The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, January 31, 2001


Council gift to next PTC mayor: Less power?

The mayor's powers will be curtailed if the Peachtree City Council approves revisions to the city charter suggested by City Attorney Rick Lindsey.

Woman who hired assassin gets 3 years in jail, probation

Having admitted in court that she hired someone to kill her newlywed husband, Courtney Duval Jacob will remain in jail a little longer.

Boy, 4, big hero to mom

When Ryan Smith peeked into the kitchen, he saw his mom, Tina, lying on the floor.

Tyrone's OM staffers OK, assist Indian earthquake relief

Operation Mobilization (OM), an international Christian mission agency with its U.S. office in Fayette County, is providing assistance to victims of the Jan. 26 earthquake in India. Teams are providing some food, clothing and water, and OM is working to supply much more and is making plans to get medical supplies to the affected area.

Assignment: Bosnia

It was a year long job assignment in Bosnia for Paula and Ray Kreiner, but in many ways it was life-changing.

'They walk the streets at night . . . just because they can'

Editor's note: Paula Kreiner and her husband Ray lived in Sarajevo for much of 1999. She says she is still sorting out her memories of life amid the devastation of 10 years of war, and may never really understand the complex problems of a society that became fragmented along religious and ethnic lines.

Land purchased for new school complex

Groundbreaking on the first of four new schools planned as part of a $65 million bond program is expected by summer, now that a 94.2-acre site has been purchased for three schools and the bonds have been sold.

New firefighter proves his mettle off-duty

Kenneth Doyal, a rookie firefighter with the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services, had just graduated from firefighting class the day before.

Fayetteville principal gets top honor

Fayetteville Elementary School Principal Kathryn Corley has been selected as a Georgia Distinguished Principal for the 2000-01 school year for the 6th District.

PTC man indicted for plans to kidnap child

A Fayette County Grand Jury has indicted a Peachtree City man on several charges relating what police called a plan to abduct a child from a local school.

Firm seeks OK for new cemetery

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

Residents' fire hydrant request to be considered

Fayette water officials will talk again about a request from the Cedar Trail subdivision for fire hydrants to protect their homes.

P&Z approves four requests in short meeting

It was smooth sailing for four of the five applicants facing the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission last Tuesday night, as four items were approved and one tabled for a month in the 45-minute meeting.

Sewer request likely to be rebuffed

Fayette County is receiving yet another request for sewerage along the county's northern border.

Photocircuits cuts 175 jobs at PTC plant

The Photocircuits plant in Peachtree City laid off about 175 workers Friday, a plant spokesman confirmed this week.

Watershed assessment reveals 'some problems'

A watershed assessment completed in conjunction with a permit application to expand the city's sewer capacity revealed "no surprises," says water manager Larry Turner, but it does show "some problems" for both Fayette County and the city.

Finalists selected for Fayette Teacher of the Year

Three Fayette County teachers will be surprised today with balloons and flowers and a formal announcement of their selection as finalists for the 2001 Teacher of the Year.

Water situation improving

Fayette County's water supply continues to improve this month.

Fayettevillle boards shifting around

Fayetteville's Downtown Development Authority and Main Street program are getting a bit of an overhaul.

Condemnation dispute settled

A three-year dispute over payment for 1,716 square feet of land has been settled.

March of Dimes ambassador chosen

One-year-old Kyleigh Melissa Moore has been selected to represent the Fayette County March of Dimes WalkAmerica as a Special Ambassador during 2001.

Weather radios donated to school system

The Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services has donated 34 Midland Digital Weather/All Hazard Alert weather radios to the Fayette County School System

Future scientists getting ready for science fair

Ninety science projects developed by students from Fayette's middle and high schools have been selected to compete in the Fayette County Science Fair, which was scheduled for Jan. 30.

Fayette students playing the market

Some people lost a great deal of money in the fluctuating stock market in 2000, but students at McIntosh High School skirted around market uncertainties and grew their initial investments through the Stock Market Game.

March of Dimes names WalkAmerica chairman

The March of Dimes, Fayette County chapter, has announced that Tracy Coker will serve as honorary chairman for WalkAmerica 2001.

Fayette school system gears up for teacher recruitment

The Fayette County Public School System is looking for a few good men and women to join its team of dedicated teachers and support staff.

Lowe's has donation center for Goodwill

Goodwill Industries of North Georgia Inc. has opened a new Attended Donation Center at Lowe's in Fayetteville.

Police Blotter


Get your glasses to go


Ever picked up a new set of contact lenses without leaving your car?

Glaucoma awareness extra important
With lost eyesight from glaucoma directly affecting quality of life, the president of Prevent Blindness Georgia said health care providers should take a more active role in encouraging their patients to get regular dilated eye exams.
Newborn hearing screening now available to all Georgia babies

Starting this year, all babies born in Georgia hospitals will be screened for hearing loss before they are discharged.

Responsible TV/computer use
It has been a while since I have written about television and video, but as computers become more common and as satellite television gives us more and more options, the issue is as important as ever.
Weight reduction after the holidays

Obesity is virtually an epidemic in this country.

Free seminar at Gold's

Gold's Gym on Ga. Highway 54 in Peachtree City is hosting a free fibromyalgia seminar Feb. 19 from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Davis opens chiropractic office

Dr. Gala Davis, a Peachtree City native, has opened a family chiropractic practice in her hometown.

Toys can help improve vision skills

From the moment of birth, your child is learning to see. He or she progresses from the newborn's blurry world of light and dark to the school-age child's sophisticated ability to handle complex vision tasks. Toys, games and playtime activities help by stimulating this process of vision development.

Toys can cause eye injuries

Every year, nearly 7,000 children suffer eye injuries from toys, but most of these injuries can be prevented, according to eye care professionals.


Group VI wins top award

Group VI Corporation was awarded the "2000 Best Industrial Site " Award for the recently completed office and warehouse building for Tek-Rail. The award was presented to Group VI by Peachtree City Mayor Bob Lenox and Building Offical, Tom Carty at the January 18 City Council Meeting.

Airline career fair is next week

Everyone knows someone who has always wanted to be a flight attendant.

Chamber breakfast this Friday

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its next Breakfast Before Hours for this Friday at 7:30 a.m. at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City.


Patriots, Lady Chiefs and Lady Panthers get big wins over the weekend

Though it hasn't felt like winter in quite a while, the winter season of high school athletics marches on toward the postseason.

Starr's Mill wins Panther Duals

The Starr's Mill Panthers finished the regular season of wrestling at home Saturday in fashion by winning the Panther Duals meet.

Swimmers to compete in county meet this Friday

The county swimming championships will be held at the Kedron Aquatic Center in Peachtree City Friday at 5 p.m.

Rising Starr wrestling team takes second at championships

The Rising Starr Middle School wrestling team placed second at the 2001 Metro Middle School Athletic League Wrestling Championships at Union Grove Middle School in Henry County.

Adult Softball league meeting to be held on Thursday

Thursday, Feb. 1 has been designated as the date for the organizational meeting for the coming spring adult softball program.

County recreation departments form wheelchair basketball league

The Fayette County Recreation Department, Peachtree City Recreation Department and Tyrone Recreation Department have combined efforts to provide a wheelchair basketball program for those individuals with physical disabilities.

Fisharama returns to Atlanta this weekend

It certainly will not be a fowl affair at Fisharama this weekend, although country music fans will spot a Byrd there this weekend Tracy Byrd, that is.

Lady Lakers get first conference win against Lander

Clayton College & State University freshman Amber Wood scored 24 second-half points, including 10 straight free throws in the final 45 seconds of the game, leading the Lady Lakers to their first conference win of the season Saturday, 88-84 over Lander University.


Gilbert Young honored as Artist of The Month at Barnes and Noble in Fayetteville

Though you may not know it, you have seen Gilbert Young's artwork.

New murder mystery to be performed this weekend

Watch out, Agatha Christie, Genevieve Ramsey is right behind you.

Southside Theatre Guild presents 'On Borrowed Time.'

Man's mortality is a common theme in literature and drama.

Overheard at a breakfast table

"Did you read this article? Another case of foreigners coming here and expecting us to accommodate their customs."

Braelinn receives grant for resident artists

Braelinn Elementary School in Peachtree City has received a Georgia Council for the Arts and Young Audiences of Atlanta Artists-In-Education Residency Program grant for a one-week residency in the area of visual arts to be conducted prior to August.


Unicorns: Mythical Beasts or Flights of fancy

In search of inspiration for this week's column, I went to a random word generator on the internet.

Bahais host fifth annual Chilifest this Friday

The Bahais of Peachtree City will sponsor the fifth annual Chili Fest fund-raiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 at The Gathering Place on McIntosh Trail in Peachtree City.

Offshoot to offer acting classes for Community School program

Offshoot Productions once again offers a variety of acting classes for children, teens and adults through the Fayette Community School program at the LaFayette Educational Center, 205 LaFayette Ave., Fayetteville.

'Twelfth Night' gives Fayette County a good dose of Shakespearean comedy

Shakespearean plays are not the easiest plays to view.

FCFT sets auditions for 'Alice in Wonderland'

Fayette Coweta family Theatre Inc. will have open auditions for its Storybook Theatre Series production "The Adventures of Alice In Wonderland.


Death balances the books of life
Religion Columnist

Monday, Jan. 29, I spoke the following words at the funeral service of my oldest sister, Alice McGuirt Stow. They may be helpful to others. So I share with you my readers. Death is a bookkeeper of life. Death balances the books. The books of our lives. In one clean swoop, death--a good death--cleans all the books.

Cornerstone Bible Church to host Feb. 4 study on helping today's youth distinguish right from wrong

Cornerstone Bible Church will host a study based on John McDowell's book, "Right From Wrong," on Sunday evening, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. The study concerns what parents need to know in order to help youth make right choices in their lives. Parents, grandparents, and others who work with youth are encouraged to attend.

Peachtree City First Baptist divorce seminar, revival start this weekend

A free divorce seminar on "Dynamics of Divorce,' presented by Jerry Drace, will be held at the First Baptist Church of Peachtree City 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 and will be held at the church on Willowbend Rd.

F'ville UMC to offer health screening

The Fayetteville First United Methodist Church will offer health screenings by Life Line Screening on Saturday, Feb. 10 at the church.

Religion Briefs

Vivaldi's 'Gloria' to be performed at Holy Trinity

A free choral and instrumental performance of Vivaldi's "Gloria" is scheduled in the sanctuary of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City on Saturday evening, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m.

Atlanta Passion Play tickets on sale now

Fayette and other south metro Atlanta residents interested in attending this year's performance of the Atlanta Passion Play can order tickets now. Tickets went on sale Jan. 12 by phone, mail order, or at the Atlanta Passion Play box office on Peachtree Rd. in Atlanta. Box office hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.



Observations on a plethora of goings on

So much to write about, so little time ...

Math text choice will be good for students
One Citizen's Perspective

As reported last week, the Fayette County school system has announced its choice for math textbooks. McGraw Hill was selected for the elementary grades, taking 56 percent of the overall vote.

Surviving Reality TV, Part 2
Laugh Lines

As I write this, Survivor 2 is set to premiere. Thus begins the second great experiment in reality television, being that the first Survivor supposedly changed the world on the little screen forever in its reality of 16 virtual strangers being stranded together in the most tense and primitive of settings. Happens to me all the time; I call it a family reunion.


Rep. Westmoreland supports old state flag

Please allow me to respond to the recent article regarding state Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and his involvement in the Georgia flag situation.

Should every moral standard based on religion be undone?

Sometimes I am confronted by self-appointed ethicists that challenge moral questions by insisting there must be a separation of church and state. I wonder where they are coming from.

Jackson forfeits leadership

Is there a more absurd notion in the world today than the one that Jesse Jackson is deserving a leadership position? Particularly in the church?

Say no to hidden tax increases through fee hikes from ARC, GRTA boards

The Georgia General Assembly has complete control over the funding the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) through Georgia Code Section 50-8-101. Any increase in funding requires "positive action" by the Georgia General Assembly.

Send complaints about gas billing to Ga. PSC

On March 1, 2000, an order was issued by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court allowing the Public Service Commission to revoke Peachtree Natural Gas marketer's certificate, but prohibiting further enforcement actions by the Commission. As part of that order, Peachtree was allowed to continue to bill for natural gas and/or other services provided by Peachtree to its customers.

For shame grammar a casualty in pet story

I was looking over this week's Citizen when I noticed something that I couldn't help responding to. The write-up in the Pet Talk ad had some of the most atrocious grammar that I have ever seen in a publication. In one fell swoop, the writer of this ad has demonstrated a lack of proper punctuation, improper subject-verb agreement, and a switch from first person to second person within the same paragraph.

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