million SPLOST vote in Nov.;1¢ tax would fund 2 Fville 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.
budget crunch Its not going to be an easy year
Fayette County schools
are regarded as the states best and keep getting better, members
of the Board of Education and community were told Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
prepares for return of the golf carts
McIntosh High Schools
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.
officials predict another austere budget
Although the 2005
budget wont be adopted for another six months, the Fayette County
Commission sent a clear message of financial conservatism at last Thursdays
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.
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 Georgias proposed new science curriculum, her spokesman said
deal out, but Airport Authority wants to deal with company
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
winners announced in National Geographic Bee
Japan is most similar
in area to which U.S. state? Fayettes National Geographic Bee
school-level winners would know that the answer is Montana.
elementary: Three named TOTY finalists
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.
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 groups increasingly successful
campaign to protect public health.
Pathfinder creator launches Web site
The Peachtree PathFinder
Web site www.ptpathfinder.com is now online, reports Tami Morris,
publisher of the new Peachtree PathFinder Map.
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
talent contest scheduled for Sat.
Fayette County High
Schools 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.
school application process underway
Ready or not, now
is the time for families to be researching their childrens education
options for next fall.
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.
Saturday coming back to FCHS
Would you know what
to do if a friend of family member had a heart attack? If you cant
answer yes to this important question with confidence, CPR Saturday
is an event you wont 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
to vote on $56K stormwater study for east Fville
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.
arrested for calling estranged wife
A Fayetteville man
has been arrested for calling his estranged wife and her child on several
occasions by phone.
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.
Home & Garden
Crees 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,
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
Feb. 7 session of Andys 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.
Mastercard melted somewhere around the 18th Christmas-gift purchase,
and your wallets thinner than Calista Flockhart. Looks like that
midwinter trip to the Caribbean is out.
ordinary pine cone. It can be a simple symbol of winter, in a plain
basket dressed with a bow.
a well-designed house, the drama is in the details.
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.
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.,
winter, which means dry air.
owners rally at Capitol
from across Georgia gathered in Atlanta Thursday to discuss key issues
critical to their businesses, such as the need for legal and health
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.
Stages winter meeting
Members of the transportation
industry ramped up on the latest issues and developments impacting the
transportation industry at SMCs 49th annual winter meeting January
20-21 in Atlanta.
evens score with SACA
sweep area duals
Mill Panthers faced five opposing teams without a loss Saturday to win
the Area 4-AAAAA duals at McIntosh.
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.
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
you dont have to travel to Sundance or Venice to catch
a film festival.
the worlds largest mutual admiration society, is getting
ready to hold its 76th annual clap-athon, Feb. 29, leap day.
Does that mean if it doesnt all turn out the way we
like that March 1, we can do it all over again?
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.
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.
was a total embarrassment
By JOHN HATCHER
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 dont want anyone from New England to win anything this
Walters featured as guest speaker at Aglows Feb. meeting
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
Fayettes 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
Sandler to demonstrate Passover meal, traditions at Crosspoint Community
What do the Jewish
Passover and Jesus Last Supper have in common?
1st Baptist plans student/parent conference
Baptist Church will host a Song of Solomon Conference for students and
their parents March 12-13 at the church.
Bells to perform at FUMC
The Golden Bells,
Atlantas 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.
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 Angels House, an emergency shelter for children in
truth about states new history curriculum
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 states students well [The Citizen, Jan. 28, 2004].
- LETTERS TO THE
should we do about bare breast?
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
from Clayton driven by school, property values
As a former resident
of Clayton County (1993-2001) Im 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.
always the race card?
I am a French-Polish-Irish-Anglo-Dutch-American
(I hope I didnt miss one of my decendants) and am writing in response
to the letter by Mr. Foster.
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 isnt
even the original letter that started the campaign.
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.
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.
is really a great neighbor
Once again somebody
gets an e-mail that says they heard something from someone who heard
something from someones cousins hairdresser and it becomes
fact. No effort to verify any facts, just believe anything you hear.
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.
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.
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 www.snopes.com. This is a
reliable website which investigates urban legends and provides the documented
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 Targets 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.
sign rules show anti-business leanings
I opened the Mr.
Transmission in Fayetteville in March 2003. The Fayetteville sign ordinance
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.
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?
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.