Fayette County

The plane that turned the tide of WWII in the Pacific

The plane that turned the tide of WWII in the Pacific

Charles Kennedy, with the Commemorative Air Force, explains to The Citizen’s Bethan Adams how the machine gun works in the back of an SBD Dauntless dive bomber. “I believe this is the most historically significant airplane,” he said. According to Kennedy, the plane created a turning point in World War II at the Battle of Midway when Dauntless pilots sank four Japanese aircraft carriers, even though the model was considered out of date at the time. The SBD at the Great Georgia Air Show Saturday is one of two left in the world, nick-named “Slow, But Deadly” by pilots.

Big finish for the Great Georgia Air Show

Big finish for the Great Georgia Air Show

Peachtree City resident Jeff Lange captures a jet-powered school bus roaring past a wall of flames at the annual event at Falcon Field. Photo/Jeff Lange.

Here’s how and where you can vote early before Election Day

Sample Fayette County General Election ballot from the county Elections Board website.

Advanced voting is here and Fayette County residents get to have their say on local and statewide races and two proposed constitutional amendments.

New this year are the local races for the Fayette County Board of Education in Districts 4 and 5 and the Fayette County Commission race in District 5.

Advanced voting for the Nov. 4 election runs from Oct. 13-31 at the elections office at the government complex in Fayetteville and from Oct. 20-30 at the Peachtree City Library and Tyrone Town Hall.

Voters from all districts can vote at any of the advanced voting locations. Read More»

For county, McCarty, Coston spar about district voting

Candidates for the District 5 seat on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners (L-R) Pota Coston and incumbent Allen McCarty wait for instructions on electronic voting during a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Transportation, voting methods, and the need to make Fayette County as attractive as possible to both business leaders and young people dominated a political forum where candidates vying for the District 5 county commission seat spoke on Saturday.

“This election is about the future of Fayette County,” said Pota Coston, the Democratic challenger to Republican incumbent Commissioner Allen McCarty.

“Many of us moved here because of the quality of life,” she said, adding that the campaign is about ways to grow the economy while protecting and increasing home values in Fayette County. Read More»

BoE forum topics: Age, race, technology integration

District 4 Board of Education candidates (L-R) Diane Basham and Ogechi Oparah and District 5 incumbent Leonard Presberg use smart phones to cast their votes in a straw poll taken Saturday during a political forum. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Race and age played key roles in a political forum Saturday when a young black candidate for the Fayette County Board of Education asked voters to make history by electing her while a veteran white teacher stressed her experience in the classroom. Read More»

St. Christopher’s offers Greek pastries for the holidays

Just in time for the holidays, St. Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church in Peachtree City is having its 2014 Holiday Greek Pastry Sale to benefit the Philoptochos Society (Friends of the Poor).

Available for sale will be: Spanakopita, $10 per dozen; Tiropita, $10 per dozen; Baklava, $18 per dozen; Kourambiethes, $15 per dozen; Melomakarona, $15 per dozen; Koulourakia $8 per dozen; sampler mixed dozen, $20 per box.

Order deadline is Nov. 10. Pick up dates are Friday Nov. 21 from 3 – 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. – noon at 313 Dividend Dr., Peachtree City. Read More»

Good neighbors

Karen Hoyt, director of Children’s Ministries at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone, worked with the children and adults to clean up the courtyard at Robert J. Burch Elementary last month.

Karen Hoyt, director of Children’s Ministries at Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone, worked with the children and adults to clean up the courtyard at Robert J. Burch Elementary last month. The group worked intensely for a couple of hours pulling weeds, digging up small trees and manicuring the area. The church and the school are neighbors on Jenkins Road in Tyrone. The church has pledged to support the school throughout the year. Photo/Special.

PTC Christian Women’s Ministry will host Women of Faith live simulcast Nov. 7 & 8

Women’s ministry leaders (L-R) Anna Brown, Amanda Gonzales and Lisa Fodero prepare for the big simulcast event at Peachtree City. Christian Church. Photo/Special.

Members of Peachtree City Christian Church Women’s Ministry are busy preparing for hundreds of women in the surrounding area to attend the Women Of Faith – Survival to Revival 2014 Live Simulcast on Friday, Nov. 7, from 7 - 9 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the church, 500 Kedron Dr. in Peachtree City.

Tickets for the event are $30 and can be purchased online at www.ptc3.com/women-of-faith/ or in the church office.

The doors will open an hour early and Roly Poly will provide box lunches for $7. Read More»

Providence offers special program for single parents

After hosting Divorce Care classes for the past nine years, Providence United Methodist Church now has a special program, The Umbrella, for all single parents in the community.

Classes meet at 9:30 or 10:45 a.m. every Sunday in room 106. Free nursery, children and teen classes are provided during both classes.

Interested parents should email their interest to umbrella@provumc.com. Read More»

What’s right with Fayette Chamber?

After over a decade at the helm of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce, I have let our board and staff know that it is my plan to retire from the chamber Dec. 31 of this year.

It has been such a privilege, honor and blessing to have had the opportunity to lead this incredible organization. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t been inspired and humbled by the opportunities our team has to make a difference through our efforts at the chamber, not only on behalf of the businesses and organizations that make up our membership, but also for our Fayette community. Read More»