The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, November 7, 2001


Fayette plans to honor vets in a big way

Fayette veterans are planning an exhibit of military vehicles in the spirit of the traditional Armed Forces Day as part of a celebration of Veterans Day in Fayetteville Saturday.

Red, white and blue parade set .for Brooks

The town of Brooks is going to be red, white and blue on Monday in observance of Veteran's Day, thanks to the children at Brooks Elementary School.

PTC to ban pet poop at city parks, ballfields?

Peachtree City's athletic venues and parks are going to the dogs, which normally wouldn't be a bad thing.

Cart thieves on the warpath in PTC

Another recent set of golf cart thefts has Peachtree City Police seeking assistance from the public.

Cities, Fayette await tax equity ruling

As of press time Tuesday, senior Judge Stephen Boswell had not ruled on Fayette County's motion to dismiss a request for mandatory mediation in the county's long-standing tax equity dispute with three local cities.

Tyrone to countersue Fayette in sewer dispute

The struggle for sewerage in Tyrone took another turn last week as Tyrone's city leaders authorized the town to countersue Fayette County over the issue.

Veterans' group brings message of support from Italy

As the U.S. continues its struggle against terrorism, comfort and encouragement come to Fayette residents from thousands of miles away in a story that spans 56 years.

Tail gunner, then artist, veteran retires in Fayette

John Shlapak, a tail gunner on B-24 and B-29 bombers during World War II, was an artist afterward, according to a profile on his life in Cottontales, newsletter of the 450th Bomb Group Association.

Principal hits the road for student

A Fayette principal is literally going the distance to help one of his students battle a form of lymphoma.

Fayette literacy program seeks volunteers

The only requirements necessary to become a volunteer tutor are a love of reading, a willingness to help others and the ability to give one hour per week to work with a student.

Atlanta police officer arrested in gun incident

An Atlanta police officer has been arrested on aggravated assault charges for sticking a gun in a woman's mouth at her north Fayette County residence, police said.

County pushes for hearing in sewer case

Fayette County attorneys this week are asking a Fulton County judge to set a date for a hearing in the county's attempt to void an agreement in which the town of Tyrone would buy sewer capacity from the city of Fairburn.

Cash missing from burglarized medical offices in Fayetteville

Some Fayetteville medical offices on Ga. Highway 54 west were targeted in several burglaries between Oct. 26-29.

Veterans receive overdue diplomas

With Veterans Day approaching Nov. 11, Fayette educators Monday night awarded belated high school diplomas to eight veterans who gave up their educations to serve in World War II and the Korean conflict.

Atlanta's military personnel help out victims

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.

Early Fayette family reunites

The progeny of Ira and Nelia Geneva Knowles White gathered at a grandson's home recently, swapping stories and sharing old photos.

Drs. Sams honored for a 'Century of Service'

Drs. Helen and Ferrol Sams were honored for their combined 'Century of Service' at a dinner and roast and toast recently.

Chris Pettis earns Eagle rank

Boy Scout Troop 76's latest Eagle Scout, Chris Pettis, celebrated his Eagle Court of Honor recently in the fellowship hall of Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.

Eagle project enhances school

Matthew Roberts recently completed his Eagle Scout project at the Joseph Sams School in Fayetteville, a school serving children with special needs.

Medical Assisting Club collecting toys for local children

Clayton College & State University's School of Technology's Medical Assisting Club has started collecting new toys for boys and girls from four months to 16 years old.

Records center hosts open house

Former students wishing to get copies of their school records can do so in one convenient location now that the Fayette County School System's records center is open for business.

Police Blotter

Prime Timers

Portsbridge Hospice serves Fayette


Walk through the doors of the Portsbridge Hospice headquarters in Fayetteville and you are almost immediately enveloped in the warm, caring and joyful attitude of the staff. Talk to any one of the many dedicated individuals for a few minutes and your attitudes regarding death may change dramatically.

Southwest Christian Hospice Fund Raiser

Southwest Christian Hospice, located in south Fulton, began providing care to terminally ill patients and their families in 1983. In 1987 it opened its inpatient facility, becoming the first full service in patient/homecare hospice in the State of Georgia.

Hospice Myths

There are many myths or erroneous beliefs regarding hospice. The number one myth is that hospice is a place. Hospice takes place wherever there is a need, typically in the patient's home.

November is National Hospice Month

One thing we all have in common is the fact that somehow, some day, we are all going to die.

Project Love support needed

Volunteers with Fayette Senior Service's Meals-on-Wheels program deliver hot lunches five days a week to 125 seniors in the county. For many who receive the meals, the short interaction with the person delivering the meal is the highlight of their day.

New hearing aid available locally
Clinical Audiologist

Oticon, Inc. today introduced ADAPTO, a new hearing aid that prioritizes the human voice over other sounds in the environment, providing optimal adaptation to listening environments for people with hearing loss. Using a proprietary feature called VoiceFinder, Adapto detects the synchronous harmonic signals of speech in noise environments and immediately processes these sounds for maximum understanding. When no speech is detected, ADAPTO automatically switches to a comfort mode, tuning out noise and irrelevant sounds to protect those with hearing loss from the listening fatigue that often results from constant "unfiltered" noise.

Home & Garden

Master gardener has large following in metro Atlanta
Judi Kubitz had no idea four years ago that she would soon be starting something revolutionary among Fayette County gardeners.

Ideas by Danita for home, office

Danita Rhea of Peachtree City is looking to add a personal touch to local residences and businesses as an interior design coordinator.

Pfeifer makes national 500 list

Pfeifer Building Company, Inc., was recently honored as one of the top 500 remodeling firms in the United States in a recent issue of Qualified Remodeler magazine. The national publication's annual Top 500 edition awards the country's top 500 remodeling companies based on volume of work.

Lady beetles Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Many gardeners call the Fayette County Extension Office during the summer time for tips to attract lady beetles to their garden sites. Many are even willing to purchase these precious beneficial insects. However, the calls now to the Extension Service are:

Closet Solutions open in Peachtree City

Closet Solutions has been open in Peachtree City since January, and management has been surprised at the number of calls for help received so far.

Plenty of crafty treats at Scrapbooks & More

Step into a house filled with stickers, rubber stamps and paper of various sizes, shapes and textures.


It's Toys for Tots time in Fayette

Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty offices will once again serve as south metro collection points for the annual U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign.

Shop Talk


Regular season nears final stretch

McIntosh went searching for its first win of the season last Friday and fell just short.

Landmark boys finish second, while others take seventh at cross country state meet

The Landmark Christian School boys were expected to contend for the Class A title at the state cross-country meet. They did contend, but fell five points short.

Whitewater softball team captures first title

After a shaky start, the Whitewater Middle School softball team finished the season strong. Coaches realized in the first few weeks of practice that the team would be very competitive this year. Their first opponent was Luella Middle School and Whitewater fell in the seventh inning, losing 3-2. Their next game pitted them against Austin Road and Whitewater responded with a 3-2 win with the international tie breaker.
PTC Flash lights up at AAU state meet

Twenty-six members of the Peachtree City Flash cross-country team competed in the AAU state meet in Hoganville last weekend.

Soccer Centre prepares for busy holiday season


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.


Lots of great tennis served up at Peachtree City Tennis Center

Peachtree National Bank recently sponsored the seventh annual USTA Women's Professional Championship at the Peachtree City Tennis Center in Peachtree City. Sui-Wei Hsieh of Taipei was this year's winner. Hsieh, 15, has won the last five tournaments on this her first year on tour. She beat her competition in straight sets on her way to the finals.

Lady Lakers and Lakers fall in overtime of soccer semifinals

After winning its first ever postseason match Tuesday, the Clayton College & State University women's soccer team came one score shy Friday of advancing to Saturday's Peach Belt Conference Tournament Championship.


The train depot in Jonesboro has been the site of a number of events, from loading bales of cotton in the 1860s to a well-appointed museum honoring the late Margaret Mitchell and its place in the legendary land of "Gone With The Wind."
"Toy Story 2" enchanted audiences in movie theaters around the world.
Georgia is known for its diverse landscape.
Did I ever tell you about the chocolate museum in Köln, Germany?
The Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater celebrated its 25th year of existence this past year and for most of the summer it was one big party.
The annual luminary sale to benefit the JC Booth Middle School Band is underway. band students are selling the luminary kits for $4. Each kit contains six bags. six candles and sand. Proceeds from the sale are used for instruments, music and other program expenses.


No need to pass emotional pain to next generation
Religion Columnist

Almost daily I am reminded of the deep, troubling, life-shaping pain that many people carry, often times hidden in the buried rooms of their hearts. We're talking serious pain like...

Local choirs urged to join in gospel benefit program

All choirs and Christian musical groups in the area are encouraged to contribute and participate in the upcoming Gospel Benefit Program for Mrs. Marjorie Dorsey, a long-time member of Hartford United Methodist Church in Fayetteville. The performance will be Saturday, Nov. 17 at East Fayette Elementary School on Booker Ave. in Fayetteville.

Tammy Melton will be speaker at Women's Aglow meeting Nov. 19

Tammy Melton, an ordained minister with Servanthood Ministries, will be the featured speaker at this month's meeting of Women's Aglow Fellowship International, Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. There will be no Tuesday meeting this month.

Former mayor Brown to speak at SPRY

Fred Brown, former mayor of Peachtree City, will be the speaker for this months' luncheon meeting of SPRY (Senior Presbyterians Remaining Young), scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City.

Bethany UMC will offer 'Perlieu Stew' Nov. 10

Members of Bethany United Methodist Church will have their annual "Perlieu Stew" day, Saturday, Nov. 10, from 4-7 p.m. or until the stew is sold out.

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.

Religion Briefs



Thanks, Congress, for return to norm

Saw a lady driving down the road wearing a surgical mask the other day.

Harry, hogwarts, and hoopla
Laugh Lines

If you haven't heard, the Harry Potter movie comes out Nov. 16. I hear that there are these books out or something that led to the movie. Frankly, I gave up reading when "Mad" magazine started going downhill after the Star Wars parody of '78. "Harry Potter," though, has been so popular that I have been thinking about finding out if we have a library or not and checking out a copy.

Why I voted No on federalizing security

Aviation Security Act (HR 3150)

There is no doubt that our nation has suffered a terrible tragedy that requires a swift response. As a consequence of that tragedy, Americans are more concerned than ever about the safety of our air travel. I believe that drastic steps need to be taken to secure our skies from those who would seek to do Americans harm. But HR 3150, as well as other legislation presented so far, is not the right approach.

Despite politically correct propaganda, we really are engaged in a religious war

"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."


No place for personal agendas in these talks

To the members of the Association of Fayette County Governments:

'I was a stranger, and you welcomed me' ... or do we?

Just a thought for the people who voiced their opinions concerning immigrants to our country: The Holy Family was forced to flee their home; they relocated to Egypt for a time. I hope they were treated with hospitality, not contempt.

In war against terror, fear is contagious, but so is courage

Not since the 1860s has the civilian population of the United States been subjected to the horrors of war. Even during World War II, while civilians in most of the rest of the world were being killed by the thousands, the civilians in this country lived without fear of attack. Their knowledge of the war came via "Life" magazine and movie news reels.

Next year, just put school names in a hat

A suggestion for the Fayette County middle schools to avoid confusion during football season next year:

Middle school league must be overhauled

The Fayette County school system's athletic program has lost total credibility over the recent events surrounding the Flat Rock Middle School football team. I hope that the Fayette County School Board is listening.

Column unfair to Fritz

After reading Wednesday's newspaper, I feel compelled to come to Carol Fritz's defense because I believe she is being unfairly accused.

Student wrong to oppose food for Afghan children

I think the Starr's Mill High School student is very wrong about her article on not donating a dollar for the children in Afghan.

'Quiet, please' doesn't apply to library staff

Have you ever noticed the signs as you entered the Peachtree City library? The ones that tell you to turn off your cell phone or risk a brutal death? Then, as you walk around the library you are threatened by menacing signs telling you could be expelled from the library if you are too loud?

Williams Co. must face S. Fulton security issues

With recent news that Congress may spend up to $5 billion to protect U.S. water systems, nuclear power plants, and other sensitive facilities, the proposed Peters Road power plant should come under new scrutiny.

United Way is working to help those in need

We have all heard the stories and seen the evidence of the generosity of the people of our great country. The tragic events of Sept. 11 have shown that the giving hearts of friends and neighbors know no bounds. On behalf of all of those United Way-supported organizations that were able to carry their difficult but critical missions during an especially stressful time of need, let me say, "Thank you!"

Democrats hold hostage Bush court nominees

Now that the Democrats have taken over the Senate Judiciary Committee, they are insisting that they have always treated fairly the Republican nominees to the federal bench while their nominees were pigeonholed or unfairly attacked.

Thanks for P.O. stories

On Monday morning, Oct. 15, while I waited in the car, my daughter went into the Peachtree City Post Office. Fifteen minutes later the post office was temporarily closed because of the discovery of unidentified dust. Four days later I contacted the post office that offered no information, and a local physician who knew nothing about the white powder, who suggested I phone the CDC if I were anxious about the lab results. I was becoming nervous because I felt I had a right to know the lab results.

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