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Tyrone honors police officers

Tyrone honors police officers

Honoring the employees of the Tyrone Police Department at an annual dinner has become a tradition. The 4th Annual Tyrone Police Department Banquet was held Dec. 8 at the Tyrone Depot. Among the many awards presented by Chief Brandon Perkins were those to Sgt. Eric DeLoose (left) for the 2010 Employee of the Year and to Officer Shawn Albea for the 2010 Officer of the Year. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Remembering Pearl Harbor

Members of the East Coweta High School JROTC presented the colors at the Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremonies held at Falcon Field earlier this month. Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Association member Roy Mooney salutes as JROTC members present the flag. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Coweta gets high ranking in statewide public health assessment

Coweta County has received a ranking of number 22 out of Georgia’s 159 counties when it comes to residents’ overall health. Funded by the Healthcare Georgia Foundation (HGF), the findings of the statewide advocacy campaign, Partner Up! for Health were released Wednesday. Read More»

An honor for Pearl Harbor survivors

An honor for Pearl Harbor survivors

Members of the East Coweta High School JROTC presented the colors at the Pearl Harbor Remembrance ceremonies held at Falcon Field earlier this month. Pearl Harbor Survivor’s Association member Roy Mooney salutes as JROTC members present the flag.

Remembering my friend Joan Neal

Joan Neal in a photo from the October 2010 issue of Fayette Woman Magazine.

[Editor’s note: Joan Neal, 82, died Dec. 5. A Fayetteville resident since 1952, Mrs. Neal personified the phrase, “a pillar of the community.” Fayette County historian Carolyn Cary shares some memories of her long-time friend.]

Of the 57 years Joan Neal lived in Fayette County, I have been privileged to have known her for 44 of those years here. Read More»

Fayette master gardeners contribute 88 percent of fresh produce to Atlanta food banks in 2010

Fayette master gardeners take a break during work in the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” garden that produced 23,024 pounds of food in 2010 to feed area families in need. From left are Tommy Waller, Vauna Bellury, Tom Wilson and Janet Lester. In the background is Fayetteville farmer Lester Bray, who was consultant on the project. Photo/Special.

Fayette County has become the breadbasket for Atlanta's hungry, according to a news release from the Fayette master gardeners organization.

Fayette County’s master gardeners have grown, harvested and contributed free of charge more than 86,000 pounds of fresh food to the Atlanta Food Bank, or nearly nine out every 10 pounds received by the Atlanta area campaign in 2010. Read More»

Crowds bundle up for Newnan Christmas parade

Crowds bundle up for Newnan Christmas parade

The frigid weather in Newnan last Sunday could not quell the excitement at the city’s annual Christmas parade. The parade attracted 70 entries and enormous crowds that lined Jackson and LaGrange streets. Whether floats signifying the Nativity or a Christmas tree loaded with ornaments or marching bands and organizations wanting to participate, all were present for the parade that began downtown and proceeded along a frozen parade route to Newnan High School. Photo/Ben Nelms

10 Coweta teachers receive “Bright Ideas” grants

It was a different kind of show-and-tell recently in the classrooms of 10 Coweta County school teachers when representatives from Coweta-Fayette EMC Operation Round Up surprised the teachers with gift baskets, balloons and “Bright Ideas” grant awards ranging from $1,136 to $1,500. Teachers with the Coweta County School System received 10 of the 24 grants awarded in Coweta-Fayette EMC’s eight county service area.

The Operation Round Up representatives presenting the awards included Bright Ideas grant judges, Coweta-Fayette EMC employees and a program board member. Read More»

2 for the titles! Starr’s Mill (4-A), Sandy Creek (3-A) play for two state championships

Starr’s Mill quarterback Adam Holley (L) celebrates after the Panthers’ 20-19 win over Tucker in the 4-A semifinals.

When Sandy Creek won the Class AAAA state championship last year, the first in football for any Fayette County school, many wondered if, and when, another local school would make it back to the title game.

The wait was not long at all. Sandy Creek, which dropped to Class AAA in the off-season, is in the state championship game against Carrollton this Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Read More»

Fayette Superior Court Clerk Sheila Studdard honors prior superior court clerks

Sharing information on his uncle, N. W. Kelley, is Lamar McEachern. Superior Court Clerk Sheila Studdard told him his uncle, located in the middle of the photo, was the longest serving clerk. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Current Fayette County Superior Court Clerk Sheila Studdard has honored those clerks of court who came before her, dating back to 1830.

Fayette County is fortunate to have all its original records and she went back to the first clerk of record, John D. Stell. Several of his descendants still reside in the county.

She photocopied the signature of each one from a record they would have signed, learned as much about each one as could be found in the Fayette County Historical Society, and obtained photos of as many as could be located. Read More»

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