The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, January 28, 2004


Crumptons still face F’ville court date for ‘God bless America’ banner

The “God Bless America” banner at Crumpton’s Furniture in Fayetteville remained on display Tuesday afternoon, as store owners Eddie and Ronnie Crumpton pondered the corner they’d been painted into.

‘Charge me, or drop it,’ BoE’s Powers says of coach flap

Greg Powers finally broke his silence Monday night, nearly three months after the school board member was first accused publicly of arranging the “firing” of a middle school coach, allegedly because his daughter failed to make the team.

Dunn dismisses alleged ethics conflict on county liquor vote

Fayette County Commission Chairman Greg Dunn doesn’t believe he violated any ethics ordinance during a recent discussion of putting liquor by the drink on the ballot.

Cutts, Seabaugh honored by Chamber of Commerce

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce held its 36th annual banquet Jan. 24 and honored several local residents. The Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center was the setting for the 380 chamber members on hand for the annual meeting and awards banquet.

Cutbacks in service may be ahead as BoE plans weekend budget talks

Fayette County parents grown accustomed to a certain level of service from their local school district protested loudly last August when budget concerns forced a cutback in bus routes.

County nixes Ebenezer Rd. zoning change

All Harry McNeil wanted to do was sell some of his property so a neighbor could use it for a horse pasture.

Marshals prisoners will be jailed again; suit against sheriff still headed to trial

A temporary truce has been reached in the dispute between the Fayette County Commission and Sheriff Randall Johnson over prisoners arrested by the county’s Marshal’s Office.

Smoke dwindles, but Fayetteville mulch pile may burn for 2 or 3 months

Measures to contain the mulch pile fire at D&S Environmental in Fayetteville have drastically cut down the amount of smoke choking area neighborhoods, according to officials.

‘Fred’ vacancies down to one as PCTA fills Rutherford’s job

The amphitheater has an office manager again, and it’s not Judi-ann Rutherford. Thursday night, the Peachtree City Tourism Association voted unanimously to offer the interim office manager job at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater to Lisa Marie Waslis of Fayetteville. They began advertising locally and in national trade publications for a new amphitheater director to replace Donna Romeo on Monday.

Republican meeting

On February 7, at 10 a.m., the Fayette County Republican Party will convene precinct mass meetings to elect delegates and alternate delegates to the Fayette County Republican Party Convention. This is the beginning of the grassroots process of electing delegates to represent Georgia at the Republican National Convention in New York City. The Republican National Convention will nominate the Republican candidates for President and Vice President of the United States.

Whitewater High School designed for ‘wow!’

Don’t feel sorry for those Whitewater High School freshmen forced to spend this year wandering around the aging, dusty quarters of the LaFayette Educational Center. Come August, they’ll cross over to the “Promised Land” — a fully finished, completely outfitted $25 million Whitewater High School complex delivered on time and, remarkably, under budget.

Sandy Creek teacher chosen for trip to study economic education in Russia

Sandy Creek High School economics teacher Mark Decourcy was among 12 U.S. educators selected to participate in a 12-day study tour to Russia conducted by the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE), headquartered in New York City.

Police Blotter

Teen charged with custody interference for out-of-state trip

A Peachtree City teen has been arrested for taking a minor girl out of state without her guardian’s permission.

Police charge man with dated molestation case

A Tyrone man was arrested last week on child molestation charges dating back at least two and a half years.


Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements

Health Wise

Lessons from my father
Child's Play

Over the Christmas holidays I spent several days with my parents who live in Florida. Listening to them reminisce with my own children during that visit I realized how much my dad taught me during my childhood. Her are a few things I learned from my father.

FCH hosts open house for new rehab/fitness center

Fayette community residences enjoyed free food, give aways and a chance at a free membership at a recent open house for Fayette Community Hospital’s new Rehab and Fitness Center. The new center is across Ga. Highway 54 from the hospital and has doubled its space as well as added treadmills, exercise bikes, rowers and ellipticals. Hours for the Rehab and Fitness Center are Monday through Thursday 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 7:30 a.m. to noon and closed on Sundays. For more information about the center please call 770-719-7290.

More flu vaccine available

Public Health District Four has received 830 doses of flu vaccine, and is shipping them out to local health departments. Flu vaccine was available in local health departments in Butts, Carroll, Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Henry, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties as of last Thursday.

Healthy living
Special to the Citizen

What does healthy living mean to you? Does healthy living require a change in your lifestyle? If so, is change major or minor?

Good news about cervical cancer screening in Georgia

Nearly 90 percent of Georgia women are taking action to prevent cervical cancer, according to the latest report from the Georgia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Georgia’s primary source of information on major health risk behaviors.

Obesity — an epidemic problem

A staggering 61 percent of American adults currently meet the scientific definition of obesity, putting them at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, strokes, arthritis, depression and several forms of cancer.

Cardiovascular fitness and hearing

Well-known factors associated with hearing loss include aging, noise exposure, familial history and otologic disease. Several studies have also found a relationship between hypertension and hearing loss and arteriosclerosis and hearing loss. There appears to be a clear relationship between reduced blood supply to the inner ear and hearing loss.

ABC Pediatrics welcomes new doctor, adds sports medicine services

Bill D. Shaw, M.D. has recently joined ABC Pediatrics and is accepting new patients at this time. He is board certified in both general pediatrics and in pediatric sports medicine.

Fix the symptoms or fix the cause

“The body has an ability to fight germs and infections and healing itself,” said Dr. Andrew Weil of Harvard University, a well-known author. “Doctors should be concentrating on prevention and stimulating the body’s natural healing power. Most drugs just prevent disease from expressing itself symptomatically. Symptoms disappear but the disease actually gets worse.”

Fight colds and flu by boosting immune system

With cold and flu season upon us, everyone is aware that precautions must be taken to protect ourselves. Though flu vaccines are available, taking them exposes us to side effects. Since flu and cold germs are viruses, antibiotics, which combat bacteria, are not effective for these disorders.

Steps for parents to protect kids

Top killer of children under 15 almost always preventable

Keeping tabs on what you’re taking

There’s a lot of attention being given to medication errors caused when patients are given the wrong drug, but many adverse drug reactions happen to patients who are taking the right drugs in the wrong combinations.

Is your infant fussy? It could be digestion

Juice choice strong factor in avoiding problem


Aldi offers groceries at a discount price

Have you ever heard of Chazoo Fruit Rolls or Happy Harvest canned vegetables? Unless you’ve been to Aldi, chances are you haven’t. Aldi is a discount retailer with an international presence. The first store opened 40 years ago and there are now 700 Aldi stores in 26 states and 13 countries. Aldi is beginning to spread throughout the southeast and Fayetteville is one of their newest locations.

Nasdaq dropping Crown Andersen over report delays

Nasdaq will discontinue its stock listing for Peachtree City-based Crown Andersen (CRAN) this week because of further delays in sumitting 2003 reports required by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Atlanta Business Chronicle is reporting.

Cuban refugee finding her lifelong dream in Tyrone

If you had dreams of owning your own business one day, how far would you go to fulfill those dreams? For Elena Durapau, the journey included a daring escape from Cuba on a makeshift raft, surviving four days on stormy waters, all to reach the United States for a chance to make her dreams come true.

World Airways discontinues charter service to Nigeria

Peachtree City’s World Airways is no longer providing charter service to Lagos, Nigeria.


2004 PANTHER DUALS Wrestling Results

The Starr’s Mill Panthers defended their home turf last weekend with a 5-0 team record and first place in the 2004 Panther Duals.

Patriots on a roll

High school basketball teams want to play their best the second half of January, with the postseason playoffs looming the second week of February.

Jamerson medals in Australia

A local athlete has returned from international competition halfway around the world with some pretty impressive hardware.

From America’s fairways

The professional golf season of 2004 is well underway and thus far somewhat resembles 2003. Tiger hasn’t won yet, which seems less amazing than in the past, and Ernie Els successfully defended his Sony (Hawaii) Open title. Phil Mickelson won the Bob “Hopeless” Desert Classic (Mr. Hope, since last year’s event, went to join his pal Bing Crosby on the heavenly links), ending an 18-month winless period. “Lefty” appears to have rekindled his desire to be great. Still carrying that dreaded moniker of best player yet to win a major championship, will Phil be able to elevate his focus in the majors and add the only missing piece from a truly remarkable career?

AMS touts speed in new slogan

Ask a race fan what the fastest track in NASCAR is, and they’ ll pause. Then they’ll throw out a couple of tracks ... Talladega and Daytona, usually.

Energy company supports wildlife program

AGL Resources Inc., parent of Atlanta Gas Light Company, is the first natural gas company in the nation to join the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Energy for Wildlife, a program devoted to enhancing wildlife habitat on property owned, managed or influenced by energy companies such as pipeline and power line rights-of-way and plant sites.


He loves you, and your children, if they are young enough, love him. Him being Barney, the purple dinosaur with his own educational and entertaining television program for preschoolers. This week, Barney brings his friends to Atlanta for his third tour with “Barney’s Colorful World.” The show, which runs Thursday-Sunday at the Atlanta Civic Center will feature much of the magic of the television show and many of the cast of characters that children have grown to love.

Do you like pancakes and sausage? If so, the annual Kiwanis Club of Peachtree City’s Pancake Saturday is the place to be. The breakfast is an all-you-can-eat fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club, which provides funding for DARE programs, the Fayette Field of Hope, the All Children’s Playground, Fayette Youth Protection Homes, scholarships to local seniors and much more.

Five and a half years ago, a skinny punk entered the offices of The Citizen and begged for a job. He had just moved back home after spending an extra year in Athens after graduating from college. He had a journalism degree - in telecommunications - and had recently been working in the Housewares department of Rich’s. He needed something better, fast, and The Citizen was most certainly better than selling cookware to people.

An addendum to the single most famous public address of the 20th century, a rapper turned businessman, two heroic Tuskegee Airmen, and a senior vice president of Wachovia Bank will be featured at Clayton College and State University’s 2004 Black History Month Events, sponsored by the University's Lyceum program and the Office of Diversity Services.

Treat yourself to a Spivey Hall concert in the comfort of your own home. Tune in to WABE-FM (90.1) at 9 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, and again on Sunday, Feb. 9, to hear guest composer Alvin Singleton in a concert presented by Clayton State's Department of Music and Spivey Hall.

Tickets for Stars on the Southern Crescent coffee house's second annual St. Patrick Day’s Festival are now available at the Peachtree City Library and the Fayette County Library.


Atheists all around us
Religion Columnist

Many in the religious community begin to jump up and down when folks talk about Christians who are practicing homosexuals. But I think I can point a finger (yes, point a finger) at someone worse. It is a Christian who is a practicing atheist (CPA). There are more CPAs attending church every Sunday than the world could ever imagine. In fact, some of them are attending temple on Friday night.

Fayetteville 1st Baptist to host Christian Minstrels Feb. 8

Christian Minstrels, a 12-member vocal ensemble auditioned from the Atlanta Christian College Concert Choir, will sing at both morning worship services (8:25 and 11:05 a.m.) on Sunday, Feb. 8 at Fayetteville First Baptist Church.

Ultrasound screenings to be offered at FFUMC

Residents of Fayette and surrounding areas, especially senior citizens, may wish to avail themselves of Life Line Screening, four low-cost, non-invasive screenings using ultrasound technology, to be offered at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church Saturday, Feb. 7, beginning at 9 a.m.

New grief share class starting at PTC UMC

Peachtree City United Methodist Church is beginning a new Wednesday evening Grief Share class for those dealing with the loss of a loved one. The class will meet each week from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in room 306 at Peachtree City United Methodist Church.

Christian music talent search competition opens in Feb.

Christian musicians in the Fayette, Coweta and South Fultton areas may be interested in entering the third annual Christian Artist Talent Search (C.A.T.S.) which opens Feb. 14. A television series on INSP-The Inspiration Network and syndicated stations will follow the 64 finalists in competition. The grand prize winner will receive a national recording contract that is valued at more than $200,000, from the Butterfly Group.

Religion Briefs


Some troubling issues keep coming up about Iraq

I don’t know if you’ve caught that heart-pounding thriller of a TV show called “24”.

Forget the Alamo: Ga. moves to dumb down h.s. history curriculum
World History Teacher, McIntosh High School, Peachtree City, Ga.

The Georgia Department of Education recently unveiled a draft of the new high school history curriculum. Officials tout it as “world class.” It’s not. They describe it as “rigorous” and “strengthened.” It’s neither. With much fanfare, spokesmen say it will raise expectations. It won’t.

Budget cuts, HOPE on the agenda
Representative, District 85, Post 1

This is my first report for 2004 and I purposely stressed the counties that I represent under former Gov. Barnes’ mismanaged reapportionment of the General Assembly. While I like the conservative-leaning people in all four of the counties, it is not fair to the citizens when they find that my schedule does not allow me an opportunity to properly visit all of you.


Reader: ‘Lynch-ed’ by column about schools

After reading the racist, insensitive article written by J. Frank Lynch, I began to really understand just how far we are away from uniting this society and community. Mr. Lynch should not be allowed to “pour gasoline” on an already smoldering issue.

Gay unions: Ellis erred on facts, meaning of ‘rights’

Jeff Ellis engaged in typical misrepresentation of religion, facts, and the meaning of rights in his response to Dr. Throckmorton.

Target is not a good neighbor

I received an e-mail from a lady [who] lives in Georgia and had an interesting observation about our new neighbors-to-be, Target Stores.

Save Mars money for Earthlings

President Bush has proclaimed it a national vision to once more send human beings to the moon and to use the moon as a springboard for sending human explorers to Mars.

These are important issues nobody is addressing

I do not know which way to vote in the upcoming election. I am not really seeing much discussion on the issues that I am concerned with in any of the media. There are certain key issues that need solutions or this country will continue to decline into debt and mediocrity.

Another one bites the dust

Donna Romeo is but the latest casualty of our local band of political henchmen. I suppose eight years of her life was not enough to justify allowing her to resign under duress and go quietly. This approach would require far too much integrity and common decency.

Migration is 1 thing, invasion another

Subject: RE: We are foolish to think we an stop inexorable migrations of people.

The lines are being drawn for this Sunday’s war

Dear Northern and Southern relatives:

There’s battle lines being drawn, somewhere in Maryland, splitting my extended family North and South. On one side those victorious Super Bowl veterans of past battles, the New England Patriots. On the other side we have the (hell no we ain’t fergetten) upstarts, the Carolina Panthers.

This Lee had a birthday

After hearing a recent news report that spray-painting thugs had vandalized a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Va., I was tempted to write a few negative comments about some of the groups who inspire this type of hatred, But I decided instead to relate a story I once read about Gen. Lee.

Great guns ! Oops ...

Mr. Boylan, you started out great: Some good news on guns in the paper [The Citizen, Jan. 14]. Then as I read on, things changed and I will have to disagree with the article.

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