Newsmakers

F’ville Council referees dog feud

Nearby business owner Dave Williams makes his point to the council. Photo/Ben Nelms.

In this corner, 60 barking dogs, an animal rescue business and its supporters; in the opposite corner, a senior citizens’ subdivision

Everybody loves dogs and no one wants them to suffer. But when it comes to an ordinance amendment that would place new criteria on commercial kennels and animal shelters, the Fayetteville City Council appears to be between a rock and a very hard place.

As expected, the proposed amendment was tabled at the Dec. 5 meeting, but not before supporters of Courtney’s Canine Care countered the noise complaints of homeowners and businesses that surfaced at the November meeting. Read More»

Helen Denton, 91, keeper of the world’s biggest secret, laid to rest on Pearl Harbor Day

One of Fayette’s patriots, Helen Denton. Photo/Special.

The woman who typed General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s final orders authorizing the June 6, 1944 D-Day Normandy invasion in World War II died Dec. 3 in Fayetteville.

Helen Kogel Denton, 91, who kept that secret even from her husband of nearly four decades, was buried in the Jonesboro City Cemetery on Dec. 7, 2013, Pearl Harbor Day.
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Police seek help for PTC toy drive

Keep an eye out for the "Light Up the Night" toy drive outside shopping centers. Photo/Special.

The Peachtree City Police Department’s annual “Light Up the Night” toy drive is up and running to help local families in need have a happy holiday. Read More»

Thanksgiving comes early to Huddleston Elementary

Thanksgiving comes early to Huddleston Elementary

Students at Huddleston Elementary School in Peachtree City got a jump on the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 21 while dressing for the occasion that reflects America’s heritage. Photo/Special.

Newnan judge named lifetime member of Mercer University board of trustees

The Honorable W. Homer Drake Jr., United States Bankruptcy Court Judge from Newnan, was elected as only the 11th lifetime member of the Mercer University Board of Trustees at the governing body's annual meeting on Nov. 22. Read More»

Advocate pushes for stronger workforce in Coweta

Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) President Steve Dolinger. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Educators and business people from Coweta County and the region met Nov. 20 to hear from Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education (GPEE) President Steve Dolinger on the need of businesses and the community to build a strong workforce and strengthen the local economy.

“Stronger education leads to a stronger workforce,” Dolinger said, noting the ongoing work of GPEE with local chambers of commerce across the state.

The audience got a look at where Coweta stands in a number of categories focusing on factors such as high school graduation rates and teen unemployment rates. Read More»

PTC sex suits settlement costs: $840K

Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington.

PTC taxpayers on the hook for $61,000 in latest case

A new accounting of the cost of settling a sex and disability discrimination case against Peachtree City officials and police chief H.C. “Skip” Clark shows that Peachtree City taxpayers paid $60,905 directly to defend and ultimately settle the case. Read More»

Volunteers sought to help pack HeroBoxes at Home Depot HQ

HeroBoxes are a welcome sight for U.S. troops deployed overseas, particularly during the holidays. Photo/Special.

A charity in Tyrone that provides customized care packages for U.S. troops overseas is seeking volunteers for a large-scale packing event Dec. 2-4 and Dec. 9.

HeroBox will bus the volunteers from their local office to the Home Depot headquarters in Atlanta, and meals will be provided along with a T-shirt in exchange for helping from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., organizers said.

HeroBox is trying to reach a goal of 5,000 boxes and already has donations and supplies on hand for 3,600 of them, said executive director Ryan Housley. Read More»

Tyrone WWII veteran, 101, addresses Newnan group

Tyrone WWII veteran, 101, addresses Newnan group

The West Georgia Chapter of the Georgia Power Ambassadors on Nov. 11 honored veterans at the organization’s meeting in Newnan. The guest speaker at the meeting was 101-year-old Tyrone resident Lamar Wallace, a veteran of World War II.

As veterans arrived for the meeting at Wesley Woods in Newnan, they were thanked for their service. There were almost 30 veterans in attendance. Each was introduced and their branch of service was announced, said organization spokesperson Theresa Kinzly. Read More»

Veterans commission briefs Coweta-Fayette Rotarians on mission, goals

Malcolm Jackson (L) and Joe Brooks attended the Nov. 11 meeting of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club to review the activities of the Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs which the two men co-chair. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Malcolm Jackson and Joe Brooks can always be counted on to keep the sacrifices of members of the military and the memories of that service alive in the minds of Coweta County residents. Their mission continued on Veterans Day as the co-chairs of the Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs (CCOVA) provided information on some of the organization’s activities with members of the Coweta-Fayette Rotary Club. Read More»

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