The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, March 28, 2001


Avenue brings 'uptown' to PTC

Fayette shoppers won't have to travel to New York City to shop tony stores along the Avenue anymore.

Fayette's worst multiple murder

If Donnie Gee had gotten a ride out of town, she and three others might never have been murdered by her sister's live-in boyfriend.

Hodge's alibis to SUV murder failed to sway Fayette jury

Although Karl Bryan Hodge never took the stand to defend himself of murder charges, he was still caught in his own lie.

Privy to history

Members of the Holly Grove A.M.E. Church in south Peachtree City have consulted with an expert on preserving one of its historical buildings, namely the privy.

Home invasion nets life in prison for Atlanta man

A Fayette County jury convicted an Atlanta man of armed robbery and several other crimes Tuesday afternoon for invading a Fayetteville home last March.

Apparent low bid for jail, courthouse is $31.98 mil.

It looks like Bell Construction will build Fayette's new jail and courthouse for $31.98 million.

Collins introduces tax rebate bill

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins introduced tax relief legislation Tuesday which includes a tax 5 percent rebate designed to jumpstart the nation's stalled economy.

Planners eye expansion of Whitewater

A slightly revised plan to add 127.5 acres to the Whitewater Creek community will be presented to the Fayette County Planning Commission Thursday.

Peachtree City officials tackle issues in retreat

The Peachtree City Council conducted its annual retreat at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center this past weekend, discussing a variety of subjects.

Westmoreland: Reublican ideas advanced by Democrats in 2001

Looking back on the recently completed General Assembly session, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland believes the Republican Party made great strides.

Hecht pleased with successes in Legislature

Victories for state Rep. Greg Hecht in the 2001 session of the General Assembly include the last-minute passage of an anticrime bill and approval of his Natural Gas Bill of Rights.

Action delayed on impact fees

Fayette County commissioners have postponed action on an ordinance governing impact fees for fire services until their May 2 work session.

County to study salary structure

Fayette County commissioners want more information before making any wholesale changes in pay classifications.

Internet incident under investigation at Whitewater Middle

Fayette County School System officials are investigating allegations that students were allowed to view inappropriate material on the Internet in a computer class, a spokesman confirmed Friday.

Local teacher helps raise awareness for cancer research

Teams participating in the 2001 Fayette County Relay for Life event have increased by 500 percent over last year, thanks to the efforts of a teacher at Starr's Mill High School.

Office proposal on Tyrone agenda

The Tyrone Planning Commission is slated to consider a rezoning request for more office space in the town.

Brooks elects Bauer

Newly elected Brooks Councilman Fran Bauer says she is ready to go to work.

Middle schooler creates software to help teachers

Move over Bill Gates, a new software developer from J.C. Booth Middle School might be entering the computer scene in just a few years to give you a run for your money.

Fayetteville council meets Thursday

Some scheduling conflicts have led the Fayetteville City Council to conduct this week's workshop meeting Thursday instead of Wednesday, its usual day.

Local students advance to state geography bee

Four of the state's top students in geography can be found at Fayette's middle and elementary schools.

Fayette attracting top teachers to job fairs

As the last teacher job fair for recruitment for the 2001-2002 academic year approaches, Fayette County school officials say they are pleased with the number and caliber of candidates that have interviewed for teaching jobs.

Johnson warns residents about phone solicitors

Local residents should beware of any phone solicitor claiming to represent the Fayette County Sheriff's Department and the Georgia Sheriff's Association, said Sheriff Randall Johnson.

Lane Watts to lead Fayette GOP

Lane Watts of Fayetteville will lead the Fayette County Republican Party for the next two years.

Fayette students score high in state foreign language competition

More than 70 high school students from Fayette County schools recently participated in the Foreign Language Statewide Speaking Competition (FLAG) hosted by Starr's Mill High School.

Students learning about rape, abuse

Did you know that 25 percent of rapes take place in public places.

Police Blotter

Rising Starr CARE team makes history

For the third straight year in a row, a Fayette County school has won the SAPA (Student Assistance Professionals Association) of Georgia Distinguished Award for its CARE (Children at Risk in Education) team program.

Surplus food is offered

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will give out surplus food commodities Friday, March 30 at three locations in Fayette County:

Bikers receive safety award

Fayetteville Chapter P of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association received an award for its safety programs.


Harry Potter or no Harry Potter?


There is almost no single skill that is more important to our children and their success in academia and eventually their careers than reading.

State groups raising awareness about organ donation
A number of recent and ongoing events are emphasizing the importance of organ and tissue donation in saving lives and improving quality of life.
Fatal attraction: Potions and pills

Poisoning is one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. It is estimated that more than 150,000 Georgians are unintentionally poisoned each year. Most of these victims are children.

Chiropractic clinic offers acupuncture

Dr. Linda Katz, a local chiropractor, has partnered with Dr. Jim Lingle, M.D., to offer a blend of modern scientific medical care, chiropractic, and acupuncture, an ancient but widely practiced healing art.

Traveling and training

His job as an a United States Army aviation inspector keeps Bob Karpiak on the go most of the year.


World Market opens, while Joann etc builds new store

It's going to be a busy year for shoppers this year.

Shop talk

Ernest Hodge was recently named to the Board of Directors of Peachtree National Bank.


Local teams have home games today

Some of the local baseball teams have had a short break, while others got back into action over the weekend. All four local teams have games scheduled for this afternoon, featuring some very good regional matchups.

Teams run well at Panther Relays

Starr's Mill played host to some of the top track and field teams in the state on St. Patrick's Day.

Soccer teams play tight matches before the break

The McIntosh Lady Chiefs went on a road trip to North Carolina last weekend. Their first game was against Broughton, NC, the number two team in the nation, and they lost, 1-0. The Lady Chiefs, last ranked first in the nation in a Fox Sports poll, were missing three starters and had Keri Pendergrass, a starting forward playing sweeper. Broughton scored with 10 minutes remaining in the game.

Season underway at Senoia Speedway

Saturday night Tyrone's Scott Griffin, last year's Pro Late Model champion, took control of the divisional race in lap 27 returning him to Victory Lane for his first win of the season at Senoia Speedway.

Local fencers thrust their way to world championships

The United States Fencing Association announced the selection of the team that will represent the United States at the Junior and Cadet World Championships in Gdansk, Poland next month.


No small crime


There must be something in the air.
FCT spins hilarious tale of death in the south

Handling the death of a loved one is never easy, but in Fayette Community Theatre's production of "Dearly Departed," it sure is funny.

National TV host and speaker to visit Fayette schools


Star host and writer of the "Discovery Channel Adventures," Michael Modzelewski will make a guest appearance at East Fayette and Burch elementary schools and the evening high school later this month.

Italy and Sicily through Mary's eyes

Our daughter's friend Rainer is a musician, not a mechanic.

Dynamic performances give life to classic play

Those of you who have a sister will truly appreciate House Red's production of "Crimes of the Heart."


South metro's best kept secret? Edgefield Baptist!
Religion Columnist

Winston Churchill named Uganda the "Pearl of Africa" because of its centrality in the continent and because of its lush beauty. Well, allow me to name the Edgefield Baptist Church and her pastor, Rev. Eddie Thomas, the "Pearl of Fayetteville." The Edgefield church is located right in the middle of Fayetteville on Church Street diagonal from Carolyn Ford.

Glenn Hinson to speak at National Heights Conference

National Heights Baptist Church in Fayetteville will host a Spiritual Enrichment Conference Friday, April 6, through Sunday, April 8, featuring guest speaker Dr. Glenn Hinson, visiting professor at McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Gardner will speak at SPRY meeting Tues.

Gayle Gardner, board member of Presbyterian Homes Development Council, will be the featured speaker at the meeting of Senior Presbyterians Remaining Young (SPRY) on Tuesday, April 3 at 11:30 a.m. Gardner will give a slide presentation and speak on Presbyterian Homes of Georgia.

Fayetteville Baptist to present 'Once Upon a Tree' April 13

The Sanctuary Choir and Praise orchestra of the Fayetteville First Baptist Church will present a musical, "Once Upon A tree," Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Admission is free.

Lisbon Baptist Church will host conference for women April 20

Lisbon Baptist Church will host a conference for women with the theme, "Bloom Where You're Planted," Friday and Saturday, April 20-21.

Religion Briefs

FFBC offers ladies' Bible study on 'Prayer of Jabez'

The Fayetteville First Baptist Church will offer a three-week ladies' Bible study class on "The Prayer of Jabez" beginning Wednesday, April 25 at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

PTC Church of God now offers Spanish services

The Peachtree City Church of God is now offering separate service for Spanish speaking members on Sundays. Services are held in a mobile unit on the church property. Until recently, Spanish members heard the sermon translated by an interpreter through the use of earphones during the regular worship service.

Antioch Baptist plans Easter musical, sunrise service

Members of Antioch Baptist Church will present a musical entitled "Hail to the King" during their service on Friday, April 13 (Good Friday), at 7 p.m. The Lord's Supper also will be celebrated.

Covenent offers parenting,divorce group program

Covenant Presbyterian Church will offer a Cooperative Parenting and Divorce Group program beginning April 6, and continuing for eight weeks. The course will be taught on Thursday nights from 6:30-9 p.m.

Providence confirms 30 youths in March ceremony

In a ceremony during the 11 a.m. service earlier this month, 30 middle school age youngsters at Providence United Methodist Church were confirmed in their faith.



Am I anti-government? Heavens no!

I don't know whether they're going for pure shock value or whether some of these pundits really have no idea what the tax battle is about when they write columns extolling the good things that governments do and asking to be taxed even more.

Dear Fayette teens, may we talk?
One Citizen's Perspective

We're writing today to say that we've been thinking about you a lot lately. We're sorry it's been so long since we've written. We've been so busy with work, and bills, and errands, and getting you where you need to be that we just don't know where the time goes. It seems like just yesterday we were packing you off to kindergarten. Honestly, we're so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. We want so much for everything to be great for you when you grow up.

This space for rent; navels, too
Laugh Lines

Anything is for sale. Everything is for sale. As I watched the Pepsi commercial during the Academy Awards Sunday, I noticed what Britney Spears was wearing (as opposed to what she was not wearing).

Historic preservation is a 'conservative' thing
Chairman, The Georgia Trust

Why support historic preservation?


Delta pilots: What's fair wage for cry babies?

I want to condemn Delta pilot Russell Switzer for his fine example of the ALPA mentality. He does not care if he shuts down 18 percent of the air traffic in the U.S., inconveniences hundreds of thousands of customers, or jeopardizes the livelihood of tens of thousands of airline/airport-related employees and their families, as long as he gets more for himself.

Kudos on Ga. flag to Seabaugh, Westmoreland

I just wanted to publicly thank two of our local elected officials, Lynn Westmoreland and Mitch Seabaugh, for their courage in standing for principle over money.

Return volley in 4-H gun range dispute: What about noise control ordinance?

This letter is in response to the spin submitted by Denny Kuhr and the written attack made by Melissa Payne regarding Nancy Buchanan's letter about the 4-H shotgun range that is disturbing the peace in south Fayette County. In my opinion, this group of recreational shooters is using the fine reputation of the 4-H Club to justify their intrusion into our quality of life. Fayette County blatantly supports this through its failure to enforce the noise control ordinance.

Pets on cart paths: Letter revealed arrogance

Re: Bob Biles' letter. Wow! Allowing his dogs to run free on the paths of Peachtree City will be outlawed if he does not have more respect for the well-founded fears of his neighbors.

Why this attack because of leash idea?

Re: "Many causes for upset along PTC Cart paths." Who does Bob Biles think he is to verbally attack me just because I believe animals in public areas should be leashed?

Bright but different kids fare badly in public schools

After 6-year-old Alva had attended first grade for just a few weeks at an expensive private school, Alva's parents were asked to meet with the school's principal education expert, and teachers on "a matter of grave concern."

Not 'who,' but 'what' killed Delta

Dave Hamrick is trying to figure out who killed the "Delta family." It isn't a question of who; it's what. The what is one word: incest.

Fines await anonymous letter-writer

We found an envelope in the driveway with a copied handwritten letter that rambled from one subject to another, downing the beautiful Peachtree City with nothing but complaints.

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