The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, July 18, 2001


PTC City Manager: Raise taxes 24%

To cover a projected $1.15 million increase in Peachtree City's budget, the City Council is being asked to approve a 23.7 percent hike in property taxes for the 2002 fiscal year.

F'ville cops handcuffed in fighting crime?

A dramatic carjacking last week at the Fayette Pavilion Wal-Mart gave rise to speculation about whether crime is on the increase in local retail areas, and whether police are being given the resources to keep up.

Residents, landowners wary of proposed F'ville historic district

Some people in Fayetteville are worried that a proposed new historic preservation district could cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars in property values.

Amphitheater eyed for Fayetteville

Move over Peachtree City Fayetteville may soon have its own amphitheater.

Forum on West Nile virus is next week

Could the West Nile virus invade Fayette County?

Jonesboro man charged with punching F'ville police officer

A Jonesboro man faces numerous criminal charges after he fought with a Fayetteville police officer who was conducting a traffic stop, police said.

Convicted molester seeking a new trial

A man convicted in March of child molestation is asking for a new trial.

Planners eye cluster development

Should Fayette County allow more "conservation subdivisions," clustering homes closer together in order to provide more green space?

Seabaugh plans transportation town hall meeting

If you want to know what the future holds in store for transportation in Fayette County, state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh has a meeting for you.

Miller to appoint visiting judge in tax equity case

A visiting judge will decide whether to dismiss three Fayette cities' request for mandatory mediation of their tax equity dispute with Fayette County.

Pfeifer's ready to go, but he'll take it slow

Peter Pfeifer says he knows he has a lot to learn, but he's ready to get started.

State-funded paving projects approved

Georgia Transportation Commissioner Tom Coleman has approved preparation of contracts to resurface 11.8 miles on 19 roads in Fayette County, six streets in Fayetteville, six streets in Peachtree City and three streets in Tyrone.

Over a week later, Wal-Mart carjacking supect still critical

The suspect who wrecked a Ford Explorer after carjacking the vehicle from the Fayette Pavilion Wal-Mart last week remained in critical condition Tuesday morning at Southern Regional Medical Center.

Fayette curches building Habitat home for physically challenged man

For 20 years David Wolfork battled crime as a law enforcement officer in Griffin.

School council training set

School councils for Braelinn Elementary, Whitewater Middle and Starr's Mill high schools will participate in a system-wide school council training July 30 at the Board of Education offices in the LaFayette Educational Center, 205 LaFayette Ave., Fayetteville.

Rep. Collins visits U.S. troops in Bosnia

Rep. Mac Collins, who represents Fayette County, visited Bosnia this past weekend on a four-day trip to see how Georgia's National Guardsmen are faring during their peacekeeping mission in the war-torn Balkan nation.

Annual 'Fayette Portraits' issued

Issue number 14 of "Fayette Portraits" has been issued with 26 Fayette countians being featured.

Cable company offers automated bill pay

AT&T Broadband®, metropolitan Atlanta's primary provider of Broadband services, has announced that it recently began offering new automated payment options for customers.

Southland always looking for new voices

They weren't in their usual spiffy attire, but the melodious sounds were still the same.

Police Blotter

Dining Guide

Grand Buffet offers international selection

A wide combination of cuisine is available under one roof at Grand Buffet VII in Fayetteville's Banks Crossing shopping center.

Cooling down this summer
Food Critic

Well, summer really arrived this week with the familiar haze and humidity that sums up a summer in Georgia.


Peachtree City CEO living her dream

Cecelia Vaughn worked in the industrial nursing field behind a desk in the corporate sector -- for Keebler and Sherwin-Williams.

Fayetteville resident named state's top engineer

The Georgia Society of Professional Engineers recently awarded Tammy Griffin of Fayetteville the 2000-2001 Engineer of the Year Award at the annual summer meeting in Savannah.


Flames prepare for the Georgia Games

Members of the Fayette Flames youth track team will be running in the Georgia Games July 20 and 21 at Life University in Marietta.

Gym South gymnasts perform well for Team Georgia

Girl gymnasts from Gym South of Fayetteville performed well during the American Athletic Union's National Gymnastic Meet in Atlanta recently, with two first place medals and several girls placing in overall competition.

Registration has begun for PTC Classic Road Race

Organizers this year are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Peachtree City Classic 15K and 5K road races.

Show for deer hunters this weekend

Sportsmen and sportswomen should mark their calendars now for this weekend's South Atlanta Deer Hunters Spectacular.

Sandy Creek volleyball begins new season

The fall season of high school athletics is right around the corner. In fact, the Sandy Creek Lady Patriots volleyball team begins conditioning next week.

Sports Calendar


Offshoot presents classic tale of "Sleeping Beauty"


An evil fairy places a curse on a girl that causes her to sleep until she is awoken by a prince.

Pack The park this Saturday and spend time with the family, community

July is National Parks and Recreation Month and in an effort to promote it the Fayette County Recreation Department will offer Pack The Park Saturday, July 21.

Book filled with activites for the family in and around Atlanta

There are still a few more weeks before school starts again and you and your children may have exhausted the local entertainment venues.

Being a matriarch is hard

Breathes there the mom, with soul so dead, who never to herself hath said, "This matriarch stuff is not all it's cracked up to be"?

PTC girl raises funds for Animal Shelter
Emily Long loves animals.

For whom the wedding bell tolls

This will be my last column for a couple of weeks.


Old hymns vs. new songs? The music wars rage on ...
Religion Columnist

Churches are fighting music wars. The first skirmishes were seen in the 1960s as Jesus Freak music began to show up in church on Sunday nights. The youth liked songs like "Pass It On" because they contained contemporary lyrics and a little more beat than "Holy, Holy, Holy."

Nominate your favorite faith-based show for AIB Allen special recognition awards

Do you have a favorite TV show that is not only a quality show, but also one which you think "inspires and uplifts the human spirit?"

Peachtree City Church of God seeks donations of empty printer cartridges

Members of the Peachtree City Church of God are seeking local businesses to "adopt" their church for a recycling program that offers free playground equipment for the children in exchange for empty laser and inkjet cartridges.

Open Door Baptist to host The Bishops

Open Door Baptist Church in Senoia will present its third gospel concert of the year with a performance by The Bishops scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m.

VBS Schedules

National Heights plans Camp Meeting

Members of National Heights Baptist Church will have their annual Camp Meeting Sunday, July 29, at 10:55 a.m., during the regular Sunday worship service. Favorite hymns selected by the congregation will be sung.



Health care: Philosophies drive debate

Let's explore a little further this idea of the government as cradle-to-grave care giver.

Destroying people to save people . . .?
One Citizen's Perspective

It probably was a surprise to few last week when scientists at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Norfolk, Va., spoke publicly about being the first group in the world to create embryos for the sole purpose of harvesting stem cells for use in medical research.

Cats vs. dogs: 2nd oldest war
Laugh Lines

The battle over which animal is better, the cat or the dog, is as old as time, or at least as old as jokes about how George W. Bush is so dumb. Some people are cat people, some people are dog people. Rarely is anyone, other than a naive child, both.


Power plant story got facts, figures wrong

I want to correct a series of errors from your previous story on the Fulton Energy Center. First, your story said that our facility would be "the largest power plant in the country."

People depending on paper to cover power plant story

Subject: Williams Energy story.

Anti-power plant rhetoric is getting shrill; how about facts?

All that I am hearing is how bad this power plant is going to be and the rhetoric is getting shriller. The more I hear, the more I think things may be getting carried away.

F'ville Historic District: A lose-lose proposition for landowners, taxpayers

Certainly the Mayor and the Fayetteville City Council are men of honor, character and integrity and intend nothing but the best for the citizens of Fayetteville. However, even those with the best intentions sometimes overlook things. In this case, it's the financial effects on the citizens of Fayetteville that have been overlooked.

Living next to a power plant, you will get the tailpipe

We are residents of western Coweta County, severely and negatively impacted by the construction and operation of the recently completed Tenaska and Dynegy natural-gas-fired merchant power generation plants, operating in Heard County, virtually on the Coweta County line.

Aleshire vs. Brown: Ease up

A couple of Saturdays ago a group of like-minded citizens spent a hot day helping to build a children's playground behind City Hall. Two of the volunteers were Steve Brown and Bill Aleshire.

Wynnmeade, tired of 'stepchild' status, gears up to oppose 107-home addition

Perhaps you missed the very small notice in the local paper concerning yet another planned subdivision on the west side of Peachtree City. If some in the city and the developers have their way, it will be built at the north end of Wynnmeade subdivision.

PTC traffic study based on flawed assumptions

There were a few of us that noticed some flaws in the traffic data gathered in March 2001 by the city's traffic consultant, URS Corp. Many of the figures failed to add up. I began asking what methodology was used to collect the data and the city staff did not know.

Braelinn Baptist will make a good community center

I was very heartened to read in John Munford's article, "Auditorium plans to go before voters," which appeared in the Citizen Review that Peachtree City is seriously considering purchasing the Braelinn Baptist Church for a multiuse community center.

New commissioner Pfeifer says thanks to supporters

I owe my thanks to many people after the election of last Tuesday. First, I'll repeat what I said Tuesday night: I thank the Lord, the voters, my family and all those who helped the campaign.

EMS response time means lives saved

Let's take an objective look at EMS services and response time. When I started work in that field we had nothing but advanced first-aid cards. Our usefulness was, at best, marginal.

Selfish reasons can't justify abortion

I can't help but feel sorry for people like Suzanne Sports [Letters, The Citizen, July 11] who have no regard for human life and are willing to kill their babies for purely selfish reasons.

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