Fayette County

Brown: PTC Council’s censure of Haddix’s free speech is troubling

You have, no doubt, heard the expression, “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Another reality alongside that statement is it disappears so slowly you do not realize you are losing it.

Freedom of expression is part of the bedrock of our country. Our country works because our people can publicly address both the good and the bad with honesty and candor. Likewise, countering public expression with yet more public expression, regardless of controversy, is permitted. Read More»

GOP wants 2 things: ‘Regain White House and enrich themselves’

The past few weeks watching congressional efforts to deal with the self-imposed debt crisis have been at once mesmerizing and disgusting.

Republican leaders harp and harp on broadening the tax base (meaning flattening it out so they pay less) and tirelessly work to protect the wealthy from any tax increases whatsoever.

As far as I have been able to see, their plan for economic recovery is nothing more that further tax breaks for the rich. They are vainly trying to convince the public that trickle down economics is viable. It simply is not. Read More»

A healthcare case for free enterprise, less government regulation

It is a hard fact that free enterprise made America into the world’s premiere, free and pluralistic country it still is today. But apparently it is not considered equally and universally that that same free enterprise will keep America a free and prosperous country in the future.

There are those that believe government is the cure-all, of which we need more. I suggest to look at another hard fact: the public sector requires lots of funds but does not produce any [funds]. Only the private sector can produce the revenue that enables government to exist. Read More»

Go see ‘The Help’ but remember some realities of that time

I would like to make a few comments about the movie “The Help” written by a Georgia woman. There are a few things you should remember before you spend your hard-earned money to see this movie.

I am 76 years old and I remember the 1940s during the war years, and I also remember things my mom told me about the hard times people lived back then in the ‘20s and ‘30s. Read More»

Disabling bureaucracy

Leave it to a government agency to figure out how to waste money and to create more work for employees (so that, ultimately, more employees will be needed). Leave it to the Fayette County tax office to take the lead in this waste.

Several years ago, I applied for and received blue and white hanging tag with the image of a wheelchair. It’s the thing that allows me to use parking spaces reserved for disabled persons. The tag can be red and white; the wheelchair symbol can be incorporated in a vehicle’s regular license plate. Read More»

Calling all candidates for Nov. city elections

Nov. 8, 2011 is election day for municipalities in Fayette County. If you live in the city limits of Peachtree City, Tyrone, Fayetteville or Brooks, this election is for you.

Tyrone citizens will be [selecting] their mayor for the next four years. Tyrone incumbent Don Rehwaldt has stated emphatically that he will not run for reelection.

In addition to the mayor’s race, Tyrone Council posts 1 and 2 are up for grabs.

Fayetteville voters will choose the mayor and Council posts 1 and 2.

Brooks has Council Posts 3, 4, and 5 being voted on this November. Read More»

Girl Scouts hold successful drive

Girl Scout Troop 19341 had a successful hygiene drive benefitting Stand Up For Kids, an organization that provides showers, support and an occasional hot meal to homeless juveniles in metro Atlanta.

Through this drive, the girls collected about 5,000 travel-size hygiene items. These items enabled the girls to create 202 hygiene packets and over 600 mini-packets.

Stand Up For Kids was happy to receive the packets, as the difference between getting a job or not could be the appearance of the applicant. And that job makes the difference between living on the street or off. Read More»

Heritage, Providence Divorce Care classes start tonight

Heritage Christian Church will once again partner withProvidence United Methodist Church to offer Divorce Care and Divorce Care for Kids this fall.

Group meetings will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and run through Nov. 9. Meeting times are from 6:30 – 8 p.m. and will be at Heritage Christian Church, 2130 Redwine Rd., Fayetteville.

“DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences,” a spokesperson said. “You do not have to go through separation or divorce alone.” Read More»

Baskin to lead services at The Center, New Gate

On Aug. 27 and 28, New Gate Church will host Paul Baskin for worship and prophetic ministry. Baskin served several years as the worship leader at IHOP in Kansas City.Baskin will lead in worship and will also minister to individuals prophetically — and often that comes out as a song for or over that person.

New Gate Church, has partnered with Get Real Ministries for two venues for Baskin, which will allow for more people to benefit from his ministry. Read More»

FUMC’s S.A.G.E. heads for St. Simons Island September 26

The S.A.G.E. group (Senior Adults Going Everywhere) at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church is planning a trip to St. Simons Island Sept. 26 through 29 for an “Autumn Adventure: Tracing footsteps From the Past.” The group will stay at Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island.

The cost is $349.40 per person and includes lodging, eight meals, entrance fees plus $50 bus fee. The deadline to register is Aug. 26 and trip is contingent on a 15 person minimum. Read More»

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