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Motorcade to welcome home local Marine

Citizens encouraged to show support by lining McDonough Road by 12:30 Saturday

A local Marine who has returned from a tour in Afghanistan will be honored Saturday afternoon with a motorcade from his home to a private reception at McCurry Park.

Citizens who wish to show their honor and respect to Lance Cpl. Bradley S. Werho are asked to line McDonough Road no later than 12:30 to greet the motorcade as it arrives at McCurry Park, organizers said.

Werho, a lifelong resident of Fayetteville and a 2007 graduate of Fayette County High School, has returned stateside with his fellow Marines following his 2nd Batallion’s stint in Marjah and Sangin Afghanistan. Read More»

PTC Rep. Ramsey gets key reapportionment appointment

Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, will play a pivotal role in the process of reapportionment of districts for both the state’s House of Representatives and also the state Senate later this year.

Ramsey has been assigned to chair the subcommittee for House and Senate Legislative Districts by Roger Lane, R-Darien, who chairs the House of Representatives Reapportionment Committee. Read More»

A fruitful life: Friends celebrate 100 years for Ellen ‘Biddy’ Porter

A friend of the family, Doug Fields, reads a proclamation from the city of Fayetteville, and one from President and Mrs. Barack Obama, extending congratulations on the 100th birthday of Ellen “Biddy” Porter. Story on Page A3. Photo/Carolyn Cary.

Born just a mile west of the old courthouse in Fayetteville a hundred years ago, Ellen Swanson Lester “Biddy” Porter has outlived two husbands, William Lester and Ken Porter, and a son, Daniel. A son, Benjamin, is still living.

Schooling was at the Masonic Lodge on Church Street, next to the Edgefield Baptist Church, where she has been a longtime member.

She was raised by her maternal grandmother, Georgia Swanson, and was the great-great-granddaughter of slaves brought from Ethiopia. Read More»

F'ville's Whitlow named Ga. VFW Officer of Year

Detective Mike Whitlow (R) receives award. Photo/Special.

Describing it as “one of the greatest honors of my life,” Fayetteville Police Det. Mike Whitlow last weekend received recognition at the annual Georgia Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) conference in Macon as the Georgia VFW Peace Officer of the Year.

Whitlow was selected as Peace Officer of the Year for 2010 by the Riverdale VFW chapter and was presented the award before the Fayetteville City Council earlier this month. Read More»

Right prescription: Fayetteville technician wins $250K in Mega-Millions drawing

A Fayetteville pharmacy technician has gotten a quarter-million dollar dose of a Mega Millions jackpot. Mary Smith, 58, matched the first five winning numbers in the Feb. 1 Mega Millions drawing, winning a $250,000 prize.

Smith purchased her Quik Pik ticket at Kwickie/Flash #0243, 760 Glynn St. N., Fayetteville. Winning numbers from the Feb. 1 drawing were: 16-22-23-26-35 and the Mega Ball was 31.

Smith’s husband, who purchased tickets for the same drawing, informed her that a winning ticket had been sold in the area. Read More»

Meeting needs for kids in need

Meeting needs for kids in need

Members of the Vineyard Community Church from Coweta, Fayette and Henry counties have an initiative underway designed to provide weekend meals for income eligible children from two Coweta County elementary schools. Packing meals in the sanctuary on Feb. 2, church members expect “Backpack Buddies” to expand across Coweta and Fayette counties and beyond. Photo/Ben Nelms.

‘Art of Green’ coming to Senoia March 26

The city of Senoia will celebrate "Art of Green" on Saturday, March 26th with a sidewalk art show. The third annual "Art of Green" is sponsored by the Cultural Arts Committee of the Senoia Downtown Development Authority. The event is located on Main Street in downtown Senoia and will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey: Cops already check IDs, would extend to suspected illegals

State Representative Matt Ramsey of Peachtree City says law enforcement officers already have the power to check the immigration status of any person booked into jail on a felony charge.

Under his proposed immigration bill, that power would extend to persons booked on misdemeanors and other criminal suspects including those investigated on a traffic stop, Ramsey said this week. Read More»

Tyrone's Sen. Chance pushes constitutional spending limit

A Senate resolution cosponsored by Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone would amend the Georgia Constitution to limit state spending based on the previous year’s budget after it is adjusted for inflation and increased population.

The endgame of the “Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011,” however, is a potential elimination of the state income tax, which would be accomplished in future years as excess revenues are directed to savings in the state’s Rainy Day fund. Read More»

Backpack Buddies feed needy kids on weekends

Members of the Vineyard Community Church from Coweta, Fayette and Henry counties have an initiative underway designed to provide weekend meals for income eligible children from two Coweta County elementary schools. Packing meals in the sanctuary on Feb. 2, church members expect “Backpack Buddies” to expand across Coweta and Fayette counties and beyond. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Schools provide needy kids with no-fee breakfasts and lunches during the five-day school week, but what happens to the kids on the other two days during the weekends?

Members at the Vineyard Community Church near Senoia are stepping up to fill that gap. They intend to provide those same children with meals during the weekends.

The new initiative, “Backpack Buddies,” has targeted two of Coweta’s elementary schools with hopes of expanding the effort across Coweta County and the region for income-eligible children. Read More»

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