Healthcare bill will lower costs

Georgians don’t just need access to affordable healthcare; Georgians need greater access to meaningful healthcare. The free-market principles of competition can help drive down costs, provide for greater accessibility, and provide Georgians with more healthcare options. Read More»

Second chance Thrift Shop plans spring sale and pancake breakfast

The Second Chance Thrift Shop in Brooks will have its annual sale in the gym at Brooks United Methodist Church on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be bargains on everything from clothes to furniture.

Proceeds benefit local, national and international outreach and mission programs.

A pancake breakfast is also scheduled on Saturday morning at the church from 8 – 11:30 a.m. There is no cost for the breakfast, but donations will be accepted. Read More»

Register Saturdays for CDM’s summer youth camp in Fairburn

Christ Discipleship Ministries (CDM) will collaborate with Patterson Sports Authority, FHS Business Consulting, Path To Wellness Foundation, DEC (Driver Empowerment Center), and the QYRx Group to sponsor a summer camp called CDM/PSA Summer Youth Camp 2011, to be held at Christ Discipleship Ministries, 114 W. Campbellton Street, Fairburn.

The camp will be for boys and girls age PreK through 12th grade with such activities as sports, games, arts and crafts, field trips, character building, guest speakers, liberal arts and more. Read More»

Religion Briefs 05/04/11

Seeking participants for NDoP
Those whose churches have special plans for the upcoming National Day of Prayer, or those whose churches might be interested in connecting publicly with other churches in the area are requested to contact Greg Plott, senior pastor,, or Dan Camp, Centurion, chairman, Prayer Committee, Or call Crosspoint Community Church, Peachtree City, 770-631-0996.

St. Christopher’s will host tea Read More»

Kevin Scott Kerr, 43, of LaGrange

Kevin Scott Kerr, 43, of LaGrange, died April 29, 2011.

He is survived by his parents Rev. Robert and Dell Kerr of Fayetteville; sister Betsy Kerr of Cumming; brother Andy Kerr of College Park; sister Jennifer Huycke and brother-in-law Rev. Richard Huycke of Cleveland; niece Kerry Huycke and nephew Allen Huycke of Cleveland; biological mother Linda Staley Hill of Hogansville; several aunts, uncles, cousins, and numerous friends. Read More»

Mrs. Linda Joyce Presley, 70, of Hampton

Mrs. Linda Joyce Presley, 70, of Hampton, died April 29, 2011. Linda was born and raised in Berlin, GA, and she graduated in 1958 from Moultrie Senior High School. She later received an Associate Degree in Music from Clayton Junior College .

She was preceded in death by her father B. McCoy. Read More»

Mrs. Gayla Jean Knowles, 62, of Jackson

Mrs. Gayla Jean Knowles, 62, of Jackson, passed away on April 27, 2011.

Mrs. Knowles is preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert Knowles and her parents Charles Clifford Landers and Lenore Stephens Landers.

She is survived by her daughter Kimberly Pangburn of Jackson; son Toby Knowles of Jackson; grandchildren, Cara Pangburn, Ceciley Pangburn, Olivia Knowles and Erica Knowles all of Jackson; sister Linda Tyler of Fayetteville; niece Michele Caldwell of Green Bay, WI. Read More»

James Allen Johnson, age 70 of Conyers

Mr. James Allen Johnson, age 70 of Conyers, died Tuesday, April 26, 2011. He was survived by his wife, Judy Johnson, Conyers; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Ray Malcolm, Peachtree City; son and daughter-in-law, Mitchell and Melissa Yarbrough, Stockbridge; brother and sister-in-law, David and Ida Johnson, Forest Park; sister, Janice Schultz, Houston, TX; 4 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren. Read More»

Veteran: Pearl Harbor attack was ‘chaotic’

Griffin resident Bob Schmutzler talks about his experiences in World War II, including firing at attacking Japanese fighter planes at Pearl Harbor using a rifle like the one he holds. Photo/John Munford.

Editor’s note: This interview was conducted because of WWII Heritage Days, taking place this weekend in Peachtree City. Please see the special section in this paper for more information about that event.

When Japanese airplanes struck Pearl Harbor by surprise Dec. 7, 1941, Bob Schmutzler of nearby Griffin was eating breakfast in the mess hall. Read More»

Gas is higher — so are gas taxes

You’ll pay 3¢ more a gallon at the pump thanks to automatic tax increase

The drastic rise in gas prices statewide has triggered an automatic increase in gasoline taxes, meaning motorists will be paying more at the pump.

The gas tax will rise an additional 2.8 cents per gallon in state gas taxes starting May 1, according to state fiscal economist Kenneth Heaghney.

The increase was triggered by a rise of more than 25 percent in gas prices statewide over a six-month period, Heaghney said. That resulted in a re-figuring of the “second part” of the state’s motor fuel taxes. Read More»