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Safety a key component of Great Ga. Airshow

Spectators keep their eyes on the sky at a previous airshow at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. The crowd is kept safe by a number of safety procedures and regulations. Photo/File.

A number of safety initiatives in place each year for the Great Georgia Airshow are designed to protect the crowd, including individual pre-flight mechanical inspections of each aircraft and the presence of a safety monitor from the Federal Aviation Administration, air show organizers said this week.

On top of that, all of the aerobatics undertaken by aircraft are designed to move away from the crowd, according to Angie Faulise, the director of this year’s airshow, slated for Oct. 8-9 at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. Read More»

Spring Hill student doesn’t let disorder get him down

Sam Carillo with Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Denzel McCoy. Photo/Special.

Sam Carillo got mononucleosis in the third grade. The virus, which is like a severe case of the flu, triggered chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP), which is a blood disorder that lowers the number of platelets in the blood. Basically, the immune system mistakes platelets for viral material and attacks them. ITP typically goes away on its own after six months, unless it is a chronic version of the disorder. Unfortunately for Carillo, his case is chronic, and because of potential bleeding trauma, he had to quit football and other contact sports. Read More»

Legacy Theatre set to present 'Pippin'

Michael Stiggers as The Leading Player in Legacy Theatre’s production of “Pippin.” Photo/Special.

“I’ve been waiting a long time to direct this one,” beamed The Legacy Theatre’s Artistic Director, Mark Smith.  

Smith is speaking of “Pippin,” the 1970’s rock musical about a young man on a desperate search to find meaning in his life.  Winner of five Tony Awards, and with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the composer of such hits as “Wicked,” “Godspell” and “The Prince of Egypt,” “Pippin” not only guarantees audiences a wonderful night of musical theatre with familiar songs and intricate choreography, but also a timeless story that may ultimately, says Smith, make you think.   Read More»

Battle of the Bands to benefit American Cancer Society

The Southern Federal Credit Union announces the line up for the Battle of the Bands planned for this Saturday at the Frederkick Brown Jr. Aphitheater in Peachtree City. This event will be held from 7-11 p.m. Maguire’s Irish Pub will handle concessions, and no outisde food and beverages will be allowed. Read More»

Oh My Heart - R.E.M calls it quits

Michael Boylan's picture

News has a way of sneaking up on you.

On Wednesday, R.E.M. announced their break-up and, although it isn’t surprising or terribly upsetting, it came out of nowhere. They had released their last album, “Collapse Into Now,” earlier this year and I just assumed that they would be a band with a presence in pop culture until it just wasn’t physically possible anymore. That’s just the way things seem to go with the biggest rock bands in the world.

I’m looking at you Rolling Stones and The Who. Read More»

Building a head of steam for old farm equipment

Building a head of steam for old farm equipment

This 1920 steam-powered tractor was on display this past weekend at the annual Inman Farm Days in south Fayette County. Owned by Darryl, Bonita and Meghan Coleman, it was used for plowing, saw milling, thrashing and more. With a max speed of five miles per hour, it weighs 25,000 pounds when “work ready.” The Aultman-Taylor steam engine powering it has a single stroke motor putting out 20 horsepower. Photo/John Munford.

Me and my (vintage) John Deere

Me and my (vintage) John Deere

With Wayne Baxter manning the steering wheel, youngster Logan Goss got his first tractor ride on a 1968 John Deere Sunday at the 15th annual Inman Farm Heritage Days event in south Fayette County. The festivities harkened back to a simpler time, with several generations and numerous varieties of tractors on display, along with various farm animals and demonstrations. Photo/John Munford.

The colors of fall at Shakerag

The colors of fall at Shakerag

Shakerag Knoll in Peachtree City on Sept. 17 and 18 was transformed into a large retail venue with enough shopping opportunities to rival the businesses in a small city. That was the scene as the 34th Annual Shakerag Arts and Crafts Festival drew thousands to do a little shopping, enjoy a meal and take in the sights. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Bond throws himself into role

Casey Bond. Photo/Special.

Starr’s Mill grad appears in ‘Moneyball,’ in theaters Friday

Casey Bond has seen “Moneyball” and says it is a great movie. He may be a little biased. After all, the Starr’s Mill High School graduate and former draft pick of the San Francisco Giants is in the film as Oakland A’s relief pitcher Chad Bradford. You don’t need to take his word for it though. There are 20 reviews on RottenTomatoes.com and 17 consider the film fresh, giving it an average of 7.8 out of 10. Read More»

Fayetteville’s Willis ready to spread the love with ‘Songs from the Love Ship’

Chris Willis. Photo/Special.

Chris Willis is kind of famous in the world of house music. He was a frequent collaborator with French DJ David Guetta and their songs have been played in clubs all over the world. Songs like “Love is Gone,” “Just a Little More Love,” “Gettin’ Over You,” helped sell millions of albums and soared to the top of the charts. Willis, who has lived in New York City and Atlanta, moved to Fayette County last January and is now about to release his first solo EP, “Premium (Songs from the Love Ship) Part 1. Read More»

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