Fayette County

One dead, one injured in wreck at Hwy. 74/Aberdeen Pkwy.

Investigating officers stand between two of the four vehicles involved in the fatal collisions Wednesday morning in Peachtree City at the intersection of Ga. Highway 74 and Aberdeen Parkway. Photo/Dave Niebes.

Update: 5 p.m., Feb. 9 — Preliminary information supplied by the Peachtree City Police Dept. indicates that an East Point man, 37-year-old Thomas McGhee, was killed in the traffic accident that occurred Wednesday at approximately 8:10 a.m. at the intersection of Ga. Highway 74 and Aberdeen Parkway.

Department spokesperson Mark Brown said McGhee at the time of the accident was traveling southbound on Ga. Highway 74. McGhee was pronounced dead at the scene, Brown said. Read More»

The woes of even legal immigration

As a U.K citizen living and working legally in the U.S., I must respond to Bob Ross’s reference to “orderly processes” for would-be legal immigrants (The Citizen, 2/2/11).

The immigration system is completely broken. There’s no orderly process.

In 2005 I applied for a specialty technical position in Atlanta, with one of the world’s top media companies. I got that job on merit, as “there was no qualified American wiling or able” — that’s the INS rules.

It took me four years to get to the U.S. due to INS visa issues. Read More»

PTC police: Have they gone too soft?

Are PTC police too soft? Or just too busy harassing citizens to catch the real bad guys?

I was reading in the paper about the robbery that took place at the PeachMac store at The Avenue on Jan. 26. And how the police were able to pursue the suspect’s vehicle that left the scene, but terminated their pursuit along North Peachtree Parkway because the suspect was driving recklessly. Read More»

Former candidate Wilkerson: Fayette must move to district voting

How much longer can the two main governing bodies of Fayette County (County Commission and School Board) pretend to be living on an island? As much as our leaders try to ignore it and convince us likewise, Fayette does not exist on an island unto itself. Actually, the School Board has done a far superior job than the County Commission in governing as part of a much larger society than just the island of Fayette. However, this cannot be said of the County Commission. Read More»

PTC author’s Civil War book for children libels the South, omits facts

Carole Marsh of Peachtree City is author and publisher of a series of booklets called “The Student’s Civil War,” designed for grades 4 to 8, marketed nationwide.

The series consists of six booklets; I have read only the one entitled “What Was The Civil War All About?” This one is, without a doubt, the most important and I wanted to see their answers. In the research process, Mrs. Marsh and her team, she says “... assembled more than 200 books and even more magazines, pamphlets, newspapers, and other information from the past...” as reported in a large article by The Citizen on Jan. 12. Read More»

Mr. Leonard Woodrow Shaw, 92, of Fayetteville

Mr. Leonard Woodrow Shaw, 92, passed away on Feb. 4, 2011.

After 30 years of service, Mr. Shaw retired as the manager of the retail department at Isaly’s Dairy in Youngstown. He later retired from McArthur’s Dairy in Miami.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Emerson Shaw and Bertha Marie Dietzel Shaw and his sister, Dorothy Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Della L. Shaw; son, Leonard Shaw Jr. of Westminster, S.C.; daughter, Diana Lynn Balas and her husband, Robert of Fayetteville; five grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Read More»

Our leaders today are the modern Herodians

Sitting in church the other day, when I should have been paying attention to the readings and sermon, a thought came to me.

I began thinking of St. John the Baptist and how he was murdered by Herod at the behest of his wife, Herodias. John was killed not only because he “spoke truth to power,” but because he spoke about the sexual morality of the person in power. Read More»

Think through trade barriers

Free trade should not be voted down by politicians looking to advance their own agendas. While some gain a great deal from trade and some do not, overall the allocation is efficient and more goods are enjoyed overall. The refusal to renew the contract with no tax imports of Columbia and Ecuador most likely will harm consumers by higher prices incurred. Read More»

Steele takes a beating at Fayette GOP breakfast; Frady should resign

I want to applaud Commissioner Steve Brown on his recent presentation to the Fayette GOP. It was truly an example of truth speaking to power.

I noted commissioners Hearn and Horgan were present and both were clearly attempting to connect with the people. They would not be there if it were not for the fact they fear us, the “Take Back Fayette County” people who got Smith and Maxwell defeated in the recent elections. Read More»

Frady, Horgan and Hearn guilty of fiscal irresponsibility on West Bypass

Many of us Fayette citizens are appalled at Fayette Commission Chairman Herb Frady’s lack of respect for open government.

Commissioner Steve Brown had every right to speak on the West Fayetteville Bypass during the commissioner reports section of the meeting and Chairman Frady knows it.

Chairman Frady needs to know that if he is going to be a leader, he needs to be ready to accept some criticism. Chairman Frady, unfortunately, is not ready to be big enough to allow words of disapproval regarding his pro-developer stance on the “road to nowhere” labeled the West Fayetteville Bypass. Read More»

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