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Fayette County teachers honored

Fayette teachers Alex Vlachakis (left) and Charlene Sibaja (right) with chapter President Carol A. Lunsford (center).

Inducted into professional group

Fayette County Teacher of the Year Alex Vlachakis was recently inducted into Kappa Kappa Iota, the nation’s oldest professional organization for teachers.

Vlachakis and colleague Charlene Sibaja, who is currently obtaining a degree in adult education, were inducted by Georgia chapter President Carol A. Lunsford.

The organization provides a network for outstanding educators to share teaching practices and methods. Read More»

Coweta VFW district chooses Johnson as Teacher of the Year

Willis Road Elementary School 5th grade teacher Eve Johnson has been named the Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year for the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars (VFW) 5th District.  Johnson – above, second from the right – was presented the local and district elementary teacher award by VFW representatives, left to right, Dick Stender, Thomas Fetchet and Warren Park. Photo/Submitted.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) 5th District has named Willis Road Elementary School 5th grade teacher Eve Johnson as its 2014 Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year.

Johnson, who teaches social studies and English, was selected by the both the Coweta County VFW Post 2667 and the Georgia VFW 5th District for the Citizenship Education Teachers' Award.  The award was presented to Johnson by local VFW Commander Warren Park and other dignitaries at a Willis Road faculty meeting on Dec. 10, said Coweta County School System spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»

Rotary Club recycles, raises money

Rotary recycles

Donations to help needy

More than 25 members of the Peachtree City Rotary Club recently helped with the Christmas tree recycling project at Home Depot and Kroger.

Most of the trees were ground up into mulch, but some were taken to area lakes to provide nesting for fish.

While the recycling service was free for participants, $970 was raised for the Real Life Center through donations. The Real Life Center is a local non-profit organization that provides food and other resources to the needy. Read More»

Andrews is volunteer award winner

Andrews is award winner

She worked nearly 10,000 volunteer hours

The Piedmont Fayette Hospital Auxiliary recently chose Adele Andrews as the “2014 Spirit of Volunteerism” award winner because of her dedication to the community she serves.

The prestigious award recognizes Andrews for her “servant heart and willingness to go above and beyond in her volunteer service,” the group said in a statement. Read More»

Fayette Vision goals: Attract Millennials, emulate Tennessee county

Bob Ross. Photo/Bethan Adams.

To counteract the exodus of Millennials leaving the county, Fayette Visioning Initiative (FVI) co-chair Bob Ross has created a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, One Fayette, Inc.

Millennials, or Generation Y, is the demographic age group that came after Generation X. The generation’s birth years range from the 1980s to the 2000s.

Ross and the FVI are developing the nonprofit as part of their five-year plan to improve Fayette County. Read More»

Helping out

Helping out

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Our Top 10 online stories: No. 1 – Fayette mourns Munford

Our Top 10 online stories: No. 1 – Fayette mourns Munford

2014 was a year of celebrations, and of mourning. Pinewood Atlanta’s first film foray started and helped cement Fayette as a player in the Hollywood entertainment industry. While the business community welcomed the new industry, it was also a year of loss, as the county lost a long-time businessman, a well-known doctor and a consummate newspaper man. We’ve compiled a list of the most-viewed news stories that thousands of readers read online at TheCitizen.com.
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Spreading the love of reading

Spreading the love of reading

Last month, Rotarians of Peachtree City spread out to the fourteen Fayette County elementary schools to distribute dictionaries to about 1,300 3rd Graders. Each Rotarian was asked to address the class where they explained the importance of literacy, and showed them how to use their dictionaries. In many cases this becomes the first book that these children have ever owned, and it is exciting to watch the expressions on their faces. This is an annual activity for the Peachtree City Rotary Club. Photo/Submitted.

The Christmas story

The Christmas story

There was nothing quite like the drive-through Nativity complete with a live cast held again this year from Dec. 12-14 at Cornerstone United Methodist Church at Thomas Crossroads in east Coweta County. One of the multiple live scenes displayed Jesus in the manger with the wise men gazing above to witness the angel positioned to herald the arrival of the King of Kings. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Newnan celebrates Christmas

Newnan celebrates Christmas

The sights and sounds of Christmas filled downtown Newnan on Dec. 13 for the city’s annual Christmas parade. The theme this year is a “Storybook Christmas.” From the enormous number of people attending the event it seemed as if the majority of Coweta County’s 130,000 residents were all in downtown Newnan by the time the parade began shortly after 6 p.m. Streetlights were glowing and the crowd was cheering as the many entries in the parade passed by. And prior to the parade there were a host of Santa’s elves moving through the crowd and passing out Christmas goodies to the kids. Read More»