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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»

Charity concert nets largest donation yet

Music programs combined to sponsor a charity concert benefitting the Joseph Sams School. Photo/Special.

A free charity concert sponsored by local school choirs raised over $2,600 in donations for the Joseph Sams School.

Choirs from Cleveland Elementary, Inman Elementary, Fayetteville Intermediate, Bennett’s Mill Middle, Fayette Middle and Fayette County High, along with the high school’s wind ensemble, collected the concert’s largest donation in its 5-year history, and more than doubled what was raised last year. Read More»

FCHS debate team has good start to season

From left are Assistant Coach Craig Skelton, John Cooper, Kris Wilson, Maha Khan, Ryan Veccie, Yosef Shelbayah, Head Coach Jeffrey Miller. Photo/Special.

The Fayette County High School debate team has wrapped up their first semester of competitions which included ten competitions all around Georgia. During the semester, FCHS has qualified seventeen (17) students to the State Championship which is third most in the State. Fayette County has qualified the most Public Forum debaters in the State to the State Championship with eleven. Read More»

Police reports: Dec. 7-13, 2010

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty:

Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
Tuesday, Dec. 7 - Monday, Dec. 13

Mary Ellen Duren, 33, of Greenview Boulevard, Fairburn, for disorderly conduct, aggravated stalking and terroristic threats.
Bernard Marquis Finch, 30, of Annelise Park Drive, Fayetteville, for probation violation.
James Leon Hammett, 42, of Shelton Drive, Resaca, for probation violation.
Ebony Lashaun Weaver, 31,of Wisdom Road, Peachtree City, for probation violation. 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»

Payless Shoes and Holiday Helpers grant wishes of angels

Helen Rickman of Fayette Holiday Helpers (left) and Karen Spangler with the school system’s CARE program accepted the donation of 150 gift coupons at the Payless Shoe Source in Fayetteville from store manager Johnathan Dennis.

Thanks to Payless Shoe Source in Fayetteville and Helen Rickman of Fayette Holiday Helpers, 150 students in need of shoes on the CARE (Children at Risk in Education) Angel Tree will have their requests granted.

The 2010 Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids program is a grass roots campaign to deliver $1.2 million in free shoes to children of families in need. Read More»

Order ornaments for American Legion tree by Wednesday

Order ornaments for American Legion tree by Wednesday

The Civitans and United Daughters of the Confederacy continue to offer the community the chance to order personalized Christmas ornaments to honor our veterans. The tree is located in front of the American Legion Post 105 Log Cabin in Fayetteville and is being decorated with 6 inch Christmas balls.  Individuals may order an ornament for $10 to honor a veteran. The name, rank, branch of service and date served will be printed on each ornament. To place your order, contact Linda Robinson, 770-460-1119.  Deadline to order is Dec. 15. The ornaments will be available for pickup after the holidays.

Braelinn's poetry recitation winners

Braelinn's poetry recitation winners

Congratulations to the Braelinn Grade-Level Poetry Recitation Winners. These students won at their respective grade levels in the school’s poetry recitation contest and will go on to compete at the county level next quarter. The reciters were judged on the following elements: difficulty of the poem, memorization and accuracy, stage presence, articulation, interpretation and style. From left are Nicole Smith (1st), Allie Watson (2nd), Barrett Hester (4th), Olivia Wernecke (3rd), and Elena Wernecke (5th). The Kindergarten winner, Ashlyn Oates, is not pictured. Photo/Special.

PTC church burglar linked also to Coweta break-ins

It turns out that the arrest last week of 24 year-old Peachtree City resident Joseph Michael Robinson on charges stemming from the burglary of two churches in Peachtree City solved the cases of additional break-ins, including the burglaries of two churches in Coweta County.

Robinson was charged with the Nov. 22-23 burglaries at Peachtree City Christian Church and St. Paul Lutheran Church, both off Ga. Highway 74 North. Items taken in the burglaries included cash, computers and musical instruments, according to law enforcement sources. Read More»

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