The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, January 24, 2001


Flag fight ignites Westmoreland

In response to charges he is backing away from his earlier position, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Sharpsburg) is reiterating his opposition to changing the Georgia state flag.

Friends involved in drug death could face charges of murder

Kathryn Alline Birge certainly played a role in her own death.

Luxury car drivers, be cautious: Robbers may follow

Local residents are being warned to watch their rear-view mirrors after the arrests of four people for following a Fairburn man home and attempting to rob him at gunpoint.

Bomb threat empties schools

All 24 of Fayette County's public schools were evacuated yesterday morning in response to an anonymous bomb threat.

DOT dispute snags cable upgrades

Fayette County residents may not get access to new and improved cable television service for some time yet.

Tyrone sewer deal could hook up schools

Tyrone's efforts to tie into Fairburn's wastewater treatment plant could have a new player involved the Fayette County Board of Education.

First liquor applications on council agenda

Liquor could be flowing in two Fayetteville restaurants by Feb. 2, or as soon thereafter as stock can be delivered.

Commission eyes Wieland project

Fayette County commissioners will consider John Wieland Homes' plan for 14 homes, a recreation center and a school site for 80.65 acres on the Peachtree City border Thursday night.

Cox targets drug test fraud

State Rep. Kathy Cox of Peachtree City has aimed her latest legislative effort at those who sell "clean" urine in order to defraud drug testers.

Hecht bills take aim at child prostitution

In his second term in the state Senate, Jonesboro's Greg Hecht continues to sponsor and cosponsor numerous bills, most of them involving criminal penalties.

Seabaugh joins battle on video game machines

State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, R-Newnan, is cosponsoring two different bills aimed at regulating video game amusement devices.

Ordinance may target access to gated communities

Getting emergency vehicles into Fayette's numerous gated neighborhoods could be a problem, according to county Fire Marshal David Scarbrough.

Math textbooks on display

Math textbooks proposed for Fayette County students to use for the next seven years are now on display at the LaFayette Educational Center, in room 207.

School board: No funds for Jenkins Road auditorium

With $65 million in construction projects planned for the near future, parents and teachers at the Jenkins Road school complex are disappointed that, once again, an auditorium for the complex has been overlooked.

New panel to study middle school structure

Fayette County's middle schools aren't broken, says Dr. Stuart Bennett, assistant school superintendent, but at least some "fixing" is going to have to be done to comply with new state laws.

Tyrone may face wetlands snafu

Tyrone's new $500,000 ballfields could end up costing the town a lot more if officials discover that alleged wetlands lie under the fields.

McIntosh named 2001 School of Excellence

McIntosh High School has received an elite honor, having been named a School of Excellence for 2001 by the Georgia Department of Education.

Graduation times change

Graduation times will be a little different this year.

Compromise reached in PTC clerk debate

The Peachtree City Council will likely retain its power to appoint a city clerk, who would report to the city manager under an agreement reached by council at its regular meeting last week.

Starr's Mill developer commits $150,000 for schools

Developers of a new office and shopping center across from the Starr's Mill school complex on Ga. Highway 74 have promised to donate $150,000 to improve the schools over the next ten years.

PTC Council meet tomorrow moved up to 6

To allow for extra time to discuss possible changes to the city's charter, the Peachtree City Council will start its meeting Thursday at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

Post office slated for Tyrone

Within the next two years, Tyrone residents should see a new post office sprouting up in town.

Tree ordinance getting another look

More changes to Fayette County's tree protection ordinance may be coming.

Board to ponder construction options

Construction options will be on the minds of Fayette
County Board of Education members when they convene Thursday.

Schools pick three vendors for office supplies

Fayette County schools will have a choice of only three office supply vendors from now on.

Team Jonathan to be honored by Respesses

Team Jonathan, a group of youths who have worked to honor the memory of Jonathan Respess, a Fayette County High School junior who lost his life to a sudden cardiac arrest to heart arrhythmia in May 1999, will be honored themselves next week.

Republican Women celebrate Ronald Reagan's 90th

The Greater Fayette Republican Women will celebrate former President Ronald Reagan's 90th birthday Tuesday, Feb. 6, with a Dutch treat barbecue dinner.

Car seat checks set at McIntosh Saturday morning

Free child safety seat inspections will be performed Saturday at McIntosh High School from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. by volunteers from the Fayette Safe Kids Coalition.

Police Blotter


Jill Karen Lazarus was incorrectly identified in an article in the Jan. 19 Peachtree Citizen Review concerning her request for records of a police investigation into Dr. Kenneth Lazarus.


EMC passes a milestone

Deeming it a major milestone, Coweta-Fayette EMC president and CEO Michael Whiteside announced that the company sold over one billion kilowatt hours of electricity during 2000.

Peachtree City's TDk is honored by the EPA for environmental policy

TDK Components USA, Inc. in Peachtree City has been selected by the Environmental Protection Agency as one of 43 southeastern charter members in the National Environmental Achievement Track, a program that recognizes and rewards businesses for exceeding environmental protection requirements.


Teams prepare for postseason with big games against region foes

The high school basketball season is a few weeks away from the region tournaments and each game is more important than the last as teams jockey for seeding.

Fayette wrestlers fare well against Henry opponents

Fayette County High School was the setting of the first ever Fayette-Henry Duals last Saturday.

Lots in store this spring for Tyrone baseball

The Tyrone Youth Baseball Association is getting a new baseball park just off Ga. Highway 74 at Tyrone and Handley Road.

4-A-Side tourney complete

The 4-A-Side Championships were played at the Soccer Centre on Martin Luther King Day and champions were crowned in 11 different age groups. This year's field of 76 teams was one of the largest fields in recent years.

Big League signup is here

Big League baseball is coming back.

Free throw winners announced

The Knights of Columbus Council #11458 of Fayetteville is proud to announce the winners of its recent free throw competition.

CCSU swept by N. Florida

The Clayton College & State University women's basketball team dropped its sixth conference game of the season Saturday, falling to the University of North Florida 67-47.

Shooting fundraiser in March

The Georgia Wildlife Federation is hosting its Fourth Annual Shoot for Conservation Sunday, March 3, at The Meadows National Gun Club in Forsyth.


Offshoot presents rollicking Shakespearean comedy, "Twelfth Night"

"If music be the food of love, play on."

Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City plans ninth annual Pancake Saturday

What do you get when you take 800 pounds of sausage, 600 pounds of pancake batter, 10,000 ounces of syrup and more than 100 gallons of coffee and mix it up with a festival type atmosphere?

Theater galore in Atlanta area

If you are a theater lover, there are a lot of new plays starting in Atlanta this week, ranging from the zany to the touching.

How it used to be

When the officers of Peachtree City Fire Department asked me to speak at the department's awards banquet earlier this month, they said they wanted the newer members to hear how things used to be, to give them an idea of our beginnings.

Bluegrass Blast to benefit FCHS chorus

The Fayette County High School Select Chorus is heading to New York City in a few weeks and three bluegrass bands are helping them raise some money in support of their choir tour.


Men's chorus forming in LaGrange

If you are a man and interested in joining a men's chorus specializing in four part harmony, the Sons of LaFayette Male Choir, would like you to attend their organizational meeting Monday, Jan. 29.

Buffalo soldiers to ride again at Whitewater

Fayette County students in February will learn about many African-American heroes who have made history in the United States, during Black History Month.

The only thing we have to fear is phobias

Ask anybody on the street what motivates their behavior and they'll probably tell you to back off and get out of their way.

PTC Toastmasters to hold open house

Do you have a fear of public speaking? Are you rendered speechless when asked to talk at a meeting? If so, the Toastmasters can help you.


Forgiveness is freely given...but also must be accepted
Religion Columnist

One of the most wonderful benefits of the Christian faith is its emphasis on forgiveness. In a nutshell, that's what the "cross" was all about. When Jesus permitted Himself to be crucified, He did so to provide a "way of escape" for all of us who are burdened with guilt from sin and in need of a new beginning.

Providence United Methodist's MENU schedule on Wednesdays offers something for the entire family

The MENU programs on Wednesdays at Providence United Methodist Church are designed to appeal to the entire family, beginning with an evening meal and continuing through special spiritual and personal development classes for adults, choir practice for children, and nursery activities for children under three.

Fayette Community plans teen parenting seminar Feb. 3 & 4

Dr. Donald Joy will lead a free parenting seminar on "Turning Parenting Obstacles into opportunities" on Saturday and Sunday. Feb. 3 and 4, at Fayette Community Church. The seminar is sponsored by the Breakaway Student Ministry at the church.

Church of Nativity to participate in Super Bowl-generated charity

The Episcopal Church of the Nativity will join other churches across the nation and participate in the "Souper Bowl of Caring" on Super Bowl Sunday, Jan. 27. The national event was launched by the Senior High Youth Fellowship of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. in 1990. The partnership has grown from 22 churches the first year to 11,200 congregations representing every U.S. state, Canada and Puerto Rico. Together, they generated $3.1 million this past year. Over $10 million has been raised since the effort became national in 1993.

PTC Baptist to offer divorce seminar Feb. 3

The First Baptist Church in Peachtree City will host a free seminar on "Dynamics of Divorce,' presented by Jerry Drace on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The seminar is intended to provide guidance for those struggling with the challenges of divorce. The seminar will be held at the church on Willowbend Rd. in Peachtree City.

His House Community Church dedication is Sunday

Members of His House Community Church will celebrate the dedication of their new worship facilities this Sunday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. A covered-dish homecoming dinner will follow.

Kenwood seminar, concert is this weekend

Christian music artist Charles Billingsley will perform in concert at Kenwood Christian Church this 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.

River's Edge Church will offer women's Bible Study on Wednesday nights during February

In a special Wednesday night course at River's Edge Community Church, Lynn Walker will lead a class entitled, "The Vision of His Glory--Finding hope in the Revelation of Jesus Christ," by Ann Graham Lotz. The course is a seven-week follow-up women's video Bible study from "Just Give Me Jesus," based on the book of Revelation, and will begin Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 6:45-8 p.m.

FUMC to offer 'Weigh Down' program Tues.

The highly successful weight loss program, "Weigh Down Workshop,' will be offered at the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church beginning Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m. in room C200. Based on the scriptures, the Weigh Down program is applicable for both men and women.



Could've been better; could've been worse

As George W. Bush continues his first week in the Oval Office and Bill Clinton moves into his posh offices in Manhattan (far away from Hillary), many are wondering and posturing on how history will view the Clinton era.

Parents, teachers vote down 'Everyday Math,' except at 2 schools
One Citizen's Perspective

On Jan. 22, the Fayette County Board of Education was presented with recommendations for math textbooks. New textbooks for elementary, middle, and high schools are expected to be voted on during the February meeting of the Board of Education after being tabled for 30 days for public comment.

Stressed out, I recall my desk
Laugh Lines

Many years ago, before the days of cellular phones and rolling blackouts, I was in school, and I had a desk. I specifically remember my sixth grade desk because it was the first one that had a storage area.


State flag foes base arguments on a lie

The problem with [Monroe Kelly's] argument against the state flag is that it is based on a lie the lie that the Confederate soldier fought to preserve slavery and therefore anything that honors the Confederacy is racist.

Which flag should we ban? How about Stars and Stripes?

In response to Monroe Kelly's letter to The Citizen, it seems to me that before The Citizen can "continue to educate people on this matter," you must first educate yourself.

For justice's sake, city courts ought not be profit centers

There is a statement in a letter attributed to our county commissioners that I find so outrageous I cannot leave it unchallenged.

Mayor protects developers, not residents

[Mayor Bob Lenox,] I just read your article in [Peachtree City government's newsletter] January UPDATE 17 times, and it still doesn't make any sense to me at all! It is, without a doubt, the most advanced example of convoluted, disjointed, self-justifying, male bovine fundament-based logic I have ever read in over 53 years of life! That was just to set the tone of this communication. Now I will get specific.

Create voting districts in PTC

Councilmembers, unfortunately, I have another commitment and will not be able to attend the discussions concerning chnages to the city charter. I would like to pass on some thoughts on this issue for your consideration.

Ashcroft frightens loony left

I am absolutely flabbergasted and incredibly offended by the pompous piety of Democrats in the U.S. Senate as they conduct an inquisition of Attorney General Nominee John Ashcroft. He was attorney general, governor, and senator from the great state of Missouri, the Show Me State, and home of Harry Truman, likely the most blunt President in history. No one has ever alleged that he did not enforce the law as written.

Story of false child abuse allegations again disturbs local doctor

It was with some degree of shock and disbelief that I read John Munford's article on the front page of your Friday, Jan. 19 edition. I am asking for your assistance in whatever way in clearing the record. As you know, I have previously written to you, as well as to your reporter, Monroe Roark, with regard to these false allegations which were made against me over two years ago. I am at a loss to understand why at this time Mr. Munford chose to reopen this story in a way that is so potentially damaging to me and my family. In particular, I am unclear as to why Mr. Munford chose to go to press with this without any sort of interview with myself.

Insistence on 'witnessing' as means of evangelism is simplistic, often wrong-headed and off-putting

Everytime I read something like [Dr. John Hatcher's recent] column, which says that the main purpose of Christians is to convert nonbelievers, I feel a mixture of anger and frustration.

Fayette is generous to seniors

I want to thank all the people of Fayette County on behalf of the seniors who benefitted from your generosity through Fayette Senior Services' "Project Love." This is our seventh year for this project and you enabled us to provide meals to our clients at Thanksgiving, Christmas and for winter "Snow Days."

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