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Kathryn Joann Lee, age 79

On Saturday, December 14, 2013 in Interlachen, Fla., Kathryn Joann (Koop) Lee passed away, joining her husband William R. Lee in the Kingdom of Our Lord. She was born March 14, 1934, the second daughter of Harold Edgar and Clara (Euler) Koop in East Meadow, Long Island, N.Y.

Kathryn was a retired pharmacy technician and enjoyed a varied work history while raising six children. She was a faithful member of Interlachen First Baptist Church. Read More»

Michael Kenneth Smallwood, 48

Mr. Michael Kenneth "Mike" Smallwood, 48, entered through the gates of Heaven at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta, Ga.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Thomson High School Auditorium with Rev. Addison Belangia, Rev. Scott Franklin and Rev. John Spencer officiating. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery in Thomson. Read More»

Michael Kenneth Smallwood, 48

Mr. Michael Kenneth "Mike" Smallwood, 48, entered through the gates of Heaven at 1:45 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at Georgia Regents Medical Center in Augusta, Ga.

The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Thomson High School Auditorium with Rev. Addison Belangia, Rev. Scott Franklin and Rev. John Spencer officiating. Interment will be in Westview Cemetery in Thomson. Read More»

Murray Pritchett, age 84, of Union City

Murray Pritchett

Mr. Murray Pritchett, age 84, of Union City, Ga., passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Mr. Pritchett worked for the Atlanta Fire Department and was an aide to five chiefs for 16 years and owned a Gulf Service Station at Hartsfield Atlanta Airport for 28 years. He is preceded in death by his wife Amy Pritchett and is survived by two children Elizabeth Avera and Marshall Pritchett and wife Anna all of Fayetteville; grandchildren Jessica Eberhardt, Christine Cole, Holly and Michael Avera, and great grandchildren Gabrielle and Tyler Cole. Read More»

Rep. Westmoreland supports bipartisan budget deal

U.S. Rep.Lynn Westmoreland. May 2013 file photo.

A new federal budget that would stave off a potential government shutdown early next year has won the support of local Congressman Lynn Westmoreland as it passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week.

While as of press time Tuesday the bill faces an unknown outcome in the Democrat-controlled Senate, Westmoreland said last week that the bipartisan budget deal brokered between the Republican and Democratic party leaders “is a step in the right direction.” Read More»

Fayette grand jury declines to indict Clayton top cop, 3 others

A Fayette County grand jury declined to indict four people Friday on racketeering and related charges stemming from alleged fraudulent invoices submitted to the Clayton County DUI Court by one company in Tyrone and another located in College Park. Read More»

Religion Briefs 12/18/13

Brooks UMC hosts party
Brooks United Methodist church will host a Christmas dinner and party tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 5:45 pm. RSVP to 770-719-7593.

St. Paul’s Christmas program is tonight
The St. Paul Lutheran School’s Advent Christmas program will be presented at 7 p.m. tonight, Dec. 18. The church is at 700 Ardenlee Pkwy., Peachtree City. For information, call 770-486-3545.

Last Advent service to be held at WOG Read More»

Religion Briefs 12/11/13

Advent continues at St. Paul’s
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Peachtree City will continue its Advent services  on Wednesdays, Dec.  11 and 18, with a family friendly dinner at 5 p.m. and services following at 6 p.m. On Dec. 18, the St. Paul Lutheran School’s Christmas program will be presented at 7 p.m. The church is at 700 Ardenlee Pkwy, Peachtree City. For information, call 770-486-3545.

Advent services continue at WOG Read More»

Fayette, metro meet ozone requirements

Fayette, metro meet ozone requirements

A 20-county area of metro Atlanta has met federal requirements relating to the 1997 “8-hour ozone standard.” Though noted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a Dec. 2 announcement, the bottom line is that none of the restrictions put in place will be relaxed or removed now that the attainment criteria has been met.

Most motorists see the effect of the EPA rules at the gasoline pump in higher prices for reformulated gasoline during the spring and summer months. Read More»

Religion Briefs 12/04/13

Advent begins at St. Paul’s
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Peachtree City will hold Advent services each Wednesday during Advent, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, with a family friendly dinner at 5 p.m. and services following at 6 p.m. On Dec. 18, the St. Paul Lutheran School’s Christmas program will be presented at 7 p.m. The church is at 700 Ardenlee Pkwy.

Cokes Chapel announces activities Read More»