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World War II aircraft flew for Vets Day at Falcon Field

World War II T-6 aircraft were among the sights and sounds at the Dixie Wing Veterans Day Observance held Nov. 8 at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

World War II T-6 aircraft were among the sights and sounds at the Dixie Wing Veterans Day Observance held Nov. 8 at Falcon Field in Peachtree City. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The secret to a long life? A little whiskey...

105-year-old Monty Rotelli looks at a photo of his deceased wife and her 15 siblings. Photo/Bethan Adams.

He pours the whiskey into his coffee, sipping it contentedly alongside his cheerios. His daughter, Nancy, tucks a napkin into the front of his shirt and he continues to eat, watching the “Morning Show” like he usually does during breakfast. Bits of hair sprouted on his head are distinct in the early morning light.

He finishes his breakfast, wipes his mouth and a warm smile appears.

“OK!” he says in an Italian accent. Read More»

Newnan readies for a holiday tradition

The time for Newnan’s annual Christmas parade is just around the corner. Complete with the theme a “Storybook Christmas,” the parade will be held downtown on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. 

The parade will begin at Lagrange Street and will proceed to North Court Square. The parade will make a right turn onto East Court Square then another right onto Greenville Street. The parade will continue along Greenville Street to the Coweta County Justice Center. Read More»

Coweta academy gets grant from literacy foundation

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded Winston Dowdell Academy (WDA) a $3,000 grant to support youth literacy programs at the school.

“This is such a wonderful opportunity for the students at Winston Dowdell Academy!” said WDA Media Specialist Jan Deyton. “With these funds we will be able to purchase 10 iPads which students will use to create and share multimedia projects in conjunction with research assignments.” Read More»

Redevelopment agency provides a helping hand with efforts at Volunteers Day in Newnan

The City of Newnan Urban Redevelopment Authority (NURA) partnered with nearly 50 students and life group members from SouthCrest Church in a Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 1st. The area of focus was the Housing Authority’s Charlie Neal Homes complex located off Boone Drive. In seven hours, they were able to clean up the basketball court and surrounding pavilion area, build two super sturdy picnic tables, paint ten houses, and put shutters on two more. Other efforts included yard work/landscaping, trash collection, and other activities designed to physically improve the area.
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Fayette’s Col. Ben Malcom inducted into Ga. Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame Nov. 1

Col. Ben Malcom (U.S. Army-Ret.). Photo/Submitted.

It was an honor that few receive. Fayette County resident Col. Ben Malcom (U.S. Army-Ret.) was inducted into the Ga. Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) during a Nov. 1 ceremony in Columbus.

Malcom was one of 16 service men inducted in the second annual GMVHOF ceremony.

Malcom was awarded the U.S. Army’s third highest medal, the Silver Star, for valor during the Korean War. It was during the Korean War that 1st Lt. Ben Malcom served as a member of the Far East Command Liaison Detachment. Read More»

Marching in honor of U.S. veterans

Marching in honor of U.S. veterans

Cold weather on Nov. 1 may have dampened the turnout but it did not stop local U.S. military veterans from showing their patriotism along the streets of downtown Fayetteville for the annual Veterans Day Parade. For more local observances, see Page C1. Photo/Ben Nelms.

28% turnout in Fayette — before Election Day

28% turnout in Fayette — before Election Day

Early voters line up to cast their ballots on Thursday outside the Fayette County Elections Headquarters in Fayetteville. According to Elections Director Tom Sawyer, 19,528 Fayette voters cast early or absentee ballots, out of 69,096 active voters. That’s a 28 percent turnout before Election Day even arrived. To compare, more than 35,000 voted early in the 2012 election. Photo/Bethan Adams.

A moving ceremony

A moving ceremony

On Oct. 20, Boy Scout Troop 175 held its 13th annual flag retirement ceremony at the Peachtree City United Methodist Church Scout Lodge. Col. Brian Cavanaugh, Commender of the U.S.Army Accessions Support Brigade located at Fort Know, Ky., was the guest speaker. Attendees included veterans, local law enforcement and fire department personnel, community leaders and pastors, boy scouts and their families. Over 100 flags, which had served our nation, were retired with the participation of attendees. Pictured is Colin Comiskey giving a final salute. Photo/Submitted.

Civil Air Patrol, Alpha team staging search and rescue mission Nov. 8

On Nov. 8, the Alpha Team K-9 Search and Rescue of Atlanta and Civil Air Patrol Peachtree City Falcon Field Composite Squadron, will team up to coordinate life saving skills for a search and rescue exercise on a wooded private property.

When combined with Alpha Team K-9 Search and Rescue and Civil Air Patrol, larger areas can be covered in a shorter time due to the keen canine scent tracking and manpower in numbers trained for survival in the woods. Read More»