Newsmakers

Chamber passes gavel as new chair takes helm

Joe Domaleski (R) accepts the chamber outgoing board chair plaque from the incoming chair, Melanie Myer. She will be the 46th Board Chair of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce was begun in the late 1960s and has progressed from its first annual banquets which were pot luck dinners at the local Masonic Lodge, to a full-fledged meal at a local a banquet facility with hundreds of people in attendance.

Today the chamber is the one organization focused on business growth, leadership development, entrepreneurship and community enhancement in Fayette. It works to bring together leadership and business, government, non-profits, and education to address issues and the needs of the community. Read More»

Fayette a ‘donor county’ for taxes?

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele.

Mayors of county’s 2 largest cities take opposite positions on 2012 regional transportation tax referendum

The mayors of Fayette County’s two largest cities have diametrically opposing viewpoints about a pending 1-cent regional sales tax to be put to a vote next year.

Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix is against it, while Fayetteville Mayor Kenneth Steele is for it.

Early projections show that a 1 percent, 10-year sales tax for regional transportation projects in the 10 counties in metro Atlanta would generate about $205 million total from Fayette County alone. Read More»

King honored and remembered in Monday event in F’ville

Happy marchers in an honored cause

“One Nation, One Dream: Justice for All.” That was the theme of the 7th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade and the 11th Annual Commemorative Program held Monday in Fayetteville. The event was sponsored by the Fayette County branch of the NAACP.

This year’s lengthy parade began at Fayette County High School then proceeded to Ga. Highway 85 and onto the Lafayette Education Center. Rev. Toney Mosley, senior pastor of Woods Memorial Baptist Church served as the parade’s grand marshal. Read More»

Take your best shot (of Fayette County's natural beauty) by Jan. 31 deadline

Photo is “Sun Dancers” by Dale Niles, 2010 First Place, Trust Properties Category. Provided by Southern Conservation Trust.

You still have time to capture your best photographs and enter them in the Southern Crescent’s premier photography exhibition. The 3rd annual juried exhibition, Nature, Undisturbed, continues to solicit entries for the 2011 competition through Jan. 31. Read More»

Winter storm shuts Coweta down for nearly a week

It was neighbors helping neighbors on Breckenridge Drive in the Bedford Forest subdivision off Ga. Highway 154. Jeremy Carlisle (left) and Blake Adams operated the blowers while Carol Adams (red jacket) works with youngsters Jilleyn (in pink) and Jensyn to help clear her driveway. Their work Tuesday afternoon came in the wake of the winter storm that began Sunday and closed schools and most businesses in Coweta County and metro Atlanta on Monday and Tuesday.

What a week. What started last Sunday with warnings from the National Weather Service turned out to be exactly what was forecast: a major winter storm that essentially paralyzed Coweta County and all of north Georgia for much of the week. Today things are getting back to normal, except for last night’s low that hovered around the single digits. Read More»

Southern Living thanks Senoia

Southern Living thanks Senoia

Scott Tigchelaar at the Senoia City Council meeting last week presented a framed magazine cover, letters and photos as a token of gratitude from Southern Living Magazine to the council and Downtown Development Authority in appreciation for their support of the magazine’s 2010 Idea House. “It was an overwhelming success,” said Tigchelaar, adding that the collaboration was unlike anything the magazine had ever experienced. Pictured from left are Tigchelaar, Councilman and DDA member Maurice Glover, Councilman Bobby Graham, Mayor Robert Belisle and Councilman Jeff Fisher.

Seabaugh offers sympathy for Giffords, others in Tucson shooting

They were shots heard across the nation. It was supposed to be a meet-and-greet for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) at the Safeway grocery store at the corner of Ina Road and Oracle Road in Tucson on Jan. 8. But all that changed when 22 year-old Jared Lee Loughner allegedly open fire, shooting Giffords in the head and wounding or killing 19 others. Sen. Mitch Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) issued a statement of sympathy and support for those injured and killed in the rampage. Read More»

Free spay/neuter options available for Coweta residents

A person’s income is no longer an obstacle to having a pet neutered or spayed in Coweta County. The Newnan-Coweta Humane Society (NCHS) now has four free grant programs to assist residents with the procedures at the HELP Spay/Neuter Clinic.

NCHS Executive Director JoAnn Jones said the new income criteria programs are an example of the organization’s commitment to the community.
Jones said the four no-cost programs being funded by NCHS include: Read More»

The Carnegie showcases several events in January

Come to The Carnegie in downtown Newnan for an informative seminar with local financial advisor Sam Madaris Jr. In “Take Stock in the Market” you will learn basic stock terminology and time-proven strategies for investing in stocks. This program will be Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served. Read More»

Gov. Deal freezes state jobs, plans 7% budget cut

“We are now entering a new era of smaller government and greater personal responsibility. Government must pull back, but Georgians and our strong communities, big and small, have what it takes to fill the gap,” said Governor Nathan Deal in his State of the State address Wednesday to a joint session of the Georgia General Assembly. Read More»

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