The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, May 9, 2001


PTC curtails mayor's spending power

Peachtree City Mayor Bob Lenox contends that he had the permission of City Council members to spend $7,500 from the council's contingency fund toward a compensation package for former city clerk Nancy Faulkner.

Council OKs limits on contingency fund spending

Peachtree City's council contingency fund now has a few strings attached.

FCHS over capacity; BOE mulls its options

County school officials spent some time Monday trying to figure out how to relieve overcrowding at Fayette County High School before a fifth county high school is opened.

5 candidates run for commission special election

Five candidates will be asking for your vote June 19 in a special election to replace Post 3 Fayette County Commissioner Harold Bost, who resigned recently.

March for Jesus scheduled for this Saturday in F'ville

Fayette County residents will join marchers throughout the nation this Saturday, May 12, when the fourth annual "March for Jesus" parade and rally take place in downtown Fayetteville.

Power plant proposed on Fayette border

Fayette County officials thus far haven't had any contact from a company proposing to build a massive energy supply facility on the county's northern border.

Kiwanis to sponsor county-wide July 4 bash

For the first time in recent years, there will be a county-wide Fourth of July celebration this year.

Judge: skipping trial for 'chest pains' could mean jail for child molestation defendant

A local man accused of child molestation might be jailed until he stands trial after he missed a second scheduled trial date under questionable medical circumstances.

Nub's not going anywhere yet

The produce stand that Fayette Countians have grown to know and love on Ga. Highway 54 may have to move, but not any time soon.

Cannon: Count off-base on sewer dispute

Tyrone Town Councilman Ronnie Cannon wishes the Fayette County Commission would listen.

Fayetteville settles lawsuit with Pavilion developer

A special called meeting has been set for tonight for the Fayetteville City Council to approve a settlement agreement of a lawsuit filed by developer Stan Thomas.

Head-on collision kills local woman

A Fayetteville woman died after a head-on automobile wreck on Ga. Highway 85 south near Harp Road early Monday morning.

Party faithful endure long contest

The face of the Georgia Republican Party changed substantially Saturday with the help of just over 50 Fayette County Republicans - and a couple of thousand from across the state of Georgia.

Ghost Out sends timely reminder about the dangers of reckless driving

Every 22 minutes a teenager dies in a car accident in the United States.

Dunn to serve on water superagency

Fayette County Commission Chairman Greg Dunn is ready and waiting for the new metro Atlanta water superagency to get organized so he can begin his service on it.

Tree law changes delayed

It's back to the drawing board for proposed changes to Fayette County's tree ordinance.

Tyrone Publix plan in negotiation

Tyrone officials will meet with Publix developers tonight to try and hammer out final details for Tyrone's first chain grocery store.

County has begun levy of fire svc. impact fees

After more than a year of study, discussion, negotiation and paperwork, impact fees to help pay for fire services in Fayette County are now a reality.

Molestation charges filed against 2 men

Two men were arrested last week on child molestation charges from two separate incidents.

Child safety fair planned

The Fayette County Safe Kids Coalition will sponsor a children's safety fair Saturday in honor of National Safe Kids Week, May 5-12.

Rep. Bob Holmes to address Fayette NAACP chapter

Georgia state Rep. Bob Holmes will address the Fayette NAACP during its monthly meeting Saturday, in keeping with the group's practice of inviting local officials to speak.

Local officer named special squadron leader

Air Force Lt. Col. Norman D. Potter, son-in-law of Lorene Carroll of Fayetteville and the late Robert C. Carroll, was recently named commander of the 42nd Airborne Command and Control Squadron at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, Ariz.

Fayette selects students for district competition

Nine students from kindergarten through the eighth grade will represent Fayette County schools in the Griffin Regional Educational Service Agency Recitation Festival scheduled for May 8-10.

Optimists honor officers

The Optimist Club of Fayetteville honored officers in both the city of Fayetteville and Fayette County at its annual Respect For Law dinner.

Police Blotter

Real Estate

Mortgage business on the rise

As home construction continues to be strong on this side of Atlanta, a couple of facts should be fairly obvious:

Choose smart growth instead of no growth

Tight restrictions on growth often disguised as ways to protect the environment or relieve traffic congestion are pushing the cost of housing beyond the reach of millions of families.

Walden Park community now open in south Fulton

Walden Park, a new planned community in south Fulton County, recently held its grand opening.

Front porches, sidewalks making a comeback at Highland Park

Residents of Highland Park Estates, the first residential development of its size with new zoning rules requiring minimum 1.6-acre lots, are enjoying the neighborhood from their front porches.

Assist 2 Sell opens Peachtree City office

Saving money on real estate commissions is a growing trend in real estate today.

SummerGrove exceed 500 home sales

As SummerGrove exceeds 100 homes sales since January 2001, and over 500 homes sold since the community's inception in 1998, Pathway Communities, the developer of SummerGrove, is pleased to announce the addition of Home Innovations to the community's builder team.

Career Night set for May 21

Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty's Newnan/Coweta County office will host a "Career Night" session Monday, May 21.

Feltman gets millionth MLS listing

Corki Feltman, who recently opened Home Power Realty's office in the Eagle's Landing area, was recently recognized for having the one millionth listing for the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Bullard named to elite group

Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty has been named to the prestigious Coldwell Banker Chairman's Circle, being one of only 98 real estate affiliate firms selected out of the more than 1,500 Coldwell Banker companies throughout North America.

Avery Park to host Ultimate Kitchen Tour

Avery Park, a master-planned community in historic Newnan, will host the Ultimate Kitchen Tour May 19 & 20 and 26 & 27 from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Walker-Jones joins Bullard

Rebecca Walker-Jones has joined the staff of Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty's Fayette County office as a sales associate.

ERA Preferred hosts career seminar

ERA Preferred Realty will host a Career in Real Estate seminar for those interested in finding out about the world of professional real estate.

Renaissance Group starts renovations in Fayette, Coweta

The Renaissance Group, Distinctive Homes and Renovations, has just announced the launch of its upscale renovation services for homeowners in Fayette and Coweta counties.

Builders raise money for Habitat for Humanity

Southside homebuilders gathered at the end of March at the Shamrock Community Center in Clayton County for the Wild Game Dinner, a fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity.

Scranage earns GRI designation

Cheri Scranage of ERA Preferred Realty has earned the Graduate, Realtor Institute (GRI) Designation from the Georgia Association of Realtors. It was awarded at Callaway Gardens after she completed three week-long courses and passed a written exam at the end of each session.

Autumn Ridge open in Griffin

Forrest Homes has announced the opening of Autumn Ridge, a new single-family residential community in Spalding County.

Canterbury Springs opens third phase

Phase III, which has a total of 19 homesites, is now open in Canterbury Springs, a Jerry Ballard Homes community in the Coweta County city of Grantville.

McKillop, Story reach GRI

Carolyn McKillop and Marie Story, both with Century 21 Southern Crescent in Fayetteville, have completed the curriculum required to achieve the Graduate Realtor Institute (GRI) designation.

Rogers receives Phoenix award

Judy Rogers, a top-producing Realtor with more than 20 years of experience, was recently presented with the Phoenix Award during a Fayette County Board of Realtors banquet.

Bartolomei joins Re/Max

Barbara Pearson, broker/owner of Re/Max Around Atlanta All-Stars in Fayetteville, has announced the addition of Fernando Bartolomei.


Stein Mart opens

Fayetteville shoppers will get a new choice in upscale, discount shopping tomorrow when Stein Mart opens its doors for business.

Art Students Receive Awards

Twenty-four students from McIntosh High School recently participated in the sixth annual Creative Self-expression Show sponsored by the Kedron Great Frame Up Shop and Gallery.

Baby Boomer Versus Generation X Managing the New Workforce

Many good employees are quitting traditional organizations because the older workforce does not know how to manage them properly.


Local soccer teams keep winning in state soccer tournament

The boys and girls teams from Region 4-AAAAA keep on winning in the AAAAA soccer tournament and each win brings them closer to state titles and possible rematches with their region rivals.

All area girls team announced

The all Area team for 4-AAAAA was annoounced late last week and the three fayetteCounty teams in 4-AAAAA are well-represented.

PTC Flash track team captures state titles

The Peachtree City Flash Track Team, representing Fayette County, competed this past Friday night and Saturday in the Georgia State Track & Field Championships held in Augusta, Georgia. Thirty four athletes competed, 22 placed in the top 6. Out of 53 events they placed 30 in the top 6 and is the first time the team has had three State Champions. Rebecca Stokes in her first year at Track & Field went undefeated in the 1600 meter race. Khiry Battle is a repeat State Champion in the Standing Long Jump and Vince Brown won the High Jump. Vince Brown and Sean Plunkett placed in three separate events.

Parrish set to tee it up for Mercer

Ashley Parrish's father and grandfather are golf-a-holics.

Sports Calendar


Offshoot presents final coffee house

After eight years, Offshoot Productions is ending the run of its popular Stars on the Southern Crescent coffeehouse.

19th annual Brooks Day festival this weekend

There is a special feeling of unity when a town comes together and presents a festival.

A varied assortment of summer camps offered this summer


Summer vacation is almost here and the same question you ask yourself every summer rears its ugly head: What are we going to do with the kids?

Violence at the end of the war

At last, victory in Europe. The Atlanta Journal, May 7, 1945: GERMANS SURRENDER SIGNED AT ALLIED HEADQUARTERS.


I went to Music Midtown and all I got was this lousy blister and this great tan


I had a busy weekend. Very busy. Busy like beavers trying to dam up the Colorado River


Maybe we should follow the Pope's example ...
Religion Columnist

If I were a Catholic, I would be exceedingly blessed by the example of Pope John Paul II, as he became the first pope ever to enter a Muslim mosque as he pilgrims the journey of the Apostle Paul. Since I am not a Catholic, I am blessed anyway!

Historic Holly Grove to have open house May 19

As a part of National Trust Preservation Week, May 13-19, 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.

Fayetteville First Baptist to host conversational English workshop

The Fayetteville First Baptist church will host a Conversational English workshop on two consecutive weekends in May. Jeanine Wooten of Jonesboro First Baptist Church will lead the workshop.

Reddicks to speak at CDM in Tyrone May 11-13

Lynn and Linda Reddick will speak at the CDM Teaching and Training Center in Tyrone Friday-Sunday, May 11-13.

First Presbyterian plans mother-daughter dinner

Mothers, daughters and friends are invited to join the ladies of the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City for the annual Mother-Daughter Dinner on Saturday, May 12 at 6 p.m.

Cary will be featured speaker at PTC Presbyterian

Carolyn Cary, co-founder of the Fayette County Historical Society, will be the featured speaker at the Men's Fellowship Meeting at the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City Sunday, May 20. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the choir room of the church.

PTC Presbyterian selects elders and deacons for 2001

Members of the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City recently ordained elders and deacons to serve the church during the year.

Fayette County Gathers For Prayer

Residents from throughout Fayette County gathered in Fayetteville Thursday, May 3, to pray for their county, state and national leadership as a part of the 50th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer.

Religion Briefs



Will zig zag Zell take a turn to the right?

What to say about Zell Miller ...?

Better than NASCAR: 3 models of mom
One Citizen's Perspective

There isn't much in life that can be said to be true for everybody, but everybody is the child of somebody. We're not talking biology here, either.

Some advice to date by
Laugh Lines

I have a lot of single friends and they are always asking if I know anyone of the opposite sex that I could "fix them up with," etc.


School board wrong to seek F'ville annexation

Spot zoning! Spot zoning was my first thought when I read that the Fayette County Board of Education was petitioning the city of Fayetteville to annex and rezone the 94.2 acres on Lester Road to build a new school.

Middle school dress code is ridiculous; let's get sensible

Today, my daughter, a seventh grade Fayette Middle School student, was sent to the office because the shirt she was wearing was supposedly not acceptable under the school dress policy. A counselor gave her a jacket to wear for the rest of the day.

Fayette NAACP president defends PTC's Brown

I write this letter in response to Mr. Frank Hyde's letter to the editor in The Citizen and the Online Citizen News on April 4, 2001. In his letter Mr. Hyde appears to be disparaging Mr. Steve Brown, who is a candidate for the Peachtree City mayoral election. If this is the intended target, I feel compelled to respond to this outrageous characterization of Mr. Brown and the ludicrous idea of comparing him to Adolf Hitler.

So, Murphy, why don't you get a real job?

Billy Murphy insinuates that "pilots and athletes and entertainment-industry types" are the "highest paid segment of our society" and sit around with a "stroke and strike mentality" while "the rest of us really work." He insinuates that the only reason we command the pay we do is due to our "egos" and that we really do not do a day of "work." So, let's examine this insightful "fact."

Lenox abused trust by using PTC contingency fund without public vote

[Editor's note: Peachtree City Councilman Dan Tennant read the statement below to the council at the May 3 meeting. He provided a copy to The Citizen and asked that it be printed as a letter to the editor. The Tennant-sponsored motion to reserve spending power to the full council after a public vote passed 4­0. Council member Annie McMenamin was absent.]

The truth is out there: Rebels fought for rights

I am, once again, responding to Marc Michael's letter written about the Southern Confederacy. I realize that some individuals have a twisted view of past history, especially dealing with the War Between the States; however, I am completely dumbfounded as to how someone could be so misinformed as Mr. Michael. With so many reading materials available to the public in this day and time I cannot understand how someone could totally ignore the hard evidence which speaks out against Mr. Michael's thinking.

Hooters in Fayetteville: Should be just another dining choice

I am 34 years old and have lived in Fayette County all of my life. I remember the good days when the traffic coming through downtown was slow compared to what it is today and the only place to go eat was the Dairy Queen on Friday nights after a ballgame.

About good teachers and teaching jobs . . .

For Mrs. Mendenhall . . .

Switching careers . . .

Thank you for sharing Amy Riley's comments on "Teach for Georgia" in her May 2 column, "Let's give 'Teach for Ga.' a fair chance."

Teaching to read . . .

Can you imagine not being able to read? When I spoke with Lou McLean at the LaFayette Educational Center, she told me there are people who live in our area who cannot read. I was comparing not being able to access the Internet or send an e-mail message to being similar to not being able to read.

Some perspective on authority

I am a 24-year-old wife and mother of three. I say this to give some perspective on where I am coming from. I consider myself to be young enough to have some credibility in discussing issues involving "young people," yet as a parent, my eyes have been opened as to why my parents did the things they did.

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