Fayette County

F’ville Mayor Steele flip-flops to left of center

The most difficult thing for me to comprehend as a Fayette County resident is how we ended up with so many elected officials on the center-left of the political spectrum. They talk the talk in front of the local conservative audiences, but their actions tell a much different story.

My ears perked up at the Sept, 22 Board of Commissioners meeting when Commissioner Robert Horgan kept saying we were a “progressive” county. The term “progressive” is often used in our modern political parlance to merely avoid the word “liberal.” President Obama proudly describes himself as being “progressive.” Read More»

Steele unveils new tax and spend boondoggle

This past week was the tax and spend gala of the year. In case you missed the festivities, here’s a quick re-cap of how your local government is having an extravagant spending spree at our expense.

On Tuesday Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele announced a new, never-before-heard-of program called the Fayette County Public-Private Transportation Program. Straight away, let me explain this uneconomical and inefficient plot to create more bureaucracy and waste more of our money. Read More»

Imker warned of tunnel vision on PTC budget

Mr. Steve Allen made a passionate plea at the July 11th Peachtree City budget workshop asking that the city look for ways to increase revenues. His call was for our government to spend as much time looking for revenue increases as it does cost reductions. He does have a point and it is worthy of consideration.

It is unfortunate that his letter of introduction to the voters was generally so negative and also filled with inaccuracies and half-truths. If I were to address each one, this letter would be as long as his and would put you to sleep. Read More»

Candidate Allen pledges principled teamwork, focus on future

City councils, like other organizations, work best when they are operating under common goals and are functioning, as a team. This will be my approach, should I be elected to Peachtree City Council Post 1.

In addition to the City Council, the city management and staff are also members of this team working toward specific goals as well. Credit should be acknowledged and given to all the members of the team for their work versus one person taking that credit for themselves. Read More»

Dienhart: It was mistake to downgrade development authority

Since my opponent dropped out of the race, I requested a series of meetings with the mayor, all members of the City Council and the city manager. The mayor, city manager, and council members Sturbaum, Learnard, and Fleisch responded, and we have an ongoing dialog that will help me benefit from their experience, and become an effective public servant from the beginning of my term.

I’d like to thank them for their time — not all public servants are conscientious enough to help a future colleague. Read More»

Tea Party members are blind to costs of massive deregulation

Mr. Canin of Senoia wrote a very heartfelt letter recently explaining what the Tea Party is not. He professes the apolitical nature of the Tea Party while acknowledging that it is certainly more closely held by Republicans. He does tell us the Tea Party is not for any government which rings up a 14 trillion dollar debt. I must confess that on that particular note we can certainly agree.

But political change is not wrought by apolitical means. If one is for free markets, that is a practical statement but its enactment is guaranteed only through the political process. Read More»

Starting the day with a biscuit

Front, left to right, Alex Neal. Joshua Martinez. Back, left to right, Wyatt Burke, Levi Kerlin, George Harris, and Dylan Crozier. Photo/Special.

The Biscuit Club meets on the first Thursdays of the month during the school year at Lisbon Baptist Church. The group meets around 7:45 am, and the church provides transportation to Whitewater High School. Those who would like to attend are asked to call the church, 770-461-1583, so that enough biscuits will be available. Shown front, left to right, Alex Neal. Joshua Martinez. Back, left to right, Wyatt Burke, Levi Kerlin, George Harris, and Dylan Crozier. Photo/Special.

Local churches will host ‘blessing of the animals’ services in October

Pastor Miriam Beecher (center) and Pastor Fritz Wiese (in clerical collar) of Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City are shown blessing animals at last year’s event. The blessings are an annual event for many local churches and usually are well-attended. Photo/Special.

Several churches in the Fayette area will hold special services to bless animals of parishioners and members of the community during the next couple of weeks.

Most require that animals be kept confined either on a leash or in a carrier and that they be accompanied by an adult.

The Episcopal Church of the Nativity will hold its annual blessing of the animals and pet fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 Read More»

Fayette Churches join forces for ‘Unite!’ weekend

Churches in Fayette County will cooperate on Oct. 1 for “Unite!” Weekend.

Dubbed “Compassion in Action,” the churches will work on a wide variety of projects, some accomplished by churches individually, some done in connection with other congregations.

This is the second year for “Unite!” in Fayette county. Some agencies benefitting from the work are Midwest Food Bank, Keep Peachtree City Beautiful, Pregnancy Resource Center, Christian City, Covenant House, and Real Life Center. A crew of 60 will do construction at Griffin Play Park, and another will provide tornado relief. Read More»

Hopewell’s Pumpkin Patch opens Sunday

The annual Hopewell United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch will open for business Sunday, Oct. 2. All proceeds go toward mission projects at the church.

The Patch will be open Monday through Saturday from noon until 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12:30 to 7 p.m.

The Patch offers pumpkins in a variety of sizes and prices.

Hopewell UMC is at 351 Jenkins Rd. in Tyrone, directly across from Sandy Creek High School.

For more information contact the church office, 770-306-7537.

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