Fayette County

Some uses just unwanted in industrial areas, F’ville decides

The Fayetteville City Council last week acted as expected and unanimously approved changes that eliminated a number of inappropriate or undesirable permitted uses in the city’s manufacturing zoning districts.

Now banned are meat processing plants, wastewater treatment facilities, sawmills and other milling operations, sanitary landfills and waste transfer facilities. Read More»

Fayette sheriff’s charity program helps 39 kids have merry Christmas

Shopping with a sheriff’s deputy

Sometimes the best way to make sure someone gets what they want, and particularly what they need, for Christmas, is to take them shopping.

That’s just what members of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office did Saturday morning at the Fayetteville Walmart.

Armed with more than $15,000 in donations from the community, they were able to take 39 needy children and their families shopping for necessities such as coats, shoes, clothes and bedding ... and a few nice toys too. Read More»

F'ville woman turns 102 on Christmas Eve

Rowena Pickens, soon to be 102, stands in from of her grandson’s Christmas tree in Fayetteville. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Through 19 presidents, and 2 world wars, the centenarian’s secret: ‘Learn to adapt’

Rowena Pickens laughs easily. At 101 years old (Rowena turns 102 this Friday, Christmas Eve), why waste time doing anything else? As she says, she “has had a good, full life,” but she doesn’t show any signs of slowing down any time soon either.

Theodore Roosevelt was president when she was born; 18 more presidents have been elected since.

Born in Milford, Ohio on Dec. 24, 1908, Rowena was just like many other children. The exception was having a birthday so close to Christmas. Read More»

Surplus forecast for Fayette BoE, amid calls to restore teacher pay

Reports on the financial state of the Fayette County School System show that both revenues and expenditures are on track to end the year June 30 with a $17 million fund balance. Read More»

Fayette tops in Georgia for life expectancy

Folks in Fayette County have longer life expectancies than anyone else living anywhere else in Georgia — 78.9 years — according to a new study. Read More»

Leonard Goodman, 94, of Peachtree City

Leonard Goodman of 103 Flintlock Court, Peachtree City, GA died on December 13, 2010.

Born in Tacoma, WA in 1916, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. After serving in the Army in Alaska during World War II, he joined Pan American World Airways as a pilot. He flew out of San Francisco, then Frankfurt a. M. in Germany and finally New York. He retired in 1976 and moved to Georgia in 1979.

He was predeceased by his wife Mimi in 2003. Read More»

Miss Willette Brown, 90, of Fayetteville

Miss Willette Brown, 90, passed away on December 20, 2010 at Savannah Court in Newnan surrounded by her caring family.

Born in the Ebenezer Community of Fayette County to loving parents, Elizabeth (Lizzie) McEachern Brown and Marcus L. Brown, Jr., she was a graduate of Fayette County High School. After attending West Georgia (now State University of West Georgia) and teaching for a few years, she embarked on a long career at Standard Oil. After residing in Jacksonville, FL for a number of years, she returned to Fayetteville in 1957. Read More»

It’s Steele who ends up being divisive

You will recall how Peachtree City Mayor Don Haddix was chastised as our proposed representative to Regional Transportation Roundtable (RTR), a group mandated by House Bill 277 for structuring a region-wide sale tax referendum for transportation.

Haddix simply suggested that we look into joining the Three River Region to the south instead of remaining in the ARC. Afterward, Haddix received a stinging reprisal, something akin to a smear campaign, saying he had tarnished our county’s image in our region with his talk. However, nothing could have been further from the truth. Read More»

Tax rates have no effect on job creation

Raising top tax rates for high income individuals kills jobs – right? At least that’s what I keep hearing from politicians and pundits.

Here is the argument: Most small business income taxes are paid by the business owners (because these businesses are typically “flow through” entities like S-corporations, partnerships, etc.). Many of these business owners have high incomes. If you tax these people more, their businesses will have less money to hire people. This is part of the reason we just increased the federal debt by $544 billion to extend the Bush tax cuts for two years. Read More»

So-called conservatives now are playthings of the rich who benefit most but contribute least

Dr. Mark Hendrickson’s article in last week’s Citizen is, I believe, representative of present day conservative intellectualism and its selective choices. The difficulty with intellectually selective choices in the end are their wrongheaded conclusions.

Example: WWI taught French military intellectuals that war favored a strong defense. They convinced the French people and political establishment to spend inordinate sums building an “impregnable” line. Read More»

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