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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»

All 5 Fayette high schools make state’s Advanced Placement honor roll

Each of Fayette County’s five public high schools were among more than 350 high schools statewide to be included on Georgia’s 2011 list of AP (Advanced Placement) Honor Schools. The majority of Fayette’s high schools earned recognition in multiple categories based on the results of AP exams. 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»

Deportee faces child molestation charge

A former Griffin man cleared to be deported to Guatemala after being being housed in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in Atlanta has been transferred to Fayette County on charges of aggravated child molestation stemming from an incident that occurred here in 2009.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Investigator Josh Shelton said former Griffin resident Joel Arnoldo Estrada-Morales, 39, has been charged with aggravated child molestation and is being held in the Fayette County Jail. Read More»

Student film wins UGA competition

From left are members of Neon Productions Alana Carithers, Carolyn Craddock, Emily Breault and Candice Dottin. Photo/Special.

Emily Breault, a 2008 graduate of Starr’s Mill High School, and now a Mass Media Arts major in the Grady School of Journalism at UGA, recently won first place in the drama category in a short film competition sponsored by Campus Moviefest. She and three fellow students formed Neon Productions for the creation of student films. Their award winning film is called “The Hub” and is a dramatic expose of Atlanta as the hub of underage sex trafficking. Breault was director of photography, lead editor and music supervisor to the film. Read More»

Hester wins at Regional Recitation Festival

Hester wins at Regional Recitation Festival

Barrett Hester, a fourth grader at Braelinn Elementary, won first place in his age division at the regional recitation contest on Feb. 2. The Griffin RESA Literacy Days Festival honors those from third through fifth grades who have already won their county competitions in either recitation, writing, or drama to compete at the regional level. Read More»

Over 30 science projects headed for regional contest

What’s the most natural light bulb for cosmetic purposes? Do electric golf carts leave a smaller carbon footprint than gas ones? Does the color of the greenhouse affect plant growth? And what about tomato plants, can hydrogen peroxide affect their growth?

These are just a few of the questions raised by student science projects that took first place at the 2011 Fayette County Science and Engineering Fair. A total of 31 high and middle school projects earned first place honors. Read More»

PTC resident wins 2011 Global Media Award from ShelterBox

Christopher Dawson, CNN producer and Tom Henderson, ShelterBox founder. Photo/Joyce Boghosian

ShelterBox USA has presented CNN producer, Christopher Dawson with its 2011 Global Media Award for his efforts in delivering thorough and accurate coverage of the relief efforts that took place immediately following the earthquake in Haiti last January.  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»

Winter wonderland

Winter wonderland

It wasn’t enough to close schools for the day, but Thursday morning’s snow added some ambiance to go with the cool temperatures in Peachtree City. Path users either bundled up for their walk/jog/run like this duo, or they put the flaps down on their carts to stay warm. Photo/John Munford.

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