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Three standouts selected finalists for teacher of year

Finalist Lynne Bruschetti (left) with school board member Diane Basham.

Winner to be announced in April

Three finalists for 2015 Fayette County Teacher of the Year have emerged with the highest combined score from three judges who read and scored essay-style applications from 25 contenders.

The finalists are Sean Bennett, Fayette County Alternative School; Lynne Bruschetti, McIntosh High; and Gail Frantz, Peeples Elementary.

Bennett, a language arts teacher at the Fayette County Alternative School, said teaching is more of a calling for him than a career. Read More»

Fayetteville students become Disney stars

Performance part of educational program

Members of the Fayette County High School Chorus became stars of their own Disney show on Jan. 18 when they entertained resort guests at Waterside Stage at Downtown Disney.

The group was at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida to take part in the Disney Performing Arts Program.

The chorus, under the direction of Laurie Gividen, put on an exceptional performance that entertained hundreds of Downtown Disney guests.

This was the group’s first visit to the resort with the Disney Performing Arts Program. Read More»

Fayetteville Police sponsor 'Citizens Academy'

Students learn about evidence, firearms, and more

The Fayetteville Police Department is gearing up for its 6th annual Citizens Police Academy where participants can learn about all kinds of law enforcement topics including evidence processing and firearms training.

Academy sessions will be held every Tuesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning March 10 and ending May 19 with a week off for Spring Break. Read More»

Sounding of sirens is only a test

Don't call 911 for questions, only emergencies

A weather siren test is scheduled for Feb. 4 and officials want to make sure residents know the sounding of the sirens that day is only a test.

The Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services will be conducting the severe weather siren test on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 9:15 a.m.

The test is a required annual test of the sirens.

If severe weather threatens that day, the test will be rescheduled for Friday, Feb. 6.

Do not call 911 to ask questions, officials said. Only call 911 for an emergency situation. Read More»

Rotary continues tradition

PTC Mayor Vanessa Fleisch

Club gets mayoral update

The Peachtree City Rotary Club continued its longstanding tradition into 2015 recently when Mayor Vanessa Fleisch spoke to the group. For many years, the club has had the city’s mayor as a featured speaker near the start of the year.

Fleisch updated club members on new retail developments for the city, road construction and other plans for the next year.

Fleisch is shown with Rotary Club President Ed Outlaw.

Girl Scouts volunteer at food bank

Girl Scouts and families volunteer

Helping others, but learning lessons, too

Two local Girl Scout troops -- Brownie Troop #12104 and Daisy Troop #14773 -- recently volunteered at the Midwest Food Bank in Peachtree City.

The girls and their parents bagged 30,000 mini bags of M&M's and Twix candy bars, and over 250 bags of cookies.

The girls not only worked on their math skills, but learned important life lessons about teamwork, sharing the blessings of food for those less fortunate and how to be good community partners.

The food bank serves more than 120 agencies in the local community.

Young musicians continue to grab coveted seats

High school and middle school kids are honored

Fayette County’s young musicians continue to hit the high notes with yet another honor given to some talented high school and middle school students.

More than 20 Fayette orchestra students have been chosen as members of the 2015 All State Orchestra that will perform during the All State Festival February 26-28 in Athens. Read More»

Rollings-Duhon engagement

Lauren MacKenzie Rollings engaged to Jay Patrick Duhon

After a year long engagement, Mr. and Mrs. Greg Rollings of Peachtree City, Ga. are excited to announce the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Lauren MacKenzie Rollings, to Jay Patrick Duhon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mel Duhon of Peachtree City, Ga.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of the late Mr. Lloyd Adams and Ms. Donna Collins of Portland, Ore. and Mr. and Mrs. Ron Rollings of Salem, Ore.

Lauren is a 2010 graduate of McIntosh High School and a 2014 graduate of the University of Alabama where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Read More»

Florine Tucker McBrayer, of Fayetteville

Mrs. Florine Tucker McBrayer, of Fayetteville, died January 17, 2015.

She loved her family and was always her grandchildren and great-grandchildren's biggest sports fan. She was an active member of Fayetteville First Baptist Church and worked over 45 years as a hair stylist in Fayette County.

She is survived by her daughter Mickie & Alan Haney of Fayetteville; daughter Brenda & Jim Hall of Fayetteville; daughter Tina & Gary Varnadoe of LaGrange; son Mike & Kathy McBrayer of Senoia; 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sister Ethel Maddox and several nieces and nephews. Read More»

Marjorie M. Minton, Sharpsburg

Marjorie M. Minton, Sharpsburg

Marjorie M. Minton, Sharpsburg, died peacefully in her sleep January 16, 2015, with family present.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William John Orth, parents, Josephine and Clarence Russell, sister, Barbara Smith and stepson, Jerry Minton.

She played and taught organ and piano for many years and always had family dogs and raised their puppies, thus instilling a love of animals in her children. Read More»