Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Fayette County's New Illustrated History Book

The Fayette County Chamber is offering a new illustrated history of Fayette County for a limited time at an introductory price of $25. The beautiful new book, Historic Fayette County, is authored by Fayette’s official county historian, Carolyn Cary, who has captured Fayette County’s history and heritage from its creation in 1821. Read about the first inhabitants of Fayette, the story of the burning courthouse, how Fayette fared in the war between the states, stories of old communities, and much more! The book is filled with photographs from the past to the present, with a painting of the old courthouse on the cover by established artist and Fayette resident, Vicki Turner.

The community is invited to join Carolyn Cary and Vicki Turner at book signings on Saturday, October 3, 2-4 pm at the Fayette County Public Library, 1821 Heritage Park Way or Sunday, October 18, 2:30-4 pm at the Fayette County Historical Society, 195 Lee Street, Fayetteville. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit www.FayetteChamber.org or call the Chamber at 770.461.9983.

Books can be purchased at the book signings or at the Chamber office at 200 Courthouse Square, Fayetteville.

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Fayette County Schools Earn Achievement Awards

Fayette County elementary, middle and high schools have collectively received 30 awards from the Georgia Department of Education in recognition of their academic achievement.

The second annual Superintendent’s Distinguished Achievement Awards honor schools that had the highest achievement and greatest improvement on state curriculum tests: the Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT), the Georgia High School Graduation Test (GHSGT), the End-of-Course Test (EOCT) and state Writing Tests.

All of Fayette’s awards were given in the “achievement” category. The top 10 schools in the state with the highest percentage of students scoring in the “exceeds” category in each honored subject area and grade level received achievement awards. The honored subjects and grade levels include: Grades 1-8 Reading CRCT; Grades 2 and 6 English Language Arts CRCT; Grade 9 Literature EOCT; American Literature EOCT; English Language Arts and Reading GHSGT; Grades 1-8 Mathematics CRCT; Mathematics GHSGT; Grades 4 and 8 Social Studies CRCT; U.S. History EOCT; Economics EOCT; Social Studies GHSGT; Grades 5-8 Science CRCT; Physical Science EOCT; Biology EOCT; Science GHSGT; Grade 5 Writing Test; Georgia High School Writing Test.

A total of three elementary and middle schools received achievement awards for performance on the CRCT:
Kedron Elementary – Grade 3 Reading and Grade 4 Mathematics
Peeples Elementary – Grade 2 Reading and Grade 3 Reading
Rising Starr Middle –Grade 6 Mathematics and Grade 8 Reading

In addition, Rising Starr Middle also received an achievement award in Grade 8 Writing.

Two high schools received achievement awards for performance on the EOCT:
McIntosh – U.S. History and Economics
Starr’s Mill – Economics

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Whitewater Technology Students Win Awards

Whitewater High School TSA officers (L-R from top to bottom) Rhandi Finch, Jon Lester, Jason Menko, Zuri Coleman, Guppy Scott and Katie Cassidy.

Officers of the Technology Student Association (TSA) at Whitewater High School take first place at the Georgia TSA Chapter Officer Retreat for Excellence (CORE).

TSA is the oldest student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in technology classes in grades K-12. The CORE program is designed to provide local chapter officers with an opportunity to develop interpersonal and leadership skills, gain necessary knowledge and abilities to carry out the duties of their individual offices, and prepare a Chapter Program of Work that outlines activities for the coming year.

After attending a day of workshops, chapter officers turn in their Program of Work to state officers for review. Whitewater’s officers were awarded first place. The officers are Rhandi Finch, Jon Lester, Jason Menko, Zuri Coleman, Guppy Stott and Katie Cassidy.

In addition to the Program of Work win, Jason Menko and Carolyn Smith both earned the Statesmen Award that is given to students who receive at least an 85 on a test about TSA’s general information, history, officer duties, awards and other TSA facts.

Whitewater’s team also delivered a presentation to other chapters attending CORE. The team received excellent remarks and comments from the attendees.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Whitewater Students Highlighted in Leading Invention Magazine

The InvenTeam at Whitewater High has been getting a lot of exposure since winning a $10,000 grant from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop a solar food dehydrator for developing countries.

Their latest appearance was in the July 2009 edition of Inventor’s Digest, a print and online publication for inventors that focuses on delivering cutting-edge information to help its readers succeed. The magazine is distributed to 116 different countries.

The Whitewater InvenTeam includes Andrew Barth, Zuri Coleman, Jacob Cotton, Hendri deBeer, Matt Doss, Chris Sandwich, Kavita Singh and Eric Vogel. Carolyn Smith is the advisor and Ted Wansley is the co-sponsor.

The article explains the team’s project and their successes and challenges in developing the prototype, which not only preserves food but also converts vapors from the dehydration process into potable water.

The team hopes to get a working prototype into the field so that it can get more grants to continue the project. The prototype was revealed this past spring during EurekaFest at MIT.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Flu Vaccination Program Offered at Seven Fayette County Elementary Schools

The Flu-Free Schools program is coming to the Fayette County Public School System October 19-22.

The program is a pilot that is being sponsored by District 4 Public Health with Academic Clinics and the Georgia Department of Community Health to offer the seasonal flu vaccine, using FluMist (no needles), on-site at seven of the school system’s elementary schools. FluMist is gently sprayed in the nose, where the flu enters the body; it is designed to stimulate the body’s natural defenses without causing disease.

A total of 13 school systems are participating in the program. Due to the large participation, the number of elementary school sites in each county is limited.

Last week informational packets were sent home with students from the following participating elementary schools: Huddleston, North Fayette, Peachtree City, Robert J. Burch, Sara Harp Minter, Peeples and Spring Hill. This is a closed program for only the participating schools’ students and staff; it is not open to the general public.

Parents must sign a consent form and submit the fee amount in order for their child to receive the vaccine. A clinic will be set up at each school and staffed by medical professionals who will administer the nasal-mist vaccine. Clinics will be conducted during school hours. Participating students will be out of their classrooms, accompanied by their teachers, for 5-10 minutes.

The purpose of the program is to keep students and teachers healthy and in school by reducing the number of days missed from school and work. If the pilot is successful, the program may be offered to more schools next year, according School Health Specialist Debbie King.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that all children ages six months to 18 years receive an annual flu vaccination. The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against influenza A (H1N1).

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Evander Holyfield Faces a New Challenger: Global Warming

/PRNewswire/ -- During "Climate Week" at the United Nations, 100 heads of state met to discuss four-time heavy weight boxing champion of the world, Evander Holyfield. He will announce on Friday, September 25, 2009 at 9:00 am, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (Downtown), 265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA that he plans to take on one of his toughest opponents yet: Global Warming. Holyfield, "The Lean Green Fighting Machine," is fighting for Planet Earth. The champ has been motivated to look for solutions for the environment and intends to build a 40 acre solar energy farm on his estate in Georgia. The solar farm will be built in collaboration with Global-NES-Georgia, Inc.

"I am proud to be a partner in the green movement to heal the earth," said Evander Holyfield. "I am also dedicated to an approach which minimizes disruption to the local community and ecosystem."

"In addition to this milestone solar project, an additional acre of my land will be used to create a working organic garden to teach neighborhood youth the importance of going green. The organic garden will be installed in cooperation with local community groups and administered by the Evander Holyfield Foundation."

"Global NES-Georgia, Inc is proud to build this project," said Ed Ukanonu, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Global NES. "Global NES-Georgia, Inc. is committed to providing today's most comprehensive, yet affordable, renewable energy efficiency programs, systems & technologies."

Another eco- savvy corporate partner is Caranda Foods Inc., purveyor of the world's finest African teas, coffee and spices, founded by D.H. Caranda Martin. Caranda Foods is creating and producing a special blend of teas for Evander Holyfield called the "Real Deal Tea" collection.

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Great American Roofing - Request from Tyrone Police Dept.

The Criminal Investigations Division obtained five theft by deception warrants for Rob McPherson, owner of Great American Roofing, on Tuesday September 22, 2009. This came after the investigation of several complaints from citizens who gave McPherson deposits for work that was never performed. McPherson is currently incarcerated in another Metro Atlanta county on similar charges. He will be transferred to TPD custody once his charges are answered in that jurisdiction. Any citizen who has had questionable dealings with Great American Roofing or Mr. McPherson is asked to contact the Tyrone Police Department at 770-487-4732 to make a report.*All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

St. Christopher Church Greek Appetizers & Baklava Sale

Residents of Fayette and Coweta Counties who enjoy the tantalizing taste of Greek appetizers and baklava are welcome to attend the “Greek Appetizers/Baklava Tasting” at Saint Christopher Hellenic Orthodox Church located at 330 Dividend Drive, Suite 210, Peachtree City, GA 30269 on October 8, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Members of the philanthropic group, the Philoptochos Society (Friends of the Poor) will be offering each guest a sample of two Greek appetizers – Spanakopites (cheese and spinach puff pastry) and Tiropites (cheese puff pastry). For dessert, each guest is invited to sample a piece of Baklava (traditional Greek pastry consisting of filo dough, nut and honey). Coffee and tea also will be provided.

All of the Greek appetizers and Baklava are hand-made by the members of the parish. Order forms will be available on the evening of the tasting (with pick-up on Friday, November 20, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 21, from 9:00 a.m. until noon - just in time for holiday gatherings). After this date, contact Helen Psihountas, 770/486-6580 to place order(s) and arrange pick-up as supplies last. Order information can also be found at: http://www.saintchristopherhoc.org/index.php?pr=Bake_Sale. As there is a limited supply, it is advisable to order early.

As an added bonus, the parish is offering at no charge to the first 150 people who make reservations (by calling Marinda Tsahakis at 770/381-1842), a complimentary spaghetti dinner with garlic bread. Plan now to join in the Fall “Greek Appetizers/Baklava Tasting.”

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“Find it in Fayette!” Community Expo Best Booth and Taster’s Choice Winners Announced!

Over 1500 people gathered at the Fayette Chamber’s Find it in Fayette! Community Expo held on September 15th at New Hope Church, setting a new record for attendance at this annual event. Business owners as well as community members enjoyed visiting over 130 exhibitors who showcased their products and services at the county’s largest tradeshow.

Each year one outstanding exhibitor is awarded a prize for winning the Best Booth Contest, sponsored this year by Oddo Brothers, CPAs. The judging for this contest is based on two parts: selection from a panel of independent judges as well as a vote from visitors to the event. The winner was Affordable Catering (www.affordable-caterer.com), owned by Dan and Mandy Nelson. They will receive a promotional prize package worth over $800 from the Chamber.

This year an additional award, the Taster’s Choice, was added to honor one outstanding food exhibitor. Sponsored by Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Conference Center, the winning Taster’s Choice display was selected by input from a judges panel led by Dolce’s Chef Len, as well the results of the visitors’ vote. The winner was The Cheesecake Boutique (www.thecheesecakeboutique.com) owned by Marie Selkridge-Ashford. She will also receive a prize package worth over $800 from the Chamber.

The Expo had a special focus on health, wellness and promotion of a “go green lifestyle”. A variety of exhibitors provided health screenings, flu shots and provided free health awareness materials for the community. In addition, many booths included information on environment-friendly ideas for home and work, energy efficiency and other ways to “go green”.

The Fayette Chamber’s Find it in Fayette! Community Expo was presented by Delta Community Credit Union. Additional sponsors included AT&T of Georgia, Coweta-Fayette EMC/Relyco, The Southern Federal Credit Union, Comcast Cable Communications, Cardiovascular Consultants of Georgia, P.C., Jim Mothorpe, Capital Investment Companies, Dynamic Website Management, Fayette County News, Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree and Ravin Homes.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Curious Trail Run

On Saturday September 12 2009, Cleveland Elementary held their 3rd annual Curious Trail Run.

The run consists of a one mile fun run and a 5k fun run.

The Curious Trail Run is part of the PTC Rotary Club Grand Prix series.

The Peachtree City Running Club provided the technical support for the course and at the finish line.

There were approximately 60 runners.

Bob Dalton was this year's winner with an impressive time of 19 minutes and 38 seconds with Joseph Campbell coming in 2nd place.

Taking first place in the one mile fun run was Grant Southers and Ashley Kim took 2nd place.

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Fayette County School System Partners with US Census

The Fayette County Public School System has joined the US Census Bureau’s Partnership Program in order to increase awareness among students, parents, employees and residents in the Fayette community about the importance of participating in the upcoming 2010 Census.

Census partners are government, nonprofit, corporate or community organizations that have formally pledged their commitment to share the 2010 Census message and mobilize constituents in support of the Census Bureau’s goal of achieving a complete count.

As a partner, Fayette County Public Schools will assist in informing residents about the upcoming population count by setting up informational tables and booths at school and system-wide events and distributing promotional materials to employees and parents.

Through the Census in Schools program, age-specific materials will be distributed to teachers for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Materials include maps displaying population counts and other demographic information; and lesson plans grouped by grade and correlated to national standards for math, geography and language arts. Materials that integrate census information with social studies and community participation will also be available. Teachers can customize these materials to fit with lessons they are teaching.

Census questionnaires will be delivered to households in March 2010 and should be mailed back to the Census Bureau by April 1. The 2010 questionnaire will be one of the shortest in history, consisting of 10 questions and taking about 10 minutes to complete. Strict laws protect the confidentiality of respondents and the information they provide.

The 2010 Census is a count of everyone living in the United States and is mandated by the U.S. Constitution. Census data guide the distribution of more than $400 billion in federal funds to local, state and tribal governments each year. They're also used to determine Congressional apportionment and help guide planning decisions such as the placement of schools, hospitals, transportation, and business and industrial development.

For more information about the 2010 Census, go to 2010census.gov.

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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Sams Family Receives Award for Dedication to Conservation

Pictured (l-r) are Dr. Ferrol and Dr. Helen Sams with James Waldrop Chapter DAR Conservation Chairman Kaydee Mathews.

In 1997, the Sams Family donated 56 acres to Fayette County. Known as the Sams Lake Bird Sanctuary, this land has been developed and maintained by the Southern Conservation Trust. The wetlands area on Old Senoia Rd is a great way to teach our youth about the beauty of nature.

The James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution was honored to present the 2009 DAR Conservation Award to the Sams family for their ongoing dedication of conserving nature. Receiving the award on behalf of the family were Drs. Ferrol and Helen Sams.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Number of Fayette County Scholarship Semifinalists Almost Double

The number of semifinalists for the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program has nearly doubled from last year.

A total of 13 seniors from Fayette County, McIntosh, Starr’s Mill and Whitewater high schools are among the approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationwide competing in the 55th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Last year seven Fayette students were semifinalists.
The 2010 semifinalists are (Fayette County High) Sonika Reddy; (McIntosh High) Lauren Anderson, Christopher Hrvoj, Nicholas Marette, Timothy Morris, Martine van Voorthuysen, Matthew Winn, Shawn Yavari; (Starr’s Mill High) George Hagler, Jessica Lambing, Kathryn McCord, Elliot Tanner; (Whitewater High) Patrick Loeffler.

These scholastically talented high school seniors have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards worth $35 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements and advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to become finalists, and approximately half of the finalists will be selected as Merit Scholarship winners.

More than 1.5 million juniors in nearly 22,000 U.S. high schools entered the 2010 National Merit Program by taking the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance. The semifinalist and a school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s self-descriptive essay and information about the semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

Merit scholarship winners of 2010 will be announced April-July.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Exceptional Children’s Services Free Parent Workshops

Fayette County parents are invited to participate in three upcoming workshops addressing Hearing / Vision Impairments, Autism and Emotional Behavioral Disorder September 29 and October 1 at Rivers Elementary, located at 461 Sandy Creek Road in Fayetteville.

The Hearing Impaired/Visually Impaired Eligibility workshop will be held September 29 at 6 p.m. Discussion will focus on eligibility, services available and parent support groups.

Two workshops are scheduled for October 1. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., the Autism workshop will address Autism/Asperger’s eligibility, services available for students in the general curriculum and TRIAD (Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders) programs, social skills curriculum and behavior supports. There will also be a brief question and answer period for general questions.

Starting at 6 p.m. on October 1, the Emotional Behavioral Disorder (EBD) workshop will discuss EBD eligibility, services available for students in the general school and therapeutic educational settings, social skills and behavior supports.

There is no charge to attend any of the three workshops, but participants must preregister by September 28 for the Hearing Impaired/Visually Impaired workshop and by September 30 for the Autism and EBD workshops. Participants can reserve their space by emailing the Fayette County School System’s Parent Mentor, Allison Stevenson, at stevenson.allison@mail.fcboe.org, or call 770-460-3911, ext. 239.

The workshops are open to all parents of students with the disabilities addressed and to community members who want to learn more about how the Fayette County Public School System serves children with these impairments.

Light refreshments and door prize drawings will be held at each workshop.

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Get Free Pizza, Free Oil Change and Help Support Fayette County Schools

“Free” is a word that gets lots of attention these days. The word means even more when it helps support Fayette’s schools and students.

Get a free Papa John’s medium, one topping pizza and a free Firestone Complete Auto Care standard oil change, no purchase necessary at either location, when you buy a $20 Enjoy the City coupon book. The Fayette County Education Foundation is selling the coupon books at the school system’s board of education office, located at 210 Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville. These free coupon offers, along with numerous “buy one, get one” free deals and discounts from popular restaurants such as Johnny’s New York Style Pizza, La Hacienda, Sonic, La Parrilla, and many others are included.

Families can also enjoy savings on entertainment like “buy one, get one free” Atlanta Braves game tickets and free general admission to Zoo Atlanta with the purchase of a ticket. There are many discounts on services such as car rentals, dry cleaning and hair care.

Proceeds from coupon book sales benefit the Fayette County Education Foundation, which provides teacher mini-grants to fund innovative classroom projects that enhance learning. The foundation has given nearly $174,000 to Fayette’s public classroom teachers during its seven-year history.

These are tough financial times for everyone. The foundation wants to help the community save money on food and services while also helping the county’s teachers get what they need to continue offering their students the best educational experiences possible.

The Fayette County Education Foundation is nonprofit organization and is a cooperative effort between the school system and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the foundation or Enjoy the City coupon books, contact Melinda Berry-Dreisbach, public information specialist for Fayette County Schools, 770-460-3535.

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September 1787 Echoes at North Fayette Elementary with DAR

Pictured are (l-r) Assistant Principal Jade Bolton receiving a certificate of appreciation for ongoing education on the Constitution from James Waldrop Chapter DAR Constitution Week Chairman Ann Eldredge.

The North Fayette Elementary School 4th grades stepped back in time to September 1787 with the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution as the students learned about the framing of the US Constitution. This year marks the 222nd anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

The James Waldrop Chapter DAR is chartered in Fayetteville. For more information, click http://jameswaldrop.georgiastatedar.org/.





Editor's Note: Recently, the James Waldrop Chapter was recognized by both the Fayette County Board of Commissioners and the Fayette County Board of Education for the ladies' dedication to volunteer teaching Fayette County children about the Constitution.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Vendors wanted for “The Fred” Storytelling and Halloween Party

“The Fred” is planning a spooktacular Halloween party and want you to be a part of it! The first ever “Not So Frightful” Storytelling and Halloween Party is planned for Saturday, October 24th beginning at 4 pm. Kids and their families are invited to attend this free event and take part in lots of fun activities including safe trick or treating, costume contest, storytelling and more. Performers include well-known storyteller and folk singer Erik Litwin and local singer Lindee Link.

There will be a limited number of vendor spaces available at the amphitheater for the event. The cost of the space is $25 with a limited number of prime placement locations for $50 each. Local businesses who wish to participate as vendors can download the application online on the Fred website at www.amphitheater.org or pick up an application at the Fred Box Office. Contact Nancy Price for further information at 678-364-6945 email nprice@amphitheater.org or Sarah Davenport at 770-631-0630 or sdavenport@amphitheater.org. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 9.
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Monday, September 14, 2009

Inman Elementary Kicks Off Constitution Week with Local DAR

Pictured (l-r) are Principal Lewis Robinson receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from Regent Betty Harrah and Carolyn Balog.

Inman Elementary School 4th graders received a visit from members of the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution to kick off the week long celebration of the 222nd anniversary of the framing of the United States Constitution. Each year, the ladies come and speak to the children about the history of the writing of the Constitution and its meaning in their lives today.


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Sibling Support Group - Jump Off

Sponsored by the Fayette County Navigator Team.
Age Range 4 yrs and up. Siblings of brothers or sisters with disabilities are often left feeling unimportant in the family due to the child with disabilities requiring more attention from caregivers. These siblings are very important and are not alone. We invite these these awesome kids to get to know one another through a special support group. This month's group will focus on getting to know one another and jumping.

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Thursday October 1, 2009

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Fayette County Commissioners Proclaim September 19 as Honor Flight Fayette Day

Board members pictured are President Gail Sparrow, front left, and Publicity Chair Brenda Smith, 3rd from left in back.

At the Fayette County Commissioners' Meeting on September 19, 2009, Honor Flight Fayette was presented with a proclamation naming September 19th as Honor Flight Fayette Day. That is the day that HFF will take the 5th group of veterans to Washington D.C. to see their memorial, bringing the total of veterans taken by this group to 350.

The community is encouraged to come out on the 19th at 6:30 a.m. to wave flags and banners and give these members of the "Greatest Generation" a rousing send off from the First Methodist Church in Fayetteville next to the old courthouse.

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Young Fayette County Poet One of 10 in US to Win Literary Honor

Huddleston Elementary in Peachtree City broke a record in the spring when they had the largest number of students in the school’s history, 19 to be exact, with their original poetry accepted for publication in Creative Communication’s anthology, “A Celebration of Poets.”

Now Huddleston celebrates another honor as they have just learned that one of the 19 students has been named a Top Ten Poet. Jack Bragg, third grade, is one of only 10 poets from the K-3 division to earn the honor for his poem titled “Peace,” and is the only award winner from Georgia.

Jack wrote the poem last year as a second grader in Lisa Evans’ enrichment class.

Thousands of poems from throughout the United States were considered for the Top Ten award. Jack will receive a $50 US Savings Bond and the school will get a complimentary copy of the anthology in recognition of his award.

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Surplus Computers For Sale

The Fayette County Public School System is selling surplus computers to the public.

The computers are priced $100 each and will be sold on a fist come, first served basis. Inventory is limited; the sale will continue until all computers have been sold.

For more information, contact Greg Sandoval by email, greg@gsan.net, or call 770-503-9900, ext. 23 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Money orders for computer purchases should be sent to GSAN, P.O. Box 1355, Gainesville, GA 30503.

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Monday, September 07, 2009

World War II Veterans Ready to Fly September 19


September 19th will be like Christmas morning for approximately 70 veterans of the “Greatest Generation” as they gather at the First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville for breakfast and to board buses for Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. They are also provided with lanyards and Honor Flight Fayette t-shirts to wear during the day, which is totally free of cost to them. This is just the first step in a day long journey dedicated as a “thank you” gesture to them for their valiant service during World War II.

As the buses get under way, they will be escorted by Patriot Guard members as well as law enforcement officers from Fayetteville, Fayette County and Peachtree City. The public is encouraged to line the streets by 6:30 a.m. that Saturday morning with flags and banners to give the veterans a spirited sendoff.

After a short flight to D.C., they will land at Ronald Reagan Airport where they are greeted by military personnel from different branches of the service who have requested the day off specifically to be with and assist guardians with the veterans. The veterans will then board motor coaches for their comfort during the day. Although the World War II Memorial is the main feature, they will ride by the memorials for Iwo Jima, the Korean War, Viet Nam and Arlington National Cemetery. Time permitting, stops will be made at these locations also.

The veterans’ visit to “their” memorial is always one of mixed emotions, and very often tears can be seen in their eyes as well as those of the guardians who are there to help them through the day. Sometimes they share stories as they walk around the memorial, and sometimes they just reflect in silence because memories are too poignant or too painful.

After they return from these trips to D.C., veterans have often said that it was the most wonderful day of their lives, second only to marriage or the birth of children. However, the guardians who accompany them, and pay their way to do so, will tell you it was one of the most special days of their lives also.

Honor Flight Fayette is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization which is staffed totally by dedicated volunteers whose only purpose is to honor and say “thank you” to the brave veterans of World War II. If you would like to learn more about Honor Flight Fayette, become a volunteer or make a donation, please check honorflightfayette.org or P. O. Box 1209, Fayetteville, GA, 30214.


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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Fayette County Commissioners Proclaim September as Lafayette Month


Commissioner Jack Smith presents proclamation to Susan Sloan, James Waldrop Chapter DAR Commemorative Events Chairman


The James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution honored the memory of the Marquis de Lafayette and his contributions to the founding of America at a recent dinner in Fayetteville. Fayette County Commissioner Chairman Jack Smith presented a proclamation to the chapter proclaiming September as Lafayette Month in Fayette County.

The James Waldrop Chapter DAR is chartered in Fayetteville.


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Friday, September 04, 2009

Coming Soon! Find it in Fayette! Community Expo

Food, fun and fabulous exhibitors are what you’ll find at the Fayette Chamber’s Find it in Fayette! Community Expo on Tuesday, September 15, 3-7 pm at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Admission is free!

The focus is Health, Wellness and GoGreen, and there will be plenty of interactive exhibits to help visitors get moving toward a healthier lifestyle. A variety of health screenings will be available including blood pressure, oral cancer, blood glucose and more. The Medicare Diabetes Screening Project will be represented with information on diabetes awareness. LifeSouth’s Bloodmobile will also be available and the Braelinn Kroger will be offering flu shots for $25.

Interactive exhibits will include Dixieland’s Virtual Roller Coaster, Georgia Power’s Storm Center and Smart Meter, and the TCIS-The Complete Insurance Source Mobile Unit. Car enthusiasts will enjoy seeing the new Tesla Roadster, an energy-efficient electric car provided by Georgia Power. With food samples, interactive exhibits, and lots of prizes and give-aways, there will be something for everyone at the Expo!

Visitors will enjoy strolling the aisles visiting over 100 exhibitors and sampling great food from a variety of local restaurants and caterers. Food exhibitors providing free samples include: Affordable Catering; Contemporary Catering, Mangarelli’s Pizza; Panda Express; Shane’s Rib Shack; Something Delightful Bakery CafĂ©; The Cheesecake Boutique; and Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center. Chick-fil-A Towne Center will be at the Expo selling sandwiches for donations to benefit the Joseph Sams School.

Mark your calendar now so you won’t miss this great community event! New Hope Baptist Church is located at 551 New Hope Road in Fayetteville. For more information, visit www.FayetteChamber.org or call the Chamber at 770.461.9983.

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Sharpsburg man wins $12M Mega Millions jackpot

A Sharpsburg man is celebrating a mega win. Wayne Reese, 54, matched all of the winning numbers in Tuesday's Mega Millions drawing and won a $12 million jackpot.

Reese discovered his win Wednesday evening while checking the Georgia Lottery's Web site.

"I said, 'Whew' like Ric Flair," he said with excitement. "I shouted out to my family, 'Y'all won't believe what's right here!' "

Winning numbers for the drawing were: 2-9-28-51-53 and the Mega Ball was 19. Reese stopped at Red & Ed's Convenience Store, located at 874 Corinth Road in Newnan, for a MoonPie and a Coca-Cola Zero when he purchased the lucky Quik Pik ticket.

Reese, who is a contractor and owns a septic tank business, wants to build homes for his two adult children. He and his wife, Linda, also intend to remodel their own home.

The Reese's were already winners of the lottery. His daughter, a school teacher, attended the University of West Georgia as a lottery-funded HOPE Scholarship recipient.

"We're on a new ride now," Reese exclaimed. "It sure feels good."

Any Georgia Lottery retailer who sells a winning Mega Millions jackpot ticket can earn the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus payment. If more than one winning jackpot ticket is sold in Georgia, the retailer selling the winning tickets will share the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus. Red & Ed’s Convenience Store will receive the $25,000 retailer incentive bonus.

As with all other Georgia Lottery games, proceeds from Mega Millions will benefit education in the state of Georgia.

Since its first year, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has returned more than $11 billion to the state of Georgia for education. All Georgia Lottery profits go to pay for specific educational programs including Georgia's HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia's Pre-K Program. More than 1.1 million students have received HOPE, and more than 940,000 4-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary prekindergarten program.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Fayette County BOE Financial Report Receives Highest Honor

Financial reports are usually not on most people’s top 10 list of must read items but the one published by the Fayette County Board of Education could change that.

For the third consecutive year, the Government of Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada has awarded its Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the board of education for the school system’s comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).

The award is given annually to reports that demonstrate a constructive spirit of full disclosure that clearly communicate the organization’s financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. It is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Fayette County School System PR Department Wins Top Award

The Public Relations Department of the Fayette County Public School System has received one of the highest national awards in recognition of outstanding public relations practices.

The National School Public Relations Association has awarded the department its 2009 Golden Achievement Award. Fayette’s public relations department was one of only 30 nationwide to receive the honor.

Judges carefully sought outstanding achievement in the four steps of a public relations program to determine the award winners. The steps include: 1) analysis of the need; 2) planning to meet the need; 3) execution and communication of the program; and 4) formal evaluation. A public relations program must meet all four in order to win.

“This is truly an honor. This award signifies that we have one of the top public relations programs in the nation. This is the highest honor awarded to date to the public relations department,” says Public Information Specialist Melinda Berry-Dreisbach.

The public relations department has received both national and state awards for its communication materials since the office opened in 2001. All totaled, the department has been awarded 56 national and state honors.

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Fayetteville Honors the Birthday of Marquis de Lafayette with a Proclamation

Shown are Susan Sloan, Chairman of Commemorative Events for James Waldrop Chapter DAR and Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele.

At a recent City of Fayetteville Council Meeting, the birthday of the Marquis de Lafayette was honored by the presentation of a proclamation to the James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution.

LaFayette, a champion of the American cause for freedom from the English Crown, volunteered his services against the order of his own King. He received no pay for his assistance to the colonists and was able to convince the King of France to join the colonists in fighting the overbearing English King.

The James Waldrop Chapter DAR, chartered in Fayetteville, was honored to be instrumental in Fayetteville proclaiming September as LaFayette Month.

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College PROBE Fair Set for September 17

Fayette County high school students and their parents can explore the numerous post-secondary options available in Georgia at the annual PROBE College Fair being held on September 17 at Sandy Creek High School from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Representatives from various nonprofit colleges, universities and technical schools will be present to talk with parents and students about admissions, scholarships, housing and other areas of college life.

Admission is free. For more information, contact Kelly Floyd, counselor, at Sandy Creek High, 770-969-2840. Sandy Creek is located at 360 Jenkins Road in Tyrone.

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