Fayetteville

Myrtle Ballard Beckom, 81, of Fayetteville

Myrtle Ballard Beckom, 81, of Fayetteville, died May 26, 2011.

Ms. Beckom was a long-time resident of Fayette County.

She is survived by her son James Beckom, Jr. and his wife Anita of Tyrone; grandchildren Tiffany Ferenzey, Victoria Beckom and Tabitha Beckom, all of Fayette County; sisters Hazel Ballard of Newnan, Patricia Sheffield of Fayetteville; brother Jack Ballard and his wife Dene of Hampton; several nieces and nephews. Read More»

Mr. Richard Michael Deraney, Sr., 58, of Fayetteville

Mr. Richard Michael Deraney, Sr., long-time resident of Fayetteville, passed away May 27, 2011.

Mr. Deraney was born in Atlanta, GA on August 31, 1952 to the late Joseph A. Deraney, Sr. and Mable Lewis Deraney. He was a graduate of Troy State University and worked for Delta Airlines for nearly thirty years. Mr. Deraney's life was dedicated to his family and the many sports and musical events they pursued. Read More»

Mr. Ronald L. Parham, of Fayetteville

Mr. Ronald L. Parham, of Fayetteville, died May 28, 2011.

He retired from Ford Motor Company after 32 years of service. He was an active member of the UAW, holding several positions, including chairman for 8 years. After retirement he opened his own locksmith business. He was a member of Friendship United Methodist Church and Riverdale Masonic Lodge #709.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Shelba Russell Parham, his parents J.C. & Nora Parham of Elbert County, and his sister Betsy Burden. Read More»

Fayette County High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Fayette County High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian

Liam McDermott (R) is the valedictorian and Zahra Manji the salutatorian for Fayetteville’s Fayette County High School Class of 2011. Photo/Ben Nelms.

F’ville moves toward Sunday alcohol sales vote, denser residential zoning

The Fayetteville City Council on May 19 heard the first reading of a proposed amendment to the Planned Community District (PCD) zoning ordinance designed to provide more open space by allowing a small increase in residential density. The council at the meeting also adopted a resolution to authorize a November referendum on Sunday alcohol package sales. Read More»

Architectural Alphabet exhibit at HDF Museum

If you love looking at old homes and historical buildings, the newest exhibit at the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum will be right up your alley. The Architectural Alphabet will both educate and enlighten visitors in a fun and creative presentation. Read More»

Why wild swings in BoE budget?

At the April 11 Fayette County Board of Education called meeting, in documents on e-board (www.fcboe.org), Tom Gray stated that the potential fund balance ending 2012 would be $6.9 million. This, Mr. Gray stated, would be the fund balance with the employee pay scale restored.

Bob Todd stated in the April 19th board meeting that “we know we will be all right next year.”

So tell me how did the projected fund balance ending June, 2012 for the May 17 board meeting be a difference of $10 million, in one month? Read More»

A good man’s name is being trashed needlessly, without the facts

I have lived in Fayette County for 45 years and was fortunate to arrive when we were still a “village.” I have witnessed the growth of the county: It was 8,000 persons when I moved here in 1966 and now it’s more than 106,000 persons.

We were, indeed, a “village” then. We shared responsibility for not only helping each other out, but in the rearing of each other’s children. Now we are just a metropolis, people scurrying to and fro, and there are those who delight in changing the status quo ante. Read More»

Wagner assumes pastorate of Grace Baptist

Zach and Angie Wagner

Members of Grace Baptist Church in Fayetteville welcome their new pastor, the Rev. Zach Wagner, a 2003 graduate of Midwestern Baptist College in Pontiac, Mich.

After spending 11 years teaching in different Christian schools and being on the faculty of two different colleges, Wagner has accepted the pastorate of Grace Baptist Church.

Grace is at 1810 Ga. Hwy. 85 South. For more information, call 770-461-5511.

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