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Answering some Fayette Visioning FAQs

Robert Ross's picture

Bob Ross and Trey Ragsdale

As the visioning process continues to move forward, new phases bring new interest regarding where we are in the process, how citizens can engage, and what results have emerged so far. We’d like to take this opportunity to answer some of those questions here.

Where are we in the visioning process? Read More»

Legislative update: Promoting businesses

Matt Ramsey's picture

The 2014 legislative session has gotten off to a very fast start, and the first bills are reaching the chamber for a vote of the House of Representatives.

In recent years the General Assembly has dedicated significant time and effort on creating a legal and regulatory environment favorable to business expansion and job growth. Continuing our focus on protecting small businesses, Rep. Bruce Williamson sponsored HB 809. Read More»

Dependency, not poverty

Walter Williams's picture

There is no material poverty in the U.S. Here are a few facts about people whom the Census Bureau labels as poor.

Dr. Robert Rector and Rachel Sheffield, in their study “Understanding Poverty in the United States: Surprising Facts About America’s Poor” (http://tinyurl.com/448flj8), report that 80 percent of poor households have air conditioning; nearly three-quarters have a car or truck, and 31 percent have two or more. Read More»

Raised to shop better

Ronda Rich's picture

Tink had been in Los Angeles for a week, so that morning before his plane left LAX, it occurred to me that a good wifely thing to do would be to welcome him back to the Rondarosa with a home-cooked meal.

It would be, I decided, simple but grand. After deciding upon a vegetable lasagna and a four-layer red velvet cake with coconut cream cheese icing (nothing says, ‘Welcome back South’ better than red velvet cake) I sat down at the kitchen table to make out the grocery list. Read More»

Ice storm

Sallie Satterthwaite's picture

Someone ought to publish recipes that ice-constrained menus go into effect. What do you do with so much milk and bread?
We didn’t shop for a week and survived, so far as I know. Once the initial surprise snowstorm has snowed itself out and only then does hunger strike little boys who are drenched and red-cheeked, and the snowstorm itself history. Read More»

Small town courage

David Epps's picture

A few mornings ago, a traffic stop was executed on I-85 South near mile marker 35. The car was clocked at doing 101 miles per hour in a 70.

The driver, age 22, did not have a driver’s license and was arrested for speeding, reckless driving, and driving without a license. After the man was booked into the Coweta County jail, the police learned that the Saturn the man was driving was stolen. He was also wanted for the kidnapping and stabbing of a 23-year-old woman. Read More»

My worst nightmare

Rick Ryckeley's picture

Think of the one thing you fear the most. Now think of what you’d do if your greatest fear were about to come true. Would you meet the challenge head on or simply pull the covers over your head and hide, hoping it would pass you by? This will be my world in less than a month.
So what has me wanting to cower behind the keyboard? No, Down the Street Bully Brad hasn’t been sighted lurking around our fair town. At least, I don’t think he has. And The Boy isn’t in trouble.

What I’m afraid of, oddly enough, are retired teachers — about 125 of them to be exact. Read More»

Who’s to blame for ice jam mess?

Terry Garlock's picture

You may not like my take on last week’s winter storm debacle.

On Tuesday afternoon, the winter storm stranded drivers in and around Atlanta for untold hours in gridlocked traffic as they tried to rush home, marooning many in their cars overnight with countless kids unexpectedly stuck in schools overnight because the roads were impossibly clogged.

Even in quiet little Peachtree City, my daughter’s 10-minute drive home from McIntosh High School took her nearly two hours. Read More»

Diversity: Missing the point

Dave Richardson's picture

It’s amazing how someone can read a column and see something entirely different than what is written. A recent response to my column on diversity and inclusion is a classic example of missing the point.

The purpose of the column was not to deny the reality of a diverse community or to imply that a diverse community is a bad thing. I don’t think that, nor said that. The reason for the column was to show that diversity and inclusion are not important. Read More»

Young professional & Fayette visioning

Jamie Knox's picture

Throughout the Fayette Visioning process that launched in December 2013, there have been frequent references of the importance to attract and retain young professionals living and working in Fayette County. I have had a front row seat for the Fayette Visioning Initiative and have heard open and honest perspectives from both “seasoned” and young professionals. Read More»

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