Lowry: Voting suit not about electing blacks

I am writing to debunk the recent article ... in the Atlanta Journal Constitution regarding district voting in Fayette County. The article ... and articles written in The Citizen newspaper have portrayed district voting as being about getting blacks elected to public office in Fayette County. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The lawsuit brought by plaintiffs and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) was not about getting African Americans elected to office. Read More»

Editor: Lowry’s letter contradicts itself

Mr. Lowry, your letter misrepresents The Citizen’s reporting of the plain facts and seems to contradict itself:

1. “The lawsuit brought by plaintiffs and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) was not about getting African Americans elected to office. It was about getting people elected to office, regardless of their race or ethnicity, who will represent the interests of the people who live in District 5.”

Then you seem to refute that by saying: Read More»

Letter misses the point of Obamacare: 44 million need more

No, no, no, I reject both of the premises in Mr. Kinsman’s recent letter to The Citizen (“Obamacare may force your kids into welfare status”).

Firstly, using a government program like Medicaid or CHIP does not predispose one to accepting a “nanny state” environment.

There is nothing insidious in the use of government programs. We pay taxes and all of society benefits from the things we provide to each other with that money.

The parents who I know who use Medicaid or CHIP as their children’s health insurance provider are happy with the access it gives to the healthcare system. Read More»

Brenda W. Vaughan, 64, of Fayetteville

Mrs. Brenda W. Vaughan, 64, of Fayetteville, died March 14, 2014. She was a dedicated wife and loving mother who will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years Eddie Ray Vaughan, son Eddie & Daphne Vaughan, daughter Rachel & Michael Bailey all of Fayetteville; 4 sisters Pam Atkinson, Levon Bridges, Patsy Vaughan, and Gail Sims.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Mowell Funeral Home, Fayetteville. Rev. Lee Morgan will officiate. Read More»

Angie Hall, 53 of Fayetteville

Angie Burgess Hall, 53 of Fayetteville

Angie (Burgess) Hall, 53 of Fayetteville, Ga. passed away on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers, Fla.

She was born on January 16, 1961 in Sweetwater, Tenn. to Larry Burgess and Jo Anna Bowers.

She married Mark Hall on April 23, 1983 and they celebrated 31 wonderful years of marriage. She had two children, her son Jared Hall, and her daughter Sarah Beth Overstreet, and gained her bonus son Ben Overstreet in 2011. Read More»

Rhonda Cook Stapleton, 61, of Fayetteville

Rhonda Cook Stapleton

Rhonda Cook Stapleton, 61, of Fayetteville, passed away March 16, 2014. Read More»

Piedmont Fayette Hospital ground zero for shooter drill

Ambulances along with a host of emergency response units from around Fayette County participated March 8 in an emergency preparedness mock scenario at Piedmont Fayette Hospital that involved an active shooter with hostages. Photo/Special.

An emergency preparedness drill held on March 8 at Piedmont Fayette Hospital was executed to help emergency responders prepare for the absolute worst. In a mock scenario of a gunman in the hospital holding 30 hostages, county and municipal emergency personnel worked with Piedmont Fayette Hospital staff to lock down the hospital and protect patients and the facility itself.

The drill ended with the fictitious death of one gunman and the capture of the other two. A fake bomb blast also was included in the event. Read More»

FCHS students set focus on career preparation

From left, front row: Shardaya Jones, Lisa Roque, Lauren Coachman, Tassia Drame, Kaylee Satterwhite, Gabrielle Hazard, and Farrukh Ali. Back row: Reezaan Bharwani, Josh Ward, Samir Davis, Esteban Rodriguez, Aaron Campbell, and Ian Douglas. Photo/Special.

CTAE (Career, Technical and Agricultural Education) students at Fayette County High took the month of February to explore the world of work and how to prepare for their future careers after graduation. Read More»

Concert series announced in Fayetteville

Kansas kicks off the series. Photo/Special.

Once again, it’s that time of year when we get the long-awaited answer to “Who’s coming to the amphitheater in Fayetteville this year?”

The Southern Ground Amphitheater is excited to announce its lineup for the 2014 Summer Concert Series. This year continues the amphitheater’s long-standing tradition of bringing great entertainers at an affordable price, at the most comfortable outdoor venue in the region. Read More»

Olivet’s Women’s Day services celebrate Women’s Emphasis Month

Robinson, Lewis, McCastle, Hatchett

March is Women’s Emphasis month and The Olivet Church in Fayetteville will have four “dynamic Women of God “as guest speakers on March 12, 16, 19 and 26.

“These women are united through their faith in God’s love and providence and in their dedication to serve God’s people,” a spokesperson said. “Our theme is “Building, Motivating and Inspiring Women” from Proverbs 3:15 (ESV). Read More»

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