The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, January 17, 2001


County defends jail fee decision

"We're going to get there. Be patient," said Fayette County Commission Chairman Greg Dunn as he prepared to fire off the latest round in the battle over jail space and tax equity.

Frady: County should reconsider making cities pay for jailing municipal prisoners

Fayette County Commissioner Herb Frady wants his fellow commissioners to reconsider their decision last week to end a seven-year-old agreement to house municipal prisoners in the County Jail at no charge.

Dunn to answer mayor's complaint

Greg Dunn says he'll answer Bob Lenox's latest letter concerning Fayette County's approval of a shopping center across from Starr's Mill High School as commission chairman to mayor.

Girl aids mother after bus collides with deer

A freak accident early Tuesday morning involving a deer and a Fayette County school bus could have resulted in tragedy for the driver if not for the quick thinking and composure of her daughter.

Are Fayette's voting patterns changing?

It will take up-to-date census figures to interpret, precinct by precinct, the results of last November's election based on factors like income level, race, gender and level of education.

The mystery of the missing votes

It's official. Fayette County has bragging rights on at least two aspects of the Nov. 7 general election.

Armed burglary suspect may be linked to other Fayetteville break-ins

The arrest of an armed burglary suspect at a local residence almost two weeks ago may prove to be a break in other reported burglaries, according to officials from the Fayetteville Police Department.

Fayette group heading for the ball

When George W. Bush takes the oath of office as president of the United States this week, nine Fayette County Republican Party faithful will be present.

Restaurant, car wash on Fayetteville P&Z agenda

The Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission will have little trouble next Tuesday with this month's agenda, judging from the activity at last week's work session.

Westmoreland expects much ado about flag, districts

So far, parts of this session of the General Assembly remind Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Sharpsburg, of a Willie Nelson song.

Hecht bill takes on natural gas problems

State Sen. Greg Hecht, who represents north Fayette, has filed a measure aimed at slowing natural gas price increases and improving billing procedures.

Hecht bill takes on natural gas problems

BellSouth Mobility cell phone customers won't get any better reception in south Fayette County anytime soon.

Raymon Johnson dead at 80

Former Fayette County Commissioner Raymond D. Johnson, 80, died Jan. 3, 2001. He was born July 7, 1920 in Arp, Texas.

Bob Disharoon, well-known Realtor, dies

Fayette County has lost one of its powerhouses, Robert James "Bob" Disharoon, Jan. 13, 2001.

Math recommendation coming Monday

A recommendation for new math textbooks will be made to the Fayette County Board of Education at its Jan. 22 meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m.

Stinchcomb sues commission for rezoning denial

Local developer Dan Stinchcomb has filed a lawsuit against the Fayette County Board of Commissioners for denying his rezoning request for more than 158 acres at the intersection of Old Norton Road and Lester Road.

Historic Preservation Commission now meeting in Fayetteville

Last week was the first public meeting of the new Fayetteville Historic Preservation Commission.

County wells shut down

Pumps that had provided drinking water from five Fayette County-owned wells are now silent.

Tyrone getting new post office

Tyrone residents could soon get a new post office.

County Web updated again; property tax info available

Fayette County's government continues to update its Web site to provide new information and make the site easier for residents to use.

Drought recovery continues

As rain continues to occasionally fall, water supplies in Fayette County continue to recover from a three-year drought.

Small grass fire started by kid with matches

13-year-old has been accused of arson after fire crews responded to a small grass fire at an apartment complex in Fayetteville Saturday.

Gosa, Huddleston praised by Commission

A former Fayette County commissioner and former magistrate judge got special thanks from county commissioners last week.

First-ever Thursday meeting is cancelled

It will be another two weeks before the Fayetteville City Council begins conducting Thursday night meetings.

Water facility may be moved

Fayette County's Water Committee is considering moving its distribution plant on Kelly Drive to land at the Crosstown Water Treatment Plant in Peachtree City to make life better for residents of the area.

Fayette students heading for inaugural

A number of students from Fayette County will be headed to Washington in two weeks for the inauguration of President-elect George W. Bush. Selected by the Close Up Foundation in Washington, D.C., the participants will participate in a one-week program of government studies and inaugural events.

Hecht, Seabaugh given committee assignment

Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor announced committee assignments for the state Senate Tuesday, naming Fayette's two senators to a total of eight slots.

Police Blotter

Dining Guide

Food, fun and football
Food, fun and football--it's what Super Bowl Sunday is all about.
The staff of life
Food Critic

As winter contains to maintain its icy grip on the area, many of us are turning to comfort foods to help us get through these dreary days.

Super Bowl Recipe


Awards given at Chamber Banquet

A number of people were recognized at the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce's Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet Saturday night.

Dot Kite is named top business person

Commerce to be its 2000 Business Person of the Year.

La Rosa's Pizza Company Putting People First

The service and food industry probably has the lowest retention and highest turnover of all the industries in the United States. The reasons for this are varied, but a lot of it can be attributed to low pay, long hours, weekends and a workforce that is perceived to be low caliber and/or low skill.


Mixed results for local teams in close region games

The local basketball teams had some close games over the weekend as they continued to face an onslaught of tough regional opponents.

Starr's Mill wins county dual meet

The county dual meet was held last week at Sandy Creek high School but it was Starr's Mill who looked like the home team.

Fayette Middle School is the county wrestling champion

The Fayette Middle School wrestling team completed an undefeated season on Saturday by winning the county championships. The team went 4-0 in the meet and Rising Starr Middle School placed second by going 3-1.

Fayette Flames and PTC Track to merge

The Fayette Flames are in the process of merging with the Peachtree City Youth Track team to kick off their 2001 season.

Sports Calendar


New magazine promotes women in Fayette County

There's something new out there for the women of Fayette County.

Fayette County Library set to kick off another successful year

The Fayette County Public Library celebrated its fourth anniversary Saturday, Jan. 13.

This year's Golden Globe Awards are almost too close to call

The Golden Globe Awards will be aired this Sunday at 8 p.m. on NBC.

Puzzling over riverbanks

If he said it once, he said it a dozen times during the ten weeks we spent on the Tennessee River and its tributaries in the spring and fall of 2000: "All those years I was driving 300 miles south to sail when this was only 200 miles north!"

Examining the family tree with Mike

In order to find out what makes us tick, it is often necessary to look into our ancestry (looking in our medicine cabinets or under our beds would also help).


A true Christian life breaks down the barriers...and sets you free
Religion Columnist

I was born a southerner. I will die a Christian. I was born a Georgian. I will die a Christian. I was born a Baptist. I will die a Christian. I was born in the segregated south. I will die in Christian unity. The question, however, is which identity will I carry as I live? Which identity will identify me as I walk in the environs of Fayette and Clayton and Fulton?

Charles Billingsley to appear in pre-conference concert at Kenwood Christian Church Jan. 27

Contemporary Christian music artist Charles Billingsley will perform in concert at Kenwood Christian Church on Saturday evening, Jan 27, beginning at 6 p.m. The concert will kickoff the church's UnveilinGLORY conference, scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 28. Special appearances at the concert will also be made by the conference speaker, Gerald Robison, vice president of UnveilinGLORY, and WVFJ 93.3 FM's morning co-host, Sheila Richards, who will meet listeners and give out prizes.

His House Community Church sets dedication activities for new home

Calling themselves, "The church alive in the double-wide on 85," members of His House Community Church will celebrate the dedication of their new worship facilities on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. A covered-dish homecoming dinner will follow.

'Redeeming the Time' seminar to be offered by FFBC January 28

Fayetteville First Baptist Church will host the Lifechangers seminar, "Redeeming the Time," Sunday, Jan. 28, during the morning and evening worship services.

'State of the Church' address will be featured at Fayetteville Christian Church this Sunday

Rev. Daniel Overdorf, senior minister at Fayetteville Christian Church, will deliver his annual "State of the Church" address this Sunday evening, Jan. 21, which will be followed by a soup and sandwich appreciation get-together in the church gym. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

Newnan Baptist plans Winter Conference

Members of Newnan's First Baptist Church will have their Winter Conference 2001 on Friday, Jan. 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27, featuring Claude V. King, writer and conference speaker, as special guest. The theme of the conference is "An Intimate Friendship With God."

Religion Briefs



Don't believe, or pass on, all you read

This is a column about intellectual honesty.

1 year later, school reform reexamined
One Citizen's Perspective

It has been a year since Governor Barnes' hotly contested A-plus Education Reform Act was unveiled. It eventually passed muster and became law. Since the 2000 legislative session, educators and parents have scrambled to understand the law and just how the new rules may impact their local systems.

A post office support group
Laugh Lines

This is no joke. I am starting a support group for victims of post office stress syndrome. There are support groups for other abuse victims, so if you have had to experience the long lines, discourteous service and overall bad "vibes" in the government's equivalent to Russia's Gulag, then please join me in mutual therapy.


Mayor Lenox responds to column, commission

[Editor's note: The Citizen received two faxes Monday from Peachtree City Mayor Bob Lenox. The first is addressed to the publisher and the second to Fayette County Commission Chairman Greg Dunn.]

Lenox: Definition of gall?

Concerning Mayor Bob Lenox's questions and comments regarding the rezoning of Fayette County land on Ga. Hwy. 74 for a proposed commercial endeavor: I am wondering if Webster's would include his photo as an illustration for gall, impudence, impertinence, effrontery, audacity, brashness, etc., etc., etc.

Thanks, commissioners, for doing your jobs well

No news is usually good news when we're talking about people who serve in elected office and the job they do taking care of their responsibilities.

Fayette needs bike lanes

Thanks so much for your forward-looking article on bike lanes. Statistics say that almost every home in the state has a bicycle stored away; people are afraid to ride on the roads with cars, and rightly so.

How can any fair-minded person approve of current state flag?

Thank you for the courage of saying what so many of us black folks feel about the state flag. As a Viet Nam veteran, a retired firemen of 28 years, and a productive Georgia citizen, I feel insulted, sometimes angry, each time I see the current state flag.

Which is compassionate party?

And Democratic leaders say they are the compassionate party. I don't think so.

Tennant explains his vote on city clerk

At the last city council meeting, council voted 4-1 to appoint City Manager Jim Basinger city clerk while the city charter is reviewed. The role of the city clerk is among those things being reviewed.

Why are lame ducks tinkering with PTC's charter?

This Thursday the Peachtree City Council will begin discussions on making changes to our city charter. I believe that our charter does need some changes. However, I want to see changes that give the citizenry more power like the ability to have a popular vote on annexation requests.

School board, county need better planning for the future

I have been a resident of Peachtree City since 1970, when the official U.S. census reported the population to be 793 persons. Today I am highly pleased to be living in a residential community so desirable.

We Americans may need to reexamine our definition of 'success'

I have spent a significant portion of my work life in efforts to develop leaders in nonprofit settings (particularly ministries and churches). Yet I write to question the perspectives of an opinion piece by the Reverend David Epps in the Jan. 5 edition of your newspaper concerning 10 common traits of "America's most successful people." I do not mean to be merely contentious or even quibbling, but I have serious reservations about the underlying thought and value structures in the article.

Jitterbuggers gets another shot

Three wonderful occurrences took place during December since the announcement of the closing of Jitterbuggers Teen club due to the building it was located in being sold.

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