F’ville crime rate drops to lowest since pre-1994

The 2009 Annual Report released by the Fayetteville Police Department shows a lower incidence of serious crimes in the city than at any time since prior to 1994.

Occurrences of the most serious crimes in 2009 decreased by more than 21 percent over 2008 while less serious crimes increased more than 11 percent during the same period. Read More»

Herrington-Davis Engagement

Kathleen Norris Herrington engaged to Joshua Kennon Davis

George and Anna Herrington of Fayetteville announce the engagement of their daughter, Kathleen Norris Herrington, to Joshua Kennon Davis, son of John and Jean Davis of Cornelia.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of The University of Georgia with a bachelor of science, majoring in fashion merchandising, and is presently enrolled in a master of arts program in early childhood at Mercer University. She is employed as a preschool teacher at First Presbyterian Preschool of Atlanta. Read More»

Summertime is (almost) here, and life is good

Families enjoy Lunch on the Lawn in Fayetteville June 4.

Lunch time Friday in Fayetteville could not have been more perfect for a “Lunch on the Lawn.” A Fayetteville Main Street event in downtown at the old courthouse, moms and their kids were joined by a host of others taking advantage of the blue skies, mild temperatures and live music that provided a backdrop for the perfect lunch. Photo/Ben Nelms.

F'ville changes junction plans, sells K-9 dog

The Fayetteville City Council in a brief meeting June 3 approved a change order for the Ga. Highway 314/Banks Road intersection project and the retirement and sale of police K-9 dog “Duke.”

City Engineer Don Easterbrook recommended the $24,871 change order for the construction of the 1-cent sales tax-funded full turn lane and sidewalk project on White Road approaching Hwy. 314. The project is part of the larger 314/White/Banks intersection project. Read More»

Sallie sings different song now for Obama

Don’t you just love the optimistic and assuring words of Sally Satterthwaite? (“We’ll be back after this,” 6/2/10) My, my, how times have changed for the better.

Just a few short years ago when George Bush was President — the one who Ms. Satterthwaite said was the worst President ever — she agonized over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the President’s insensitivity to the American public. Why, she even reasoned that his poor grammar surely had to be cause for alarm. One sensed that she was sincerely concerned over the fate of our republic and how we could ever possibly recover. Read More»

Thanks, John: Retiring Superintendent DeCotis a role model

Over 25 years ago when I first met you, I knew it was the continuation of a hugely successful career in Fayette County Schools for you.

A few months after taking over for the newly elected superintendent as principal of Huddleston Elementary, you were able to rally students, teachers, staff, and parents on your side, not an easy job coming in a couple months after school had already begun. Read More»

Mildred Colley Moore, 85, of Fayetteville

Mildred Colley Moore, 85, of Fayetteville, died June 7, 2010.

She was a member of the White County Historical Society. Her love for Hawaiian music was showcased in the Atlanta area by playing for the troops and a WSB radio in the early 1940s.

Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by husband Harold E. Moore, sister Elizabeth Bishop and brother Eugene Colley, Jr. She is survived by her sisters Mary Helen Colley Bryan of Newnan and Marjorie Colley Volmar of Fayetteville and several nieces and nephews. Read More»

James Lewis “Jay” Jackson, Jr. of Fayetteville

James Lewis “Jay” Jackson, Jr. passed away on Friday, June 4, 2010.

He was born on March 23, 1970. Jay was a 1988 graduate of Fayette County High School and a graduate of West Georgia University. He was employed by the Fulton County Board of Education as a special needs teacher. An avid golfer, Jay enjoyed playing golf with and being with his golfing buddies. He spent many hours making golf clubs for his friends. Jay was also a devoted father and husband. Read More»

Mrs. Lois Virginia Leggett, 79, of Fayetteville

Mrs. Lois Virginia Leggett, 79, of Fayetteville, passed away on June 3, 2010.

Mrs. Leggett was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Freeman.

She is survived by her daughters, Patsy Newberry and her husband Otis of Fayetteville, and Linda Brooks and her husband Terry of Tyrone; son, Steve Freeman of Tyrone; grandchildren, Rich, Dawn, Jody, Keith and Leslie; five great-grandchildren; sister, Bobbie Dykes; and brother, Carlton Johnson. Read More»

Joan J. Elwell, 74, of Fayetteville

Joan J. Elwell, 74, of Fayetteville, passed away on June 3, 2010.

Mrs. Elwell is survived by her husband of 54 years, Russell Elwell, Sr.; sons Russell Elwell, Jr. and his wife Debbie of McDonough, and Don Elwell and his wife Wanda of Fayetteville; daughter, Diana Elwell of Fairhope, Alabama; grandchildren, Justin, Lauren, Megan and Lexie; and sister, Pauline Stinson of Albany, Georgia. Read More»