Ribbon-Cutting held for FMC walking trail

Shown at the ribbon-cutting, from left: Kelli Foster, Fayette Area Chamber of Commerce President; Zack Freeman, Chamber member; Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins; Fayette County Sheriff Byron Yerby; FMC Administrator Donald Jones; Bryan Kindred, DCH Health System President and CEO; Sandy Nolen, FMC board chairman; Dr. Martha Jo Christian, FMC board member; Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman; Paul Betz, DCH Chief Financial Officer; and Daniel White, Chamber director.

Fayette Medical Center (FMC) recently updated and renovated its community walking trail, located near the FMC Long-Term Care facility. The trail was originally built in the 1980s thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Georgia Pacific Foundation. The renovation was made possible through a $60,000 grant from OptumRX, and included widening the track and sidewalks, repairing the fence, and renovating the pavilion at the track.

Fayette Co. BOE passes FY 2021 budget

Shown at the Sept. 15 meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education are, from left: Superintendent Jim Burkhalter, and board members Sam Sullivan, Keith Madison, Tim Fields, John Stowe and John Aaron. Board President Tom Hubbert was absent from the meeting.

The Fayette County Board of Education passed its budget for fiscal year 2021 during its Sept. 15 meeting. Board President Tom Hubbert was absent from the meeting, with Superintendent Jim Burkhalter and all other board members in attendance. Board Vice-President Sam Sullivan presided over the meeting in the absence of Hubbert. Prior to the meeting, a budget hearing was held. This was the second hearing for the proposed budget that was held by the board, with a previous hearing held at Berry High School on Sept. 10.

Commission seeks to finalize budget

Shown are a few of the attendees at the Sept. 14 meeting of the Fayette County Commission. The commissioners and attendees were social distancing to abide by the COVID-19 guidelines. All commissioners were present for the meeting.

The Fayette County Commission discussed position vacancies and other items at its Sept. 14 meeting, as they continue to work toward adopting the fiscal year 2021 budget later this month. All commissioners were present for the meeting. Commissioner Barry Corkren said that he asked that position vacancies be placed on the agenda for discussion.

Kemp-Driver retires from commission

Shown from left, front: Kemp-Driver and Commission Vice-Chairman Barry Corkren. Back: Fayette County Probate Judge Mike Freeman and Commissioner John Underwood.

Bobbie Jo Kemp-Driver was presented a plaque and a resolution signed by the members of the Fayette County Commission, honoring her for her 37 years of “dedicated and loyal service” to the county. Her official retirement date will be Oct. 1.

Fayette gets road victory over Oak Grove 26-7

Zac Jackson (4) is shown running with the ball behind the blocking of Darius Loyd (13) after taking a handoff from quarterback Langston Strawbridge (8).

The Fayette Tigers traveled to Oak Grove last week for its first road game of the season and came home victorious with a 26-7 win. Fayette scored touchdowns on its first three possessions, then sealed the victory with another score late in the fourth quarter.


Painting the Courthouse dome

Two local painters are shown giving the courthouse dome a fresh coat of paint on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

The Fayette County Courthouse dome was repainted last week during a project that is a portion of the courthouse refurbishing project.  The project will include a complete new roof and the repainting of all exterior wood surfaces. The cost of the project is approximately $170,000, and will be paid out of the Courthouse Restoration Fund. No tax money will be used for the project.


COVID-19 affects school system

After starting school on Aug. 20, the Fayette County School System is starting to experience some of the attendance problems that were expected due to attending school during a pandemic.
On Monday, Sept. 14, the Fayette County Board of Education reported that, since the beginning of the school year, 180 total individuals had been quarantined throughout the school system.

Never Forget - Sept. 11

Roger Wallace of Fayette is shown playing “Taps” before the Fayette - Curry football game.

Fayette County High School had local musician Roger Wallace play “Taps” before the Fayette - Curry football game on Sept. 11 to honor the memory of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil. The Fayette Fire Department also flew a huge American flag all day on Sept. 11, hoisted by a ladder on one of its trucks, to commemorate the event.

Fayette City Council discusses new wastewater dumping site

Pictured at the Sept. 8 Fayette City Council meeting are, from left: Councilman Jerry Nichols, Councilman Jason Cowart and Councilman Cedric Wilson. Also present for the meeting but not pictured were Councilman Eddy Campbell, Councilwoman Linda McCraw and Mayor Ray Nelson.

The Fayette City Council discussed the new designated dumping site for wastewater during its Sept. 8 city council meeting. All council members were present for the meeting. The council recently changed the sites allowed for wastewater dumping to a central site located in the northern portion of the city. According to John Dill, manager of the wastewater department, the site was chosen to reduce the harmful impact on the city’s wastewater pumps to a minimal amount.


Fayette Police Dept. receives grant

Fayette Police Chief Danny Jenkins (left) accepted a grant check from District Attorney Andy Hamlin last week.

The Fayette Police Department recently received a check in the amount of $1,500 in the form of a grant from the 24th Judicial Circuit’s District Attorney’s office. The grant is designated to be used by the department for equipment purchases and training. Jenkins said that he appreciates the district attorney’s office recognizing the hard work his officers perform and aiding the department with the grant. “I’m very grateful for the grant,” Jenkins said. “Anytime you get financial assistance, especially for training and equipment, its always beneficial.”