Morgan Jones scores big with commitment to FSU

    Playing Private 1A ball for Our Lady of Mercy, Morgan Jones rises above as one of the top basketball players in Georgia.

Andrew Jones had to apologize to the mailman.

“In a month or two,” he said, “hopefully this will stop.”

It didn’t stop. Morgan Jones, Andrew’s daughter, was a coveted high school athlete, drawing serious attention from the most heralded college basketball programs in the country. The offers stuffed the mailbox for five months until Morgan provided relief for both her family and the mailman, pledging her verbal commitment to Florida State this past June.

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Farewell, subscribe to your local newspaper

At a middle school career fair a few weeks ago at the Lafayette Educational Center, I decided to try something.

Surrounded by firefighters, attorneys, and musicians, the table I occupied with myself and our editor Christopher Dunn felt small. We write for a newspaper, and for a middle schooler, that just isn’t cool anymore. So I grabbed a bowl of candy (it was around Halloween at the time), and I asked the mass of students a simple question.

Name five national newspapers.

Most students did not know more than two or three. And those that did guess all five took (more…)

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Both candidates confident in PTC Mayor runoff

Peachtree City Mayor incumbent Vanessa Fleish and challenger Eric Imker, for all their differences, have something in common. Both believe the other is not spending money correctly.

For Imker, the list of grievances with Peachtree City’s current mayor are lengthy and include nearly all the major issues that are brought up at the regular city council meetings. He said Fleisch’s decision making on many of these issues has cost the city an incredible amount of money, so much so that “It makes me ill,” Imker said.

“The budgeting is just outrageous with this mayor,” he added.

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Whitewater eliminated from playoffs in blowout loss to Eagle’s Landing

Oftentimes, a signature game-winning drive unravels in the fourth quarter, when the victory is salient for the offense and a feeling of defeat is imminent for the defense.

Sometimes, however, a memorable march down the field, logic-defying and spectacular in its nature, unfolds in the first half, and its remnants eat at the team on the receiving end as it slowly watches the final seconds of the game—in this case, the season—tick away.

Such was the case in the middle of the second quarter when Whitewater (7-4), who had Eagle’s Lading (7-4) pinned within its own 15-yard line on a third-and-12, (more…)

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Peachtree City mayor race going to runoff, ESPLOST passes on election night

As quickly as the final vote tally flashed across the screen, Vanessa Fleisch’s mind was onto December. Inside the Braelinn Golf Club, upon hearing the percentage of votes she accrued, Fleisch revealed a small sliver of disappointment before rejuvenating her supporters for another run at the Peachtree City Mayor in less than a month. The Peachtree City mayoral election, a three-person race, has been whittled down to two, with a runoff between Fleisch and Eric Imker already imminent on Dec. 5.

Fleisch finished with 43.25 percent and Imker corralled 30.92 percent. Dar Thompson took in 25.66 percent.

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Antioch-Goza to become four-way stop as interim measure

The two-way stop at the Antioch and Goza Road has been the topic of discussion at Fayette Board of Commissioners meetings for the past couple months, as the Board works toward a solution to reduce the number of serious accidents at the dangerous intersection.

At Thursday’s meeting, Public Works Director Phil Mallon shared with the Board a study of 49 accidents at the intersection over the last seven years. The study concluded that 91 percent of the accidents involved vehicles traveling east or west on Goza Road, and of those crashes, 70 percent involved one of the vehicles at a (more…)

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Opioid town hall tackles importance of drug awareness

According to the Georgia Department of Health, there is an average of 10 deaths in Fayette County every year from opioid overdoses. That statistic is not the highest in the state or even highest in the area (there are 15 opioid-related deaths per year in neighboring Coweta County). Still, the message was clear Thursday at the town hall titled “Not Our Town Not Our Kids: Pain Killers, Heroin and Overdose” in Sams Auditorium. One death from a drug overdose is one too many.

Nick Russo was almost a statistic himself. A senior counselor for the Insight Program, a drug and (more…)

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‘I don’t want to leave this way’: Mother mourns her son’s 2014 overdose death, leading local fight against opioid addiction

David King

Three years and nearly 10 months have passed since Gloria King held her son David in her arms for the last time, but the pain of losing her 20-year-old child to a drug overdose hasn’t gone away. It will never fully subside.

In her office at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Gloria tearfully recounted the events that led up to her eldest son’s death, a two-year-long series of drug-related missteps ending in a fatal overdose. David’s story, his unexpected and tragic downfall in particular, is unique to him. But his weapon of choice, fentanyl, is part of a larger story (more…)

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Sandy Creek shut out by Cartersville on the road
Cartersville quarterback Trevor Lawrence looks downfield in the first half of Friday's game against Sandy Creek (Photo Credit: Lawrence Wallis)

Sandy Creek shut out by Cartersville on the road

Cartersville quarterback Trevor Lawrence looks downfield in the first half of Friday’s game against Sandy Creek (Photo Credit: Lawrence Wallis)

CARTERSVILLE — A light autumn breeze swirled around the Cartersville High School football stadium, but Trevor Lawrence’s spirals didn’t seem to notice. As he served his receivers passes in video game style against a helpless Sandy Creek defense, the question was when, not if, Cartersville would pull its starters so that the Patriots could have a chance of competing without being scored on every three and a half minutes.

“They’re better than great,” Sandy Creek head coach Brett Garvin said.

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Fayette County defeats McIntosh in overtime in instant classic

Cory Andrews sprints away from a McIntosh defender. (Photos by Michael Clifton / www.kombatkamera.com)

Mike Davis stood on the 46-yard line and leaned forward, his fists on his knees, his face moist with sweat and emotion. He took a deep breath in as his players knelt on their home turf in front of him, awaiting a postgame victory speech after what had just been the greatest moment of most, if not all, of their football lives. Before Davis started talking, he raised his fists in the air and unleashed a gutteral scream.

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