Fayette County

Mr. Ven I. Gella, 63, of Fayetteville

Mr. Ven I. Gella, 63, of Fayetteville, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

Mr. Gella was born on May 24, 1947 in the Philippines. He served proudly in the U.S. Navy. After serving in the Navy he began his career with Pan Am and later retired from Delta Air Lines. He was currently employed at World Airways.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years Minnie R. Gella; daughter Stephanie (Andrew) Alfonso; son Steven (Jennifer) Gella; daughter Sheryl (Michael) Campbell; grandchildren, Chance, Flora, Kalani, Elika, Ava, Oliver and Olivia; sister Brenda (Robert) Klebahn. Read More»

Crabapple Science Olympiad team takes second

Crabapple Science Olympiad team takes second

The Crabapple Lane Cardinal's Science Olympiad team went to county competition March 19 and came home with a strong second place finish. The team consisted of 27 members from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Each student that competed earned at least one award for placing in the top six. Events in the Olympiad included water rockets, mystery architect, and crime busters. The Cardinals will now prepare to go to state competition in May. The team is coached by fifth grade teacher Pat Costa. Photo/Special.

Peeples Science Olympiad team blasts off to place every competitor

Peeples Science Olympiad team blasts off to place every competitor

Peeples Science Olympiad Team rocketed past other competitors on Saturday, Mar. 19, as they competed against other schools in Fayette County. In record-breaking school history, every student placed in an event. The team was award the county championship and will go on to compete at the state competition in May. Photo/Special.

Mr. Melba H. “Hoss” Couch Jr. of Fayetteville

Mr. Melba H. “Hoss” Couch Jr. of Fayetteville died March 11, 2011.

He is survived by Julie Peeples and her husband Lance; Tabetha Allison; Shelby Peeples; Della Peeples; Zoie Peeples, all of Fayetteville; Bonnell Phillips and children of Warm Springs; Lorene Couch; George Couch and his wife Debbie; J. C. Couch and his wife Eleanor, all of McDonough; Wayne Couch and his wife Ginger of Brooks; Mary Banks and her husband Raymond of Starrs Mill; nieces, nephews and cousins. Read More»

Equine equipment, other items stolen from therapy program

The Fruition Farm therapeutic riding program on Gullat Road near Tyrone and Coweta County was the site of two thefts in the past week. Thieves got away with more than $21,000 in riding equipment along with satellite radio and GPS equipment. Two arrests were made in the area for probation violations though they are not thought to be connected to the thefts. Read More»

Residents called to contribute to American Cancer Society’s historic cancer research

Residents of Fayette and Coweta counties have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. Men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer are needed to participate in the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). CPS-3 will enroll a diverse population of up to half a million people across the United States and Puerto Rico.

There will be three locations for Fayette County residents to enroll in CPS3: Read More»

Mr. and Miss McIntosh crowned

Caitlin Burk- Miss McIntosh 2011 and Nathan Pearson- Mr. McIntosh 2011. Photo/Special

McIntosh High School held its second annual scholarship competition on Mar. 16 and 18 at McIntosh High School.  Contestants represented a wide variety of clubs, organizations, and teams from the high school.  Students won a range of $500 - $1,500 in scholarship money. The students were scored on interviews with a panel of judges, talent in front of a live audience, grades, evening wear, and a 30 second final question.

Winners were as follows:

2nd Runner Up Mr McIntosh - Robert Rodriguez

1st Runner up Mr McIntosh - Jonathan Campbell

Mr McIntosh 2011 - Nathan Pearson Read More»

Law enforcement arrest reports — March 8-14 and March 15-21

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, March 8 - Monday, March 14

Desmond Lamar Bailey, 22, of Mile Run, Hampton, for probation violation.

Guadalupe Martin, 43, North Jeff Davis Drive, Fayetteville, for vehicle turning left, DUI, DUI less safe, expired license and open container.

Michael Preston rodgers, 42, of Willow Road, Fayetteville, for battery-simple battery-family violence. Read More»

Fayette high school days get longer in Aug.; middle schoolers also affected

Beginning in August school days get longer for Fayette County’s high school students — 20 minutes longer each weekday afternoon.

And middle school students will have to get to school 10 minutes earlier than they have been used to, but they will get out 10 minutes earlier each afternoon. Read More»

PTC Mayor’s wife: My opinion is mine, not his

The wife of Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix is now defending a comment she made that she hoped the city’s new economic development director’s stay here is “short-lived.”

In a letter to the editor, Cathy Haddix insists that her comments, shared with Economic Development Coordinator Joey Grisham at the recent grand opening of The Fresh Market grocery store, represent her viewpoint and not that of her husband. Read More»

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