Cities to get bigger slices of SPLOST pie

Cities to get bigger slices of SPLOST pie

Voters will weigh in on 2-year tax this November

The Peachtree City Council had hoped to get a better deal from the Fayette County Commission on a proposed two-year countywide sales tax that will be voted on in November.

The city got what it wanted, and the county has increased the city’s take by $1.69 million, while also raising Fayetteville’s projected proceeds by $1.3 million with a $603,000 increase for Tyrone as well. Read More»

Tyrone-based Herobox expands mission to help veterans

Wounded veterans at the Shepherd rehabilitation center in Atlanta opened customized Heroboxes full of comfort items that also provide a mental boost for them. Photo/Special.

Herobox in Tyrone is adapting its mission to coincide with the drawdown of deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Herobox is turning its eyes to wounded veterans in what is called the “Renewing Heroes” program. A second new program, designed to help aging veterans, is called “Creative Heroes.”

The concept is similar to the original mission of Herobox: to provide specialized care packages for troops overseas that provide snacks, specialty items and mostly a message that someone cares about them, said Herobox founder Ryan Housley. Read More»

‘Oops, wrong house’ burglary suspect jailed after chase

Darrell Shaun Taylor in mug shot provided by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

A Whitesburg man was arrested on multiple charges after breaking in a home in Tyrone on June 21 then, after being arrested, kicking out the window of the patrol car and attempting to flee.

Darrell Shaun Taylor, 39, was charged with burglary, escape, obstruction and interference with government property, according to Sheriff Barry Babb.

Babb said deputies on June 21 responded to a burglary in progress on Tyrone Road. The victim of the burglary called 911 after a white male kicked his door in.
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Fayette School Board is paying a premium for ‘Core’ brand

The more things change, the more they stay the same when it comes to the Fayette County School Board.

I read with interest that the school board now has a balanced budget with a surplus (some call it reserve, I call it surplus) of $11.5 million.

I think I also saw that the board, by a vote of 4-1, has approved spending $1.6 million for those Common Core math books. More about the books later. Read More»

Berry-picking in Tyrone to help needy families

Berry-picking in Tyrone to help needy families

Jack and Shirley Smith pick vine-fresh blackberries, part of a ripening crop right of both blackberries and blueberries at the Real Life Fruit Orchard. The orchard was started in 2011 with the help of many individuals and businesses to help provide fresh fruit for families going through tough times. The fruit compliments the fresh vegetables that are currently received through the Master Gardeners, Two Doves Farms and several community gardens. Read More»

Honoring a fallen Fayette soldier

Honoring a fallen Fayette soldier

The Robert W. Collins Post Office in Tyrone received an addition Wednesday as members of the Fayette County American Legion Post 105 installed a photographic plaque that commemorated the life of the local man who was killed in Iraq in 2010. The plaque includes photos of Lt. Collins as a Sandy Creek High School football player, later in his dress blues and finally, in a photo taken the day before he was killed. Pictured, from left, are parents Deacon and Sharon Collins, Postmaster Ken George and Post 105 director John Christ. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Hopewell UMC’s VBS will feature SonSurfBeach Bash

Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone invites children in the community to Vacation Bible School June 17-20.

“Children will have a great time singing songs, watching skits, creating crafts and playing games.” said Karen Hoyt, director of children’s ministry. “We’re looking forward to sharing this exciting event with the children and parents in our neighborhood.” Read More»

Herobox gets a ride

Herobox gets a ride

Tyrone’s Herobox non-profit organization will get some recognition this week thanks to ARCA Driver Garrett Smithley of Peachtree City will will be making his debut on the circuit in Pocono. The Herobox logo is on the hood of Smithley’s ride in the race; Smithley’s Chevy Impala is prepared and operated by Creation-Cope Racing, which donated the space for Herobox, which prepares specialized care packages for American troops overseas. Photo/Special.

Free berries are ready for pickin’ at Real Life Center’s orchard in Tyrone

Shown is Theresa Wash planting the berries when the orchard was created. Today they are ripe and ready to pick. Photo/Special.

Looking for a new way to serve locally that the whole family can do?

Check out the new Harvest for Real Life U-Pick Berry Patch at Dogwood Church in Tyrone. It’s a great way to have the whole family serve together and pick berries to help local families going through the hard times in life.

Every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday (9-11 a.m.) beginning this month, are U-Pick days. Members of the community can pick some for others and take some home at no cost to them as a gift … or simply pick and give. Read More»

Sandy Creek principal: Parents welcome to bring concerns to school administration

Parents, students and community members, as the 2012-13 school year comes to a close and we look forward to the summer, which will bring relaxation and enjoyment with family and friends, I would like to take this opportunity to thank our many supporters and community leaders. We appreciate your commitment and involvement in our school. Read More»

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