Providence UMC’s motorcycle rally set for October 23 - 26

Bikers, it’s not too late to join the 2nd annual, “rally4thekidz,” an Oct. 23-26 motorcycle rally hosted by Providence United Methodist Church to raise funds for kidz2leaders, Inc.

Riders from the southside of Atlanta will leave from Providence at 9 a.m. on Oct. 23 to meet up with the rest of the group at Mt. Bethel UMC in Marietta. The group will ride from Marietta to their home base for the weekend, the Iron Horse Motorcycle Lodge in Stecoah, N.C.

Throughout the weekend bikers will ride famous motorcycle routes, including Tail of the Dragon and the Cherohala Skyway. Read More»

Piedmont Fayette Hospital to expand ER by 18 bays, add 30 rooms

This side of the hospital will be getting a second story. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Piedmont Fayette Hospital is looking to expand by adding a two-story section on the hospital’s east side. Read More»

Henry Pate, Jr., age 78

Henry Pate, Jr.

Henry "Clyde" Pate, Jr., age 78, passed away peacefully at his home in Fayetteville, Ga. on October 1, 2014, after a brave battle with cancer.

He was born March 15, 1936 in Anderson, S.C., the son of late Henry "Clyde", Sr. and Eleanor Pate and was the oldest of 4 brothers. He attended the University of South Carolina and served in the South Carolina National Guard. Read More»

Sharon Ann Benedict of Fayetteville

Sharon Ann Benedict of Fayetteville, Ga., passed away October 4, 2014.

She is survived by her sister Doris Robbins of Fayetteville; nephew Edward Vaccaro of Fayetteville and three great nephews. 

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Chaplain Dan Hale will officiate.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville


Laurlene Stone, 91, of Fayetteville

Mrs. Laurlene "Billie" Stone, 91, of Fayetteville, Ga., died September 30, 2014.

She was a faithful member of Lisbon Baptist Church. She was born October 18, 1922 in Marshall County, Ala. to the late Z.D. Burgett and Vera Heard.

Mrs. Stone was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years Robert H. Stone. Read More»

Christine Parker Newton, 81, of Fayetteville

Christine Parker Newton, 81, of Fayetteville, Ga., passed away October 1, 2014.

She is survived by her husband Jimmy “JC” Newton of Fayetteville;  brothers  Harry (Charlotte) Parker of Fairburn;  Edward (Jill) Parker of Fort Myers, Fla;  sister Judy (Robert) Hitchcock of Forest Park and two nephews.

A funeral service was held Friday October 3, 2014 at noon at the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Pastor Randy Wood officiated. The family received friends Friday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville


Tea time

Tea time

The United Methodist Women of the Fayetteville United Methodist Church, held an afternoon tea for its members. Eight church circles participated and 61 joined in the festivities. They were served by 15 members of the United Methodist Men. Ladies pictured are Evelyn Durgin, 94, the second oldest UMW member, Carol Taylor, and Myrtice Wilcox. The men serving are Dr. Frank Cole, Dr. Tim Aycock, and Ben Smith. Photo/Submitted.

F’ville’s new city manager has planning background

New F’ville City Manager Ray Gibson. Photo/Lisa Fingeroot.

Ray Gibson’s hefty experience in planning and zoning is a major reason he was chosen to become Fayetteville’s new city manager and he is ready for the task.

“I’m very excited,” he said in a recent interview. “Fayetteville has set the standards already. It has great hospitals, great schools. There’s a lot to build on. We’ll work together.”

Gibson is quick to praise the work that came before him and said he will continue to make sure staff members are given the recognition they deserve for exceptional work. Read More»

F’ville Council to decide Oddo 60-acre rezoning

Fayetteville Councilman Paul Oddo. Photo/Staff.

A subdivision planned for the largest undeveloped tract of land in Fayetteville, which is owned by a family that includes two local government officials, is scheduled for public scrutiny Thursday when the City Council is expected to take a look at the plan and hear comments.

The 60-acre tract along Redwine Road near its intersection with Ramah Road is owned by the Oddo family, which includes Fayetteville Councilman Paul Oddo and Fayette County Commissioner Chuck Oddo. Councilman Oddo will not vote on the plan. Read More»

‘This is the one you really ought to try’

‘This is the one you really ought to try’

Madison Griffin describes each flavor of pork rind freshly made under the Squealing Pigs Restaurant tent at the last Fayette Market Day this past weekend. Griffin’s favorite flavor is salt and vinegar. Photo/Bethan Adams.