Hardy-Zink engagement

Whitney Hardy engaged to Jason Zink

Diane Hardy and Richard Hardy of Peachtree City announce the engagement of their daughter, Whitney, to Jason Zink, son of Robert Zink of Peachtree City and Laurie Prividera of Albany, N.Y.

The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of McIntosh High School and a 2010 graduate of Emory University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. She currently works as an oncology RN and resides in Vinings.

The groom-elect attended McIntosh High School and currently works as a cook at a steakhouse in Buckhead. He also resides in Vinings. Read More»

Mary Evelyn Shoaf, 76, of Fayetteville

Mrs. Mary Evelyn Shoaf

Mrs. Mary Evelyn Shoaf, 76, of Fayetteville, passed away on Sept. 25, 2011.  Mrs. Shoaf was a beautician, who owned her own shop in Salisbury, N.C., where she was born and raised.  She was a member of Brooks United Methodist Church, where she was on the decorating committee. She also drove a bus and worked in the after school program in Brooks. She was passionate about her family and loved to decorate and cook. Read More»

Effie Whaley, age 60 of Jonesboro

Effie "Lee" Whaley, age 60 of Jonesboro, died on Sept. 21, 2011. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Dannie.

She is survived by daughter, Lee Ann (Chris) Whaley, son, Rick Whaley and wife Tina, four grandchildren, Daniel, Chris, Justin and Robert, sisters Carrie Holmes (Ron) and Alice Lane of Las Vegas, nieces and nephews. We will miss you Lee (Mom).  

Family received friends on Saturday Sept. 24, 2011 from 1-3 p.m. at Cannon Cleveland, 2540 Hwy 42, McDonough, Ga. 30253, 706-914-1414.

Arrangements by the Cremation Society of Georgia - 404- 355-7627.

Author brings book and band to Omega Books in PTC

Dylan Higgins, left, with Sleepy Turtles bandmates Marcus Trial and Mike VanKlaveren at a signing/concert at Omega Books Peachtree City. Photo/Michael Boylan.

It’s not often that a book signing turns into a concert but when Peachtree City resident Dylan Higgins re-released his book, “Awakening, Book One of The Emblem and The Lantern,” last Friday at Omega Books in Peachtree City, the event strayed from the typical signing and reading.

Music features prominently in the book and so Higgins brought some colleagues from The Campus (Higgins teaches U.S. History and Government Economics there) and the band The Sleepy Turtles to perform. Read More»

Choruses to perform 9-11 tribute at joint concert Thursday

As a Fayette County Sherriff’s department helicopter hovered overhead and classmates formed a human peace sign, the 189-member Rising Starr Middle School Chorus honored the victims and heroes of 9-11 by singing the Star-Spangled Banner. This tribute was the first in a series of choral performances that will honor our country or memorialize the attacks of September 11th, 2001. The eighth-grade mixed chorus joined the SMHS combined chorus in singing the National Anthem during the Starr’s Mill home football game last Friday. On Thursday at 7 p.m. Read More»

Carolyn Baity Vines, 67, of Tyrone

Mrs. Carolyn Baity Vines of Tyrone, passed away Sept. 21, 2011. 

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Frank Lee Vines of Tyrone; daughters, Barbara Aldred and her husband Tommy of Tyrone; Jackie King and her husband Bill of Conyers; son, Jeff Vines and his wife Janet of Tyrone; sisters, Betty Noon of Griffin, Jean Crowe and her husband Lanny of Gay; brother, Larry Baity of Gay; grandchildren, Shandy King and his wife Carrie, Mandy Riggins and her husband Richard, Brandon Vines, Jessie Vines, Katie Vines; great grandchildren, Remington Riggins and Ramsey Riggins. Read More»

Historical Society meets at Starr's Mill Sunday

The Fayette County Historical Society will meet on Sunday, Sept. 25. Their September meeting is always held at Starr's Mill.

When the movie "Sweet Home Alabama" was made in 2002, Starr's Mill was rented for a scene in the movie. The movie company remodeled the inside first floor of the mill. If you ever wanted to see the inside of the hundred-year old mill building looks like, this is your chance to see it.

Starr's Mill native, Bobby Kerlin, will be on hand to give the history of the mill and of the area. His ancestors go back a number of generations in this area. Read More»

Promise Place looks to open facility with fund-raiser help

There were 947 residents of Fayette County served by the non-profit Promise Place domestic violence prevention organization in 2010. And while many in the Fayette community have heard of the organization, what might not be known is that the long-anticipated transitional house for women and children is moving closer to completion.

A Sept. 30 fund-raiser, the “Run from Domestic Violence 5K Run/1 Mile Walk,” should help raise the funds needed to compete the project. Read More»

Friday night lights revisited

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It’s now the 2011-version of this great cultural phenomenon, so I feel compelled to re-visit this wonderful subject, to re-share my thoughts, and to re-affirm my accolades for all those involved right now. Read More»

Karafanda selected as new youth minister at Hopewell

Shannon E. Karafanda

Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone has announced the appointment of a new youth pastor. After an exhaustive search, the Rev. Shannon E. Karafanda is charged with restructuring and enlarging Hopewell’s youth ministry.

Karafanda is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church with a focus on family ministries. She grew up in Morrow and worked as a computer programmer before pursuing her call to the ministry in 1999. She has a bachelor of science degree in management from Georgia Tech and a masters in divinity, from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Read More»