The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, February 28, 2001


'Upgrade cable or pay $700 a day'

Fayette County has notified AT&T Broadband that it will start fining the company about $700 a day because it hasn't finished an upgrade of local customers' cable service.

English may get federal judgeship

Fayette Superior Court Judge Paschal English Jr. is being considered for a federal judgeship in the Middle District of Georgia, headquartered in Columbus, The Citizen confirmed Tuesday morning.

BOE buys site on 85 S. for new elementary, high school

Fayette County's school board has bought yet another school site ... or most of it at least.

Stoplight halt might delay Home Depot, Wal-Mart

The final site plan for the Wal-Mart and Home Depot shopping center in Peachtree City has long been submitted to the city's Planning Department.

PTC plans help for traffic at Avenue opening

As each day goes by, the likelihood increases that The Avenue at Peachtree City will open without a traffic light off Ga. Highway 54 to provide access.

P&Z eyes Whitewater expansion, Starr's Mill

Whitewater Creek developer Robert Brooks wants to add to the community.

Teacher shortage seen; board approves 54 new slots

It's going to be a tough year for teacher recruitment, Fayette educators believe.

Fayette man shot, killed as officer attempted to free himself from car

A Fayette County resident was shot and killed recently after trying to get away from police during a traffic stop in Clayton County.

Board eyes policies, time line for school councils

Local advisory councils for at least three Fayette County schools would be chosen by May and begin meeting in August under a time line being considered by the Board of Education.

Start school on a Friday?

Fayette students could start school on a Friday under one proposed calendar for the 2002-2003 school year.

Fayette woman charged in fatal August crash

A local woman has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide relating to an accident that occurred Aug. 11 on Ga. Highway 92 North near Hickory Road.

Longtime county leader Grady Huddleston dies

One of the pillars of the Fayette County community, Grady Huddleston, is dead at 77.

Math textbooks approved

New math textbooks will be on their way to Fayette County schools.

Commission denies cemetery plan

Are there enough cemetery plots in Fayette County to meet the needs of local residents?

Fayette students excel at regional science competition

The results of the Regional Educational Service Agency Regional Science Fair are in and Fayette students walked away with many top awards across the board.

Tree ordinance still under review

Changes to Fayette County's tree protection law will be discussed in at least one more work session before being offered to the public for input.

County computer guru resigns post

Jay Wright, head of Fayette County's Information Systems Department, has resigned his job effective today.

Fayette's top spellers headed for district competition

Chris Cool, an eighth-grader at J.C. Booth Middle School, has won the Fayette County Spelling Bee Championship.

Two Flat Rock science teachers receive honors

Science teachers Jean Robinson and Mikie Emerson of Flat Rock Middle School have been named Georgia Science Teacher of the Year for the 5th District and Georgia Marine Educator of the Year, respectively.

Whitewater ironman prepares to compete

Teacher by day, racer by night, Ken Thorsen of Whitewater Middle School is working hard to prepare for the sporting event of a lifetime.

Council calls off Thursday meeting

The Peachtree City Council meeting normally scheduled for Thursday evening has been cancelled.

CPR classes to fit your schedule at LaFayette Saturday

If you haven't learned CPR because classes haven't fit into your schedule ... or you don't want to pony up the normal $30 fee ... think again.

Deadline approaching for memorial bricks

The deadline for ordering memorial bricks for the veterans' memorial in front of Peachtree City Hall is fast approaching.

Two in Brooks qualify for council race

Two citizens in Brooks have qualified for its March 20 election for a councilman.

Oak Grove students shine in Current Events Bowl

If you need an update or a refresher on the most current events happening in the United States and around the world, just ask the students at Oak Grove Elementary School.

Fayette educators help win awards for 6th District

The Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals has awarded the 6th District for its outstanding membership for 2001.

Vigil named to state board

Allan Vigil of Fayetteville was among eight new members of the state Board of Motor Vehicle Safety sworn in by Governor Roy Barnes last week in a ceremony at the State Capitol.

Fayette GOP set to meet this weekend

The Fayette County Republican Party will convene precinct mass meetings Saturday morning to elect delegates and alternates to the Fayette County Republican Party Convention one hour later.

Collins honored by National Assn. of Manufacturers

For his efforts to trim government and reduce taxes and unnecessary regulations, Rep. Mac Collins was honored this week by the National Association of Manufacturers with its award for Legislative Excellence in the 106th Congress.

Marcy Westmoreland may follow in father's footsteps

Like her father, state Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, R-Sharpsburg, Georgia State University senior Marcy Westmoreland is politically conservative.

EMC entertains Armenian visitors

Coweta-Fayette EMC recently hosted a group of people from Armenia in the Electric Utility Metering and Collections Internship Program of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association International Ltd.

Police Blotter

Health Wise

Little League violence


Little league violence is a problem all over the country. I am not talking about violence between little boys and little girls. Rather I am talking about violence between the adults who attend these games.

Be kind to your heart
The American Heart Association and the Fayette County Health Department encourage you to be prepared for cardiac emergencies and know the signs of cardiac arrest.
Locals helping fight leukemia

A group of Fayette County residents is working on several activities to raise awareness about leukemia and honor a special young patient fighting the disease.

SRMC opens catheterization lab

Southern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has opened its second state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab, bringing less delay for patients. The labs use a totally filmless system that offers less delay for physicians reading a cardiac catheterization. In labs that use film, patients have to first wait for the film to print and then for the doctor to examine it. Physicians at Southern Regional simply view the instantaneous information on a computer, allowing patients to get faster results. Southern Regional was the first hospital in Atlanta to go totally filmless. "We're really proud to have a lab that is so technically advanced, and our colleagues from around the world have come to see it," says cardiology department director Pam Tallman. General Electric Marquette is using the Southern Regional site as one of its models to visitors from all over the United States and Europe.

Spinning, unsteadiness and imbalance problems with dizziness

Feelings of dizziness or unsteadiness are a common health complaint.

Is your child ready for sixth grade?

Changes in the immunization schedule and Georgia immunization requirements may leave some parents wondering.


Kohl's readies for Sunday's opening day

Kohl's Department Stores, one of America's fastest-growing retail corporations, is poised to open its new store in Fayetteville this Sunday.

Outdoors Web site is up and running

Fayetteville's Seals Communication Corporation recently announced the launch of a Wal-Mart Great Outdoors Web site -

Personal chef now available

A new industry offering an alternative for the busy professional has been created and Well Done Personal Chef Service now provides this service in Fayette County. The firm offers an alternative to those who want preservative-free dinners in the convenience of their homes without having to plan, shop for and prepare those dinners.

Company helps train youth leaders in transportation arena

Strengthening its role as a leader in the Fayette County community as well as in the transportation community, SMC3 sponsored a business segment of the Fayette County Youth Leadership Program.


Fayette County-based racing team makes splash on ASA circuit

The world of auto racing has taken center stage recently due to the tragic death of Dale Earnhardt, but there is something that Fayette County residents have reason to cheer about.

Soccer teams are tested in tournaments

Starr's Mill's boys and girls soccer teams and Fayette County High School's boys and girls soccer teams played in tournaments last weekend to sharpen their skills for what is sure to be a demanding season.

Girls softball league gets extended registration

Senoia Little League girls softball has extended registration until March 3.

Southside Seals ain't just whistling Dixie

The Southside Seals continued their growth as a major Georgia team with impressive swims at the USMS Dixie Zone Championships in Auburn Feb. 16-17.

Waltrip to speak at local banquet next weekend

Three-time Winston Cup champion and current FOX-TV NASCAR broadcaster Darrell Waltrip will speak to an expected crowd of more than 2,000 people at the second annual Eagle's Landing First Baptist Church Men's Ministry NASCAR Banquet.


Son Of A Preacher Man'


The story of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker is well-known.

Azalea Storytelling Festival returns to LaGrange for fifth year


Storytelling is an art form and nobody knows this better than the organizers and performers at the Azalea Storytelling Festival.

Annual Generation Arts festival has something for everyone


Generation Arts, an annual celebration of cultural activities, begins tomorrow.

Loose ends

Today permit me to sweep up a few loose ends and stir them into a column. ...

I want my Napster and I want it for free


Napster, the popular music downloading site, has been in the news a lot lately.
Volunteers needed for Special Olympics

The Special Olympics track and field and aquatic competitions are coming soon.


Wanted: people to help un-segregate Sunday
Religion Columnist

I'm looking for some heavyweights. That is, men and women who want to do more than just talk about bringing people together of all races, cultures, and economic backgroundstogether in the same church. Remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observed that Sunday morning's worship hour was the most segregated hour in the week? True then. True now. That must change.

Joint Ash Wednesday service is tonight

In preparation for the annual commemoration of the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Christians throughout the world observe 40 days of penitence and reflection in a season called Lent.

Nativity plans 3 Ash Wednesday services

The Episcopal Church of the Nativity will mark the beginning of Lent with three services on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 28. The first service will be at 10:30 a.m. at Azalea Estates, an assisted living and retirement home, 105 Autumn Glen Circle at Ga. Hwy. 54 East.

Religion Briefs

Christ our Shepherd Church announces Lenten services

Two series of Lenten services will take place this year at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City, said the Rev. John Weber, senior pastor.

'Spiritual reflection' on recent violence

In 1927 Mahatma Gandi, addressing a Christian group, said, "If I had to face only the Sermon on the Mount and my own interpretation of it, I should not hesitate to say, 'O yes, I am a Christian ' But negatively I can tell you that much of what passes as Christianity is a negation of the Sermon on the Mount."

Providence will offer Lenten Bible classes

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

Trinity Christian's consignment sale is Saturday

Trinity Christian School will hosts its annual Children's Spring Consignment Sale this Saturday, March 3, from 9 a.m. until noon. A half-off sale on remaining items will be held from 2-3 p.m.

Tuttles to appear at P'tree City Church of God this Sunday

Members of the Peachtree City Church of God will welcome Jamie and Judy Jacobs Tuttle as their special guests this Sunday, March 4, at both the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services.



Tax cut opponents getting harder to find

Amazingly, after all the bitterness and division that occurred during the election, America is uniting.

Challenges loom as social promotion ends
One Citizen's Perspective

The 2001 installment in the ongoing process of education reform in Georgia's public schools is making its way among Georgia legislators, educators and interested parents.

Never-Ending Story of Bill-Hill
Laugh Lines

We are in an infinite cycle. Bill Clinton won't go away because the stories about Bill Clinton not going away will not go away. And thus I am continuing the never-ending circle of Bill.


Mayor Lenox's premise is sincere, but wrong

You have asked for a response to [Peachtree City Mayor Bob] Lenox's allegations of a tax inequity and I have been trying to compose a brief, concise response. The difficulty is not due to insufficient information or facts. Rather the difficulty is that one cannot disprove the conclusion of one chart simply by printing another one that has different numbers and a different conclusion without supporting the chart with a narrative of information. Unfortunately, this narrative currently runs six pages and quite frankly most people do not want to wade through pages and pages. Instead they want a clear, plain, and direct explanation.

Tax inequity argument fails to withstand reasoned scrutiny

Local expert resolves mysteries of tax inequity issue. This is a headline no one will ever see anywhere, because an expert has been defined as a guy with a suit and a briefcase who is at least 25 miles away from home. I'm already home, in Fayette County, so I, and many others, don't have a prayer of being considered an expert on anything in this county.

Slowing growth, tax equity should be top PTC priorities

I read with great interest Fred Wellman's letter about "one of PTC's crazies wants to change status quo leadership" and thought I would add a few comments of my own.

Why has Lenox let tax inequity slide for so long without action?

The recent Peachtree City Update has a long letter from Mayor Bob Lenox. He describes, as he has in several previous letters, how Peachtree City is being unfairly taxed by the county for services it provides. He complains his letters are being ignored.

Tyrone Council is acting on a mandate from town's majority

Without trying to "beat a dead horse," I would like to respond to Mr. Bartlett's letter in the Feb. 21 issue of The Citizen.

DOT should realize Wal-Mart traffic plan has changed

Some recent developments with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) have caused me to make this urgent appeal for your assistance. I will attempt to lay the argument before you in short form and ask that you take the 15 minutes necessary to make a difference in our community. These recent events are significant so please act immediately.

'Crazy' throws his hat in the ring for PTC Council seat

Time for a rookie?

Flag change is an outrage

I don't think anyone who is a native of Georgia will ever forget Hecht, Cox or Barnes and the others that sold all the people of Georgia to the highest bidder, and that was the NAACP.

Buses revisited: Kerry lines up to take another shot

It's me again, here to clear up obvious misinterpretations of my letter printed Feb 14. The point of my letter was not to state that I am the "center of the universe," nor was it to cause such ((mostly)) uncalled for responses as I received. I expected angry responses, but I was quite shocked at the firestorm of reactions I sparked. Granted, I may have written the letter in a moment of anger, and some things may have been misinterpreted, and if that was my fault I apologize.

Teen driver defended

To all of those parents who lambasted Kerry FitzPatrick's letter, every student at Starr's Mill feels the same way about the rainy day parenting.

Will your kids melt in rain?

Are your children made of sugar? Will they melt on the way to the bus stop? If you answer no to both questions then you have no right to criticize Kerry FitzPatrick. In fact, I believe Kerry should be commended for voicing her opinion in a society where teens are labeled apathetic and lazy.

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