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Former Hollingsworth House to remain an event center

Tony Valadez is the new owner of the former Hollingsworth House and proudly shows off one of the 1906 fireplaces. His wife has a boutique upstairs and he will operate the downstairs as an event facility. Photo/Carolyn Cary

The former Judge Waymon Hollingsworth came to Fayette County in 1890 as a telegrapher with Southern Railroad. After marriage, he built a home in 1906 near the Fayetteville First Baptist Church on East Stonewall Avenue.

In the Fall of 2000, the house was moved one third of a mile west and the City of Fayetteville operated it as an event center.

It later sold the house and the couple making the purchase continued with that operation.

The economic down times forced them into foreclosure and the house sat empty until now. Read More»

Mrs. Frances Foster Estes, 90, of Fayetteville

Mrs. Frances Foster Estes, age 90, passed away into the presence of her Savior, Jesus, joining her family and friends on May 29, 2011. Read More»

Maria Hellendoorn, 51, of Newnan

Maria Hellendoorn, 51, of Newnan, GA died on May 27, 2011.

She married Bernard in his native Holland in 1992. They moved to Georgia in 1997 and together they raised the three joys of her life, Brittany (17), Brent (15), and Bradley (12). Read More»

Myrtle Ballard Beckom, 81, of Fayetteville

Myrtle Ballard Beckom, 81, of Fayetteville, died May 26, 2011.

Ms. Beckom was a long-time resident of Fayette County.

She is survived by her son James Beckom, Jr. and his wife Anita of Tyrone; grandchildren Tiffany Ferenzey, Victoria Beckom and Tabitha Beckom, all of Fayette County; sisters Hazel Ballard of Newnan, Patricia Sheffield of Fayetteville; brother Jack Ballard and his wife Dene of Hampton; several nieces and nephews. Read More»

And the Bear Creek band played on

And the Bear Creek band played on

Members of the Bear Creek Middle School Band showed off their musical talents May 21 at the Palmetto Spring Festival. The band marched down Main Street in the parade and later played for cheering fans at Veterans Park. The event was sponsored by the Palmetto Fire Dept. and Police Dept. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Cat Condos for Coweta

Cat Condos for Coweta

More cat condos are coming to Coweta County Animal Control. Thanks to the generosity of the Holland Ware Charitable Foundation another set of cat condos will be added to the facility at Selt Road. Cat condos sound a little luxurious, but they are more functional than fluff. The condos allow the cats to be separated with walls instead of open wire and to have individual ventilation of their cages (condos.) This significantly reduces the transmission of disease in the cat population at the county’s animal control facility. Photo/Special.

Brooks Elementary receives bird feeder for 41st Annual Earth Day

Phil Dixon, right of way foreman for Coweta-Fayette EMC, helps Principal Sue Cleek and Dana Sams’ pre-kindergarten class install a bird feeder at Brooks Elementary School. Photo/Coweta-Fayette EMC.

When it comes to environmental protection and sustainability, even little “acts of green” can make a huge difference.

With that message in mind – and in conjunction with the Earth Day Network’s 2011 theme, “A Billion Acts of Green” – Coweta-Fayette EMC recently celebrated Earth Day by donating a bird feeder and seed to Brooks Elementary School. Read More»

PCFD comes away a winner

PCFD comes away a winner

The Peachtree City Fire Department won this year’s annual Public Safety Games competition. Firefighter Les Dyer (R) accepted the trophy from Fayette County Athletic Coordinator Kenny Wallace. The competition included events from Frisbee golf to softball, volleyball and a 5K run. The department secured victory on the last day with a second place finish in the softball tournament. Photo/Special.

Mr. Richard Michael Deraney, Sr., 58, of Fayetteville

Mr. Richard Michael Deraney, Sr., long-time resident of Fayetteville, passed away May 27, 2011.

Mr. Deraney was born in Atlanta, GA on August 31, 1952 to the late Joseph A. Deraney, Sr. and Mable Lewis Deraney. He was a graduate of Troy State University and worked for Delta Airlines for nearly thirty years. Mr. Deraney's life was dedicated to his family and the many sports and musical events they pursued. Read More»