The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, October 17, 2001


False alarm: Powder panic at PTC P.O.

The white powder found on several packages that caused the evacuation of Peachtree City's Post Office Monday morning was likely laundry detergent or another innocuous substance, according to postal officials.

Schools get jitters about airplanes; packages checked

Authorities were called to several biohazard scares Monday, including a scare at the Jenkins Road school complex of an airliner flying overhead with an odd-colored jet stream Monday afternoon. Witnesses said that the a substance was seen in the air looking like cobwebs, said Maj. Bruce Jordan of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

Local soldiers aid relief after attacks

Shortly after the events of Sept. 11 unfolded, Maj. Gen. Colby Broadwater, acting commander of the First U.S. Army headquartered at Fort Gillem in Forest Park, activated a response plan that involves First Army units known as defense coordinating elements.

$1 million windfall for Sheriff's Dept.?

Approximately $2 million in drug money has been seized by deputies of the Fayette County Sheriff's Department from a sting that took place Oct. 5 in Clayton County.

Amphitheater chief resigns

Kristi Rapson is resigning from her post as director of Peachtree City's Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater.

A night at the movies, en Espanol

Want to know the Spanish word for dinosaur?

Two-wheeled burglary suspect gets away; detectives on case

A manhunt for a burglary suspect on a bicycle was conducted Friday afternoon in the area of HiLo Road but the suspect somehow managed to get away.

Board considers names for new school

Four names are under consideration by the Fayette County Board of Education for the elementary school now under construction on Ga. Highway 85 South of Fayetteville.

Band video impresses school board

The audience at Monday night's Board of Education meeting was treated to a special performance by the Whitewater Middle School band, even though the meeting room would never hold all the band members and their instruments.

Republican Clay Cox announces for 13th congressional District

A third candidate, businessman Clay Cox has announced his intentions to run for Congress in the newly created 13th congressional District.

Students show true colors in country's time of need

Students at Peachtree City Elementary School are showing their support, hope and concern for the victims of the terrorist attack on New York City and Washington, D.C. by adorning the school's grounds in red, white and blue.

Reading tutors ready to help students at North Fayette Elem.

More volunteers needed throughout Fayette

Community volunteers needed for mentoring program

The Fayette County School System is in need of community volunteers who would like to become mentors for students.

Neighborhood group has first picnic

A steady stream of neighbors dropped by the North Fayette Neighborhood Association's first picnic Saturday to enjoy food and have a little fun while learning about their community.

Collins supports military strikes

WASHINGTON - U.S. Representative Mac Collins released the following statement on military operations underway in Afghanistan:

Commission puts a stop to traffic discussion

The best way to improve traffic and safety at the Jenkins/Ellison Road intersection near Tyrone is to align the intersection, says Lee Hearn, director of public works for Fayette County.

Quarters Road solution continues to elude county

Quarters Road just won't go away.

Cuts unveiled for PTC budget shortfalls; council also to consider tennis center, architecture review

With the anticipation that a dwindling economy could affect Peachtree City's sales tax revenues, city officials have prepared a list of further budget cuts for the coming fiscal year.

School counselors provide valuable resources for students and families

Most people think about school counselors as the people students go to for advice on career options and higher education opportunities.

Dining Guide

Random notes and news from Fayette's food land....
Food Critic

I'm hearing good things about Chin-Chin on Ga. Highway 54 in Peachtree City. The restaurant is part of an Atlanta chain and has won several readers' choice awards from other publications in recent years.

More easy treats for Halloween

Let your cauldron boil over with tasty treats from Mr. Food that are perfect for Halloween parties and other fall get-togethers. It's easier than a witch's brew and tastier, too!

Want tender turkey? Salt's the secret solution

"Tough, tasteless and dry."

A taste of fall in your kitchen

Who doesn't love the smell of fresh, hot apple crisp baking in the oven on a chilly fall night?

Bringing Oktoberfest home

The 168th Oktoberfest festival is here. Known by Bavarians as the "Wiesn," Oktoberfest is a centuries-old German tradition.

Contest calls for creativity and dried plums

In a large bowl, combine 3 cups creativity with 1 cup dried plums. Mix well until blended. Prep time: 30 minutes. Yields $1,000, if your recipe beats the competition's at the first annual Creative Cooking with Dried Plums Contest.

Winners stir it up with coffee creamer

A contest asking food lovers to stir up some imaginative new uses for coffee creamer has produced some delicious results.

Chocolate connoisseur 101

Now here's something you can sink your teeth into: tasty tips from a master chocolatier on how to identify and savor high-quality chocolate.


Development authority joins select group of organizations

The Fayette County Development Authority has received designation as an Accredited Economic Development Organization by the International Economic Development Council.

Jo-Ann sets grand opening

You can bead it, quilt it, glue it, sew it, emboss or stencil it, craft and learn it in every imaginable way at the grand opening celebration of the new Jo-Ann etc store in Fayetteville October 27 and 28.

Asset allocation is important

Asset allocation is the key element that determines investment success.


Another big week on the gridiron for local teams

The high school football season keeps rolling along and some teams keep rolling along with it.

Lady Tigers head to state tournament in Columbus tomorrow

The Fayette County Lady Tiger varsity fast pitch softball team is heading to the state tournament in Columbus tomorrow. They are area champions and have accumulated a 29-3 record. The team traveled to Valdosta last friday and won all three games to qualify for the final round of the state softball playoffs.

Spin-a-thon raises over $6,000 for 9-11 victims

The response to the Spin-a-thon hosted by Gold's Gym of Fayette County was so overwhelming that extra bikes had to be brought in. Teams and individuals committed to ride spin cycles for four hours on Saturday to raise money for the families of firefighters, police and port authority police lost in the Sept. 11 tragedy.

PTC Classic road race celebrates their 20th year

Over 2,800 runners signed on to run the 20th annual Peachtree City Classic held last Saturday. Many of the runners from 15 states and throughout Georgia commented on the beautiful course and the organization of the event.

Sports Calendar


Two complaints that get thrown at the work of William Shakespeare consistently is that his material is long and boring. Not any more.
Who says comedy has to be performed on the weekend? Sure, Mad TV and Saturday Night Live have cornered the market on weekend sketch comedy but local comedy troupe Creatures of Habit will perform three live comedy shows at Baci Italian Cuisine in Fayetteville, Mondays, Oct. 22 and 29 and Nov. 5.
The history of this nation was written in the development of the railroad.
It's time to clean out the file where I stash words that stump me or amuse me, words I deem worth sharing.
Drew Barrymore left the set of "Saturday Night Live" last week in tears. She had just learned of an NBC News employee getting anthrax and she panicked, like any sensible person who was afraid of getting anthrax would.
The Peachtree City Recreation Department has scheduled a Friday Funday for Oct. 19, which is a student school holiday, at Kedron Fieldhouse from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with check-in to begin at 7:45 a.m.


Love for 'different' folks is true display of faith, humility
Religion Columnist

Several years ago, in picking up my laundry, I engaged the attendant in church conversation, finally inviting her to River's Edge Community Church. She responded, "I am a Moslem." To which, I responded, "We love Moslems at our church." And, to tell the truth on a stack of Bibles, there is no greater truth that just that: we love Moslems at River's Edge.

Flat Rock A.M.E. will have Youth Summit Oct. 26-28

Flat Rock A.M.E. Church in Fayetteville is planning a youth-oriented weekend Oct. 26-28, with special speakers and music geared specifically toward today's youth and young adults. Youth choirs from all over the greater Atlanta area are scheduled to perform.

New Hope Baptist to host Bring Back the Prodigals prayer event Saturday

New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville will be the location for metro Atlanta's "Bring Back the Prodigals," a day of prayer and revival focused on asking God for loved ones who have wandered from Christianity and family. The event will be held at New Hope's north campus on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 2-4:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Berachah Church plans World Missions Conference next week

Berachah Bible Church in Fayetteville will have its World Missions Conference Oct. 21-28 at the church on Corinth Rd. The theme is "Every Tribe and Tongue." Guest speakers will be Dr. Robertson McQuilken, Dr. Paul Van Gorder and Dr. Howard E. Dial.

Intercultural revival starts Thursday

Community Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) revival starts tomorrowand continues through Saturday evening. The event features different guest speakers and performers from varying cultural groups each night.

Consignment sale is Saturday

Trinity Christian School's annual consignment sale is scheduled for this weekend. Sale hours are 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 20, at the school, located at the intersection of Ga. Hwys. 34 and 54 west of Peachtree City.

Grief recovery group to meet in PTC

Those who have lost a loved one this year and are not looking forward to the holiday season without them, are invited to the grief recovery group at the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City beginning Thursday, Oct. 18, from 7-8:30 p.m. Meeting will continue each Thursday for five weeks. No meeting will be held on Oct. 25th or Thanksgiving, Nov. 22.

Religion Briefs



Lives vs. the goal: no easy answer

Up close and personal, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution carried a story the other day about a civilian who was badly injured when the first bombs started falling on Afghanistan.

Medicare, terrorism bills pass Congress

On Oct. 11, the House Committee on Ways and Means passed the Medicare Regulatory and Contracting Reform Act of 2001 (H.R. 2768), which I supported.

Urban legends for Fayette
Laugh Lines

As cities go, we in Peachtree City lack our own Halloween story, an urban legend that we can pass from generation to generation. I can fix that. Here are two short essays of local lore (inspired by true events) to frighten your children, and maybe even you.

A biblical response to Sept. 11 terror attacks
By Dr. Howard E. Dial

[Editor's note: The following column was provided by Dr. Howard E. Dial, founding pastor of Berachah Bible Church, 310 Corinth Rd. in eastern Fayette County.


Terrorists attacked Islam as well as U.S.

The Islamic Speakers' Bureau of Atlanta would like to express its deepest gratitude to the caring and understanding citizens of Fayette County. We thank everyone who has chosen to keep an open mind and to understand that the attackers are different from the vast majority of Muslims around the world. Furthermore, we would like to urge everyone to turn these tragic events into an opportunity to better understand the multiple cultures and beliefs that make this country a true "melting pot."

Tip to Frank: Hide your head in shame

I am a Nigerian immigrant resident in Fayette County and take serious exception to the racist, rude and insensitive comments by Mr. Frank Hyde regarding immigrants in your Oct. 3 edition [Letters, "Coming to America? Here's a tip: Conform"].

County should enact impact fee for jail right nowI

This paper ran an article in the Oct. 10 edition updating us on the issue of payment for the new jail and jail operations. The county commissioners and city officials do not appear any closer to resolving this issue than they did a year ago.

We need power but not here

Recently I read a letter from someone criticizing those who are opposing the proposed power plant in South Fulton County. This person stated that their mother lived in California and was now paying $400 a month for power.

In defense of Frank Hyde . . .

In reply to Matthew L. Dunfee's letter of Oct 10: Matthew, you spoke so elegantly about the rights of immigrants, and then in the same paragraph you sought to take away from Mr. Hyde the right that all of us are granted, freedom of speech.

Why cancel F'ville trick or treat?

You may have probably heard that the Trick or Treat on Main Street [in Fayetteville] has been cancelled this year. I for one am very upset about this. (Please do not mistake my intentions. I am not doing this for my children.) I have two children, a 10-year-old girl and a 7-year-old boy. Every year, they along with thousands of other children, look forward to going trick or treating on Halloween.

Rower: Here's info to clear up any confusion on developers' impact fees

There seems to be confusion throughout the community over developer impact fees and how they are affecting the budget of Peachtree City.

Brown won't embarrass PTC citizens

As a four-year resident and homeowner in beautiful Peachtree City, I have read the ongoing letters as published in your fine paper. I am very favorably impressed with the intelligent and correct documentation of those letters of mayoral candidate Steve Brown. Though he has, from time to time, been insulted and attacked, he has conducted himself as the true gentleman and leader he is.

Faulkner: Opponent has contradictions

There are other issues I would rather write about this week, but last week The Citizen newspaper misquoted me concerning my stand on the budget, and I believe citizens have a right to know where I stand on issues that affect them. Please visit my website at for more information about my stand on other issues.

Former PTC planning commissioner endorses Brown, Weed for council

Time for a change

Fritz: Leaders have done good job

When I was asked to consider running for office in 1997, my supporters asked me to run on a density platform. It sounded like a good idea at the time, but when I started to do the research, study the history and read the minutes, I had to tell them that I could not run on a density platform.

Public griping bad for kids

Today I had a friend tell me that he had heard one of our parents from Fayette County Youth Baseball Association call and leave his grief on a phone line set up at a local radio station. This parent from our community phoned in to air his grief against my son's coach. This comment was inappropriate and uncalled for. This comment was played on a local radio station here in Atlanta. Several friends have told me they heard it.

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