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The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, June 9, 2004

News

‘No smoking’ all over PTC?

By JOHN MUNFORD
jmunford@thecitizennews.com

A proposed ordinance that would ban smoking “in all enclosed public places in Peachtree City” will be up for discussion when a special committee meets Wednesday, June 16 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Citizen to print 3-week political forum

Dear political candidates and the voting public:

The Citizen is planning to devote a large amount of news space for three consecutive weeks just before the July 20 elections to allow an unfettered (except for word limit) dialogue among candidates for all local and Fayette legislative and judicial contested races.

New high school to open with high-tech

By JOHN THOMPSON
jthompson@thecitizennews.com

When Whitewater High School opens this fall, students will learn through the latest technological system.

Bring more money for ’04-’05 school lunches

By JOHN THOMPSON
jthompson@thecitizennews.com

When Fayette students head back to school this August, they’ll need to bring more money to pay for their meals.

PTC fine-tunes its annexing process

By JOHN MUNFORD
jmunford@thecitizennews.com

With a new procedure for handling annexation requests in the works, Peachtree City may lift its moratorium on such proposals in the near future.

Judge cries foul over attack ad

By JOHN MUNFORD
jmunford@thecitizennews.com

Responding to negative campaign material circulated by his opponent, Superior Court Judge Johnnie Caldwell of Thomaston took offense Monday at what he called insinuations that he was a child molester.

Local GOP to honor Reagan Thurs.

By MONROE ROARK
mroark@TheCitizenNews.com

As millions of Americans pay tribute this week to former President Ronald Reagan after his death Saturday, Fayette County residents are reflecting on what he meant to them and preparing for a special candlelight ceremony in his honor.

Commission quizzes sheriff’s employees about budget

By JOHN THOMPSON
jthompson@TheCitizenNews.com

The yearly task of approving Fayette County’s 2005 budget began Monday night as the county commissioners gathered in their conference room to begin work on the $46.2 million general fund budget.

School board close to deciding tax option

By JOHN THOMPSON
jthompson@TheCitizenNews.com

By the beginning of July, voters could know if they will be voting on two Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes this fall.

Are pencils campaign material?

By JOHN THOMPSON
jthompson@TheCitizenNews.com

When she entered the room Monday night, probably the last thing on Superior Court Clerk Sheila Studdard’s mind was pencils.

Tropical storms a threat to Fayette during hurricane season

By JOHN MUNFORD
jmunford@thecitizennews.com

Hurricane season is already underway, bringing the threat of tropical storms that could head inland and cause serious damage with heavy rains and high winds.

Target vote postponed again by PTC council; site plan opposed by homeowners in area

By JOHN MUNFORD
jmunford@thecitizennews.com

Homeowners from the St. Simon’s Cove subdivision are opposing the latest plan for the Target store at the Kedron Village retail center because it puts an entrance to the development directly across from the entrance to their subdivision on Georgian Park.

South Fayette residence burns to ground overnight

The home of a former Fayette County commissioner burned completely to the ground early Friday morning, according to fire officials.

Justice department says leave money with the sheriff

Citing a long-standing policy, an official from the U.S. Department of Justice has told Fayette County’s governing body it will continue to submit funds and equipment from drug seizures to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department. By JOHN THOMPSON jthompson@TheCitizenNews.com

ROTC instructor honored with top award

Col. Douglas C. Pearson, Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) instructor at Sandy Creek High School, has been selected to receive the 2003-04 AFJROTC Outstanding Instructor Award.

Erin Burns to perform in ‘The Fantasticks’

Newnan native Erin Burns headlines the cast of performers as Luisa in an upcoming production of “The Fantasticks,” to be presented June 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 by the LaGrange Opera Theater (LOT). A member of the Lafayette Society for Performing Arts, the production will be held at Price Theater in LaGrange, announced Anne Duraski, Artistic Director and LOT Founder.

Fayette NAACP meets Sat.

The Fayette County branch of the NAACP will meet Saturday, June 12, at 4 p.m. at Flat Rock A.M.E. Church.

Blood drive Thurs. at FCH

The Fayette Community Hospital Auxiliary and the American Red Cross will host a Blood Drive Thursday, June 10, from noon-5 p.m. in the Community Room at Fayette Community Hospital.

Don’t let increased gas prices break your budget

The summer driving season is upon us and the price of gas continues to rise. The average price for a gallon of gas is now $2.07. A recent Gallup poll reports that 47 percent of adults say gas prices have already caused them financial hardship. Even those not immediately affected expect to be impacted this summer.

Men in Georgia urged to become more healthy

In observance of National Men’s Health Week (June 14 -20), the Georgia Cancer Coalition and the Georgia Department of Human Resources’ Division of Public Health encourage men of all ages to make a promise to themselves and their families to live healthier lives that include regular visits to their doctor or health care provider for physical exams and cancer check-ups.

Local Red Hat Society on the move

The A(mazing) G(olden) Sassy Red Hatters, a Chapter of the Red Hat Society, had their “CRAZIATION” (or disorganization) and crowning of the Queen and Vice Queen May 19. These ladies are saying no to getting older and having a fun time doing it. If you see them out in full regalia of purple clothes and red hats with boas flying, go over and have a laugh with them.

Police Blotter

Obituaries

Birth Announcements

Wedding Announcements

Business

Boxes-N-Go adds second retail store

All residents are invited to the opening of the second store of Boxes-N-Go at 420 Huddleston Road June 16.

Handle stress before it handles you

By GREGORY SMITH
Special to the Citizen

Most people today are aware of the problems that stress can cause. This includes both physical ailments such as high blood pressure, heart attack, ulcers, premature aging as well as mental illness such as depression and anxiety.

Chandler completes air duct training course

Jerry Chandler, owner of Quality and Air, LLC in Newnan, recently returned from Dallas after completing the AIRQC training course.

Real Estate Review

Enjoy summer weather on a new front porch

By MAC MCKINNEY
Contributing Writer

The subject of books, songs and millions of fond memories, the porch truly is an icon of American life. As we enter the warm summer months, families across the country will gather on their homes’ front, rear or side porches to sip lemonade, relax and watch the world go by.

Big fun at Big Canoe

By NANCY ZAK
Special to The Citizen

Summertime at Big Canoe brings great family outdoor opportunities, including delightful swim facilities and a host of other enticing options. Encompassing over 8,000 acres of beautiful north Georgia mountain terrain, Big Canoe includes eight mountains, three lakes, miles of hiking trails, several dramatic waterfalls and abundant recreational amenities within its boundaries.

New faces in new places in local real estate

Home Source listed among top companies

The Home Source Realtors was among the top 25 real estate companies in Atlanta in 2003, according to The Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Magazine cites O’Kelly

Donna O’Kelly was recently recognized by Communities magazine, which recognized the Top 100 Realtors in Metro Atlanta.

Builders to meet June 17

The Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia will recognize the recipients of the association’s 2004 scholarships at its June 17 meeting, at 6:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City. State Rep. Lynn Westmoreland will be the keynote speaker for the event.

Renaissance breaks ground

Groundbreaking ceremonies for Renaissance at South Park, which is one of the largest developments in the South Fulton County area, were co-hosted recently by The Knight Group and the South Fulton County Chamber of Commerce.

Marshall attends national landlording convention

Gary Marshall, broker of Assist-2-Sell Buyer and Seller Realty Center in Newnan, just attended the MRLANDLORD.com national convention in Indianapolis.

Morningside now open

Home Power Realty held a ribbon-cutting ceremony May 19 in their newest new-home community of Morningside. Located on Rockaway Road in Coweta County, near Senoia, this 140-home community features 2-story, ranch and custom homes from the $200’s.

Hopewell Village sales up and running

There have already been seven sales in Hopewell Village, an upscale community in the Covington area of Newton County.

Avalon now open in Fairburn

Forrest Homes, Inc., has announced the opening of Avalon, a 102-home community in Fairburn.

Carroll now at Lake Overlook

Sam Carroll is Brayson Homes’ on-site agent in Lake Overlook, the company’s single-family residential neighborhood located on Highpoint Road in Union City.

Two homes remain in Savannah Place

Jerry Ballard Homes has only two homes remaining to sell in Savannah Place, a single-family residential community at the intersection of Teaver Road and Pyne Road in the LaGrange area.

Eagle’s Brooke sales on the rise

Thus far in 2004, new home sales in the Eagle’s Brooke Golf and Country Club community have surpassed those of 2003, according to statistics released recently by SmartSearch Atlanta.

Smithfield going to Phase III

Jerry Ballard Homes is preparing to open Phase III of Smithfield Estates, the company’s 69-home single family residential community in Henry County.

Four ALM agents named to attend Elite Retreat

Four sales associates with Coldwell Banker American Land Mart, Linda Lindsey, Betty Denio, Ann Bell and Sandi Austin, have been invited to attend the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation Elite Retreat, a three-day conference conducted exclusively for the company’s top sales associates.

Four from Bullard earn President’s Elite

Four sales associates with Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty — Doug Crumbley, Duane Lockwood and Butch Springer of the McDonough/Henry County office and Penny Henderson of the Jonesboro/Clayton County office — have been named to the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Corporation International President’s Elite.

Sports

Summer swimming tips for kids

Summer swim leagues and neighborhood swim teams are gearing up for the not-so-lazy days of summer.

Sports briefs

Weekend

The Villages brings in the Bard

By LINDSAY BIANCHI
lbianchi@ThecitizenNews.com

The Villages Amphitheater in Fayetteville is bringing William Shakespeare’s early tragic-comedy, “The Comedy of Errors” to life starting this Friday at 8 p.m.

Local talent to shine on Grantville Day

By LINDSAY BIANCHI
lbianchi@ThecitizenNews.com

This Saturday is Grantville Day, but you don’t have to remind the local residents in this western Coweta town. They have been busy getting everything ready for their big celebration. The Grantville Better Home Town organization, who took over the reins of the festivities in 2002 from the event’s originators, the Grantville Association, are geared up for a full day of fun and entertainment.

Going off on Broadway...and stuff

By LINDSAY BIANCHI
lbianchi@ThecitizenNews.com

Has this ever happened to you? You manage to get tickets for some hot new musical. The show is months and months away. The night of the performance gets closer and closer. When the day finally arrives, you begin to convince yourself that this is going to be great! Then you get ushered to your seat and wait patiently while you flip through your Playbill. Finally everyone has found their seats and the overture begins. Suddenly it’s showtime and you sit there with this constipated look of enjoyment on your face while the same tired dance moves and the same loudmouth singers cavort in front of you for two hours until you just want to stand up and scream, “CUT!”

Battle of the Bands approaches

The Peachtree City Youth Council is currently planning its Second Annual Battle of the Bands. Last year over five hundred youth and adults attended the concert inaugurating the Youth Council’s work in Peachtree City. The concert is an enormous chance for local bands to increase their fan base and a fun, in-town event for teens. Atlanta radio stations also got in on the act as radio personality Axel of 99X acted as the master of ceremonies; the Youth Council has invited Axel back to continue this new tradition.

Shakespeare festival begins

A rarely produced Shakespeare tragedy, a bawdy British farce, and a beloved romantic classic featuring one of Atlanta's best-known actors are among the highlights of Georgia Shakespeare Festival's 2004 summer season, Producing Artistic Director Richard Garner announced today.

Montessori school is moving up

The Fayette Montessori School held a ribbon cutting recently for their newest facility which houses the learning center for ages 6 - 12.

Religion

Reading the Bible ... or missing the point?

By JOHN HATCHER
Religion Columnist

“You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me. And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want” (John 5: 39-40 – “The Message Bible”).

Braelinn Services seeking help from community

Summer is here and Braelinn Community Services could really use your help, according to Cathy Berggren, executive director of the Fayette-based non profit organization.

Square Foot Ministry sets August event

Square Foot Ministry is sponsoring a three-day county-wide service event, entitled Impact ‘04. The dates are Aug. 4-6, with a kick off dinner to be held Tuesday night Aug. 3 at Brooks United Methodist Church.

Wood welcomed as new pastor at Liberty Baptist

The Rev. Randy Wood, most recently the director of personnel deployment for the North American Mission Board, was welcomed as the new senior pastor of Liberty Baptist Church on April 16.

Religion Briefs

Vacation Bible School

Opinion

Mayor wants in PTC what he decries in Coweta

By CAL BEVERLY
editor@TheCitizenNews.com

We gave Peachtree City Mayor Steve Brown’s rebuttal to my earlier anti-annexation column top of the page play last week because (1) he is the mayor and (2) annexation and its attendant traffic issues are important topics that deserve discussion and a wide range of public input.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Negative ad in judge race upsets PTC voter

[To superior court judge candidate John] Mrosek: I am not a big advocate of politics nor am I a personal friend of your opponent.

Candidate defends campaign mailing

Mr. Rogers: Thank you for taking the time to write and to offer your opinion about our direct mail piece concerning child molestation cases decided by Judge Caldwell, my opponent.

Story about Segway misrepresents its safety

I read your story regarding the Segway Human Transporter and I must say I am disappointed by several points. First, I was unable to confirm that the police department did, in fact, rate the Segway a “D.”

A son remembers his father on D-Day

I remember my father’s reply to my dilemma: “Your mother and I are going to Rhode Island early tomorrow morning. Do the best you can son.” My best friends and I had thrown our scuba equipment in the back of my ‘62 Chevy Impala to drive to Lake George to “search for cannon balls.” On the way home, the water pump had blown on the Taconic Parkway about three hours from home. We had just enough money for gas among the three of us, and it was getting late. There would be no father rescue.

A letter to Nancy Reagan

I would like to write a letter to Nancy Reagan, to let her know what she and her husband have meant to me and, I believe, to the nation. But I know the letter would get lost in the tons of similar letters, from people more important than I, which will no doubt be flooding in to her.

Reagan’s character transformed the life of a young Navy woman

Today I not only remember the 60-year anniversary of D-Day but I am saddened by the passing of former President Ronald Reagan. While serving in the U.S. Navy I was truly blessed to be stationed at the National Naval Medical and Dental Command in Bethesda, Md., during the early to mid-1980s.

Developer offers park, gets his annexation

Well, once again and no surprise to Fayette County citizens, developer Bob Rolader has wooed the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commissioners with his offer of an 8-acre park, which he would donate to the city in exchange for them annexing 108 acres of land on Redwine Road just south of the Kiwanis Park and across from the Lakemont subdivision.

School board pushing year-round classes

In regards to a letter in last week’s opinion column, ”Why is BoE pushing more interruptions of school?” I too completed the online survey for the proposed school calendar for next year. I also opposed the October break and gave the same reasons as stated in the published letter.

New school calendar is great

The school schedule for 2005 is great! School starts and ends at about the same time as it currently is. The mini-break is a reasonable compromise for those who supported or didn’t support a full week off.

Views on Iraq war, American responsibility reflect left-wing propaganda

Ms. Eska-Thedra’s reply to my previous letter to the editor must have hit a nerve. One thing that I know is that sarcasm in writing has to be extensively explained or just use an emoticon (;-)); that will suffice.

Writer ignores Saddam’s previous behavior toward his Arab neighbors

Once again we have the privilege of being educated by Ms. Eska-Thedra (having watched “Seinfeld,” I think you may already get the sarcasm in my tone.)

Extremist Muslims want to kill Americans everywhere

Dixie Eska-Thedra’s letter in the June 2 Citizen contained some illogical and very naive conclusions.

Seems to be tilting at wrong column

In response to Mr. Hoffman’s letter, he is correct. I am confused, but not in the way he meant. I’m confused by his perplexing letter

Rebuttal seems to miss the points

I read with interest the article by Mr. Hoffman regarding Dr. Moffatt’s column. I must admit however, I was “confused” by his remarks.

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