Today is Ash Wednesday

Yes, today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. Lent is the season in the Liturgical Church Calendar which precedes Easter. The name “Lent” comes from an Old English word “lencten,” which means spring, because the days “lengthen” with more sunlight and the growing season begins. The ancient church adopted 40 days for Lent because […]

An Oscars critique

“I want to thank the Academy and my mom and everyone I ever met plus their dog,” or so it seems after a few acceptance speeches. Most are inane, a very few are eloquently insightful and worth watching twice. I admit that I watched some of the Oscars extravaganza, again. I confess, I am drawn […]

Kudzu & change

In my early travels outside of the South, I was astounded to discover that people had never heard of kudzu. After all, Southerners have been battling to gain the upper hand of the rapidly growing plant since the 1800s. With my first book, I guested on a show in Los Angeles hosted by the likable, […]

Visitors help pay SPLOST

More than 30 years ago, the Georgia General Assembly provided local governments a funding mechanism, the special projects local option sales tax (SPLOST). Tapping the power of the penny, citizens in nearly every county in Georgia have approved SPLOSTs to fund projects ranging from basic infrastructure to visionary, impactful projects. One of the advantages of […]

Where’s conservative optimism?

I had never heard of Milo Yiannopoulos until recently, perhaps because I don’t visit some of the websites where his musings are published. Milo, as he calls himself because of the difficulty some have pronouncing his last name, was disinvited from this week’s Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) annual gathering of the right in Washington. […]

A SPLOST loss would cost us dearly

On March 21(Feb. 27 early voting) Fayette County citizens will have the opportunity to voice their opinion on whether to support a special local option sales tax (SPLOST) to fund essential projects across the county. These projects are all covered under four categories: safety, infrastructure, roads and quality of life, in every municipality and the […]

SPLOST ignores green space needs

SPLOST 2017 is already outdated. While it addresses a wide variety of built infrastructure in our community such as upgrades to roads and storm water controls, it does not upgrade and expand our Green Infrastructure. Green Infrastructure does many things; improves the economy, provides a healthier lifestyle for people, provides habitat for wildlife and sustains […]

Account for spending from last SPLOST before new one

Commissioners, Fayette County citizens are now being asked to approve an SPLOST tax for multiple years to primarily fund transportation projects. Included in the current (February 22, 2017) edition of The Citizen an article by Ben Nelms regarding a potential request for state funding for a portion of the cost of the Veterans Parkway intersection […]

Voters urged to say yes to SPLOST

Georgia Greater Black Chamber of Commerce (GGBCC) wants to encourage Fayette County residents and business owners to vote in the Upcoming SPLOST election on March 21, 2017. GGBCC understands how important this election is. The growth of this blessed and beautiful county depends on the citizens’ support and “Yes” vote for SPLOST 2017. GGBCC wants […]

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