The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, September 12, 2001



Attacks shock Fayette; EMS, schools on alert

The Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services was on a heightened alert status Tuesday morning after media reports of the terrorist attacks that occured in New York and Washington, D.C.

Eyewitness describes NY attack

"It's the most unbelievable thing I've ever seen."

Schools on alert following attacks

Fayette County schools were on alert status Tuesday following terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.

Terrorism hits home to Fayette residents

Local reaction to the news of the alleged terrorist attacks throughout the country Tuesday morning hit home at Melear's Restaurant.

PTC police launch added patrols here

The Peachtree City Police Department activated extra patrols in sensitive areas such as local schools and industries Tuesday morning in light of the alleged terrorist attacks occurring across the country.

Trailers to be common sights at Fayette schools

Don't expect to see those portable classrooms disappearing from Fayette schools anytime soon.

Riverdale-to-Fayette bus route recommended

A bus route connecting low-income workers in Clayton and Fulton counties with entry-level jobs at Fayette Pavilion is among recommendations of a 65-member Atlanta Regional Commission task force.

Falcon Field shut down

With all aircraft ordered grounded by the Federal Aviation Administration in light of Tuesday's terrorist attacks, there wasn't much to be done at Falcon Field in Peachtree City.

Who will go to new schools?

As school officials prepare for what they hope will be the opening of two new schools next fall, students and parents throughout the county will feel the effects of new district lines that determine who attends the new schools.

School board: No tax hike

The Fayette County Board of Education is stressing that property taxes for schools are not going up, while scheduling public hearings that suggest just the opposite.

Williams: Cemetery won't be a problem

Williams Inc. officials said Thursday they will do everything possible to make sure a cemetery on the site of a proposed power plant on the south Fulton/north Fayette border is protected.

Study continuing on septage concerns

What to do with septage, the effluent that is pumped out of septic tanks, is back on the Fayette County Water Committee's front burner.

Stolen farm vehicles sold from Fayette motorcycle shop; police look for more

Two men have been arrested for giving steals of a deal on John Deere farm and lawn equipment at a motorcycle shop in north Fayette County.

PTC Council adopts $23.2 million budget; projected millage hike to shrink a little

The Peachtree City Council adopted its 2002 budget, to the tune of $23.2 million, at last week's council meeting.

Students testify about substitute's alleged improprieties

Former Whitewater Middle School students testified Monday that a teenage substitute teacher tried to call up a Web site with pictures of two particular students in swimsuits for the entire class to see.

Legislature still working on congressional maps

State legislators continue to deliberate this week over the district lines for the state's U.S. Congress members.

Changes to PTC charter approved

Peachtree City's months-long updating of its city charter is finally complete.

Qualifying is this week in Brooks

The town of Brooks will have an election Tuesday, Nov. 6, with two council seats and mayor up for reelection.

Fun Fest response surprises library

What is the connection between a public library and a giant slide?

Workers urged to drive safely during commute

Georgia drivers are reminded to follow the rules of the road this week, which has been named "Drive Safely Work Week in Georgia."

Police Blotter

Real Estate

Commercial property is key in Fayette

To the average person, real estate is a place to live.

Smart growth must address housing needs

America faces a crisis that has been largely unreported and ignored: Millions of American families cannot afford adequate housing.

Live Oak opens model at Avery Park

Newnan-based homebuilder Live Oak Construction has opened its designer model home at Avery Park in historic Newnan. Live Oak Construction will be building 35 homes in Morningside, Avery Park's newest neighborhood.

Bullard sponsors arts camp

Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty once again served as a sponsor for Arts Clayton's annual Summer Arts Camp, conducted for children ages 6-10. The recent camp consisted of a special week of activities and special programs and included art instruction in painting, dance, music and drama. It is part of the Clayton County Colmmissioners' "Safe Summer" initiative. This year's camp was based on the theme "Going Bug-gy," and Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty provided T-shirts emphasizing the theme. This summer, the camp was held at Jonesboro United Methodist Church1 for the Jonesboro area, and North Clayton Middle School and B. C. Haynie School for the North Clayton and Forest Park/Morrow areas. The camp finale at each of the locations featured all components of the art instruction presented at the sessions.

Arnold to lead sales team at Bear Creek

Allyce Arnold, a new home sales specialist with the Builder-Developer Marketing Group of Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate, has been chosen to lead the on-site sales team at Bear Creek Golf and Country Club.

Brayson ranked by Chronicle

Brayson Homes, which is based in Duluth, has been ranked No. 8 in the Atlanta Business Chronicle1s 2001 listing of "Atlanta's Top 25 Home Builders" for the second consecutive year.

Pathway forms builder alliance with Brayson Homes

As Pathway Communities embarks on the most growth-oriented period in its history, the company welcomes Brayson Homes to its builder team.

Builders to meet at The Barn

The Sales & Marketing Council of the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia has scheduled its Builders Night and Networking event for Tuesday night, Sept. 18, at The Barn in Tyrone.

New officers to be installed

RCS of Fayetteville will host the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia's September meeting, which will feature a Mexican Fiesta and installation of the association1s officers for the upcoming year.

'Career Night' sessions planned

Tuesday night, Sept. 18, is the date for the next "Career Night" session at the Fayette County office of Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty.

Crown River more than 70 percent sold

Crown River, one of the top-selling communities in Henry County the past three years, is now more than 70 percent sold.

Hampton Brook opens Phase II

The much anticipated Phase II is open for sales in Hampton Brook, a single-family residential community located one mile south of Hampton in Henry County.

Jo-Par, Keller, Bullard welcome new associates

Don McKee has joined ERA Jo-Par Realty.

New phase of Misty Lake underway

The marketing effort has begun in Unit IV, the 64-homesite final phase of Misty Lake, an upscale community in the Ellenwood section of south DeKalb County.

Morrision selects Web company

Morrison Homes Selects SAP for E-Business Solutions Initiative to increase internal and external communications

Pathway Communities' Last Peachtree City Neighborhood Posting Record Sales

After 25 years of highly successful development in Peachtree City, Pathway Communities has reached a sentimental milestone. All Pathway-owned, Peachtree City residential property has been developed, with the exception of one final neighborhood. With this last development, the company is truly pulling out all the stops.

Savannah Place now open in Troup

Jerry Ballard Homes, one of the best known and most active home builders in the Metro South area of Atlanta, has entered the Troup County market with the opening of Savannah Place in the LaGrange area.

Tim Jones Communities still ranked

Tim Jones Communities, which is based in Jonesboro, remains among the Atlanta area home builders included in the Atlanta Business Chronicle1s annual listing of "Atlanta1s Top 25 Home Builders," which was in the publication's edition of Aug. 31-Sept. 6.

Togwatee Village homes complete

Four new homes are completed and ready for purchase and a fifth is nearing completion in Togwatee Village, a new Jerry Ballard Homes community in the Hampton area of Clayton County.

New Walden Park areas underway

Developer Stephen H. Macauley has announced plans for work to begin in four new residential sections in Walden Park, The Macauley Companies' new master-planned community in South Fulton County.


Business success classes are up and running

The county's newest efforts to help small business owners is up and running.

Eight virtues of gladiator leadership

Remember the heart-pounding, soul-stirring message of last year's critically acclaimed movie "Gladiator"?


Big games in second full week of football season

Fayette County High School traveled down the road on Friday night to face Starr's Mill High School, which handed the Tigers a big loss in their first meeting last year. The Tigers, with revenge on their mind, struck first this past Friday when Matt Owens threw a 45 yard pass to T. J. Brandenburg. Up until that point, both defenses did a great job of putting pressure on the quarterbacks and corralling the offense. After the first quarter, the Tigers led 7-0.

Local volleyball teams defeat top notch state opponents

The volleyball season is heating up and local schools are showing they have what it takes to beat some of the top programs in the state.

Southside Girls Participate in the Amateur Softball Association's 2001 Gold National Tournament

It's a dream of any fast-pitch softball player, and the chances of reaching this level of competition are rare. The ASA 2001 Girls' Gold 18-U Fast-Pitch National Tournament took place July 30-Aug. 5 at the Lost Mountain Softball Complex in Marietta, Ga.

Lady Tigers and chiefs win games and set up big match for Thursday

Last week was an interesting week in Region 4-AAAAA softball. McIntosh faced and defeated Lovejoy, while Fayette County beat East Coweta and Newnan.



For the past four years the farm of Rick and Joanne Minter has been the site of Inman Farm Heritage Days.

Tyrone Founders day turns 25

The town of Tyrone began celebrating Founders Day 25 years ago.

Shakerag unites artisans and crafters under shade of trees

The Shakerag Festival in Peachtree City started 25 years ago, around the same time as the Founders Day festival in Tyrone began.

Walking for a worthwhile cause

If your circle of acquaintances includes, as mine does, those noble souls who love to walk for good works, you are probably getting besieged right now with sponsoring appeals.


The Emmys are coming, the Emmys are coming

The Emmy Awards will be broadcast this Sunday evening and I won't be watching.

Fayette man brings pro wrestling show to the area

David Penzer was always a fan of wrestling and in October he will share his love with Fayette County with a wrestling extravaganza that will benefit the Fayette County High School wrestling program.


It shouldn't take a law to make us act like Christians
Religion Columnist

Why does it take the government to make us church folks act like Christians? If it were not for governmental mandates, codes, etc, many people confined to wheelchairs would take it that they were not welcome in our beautiful church houses. That's a fact, Jack!

Nativity plans prayer vigil for Tuesday night

Pastor Bob Hudak has announced that the Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville will have a prayer vigil Tuesday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at its home at 130 Antioch Road.


Holy Trinity teens host Catholic college fair this weekend

Hundreds of local students and representatives from colleges and universities throughout the country will flock to McIntosh High School this weekend, when the Life Teen Program of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City hosts the Third Annual Catholic College Fair, Sunday, Sept. 16, at 7:30 p.m., following the 6 p.m. Life Teen Mass..

Religion Briefs



How to stop the pork barrel gravy train

Various conservative organizations delight each year in listing some of the unconscionable ways in which our elected representatives waste our money in order to buy votes.

Staff development trains variety of school personnel

The staff development department of the Fayette County School System provides and supports many professional development activities for all employees. The majority of the funding for staff training is provided through a grant from the Georgia Department of Education.

I school; how do you school?
Laugh Lines

When highly educated archaeologists dig up our Sunday-best-dressed corpses in some century yet to come, I wonder if we will be remembered as the culture who could argue over everything. Among our ruins of Movado watches, Ford Expeditions and Mini cell phones will they also discover our propensity for quarreling?


Democrats not only ones sending surveys

I certainly can relate to Dave Hamrick's article, "This poll's responses won't surprise you," in The Citizen Sept. 5. You see, I, too, was sent a "survey" to fill out during the 2000 campaign.

Why schools have no gyms, and how they can get them

Please allow me to comment on last week's Citizen front-page article captioned, "What about our gym?" There is a reason why there is no gym, and I'll tell you what it is. I'll also tell you how our kids can get a gym.

Health data say No to power plant

I have heard and read reliable and factual data about the proposed Williams Power Plant. I have also heard many things about the risk to our health, which is my greatest concern regarding this proposed power plant. I have tried to keep an open mind while gathering all the information that I can before I choose a position for or against this proposed power plant. Keep in mind that Fulton and Fayette counties are in the non-attainment zone for ozone pollution.

Plant bad for seniors, kids

Everyone needs power, but power plants shouldn't be built in residential areas. Prior to deregulation most public utilities didn't locate power plants in neighborhoods because risks to the public were not deemed acceptable.

California said No; look what happened

For all the residents and family members of the residents primarily in the suggested "proposed new power plant area," we should really consider this new plant as a blessing.

Brown: Here's plan that will work for schools

For those who have read my letters in the past, you will recall that I had introduced a proposal called Education First in Fayette. The proposal called for local governments (county and municipal) to assume accountability for annexations and rezonings that negatively affect the school system. Obviously, if governmental entities change large sections of land to a higher density than what the current land use plan states, the school system is forced into a reactive position and problems abound.

Wellman: Not engaging in negative campaigning

The period to qualify for our Peachtree City elections has begun. By close of business Friday, Sept. 14, we will know who the candidates will be. We will then have eight weeks to decide which one will earn your vote.

Faulkner: CCY youth programs must be kept

The decision last week for the Peachtree City Commission on Children and Youth to recommend to City Council that it be disbanded should be a wake-up call for us.

Mexicans are just like us: We all came here from elsewhere

After reading your letters to the editor in today's Citizen, I found myself compelled to respond, primarily to the letter signed "Name withheld."

U.S. overcrowded? Not likely

This letter is in response to Bill Gilmer's letter, "Unchecked immigration leads to overcrowding."

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