The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, February 21, 2001


Line Creek swim fatal to boy, 13

A strong current and high waters are being blamed as causes that led to the drowning of a local 13-year-old boy Sunday afternoon in Line Creek.

County planners: Keep low density in Starr's Mill area

In spite of recent approval of a shopping center in the heart of the area, future land uses around the Redwine Road/Ga. Highway 74 intersection should remain primarily low-density residential, Fayette County Planning Commission members say.

4,000 new area homes affected by termite co.'s 'flagrant' abuses

A Fayetteville pest control company has been cited by the state Department of Agriculture for providing inadequate service in termite treatments.

Tyrone to get first look at court-ordered Publix

Tyrone residents will get their first view of a proposed Publix grocery store this Thursday. The town's Planning Commission will discuss the grocery company's site plan for a 54,000-sq. ft. store on Ga. Highway 74 near the Hanson Rock Quarry.

Reasons to resign

The main reason Robert Brooks decided to resign from the Peachtree City Council is so he can help the city's growth streak continue, he says.

Youth basketball coaches who scuffled with ref are banned for rest of season

The two youth basketball coaches involved in an altercation with a referee after a game at Spring Hill Elementary School last week have been banned from coaching the remainder of this season.

Water 'GRTA' idea gets mixed reactions

If the state legislature creates a new regional water commission for metro Atlanta, Fayette County wants to be involved.

Hecht anticrime, natural gas bills moving swiftly

State Sen. Greg Hecht's Crime Prevention Act of 2001 was expected to pass the Senate Tuesday and move on to the House.

Troubled Market property to house day care center

The former A&T Market property may be busy again fairly soon, albeit a much different sort of activity than before.

Woman charged with starting home fire on Mask Road

Authorities have arrested a suspect for allegedly setting fire to a home on Mask Road over a week ago.

Westmoreland backs tighter gas controls

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Sharpsburg, is hoping a bill that he cosponsored will bring some relief to consumers reeling with the state's high natural gas bills.

Cox speaks out on education reform

Round two of Gov. Roy Barnes' education reform package is now on the table, and legislators are sorting through it to see what they like and what they don't.

Teen driving bill still underway in House committee

A draft bill on teen driving laws is still being worked on by the House Motor Vehicles Committee in the Georgia Legislature.

Commission to consider zoning for cemetery

A new cemetery and mausoleum for north Fayette will be on the County Commission's agenda Thursday.

Expansion of tennis center proposed to PTC council

Expanding the Peachtree City Tennis Center with seven covered courts (to battle the elements) and more office space comes at an estimated price tag of $2.4 million.

Educators say Second Step is reducing violence

Two years after implementing Second Step, a violence prevention curriculum for grades K-9, teachers throughout the Fayette County School System have noticed changes in the way their students treat others and handle difficult situations.

High School academic teams sweep divisions

For the fourth time in five years, the Fayette County High School varsity academic team has won in its division in the Griffin Regional Educational Service Agency Academic Bowl League.

County Web site upgrades continue

Fayette County's Web site has added still more new services.

Goat man looking for lost goats

If you happen to find ten lost goats in the vicinity of Mundy's Mill Road and Ga. Highway 54, Mitchell Williams would be grateful if you would let him know.

County names finance director

Mark H. Pullium, CPA, has accepted a position as Fayette County's director of finance, replacing Emory McHugh, who left the county for a position with the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority.

Famous black fighter group to visit school, church here

During World War II, the 332nd Fighter Group of the United States Army Air Force had the most requested escorts responsible for protecting bomber crews flying their planes across Germany.

Peachtree City school prepares for dual events

Famous African American legends "Harriet Tubman" and "Booker T. Washington" will be visiting Peachtree City Elementary School Feb. 22.

'President's Rap' to be performed at Kedron

While most people learn about United States presidents through textbooks, students at Kedron Elementary School are getting their presidential facts in a more interesting way.

Girl Scout fund-raiser set

The ninth annual Friends of Girl Scouting fund-raising dinner will be Tuesday, Feb. 27, at Whitewater Country Club.

Drew Hartley achieves Eagle Scout rank

Drew Hartley, son of Robey and Teresa Hartley, was honored Sunday recently with an Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

Science students compete at region

Twenty-four Fayette County students are taking 17 science projects to the next level today.

Fayette educator Robert Allen in Hall of Fame

Robert T. Allen Jr. of Fayette County recently was inducted as a charter member of the Georgia Agricultural Education hall of Fame.

Local teacher is honored

Patricia Carman, an educator at McIntosh High School, has been recognized as an outstanding educator by the University of Richmond.

Police Blotter

Gordon College nursing program at top in state

Gordon College's nursing program is the best in the state among two-year colleges, according to a report published recently.

Dining Guide

Cajun menu growing at Olde Mill
Cajun cooking is alive and well in Fayette.
Forget the mess kids who cook can develop a lifelong interest in good food

Culinary professionals from The Art Institutes say that cooking with kids can be fun for the whole family with a few simple safety rules and basic organization.

Luna making Southside debut
Food Critic

Southsiders, get ready for an interesting dining experience.

Fruit is not just for dessert anymore

Health conscious parents understand the benefits of eating fruit. And one easy way to get your kids to eat more is by adding fruit topping to a wide variety of food that most people don't think about topping.


FAA facility to open this spring

Commuters zooming by the FAA's new radar approach facility in Peachtree City on south Ga. Highway 74 may have started noticing an increase in activity on the site.

Driving towards auto deductions

Business in the fast lane can be expensive, especially if your business requires you to put a lot of mileage on your car. For this reason, the Georgia Society of CPAs recommends that business owners make a concerted effort to keep track of business-related transportation. Qualified transportation expenses are deducted from your business's bottom line and reduce your overall tax bill. The key is to understand the rules and keep good records.

Business leaders hear from minister

The February Breakfast Before Hours sponsored by Georgia Power Company was conducted at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center and featured speaker was Dr. Jorge Valdes, the executive director of Coming Clean Ministries Inc.

Group VI's new project gets underway Sunday

Sunday has been set for Carriage Lane Presbyterian's groundbreaking ceremony for its new sanctuary complex, to be built by Group VI Corporation.


Fayette County Sports Hall of Fame to induct third class of athletes, alumni

Saturday night, Fayette County High School will induct nine former students into its Sports Hall of Fame.

Sandy Creek goes 1-2 in region tournament, makes state tourney

The Sandy Creek Patriots faced Woodward Academy in their first game of the Region 4-AAAA tournament. According to Coach Rick Francis, "It was a struggle."

Local teams hope for successful soccer season

The high school soccer season started yesterday and the local high schools are ready to prove their dominance in a whole new classification. Last year's AAAA state champs, the boys and girl's soccer teams from McIntosh, and the AAA state champs, the boys and girl's teams from Starr's Mill, are both in the new AAAAA classification, along with East Coweta, Fayette County and Newnan. Sandy Creek made the leap from AAA to AAAA.

Laker b-ball teams split with Pembroke

Behind a career-high 25 points from Marty Fears, the Clayton College & State University men's basketball team broke a three-game Peach Belt Conference losing streak, defeating the University of North Carolina Pembroke 72-63 on Saturday.

Know the score?

The Peachtree City Recreation Department is in need of at least three more individuals to keep score in the adult softball program, beginning in March. Indications are there will possibly be 60-65 adult teams that will register to play in this year's league play. That will require three games per night on three fields for five nights per week, which translates to 45 games per week. These positions will be available beginning in late March through June for spring league and post-season tournament play and July through September for fall league play.

Last day to register for baseball players 13-16

Peachtree City and Brooks Little Leagues are working together to give Fayette County ball players who have not yet registered in the 13-16 year old divisions a last chance to register and try out for the 2001 spring season. Due to the large numbers of players trying out for High School teams, the leagues have extended their final registrations to accomodate those players who may not make the high school teams this season.

Sports Calendar


Southern Fried Music

Country music fans will have something to cheer about this weekend, the Fifth Annual Country Music Concert benefitting Fayette Senior Services returns to Sams Auditorium Saturday night. The concert will feature an assortment of local musicians and singers, as well as door prizes and give aways. The show will last from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Kick it into Hyperdrive: Atlanta based Christian band to perform

The Christian music scene is currently exploding faster than any form of popular music. Bands are constantly writing new material, recording CD's and putting together extensive tours to build a following and spread the word of God.

14th annual Flower Show returns to Atlanta

Auguste Rodin once said, "The artist is the confidant of nature. Flowers carry on dialogues with him through the graceful bending of their stems and the harmoniously tinted nuances of their blossoms, every flower has a cordial word which nature directs towards them."

A clean-living chicken makes real good eggs

Since our cholesterol reports still raise our doctor's angst, Dave and I limit ourselves to one, at most two, "real" eggs a week. Whenever possible, I use egg substitute, which may explain why I can't seem to bake a cake worth a flip any more.

Stranded on a deserted island

If you were shipwrecked or stranded on a deserted island, which books, albums, movies or famous person, living or dead, would you bring with you and why



Parents ... got the guts to go for what's right?
Religion Columnist

It's refreshing to read someone in the mainstream media make sense. For example, Leonard Pitts, columnist for the Miami Herald, last year wrote a piece (August 17, 2000 AJC) in which he characterized pop culture as a "sewer."

Jim Hendricks will perform mini concert at PTC UMC Sunday

Chicago resident Jim Hendricks will perform a mini-concert this Sunday at 5:30 p.m. at the Peachtree City United Methodist Church, prior to the church's "generation gap" seminar planned for 6 p.m.

River's Edge will offer 17-week Spanish course

Argentinian native Zulema Pereyra will teach "Spanish as a Second Language," covering Spanish grammar, each Wednesday, from 6-7 p.m., at River's Edge Community Church in Fayetteville. The classes will continue for 17 weeks. The cost will be $20 per month, for the four month duration.

St. Gabriel Catholic confers honors on two members

The Catholic Church of St. Gabriel in Fayetteville has honored two of its members with special awards.

LDS Church releases new African-American data on CD

In conjunction with Black History Day, Feb. 26, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) is releasing a new genealogy CD for African-American genealogical research.The CD contains approximately 500,000 African-American names that have been gathered from research done on bank records from the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company.

Religion Briefs



Fine, let the Clinton show go on forever

All right ... one look back, but that's it.

Clinton Bunny just keeps going, going
One Citizen's Perspective

Will William Jefferson Clinton's last-minute pardon of tax evasion fugitive Marc Rich finally bring down the gavel of justice under the rule of law on the most corrupt president in U.S. history? Or will the American people, once again, allow Bill and Hillary to skirt the laws of this country because we are complacent, weary, and too far removed from Washington to care?

Our little Hamlet of Fayette
Laugh Lines

In the story, play, movie, or even the DVD video game, "Hamlet," the character Hamlet is angered because he fears his father's brother, Claudius has murdered his father so he (Claudius) can marry his father's wife, Hamlet's mother, so he (Claudius) can take control of Denmark. Further confusing the nepotistic story, Hamlet's madness involves Claudius' adviser Polonius and his daughter, ending in tragedy for everyone. Whew! Why does this suspiciously sound like our Fayette County government?


Tyrone still suffers from poor zoning decisions

First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Buck, Mr. Leech, Mr. Curlee and Ms. Blackstone for taking time to reply to my letter published in last week's paper. If I got people upset, great! If I got people to think, even better!

You might be a hypocrite if . . .

When I read the letters written in your paper, I lose my faith in human nature. If your letter writers are representative of our county as a whole, we are the biggest collection of selfish hypocrites on earth. Consider these examples:

Compassionate people should think about treatment of circus animals

On Feb. 15, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus open[ed] its doors to thousands of people (mostly children) who are expecting to be entertained by the people and animals that are part of the show. This show will run through Feb. 25.

Remember Sen. Hecht for changing Ga. flag

I've noticed a couple of articles over the last few issues of The Citizen and other local papers recently commenting on how well state Senator Greg Hecht is doing in the Georgia Legislature this session. "Hecht bills moving right along" is the title of one such article in The Citizen of Feb. 14.

Tickets available for FCHS Sports Hall of Fame Banquet

Thank you for the article mentioning the Fayette County High School Sports Hall of Fame Banquet scheduled for Feb. 24.

Setting the record straight

Re: the picture on Page 2A of the Feb. 14 issue of the paper. Just to set the record straight: The accident happened on Thursday, Feb. 8. The truck was not carrying lumber, but apple trees.

Hwy. 54 traffic plan in shambles, PTC Council should revote

All the Ga. Highway 54 West corridor plans are beginning to implode. Ga. Department of Transportation engineer Marion Waters has pulled the plug on the proposed traffic light at the intersection connecting The Avenue and Market Place Blvd. (Staples and the restaurants).

Mayor Lenox right about city-county tax inequity

My fellow Peachtree City citizens, you know we've all been on the opposite side of the issue with our Mayor Bob Lenox (myself included). However, here's one time when I think we ought to be equal opportunity complainers where the Mayor is concerned.

County's demolition of Dorsey House a power play

I read your cover story with dismay and disgust and couldn't help but think it was the ultimate show of force in a power struggle.

Dunn shows ignorance or audacity to demolish historic house

He's done it again! Commissioner Greg Dunn had the audacity to demolish the historic Dorsey Home last week. He did it without the forethought to inform the city of Fayetteville and did not even inform other commissioners of his intentions. Now why is that?

Student complaint about buses draws fire

Ride the bus yourself, Kerry

Ditto, Kerry: climb aboard

Maybe Miss FitzPatrick's parents should make her ride the school bus (Letters, Feb 14, 2001). There is one that goes to the high school and if it is late because of traffic, I assume that would be excused.

It's a cruel world: No snow days

This is in response to a letter in the Feb. 14 issue written by Kerry Fitzpatrick. Please, please, please tell me this young lady was only joking. What is she going to do when she graduates into the real world? Is she going have a nervous breakdown when she encounters rush hour traffic or simply run everyone off the road because her time is more valuable than everyone else?

Bad twaffic! Bad! Bad! Bad!

A note to Kerry from a parent who drives his "precious kid" to school on rainy days (and on very dry days, too):

Grab an umbrella, Kerry

A note to Kerry Fitzgerald: If you had ridden the schoolbus, you wouldn't have to stand in line because you would have had an excused tardiness.

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