The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, August 15, 2001


North Fayette paired with Atlanta in new House map

Fayette County will be represented by five members of the state House under a redistricting plan passed by a subcommittee Monday.

Hecht: Fayette wins under 3-way split

The state Senate's proposed district map went back to committee for changes last week, but Fayette's position on the map remained pretty much unchanged when the full Senate approved the map Friday.

Civic auditorium out, playgrounds, picnic areas added to list for PTC bond referendum

The list of projects for Peachtree City's proposed bond referendum in November will be presented to the City Council at its meeting Thursday night.

Commission: proposed law barks up wrong tree

A proposed new section for Fayette's tree protection law will be plowed under and replanted over the next couple of months.

New environmental study for power plant pledged by Fulton commissioner

Before any action is taken on a proposed power plant in south Fulton County, a more comprehensive environmental impact study will have to be completed.

Lawyer pitches public defender system to county

One of Fayette's top law firms, Bischoff and White PC, wants to take on the task of defending indigent clients in local courts on a contractual basis.

PTC advisory committee: keep eye out for redevelopment in West Village area

A master plan from an advisory committee studying the future of Peachtree City's West Village is mindful of the commercial development planned for the area.

PTC budget to face public hearing Thursday night

Peachtree City's newly trimmed budget will be the subject of a public hearing at Thursday night's City Council meeting.

Fayetteville police continue probe into last week's home invasion on White Oak Way

Fayetteville police detectives are still probing a home invasion that occurred Wednesday night at a residence on White Oak Way.

Report: PTC doesn't need in-house attorney

A report analyzing Peachtree City's legal needs and the costs for legal services recommends now is not the time to hire an in-house city attorney.

Bond refinance saves taxpayers money

Fayette taxpayers will save $3.37 million over the 20-year life of bonds to finance the new jail and courthouse complex under construction in Fayetteville, thanks to refinancing of the bonds.

Local man arrested for molesting girl

A Fayette man has been arrested on charges he molested a young girl at his residence between March of 1997 and June 20 of this year.

Consultant to tackle analysis of PTC's stormwater system

To comply with new environmental regulations, Peachtree City must develop a stormwater management program.

State chips in for cart path bridge over Flat Creek

A state grant will help fund a cart path bridge over Flat Creek in south Peachtree City.

Election reform needed here, speaker says

Florida may not be the only state to have voting machine problems, according to Robert Ray, a Georgia assistant secretary of state.

Brooks to honor community pillar

The town of Brooks, in a proclamation issued Aug. 8, will honor one of its own this Sunday, Vernon Gray Woods.

Fayette teachers set sights on national certification

One of the highest designations that a teacher can receive is to become National Board certified. Only 9,531 teachers across the United States have earned the coveted certificate.

Proposed illegal alien amnesty not good idea, Collins tells president

Citing concern about a possible negative impact on jobs and salaries, Rep. Mac Collins urged President George W. Bush to reconsider proposals being floated to provide an amnesty or guest worker program to millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico.

Man avoids trial again, this time with guilty plea

Although he missed his first two scheduled trials, a local man accused of child molestation didn't have any trouble making the third trial date.

Fayetteville police offer self defense, awareness class

The Fayetteville Police Department is offering a self-defense and situational awareness class Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Officers who aided in large drug busts honored with medals of valor by sheriff

Five undercover officers for the Fayette County Sheriff's Department and a Tyrone police officer have been awarded medals of valor for their work in large drug busts in DeKalb and Clayton Counties in June.

Crohn's/colitis group sets fund walk

The ninth annual Pace Setter Walk presented by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America is returning to Atlanta Saturday, Sept. 22.

Collins says ban on cloning necessary to safeguard the future

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins voted last week for a ban against human cloning, maintaining that the ban will not injure scientific research, but will prevent science from creating cloned humans.

Student writers honored in state publication

The next Mark Twain or Maya Angelou could be a student within the Fayette County School System.

Aug. 15 is no-call registration deadline

Aug. 15 is the cutoff day to register for the Georgia No Call List and be included on the updated list for the calendar quarter beginning Oct. 1.

Judy Neal retires from state government

For 34 years, Judy Neal served in state government, most recently as the executive director of the governor's Children and Youth Coordinating Council, a state agency committed to the prevention of juvenile delinquency.

Police Blotter

Dining Guide

Food, Italian style
Food Critic

This summer has been a busy one for the Fayette County dining scene with the addition of two new Italian eateries in the county.

A family affair
Right on Thyme, located at 375 East Lanier Avenue in what is commonly referred to as "the little blue house," has been serving up hot meals for Fayetteville diners for more than three years.

Americans aim to build a better burger

Americans eat approximately 5.4 billion burgers every year, making them America's best-selling sandwich. But the ordinary burger's come a long way, baby.

Hot off the grill for summer

Forget fast food this summer and treat your family to an outdoor feast by grilling some steaks, seafood or veggies.

Labor Day and after-school treats

Make the most of Labor Day and the last long weekend of summer by enjoying the outdoors and a family barbecue.

Tips for making nutrition fun for kids

Keeping your kids healthy can include teaching them about good nutrition by introducing fun into their diets. When kids are home from school, parents can play a larger role in what types of foods their children will be eating throughout the day. One of the best ways to get kids interested in good nutrition is to make it fun.

Fun facts about popcorn

Everyone knows and loves popcorn, but here are some fun facts about one of America's favorite snacks that you may not know. For as little as 13 cents, you can enjoy more than 3 quarts of popcorn.

Best teen chef in America knows what's cooking

For 17-year-old high school senior Anthony Tabb, the hours spent in the family kitchen watching his dad and grandmother cook has paid off in a big way.

Georgia company excels at pie championship

Approximately 165 pies from commercial pie makers throughout the United States were recently judged during the 7th Annual National Pie Championships sponsored by the American Pie Council. Judges honored just 49 of the entrants with blue ribbons.

Wraps becoming a popular item at Chick-fil-A

In just five months since its introduction, the Chick-fil-A Cool Wraps entree is fast becoming a customer favorite and making a considerable contribution to the chain's continued sales success.


Former chamber chairman signs on with Group VI

Group VI Corporation has announced that Tate Godfrey has joined the company as senior vice president of business development.

Public Service Commission approves escalated natural gas disconnections

The state Public Service Commission has approved Atlanta Gas Light Company's request to increase the number of daily gas customer disconnections and reconnections for nonpayment of service.

Chamber Notes


Fayette County Swimming Hall of Fame inducts new members

The Southside Seals, the premier masters swim team in the south metro Atlanta area, sponsor an annual award to recognize outstanding accomplishments in swimming by members of the Fayette County swimming community. They recently named the Fayette County swimmers of the year, which is awarded annually to the outstanding male and female swimmers of the previous year. The award is open to members of USS, high school and recreation teams. The Southside Seals also named several swimmers to their Fayette County Swimming Hall of Fame.

Season of firsts at Thursday Thunder

Fifteen-year-old Reed Sorenson of Peachtree City clinched the Pro division Thursday Thunder championship Thursday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, finally wrestling the title away from three-time champ Doug Stevens.

Starr's Mill volleyball team hosts jamboree

The Starr's Mill High School volleyball team and Coach Dottie Licciardi played host Saturday to area varsity teams at a jamboree play day.

Sports Briefs

Sports Calendar


The story of "Hansel and Gretel" is a familar one, reminding the reader to not mark the path home with bread crumbs because birds will eat the crumbs and you will get lost.
There are two ways to garden in Georgia.
Pickin' is a passion if you're into bluegrass, says Steve Daugherty, who plays guitar for Whitesburg Bluegrass Jam, slated to appear in Sharpsburg this weekend.
It's not an easy language, English, even American English, which reportedly has been allowed to deteriorate a trifle from the finely honed instrument it was in the hands of Shakespeare and Shaw.
In last week's column, I gave you my impressions of Amsterdam, the first city my wife and I (still sounds funny) visited on our honeymoon.


Let's bring home the prodigals ...
Religion Columnist

Questions. Do you have a prodigal? A son who left home and you don't know his whereabouts? A daughter whose address you are certain, but she has left the values and principles that you, as parents, taught her. Perhaps your prodigal is your husband who abandoned you and your children. Maybe your prodigal is father or mother who decided to drop off the planet, taking up a lifestyle totally opposite he or she taught you as children.

Barbara Bush will be speaker at Southwest Christian Hospice event

Southwest Christian Hospice has announced that former first lady Barbara Bush is scheduled to be the guest speaker at its annual benefit dinner and awards banquet scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7. The event will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 per person. Reservations are required and are currently being taken.

United Methodist circuit churches offer special programs in August


The Rev. Earl Dabney, pastor of Hartford United Methodist Church, New Hope United Methodist Church and Merrill Chapel United Methodist Church, announced special programs for August.

First Presbyterian will offer Bible study

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.

Solid Rock Baptist offers 'Choir Day'

The Greater Solid Rock Baptist Church in Riverdale will have "Choir Day 2001," Sunday, Aug. 26, with special activities planned all day.

Fairburn UMC plans revival in September

Fairburn United Methodist Church invites all members of the community to revival services on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, Sept. 9,10 and 11. Leading the services will be guest speaker, Dr. David Naglee, presently superintendent for LaGrange District of the United Methodist Church and former pastor of Douglasville First Methodist Church.

National Heights now accepting fall registration

The Child Development Center at National Heights Baptist Church in Fayetteville is now accepting registration for fall classes. Openings are available in day care, preschool and Montessori.

McDonough Rd. ladies' plan fall Bible study class

The Ladies Ministry at McDonough Road Baptist Church has planned two Bible study classes in September

Religion Briefs



Democrat power play slices and dices Fayette
Citizen Editorial

It seems the power-brokers at the state Capitol are suffering from two maladies: the arrogance that comes with 100 years of being in a one-party state, and the paralyzing fear that comes with realizing that era may be coming to a close.

Besides that, Mrs. L., how was the play?

I don't usually like to answer letters to the editor, mainly because it's too easy to get caught in a revolving door that never goes anywhere.

Embracing the curse . . .
Laugh Lines

A smart guy once said, "By the time a man can read a woman like a book, he's too old to collect a library." Well, I'm not that old, and besides, my library card was revoked a few years back. Nevertheless, I have a few theories about females. But like my speculations on "Does Tom Cruise like show tunes," my theories are mostly benign. It never keeps me from sharing them, though.


'Wishy-washy' Wellman unfocused

Peachtree City mayoral candidate Fred Wellman in his letter [The Citizen, Aug. 8] said, "We must focus on the issues, not the personalities," in political debates. He has not focused on personalities, but neither has he focused on any issues whatsoever. Not a one.

Goodbye, Amy . . .

I, too, am sorry that we will not have the pleasure of reading Amy Riley's column any longer. This newspaper is to be commended for recognizing and making use of her talent. We all are richer for it.

Congressman Linder: Throw out tax code, abolish IRS, adopt 23% sales tax

I read with great interest your recent editorial entitled, "Where's the vision in Washington?" I, too, believe that it is time for Washington to stop putting Band-Aids on our fundamentally flawed tax system and start anew with a fairer, simpler code.

Power plant: What about noise, light pollution?

This is in response to Mr. Brad Apking's letter about the proposed power plant. I respect Mr. Apking's study of power plants, and agree with him that smokestack emissions are not as polluting as they once were. Unlike him, I feel these emissions are still unhealthy. The problems with this plant, however, go much deeper than smokestack emissions.

Christian Center resident concerned about nearby plant

When I moved into Christian City, a life lease home, 16 years ago, it was a quiet peaceful residential area. I never had a thought that a power plant would be built in such close proximity adding noise and pollution to the area that possibly would affect my health.

Plant will generate pollution

As residents of Fayette County, we are outraged over the site proposed by Williams Co., for the Fulton Energy Center, a 21-story, 1023-megawatt power plant (one of the largest in the country). Williams is seeking to spot-zone the site, changing it to M2-Heavy Industrial. The property is on Peters Road, between Ga. highways 92 and 138 (on the Fulton-Fayette county line).

Trees won't buffer power plant

As a South Fulton County property owner residing in the immediate vicinity of the proposed Williams power plant, I would like to express my concerns regarding some of the information the company is disseminating to those of us who will be impacted by this plant.

Let's shed some light on economic morality: Class warfare is the nastiest kind

Dave Hamrick and Timothy Parker would probably agree on most subjects if they would both cut through the political rhetoric. Timothy, I think Dave was joking about Americans being better off than slaves and worse off than serfs (have you ever read Mark Twain?). Dave, be decisive. If you think we need to set a level of government spending, tell us specifically what you would cut. Don't leave it to others in the distant future, and don't make platitudes.

When insurance won't pay, who do we see about that?

I just finished reading Dr. Günther Rückl's commentary on the health care system in America. I have to agree with Dr. Rückl. I wanted to add to his commentary. My issues with health care is the control that the insurance carriers have over the health care systems.

Check health care facts first

After reading Günther Rückl's logorrhea ["Lack of child health care is an American shame," The Citizen, July 25], I had to laugh. As the European proverb goes, "You can always tell a German, you just can't tell them much."

Dr. Rückl right on health care

I agree with everything written by Dr. Rückl. He has far more knowledge about the healthcare problems and how to fix them than the three letter writers who viciously verbally attacked him. These three remind me of the Barnum-Bailey elephants walking single file holding on to each other's tail. Guess they have more money than brains.

AT&T Broadband: This is service?

In response to Steve White's letter about auto-pay for AT&T Broadband, let me say first off that I have no objections to paying bills on line. In fact I pay my AT&T phone bill that way (and there is no charge, by the way).

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