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Joe Saia, Fayette Co. public defender, dies

Long-time defense attorney Joe Saia, who most recently served as the Chief Public Defender for Fayette County, has passed away, The Citizen has confirmed.

Saia fell ill while on vacation in June in North Carolina and had to be hospitalized for treatment of heart congestion; he had quadruple bypass surgery. Read More»

Fayette sheriff’s charity program helps 39 kids have merry Christmas

Shopping with a sheriff’s deputy

Sometimes the best way to make sure someone gets what they want, and particularly what they need, for Christmas, is to take them shopping.

That’s just what members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office did Saturday morning at the Fayetteville Walmart.

Armed with more than $15,000 in donations from the community, they were able to take 39 needy children and their families shopping for necessities such as coats, shoes, clothes and bedding ... and a few nice toys too. Read More»

Fayette tops in Georgia for life expectancy

Folks in Fayette County have longer life expectancies than anyone else living anywhere else in Georgia — 78.9 years — according to a new study. Read More»

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

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