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.

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»

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