The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, May 19, 2004


Skip school, face jail, license loss


Starting in July, the state of Georgia is getting tough on truants. That change might affect parents’ travel plans and delay teenagers getting their driver’s licenses. And you might be surprised to find out who will considered a truant.

BoE eyes adding 5-day Oct. break


Fayette County parents should know next month if they and their children will have a five-day break from school in October 2005.

Sales tax or bond? BoE still undecided


Sales tax or bond referendum? The Fayette County Board of Education still hasn’t made up its mind.

Westside annexing on PTC's agenda


Peachtree City’s west side could possibly grow by 364.8 acres under a proposal from John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods.

County opposes Fayetteville's Redwine Rd. annexing


With a resounding “no,” the Fayette County Commission voted unanimously Thursday to oppose a request by the city of Fayetteville to annex a 108-acre tract off Redwine Road for a 94-home subdivision.

Gov. Perdue signs HOPE at Flat Rock M.S.


Frank Humphries, an eighth-grader at Flat Rock Middle School in Tyrone, took an interest in government earlier this year, researching legislation to help protect the HOPE scholarship, which was slated to run out of funds by 2007.

Traffic mess is ahead for I-85 weekend nights


Night driving into Atlanta from Peachtree City and Tyrone is going to be a hassle every weekend for more than half a year beginning this summer. Be prepared for triple lane closures going both ways after 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, state officials warn.

School budget outlook improving


The outlook for the Fayette County School System’s 2005 budget appears to be getting rosier.

Dog rescued from fire at north Fayette home


Fayette County firefighters rescued a Boston terrier from a Monday morning fire that caused extensive damage to a north Fayette home.

Spilled gas fueled garage fire as teen worked on auto

A Fayetteville teen escaped injury Monday afternoon when a car he was repairing caught fire in the garage of his home at 250 Mimosa Drive, officials said.

Girl still hospitalized after Sunday crash in south Fayetteville

A 17-year-old Fayetteville girl was seriously injured when she was involved in a two-car collision in south Fayetteville Sunday afternoon.

Sheriff: Alcohol might have been involved in motorcycle crash

A Sharpsburg man was seriously injured after his motorcycle collided with a sport utility vehicle on Westbridge Road in north Fayette County Friday night, police said.

Woman dies days after tractor accident


A Woolsey woman has died from injuries she sustained when her tractor rolled into a pond, trapping her underwater for several minutes May 11.

Fayette SAR honors Revolutionary War soldier

The Marquis de Lafayette Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recently paid homage to a man who fought for the American cause during the Revolutionary War.

Worrall named 2004 Coca-Cola Scholar

Jordan Meredith Worrall of Mcintosh High School has been recognized as one of the country’s most outstanding high school seniors by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and awarded a $4,000 Regional Coca-Cola Scholarship for college.

Chorale wraps season, sets auditions

The Southern Crescent Chorale has just successfully completed its second season and developed quite a large following of patrons who enjoy outstanding choral music.

Wal-Mart exec returns to Fayette to speak at home church


Michael T. Duke, a 1967 graduate of Fayette County High School, is currently the president and chief executive officer of the Wal-Mart Stores Division. Duke, 54, is responsible for the operations and merchandising of the company’s Wal-Mart discount stores, Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets in the United States.

Summer schedule set for graduation test

The Fayette County Board of Education will administer the Georgia High School Graduation Test in all areas this summer.

Parade, fireworks set for July 3

The Peachtree City Independence Day Parade and Fireworks will be held July 3 this year to avoid conflict with Sunday morning services and traditions. The parade will begin at 9 a.m., rain or shine. The rain date for the fireworks only will be Sunday, July 4.

Caldwell to run again for Superior Court judgeship

Superior Court Judge Johnnie L. Caldwell Jr. has qualified to run for re-election to the post he has held since 1995.

Magistrate seeks re-election

Fayette County Magistrate Bob Ruppenthal has announced he will run for re-election to his post 3 seat.

N. Fayette group to meet Sat.

The North Fayette Community Association will convene its next meeting Saturday, May 22, from 10 a.m.-noon at North Fayette Elementary School.

DMVS offers tips for better service

The Department of Motor Vehicle Safety continues to organize and evaluate our programs for ways to improve efficiency and better serve its customers amid tough budget times for all state agencies.

Miller: ‘Let educators run their schools’

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Zell Miller (D-GA) last week introduced two pieces of legislation designed to put teachers and principals back in charge when it comes to suspending unruly students and to free schools from endless federal court consent decrees that micromanage day-to-day decisions in the classroom.

Questions and answers from Oxendine

Question: I’m planning to take a long vacation this year. Do I need any special insurance to cover me while I’m away from home? What about protection for my property while I’m gone?

Safe driving tips for summer

There is nothing worse than taking off for a driving vacation and two hours out on the road you encounter car problems.

Police Blotter


Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements



Gibbs named president

The Board of Directors of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce has unanimously voted to name Virginia Gibbs the new Chamber of Commerce President.

Wilhelm named as new mortgage consultant for Peachtree City’s HomeBanc

Tony Wilhelm has been named Mortgage Consultant for HomeBanc Mortgage Corp.’s South Atlanta store, located at The Avenue 244 City Circle in Peachtree City.

Admissions officer inducted for business skills in honor society

Aaron Bailey, assistant director in Clayton State’s Office of Admissions, was recently inducted into the national honor society Beta Gamma Sigma for his outstanding scholastic record in Georgia Southern’s graduate business program. Bailey, who graduated in the top 20 percent of the university’s business school, received his Master’s of Business Administration this month.

As the economy improves, employee retention is key

In the days and weeks since the war began, the workforce has been on an emotional roller coaster. People fallen to terrible lows of fear, anger and frustration, risen to mountain top experiences of patriotism, and fallen again. On and on it goes. While no one knows the when the war will end, one fact is indisputable: the out-of-control emotions of our employees will have an impact on our organizations. How can business leaders lead in the wake of this situation?


Dining Guide

Pizza, pizza

Dining Critic

Over the next few months, I’m challenging all you Fayette Foodies.

Summer grilling & at-home dining

When it comes to meat, Gene and Pam Clark believe in business the old-fashioned way. They are the owners of Brad's Meat Market in Tyrone, a place they call an old-fashioned meat market like the ones your parents and grandparents used to go to. It has a friendly atmosphere customers have come to love and appreciate.

Redefined Dining

A Get-Feditorial


Local restaurants occasionally change their flavor and surprise us with their menu offerings.

Encourage kids to pick up a spatula this summer

Swimming lessons, T-ball, soccer ... and cooking?

Students get ready to launch culinary careers

Last year’s Best Teen Chef, 18-year-old Patricia Homma of Marietta, was growing tired of her single dad’s takeout dinners, and decided to teach herself to cook by watching the Food Network after school.

Don’t fall into the ‘Monday diet’ trap

According to a recent national survey on dieting attitudes, almost 80 percent of Americans promise to start their diets on Mondays, and one in four Americans start a new diet at least once a month. While Mondays may seem like the perfect time to start over, this approach can often be a self-defeating strategy that prolongs short- and long-term success.

America’s favorite candy becomes ogre-sized

Once summer arrives, the kids will be home looking for something to do to keep busy. A great way to pass the time is to take in a movie, and one worth checking out this summer is the long anticipated sequel to DreamWorks’ “Shrek.”

A saucy festival that celebrates the tomato

Each September, a few thousand rabid tomato devotees, many of whom are also wine fans, descend on California’s Sonoma County wine country for a day of tomato love and appreciation.



Lady Chiefs win AAAAA state title


Saturday was a beautiful day for soccer, and over a thousand local soccer fans came out to witness the McIntosh Lady Chiefs and the Starr’s Mill Lady Panthers face off for the AAAAA state soccer championship. McIntosh won the game 1-0 with a goal in the second half for its fifth state championship in girls soccer.

Panthers lose grasp on title in second half of overtime


Losing a championship on penalty kicks may be more painful, but since that isn’t a possibility in the GHSA state soccer playoffs, Starr’s Mill’s 1-0 loss to Brookwood, with 30 seconds left in overtime, is what could be known as a “heart-obliterator.”

Starr’s Mill and Landmark advance to second round of state playoffs


Starr’s Mill was a busy place Friday as it was the setting for two baseball playoff games and a state soccer championship.

War Eagles third in A state meet

Landmark Christian’s boys track team placed third in the Class A state track meet. The War Eagles finished with 46 points, four points of Jefferson, the winning team’s score.

Patriots and Panthers have several track athletes in top 8 in state

Sandy Creek placed 11th in the Class AAAA meet with 15 points.

Nix named Landmark AD

Landmark Christian School Headmaster Matt Skinner has announced the selection of Kevin Nix as the school’s new athletic director. Nix has been a math teacher and baseball coach at Landmark Christian for the past year.

AAU tournament coming May 21-23

The gyms of schools in Fayetteville will be bursting with AAU basketball next weekend as over 20 teams from all over the southeast will come to town for the Fayette County basketball “Neighborhood Challenge,” hosted by the South Metro Mustangs AAU team.

Soccer Centre taps new director of operations

Peachtree City resident Paul Costick is the new director of operations at The Soccer Centre in Fayetteville.

Lightning loses first road game, drops to 5-3

The Southern Crescent Lightning had been hot on the road but that ended Sunday when they fell 89-76 to the Kentucky Reach.

Head named top player in state

Miles Head of Brooks was voted the 11/12 year old Baseball Player of the Year in Georgia for 2003 by the American Amateur Baseball Congress.



“Fun, Fun, Fun” at “The Fred”


It’s been an endless summer for the Beach Boys since they released their first song, “Surfin” way back in 1961. Mike Love, along with his cousins Brian, Dennis and Carl Wilson and buddy, Al Jardine created a sound which embodied all that was American youth.

Three Dog Night - One Night Only

“Pieces of April” on an Evening in May


Mention the subject of music from the 70’s and most people think of disco, yet Three Dog Night remain one of the mainstays of any pop/rock anthology from that decade.

How bad can it be?


A couple of months ago I got the bright idea to set aside one column each month for the general discussion of films that have become a permanent part of my world either by owning them on videotape, (remember those things?) or simply by the fact that I have been scarred deeply by their images in some way. Apparently, I saw something shiny and was distracted because I have yet to make good on my promise (not that the cards and letters are pouring in or anything).

Springfest is this weekend

The Japanese American Friendship Society will be having their ninth annual Spring Festival in Peachtree City May 23. The location has changed from the soccer field to the Shakerag Knoll (191 McIntosh Trail - across the street from Huddleston Elementary).

The Only Good Snake is a . . Live Snake!

There is little reason to fear snakes – they are not dangerous unless you threaten them, and without them our yards would be over-run with rodents.

Air Force Junior ROTC instructor named top of the class

Just a few weeks after the Air Force Junior ROTC (AFJROTC) unit at Sandy Creek High was named among the top 10 percent in the nation, instructor Col. Doug Pearson has been selected to receive the 2003-2004 AFJROTC Outstanding Instructor Award.

Psychologist wins honors

Fayette County resident, E. Jeanne Pound, a school psychologist employed by the Paulding County School System in Dallas, Ga,, was recently honored as Georgia’s “School Psychologist of the Year.”

Stardust Ballroom couples dance

The Stardust Ballroom Dance Club of Fayette County will host "A Walk Down Memory Lane" Couples Dance May 21 from 8-11 p.m. at Christ's Church at Whitewater at 1577 Ga. Highway 85 in Fayetteville.

Students’ poetry to be published

Seven Peachtree City Elementary students are among a select few in the nation to have their poetry published in a literary magazine this summer.

Battle of the Bands nears

The Peachtree City Youth Council is currently planning its Second Annual Battle of the Bands.

Tickets on sale for ‘The Comedy of Errors’; volunteer positions and sponsorships still available

The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare's wild and eventful play about two sets of identical twins and their hilarious mishaps, will appear on the stage of Fayetteville's Villages Amphitheater, 301 LaFayette Avenue, on June 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26 and 27.


Bible teachings, political agendas don’t mix


A relative new trend has taken hold in churches: to get into politics by becoming somewhat of a Political Action Committee (PAC). Some churches, in fact, have crossed the Constitutional line of separation of church and state by endorsing certain political office seekers by introducing them in a Sunday worship service. It seems that politics is where the power is and many churches want a piece of the power. Indeed, it must be a power rush for pastors when powerful politicians seek their favor.

Providence UMC team returns from mission trip to Honduras

Providence UMC recently sent a 13-person mission team to work in El Pino, Honduras to build a medical clinic and organize children’s programs for the village.

Crossroads Church in Newnan invites all South Atlanta single adults to hear Rob Eagar

Rob Eagar, author of “The Power of Passion,” at Café Solo Friday, May 21 at 7:30.p.m. Singles will enjoy an evening of gourmet coffee, games, music, and chocolate, and will discover how to survive the search for a soulmate.

Bishop of Pakistan to speak at Christ the King Sunday

The Most Rev. Prakash Yuhanna, Bishop of Pakistan, will be speaking and celebrating Holy Communion at Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church Sunday, May 23, at both the 8 and 10 a.m. services.

Healing ‘explosion’ set for May 25

Dr. Elliott Segal, director of Lighthouse Chiropractic, will be the speaker at a “Healing Explosion” set for Tuesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at Word of Life Christian Outreach Center, 160 Bastille Way, next to Lighthouse Chiropractic Center, in Fayetteville.

Religion Briefs



Like kudzu, annexation crawls up again


A slow-motion betrayal dressed in pretty clothing is about to sully the reputation of the Peachtree City Council, already not topping the charts in public admiration.

Zell's outrage is itself an outrage


I’m counting down until November. Not because I’m excited about the Presidential election, but because the charade of Zell Miller’s run as Democratic senator from Georgia will be over. He’s been more of a shill for Bush and his administration than most people.

Penned 'thank you' notes top Divas' lists

Contributing Writer

There was a time when it was as common as a stack of paper plates at a family reunion. You could always count on it being there. Then time and the telephone rendered it as common as a long kiss after a second date. Chances were that it would happen but it wasn’t an absolute.




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