Harbin, Studdard hone positions in July 22 runoff

Both men seeking the District 16 state senate seat agree that the budget needs to be scrutinized for cuts, but they would approach cuts in different ways.

Marty Harbin of Tyrone is encouraging a look at privatization of services and a review of state social welfare programs to “provide an incentive ... to use such programs as a stepping stone to move beyond dependency on government.”

David Studdard of Fayetteville meanwhile wants a statewide assessment of discretionary spending in particular so it can be “subject to the most intense scrutiny by law makers and citizens alike. Read More»

Religion Briefs 07/09/14

Interfaith dinner scheduled for July 12
The Islamic Community Center of Atlanta will host its Annual Ramaden Interfaith Dinner Saturday, July 12, from 7:45 until 10 p.m. at the center in Fayetteville, 288 E. Lanier Ave. No RSVP required. Feel free to invite others. Dress code casual but modest — preferably no short pants or sleeveless shirts. For questions, email or call 404-285-9530.

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Clara S. Fowler, 91

Clara S. Fowler

Clara S. Fowler, 91, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her family.

Funeral services and a celebration of her life were held at 2 p.m., Monday at Pine Forest Baptist Church with burial in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Norm Yukers and the Rev. Jimmy Corbitt officiated. The family met friends from 12:30 p.m. to service time on Monday at the church. Read More»

Shirley Joyce Cline Pontius, 79

Shirley Joyce Cline Pontius, 79, died July 4, 2014.

She was born May 27, 1935 in Akron, Ohio. She was a graduate of Garfield High School, Firestone Park. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Lesley Cline and Irene Kimes Cline, who died in 1983, and her husband of 54 years, Paul E. Pontius, who died June 30, 2014.

Her survivors include a daughter, Leslie and Mark Patterson, grandchildren, Jared Patterson and Kyle Patterson, all of Akron, and a sister, Carolyn Cline Cary, Fayetteville, Ga., nieces and nephews. Read More»

Religion Briefs 07/02/14

Family history class is tonight
The Fayetteville Family History Lab will present a lesson on Military Record Sources of the United States Wednesday, July 2 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2021 Redwine Road. The class is free, but an RSVP is appreciated. Email questions and responses to

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Reid Piper, 79 of Brooks

Reid Piper, 79 of Brooks, Ga. passed away June 16, 2014.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years Mary Blaney Piper; son David and Heidi Piper; daughter Kelly and Michael Donnelly, grandsons Zane & Stephanie Piper, True Piper, Zachary Leppert and great grandson Van Reid Piper.

Reid retired from Amoco Oil Company in 1991 after 35 years. At the time of his retirement he was Director of Human Resources of Amoco Fabric and Fiber, Germany. He worked for Publix in Peachtree City the past 7 years. Read More»

Religion Briefs 06/28/14

Whitewater to hold yard sale June 28
Whitewater Church will have a church-wide Yard Sale on Saturday, June 28, from 8  a.m. - 2 p.m. to benefit the new addition for classrooms and offices. The church is at 1144 Ga. Hwy. 92 South, Fayetteville. Items for sale include books, children’s clothing, housewares, home decor (some brass and copper), lamps and more.

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I-85/Hwy. 74 interchange improvements years away

Partial cloverleaf design still being analyzed

Commuters hoping for progress on the choke point of Ga. Highway 74 and Interstate 85 shouldn’t be expecting action anytime soon.

The good news is that the state is still working toward a “partial cloverleaf” design, which would have more capacity than for a diverging diamond layout ... and engineering is currently underway, according to state transportation officials.

Right of way acquisition has been accelerated to 2018, but the actual construction is mired in a “long range” plan that could mean anytime between 2020 and 2030. Read More»

Brooks thrift shop celebrates anniversary with special sales

Second Chance Thrift Shop, a mission of Brooks United Methodist Church, is turning five. To celebrate, the shop will offer customers five special sales and giveaways June 19-21.

Thursday and Friday, June 19 and 20, all clothes will be half off, and Saturday, June 21, customers can pick any one item to be half off.

There will be drawings for a raffle basket and gift certificates, as well as refreshments. Every customer will also receive a free punch on their Frequent Shopper’s Card. Read More»

Health screenings and more offered at Back to School Bash

Amazing Grace Community resource Center will offer a Community Live Celebration/Back to School Bash on July 5 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the center, 949 Pointe South Parkway in Jonesboro. Read More»

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