The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, March 17, 2004


3,000 empty seats vs. school bond

The Fayette County School System, which prides itself on staying one step ahead of state requirements on everything from teacher-student ratios to buying new buses, finds itself in unfamiliar territory as construction on Whitewater High School winds down:

Tell BoE what you think

With a surplus of desks forecast for next year, Fayette County school board members remain unsure how voters will react to a November tax initiative to fund more classrooms. So they’re going right to the source.

New fall break may add 1 week of school

Fayette County students would get a week-long “fall break” as early as four weeks into the start of the school year in one version of an academic calendar under study for the 2005-06 school term. The added break would extend the school year by one week into June, if adopted.

BoE wrestles with many money issues


Jury to decide whether former NFL star put gun in son’s mouth

The fate of a former National Football League player charged with terrorizing his wife and son with a pistol thrust into their faces was in the hands of a Fayette jury Tuesday afternoon.

Quilt honors 1st Baptist at 175

Nearly 200 families at Fayetteville First Baptist Church have made heartfelt contributions to a lasting reminder of the church’s heritage in celebration of its 175th anniversary this month.

County will vote on liquor by the drink in Nov.

It’s going to be crowded ballot for Fayette voters this fall.

Residents object to Mann Road upgrade

The Fayette County Commission got another hint last week of more opposition to its SPLOST proposal for solving the county’s transportation needs.

Fairbanco acquired by United Community

The parent company of 1st Community Bank, Fairbanco Holding Company, Inc., located in Fairburn, is being acquired by United Community Banks, Inc.

Man pleads guilty to molesting 3 children

A north Fayette man pled guilty Monday to molesting several different children at his residence in Landmark Mobile Home Park dating back to January 1999.

Traffic stops lead to big drug charges in PTC

Peachtree City police have arrested two more suspects on drug distribution charges.

Criminals stealing bills now

Fayette residents are being advised not to mail their bills from their home mail boxes as the result of an ongoing identity fraud investigation by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Rising Starr takes first at local Science Olympiad

Rising Starr Middle School won top honors at the Science Olympiad Feb. 28 at Gordon College in Barnesville. They move on to the state competition at Georgia State University April 17.

Local Kiwanis club recognized

Numerous awards were presented at the Georgia District Kiwanis Mid-Winter Conference held Feb. 28 in Macon. Some 180 different Kiwanis Clubs are the home of approximately 8,700 Kiwanians throughout Georgia.

Facility dedicated to Dohany

A local health agency has dedicated a new facility to the memory of someone who did a great deal of work in Fayette County over the years.

United Way looking for top volunteers

Volunteers are works of heart, and in Fayette County, volunteers give with all their hearts to organizations such as Fayette Senior Services, Epilepsy Foundation, Scouting, and many other organizations.

Collins hosts prospective academy applicants

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins will host three Service Academy Awareness Nights for high school students interested in attending one of America’s military service academies.

PTC Community Action Day planning meeting is Tuesday

Several areas in Peachtree City will be getting a face lift this spring, thanks to the first-ever Community Action Day.

Free check of child safety seats offered at Southern Regional

A free car safety seat check for parents will be offered Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Women’s Life Center at Southern Regional Hospital in Riverdale.

Fayette gains its own House seat in final redistricting maps

Fayette is guaranteed representation in the State Legislature by one of its own starting in 2005, thanks to the final version of House redistricting maps issued by a trio of federal judges on Monday.

Police Blotter


Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements

Dining Guide
Trippy Mushroom descends on Peachtree City
Food Critic

Peachtree City residents have been flocking in droves to the Mellow Mushroom on Ga. Highway 74.

Rise and dine at the Original Pancake House

They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why is it that most people’s idea of breakfast consists of a cup of coffee on the go, or maybe a doughnut when we get into the office? What ever happened to those days of a home-cooked meal, with eggs and bacon, pancakes and omelets, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and the satisfaction of knowing that someone cooked this nutritious and filling meal just for you?

A fruitful season

For those who crave some bright, flavorful fruit as part of a light breakfast, lunch or snack as swimsuit season approaches, here are three excellent picks. All are high-quality and readily available throughout spring, thanks to Mexico, which is the No. 1 importer of fresh produce to the United States.

Understanding carbs: A more complex issue than you might think

There’s been a lot of emphasis lately on eating foods that are high in fat and protein and low in carbohydrates, but nutritionists say Americans are cutting back on the wrong kind of carbohydrate. People concerned about their health and their weight need to understand that not all carbohydrates are created equal.

Sweet treats for the bride-to-be

Legend has it that the first bridal shower was given in honor of a Dutch bride intent on marrying a poor miller. The bride was refused a dowry but opted to marry despite the threat of poverty. To comfort the distressed couple, the groom’s friends “showered” the bride with gifts for their new home. Since then, the practice has become a tradition for brides-to-be.

Check out these chicken tips

Did you know it makes no difference to the fat content of chicken if you cook it with the skin on or off, as long as you remove the skin before eating it? This and other chicken tips can be found at

The rare fungus that can satisfy your sweet tooth

Loamy, earthy, musky, meaty, even nutty. Those are the typical flavor characteristics of most mushrooms.

Pancakes are fun at any hour of the day

Pancakes aren’t just for breakfast. Sweet or savory, they can be served at any meal of the day as a main dish or side dish.

Trying to up your water intake?

When you consider that between 55 and 75 percent of adult body weight is water, it comes as no surprise that a single glass of water benefits your health in a number of ways. Among them, water cushions bones and joints, flushes toxins out of your system and empowers the body’s natural healing process.

Sweet secret to cutting carbs

Everyone seems to be talking about low-carb diets these days — especially now that we are in the middle of diet season. Magazines are featuring Atkins and South Beach success stories, food companies are creating low-carb versions of familiar favorites, and even fast food restaurants are changing their menus to take advantage of the trend.

Studies find surprising benefits to eating eggs

New guidelines are putting eggs back on the American plate-and recent studies show that eating eggs may help prevent obesity, stroke, and memory and vision loss.

Put on a party that everyone can enjoy; even guests with diabetes

People who have diabetes — a disorder of the metabolism, in which their body has trouble converting food into energy — must pay close attention to everything they eat. Their bodies do not have the mechanisms necessary to properly regulate their blood sugar levels.

Dining Guide Briefs


WORKTEC made a difference in Hodges' life

Customers entering the Publix in Tyrone walk away with more than groceries. If they visit during Keenan Hodges shift, they come away with a smile.

The Avenue offering gifts

Treat Mom (or yourself!) to a great Mother’s Day gift by just shopping at The Avenue. All three Atlanta-area Avenue projects. The Avenue Peachtree City is participating in an exciting Mother’s Day gift with purchase promotion, running April 23 through May 9...while supplies last.

United Way seeking nominations for outstanding volunteers

Volunteers are works of heart, and in Fayette County, volunteers give with all their hearts to organizations such as Fayette Senior Services, Epilepsy Foundation, Scouting, and many other organizations.

Career Expo is tomorrow

Metro Atlanta employers are invited to attend Clayton College & State University's annual Career Expo tomorrow.

Smith joins REAL Business Builders

Michael Smith has recently joined REAL Business Builders, LLC as an Action International business coach.


Triche resigns from Sandy Creek

The most successful high school basketball coach in Fayette County the past two seasons has resigned.

County rivals pick up wins, ties

With high school soccer now in full swing, local teams are looking forward to the first intracounty matchups of the year this weekend.

Busy week on local diamonds

Here are some highlights from last week’s high school baseball action.

Tigers down Northgate on links

The Fayette County Tigers golf team defeated Northgate 162-166 last Thursday at Canongate Golf Club. Sophomore Robby Jourdan led the way with a round of 39, while Andrew Gray shot 40.

Local golfers boost CCSU team

Clayton College & State University’s Jess Shirley fired a 1-over par 143 to tie for third in the 2004 Richard Rendleman Invitational last week at the Country Club of Salisbury in Salisbury, N.C.

Local players fill state tennis rankings

The Peachtree City Tennis Center recently announced state rankings for players who compete regularly at the center, and a large number of local junior players are on the list.

Lacrosse team continues unbeaten streak

The unbeaten Peachtree City high school lacrosse team (6-0) defeated highly-ranked Woodstock 10-7, Mountain Brook (Ala.) 11-0, and Riverside Military Academy 15-5, establishing itself as the top-ranked club lacrosse high school program in the state. Weekend

Cirque du Soleil returns to Atlanta to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its show, Alegria, with a special limited engagement starting on March 25. Featuring an international cast of 59 performers and musicians from 16 countries, the production combines flamboyant costumes, extraordinary lighting and an elaborate set design to create a circus arts atmosphere like no other. The baroque, operatic style of Alegria mixes skill, strength and speed with elegant, almost ethereal performances in an astonishing spectacle of athleticism and artistry.

Barnes and Noble in Fayetteville continues to solidify its place in the community, and this weekend is no exception. The mega-bookstore has been a center for many fundraising events since they opened their doors to the public in 2000. Local schools and local authors have all been featured between the aisles and have taken the floor to enlighten and entertain the crowd of browsers that frequent the store. On Saturday, two more semi-local folks will speak and sign copies of their books. Congressman John Lewis and Judge Glenda Hatchett will share their wisdom and experience beginning at 10 a.m.

“It’s only a movie. It’s only a movie”

“The Passion of the Christ,” Mel Gibson’s “You are there” version of the stations of the cross is a film that has to be seen to be believed. Perhaps Mel missed the lesson where it was pointed out that believing without seeing is what faith is all about. Experiencing a movie like this hammered home the excruciating ordeal that Christ endured in His last days, but did nothing but horrify me as a moviegoer.

Deadline is Monday to sign up early for summer’s Camp Invention

Camp Invention, a nationally recognized creativity and science camp, is coming to East Fayette Elementary July 12-16. The camp’s hands-on curriculum gives children a chance to let their inventive juices flow and their imaginations run wild.

Are you always tired, fatigued or have difficulty concentrating? Have you been told that you snore or stop breathing during sleep? Do you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep?

Local woman accepts position with national sorority

Peachtree City resident Stacy Lyn Taylor has accepted the position of Director of Alumnae Expansion with Sigma Kappa Sorority. Her two-year term as a Sorority national officer began in February.

Local student to judge Peabodys

Local resident Stacy Moore is serving as a student judge for the prestigious George Foster Peabody Awards. She is a senior studying telecommunications arts at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication, where the awards program is administered.

Heart ball coming March 27

The South Metro and South Fulton Heart Ball is a black-tie gala that raises money each year for the American Heart Association. The Association, which fights heart disease and stroke through research on prevention and treatment, funds 58 multi-year research projects at Georgia universities and hospitals. This year, the event, “Midnight In The Garden” is being held at the Atlanta Airport Hilton March 27. Cocktails and a silent auction start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner, dancing and a live auction beginning at 8 p.m.

Fayette-Coweta Family Theater puts on children's musical

FCFT, Inc. is set to take young audiences on an adventure to a land of music, laughs and fantasy as they present their first ever all-children’s musical production of “Tiny Thumbelina.” The kids hit the stage at Spring Hill Elementary School on Thursday and Friday, March 18 and 19 at 7:00 p.m; Saturday, March 20 at 2:30 and 7:00 p.m.; and finally on Sunday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. This ninety-minute, full musical production features 33 talented performers age 7 to 12 years.

"Halo" X-Box Tournament in PTC

On Saturday March 20 from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Peachtree City Youth Council in cooperation with the XPlayground is sponsoring a "Halo" tournament. "Halo" is an extremely popular game on X-Box.

Music students get high marks

Students from the Harmony Road Music School received outstanding ratings after entering into the Junior Composition Competition held by the Georgia Federation of Music Clubs. The original compositions were judged on melody, harmony, rhythm, style, form, musicality, and notation. Students received valuable feedback from the judges so they can improve upon future compositions. Even though this was the first time Harmony Road entered any students in the composition, all students ended up with either an “Excellent” or “Superior” rating.

Local "STAR" Students and Teachers Recognized by Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club

Jennifer Williams of Creekside High School and Joseph Vellanikaran of Woodward Academy were recently named 2004 STAR high school students. The announcement was made at a Feb. 24, 2004, breakfast hosted by the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club, the local sponsor of the Fulton County District 3B STAR program. Williams selected Scott Vaughan as her STAR teacher. Vellanikaran selected Charles Bryant as his STAR teacher.

Cleveland Elementary plans golf tourney benefit

The Cleveland Elementary Parent Teacher Organization is having their First “Swing for Swings” Golf Tournament. The event takes place May 21 at the Arbor Springs Golf and Country Club in Newnan. The Ft. Lauderdale style tournament will begin at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start. Cost per player is $85. Sponsors are needed for the $100 Basic Tee and $425 Deluxe (foursome included) Tee Sponsorships.

South Fulton library to host workshop for women

In honor of Women’s History Month, the South Fulton Regional Library will host “Empowering Women to Become Entrepreneurs” March 29, 2004, at 6 p.m.

Fayetteville students named to Who’s Who

Kathryn Price and Amity Zvanut, both of Fayetteville, are among 30 students at Georgia Southern University recently named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Preschool holding open registration

Heritage Christian Preschool is having open registration for the 2004-2005 school year for ages 2,3 and 4 years old. For an application please call Robin Huff at 770-716-5768 or stop by the school at 2130 Redwine Road, Fayetteville.


Attendance didn’t dampen spirit of Clergy Day 2004
Religion Columnist

Very encouraging. Those are my two words to describe Clergy Day at the General Assembly of Georgia. The annual observance was to highlight the contribution of members of the clergy in community and state life.

Drake concert set for Sunday at Grace Evangelical Church

Featuring music, video, dance, drama, testimony and prayer, “Face to Face,” a Christian worship event will be presented by singer and keyboard player Bill Drake on Sunday, March 21, at 6.30 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Church, 164 Flat Creek Trail between Fayetteville and Peachtree City. Admission is free.

PTC First Baptist ladies to host Girgenti art show March 25

First Baptist Church, Peachtree City, is hosting a “Thursdays With a Theme” ladies’ salad supper on Thursday, March 25, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., featuring nationally renowned Christian artist Joyce Girgenti. The cost is $9 per person, or it is free to those who bring a homemade salad or dessert for admission. Reservations are required.

St. Andrews plans ‘Christ in the Passover’ presentation March 29

St. Andrew’s in-the-Pines Episcopal Church’s Daughters of the King will sponsor “Christ in the Passover, a presentation given by Bruce Rapp, speaking on behalf of Jews for Jesus, Monday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the church.

Christ the King to host Lenten retreat for clergy March 25

More than 90 members of the Charismatic Episcopal clergy from across the southeast will gather at Coweta County’s Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church next week for a bi-annual Lenten Retreat.

CDM hosts Apostolic Prophetic meeting

Pastor Carolyn Driver and Pastor Timothy Frazier will head up an Apostolic Prophetic Reformation Movement meeting this Sunday, sharing how the “apostle and prophet work together to release God’s plan within the earth,” on Sunday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at the Christ Discipleship Ministries facility in Fairburn.

Open Word plans youth resources forum March 22

Advocators in the fields of education, mental health, law, and human resources, as they relate to youth, will be on hand to discuss these topics at a community resource forum sponsored by Open Word Christian Ministries on Monday, March 22, from 6-7:30 p.m. The event will be held at Open Word’s facility at 6230 Ga. Hwy. 92 in Fairburn.

Religion Briefs


Halfway through life, roads remain untraveled

I finally drove down Lynch Road on the far side of Brooks one day last week, after spotting it hanging off the bottom of a county map some time ago.

Who are the Dixie Divas?

It all began with the observation of someone smarter than me. True, those people with intellectual powers greater than mine are a dime a dozen. Yet, it is ironic that it was a die-hard New Yorker, a Jewish man no less, who recognized the exceptional qualities of Southern women and passionately urged me to write of this amazing sisterhood and our patented trade secrets. As the literary agent on the project, he brilliantly shepherded the proposed book into a somewhat lengthy bidding war among the New York publishing titans.


Rep. Fludd explains vote on gay unions

Mr. Cal Beverly, you and I first met in January and I agreed to write a guest column for this newspaper. Now is probably as good a time as any to share with your readers some of my activities as well as my thoughts on the legislative process and the General Assembly.

Same-sex marriage: Liberalizing other laws had unintended results

Regarding the current debate about same-sex “marriage,” let’s take a look at how a few other issues were dealt with in the past, and how they have brought changes to our society and culture. Maybe then we can make wise decisions.

Surely it’s not best to vote on all amendments

In your March 10, 2004, editorial, you write that the “high school teacher missed your point entirely.”

Focus on issue that matters: Taxes, debt

Having just read page after page of soft-headed drivel on the subject of gay marriage, I had to speak out. Gay marriage just doesn’t matter!

Gay marriage: It’s just 2 folks who love each other

Mike Boylan’s column was a breath of fresh air in the midst of all the rhetoric and hate-spewing on the subject of gay marriage.

West Village annexation not mayor’s prerogative

The Citizen recently reported on Mayor Brown’s invitation-only meeting with John Wieland Homes and Pathway Communities where a site plan was presented for the area dubbed the “West Village” of Peachtree City.

Traffic answers lie in more than added highway lanes

The biggest mistake that has been made in Peachtree City and all of metro Atlanta for that matter is the inability to predict growth in specific sub-regions (not just cities) and design/implement for the future (15-plus years out).

‘Misconduct’ charge may be tip of iceberg

The public has generally believed in the righteousness of the nation’s prosecutors. While many people criticize police conduct, few raise objections to the behavior of prosecutors, even when their methods are rather coercive. This is in part due to the feeling that such tactics are necessary to uproot entrenched evil. However, there are boundaries, Mr. Harris.

Deputies drop the ball on molestation charge

I feel I must speak out and inform the citizens of our country just how the sheriff’s office handles criminal offenses.

Doctor questions ‘facts’ in body restoration techniques

I read with dismay an article entitled, “Some helpful information about body restoration technique” [HealthWise, Feb. 25, 2004]. I am a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist and the “facts” written by the author are clearly outside the realm of any accepted human physiology.

What’s up with F’ville taking responsibility for Pye Lake?

I am confused over this whole issue with Lake Pye.

Raising driving age to 18 hurts responsible teens

I agree with what Rick Ryckeley said on most things, but making the minimum driving age 18 I disagree with. You are hurting the kids who are responsible and the parents who take the time to teach their kids to drive the right way.

Put mandatory driver’s ed courses back in schools

I feel like the story jumps ahead of itself. I don’t believe that the age is a maturity issue but rather how much experience they received with their learners’ licenses and the knowledge given to them.

Unwanted radio keeps on playing

I wrote this paper two years ago concerning radio frequency interference emanating from the tower on Swanson Road near Tyrone. The problem first started in October 2001 when WHTA 107.9 began broadcasting from the tower, and amazingly the problem continues two years later despite a “commitment” from the culprits to rectify the situation.

Please don’t try to teach complex subjects too early

As a concerned student and educational advocate, I cannot idly sit as the root of educational foundation withers away under curriculum revisions.

Elementary students need later courses when they are ready for abstract subjects

How proud I was to read the thoughtful, concerned letters from Glenn Walker, who did not mention that he was a former Fayette County teacher and social studies coordinator, and from Jan Daniel, 2003 Fayette County Teacher of the Year and teacher at FCHS for 17 years. We all should appreciate their boldness in sharing their concerns about the proposed social studies curriculum and its potential impact.

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