The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, August 1, 2001


No need to panic'

The bad news is that the West Nile virus, an infection that can produce encephalitis, is here in north central Georgia.

Man-made mosquitoes' and how to prevent them

How did the Fire Department get involved in this public health story?

Hecht raising money for congressional run

State Sen. Greg Hecht, D-Jonesboro, has raised about $100,000 so far for a political campaign that may never happen, he says.

Westmoreland expects 'surprise attack' in remap

Rep. Lynn Westmoreland knows he is up against it in this week's redistricting session.

Back to school: Dress for success

There's a right way and a wrong way to dress for school when classes get underway Aug. 10.

ARC to look closely at power plant

The Atlanta Regional Commission executive board has voted unanimously to treat a proposed power plant on the south Fulton/Fayette border as a Development of Regional Impact.

County disputes claims of dead inmate's parents

Officials have denied any wrongdoing in the death of an inmate at the Fayette County jail last year which has become the focus of a wrongful death lawsuit.

Ga. Supreme Court agrees to hear Tyrone appeal on Callaway rezoning order

The Georgia Supreme Court has unanimously agreed to hear an appeal from the town of Tyrone stemming from a recent court order requiring it to rezone land for unrestricted commercial use as requested by a developer.

Residents four, developers zero

Fayette County commissioners turned down all four rezoning requests on their agenda last week, including the controversial request for commercial zoning for the historic Peeples house at Ga. Highway 74 and Redwine Road.

Judge appointed in tax equity case

A senior Superior Court Judge has been assigned to decide whether residents of Fayette's cities are overtaxed by the county.

Unruly actions at council meeting can lead to ejection through suggested 'contempt' rules

Months of work to update Peachtree City's charter will likely end Thursday night as the City Council prepares to adopt the final document.

Firemen come to aid of puppies stranded along Highway 314

Four puppies discovered at the side of Ga. Highway 314 north during rush hour Friday morning were saved by two Fayette County firefighters.

Firemen, cops face off in annual battle

A number of public safety agencies in Fayette County are competing against each other for the championship in the annual Public Safety Competition.

Scouts set blood drive Sat.

Kedron Kroger will be the location for the Eagle Scout blood drive Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

No injuries reported in van rollover wreck

No one was injured in an automobile wreck late Thursday afternoon that snarled traffic in front of Fayette Community Hospital.

Juvenile Justice districts changed for better service

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has reorganized its Community Corrections Districts in an effort to develop initiatives that better serve at-risk children and youth throughout the state.

Police Blotter

Back to School

Bursting at the seams

Fayette County is adding a school this year. Well, sort of.

Technology keeps making life better


More technological help for parents and students is coming this year, says Ed Steil, Fayette County School System's director of technology services.

New principals not strangers to Fayette's schools

As students return to class Aug. 10, they may notice a few changes at their schools such as new carpet, fresh paint and additional classrooms, or, in some cases, a new principal.

Looking to transfer?

School system officials are still hopeful that more students will decide to take advantage of a unique transfer opportunity to relieve overcrowding at Fayette County High School, but the response has been light so far.

Schools looking at new report cards


There could be some changes in the way elementary school report cards look in Fayette County this fall.

Board of Education udated on school construction opening

Additions to Fayette County schools currently under construction won't hold up any of Fayette's school openings this year, said Fred Oliver, assistant superintendent of operations.

New teachers get tools for success

While students are enjoying their last days of summer vacation, approximately 200 new Fayette teachers will be attending classes to help prepare them for working and teaching in the county.

Schools set orientation schedules for students and parents

Parents and students who want to meet their teachers and get a preview of the upcoming academic year before the first day of school will have an opportunity to do so during orientation scheduled Aug. 7-9.

After school program waiting list available

Students who didn't get registered for Fayette County's after school program last spring should apply to be on the waiting list starting Aug. 8.

College-bound high school students should register for ACT exam by Aug. 17

The next ACT Assessment will be administered Sept. 22.

Fall sports scheduled to start soon

Another season of high school athletics is upon us and one wonders what the intriguing stories will be this fall.

Still time to apply for arts grants

Schools and organizations with community arts projects are being encouraged to apply for grants through the Grassroots Art Program.

Elementary students to get more instruction time

Fayette's elementary school students will be receiving extra instructional time with the start of the new academic year.

Elementary students to get more instruction time

Helping your child get organized for school will be the aim of a seminar offered by Sylvan Learning Center Sunday, Aug. 19, 2 - 4 p.m. at the center, 300 Willowbend Road, Peachtree City.

Is your child ready to learn a foreign language?

A free seminar is being offered to help you determine the best time to expose your child to another language and to show you how.

Prime Timers

Gunnins stay busier than many half their age


Olen Gunnin was a member of a "small family," he says.

Nettie Knight dead at 104

Since Nettie Knight turned 100 four years ago, she has been a regular part of the Prime Timer pages. Unfortunately, this smiling lady passed away last week at the age of 104.

'God's Little Acre' is big on love

Corn, potatoes, watermelon and roses will soon be sprouting at Christian City thanks to houseparents Kit and Darryl Elliott.


County's unemployment rate is on the rise

State Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond announced that the unemployment rate in the metro Atlanta area increased five-tenths percent in June to 3.5 percent, up from 3 percent in May. The area's jobless rate was 3.6 percent in June of 2000.


Local youth to compete at regional horse show

Megan Troesken and her horse Count Me In will represent Fayette County at the Southern Regional Championships in Memphis Aug. 3-7.

Hunting extravaganza

Buckarama promises biggest show yet

Local soccer team to host German squad Thursday

The Atlanta Raptors, an under-14 soccer team including Fayette Lightning players, will host a similar team from Mannheim, Germany for the next two weeks in a series of games around Atlanta.

Wreck wipes Tyrone racer out of event

Wade Knowles of Tyrone had a little bad luck in the Late Models race Saturday night at Dixie Speedway in Woodstock.


"The Flint River, a Recreational Guidebook to the Flint River and Environs" is not a book for everyone.

National Doll festival returns to Atlanta

The National Doll Festival began in 1988 in Anaheim, Calif.

New Fayette dance theatre opening next week

Fayette's dance enthusiasts will soon have another option to pursue their dancing dreams.

Handy new guide tells all about trees

"What Tree Is That?," a pocket guide for identifying trees, is available from the National Arbor Day Foundation.

Around the world in one column

Those of us who have worked for newspapers for a few years may never get used to the fact that today's cyber communication lets people read our words in places we've never heard of and for reasons we've never dreamed of.



Today's pressures of the work place include the ministry
Religion Columnist

Twenty-five years ago, the average U.S. pastor was under less pressure than today. Today, every month, 1,300 U.S. pastors are fired or forced to resign. Nearly 30 percent of ministers have been terminated at least once. In a decade, 40 percent of today's pastors will be in another line of work. Seventy percent say they have no close friends.

Senoia's Open Door Baptist presents The Bishops Friday

Open Door Baptist Church in Senoia will present its third gospel concert of the year with a performance this weekend by The Bishops scheduled for Friday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. A love offering will be accepted.

McDonough Road Baptist sets Homecoming for Aug. 11,12

McDonough Road Baptist Church, (formerly College Park Second Baptist) will have its Homecoming celebration Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11 and 12, beginning with an open house at 4 p.m. Saturday. Memorabilia and pictures of the church at both locations will be on display.

F'ville Christian plans 30th anniversary

Members of the Fayetteville Christian Church will have their 30th anniversary celebration Sunday, Aug. 19, with special events planned all day.

Relgion Briefs



Where's the vision in Washington?

You've probably read more than your fill in this space about the tax cut situation, but there's more.

Time to move on
One Citizen's Perspective

There are times in our lives when we catch a wind in our sails and we set ourselves free, when the simplest of life's offerings beckon us to leave off from ourselves for a while. These are the times when we take a step inward and onward, and meet new challenges face on.

Laugh Lines

Warning: The most common side effects of reading this column are nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, dry mouth and the desire to put your underwear on backwards.


If we picked employees like elected officials, we'd have a warped system

Imagine you're the boss, trying to hire a new worker for the business. Some candidates come to interview, but you cannot ask them questions. They only tell you what they want you to know, and you've got to pick the candidate you think is best from whatever you can glean from short visits they pay you at their convenience.

Response to letter about auto-pay service

In the "Letter to the Editor" section of your newspaper dated Wednesday, July 25, 2001, I read the opinion piece entitled "AT&T's auto-pay is wrong" written by Mr. Jim Lowe. I would like to take this opportunity to respond to his concerns regarding the auto-payment program recently implemented by AT&T Broadband-Atlanta.

No energy' policy has gone on long enough

The current energy crisis, with high gasoline prices, rolling blackouts in California, and natural gas prices through the roof, is the result of the "no energy" policy of the Clinton-Gore Administration.

Peachtree City needs sound budgetary action to prevent future problems

One of the budget issues raised by Councilman Steve Rapson at the July 19 PTC Budget Workshop was that we ought to look at delaying (not eliminating) the west-side fire station.

Absence makes the heart grow fonder: Councilman still ready to serve

Dear Fellow Citizens,

Principal accepting award was wrong

I am appalled that Dr. Charles Warr accepted money from Enlight Atlanta for taking actions to prevent a particular form of bullying. Wouldn't it be in the interest of fairness and equality that all differences from the "norm" be given the same importance and protection as homosexuality? After all, isn't one student just as important as any other student - whether gay or straight.

We need a solid energy policy that's environment-friendly

When it comes to power, why don't we put slow moving modified windmills into the gulf stream at the bottom of the ocean? If I am elected next year I will work to secure funds for this type of project. By putting more of a strain on our natural gas supplies the cost will only become worse for gas consumers. And as for power plants that cause excessive pollution their days need to be numbered. The state needs a solid energy plan that helps the environment and is diversified enough to withstand even the worst emergencies.

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