Fayette County

New Year’s stops net 12 arrests, 46 tickets

A Fayette County deputy sheriff checks the license of a motorist New Year’s Eve. Several such checkpoints yielded arrests and contraband. Photo/Ben Nelms.

New Year’s Eve is one of those occasions when people should strongly consider what they are doing on Fayette County’s roadways. Roadchecks and patrols conducted by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office around the county on Dec. 31 resulted in 46 citations, 12 arrests and 17 warnings issued. Read More»

Rep. Ramsey: Fair Tax in Ga.’s future?

Rep. Ramsey: Fair Tax in Ga.’s future?

Sees move from ‘counter-productive’ income taxes to consumption-based tax

As the 2011 session of the General Assembly begins next week, Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) expects legislators will be grappling with the state economy, alternatives for taxation, immigration and the future of the HOPE scholarship.

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) was also contacted for this report, but Chance did not return phone calls or respond to emails. Read More»

Mass transit maps not idle exercises

Commissioner Allen McCarty and I were given the oath of office on Dec. 27. At the end of the ceremony, I had several maps on display for the audience so they could actually view a realistic picture of what the future holds.

As an aside, both Commissioner McCarty and I were deeply grateful to see so many people attend the ceremony with temperatures in the 20s. We appreciate your support. Read More»

Thanks to ‘our wonderful’ Obama

Just yesterday, I opened my mail to find a wonderful $250 check from Medicare.

This came from the Affordable Care Act, a new law passed by Congress and signed by our wonderful President Obama on March 30, 2010.

With all the negativity surrounding this healthcare bill, and the scare tactics used by some to our seniors, the reality is the Democrats are looking out for the seniors.

This rebate of $250 is sent automatically to people enrolled in Medicare Part D who reach the Medicare drug plans coverage gap (doughnut hole) in 2010. Read More»

The rest of the story about Bill of Rights

In response to Mr. Timothy Parker’s letter in last Wednesday’s edition, I hereby submit the following for your consideration.

Mr. Parker sees no historical basis for Dr. Hendrickson’s claim that, “To the founders, government’s sole legitimate purpose is to protect our rights.”

Yet in the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote, “all Men are created equal ... endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights ... That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men.” Seems to me Jefferson is saying government is supposed to protect our rights. Read More»

Chiropractic story has unscientific basis

I write to question the story in The Citizen Weekend, Dec. 24-25, 2010 with the headline, “Study shows resolution of otitis media with chiropractic care.”

As I’m sure you are aware, “studies” such as the one described are usually classified as “Incidental,” implying they are interesting, but not in the least bit scientific.

Requirements for sound experimental designed studies are as follows: Control groups, placebos or sham procedures, blinded procedures, random assignment of subjects to study groups and adequate statistical power. Read More»

Fayetteville First UMC offers Bible study opportunities

The Fayetteville First United Methodist Church will offer several opportunities for Bible study classes beginning in January.

The Rev. Mark Westmoreland will lead an eight-week study on the Book of Romans beginning Jan 5. Classes will meet Wednesday nights at 6:15. There is no cost for the class. Read More»

Peachtree City UMC will start new GriefShare session Jan. 13

GriefShare meetings Thursday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 308 at the church, 225 Robinson Rd., Peachtree City.

This is a support group for persons experiencing grief following the death of a friend or family member.

“Anyone experiencing grief finds sharing with others helpful when the others understand and share that experience,” a spokesperson said. “No one should go it alone.”

The cost is $18 dollars for workbooks. Scholarships are available if needed. Read More»

FFUMC will offer Financial Peace University beginning this month

Fayetteville First United Methodist Church (FFUMC will offer multiple courses in Financial Peace University, a 13-week course, winter through spring 2011. The course benefits couples and individuals of all ages, those with or without debt. Read More»

F’ville to look at business taxes, trespass violations

The Fayetteville City Council at its Jan. 6 meeting will consider a state initiative designed to have the state and cities work together to collect all business tax that are due. The council will also hear the first reading of an ordinance that will put trespassing violations under city court jurisdiction.

City staff are recommending that Fayetteville participate in an initiative by the Georgia Dept. of Revenue (DOR) and the Georgia Municipal Association aimed at collecting all the sales tax due state and local governments. Read More»

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