The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, August 29, 2001


Regional water plan to impose high cost here?

Will Fayette County taxpayers and water service customers be forced to pay part of the cost of rebuilding the city of Atlanta's antiquated and dilapidated sewer system?

Mac Collins cut out as Fayette is split into 2 congressional districts

Fayette County stands to be split into two U.S. congressional districts under the redistricting map forwarded to the Georgia Senate Tuesday by its Reapportionment Committee. Fayette also will lose its incumbent congressman, Mac Collins.

Fayette SAT scores are up from last year

Fayette County students performed well compared with the rest of metro Atlanta and Georgia as a whole on this year's Scholastic Aptitude Test scores.

County has questions on annexation for Tyrone

Annexation requests from three Fayette cities drew mixed reactions from the County Commission in its first ever review of annexation requests.

Tyrone to get first look at new Braelinn Baptist site

Braelinn Baptist Church's efforts to build a new sanctuary in Tyrone will have a first test Thursday night.

Senate passes ban on video poker game machines in Ga.

Georgia's State Senate unanimously passed a bill to ban video poker gaming machines Tuesday.

Faette students reading, performing better

Student performance in Fayette is improving, according to test scores released last week.

Masked gunman comes up empty at gas station Sunday night

A masked gunman aborted an armed robbery attempt at a local convenience store Sunday evening.

Tennant expected to return at next PTC Council meeting

Peachtree City Councilman Dan Tennant expects to be back in attendance at the next City Council meeting Sept. 6.

Senior center may be looking for a contractor soon

Fayette Senior Services is a third of the way to funding a long-standing dream, construction of a new center to serve Fayette's elderly, said director Andy Carden.

Jonesboro man charged with molesting girl

A Jonesboro man has been arrested for having sexual contact with a girl under 16 years old at Shiloh Mobile Home Park near Peachtree City.

Schools get access to anti-tobacco videos

CARING, the Coalition Advocating Responsible Indoor Non-Smoking Generations, has presented the Fayette County School System with videos entitled Secrets Through the Smoke developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

McBroom joins chorus of DAs urging video poker ban in Ga.

Fayette County District Attorney Bill McBroom has joined other DAs throughout the state and Gov. Roy Barnes in the call to ban video gambling machines.

Collins drops in on Fayette

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins spent some time in Fayette County Monday, visiting with Sheriff Randall Johnson and Superior Court Clerk Sheila Studdard, talking education with faculty at J.C. Booth Middle School, and explaning government to students at the school.

Classic car club's picnic turns heads in PTC

Quite a few samples of yesteryear's automobile industry were on display at Michael Posey's Peachtree City home Saturday afternoon.

Students get help with reading

Eighteen new reading mentors will join Peachtree City Elementary School's volunteer program this fall.

Trip to Japan helps local teacher understand students' background

Each year, Japanese students enroll in Fayette schools with little or no knowledge of the English language and receive an American education while learning to speak a second language at the same time.

McIntosh students bring home silver In FCCLA competition

After winning awards at the regional and state levels, three members of the McIntosh High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) advanced to the organization's national conference where they recently brought home silver medals in two categories.

County EMS names new med. advisor

Dr. James Robertson, director of emergency medicine at Fayette Community Hospital, has been named medical advisor for Fayette County's ambulance service.

Rep. Collins honored by National Guard group

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins has been awarded the distinguished Charles Dick Medal of Merit Award by the National Guard Association of the United States.

Youth earns Eagle rank

Brandon Lee Thompson recently was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout at a special Court of Honor at First Baptist Church of Peachtree City.

Fayette's school board members recognized by state

Members of the Fayette County Board of Education were recently recognized for successfully completing board member training activities sponsored by the Georgia School Boards Association.

Police Blotter

GSP predicts 18 traffic fatalities for Labor Day

The Georgia State Patrol is beefing up its efforts again for the pending Labor Day weekend holiday.

AAA shares traffic safety tips

AAA Auto Club South is reminding motorists to remember the basics of auto safety in its "School's Open Drive Carefully" campaign.

Water safety urged for Labor Day fun

The American Red Cross and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are partnering up to remind local residents to use caution around water during the Labor Day weekend.

Public input sought for GBI reaccreditation bid

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is seeking public comment on its effort to meet reaccreditation standards from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc.

Health Wise

Reading critically
Child's Play

In the past few months, I have received quite a few comments, some critical and some complimentary, especially about my article on Harry Potter in March and my most recent column on religion.

Straight talk about head lice
School is back in session, and those pesky head lice have already made their appearance.
Foundation names new directors

Edward J. Bonn, CHE, president and CEO of Southern Regional Medical Center, has appointed Sabina Hutcheson as executive director of SRMC's Foundation and Shane Short as associate director.

Fayette doctor offers new birth control option

In an effort to meet the birth control needs of women in Fayette County, Dr. Jennifer Freeman of A Woman's Place has completed an accredited training program to learn about newly available contraceptive methods and provide the latest options to her patients.

Joint discomfort has no age

It can happen at any time and at any age.

Experiencing nicotine demands firsthand

If your child comes home from school this fall with something that looks suspiciously like a pack of cigarettes, don't instantly jump to fearful conclusions. That "pack" may be a school-approved device that is part of a comprehensive new smoking education program designed to give your child such "real world," negative, firsthand exposure to the demands of nicotine addiction that he or she will be far more ready to resist smoking temptations.

Working with tinnitus

Tinnitus represents one of the most elusive mysteries facing audiologists and other hearing health care professionals. It refers to an auditory perception not directly produced by an external sound.

HMC cardiac classes set

Henry Medical Center is offering "Your Hearts Desire" cardiac education classes Sept. 4, 6, 11 and 12 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Protecting your family from asthma

For many homeowners, avoiding allergy and asthma triggers begins at home.



Chamber's Business Expo is set for next week

Next week, Fayette's business leaders will have a chance to display their wares.

Peachtree City dentist moving into new digs

Drs. Vassey, Wilcox, Robinson, Smith and Harrah and Group VI Corporation recently broke ground on the dental practice's new location on Georgian Parkway, near Kedron Shopping Center.

Shop Talk


Who's ready for the start of the 2001 football season?

If the Starr's Mill and East Coweta football teams wanted to make a statement about this season to each other last Saturday, East Coweta's was heard loud and clear. The Indians scored on the second play of the game after a 73 yard touchdown run by Derek White. Despite a solid defensive effort from the Panthers for most of the game, East Coweta controlled the rest of the game and won, 35-14.

McIntosh cross country squads start season with wins

The McIntosh Chiefs boys and girls cross country teams began their season with wins last Thursday against Sandy Creek High School.

Lady Chiefs and Panthers volleyball teams playing well

The McIntosh Lady Chiefs varsity volleyball team has opened the season strong and is undefeated in region play.


Thirty-one years ago, Tom Powers began a festival at Powers' plantation, his boyhood home, that featured artists and crafters.
The words free and concert may be the two sweetest words in the world when placed together.
As you enter the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, you walk into an 86-feet-tall Great Hall.
It was one of those pleasant evenings when we intended to get to know a young lady who will be part of our community for a year of professional internship.

I was going to write a column about U.S. Rep. Gary Condit and the search for missing intern Chandra Levy, but I had a vision the other night.


Approach-avoidance syndrome affects many Christians
Religion Columnist

Many Christians experience what psychology calls the approach-avoidance conflict. In this situation, the individual is both attracted and repelled by the same goal. The same goal has qualities that make the individual want to approach it and other qualities that make him want to avoid it. The timid man who wishes to propose to his girl friend fears rejection (the quality he wishes to avoid) and hopes for acceptance (the quality he wishes to approach). Hence he is in conflict about a single goal. If you are tempted to eat a certain food but know from experience that it gives you indigestion, you experience an approach-avoidance conflict. The conflict looks like this: as the individual nears the goal, the strength of avoidance increases more rapidly than that of approach, pushing him from the goal.

Peachtree City's Aaron Stokes will leave for mission to the Philippines

"Elder Stokes," his official title and name, will be leaving soon for a two-year mission to Angeles, Philippines,60 miles north of Manila, as part of his service to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Gospel according to Mayberry featured at First Methodist annual family retreat

Fayetteville First United Methodist Church members and visitors of all ages are invited to attend the 6th annual church-wide retreat at Camp Calvin in Hampton scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6. Focus of the retreat will be a Bible study entitled "The Gospel According to Mayberry," led by the Rev. Betsy Haas.

Favorite jokes to be featured at Sept. 4 seniors group gathering

"Good Humor time" will be the theme for the fall kickoff meeting of SPRY (Senior Citizens Remaining Young), Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City.

First Baptist ladies will offer Bible classes

The ladies at Fayetteville First Baptist Church will have Bible study classes entitled "Breaking Free," an 11-week study by Beth Moore, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 5. The cost is $10. A morning session from 9:30-11:30 and an evening session from 6-7:30 will be offered. Reservations are needed for childcare. Sign up at the church or call the office, 770-461-8378.

Religion Briefs

ASPIRES autism group to meet at Cornerstone UMC

Parents with autistic children are invited to a meeting of the Autism Spectrum Parent Information Resource and Education Service, Inc., Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone United Methodist Church on Ga. Hwy 154 at Thomas Crossroads in Sharpsburg. The group will share information obtained at the ASA Autism Conference in San Diego in July. Guest speakers will be Kathy Nenov and Teresa Brittain. For more information, call 770-304-9397.

Providence plans yard sale Sept. 8

Members of Providence United Methodist Church will have a churchwide yard sale Saturday, Sept. 8, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Donations of furniture, appliances and other items are welcome. Providence UMC is at 592 Bernhard Rd. in south Fayette County. For more information, call the church office, 770-719-8800.



Amnesty's fine, but then what next?

There's an organization that sends me e-mails every day or two addressing its concerns over immigration.

The meaning of life, part one
Laugh Lines

Lots of people complain these days that there's nothing out there that makes living worthwhile. I say movies make the world go round. "It's a Wonderful Life" and my "Sixth Sense" tells me that being a "Die-Hard" movie fan doesn't make me a "Psycho." I don't mean to go "Overboard" with this movie stuff, but such a "Phenomenon" is not "Alien" to my existence. I will "Face Off" all "Goodfellas" or an "American Beauty" on any "Dog Day Afternoon" to tell them the importance of movies.


Hecht's redistricting vote forfeits voter trust

Greg Hecht is either out of touch with reality or is an outright lying political opportunist that cares only for his own skin.

Hecht propaganda can't hide what Demos did to Fayette

I think Sen. Greg Hecht must be delusional to think that we will buy his propaganda about Fayette County being stronger because he marched in lockstep with his other Democratic comrades.

Band noise level overwhelmed amphitheater-supplied earplugs

Marshall Tucker Band, you are an insult to our sensibilities!

Doc Holliday: Correcting Cary

Editor, I know just how you feel. It's embarrassing to have someone point out your mistakes in public, as Ms. Carolyn Cary did in her Aug. 22 article about the life of the legendary Doc Holliday. She says you added several sentences to another story of hers, erroneously identifying the famous dentist as a resident of Fayetteville. "Sorry, Mr. Editor," she said, "but I'm afraid it isn't so."

Former PTC Clerk Nancy Faulkner announces intent to run for Council

When people find out that I am running for City Council, they ask me two questions: Are you crazy? and, Who are you running against?

Time for Wellman to take stand on something

Is it possible to run as a mayoral candidate in Peachtree City without ever taking a stand on one issue? Fred Wellman is running that kind of a campaign.

Brown volunteers for post, cautiously

[Editor's note: Peachtree City mayoral candidate Steve Brown received an invitation from Mayor Bob Lenox to serve on a voluntary committee. This is Brown's reply.]

PTC voters should OK Braelinn Arts Center bond

Finally! In a move long requested by the many arts organizations in Peachtree City, the city has put on the bond issue the purchase of the Braelinn Baptist Church campus for badly needed space for classes, practices, rehearsals and other needs.

Georgia GOP wants its turn at public hog trough

In 1973 I supported, worked, and voted for Maynard Jackson to be mayor of Atlanta. Once elected, Maynard quickly instituted preferential hiring and promotional practices for unqualified blacks, created "minority" set-aside programs that discriminated against every racial group except blacks, grossly violated Atlanta Civil Service procedures and changed a typically corrupt (but efficient) medium-sized city government into a profoundly corrupt (and inefficient) "Li'l' Chicago" that would have been at home in Southside Chicago during the height of Prohibition.

South Fulton power plant site violates idea of environmental justice

The environmental justice movement is generally acknowledged to have emerged in the early 1980s in response to large demonstrations opposing the siting of a PCB-landfill in a predominantly black community in Warren County, N.C.

Williams power plant not welcome in South Fulton

I think that we all realize that we need to prepare for our future electrical needs. I believe that this plant is a good idea. But this company, Williams, is obviously seeing only the money they will make as criteria for the site selection.

Why is our D.A. on Democrat crusade to ban video poker?

Why is our [District Attorney William McBroom] off to Atlanta in his taxpayer financed car to promote the governor's attack on video poker? Is it because Mr. McBroom was appointed in 1995 by Democrat Zell Miller? Is it because he does not have enough murders, rapes, assaults, home invasions and other violent crimes to worry about?

Please, improve MHS restrooms

As the parent of a McIntosh High School student, I was appalled to learn recently of the deplorable back-to-school conditions existing within MHS's female restroom facilities.

Overzealous endangered species act now puts human lives at risk

The federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), which has caused significant economic pain to private landowners, ranchers, and farmers, may have recently claimed the lives of four gallant firefighters in Washington State.

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