Fayette County

West Bypass takings show loss of our rights

Concerning the unending debate over the West Fayetteville Bypass and its many tentacles: The founders never intended this kind of abuse when they wrote the 5th Amendment, which in part says, “nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”

You simply cannot reason that building luxury condos (or useless roads) is a public use with a straight face.

Public use is generally defined as a use that benefits the public not specific individuals. Read More»

Commissioners’ missteps have become table talk at Fayette restaurants

I am submitting some comments I made during the April 28 Board of Commissioners meeting:

Several events came together over the past few weeks that have brought me to write a letter to the editor. The culmination of these events came to a head last week over dinner with a group of friends at a local restaurant in Peachtree City.

Over the course of the evening our conversation turned to local politics. I started a discussion about county politics and the issues that were important to me, these being:

1. West Fayetteville Bypass

2. Mass transit to Fayette County Read More»

Commissioner Hearn just keeps digging his self-made pit even deeper

Here we go again with the sneaky crusade of Commissioner Lee Hearn. First, in 2010, we had a situation where a full quorum of the Fayette County Board of Commissioners was spotted having an improper meeting in a local restaurant in Fayetteville to discuss how they were going to change the county’s Board of Elections to their advantage. However, the new commissioners Allen McCarty and Steve Brown broke that up when they took office. Read More»

Hopewell to host chicken barbecue, yard sale, bake sale, car wash May 21

Tyrone’s Hopewell United Methodist Church will hold its annual Chick-N-Que on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $7.50.

The meal cosists of a barbecued chicken half, coleslaw, baked beans, bread, and iced tea. Proceeds from the Chick-N-Que fund the many mission projects of the church.

In addition to the Chick-N-Que, there will also be a yard sale, and a bake sale, and the youth will sponsor a car wash from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Members of the community are invited to rent space at the yard sale for a fee of $20. Call Pat Powers, 770-632-9050, for information. Read More»

Brown questions elections board member’s land interest

Embattled appointee Lester controls 109 acres near West Fayetteville Bypass

Fallout continues from the Feb. 24 appointment of John Addison Lester III to Fayette County’s elections board.

At the May 4 Fayette County Commission meeting, it was revealed that Lester is the managing partner of a family group that owns 109 acres of land near the West Fayetteville Bypass.

Commissioner Steve Brown claimed that the parcel is adjacent to the bypass, but county maps clearly depict it being one parcel west of the new road. Read More»

Square Foot Ministry plans yard sale May 21

Square Foot Ministry (SFM), a ministry of Fayetteville First United Methodist Church (FFUMC) and local non-profit organization, is seeking donated items for its annual yard sale planned for Saturday, May 21. The yard sale will be in the parking lot and Family Life Center of FFUMC from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday only.

Items that will be accepted include furniture, books, jewelry., small appliances, knick-knacks, toys, linens, sporting equipment and household goods in good, saleable condition. Read More»

Burglary in N. F’ville nets $15K cash, jewels

Fayetteville Police are investigating a residential burglary in the Woodbine subdivision off White Road where the basement door was kicked in and a large sum of cash and diamond jewelry was stolen.

Department spokesperson Mike Whitlow said the burglary occurred between May 1-9. The exact date is not known since the homeowner did not check the basement door on each of those days.

Whitlow said the burglar made off with what was reported as $15,000 in $100 bills, diamond jewelry and a laptop computer. Read More»

Gosdin birth

Brian and Jana Gosdin of Sharpsburg announce the birth of their son, Jax Bricen Gosdin, born at 5:06 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Piedmont Fayette Hospital, Fayetteville. He weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long. Paternal grandparents are Joel and Sandra Gosdin of Woolsey. Maternal grandparents are Steve and Roxy Gadzicki and Dan Schulz of Peachtree City. Great-grandmothers are Margaret Ellington of LaGrange and Shirley Freeman of Clarion, Iowa.

Fayette County budget may go up again; healthcare, fuel costs blamed

With a projected revenue decline of $2.1 million for the coming fiscal year, combined with escalating gas and healthcare costs, the upcoming budget hearings for the Fayette County Commission look to be those of further belt-tightening. Read More»

Thieves hit parked cars at Fayette churches, gyms

New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville was struck again Sunday morning by thieves who shattered the windows of two parked vehicles to get cash and credit cards, sheriff’s officials said.

And Peachtree City had five entering auto cases in five days recently as well, including two at local gyms, which has been a recurring matter, police said. Read More»

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