Newsmakers

For Fayette, Coweta residents, 9/11 a day to honor heroes

Veterans representing several of America’s wars present arms at the 9/11 Patriot Day observance in Peachtree City Saturday. Photo/Ben Nelms.

More than 200 residents of Fayette and Coweta counties made their way to Falcon Field in Peachtree City last Saturday for the city’s observance of Patriot Day. As in previous occasions, the event was filled with memory and honor and resolve.

The Patriot Day/Freedom Walk began with nearly 200 area residents participating in the “America Supports You Freedom Walk.” Read More»

A different way to farm and to live

Fayette County residents Nicole and Scott Tyson are right at home on their small non-profit organic farm near Sharpsburg. The couple on their new farm grow organic fruits and vegetables and practice rotational grazing with the turkeys, sheep and chickens. The name of the operation, the 180-degree Farm, is illustrative of the concept that contradicts the long-held norm in farming. Scott and Nicole use no chemicals and everything is natural.

Standing on their small farm off Ga. Highway 154 near Sharpsburg last Saturday morning, Scott and Nicole Tyson surveyed the small acreage that is home to the couple’s non-profit 180-degree Farm. The name of the farm makes sense, considering that their approach to farming is the diametric opposite of what has become the accepted norm. Read More»

Detour this weekend in PTC on Hwy. 74 South

This weekend a section of Ga. Highway 74 will be closed to allow the installation of pipes underneath the road at Crosstown Road.

The detour will begin Friday at 11 p.m. and remain in effect through 11 p.m. Sunday night, according to an announcement from the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Motorists will be detoured around the area on Crosstown Road, south Peachtree Parkway, Robinson Road and Redwine Road to get back onto Hwy. 74, officials said. Read More»

9/11 in F'ville, PTC to be day of prayer, honor

The World Trade Center towers before their collapse on Sept. 11, 2001. File Photo.

To commemorate Sept. 11, 2001 three events are scheduled for Fayetteville and Peachtree City this coming Saturday. Two are Christian prayer gatherings: the first at midday on the Old Courthouse Square and the second that evening nearby at The Villages Amphitheater. Read More»

‘Cancer, I’m gonna beat you again in the blink of your evil eye’

Battling relapse of cancer together are Edna (L) and 8-year-old Mary Evelyn King. Photo/John  Munford.

On a recent afternoon, 8-year-old Mary Evelyn King piled all her stuffed animals together on the floor of her room. Then she covered them with a blanket so they wouldn’t see what was coming next.

Taking a perch high on her bed, Mary Evelyn leapt in the air, landing on the pile with a cackle of high-pitched laughter.

For someone who’s such an active child, and has such a heartwarming smile, it’s hard to imagine that Mary Evelyn has cancer ravaging the inside of her body. The neuroblastoma that has struck her attacks the nerves through the spinal cord. Read More»

Prayer services in F’ville Sept. 11 and 18

The events of Sept. 11, 2001 will not soon perish from the minds and hearts of Americans. Aside from a national tragedy, the day has also become a time of prayer. And within that framework there will be two prayer services held in Fayetteville that day, one at noon at the old courthouse and the other at the Villages Amphitheater beginning at 5 p.m. Read More»

Tea Party group forms in Senoia

It is a movement that many thought could never last past the first few months. But as it turned out, the dissatisfaction with government has taken a grassroots movement national and, more than a year later, it is only growing. Enter the newest local group of citizens determined to become better informed and participative, the Senoia Tea Party Patriots.

Group organizer/coordinator and Senoia resident Joe Cannin has been involved with the Tea Party movement in Coweta and Fayette counties since they began in early 2009. His involvement included helping to develop small neighborhood groups. Read More»

Coweta’s youth leaders sworn in for 2010-11

Coweta’s youth leaders sworn in for 2010-11

Members of the 2010-2011 Newnan Youth Council were sworn in last week. The purpose of the Newnan Youth Council is to provide a means for the high school youth of Newnan and Coweta County to learn about government, participate in the process, and to represent and articulate the needs of the community’s youth.

The overall purpose, based on the expressed need for youth programs, activities, events, continuing education, and youth involvement in community and governmental activities within the City of Newnan, is: Read More»

F’ville plans veterans memorial at Patriot Park off Redwine Road

The city of Fayetteville is planning to build a new veterans memorial at the Patriot Park area off Redwine and Old Senoia roads.

A schematic of the proposal shows a 10-foot tall obelisk with the emblems of each branch of the armed services. But the true feature will be the two memorial walls on either side, which will list each local veteran who was killed in action.

The obelisk and walls will be made of a black granite that will be reflective, similar to the material used on the Vietnam wall. Read More»

Chief Judge Edwards bows out of contention for appeals court

Fayette County Superior Court Judge Christopher C. Edwards has withdrawn his name from consideration for a vacant seat on the Georgia Court of Appeals.

Edwards was nominated by several Fayetteville attorneys, but bowed out as he is focusing on his new role as chief judge of the Griffin Judicial Circuit.

Edwards said Tuesday that he was flattered by the nomination but he has been very busy in the details of tweaking court operations from calendar adjustments to courthouse security considerations. Read More»