Fayetteville

Starting Lent on the go

The Rev. Rita Henault,right, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, and Morrison Mack.

The Rev. Rita Henault,right, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, and Morrison Mack, acolyte master, signal that the parish’s “Ashes To Go” event is starting on Ash Wednesday morning (March 5). Many passers-by took advantage of the opportunity to take advantage of this unique way to receive the imposition of ashes on their foreheads and mark the beginning of Lent. The station was set up at the intersection of Ga. Hwy. 92 and Antioch Road, south of downtown Fayetteville, in the parking lot of Prime Financial near the church property. Photo/Special.

Bedroom dresser cleanup yields $557K lottery ticket for F’ville mom of 3

Georgia Lottery winner Karen Wilkes, center, is pictured with her husband, Charlie, and one of her three daughters, a recipient of the Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship. Photo/Ga. Lottery.

A Fayetteville mother of three daughters, all of whom are recipients of the Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship, is making room for a big prize of her own.

Karen Wilkes, 50, won the $557,520 jackpot prize from the Dec. 19 Fantasy 5 drawing from matching all five of the winning numbers.

Wilkes and her husband, Charlie, were all smiles when she claimed the prize Feb. 27 at Georgia Lottery headquarters in Atlanta.

The couple, married 30 years, were cleaning off their bedroom dresser when they discovered the ticket. Read More»

Robert Boyd of Fayetteville

Mr. Robert Boyd of Fayetteville passed away March 6, 2014.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Sanders Boyd of Fayetteville; daughter, Kimberly Williams and her husband Ty of Marietta; sister, Bonnie Gaffney and her husband Syd of New Port Richey, Fla.; grandchildren, Jessica Williams and Amber Dowell and great grandchildren, Alexis and Hailey Tidwell. Read More»

Service delivery for West F’ville studied

Listening to a retreat presentation are (L-R at the table) Chief Scott Pitts, councilmen Scott Stacy, Jim Williams and Mickey Edwards and Mayor Greg Clifton. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayetteville City Council retreat held Feb. 25 included a number of topics related to the recently annexed West Fayetteville area. One of those topics, presented by Police Chief Scott Pitts and Fire Chief Alan Jones, dealt with public safety service delivery in the 1,200-acre area. Read More»

Diverging diamonds suggested to improve F’ville traffic

Aerial view of streets in downtown Fayetteville. Google Maps.

Travel through the downtown area of Fayetteville has long been a traffic log jam at the intersection of Ga. highways 85 and 54. While there is no available funding to fix the problem, the Fayetteville City Council at its Feb. 25 retreat heard several potential solutions that might be considered in the future. Read More»

F’ville Fire Dept. consolidation eyed — again

Generic photo of firefighter dousing a fire. Photo/Shutterstock.

The idea of consolidating the Fayetteville Fire Dept. with the Fayette County Fire Dept. is back for the second time in two years. Though turned down in mid-2012 by a consensus of the council, the item was back on the retreat agenda after the city received a letter from Fayette County Commission Chairman Steve Brown asking that the topic be discussed.

Council members at the retreat agreed by consensus to ask the county to provide a detailed report outlining the financial and service provision aspects of a possible consolidation. Read More»

Fight over jail debt extends inmates’ time behind bars

It was supposed to be just a week left before Newnan resident Laquan Johnson was ending his stay in the Fayette County Jail. But a Feb. 17 fight between Johnson and two other inmates resulted in the three being charged with rioting in a penal institution, a felony which carries a minimum one-year sentence.

Fayette County Sheriff Barry Babb said 23-year-old Johnson owed inmates Rodriguez Baltimore, 31, of Riverdale, and Michael Ferguson, 28, of Union City, compensation for items purchased at the jail store. Read More»

Lights . . . camera . . . business!

A workman walks in front of the pre-production annex off Soundstage 2 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios. Photo/Ben Nelms.

More than a dozen companies prepare to assist Pinewood Studios in making movies in Fayette

The soundstages are nearly ready, and the first movie production service businesses are checking in to the Fayette economic scene.

Pinewood-affiliated vendors whose Fayetteville business licenses have been issued include Hertz Entertainment Services, Future Staff, Movie Cars Unlimited, Hanna Brothers Georgia, Hollywood Trucks Georgia, Backstage Printing Solutions and C and S Film Concierge. The city also has business licenses pending for Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Home Depot. Read More»

Pastor takes Ash Wednesday to the streets with ‘Ashes to Go’

Today, Ash Wednesday, March 5, The Episcopal Church of the Nativity will be offering “Ashes to Go,” a new approach to a centuries-old Christian tradition, from 7 to 9 a.m, outside Prime Financial Services at the corner of Ga. Hwy. 92 South and Antioch Road in Fayetteville.

Nativity is part of a new nationwide movement that has clergy and lay people visiting transit stops, street corners, coffee shops, and college campuses to mark the foreheads of interested passers-by with ashes and invite them to repent of past wrongdoing and seek forgiveness and renewal. Read More»

LDS church hosts family history fair, opens mini-Family History Center

Roger Hoffman, director of the Newnan Family History Center, speaks to local genealogy buffs on the importance of family history research. Photo/Special.

About 50 members of the community visited the Fayetteville Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for its Family History Fair last month.

The keynote speaker, Roger Hoffman, explained why family history is so important. Maureen Keillor taught classes on Beginning the Adventure, Online Research and Crossing the Brickwall and the Atlantic.

The Fayetteville Ward also announced the March 5 opening of its mini-Family History Center, a mobile computer lab designed to assist members and the community in using familysearch.org to advance their family history research. Read More»