The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, September 5, 2001


Graves problem may bury power plant

Opponents of a proposed power plant on the south Fulton-north Fayette border are hoping that discovery of strict covenants concerning an old family cemetery on the plant site will be "the final nail in the coffin" of the proposal.

'What about our gym?'

Parents and teachers looking for funds to enlarge and refurbish the McIntosh High School gym heard what has become a familiar refrain from the Board of Education recently.

13% hike in PTC tax rate eyed

The Peachtree City Council may adopt its 2002 budget at its regular meeting Thursday night.

80-acre annexation on PTC agenda

A request to annex 80 acres at the northern end of the city limits on MacDuff Parkway for a new 350-home subdivision will be discussed by the Peachtree City Council at its meeting Thursday night.

PTC flags fly at half-mast for former Mayor Morgan

Until last week, 42-year-old Peachtree City could make a rare claim: Every one of its seven mayors was still living, and within its boundaries.

Pailer sues county over rezoning denial

Charlie "Lou" Pailer has filed suit against Fayette County over its denial of commercial zoning for his five-acre property next to the Starr's Mill school complex.

School board pursuing land purchase

The Fayette County Board of Education voted in a Friday special session to pursue a land purchase agreement for a proposed new elementary school, the third under the school bond recently approved.

PTC Council to consider final vote on revised charter, new ordinances

After months of development and tweaking, Peachtree City may soon have its new charter and related ordinances.

Christian City opposition to power plant is formalized

Christian City officials have expressed opposition to a proposed power plant on Peters Road next to the community, and now it's official.

Planners eye 79 homes on 124 acres on 85 south

A proposal for 79 homes on 124.4 acres on Ga. Highway 85 south at the end of Christopher Drive is on the Fayette County Planning Commission's agenda for Thursday.

Federal grant for Fayette will buy fire protection uniforms

The Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services has been awarded a national grant to purchase special uniforms that will add an extra layer of protection for local firefighters.

Fayette Middle evacuated after gas leak

A damaged gas line at a nearby construction site led to the evacuation of Fayette Middle School at about 11 a.m. Friday, but students returned to the school around 12:30 without any problems.

Council expected to abandon road

The abandonment of a road once meant to begin a Fayetteville bypass is one of the items on a light agenda for the City Council at Thursday night's regular meeting, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall.

Holocaust survivor visits Fayette Middle School

More than 300 eighth graders recently gathered in the cafeteria of Fayette Middle School to listen to the story of a real life holocaust survivor whose life somewhat paralleled that of Anne Frank's.

Hospital expands with two new centers

Fayette Community Hospital has opened two new service areas in the Fayette Medical Clinic building.

PTC youngsters may be allowed to drive cart under grandparents' care

The age restrictions for young golf cart operators in Peachtree City may be tweaked by the City Council Thursday night.

Collins cautions seniors about misleading mailers

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins is warning seniors to beware of an ongoing effort to drain them of their assets and supply confidential information as a part of misleading mass mailers.

Schools apply for Excellence award

Two Fayette schools will be submitting applications for consideration to participate in the 2002 Georgia School of Excellence Program Kedron Elementary and Fayette Middle. If selected as a participant, these schools will advance to represent Fayette's congressional district, the 3rd.

Scoliosis screening: a middle school mystery revealed

Remember when you were in school and everyone had to line up "single file" and march down the hall to the nurse's office or gymnasium so that she could "check your posture"? Those days may be just a distant memory now, but how many of us really knew what this middle school ritual was really all about?

Ag Dept. fines pest control company officials

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has fined Edmundson Pest Services, Fayetteville, for violations of Georgia's Structural Pest Control Act at homes in Eagle's Nest subdivision in Douglas County.

Girl Scouts plan special recruitment

Girl Scouts will recruit girls in sixth through 12th grades at Rising Starr Middle School Thursday, 7 - 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

School cafeteria managers earn certificates in food safety

Cafeteria managers in the Fayette County School System have successfully completed a rigorous food-safety training program that has enabled them to become members of the International Food Safety Council.

Police Blotter

NAACP to hear U.S. attorney

Richard H. Deane, U.S. attorney for rthe northern district of Georgia, will speak on racial profiling and other civil rights issues Saturday at the September meeting of the Fayette NAACP.

PROBE fair coming to Sandy Creek High School

High school juniors and seniors who are planning to continue their education after graduation will have an opportunity to gather valuable information about various post-secondary institutions at the PROBE Fair scheduled at Sandy Creek High School this month.

Sheriff to address GOP

Sheriff Randall Johnson will present a program on the history of Fayette County to local Republicans Saturday.

Human services Council to meet

The Fayette Human Services Council will have a program titled "How is human services like a bank" at its next meeting, Monday, Sept. 10 at noon at Fayette Community Hospital.

Former handicapped students' records to be destroyed

If you are a handicapped student or the parent of a handicapped student who has graduated or withdrawn from the Fayette County School System, or who is now 22 or older, you have until Dec. 30 to get copies of your records.

Prime Timers

Local resident tells fascinating war stories


Helen Denton has led an action-packed life and does not seem to have any plans to stop the action any time in the near future.

New Neighbor League keeps members busy

Boredom is not an option for members of the active New Neighbors League.

Volunteers rebuild minigolf course

Jack Nicklaus would be envious of the new greens at Christian City's minigolf course thanks to renovations by Hope Worldwide volunteers and Christian City employees.


New two-story office building set for PTC

SST Properties LLC recently broke ground on a new class A, multi-tenant office building known as Westpark North on Commerce Drive North in Peachtree City.

Local banker named to state board of directors

Gary McGaha, president and CEO of Southern Community Bank, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia for 2001-2002.

Shop Talk


Back with a bang

The high school football seaon began for most teams last Friday and several teams strted it off with a win.

Fayette County-Starr's Mill game on radio, Internet

Fans will be able to listen to an audio broadcast of Friday night's Fayette County-Starr's Mill football game, the third time this season a game involving a Fayette team is on the air.

Lady Chiefs and Tigers rack up some wins on the diamond

Fayette County improved to 11-1 on the season with wins last week over Starr's Mill and Lovejoy.

Woolsey Yankees win Cooperstown tournament

The 2001 National American Tournament of Champions, held in Cooperstown, N.Y., featured two Georgia teams competing for the title.

Tennis tournament starts Sunday

Some of the future stars of women's tennis are set to arrive in Peachtree City this weekend.

Sports Calendar


Falcon Field in Peachtree City will be the site of the fourth annual Wings Over Dixie Air Show this weekend.
If you were in a rock 'n' roll band, you would expect to have hundreds of different experiences throughout your career.
Jack, a young boy who lives on a struggling farm with his mother, trades the family's cow for magic beans instead of money.
I've been thinking a lot about déjà vu lately.


No matter how much, the bill has been paid
Religion Columnist

I was shopping for luggage last week in a local department store. The huge, fine piece of luggage didn't have a price tag, so my wife and I took it to the customer service desk to inquire as to its price. The kind lady looked at a marking and immediately said, "$69." I said, "We'll take it." Not 60 seconds later did she discover the price was really $199. But, she added, "I'll eat the difference because I quoted you the wrong price." I came back at her and said, "But, I wouldn't want you to get into trouble." She came back, "I'm the manager. It's okay." What was I to say except, "Thank you and bless you." My wife and I left the store praising God for his favor to us.

Peachtree Christian Fellowship moves to new facility

Peachtree Christian Fellowship is now up and running in its new 1,300 sq. ft. facility on Ebenezer Church Rd. Members have been meeting at Ebenezer United Methodist Church for the past few months while awaiting the completion of the new building.

Christian City's thrift store will offer '25-Cent Day' Saturday

Graceland, the thrift store on the Christian City Campus in Union City, will host a "25-Cent Day Special" this Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All clothing will be 25 cents except for boutique items. Jewelry also will be available for sale.

Tent service will mark church's fifth anniversary

Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church will celebrate its fifth anniversary this Sunday with a special 10 a.m. service held on its property in Coweta County. The site will be the future home of Christ the King, which has been meeting in the chapel of Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City.

Religion Briefs

Rolling Hills plans AWANA party

Rolling Hills Baptist Church will have its Fall Children's Ministries (AWANA) Kick-Off Party Sunday, Sept. 9, at the church. The event will introduce the AWANA youth Bible study program for children ages three through 5th grade.



This poll's responses won't surprise you

Sometimes this job is just too easy.

In remembrance of Howard . . .

In a picture on my book shelf, all seven of Peachtree City's mayors are standing in a row on City Hall plaza for a formal shot illustrating a 1994 magazine story. For some reason, somebody invited me to get into the picture, as a souvenir for writing the story, I guess.

Where we live is not where it's at
Laugh Lines

Location, location, location. The key to life, as a real estate agent would tell it, is where you live. Nowadays it seems that is more true than ever. I'm not putting money down on that theory, but lots do.


Answers for questions about Mexicans here

I'm writing in response to LeGay Saul's letter printed in the Aug. 22 edition of The Citizen. LeGay had "a few questions that maybe one of your readers might answer."

Unchecked immigration leads to overcrowding

I am worried about the level of immigration into this country, but not for racial, ethic, or job security related reasons. In fact, I hire many recent immigrants in my business.

Invasion of illegals is unjust, bad for U.S.

This letter is to make some comments about the Citizen Opinion about amnesty. We believe this invasion of illegal Mexicans is not only bad for the country but also for towns where they are congregating.

'Don't let our children grow up ashamed to be white'

When the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the lower court's decision regarding the University of Georgia's racist admissions policy, a step toward mediocrity was delayed. Though the trend seems to be with wide acceptance of racist policies, it's nice to see that some people realize the damaging effects.

Brown: Where has Wellman been?

I read the Aug. 22 letter to the editor from my mayoral opponent regarding "the coming arrival of Wal-Mart and Home Depot and the effect they will have on the small business economic landscape of our city" with great interest.

Tennant: I'm staying put, not running for mayor

OK, Labor Day is behind us, so we can talk about politics now.

Faulkner: I remember how PTC looked in '72

Some people vote for the candidate with the most money, the most signs, and the best publicity. I am asking for you to elect me to City Council on Nov. 6 because my knowledge, experience and motivation can be beneficial to us.

Attention, amphitheater fans: rock bands play loud music

Upon reading Cynthia Freeman's letter commenting on the "Chastain-level volume" of the Marshall Tucker Band concert, I felt compelled to respond. Had Ms. Freeman done research prior to arriving at the concert, she would have realized that the Marshall Tucker Band is, in fact, a rock band.

MTB, come back to the 'Fred'

I read the letter from the lady who said don't invite the Marshall Tucker Band back to the "Fred." The concert on Friday night was the best display of country rock and blues I have ever seen. The three lead guitars were incredible.

Thanks to all who've helped the Hinkle family in PTC

Many of you have read about the tragic car accident that took the lives of Nancy Hinkle and her twin 3-year-old daughters, Emily and Elizabeth, on June 4, as they returned from a family graduation party in Ohio with Gary Hinkle, Nancy's husband of 26 years.

Democrats divide and conquer

I cannot believe that our state senator, Greg Hecht, would have the audacity to write the letter he wrote to The Citizen and expect the constituents to believe it.

Hecht has done a great job

I'm here to praise my state senator, Greg Hecht. He has done a remarkable job in the state legislature. He has worked tirelessly for Fayette County and also the state of Georgia.

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