The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, December 12, 2001


Take that, Osama!

A Peachtree City man is fighting terrorism firsthand, flying bombing missions over Afghanistan as part of America's war against terrorism.

School board axes Katz site

The Fayette County Board of Education made several hundred friends Monday night by doing nothing.

900 students affected by redistricting

Some minor changes may be made to proposed school district maps following Monday's public hearing, said assistant Superintendent Stuart Bennett.

Boundary lines vote set for Monday

Fayette County school officials are going over proposed school attendance boundaries one more time this week in light of comments made during Monday's public hearing.

Historic county-cities tax equity mediation to begin Monday

With city and county leaders from all over the state looking on, elected officials of Fayette County and its cities will begin their ground-breaking tax equity mediation Monday.

Mediation may open with hot potato

A court-appointed mediator may be juggling his first hot potato soon after he opens discussion of a tax equity dispute between Fayette County and its cities.

Starr's Mill teacher arrested for sexual affair with student

Taped phone conversations between a student at Starr's Mill High School and his English teacher have led to the teacher's arrest on felony sexual assault charges for having an off-campus affair with the student.

Private school teacher arrested for on-campus sex proposal to student

A private school teacher from a school in north Fayette County has been arrested for soliciting sex from a student at the school.

Fayette's dispatchers are helping long before fire/EMS, officers arrive

Everybody knows to dial 911 for help in an emergency situation.

Fayette man ready to carry Olympic flame

Holly Benson thinks that her husband, Rick, embodies the Olympic spirit.

Conservation subdivisions now allowed

Fayette County now has a zoning category designed to encourage preservation of green space within new subdivisions.

Stun gun used to subdue employees during robbery

Two employees of a local beauty supply store were attacked last week when a robber used a stun gun to surprise one of them after she took trash out to a nearby dumpster, according to police.

Fayette math teams bring home awards

Some of Georgia's best mathematicians can be found in Fayette.

Fayette teachers get national certification

Sixteen Fayette teachers are among a record number of educators nationwide to earn the teaching profession's highest credential ­ National Board certification.

Official: Purchase cards will save county big bucks

It cost Fayette County $219.76 to buy a $14.49 thermostat last July, according to a report from the county Finance Department.

Tyrone Publix plan may be delayed once again

Tyrone's wait for a Publix supermarket may continue.

Fayette Shriners donate bike to 4 year old

The Fayette Shriners used their Christmas party to do a good deed for a 4-year-old with spina bifida.

Mentors needed for Fayette students

If Fayette residents are looking for a meaningful way to volunteer their time while working with children in the community, the Fayette County Friends Mentoring program has a solution.

Kedron sock hop benefits FDNY

Students involved in the after-school program at Kedron Elementary School recently enjoyed a sock hop, which included a sock drive for firefighters in New York City.

Senate hopeful to stump in Fayetteville

State Rep. Bob Irvin of north Fulton County, a Republican who hopes to unseat U.S. Sen. Max Cleland in the 2002 elections, will have a town hall meeting in Fayetteville Thursday at the Golden Age Home at 795 East Lanier Ave.

Graffiti Wall at Fayette Middle Gives Messages of Encouragement to Students

When plywood construction partitions went up inside Fayette Middle School, about 150 students equipped with brushes and paint covered the walls in graffiti with art teacher Ellen Mitchell leading the pack.

'Care wall' at Burch shows student concern for Afghan children

Students at Robert J. Burch Elementary School recently demonstrated their concern for the children in Afghanistan.

County board members reappointed

Fayette County commissioners are happy with the work being done by their appointed boards, and showed their pleasure last week by reappointing members of three of them.

All Children's Playground gets another Platinum sponsor

The All Children's Playground in Peachtree City went Platinum for a second time when the combined team of the Restaurant Management Group and the Rotary Club of Fayetteville topped $17,000 in donations from their annual golf tournament.


In a story in The Citizen Wednesday, Dec. 5, the date of the annual Christmas Bird Count was omitted. The local count will take place Saturday, Dec. 15, rain or shine.

Police Blotter

Real Estate

Keep your vinyl siding looking like new

Chances are, whether you live in a condominium, townhouse or single-family home, vinyl siding is probably in use somewhere on your home. According to NAHB research, approximately 39 percent of new homes built in 2000 utilized vinyl siding in some fashion.

County assessments available online

Have you ever wondered who owns a particular piece of property somewhere in Fayette County?

About county property appraisals and the appeal process

The primary responsibility of the Assessors Office is to appraise property at fair market value as of Jan. 1 of each year.

New real estate faces

Four new real estate professional have joined the team at The Home Source Realtors General Brokerage office in Peachtree City.

Cowan wins Cenker Award

Joel Cowan of Peachtree City has won the 2001 Lewis Cenker Award, the highest honor given by the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association to an individual who has made a lifelong contribution to the advancement of the home building industry in the greater Atlanta area.

Wormuth marks 4 years at Arbor Springs

Ginger Wormuth is the sales director at Arbor Springs Plantation in Newnan and is marking her 4-year anniversary in the resort community. She recently accepted the office of treasurer on the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors, where she also served as chairperson of the Community Service Committee that oversees the annual March of Dimes walk. This committee exceeded the goals for the 2001 walk.

Bullard collecting 'Toys for Tots'

Dec. 21 is the deadline for bringing toys to Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty offices, which are once again serving as Metro South collection points for the annual U. S. Marine Corps Reserve "Toys for Tots" campaign.

Taylor wins big in Century 21 contest

Cecilia Taylor, a real estate agent with Century 21 Scarbrough Properties in Tyrone, picked up a 2002 Pontiac Bonneville last weekend as the Grand Prize winner of the Century 21 Real World Rewards listing contest.

Annis named to top 10 list

Keller Williams Realty Atlanta's Peachtree City/Newnan office has announced that Susan Annis has recently been ranked as one of the top 10 agents Keller Williams' Southeastern region.

Meyer-Sutton wins award

Meyer-Sutton Homes brought home a top award from the 21st annual Professionalism Awards Banquet.

Brayson expands to Avery Park

Brayson Homes, a builder known for its competitively-priced product line and unique floor plans, has found Newnan to be one of its top markets in the Atlanta area.

Walden Park builder honored

A builder in Walden Park, the 591-acre master planned community in south Fulton County, came away with six top awards at the 21st annual Professionalism Awards Banquet, including two for its Walden Park efforts.

Spirit of Christmas

Christmas verse

'Do this for the least of them'

We've been fed a media-generated diet of Hallmark card Christmases, in which all parties are attractive, slim, happy, intelligent and healthy, especially the children. However, we all know this isn't true in real life and there are a group out there (larger than many realize) who don't fit society's norm.


Developmental Authority staging job fair for laid off employees

A special job fair for employees of an industry that will soon shut down was among items discussed by an industries council of the Fayette County Development Authority last week.

Upscale Chick-fil-A unveils its new look in Fayetteville

Chick-fil-A Inc. is incorporating its philosophy of "continuous improvement" into a new interior free-standing design being tested with its restaurant opening tomorrow in Fayetteville.

Local businessman takes top honors at national trade show

The Specialty Equipment Market Association selected Peachtree City's Mitch L. Williams, president and COO of Hella Inc., as its 2001 SEMA Person of the Year.

World Airways set to reduce operating costs

Peachtree City's World Airways announced it is taking steps to address the likelihood of a continued weakened demand for passenger and cargo travel as a result of Sept. 11.


Patriots win but other local teams lose

The Sandy Creek boys basketball team is looking strong. They are 8-1 overall and have yet to lose in the region. Last Friday, the Patriots defeated Salem, 75-53. They held Salem to 12 points in the first half and scored 28 points in the third quarter to seal the win. William Belton scored 18 points and Corey Adams added 16 in the win. Both players sat out the fourth quarter fo Sandy Creek. Their next game will be on Friday as they are scheduled to take on Heritage at home. During halftime, the Patriots will retire L.T. Lockett's jersey.

PTC Flash runs in national meets

The Peachtree City Flash competed in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Nationals Dec. 1, in Orlando, Fla. and the USA Track and Field (USATF) Junior Olympics-Nationals Dec. 8 in Lincoln, Neb.

Tigers take third place at South Metro wrestling tournament

The South Metro Invitational, a wreslting meet featuring a number of teams from the area, took place at Spalding High School last weekend. Eagle's Landing edged out Woodward Academy to take first place in the tournament , while Fayette County finished third. Other local teams competing were East Coweta, which finished sixth, while McIntosh finished seventh, Starr's Mill finished eighth and Sandy creek placed 17th.

Sports Calendar


Neil Simon, one of the most prolific playwrights of our time, wrote a semi-autobiographical trilogy that followed the life of Eugene Morris Jerome from the streets of Brooklyn to the U.S. Army and to the Broadway stage.
Though the Christmas holiday has taken on Santa Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and other assorted characters and traditions, the holiday is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

There are many ways to make merry during the holiday season, but none as seemingly popular as dancing.
When we were kids, my brother and I used to read comic books to each other to make fun of the devices used to express excitement, like Superman fighting off the bad guys.

Ahhh, the holidays. A time when families get together for dinners and parties and end up in front of the television.


America's unity fading ... it's back to politics as usual
Religion Columnist

President Bush and Congress are in a dither over an economic stimulus package. With billions of dollars lost as a result of 9/11 and with billions being spent by the Department of Defense, the economy is in a whole lot of trouble. No doubt about it: the economy is our god. The Clinton campaign theme of 1992 was, "It's the economy, stupid." And he was right. The older Bush had led us successfully in the Persian Gulf War. But, the economy was on the skids. Clinton's win was all about cash, not character.

Heritage Christian Church's 'Dickens Village' is open tonight through Sunday

To get into the Christmas spirit, area residents may visit and stroll through Heritage Christian's "Dickens Village," a Victorian village with old-fashioned activities, which will be open tonight from 5:30-9 p.m. The Starr's Mill Chanticleer Choir is scheduled to perform at 7:30. The village will be open nightly through Sunday, Dec. 16.

'Gloria,' handbells, mark Christmas events at Christ Our Shepherd

"Glory to God in the Highest" is the theme of this year's choir worship concerts at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City, said the congregation's minister of music, David Beecher. "The theme echoes the song of the angels who announced Jesus, birth to the shepherds," he said.

Have breakfast with Mary and Joseph at McDonough Road

It's not your usual "have breakfast with ..." Christmas activity the youth at McDonough Road Baptist Church in Fayetteville have definitely put a different spin on it.

Body of Christ Christian presents Christmas musical

The Body of Christ Christian Church will have its Christmas musical, The Sounds of Christmas," Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Brooks offers drama for a good cause

Members of the Cathedral of Praise in Brooks will present a performance of "Come in From the Cold" Sunday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m. The dramatic performance is said to enlighten and entertain with parodies of the holiday situations we all face at Christmas

Providence UMC presents cantata December 16

The adult choir at Providence United Methodist Church will present, "Gloria In Excelsis Deo," Sunday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. The Providence orchestra will provide accompaniment.

Religion Briefs

National Heights Church banquet is December 19

National Heights Baptist Church will have its Christmas banquet Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. The cost is $3.50 for adults and $1.50 for children. For reservations, call the church office, 770-461-1704 or 770-461-3899.

FUMC offers 'Angel Breakfast'

FUMC offers 'Angel Breakfast' Dec. 16\The children's ministry at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church invites children in the community to an "Angel Breakfast," Sunday, Dec. 16, from 8:30-10:45 a.m.

McDonough Rd. will offer signing classes

McDonough Road Baptist Church will offer sign language classes for anyone of any age beginning Wednesday, Jan. 16. The teacher will be Barbara Cannington.



Move the process back into the sunlight

You need to be aware of a behind-the-scenes debate in Washington.

Casualty of war: politically correct
Laugh Lines

Where is political correctness now? In times of war, we see just what is important and what isn't. Our war, which is a response to being attacked, has suddenly made it all too evident just how ridiculous the religion of "PC" ever was. Our sheltered, privileged world in the United States was shattered when we were attacked by terrorism, and we need to accept and realize that too many years of PC mentality played a part in just why we were attacked.

Trade bill protects U.S. textile industry

During the week the Congress considered 24 legislative measures under "Suspension of the rules." These "Suspension" measures are usually non-controversial bills that require the support of at least two-thirds of the House members in order for the legislation to be approved. Of the 24 suspensions considered last week there were several notable measures, including:


City courts should not be just 'money makers'

I applaud County Commissioner Peter Pfeifer's efforts to communicate with the public and was glad to read his letter to the editor in last week's Citizen. I wish more of our public officials would communicate directly with the public as he does, and so forthrightly.

Rower: Thanks to PTC men and women who serve without recognition

The runoff election is behind us and I wanted to take a few moments to thank the many wonderful people who helped make my campaign the success that it was. Our community is filled with so many giving individuals who neither ask for nor receive recognition. They do not seek accolades. They do a job simply because it needs to be done.

Did we forget Bush's tally?

The cartoon attempting to link the ACLU with terrorism that was published in The Citizen Dec. 5 was in exceptionally poor taste.

Appreciating Indian neighbors

Wow! What a great letter in The Citizen Dec. 5 by Mrs. Neelam Sharma (Tripathi), "After Sept. 11, skin color seems number one issue."

What to do about unwanted radio signals in home?

Wondering who I have to thank for recent problems with radio frequency interference out here at Gaelic Glen subdivision in Tyrone.

What to do about these unwanted papers in yard?

I moved to Peachtree City from Atlanta six years ago. In Atlanta, when you go out of town, if you stop your newspaper, have the post office hold your mail, and maybe put a timer on your house lights, you can relax in the knowledge that you've done everything you can to make your home appear normal so that it won't be a target for criminals.

Boylan needs rock'n'roll education

In my opinion Michael Boylan is an ignoramus and a poor writer, and you should strive to keep him as far away as possible from a word processor, typewriter or pencil.

Clinton shares blame for terrorism

According to press reports, Bill Clinton confided to friends on Sept. 14, 2001, that he envies G.W. Bush's good fortune in having the Sept. 11 attacks occur during his presidency, although he (Clinton) believes he could do a better job of managing this "defining moment." He also implied in a speech at Georgetown University that the U.S. may have been experiencing some sort of payback from the attacks. These are strange comments from a former president (or co-president) who did much to indirectly aid and abet terrorists and terrorism through the following actions:

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