NAACP youth coucil seeks volunteer tutors

The Fayette County Youth Council of the NAACP is jumping off its first year of Peer to Peer Tutoring. This new tutorial program will focus on all school subjects and standardized tests, such as CRCT, GHGT and SAT of all students grades K-12. The program aspires to enlighten and help the youth of the community with core and other academic subjects. A primary goal of the program is to ensure that every child graduates.

Sign up for free white flowering dogwood trees

Ten free white flowering dogwood trees will be given to each person who joins The National Arbor Day Foundation during August 2006.


• Air Force Senior Airman Christopher B. Tafoya has arrived for duty at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska.

Movie Star

McIntosh grad gets “Accepted”

Travis Van Winkle 1

This Friday night, 23 year old Travis Van Winkle, a native of Peachtree City, Ga., will make his debut on the silver screen in theaters nation-wide when the new movie “Accepted” opens.

After graduating from McIntosh High School in 2000, Van Winkle went to The University of West Georgia for three years where he majored in business management and played football for a year, “I wanted to be in the NFL,” Van Winkle said. He commented, “I didn’t know what I was doing. I was a lost puppy.”

Dress up fun at band camp

Kaitlin Meurer

Kaitlin Meurer had fun dressing up for Character Day at Starr’s Mill High School’s band camp recently. Each section chose a theme and from there the magic began. What better way to look “cool” with temperatures in the high 90’s during their two weeks of practice? All their hard work has paid off. Ode to Joy, this year’s program, will be performed as the Marching Panther Pride’s half time show during Starr’s Mill’s football season as well as at several competitions this fall. Photo/Special.

PTC resident earns $20,000 scholarship

Peachtree City resident Lily Trout has been awarded a $20,000 scholarship to attend East Carolina University.

Trout will receive $5,000 annually as part of the Miller/Moore/Oglesby East Carolina Scholars Award. She plans to major in biology at ECU. Trout graduated from McIntosh High School and is the daughter of Eric Trout and Martha Clatterbuck. In high school she was a member of the Beta Club, the National Honor Society, Ambassadors, the Spanish National Honor Society, Young Democrats and the Environmental Club.

The most important meal of the day

McIntosh PTSO breakfast

On July 31, the 2006-2007 McIntosh Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) Executive Board prepared a homemade breakfast of egg casseroles, cheesy salsa grits, bacon-wrapped sausages, fresh fruit, mini-muffins and rolls for all of the teachers and staff.

New online community for local moms launches

There is a new online community for local moms throughout the state of Georgia looking to make new connections with other area mothers. is a Web site created by Beth Stafford, a mom from Lawrenceville, Ga., as a way to get herself and her son out of the house and meeting new friends. 

Join the scouting family

Parents who are looking for a quality activity for their son that incorporates outdoor activities, recognition of achievement, a safe environment with friends and other families that care about values, citizenship, and fitness, then are invited to sign up for Cub Scouts.

Lewis conducts seminar

Nancy J. Lewis, president of Progressive Techniques, Inc. based in Fayetteville, Ga., will host a seminar entitled, “An Evening of Power” tomorrow. Progressive Techniques’ theme is “Developing a Better You!” and Lewis hopes to do just that at her seminar this week.

Bittersweet reunion: PGR reunites father, son

On August 4, a father and son were reunited with the help of the organization Patriot Guard Riders.

A number of years ago a young man decided that America was where he wanted to be. As a Canadian citizen, Joseph David de Moors had the opportunity to see first hand what the United States was all about and when the time came he moved across the border and became an American citizen. It wasn’t enough for de Moors to simply be here; he wanted to defend everything that America stood for so he enlisted in the armed forces and moved to the rank of first lieutenant.  Like so many brave soldiers, 1st Lt. de Moors was deployed to Iraq and in January of 2006 gave his life for his new country on the battlefield of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

STC Atlanta invites entries for competition

The STC Atlanta Chapter invites entries for its 2006-07 Georgia High School Student Technical Communication Competition, "Aspirations."


Air Force Staff Sgt. Jennifer N. Yack was nominated for consideration in the selection process of being one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2005.

Back to school for the young at heart


Mr. Donald Sharp eagerly awaited the beginning of the school year. He is possibly the oldest active substitute teacher in Fayette County and has taught at East Fayette, Burch, Peeples, Fayette Middle, Flat Rock and Rising Starr schools.

Joseph Sams School receives $25,000 grant

The Joseph Sams School has received a $25,000 grant from the General Unrestricted Fund of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta to support technology for the students to help them become more independent.

Six Fayette Co. Principals honored by Gov. Perdue

Fayette Co principals with Perdue

Governor Sonny Perdue and State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox congratulated 98 school principals from all over the state recently at a reception at the Governor’s Mansion honoring Georgia’s High Performance Principals.

Sebastian graduates from Federal Maritime Academy

Neal Sebastian

On June 19, midshipman Neal Sebastian of Fayetteville, graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, in Kings Point, N.Y., with the 202 members of the class of 2006.

Bauchat wins piano comp

Nikolas Bauchat

Nikolas William Bauchat, 2005 honors graduate of Fayette County High School, recently won the Byrd Piano Ensemble Award Competition.

Horns Up!

Starr's Mill band

The trumpet section of Starr’s Mill High School’s Marching Panther Pride enjoyed giving their parents a sneak peak of this year’s band program entitled, “Ode to Joy,” on their last day of summer band camp.

Locals named to Samford dean's list

Several area residents were named to the dean's list for the spring semester at Samford University: Meredith Ann Campbell, daughter of Mr.

Climbing high

Grey Eagle’s journey on the Appalachian Trail falls short of the finish

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In January of this year, there was a Names & Faces feature on a man who went by the handle Grey Eagle. This man was attempting to hike the Appalachian Mountain Trail and the International Appalachian Trail this year, all 3,200 miles in the space of eight months, as a fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation. Grey Eagle did not want to reveal his name until his journey was over, which it now, unfortunately, is.

Lee earns Eagle Scout rank

Taylor Lee

Taylor Lee, age 15, of Fayetteville, has recently earned and been awarded the designation of Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in the Boy Scout program.

The son of Dr. Dave and Mrs. Cheryl Lee, he began his scouting career as a Cub Scout with Pack 72 in Fayetteville. After joining Boy Scout Troop 72, he advanced through the ranks of Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle Scout.

Espiau awarded Best Buy scholarship

Kristen Espiau

Best Buy Children’s Foundation has awarded a scholarship to Kristin Espiau, a 2006 graduate of McIntosh High School. Espiau is the daughter of Stan and Nancy Espiau and plans to attend The University of Georgia this fall.

This year, the Best Buy Children’s Foundation awarded more that $2.4 million dollars to graduating high school seniors across the country.

Boehringer earns Eagle Scout rank

Kurt Boehringer

Kurt Boehringer, Jr. of Troop 275 in Peachtree City recently received the rank of Eagle Scout. He was honored in an induction ceremony on March 12. Boehringer, of Peachtree City, is pictured with Magistrate Court Judge Bob Ruppenthal who presented Boehringer with an American flag that was recently flown over the U.S. Capitol in Boehringer’s honor.

Junior II Company places first

Carla's Dance Factory, Junior company

Carla’s Dance Factory recently went to the Applause National Talent Competition held at the Gwinnett Civic Center. The director of Carla’s Dance Factory is Carla Gillespie and the Jazz director is Erica Gilley. The Junior II Company won first place overall in the Junior age division with their jazz dance, “Hokey Pokey.” Pictured is Madison Immel, Ashley Evert, Hannah Thomason, Gilley, Jack Isbell, Anna Wilke, Simone Brown, Ryan Smith, Cymbre Davis, Nicole Disharoon and Kristen Plunkett. Not pictured: Mandy Price and Darby Smith.

Tyndall earns music scholarship

Emily Tyndall

Emily Tyndall, of Peachtree City, has earned a scholarship to study music performance at Columbus State University’s Schwob School of Music.

Tyndall, who is graduating from Starr’s Mill High School, has been a member of the 2005-2006 Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and will enroll at CSU in the fall 2006.

Mann earns Eagle rank

Steven Mann

Steven Mann, 16, has earned the highest advancement award from the Boy Scouts of America- Eagle Scout. Mann, a member of Boy Scout Troop 175, has been actively involved in scouting since becoming a Tiger Cub in 1997.

Housley promoted to Private First Class

Evan Housley

PFC Evan Miles Housley, United States Army, Calvary Scout, has been promoted to Private First Class. Housley began his Army career attending Basic and AIT training at Fort Knox, KY in 2005. PFC Housley is now stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team B Troop, 5th Squadron, and 14th Cavalry Regiment. Deployment is scheduled for 2007.

Roberts graduates from Federal Maritime Academy

Matthew Roberts

On June 19, midshipman Matthew B. Roberts of Peachtree City, graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, in Kings Point, N.Y., with the 202 members of the class of 2006.

The Academy was pleased to welcome George W. Bush, the 43rd President of the United States as the commencement speaker at this year’s graduation exercises.

Moore competes for pageant title

Nichelle Moore

Nichelle Moore, of Peachtree City, was recently selected to participate in National’s 2006 Miss Jr. Teen Atlanta pageant competition that will take place on Saturday, August 19, 2006. Moore submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by Patty Neidert, this year’s Atlanta pageant coordinator.

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