Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Landscape trees ready for springtime snack
Whether your landscape has fruit trees, shade trees, ornamentals or a blend, a University of Georgia expert says now is the time to fertilize.“Unfortunately for homeowners, finding a fertilizer to use all over the landscape can be challenging,” said Jim Crawford, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Jefferson County...

Dogwood Gallery, Tyrone, GA: Viewpoint: Variations on Landscapes
Viewpoint: Variations on LandscapesFeaturing works by Georgette Liberatore, Martin Pate, David Boyd, Jr., Bob Francisco and Wynne Ragland. Diverse landscapes will be depicted in watercolor, oil, acrylic, and photograghy....

Several Atlanta City Councilmembers voice concern about pending layoffs and
Several members of the Atlanta City Council voiced their concern today over a proposed reduction in force of city employees and its potential negative impact on city services. City Councilmember Ivory Lee Young Jr., Felicia A. Moore, Joyce Sheperd and C.T. Martin...

UPDATE – WORK POSTPONED I-75 EXIT 212 HAMPTON BRIDGE ROAD (BILL GARDNER PARKWAY) LANE CLOSURES
HENRY COUNTY– Georgia Department of Transportation announces the previously scheduled northbound lane closures on Interstate 75, at Exit 212, Hampton Bridge Road (Bill Gardner Parkway) have been postponed. As previously noted, these closures are weather permitting and subject to change...

Qin Receives $2,500 Merit Scholarship
4/30/08 (2:22 p.m.) A McIntosh High graduating senior is among the 1,100 students nationwide receiving National Merit Scholarships. Michael S Qin will receive a $2,500 Merit Scholarship to help offset college... More

Peachtree City Rotary Club Says "Thank You" to Rotary Phone Book Advertisers
4/30/08 (2:59 p.m.) The Peachtree City Rotary Club held a Customer Appreciation event at the Hollingsworth House to kick off the advertising campaign for the Rotary telephone book and to show appreciation to their present... More (Photo Slide Show)

Put Out Welcome Mat for Springtime Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds will soon make their way back to Georgia after wintering in Central America. Welcome them to your house by providing their favorite plants and the right food in the right places. Attract, then maintain: “Think like a hummingbird,” said Paul Thomas, a floriculture specialist with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension...

Celebrate 31 Years of Jazz and 31 Days of Atlanta with the Atlanta Jazz Festival
This year marks the 31st anniversary of the Atlanta Jazz Festival, celebrating another year of electrifying performances and exhilarating events that Atlantans hold so dear. “By exploring the beauty of Atlanta, says Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, “the Atlanta Jazz Festival is taking full advantage of what the city has to offer and has submerged every corner of Atlanta in magnificent music and the arts.”...

"American Masters" at Mudfire Claywork and Gallery
American Masters, a landmark invitational exhibition highlighting sixteen of the country's most established and talented studio potters, opens at MudFire Gallery on May 10, 2008. The show will continue through June 21, 2008. American Masters exhibit will feature fine craft by American potters whose work has shaped the landscape of contemporary ceramics. The artists are known internationally and represent a diverse sample from the top of the field...

Pregnancy Rate Drops for U.S. Women Under Age 25
Pregnancy rates for females under age 25, including teenagers, in the United States declined in 2004 compared to 1990, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...

Hazy Future for Georgia's Energy
Letter to the Editor from Paul Donaldson, graduating senior from Emory University:4/30/08 (12:04 p.m.) Georgia has a problem that is beginning to emerge on its hazy horizon. As other southeast states take a stand to improve their energy efficiency and air quality, Georgia has taken a step backwards after granting permits to Dynegy, a Houston-based energy... More

Ernie Curtis Earns International Certification
Real estate professional Ernest T. “Ernie” Curtis has been awarded the Transnational Referral Certified (TRC) professional mark from the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA). Curtis is affiliated with ICREA through his membership in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), one of more than 25 leading national real estate associations that form the global consortium...

The Power of Action
All the positive thinking in the world is unlikely to help you achieve your goals unless you use it as a motivation for taking action. Visualisations; Motivation; and Positive thinking will likely put you in the right state of mind to notice opportunities that before you would not have been aware of. But they will not 'magically transform' the world around you while you sit in your couch....

Mattel Announces Continuation of Grant Program to Benefit Children
Mattel and the Mattel Children's Foundation have announced they will continue the Mattel Domestic Grantmaking Program, which provides funding for organizations benefiting children in the United States.Mattel's funding priorities include: programs that directly and effectively impact children with demonstrated needs (physical,financial, emotional, and health-related); preferences to programs with demonstrated results; and organizations that use creative and innovative methods to address a locally defined need directly impacting children...

Chicago Christian Band
We (Georgia Front Page, http://www.youtube.com/user/GAFrontPage) received an invitation to subscribe to a YouTube site from a group titled "Strive" out of Chicago. Being a news organization we don't subscribe to other sites as we never know what will pop up on OUR YouTube site, but we did go take a look, and listen...

"McCain's Progress"
"John McCain delivered another speech yesterday on health care that offered a sophisticated set of policies that could lead to some of the most constructive changes to the system in decades." -- Wall Street Journal"...

Twilight Theatre Annouces Auditions for "The Music Man"
The Twilight Theatre announces auditions its summer stock production, "The Music Man", under the direction of Jared Wright. The musical follows the story of a fast-talking traveling salesman who tries to con a small town in Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a "band" he is forming to "save their children" from degradation...

I-75 EXIT 212 HAMPTON BRIDGE ROAD (BILL GARDNER PARKWAY) LANE CLOSURES
HENRY COUNTY– Georgia Department of Transportation announces northbound lane closures on Interstate 75, at Exit 212, Hampton Bridge Road (Bill Gardner Parkway) from 9 pm Thursday, May 1, continuing through 5 am Monday, May 5. These lane closures are necessary for bridge deck replacement. These closures are weather permitting and subject to change...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Community Day at Fernbank Museum
4/29/08 (6:45 p.m.) To thank the community for its continued support, Fernbank Museum of Natural History will offer complimentary Museum admission on Tuesday, May 13 allowing visitors to enjoy a free day... More

May 3 & 4 - It’s SCOTS AND KILTS Weekend!
4/29/08 (4:48 p.m.) Come celebrate all things Scottish featuring performances by the world renowned Atholl Highlander Pipe and Drum Band, Sheep dog demonstrations and more!... More

Chambliss, Isakson Urge President to Halt Deposits into Nation’s Oil Reserve
4/29/08 (10:35 p.m.) U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today, along with 15 other Republican senators, sent a letter to President Bush requesting that the U.S. Department of... More

Governor Perdue Signs Executive Order Reappointing the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee
Governor Sonny Perdue signed an executive order reorganizing the Military Affairs Coordinating Committee (GMACC) and announcing that it will continue to serve as the state’s focal point for efforts to assist Georgia’s military facilities and communities impacted by the 2005 Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC)....

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Republican Candidates blog:
"CALL TO ACTION" ON HEALTH CARE REFORM
A "Call To Action":Today, In Florida, John McCain Outlined His Plan For Health Care Reform. John McCain believes we can and must provide access to health care for every American. He has proposed a comprehensive vision for achieving that. For too long, our nation's leaders have talked about reforming health care. Now is the time to act...

REMARKS BY JOHN MCCAIN ON HEALTH CARE ON DAY TWO OF THE "CALL TO ACTION TOUR"
U.S. Senator John McCain will deliver the following remarks as prepared for delivery at the University of South Florida -- Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, in Tampa, FL, today at 10:00 a.m. EDT: Thank you. I appreciate the hospitality of the University...

JOHN MCCAIN 2008 LAUNCHES NEW TELEVISION AD: "HEALTH CARE ACTION"
U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released a new television ad, entitled "Health Care Action," highlighting John McCain's agenda to reform health care. The ad will air in Iowa. VIEW THE AD HERE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6I61-zIXOE

REMARKS BY JOHN MCCAIN ON DAY ONE OF THE "CALL TO ACTION TOUR"
4/28/08 Remarks as prepared for delivery at Miami Children's Hospital, in Miami, FL, today at 10:00 a.m. EDT: It is indeed an honor to be here today at Miami's Children's Hospital. I am humbled to be in the presence of a group that has displayed such overwhelming strength, fortitude, and love of life...

Governor Charlie Crist On Fox News' "Your World"
Governor Charlie Crist
Fox News' "Your World"
April 29, 2008
FOX NEWS' NEIL CAVUTO: "John McCain touting his health care plan today. It would give individuals a $2,500 tax credit, $5,000 for families, to help pay for health insurance of their choosing. It relies on the free market, not national health care...

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State & National Election blog:
We updated this blog a few days ago but didn't include the headlines due to the sheer volume. We've posted info from the Obama and Clinton campaigns. If you'd like to read, please click here!

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High Acquires Works by Artists Cassatt, Pissarro, Bonnard and Vuillard
The High recently acquired four new works for its permanent collection, including the pastel “Mother and Child,” by Mary Cassatt; the oil painting “Snowscape with Cows, Montfoucault,” by Camille Pissarro; the oil painting “The Breakfast,” by Pierre Bonnard; and the painting on paper “Villa les Écluses, St. Jacut, Brittany,” by Édouard Vuillard...

Music Matters blog:
Talent abounds!
Last night as I was working on the Fayette Front Page I listened to some music via YouTube. It's a fun way to listen to music. You start with one artist of choice, say Seal singing "Kissed by a Rose". Off to the side of the video if you scroll down you'll find a list of "Related Videos" which could be anything under the sun. For instance, with the example of Seal's Kissed by a Rose, there could be a song about a seal or a video about kissing roses, but usually it would be another Seal song or the same song by another artist...

Barefoot Photographer blog:
Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Mother's Day is coming soon. Time to dust off those thinking caps! What to get mom (or what should I hint for???) If the kids are little – it is always fun if they make something. They can make a "photo bouquet" by cutting flower shapes from construction paper and pasting a face (theirs usually) in the center. Print photos of the kids and have them cut face circles (or use one of those handy dandy punchs from the scrapbooking section) to use as the center of the...

Governor Perdue Signs Executive Order Forming Georgia’s Child Abduction Response Team
Today Governor Sonny Perdue signed an executive order to form the Child Abduction Response Team (CART).“This executive order will ensure a quick, deliberate response for missing and endangered children. The Child Abduction Response Team will guarantee the rapid collaboration of each agency and ensure disciplined recovery efforts,” said Governor Sonny Perdue...

Employees First to Benefit from Combined Delta, Northwest Network
4/29/08 (4:30 p.m.) More than 100,000 employees and retirees of Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Northwest Airlines (NYSE: NWA) will gain reciprocal access to both airlines’ worldwide route systems for free, standby travel, effective May 6. The enhanced program will allow Delta and Northwest employees and their families to fly for free to more than 390 worldwide destinations in 67 countries... More

Monday, April 28, 2008

Fayette Honored for Excellence in Economic Education
4/28/08 (9:58 p.m.) Fayette County Schools has received the state's highest recognition for being a leader in K-12 economic education... More

Motivational Minutes blog:
A comment
A few days ago, I used Iditarod racers as an example. I received comments from someone that I should not use these people as an example as they are cruel to their dogs. It was related to me that the dogs used in Iditarod races are abused, maimed, and sometimes killed...

School Employees Give Input at HR After Hours
4/28/08 (10:11 p.m.) Employees are the Fayette County School System's most valuable and important resource. In order to serve students in the best possible way, the system... More

American Legion Honors Women in the Military
4/28/08 (10:48 p.m.) March was National Women's History Month and Fayette County Post 105 of the American Legion honored "Women in the Military" at their March meeting. The Lady... More

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Students Perform Well on Graduation Test
An overwhelming majority of Georgia's students are meeting expectations on the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT), including two of the exams that are aligned to the state's more rigorous curriculum...

Senoia Arts on the Move!
I heard rumors that the city of Senoia (in Coweta County) was in the midst of embracing the arts. Little tempting bits of information were being dropped into conversations that had me curious. So, Friday I took a drive down with a friend to have a look...

Piedmont Fayette Hospital Among Top Atlanta Hospitals in Patient Satisfaction
4/27/08 (11:19 p.m.) In the first national, standardized, publicly-reported survey of patient satisfaction, Piedmont Fayette Hospital ranked third of 38 hospitals in the Atlanta market. Piedmont Hospital ranked... More

Film by America
I haven't looked at the website, have no idea who's behind this, what their political affiliation might be, I know nuttin' 'bout it. However, the concept seemed interesting... both the way they're attempting to fund this and the subject. I'll have to say that it crossed my mind that this could be some big hoax but I'll leave it up to you, if you're interested, to check it out for legitimacy...

Political documentary calls on the masses for funding
A new documentary is looking to the public not only for content but also for financial support. Red, White & Blue: A Tale of Two Americas, which dissects how and why people choose political parties and candidates, is trying to secure funding solely through individual contributions.

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Speaker Glenn Richardson will be the Guest Speaker at First Saturday Breakfast
4/27/08 (6:33 p.m.) The public is invited to join the Fayette County Republican Party at their regular First Saturday Breakfast on May 3rd. House Speaker Glen Richardson will give highlights from the previous session and answer questions. The Breakfast is held at the International House of Pancakes in Fayetteville on Hwy. 92. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. if breakfast is desired, at 9 a.m. for the meeting only. Casual attire. It is not necessary to be a member of the Party to attend.

Fayetteville DAR Installs New Officers
4/27/08 (9:05 p.m.) The James Waldrop Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently installed officers to serve for the 2008-2010 term. Installed by the Georgia State DAR Regent Elect Barbara Chastain, these Fayette County women will... More

Love Chocolate? Eat All You Want and Feel Good About It!
4/27/08 (10:31 p.m.) Promise Place, the council on domestic violence that serves Fayette, Pike, Upson and Spalding counties is inviting you to be a part of the May 17th fundraiser called Chocolate Explosion. This fundraiser will allow local businesses to showcase their chocolate treats to the public and at the same time help Promise Place to raise money for their domestic violence shelter for women and children. The event will be held at the Hollingsworth House on Hwy 54 in Fayetteville between the hours of 1pm and 7 pm. Admission is $30 for adults and $10 for children 11yrs and under and can be paid at the door. There will be no advance ticket sales. For more information on Promise Place or this event call Promise Place at 770-460-1604 and ask for Shelter Director, Vanessa Motley.

Clayton State School of Business Honors Two Students
Dean Dr. Jacob Chacko and the faculty of the Clayton State University School of Business recently honored two of their students, Momoh Kerkula and Jonathan Howard, under what could only be called unique circumstances...

Mint Julep Journal:
Miz Vul: In-house Sightings
Good grief, Miss Etta. That alligator story - the one in the lake in north Georgia. Do you ever again swim in a body of water where you couldn't see the bottom? Just gave me shivers thinking about how close you've come to alligators who are supposed to be able to move surprisingly fast when chasing food. Best to run serpentine, I've always heard, when trying to escape a hungry gator.

Miss Faye: No gator tails, uh, tales...
No gater tales or tails, no gator-ade tales either. I wracked my little pea-brain trying to come up with something to contribute but nary a gator of any sort rose to the surface. If things go as they normally will, once we've exhausted gators I'll remember some outrageous tale from the nether regions of my mind.

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Mark this very important date: May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds in Fayetteville.

The Relay For Life of Fayette County event is quickly approaching- but there is still time to get involved, make a donation, or simply attend. If you’ve been contemplating how to make a contribution, consider the options listed below for some ideas:

You can a)join a team; b) walk/run the track as an individual or c) start your own team.
You can also make a luminaria donation. During the 12-hour event, the Ceremony of Hope is held where bags (luminaria) are lit- some honoring those that are battling cancer and living to tell their story. Other luminaria honor those who have lost their lives to the disease.

Visit the Website: www. relay.acsevents.org and click on fundraisers. There, you will see a listing of ideas and places to go to make a financial donation.

If you just can’t make up your mind then just come to the Kiwanis Fairgrounds on May 2 at 7 p.m., in Fayetteville. The carnival-like evening promises to offer plenty of excitement joy and hope, for all in attendance.

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Farwig Appointed to Georgia Drivers Education Commission by Governor Perdue
4/27/08 (8:54 p.m.) William F. “Bill” Farwig of Fayetteville is the regional manager of safety and security for ABF Freight System, Inc. He served as the 1st vice chairman of the Georgia Motor Truck Association Safety Council and as a member of the Southeast Transportation Security Council. He was named the 2007 Georgia Safety Professional of the Year. He served in the military as a helicopter crew chief in the U.S. Army. Farwig attended the United States Army Aviation School. He and his wife, Barbara, have two grown children and one grandchild.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Fayette County Library Hosts “Christian Writers Fair”
4/26/08 (9:31 p.m.) Acclaimed Christian fiction author Gilbert Morris will deliver the keynote speech for the Fayette County Public Library’s “Christian Writers Fair” on Saturday, May 3. The event begins at 1:00 p.m., and also features eight local Christian writers of both fiction and nonfiction. Each author will give a presentation, answer audience questions, and sign books. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments to be served..... More

Staples Visits Attendance Award Winners at Hood Avenue Primary School
4/26/08 (9:38 p.m.) Earlier this month, Andrea Foster, General Manager of Staples of Fayetteville visited Hood Avenue to celebrate attendance performance and honor the attendance award recipients for the month of March... More

New Study Reveals that Arts-Related Business Provide Significant Employment in Atlanta and Across the Nation
More than 2,430 Arts-Centric Businesses Employ 23,198 PeopleEarlier this month the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs released its Creative Industries 2008 report which presents detailed analysis of arts-related businesses, institutions, and organizations in Atlanta. The local report is part of a national study on creative industries conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation’s leading non-profit organization for advancing the arts. Arts-centric businesses...

Peachtree City Teen Singer Will Blend Her Voice with Men’s A Cappella Chorale
Lindee Link (center top) with mother, Sonya; father, Mark; baby sister Madee, younger sister Lacee and brother Markus
4/26/08 (10:05 p.m.) Spectators at the 10th Annual Peachtree City Memorial Day celebration on May 26th will be treated to a one-of-a-kind rendition of the National Anthem. A 13-year old Peachtree City soloist is teaming up with a men’s A Cappella group for a never-before heard sound that promises to be unique and motivating... More

Two Free Public Screenings of “Hiding and Seeking” Documentary for Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Fayette County Public Library on May 1
4/26/08 (9:21 p.m.) The Fayette County Public Library announces two free public screenings of the documentary “Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust,” directed by Menachem Daum and Oren Rudavsky. The dual screenings conclude the library’s 2008 Spring Film Festival, a collaboration with P.O.V., PBS’ award-winning nonfiction... More

1905 Photo of Line Creek School Discovered



4/26/08 Peachtree City, Georgia, is compiling a book to commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary. The Fayette County Historical Society, Rebecca Waits with the Peachtree City Library, Carolyn Cary, Sallie Satterthwaite and others are helping to compile the history. Over 1500 photos have already been gathered. However, photos from the 1960s are still needed, plus help is being requested in identifying individuals in the photos already collected. To find out more contact the Peachtree City Library.

Kids Get in FREE at the Renaissance Festival
Kids reign supreme with FREE admittance at the Renaissance Festival! Kids (12 and under) get in FREE with each full price paid Adult admission on April 26th and 27th! Offer cannot be combined with any other discount and must be purchased at the Festival Box Office.
The Georgia Renaissance Festival is located close and convenient to Atlanta, just 5 minutes south of Atlanta on I-85. Exit 61- Peachtree City / Fairburn and follow the signs. Regularly priced tickets include tax and are available at the festival box office. Adults $19.95, senior 60+ $17.95, Youth ages 6-12 $8.50, 5 years of age and under get in FREE. Click, purchase and print discount tickets on-line now at www.georgiarenaissancefestival.com or stop by Kroger checkout registers and purchase with your Kroger Plus Card. For more information call the Festival Hot Line (770) 964-8575.

Last day:
World War II Heritage Days Event
4/23/08 (11:25 p.m.) Battle Re-enactments, Military Vehicles, Equipment Demonstrations, Vintage Aircraft Displays at the Commemorative Air Force Hanger, Falcon Field Airport, Peachtree City. Opening Ceremony - Saturday April 26 at 10:00 a.m. Heritage Days - Saturday & Sunday, April 26-27. Suggested Donation: $5; More info www.wwiidays.org. WWII Theme Hanger Dance: 6pm - 11pm, Saturday, April 26; Advance Tickets $35/person (before April 21), after April 21 $50/person - reservations required, 678-364-1110.

Wellness Briefs: Integrative Oncology
Q. I have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer. What can I do to increase my chances of overcoming cancer?There is an increasing trend in the U.S. towards integrative approaches to cancer. MD Anderson and Sloan Kettering Memorial are two of most respected centers specializing in cancer treatments. Both programs have integrative medicine available to their patients at the center...

Naturally Fayette: Oh what a beautiful day!
I treated myself today --- I spent the day in the yard. First, I joined untold numbers at our local Lowe's store. I picked up flats of marigolds and other annuals, grabbed a few hummingbird attracting hanging baskets and filled the Jimmy up with soil, fertilizer, soil conditioners and other assorted items....

Potters Lessons: Easier to write when the weather stinks...
The weather has generally been wonderful recently and I've had a difficult time writing. I'll have to admit that when the weather isn't quite so hot, but not nasty, I tend to run to the studio to squeeze in a bit of time with my clay...

Health: Hearsay & Headlines: Forget CPR, Give CCR Instead
Link for entire article is at the end of the article:
Adults Who Collapse Need Chest Compression, Not Mouth-to-Mouth
By Daniel J. DeNoon
WebMD Medical News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
March 11, 2008 -- For adults who collapse after cardiac arrest, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is dead.A new lifesaving technique, cardio-cerebral resuscitation, is much more likely to save lives than the old cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR technique, an Arizona study shows....

Motivational Minutes: Passengers and Drivers II
Eight years ago, I was a passenger. My dreams of visiting all 50 states, or becoming a communicator in both the written and verbal word, and many others were a distant memory. At that time of my life, I was working 2 jobs and all I wanted to do was get by...

Friday, April 25, 2008

Dr. Kirby Johnson to Speak at Historical Society Meeting May 18
4/25/08 (8:50 p.m.) History takes many forms, but oral history and storytelling remind us of our past, our roots and the changes that have taken place in our area. The Fayette County Historical Society’s monthly meeting will be May 18 at 3 p.m. at the Margaret Mitchell Research Center at 195 Lee Street. The public is invited to hear Dr. Kirby Johnson... More

Grand Opening for Greenville Street Park in Newnan Features 'The Wrights" in Concert
Join the City of Newnan in celebrating the grand opening of Greenville Street Park Saturday, April 26th! There will be a free concert featuring the country music’s husband and wife duo, The Wrights. The concert will... More

Peachtree Hills Place Named Finalist for NAHB’s Best of 50+ Housing Awards
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) recently named the clubhouse at Peachtree Hills Place as a finalist in the 2008 Best of 50+ Housing Awards competition. Peachtree Hills Place, a luxurious residential community for adults 55 and older, is one of three finalists in the ‘Active Adult Housing: Clubhouse Interior Design “On the Boards” Large’ category...

AiMA Awards 2008 Celebrates the City's Most Imaginative and Effective Online Marketing Campaigns
Atlanta's most talented interactive marketing professionals will be recognized by their peers at the Atlanta Interactive Marketing Association's AiMA Awards 2008 ceremony to be held Thursday, May 1, 2008 at the new W Hotel in Midtown. AiMA Awards 2008 is the area's first awards program dedicated exclusively to interactive marketing.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Pregnant Women Who are Obese Linked with Greater Health Care Services
Obesity during pregnancy is associated with greater use of health care services and longer hospital stays, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente Northwest Center for Health Research...

It’s a Time for Celebration at Southside Church
4/24/08 (9:55 p.m.) Southside Church celebrates a new and growing campus! After recently completing the purchase of the property and building at 777 Robinson Road, Peachtree City, Georgia from Landmark Christian School, Southside Church also broke ground on a 9,600 square foot addition to the... More

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Holy Pascha will be celebrated by Orthodox Christians worldwide on Sunday, April 27 - St. Christopher Hellenic (Greek) Orthodox Church, www.saintchristopherhoc.org

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Art Show Opening in Historic Senoia
Set against the rustic brick walls of a century-old building, "Art Senoia" will debut April 25th with an opening reception from 6:30 to 9:30 at 20 Main Street in Historic Downtown Senoia. This is the first event of the newly formed Cultural Arts Committee of the Senoia Downtown Development Authority. "Art Senoia" will feature a range of beautiful paintings along with fine photography and art quilts. The art is for sale, and a portion of the proceeds goes to support the Cultural Arts Committee. Local shops and restaurants will also be open the evening of the reception...

UPDATE – WORK POSTPONED I-75 EXIT 212 HAMPTON BRIDGE ROAD (BILL GARDNER PARKWAY) LANE CLOSURES
HENRY COUNTY– Georgia Department of Transportation announces the previously scheduled northbound lane closures on Interstate 75, at Exit 212, Hampton Bridge Road (Bill Gardner Parkway) have been postponed. As previously noted, these closures are weather permitting and subject to change...

Annika Ferris, CFP®, CLU®, Earns Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™) Designation
Brightworth Wealth Advisor Annika Ferris has earned her Certified Divorce Financial Analyst (CDFA™) designation. Ferris provides comprehensive wealth advice that includes investment, tax, philanthropy strategies and estate planning for the firm’s client base of high-net-worth families and individuals...

Chris Dardaman, CPA, CFP®, CIMA®, PFS Receives HONORS Award from FPA Georgia
The Financial Planning Association of Georgia has awarded Chris Dardaman with its HONORS Award at the association’s Regional Conference. The HONORS award is given to people who have made a significant contribution to the Financial Planning profession while exhibiting high ethical standards, placing their clients' interests first and having a positive impact on both clients and professional colleagues...

Iraqi Officials Open Middle School, Health Clinic
FORWARD OPRATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Citizens who once were afraid to leave their homes because terrorists were among them freely gathered March 26 to celebrate the grand opening of a middle school and health clinic in Adwaniyah, Iraq...

America Supports You: Volunteers, Sponsors Drive Disabled Vets Sports Clinic
As nearly 400 disabled veterans enjoy the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here, officials credit a legion of volunteers and sponsors as the driving force behind the clinic's success...

Cardiology of Georgia in Fayetteville Joins Piedmont Heart Institute
Cardiology of Georgia (COG) on Highway 54 West in Fayetteville has become part of the Piedmont Heart Institute (PHI). Piedmont Heart Institute expands its expertise with the addition of the 20-member cardiovascular physician practice, Cardiology of Georgia, P.C., through a formal agreement with Piedmont Healthcare effective April 1, 2008. With eight locations including Fayetteville, Buckhead, Canton...

Schools Jump Onboard To Help Honor Flight
4/24/08 (8:39 p.m.) Honor Flight Fayette has taken off with students throughout the Fayette County School System. A call went out to schools in March asking them to help the nonprofit organization in its efforts to send local World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit... More

Military Officers Association of America Presents Chambliss with the Colonel Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Co-Chairman of the Senate Reserve Caucus, and a member of the Senate National Guard Caucus, on Tuesday evening was presented with the Colonel Arthur T. Marix Congressional Leadership Award by the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)...

Georgia Super Lawyers Honors Four Stites & Harbison
Stites & Harbison announced earlier that four attorneys in the Atlanta office were named in the 2008 Georgia Super Lawyers magazine.The four attorneys listed in the magazine include:R. Daniel Douglass Construction/SuretyJ.D. Humphries, III Construction LitigationT. Matthew Mashburn Real EstateRichard W. Stephens Real Estate...

Isakson Urges Senate to Address Much-Needed Health Care Reforms
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today spoke on the Senate floor to urge his colleagues to work together to address the issues of health care cost, quality, coverage and accessibility and to develop solutions that don’t require government intervention...

Isakson, Chambliss to TSA: Reduce Delays, Improve Efficiency at Hartsfield-Jackson Security Checkpoints
Warning that federal security at Atlanta’s airport is ill-prepared for the upcoming summer travel season, U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and members of Georgia’s congressional delegation sent a letter to the administrator of the Transportation Security Administration urging the TSA to work with Atlanta airport officials to improve efficiency at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport security checkpoints...

Secretary Handel to Honor War Crimes Prosecutor at Holocaust Days of Remembrance
The State of Georgia’s official Days of Remembrance Observance of the Victims of the Holocaust will be Friday, May 2, 2008 at noon in the State Capitol rotunda. The annual ceremony is held to remember those whose lives were impacted by the Holocaust, and to honor those who work to educate others about the event...

Isakson Praises Passage of Legislation to Enhance Benefits for Veterans
U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today praised the Senate’s passage of legislation to increase a variety of veterans’ benefits. Isakson is a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs...

Governor Perdue Announces Additional Funding for Silver Lake Property in Decatur County
Governor Sonny Perdue joined conservation leaders and Decatur County representatives, for his third stop of the day to highlight Conserve Georgia, on the banks of Lake Seminole to announce funding for the second phase of acquisition at Silver Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Decatur County near Bainbridge. Governor Perdue also signed two pieces of legislation to support conservation efforts: HB 1176 and HB 1274...

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Republican Candidate blog:
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE "IT'S TIME FOR ACTION TOUR" DAY THREE
"John McCain continues this week to go where few Republican candidates have gone before, to draw attention to communities that are struggling." -- Fox News' Brit Hume (Fox News' "Special Report With Brit Hume," 4/23/08)...

John McCain On Fox News' "Studio B"
John McCain
Fox News'
"Studio B"
April 24, 2008
SHEPARD SMITH: "I wanted to ask you about gas. You have called for a holiday over the summer between Memorial and Labor Day from the federal gas tax. What would we sacrifice were such a thing to happen?"...

STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON SYRIA AND NORTH KOREA
U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement on today's news regarding Syria and North Korea:"The latest news about North Korean proliferation to Syria is very troubling, but not surprising. North Korea has not acted in good faith for more than a decade...

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Governor Perdue Orders State Government to Reduce Energy Consumption by 15% by 2020
As a component of the Governor’s Conserve Georgia announcements today, Governor Perdue launched the Governor’s Energy Challenge. This is a commitment by Governor Perdue that Georgia’s state government will reduce its energy usage 15 percent by 2020 over the 2007 energy use levels through energy efficiency or in combination with renewable energy. Governor Perdue is challenging Georgia’s citizens, businesses, organizations, local governments and school systems to meet the state’s 15 percent reduction goal...

Chambliss Staffer Honored by the University of Georgia Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today announced that long-time staffer and former University of Georgia football player, Marisa Simpson, was presented with a post-graduate achievement award this week by the University of Georgia Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. Post-Graduate Achievement Awards recognize former UGA athletes...

McIntosh Trail Kiwanis Donates to Southern Conservation Trust
4/24/08 (8:54 a.m.) The McIntosh Trail Kiwanis Club is the newest Kiwanis in the area and meets each Tuesday at noon at Sundried Tomato. Southern Conservation Trust is a community land trust founded in 1993 by local... More

Kiwanis Art & Talent Showcase Winners
4/24/08 (9:08 a.m.) The Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City recently held their 23rd Annual Art and Talent Showcase for Fayette County school children. Over $4000 in cash prizes was distributed to participants from grades 1 – 12. The winner of the high school division was pianist Kevin Shon... More

Fayette's Stinchcomb Helps Gordon College on Path to Early Childhood Education Accreditation
4/24/08 The Gordon College Early Childhood Education program is one step closer to being fully accrediting after a successful site visit by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education... More

Toxic Treadmill blog:
Chinese Using Trojan Horse? Who needs guns when you can poison a nation... and better yet, they ask to be poisoned? Remember the Trojan horse scenario? Not only do we get gifts with hidden toxins, but we in turn go out and buy them to give. Our kids are playing with lead covered toys with who knows what kind of cumulative affect. We're brushing our teeth with anti-freeze laden toothpaste from China.

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Four weekend events we recommend:

East Fayette Holding Yard Sale to Benefit American Cancer Society's Relay for Life
4/20/08 (10:19 p.m.) East Fayette Elementary is holding a yard sale on April 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Assorted items will be for sale and all donations will be accepted. For information on donating items for this sale please call 770-461-0823.

Demystifying Energy Medicine Workshop
4/9/08 (7:08 p.m.) Please Join Dr. Kim at Georgia Integrative Medicine, Tyrone, for a workshop on Demystifying Energy Medicine on April 26. Space is limited to 6 people. For more information, please call 678.814.1333 x 1 or email Dorothy Carey RN dcarey@welljourney.com
(Note: While you're there, ask about scheduling a tea ceremony!)

Children's Choir to Present "Elijah"
4/24/08 (8:37 a.m.) Shepherd’s Flock Singers will present a children’s musical, “Elijah,” at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Peachtree City, on Sunday, April 27, at 6:00 p.m. The musical tells stories from the life of one of the great prophets through drama and music. Shepherd’s Flock Singers are in grades 2-5. Their director is Andi Laaker; technical director is Cathy Moore. Pastoral Intern Pauline Pezzino, Kathy Zimmerman, and Cherise Quamme lead Cherub Choir, whose members will portray ravens who bring bread to Elijah. Accompanists will be Joyful Noise Ringers and keyboardist David Beecher. Shepherd’s Flock Ringers and Chimers will play the prelude. Other leaders are Lisa deFrances, Jean Dohany, Linda Grabill, Lynn Kalinke, and Edie Eickemeyer, Director of Christian Education. The public is invited; the church is at the corner of Hiway 54 and Peachtree Parkway.

March of Dimes Walk in Peachtree City this Saturday!
Put on your “marching” shoes! The March for Babies walk is Saturday April 26th! Here are a few things you’ll need to know:
Registration starts at 8:00 am – if you did not attend one of the two Bank Days this week.
Team pictures start at 9:00 am (ABC order)
Warm up starts at 9:45 am and the march starts promptly at 10:00 am.
The march is 3 miles - starting at 191 McIntosh Trail, Peachtree City, GA 30269. The cart paths will be heavily marked with arrows, mission and mile markers.
Water stations will be along the route along with Cheerleaders!!
(Please do not litter, we want to keep Peachtree City Beautiful)
Lunch will be provided by Publix
As you finish the march come back to the start/finish line, grab your lunch, sit down and relax!
Can’t wait to see you there…and as always, thank you for supporting the March of Dimes!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

World War II Heritage Days Event
4/23/08 (11:25 p.m.) Battle Re-enactments, Military Vehicles, Equipment Demonstrations, Vintage Aircraft Displays at the Commemorative Air Force Hanger, Falcon Field Airport, Peachtree City. Opening Ceremony - Saturday April 26 at 10:00 a.m. Heritage Days - Saturday & Sunday, April 26-27. Suggested Donation: $5; More info www.wwiidays.org. WWII Theme Hanger Dance: 6pm - 11pm, Saturday, April 26; Advance Tickets $35/person (before April 21), after April 21 $50/person - reservations required, 678-364-1110.

I-75 EXIT 212 HAMPTON BRIDGE ROAD (BILL GARDNER PARKWAY) LANE CLOSURES
HENRY COUNTY– Georgia Department of Transportation announces northbound lane closures on Interstate 75, at Exit 212, Hampton Bridge Road (Bill Gardner Parkway) from 9 pm until 5 am nightly, Thursday, April 24, through Monday, April 28...

Spivey Hall Welcomes Prospective Students to Clayton State
Each year, Spivey Hall brings thousands of potential college students to Clayton State University through its music education programs. For many students, it’s their first time to set foot on a college campus. In October, 125 high school students took a break from their choir rehearsal to hear about the academic programs that Clayton State University offers. Clayton State senior Ivan Segovia, who is a student assistant in Spivey Hall’s box office, addressed the students...

GWTW Expert Herb Bridges Speaking at Newnan Library On May 16
From Forrest Schultz: One of the world's greatest authorities on Gone With The Wind lives in Coweta County: Herb Bridges of Sharpsburg. Over the years Bridges has spoken many, many times about GWTW (and related subjects) at many different venues including radio and television interviews...

Disney’s THE LION KING --- Traffic Alert!!!
Broadway Across America – Atlanta is encouraging theatergoers to please allow extra travel time to the Atlanta Civic Center for the 1:00 p.m. matinee performance of Disney’s THE LION KING on Sunday, April 27 due to Tour de Georgia road closures near the venue. The following street closures are likely to impact travel getting to the Atlanta Civic Center...

HORSESHOE CIRCLE TO CLOSE, DETOUR ANNOUNCED
SUMTER COUNTY – The Georgia Department of Transportation announces that Horseshoe Circle (County Road 255) will be temporarily closed in Sumter County, beginning Monday, April 28 and continuing through Monday, May 12. This closure will begin at 9am and continue until Monday, May 12, at 9 am, weather permitting...

NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS ANNOUNCES 2008-2009 SHAKESPEARE FOR A NEW GENERATION GRANTS
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today announced that 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies will receive grants to participate in Shakespeare for a New Generation from June 1, 2008-May 31, 2009. Part of the NEA's Shakespeare in American Communities initiative, Shakespeare for a New Generation targets middle and high school students...

Where Did Your Federal Dollars Go in 2006?
RJ Note: I just thought this was interesting reading, so am sharing... The federal government disbursed $2.45 trillion in domestic spending in 2006, according to two reports published by the U.S. Census Bureau. That represented an 7.5 percent increase in federal spending over 2005...

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Republican Candidates blog:
REMARKS BY JOHN MCCAIN ON DAY THREE OF THE TIME FOR ACTION TOUR
Remarks as prepared for delivery at a town hall meeting at the Old Martin County Courthouse, in Inez, KY, today at 11:15 a.m. EDT:Thank you. I'm pleased to be here and appreciate the welcome. I've never had the pleasure before of coming to Martin County, Kentucky. I regret that I've been so long in coming to this naturally beautiful part of our country, and that my stay will be a brief one..

STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE U.S. ARMY RESERVE
U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement on the 100th anniversary of the formation of the U.S. Army Reserve:"Today marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the U.S. Army Reserve. Throughout the past century, the citizen soldiers of our Army Reserve have answered their nation's call...

IT'S TIME FOR ACTION TOUR: DAY THREE
Today, John McCain will continue his "It's Time for Action Tour" by traveling to Inez, Kentucky. On the third day of his tour, John McCain is visiting communities that have been forgotten and left behind but where hope, innovation and local solutions are helping to lift these communities up...

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE "IT'S TIME FOR ACTION TOUR" DAY TWO
"McCain Makes Inroads In Rust Belt" -- Pittsburgh Post-GazetteMcCain " On Traditionally Democratic Turf" In Ohio: Youngstown Vindicator: "Even if he fares poorly on Election Day in the Democratic-dominated Mahoning Valley, John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, says it's important to make his presence known in the area." ...

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Chambliss, Isakson Praise Senate Approval of Legislation to Rename Post Offices in Honor of Fallen Soldiers
U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today praised Senate approval of legislation to rename several U.S. Post Offices in Georgia in honor of fallen soldiers. The U.S. Post Office located at 3035 Stone Mountain Street in Lithonia, Ga...

Childhood Obesity Prevention Program May 12 at PTC First Presbyterian Church
4/23/08 (9:00 p.m.) Childhood obesity is recognized as a major health concern for our youth. On May 12, the public is invited to learn how even small changes in weight can make a long term difference in their lives. Dr. Dawson Jackson and Dr. Don Walden will speak on Breaking the Epidemic of Childhood Obesity: It’s Long Term Effects and What Parents Can Do Now. The free program begins at 7 pm at the PTC First Presbyterian Church in the Youth Room. The presentation is for everyone, whether it is parents, grandparents, teachers, or health professionals. First Presbyterian Church is located in the heart of Peachtree City at 206 Willowbend Rd. For more information, call 770-487-7757.

View A Taste of Living History at the Museum
4/22/08 (11:50 p.m.) A Taste of Living History interactive exhibit will be showcased on the lawn at the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum during the 40th Annual Old Courthouse Art Show on Sat., May 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sun., May 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m... More

Southern Charm Bridal Network Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
4/23/08 (8:30 p.m.) Southern Charm Bridal Network celebrated it's 10th anniversary in April. A special dinner was held at Bella Sera of Fayette. For more information on Bella Sera of Fayette contact Kathie Guthrie at 404-805-9341. The Network has annual bridal shows at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City. For more information visit www.southerncharmbridal.net

LOG HOME INDUSTRY VETERAN: 34 YEARS IN TEXAS, 14 YEARS IN UTAH, NOW EXPANDING TO THE EAST
Satterwhite Log Homes, builder and supplier of log homes for over three decades, has built an Eastern Division Office in North Georgia. The company will host a Grand Opening Saturday, April 26, 2008 at the newly constructed, 3-story model home and office, located four miles north of Ellijay....

Diabetes and Exercise
Don't give up if you have diabetes! Many factors contribute to the onset of diabetes, including genetic predisposition and diet. But exercise and proper nutrition can help reduce the odds of getting and the severity of this disease. Diabetes comes in two types, Type I and Type II...

Southwest Christian Care Finalist for TechBridge’s Technology Innovation Award
4/23/08 (6:10 p.m.) The Atlanta Business Chronicle announced the 3 finalists for TechBridge’s Technology Innovation Award. Southwest Christian Care located in Union City is one of the... More

Parent's Morning Out Now Registering at Brooks UMC
4/23/08 (6:04 p.m.) Brooks United Methodist Church Parent’s Morning Out Program is now registering for the 2008-2009 school year. We offer nurturing, educational, Christian based classrooms for ages six weeks through four years. For more information or for a program tour, please contact Jennifer Robinson at 678-883-6162 or Brooks UMC at 770-719-7593.

The Fayette County Board of Education and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce 9th Annual Partners in Education Recognition Breakfast
4/22/08 The Fayette County Board of Education ad the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce will recognize the 2008 Outstanding Business Partners of the Year, for sharing their time, talent & treasure. Friday, May 2, 2008, at 7:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Mr. Michael Thurmond, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Labor. New Hope Baptist Church, 551 New Hope Road, Fayetteville. Chamber members and non-members are welcome! Cost $10.00 per person. Must R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, April 23. Breakfast will be catered by Linda Wallace, Gourmet Deli’s Delight! Contact the Chamber (770) 461-9983 or E-mail: Info@FayetteChamber.org

Mint Julep Journal:
Gator Moments
I bet the lady who strolled into her kitchen just the other day to get a fresh cup of coffee will entertain her family and friends for a a long time as she recounts the 6 foot, 230 pound gator lounging on the floor. I guess it was just hungry and decided the smell was just right for breakfast. I wonder how he got in? It's not like they can slide under the door....

We Are Still Seeking A Home Rental - Needy Family in Fayette County
Friends-We are STILL seeking rental or lease property for a family in Fayette County. The gracious leads that have been sent have not panned out. We want to see what the market will bear now-they need to move by May 1! The family is comprised of dad, mom, teen son, teen daughter, and crib baby. Son is at FCHS the daughter is at Peeples. We are looking for a three bedroom/two bath home. Rent must be $900 or under. Area is not so important. If you have any leads please contact me as soon as possible. Thank you.
Len Gough
ProMaker Marketing
525 Georgia Avenue East
Fayetteville, GA 30214-1720
770-716-8420 office
770-716-8418 fax
404-216-2566 cell
www.promakermarketing.comlen27@bellsouth.net

Final Final wrapup lunsford
Under the Gold Dome
State Representative John Lunsford's Weekly Capitol Update
Final Wrap up of session
April 22, 2008
In coffee shops, diners, and community meetings, much has been debated about the 2008 Georgia General Assembly session that concluded two week ago. Some have criticized, some have ballyhooed, some jumped for joy, while others registered indifference. The reality is that it was a successful session. The question that always begs to be answered is did we get everything done? (The answer is no we didn’t) But we did a lot and here are some highlights...

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District Attorney's Updates:

The Courthouse Fire
When I saw the pictures, it felt like somebody hit me in the gut. No,these weren't gruesome photographs of a murder. Those make you grityour teeth in rage. These were personal. These old pictures from 1982ripped open an old wound.

20-20 Party
Recently I wrote about "Sweet Sixteen" parties. During the March termof court we held a different kind of party. I'd call it a "20-20Party." Twenty years. Twenty years…

A New Bike
Public service can be costly. We prosecuted gang members andprotestors came to the courthouse and cussed me. I've had prisonerstry to disbar me. They've sued me. Bloggers who would be welcomeanytime to meet with me to discuss their concerns prefer to berate meanonymously.

Hargrave Trial
When she was four and she lived in Baltimore, her uncle would molesther. Then her mother moved her to Fayette County. He came here tovisit and molested her again. They moved back to Baltimore.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

View A Taste of Living History at the Museum
4/22/08 (11:50 p.m.) A Taste of Living History interactive exhibit will be showcased on the lawn at the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife Museum during the 40th Annual Old Courthouse Art Show on Sat., May 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sun., May 18 from 12:00 p.m. to... More

Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Releases New CD, I’ll be Seeing You
The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir announces the release of its third CD, I’ll Be Seeing You, now available through Spivey Hall at Clayton State University. I’ll Be Seeing You presents a collection of favorite works performed throughout the history of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir. Recorded live in Spivey Hall in the spring of 2006, the CD, produced by ACA Digital Recording, Inc. of Atlanta, features 21 songs sung by 48 of the most advanced students in the program conducted by Dr. Martha Shaw, founding artistic director of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir and professor of music at Shorter College in Rome, Ga., with piano accompaniment by assistant director Judy Kerlin Mason...

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We got just a tad behind on Senatory McCain's releases... we're now current. Here's the list we posted on the Republican Candidate blog today:

STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON EARTH DAY
U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement regarding Earth Day:"In 1970, our nation recognized the first Earth Day as millions of Americans affirmed their commitment to being good stewards of our environment. Today, Americans will join those from across the world in reaffirming that commitment.

"When Assumptions Meet Facts"
"When Assumptions Meet Facts"
By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
National Review Online
April 22, 2008

"Tax on Talking"
"Among the better ideas John McCain announced last week is a ban on new cellphone taxes. For America's 257 million wireless subscribers, the GOP Presidential candidate is advancing a sensible policy with political punch." -- The Wall Street Journal

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE "TIME FOR ACTION TOUR" DAY ONE
"Looking like anything but a stranger in a foreign land, the man who looks like the frontrunner for the Republican ticket in this year's presidential race began his journey through the heart of the Democratically-controlled Black Belt." -- Selma Times-Journal

TIME FOR ACTION TOUR: DAY TWO
Today, John McCain will continue his "Time for Action Tour" by traveling to Youngstown, Ohio. Throughout his tour, John McCain will be visiting communities that have been forgotten and left behind but where hope, innovation and local solutions are helping to lift these communities up.

Mayor Rudy Giuliani On The "Time For Action" Tour
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
CNN's "American Morning"
April 22, 2008
KYRA PHILLIPS: "Is this about going after the Democratic vote or is this about diversity? I mean, it's pretty obvious he wants the black vote."

REMARKS BY JOHN MCCAIN ON DAY TWO OF THE TIME FOR ACTION TOUR
Remarks as prepared for delivery at Youngstown State University, in Youngstown, OH, today at 12:00 p.m. EDT: Thank you for that kind welcome, and for the hospitality of Youngstown State University. I appreciate this chance to share my views and to hear yours.

Governor Mike Huckabee On The "Time For Action" Tour
Gov. Mike Huckabee
MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
April 21, 2008

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger On Fox News' "Fox & Friends"
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Fox News'
"Fox & Friends"
April 21, 2008

TIME FOR ACTION TOUR: DAY ONE
4/21/08 Today, John McCain will begin his "Time for Action Tour" by traveling through Alabama and visiting communities that have been forgotten and left behind but where hope, innovation and local solutions are helping to lift these communities up.

REMARKS BY JOHN MCCAIN ON DAY ONE OF THE TIME FOR ACTION TOUR
4/21/08, As prepared for delivery on the first day of the Time for Action Tour:
Selma, Alabama (9:00 A.M. CDT):
Thank you. Forty-three years ago, an army of more than five hundred marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge; an army that brought with them no weapons,

JOHN MCCAIN RELEASES TAX RETURNS
Today, U.S. Senator John McCain's campaign released his tax returns for 2006 and 2007. Senator McCain's tax returns show that he paid $157,231 in federal taxes for 2006 and 2007. In the past two years, Senator and Mrs. McCain have contributed $340,323 to charitable causes.

Statement By John McCain After Talking With Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili
U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement after talking with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili: "I spoke today by phone with Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili about Russia's moves to undermine Georgian sovereignty over two secessionist regions. Moscow has announced

From The Senate Floor, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) Addresses John McCain's Gas Tax Holiday
Sen. Jon Kyl
Floor Of The United States Senate
Washington, D.C.
April 17, 2008

McCain Senior Adviser Charlie Black On Fox News' "Fox & Friends
McCain Senior Adviser Charlie Black
Fox News'
"Fox & Friends"
April 17, 2008
FOX NEWS'BRIAN KILMEADE: "Charlie, is there any doubt in your mind that this debate is wearing down both candidates and exposing both candidates as the Democrats decide who's going to be their person?"

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE MCCAIN ECONOMIC PLAN
McCain's "Sweeping Economic Speech":

JOHN MCCAIN'S ECONOMIC SUMMIT IN WISCONSIN
4/16/08
In Wisconsin, John McCain Will Hold An Economic Summit With Business Leaders To Discuss Today's Economic Challenges. The Economic Summit is an opportunity for John McCain to meet business leaders and talk to them about the challenges and opportunities of doing business in the U.S. and international markets.

STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON THE POPE'S VISIT TO AMERICA
4/15/08
U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement upon the Pope's arrival in America:

NEW INITIATIVES IN THE MCCAIN ECONOMIC PLAN
4/15/08
Today, In Pennsylvania, John McCain Outlined A Comprehensive Pro-Growth Strategy That Includes Several New Initiatives. Included in this plan are several new initiatives to help Americans confront economic challenges while focusing government on actually helping families

JOHN MCCAIN'S ECONOMIC PLAN
4/15/08
Today In Pennsylvania, John McCain Outlined A Pro-Growth, Pro-Jobs Strategy To Get Our Economy Back On Track. John McCain's strategy includes taking the near-term actions needed to provide immediate help to American families while also taking the longer-term steps necessary to secure America's economic prosperity and leadership in the world.

JOHN MCCAIN 2008 LAUNCHES NEW TELEVISION AD: "IGNITE"
U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released a new television ad, entitled "Ignite," highlighting Senator John McCain's economic agenda. The ad will air in select, targeted markets in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

REMARKS BY JOHN MCCAIN ON THE ECONOMY
April 15th
Remarks as prepared for delivery at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, today at 9:45 a.m. EDT:Thank you. I appreciate the hospitality of the Allegheny Business Conference... the Pittsburgh Tech Council... and the students and faculty of Carnegie Mellon University. We have a strong showing this morning from the Carnegie Mellon Naval ROTC unit as well. And I'm happy to be with all of you.

John McCain On Senator Obama's "Elitist" Remarks
"I think those comments are elitist. I think that anybody who disparages people who are hard-working, honest, dedicated people who have cherished the Second Amendment and the right to hunt and the right to observe that and

"A Lapsed Principle"
"When it was in Mr. Obama's interest to present himself as the ethical savior of an imperiled campaign finance system, he was happy to do so, especially since it didn't seem especially likely at the time that he'd be the nominee.
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Dr. Byron Harper dies. His legacy? Christian City.
4/22/08 (6:53 p.m.) Last Saturday, Dr. Byron Harper, Jr. passed away. There was a funeral on Wednesday and then he was buried in simple grave in a small cemetery. He ended his personal presence as humbly as he lived…quiet, unassuming, loving, positive, an encourager of all that is good and decent. His voice is now silent, but his legacy... More

Fayette Family Market Day Features Handmade, Homemade or Homegrown
4/22/08 (10:23 p.m.) Back by popular demand, Fayetteville Main Street is hosting the Fayette Family Market Day on the second Saturday of June, July and August from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. around the gazebo at Stonewall Village... More

FDR’s Pine Mountain Valley Resettlement Project: The New Deal Commemorative Lecture Series
4/22/08 (10:40 p.m.) Saturday, May 3; 6:30 pm-7:30 pm; Roosevelt’s Little White House Museum; $3 parking; The New Deal began 75 years ago in 1933 and to commemorate this historic event, Dr. John Lupold who will present a lecture on FDR’s Pine Mountain Valley Project. The Pine Mountain Valley Project was established in 1935 as part of the New Deal. The goal of the project was to relocate impoverished families into a planned rural community. A tour of the Museum will follow. The Little White House and other historic buildings will not be open. 706-655-5870 or www.gastateparks.org

This sounds like a really neat event!
Dig Into the Past at Fernbank’s Archaeology Day
Take an exciting journey into Georgia’s past with archaeology-themed activities and special demonstrations at Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s Archaeology Day on Saturday, May 3, 2008 in support of Georgia Archaeology Awareness Month. Archaeology Day participants will enjoy a variety of hands-on activities, including demonstrations of excavation techniques, sifting for artifacts using a screen, discussions with archaeologists, participation in Canoe Q & A, playing a prehistoric Native American game of Chunky, and taking part in arts and crafts.

Lutherroad Day Camp at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church
Lutheroad Day Camp comes to Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City from June 9 – 13, 2008. Cost is $125 for the week (9 AM – 4 PM Mon-Thurs, 9-12 on Fri) for children currently in grades K – 4th. Day camp is a unique blend of outdoor ministry and congregational ministry staffed by counselors from Lutheridge+Lutherock Ministries. The camp staff brings their enthusiasm, curriculum, schedule and leadership abilities, and serve as positive Christian role models. The program will include fun!, worship, games, Bible study, fellowship, crafts, sharing and prayer. Contact the church office (770) 487-8717 for more information.

If you're ever going to eat wings (and things) Wednesday is the day to do it!
Tyrone Wings & Things Holds Benefit for Run to Benefit Special Olympics
Wings & Things in Tyrone is hosting a benefit on Wednesday, April 23, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. for the Law Enforcement Torch Run to benefit Special Olympics Georgia. Once again, there will be caps, t-shirts, and decals on sale at the event. 10% of the proceeds will be donated for the Special Olympics.

Governor Sonny Perdue signs Proclamation declaring the week of April 27 – May 3, 2008 as Toastmasters Week in the State of Georgia
Governor Perdue signs proclamation in the presence of Georgia Toastmaster District 14 leaders – L-R: Division I Governor Tonya Smith, District 14 Governor Joy Lewis, Area 83 Governor LaTonya McClain, District 14 Public Relations Officer Roy Ganga, Division G Governor Lana McFarlane.
“Toastmasters stand up to be seen, speak out to be heard, and sit down to be appreciated.” Toastmasters International is a self-help educational organization to improve communication and leadership skills. Learning by doing and improving by repeating, Toastmasters offer constructive criticisms while providing experience in leadership and oral communication. Visit the Fayette Front Page Toastmasters' Section!

Monday, April 21, 2008

We had some technical difficulties, system didn't post this on Monday as it should have! Walked in this morning and there was one of those lovely messages on the screen saying "try again". So much for hitting send and walking away from the computer. Here's YESTERDAY'S newsletter (which, if all goes according to plan, will be included at the end of today's newsletter!)

Acting Up Ministries of the First United Methodist Church presents “Jesus Christ Superstar”
Acting Up Ministries of the First United Methodist Church presents “Jesus Christ Superstar,” April 25 through April 27 at the Griffin Auditorium. The 1969 rock opera by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber (their first) chronicles the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth as seen through the eyes of his disciple, Judas Iscariot...

History Lives in the Heart--- Everyday for 40 Years
I love genealogy, today and everyday. It's a fascinating passion for me. My family history lives in my heart. Today, I received a press release from Florida regarding a cousin of mine. His passion is also history, whether it be our family or our country.

Sheriff Candidate Simmons Expresses Continuing Commitment to Public Service
4/21/08 (10:38 p.m.) Since announcing my candidacy for the 2008 Republican nomination for sheriff, I have been meeting with citizens and business owners in an effort to gather their views and opinions on public safety. On numerous occasions I have been asked why I decided to run for office. I decided to enter... More

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.”

JERRY TEDDER ELECTED A SENIOR LIFE DIRECTOR OF NAHB
Jerry Tedder was elected a Senior Life Director of the National Association of Home Builders at the association’s recent International Builders Show Board of Directors’ Meeting in Orlando. Bob Jones, NAHB Vice President and Secretary, thanked Jerry for his dedication and loyalty to NAHB. “I know the commitment it requires to attain and participate at NAHB Board meetings...

Kia Supplier DAEHAN Solution to Locate Manufacturing Facility in Harris County
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue announced in March that Kia supplier DAEHAN Solution will locate a manufacturing facility in Harris County.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

East Fayette Holding Yard Sale to Benefit American Cancer Society's Relay for Life
4/20/08 (10:19 p.m.) East Fayette Elementary is holding a yard sale on April 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Assorted items will be for sale and all donations will be accepted. For information on donating items for this sale please call 770-461-0823.

John McCain On ABC's "This Week"
John McCainABC's "This Week"April 20, 2008JOHN MCCAIN: "Well, I have an economic plan. It's good. It's strong. Things have gotten worse in the last several months, as we all know, in our economy. Americans are struggling. American families are sitting around the kitchen table today trying to figure out how they're going to keep their home, keep their job...

"Today in Fayetteville" April 20, 1906
Springtime in early 1900's Fayetteville was a time for marriages and preparation for Confederate Memorial Day. Go back in time with me to April 20, 1909.
The Fayetteville News
April 20, 1909
Wedding Bells Ring Out in Fayetteville
Two happy marriages, Miss Tommie Sam's, the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Mrs. M.D. Sam's of Woolsey was happily married at their home Tuesday afternoon, 17th. to Dr. Thomas Culpepper of Greenville. Rev. John Speir of Greenville performed the ceremony in an impressive and solemn manner...


Junior Team Tennis Smashes, Aces, and Just.... ROCKS!
4/20/08 (10:43 p.m.) The Southern Crescent Junior Team Tennis League debuted a new league for junior team tennis in January 2008. With 147 players and 25 teams throughout... More

Pfeifer Clarifies Position on Defined Benefit Retirement Plan for County's 700 Plus Employees
4/20/08 (9:39 p.m.) I’d like to be very clear about my opposition to a Defined Benefit Retirement Plan, also known as a DB Plan, for Fayette County. My position on this issue may not have been completely clear in the last newspaper story about it... More

Skyline Pest Solutions: Protect Your Home from Approaching Termite Season
Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in damage annually in the U.S. with spring and summer being the peak months for termite activity. Now is the time to think about protecting your most valuable asset from one of nature’s most destructive pests.
Termites, which can be in a home for several years with few signs of activity, enter by following tree roots and construction conduits such as pipes and vents. They live in underground colonies and aggressively seek out their food source – cellulose – which is found mostly in wood... More

Rep. John Lunsford: Legislative Wrap-up
Under the Gold Dome
State Representative John Lunsford's Weekly Capitol Update
April 18, 2008
The Georgia General Assembly concluded the business of the state at midnight on Friday, April 4. Day 40 if viewed from afar would resemble chaos, but up close, was a fairly well orchestrated attempt to pass meaningful legislation. I will be the first to admit, some very good legislation didn’t make it. The reasons are many but...

From Motivational Minutes:
Ann Landers Quote
"If I were asked to give what I consider the single most useful bit of advice for all humanity, it would be this: Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high. Look it squarely in the eye, and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'"

Williams Joins Cornerstone Realty
Carleton Williams has been a resident of 120 Lakeview Lane, Fayetteville, Ga. 30214, Fayette Co. since 1977. He received his real-estate license April 6, 2005, and joined Cornerstone Realty Jackson, Ga, in 2007...

Friday, April 18, 2008

Doggie Dash 2008
See the Doggie Dash slide show!
4/18/08 (11:15 p.m.) It was damp, it drizzled at times, but still the valiant dogs and their owners walked to support the Georgia Heartland Humane Society... More

Fayette County Earth Day
See the Fayette County Earth Day slide show!
4/18/08 Fayette County Earth Day, celebrated on Saturday, April 12th, attracted good crowds despite the less-than-perfect weather. The drizzle may have kept... More

Public Schools Spent $9,138 Per Student in 2006
School districts in the United States spent an average of $9,138 per student in fiscal year 2006, an increase of $437 from 2005, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report released 4/1/08.

Whitlock Announces for Probate Judge
4/18/08 (9:52 p.m.) As an attorney who has been practicing law since 1977, I am familiar with the court system here in Fayette County. Thirty years ago, when I began my law practice, things were much simpler. Granted... More

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy
Come celebrate for a cause! The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy is having its Annual Birthday Benefit on Saturday, April 26 at Turner Studios from 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening with fun-filled music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction, all in a really cool venue. Tickets are $100 each. Pre-registration is required.

Front Page Pick:
Annual Spring Yard and Garden Show, Peachtree CityAnnual Spring Yard & Garden Show hosted by Peachtree City Parks & Rec Dept on April 19... More

STATEMENT BY JOHN MCCAIN ON PASSOVER
U.S. Senator John McCain today issued the following statement regarding Passover:"At sundown tomorrow, families across this country and around the world will join together in celebrating the Exodus of their ancestors from bondage in Egypt. As families gather together...

Joseph Sams School Annual Campaign Kick-off Dinner at Glendalough Manor
4/18/08 (7:25 p.m.) Attended by Annual Donors and Partner Organizations Christian City, The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, the... More

Schools Finish Strong in Science Olympiads
4/18/08 (9:14 p.m.) Fayette has proven it has some of the best young scientific minds at all levels of education with impressive finishes at the Georgia Science Olympiad and Fayette Elementary Science Olympiad... More

Two Choices
I received this email recently. It ended with one of those "gotta pass it on or you're a schmuck" lines, something I hate. Sometimes one of the is worth saving or passing along. I delete the guilt lines at the end on those rare, rare occasions when I choose to pass them along. The following, titled "Two Choices" may or may not be a true story.