By JOHN MUNFORD
By JOHN MUNFORD
Police have identified the Tyrone couple who died in a shooting at a Fayetteville dentist's office Tuesday afternoon. Flossie Cooper Tyson, 54, died after she was shot multiple times by her estranged husband, Sammy L. Tyson, 65, who then shot himself and also later died, police said.
A behind-the-scenes power play over money and items the Fayette County Sheriffs Department receives from drug seizures has a new twist.
By J. FRANK LYNCH
Members of the Fayette County School Board told Superintendent John DeCotis last week they wont feel comfortable locking in any of the details of a proposed November tax initiative to fund capital projects until a community survey is complete.
Here is the list of recommended priorities being considered by the Fayette County School System for a planned November tax initiative to fund construction. Voters will be asked to approve the financing through a 1-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, or through a traditional Bond referendum, still to be determined. Though the following project proposals are numbered, Superintendent John DeCotis says they are not ranked in any order and priorities could change as needs are determined. Results from a community survey available via the school districts website will help determine the method of funding, as well as the final projects to be included. Go to www.fcboe.org to share your opinion.
As the clock ticks down toward Fayette Countys efforts to call for a SPLOST vote in the fall, one municipality stands in the way of presenting a united front to the voters.
By JOHN MUNFORD
State Representative Lynn Westmoreland got a special cross-county escort from one political event to another Thursday afternoon by deputies from the Fayette County Sheriffs Department.
By JOHN MUNFORD
It didnt even take two full days after Gov. Sonny Perdue signed the new golf cart bill for a teenager to get into a potentially serious golf cart accident in Peachtree City, according to police reports.
By J. FRANK LYNCH
Post 1 County Commissioner A.G. Van Landingham remained the lone incumbent official up for re-election in Fayette County this year who had not yet qualified to run again as of Tuesday morning.
MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan - The war on terrorism can make for some strange bedfellows. Just ask the son of a Fayetteville man as he serves his country from behind the old Iron Curtain among Soviet relics like rusted bombers, missile launchers converted into fire trucks and tarnished statues of Vladimir Lenin.
By JOHN THOMPSON
Unless The Fayette County Commission decides to kill the proposed extension of Sandy Creek Road, theyll face more opposition for their transportation plan than just Peachtree City Mayor Steve Brown.
Gene Evans Ford has come through for Fayette Youth Protection Homes, Inc., in a big way.
Peachtree City resident and Republican Alison Chambers has announced her intention to run for State House seat 72, a newly-created district that includes most of Peachtree City and some of Fayetteville.
By JOHN MUNFORD
A senior at McIntosh High School died Monday morning after her car collided head-on with a truck on Ga. Highway 16 in Coweta County, deputies said.
By JOHN MUNFORD
A vehicle pulled over for a broken tail light ultimately led to a felony drug arrest for the Fayette County Sheriffs Department early Sunday morning, police said.
A Columbus man was arrested late Friday night by a Tyrone police officer who pulled over his vehicle and found there were active warrants for his arrest.
By CAROLYN CARY
The Fayette Metro Kiwanis is hosting its annual Rose Rodeo this Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at Andys Nursery South.
Fifteen Clayton State students have been selected for the Whos Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges program.
Q: My uncle passed away recently. We think he had a life insurance policy, but we havent found it. If it turns up later, will the company still pay the benefits?
By GREGORY SMITH
Leadership is probably one of the most talked about business concepts, but the least understood. Leadership is about getting things done and helping people reach their potential. My experiences as a consultant has shown me many organizations do a pitiful job helping people reach their potential. One reason for this is old-fashioned leadership techniques--out-dated leadership concepts or what I call, leadership mythology.
PeachFuzz Hair Removal, a new business in Peachtree City, is the only hair removal center in the South Metro-Atlanta area to offer the new SpectraClear Intense Pulsed Light System. SpectraClear is one of the safest, most comfortable, effective and affordable permanent hair removal systems available on the market today.
The Eighth Annual Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Spring Business Showcase is May 11 at New Hope Baptist Church, in Fayetteville from 5:30-7:30 pm. Over 60 local businesses will be participating, promoting their products and services. Attendance is free and open to the public. There will be lots of food, prizes, entertainment and fun so please come join us, rain or shine!
By Dr. GREG MOFFATT
The summer of 2004 is a time Ive dreaded for 16 years. My eldest daughter will get her drivers license.
Lack of exercise is a significant factor contributing to the weight problem we face today.ÊBeing overweight and inactive has been shown to lead to heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.ÊFor many of us, the previous information is already known, so what is my point?
In observance of May as Healthy Vision Month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye M.D. Association, urges Americans to take care of their eyes, as well as the eyes of their family members. Preventive eye care is important because eye conditions and diseases that can rob you and your family of good vision can strike at any time of life, from newborn to old age.
Have you ever watched a celebrity talk about his or her customized fitness program, complete with an on-call personal trainer and nutritionist to develop an eating plan and thought Must be nice. Anyone could be in great shape with all that help.
Top 10 tips for creating a healthy home while recovering
By TOM UHLENBROCK
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Consumer Reports estimates that more than 10 million Americans hop onto a treadmill every few days, making it one of the most widely used pieces of exercise equipment. The machines burn calories quicker than any other type of equipment, are less likely to sit unused and are available at any time in any type of weather, the magazine reported.
South Fulton Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of two new labor and delivery rooms in its womens center.
For years I have been talking with patients comparing how we take care of our bodies and spines to the maintenance of automobiles. We all know that a vehicle that is not maintained with regular oil changes, tune-ups and tire rotations will not last as long as those whose maintenance schedule is followed. Unfortunately, our spines do not come with a manual.
This years Camp Breathe Easy, the American Lung Association of Georgias camp for children with asthma, is May 30-June 5 at Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, Georgia. Camp Breathe Easy is for children with asthma who need daily medication and are limited in summer camping opportunities. Celebrating its 24th year, Camp Breathe Easy is the largest asthma camp in the Southeast.
District Four Health Services and its collaborative partners are hosting a three-day conference titled Aligning Faith and Health: Seasons of Opportunities. The event is scheduled for May 12-14 at Gordon College in Barnesville.
Tabers Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary defines hormones as: A substance originating in an organ, gland or body part that is conveyed through the blood to another body part, chemically stimulating that part to increase or decrease in functional activity. The Greek root actually means to urge on.
Are you seeing yellow these days? Pollen on your car, on the sidewalks and in the streets is a sure sign that spring is here. And if youre one of those people who begins to sneeze at the first sign of warm weather, youre not alone. Its estimated that more than 35 million Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis, or hay fever.
Macular degeneration is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss in Caucasian Americans who are 50 years of age or older. At least six million Americans are already living with vision loss from macular degeneration and, according to the National Eye Institute, 200,000 more Americans every year lose significant vision from this disease. In fact, legally blind Americans over 65 already far outnumber everyone under 65 who is blind or visually impaired. These numbers will increase as the baby boomers age.
By joining the National Marrow Donor Program Registry, you could literally save someones life. Each year, more than 30,000 children and adults are diagnosed with leukemia and other diseases for which a stem cell transplant may be the only chance for a cure. Only 30 percent of these people will find matching donors within their families
Georgia seniors will soon be faced with making a choice on their Medicare health coverage. To help Medicare beneficiaries make an informed decision, the Georgia Department of Human Resources Division of Aging Services recently partnered with WSB-TV to provide comprehensive, timely and accurate information through statewide information fairs.
We all want sleep. We all need sleep. But many of us never get enough at night, and we complain about it all day.
A tool known as the harmonic scalpel removes tumors of the saliva glands as effectively as cold knife dissection.
By MICHAEL BOYLAN
The local soccer teams finished up their regular season over the weekend. For most of the teams the final games served as a tuneup for the playoffs, but for Sandy Creeks boys and girls it was a chance to end the season on a high note during their senior night games. Unfortunately, Northgate spoiled it for both the boys and girls.
When Darrell Evans started his last job as head coach for the boys basketball team at Spalding High School, his mission was to build a successful program at the fledgling school. Now, four years later, Spalding is well on its way to becoming a force to be reckoned with and Evans felt it was time to move on.
The Southern Crescent Lightning, Peachtree Citys new minor league professional mens basketball team, will take the court at Starrs Mill High School Friday night for their first game of the season. The game will come five days after their first practice, but head coach and general manager Litterial Green is confident that his team will be ready to play and will be highly competitive in what he thinks will be a very tough league.
When a new school is trying to establish their athletic programs, coaches are looking for solid efforts from their players and signs of encouragement in practice and in games. A coach looks for moments to build on and hopes that by the end of the inaugural season there are more and more of those moments coming. Coach Shane Pulliam saw plenty of those moments throught Whitewater High Schools first soccer season as the team exceeded expectations and finished 11-3-2.
When you enter the Southside Gym, home of Sebastian-Weiss Boxing, there is a sign that reads, Welcome to our humble house of pain.
When Fayette County and McIntosh met earlier this season, fans felt like theyd lose their fingers to frostbite. At last Fridays game, in much balmier weather, fans kept their hands busy with lots of clapping, even into extra innings.
The Southern Crescent Lightning, the new World Basketball Association minor league team based in Peachtree City, is hosting auditions for team mascot and National Anthem singers today from 2-8 p.m. at the Sleep Inn Hotel in Peachtree City. Auditions for the mascot are open to males and females ages 16 and older, while auditions for National Anthem performers are open to all ages.
Clayton College & State University runner Heather Krehbiel, a graduate of Starrs Mill High, set another CCSU record last week in the Samford Twilight Invitational meet in Birmingham.
By LINDSAY BIANCHI
Roger Corman has given the world a slew of z-grade horror films over the years stretching back to the 50s. One movie in particular from 1960 had enough quirkiness and unique character to make it on Broadway as a musical-comedy unlike any other. Little Shop of Horrors, the story of a nebbish plant lover who unleashes a man-eating plant on the inhabitants of Skid Row features a surprising number of upbeat and memorable tunes. Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who livened Disneys The Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast, took Cormans twisted tale and made it rock!
By LINDSAY BIANCHI
There are few stories more inspiring and moving than that of Annie Sullivans heroic struggle to help a young girl named Helen feel her way through darkness and silence toward the realities of the world around her. Unable to speak or see or hear, young Helen Kellers triumph over her afflictions is one of the great true dramas of the theater. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson comes to the stage of the Newnan Theatre Company Friday for a three-week run suitable for the entire family.
On April 17, Fran Stewart, author of Orange As Marmalade spoke to the Fayette Writers Group at the Fayette County Public Library. The book is the first of an eight book series of Biscuit McKee Mysteries. The second of the series, Yellow As Legal Pads is scheduled for later this year.
Starrs Mill High Schools Advanced Drama Class directed by David Spearman presents the drama, The Rimers of Eldritch April 30 and May 1 at 7 p.m. and May 2 at 2:30 p.m. at McIntosh High Schools Black Box Theatre located at 201 Walt Banks Road.
Best-selling author Debbie Macomber is coming to a special event at the Fayette County Public Library in Fayetteville at noon on Monday, May 3.
The Friends of the Fayette County Public Library are accepting new and gently used book donations for their next book sale. Childrens books, best sellers and other books in good condition are needed. Books may be dropped off at the library or contact Sig Hall at 770-631-2913 to arrange for pick-up. Donations are tax deductible. The Fayette County Public Librarys next sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Independence Day festivities will be held Saturday, July 3, this year to avoid conflict with Sunday morning church services. All activities, including the fireworks, will be held on Saturday. If the fireworks should be rained out, that event will be rescheduled for Sunday, July 4.
The public is invited to a book signing event at Omega Books in Peachtree City May 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Fayette County Humane Society will host its seventh annual Bark in the Park Pledge Walk Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Fayettevilles McCurry Park. The days events offer animal lovers and their dogs the opportunity to have some fun together as they walk a half-mile loop around the park to raise funds for the Humane Society.
By JOHN HATCHER
The political pros say the two most important issues in this years race for president are the economy and the war in Iraq. The presidents goal is to keep the economy coming back and the war in Iraq looking better and better. His opponent will try to convince the American electorate that they are not better off economically than they were four years ago and that the war in Iraq is a quagmire.
Area churches and organizations are teaming up with Square Foot Ministries (SFM) to build a home for a deserving family in Fayette County. The blitz build will take place the week of May 15 and team leaders are seeking volunteers to provide labor, building materials and food to supply the work site. The blitz build project will provide a home for the Curtis Petty family. The Curtis Petty build will start on May 15 and continue until the home is completed.
Peter Gardner from the Institute for Global Affairs and his G8 Prayer Initiative Core Team will be at Abundant Life Church this Friday evening at 7 p.m. to discuss the dynamics of the upcoming G8 Summit meeting, scheduled for June 8-10 at Sea Island.
Mike Duke, president and CEO of Wal-Mart USA, formerly of Fayette County, will be the guest speaker at Ebenezer United Methodist Church this Sunday, May 2, at 11 a.m.
To say that the members of Harps Crossing Baptist Church live their belief in missions is probably an understatement. Recently, members of a group of church members called Harps Crossing Baptist Builders responded to the urgent pleas of the Appalachia Baptist Church, a sister church in Blue Ridge, near the Tennessee and North Carolina borders.
By J. Frank Lynch
Some of you may be wondering how my war on wisteria is going, almost a year after I wrote about it in my first column for The Citizen.
By MICHAEL BOYLAN
Politics is a nasty, nasty business.
By RONDA RICH
The divas, it was decided at a recent meeting, have very precise rules for men who wish to date, love or marry us.
By R. HAROLD BROWN
University of Georgia
"This is my long-run forecast in brief, said free-market economist Julian Simon in The Skeptical Environmentalist by Bjorn Lomborg: The material conditions of life will continue to get better for most people, in most countries, most of the time, indefinitely. Within a century or two, all nations and most of humanity will be at or above todays Western living standards.
Those celebrating Confederate Memorial Day and others expressing acceptance and understanding for the Confederacy and Southern heritage appear to have their collective heads stuck in the sand. They would hope to convince the man in the street that the Southern cause was noble and righteous. Perhaps a revisionist historical account sympathetic to the Southern cause has, over the past century, obscured their minds of the culpability of those Southerners that dared secede from the United States.
I am currently serving with the U.S. Army in the Middle East. As a resident of Peachtree City and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, I have an idea that may be beneficial to both the church and McIntosh High School.
Isnt it interesting how liberal critics can get away with saying anything they want about Christians? My favorite example of this free pass are the legion of self-appointed experts on anti-Semitism who said Mel Gibsons The Passion of The Christ would ignite orgies of violence against Jews all over the world.
Thank you, Condoleezza Rice, for your great performance before the 9/11 Commission. For me the issue is simple: 9/11/01. We were attacked; 3,000 innocent people lost their lives. My memory is not so much the planes diving into the building, but the innocent people jumping to their deaths, and the last phone calls made by those on the planes to their loved ones.
The citizens of the state of Georgia deserve an education about a number of issues in this campaign, not just a spectacle of government bureaucrats and their diary of broken promises. Whatever happened to the Republican principles of limited government?
I was shocked to see that Dylan Glenn is hosting a seminar on Medicare in our area. The article says that he is the Governors deputy chief of staff, even though other articles I have read refer to him as the former deputy chief of staff.
What should be done with the improvements made to the amphitheater and tennis center?
In November 2003 our elected representatives in Congress, with the support of President Bush passed HR 1, a major expansion of Medicare benefits. Added were a prescription drug coverage program, increased preventive services, and greater choices through a Health Savings Account.
On April 24, during the concert by K.C. and the Sunshine Band at the Frederick J. Brown Amphitheater in Peachtree City, the headline entertainer told a story about being ticketed by [a] Peachtree City [police officer] earlier that day for a golf cart violation.