Newsmakers

Facebook Abby is found: How a lost dog engaged an entire community

The Davis' dog Abby — before she was famous. Photo/Matt Davis.
Nearly two weeks after their lost dog, Abby, was found through the coupling of social media and the good hearts of their extended Peachtree City community,

Northgate student gets up close view of holiday celebration

Northgate High School senior Kevin Cheng, left, was chosen to represent Coweta County at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service with the help of Coweta County School System reading specialist Dr. Beverly McCray. Photo/Submitted.

Northgate High School student Kevin Cheng was chosen to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Service held Jan. 19 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

A senior and Northgate’s Student Government Association class president, Cheng appeared at the annual service along with other students from around the metropolitan Atlanta area and read a portion of King’s “Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March” speech.  Read More»

Spelling champ crowned

 Aanchal Patel won Coweta County’s district-wide Spelling Bee. Aanchal Patel, front row left, appears with runner-up Dynahsty James, center, of Lee Middle School. At right is Garnett Reynolds, of BB&T of Newnan, who sponsored this year’s bee. In the rear, from left, are Coweta County spelling bee judges, Principal Jan Franks of Arnall Middle School, Principal Leigh Munson of Eastside Elementary School, and Principal Christi Hildebrand of Elm Street Elementary School. Photo/Submitted.

A fifth grade student at Welch Elementary School won the Coweta County School System’s district-wide Spelling Bee held Jan. 12 at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Monday.

Aanchal Patel, a 5th grader at Welch Elementary, became Coweta County’s 2015 spelling bee champion in the 15th round of the annual competition. She and runner-up Dynahsty James, a Lee Middle School 8th grader, sparred for the annual title in a spell-off that ended with Patel correctly spelling “delinquent” and then “intelligible” for the win, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»

Burch students get a visit

Burch students get a visit

Ambassadors from Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia visited with Ambassadors at Robert J. Burch Elementary School. UGA Ambassadors (Caroline and Alex) with their adviser, Christy Dasher, spoke with Burch Ambassadors about being an ambassador at the college level. The UGA students shared with the Burch Bears the requirements and selection process for this prestigious opportunity at the University of Georgia. A Question & Answer time allowed Burch Ambassadors to get further information about experiences, skills, and training for college level ambassadors . Read More»

Fludd: MLK’s arrival was ‘defining moment’

State Rep. Virgil Fludd (D-Tyrone) at the MLK Day observance. Photo/Ben Nelms.
Ga. Highway 85 in Fayetteville Jan. 19 was the scene of the annual parade commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

PTC Council’s Ernst has a new star in his family — GOP Sen. Joni Ernst

Peachtree City Councilman Terry Ernst (L) gets his photo taken with his famous sister-in-law, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, at her swearing-in ceremony earlier this month in Washington, D.C. Photo/Submitted.

The national Republican Party has a new rising star, newly minted U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, who gave the GOP response to President Barack Obama’s state of the union message on the major TV networks and cable news channels Tuesday night.

Peachtree City Councilman Terry Ernst knows this new star well — she’s his sister-in-law.

Read all about this local connection to the highest level of national politics in Terry Garlock’s column by clicking here.

Stephenson to play for Young Harris

'Beast' on the lacrosse field, coach says

Peachtree City native Zach Stephenson will join the Young Harris College men’s lacrosse team in 2016, the college announced.

“Zach is an absolute beast,” head coach Kirk Rogers said. “As a multi-sport athlete, Zach excels at football, wrestling, and lacrosse. Although he has played multiple positions throughout high school, he started to focus primarily on face-offs this spring and has quickly become one of the best face-off players in the country.”

Stephenson plays lacrosse at The McCallie School and also competes for the LB3 club program.

Clayton State names 'Hall of Fame' inductees

Lisa Williams, one of the best

Basketball, cross country, medicine represented in honored group

Clayton State University has announced the second class to be inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame.

The group includes Charlie Frazier of men’s basketball, Allison Kreutzer of women's cross country and track, and women’s basketball’s Lisa Williams as well as special inductee Dr. Joseph S. Wilkes, who has served as the program’s team physician since its inception in 1990. Read More»

Clayton State leader among 'most influential'

Thomas Hynes, president of Clayton State University

Hynes named to power list

Georgia Trend magazine has named Clayton State University President Dr. Thomas Hynes to its list of “100 Most Influential Georgians.”

The “2015 Georgia's Power List” was presented in the magazine’s January issue and is, according to the magazine, a year-round process, beginning with an initial working list of far more than 100 distinguished Georgians.

The list includes leaders in government, education, business, healthcare, economic development, non-profit management and religion. Read More»

Karol elected to GRA board

Only schools rep to serve

Jamie Karol, records officer of the Fayette County Public School System, has been elected to a one-year term as a director of the Georgia Records Association (GRA).

Karol is one of five elected directors who will serve on the association’s volunteer board of directors but she is the only director from a school system.

“I am very honored to represent not only GRA, but also Fayette County Public Schools,” Karol said.

GRA provides responsible records management practices for both local and state government in Georgia.

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