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Peeples students ‘Smile’

Peeples students ‘Smile’

Second graders from Peeples Elementary School sing “Smile” in celebration of the life of Mary Evelyn King, the 8-year-old who recently lost her battle to cancer, at the Relay for Life Kickoff. The event took place in Peachtree City Nov. 21. The annual Fayette County Relay for Life will take place at Falcon Field in Peachtree City on Apr. 29, 2011. Photo/Special.

Crabapple Elementary School welcomes local author

Crabapple Elementary School welcomes local author

Crabapple Elementary School in Peachtree City welcomed award-winning children's author Carole Marsh as she talked about her newest "Real Kids, Real Places" mysteries. Students listened to "the stories behind the stories," as Marsh shared interesting facts about the well-known places used as the settings of the books. "My passion is turning children into avid readers. They become readers when you make stories come alive for them from the earliest age. My most enjoyable days are spent with a roomful of children who ask lots of questions and want to learn," Marsh states. Read More»

Starr's Mill and Sandy Creek are semifinal bound

There was little drama in their quarterfinal matches tonight, but that suited the players, coaches and fans just fine. Those who braved the cold were rewarded with seeing their teams advance to the semifinals in their respective classifications on the strengths of shutouts.

For more on the games, see the story at http://www.thecitizensports.com/node/1122

Creek keeps a-truckin' with 41-0 win

Bruce Dukes scampered 60-plus yards returning a punt for a touchdown against visiting Monroe Friday night.

Sandy Creek rolled over the visiting Monroe Hurricanes 41-0 at home on another chilly night. The Hurricanes largely kept the ball on the ground but couldn't get much momentum against the Creek defense, which secured a shutout for the second week in a row.

Is flu on the rise in some Fayette schools?

There have been a undetermined number of student illnesses recently in Fayette County public schools. While those illnesses may or may not be influenza, schools have sent letters to parents urging them to take the necessary precautions. Statewide, there have been few hospitalizations and no deaths related to the seasonal flu types A and B.

“We’re not tracking numbers, but we have had a lot of kids out and a number of our schools are saying it is the flu,” said school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach. Read More»

Fayette school board hears warning of state fund cuts of up to 4%

State officials are still talking about making further cuts in education spending, Comptroller Laura Brock told the Fayette County Board of Education last week.

The cuts would come from the school system’s Quality Basic Education (QBE) funding, and there’s talk of either a 2 percent or a 4 percent cut, Brock said.

The 4 percent cut would cost Fayette County Schools about $1.6 million, Brock estimated. To counterbalance that cut, the school will make cuts of 4 percent in transportation and nursing services going into the middle of the school year’s budget cycle, she said. Read More»

Fayette law officers caution holiday shoppers on crime perils

Fayetteville Police and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office want shoppers to stay safe and aware during the holiday shopping season. With that in mind, both agencies are providing tips to help ensure safer holiday shopping.

Fayetteville Police say shopping during the holiday season can present unique dangers when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other crimes. Taking a few preventative measures can help keep the holiday season joyous, officers said. Those measures include:

• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. Read More»

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers for holidays

Jack and Amy Lenderman — “Meals on Wheels” volunteers for 10 years — prepare to deliver their route on Ga. Highway 314. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

“Meals on Wheels” is a federal program designed to provide at least one meal a day to eligible seniors. These meals are delivered by noon, Monday through Friday, by volunteer drivers to at least 160 seniors. The program is administered through Fayette Senior Services.

The frozen meals are delivered early each morning from Atlanta. Four to five workers from several local organizations clean out each cooler, and place the appropriate number of meals into 17 different coolers, according to the needs on each of the 17 routes. Read More»

F’ville Council eases sign rules to help merchants during holidays

The Fayetteville City Council at the Nov. 18 meeting gave local businesses a better shot at increased sales during the holiday shopping season.

The council unanimously approved a resolution allowing businesses to display two additional display banners during the holiday season along with the two banners per year they are currently permitted under the sign ordinance. Read More»

F’ville approves city part of Fayette County road plan

Fayetteville City Hall.

The Fayetteville City Council at its Nov. 18 meeting unanimously approved its list of proposed projects for the 2010 Fayette County Comprehensive Transportation Plan.

The resolution includes a wish list of proposed projects that will be forwarded to the county for consideration. The council also adopted a resolution that complies with the new state law on outside watering. Read More»

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