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Two burglaries being investigated in Fayetteville Volume 148 • No. 18

wednesday, april 29, 2020

by John Thompson

Upon the officer’s arrival, they observed a broken window. Officers made entry checking for offenders, and no offenders were located in the building. The owner responded and advised nothing appeared to have been the curve. stolen. The Fayetteville Police Department is In an investigating analysis, we this usedcase. theIfdata posted currently anyone has every day at noon for a 24-hour snapshot of information, please contact Detective what’s happening around the state. George Boggs at 760 Jimmie Mayfield Blvd. Here theannumbers: On Feb.are12, officer with the Fayetteville April 19: 632 new cases, 14 new deaths. Police Department responded to Weatherly April 20: 646 new cases, 46 new deaths. April 21: 934 new cases, 66 new deaths. April 22: 859 new cases, 103 new deaths April 23: 772 new cases, 36 new deaths. April 24: 635 new cases, 20 new deaths.

Walk Apartments at approximately 10:38 a.m. Feb. 12, in reference to an item taken from the apartment. Upon the officer’s arrival, the officer met with the victim. The victim told the officer April 25:Feb. 54823, new2019, cases,and 12Feb. new7,deaths. between 2020, the April 26:black 706 Sony new cases, 8 new4,deaths. victim’s PlayStation valued at The week’s state may be wassnapshot removedshows from the the apartment. $299.99, hitting a plateau and getting ready The victim stated that a message wastore-flatten the curve. the country ceived from Experts a user onaround the PlayStation Net- are torn on whether thevictim’s United password States willtohave work asking for the the a steep decline, or have a model similar to Italy, where new case counts stay flat or slightly increase or decrease on a daily basis. Perhaps the biggest factor may not be known for another two weeks. Gov. Brian

PlayStation 4 so he or she could gain access. The victim did not provide a password and asked how they obtained it. The current user stated it was purchased from a pawnshop in Riverdale and did not reply any further. The Kemp did signed an executive order did allowing not victim not know the user and some businesses and churches reopen. possess a Serial Number for thetoPlayStation “Givenwere the no favorable 4. There signs of data, forcedenhanced entry to testthe ing, and approval of our healthcare profesapartment. sionals, we will allow gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, body art studios, barbers, cosmetologists, hair designers, nail care artists, estheticians, their respective schools, and massage therapists to reopen their doors.

Is the state close to flattening the COVID-19 curve?

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Last week was a busy week for burglars in Fayetteville. byAccording John Thompson to police reports, officers with John@Fayette-News.net the Fayetteville Police Department responded to Coe Firearms at 150 Howard numberFeb. of 9new coronavirus midnight in reference to WayChecking just afterthe infection has become a daily ritual for many an alarm call. people around the state everyday at noon. At noon and 7 p.m., the Department of Public Health puts out new numbers of infections and deaths from the COVID-19 virus. In data gathered by the Fayette County News, the state may be in the process of flattening

Arrest made in Coweta murder Crimes down

by John Thompson John@Fayette-News.net

ported to Newnan Piedmont Hospital and admitted into surgery, where she succumbed to her injuries,” according to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page. The victim was later identified as Haley Adams. On Feb. 14, the Polk County Sheriff’s Department announced an arrest. “Our deputies were assisting Federal Agents searching for William 'Bill' Tyree wanted out of Coweta County. Great job by Deputies Breton Watters and Adam Willingham for arresting this wanted man,” the department said in a Facebook post. Police said Tyree had ties to the Ghost Face gang.

Kindness through the virus

The Polk County Sheriff's Office made an arrest in a tragic Feb. 11 killing that had police around the state looking for suspects. “On Feb. 11 at around 9:27 p.m., Coweta County Deputies responded to a residence on Bethlehem Church Road in Grantville, Ga. in reference to a 14-year-old female who had been shot in the back. "According to witnesses, suspects were armed and made demands. The suspects fired rounds striking the 14-year-old victim in the back and then fled the scene William 'Bill' Tyree has been arrested in connection to a in a light colored four-door pasFeb. 11 murder that claimed the life of a 14-year-old girl. senger car. The victim was transAngie Bryant’s son participates in a chalk exercise for her workout video. Bryant sets up a routine and tries to have at least two days a week scheduled for physical activity. Her videos are just one example of how local community members are helping others during the coronavirus pandemic.

Victims in area plane crash identified Residents go oneAccording step further to bless others to the FAA, a Cessna Citation victims as

by John Thompson

pilot Roy Smith took off from Atlanta Regional 68-year-old more interesting for kidsfrom out Fayeton a In anAirporteffort to make things teville, 63-year-old co-pilot Raymond Sluk Falcon Field in Peachtree City before 10 walk with their families, some neighborhoods have placed teddy via The Prowler News at SMHS from Senoia, 25-year-old Morgan Smith a.m. and disappeared shortly after from The victims have been identified in the bears up in their windows for the children to count along the from Atlanta, and 23-year-old Savannah radar in the area of Gordon County. plane crash that occurred Feb.8 in Gordon As the quarantine leaves families cooped up together for way. In an another effort to still interact with kids in some way, Simms from Atlanta. Multiple published reports listed the County. most, if not all, of the days in a week, people are getting creative certified level one crossfit coach Angie Bryant has gotten a little in how they can interact with and be a blessing to other families. crafty with her workout regime. Despite social distancing and isolation, acts of kindness abound See KINDESS, Page 2A throughout the community. 

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in County PTC man goes to jail twice in two days by John Thompson John@Fayette-News.net

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department announced that serious crime was down nearly 27 percent in 2019. Serious crimes are categorized as Part 1 crimes. Those crimes include homicide, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny by robbery, John Thompson from vehicle, larceny-non vehicle, and auto John@Fayette-News.net thefts. Those crimes decreased from 523 to 384 in It 2019. wasn’t a good week for Peachtree City’s Zone Barton. 4, which comprises western and parts Laderrick of central20, Fayette, saw a 63with percent drop in Part Barton, is charged several charges 1 crimes. The department said mapping including DUI, fleeing to elude police, crime entering locations shows higherstarting concentrations auto, and theft by taking Aug. 23.of Part 1 crimes in the Ga.Police Highway 85 and Ga.spokesman Highway Peachtree City Department 279 Hyatt corridor, predominate crimetobeing Chris saidwith thethepolice attempted stop larceny from Barton April 23 vehicles. for driving without headlights near Time Road. of day analysis thea2chase, p.m. tobut 5 the Rockaway He led shows them on p.m.backed hours have the highest incidences of crime, police off because a chase for no headlights around the midnight hour. waswith not another in their spike protocol. Top that four evening, crash hot Barton spots arewas Hwy. 279 and Later stopped by the Hwy 85 (83), Hwy 54 East and Banks Road Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and charged (50), 92 North andofWestbridge Road/Vetwith theHwy DUI. Because COVID-19, he was erans Parkway and Hwy. 279 and released into his (41), mother’s presence. He Hwy. was also 314 (35). charged with taking a Toyota Corolla from Avery Denison. The next day, Barton was then discovered entering a Honda Accord at the Peachtree City Post Office. When he was discovered, he stole a bicycle while trying to get away. He was then transported to the jail, where he awaits the next step in the criminal process.

Shoplifting leads to uptick in Coker named Judicial Circuit Judge PTC’s crime rate Faith during an outbreak: Churches adapt to reach their flock

by John Thompson Coker has assisted law both the Pike and cluded two other local John@Fayette-News.net enforcement agencies Upson County offices. officials, Maria Greene withina variety of investiHe said he considers it Broder, chief assistant their congregations the midst of new guidelines.” by Christopher Dunn Peachtree City’s crime rate ticked up 7 pergations, including wire an honor a privilege district attorney, and District Attorney shelter in place rules. Being able and to present Mass via Christopher@Fayette-News.net cent in 2019 from the previous year, but the rise taps and Vu racketeering to serve of Zoom Ben J. Miller, Jr., Benjamin D. Coker of ForpresidFather Richard at the webcam withthe thecitizens program comes from one big factor, said Peachtree City As Gabriel D.A., heinper-has been the entire ing most judge ofCatholic juvenile Churchcases. Upson County hasisbeen of St. a bigcircuit. help. Parishioners Easter Sunday one of the Police Chief Janet Moon. sonally hun- can see Coker his wife court for the circuit. it has named the fifth Fayetteville, beenhandled a learning Fatherand Vu and interact him, holy days, withjudge families planning Serious crimes are categorized as Part 1 dreds assetbest forfeitures Christy reside withfamilial their feel Coker successfully for the Griffin Judicial figuring outofhow to returning some of the commemorations for months in hasexperience crimes. Those crimes include homicide, rape, four children numerous Circuit, position the churchremoving running hundreds smoothly of of typical services. in Upson advance.a Pews arecrefull as prosecuted families keep robbery, aggravated assault, arson, burglary, larthousands of dollars He completed cases respecting since ated by the of pack high-profile state health guide“I County. was offering daily Mass alone dressed to passage the nines in tight while ceny from theft, shoplifting, and entering autos circuit dis- from the hands of crimiundergraduate work for the being elected the their duringfrom House lines. beforehiswe were using Zoom to hearBill the28word choand auto thefts. Those crimes increased from trictyear, attorney in 2017, nals and distributing at the University 2019 sessionofof worship. the “One of the most difficult things the Sunday Mass. Being inof the church Ben Coker sen house This 503 to 540 in 2019. including 34-yearfundsistohow law enforceand receivedpresent his Georgia Assemabout this situation do we with Georgia no congregation is churchesGeneral were ghost towns, as the the house. Moon explained to the City Council in Januold cold case murder of ment our and victims of difficult law because degree from bly. continue to serve people,” I getthe energy fromMarie Broder will state discouraged large gatherings ary the increase comes from the cases of larceny Timothy crimes. Statepeople,” Univer- said Vu. said Father Vu. “The parish staff is beingGeorgia with the as Coker part ofwas theselected fight tobycombat the Coggins. serve as the new Griffin which increased from 475 to 411. The city did convicto being elected School of Law. Gov. Brian from aForCoker’s working remotely.Prior Our food pantry “Withsity Zoom, I get to see them.” Judicial spread of Kemp COVID-19. weeks,overall The Inouye family sends a message their fellow St.other Gabriel Circuit District have one murdertolast year, but the person tion rate than was an asHe plans to set up his short list submitted workers had to D.A., reviseCoker their proceparishioners during Easter Sunday services. local churches have by been forced to is better Attorney. on person crimes decreased 41 percent. 95 reach percent.dures in order tosistant district attorneySee CHURCH, judicial chambers in the the Judicial Nominating Page 2A comply with these adapt and find new ways to Total calls for service for the police departDuring his tenure, and office manager of Upson County courtCommission which inment dropped from 49,357 in 2018 to 44,710. Special to Fayette Newspapers

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Wig store incident ends KINDNESS in dropped citation Continued from Page 1A

by John Thompson John@Fayette-News.net

During the time of coronavirus, everyone is trying to be extra careful. According to a Fayetteville Police Department report, on April 16, a Fayetteville Police Officer conducting routine patrols observed Miky’s Beauty and Wigs open for business as customers exited the business having purchased non-essential items from the business. The officer made contact with the business owner and reminded them that they were previously warned that they were violating the

Governor’s Executive Order for closing non-essential businesses to the public. As a result, the officer issued the owner a citation for the violation. The report said the city reached out to the Department of Public Health for guidance on the matter to determine if Miky’s Beauty and Wigs is an essential business. The Department of Public Health determined they were okay to operate. The business was allowed to remain open, and the citation will be forwarded to Fayette County State Court to be disposed of by the solicitor.

In Peachtree City, officers reported to the Camden Apartments on Merrick Drive in report of a stolen vehicle. Officers said the complainant said a 2018 Dodge Ram Sport was missing from the location. Also on April 17, the Peachtree City Police Department investigated a financial transaction card fraud at Pike Nurseries. Officers said Brittney Hightower worked at Pike and opened a false rewards program account at the business. Over four years, the police said she defrauded Pike of more than $5,500.

Restaurants start new guidelines by John Thompson John@Fayette-News.net

Are you ready to head out to one of the local restaurants this week for a dining in experience? Last week, Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order allowing restaurants to resume providing dine-in services. If you plan on heading out, here are the guidelines restaurants will now be using, according to the executive order. • Screen and evaluate workers who exhibit signs of illness, such as a fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, or shortness of breath. • Require workers who exhibit signs of illness to not report to work or to seek medical attention. Per existing U.S. Food and Drug Administration Food Code requirements, employees who are sick should remain home. If an employee becomes ill or presents signs of illness at work, the operator should identify the employee’s condition during a pre-work screening and send the employee home. • Implement teleworking for all possible workers.

• Implement staggered shifts for all possible workers. • Hold all meetings and conferences virtually, whenever possible. • Train all employees on the importance and expectation of increased frequency of handwashing, the use of hand sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol, and provide clear instruction to avoid touching hands to face.  • Require all employees to wear face coverings at all times. • Where possible, stagger workstations to avoid employees standing next to each other.  • Prohibit handshaking and other unnecessary person to person contact in the workplace. •Enforce social distancing of non-cohabitating persons while present on such entity’s leased or owned property. • Increase physical space between workers and patrons. • Limit contact between wait staff and patrons. • Discontinue use of salad bars and buffets. • Use rolled silverware and

eliminate table presets. • Remove items from self-service drink, condiment, utensil, and tableware stations and have workers provide such items to patrons directly wherever practicable. • The use of disposable paper menus is strongly encouraged, which should be discarded after each patron use. Otherwise, businesses subject to this Section shall clean and sanitize reusable menus between each use by a patron. Non-touch menus are also acceptable for use. • Update floor plans for common dining areas, redesigning seating arrangements to ensure at least six (6) feet of separation from seating to seating. Utilize physical barriers on booth seating when available. • Limit party size at tables to no more than six. • Do not allow patrons to congregate in waiting areas or bar areas. Design a process to ensure patron separation while waiting to be seated that can include floor markings, outdoor distancing, or waiting in cars.

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Continued from Page 1A Unlike other businesses, these entities have been unable to manage inventory, deal with payroll, and take care of administrative items while we shelter in place. This measure allows them to undertake baseline operations that most other businesses in the state have maintained since I issued the shelter-inplace,” Kemp said. Kemp has received kudos and contempt for the order, including from the White House. After speaking with Kemp by phone late

April 28, President Donald Trump said April 29, he believes it’s too soon to be reopening businesses in Georgia. “When you have spas, beauty parlors, tattoo parlors and barbershops, maybe you want to wait a bit longer,” Trump told reporters during his daily coronavirus press briefing at the White House. Restaurants began offering dine-in service Monday, and the shelter in place order will expire April 30, unless Kemp extends it.

CHURCH Continued from Page 1A Keith Lyons, an Elder at South Fayette Church of Christ, helped his church and its preacher, Kristopher Sanders, go online with its services. They use GoToMeeting for Sunday morning worship service, where members can join in to watch the scripture reading, prayers, and sermon. They lead the Lord’s Supper through the web meeting, and families partake with pre-distributed communion emblems at their homes. Mid-week Bible study is also hosted through GoToMeeting or WebEx. They have been able to find some bright spots through the challenges, discovering new ways to fellowship. “While this is not the way we would want to worship all the time, it has helped us stay connected as a congregation during our stay-in-place time, and people really seem be looking forward to our times together,” said Lyons. “At the end of our Sunday worship and our Wednesday classes, we leave the app open and everyone turns on

their video and we have time to ‘chat’ together. It has been super helpful for people to see one another since we can’t be together.” It has also helped them connect with old friends. “Another great aspect has been that previous members that have moved away have been able to join us ‘virtually’ for worship, Bible study, and also our time at the end to connect. It has been a wonderful experience to reconnect with members that moved away so long ago.” Father Vu has seen the positive ripples extend beyond regular services. Even if they cannot be side-by-side in the pews, parishioners are living their faith in many ways. “So many have offered to help, and they have been very generous in supporting the food pantry,” he said. “I think the people have realized how much they look forward to seeing each other and being part of our community.”

“I’ve been doing some workouts with our kids in the neighborhood that don’t have parents that can help do P.E.,” Bryant said. “I just kind of had the idea that I would offer little P.E. workout times for kids to get out and exercise.” Bryant posts videos onto Facebook so that way kids can still workout from home, and she makes sure to include some of their usual exercises, just using different equipment. Chairs may be used for dips, curbs used as steps, or the painted line on a street as a reference point when doing jumps. Her exercises focus mainly on bodyweight, balance, and agility–sometimes even using agility ladders–but she also makes sure she shows kids how to run properly and squat the correct way to not hurt their knees. In one of her more recent workout ideas, she has taken up sidewalk chalk.  “It’s kind of like an obstacle course path, some people call it a sensory path,” Bryant said. “A lot of those ideas I got off of Pinterest. I take some of the movements that we’ve been doing and I draw it out on the ground, like bear crawls and balance features to help them with balance. I’ll take chalk and fill up a whole sidewalk by the pool house with all of that.”  She has always been a teacher at heart, and in some way, shape, or form, she has also been a coach. Bryant, a former high school teacher, enjoys being with children, and these workouts allow her to still connect with them.  “I’m a people person, so I like being with people and with kids, and I’ve been in children’s ministry. I feel like that’s doing two of the things that I’m gifted at,” Bryant said. “God’s given me this gift to teach and to love kids, to know where they are, and what they’re doing. It’s kind of putting two passions into one thing.”  Bryant isn’t the only one though who is trying to take things that one step further in making things easier for others. The Hulse family has been thinking of those who may want a separate place to quarantine, since they may work in the

healthcare field, or may want a way to keep their families safer. Sean Hulse, who manages property in Peachtree City, and his wife realized that there was some good that they could do for others within the safety of their home by lending out their pool house and RV to those who may need it.  “I wanted to offer it to the people on the front lines that were doing the dirty work over at the hospitals,” he said.  To his surprise, he received a call from a mother reaching out for the sake of her daughter coming home from school in New York. Her daughter needed a safe place to quarantine for a few weeks to make sure she was corona-free.  The Hulse family was more than happy to lend it out, knowing that she would be comfortable as their pool house is furnished with a full kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. The young lady finished her isolated quarantine and left on April 10, so now the pool house is open yet again, though currently someone from California may be about to claim it as they are coming to work with a special needs child.  “My wife and I were the ones that were kind of doing this, and we definitely thought it was the right thing to do, to offer,” Hulse said. “It just kind of felt like the right thing to do. I think that if you have that ability, you should just kind of do that when you can.”  The Hulse’s RV remains available for anyone who may need it, and it can be lived in for weeks at a time. If anyone is in need of a place to stay for the sake of their family’s well being or their own– especially including healthcare workers–contact Sean Hulse at sean@preferredrealtyptc.com.  This is just the kind of positivity and heartwarming humanity that people need most in a time like this. Through acts like these, by using what’s available to them and what they’re good at, the community is shining through the virus.

PUBLIC NOTICE Logic and Accuracy Testing

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 21-2-379.6(c ) and SEB 183-1-12-.02(3)(b)(1)(i), notice is hereby given that the Logic and Accuracy testing on the Absentee In Person (Early Voting) BMD voting equipment to be used in the June 9, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary, General Primary, Nonpartisan, and Special Elections at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020. This work will take place at the Fayette County Elections Office located at 140 Stonewall Avenue West, Suite 208, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214. Notice is further provided that Logic and Accuracy work will continue on all remaining and necessary BMD machines to be provided at the polling places beginning on Monday, May 11, 2020 at 9:00 p.m. and continuing each subsequent day until the Logic and Accuracy Work is completed. This work will be done and completed at the Elections Warehouse located at 115 McDonough Road, Fayetteville, Georgia, 30215. The testing is open to the public.


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Grad activities postponed, virtual commencement set for May 22 Special to Fayette County News

Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) state of emergency that has placed restrictions on social gatherings in Georgia, graduation ceremonies for all Fayette County Public School System high schools have been postponed to August 1 with a virtual commencement taking place on the scheduled graduation day of May 22. Seniors are invited to participate in both graduation ceremonies. This decision was reached based on input from graduating seniors and their parents across all five high

schools. The weekend of Friday, July 31 through Saturday, August 1 will be slated as Senior Weekend. Senior activities specific to each school will take place on Friday followed by live commencement exercises at each school’s stadium at 9 a.m. on Saturday. It is important to note that the Senior Weekend will take place as planned provided that state of emergency declarations have been lifted by both the state of Georgia and Fayette County municipalities, and that the Georgia Department of Public Health

and Fayette County Health Department have deemed it safe for mass gatherings. On Friday, May 22, each school will broadcast a virtual graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. The virtual ceremony will feature videotaped student speeches, senior awards, and the reading of each graduate’s name while photographs are scrolled. More information will be shared later about the logistics of the virtual graduation ceremonies. Additionally, each high school will host a virtual seniors honors night that will be shared with the school’s seniors and their

parents prior to May 20. Graduation is a monumental milestone for high school seniors and their families. Fayette County Public Schools realizes the importance of celebrating this great achievement. We will work hard to ensure that our graduating seniors are properly honored by doing everything within our scope of power to provide them with a meaningful celebration to commemorate their accomplishment. We want to take this opportunity to congratulate the class of 2020, and to wish them much success as they embark on their futures.

Schools set plans for retrieval of personal belongings, end-of-year activities Special to Fayette County News

Many traditional end-

of-the-year school activities were interrupted with the abrupt closure of schools caused by COVID-19 (coronavirus). Here is a breakdown of the various activities and how they are being addressed. · Plans are being developed by each school (elementary, middle and high)

for students and staff to retrieve their personal belongings and return items such as textbooks and other materials. This will be done while observing safety procedures and protocols put in place by the Georgia Department of Health. These plans will be communicated directly by the school to their

parents and employees in the coming weeks. · All high school proms have been cancelled; schools are working on refunds for tickets that were previously purchased. · All high school Underclassman Honors Nights are postponed until the fall. Each school will

communicate their new date after the start of the 20202021 school year. We know that this time has been difficult for our students, their families, and our staff; thank you for your support and patience as we navigated these uncharted waters. We eagerly look forward to better days to come

and to starting a new school year this fall. Please continue to stay safe and healthy while our state and nation works toward defeating this virus and bringing some normalcy back to our lives.

County accepts grants for resurfacing projects by Christopher Dunn Christopher@Fayette-News.net

Fayette County will be getting some much needed federal aid for road resurfacing projects following the acceptance of grants totaling just over $6 million. The process has been nearly three years in the making, which Public

Works Director Phil Mallon said is actually very fast for receiving federal aid. The projects, totaling 18.9 miles, will be split into two groups across two fiscal years. Remaining county projects are 4.24 miles on Sandy Creek Rd. starting at SR 74, 0.35 mile on Peachtree Pkwy. starting at Redwine Rd., and 0.93 mile on Hampton Rd. starting

at SR 92. Fayetteville’s projects are Grady Ave. from SR 85 to SR 54 and 2.24 miles of Beauregard/Redwine Rd from SR 85 to the city limit. Peachtree City’s projects are 4.4 miles of Peachtree Pkwy. South from SR 54 to the city limit and 5 miles on Robinson Rd. starting at SR 54. Tyrone’s project is Tyrone Rd. from Anthony to Handley Rd.

Along with accepting the grants comes approval of an IGA between the county and Fayetteville, Peachtree City, and Tyrone. The agreement says that, while the county is the sponsor of the project and all contracts are through the county, the individual cities will reimburse the cost of work done for their jurisdictions.

High schools rank in top 19 percent nationally Special to Fayette County News

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PANDEMIC PASTTIMES.....Like jigsaw puzzles, help us all while away the hours of isolation. Now, help me spot the grin of Jimmy, ear of Polk, brow of Buchanan, and eye of Pierce. Photo by Christopher Fairchild

Fayette Humane Cat Spotlight

Anna & Svenja These adorable 10-week-old sisters love to snuggle! Anna is very playful and likes to vocalize when she’s looking for you. Svenja is also playful but more gentle and laid back. They would love to be adopted together and are good with other cats and children. If you are interested in Anna & Svenja, please fill out a no-obligations pre-adoption form at www.fayettehumane.org. If you have any questions, email the Fayette Humane Society at info@fayettehumane. org or call 770-487-1073.

U.S. News and World Report has ranked all five of Fayette County’s high schools in the top 19 percent in the nation on its annual 2020 Best High Schools list. Schools must rank in the top 40 percent to make the list. Out of the 17,792 schools that made the list across the nation, McIntosh High came in at 484, followed by Starr’s Mill at 762, Whitewater at 1,758, Sandy Creek at 3,086, and Fayette County High at 3,439. As for statewide rankings, all five high made the top 90 out of 455 Georgia high schools that made the list. The rankings are as follows: McIntosh at 17, Starr’s Mill at 27, Whitewater at 42, Sandy Creek at 71, and Fayette County at 84. McIntosh High has earned a national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) ranking for the second consecutive year. Last year marked the first time the ranking was added for schools whose students excelled on Advanced Placement (AP) science and math tests. To be eligible, schools had to appear in the top 1,000 of the overall national rankings. A total of 250 high schools across the nation made the cut, and McIntosh came in at 108. For the 2020 list, U.S. News ranked 17,792 public high schools out of a review of more than 23,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation rates, and how well they prepare students for college.

Rescue with Royal Mariah Mariah is a diamond in the rough. She has been working so hard along with her amazing trainers, and she is doing such a phenomenal job! This sweet girl needs someone that can provide structure, a special someone that can commit and be patient with her. She’s come a long way, but she is a work in progress. Mariah is available for adoption at Royal Animal Refuge. Royal Animal Refuge is located at 341 Senoia Rd. in Tyrone. For more info on adopting, visit www.royalanimalrefuge.org.


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FAYETTE VIEWS LYNN HORTON These are strange days, strung together with news of how many cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in our town, county, state, and nation, and with whole channels devoted to sharing how one should protect and spare oneself from this terrible pandemic. And it is terrible, but I would argue that it has not exactly brought us together as “one nation,” caring for one another like we never have before; working to help our neighbors and strangers in these times of trouble. The public service ads paint us as a group of adult Scouts lugging groceries and searching out toilet paper for those who cannot leave their little apartments in the city or their rural farmhouse a mile down a dirt road. Poor folks stuck up on the umpteenth floor with a view of a parking lot or worse yet, a brick wall. Or Old Dears who have cows crying to be milked or gardens to be planted. Let me tell you what I observed this weekend in Senoia, Georgia, the sweetest little town in all of Georgia with lots of kind neighbors ( I got them ALL), caring, friendly folk and plenty of small businesses who are probably in big trouble. So, yes, most of them opened up on Friday. Bill and I drove downtown on our golf cart Friday—just to get out of the house and get some of that wonderful warm sunshine and fresh air. Lots of folks still stirring around 4 p.m. on Friday. Not a crowd but people enjoying the outside dining at Ga Dawg, Katie Lou’s, Matt’s Pizza, and the

Strange times

new Crepe Shop. Browsing Ashley’s Garden. Not a mask in sight…except on the servers. (Still a few of the stores chose to remain closed.) I glanced quickly through the window of the new downtown Beauty Salon. Seemed like one customer was there. Good. No problem. I have agreed with the Governor’s decree to open small businesses earlier than most states. Some of my family and many of my friends think Gov. Kemp is a little nuts. I believe, however, that customers bear much of the responsibility for using the services of tattoo parlors, beauty salons, barber shops, nail shops, and whatever else was allowed to open. So, check the protocol used by the salon, make your appointment, wear a mask, bring hand disinfectants, and enjoy. And the small business owners and employees desperately need to work. But with caution and concern for their customers. And customers need to show the same concern for one another! Our daughter was with us Saturday as we enjoyed another afternoon drive. I embarrassed her because I decided to count the number of folks in masks or who were observing the 6-foot rule. I was driving and so I just held up my hand every time I saw someone without a mask. Zero I called, making an O with my thumb and first finger. Zero. Zero. Zero. Throughout the entire town, which was bustling with visitors and folks who live here, No One, I mean No…One was wearing

a mask. Few were respecting the six-foot social boundary. I was surprised. I finally counted two masks, again on service people. We made a quick stop at the garden shop; all three of us masked like surgeons. Then we continued to drive and enjoy the afternoon. Our golf cart died somewhere on Clark Street. This is about three blocks from town and about a 25-minute walk to our home. Leslie volunteered to walk to the house, get the car, and come back for us. When she finally returned, Leslie cleverly brought the charger with her in the trunk of our car. The idea she suggested was to ask to plug into one of the outlets on the porch of one of the homes we were parked near. She was as stunned as we that none of the people on the street came out to ask if we were ok. Was there anything they might do to help? (We had now been sitting there for nearly an hour.) Could we use a cup of water? Perhaps we might come into their cool home instead of sitting on the side of the road in the sun?? I had been watchful to see if anyone was home in the neighborhood so that I might ask for help. They must have been downtown mixing with the crowds or they were all hiding. It was pretty obvious that we are “seniors” and that Bill has been ill (the cane might have been a clue). We were stunned when a woman finally came out of the house we were parked directly in front of, got in

LARRY THACK Congratulations, town! I have just completed my studies at the Citizens Police Academy here in town and am now a member of the new Auxiliary Police Department. Training was nothing short of rigorous. It took a portion of the first week just to teach the students to spell auxiliary. As part of our conflict resolution training we read and summarized the book “How to Get Along With Difficult People.” Finally, we were able to graduate. Perhaps you’ve seen us around town creep-

LEE ST. JOHN

1. J.K. Rowling 2. Stephen King 3. Anne Rice 4. Nora Roberts

a. Ayn Rand b. Ann Landers c. Robert Galbraith d. Dr. Suess

Lynn Horton is a freelance writer and editor who in another lifetime taught English and Creative Writing at McIntosh High School and later worked in the Starr’s Mill High School Media Center.

Thank You: I hope they give me a gun soon

ing through parking lots menacingly in last decade’s police-issue Crown Victoria. Now you may think we’re just here to round up jaywalkers and litterers, to harangue those parked illegally, or relocate those who are not quite handicapped enough to use the special spots. But our job here in town is clear: to assist police officers in non-threatening situations, improve the flow of traffic, and scoop middle-aged joggers out of the gutters. What’s not so clear is my job with the auxil-

Remember the game show “I’ve Got a Secret,” which began in 1952? Celebrity panelists tried to determine a contestant’s occupation by asking questions of the participant who could only respond with “yes” or “no” answers. This secret occupation could be something unusual, embarrassing or humorous. Well, I’ve got a secret, too. I wrote about an earlier secret I was carrying last year when I was told not to announce my addition to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Miracles” anthology until several months later. The publishers, Simon and Shuster, wanted to keep the news quiet a bit longer. My secret today is about my author name, Lee St. John. If you have heard me speak at one of your meetings, you know that. But if you haven’t invited me to come be a guest at one of your past meetings, you don’t know that. I will tell you today why it is I have a nome de plume, a pseudonym, or pen name. But first, why shouldn’t I have a pen name? Samuel Clemons did. Benjamin Franklin used one. I’ll even go so far to say William Shakespeare did, too. Here is a list of a few others. Can you match the author with their pseudonym?

her car and drove past us (within a foot) without even lifting her hand in hello. My daughter mentioned that several golf carts passed her (she was not exactly dressed for afternoon jogging) without offering a lift; she even tried to wave someone down with no luck. How disappointing. The good news is that our nextdoor neighbor has a trailer. Within moments, this kind gentleman was pulling out of his drive and headed for the rescue of our little red cart. My point? We in the deep South have always been known for our hospitality and neighborliness. That trait still exists among my dear friends and neighbors, but I was surprised to see that caring for one another’s safety and health was not so obvious in these strange times. Where are those masks folks are sewing up and giving away by the hundreds? Is it too uncomfortable to follow the wise guidelines? I pray we will not see the folly of the carelessness I witnessed this weekend in this “sweetest little town in Georgia.” I will not blame our small businesses, but the customers who flocked from their homes without protection for themselves and for others.

iary force. Some modifications have been made since I scored so well on my psychological assessment. There are more than a few mundane tasks our brave police persons just can’t get to in a day and that’s why I’ve been named Fayette County’s first “Gang Liaison.” I’ll be in charge of the gang lexicon and will also study gang fashion and music. I will understand and replicate the gang culture, passing along my study to our detectives for field work. I will also assist in daily gang-related tasks like planting

evidence and demoralizing stool pigeons. I hope to complete a successful year or so on this job at which point I will focus on completing my “revenge list” with all the more and necessary power.

Larry Thack is going to wander around Target for a few hours then go home and watch tv

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet

5. Charles Dickens 6. Louisa May Alcott 7. Charlotte Bronte 8. Emily Bronte 9. Anne Bronte 10. Ruth Crowley 11. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 12. Eric Arthur Blair 13. Mary Anne Evans 14. Theodor Seuss Geisel 15.Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum

e. Richard Bachman f. Curren Bell g. A. M. Barnard h. Boz i. Ellis Bell j. Acton Bell k. Lewis Carroll l. George Orwell m. George Eliot n. Anne Rampling o. J. D. Robb

In my case I thought my pen name sounded more like an author’s name than my real one. But also, I was trying to get even with my own children. You see, I have two millennial sons who have never married, do not have children, and are not listening to anything I have to say. While writing my first book, I’d want to share one of my family stories with them about their childhood but they didn’t want to hear it. I’d ask “Why?” and they would answer that they lived it so why would they want to hear it again? So I did the next best thing to get their attention. I slapped their names on the cover. You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t get mad. Get even.” My oldest is Lee. My youngest is John. And I am a SAINT for having raised them. Here are the pen names with the real ones.

Samuel Clemons – Mark Twain Benjamin Franklin – Mrs. Silence Dogood J.K. Rowling – Robert Galbraith Stephen King – Richard Bachman Anne Rice – Anne Rampling Nora Roberts – J.D. Robb Charles Dicksons – Boz Louisa May Alcott – A.M. Barnard Charlotte Bronte – Curren Bell Emily Bronte – Ellis Bell Anne Bronte – Acton Bell Ruth Crowley – Ann Landers Charles Lutwidge Dodgson – Lewis Carroll Mary Anne Evans – George Eliot Theodor Seuss Geisel – Dr. Seuss Alisa Zinov’yevna Rosenbaum – Ayn Rand And Lee St. John? – Gonna keep you guessing.

Lee St. John is a 2019 #1 Best Selling Author on Amazon with her book “Teacher Tattletales and Other Southern Shenanigans and was in the Final Four for 2019 Georgia Author of the Year with her book, “She’s a Keeper! Cockamamie Memoirs from a Hot Southern Mess.”

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DR. JEFFREY METTS The widespread outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to create enormous challenges for healthcare systems, and most of the nation will see a rise in incidence in the coming weeks. Armed with rapidly changing information, healthcare providers must attempt to continue essential care while mitigating the spread of this dangerous virus. Achieving this balance is particularly crucial for patients with cancer. These patients often fall into categories that place them at high risk for poor outcomes from COVID-19 – older age, immune-compromised status, and multiple health conditions, among others. At the same time, effective treatment of cancer requires timely diagnosis and treatment. Our priority during this time is to not only prevent exposing cancer patients and others to potential infection, but also to ensure cancer patients do not experience a disruption in treatment when possible. Alongside a dedicated and passionate team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) Atlanta, I am committed

to helping our patients and caregivers navigate their care decisions during this unprecedented time. Cancer Patients Shouldn’t Make Decisions Alone With the COVID-19 pandemic and its ramifications quickly evolving, it is critically important that cancer patients remember they are not alone in their treatment journey. It is essential that patients, caregivers, and physicians prioritize communication and collaborate to determine the right course of action. While some treatments and procedures may be delayed or rescheduled, we will not let this pandemic prevent us from caring for patients who rely on us for lifesaving care. We recognize patient uniqueness and varying circumstances that influence treatment decisions. For example, postponing treatment for a healthy 70-yearold man with low-grade, early-stage prostate cancer is very different than for a patient with aggressive, but operable, pancreatic cancer.

Georgia Farm Bureau donates $50K to GA Food Bank Assoc. Special to Fayette County News

Georgia Farm Bureau announced last week a $50,000 gift to the Georgia Food Bank Association which represents seven regional food banks across the state. Georgia Farm Bureau President Gerald Long said, “Georgia Farm Bureau has a long-standing partnership with the Food Bank Association. We believe that it is appropriate to help all Georgia communities during these difficult economic times. It is our hope this gift provides much needed relief to the people in need,” Long said. The $50,000 donation will be distributed equally among the foodbanks in

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Georgia during the COVID-19 crisis. Georgia Farm Bureau is a membershipbased, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a voice for farmers and families involved in agriculture. With 263,000 members and offices in virtually every county across the state of Georgia, it is the state’s largest farm organization. GFB offers leadership and assistance, farm product promotion and legislative representation to ensure Georgia’s farming future.  Becoming a Georgia Farm Bureau member helps support local farmers and ensures Georgians continue to have access to locally grown, high-quality food.

Cancer doesn’t wait for COVID-19 My colleagues and I consider factors, from cancer type and stage to optimal sequencing of treatment modalities, as we navigate care decisions on a patient-by-patient basis. In many cases, and with good reason, cancer patients do not want to wait to treat life-threatening diseases. How to Approach Travel for Treatment Due to increasing restrictions across the country, patients with upcoming appointments should consult their care teams directly to discuss travel and any accommodations. Some appointments may be medically urgent, while others may be safely rescheduled or transitioned to telehealth. Patients who must travel for appointments are strongly encouraged to drive, if possible. If flying is a must, consider the following steps for protecting against the virus: · Wash hands and face frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds · Try to avoid crowds at the airport · Don’t share food

· Choose a window seat on the plane and try not to get up during the flight · Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth · Bring antibacterial wipes and wipe down seating areas on the plane and airport · Stay hydrated by drinking water and warm beverages frequently In addition to safe, healthy hygiene habits, individuals should continue to social distance and wear a face mask when possible. As we combat this pandemic as one healthcare community, we are grateful to our medical colleagues who fight COVID-19 on the frontlines. And we are honored to continue serving patients who, every day, demonstrate resilience and courage in the face of cancer. Dr. Jeffrey Metts is chief of medicine at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) Atlanta in Newnan, Ga. and leads the CTCA COVID-19 Task Force. CTCA launched cancercenter.com/together as a resource during this crisis.

GA unemployment claims pass previous yearly totals by Dave Williams via Capitol Beat News Service

Nearly 250,000 Georgians filed initial unemployment

claims last week as the coronavirus pandemic and Gov. Brian Kemp’s shelter-in-place order continued to shut down businesses across the state, the Georgia Department of Labor reported Thursday. While marking a decline from the almost 320,000 who filed for unemployment the previous week, that brought the number of claims for the

past month up to almost 1.1 million, more than the combined total for the last three years. Of the 247,003 initial unemployment claims filed last week, 94 percent were submitted by employers. “Employer-filed claims have proven to be beneficial not only for employers wishing to provide financial support for employees until they can get them back to work, but also employees who are able to work a few hours a week and still recover state and federal

benefits,” state Commissioner of Labor Mark Butler said Thursday. “Despite claims to the contrary, returning to work does not automatically eliminate an individual’s state unemployment eligibility.” Butler explained that Georgians can earn up to $300 per week without reducing their weekly benefit amount, under an emergency rule issued late last month. Employees also can still receive the federal supplement of $600 each week while working reduced hours.


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1. FORECLOSURES gpn 11 Legal 580 NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER Because of a default under the terms of the Security Deed executed by Ralph E. Booker and Betty A. Booker to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as grantee, as nominee for Nations Lending Corporation, its successors and assigns dated August 8, 2014, and recorded in Deed Book 4225, Page 431, Fayette County Records, said Security Deed having been last sold, assigned, transferred and conveyed to Siwell Inc. DBA Capital Mortgage Services of Texas, securing a Note in the original principal amount of $293,500.00, the holder thereof pursuant to said Deed and Note thereby secured has declared the entire amount of said indebtedness due and payable and, pursuant to the power of sale contained in said Deed, will on the first Tuesday, May 5, 2020, during the legal hours of sale, before the Courthouse door in said County, sell at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash, the property described in said Deed, to-wit: ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND LYING AND BEING IN LAND LOT 141 AND 148, 7th DISTRICT, FAYETTE COUNTY, GEORGIA, BEING LOT 142, SOUTHAMPTON SUBDIVISION, PHASE IX, AS PER PLAT RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 36, PAGE 175-177 AND REVISED AT PLAT BOOK 37, PAGE 42-55, FAYETTE COUNTY, GEORGIA RECORDS, WHICH PLAT IS INCORPORATED HEREIN AND MADE A PART HEREOF BY REFERENCE. PARCEL ID-073910001 Said property is known as 102 Green Branch Drive, Tyrone, GA 30290, together with all fixtures and personal property attached to and constituting a part of said property, if any. Said property will be sold subject to any outstanding ad valorem taxes (including taxes which are a lien, whether or not now due and payable), the right of redemption of any taxing authority, any matters which might be disclosed by an accurate survey and inspection of the property, any assessments, liens, encumbrances, zoning ordinances, restrictions, covenants, and matters of record superior to the Security Deed first set out above. The proceeds of said sale will be applied to the payment of said indebtedness and all expenses of said sale as provided in said Deed, and the balance, if any, will be distributed as provided by law. The sale will be conducted subject (1) to confirmation that the sale is not prohibited under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code and (2) to final confirmation and audit of the status of the loan with the secured creditor. The property is or may be in the possession of Ralph E. Booker; Betty A. Booker, successor in interest or tenant(s). Siwell Inc. DBA Capital Mortgage Services of Texas as Attorney-in-Fact for Ralph E. Booker and Betty A. Booker File no. 19-073159 SHAPIRO PENDERGAST & HASTY, LLP* Attorneys and Counselors at Law 211 Perimeter Center Parkway, N.E., Suite 300 Atlanta, GA 30346 (770) 220-2535/CH shapiroandhasty.com *THE LAW FIRM IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 gpn 11 Legal 589 NOTICE OF SALE UNDER POWER Under and by virtue of the Power of Sale contained in that certain Security Deed given by Move of God Miracle Cathedral, Inc. (“Grantor”) to Northeast Bank, as assignee of DCR Mortgage VI Sub II, LLC, as assignee of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Trustee of the CF Southeast Trust 2011-1, as assignee of United Community Bank

(“Lender”) dated November 12, 2008 and recorded November 19, 2008 in Deed Book 9556, Page 646, Clayton County, Georgia official records (“Clayton Records”), as re-recorded May 22, 2009 in Deed Book 9648, Page 484, Clayton Records, as also recorded December 10, 2008 in Deed Book 3461, Page 537, Fayette County, Georgia official records (“Fayette Records”), as affected by that certain Transfer and Assignment of Deed to Secure Debt dated April 18, 2011 and recorded May 9, 2011 in Deed Book 9953, Page 617, Clayton Records, as re-recorded July 20, 2011 in Deed Book 9983, Page 86, Clayton Records, as also recorded in Deed Book 3759, Page 576, Fayette Records, as re-recorded in Deed Book 3767, Page 432, Fayette Records, as re-recorded in Deed Book 3774, Page 204, Fayette Records, as further affected by that certain Assignment of Security Deed dated September 3, 2014 and recorded September 16, 2014 in Deed Book 10588, Page 607, Clayton Records, and as also recorded in Deed Book 4234, Page 128, Fayette Records, as further affected by that certain Amendment to Security Deed dated November 14, 2014 and recorded January 22, 2015 in Deed Book 10648, Page 222, Clayton Records, as also recorded in Deed Book 4277, Page 675, Fayette Records, as further affected by that certain Amendment to Extend Security Deed and Assignment of Rents dated March 13, 2018 and recorded April 2, 2018 in Deed Book 11277, Page 103, Clayton Records, as also recorded in Deed Book 4725, Page 61, Fayette Records, as further affected by that certain Assignment of Mortgage/Deed of Trust/Security Deed dated May 22, 2018 and recorded July 19, 2018 in Deed Book 11345, Page 175, Clayton Records, as also recorded in Deed Book 4777, Page 667, Fayette Records, as further affected by that certain Affidavit dated June 21, 2019 and recorded June 28, 2019 in Deed Book 11559, Page 227, Clayton Records, and as further affected by that certain Affidavit dated June 26, 2019 and recorded June 28, 2019 in Deed Book 4892, Page 316, Fayette Records (the “Security Deed”), conveying the property described below to secure repayment of (i) that certain Promissory Note dated November 12, 2008, payable by Grantor to Lender, in the principal amount of $510,000.00, together with interest thereon as set forth therein; and (ii) any and all other obligations, debts and liabilities, plus interest thereon, of Grantor to Lender, whether now existing or hereafter created (including any amendment, extension, modification, and renewal of any debt instrument evidencing same, the “Secured Indebtedness”), there will be sold at public outcry to the highest bidder for cash before the Courthouse door of Clayton County, Georgia (or at such other location as may be lawfully designated in Clayton County for conducting sheriff's sales and/or public foreclosure sales), within the legal hours of sale on the first Tuesday in May 2020 (being May 5, 2020) the following described property located in Clayton and Fayette Counties, Georgia, together with all improvements, personalty, fixtures, easements, hereditaments, rights, members, and appurtenances located thereon and described in the Security Deed (collectively, the “Property”): ALL THAT TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND LYING AND BEING IN LAND LOT 108 OF THE 5TH DISTRICT OF FAYETTE COUNTY, GEORGIA, AND LAND LOT 109 OF THE 5TH DISTRICT, CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA, CONTAINING 15.458 ACRES MORE OR LESS, BEING LOT 36, VICKERY LANE SUBDIVISION, PHASE 4, AS PER PLAT OF SAID SUBDIVISION FILED FOR RECORD IN PLAT BOOK 37, PAGE 126-129, FAYETTE COUNTY RECORDS AND FILED FOR RECORD IN PLAT BOOK 34, PAGES 109-112, CLAYTON COUNTY RECORDS. THE DESCRIPTION OF SAID PROPERTY AS CONTAINED ON SAID PLAT IS INCORPORATED HEREIN AND MADE A PART HEREOF BY REFERENCE FOR A MORE COMPLETE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION. EIGHTY-SEVEN AND 71/100’S (87.71%) PERCENT OF THE 15.458 ACRES IS LOCATED IN CLAYTON COUNTY, GEORGIA AND TWELVE AND 29/100’S (12.29%) PERCENT OF THE 15.458 ACRES IS LOCATED

IN FAYETTE COUNTY, GEORGIA. The above-described property is real and personal property located at 530 Waters Way, Fayetteville, Georgia 30215 according to the present system of numbering property in Clayton and Fayette Counties, Georgia. The Secured Indebtedness has been and is hereby accelerated and declared due because of, among other possible events of default, failure to pay the Secured Indebtedness as and when due and in the manner provided in the instruments evidencing the Secured Indebtedness and Security Deed. As the Secured Indebtedness remains in default, the sale will be made for purposes of paying the same and all expenses of this sale, as provided in the Security Deed and by law, including attorney’s fees (written notice of intent to collect attorney’s fees having been given). Said property will be sold subject to any matters of record superior to the Security Deed, including without limitation, (a) outstanding ad valorem taxes with a senior lien priority to the Security Deed (including taxes which are a lien, but not yet due and payable), (b) any matters which might be disclosed by an accurate survey and inspection of the property, and (c) any assessments, liens, encumbrances, zoning ordinances, restrictions, covenants, or other matters of record superior to the Security Deed. To the best knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the party in possession of the property is the Grantor or a tenant or tenants claiming through it. Northeast Bank, as assignee of DCR Mortgage VI Sub II, LLC, as assignee of Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as Trustee of the CF Southeast Trust 2011-1, as assignee of United Community Bank, Attorney-in-Fact and Agent for Move of God Miracle Cathedral, Inc.

245 Stratford Way Fayetteville, GA 30214 April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 gpn 07 Legal 583 NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS IN RE: ROY GEORGE CHARLES SMITH GEORGIA, FAYETTE COUNTY All creditors of the estate of ROY GEORGE CHARLES SMITH, deceased, late of Fayette County, are hereby notified to render in their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment to: Robert Ruppenthal, Esq., as County Administrator of the Estate of ROY GEORGE CHARLES SMITH deceased. Address: 1044 Highway Suite 1 Fayetteville, GA 30214 April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 gpn07 Legal 713 NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS All creditors of the Estate of Thomas Anthony Marcone, late of Fayette County deceased, are hereby notified to render in their demands to the undersigned according to law and all persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment This the 7th day of April, 2020, Debbra Ann Voorhees, Executrix

Erich N. Durlacher Kelly E. Waits Burr & Forman LLP 171 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Suite 1100 Atlanta, Georgia 30363 Email: edurlacher@burr.com kwaits@burr.com Phone: (404) 815-3000 Facsimile: (404) 214-7942

Philip P. Grant McNally, Fox, Grant & Davenport, P.C. 100 Habersham Drive Fayetteville, Georgia 30214 (770)461-2223

THE LAW FIRM IS ACTING AS A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBT. ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

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3. DEBTORS AND CREDITORS gpn 07 Legal 578 NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS IN RE: RUBY L BROOKS GEORGIA, FAYETTE COUNTY All creditors of the estate of RUBY LEE BROOKS, deceased, late of Fayette County, are hereby notified to render in their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment. This 27th day of March, 2020. CYNTHIA A GIBBONS 245 Stratford Way Fayetteville, GA 30214 April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 gpn 07 Legal 579 NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS IN RE: JOSEPH M. BROOKS GEORGIA, FAYETTE COUNTY All creditors of the estate of JOSSEPH MARION BROOKS, deceased, late of Fayette County, are hereby notified to render in their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment. This 27th day of March, 2020. CYNTHIA A GIBBONS

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NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS All creditors of the estate of Kathy Ann Edwards, deceased, late of Fayette County, Georgia, are hereby notified to render in their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment. Estate number 20-15326. Johnny Thomas Edwards, Administrator/Executor of the Estate of Kathy Ann Edwards, deceased RS Johnson Legal, PC 101 Beckett Lane, Suite 102 Fayetteville, GA 30214 April 22, 29, 2020 May 6, 13, 2020 gpn07 Legal 717 NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS All creditors of the estate of NANCY KUYPER NORKUM, late of Fayette County, Georgia, deceased, are hereby notified to render in their demands to the undersigned according to law and all persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment, KELLY NORKUM KRUSE, ADMINISTRATOR ESTATE OF NANCY KUYPER NORKUM 5449 Bowman Drive Winter Garden, Florida 34787 DOUGLAS B. WARNER, ESQ. WARNER, HOOPER & RAMSEY 101 World Drive - Suite 325 Peachtree City, Georgia 30269 April 22, 29, 2020 May 5, 13, 2020

gpn06 Legal 730 NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF FAYETTE All creditors of the Estate of Pamela Park Ross late of Fayette County, Georgia, deceased, are hereby notified to render in their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment. This 3rd day of April, 2020. Jennifer Lindsay Ross, Executor of the Estate of Pamela Park Ross, Deceased Karen C. Gainey, Attorney for the Estate of Pamela Park Ross, Deceased Law Office of Karen Gainey, P.C. 430 Prime Point, Suite 105 Peachtree City, GA 30269 April 22, 29, 2020 May 5, 13, 2020 gpn07 Legal 742 NOTICE TO CREDITORS STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF FAYETTE IN RE: ESTATE OF MARVIN C. TACKETT All creditors of the ESTATE OF MARVIN C. TACKETT, late of Fayette County, are hereby notified to render their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment to me. Carol M. Tackett, as Executor of the Estate of Marvin C. Tackett Carol M. Tackett 300 Rockaway Rd. Villa 405 Peachtree City, GA 30269 April 29, 2020 May 6, 13, 20, 2020 gpn07 Legal 745 NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS IN RE:ESTATE OF MICHAEL JOSEPH RADCLIFF, DECEASED All creditors of the estate of MICHAEL JOSEPH RADCLIFF, Deceased, late of Fayette County, Georgia, are hereby notified to render their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment to me. Kathleen McAuliffe Radcliff Administrator of the Estate of Michael Joseph Radcliff, deceased 160 Running Bear Trail Fayetteville. GA 30214 April 29, 2020 May 6, 13, 20

Fayette County, Georgia, are hereby notified to render their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment. This 10th day of April, 2020. Brian Lincoln Hill, as Executor of the Estate of Elizabeth D Hill 119 Stonington Dr. Peachtree City, GA 30269 April 29, 2020 May 6, 13, 20, 2020 gpn07 Legal 755 NOTICE TO DEBTORS AND CREDITORS STATE OF GEORGIA COUNTY OF FAYETTE All creditors of the Estate of Ann Elizabeth Tyler, late of Fayette County, Georgia, deceased, are hereby notified to render in their demands to the undersigned according to law, and all persons indebted to said estate are required to make immediate payment. Matthew John Robinson, Executor of the Estate of Ann Elizabeth Tyler, Deceased, 83 Twiggs Corner, Peachtree City, GA 30269. April 29, 2020 May 6, 13, 20, 2020 gpn6

4. INCORPORATION Legal 729 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Notice is given that articles of incorporation that will incorporate ROOTED FAITH FARM, INC., have been delivered to the Secretary of State for filing in accordance with the Georgia Business Corporation Code. The initial registered office of the corporation is located at, 185 Pepperdine Way, Fayetteville GA 30214 and its initial registered agent at such address is William K. Crumpler II. April 22, 29, 2020 gpn06 Legal 750 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Notice is given that Articles of Incorporation which will incorporate SAMMI CASTADORO, INC. will be delivered to the Secretary of State for filing in accordance with the Georgia Business Corporation Code. (O.C.G.A. Section 14-2-201.1) The initial registered office of the corporation will be 455 Park Haven Lane, Tyrone, Fayette County, Georgia 30290 and the initial Registered Agent at such address is Samantha Castadoro. April 29, 2020 May 6, 2020

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April 29, 2020 4. INCORPORATION gpn06 Legal 751 NOTICE OF INCORPORATION Notice is given that Articles of Incorporation that will incorporate Karla Johnson Ministries International, Inc. have been delivered to the Secretary of State for filing in accordance with the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code. The initial registered office of the corporation is located at 117 Brunswick Dr., Tyrone, GA 30290 and the initial registered agent at such address is Karla Johnson. April 29, 2020 May 6, 2020

7. TRADE NAME gpn06 Legal 739 APPLICATION TO REGISTER A BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED UNDER TRADE NAME, PARTNERSHIP Case No: 2020TR-0038 The undersigned does hereby certify that Jeff Bartholomew conducting a business as Jeffrey R. Bartholomew, Inc. in the City of Peachtree City County of Fayette in the State of Georgia, under the name of Everest Business Coaching and that the nature of the business is business coaching & training and that the names and addresses (including zip codes) of the persons, firms or partnership owning and carrying on said trade or business are: Jeff Bartholomew Jeffrey R. Bartholomew, Inc. Everest Business Coaching April 22, 29, 2020 gpn07 Legal 711 REGISTRATION STATEMENT FOR TRADE NAME Case no: 2020TR-0037 NOW COMES PHOENIX FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. and hereby files its registration statement for the tradename "Beef 'O' Brady's" pursuant to O.C.G.A. §101-490: 1. PHOENIX FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC., is a corporation authorized to do business in the State of Georgia. 2. PHOENIX FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. has its principal office and place of business at 100 N Peachtree Parkway, Suite 18, Peachtree City, Georgia 30269. Richard A. Rodriguez is the President of the corporation and his telephone number is (770)486-1860 and email address is rar.pfmg@gmail.com. 3. PHOENIX FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. provides food and beverage services to customers through its employees and staff. 4. PHOENIX FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT GROUP, INC. is authorized to and does business in this State and county under the tradename "Beef'O' Brady's." This 2nd day of April, 2020. April 29, 2020 May 6, 2020

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dress: 6012 Golf View Crossing Locust Grovew, Georgia 30248 an Answer to the Complaint within first publicatiooon of notice. WITNESS, the Honorable Benjamin D Coker, Judge of this Court. This the 27th day of MARCH, 2020. April 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 gpn14 Legal 759

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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F/K7A THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR C-BASS MORTGAGE LOAN ASSETBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2003-CB4 PLAINTIFF, v. HOME MORTGAGE CORPORATION AND NATIONAL MORTGAGE CORPORATION DEFENDANTS. To: National Mortgage Corporation 5675 DTC Blvd., Suite 200, Greenwood Village, CO 80111 CIVIL ACTION FILE NO. 2020V-0240 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION By order for service by publication dated April 15, 2020, you are hereby notified that on the 6th day of April, 2020, TJ IE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F/K/A THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR CBASS MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2003-CB4, filed suit against you for Declaratory Judgment seeking to declare it as the assignee, and lawful holder and owner, entitled to enforce that certain security deed for the property which has an address at 6532 Hiram Sudie Road, Hiram, GA 30141 ("Property"), and was recorded on September 5, 1997, at Deed Book 616, Page 748, Clerk of Superior Court, Paulding County, GA. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court, and serve upon plaintiffs attorney, an answer in writing within sixty (60) days of the date of the order for publication. WITNESS, the Honorable, Judge Benjamin D. Coker of this Superior Court. Respectfully submitted, this 20th day of April 2020. McGLINCHEY STAFFORD, PLLC /s/Gabriel M. Ilartsell Gabriel M. Hartsell, Esq. Georgia Bar No. 643651 10407 Centurion Pkwy N, Ste. 200 Jacksonville FL 32256 Telephone: (904) 224-4449 Facsimile: (904)212-1784 ghartsell@mcglinchey.com jpowell@mcglinchey.com Attorneys for Plaintiff, THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F/K/A THE BANK OF NEW YORK AS SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR C-BASS MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2003CB4 April 29, 2020 May 6, 13, 20, 2020

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gpn06 Legal 757 APPLICATION TO REGISTER A BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED UNDER TRADE NAME, PARTNERSHIP Case No: 2020TR-0040 The undersigned does hereby certify that Tejas Specialty Concrete LLC conducting a business as J & J Specialty Concrete in the City of Tyrone County of Fayette in the State of Georgia, under the name 0f J & J Specialty Concrete and that the nature of the business is flooring, specifically concrete flooring for commercial and residential properties and that the names and addresses (including zip codes) of the persons, firms or partnership owning and carrying on said trade or business are: Tejas Specialty Group, Inc. 8920 Point Six Circle Houston, TX 77095 April 29, 2020 May 6, 2020 gpn06 Legal 758 APPLICATION TO REGISTER A BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED UNDER TRADE NAME, PARTNERSHIP Case No: 2020TR-0039 The undersigned does hereby certify that Hearths & Homes Real Estate, LLC conducting a business as Lauren Hart Realty in the City of Fayetteville County of Fayette in the State of Georgia, under the name of Lauren Hart Realty and that the nature of the business is real estate brokerage services and that the names and addresses (including zip codes) of the persons, firms or partnership owning and carrying on said trade or business are: Hart Pearson, 430 Birkdale Drive, Fayetteville, Georgia 30215 Lauren Pearson, 430 Birkdale Drive, Fayetteville, Georgia 30215 April 29, 2020 May 6, 2020 gpn 14 Legal 577 IN THE STATE COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA TERRY T POLLARD PLAINTIFF vs AUBREY W POLLARD DEFENDANT CASE NO.: 2019-V-0859 NOTICE OF PUBLICATION TO: Aubrey W. Pollard 135 Acoin Ridge Fayetteville, GA 30214 By Order for service by publication dated the 19th day of MARCH, 2020, You are hereby notified that on the 30th day of October 2019, the Plaiintiff suit against you for DIVORCE. You are required to file with the Clerk of the Superior Court of yette County, and to serve upon the Plaintiff TERRY T. POLLARD at this ad-

ESTATE NO. 19-15279 IN RE: ESTATE OF STEVEN STEWART, DECEASED PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION NOTICE SCOTT CHANDLER HUGGINS has petitioned to be appointed Administrator of the estate of STEVEN STEWART, deceased, of said County. The Petitioner has also applied for waiver of bond and/or grant of certain powers contained in O.C.G.A. § 53-12-261. All interested parties are hereby notified to show cause why said Petition should not be granted. All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and must be filed with the Court on or before MAY 13, 2020. BE NOTIFIED FURTHER: All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections. All objections should be signed and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact Probate Court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled at a later date. If no objections are filed, the Petition may be granted without a hearing. ANN S. JACKSON Judge of the Probate Court By:MELISSA L. HAAS 03/27/2020 Clerk of the Probate Court 1 CENTER DRIVE FAYETTEVILLE, GA 30214 Address 770-716-4221 Telephone Number APRIL 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 2020 gpn18 Legal 701 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF CRISTINA BADILLO CARBAJAL DECEASED ESTATE NO. 20-15454 PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION NOTICE MELANY MERCADO BADILLO has petitioned to be appointed Administrator of the estate of CRISTINA BADILLO CARBAJAL , deceased, of said County. The Petitioner has also applied for waiver of bond and/or grant of certain powers contained in O.C.G.A. § 53-12-261. All interested parties are hereby notified to show cause why said Petition should not be granted. All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and must be filed with the Court on or before MAY 11, 2020. BE NOTIFIED FURTHER: All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of

any such objections. All objections should be signed and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact Probate Court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled at a later date. If no objections are filed, the Petition may be granted without a hearing. ANN S. JACKSON Judge of the Probate Court By:MELISSA L. HAAS 03/24/2020 Clerk of the Probate Court 1 CENTER DRIVE FAYETTEVILLE, GEORGIA 30214 770-716-4221 APRIL 15, 22, 29, 2020 MAY 6, 2020 gpn18 Legal 703 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: BRENDA DIERLING MASLAK, DECEASED ESTATE NO. 20-15463 NOTICE OF PETITION TO FILE FOR YEAR’S SUPPORT The Petition of JAMES WILLIAM MASLAK, for a year’s support from the estate of BRENDA DIERLING MASLAK, Deceased, for Decedent’s Surviving Spouse, having been duly filed, all interested persons are hereby notified to show cause, if any they have, on or before MARCH 10, 2020 why said Petition should not be granted. All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and must be filed on or before the time stated in the preceding sentence. All objections should be sworn to before a notary public or before a Probate Court Clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact Probate Court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled at a later date. If no objections are filed the Petition may be granted without a hearing. ANN S. JACKSON Judge of the Probate Court By: LYNN CRITTENDEN Clerk of the Probate Court 1 CENTER DRIVE FAYETTEVILLE, GA 30214 770-716-4224 APRIL 15, 22, 29, 2020 MAY 6, 2020 gpn18 Legal 705 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: LEONARD PORTER THOMAS, JR., DECEASED ESTATE NO. 20-15464 NOTICE OF PETITION TO FILE FOR YEAR’S SUPPORT The Petition of LUCY MILLIANS THOMAS, for a year’s support from the estate of LEONARD PORTER THOMAS, JR., Deceased, for Decedent’s Surviving Spouse, having been duly filed, all interested persons are hereby notified to show cause, if any they have, on or before MARCH 10, 2020 why said Petition should not be granted. All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and must be filed on or before the time stated in the preceding sentence. All objections should be sworn to before a notary public or before a Probate Court Clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact Probate Court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled at a later date. If no objections are filed the Petition may be granted without a hearing. ANN S. JACKSON Judge of the Probate Court By:LYNN CRITTENDEN 4/7/2020 Clerk of the Probate Court 1 CENTER DRIVE FAYETTEVILLE, GA 30214 770-716-4224 APRIL 15, 22, 29, 2020 MAY 6, 2020 gpn18 Legal 720 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF SHERI RENE RUIZ, DECEASED ESTATE NO. 20-15469 PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION NOTICE To whom it may concern: Mary Christopher has petitioned to be appointed Administrator of the estate of Sheri Rene Ruiz deceased, of said County. (The Petitioner has also applied for waiver of bond and/or grant of certain powers contained in O.C.G.A. § 53-12-261.) All interested parties are hereby notified to show cause why said Petition should not be granted. All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and must be filed with the Court on or before May 18, 2020. BE NOTIFIED FURTHER: All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections. All objections should be sworn to before a notary public or before a Probate Court Clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact Probate Court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled at a later date. If no objections are filed, the Petition may be granted without a hearing. Ann S. Jackson Judge of the Probate Court By:Meghan L. Martino 4/15/2020 Clerk of the Probate Court 1 Center Drive Fayetteville, GA 30214 (770)716-4223 April 22, 29, 2020 May 6, 13, 2020

gpn18 Legal 721 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF ROY GEORGE CHARLES SMITH, DECEASED ESTATE NO. 20-15401 PETITION BY PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR WAIVEROF BOND AND/OR GRANT OF CERTAIN POWERS NOTICE ROBERT A. RUPPENTHAL has petitioned for waiver of bond and/or for the grant of certain powers contained in O.C.G.A. § 53-12-261 in regard to the above estate. All interested parties are hereby notified to show cause why said Petition should not be granted. All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and must be filed with the Court on or before MAY 18, 2020. BE NOTIFIED FURTHER: All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections. All objections should be sworn to before a notary public or before a Probate Court Clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact Probate Court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled at a later date. If no objections are filed, the Petition may be granted without a hearing. ANN S. JACKSON Judge of the Probate Court By:LYNN CRITTENDEN 4/15/2020 Clerk of the Probate Court 1 CENTER DRIVE FAYETTEVILLE, GA 30214 770-716-4224 APRIL 22, 29, 2020 MAY 6, 13, 2020 gpn18 Legal 747 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF DAVID WARNER MCCLENDON, DECEASED ESTATE NO. 20-15445 AMENDED NOTICE IN RE: The Petition to Probate Will in Solemn Form in the above-referenced estate having been duly filed, TO:JOHNNY MACK MCCLENDON, JR. and DOUGLAS WARNER MCCLENDON This is to notify you to file objection, if there is any, to the Petition to Probate Will in Solemn Form, in this Court on or before MAY 25, 2020. BE NOTIFIED FURTHER: All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections. All objections should be sworn to before a notary public or before a Probate Court Clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact Probate Court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled at a later date. If no objections are filed, the Petition may be granted without a hearing. ANN S. JACKSON Judge of the Probate Court By:LYNN CRITTENDEN Clerk of the Probate Court 1 CENTER DRIVE FAYETTEVILLE, GA 30214 770-716-4224 APRIL 29, 2020 MAY 6, 13, 20, 2020

jections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections. All objections should be sworn to before a notary public or before a Probate Court Clerk, and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact Probate Court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be (scheduled at a later date). If no objections are filed, the Petition may be granted without a hearing. ANN S. JACKSON Judge of the Probate Court By:MELISSA L. HAAS 04/22/2020 Clerk of the Probate Court 1 CENTER DRIVE FAYETTEVILLE, GA 30214 770-716-4221 April 29, 2020 gpn18 Legal 760 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF RICHARD ANTHONY BURNETTE, DECEASED ESTATE NO. 20-15375 PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION NOTICE MICHAEL ANDREW BURNETTE has petitioned to be appointed Administrator of the estate of RICHARD ANDREW BURNETTE, deceased, of said County. The Petitioner has also applied for waiver of bond and/or grant of certain powers contained in O.C.G.A. § 53-12-261. All interested parties are hereby notified to show cause why said Petition should not be granted. All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and must be filed with the Court on or before MAY 25, 2020. BE NOTIFIED FURTHER: All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections. All objections should be signed and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact Probate Court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled at a later date. If no objections are filed, the Petition may be granted without a hearing. ANN S. JACKSON Judge of the Probate Court By:MELISSA L. HAAS 4/24/2020 Clerk of the Probate Court 1 CENTER DRIVE FAYETTEVILLE, GA 30214 770-716-4221 April 29, 2020 May 6, 13, 20, 2020

14. FAYETTE COUNTY gpn05 Legal 716 BID NOTICE Fayette County, Georgia is seeking bids from qualified supplies for Water System treatment chemicals. Bids will be received until 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2020. For the complete list of specifications, requirements and other relevant information, Invitation to Bid #1802-B: Water System Treatment Chemicals are available for download on the Fayette County website at: http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/purchasing/bids_and_proposals.htm or email Natasha Duggan at nduggan@fayettecountyga.gov. April 22, 29, 2020

IN THE PROBATE COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF STEPHEN MORAN CHATMAN, DECEASED ESTATE NO. 20-15481 PETITION FOR LETTERS OF ADMINISTRATION NOTICE KIMBERLY JANELL CHATMAN has petitioned to be appointed Administrator of the estate of STEPHEN MORAN CHATMAN, deceased, of said County. The Petitioner has also applied for waiver of bond and/or grant of certain powers contained in O.C.G.A. § 53-12-261. All interested parties are hereby notified to show cause why said Petition should not be granted. All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections, and must be filed with the Court on or before MAY 25, 2020. BE NOTIFIED FURTHER: All objections to the Petition must be in writing, setting forth the grounds of any such objections. All objections should be signed and filing fees must be tendered with your objections, unless you qualify to file as an indigent party. Contact Probate Court personnel for the required amount of filing fees. If any objections are filed, a hearing will be scheduled at a later date. If no objections are filed, the Petition may be granted without a hearing. ANN S. JACKSON Judge of the Probate Court By:MELISSA L. HAAS 04/22/2020 Clerk of the Probate Court 1 CENTER DRIVE FAYETTEVILLE, GEORGIA 30214 770-716-4221 APRIL 29, 2020 MAY 6, 13, 20, 2020 gpn18 Legal 749 IN THE PROBATE COURT OF FAYETTE COUNTY STATE OF GEORGIA IN RE: ESTATE OF CHARLES DESMOND SARGENT, DECEASED ESTATE NO. 17-14042 NOTICE IN RE: Petition for Discharge of Personal Representative TO:WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: This is to notify you to file objection, if there is any, to the above-referenced Petition, in this Court on or before MAY 25, 2020. BE NOTIFIED FURTHER: All ob-

April 29, 2020 gpn16 Legal 754 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE AMENDMENT OF THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT ELEMENT AND THE SHORT TERM WORK PROGRAM OF THE BROOKS COMPREHENSIVE GROWTH MANAGEMENT PLAN Please be advised that a Public Hearing will be held by the Brooks Town Council on May 18, 2020 at 6:30 P.M. at the Brooks Town Hall, 961 Hwy 85 Connector, Brooks, Georgia, to consider the following: AMENDMENT OF THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT ELEMENT AND THE SHORT TERM WORK PROGRAM OF THE BROOKS COMPREHENSIVE GROWTH MANAGEMENT PLAN Please be advised that a Public Hearing will be held by the Brooks Town Council on May 18, 2020 at 6:30 P.M. at the Brooks Town Hall, 961 Hwy 85 Connector, Brooks, Georgia, to consider the following: CONSIDERATION OF THE ADOPTION OF A RESOLUTION TO SUBMIT THE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT ELEMENT AND THE SHORT TERM WORK PROGRAM TO THE ATLANTA REGIONAL COMMISSION AND THE GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS FOR REVIEW Copies of the above are available in the office of the Fayette County Planning and Zoning Department, 140 Stonewall Avenue West, Suite 202, Fayetteville, Georgia. April 29, 2020

20. ABANDONED VEHICLE gpn12 Legal 740 ABANDONED MOTOR VEHICLE ADVERTISEMENT NOTICE (TOWING OR STORAGE COMPANY) Vehicle Make: Dodge Year: 1998 Model:Ram Pickup 1500 Vehicle ID #: 1B7HC16X8WS687911 Vehicle License #: No tag State: You are hereby notified, in accordance with OCGA 40-11-19 (a) (2), that the above-referenced vehicle is subject to a lien and a petition may be filed in court to foreclose a lien for all amounts owed. If the lien is foreclosed, a court shall order the sale of the vehicle to satisfy the debt. The vehicle is currently located at. Anyone with an ownership interest in this vehicle should contact the following business immediately: Business Name: Embrey's Towing Inc Address:100 Shamrock Ind. Blvd., Tyrone GA 30290 Telephone #:678-364-1807 April 22, 29, 20202

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Meetings on May 18, 2020 and June 15, 2020 at Town Hall , 961 Highway 85 Connector, Brooks, GA 30205. The Meetings and the Hearings will begin at 6:30 p.m. Following the Public Hearing on June 15, 2020, the proposed Budget will be considered and acted upon by the Town Council. If you would like to review the proposed Budget prior to the Public Hearings, you may do so by visiting the Brooks Library during its normal hours of operation.

BID NOTICE Fayette County, Georgia is seeking bids from qualified suppliers for asphalt concrete. Bids will be received until 12pm, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. For the complete list of specifications, requirements and other relevant information, Invitation to Bid #1816-B: Asphalt is available for download on the Fayette County website at: http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/purchasing/bids_and_proposals.htm or email Natasha Duggan at nduggan@fayettecountyga.gov. April 29, 2020 May 5, 2020 gpn05 Legal 752 BID NOTICE

Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court of Griffin Judicial Circuit will expire in July 2020. All applicants interested in appointment or reappointment as the Presiding Judge for Juvenile Court shall submit a letter of application to the Honorable Christopher C. Edwards, Chief Judge of the Griffin Judicial Circuit, Fayette County Justice Center, 1 Center Dr., Fayetteville, GA 30214. Applicants must be at least 30 years of age, must have been a citizen of the State of Georgia for at least three years, be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Georgia, and must have practiced law for at least five years. All applications shall be received by Chief Judge Edwards office by June 12, 2020. April 15, 22, 29, 2020 May 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020 June 3, 10, 2020

Fayette County, Georgia is seeking bids from qualified contractors for annual pavement striping.. Bids will be received until 12pm, Friday, May 22, 2020. For the complete list of specifications, requirements and other relevant information for Invitation to Bid #1819-B: Annual Pavement Striping is available for download on the Fayette County website at: http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/purchasing/bids_and_proposals.htm or email Natasha Duggan at nduggan@fayettecountyga.gov. April 29, 2020 May 6, 2020 gpn05 Legal 756 BID NOTICE Fayette County, Georgia is accepting bids for annual stone contract until May 26, 2020 at 12pm. For specifications and other relevant information, Invitation to Bid #1812-B, Annual Stone Contract, is available for download on the Fayette County website at: http://www.fayettecountyga.gov/purchasing/bids_and_proposals.htm or contact the Purchasing Department at: (770) 305-5420. April 29, 2020 May 6, 2020

18. TOWN OF BROOKS gpn16 Legal 753 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Brooks Town Council will hold Public Hearings on a proposed Budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021 during its Council

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CANDIDATE Q&A Natalie Ashman - Post 4 - Magistrate Judge

Ann Wittenberg - District 5 - County Commission

Facing James A. White (I)

Facing Charles Oddo, Bill Yarde in Primary

Natalie Ashman is a Fayette County resident who has been an attorney for 18 years. She is a trial attorney in private practice who handles criminal and civil matters. 

Ann Wittenberg is a 24-year resident of Fayette County and is the owner of New Life Casting. She is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother to 14 grandchildren. Oh, I’m also the proud owner of numerous pets. For more information, visit wittenbergforfayette.com.

Why should voters vote for you? “In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same” - Albert Einstein

I am Natalie Ashman and I would like to be Fayette County’s next Magistrate Judge Post 4. Throughout my career many people have told me, “I have never had to go to court, so I don’t know about the courts.” I believe it is important for voters to be informed and know the purpose of Magistrate Court. Magistrate Court handles criminal and civil (non-criminal) cases. Many people in Magistrate Court do not have an attorney. The judges issue arrest and search warrants, advise an accused of his/her rights, and set bond for people who have been arrested for certain offenses. Magistrate judges also handle civil cases of $15,000 or less, landlord/tenant matters, and abandoned property issues. The court provides an affordable legal forum for people to receive swift justice. When you elect me to be your Magistrate Court Judge Post 4, justice and respect will prevail in my courtroom. Throughout my years of practice, I have had the benefit of appearing before some excellent judges. I have also had the unfortunate experience of seeing injustice in the courts. When people appear in court, regardless of the reason, they are entitled to be treated fairly and respectfully. I am fair and impartial, and I know the law and how it should be applied. Everyone who appears before me will be treated fairly without consideration to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, or socio-economic status. I can introduce new ideas to Fayette County. I have served Georgians in different capacities throughout the state. I have been a full-time prosecutor, public defender, attorney for some of Georgia’s poorest residents, judge pro tempore, and a private practice attorney. As an attorney who has practiced throughout Georgia, I have appeared in various county Magistrate Courts, including Fayette County. I have the benefit of knowing what procedures and protocols are helpful, efficient, and effective. Electronic filing, mediators, interpreters, and improved access to public records are some of the things that can be implemented to improve the Fayette County Magistrate Court and the citizens’ experience. With the exception of how legal matters have been handled during the pandemic, Fayette County Magistrate Court has experienced few changes over the years. I understand that change is sometimes a difficult concept to support. However, when you elect me, you will get a positive change that comes with improvements and innovations. Your court will be more efficient, effective, and reflective of the positive changes that have occurred throughout Fayette County and the State of Georgia. Fayette County is my home. I also have an office in Fayette County. I have a daughter who is a graduating senior and college bound. We attend St. Matthews Catholic Church. I regularly volunteer and support local organizations and I am actively involved in the community. I am a member of the Fayette County Bar Association, Gate City Bar Association, Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, Fayette County Area Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., and the Atlanta Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. I humbly ask that you elect me to serve the citizens of Fayette County as Magistrate Judge Post 4.

James A White (I) - Post 4 - Magistrate Judge Facing Natalie Ashman I am a native of Georgia and was born in Tallapoosa, GA. Prior to my passing of the Georgia Bar exam and starting my practice, I served as Judge Ed Wright’s law clerk in Fulton County State Court. I practiced law with a firm in Atlanta and had a solo practice in East Point. I then moved to Fayette County and founded a practice here named “Bischoff and White, PC.” I now devote all my attention to the Magistrate Court. I can cover any situation or need at any time, such as arrest warrants, search warrants, and other duties. I have lived in Fayette County for over 40 years. I was married to Marian White (who has since passed away with cancer) and we raised our three children here. I am fortunate enough to also have five grandchildren and one great grandchild. I am a member of New Hope Baptist Church. I am thankful for your support! Why should voters vote for you? I have lived in Fayette County for 43 years and raised my children here. I have been Judge of Magistrate Court, Post 4, for 30 plus years. Originally, I was elected Small Claims Court which merged into Magistrate Court. Fayette County voters returned me to office in each election since. Similarly, my law practice was in Fayette County. I have an active license to practice law and am a member of the State Bar of Georgia. I do not have an active practice to avoid potential conflicts as a Judge. I am able to devote my full attention to the Court and have the ability to cover any situation or need at any time, such as arrest warrants, search warrants, and other duties. I am well founded in the law and Magistrate Court practice and procedures. I have the ability to judge cases between nonlawyer parties and also converse with lawyers in their cases. Magistrate is a court of law, and I rule on what the evidence shows and not the emotions of the parties. It is my job to act as a non-biased third party in these court proceedings. I am able to talk (post judgment) to the parties who are not lawyers on how the law in their case and the evidence presented interacted in order to create a better understanding of their case, which helps the court to be an understandable and user-friendly system. With my law knowledge and history with Fayette County and its residents, I feel like I am an asset to the Magistrate Court and wish to use my judgeship as a way to give back to my County.

What makes you the right person for the job? I feel I am the right person for the job because I love this county and I’m very passionate about what happens here and how it affects its citizens. I’m a long time resident who owns a successful business. I have raised my children here, and I now have grandchildren growing up here. We need a change in the leadership on the Fayette County Board of Commissioners. As I attended BOC meetings I realized that not all of the taxpayers were being heard. That is not the way our government should work. Our county needs someone who will listen. I will not only listen, but I will act on constituent’s concerns. I’m honest, fair, and I believe our local government should be transparent. What will be your priorities in office if elected? If elected, one of my priorities will be to account for all of taxpayer money and how it is spent. Fiscal responsibility is very important to me and without it, this county will have major issues. I would also like to address the county animal welfare policies. I will be an advocate for the abused and neglected animals, and promote policies and animal ordinances that protect them. Finally, I would like to address doing something about the litter problems throughout our county. What are the biggest issues Fayette County will face in the next decade? How should the county tackle them? I think that controlled growth will be a big issue and how we handle our infrastructure needs to be improved greatly. I believe there is a definite need for younger people to move back to Fayette, and our county is great because we entice people of all ages. The future of this county will depend on us, and I will work towards updating some of Fayette County’s antiquated practices, not only in hopes of bringing in a younger generation, but to support our citizens of all ages.

Kathy Brown Valencia (I) - Post 2 - Magistrate Judge Facing Sheila Huddleston I am Judge Kathy Brown Valencia, one of the four current Magistrate Judges that serve our county. I am running for reelection as the county-wide “Post 2” Magistrate. Since 2010, I have been a Magistrate known for conducting court in a respectful, impartial, and calm manner. Over the 10 years that I have served, I have been honored by the number of people who have commended me on the way I conduct my civil court, even in many situations where they have lost their own case. Why should voters vote for you? Although my opponent and I are similar in several ways (demographics, age bracket, and political viewpoints), there are important reasons to re-elect me as one of our county’s four Magistrate Judges. • PROVEN TO BE TRUSTWORTHY -- I am a proven and respected Magistrate Judge with no marks against my record.You can continue to put your confidence in me. Although my opponent and I are similar in age, I have been a Judge for 10 years and an attorney for over 25 years. By comparison, my opponent has only recently reached the seven-year time requirement that is necessary for her to run for this office. My trustworthiness is established. Hers is unknown. • EXPERIENCED AND COMPETENT -- I am an experienced judge with the right kind of temperament for the courtroom. I have worked consistently to keep Fayette’s citizens safe by being tough on crime. Now is NOT a time to bring an inexperienced novice into a position that requires in-depth knowledge of the expansive Magistrate duties as well as the new procedures for virus protection that will be in effect indefinitely. The public and our law enforcement officers need my comprehensive experience now more than ever. • YOU ARE MY PRIORITY -- I put serving Fayette County first, above other career interests. I have limited my practice of law and business activities so that I am consistently available to meet the needs of the Magistrate Court. I can take on extra duties. My opponent plans to continue a full-time law office, so she will be limited by her clients’ needs rather than meeting the needs of the county. Magistrates must be available after hours and at times when other judges have overloaded calendars or conflicts. My opponent will have divided interests. I will not. • RESPECTFUL COURTROOM — In my courtroom, you will continue to receive justice and impartiality in a calm and respectful manner. I have been honored by the number of people who have commended me on the way I conduct my civil trials and hearings, including many who have lost their own cases. • A SAFE COMMUNITY- - My ties to Fayette County run deep and I care greatly for our community. I grew up here, went to FCHS, taught English here before going to law school, and together with my husband raised our daughters here. My grandfather was the last employee to work as a miller at the mill that is now a local restaurant. While being deeply rooted in the county does not, in and of itself, make me a better candidate than someone like my opponent who is a more recent resident with no local roots, it does show you why I will dedicate myself to safety and justice in our community. My desire to serve Fayette County is real, and my steady, competent record is established. For these reasons, I request your vote in the upcoming election. Thank you.


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William “Bill” Yarde MD MHA - District 5 - County Commission

Charles Oddo (I) - District 5 - County Commission

Facing Charles Oddo, Ann Wittenberg in Primary

Facing William Yarde, Ann Wittenberg in Primary

CDR(Ret) William Yarde MD MHA is a resident of Fayetteville since 1997 and the State of Georgia since 1979. He obtained a BSc in Biology from Long Island University, Brooklyn NY, in 1978 and his Medical Degree from the Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta in 1985. He completed his Neurosurgical Residency at the University of Kansas in 1997. After retiring from the United States Navy in 2017 he obtained a Master of Health Administration (MHA) from Penn State in 2018. He was trained in military acupuncture in 2013. Dr.Yarde is a Retired United States Navy Neurosurgeon with 25 years of military service. He served in both the United states Army and the United States Navy and is an Afghanistan War Veteran. For more information, go to ELECTYARDE.com.

I have resided in Fayette County since 1970, when the population was barely 11,000. Nearly the entire time I’ve worked with my family in various businesses, from Oddo Publishing to GTO’s Restaurant to cattle and Christmas trees, and now Oddo Brothers CPAs. I’ve seen many changes over the 50 years we have called Fayette our home. What has not changed is my love for this community. It’s the impetus for my desire to serve on the Board of Commissioners. For more information, see my website ODDONOW.com.

If the county has dire financial problems due to the pandemic, what is your solution? My solution will be in line with that of the State and the federal government. At the county level, expenses will have to be cut. Essential services will be maintained and funding to nonessential services will be decreased or suspended. There will be phases of reopening of businesses, per recommendations of the Governor, along with the health/safety guidelines. At the federal level, solutions are a monthly stipend to all Fayette County citizens/household. Since most adults will be home, some working (telework) and taking care their children, payments directly to them will mean rent and mortgages can be paid, and groceries can be purchased during this economic crisis. Other solutions are SBA loan forbearance in conjunction with continued employment for employees, suspension of rental and mortgage payments for 60-90 days, and expansion of mortgage insurance for state governments. Should the county lean in to a more aggressive growth attitude? There are some areas where we need to be more aggressive. These areas of growth are based on the percentage of the Fayette County population in these occupations when compared to the national average. These areas are Construction (Fayette 3.8% - National 6.2%), manufacturing (F 9.5% - N 10.4%), healthcare and social assistance (F 10.8% - N 13.8%), arts and entertainment (F 1.7% - N 2.1%), accommodation and food service (F 6.6% - N 7.4%). Note: F= Fayette N= national. Aggressive pursuing of these industries should be done. I agree with residential density limited to no more than one unit per one acre. (Source: Sperling’s best places updated 2017).

CANDIDATE Q&A Sponsored special election coverage With campaigning options extremely limited this year, it is more important than ever to find ways to reach prospective voters. Make sure the public knows you and your platform by being featured in the Fayette County News as we highlight participating candidates prior to the June 9 primaries. Prior to June 9, we will present responses from featured candidates to pressing questions facing Fayette County and its municipalities. With a dedicated base of subscribers, our special election coverage is an excellent opportunity to put yourself front and center as voters consider the options on their ballot. To be featured, contact the Fayette County News at 770-461-6317 to find out advertising rates.

If the county has dire financial problems due to the pandemic, what is your solution? Fayette County has been superb at setting aside funds and identifying funds for projected use five years into the future. That level of planning and expertise will help the County through the potentially tough financial times ahead. The County will certainly face financial ramifications from the COVID-19 pandemic that no one could foresee six months ago. The end of the crisis is unclear, and today, the impact is only a guess. Much will depend on how quickly people can return to work and how fast the economy bounces back. The County has two major sources of income: property tax and sales tax. Property tax revenue, for the most part, has been received for the current year. Financial impact will be felt next year and after. The degree of the COVID19 impact on property values will show up in assessments later this year. How much county revenue is affected will depend in part on the economic consequences of the economic shutdown. We don’t want to see a surge in foreclosures and short sales this summer. Reopening the economy as soon as feasible will minimize the economic impact. Sales tax has a more immediate effect. We’ll have an idea of the impact as the county portion of tax is distributed over the next few months. Again, the sooner the economy begins to reopen, the more the situation will be ameliorated as sales tax revenues increase. However, the question posed suggests a future situation and later actions to be taken. My opinion is to begin preparing now. County revenues tend to lag the economic conditions. Wise financial management puts Fayette County in a good position to weather the storm this year and budget for an impact next year. If there is a silver lining, it is that we are at the beginning of the budget period, and we can incorporate our considerations into the FY2021 budget. As we prepare the budget for 2021, we’ll need to reconsider how funds are used. My four-way decision test will be very valuable as we proceed: Do we want it? If we want it, do we need it? If we need it, can we afford to? And finally, can we afford not to? Perhaps a combination of delayed purchases and reduced expenditures now can cushion a shortfall the following year. We may find it helpful to reprioritize some capital projects, perhaps delaying them a year or two. One thing we must not do is rely on Washington for aid. If any comes, great, but we must be prepared to continue without it. And as I suggested in a previous Q&A, when the crisis ends, we must take time to consider how we responded, what we did right, what we can do better. Answers can help us budget going forward. In a nutshell, the County will do what it always does, balance the budget, provide the services the citizens depend on, and do the best job with the resources available. Should the county lean in to a more aggressive growth attitude? What would a more aggressive growth attitude look like, and how would it benefit the county? Currently Fayette County maintains a balance with the municipalities that preserves a less dense population with more green space in unincorporated areas. Cities provide for denser populations with more emphasis on development. A more aggressive growth attitude would sacrifice that balance and completely change the character of the County. We would lose our identity. Presently, Fayette County targets industries in Advanced Manufacturing, Film and Creative Media, Aerospace & Aviation, Information Technology, and Corporate Headquarters. These types of firms enhance the economic wellbeing of the residents, while contributing to the quality of life Fayette is known for. They overwhelmingly locate within municipal boundaries. Unincorporated Fayette should grow according to the County’s comprehensive plan in place, and recently updated with the participation of numerous citizen stakeholders throughout the county. It provides the road map that preserves and enhances the special qualities that originally attracted residents while providing for the County’s growth and development. As Fayette County successfully attracts preferred industries, those businesses appropriately locate within the city limits. Development in unincorporated Fayette is limited by design; it does not have a sewer system, which limits intense development. Most cities do provide sewer, enabling higher density and more development. The less dense nature of unincorporated Fayette complements the cities, and offers residents a choice of two distinct lifestyles, the more rural less dense style of unincorporated Fayette and the more developed and denser style of the cities. I believe that choice is attractive to businesses considering to locate in Fayette County. We should maintain the distinguishing characteristics of unincorporated Fayette County, rather than encourage aggressive growth that would make it indistinguishable from the cities. Of course, we must remain flexible. Conditions change and may warrant adapting the comprehensive plan while still focusing on the goal that preserves the special qualities of Fayette County while providing for the County’s growth and development. The most successful plans are good plans that have desirable goals, and are worked towards achieving those goals. I do not believe Fayette County should lean towards a more aggressive growth attitude. It has a good plan in place, and I believe the County should stay with its plan.


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Randy Ognio (I) - District 2 - County Commission

Lee Hearn - District 2 - County Commission

Facing Lee Hearn in Primary

Facing Randy Ognio (I) in Primary

I am a husband, a father, and a grandfather. My wife and I moved to Fayette County in 1993 with our three children. I serve on the board of B&O Electric and A.G. Construction as President. Both companies are in Fayette County. I was originally elected as a commissioner in 2012 and was re-elected to serve a second term in office in November 2016. On January 10, 2019, the Board of Commissioners elected me to serve as Chairman. For more information visit my website OgnioForCommissioner.com

I have lived in Brooks the past 21 years where my Grandmother grew up. I am a Ga Tech graduate and have worked 23 years for local governments in Public Works. My experience managing budgets and completing projects will serve me well as your next District #2 Commissioner.

What makes you the right person for the job? For the last seven years I have used my business experience and fiscal conservative values to ensure the citizens tax dollars are well utilized. I have made it my goal to be accessible and responsive to the citizens. My goal has been and will always be to promote county transparency and county accountability. What will be your priorities in office if elected? • For the last seven years our county has had a balanced budget and I want to make sure we keep the county financially stable with balanced budgets. Due to a balanced budget, we have earned AAA bond rating. By doing this we were able to refinance existing bonds at a lower interest rate, saving the county millions of dollars. • Protecting the character of the county and keeping District 2 rural. The citizens in my district want to maintain that rural character of their district and my priority is to maintain that. Working toward keeping Fayette County the place our citizens want it to be is my goal. • Continue moving forward with the 2017 SPLOST projects as we promised the citizens we would do. What are the biggest issues Fayette County will face in the next decade? How should the county tackle them? We must start with our current issue, COVID-19. We don’t yet know the complete impact that it will have on the county revenue, but be assured that, during my seven-year term as your county commissioner and conservative management of your funds, we can confidently say we are in a good place. Traffic will continue to be an issue for the county not just because of the county’s growth but because of the counties around us. Being the only county in metro Atlanta without an interstate going through it means all the traffic around us travels through on our county roads to get to Atlanta. We recently approved a comprehensive transportation plan and we must follow thru with the implementation of it. Funding will be the main issue. We have already applied for federal funds through the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for a couple of these projects. We must work to fund the transportation plan. I have been working with the ARC for financial assistance to fund these roads, I am asking for another term to accomplish this.

OBITUARIES

Marvin Albin Acree, Jr.

Marvin Albin Acree, Jr., 93, of Franklin, TN, completed his life race Thursday, April 23, 2020 in Nashville, TN. He ran the race well while being one of the most positive persons one could ever know. Mr. Acree was born in Farmville of Gordon County, GA on January 10, 1927. Marvin was one of 14 children, nine boys and one girl that lived to adulthood. (He always said they had a baseball team of boys and each had a sister, but it was the same sister). Mr. Acree graduated from Sonoraville High School, attended West Georgia College (from which he was drafted), graduated from Emory University and completed his Master’s Degree at Georgia State University. The first trip he took without family was at 18 years of age to Germany. He cherished memories of Munich and Garmisch, Germany as well as Switzerland and Denmark. He married the love of his

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life, Retta on September 9, 1950. They were married 62 years. He taught chemistry, physics, biology and environmental science for almost 40 years. He taught at Sonoraville, Gordon, and retired from Southwest DeKalb High School in 1989. In addition to teaching, he used his powerful hands to help support his family. He had a train shop in the basement that helped pay his children’s way through college as well as serve as a place for life lessons for children, grandchildren, and friends who were privileged to spend time there. When not in the basement, he was in his beautiful garden that helped fill his love of farming and provide further lessons. He painted many houses during his summers away from school. He knew he could make more money at other careers, but teaching was his gift to share and money meant nothing to him except to supply his family’s needs. Marvin felt his greatest strength was having an even tempered disposition, trying not to get too excited about anything.

This strength was based on his great faith developed throughout his life. He also had an incredible sense of humor even enjoying laughing at his own jokes. He was determined his children would travel. He said his favorite trip was camping to California and back. His journeys also took him to Hawaii, Alaska, New York City, London, and to San Francisco and Yellowstone with his children after Retta died. Even in his 90s, he was willing to fly alone if it enabled him to visit family. He was a churchman extraordinaire. He served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and director, youth sponsor, mission trip cook, narrator of Senior Adult musicals, and did anything possible to support his church and pastor’s family. He served and was loved by churches wherever he lived in Georgia and Tennessee. He was a man of faith that talked to God, learned constantly, and gave generously. Preceding him in death were his father, Dr. Marvin A. Acree, Sr. and his mother, Webbie

Goldia Ann Andre, 74, died expectantly April 23, 2020 at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. She was born April 18, 1946 in Salem, OR, daughter of Burdette and Helen Mae (Eaton) Stephen. Ann graduated from Lincoln High School in Des Moines, IA, class of 1964. Following graduation she attended beauty school to become a hair dresser. Ann had many careers over the years with her most notable being the owner/operator of a Bed and Breakfast in Bristol, IN. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and friend. A woman of many talents who loved to entertain. She was a community leader always striving to make things better. Her heart and her door were always open. Surviving are her two sons Adam Andre and his wife Kaelene of Newnan, GA, Stephen Andre and his wife Kelly of Clarksville, TN, five grandchildren, Jordyn Andre, Jayme Andre, Camryn Andre, Kinnick Andre and Maks Andre. Due to current restrictions a celebration of life memorial will be held at a later date. Updates concerning Ann’s memorial will be posted on her Facebook page. Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home, Peachtree City, is in charge of arrangements.

What makes you the right person for the job? I believe my experience working for local governments makes me a good fit to be your Commissioner. I recognize what a good Commissioner should be, having worked for several. I will make decisions based on what is right for Fayette County. Decisions should never be based on the political fallout. What will be your priorities in office if elected? First priority: we must curb spending as the County’s total budget has grown by almost $10,000,000 in just the past four years. We must balance budgets and aggressively seek alternative funding to meet our needs. We must support Sheriff Babb to keep Fayette County safe. We must work to keep MARTA out of Fayette County. What are the biggest issues Fayette County will face in the next decade? How should the county tackle them? How we handle growth in Fayette County and the challenges that come with growth. Crime, traffic, providing adequate water, fire protection, and keeping up with the demand for services are all challenges that are coming in the next decade. We must support and abide by the adopted land use plan as this will dictate how Fayette County looks in the decades to come. Not allowing dense development in currently rural Fayette County is so very important. We must do a good job of planning for smart growth. Smart growth conforms to the land use plan.

Neil Sullivan - Post 3 - Board of Education Facing Scott Hollowell (I) and Marion Key I am a common sense conservative who has fought for our schools to be properly funded as chairman of the three successful ESPLOSTs in Fayette County. I am a CPA with 30 years Finance experience starting my career at Deloitte & Touche World Trade Center location and have served large private companies such as Delta, and currently I serve as a Controller/ Director of Finance for DHL Supply Chain. I believe in our excellent Fayette County Public schools where my wife Jennifer is a history teacher at Sandy Creek. Should the school system be building a new Booth Middle School in the middle of a pandemic? It is concerning that, even in these times, the pace of this whole project seems rushed. There are so many things to figure out, such as the traffic funding. It’s  reasonable to estimate ESPLOST collections will be less, at least in the near term. I think we should be extremely cautious going forward with a $46 million project when cash flow has become uncertain. Like all businesses, cash will be a priority, so I think we need to pause and assess and plan forward. What future use do you see for the schools that have been closed? First, I think we need to really resist the urge to repurpose these buildings for smaller FCBOE activities. Each open building costs money to staff and run. Next, I think we look for partners who may want to use these building as additional educational options for our Fayette County pupils. These would be charter schools, private schools, or other options. I think we need to go on offense and find partners to grow with. Do you foresee more charter schools in the county? I would hope so. In my experience, public education is one-size-fits-most but there are solutions that we should explore to offer our students more options for a better fit at little to no cost. We should not view charter schools or even private schools as competition but rather additional tools in our tool box to provide excellent and quality education to our Fayette County school kids.

Penelope (Hudgins) Acree, his wife, Georgia Henrietta (Retta) Mowell Acree, his son, Marvin A. Acree, III, all of his siblings and some nephews and nieces. Surviving are his daughter, Beverly Blakely (Raymond), Angela Mills (Robert), and son, Glenn Acree (Kim). He believed these children were wonderful describing each as his favorite their size. They were surpassed by his grandchildren, B.G. Blakely (Tricia), Ashley Collette (Adam), Carly Duggan (Tim); John Mills (Shereen Katrak), Stephen Mills (Emily), Jeremy Acree, and Sam Acree. Beyond perfect are his great grandchil-

David Lee Brown

dren, Jackson, Cason and Sadie Blakely, Rhea and Eila Collette, little Duggan due in August; Leila Mills, Anya Katrak, Maddy and August Mills. He loved his entire family and is survived by many nieces and nephews. He made all who knew him feel loved and appreciated. With the death of his siblings, Mr. Acree served as the patriarch of his nuclear and extended family, not through stereotypical ways of power and control, but by demonstrating a love of life and others that everyone who met him immediately recognized. Scores of people who had the privilege of know-

ing him will be affected by him for decades to come. Due to the pandemic, memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial gifts may be sent to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Mr. David Lee Brown, age 45, of Peachtree City, Georgia, passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020. Private graveside services were held Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at Westminster Memorial Park Peachtree City, Georgia. David was born September 6, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was a native of Toccoa, Georgia but loved and called Peachtree City home. He graduated from Stephens County High in 1993. He was a star student and at the top of his class. He received a full academic scholarship to the University of Georgia where he graduated in 1997. David was a loving husband, father and son. He was a hopeless romantic, writing poetry, creating and appreciating art and music. He lived life to the fullest. David is survived by his loving wife, Heidi (Webber) Brown of Peachtree City; mother, Jan (Oliver) Gilmer of Gainesville; father, Michael V. Brown of Brunswick; children, Rassie, Denny Marie and Julian; brother, Kevin Brown of Toccoa; sister, Angie Austin of Commerce; motherin-law, Susan (LaTella) Webber, sister-in-law, Katie Webber, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Toby and Jeannie Polhamus, brothers-in-law, Broxton and Bill Webber; he is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews and other family and friends. He was preceded in death by step-father, James E. Gilmer; maternal grandparents, Charlie and Ruth Adams; paternal grandparents, Don and Shirley Brown; father-in-law, Dennis K. (Denny) Webber. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to: The Autism Foundation of Georgia; 1551 Shoup Court; Decatur, Georgia 30033 info@autismfoundationofga.org. Memorial Park Funeral Home North Riverside Chapel, 989 Riverside Dr. is in charge of arrangements. Send online condolences to www.memorialparkfuneralhomes.com.


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Fayette FACTOR leads community to ‘Feed Our Children’ Special to Fayette County News

Saturday afternoon, April 12, the Fayette FACTOR Executive Director received a phone call from the Leadership Team for the Fayette County Public Schools. They reached out for assistance in feeding students served by the mobile sites. It was explained that a nutrition employee was diagnosed as positive for COVID-19. Through an abundance of caution, the Fayette County High cafeteria was closed for two weeks to limit exposure to those who had contact with the employee. FCHS is the site that prepares all the meals for the mobile sites. The specific ask was, “Could Fayette FACTOR mobilize the community to provide meals for students for one week at the four mobile sites?” Fayette FACTOR said yes and rolled into action Saturday afternoon and all day and into the night on Easter Sunday. On Monday morning, over 500 meals were prepared and distributed to the

four mobile sites. By the end of the week, approximately 3,100 meals were served along with supplemental food supplies. It felt like a post Easter Miracle. FACTOR shared a Facebook post about the need on Sunday afternoon. Soon after that, phone calls were made and help started to pour in. This help came in the form of organizations and individuals making donations; volunteers helping to prepare, pick up meals and distribute meals; businesses willing to discount meals or give away free meals. The response to the need was evidence of a loving act from a community that cares. Some highlights: • In less than 36 hours a plan was hatched and implemented on how to “Feed Our Children.” Bravo Fayette County: Because of you we can do amazing things to serve • Peachtree United Methodist Church prepared almost 900 meals • McDonald’s Fayetteville, owned and operated by CEO

Muriel Powell, provided 1000 free meals plus supplemental food • Received approximately 6,000 supplemental food from Midwest Food bank, such as Nutri-Grain bars, peanut butter crackers, fruit cups, and cereal • Holy Trinity St. Vincent de Paul helped to coordinate volunteers for meal distribution and prepared all the bags of supplemental food to be delivered with the meals • Partnered with the Fayette Chamber of Commerce to identify restaurants to prepare meals • Restaurants provided meals at a discounted rate: Highland Bakery and Kitchen Peachtree City, Larry’s Giant Subs in Fayetteville, and Firehouse Subs Fayetteville • Started with four mobile sites to distribute meals, ended with eight sites to deliver meals • Leonard Presberg raised nearly $1,000 from Facebook pledges from 23 people who wanted to help A new need has emerged. As FACTOR coordinated meals, they discovered areas in the community where it was difficult for some fami-

Above, volunteers get ready to distribute meals at Holy Trinity Church. Below, Highland Bakery prepares sandwiches for lunch distribution.

lies to get to the designated mobile sites with their children at the time of distribution. FACTOR wants to work with groups and volunteers to make sure that these new sites continue to have food available for children who can’t get to the desig-

nated food pick-up site. During this COVID-19 crisis, FACTOR will continue to identify needs in the community and seek to find resources within the community to help support the unmet needs. Fayette is a wonderful community with plenty of people, orga-

nizations, faith groups, and businesses willing to help. FACTOR is happy to help coordinate the efforts of matching resources with needs. For more information on how to get involved, go to fayettefactor.org.


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Whitewater’s Dugger picked by Patriots in NFL Draft by Christopher Dunn Christopher@Fayette-News.net

Kyle Dugger’s star is on the rise. Slept on as a college prospect, the Whitewater High alum took his opportunity to play Division II football and built himself into a gem. Next up is the NFL after he was selected by the New England Patriots in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday night. Coming out of Whitewater, Dugger had not caught the eye of big colleges. He was undersized at 5’11” and 170 pounds, and Lenoir-Rhyne in Hickory, NC was the only school to express interest. “I was a late bloomer,” Dugger told the NFL Network in a pre-draft interview. “I only had one solid year on the field (at Whitewater). That was my senior year. I started both ways. Before that, I didn’t start a whole lot.”

He blossomed in college, growing to 6’2” and 220, and, unlike his final season in high school when he was a zero star prospect, he was squarely on the radar of NFL scouts. Early in the season, his journey was profiled by NFL. com with an in-depth feature dubbed “Super Sleeper.” He lived up to all the senior season hype. Despite playing in just seven games due to injury, he earned the Cliff Harris Award as the best defensive player in all of Division II. He was just as electric on special teams, returning three kicks for touchdowns in 2019 alone. “My work ethic, along with my determination, will lead me to be a successful player at the next level, and I have a lot of faith in that,” Dugger told The Gridiron Crew in a Jan. 2020 interview. “I am just waiting on the opportunity to show it.” Scouts liked what they saw, and he was the only

Division II prospect invited to play in the prestigious Senior Bowl showcase game, where he was coached by a NFL staff. Next up was the NFL Combine where he tested out well among elite talent. Mock drafts pegged Dugger as an early round pick, and they were right. The Patriots selected him with their first pick of the draft, early in round two. The highest draft pick in Lenoir-Rhyne history at 37 overall, Dugger is excited to bring prestige to the school that gave him a chance to shine. “It’s a small campus, but the support is very caring. Just being from there and being able to represent them in this situation is huge,” Dugger told ESPN. “They gave me the opportunity to play football, to compete playing the game I love. It’s going to be a huge honor to give them recognition.”

Slept on coming out of Whitewater High, Kyle Dugger went to Division II LenoirRhyne and blossomed into a top NFL prospect. The hard work paid off as he was selected in round two of the NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. (Photo via Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics)

He will be the answer to a trivia question as the first draft pick the Patriots made after their longtime quarterback, Tom Brady, elected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He projects as a safety/linebacker at the next

level with a penchant for special teams excellence as a return man. “It’s huge for me. It’s definitely been a journey with a lot of ups and downs,” Dugger said of realizing his dream of playing in the NFL

in a post-draft media call with reporters. “To take the route I took and being able to play for an organization like this is a huge honor. I’m still kind of shocked honestly, but it’s really huge for me.”

Dugger was a two-sport star at Whitewater.

Class of 2020 Spring Sports Seniors Showcase

The early end to the season cut short another excellent campaign by the soccer program at Whitewater High. Both teams were ranked number five in Class AAAAA to finish the season. Lady Wildcat seniors are Camille Messina, Claire Becknell, Kayla Williams, Kristen Lyons, Marissa Plowman, Molly Worst, and Natalie Reese. Seniors on the boys team are Dillon Gee, Mauricio Cruz, Nicholas Smiech, Oscar Martinez, Walt Fulton, Caleb Cordier, Austin Crane, and Allen McNeil.

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