The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, April 28, 2004


Couple in deadly F’ville shooting identified


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.

Dunn: Give fed $$$ to us, not Sheriff


A behind-the-scenes power play over money and items the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department receives from drug seizures has a new twist.

BoE noncommittal on $69.3 million school shopping list


Members of the Fayette County School Board told Superintendent John DeCotis last week they won’t feel comfortable locking in any of the details of a proposed November tax initiative to fund capital projects until a community survey is complete.

List of proposed Fayette school projects

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 district’s website will help determine the method of funding, as well as the final projects to be included. Go to to share your opinion.

PTC mayor wants bigger slice of road tax

As the clock ticks down toward Fayette County’s efforts to call for a SPLOST vote in the fall, one municipality stands in the way of presenting a united front to the voters.

Who was that speeding lawmaker?


State Representative Lynn Westmoreland got a special cross-county escort from one political event to another Thursday afternoon by deputies from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

PTC boy, 11, hurt; golf cart operator, 15, charged with reckless driving


It didn’t 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.

Campaign qualifying underway


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.

Local pilot serving in Kyrgyzstan

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.

Commission will look at altering Sandy Creek Road extension


Unless The Fayette County Commission decides to kill the proposed extension of Sandy Creek Road, they’ll face more opposition for their transportation plan than just Peachtree City Mayor Steve Brown.

Auto dealer’s commitment nets $12K for local foster children

Gene Evans Ford has come through for Fayette Youth Protection Homes, Inc., in a big way.

Chambers announces bid for state House

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.

MHS senior dies in head-on collision Monday morning


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.

Drug suspect fails to give deputy the slip


A vehicle pulled over for a broken tail light ultimately led to a felony drug arrest for the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department early Sunday morning, police said.

Fraud suspect arrested in Tyrone

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.

Rose Rodeo set for Saturday


The Fayette Metro Kiwanis is hosting its annual Rose Rodeo this Saturday, May 1, from 9 a.m. to noon at Andy’s Nursery South.

CCSU places 15 in Who’s Who

Fifteen Clayton State students have been selected for the Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges program.

Questions and answers from Oxendine

Q: My uncle passed away recently. We think he had a life insurance policy, but we haven’t found it. If it turns up later, will the company still pay the benefits?

Police Blotter


Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements



Contributing Writer

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.”

Hair removal company using new technique

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.

Business showcase is May 11

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!


Health Wise

Letting go

Contributing Writer

The summer of 2004 is a time I’ve dreaded for 16 years. My eldest daughter will get her driver’s license.

Fitness guidelines for youngsters

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?

May is Healthy Vision Month

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.

Manage your weight effectively — online

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.”

Prescription for home after a sports injury

Top 10 tips for creating a ‘healthy home’ while recovering

Before you buy, take the treadmill test

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.

SFMC adds 2 labor-delivery rooms

South Fulton Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of two new labor and delivery rooms in its women’s center.

Premature aging is preventable

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.

Camp Breathe Easy set for May 30-June 5

This year’s Camp Breathe Easy, the American Lung Association of Georgia’s 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.

Health conference May 12-14

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.

Understanding hormones

Taber’s 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.”

Stop the sneezing before it starts

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 you’re one of those people who begins to sneeze at the first sign of warm weather, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that more than 35 million Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis, or hay fever.

Macular degeneration, nutrition and visual rehabilitation

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.

Save a life: Join the Marrow Donor Registry

By joining the National Marrow Donor Program Registry, you could literally save someone’s 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

Medicare information fairs coming for seniors

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.

Looking for a good sleep?

We all want sleep. We all need sleep. But many of us never get enough at night, and we complain about it all day.

Harmonic scalpel reduces blood loss, operative time for tumors of saliva gland

A tool known as the harmonic scalpel removes tumors of the saliva glands as effectively as cold knife dissection.



Soccer postseason begins


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 Creek’s 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.

Sandy Creek chooses new basketball coach

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.

Lightning flashes into PTC this Friday

The Southern Crescent Lightning, Peachtree City’s new minor league professional men’s basketball team, will take the court at Starr’s 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.

Whitewater soccer team finishes first year on winning note

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 School’s first soccer season as the team exceeded expectations and finished 11-3-2.

Southside’s only boxing gym moves to Tyrone

When you enter the Southside Gym, home of Sebastian-Weiss Boxing, there is a sign that reads, “Welcome to our humble house of pain.”

Fayette County edges Chiefs in 8th inning

When Fayette County and McIntosh met earlier this season, fans felt like they’d lose their fingers to frostbite. At last Friday’s game, in much balmier weather, fans kept their hands busy with lots of clapping, even into extra innings.

Southern Crescent Lightning holds auditions for team mascot and National Anthem singers

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.

Krehbiel sets another CCSU mark

Clayton College & State University runner Heather Krehbiel, a graduate of Starr’s Mill High, set another CCSU record last week in the Samford Twilight Invitational meet in Birmingham.



Giant plant invades Southside Theatre Guild


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 Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” and “Beauty and the Beast,” took Corman’s twisted tale and made it rock!

Newnan Theatre working a “Miracle”


There are few stories more inspiring and moving than that of Annie Sullivan’s 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 Keller’s 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.

Writers Group welcomes Stewart

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.

Starr’s Mill Drama production is this week

Starr’s Mill High School’s 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 School’s Black Box Theatre located at 201 Walt Banks Road.

Women’s author coming to library for event

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.

Book Donations Needed

The Friends of the Fayette County Public Library are accepting new and gently used book donations for their next book sale. Children’s 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 Library’s next sale is scheduled for Saturday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Peachtree City announces July 4 plans

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.

Local author announces May release of her debut Christian novel

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.

Bark in the Park set for May 1

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 Fayetteville’s McCurry Park. The day’s 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.



God, politicians don’t agree on priorities


The political pros say the two most important issues in this year’s race for president are the economy and the war in Iraq. The president’s 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.

Square Foot Ministries seeks volunteers for ‘blitz’ project

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.

G8 Summit team leader to speak at Abundant Life this Friday

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.

Wal-Mart CEO will be guest at Ebenezer May 2

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.

Harp’s Crossing’s generosity reaches into north Georgia mountains

To say that the members of Harp’s Crossing Baptist Church live their belief in missions is probably an understatement. Recently, members of a group of church members called “Harp’s 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.

Religion Briefs


Come on, what did you really move here for?

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.

Let’s remember military is there for all of us


Politics is a nasty, nasty business.

Divas’ rules of romance

Guest Columnist

The divas, it was decided at a recent meeting, have very precise rules for men who wish to date, love or marry us.

Environmental gains are many

Professor Emeritus
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 today’s Western living standards.

What are Southerners actually celebrating?

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.

Cart parking solution can help MHS, Holy Trinity

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.

Apologize, please, for all the slurs against Christians

Isn’t 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 Gibson’s “The Passion of The Christ” would ignite orgies of violence against Jews all over the world.

9/11 Commission waste of our time and money

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.

Cain will focus on GOP ideal of limited gov’t.

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?

Glenn no expert on Medicare

I was shocked to see that Dylan Glenn is hosting a seminar on Medicare in our area. The article says that he is the Governor’s deputy chief of staff, even though other articles I have read refer to him as the former deputy chief of staff.

PTC amphitheater, tennis center questions remain unanswered, debts remain unpaid


What should be done with the improvements made to the amphitheater and tennis center?

Seniors should find out how to use Medicare card


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.

Will The Fred now pay to fix tickets for featured entertainers?

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.




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