The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, March 3, 2004


PTC gets another shot at Target plan

Crowd control will be a concern Thursday night when the Peachtree City Council is confronted with a number of high-profile, emotional issues.

County, cities to meet for tax talks

Fayette County’s leaders will gather this afternoon to discuss the county’s plans to call for a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax vote in November.

Couple welcomes twins in ’00, then triplets this year

And baby makes seven.

North Fayette to get a big park — a very big park

Imagine a park nearly as big as Atlanta’s Piedmont Park in Fayette County.

Deputies: Teen driver got license 1 week before crash

A violent auto crash on Jeff Davis Drive south of Fayetteville Friday afternoon was caused by an inexperienced driver who had to abort his attempt to pass another car, police said.

Furniture purchase leads to arrest of home invasion suspect

The third suspect in a January home invasion in north Fayette County was arrested last week by the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Leary announces for BOE Post 3

Connie Leary, a resident of Peachtree City, has announced her candidacy for the Post 3 seat of the Fayette County Board of Education, currently held by Marion Key.

Red Cross hosts CPR classes Saturday at FCHS

Registrations are still being accepted for those wanting to learn adult CPR at a day-long event at Fayette County High School Saturday.

Antioch Bapt. celebrates 175 years

There are five congregations in Fayette County this year that will be celebrating 175 years as a viable church.

Fayetteville traffic project may be killed

The addition of another turn lane to north Jeff Davis to improve traffic flow onto Ga. Highway 85 north may not happen after all.

Husband arrested for violating court order

A Morrow man was arrested Friday for violating a temporary protective order by assaulting his wife at her Fayetteville home, according to a warrant filed for his arrest.

County GOP convention this Saturday

The Fayette County Republican Party will conduct its convention Saturday at Starr’s Mill High School. The doors will open at 9 a.m. for registration and the convention will begin at 10 a.m. The purpose of the County Convention is to elect delegates and alternates to represent Fayette County at the congressional district convention to be held in April.

Fausett assumes CAP command

Ryan Fausett of Peachtree City has assumed the role of cadet commander of the Peachtree City-Falcon Field Composite Squadron of Civil Air Patrol.

Fayette teens complete Youth Challenge

Four Fayette County teens were among 140 recent graduates from the National Guard-sponsored Youth Challenge Academy at Fort Gordon near Augusta.

Local student wins speech contest

Chris Craig’s Fayette County High School English class participated recently in the national Voice of Democracy Speech Contest for high school students sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. According to this group, “Participants in this national contest build character and good citizenship while improving skills in communication, writing and public speaking.”

New Web site hopes to improve feedback on curriculum changes

Hoping to make it easier to get public input into the proposed changes to Georgia’s school curriculum, State Supt. Kathy Cox this week launched a new Web site,

DMVS to impose insurance fees

The Department of Motor Vehicle Safety is preparing to notify motorists who have failed to maintain continuous liability insurance coverage that they now face a $25 per vehicle lapse fee. Drivers who don’t pay the fee to their county tax commissioner within 30 days of the date of the “lapse letter” will have their vehicle registration suspended, can’t drive the vehicle, and must also pay $60 to have it reinstated.  

News from Clayton State

Meeting is set March 17 on Fayette credit clases

Police Blotter


Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements

Home & Garden

Walk through a garden

Months of planting, fertilizing and growing paid off for Rebecca Hellgeth at the Southeastern Flower Show in Atlanta recently. Hellgeth, owner of Monet’s Garden in Peachtree City, and her family created an island of over 1,000 plants, trees and flowers, a water feature and winding paths, right in the middle of the Georgia World Congress Center. Her hard work was rewarded. She won the “Sock it to the Senses Award” and the “Chairman's Award for Distinctive Garden in Landscape Design.”

Learn about ‘The Plant Lady’

If you’re itching to get in the garden this spring, don’t miss this month’s issue of Fayette Woman magazine.

Sourwood chosen as top plant

The Georgia Native Plant Society has announced that sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) has been selected as the organization’s 2004 Plant of the Year. The year-round beauty of this tree enhances natural settings and gardens alike.

Prime Timers

Relief from tension and migraine headaches — without side effects

Research for my monthly health talk at Heritage of Peachtree Independent & Assisted Living Center led me to some published articles which I think are worth sharing with you.

Getting the facts about germs

Whether it is West Nile Virus, Monkey Pox, Asian Bird Flu, or just that nasty little bug going around the office, one cannot help but feel surrounded by germs and often helpless to stop them.

Weigh In set for today

Americans from coast to coast will hit the scales today to take part in the second annual American Cancer Society Great American Weigh In.

Seniors fall victim to Medicare discount card fraud

Persons stating they are from Medicare and offering fraudulent Medicare drug discount cards are victimizing Georgia’s seniors. These discount cards have not been approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.


College information session set for PTC

As part of “Your University’s” on-going efforts to bring both academic and continuing education courses to Fayette County, Clayton College & State University will be holding an information session at the Fayette County Higher Education Center Mar. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

Chamber looking for sponsors

The Fayette Chamber of Commerce is still looking for sponsors for the 2004 Golf Tournament March 31. We are also looking for $50 and up gifts for give-a-ways. Additionally, we are looking for items for the goody bags; weneed at least 200 of any one item delivered to the Chamber. All items /gifts for give-a-ways and goody bags must be delivered to the Chamber by

Andreone Sports and Family Chiropractic offers special services

Specializing in children, women and athletes, Dr. Christopher P. Andreone, of Andreone Sports & Family Chiropractic in Peachtree City, is seen here adjusting a woman in her 39th week of pregnancy. Over 50 percent of all pregnant women suffer from some sort of back pain, and chiropractic care, with its all natural approach helps provide relief for most women without dangerous drugs.

Pope Dickson and Son opens Grief Store in Jonesboro

Abb Dickson, owner of Pope Dickson and Son Funeral Home, recently announced the upcoming opening of the newest addition to its services, The Grief Store, a specialty store located in the funeral home in Jonesboro. The store will feature special books, audio tapes, video tapes, sympathy cards and other items specifically selected to promote healing, teach about grief, and provide support for the bereaved. Grand opening, a luncheon and an open house are planned for April 5.


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?


Grab your favorite mug and wear something green because the Stars on the Southern Crescent Coffee House’s second annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival is right around the corner. There will be plenty of entertainment to transport you for an evening to the Emerald Isle. Two nights of music and dancing, March 5 and March 6 are planned with fresh and familiar sights and sounds.

Last November, a benefit held for the Sharpsburg Library led to the creation of Sharpsburg on Stage, a dinner theater company helping to bring the arts to Coweta County. Artistic Director Tammy Barton and Production Manager Glo Tinsley received such a great response to their dessert theater benefit “Next Victim, Please” that they decided this was something the community needed.

Hey, fuggeddaboutit! The Sopranos, the only friggin’ show on TV that tells it like it is comes back to HBO Sunday for its last season. Just thinkin’ about the old crew bitin’ the big one gets me all choked up. It’s not like any of those other mooks deserves a spinoff or nothin’, but Tony is gonna be history! Know what I’m sayin’?
If you’re a Revolutionary war buff, you need to head to Omega Books and pick up a copy of a local author’s newest work.

Dean’s lists well represented

Faculty Honors given to undegraduate students earning a 4.00 GPA were awarded to Derek Ronald Bankieris, Nathaniel David Bittner, Bryan Scott Fitzgerald, James Michael Mayo, Aneet G. Patel, Amanda Marie Thomas, Georgia Institute of Technology.


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 Editorial: What about our rights?

Is this how 2,000 years of cultural history gets trashed? Without any of us ordinary citizens getting even one chance to vote whether to keep traditional marriage as is or to “redefine” civilized society’s most basic unit?

An Editorial: The gay marriage debate: Some servants and some mis-representatives

State Senator Mike Crotts, who represents a portion of southeastern Fayette, introduced the same-sex marriage ban in the upper house and has served as the lightning rod for predictable bashings by activists and gay marriages’ biggest cheerleader in Georgia: The AJC.

Raise the minimum driving age to 18

The little boy stood in the middle of the bedroom he shared with his twin brother and sobbed. He knew what he had done was a bad thing, but not knowing how to fix it was worst. His mom and dad had told him not to play with his brother’s toys, but like most 5-year-olds, he didn’t listen. Now his twin brother’s much beloved toy, Ultra Man, lay at his feet, broken into many pices.

Two gay people marrying: It was all so normal

Well, I’m back, sort of, and I’m here to tell you that I’ve been in the belly of the beast, my friends. I’ve been front and center in a place that apparently is the most terrifying, doom-bringing, hell-hole on the planet these days. And I’m not talking about Buckhead, either. That’s right. I’m talking about a gay wedding.

Who’s the real power behind the push for county police force?

I think many people don’t realize the real issue behind the commissioners wanting the marshals to be county police. It’s about politicians with no experience in law enforcement wanting to control the lawmen who police our county.

Citizens must decide on county police

Please allow me this opportunity to offer a short response to many recent articles regarding the county commission filing a law suit against Sheriff Randall Johnson.

It’s a conflict of interest for lawyers to vote on tort reform

Re: Malpractice costs run off another Georgia doctor.

Gibson’s ‘masochistic Christianity’ is grotesque

For Lent, why not meditate on Mel Gibson’s horror movie, “The Passion.” Is there something inherent in our Judeo-Christian culture and psyche which is demonic, that is, obsessed with incivility, brutality, oppression, violence, torture, bloodshed, inhumanity, barbarism, cruelty, war, and death?

Movie meant to provoke questions, discussions

I saw this movie Thursday and it literally took my breath away. I encourage those who might be on the fence to see it, if only once, to gain a true understanding of this historically accurate event.

Who done it? Consider some distinctions ...

With the advent of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of The Christ” comes a barrage of media coverage to match the hype surrounding the film. The movie explicitly depicts the torture of Jesus Christ in gruesome detail. One reviewer writes, “The agony is graphically and excruciatingly portrayed.”

Christians must show love to gays

This is in response to Mr. Jeff Ellis’s letter [The Citizen, Feb. 18, 2004].

Constitution misused in gay rights debate

The gay and lesbian marriages that are taking place in this country right now angers me. These activist elected officials are breaking the law. My first concern is nothing is being done legally to stop this. Why are these activists not being arrested and the marriages performed not annulled? What is happening to this country?

Dixie T-shirts represent proud, cherished past

A fiery, but unknown and thus probably not very brave writer in the “Free Speech” section of your paper took offense to the fact that children in our local schools wear the very popular Dixie Outfitters T-shirts, with their Confederate flags, and symbols, to local schools.

PTC Target: Traffic safety must rule

Peachtree City officials, I am writing to express my views to each of you regarding Council’s March 4 meeting to discuss Faison’s appeal of the Planning Commission action denying Faison approval of their conceptual site plan for the Kedron shopping center expansion.

Pre-K article contained erroneous info

I wanted to bring to your attention some errors and misleading information contained in an article Feb 11 [about] registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten classes.

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