Lorraine Eileen Ziegler, 86, of Peachtree City

Lorraine Eileen Ziegler, 86, of Peachtree City, passed away January 18, 2015.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Ziegler, Sr., and her son Arthur Ziegler, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Bill (Barbara) Bateman of Peachtree City; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Marsha Ziegler of Indian Trail, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews. Read More»

John William Evans, formerly of Peachtree City

John William Evans, formerly of Peachtree City, Ga., died January 22, 2015 at The Cascades in Greenville, S.C.

John was born October 28, 1926 in Kingstree, S.C. to the late Robert William Evans and Gladys Weeks Evans. Read More»

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»