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Meals on Wheels Invites Business Community to March for Meals!

Friday, March 27th, 2015

In celebration of the National March for Meals Campaign, FSS is  hosting local business leaders and owners on some of Fayette County’s Meals on Wheels routes in hopes of shedding light on the struggles of homebound seniors across the county as well as the impact the MOW program has on their lives.

Every Monday-Friday, volunteers offer their time to deliver a healthy-balanced meal to homebound seniors across Fayette County. The meals not only provide the nutrition these seniors need to help them remain independent in their homes; they also serve as a “daily check” for many seniors who otherwise have very little day-to-day contact with the outside world.

FSS is looking for interested business leaders and owners who would like to accompany regular MOW  volunteers on their daily route and witness the impact of the MOW program.

  • WHEN: Tuesday, April 14, 10:30am until 12:30 (time will vary depending on length of route).
  •  WHERE: Meet at the Fayette Senior Center—Routes are geographically organized; there are routes in Peachtree City, Brooks, Tyrone and Fayetteville.

Please contact Natalie Hynson at 770-461-0813 or to sign up or for more information. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, April 9th.

Youth Empowerment Workshop

Monday, March 23rd, 2015
10:00 am

Fayette NAACP Youth Council hosts Youth Empowerment Workshop on effective interviews, presentations, communications SAT/ACT prep and career choice.

Location: Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center – 2443 Highway 54, Peachtree City, GA

Presenters: Mrs. Elizabeth Jefferson, Mrs. Lucille Ragins, Mr. Reggie Roby and others

To reserve call: 770-716-7392



Fayette Vision EDUCATION Committee Holding Meeting

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Fayette Visioning EDUCATION Committee Meeting
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Fayette Chamber of Commerce, 600 W. Lanier Avenue, Suite 205, Fayetteville

The Fayette Visioning Initiative’s work group focusing on preserving and growing a world class education system and workforce development in Fayette County will hold an introductory meeting to discuss possible action items on the implementation phase of the vision plan.  All Fayette citizens interested in this area of the vision plan are invited to attend.  Please RSVP to

For further information about the Fayette Visioning Initiative, visit


All Fayette County High Schools Named AP STEM Achievement Schools

Friday, March 6th, 2015

The Georgia Department of Education has released the AP (Advanced Placement) Honor Schools for 2015 with all five of Fayette’s high schools earning recognition for the number of AP courses taken by students, and the percentage of students passing the exams. AP courses and exams give students the opportunity to access college-level learning opportunities, and potentially earn college course credits.

Fayette County High, McIntosh High, Sandy Creek High, Starr’s Mill High, and Whitewater High are among the 121 schools in the state making the list for AP STEM Achievement Schools. These are schools where students are testing in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses, and at least 40 percent of the exams earn a score of 3 or higher (students must score at least a 3 to potentially receive college credit for a course). The AP courses include calculus AB, calculus BC, statistics, biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics B, physics C, and computer science.

Additionally, all of the county’s high schools are listed as AP STEM schools with students testing in at least two AP math and two AP science courses. A total of 198 schools in the state made the list.

These distinctions are not new for the system’s high schools. In fact, this is the fifth consecutive year that McIntosh, Sandy Creek, Starr’s Mill and Whitewater high schools have made the AP STEM and AP STEM Achievement lists since they were added in 2011. This is the third time Fayette County High has made both lists.

Fayette’s high schools have been included in categories on the AP Honor School list since the recognition began in 2008.

Both Fayette County High and Sandy Creek High made the 2015 list for AP Access and Support Schools. These schools have at least 30 percent of their AP exams taken by students who identify themselves as African-American and/or Hispanic with 30 percent of all exams earning scores of 3 or higher. A total of 55 schools in the state received the distinction. Both Fayette County and Sandy Creek have made the list since 2008.

McIntosh High, Starr’s Mill High, and Whitewater High are listed as AP Merit Schools where at least 20 percent of the student population is taking AP courses with at least 50 percent of the exams earning a score of 3 or higher. Starr’s Mill has been on the list since 2008; McIntosh has made the list since 2012; and Whitewater has been on the list for two consecutive years. A total of 57 high schools in the state earned the distinction for 2015.

A new category has been added this year, AP Humanities Schools. These are schools with students testing in all of the following AP courses: at least one English-language arts course, two social science courses, one fine arts course, and one world language course.

McIntosh, Starr’s Mill, and Whitewater high schools are among the 113 statewide to make the list for AP Humanities Schools.

Give Input Through Town of Tyrone Online Survey

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

The Town 0f Tyrone is asking it citizens and area business owners to give input as they develop a Vision, Goal and Direction for the future of Tyrone.  Please take the following online survey:

Direct any questions to:

Jared Lombard

Andrew Smith

Kyle Hood

Fayette Vision PROSPERITY Committee Holding Meeting

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Tuesday, March 3
Fayette Visioning PROSPERITY Committee Meeting
6:00 p.m.
Tyrone Library, 143 Commerce Drive, Tyrone

The Fayette Visioning Initiative’s work group focusing on the economic prosperity of Fayette County will hold an introductory meeting to discuss possible action items on the implementation phase of the vision plan. All Fayette citizens interested in this area of the plan are invited to attend.  Please RSVP to   For further information about the Fayette Visioning Initiative go to

Town of Tyrone Holding Open House to Gain Citizen Input

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

The Town of Tyrone invites its citizens – neighbors, city leaders and area business owners – to develop vision, goals and direction for the future of the Town of Tyrone.

Drop in at their Tyrone Comp Plan Open House Tuesday, February 17th between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the Tyrone Library, 143 Commerce Drive, Tyrone 30290

FLYER:  Tyrone Open House Flyer

For more information, contact:

Jared Lombard

Andrew Smith

Kyle Hood

The Fred Announces 2015 Summer Concert Series

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

2015 Summer Lineup

May 9 – Night Ranger

June 6 – Al Jarreau

June 13 – Michael McDonald

July 11 – KC and the Sunshine Band

August 15 – Cheap Trick and Peter Frampton

One more great series show to be announced soon!


Series ticket renewals for existing series ticket holders will take place through February 17.  New series tickets will go on sale March 5, and individual concert tickets may be purchased beginning March 13 at the Box Office or online at  Series tickets for all six shows remain the same low price of $247.50 for reserved seating, Picnic Tables are $2,880.00 for the six shows and may be upgraded to seat eight.  A very limited number of Belgard and Gold Tables may be purchased for the series for $3,600.00. By purchasing the entire series package, patrons can save up to 38% depending on the seating they choose.

In addition to the six concert series, The Fred will offer 4 spotlight shows:

June 19 – Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, The Two Man Group

June 26 – Brass Transit: Chicago Tribute

July 3 – MJ LIVE Michael Jackson Tribute Concert

July 24- Queen Nation live 90-minute production of Queen’s greatest hits

For further information about the Lexus of South Atlanta Summer Concert Series, visit or call 770-631-0630. For Sponsorship Information, call Nancy Price at 678-364-6945 or email at

Clayton State Offers Free Tax Assistance for the 25th Year

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

VITA Free Tax Assistance Marks its 25th Year at Clayton State University


Morrow, Ga., Jan. 27, 2015 — Accounting students from Clayton State University are again participating in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program hosted by the College of Business. Clayton State is the only college or university in the state that has offered this service consistently for 25 years.


VITA is a national program that provides tax support for certain eligible taxpayers. The program, which has been in existence for more than 40 years, is also an experiential learning experience for Clayton State students, providing the volunteers with extensive IRS training and testing, enabling them to ensure that taxpayers will have their tax returns filled out accurately and timely and receive the tax credits they qualify for, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.


This service will be offered at the College of Business at Clayton State on the following Saturdays: Feb. 14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28, Mar. 21, and Mar. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room T-152 of the College of Business. Taxpayers will be assisted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Current college students can also benefit from having VITA volunteers prepare their taxes since the volunteers are trained in the rules for the credits available for tuition and other school-related expenses. The VITA program also prepares state income tax returns and provides free e-filing options to ensure clients receive their refunds as soon as possible.
Those who are eligible to receive this service are taxpayers who make under $51,000 a year and wish to receive help with their 2014 personal income taxes using Forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and simple1040s. The program does not provide assistance with out-of-state or small business returns, or for those who are self-employed.


Those interested in receiving this assistance must bring the following items:

ü  Photo identification,

ü  Social security cards for themselves, their spouse, and dependents,

ü  Birthdates for primary, secondary, and dependents on the tax return

ü  Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1009-R, from all employers

ü  Interest and dividend statements from bank(s), Form 1099

ü  Other relevant information about income and expenses

o   Day care provider identifying number

o   Total amount paid for day care

ü  A copy of last year’s federal and state income tax returns if possible,

ü   Bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.


Please note that both spouses will need to be present to file electronically.


A unit of the University System of Georgia where dreams are made real, Clayton State University is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

Clayton State to Host Town Hall Meeting on Police and Community Interaction Post Ferguson

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The recent incidents in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City have galvanized a range of emotions and discussions regarding the community’s interaction with the police. In response, Clayton State University will host a town hall meeting on “Police and Community Interaction Post Ferguson”on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Student Activities Center Ballrooms B & C for students, faculty, staff, community, and local leaders to openly and honestly discuss their thoughts, perspectives, and feelings.

Additionally, there will be an opportunity for participants to collectively identify some practical strategies and action steps aimed to foster mutually empathic relationships between the community and police. A reception will follow immediately in the Laker Lounge in the Student Activities Center.

Panel members will include: Blair Fortson, former president of the National Association for the Advancement of Color People (NAACP) Clayton State Chapter, Mike Glanton, State Representative District 75, Dr. Lisa Holland-Davis, Clayton State faculty and director for the Center for Community and Social Justice, Kem Kimbrough, former Clayton County sheriff and Clayton State lecturer in Legal Studies, and Lakiesa Rawlinson, Clayton State associate director for Campus Life. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Rafik Mohamad, professor of Sociology and chair for the Clayton State Department of Social Sciences.

This event is a collaboration between the Clayton State Division of Student Affairs’ Departments of Campus Life, Counseling and Psychological Services, and Housing and Residence Life; the Departments of Psychology and Social Sciences; the Clayton State Office of Public Safety; and the Center for Community and Social Justice.

For more information regarding this event, contact Rawlinson at or (678) 466-5421.

A unit of the University System of Georgia where dreams are made real, Clayton State University is located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.

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