The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, January 14, 2004


Land grab?

Are Fayette’s municipalities staging a land grab?

New look for PTC's west side is near

If Peachtree City’s chief planner has his way, in 20 years much of the city will look like the Ga. Highway 54 West corridor from Ga. Highway 74 to the Coweta County line.

Hospital seeks to expand heart tests capability

With a significant increase in patients needing cardiac catheterization to diagnose heart problems, Fayette Community Hospital wants permission to provide that service within the county’s borders.

Mother dies, 3 families escape PTC condo fire

Hours after an early-morning blaze destroyed her family’s condo and killed a 32-year-old Peachtree City woman, Heather Martz calmly described how she was alerted to the fire.

Absence of smoke alarm may have been fatal

The woman killed in a fire at her Peachtree City condominium early Friday morning likely didn’t have a smoke detector to alert her to the blaze, according to fire officials.

Manhunt yields 2 arrests in foiled armed robbery

Two suspects who likely intended to rob a north Fayette convenience store at gunpoint were foiled by an alert sheriff’s deputy early Tuesday morning, authorities said.

Golf cart legislation on fast track; passage expected soon

As pledged last summer, legislation to allow unlicensed drivers to operate golf carts throughout Peachtree City was introduced with the start of the General Assembly on Monday and is already on a fast track to approval, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland said.

Fayette tax notices: 90 percent paid; Most auto tag renewals won't get new 2004 plates

As pledged last summer, legislation to allow unlicensed drivers to operate golf carts throughout Peachtree City was introduced with the start of the General Assembly on Monday and is already on a fast track to approval, Rep. Lynn Westmoreland said.

Dunn speaks out on lawsuit

In less than a week, a former Clayton County judge will conduct a historic hearing featuring the Fayette County Commission and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Liquor proponents are going to need signatures

Residents who want liquor by the drink in the unincorporated county need to keep their signing pens handy.

Sandy Creek's rising: Improved test scores earn 'Excellence'

Sandy Creek High School’s symbolic shooting star continues to rise.

Rezoning takes curious path to approval

A developer’s plan to build a 22-home subdivision on Inman Road received the County Commission’s blessing Thursday night, sort of.

Fayetteville council may eliminate curb cut to inprove traffic

Fayetteville’s plan to add a right turn lane onto Ga. Highway 85 north from north Jeff Davis Drive has hit a slight snag.

Funds still needed for accessible youth baseball field in PTC

With opening day set for April 17, Fayette Field of Hope organizers still need $106,000 to finish the project.

Commuters facing construction for the next two years

And so it begins.

Residents traveling between Newnan and Peachtree City face an increased challenge in their commutes this week: Dirt movers and construction workers.


Democratic Women meet Saturday

The Fayette Democratic Women will host their January meeting Saturday, Jan. 17, at 9 a.m. at Right on Thyme Restaurant and Catering in Fayetteville. Those wishing to order breakfast may do so at 9 a.m. The meeting will be called to order at 9:20 a.m.

Brooks to swear in councilmen

Brooks Mayor Bobby Butler has announced the swearing in of three councilmen at the town’s Jan. 19 meeting.

'Stalker' arrested by police for staking out victim's home

A College Park man was arrested Friday afternoon for stalking his ex-girlfriend in violation of a bond condition for a previous battery charge.

Peeples celebrates Colonial Day

The entire fourth grade at Peeples Elementary celebrated annual Colonial Day in December, learning firsthand what America looked, felt, sounded, tasted, even smelled like in the years between 1607, when Jamestown was settled, and 1775, the start of the Revolutionary War.

Police Blotter


Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements

Real Estate

Homes still going up in Peachtree City

Permits issued for new home construction in Peachtree City increased 22 percent from 2002 to 2003, a sign that housing development in the 45-year-old planned community is accelerating even as the amount of available land left to build on shrinks.

Continuing education a boon for home builders and consumers

Universities and community colleges from coast to coast are offering advanced degree programs or other forms of continuing education. From managers looking for professional advancement to stay-at-home parents who want to learn a new skill, Americans are returning to school in record numbers.

New faces in new places

Daniel K. Boynton has joined Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty’s McDonough/Henry County office as a sales associate.

Builders to meet tomorrow

Jane Massey of the Georgia Department of Consumer Affairs will present a program on “The State of the State’s Housing” at the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia’s next meeting, scheduled for tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City. It will be sponsored by 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty.

Gramm adopts family for holidays

Gramm & Associates, a full-service real estate development and marketing company specializing in new home communities, held a fundraiser during the Christmas season to raise money and gifts for two low-income families in Henry County.

Salichs to run Fayette Branch

Joe Salichs has been promoted to running the Fayette County branch Assist-2-Sell real estate office at 111 Petrol Pointe, Suite B6 in Peachtree City.

Miller joins NARPM

Kent R. Miller, a local leader in the residential property management field, was recently accepted as a member of the National Association of Residential Property Managers, joining more than 1,500 residential property managers from throughout the United States. NARPM is the nation’s only professional organization for managers of small residential properties, from single units to 4-plexes. Members represent over $13 billion worth of residential properties nationwide.

Walker earns elite designation

Stephen Walker, a real estate professional with Prudential Georgia Realty, has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Hollis earns new designation

Nancy L. Hollis, a sales associate at Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty’s Jonesboro/Clayton County office, has received the Coldwell Banker Previews Property Specialists designation, announced Steve Bullard, owner and president of Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty.

American Land Mart to affiliate with Bullard

American Land Mart, one of the East Metro area’s largest independent real estate brokerages, has joined the Coldwell Banker network through an affiliation with Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty.

Open house today at Harpers Farm

Members of the local real estate community are invited to attend a Realtors Open House at Harpers Farm, the 63-home community underway on Millard Farmer Industrial Boulevard in Newnan.

Shaw promoted to VP at Forrest Homes

Forrest Homes announced today the promotion of Jeff Shaw to vice president of purchasing and estimating of the Alpharetta-based builder group. He will manage the Purchasing, Estimating and CAD departments of Forrest Homes. Prior to his promotion, Shaw served as assistant vice president of purchasing and estimating of Forrest Homes.

Assist 2 Sell adds 17 franchises

Assist-2-Sell, North America’s largest residential discount real estate company, added 17 new franchises from Oct. 1 through Nov. 30 of 2003. The expansion brings the total number of Assist-2-Sell franchises in 44 states and Canada to 295, up 6.1 percent for the period.

Gramm wins marketing award

Gramm & Associates, Inc., a full-service real estate development and marketing company specializing in new home communities, was presented the Silver Award for Best Marketing Campaign at the 23rd Annual Professionalism Awards. The Professionalism Awards are presented each year by the Greater Atlanta Home Builder’s Association for excellence in the areas of Architecture, Marketing, Merchandising and Remodeling.

First homeowners welcomed to Govenors Row

John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods recently welcomed its first homeowners to Governors Row, Wieland’s newest neighborhood in Peachtree City.


Bullard now in Rockdale

Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty, the largest Coldwell Banker franchise in Georgia, has entered the Rockdale County market with the purchase of the Conyers office of Coldwell Banker Gerri Murphy Realty.

Stottle earns RePro designation

Judy Stottle of Re/Max Advantage received the RePro designation at the Metro South Association of Realtors’ December meeting.


Forrest Homes wins 4 awards

Forrest Homes was the proud recipient of 4 awards, 3 gold and 1 silver, at the 23rd Annual Professionalism Awards held November 8th at the Georgia World Congress Center in Downtown Atlanta.

Knight Group wins awards

The Knight Group earned a Professionalism Awards at the 23rd annual Awards Banquet presented to recognize the most outstanding professionals in Atlanta’s home building industry.

Daughtry named Lake View agent

Susan Daughtry has been named as Brayson Homes’ on-site agent in Lake View, the company’s residential community in Union City.

McCurty to head Carolina division

Gramm & Associates, a full-service real estate development and marketing company specializing in new home communities, today announced the promotion of Lleda McCurty from new homes sales agent to Community Sales Manager for Gramm Representatives, the Carolina Division.


Letendre receives REPRO designation

Ruby Ann Letendre has earned her REPRO designation and is working on her associate broker license. Ruby remains ranked in the top five producing agents for RE/MAX Advantage Stockbridge.

Knight Group makes Book of Lists

The Knight Group Inc. continues to be included in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s yearly Book of Lists, published most recently Dec. 26, 2003.


MacGillivary now at Calloway Village

Marty MacGillivary is Tim Jones Communities’ new on-site agent in Calloway Village, a neighborhood in the City Square planned unit development in McDonough.



Local broker gets global recognition at trade show

The Hipage Company, Inc.was the only American international freight forwarder and U.S. customs broker at the 8th InterNation Aerospace Exhibition held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Special Occasions offers the right stuff for a perfect party

Special Occasions is a full-service party rental company located in Fayette County. The company has over 3.000 chairs, 500 tables and tents from 400 sq.ft to 4,000 sq.ft. Special Occasions also has theater lighting, screens, columns, planters and collonades.

KB Home offering new options for homebuyers

KB HOME, one of Atlanta’s largest homebuilders, has announced the company will introduce some of its new designs at Sable Glen, a community in south Fulton County.


Panthers, Tigers sweep

Two county rivals met Friday night at Starr’s Mill, and the home team came away with two victories by considerable margins.

Welcome home

Fathers return from military service to see daughters compete

Panthers win Dalton meet

The Starr’s Mill Panthers wrestling team won the Carpet Classic in Dalton over the weekend. The squad finished with 197 points, ahead of Ringgold (183), Lafayette (164) and Gilmer (96).

Wildlife poster contest open to students

What are vibrantly colored and depict the theme “Discover Georgia’s WILD Side?” They are the Fourteenth Annual Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest entries.




“The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” are not chapter titles from a self-help book, but rather lyrics to some of the most famous songs from “Annie,” one of the most beloved Broadway musicals of all time.

Though it doesn’t feel like it, due to the recent cold spell in Georgia, boating season is right around the corner and people will be back on the water soon. To get boating afficionados and other people who love spending time on or near the water ready, the 42nd annual Atlanta Boat Show returns with one of their largest and most exciting shows ever.

It was very fitting to have a tea honoring “Gone With the Wind” and its famous author, Margaret Mitchell, at Southern Oaks in Fayetteville. Mitchell lived in the area and based many of the characters in her epic novel on her family members and friends.

The 20th Annual Valentine Ball, sponsored by the Endowment Committee For Cultural Arts of Fayette County, is set for Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Wyndham Executive Conference Center in Peachtree City. Tickets for ECCA members are $85 per person, non-member guest tickets are $100 and can be purchased through the ball’s chairperson, Suzanne Heil, by calling 770-487-8508.

Join Audubon expert Allyson Reade Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. at the Flat Creek Nature Center in Peachtree City and learn the basics of bird identification and watching. Get answers to your questions: What are the common birds in our area? Can you identify them by their call? What equipment do you need and where are the best places to go to birdwatch? How can you attract more birds to your yard?

Fayette County-based Offshoot Productions is now hiring staff for its June 11-27 production of “The Comedy of Errors” at the Villages Amphitheater in Fayetteville. The following paid positions are open: assistant director, stage manager, fight choreographer and costume designer. Assistant director and stage manager positions may be combined.


She’s one of the hottest young female country artists on the circuit today and she’s coming to Fayetteville to perform at the Villages Amphitheater.


The Peachtree City Oral History Committee would like to plan a meeting of volunteers interested in helping to preserve Peachtree City’s “living history.”




More affluence...less faith?
Religion Columnist

Because some religious people are put off with a brand of “name it and claim” faith, many carry a prejudice against such, refusing even to investigate Biblical stories of great faith. Such a story lies hidden in Genesis 30.

FPC fires up 'Refuel' programs

Fayette Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville will launch its “Refuel for 2004” midweek activities schedule tonight, Jan. 14, beginning with a fellowship dinner at 6 p.m. followed by activities for all family members.

Fayetteville First UMC plans Red Cross blood drive this Sunday

Fayetteville First United Methodist Church, in conjunction with the North Georgia United Methodist Conference and The American Red Cross, will have a blood drive this Sunday, Jan. 18, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. The drive is a part of a statewide effort to replenish low blood supplies in the state of Georgia.

Geyer to host variety show at Christ's Church at Whitewater

The public is invited to a free variety show at Christ’s Church at Whitewater Sunday, Jan. 18 at 6 p.m.

Benji Mallory featured as guest speaker at PTC Aglow's January meeting

The upcoming meeting of Peachtree City Aglow will feature guest speaker Benji Clark Mallory at its meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m, at Calvary Temple Assembly of God.

Religion Briefs


Clayton schools: lessons for Fayette

NEWS ITEM: Twelve months later, Clayton County finally hires a superintendent.

Me and a gun: Adventures at the range

“Do you feel lucky, punk? Well, do ya? Oh, you do? Well, OK then. I was just asking.”


For more jobs, cut corporate tax rates

There is no more important issue facing our economy today than the creation of manufacturing jobs. All of us are painfully aware of the loss of too many American manufacturing jobs. Over the past three years the United States has lost over three million manufacturing jobs, with an average of 60,000 job losses per month over the past two years. Some of these jobs have disappeared due to increased production efficiencies, but many more have been relocated overseas.

Howard Dean, biotheologian

Does God make people gay? At first glance, this is a question that appears theological. However, Howard Dean, Democratic presidential candidate and a physician, looks to biology for his answer.



'Unloaded' headline misleads readers

Re: “Teen killed with ‘unloaded’ gun”:

Please tell me how an unloaded gun that your paper put as a headline on the front page of the paper of Jan. 7, 2004 could happen.

Drug overdose story short on usable facts

Subject: Officials worry about rash of drug overdoses. In response to the above named article in your Jan. 7 issue, I would just like to point out that you are not giving us nearly enough information with which we may make an informed decision on this subject.

Rare bird discovery ranks as great find

The yellow-billed loon, discovered by Eric Beohm of Griffin, is one of the great finds in the history of birding [The Citizen, Jan. 7].

Nobody really knows what's happening in Iraq except our troops

This is in response to Timothy J. Parker’s letter. First, I enjoy listening to Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly. On that point I can assure you that I am no fool.

KidsPeace grateful for community help

We at KidsPeace are moved and grateful beyond words for the magnificent contribution of the Fayette County community to our noble cause of helping foster children in the area have a happy holiday.

We're foolish to think we can stop inexorable migrations of people

Recently, President Bush proposed granting legal status to many of the illegal immigrants in the United States. Some see this as a cynical ploy by the Bush Administration to capture the Hispanic vote and the support of business to ensure his reelection. Perhaps this may be true to a certain extent, but it is also possible that Bush understands the long-term benefits of open borders.

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