Peachtree City

PTC Council eyes bigger slice of hotel-motel tax

Today, if you check into a motel, hotel or conference center in Peachtree City, on top of your room bill you will pay a 6 percent lodging tax.

The Peachtree City Council Thursday night will consider raising that to as much as 8 percent, plus taking a bigger cut of the tax. Read More»

Mass transit maps not idle exercises

Commissioner Allen McCarty and I were given the oath of office on Dec. 27. At the end of the ceremony, I had several maps on display for the audience so they could actually view a realistic picture of what the future holds.

As an aside, both Commissioner McCarty and I were deeply grateful to see so many people attend the ceremony with temperatures in the 20s. We appreciate your support. Read More»

Thanks to ‘our wonderful’ Obama

Just yesterday, I opened my mail to find a wonderful $250 check from Medicare.

This came from the Affordable Care Act, a new law passed by Congress and signed by our wonderful President Obama on March 30, 2010.

With all the negativity surrounding this healthcare bill, and the scare tactics used by some to our seniors, the reality is the Democrats are looking out for the seniors.

This rebate of $250 is sent automatically to people enrolled in Medicare Part D who reach the Medicare drug plans coverage gap (doughnut hole) in 2010. Read More»

The rest of the story about Bill of Rights

In response to Mr. Timothy Parker’s letter in last Wednesday’s edition, I hereby submit the following for your consideration.

Mr. Parker sees no historical basis for Dr. Hendrickson’s claim that, “To the founders, government’s sole legitimate purpose is to protect our rights.”

Yet in the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote, “all Men are created equal ... endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights ... That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men.” Seems to me Jefferson is saying government is supposed to protect our rights. Read More»

Chiropractic story has unscientific basis

I write to question the story in The Citizen Weekend, Dec. 24-25, 2010 with the headline, “Study shows resolution of otitis media with chiropractic care.”

As I’m sure you are aware, “studies” such as the one described are usually classified as “Incidental,” implying they are interesting, but not in the least bit scientific.

Requirements for sound experimental designed studies are as follows: Control groups, placebos or sham procedures, blinded procedures, random assignment of subjects to study groups and adequate statistical power. Read More»

Peachtree City UMC will start new GriefShare session Jan. 13

GriefShare meetings Thursday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 308 at the church, 225 Robinson Rd., Peachtree City.

This is a support group for persons experiencing grief following the death of a friend or family member.

“Anyone experiencing grief finds sharing with others helpful when the others understand and share that experience,” a spokesperson said. “No one should go it alone.”

The cost is $18 dollars for workbooks. Scholarships are available if needed. Read More»

PTC to loosen tree requirements

Thursday night the Peachtree City Council is expected to consider a change that will loosen requirements for residents to get a tree removal permit.
Under the current ordinance, a resident seeking to cut down any tree of any size is required to get a tree removal permit from the city. The change would limit the permit requirement to only those trees that are defined as “protected or specimen trees” under city ordinance. Read More»

Aspiring producer is not chicken when it comes to making first film

I recently had the chance to see Peachtree City native Matthew Quandt’s first film “Dinner with Fred” at an early test screening a month before the official Los Angeles opening. Quandt, a graduate of Starr’s Mill High School, and a senior majoring in film studies at USC, has put a fine first rung on the ladder of his career. Read More»

Elizabeth Grace Cooke, 5

Elizabeth Grace Cooke, 5, passed away December 31, 2011.

Survivors include father & mother Peter & Jessica Cooke; maternal grandparents Larry & Wendy Miller; paternal grandparents David & Janet Cooke; and also great grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Read More»

Mrs. Aline P. Verlander of Peachtree City

Mrs. Aline P. Verlander of Peachtree City died December 30, 2010.

Mrs. Verlander was a long-time member of Beecher Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta and is currently a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church. She retired from the Atlanta Public School System.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Carl Verlander.

She is survived by her sons, Larry Verlander and his wife Ann of Johannesburg; Gene Verlander of Thomaston; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Read More»

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