The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, October 3, 2001


County votes 3-2 to hike taxes 6.1%

Property taxes in Fayette this year will produce $3 million more in revenue than they did last year about 11.4 percent though the tax rates will remain the same.

Fayette to share 2 U.S. reps

Fayette County will end up with two U.S. representatives instead of the three that were contemplated earlier in the state Legislature's redistricting process.

Teen pilot now faces 'terroristic' charges

The teenage student pilot accused of buzzing the Fayette County Kiwanis Fair last week remains in custody after officials have filed felony charges against him.

Fayette steps up to aid displaced Delta workers

Last week's announcement by Delta Air Lines that more than 13,000 positions would be cut by the end of the year could have an enormous impact on Fayette County.

Cable upgrade complete, except for PTC customers

Fayette's cable provider, AT&T Broadband, announced this week that the long-awaited upgrade of its local facilities is finished.

Hecht formally announces congressional bid

State Sen. Greg Hecht made it official Tuesday ... he is running for Congress.

Plan for Fayetteville south side slows down

The proposed master plan for the south side of Fayetteville is under review by the City Council, but council members will not be rushing to send it through.

Local deputies collaborate with metro agencies for $8 million cocaine bust

With metro Atlanta fast becoming "a major hub" for illegal drug distribution, the Fayette County Sheriff's Department is cooperating with other area agencies to stem the tide of drugs coming here.

Over $135,000 raised for victims of terrorist attacks; local woman's brother among missing firefighters

When local firefighters hit the streets seeking financial assistance for victims of the terrorist attacks in New York, Fayette countians responded in a big way, donating over $135,000 in recent boot drives.

PTC Council to consider contract for manager, also transportation plan for growing West Village

A proposed contract for Peachtree City Manager Jim Basinger will be considered by the City Council at its meeting Thursday night.

P&Z eyes new overlays, 'conservation' subdivisions

New special architectural standards for state highway corridors, a new "conservation" zoning category and a proposed large truck repair shop on Ga. Highway 85 north are among 13 items crowding the agenda of the Fayette County Planning Commission Thursday.

Samaritans find a home

The Fayette Samaritans organization is no longer homeless.

Fayetteville tax rate set

Fayetteville's property tax rate has been set at 3.22 mills, meaning there will not be a millage increase in the city for the upcoming fiscal year.

Music studio idea not in harmony with county law

Emmanuel Lewis, former star of the hit television series "Webster," wants to use a guest house on his 15-acre Fayetteville property as a music studio.

Commission denies one-acre zoning on 85, grants two-acre

If developer Michael Faulkner wants to build a new neighborhood on Ga. Highway 85 next to Whitewater Middle School, he'll have to put the homes on two-acre lots.

Hampton man charged in stolen tractor conspiracy

Police have arrested another alleged co-conspirator in a scheme to sell stolen John Deere tractors from a motorcycle shop in Fayette County.

Local man accused of sexual assault on his stepdaughter

A Fayette County man has been arrested for sexually assaulting his 16-year-old stepdaughter.

Collins cosponsors victim tax relief bill

Rep. Mac Collins cosponsored the Victims of Terrorism Relief Act that was passed late last week in the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 418 to 0.

Red Cross fund-raiser set

Tyrone resident Chip Young, owner of Atlanta South ambulance service, and the Greater Fayette Republican Women will sponsor United We Stand, a fund-raiser for the local branch of the American Red Cross, Saturday, Oct. 13.

Ban lifted on burning outdoor debris here

Fayette County's outdoor burning ban has been lifted.

Author's a hit at library

Noted author Tina McElroy Ansa read from her work at the Fayette County Public Library last Saturday.

Flat Rock students first in school system to make donation to American Red Cross

One day after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Flat Rock Middle School set a goal to raise $1,000 in five days for the American Red Cross.

Locally based company donates equipment for New York disaster relief

Hoshizaki America Inc., which has a manufacturing plant in Peachtree City, has donated $20,000 worth of equipment to the disaster relief efforts in New York City.

Local residents do their part for relief effort

The Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon brought about many results and responses.

GOP sets breakfast meeting

Fayette Republicans will learn more about traffic management in the county during their monthly breakfast meeting, Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8:30 a.m.

Local resident named new DAR regent

Betty Harrah of Fayetteville was sworn in as chapter regent during the Augustin Clayton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Week celebration recently.


Police Blotter

Home & Garden

Antique Gallery moves, stays local


After 15 years in the antiques business, Paul and Carole Smith are still on the move.

Diversity in design

Tiger Lily's Flower Boutique in Sharpsburg is a full-line Teleflora florist with a decided difference.

Mattresses still made by hand at Verlo

Verlo Mattress has been serving local customers from its Peachtree City location since 1989.

Artist adds personal touch to home interiors

Malin Roghelia enters local homes and offices each day with the goal of "adding something unique and beautiful to a lackluster environment."

Kayne Galleries marks grand opening

Kayne Galleries at The Avenue at Peachtree City celebrated its grand opening Tuesday, and a special offer is available this week only in commemoration of that event.

Windows, Etc. ready to help with holiday accessories

The holidays are just around the corner, and beautiful holiday gatherings start with a beautiful home.

Fall gardening tips

Here are some ideas for great fall gardening projects.

Prime Timers

Memory Walk on track


The organizers of the 2nd Annual Memory Walk want to spread the word that, while they are on track in their fund raising efforts, spots are still available for those wishing to walk this Saturday.

Bank of Georgia has new senior group

The Bank of Georgia hosted its second luncheon for the senior group at Gold's Gym Peachtree City West last week. Members enjoyed lunch and a brief overview of ways to keep healthy while traveling in addition to winning a few fun prizes from the Bank of Georgia and Gold's Gym.

Walk co-chairs active in community

Fred Brown and Iola Snow are two names known to many in the Fayette County area. Both are active in many areas of the community and are currently serving as co-chairs of the 2nd Annual Memory Walk to benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

About Alzheimer's

About the Alzheimer's Association


Arnie's takes home the honors for top small business

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce last week honored nine small businesses in the county and chose one as its Small Business of the Year.

Harry Norman will open PTC office

Harry Norman Realtors President Lewis Glenn announced plans last month to open a new company-owned office in Peachtree City.

Shop Talk


Local teams face tough region foes

The high school football season continued last Friday and Starr's Mill and East Coweta continued their winning streaks, while Fayette County, Sandy Creek and McIntosh continued their losing streaks. Landmark Christian was handed their first loss on Friday as they fell to Adairsville and Our Lady of Mercy got back to their winning ways with a win over Spalding's JV last Thursday.

PTC Flash cross country season well

The Peachtree City Flash cross country team attended their first meet of 2001 on Saturday. Thirty seven athletes competed for the team against teams such as Gwinnett Lightning, Walton, Atlanta Red Runners and the Atomic Starts out of Macon. Several runners placed in the top six of their age groups and the 10 and under girls won the first place team award.

WhiteWater announces new nine hole golf course

WhiteWater Creek Golf Course hosted the Hooters Memorial Cup on Monday and unveiled an additonal nine hole course, which brings the facility's total up to 27 holes.

McIntosh volleyball team enters tourney as top seed

Thursday night was Senior Night at McIntosh High School for the seven senior ladies on the Chiefs'14th-ranked volleyball squad. The last home contest for these super seniors was also an opportunity to finish region play undefeated. The last region opponent, East Coweta, was first up for the Chiefs. Game one started ominously, with the Indians of East Coweta jumping out to a commanding 8-0 lead before McIntosh seemed to wake up. Last year's region MVP, Megan Bartels, then got the serve, and served three aces among six straight points. The team then traded points until an Alice Lowery kill tied it up at 9-9. From that point, a superb blocking effort by the Indian front line shut the Chiefs down, and East Coweta stunned the McIntosh squad, 15-9.

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.

Do you believe in magic

For Jasen Chadwick, seeing magician David Copperfield as a boy was a magical experience.

Ready to rumble

If you are a pro wrestling fan, there is only one place you want to be this Saturday, Oct. 6: The South Atlanta Showdown at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds complex in Fayetteville.

Freight barges along, slowly but surely

The recent collision of a barge and a bridge on the Texas coast would have been front page news in other times. But given the events of Sept.11, the wreck was relegated to a few small paragraphs on the inside.


Charity banquet to raise money for 9/11 funds

Since the tragic events of Sept. 11, America has come together as one community to do everything possible for those in need.


What America needs is a change of heart ...
Religion Columnist

What's in vogue this week? Is it patriotism? Is it finding you in a house of prayer? Is it reading your Bible? Or, is it getting revenge unmindful of the week during which prayer was in vogue?

Community Christian to offer study on 'Understanding Islam'

There is little doubt that many Americans are terrified and angry as a result of the recent attacks in New York and Washington. Misunderstandings have arisen between peoples of different cultures and faiths. Violence, even murder, has been committed because of these misunderstandings.

Alzheimer's benefit is this weekend

Stephen Ministers of the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City are getting ready for the Alzheimer Association's 2001 Southern Crescent Memory Walk this Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater on McIntosh Trail in Peachtree City. They will be joined by Stephen Ministers from Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Peachtree City, and Providence United Methodist Church and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fayetteville.

St. Andrew's plans art auction

St. Andrew's in the Pines Episcopal Church in Peachtree City will have a Regency Fine Art auction Saturday, Oct. 13 at the church. The preview begins at 6:30 p.m. and the auction will start at 7:30 p.m.

First Baptist ladies meet for prayer Oct. 9

The women's Missionary Union and the Women's Enrichment Ministry at the Fayetteville First Baptist Church will meet for prayer Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 9:30 a.m. in room 129 of the church.

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.

Olivet anniversary celebration continues

The Olivet Baptist Church of Christ continues its 10th anniversary now through Sunday, Oct, 7, with special speakers and activities.

First Baptist single parent workshop is this Saturday

The Fayetteville First baptist church will have a single parent workshop Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. at the church. Workshops will cover a number of topics including home safety, legal issues and finances.

Religion Briefs

Bethany cancels bazaar, pumpkin patch activity

United Methodist Women at Bethany United Methodist Church have cancelled the bazaar and pumpkin patch scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13.



Where do we find so many heroes?

It was the king of love who once said that there is no greater love than that of a person who will lay down his life for another.

The Wal-Mart cowboy's tale
Laugh Lines

Once, on the old frontier on the western side of Fayetteville, there was a Wal-Mart. In this town, a cowboy named "Quick Nick" needed some Scotchguard for his trusty Stetson. Only, did Quick Nick have the true grit to go down to the Wal-Mart?

Doc Holliday: Yet another viewpoint
By Edward Jordan Lanham
Member, Doc Holliday Society

Over the past several weeks I have enjoyed, in a most comical way, reading three articles in The Citizen about the famous Southern gentleman, "Doc" Holliday.


Instructor should face same charges as student

The pilot of the recent fair buzzing incident is being charged with two felony charges for terroristic acts while the flight instructor faces only misdemeanor charges. There is something amiss here.

Thanks, tree-huggers, for virtually disarming America

I would like to thank the tree-hugging, bed-wetting, feel-good, sissified voters and politicians that have done their best to prevent individuals from defending themselves.

Coming to America? Here's a tip for immigrants: Conform

I have an idea that our government needs to adopt in regards to immigration. Pass a law that anyone who wishes to come to our country as a citizen or on a visa, only the ones whose last names are either Smith or Jones are allowed to come in.

Weed lays out campaign positions in his race for PTC Council Post 4

Like many people, I keep interesting quotations and clippings from newspapers and articles that I have read taped to the back of my office door. A few years ago, I found a quotation from Thomas Jefferson which has become a motto for my life as a public servant. Jefferson wrote that, "when a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself public property."

Lakly runs for mayor

For me, Tuesday, Sept. 11, began full of hope and excitement as I entered City Hall to pay my qualifying fee to run for mayor of Peachtree City. Having quickly completed the paperwork and realizing that I was the first to qualify for the mayor's post, my spirits soared, only to be quickly dashed.

Mayoral candidate Brown disavows letter writer, supports Weed in Post 4

The tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, has created a series of questions regarding national security, the economy, religion, international unity and many others. It was comforting to witness the ability of our people to come together during this assault on our freedom.

Faulkner: Council needs to govern

To quote Steve Brown from his Aug. 1 letter to the editor: "Rolling this year's millage rate back and approving a large increase in the city's payroll plan simultaneously was budgetary suicide."

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