Monday, March 31, 2008

Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Happenings
Janice Pittsley, drawing exhibit, April 4 - 25 in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Roush Family Gallery. For more information call 770-838-1083.
The Carrollton Artist Guild, spring exhibit, April 4- 25 in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center Galleria. Opening Reception Friday, April 4 from 5-7 p.m.
Billie Mathis Three Day Watercolor Workshop for ages 16 to Adult on Monday-Wednesday, April 7-9, 9:00 am until 3:00 pm (1 hour break for lunch...

Local Poet and Creative Writing Professor Brigitte Byrd to Read Her Poetry and Sign Books
3/31/08 (10:15 p.m.) The Fayette County Public Library celebrates National Poetry Month on Saturday, April 12 at 1:00 p.m. with a visit from award-winning poet Brigitte Byrd. Brigitte will read selections from her recently published collection, “The Dazzling... More

Offshoot Embarks on Fourth Year of Touring Children’s Shows
3/31/08 (10:09 p.m.) Fayette County-based Offshoot Productions, the oldest professional theatre on the Southside, soon begins its tour of anew, company-developed play for children, Tales from Near and Far. After its April 24... More

Governor Perdue Sets Election Date for 93rd House District
Today Governor Sonny Perdue issued a writ of election for the state House 93rd District seat, which was vacated last week when state Representative Ron Sailor resigned.

Visiting Trio "Czechs Out" Spivey Hall, April 2
The Czech Trio, the acclaimed ensemble from Prague with a history going back over a century, performs an all-Czech program in Clayton State University’s world-famous Spivey Hall on Wednesday, Apr. 2. The concert is presented by the Clayton State Department of Music and admission is free to the public.

April 2nd is KICK BUTTS DAY.
It's a day for youth to stand out, speak up, and seize control in the fight against tobacco. How? By raising awareness about tobacco - how it harms our health and how Big Tobacco targets kids - and supporting strong tobacco control policies. Want to learn more? Go to www.kickbuttsday.org.

Representative Matt Ramsey: Week 11 Update
Our work at the Capitol is coming to an end for this legislative session and I happy to report that we have already accomplished many of the goals we set forth in January. We have adopted two fiscally responsible budgets that fund our priorities, a statewide water management plan and a plan to make it easier to build new water reservoirs, and a plan to eliminate the car tax for every Georgian forever. The major item up for debate this past week in the House was a bill to address Georgia’s transportation funding mechanism.

News We Did Not Want to Hear; A Warning We Had Better Heed
3/31/08 (6:47 p.m.) A few months ago, I attended a breakfast meeting to hear from one of the top economic development consultants in America, Dennis J. Donovan, a man who has compiled a long and respected career advising corporations on expansions and relocations... More

Habitat House Frame Built by Coalition of Churches in Partnership with Crossroads Mission at Heritage Park
3/31/08 (6:33 p.m.) Over the weekend a coalition of Henry County churches joined forces with the CrossRoads Missions organization of Louisville, Kentucky to frame the walls of two homes for Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity and the Millard Fuller Center... More

Community-based Soap Opera Targeting Clayton County Teenagers
Thanks to the partnership with FYI Events, Inc. a community based 501(c) 3 and Georgia’s Art Council Grassroots Arts Program, Enough Entertainment, a public relations, advertising and event planning agency, is excited to introduce a free Teen Soap Opera Production Camp Audition for adolescents [ages 10-17] on April 6, 2008 at the Clayton County Headquarters Library in Jonesboro, Georgia from 1:00pm-5:00pm.

INTERSTATE 85 LANE CLOSURES NEAR EXIT 51
COWETA County – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces lane closures on Interstate Highway 85 beginning Monday, March 31, continuing through Saturday, April 5, near the State Route 154/McCollum-Sharpsburg intersection at Exit 51.

REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION STUDY MEETINGS SET
Note to our Fayette County readers: This study does not include Fayette. The Georgia Department of Transportation has begun work on its “Southwest Georgia Interstate Study” to identify current and future road capacity and operational needs, as well as identify possible improvements to the region’s access to Interstate Highways 75, 185, and 10.

JERSEY BOYS Makes Its Atlanta Debut (May 27 – June 21, 2009)
Special Four-Week Engagement Co-Presented by Broadway Across America – Atlanta and Theater of the Stars
Fidelity Investments Broadway Across America – Atlanta partners with Theater of the Stars to present the much-anticipated Atlanta premiere of Broadway’s latest smash hit, JERSEY BOYS, which comes to The Fabulous Fox Theatre for a special four-week engagement during the 2009 season from May 27 – June 21. This infectious Tony Award-winning musical tells the unforgettable story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

Dramatic Floral Photography -- Introduction to Lensbaby Magic
3/31/08 (8:33 a.m.) Saturday, April 26, from 10am to 3pm, Donna Rosser leads you through a workshop that will open your eyes to the simple beauty in your own backyard... More

If you can't make the two photography classes we included in yesterday's newsletter, here's the info for the following month:

May 1, 6:30 to 8:30p.m. Beginning Digital Photography
Learn to use your digital camera! Topics covered include, settings, basic composition, taking photos of people, simple lighting, black & white and macro photography. Bring your camera, manual, and a couple photos to the class. The cost of the class is $120 a month for members and $140 a month for non members. Call the art center at 770-631-2780 or email the instructor at donna@thebarefootphotographer.com for more information. The Fayette Art Center is located at 2011 W. Highway 54 in Fayetteville. This is the last time this class will be featured until September.

May 2, 10 to noon Photoshop Elements for Beginners
Have a Digital Darkroom on your computer -- use Photoshop Elements to enhance your digital images. Use this program to restore old cherished family photos. Learn black and white conversion – even adding or deleting a person from a photo. Learn scrapbooking tips, many more effects demonstrated for you and written steps provided. The cost of the class is $120 a month for members and $140 a month for non members. Call the art center at 770-631-2780 or email the instructor at donna@thebarefootphotographer.com for more information. The Fayette Art Center is located at 2011 W. Highway 54 in Fayetteville. This is the last time this class will be featured until September.

JOHN MCCAIN 2008 LAUNCHES NEW WEB AD: "CHARACTER FORGED BY FAMILY"
U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released a new web ad. The ad, entitled "Character Forged by Family," focuses on John McCain's family history of service to our nation and the central role the family plays in the formation of our individual character and the character of American society.

Mississippi Papers On John McCain's Return to Meridian
Excerpts from "Meridianite remembers John McCain" By Jennifer Jacob Meridian Star (MS)March 30, 2008 "They worked hard, they flew hard, and they partied hard."

Changing the world, one person at a time...
It's always been my belief that it IS possible to change the world for the better. Whether it's one person at a time or large groups, we all have it in us to have a positive impact on our world. Each of us has the opportunity or ability to help at least one person in a major way during our lifetime and thus start a good chain reaction that reaches far beyond our own small bubble of a world. When I read the following story...

Protest and Home Damage
Good Morning Neighbor:
Please see the pictures below from Saturday's protest across the street from Vulcan Industries. There are several things to take note - the new pavement shown in one picture in front of Vulcan is compliments of the Quarry Task Force.

Georgia Senate Unanimously Passes Dogfighting Legislation
The Humane Society of the United States applauds the Georgia State Senate for unanimously passing a bill strengthening the state's dogfighting law. On behalf of its 175,000 supporters in Georgia, the organization now urges Gov. Sonny Perdue to sign H.B. 301 into law. Rep. Bobby Reese (R-Sugar Hill) and Sen. Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) are the sponsors of this anti-dogfighting measure. If enacted, H.B. 301 would strengthen the current dogfighting law by increasing the penalties for dogfighting, banning the possession of fighting dogs and making it a crime to be a spectator at a dogfight.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Beginning Digital Photography - April 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. or April 2, 10:00 to noon; Learn to use your digital camera! Topics covered include, settings, basic composition, taking photos of people, simple lighting, black & white and macro photography. Bring your camera, manual, and a couple photos to the class. The cost of the class is $120 a month for members and $140 a month for non members. 770-631-2780 or email donna@thebarefootphotographer.com for more information. The Fayette Art Center is located at 2011 W. Highway 54 in Fayetteville. Class size is limited – call soon and sign up!

Photoshop Elements for Beginners - April 3, 6:30 to 8:30p.m. or April 4, 10 to noon
Have a Digital Darkroom on your computer. use Photoshop Elements to enhance your digital images. Use this program to restore old cherished family photos. Learn black and white conversion – even adding or deleting a person from a photo. Learn scrapbooking tips, many more effects demonstrated for you and written steps provided. The cost of the class is $120 a month for members and $140 a month for non members. 770-631-2780 or email donna@thebarefootphotographer.com for more information. The Fayette Art Center is located at 2011 W. Highway 54 in Fayetteville. Class size is limited – call soon and sign up!


Prudential Georgia Realty's Fayetteville office announces its top agents of 200
The Prudential Georgia Realty Fayetteville office, located at 834 S. Glynn Street, recently honored its top sales associates for 2007. Top performers include: Top individual listing and selling agent: Stephen Walker, Top selling and listing team: The Curtis/McInroe Team

Realtor Valerie Reynolds named Peachtree City Rookie of the Year for Prudential
Real estate professional Valerie Reynolds was recently named the 2007 Prudential Georgia Realty Peachtree City office Rookie of the Year.

COLDWELL BANKER BULLARD ADVANCES IN PUBLICATION’S ANNUAL RANKINGS
Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty has moved upward one step to the No. 12 position in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s annual listing of “Atlanta’s Top 25 Residential Real Estate Companies”. In addition, the company was ranked No 10 in the publication’s listing of “Atlanta’s Top 10 Residential of Real Estate Organizations.”

SEVILLE INCLUDED IN MAGAZINE'S LISTING OF "HOT 100 GREEN THINGS ABOUT ATLANTA"
Carl Seville, owner of Seville Consulting, was recently included in Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine's "Little Green Book" feature earlier this year, being listed in the publication's "Hot 100 Green Things About Atlanta".

COLDWELL BANKER BULLARD NAMED TO PRESTIGIOUS CHAIRMAN'S CIRCLE
Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty Company has been named to the prestigious Coldwell Banker Chairman's Circle for the 10th consecutive year.

FDA Warns Consumers about "Total Body Formula" and "Total Body Mega Formula"
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase or consume Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar, or Total Body Mega Formula in the Orange/Tangerine flavor. The liquid dietary supplement products may cause severe adverse reactions, including significant hair loss, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain and fatigue.The Total Body Formula products are sold in eight-ounce and 32-ounce plastic bottles. The Total Body Mega Formula is sold in 32-ounce plastic bottles. Both products are distributed by Total Body Essential Nutrition of Atlanta. The company is the sole distributor of the products and has voluntarily recalled Total Body Formula in the flavors of Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar and Total Body Mega Formula in Orange/Tangerine flavor.

Republican News Sweep blog:
News & Opinion Roundup

Statement by Robert Janssen, M.D. -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(BUSINESS WIRE)--In response to statements today by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, CDC provides the following important clarification and corrections regarding CDC’s 2006 HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report, published on March 26, 2008.

Project American Heroes Raises $130,000 to Benefit Armed Forces Community
(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) is proud to announce that the custom-built 1957 Chevy convertible built under the name Project American Heroes was auctioned off Friday, March 28, at the 6th Annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car auction in Palm Beach, Florida raising $130,000 for The Armed Forces Foundation.

Heritage Financial Group to Reduce Its Planned Investment in North Georgia Start-up Bank
(BUSINESS WIRE)--Heritage Financial Group (NASDAQ:HBOS), the mid-tier holding company for HeritageBank of the South, today announced that it will reduce its planned investment in Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia, a new bank being organized in Gainesville, Georgia. In November 2007, the Company announced that it expected to invest up to approximately $3 million in the new bank,

Jim Gilmore running to secceed U.S. Senator Warner, Virginia
Dear Friend: We believe former Governor Jim Gilmore is uniquely qualified to succeed retiring U.S. Senator John Warner in the United States Senate. Jim Gilmore is a native of Richmond; the son of working class parents who served as a member of U.S. Army counter-intelligence; a crime busting prosecutor in Virginia; and a no-nonsense Virginia Attorney General.

Republican Candidates blog:
News Roundup

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Fayette Coweta Family Theater Announces Summer Events:
Art of Musical Theatre Auditioning ~High School Musical
Auditions for Disney's High School Musical
Little Red Riding Hood~ Production Shop
FCFT's Summer Production Camp 2008

Peachtree City’s Jessica Vickson Chosen as Clayton State 2008 GOAL Winner
3/29/08 (10:45 p.m.) Jessica Vickson, a student in Office Administration in the College of Professional Studies, has been named as Clayton State University’s winner of the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL) for 2008... More

Fayette County Civitan Clubs Host Statewide Golf Event to Benefit Christian City's Initiative For Developmentally Disabled
3/29/08 (11:02 p.m.) The Georgia District Civitans lead by local Fayette County and Line Creek clubs are hosting a golf tournament on Monday, April 7th to benefit Christian City's new initiative to provide housing for developmentally disabled residents... More

REMARKS BY JOHN MCCAIN TO THE LOS ANGELES WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
U.S. Senator John McCain's will deliver the following remarks as prepared for delivery today (3/26/08) at the World Affairs Council in Los Angeles, California: When I was five years old, a car pulled up in front of our house in New London, Connecticut, and a Navy officer rolled down the window, and shouted at my father that the Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor. My father immediately left for the submarine base where he was stationed. I rarely saw him again for four years.

STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON THE HOUSING CRISIS
U.S. Senator John McCain today (3/27/08) issued the following statement on the housing crisis:"On Tuesday, I addressed the housing crisis and its devastating impact on our financial markets and the household budgets of millions of hardworking Americans. The fact is that there are about 4 million homeowners in danger of losing their homes

David Brooks On John McCain
"McCain's core purpose in [Wednesday's] speech was to revive the foreign policy tradition that has jumped parties but that has been associated with people like Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Stimson, Dean Acheson, John Kennedy and Ronald Reagan

JOHN MCCAIN 2008 RELEASES FIRST AD OF GENERAL ELECTION, LAUNCHES "SERVICE TO AMERICA" TOUR
U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released the first television ad of the general election. The ad, entitled "624787," poses important questions to the American people about what values they want in their next president, and highlights John McCain's experience, character and optimistic vision for our future.

Dictionary Donation
3/29/08 (9:48 p.m.) The community has graciously welcomed Fayette’s newest middle school, Bennett’s Mill. A new school always needs items, many of which are donated by local organizations, businesses and individuals. The Greater Fayette Republican Women’s Club, represented by Judy Todd and Alberta Lucas, recently presented the school with two student dictionaries for the media center. The donation is part of the Barbara Bush Literacy Project.

GeniTales blog:
If You Don't Remember ....
I hear ethereal whispers, persuasive, soft and still,
"Daughter, if you don't remember us, who will?"…
I don't know who first uttered this quote, but they could have been talking about me. I hear the whispers of the past calling me to preserve their stories for the future. I hear the whispers from the grave.

Fayette County Historical Society blog:
"Today in Fayetteville" April 30, 1909
The Fayetteville News
April 30, 1909
Local News
Mr Coe Fields, of Atlanta, died suddenly at his home in Atlanta last Sunday. For many years Mr. Fields lived in the lower part of this county. His remains were brought to Antioch and entered at the cemetery at that place last Monday evening.

Representative John Lunsford's blog:
weekly update lunsford
Under the Gold Dome
State Representative John Lunsford's Weekly Capitol Update
March 28, 2008
By the end of this Friday, we will have completed 36 days of the 2008 General Assembly session. The following week we will conclude the session, most likely adjourning sine die on Friday. This has been a short week as we were in session only two days as a whole house but 3 days were spent in committees to allow our colleagues in the Senate time to finish their Fiscal Year 2009 budget work.

Prom Fashion Show Raises Money for Scholarships
3/29/08 (9:54 p.m.) Students involved in the Career Tech Student Organizations (CTSO) at Whitewater High showed the student body this season’s hottest prom attire while raising funds to help further their education... More

Annual Fundraiser Supports Local Troops
3/29/08 (9:59 p.m.) Fayette’s deployed military personnel will soon receive a special gift from the Fayette County School System’s... More

Former Educator Talks About Honor Flight Fayette
3/29/08 (10:10 p.m.) Retired Sandy Creek High assistant principal Dan Lorton returned to his stomping grounds to address students about a project very close to his heart... More

First Middle School MS Walk Raises Funds for a Cure
3/39/08 (9:12 p.m.) Middle school students across the county raised awareness of Multiple Sclerosis as they pounded the pavement for the first annual Middle School Multiple Sclerosis Walk... More

Young Georgia Writers’ Competition
3/29/08 (9:15 p.m.) Fayette has many talented student writers and eight of the best representing the elementary and middle school levels have been selected to participate in a statewide... More

Students Advance in Economics Challenge
3/29/08 (9:06 p.m.) Do you know where open market operations are executed or what is the highest possible value of a Herfindahl Index? Do you know what a Herfindahl Index... More

We've been remiss... The weekly column from Newt Gringrich has been languishing in a folder without being added week after week after week. Some bright individual noticed and we have corrected the oversight. We didn't add all of the columns as some of them are woefully out of date and are tied to issues that are no longer news. However, we did add quite a few as they are well worth reading. We invited you to visit the Newt Gingrich page on the site to scan through the many column titles and intro paragraphs. Here's a few to wet your appetite:

A Big Win for Judicial Supremacy, a Big Loss for Government Language Lawyers and Another Example of Real Change
3/29/08 (3/25/08 column) Parents "do not have a constitutional right to homeschool their children." So wrote a California judge in a case that has ominous potential for the estimated one million-plus American families who have opted out of the public education monopoly and choose to educate their children at home... More

Time for Real Change on the Economy and Taxes
3/29/08 (3/18/08 column) The news on the economy this week is increasingly unsettling. Gas prices continue to rise, with inflationary ripple effects throughout the economy. And the bust of the subprime mortgage market has now spread throughout the credit markets to such a degree that Bear Stearns, the fifth largest American investment bank, was sold last weekend in a firesale... More

One Man Can Change History:The 25th Anniversary of Two Reagan Speeches that Helped Win the Cold War
3/29/08 (3/11/08 column) On Wednesday, March 12, I am delivering a lecture at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington based on a simple proposition: "What if Reagan had not run for President and the Soviet Union still... More

The Doers, Not the Talkers: The Real Change Movement Surges Ahead of Campaign '08
3/29/08 (3/4/08 column) While others are only promising change, there is a key group of Americans who are acting -- now -- to deliver on the hunger for real change being expressed by the American people in... More

Advantage: Terrorists -- Still
3/29/08 (2/26/08 column) America, by the inaction of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been weakened substantially in fighting terrorism. As I reported last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) and her left-wing allies decided to leave Washington without voting on the bipartisan Senate bill that would have extended... More

The Unilateral Disarmament Democrats: Putting Trial Lawyers Ahead of Your Family's Safety
3/29/08 (2/20/08 column) It's hard to think of an action that has put as many lives at risk as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D.-Calif.) declaration of unilateral disarmament in the War on Terror last week... More

Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday has been a day of videos and photos! We invite you to visit the site and view the video of Senator Ronnie Chance discussing the controversial Senate Bill 458 at last nights' County Commission meeting. Another video of Representative Matt Ramsey is also linked from the front page.

Senator Chance is hosting a Town Hall Meeting Saturday morning (29th) at 9:30 a.m. in the Fayette County Complex (Stonewall Village), County Commission Chambers. Representative Matt Ramsey and other elected officials will be joining him to answer questions and discuss Senate Bill 458.

Also on the site are some wonderful photos of today's Fayette County Special Olympic Track & Field competition. Heartwarming and obviously a lot of fun for all involved.

One blog update thus far:
Motivational Minutes blog,
Be Flexible II
You may never face a life or death situation. Still, have you had a September 11th interrupt your life? Has a loved one died? Has a tsunami washed your world away? Life has a way of changing things.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Opinion: Governor Perdue: The Tragic Cost of Sunday Alcohol Sales
3/27/08 (4:14 p.m.) Do no harm. It may sound like a simple concept, but it is one that I am afraid supporters of Sunday alcohol sales may have forgotten. Above all else, I believe it is the responsibility of the Governor and the General Assembly to reject a piece of legislation that hurts more people than it helps... More

Get Georgia Moving Coalition Applauds House Passage of SR 845, Urges Lawmakers: ‘Now Let’s Cross the Finish Line’
Business Leaders, Transit Advocates, Road Builders and EnvironmentalistsBack Approach That Gives Voters Across the State a Voice,While Ensuring Local Control of Projects and SpendingThe Get Georgia Moving coalition, which represents more than 50 groups across Georgia --including business leaders, government leaders, transit advocates, road builders and environmentalists -- today applauded the Georgia House of Representatives for passing Senate Resolution 845, a transportation funding approach that would give voters across the state a voice, while ensuring local control of projects and spending.

Senator Ronnie Chance will hold a Town Hall Meeting regarding Senate Bill 458 Saturday, March 29th at 9:30 a.m. at the Fayette County Complex, Commission Chambers (Stonewall Village)

8th Graders Affirm Baptism at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran
3/27/08 (7:37 a.m.) Twenty-two eighth graders Affirmed their Baptism at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Palm... More

STATEMENT BY MCCAIN CAMPAIGN ON BARACK OBAMA'S PLANNED SPEECH ON THE ECONOMY TODAY IN NYC
John McCain 2008 spokesman Tucker Bounds today issued the following statement on Barack Obama's speech on the economy planned for this morning in New York City:"No amount of rhetoric can hide Senator Obama's clear record of embracing the liberal tax and spend, big government policies that hit hardworking American families at a time when they're most vulnerable, and are certain to move America backward.

Clayton State University Jazz Combo Presents “Shades of Max” at Spivey Hall, Apr. 23
The Clayton State University Jazz Combo presents “Shades of Max” remembering Max Roach (1925-2007) on Wednesday, Apr. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow. The event is free and open to the public.

Clayton Community Big Band Presents “Crossing Over” at Spivey Hall, Apr. 28
The Clayton Community Big Band under the direction of Stacey Houghton presents “Crossing Over,” big band versions of popular tunes, on Monday, Apr. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall on the Clayton State main campus in Morrow. The event is free and open to the public.

First Lady Perdue Hosts Youth Advocacy Forum
Today (3/26/08) First Lady Mary Perdue hosted a round table discussion led by youth advocates from the group Georgia EmpowerMEnt. The group consists of former and present foster care youth, between the ages of 14 – 26, who serve as a positive voice for Georgia children in foster care.

Local Land Trust Announces Grant from Wildlife Foundation
Southern Conservation Trust (Fayette County) is pleased to announce that Norcross Wildlife Foundation of Massachusetts has made a generous donation to the Trust to purchase updated office equipment and print conservation brochures to support its conservation, educational and administrative activities. The Trust has added a Development Director, Bonnie Helander, and is expanding its conservation program throughout the Southern Crescent in 2008.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Reality Climbing Rocks
3/26/08 (10:51 p.m.) Reality Climbing, an indoor rock climbing facility on the border of Peachtree City and Tyrone, sent sixteen climbers to the first of seven USA Climbing/Sport Climbing Series competitive events... More

Community Invited to Participate in Channel 24 Survey
3/26/08 (11:05 p.m.) Comcast Channel 24, the official news source for Fayette County Schools, needs the community’s input for the development of future programming and... More

Governor Perdue Presents Georgians’ Donation to Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation
3/11/08 (Almost overlooked this one!)Governor Sonny Perdue today presented a check on behalf of Georgia taxpayers who have again stepped up to help their fellow Georgians in uniform and their families with a donation of more than $114,000 made to the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation.

“Gardening in Georgia” premieres April 9
By Kristen Plank
University of Georgia
(Just a bit of Fayette County trivia... Walter Reeves is the son of well-known Fayette Countian Frances Reeves.)
Birds sing. Bees buzz. Flowers bloom. A new spring arrives in Georgia and so does a new season of “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves,” premiering April 9 at 7 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations.

Representative Matt Ramsey: Week 10 Update
With Spring finally here, tax cuts continue to be a topic of discussion in the Capitol halls. This week, the House and the Senate finally reached an agreement on the Fiscal Year 2008 Amended Budget and the House passed our version of the Fiscal Year 2009 Budget. I am happy to report that we were able to restore equalization grants and the majority of the austerity cuts to education that have been made in recent years.

Happenings at the High - May
MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS
Masterpiece of the Month: Sarcophagus of a Cat, Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m.Virginia Shearer, the High’s Associate Chair of Education, will discuss the Sarcophagus of a Cat in the “Louvre and the Ancient World” exhibition. (pg. 3)

“Getting the Job 101” Workshop Helps Teen Job Seekers Brush Up on Etiquette and Interview Skills
3/26/08 (10:28 p.m.) As a complement to the Teen Job Fair taking place at the Fayette County Public Library on Saturday, April 5, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m., the library has just added a free preparatory workshop on job interview skills and workplace etiquette for teens... More

State & National Election News:
3/24/08 Statement from Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton: Leadership on The Economy
SOLVING THE HOUSING CRISIS
Just Embellished Words: Senator Obama’s Record of Exaggerations & Misstatements
Once again, the Obama campaign is getting caught saying one thing while doing another.
Hillary Clinton Reacts to Sen. McCain’s Support for Social Security Privatization & His Housing Speech
The following are excerpts from a press availability that Hillary Clinton held at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg earlier this afternoon:
3/25/08 HUBdate: Retirement Security
Previewing Today: Today, Hillary hosts a “Solutions for the American Economy” town hall in Greensburg, PA
NEW VIDEO: Rep. John Murtha On The Trail With Hillary Clinton in Pennsylvania
Tells Supporters Pennsylvania is Hillary Country!
Statement from Campaign Manager Maggie Williams on New Vote in Michigan
In the wake of today's court ruling regarding Michigan’s January 15th primary, we urge Senator Obama to join our call for a party-run primary and demonstrate his commitment to counting Michigan's votes
Hillary Clinton Responds to John McCain on Iraq
“While there is much to praise in Senator McCain’s speech, he and I continue to have a fundamental disagreement on Iraq.
HUBdate: "March to Victory"
Previewing Today: Hillary and her daughter Chelsea co-host a “March to Victory” rally in Washington, DC. RSVP here.Strong on the Economy:
Clinton Talks about Protecting American Homeowners—but Contributions Show Close Ties to the Industry’s Interests
Senator Clinton gave a speech today (3/24/08) outlining her plans to address the mortgage crisis— but her history of accepting campaign contributions from PACs
Obama Posts Tax Returns on the Internet, Calls on Clinton to Follow Suit Immediately
Senator Barack Obama today posted his tax returns from 2000-2006 on his campaign website, demonstrating his continued commitment to transparency in government and changing business as usual in Washington.
Obama Statement on Report of the Trustees of Social Security and Medicare
Senator Obama issued the following statement today in response to the Report of the Trustees of Social Security and Medicare.

Senate Bill 458 Amended; Allows School Systems to Determine Whether to Accept Students from Non-Accredited Systems!
From Rep. Matt Ramsey: Statement on Senate Bill 458
3/26/08 (5:43 p.m.) I am pleased to report that the House Committee on Science and Technology has amended a provision in Senate Bill 458 that would have potentially required school systems to accept students from non-accredited school systems. The amended version of the provision is now permissive and says that the receiving school system “may” accept such student, leaving it to the sole discretion of the receiving County, as was the intent in the original legislation... More

Sneak Preview of National Cathedral Performance!
The Starr's Mill High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. John Odom, will perform a concert of sacred music on Thursday, March 27, at PTC First Presbyterian Church at 7 pm. The concert will be a preview of the performance the choir will give at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, in April. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. PTC First Presbyterian Church is located at 206 Willowbend Rd in the heart of Peachtree City.

STATEMENT BY MCCAIN CAMPAIGN ON BARACK OBAMA'S OLD-STYLE POLITICAL ATTACKS
John McCain 2008 spokesman Tucker Bounds today issued the following statement on Barack Obama's old-style political attacks today:"Senator Obama's blatant mischaracterizations aren't the new politics he's promised America, they're the old attack and smear tactics that Americans are tired of.

Governor Perdue Accepts $5 Million Workforce Development Grant from U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Chao
Today Governor Sonny Perdue, along with U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss and U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, accepted a $5 million Workforce Development Demonstration Grant from U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao to assist with the planned expansion of Ft. Benning and the transitions of Fort Gillem, Fort McPherson and the Navy Supply Corps School.

Special Thanks...
Just wanted to send out a special thanks to Becky Smith and to Fayette FACTOR. Many of the great info we pass on to you regarding grants, non-profits, resources, etc. come to us via an email from Becky. She does an outstanding job with FACTOR and with all the many hats she wears.

WOW! What a great resource: Norris Consulting Newsletter/ grant notification
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PTC First Presbyterian Kindergarten Registration Now Open
3/25/08 (Blogpost) Registration for the 2008-09 school year at the PTC First Presbyterian Kindergarten is now open to the community. Founded in 1968 as the first preschool and kindergarten in Peachtree City, the school has grown to over 215 students... More

Get Georgia Moving Coalition Supports S.R. 845:
Business Leaders, Transit Advocates, Road Builders and Environmentalists Say Resolution Gives Voters Across the State a Voice, While Ensuring Local Control of Projects and Spending
The Get Georgia Moving coalition, which represents more than 50 groups across Georgia --including business leaders, government leaders, transit advocates, road builders and environmentalists -- today announced its support for Senate Resolution 845, a transportation funding approach that would give voters across the state a voice, while ensuring local control of projects and spending.

National Review On Democrats' "100 Years War" Distortion
"[McCain's] statement speaks for itself. If we prevail in Iraq and the violence ends, American troops can be stationed there just as they are in other peaceful, strategically important countries such as South Korea and Japan. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have suggested that this means McCain 'wants to fight a 100-year war,' in Obama's words.

Governor Perdue Signs Bill Into Law
Today (3/25/08) Governor Sonny Perdue announced that the following legislation has been signed into law. For more information on this legislation, please visit www.legis.state.ga.us. SB 82 First Reader Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend an Act providing appropriations for the State Fiscal Year 2006-2007

Delta Shines in the Caribbean with New Nonstop Daily Service to the Heart of the Dominican Republic: Santiago
Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) continues its expansion in the Caribbean with new daily nonstop service from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to Santiago, Dominican Republic, starting on Dec. 20, 2008.*

Kia Georgia Training Center Opens in West Point
Governor Sonny Perdue and Euisun Chung, President, Kia Motors Corporation, joined other company officials and local and state dignitaries today to cut the ribbon and celebrate the opening of the first building that will be part of Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc.’s automotive assembly complex in West Point, Ga.

Paul Anderson Golf Classic
This is a bit of a trip, but the Paul Anderson Youth Home is here in Georgia and from what we've been able to find, it's a worth cause. While you may not be willing to travel to South Carolina to play golf to support the group, maybe you'll be led to lend a helping hand in another way just by learning a bit about the youth home:
The 15th Annual Paul Anderson Golf Classic (PAGC) will be held on Monday, May 5, 2008 at The River Golf Club in North Augusta, South Carolina with 8:30 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. shotgun starts

Ovarian Cycle - Definitely worth a look!
Ovarian Cycle, Inc., an Atlanta based non-profit organization was found in 2004 by fitness expert Bethany Diamond in memory of her best friend Debbie Flamm.

US Hwy 80 to be Officially Dedicated as Korean War Veteran Memorial Hwy
This Friday, March 28 at 1:30 pm, US Highway 80 will officially be dedicated as the Korean War Veterans Memorial Highway, honoring all the veterans of that conflict. Ceremonies will take place at the Bibb County Sports Complex in Macon. Guest speaker will be M/Gen Terry Nesbitt, Adjutant General for the State of Georgia.

Georgia DOT Downtown Connector Resurfacing Project Fact Sheet
Project PurposeThe purpose of the project is to resurface a portion of the I-75/I85 Downtown Connector corridor. The roadway was last resurfaced in 1995, prior to the 1996 Sumer Olympics. Asphaltic concrete has a 10-12 year life span.

Dell’s ‘Plant a Tree for Me’ Program Goes Retail with samsclub.com
We thought this was interesting enough to pass on to our environmentally conscious readers. Whether you buy into the global warming thing or not, whether you think the carbon exchange program is nuts or noble, they're planting a tree and that's not a bad thing. Working to make the planet a little cleaner and healthier isn't a bad thing either... :
(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dell customers looking for an environmentally-responsible computing option at samsclub.com can now help offset the carbon impact of the electricity required to power their laptop or desktop, an extension of Dell’s Plant a Tree for Me” program.

High Court Okays Federal Rule on Cutting Health Benefits
(CNSNews.com) - The Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a federal policy that allows employers to reduce their health insurance expenses for retired workers once they turn 65 and qualify for Medicare.

Missouri GOP Playing Machine Politics with Ron Paul Delegates
(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Ron Paul campaign has been receiving reports that Missouri GOP rules have been violated in the set-up and execution of several county Republican caucuses.

Lead is everywhere it seems...
We should probably put this one in our Recall Roundup blog rather than here since so many of the recalls involve lead these days. However, since I've ranted before about China and lead, I thought I'd share this info on crowns (for teeth) here so I could comment.

FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND STUDY TO SHOW CELL PHONES COULD BE A MAJOR ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT TOOL IN U.S., BILLIONS OF ADDITIONAL DOLLARS OF INCOME
Note: No, this isn't here by accident, it's not spam! We're on the list to get updates from this group, thought this one was somewhat interesting from a number of viewpoints so we're sharing. Older Americans, Hispanics, African-Americans, Rural Residents Stand to Gain Most; Implications Seen for Underutilized Federal, State Lifeline Programs Providing Subsidized Phone Service.

Be flexible
While planning for Operation Overlord, better known as D-Day, General Dwight D. Eisenhower continually stressed the point that "the plan is nothing." Considering that there were 2,727 battleships, destroyers, minesweepers, cruisers, larger landing craft, and an additional 2,606 smaller landing craft, and countless aircraft and men, I think it is safe to say that Gen. Eisenhower wasn't minimizing the importance of planning.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

NANCY REAGAN ENDORSES JOHN MCCAIN FOR PRESIDENT
Today in Los Angeles, Nancy Reagan endorsed John McCain for president. Mrs. Reagan released the following statement on her endorsement: "Although it has been my custom to wait until after the Republican National Convention to announce my support of a candidate, it is clear that the Party has chosen its nominee. So it is with great pleasure that I endorse Senator John McCain for President of the United States.

Starbucks Ordered to Pay More Than $100 Million in Back Tips
I found the story below rather thought provoking. Starbucks shift supervisors get a portion of the tips collected by the wait staff. One of their employees in California (where else) filed suit against the chain and won. The employee contended that the tips belonged to the person working for them and that Starbucks should pay Supervisors more.

Two in a row... Cops Find Man's Stolen Mustang 37 Years Later
Two interesting stories in a row! Have to share this one...Can you imagine having a stolen car turn up after 37 years? I saw the photo of the car and it looks like it's in great condition.

APD TRAFFIC UPDATE #14: TUESDAY, MARCH 25, 2008 4:15 P.M.
Atlanta Police will be re- opening Marietta Street within the next 30 mins. One eastbound lane will be open, and ALL WEST BOUND lanes will be open.

REMARKS BY JOHN MCCAIN ON THE HOUSING CRISIS
U.S. Senator John McCain today delivered the following remarks to open a Hispanic small business roundtable in Santa Ana, California:Thank you for joining me here today. I just returned from a trip overseas that included assessing the state of affairs in Iraq, the Middle East, and Europe. I will have more to say on those important issues in the days and weeks to come.

Skilled volunteers and supplies urgently needed to continue recovery efforts in parts of Atlanta
Skilled volunteers and supplies are still needed to continue the repair work to homes damaged during the March 14th tornado that tore through part of Atlanta.The Fuller Center for Housing of Greater Atlanta, Hands on Atlanta, and the Atlanta chapter of the National Association of The Remodeling Industry are continuing to repair a home at 1393 Glenwood Avenue that was damaged by the tornado. Construction on the roof frame to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Coweta Master Gardeners’ Spring Plant Sale
3/25/08 (4:18 p.m.) Coweta County’s Master Gardeners have been busy once again this year in preparation for their fifth annual Spring Plant Sale fundraiser. The “Sell and Tell” will be held on Saturday, April 12... More

Race Expo Moves to Georgia Dome As Result of Last Week’s Tornado Damage
3/25/08 (6:26 p.m.) After assessing the status of repairs being made to several venues in downtown Atlanta, race organizers of the 2008 ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon announced that the Georgia Dome would be the new host on March 28 and 29 for the ING Georgia Marathon Health... More

Clayton State President Harden to Address Clayton Chamber of Commerce SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast
The speaker for the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce’s next monthly SunTrust Early Bird Breakfast won’t have far to travel to get to the Harry S. Downs Center on the Clayton State University campus. That’s because it’s Dr. Thomas K. Harden, president of Clayton State University.

Plans Well Underway For Fabulous Doggie Dash 2008!
What: 5K Walk (a shorter route will also be available) to benefit Georgia Heartland Humane Society’s work to rescue abused and abandoned animals; When: Saturday, April 12----Registration begins at 9:30 am----Walk begins at 10:30 amWhere: Shakerag Park, Peachtree City (directions available at our website)

Gravemarker Dedication for Soldiers, April 12th
3/25/08 (6:55 p.m.) On Saturday, April 12, at 2:00 pm, the McLaws Camp #79 will sponsor a Confederate and War of 1812 gravemarker dedication for soldiers buried in the historic Tyrone Cemetery next to Tyrone Town Hall. Henry Drayton Stewart, War... More

PTC First Presbyterian Kindergarten Registration Now Open
Registration for the 2008-09 school year at the PTC First Presbyterian Kindergarten is now open to the community. Founded in 1968 as the first preschool and kindergarten in Peachtree City, the school has grown to over 215 students.

Photographers' Rights, Releases, and You
Recently the photo club went on one field shoot and has another planned at locations where there are restrictive photography policies. The main point of the policy at either place is simply the photographs are allowed for personal use. If you plan to use a photo taken at either location for commercial use – a prior written consent must be obtained by the photographer.

Delta and Hawaiian Airlines Team Up On Frequent Flyer Benefits
(PRIME NEWSWIRE) Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) and Hawaiian Airlines have announced a new partnership giving SkyMiles and HawaiianMiles members more mileage-earning and award travel opportunities on the two carriers.

DONNA LOWRY OF WXIA TV ACCEPTS ROLE OF HONORARY CHAIR FOR GEORGIA WALK FOR AUTISM
Donna Lowry of WXIA-TV recently accepted the role of honorary chairperson for the 2008 Georgia Walk for Autism on Saturday, April 12, 2008 in Atlantic Station. “Autism is affecting more children now than ever before, and we must all do what we can to help fight this epidemic," said Lowry. "To be involved in something that I know has a remarkable impact on the lives of children and their families is a privilege and a pleasure."

Superintendent Cox on NCLB Consequences Flexibility
U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings announced today (3/18/08) that some states will be allowed to use different consequences for schools under No Child Left Behind based on the degree to which they missed annual performance goals. State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox released the following statement on this flexibility:

Monday, March 24, 2008

Southern Oaks Annual Spring Open House Sunday, March 30, from 1 - 5 pm
3/24/08 (10:27 p.m.) Visitors are invited to drop by and tour the house and grounds, and see the gazebo and tent areas, which are used for outdoor weddings. There will be foods to taste from several caterers, samples of wedding cakes, plus complimentary tea and scones in the tearoom... More

McCain Economic Advisor Douglas Holtz-Eakin In The Washington Post
"No government program is a substitute for a good job, and fast job growth requires easing employers' burdens. The most obvious cost is taxes; McCain would oppose Democrats' plans to impose damaging tax increases.

STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN TAIWAN
U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement on the elections in Taiwan:"I want to congratulate Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan on his victory in the presidential election held on March 22nd. Once again we are witnessing the peaceful transfer of political power from one government to another based on ballots in an election that was free and fair.

Interstate 85 Lane Closures and Bridge Work Near State Route 34
COWETA County – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces lane closures and bridge work on Interstate Highway 85 near State Route 34 beginning Monday, March 24, continuing through Friday, March 28, near the State Route 34 intersection at Exit 47.

Have a Friend II
Let's face it. It would not be wise to take the advice of a smoker if you want to stop smoking. You shouldn't ask a person with $50,000 of credit card debt what steps you should take to be a millionaire.

Georgia Shakespeare's Shake at the Lake Returns to Piedmont Park
3/24/08 (5:56 p.m.) Back by popular demand, Georgia Shakespeare returns to Piedmont Park to present Shake at the Lake, May 7 – 11 at 7:30pm. This year’s offering of Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters will be presented free... More

Action Alert
Students in Non-accredited and Failing Schools Could Enroll in Other Districts
3/24/08 (6:24 p.m.) In light of the impending loss of accreditation by Clayton County Schools, a bill has been passed by the Georgia senate that would require public school systems to enroll students from other public districts or schools that are not accredited, on probation for accreditation or have... More

15th Annual Hustle for Hope to be Held May 3rd
3/24/08 (6:35 p.m.) The 15th Annual Hustle for Hope 5K Run-Walk will be held Saturday, May 3 at Lester Road Christian Church, 3900 Newton Road, Fairburn... More

STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON IRAQ
U.S. Senator John McCain made the following remarks today in Chula Vista, California:"As you know, I was in Iraq, Jordan, Israel, France and England on my last visit. And a couple of days ago, as you probably know, an audiotape -- actually it was last week -- an audiotape was released where bin Laden said, and I have to quote bin Laden

Roush Family Gallery Presents "Drawings" by Janice M. Pittsley
The Roush Family Gallery of the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center presents “Drawings” by Janice M. Pittsley, Professor/School of Art, Arizona State University, Foundation Drawing Coordinator. Her work combines a variety of traditional drawing materials: graphite, charcoal, pastels, colored pencil, and erasers

Festival's Georgia Mountain Marketplace Offers Selections from Some of Region's Best Artists
The Georgia Mountain Marketplace is traditionally a major aspect of the annual Bear on the Square Mountain Festival coming up Friday through Sunday, April 18-20.The upcoming 12th annual festival is following that tradition, featuring a remarkable collection of one-of-a-kind, handmade art and crafts. The 2008 festival, held in and around the Historic Public Square in Dahlonega, is once again presenting the juried work from an impressive group of top quality artists.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

An Online "Shelter" Aids Pet-Adoption Process
(NAPSI)-There's good news for those who would like to adopt a pet but find visiting a shelter to be an emotionally draining experience. Now, thanks to a Web site, they can start their search online and make a considered decision. Plus, they can find more prospective pets to choose from than they would by visiting a single shelter.

Republican Candidates blog:
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The Best Defense-Know Your Score
(NAPSI)-According to a 2006 Pentagon report, nearly one in five military servicemembers turns to predatory lenders for "payday" loans when low on funds. These loans offer the promise of quick cash but they come with a heavy price tag: excessively high interest rates and fees, which can lead to a cycle of increasing debt. To address this problem, the Department of Defense recently issued new rules that cap interest rates for loans to servicemembers and their dependents.

Five Tips To Help You Stay Fraud-Free
(NAPSI)-Give a thief your wallet and he'll steal for a day. Give him your personal information and he'll steal for life. Nobody wants to become the victim of fraud. Here are Radialpoint's five tips to stay protected:

Actions Taken by the Georgia State Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers and Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers at its March 19 Meeting
The Georgia State Board of Registration of Used Motor Vehicle Dealers and Used Motor Vehicle Parts Dealers held its meeting on Wednesday, March 19, 2008.The Board voted to issue Final Decisions on each of the following cases:

Enter The Ultimate Cranberry Recipe Contest
(NAPSI)-Cooking with cranberries is even more delicious when there's a $25,000 cash prize. All you have to do to participate in the Ocean Spray Ultimate Cranberry Recipe Contest is submit your own cranberry infused recipe using Ocean Spray products.

A Wildlife Wonderland
(NAPSI)-The Great Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail in southwest Florida is a haven for wildlife and eco-tourists. The trail has been acclaimed as one of the best kayaking experiences in the United States.

Chamber Donates Funds to Foundation for Math and Science Education
3/23/08 (7:02 p.m.) Thanks to the generosity of Fayette’s business community, students in the county’s school system will receive some extra help in math and... More

Clayton State and Brenau University Partner on “Riders to the Sea”
3/23/08 (5:05 p.m.) Clayton State University and Brenau University are performing opera, with and without music, in April. “Riders to the Sea” by well-known English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams... More

Obama: We Must End the Iraq War to Address Our National Security Priorities
On the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, Senator Barack Obama offered a clear contrast between his foreign policy vision and that of John McCain, emphasizing the need to end the war in order to confront the emerging national security challenges of the 21st Century.

Gotta love the clay
So many analogies, so little time. I'd rather play in the clay than write, but writing (as poorly as I may do it) is in the top ten things I like to do after playing in the clay!

Republican News Sweep blog:
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Clayton State University’s First ROTC Scholarship Awarded
Clayton State University recently welcomed Col. Chuck Waggoner, ROTC Eastern commander, and the new Clayton State University cadre, with a reception that also recognized the awarding of the University’s first ROTC scholarship.

Clayton State and Brenau University Partner on “Riders to the Sea”
3/23/08 (5:05 p.m.) Clayton State University and Brenau University are performing opera, with and without music, in April. “Riders to the Sea” by well-known English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams... More

APD TRAFFIC UPDATE #12: SUNDAY, MARCH 23, 2008 1:15 P.M.
Atlanta Police will begin to re-open the following streets within the hour. Peachtree Street, however Ellis Street to Auburn will remain closed. Also International to Spring Street will remain closed.

Gunshots at Parties
On October 20, 2007 some students at one of our local highschools had a party. The parents were out of town. Several uninvitedteenagers from Clayton County crashed the party to confront one of theFayette students. As the Clayton County teens left in a pickup truckthey fired three shots into the air.

Bad Olsen, Good Terrorists
Normally I wouldn't have read the story, but I was curious when I noticed a couple of headlines in my RSS reader regarding an "ex-radical going back to jail." Turns out they were referring to Sara Jane Olsen of Patty Hearst 'fame' in the 70's. That entire event, as heinous as it

Saturday, March 22, 2008

President Bush, Weekly Radio Address (Easter)
THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This weekend, families across America are coming together to celebrate Easter. This is the most important holiday in the Christian faith. And during this special and holy time each year, millions of Americans pause to remember a sacrifice that transcended the grave and redeemed the world.

The Spitfire Grill - Regional Premier
3/22/08 (11:31 p.m.) A feisty parolee follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin and finds a place for herself working at Hannah’s Spitfire Grill... More

Childhood Abuse and Variation in Stress Gene Increases Risk of Severe PTSD Symptoms
Researchers have found extraordinarily high rates of trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms in adults living in low income, urban environments, and increased risk for PTSD as an adult associated with a history of childhood abuse.

Study Alerts Eye Doctors of Racial Differences in Treating Vision Disorders
Blacks are more likely to lose vision due to increased pressure in the brain than other races, reports an Emory Eye Center researcher in the March 11, 2008 issue of Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

CVS CAREMARK CORP. TO PAY $36.7 MILLION TO U.S., 23 STATES, & D.C.TO SETTLE MEDICAID PRESCRIPTION DRUG FRAUD ALLEGATIONS
CVS Caremark Corp. has agreed to pay $36.7 million to settle claims that the company from 2000 to 2006 improperly switched patients from the tablet version of the prescription drug Ranitidine (generic Zantac) to a more expensive capsule version in order to increase Medicaid reimbursement, the Justice Department announced today. CVS Caremark, based in Woonsocket, R.I., operates more than 6,000 retail pharmacies nationwide.

Recall Roundup:

Galison/Mudpuppy Recalls Wire Bound Journals and Calendars Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
American Health Packaging Announces a Recall of Approximately 1,400 Units of Heparin Sodium Vial Products as Part of Broader Baxter Recall
Hobby Lobby Stores Recalls Easter Egg Containers and Spinning Egg Tops Due to Violation of Lead Paint Standard
B. Braun’s Supplier Recall of Heparin API Prompts Voluntary Recall of Heparin Solutions
FDA Warns of Salmonella Risk with Cantaloupes from Agropecuaria Montelibano

lunsford weekly update
Under the Gold Dome
State Representative John Lunsford's Weekly Capitol Update
March 21, 2008
We have completed 34 of the no more than forty days of the 2008 Georgia General Assembly. As allowed by the state’s constitution, the only item we must complete is enacting a balanced budget for the operations of the state. We completed that this week and now the Senate will consider it.

Welcome to the Fayette Historical Society!
The Fayette Front Page (FFP) welcomes the Fayette County Historical Society (FCHS)! They will be contributing glimpses of our past in their new blog, Fayette County Historical Society. Also, we have a second FFP blog, Hooked on History, which will include all of the posts from the FCHS plus some other articles of interest regarding history! We know you're going to enjoy reading both blogs. Also, we have set up a free page on the main site which gives you all the information you'll need to get involved in the FCHS!
"Today in Fayetteville" November 26, 1909
Interesting happenings in Fayette County are reflected in the local newspapers.Hope you enjoy another look into our past...
THE FAYETTEVILLE NEWS
November 26,1909
HOME AFFAIRS
On account of high priced oil, I am making a liberal exchange for seed. Don't wait to late.

Barefoot Photographer blog:
Spring in the Garden
It is that time of year again – time to get the yard spiffed up!
Soon there will be blooms in my yard. I don't have any early blooming plants or trees (except for the native, weedish varieties) – so it is still just green leaves all around. The daylilies are coming up all over, the hosta, the butterfly bushes are greening up and I see leaves coming on the hydrangeas.

Motivatinal Minutes blog:
Have a friend
My shop teacher is a prime example of a friend. He was there when I needed him. He made sure I was working on my projects but didn't interfere or butt in. He was knowledgeable about my goal.

Ramblin' Jan blog:
Contrasts
So... I spent nearly four hours on the road today traveling to and from my parents to celebrate Easter with the family. We've started doing it on Saturday as everyone goes to church at different times and this makes it easier on everyone.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Career Night Planned at Coldwell Banker Bullard Newnan Office
3/21/08 (10:47 p.m.) The Newnan/Coweta County office of Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty is hosting a Career Night for persons interested in exploring careers in real estate... More

Delta’s Force for Global Good Marks Record Year for Fund-raising on behalf of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Delta customers, employees raise $500,000 in 2007 alone; donations reach nearly $1 million since launch of partnership in 2005
Delta’s signature Pink Plane flies year-round to raise awareness in the search for a cure for breast cancer

2007 was particularly pretty in pink as Delta Air Lines’ (NYSE: DAL) customers and employees rallied to raise $500,000 through donations and pink product sales for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding innovative clinical and translational research to find ways to prevent and cure breast cancer.

Sick, evil people in this world
I'm going to forewarn you --- the story below will break your heart. I can't imagine what the poor girl in the story must have suffered before finally dying. What must her life have been like? What kind of people would do something that is worse than anything you could expect from the cruelest of cruel?

Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church Hosts VBS Training and Networking Party March 29th
3/21/08 (6:08 p.m.) Join the fun at an amazing training and networking event for your Vacation Bible School! If you’re leading or volunteering at a Power Lab this summer, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to receive exclusive training from a Group VBS expert... More

Clayton State Senior Raises Awareness for Ovarian Cancer
Clayton State University Integrative Studies major Julia Jones (Forest Park) is earning more than class credit in her senior internship. Jones is raising funds to support earlier detection of ovarian cancer through Ovarian Cycle, Inc.

Saturday Repair Scheduled / City Councilmembers and Millard Fuller of the Fuller Center for Housing tour some of area’s most devastated neighborhoods
Saturday repair work scheduled for 1393 Glenwood inEast Atlanta at 8 a.m. Volunteers to completely repair storm damaged homeCategorizing the recovery response as “real help, real fast,” members of the Atlanta City Council praised the many volunteers across the tornado damaged areas of the city Thursday during an extensive tour of some of the most affected areas.

Interstate 85 Lane Closures Near Exit 51
COWETA County – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces lane closures on Interstate Highway 85 beginning Monday, March 24, continuing through Saturday, March 29, near the State Route 154/McCollum-Sharpsburg intersection at Exit 51.

Calling All Bargain Hunters! 7th Annual Spring Yard Sale April 5th
3/21/08 (5:43 p.m.) Visit over 50 yard sales in one location at the 7th Annual Spring Yard Sale on Saturday, April 5th from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Fayette County Parks and Recreation Department, this community-wide yard sale... More

APD TRAFFIC UPDATE #11: FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008 2:00 P.M
Due to continued windy conditions and work being done to clear debris, all current street closures in the downtown area will remain in effect through this afternoon and most of the weekend.

Governor Perdue Signs Amended FY08 Budget
Today Governor Sonny Perdue signed into law HB 989, the Amended FY08 budget, and exercised his line-item veto authority to eliminate non-critical spending. Pointing to a softening economy and slowing revenue figures, Governor Perdue expressed concern that this budget exceeds his revised revenue projection.

Georgia DOT Reveals Plans for Widening and Reconstruction of Jonesboro Road
HENRY County –The public is encouraged to attend a public information meeting to discuss the Georgia DOT’s proposed plans for the construction of the proposed widening and reconstruction of Jonesboro Road in Clayton/Henry Counties. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 28, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Interstate 75 Lane Closure Near Exit 198
MONROE County – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces a southbound, single lane closure on Interstate 75, Monday, March 24 near Highfalls Road (County Road 277) at Exit 198. This lane closure is necessary for road resurfacing.

Local Philoptochos, "Friends of the Poor”, Helping the Community
3/21/08 (10:22 a.m.) Philoptochos is one of the largest philanthropic organizations in the country. The Greek word Philoptochos translates literally to “Friends of the Poor.” Philoptochos is the right arm of the Greek Orthodox Church: a society of the spiritually faithful... More

The Goddard School Opens Their Doors in Tyrone
Photo: The Goddard School staff and owners celebrate the opening of the news school with the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce
3/21/08 (9:18 a.m.) New Chamber of Commerce members Laura Evans and Shonda Rose, Goddard School owners, have teamed up to provide "the emotional, social, intellectual and physical development of your child from six weeks to six years of age." The School is located at 115 Greencastle Road off of Highway 74 and Dogwood Trail. 770-487-3315 or www.goddardschools.com for info.

2008 Charles Wadsworth Concert in Newnan
3/21/08 (3:43 p.m.) On March 29 at 7:30 PM, world-renowned pianist Charles Wadsworth will host a spectacular concert celebrating the much-anticipated completion of the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium Restoration Project... More

Unique Forum for People with Ulcerative Colitis Coming to Atlanta
3/21/08 (4:11 p.m.) “On the Road Again” is coming to Atlanta! The unique free forum for people with ulcerative colitis (UC) designed to help them better manage the many challenges of UC – an inflammatory bowel disease that affects nearly 700,000 Americans and often strikes between the ages of 15 and 30 – is coming to Atlanta... More

Philips Arena to Open Doors Early Saturday for Hawks-Magic Game
Fans will be permitted to enter at 5:30 p.m., key Southeast Division contest set for start at 7 p.m., $1 food specials (hot dogs, popcorn and soft drinks) from 5:30-6 p.m.The Atlanta Hawks are recommending that fans arrive early for tomorrow’s (March 22nd) game against the Orlando Magic, as those with tickets will be able to enter Philips Arena at 5:30 p.m. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

Georgia Coalition to End Homelessnes: Metro Atlanta Tornado Recovery
Volunteers are needed to assist Metro Atlanta communities affected by this past weekend's severe storms and tornadoes with cleanup efforts. Homes, schools and other structures in these communities were severely damaged and are in need of repair. Additionally, debris is needed to be cleaned from streets, yards and other public spaces.

Presidential Disaster Declaration for Fulton County Issued
Governor Sonny Perdue today announced that President Bush has issued a Federal Disaster Declaration for individual assistance to aide residents of the City of Atlanta and Fulton County with recovery efforts in the wake of storms that hit the city on Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, 2008. The portion of Governor Perdue’s request covering government buildings and public costs due to the storms is still pending.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Newnan-Coweta Chamber’s Second Industry Roundtable Targets Retail
The Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce is hosting a roundtable discussion for members of the County’s retail community. The roundtable discussion for larger retailers will be held on Thursday, March 27, from 3:00 -4:30 p.m. at the Chamber. The smaller retailers will meet on April 17, from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Chamber.

New Nonstop Delta Service from New York-JFK to Georgetown, Guyana Begins June 1
Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today announced its new nonstop service from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to Georgetown, Guyana* will begin a month earlier on June 1, 2008. The flight was originally scheduled to begin on July 2.

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Piedmont Fayette Hospital Celebrates American Diabetes Alert March 25th
3/20/08 (3:12 p.m.) What disease, known as the “silent killer,” is responsible for killing more than 1,700 Georgians each year? Answer: Diabetes. March 25 marks the 20th anniversary of the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Alert Day, a one-day, “wake-up” call... More

Partner's Pizza to Help Law Enforcement Torch Run
3/20/08 (3:48 p.m.) Partner’s Pizza, 1496 Hwy. 74, Tyrone, is donating a portion of the proceeds for Monday, March 24, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., to the fund for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics. Law Enforcement Torch Run Special Olympics t-shirts, caps, and decals will also be for sale that night. The t-shirts and caps are $10.00 each, and the window decals are $1.00 each.

APD TRAFFIC UPDATE #9: THURSDAY, MARCH 20, 2008 10:50 A.M.
A number of streets remained closed in downtown Atlanta due to safety concerns with falling glass. Even this morning, broken glass was tumbling out of windows and shattering to the pavement below. Thankfully, no one has been injured by falling glass to date because of the closures, which will continue until further notice. Police ask pedestrians and motorists to obey officers, and to NOT MOVE barricades or police tape. These are in place for the public’s safety. Current street closures downtown, which are likely to be in effect for the remainder of the day include:

Monster Trucks Roar into Stone Mountain Park’s Spring Fun Break Festival April 5 - 13
3/20/08 (4:17 p.m.) Atlantans can say good-bye to winter and a big hello to spring at Stone Mountain Park’s Spring Fun Break. During the nine-day kids’ festival, families get a rare chance to explore up close some of the nation’s most popular monster trucks, plus see them in action in a thrilling... More

31st ANNUAL ATLANTA JAZZ FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FUTURE OF JAZZ COMPETITION VII WINNERS
The City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs announced today the six winners of the Future of Jazz Competition VII. The Future of Jazz Competition was created in 2004 by Tammy Allen along with the Office of Cultural Affairs, to showcase Atlanta’s undiscovered jazz talents and provide them with an opportunity to perform their original compositions at the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

STATEMENT BY COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR JILL HAZELBAKER ON SENATOR BARACK OBAMA'S SPEECH TODAY
U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released the following statement by Communications Director Jill Hazelbaker on Senator Barack Obama's speech today:

NIH Grant to Emory and Pediatric Partners Aims to Improve Kidney Transplants for Children
Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta are teaming up with two university hospitals in California to find new ways to make kidney transplants more tolerable for children. Emory and Children's will partner with UCLA's Mattel Children╩╝s Hospital in Los Angeles and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford in Palo Alto for a study of kidney transplants in children.