The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, October 31, 2001


Homefront 'army' vs. new enemy

Public safety workers ­ police, fire and emergency medical services ­ have become by default the army on the battlefield at home, said Billy Watson, Georgia Department of Human Resources coordinator for District 4 emergency medical services, addressing Peachtree City public safety workers and city officials last week with the latest updates on bioterrorism.

Security for local water supplies discussed

Is Fayette County's water supply safe?

Fayette rebuffed, ponders how to stop Tyrone sewer

Fayette County attorneys sometime this week hope to set a date for round two in the county's quest to put a stop to an agreement for sewer service between Tyrone and Fairburn.

Wynn's Pond, Starr's Mill star in new movie

Coweta and Fayette counties are going Hollywood.

Tax equity dispute headed to court Thursday

That on-again/off-again tax equity lawsuit hearing is on again for this Thursday.

Power plant vote delayed again; Williams sets more studies

Proponents and opponents of a huge power plant will have a little more time to study the issue before it's voted on by the Fulton County Commission.

Suspect held on attempted rape charges

A Stockbridge man has been arrested for the attempted rape of a woman while both spending the night at a residence on Goza Road Sunday.

Peachtree City mayoral candidates questioned

Four candidates will ask for your vote Tuesday in Peachtree City's mayoral race: Steve Brown, Dan Lakly, Frank Murphy and Gary Rower.

PTC Council candidates respond to questionnaire

Candidates for Peachtree City Council responded to a questionnaire submitted by The Citizen. Running for Post 3 are Steve Rapson, incumbent, and Nancy Faulkner. In Post 4, candidates are incumbent Carol Fritz, Allison Chambers, Gerald Ostrowski and Murray Weed. Answers were limited to 150 words.

Fayetteville race pits Walt White, challenger Lee Hunt

Election day is next Tuesday in Fayetteville, but only one of the three City Council seats is being contested.

Commission holds off on overlays, green space

County commissioners want to study the idea of creating special architectural standards for the county's state highway corridors a little longer before deciding whether to adopt the rules.

Local woman dies in crash on Goza Road Sunday

A Fayetteville woman was killed Sunday afternoon when her vehicle pulled out in front of another vehicle while crossing Goza Road at its intersection with Antioch Road.

Governor hand-picks local county fire chief for special award

Chief Jack Krakeel of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services was one of 19 public safety professionals in Georgia honored by Gov. Roy Barnes last week at a special ceremony at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth.

PTC candidates make their case to youths

Four mayoral and five council candidates for posts in Peachtree City turned out last week for a question and answer period, hosted by the Peachtree City Youth Advisory Board.

Brooks seeking new subdivision next to Whitewater

Having failed in an earlier attempt to add 125.7 acres to the Whitewater Creek subdivision, owner Robert Brooks and developers Cypress Development Inc. are returning with a request for a 56-home stand-alone subdivision.

Auctions to benefit hospice

The American Legion log cabin building will be the site this Saturday for a silent and live auction.

CVS on track at Lexington

CVS Pharmacy's plans for a new store on Ga. Highway 54 in Peachtree City moved a step closer with approval of its site plan.




Compassionate hearts
Child's Play

I sat beside the bed of a dear friend a few days ago. Well into his eighties, he resides in a convalescent center.

Dentistry without drills or needles?

Is it possible to go to the dentist and never feel the drill or the pinch of that dreaded needle? According to Fayetteville dentist Dr. Tom Williams, it most definitely is possible at least, in his practice.
New chiropractic clinic open in Tyrone
The Durden Chiropractic Clinic is hosting a grand opening this weekend in Tyrone and invites everyone to come out and see how it plans to serve the health needs of the community.

Halloween treats for healthy teeth

It's not the ghosts, nor the goblins, nor the witches, nor even the mutant ninjas that scare Darla Baksh, a registered dental hygienist, on Halloween.

Halloween treats actually good for teeth

Parents across the country are getting ready for one of the scarier parts of Halloween: contemplating all the cavities their youngsters are courting with those bags full of candy.



EMC to build new headquarters

Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation President and CEO Michael Whiteside announced the cooperative's purchase of a 73-acre tract of land in north Coweta County.

Don't let a pink slip put you in the red

Call it laid off, terminated, downsized or dot-bombed, the result is the same one minute you're working, and the next you're unemployed and without a regular paycheck.

New owner takes over at Fayette Import

After 17 years of managing Goodyear Tire Centers in Jonesboro, Stockbridge and McDonough, Doug Horgen has become a part of the Fayette County business community with the purchase of Fayette Import, a well-established automotive repair center loated just north of Fayetteville.

Chamber notes


Panthers vault into first place with a win and a Newnan loss

Starr's Mill regained the lead in Region 4-AAAAA division A, thanks to a win over McIntosh and Riverdale beating Newnan on Friday. East Coweta maintained control of division B with a 46-0 win over Henry County.

McIntosh boys win region championship

The region 4-AAAAA cross country championships took place last Saturday at The Beach in Jonesboro.

Landmark volleyball wins state championship

Landmark Christian School's volleyball team found itself contending for a state title again this year.

PTC Flash does well at Invitational

The Peachtree City Youth cross country team hosted its Invitational Saturday.

Tri-Championsips to take place at Picnic Park this Saturday

Are you into rock climbing, volleyball, ultimate frisbee or canoeing?

Young anglers enjoy annual fishing rodeo

The Line Creek Nature Center recently held a fishing rodeo. Young anglers from around the area gathered to cast for catfish at the annual event. The pond and the pond's fishing dock are handicapped accessible, making it an ideal event for children who might not ordinarily get a chance to go fishing.

Lakers win regular season soccer championship

The Clayton College & State University men's soccer team made history Saturday, sewing up its first ever Peach Belt Conference regular season championship with a 2-0 win over the University of North Carolina-Pembroke.

At&T customers can order NBA League pass

The NBA season starts this week and AT&T Digital Cable Customers will get a free preview of the NBA League Pass through Nov. 4. Customers should tune into channels 470-481 this week to catch their favorite NBA teams kicking off the 2001-2002 season.

PTC Paddlers have annual meeting Sunday

The Peachtree City Paddlers will have their annual meeting Sunday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. at the home of Jimmy and Margo Booth. The meeting will feature food, fellowship, election of new officers and formation of the trip list for next year.


This Saturday, people who enjoy gospel music and contemporary christian music will have a field day.

Annual car show adds children's festival

The Palmetto campus of the Georgia Baptist Children's Homes and Family Ministries Inc. will host a children's festival and car show Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Pitch darkness. Strange sounds. A mysterious light. And things going bump in the night.



Jolt Cola and me

The plastic bottles seemed to be more shabbily made than the more commercial sodas, as did the red wrapper that embraced the bottle.


'Fall Festivals' are confusing to our children
Religion Columnist

God created trees on the third day of creation. No Christian in his right spirit, however, stops and hugs a tree in order to show appreciation to it. God created the moon, the sun, and the stars on the fourth day of creation. No Christian, however, lifts his heart unto the moon or sun. Pharaoh may have worshipped the sun. But we don't. We know what he didn't: the sun will burn out one day.

Janet Kenney is new director of youth ministries at Inman

Fayette County native Janet Kenney has assumed duties as director of youth ministries at Inman United Methodist Church. Kenney grew up in the membership of Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone and was graduated from Fayette County High School.

Mary McDonald to present piano, organ concert at Covenant Presbyterian Nov. 4

Knoxville's Mary McDonald, a multi-talented composer, arranger, producer, pianist and organist, will present a free concert of organ and piano music in the sanctuary of Covenant Presbyterian Church Saturday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. McDonald will perform on the concert grand piano and on the pipe organ.

Fayetteville Christian Church presents 'Bless This House' Nov. 17,18

Members of the Fayetteville Christian Church adult choir, band and drama department will present the musical/drama, "Bless this House," Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18, at the church.

Learn to teach English as a second language at Fayetteville Baptist

Those who would like to learn to teach English as a second language can become certified at an English Language Workshop scheduled for two weekends in November in the chapel of the Fayetteville First Baptist Church.

Flat Creek sets special veterans' service Nov. 11

Flat Creek Baptist Church will have a special Remembrance Service Sunday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m., to honor all veterans in the community. Following the service, a churchwide fellowship will welcome the church's new pastor,Jerry Cross and his family.

Nativity to host Islamic Speaker's Bureau at adult education meeting

The Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville will host the Islamic Speakers' Bureau at its Wednesday night adult education program. The event is scheduled for Nov. 14 at 7:30 -p.m.

Greater Solid Rock Baptist Church will host misionary convention Nov. 11-15

The Greater Solid Rock Baptist Church in Riverdale will host the 40th annual meeting of the New Era Missionary Baptist Convention of Georgia, Sunday, Nov. 11, through Thursday, Nov. 15. The opening ceremonies will begin with a welcome program on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. and will be dedicated to the victims of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

Bethany UMC will offer 'Perlieu Stew' Nov. 10

Religion Briefs



My choices for the best people for the people

Voters, on your mark.

We musn't win the war, lose the peace

I'll try not to sound too much like a broken record on this subject, but it's important.

Private planes are flying again locally

President signs PATRIOT Act of 2001

Hello, Ruby Tuesday's...
Laugh Lines

I write this column in some psychological sense, in that I have reached closure on being officially, "on a diet." Up until this past summer I had never heard of the Atkin's Diet, or Zone Diet, or what some call the "Eat More and Worse than You Ever Have in Your Life and Lose Weight" Diet.



Anthrax is our part of war, so let's 'get a grip'

The recent anthrax scare has many Americans fearing for their lives. Some citizens are so worried that they can hardly function.

Brown a man of vision, integrity and character

A couple of years ago, I began reading some intriguing letters in the newspaper regarding community issues that were written by someone named Steve Brown. At the time, I thought that the letter writer was well-informed, articulate, progressive, and courageous. I recall remarking to my wife, "If this Brown guy is really as sharp as he seems to be, he would make a great mayor for Peachtree City."

"I will be a uniter, not a divider, and I will listen'

Let me begin by expressing my personal appreciation to all of the people associated with The Citizen newspapers for providing the candidates a forum to express their views and vision for the future of Peachtree City.

Murphy has served city as 'strong, gifted leader'

I an writing this letter in support of Frank Murphy for mayor.

Rower is 'solutions oriented high achiever'

My name is Frederick Brown, Jr. and I served Peachtree City for 13 years as mayor (10 years) and council member (3 years). During my tenure we were part of a grand plan that made Peachtree City the unique place it is today. Recently, I was honored by Gary Rower who requested that I serve as the honorary chairperson of his campaign for mayor of Peachtree City.

Youngest candidate 'represents PTC's future'

As proven by Alexander the Great when he conquered the world as he knew it before the age of 30, age does not have to be a hindrance. In fact, a fresh and unjaded point of view may be just what local government needs right now.

Decisions were made to comply with the law

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

'Time to elect one with open mind, eager ears'

One of my goals in this election was to shed some light on how important open government issues are in our daily lives. It is a right you should demand and allow no concession because it affects every single issue that our community faces. It is the only avenue we have to hold our elected officials and administration accountable for their actions.

Weed has ability to work with opponents

I am writing in support of Murray Weed, a candidate for the city council of Peachtree City. Having worked with Murray on various Rotary projects, I can say that I know Murray well. I can also say that he has the skills and experience needed to make an effective council person.

'Support responsive, less intrusive government'

The events of Sept. 11 altered the way I had planned to run my campaign for Fayetteville City Council. I decided not to actively seek any contributions and to extremely limit the funds I would spend on this election. I felt if anyone wished to contribute, their money would and could be better spent elsewhere.

White upholds standards for developers, builders

Remember, there is a city election in Fayetteville, Nov. 6. Only the Post 3 City Council seat currently held by Walt White is contested. In these challenging times where growth, traffic and security are major concerns, we need experienced, conservative leadership. I am supporting Councilman White in this very important race.

Volunteer firefighters don't endorse PTC candidates

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.

Armed with information, supports Brown, Rapson

I feel good! For the first time in my life I am going to the polls feeling powerful. Yes, after many years of telling myself that I really should know more than I did before stepping into the voting booth, this year I can claim that I am powerful with knowledge.

Brown, Rapson, Weed: They've done homework

Nov. 6 is a huge day in the history of Peachtree City. It will be a chance for the citizens to regain control. It is voting day.

Several better than...Guess who?

It's no secret that soon the City of Peachtree will be facing build out. That's when all the impact fees and other tax add-ons will stop. And since Peachtree City has been living high on the hog all these years, it will be hard to apply the brakes quickly. Let's look to the future.

Cities vs. county on jail impact fees: Dispute wasting taxpayers' money

Chutzpa has been described as killing both your parents and asking the court for mercy because you are an orphan. I wonder if we shouldn't consider giving our city governments, here in Fayette County, an award for chutzpa.

Don't send food to Afghans

In light of the recent bombings on Afghanistan, the Starr's Mill High School staff has asked students to donate $1 to help feed the children of Afghanistan. The school wants to send a $1,700 check ($1 for each student at SMHS) to Washington, D.C., to be used to help pay for food to be sent to the children of Afghanistan. As a student at SMHS and a citizen of the United States, I refuse to contribute to such a fund.



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