The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, March 31, 2004


County seeks more control of Sheriff

The top two elected Fayette County officials met this week to hash out what has become an escalating war of control over money and property. No outcome was divulged after Sheriff Randall Johnson and County Commission Chairman Greg Dunn conferred with the county attorney at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Suit over, Target plans for N. PTC big box

A compromise worked out between a North Carolina developer and a group of Peachtree City homeowners clears the way for Target to locate a store at Kedron Village, and brought an abrupt halt to a trial this week challenging the city’s so-called “big box” ordinance.

PTC Council to discuss West Village annexation proposal by Wieland

Annexation will be on the agenda after all when the Peachtree City Council meets Thursday night.

Remap cuts Seabaugh from Fayette

When State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh got a look at his newly-drawn district on the new map approved by the courts, he was more than disappointed to see his chunk of western Fayette County had been taken away.

Schools here remember Columbine

Memories of the worst school massacre in the nation’s history will be renewed at the Starr’s Mill school complex on Thursday when the father and sister of Rachel Scott, one of the Columbine High School victims, talks to assemblies of local middle and high school students.

Want one of Fayette’s old vehicles? Buy county surplus online at eBay

Fayette County’s government is moving into the giant thrift store in cyberspace next week, as many of the county’s surplus vehicles will appear for sale on eBay.

Ban on racial profiling stuck in Ga. Senate

A bill that would ban racial profiling by police in Georgia and require data to be kept on traffic stops by officers is close to dying because it is stuck in a committee not scheduled to meet again this year.

Five injured in Saturday crash that tied up Hwy. 85 north

Five people — including four children — were injured late Saturday afternoon in a motor vehicle crash on Ga. Highway 85 north near Roberts Road that tied up traffic for two hours while medics attended to the victims.

Watson to Fayette: stop gossiping about my kids

Despite being convicted for murdering his wife, Beverley, Jim Watson maintains his innocence and has taken to the Internet to plead his case.

WWII event Saturday at Falcon Field a throwback to the past

The public is invited to take a step back to yesteryear with the Dixie Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, which will host World War II Day at its Peachtree City facility Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

School board wants feedback on bond proposal, calendars

Still feeling the sting from public reaction to unannounced cuts made in school bus routes last August, Fayette County school leaders are going out of their way this year to gauge opinion before moving forward on two issues.

Local child care center recognized

Kids ‘R’ Kids #39, at 10 Lexington Pass in Peachtree City, was recently named a Center of Distinction by Georgia’s Office of School Readiness. The Center of Distinction certificate is awarded to child care centers that meet a high level of quality childcare for children 0-4 years old.

Tiger Traders host Scottish students

Tiger International Traders, an economics-based class housed within Fayette County High School, raises funds to pay for a yearly exchange trip. The group trades products with Ardrossan Academy, a school in Scotland that also participates in Global Achievers, the organization that coordinates similar groups around the world.

Cox announces two to head testing, technology

After an exhaustive search, State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox announced the hiring last week of Dr. Michael Hall as deputy superintendent of information technology and Dr. Sharron Hunt as director of testing.

Time to change clock and battery

After a month of numerous fatal house fires throughout the state, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John W. Oxendine is urging Georgians to change the batteries in their smoke alarms at the same time they change their clocks to daylight saving time April 4.

Fayette's Teacher of Year to be named at April 22 gala

Tickets are on sale for the annual “Salute to Fayette’s Finest” gala awards presentation and celebration announcing Fayette County’s 2004 Teacher of the Year.

SCHS students work on conflict resolution

Students of the Sub-Saharan African Studies classes at Sandy Creek High had a unique opportunity to engage in conflict resolution for war-torn Northern Uganda.

DMVS mailing lapse notices this week

The Department of Motor Vehicle Safety began Friday contacting by mail over 200,000 Georgia vehicle owners throughout the state who have either failed to maintain mandatory liability insurance coverage since Jan. 1 or have no current proof of insurance in the Georgia Electronic Insurance Compliance System.

Tips for coping with rising gas prices

Prices for all grades of gasoline rose 1.34 cents in the last two weeks to a record high nationwide average of $1.77 a gallon, according to a study released Sunday. While they can’t lower prices, the specialists at Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge are trying to do their part by providing some tips to help save increase gas mileage. 


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Health Wise

Andrews wins national award

Lisa Andrews of Fayetteville is the 2003 winner of the Great Comeback Award, a national award bestowed jointly by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and ConvaTec, a world leader in ostomy and modern wound and skin care products.

What will they remember?

“Tell me about when you were little,” my son asked me at supper yesterday.

Dental Design of Kedron celebrates grand opening

Dental Design of Kedron celebrated its grand opening March 16 and provides options for patients who are looking for an enjoyable, entertaining trip to the dentist.

ABC Pediatrics welcomes new staffers

Nurse practitioners Jenny Guerrero, FNP-C, and Sharon Bryan-Grant, CPNP, have joined the provider staff at ABC Pediatrics.

Free health screening this weekend

As part of a Customer Appreciation Day, Mike Fitzpatrick Ford Lincoln Mercury will be having free health screening tests provided by Alternacare Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation this Saturday, April 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the dealership at 238 Bullsboro Drive in Newnan.

Wellness Center creates excitement

Heritage of Peachtree Retirement and Assisted Living Community recently expanded their wellness program by opening a new Wellness Center. Exercise is one of the easiest and most effective ways for seniors to maintain strength, better balance and stamina.

One step at a time

Training for and running your first marathon may be one of the toughest yet most uplifting things you may tackle as an individual. It takes patience, determination and support from friends and family.

Practice safer sound

Over 26 million Americans suffer with some degree of hearing loss. Trauma, disease, age, medications, and noise exposure are some factors that contribute to hearing loss.

Optimizing your health

Many of the patients who come to our clinic for care have underlying problems which they are not aware of.

Space-age chiropractic technology

Space, the final frontier? Not really, but research aimed at making space exploration possible has resulted in incredible technology that you can now find at your chiropractor’s office.

Safety tips for Little League season

With baseball season just around the corner, young athletes are gearing up for their Little League seasons at the ball parks. Since this type of sport requires repetitive throwing motions by all positions, it can often put strain on the elbow. A common injury in young athletes during this season is Little League Elbow, which is an injury to the growth plate.

Home gym offers convenience, flexibility

Ride the exercise bike and watch the morning news on television.

Georgia hospitals applaud Senate committee tort reform action

The Georgia Senate Health & Human Services Committee last week approved a substitute to House Bill 1028 that if enacted would make significant inroads to Georgia’s civil justice system.

AAO urges athletes to wear protective eyewear

In recognition of April’s designation as Sports Eye Safety Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye M.D. Association, urges all athletes, and especially young athletes, to wear appropriate sport-specific protective eyewear as recommended and properly fitted by an Eye M.D. or other eye care professional. Every year, more than 42,000 sports-related eye injuries occur in the United States. More than one-third of the victims are children.

Dizzy spells have wide range of causes

Q. I’m a 70-year-old male who has had some bad dizzy spells over the last three years. They are becoming more frequent, occurring almost every day.

A different approach to cancer treatment

“A door slams in your face. Suddenly you’re in a parallel universe doing the same things as everyone else but you’re not the same and you never will be.”

Radiofrequency treatment for pain sufferers

The application of radiofrequency currents to the spinal nerves can treat chronic pain in the back, neck, legs and arms, allowing patients to have up to a year free from pain, says one MCG physician.

Sports medicine briefs


CPAs offer last-minute deduction advice

The Georgia Society of CPAs has some good news for taxpayers who don’t itemize: you may still qualify for above-the-line deductions that can reduce your tax bill. Above-the-line tax deductions get their name because they are taken above the line for your adjusted gross income (AGI) on the first page of your tax return.

Bank of Georgia’s income sees a dramatic 2003 rise

Georgia Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of The Bank of Georgia announced net income for the year ended December 31, 2003 of $1,323,047, or $.45 per share. Earnings for the year ended December 31, 2002 were $591,933, or $.29 per share.

Anderson joins Thrivent Financial

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans has announced Charles H. Anderson, as the newest financial associate with the Southeast Regional Financial Office. Anderson will meet members’ needs through comprehensive financial strategies, personal customer service and a wide range of financial products.

Smith and Davis now selling the ‘most comfortable socks’

FinnAm is proud to introduce a new and unique product from Finland. Feelmax Toesocks are products of Feelmax Oy from Maaninka, Finland.


Tigers shock Chiefs 3-2

The Fayette County Tigers struck for three goals in the final five minutes to upset the McIntosh Chiefs, the state’s top-ranked team, 3-2 in local soccer action Friday night in Fayetteville.

Patriots, Lady Panthers win county meet

Sandy Creek and Starr’s Mill took home first place in last week’s Fayette County Track Championship meet at Starr’s Mill.

Chiefs win 2 in region

The McIntosh Chiefs won a pair of region games last week, 13-3 over Carver and 3-2 over Starr’s Mill. The Chiefs also defeated Dacula 14-4 Friday behind a strong pitching performance from Brendan Hall, who struck out nine and gave up four hits in five innings.

Krehbiel sets CCSU record

Clayton College & State University sophomore Heath