Toy Drive for Fort Benning

Embracing Military Families (EMF) will be collecting toys for the children of Ft. Benning.

The toy drive has several locations to drop off toys in the EMF boxes around Peachtree City and Fayetteville.

The 2014 Toy Drive will continue through Dec. 17.

Check the website for drop off locations and further information at

Jr. Master Gardeners set to graduate Nov. 18

Junior Master Gardeners with their graduation certificates. The Master Gardeners graduate Nov. 18. Photo/Submitted.

Master Gardener Extension educates youth

The Fayette County Extension Office is proud to announce the graduation of the 2014 Junior Master Gardeners on Tuesday, Nov. 18. 

The Master Gardener Extension volunteers educated youth about the environment and the Master Gardener Association financially supported it. 

For more information about this and other programs, please contact the Fayette County Extension Office at 770-305-5412.

A holiday with Santa & Dr. Seuss

A Sara Harp Minter Elementary student talks to Santa at his school. The first “Who-liday Bazaar” is Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Photo/Submitted.

‘Who-liday’ Bazaar at SHME

Sara Harp Minter Elementary (SHME) will host the first Who-liday Bazaar Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at SHME.

It is a Dr. Seuss-themed day for families and the community, fashioned after a traditional craft bazaar.

This year’s event will feature a free green eggs and ham breakfast, free crafts for children, letters to Santa, local vendors selling food, crafts and holiday items and a performance by children from SHME.

The day features pictures with Santa from 10 a.m. until noon, and pictures with the Grinch from noon until 2 p.m. Read More»

Donor keeps arts ‘vibrant’ in schools

Dave Holland (right), world percussionist and rhythm facilitator, has elementary music teachers on their feet and moving to the beat at the first county wide fine arts professional learning day. Photo/Submitted.

Teachers and students in all areas of the fine arts will have a unique opportunity to work directly with professionals from the Woodruff Arts Center thanks to a generous donation from a local sponsor.

The donation is in the form of a three-year grant that will fund programs for both teachers and students to ensure that the arts remain a vibrant part of Fayette County Public Schools. Read More»

Needy kids aided by ‘angels’

Fayette County Board of Education Chairman Marion Key picks an angel from the Angel Tree at the Fayette County Board of Education. Photo/Submitted.

The annual Angel Project, sponsored by the Fayette County Public School System’s Children at Risk in Education (CARE) program, is in full swing, granting wishes of students whose families are struggling financially.

School counselors have identified students from all grade levels who meet the criteria for inclusion in the Angel Project.

Parents or guardians must be employed, or seeking employment, and have financial difficulties in meeting basic living needs and expenses. Donors can be assured that students and their families are fully vetted before being added to the project. Read More»

Ornaments on display for troops

The Frankie Lyle Chapter, #2072, United Daughters of the Confederacy, announce the opportunity to add the name of one or more military veterans on its Veterans Christmas tree displayed in front of the American Legion Post House in Fayetteville.

Each ornament is $10. Submit the name of your veteran or someone currently serving in the military, and the UDC will apply that name on an ornament and place it on the tree. Read More»

Ronald Baran, 60

Ronald Baran, 60, died unexpectedly on Monday, November 17, 2014, in his home in Peachtree City, Ga.

Ron was born in Highland Park, Mich. to Michael and Anne Baran. He attended the United States Air Force Academy, graduating in 1976. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and went on to have a successful career as a pilot with Delta Air Lines. Read More»

William Homer Cooper, 85, of Fayetteville

William Homer Cooper

William Homer Cooper, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2014.

He was a long-time member of Fayetteville First Baptist Church. He served as a deacon at Morrow First Baptist Church, Harp's Crossing Baptist Church and Fayetteville First Baptist Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and was active in several civic organizations. Homer retired in 1991 as a Zone Manager after 43 years of service with Ford Motor Company. He enjoyed traveling and flying his airplane. Read More»

And he's checking them twice

And he's checking them twice

Fayetteville Public Works employee Reggie Williams checks the Christmas lights that soon will decorate downtown Fayetteville. Photo/Bethan Adams.

UWG chem lab named for Newnan residents

The Parks sign papers at UWG. The University’s chemistry lab is named in their honor. Photo/Submitted.

The University of West Georgia (UWG) is proud to announce the naming of the Chemistry Science Laboratory at the UWG Newnan Center.

The chemistry lab will be named in memory of Joseph William Parks, Jr., M.D., as a charitable gift from Dr. and Mrs. Joseph William Parks III.

The lab will open with the newly renovated Newnan center in the historic Newnan Hospital spring 2015. 

The Parks also announced the new Trailblazer Scholarship Fund, a $50,000 donation establishing a scholarship to support first generation college students from Coweta County attending UWG to major in nursing.  Read More»