atlanta, including Tyrone.

The heaviest activity is forecast between 9 p.m. and midnight, but caution should be taken earlier, as these severe storms are expected to hit northwest Georgia around 6 p.m.

Specifically, the NWS predicts the possibility of long-tracked tornados, destructive winds (70 mph), and large hail over two inches in diameter during this period.

Please rely on media coverage during this period, or follow regular updates from the NWS at You can also sign up at for NWS email alerts.

Operation: Pill Drop - This Saturday!

The Fayette County Sheriff Office has partnered with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners to announce a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

Last September, Americans turned in 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners, including the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, April 30th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, 155 Johnson Avenue, Fayetteville, Georgia.

The service is free and anonymous; there are no questions asked or paperwork required. Participants in this initiative are simply asked to bring their unused or unwanted prescription drugs to this location where they can be destroyed.

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office will have a “drive-though” type setup in the Sheriff’s Office Parking lot on Johnson Avenue nearest to South Jeff Davis Drive. Participants can drive through and not get out of their car. No needles or Bio-Hazardous materials will be accepted.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards. You can make your home safe and strengthen your community by participating in this nationwide prescription take-back program.

Operation: Pill Drop
April 30, 2011
10 AM to 2 PM
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
155 Johnson Avenue
Fayetteville, Georgia 30214