Monthly Archives: June 2018

County signs off on 2019 budget

There’s likely fine-tuning left to be done, but the county’s 2019 Budget was approved at Thursday night’s Board of Commissioners meeting. Following minor adjustments from the first public hearing, staff presented the revised budget for approval. The budget will have a positive impact of more than $521,000 while maintaining the county’s commitment to balance current…

County honors fight against Alzheimer’s

by Emma Smith At Thursday night’s meeting, the Fayette County Board of Commissioners proclaimed June as Alzheimer’s and Brain Disease Awareness Month in support of the Southern Crescent 2018 Walk to End Alzheimer’s event. According to the proclamation, Alzheimer’s disease affects 47 million people worldwide, including 5 million people in America, and someone develops Alzheimer’s…

Schools add measure of protection for students, staff

Special to Fayette Newspapers Preemptive measures are being added to the Fayette County Public School System’s safety protocol in light of school shootings that have happened across the nation. Long rifles will be placed in all schools where there is a School Resource Officer (SRO). The Fayette County Board of Education approved the measure at its June…

Praying for Answers

Load up a big ole bus this weekend. Slap together a bunch of signs which condemn your fellow Americans. Get that screeching voice into shape.You are going to the Border, Baby. Hey, perhaps you can even get paid to create chaos in this country!  Like you, dear reader, I, too, have been greatly moved by…

Once set for Overlook office building, much-debated plot to become Pinewood Forest parking lot

A once hotly-contested piece of property is set to be paved over. At Thursday night’s meeting, Fayetteville’s City Council approved the rezoning of a small parcel on Veterans Parkway that is now part of the Pinewood Forest development. The .944 acres will be rezoned from its current OI (Office Institutional) to the PCD (Planned Community…

Fayetteville man arrested for Dollar General robbery

A suspect is in custody in last Tuesday’s robbery at a Fayetteville Dollar General. Scott Allen Quinnell, 39 years old of Fayetteville, was arrested in connection with the robbery. According to Captain Chad Myers with the Fayetteville Police Department, Quinnell provided a note to the cashier demanding money. There is no indication he displayed a…

Healthcare Price Transparency: Should Georgia follow Florida?

Florida recently passed legislation mandating healthcare price transparency for patients as part of the effort to instill competition into the healthcare field. As the former Director of Health Planning for the state of Georgia, I fully support Florida’s efforts at health care price transparency as a first step. Georgia should consider following the same course. However,…

Double Standard: Children at the border

Read the headlines: “America cages children,” “Shame on America,” “America’s Shame.” Over the last few weeks, the media has shed light upon the detention of immigrant children, whose parents knowingly entered the United States illegally. With all due respect, it’s no secret that crossing the border from Mexico into the United States is illegal. This…

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