The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, July 4, 2001


Green light for PTC Wal-Mart?

The status of the Wal-Mart/Home Depot retail project on Ga. Highway 54 west near the Planterra Ridge subdivision will be discussed at Thursday night's Peachtree City Council meeting.

County Line/McDonough roads' traffic woes continue

Motorists fighting heavy congestion at the intersection of County Line and McDonough roads won't get relief anytime soon.

Dunn opposes big generating plant on north Fayette border

Fayette County has "a big problem on our hands" in a proposed power plant on the county border, says County Commission Chairman Greg Dunn.

Candidates hoping for turnout Tuesday

Two Fayette countians will be hard at work this Fourth of July shaking hands and kissing babies.

Jailers failed to help inmate, wrongful death suit alleges

The parents of an inmate who died after a scuffle at the Fayette County Jail in August have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county, Sheriff Randall Johnson and the officers who took part in subduing the inmate.

Girlfriend arrested for hiring men to beat up live-in boyfriend during home invasion

A Fayetteville man was tied up and beaten at a Woodbyne Drive home last week in a home invasion plot hatched by his girlfriend, police say.

Overlay for Hwy. 85 south, 54 east to be studied

Special architectural standards for Ga. Highway 54 west and other high-traffic corridors are doing such a good job of preserving a residential look that the idea should be expanded to other corridors, said county Commissioner A.G. VanLandingham.

Private companies interested in Fayette/PTC public safety frequencies could fund new radio system

Two private communications companies interested in Fayette County and Peachtree City's public safety frequencies may be the link to a brand-new radio system at little or no cost to local taxpayers.

Photos shed light, raise questions in big cat mystery

Reports of a large wild cat in Peachtree City spotted near the Three Ponds area have been confirmed ... somewhat.

Cable upgrade almost ready for some here

Thousands of Fayette County residents will soon have new fiber optic cable television service available to them, according to a spokesman for AT&T Broadband.

Antilitter group ponders future without county funding

What will become of Keep Fayette Beautiful is a question the organization's staff and volunteers will be kicking around in the coming weeks.

PTC seeks dismissal of federal suit over 'illegal entry'

Attorneys representing Peachtree City and three police officers are asking a federal judge for summary judgment in a lawsuit against them which claims the officers illegally entered a residence and arrested three family members.

Wieland, Master Gardeners cooperate to save rare trees

Recently John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods and members of the Master Gardeners of Fayette County worked together to transplant several rare big leaf magnolia trees from Lakeside on Redwine subdivision in Fayette County to the gardeners' homes.

Wreck at Hwy. 54, Gingercake flips car, injuring two

Two people were injured in a wreck involving an overturned vehicle at the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Gingercake Road Monday afternoon.

Racetrac appeal to be heard tomorrow

Developers seeking to build a convenience store and gas station on Ga. Highway 85 next to Lowe's in Fayetteville are still working with the City Council, but they have a few conditions to meet.

Baseball field to be lighted

Starr's Mill High School is one step closer to having a lighted baseball field.

Driver's license office to move

Fayette residents may find it more convenient to get a driver's license in the future.

Huddleston teachers and administrators learn about Georgia's new accountability measures

Georgia's House Bill 1187 is bringing many changes to public school systems.

Local volunteers honored by Red Cross

Two Fayette County residents have been honored for outstanding volunteer work with the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross.

YMCA gets grant for summer program

The Fayette Family YMCA has received a $5,000 JCPenney Out-of-School grant to serve more youths in its summer programs.

Flat Rock school sets registration

Flat Rock Middle School has planned new student registration Monday, July 9 for this fall.

Local businesses team up to help Fayette Council on Domestic Violence

J93.3 radio and Gold's Gyms of Fayette County have teamed up to help the Fayette County Council on Domestic Violence by selling bottled water.

Tax assessments are here

You should get your tax assessment notice in the mail this week if you haven't gotten it already.

Special ed plan under review

Fayette County School System has completed its special education comprehensive plan and presented it to the Board of Education for review.

Report says the water's fine

Water produced by the Fayette County Water System continues to meet or exceed state and federal standards for levels of contamination, according to a report released last week.

Police Blotter

Prime Timers

Legion, VFW bring veterans together


While you will find veterans in every civic and charitable organization in Fayette County, the American Legion Post 105 in Fayetteville and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9949 in Peachtree City are made up entirely of veterans.

Local speaker shares facts about Alzheimer's

More than four million Americans, including about 180,000 Georgians suffer from Alzheimer's disease.


Foundation wants Atlanta region to connect more

If the term "social capital" doesn't yet ring a bell, it soon will.

Aberdeen Woods walks proud for March of Dimes

Aberdeen Woods Conference Center in Peachtree City exceeded its goal by raising $9,339 for this year's March of Dimes WalkAmerica.

Heritage Bank hires banking veteran as vice president

Heritage Bank has hired Carol Johnson to serve as vice president and her responsibilities include business development officer and commercial lender.

Mattress company has new manager

Dave Choppa, owner of Atlanta area Original Mattress Factory stores, announced recently that Dan Campbell has been promoted to store manager in Fayetteville.


Fayette Flames run some of their best times at DeKalb meet

Eight members of the Fayette Flames summer track team participated in the DeKalb Youth Games Track and Field Invitational held at Panthersville Stadium in Decatur last weekend. The meet, which was attended by over 1,000 athletes, was an ideal opportunity for the team to compete against some of the most competitive youth athletes from the US and the Bahamas. The team also had the opportunity to talk with former Olympic athletes Mel Pender (1968 Olympics), who was also the meet coordinator, Isabel Holston (1956 Olympics) and Bob Beamon (1967 Olympics).

Hunter safety course offered soon

The Fayette County Marshal's Office will offer the Georgia hunter education safety course July 17-19 from 6-10 both nights.

New coaches offer basketball camp at FCHS

The Fayette County All Star basketball camp will run July 9 ­ 13 at Fayette County High School gym.

PTC and Brooks team up for fall ball registration

PTC and Brooks team up for fall baseball registrationFall baseball is right around the corner and Peachtree City Little League and Brooks Little League will have joint registrations at the Baseball and Soccer Complex on Ga. Highway 74 south in Peachtree City July 13 from 5-8 p.m. and July 14 from 4-8 p.m.

Rising Starr squad has a lot to cheer about

The Rising Starr Middle School cheerleaders recently attended the NCA Cheerleader Camp in Gatlinburg, Tenn.

Sports Calendar


Plenty of ways to celebrate Independence Day


Happy Fourth of July. Today, you should have the day off.

Examining the history of the holiday

Today, America is 225 years old. Heck, if you ask me, we don't look a day over 200.

The 4th of July - The day of deliverance

Celebrating the Fourth of July is not optional, you know.

Summer camp presents 'Pied Piper of Hamelin' for free at Sams Auditorium

Fayette-Coweta Family Theatre Inc. and A Company of Friends Drama Production Camp will present two free performances of the one-act musical "The Pied Piper of Hamelin" Saturday, July 7, at 2:30 and 4 p.m. at Sams Auditorium in Fayetteville.


Rehearsals underway for interactive 'Tale of Sleeping Beauty'

Offshoot Productions' summer musical presentation, "A Tale of Sleeping Beauty," is currently in rehearsal for its opening July 20.

Rewriting our glorious history


Members of the Continental Congress gathered in Philadelphia over 225 summers ago and signed the Declaration of Independence. The document was authored by Thomas Jefferson and includes this famous quote:


The Church is responsible for our 'moral mess'
Religion Columnist

The patriot in me says, "If the United States of America becomes a fallen country;" but, the spiritual realist in me says, "When the United States of America becomes a fallen country, no one will hold responsibility for the fall save the church alone." God will hold the church and the church alone, accountable for the total moral collapse of this great nation.

Volunteers sought for Habitat 'blitz' project

Members of the Peachtree City United Methodist Church are seeking volunteers to help them build their fourth Habitat For Humanity house. The "Blitz Week" project is scheduled for the week of July 14-21. Habitat committee chair at the Peachtree City church is Kim Dutweiler. "Blitz Boss" is Joe Runnals and day boss is Mark Creviston.

Flat Rock invites community to 147th anniversary celebration this Sunday

Flat Rock A.M.E. Church invites the community to join in its 147th anniversary celebration this Sunday with worship, food and historical tours of the property.

RECC offers summer reading program

River's Edge Community Church, in conjunction with the Mustard Seed Foundation, will offer a free summer reading program Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for students entering second through fifth grades.

Abundant Life Worship Center to present 'Tim & Lauren' in gospel concert July 8

Gospel singing duo "Tim & Lauren" will appear in a free concert at Abundant Life Worship Center Sunday, July 8, at 10:45 a.m.

VBS Schedule

Fayette, Coweta, invited to join Henry in 'Stand Up for Jesus' parade

Local pastors and community leaders in Henry County are inviting church and civic groups in surrounding areas to join in their "Stand Up for Jesus" parade, Saturday, Sept. 8 in McDonough.

Lutheran School receives gift-matching funds

Aid Association for Lutherans recently presented $5,050 to St. Paul Lutheran School in Peachtree City, through the AAL Member Gift-Matching Program. The total reflects AAL's matched portion of contributions received from members during the first quarter of 2001.



The 4th of July: Celebrating Day of Deliverance

Celebrating the Fourth of July is not optional, you know.

Where does a 500-lb. canary put a runway?

Have you noticed the deafening silence of the Sierra Club and the federal Environmental Protection Agency concerning Hartsfield Airport's fifth runway?

Memories of a friend who died young
One Citizen's Perspective

When the parents of one of my closest college friends asked me to write down some things that I remembered about their daughter, I was honored to be asked, but found myself suddenly without words. How do you describe a friendship that spanned 12 years to parents who desperately want to know their daughter a little better?

Feel superior: See 'Annie'
Laugh Lines

Of all the songs that make me think of the current human condition in America, it's "A Hard Knock Life." Well, maybe not, but this is my second all-time favorite showtune behind "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina."


God and the 4th: Listen to our Founding Fathers

In recent days we have heard a lot about religious liberty issues. For example, the ACLU recently filed a federal lawsuit demanding that a Ten Commandments monument be removed from the lawn of a county courthouse. There are other issues in the courts concerning Bible clubs on campus, student-led prayer at graduations, and removing "In God We Trust" from U.S. currency.

Fayette's zoning laws subjective, arbitrary, confiscatory; what about rights?

I am sick and tired of hearing about Fayette County zoning from Bob Craft and his like. Consider the following.

Dissent is American way

Bill Aleshire's letter derided Steve Brown for not finding positive things about "the members of the governing body of this country and great city." He better get his shots in before it is Mayor Brown and Mr. Aleshire finds himself guilty of the same "atrocity."

Mayoral candidate Wellman: Raise tone of debate

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish my fellow citizens a happy and safe Independence Day holiday. Since I announced my candidacy for mayor of Peachtree City two weeks ago it has been both exciting and humbling to meet so many nice people who support my candidacy, or who don't, but are willing at least to talk to me and tell me their concerns.

A lament against the thieves of the night . . .

The Thieves of the Night

Maybe we need 'Lawyer's Day' to celebrate attorneys

I read the letter from Mr. Claude Paquin [The Citizen Letters, June 27] and had a hard time keeping down my breakfast.

Want to stop tree cutting? Then pay us for the trees

So, [Fayette County Planning Commissioner] Fred Bowen thinks it's OK to tell property owners that trees can't be cut within 25, or maybe even 50 feet of our property lines because, "Fayette County is not a farming community."

'AI' raises some uncomfortable issues

I thought "AI" was a mind-blowing social commentary. It used the most advanced computer-generated effects to say humans contain boundless evil, but could evolve robots to embody their highest ideals and redeem their legacy. It was a warning, and it was great. It was also disturbing.

Reporter put spin on power plant story

[Re: "Will proposed power plant pollut Fayette?" The Citizen, June 27]. My impression was that the reporter doesn't like power plants, and that all he had to do was to quote what others of like mind stated, especially [Fayette County Commission Chairman Greg] Dunn.

We need a strong patient's bill of rights now

Back in 1988, fresh from Germany and a few days into my pediatric residency at Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, I converged with dozens of other residents to the benefits office to select a health insurance plan, one of three offered by my employer.

Back To TopBack to the Citizen Home Page