The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, December 19, 2001


BOE approves changes in school attendance zones

Fayette students can now know where they will go to school next year.

Judge shuts the doors on tax talks

Judge Stephen Boswell has ordered that mediation of Fayette County's tax equity dispute be conducted in private, and that the parties not talk about the discussions.

F'ville's Chief Roberts praised, pilloried at accreditation hearing

Law enforcement officials, teachers and criminal prosecutors went to bat for the Fayetteville Police Department Monday night during a public hearing on whether the department meets the standards for national accreditation.

F'ville's Market now home to mosque

The Muslim community on the south side of Atlanta has a new gathering place in downtown Fayetteville, converting a building with a recent history of alleged criminal activity into a house of worship.

Christmas services scheduled

The following is a list in alphabetical order of Christmas services scheduled in and around Fayette County for churches that have sent in information.

Brown: Resurrect jail impact fees

Fayette taxpayers may see some relief early next year if Peachtree City's mayor-elect, Steve Brown, has anything to say about it.

Man charged with threatening to kill off-duty cop

A pedestrian in the Dekor parking lot at the Fayette Pavilion picked a fight with the wrong motorist Saturday afternoon.

Irvin brings Senate campaign to Fayette

While most political candidates these days are looking for "face time" on television, Bob Irvin is looking for "face-to-face" time with voters.

Judge dismisses most parts of wrongful arrest suit

A federal judge has ruled that three Peachtree City police officers had at least arguable probable cause to arrest a local couple and their son in 1998, although the first officer's entry into the home was unconstitutional.

Driver, passenger in Friday night wreck remain in critial condition

Two Fayette youths remained in critical condition Tuesday morning at Grady Memorial Hospital after an automobile wreck late Friday evening on Ebenezer Church Road.

School board approves new voting districts

Voting districts for the Fayette County Board of Education for the coming decade cleared their first hurdle toward ultimate approval Monday night.

PTC's hotel-motel tax revenues down, but insurance taxes pick up the slack

With hotel-motel tax revenues coming in at 38 percent below the budgeted amount for the year, Peachtree City officials are recommending no changes in the budget contingency plan at the current time.

Local retiree, author was Army's top female commander in Gulf War

One of many retired service personnel now living in Fayette County, this U.S. Army colonel was the Army's most senior woman commander in the Gulf War.

Fayette teacher hopes to use presidency to educate public on applied curriculum

A special type of English curriculum that helps high school students prepare for entry into the work force is about to grow in popularity if Paula Anderson has anything to say about it.

County workers find 'bright ideas' rewarding

Fayette County's government is looking for a few bright ideas from its employees.

Names needed for five schools

The Fayette County School System is looking for a few good names for some of its schools.

School holidays coming up

Students attending Fayette County public schools will break for the holidays Dec. 20-Jan. 4.

International group with local office helping Afghan refugees

Operation Mobilization, an international Christian mission agency with its U.S. office in Fayette County, is providing assistance to refugees in Afghanistan.

Brooks councilwoman retires

The town of Brooks and the Association of Fayette County Governments will lose a longtime member, Caroline Smith.

Group celebrates 30 years of history

Fifty members and friends helped the Old Campbell County Historical Society celebrate its 30th birthday at its Christmas luncheon recently.

School PR office wins awards

The public relations department of the Fayette County School System has received its first state awards for publicity efforts.

Police Blotter

Dining Guide

Food at the fabulous five
Food Critic
During the past year, I have grazed my way through some of the county's best and worst dining establishments.
Back to 'Basil'


A familiar name in Peachtree City dining has returned in a slightly different location.


New tax law good for boomers

Nobody likes growing older, but age does have its merits particularly when it comes to the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001.

Local publisher offers children an explanation of Sept. 11events

Peachtree City's Gallopade International announced recently the expansion of its "The Day That Was Different" series of books and activities related to the events of Sept. 11, the war on terrorism, biological warfare and other subjects that students have questions about that they are begging moms, dads and teachers to answer.


Lockett returns to see Patriots win big

High school students will have their Christmas breaks start this week and most athletes will have a tournament either this weekend or next to keep the rust off. Over this past weekend, McIntosh and Sandy Creek's boys got two wins, while the Lady Patriots split.

Wrestling teams grapple in tournaments

The local high schools had some big wrestling tournaments over the weekend. McIntosh and Starr's Mill hosted tournaments, while Sandy Creek and Fayette County traveled to them.

Starr's Mill b-ball teams host holiday tournament

Starr's Mill will host a Christmas basketball tournament starting tonight and both their boys and girls teams will be competing for the tournament title.

Golf and baseball camps during holiday break

School is out for a few weeks and there are two local camps that will help keep the young area athletes entertained. If your child is into golf or baseball, there is a camp out there for them.

Sports Calendar


Christmas is a holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, but its origins also include festivals to mark the winter solstice.

Santa Claus: the man and the myth

Santa Claus is one of the central symbols of the Christmas holiday, but what do we know about him and his origins?

Lord of the Rings finally arrives on the big screen

For some, the wait has been excruciating, while others have no idea what they could have been waiting for.

Peace on earth

Seems like every year Christmas comes sooner than it did the year before.


Memories of Christmas past

Thinking back on how my family celebrated Christmas while I was growing up, I wish to commend my parents for having an incredible amount of patience.


It's the simple things that mean the most
Religion Columnist

It was Christmastime. Mama and Daddy had taken me with them to Milledgeville to pick up my sister, Martha, who was in training to be a registered nurse. She was coming home for Christmas and to return to regular nursing training at the old Columbus, Ga. City Hospital. I must have been in the fifth grade.

His House to feature live Nativity, wagon ride to Bethlehem, Wednesday - Friday

His House Community Church in Senoia will offer a live Nativity and wagon ride to Bethlehem Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 19, 20 and 21, from 7-9 p.m. at the church on Ga. Hwy. 85 South. All area families are encouraged to attend.

Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran announces Christmas services

Nothing, not even the sorrows of this year's events, can keep Christians from experiencing hope at Christmas, says the Rev. John Weber, pastor of Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. "Hope lives and is with us in times of uncertainty."

St. Andrew's sets Christmas services

St. Andrew's in-the-Pines Episcopal will have three services of Holy Communion in conjunction with the Christmas celebration and invites the community to attend.

Operation Mobilization sends aid to refugees in Afghanistan

Operation Mobilization (OM), an international Christian mission agency with its U.S. office in Fayette County, is providing assistance to refugees in Afghanistan. Teams are providing food, clothing, blankets and medical care to help families survive the winter months.



Who stands to gain if economy derails?

It will be interesting to see during the next election whether the American people have been paying attention.

Merry Murphy Christmas
Laugh Lines

In the spirit of the infamous Christmas card insert, here is the past year's "goings-on" of the Murphy clan; Billy, Julie, Olivia (6) and Davis (3).

For some advocates of gay rights, 'tis the season to be vindictive
Traditional Values Coalition

For some advocates of gay rights, 'tis the season to be vindictive


Thanks for 'delightful pastiche' of letters

A delightful pastiche of letters-to-the-editor graced the Dec. 12 issue of your publication.

Former student defends Starr's Mill teacher, Voyles

I know I speak for many of my old classmates when I say that Laura Voyles is a wonderful teacher as well as a friend.

Mr. Rower, you and friends should stand up for fair wages for employees

[To Peachtree City mayoral candidate Gary] Rower, thanks for making it an interesting election.

Congratulations to all Peachtree City Flash athletes

The Fayette County Track Association, Inc. (FCTA, Inc.) and the local USATF Fayette Flames would like to extend their sincerest congratulations to all the Peachtree City Flash athletes who competed in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Cross Country Nationals in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 1 and the USA Track and Field (USATF) Junior Olympic-Nationals on Dec. 8 in Lincoln, Neb.

Blockbuster pricing needs some busting

After renting videos for more than two years at the Braelinn Blockbuster, I recently became aware that the Kedron store charges 50 cents less (it's even cheaper in Union City).

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