The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, April 14, 2004


Slow growth has arrived in Fayette

Slow growth has arrived in Fayette County, according to the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Westside annexing on PTC Council agenda

The hot-button topic of the season in Peachtree City — westside annexation and its potential impact on the city — may threaten to overshadow the City Council’s two-day retreat this weekend.

Tyrone resolves lockout of youth baseball

There was no joy in Tyrone on Monday, as a temporary closing of Shamrock Park turned the town into a modern day Mudville.

Commission split on yard debris fees

Would residents pay for a service they’re currently getting for free?

Former presidential advisor to eye ‘future of economy’ at CofC breakfast

Fayette County residents have an opportunity this week to hear one of the country’s top economists. Dr. Larry Lindsey will speak on “The Future of the Economy” at a breakfast hosted by the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce tomorrow at 8:30 am.

Council eyes help for DAPC0

The Peachtree City Council will be asked Thursday night to consider a new funding agreement with the city’s Development Authority that will offer to pay liability insurance for the authority’s officers and directors to help get the organization back on its feet.

PTC Planning Commission in approving mood on Monday

When things like amendments to the limited use commercial zoning ordinance, rezonings and site plan approvals come before the Peachtree City Planning Commission, one typically thinks of long debates and the high possibility of a denial.

Supreme Court overturns divorce case because of judge’s comment

The Georgia Supreme Court has overturned a jury verdict in a 2002 divorce trial, saying Fayette Superior Court Judge Paschal A. English Jr. “improperly bolstered” the credibility of a witness.

Inagawa to seek prosecutor’s post

Fayette County Assistant District Attorney Jamie K. Inagawa has announced he will seek election as the top prosecutor of the Fayette County State Court.

Annoucements dominate Republican breakfast

The usual Fayette County Republican Party monthly breakfast was anything but usual this past Saturday. First, Herman Cain, Senate candidate, had everyone’s rapt attention as he shared his platform. At the end of his talk, State Senator Mitch Seabaugh spoke to the group about his sorrow in losing Fayette County during the recent redistricting. However, when Chairman Lane Watts asked if anyone would like to make an announcement toward the end of the meeting, it truly diverged from the norm. One candidate after another popped up to announce their intentions. Every time the crowd thought the last had had their say, another stood.

Former NFL star gets bond after juries deadlock twice on assault charge

The former NFL football player accused of putting a gun in his son’s mouth for getting bad grades at their south Fayette home is now out on bond.

Southland crowns new queen

The field of contestants in the annual Southland Nursing Home Beauty Pageant was somewhat slimmer than usual. However, the quality of the candidates more than made up for the smaller numbers. Six beautiful spirits vied for the coveted crown. All received high marks from the seven judges. Each year the judges rate each candidate on their personality and physical appearance in relation to age, ability to communicate and alertness, participation in nursing home activities, attitude toward life and their excitement about being in the pageant.

Domestic violence council needs money help quick

The Fayette County Council on Domestic Violence is running out of money, prompting a plea for help.

Police Blotter

The following arrests were reported by the Fayetteville Police Department for the past week:

Wedding Announcements

Real Estate

Builders staying busy in Fayette

It’s a common sight in Fayette and many other counties in the metro Atlanta area.

Cedarcroft is latest Ravin success story

Peachtree City-based Ravin Homes is a company which prides itself in meeting the needs and desires of its homebuyers.

New faces in new places

Laura L. Audet has joined Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty’s McDonough/Henry County office as a sales associate.

Wieland names Biele senior VP of land acquisition

Charlie Biele has joined JWH&N as senior vice president of land development in a move that positions the company for further success and expansion.

Wieland names Daker VP of homeowner operations

John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods has named Rich Daker vice president of homeowner operations including JW Designs, Customer Relations and Quality Assurance in a move that positions the company to deliver compelling customer service.

Wieland names Ulsaker VP of production operations

Jon Ulsaker has been named vice president of production operations for John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods in a move that positions the company to bring compelling homes more quickly to market.

River Oaks to host Street of Dreams

Street of Dreams, Inc., has selected River Oaks in Fayette as the site of its 13th Atlanta Street of Dreams luxury home tour. The event will take place in the town of Tyrone, and more than 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the show, which will run Wednesdays through Sundays from Sept. 11-Oct. 17.

Peachtree City agents among top honorees at Metro Brokers gala

Sixteen members of the Peachtree City office of Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate were among the honorees at the company’s annual awards gala last month at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta.

Tops in the U.S.

Atlanta leads nation in single-family housing activity for 13th straight year.

For sale: A fairy tale

Re/Max agent lists 700-year-old estate on eBay; castle contents and titles included.

Fontainbleu on the way to Rockdale

Plans have been announced for Fontainbleau, a new 115-home upscale community along the South River in the southern part of Rockdale County.

Home sales adding up at Creekside

There have already been seven new home sales in Creekside, The Knight Group’s new 180-home development in South Fulton County.

Cromartie earns registered appraisal license

Cynthia Cromartie, a Realtor with The Home Source Realtors General Brokerage office in Peachtree City, is also a Registered Real Property Appraiser following the recent completion of 90 hours of classroom instruction.

Builders hear economic report

Referring to the current U. S. economy as a “mixed bag”, Curtis Smith of SunTrust Bank Atlanta reported that the national economy has “lots of strength, but still has some weaknesses.”

New Million Dollar Club members named

A total of 66 current agents with the Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty organization are board-certified Million Dollar Club members for 2003. Steve Bullard, owner and president, noted that this is a new record for the company.

Pinehurst residents gaining access to Heron Bay amenities

With their home purchases, residents of Brayson Homes’ Pinehurst neighborhood in Heron Bay gained the opportunity to live in a country club community at an affordable price and can now begin enjoying those amenities as they are completed.

AmerEstate joins Georgia MLS

The Peachtree City real estate market has become increasingly active as more and more people express interest in the benefits of a planned community.

Ambassadors honored at luncheon

Arbor Springs Realty’s Ambassador Luncheon recognizing 2003 co-oping agents was March 9 in the activity room of the Arbor Springs Plantation Sales Center.

Coldwell Banker ranked high by J.D. Power

Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation, the nation’s oldest national real estate organization, has announced that it has the highest ranking in customer satisfaction from both first-time home buyers and sellers who used national real estate firms, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2003 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction Study.

Barton named to MSAR post

David Barton of the Re/Max Advantage Stockbridge office has been named chairperson of governmental affairs and legislative Liaison for the Metro South Association of Realtors.

Shell Team tops in PTC office

The husband-wife real estate team of Tom and Jo Ann Shell, also known as the Shell Team, were recently honored as the 2003 Top Listing & Sales Team for the Prudential Georgia Realty Peachtree City office.

Brandywine Estates open in Douglas County

Gramm & Associates, Inc., a full-service real estate development and marketing company specializing in new home communities, is pleased to introduce the newest collection of homes by Scenic Homes, Brandywine Estates. Priced from the $120’s, Brandywine Estates offers brick or stone accents as standard features on all homes.

Morrison Homes: Committed to customer satisfaction

For more than 30 years, Morrison Homes has built a business around a commitment to customer satisfaction. Selling more than 3800 homes in 2003, Morrison Homes is taking their commitment to new levels by broadening their service offerings and raising the standards of customer service throughout the industry.

A deluxe ‘thank you’ from Forrest Homes CEO

There’s nothing like positive feedback for a job well done. But when it comes to saying “thank you” to employees, Michael Adamson goes well beyond the pat on the back and a grateful handshake.

Brayson schedules grand opening in Clearwater Pointe

Brayson Homes has scheduled grand opening for the

Brayson Homes sponsoring Treasure Hunt spring promotion

Brayson Homes, which is active in communities throughout the metro Atlanta area, is holding a Treasure Hunt Spring Promotion in all of its neighborhoods through the weekend of April 24-25.

Rockdale honors Bullard reps

Eleven representatives of the Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty organization were among the honorees at the Rockdale Board of Realtors’ annual Awards Banquet March 27 Cherokee Run Country Club in Rockdale County.

Walker tops in Fayette for PruGeorgia

Real estate professional Stephen Walker, an award-winning agent in Prudential Georgia Realty’s Peachtree City office, was recently named that branch’s Top Individual Listing & Sales Agent of 2003. This is the second straight year Walker has achieved this honor.

Redding reaches another milestone

Steve Redding of Re/Max Advantages’ Stockbridge office has been inducted into the 27 Million Dollar Club by the Metro South Association of Realtors.

Wilson joins Re/Max Hall Of Fame

Win Wilson, broker associate with Re/Max Around Atlanta Results, has been inducted into the 2003 Re/Max of Georgia Hall of Fame. He is among only 30 other inductees of approximately 4,600 Re/Max of Georgia agents to receive this high honor for 2003.

Walker earns senior designation

Of the hundreds of thousands of agents who hold a real estate license in this country, Stephen Walker has just joined an elite group of only 7,000 who hold their Senior Real Estate Specialist designations.

PruGeorgia hosts annual awards event

Prudential Georgia Realty held its 2004 Awards Breakfast Feb. 19 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia.

With warmer weather approaching, it’s time to brush up on window safety basics

It’s been a long, cold winter, and as the weather is finally starting to warm up, opening up the windows to air out your home may seem like a wonderful idea. As spring approaches, keep in mind that in addition to letting in fresh air, windows also play a critical role in home safety.





Answers to Taxpayers Questions about E-Filing

Are you ready to join the more than 50 million Americans who are expected to file their taxes electronically this year?

Splendid Source offers contractor help

If you are a homeowner with a broken chandelier, a torn slipcover that needs repairing, or you want to do some remodeling, chances are that you have delayed getting the job done because of the time and effort it takes to find the right contractor.

Pak Mail staying open late

Pak Mail at Southampton Village Shopping Center, 1510 Hwy. 74 N, has announced that it will stay open until 11:30 p.m. on April 15, 2004 to provide mailing service, and sell stamps and envelopes to those tax filers who are waiting to the last minute for IRS filing.

Azalea Estates celebrating anniversary

Come join Azalea Estates for their fifth year anniversary and birthday celebration April 17 from10 a.m.- 2 p.m.



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.



Library offers film screenings

Peachtree City residents watched with sadness as Westpark Walk Cinemas was torn down last week. Gone the hope that someone would come save it as a cultural arts center, gone the hope that an "angel" would turn it into an entertainment complex with foreign films and stages for live performances.

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.

Caliban premieres next Tuesday

Prospero’s island is taking shape on the Clayton State stage in anticipation of Robert Karmon’s “Caliban and Miranda,” a sequel to Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” Winner of Clayton State Theater’s nationally publicized First Annual International Playwriting Competition, “Caliban and Miranda” runs Apr. 20-24 at 8 p.m. and features a cast of professional Atlanta actors, and Clayton State student Kellie-Rae Gainer.

Get ready to spot birds in Peachtree City

Join Fayette County residents on a fun and informative Spring Bird Walk hosted by Southern Conservation Trust (SCT), to be held on April 17th from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., spring weather permitting.

15th Century activities land this weekend

If Walt Disney had lived in the 15th century, his theme park may have looked a lot like the Georgia Renaissance Festival in Fairburn. With so many new added attractions this year, the entire family could easily make a day of it. And what a different day it is when surrounded by fair maidens, brave knights on horseback, jugglers, jesters and many other colorful characters. Yet there is much more to the famous festival than costumes.

Good Grief! It’s Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown. His trials and tribulations are universal. Charles Schultz’ round-headed hero has been a permanent part of the American culture for more than fifty years. It’s no surprise then that Whitewater High School has chosen the Tony-award winning play “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” as their first musical. Director Angela Olivera and music director Kelly Butler offer a larger than life look at the comic strip’s perceptive take on life.

Puppy love

They say that when you have your first child your whole life changes. Your priorities realign and suddenly the focus is on the baby, its needs, its happiness and its safety. When you bring home your first puppy and you are well past the age of fatherhood, your focus is on your shoes, your shoestrings and keeping them tied.

German students get a taste of the South

One of the biggest moments in a teenager’s life is getting a driver’s license. Soon, they are experiencing the freedom and frustration of rush hour and Sunday drives.

Senator Miller signing tomorrow

Drop by Barnes and Noble in Fayetteville on your lunch hour tomorrow and meet Senator Zell Miller. He will be signing his book, “A National Party No More: The Conscience of a Conservative Democrat” starting at 12:30.

Swing dance approaches

The 1940’s will come alive May 8 at the “Second Annual Dixie Wing CAF WWII Swing Dinner Dance.”

Touch a Truck is Saturday

In April the birds are out, the sun is out, people are out and so are TRUCKS! TRUCKS! And more TRUCKS! The Peachtree City Recreation Department is sponsoring the 4th annual Touch a Truck event Saturday from 10 a.m.-1p.m. at the Amphitheater parking lot.

Safety seminar is Saturday

Recent, well publicized, child abductions and violence across the United States often strikes fear in the hearts of parents. Although most parents attempt to discuss these occurrences and the dangers of strangers with their children, they often unintentionally send mixed messages and fail to properly instruct their child as to the correct way to recognize a dangerous situation and then respond accordingly.

Tickets go on sale Thursday

Southside Theatre Guild in Fairburn presents the smash Broadway musical “Little Shop of Horrors” Thursdays-Saturdays, Apr. 29-May 22 at 8 p.m.

Wizard of Oz starts

Fayette Middle School Drama Department presents The Royal Shakespeare's version of The Wizard of Oz, at FMS Cubby Hole April 15 at 7 p.m., April 17th at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Some post Easter thoughts ...

North Carolina has a great tradition. It’s called Easter Monday and it’s a state holiday. It was started in 1935 by the state legislature so state employees could have Monday off to see the North Carolina State-Wake Forest baseball competition. School districts took the cue and also made it a state holiday.

Yom Hashoah Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 18

History happens on two levels in Fayette County this Sunday:

Prince of Peace Lutheran plans special ‘40 days of Purpose’ service Sunday

Members of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Fayetteville will celebrate the culmination of their “40 Days of Purpose,” Purpose Driven Life spiritual journey, with one worship service at 10 a.m on Sunday, April 18. The 8:15, 9:30, and 11 a.m. services will combine at 10 a.m. The journey was based on Rick Warren’s bestselling book, The Purpose Driven Life.

Braelinn Church begins relocation

During their three worship services on March 28, members of the Braelinn Church in Peachtree City overwhelmingly affirmed a plan for relocation to their new campus on Highway 74 at Dogwood Trail.

Flat Creek sets aside special day for children, preteens

Flat Creek Baptist Church will observe Children/Preteen Day Sunday, April 25, with a special luncheon for families and teachers following the 11 a.m. worship service.

CDM in Fairburn to host Apostolic Prophetic meeting

Pastor Carolyn Driver and Pastor Timothy Frazier will head up an Apostolic Prophetic Reformation Movement meeting Sunday, April 25, at 6 p.m., sharing how the “apostle and prophet work together to release God’s plan within the earth.” The meeting will be at the Christ Discipleship Ministries facility in Fairburn.

Christ the King Bible study begins April 22

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

Religion Briefs


Low-carb living in a high-carb world


If you’ve seen me out and about lately and I’ve been less than my usual friendly self, it’s because I’m on a diet. I don’t mean to be grumpy and it’s nothing against you, but sometimes this diet, and the fact that I have to be on a diet at all, really bugs me.

From Munich to Baghdad: Cautions on historical analogies

Speaking at the Brookings Institution, Senator Ted Kennedy recently raised the specter of Vietnam by stating, “Iraq has become George Bush’s Vietnam.”

Dixie Diva does Easter — Oh, dear

I was hoping this Easter turns out to be better than last year’s. To be honest, by the time the moment arrived to say grace over lunch, I had just about lost the Christian spirit.

Limited annexation benefits PTC citizens

A lot of attention has been focused on a single discussion concerning a group of citizens that represented the Westside subdivisions and others that have expertise in land planning, transportation, and environmental issues a while back.

Same-sex unions: Where will rights demands end?

Mr. Thompson, in your most recent article in The Citizen you quoted Rep. John Lewis as saying, “Rights are for everyone, regardless of race or sexual orientation.” The problem with liberals like yourself and John Lewis begins with the fact that you do not believe in any moral fiber whatsoever.

Same-sex marriage alters rights without amendment

President Bush and other conservatives have been accused in recent weeks of seeking to “put bias in the Constitution” by endorsing an amendment that would define marriage as solely the union of one man and one woman. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Public must get involved in history curriculum debate

In recent weeks, several high school teachers and students have appealed to the public to intercede in efforts by the Georgia Department of Education (DOE) to make drastic revisions to the state’s high school U.S. history curriculum as part of its new Georgia Performance Standards (GPS).

Illogical evolution: Design without a designer

For those who tried to understand the very educated and intellectual letter last week that describes how we can get a design in the universe without a designer, I want to help you understand what is being proposed.

How does human-made computer prove no god?

Mr. Duran, the parsimonious fecundity of your statements is only surpassed by the flatulent obscurity of your phraseology.

More complex design just points to a better Creator

I am writing in response to Peter Duran’s “Design without a creator? Yes, it’s possible.”

Evolutionary faith: All we know came from nothing

I read Peter Duran’s letter regarding the notion of design and order in the universe without a Creator and noted his illustrations of how finite men used finite modern computers to determine the finite number of steps to reach the complexity of the human eye. Somehow this computer model is supposed to validate Darwinian theory.





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