Fayette County

Brown: Following rules on the dam

I read the letter from Mr. Charles Phillis on July 16 regarding his claims that the situation concerning the spillway and the dam at Lake Peachtree are being mismanaged.

Mr. Phillis referred the situation as an “overreaction to standard maintenance problems” from the county government.

First of all, the city of Peachtree City called in engineering consultants as owners of the dam, not the county, and upon reading the findings took the issue up with state agency that oversees such matters. That was the right thing to do. Read More»

Bloom helps out troubled kids

The world can be a pretty tough place, and home is supposed to be the place that is safe from harm’s way. But that is not always the case, including for children. Addressing a variety of foster care and other needs is Fayette County’s nonprofit Bloom Our Youth, an organization which provides placement in the Friday-Johnson children’s home, operates the Bloom Closet in Fayetteville and works with foster parents. Read More»

Lake Peachtree dam debacle: Questions to be asked

I feel that Steve Brown’s letter to the editor regarding Lake Peachtree warrants a rebuttal. I’ve heard enough from government officials at all levels explaining away this mess as completely unavoidable.

Our local media deserves some criticism also. The lack of follow-up questions to government officials hasn’t served the citizens of our city well at all. Here are some possibilities:

When was the decision made to drain the lake? Read More»

Council harmony breath of fresh air

There were a number of reasons why I considered running for City Council. One was I was tired of listening to the unprofessional bickering between some of the sitting council members at that time.

I made my final decision to run for a council seat after witnessing yet another shouting match between a couple of council members at a council meeting.

I was determined that, if elected, I would do all I could to bring the council together as a professional team that worked towards a common goal of bettering our community. Read More»

60s legend is set to play Fayetteville

Gary Puckett. Photo/Special.

On Saturday, Southern Ground Amphitheater in Fayetteville will feature the late-60s Grammy Award winning band, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap. Opening for Gary Puckett is Atlanta-based group, R&B, Inc.

Between 1968-1970, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap had six consecutive gold records. This west-coast, American pop band sold more records than any other artist in 1968 and had the ladies swooning to such classics as “Young Girl,” “Lady Willpower, “ and their version of the Bee Gees hit, “To Love Somebody.” Read More»

America’s fights are always about freedom

It’s been my privilege the past few months to work along with pastor Dr. Knox Herdon on his American Heritage Museum. The museum is nothing but a trailer that can be hauled from place to place to display the history of America from the Revolutionary War up until the War on Terror.

No matter what time period you might be looking at inside of that museum, you’ll note that every American fighting for this nation was fighting for “freedom.” Read More»

An ode to Velveeta

I have — at long last — found a reason for the existence of Sprawl Mart, also known as “China Incorporated.”

If you’re not a Southerner, either by birth or adoption, the following may mean little to you; however, Sprawl Mart seems to be the only place in Peachtree City where one can purchase Velveeta Shredded cheese. Read More»

Picture a big wooden sign off Hwy. 54: ‘Pineywood’

Many are talking about the new Fayette Pinewood Studios. The thinking is that this will open up doors to a lot of new indirectly related businesses in the area and that it will basically change the face of Fayette.

This new industry will not only bring movie production, but spills over with the need for a ton of other business endeavors from hair styling and construction needs to business expertise and entertainment sources, and on and on.

Let’s face it, a whole empire of newness surrounds the movie industry. The face of Fayette most likely will change. Read More»

Musical legend to play The Fred

Michael Bolton. Photo/Special.

The Lexus of South Atlanta Summer Concert Series continues on July 26 with Michael Bolton playing The Fred in Peachtree City.

After four decades in the music industry, Michael Bolton has become one the most successful musicians of our time. Few musicians have touched so many people’s lives in so many ways.

Bolton has sold between 50 and 60 million records. He’s won two Grammy awards for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance. He has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards, including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million Air Awards and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Read More»

Walter F. Burch, 98 of Fayetteville

Walter F. Burch, 98 of Fayetteville passed away July 3, 2014 at his residence.

Walter, born in Woolsey, Ga. was preceded in death by his parents, Walter L. and Mary Jane Fields Burch, step-mother Verna Roberts Burch, wife Beatrice, brothers Gray and Iris Burch, and sisters Mary Jean Burch and Eva Hardin. Read More»

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