Fayette County

Maci Kayte Allen

Paul and Mandy Allen of Fayetteville announce the birth of their daughter, Maci Kayte. She was born on January 27, 2011 at 3:29pm at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. Maci weighed 7lbs, 7oz and was 19.75 inches long.

Grandparents are Kay Croxton of Fayetteville, David Croxton of McDonough, and Margaret & Phillip Allen of Amelia Island, Florida. Great grandmother is Mamie McLean of Fayetteville.

Maci was welcomed home by her big brother, Jaden and big sister, Rachel

Walter Eugene “Gene” Pierce, age 72, of Fayetteville

Walter Eugene “Gene” Pierce, age 72, of Fayetteville, died Friday, February 18, 2011.

Mr. Pierce was a member of the Georgia Outsiders Car Club and enjoyed attending the club meetings. He also enjoyed classic cars, hot rods and attending car shows, swap meets and auctions. However, he mostly enjoyed spending time with his family and boating on Lake Jackson.

Mr. Pierce was the founder and former owner/operator of the Atlanta Steel and Equipment Company of Jonesboro. Read More»

Mr. James W. Bailey, 89, of Fayetteville

Mr. James W. Bailey, 89, of Fayetteville, died February 19, 2011.

He was born in the Starr’s Mill community in 1922 to the late Sam and Mamie Bailey. He served in both the US Merchant Marines and the US Navy during World War II. He retired in 1973 from Fort McPherson. He was also a member of Fayetteville First United Methodist Church .

He is survived by his sister-in-law Omie Lee Bailey of Fayetteville ; seven nieces and nephews: Sam Jones, Janelle Taylor, Larry Jones, Bobby Kerlin, Tom Kerlin, Cheryl Miller, and Richard Bailey. Read More»

Mrs. Shirley Marie Brown, 85, of Fayetteville

Mrs. Shirley Marie Brown, of Fayetteville, passed away on February 18, 2011 at the age of 85.

Mrs Brown was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who was a quiet supporter, and nurtured her family in all aspects of their lives. Shirley enjoyed family time, whether playing cards, sewing for her family and others, dancing, or playing golf, she always knew how to make life fun. She was a member of the St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church for over 42 years where she participated in the Women’s Circle and at one time taught public speaking classes. Read More»

Master gardeners identify trees at Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary

Master Gardeners Rich Cocos (L) and Al Baird show off two of the small signs they created to identify large specimen trees at Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary as part of their advanced training in Urban Forestry. Photo/Special.

On a recent warm February afternoon, master gardeners Al Baird and Rich Cocos walked the trail at Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary and posted small signs identifying various trees in the nature preserve.

Visitors to the preserve will now benefit from their work and be able to know what trees are growing in this wetland habitat.

Al and Rich have just completed an in-depth five-day training seminar on Urban Forestry conducted by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to receive a Gold Star for advanced training in Urban Forestry and Ecology. Read More»

$17 million surplus projected for this year’s Fayette school budget

Now halfway through the budget year, the Fayette County School System’s general fund budget is still well in the black and finance staff are projecting a June 30 surplus of more than $17 million. Read More»

New PTC economic chief faces big challenges, modest budget

Peachtree City’s new economic development coordinator is proposing to start with a modest $75,000 budget for the remainder of the current fiscal year.

With those funds, Joey Grisham will be starting up an operation that will focus heavily on retail recruiting to address vacancies in the city’s retail buildings. Read More»

PTC economy guru to focus on retail, industry

Helping improve Peachtree City’s retail economy is one of the larger tasks on the plate of Joey Grisham, the city’s newly-hired economic development coordinator.

Grisham also said he is looking forward to “getting to know” local industries and identifying any expansion plans to determine how the city can assist those companies.

As a retail market consultant, Grisham has developed a large network of contacts with realtors, developers, site location consultants, retailers, and corporations that will be of benefit to Peachtree City, officials said. Read More»

Penelope Wanelle Welch, 70, of Fayetteville

Penelope Wanelle Welch, 70, of Fayetteville, died February 10, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her parents George Harvey and Lathan Welch.

She is survived by her daughters Anita and Terry Glaze of Fayetteville, Michelle and Tyler Smith of McDonough; son Derek and Katherine Copeland of North Pole, AK; grandchildren Megan and Alysa Glaze of Fayetteville, Drew Smith of McDonough, Jordan Copeland of North Pole, AK; sister Brenda Welch of Lanett, AL; brother Phillip Welch of Valley, AL. Read More»

Tyrone adopts adult business, cell tower ordinances

Also: Bid awarded for repaving work on 4 roads

The moratorium of Tyrone’s Adult Business Ordinance came to an end with little fanfare Thursday night. The changes made to the ordinance were adopted unanimously by the town council. Council members also unanimously adopted a new Cell Tower Ordinance.

The Adult Business Ordinance had been subject to a moratorium while being reviewed by the town’s Planning Commission. Prior to the revision and adoption by the council the ordinance had allowed adult businesses to operate in both the M-1 (Light Manufacturing) and M-2 (Heavy Manufacturing) zoning districts. Read More»

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