The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, June 13, 2001


Tie vote dooms added EMS slots

In 2000, it took an average of eight minutes, 15 seconds for an ambulance to get to an emergency scene in Fayette County, compared to six minutes 50 seconds in 1999.

PTC OKs fixes for 54­74

Instead of waiting for the Wal-Mart/Home Depot developer to build road improvements for the Ga. Highway 54/74 intersection, the Peachtree City Council has approved funding five short-term road improvements for the area.

Fines, jail time part of new county water law

Residents who violate Fayette County's new ordinance governing outdoor watering would be subject to fines up to $1,000 or up to six months in jail, or both.

5 head into last days of county commission race

Fayette County voters will choose from among five candidates for County Commission Post 3 in a special election to replace Commissioner Harold Bost Tuesday, June 19, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

County eyes $65.25 million budget

Fayette County will pay off the mortgage if county commissioners approve the $65.25 million budget proposed by staff.

Discussion of separate judicial circuit continues

Talk of trying to make Fayette County into its own judicial circuit has, so far, not progressed beyond the discussion stage.

Burger King hit second time by armed robbers

For the second time in less than a month, an armed robbery has been reported at Fayetteville's Burger King.

P&Z likes SprintCom's new tower plan

Adding ten feet to the height of an existing communications tower is better than building a new tower.

Tyrone to fight Callaway judgment

The legal maneuvering between the town of Tyrone and developer John Callaway will continue.

No tax hike for Tyrone

Tyrone's proposed budget for next year is going up, but taxes will remain the same.

Candidates field questions in forums

Although the length of time for campaigning is much shorter than usual, the public has been provided more opportunities than usual to hear the views of candidates for County Commission Post 3.

At 109, Miss Lizzie joins the UDC

"Miss Lizzie" McEachern Brown, at the tender age of 109, was asked to join an organization that is just a few years younger than she.

Finalists selected for Governor's Honors program

While most Fayette County students will be enjoying time away from school this summer, some students will continue their learning experiences as they participate in the 2001 Georgia Governor's Honors program.

Wells leaving Battered Women's Council post

Fayette County Commissioner Linda Wells will retire from her position as director of the Fayette County Council on Battered Women effective June 30.

Collins to address GED grads

More than 100 students from Fayette County will be among those receiving GED certificates from Griffin Technical College Saturday in a ceremony at 2 p.m. at the First Assembly of God Church on Ga. Highway 92 south.

PSC approves $44.6 Million refund for Georgia Power customers

The Public Service Commission today approved a $44.6 million refund for Georgia Power customers effective for the July billing cycle. The Commission ordered refund would be approximately $10.33 for the average residential user provided that he or she was an active customer of Georgia Power on January 2, 2001. The Commission's order in Georgia Power's 1998 rate case requires that the refund be made because the utility is earning more than its allowed return on equity.

Police Blotter

Real Estate

Swim-tennis communities offer value, convenience for families

Builders and developers know that it often takes more than just a house to attract today's home buyer.

Choosing a quality builder

Whether you are buying a condominium, a townhouse, a single-family home in a subdivision or a custom built house, you want to know that you are buying a good quality home from a reputable builder.

Historical Concepts working on Florida project

Thanks to a talented group of building and design professionals, the fourth annual Coastal Living Idea Houses in WaterColor, Arvida's new Southern coastal community in Florida's Great Northwest, are well underway.

Kedron Estates launched in Peachtree City

Local homebuilders Kenny Johnson and Richard Simms have launched Kedron Estates in Peachtree City, off Loring Lane and Astoria Lane.

Bullard plans Career Night sessions

Tuesday night, June 19, is the date for the next Career Night gathering at the Fayette County office of Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty. The session will start at 6:30 p.m. at the Fayette County office, located at 1968-A Hwy. 54 West, Fayetteville, just east of the Peachtree City limits.

Apple Orchard readies for grand opening

The Apple Orchard, a Dixon Development of "timeless" homes in Fayetteville, is celebrating its Grand Opening Saturday, June 16, from 1-6 p.m.

Deer Creek underway in Union City

Brayson Homes, one of the North Metro area's most active home builders, is entering the Metro South market.

Wilshire Estates offers choice of neighborhoods

Peachtree City's most recent ­and largest ­ new home community is Wilshire Estates, and in this luxurious setting, Centex Homes has created not just one, but several, appealing new neighborhoods.

Forrest Homes makes top 400

Atlanta area-based Forrest Homes Inc., which has corporate offices in Alpharetta and Jonesboro, has just attained inclusion in the top 400 home builders in the United States.

Clark speaks to builders

Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Fayette County Development Authority, was the speaker for the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia's Development Authority Night, held recently at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center.

Piedmont wins 'Street of Dreams' award

Piedmont Homes Inc. was awarded the Best of Show professional award for the Weatherby in the Street of Dreams showcase at Arbor Springs Plantation.

Help prepare your home to sell

According to one saying, the way you live in a home and the way you sell a home are two different things.

Builders give away Harley

Pat McGinty was the winner of the Harley Red Deuce in the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia's annual fund-raiser.

Builders meeting set for tomorrow

The Midwest Georgia Home Builders Association and Sales & Marketing Council organizations will have their first ever joint meeting hursday, June 14, at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center.

Quinones is Knight Group's big winner

Emy Quinones and Joyce Evans Carmichael were the big winners when Jay Knight, president of The Knight Group, announced the winners in the company's 2000 "Knights of the Roundtable" Realtor promotion.

Murphy honored by state WCR

Kathy Murphy of Tri-City Realty Inc. in Fayetteville was named 2000 Georgia Member of the Year by the Women's Council of Realtors. She was honored at the annual WCR awards dinner in Washington, D.C., in May.

Barnes praises Walden Park

Predicting that it will be a shining success, Gov. Roy E. Barnes described Walden Park as a community "which embraces the ideas of conservation so important to the quality of our lives."

Barnes on board at Trotter's Farm

Carolyn Barnes has joined Patricia Sutton on the sales and marketing staff at Trotter's Farm, Forrest Homes' new swim/tennis community on Fayetteville Road in south Fulton County.

Martinez joins PruGeorgia

Prudential Georgia Realty has added Realtor Carlos Martinez to its sales team at the Prudential Peachtree City office at 1971 Hwy. 54 West.

Five join All-Stars

Barbara Pearson, broker/owner of Re/Max Around Atlanta All-Stars in Fayetteville, has announced the addition of several new real estate professionals.

Home Source reps earn designations

Cynthia Cromartie, Susan Fitzgerald, and Nancy Crowe of The Home Source Realtors have received advanced real estate education designations.

Solomon completes GRI course

John Solomon recently completed the Georgia Realtors Institute (GRI) Course III, held at Callaway Gardens Inn in Pine Mountain in February. He received one of the highest scores in a class of 300.


Fayette hospital embarks on expansion

A $10 million bond recently approved by the Fayette County Commission will go a long way toward improving the services at Fayette Community Hospital, officials say.

Chamber Notes


Screamers win a title in paradise

The South Metro Screamers 18 and Under "A" traveling fast pitch softball team returned from Panama City, Fla. last week as champions of the USFA "Fastpitch in paradise" tournament. After dropping the first two games in pool play, the Screamers reeled off four consecutive wins to capture the title.

Georgia State gets a boost from Fayette County athletes

Georgia State University has won the All-Sports trophies for the second consecutive year and for the third time in four years, and several Fayette athletes contributed to that success.

Fayette Flames have a busy summer planned

The Fayette Flames are back on track, summer track that is.

Volleyball camp returns to Landmark for seventh year

For the seventh year in a row, Landmark Christian School in Fairburn will host a summer volleyball camp to be conducted by Bob Bertucci, head coach at Temple University in Philadelphia and a member of the U.S. National Volleyball Team coaching staff.

Shotgun clinic for women offered

Venture Outdoors and the Georgia Department of Naturaa Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) invite women to participate in a shotgun clinic, Saturday, June 23 at the Cherokee Rose Sporting Resort in Griffin. Women have a choice of two classes, 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m.


The Drifters coast into PTC


In 1953, several young men from different gospel groups approached the heads of Atlantic Records with an idea to combine as one super group of gospel singers.

Spend your summer with puppets

Summer might be the best six-letter word there is, but puppet is close behind.

Sneak peek of 'Annie' this weekend at Barnes & Noble

Fayette Community Theatre will feature the combined talents and expertise of director Eileen Baldwin, musical director Millie Turek, and choreographer Jonsie Pollock.

A wistful town on a blue highway

Last week I told you about the basic amenities that river cruisers crave along their watery blue highways: a public dock with cleats, access to a viable downtown, newspapers, perhaps city water within reach.

A legend fills in during a time of need
Michael Boylan was unable to write his column this week, so a special celebrity guest columnist, who must remain unnamed due to contractual obligations, has graciously stepped in.

Picnic for racial unity in Fayetteville this Saturday

The ninth annual Race Unity Picnic will be June 16 from 1-5 p.m. at Church Street Park in Fayetteville.


A hero of faith
Religion Columnist

Had lunch today with one of the great shepherds of Fayette County. He's not a pastor of a mega-church (probably would not want to be), but his ministry has served the test of time like more than 20 years after founding the North Fayette Baptist Church.

Expert to discuss Shroud of Turin at PTC Presbyterian

Russ Breault, founder of the Shroud of Turin Education Project (STEP) will present a multimedia program entitled "The Mystery of the Shroud: A Multi-Media Encounter," at the Peachtree City First Presbyterian Church's Men's Fellowship meeting Sunday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. Breault's presentation, using numerous graphics and visuals, will cover all aspects of the history, science, art and theories of how the image on the historic artifact may have been formed.

New Unity Mission Church will hold services at Abundant Life

Pastor A. Smith Atwater and his wife, Merrian, have begun a new church in Fayette County. Services will be held at the Abundant Life Worship Center in Tyrone.

Mary Clay to be featured speaker at June Women's Aglow meeting

Mary Clay, of LightBearers Ministries, will be the featured speaker at this month's meeting of Women's Aglow Fellowship International, Monday, June 18, at 7 p.m. There will be no Tuesday meeting this month.

VBS Schedule

Ramah Baptist invites community participation in patriotic production

Ramah Baptist invites community participation in patriotic production

Fayetteville UMC plans Weigh Down Workshop for June 20

The Biblically-based Weigh Down Workshop weight loss program will begin at the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church Wednesday, June 20 at 10 a.m. The class lasts 12 weeks and costs $105 for beginners, $55 for second-timers, and is free for third-timers. Fees include the workbook and audio tapes used in the program.



Choosing best 1 from the field of 5 in Tuesday's county race

It's election time in Fayette.

The dark side of the human condition

There is nothing that both horrifies and perplexes me as much as the capacity we humans have for murdering each other.

School system has a year of firsts
Math Coordinator, Fayette County Schools

[Editor's note: The following is the first in a series of monthly columns provided by the Fayette County Board of Education. This month's columnist is Kay Seabolt, the math coordinator for the Fayette County School System. She has been in education for 29 years. Her previous experience includes teaching math at the middle and high school level and being an assistant principal at Fayette County High School.]

To teach, or not to teach: Will I be seen as 'legitimate'?
One Citizen's Perspective

To teach or not to teach. That is the question.

Spamming the summer movies
Laugh Lines

The summer movie season is upon us, and every week I find another great movie coming out that I want to see. Here are my thoughts and recommendations on ones I have already seen and a few I am waiting to see.


A few young people make it tough on all

I am writing in response to a letter in The Citizen a couple of weeks ago entitled, "Teenage vandals making life miserable."

Go to meetings to keep PTC from becoming like Riverdale

I totally agree with Amy Riley ["Tales of traffic and the PTC bubble," May 30]. Frank Hyde [last week] made the comment, "What can we do about the expansion around Huddleston? Nothing."

Paper too often publishes first, checks facts later

Dr. Lazarus [in his letter of June 6] makes an excellent point. There is an absolute tendency to sensationalize reporting and then all too often, check facts later. How terribly unfair to people victimized by screaming headlines that may, or may not be true.

Mayor Lenox's final 2 years one big spending spree; red ink ahead for PTC

I flew into town from my vacation for the June 7 Peachtree City Council meeting. On the agenda under the heading of "New Agenda Items" was listed, "Discuss status of Home Depot/Wal-Mart projects." Do you think it happened?

'I will keep Fayette special'

Fayette County is special. But, any candidate will tell you that. So, I'll explain to you what I mean when I say it.

Memorial Day in PTC: Where was the mayor?

I attended the third annual Peachtree City Memorial Day ceremony with my son, his wife and his two children, and I was very pleased with the whole event, except for one thing.

Council members do their best

I have lived here some 25 years now and have watched this city grow into one of the most beautiful and sought-after places to live in the state of Georgia.

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