Newsmakers

Newcomer Coston promises she will ‘work with everyone’ on ‘quality of life’

Pota Coston.

Democrat Pota Coston is ready to hit the ground running in January as Fayette County’s newest commissioner, but she is not looking to make waves.

“I’m new,” she acknowledged. “I’m going to come in, get briefed and work with everyone.”

Giving no indication of any new initiatives she wants to present to her peers, she reaffirmed that she wishes to continue working on the priorities that were the focus of her campaign. Read More»

BoE member-elect Basham brings her classroom, business experience to board

Diane Basham.

The Nov. 5 election is over and Republican Diane Basham will be sworn in in a few weeks as the District 4 representative on the Fayette County Board of Education. Basham was asked to respond to several questions pertaining to her candidacy and her view of the charge and responsibility of a school board member.

Basham, as a retiree from the Fayette school system, said she ran because she is still committed and passionate about education. Basham logged 27 years as a teacher. Read More»

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.