The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, February 7, 2001


The charter and the power: PTC city manager to get most of mayor's authority

It may turn out that all the proposed changes to update Peachtree City's charter won't have to be approved by the General Assembly after all.

S. PTC tower battle brewing

Opposition is already in high gear concerning a proposed cell phone tower for south Fayette, with a public hearing almost three weeks away.

A man for all time zones

Self-styled "goat man" Mitchell Williams Tuesday headed up his 57 goats and moved out of Fayette County.

Unusual birds seen flocking to Fayette

With sightings of two of the smallest and one of the largest species of bird this winter, it has been one of Peachtree City's more interesting seasons of recent years, according to birding enthusiast David Cree.

Hummingbird rare here banded in F'ville

The ruby-throated hummingbirds so familiar to Sandy Davis had been gone for more than a week when she noticed a bird at the feeder.

Liquor now pouring in Fayetteville

Liquor by the drink is now available in Fayetteville.

School construction programs approved

The Fayette County Board of Education took steps Monday afternoon to get the ball rolling on construction of three elementary schools and a high school to be paid for by the newest bond referendum.

Cemetery plan gets P&Z OK

Fayette County will get a new cemetery and mausoleum, if the County Commission agrees with the Planning Commission's recommendation.

Commission may join smog-fighting group

Kelley Nardell-Powell, outreach coordinator for the Partnership for a Smog-Free Georgia program, will try to convince the Fayette County Commission to participate.

Hecht bill sets tax credit for targeted savings

Now that Georgia's flag controversy is history, it's "on to more important matters," says Sen. Greg Hecht.

FCHS debaters are region champs

A debate team at Fayette County High School has won its regional championship and is headed for state competition this weekend.

Line Creek water quality is subject of presentation

The history and future of water quality in Line Creek will be the topic of a presentation sponsored by the Line Creek Association of Fayette County Tuesday, Feb. 13.

'Pleased' with flag vote, Cox moves on

With the furor over the flag vote simmering somewhat, Rep. Kathy Cox is moving on to other issues.

Fayette elementary schools ranked in top 20 in national math competition

Fifth grade math honor students at Braelinn and Kedron elementary schools are currently in 12th and 16th place, respectively, in the national Mathfax competition.

Three finalists vie for Teacher of the Year

Balloons in their school colors and a bouquet of flowers greeted three finalists for the Fayette County Teacher of the Year last week.

Collins Commends Sen. Miller on Ashcroft Vote

Rep. Mac Collins has commended Georgia Sen. Zell Miller for voting to confirm former Sen. John Ashcroft as U.S. attorney general.

PTC officer, resident cited for bravery in fire rescue

A Peachtree City police officer and a local man were recently honored for their bravery in rescuing a handicapped citizen from an apartment fire.

Young and old team up in writer's workshop

Children and seniors are challenging each other in a new partnership between Kedron Elementary School and Azalea Estates assisted living community.

Teen's art work to grace Power Parade t-shirts

Danielle Roache, a senior at Fayette County High School, is this year's winner of Fayette Youth Protection Home's Power Parade t-shirt design contest.

Rising Starr Symphonic Band honored at conference

Many hours of practice and hard work have paid off for the 91 members of the Rising Starr Symphonic Band.

Books for Ghana, hats for Georgia

In a country where every child has the right to attend school in grades K-12, it is hard for Americans to imagine that there are schools in the world where teachers and children do not have adequate learning resources, such as books.

CCSU plans Feb. 24 open house

Clayton College & State University will host an open house for high school students Saturday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Delta pilots organize first national pilots' charity fund

The Delta Air Lines Pilots Association has announced the formation and first gift from the Delta Pilots Charitable Fund.

Kedron Elementary awarded grant

The Georgia Department of Education has awarded a $1,500 grant to Kedron Elementary School.

Police Blotter

"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.

Prime Timers

AARP has plenty going on for seniors
The Fayette County AARP has had a few ups and downs over the past years, but is going strong and having fun now.
Serenade your valentine
If your sweetie yawned last year when thanking you for the roses and candy you gave her on Valentine's Day, it may be time to add a little spice when you deliver your annual declaration of love.
Benefits abound for AARP members
Carrying a membership card from the American Association of Retired Persons if you are over 50 is almost a given.
New senior center on track
Efforts to build a new 22,000-square-foot Senior Center in Fayetteville are on track and going well.


County's employment rate is fifth lowest in the state

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said today that the unemployment rate in the metro Atlanta area rose slightly to 2.4 percent in December, up from 2.3 percent in November.

Tuesday Morning is open for business

Fayette County's newest shopping destination opened yesterday in Peachtree City's Westpark Walk Shopping Center.

Exemptions can help minimize tax bills

Some people will go to great lengths and rightly so to make certain that they take every deduction due them. Yet many of these same people overlook the value of maximizing dependency exemptions. The Georgia Society of CPAs reports that, for 2000, each dependency exemption lowers the amount of income subject to tax by $2,800. Here's what you need to know to determine how you can make the most of these exemptions.

Jackson opens new dealership

Fayette residents have a new choice for their car shopping needs. Don Jackson has just opened his third dealership in the Atlanta area.


Hoopsters wrap up regular season with big games

This is the final week of the regular season in basketball and teams are looking to enter their area tournaments with confidence and momentum.

Starr's Mill wins area mat title

Some things never change.

Sandy Creek cheerleaders win first state title in school history

Sandy Creek High School captured its first state championship ever over the weekend as the cheerleading team won the AAAA crown in Savannah.

Mazzone thrills local youngsters

Two Fayetteville little league teams got their own version of Camp Leo Sunday afternoon as Leo Mazzone, pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves, gave some pointers while filming a commercial for Gene Evans Ford.

Lady Lakers lose to Georgia College while men's team nabs a win

The Clayton College & State University women's basketball team dropped its ninth Peach Belt Conference game of the season, falling to Georgia College & State University 78-52 last Saturday.

Paddlers to hold trips and classes this weekend

The Peachtree City Paddlers will be busy this weekend.


Fayette Ballet to hold company auditions

Attention all dancers!

Fox Theatre to present "Fame The musical"

What does the phrase "I'm gonna live forever" mean to you?

Intergalactic Bead Show returns to Georgia

Are you passionate for beads? If so, you'll want to head out to Jim Miller Park at the North Georgia Fairgrounds for the Intergalactic Bead Show.

Too much research muddies the water

In a chance meeting with a friend, I discovered that we had both begun drinking more water, and felt better than we had in years.

Starr's Mill students win Optimist Essay Contest

The following students won medals for the Optimist Club of Peachtree City's essay contest.


People are from Earth

I do not subscribe to the "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" school of thought, partially because Martian men are short and violent (see Marvin the Martian) and Venutian women are known to be very hot (we're talking in excess of 600 degrees Fahrenheit)


Power of the no-sex pledge is amazing
Religion Columnist

There's one faith-based initiative that's caught the eye of those in the secular arenas and it didn't cost the federal government one thin dime. Believe it or not, it started among Southern Baptists churches in 1993 with teenagers pledging that they will abstain from sex until they are married.

Famous black fighter squadron targets Fayette church

Once known as "angels" for their fierce protection of allied bombers during World War II, the African-American fighter squadron known as the Tuskegee Airmen are still working for good causes 56 years later.

Sermon on the Mount to be dramatized Sunday at Bethany United Methodist

The Rev. Mark Outlaw, pastor at Bethany United Methodist Church, will present a dramatization of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount this Sunday. Feb. 11 at the 11 a.m. worship service. The Sermon is found in the Gospel of Matthew, chapters 5-7.

Historic Holly Grove AME will celebrate Black History Month with tours, program

Historic Holly Grove A.M.E. Church in Peachtree City will offer tours of the church during the month of February, in recognition of Black History Month.

River's Edge to present Watoto Children's Choir

In celebration of Black Awareness, River's Edge Community Church will present the Watoto Children's Choir from Kampala, Uganda Sunday, Feb. 11.

River's Edge offers Spanish course

Argentinian native Zulema Pereyra will teach "Spanish as a Second Language," covering Spanish grammar, each Tuesday beginning Feb. 7, from 6-7 p.m., at River's Edge Community Church in Fayetteville. The classes will continue for 17 weeks.

PTC Presbyterian's SPRY group plans luncheon Feb. 13

Members of the Senior Presbyterians Remaining Young group (SPRY) at the First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City will be entertained by humorist Carl Deck at their luncheon.

Religion Briefs

Chorus, solos, orchestra featured in 'Gloria'

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.



Sex scandal on TI? What's world coming to?

While standing in the grocery checkout line recently, a headline on one of the tabloids caught my attention.

So now Christian theme parks offend
One Citizen's Perspective

I thought I had heard it all, every range of personal offense that could be taken by the behavior of others, every manner of charge of discrimination imaginable, but, alas, I had not, until now.

MTV feeds on our children
Laugh Lines

MTV wants to have their cake and eat it, too. They want to champion every type of moral liberality and be a victor for the freedom of speech, yet they also want to feed off their own young, getting fatter and richer with every bite. Only, their cannibalism continues to wreak havoc on the young flocks of viewers they both attract and devour. I wish them a good case of Mad Cow Disease.


So now governor wants to parent our children

Governor Barnes wants to move into my spare bedroom so that he can parent my children. He does not think that I can determine when my four daughters are responsible drivers so he wants to take over my job.

If you are black and also a Republican, there are costs

Re: "Jackson forfeits leadership." Yes, Bill Webster is correct. "Racism is alive and flourishing."

Tyrone a redneck Bubbaville?

Re: Your article in the FactFinder on Tyrone. I have had the unhappy experience of living amongst the "dumb as dirt, redneck as it gets, Bubbaville-thinking" Town Council, mayor and residents in Tyrone for the past 11 years.

Crossing guard will be missed

I learned yesterday that Mr. Ron Andrews had passed away last Thursday. Mr. Andrews was the school crossing guard for Huddleston Elementary and Booth Middle School. I saw him every day as I drove up Peachtree Parkway on my way to work.

New flag is good compromise

Congratulations to Gov. Roy Barnes and the Georgia General Assembly on their compromise on a new design for the Georgia state flag. It took a lot of courage from those involved to stick their political necks out in order to get the change passed. I have heard civil rights leaders and sons of Confederate veterans alike blast the new flag; therefore, it must be a good compromise. I do not agree with the derision of the Confederate battle flag, but I can accept the change because I am a reasonable man.

Excited that Brown may run for mayor

We are regular readers of The Citizen and appreciate it as a source of information and viewpoints on issues affecting our community.

Lenox off-base on 'Tyranny of majority' response

Reply to Mayor Bob Lenox: Despite my 960-word response to your published letter you answered me in just 13 words! For those who care, your response to my letter was, "Try John Stuart Mill, "On Liberty," published 1869. An interesting and provocative essay."

Cult involvement can snare your young relatives without warning

The Christmas season is behind us, and we are several weeks into a new semester at Georgia's colleges and universities. So I am writing this letter to warn parents who have kids away at college for the first time, and to help others who may find themselves facing the same crisis I faced in May of 1998 when a relative of mine became embroiled with a cult, the International Church of Christ.

Sons of Confederate vets decry state flag change

It is with great sadness that we recognize what we hope will be temporary, the changing of the flag of the state of Georgia from a flag of honor to a flag of nothingness.

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