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Mayor Steele: Looking ahead for 2011 in F’ville

Ken Steele's picture

As we begin 2011, it might be useful to share a brief recap of 2010 prior to looking ahead to 2011.

Very few individuals, companies or governments have been immune from the lengthy slowdown of our economy. Your city of Fayetteville has been no exception, although we are pleased to report that we have fared better than most.

Much to the credit of senior staff and our employees, we saw indications of the slowdown several years ago and responded proactively to ensure that we could maintain our high level of service to the city. Read More»

Mayor Haddix: Errors by The Citizen and Imker

Don Haddix's picture

I had no intention of writing a column until I read the Jan. 22-23 edition of “The Citizen.” Several points have to be made.

I will begin with the simple one. Concerning the Hotel/Motel Tax increase, John Munford wrote, “Haddix, however, joined Fleisch in voting against the increase of the tax from 6 to 7 percent.” Councilman Sturbaum and I voted against the increase. Councilwoman Fleisch voted for the increase. Read More»

Week 1 of Georgia General Assembly

Matt Ramsey's picture

Two weeks ago saw the 2011 term of the Georgia General Assembly gaveled into session. However, it was certainly the most unusual start to a legislative session in my short career.

There was tremendous uncertainty with the weather on the eve of session as snow and ice began to fall. However, the Georgia Constitution does not have any provision for bad weather and states we SHALL convene on the second Monday in January. Read More»

Notes from the Senate: Double-digit revenue increase best in 24 months

Sen. Ronnie Chance's picture

Double digit increase best in 24 months - $48.2 million or 46 percent

State revenues took a jump in one of the two months normally associated with the Christmas buying season gaining 10.9 percent over December of 2009 for a total for the month of $1.55 billion or up $152.8 million.

I don’t recall a month anywhere near this increase for at least the past two years when virtually every month was under the same month a year before. Later in the column, we will try to put this six-month trend in perspective, but December certainly topped any expectations. Read More»

Coming out even in the end

Ronda Rich's picture

There was a man I knew once, who lived for a good time. Work, he believed and ardently practiced, was only good for providing a means to an end, the end result being that of his vigorous pursuit of wine, women and song.

Of course, in the case of any decent, self-respecting, old-fashioned Southern redneck, for him it was beer, not wine, but as any Puritan will tell you: The devil’s brew is the devil’s brew, no matter what it’s called. Read More»

Ask Father Paul 012611

Father Paul Massey's picture

Answers to your questions about life, religion and the Bible

Pastors get some of the most interesting questions from people they meet and people in their congregations. Here are a few that I have gotten during my ministry and via email for this column. Read More»

Separate bedrooms not what you think

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

“How can you find anything with that mess on your bed?”

“It’s not a mess. It’s newspapers. I’ve got to at least glance at them to see if I’ve missed anything.”

“Look at them. Look, this one’s from November. And folded laundry. Three books. When are you going to clean up this mess?”

“What’s it to you anyhow? There’s plenty of room in that bed. Shall we take a look at the mess you’ve got on the card table in the loft?”

“That’s a ship model, and I enjoy working up there. It’s the warmest spot in the house.” Read More»

Warm memories of time spent at Melear's

Carolyn Cary's picture

My first glass of that famous Melear’s iced tea was 44 years ago, when I moved to Fayetteville. I have lost count on how many I’ve had since then.

The number of meals I’ve enjoyed in the adjoining meeting room also number in the hundreds. I have listened to famous people speak in that room, and I’ve had the honor of speaking to quite a few myself there.

The Fayette County Kiwanis is nearly 60 years old and most of their meetings were held on that very site. Read More»

Things I will keep

Michael Boylan's picture

That’s a Guided by Voices song. I saw them at The Cotton Club (remember that place?) in Atlanta a long time ago with my friends John Thompson and Lindsay Bianchi. Lindsay was an editor for this section more than a few years back. He passed away the other day and he will be missed.

In the scope of things, I did not know Lindsay for a very long time. I met him through John and we discovered that we shared a number of common interests: indie rock, cult movies, Pee Wee Herman.

You know, the usual things. Read More»

New Year's resolutions for parents

Greg Moffatt's picture

In more than fifteen years of writing this column I’ve never suggested resolutions for the coming year, but I suppose I’ll give it a try.  If you don’t have any ideas about what you would like to accomplish for your family in the coming year, here are some ideas for you.

1. Shut the television off. Television isn’t evil, but like any tool, it can be misused. The average family has the television turned on eight hours each day. That doesn’t leave much time for talking to each other. Resolve to pick just one day each month to be a TV-free day. Do something together as a family that day. Read More»