Peachtree City

Christmas with the Presbyterian Women

Shown are  singer Bethany Smithley and the Rev. Morgan Morse Hay. Photo/Special.

The Presbyterian Women of the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City recently gathered for an evening of Christmas food, fun, and fellowship. More than 60 women enjoyed a delicious meal by chef Pat Hawthorne, an inspirational message from the Rev. Morgan Morse Hay, and music entertainment by singer Bethany Smithley and pianist Susan Scheuer. In addition, three local families were adopted for the Christmas season by the PWs with toys, clothes, and gift cards provided. Shown are singer Bethany Smithley and the Rev. Morgan Morse Hay. Photo/Special.

Stix Ministry at Word of God Lutheran

Shown are Stix Ministry members (L-R) Andi Laaker, director; ministry members Eddie Griffin, Owen Apfel, Steven Ochoa, Michael Crofton, and Bert Laaker. Photo/Special.

Members of the Stix Ministry at Word of God Lutheran Church were presented with a cross in their honor during the worship service on Sunday morning, Dec. 14. The Stix Ministry, under the direction of Andi Laaker, performs using wooden dowels that are choreographed to the music of Christian and patriotic songs. The metal cross was hand forged by members of Word Of God Cross Ministry Russ Crawford, Ken Griffin, and Bert Laaker. Shown are Stix Ministry members (L-R) Andi Laaker, director; ministry members Eddie Griffin, Owen Apfel, Steven Ochoa, Michael Crofton, and Bert Laaker. Photo/Special.

McIntosh dance No.1 in jazz

The McIntosh Chiefettes Dance Team recently traveled to Tennessee to compete in the UDA Smokey Mountain Championship. They competed against teams from Georgia, Tennessee, and Ohio. The Chiefettes brought home a 1st place trophy for their Jazz routine, and a 2nd place trophy for their Pom routine! The Chiefettes upcoming competitions include traveling to Birmingham on January 10, Nationals in Orlando on Jan. 31 and Feb.1, and the State Competition at McIntosh Feb. 7. Photo/Submitted.

The McIntosh Chiefettes Dance Team recently traveled to Tennessee to compete in the UDA Smokey Mountain Championship. They competed against teams from Georgia, Tennessee, and Ohio. The Chiefettes brought home a 1st place trophy for their Jazz routine, and a 2nd place trophy for their Pom routine! The Chiefettes upcoming competitions include traveling to Birmingham on January 10, Nationals in Orlando on Jan. 31 and Feb.1, and the State Competition at McIntosh Feb. 7. Photo/Submitted.

PTC native dominates on the court, blindfolded

Blindfolded Amanda Dennis makes a block. Dennis was named the 2014 female disabled athlete of the year and honored at the Georgia Disability Sports Awards in November. Photo/Submitted.

A Peachtree City native is competing on the international stage in a sport that many people may have never seen or heard of.

Amanda Dennis was named the 2014 female disabled athlete of the year by BlazeSports and was honored in November in Atlanta at the Georgia Disability Sports Awards
For several years the 20-year-old has been a member of the U.S. national goalball team, which reached the quarterfinals at the 2012 Paralympics in London and captured the gold at the International Blind Sport Association’s (IBSA) Goalball World Championships in July in Finland. Read More»

Fifth-graders ready for ‘Shrek Jr., The Musical’

Cleveland Elementary fifth-graders are thrilled to read through their scripts of “Shrek Jr., The Musical.”  The show will feature fifth grade students and members of the Cleveland Elementary School chorus. The show dates are May 1 and 2. Photo/Submitted.

Script practice

Cleveland Elementary fifth-graders are thrilled to read through their scripts of “Shrek Jr., The Musical.”  The show will feature fifth grade students and members of the Cleveland Elementary School chorus. The show dates are May 1 and 2. Photo/Submitted.

One of first LEGO Robotics teams competes

The Community Warriors are one of the First LEGO League Robotics teams at Booth Middle School. Besides building and programming robots, the team has decided to focus on improving the way students learn about volunteering through service learning.

One way the team has decided to raise awareness about volunteering is to challenge students to volunteer for just one hour. They call it the ”Hit the Road” challenge because they want students to step out of their comfort zones and onto the volunteer road. Read More»

Largest HS pageant in nation Jan. 8-10

Brooke Fletcher, Miss Georgia USA 2015. Photo/Submitted.

14th annual Miss Starr’s Mill pageant ft. Miss Ga. USA Brooke Fletcher

The 14th annual Miss Starr’s Mill High School Scholarship Pageant will be held Jan. 8, 9 and 10, 2015, in the Willie Duke Auditorium.

29 young ladies will compete for more than $7,000 in scholarship money and the title of Miss Starr’s Mill 2015.

Starr’s Mill graduate and Miss Georgia USA 2015 Brooke Fletcher along with the reigning Miss America Outstanding Teen Olivia McMillan will make special guest appearances at the pageant. Read More»

Francis R. Harman of Peachtree City

Francis R. Harman of Peachtree City, Ga., passed away on Dec. 22, 2014 at the age of 89 after a long illness. Francis was born on July 20, 1925 on a farm north of Hays, Kan., to William and Eva (Balls) Harman. His parents preceded him in death.

Francis was married to Eudora R. (Cordell) on Aug. 29, 1948. They were married for 67 happy years. Francis attended school in Hays, Kan., graduating from Fort Hays University with a B.S. in business Administration in 1949. Francis was employed by Western Auto for 34 years in Kansas City, Kan., Wichita, Kan., and Meridian, Miss. Read More»

Walter Frederick Mashburn, age 94

Walter Frederick Mashburn, known to all as Walt, was born in Pickens County, Georgia, June 20, 1920. He passed away at the age of 94 on December 19, 2014. Read More»

Tom J. Whitehead, 78, of Peachtree City

Tom J. Whitehead, 78, of Peachtree City, Ga. passed away Dec. 17, 2014 following a brief and courageous battle with cancer. He was born and raised in Albertville, Ala. and was a U.S. Army veteran.

He was an air traffic controller and retired from the FAA in Atlanta, Ga. Following his retirement he traveled extensively throughout the world in various positions with aircraft parts companies, supervising major commercial aircraft maintenance projects, and as a volunteer with intercountry adoption agencies. Read More»