The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, August 22, 2001


$6.85 million bond list on PTC ballot

The fate of several big-ticket projects for Peachtree City will be in the hands of voters this November during the General Election.

County to consider 3 annexation proposals

Almost 150 acres are under consideration for annexation into the city limits of three Fayette cities.

Tyrone couple arrested for online Viagra sales scam

A Tyrone couple has been arrested by state and federal drug enforcement officials for operating a pharmacy without a license.

Fayette now 94,500 and counting . . .

Fayette County's population is now 94,500, according to April 2001 estimates by the Atlanta Regional Commission staff.

Good Samaritan needed for homeless Fayette Samaritans

Fayette's premiere charitable group helping the homeless is now facing homelessness itself.

Redistricting round 2: Bell rings today

With Republican lawmakers still seething over last week's passage of new state Legislature districts that they consider unfair, a new special legislative session begins today to redraw districts for Georgia's U.S. representatives.

Legislature may take aim at video poker

In addition to redrawing U.S. Congress district lines for Georgia in this week's special session, the state Legislature also will consider everything from tighter restrictions to an all-out ban on video poker machines.

Planning panel reviewing green space law

Developers would be allowed to build smaller home lots in exchange for more open green space under a new ordinance under consideration by county planners

Fayette students above state average on Stanford 9

Results of the Stanford 9 norm-referenced test show that Fayette students are performing well above state averages in all curriculum areas.

Committee cooks up formula for naming schools

What's in a name?

Hecht seeks $300,000 for senior center

Sen. Greg Hecht has thrown his support behind efforts to raise money for a new senior center for Fayette County.

Sheriff's Department busts two in-progress burglaries

Fayette County sheriff's deputies and detectives busted up two burglaries as they transpired during surveillance of the area late last week.

School board considering new math teaching guides

Proposed new guides for teaching math to your children are available for public review at the Board of Education office, 210 Stonewall Ave., Fayetteville.

Out of place auto helps solve 'smash and grab' burglaries

An alert police officer in Peachtree City helped solve four "smash and grab" robberies at two stores in the Peachtree East shopping center near the city limits.

Stolen check scam involves homeless people from Atlanta

Fayette business owners are being asked to make sure their checkbooks are well-secured now that a stolen check scheme has made its way to Fayette County.

Elementary schools get new report cards

Parents of Fayette elementary school children may notice some changes in report cards this fall.

Planners can't agree on highway overlays

Balancing the rights of business owners with the need for good planning is the sticking point for Fayette County Planning Commission members as they consider new architectural rules for business construction on all of the county's state highway corridors.

Oak Grove principal kicked upstairs

Another school principal is making the transition to the central Board of Education office.

Voter drives planned

A series of voter registration drives is planned during September, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Assembly 2606 at Saint Gabriel Church.

Four Fayette schools seek 'Pay for Performance'

As a new school year begins, students will not be the only ones rated on their classroom performance.

World War II veterans to receive diplomas

World War II veterans who did not graduate from high school due to their service in the war can now apply to the school district where they attended high school to receive their high school diplomas.

Free, reduced-price meals available

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced its 2001-02 income guidelines for free and reduced-price meals served under the school breakfast and lunch programs administered by the Georgia Department of Education.

Local shelter joins effort

The Fayette County Humane Society has joined ten other area animal shelters and rescue groups, along with 51 others in the state, as members of, the oldest and largest virtual animal shelter on the Internet.

Police Blotter


Newest upscale subdivision makes its debut in Tyrone

Tyrone's newest upscale subdivision is open for business.

EMC volunteers help restore power in Dominican Republic

While Americans suffer from brownouts in California and fear the possibility of paying top dollar for electricity in the future, there are cities where residents have never feared losing power. They've never had it to lose.


Mudcats finish third in state

The 13-14-year-old Fayette County Mudcats rebounded from a 3-7-2 start to finish this season with a stellar 50-19-2 record, outscoring their opponents 546-259. Seven of their losses were by a single run.

Lady Tigers start softball season with wins

Every season should start this well. The Fayette County High School Lady Tiger varsity softball team opened the season with two wins last week and then finished in second place at the Jordan Invitational in Columbus.

Sports Calendar


A scorned employee of the Paris Opera House, whom everyone considers dead, lives on in the catacombs beneath the opera house.
There is not, nor has there ever been, a Marshall Tucker in the Marshall Tucker Band.
If you are looking for the "real deal" in entertainment this weekend, perhaps you should participate in some of the events in the eighth annual Evander Holyfield's Main Event Weekend 2001.
As if we can't find enough to argue about, Dave and I occasionally debate the causes of the Decline of Community.
Premier Activities Center in Peachtree City is teaming up with the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition and several local area cheerleading squads, dancers and martial artists to fight breast cancer with the first-ever Stunt-A-Thon.

We, as Americans, know too much.


Death is precious in the sight of the Lord
Religion Columnist

This past week I officiated at the funeral of Doris Ann Gibbs Horne, a dear, beloved first cousin by marriage. Doris was a valiant soldier as she faced a stroke and leukemia, both in her 74th year of life. My colleagues in ministry consider it an honor to officiate at funerals for saints like Doris. This is what I said. I hope it may encourage you.

Grace Church to dedicate renovated worship center Sunday

Members of Grace Evangelical Church will dedicate their newly renovated Worship Center Aug. 26, with special events beginning at 9:30 a.m. Dedication activities will involve communion, a special time of praise and thanksgiving, a fellowship time with refreshments, and an all-church dinner following the morning service. The entire community is invited to participate.

LDS Church in PTC welcomes new missionaries

Elder Clark Rumsey and Elder Jeffrey Snow are new missionaries serving in Peachtree City and Tyrone for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As missionaries for their church they give up two years of their college age lives to spread the Gospel message.

Peachtree City Methodist Church to offer 13-week DivorceCare seminar

The Peachtree City United Methodist church will sponsor a 13-week DivorceCare seminar beginning Thursday, Aug. 30, from 7-9 p.m. The program is nondenominational and features Biblical teaching for those recovering from divorce and separation.

Mom's Group starts at First Presbyterian September 17

Lisa Mathews and Wendy Farrell will head up the Mom's Group activities this fall, beginning Monday, Sept. 17, at the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City. The group will meet at the church from 9:30-11:20 a.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month. Moms of all ages are welcome.

Inman UMC will participate in 'Heritage Days'

Members of Inman United Methodist church will once again be a co-sponsor of the annual Inman Heritage Days, scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14, 15 and 16, from 9 a.m. until dark each day.

F'ville UMC featuring Camp Meeting Sundays through September 2

Members of the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church invite the community to join them for Camp Meeting Sundays during the month of August. The special 11 a.m. services feature casual dress for worship, favorite hymns during the service, and lemonade refreshments after worship. Camp Meeting Sundays will continue through Sept. 2.



Triggers for tax cuts? Good strategy

The Bush tax cut is in trouble.

Restaurant Row draws ratings
Laugh Lines

I like to eat. Make that, I love to eat. It isn't hard to please me, either, being that I grew up in South Carolina, eating the game we killed, like squirrel and rabbit. It wasn't rare for us to have tripe or chicken gizzards for supper, either.

'Doc' Holliday: The facts and fictions
County Historian

Legendary figures in history are often credited with more stories that are fiction than are fact.

James Madison and redistricting Georgia: Why the people lose
District 105 House of Representatives

[Editor's note: State Rep. Kathy Cox made the following remarks about redistricting in a speech before the Georgia House last week.]


Hecht: My Senate vote makes Fayette stronger

Together, we have accomplished a lot. We passed a $2.8 billion dollar property tax cut to exempt the first $50,000 of the fair market value of all Georgian's homes over the next four years. We have passed the Georgia Mentoring Act, expansion of the DNA Database for convicted felons, Natural Gas Billing Relief legislation, the Mental Health Care Ombudsman Program, Safe Schools legislation, criminal background checks for children's daycare workers, Elder Abuse Prevention legislation, and tough DUI laws.

Tax equity debate proceeds on false assumptions

Moribund as it is, the tax equity issue between the cities and the county doesn't seem to have given up the ghost altogether, as The Citizen [Aug. 8] announced a second court hearing on the issue for Sept. 25. It is interesting to reflect that the leaders of Peachtree City (PTC), Fayetteville and Tyrone have hired lawyers who will be squaring off against lawyers for Fayette County: that means we have county citizens who are paying for both sets of lawyers at the behest of politicians who probably otherwise squawk about frivolous lawsuits. Somebody will probably hate lawyers because of that. Go figure.

Wellman: We must prepare for Wal-Mart, Home Depot in PTC

I wrote to this paper two weeks ago about the tone of the debate in Peachtree City and my belief that it is the true cornerstone issue we face. I have been gratified to hear from so many citizens who agree with me and have offered their support in the face of more examples of the same smearing and attacks. Today I wanted to address the second issue we need to consider as the election approaches: The coming arrival of Wal-Mart and Home Depot and the effect they will have on the small business economic landscape of our city.

PTC community center vote offers opportunity for youth

The Peachtree City Council has made a tremendous positive step by allocating the $2.6 million for purchase of the Braelinn Baptist Church for a community center.

Power plant threatens health of senior citizens in S. Fulton

I have lived on Peters Road in South Fulton County for the past 31 years, less than a mile from the proposed Williams power plant. This morning I attended a Town Hall Meeting at Christian City, which is an elderly retirement community consisting of residential homes, assisted living complex, convalescent center, hospice and children's homes, also located in close proximity to the proposed plant.

A few questions need answers

I have a few questions that maybe one of your readers might answer for me:

Good for Boylan; otherwise, singles' scene the pits here

In response to "For whom the wedding bells toll" by Michael Boylan dated July 18:

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