The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, November 21, 2001


F'ville, county reach jail accord?

Racing the clock, officials of Fayette County and Fayetteville have written a tentative agreement that will allow housing of city prisoners in the County Jail.

County buys 180 acres for north Fayette park

Fayette County has purchased 180.5 acres of rolling pasture and forest land for a community park for north Fayette residents, including more than 40 acres of permanent green space.

PTC merchants roll out welcome mat for shoppers

Peachtree City is rolling out the welcome mat and throwing open the doors to shops Nov. 30 through Dec. 2 to observe "Shop Peachtree City" weekend. The Citizen is supporting the occasion with publicity and special advertising rates for participating merchants.

Fire claims life of Fayette woman

A Fayette woman was killed Monday afternoon when her mobile home exploded and caught fire.

New school named for Sara Harp Minter

The newest elementary school now under construction in Fayette County has been officially named Sara Harp Minter Elementary School.

Suspects laid in wait for victims of Fayetteville home invasion

Police believe five black males suspected in the recent home invasion robbery of a Fayetteville couple hid near the residence waiting for someone to come home.

Hearing next week in sewer suit

A hearing has been set in the current battle between Fayette County and the towns of Tyrone and Fairburn over sewer service.

Seabaugh wants gas tax to go for road improvements, not unrelated projects

Fayette State Senator Mitch Seabaugh wants to dedicate all motor fuel sales tax funds to road improvements.

Water Committee eyes security measures

Security experts are looking at Fayette County's water system to make sure the county's water supply is as safe from sabotage as possible.

Plenty of water, but restrictions remain

If the recent lack of rain has you wondering about Fayette's water supply, stop worrying.

'Peace Tree' lighting Friday

The Avenue Peachtree City invites friends and neighbors to "Peace Tree: Lighting the Night," a celebration of peace and unity, as community performers usher in the holiday season Friday, Nov. 23, from 6-7 p.m. with an uplifting message of friendship, patriotism, hope and joy. The musical program culminates in the lighting of the magnificent Peace Tree.

Government cable channel to launch soon

It's getting easier to find out what's going on with your county government.

Collins, Cleland clash over nominations

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins, who represents Fayette County, is pushing Sen. Max Cleland for faster action on President George Bush's judicial appointments.

Lake Peachtree dredging planned

Fayette County water officials will ask the government of Peachtree City for space to stage a planned dredging of Lake Peachtree.

Property rezoned to make room for garage

Fayette County commissioners had to rezone a home on South Kite Road recently, just so the owners could build a garage.

FCDFES awards given at Thanksgiving dinner

The Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services enjoyed its annual Thanksgiving Dinner just a little differently this year.

Burn ban still in effect for safety

Local residents are reminded that Fayette County's ban on outdoor burning is still in effect as officials worry such a fire could start a large blaze due to dry conditions.


An article in last week's edition of The Citizen incorrectly referred to political endorsements given by arts supporters in Fayette County.

Thrifth shop bolsters charities

The Clothes Less Traveled Thrift Shop recently announced grants totaling $8,000 to several charities in Fayette and Coweta counties.

Fayette students going to state literacy competition

Two Fayette County students of English as a second language, Gladys Douglas and Martha Manzo, recently won the West Central Georgia EAGLE competition and will compete at the state level Jan. 24.

Math teams score high in Multiplexer competition

Try answering the following question: A projectile is fired with a speed of 80 meters per second at an angle of 60 degrees above the horizon. What is the speed of the projectile when it is at an elevation of 100m?

Fayette County schools receive 'What Parents Want' award

Only 15 percent of the nation's 15,620 public school districts have been recognized for meeting the needs of families choosing public schools.

WASA approves land, construction deals for new admininstration building

The new administration building for the Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority will be built by Group VI of Peachtree City on land the authority has agreed to purchase from Peachtree City Holdings in the city's industrial park area.

PTC sewer system reports copper violations at aging Flat Creek plant

The Peachtree City Water and Sewer Authority has violated its permit limitations for the discharge of copper at its aging Flat Creek treatment plant for three consecutive months.

Police Blotter

Dining Guide

The start of eating season
Food Critic

This week officially starts the season of eating until you bust. For the next weeks, we'll all be inundated with enough holiday goodies to make us start looking for those Atkins Diet books starting in January.

Lunch at Culpepper House
The Culpepper House in Senoia is now open for lunch every Saturday from 11:30-2:30, in addition to previous Thursday and Friday lunch service. The menu includes specialty teas and coffee, the "best scones this side of London," soups, quiche, homemade breads, pasta salad, and exquisite desserts. The Culpepper House, a bed-and-breakfast at 35 Broad Street, is also open seven days a week for special events and groups of between 15 and 40 people with food in an elegant setting at affordable prices. Call 770-599-8182 or check out for more information.

Holiday ever after

In the season of hustle and bustle, many people are spending extra time in the kitchen to make others' spirits bright. But as winter days shorten, finding time to expand upon traditional holiday meals can be difficult.

Sweet potatoes new and improved

Sweet potatoes have moved way beyond the fat-loaded, overly sweet holiday side dishes that were once their only claim to fame. Their power packed nutrition profile, ease of preparation and naturally sweet taste have landed them front and center for those of us who want healthy, delicious foods that fit a lifestyle where more time is spent enjoying a meal than preparing it.

Warm up with savory onion soup

If you have a warm spot for onion soup, here's a layer of onion tips and facts about storing and handling that should help you get the most out of the onions you cook with.

Warm harvest themes

From Thanksgiving through the new year, Americans are preparing for in-home entertaining and dining. The overall goal: create a warm, comfortable environment which allows guests to relax and enjoy.


Noel November nets $30,000 for charity

The Fayette County Board of Realtors® put together its seventh annual Noel November Celebration of Trees in Tyrone last weekend.

'Green power' will soon be available to Fayette residents

Some of Fayette's energy consumers will soon be the first to purchase "green" electricity through a new energy cooperative formed by 13 of the state's electric membership corporations.


All local teams winners in final week

The playoffs are coming! The playoffs are coming! And once again there are several local teams competing in them.

McIntosh swims past Patriots in season's first meet

The winter season of high school athletics has begun. One sport already off and running is swimming. McIntosh faced Sandy Creek Friday and won 368-96, but there were great performances for both sides.

Atlanta Tipoff Club announces preseason rankings

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced its Georgia high school preseason basketball rankings over the weekend. Local players and teams are represented on the list.

Richard Petty Driving Experience to offer ride-alongs as fundraiser

Richard Petty Driving Experience is teaming up with the racing community to raise money and awareness for those families affected by the events of Sept. 11.

PTC Flash represents Georgia well at region meet

The PTC Flash competed in the Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2001. The team competed with the Georgia Association and four other associations which include the states; Virginia, Maryland, Washington DC, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The athletes rose to the challenge and did very well. The top 20 individuals and the top three teams in each age group qualify for the nationals (10 and under age group and up).


Thanksgiving is this week and everyone knows that the Christmas season officially begins right after that last piece of pumpkin pie Thursday evening. There are many activities over the next several days kicking off the holiday season.
New Hope Baptist Church is putting the finishing touches on its 16th presentation of the Living Christmas Tree. The original show is a favorite in the area and tickets are going fast.
Everybody knows that elves are good at making things, but where is an elf to go if he doesn't want to work in the North Pole? New York City, of course.
Grace & Gratitude
This is the time when Americans expect to feel gratitude.
Offshoot Productions, now entering its ninth season on Atlanta's southside, will hold auditions for its winter production Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, at the Peachtree City Library, and Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City.
Offshoot Productions, now entering its ninth season on Atlanta's southside, will hold auditions for its winter production Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, at the Peachtree City Library, and Tuesday evening, Dec. 4, at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City.


'Religious' folks caused Buddy to drown
Religion Columnist

I went to church last Thursday night. There was some singing, preaching, and a little praying.

Brooks Christian Church members just want their angel back, please

A statue of an angel once stood in front of the Brooks Christian Church a statue dedicated to the memory of past member Barbara Hood. The statue has recently disappeared and members want their angel back.

SW Christian Hospice accepting donations for annual 'Tree of Light'

Southwest Christian Hospice is now accepting donations for its annual "Tree of Light," a Christmas tree presented to the community in remembrance of loved ones during the Christmas season. Funds raised will go to help the ministry which offers free care for terminally ill children and adults. Southwest Christian Hospice, located in Union City, has served the Atlanta metro community since 1983 and offers home-based care as well as care in its facility on Lester Road.

CDM in Tyrone to host Dec. 9 Baxter seminar on 'Rise of the Prince of Persia"

Carolyn Driver ministries Teaching and Training Center will host a seminar on "The Rise of the Prince of Persia; And the Islamic Agenda Against America" presented by Dee Baxter, Sunday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m.

Southern Gospel Talent deadline is December 14

Southern Communications of Nashville is conducting a Southern Gospel Talent Search for new artists in the South.

Male voices still needed for Dec 1 Messiah performance

Male voices are still needed for the third annual "Messiah Sing-Along" at the First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City, scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m.

New Hope Baptist will have Christmas banquet
Dec. 1

Members of New Hope Baptist Church will have their Adult Christmas Banquet Saturday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m., in the Rainbow Room of the North Campus. Entertainment will be provided by Dennis Swanberg.

Religion Briefs



Why I'm voting for Steve Brown and Murray Weed next Tues.

Local elections are the closest thing we have to a community conversation, and next Tuesday is the last chance for voters in Peachtree City to have their say on what happens in the next two years within their little 15,000-acre plot.

There are factors O'Reilly overlooked

I'm sorry, but I just can't get my boxers into too much of a bunch over this whole New York relief funds uproar.

33 days ­ Let's have some fun!
Laugh Lines

I sit on the floor of my living room with candles lit all around me. My family is all tucked in their beds as I solitarily take this sentimental journey. My legs fit snugly under the coffee table as I pull tattered photographs out of an old grocery store box filled with memories. Nat King Cole plays mildly on the stereo.

Rower flyer falsifies 'facts' on Brown
Contributing Writer

I wanted to take a moment to respond to several issues that have surfaced in recent weeks in The Citizen newspaper, and to a few issues that were presented in mayoral campaign literature that I feel constitute a misrepresentation of the facts. I'm sending these comments to the newspaper because the letters to the editor section exists specifically as a conduit of public opinion and discourse, and many people who take the time to read campaign literature also tend to follow local news and opinion in the newspaper.


Voting: Does editor stereotype all readers?

I take exception to the editorial of Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001. Mr. Beverly insinuates through his column that only men cast their vote on a regular basis. Women do not. "It must have been a real important soccer match, or trip to the grocery store. Or maybe a not-to-be-missed episode of Oprah" ... "to ignore their duty." All these "excuses" are usually the familial responsibilities of the woman of the house.

Too bad more folks don't feel voting is their responsibility

My dear cousin [Judy Kilgore] is one of your most famous writers (sorry, Judy, I could not resist!). I am not a part of your area. I live in northeast Georgia but I read Judy's "Finding your folks" every week. I am impressed with your straightforward statement on voting.

Possible solution for missing 'Win with Weed' signs?

After my letter to the editor discussing the missing Murray Weed signs was published this week, I received a call from a Carol Fritz supporter assuring me that Carol would never stoop so low as to steal someone else's signs.

What is arts committee doing endorsing PTC candidates?

I was surprised to read in The Citizen Nov. 14 front page article, "Weed, Rower, Brown pick up endorsements for PTC runoff," that the Endowment Committee for Cultural Arts of Fayette County (ECCA) has endorsed mayoral candidate Gary Rower and council candidate Murray Weed.

Another perspective on middle school playoff uproar

Several letters have been written to local newspapers within the past three weeks sharply criticizing the Metro Middle School Athletic League (MMSAL) for their won-loss record tie-breaking procedures in deciding which two teams go to the football playoffs. I offer this information to counter their concept that the MMSAL is an out-of-control monster that deprived their school of a chance to go to the football playoffs.

This Thanksgiving, we have a renewed 'spirit of America'

While the tragic events of this year have caused us all to think of what we are missing at this time, whether it is family members in the service, stock values, or our sense of security, there is a happier theme to this holiday season.

Why, Mr. Beverly, do you hate Rower so much?

In reference to your editorial of Nov. 14, I do not know why you hate Gary Rower so much that you would elect to completely distort Mr. Rower's position on the issues. I'm a resident of Planterra Ridge and I went to the candidate's forum at the Gathering Place. Hence, I have an unbiased, firsthand view of what was asked and what the candidates have actually said. Unfortunately, most of our citizens have to sort through the paper you control to make up their minds.

Rower makes PTC better without weekly complaints

Although several good men have run for mayor of Peachtree City, we are now down to a runoff between the final two. Each brings a new perspective and different ideas to the table, but I truly believe Gary Rower would be the best representative of the citizens of this community.

Brown, Weed best choices to retake PTC

The citizens of Peachtree City now have a great opportunity to change our government from developer-oriented to a government responsive to the desires and needs of the average citizen. The candidates now remaining in the runoff could not be more different in their approach to running this great city.

Brown anything but negative

On Nov. 6, almost 47 percent of the votes cast for mayor were cast for Steve Brown. The runoff is Tuesday, Nov. 27, and I, like a lot of Peachtree City residents, hope that Steve wins once and for all.

Fritz: Despite 'attacks, I bother because I care'

I would like to take this opportunity to thank my campaign staff and supporters for all their help during this campaign. It has been my great fortune to once again meet many new people and make many new friends during this time. For that I am blessed. To know that my supporters come from such a diverse group of people is overwhelming. To know I have made a difference is humbling. To know people can see through the political rhetoric being thrown about means there is hope.

Faulkner endorses Fritz

For the record, I want to thank all of those who supported me in the recent election. I am honored to have had this experience and to have met so many wonderful people. We didn't win this round, but I have learned much by this experience and you will certainly see my name on a future ballot.

Fritz maintains dignity

I am amazed more and more every day at what lengths people take to get elected to office and even will go lower to get someone out of office. My respect goes to Carol Fritz for maintaining her dignity through all of the "mud slinging" and personal attacks on her.

Weed has the experience needed for PTC Council

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, a few of us in Peachtree City will vote to elect someone to serve on the City Council in the Post 4 position. Although Carol Fritz has dutifully served the city for some time now, I intend to vote for Murray Weed for four reasons.

Weed has vision, integrity and qualifications for post

The only thing constant is change. Some see change as a threat, while others see it as a challenge, or an opportunity to progress and to grow.

Weed works hard for kids

I worked with Murray Weed when we had the All Children's Playground built this summer.

Help hurting kids with handmade blankets

I am a part of a charitable organization called Project Linus, whose mission is to provide comfort for seriously ill or traumatized children by giving out handmade "security" blankets at times like these.

Where are the Bibles in our Fayette County courtrooms?

Where are the Bibles in our Fayette County courtrooms?

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