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PTC resident promoted to brigadier general

Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, the U.S. Army surgeon general, affixes brigadier general rank on the right shoulder of newly promoted Brig. Gen. Brian Lein, the FORSCOM command surgeon, as Lein’s wife, Terry, replaces the left shoulder board. Their daughter, Navy Ensign Kristin Lein, looks on during the promotion ceremony. Photo/Special.

One of the U.S. Army’s most accomplished leaders in military medicine was promoted to brigadier general by the Army’s surgeon general during a recent ceremony at Marshall Hall, the U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Headquarters.

With his wife, Terry, assisting, Col. Brian C. Lein was promoted by Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker. Brig. Gen. Lein is the command surgeon for U.S. Army Forces Command Headquarters. Read More»

Fayette Senior Services CEO Britt elected to Meals On Wheels national board

Debbie Britt, President and CEO, Fayette Senior Services. Photo/FSS.

Debbie Britt, president and CEO of Fayette Senior Services, has been elected to the Meals On Wheels Association of America (MOWAA) Board of Directors.

Britt’s leadership role comes at a critical time. Six million seniors – one in nine – face the threat of hunger in America, according to research (www.mowaa.org/research) sponsored by MOWAA. The MOWAA Board governs the national organization which is committed to ending senior hunger in America by the year 2020.

Britt also serves at the state level as President-elect Meals On Wheels Association of Georgia. Read More»

Rec area planned for Lake McIntosh site on PTC’s west side

Fayette County’s newest reservoir, under construction in west Peachtree City, will feature a recreation area for county residents to enjoy.

The recreation area planned for Lake McIntosh will include not just regular parking but also golf cart parking, according to a preliminary sketch of the area. Read More»

Coweta dodges a bullet in Monday storm

It was a busy day for emergency responders around Coweta County. But Sept. 5 would have been much busier if the thunderstorms that barreled through the county Monday afternoon had produced the stronger storms anticipated by the National Weather Service. In all, Coweta had five tornado warnings during the afternoon hours but no resulting tornados and no storm damage from Tropical Storm Lee. Damage or not, the weather event pointed to the need to have additional severe weather sirens located around the county. Read More»

Coweta to remember 9-11 at Sunday ceremonies

The attacks of September 11, 2001 are unique in American history. Like few other events, nearly everyone can remember where they were as the planes fell from the sky on that September morning. Now imbedded in the American psyche, Sept. 11 has become a day to reflect not only on the attacks, but to remember the lives of those lost that day and efforts of those who responded to the carnage so that other lives could be saved. Read More»

Fayette ready to remember 9-11

Peachtree City's Village Park subdivision displays this remembrance of the 9-11 attack. Photo/Special.

Both amphitheaters, multiple churches schedule services to commemorate those lost in the 2001 al Qaeda attacks

The events of Sept. 11, 2001 will be recalled across Fayette County this weekend in a variety of venues.

Rising Starr Middle School near Peachtree City will hold a “10th Anniversary of 9/11 Remembrance” on Friday, Sept. 9 at 8:30 a.m. at the school complex off Ga. Highway 74 South. The community is invited to pay tribute to all of those who were affected by the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. The school particularly wishes to honor military, law enforcement and firefighters for their service to our country and invites them to attend in uniform. Read More»

PTC’s Village Park HOA remembers those lost on Sept. 11, 2001

PTC’s Village Park HOA remembers those lost on Sept. 11, 2001

Mary Ann Wakefield, president of Peachtree City’s Village Park Homeowners Association, created this subdivision entrance display to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 al Qaeda attacks on the United States, which resulted, among other things, in the destruction of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. The display notes the deaths of first responders and civilians in that attack. Photo/Sharon McFarland.

Report provides candid view of Coweta economy

It is almost impossible today for an economic report to avoid showing the impact of the recession on a county or region. That was the case in the West Georgia Regional Update report released recently by the University of West Georgia. The summer 2011 study focused on issues in the five-county region such as income, housing and recovery.

The report was prepared by the Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia. The report covers the five-county area that includes Coweta, Carroll, Douglas, Haralson and Paulding counties. Read More»

Collector finds ‘smoking gun’ in $45 million dispute; her reward — $69

Former Fayetteville resident Omega Lamont shows off an antique bookstore purchase that landed her in the middle of a multi-million lawsuit between musicians and a record company. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Former Fayetteville resident Omega Lamont has a passion for collecting all kinds of things. But one of those collectibles found in an antique shop in Florida has landed her in the middle of multi-million-dollar lawsuit between the 1970s Scottish band Bay City Rollers and Arista Records, their record company at the time.

Lamont was inadvertently thrust in the cross-hairs of the litigation because what she found in the antique shop was a 1978 audit of Arista Records by then-Price Waterhouse and Company that refers to royalties, or the lack thereof, the Bay City Rollers say are owed to them. Read More»

The Creek rolls to 30 victories in a row

The Creek rolls to 30 victories in a row

The Patriots’ JaQuay Williams (L) makes a catch in front of a section of Whitewater High School students participating in a “yellow out” demonstration of school spirit. The yellow costumes didn’t help the Wildcats’ offensive efforts as Sandy Creek won 43-20 and kept their winning streak alive. They have won 30 games in a row. For more on last Friday’s football games, click here. Photo/Stan Prophitt/KidzSportsPhotography.com.

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