Mathnasium Learning Center now open in Peachtree City

Mathnasium Learning Center, an international franchise offering math-only, after-school educational programs, has opened in Peachtree City. This new center will provide a safe and supportive setting for grade-school students to develop much-needed math skills and to build confidence in their math-related abilities.

Chamber after hours

Allen Vigil Chamber after hours

Pictured at the Fayette County Chamber after hours event sponsored by Allan Vigil Ford is Bill Durkit, Wilson Price, Jim Stephens, Bill Lunsford, Herbie Simmons, Terry Autry, Mike Vigil and Cecil Pittman. Photo/Special.

Post office dedicates new stamp

Stamp unveiling, Disney

In celebration of the issue of Disney Romance Stamps, a dedication was held at the Fayetteville post office. Taking part were Curious George, played by employee Raul Salgado, post office clown Sandra Rakestraw, clerk at the Fayetteville branch and Hunter Rakestraw. Hunter Rakestraw received a balloon and a face painting for the occasion. Photo/Special.

DAR promotes constitution week

Augustin Clayton DAR constitution week

In celebration of the 50th year of Constitution Week, the Augustin Clayton Chapter DAR read “Shh! We're Writing the Constitution” written by Jean Fritz to local elementary schools. Constitution Week began Sept. 17 and ended Sept. 23 and was signed in to law by President Eisenhower in August 1956 after the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution petitioned Congress to commemorate America's most important document.


Shannon P. Calahan has been promoted to the rank of colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Calahan is the principal regional emergency preparedness liaison officer assigned to Headquarters 81st Regional Readiness Command at Birmingham, Ala. The colonel has served in the military for 24 years. Calahan, a native of Lawrence, Kan., is the daughter of Hiram C. Brown of Birmingham, Mich., and Jean L. Newman of Phoenix, Ariz. Her husband, Philip, is the son of Martha Calahan of Nacogdoches, Texas. The colonel, her husband and their three children currently reside in Tyrone, Ga.

7 markers

Markers celebrate the history of Fayette County

Historical marker 1

For 52 years, the historical marker at the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square in Fayetteville was the only one in the county. It was dedicated in 1954. Now there are seven such markers around the county built to honor the people and places that have helped shape Fayette County into what it is today.

PTC Fire Dept. participates in fifth annual Fit To Fight Relay

PTC firefighters

The “Baker’s Dozen” team of Peachtree City Fire Department’s Sgt. Clint Murphy, Sgt. Mark Gelhardt and FF/PM Ricky Howard, FF/EMT Jodi Blaess plus volunteer firefighters Ciminnisi, Corsetti, Dyer, Half, Pakulski, Reddy, Russell, H. Waters and J. Waters completed the grueling 14 hour Fit to Flight Relay on Sept. 9. The relay is sponsored by Gold’s Gym.

Michael Stacey Band returns to Barons' Ball

Michael Stacey Band

Many things will be different at this year’s American Cancer Society’s Barons’ Ball. 

The ball has moved to the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City.  Due to the fancier digs, there will be a paved parking lot, there will be beautiful bathrooms available and there won’t be hay all over the floor. There’s a new chairperson of the event, American Cancer Society volunteer and former Barons’ Ball sponsorship chairperson Susan Osborne.

McIntosh alumnus graduates from UGA with highest honors

Andrew Munn

Charles Andrew (Andy) Munn of Athens graduated from the University of Georgia on August 5, 2006.

Munn, 27, formerly of Peachtree City and a 1997 graduate of McIntosh High School, received degrees in political science and international affairs.

After high school Munn was associated with the band Whippersnapper for six years. The group produced several releases on Lobster Records, a California-based independent label.

PTC resident Salkar awarded Ty Cobb educational scholarship

Amit Salkar of Peachtree City is a current recipient of a scholarship provided by the Ty Cobb Educational Foundation.

Treated like a queen

Anniston Reeves

Anniston Reeves, 3, of Peachtree City was excited to meet Governor Perdue last month. Reeves won a national beauty pageant in Texas in January 2005 when she was only 18 months old. She received a $500 savings bond and many toys and gifts. Since she won the queen title she was treated like royalty and was able to spend time with Governor Perdue. Photo/Special.

UGA Alumni Association to host private tour of Cooking Light FitHouse Sept. 26

The University of Georgia Alumni Association will host a private tour of the Cooking Light FitHouse, located in the Serenbe community in South Fulton, on Tuesday, September 26, from 7-9 p.m.

Fayette County students begin work to address regional challenges and plan for future

About 60 Atlanta-area students met Saturday, September 9, to begin five months of immersion in regional issues and concerns. Their forum is the Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC), a program of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to involve the youth of the region in planning for the metro area’s future. 


• Air Force Airman Christen L. Haldeman has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Interview with The Rock

Rocking the football field in a theater near you

The Rock

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest film, “Gridiron Gang” tells the true story of Sean Porter, a juvenile detention camp officer with a passion for changing the lives of young delinquents.

Based on the 1993 documentary of the same name, “Gridiron Gang” shows the heartwarming transformation of a group of boys, who have dedicated themselves to a life of crime and violence in the name of their gang, into dedicated athletes who learn to work together as a football team.

Mission Maasai

Learning to spend differently

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A drought in East Africa has prompted a group of Georgia Tech students, many of whom are from Fayette County, to think differently about how they spend their money.

Carley earns Eagle rank

Eagle Scout Ben Carley

Ben Carley has earned the highest advancement award from the Boy Scouts of America - the Eagle Scout Award.

PTC Kiwanis members named to key leadership positions

Two key leadership positions were announced at the annual Georgia District Kiwanis Convention held recently in Marietta, Ga. 

Landmark Senior class rises to the challenge

Landmark senior retreat

Recently the senior class at Landmark Christian School tr

Local environmental scientist receives international service award

Rotary member Dale Phenicie

William Boyd, president of Rotary International, a worldwide service organization of two and a half million members, has awarded of Peachtree City its Four Avenues of Service Award.

The prestigious award is given to a member of a local community who has provided service to others in the areas of vocational excellence, international service, local club service and community involvement.

Fayetteville resident Cook receives executive appointment

Frances H. Cook, 65, of Fayetteville, Ga., a community/public health dietetics representative was recently named to the Georgia Board of Examiners of Licensed Dietitians by Governor Sonny Perdue.

Local students participate in leadership projects at GSU

Amiee McCauley

Georgia Southern University students Benjamin King, of Peachtree City, and Amiee McCauley, of Tyrone, took part in the BUILD leadership development workshop Aug. 7-11. BUILD (Building Undergraduate Involvement and Leadership Development) is part of the Southern Pathways pre-semester leadership programs.

New Neighbors League Rosebud Award

Dawn Bertino

The Peachtree City Chapter of the New Neighbors League Club (NNLC) awarded with the Rosebud Award at a recent meeting. The Rosebud Award is named for the New Neighbor's League Club flower, the rose, which symbolizes loving friendship, kindness and commitment.

Labor Day fun!

Labor Day fun

Michael Harris, Clarissa Brown and Robby Brown are seen in Peachtree City getting ready to be pulled across Lake Peachtree by Mike Carroll.


• Army Reserve Pvt. Patrick R. McElhinney has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

SBA names Ronnie Williams Minority Small Business Person of the Year

Firm has grown to 47 employees in five years

Ron Williams

Ron Williams, president and CEO of Unified Consultants Group Inc., of Fayetteville, Ga., has been selected the 2006 Minority Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Georgia District Office.

Williams received the SBA annual award on August 14 at the annual Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Awards Luncheon in Atlanta. MED Week is sponsored by the SBA and the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).

ACS sends ambassadors to the capital Sept. 20

ACS Legislative Ambassadors

On September 20, American Cancer Society from all fifty states will go to Washington, D.C. for the 2006 Celebration on the Hill.

Business expo opens exhibits to public on Sept. 12

Chamber Business Expo

The sixteenth annual Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Business Expo is quickly approaching and is a great opportunity for the public to experience a wide range of products, services, and some great food provided by local businesses. Exhibits will include local restaurants and caterers, health and wellness experts, a furniture and home decorating supplier, apparel and jewelry retailers, banking services, computer services, an automotive dealership, insurance and financial planning experts and much more. Over 125 local businesses will participate this year, and the event is free to the public.

Eddie Lloyd awarded first place trophy

Eddie Lloyd

Eddie Lloyd, a fifth grader at Braelinn Elementary, recently won the first place trophy for the MathFax competition in Division IV, which includes the states of Georgia, Florida, Tennessee and Alabama. He placed sixth in the national rankings. MathFax has four contests for each math level. Each of the four tests consists of 25 questions.

PTC  teen graduates from Youth Challenge

A Peachtree City teen is among more than 139 youth to recently graduate from the Georgia National Guard’s Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Gordon at commencement ceremonies held in Bell Auditorium in Augusta on Saturday, August 26.

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