Fayette County

Jones: ‘What would you do?’

[Editor’s note: The Citizen posed several questions to John E. Jones, one of the plaintiffs in the Voting Rights Act lawsuit, following the close of qualifying for the upcoming primary elections. The questions follow Mr. Jones’ response below.]

The most important thing I can tell you is that the lawsuit is a result of a violation of the Voting Rights Act more so than a discrimination lawsuit.

The NAACP never wanted to sue and truly hoped for an out of court settlement.

During the qualifying period, candidates were totally free to run or withdraw as they see fit. Read More»

How about districts for Hispanic, Asians?

In reference to Kim Learnard’s letter of April 2, 2014 (“Stop the insanity”):

Kim’s position on not opposing district voting by using her council position in Peachtree City as a “bully pulpit” is off base.

Fayette County, founded in 1821, sub-divided in 1858, with all voting at-large. This form of government, and voting, has created a very successful county.

The South was punished in 1965 with a voting rights act. An activist judge, Timothy Batten, was appointed in 2005, and wants to change 193 years of history by requiring district voting. Read More»

Crime blights Fayette

Thank you so much for what you do. We the citizens of Fayette County feel this paper on Wednesday is “our” paper.

But, how very, very sad to see crime all over the front page. This is your job to report and we need to know. However, the citizens of Fayette County need to stand up for decency and quit being so nice and politically correct if this is what it brings.

We have been residents since 1976 and the changes of current times are very disturbing. Even something as minor as the trash up and down the side of the roads and in parking lots shows the lack of respect for our county. Read More»

DOT’s ‘typical junk’ favors signals over traffic circles

I read the article about the crash at state roads 34 and 54 with interest — and surprise — that these don’t occur more often. The road “design” in that area is typical Georgia junk that favors congestion over flow.

The triangle formed by SR34, SR54, and Fischer Road should be changed to a large traffic circle. SR34, SR54, Fischer Road, and Lower Fayetteville Road would be the primary “spokes” to the circle.

As is great about traffic circles, other spokes could be used for the shopping areas nearby. No signals. Flow. Read More»

2 views on climate change

The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “Summary for Policymakers” was released on March 31, 2014. Not all of the news is good.

The impact of global climate change is different throughout the world. The assessments of the impact are based on models which incorporate different assumptions. It’s good science (which can be studied more closely in the Working Group II study at http://ipcc-wg2.gov/AR5/report/final-drafts/). Read More»

Myeloma numbers increase

I am contacting you about a proclamation that [was] presented to our group March 20 by Mayor Clifton and the Fayetteville City Council. This proclamation [also declared] March as Myeloma Awareness Month.

I am a member of the Southside Myeloma Support Group led by Mrs. Doris Morgan, founder. Additionally, we work closely with the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, which serves over 1,000 myeloma patients.

We appreciate the mayor’s help in raising awareness of myeloma, also called multiple myeloma. Read More»

We apologize for website problems

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Fayette County arrests report — March 25-31

The following arrests were reported by local law enforcement agencies for the past week. All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty. Rather than indicating the age of those arrested, only the year of birth will be noted below due to law enforcement procedural changes.
 
Tuesday, March 25 - Monday, March 31
 
Fayette County Sheriff’s Office
 
Jamara M.

Drama, music provide structure for services at COS this weekend

“The Cry of the Whole Congregation” is a dramatic portrayal of the events in the last week before Jesus’ resurrection. It will provide the structure for all services this weekend, April 12 and 13, at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Peachtree City. The service was written by Walter Wangerin, a noted pastor/professor/novelist/essayist. He employs four story-tellers, three of whom assume the roles of Pilate, Judas, and Peter; the fourth voices the words of Jesus.

Dancers, drummers, and musicians all help propel the narrative, but in reality all in the congregation are cast members. Read More»

Mount Olive Baptist plans Men’s Day, revivals for April

Mt. Olive Baptist Church will celebrate Men’s Day on April 13 with guest speaker Minister Antone Smith at 10 a.m. The church also will have three consecutive Wednesday Night Revivals, April 16, 23 and 30, each at 7 p.m. nightly.

Pastor Tamarcus Cook of St. Smyrna Baptist Church will preach on April 16, Pastor Keith Staley of Chosen Generation will speak April 23, and Pastor Collier Starks of Rebirth Christian Outreach Center will speak on April 30.

Mt. Olive is at 1565 Ga. Hwy. 92 N., Fayetteville.

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