Ronald Baran, 60

Ronald Baran, 60, died unexpectedly on Monday, November 17, 2014, in his home in Peachtree City, Ga.

Ron was born in Highland Park, Mich. to Michael and Anne Baran. He attended the United States Air Force Academy, graduating in 1976. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and went on to have a successful career as a pilot with Delta Air Lines. Read More»

William Homer Cooper, 85, of Fayetteville

William Homer Cooper

William Homer Cooper, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away peacefully on November 19, 2014.

He was a long-time member of Fayetteville First Baptist Church. He served as a deacon at Morrow First Baptist Church, Harp's Crossing Baptist Church and Fayetteville First Baptist Church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and was active in several civic organizations. Homer retired in 1991 as a Zone Manager after 43 years of service with Ford Motor Company. He enjoyed traveling and flying his airplane. Read More»

And he's checking them twice

And he's checking them twice

Fayetteville Public Works employee Reggie Williams checks the Christmas lights that soon will decorate downtown Fayetteville. Photo/Bethan Adams.

UWG chem lab named for Newnan residents

The Parks sign papers at UWG. The University’s chemistry lab is named in their honor. Photo/Submitted.

The University of West Georgia (UWG) is proud to announce the naming of the Chemistry Science Laboratory at the UWG Newnan Center.

The chemistry lab will be named in memory of Joseph William Parks, Jr., M.D., as a charitable gift from Dr. and Mrs. Joseph William Parks III.

The lab will open with the newly renovated Newnan center in the historic Newnan Hospital spring 2015. 

The Parks also announced the new Trailblazer Scholarship Fund, a $50,000 donation establishing a scholarship to support first generation college students from Coweta County attending UWG to major in nursing.  Read More»

Rotary donates ‘The Outsiders’

Rotary Club President Beth Hughes with the J.C. Booth teachers. Photo/Submitted.

The Rotary Club of Coweta-Fayette recently donated three full classroom sets of the book, “The Outsiders,” to the sixth-grade teachers at J.C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City. 

The club found out through one of its members that the school’s three literature teachers wanted to collaborate on one novel at the same time for their classes. 

Literacy is one of the Rotary’s six areas of focus, so it was a perfect fit. 

The Club donated over $500 towards the purchase of the books, and each student wrote “Donated by The Rotary Club of Coweta-Fayette” in each of the books. 

Art students win scarecrow contest

Art teacher Victoria Perez (center) and students Alexander Chambers and Zoe Kulick accept the first place award while the school’s principal, Ted Lombard (far left), and members of the Fayette County Commission, look on. Photo/Submitted.

Art students at J.C. Booth Middle made history by becoming the first champions of the inaugural Scarecrow Competition hosted by the Fayette County Public Arts Committee.

Scarecrows were placed on display in October next to the public plaza on the grounds of the Fayette County Administration Building in downtown Fayetteville. Booth’s entry, “Art is a Portal to a New World,” showcased a scarecrow emerging from a portal in the ground.

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners recognized the first place finish with an official certificate and a $150 check for the school’s art department. Read More»

CSU lauds those ‘Making Things Better’

Two-fold award winner Celena Milner and President Hynes. Photo/Erin Fender.

Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas Hynes recognized four individuals and two organizations for making a difference. Hayes said the winners of the “Making Things Better” awards empower Clayton State students (and prospective students) through their support.

The organizational winners were the Office of Orientation and New Student Programs and the First Year Advising and Retention Center (FYARC). The individual staff winners were director of orientation and new student programs, Celena Milner, and the assistant director of campus life, Atawanna Royal. Read More»

Light Up Senoia

Holiday event, ft. Clydesdales

Light Up Senoia is Saturday, Dec. 6. The food court next to City Hall opens at noon, and the famous Budweiser Clydesdales are coming from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., weather permitting, and will be available for photos.

The holiday festivities include a food court (which opens at noon), music from East Coweta High School’s band, lighting of the tree, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, pony rides and face painting.

There will also be a Santa’s Workshop at the Masonic Lodge next to the library. Read More»

500 sandwiches break record

500 sandwiches break record

Cub Scouts give food to needy

On Friday, Nov. 14, Tyrone Cub Scouts Pack 373 prepared over 500 sandwiches and treat bags for the homeless at the Tyrone Recreation Center. Every year, the pack set up a challenge to boost the number of sandwiches that can be made to distribute to the less fortunate. The goal for this year’s event was 300 sandwiches but the scouts broke the pack’s record. Read More»

Huddleston fifth-grader creates app

(L-R) Huddleston technology specialist Lisa Dobbs, app creator Dominic Tigue and Principal Heidi Pfannenstiel show off the school’s newly launched app. Photo/Submitted.

Everything you need to know about Huddleston Elementary is now in the palm of your hand, thanks to a free mobile app created by one of the school’s students.

Fifth-grader Dominic Tigue began working on the Huddleston app last spring. When the app was ready, he wrote a letter to principal Heidi Pfannenstiel requesting to meet with her.

“He shared with me that he had created a Huddleston app with the support of his father, coding and all. This young entrepreneur set our vision for the app,” says Pfannenstiel. Read More»