Fayette County

Hugh Edward Hudgins, 80, of Fayetteville

Hugh Edward Hudgins, 80, of Fayetteville, died December 14, 2010.

He worked for Ford Motor Co. for 34 years and was a member of Christ Church at Whitewater for 24 years. Mr. Hudgins enjoyed gardening and yard work and was known for his tomatoes.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years Nell Hudgins; sons Edward E. Hudgins of Doraville, John Hudgins of Canton, and Mark and Sherry Hudgins of Canton; daughters Katurah H. Driskill of McDonough and Dawn Rampley of Canton; step-son Scott Brook of Sharpsburg; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Read More»

Charles Bryant “Charlie” White, 85, of Peachtree City

Charles Bryant “Charlie” White, 85, of Peachtree City passed away December 13, 2010.

Mr. White served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He was also a member of Dogwood Church.

Survivors include his wife Elaine White; son Greg & Anne White of Acworth; daughter Lorna Slowikowsky of Ocala FL..; daughter Nancy & Shawn McElfresh of Ocala, FL.; son Alan & Renee White of Kennesaw; step son Chris Emerson of Winter Springs , FL.; also grandchildren & great grandchildren; sister Margaret Gaines of Rome, GA.; also nieces & nephews. Read More»

8 arrested, 9 indicted for conspiring to distribute meth in D.C.

Nine people have been indicted on federal charges of conspiring to sell large quantities of crystal methamphetamine in the Washington area, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office was among the agencies listed as participating in the investigation. Read More»

All girl "Blood Divas" gang in PTC schools were "beating in" new members

Peachtree City Police Wednesday afternoon announced the arrest of eight female students from J.C. Booth Middle School and one female student from McIntosh High School on felony charges on gang-related offenses. The gang referred to themselves as the “Blood Divas.” The investigation by Peachtree City Police began after reports of gang activity surfaced Sunday. Read More»

F’ville planners approve Goodwill store across from Fayette Pavilion

Goodwill Industries received approval last week from the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission to locate a retail store and drop-off center in the Uptown Square shopping center on Ga. Highway 85 across from the Fayette Pavilion.

That site most recently housed the now-bankrupt Linens-n-Things. The development has a number of vacant storefronts including that of the Barnes & Noble bookstore that closed in May.

Plans for the store include a revamping the interior of the 34,000 square-foot building and providing a drop-off area for donations in the rear of the building. Read More»

Kaiser Permanente micro-clinic approved for F’ville’s Banks Station

Plans by healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente to open a micro-clinic at 101 Banks Station in Fayetteville were approved last week by the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission. The clinic is expected to open near the end of March 2011.

Plans for the 6,420 square-foot building on North Glynn Street call for interior demolition and renovation of the former Blockbuster video rental business two doors south of the Chick-fil-A restaurant. Other plans call for the revitalization and rehabilitation of the building’s exterior, said city senior planner Linwood Robinson. Read More»

Creek at the peak

The ball, the game and the title

The Sandy Creek Patriots are 29-1 since the start of the 2009 season. They have won 29 games in a row and pulled in state titles in both Class AAAA (2009) and Class AAA. The Patriots did it this year with a tremendous effort on defense.

Coaches for Sandy Creek reminded their players at half-time that if Carrollton didn’t score in the second half, the Patriots would win the game. The Trojans got close, incredibly close, but the Sandy Creek defense came up with big stops and turnovers and left the Georgia Dome with another state championship trophy. Read More»

Remembering my friend Joan Neal

Joan Neal in a photo from the October 2010 issue of Fayette Woman Magazine.

[Editor’s note: Joan Neal, 82, died Dec. 5. A Fayetteville resident since 1952, Mrs. Neal personified the phrase, “a pillar of the community.” Fayette County historian Carolyn Cary shares some memories of her long-time friend.]

Of the 57 years Joan Neal lived in Fayette County, I have been privileged to have known her for 44 of those years here. Read More»

Phase 3 West Fayetteville Bypass approved by commission

Phase III of the West Fayetteville Bypass in preliminary drawing at the county commission.

A preliminary alignment for the third and final phase of the West Fayetteville Bypass was approved by the Fayette County Commission Thursday night.

This will allow the county to seek the services of an engineering company to go into further detail to determine a final recommended path, which will be presented for a vote by the county commission at a later date. Read More»

Warily, PTC planners approve big Walgreens at Peachtree Parkway / Hwy. 54

A Photoshopped superimposition of a Walgreens' storefront is shown in place of the current Ruby Tuesday restaurant. Graphic supplied by the developer to the Peachtree City Planning Commission.

Citizens have criticized size, location of store on Ruby Tuesday site

The Walgreens that will be replacing the Ruby Tuesday restaurant in Peachtree City “will be a big honking building” according to Planning Commissioner Patrick Staples.

But since the site plans meet all city ordinances and specifications, the commission had no leverage to force the building further away from the highway, or shrink it altogether as previously requested by a handful of residents. Read More»

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