The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, December 26, 2001


Citizen questions secrecy of mediation talks

The Citizen newspaper is formally asking Judge Stephen Boswell to explain his decision to order secret meetings to conduct tax equity mediation between Fayette County and three cities.

New, tough teen driving laws start next week

Starting Jan. 1, there will be no excuses for newly licensed teenage drivers to cruise between midnight and 6 a.m.

Firefighters move into new, safer digs

The Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services has moved into its newest fire station, which replaces a station off Ga. Highway 314 that was hand-built by volunteers.

Peachtree City facility watching to stay ahead of floods

A combination of computer power, radar power and man power helps forecasters at the National Weather Service in Peachtree City predict potential floods for the entire Southeast United States.

New Year's Eve events

Local man gets Carnegie award for saving kids from burning car

A Peachtree City man has been awarded the Carnegie Medal for risking his life to save three children from a burning car on Interstate 85 in Union City in February.

One wreck victim dies, driver remains in critical condition

One of the victims in a two-car crash on Ebenezer Church Road Friday, Dec. 14 has died.

Student's letter to president published in National Journal

"I'm not afraid I will die for my country, I will do anything it takes for justice," said J.C. Booth student Ashton Henderson in a letter he wrote to President George W. Bush following the events of Sept. 11.

Cable upgrade a bumpy ride for some in PTC

An AT&T Broadband spokesman said last week that a mysterious cable outage in Peachtree City should be resolved by now.

Cable upgrade a bumpy ride for some in PTC

Every motorist convicted of driving under the influence in Fayette County must attend a special meeting and hear from others who have lost family members or loved ones in DUI-related collisions.

Former planning director returns to Fayetteville

A familiar face is returning to Fayetteville City Hall.

Mentoring program helps students soar to new heights

A unique mentoring experience is taking place weekly between a select group of students from Starr's Mill High School and Peeples Elementary.

Electric vehicles OK for PTC cart paths

It was a bumpy ride, but eventually the Peachtree City Council agreed to allow electric-powered motor vehicles on the city's cart path system during the last council meeting of the year Thursday night.

Students show rock solid patriotism

There's no doubt about it, Spring Hill Elementary School's patriotic spirit is rock solid.

Teachers come to Fayette for GeoFest 2001

Approximately 50 social studies teachers from throughout Georgia recently attended GeoFest 2001 at the LaFayette Educational Center.

Shrine Club donations aids local charities

The Fayette Shrine Club, a member of the Yaarab Shrine Temple in Atlanta, raised $37,000 last year for local charities and to help support 22 Shrine hospitals for crippled and burned children throughout North America.

New school helps protect watersheds

As new schools are built to keep up with the growing population of the county, the Fayette County School System is doing its share to help protect the environment for current and future residents, according to officials.

Miller slaps party on lack of stimulus plan vote

U.S. Sen. Zell Miller of Georgia delivered the following remarks last week on the Senate floor criticizing the Senate's failure to allow a vote on an economic stimulus package before adjourning for the holidays:

Police Blotter


A lesson from the Amish
Child's Play

Is there anywhere you can go these days where you don't see someone on a cellular telephone? Recently, I actually heard someone talking on his cell phone in the stall of a public bathroom and he even told the caller where he was and what he was doing! Most of you who are reading this column have cell phones so be patient with me as I present something for you to think about.

New Year's resolution: Stop smoking

Fayette Community Hospital will be hosting a Smoking Cessation Class beginning on Jan. 8, meeting from 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Hospital's Community Room C. This class will meet for seven weeks on the following dates: Jan. 8, 15, 22, 24 (this week meeting twice), 29 and Feb. 5, 12, 19. Facilitators are Cardiopulmonary Services and Rehabilitation Services staff members, trained by the American Lung Association. The cost for the class is $50. To register, call Promina HealthCall at 770-541-1111.

Red Cross classes in January

Registration is now open for American Red Cross training to be held in January at the South Metro Service Center, 1115 Mount Zion Road, Suite H, Morrow.

'Tis the season to drive sober

The Fayette County Health Department joins with local, state, and federal national organizations in an effort to educate the public during the month of December, which is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.

Kicking the habit tops New Year's resolutions

The tradition of New Year's resolutions dates back 4,000 years to the Babylonians, whose most popular resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment. While today's resolutions rarely involve tractors or hoes, it is a time when Americans swear to forego their favorite bad habit.

Use of cochlear implants on the rise

Thousands of children and adults with very severe hearing loss have received cochlear implants in the past 25 years. Improvements in surgical techniques, aural rehabilitation methods and advances in the technology of the implant devices themselves have led to improved results in recent years.

Cancer prevention and finding a balance

Americans today are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. The majority of my patients feel they are eating well with an intake of 2-3 servings per day. I commonly hear they have a banana every morning or corn at dinner. Not only is it important to have at least five servings a day but also to consume a variety, the more colorful the better.


Atlanta Gas to help with reconnection fees

AGL Resources Inc., at the request of the Georgia Department of Human Resources, will fund reconnection fees for natural gas customers DHR qualifies as eligible to receive low-income energy assistance funding.

Give yourself an early retirement

At this time of year, you and your family may be reaping the benefits of giving and receiving holiday gifts for family members and friends.

A top ten list for next year's success

Yogi Berra once said, "If you don't know where you are going, you could wind up someplace else."


PTC's Sanders has winning in hand

Wayne Sanders, a Peachtree City resident who has become one of the top handcyclists in the nation, has just finished another successful year.

Sports Calendar


2001 is almost over and a new year is about to begin.

Children's book by PTC author discusses power of words

While helping his mother clean out the attic, Casey finds a giant green shirt with his name on it.

'South Pacific' to enchant Atlanta audiences

James Michener wrote "Tales of the South Pacific" to tell a number of stories from World War II.

When past and future meet

The past and the future meet for only a moment, and now, deep in winter's darkness, we need to take a moment to pause and consider where we've been and where we're going.


You say you want a resolution

Last year in this column, I gave advice on how to stick with your New Year's resolutions. I said it was a good idea to lower the bar, so to speak, and set realistic goals. Hopefully, it worked out for you. In revisiting my old column, I looked at the three resolutions I had made. I didn't stick with them too well.



Yes, O'Leary, there is an anti-clause
Religion Columnist

Unless you are from planet of the apes, you know it does not portend a wonderful world of Christmas for Thomas O'Leary. He did not read very closely the ninth clause in the contract between God and man called The Ten Commandments. Without a doubt, he may feel home alone.

Providence United Methodist announces new classes, studies

Providence United Methodist Church is starting several new classes in January on varied topics of interest.

McDonough Road youth get ready for trip to Gatlinburg

The teen youth groups at McDonough Rd. Baptist Church will have a Youth Winter Retreat in Gatlinburg, Tenn., Friday-Monday, Jan. 18-21, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

Religion Briefs



With '01 in the books, look to the future

With just a few days left, it appears as though we may have made it through yet another year.

The future is near
Laugh Lines

In a Jules Verne kind of way, I have seen the future.

Stimulus package stymied
U.S. Congressman

In the early morning hours of Dec. 20, the House of Representatives passed The Economic Security and Worker Assistance Act (HR 3529).


The death of my friend

Upon hearing of the death of my friend Marvin Moore...

What a sad day for Fayetteville

I have recently completed a three-year tour in Saudi Arabia, where I worked daily with the Saudi military and had a close relationship with the Saudi community.

Lack of patience can be tragic

I happened to be inconvenienced on my way home from work by having to detour around this tragic accident caused by another anxious teenager who has no patience. Wonder where he was going that was so important that he had to take this chance?

Support United Way

United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta funds 435 programs and all of metro Atlanta benefits. But only a fraction of metro Atlanta African-Americans give at the leadership level ($1,000 and above) to this organization that helps so many.

Thanks to library staff

I would like to thank the employees of the Fayetteville branch of the Fayette County Library.

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