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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»

Christmas comes to Senoia, Newnan this weekend

It’s that time of year. The Christmas season is here and so are the parades and festivities this weekend in Senoia and Newnan. Light Up Senoia festivities will be held Saturday, followed by Newnan’s annual Christmas parade on Sunday. Weather for both events should include relatively clear skies and cool temperatures.

Light Up Senoia festivities will begin downtown on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. As usual, the afternoon will be filled with a variety of venues including Santa’s workshop, music and entertainment and plenty of goodies at the food court. Read More»

Senoia soldier slain in Afghanistan

Nineteen year-old Senoia resident Pvt. Austin Staggs was one of five soldiers killed in Afghanistan Monday when a border policeman opened fire on his unit.

Pvt. Staggs and five others died Nov. 29 in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an insurgent attacked their unit with small arms fire, according to the U.S. Dept. of Defense. Read More»

Gas detector saves 4 lives

Lee Westbrook checks piping leading to the furnace beneath his home. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It is a Thanksgiving that the Westbrook family in Fayetteville will long remember. Had it not been for the carbon monoxide detectors they installed in their home, this Thanksgiving might have been one that they never celebrated.

You can’t see it, smell it or taste it but it’s a killer. And that could have easily been the case at the home of Lee and Alice Westbrook and their 5-year-old twins Zachary and Aleya. Read More»

PTC Rec employee fired for insubordination seeks reinstatement

A former Peachtree City parks and recreation maintenance crew member who was fired in October this week formally asked the city to overturn his dismissal.

Frank Bumpus made his case before an appeal board consisting of fellow city employees, who have five working days to make a decision.

Bumpus was fired in October for insubordination after he refused his crew leader’s order to wash a truck and subsequently refused to roll up his window when the crew leader decided to wash the truck himself on Oct. 13, according to city records. Read More»

Blood donations sought, holidays lead to drop in participation

With Thanksgiving over, it’s only natural for people’s minds to turn to the buying of gifts for the holidays.

For many it’s a time to give, and one of the best ways to give of oneself is to donate blood. Holiday donations are crucial to the American Red Cross. Blood donations typically decline between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day due to the holiday season and travel, Red Cross officials said. Read More»

Creek keeps a-truckin' with 41-0 win

Bruce Dukes scampered 60-plus yards returning a punt for a touchdown against visiting Monroe Friday night.

Sandy Creek rolled over the visiting Monroe Hurricanes 41-0 at home on another chilly night. The Hurricanes largely kept the ball on the ground but couldn't get much momentum against the Creek defense, which secured a shutout for the second week in a row.

Honor Flight volunteers recognized for helping veterans

The Georgia Patriot Guard Riders were one of the recipients of a folded flag presented last week by Honor Flight Fayette at a reception held for honor flight participants at Fayette Senior Services in Fayetteville. The Patriot Guard Riders were among the nearly 1,000 volunteers making the seven honor flights possible, said Honor Flight Fayette’s Gail Sparrow. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was an event that paid tribute to the men and women whose efforts more than six decades ago conquered a global threat. World War II veterans from Fayette, Coweta and other counties across the area were the guests Nov. 17 at a reception honoring all the participants in the seven Honor Flight Fayette trips to Washington, D.C., that began in 2007.

Veterans and their families last week met at Fayette Senior Services and were joined by many of the volunteers that made the flights possible. Read More»

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