The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, January 21, 2004


School board, county both eye Nov. tax votes to raise $180+ million

November’s general election, already certain to be overrun with a host of federal, state and local races, could also ask Fayette County voters to make this difficult choice: Increased taxes for new roads, new schools, or both?

Taxing times face Fayette

By April, residents should know whether they will be going to the polls in November to approve a special purpose local option sales tax to build more than $400 million worth of transportation projects in the county over the next two decades.

‘Tension’ leads to firing of amphitheater director

Just hours before it finally assumed management of the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, the Peachtree City Tourism Association fired amphitheater director Donna Romeo in a closed, called meeting Sunday.

In Tyrone, no more Mundy’s

Louis Mundy has been a pharmacist in Tyrone since 1978, but his family has been providing service to residents of Georgia since 1947.

New host of public radio’s ‘Marketplace’ remembers childhood in Fayetteville

Former Fayetteville resident and Woodward Academy graduate David Brown now addresses 7 million people around the world each week as the host of “Marketplace,” the most listened to business news broadcast in America. Listeners to the public radio show may have recently heard Brown discuss returning to his hometown during the holidays and barely recognizing it.

Hospital sued after man’s death

A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against Fayette Community Hospital and an emergency room doctor for several alleged errors that contributed to the death of a 28-year-old man in 2002.

Wieland project in Tyrone continued again

Representatives from John Wieland Homes came before the Tyrone Town Council in December with a plan for a conservation subdivision. The project provided a tremendous amount of greenspace, but many of the houses would be on half-acre lots. Concerned citizens and members of the council worried about the density of the project, as well as the use of a pressure drip sewer system and increased traffic.

Number one with a bullet

Autrey’s Armory, on Ga. Highway 314 in Fayetteville, has been open for just over two months. So far, so good.

Mayor Steele gets to boast at request of ARC

The Atlanta Regional Commission is touting several projects in Fayetteville as success stories.

To run FBO or not is the question for Airport Authority

For the second time in as many months, a company came before the Peachtree City Airport Authority at their monthly meeting and expressed an interest in buying the Hunting Facility and running the Fixed Base Operation, which is currently run by the airport. Representatives from Chippewa Aerospace gave a presentation at Wednesday night’s meeting that had members of the audience excited and had members of the authority preaching caution and patience.

Cash, in-kind donations urgently needed for special baseball field

Although organizers of the Fayette Field of Hope are looking particularly for cash donations to finish the project, there are a few projects where in-kind donations could help the cause, organizers say.

Traffic project could lead to lawsuit, attorney says

Improving traffic flow at the intersection of Ga. Highway 85 and North Jeff Davis Drive in Fayetteville will pose an inconvenience to the owner of the Hobby Lobby shopping center.

Vietnamese scientists study PTC flood warning system

Two scientists from Vietnam are spending time at the National Weather Service office in Peachtree City to develop a flood prediction system for the Red River in north Vietnam.

Library commission holds meeting and workshop to show progress on library project

Wednesday night’s meeting of the Peachtree City library Commission was, in essence, a rekickoff of the project.

Work continues for Cox’s Student Advisory Council

The work continues for 35 Georgia high school students taking part in the new Student Advisory Council established by State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox.

Youth Protection Home has new office

The Fayette Youth Protection Homes has had two offices some distance apart and even combined did not contain enough space.

Wells named Rotarian of the Year

Peachtree City Rotary Club Immediate Past President Dale Phenicie announced that the honor of Rotarian of the Year for the local club was given to Janet Wells, a local financial planner and investment advisor. The award is presented to a member of the club who has made extraordinary contributions of time and talents to further the projects and organization of the club.  Presently serving as club publicity chairperson, district newsletter editor, and conference coordinator, she also participates in numerous volunteer efforts and other club activities.

Rising Starr earns $127,000 with 'Pay for Performance' prize

Rising Starr Middle is among 68 schools statewide that will receive a portion of the $5,702,222 approved by the State Board of Education for Pay for Performance (PfP) awards. The school will receive an award of $127,956.28 for meeting exemplary performance objectives during the PfP 2002-2003 cycle.

Smith renamed school board chairman; Smola to run again

Terri Smith was re-appointed chairman of the Fayette County Board of Education in a called meeting last Thursday night, but it wasn’t unanimous.

Girl Scout cookies still available

If you’d like to pre-order some Girl Scout cookies, you have until Sunday, Jan. 25. The Pine Valley Girl Scout Council began taking pre-orders Jan. 2 and delivery of the cookies will begin during the fourth week of February.

Collins urges immigration caution

While commending President George W. Bush for having the courage to call on Congress to act on immigration reform, Georgia Republican Congressman Mac Collins Thursday said his colleagues had better be cautious when they deliberate the issue because it is going to be one of the hottest ones that Congress will handle during the upcoming legislative session.

State encourages electronic filing

As Georgia taxpayers begin preparation for filing their 2003 income tax returns, the Georgia Department of Revenue is again encouraging everyone to file electronically.

Chartering ceremony more than expected

The Southern Crescent Toastmasters Club had its formal chartering, installation of officers, and recognition-of-members ceremony Dec. 18, an event that surpassed expectations of the officers, members and guests.

Georgians encouraged to get smart about insurance in 2004

When it comes to insurance, knowledge is your best policy. That’s why Insurance Commissioner John W. Oxendine and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners are encouraging consumers to get smart about their coverage during the third annual Get Smart About Insurance Week, Jan. 19-23.

Conservation is key to keeping energy costs manageable

With the onset of severely cold weather, the Georgia Public Service Commission advises consumers to take measures to keep their energy costs manageable. There are many “low” or “no” cost conservation measures you can take to insure that your bills are reasonable through the remainder of the heating season.

Miller asks Supreme Court to uphold constitutionality of pledge

WASHINGTON — The American Center for Law and Justice last month filed an amicus brief on behalf of U.S. Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) and several other members of Congress asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the June 2002 decision of the 9th U.S Circuit Court, which declared the Pledge of Allegiance unconstitutional because of the words “under God.”

5 gifts for yourself in the new year

For many the holiday season is a busy, stressful time of searching for the perfect gift and worrying about getting everything done. After all is said and done, what is often left is holiday debt to repay and a different kind of stress and worry.

Police Blotter


Dining Guide
The healthier side
Food Critic

Ahh, January ... it’s the month when the gyms are overrun and resolutions are made to living a healthier lifestyle in the new year.

Deli Delicious lives up to its name

As it states on the menu board, “deli is in delicious,” and this eatery lives up to its name. Deli Delicious, in the Braelinn Shopping Center on Crosstown Road in Peachtree City, offers a variety of appetizing, homestyle items to please anyone’s taste.

Appetizer with pizzazz

When in Rome, do as the Romans do. In fact, do as many Italians do: Eat antipasti.

Ring in the Year of the Monkey

If you went to China to ring in the new year, you’d be overwhelmed by a frenzy of family, festivities, food and fireworks! On Jan. 22, as the Chinese say goodbye to the Year of the Ram, you can bring a little bit of China into your home by celebrating the beginning of the Year of the Monkey. A vivacious, inquisitive creature, the monkey indicates that the new year will be full of passion, liveliness and prosperity!

How to host a Super Bowl party

When Super Bowl XXXVIII is broadcast live from Houston’s Reliant Stadium Sunday, Feb. 1, millions of football fans worldwide will eagerly tune in for an afternoon of exciting pre-game fun followed by an evening of great football, revelry, refreshments, and friendly rivalry. For those not lucky enough to have a ticket to America’s favorite sporting event, it’s a premier Couch Potato day.

Research study bites into ‘What America Eats’

Based on the old expression “You are what you eat,” America is a melting pot of cereal, sandwiches, pizza and chocolate.

Create a family heirloom cookbook

Give the gift of your family’s story through recipes

Food Briefs


What’s in store for filing your 2003 tax return?

Liberty Tax Service reminds you that there are changes in tax rate brackets, capital gains, and retirement account contributions.

World Airways announces settlement with pilots

Peachtree City’s World Airways, Inc. announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) for an extension of the agreement covering World’s cockpit crewmembers who are represented by the IBT.

Furloughed ALPA pilots may get big tax break

A recent ruling from the IRS will benefit furloughed airline pilots to the tune of hundreds or even thousands of dollars. In September 2003, a Private Letter Ruling by the IRS was issued and concluded that health care benefits paid by the Air Line Pilot’s Association on behalf of its furloughed members is not required to be included as income for the tax year. This applies to tax year 2003 as well as previous years. Amended federal and state tax returns would need to be filed to recover the tax paid on these benefits for 2000, 2001 and 2002.


Fayette wins two over Starr’s Mill

The Fayette County Tigers pulled off a two-game sweep in varsity basketball action Friday at home against Starr’s Mill, with the boys winning 58-54 and girls prevailing 46-40.

Panthers pick up three mat wins

The Starr’s Mill Panthers wrestling team traveled to Woodland last Friday night and came home with three wins, defeating Ringgold (39-26), Calhoun (41-27) and Woodland (48-18) to improve their team record to 17-3 in duals matches.

Tucs wins national titles, coaching award

Tucs Cheer and Dance Lab is busy displaying three national championship awards won this month in Atlanta at the All-Star Challenge National Cheer and Dance competition.

Public meetings set on proposed hunting changes

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division will hold four public meetings throughout the state to receive input on proposed changes to the 2004-2005 hunting season regulations.


Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II are two of the most influential people in musical history. Their sweeping epic musicals have found fame on the stage and the silver screen and remain popular to this day by finding new fans in every generation. This week, the Fox Theatre will play host to their first musical, “Oklahoma.”

Not every fundraiser is a car wash.

I relived a large part of my youth this past weekend when my friends and I went roller skating.

Cadet Colonel Thomas Auers was one of 21 seniors at the University of Georgia named to this year’s “Outstanding Senior” list. Auers has achieved academically as well as being a leader with the Air Force ROTC program at the university. He has been on the dean’s list or the president’s list every semester since attending UGA.

The Peachtree City Library now has a subscription to ReferenceUSA, an online product from infoUSA Inc. This online service contains detailed information about 12 million U.S. businesses and is used by more than 1,700 public, corporate and academic libraries nationwide.

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.

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


The O, Georgia! Writers Foundation, Inc., a Georgia nonprofit organization, was founded by Paul Cossman, a Georgia bookstore owner. Its mission is to give emerging Georgia writers exposure to a wide audience and to promote the next generation of Georgia authors. Anyone living in the state of Georgia may enter.

In their first meeting of the New Year, The Fayette Council Human Service Council met at Fayette Community Hospital to discuss their goals for 2004. How can the council help companies and organizations meet individual goals?

What does 50 cents actually buy these days? Two thin packs of Juicy Fruit gum or 10 pieces of Bazooka Joe gum, or if you’re not into gum, it buys two oatmeal cookies or two swiss cake rolls from Little Debbie.

After more than 27 years of service, Professor of History and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bradley R. Rice retired from Clayton State at the end of fall semester 2003. Rice will be remembered not only for his expertise in Georgia history, including the Georgia state flag, but also for his commitment to bringing new programs of study to the University.

Dr. Larry Young, associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Emory University, will indeed be speaking on true love in field mice (the more common term for a vole) as the opening speaker in Clayton College and State University's annual Biology Seminar Series, Thursday, Jan. 22, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:20 p.m., in room 10 of the University's Lecture Hall.

The Southwest Fulton Arts Center is now accepting entries for its Black History Month Art Exhibition. All materials must be received by Monday, Jan. 26.  

The weather outside may be frightful, but inside the Peachtree City Library two delightful employees have pooled their resources to create an even more delightful display. The two women have only recently discovered that they share a common interest: both love snowmen and each owns an impressive collection accumulated over the years.

The Music Midtown Festival is currently accepting submissions from bands/artists based out of Atlanta and Georgia to perform on the 99X Locals Only Stage at the 11th Anniversary Music Midtown Festival April 30-May 2. 

Newnan Community Theatre is announcing auditions for “The Hobbit,” the opening show for the Popcorn Theatre. It will run March 23, 27, 28 and April 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. Auditions will be Feb. 2-3 at 7 p.m. at the theatre in downtown Newnan (24 1st Ave.). The director is looking for a cast from ages 12 to adults and is planning to use cold readings from the script. She has asked anyone who may like to volunteer to work backstage or with costumes or set construction to come to the auditions as well. Phone 770-683-NCTC or visit for more information.


Does your Sunday School help ... or hinder?
Religion Columnist

Maranatha Baptist Church in Plains, Ga., is a Sunday School class with a church. That is, the Sunday School class taught by former President Jimmy Carter eclipses the church in seeming importance and reputation. The rule is that when President Carter is in Plains, he teaches his class and the crowds come to Maranatha. When he is not in town, the average crowd shrinks significantly.

Getting your ‘stuff’ into the paper
Religion Editor

If I get one, I probably get a dozen e-mails each week from people asking how to get their “stuff” into the paper. Whether it’s a wedding, engagement, anniversary or birth announcement, a church event or anything of interest to the religion community, the procedure is the same and I thought I’d take a minute to explain it. I hate form letters so I answer each e-mail personally but it takes a lot of time.

Father of Columbine victim to speak at Providence UMC

Darrell Scott, father of Rachel Joy Scott who was killed in the Columbine High School shooting in 1999, will speak at Providence United Methodist Church Sunday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m. Tickets to the event are free, but reservations are required.

Peachtree City missionary couple makes full circle of grace

Carolyn and Mike Enis, formerly of Peachtree City and now missionaries to Africa, have made the full circle of grace, from Bible study fellowship in Peachtree City, to Kampala, Uganda and back again. Recently home on furlough, the couple spoke to the mission committee and the Circle of Grace women’s group at First Presbyterian Church in Peachtree City.

Providence UMC schedules two Bible studies for ladies

Providence United Methodist Church has two Bible studies for ladies starting this month.

Fayetteville First Methodist will offer Life Line Screening

For the fifth year in a row, Fayetteville First United Methodist Church will offer Life Line Screening, four low-cost, non-invasive screenings using ultrasound technology, Saturday, Feb. 7, beginning at 9 a.m. at the church.

Fayetteville Christian gets new intern

Jim Turney, a Clinton, Ill. native, has joined the staff of Fayetteville Christian Church as its new intern.

Religion Briefs


Race, numbers, perceptions in Fayette schools

I received an unsigned e-mail last week accusing me of being racist. The sender told me that a letter-writing campaign was about to begin in an attempt to have me fired, and an apology was ordered. People are canceling their subscriptions, it declared.

Field of Hope now depends on you

If our community doesn’t raise $106,000 in the next few weeks for the Fayette Field of Hope, we will have missed an incredible opportunity.

Lawsuit lottery hikes costs of Ga. healthcare
Guest Editorial By The Medical Association of Georgia

You would be hard pressed to find a single Georgian to disagree that the cost of healthcare is staggering. This fact is evidenced by increases in health insurance premiums, higher deductibles, more out of pocket expenses, less coverage, fewer employers offering health insurance as a benefit and the ever increasing number of uninsured citizens. What may not be so evident is the role in this problem played by out of control medical liability lawsuits.

Clearing the air on saving lives
Adjunct Scholar
Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Did you know that America’s cleaner air has saved more than 2.5 million lives over 20 years? It was news to me, but it must be true: It’s reported on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Web site.

Within a decade, gays will get equal rights

After reading Dr. Throckmorton’s column (“Howard Dean, biotheologian,” The Citizen, Jan. 14, 2004) I was left to wonder as to his intended purpose of the column.

Does God approve of sin, if all are born as sinners?

Echoing Dr. Throckmorton’s sentiments last week on Dr. Dean’s “biotheology,” I too find Dr. Dean’s rationalization problematic, to the say the least.

It is Solicitor Harris’s job to prosecute allegations of spouse abuse

I am a practicing attorney in Fayette County. I do a lot of criminal defense and divorce litigation. I have done battle with the solicitor-general’s office many times, and I have had the occasion to represent people in divorce and criminal cases who have been the victims of family violence.

It’s time to switch from sheriff to county police

I am shocked over the pompous attitude of Sheriff Randall Johnson. Sheriff Johnson is fully aware of the fact that the Fayette County Marshals Department was created in 1983 and certified in 1989 by Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as a state law enforcement agency, before the 1992 law, because his top deputy at the time became the chief of the newly formed agency.

Save money by turning marshals into deputies

I read with interest John Thompson’s article, “Dunn speaks out on lawsuit.” As I read it, I thought, What is going on here? I thought back to my childhood when two of us kids fought over whose side would bat first.

Iraq sidetracked our necessary war on terror

Mr. Smith assures us he is no fool. I can only point to his self-professed sources of information, and seeming inability to distill my salient points as evidence to the contrary. I’m also at a loss as to the need to shout support for my brothers in arms whilst opposing the policies of the silver-spoon, draft-dodging, AWOL-from-the-ANG current inhabitant of the oval office. If Mr. Smith wants a copy of my DD 214, I’ll be happy to forward him one.

How shortsighted and selective are Iraq critics

Airline communities throughout the country, including Fayette County, are home to the only people left in the U.S., besides the thousands of relatives of the victims of 9/11 in New York, and our military communities, that remember what happened on that awful day, and above all, are still waging the war that our President declared on terrorism.

Conservative Herman Cain gets need for tax reforms

Finally, we have a United States Senate candidate who understands the need for fundamental tax and Social Security reform. A candidate who believes in our principles and values.

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