The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, April 11, 2001


3 murders and a suicide

A thorough search of Fayette law enforcement and court records showed no hint of trouble at the Hilderbrand household at 215 Lofty Eagle Lane in north Fayette County. But a triple murder and a suicide were in the family's future.

Hooters to move into old Shoney's in F'ville

Round two of the quest to bring Hooters to Fayetteville is underway, but it will likely be much different from the first round.

Fayette area churches set Easter week observances

Fayette County is preparing for one of the holiest events in the Christian church this week with special religious services and activities leading up to Easter Sunday, the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Events for the week include those on Maundy Thursday, April 12; Good Friday, April 13; Holy Saturday, April 14; and Easter Sunday, April 15.

Goodbye, country roads?

As the local population grows, Fayette County's country roads could become extinct.

F'ville grows 91%, PTC 66% during '90s

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to determine that Fayette County is not the shrinking violet of metropolitan Atlanta.

School board ponders policies in wake of Internet incident

In the wake of recent criminal charges brought against a substitute teacher at a county middle school, officials may take a look at age guidelines regarding substitutes in general.

Subdivision recommended despite residents' protests

For the second time in a year, residents of Old Senoia and Harp roads Thursday left a Fayette County Planning Commission meeting unhappy.

Commission to consider incentive program

In the future, Fayette County employees who think up ways to make your government better, less expensive or more efficient may be rewarded.

P&Z 'barely' recommends Whitewater addition

It wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement, but Cypress Development Company's plan to add 60 homes on 127.5 acres to the Whitewater Creek community received a positive recommendation from the county Planning Commission last week.

Republicans choose district leaders, eye elections

More than 230 Republicans gathered in Coweta County at Northgate High School Saturday to select the 3rd congressional District chairman.

Work to begin soon on jail, courthouse

Construction on Fayette County's new jail and courthouse complex is expected to begin within a couple of weeks now that the bid has been awarded.

New county competition begins for elementary math

Until this year, math was the only discipline in the Fayette County School System that did not have a county competition.

Equality's not just a word in this family Army simultaneously promotes husband, wife to same rank

Promotion ceremonies in the military are certainly not uncommon, but a recent one for two Fayetteville residents at the U.S. Army Reserve Command at Fort McPherson was different than most.

Local student takes district spelling bee

Heather Buzzard recently won first place in the 5th District Spelling Bee Championship.

Time to burn outdoors before ban on May 1

If you've got yard debris or other items you wish to burn, get it over with before May 1.

Power Parade next week fights child abuse

The Jim Friday and the Asden Johnson youth protection homes have the power to change a life.

Tyrone Publix plans on table at P&Z meeting

Tyrone residents who are curious about a new shopping center in the town need to head to the Planning Commission meeting tomorrow.

New magistrate Ruppenthal to address NAACP here

The Fayette NAACP Branch is continuing its practice of inviting local officials to monthly meetings.

Bike show to aid children with brain tumors

The Gold Wing Road Riders Association, Chapter P, Fayetteville, will offer it first bike show Saturday, April 28.

Brooks council accepts tower

Sprint PC, represented by Jeff Evans, along with lawyer Steve Greenberg, had approached the Brooks Town Council several months ago concerning placement of a communications tower.

Collins introduces bill to cut capital gains tax

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins says investment will receive a shot in the arm if Congress passes a bill he introduced last week to cut capital gains tax rates in half.

Local students to march in CCSU inauguration

Many of Clayton College & State University's outstanding students, including four from Fayette, will be taking part in the April 12 inauguration of the university's third president, Thomas K. Harden, Ph.D.

Police Blotter

Real Estate

'Seize the day' for housing

At the recent International Builders' Show in Atlanta, newly installed president of the National Association of Home Builders Bruce Smith unveiled ambitious goals for 2001

Fayette home construction not slowing down

It can be difficult to drive very far in any direction in Fayette or Coweta without seeing construction, particularly home construction.

Builder's first Fayette home leaves quite an impression

Al Waters, owner of AlSon Builders, has built only one home in Fayette County, but oh, what a house!

Home Source adds Web site

The Home Source Realtors, with, is providing comprehensive Web sites for neighborhood communication and relocation information for many neighborhoods in Peachtree City and Coweta County.

Arbor Springs using a wide variety of custom builders

Home shoppers looking at Arbor Springs Plantation in Newnan have a number of home styles to choose from, due mainly to the fact that a number of builders are currently working in the community. Here are a few examples.

Wieland names two neighborhood sales managers

John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods has named two new neighborhood sales managers, Anthony Howell and Genna Davidson, who will be responsible for sales and growth in the south region of Atlanta.

Fitzgerald named Agent of the Year

Susan Fitzgerald is Agent of the Year for The Home Source Realtors with residential real estate volume in excess of $25 million.

Jane Young named marketing agent at The Peninsula

Pathway Communities, developer of The Peninsula in Peachtree City, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Young from The Home Source Realtors as the new community's exclusive marketing agent.

Designer model opens

John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods is proud to introduce its newest Habersham Homes Model the Stratford, at Lakeside on Redwine in Fayette County. The Habersham Homes at Lakeside on Redwine are currently planned for a small enclave of 23 homesites and are priced from the low 200's.

Jernigan named Agent of the Year

Myra C. Jernigan, GRI, CRS, was named Agent of the Year by Century 21 Scarbrough Properties in Tyrone for the tenth time.

Maria Winninger joins The Home Source Realtors

The Home Source Realtors, one of Atlanta's most successful real estate companies, is pleased to announce the addition of Maria Winninger to its team of real estate marketing professionals.

Wieland scores with Sandy Creek athletic dept.

John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods recently partnered with Sandy Creek High School's Athletic Department furnishing their spacious new fieldhouse with coaching workstations and cabinetry.

Fifth designer model opens at Avery Park

Pathway Communities, the developer of Avery Park, a 380-acre master-planned community in historic Newnan, is pleased to announce the opening of the community's fifth designer model home.

Quick joins Million Dollar Club

Barbara Quick received the 2000 Million Dollar Club Award at the Fayette County Board of Realtors Spring Ball March 3, 2001 at the Atlanta Hilton.

Centennial under development

After recently receiving approval for the Centennial land plan, formerly known as the Westside village or Katz Property, John Weiland Homes & Neighborhoods is expecting to close on the 350 home, 182-acre neighborhood located in prestigious Peachtree City this spring.

Builder/designer teams selected for Street of Dreams

Street of Dreams, Inc. has announced its builder and interior design teams for the eleventh annual Atlanta Street of Dreams, the most popular and prestigious luxury home tour throughout North America.

Avery Park opens new custom home

Pathway Communities, the developer of Avery Park, a 380-acre master-planned community in historic Newnan, is pleased to announce the opening of its custom home showcase.

Wieland unveils South Hampton

John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods is proud to announce the long-awaited opening of its newest master-planned neighborhood of 292 homesites, South Hampton, located in the heart of prestigious Fayette County.

Keller Williams Realty adds new agents

Keller Williams Realty announces the addition of Debbie Burdett, Sheri Henley and Kirk Wright as new agents at the Peachtree City-Newnan Market Center.

McKillop receives GRI designation

Carolyn McKillop, a member of the Fayette County Board of Realtors, was recently awarded the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) designation by the Georgia Association of Realtors.

Taking the long view check your sight lines before you buy

Two homes have the same square footage yet one seems so much larger than the other does. How can that be?

Trotter's Farm now open

Forrest Homes Inc. has announced the opening of Trotter's Farm, a new swim/tennis community on Fayetteville Road in south Fulton County.

Bullard to hold two 'Career Night' sessions

Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty's Fayette County office will be the scene of a "Career Night" session Tuesday, April 17.

Disharoon receives GRI designation

Angie Disharoon of Tri-City Realty has earned the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI)designation from the Georgia Association of Realtors. It was awarded in February at Callaway Gardens after she completed three week-long courses and passed a written exam at the end of each session.

Futch earns CIPS designation

Marlene Futch of Century 21 Southern Crescent has successfully completed the educational requirements of the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation awarded by the National Association of Realtors in Glasgow, Scotland.

Monarch Village opens ninth designer model

Pathway Communities, developer of Monarch Village, a 440-acre master-planned community in fast-growing Henry County, is pleased to announce the opening of the David Weekley Homes model.

Don't buy a castle just because rates are low

"Don't let the drop in interest rates lure you into buying more house than you can afford," said Steve Rhode, president and co-founder of "Use lower interest rates to your advantage and buy what you can reasonably afford. That way you'll be able to furnish your new home and live comfortably, without setting yourself up for future debt problems."

New online options for homeowners

Homeowners Can Now Interview Agents Online, Receive Analysis of Value of Their Property

Bullard agents named to elite list

Six sales agents from Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty have been chosen to the Coldwell Banker network's International President's Elite, a prestigious honor bestowed upon the top four percent of the more than 72,000 Coldwell Banker sales associated worldwide.


Operation Round-up raises funds for local needs

In 1993 the Coweta-Fayette EMC Board of Directors initiated Operation Round-Up, a program that allows people to touch people in the community.

Leadership is about creating jobs with meaning

Do you want a job, or do you want to have a job that has purpose?

Arcade offers Fayette a new choice for family fun, games

A new business in the Fayetteville Corners (World Gym/Hobby lobby) shopping center in Fayetteville should be of interest to families with preteens.

Shop Talk

• Eric Smith has joined The Bank of Georgia as senior vice president of commercial lending. A lifelong resident of the area, Smith brings with him not only extensive lending experience but a thorough knowledge of how to best serve the needs of the rapidly growing communities of Fayette and Coweta County, according to Pat Shepherd, president and CEO.


Local teams play good ball over spring break

Local high school baseball teams played during spring break last week. Some winning streaks began, while others came to an end.

More top notch soccer comes to town this week

Residents of Fayette County have always enjoyed great soccer being played in the area.

PTC Flash prepares for last race before the District Meet

The PTC Flash youth track team competed against College Park and South Cobb last Saturday, capturing first and second place in a number of events.

Good soccer matches for local teams this week

While McIntosh and Starr's Mill's girls soccer teams face some of the top competition in the country, the other local teams face some region oppponents.

McIntosh battles in tight meet before spring break

Before spring break, the McIntosh boys and girls track teams faced Riverwood High School and Westminster High School.

Big things happening for Sealsco

Seals Communications Corporation (Sealsco), an electronic media marketing and television production company based in Fayetteville, has scored a number of recent coups.


Circus comes to Coweta County


The ingredients of a good circus include trained wild animals, music, funny clowns, breath taking acrobatics, and enough thrills and laughs to keep you entertained during the show.
Many events make for fun-filled Easter weekend

It will be a busy weekend.

Warm Springs heats up with weekend full of events


The village of Warm Springs invites you to the annual Spring Fling Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Easter and Resurrections - Dancing in the kitchen

It's been a rough few months, if not for us personally, for many we hold dear.

Sketch comedy group returns this Friday


Just when you thought it was safe to venture into Fayette's night for an evening of calm

entertainment, the Creatures of Habit comedy group is back and ready to take prisoners.

Quilt tells story of Peachtree City Elementary

Research indicates that art helps to enhance the learning process.

D-I-Y, the three sweetest letters since P-I-E

When you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself.


Easter memories
Religion Columnist
I'm leaving it to all my colleagues to say the profound and wonderful things about this, the week that changed the world. And about the significance of what the world calls Easter and we call Resurrection Sunday. So, just let me reflect on Easter memories.

Tyrone First Christian Church will offer reenactment of Last Supper Thursday

Members of the First Christian Church of Tyrone will present a reenactment of the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. The program will include portrayal of many of the events which led to the institution of the Lord's Supper, including interchanges between Jesus and the disciples as they met in the Upper Room to observe the Passover. Dressed in biblical attire, the "disciples" will serve the Lord's supper to all those who wish to partake.

Atlanta City Church to present 'Eternity' April 13

Atlanta City Church in Fairburn will present, "Eternity, The Ultimate Experience," Friday- Sunday, April 13-15, Tuesday-Saturday, April 17-21, And Sunday April 22 at the church. Each performance will start at 7 p.m. except April 22, when performances are scheduled for 4 and 7 p.m. The free production is a play about life after death.

Nativity to welcome Easter with ancient rites, practices

The Episcopal Church of the Nativity will begin Easter Sunday in the darkness, before dawn, gathered around a bonfire.

St. Andrew's shares deep-rooted Easter traditions

St. Andrew's in-the-Pines Episcopal Church in Peachtree City will offer a full complement of traditional Easter celebrations during Holy Week.

Pastor chooses 'survivors and overcomers' as Sunday topic

Picking up on the popular television series, "Survivor," the Rev. John Hatcher, pastor of River's Edge Baptist Church, says he will contrast the mentality of a "survivor" with that of an "overcomer" in his Easter Sunday sermon.

Humble tradition has fallen into disrespect, pastor says

The Pope, at one end of the religious spectrum, does it. On the other end, Free Will Baptists also do it.

Christ the King will unveil building plans this Sunday

Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church in Peachtree City will unveil the plans for its initial planned sanctuary during worship services on Easter Sunday, April 15.

Revival at McDonough Road Baptist set for April 22-25

Spring Revival is set for Sunday, April 22 through Wednesday, April 25 at McDonough Road Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

Religion Briefs

Kids invited to 'largest egg hunt' Sat.

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.

Lisbon Baptist will host conference for women April 20, 21

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

What are your favorite hymns?

Westville Village wants to know

Inman UMC offers 'Kidlink' preschool program

Inman United Methodist Church invites children in the community to be a part of "Kidlink," its preschool program offered in a Christian setting.

Seniors invited to join 'McFolks' at McDonough Rd.

Senior adults in the community are invited to be a part of the 'McFolks' group at McDonough Road Baptist Church.




Of signed and unsigned letters, strikes, pilots . . .

I enjoy a spirited public debate as much as anyone, so I have enjoyed the give and take over the past few weeks about Delta pilots and their potential strike against one of Atlanta's business giants.

Tax cut gets buried; will it rise again?

I thought about writing an Easter column, but you've probably seen about 15 of those in our publications so far.

How did the Easter bunny get into this?
One Citizen's Perspective

For most all of my life, I have experienced Easter as the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as a Christian commemoration of victory over sin and death through the blood sacrifice of God's Son. Easter was always a family affair, with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents all decked out in their Easter finery gathering on the front lawn for Easter pictures as our tummies called out for ham, potato salad, casseroles, and desserts. There was an Easter egg hunt after dinner, and gobs and gobs of candy from our Easter baskets that were filled in secret by a rabbit while we slept the night before.

Lost: 1 more 'man thing'
Laugh Lines

I feel as though I am in a meat market, being sized up and down. I shouldn't feel this insecure, yet it is shocking as I walk past and all the women seem to stare and secretly glance at what I have. I feel so cheap and disrespected as a person as I wander my way through. Are we not human beings anymore?


If letter is unsigned, it shouldn't be printed

Compare and contrast:

Workplace risks not limited just to flying airplanes

With reference to a recent letter from Timothy Parker who provided in great detail, a list of 12 airplane fatalities. The loss of any life is terribly sad and of course, irreversible, but may I remind Mr. Parker that occupational hazard is not limited solely to the cockpit!

Ladies, toss your bonnets in PTC mayoral campaign

Now that we are soon to be voting again here in Peachtree City, I bring another thought to you.

Next PTC election will be decided on issues, not personalities

A neighbor of mine has become very disheartened about our local governmental system after being rejected for an appointment on the Peachtree City Development Authority. This man was extremely qualified and has an excellent grasp of the inner workings of Peachtree City. He has spoken out on some development issues like annexation, land use planning, etc., so he does not meet the criteria for the special interests.

Stop tax subsidies to non-profits that lobby

Thirty-one nonprofit organizations, or NGOs, have united to oppose a federal income tax cut. Besides opposing a tax reduction, these organizations have something else in common they are large recipients of our tax dollars.

Campaign law fix may cause more problems

I'm an engineer. When people want to do something I often get the task of finding a way to do it. There are times when the implementation of the fix will be obviously more costly than the "problem" it is to solve.

6th grader gets civics lesson

On the evening of March 6 I had the privilege to sit in on our city's council meeting. Most of the meeting was the campaigning for a seat on the city board. All 14 candidates were qualified for the job. The choice will be hard. One of the candidates withdrew his request to run for board and decided to run for mayor instead.

When will pilots wake up?

Thanks for exposing the pilot "babies" to reality ["Delta pilots: What's fair wage for cry babies?" The Citizen, March 28].

Sheriff's deputies do great job

I have lived in Fayette County for seven years. I've always known that Fayette County was a much cleaner, safer and more enjoyable place to live than many of the metro Atlanta counties but I didn't fully appreciate why this was true.

County should remove grocery tax

Several years ago the Georgia Legislature removed all sales taxes on groceries. However, Fayette County still collects 1 per cent sales tax on food items purchased as groceries.

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