cops bust culture of corruption
Peachtree City police
officers on routine patrol one night in late January happened upon a
man hunched over in the shadows beside the citys vehicle refueling
station, inside the locked gates of the Public Works compound on Kelly
Public Works Director Halterman on unrelated leave
Assistant City Manager
Colin Halterman, who headed Peachtree Citys Public Services division
for nearly 18 years, has taken a voluntary leave of absence from City
Hall, it was confirmed Monday.
Cox now faces local history uprising
Cox will make a formal recommendation to the state Board of Education
on Thursday that it adopt a new biology curriculum for the entire state
that not only includes the word evolution, but also restores
lessons on the scientific theory omitted from earlier versions of the
new Georgia Performance Standards.
Target foes get DOT to listen, maybe too late
Peachtree City homeowners
whove fought a proposed expansion of the Kedron Village retail
center since August must have felt like David slaying Goliath last week
when they got word that Georgia Department of Transportation officials
were willing to consider adding another curb cut off Ga. Highway 74
into the project.
staff teaches U.S. schools how to do BIG yearbooks right
What Valdosta High
School is to football, Fayette County High School is to yearbooks.
sheriffs officials sparring over overtime pay
The latest salvo
in the ongoing dispute between the Fayette County Sheriffs Department
and Fayette County was fired at the end of January when the department
asked for $50,000 for additional overtime funds.
approves beer license, while deflecting ethics charges
The Palmer Course
at Starrs Mill received its beer and wine license last week, but
not before two commissioners denied any ethical problems in voting on
nominees considered tomorrow
No opposition is
expected Thursday night, when the Peachtree City Council will be asked
to approve the names of five residents nominated to fill the vacancies
on the city's Development Authority.
put in DFCS care after judge questions parents legal maneuvers
A child was ordered
into the custody of the Fayette County Department of Family and Children
Services Friday after concerns the child was being used as a pawn between
the two parents.
rally promotes academic success
Usually pep rallies
are intended to get students fired up about an upcoming ball game, but
this time Flat Rock Middle used the popular energized assembly to fuel
enthusiasm for learning.
active at Macon meeting
The Greater Fayette
Republican Womens Club will be hosting the Hospitality Suite for
the Winter Board Meeting of the Georgia Federation of Republican Women
Friday, Feb. 27, from 6-9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Macon. The event
will run through Saturday, Feb. 28.
to add criminal justice degree
The Board of Regents
of the University System of Georgia, at its February meeting, approved
Clayton College & State Universitys request to establish a
bachelor of science degree in criminal justice.
school counselors visit CCSU
By all accounts,
last weeks Clayton State Office of Admissions luncheon for area
high school counselors was a rousing success.
costs high for uncharitable charities
Worried that Georgia
charities are spending high amounts on fundraising, cutting into actual
charitable revenue, Secretary of State Cathy Cox has released a list
of 11 uncharitable charities.
and answers from Oxendine
old is new again
By F.C. FOODIE
- For the last
few months of 2003, it seemed you couldnt drive by Fayette Pavilion
without seeing signs of another restaurant under construction.
Fresh and Simple Southern Cuisine at Sandras Cafe
There are magazines
and books on simplicity. Ways to cut back clutter, make life less
stressful. Sandras Cafe is one of those places that defines
simple. This is functional, clean decor and southern-style home cooking
without palate-irritating frills.
labels right can cut fat, confusion
that 70 percent of grocery shoppers believe there is conflicting information
about which foods are healthy. The Food and Drug Administration recently
eased its restriction on allowing food manufacturers to make health
claims on product labels.
A few months back,
something spurred me to make the Quaker Oats famous oatmeal
cookies Id baked frequently when I was a girl. I picked
up the Quaker Oats tube only to discover that horrors!
the reliable recipe on the back of the box had disappeared, replaced
with a recipe inside the lid teasingly called vanishing oatmeal
bread, the second-breakfast of Tolkiens champions
had a virtue without which they would long ago have lain down todie
... this waybread of the Elves had a potency that increased as travelers
relied on it alone and did not mingle it with other foods. It fed
the will, and it gave strength to endure, and to master sinew and
limb beyond the measure of mortal kind.
cow disease: What you should know
about mad cow disease have left some people with questions about the
safety of beef and milk products.
a quick breakfast? Turn to your toaster
Parents need to
think fast in the morning. Getting themselves and their kids out the
door while making sure the family has a nutritious breakfast is important.
can help shed pounds
A new handy book
is titled Get with the Program! Guide to Fast Food and Family
Restaurants by Bob Greene (Simon & Schuster, $12.95). Greene
is a personal trainer and exercise physiologist and Oprah Winfreys
personal trainer. Greenes latest guide focuses on healthy eating
but zeros in on making healthy choices while eating out.
Delivery: Ready when you are
In the busy world
we live in today, it seems like there are never enough hours in the
day to get the job done. There is always one more meeting to squeeze
in, one more report to write, one more client to see. The smallest tasks,
like making sure the proper paperwork arrives to the appropriate office,
is often the assignment that requires the most time and effort.
company offers new choice in dog care
Tails are wagging.
Mouths are drooling. The students are eager and panting. Once the instructor
arrives, the excitement begins. Its all part of the basic obedience
classes now offered several times a week at Doggie Day Care of Fayette.
West Tanning offers a
touch of sun this season
promise of spring may be just around the corner, but here in Fayette
County it still feels like the middle of winter. So if you are looking
for a way to beat those winter blues, a trip to Key West Tanning Salon
should do the trick.
Citys Cooper Lighting honors African ambassadors at reception
in association with Frankie Thompson Enterprises and AfriGrowth Inc.hosted
a reception at Hartsfield-Jackson airport, last Wednesday to honor visiting
Ambassadors from the Embassies of: Nigeria; Togo; Tanzania; Uganda;
Mali; Mozambique; Kenya; Gambia, South Africa and Gabon. Also attending
will be dignitaries and special guests from the City of Atlanta and
the State of Georgia.
on to state
Fayette area schools
will be competing literally across the state this weekend in the first
round of the state basketball playoffs.
win area title
Mill Panthers won the 2003-2004 Area 4-AAAAA wrestling championship
last weekend, with Fayette County finishing second and East Coweta coming
gymnasts win big in Las Vegas
Six Fayette County
gymnasts traveled to Las Vegas recently with the Ultimate Dream Academy
of McDonough to compete in the Browns Las Vegas Lady Luck Invitational
at the Tropicana Hotel.
wins divisional title
The Southern Crescent
Aquatic Team accomplished something that no other team has ever done
by winning its sixth consecutive divisional championship the weekend
of Feb. 6-8.
Christian places 2nd in tournament
Academys middle school boys basketball team ended its season with
a 11-6 record after taking second place in their recent conference tournament.
GCA lost to St. Johns the Evangelist School of Hapeville 57-45
in the championship game.
Diego, CA With the temperature in the mid-70s, not a cloud in
the sky, and a mild breeze this may be one of the best places on earth
to be in February. Sitting out on the deck of the hotel restaurant here
on Shelter Island as far as I can see there are boats, luxury boats
and more boats.
season coming soon
Take a hunter education
course now to prepare
Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, lovingly known as The
Fred brings back a lineup of old favorites to highlight
the tenth season at the Peachtree City venue.
lot of different people pass the front desk of the Fayette
County Public Library each year. From children to grandparents,
the desks and shelves are visited by a variety of patrons
who all share one thing in common, their diversity. Fayette
County Library Director Chris Snell, along with her staff,
has been honoring that diversity for several years.
year was 1934 and 4,376 communities joined together in 600
separate celebrations to raise over $1 million for the Georgia
Warm Springs Foundation with nationwide Presidential Birthday
Balls in honor of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. They were the
first of what would be 11 consecutive years of birthday
balls prior to FDR's death in 1945.
Air Lines executive Sharon Wibben of Newnan kicked off
this month the Girl Scout Council of Northwest Georgia's
corporate and foundation annual campaign to raise more
than a quarter million dollars for the council's 2003-04
gets close to nature
Feb. 25 Southern Conservation Trust is hosting a Nature Discovery Program
on Birds of Prey at the Flat Creek Nature Center in Peachtree
Stevenson to address Campus Christian Ministries
Stevenson, Clayton State's best-known singing student, will address
the University's Campus Christian Ministries Feb. 24. Stevenson, who
is just back from an appearance on the Grammy Awards program, will be
speaking from noon to 1 p.m. in room 10 of the University's Lecture
Hall. The subject of his presentation? It's the same person he sang
background for on the Grammys... "Faith in the Fast Lane: Touring
with Justin Timberlake."
Rating Ritual or a 40 Share Gets Me Hot!
as mad as hell, and Im not going to take this anymore!
Students getting involved with Line Creek project
miracles of purpose
By JOHN HATCHER
As you drive around
Fayette you may notice church signs promoting 40 Days of Purpose.
Founder and Pastor Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church in Southern
California says that when churches use this track called 40 Days of
Purpose, worship attendance climbs 20 percent and small group attendance
increases more than 100 percent. What pastor in his or her right mind
would not welcome those stats?
foot ministry to host fun walk, race Feb. 28
Square Foot Ministry
in Fayetteville is sponsoring a Leap of Faith Fun Walk/5K Race Saturday,
Feb. 28, at 9: a.m.
Gabriels Catholic plans Ash Wednesday services
The Catholic Church
of Saint Gabriel in Fayetteville will join Christians around the world
in observing Ash Wednesday, offering three Masses and a communion service
to mark the beginning of Lent.
Episcopal schedules Ash Wednesday services
The Episcopal Church
of the Nativity in Fayetteville will offer three services for Ash Wednesday,
Feb. 25, all of which will include the imposition of ashes in addition
to the Holy Eucharist. The services are open to the public.
Episcopal churches join hands for Ash Wednesday
Episcopal Church and Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will have a
combined Ash Wednesday Service on Feb. 25. The 7 p.m. service will be
held at St. Andrews, 316 N. Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City.
now offering Christian oriented program on channel 10
Linda Jennings and
Maggie Murphy are co-hosts for a new Christian television program called
Tea With Maggie and Linda, which began airing on Charter
Communications cable channel 10 yesterday. The show is broadcast
Monday through Saturday at 11 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m.
Thor Ramsey to appear at First Presbyterian
Comedy Night, an evening of standup comedy by Thor Ramsey, is
being sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City,
Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at the church.
Stevenson to address Campus Christian Ministries at Clayton State
Rob Stevenson, Clayton
States best-known singing student, will address the universitys
Campus Christian Ministries Tuesday, Feb. 24.
to the Fire Chief
By SALLIE SATTERTHWAITE
To: Peachtree City
Fire Department Chief Stony Lohr
costs run off another Georgia doctor
By JUSTIN BEVERLY
Peachtree City, Ga.
I read with interest
a recent news release to The Citizen newspaper concerning medical malpractice
insurance. I would like to respond with a real life example of the current
malpractice crisis and how it personally affects local citizens.
of marriage precedes death of a culture, history shows
By the Rev. LOUIS P. SHELDON
Chairman, Traditional Values Coalition
In his 1979 book,
Our Dance Has Turned To Death, Christian sociologist Carl
W. Wilson outlined the dangers facing traditional marriage and the family
in Americas increasingly sexualized culture. Wilson could clearly
see what was going to happen to the American family if our society continued
to be sex-saturated.
- LETTERS TO THE
prejudice joined in vile column
I thought your
editorial, which tried to juxtapose discriminating good taste
with the immoral ugliness of discriminating against human beings who
discover they are homosexual, was one of the vilest pieces I have
ever read. Trying to use the Bible to justify your own prejudice was
change rooted in fear and hate
595 should outrage everyone, gay or straight. Hate derives itself from
fear, and politicians feed on that fear. That is exactly what is happening
in Georgia and around the nation at this very moment.
sign battle recalls Fayette preacher
This was so bizarre
when my wife called me this morning to tell me of the Fayetteville City
Council attempting to ban the God Bless America banner at
Crumptons. She heard the story on Fox News Network.
controversy shows citys anti-business bias
I agree with Robert
Horgan in response to Fayettevilles sign ordinance. I am a disabled
person who grew tired of not having enough money to pay my bills because
of the amount of disability money I receive each month.
a life, Fville officials
people in your town and the city council better things to do? I would
like to see some idiot come to my private property in California and
tell me to take my for sale sign down, or my manger display
on Christmas, or my God Bless America sign.
need a bigger banner
The city needs to
find another issue to focus on. How about helping these good and generous
people get a bigger banner to fly? Or we could pay for the right size
to get the city off their backs; put up the smaller one on the store
and put the big one inside a school or church where it doesnt
have to meet ordinance requirements.
banner into 3 signs . . .
I saw the Crumpton
brothers on TV. God bless them. We need more people like them in this
country. When I was growing up (in the 1950s), there WERE more people
. . Or just cut it into 50 pieces ...
Well, this is just
too much. So tell Crumptons to cut it into 50 square foot pieces, and
hang them all together. That goofy ordinance doesnt say how MANY
signs you can have, right?
. . Or paint it onto building
It seems to me that
a simple solution would be for for the Crumptons to paint the God
Bless America message on the store itself. Unless this is a physical
impossibility for some reason, I cant see any problems with it.
for breast but not sign?
I think your mayor
and city manager are the height of stupidity and are insulting our troops
in Iraq and most decent, patriotic Americans. Isnt it wonderful
that its OK to expose your breast on national TV, but it is not
OK to mention God or patriotism.
should follow the rules
To me this should
not be an issue. It doesnt matter what the banner says. The fact
is that Crumptons Furniture is in violation of city ordinance
Chapter 6 Section 6-8.
to be taking a stand
Thank God, someone
is listening and getting behind this furniture store to take a stand
for Americans. I hope in some small measure the e-mails received did
their part too.
bless the Crumptons
For a sign to be
up 28 months, now the city wants it down, wow, the whole country is
watching. The city council has the power to make an exception.
the sign alone, Fville
Leave the sign alone.
God needs to bless America and America needs blessing. Thank you very
believe happening here
I was so upset when
I watched the news about your banner, and the thought of a court fine
made me angry. I told a cousin what was happening here in her old home
state of Georgia. She was also angry enough to find the article on the
Internet and write you.
there bigger issues?
Both my husband
I think the idea of taking down the sign is ridiculous. Ordinance smordinance!
wrong about sponsors
is in reference to your article of Jan. 30, 2004, entitled Two
sponsors cut ties with amphitheater, which contains at least two
false statements and is generally misleading in its inference.
was that strange noise in PTC?
I live on the north
side of Peachtree City. At 4 a.m. [Sunday] morning, what sounded like
a tornado siren went off for about 10 minutes.
about slinging racist label about
I am writing in
response to the letter from Larry Foster to the editor [Reader:
Lynch-ed by column about schools, The Citizen, Jan. 28, 2004].
change sends bad message
I am a former Fayette
County student (from Brooks to Whitewater to Fayette High) who graduated
in 1998. I was reading The Citizen this morning (2/11/04) via the web
and came across an article about Coach Jill Collins being fired from
her coaching position. I played basketball and softball at Fayette High
and basketball at WMS. I have also known Coach Collins since the second
grade (she was the P.E. teacher at Brooks for many years).
Field of Hope deserves city funds
Just when I think
my Peachtree City officials cannot embarrass me more, bless their pointy
little heads, they come up with something new. I cannot believe the
controversy over the $15,000 for fencing for the Field of Hope.
money will benefit earthlings
After years of neglect
and ill-defined objectives, the Bush administration has finally announced
a new NASA initiative for human exploration of the moon and Mars. Mr.
Watkins of the The Simple Society Alliance for Human Empowerment stated
his objections to this program in a letter to the editor.
Creek teacher: Ga.s new history curriculum far from best
The Atlanta Journal
& Constitution recently reported, During an hourlong discussion,
the state board [of education] put together a public statement that
calls for all areas of the states new curriculum to be world-class,
beginning with the full inclusion of the recognized national standards
in each curriculum area.
H.S. senior: Children wont understand, teens will miss out
It has often been
said that those who do not know the past are doomed to repeat it. The
generation of children that would be subject to this new, proposed state
curriculum will be tomorrows leaders. How will they be adequately
prepared to fulfill their positions as leaders if they do not have a
firm grasp on the history of the United States and the world?
Black History program at WMS
Last week I had
the occasion to attend a motivational assembly at Whitewater Middle
School. This event was a kick-off for Black History Month and the presenter,
Mr. R. V. Brown, was excellent.
a red light district in Fayetteville ...
What has happened
to the Fayetteville I had come to know and love? When I moved here 38
years ago, everyone knew everyone, knew their mothers maiden name,
and which uncle not to mention because he was an alcoholic. Deals were
made with handshakes and you could enjoy going to church without the
latest board of deacons greeting you with their hands out. You could
stand in the middle of Main Street on a Saturday morning and not worry
about being run over.
using Bible to defend creationism
I read with amusement
as well as alarm the comments on my letter, An Uneducated Educator
Dooms Students. Here are a few responses to these comments.
of ideas must guide teachers
My heart goes out
to Kathy Cox. Our prayers are with her to make the most beneficial decisions
for our children. It seems as if there are three issues with which she
is publicly contending at the time: the evolution issue,
the bug issue and the history curriculum issue.
invasion defenders are pompous twits; Israel should have invaded
brat deplores Iraq war, questions stories about Saddams lions
I recently read
a very propagandistic letter sent in by a soldier at Fort Bragg and
was shocked by certain statements. First, I would like to say that this
mans tone implied that only people supporting the President and
his foolish actions are patriots (notice: I said imply).
air from planes, trains, buses: Killing Fayettes sacred cows
City was included in a survey of the most livable cities in the United
States. Positive characteristics mentioned were decent schools, affordable
housing, a low crime rate and access to various cultural attractions.
Epps lacks sensitivity, perspective
Father David Epps,
I have from time to time read your columns in [Fridays] The Peachtree
Citizen, and generally just shook my head at your occasional display
of insensitivity. But after your attack on the content of the Super
Bowl half-time show, I felt the need to speak out.
no outcry over county marshals?
I have been surprised
at how slow the outcry has been from the taxpayers over the latest attempt
by three of the county commissioners to turn the marshals into a county
police department, which could potentially cost the citizens millions
not let out-of-county students attend?
Has anyone given
any thought as to whether the future of America is at stake? These are
children who are seeking an education, and there would seem to me that
there must be some sort of compromise that could be worked out.
of nonresidents at FCHS
My daughter is a
student at Fayette County High School and has told me many times how
many cars are in the parking lot with Clayton County tags.
tags seen at local elementary
I read your recent
article on out-of-county students attending Fayette County schools with
great interest, as I have noticed a couple of cars with Clayton tags
dropping and picking kids up at Sara Minter Elementary. Who in the school
board would I notify?