Fayette County

Melear’s BBQ closes its doors in F’ville

A long-standing Fayetteville institution has closed its doors, maybe permanently.

Melear’s Barbecue, a fixture in the community for more than 50 years, served its last customers Saturday. Ever since the restaurant’s gravel parking lot has been empty, its famous pig statue has been lonely, and another slice of Fayette history is practically gone with the wind. Read More»

Fayette Board of Education's Terri Smith elected to state association

Fayette Board of Education's Terri Smith elected to state association

Fayette County Board of Education Chairman Bob Todd at the school board meeting Jan. 18 congratulates board member Terri Smith, who was recently elected to serve as a district director for the Georgia School Boards Association. In the background are board members Janet Smola and Sam Tolbert. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Parading for Sandy Creek High School champions

Parading for Sandy Creek High School champions

Crowds in Tyrone cheered on a cold Saturday morning, Jan. 22, as the Sandy Creek High School Band paved the way down Senoia Road for the Parade of Champions recognizing the school’s 2010 Patriot football team, Georgia’s AAA football champs (their second consecutive state title), and the 2010 Lady Patriots Volleyball team, runner-up in the statewide competition. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New school chief ‘impressed’ by Fayette students, teachers

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. Jeff Bearden. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New Fayette County school Superintendent Jeff Bearden last week completed his first three weeks as head of the Fayette County School System. He shared his first impressions in an interview.

“I think the first thing I would like people to know are my first impressions on Fayette County and our school system. And I’m proud to use the term ‘our school system’ now and not the school system I’m looking forward to joining,” Bearden explained. Read More»

School chief: Job not created for Maine teacher friend

Fayette County School System Superintendent Jeff Bearden, fresh from Maine, has been on the job less than a month. And Bearden last week responded to several questions posed to him by The Citizen, including a query about a new female teacher from his home state of Maine who was approved for hire in December by the school board. Bearden was insistent that the teaching position was not created for this individual, Read More»

3 commissioners run closed government

Our three musketeer commissioners, Frady, Horgan and Hearn, continue the legacy of Jack Smith and Eric Maxwell. That legacy is nothing more than a manipulative, deceptive and closed process government.

As a prime example of the manipulative and closed form of government the citizens of Fayette County have been subjected to over the last four years, our former commission tried to sneak through a change in the county’s charter, which would give the commissioners control over the Board of Elections member selections. Read More»

Stop free benefits to illegal aliens in Ga.

Representative Matt Ramsey has been working with others in the Georgia General Assembly, including D.A. King of the Dustin Inman Society, and many concerned Georgians. I was delighted to read that the committee process will begin next week.

It is time to put a halt to the swarm on Georgia’s free benefits program to those who have crossed our borders unlawfully, thereby becoming criminals who kill jobs and put a $1.5 billion hole in the state’s economy during 2009. Read More»

Federal government is hiring 193,000 additional workers. Why?

Sorting the Jan. 16 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, I was sick to see the headline on the “ajcjobs” section read, “Government needs to add 193,000 hires.”

I know what you’re saying: “Why would you read the AJC?” Friends are out of town and said we could have their Sunday paper for the coupons. Wife can’t pass them up. Read More»

What’s changed in America: Value of life has measurably declined

“Welcome back to America!”, I keep thinking as we re-adjust to having been away for two years in Japan. I learned a lot living overseas, about myself, my country, and particularly about how important it is for a culture to value human life above all things.

Unfortunately, one of the biggest trends I notice upon my return is how human life has become increasingly cheap in the U.S. To illustrate this trend I’d like to talk about the following items: the war in Afghanistan, stem cells, gay marriage, Obama, and Alzheimer’s Read More»

20th century scourges: Nazism, Communism, Abortionism

This Monday, the Pro Life movement demonstrated throughout the country for the right to life and an end to abortion. The Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade ruling made abortion legal in this country causing the deaths of millions of innocent human beings. Why did this happen?

The twentieth century has experienced some of the most brutal and evil philosophies ever known by mankind – Communism and Nazism. These philosophies, which believe the ends justifies the means, were used to murder millions of innocent human beings for the greater good. Read More»

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