Fayette County

Three standouts selected finalists for teacher of year

Finalist Lynne Bruschetti (left) with school board member Diane Basham.

Winner to be announced in April

Three finalists for 2015 Fayette County Teacher of the Year have emerged with the highest combined score from three judges who read and scored essay-style applications from 25 contenders.

The finalists are Sean Bennett, Fayette County Alternative School; Lynne Bruschetti, McIntosh High; and Gail Frantz, Peeples Elementary.

Bennett, a language arts teacher at the Fayette County Alternative School, said teaching is more of a calling for him than a career. Read More»

Fludd: MLK’s arrival was ‘defining moment’

State Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) at the MLK Day observance. Photo/Ben Nelms.
Ga. Highway 85 in Fayetteville Jan. 19 was the scene of the annual parade commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mayor: PTC budget went ‘off track’

Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Flesh. File photo.

Fleisch defends pay raises, police department in state of city report

The city’s budget process “went slightly off-track last year,” Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch admitted Jan. 15 in her State of the City address at a meeting of the Peachtree City Rotary Club.

The mayor also defended the city’s police department in the wake of the New Year’s Day shooting of the wife of Chief Will McCollom. Read More»

Fayette one bid closer to dredging Lake Peachtree

View of drained Lake Peachtree from May 2014.

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to consider a $1,449,140 bid for dredging at Lake Peachtree during its Jan. 22 regular meeting. Read More»

F’ville residents sound off on noise

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Noise relief coming to residents on Redwine, more apartments to be decided in February

For more than three hours Thursday night, Fayetteville residents had their say on two issues that stirred the passions of several residents.

When the dust settled after hearing discussion about everything including strip clubs and children scaling roofs, half the residents left happy, while the rest will have to wait until February to see if their concerns are addressed. Read More»

PTC Council’s Ernst has a new star in his family — GOP Sen. Joni Ernst

Peachtree City Councilman Terry Ernst (L) gets his photo taken with his famous sister-in-law, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, at her swearing-in ceremony earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Photo/Submitted.

The national Republican Party has a new rising star, newly minted U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, who gave the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s state of the union message on the major TV networks and cable news channels Tuesday night.

Peachtree City Councilman Terry Ernst knows this new star well — she’s his sister-in-law.

Read all about this local connection to the highest level of national politics in Terry Garlock’s column by clicking here.

Fayetteville students become Disney stars

Performance part of educational program

Members of the Fayette County High School Chorus became stars of their own Disney show on Jan. 18 when they entertained resort guests at Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney.

The group was at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.

The chorus, under the direction of Laurie Gividen, put on an exceptional performance that entertained hundreds of Downtown Disney guests.

This was the group’s first visit to the resort with the Disney Performing Arts Program. Read More»

Fayette gets own chess tournament

Open to all ages and skill levels

Chess enthusiasts aren’t likely to find a “patzer” in Fayette County’s new tournament even though it is open to all ages and players of all skill levels.

The new tournament is the brainchild of Inman Elementary School teacher and school Chess Club sponsor Charlie Harper, who is no patzer, as poor players are called in chess terminology.

The tournament will take place Feb. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Inman. Read More»

Fayetteville Police sponsor 'Citizens Academy'

Students learn about evidence, firearms, and more

The Fayetteville Police Department is gearing up for its 6th annual Citizens Police Academy where participants can learn about all kinds of law enforcement topics including evidence processing and firearms training.

Academy sessions will be held every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning March 10 and ending May 19 with a week off for Spring Break. Read More»

New board for master gardeners

Master Gardener Board

The Fayette Master Gardener Association recently introduced its newly elected board members.

The 2015 Board includes (Left to Right) Fluff Winship (corresponding secretary), Don Adkins (president-elect), Myriam Cousin (president), Art Ayers (treasurer), and Ellen O'Neill (recording secretary).

The association is comprised of master gardeners whose mission is to provide unbiased horticultural information through volunteer community service and educational gardening projects.

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