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Minding your own business

Ronda Rich's picture

One night as a particularly hard, extremely long rain poured down, I discovered a leak in my roof. The leak became a minor problem. Finding a roofer to show up and fix it became the primary problem.

Is it just me – I know it’s not – or do many business folks just don’t care? For the most part, customer service is sadly lacking.

Now, I tend to understand this more with big businesses than with small, independent businesses. I’m to the point that when folks treat me as if my business really matters, I fall down on my knees, misty-eyed with gratitude and profusely thank them. Read More»

Autumn elegy

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

The leaves fall early this autumn, in wind.
The paired butterflies are already yellow with August
Over the grass in the west garden;
They hurt me. I grow older.
Ezra Pound

Something stirs painfully this time of year. I think it has to do with the conflicting messages autumn sends to the subconscious. Read More»

Kelly makes a big splash on "The Apprentice"

Michael Boylan's picture

I know that technically Fayetteville resident Kelly Smith Beaty has already made her television debut in the previous episodes of “The Apprentice,” but last night’s episode marked her coming out of her shell party and it couldn’t have gone any better. Read More»

Those who wear no masks

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Mid-afternoon wind brought with it the crispness of another late October day and the promise of cooler temperatures. Asheville, North Carolina in the fall is the perfect place for a vacation with the one you love. You can walk the streets and take in the eclectic sights the mountain city has to offer. A quick getaway with The Wife and a perfect time to forget about the problems of the world for a while — or was it? Read More»

Members of the family

David Epps's picture

I don’t remember how old I was when Butch died but I remember that I was devastated. He had been my constant friend and playmate and filled the hours during the summers and after school.
I remember him being a bulldog but black and white photos found recently reveal that he was some mixed version of a pit bull. My mother cried too even though she always maintained that she didn’t like the dog.

My dad buried him next to the dog house in the back yard where, I suppose, he still lies, unbeknownst to the current occupants of the house where I grew up. Read More»

The illogic of ObamaCare

Ronald E. Bachman's picture

In most families, moms are the caregivers, and most moms have a medicine “box” or tray with all kinds of cures for middle-of-the-night pains and fevers. If it’s not in the “box,” a quick trip to a local 24-hour pharmacy usually secures the needed treatment. When that doesn’t work, a doctor’s visit secures a prescription to be filled at the local pharmacy.

But for most situations a caring mom, Mother Nature and over-the-counter medications get children well and avoid unnecessary physician visits and expenses.

Under ObamaCare, much of that is about to change. Read More»

Steele: Too early to be be limiting Fayette’s options

Ken Steele's picture

There has been a great deal of discussion around the region and within our county concerning the Transportation Investment Act of 2010, often referred to as House Bill 277.

The state of Georgia, particularly in our area of the state, faces a number of critical issues relating to its transportation system and ever-increasing congestion. Read More»

Unlocking the mystery of the keys

Ronda Rich's picture

At Mama’s house, which is now my office, I found a tea cup filled with keys, most of them tarnished but all of them a mystery as to what they could unlock.

Now if Mama was still with us and not basking in the glory of the Lord, I can absolutely promise you that she would have no idea where these keys belong. Three sets were on key chains, hinting of a higher level of importance. Read More»

Living in the moment

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

A reader who responded to a recent column about dealing with Parkinson’s disease gave me permission to use her remarks with her name attached. I’m going to share her thoughts, but I think I will not name her since this is such a personal conversation.

It’s enough to say that she is a Fayette native and teacher, married and the mother of three nearly grown children. She is also a gifted writer, so better you should read her words with no intrusion of mine. (I changed her husband’s name.) Read More»

Teams on 'The Apprentice' try to go viral

Michael Boylan's picture

Oh, “The Apprentice,” how frustrating you can be.

I’ve been watching “The Apprentice” this season because Fayetteville resident Kelly Smith Beaty is a contestant. I think it is important to see not only where she finishes, but how she gets there. In the earlier episodes, Kelly has been quiet and in the background. Would that change this week?

No. Read More»

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