The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, April 4, 2001


School porn nets charges

A substitute teacher faces criminal charges after allegedly visiting pornography Web sites with students present in a middle school classroom two weeks ago.

AT&T: 30 more channels coming

Some Fayette County cable customers could get improved service within a month or so.

Cable company assigns Fayette customer rep

AT&T Broadband has assigned a customer service representative to Fayette County full-time to deal with problems resulting from the company's system upgrade, as well as continued problems resulting from the age of the system being replaced.

'Last Supper' frames church play

The Bethany United Methodist Church will present an unusual variation on the Easter story next week with its production of "Lord, Is It I?"

2 arrested in north Fayette home invasion

Police are looking into whether a third assailant participated in a home invasion at a north Fayette residence early Friday morning.

Deputies 'wrap up' F'ville home invasion case

Thaddious White and his two sons had just returned home from the batting cages when two armed gunmen forced them into their home and tied them up with duct tape.

Plastic wrapper proved to be break in F'ville home invasion robbery

The major break that helped solve this home invasion case was a plastic wrapper the criminal left behind. It led to the identification of Thale Antaneal Brownlee as the main suspect and a videotape showing him buy the duct tape that was used to tie up Thaddious White and his two boys.

Fayette's last living 'real daughter' of the Confederacy, 109, is recognized

The Lafayette McLaws Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Fayetteville, recognized a unique citizen of Fayette County, Elizabeth McEachern Brown, more affectionately known as "Miss Lizzie."

Littlefield: School board determined to 'do it right'

Fayette County's school board is working harmoniously and wants an open relationship with other local governments, its chairman told an assembly of political leaders last week.

Leaders talk harmony as tax equity dispute still looms

Members of the Association of Fayette County Governments, a loose-knit group that includes elected officials from Fayette County, its cities and the Board of Education, were singing in harmony last week as they met for the first time in months.

Teen sued over wreck claims no negligence

In court documents, a local teenager has denied she acted negligently in events that led to a serious automobile accident at the intersection of Sandy Creek Road and Sams Drive.

Severe weather alert system up and running to warn Fayette residents in vulnerable areas

When severe weather threatens Fayette County, residents in vulnerable areas will know when to take shelter, thanks to an early warning weather system and a voice that can be heard up to one and a half miles away.

Brooks Elementary selected as demo site for Reading Rescue program

Reading is an important part of daily life.

Softball tourney will benefit Red Cross, Special Olympics

A softball tournament to benefit the local American Red Cross unit and the Georgia Special Olympics will be Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 22.

Rough and ready

In the early 20th century, soldiers faced a transformation.

Main Street seeks parking space for Hollingsworth House

Now that they have land for the Hollingsworth House and have placed the house on the land, Main Street Fayetteville officials today will ask the Fayette County commissioners for the parking lot behind it as well.

Fayette's Science Olympians advance to state competition

Science Olympians at four Fayette County schools hope to repeat the first place victories they enjoyed at the regional Science Olympiad last month in the upcoming state competition.

Mathematics students bring home awards

Fayette County's students continue to excel in math competitions.

ARC kicks off process to refine regional transportation and development plans

Exactly one year after the Atlanta Regional Commission adopted an historic $36 billion Regional Transportation Plan that provides the Atlanta region with more transportation solutions than ever before, last week ARC kicked off a two-year process that will revise that plan along with the Regional Development Plan.

After school program begins preregistration

The Fayette County Board of Education after school program is currently accepting student applications for the 2001-2002 school year.

New CTV anchors and crew members selected

Fayette's first elementary school to do a live morning television broadcast has just selected its new anchors and tech crew for the 2001-2002 season.

Chamber planning legislative update

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce's Existing Industry Committee and the Fayette County Development Authority will host a 2001 legislative wrap-up April 12 at noon at the Fayette Family YMCA.

CCSU to inaugurate president

Thomas K. Harden, Ed.D., will be inaugurated as the third president in the 32-year history of Clayton College & State University at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12.

Police Blotter

Local tournament provides additional venue for math students to compete

The invitations are in the mail and preparations are being made as Fayette County High School gears up to host nearby school systems in a yearly tradition.

Memory Walk gains momentum

Clayton and Coweta counties have named their chairpersons for the Southern Crescent Alzheimer's Memory Walk to he conducted in Peachtree City Saturday, Oct. 6. They are:

Career fair helps guide students

Deciding what do to with the rest of their lives is the biggest decision people will ever make.

Respect for Law program on tap

The Fayetteville Optimist Club will host its 20th Respect for Law program Thursday, May 3 at Melears.

Georgia Student Media Festival hosted at Huddleston

Teachers from throughout Georgia recently gathered at Huddleston Elementary School to participate as judges in this year's District 3 Georgia Student Media Festival.

Principal, resource officer show school spirit at Whitewater

When it came time to figure how to divvy up PTO money earmarked for technology, there was no doubt that Whitewater Middle School needed computer desks for its computer lab.

Child seat inspection set

A child safety seat check will be offered at the Fayette County Library, 1841 Heritage Parkway, Fayetteville, Wednesday, April 11 from 3 - 5 p.m.

Three from Fayette nominated for GOAL

Instructors at Griffin Technical College have nominated 49 students for the Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership, according to Sandra Bryant, coordinator for the local GOAL program.

William Geist achieves rank of Eagle Scout

William J. (B.J.) Geist received his Boy Scouts of America Eagle rank badge in ceremonies recently in Peachtree City.

Our Lady of Mercy taking students

Our Lady of Mercy High School is accepting applications for ninth, 10th and 11th grades for 2001-2002.

Prime Timers

'There she is.....'

Fifteen well-deserving contestants vied recently for the much-coveted title of Ms. Southland 2001.

Behind the scenes at the Ms. Southland pageant

The sense of excitement of the fifteen Southland Beauty Pageant contestants as they waited for the pageant to begin must rival that of the Miss American contest.

Herbal remedy found ineffective for tinnitus

For many years, people have been taking Ginkgo biloba as a treatment for tinnitus. However, a research study conducted at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom concluded that this popular herbal remedy works no better than a placebo in treating the condition.

Aging population puts spotlight on eldercare
People today are living longer than ever and, as baby boomers continue graying into the next three decades, seniors will become one of the nation's largest age groups. It's a demographic shift that will lead to greater responsibility for adult children.

Unemployment rate jumps

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said last week that the unemployment rate in the metropolitan Atlanta area rose three-tenths percent in February. The rate rose to 3 percent, up from 2.7 percent in January, but down from 3.1 percent in February of 2000.

The Importance of Having a Good Mentor

A mentor, basically, is someone who serves as a counselor or guide. Being asked to serve as a mentor is an honor. It indicates that the company has faith in the person,s abilities and trusts him or her to have a positive impact on the situation. Many companies have discovered that the use of a mentor for new employees not only helps employees settle into their job and company environment, but also contributes to a lower turnover rate.

New dining option opens at The Pavilion

La Parrilla Mexican Restaurant opened Monday, April 2, in the Fayette Pavilion building (by Wal-Mart, Home Depot and Publix) located at 94 Pavilion Parkway in Fayetteville. This is the fifth location for the restaurant group, La Cosecha LLC. The property is managed by EpiCity Real Estate Services.

Yankee candle opens for business

The Massachusetts-based Yankee Candle Company opened its seventh company-owned store in Georgia last week at The Avenue in Peachtree City.

Specialty Uniform can outfit you

Specialty Uniform Unlimited has opened a new retail store at 424 Huddleston Road in Peachtree City. The store sells nurses uniforms, industrial uniforms, sports uniforms and specialty merchandise.


Baseball teams have busy spring break

Don't look for any local high school baseball players in Panama City this week. For them, there is no such thing as Spring Break. The local teams played several games last week and have several more lined up for today and Friday.

McIntosh wins two Classic games in overtime

The McIntosh Classic lived up to it's name, despite the Chiefs game with Warner Robins being postponed due to rain. Both of McIntosh's other two games went to overtime and both ended with the Chiefs as the winner.

PTC Flash runs well in PTC Invitational

Eighty-three youths competed for the Peachtree City Flash Saturday in the Peachtree City Invitational.

Sid Bream, Terry Pendleton highlight

McDonough Road baseball weekend April 20-22

Fayette racers dominate the field at Senoia Speedway

The $3,000 prize to the winner of the first Pro Late Model, Big 8, 100-Lap race at Senoia Speedway Saturday night brought more than 20 cars to the track.

Sports Brief


Film at Fernbank takes viewers into amazing caves


Have you ever wondered how caves are formed or how microorganisms can survive so far below the surface?

Birds of prey on display at Callaway Gardens

The bald eagle was selected as our national emblem in 1782.

April chock full of theatrical activities


April showers may bring May flowers but it seems it has also brought a great deal of theater to the area this month.


An enchanted evening

The hostess led us to a tiny table between two larger tables where diners were already seated.

Unique arts festival showcases talents of students and teachers


From stand-up comedy and skateboarding to poetry reading and visual and performing arts, everyone at Fayette Middle School gets to showcase his or her artistic flare during the annual Arts Festival.

Dinnertainment promises a night of family fun at Flat Rock

A gourmet dinner mixed with some homegrown entertainment adds up to Dinnertainment Night at Flat Rock Middle School.

Local students win state award

Local students, Katie Culp, Whitney Jensen and Sarah Huemphfner of Fayette County, recently were honored at the Agriculture Day in Georgia ceremony at the state Capitol.

People and the moviews they walk out on

Last week a colleague of mine saw "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and walked out.


Pancakes and prayer ... good for the soul
Religion Columnist

A rare set of relationships receives weekly nurture at the Fayetteville IHOP. They are your pastors and ministers. Now, for more than five years they have gathered every Tuesday morning for breakfast, encouragement, laughter, and many times prayer. If you know something of the dynamics of a truck stop, well, this is a truck stop for pastors. After breakfast, we get back on the road.

Kenwood Christian/Whitewater to present 'We Behold His Glory'

The fine Arts Ministry of Christ's Church at Whitewater/Kenwood Christian Church, will present the seventh annual performance of its Easter pageant, "We Behold His Glory," on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 15 at 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday performances are interpreted for the hearing impaired.

St. Gabriel's Catholic Church plans special Holy Week events

The Catholic Church of Saint Gabriel in Fayetteville will celebrate Holy Week along with other Christian churches in the community, beginning with a joint Palm Sunday service with its neighbor, The Episcopal Church of the Nativity.

Nativity announces Holy Week activities

The Episcopal Church of the Nativity will mark the beginning of Holy Week, Sunday April 8, with the people of the Catholic Church of St. Gabriel's.

PTC UMC hosts community-wide service

Peachtree City United Methodist Church will host a community-wide Easter celebration on Easter Sunday, April 15 at 11 a.m., at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City.

Flat Creek Baptist presents Easter play this weekend

Flat Creek Baptist Church will present its annual Easter play, "The Life of Christ," Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 6, 7 and 8. Friday and Sunday performances will start at 7:30 p.m. Two performances will be offered Saturday, at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

River's Edge plans Holy Week events

Members of River's Edge Community Church will begin Holy Week activities with a children's processional on Palm Sunday at the 10 a.m. service.

Religion Briefs

Peachtree City Church of God offers 'largest Easter egg hunt in the county'

The largest Easter egg hunt in Coweta County will take place Saturday, April 14, at Peachtree City Church of God located one mile east of Thomas Crossroads on Ga. Hwy. 34.



Redistricting: actions louder than words

All the figures from the 2000 U.S. Census are now available and in the hands of Georgia lawmakers, who are wishing they had a ten-foot pole to handle them with.

When teens talk, this is what they say
One Citizen's Perspective

Don't think that all teens are about this or that. I am just one person, with a very personal take on life. Don't blame me as an individual for some collective teen problem that seems to exist in society.

Keys to coping with getting old
Laugh Lines

The past week has been a strange one. All of a sudden, I have gotten to see a bunch of old friends from college. Boy, they all have gotten so old.


Pilot: Paper should not print nameless letters

I would like to take an opportunity to respond to the letter in Wednesday's paper headlined, "Delta Pilots: What's fair wage for cry babies?" As a Delta pilot and former co-worker of Russ Switzer, I will not even attempt to answer the bitter and vitriolic personal attack on Russ. To stoop to the writer's level and attempt to answer the emotional charges item by item would be a complete waste of my time.

Medical communication needs improvement

I take no joy in writing this letter, and I recognize this letter may go no further than the office shredder.

4-H: No whining here

I enjoyed reading [the] follow-up letter concerning my "written attack" of Ms. Buchanan's letter. I do not feel I was attacking anyone, just making an observation. Let me add a few things:

'Anonymous' letter: Outrageous!

Outrageous! How dare you print a letter that so impugns so many of your readers without so much as a byline!

How to become a PTC political contender

What one must do to become a successful politician: I have thought this out for years and believe I come to the right conclusion. Here are some pointers.

Anti-pilot-strike letter a case of 'class, professional' envy

I ran across this piece of tripe while scanning the net, and in my opinion, it is an obvious case of class, professional, abilities envy.

85% of Delta pilots likely will stay on the job

While I agree with the sentiments of the posting, I think the author is also a crybaby.

Pilot pay and whining: It's all relative, bubba

An anonymous writer took issue with the Delta pilots ongoing action with their company's managerial decisions and if I may, I would like to address this masked phantom writer.

No complaints about pilot pay here

The writer of Wednesday's castigation of Russell Switzer cannot have known Russell Switzer personally, or surely he would have picked another person on whom to vent his rage.

Some just want to keep our jobs

I couldn't agree more [with "crybabies" letter]. I'm a DL flight attendant, and I have to put up with these arrogant pilots who think they are Delta Airlines.

Attack letter reflects on paper

I am constantly amused at the letters to the editor about Delta pilots printed in your newspaper. As a pilot, I actually enjoy reading your editorial section.

"Free training'? Ask these pilots

So, Mr. Businessman, small-seated, self-sacrificing lawyer who never took a dime from the government, expert on the Delta pilot's contract and way of life, John Wayne imitation, go into battle with just a rifle combat infantryman, doesn't have the jjuevos [sic] to sign his pewling letter. At least Mr. Switzer stood in front of the camera and spoke his mind.

To complaining Delta pilots: Please!

I agree: What current pilot did not know what he was getting into when hired to become a Delta flight officer?

Pilots forget they're part of a team

God bless this person. I was employed by Delta for 35 years and was able to retire two years ago. I didn't want to leave the company but the attitudes of the pilot group has made it a very different place to work.

Delta quality being eroded by pilots

Whoever wrote that article hit it right on the head.

PTC bond proposal misses mark for teens

At first read ,the proposal to build almost $14 million in new public infrastructure sounds good. But several ominous statements clouded the issues. "Instead of letting the people who live here now pay for it ,let future residents...." "... a $5 million community center an investment for enhancement of property values but totally optional."

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