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To the Editor:
Living here in Jefferson County has some benefits as opposed to say some rural
areas. We live
close to a Sams store with its pricing and less expensive gasoline.
Then there is the zoo, botanical gardens, the barons baseball team, the museum
and the civic
center. Nice and convenient. And, the water bill here is a minimum of $23.
With the county going bankrupt and coming out of it, the water bill still sits at $23.
If am correct, the minimum bill for water in Fayette is $40. While this writer
rarely turns his on in
Fayette, the price is the same and garbage is mandatory if you have water.
Of course no one has my fingers in a vise making me keep these utilities. It
just seems a little
excessive pricing to a poor, retired boy like me.
There are reasons and it is in the financial statements and hopefully this is
Twinkle could explain it to the voters.
What is on my bucket list for Fayette? Just take some of that money and smooth
out the sidewalks
so I would not fall so often riding my bicycle. The walks are terrible.
The ghost of Mayor Smith is watching.
Have a great day.
To the Editor:
Myra Nichols recently resigned as cheer sponsor at Fayette County High School
after 13 years.
She also plans on retiring at the end of the school year as a first grade teacher at Fayette Elementary
School. I have worked with Mrs. Nichols in some capacity for the past 12 years. During that time, I
have known her to be an outstanding teacher, a hard worker, and someone who impacts lives. I
could write many stories about students that Mrs. Myra has influenced and put on paths that
otherwise they would not be walking. Her effort was not for the supplement, prestige, or pats on the
back. She simply did it because she loved the girls.
On behalf of all the former cheerleaders, cheer parents, and Mr. Radford Hester
who hired you as
cheer sponsor and has told me many times it was one of the best moves he ever made, I want to say
“Thank You Mrs. Myra” Good luck in all you do in the future. FCHS will miss you!
To the Editor:
I am writing to express how successful the School Bus Road-E-O was on Monday,
2014. The School Bus Road-E-0 is a day that The Fayette County Board of Education
Transportation Department come together to practice Safety Driving Skills.
I am the Transportation Supervisor that works with each person that has a part
Transportation is not a one man show it takes so many people to keep our students safe to and from
school and extra-curriculum trips. We always have room for improvement, but the skills that the
Fayette County School Bus Drivers performed on this day lets me know that we are striving to be
better drivers. I am so thankful to get to work with and learn so much from this group.
The following people have supported us and this special day by donating door
County BOE, Turner Insurance, Transportation South, Southland International/Blue Bird Bus Line,
Rodgers (NAPA) Auto Parts, Citizens Bank of Fayette, Moore’s Flowers, Chicago Pizza, Charles’
Cafeteria, Sam’s Smokehouse, Moore’s Auto Parts, L&R Express, Tuggie’s II, B&B Quick Stop,
M&M Service Center, Golden Eagle Syrup, Lawrence Farm Supply, Belk Kountry Kitchen, Berry
Discount Apothecary, All Dolled Up, Vice Plumbing Supply, Bolling Pharmacy, Angle Trax, Salon
on Main, Standard Furniture, Wallace’s Cycle’s, Shop N Save, Fisher’s Men’s Wear, Eagle Rock
Cafe, Woodmen of the World, Aroma’s Restaurant, Enchanted Boutique, O’Reily Auto Parts,
Newman Specialized, Advanced Auto Parts, Dana’s Ticket, Tasket, & Basket, Fayette Farmers Co-
Op, Berry Tan & Video, Sassy Lass, Hocutt’s, Cutting Edge, Ellen’s Flower Shop, McDonald’s, All
the Rage, Becky’s, Critter’s, Lisa’s Bar-B-Q, Jack’s, Sport’s, Carroll’s Corner, Carriers and Sears.
I would like to say a special thanks to everyone that help make this day become
such a big
To the Editor:
I can remember when we had the best hospital around this area and some of the
best doctors. We
had Dr. McNease, Dr. Robertson, Dr. Rutland, Dr. Hodo, Dr. Breitling, Dr. Sanford, Dr. Morrison,
Dr. Hudson, Dr. Ashley and I’m sure there were others that I can’t remember. They were the best of
the best. We still have some good ones, too. Dr. Magouirk, Dr. Stidham, Dr. Sanford, Dr. Yerby,
Dr. Christian and Dr. Nolen.
I don’t really understand what has happened to our hospital. It seems to me like DCH
spent some money to upgrade Fayette’s equipment and the hospital like they did Northport’s
hospital. It’s a long way to have to go to Tuscaloosa to a doctor and the hospital. Especially for
someone like me (and I’m sure there are others like me) that do not have a dependable car to go in.
They say that they are trying to turn Fayette into a retirement town, but if they do what are we old
folks going to do if we have a heart attack. (Phew, glad to get this off my mind. Maybe I can stop
burning my biscuits.) Now, why can’t we get a grant for the hospital? As they say on T.V., “is there
an app for that?” We need to turn Fayette back into a working town.
I can also remember when we had two theaters and a drive-in, a bowling alley and
a video game
room that the young people could go and have some fun. The young people didn’t have to drive up
and down the street on the weekend to have something to do. When I was young (been about 50 or
more years) we didn’t know anything about drugs and probably would not have participated in
anything like that anyway and there’s still young people that don’t. They should not be punished
because of the few that do. Then, we had Scotty’s that was a hangout for teenagers that stayed open
until 10 or 11 p.m. where the kids could go and get a sandwich and something to drink and listen to
the jukebox, then we would go home. Our parents were still up and worried about us.
Then there’s the problem of the railroad track. I will have to tackle that one later.
To the Editor:
“No Man is an Island,” “Far Away Places with Strange Sounding Names,” “Little Lamb, Who
Made Thee?”... melodic memories from school chorus, called Glee Club way back then. Chorus is
where I learned to read music and sing, but it was much more. We learned to attend to the director
and follow her lead. We learned diction and breath control. Most importantly, we learned to
harmonize and to listen to others around us and blend our voices. Vocal sight reading is a skill that I
draw upon regularly in my adult life.
For students not suited to sports or band/chorus offers an alternative. Chorus
can be a release
during an academic day and offers a sense of belonging and accomplishment.
Chorus allows trips for competition and community contribution through
performances. It is an
opportunity for success and pride.
In a rural community, experiences in the arts are limited. I am distressed that
school lacks visual arts and music. Middle school arts is limited to band. Our daughter has been
exposed to theatre, ballet, choral concerts, organ recitals, and symphony orchestras. We’ve traveled
to offer her these experiences. I imagine she is in the minority of middle schoolers.
The benefits of music education are well documented. Research has found that
facilitates learning other subjects and enhances other skills. Research shows that students with high-
quality music educational program scored 22 percent higher in English and 20 percent higher in
math on standardized tests. Music should be an essential component of every student's education.
I looked forward to our daughter beginning her choral experience in seventh
grade. I was
disappointed that after Steve Fowler's retirement, the choral position in our school system was
reduced to part time. I suspect that few citizens beyond families of seventh and eighth graders are
aware there is no choral activity at Fayette Middle School.
The FCHS chorus, like the FCHS Band, has a history of excellence. The band
begins with introduction in the sixth grade. How can chorus maintain its success without an early
foundation? I fear the FCHS Chorus cannot maintain its level of excellence without training
beginning at the middle school level.
I urge our Board of Education to reinstate choral education at the middle school
level. I urge
everyone to contact their school board member and remind them of the importance of arts in our
schools. It is a travesty to reduce choral education in a rural county that has such limited arts
education. We should seek avenues to increase arts in our schools, not reduce them.
Charlotte B. Stewart