Fayetteville

Reviving academic freedom: Solutions for Georgia

In our Georgia Constitution, local school boards, accountable to and elected by parents and citizens in each school district, are given authority over the public schools in their county or city. Throughout Georgia history, parents, teachers and locally elected board members have had the authority to select curriculum, choose and evaluate school administrators and teachers, and provide oversight for the local public schools.

How did we lose our academic freedom? Through grants, legislation, and accreditation. Read More»

Doris Frances Watson, 89, of Fayetteville

Doris Frances Watson, 89, of Fayetteville, Ga., passed away on November 29, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest "Bogan" and Sally Elizabeth Williams; her husband of 65 years, Fred Watson; sisters, Margaret Burdette, Dorothy Burdette, Kathleen Bray; and brother Leonard Williams. Read More»

Dolphin dash

Dolphin dash

A tradition reborn

North Fayette Elementary School rekindled an old tradition by hosting the first annual New Dolphin Dash on November 15.  Over 250 participants and volunteers dared the cold and windy conditions to make the event successful.  Seasoned as well as brand new runners trekked a course that was deemed "very hilly and tough" to make it to the finish line where they were greeted by a host of vendors, food and entertainment. Photo/Submitted.

William Larry Doyal age 72, of Fayetteville

Mr. William Larry Doyal age 72, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, November 23, 2014.

Larry graduated from Headland High School in 1961. He retired from SunTrust Bank in 2007. He is a member of First Christian Church, Tyrone. Read More»

Starr’s Mill grad is new Miss Ga. USA

Brooke Fletcher is crowned Miss Georgia USA 2015 by the Miss Georgia USA 2014, pictured left.Tiana Griggs, and the newly crowned Miss Teen Georgia USA 2015, Mary Calkins. Photo/Submitted.

Brooke Fletcher, a 2010 graduate of Starr’s Mill High School, was crowned Miss Georgia USA 2015 on Nov. 22 at the Henry County Performing Arts Center after three days of competition. Fletcher, 22, is the daughter of Scott and Angie Fletcher of Fayetteville.

She graduated from Auburn University in May with a major in business marketing and a minor in Spanish. She currently works at ESPNU and the SEC Network as an associate director.

Fifty-nine young women competed for the honor of representing Georgia at the Miss USA Pageant, which will be nationally televised in June.

Road rage involving motorcycle and SUV puts man in hospital

A Morrow man was arrested on multiple charges Nov. 22 after causing a motorcycle to crash on Ga. Highway 54 in Fayetteville and leaving the scene of the accident, police said.

Ira J. Lawrence, 31, was charged with aggravated assault, aggressive driving, hit and run/failure to render, reckless driving, improper use of turn signal/light and revoked or suspended license, according to arrest records.

Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow said the incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. after Lawrence had entered the city traveling east on Hwy. 54. Read More»

Unsavory odor = Unfavorable recommendation

From the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission, an aerial map of the proposed new development.

The Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission voted to send the City Council an unfavorable recommendation regarding the building of an additional 33 Cobblestone Fayette townhouses at 2400 Cobblestone Blvd.

About two-dozen citizens came to hear the commission’s decision and voice their concerns regarding the rezoning for the proposed townhouses at the commission meeting Tuesday night, Nov. 18. Read More»

Christmas parades set for F’ville, PTC Dec. 6

Fayetteville Public Works employee Wally Filney puts up snowflake light decorations along Stonewall Avenue next to the Fayette County courthouse Nov. 21. Photo/Bethan Adams.

The Christmas season is just around the corner and with it comes festivities on Dec. 6 in Fayetteville and Peachtree City.

Fayetteville’s 2014 Christmas Parade will be held beginning at 5 p.m. on Dec. 6 in downtown Fayetteville.

The parade will begin at the Fayette County Justice Center and move to the west onto Center Drive. The parade will make a right turn onto Lee Street and a left onto Stonewall Avenue. The parade will take a left turn one block later onto South Glynn Street, continuing south to Melear Way where it will take a left and return to the Justice Center. Read More»

F’ville joins in Mayors’ Xmas Motorcade

Fayetteville Mayor Greg Clifton. 2013 file photo.

The city of Fayetteville will be doing its part to make the holiday season special for residents of Georgia’s hospitals serving persons with developmental disabilities and behavioral health needs.

Along with other cities across Georgia, Fayetteville will be participating again this year in the Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade sponsored by the Ga. Municipal Association. Read More»

Retail center planned close to F’ville downtown

A new retail center is in the proposal stages for downtown Fayetteville at 161 Glynn St. North, next to Dunkin’ Donuts.

Steve Gules, a representative for South-Tree, the full-service construction firm working on the project, sought advice from the Planning and Zoning Commission regarding the retail center Thursday night.

The retail center, tentatively set at 13,800 square feet, will be able to hold anywhere from three to six businesses. Gules said it’s hoped that a restaurant will anchor the end of the strip. Read More»

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