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Story with buzz: Fayette to remain mostly hands off with private ‘bees-ness’

Fayette County beekeepers won’t have too many new rules to meet after all.

Instead of a slate of regulations proposed by county staff, the county commission, at its July 28 meeting, crafted an allowance for beekeeping to be allowed in all residential zoning districts.

Prior to the adoption of the new ordinance, beekeeping was only allowed on lots zoned for agriculture reserve.

The new ordinance also allows residents to sell honey on the premises without needing a home occupation permit. Read More»

Edgefield pastor Eddie Thomas dies

Edgefield Baptist Church is mourning the loss of Pastor Eddie Thomas, who died Monday, July 25.

Thomas, 48, had celebrated his 14th anniversary with the church several weeks ago.

The funeral will be tomorrow, Saturday July 30 at noon at his home church, located at 140 Church Street in downtown Fayetteville. Pastor Wendy Smith will officiate.

Thomas had been ill for nearly a year, but managed to preach every Sunday until four weeks ago. Read More»

The Friends of Brown's Mill Battlefield to celebrate historic event July 30

Just before dawn, July 30, 1864, Union Brig. Gen. Edward M. Cook came from the Palmetto area heading into Fayetteville and came across a long Confederate supply train with supplies and payroll for Atlanta.

Confederate soldiers were captured and garrisoned on the courthouse lawn in Fayettevile, and horses and mules were sabered so shots would not be heard in town.

The Union troops proceeded on to Lovejoy the next day and found Confederate troops chasing them back through Fayette County, through the Inman area and what is now Ebenezer Church Road. Read More»

Rehab work approved for Newnan airport

The Newnan-Coweta County Airport is about to get an upgrade. A $1.167 million bid by C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. for pavement rehabilitation work in the airport’s main parallel taxiway was approved July 19 by the Coweta County Commission. Read More»

Coweta students help shore up newest state park

Sixteen work-based interns from the Central Educational Center spent part of their summer working at Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Coweta County. At the visitor’s center following a day of trail-blazing and clearing are, (L-R) front row, Zach Ponce, Brock Dorman, Kenny Johnson , Jesse Stearns, Jimmie Reid, Ethan Blevins, Mitch Knabe, Sam Lasater; back row, Gabriela Bump, Alex Palacio, Haley Johnson, Ashley Davis, Sidney Sowerbrower, Olecia Witt, Alison Walker, Kyle Sorrells. Photo/Special.

It is one thing to spend part of the summer break hanging out and having fun. It’s quite another for a group of Central Educational Center (CEC) students to help shore up the amenities at the new Chattahoochee Bend State Park in northwest Coweta County.

And that is what 16 CEC students did during the week of July 11-15 when they helped blaze trails, clear campsites and set up the visitor’s center at the newly-opened Chattahoochee Bend State Park, according to Coweta County School System spokesperson Dean Jackson. Read More»

Fayetteville pastor Creecy dies

Fayetteville pastor Creecy dies

1 of first to leave inner city Atlanta for suburban ministry

The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., pastor of Olivet Baptist Church in Fayetteville and president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died Wednesday night, SCLC officials confirmed.

In 1999, Rev. Creecy took a leap of faith and followed a vision to move from St. Peter’s Baptist Church in southwest Atlanta to Fayetteville, and he was joined by his father, Howard Creecy Sr., in establishing Olivet Baptist here, according to SCLC spokesman Maynard Eaton. The elder Creecy at the time led Mt. Moriah Baptist Church near the campus of Morehouse college. Read More»

Ike’s D-Day secretary speaks to Fayetteville Council

Ike’s D-Day secretary speaks to Fayetteville Council

Fayetteville resident Helen Denton was joined by Councilman Larry Dell (L) and Mayor Ken Steele (R) at the Fayetteville City Council meeting July 21. Denton came with a number of items such as dog tags, photos and a bracelet with her name and serial number, all memorabilia from her time serving with Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. As part of Eisenhower’s staff stationed in England, Denton typed the orders for Operation Overlord, the D-Day invasion of France. The memorabilia will be on display at the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House Museum. Read More»

Groundbreaking nears for the Newnan Centre

It will not be long before The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan has a new neighbor. Or perhaps more a companion than anything, the groundbreaking for the adjacent 16,000 square-foot Newnan Centre is expected in the coming weeks. Read More»

Youth Appreciation Banquet hosted by Senoia Optimist Club

The Optimist Club of Senoia hosted its annual Youth Appreciation Banquet on May 5, 2011 in recognition of students at East Coweta High School and Northgate High School. Senoia Optimist member Laura Bell was the chair of the event which was held at the Senior Citizens’ Center in Senoia. 

Bell explained to the gathering that counselors at the two high schools were asked to select students for this recognition who had achieved a noticeable level of success in school while dealing with difficult situations with which other students typically were not associated.  Read More»

Willie Lynch Park nears completion

Construction work at Willie Lynch Park is almost complete. The City of Newnan has contracted with Georgia Development Partners to design and construct several overall park improvements to the existing park located at the intersection of Wesley Street and Richard Allen Drive. The park is currently home to the Wesley Street Gym, Pickett Field, and the recently opened Lynch Park Pool. The Newnan Boys and Girls Club is also located directly across street the from the park. Read More»

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