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Local American Legion chapters hold oratorical contests early next year

Each year, local American Legion posts across the nation host a constitutional speech contest referred to as the "Oratorical Contest.” The High School Oratorical Scholarship Program is a public speaking contest for high school students designed to develop a deeper knowledge of the US Constitution. Other objectives include development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently and preparation for American citizenship. Read More»

'Operation Sandbox Georgia' delivers the goods for America’s troops

Vernon Lynch (C) hands over the money to Operation Sandbox co-founder Virginia Pearson (R)  as Vivian Snyder, associate editor of Southland’s Full Throttle Magazine, looks on at their Anniversary party Dec. 5 at Fat Cats in Austell. Photo/Special.

On Dec. 5, Santa Claus came early when Vernon Lynch delivered a truckload and car-full of items to Operation Sandbox Georgia headquarters for packing and mailing to troops for the holidays.

In addition to the items collected in Fayette County, Lynch, a cook at Mimi’s restaurant in Peachtree City, handed over $1,060 that was donated to help with packaging and shipping costs. Read More»

Ellie Mae McElroy, 96, of Fayetteville

Ellie Mae McElroy, born June 8, 1914, went to be with the Lord December 9, 2010 at the age of 96.

She is preceded in death by her husband Henry McElroy, Sr., grandson Dennis McElroy, granddaughter Nicki McElroy and all her brothers and sisters.

She is survived by sons Hugh McElroy, Jr. and Julia McElroy, Perry Davis McElroy and Barbara McElroy, daughter Dot Sanders and Charles Sanders, eight grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren and two nieces living in California. Read More»

Norman S. “Norm” Davis, 81, of Senoia

Norman S. “Norm” Davis, 81, of Senoia, GA died December 5, 2010.

Norm was born in Waukegan, IN to Silas Edward Davis & Lucille Van Treeck Davis. He was a college graduate and served his country in the Armed Forces during World War II. Mr. Davis was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents Silas & Lucy Davis; brother William Davis; sister Dorothy Clark & daughter-in-law Janie Davis. Read More»

Mrs. Georgia Hill, 78, Peachtree City

Mrs. Georgia Hill, born January 29, 1931, in Steelville, Missouri, passed away peacefully December 6, 2010, under hospice care at The Lafayette-Kindred Center near the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sherry Camp, in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Mrs. Hill battled cancer and liver failure for over a year and a half, and joined her husband Dr. Bob Hill, ten years to the day of his sudden homegoing. They had served together in vocational ministry for over fifty-five years. The Monday prior to her death brought the arrival of her 7th great-grandchild, a baby girl, named Georgia, in her honor. Read More»

Watch for God’s wonderful Christmas surprises

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What would you say is the biggest Christmas surprise you ever experienced? If you believe the TV commercials, someone is going to walk out their front door Christmas morning, and a shiny new Lexus will be parked there with a red bow on top. Surprise!

Last Christmas, Mike Simon of Mundy Township, Mich., surprised his wife with her 3,800-square-foot “dream home” on Christmas day. After opening presents, the family loaded up to go to brunch, and Mike intentionally drove his family by this house that his wife had been admiring and had been calling her “dream home.” Read More»

Heritage Christian’s Dickens Village runs Dec. 9 thru 12

Carolers sing the sounds of the season for visitors to The Dickens Village at Heritage Christian Church in Fayetteville, held nightly Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 9-12, 6 to 9 p.m. Photo/Special.

Christmas is in the air at Heritage Christian Church in Fayetteville. Members are once again dusting up on their British accents and preparing to host their annual Dickens Village, held nightly, Thursday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 12 from 6-9 p.m.

Since 2000, each December, the members of Heritage have recreated a 19th Century English Village complete with period costumed cast members, strolling carolers, chimney sweeps, and even some English bobbies to keep the peace. Read More»

Life Line Screening offered Dec. 15

Fayette Family Church will host the life-saving services of Life Line Screening, the nation’s largest provider of community-based preventive screenings, which help identify risk of stroke, vascular disease and osteoporosis before the catastrophic effects of these conditions can occur. The event is open to local residents and will be held on Wednesday, Dec.15, at 1729 Ga. Hwy. 54 West, Fayetteville.

The screenings are simple, painless and affordable. Packages start at $139. Read More»

J. Barrett Owen accepts call to National Heights Baptist

The Rev. J. Barrett Owen

The Rev. J. Barrett Owen, a 2010 graduate of the McAfee School of Theology of Mercer University in Atlanta, has been called as pastor of National Heights Baptist Church, Fayetteville.

A resident of Atlanta, Owen has most recently served as pastor of Union Baptist Church, Pine Mountain. As a seminary and college student, he also served as youth minister, devotional writer and speaker, and camp and retreat pastor in a variety of national and international settings. Read More»

‘Love Feasts’ will be offered by Christ Our Shepherd Sat., Sun.

Christ Our Shepherd will offer Love Feasts in Moravian Tradition on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec.12, at 6 p.m. A tradition of the Moravian Church since 1727, Love Feasts include serving specially-baked buns and coffee or apple juice to all worshipers. Adults will be given a beeswax candle dressed in a red paper “ruff.” Children will receive a small flashlight instead of a candle.

The theme for this year’s Love Feasts is “Before the Marvel of This Night.” The services include traditional and Moravian carols sung by everyone. Read More»