The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, September 26, 2001


'All we could do was wait'

Amid the thousands of tragic personal stories that have surfaced during the past two weeks from the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York, there are hundreds of stories with happy endings, even miracle endings.

Local residents bring home stories of support from abroad

Fayetteville resident Ursula Graves returned from a trip to Germany and the Czech Republic last week with news of warm wishes from those two parts of Europe in the wake of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Pentagon victim lived here in '80s

Peachtree City resident Sandy Thomas remembers Marjorie Salamone as "a wonderful wife and mother" who was active in the community during the two and a half years her family lived in Fayette County.

Fayetteville, Fayette set Stars and Stripes Rally

Grammy award-winning group Shenandoah will highlight a free patriotic rally jointly sponsored by the city of Fayetteville and Fayette County Saturday, Oct. 6.

Cannon fires rebuke at county for stop sign refusal

Tyrone Councilman Ronnie Cannon unloaded last week on the Fayette County government's decision not to place a stop sign at what he terms a dangerous intersection.

Plans to widen Ga. Hwy. 54 accelerated

It may turn out that the widening of Ga. Highway 54 west to four lanes may well end up on the fast track.

Guilty verdict in molestation case

A Hampton man accused of inappropriately touching three girls at his former residence in Landmark Mobile Home Park claims he is innocent of the charges.

Long day at the office

Like millions of other Americans, Irene Martin of south Fayette County left home on a recent Tuesday morning for just another day at the office.

P&Z nixes one-acre zoning in south Fayette; commission decides Thursday

Developer Michael Faulkner said last week he hopes to develop a neighborhood that Fayette will be proud of on Ga. Highway 85 south.

Tax rates on county agenda Thursday

The good news is that your property tax rates are not going up.

Peachtree City Rotary sets candidate forum

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City's Get out the Vote Committee will sponsor a meet the candidates night Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 7 - 9 p.m. at the Wyndham Conference Center.

PTC Council keeps hands off any election changes

A Peachtree City councilman's suggestion to study a change in Peachtree City's municipal elections process was resoundingly rejected by his fellow council members at Thursday night's regular meeting.

Three schools win Pay for Performance awards

After collecting mounds of data from teachers throughout the 2000-2001 academic year and compiling it into a report that resembled a small novel, two elementary schools and one middle school are now reaping the rewards of Pay for Performance.

Fayetteville police make arrests for armed robbery, kidnapping and underage drinking incidents

Fayetteville police have recently arrested suspects in the armed robbery of a video store, a kidnapping at a local residence and several Hooters waitresses caught drinking alcohol at the restaurant.

Bus drivers collect money for firefighters

A Fayette County High School student has been suspended from school for 10 days after a search of his vehicle on campus Thursday revealed several weapons.

Gifts get special delivery

Students at Brooks Elementary School not only brought in several bins full of socks and gloves for the firefighters in New York City, they had them personally delivered.

Freedom Fund Banquet program is shaping up

The Fayette County NAACP's fourth annual Freedom Fund Banquet, scheduled for Oct. 27, is shaping up to be a great fund-raiser and social event, according to branch President the Rev. Edward J. Johnson.

Brooks has new councilman

Election in the town of Brooks will be a non-event.

Police Blotter

Health Wise

Working through terror
Child's Play

These past many days have been difficult for people across the country as we all struggle to come to grips with the horrific actions of Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Cost of the cure
Increasingly, too much about the profession of "healing" is measured in terms of dollars and cents. As the cost of living rises, so does the cost of treating patients, and of caring for one's own health.
Hearing important when driving

Crowded roadways and distractions such as car phones, the car radio and traffic noise can make driving a stressful experience for anyone. For drivers with hearing loss, the challenges are even greater.

Packing it on

Across the nation, millions of elementary, high school and college students are racing out to the school bus or scurrying to their classes with overstuffed backpacks slung over their shoulders. While carrying a backpack to school each morning might seem harmless enough, it can cause some painful back and neck problems for students who don't pack or carry their backpacks properly.

Good posture important for good health

Throughout the ages good posture has been a symbol of elegance, grace, vitality and even nobility.

Raniere now board-certified

Dr. Joseph Raniere, Jr., announces his board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He is experienced in all facets of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, as well as minimally invasive, edoscopic, and laser techniques pertaining to cosmetic surgery of the face and body.

New Arthritis Aquatics program unveiled

The Arthritis Foundation will be sponsoring a new Arthritis Aquatic Program at the Amerihost Inn just off Eagle's Landing Parkway in Stockbridge. Classes begin Oct. 1 and will be held every Monday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. and every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the class is $55 per month, which includes eight classes. These 45-minute sessions will be taught by a certified instructor who will teach and reinforce flexibility, range of motion, strength and endurance. For more information please call 770-460-1760.

Today is Vision Awareness Day

Gov. Roy Barnes has proclaimed Sept. 26 Children's Vision Awareness Day in Georgia. Prevent Blindness Georgia staff and volunteers and eye care professionals from cosponsor Vision Service Plan are to gather on the steps of the South Wing of the State Capitol to make the public aware of the importance of vision screenings for young children.


Newest store at Pavilion sets opening date

The first Jo-Ann etc store in Fayetteville will open Friday, Oct. 5, at Fayette Pavilion off Pavilion Parkway.

Chamber celebrates small buiness this week

Small businesses contribute significantly to the economic success enjoyed in Fayette County.

Local airline petitions NASDAQ

Peachtree City's World Airways Inc. announced last week it plans to request a hearing before a NASDAQ Listing Qualifications Panel to ask for continued listing of the company's stock on the Nasdaq SmallCap Market.


Play resumes, streaks continue

The local high school football teams were back in action on Friday, with the exception of the Sandy Creek patriots who had a bye. For teams like Landmark Christian and Starr's Mill, this week saw their winning streaks continue, while Fayette County and McIntosh saw their losing streaks continue.

Cross country teams run at Carrollton instead of Sandy Creek

The Sandy Creek Invitational cross country meet was scheduled for this past Saturday, but since the Carrollton Inviational had been postponed from the previous week all of the teams scheduled to go to Sandy Creek raced at Carrollton instead.

McIntosh volleyball team holds on to state rankings

The McIntosh Lady Chiefs Varsity Volleyball team held on to their state ranking in the Georgia Volleyball Coaches Association poll yet another week. Currently ranked 14th in the state, the McIntosh squad brought in another series of victories last week over tough opponents.

Sports Calendar


Surfing as a sport is limited to a few areas in the world, but thanks to the music of The Beach Boys, children of all ages have had thoughts of riding the waves in an endless summer.
Admit it, you have had a hankering for some funnel cake recently, haven't you?
The story of "The Jungle Book" deals with a young boy named Mowgli who lives in the jungle with several of his animal friends.

It was the mid-1950s, and we were in Dave's old Studebaker coupe heading for a weekend home with our families.

I do not own a cell phone. I am free.


Uganda grieves for United States
Religion Columnist

As we arrived at the Entebbe, Uganda airport Tuesday, September 11, the custom official asked us (my partner in ministry Rev. Richard Green and me) if we had heard the World Trade Center and Pentagon had been bombed. Of course, we were devastated upon our arrival for teaching and training ministry in the areas of marriage and pastoring the church.

Miller will lead workshop on beinga 'contagious Christian' at First Presbyterian in Peachtree City

Fayetteville's Mark Miller, teacher for the International Bible Society, will lead a workshop on "Becoming a Contagious Christian," at the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The cost is $6.50 for the participant's guide, one per family.

Fayetteville Christian plans Global Outreach Festival Sept. 28-30

Fayetteville Christian Church will have its Global Outreach Festival Friday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Sept. 30 with special events planned all weekend.

Peachtree Christian Fellowship offers Beth Moore study

The Beth Moore Bible study, "Jesus the One and Only," will begin at Peachtree Christian Fellowship Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 7-9 p.m. and will continue each Tuesday night. The class is taught via video.

Peachtree Christian Fellowship offers parenting class Sept. 25

Gary and Ann Ezzo's video class, "Growing Kids God's Way," will be offered at Peachtree Christian Fellowship beginning Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 7-9 p.m. David and Lydia Miller will facilitate the class which will continue each Tuesday for 16 weeks.

Harp's Crossing plans 'Tent Event' for October 7

Harp's Crossing Baptist Church will have a "Tent Event" Sunday, Oct. 7, with special events planned for the entire day.

Harp's Crossing Baptist offers Sunday evening L.I.F.E. classes

"Harp's Crossing Baptist Church offers several L.I.F.E. classes each Sunday evening, beginning at 5:45, prior to the Sunday evening worship service.

Covenent women elect new officers for 2001-2002

Women in the church (WIC) at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville recently elected officers and committee chairs or the 2001-2002 year.

Religion Briefs



We need to be br'er Rabbit, not br'er Bear

I'm glad President Bush is talking tough.

Growing up Late Night
Laugh Lines

When I was in the ninth grade, I had a fight with my mother. Though it was the 70s, the fight was not over my misplaced mood ring. I simply fought her every night over staying up to watch "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson."

A time forever etched in memory
One Citizen's Opinion

Throughout our history there have been times and experiences that became etched in our psyche. Whether we lived them ourselves, or lived them through the lives and stories of others, they became a part of our collective experience.


High school students should know what's going on

I am a sophomore at Starr's Mill High School, and I was taking an English test on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, when our principal's voice crackled on the PA system. He announced that a few planes had been hijacked and had crashed into the World Trade Center. Immediately following that, he made the strict announcement that we would not be able to watch CNN, go on its Web site, or listen to the radio. The only reason he told us about it is because some kids were listening to a radio during class for class work and heard the news; otherwise, we would not have known about it. My school blocked out any communication to the outside world, thus triggering several rumors to spread like wildfire through my school. When I left English, everywhere I listened, people were discussing the events. Some exaggerated by saying that there had been 10 planes hijacked and some were heading to the CDC center in Atlanta. Since no one was able to confirm or deny these rumors, we had to sit for five hours worrying about what was going on in the outside world while our teachers droned on.

The only solution to terrorism

[Editor's note: This letter was also sent to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.]

Time to pray, fly the flag

It seems to me that this is the time when we need to take the steps to get the prayers back into the public schools.

Support war effort financially

In light of the recent acts of war perpetrated against innocent Americans, many of us are wondering what we can do, right here where we are. I have a suggestion: Did not many of us receive, or anticipate receiving a tax refund from the federal government? How did you spend or plan to spend that money? Pay off bills? Buy something frivolous? Make a financial investment? How about this instead? SEND IT BACK! How do you send it back? Buy U.S. Savings Bonds. Send a check to the Red Cross. Send a contribution to the Salvation Army.

Local club encouraged by flag displays

Thank you for your front-page article on the proper way to fly the American flag. Over the past week many have looked for ways to show pride in our country and it has been heartening to see the symbol of freedom and justice flying from cars, trucks, buildings and displayed in store windows. It was inspiring to learn that the demand for the flag had cleared the stores of their supply. What is somewhat disappointing, however, is that such a horrible act of barbarian incivility had to be the cause of our openly and unashamedly embracing the basic symbols of our country.

A poem: 'The Attack'

The Attack

New York a 'great city'

My granddaughter Jessie wanted to go to see the Statue of Liberty for her first trip and flight. I take each of my Grandchildren on a trip when they reach their 8th birthday.

Challenge to city government: Look at school lines, and how you caused them to change

I am writing to issue a challenge to our Peachtree City government officials, prospective members of our government included. I want to be as straightforward as I possibly can to prevent any confusion, because the citizens of this town who elect you deserve your unequivocal support.

Council candidate to give all contributions to relief efforts

It is difficult to continue concentrating on my campaign for the upcoming election. The attack on America was one of those defining moments in our life that we will never forget. In a blink of an eye, our lives have been severed into "before the attack" and "after the attack."

Rapson supporter: Leadership is what keeps America strong

Leadership is not a common commodity in our country or in our community. As our nation mourns the dreadful acts of Sept. 11, we are comforted to know that we have individuals in key places to see us through what lies ahead. It is with that sobering thought in mind that I want to talk about the characteristics of one of our candidates for Peachtree City Council, Steve Rapson.

Voting, examining candidates a big part of our job as citizens

Since last Tuesday I have seen and heard God Bless America countless times. The monsters who committed the four spinless acts upon our country may look at our strong faith in God as being weak; little do they know that God is who has enabled us to remain strong.

Candidate for Peachtree City mayor announces his intentions

On Friday, Sept 14, I qualified as a candidate for mayor of Peachtree City. As many of you who know me will attest, I have never been one to sit around when there is work to be done. You also know that I am not afraid to get my hands dirty, whether it's the Line Creek Nature Area or the F-16 project at Falcon Field, both of which I had the honor of directing.

Recent events bring new perspectives on community's differences, similarities

These pages are routinely filled with opinions from many people in our community. It is always intriguing to me to see what is on the minds of people from all walks of life. We are fortunate to have The Citizen to read to gain some insight as to what matters the most in the minds of the citizenry.

Peters family member voices concern about cemetery, power plant

I am Jan Peters Roderick, g-g-g-granddaughter of George and Sarah West Peters. I have just this past week been advised of the controversy over my ancestors' cemetery located on the property which, I am told, is now the proposed site of a power plant of the Williams Energy Co. This Peters family cemetery contains the burial sites of Sarah West Peters, along with her son, George, and most of his family. It is my understanding this property is owned by Mr. Michael Scharko.

Look at all sides in power plant discussion

Thank you for publishing letters on both sides of the proposed power plant controversy. Fair-minded people like to hear all views of an issue so important to the future of Fayette County.

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