The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, August 8, 2001


Demos vote 3-way split for Fayette

Fayette residents may never have heard of Mike Crotts, a Republican from Conyers, but many will get to know him better if the state Senate's Reapportionment Committee has its way.

After cuts, PTC Council still looking at likely tax increase

Even with a drastically trimmed budget, a tax increase will still be forthcoming for Peachtree City homeowners.

PTC to offer $2.6 million for Braelinn church; will use as community center

Peachtree City officials have agreed to make a $2.6 million offer to purchase a church campus for a multipurpose community center if voters approve the project at the polls in November.

'Doc' Holliday gets his day Saturday in Griffin

You know him as Wyatt Earp's pal.

Power plant decision delayed

Williams Company is postponing its request for a power plant once again.

You're invited to 'Doc's' bash in Griffin

If you want to participate in the 150th birthday of Doc Holliday, set aside Saturday, Aug. 11 and plan to travel to Griffin.

Williams plant will use 6.5 million gallons of water daily

On an average day in Fayette County, more than nine million gallons of water is pumped to residences and businesses to satisfy the busy county's water needs.

Hearing scheduled in tax equity case

A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Fayette Superior Court in the tax equity dispute between Fayette County and its cities.

New rules for timbering headed for commission

Controversial proposed rules requiring 25-foot buffers surrounding timber harvesting operations in Fayette are on the County Commission's agenda this week.

Woman charged for role in 2-year old fatal crash

A Fayette woman has been arrested for causing a wreck that killed a local man on Ga. Highway 92 south two years ago.

PTC Council wants to clear the air on power plant's environmental effects

The Peachtree City Council has joined the chorus of voices seeking more environmental information about a power plant that is proposed for south Fulton County on the Fayette County border.

Road paving contract approved, reluctantly

State funds for Fayette's road repaving projects is down.

School starts Friday with 20,000 students

Projected enrollments in Fayette County have been released by the Board of Education.

Planners OK plat, say residents' concerns to be addressed later

Approval of preliminary plats is usually a routine item for the Fayette County Planning Commission.

United Way achieving community impact

Mike Jablonski, chairman of the Fayette County United Way Advisory Board, invited members of the county Chamber of Commerce to work together in making an impact on the community.

Teachers receive scholarships for education

Two Fayette elementary school teachers were recently awarded scholarships from Target Department Stores to assist them in the continuation of their education.

Historic aircraft, international performers to appear at Wings Over Dixie

Organizers of the annual Wings Over Dixie air show this week announced that a variety of performers have been lined up for the popular event.

Grant will help kids communicate

Children with limited verbal skills will find it easier to communicate with the staff at the Joseph Sams School thanks to a grant from the Davidson Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

County's mission now on paper

Fayette County officials and staff have worked for years to come up with an acceptable mission statement, but when a statement finally was fashioned, it was the work of a single staffer.

Brooks to honor Vernon Woods

It will be Vernon Woods Day in Brooks Aug. 19, honoring one of the town's most prominent citizens.

Home schooled drivers need school board certificate

If you're home schooling your teenager, there's a relatively new Georgia law you need to be aware of, the Teenage Driver Responsibility Act.

Police Blotter

Real Estate

Smaller is sometimes better

If one were to attempt to describe the prototype Fayette County home, it would be difficult.

Making today's homes greener

Did you know that your new home, apartment, condominium or townhouse is packed with energy and environmental features?

SummerGrove has record-breaking 6 months

As SummerGrove at Newnan tops its 200th home sale for the year and its 500th since the community's inception just two years ago, Maria Fabre-Hickman, Information Center manager at SummerGrove says the past six months at SummerGrove have been record-breaking ones.

Builders give scholarships

Recipients of the annual scholarships funded by the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia1s Scholarship House program were recognized at a June meeting held at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center. The gathering was also the first joint meeting ever help by the home builders group and its Sales & Marketing Council.

Pathway unveils Intranet at Avery Park

Pathway Communities announces the unveiling of an exclusive community Intranet at Avery Park.

Builders meet Aug. 16

The Midwest Georgia Home Builders Association1s August meeting will take place Thursday, Aug. 16, at Clayton Appliances, located off Hwy. 85 north of Fayetteville. The gathering will start at 6:30 p.m. The program will be provided by Jerry Nease, Builders Insurance & Associations, who will answer insurance questions.

SummerGrove unveils new Bob Adams community

Pathway Communities, the developer of SummerGrove in Newnan, one of Atlanta's best-selling master-planned communities, is pleased to unveil a new Bob Adams Homes Lifestyle Community.

Be ready for hurricane damage

Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine reminds Georgians that with hurricane season underway, running through Nov. 30, it's a good to check your homeowners policy for adequate coverage.

Lexington Park model homes open

Bob Adams Homes has announced the completion of two fully decorated designer model homes located in Lexington Park in Peachtree City.

Marshall attends conference

Gary Marshall of Assist 2 Sell Buyer and Seller Realty Center recently returned from attending the STAR POWER annual conference in Orlando, a top educational opportunity offered in the real estate industry.

Monson receives WCR training

Sue Monson (GRI) of Re/Max Results participated Aug. 4-5 in a two-day Leadership Academy sponsored by the Women's Council of Realtors, a national professional development organization with 14,000 members. Monson is the organization's president-elect for Fayette County.

Jones wins in Coldwell Banker sweepstakes

Raquel Jones, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty's Fayette County office, was a top winner in the Coldwell Banker "Drive Home A Winner" Sweepstakes conducted last fall.

Connell earns LTG designation

Ruth Connell of Peachtree City has earned the Leadership Training Graduate designation from the Women's Council of Realtors. The only leadership designation offered in the Realtor community, LTG is earned by candidates who successfully demonstrate excellence in career leadership.

Freeman earns ABR designation

Daffey Freeman, licensed buyer specialist for Assist 2 Sell Buyer & Seller Realty Center, has been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council Inc. of the National Association of Realtors.

Scranage gets ABR designation

Cheri Scranage with Tri-City Realty has been awarded the Accredited Buyer Representation designation by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council, Inc. of the National Association of Realtors.

New in real estate

Gary Brantley is a new sales associate with the Henry County office of Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty.

Regency Hills begins final phase

Regency Hills, John Wieland's new neighborhood in historic Cascade, is opening its final phase with 54 new sites.

Free back-to-school lunch coolers at Avery Park

As another school year approaches and families begin to gather school supplies, Pathway Communities, the developer of Avery Park in Newnan, is taking the agony out of some of the costs associated with the back-to-school tradition.

Family moving into Scholarship House

The Dossett family, purchaser of the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia's latest Scholarship House, were recently welcomed by several representatives of the area home builders association.

Pathway wins marketing award

On the heels of winning 10 Professionalism Awards from the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, Pathway Communities has once again been recognized for its marketing initiatives.

Monarch Village enjoys booming sales

If the past six months are any indication, Monarch Village, a master-planned community in Henry County, should end the year as one of Atlanta's top-selling communities.

Smithfield Estates in first phase

The roadwork is nearly completed for the first phase of Smithfield Estates, Jerry Ballard Homes' new community in Henry County

Bullard agents qualify for Sterling Society

Eleven sales associates from Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty have earned membership in the Coldwell Banker network1s 2000 International Sterling Society, an honor bestowed upon the top 27 percent of the more than 72,000 Coldwell Banker sales associate worldwide.


Business Expo is around the corner

In less than a month, Fayette's business leaders will have a chance to display their wares.

Gold's Gym staging day of fun, fitness

Eight-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney and former Pittsburgh Steeler Greg Lloyd will both be on hand Aug. 25 to celebrate the "new" Gold's Gym in Fayetteville.


Local soccer player heads to training program for Under 17 national team

Many Fayette County youths will head back to school this week but Eric Vogl has a few weeks of summer left. Vogl, a freshman at Fayette County High School last year, will be attending the Under 17 National Residential soccer training camp in Bradenton, Fla. this fall. He is a member of the rising Under 17 team, which is training for the world championships that will take place in Finland in 2003. The team will live and go to school in Florida until then, training daily.

Thursday Thunder racing series concludes tomorrow night

Brad Horne broke a deadlock in the Semi-Pro B division Thursday by earning his second win of the season and taking a comfortable lead heading into the final week of Thursday Thunder racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Horne held off a charging Cindy Anderson to take a 20-point lead over Ron Johnson, who finished third. Horne had been tied with Grant Enfinger headed into Thursday night, but Enfinger spun out on the final turn of the final lap, basically conceding the championship to Horne.

AFC Lightning hires new coach

AFC Lightning soccer club is proud to announce the hiring of Shane Jeanfreau as the newest member of the coaching staff. He comes to Lightning from New Orleans where he coached for the Lafreniere Gamblers and was a head coach for the Louisiana Olympic Development Program. Shane played for the Baton Rouge Jaguars, who were the first team from Louisiana to represent that state in the National finals. He went on to play college soccer at Wright State University where he was All-Mideast, and professionally, he played with the New Orleans Gamblers. He holds a US National Youth License and a USSF "B' license.

Fayette trackster is a national champion

Fayette County resident Eddie Rush III just started running track this past year. He was introduced to the sport by his sister, Bianca, and he was introduced to the Quicksilver Track Club by Evander Holyfield. Recently, Rush captured the national championship in the 100 meter dash and fourth place in the 200 meter dash in the 14 year old age group of the USA Track and Field National Championship Junior Olympics held in Sacramento last month.

Sports Calendar



If you are a Fayette County resident and you didn't have a calendar, you would always know it is time to send the kids back to school after the Last Fling celebration in Peachtree City.

New Fayette dance theater opening next weekl

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


Vinton brings romantic love songs to Peachtree City

Your television program goes to commercial and you begin to hear some beautiful sounds.

Dressing to meet the King of Kings

In an issue that often splits generations, this guy was exactly in the middle.


Goin' Dutch

I'm back.



If you already have a church home, don't read this ...
Religion Columnist

For unchurched eyes only! If you are an active member in a local church, read something else. This is for those folks who have yet to decide to attend a church.

Carriage Lane Presbyterian completes summer mission schedule

Members of Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church are wrapping up a busy summer of mission service both stateside and around the world.

PTC Presbyterian will offer six Sunday morning classes beginning August 12

The First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City will offer six classes on a variety of topics beginning this Sunday morning. Two classes are planned for 9:30-10:30 a.m. and four from 11 a.m.-noon.

Whitewater Baptist Church plans 178th homecoming, dinner, singing August 12

Whitewater Baptist Church, the oldest church in Fayette County, will celebrate its 178th homecoming Sunday, Aug. 12, with special events planned through the afternoon. Past pastors and their families, old friends and members of the community are invited to join in the celebration.

Religion Briefs

First Presbyterian will offer Bible study on Old Testament Tabernacle Sept. 5

First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City will offer an in-depth 11-week Bible study about the Old Testament tabernacle, "A Woman's Heart :God's Dwelling Place," by Beth Moore.

Musician Marilyn Foster to be guest speaker at August Women's Aglow Fellowship meeting

Dalton resident Marilyn Foster, founder of Strong Tower Ministries, will be the featured speaker at this month's meeting of Women's Aglow Fellowship International, Monday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. There will be no Tuesday meeting this month.



Is it about health care or right to sue?

So, is the God-given American right to sue all there is to the Patients' Bill of Rights?

Tried Coke for these problems?
Laugh Lines

Being a true Southerner means you have two beverage choices: ice tea or Coca-Cola. In this fast-paced, wait-for-nothing world, the former is going the way of the Crockpot and the latter is all prepackaged, drive-through satisfaction.

Patients' Bill of Rights, energy bill pass in the House
3rd District U.S. Congress

Patient's Bill of Rights

The passage late Thursday night of the Patients' Bill of Rights marks a victory of common sense. Recent negotiations between the Congress and President Bush yielded a new version which includes language that protects small businesses from legal liability for the simple act of providing workers with health plans as part of the employees' benefit package.


Power plant location not all bad, not all good

This is in response to [Fayette County Commission Chairman Greg] Dunn's letter about the proposed power plant. I understand the issues residents have against the proposed plant, but I also understand the power plant's side as well. The main points he seems to want to focus on are the pollution and location of the plant.

Power plant should be moved to more appropriate location

I am very concerned with the preservation of our environment and the reasons, bucolic scenery, aesthetic appeal, etc., which we were drawn to Fayette County. Please do what you can to move this project to a more appropriate area.

Wellman: We must have a return to civility in PTC political discussions

School will be starting this week, and we find ourselves about 13 weeks from the November election. There has not been a lot of talk about the candidates and issues yet, but I am sure it will heat up in the coming weeks as the field of candidates becomes known and the choices narrow. I wanted to take the opportunity that The Citizen offers in these pages to lay out one of the larger issues you should think about as the election nears.

Let the sunshine in on redistricting sessions

I am appalled by the lack of fair and open discussion, review and debate on the redistricting issue supposedly being considered in the Special Session of the Georgia General Assembly.

Hamrick can't get facts straight about Revolution

Dave Hamrick's latest dalliance with waste matter should be included in a Dr. Doolittle remake. As a literary "Push Me, Pull You," from the beginning it's difficult to tell where he's going.

Thanks, Amy Riley; we'll miss you . . .

Like most of your readers, I was disappointed to read Amy Riley's column in last week's Citizen. My disappointment was not based on her opinion or evaluation or conviction, but rather on the fact it was to be her final column.

Hecht vote to split Fayette puts party over people

On Monday, State Senator Greg Hecht voted for the most insane map for proposed senate districts. The map that Hecht supported would break this county into three separate state senate districts, largely diluting the voting power of Fayette County.

Socialist medicine is dangerous to your health

Re: lack of child health care is an American shame

Spare us doctor's ramblings

I read Gunther Rückl's article (July 25) twice. The first time I read it I was frustrated and angry at his anti-U.S. message. The second time I just felt pity for the people around him who have to endure his endless negativity. Both times I lost (no, I never received) a clear message on the deficiencies of our U.S. healthcare system and his all-knowing specific recommendations to improve our "greed-driven" U.S. system.

Sorry about Dr. Rückl . . .

As a fellow immigrant from Germany (Grand, East and West) and a man without letters, I would like to apologize to all and sundry for the ramblings of Dr. Gunther Rückl.

Uninsured still face problems

I share Dr. Rückl's concern about the 42.5 million Americans without health insurance and thus with inadequate access to health care services. However, the "Patient's Bill of Rights" legislation will do nothing to expand coverage to uninsured Americans.

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