Friday, February 26, 2010

Piedmont Fayette Hospital Minor Emergency Care Center Temporarily Closed for Renovations

The Piedmont Fayette Hospital (PFH) Minor Emergency Care Center (MECC) is closed for one week for renovations and will reopen on Tuesday, March 9.

The renovations will bring diagnostic services closer to the MECC for increased efficiency in patient flow. Included in the redesign are new finishes and a rearranged MECC and Outpatient Diagnostic Center (ODC). The ODC will not be closing, but renovations will make for better patient flow and access to PFH services.

The MECC is staffed by physicians, nurses and other emergency staff professionals who are able to treat a range of emergency conditions. Some of these conditions include cuts, bruises, ear aches, cold and flu symptoms, broken bones and other injuries or illnesses that are not perceived to be life, limb or vision threatening, including chest pains.

“We are pleased to be making these renovations to more comfortably serve our patients,” said Darrell Cutts, president and CEO of Piedmont Fayette Hospital. “We are doing everything we can to make this a seamless transition, and when renovations are complete; we will have a new and improved Minor Emergency Care Center for community members.”

The MECC is located less than two miles away from Piedmont Fayette Hospital at 105 Yorktown Drive, Fayetteville, Ga. Please call 770-716-2082 or visit for more information.
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fayette County Deputies are looking for a potential predator/suspect in attempted kidnapping in North Fayette.

On Wednesday February 17, 2010 a black male allegedly attempted to kidnap a young girl in the Landmark Mobile Home Park on Milam Road just north of Tyrone.

According to news reports, the man approached the girl as she was playing outside and asked her to help him find his dog. The girl said "no" and began to run away, but the suspect grabbed her by the shirt. An unknown passerby in a white van with red lettering yelled at the suspect who then ran from the scene.

We have received information that a black male matching the description in the composite drawing was observed driving a white mid-90's model Lincoln Town car some time prior to this incident.

If you observe anyone matching this description, please call 911 or contact Det. Josh Shelton at the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at 770-716-4777

Friday, February 12, 2010

Road Update

Georgia DOT crews are currently working to clear the roadways, bridges and overpasses throughout the West Central Georgia area as snow and ice is rapidly accumulating on the roadways.
The following roads have been reported closed:
  • Lamar County – SR 36 between Barnesville and I-75
  • Stewart County – SR 1, 1 lane westbound closed
  • Talbot County – SR 190, closed due to fallen tree
  • Harris County – SR 354 is closed between SR 1 and SR 190 (near Pine Mountain)
Georgia DOT crews are currently working to clear the roadways, bridges and overpasses on the following routes where snow and or icing have occurred:
  • Taylor County – SR 3 and 96 – plowing and salting icy spots
  • Stewart County – SR 39 –salting bridges
  • Sumter County – SR 27 – scraping road
  • Webster County – SR 41 – scraping road
  • Marion County – all roads starting to ice
  • Peach County – salting all State Routes
  • Dooly County – SR 90 – salting bridges
  • Houston County – salting bridge and ramps at Exit 127, 128, 134
  • Pulaski County – SR 11 - salting road
  • Bibb County – I-75, I-475 and I-16 – salting road, bridges and ramps
  • Monroe County - I-75 – salting road, bridges and ramps; SR 19 – plowing and salting icy spots
  • Twiggs County – I-16 – plowing and salting bridges
  • Butts County – salting all bridges on State Routes
  • Fayette County - salting all bridges on State Routes
  • Henry County - salting all bridges on State Routes and the intersection of SR 138 and SR 42, and the intersection of SR 138 and SR 155
  • Spalding County - salting all bridges on State Routes and SR 92 between Jim Goodsen and Vaughn Road
  • All other counties are experiencing snow and ice accumulation on the roadways. Georgia DOT Crews continue to salt, plow and scrape all interstates and primary state routes.

Snow Accumulating in Fayette

Snow beginning to accumulate on Peachtree City streets

At about 4:00 p.m., the Peachtree City Police Department advised that snow was beginning to accumulate on Peachtree City streets, making the roads slick. Those who must go out are urged to drive slowly and with extreme caution. The Peachtree City Public Works department continues to put sand at major intersections.

Clover Green closing Monday

The City of Peachtree City will be closing Clover Green, which runs between Paschall Road off Highway 74 South and Clover Reach, on Monday, February 15, to repair the sewer line serving Fire Station 81. The fire station will be accessible from Paschall Road, and the businesses on Clover Green will be accessible from Clover Reach. Staff expects the roadway to be closed for approximately three days during the repairs.

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9th Annual Spring Yard Sale (posted as the snow falls...)

Calling all bargain hunters! Visit over 50 yard sales at on location during the 9th Annual Spring Yard Sale on April 3, 2010. This community yard sale will be held at the Kiwanis Park (980 Redwine Road, Fayetteville). With over 14,500 square feet of bargains, this special event will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Fayette County Parks and Recreation Department holds community yard sales biannually (Spring and Fall). Vendors are local residents from Fayette and surrounding counties. It is worth the drive! Past sales have attracted hundreds of bargain-hunters from Marietta to Macon, Columbus to Norcross, and everywhere in between. FREE admission and parking for all bargain hunters! All vendor booths sold out in the first five days of registration. The 9th Annual Spring Yard Sale is expected to be held in April 2010 with vendor registration starting in January.

9th Annual Spring Yard Sale
April 3, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Kiwanis Park
980 Redwine Road, Fayetteville
(next to baseball fields)

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE! Expected items for sale include:

§ Clothing (infant – adult), baby & early childhood items, dolls, and toys!
§ Antiques, home décor, books, videos, music, kitchen & bath accessories!
§ Furniture, household items, handmade arts & crafts!
§ Lawn mowers, yard equipment, auto supplies, tools and hardware!
§ Sports equipment, music, videos games, electronics & tools!
§ Holiday gifts, decorations, and handmade greeting cards!
§ Floral arrangements, new and custom-made jewelry, and Avon products!
§ Limited food, baked goods, drinks, and much more!

Directions: From intersection of Hwy. 85 and Hwy. 54 in downtown Fayetteville, take Hwy. 85 south. After City Café & Deli, take a slight right onto Beauregard Blvd. Continue about 1.8 miles straight through several stop signs during which the road will change name to Redwine Road. Turn left after the baseball fields. You will see the “Fayette County Activities House” sign on left. Arrive at 980 Redwine Road, Fayetteville (Kiwanis Park).

Call 770-716-4320 or visit for more information.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Seniors Rally to Oppose Budget Cuts

Members of the Fayette Senior Advocacy Council and elder services advocates from all over Georgia rallied at the state capitol on January 28, 2010 to state their opposition to proposed budget cuts to services that help older adults remain healthy and living independently. The Governor’s budgets (amended 2010 and proposed 2011) were formally submitted to the state legislature on Friday, January 15. As expected, both budgets reflect fund reductions in areas critical to the health and welfare of seniors and their families in the community.

Under the auspices of Fayette Senior Services, Inc. the Fayette Senior Advocacy Council serves to further advocate for the common good and general welfare of Fayette County’s older adults. Fayette Senior Services (FSS), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, provides social services that promote the emotional, social, and physical well-being of older adults to improve their quality of life and help them to maintain their independence. Fayette Senior Services (FSS) is the designated aging service provider for Fayette County as contracted by the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Area Agency on Aging. FSS coordinates and manages the delivery of social services on behalf of Fayette County government. These services include Meals On Wheels, Adult Day Referral Service, Information & Assistance, Transportation, Congregate Meal Program, In-Home Personal Care/Homemaker Services, Case Management, and Home Repair. FSS also provides a wide variety of social, educational, recreational, and fitness programs for active older adults at its Life Enrichment Center in Fayetteville.

Fayette Senior Services has already felt the direct impact of state’s budget cuts in 2009 when funding for kinship care (grandparents raising grandchildren) and respite care services were eliminated. Fayette Senior Services Executive Director, Debbie Britt says the worst is not over. “The state budget reductions, coupled with decreased funding from our local government, have caused some seniors to be placed on waiting lists to receive one or more of the social services we provide.” She adds “It’s very likely that the state will cut our funding even further this year and we’re very concerned about the financial challenges that our local governments our facing and how that will impact the services we provide to Fayette County’s seniors.” Britt adds, “When you consider that Fayette County has the third fastest growing senior population in metro Atlanta, it’s no surprise that the demand for social services continues to grow each month. We’re looking to create innovative solutions with our local government to better address the diverse needs of our aging population.”

The Fayette Advocacy Council were among hundreds of other senior advocates from across the state who were at the Capitol to deliver a simple message to Senators and Representatives – “Don’t cut funding to programs that help seniors get their basic needs met or to those that provide respite to family caregivers.” The Fayette Advocacy Council will continue their efforts to raise awareness for the needs of older adults by meeting with state Senators and Representatives during Senior Week at the Capitol, February 24, 25, and 26. For information about Senior Week or the Fayette Advocacy Council contact Susan Landais, FSS Program Manager at

Concerned citizens are also encouraged to contact the Fayette County Board of Commissioners to address budget considerations and support for senior services. Currently the county funds less than 10 percent of the overall cost to provide senior social services. Citizens are also welcomed to contact Debbie Britt, Executive Director at for more information and facts about Fayette Senior Services ( - 770-461-0813).
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Fayetteville Main Street Program Recognized for 10 Years of Activity

Fayetteville Main Street Director, Brian Wismer, and Main Street Chairman, Lane Brown, received recognition from Commissioner Mike Beatty of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for being an active Georgia Main Street city for over 10 years.

The Main Street program is a nationwide effort created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1980.

It was designed to help revitalize historic downtown districts across America.

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

SBA Holding Workshop on Micro-Loans At the District Office in Peachtree Center

A free workshop on how to obtain an SBA-back Micro-Loan will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on March 4th at the agency’s Georgia District Office in Peachtree Center. The SBA District Office is located downtown at 233 Peachtree Street, Suite 1900-Harris Tower, Atlanta, GA 30303.
The two-hour workshop will provide information about who are the local micro-lenders and what are their eligibility requirements for obtaining a small business loan ranging from $500 to $50,000. Other general information will be provided on all types of SBA guaranteed loans and proposals to increase their dollar amount and expanded use.

Presenters will include staff from the Women’s Economic Development Agency (WEDA); the DeKalb Enterprise Business Corporation; Georgia State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC); the Atlanta Micro-Loan Fund; and the SBA Georgia District Office.

Pre-registration is required for the workshop. To register online, go to and cursor down to Spotlight-Public Training and Seminars-Register Now! Select seminar date from the drop down list. Complete relevant information and click “Register.” A registration form can be faxed to 404/331-0101, Attention: Dorothy Fletcher.

SBA’s participation in this workshop is not an endorsement of the views, opinions, products or services of any person or entity. All SBA programs, services and cosponsored activities are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Please contact Dorothy Fletcher at 404-331-0100, ext. 305 or via email at