a council of change
who quit her job as office manager of the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater
on Friday so she could legally accept her position on the City Council
three days later, was unanimously elected mayor pro tem by the other
councilmen Monday night, just moments after taking the council oath
killed with unloaded gun
A 16-year-old Fayette
boy faces criminal charges after he accidentally shot and killed one
of his close friends with a revolver at a home in the Yates Crossing
subdivision Wednesday, Dec. 31, police said.
worry about rash of drug overdoses
Three deaths over
the holiday period and the September death of a Sandy Creek High School
student are being linked in part to overdoses on prescription drugs.
club seeks liquor-by-the-drink vote
The Fayette County
Commission is expected to decide tomorrow whether liquor by the drink
in the unincorporated county should be put to the voters this year,
possibly July 20 during the countys general primary balloting.
This one's for the birds
Its a first
ever for Fayette County, a first documented in the state of Georgia,
and probably the first in the Southeast.
list top needs
chief executives call Fayette County home, the overwhelming majority
white and male, according to detailed information on employment and
residency released Monday by the Census bureau.
ranking state legislator, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Sharpsburg), believes
the upcoming legislative session will be a short one.
lawyer plans second bid for Superior Court judgeship
Local attorney John
Mrosek announced his candidacy last week for a Superior Court judgeship.
judge appointed to jail suit
As expected, an
out-of-county judge will rule over the lawsuit between the Fayette County
Commission and Sheriff Randall Johnson over the housing of prisoners
arrested by the county-commission-supervised marshals department.
library taking inventory
Qui Nidey homeschools her children. Recently, she was asked by her homeschool
group to bring in the most indispensable item to a parent who homeschools
their children and she brought in her library card.
A growing problem
environment is a dirty secret, said John Lyons, a former U.S.
Department of Education facilities director. He could have been talking
about some classrooms at Starrs Mill High School.
Mold stopped dead in its tracks at Starrs Mill
head of facilities services for the Fayette County school system, said
Taylor DeBartolas in-depth report in The Prowler on
a mold outbreak at Starrs Mill High at the start of the school
year was mostly accurate.
named to Sams School board
The Joseph Sams
School, Inc. has announced the appointment of Arnold L. Martin III to
its board of directors.
to address Fayette GOP breakfast
The Fayette County
Republican Party will be holding its January breakfast meeting Saturday
at the International House of Pancakes restaurant in Fayetteville, beginning
at 8:30 a.m.
mayor to speak at ARC workshop
Ken Steele is one of the featured speakers at a workshop called Quality
Communities Created by Choice that will be presented by the Atlanta
Regional Commission next Wednesday.
arrested for statutory rape at PTC boat docks
A Peachtree City
teen is charged with statutory rape after he was caught inappropriately
ringing in the New Year at the Battery Way Boat Docks with an underage
schools schedule 3 job fairs for teachers
The Fayette County
Board of Education has scheduled three job fairs to help fill teaching
positions for the 2004-2005 school year.
honors parents in support of education
Education has always
played an important role in Betsy Getreu's life and now she is helping
to spread it to others.
students at UGA are making movies
Eric Hanson and
Alex Crawford attended different schools in different grades in Fayette
County, but they are now working together in Athens on a short film
called, Teaching Marlow. Hanson graduated from McIntosh
High School in 1999, while Crawford graduated from Fayette County High
School in 2003. Their love of film and making movies has erased any
rivalry that was between them.
flood emergency departments as flu season hits Fayette
With the entire
metro Atlanta area battling winter illnesses including the flu and colds,
it is important to recognize symptoms and understand treatment options.
Fayette Community Hospital, which is experiencing an extremely high
volume of Emergency Department patients, has provided the following
information for area residents.
may now check insurance status online
may now access the Department of Motor Vehicle Safetys Web site,
www.dmvs.ga.gov, to verify whether they are registered in the States
mandatory automobile insurance database which is proof of insurance
effective Jan. 1.
and answers from Oxendine
Q: I cashed in a
$5,000 paid-up life insurance policy and only got $1,200. Why?
a move on naturally
You might be
getting older, but it sure doesnt have to slow you down.
grow with elders
Rosy Lopez was
meeting with a vendor in her office three years ago when the call
came from her mother. Again.
Home & Garden
ETC starting second year
on Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. in Newnan, is just now completing
its first year of operation.
your cottage state of mind
styling blooms with myriad fresh looks
to reclaim your rain at rain garden workshop
Even though spring
is still weeks away, it is not too early to think about how your garden
can be the envy of your neighbors this spring.
protect your home from the silent killer
poisoning claims about 1,500 lives annually and about one in five
deaths involve heating or cooking equipment. The best defenses against
carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in the home are making sure that heating
and cooking appliances are properly installed and maintained, and
that CO alarms are installed on each level of a home-particularly
near sleeping areas. Tips on how to check for carbon monoxide hazards
and a room-by-room safety audit are available at www.firstalert.com.
cost-effective way to keep your gutters clean year after year
Before you know
it, spring showers will be setting the stage for May flowers, and
if you havent cleaned your gutters lately, now is the time to
do it. If your gutters are clogged with leaves, seeds and other debris
left over from the fall, when the spring thaw and hard rains come,
they may backup or overflow, and that could cause huge problems.
are some tips to keep your silver tarnish-free
Do you have a
closet full of silver treasures you are afraid to use? Are you under
the impression that the real thing shouldnt be paired with plated
silver or pewter? Dont be so hard on yourself. Get your collection
out, and set a stunning table.
softwoods before staining
Q. I have to stain
some white pine woodwork in my home. In the past, I have had nothing
but problems when I stain wood. The color is not even, the grain disappears
and colors are much darker than in the sample brochures. I must be
doing something wrong. How can I get professional results from start
to finish when staining woodwork? S.B., Westland, Mich.
from home: Breaking down the online barriers
Congress is about
to pass legislation that will give consumers new protections against
identity theft, including free credit reports annually and a national
fraud-alert system to minimize damage once a theft has occurred.
the history of gardening devices
such as hoses and wheelbarrows have been around so long that we hardly
think of them as having been innovations once. But George Drower hasnt
the games begin
Playground a video
game paradise for locals
Airways gets $27 million federal loan
World Airways, Inc. announced that it has obtained final approval from
the Air Transportation Stabilization Board (ATSB) for a $27 million
federal loan guarantee in support of a $30.0 million term loan. The
full loan was fundedat the end of last year. Simultaneously, World Airways
has terminated its existing credit facility with Wells Fargo Foothill,
Inc. The company will use the balance of the loan proceeds for working
county mulls smoking ordinance, other citys restaurants are booming
in smoke-free environment
For the last few
months of 2003, the Fayette County Commission considered the idea of
creating a public smoking ban in the county. The county agreed to further
study the issue and try and get an idea of the impact of such legislation.
Thorn enters Hall of Fame
Coach Bill Thorn,
co-founder of Landmark Christian School, has been elected into the Track
and Cross Country Coaches of Georgia Hall of Fame. The award was announced
at the Atlanta Track Clubs annual Cross Country Awards Night Dec.
2. Ray Broadaway, the director of the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association,
has also nominated Thorn for the National High School Coaches Associations
Coach of the Year and the National Coaches Federation's Coach of the
can debate which Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is the best back and forth,
but one would have to give Cats a lot of consideration.
Not only was it the longest running musical in Broadway history, but
it earned seven Tony Awards and gave the world, Memory,
which is one of the most famous songs in the world and has been recorded
by hundreds of artists including Barbara Streisand, Judy Collins, Barry
Manilow, Johnny Mathis and Liberace. If you have never seen Cats
or wish to visit the old junkyard where it takes place once again, youll
have your chance this week.
Anyone who read
Katherine Dunns National Book Award finalist novel Geek
Love can tell you that they never thought they would see it
outside of their imagination. Thanks to a dedicated director and crew,
the Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points will stage the world premiere
of the show through Jan. 25 and allow audiences to see the dark comedy
come alive before their very eyes.
going too far. The other day I pulled behind an SUV at a stoplight.
Inside, the passengers were watching one of my favorite movies, Billy
Madison, so I followed the vehicle to continue watching the
film. When I ended up in South Carolina, I knew I was in some trouble.
I also found myself wishing for headphones and some popcorn.
Abb Dickson is
a nationally known performer who resides in Jonesboro. Having entertained
in all 50 states and 29 countries, he recently spoke to the Fayette
Writers. His many talents are corporate speaker, lecturer, author
of four books, and a character actor. An interest in magic as a child
led to his versatile career.
in Fayette and Coweta County are invited to the Line Creek Nature
Area in Peachtree City this Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. to mark and
clear trails. Line Creek forms the border between the two counties.
to know the brides
By JOHN HATCHER
Because of Gods
goodness in my life, as I negotiated adolescence my heroes were my pastors.
Methodists, American Red Cross team up for blood drives during January
The North Georgia
Conference of the United Methodist Church, in conjunction with The American
Red Cross, has organized a statewide blood drive during the month of
adds Tesh to line-up
John Tesh moved
from the glamorous life of television appearances, concert performances
and record promotions to full-time radio, and began 2004 by opening
the microphone on his syndicated John Tesh Radio Show at Atlantas
J93.3 Monday night. The show will air week nights at 7 p.m.
back, looking ahead in Fayette
Well, has the sky
fallen on Peachtree City with the messy divorce of the Development Authority
and its venues? Well, no, and no such celestial calamities are likely
to befall the fair city of the West in the year ahead.
tax cut plan worked
8th District Congressional candidate
During this holiday
season and on the eve an election year, it seems appropriate to take
stock of the state of affairs in America, particularly as they relate
to the economy. To that end, it is incumbent upon those still doubting
the country is in the midst of an economic recovery, to understand some
defense has no place in a free society
Senior FellowFuture of Freedom Foundation
John W. Hinckley
Jr., who in 1982 was acquitted by reason of insanity in his attempt
to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, has been granted court permission
to have unsupervised visits with his parents. Hinckley has been held
in St. Elizabeths Mental Hospital in Washington, D.C., for more
than 20 years. Hed been previously granted only supervised visits.
- LETTERS TO THE
nothing but judgeship politics
Wow! For several
weeks now I have sat by and read several letters to the editor concerning
my use, as Fayettes solicitor general, of a county car. As a
servant of the people, I owe it to them and to myself to evaluate
such criticisms as to whether or not they are legitimate.
prosecutions motivated by politics?
The Georgia Constitution
creates power that is supposed to Perpetuate the principles of
free government, insure justice to all, preserve peace, promote the
interest and happiness of the citizen and family, and transmit to posterity
the enjoyment of liberty. That is a paraphrase of the preamble
to the Georgia constitution.
trample 1st Amendment
In response to Steve
Stewmans letter, I would like to add something I recently read
concerning the First Amendment, and the Constitution as a whole.
Middle School Coach Dismissal
letter was cheap-shot setup
The world is full
of cheap-shot artists, so I neednt have been surprised by Mr.
Beverlys little stunt last week. Nonetheless, I was a little taken
aback at its crudeness, and obviously amateur nature. He posted two
letters under the title: Iraq: 2 very different points of view.
One letter was from myself.
I have again been
amazed by the situations about which some people become so seriously
annoyed. Today the news commentators have been outraged by the situation
with Steve Irwin (the Crocodile Hunter). He is being criticized for
holding his month-old son, Bob, while feeding a 13-foot crocodile. His
behavior has even been called child abuse by some.
Thanks for tots toys
The United States
Marine Corps Reserve would like to thank the generous citizens of Fayette
County and neighboring areas for participating in the Toys for Tots
Program this holiday season.
info on bar brawl
I thought it was
unnecessary coverage in your story on the bar brawl in Peachtree City
to mention that the owner was an unsuccessful candidate for a political
race in PTC.
marriage column: Thanks
Dr. Moffatt, you
are probably going to get a lot of negative feedback from the liberals
about your article on same-sex marriage (Dec. 31), so I felt you needed
to hear from someone who agreed with what you said.