Regional

Disaster cleanup help still needed

In response to the April storms, the North Georia United Methodist Conference Disaster Response Team has set up a call center to help match cleanup and repair needs with volunteer teams. The phone number for the Call Center is 678-533-1443. Email the call center at response@ngumc.org.

In Griffin (Spalding County), volunteer teams are needed for tree removal. Bobcats with claws on the front are needed for moving cut trees. Contact Bill Hightower, 404-402-0480. Read More»

Thrift shop plans sale, breakfast

The Second Chance Thrift Shop 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. Proceeds benefit local, national and international outreach and mission programs.

A pancake breakfast is also planned Saturday morning from 8 – 11:30 a.m. There is no cost for the breakfast, but donations will be accepted.

Brooks UMC is at the corner of Ga. Highway 85 Connector and Morgan Mill Road.

For more information visit the church webpage, www.brooksumc.com, or call 770-719-7593.

CDM camp registration continues

Registration continues through May 28 for the CDM/PSA Summer Youth Camp 2011, to be held at Christ Discipleship Ministries, 114 W. Campbellton Street, Fairburn. The camp will run from Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, Aug. 5, from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Read More»

Religion Briefs 05/11/11

CDM will host Spring Revival
Christ Discipleship Ministries (CDM), 114 W. Campbellton St., Fairburn, will host Spring Revival Meetings with Pastor Gerald Gibson of River of Grace Temple Christian Church of Jonesboro on Thursday evening, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Friday evening, May 13, at 8 p.m. For further information and/or directions, contact the CDM office, 770-969-8370. No nursery or child care will be provided.

Cantata planned at Sharpsburg Baptist Read More»

Chance: Regional road tax would help Fayette get money back

State Senator Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone)

While some are up in arms about the possibility of a regional transportation sales tax being enacted in Fayette County, there is a good bit of upside, according to State Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone.

Currently, some 90 percent of the state’s transportation funding is spent north of Interstate 20, Chance told The Citizen in an interview Monday.

If the new tax is approved by voters next year, it will help “level the playing field” in that regard, Chance said. Read More»

Tax reform likely not on summer agenda, Sen. Chance says

He’s for “tax reform,” but the most recent proposal that threatens to add sales taxes to a host of currently untaxed services and items in exchange for reducing the state personal income tax may be too complex for the Georgia Legislature to take up this summer, according to Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone.

Gov. Nathan Deal has suggested tax reform could be considered this summer when the legislature meets in special session to redraw district lines using new Census population data. Read More»

Nancy Elizabeth Rickett Hancock, age 59, of Hampton

Nancy Elizabeth Rickett Hancock, age 59, of Hampton, died on May 2, 2011.

She was preceded in death by her parents Loyd and Elizabeth Rickett; brothers Ronald and Richard Rickett; and grandchild Lauren Hancock.

She is survived by her husband Billy Ray Hancock, Sr.; daughters Tina (Darrell) Rawlins of Hampton and Michelle (Brad) Sass of Hampton; son Billy Ray (Debi) Hancock, Jr. of Griffin; grandchildren Amber Rawlins; Emma Rawlins; Madison Sass; Mary Jane Sass; Emory Hancock; and Ella Rae Hancock, all of Hampton; and sister Cynthia Hunt of Clayton. Read More»

Hye-Sook Yun Wentzel, age 54

Hye-Sook Yun Wentzel

Hye-Sook Yun Wentzel passed into eternal life on April 28, after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Namwon, Republic of Korea, on August 11, 1956, she earned a B.A. degree in commercial design from Kwangju University, and later received graduate-level certification in management and international marketing from Yonsei University in Seoul. Read More»

UPDATED: Churches lead the way to help tornado-ravaged community

UPDATED: Churches lead the way to help tornado-ravaged community

UPDATED FOR PRINT May 4, 2011 — There’s not much left of the small community of Rio, whose two dozen homes straddle West McIntosh Road about four miles east of the south Fayette County town of Brooks and just over the county line into neighboring Spalding County.

It became a disaster zone in the dark Wednesday night of April 27-28, a 24-hour period marked by the worst outbreak of tornadoes in American history. Read More»

Race for Riley gets a big start

Race for Riley gets a big start

A record-breaking 1,054 entrants in the 7th Annual Race for Riley to benefit the Joseph Sams School in Fayetteville get off to an early start April 30 and help raise $82,000. The race and endless family activities were held for the first time in the Serenbe community in Chattahoochee Hills. Photo/Ben Nelms.