The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections
Wednesday, August 12, 1998


Planning to revise F'ville's future
Fayetteville's population has almost doubled since 1990, rising from 5,868 to 9,679 in 1998, according to the city's chief planner, Jahnee Prince.

Plans for 1,200-acre development in west PTC to be aired
Property owners in the area of what could become Peachtree City's fifth village are invited to "dialogue" with city officials tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

FUTURE: Growth manifesto needs more work
Fayette leaders discussing the county's future want to survey the waters ahead a bit before plunging into action on a proposed growth manifesto.

Fayette sweetens the pot for elected officials
While salaries are going up for most Fayette County and local municipal employees, the county's elected officials don't want to be left out.

FUTURE: Combining fire services no easy task
When you need a fire truck or emergency medical service, you don't really care whose name is on the side of the truck, just that it get there quickly.

Starr's Mill seat fund gets $45,000, if Georgia Pacific matches donation
If the Fayette County Board of Education agrees to name the Starr's Mill High School auditorium after Willie Duke, audiences will soon be able to take their seats.

Garbage pickup schedule to change in Fayetteville
Garbage trucks may soon rumble through Fayetteville neighborhoods five days a week instead of the current once a week.

Fayetteville police department recognized as one of the best
Fayetteville's police department has entered the ranks of Georgia's best-trained and best-operated law enforcement agencies.

Mayor: Greater chance of 10-inch snowfall than Mrosek
The ongoing saga between Tyrone Mayor Richard Santiago and the town council took another turn Thursday night as the town council refused to appoint Santiago's choice as town attorney.

Cannon compromise offer may end Tyrone attorney squabble?
After nearly two months, the Great Tyrone Attorney Controversy may soon be over.

County planners to tackle issue of towers near residential areas
If you're concerned about the growing number of cellular communications towers dotting Fayette's landscape, the county Planning Commission wants to hear from you.

Land use plan talks start Aug. 20
Residents will probably have a chance to comment on the plan that Fayette County's government uses to make zoning decisions during a series of workshop meetings next month.

Fayetteville budget includes tax cut, salary hikes
Fayetteville residents will get a stepped up Main Street program, a slight tax cut and a variety of capital projects in the city government's fiscal 1999 budget.

Land, water tower dispute headed to Supreme Court
Dave Williams is taking his land dispute with Fayette County to the Georgia Supreme Court.

Tyrone Council approves policy of 'voluntary' smoking notice signs
Residents of Tyrone might soon see the colorful smoking and nonsmoking signs that started popping up in Peachtree City last week.



Church and life: Who needs those other jerks? Well, I do


If you go to church, or once attended a church and don't anymore, or wish you could find one worth going to, this column is a tremulous attempt at mutual communication.

Fayette's singing the technology blues

Here we are in Fayette County with quality of life that rivals any area in the Southeast, and yet we are rapidly falling behind in one aspect of the latest in life-style technology.

Massey wimped out, denying voters a true choice
Politically Speaking

If erstwhile gubernatorial candidate Steve Langford had been half as gutsy during his campaign as were his post-election comments about Ga. Secretary of State Lewis Massey, he might have done a little bit better than coming in fourth in a four-man field.

Dancing and discreet
Laugh Lines

I am in the mood to dance. I got boogie fever and there's no medicine to heal me. I got a hankerin' to do the Hustle. I can't say I was built to dance or even that I'm good at it, but lately with the disco craze coming back, I am dying to get my hair permed and dance away what is left of this long, hot, Donna Summer. These days, I'm "staying alive" just with the prospect of putting on my dancing shoes.

Letters From Our Readers

Stay-at-home mom's letter strikes a chord
I'd like to respond to Niki Smith's letter published in the Aug. 5 issue. I am not a stay-at-home mom but I empathize with you completely.

Stay-at-home mom, of course you're doing the right thing!
I am 28 years old and engaged to be married. I have no children. I am currently involved in a career that I love and it is hard for me to imagine not working. However, I have nothing but respect for stay-at-home moms.Several of my friends have made the choice to stay at home with their children and they have one of the most challenging yet rewarding jobs in the world.

Tank fight with county has some good results
Not everything has been negative about our efforts to keep a water tower from being built in our community. Throughout our fight to keep the property my grandfather bought in 1936, some great things have taken place.

Mom's job is hard but rewarding
Please, Niki Smith, don't worry about what other people say about your lifestyle.

Proud to be full-time mom
I am proud and fortunate to say that I have chosen to be a full-time, stay-at-home parent. I believe that trying to educate society on the definition of a full-time parent continues to be an uphill struggle. But I haven't given up hope.

PTC police continue to do a great job
In response to the recent letter stating that "Peachtree City's finest prey on the people of Peachtree City," I'd like to offer a view that more likely represents the majority of residents.

Reader still waiting for BOE tax 'windfall' answer
I feel some sense of achievement that I was able to provide some amusement for Bob Todd... humor can be good way to return to reality.

Home schoolers have rights, too
Dr. Bob Todd felt compelled to respond to my last letter, saying he was not embarrassed by his primary defeat. He is even more insensible than I thought.

Quilter thanks readers for sharing 'ugly' squares
Thanks to you and your devoted readers, I have now finished over 400 ugly quilts for the homeless.


National speakers to highlight Fayetteville Christian revival next week
"Campmeeting '98" revival is set for The Body of Christ Christian Church in Fayetteville Aug. 16-21.

Two Christian bands performing at PTC amphitheater next week
Local band "linger" is opening for contemporary Christian band "Third Day" Aug. 21 in an 8 p.m. outdoor concert at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peach-tree City.

Atlanta bishops to lead special services
"Everything you ever wanted to know about the Episcopal Church but weren't sure about asking" is the theme of an open forum this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at The Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Fayetteville. The Right Rev. Charles J. Child, seventh bishop of Atlanta, will facilitate, and will preside and preach at the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist.

Our John cries out for unity and is heard
"There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John."

Joy FM extends signal to N. Atlanta
WVFJ 93.3 FM is now reaching farther into the Atlanta market with its contemporary Christian format and popular Christian talk programs such as Dr. James Dobson's Focus on the Family.

Religion Briefs

Seminar focuses on spiritual warfare and intercession
Peachtree Christian Fellowship in Peachtree City is hosting an all-day event Saturday dealing with spiritual warfare and intercession.



Business Briefs

Customers can look for big changes in winter's heating bills
When Fayette residents received their gas bill this past month, they might have received a big shock.

Real Estate

Residents tour new Arbor Springs course
Arbor Springs Plantation Golf Club invited residents, builders and guests to partake in the "Partly Open," a six hole tour of the new course with participants following a Ft. Lauderdale format. On Aug. 1, golf carts were lined up in front of the resident's clubhouse ready to take golfers to the first tee.

Realtor: The defining difference
Do you know the difference between a Realtor and a real estate agent? Most people use the terms interchangeably, but in terms of ethical, efficient and reliable service there can be a very big difference.

Home Builders Assoc. announces winners of annual golf tournament
Winning teams have been announced from the annual Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia Golf Tournament held in June at the WhiteWater Country Club.

Millpond Manor makes ready for Phase II
Millpond Manor, an upscale community located near historic Starr's Mill, has recruited some of the area's finest home builders for the opening of Phase II of the community.

Website offers tips on remodeling your home
Homeowners are remodeling more now than ever before. In fact, the remodeling industry is now more than twice the size of new construction and the gap is widening. Instead of packing up and seeking larger spaces, homeowners need the remodeling information web site.

Peachtree Brokerage Group awarded
Peachtree Brokerage Group was recently honored with two Awards of Excellence by the American Economic Development Council. The awards were presented at a recent ceremony held during the organization's annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The winners were recognized for their efforts to attract business and industry through marketing and promotional materials.

Settlement Terms
Going to a settlement and signing a contract on a new home can be bewildering. Home buyers are usually required to sign a seemingly endless pile of documents, most of which are written in legalese. While you will not understand all of the details involved in the settlement process, there are certain important items you should know about so that you can achieve the best possible terms for yourself in the transaction. The following fees will be included in the contract.

The Real Estate Scene...



School drop-ins start Sunday
Orientation and open house days for students in Fayette County will kick-off Sunday, Aug.16 at Starr's Mill and Sandy Creek High Schools. Ninth grade and new students at Sandy Creek High may drop-in between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Starr's Mill students in 9th-11th grades may drop-in between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

LETTERS FROM MARY - part 1 of 2
It was a busy summer for Mary even before she and Rainer headed off for vacation, canoeing in the South of France. First, however, she reported that she'd been to Berlin several times in May and June. She has a rather comfortable relationship with the music school there, and takes the fast train a couple of times a month, staying for three or four days each time.

Peachtree City tennis at a glance:

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