The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, May 12, 2004


Mother's Day crash fatal to SMHS sister, brother


A Fayetteville girl and her brother were killed Sunday afternoon in an auto crash on I-185 in Troup County, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

Cash-starved local gov'ts hike fees


“Pay to play” is about to take on a new, more expensive meaning in Peachtree City.

Landfill tipping fees will increase


Fayette residents will now be faced with paying a small fee to get rid of their leaves and limbs.

PTC parade policy to raise vendor fees


Has Peachtree City’s annual Fourth of July parade lost its small-town community feel?

BoE promised, 'no bus route surprises'

There will be no surprise cutbacks in bus routes, changes in stops or student transportation issues in general when the new school year starts in August in Fayette County.

More head-scratching about building schools


Like one toaster too many received at a wedding shower, the Fayette County school system appreciates a tract of land it was given three years ago by developer John Wieland across from the Centennial neighborhood on McDuff Parkway on Peachtree City’s westside.

F'ville eyes 108-acre Redwine Rd. expansion

Property owners of four parcels south of Fayetteville off Redwine Road have filed paperwork to request annexation into the city as part of a 94-home subdivision.

County animal shelter urges pet owners to be more considerate


After a letter in a recent Free Speech column about the Coweta County Animal Shelter and its euthanasia policy, many wondered what is the policy of the Fayette County Animal Shelter.

Man arrested for online exploitation of child makes bond


A Newnan man accused of setting up an illicit rendezvous with a girl he thought was 15 years old is free on a $100,000 bond.

Computer training laid groundwork for online bust of Newnan man


The Peachtree City police officer who posed undercover to catch a Newnan man on child exploitation and computer porn charges received special training for such investigations.

Ride home leads to rape in Tyrone, police say

A Tyrone teen has been arrested for raping a local girl Saturday night while he was giving her a ride home from Fayetteville, according to police reports.

CPR Saturday draws sizeable crowd


The American Red Cross sponsors a CPR Saturday annually and it took place this year at the Fayette County High School, drawing approximately 253 participants.

Hankinson to seek election to Superior Court judgeship

Fayette County Superior Court Judge Tommy Hankinson has formally announced he will seek election to the post.

Rotary sponsores essay contests

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City recently announced the winners of the 2004 Laws of Life Essay Contest from J.C. Booth Middle School and Rising Starr Middle School. The winners were honored at a luncheon, where the first-place honorees read their winning essays.

FCH celebrates employees

There is no better time of year to show appreciation to hospital employees than National Nurses Week (May 6-12) and National Hospital Week (May 9-15). Fayette Community Hospital is recognizing its outstanding healthcare workers by hosting various appreciation activities during this time.

State Democratic leader honored in Fayette

The Fayette Democratic Women recently toasted the election of Bobby Kahn as chairman of the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Civitans announce Old Courthouse 5K


The Fayette County Civitans would like you to lace up your running shoes, because it’s that time again, time for the 12th Annual Old Courthouse 5K Road Race.

Community Foundation hosts local session


The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta is one of the largest funders of the metro area’s nonprofit organizations. It manages and administers the philanthropic funds of 650 individuals and families by matching their interests with community needs.

Nature program looks ‘Beneath Our Feet’

Explore the hidden world beneath our feet as you learn about soil, rocks and minerals in the Fayette County area. Southern Conservation Trust is hosting a Nature Discovery program with Dr. Pamela Burnley, a geology professor at Georgia State University, Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Flat Creek Nature Center in Peachtree City.

Landmark hosts French students

Thirteen French students recently spent 14 days visiting the USA as guests of Landmark Christian School. Eight Landmark families opened their homes to host the French visitors. The visiting students were between the ages of 15-17 and attend a high school just outside Paris. All were students of the English language and came to the United States to practice the language and to experience American culture and family life.

Women invited to take the Healthy Georgia Promise

In observance of National Women’s Health Week, May 9-15, the Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health are asking all women to take the Healthy Georgia Promise to help prevent cancer by following these recommendations:

Collins: Stay focused on winning war against terrorism

In response to the news during the past two weeks centering on the on-going prisoner abuse investigations at the Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, and Friday's testimony by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, U.S. Rep. Mac Collins (R-Georgia), a Member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, called on all sides to quit the prejudging and stay focused on the most important issue facing America and the world - winning the war against terrorism.

Collins again agrees: AMT needs to go

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday praised House passage of theMiddle-Class Alternative Minimum Tax Relief Act of 2004 (H.R.4227) that repeals the Alternative Minimum Tax.

Police Blotter


Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements



New bank opens Friday

On Friday, National Bank of Commerce (NBC) will open its newest branch in the Atlanta region located at 1104 Peachtree Parkway in Kedron Village. NBC entered the Atlanta metro region in 2002 and now operates more than 40 branches in the region.

One-of-a-kind motorcycle for charity stops first in Atlanta


On the edge of Peachtree City and Fayetteville, Black Jack Motorcycles is one of five authorized dealers of Desperado Motorcycles in the country. With Desperado, Black Jack is promoting and supporting the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

You can win $25,000 just by shopping

Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time for a shopping excursion to the Tanger Outlet Center in Locust Grove. Tanger features all of the best brand name merchandise and the best guaranteed savings anywhere.


Real Estate

Why hire a general contractor?

By Mac McKinney

Congratulations! You own some property and have commissioned or purchased a floor plan you like; the time has come to build your dream house. You may feel ready to dive right in and construct your own home from the ground up, potentially saving the cost of hiring a general contractor and immersing yourself in the nuts and bolts of the construction process.

What to know about mortgages

As home construction continues to be strong on this side of Atlanta, a couple of facts should be fairly obvious:

Nail down credit details before applying for a home equity loan

In spring, young thoughts may turn to love, but for many homeowners, their thoughts turn to a room addition or a kitchen renovation. And as low interest rates and rising real estate prices help more homeowners build equity faster, many are using that equity to make home improvements. Borrowing against the equity in your home makes sense for many reasons, but you should consider all your options carefully before making a decision.

New faces in new places in local real estate

Fayette Realtor retiring at 79

It is hard to think about Re/Max Around Atlanta All Stars and not think of Irene Schoene. For the past 19 years, she has been a role model and mentor for all real estate agents in the area. However, at age 79, she has decided that it is time to move on to a much-deserved, well-earned retirement.

Protecting Your American Dream

Anyone buying a house would be wise to insist on an Owner’s Policy of Title Insurance to protect his or her interests, experts say.

Is an ARM the right choice for you?

Do you plan to stay in your home less than 10 years? Then an adjustable rate mortgage might be for you.

Upcoming home tour includes $100,000 prize vault

Free SummerGrove tour May 15-16, 22-23

Weekley to speak to builders

David Weekley, chairman of David Weekley Homes, will speak to the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia at the association’s May meeting, scheduled for Thursday, May 20, at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City with registration at 11:30 a.m. Sponsors for the meeting will be Arrow Exterminators and Builders Insurance Group.

ALM looking to improve on 2003 success

Building upon a record-breaking year in 2003, Coldwell Banker American Land Mart in Conyers appears destined to at least similar, if not better success in 2004.

Shell makes wheels turn

Kathy Shell of Metro Brokers/GMAC Real Estate doesn’t let anything stand in her way. Her motto is, “Just do it!”

‘Spring Fling’ launched at new home communities

Gramm & Associates, Inc., a full-service real estate development and marketing company specializing in new home communities, will launch the “Spring Fling” promotion on all of M&M Custom Homes’ new home communities from now until May 31.

Wilson awarded Phoenix membership

Win Wilson of Re/Max Around Atlanta Results has been awarded Phoenix membership by the Fayette County Board Of Realtors Million Dollar Club.ÊWin is among only 10 to receive the Phoenix Award of 640 Fayette County Board of Realtor members.ÊPhoenix Membership is awarded only to those who have 10 years of Million Dollar Club Membership.ÊWin is also a member of Re/Max International Hall Of Fame and Re/Max 100% Club.

Natural gas safety campaign kicks off in Macon

Over 300 participants attended a Pipeline Safety Seminar in Macon recently to learn about the new Public Service Commission (Commission or PSC) campaign to promote natural gas safety. The statewide campaign features Skunk Sniffy who will deliver the safety messages through radio and print advertising, as well as public and community relations programs.

Wieland welcomes Turner to Centennial

John Wieland Homes & Neighborhoods welcomes Neighborhood Sales Manager Tracy Turner to Centennial in a move that will position the company for continued success in its new master-planned neighborhood in the heart of Peachtree City.

Builders recommend conservation subdivision ordinance for Fulton

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association is supporting a conservation subdivision ordinance for all of Fulton County. A conservation ordinance for the entire county was intended for approval, but late last month the Fulton County Board of Commissioners adopted a conservation subdivision ordinance for only south Fulton County.

One in three

Avery Park, SummerGrove combine for 36 percent of Coweta’s new home sales

Something unlikely is happening in Coweta County. Two communities, both developed by Pathway Communities, are enjoying enormous success. And while each offers great amenities and an outstanding location, that’s about where the similarities end.

Maximize your home’s worth

Local home expert offers advice to get best selling price

A new crop of television shows designed to boost the value of a home for sale by making cosmetic improvements point out the fact that a few, inexpensive updates can make a home much more attractive to potential buyers.

Forrest Homes named one of Atlanta’s 50 fastest-growing private companies

Forrest Homes, Inc., ranked number 43 on the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s list of Pacesetters, Atlanta’s Top 50 Fastest-Growing Private Companies. The awards were announced April 16 during a gourmet breakfast at Cobb Galleria Center.

Prudential Georgia Realty Peachtree City office raises $4,500 for March of Dimes

For the fifth consecutive year, Prudential Georgia Realty’s Peachtree City office recently took part in the annual March of Dimes WalkAmerica.

DCA offers ‘CHOICE’ for homebuyers with disabilities

Commissioner Mike Beatty and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs announced DCA's latest incentive for homebuyers, the CHOICE Down Payment Assistance Program.

Realty group helps school

Seaborn Lee Elementary School in South Fulton County received a significant contribution recently for the school’s Nature Trail Revitalization Progress.




Down to three


Some would say it takes a Panther to defeat a Panther, and this week fans will find out if Panthers can also defeat Cougars.

Sandy Creek finishes baseball season strong


Going into their final stretch of games in the regular season, the Patriots of Sandy Creek High School were 4-9 in the region and 7-14 overall. They were out of the AAAA playoff picture and it would hae been very easy for the team to phone in their performance the rest of the way and focus on something else.

Patriots move to state quarterfinals

Sandy Creek’s varsity boys tennis team defeated Statesboro and Bainbridge in the first two rounds of the AAAA state playoffs, setting up a quarterfinal match yesterday against Chapel Hill.

Landmark Christian girls dominate Class A track meet


The Landmark Christian School girls track team pounded the Class A competition at the state track meet this past weekend. The Lady War Eagles finished with 148 points and were followed by Jenkins County in second place with 43 points. Our Lady of Mercy placed 20th.

Stanislaus takes state title

Sandy Creek’s Mellany Stanislaus won the AAAA state championship in the triple jump with a jump of 39' 5.250.” Sandy Creek finished 20th overall in AAAA.

Local teams begin state playoff runs

Landmark’s varsity baseball team completed its bid for back-to-back region championships by downing Heard County 5-1 Friday. Kyle Gray hurled a no-hitter while Tim Perkins and Dylan Hanes led the offense with two hits and one RBI apiece.

Lightning goes 3-1 over four-day stretch

The Southern Crescent Lightning played four games in four days and improved their record to 4-2.


“Peter Pan” takes flight this weekend


East Coweta High School presents a musical this weekend with a few strings attached. J. M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan”, one of the most beloved stories of stage and literature for nearly 100 years follows on the heels of “Annie”, the first show to be performed at the New Performing Arts Center in Newnan. With the help of FX Flying, the Tennessee based company that helped elevate Cathy Rigby’s performance, Dr. Richard McMichen, head of the East Coweta Drama Department, hopes the chance to believe in fairies is back.

Thousands expected for this weekend’s art show


The arts get their day in the sun this weekend at the 36th Annual Old Courthouse Art Show being held at the Old Fayette County Courthouse Square. 75 artists from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Mississippi and Ohio will display their work with prices ranging from a few dollars to several thousand.

E.C.C.A. Makes grants to Fayette schools

The Endowment committee for Cultural Arts of Fayette County presented grants totaling $10,000 to the Fine Arts Departments of the five Fayette County High Schools. Each school was presented a check in the amount of $2,000 by E.C.C.A. president Sandra Jungers at the organizations annual membership party held recently.

Rose show is this weekend

The South Metro Rose Society will present its 19th annual Rose Show on May 15 and 16, at the Hood Avenue Elementary School in Fayetteville. from 1 - 4 p.m. The Rose Show is in conjunction with the Fayetteville Old Courthouse Art Show. The show is free and open to the public each day.

Spanish Camp for kids

Camp Espanol, “Vamos a la Selva” is a week-long summer camp for 5-9 year olds. Kids will sing songs, make crafts, play games, taste treats and learn Spanish along the way.

Anybody want to buy a dog?


Little did I know that the sweet, little puppy I rescued from the pound two months ago would turn into the giant four legged creature slowly devouring my living room furniture. It used to be such a nice, comfortable room, a good place to relax and read or watch the tube. Not anymore. Now it belongs to Angel and her massive doggie toy collection. I’ve done my best to keep my own personal belongings from the reach of her razor sharp teeth. Still, I slip up on occasion and find her chewing through my wallet, making sure that my insurance card is unreadable.

Tyrone announces summer programs

Registration for summer programs offered by the Tyrone Recreation Center is now occurring Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at 881 Senoia Road. Registration is taken on a first-come basis and all participants must complete the necessary paperwork and pay the fees that apply prior to the start of each class or activity.

New Eagle Scout

David Evan, son of Charlie and Lynnell Evans of Fayetteville has earned the Eagle Scout Award.





Church rules


In their book, The 1 Thing, Thomas and Joani Schultz compiled a list of favorite rules found in churches with a police department mentality. They suggest that far too many churches have constructed their mission and ministries around the mandate of keeping rules. The more rules one keeps, the better a church member he or she is. Here’s their list of favorite church rules:

Fayette Presbyterian mission team heads for Nicaragua

Members of the adult mission team at Fayette Presbyterian Church will head for Nicaragua June 19, following a successful mission trip to that country by the youth mission team last summer. Members will conduct medical clinics, sewing workshops, and Bible school activities during the week long trip.

Gisela Mann to speak at PTC Aglow’s May meeting

“You are not a survivor until you become an overcomer,” according to Gisela Mann, pastor of Kos Mayim Temple in Riverdale.

PTC Christian offers Spanish classes

Peachtree City Christian Church extends an invitation to those in the community who are interested in learning Spanish.

Religion Briefs


Atlanta air, asthma links murky at best


The picture of air pollution, asthma and other respiratory diseases has been imprinted as a clear image on the minds of Georgians, especially in metro Atlanta. High ozone days bring on warnings to people subject to asthma and other respiratory conditions to curtail their outdoor activities.

Dixie Divas and music of the 'Hooch'


NACOOCHEE, GA. - On a summer Sunday afternoon, a handful of divas gathered among a host of others on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, a handsome body of sparkling water that cuts a winding swath through the red hills of North Georgia and lazily snakes its way over a hundred miles down through the valleys and past Atlanta.




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