The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, April 07, 2004


County, sheriff dispute use of funds

The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department has received $792,000 in the past three years in money and equipment seized from drug dealers on federal raids, according to records obtained from the department.

Play ball?

Town Council members in Tyrone raised the possilibity that the Tyrone Youth Baseball Association could be denied access to the town’s ballpark later this week if certification and background check requirements are not met.

Two held in murder case

Two local men are being held without bond for the murder of Fayette resident Terry Durham, 44, in what is being described by deputies as a drug-related home invasion in north Fayette County.

Council dusts off 2000 task force report for annexation discussion

The last time Peachtree City seriously considered annexing any of the 1,000 acres of undeveloped land to its northwest, it appointed a citizen’s task force that spent months agonizing over what then-mayor Bob Lenox described as “one of the most important decisions this city is ever going to make.”

Legislature approves bill to make fleeing police a felony

Criminals who flee a police officer at high speeds or cause a collision that kills or injures an innocent party could be charged with a felony if a new bill is approved by the Georgia House of Representatives.

Suspect in Coweta heist nabbed after PTC officer recognizes him

A suspect in the armed robbery of a convenience store just across the Fayette-Coweta County line was caught Friday after a Peachtree City police officer noticed something familiar about the suspect’s physical description.

Council rehashes nonprofit support

Once again, the issue of nonprofit giving and Peachtree City’s duty to support local causes frustrated members of the City Council last Thursday.

Chance first to announce for new State Senate seat

Ronnie Chance, a longtime figure in state and local Republican affairs who headed Bob Dole’s Georgia team in the 1996 presidential campaign, has become the first candidate to announce for the new District 16 State Senate seat that covers more than half of Fayette County, including Tyrone, Peachtree City and Brooks.

CVS purchase of Eckerd could change Fayette drugstore landscape

National pharmacy chain CVS, which raised its profile of local stores to three with a recent opening in Tyrone, could be operating as many as 10 locations throughout Fayette County in a matter of weeks once it completes a buyout of rival Eckerd from J.C.Penney, announced Monday.

GOP breakfast Saturday

The Fayette County Republican Party will host its monthly meeting Saturday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m. at the IHOP Restaurant in Fayetteville. The guest speaker is Herman Cain, candidate for U.S. Senate. For more information, contact 770-716-1545 or

Baby Time program to have visitor in April

When one hears how many activities get squeezed into the 45 minutes a week for the Baby Time program at the Fayette County Public Library, it is enough to make anyone crave a nap.

Dry, windy weather leads to temporary burn ban

Officials have halted the issuance of outdoor burning permits for unincorporated Fayette County, Tyrone, Brooks and Woolsey due to the dry conditions and windy weather the area has experienced recently.

Girl Scouts celebrate Divas in Fayette

The Girl Scouts of Pine Valley Council recently held their annual fund-raiser and awards dinner to celebrate three women in Fayette County who were honored as Divas of Girl Scouting.

Fayette Samaritans

Top 10 list for April

Letter: Dunn speaks out about sheriff

Your article dated March 31, “County seeks more control of sheriff,” could easily cause your readers to misunderstand the seriousness and purpose of the Board of Commissioners’ letter to Sheriff Johnson. Perhaps if you had published our letter, your readers would understand the issues more clearly. I offer a few issues to clarify:

Fayette Democratic Women host April breakfast

The Fayette Democratic Women will host their April breakfast meeting Saturday, Apr. 10, at 9 a.m. at Right on Thyme Restaurant in Fayetteville. A continental breakfast will be served at 9 a.m. for $3. The meeting will be called to order at 9:20 a.m.

Miller to sign book in Fayetteville

U.S. Sen. Zell Miller will be signing copies of his best-selling book “A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat” Thursday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Fayetteville.

Halo tournament brings local youth together

The Peachtree City Youth Council and X Playground in Peachtree City recently held a Halo tournament, which brought over 50 individuals and 24 teams to the relatively new business. Five big-screen plasma TVs played the popular video game from 1-9 p.m. as players fired their rocket launchers, sniper rifles, plasma grenades and more. Halo is a multi-dimensional game that can allow up to 16 players on four separate television sets through the use of an online phone connection.

DOT says to slow down in work zones

The Georgia Department of Transportation is asking motorists to slow down and use caution while traveling through all work zones, regardless of whether crews are on site.

CCSU celebrates top students at convocation

Clayton College & State University will host its 29th Annual Academic Honors Convocation Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Spivey Hall to celebrate outstanding student achievement.

CCSU sending 5 professors to Europe with Study Abroad

Clayton State assistant professor Dr. Steve Spence is teaching "Italy in American Literature" this semester at the Morrow-based University. But this summer, Spence will teach the class on Italy in Italy, as part of the Study Abroad program.

University professors latest to weigh in on Cox’s changes to state curriculum

The Georgia Department of Education has received thousands of comments and suggestions on how to improve the first draft of the new Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) since posting it online Jan. 12.

Police Blotter


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Prime Timers

Glenn to speak on Medicare

Heritage of Peachtree Retirement & Assisted Living will host a free Medicare prescription drug law seminar April 23 at 2 p.m. to explain the impact of prescription drug provisions of the bipartisan agreement for Georgia Medicare beneficiaries.

Get out and walk; it's good for you

Walking is good exercise for anyone, especially for the 70 million Americans with arthritis. It’s an endurance exercise, which means it strengthens the heart, helps lungs work more efficiently and adds more stamina so individuals do not tire as easily.

Bathtub safety for seniors

There is nothing quite like an energizing bath to make a person feel vital and in charge of their life. Not to mention the sense of well-being that comes from a warm soothing soak. A nice bath not only allows us to feel and be at our best, it gives us the strength and confidence to get the most out of each and every day. And as we get older, a rejuvenating bath can be just what we need to restore self-esteem and independence, giving us comfort and the quality of life every one of us is entitled to and deserves.

Home & Garden

Extension Service serves more than farmers

The Fayette County Extension Service has been a viable organization for over 50 years. It is a cooperative service with the University of Georgia and the United States Department of agriculture.

A treasure chest in Tyrone

It’s the sort of window display you might expect to see while boutiqueing in Boston. Bright spring linens in tasty shades of lemon yellow, orange, red and watermelon pink drape over drawers in an armoire artfully arranged with coordinating glassware and pottery.

Adding personality to your new kitchen

Suppose you want an all-new custom kitchen. You want gorgeous cabinets, perhaps with a distressed finish, no blind corners, good design, beautiful counters.

New company is 'Bella' the ball

A lot of people who have ever hired a decorator are familiar with the phrase, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Gardening with Nature's Nursery

April brings out the gardener in all of us. The weather begins to be consistently warm and we are weary of the leafless, lifeless look of winter.

Paint by the pouch

Want to change your wall color, but don’t want to go through the expense and hassle of buying a quart just to discover it is not exactly the color you were hoping for?

Home show coming to Atlanta this month

The 26th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show is scheduled for April 15-18 at the Georgia World Congress Center in the new C Building.

Georgia termite costs near $122 million

It’s termite swarming season in the South, where millions of homes are infested by these voracious wood eaters. The economic impact of termite infestation and management in Georgia is nearly $122 million annually, according to a University of Georgia report.

State Agriculture Dept. partially lifts quarantine

In response to the United States Department of Agriculture taking action to stop shipments from 11 nurseries in southern California suspected of being infected with Sudden Oak Death fungus, the Georgia Department of Agriculture has partially lifted a quarantine it put on all nursery plant shipments from California earlier this week. 

Annual plant sale April 24

Every year smart gardeners converge on the Georgia Native Plant Society’s annual sale to find the best selection of flowers, shrubs and some trees to grow in the region. Plant stock comes from rescue projects organized by the society to preserve desirable native plants threatened by development, and from generous donations by plant nurseries specializing in Georgia natives.

Wildflower Festival announces winners

The 18th Annual Wildflower Festival of the Arts is set for May 15-16. This unique juried show features artists from around the country with emphasis on variety and quality. The show is held yearly on the historic square in downtown Dahlonega, during the third weekend in May. This festival has drawn thousands of people from around the country to the picturesque mountain village for almost two decades.


Deducting Business Car Expenses

Operating a car for business can be expensive so it's important to take advantage of the available tax breaks. Here's what the Georgia Society of CPAs says about deducting costs related to the business use of your car.

EMC helping middle school students

Coweta-Fayette EMC and Discovery Channel School, a division of Discovery Channel are pleased to provide middle school students with an exciting way to learn about electricity.

Fayette students shine at competition

A team of students representing the School of Business at Clayton College & State University recently won the first place award in the Joseph Bush Undergraduate Division of the case competition at the 2004 Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) International Conference in Baltimore.

New Fayette manager named

Atlanta Gas Light Company a subsidiaryof AGL Resources, recently named Jesse Killings as region manager overseeing operations in Clayton, Fayette, Henry and south Fulton counties. He will manage AGLC’s service center in Riverdale, which delivers natural gas to approximately 180,000 meters in the four-county market.

PakMail opens in Tyrone

Pak Mail Centers of America, Inc., a rapidly growing national franchisor of packing, shipping and mail service convenience centers, headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, announces the grand opening of a Pak Mail Center in Tyrone Georgia. The Center is owned and operated by Deo Ramsaran and is located at The Southampton Village Shopping Center on 1510 Hwy. 74 N Tyrone GA 30290, Phone # (770)306-9171.


Background checks for coaches now a common occurence

Every parent wants to do everything possible to insure their child’s safety and well-being. This is one of the reasons why background checks for youth coches and instructors have become increasingly prevalent around the country.

Panthers pound Mundy’s Mill

The Starr’s Mill Panthers baseball team had the luxury of a day game when they traveled to take on Mundy’s Mill Monday afternoon, and they made the most of it, winning 18-2.

McIntosh girls win at Westminster meet

Though the cold weather and rain made for slower times than McIntosh was used to running this year, the girls track team defeated Westminster and Spalding County last Wednesday. The Lady Chiefs scored 85 points to Westminster’s 47 and Spalding County’s 32, while the boys team lost to both Spalding County and Westminster, netting only 39 points.

Landmark girls place high at Character Games

Landmark Christian School and Fayette County High School particpated in the Character Games Track and Field meet at Lakewood Stadium Saturday. The Lady War Eagles finished second with 60 points, while the Fayette County girls placed 10th with 27 points. On the boys’ side, Landmark placed 15th and Fayette County placed 27th.

Southside Seals taking nominations for swimmers

Nominations are now open for the 2003-2004 Fayette County Swimmer of the Year and the Fayette County Swimming Hall of Fame. These awards are sponsored by the Southside Seals Masters Swim Team to promote the sport of swimming in our county.

CCSU 10th in N.C. tourney

The Clayton College & State University men's golf team shot rounds of 309 and 308 to place 10th in the Carolina Sands Intercollegiate Saturday and Sunday at Carolina Sands Golf Club in White Lake, N.C.

Keywood signs with UAH

Joseph Keywood of Landmark has signed a letter of intent to play soccer for the University of Alabama at Huntsville.


Easter Worship Services

Christians in the Fayette area will join Christians around the world this week as they celebrate Holy Week and Easter Sunday, remembering the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ during Holy Week, and celebrating his resurrection on Easter Sunday. The following churches have announced their Easter events.

Mel Brooks lights up Atlanta with lyrical laughs and actor's antic

One of the hottest shows running just opened last night at The Fox and is sure to have audiences in stitches. “The Producers,” Mel Brooks’ comedy classic from the 60s has translated to the stage surprisingly well, almost as good as “Springtime For Hitler,” the crazy show within the show. The biggest Tony Award winning show in Broadway history has Brooks skewering Nazi Germany and musicals in one master stroke giving the world its first bad taste bonanza.

McIntosh finishes third

The McIntosh High School Science Olympiad team finished a close third among 28 high schools participating in State Science Olympiad competition March 27th at Emory University.

Writers turn out for fair

In late March, the Fayette Writers Club presented a Writers Fair at the Fayette County Library to display their work. Members, their families and the general public were invited and there was a large turnout for the festivities.

Acting workshop approaches

No experience is needed to participate in Offshoot Productions' April 18, acting workshop, "Mining Shakespeare's Rich Language." Conducted by Offshoot's professional cast and staff for June's “Comedy of Errors,” this lively session takes place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Peachtree City Library.

Free Shade from National Arbor Day Foundation

Ten free shade trees will be given to each person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during April 2004 as part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

Honors conference set

The Clayton State Honors Program is proud to announce that the 2005 Georgia Collegiate Honors Conference will be held at Clayton State. This will mark the second time Clayton State has hosted the event.

Progressive Dinner nears

The Senoia Area History Society is hosting its annual Progressive Dinner April 23, and April 24. Guests will be served a five-course dinner, with each course served in one of the town’s historic homes.

Afternoon tea planned for Dunaway Gardens

Mark May 16 on your calendar for a very special event. On that date the McIntosh Chapter of The Daughters of the British Empire invite you to Afternoon Tea and a delightful stroll through historic Dunaway Gardens.

Lennon exhibit set

In honor of his sixty-fourth year, Yoko Ono and the Westin Buckhead will unveil an exhibit of artwork by John Lennon April 16, 17 and 18.

Secular Hymns of Hope and Vinyl

Easter is a time for renewal, rebirth, atonement and pastel colored eggs. The Church celebrates the resurrection of hope as the world blossoms forth anew with color. The hymns that are sung at Sunday services can heal and soothe those on the journey of life. Somehow our suffering and loneliness is lighter with a song.

‘Alice’ coming to town April 29

Fayette-Coweta Family Theatre will present its first-ever professional children’s dessert theatre production of the Lewis Carroll classic “Alice in Wonderland” April 29-May 1. This 60-minute fantasy romp is spiced with upbeat songs, zany characters, a 12-member professional cast and a fun-filled Mad Hatters Tea Party after each performance.



Open the door to eternal life
Religion Columnist

Easter means nothing has to remain the same ever again. Easter is the gigantic erasure that wipes away the past with all its mistakes and misfortunes to allow a writing of a whole new beginning. Up until the time of Easter, the entire world was stuck in a senseless cycle of birth, life, death, and birth. We see the vestiges of the cycle in those parts of the earth that experience seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter, and spring again. Even though the cycle appears to be reassuring in one sense, yet the cycle begs the question, “Is that all there is?”

Sarah Roberts to speak at PTC Aglow’s April meeting

Sarah Roberts, an internationally known representative for Women of Faith conferences, will speak at the April meeting of Peachtree City Aglow. The meeting is set for 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 19, at Calvary Temple Assembly of God in Peachtree City. The church is on Robinson Road, one-quarter mile south of Ga. Highway 54, across from Peachtree City United Methodist Church.Free nursery will be provided. Men are welcome.

Study on Hebrews to begin at Christ the King

The New Testament book, “The Epistle to the Hebrews,” will be the subject of a Bible study at Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church beginning Thursday, April 22 at 7 p.m.

Shirhart to lead ‘healing explosion’ at Word of Life Outreach Center

The Rev. Velda Schirhart, director of The Healing Center Whole Life Ministries in Augusta, will be the guest speaker at a “dynamic” healing explosion, Tuesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at Word of Life Christian Outreach Center in Fayetteville.

Peachtree City First Baptist’s ‘A.W.O.L.’ retreat planned for May

First Baptist Church Peachtree City is sponsoring “Let’s Go A.W.O.L*” (*Away With Our Lord), as an introduction to silent retreats, Monday and Tuesday, May 17-18.

Buehler to lead May 8 personality and prayer workshop at Nativity Episcopal

The Rev. Lynnsay Buehler, priest associate at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, and director and resident spiritual director of the Julian of Norwich Center there, will offer a “Personality & Prayer Workshop” at The Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville on May 8, from 10 a.m.- 4:15 p.m.

Ventriloquist to appear at Grace Evangelical free performance

Ventriloquist David Pendleton will present entertainment for the whole family when he appears in a free performance at Grace Evangelical Church Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

Religion Briefs


In the long run, SB 595 won’t matter

I was sitting in a bar having some liquid libations with friends last Wednesday, when my phone started vibrating and indicating I had a text message.

More about Jesus and gay marriage

Since Jesus never mentioned homosexuals, how could He have been against gay marriage?

Death and divas

One of my favorite divas called me up to tell me of a death in her in-laws. This was before it hit the obituary column of the newspaper or made the local radio announcements, broadcast daily on the morning and noon news, just before Paul Harvey.


Other religions: ‘Get over it, Christians’

It is interesting that in your opinion piece, “Christians and gay marriage: What to do?” you seem to think that marriage begins and ends with the religious definition in the Christian faith.

Much faulty logic in gay marriage debate

Mr. Martin Burkel asserts that since gay couples are already living together and “conceiving” children as if married, then we ought to recognize gay marriage. Similar attempts at logic are used to condone condom distribution in schools (since teens are already having sex, we might as well make it safe) and legalize drugs such as marijuana and heroin.

Fludd, others sell out for politics

I want to take a moment and thank all of the state representatives who chose to do the right thing by allowing the people of Georgia to decide on the issue of gay marriages in Georgia. The Georgia House approved the measure by a vote of 122 - 52.

CAP provides responsible leadership

Many thanks for the article featuring our local Civil Air Patrol squadron and its new cadet commander, Ryan Fausett. Once again, The Citizen lives up to its name, as it continues to recognize those groups and individuals who stand for conservative values and civic responsibility.

Cain is the real thing for U.S. Senate

When we support and ultimately vote for the candidate of our choice, we should select the one candidate who has the principles, values, and new ideas we like. I see Herman Cain as the only real candidate in this race for United States Senate.

Bush has misled nation into war

The ancients believed in omens: A wolf howling at the moment of a baby’s birth, a sudden change in the weather, the appearance of a raven, a comet or supernova lighting up the night sky. Many natural phenomena could portend either good or bad in the near future.

Time for a truth-check on anti-Bush propaganda

It’s been over three months now that America has been in full election mode and more recently since John Kerry emerged as the Democratic candidate for President. In this time, I have heard and seen hours of news coverage, articles, and editorials pontificating on all of the hindsight viewpoints of what everyone else, especially the Liberal Left, would have done differently than George Bush did since January 2001 when he took office.

Design without a creator? Yes, it’s possible

I had a flashback to ninth grade as I read Jeremy Conley’s article of Wednesday, March 24, 2004 entitled: “If you want real science, consider some of evolution’s many contradictions.”

Student wants good teacher as her ‘right'

As a Fayette County High School student, I am instructed that my only right as a student while at school is to learn and be educated.

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