The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, February 14, 2001


Dunn to Lenox: 'We're not playing'

If Peachtree City Mayor Bob Lenox wants serious replies to his communications with Fayette County commissioners, he should communicate through mail or e-mail, rather than through the media, commission Chairman Greg Dunn said this week.

County drops out of joint planning with cities

FUTURE is history, as far as the Fayette County Commission is concerned.

PTC officials originally planned to fire city clerk

Records obtained by The Citizen show there was a move to fire Peachtree City Clerk Nancy Faulkner several months before the City Council declined to reappoint her to that position.

Pike murder suspect has Fayette ties

One of three men who sparked an extensive manhunt in Fayette County over 27 years ago has been arrested for the murder of two Pike County men at a hunting lodge there in January.

Planners: What next for Starr's Mill area?

Fayette County's Planning Commission Thursday will start thinking about whether a recent controversial shopping center rezoning on Ga. Highway 74 should bring changes in the land use plan for the area.

Heart help goes public

If you've got to go into cardiac arrest in a public place, Fayette County may be one of the better places in the country to do it.

Using these AEDs, anyone can save a life

When sudden cardiac arrest occurs, says Chris Campbell, a firefighter and paramedic with Peachtree City Fire Department, the victim's survival depends on the earliest possible return to a normal heart rhythm.

Jones settles sex discrimination suit against city of Fayetteville

Amanda Jones, a former clerk with the city of Fayetteville, has agreed to settle her sexual discrimination lawsuit against the city, former City Manager Mike Bryant and current City Manager Joe Morton.

Jail sentence for rapper who skipped jury duty is upheld by appeals court

Rapper Jermaine Dupri Mauldin will get a taste of the real "Hard Knock Life" after all.

Pearson guilty plea hearing postponed

The family of murder victims allegedly shot to death by an elderly Fayette man over a year ago came expecting to see justice in court.

Tower request withdrawn after neighbors object

An application for a cell phone tower on Ga. Highway 74 has been withdrawn in the face of neighborhood opposition.

County sets moratorium on growth in work force

Fayette County government is big enough for now, county commissioners have decided.

Road rage chase leads to assault of Riverdale woman

A Riverdale woman has claimed she was assaulted by a motorist who had chased her and an acquaintance into Fayetteville earlier this month.

Double bee winner: NorthFayette student wins in spelling, geography

North Fayette student wins bees

Flat Rock is First School in Georgia to Offer SAVE

Today's students face a multitude of challenges in their daily lives.

WalkAmerica kicks off

The 2001 WalkAmerica Fayette Kickoff luncheon was attended by over 100 representatives of businesses and industry in the county.

Hecht bills moving through the process

State Sen. Greg Hecht's bill aimed at stiffer penalties for pimps who take advantage of children has cleared a Senate Judiciary subcommittee.

Westmoreland: Slow session is good news

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland is calling in a Fayette connection to help interpret one of Gov. Roy Barnes' initiatives.

Republicans launch gas rights bill

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, the state's House minority leader, will join other Republican representatives in introducing a "gas customers' bill of rights in a press conference today at 1:45 p.m. on the Washington Street steps of the state Capitol.

Cox working on child endangerment bill

State Rep. Kathy Cox introduced legislation last week that she hopes will help protect children from the criminal actions of their parents and other adults.

Fayette County GOP sets mass meetings and County Convention

The Fayette County Republican Party will convene precinct mass meetings Saturday, March 3, at 9 a.m. to elect delegates and alternates to the Fayette County Republican Party Convention.

Healthy heart is February focus

St. Valentine's Day, with its emphasis on matters of the heart, falls in February, and that may be reason enough to focus on health, especially heart health.

Geography bee winners announced

Do you know the answers to these questions:

Planning ahead urged for severe weather

The week of Feb. 18-24 has been proclaimed "Severe Weather Awareness Week" by Gov. Roy Barnes.

Police Blotter

Real Estate

Arbor Springs to host Street of Dreams
Street of Dreams, Inc., has selected Arbor Springs Plantation in Newnan as the site of its 11th annual Atlanta Street of Dreams luxury home show.
We're looking for a few good men and women to build the homes of the future

Overall employment in the construction trades is expected to increase from just under 6 million to more than 6.5 million from 1998 to 2008, according to a forecast from the U.S. Department of Labor. For the home building industry, this means that demand for workers is expected to exceed supply for some time to come, and that could have an impact on the cost of building new homes.

Historical Concepts wins Southern Living award

Longtime Peachtree City architect Jim Strickland and his company, Historical Concepts, were recently honored by Southern Living magazine for the design of a Greek Revival house in South Carolina.

Family very happy with kitchen remodeling

"I've waited 23 years for this," said Pat Ormsby of Peachtree City, who has just gotten her "dream kitchen" through the efforts of Peachtree City-based M Cubed Building Services.

Keep up with Joneses at Irish Village

Vicki Jones, owner and president of Preferred Mortgage Group, announced that her company is offering loan packages in Irish Village, a new single-family residential community off Senoia Road in Tyrone.

ParkLane honored by Plymart
ParkLane Homes received the Industry Leadership Award from Plymart Building Materials Company while cruising aboard the MS Imagination. The award was presented by cruise sponsor Rich Mahaffey of Plymart. ParkLane Homes received the award for "outstanding participation and performance in improving operations efficiencies."
Keller Williams opens Market Center

Keller Williams Realty has announced the opening of the Peachtree City-Newnan Market Center, temporarily located at 400 West Park Court, Suite 230. The Market Center will move into a permanent office space (location pending) this spring.

Glen Abbey at Canongate model home open

Bob Adams Homes has announced the completion of its new designer model home at Glen Abbey at Canongate.

Camden Forrest now open

Forrest Homes Inc. announces the grand opening of Camden Forrest, a 160-unit townhouse development on West Fayetteville Road in Clayton County.


Development authority wants to help existing industry

Exisiting industries in Fayette County now have a plan to help expand their business and keep them thriving.

Tips and tactics for deducting business meals and entertainment expenses

Taking customers or clients out to dinner, to a round of golf, or for a night at the theater often makes good business sense.

Metro Brokers/ Better Homes and Gardens breaks ground on new Peachtree City office

In a move that will dramatically increase the companyís visibility in the Peachtree City residential real estate market, Metro Brokers/Better Homes and Gardens announced that it will become the anchor tenant of the new Peachtree Promenade shopping center at the corner of Highway 54 and Shakerag Hill, across from Dairy Queen. The company recently broke ground on the new office, which will open in late spring of 2001 and is already under construction. Upon its completion, the company will move from its current office on Westpark Drive where it has been located since opening in 1992. The new location will be a state-of-the-art facility with more than 3,000 square feet of office space which can accommodate up to 50 sales associates. The current office has 25 sales associates, including top producer Wendy Greene.


Panthers are back-to-back state champions

The Starr's Mill Panthers wrestling team won its second consecutive state title over the weekend.

Panthers win county swim meet and head to state meet this weekend

The Starr's Mill High School swim team defeated the three other county high schools to win the Fayette County Swim Championships. Feb. 2 at the Southeast Natatorium in Atlanta.

Regular season ends and region tournaments begin for high school basketball teams

The regular season of high school basketball ended over the weekend and the region tournaments began earlier this week. For many of our local high schools, the season could have ended better.

Magnificent Seven Sandy Creek sends seven players off to college

Sandy Creek High School saw seven members of its football team sign national letters of intent to play college football last week on Signing Day.

EWGA to hold first meeting of 2001

The Atlanta chapter of the Executive Women's Golf Associaition will kick off its 2001 season in style Wednesday, Feb. 21 at the Perimeter Marriott from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Speed Training offered again

Due to tremendous demand, The Soccer Centre in Fayetteville will again offer Speed Training. The eight sessions will be held on Wednesdays in March and April at 5:30 p.m.


Get in the spirit: Georgia Dance Theatre to perform this weekend

Georgia Dance Theatre wants you to get "In the Spirit of Dance."

NCT to present 'The Foreigner'

If someone couldn't understand you, there would be no harm in revealing your deepest secrets.

The circus is coming to town

The Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus has performed before 500 million fans in more than 100,000 performances over three consecutive centuries, thus proving it truly is "The Greatest Show on Earth."

What love is all about

A Valentine arrived in the mail recently, courtesy of Carol Bligh, who gave us permission to publish it.

Offshoot Productions loses performance space

For the past year, the south side's Offshoot Productions, a professional theater company, has been performing in the Royce Regeon Band Hall of the LaFayette Educational Center, formerly Fayette County High School, in Fayetteville.


Happy Valentine's day, Fayette County

I met Sabine in middle school.


God's law or man's law ... follow it and be blessed
Religion Columnist

I am outraged with the outraged expressed over President Clinton's pardon of Marc Rich for his crimes against the United States. Why am I outraged? Because the Constitution of the United States, Article 2, Section 2, gives the President the authority "to grant Reprieves and Pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of Impeachment."

Peachtree City's Greiner named associate director for Feed the Children International

Peachtree City resident Rev. Fr. Raymond J. Greiner has been appointed Associate Director of Advancement for the Southeast Region of Feed the Children International, it was announced recently. Fr. Greiner is the pastor of Prince of Peace Charismatic Episcopal Church, which meets at the Peachtree City Hampton Inn each Sunday at 10 a.m.

Jayne Skoog to speak at February 19 Women's Aglow Fellowship meeting

Former opera performer Jayne Skoog will be the featured speaker at this month's meeting of Women's Aglow Fellowship International, Peachtree City Chapter, Monday evening, Feb. 19, and Tuesday morning, Feb. 20. Both meetings will be held at the Calvary Temple Assembly of God, 202 Robinson Rd. in Peachtree City, next to Mowell Funeral Home.

Massey to lead ladies' Bible study group at Christ the King Feb. 20

Dr. Judy Massey of Peachtree City, current cofounder of the Society of Christ the Healer and author of three religious instruction manuals, will instruct a series of ladies Bible study classes beginning Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. until noon. The classes will continue weekly at the Parish House of Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church, 4881 Ga. Hwy. 34 East, between Peachtree City and Fayetteville.

Holy Trinity's 'Gloria' performance is Sat.

A free choral and instrumental performance of Vivaldi's "Gloria" is scheduled at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City this Saturday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. The chorus is made up of choir members from various churches in the south metro area.

Peachtree City UMC schedules generation gap' seminar Feb. 25

Dr. Rick Hicks will present a seminar at Peachtree City United Methodist Church on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. The seminar will be based on Hicks' book, "Boomers, Xers, and Other StrangersUnderstanding the Generational Differences That Divide Us," which he coauthored with his wife, Karen.

Divorce recovery seminar planned at P'tree City UMC

A 13-week DivorceCare Recovery seminar will be held at Peachtree City United Methodist church on Thursday evenings beginning Thursday, Feb. 22, from 7-8:30 p.m. in room 300.

Pair celebrates 100th birthday

Fayetteville's Homer Lee Pair celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan, 24, 2001. He was born Jan, 24, 1901, in Atlanta, the oldest of three siblings. His parents raised their children in the Lakewood Heights area of Atlanta.

Noah's Ark Church plans gospel sing

The community is invited to a gospel singing at Noah's Ark Holiness Church in Jonesboro, Saturday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., prior to the singing, and again at intermission.

Providence UMC offers three Lenten Bible study classes

Providence United Methodist Church will offer three 6-week Lenten Bible study classes beginning Ash Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Religion Briefs

Providence plans children's Ash Wednesday service

Providence UMC will have a special children's Ash Wednesday service on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 p.m., immediately following the family night dinner.



Bush tax cuts are step in right direction

Now begins the great class war.

Mayor Lenox as PTC asylum's warden?
One Citizen's Perspective

Perception is everything in politics. Language, demeanor, image, and behavior all work in concert to shape our perception.

Spamming the globe, extremely
Laugh Lines

I have been so preoccupied in the last months with the, "Sean 'Puffy' Combs" trial, that I hardly noticed it was time for me to troll the world for really important events.


Letter opens eyes of one Tyrone resident

Well, gaw-lee-gee, that thar' Mistah M. Barry Bartlett Sr. shore told us athang or two in his letter printed in th' Feb. 7, 2001 edition of The Citizen, din't he? I mean, all this time, I thunk I wuz livin' in a fine lil' town, with fine naybers and sech, but he done straightened me out, yessirree he did!

Tyrone run by neighbors who do their best for residents

Mr. Bartlett, unless you've had a personal run-in with someone here that you're not telling us about, the tone and language about your neighbors is way out of line.

Tyrone resident ready to help disappointed developer load U-Haul to move

I had to laugh when I read Mr. Bartlett's letter in the Feb. 7 issue of The Citizen, in which he referred to Tyrone as "Bubbaville."

Resident loves Tyrone and is not 'dumb as dirt'

Mr. Bartlett stated he had the unhappy experience of living among the "Dumb as dirt, redneck as it gets, Bubbaville-thinking Town Council, Mayor, and residents in Tyrone for the past 11 years."

One of PTC's 'crazies' wants to change status quo leadership

I have been following the articles focusing on Mayor Lenox's last year in office with great interest. [The Feb. 2 Peachtree Citizen Review] article was especially interesting and I have to say I am constantly amazed by the things Bob Lenox says and the discourse being conducted between our city and county leaders. His comments near the end of the article concern me the most.

Sumner Road soon to share Smokerise's fate

I read with great interest the cover story regarding Smokerise Crossing resident Gale Bostwick and the impending paving of Sumner Road behind her home. Yes, it will bring more traffic and noise to her backyard, and that is an unfortunate situation.

Parents, make your kids ride the schoolbus

A note to all of the parents who drive their precious kids to school on rainy days: Thank you for causing me (yet again!) to be late to school because your precious middle schoolers and freshmen cannot wait at a bus stop with an umbrella.

Brechin Park wins tower fight

On behalf of all the homeowners in Brechin Park, I want to thank you for coming to our meeting [Feb. 4]. Thank you also for putting our story on the front page! The power of the press is what helped to make our concerns known to all the other developments around us and to the members of the New Hope South Baptist Church.

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