Raymond Bentley Smith, age 90

Raymond “Ray” Bentley Smith, 90, went to be with the Lord the morning of April 16, 2018. He was born to the late Frank and Jane Smith, July 3, 1927, in Coventry, Rhode Island. Ray graduated from Coventry High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island. […]

Big liquor store approved for Kedron’s last slot

Big liquor store approved for Kedron’s last slot

Planning Commission votes 3-1 in favor of ‘beautiful’ 8,500-sq.ft. World of Beverages Approval from the Peachtree City Planning Commission was obtained April 9 on the last commercial parcel at the Kedron Village Shopping Center. The outparcel site will be home to the Kedron World of Beverage. The vote to approve the conceptual site plan and […]

Coming soon: Screenwriting, film production classes for Fayette high school seniors

Coming soon: Screenwriting, film production classes for Fayette high school seniors

Proposed academic courses within the Fayette County School System could help students get a foothold in Georgia’s growing film industry. Fayette County Board of Education members at the April 9 work session heard from school system staff and Georgia Film Academy (GFA) representatives on upcoming plans to help students gain entry into the film and […]

Superior Court Judge Crawford subject of GBI investigation

Superior Court Judge Crawford subject of GBI investigation

  Judge Robert “Mack” Crawford. Photo/Ben Nelms. Griffin Judicial Circuit Superior Court Judge Robert “Mack” Crawford is the subject of an investigation by the Ga. Bureau of Investigation (GBI) for reportedly instructing the Pike County Clerk of Superior Court to issue him a check for more than $15,000 and receiving those funds. District Attorney Ben […]

Fayette officials quizzed about school safety

Fayette officials quizzed about school safety

Questions: More police in schools, armed teachers, mental health watchfulness, how to improve communication? Whitewater High School forum hosts nearly 300 students, parents A student-produced school safety forum was held April 9 in the Whitewater High School auditorium. Prompted by the recent Florida school shooting, nearly 300 students and parents posed questions to a panel […]

Meet Fayette’s Teacher of  Year: Burch Elementary‘s Natalia Nizker

Meet Fayette’s Teacher of  Year: Burch Elementary‘s Natalia Nizker

The Fayette County School System has named fourth-grade teacher Natalia Nizker (photo above) of Burch Elementary School as the 2018 Teacher of the Year. “With a deep passion for impacting young minds and providing students with the necessary supports to succeed, it is no wonder why fourth-grade teacher Natalia Nizker of Robert J. Burch Elementary […]

LTC (ret) James D. Stephens, age 76, of Fayetteville

LTC (Ret) James D. (Jim) Stephens passed away on April 9, 2018, while visiting family in Red Bluff, California. He was 76 years old. Born to WG & Lucy Stephens in Gadsden, Alabama, he graduated from Jefferson County High School in Monticello, Florida and Auburn University with a BS in Business Administration. While at Auburn, […]

David Benjamin Thacker, II, age 30, of Fayetteville

Mr. David Benjamin Thacker, II, age 30, of Fayetteville, Ga. passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018. He is survived by his parents, Ben and Cindy Thacker of Fayetteville, Ga.; brother, John Thacker of Fayetteville, Ga.; sisters, Christie Trantham and her husband, Trey, of Lagrange, Ga., Andie Thacker of Fayetteville, Ga.; grandparents, Arthur and Alice Walker […]

Former Cooper Lighting employee sentenced on racketeering charges

Former Cooper Lighting employee sentenced on racketeering charges

  A former Cooper Lighting employee has been sentenced to five years in prison and restitution on racketeering charges after stealing $133,000 from the company. District Attorney Ben Coker said former Cooper Lighting employee Karen Price, who worked at the company’s Peachtree City facility, entered a non-negotiated guilty plea on April 12 in front of […]