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Officers 'go bald' for cancer fundraiser

Fayetteville police and Fayette County deputies recently participated in a fundraiser to benefit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Pictured are: back row (from left) Detective Scott Israel, Detective Scott Gibson, Lieutenant Mike Whitlow, Sam Burch, Chief Scott Pitts, Dean Johnson, Detective Melissa Peacock. middle row (from left) Captain Jeff Harris, Nick Macpherson, Investigator Stacy Johnson; and seated Sandra Branson, Detective Joanna Macpherson and Stacey Pitts. Photo/Submitted.

On Oct. 9 the Fayetteville Police Dept. and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office held a fundraiser to benefit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. More than 50 local law enforcement officers, medical personnel and citizens came to the event and donated money to have their heads shaved. Three local barbers, Sam Burch, Stacey Pitts and Sandra Branson donated their time and abilities.

The event was held in honor of Fayetteville Police Det. Joanna Macpherson who is battling ovarian cancer, said Fayetteville Det. Mike Whitlow. Read More»

A half-dozen burned dogs — Is it evil or just ignorance?

Erin Meurer, rescue coordinator for Fayette Animal Hospital, holds Maddy, a 4-month-old bulldog mix, recovering from burns most likely caused by an over-the-counter flea prevention treatment. Photo/Bethan Adams.

Fayette Animal Hospital has treated 6 in the past 6 months from S. Fulton

Six badly burned dogs have been found in and around Fulton County in the past six months and five of them were treated in Fayette.

A Rottweiler, Dante, was found first, with burns covering his backside. Then 4-month-old pit bull-boxer mix Baloo, and 12-week-old lab mix, Cubbie, soon after. The worst was Tiberius, a Rottweiler around 5 years old, who was found with second- and third-degree burns covering his back and with blood seeping from his paws. Read More»

Meals on wheels get help

Meals on wheels get help

The Coweta County Meals on Wheels program delivers daily meals to over 80 home-bound clients each week. The Quilter’s Guild of the Southern Crescent wanted to help make those meals a little brighter. Guild member Jane Coleman recently donated 117 handmade, quilted placemats to the Coweta Meals on Wheels coordinator, Kathy Schrader. Each client receiving a holiday meal will receive one placemat as a gift to keep. Quilters Guild of the Southern Crescent was established in 1998 and consists of over 90 members, living in Fayette and Coweta counties. Read More»

Scouts help 180-degree farm

 Scouts help 180-degree farm

Local Eagle Scouts chipped in recently to build and install raised Redwood planter boxes at the nonprofit 180-degree Farm in Sharpsburg. Pictured from left are Ben Sandstrom, Daniel Crum, Doug Bowles, Kaeleb Sandstrom. Photo/Submitted.

Night of Remembrance held in Newnan Tues.

Nearly 80 people attended the Night of Remembrance held Oct. 21 in downtown Newnan and hosted by the Coweta County Domestic Violence Task Force. Photo/Ben Nelms.

.It was an occasion of sorrow and empathy as nearly 80 people gathered in front of the historic Coweta County Courthouse in Newnan Oct. 21 for the Coweta County Domestic Violence Day of Unity and Night of Remembrance to acknowledge those who have suffered and died from domestic violence.

Hosted by the Coweta County Domestic Violence Task Force, the stories of two childhood survivors were filled with their experiences of pain at the hands of an abuser. As is so often the case, that pain was followed by silence, anger, fear and anxiety. Read More»

EMC stages annual meeting for members

EMC members and mini-members Lisa Johnson, Steve Jesensek, Lauren Scott, Kristin Jesensek and Nicole Jesensek enjoy the co-op festivities. Photo/Submitted.

Coweta-Fayette EMC hosted approximately 3,000 consumers and family members for a morning of food, fun and prizes at the 67th Annual Meeting and Member Appreciation Day Oct. 11 at cooperative headquarters in Palmetto. Read More»

Local hospital has safety protocols in place for Ebola

Training drill at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in March 2014. Photo/file.

With concerns about the Ebola virus flooding the nation, Piedmont Healthcare has released a series of statements outlining how the parent company of Piedmont Fayette Hospital is dealing with the unfolding scene.

Piedmont Healthcare Communications and Public Relations Executive Director Elizabeth Wang said all Piedmont facilities are using guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Emory Healthcare. Read More»

Barrow named to Ga. Ebola Response Team

Superintendent Jody Barrow.

Fayette County School Superintendent and Ga. School Superintendent’s Association President Jody Barrow has been named by Gov. Nathan Deal to the Ga. Ebola Response Team which was created by executive order on Oct. 20.

According to Deal spokesperson Sasha Dlugolenski, the Ga. Ebola Response Team will assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia. Read More»

Crowds turn out for annual F'ville Cemetery Spirit Walk

One of the ghostly visitors at the Fayetteville Cemetery on Oct. 17 and 18 for the annual Cemetery Spirit Walk was John Henry "Doc" Holliday. Any resemblance to Fayette resident Lance Gault was strictly coincidental. Photo/Ben Nelms.

There was plenty of ghostly action at the Fayetteville Cemetery Oct. 17 and 18 for the 7th Annual Historic Cemetery Spirit Walk.

Sponsored by Main Street Fayetteville, the annual event has residents playing the part of some of Fayette County's notable citizens from the past.

The cemetery is nearly 200 years old, with the earliest graves dating to the 1820s.

McCollom is now officially top cop

McCollom is now officially top cop

Interim tag is removed

Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Peachtree City Council announced that interim Police Chief Will McCollom has been appointed to fill the position on a permanent basis. Read More»

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