F’ville tables microblading again to talk tattoo parlors

Fayetteville’s city council again tabled an ordinance that would make microblading more accessible for fear it could lead to an explosion of tattoo parlors within city limits. 

Microblading is a cosmetic tattooing procedure where semi-permanent pigment is added to the skin to change the look of eyebrows. It is growing in popularity, and city officials have been receiving increasing requests to make it easier to perform in Fayetteville. 

Currently, city ordinance only allows for tattooing within city limits to be performed by a licensed physician. An amendment to the ordinance that removes the requirement it be performed by (more…)

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McIntosh to Northgate in season finale, 42-13
Ben Anderson piled up 124 yards and a touchdown against Northgate. Staff Photos by Christopher Dunn

McIntosh to Northgate in season finale, 42-13

McIntosh’s quest to end 2020 on a high note was unsuccessful as they were plundered by the Northgate Vikings, 42-13.

The Vikings were rude hosts. Tay Lee returned the opening kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown and a lightning-fast 7-0 lead. 

As quickly as Northgate scored, McIntosh was equally methodical in their response. They drove 80 yards, burning 10:30 off the clock, with Ben Anderson moving the chains five times by himself. Anderson finished off the drive with a 3-yard run, and an Arthur Richez extra point tied the game at 7-7 late in the first quarter. 

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Arrest made in 1998 rape case

The tireless work of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office has cracked a cold case more than two decades in the making. 

On the afternoon of March 24, 1998, Fayette County 911 received a frantic call from a woman in the northwestern part of unincorporated Fayette County. The first deputies arrived, securing the home and locating the victim, who was sexually assaulted and brutally beaten by a lone assailant. Investigators processed and documented the crime scene, and the victim submitted to a sexual assault exam and evidence collection at the then-new Fayette Community Hospital. 

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F’ville marijuana ordinance breaks ground

The new marijuana ordinance passed by the Fayetteville city council on November 5 was a community effort aimed at creating a policy that will positively affect public health. 

The ordinance does away with jail time for individuals convicted of possessing an ounce or less of marijuana. The ordinance also lays out a new fine schedule for offenses. A first offense carries a $125 fine, a court date, and a city-approved eight-hour substance abuse prevention/intervention program. For minors under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must also attend the court date. 

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Fayette uncovers 2,700 missing votes, does not affect outcome

As part of the hand recount, Fayette County located 2,755 votes that were not in the initial count, though it will not be enough to affect noteworthy races. 

The now-counted votes add 1,577 votes for Trump and 1,128 for Biden, with the remaining votes going to Jo Jorgensen or write-ins. According to Secretary of State official Garbriel Sterling, the margin changes about 800 in favor of Trump, and the margin change is similar and not enough to affect the runoff in the Perdue-Ossoff senate race.

County Administrator Steve Rapson laid out where the error came from. 

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Big plays blow open Battle of the Bubble in Starr’s Mill win

No upset was in the making as Starr’s Mill used a bushel of big plays to dominate the Battle of the Bubble against McIntosh, 38-7. 

More than just beating their rivals, the Panthers got to celebrate winning a fifth-straight region championship. In a season of uncertainty, the team showed you can always count on them to win. 

“We are happy for the boys. We knew we had a pretty good little team coming back, and we are grateful for the opportunity to defend our title given the situation,” said Starr’s Mill coach Chad Phillips. “After missing spring ball (more…)

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School board looks at top building projects

As part of efforts to stay ahead of school system needs, the Board of Education took a look at upcoming priority projects at their Nov. 9 work session. 

First on the list is renovations for the LaFayette Educational Center technology building, with both the roof and HVAC units labeled “high priority.”

Inman Elementary is fast approaching the need for an expansion. At capacity prior to the pandemic, Inman could soon see an influx of enrollment due to nearby developments totaling nearly 250 single-family homes. 

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(Her)story Made: Chiefs complete four-peat
The McIntosh Chiefs won their fourth-straight state volleyball championship with a victory over Blessed Trinity on Saturday. Staff Photos by Christopher Dunn

(Her)story Made: Chiefs complete four-peat

The dynasty continues. The McIntosh volleyball powerhouse had their vision locked on one goal for a calendar year, and they fulfilled their destiny with a history-making fourth-straight state championship, besting Blessed Trinity 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 25-23) on Saturday. 

From the moment they beat Whitewater for the title last year, the Chiefs set their sights on something truly unprecedented, a four-peat. All of the hard work and preparation came to fruition against Blessed Trinity. 

“We did it,” said McIntosh coach Wendy Mabon. “We worked so hard all season and kept coming back. This team gives me heart attacks (more…)

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Starr’s Mill rolls through Whitewater 42-0
Greigh Joseph pulls away from the defense on his school-record 99-yard touchdown run. Staff Photos by Christopher Dunn

Starr’s Mill rolls through Whitewater 42-0

Anything can happen when rivals meet, but Starr’s Mill made sure there was no funny business as they hammered Whitewater 42-0 Friday night. 

Starr’s Mill coach Chad Phillips credited preparation and a solid game plan with pitching another shutout.

“Our defensive coaches did a great job all week reviewing what Whitewater would try to do to us,” said Phillips. “Because they run our offense, we can prepare our defense with full speed, physical plays. We had the best week of practice all season, and it carried over. Coach (Jeff) Schmidlkofer and Coach (David) Cooper called a great game.”

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Local runners compete at state cross country meet
The McIntosh (3rd), Starr’s Mill (6th), and Whitewater (13th) girls all ran well at the state cross country meet. Photos by Chris Goltermann / Coweta Score

Local runners compete at state cross country meet

The area’s top distance runners completed their season over the weekend with the state cross country meet at Carrollton High. 

In Class AAAAA, McIntosh, Starr’s Mill, and Whitewater racked up a number of standout performances. On the girls side, McIntosh placed 3rd overall, with Starr’s Mill in 6th and Whitewater in 13th. On the boys side, Starr’s Mill placed 4th overall. 

McIntosh had 11 runners compete. The Lady Chiefs saw all seven runners make the top 70: Hannah Moore (11), Paris Alsup (14), Emily McBride (16), Andrea Perez (44), Fiona Tetreault (56), Audrey Boston (65), and Madeline Abbott (more…)

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