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Family is home for Christmas

Habitat partner moves into new home

Habitat partner celebrates in new house

The Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity was able to help one family be home for Christmas when they were able to move into a house of their own before the holiday.

Family Partner Quinethia Smith, or "Q" as she is known, and her boys, Lamarcus and Kayden, celebrated in the brand new home built by volunteers during a 13-day blitz build that included aid from South-Tree Enterprises, Inc. and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Read More»

Area students named to college honor rolls

Area students continue to collect honors after leaving home as shown by their listing on college honor rolls for the Fall 2014 session at their colleges.

Three Fayetteville natives were recently named to the Dean’s List at Reinhardt University. They are Tanner Baker, Brittany Gaddy and Lindsay New.
Reinhardt University is a private comprehensive university grounded in the liberal arts and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Read More»

Walker honored as she heads to Air Force Academy

U.S. Rep. David Scott hosts ceremony

Kenadee Walker, a Fayetteville resident who attends the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School, will be honored with a special ceremony in February when she receives a nomination to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.

The special ceremony for Walker and 26 other students from Georgia’s 13th Congressional District who have nominations to attend a military service academy, will be hosted by U.S. Rep. David Scott, who represents the area in Congress.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Brawner Hall, 3180 Atlanta Road S.E., Smyrna.

Furgerson completes combat training

Graduates after nine week stint at Ft. Benning

Army Pvt. Joshua M. Furgerson has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA.

During the nine-week training period, Furgerson received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

Furgerson is the son of Alice and Robert Furgerson and brother of Bobby Furgerson, all of Palmetto. Read More»

Three standouts selected finalists for teacher of year

Finalist Lynne Bruschetti (left) with school board member Diane Basham.

Winner to be announced in April

Three finalists for 2015 Fayette County Teacher of the Year have emerged with the highest combined score from three judges who read and scored essay-style applications from 25 contenders.

The finalists are Sean Bennett, Fayette County Alternative School; Lynne Bruschetti, McIntosh High; and Gail Frantz, Peeples Elementary.

Bennett, a language arts teacher at the Fayette County Alternative School, said teaching is more of a calling for him than a career. Read More»

Fayetteville students become Disney stars

Performance part of educational program

Members of the Fayette County High School Chorus became stars of their own Disney show on Jan. 18 when they entertained resort guests at Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney.

The group was at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.

The chorus, under the direction of Laurie Gividen, put on an exceptional performance that entertained hundreds of Downtown Disney guests.

This was the group’s first visit to the resort with the Disney Performing Arts Program. Read More»

Fayetteville Police sponsor 'Citizens Academy'

Students learn about evidence, firearms, and more

The Fayetteville Police Department is gearing up for its 6th annual Citizens Police Academy where participants can learn about all kinds of law enforcement topics including evidence processing and firearms training.

Academy sessions will be held every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning March 10 and ending May 19 with a week off for Spring Break. Read More»

Sounding of sirens is only a test

Don't call 911 for questions, only emergencies

A weather siren test is scheduled for Feb. 4 and officials want to make sure residents know the sounding of the sirens that day is only a test.

The Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services will be conducting the severe weather siren test on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 9:15 a.m.

The test is a required annual test of the sirens.

If severe weather threatens that day, the test will be rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 6.

Do not call 911 to ask questions, officials said. Only call 911 for an emergency situation. Read More»

Rotary continues tradition

PTC Mayor Vanessa Fleisch

Club gets mayoral update

The Peachtree City Rotary Club continued its longstanding tradition into 2015 recently when Mayor Vanessa Fleisch spoke to the group. For many years, the club has had the city’s mayor as a featured speaker near the start of the year.

Fleisch updated club members on new retail developments for the city, road construction and other plans for the next year.

Fleisch is shown with Rotary Club President Ed Outlaw.

Girl Scouts volunteer at food bank

Girl Scouts and families volunteer

Helping others, but learning lessons, too

Two local Girl Scout troops -- Brownie Troop #12104 and Daisy Troop #14773 -- recently volunteered at the Midwest Food Bank in Peachtree City.

The girls and their parents bagged 30,000 mini bags of M&M's and Twix candy bars, and over 250 bags of cookies.

The girls not only worked on their math skills, but learned important life lessons about teamwork, sharing the blessings of food for those less fortunate and how to be good community partners.

The food bank serves more than 120 agencies in the local community.

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