The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, March 7, 2001


Busted at school: kids passing funny money, sharing medications

In the past few months, the Fayette County School System has caught several students sharing prescription medication with others and attempting to pass counterfeit money to pay for book fines and meals in the cafeteria.

Judge 'mugs' student traffic offender at Sandy Creek

Students at Sandy Creek High School will soon find out what happens when you break the law and test the temper of a judge.

County helps family with $1,038 bill for water, sewer

A water bill of $100 for a single family home would be considered pretty high, so how about more than $1,000.

Inside Fayette's BIG houses -- the Top 10

It's well known that Fayette is an affluent county filled with fine, expensive homes.

Sports icons, preacher, CEOs all like privacy

Not surprisingly, people who live in expensive houses are inclined to protect their privacy.

Owners proud of their custom abodes, but wary of publicity

[Editor's note: Staff writer Sallie Satterthwaite contacted some owners of Fayette's biggest homes and asked them about living in the big houses shown in this issue. The following are excerpts from those interviews.]

After three days in jail for missing jury duty, local rapper ready to give out new address

Exiting the Fayette County Jail Sunday evening after completing his three-day sentence for skipping jury duty, rapper Jermaine Dupri Mauldin said he didn't want to go back.

Engineers seek solution to fire hydrant concerns

Engineers for the Fayette County Water System this week are trying to find a way to install fire hydrants on low pressure water lines without bursting the lines.

Cox irked by part of education bill

State Rep. Kathy Cox yesterday introduced an amendment to Gov. Roy Barnes' education legislation that addressed what for her is a major sticking point regarding the distribution of education funds.

P&Z recommends offices, not retail, for 74/Redwine

Charles Pailer III is between a rock and a hard place ... actually between a school and a shopping center, but that's the same thing, says his daughter, Donna OKelley.

School board looking for (quite) a few good teachers

If you're a qualified teacher, the Fayette County Board of Education wants you.

Fayette's ready for summer drought

Fayette County Water System is ready for another dry season, but local officials would like a little more flexibility in dealing with summer demand.

Mechanical failure at pump station leads to small sewage spill in PTC

Two separate failures contributed to a minor sewage spill at a pump station near Lake Peachtree Sunday evening, authorities said.

School board meets Monday

The Fayette County Board of Education has adjusted its schedule slightly for March, with a special called meeting and the regular workshop scheduled for Monday at 4 p.m.

Brooks candidates to meet the public

Candidates for the Post 4 seat on the Brooks Town Council will face the public tonight in a question-and-answer session at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

PTC ready to celebrate Tree City USA honor

Peachtree City residents are invited to celebrate the city's new designation as a member of the Tree City USA program.

Hecht natural gas bill passes

State Sen. Greg Hecht's Natural Gas Bill of Rights has passed the Senate.

Check it out: Chess programaids students academically

Most people would not know what the terms "castling" and "en passant" mean.

Guilty pleas entered in two separate child molestation cases

Two local men pled guilty in court Wednesday to child molestation charges stemming from two separate incidents.

Krakeel to make appeal in Brooks

The Brooks Town Council will hear Fayette County Fire Chief Jack Krakeel at its regular meeting tonight at 7:30.

Seabaugh to address NAACP

State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, who represents parts of Fayette and Coweta counties, will address the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP Saturday, March 10 at 4 p.m. at the Flat Rock AME Church.

Fayette post offices now open at 8 a.m.

Post offices in Peachtree City and Fayetteville are now open an hour earlier to give customers a chance to stop by before work.

Local choral student going to national convention

For the first time in at least 10 years, a choral student from the Fayette County School System has been selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association national convention.

Three Fayette schools to vie in Literary Meet Friday

High school students from Augusta, Ga. to Gray, Ga. to Newnan, Ga. will converge on the campus of Clayton College & State University this Friday, March 9, for the Georgia High School Association Regional Literary Meet.

Booth Middle participating in Laws of Life contest

As part of J.C. Booth Middle School's character education program, the English department at the school will launch a Laws of Life essay contest with the assistance of the Peachtree City Rotary Club.

Fayette's outstanding volunteers sought

If you know and adult or youth who has worked hard as a volunteer during the past year, the United Way in Fayette County wants to know about it.

Police Blotter

Higher Education

Starting a new tradition

Danny Davis of Peachtree City is in his first year of college, at a school with a total enrollment of about 90. But that's eighty-something more than what his last two years of high school had.

CCSU announces ITP choice
Clayton State President Dr. Thomas K. Harden announced last week that Clayton College & State University will be modifying its pioneering Information Technology Project (ITP), starting with the fall 2001 semester.
Gordon's nursing program ranks first
Gordon College's nursing program has been ranked the best in the state among two-year colleges.
CCSU hosts annual literary meet
While Clayton State's students are enjoying their spring break, the University will "adopt" a couple of hundred high school students to occupy its buildings.
CCSU science association meets
The Clayton College & State University Science Association recently heard from guest speaker Sabrina Moore-Wilford, a recruiter for the Medical College of Georgia.

Prime Timers

Prime Timers enjoy St. Patrick's Day

You don't have to be Irish to appreciate St. Patrick's Day. However, Fayette County is home to a large number of second and third generation Irish and a few original Irish transplants.

Nancy Price embarks on new career
Nancy Price, in her capacity as Regions Bank's marketing officer and Heritage Club coordinator, has been in on the Prime Timer Pages since the very beginning. She was instrumental in helping to "sell" the initial idea and has been a major part of the ongoing success of the pages. As many of our readers are aware, Nancy has started a new career with the city of Fayetteville's Main Street organization. The Heritage Club of Regions Bank will sorely miss her bright smiles and great ideas.
Doster celebrate 51st
Sabine and Jim Doster met in Germany in 1946. Jim was in the Army, and was introduced to Sabine, who is from Estonia, through mutual friends. They began dating, and after a four-year courtship they married Feb. 18, 1950.
Graham has true Irish connection
The Irish are among us and we are often unaware. Take the case of Connie Graham.
'You only hear me when you want to...'
Is that a comment you've heard before?

Church moves into new era

On Sunday, February 25th, Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church marked its ground breaking for its new Sanctuary Complex. The entire morning was dedicated to this special event where around 300 member and guests attended.

Don't overlook valuable tax deductions

If you're looking for deductions to help lower your 2000 tax bill, the Georgia Society of CPAs provides the following information on commonly overlooked deductions and what is and isn't deductible.


Local teams serve up some great tennis

The Peachtree City Invitational tennis tournament was held on Friday and got some games in before the inclement weather set in.

Local track teams perform well at The Dome

Several local high schools sent representatives to the Georgia High School indoor championships last weekend and the results were good.

Fayette County boys and girls start soccer season right

The Lady Tiger Soccer teams defeated the Lady Wild cats from Lovejoy by a score of 12-0 in both the Varsity and Junior Varsity games last week. This game was the Varsity team's Home and Sub-Region opener. They came out strong and were up 4-0 after seven and a half minutes. Crystal Rene de Cotret and Megan Wolfe got one goal a piece while Ashley Kirkwood notched two goals.

Off to the races at AMS this weekend

Auto racing has been on a lot of people's lips this year and the talk will only increase as racers in the Busch and Winston Cup series will head into Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for the Aaron's 312 (Busch) and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 (Winston Cup).

Former FCHS runners perform well at college

Karey Howard and Clarinda Phillips of Fayetteville received awards at the LaGrange College fall semester athletic banquet.


Offshoot plans coffeehouse and classes this weekend


The next-to-last Stars on the Southern Crescent of the season, scheduled for Saturday, March 10, at the LaFayette Educational Center in Fayetteville, will mark singer/songwriter Carla Ulbrich's first appearance at the popular south side coffeehouse.

Starr's Mill to present 'You're A Good man, Charlie Brown'


Peanuts was perhaps the most famous comic strip of all time.

Auto show returns for 19th year this weekend


More than 34 different lines of import and domestic vehicles will be under one roof this week when the Georgia World Congress Center hosts the 19th annual Atlanta-Journal Constitution International Auto Show.

Words — food for thought

The precise and accurate use of words is a serious issue with conscientious writers.

Luncheon and fashion show to benefiot breast cancer awareness


The Bosom Buddies annual Celebration of Life luncheon and fashion show will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17 at the Swissotel in Atlanta.


Enrichment comes through shared traditions
Religion Columnist

Last Wednesday, I anointed my forehead with ashes in order to participate in centuries-old practice acknowledging the beginning of Lent. You may ask, can an ole Southern Baptist boy participate in Ash Wednesday? Even Wednesday night, I rubbed ashes onto the foreheads of our church's children, sharing with them lessons of repentance, denial, and self-examination.

Rev. Wilmesherr formally ordained at First Presbyterian Church of PTC

Rev. Sandra Wilmesherr was formally ordained as the associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City in an ordination service performed in December and attended by a host of family and close friends. Rev. Wilmesherr served Communion at the church on Feb. 4.

Christ the King's Epps joins national pro-life, church-based political group

Father David Epps of Sharpsburg, pastor of Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church in Peachtree City, became the first priest to become a member of the CEC for Life, a new pro-life group recently established by the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church (ICCEC), based in California. Also, Epps' church became the first congregation to receive church membership.

Presbyterians plan lasagna dinner, variety show

Members of the First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City will have their annual dinner and variety show Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Doors will be open for dinner seating at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Religion Briefs



Get ready for turbulent economic times

We in the Atlanta area are fond of congratulating ourselves on the fact that our economy is among the best in the nation.

Bill threatens local taxation decisions
One Citizen's Perspective

One of this year's important pieces of legislation, House Bill 656, is expected to hit the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives this week. HB 656 extends the 2000 session Education Reform Act by restoring funding for paraprofessionals in kindergarten, phasing in an end to social promotion, and adding additional funding for new schools to meet the mandate of smaller teacher to student ratios in last year's bill. But there something hiding in HB 656 that may have a significant impact on Fayette county if passed "as is" without amendment.

Who is smarter, men or women?
Laugh Lines

There are large questions in life, like, in the movies, if someone is carrying a bag of groceries, why will there always be a loaf of french bread sticking out? But, I am thinking a larger, more important a question here: Which is the smarter gender? Are women smarter? Are men smarter?


Lenox: City taxpayers still being wronged

I appreciate the letter you published last week from Commissioners Wells, Frady and VanLandingham. It was factual, well-written and represents the only meaningful dialogue in recent months from the commission. However, several key facts were omitted.

School bus riding: Set your alarm earlier, Kerry

Kerry FitzPatrick, the Starr's Mill teen who would educate the rest of the world as to whom should ride the school bus, is a classic model of a slow learner. There are two glaring examples.

Kerry, you have to pay the price of your choices

I am not surprised that the letters from Kerry FitzPatrick have generated so many responses. I suspect some readers have reacted as much to her sarcastic tone as to her complaint itself.

Death tax repeal not aimed at U.S. billionaires

The fight to keep the death tax was strengthened last month by support from 120 of some of the nation's wealthiest people. Warren E. Buffett, George Soros, David Rockefeller, Jr., and the father of Bill Gates, among others, began a petition to keep the death tax, citing that the tax prevents an American "aristocracy of wealth."

Pet killed with no notification from animal control

I would like the pet owners that live in Weatherly subdivision to be aware the incident that happened on Jan. 2. A neighbor (or should I even use the word "neighbor"?) filed a complaint with the Fayette County animal control about a cat (or animal) that was leaving dead animals in their yard, so animal control set a "trap."

Complainers shouldn't overturn voice-control leash law

A March 2001 "UPDATE Peachtree City" article stated, "The City has received 'several complaints' recently from path user who have encountered unleashed dogs, 'accompanied by the owner,' on the paths."

Dorsey House razing upsets students at Fayette Middle School

I am writing to inform you of my class's disappointment about what has happened to the Dorsey House on Long Avenue.

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