The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, January 10, 2001


F'ville OKs liquor-by-the-drink rules

Fayetteville restaurants could be pouring liquor by mid-February, now that an ordinance regulating the process has been approved by the City Council.

Some allege absentee ballot fraud

Were there shenanigans involved in Fayetteville's liquor referendum?

PTC city manager gets new job: City clerk

In a surprise move Thursday night, the Peachtree City Council appointed City Manager Jim Basinger as its city clerk for the first three months of this year.

Wieland voted an exception to PTC multifamily moratorium

Peachtree City's moratorium on multi-family housing rezonings has been renewed for another year.

County may scuttle jail pact

Fayette County commissioners may stir the pot of controversy again this week, taking steps to start charging local cities per diem fees to house some county jail inmates.

Dunn: Turn down the volume on disputes

Greg Dunn makes no bones about the fact he thinks he has his work cut out for him.

King Day celebration planned for Jan. 15 at Starr's Mill H.S.

The Fayette Branch NAACP is planning a Jan. 15 King Day celebration beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Starr's Mill High School.

Tower fight goes to commission Thursday

Residents of Rebekah Lakes and Surrey Park subdivisions off Ga. Highway 85 south of Fayetteville probably will be present Thursday when the Fayette County Commission considers BellSouth Mobility's request for a 253-foot communications tower near their neighborhoods.

Sumner Road will be paved despite residents' objections

Sumner Road, one of Peachtree City's last unpaved thoroughfares, will still be blacktopped despite a last-ditch effort from nearby residents to prevent it.

Armed robbery at Fville Pit Stop being probed

Fayetteville police this week are investigating an armed robbery that was reported Wednesday evening at the Pit Stop North convenience store on North Glynn Street.

Bost hails slowed growth as top accomplishment

Growth slowed down in Fayette County during the two years Harold Bost was chairman of the County Commission.

Cox named deputy whip

State Rep. Kathy Cox of Peachtree City has been named a Republican deputy whip in the House, Whip Earl Ehrhart announced Tuesday.

Cox: Education to get a new look

State Rep. Kathy Cox joined her colleagues on the floor of the Georgia General Assembly Monday, prepared to introduce several new bills and fulfill her duties on the Education, Industry, and Health and Ecology committees.

Lohr selected new Peachtree City fire chief

Stony Lohr has been named Peachtree City fire chief, replacing former Chief Gerald Reed.

Harbison steps down, Bowen takes over as Planning Commission chairman

Bob Harbison last week handed over the reigns of the Fayette County Planning Commission after serving as its chairman for three years.

Wieland subdivision gets P&Z OK

John Wieland Homes' plan for 14 homes, a recreation center and a school site for 80.65 acres on the Peachtree City border is fine with the Fayette County Planning Commission, as long as three conditions are met.

Judge reduces bond for stabbing suspect

An Atlanta man in the Fayette County Jail since June for aggravated assault has had his bond reduced.

Fayetteville fire crews battle attic blaze on Buckeye Lane

An unoccupied home on Buckeye Lane was damaged by a fire that extended into the structure's attic, according to Fayetteville Fire Chief Alan Jones.

Collins: Education, taxes, Social Security, Medicare at top of Congress' priorities

Tax relief will be high on the legislative agenda, Rep. Mac Collins said this week after the 434 members of the new 107th Congress were sworn in.

Littlefield takes chair at school board

The new chairman of the Fayette County Board of Education is two-year member Mickey Littlefield.

ARC slates hearing on Fayette impact fees

The Atlanta Regional Commission will have a public hearing on Fayette County's plan for impact fees to help pay for fire services Jan. 16.

Delta pilots' union authorizes strike ballot

Union leaders representing Delta's 9,500 pilots Tuesday authorized a strike ballot of the membership.

Police Blotter

Real Estate

Condos sprouting up in Fayette
Condominiums are on the rise in Fayette County and elsewhere, giving residents another option to apartment living and single-family homeownership.
Interest in remodeling never greater

Did you know that the average home in the United States is 27 years old?

Local artist brings walls to life

Valerie Nelms paints a pretty picture on your ceiling, if you like.

Bay Branch development honors old hometown

Bay Branch, in Screven County in eastern Georgia, was a thriving little rural community in the 1960s.

Building codes discussed at HBA meeting

Building officials from the area were on hand at the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia's November meeting to discuss recent changes in building codes.

Lester achieves specialist designation

Cindy Lester, Tri-City Realty Services, Inc., has completed the educational requirements necessary to achieve designation as a Certified International Property Specialist. Also required was a demonstration of experience in international real estate transactions and participation in related activities.

Bullard agents attend orientation
Three new agents from Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty's Newnan/Coweta County office recently attended the two-day Bullard College orientation program.
Agents join Bullard after merger

Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty's Fayette County office has added three members due to the recent merger with Joyce Faulkner & Associates.

Mitchell attends national conference

Linda Mitchell, president of the Newnan/Coweta Board of Realtors and managing broker of the Newnan/Coweta County office of Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty, was among the 23,000 Realtors and guests attending the National Association of Realtors Conference and Expo in San Francisco.

Pathway picks up awards

Pathway Communities, the developer of SummerGrove and Avery Park in Newnan and Monarch Village in Henry County, impressed the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association with its marketing, public relations and advertising efforts. Pathway was awarded five gold and five silver Professionalism awards at a recent banquet held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The Professionalism awards recognize excellence in home building, marketing and advertising.

Legislators to speak at HBA meeting

Three members of of Georgia General Assembly from this area are scheduled to speak at the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia's first meeting of 2001, scheduled for Thursday night, Jan. 18, at the Peachtree Wyndham Conference Center in Peachtree City.

Jones makes 'Book of Lists'

Tim Jones Communities, which has its offices in Jonesboro, is among the Atlanta area businesses featured in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's annual "Book of Lists," which was published on Dec. 22, 2000.

Knight Group listed

The Knight Group, a Jonesboro-based home builder and developer, was included in the Atlanta Business Chronicle's annual "Book of Lists," which was published on Dec. 22, 2000.


Realtors reflect on 2000, prepare for 2001

At its annual Christmas buffet, the Fayette County Board of Realtors announced the cash awards to three county nonprofit organizations as well as new officers for the coming year.

Kohl's staging job fair

Today is the last day for residents to check out the job fair at the new Kohl's department store at the Fayette Pavilion.


B-ball action heats up as second half of season begins

The Starrs Mill Panthers boys basketball team finished third in the University City Roundball Classic Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, N.C. during the holiday break.

Wrestlers meet at Duals after successful holiday schedule

The County Duals were held at Sandy Creek High School last night and all four local high schools sent their wrestling teams to compete. The results will most likely be in Friday's paper and on the internet.

Registration for spring season of youth sports begins this month

You'd never know it by the weather, but the little league athletic season is right around the corner.

Local teams perform well at indoor championships

Several local teams fared well in the 2001 Indoor Championships at The Soccer Centre in Fayetteville over the holiday break.

Local man sets two new records in 2000

Two thousand was a good year for fishing for Fayetteville's Thomas Elkins.

Laker men get first conference win of season

Clayton College & State University mens basketball team to its first Peach Belt Conference win of the season Saturday, defeating Francis Marion University 74-67.

Sports Calendar


FCFT presents "The Wizard of Oz" at Sams Auditorium

"The Wizard of Oz" is one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time.

Coffee house kicks off busy january for Offshoot Productions.

Offshoot Productions will start the new year with a Stars on the Southern Crescent coffee house lineup that is chock full of entertainment.

Mighty Bug to save the day at Center for Puppetry Arts

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's Mighty Bug!

Government is not a 4-letter word

Two commentaries caught my attention recently: one by Washington Post political reporter David Broder, the other by Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian television commentator, quoted in the Congressional Record.

On cold weather and having a cold

To everyone who complained about the weather being too hot last summer (was I one of them?) and said that they couldn't wait for winter, I'm giving you the frowning of a lifetime, as I sit in front of this computer.

FCT to hold auditions for 'Dearly Departed' soon

Fayette Community Theatre, Inc. will hold auditions for its spring production of the comedy "Dearly Departed" by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 22-23. Auditions will be conducted at Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville at 7:30 p.m. both evenings.

NCT offers classes for kids

Newnan Community Theatre Company, Inc. has revamped its Kidsplay program. The curriculum has been expanded to include several production and technical classes, all taught by Artistic Director Dale Lyles. The classes will be offered one day a week from 4:30-6 p.m. and will be offered throughout the year.

Join the Arbor Day Foundation and get 10 free trees

Ten free flowering trees will be given to each person who joins The National Arbor Day Foundation during January, 2001. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation's Trees For America campaign.

Sandy Creek Chorus to perform at prestigous concert

The Sandy Creek High School Select Mixed Chorus, under the direction of Millie Turek, will present a pre-convention concert Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Spivey Hall on the campus of Clayton College & State University at 7:30pm.


Our 'purpose' for existence is perfectly clear
Religion Columnist

Church members of a certain church in Columbia can tell anyone their purpose with five easy statements. The statements are so easy and yet so profound that I wanted to share them with you as we enter the first official year of the new millennium (I heard Dr. Michael Brown give these five statements).

PTC First Baptist to offer classes for fitness, better relationships

The First Baptist Church of Peachtree City will offer two fitness programs starting this month, with emphasis on spiritual and physical health in both. In addition, a class will be offered for those going through difficult relationships.

Southern gospel music lovers can hear the Perrys in Senoia next week

The Southern gospel singing group "The Perrys" will appear at the Open Door Baptist Church in Senoia on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. and will feature their third number one hit song, "Praise God, It's Settled, I'm Saved."

Tammi Viljoen to speak at next week's Women's Aglow Fellowship meeting

Tammi Viljoen will be the featured speaker at this month's meeting of Women's Aglow Fellowship International, Peachtree City Chapter, next Monday evening, Jan. 15, and Tuesday morning, Jan. 16. Both meetings will be held at the Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 202 Robinson Rd. in Peachtree City, next to Mowell Funeral Home.

Woolsey Baptist Women's Ministry will conduct Bible study Jan. 14, 16

The Women's Ministry of Woolsey Baptist Church will conduct the recently released Bible study by Beth Moore, "Jesus the One and Only," beginning Sunday, Jan. 14 at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 9:30 a.m.

Religion Briefs



Beware of PTC mayor's tinkering with city charter

Happy New Year! For one who still hasn't fully embraced the 1990s, it seems strange to be living in 'aught-one,' as our grandchildren might refer to our olden times at the beginning of the new millennium.

Will our reps prove themselves this year?

Hang onto your wallets, folks, the state Legislature's in session.

Clinton's 11th-hour treaty threatens U.S.
One Citizen's Perspective

While we were ticking off the final minutes of the millennium, President Clinton was ticking off yet another order for his already dubious legacy. In the late hours of Dec. 31, 2000, President Clinton made a call from Camp David to David J. Scheffer, the U.S. Ambassador-at-large for war crime issues.

Where my mouth is . . .
Laugh Lines

I will get on with this article, because time is money and that is what everyone is thinking about today: money. Seems there is all this nervousness over where the economy is heading and whether or not we are all going to still have money to burn, like it's been for a while. I think I am dead on the money to say everyone is confused.


Mayor places public good on back burner

I have a philosophical question for your children to take back to political science class in high school or college. Is it the role of government to: (1) promote individual rights while defending the common good or (2) promote the common good while defending individual rights?

Electoral college lesson

I know nobody will ever say why we should not do away with the electoral college vote, so I will try to shed a little more light on it.

Scofflaws park in fire zones at Starr's Mill

I sure would like to know were to get the special parking permits allowing me and my wife to park our car in the fire zones at the Rising Star/Starr's Mill school complex. The entire front entry circles of the two schools, on both the outside and inside curb, were filled with parked cars at a recent middle school Christmas Choir Concert.

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