The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, July 25, 2001


Fayette's road projects remain on back burner

Don't expect progress anytime soon on federally funded road projects in Fayette County.

Rapson: Trim PTC's budget

Cutting Peachtree City's proposed 2002 budget won't be easy, but it is necessary, argues Councilman Steve Rapson.

Planners: Let's annex 80 acres into PTC

A request from John Wieland Homes to annex 80 acres into Peachtree City off the western side of MacDuff Parkway is one step closer to becoming reality.

Planners eye how to squeeze out more green space by squeezing in more homes

You say you want more green space?

Commission to decide fate of historic Fayette home

The controversial request to turn one of Fayette's oldest homes into a shopping center will be the first order of business to face the county's newest commissioner tomorrow night.

Neighborhood associations band together in N. Fayette

More than 20 neighborhood associations in north Fayette County have joined forces in hopes of developing a more effective voice in dealing with issues in the area.

State rep. to Williams: Send experts to meeting

South Fulton state Rep. Sharon Beasley-Teague is asking Williams Corp. to bring plenty of experts to a meeting she will host Aug. 7.

New Hope Road rezoning to get scrutiny

Developer Mukut Gupta will try to convince county commissioners Thursday night that his 40.5 acres on Old Senoia Road at Harp Road should have more homes than the current zoning allows.

Local 14-year-old faces adult charges for statutory rape, aggravated child molestation

A local 14-year-old boy will be tried as an adult on charges of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation.

Local probation officers keep tabs on criminals with home visits, drug tests

Fayette County's state probation officers may not wear snazzy uniforms with shiny badges, but they play integral roles in the local criminal justice system.

Fayette DA joins Republicans, abandoning Democratic party

Fayette County District Attorney Bill McBroom has officially switched to the Republican party.

Rezoning for PTC restaurant denied

A rezoning request to allow a custom frame shop to be converted into a restaurant has been denied by the Peachtree City Council.

Substitute teacher policy revised

The Fayette County School System is continuing to update its policy concerning substitute teachers, after an incident last year that resulted in the arrest of a substitute.

Fayetteville historic district on back burner

Residents of downtown Fayetteville were assured by the City Council Thursday night that a proposed historic preservation district would not be enacted anytime soon.

Homeowners on private streets in PTC will get city's expertise

Peachtree City homeowners living on privately owned streets will be getting some help from the city in maintaining those streets.

Kedron Creek name OK'd by PTC Council

A proposal to name a tributary in Peachtree City as Kedron Creek has been endorsed by the City Council.

PTC will fund off-duty personnel for local air show

To help with this year's Wings Over Dixie Air Show and Festival at Falcon Field, the Peachtree City Council has set aside more than $21,000 to pay off-duty police officers, firefighters and EMTs.

Warr honored by Atlanta group

Enlight Atlanta, an organization devoted to ending bias and harassment based on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity in Atlanta area schools, presented an award to Fayette County High School principal Dr. Charles Warr July 13 for what it called "the courage and commitment to his students to stop harassment based on sexual orientation."

Fair vendor sign-ups set

Exhibitor applications for the 2001 Fayette County Kiwanis Fair are now available by mailing a request to P.O. Box 814, Fayetteville, GA 30214, or phone Larry Adams at 770-461-8579, Ron McCurry at 770-461-5519, or the fair office at 770-719-3530.

Administration Medicare improvement plan a positive development, says Collins

The Bush Administration's Medicare proposals offer a chance to improve and strengthen the program, Rep. Mac Collins said last week.

MHS graphic arts students compete nationally

Graduating senior Melvin Bruce has earned McIntosh High School's first national award in career and technical student organization competition in the 37th National Leadership and Skills Conference and Skills USA Championships in Kansas City, Mo.

PSC restricts BellSouth marketing

The Public Service Commission has approved an interim order prohibiting BellSouth from engaging in so-called "win back" activities for seven days once a customer switches to another local telephone service provider.

Red Cross needs blood

Facing summer blood shortages, the American Red Cross has teamed up with the Atlanta Falcons to recruit blood donors in the annual drive Thursday, Aug. 9 through Saturday, Aug. 11, noon to 5 p.m.

Police Blotter

Health Wise

Religious involvement in childhood
Child's Play

I have always avoided formal discussions of religious issues in this column and leave those issues for the columnists in the religion section. I have my own religious beliefs, but the purpose of my column is family and children's issues.

Getting your child ready for school
We here at the Health Department hope that our fellow Fayette Countians are enjoying a wonderful, safe, and exciting summer vacation. Unfortunately, all summers must make way for fall at some point, and all too soon the school year approaches.
State agency addresses mental health issues

The Division of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse serves people of all ages and those with the most severe mental illnesses, mental retardation and substance abuse problems.

'Light the Night' walk set for Sept. 22

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's First Annual "Light the Night" Walk will take place September 22 and organizers are looking for participants to begin team and individual recruitment efforts now.

'Take two trees and call me in the morning'

You won't hear your doctor dispense this prescription, but the Georgia Forestry Commission wants to advise you that trees and products made from trees are an important component in many of the pharmaceuticals and health-related products you use every day.

SRMC providing free immunizations for children

Southern Regional Medical Center is partnering with the Clayton County Board of Health to provide free immunizations and hearing, vision and dental screenings to area children Thursday, Aug. 2, 6-9 p.m. in the Education Auditorium at the hospital.

It's important to understand what's going on

Do you enjoy being around people as much as you used to?

West Nile virus found in south Georgia bird

A crow infected with West Nile virus was found in Lowndes County, Georgia. The bird was found by a citizen July 6 and died July 7.


Former carpet showroom on auction block tomorrow

Fayette investors wanting to get a potential deal on a new office site should head toward Ga. Highway 314 tomorrow.


Fayetteville sprinter wins race in Florida as precursor to Georgia Games

Al Gibbs, assistant sprinter coach for the Peachtree City Flash and also an assistant for the Fayette Flames youth track teams, has been gearing up all summer for the Georgia Games, which were played over the weekend.

Tennis games, demonstrations set for festival Sat. at PTC Tennis Center

The Georgia Tennis Association's 2001 Georgia Tennis Festival will be at the Peachtree City Tennis Center Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.

Flames turn hot at Georgia Games

The Fayette Flames summer youth track team brought back seven medals this past weekend after competing in the Georgia Games championship meet at Life University in Marietta.

McIntosh golfer signs with Andrew College

Brandon Ring, 2001 McIntosh High School graduate, has accepted a golf scholarship and signed a letter of intent to play at Andrew College.

Sports Calendar


Pioneer of rock, Chuck Berry, graces the stage in PTC


Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines rock 'n' roll as popular music usually played on electronically amplified instruments and characterized by a persistent heavily accented beat, much repetition of simple phrases, and often country, folk and blues elements.

Sports stars on hand to open Just For Feet

Fayette Family YMCA will benefit from a private party Saturday to celebrate the opening of Just for Feet's 91st store, at Fayette Pavilion.

Musical theater classes offered

Musical theater classes will be offered at The Studio in Fayetteville beginning Monday, Aug. 13.

The Catholics are coming! The Catholics are coming!

Everything's relative, of course.

Library's annual concert features prominent baritone

Accomplished bass/baritone J. Robert Adams and pianist Sandra Lutters will fill the bill for Fayette County Public Library's annual summer concert Thursday.

Art, craft show set

Local artists and crafters are invited to enter Griffin Main Street's Arts, Crafts & Antiques Festival, set for Oct. 27 in downtown Griffin.

You'll scream for free ice cream

Sundaes in the Shade, an old-fashioned ice cream social, will be hosted by the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City Sunday, Aug. 5 from 4 - 6 p.m. at 206 Willowbend Road.

Jazz on the menu at Spivey Hall


Calling all jazz afficionados!


Guide opens Georgia's walking trails

Residents in Fayette County have plenty of paths made for walking at their disposal, but sometimes a change of scenery would be nice.

Georgia Shakespeare Festival announces 2001 season

Genius, jealousy and good times take center stage as Georgia Shakespeare Festival presents its 16th season of the world's best stories performed by one of the country's strongest acting ensembles.

Film series continues

The Atlanta History Center is offering the Summer Sizzles Film Series starting this Friday with the film "Body Heat."



How about a piece of humble pie?
Religion Columnist

It seems today that the church serves as a platform to distinguish the haves from the have-nots, contrary to its intentional moorings. Read on.

Local minister participates in service of 'Liturgy for the Pre-born' outside Atlanta abortion clinic

Father David Epps, rector of Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church in Peachtree City, recently joined with clergy from around the state to conduct a Liturgy for the Pre-born in downtown Atlanta across the street from an abortion clinic.

Inman Methodist Church will offer evangelism revival weekend Aug. 3

Inman United Methodist Church will host a series of evangelistic meetings Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3, 4, and 5, featuring sermons by the Rev. Doug Burrell, Inman's pastor, on how to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Religion Briefs

PTC Church of Christ VBS set for July 28

The Peachtree City Church of Christ will have Vacation Bible School Saturday, July 28 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.



Bush's latest idea violates Hay's law

My first publisher, a wise man named Tom Hay, once told me that it's OK to make people mad, as long as you don't make everybody mad at once.

Empowerment zone ought to help those who persevered
One Citizen's Perspective

With former President Bill Clinton scheduled to move into his newly renovated 14th story, 8,300-square-foot office space in Harlem this week, most media sources will focus on the obvious, that the new economic Harlem renaissance is a modern day Cinderella story.

Spamming the globe . . .
Laugh Lines

The spam, these days, is sizzling like a car full of trailer park kids, waiting for their mom in the Wal-Mart parking lot. Even though Britney Spears really wasn't in a car wreck and the Queen of England didn't turn out to be into "Big Bad Mommas" magazine, there are still plenty of items to spoof.


Power plant 'facts' a little smoky themselves

Subject: "Power plant story gets facts, figures wrong" [from Fulton Energy Co. spokesman Dan Skizim, Letters to the Editor, The Citizen, July 18].

Rapson right to oppose tax hike in PTC budget

I witnessed some authentic fiscal leadership from Councilman Steve Rapson at the July 19 Peachtree City Council budget workshop meeting. Rapson is a natural-born number cruncher, and he made some excellent points at the workshop. Unfortunately the other three council members present (Dan Tennant was out of town) took a dim view of Rapson's positions.

Abortion decision is not so simple and not so safe

This letter is in response to Suzanne Sports' letter to the editor July 11. I am convinced that men such as Father David Epps (in The Citizen Review, July 6) does very much understand what an agonizing decision it is to seek an abortion and the horrific circumstances that accompany it. Also, along with that he fully recognizes that abortion is the taking of a human life.

Where's the compassion in abortion debate?

It's been about 10 years now since I wrote a letter in response to an accusation in a local paper that pro-choice individuals were baby-killers. At that time I received quite a few extremely frightening phone calls from pro-life individuals; hence my request to have my name withheld from my letter. Call me a coward and I'll wear the tag because those people scared me.

Fayette principal gets award for stopping student harassment of gay teen

On Friday evening, July 13, Enlight Atlanta presented an award to Dr. Charles Warr, the Fayette County principal who had the courage and commitment to his students to stop harassment based on sexual orientation. A recent survey by Enlight Atlanta exposed the prevalence of sexual orientation and gender identity harassment in Atlanta area schools.

Lack of child health care is an American shame

Three readers' response to my July 4 call for a strong Patients' Bill of Rights had been posted in The Citizen (I am sure you know in the end the Senate passed a relatively strong bill).

Dentists keep us waiting, but don't dare keep them waiting

We all have to face little ups and downs; that's just life. Sometimes some of our doctors and dentists refuse to accept these ups and downs and charge us for being late or missing an appointment and never mention how many times we have been kept waiting for them.

AT&T's auto-pay fee is wrong

AT&T's auto-pay fee is wrong

Sallie's column brings back memories

I enjoyed [The Citizen columnist Sallie Satterthwaite's] reminiscence of Jim Hudson. He was a wonderful man, although one time I wanted to wring his neck.

Answer to poverty is not more government spending, but less

The real problem with poverty is that it defies definition or so it would seem as we continue to lower the bar just at the time we seem to be catching up with it.


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