Deal wants regional transportation tax vote in November 2012, not next July

Map-making won’t be the only chore taken up by the Georgia Legislature during its special session starting Monday.

Gov. Nathan Deal also wants the legislature to consider moving the date of the referendum on a regional transportation sales tax vote. The legislation adopted earlier this year scheduled that vote for July 31, 2012, but Deal wants to push it to the November general election, a spokesman for his office has confirmed. Read More»

Susan Levine, 62, of Riverdale

Susan Levine, 62, of Riverdale, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.

She was born to the late Charles and Thelma Adler in Akron, Ohio, and in 1980, moved to Georgia, where she found her passion as a cantorial soloist at Congregation B’nai Israel.

She is survived by her loving husband of 25 years, Raphael Levine; her son, Scott Isaac and his wife, Kerry; her daughter, Tara Hughes and her husband, Eugene; her grandchildren, Nicholas and Kate Isaac, and Sabrina Hughes; her sisters, Robin Ledridge and Carol Montesinos; and her brother, Tommy Israel. Read More»

First Lady of Georgia Mrs. Sandra Deal visits Christian City

The governor's wife, Mrs. Sandra Deal, with some of The Children’s Village girls making cookies. Photo/Special.

First Lady of Georgia Mrs. Sandra Deal recently visited the Christian City campus for a tour and lunch.

After attending Christian City’s Hopes and Dreams Luncheon featuring Former First Lady Laura Bush, Deal became interested in the ministries for abandoned and abused children and seniors Christian City offers. As an advocate for volunteerism and serving the community, Deal was impressed by all the opportunities Christian City offers, both for those in need and for those who want to help others. Read More»

Half of proposed regional sales tax would fund mass transit plans

Committee approves $3 billion for rail and buses, leaving $3 billion for all road projects

A committee tasked with paring projects down for a potential regional transportation sales tax has put together its mass transit priorities.

While none of the transit projects would operate in Fayette County, their $3 billion price tag will cut in half the available funding for roads in metro Atlanta. The projects would leave $3.1 billion to spend on road, bridge, pedestrian and other projects.

Transit projects on the list are not set in stone, however, as they will require a full vote of the 21-member Atlanta Regional Transportation Roundtable by Oct. 15 of this year. Read More»

Westmoreland: Constitutional amendment needed to rein in runaway federal spending

3rd District U.S. Rep. Lynn Westsmoreland makes a point at a briefing Tuesday morning at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in Fayetteville. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a conversation about debt and spending and what the future holds for the United States. Remarks by Congressman Lynn Westmoreland addressed those and other issues at an Aug. 9 meeting of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce at the old courthouse in Fayetteville. Read More»

First anniversary

Members of Word of God Lutheran Church. Photo/Special.

Members of Word of God Lutheran Church will celebrate the church’s first anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 14. The congregation was the first Lutheran church in the Atlanta area to be affiliated with the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). It also is affiliated with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC). Word of God Lutheran Church is traditionally grounded in biblical teachings, consistent with scripture and the tradition of worship under Word and Sacrament. The congregation worships at 303 Kelly Drive, Suite 10, in Peachtree City, with a 9:30 a.m. Read More»

Heritage, Providence combine for Divorce Care classes

Heritage Christian Church will once again partner with Providence 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.

“Divorce Care 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»

Brooks UMC taking registration

Brooks United Methodist Preschool is taking registration for August enrollment. Directed by Lynn Lee, the preschool is for children ages 1 – 4 years.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call 770-719-7593 or visit the website,

Brooks UMC Preschool is located just three miles south of Ga. Highway 74 and Ga. Highway 85 near Starr’s Mill. The school is on the corner of Ga. 85 Connector and Morgan Mill Road at 110 Morgan Mill Rd.

Religion Briefs 08/10//11

Carriage Lane yard sale is Friday, Saturday
Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City is hosting its sixth benefit yard sale for Ranch on Jesus Orphanage in Uganda, East Africa Aug. 12 and 13. The sale runs from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12 and from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. Donations can be dropped off through Wednesday at the church. Carriage Lane is on the corner of Walt Banks Road and Ga. Highway 54.

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Rep. Westmoreland votes against debt ceiling increase

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (nearest camera) at a recent U.S. House of Representatives committee hearing. Photo from his official website.

A majority of House Republicans may have voted for the recent U.S. debt ceiling increase, but Third District U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland was not among them.

The final bill failed to provide enough cuts to the deficit and left open the possibility of future tax increases, the Grantville, Ga., congressman said in a news release.

Westmoreland’s statement follows:

“When these negotiations began in January, I made a promise that I would not vote for any legislation that didn’t include significant spending cuts and absolutely no tax increases. Read More»

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