Friday, January 16, 2004


New trial denied, Watson will appeal to Ga. Supreme Court

James Lamar Watson Jr., convicted of murdering his wife in 1997 and dumping her body in a wooded area of south Fulton County, will not be getting a new trial.

Fairburn's mayor bullish on 2004

Quality over quantity was a big part of the message that Mayor Betty Hannah imparted in her state of the city address at Fairburn's first City Council meeting of the new year Monday night.

New council members sworn in

Those were Councilman Ron Alderman’s first words after being sworn in Monday night at Fairburn City Council's first meeting of 2004. Alderman, who has served on the Council in the past, was welcomed back to the fold.

New superintendent for Fulton Schools

The Fulton County Board of Education approved a three-year contract for Michael J. Vanairsdale as permanent Superintendent of Schools at its pre-board meeting Wednesday. Vanairsdale has served as interim superintendent since October 23, following the resignation of former Superintendent John Haro.

Chamber dinner approaches

The South Fulton Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual meeting January 29, 2004 at 6 p.m. at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) in College Park. Chairman for 2003 Bill Davenport (Georgia Power Co.) will hand the gavel to incoming 2004 Chairman Tim Williams (GreyStone Power Corp.), and recognition for retiring board members and welcome to new directors will also be on the program.

Fulton schools named to excellence list

Crabapple Crossing Elementary School in Alpharetta, Campbell Elementary School in Fairburn, and High Point Elementary School in Sandy Springs have been named 2004 Georgia Schools of Excellence, the Georgia Department of Education (GDOE) announced January 7.

Pay for Performance funds allocated locally

More than $570,000 in Pay for Performance funds have been awarded to six Fulton schools as a reward for going the extra mile during the 2002-03 school year, the Georgia Department of Education announced January 9.

Tax information now on-line

Anyone with access to the World-Wide Web can now learn the assessed value of any Fulton County residential or commercial property.

State seeks feedback on draft standards

The first draft of the new Georgia Performance Standards are now posted on the Georgia Department of Education web site. Parents, teachers and students are encouraged to read the materials and offer feedback to the Georgia Department of Education.

Food in the United States is affordable

In fact, in only about 40 days, the average American will have earned enough income to pay for his or her family’s food supply for an entire year, according to the South Fulton County Farm Bureau.

Streetcars being considered in Atlanta

Fulton County District 2, At-Large Commissioner Robb Pitts sponsored legislation at the December 17 Board meeting that resulted in a $50,000 grant to Atlanta Streetcar, Inc. (ASC).



Little League gearing up for 2004

With registration time already here, Peachtree City Little League officials are looking at a few changes in this season’s program to better serve the players and their parents.


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