Fayette County

F'ville's Whitlow named Ga. VFW Officer of Year

Detective Mike Whitlow (R) receives award. Photo/Special.

Describing it as “one of the greatest honors of my life,” Fayetteville Police Det. Mike Whitlow last weekend received recognition at the annual Georgia Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) conference in Macon as the Georgia VFW Peace Officer of the Year.

Whitlow was selected as Peace Officer of the Year for 2010 by the Riverdale VFW chapter and was presented the award before the Fayetteville City Council earlier this month. Read More»

Commissioners decide to give each other 5 minutes to talk at meetings' end

Settling a contentious issue among the five-member Fayette County Board of Commissioners, an agreement has been struck to allow each commissioner five minutes at the end of each meeting to speak on any matter he wishes.

The deal was brokered at the onset of Friday’s retreat meeting of the commission, as Commissioner Steve Brown has recently complained he has no avenue to address certain county matters, specifically those that aren’t up for consideration on the commission’s agenda. Read More»

Deportee faces child molestation charge

A former Griffin man cleared to be deported to Guatemala after being being housed in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Atlanta has been transferred to Fayette County on charges of aggravated child molestation stemming from an incident that occurred here in 2009.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Shelton said former Griffin resident Joel Arnoldo Estrada-Morales, 39, has been charged with aggravated child molestation and is being held in the Fayette County Jail. Read More»

Name Withheld clueless on cops

I read with interest Mr. Name Withheld’s comments regarding his perceived “softness” of the Peachtree City Police Department. Early on in Mr. Withheld’s diatribe it became painfully evident that he has no clue when it comes to police work.

This past year I was fortunate to have participated in the Peachtree City Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy. I learned (and witnessed) first-hand the challenges and issues facing our policemen (and women) as they perform their duties each and every minute of every day. Read More»

Civil War book critic biased, unlike author

This letter is in response to the letter posted from Glen Allen of Peachtree City in the Feb. 9, 2011 edition of The Citizen.

I am writing as the president of Gallopade International, publisher of the “Student’s Civil War” series by Carole Marsh. In full-disclosure, Gallopade is a multi-generation family business, and I am Carole’s daughter. Read More»

Before there was Cheers, there was Melear’s: Thanks for memories

How many plates of barbeque and big sweet tea glasses have you had there?

As a babe in arms one of my first memories is making the pilgrimage from the city (Atlanta) to Fayetteville on Sunday afternoon. Our weekend entertainment was going for a ride on Sunday after church. I fell into a deep sleep in the back of a crowded car and woke up to the smell of barbeque and a magical piano that played by itself. Read More»

Community should support Gathering Place

Peachtree City’s website stresses that it is a “planned community” and people are encouraged to “plan to stay.” After all, Peachtree City has been voted one of the “Ten Top Places in the Nation to Retire.”

Right now, if you are an older adult in Peachtree City, you might not agree that the city stands behind all that.

The main recreational facility for older adults, The Gathering Place, is overcrowded and it is only expected to get more crowded because of the rise in the senior population. Read More»

Church of Nativity youth spaghetti dinner is tonight

Young people at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity will serve a spaghetti dinner Wednesday, Feb. 16, to raise funds for a youth mission trip in June.

The benefit event is billed as “Mama Rita’s Italian Kitchen” in honor of the Rev. Rita Henault, rector of the parish. Serving will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the common room of the educational building of the church, located at 130 Antioch Road, just off Georgia Route 92, south of downtown Fayetteville. Read More»

Order pine straw for spring flower beds from PTC UMM

Shown above (L-R) are Butch Hill, Danny McCranie, Marty Scheuer, Walter Gammell, and Allen Barnhill. Photo/Special.

The United Methodist Men at Peachtree City United Methodist Church are now taking orders for their annual fertilizer and pine straw sales. Delivery will be Saturday, March 5 and Saturday, March 12.

For the last 32 years the Peachtree City United Methodist Men have been selling fertilizer, lime and pinestraw to help various charities and ministries. This year a complete army of men, more than 100, are ready for the door to door campaign. Chairman of the event is Butch Hill. Read More»

McDonald-Detamore engagement

Amber Lynn McDonald engaged to Radley Blake Detamore

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Randall McDonald of Monroeville, Ala. and Ms. Julie Caylor McDonald of Pensacola, Fla. announce the engagement of their daughter, Amber Lynn McDonald, to Radley Blake Detamore, son of Maj. Gen. and Mrs. Lowell Coan Detamore Jr. of Peachtree City. Read More»