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Riley Neil Swicord, 50, of Peachtree City

Riley Neil Swicord, 50, of Peachtree City

On Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, Riley Neil Swicord, of Peachtree City, (formerly of Fayetteville, Ga. and Wedowee, Ala.) passed away at Southwest Christian Care, surrounded in love by family and friends. Riley was 50 years old and fought a brave and tenacious battle with brain cancer. He is now at peace.

Riley was born in Patuxent River, Md., and spent his youth in Fayetteville and Gay, Ga. Read More»

Sheriff, PTC Police to sponsor ‘Operation Pill Drop’ Saturday

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office and Peachtree City Police have partnered with the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other government, community, public health and law enforcement partners to announce a nationwide prescription drug “Pill Drop” initiative on Oct. 29 that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. Read More»

Candidates face the public in PTC forum

City Council Post 1 candidate Stephen Allen (L) chats with opponent Eric Imker, the incumbent, during the forum moderated Monday night by the Peachtree City Rotary Club. Photo/John Munford.

For the first time this election season, Peachtree City voters were treated Monday night to a side-by-side comparison of the two candidates seeking the Post 1 City Council seat.

Newcomer Steve Allen, who works in information technology services and incumbent Eric Imker, who is retired, answered a number of pointed questions from the audience about city government operations, cost cutting and more.

Allen said, if elected to office, he wants to have his performance measured on the effect on home values, quality of life and enhancement of the city’s village retail centers. Read More»

Funding transit jobs is a bogus benefit

Jobs, jobs, jobs! Spending another $3 billion to maintain and expand metro Atlanta’s transit systems would create tons of them: designers, surveyors, and construction companies to clear the routes, lay the tracks, and build the stations. More jobs to operate and maintain rail cars, buses, signal equipment, and ticket machines. Banks to receive, disburse, and account for all those dollars. There’s just no end to the jobs!

That’d be a good thing, right? Read More»

It costs us less to stay in Flint Library system

For some years, the Flint River Regional Library System (FRRLS) has been using state taxpayer money to pay the salary of a senior librarian at the Fayette County Library.

Recently, the FRRLS, faced with the same budget constraints we all are facing, decided that they could no longer fund this salary. When the word reached the Fayette County Commission, some thought the county should withdraw from the FRRLS.

Not a good idea. Read More»

What Garlock doesn’t say: How we got to this sorry situation

So here is what it has come down to: The people who don’t like President Obama (like Terry Garlock) have memorized a playbook and it goes something like this.

The President has introduced mountains of new regulations stifling business. The President is responsible for class warfare. The President has run up the national debt to $14 trillion, with help of course from successive liberal governments who forced banks to lend to people who couldn’t afford it. Read More»

Occupy Wall Street: It’s time for accountability

For the past month we have been watching with astonishment as the Occupy Wall Street protests have given voice to angry Americans who have had just about enough of Wall Street’s greedy, unethical and immoral practices.

I think we can fairly blame much of the current world financial crisis on the financial/banking industry’s incredible ability to quietly manipulate the markets and government in its never ending pursuit of greater and greater profit margins. Read More»

Imker: 6 things I want to see in future

Two years ago I ran for office to bring a business-like approach to city management and the budget. My first priority is ensuring the city budget is 100 percent open to the public and represents the priorities of the citizens from safety, public works and leisure activities while being fiscally responsible.

I am proud that over the last two budget cycles I have been involved in, we have added over $2 million to our reserves. This was no accident. Read More»

Mayor: Imker falsely claims credit for these

Eric Imker is repeating false claims:

1. “Identified budget problems and proposed solutions.” Began 2008. He proposed huge cuts to employee and staff pay, pensions, etc. on top of the cuts done in 2009. A no-tax pledge became a 1.25 mill tax increase in 2010.

2. “No new tax increases in 2012.” Reelection is why, followed by three tax increases 2013 through 2015.

3. “Led council to consolidate and pay off three unfavorable loans.” Our city manager and financial officer led. Pay-offs tracked for years. Read More»

Ed Johnson will be good for Fayetteville

On Nov. 8, the citizens of Fayetteville will go to the polls to elect members for their city council. Please consider supporting my friend, Ed Johnson, in his bid for Post #1. You can learn more about him at http://edjohnson4citycouncilpost1.com/.

Ed is the senior pastor for Flat Rock African Methodist Episcopal Church. I met him eight years ago at his church. His warm reception of me as a brother in Christ helped to set the tone for my ministry as an Ambassador volunteer for Promise Keepers. Read More»

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