The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, May 5, 2004


Grand jury to hear Ingram murder case


A judge declined a request Tuesday morning to drop a murder charge against a Fayette man who is accused of killing his cousin in a struggle at a north Fayette County home earlier this month.

Where have all the Democrats gone?


C.J. Mowell expressed disbelief, and just a little bit of disappointment as well, when he learned there would be no Democratic opposition to any of the 17 local offices in Fayette County up for grabs this election year.

Key only BoE member to face contest


Terri Smith of Post 1 and Janet Smola of Post 3 were each effectively reelected to second four-year terms on the Fayette County Board of Education last week when no one qualified to run against either Republican.

County commission expected to set SPLOST vote today


Fayette voters could learn this afternoon if they will be voting for additional transportation dollars in the fall.

Report: Pye Lake fix will cost Fayetteville $700K+


An engineering study of the flood plain around Pye Lake on Fayetteville’s northwest side has determined that the primary cause of flooding downstream from the lake is “inadequate normal spillway capacity.”

From Russia with love


When Brent and Wendy Jackson brought home their fifth baby boy, Canon, from the hospital in 2002, the couple decided that their “team” was complete.


Fifth runway helping to create a new Fayette park


By the end of the year, Fayette County could have a new bird sanctuary, compliments of Hartsfield-Jackson Airport.

Target on council agenda again


Target isn’t a done deal in Peachtree City just yet.

Transportation funds coming to Fayette

Fayette County residents will begin to notice some transportation improvements, thanks to the federal government’s Transportation Enhancement program.

Three Fayette Democrats to run for House seats

Three Fayette County Democrats have announced their intentions to run in the campaign to represent portions of Fayette County in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Delamar running for Congress

Silvia Delamar has announced that she has filed her paperwork with the Federal Elections Commission in Washington, D.C. making her campaign for Congress official.

McBroom announces re-election bid

Fayette County District Attorney Bill McBroom has formally announced he will seek re-election to the post.

Seay to speak to Dem. women Sat.

State Sen. Valencia Seay will headline the Fayette Democratic Women’s May breakfast meeting, scheduled for this Saturday at Right on Thyme restaurant in Fayetteville.

Man arrested for threat to kill wife

A Newnan man was arrested by Peachtree City police Saturday for calling 911 and making a threat to kill his estranged wife.

NAACP meeting Sat.

The Fayette County Branch NAACP will meet Saturday, May 8, at 4 pm. at Flat Rock A.M.E. Church in Fayetteville. All members and friends are invited to attend. Flat Rock A.M.E. is located between Peachtree City and Fayetteville just off Highway 54 at 108 Old Chapel Road. Call 770- 460-9934 for more information.

Help seniors of Fayette County

Fayette Senior Services is looking for volunteers to help with the needs of our senior population. As the number of seniors grows in Fayette County, so does the need to help them stay active and independent.

Kids Fishing Event coming May 15

The Peachtree City Recreation Department is working in conjunction with the Southern Conservation Trust and the Peachtree City Bass Club in hosting The Kids Fishing Event Saturday, May 15, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Line Creek Nature Area, behind the Days Inn on Ga. Highway 54. This event is open to children ages 6-12. Admission is free, but pre-registration is a must. Parents can register their children at the Recreation Administration Building or at the Kedron Fieldhouse and Aquatic Center. For more information, contact Cajen Rhodes at 770-631-2525 or

Fayette residents support Relay for Life

Sheri Waynick is a survivor.

Local teen chosen for Washington Youth Tour

Fayetteville resident Sarah Cline has been chosen to participate in Georgia’s 39th annual Washington Youth Tour, an all-expense paid leadership experience sponsored by electric membership cooperatives. Selected by her local co-op, Coweta-Fayette EMC, Cline will travel to Atlanta and Washington, D.C., with 86 other Georgian high school students to learn about U.S. history, government and careers in public service.

Children’s Safety Fair Sat.

Unintentional injuries, such as those from motor vehicle crashes, fires, falls, drowning, burns, choking and poisonings are the leading cause of death and injury to children up to 14 years old.

Collins: Current U.S. tax code must be replaced

As millions of Americans have just filed their tax returns before the April 15 deadline, U.S. Rep. Mac Collins said this proves again that America’s tax code must be replaced with a “fair tax” that would end all federal personal income taxes, gift and estate taxes by replacing them with a consumption tax on all retail sales of new goods and services.

Health officials warn about mosquito-borne viruses

With the onset of spring and warm weather, state and local public health officials are reminding Georgians that simple measures this spring can help prevent mosquito-borne viruses from becoming active in their communities later into summer.

May is Dig Safely Month

Because we usually walk on earth instead of digging into it, people don’t often think about what lies underneath us.

Police Blotter


Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements



Fayette seniors give their prom take to the Today Show

There was an unusual crowd at Fayette County’s newest bridal and prom boutique on Thursday, even for the height of prom season, as Denise Purdy, owner of Lorna’s Bridal and Prom readied local high school and college young women and their moms for the taping and interview for the NBC Today Show.

Encore moves to Jeff Davis

In 1992, Encore Consignment Boutique first opened its doors in Fayetteville and has been providing consignment sales and service to the county for the past twelve years. Owners Candy and Pitta Fink have recently relocated the boutique to 640 N. Jeff Davis Dr. The new location is in the main street district of the city and is more easily accessible than the old location.

Gold’s, World Gym’s consolidate

The three Gold’s Gyms and two World Gym’s in Fayette County have joined forces. James Viar and Louis Governo, owners of the Gold’s Gyms in Fayette County, and Dar Thompson, owner of the Fayette World Gyms agreed to consolidate the gyms in late April. Thompson and Kim Hershey, General Manager, will head operations and manage the Fayette County clubs.

Resident is finalist for leadership award

Shuchuan Lin of Fayetteville is Clayton College & State University's nominee for the 2004 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership (GOAL).

Transportation seminar approaches

SMC3, a leading nationwide provider of Technology Tools for Transportation®, today announced that its 2004 Contract Law Seminar will take place May 11 at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel in Atlanta. This seminar will be beneficial for anyone involved in preparing or executing transportation-related contracts.


Home & Garden

Fertilize with the environment in mind

The grass is green, the dogwood and azalea petals are starting to fall, and my itching eyes and scratchy throat tell me my allergies are in full bloom. These are all sure signs that our landscapes are now fully awakened from their winter slumber.

Fire up the grill

Anniversary sale, cookout this weekend at Warehouse Patio


This is the time of year that all grillers look forward to: when the weather warms and you can finally gather friends and family in the backyard, clean off the patio furniture, fire up the grill, and show off your skills as the world’s best barbeque chef.

Creating and renovating

Local firm makes old looks new again


When Sam and Susan Burch wanted to renovate their home, located just west of the courthouse in Fayetteville, they knew the project would require some special attention. The circa-1840s home was built by Sam’s great-great-great grandfather, William Bennett, who also built Bennett’s Mill (now the Old Mill Steakhouse).

Putting the right pieces in your home


Sandra Ostrander understands the importance of furniture, and the importance of the right pieces in your house.

Pressure washing your home: What to know before you buy

Proper maintenance of the exterior of your home will add value and years. However, most people never think about pressure washing until that nasty black Georgia mildew has already formed on your gutters and overhangs. In this article, we discuss the four major areas of your home (home, gutters, driveway, and decks) that can benefit from pressure washing and some things you need to know as you decide what to wash and whether to do it yourself or contract the work out to a professional.

Cicadas planning Party of the Century

They are poised and waiting just below the damp earth.ÊAt the signal from an ancient, unknown timepiece, they emerge from the soil crawling up tree trunks, only to wait again.ÊTheir eyes are blood-red, as are their pulsing veins. On the fourth day, they commence to call, with a haunting and eerie song.

Tips from Gardener’s Companion

With ten vibrant varieties to choose from, The 2004 Summer Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardener’s Companion shows you how to grow sunflowers for bouquets that are sure to add that country summer feel to any home. Here are some tried-and-true tips for growing and cutting these bright, beautiful blossoms.

Tips for remodeling season

May is National Home Improvement month, and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry is offering homeowners tips for reviewing contracts with their remodeling contractors. It’s important to remember to get all the details in writing so that everyone is on the same page.

More Sudden Oak Death fungus found on plants imported into Georgia

The Georgia Department of Agriculture has verified the presence of the fungus that causes Sudden Oak Death in eight more Georgia nurseries on camellias imported from Monrovia Nursery in California, a major supplier of plants to nurseries throughout the country.


Prime Timers

Insuring your finances with gold

You have insurance on your life, your home and your car, but do you have insurance on the one possession that may have the greatest long-term effect on you and your family’s wellbeing — your investment portfolio?

Caring for elderly parents

Tips for stressed-out adult children with caretaker burnout

The toughest question any child will ever face is how to best care for their aging parents. Many adult children believe that their love will see them through. But what do you do when love is not enough? Often, care decisions must be made quickly, usually after a life-threatening experience. But caregivers also find themselves stressed out and in the position of having to make decisions after months and years of at-home care when they accept that, finally, they need help.

Remodeling? Think ease and independence

If you’re like most Americans, you plan to remain in your current home when you retire. You may already be thinking about making changes to alter your home so it better suits your future lifestyle.

No estate taxes doesn’t mean no estate planning

Recent changes in tax laws have given many Americans greater assurance that their assets will go to their loved ones and not the government. While an estate may not be subjected to taxes, taxation isn’t the primary problem.

Dry mouth can damage seniors’ teeth

Compared to previous generations, more of today’s seniors have retained their own teeth, avoiding the discomfort of dentures. However, these same seniors are on a variety of prescription and over-the-counter medications that can cause dry mouth (xerostomia), or experience dry mouth as a side effect of head and neck radiation therapy. According to Proctor & Gamble’s Global Dental Resource, (, about 40 percent of the population over 55 suffers from dry mouth.





Be kind to the people with the whistles


Now that I’m back on the sports beat, not only do I get to enjoy viewing local high school athletes play for pride and not cash, but I also get to enjoy listening to fan chatter; most of it positive, but some of it not. Either way, it can be lots of fun and carry one through some of the lulls in the games.

Patriots get three wins in three days


Though they had been eliminated from postseason play, the Patriots from Sandy Creek have been battling as the season nears its end. They played and defeated Pebblebrook last Wednesday, Lithia Springs Thursday and Forest Park Friday.

Starr’s Mill’s win over East Coweta ties them for second in region


When the Starr’s Mill Panthers posted their dramatic, come-from-behind win over the East Coweta Indians earlier this season, Panther fans could not have imagined the next game between these two teams to be anywhere near as compelling. It was.

OLM’s Woolfolk chooses Morehouse

Ralph Woolfolk has been an Our Lady of Mercy Bobcat since the school’s inception and when he heads to Morehouse College next year and into his life after college, he will remain a Bobcat at heart.

Lightning splits first weekend’s games

The Southern Crescent Lightning kicked off their inaugural season last weekend with a 92-79 win over the Rome Gladiators Friday and a 95-91 loss to the Raleigh Knights Saturday. Though two wins would have been a better way to start the season, the crowds at Starr’s Mill High School, home of the Lightning, got a solid performance from an up-tempo team and an entertaining evening for the fraction of the cost for an evening with the NBA.

Whitewater JV girls soccer team finishes successful season

In its first year as a school, Whitewater High has given students and their parents and fans something to look forward to. Many of the athletic teams surpassed expectations this year, playing junior varisty schedules with teams made up entirely of freshmen. The JV girls soccer team was no exception, going 9-2-4 and playing extremely well against teams that will be region opponents next year.

Three Fayette teams in AAAAA Elite Eight

The second round of games for the local soccer teams in the AAAAA state playoffs were much more competitive than the games in the first round. Fayette County, McIntosh and Starr’s Mill picked up wins but the games were close, and in Fayette’s case it took two overtimes and a round of penalty kicks to get a winner.

Local boys tennis teams advance to second round

The Starr’s Mill varsity boys tennis team opened the AAAAA state playoffs with a 4-1 win last Thursday over the Wayne County Yellow Jackets playing at Whitewater tennis courts.

Sandy Creek girls perform well at region meet, capture several individual titles

Sandy Creek’s girls track team won three individual region titles at the Region 4-AAAA meet held recently at Woodward Academy. Brandice Ware won the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.02, while Mellany Stanislaus won the triple jump with a jump of 38’06.” Ware and Stanislaus were also members of the region champion 4x100-meter relay team with Brenay Grimble and Iman Person, which finished with a time of 50.28.


Overby gets a new life


It becomes immediately apparent when one talks to Carolyn Cary about history that she has a true passion for the subject. The recent publication of her book, “William Thomas Overby: Proud Partisan Ranger”, a project Cary has been busy with for six years, bears this out. The book recounts a little known episode in the War between the States which took place in the small town of Front Royal, Virginia. On September 23, 1864, five men who were part of a guerilla outfit know as Mosby’s Rangers were killed on what was to become known as “Black Friday.”

Chorale show is Saturday

Nationally renowned soprano Arietha Lockhart will join the Southern Crescent Chorale for the season finale in “An Evening of Gershwin and Berlin,” May 8 at 8 p.m. Arietha was a featured performer at the 1996 Olympic Games opening ceremony, and has graced audiences from Austria to Italy with her exquisite voice.

Tea scheduled for May 16

Readers, save Sunday May 16 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 near Newnan. The McIntosh Chapter, comprised of women with British heritage, is a charitable organization, principally raising funds for The Mountbatten House retirement home in Texas, but also donating to local charities in Coweta and Fayette counties from which it draws the majority of its members. Meetings are held once a month along with numerous social events throughout the year. Anyone interested in learning more should call Shona Schmidt at 770-487-6501.

America Cancer Society Cattle Barons Ball provides hope for area cancer patients

The Fayette County Cattle Barons Ball is more than an evening of entertainment, food, and fun. 2004 Co-chair MarySue Goza, has been involved with the benefit since its inception.

Bowra Named 2004-2005 Baxter-Bryan Scholarship Recipient

Meghan Bowra, a fashion merchandising junior from Fayetteville is the recipient of the prestigious Baxter-Bryan Scholarship at the Women’s College of Brenau University. The scholarship provides Bowra full room, board and tuition for her senior year at Brenau.


Getting close to Jesus


Dr. Luke recalls the story of Jesus visiting in the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus (three siblings). Because Martha was busy making preparations for supper, she protested to Jesus that her sister, Mary, was not doing her fair share. Mary was quietly sitting at the feet of Jesus just listening to his every word. At that time, Jesus made a call, a decision that has forever shaped what’s important although we have to re-learn the lesson again and again. He told the hurried Martha that “only one thing was necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10: 42).

St. Mary Magdalene Catholic soars toward $1.2 million goal

The new building for St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Sharpsburg may be seen on its 40-acre site much sooner than anticipated. The initial capital campaign, “Our Faith, Our Future” has raised more than 73 percent of its goal of $1.2 million in just five weeks.

First Baptist’s ‘silent’ retreat set for May 17, 18

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. The 28 hour retreat, with 24 hours of silence, introduces the silent retreat experience at an Atlanta retreat center on a bluff overlooking the Chattahoochee River.

Bethany UMC will get new minister in June

The Rev. Dr. Mark Outlaw, presently the minister at Bethany United Methodist Church in north Fayette County, will move to Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church near Ola in Henry County next month. The move comes as a part of the North Georgia United Methodist Conference’s annual church reappointments.


Life Line Worship Center plans ‘Holy Spirit Explosion’ May 13, 14

Life Line Family Worship Center will have a “Holy Spirit Explosion,” revival Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. nightly Corporate Prayer begins 30 minutes before each service.

Mission Store needs volunteers

The Mission Store Vintage and Thrift Shop is now accepting applications for volunteers to help sort, clean and mend clothes, restock racks and do miscellaneous other jobs.

Faith and health conference scheduled for May 12-14

District Four Health Services and its collaborative partners will host a three-day conference titled “Aligning Faith and Health: Seasons of Opportunities,”Wednesday through Friday, May 12-14, on the campus of Gordon College in Barnesville.

Religion Briefs


Up against fanaticism

If straight talk of savagery offends you, if you believe in ethnic and gender diversity but not diversity of thought, or if you think there is an acceptable gray area between good and evil, then turn to the funny pages, and take the children, too. This piece is not for you.

Voters, not judges, will get to choose

By Sen. Mike Crotts

Recently the Georgia General Assembly approved Senate Resolution 595, which I proposed, to allow the people of Georgia to vote for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.

Fighting for tax relief

Special to The Citizen

When we worked together at President Bush’s National Economic Council, there was no higher priority than fighting for the President’s economic growth package. It is gratifying to see the payoff today from that effort in both family budgets and the national economy.

Beware of the serpent's promises


I teach courses in humanities and military history at Grove City College, an “enthusiastically Christian” college in rural northwestern Pennsylvania. This morning I concluded my Humanities 302 course with the Home Box Office movie, “Conspiracy,” which depicts a conference held on Jan. 20, 1942, in a mansion in the posh Berlin suburb of Wannsee.

Happy Mother’s Day


Mama always claims that I don’t appreciate her. I do. She grouses that I take her for granted. I don’t.




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