Fayette Visioning highlights progress at second annual summit

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Woolsey Mayor Gary Laggis (left) was one of several municipal leaders who used Friday’s Fayette Visioning summit to share information with the public about how the additional funds would be used if the upcoming special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) is passed. (Staff Photo by Danny Harrison)

Fayette Visioning, a collaborative community group piloted by Fayette County Chamber of Commerce and other partner organizations, held its second annual summit Friday to update supporters and the public on its progress toward elevating the community’s “education, prosperity, employment opportunities, and quality of life.”
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Teen trio tagged with triple entering auto charges

Three teenagers have been arrested in connection with three cases of Entering Auto and the theft of a vehicle, all of which allegedly took place Saturday night in Fayetteville while their parents, who reportedly dropped them off, are said to have thought their 17-year-olds were in the cinema watching a movie.
Chareion Nicole Appling of Riverdale, Amir Armond Cowley of Riverdale, and Maliq Emeer Boston of Atlanta were all three charged with three counts of Entering Auto and various Theft and Criminal Damage charges. Appling was additionally charged with Crossing the Guardline with Contraband for allegedly having marijuana in her (more…)

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PTC’s Rinnai to sponsor March 4 NASCAR race

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Rinnai America Corporation Chief Operating Officer Frank Windsor (left) and Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark on Tuesday announced Rinnai’s new sponsorship deal with the track and one of the NASCAR races it hosts. (Staff Photos by Danny Harrison)

rinnai-sponsorship-carPeachtree City-based Rinnai America Corporation, which is perhaps most famous for its industry-leading tankless water heating systems, may soon become even more famous for being the title sponsor of the annual NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in nearby Hampton beginning March 4.
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Heritage Bank adds AR products to boost small business cash flow

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Heritage Bank is now in the accounts receivable factoring business thanks to a partnership with Fayetteville-based Diversified Funding Services. Pictured are (l-r) DFS Chief Operating Officer Hussein L. Marquez, Heritage Chief Banking Officer Rocky Lipham, DFS Chief Executive Officer Mark Little, and Heritage Fayette County President Dan Vano. (Staff Photo by Danny Harrison)

Heritage Bank recently announced a new commercial funding product it is offering business customers who need immediate capital to expand and compete in what is becoming an increasingly opportunity-rich South Metro Atlanta region.

Partnering with Fayetteville-based Diversified Funding Services, the bank now offers accounts receivable financing, or (more…)

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Police asking for public’s help finding Publix robber

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These images from Fayette Pavilion Publix security cameras shows the robbery suspect now sought by police.

Fayetteville Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating a Publix robbery suspect, who is said to have hit the Fayette Pavilion store around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to Lt. Mike Whitlow, the suspect told the clerk at the customer service desk to hand over the $20 bills saying he had a gun. Whitlow said no gun was actually displayed during the incident, and there were no injuries.

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Four arrested in Wednesday morning smash-and-grab attempt

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Dash camera video from a Peachtree City Police car shows the suspects speeding away from the crime scene at The Avenue, which is located at the corner of Highways 54 and 74 in Peachtree City.

A carload of suspects reportedly caught doing a bit of unauthorized, early-morning Christmas shopping in Peachtree City  on Wednesday picked perhaps the worst possible getaway route and were nabbed by Peachtree City Police, Tyrone Police and Fayette County Sheriff’s deputies.

According to Peachtree City Police Lt. Odilia Bergh, the excitement began just before 5 a.m. when officers received a burglary-in-progress call and charged toward the (more…)

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Six plead guilty in home invasion, armed robbery case

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Assistant District Attorney Christy Jindra worked out a plea deal to put five defendants behind prison bars and one on probation in connection with the Dec. 2, 2015 home invasion and armed robbery at the Kenwood Landings Mobile Home Park off Milam Road near Hwy. 74 on the north end of Fayette County.

Eugene Butler, Kedric Butler, and Amerius Westmoreland, all Clayton County residents, were sentenced to serve 20 years in prison followed by 10 years on probation for their parts in the crime, which, according to Fayette County Sheriff’s Office reports involved the defendants storming (more…)

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Rain returns to Fayette: Locals relieved that water reserves are up, fire risks down

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The rain puddles across the street from the Fayetteville Fire Department headquarters were a warmly welcomed sight Tuesday morning after months of little to no rainfall. (Staff photo by Danny Harrison)

Tuesday morning’s substantial rainfall was a welcomed sight for many people across a good number of Georgia counties, not the least being farmers here in Fayette, who say it has come too late to help the current round of crops but will be helpful to get fields ready for next year.

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Fayetteville bank robbed Tuesday morning

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This is the suspect wanted by Fayetteville Police in the Tuesday morning robbery at Chase Bank. (Special photo)

Fayetteville Police are looking for a suspect they say robbed the Chase Bank location on the south side of the city Tuesday morning.

According to Captain Jeff Harris, the incident took place around 9 a.m. when the suspect approached a teller and handed over a letter demanding all of the money from the cash drawer. He said the suspect did get away with an undisclosed amount of money, and he left the bank on foot in the direction of Hwy. 85.

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Residential input sought on Cobblestone zoning

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Oak Brook subdivision residents filled Fayetteville City Hall in Jan. 2015 to oppose the rezoning of a six-acre undeveloped tract of land adjacent to their neighborhood. (Staff Photo by Danny Harrison)

City of Fayetteville leaders are asking residents of an east side neighborhood for input on whether or not the city should revert the zoning of a six-acre tract of land that was meant to be developed last year as a condominium community.

Mesa Capital Partners early last year was granted a rezoning but has done nothing with the property, which is located along Cobblestone Boulevard behind the BP gas (more…)

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