Thanks for 41 Thanksgivings in Fayette

Unlike New Year’s, Thanksgiving is a time to take stock of life, with a view toward — not a critical assessment of unmet goals — but a grateful acknowledgement of blessings unexpected and often unmerited. In our second-hand Buick station wagon pulling a U-Haul trailer, my family and I in a dark driving rain the […]

The future of newsgathering

Eight years ago, I answered a query from a student in this space. Her query and my responses follow. “Lauren Leak, a homeschool student, [in April 2009] emailed me the following questions for her thesis: “I just have a couple of questions about factors that are playing into the current death of the newspaper and […]

Readers have their say on tax assessments

Readers have their say on tax assessments

Last week we asked our readers to email their responses to property tax assessments recently mailed in Fayette County. Below are emails we’ve received since then, closing in on three dozen so far. One thing to keep in perspective: Property owners who received little to no increases probably would not object, whereas those who got […]

Politics, the poor and you and me

Match the statement with the ideology/politics: 1. “Mind your business, obey the laws, show respect and don’t hurt other people.” 2. “Mind your own business, don’t tell me what to do, and we’ll get along just fine.” 3. “I’m a better, more moral person than you. Therefore you should do as I say.” 4. “I’m […]

The Middle East’s siren call

In Greek mythology, sirens were beautiful creatures that lured sailors to their doom with their hypnotic voices. In Homer’s epic, “The Odyssey,” ships came to ruin on jagged reefs, following siren song, the pull of the beautiful voices so strong that the hero Odysseus, in order not to succumb, commanded that his crew lash him […]

What’s the big deal about sewer sales, and why should you care?

What’s the big deal about sewer sales, and why should you care?

Peachtree City sewer service customers pay some of the highest rates in Georgia, with the cost of sewer often nearly doubling the cost of treated water on the joint bills. So why wouldn’t Peachtree City want to sell some of its sewage treatment capacity to customers outside the city? Might that not spread the fixed […]

Fayette schools closing two hours early.

Fayette schools closing two hours early.

“Students will be dismissed two hours early Friday. Elementary after-school program services are canceled,” according to a posting Friday morning on the school system’s website (fcboe.org). “Due to the likelihood of frozen rain and/or snow (Friday) afternoon, and the concern about school buses and high school students being able to safely travel on the roadways, […]

UPDATED | 2-4 inches of snow forecast for Fayette, Coweta Friday night

UPDATED | 2-4 inches of snow forecast for Fayette, Coweta Friday night

UPDATED FORECAST, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, 8:30 a.m. — There’s a winter storm warning for Fayette and Coweta counties and most of north-central Georgia beginning at 4 p.m. Friday, according to the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Peachtree City. The NWS is predicting from 2 to 4 inches of snowfall beginning Friday evening, with […]

Republicans sweep local races: Maxwell, Marchman, Anderson, King win

Republicans sweep local races: Maxwell, Marchman, Anderson, King win

Fayette contests County Commission, District 1 12 of 12 precincts reporting Eric Maxwell (R) — 8,871 (66.07%) Pam Reid (D) — 4,555 (33.93%) Board of Education, District 1 12 of 12 precincts reporting Barry Marchman (R) — 8,402 (62.68%) Melissa Lohr (D) — 5,003 (37.32%) Board of Education, District 5 10 of 38 precincts reporting […]

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