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Tyrone's Sen. Chance pushes constitutional spending limit

A Senate resolution cosponsored by Sen. Ronnie Chance of Tyrone would amend the Georgia Constitution to limit state spending based on the previous year’s budget after it is adjusted for inflation and increased population.

The endgame of the “Taxpayer Protection Act of 2011,” however, is a potential elimination of the state income tax, which would be accomplished in future years as excess revenues are directed to savings in the state’s Rainy Day fund. Read More»

Backpack Buddies feed needy kids on weekends

Members of the Vineyard Community Church from Coweta, Fayette and Henry counties have an initiative underway designed to provide weekend meals for income eligible children from two Coweta County elementary schools. Packing meals in the sanctuary on Feb. 2, church members expect “Backpack Buddies” to expand across Coweta and Fayette counties and beyond. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Schools provide needy kids with no-fee breakfasts and lunches during the five-day school week, but what happens to the kids on the other two days during the weekends?

Members at the Vineyard Community Church near Senoia are stepping up to fill that gap. They intend to provide those same children with meals during the weekends.

The new initiative, “Backpack Buddies,” has targeted two of Coweta’s elementary schools with hopes of expanding the effort across Coweta County and the region for income-eligible children. Read More»

1,011 points . . . and counting

1,011 points . . . and counting

After scoring 24 points against Northgate on Saturday, McIntosh senior guard Laura Higgason reached 1,001 points in her career. After the game she was surrounded by family and teammates in a brief ceremony recognizing her achievement. On Monday night, she added 10 more points. For more on Higgason, see her story on TheCitizenSports.com. Photo/Michael Boylan.

More 'Lights, Camera, Action' in coming weeks in east Coweta

Coweta County’s role in the movie industry will continue in the coming weeks with shooting for “The Wettest County” scheduled from late February through April in southeast Coweta between Senoia and Sharpsburg, just southwest of Peachtree City. Read More»

Pounds of pancakes for a good cause

Pounds of pancakes for a good cause

Thousands of area residents flocked to the McIntosh High School cafeteria last week for the annual Kiwanis Pancake breakfast. The griddles were going all morning as pancakes were being flipped dozens at a time. In addition to the all-you-can-eat breakfast, younger visitors enjoyed face painting, clowns making balloon animals, tours of fire trucks and more. The event is an annual fund-raiser for the Peachtree City club. Photo/Michael Boylan.

Seabaugh to state: don’t tamper with private accounts

Recent reports from around Georgia have noted that state tax refund checks were deposited into taxpayer’s bank accounts by the Ga. Dept. of Revenue then withdrawn with no notice or explanation, leaving account holders to ante up costs for late charges and bounced checks. But Sen. Mitch Seabaugh hopes to end that practice.

Seabaugh (R-Sharpsburg) on Monday introduced legislation that would prohibit any state agency from withdrawing money from a citizen’s account without express written consent from the account holder. Read More»

Sharpsburg girl’s find of a lifetime undergoes CT Scan

Sharpsburg residents and Junior Rangers Kylie (right) and Skylar Ferguson returned to the Badlands rcently to see the fully prepared fossilized cat skull that Kylie discovered on their May 2010 family vacation

It was a rare find nearly as old as time itself when then-seven year-old Kylie Ferguson of Sharpsburg discovered the museum-quality fossilized skull of a saber tooth cat at South Dakota’s Badlands National Park in May 2010. Kylie and her family returned to the Badlands last week to watch as 3-D images of the skull were produced using a CT Scan. Skull casts will eventually be available through the non-profit Badlands Natural History Association. Read More»

ECMS Spirit Night Monday at Newnan Chick-fil-A

The East Coweta Middle School is inviting parents, friends, faculty and the community to join them at the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House in Newnan on Feb. 7 to show their support for the school chorus. Chick-fil-A will donate a percentage of all sales between 5-8 p.m. to the ECMS Chorus Program.

Mrs. Julia Lotti is in her second year as Director of Choral Activities at ECMS. Under her direction, students have received Superior ratings in Performance and Sight-Reading at The District VI Large Group Performance Evaluation and have been selected for Honor Chorus and All-State Chorus. Read More»

Alveda King inspires audience at pregnancy center event

Dr. Alveda King signs “We Who Are In Jesus Christ” for Fayette County resident Linda Sandwich at the conclusion of the Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center banquet and fund-raiser. King was the featured speaker Jan. 25 at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center event. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Fayette Pregnancy Resource Center is an organization that is unashamedly pro-life and pro-Christian. The center’s annual banquet and fundraiser at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center Jan. 25 featured Dr. Alveda King and was attended by several hundred residents from Fayette and Coweta counties and around southwest metro Atlanta.

Dr. King, niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., was the featured speaker at the event. Woven throughout the fabric of her remarks was the question, “How can the dream survive if we murder the children?” Read More»

Public policy educator to discuss civility at the Carnegie

Dr. Susan Herbst, newly appointed President of the University of Connecticut and currently Professor of the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech and Executive Vice-Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the University System of Georgia will discuss her recent book, “Rude Democracy: Civility and Incivility in American Politics” at Newnan’s Carnegie Library on Jan. 31. The free event will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the upstairs auditorium. Read More»

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