The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, May 30, 2001


South Fulton city seeks to annex piece of Fayette; Commission will hear arguments for 22-acre plan

Fairburn wants to be a Fayette County city, but at least one county commissioner is having none of it.

Landmark School eyes move to Tyrone

Landmark Christian School could be on the move from its Fairburn campus, but not anytime soon.

High risk law enforcement

The really bad guys the rapists, murderers, drug dealers don't often turn themselves in. Typically, the cops have to sniff them out.

West PTC's future: Should it look 'like the rest of PTC'?

Take a glimpse into the future. Imagine what Ga. Highway 54 West will look like in several years.

Cowan chair regional water group, leaving as GRTA head

Peachtree City resident Joel H. Cowan will be shifting his focus from traffic to water.

Sentencing set today in day care spanking

Kristi Parrish thought her daughter was lying about being spanked in day care the afternoon of Nov. 27.

Knife-wielding suspect forces drive to Atlanta

A Peachtree City man was carjacked by a knife-wielding man early Monday evening in Fayetteville, according to a report from the Fayetteville Police Department.

Bike path project back on track?

A pedestrian/bike path may soon connect Fayetteville with Kiwanis Park along Redwine Road.

Sandy Creek's Warr moving to FCHS

Sandy Creek High School Principal Charles Warr, Ph.D., will replace Gary Phillips at Fayette County High School.

Phillips saddles up for new post

In the final scene of "The Searchers" arguably the best final scene of any film in history John Wayne steps off the porch and walks into the sunset as the door closes behind him.

Gardening club teaches kids community service

A new club in town is perfect for kids who like digging in the dirt and helping others.

South water plant almost ready

It won't be long now before the South Fayette Water Plant begins pumping six million gallons of treated water daily.

Report: Fayette watersheds fairly clean

Fayette County is doing a good job of keeping its watershed areas clean.

Water officials may hold off on dredging plans

The spectre of drivers being greeted by an empty Lake Peachtree as they enter Peachtree City on Ga. Highway 54 is prompting county water officials to move cautiously on their periodic dredging project.

PTC Development Authority to probe its recruitment strategy in the near future

Much of the Peachtree City Development Authority's work involves the administration of the city's tennis center and amphitheater.

Rising Starr students cited for writing prowess

Only nine students from Georgia have been recognized as the nation's eighth-grade Most Promising Young Writers and two of them are from Rising Starr Middle School.

Host families needed, deadline extended

The deadline to sign up to host music students from Scotland for an upcoming concert has been extended through Wednesday, June 6.

Collins heralds 'victory' for tax relief

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins said passage by Congress of tax relief is a victory for the American people because it will return overpayments to taxpayers and encourage investment and economic activity that will benefit everyone.

School transportation department receives safety award

Keeping students safe on the road to and from school is the number one priority of the Fayette County School System's transportation department.

Student-athlete excels

Murray State University sophomore Cheryl Graham, a graduate of McIntosh High School, has been named to the Verizon Academic All-District 4 second team for spring women's at-large sports.

Former Fayette teacher honored by retirees

The Fayette County Retired teachers Association recently recognized Fayetteville resident Jan Puschaver as the teacher making the greatest contribution to education after retiring.

Fayette bus drivers compete

Driving a school bus is a challenging task, but Fayette's school bus drivers made it look easy as they demonstrated their skillful driving maneuvers at the annual School Bus Road-E-O at Flat Rock Middle School.

English program founder honored

Sam Phillips recently was honored for his special contributions to the Japanese community in Peachtree City.

Math students take top three places in district contest

Fayette math students recently swept the Griffin Regional Educational Service Agency math contest, which was open to middle school students.

Fayette leaders tapped for regional institute

At its monthly board meeting last week, the Atlanta Regional Commission announced the names of 56 public and private community leaders who have been selected to participate in the 12th Regional Leadership Institute.

Police Blotter

Health Wise

Five rules for control
Child's Play

It has been a long time since I wrote about discipline in this column so I suppose it is worth bringing up again.

Stroke awareness
Each year stroke kills more than twice as many American women as breast cancer, yet only one in three women can name a symptom or risk factor.
American women reveal new attitude on health and fitness

Here's news in which many women may take a healthy interest: a recent national survey found a change in women's health practices and preferences over the past five years.

Just the facts: About the birth control pill

Despite its popularity and 40 years of use, a recent, nationwide survey of women aged 18-35 found that many believe several myths about birth control pills.

Walking to get to the heart of the matter

Here's news women can take to heart as little as 30 minutes of walking and running three times a week can benefit your heart health.

Health officials: TB case no cause for alarm

The public was never in any danger from the tuberculosis that struck an employee of a local restaurant recently, health officials said.

Winstead recent UF grad

Local audiologist Timothy Winstead was among recent graduates of the University of Florida, receiving the doctor of audiology degree from the College of Health Professions May 5.

First baby born at SRMC Women's Life Center

The first baby born at Southern Regional Medical Center's New Women's Life Center occurred at 10:21a.m. May 16, officially kicking off the start of a new era in Women's Healthcare in the Southern Crescent. The new center opened that morning after years of planning and preparation.

Ultimate Drive coming to Hank Aaron BMW

The fifth Ultimate Drive for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation will make its way to Hank Aaron BMW in Union City Wednesday, June 20.

Christian City seeks volunteers

Christian City, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing for the needs of children, the aged and infirm, seeks volunteers in a variety of cap

Diabetes program at Newnan Hospital

A diabetes self-help management program is underway at Newnan Hospital. Classes are being held June 8, 15 and 22 from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the hospital's Wound Treatment Center at 80 Jackson Street. The program is sponsored by the United Way and the Diabetes Association of Atlanta. Call 404-527-7150 for fee information and to reserve a space in this three-session program. All classes are taught by diabetes educators.

Christian City hosts National Senior Health & Fitness Day

Metro Atlanta seniors will gather for the eighth annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day (NSHFD) today, May 30, at Christian City, the official host site for Atlantans joining an estimated 150,000 seniors at 1,500 sites across the nation to walk, dance, play and learn their way to better fitness and health.

Vision important to sports enthusiasts

Active baby boomers, many of whom are shifting from team sports to individual sports such as golf, still have vision demands which may differ from their everyday activities.

Hospitals important to state's economy

Georgia hospitals contributed more than $26 billion to the state's economy in 1999, according to a recent report prepared by the Georgia Hospital Association.


Business leaders urged to get active in the chamber

Approximately 50 business and community leaders from Fayette and Clayton counties were on hand earlier this month to hear remarks by Georgia Chamber Chairman Philip Wilheit, president of Wilheit Packaging Materials Co./Unisource, and Georgia Chamber President Lindsay Thomas in the meeting room at the Old Courthouse in Fayetteville.

Hoshizaki donates flag to Rising Starr

The gym at Rising Starr Middle School now has a sparkling new United States flag thanks to the generosity of Hoshizaki of Peachtree City.

Cooper Lighting pitches in more than $14,000 for United Way

The United Way of Metro Atlanta received a special Memorial Day greeting from the Peachtree City plant of Cooper Industries' Cooper Lighting division recently.


Local and national players perform well at Peach State Junior tennis tournament

Many coillegiate tennis coaches were on hand at te Peachtree City Tennis Center this weekend for the Peach State Junior Tennis Tournament. The tournament is on the USTA schedule and 13 USTA sections are represented from Southern California to New England. Many of our local players played in the tournament, facing some of the best junior players in the nation.

Lots of summer camps available for young athletes

Is there an athlete in your family that is looking for an activity to keep him or her busy during the summer months? If so, there are a plethora of sports camps available for them.

Youth Triathlon this weekend

The 10th annual Peachtree City youth Triathlon will be on Saturday, June 2. Applications for this event are available at the Peachtree City and fayetteville Recreation Departments, libraries, health clubs, the Kedron Aquatic Center and Publix. The entry fee is $20 and includes a race t-shirt, a participation medal, water bottle and post-race snacks. Applications must be received by May 24. The triathlon will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Glenloch Recreation Center inPeachtree City.

Sports Calendar


Anka brings his legendary musical career to Peachtree City

Paul Anka started young.

Georgia Academy of Dance celebrates with annual concert

Georgia Academy of Dance in Peachtree City will present its 11th annual Celebration Concert featuring the full-length ballet "Alice in Wonderland" and contemporary dance production of "This City Never Sleeps" Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3.

Classical music on tap this weekend

There is a relatively new opportunity for county youth interested in performing classical music or joining an orchestra.

Jim and Hank - Both in the history books

History sometimes goes astray when filtered through the memory of those who've "been there, done that," and occasionally an error gets by. No harm done, for the most part.


Rock 'n' Roll part of the night and party often
I am currently doing a series of head and neck exercises so that I will remain in tip-top condition after tomorrow night's activities.

Bike-A-Thon to raise funds for McIntosh cheerleaders

The Varsity Cheerleaders at McIntosh High School will hold a Bike-A-Thon to raise funds for its Cheer Program. The Varsity Cheerleaders have in the past five years consistently placed first, second or third in Regional and State Cheerleading Competition. The 10-mile Bike Ride will take place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 with a Start/Finish at the Peachtree Crossing Shopping Center in Peachtree City.

Big year planned for FCFT

Fayette-Coweta Family Theatre, Inc. has a full plate. They will have auditions, workshops, dinner theatre, and an amazing lineup in the coming months.


Thank God for heroes
Religion Columnist

I've known my father-in-law for about 27 years as long as I have known his only daughter. He's Howard Emerson Blackburn and he's a World War II veteran. Often we have talked about the mundane matters of life, but seldom about the war in which he was wounded. Not until I asked him to talk about it. I found the truth: real heroes don't brag, but take inner, deep satisfaction that they did their duty.

Hallberg to perform at SPRY meeting for seniors June 5

John Hallberg of Peachtree City will provide the entertainment for the monthly meeting of Senior Presbyterians Remaining Young (SPRY) at the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City Tuesday, June 5, at 11:30 a.m.

Harrison is guest speaker at Body of Christ Church

Dr. Bob Harrison of Harrison International Ministries will be the guest speaker at the Body of Christ Christian Church on Sunday, June 10, at special services scheduled for 8 and 10:30 a.m., and 7 p.m. There is no admission and all in the community are invited.

Peachtree City UMC plans 'Soncreek Junction' VBS

Peachtree City United Methodist Church will have Vacation Bible School Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22, from 9 a.m. until noon. This year's theme is "Soncreek Junction," and children ages four years through fifth grade are invited to attend.

VBS Schedules

Christian coffeehouse features Ken Kington

The Gathering Grounds Coffeehouse, a gathering place for young singles, will feature Kenn Kington, Christian comedian, author and motivational speaker, on Friday, June 1, at Crossroads Church, 2564 Highway 154, in Newnan.

Danny Dukes band to be featured at singles meeting on June 15

"Single Vision," a monthly gathering for single persons 30 and older, will feature the Danny Dukes Band, a popular praise and worship group, on Friday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m., at Crossroads Church, 2564 Highway 154, in Newnan.

Providence youth plan mission to Memphis

There are only a few spots left, but youth at Providence United Methodist Church in Fayetteville are encouraged to sign up for the Memphis mission trip scheduled for the week of June 2-9.

Religion Briefs



Gas crisis dredges up painful memories

How well do I remember the gas lines and the rationing during the energy crisis of the '70s.

Tales of traffic and the PTC bubble
One Citizen's Perspective

The three biggest issues in Peachtree City today are traffic, proposed capital expenditures, and the looming blight on the extreme west side of town in the form of two unwanted big box stores.

Cheer up
Laugh Lines

A few years back when the book "Prozac Nation" came out, I became a missionary of sorts trying to get as many people to read it as possible.


Hard lesson learned: Remove golf cart keys

Fifty months ago, my son died in my arms. Joe had experienced an asthma attack at the age of 14, and neither I nor the arriving paramedics were able to save him. It was, as you might imagine, the most tragic event that can occur in one's life, and I realized shortly thereafter that the worst thing I would ever have to experience was behind me.

Tax cut is illusion; don't you realize that's your money?

There is turmoil in the land! There is a shift of power that can be devastating to the world! The end of an era is at hand!

Might PTC fund 54-74 traffic improvements to give break to big boxes?

It is my sincere hope that our city government in Peachtree City is not trying to bill the citizens for traffic improvements that will entitle the big box developer to build a Wal-Mart and a Home Depot.

Keep baseball kids healthy

Recently a Fayette baseball parent wrote a very good letter to the paper and its readers explaining the necessity for warming up young players properly and watching pitch counts in order to maintain healthy arms.

MHS student defends his Confederate heritage

Upon reading Marc D. Michael's controversial and highly misinformed letter that was printed in the May 2 edition of The Citizen, I have taken it upon myself to defend my Southern heritage and rectify the many mistakes that were present in his letter.

We'll keep commemorating our Confederate heritage

While I have written several letters about the slavery-Confederate flag issue, one letter written by Marc D. Michael is beyond any understanding. He has decided to play God and banish all Confederate soldiers to hell. He said God wiped them from the face of the earth. So, if there is an ounce of truth in his judgment theory, then relax, they are all in hell.

Soldier says thanks

My name is Kenneth Gosnell. I am the son of Judy Robinson and brother of Kevin Robinson. I know that at times the Army sends out Home Town news bulletins about how we, "the local soldiers," are doing. I thought that I would send one out myself because I want to say thank you.

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