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Fayette’s Col. Ben Malcom inducted into Ga. Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame Nov. 1

Col. Ben Malcom (U.S. Army-Ret.). Photo/Submitted.

It was an honor that few receive. Fayette County resident Col. Ben Malcom (U.S. Army-Ret.) was inducted into the Ga. Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) during a Nov. 1 ceremony in Columbus.

Malcom was one of 16 service men inducted in the second annual GMVHOF ceremony.

Malcom was awarded the U.S. Army’s third highest medal, the Silver Star, for valor during the Korean War. It was during the Korean War that 1st Lt. Ben Malcom served as a member of the Far East Command Liaison Detachment. Read More»

Marching in honor of U.S. veterans

Marching in honor of U.S. veterans

Cold weather on Nov. 1 may have dampened the turnout but it did not stop local U.S. military veterans from showing their patriotism along the streets of downtown Fayetteville for the annual Veterans Day Parade. For more local observances, see Page C1. Photo/Ben Nelms.

FPC will honor vets this Sunday

Fayette Presbyterian Church, 791 Forest Ave. (Ga. Highway 92 North) in Fayetteville will observe Veteran Recognition at each service this Sunday.

The recognition will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m, followed by worship, and will include a slide show of FPC members and friends who have served, and a recognition of everyone present who has or is currently serving in the U.S. military.

Each branch of service will be honored individually, followed by a stanza from its service song. Read More»

BoE’s Todd responds to criticism of innovation grant ‘no’

I read the recent article giving the response from each of the candidates for Post 4 on the Fayette Board of Education concerning the recent vote to not apply for a grant from the state. I was one of the three that did not vote to apply for the grant. Dr. [Barry] Marchman has given the major financial reasons for a no vote. The additional reasons for my no vote are given in the following paragraphs.

Part of the proposal called for the removal of second- and third-year courses for Health Sciences/Occupations from the high schools to be placed in a separately located newly renovated space. Read More»

Loggers gone, big, expensive mess left

[A few] days ago a reporter from a television station knocked at the door wanting to interview the owner of the house about the 60-foot-in-diameter-by-12-foot-high stack of trees in the front yard.

Just back in September a man rang the doorbell, and when I answered told me that he was from a logging company and was offering to cut down and remove trees in the yard at no cost. Read More»

Student growth model: What does it really measure?

Here are some comments about Wednesday’s article with the new test scores:

Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) — What does it really measure?

The Georgia Student Growth Model (GSGM) does not measure what the average person thinks of when they hear the word “growth.”

If the height of a plant was 3 inches last week and 5 inches this week, we would say that it grew 2 inches during the week. That is what we think of when we hear the word growth. Read More»

Woodard Travis Whitaker, 73, of Fayetteville

Woodard Travis Whitaker, 73, of Fayetteville, Ga. was a native Georgian born in Fitzgerald, Ga., on January 7, 1941.

Travis passed from this life to eternal life on Sunday, November 2, 2014. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.

Travis worked for Delta Airlines 34 years and was a long-time member of Lisbon Baptist Church. He enjoyed cooking, carpentry, and peach ice cream. His greatest loves were his family and his church. Read More»

Max Darrow Strozier, 86, of Fayetteville

Max Darrow Strozier, 86, of Fayetteville, passed away November 3, 2014.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Eva Strozier, as well as several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Kenwood Baptist Church. He will lie in state at 10 a.m. The burial will be at Westminster Memorial Gardens, Peachtree City. The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. 

Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville

www.mowellfuneralhome.com

Liberia: a greater call

by Sandy Whittle

Ashley Stoll dreamed she’d move to Nashville and work for a record label. After graduating from Fayette County High School in 2001, she earned a degree in marketing from Georgia State University. She had always been creative–a talented writer and outside-the-box thinker. She wanted to set the marketing world on fire.

But then Liberia called. Read More»

Officers 'go bald' for cancer fundraiser

Fayetteville police and Fayette County deputies recently participated in a fundraiser to benefit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Pictured are: back row (from left) Detective Scott Israel, Detective Scott Gibson, Lieutenant Mike Whitlow, Sam Burch, Chief Scott Pitts, Dean Johnson, Detective Melissa Peacock. middle row (from left) Captain Jeff Harris, Nick Macpherson, Investigator Stacy Johnson; and seated Sandra Branson, Detective Joanna Macpherson and Stacey Pitts. Photo/Submitted.

On Oct. 9 the Fayetteville Police Dept. and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office held a fundraiser to benefit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. More than 50 local law enforcement officers, medical personnel and citizens came to the event and donated money to have their heads shaved. Three local barbers, Sam Burch, Stacey Pitts and Sandra Branson donated their time and abilities.

The event was held in honor of Fayetteville Police Det. Joanna Macpherson who is battling ovarian cancer, said Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow. Read More»

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