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Early Voting Underway

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Early voting is underway at the Peachtree City Library (201 Willowbend Drive), Tyrone Town Hall (882 Senoia Road) or the Fayette County Elections Office (140 Stonewall Avenue West, Suite 208)  Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., through October 31.

The County Elections Office only will be open for voting on Saturday, October 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  All advance voting ends at 5:00 p.m. on October 31. 

The election will be held on November 4. Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. – 7:00. p.m.

The JOY FM to Provide Thanksgiving Dinner for Families in Need

Monday, October 20th, 2014

The mission of 93.3 The JOY FM is to be a light of hope and joy during the holidays. For nearly five years now, The JOY FM has worked with local businesses and food pantries during the holidays to ensure a Thanksgiving dinner is available for families needing assistance. The help comes in the form of a one-week event called T-Shirts For Turkeys, and it’s coming to Fayette County again!

During T-Shirts For Turkeys listeners and the public will be invited to stop by a participating Chick-Fil-A restaurant during a 2-hour live radio event. Purchase a frozen turkey or bring $10 or more in cash, check or gift card – or what is commonly referred to as a “paper” turkey. Any gift of a turkey, whether frozen or paper, receives The JOY FM t-shirt as a keepsake.

All the food and funds will benefit local food banks serving Fayette County and the surrounding area. The JOY FM will have a live broadcast from most of the events.  Last year more than 12,000 people were fed through The JOY FM T-Shirts for Turkeys campaign.

For more information go to:


Saturday, November 8 – noon-2:00 p.m. @ 1st Franklin Financial in Fayetteville, benefiting the Midwest Food Bank

Monday, November 10 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. @ Chick-fil-A  Starr’s Mill in Peachtree City and Chick-fil-A  Towne Center in Fayetteville, benefiting Real Life Center

Wedensday, November 12 – 5:00-7:00 p.m. @ Chick-fil-A Kedron Village in Peachtree City, benefiting Real Life Center

Fayette County Looking for Artists for 2014 Exhibition

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Saville Studios in conjunction with The Fayette County Public Arts Committee is encouraging artists to show their work at the 2014 exhibition. We have a goal to present artwork for display so that Fayette County may begin to make its mark on the map for the Fine Arts. We look forward to meeting you and viewing your artwork. For a printable application and guidelines, please visit   Download information and artist application here:     2014 Juried Art Show_PR (2)

Meet the People Who Make this County Work – Fayette: Face to Face

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

The second annual Fayette Face to Face Event will be held at Fayette County Public Library on Friday, October 24, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Stop by a meet the county leadership team – all twenty seven departments of the Fayette County Government will be in attendance, along with city departments from the City of Fayetteville, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and the Fayette County School System.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the various departments of county and city governments as well as organizations in Fayette County that provide resources to Fayette citizens.  It is a chance for citizens to network and have discussions to promote sharing resources throughout the community.  There will also be a “Touch a Truck” event in the library parking lot for kids of all ages.


Fayette County Branch NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
6:00 pm

The Fayette County Branch NAACP cordially invites Fayette citizens to the 17th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet, Saturday, October 25th, 2014.  Reception begins at 6:00 p.m., Dinner is at 7:00 p.m.

The banquet will take place at Dolce Atlanta-Peachtree Hotel & Conference Center, 201 Aberdeen Parkway, Peachtree City, GA  30269.

Honorary Program Chair is The Honorable Representative Virgil Fludd and the theme this year is “Lift Every Voice and Vote.”

Tickets are $70.oo per person or $700.00 per table.

More information or to purchase tickets 770-719-0806 or 770-856-3271 or at

Donations to local NAACP branches are not tax deductible.

Great Georgia Air Show This Weekend!

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

It’s a weekend filled with breathtaking aerial stunts, roaring jet trucks, fireworks and activities for fun seekers of all ages. The Great Georgia Airshow (GGAS) will return to Atlanta Regional Airport-Falcon Field, Peachtree City, GA, October 11-12, 2014 with a new line-up that promises to dazzle, entertain and inspire aviation enthusiasts and future aviators, engineers and scientists. The weekend will kick-off Saturday, Oct. 11th at 9am when the gates open to begin the day airshow. At 5pm on Saturday, the fun continues when the gates reopen for the second annual night show that includes a jet truck and fireworks.
The GGAS roster includes some of the most highly regarded performers in the air show community. Joining the 2014 show will be the nationally renowned Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Doug Mathews with his F-86/T-33, the always hilarious Otto the Helicopter and Vertigo Airshows, a jet glider. New for this year, Redline Airshows and Julie Clark. The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Dixie Wing will again parade its fleet of meticulously restored World War II-era aircraft, while Viet Nam War-era helicopters will be provided by the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation.
Thanks to a reputation as one of the best air shows in the region, GGAS was named a Top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Association, but organizers believe the best is yet to come.
“75% of the performers are new to the show” said Air Show Director Angie Faulise “and we have totally reinvented our program so there are a wider range of activities and experiences, including a night show on Saturday a KidsZone, fireworks, flight simulators and a variety of hospitality packages.”
Night shows are new to the air show circuit, but they already have proven to be extremely popular with spectators by combining precision flying with spotlights, strobes, illuminated smoke, a fireworks display and music to create a stunning experience. The GGAS Saturday Night Show will begin at 6:30pm.
For thrill seekers, GGAS offers rides in warbirds, monster trucks, helicopters, a zip line, mechanical bull riding and while vendors of all types will be on hand for souvenir hunters.

Last Chance for Tickets to Midwest Food Bank Dinner & Silent Auction

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

The 2nd annual Midwest Food Bank Dinner and Silent Auction will be held on Saturday, October 18 at 6:00 p.m. at the Midwest Food Bank warehouse. This year the dinner will be catered by Pat’s Gracious Gatherings. Al Mead is the guest speaker. Mr. Mead won the gold medal in the long jump in the 1988 Seoul Paralympics and is has been inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the USA Track &  Field Georgia Hall of Fame. During the 1996 games in Atlanta, he served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the 1996 Paralympic Organizing Committee. He is currently an Associate Pastor at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville, GA. Come out and support the Midwest Food Bank – Georgia Division. All proceeds from this dinner go back into the community. Each dollar earned not only helps Midwest to continue serving the 91 agencies on their list, but also will help them serve the 40 agencies on their waiting list. Tickets are $50 per person and ticket sales end Tuesday, October 7th. Reserve your ticket or buy a table before October 7th !

Non-Profit Board Training Workshop

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
8:00 am

For anyone who serves on a board, works with boards, or works with a nonprofit organization, a great training opportunity is available this month.

A Nonprofit Board Training will be offered Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at The Newnan Centre, 1515 Lower Fayetteville Rd., Newnan. The event is hosted by The Newnan-Coweta Chamber, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and the Coweta Community Foundation. Registration begins at 8am with the session running from 8:30am to Noon.

Topics covered will include the Importance of Nonprofits; Good Governance and Board Roles; Setting Strategic Direction; Committee Dynamics; and Risk Management.

Attendees will learn the importance of serving on a board, understanding duties and developing high performance leadership that can advance the mission and goals of the organization. This workshop is perfect for nonprofit staff members and volunteer leaders seeking to learn about developing strategic direction, roles and responsibilities of the Directors (fiduciary, mission, finances) and the increased scrutiny on Exempt Organizations.

The workshop will feature Robert C. Harris, CAE, a nationally acclaimed speaker and expert on boards of directors and association management.

Believing that nonprofits should be as efficient as any commercial business, Harris has studied thousands of them, authored books on association management and traveled the world to help organizations in countries like Japan and Ukraine.

Having received multiple awards throughout his career and dubbed the “Martha Stewart of association management,” Harris is actively promoting the impact of nonprofits in America and sharing his tips for success.

Registration fee for the Board Training is $15 per person or a flat fee of $225 per group for nonprofits. Deadline to register is Friday, October 24, 2014.

Register online at or for more information call 770-253-2270 or email

Fayette FACTOR Fall Symposium Features Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal

Monday, September 29th, 2014
8:00 am

Fayette FACTOR Fall Symposium:  Strengthening Families for Healthy Communities

The goal of the training event is to promote awareness among service providers, professionals or lay people, in how to better support families and children and share tools that can help families build protective factors to keep children safe and healthy.


  • School counselors, social workers and administrators
  • Law Enforcement and others that network with the judicial systems
  • Social Service agencies
  • Human service non-profit organizations
  • Faith based organizations’ mission or outreach coordinators and youth pastors
  • Business community interested in issues that impact their workforce
  • Others that are interested in learning more about what they can do to help strengthen families, thereby strengthening their communities

Morning Keynote Speaker- Dr. Terry Oatts, Ass’t Superintendent for Student Achievement/Fayette County Schools

Lunch Keynote Speaker-Georgia’s Fist Lady Sandra Deal

Breakout Sessions:

Prevention Track:

  • Stewards of Children 2.0-Krista Gonce/GA Center for Child Advocacy
  • *Bystanders-Protecting Children from Boundary Violations and Sexual Abuse-Krista Gonce
  • *Talking with Children about Safety from Sexual Abuse /Healthy Touch for Children and Youth-Krista Gonce
  • Stop the Candy Shop-Domestic Violence Sex Trafficking- Leslie Brooks/Street Grace

Governance/Professional Development Track:

  • Grant Writing (covers two sessions)- Bettye Ludd/Clayton State University
  • Who’s Next- Succession Planning-Paula Semple/Sweetress Consulting
  • Evaluation- Telling Your Story Through Numbers- Donna Wilkens/Metis Associates

Mental Health/Child Development Track:

  • Trauma Based Therapeutic Interventions-Dr. Kevin Freeman/Grace Harbour
  • Vicarious Trauma (Compassion Fatique)- Johnnathan Ward/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Child Trauma and the Devloping Brain-Dr. Jordan Greenbaum/CHOA-Emory
  • Developmental Milestones-CHOA

*MUST have Stewards of Children 2.0 Certification to Attend



ARC Holds Community Conversation on Aging Services

Monday, September 29th, 2014
2:00 pm

Join the Atlanta Regional Commission this Monday, September 29 to have a voice in creating a regional strategic plan for aging services in the next five years!

The desire of individuals to age in place is driving the need to re-access resources and services.  It is important to identify what is working best in various communities; programs and projects that are allowing people to enjoy a high quality of life, living independently as long as possible.

ARC is launching a series of Community Conversations where participants will help create the first regional strategic plan for Aging Services.

The agency is eager to solicit new solutions and better ways to maximize funding and the delivery of services as the number of seniors in the Atlanta region continues to grow significantly.

ARC invites individuals from around the region to help prioritize aging services within the Atlanta region for the next five years.

The first Community Conversation will be held in Fayette County on Monday, September 29th.


Where: Fayette Senior Services

4 Center Drive, Fayetteville, GA

When: September 29, 2014

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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