Newsmakers

Veteran: Pearl Harbor attack was ‘chaotic’

Griffin resident Bob Schmutzler talks about his experiences in World War II, including firing at attacking Japanese fighter planes at Pearl Harbor using a rifle like the one he holds. Photo/John Munford.

Editor’s note: This interview was conducted because of WWII Heritage Days, taking place this weekend in Peachtree City. Please see the special section in this paper for more information about that event.

When Japanese airplanes struck Pearl Harbor by surprise Dec. 7, 1941, Bob Schmutzler of nearby Griffin was eating breakfast in the mess hall. Read More»

Fund-raiser set for ailing Board of Education member Sam Tolbert

Sam Tolbert.

It is a way to show her love and support. Hannah Tolbert, daughter of Fayette County Board of Education member Sam Tolbert, is planning a “Ride for Life” car and bike show and benefit ride fund-raiser on June 12 to help offset her father’s expenses as he undergoes treatment for Stage 4 esophageal cancer.

Stage 4 — the final and most serious of four stages — means that the metastatic cancer has spread to distant sites in the body. Read More»

Holy Carp!

Holy Carp!

Blaise McCord, 16, of Peachtree City caught this whopper of a grass carp in a local pond in the city a few days ago. A member of the Bass Fishing Club at McIntosh High School, McCord caught it while casually fishing in the evening hours; and yes, he released it back into the water. Photo/Special.

‘The Wall That Heals’ fundraiser April 23

A motorcycle benefit ride on April 23 will raise money to bring “The Wall That Heals,” a half-size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to the Coweta County Fairgrounds in October.

The April 23 event will begin at the Great South Harley Davidson dealership located at 185 Ga. Highway 16 East in Newnan. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. Riders will depart at 10 a.m. for the U.S. Army National Infantry Museum in Columbus. Read More»

PTC Police Chief Clark hit with EEOC complaint

Peachtree City Police Chief H.C. "Skip" Clark in a 2010 file photo.

Former top female assistant alleges ‘hostile’ workplace at police department

A staff assistant at the Peachtree City Police Department has filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging she was discriminated against based on her gender and disabilities.

In the complaint, Lisa Ficalore claims that Police Chief H.C. “Skip” Clark demoted her along with handing her a pay cut in October 2008 when her position was “reclassified” from administrative assistant to staff assistant. Read More»

F’ville Army Sergeant Curry pockets $250K lottery winnings before return to Afghanistan

Master Sgt. Gregg Curry holds lottery check. Photo/Special.

An Army sergeant from Fayetteville has won a quarter-million-dollar prize just days before his return to Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Gregg Curry with the Third U.S. Army Forces Central Command played the Georgia Lottery instant game Cool Cash and won a $250,000 prize.

Following their morning workout, Curry and his wife, Mary, stopped for a bottle of water at Kwickie/Flash #0245, 973 Highway 54 in Fayetteville, where he purchased the lucky ticket.

“We’re excited. We’re happy,” said Curry, 47. Read More»

Fayette resident heads Fairburn city government

Tom Barber, the City Administrator in Fairburn. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Tom Barber has spent a career managing people and money. Today the Certified Public Accountant and long-time north Fayette County resident is continuing that career as the City Administrator in Fairburn.

A younger Tom Barber and his family moved to Fayette County in 1968, where he attended Fayette County High School and was selected “Mr. Senior” in 1973. Barber left Fayette in 1978 but returned with his family in 2000. Read More»

Senoia library groundbreaking set for April 23

Members of the Coweta County Library Board received approval April 5 by the Coweta County Commission for a change order for the replacement library in Senoia. Pictured, from left, are board members Robert Ward, Lilly Smith, Jay Moore, Barbara Osborne-Harris, Senoia board representative Jeff Fisher and Tom Dombrowski. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The day will finally be here for Senoia area residents to get their new library. The much-anticipated groundbreaking for the 6,563 square-foot replacement library will be held on April 23 at 11 a.m. at the library site on Pylant Street at the Marimac Lake property.

The 6,563 square-foot library will be situated on 1.04-acres of city-owned property on Pylant Street and is bound on the north by residential property, on the south by the city-owned Marimac Lake Park and on the east by the Pylant Street Well property, also owned by the city. The library will have parking space for 35 vehicles. Read More»

Dogs to take over Tyrone's Shamrock Park Saturday

The third annual PAWS For A Purpose charity dog walk will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011 at  Shamrock Park in Tyrone. This festival is for the dogs and festival features your dog, your family, pet adoptions, contests, local vendors, working dog demonstrations, and more. 

Proceeds to benefit: The Fayette County Humane Society, Reading PAWS, The Good Shepherd Pet Rescue, and Canines For Combat Veterans.  Photo/Special.

The third annual PAWS For A Purpose charity dog walk will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Shamrock Park in Tyrone starting at 9:30 a.m. This festival is for the dogs and festival features your dog, your family, pet adoptions, contests, local vendors, working dog demonstrations, and more. Read More»

AFTER: Fayetteville Councilman Dell gets a lighter look

AFTER: Fayetteville Councilman Dell gets a lighter look

Fayetteville’s Denise Jordan from The Ultimate salon completes the shearing of Fayetteville Councilman Larry Dell after the April 7 council meeting, mustache and all. The fund-raiser effort for the Piedmont Fayette Cancer Wellness Center and in support of his sister Diane Park drew a large crowd to the council chambers to watch the spectacle and raised $2,500 to boot. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Recent Comments