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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»

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»

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