Tyrone's top cop

Tyrone's top cop

The Tyrone Police Department awarded officer of the year to Jonathan Woodruff, a 27-year-old Air Force veteran who has been with the Tyrone force since May 2013. Woodruff had 66 percent of Tyrone’s DUI arrests this year–18 arrests out of 27–and is No. 3 in traffic stops (with 789 total stops this year). “He’s an extremely good employee,” chief of police Brandon Perkins said of Woodruff. Read More»

Christmas in Tyrone

6-year-old Evan Hardy shows Santa his loose tooth. Photo/Bethan Adams.

Light the tree

Below are photos by Bethan Adams from Tyrone's Christmas tree lighting event. Hold the mouse over each photo for its information.


The evening affair included various components of the community, including Zumba and Jazzercise and Sandy Creek High School's and Flat Rock Middle School's choruses.


Santa, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse rode in on a horse-drawn carriage right before Mayor Eric Dial counted down for the lighting of the Christmas tree. Read More»

Pearl Harbor survivor's story

Sgt. Darwin "Ditty" Schurr wearing a lei. Photo/Courtesy of Linda Conley.

He had to choose between Hawaii and the Philippines upon his enlistment, and Hawaii won. He liked the name.

Little did Sgt. Darwin “Ditty” Schurr know he would miss getting bombed on the beach only because he decided to sleep in the motor park. It was his birthday, and he had camped on the beach while on furlough.

Ditty, whose daughter, Linda Conley, lives in Tyrone, survived the surprise strike on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941–it was his 22nd birthday. Read More»

Sandy Creek's Gospel Chorus excels at competition

The Sandy Creek High School Gospel Chorus received high honors at the 3rd Annual “Bring the Noise” Youth Gospel Choir Competition Dec. 6, in Duluth. Directed by SCHS Choral Director Craig Robertson (far right), the chorus won second place in the judged competition and also received the People’s Choice Award. The chorus will perform at the SCHS Christmas Choral Concert Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. at SCHS in Tyrone. Photo/Submitted.

Sandy Creek High School’s Gospel Chorus received double honors at the 3rd annual “Bring the Noise” Youth Gospel Choir Competition Dec. 6, at the Sugarloaf United Methodist Church in Duluth.

After placing second in the judged competition, the SCHS chorus won the People’s Choice Award, an honor bestowed on the basis of audience votes. The chorus received two cash prizes totaling $750. In addition, the chorus will receive a recording session at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta. Read More»

Tyrone tree lighting set for this weekend

Tyrone’s Christmas celebration officially begins Sunday, Dec. 7, with its annual tree lighting event at Shamrock Park.

The event starts at 4 p.m. with free horse drawn sleigh rides around Shamrock Park and ends at 8 p.m. While the sleigh rides go around town, Flat Rock’s chorus will sing with Sandy Creek’s chorus close behind.

Santa is scheduled to appear at 7 p.m. along with “surprise guests” sponsored by the Tyrone Depot. Read More»

Tuned for the holidays

Tuned for the holidays

Flat Rock holiday concert

The Flat Rock Middle School Band, directed by Mr. Matthew Price, will be performing their Winter Concert Dec 15 at 7 p.m. in Sandy Creek High School’s Patriot Hall. The Beginning, Concert and Symphonic Bands will be performing holiday music. Admission is free. Photo/Submitted.

Hopewell hires new music director

Lynn Craig

Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone announces the hiring of a new music director, Lynn Craig.

Craig, originally from Florida, moved to Georgia in the 1990s to pursue schooling and a career as a media specialist. She is currently employed by the Henry County School System.

She has an extensive background in leading choral music and comes to Hopewell from the First United Methodist Church in Stockbridge.

She says her current challenge is blending contemporary and traditional music into the worship service so the entire congregation feels comfortable. Read More»

Christmas concert at SCHS, ft. ‘Gloria’

Sandy Creek High School’s Choral Department is pleased to present the 2014 Christmas Concert on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. in Patriot Hall at Sandy Creek High School, located at 360 Jenkins Rd. in Tyrone.

This year’s concert will feature a presentation of Antonio Vivaldi’s well-known masterwork “Gloria,” as well as other holiday songs.

The concert will also feature a performance by the SCHS Gospel Chorus, which will be competing in the “Bring the Noise” 2014 Youth Gospel Choir Competition on Dec. 6 in Duluth, Ga. Read More»

That time of year

Tyrone public works employee David Moretz untangles lights next to the Tyrone Town Hall. Moretz, coworker Matt Underwood and Public Works Director Billy Campbell have been decorating the town for the holiday season.  Photo/Bethan Adams.

Tyrone public works employee David Moretz untangles lights next to the Tyrone Town Hall. Moretz, coworker Matt Underwood and Public Works Director Billy Campbell have been decorating the town for the holiday season. Photo/Bethan Adams.

Hopewell celebrates life of 103-year-old member

103-year-old Lamar Wallace (center) flanked by David and Debbie Hamby.

Members of Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone celebrated the amazing life of their 103-year-old member, Lamar Wallace (center), on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The theme for the event was”Oklahoma,” because that is his home state. Wallace is flanked by David and Debbie Hamby who were instrumental in organizing the event. Debbie co-chaired the event with Marilyn Ellis and Sharon Collins, all of Tyrone. A Delta Air Lines employee group, called “Cabin Jammers” provided some toe tapping Bluegrass music for the evening that included a meal, entertainment, and a huge birthday cake. Read More»

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