The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, June 6, 2001


Teachers to get 4.5% pay raise in $134.6 M school budget

The Fayette County Board of Education voted Monday to tentatively approve a $134.6 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Ohio wreck fatal to PTC mom, twins

A head-on auto accident on I-75 in Ohio Monday afternoon claimed the lives of three Peachtree City residents.

PTC to consider $1.17 million for Hwy. 54-74 fixes

Peachtree City officials have compiled a prioritized list of road improvement projects for the areas near the intersection of Ga. highways 54 and 74.

County meets today with Fairburn about annexation

Fayette County commissioners today will discuss a property owner's request to have his Fayette property annexed into the city of Fairburn.

Cox to run again, no matter what her district looks like

State Rep. Kathy Cox, R-Peachtree City, has ruled out a run for higher office in 2002 and is concentrating on the General Assembly's upcoming reapportionment session.

Summer's political reshuffling puts Collins, Hecht in rumor mill

Rumors are rampant about who is jockeying for what position as the Georgia Legislature prepares to redraw both state and federal district lines this year.

Candidates set to face questions at forum Thurs.

Metro Fayette Kiwanis Club is hosting a candidate forum Thursday, June 7, from 7-9 p.m. at the Fayette County Library.

Atlanta's air traffic handled by new FAA operation in Peachtree City

The radar screen is full of moving blips.

Middle school restructuring discussed

Results of recent studies into the Fayette County School System's structure for middle schools are now under consideration by the Board of Education and will likely be adopted in the near future.

Changes to PTC charter are finalized; public hearing set for council meeting

It has taken several months, but the revisions to Peachtree City's charter are nearing completion.

Tree law changes ready for vote

That pesky tree protection ordinance is back on the Fayette County Planning Commission's agenda this week.

Make sure your cable is grounded, says inspector

You might be in for a shock if you have cable or satellite TV service and that service isn't properly grounded.

Tyrone planners say no to new Landmark in town

Landmark Christian School will wait until June 21 before it knows whether a proposed new school campus will be built in Tyrone.

Disasters on the rise; Red Cross appeals for funds

The American Red Cross announced that it has launched a nationwide fund-raising campaign to raise $20 million by June 30 to support disaster relief efforts in communities across the country.

PTC Council to consider creation of authority to help fund upscale senior apartment project

A developer's request for the Peachtree City Council to create a Seniors Facility Authority will be considered at Thursday night's council meeting.

Blaze guts home at Marnelle Sunday

A local family's residence in Marnelle Mobile Home Park was destroyed by fire May 27.

Seabaugh wants to improve redistricting plans for senate

The process of redrawing Georgia's state Senate district lines will certainly shrink the area Mitch Seabaugh represents.

Collins joins delegation to Russia

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins said trade and defense issues dominated discussions in Moscow last week between Russian officials and a congressional delegation led by U.S. Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert.

United Way announces $263,080 local investment

Twelve programs of seven Fayette County charitable organizations will share $263,080 in funding in this year's United Way investment package.

New water agency sets first meeting

The inaugural meeting of the new Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District will be Monday at 1 p.m. in the Hardin Amphitheater, Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community, 40 Courtland St., Atlanta.

Local DAR celebrates a good year

The Daughters of the American Revolution, Augustin Clayton Chapter, celebrated a year of accomplishments at its annual tea in Fayetteville.

Fayette mother to serve on state council

Gov. Roy Barnes appointed Gina L. Martin of Fayetteville to the Council On Maternal and Infant Health during a formal swearing in ceremony at the Capitol.

Local youth wins Scouts' highest honor

Jessica Kirsch received the highest award in Girl Scouting recently, he Gold Award, at a pinning ceremony in Fayetteville.

Libertarians invite commission hopefuls

Candidates for County Commission Post 3 are invited to make their campaign pitches during the Fayette County Libertarian Party's monthly meeting next week.

Burch students raise money for St. Jude

Burch Elementary School has successfully completed Math-A-Thon, a fund-raising program that benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

National group draws attention to teen driving risks

This week has been proclaimed Teen Driving Safety Week by the National Safety Council.

New garden is for the birds

Students at Burch Elementary School have been busy planning their schoolyard habitat.

Red Cross sets June schedule

The American Red Cross South Metro Service Center will offer the following courses in June:

Police Blotter


An article in the May 30 edition of The Citizen incorrectly stated that construction projects at two Fayette middle schools, for which bids were awarded May 28, were included in the school board's recent bond referendum.

Legal expert to address NAACP

An article in the May 30 edition of The Citizen incorrectly stated that construction projects at two Fayette middle schools, for which bids were awarded May 28, were included in the school board's recent bond referendum.

Prime Timers

Fayette filled with war veterans


This Prime Timer edition is spotlighting just a few of the many Fayette County residents who have served in the Armed Forces over the past 60-plus years. Here are their stories.

The changing face of Atlanta

May was Older Americans Month and the Atlanta region had a lot to celebrate, according to a recent report from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Effects of hearing loss on intimate relationships


In previous issues we reviewed research that indicates hearing loss affects not only communication, but also quality of life and health status.
Long-term care the time to plan is now
Preparing for a long trip should include planning for the unexpected. We plan ahead because we want to make sure the trip is pleasant and as stress-free as possible.
Study says Fayette's a great place to retire
Fayette County is among the state's best retirement places, according to an ongoing study focused on Georgia's quality of life for persons age 50 and over.

Job growth slows, but county's unemployment rate falls

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said this week that the rate of annualized job growth in the metro Atlanta area slowed to 1.8 percent in April, down from 4.9 percent when compared with the same period a year ago.

Technology conference is set for late June

As a leading provider in transportation pricing, data and technology, Peachtree City's SMC3 has announced the dates and location of its 46th annual summer meeting.

New businesses celebrate opening

Peachtree National Bank will conduct ribbon cutting for its new location in Fayetteville at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Burch Road at 5 p.m. Wednesday.


Youth triathlon features local kids at their best

The 10th annual Peachtree City Youth Triathlon was held last Saturday around the Glenloch Recreation Center. 266 children competed in the race, which was divided up into two age divisions. The juniors, ages 7-10, swam 50 yards, biked three miles and ran a half a mile. The seniors, ages 11-15, swam 100 yards, biked six miles and ran one mile. Trophies were awarded to the top three boys and girls in each age division.

Waller returns to county as Sandy Creek girls basketball coach

There will be a new face at Sandy Creek High School this fall, though it will be a familiar face to longtime Fayette County residents.

Local players are in all star soccer game this weekend

Just when you thought the high school soccer season was over, they pull you back in.

Local students earn their Black Belts

Recently, Martial Arts America - East/West Karate Studios, presented black belts to 27 students.


Wild Hearts Show Band becoming local favorites


If you know your country music, you know the Wild Hearts Show Band.
Intern selected to direct story about hapless wolf

Fayette Community Theatre Inc. has offered a director internship program for the past two years.

Along a wistful highway

Blue highways take you to the little towns that are the heart and soul of this country, and, at the risk of sounding country-Western, blue highways are often wistful highways.

Happy Birthday to Me
I turned 26 years old yesterday.

Fulfilling the vision
Religion Columnist

Because Fayette County has experienced consistent growth in the last 15-20 years, new churches have cropped up as if overnight to meet the spiritual needs of a growing population. Our church was one of those "new" churches. Ten years ago this month, through unusual circumstances, the Lord and I started River's Edge Community Church. My wife, Mary Ann, and my daughter, Anna, along with a handful of faithful folks have hung in there with me over these ten years. I am most grateful to them for their continued partnership through all kinds of unbelievable events.

Holy Trinity Church announces expansion plans

Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City has announced plans for expansion of its facilities over the next five years. Plans have been drawn and approved and a fund-raising campaign has been launched entitled, "Doing the Work of the Lord: Holy Trinity's Plan for Expansion." The goal is to raise a minimum of $3 million.

Christ Our Shepherd launches new contemporary service

Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City will begin a new worship service next Sunday, June 10, on a trial basis for the summer at least.

Heritage Harvest sets VBS for July

Heritage Harvest Church in Fayetteville will have its Vacation Bible School Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27 from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The theme is "Jesus to the Rescue."



Politics and rain on a Friday morning

What a joyous thing rain is!

El Niños, Rhinos, and party loyalties
One Citizen's Perspective

So this is the week that the U.S.S. Washington will list dramatically to the left. You can almost hear the ship's furniture as it shifts slowly at first, but comes crashing in the end to a big political heap to be sorted and righted by Sen. Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota), the new Senate majority leader, and his deck hands.

True beauty: Niki Taylor's scar
Laugh Lines

I love scars. I have always been infatuated with them. They speak much more about the depth and soul of a person than some immense stock portfolio (is there such a thing anymore?) or some miniature cell phone.


Ask these questions of commission candidates

Will we have to look (again) for the least bad of five candidates to elect to the Fayette County Commission? Everyone of them has so far made sure we don't know anything about what he knows or what he thinks about county government. When my neighbors ask me who I suggest they vote for, I have no answer; when I ask them the same thing, they have no answer. Look for a low turnout on June 19. The message, I suspect, will be citizen disgust.

Doctor: D.A. 'condones, enables false allegations' in child abuse cases

I am writing this letter to appear in your Letters column. I must admit to being extremely surprised to read in your Wednesday, May 23, 2001, edition that the recent high-profile child molestation trial of the Wheelers ended in a deadlocked jury and mistrial on all of the major charges and allegations against these parents.

Tax 'cut' a farce; GOP lacks backbone to stop spending

Someone give Mr. Charles G. James an award for realizing the truth behind this so-called tax cut!

Open letter to Peachtree City residents and businesses:

It just seems to get better and better, doesn't it? The more you hear and read about our community's problems and concerns, the more unbelievable it gets, and the more ridiculous our situation becomes.

The Mayor, the Developer and a big box bad dream

Since the Wal-Mart proposal was only passed because of its supposed ability to pass the traffic impact ordinance, the project should now be denied since RAM is in violation of that ordinance. Perhaps Councilwoman Carol Fritz will recall the vote since she was on the winning side of the Wal-Mart approval.

Who elected them to speak for us?

I find myself grasping for the right words to write when I read some person presuming to speak for me. I refer to last week's letter by Amy Riley.

Candidate promises better communications with cities

One of the main reasons I decided to run for the County Commission was because of my desire to increase the level of cooperation and to lower the level of rhetoric between the County Government and the City Government in the county. I talked about this issue in the press release that announced my candidacy and I have talked about it in the literature I have been giving out.

School dress code not unreasonable

We are a group of middle school teachers who feel strongly that the letter from Ms. Greer about the dress code needs to be addressed. Parents need to realize the concerns we have toward the clothing choices a few of our students make. As parents ourselves, we have shopped for girls and boys for many years, and we know, for a fact, that proper attire is available at all of the stores mentioned in her letter.

Prosecution of father is ludicrous

Thank goodness the [Fayette State Court] jurors stayed deadlocked in the ludicrous politically correct case of Clayton Black. Since when does one "dope-slap" deserve to land the father in court? I hope Mr. Black decides to counter-sue.

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