The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, February 11, 2004


Dozens expelled for nonresidency

Reacting to dozens of reports that Clayton County parents had falsified addresses to get their children enrolled in Fayette schools last August, Fayette administrators and the county marshals’ office teamed during the fall to investigate 162 individual cases of suspected non-resident students, the Citizen has learned.

County marshals have role in finding nonresident students

When a Fayette County marshal knocked on the front door of Michele Mitchell’s east Fayetteville home after dark one night last October, the officer wasn’t there to issue a warrant or serve a subpoena. Instead, the marshal was checking to see if Mitchell’s 8-year-old daughter was in fact sleeping overnight at that address.

‘Gold Medal’ schools here are top business attraction

Thanks to its public schools, Fayette County ranks at the top of the list of potential relocation sites for corporate executives from around the nation, according to a report this month in the trade publication Expansion Management Magazine.

Sports ventures eye PTC

Is Peachtree City ready to join the big leagues of Macon, Little Rock and Baton Rouge?

5th worker resigns in PTC investigation

A fifth employee of Peachtree City’s Public Works Department has resigned in the wake of a criminal investigation into missing equipment and money.

Grammy winner brings award back to Fayette

At least a share of the top prize handed out Sunday night at the Grammy Awards will be making its way home to Fayette County this week.

Wells: No problem with ethics

Fayette County Commissioner Linda Wells is disputing the charges of a “concerned voter” about her participation in a recent discussion concerning liquor in the unincorporated county.

PTC Council OKs bond sale for $4.9 M library expansion

The $4.9 million expansion of the Peachtree City Library approved by voters in November remains on schedule, with the Peachtree City Council giving its approval last week to the terms for selling a bond package to fund the construction to a single investor.

Rapson to contest dismissal of her equal pay suit against DAPC

Kristi Rapson, the former director of the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, says she will fight the potential dismissal of her federal equal pay lawsuit against the Development Authority of Peachtree City.

Black History Month events underway in Fayette schools

Sandy Creek High School hosted a colorful opening ceremonies assembly last week to mark the start of Black History Month, just one of dozens of events taking place at each of Fayette County’s 28 schools in the month of February.

Foundation awards local nonprofits

The Community Foundation for Fayette County has announced its recipients of the 2003 Challenge Grant program.

GOP breakfast coming Sat.

The Fayette County Repulican Party will convene its monthly meeting Saturday at 8:30 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes restaurant in Fayetteville. The guest speaker is John Mrosek, candidate for Superior Court Judge in the Griffin Judicial Circuit, speaking about religion and the First Amendment.

Book sale a surprising success

The Friends of the Fayette County Public Library were very pleasantly surprised last weekend at the public’s overwhelming support of the used book sale. Although the weather was at times rainy, cold and windy (some even reported seeing snow flurries), the citizens of Fayette County and surrounding areas came out and bought books by the bag and boxful.

Registration day is coming

Dates set for pre-K, kindergarten and after-school programs

Star International students talk to counterparts in Scotland

From college tuition to the Iraq War, Sandy Creek High students found that their counterparts in Dalmellington, Scotland share many of their same views, concerns and hopes for the future.

County GOP convenes for precinct meetings

Republicans met Saturday for the Fayette County precinct mass meeting, the first step in electing delegates and alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention this fall in New York City. There are multiple conventions prior to the final convention, each one elects delegates and alternates for the following convention.

Two officers hurt after jail scuffle with inmate

A suspect awaiting trial on drug charges fought with officers at the maximum security unit of the Fayette County Jail last week as they tried to search his cell.

Collins calls for Tenet to resign

During an interview on the Fox News Channel on Saturday from Atlanta, U.S. Rep. Mac Collins, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, called for the resignation of CIA Director George Tenet.

Tips for managing natural gas bills

A free 12-page conservation guide from Atlanta Gas Light Company is just the ticket for savvy consumers who want to save money and energy on their natural gas bills this winter.

Police Blotter


Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements

Real Estate Review

Local firm goes Hollywood

Reading the client list at Historical Concepts can sound like an episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”

After a record-breaking 2003, home builders anticipate a prosperous 2004
By Mac McKinney, President
Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia

As we look forward to 2004, builders and homeowners across the country can reflect on 2003, a banner year for the home building and remodeling industry. Home sales and consumer spending were the linchpins for the economy when growth slowed in late 2002 and early 2003, and a strong finish to what was a record-breaking year for home sales bodes well for 2004.

New faces in new places in local real estateate

Builders to meet Feb. 19

SunTrust Bank’s annual economic forecast will be presented at the February meeting of the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia.

Arnberg named qualifying broker

Tom Lamberth, president and COO of Russell Lands, Inc., recently named Steven Arnberg director of real estate sales and qualifying broker for Russell Lands.

SummerGrove advertising named nation’s best

While SummerGrove is best known for its great amenities, wide range of home styles and historic Newnan location, the community was recently honored on the national level for its advertising initiatives.

Parks & Mottola celebrates one year in Calumet Business Park

On Jan. 6, Parks & Mottola, Inc. celebrated one year at its new office in the Calumet Business Park.

Gramm reports record-breaking year

Gramm & Associates has announced a 29-percent increase in new home sales in the Atlanta firm for fiscal year 2003 compared to fiscal year 2002.

Maple Shade welcomes first new homeowners

North Peachtree City’s newest subdivision, Maple Shade, recently welcomed its first new homeowners.

Governors Row unveils Galveston designer model in Peachtree City

John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods is now showcasing its newest designer model, The Galveston, at Governors Row in Peachtree City.

Fulton Court now open in Peachtree City

Richard Simms has announced the opening of Fulton Park, a new office/warehouse park on Fulton Court, which runs off Huddleston Road in Peachtree City.

New condo community coming to Fayetteville

Harvest Communities, LLC has announced construction of a single-level, ranch style condominium community in Fayetteville. The community, known as The Village at Gingercake, is located on Gingercake Road, less than two miles from the center of downtown Fayetteville and will consist of 68 homes as well as a beautifully equipped 3,000 sq. ft. clubhouse with fitness center and a large heated pool and sundeck.

McKinney named Builder of the Year

Mac McKinney of McKinney Builders Inc. is the 2003 Builder of the Year for the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia. McKinney has been building homes since 1972.

Avery Park posts record sales in 2003

While many Atlanta-area communities struggled to meet sales goals in 2003, Avery Park in Coweta County exceeded goals. In fact, Avery Park was the second best-selling community in Coweta County.

SummerGrove leads Coweta sales in 2003, poised for a successful 2004

The year 2003 was a good one for Newnan’s SummerGrove. The community had over 280 home sales for the year and is rapidly approaching 1,300 sales since the community’s inception in 1998. The stellar great home sales in 2003 landed the community with Coweta’s number ranking and is one of the top-sellers in the Atlanta area

Lake Windsong offers custom homes, lakeside amenities

Neighbors are enjoying front porch conversations and friendly greetings at new neighborhood Lake Windsong just north of Peachtree City. Custom homes from the mid $300’s by premier builders and an impressive amenity area underway are attracting homebuyers to the 167-homesite community on Dogwood Trail in Tyrone.

Irish Hill comes to Pike

Irish Hill Estates in Pike County is the newest venture for Woodland Homes, Inc.

Summit opens new phase

The Summit at Eagle’s Landing and Oxford Homes have just opened their new phase of 17 homesites.

Blackmon named to head WCR chapter

Brayson Homes has continued its record of community involvement with the election of one of its representatives as a top officer of a Realtors group.

Upchurch receives J.L. Christian Award

Jamie Upchurch of Re/Max Advantage has received the J.L. Christian Award, presented recently by Fayette County Board of Realtors President Sandra McCrary.

Pinehurst offers country club lifestyle at affordable price

For those seeking a country club lifestyle at an affordable price, Brayson Homes offers Pinehurst, one of the neighborhoods in Heron Bay Golf & Country Club, Minerva Properties’ 1,150-acre resort styled, master planned community in Henry and Spalding counties.

Irwin awarded CRS designation

Stacey Irwin has been awarded the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) designation by the Council of Residential Specialists, the largest not-for-profit affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

Hawthorne at Linden Park now open

Gramm & Associates, a full-service real estate development and marketing company specializing in new home communities, has announced the grand opening of M&M Custom Homes’ newest new home community, Hawthorne at Linden Park.

Jernigan named Agent of the Year

For the 13th time, Myra Jernigan has been named Agent of the Year fo Century 21 Scarbrough Properties.

Stephens named director of Bullard’s Relocation Department

Freda Stephens has been named Relocation Director for Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty, the largest Coldwell Banker franchise in Georgia.

Weekley unveils new SummerGrove model

While SummerGrove at Newnan has become known for its top-notch amenity package and unsurpassed lifestyle, the community is quickly become known as Atlanta’s designer model home destination.


Author wins award from educator’s magazine

Gallopade International and author and Peachtree City resident Carole Marsh recently took home the 2004 Teacher’s Choice Award from Learning Magazine for The Carole Marsh Mysteries™ series.

World Airways picks up $19 million contracts

World Airways, Inc. announced that it has signed a contract extension with Menlo Worldwide (formerly Emery Worldwide) valued at approximately $19 million.  This extends World's current contract through December 2004.

Cheney honored for anti-tobacco efforts

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


Region playoffs now underway

It’s not March Madness — mainly because it’s not March — but the games in the various high school basketball classifications are suddenly a lot more serious.

Signing day a busy one for Fayette athletes

High school athletes in a variety of sports from local schools made their college choices known officially last week as the signing period began Feb. 4, a date known to sports fans as National Signing Day.

Good state showing for local squads

Three local teams recorded top-10 finished in last weekend’s GHSA state cheerleading championships in Columbus.

Booth rolling in hoops tourney

The eighth-grade basketball teams from Booth Middle School are in prime position to close out this season with league championships and a pair of stunning two-year runs for the players on both squads.

Annual FCHS banquet set for April

Fayette County High School Sports Hall of Fame is looking forward to a new look this spring’s induction.

Lacrosse team gearing up

Peachtree City’s high school lacrosse team has begun play for 2004, with eight starters returning from last year’s team that won the postseason tournament championship. The team competes in the North Georgia Lacrosse League.

Paddlers to practice Sunday

The Peachtree City Paddlers canoe and kayak club’s next indoor roll practice of the season is scheduled this Sunday, Feb. 15, at the Kedron Aquatic Center in Peachtree City. The practice will be from 5-7 p.m.


Men, take heed. That time of year is right around the corner when a dozen roses and a candlelit dinner can be the key to unlocking you beloved’s heart. Valentine’s Day has a very special place in the world of courtship and woe to those who mess it up!

Family favorites grace the Alliance’s stages this month

The Alliance Theatre is bringing a famous Cockney flower girl and a famous flower loving bull to life this month in anticipation of spring. “My Fair Lady” which opened on the Alliance Stage Feb. 4 and “Ferdinand the Bull,” which started at the Alliance Children’s Theatre Feb. 7 are both fun, lighthearted musicals that have become classics the whole family can enjoy.

Where do I begin?

I forced myself Sunday night to watch the three-and-a-half-hour Grammys broadcast on CBS to see just what it is that the rest of the world is listening to. I had a general idea about the kind of clueless mega-commercial I was sitting down to endure. I knew I would be rolling my eyes and making snide comments under my breath, but somewhere deep down I was hoping I would actually enjoy the show. Then again, who am I kidding? I hate the Grammys!

Local Journalist Speaks to Fayette Writers Group

Writing is Michael Boylan’s forte. As a young student living in Beverly, Mass., he began reading at a very early age, becoming also an avid writer. He has many notebooks filled with his writings. From that time on, his aim in life was evidently to express himself through writing.

Actors wanted for spring production

Offshoot Productions has announced auditions for professional, non-Equity actors for Shakespeare’s energetic “Comedy of Errors,” to be presented at the Villages Amphitheater in Fayetteville June 11-27. 

Test your black history knowledge

February is Black History Month and Gallopade International, publishers of Carole Marsh’s “The Black Jazz,” “Pizzazz,” and “Razzmatazz” series, challenge you to some African-American Heritage trivia. The answers are at the bottom.

Offshoot looking for apprentices

Offshoot Productions, the Fayette County-based professional theatre company now in its eleventh season, is accepting applications from adults and teens for apprenticeships associated with the spring "Shakespeare in the Park" project, which includes the performance of “Comedy of Errors” at the Villages Amphitheater in Fayetteville June 11-27.

Democratic Women meet Sat.

The Fayette Democratic Women will host U.S. Senate candidates Gary LeShaw, state Sen. Mary H. Squires, and state Sen. Nadine Thomas during their February breakfast meeting Saturday at 9 a.m. at Right on Thyme Restaurant in Fayetteville. A continental breakfast will be served for $3. The meeting will be called to order at 9:20 a.m.

Etiquette classes at Southern Oaks

A series of etiquette classes will be taught at Southern Oaks in Fayetteville during the public school break in February. A class for junior and senior high school students will be taught Feb. 18. In this class, teens will learn basic dating etiquette and interpersonal skills, including table manners, ordering from a menu, tipping, pinning on a corsage, etc. The proper technique for writing thank-you notes will also be presented. Students will be served pizza as a main course while honing their dining skills.

Art show opens this week

Opening this week and sponsored by the Southern Crescent Alliance of Visual Arts, Arts Clayton Gallery is presenting its third annual juried art show.


Some ‘revealing’ thoughts about forgiveness
Religion Columnist

“I know it’s been a rough week on everybody. And what occurred was unintentional, completely regrettable, and I apologize if you guys were offended.”

PTC Greek Orthodox mission celebrates first St. Basil’s Day

The Very Rev. Fr. George Tsahakis, Chancellor, welcomed a crowd of some 100-plus parishioners of the Greek Orthodox Mission of Peachtree City, along with other Fayette and Coweta County residents, to the first annual St. Basil’s Day (Vasilopita) Dinner, held last month at the Gathering Place in Peachtree City.

LDS church explores black history with special events

In honor of Black History Month, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) will once again celebrate Black Family History.

Prince of Peace Lutheran members embark on 40-day ‘spiritual journey’

Beginning Feb. 21, and continuing through April 18, members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, along with those in the community who wish to participate, will embark on a 40-day spiritual journey called the “40 Days of Purpose.” The 7-week campaign seeks to answer the question, “What on earth am I here for?”

Holly Grove AME announces Black History events

Holly Grove AME Church in Peachtree City will celebrate Black History on Sunday, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Dennis Dickerson from Nashville, Tenn. Dickerson is the historiographer of the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Rolling Hills Baptist begins ‘purpose driven’ program

Rolling Hills Baptist Church will begin a 40-day program Feb. 21, emphasizing the purpose for each person of the church and its role in the community and world. The program is based on the book, 40 days of Purpose, by Rick Warren, a California minister.

Religion Briefs


On Janet, discrimination and signs

Minor thinking on middling to major events:

Supt. Kathy Cox’s ‘Truth’ response was filled with misrepresentations
World History Teacher, McIntosh High School,Peachtree City, Ga.

In response to an article I wrote outlining the “dumbing down” of the high school history curriculum [The Citizen, Jan. 28, 2004], the state Department of Education has released a statement entitled “The Truth about Georgia’s New Curriculum” [by Georgia Superintendent Kathy Cox, The Citizen, Feb. 4, 2004]. Unfortunately, it contains numerous inaccuracies and misrepresentations. The following information details my response to them.

WMD:Wardrobe of mass dysfunction

By now, everyone breathing has heard about Janet Jackson’s flashdance during half-time at the Super Bowl. I didn’t see it. I had checked out to the food table about the time P. Diddy came on. It was a simple choice: Feed my body some seriously good fixings from Mrs. Throckmorton’s kitchen or feed my mind trash.

When world views collide, facts suffer

Upon returning from Frankfurt, Germany, where I taught a seminar on biblical peacemaking to Christian airline personnel, I encountered a less than peaceful public debate.

Speaking of dumber than dumb . . .

Peter Duran speaks out of prejudice, not knowledge.

No evolution, no education?

Listening to evolutionists, one would think that the study of this theory (yes, theory) is absolutely critical to children if they are to have any chance to succeed or become productive members of society.

Please, let’s get our history right

While I disagree with state School Superintendent Kathy Cox’s proposal on the teaching of evolution, I do take some issue with the statements of Mr. Alfred Brock in his letter to the editor. It seems that Mr. Brock needs to study history a bit himself.

Open-minded scientists begin to consider ‘intelligent design’ idea

I read with sorrow an article in the newspaper recently which stated that the “mention of intelligent design [being taught in the classroom] sparked criticism by scientists who say it is religion masquerading as science.” Furthermore, an assistant professor at a prominent university was quoted as saying, “There is no science or evidence behind it,” and, “It is an attempt to take the creation story from Genesis and make it into science.”

A humble plan for ‘visionary’

Kathy Cox, my muse, my inspiration! Let me begin by stating that I write this in jovial celebration of Fayette’s very own brilliant and insightful visionary, who has, in one swift motion, turned us, the people of Georgia, from the fervent tides of ignorance and redirected us towards an ocean of enlightenment.

Theory has gaping holes

Do you ever wonder why there is so much uproar when someone suggests that conflicting ideas about evolution be discussed in the classroom?

Let’s have a little civility

I’m truly disappointed with several of my fellow Fayette citizens. Aren’t we a nation of discussion and representative democracy? Aren’t we allowed to share different and unusual ideas in a respectful way and expect the same in return?

Is Kathy Cox over her head?

Our self-described expert in education, State School Superintendent Kathy Cox, with 15 years experience in the classroom, now expounds that the word “evolution” be removed from textbooks and teaching in our classrooms. She describes the word as a “buzzword.”

Maybe Bush knows why gas is so high

Each time I drive into a service station and buy gas at the inflated prices we are paying, I become irate. Our tax money is going to fight a war in one of the oil-richest countries in the world. Daily, someone’s son dies to help defend a country that hates Americans, and back home we are all being assaulted with paying through the nose for gas, just to drive to work, to the doctor, or to buy groceries.

Don’t take short cuts in teaching history

I was so proud of the stand Joseph Jarrell, history teacher from McIntosh High in Peachtree City, has taken on the curriculum for history taught in schools. I agree with him completely.

Proposed new curriculum is style over substance

Mr. Jarrell says it pretty well. Style over substance is eroding our public schools. What used to be common sense is not so common these days.

Circus should teach compassion for animals

Feb. 12 through Feb. 22, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be opening its doors to thousands of people (mostly children) who are expecting to be entertained by the people and animals that are part of the show in Atlanta, Ga.

Virginia educator supports fired Whitewater coach

I have followed, with interest, the situation concerning the firing of Jill Collins as coach of the girls basketball team at Whitewater Middle School and the comments that have been published about this issue.

Objective analysis of war on terror: Gloom, doom for al Qaeda

Recently we have seen several articles in this paper written by individuals offering their personal analysis of how the war on terror and operations in Iraq are proceeding. John Munford on Jan. 28 with his opinion article and Timothy J. Parker with his series of letters to the editor (Dec. 31, Jan. 7, Jan. 21) all criticize the strategy of the military operations and the Bush Administration in general.

Active-duty army officer disputes writer’s downbeat Iraq opinions

Re: Timothy J. Parker’s Iraq opinions.

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