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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… Continue reading Morgan Jones scores big with commitment to FSU

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… Continue reading Farewell, subscribe to your local newspaper

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… Continue reading Both candidates confident in PTC Mayor runoff

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

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

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… Continue reading Antioch-Goza to become four-way stop as interim measure

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… Continue reading Opioid town hall tackles importance of drug awareness

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

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

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… Continue reading Sandy Creek shut out by Cartersville on the road

Fayette County defeats McIntosh in overtime in instant classic

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,… Continue reading Fayette County defeats McIntosh in overtime in instant classic