Fayette County

Best sports year ever in Fayette

When the high school athletic season started last year, who knew it would arguably go down as the best in Fayette County history?

There is no doubt that sports fans in the county had become used to high schools competing for and winning state titles, but nobody could have predicted a year like this. Read More»

North to Alaska in Model A – Fayette couple drive for trip of a lifetime

Ray Besch — who portrays Santa Claus at local events — and wife Teri prepare to drive their restored 1931 Ford Model A to the Arctic Circle this summer. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It’s the story of Santa Claus and the school teacher and a trip nearly all the way to the North Pole. And it’s the story of Fayette County residents, Santa look-alike Ray Besch and Fayette County school teacher Teri Besch, who on June 1 began a 10,000 mile trip that will take them to the Arctic Circle and back in their fully restored 1931 Model A Deluxe Coupe.

Ray said the 1931 Model A Deluxe Coupe was re-built and restored to factory standards. Unlike some, the car was built to drive, not to show, Ray said smiling. Read More»

UPDATED: When will commission allow public to speak?

UPDATED: When will commission allow public to speak?

Won't require sign-up, but citizens may have to wait until end of meeting to speak

UPDATED for print version — Citizens wishing to address the Fayette County Commission in the future will not have to sign up a week in advance.

But they may have to wait to have their say to the end of any meeting, after all other business is conducted, under a proposal suggested Wednesday by Commission Chairman Herb Frady.

Frady noted that some of the citizens recently have become “boisterous” during public comments at the beginning of the meeting. Since there are sometimes Boy Scouts and other youths in the audience at the time, it’s not a good atmosphere, he said. Read More»

Haddix expresses ‘regret’ to Logsdon

The time has come to make a reply to the article in The Citizen concerning Harold Logsdon suing me in court for defamation, resulting from an email exchange on the subject of extended alcohol hours of sales. Read More»

Where’s Citizen scorn for gateway bridge?

Please tell me how the city’s incessant drumbeat request for funding of the “gateway bridge” has escaped resounding scorn and ridicule by [The Citizen].

Were you (or a representative) not at the County Commission meeting in January where the city’s mayor and engineer unabashedly and candidly admitted to missing the federally mandated deadline for final funding request submission? Did you not hear them cavalierly state that the city’s submission was several weeks past the more than once communicated submission deadline? Read More»

Citizens are my boss

The Wednesday meeting was a planning meeting, not a vote for policy.

I voted to carry the public agenda issue forward to the regular commission meeting, where the public will see what and who votes for citizens’ rights.

I am of the opinion and belief that the public comment section of the commission agenda be the FIRST item on the list.

The citizens need to freely express their opinions on the agenda items so that the commissioners will have an understanding of the citizens views of all items.

Our citizens are the BOSS. Read More»

Commission counts bees ahead of budget wreck

Our county is headed for a train wreck and our elected commissioners can’t seem to get anything done to prevent or even recognize it. The last workshop held June 1, the commission debated/discussed and argued for 40 minutes and could not agree on how many honeybees a resident could have in their front or back yard.

With all the many things that are affecting this county and its citizens, one would think the commission could get their act together. But, no, they can’t seem to agree on anything, not even bees. Read More»

Budget unsustainable, but Frady tries to shut out public comments

As someone who has been active in local politics for over 15 years, I ask you to heed the warning of Commissioner Steve Brown regarding the proposed fiscal year 2012 budget. Read More»

Frady, Horgan and Hearn continue to tune out voter complaints

Commissioner Frady thinks the public comment portion of the commissioners meetings should be moved to the end of the meeting. He claims the people are boisterous and that Boy Scouts sometimes are in attendance. He has got to be kidding.

The only person that is boisterous is the man yelling and slamming the gavel when Steve Brown is making a point. There is audio and video of all these meetings that will prove this point. Read More»

Starr’s Mill grad plays bully in NBC movie this Saturday

Dane Davenport as Nick, a bully in the NBC Summer Movie, “Field of Vision.” Photo/Special.

Dane Davenport, a graduate of Starr’s Mill High School and Auburn University, will appear in a television movie on NBC this Saturday night.

Davenport plays a high school football player bully in the new NBC Summer Movie, “Field of Vision.” The movie was filmed locally in Jonesboro and Tara Stadium this past spring. In addition to experience of working with actors like Faith Ford on a movie for network television, Davenport and his fellow actors got to learn how to play some football from high school and college level football players and coaches. Read More»

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