The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, October 24, 2001


Tyrone and Fayette spat about sewer

The town of Tyrone expects to soon be in the sewer business.

Superintendent DeCotis in the middle of playoff dispute between 3 middle schools

A group of irate parents Monday put Fayette County School System officials between a rock Flat Rock, to be exact and a hard place.

Tax woes: 10% of PTC budget frozen by Council

Peachtree City Council has put 10 percent of its 2002 budget in a holding pattern, at the request of city staff.

Tests show no danger from PTC Post Office powder

Materials taken from the Peachtree City Post Office last week tested negative for anthrax, city officials confirmed.

Big events to trigger PTC prayer services

In difficult times, people often turn to prayer, and Sunday may not come soon enough.

Fayette group helps bolster exhausted New York volunteers

There's more than one way to help in a crisis.

Help sought to keep Play Park open

Remember the massive fund-raising and volunteer effort that built the Fayette Family Play Park?

Fayette chips in over $40,000 to Red Cross for relief efforts in N.Y.

Fayette County can be proud.

Risk Watch teaching kids to stay safe

Local elementary school children are getting a solid safety education thanks to a special program conducted once a month by local volunteers.

Local memorial for NYC firefighter

Peachtree City officials have scheduled a memorial service for a fallen New York City firefighter with a local connection.

Commission to consider special highway rules

If you own property along any of Fayette County's state highways, you might want to attend Thursday's County Commission meeting.

Collins concerned about airport security

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins telephoned Deputy Secretary of Transportation Michael Jackson last week to suggest steps to increase airport security without federalizing security staff.

Group quietly works on seniors' issues

When the dust settles after a session of the Georgia Legislature, chances are that many of the bills passed actually originated in another body, the Silver Haired Legislature.

Charter school in the works for Fayette

A new school currently in the planning stages is slated to provide Fayette students and residents with a broader range of educational opportunities aimed at enhancing the economic development of the county.

Changes afoot for next year's elections

Candidates in the 2002 election will face a hurried-up campaign period, thanks to redistricting.

Items sought for silent auction benefiting family violence program

The Fayette County Council on Domestic Violence is seeking items for its annual silent auction benefit, which will be held in conjunction with a fashion show at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center Saturday, Nov. 17.

Red Ribbon Week festivities planned for Fayette schools

Fayette will soon be seeing red as students throughout the county's school system celebrate national Red Ribbon Week.

Holiday shopping event to benefit Sams School

The Joseph Sams School will present a holiday shopping open house Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, 280 Brandywine Blvd., Fayetteville (behind Fayette Medical Clinic).

PTC Girl Scouts set to 'Make a Difference'

Brownies and Girl Scouts from Peachtree City Troop 254 will participate in the national Make A Difference Day Saturday, Oct. 27.

Last chance for tickets to NAACP banquet

A few tickets are still available for the fourth annual NAACP fund-raising Freedom Fund Banquet, organizers said.

New Eagle's ceremony set for Monday

Chris Jagstadt, 13, of Fayetteville, has two goals to become an Eagle Scout and to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.

GOP golf tournament a success

The Fayette County Republican Party raised money for several causes during its annual Paul Heard Memorial Golf Tournament last week.

State chips in funds to help local crime victims

Local crime victims can get assistance while the crime scene is still fresh thanks to the Victim Witness Assistance Program operated by the District Attorney's office here.

Scholarship info offered

A financial aid meeting for parents of seniors will be conducted in the McIntosh High School media center Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m.

School aids relief effort

Fifth grade students at Tyrone Elementary School recently raised $1,560.25 for the American Red Cross in a school-wide campaign.



Business leaders tour the schools

The Existing Industry Council of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Fayette County School System offered the first business leader tour of county schools on October 10. Eleven business leaders toured Whitewater Middle School, Starr's Mill High School and Burch Elementary. Senator Mitch Seabaugh joined the group at Starr's Mill for lunch.

Business tips for airport contracts is today

The city of Atlanta and Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport will host "The Sky is the Limit V,"today from 4:00 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel - Downtown Atlanta.

Shop Talk


Panthers and Tigers win in seventh week of season

Starr's Mill continued their winning streak last Friday and Fayette County got back in the win column as well, while McIntosh, Sandy Creek and Our Lady of Mercy all lost.

Teams get Last Chance to tune up for region meet

The cross country season is nearing the final stretch.

Son of former Steeler wins junior world cup title

Former Pittsburgh Steeler and Fayette County resident Greg Lloyd knows a little about facing incredible odds and intimidation from his NFL career. Now, his son, James, 6, is learning from his dad. James defeated a black belt from Tennessee at the Junior World Cup in Smyrna recently, giving the young man a title and some added confidence in his abilities.

Lady Tigers place fifth in state tourney

The Fayette County Lady Tigers fast pitch softball team finished just short of their goal of a state championship. The team made the final round of the state playoffs in Columbus after winning the area and emerging from the sectionals in Valdosta as the top seed, but fell in their first game in Columbus.

Soccer Centre having registration for winter ball

The Soccer Centre in Fayetteville has announced a winter indoor soccer league for Muppet soccer players (4- and 5-year-olds) that will begin Jan. 7 and end by Feb. 27.

Sports Calendar


Imagine if Romeo and Juliet's parents were keeping them apart just to get them together, and you have the basis for the story of "The Fantasticks," which Fayette County High School will perform at Sams Auditorium Thursday and Friday, Oct. 25 and 26.
Old houses tend to be creepy. No matter how hard people try to rid the house of its eeriness, old houses make odd noises and often cast weird shadows.
The local recreation departments are out to do something for the kids this Halloween season.
He looks ferocious, with his hairy grasping arms, hunched shoulders and bulging eyes.
Halloween is a week away.
With the threat of rain looming over Fayetteville, The McIntosh Charter Chapter of American Business Women's Association had its first golf tournament recently.
Fayette Community Theatre Inc. has announced their 2002 season. The plays they have chosen are very varied. Some are raucous comedies, while others are tender dramas or enchanting family musicals. One thing is for sure, the community will be thoroughly entertained by the productions.


Youth are critical factor in future of the church
Religion Columnist

It's so easy to overlook the historical fact that Christianity started out as a youthful movement. According to available information, the chief executive officer of the movement was no older than 29 or 30 when he began to recruit. Those he recruited, in all likelihood, were in their late teens or early twenties. In fact, Jesus nicknamed two of his followers, James and John, the Sons of Thunder. I suppose they were full of lightening and thunder that zestful youthfulness.

Georgia Baptist Children's Homes trustees approve funds for international adoption, aid services to Russia

The Board of Trustees of Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries, Inc, recently approved funding to begin international adoption services and humanitarian aid efforts with Russia. This effort comes in the form of a partnership with Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services in Dallas, Texas, a division of Buckner Benevolence, a Baptist child care and family services organization.

Fall Festivals

Hutton to speak at Word of Life

Word of Life Family Church will have special meetings Sunday, Oct. 28, through Wednesday, Oct. 31, featuring the Rev. Larry Hutton, owner and director of Larry Hutton Ministries in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Religion Briefs

Assisted suicide to be discussed at local meetings of Atlanta SW Right to Life

Assisted suicide will be the discussion topic for Atlanta SW Right To Life's next meetings scheduled three different nights at three different locations in the south metro Atlanta area.

Carriage Lane plans parenting seminar

Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City invites the community to a seminar led by Dr. Tedd Tripp, author of "Sheperding a Child's Heart."



Don't rush me; I'm still on island time

You'll have to excuse me if I ramble a bit this week.

Spamming the globe . . .
Laugh Lines

I am going to look beyond the hysteria of the day, real or otherwise and try to turn our minds to the silliness that still abounds.

District health chief: 'No reason for panic'
District Health Director

Fellow citizens: There is no reason for panic, just caution.

Terrorism revisited: Some have been fighting this enemy for a long time

On Oct. 25, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon, then-Vice-President George W. Bush Sr. walked the perimeter of what was at the time called the worst terrorist attack on Americans ever.


Readers respond to the Rev. Dial's letter . . .

Not the usual 'empty happy talk' babble

Thank you so much for printing the article by the Rev. Howard Dial from Berachah Church ["A biblical response to Sept. 11 terror attacks," The Citizen, Oct. 17]. It is good to hear someone respond to this catastrophe from a viewpoint of strong faith and not the usual smarmy, empty "happy talk" that most televised "religious experts" babble.

Biblical view often censored in media

Thank you for printing the wonderful article by Dr. Howard Dial in your paper. The biblical view is censored by so many of the media. I appreciate your willingness to print it.

Encouraged by clear-cut truth straight from Bible

I was most encouraged as I read the editorial by Dr. Howard Dial. I was thankful to hear such a clear-cut representation of truth that was presented straight from the Bible. I appreciate your willingness to print this story and hope that there will be many who, like myself, are grateful for the true hope that comes through Jesus Christ alone! Thank you very much!

Finally, someone offers compassion, love of Jesus

Finally! Someone who will speak the truth, stand up and be counted for Jesus Christ, and yet offer love and compassion to the world.

Print more, if he remains consistent

A message in the paper written by Dr. Howard E. Dial ... is most appropriate. It's nice to know someone has that level of focus on God's desire for His people.

Hooters fine

F'ville action on underage drinking just 'slap on wrist'

Some ideas for Jenkins-Ellison road intersection

As a resident of Gaelic Glen subdivision which is bounded by Jenkins and Ellison roads, I don't think any discussion about the intersection of these two roads is complete without mentioning the need for extra turn lanes.

Easy: Vote NO 4 times, YES once

The voters of Peachtree City are being asked to vote on five bond referendum questions. I would like to offer my opinions on each bond issue.

Rapson: Here are my actual positions

My stance in the past has been to refrain from political debates in the newspapers. I believe citizens expect differences to be resolved in public with both parties present. Unfortunately, a letter to the editor printed in last week's Citizen stated my position on several issues inaccurately. I believe people need to hear Steve Rapson's positions from Steve Rapson and I owe it to the readers to set the record straight.

Faulkner: PTC's secret 'bonus' rewards

In 1997, Peachtree City's public safety employees voiced a need for early retirement benefits. They were told that although the city understood the consequences of having 67-year-old firefighters and police officers, there were no funds available. That same year, however, while my opponent was the financial advisor for the city, a special senior management retirement plan was secretly orchestrated and implemented.

PTC Council Post 4

Fritz: Council has made tough choices

Fritz must answer for higher tax, Wal-Mart

I have been asked my opinion from a substantial number of citizens recently on whom to vote for in the upcoming election. I have already endorsed Steve Brown for mayor and Steve Rapson for Council Post 3. Up until now, I have remained rather quiet regarding the Council Post 4 seat. Recent publications in this newspaper, however, have persuaded me to respond accordingly.

PTC sign thieves, respect freedoms our service members are fighting for

I am angry and upset that someone came onto my private property and removed a campaign sign. That person took away my freedom of choice. Isn't that what our servicemen and women are fighting for right now?

Lakly: My experience will help solve problems

I have offered for mayor of Peachtree City for some of the following reasons.

Brown will put average citizens' needs first

This year's election in Peachtree City can be a watershed event. We have the opportunity to turn the city government from developer friendly to a government that puts the needs of the average citizen first.

Rower:Traffic plan to stress shift changes, cooperation

What about traffic?

Murphy is the choice of firefighters' local for mayor

The concerns about our safety and security after the events of Sept. 11 weigh heavily on the minds of all of us. There are issues on the horizon that will affect our country, state, county, and city that are still unseen.


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