The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, July 9, 2003


Chief: 'No Gestapo on cart paths'

"We don't intend to be the Gestapo on the cart paths," Peachtree City Police Chief James Murray told the City Council last week. But, he said, in effect, the law is the law, and it must be enforced no matter how disagreeable it might be.

PTC, Tyrone chase wrong-way driver

A Tyrone man led Peachtree City police on a chase that reached over 70 mph as he headed the wrong way on Ga. Highway 74 north early Thursday morning.

PTC eyes new utility for runoff from storms

A new bill may one day be in the mail for the 33,000 residents of Fayette County's largest municipality.

Samaritans seek help with top 10

The Fayette Samaritans are asking for area residents to donate the following items to the local charity to help people with immediate needs.

Parade deemed a success

The verdict: "Very successful."

2003 PTC July 4th parade winners

Residents get a glimpse of transportation future

In the near future, residents will be able to travel from Clayton to Coweta counties along a four-laned Ga. Highway 54.

PTC recruit still critical after injury during Marine swim qualification

A Marine recruit from Peachtree City was still in critical condition Tuesday, over a week after he was injured while participating in swimming qualification during training lt Parris Island, S.C.

Seniors to learn safety, fraud protection at free seminar

The Fayetteville Police Department and Heritage Bank will present a series of free seminars targeted at safety for senior citizens beginning Thursday, Aug. 7.

Red Cross offers sports injury class for coaches

The American Red Cross is offering a special program for coaches that teaches how to prevent sports injuries and respond effectively if an emergency occurs.

Our Town auditions set

The director of NCTC's record-breaking "To Kill A Mockingbird" will be holding auditions for Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" at Newnan Community Theatre at 7:30 on July 14 and 15. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.The director asks that those auditioning be prompt and know your conflicts and commitments through the end of September.Rehearsals will generally be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. More rehearsals may be expected on the week of opening.

Classical Dance Theatre holds fall registration

Classical Dance Theatre holds registration for fall dance classes during the next three Saturdays, July 12, July 19, and July 26. Registration times are 10 a.m. until noon.

Police: PTC man stole, wrecked golf cart

A Peachtree City man was arrested Friday night after he crashed a stolen golf cart into a parked car in the Dover Square subdivision, according to police.

Brief manhunt leads to forgery arrest on bad check case

A homeless man was arrested Thursday afternoon after bolting from a lawman investigating a bad check report at a gas station on Ga. Highway 85 north, police said.

Police Blotter


Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements


Real Estate

Green building: The next wave in housing is here

Thanks to a new movement taking place in the housing industry known as "green building," new homes, apartments, townhouses and condominiums are being built in more environmentally friendly ways then ever before.

Real estate help plentiful in Fayette

With home sales and construction at a breakneck pace all over the Southside of Atlanta, the real estate industry has grown by leaps and bounds during recent years.

About the Fayette County Board of Realtors

The Fayette County Board of Realtors was established in 1969 as a non-profit trade association under a charter from the National Association of Realtors. It is a member-run association governed by NAR-approved Bylaws and a Board of Directors.

Why a real estate professional can help you

Homebuyers and sellers today, more than ever, view their real estate professional as a partner, not just an agent.

New faces in new places in real estate

River Forest in development in Monroe County

Just in time for the finish of horse racing's Triple Crown, Monroe County's River Forest community is offering a triple crown for homebuyers: a community that features equestrian facilities and riding trails, an 18-hole golf course designed by one of the South's top golf architects, and 350 wooded estate lots on the Little Towaliga River.

Lake Windsong breaks ground for amenities facility

Construction of The Lodge clubhouse at Lake Windsong, a new lake community of custom homes from the mid $300's near Peachtree City, is underway.

Assist 2 Sell adds 29 franchises

Assist 2 Sell, North America's largest residential discount real estate company, added 29 new franchises from Jan. 1 through April 30.Along with the opening of South Dakota's first Assist 2 Sell franchise in Rapid City, the expansion brings the total number of Assist 2 Sell franchises in 43 states and Canada to 242, up 13.24 percent from Dec. 31, 2002.

New homes available in Ashton Reserve

Ashton Woods Homes is pleased to offer its Horizon Collection at Chadsworth at Ashton Reserve in Peachtree City.

Tyrone's Tullamore becomes new home buyer destination

Builders offer $7,500 toward closing cost or upgrades

Business booming, records breaking at Metro Brokers

Last month has been dubbed Magnificent May at Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate, with every division under the Metro Brokers umbrella reporting significant gains this year over last.

Summer sparks strong sales for Newnan's Avery Park

Summer temperatures are not the only things rising in Coweta County. Home sales are hot at Newnan's Avery Park. The community had 7 home sales in June alone and has already exceeded 50 for 2003 and developer, Pathway Communities expects summer sales figures to continue to rise.

PruGeorgia celebrates 10th year of conference

For 10 years, Prudential Atlanta/Georgia Realty has been honoring its top real estate agents with an annual three-day, motivational and educational retreat at the Hilton Sandestin Resort in Destin, Fla. Known as the Masters Conference, the company put extra sizzle into this year's event to mark the conference's 10-year anniversary, celebrating Oscars style, with "10 Years in a Starring Role."

Lunsford attends real estate seminar

Laura Lunsford, Sales Associate at Assist 2 Sell Buyer and Seller Realty Center, recently attended a one day Real Estate Success Seminar in Atlanta. The seminar was conducted by highly acclaimed real estate trainer Howard Brinton, with Star Power Systems. Also presenting the seminar was two of Howard Brinton's Star Power agents, Alexis Bolin and Buddy West, both very successful multi-million dollar producers.

Two from Bullard named to Circle

Two sales associates from Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty have been selected to join the Coldwell Banker network's International President's Circle. The prestigious membership is limited to only the top twelve percent of the more than 90,000 Coldwell Banker sales associates worldwide.

Ravin Homes names agent in StoneBriar Park

Roch deGolian has been named to handle sales for Ravin Homes in StoneBriar Park, the third phase of the StoneBriar community on Lester Road in Fayetteville.

Metro Brokers Insurance receives customer service honor

Met Life Auto & Home recently announced that Metro Brokers Insurance has received the company's 2002 Presidential Customer Service Award for customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Two Bullard agents named to Elite

Two sales associates from Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty, Keith Harris from the Jonesboro/Clayton County office and Duane Lockwood from the McDonough/Henry County office, have been named to the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation International President's Elite.

Three Bullard agents named to President's Premier Club

Three sales associates with Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty have earned membership in the company's International President's Premier. Only one percent of the more than 90,000 Coldwell Banker Sales Associates worldwide qualify for this distinguished award.

Tullamore reports brisk sales

Tullamore's distinctive custom homes from the high $200's are drawing home buyers to this new neighborhood just north of Peachtree City.


Make meetings meaningful

"One either meets or one works. One cannot do both at the same time." This is how Dr. Peter Drucker expresses the attitude of executives and managers towards meetings.

Unemployed or underemployed? We want to hear your stories

Has the rising unemployment rate affected your family? Last week's figures show the rate as the highest in nine years, and the Citizen wants to chronicle the face of unemployment in Fayette County. Airlines cutbacks have dealt a huge blow to residents, and we'd like to know how you're coping with the stagnant economy.


Vipers qualify for ASA nationals

The Atlanta Vipers 18-under fastpitch softball team from Fayetteville has qualified for the ASA National tournament in Garland, Tex., the last week of July. The team, comprised of mostly Fayette County players, is returning to this prestigious tournament for the second year in a row. The Vipers placed in the top 25 in last year's Nationals in Rockford, Ill.

Seminoles win state titles

The 10-under Georgia Seminoles, playing out of Tyrone Baseball Association and Peachtree City Georgia Baseball Association, have won two state championships this season.

Mud Dogs on a roll entering postseason

The Fayette Mud Dogs 12-year-old baseball team recently won three more championships to complete its regular season schedule. The Mud Dogs won the 11-12 competitive league in Tyrone with a perfect 12-0 record and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 126-32.

Big League Baseball signups underway

Signups are now being taken for 16-, 17-, 18- and 19-year-olds for Big League Baseball in the south metro Atlanta counties, including Fayette, Coweta and Henry counties.

Go jump in a lake

Cool off this summer at one of Georgia's state parks

Fayette archers bring home gold

Young archers from across the United States competed in the 23rd Annual National JOAD (Junior Olympic Archery Development) Outdoor Championship Tournament June 26-29 in Denver.JOAD is the youth program sponsored by the National Archery Association and sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee.

Program participants learn sports injury prevention

Whether making a slam dunk on the basketball court, hitting a home run on the t-ball field or landing a double-axle on the ice, athletes of all ages constantly put a great deal of stress and strain on their bodies. This wear and tear, as well as other hazards inherent to sports, often results in injuries that could have otherwise been prevented with the proper preparation and training.


Frankie Avalon

Frankie Avalon is crossing the milestone of his 42nd year as one of America's leading young entertainers. Frankie can look back on a career that spans three generations of music, television and motion pictures which he feels is due primarily to the loyalty and trust of his audience.

Fayetteville heats up the summer with July Jam

Every July Stonewall Village hosts a party for the community called July Jam. The event features fun activities for the whole family and two full days of free entertainment. July Jam returns this weekend and is bigger and better than ever.

City Cafe offers night of good music and food

How does a romantic dinner with beautiful music sound? If it sounds good, you may want to call and make reservations for dinner at City Cafe this Thursday evening for the "Music with Friends" program.

Becoming unfurled at Six Flags

Sabine's brother, Rob, an art major at UMASS Dartmouth, gave up his spring break to help screen in our back porch and build us a deck. We felt we should pay him back by inviting him down here in the summer and doing something fun and not involving manual labor. We thought about taking in a baseball game and bar hopping in Athens but then a stroke of genius hit.


Does your faith set you free ... or bind you up?
Religion Columnist

Jesus would say, "If the son of man sets you free, you shall be free indeed." Jesus, more than any religious figure of his day, before, and since, encouraged his followers to embrace freedom as a joy of the faith. He wanted his followers to make decisions on their own, informed by God's will, but not bullied into God's will. There's a difference.

Tom Pilgrim appointed new senior pastor at Fayetteville First UMC

LaGrange native Tom Pilgrim, former pastor of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Marietta, has been appointed the new senior pastor at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. Pilgrim replaces Sam Matthews who was assigned to Marietta First United Methodist Church.

Hopewell UMC to host Abu-Akel in special 'Service for Peace' July 30

Hopewell United Methodist church in Tyrone will have a special "Service for Peace" Wednesday, July 30, with special guest speaker Dr. Fahed Abu-Akel of the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and Atlanta Ministry with International Students, Inc. Abu-Akel will speak to the congregation regarding relations between Christians and Muslims. The presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the service at 7:30.

Religion Briefs

Vacation Bible School



Stop road rage: Get out of the left lane

After all these years of undiagnosed road rage, I'm finally outing myself: I get angry at some drivers.

July 16 in PTC: Welcome to water wars?

Everything you ever wanted to know about water, wastewater treatment and watershed management is about to be delivered to you in three pretty reports. At least that is what the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District would have you believe. I suggest, however, when you attend their public meeting next Wednesday, July 16, you view their "dog and pony show" with serious skepticism.

Former PTC official leads the way in stormwater solutions
Intern with the Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Any official who visits a Georgia river, stream or creek after a heavy rain understands why Brant Keller is a wanted man.

Supreme Court's sodomy ruling: Battle now shifts to the states
Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation

Unless unconscious or off the planet, you've surely heard the news of the United States Supreme Court's rulings handed down last month in two cases that have already produced a Niagara of comment.


Golf cart ruling: What's big deal? Ignore the ban

I can't understand what the big fuss is about 15-year-olds driving golf carts.

State can't have it both ways: Reinstate golf cart tax credit

In all the hoopla that has been raised over the past couple of weeks about needing a drivers license to drive a cart, one issue has been overlooked.

Golf cart ruling by court seems ironic given Fayette's air quality challenges

It is with great interest and dismay I write to you regarding the state's ruling requiring drivers' licenses for golf cart operation.

Cart ban punishes innocents

It has come to my attention that local citizens of Peachtree City are not allowed to operate a golf cart unless they are licensed drivers. I myself am at the age of 14 where I enjoy driving to stores or just plain driving around with parental supervision. I enjoy being able to go out and drive the golf cart with my mom, dad, and even the whole family.

15 too early for most drivers

As a 15-year resident of Peachtree City I wonder what the proponents of 15-year-olds driving golf carts by themselves were thinking.

Tested 15s are ready for cart

I have already written to my local government concerning the ruling and informed them that their action or non-reaction will be a deciding factor next election.

Ruling hurts ill, handicapped

I wanted to give my input to the state's ruling on golf carts. My neighbor is a single mother of three; she has multiple sclerosis. Her daughter will be 15 in August.

After great parade, let's support Battle of Bands

By all estimates, the parade involvement figures were probably the largest in the city's history. Special recognition goes to Susan Taylor from our city staff for her heroic effort as our parade coordinator. Governor Perdue was very impressed by the large showing and the large number of golf carts that were utilized by the spectators and parade entrants.

Prevent boat dock nastiness

We have an opportunity to prevent a tragedy in Peachtree City and a black eye on our community's name.

Cat chaos ensues when owners abandon animals

Irresponsible pet owners are causing problems for us citizens that do give a damn. In August 2002 my wife and I returned from a week out of town only to find a feline and her four kittens under my restored car.

Column breath of fresh air

Thank you, John Thompson, for your column regarding ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning sodomy laws. I'm not familiar with your writing or your political views, but I just assumed before reading it that the article would be negative on the issue.

State needs coordinator for character education

My husband and I are a retired Army chaplain's family which has been called in to the character building business wherever we find ourselves. We were both able to contribute to the U.S. Army Chaplaincy's "Moral Leadership Manual" before retiring from active duty. We have tried to "fight the fight and run the race" by observing moral education around the world and by encouraging people to do the moral thing in their everyday lives.

Let kids believe in Potter's world while they are able

In reply to Chris Turner's letter that likened a harmless children's novel to that of a stepping stone towards moral bankruptcy, I must firmly contend against the opinion he supports of suffocating adolescent imagination in order to preserve Christianity.

Reported charges now dropped

Just wanted to let you know that all charges against Jacob Marullo and Joseph Bates have been dropped due to lack of evidence.

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