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It's that time of year

It's that time of year

The Starr's Mill band participated in the annual summer ritual of band practice, and is gearing up for the upcoming season. The band should be in excellent tune by the time the first football game kicks off against Whitewater High School on Aug. 29. Photo/ Bonnie Hester.

Sheriff’s Office helping with students’ backpacks

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office recently provided backpacks and school supplies to needy children as part of the “Shop with a Sheriff” program. Pictured from left are Inv. Chad Wallace, Sgt. Doug Hardy, Sheriff Barry Babb, Capt. Tom Brenna and Capt. Brian Eubanks. Photo/Special.

One of the projects undertaken by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office is aimed at lending a hand to needy kids as school begins. The recipients of backpacks and school supplies this year are students at Inman Elementary School.

Sheriff Barry Babb said the office for the third consecutive year has continued its “Shop with a Sheriff” program that provides backpacks and school supplies to needy children in Fayette County. Read More»

Shelton leaving FCSO

Josh Shelton.

Investigator Josh Shelton, who spearheaded the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office “Shop with a Sheriff” program, is leaving the sheriff’s office after 13 years of service.

Sheriff Barry Babb said Shelton has received numerous awards and decorations during his service to his community. 

Shelton is now taking the corporate career route with a Fortune 500 company where his skills as a detective will be applied with new challenges, Babb said.

“We are very proud of him and he will be missed,” said Babb. Read More»

Promise Place providing legal advocates for victims

Promise Place is always on a mission to help women victimized by domestic violence. One facet of that mission is the organization’s legal advocacy program helping women in the four counties served by Promise Place.

“Promise Place offers help to those experiencing domestic violence through our legal advocacy program. We understand the daunting tasks associated with leaving an abusive relationship. Our legal advocates assist victims of domestic violence in (a number of) ways,” said Promise Place Volunteer Services Director Wendi Bozeman. Read More»

Camp Southern Ground gears up for 2015

An artist's rendering of the dining hall at Camp Southern Ground. Photo/Special.

By BONNIE HESTER

Intern for The Citizen

Construction and fundraising are kicking into high gear at Camp Southern Ground, the summer camp for typical children and children of special needs on the neurobehavioral spectrum aged 7-17 that is the realization of a lifelong dream for GRAMMY Award-winning musician Zac Brown. The camp is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of which Zac is the founder and chairman of the board of directors. Read More»

Getting ready for school

Getting ready for school

Nearly two dozen school, education, social service and community organizations held Fayette County’s first “Back to School Expo” Aug. 2 at the county government complex in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Big day for sailing

Big day for sailing

Remote-control sailboat enthusiasts from Peachtree City, Atlanta, North Carolina, Missouri, Florida and South Carolina took part Aug. 2 in the Peachtree Regatta on the shores of Lake McIntosh. The event was hosted by Peachtree City’s Turtle Pond Model Yacht Club. Photo/Ben Nelms.

History buffs commemorate Civil War battle

A group of two dozen Coweta County residents met at the Brown’s Mill Battlefield site on Millard Farmer Road to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Brown’s Mill. The group read the names of all soldiers who lost their lives during the battle or as a result of it. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was 150 years ago, on July 30, that the Battle of Brown’s Mill was fought in Coweta County.

A group of two dozen Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association board members and supporters commemorated the anniversary with a Toast and Taps ceremony Wednesday by gathering at the Gen. Joseph Wheeler memorial located on the property of the battlefield site on Millard Farmer Road.

It was at the short ceremony where the names of all those, both Union and Confederate, who lost their lives during the battle and afterward at hospital sites in Newnan were read. Read More»

Out for a 'Walk with a Doc'

Out for a 'Walk with a Doc'

“Walk With a Doc” hosted by Piedmont Newnan Hospital attracted 30 participants to Carl Miller Park on Saturday, July 26. Dr. David Harvey, front, of Surgical and Cosmetic Dermatology in Newnan led the walk and answered questions along the way. Photo/Special.

Nurses attend conference

Nurses attend conference

Eleven school nurses from the Fayette County Public School System who attended the 22nd annual Georgia Association of School Nurses Statewide Educational Conference in Athens July 17-18. Read More»