The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, April 19, 2000


F'ville flag limit not likely to fly

At least three members of Fayetteville City Council made it clear Monday they don't intend to vote for any restrictions on the number of government flags that local businesses can fly.

The Village still stalled

Lawyers are still working out the details of a complex development agreement for The Village, a proposed mix if homes, businesses, offices and parks that is expected to transform the face of downtown Fayetteville.

PTC to consider county jail impact fee, right to reply ordinance

The City Council of Peachtree City will reconsider at tomorrow night's regular meeting the idea of impact fees to help fund the new county jail.

Chief can't go to fire truck, so fire truck goes to chief – at Emory

When the Peachtree City Fire Department took delivery of a new fire truck, Fire Chief Gerald Reed wasn't on hand to enjoy that “new-car” thrill that even seasoned firefighters relish.

Mother of 3 brings much motivation to Relay for Life

There are people we encounter as we go through life who make our day a little brighter.

Child molestation trail starts Mon.

Grady Michael Couch Sr. of Tyrone faces two counts of child molestation in Fayette Superior Court next week.

Planners delay action on tower law changes

It's once more around the mulberry bush for proposed changes to Fayette's ordinance governing communications towers.

Bus service advocate planning another push

Stuart Hoff just won't give up.

School board studying Barnes' 'scary' measures

The impact of House Bill 1187, Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform package, is starting to be felt by Fayette County school officials as they prepare the fiscal year 2001 budget.

Drug case draws $50,000 bond

A Fayette County magistrate judge Monday set bond at $50,000 for a man charged with attempting to distribute about 20 pounds of marijuana.

Tyrone council to vote on shopping center plan

Thursday could be judgment day for developer John Callaway's latest proposal to develop a shopping center in Tyrone.

Outdoor burn ban starts May 1

As a county-wide outdoor burning ban takes effect Sunday, May 1, residents are being advised on what steps to take before the burning period ends.

Holliday House architect chosen

Restoration work on the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House, the centerpiece of Fayetteville's efforts to preserve city history, is a step closer with the appointment of a firm to oversee the work

Linda Brem named Teacher of the Year

Fayette County High School teacher Linda Brem was named Fayette County's Teacher of the Year Thursday night during a gala staged at Sams Auditorium.

Hollingsworth House gets special visit

The Hollingsworth House, one of two major historic preservation projects currently underway in Fayetteville, received some special visitors last week as Charles Jackson and his daughter Holly dropped in.

Churches join in Palm Sunday celebration

Palms swayed gently in the spring breeze as worshippers from the Catholic Church of St. Gabriel's and the Episcopal Church of the Nativity gathered Sunday for the traditional blessing of the palms by their respective pastors, the Rev. Tim Hepburn and the Rev. Robert Hudak.

Fayette Republicans chosen national delegates

Two Fayette County Republicans were chosen as delegates to the National Republican Convention in Philadelphia at the 3rd District Republican Convention this past weekend.

Johnson kicks off reelection campaign

Sheriff Randall Johnson kicked off his campaign for reelection Saturday night at Chip Young`s “Barn” in Tyrone.

Bost will qualify, but may not run

Harold Bost, chairman of the Fayette County Commission, will sign up as a candidate for reelection when qualifying opens next week, but he may not run.

Kevin Demmit seeks school board post

Kevin Demmit, Ph.D, a Peachtree City resident and associate professor at Clayton College & State University, has announced his candidacy for Fayette County Board of Education Post 2 in the Republican primary.

State Court awards damages in injury

A pair of personal injury cases involving automobile accidents resulted in plaintiff's verdicts in Fayette County State Court last week.

March of Dimes walk set

The Fayette County Chapter of the March of Dimes is urging residents to participate in the April 29 WalkAmerica 2000, a tradition now celebrating its 30th year.

Fayette Head Start reaccredited

Fayette County Head Start/Pre-K was recently granted reaccreditation by the National Association for the education of Young Children.

Dining Guide

Eggs for brunch
Aside from chocolate, eggs stand out as the number one food associated with Easter and Passover.

Take a coffee break in Senoia
Food Critic

This month, Foodie is proud to take you to two quite different places that are both “must-sees” for avid foodies.


Webvan offers Fayette an easier way to grocery shop

In less than two weeks, Fayette residents will be able to order and have their groceries delivered with a click of the mouse.

Business Briefs

FCH Auxiliary among most active

With more than 250 members and growing, Fayette Community Hospital's Auxiliary is one of the largest active auxiliary organizations in Georgia.

Literary contest set for Earth Day

Keep Fayette Beautiful Inc. and the Fayette County commissioners have joined together to sponsor an Earth Day literary contest.


Regions realign for 2000-2001 season

Besides when Barnes and Noble will open, perhaps the one question that has been on the forefront of a lot of people's minds in the community is, “What's going on with region realignment?”

ACC charges to nationals

East Point's Atlanta Christian College continued to add to its impressive athletic accomplishments recentlywhen the Men's Baseball team won the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division 2 Regional Championship. Coach Alan Wilson's ACC Chargers played a spirited series of games to win the championship and qualify for the national championship tournament in Clearwater, Fla., held this past weekend.
In the first round of the regional championship, ACC defeated Johnson Bible College, 14-7. ACC's next opponent was Toccoa Falls, which fell to the Chargers by a score of 12-2. The championship game was against the previously undefeated Clearwater squad. The Chargers won behind the excellent pitching of East Point's Dustin Bergan, who pitched both the second and championship game. The final score was 9-4.

Fayette Middle girls track wins county again

The Fayette Middle School girls track team won their second consecutive county championship last week. Fayette Middle won the meet with 112 points, while Booth Middle School was right behind them with 107 points. Rising Starr finished in third with 37 points, while Whitewater placed fourth with 35 points and Flat Rock Middle took fifth with 13 points.

Senese signs with Sailfish

Nikki Senese, a midfielder for the Fayette County High School Lady Tiger soccer team, signed a letter of intent to attend Palm Beach Atlantic College and play for the Sailfish soccer program.

Fayette Flames perform well at PTC Invitational

The PTC Invitational was held at Sandy Creek H.S. on Saturday, April 15, 2000. Teams participating in the meet were Clayton County, College Park, East Point, Fayette Flames, Paulding County, and PTC Flash. The first through sixth place results for the Fayette Flames were as follows:

Furcal to sign autographs to benefit PTC little league

On Saturday, April 22, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the Atlanta Braves sensational shortstop Rafael Furcal will be making a public appearance and signing autographs to benefit Peachtree City Little League.

Sports Calendar


Kansas to kickoff Amphitheater concert series

“All we are is dust in the wind”
FCT about to get busy
Fayette Community Theatre Inc. is prepapring for a busy spring and summer season.
Teen centers starting to flourish in county
There used to be a semi-valid complaint with Fayette County stating that there was very little for teenage residents to do.
A gathering of spirits

As we headed home, in 1998, from that surprising region of glaciers and waterfalls, forest and sea, starry nights and long, long days that is Alaska, we made a final stop in Sitka — for one more surprise.

No new national news
I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some new news.
Offshoot offers two acting classes for all ages this May
Three workshops designed for different age groups will be offered by Offshoot Productions at the Peachtree City Library this spring.
NCT to perform "Lucky Stiff"
In January of 1998, the epic musical Ragtime opened on Broadway, thrilling critics and audiences alike with its daring scope and lush music. The team responsible for this megahit was composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, who had been working together for over ten years.
Clayton State music professor wins Binkley Award
Early Music America, the national advocacy organization for historically-inspired performance, has announced that Clayton College & State University Professor of Music Dr. Lyle Nordstrom is the recipient of the Thomas Binkley Award for the year 2000.
Senoia's Progressive Dinner scheduled to return soon
Early The Senoia Historical Society is hosting their annual Progressive Dinner on Friday, April 28th and Saturday April 29th at 7 p.m. This dinner features a tour of homes and historical buildings, with one course (appetizer, soup, salad, entree and dessert) to be served in each place. Dress is casual. Plan to walk to some of the houses. Tickets are $35 each, and will probably go quickly. You can order tickets at 770-599-9854 or
PTC Wind Ensemble to hold reunion next week
The Peachtree Wind Ensemble is inviting all former band members to join them April 24, Monday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. for a reunion of fun, music, and great food. Come reminisce with former and present members and remember to bring your instrument to try out some of the new music for this season.
Drama Fest for middle schoolers this Saturday
The Rising Starr Drama Club will host the second annual Fayette County Drama Festival on Saturday, April 22. The drama festival is open to all interested middle school students. Each student will have the opportunity to participate in four workshops and to attend three presentations.


The Resurrection – next to Creation, the most important event in history
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

I remember it so well. The astronauts had returned from their first landing on the moon (for the first time man on the moon). President Nixon had flown to the recovery aircraft carrier to welcome the moon men who had been isolated for fear of contamination. But President Nixon said, “This (man on the moon) is the greatest event since creation.” I thought, what about the resurrection? Where in the scheme of things —historical and a-historical—does the resurrection of Jesus from the dead come in? To me with a Bible in hand, it seems the important events are: creation, resurrection, and the third most important event has not happened yet.

Holy Week & Easter Activities

Moreland UMC to have Easter egg hunt, picnic

Members of Moreland United Methodist Church will have their annual Easter Egg hunt this Saturday, April 22. There will be a family picnic at 12:30, followed by games and activities.

Word of Life Church accepting applications for ministry classes

Word of Life School of Ministry is accepting applications through April 28 for those wanting to enroll during the second trimester.

Religion Briefs

Fayetteville UMC taking preschool applications now

The Child Development Center at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church is accepting applications for the 2000-2001 school year.


Reminiscing on a sunny Sunday drive

If there is anything more graceful than a well-balanced, well-ridden motorcycle slaloming its way over winding mountain roads, it's 50 motorcycles leaning first left and then right with precision approaching that of a synchronized swim team.

Booth Middle Schoolers sound off on environmental problems
One Citizen's Perspective

In honor of Earth Day, which is Saturday, April 22, I am taking this opportunity to share some opinions and inspirations shared with me recently in a round table discussion involving sixth grade students in Mrs. Cathy Hubble's science class at Booth Middle School. We gathered after school one afternoon to discuss recycling, following a unit in which students studied a variety of eco-friendly issues, such as alternative fuels, habitat preservation, and conservation. As the future torch bearers of environmental accountability, this is some of what these 12-year-olds had to say about their legacy.

2000 presidential race closest ever?
Politically Speaking

If the latest public opinion polls are any sign, then the 2000 presidential election may be the closest in history.

Hazing: There are bigger issues
Laugh Lines

Guns don't kill people, fraternities do. In the latest pinball game of who's-to-blame, accusations have been bouncing around like pinballs in an arcade concerning the recent death of fraternity pledge Ben Grantham.

Letters to the Editor

PTC citizens left out in annexing, ethics issues

We have an interesting predicament in Peachtree City. Tyrone and Fayetteville may also be in a similar situation and they should probably examine their charters as well.

'Jimmy Webb' in letter referred to another, no kin

Re: Letter of Mr. Bill Bryan in April 12, 2000, edition. In light of the recent “publicity” I have received in your newspaper, I would very much appreciate it if you would advise your readers that the “Jimmy Webb” referred to in Mr. Bryan's letter is not the undersigned.

You can learn a lot about SPLOST decisions from wrestling

I understand Nielsen ratings show that wrestling on television is extremely popular, although I can never find anyone to admit to watching it. It must be those people in Alabama who skew the ratings that way. For the many readers who know nothing about wrestling and wrestlers, let me first explain that two books most recently on the New York Times top ten best-sellers list were authored by wrestlers. One that has just now slipped off the list after being on it for months is “Have a Nice Day!” by Mick Foley, also known at various times as Cactus Jack, Mankind and Dude Love. The other is “The Rock Says ...” by, who else?, the Rock himself (whose actual name is revealed as Dwayne Johnson). If you don't believe me, you can look this up on or the Sunday paper. Don't look for the fiction list: these books are in the hardcover non-fiction list!

Liberals make Cuba into warm, fuzzy 'alternate'

Of all the arguments surrounding the case of Elian Gonzalez, the most disturbing are Janet Reno's reference to Cuba as having just “an alternative political system,“ and some legislators statements that giving Elian citizenship would require us to also grant it to Haitians in the U.S.

Want small town look? Stop all this building

This letter is in response to a recent article I read in The Citizen. It was about the city council wanting to restrict the number of American flags a business is allowed to fly.