The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, June 2, 2004


Council to decide on PTC bypass


A proposal to lift Peachtree City’s annexation and multi-family housing moratoriums will be considered again by the city council Thursday night.

Fayette ranks #18 in best places to live in America


A new study confirms what many Fayette County residents already know: They’re living in a great place.

Delta salaries add $330 million to Fayette economy


As you get your weekly groceries, or take another shopping trip to the Fayette Pavilion or the Avenue in Peachtree City, look around at some of your fellow shoppers. They’re probably spending some of the $330 million that Delta Air Lines pumps into the local economy.

Open Meeting law inapplicable, says county attorney


Fayette County’s top commissioner and attorney are both denying the county committed any Open Meetings violations during their recent spats with the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

Chief: Segways don’t belong on PTC cart paths


The Segway Human Transporter, a two-wheeled transportation marvel, has been graded with a “D” by the Peachtree City Police Department. Officers wanted to determine if the vehicle is suited to operate on the city’s golf cart paths.

Police: Bus window shattered, likely by shot from BB gun


No one was injured when a school bus window was shattered by what police think was a shot from a BB gun in the Windsor Estates subdivision last Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

Bomb squad handles suspicious package on Birch Court


Several homes on Birch Court were evacuated Friday morning after a suspicious package was found when officials served an eviction notice at a home there.

Local builder pleads guilty to defrauding homeowners


A Fayette County builder has pled guilty to failing to pay for materials and subcontractors on nine local homes, causing liens to be filed on the properties, officials said.

Glenn forms advisory committee

At a press conference last week, Dylan Glenn announced the formation of a Veterans Advisory Committee. Glenn, a Republican candidate for Georgia's 8th Congressional District, brought together the group of retired military officers at Fayetteville's historic courthouse square before a group of campaign supporters who turned out for the announcement.

Work party set for Line Creek

Southern Conservation Trust is hosting a guided trail walk and work party at Line Creek Nature Area June 5 to celebrate the 12th annual National Trails Day, a signature trail awareness program of the American Hiking Society.

Meet and greet set

The Rotary Club of Peachtree City is hosting a Meet and Greet the Candudates night.

Fayette Co. Marshals enforcing sign rules ... even for candidates

With the political season upon us, campaign signs are sprouting up all over Fayette County.

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. July 3, rain or shine. The rain date for the fireworks only will be Sunday, July 4.

Wingo Wins Award

Fayette County Tax Commissioner George Wingo has been named Tax Commissioner of the Year by the Georgia Association of Taxing Officials.

Collins Receives Endorsement

Rep. Mac Collins, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate,received the endorsement of the Government Is Not God PAC (GING-PAC).


Wedding Announcements


LAVISH offers spa service in PTC

Have you ever gone to a spa where the robot-like esthetician reminded you of a rough looking Swedish female prison guard you saw once in a movie? And unfortunately, she was the one waxing your legs. Welcome to the world of skincare.

Allspeed redefines import auto service

His 1999 Volvo had been diagnosed by a Volvo dealer and another shop as having a major oil leak requiring a $3,000, three week repair. So the Peachtree City resident took his Volvo to Allspeed for a last opinion.

EMCs donate $3,000 to USOs

Georgia’s 42 Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), including Coweta-Fayette EMC, Georgia Transmission Corporation and Oglethorpe Power Corporation recently donated $3,000 to the United Service Organization (USO) of Georgia, a charter affiliate of the USO World Organization.

Home & Garden

Art that transforms

Local consultant helps find what makes a room shine

The right piece of art can transform a room, and no one knows this better than Deidre Milliron of Accent Art, an art consulting and design service.

Granite Transformations now open in Fayetteville

The Granite Transformations showroom in Fayetteville has several displays exhibiting the versatility of “Rock Solid Granit.”

Pool Maintenance 101

Tips to ensure your pool makes the grade this summer

There is more to cleaning a pool than keeping a proper pH balance. Not only is there skimming for “floaties,” but also vacuuming; scrubbing the tiles, sides, and floor; and cleaning, maintaining, emptying, and backwashing the filter and pump. ServiceMagic, Inc. provides the following tips for keeping your pool clean so you can enjoy the rewards of diving into the cool water this summer.

One Cicada, Two Cicada ...

They’re back! Or at least, they soon will be.

New Web site helps deal with fire ants

Just in time for the warmer weather and days spent outdoors, Bayer Environmental Science launched nofireants.com, a consumer web destination for those fighting fire ants across the South.

Septic tank maintenance and care

Septic systems are usually installed in areas where sanitary sewer is not available and where wastewater must be disposed of on the property. Every drop of water that goes down sink drains or toilets carries with it contaminants, chemicals and bacteria or viruses that the homeowner wants to remove.The water from washing machines, baths, toilets and other uses must go either to a septic tank or sanitary sewer system.

Don’t just think style

Quality, function important when designing a new bathroom

If building a new home is in your future, chances are you’re inundated with paint chips, fabric swatches, tile samples and carpet remnants. You probably also have a collection of home magazines tagged with your favorite design ideas. But while aesthetics are important, especially in a powder room or a master bath, it is equally important to ensure the building materials and decorative fixtures you choose for your new bathroom have lasting quality.

Save time with new cool tools for home and garden

As the weather gets warmer, thoughts of entertaining and enjoying one’s own backyard and garden become paramount. This year there are a number of new tools available that can help you decrease your work time in the backyard and increase your pleasure time.

Flat panel TVs find new home in kitchens and baths

When you walk into a model home these days, you can’t help but notice the latest trend in kitchens. Designers are going out of their way to cut down on the clutter.

Put your garbage to work in your garden

The makings for nature’s best, most complete fertilizer may be wilting in your refrigerator’s vegetable bin. Kitchen waste, along with grass clippings, leaves and other garden waste can all be used to create compost.

Turn your home into a vacation retreat

Who doesn’t yearn for that relaxed feeling that comes with the warmer climate, the casual lifestyles and the bright, open interiors of the islands? A growing trend in home design, from Maine to Michigan, is rooms inspired by these sunny spots in the hopes that it will make our homes breezy, colorful and restful and more vacation-like.

The lowdown on popular gardening tips

There are many urban legends floating around about gardening, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out what is truth and what is myth. The Summer 2004 Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardener’s Companion separates fact from fiction on commonly held misconceptions; here are just a few.

Foliage, fantastic

You might equate lush textures, rich colors, personality and panache with the latest home decorating trends, and you’d be right. But what’s in is really out! Outside that is garden rooms. The latest trend in garden rooms is foliage! They’re the must-have plants for 2004.


Prime Timers

Senior options: Affordable alternatives to traditional care

The rising cost of care for the elderly in the United States has been the focus of alarming headlines for families facing decisions about the long-term care of senior loved ones. But as families explore the economics of care options, most realize affordable care is available, especially for those wishing to stay in their own homes.

Enjoy gardening at any age

English garden designer Gertrude Jekyll wrote, “The love of gardening is a seed once sown never dies ... “

Summertime solutions for osteoarthritis

Summertime and the living is easy; at least that’s how the song goes. But for those with joint pain, summertime can be especially difficult because of the negative effects that heat, humidity and increased activity can have on joints already stressed or diseased from conditions like osteoarthritis.

Don’t lose sight of diabetic retinopathy

Thousands of American adults are at risk of losing their vision as a result of complications from diabetes.

Caring for those who gave all for freedom

In an era where many issues seem fueled to burn hotter with partisan rancor, it may be refreshing to see how well one group of committees works for a cause of national interest.


Maughan moving up in racing series


Trey Maughan has had a busy spring. Not only was he the leading scorer of the Starr’s Mill varsity soccer team, which made it to the AAAAA state finals against Brookwood, but he was also a senior preparing to graduate and a driver getting ready for the Thursday Thunder series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Maughan will attend the University of Tennessee this fall and plans to play soccer on a club team up there, but for now, it is summer and Maughan is focusing on having fun and winning races.

Lightning get two wins at home, stand atop WBA

The Southern Crescent Lightning hosted Raleigh and Bristol over the weekend, while also hosting Faith Nights for local youth groups. Those in attendance got to see a good show as the Lightning averaged 101 points and secured their lead atop the WBA standings.

County players all over all region soccer team

Players from Fayette County, McIntosh and Starr’s Mill High Schools’ soccer teams are well-represented on the all region soccer team. McIntosh and Starr’s Mill had seven players named to the first or second teams, while Fayette County had three.

Fish free during National Fishing and Boating Week

Spending time with family and friends is one of the most important reasons people participate in boating and fishing, according to research by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation(RBFF). The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division (WRD) encourages people of all ages to re-connect with their family during National Fishing and Boating Week (NFBW), June 5-13.


The Sound of America


Crossover artists were rare in the music business back before compact discs replaced the platter. Today’s musical landscape sees many singers and musicians melding genres into something new. Everything is up for grabs nowadays. Pop blends with rock. Rock blends with country. Country, in turn, blends with pop again. A hundred subcategories of sound rest in-between. Within this complex hierarchy of musical expression, America, the radio-friendly trio whose warm, familiar tunes include “Ventura Highway,” “Sister Golden Hair” and “Tin Man” will always have a special place to call their own.

“Rent” returns: Another “Season of Love” at the Fox


Save up your pennies. “Rent” is due at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical inspired by Puccini’s “La Boheme” is back in Atlanta this week running through June 6. Since its opening night, February 13, 1996, the updated tale of bohemian life has been a smash hit. With nearly 30 songs, this non-stop music explosion rocks the house to the rafters.

“Roll the Ugliness”


Strike one blow for the forgotten Americans, you know, the ones who ring you up at the grocery store or refold the sweaters you dig through at The Gap. The “Man” can only hold down the working class so long.

The Comedy of Errors Prepares for Amphitheater Stage

Offshoot Productions is fully immersed in rehearsals for its first presentation at Fayetteville's Villages Amphitheater. William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors” will play at this attractive and spacious venue on June 11, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 26 and 27. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

Kathy Jefcoats speaks at Fayette County Writers Guild

Kathy Jefcoats, a reporter for the Henry County Daily Herald, was the guest speaker at the May 22, 2004, meeting of the Fayette County Writers Guild.

Foreign language excellence at Fayette County schools

Booth Middle School leads the way, as nine of its 8th graders who take Spanish 1 participated in the 2004 Spanish Composition Contest.

Chess players sought to face expert in PTC

Chess grandmaster Martha Fierro will play 30 people simultaneously in a special exhibition Saturday, June 5, at 7 p.m. at Books-a-Million at The Avenue in Peachtree City.

Dance Camp at Kedron Elementary

Members of the McIntosh High School Chiefettes Dance Team are preparing for their 12th annual summer dance camps.


Students’ web sites earn awards

Students become the teachers in a new statewide initiative that has recognized several Fayette schools for their development of educational web sites.

Gift basket class coming up

Are you looking for an enjoyable way to bring in some extra income?


‘Lively’ church services are Biblical

Religion Columnist

Buckle your seat belts or you may just get shot out of your spiritual seats.

Marine boot camp sermon series starts at Christ the King

An unusual sermon series will begin this Sunday, June 6, at Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church in Sharpsburg

Jim Hanchey joins staff of Heritage Christian Church

Heritage Christian Church has added a new face to its ministerial staff which, according to Senior Minister Greg Marksberry, keeps Heritage on the “unconventional” side of staffing.

Pope selected as youth minister at St. Andrew’s

Don Pope, a Peachtree City resident, has accepted the position of youth minister for St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.He was introduced at a recent Sunday service and coffee gathering held between the morning worship services.

Rolling Hills to welcome new pastor at June 13 homecoming

Rolling Hills Baptist Church will have homecoming, celebrating 13 years of service to the community, and a reception for its new pastor, Frank Mercer, Sunday, June 13, beginning with the homecoming worship service at 10:50 a.m. Dinner will follow the service.

Peachtree City LDS youngsters collect books for burn patients

Several young women of the Peachtree City congregation, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, recently collected and delivered more than 300 children’s books to the Grady Hospital Burn Unit.

Religion Briefs


Confusion, lies, mark editor’s Westside views

Mayor, Peachtree City

When I read Editor Cal Beverly’s piece on the Westside annexation on May 19, I thought he was acting like someone shot his dog. Mr. Beverly is a nice guy and he will give you equal time and you have to respect that.

Ex-gays battle to be recognized

Contributing Writer

Ex-gay. Does that term bother you? Are you skeptical that some people can change from gay to straight?

Whatever happened to Sunday clothes?

Contributing Writer

Whatever happened to Sunday clothes? Whatever happened to dresses and suits reserved exclusively for church, funerals and weddings? Clothes that didn’t do double duty for a cookout or a bowling tournament?


Despite residents’ opposition, Fayetteville intends to annex

I had a lesson and exercise in frustration last night along with a crowd of concerned Fayette County residents at the Fayetteville City Zoning and Planning meeting.

Why is BoE pushing more interruptions of school?

At its next meeting, the Fayette County Board of Education will vote on a new week long break during the month of October. As a Fayette County parent of two teens, I can hardly believe that in the process of establishing the 2005-2006 school year calendar the focus of our county curriculum director is “to make it easy during these long breaks for families to travel during the year” as quoted in the May 27 issue of Fayette Neighbor.

Superior court judge’s race: Hankinson has the qualifications

In a political year it’s important to be informed about the candidates who are running for each office. While trying to be informed, I have collected information about Steve Harris, Fayette County’s first solicitor general.

Moffat sex advice example of culture’s confusion

Dr. Moffat’s column offering advice to parents on their children’s sexuality was emblematic of our culture’s confused, misguided notions of sex in general.

Many Americans seem to have a short memory

America is finished. This country has long defended freedom, anywhere in the world, at any time, at any cost. There have been thousands who have perished fighting against oppression and liberating nations. The home front has been a place where the people, who were not fighting in the war, sacrificed to see that the soldiers had whatever they needed in order to be successful in their heroic endeavors. I fear those days have passed.

American cruelty killed Americans Pearl, Berg

After relooking at a map of the Middle East, I noticed that Iran was nowhere near America. There are no Kurds (in large, substantial numbers of course) on our borders and I am just assuming that the sarin gas used by Saddam against the Kurds and Iranians could not possibly cross both a continent and an ocean.

Attempt to glorify South is just whistling ‘Dixie’

Glen Allen’s shrill ad hominem attack on my perspective of a singular aspect of the Civil War is merely incendiary nonsense. His argument, like that of Mr. Scott Gilbert of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, is a contorted web spun not to enlighten but like other revisionists who feverishly extrapolate from a few historic events, attempts to promulgate a specious and mendaciously contrived history.

Wasp sting emergency was handled well at hospital

On May 9 of this year, I found it necessary to seek medical attention in your emergency room. I had been stung by a wasp and had experienced a severe allergic reaction. I tried all the normal procedures to counteract the reaction but to no avail.

Scott Jordan’s eternal life has now begun

Hello, everyone. Scott passed away [Saturday, May 29] at 12:04 p.m. Although I already miss him terribly, I still have a peace knowing that he has begun his eternal life. After struggling to breathe for several hours, I believe he actually died from respiratory failure.


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