Newsmakers

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.

BEFORE: Councilman Dell gets buzzed — for a good cause

BEFORE: Councilman Dell gets buzzed — for a good cause

It took months for those locks to grow but it didn’t take long to cut them — for a cause. Fayetteville Councilman Larry Dell (seated) in the City Council chambers after the April 7 meeting begins the process of cutting his hair as a fund-raiser for the Piedmont Fayette Cancer Wellness Center in support of his sister Diane who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. And, yes, that’s CPA and former Fayette County Commissioner Jack Smith doing the honors while serving as apprentice hair stylist as real stylist Denise Jordan looks on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

South Atlanta Tea Party hosts “Tax Day” family event

The South Atlanta Tea Party (SATP) will host its customary “Tax Day” event in a different format this year. SATP on April 15 will host its first American Liberty Summit at the Fayette Family Church located 1729 Ga. Highway 54 West near Fayetteville. The free Friday evening program begins at 6:30 p.m. and pre-registration is requested.

Organizers said there will be a variety of speakers to discuss aspects of the core values of the Tea Party which include limited government, fiscal responsibility, free market systems and the preservation of our American heritage. Read More»

Mold issues become personal in tenant-landlord squabble

For Morgan and Jesse Davis it is a story they say did not have a good resolution. The young couple insist they have been encountering a problem with mold in their apartment on Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville for four months and have health concerns for their 6-month-old daughter.

Their landlord tells a different story, saying the substance looked more like mildew and that the couple might have been using their claims of mold as a reason to break the lease. Read More»

Senoia Police to hold gang information seminar

While Senoia has no organized gang activity, the police department thought if would be appropriate to bring an increased awareness of gangs and gang identification to city residents.

To that end, Investigator Alicia Batts will conduct a gang information seminar for residents on April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Freeman Sasser building on Seavy Street. Read More»

Officials field questions on particulars of Ga.’s gun laws

GeorgiaCarry official Jerry Henry (L) responds to a question while Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah looks on. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The meeting room downstairs at the Peachtree City Library was full March 31 as Fayette County Sheriff Wayne Hannah and GeorgiaCarry.org Executive Director Jerry Henry fielded residents’ questions on the particulars of current state law on carrying firearms.

Henry at the outset of the meeting referenced the passage of Senate Bill 308 in 2010 and how it expanded the places where a gun can be carried.

The questions quickly followed, with one resident asking about the use of deadly force and potential liability. Read More»