Tyrone suicide prevention agency gets counseling grant

Chaplain Kenneth Koon, right, executive director of the Armed Forces Mission, accepts a check from Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation trustee Arnold Johnson..

The Armed Forces Mission in Tyrone recently received a $10,000 grant from the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation.

Chaplain Kenneth Koon, executive director of the Armed Forces Mission, was one of 54 recipients from among 89 applicants chosen to receive financial assistance from the foundation operated by the Georgia Baptist Convention. The Foundation distributed $3,256,924 million in an awards ceremony at the Georgia Baptist Missions and Ministry Center in Duluth. Read More»

Celebrate Earth Day 2015 in Tyrone

An estimated two billion people across 192 nations are expected to participate in Earth Day 2015 and Fayette County residents are invited to join the fun with a festival in Tyrone on April 18.

Earth Day is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year and planners believe Earth Day 2015 will be the largest civic observance in the world, according to its website, www.earthday.org.

The Tyrone observance at Shamrock Park is a free event that runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read More»

Residents get their say on town plan

Tyrone residents at a Feb. 17 public input meeting provided ideas for the town’s upcoming 10-year Comprehensive Plan. Residents got a look at issues such as the town’s population and growth and had their say on what changes they would like to see in the coming years. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Tyrone might be near the middle of its state-required 10-year Comprehensive Plan, but changes in the local economy have led to a need to re-evaluate the plan and develop a new document. One of the first steps in producing a new document was a public input meeting held Feb. 17 at the Tyrone Library.

Mayor Eric Dial said Tyrone adopted the most recent 10-year Comprehensive Plan eight years ago. That adoption came at the beginning of the Great Recession that had a significant impact of Tyrone and Fayette County. Read More»

What is the price of principle? Is money the only value?

Fayette County, is there nothing more important than money?

If someone visiting Fayette County or a new resident to our area were to read the letters in the Feb. 11 edition of The Citizen penned by Mr. Rigsby and by Ms. Learnard, they may be left thinking that in Peachtree City and Fayetteville only one thing really matters — $Dollars$.

The headline for Mr. Rigsby’s letter includes, “Focus on fiscal issues” and the body of that letter espouses that the Republican Party needs to not be involved in “social issues” but rather only concern themselves with fiscal health. Read More»

Town may add cameras

A topic at the Feb. 10 Tyrone Town Council retreat led to a discussion that will have Police Chief Brandon Perkins explore the idea of having officers wear on-body cameras. Perkins said he could report back to council with findings in the coming months.

Mayor Eric Dial after the meeting said that, conceptually, the council supports the idea of having officers wear body cameras. Read More»

'Burch Bear Tracks' is March 21

The 5th Annual Burch Bear Tracks race at Robert J. Burch Elementary is set for March 21.

The fun starts at 8 a.m. and includes a 5K race, a Mile Fun Run and a Tot Trot.

The primary goal is to promote health and wellness through fitness as well as raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to help efforts to find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. The secondary goal is to fund Burch’s running club in which hundreds of students participate. Read More»

Sandy Creek kids keep collecting awards

SkillsUSA chapter pounces competition

The medals keep mounting for Sandy Creek High School’s SkillsUSA Chapter as members conquered their regional competition, and are preparing to do the same at the state conference in March.

The chapter medaled in nine out of 13 competitions, earning four gold, two silver, and three bronze medals. More than 500 students from the region competed in 33 contests in the areas of architecture, construction, communication, transportation, public safety, cosmetology, and culinary arts. Read More»

Burch Bears send love

Students at Robert J. Burch Elementary have big hearts and showed it on Valentine's Day.

Burch Art teacher Donna Baena helped students spread some kindness for the Valentine holiday. Students in art classes, fifth grade homerooms, and the integrated pre-k program all participated in making Valentine cards for patients at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Burch Bears sent 218 cards to patients at the children's hospital.

Burch Bears learning lessons

Ambassadors at Robert J. Burch Elementary School in Tyrone are learning not only leadership and people skills, but also the importance of giving to others.

The group of ambassadors recently spent a week selling small items to other students for 50 cents. The week-long project allowed them to practice marketing and advertising skills, as well as business and finance skills.

After their fundraising was complete, the ambassadors voted to donate the $33 they raised. Their proceeds have been donated to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

Armed robber hits pharmacy in Tyrone on Saturday morning

Tyrone police are searching for a man who held up the CVS pharmacy on GA. Highway 74 just after the store opened Saturday morning. Neither of the store employees was harmed.

Tyrone Police Department spokesman Lt. Phillip Nelson said a man entered the pharmacy at the Southampton Village shopping center on Hwy. 74 with a handgun drawn at approximately 7:30 a.m. The man forced the store manager and the employee on duty into the office. Read More»

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