The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, April 25, 2001


PTC to get tax hike, bonds or not

The Peachtree City Council plans to ask voters to approve up to $10.2 million in bond issues to refinance existing debt and fund numerous recreation-related projects, including a $2.5 million addition to the city tennis center that would create six covered tennis courts.

PTC eyes fee increases for businesses, builders, some rec activities

Most of the fee increases Peachtree City is considering won't directly impact citizens.

PTC jumps hotel tax from 3% up to 5%

Visitors to Peachtree City will start chipping in more now that the City Council has approved an increase in the hotel-motel tax from 3 to 5 percent.

County commission to decide zoning future of 2nd oldest house

County commissioners are expected to take another look tomorrow night at the land surrounding Fayette County's second oldest home.

Mother, daughter killed in dump truck collision

Two Fayetteville women were killed Saturday morning when their car pulled into the path of a dump truck at the intersection of Ga. Highways 314 and 279.

E-Bikes OK'd for PTC cart paths

E-Bikes, electricity-powered bicycles, have been approved for use on Peachtree City's cart paths.

Courtroom closed to debate ex-wife's open records request for police files

A court hearing slated to debate an ex-wife's request for police investigative files compiled on her husband was abruptly closed Friday morning.

Murderer guilty of having drugs, weapon in jail

It didn't take long for convicted murderer Karl Bryan Hodge to get another dent in his criminal record.

Two McIntosh boys arrested for touching female student

Two McIntosh High School students have been arrested for sexual battery after allegedly touching a female student on school grounds last month.

'Bear hug' program helps youngsters at hospital

Sometimes you just need a bear hug.

Smola: Larger school board worth a look

Is the five-member school board large enough to oversee Fayette's growing student population?

Three Fayette teams advance to national Science Olympiad

Fayette's future scientists and inventors from Rising Starr Middle, J.C. Booth Middle and McIntosh High will vie for the title of national champions during the National Science Olympiad Competition.

Church rooms vandalized in Fayetteville

A fire extinguisher was used to damage three rooms at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church sometime after Sunday services and before 6 p.m., according to police reports.

PTC city clerk position finally resolved: duties to be shared by three employees

Instead of hiring a city clerk to replace Nancy Faulkner, the Peachtree City Council has decided to split the responsibilities among two staff members and hire a clerical worker instead.

Authority changes commercial access fees to spur business at Falcon Field

The Peachtree City Airport Authority is revising the fees it charges to businesses both on and off airport property for the right to use Falcon Field.

Top choral students advance to All State

After two grueling auditions, more than 100 Fayette County chorus students have earned the honor to participate in the 2001 All State Chorus workshop and performance scheduled to take place in Savannah April 26-28.

Regional water rep to be selected

City and county officials are scheduled to meet Thursday to select Fayette County's representative on a newly created water planning board.

Fayette leads in voter turnout

Fayette County led the state of Georgia in voter turnout during the November 2000 election, according to statistics released by Secretary of State Cathy Cox.

Developer seeks 'authority' from council

A developer proposing upscale apartments for senior citizens said the project can't happen in Peachtree City without the help of the City Council.

Police Blotter

Health Wise

A walk in the woods


It was Easter Sunday. Hard rain had fallen most of the day, but the sun decided to peek through the clouds by mid afternoon.

West Nile Virus
Georgia Takes Precautions to Prevent the Arrival of an Unwanted Guest
Tenet acquires South Fulton Medical Center

South Fulton Medical Center has been acquired by a subsidiary of Tenet Healthcare Corporation.

Cancer screenings available this weekend

April is Cancer Control Month and Georgians have an opportunity to take action and participate in free colon, skin, breast, and prostate cancer screenings this Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Violence prevention program presented to high schoolers

During the past school year, more than 1,500 high school students in Fayette County participated in a classroom event that has the potential to change and even save lives.

Tobacco use responsible for one in six deaths in Georgia

In Georgia, tobacco use is not only responsible for about 87 percent of all lung cancer cases, but it is also associated with coronary heart disease and stroke.

What happens after Lasik surgery?

Emory Eye Center researcher Henry Edelhauser, Ph.D. and co-workers have completed a three-year study on Emory University Eye Center patients who underwent a laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) procedure, a refractive surgery to correct eyesight.

Piedmont Hospital award granted to establish new organ transplant clinic

The Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust has awarded Piedmont Hospital a $750,000 grant to establish a new and expanded organ transplant clinic, which will enhance previous clinic services and existing organ transplant program.


Fayette floor company wins top award

All the hard work and long hours of running your own business paid off recently for a Fayette couple.

Bank hires several new employees

The Bank of Georgia recently welcome several new employees to its operation.

Keep your business in business: Disaster-proof your computer system

There is no absolute protection against sabotage to your business or the consequences of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or earthquake.


Local teams advance to second round of region playoffs and in to state tournament

The high school soccer playoffs are an indication of spring, much like the pollen coating your car and the smell of your neighbors cooking out. The boys and girls soccer teams of Region 4-AAAAA from Fayette County all played in the second round of the region playoffs last night, hoping to advance to the region championships this Friday. Sandy Creek's Lady Patriots also played last night to determine their seeding in the upcoming state tournament.

The PTC Flash takes first place, enters district

The PTC Flash youth track team competed this past Saturday taking home first Place. This was their last meet before the District Championships which will be held this Friday night and Saturday, April 27 & 28 in Lovejoy.

McIntosh tennis teams win region championships

The Region 4-AAAAA tennis tournament was held at Clayton College and State University last Thursday and Friday, though it was as if it were played in McIntosh High School's backyard. The boys and girls teams only lost one game in all of their matches in the tournament, as Priscilla Roberts fell to Fayette County's Kacie Anson, 10-7.

Eller signs to play for former FCHS coach at Wingate University

Fayette County High School's Amy Eller had a lot to celebrate Friday.

Francis signs with Alabama State

The Lady Hornets volleyball team at Alabama State College will have a little more sting next year. Racine Francis, a senior at Sandy Creek High School, signed a letter of intent to attend the university in the fall.

Former Patriots shine

Jabari Holloway, a graduate from Sandy Creek High School and a senior at Notre Dame, was drafted by the New England Patriots of the National Football League over the weekend.


Teens heat up the local music scene


If you've been to any of the local fairs and festivals in the past few years, you most likely have seen and heard Allen Goodman and his band.

GYB brings "Tales from Mother Goose" to life

Little Bo Peep, Jack and Jill, and Little Miss Muffet are names that are familiar to nearly everyone because of the rhymes of Mother Goose.

The Center for Puppetry Arts explores Shakespeare and the universe

If there is one thing that Sesame Street taught us, it is that we can learn from puppets.

Punishment in Paradise

Preacher told the story Sunday of a couple who fought and scrapped so much, all their long married life, that when their Golden Wedding anniversary neared, their children presented them with a gift certificate for psychiatric counseling.


I do believe in spooks, don't I?

Recently, a British psychologist and a U.S. psychologist teamed up with a group of researchers and 250 volunteers to conduct the largest and most technologically advanced experiment ever in the investigation of paranormal activities. The experiment was held in the underground vaults, dungeons and tunnels of Scotland's Edinburgh Castle and South Bridge.


Accountability groups help focus on grace
Religion Columnist
Last week Professor David Roadcup of Atlanta Christian College invited me to a focus group meeting concerning the future orientation of Promise Keepers (PK). Professor Roadcup is a member of Promise Keepers' International Board of Reference. What was so significant about the focus group was not what I had to contribute but what I learned.

Fayette announces plans for National Day of Prayer May 3

A county-wide prayer gathering to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer is planned for Thursday, May 3, in downtown Fayetteville.

First Baptist's women's retreat set for this Friday, Saturday

The First Baptist Church of Peachtree City invites women of all ages and faiths to a ReFresHer retreat for women this Friday , April 27, from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is $20 per person.

Valdes to speak at PTC Presbyterian Sunday

Dr. Jorge Valdes, executive director of Coming Clean Ministries, will be the featured speaker at the men's fellowship meeting at the First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City, Sunday, April 29, at 7 p.m.

Gardener Anita Vaughn to speak at PTC Presbyterian's SPRY meeting

Anita Vaughn, president of the Peachtree City Garden Club, will be the featured speaker at the meeting of Senior Presbyterians Remaining Young (SPRY) on Tuesday, May 1 at 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City. Vaughn's topic will be "Indoors from Outdoors," and will be directed toward the interests of both men and women.

Historic Holly Grove Church to have open house May 19

As a part of National Trust Preservation Week, May 13-19, historic Holly Grove A.M.E. Church in Peachtree City will have an open house Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., featuring church history displays.

Religion Briefs




Targeting 'taxin' Max' take your shot

Having failed to elect a Republican to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Republican Paul Coverdell, Georgia Republicans have set their sites on Max Cleland in 2002.

Making a difference: Thank you, teachers
One Citizen's Perspective

Teachers are people who get to decorate the future with little thumbprints of themselves. They are like torch bearers of human potential, holding each mind for a short while. They gild and broaden what was cultivated before them, and they reach even higher to pass off to those who will follow after them in the lives of a child. They are moms and dads, neighbors and friends, and they leave their marks subtly, but in indelible ink.

Fayette census has a story to tell
Contributing Writer

The Census 2000 figures are now out, and studying the census figures for the past 180 years for Fayette County produces an interesting observation.

Watch for 'Bill' at magazine rack
Laugh Lines

Egotism seems to be the norm for the day, as I look around in the world. It seems everyone is starting a magazine and naming it after herself. It started with "Martha Stewart Living," then Oprah Winfrey started "O the Oprah Magazine" and Rosie O'Donnell started "rosie." The latest in the batter of eponymous publications is "mary-kateandashley" magazine. Rosie and the Olsen twins didn't capitalize their names in their magazines, I guess in mock humility.


Behind PTC tax hike is mayor's smoke, mirrors

Mr. Mayor [Bob Lenox], you only had a few months left. You could have, maybe, just quietly retired from your position here in Peachtree City and I would have remained silent. But, what can I say? You really still do not know when to quit.

Rebel rebuttal: Blacks enslaved other blacks, Yankees sold them to South

Just what we need, another person from Sodom-Atlanta-Gomorrah telling us Southerners with Confederate ancestry who our heroes should and should not be.

Bost should pay costs of special election

The sudden departure of Harold Bost from the Fayette County Commission obviously has some underlying reason he is keeping secret.

Anti-Confederate letter is misinformed, mean

What are you thinking, lumping the Confederacy with Hooters, liquor licensing in Fayette County, and anti-Christian doctrine? With respect, sir, I feel like you are sadly misinformed. You must not personally know any individuals who honor Confederate history.

Most Confederates fought for states' rights

I'm writing in response to the letter from the individual wondering why there is no outcry over the Confederate support.

Anti-Rebel letter insults 'sweet little old Fayette lady'

First, we have a governor that sold us to the highest bidder and changed our flag without the people of Georgia having a chance to vote on the matter. Now, to add to the insult, we have a letter to the editor from Marc D. Michael!

Proud of Confederate ancestor, how he lived, what he stood for

In reference to a letter published April 18, 2001 in the Citizen, I would like to welcome Marc Michael to Fayette County. Apparently Marc has a limited knowledge of the history of Fayette or the surrounding areas.

PTC needs a community arts center, especially for bands

This letter is in response to the letters critical of Peachtree City Mayor Bob Lenox on the subject of allocation of funds for various projects. I, too, agree that something must be done about the traffic situation on the Ga. highways 54 and 74 interchange. It has become extremely bad during rush hours and will only get worse after the big box companies come in.

Loss Faulkner is city's loss

I just pulled up Nancy Faulkner's letter on my website about her position as City Clerk and the horrendous story that goes with it. I have always admired Nancy's endeavor to do a fair and honest job while being employed in City Hall and I was cognizant of the fact that she always had the citizens in mind as well.

Thanks for teen views

I have completely enjoyed reading your teen perspective of communicating! Thanks!

Looking for answers to 'chains and limits' adults place on teenagers

I am a 20-year-old citizen of Peachtree City. I have lived in this lovely town since the age of 2, and am a true product of suburbia lifestyle. I was a B student in high school yet dropped out to obtain my GED. I also went to one semester of college yet dropped out to pursue my true goals in life.

Beware, Demos using arsenic to poison political debate

The Democrats are coming after your broccoli. That's right. Broccoli contains trace amounts of arsenic, and the Democrats believe that trace amounts of arsenic are toxic at least in drinking water. Next they'll be coming after the broccoli.

Cary does great job with obits

Please accept my sincere appreciation for the professionalism Carolyn Cary exhibits when writing the obituary column. She and The Citizen prove once again that bigger does not necessarily mean better.

Mayor misled PTC residents: There is no DOT approval for Hwy. 54 traffic

Many Peachtree City constituents (myself included) are yearning for some integrity and openness. Back on Nov. 2, 2000, the city's Director of Developmental Services, Jim Williams, informed the largest crowd I have ever witnessed at a city council meeting that the Wal-Mart traffic mitigation plan had received the approval of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).

Freedom, U.S. style

As the National Day of Prayer approaches, I am reminded of the plight of two women 18 centuries ago, who sat in a jail cell waiting to be executed. One woman's name was Perpetua, the other Felicity. Their only crime was being Christians. In the year 203 A.D., that, of course, was illegal in the Roman world.

Back To TopBack to the Citizen Home Page