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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»

PTC-manufactured product combats disease in Haiti

M.A. Industries produces water filter helping fight against spread of deadly cholera epidemic

A water filter produced by a legacy industry in Peachtree City has been distributed in Haiti to prevent the spread of cholera and other diseases. Read More»

Crabapple Elementary School welcomes local author

Crabapple Elementary School welcomes local author

Crabapple Elementary School in Peachtree City welcomed award-winning children's author Carole Marsh as she talked about her newest "Real Kids, Real Places" mysteries. Students listened to "the stories behind the stories," as Marsh shared interesting facts about the well-known places used as the settings of the books. "My passion is turning children into avid readers. They become readers when you make stories come alive for them from the earliest age. My most enjoyable days are spent with a roomful of children who ask lots of questions and want to learn," Marsh states. Read More»

Starr's Mill and Sandy Creek are semifinal bound

There was little drama in their quarterfinal matches tonight, but that suited the players, coaches and fans just fine. Those who braved the cold were rewarded with seeing their teams advance to the semifinals in their respective classifications on the strengths of shutouts.

For more on the games, see the story at http://www.thecitizensports.com/node/1122

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.

Is flu on the rise in some Fayette schools?

There have been a undetermined number of student illnesses recently in Fayette County public schools. While those illnesses may or may not be influenza, schools have sent letters to parents urging them to take the necessary precautions. Statewide, there have been few hospitalizations and no deaths related to the seasonal flu types A and B.

“We’re not tracking numbers, but we have had a lot of kids out and a number of our schools are saying it is the flu,” said school system spokesperson Melinda Berry-Dreisbach. Read More»

Fayette law officers caution holiday shoppers on crime perils

Fayetteville Police and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office want shoppers to stay safe and aware during the holiday shopping season. With that in mind, both agencies are providing tips to help ensure safer holiday shopping.

Fayetteville Police say shopping during the holiday season can present unique dangers when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other crimes. Taking a few preventative measures can help keep the holiday season joyous, officers said. Those measures include:

• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. Read More»

F’ville Council eases sign rules to help merchants during holidays

The Fayetteville City Council at the Nov. 18 meeting gave local businesses a better shot at increased sales during the holiday shopping season.

The council unanimously approved a resolution allowing businesses to display two additional display banners during the holiday season along with the two banners per year they are currently permitted under the sign ordinance. Read More»

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»

Minter Elementary showcases first Thanksgiving

Minter Elementary showcases first Thanksgiving

Mrs. Hall’s second-grade class at Sara Harp Minter Elementary School presented “The Pilgrim Story,” a reenactment of the first Thanksgiving in 1620. Students showcased the reenactment through words, music and songs. Over 60 parents, grandparents and family members were in attendance. After the play, the class and their visitors enjoyed a Thanksgiving feast just as the Pilgrims and Indians of long ago. In the front row, from left, Andrew Francis, Weston Tuttle, Grant Owen, Jim Lauson Walls, Courtney Wagner and Emma Vessell. In the back row are Max Zellweger and Alexis Stewart. Photo/Special.

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