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Fayette deputies aiming to make holiday better for several needy families locally

Some families in Fayette County don’t have much of a Christmas to look forward to, and that’s where the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help.

The department’s “Shop with a Sheriff” program is seeking monetary donations to help provide such families with a fantastic Christmas thanks to a special shopping trip for a number of local youth.

Paired with a uniformed sheriff’s deputy, each child will be buying essentials such as heavy jackets, clothes, shoes, backpacks and the like, said organizer and sheriff’s detective Josh Shelton. Read More»

Fayette EMS, F’ville Fire Department collecting Toys for Tots

Calling all toys! For the fourth year in a row, the Fayette County Fire and Emergency Services/EMA will partner with the Fayetteville Fire Department to support the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots Drive.

From Nov. 28 to Dec. 20, the stations will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children under 9 years old and with a great demand for girls’ toys.

“Last year we were able to collect over 400 toys through the drive and we hope that this year’s drive will top last year’s,” said Firefighter/EMT Josh Sisk, who organized the drive. Read More»

With no-quit attitude, Holloway marks 10th year after car crash

Barbara Holloway sits with son J.T. (Jay) and two family pets. Photo/John Munford.

Former FCHS football lineman will light Fayetteville's community Christmas tree Saturday evening

Nearly 10 years ago, Justin (J.T.) Holloway was pinned underneath a car, his life hanging in the balance. His injuries were so severe that he was pronounced dead at the scene.

But there was a ton of fight left in Holloway’s spirit: plenty enough for him to defy the odds. Months of recovery, 23 surgeries and yes, even a few setbacks ... they all seem so far away.

It’s been 10 years, and J.T. is still going strong, despite a brain injury that has robbed him of the ability to walk and talk. But that injury has not stolen his spirit, his “can-do” attitude and a “never quit” mentality. Read More»

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Pastors get some of the most interesting questions from people they meet and people in their congregations.  Here are a few questions that I have gotten over the years and via email for this column,

Dear Father Paul:  Is hell real?  Who made hell?  God?  If so, why?  — Shawn
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Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible

Pastors get some of the most interesting questions from people they meet and people in their congregations.  Here are a few questions that I have gotten over the years and via email for this column,

Dear Father Paul:  Is hell real?  Who made hell?  God?  If so, why?  — Shawn
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Heritage Christian will host 10th annual ‘Dickens Village’

Heritage Christian Church in Fayetteville invites the community to come and enjoy the sights and sounds of an authentic old English Victorian Village at its 10th annual Dickens Village, held nightly for two weekends, Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9-11 from 6-9 p.m. Dickens Village is free of charge.

According to Ken White, Dickens Village director, this year’s outdoor village is new and expanded, with an open marketplace like an old fashioned open market with fresh fish on ice, raw vegetables, nuts, fruit and hot apple cider. Read More»

McDonough Road Baptist will present Christmas drama Dec. 4

Shown above (L-R) are Bennet’s Mill students James Hartley, Ian Belwood, Oliver Whiten, and Andrew Hogan, and teacher, Martha Trisler. Photo/Special.

Several students from Bennett’s Mill Middle School recently got involved in the efforts of the Real Life Center in Tyrone and collected food and clothing for the RLC’s food pantry and thrift store. The group collected more than 2,000 cans of food and allowed the center to serve 186 families in the community.

Shown above (L-R) are Bennet’s Mill students James Hartley, Ian Belwood, Oliver Whiten, and Andrew Hogan, and teacher, Martha Trisler. Photo/Special.

Providence UMC starts garden for community

With a lot in the news lately about organic gardening, “farm-to-table food” and schools teaching children how to grow food which they then eat in the cafeteria, Providence United Methodist Church has committed to use part of its property to offer organic gardening plots for families, schools and groups in the area who want to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

The church will also grow fruits and vegetables on one large plot as an outreach to those in the community who struggle to buy healthy food. Read More»

COS will present children’s musical

Children at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will present “Operation Christmas Child” on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. In the musical, characters at “Fort Faithful 12-25” learn about sharing with children across the world through Operation Christmas Child, which distributes millions of shoeboxes filled with gifts. Christ Our Shepherd contributed 125 boxes this year.

The public is invited, and there is no admission cost.

The church is on the corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree City.

S.A.G.E. heads for Callenwolde

The S.A.G.E. group at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church (Senior Adults Going Everywhere) will enjoy Christmas at Callenwolde on Thursday, Dec. 8, leaving the church at 9 a.m. and returning at 3 p.m. The cost is $20 plus lunch at the Picadilly. Read More»

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