The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, February 4, 2004


$101 million SPLOST vote in Nov.;1¢ tax would fund 2 F’ville bypasses; PTC not in top 3 priorities

While no official vote was taken, the Fayette County Commission decided during their retreat last week to start the process for setting a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax vote this fall.

School budget crunch ‘It’s not going to be an easy year’

Fayette County schools are regarded as the state’s best and keep getting better, members of the Board of Education and community were told Saturday.

Lester Rd. middle school tops list on 5-year building plan

They mostly avoided the issue of how best to pay for it, but members of the Fayette County Board of Education heard convincing evidence Saturday for the need to build a new middle school and three new elementary schools as part of the next five-year construction program.

2 arrested in north Fayette home invasion

Only one of the three armed men who assaulted a north Fayette couple during a home invasion last week bothered to disguise himself with a ski mask.

DAPC on verge of lawsuit victory

A federal magistrate judge has determined that the Development Authority of Peachtree City did not violate the Equal Pay Act by paying former amphitheater director Kristi Rapson less than former tennis center director Virgil Christian.

McIntosh prepares for return of the golf carts

McIntosh High School’s parking crunch may get some immediate relief if legislation to restore golf cart driving privileges to teens under age 16 gains passage in the state Senate, as expected.

County officials predict another austere budget

Although the 2005 budget won’t be adopted for another six months, the Fayette County Commission sent a clear message of financial conservatism at last Thursday’s retreat.

Road rage suspect caught driving, so back to jail he goes

A Sharpsburg man accused of killing a Fayette woman in a road-rage altercation last May is back in jail for failing to comply with bond conditions.

Cox unwavered by barrage of critics

Kathy Cox remains undeterred by the deluge of criticism coming her way from across the nation since last week, when she suggested removing the word “evolution” from Georgia’s proposed new science curriculum, her spokesman said Monday.

Fuel deal out, but Airport Authority wants to deal with company

Falcon Field’s fuel operation will not be used as a bargaining tool to lure a maintenance and avionics facility to the airport, the Peachtree City Airport Authority has decided.

School winners announced in National Geographic Bee

Japan is most similar in area to which U.S. state? Fayette’s National Geographic Bee school-level winners would know that the answer is Montana.

It’s elementary: Three named TOTY finalists

Three unsuspecting teachers got the surprise of a lifetime on Friday when the prize patrol showed up in their classrooms to announce they had been selected as a finalist for Fayette County Teacher of the Year.

Tobacco control advocates honor local resident

The Georgia Alliance for Tobacco Prevention honored Peachtree City resident Kathie Cheney for helping to pave the way for the group’s increasingly successful campaign to protect public health.

‘Peachtree Pathfinder’ creator launches Web site

The Peachtree PathFinder Web site ­ ­ is now online, reports Tami Morris, publisher of the new Peachtree PathFinder Map.

Money magazine names PTC among best U. S. places to live

CNN and Money Magazine have ranked Peachtree City among the most desirable places to live in America.

FCHS talent contest scheduled for Sat.

Fayette County High School’s annual Mr. and Miss FCHS talent contest is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Sams Auditorium. Students will perform with their peers while competing for the title of Mr. or Miss FCHS. Contestants will audition prior to the contest.

Private school application process underway

Ready or not, now is the time for families to be researching their children’s education options for next fall.

Parade honors famous Americans

Second graders at Hood Avenue Primary have been studying biographies of famous Americans. To celebrate the closing of the unit, students had a biography parade for the school, parents and community.

CPR Saturday coming back to FCHS

Would you know what to do if a friend of family member had a heart attack? If you can’t answer yes to this important question with confidence, CPR Saturday is an event you won’t want to miss. You can learn the life-saving skills of Adult CPR and know that can make a difference between life and death when every second counts. 

Westmoreland raises over $710,000

State Rep. Lynn Westmoreland, a Republican candidate for U.S. Congress in the 8th District, reported more than $710,000 in total campaign contributions on the FEC Quarterly report published Jan. 31.

Noel November requests now being accepted

The Fayette County Board of Realtors is making plans for Noel November 2004, “A Celebration of Trees & Wreaths,” marking the 10th anniversary of this event. This annual fundraiser benefits local organizations in need.

Park forum set for next week

The Fayette County Parks and Recreation Department is holding a Public Forum for the Kenwood Park Master Plan Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 3-7 p.m. at the Fayette County Parks and Recreation Department Activities House. Individuals interested in attending may come at anytime during those hours. For more information please contact the Fayette County Parks and Recreation Department at 770-461-9714.

Sams School hosts wine tasting

The historic Hollingsworth House will be the setting for the 8th annual wine tasting hosted by The Joseph Sams School. Wines will be donated by the Georgia Crown Distributing and representative Bob Jones will be on hand to discuss the various wine that will be available.

Council to vote on $56K stormwater study for east F’ville

A study of stormwater flow in the east Fayetteville basin will be in the works if the $56,000 cost is approved by the City Council Thursday night.

Man arrested for calling estranged wife

A Fayetteville man has been arrested for calling his estranged wife and her child on several occasions by phone.

Local drive collects over 2,300 bags for foster children

More than 2,300 new suitcases and carrying bags were collected on Martin Luther King Jr. Day during “Totes for Tots,” a volunteer event launched by Georgia Cancer Specialists to benefit area foster children.



Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements

Home & Garden
Cultivating a new business
David Cree’s career in horticulture and landscaping began at the tender young age of three, when he planted toothpicks in the backyard to grow toothpick trees. David continued his work with plants in grammar school, growing a vegetable garden in the vacant lot next to his home in Dallas, Tex.
Energy-wise lighting tips
California’s recent energy crisis has made conserving electricity a hot topic nationwide. No wonder. The energy emergency is not just a California phenomenon. The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) predicts New England, New York City and Texas could experience electricity shortages as well.
Classes at Andy’s through March
The Feb. 7 session of Andy’s Garden Club, at 9:30 a.m., is a “Native Plants and Wildlife” program presented by Kathryn Gable, Past President of the Georgia Native Plant Society. A special slide presentation is also prepared for your enjoyment. Come and enjoy sharing the gardening experience with others. The program is open to everyone.
Pieces of the Caribbean
Your Mastercard melted somewhere around the 18th Christmas-gift purchase, and your wallet’s thinner than Calista Flockhart. Looks like that midwinter trip to the Caribbean is out.
Pines in the yard?
The ordinary pine cone. It can be a simple symbol of winter, in a plain basket dressed with a bow.
Show up your home’s elements
In a well-designed house, the drama is in the details.
How to connect a new foundation to an old one
Q. I am building an addition on my home and realize I must connect the new foundation with the existing one. What is the best way to do this? Is there a way to waterproof the connection? Will this connection become a hinge point in the future, causing cracks in the walls? I am very concerned about how to make a connection between the structures that will stand the test of time. — P.M., Orono, Minn.
White powder on new masonry can make you nuts
Q. I feel our new home has some serious problems, but our builder disagrees. The house is less than 6 months old, but we have ugly white deposits that are leaching out of our chimney, a wing wall that juts from a corner of our home and a retaining wall. I feel there must be something wrong for this to happen. The more I scrub, the worse the problem gets. What is wrong, and what can be done to fix the problem? — Andrew M., Loveland, Ohio.
Tackling winter dryness in your home
It’s winter, which means dry air.
Prime Timers

Big time at the Souper Bowl

Local seniors had a great time last Friday at their own Souper Bowl. Yes, Souper Bowl.

Fayette senior population increasing

If you are 55 or older in Fayette County, you have plenty of company.

Fayette Senior Services offers new program

Fayette Senior Services, a nonprofit organization, has been serving the county for over 25 years. During those years the level and scope of services offered has grown and changed as the county has grown and changed.


Business owners rally at Capitol

Small-business owners from across Georgia gathered in Atlanta Thursday to discuss key issues critical to their businesses, such as the need for legal and health insurance reform.

State To Begin Posting Names Of Deficient Taxpayers On Internet

Next Monday, Georgia citizens with Internet access will be able to review a list on the Georgia Department of Revenue's Web site naming individuals and business that are not paying their state taxes.

SMC Stages winter meeting

Members of the transportation industry ramped up on the latest issues and developments impacting the transportation industry at SMC’s 49th annual winter meeting January 20-21 in Atlanta.


Landmark evens score with SACA

Now they’re even.

Panthers sweep area duals

The Starr’s Mill Panthers faced five opposing teams without a loss Saturday to win the Area 4-AAAAA duals at McIntosh.

Tigers fare well at county meet

The Fayette County High School swim team competed in a countywide meet this past Saturday at Washington Park in downtown Atlanta. In addition to placing third in all three team categories (out of six teams), many individuals turned in outstanding performances.


When the Newnan Theatre Company had to cancel their upcoming production of “Steel Magnolias” at the last minute they went to Plan B. In the theater, that means Broadway. Thanks to a production license conflict, the “Broadway Cafe” was born.

This year, you don’t have to travel to Sundance or Venice to catch a film festival.

The Oscars, the world’s largest mutual admiration society, is getting ready to hold its 76th annual clap-athon, Feb. 29, leap day. Does that mean if it doesn’t all turn out the way we like that March 1, we can do it all over again?

Fernbank Museum of Natural History delves deep into the world of the chimpanzee with the special exhibition “Discovering Chimpanzees: The Remarkable World of Jane Goodall.”  On view from February 7-April 25, Discovering Chimpanzees uses the research of renowned scientist Jane Goodall to explore some of the world's most recognizable and beloved primates.

The Fayette County Parks & Recreation Department is taking registration for the following shows/events. Tickets are sold on a first come basis, so early registration is encouraged. For more information call 770-461-9714.


It was a total embarrassment
Religion Columnist

It was all very embarrassing. The Super Bowl, that is. Not that I am a fanatic of football, with the exception being Georgia Bulldog football. But some men in our church invited me over for a Super Bowl party to see the Patriots and Panthers have at it. Of course I pulled for the Panthers of Carolina because I don’t want anyone from New England to win anything this election year.

Kathie Walters featured as guest speaker at Aglow’s Feb. meeting

Kathie Walters, evangelist, international speaker, and a published author, will be the guest speaker at the February meeting of Peachtree City Aglow Monday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Calvary Temple Assembly of God in Peachtree city.

North Fayette’s ‘The Grove’ celebrates 2nd anniversary

More than 100 people gathered in the Activities Center at North Fayette United Methodist Church last month, as The Grove, a new, contemporary service offered by the church, celebrated its second birthday, complete with birthday cake.

Bert Sandler to demonstrate Passover meal, traditions at Crosspoint Community Church

What do the Jewish Passover and Jesus’ Last Supper have in common?

Jonesboro 1st Baptist plans student/parent conference

Jonesboro First Baptist Church will host a Song of Solomon Conference for students and their parents March 12-13 at the church.

Golden Bells to perform at FUMC

The Golden Bells, Atlanta’s premier professional handbell choir, will perform in the sanctuary of the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church Sunday, March 7, at 6:30 pm. There will be no charge for admission though a love offering will be taken.

Newnan UMC plans fun run February 21

The Newnan First United Methodist Church will sponsor a one-mile Fun Run and Chicken-Q Saturday, Feb. 21, at the church, 33 Greenville St. in Newnan. All proceeds benefit The Angel’s House, an emergency shelter for children in Coweta County.

Religion Briefs


The truth about state’s new history curriculum
State School Superintendent

A Georgia teacher [Joseph J. Jarrell, world history teacher at McIntosh High School in Peachtree City] claimed that our new social studies curriculum would not serve the state’s students well [The Citizen, Jan. 28, 2004].

What should we do about bare breast?

Janet Jackson’s publicity stunt during the Super Bowl has had its desired effect: People are talking about her again. “Outrageous” conduct by people in the entertainment industry is a tried and true method of attracting attention.

Flight from Clayton driven by school, property values

As a former resident of Clayton County (1993-2001) I’m writing in response to both the recent article by J. Frank Lynch about Clayton County schools and the response to it from Mr. Foster of Riverdale.

Why always the race card?

I am a French-Polish-Irish-Anglo-Dutch-American (I hope I didn’t miss one of my decendants) and am writing in response to the letter by Mr. Foster.

Anti-Target letter fueled by hoax

It has come to our attention that a recent letter in your paper is actually a misleading e-mail campaign, that we here at Target, have been battling for the past two years. In fact, the letter submitted to your paper isn’t even the original letter that started the campaign.

Paper should have done some fact-checking

I am aware that letter writers are entitled to their opinion and free expression, etc. However, such a letter, with so many negative “facts,” especially against a local merchant, that has no apparent documentation, should draw some attention from your staff before being printed.

Writer should have done some fact-checking

J.R. Young, shame on you. Before sending stories like the one you submitted about Target Stores to a widely read local paper like The Citizen, you should check out the facts more thoroughly. Had you done so prior to submitting this story you would have found that this claim, like many of the stories knocking corporate America, are nothing more than Internet garbage.

Target is really a great neighbor

Once again somebody gets an e-mail that says they heard something from someone who heard something from someone’s cousin’s hairdresser and it becomes fact. No effort to verify any facts, just believe anything you hear.

Urban legends easily checked on many Web sites

I recently moved to Fayetteville and have been receiving The Citizen, which I appreciate as a way to get to know the community in which I now live. However, I must take exception to your printing the letter to the editor entitled, “Target is not a good neighbor,” without doing some fact-checking.

‘French-owned’ added as twist

A few months ago I received an e-mail similar to the one J.R. Young wrote about. The e-mail I received was a copy of a letter written by a Vietnam veteran. The basis of the e-mail was that Target was anti-veteran, French-owned and basically anti-American.

Not pro-Target, but stay factual

I receive many e-mails with claims that seem a little strange or too good to be true (i.e., the Gap will send you money, “Touched by an Angel” will be cancelled). This letter struck me the same way, so I did what I do in all these cases. I looked up the claim on This is a reliable website which investigates urban legends and provides the documented “real story”.

Target HQ was very helpful

We received the same e-mail. However, I really do like to shop at Target, so I decided to e-mail Target’s corporate headquarters myself to verify all of this information. If all of this information were correct, I would not want to support their ideas and policies by shopping there.

F’ville sign rules show anti-business leanings

I opened the Mr. Transmission in Fayetteville in March 2003. The Fayetteville sign ordinance is anti-business.

Uneducated educator dooms students

Georgia is in a time warp: Many of the public debates resembles those of the Dark Ages. Back then, you decided whether you or your spouse had more or less teeth by reference to the sacred text of the time. You opened your copy of Aristotle and read and believed men have more teeth than women.

A theory by any other name is still . . .

So let me get this straight. Kathy Cox is proposing that Georgia schools continue to teach evolution, but refrain from teaching “evolution”?

History curriculum changes sickening

The article written by Joseph Jarrell disturbed me immensely! I am a veteran educator with 24 years under my belt as a former social studies/English teacher and presently a media specialist.

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