Parks stay open for holidays

The inside of a yurt at High Falls State Park. Yurts can be rented at certain parks in Georgia. All of Georgia’s state parks are open during the holidays. Photos/Courtesy of Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites.

This holiday season, walk off that extra slice of pie with a heart-pumping hike.

All of Georgia’s state parks are open Christmas and New Year’s Day for visitors to enjoy peaceful scenery and active outings.

While the park entrances are open, most offices will be closed as park staff enjoy the holidays with their families.

State parks are a great way to showcase Georgia’s natural beauty to out-of-town visitors.

For just $5 parking, guests can take a stroll around a sunlit lake or enjoy the horizon from mountain overlooks. 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»

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PTC’s Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran celebrates 40 years

Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on the corner of Ga. Highway 54 and Peachtree Parkway as it was in 1978. Photo/Special.

John Weber to speak at all services on Saturday, Sunday

Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City will kick off a year’s celebrations to mark the church’s 40th anniversary this weekend.

Founding pastor John Weber will preach at worship services on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 and 11 a.m. Weber led the first service on Dec. 1, 1974, at Glenloch Recreation Center, and then served the church for 34 years. The congregation met in a warehouse on Dividend Drive until the first Church building was finished in 1978. Read More»

Providence will celebrate Hanging of the Greens

Providence United Methodist Church invites the community to a special worship service, called “Hanging of the Greens,”this Sunday, Nov. 30, at 10:30 a.m.

Providence Senior Pastor Diane Parrish explains,”Hanging of the Greens is a worship service for the whole family where we explain the significance of Christian symbols like the Christmas tree, wreaths, colors of the Christian year and poinsettias, as we start the Advent season. We will have only one worship service that morning, at 10:30 a.m. “ Read More»

Toth-Fleider engagement

Sydney Margaret Catherine Toth engaged to Tyler David Fleider

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Toth of Peachtree City, Ga. are delighted to announce the engagement of their daugher, Sydney Margaret Catherine Toth, to Tyler David Fleider, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Fleider of Duluth, Ga.

The bride-to-be is a 2009 graduate of Starr's Mill High School and a 2013 graduate of Georgia Southern University with a bachelor in sociology. Read More»

Debbie Harbin to speak at ladies’ Christmas tea

 The Harbin family (L-R), Michael Harbin, Gracie Harbin (child), Cayllr Harbin, Daniel Harbin (standing), Sophie Harbin (baby), Hayley Harbin, Marty Harbin, Debbie Harbin, Matthew Harbin, Holly Harbin, Clayton (baby), Heather McDaniel, Ellie (baby), David Harbin (standing), Ryan McMichael. Photo/Special.

Heritage Reformed Baptist Church’s annual Ladies Christmas Tea will be held Saturday, Dec. 6 at the church. This year’s speaker will be Debbie Harbin, the wife of newly elected state senator Marty Harbin. Debbie’s message will be “Treasuring The Christ of Christmas.”

Debbie grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. and after graduating from high school attended Georgia Baptist School of Nursing in Atlanta. She became an R.N. in 1977 and worked as a nurse for the next seven years. Read More»

‘A Threshold Christmas’ set for Dec. 11 in Newnan

Threshold Church, an up and coming church forming in Newnan, invites the community to its first public event, “A Threshold Christmas, planned for Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Ashley Park in Newnan.

The free event will feature live reindeer, cupcakes, hot cocoa and Christmas carols.

Heading up the new church is seasoned pastor and Newnan resident, Quincy Brown, a long-time pastoral leader in the North Georgia United Methodist Conference, who announced the new church last summer. Read More»

Hopewell celebrates life of 103-year-old member

103-year-old Lamar Wallace (center) flanked by David and Debbie Hamby.

Members of Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone celebrated the amazing life of their 103-year-old member, Lamar Wallace (center), on Wednesday, Nov. 19. The theme for the event was”Oklahoma,” because that is his home state. Wallace is flanked by David and Debbie Hamby who were instrumental in organizing the event. Debbie co-chaired the event with Marilyn Ellis and Sharon Collins, all of Tyrone. A Delta Air Lines employee group, called “Cabin Jammers” provided some toe tapping Bluegrass music for the evening that included a meal, entertainment, and a huge birthday cake. Read More»

Andy Ellis ordained at CTK

Bishop David Epps presides over the ordination ceremony of Philip Andrew Ellis at Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church in Sharpsburg. Photo/Special.

Philip Andrew Ellis was ordained to the ministry at The Cathedral of Christ the King in Sharpsburg on Sunday, Nov. 16.

Born in the U.K. and fluent in English, French and German , Ellis attended Oxford and Leicester Universities, graduating with dual master’s degrees and a PhD. He developed a career initially working for local and then central government in the UK, ultimately working for Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet as a special advisor on European policy and environmental law. Read More»