The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, February 25, 2004


F’ville bends on ‘God bless’ banner

Instead of a white flag, Fayetteville officials are about to wave “God bless America” banners — all over town.

Lawsuit: $3000 theft leads to 2 murders

David O. Mangham died a gruesome death in his north Fayette home last April at the hand of a former high school chum, according to a wrongful death civil lawsuit filed by his parents.

Preparing for ‘The Passion’

It’s been called the “greatest story ever told” and starting today, Fayette’s movie watchers will get to see actor-director Mel Gibson’s spin on the crucifixion of Christ.

Pastor expects movie to raise questions

Nobody is sure what to expect when Mel Gibson’s highly publicized film “The Passion of The Christ” opens today at Tinseltown and nearly 3,000 other movie theaters nationwide.

Shoplifting, drug cases fuel increased load in Juvenile Court

The number of shoplifting cases in Fayette County Juvenile Court doubled last year, and the court saw a smaller increase in drug and alcohol-related cases compared to 2002.

Budget fears dominate school board business

Uncertainties about the 2005 budget continued to dominate Monday night's meeting of the Fayette County Board of Education.

Judge diverts trial to give PTC City Council shot at Target plan

The lawsuit challenging Peachtree City’s Big Box ordinance was delayed Tuesday after all parties agreed to give the city council a chance to vote on a site plan for an expansion of the Kedron Village shopping center that includes a 125,000 sq. ft. Target store.

Private indoor swim center hopes to serve school teams

The exploding popularity of competitive swimming in Fayette County’s high schools has pushed the Kedron Fieldhouse indoor pool in Peachtree City to the limit, and has forced taking the annual county swim championships to a public pool in a southwest Atlanta neighborhood.

No debate as PTC Council approves 5 for DAPC board

With no discussion, no debate and barely a quorum, the City Council gave Peachtree City’s beleagured Development Authority a whole new look Thursday, voting to approve the appointment of five new members to the seven-person board.

Legislative roundup

Last week was an eventful one at the State Capitol with the Senate passing a new Senate redistricting map, and also passing one of the lifestyle issue, concerning gay marriage.

Local man hit by truck while walking on road, police say

A Fayetteville man died Wednesday morning after he was struck by a car on Bradley Drive while walking on the shoulder of the road, police said.

Severe weather drill rescheduled for Friday

The statewide Severe Weather Drill scheduled for today has been postponed by the National Weather Service due to varied weather conditions predicted across the state.

Board recognized in celebration of School Board Member Appreciation Week

Each month Fayette County Board of Education members take time during their regular meetings to recognize students and staff who have made outstanding achievements. At February’s meeting the tables were turned when the board members were honored for their unwavering commitment and support of the school system and its students.

Participation for new sport stacks up

A new sport is taking the world by storm and students at Crabapple Lane Elementary are getting in on the action.

Local Democratic meeting Sat.

The Fayette County Democratic Committee will host presidential campaign representatives during its February breakfast meeting Saturday at 9 a.m. at Right on Thyme restaurant in Fayetteville.

Police Blotter


Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements

Health Wise
Lewd halftime show?
Child's Play

I’m assuming there is no one left in the nation who has not seen or heard about the Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake interchange during the Super Bowl halftime show. I never watch the halftime show during the Super Bowl, but even for people like me, one couldn’t help but hear about it.

Bringing back the carbs

A Fayette County resident who has spent years helping people around metro Atlanta lose weight has written a book that he hopes will make his techniques available to an even larger audience.

Heart fair set for tomorrow

In honor of Healthy Heart Month, Southern Regional Health System is conducting its annual Heart and Vascular Care Health Fair tomorrow from in the hospital’s Women’s Life Center atrium. The free Lunch and Learn session begins with lunch at noon and the fair starts at 1 p.m.

FCH announces new board appointments

The Fayette Community Hospital Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Frank N. Cole, M.D., and Cindy D. Lester as members.

FCH welcomes back Hedenstrom

Fayette Community Hospital has announced the return of Lisa Hedenstrom, RN, MSN, MBA, CNAA, as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer. Hedenstrom served as executive coordinator of nursing services at FCH since early 2002, before moving to Warner Robins for family reasons in June 2003.

Mammography technicians earn certification for osteoporosis

Amy Brown, R.T. and Pam Garner, R.T., mammography technologists at Southern Regional Health System, were recently recognized as Certified Densitometry Technologists by The International Society for Clinical Densitometry. “We are extremely proud of Amy and Pam’s dedication,” said Mammography Manager Lisa Jones. “They proved their dedication by attending classes and taking a rigorous exam during their personal time.” As CDTs, the two mammographers are responsible for all bone density testing for osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a bone disorder that can lead to fractures, and affects 44 million Americans. Early detection of low bone density before fractures occur is the key to successful management.

Pain between your shoulder blades?

Have you ever experienced a continuous, nagging pain between your shoulder blades that just won’t go away? No matter what you try, it continues to keep tormenting you. Well, throughout this article, you will gain a better understanding of some of the causes of mid-back pain and what can be done to prevent it.

SRHS lab receives national accreditation

Southern Regional Health System has been awarded national accreditation with Distinction by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

SRHS, UnitedHealthcare reach contract agreement

Southern Regional Health System has reached an agreement with UnitedHealthcare of Georgia to continue providing health care services for customers in all UnitedHealthcare products in metro Atlanta. The contract was scheduled to expire Jan. 31 and the recent announcement means there will be no disruption of service for members.

About body restoration technique

Body restoration technique, unlike hormone replacement therapy, is a method of bringing the hormone system into balance naturally. It does not involve giving a person hormones or medications. It uses the body’s acupuncture points to rejuvenate and revitalize a person’s hormones and endocrine glands as well as all the related body connections.


Smokey Bones opens next Tuesday

Smokey Bones, a casual dining restaurant that honors barbeque’s classic cooking techniques and preparation, is coming to Peachtree City.

Evans helping out Fayette Youth Protection Homes

For every new retail Ford car or truck sold in the month of March, Gene Evans Ford promises a $50 donation to the Fayette Youth Protection Homes.

Does the "Deli Lama" Work Here?

The right job titles provide status and self-esteem and can help you reduce turnover and improve pride. 


Moving on to state

Fayette swimmers brought home plenty of top-5 finishes and a state record from last weekend’s state championship meet in Atlanta.

McCoy takes 275-lb. mat title

Drake McCoy of Fayette County High won the AAAAA state wrestling championship in the 275-pound weight class with a 2:29 pin over Sean Yin of Parkview Saturday in Macon.

Landmark moves on to sectional

Fayette was well-represented in the first round of the state high school basketball tournament, most local teams found that reaching the second round was a whole other ball game.

Barrineau takes over OLM football

Our Lady of Mercy has hired Curtis Barrineau at its new football coach, replacing Alan Gordon, who presided over the first two years of the school’s varsity program.

SouthSide Pioneers host meeting

The SouthSide Pioneers track club will host an informal “Meet & Greet” reception about its Thursday, Feb. 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Peachtree City Library in the main meeting room downstairs.

Tickets still available for AMS race

Sales continue to be strong for the March 12-14 Golden Corral 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but tickets still remain for the upcoming race weekend. Fans can purchase three-day weekend ticket packages for as little as $59 or single-day race tickets for as little as $25.

From America’s Fairways

Let the debate begin again: Who is the number-one lefthander in professional golf, Mike Weir or Phil Mickelson?


It’s a battle of wills, God’s will, that is being staged at the Southside Theatre Guild starting tomorrow night. “God’s Man in Texas,” a two-act play by David Rambo is set in present day Texas and deals with the televised 10 a.m. service of a Baptist church and the two ministers who €nd themselves at odds in front of the camera. Keith Williams plays Dr. Jeremiah Mears who comes to audition for the pastor’s position which is being €ercely clung to by Dr. Philip Gottschall as portrayed by Bill Hearnburg. Brad Boseman completes the cast as Hugo Taney, the studio’s camera man and the production’s main source of comic relief. Sarah Davenport is in the director’s chair and chose the play because she “liked the storyline and how the powers of fate collide.” Davenport added that basically it’s about an 81-year-old minister stepping down from his post, but it’s also much more than that.

Mama Mia comes to the Fox

On its way to becoming the biggest grossing musical of all time, “Mamma Mia” comes to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in Atlanta this week. Having raked in $750 million worldwide, the Abba-esque musical has graced stages in London, Hamburg, Toronto, The Netherlands, Australia, Seoul, Edinburgh, Japan, Las Vegas, New York, and now Atlanta. It will soon be playing in Dublin, Stuttgart and Stockholm.

Samantha and Charlotte and Miranda and Carrie

Sarah Jessica Parker aka Carrie Bradshaw has closed the book on sex and the city of Manhattan. Along with her three cohorts, she rethought the idea of what it means to be a modern woman in the modern world. On Sunday night, HBO ran the €nal episode of “Sex and the City.” In just under an hour, the loose ends of these four women’s lives were neatly tied into a pretty bow. For a show that has been misconstrued as shallow and vulgar, the lovey-dovey denouement capped what has turned out to be an honest look at life and love.

Pancake Breakfast this Sat.

The Fayette County High School Marching Band Boosters are sponsoring their second annual Pancake Breakfast this Saturday from 7 a.m. until noon in the high school’s cafeteria on Tiger Trail in Fayetteville.
Lewis, Kimbrough to speak at PTC Black History event
The Peachtree City Library will mark the end of Black History Month on Sunday, from 2-4 p.m. with a program entitled, “We All Need Each Other,” featuring renowned speakers Nancy J. Lewis and Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough Jr. on Sunday.

Merchant Marine poet speaks on "Origins of the English Language"

One of Fayette County's most colorful characters has been elected to give the Writer's Group his interpretation of how the English language originated. Joe Spensley, an award-winning poet is a regular at the Writer's Group meeting which is open to all who are interested in writing. The group meets at 10 a.m. most every Saturday at the Fayette County Library behind the Administrative Complex at the corner of highways 54 and 85. 

Miss Sandy Creek pageant is Saturday

This year's Miss Sandy Creek Pageant is February 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Commons Area of Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone.

Local teen set to explore role in U.S. National Security

Mari Ribeiro of Fayetteville, was recently selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence and Diplomacy from February 17 through February 22 in Washington, D.C. Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in a career related to national security, Ribeiro will join approximately 400 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the forum.

Clayton State music major fills in on tour for Mexican quartet

As the result of recent changes in immigration procedures, Bulgarian pianist Elena Cholakova, a music student at Clayton College & State University, was recently asked to perform three concerts in a regional professional performing arts series. Cholakova performed as a four-hand piano duo with her teacher, Associate Professor of Music Dr. Michiko Otaki, director of Keyboard Activities at the University.

Tea party is March 5

Break out of the winter doldrums by attending a “Garden Par-tea” at Southern Oaks March 5.


The Passion according to Mark
Religion Columnist

The passion of Christ as presented in the Gospel of Mark, by most scholarly accounts, the earliest of the four Gospel accounts:

Christ the King church will offer Ash Wednesday service tonight

Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church will observe Ash Wednesday tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Holly Grove AME celebrates Black History this Sunday

With the theme of “Her Story: We’ve Come This far by Faith,” Holly Grove A.M.E. Church will celebrate Black History this Sunday, Feb. 29, at 11 a.m., tracing the contributions made by women in the African Methodist Episcopal Church from 1783 to the present.

PTC First Presbyterian Church offers Lenten Devotional book

The First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City is ushering in the Lenten season by the publication of its second annual Lenten Devotional Book, comprised of 40 daily messages written by members of the church, reflecting on Christ’s teachings and the way He has influenced their individual lives.

Fayetteville First UMC will offer Lenten luncheon series

The United Methodist Women at Fayetteville First United Methodist church will once again sponsor a Lenten luncheon series, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 25, from noon until 1 p.m. in the church Fellowship Hall. The cost is $2 per person.

Hudak to lead Lenten retreat in Atlanta

The Rev. Bob Hudak, rector of The Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville, will lead a Lenten Retreat on Saturday, Feb. 28. Sponsored by The Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta, the retreat will be at the Lanier House on the cathedral grounds. The retreat will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend; reservations are required. The cost is $10, which includes lunch. For more information and reservations, call Margaret Lias at The Cathedral of St. Philip, 404-365-1034.

Burrell installed as new pastor at North Fayette

The congregation of North Fayette United Methodist Church recently installed and welcomed the Rev. Doug Burrell as its new pastor. The installation ceremony was performed Jan. 25 by the Rev. DeDe Leetch, LaGrange District Superintendent.

Religion Briefs


An ambulance in your neighborhood?

It was one of those “worst case scenarios” public servants talk about while they are drawing up budgets and allocating manpower and equipment.

Judicial activism: Judges behaving badly

Oligarchy: Government by the few. This was what George Washington warned of in his farewell address of 1796: “... The spirit of encroachment tends to consolidate the powers of all the departments in one, and thus to create whatever the form of government, a real despotism.”

‘The Passion’: Viewer discretion is advised

A movie about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is like trying to whistle Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Something will be missing. The message exceeds the media’s ability to capture the critical theological issues that make up the greatest story ever told.

What’s that noise ? #1

Regarding the letter and your comments in last week’s paper: At 4 a.m. I heard the same noise. It was like a long train whistle with no variations, just one constant tone. It may have been a broken whistle on a train or maybe car alarm. After making certain it wasn’t our heating system, my husband checked outside and noticed it was louder in the front of our home (facing north onto Blue Smoke Park) than in the back.

What’s that noise ? #2

I also live on the north side of Peachtree City and have heard that same strange noise twice in the past month.

What’s that noise? #3

Around 3:15 am, Feb. 8, I too, heard the “strange noise.” It did sound like it came from the direction of the train tracks, heading north. Perhaps it was the engine running in a low gear or they were blowing a night whistle. (Maybe the engineers have a “let’s scare ’em” whistle)?

Why ‘homophobic’ if we believe homosexuality is abnormal?

Why is it that people, Christian or not, are branded as “homophobes” because they, we, do not want to accept the acts of homosexuality as normal?

‘Red light’ store is local kind needed

Carolyn Cary describes a Fayetteville of 38 years ago that I wish I knew. There are just enough vestiges of this city’s charming past to make one realize that something quite special has been swept away by the city’s growth.

Most dangerous: Judges

The most dangerous threat to the United States today is not terrorism; chemical, nuclear or biological weapons; poor intelligence gathering and interpretation; or even our porous border with Mexico.

Judicial tyranny the norm

The Massachusetts Supreme Court’s ruling [mandating marriage rights for homosexuals] is one more confirmation that United States judges are legislating from the bench.

Banner flap shows city’s priorities wrong

Not to beat a dead horse, but I couldn’t help but notice each week the continuing story of “Crumpton’s banner.” This has gotten so ridiculous, it’s now made the national news circuits and continues to show why Georgia is passing Alabama for the punch-line of jokes.

Banner issue deeper than just a sign ordinance

If the patriotic citizens of Fayetteville would all post “God Bless America” signs in their front yards, and at their places of business, our town might just take the 360-degree turn it’s been badly needing.

Flag ‘protocol’ is enshrined in law

The proper protocol to dispose of retired American flags mentioned in your photo inscription has its own name: “The Code of The Flag of the United States,” which became a law in June 1942.

So that explains high cable rates ...

The thought that a company such as Comcast might have the financial power to purchase a mega-giant such as Disney makes me very angry.

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