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Blood donations sought, holidays lead to drop in participation

With Thanksgiving over, it’s only natural for people’s minds to turn to the buying of gifts for the holidays.

For many it’s a time to give, and one of the best ways to give of oneself is to donate blood. Holiday donations are crucial to the American Red Cross. Blood donations typically decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day due to the holiday season and travel, Red Cross officials said. Read More»

Creek keeps a-truckin' with 41-0 win

Bruce Dukes scampered 60-plus yards returning a punt for a touchdown against visiting Monroe Friday night.

Sandy Creek rolled over the visiting Monroe Hurricanes 41-0 at home on another chilly night. The Hurricanes largely kept the ball on the ground but couldn't get much momentum against the Creek defense, which secured a shutout for the second week in a row.

Honor Flight volunteers recognized for helping veterans

The Georgia Patriot Guard Riders were one of the recipients of a folded flag presented last week by Honor Flight Fayette at a reception held for honor flight participants at Fayette Senior Services in Fayetteville. The Patriot Guard Riders were among the nearly 1,000 volunteers making the seven honor flights possible, said Honor Flight Fayette’s Gail Sparrow. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was an event that paid tribute to the men and women whose efforts more than six decades ago conquered a global threat. World War II veterans from Fayette, Coweta and other counties across the area were the guests Nov. 17 at a reception honoring all the participants in the seven Honor Flight Fayette trips to Washington, D.C., that began in 2007.

Veterans and their families last week met at Fayette Senior Services and were joined by many of the volunteers that made the flights possible. Read More»

50 years of perfect flying earns PTC pilot place on prestigious list

The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, an award that recognizes pilots who have “demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years,” features over 1,700 pilots who have graded out perfectly and flown accident free for a very long time. It is a rare honor to receive and Peachtree City resident Curtis Wagner was recently presented with the award. Read More»

McIntosh’s Lane named Georgia’s Assistant Principal of the Year

Dan Lane (left) with GASSP President-Elect Dr. Mark Wilson. Photo/Special.

The best assistant principal in the state, and possibly the nation, is at McIntosh High.

Dan Lane has been selected as Georgia’s Assistant Principal of the Year by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP), and has been chosen to represent the state in the National Assistant Principal of the Year competition.

Each year GASSP selects an Assistant Principal of the Year at the middle and high school level, and chooses one to compete for the national title sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Read More»

Quesinberry speaks at PTC Vets Day event

Quesinberry speaks at PTC Vets Day event

The commemoration of Veterans Day was held Saturday morning in the Commemorative Air Force hanger at Falcon Field. The guest speaker at the event was Steve Quesinberry, who chairs the Department of History and Social Studies at Newnan High School. Read More»

Coweta County Animal Control gets $125,000 donation

The Holland M. Ware Charitable Foundation, recognizing the positive steps that Coweta County is taking in animal control, has donated $125,000 to be used for an addition to the shelter.

The money, which came from both the foundation and from Mr. Ware personally, will be used for expanding the intake area of the shelter, said county spokesperson Patricia Palmer. The planned outcome is that more lives will be saved and that boarding opportunities will allow more animals to be adopted locally as well as transported to areas desiring animals to adopt, Palmer said. Read More»

PTC CERT wins state competition

PTC CERT wins state competition

Peachtree City’s Community Emergency Response Team has done it again, winning a recent state mock drill competition. From left are CERT members Arline Cuebas (Instructor), Michael Le, Jaimee Fincher, Jeanette Hartman, Quyhn Hervey (front), Kimberly Lewis, Joyce Rivera, Chris Rivera, Paul Schultz, Ann Mitchell (Instructor). CERT members train to handle large-scale emergencies and disasters from a standpoint of assisting their neighbors and also first responders who might become overwhelmed with requests should a disaster strike. Read More»

Ga. Supreme Court to hold session in restored Coweta courthouse

The Supreme Court of Georgia will hold oral arguments in Newnan next Tuesday in the recently-renovated historic Coweta County Courthouse located downtown on the square. The court will hear two appeal cases involving a death penalty from Clayton County and one between Gwinnett County and restaurant owners over the responsibility for repairing a sinkhole. Read More»