Fayette County

SCHS grad named 'Amazing Student' at UGA

Jill Turner, a 2007 graduate of Sandy Creek, was recently named an Amazing Student at the University of Georgia. She currently serves as the executive director of UGA’s chapter of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network and as the secretary-general of the Model United Nations Team. Outside of campus, she has interned in U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s office in Washington, D.C., where she helped to manage and maintain legislative correspondence, serve as the initial contact for constituents with requests and concerns, research a variety of topics for staffers, and aid overall office performances. Read More»

Mr. William “Dutch” Zeitschel, 85, of Fayetteville

Mr. William “Dutch” Zeitschel, 85, of Fayetteville, GA, passed away on March 16, 2011.

Mr. Zeitschel was a very generous, loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather. He proudly served in the US Navy aboard the USS Niblack, where he was a Quartermaster 3rd class, and was awarded the Pacific Theater Award. Following his Navy career he worked for 39 years at Armco Steel as a Millwright. He always had a joke to tell, loved to travel and he enjoyed collecting coins and stamps. Read More»

Tona L. Spence, 72, of Fayetteville

Tona L. Spence, 72, of Fayetteville, died March 15, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charles Leftwich & Madeline Walters Leftwich.

She is survived by her son Greg Spence of Fayetteville ; grandchildren Brady Spence, Ansley Spence and Blake Spence all of Douglasville; sister Janice Green of Newnan; former husband Jimmy D. Spence of Newnan; and Aunt Nell Gresham of Atlanta.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Westview Cemetery, Atlanta. The family will receive friends Friday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Read More»

Joseph “Joe” A. Marsella, 74, Peachtree City

Joseph “Joe” A. Marsella, 74, a Peachtree City resident, formerly of Philadelphia, PA and New York died March 15, 2011.

Mr. Marsella was preceded in death by his son Kenneth Marsella.

Joe worked for Pan American Airline for 32 years, and also Delta Airlines. He also served his country in the U.S.A.F..

He was the beloved husband of Margaret, and loving father of Michele and son-in-law Stephen DeLuca; brother Anthony Marsella and his wife Julia; sister Loretta and her husband James Leo. Read More»

Mr. James Donald Odom, 90, of Tyrone

Mr. James Donald Odom, 90, of Tyrone, passed away on March 14, 2011.

Mr. Odom was a member of a Masonic Lodge. He is preceded in death by his son Harry Odom; great-grandchild Kirkland Scott; brother, Bill Odom; sisters Cleitus Smith and Helen Oliver. He is survived by his beloved wife Margie Odom; grandchild Michelle Scott and her husband Keith of Columbus; daughter-in-law Doneta Odom of Columbus ; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Abigail Scott, both of Columbus; several nieces and nephews. Read More»

Mrs. Elizabeth “Blondie” Swetmon, 87, formerly of Fayetteville

Mrs. Elizabeth “Blondie” Swetmon, 87, of Christian City, formerly of East Point and Fayetteville, passed away on March 14, 2011.

Mrs. Swetmon was a very loving and generous person who never met a stranger. She was an adventurous lady who spent time outdoors, fishing and enjoyed reading. She adored her poodles, Beegee and Bo. She retired from Nabisco with over 43 years of dedicated service. Read More»

Juanita Kirkpatrick Wilhelm, 82, Peachtree City

Juanita Kirkpatrick Wilhelm, 82, passed away peacefully on March 13, 2011 in Peachtree City, GA after having been diagnosed with lung cancer in January of this year.

Juanita was born and raised in Paint Rock Valley, Alabama and had resided in Huntsville for the last nine years. She lived in Orlando, Florida from 1956-2002 with her husband of 56 years, George Brooks Wilhelm, who passed away in 2002. She was one of eight children born to the late Todd and Lessie Kirkpatrick of Trenton, Alabama. Read More»

Wreck at Flat Creek and Golfview in PTC closes road

The Peachtree City Police department is currently working a two vehicle wreck at the intersection of Flat Creek Road and Golfview Drive.  The east entrance to Golfview from Flat Creek is completely closed.  Motorists can access Golfview from the west side. 

Police department spokesperson Rosanna Dove at approximately 4:15 p.m. Thursday said motorists should expect to be stopped and be required to turn around if on Flat Creek Road from Peachtree Pkwy. 

At this point there has been one injury reported though it is not thought to be life-threatening, said Dove. Read More»

Greyhounds run for the rescue in Chatt Hills

Ordinarily the four-legged athletes competing on the fields of the Bouckaert Farm are sport horses, but two weekends a year those athletes are of the canine variety – swift sighthounds like Greyhounds, Whippets and Scottish Deerhounds chasing a fast moving lure that simulates the action of a hare on the run. The sport is called “lure coursing” and is an adaptation of the ancient sport of coursing, in which two Greyhounds chase a hare in a contest between the dogs themselves and the hare. Read More»

New Chatt Hills Charter School hires principal

The board of directors of the new Chattahoochee Hills Charter School (CHCS) announced this week that New Orleans educator Duke J. Bradley, III has been hired as the school’s principal. The regional charter school will open its doors for the first time in August and will serve three cities in south Fulton County Fulton and the unincorporatd areas of Fulton, Coweta, Fayette, Douglas and Carroll counties. Read More»

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