The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections
Wednesday, September 2, 1998


Fayette SAT scores drop 6 points as more kids take test
Fayette County students' SAT scores dropped 6 points between 1997 and 1998, but school system officials hasten to point out that the number of students taking the tests increased by 6 percent.

County sets meet with water tank foes
Hopeful community residents who are angry over Fayette County's plan to build a two million-gallon water tank in their neighborhood will have their concerns addressed at an informational meeting, to be announced.

Moratorium modified, tower talks to continue
Cell phone companies that want to get around Fayette County's moratorium on communications towers now have a simple solution: put your tower in a commercial or industrial zone.

New Fayette Catholic schools set to open in'99, '00
Site preparations for Our Lady of Victory School on Kirkley Road in Tyrone are underway with plans to open for the 1999 school year.

ARC: Fayette's population grew 3,300 in '98 to 87,400
Population growth continues apace in Fayette County.

Fayette father, son, 7, killed in wreck
Allan Vincent McLeod, 71, and his son Brandon McLeod, 7, of Fayetteville, were killed Sunday in an auto accident on Ga. Highway 138 between Old National Highway and Bethsaida Road.

Home builders hear call to get involved in growth dialogue
Doug Spohn, an Atlanta area home builder who has served on several national and regional groups studying growth, planning and environmental matters, has urged local home builders to become involved in the process of determining consensus on these issues.

Commission approves two 2-acre subdivisions
A 32.8-acre tract on Tyrone Road will have 15 home lots, not the 27 originally sought by developer Billy Brundage on behalf of owner Florene Adams.

F'ville eatery gets fee break; may open during Labor Day week
City Cafe in Fayetteville is expected to open by Labor Day week, owner Doreen Schatte said last week.

PTC Council asks public input on $19.77 million '99 budget
After being postponed once, the Fayette County Board of Elections will hear a resident's complaint that state legislature candidate Rick Viall illegally voted in Fayette County.

Sailing on Horton may bring a shock; Antioch dock banned to boats
You can still spend a quiet afternoon sailing on Lake Horton in southeast Fayette, but you can't put your boat in at the Antioch Road boat ramp.

Y2K no problem for county systems
Don't worry about Fayette County's computers in the year 2000. Your services and tax bills should continue uninterrupted, said Jay Wright, director of information services for the county.

Tests good, so county is buying 3 electric cars
In the face of continuing air quality problems for this part of Georgia, Fayette County's government is taking steps toward the future.

Traffic lights set for busy intersections
Two more traffic lights are on their way to heavily traveled thoroughfares in Fayette.

BOE seeks Murphy's replacement
Sarah Murphy's resignation as attorney for Fayette County's School Board came as a surprise to board chairman Woody Shelnutt.

18 deaths predicted for Labor Day weekend
The Georgia State Patrol predicts about 18 deaths on Georgia highways during the Labor Day holiday weekend.


Diana: Nice person, inappropriate idol

As I work today, Monday, Aug. 31, I've got my TV on CNN. So far, this 24-hour-a-day news station has focused on two subjects all day: sports reports and the anniversary of Lady Diana's death.

The independent counsel statute and impeachment issues
3rd District U.S. Congress

While traveling through the Third District in recent days, many constituents have approached me with questions regarding the ongoing investigation of President Clinton conducted by independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

Clinton came clean; so let's move on
Politically Speaking

President William Jefferson Clinton admitted on television recently what his critics suspected and his supporters feared: For the past seven months, he has been living a lie!

Spamming the globe . . . .
Laugh Lines

Here's another installment in the award-avoiding, lowly acclaimed series concerning the world around us.

5th Sundays have taken 1st place in memory
Our Fayette Heritage

The fifth Sunday in August at the Edgefield Baptist Church in Fayetteville has come to be very special to me.

Letters From Our Readers

Dogs running loose in middle Fayette have caused much grief
Today my goat Chunky was tortured and terrorized by two black dogs.

Letter writer retracts, corrects erroneous information about BOE member, Dr. Bob Todd
Today I received a letter from Philip S. Coe, trial lawyer, informing me that he has been retained by Dr. Bob Todd for a possible suit against me because I have been circulating false and libelous statements about Dr. Todd in my letter to the voters sent to all our local newspapers the week of the primary in July.

Fayette needs more 'customer-oriented' public school system
I am writing to thank Meg Harris for the outstanding job she did conveying just exactly the depth of concern that parents in Fayette county have with the Chicago Math programs.

BOE responsible only for 'public' education
It is time to quote the Georgia Constitution to Mr. Bill Webster. Article VIII, section 1 says:

Biker ready to ride
Thanks you very much for publishing my letter last week on "Biker looks at life, seeks help in making Fayette riding safer."

Bands need more dedication, not more money
Subject: Money Solves Everything!? Reaction to comments made by Ms. Rebecca R. West, President, Spirit of McIntosh Band Boosters, regarding my comments about Fayette County high school bands.

BellSouth, still a monopoly, needs no special state help
As BellSouth prepares to once again submit evidence to the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) purporting to who it has opened up its local phone service monopoly, Georgians should ask what's different from the last two submissions.

PTC thrift shop performs great service
I wonder how many citizens are aware of the non-profit thrift shop we have here in Peachtree City.

'Group seeking funds is not us'
I would like to let your readers know that an upcoming fund raising event, "Back Yard Party," benefiting the Georgia Advocates for Battered Women and Children being held in Fayette County is not in any way connected with our local organization.

Stay-at-home mom, you're doing good
This is in response to the letter you ran a few weeks ago by a "Stay-at-home mom," Niki Smith, who wanted some feedback. Here's mine:

Planning the expedition Taking a kid fishing, Part One
When you take a kid fishing, be prepared for one thing: communication.

Thanks to BOE for 8-lane track at McIntosh
On behalf of the entire McIntosh High School family, I would like to extend our appreciation to the Fayette County School Board in general, and board members Debbie Condon and Woody Shelnutt in particular, for their decision to widen the track to eight lanes during the current renovation.


PTC family raising funds to memorialize war hero, ancestor
Through the efforts of Gail Hardee Broderick and her husband, Pat, funds are being raised to bronze a sculpture of her great-great-great uncle, General William Joseph Hardee.

Jewish Holidays
When Jewish families from the south side of Atlanta sit down at their dinner on Sunday evening Sept. 20, they will mark the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and usher in a 10-day period of Jewish High Holy Days.

Religion Briefs

Free class offers Episcopal Church history, practices
St. Andrew's in the Pines Episcopal Church in Peachtree City will offer a class on "The Faith and Practice of the Episcopal Church" starting Sept. 13.

Book offers help for grieving spouses
For the more than a million Americans who annually survive the death of a spouse, a new book by Marta Felber may offer help to handle grief and everday challenges.

"Are you a neighborly neighbor?"
Come to First Baptist of Peachtree City September 8 or 9 and learn the answer to the question "Are you a neighborly neighbor?" You may choose to attend this Ladies' Delight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 or 9:30-11:30 a.m., Sept. 9.

Orville and Vivian Whitlock
Mr. and Mrs. Orville J. and Vivian E. Whitlock will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Aug, 28. They have lived most of their 89 plus years in Fairburn, Ga., before moving to Peachtree City in 1995.


Peachtree City workers send a message while enjoying picnic
Nearly 2,000 employees and their families participated in this year's Matsushita Communication Industrial Corporation of USA annual picnic at Callaway Gardens this summer.

Tinseltown ushers in a new era of movie-going
The glamor and glitter of Hollywood comes to Fayetteville Friday as Cinemark USA, Inc. opens its newest state-of-the-art theatre this Friday.


Peachtree City men put their heads together
When the lives of Chuck Lehman, 56, and Jim Price, 58, intersected in Peachtree City, good things started happening. The latest collaboration of the pair has resulted in the opening of a new satellite campus of GMC Community College in Union City. The new campus targets students of all ages and from all walks of life in Fayette County, Coweta County, Clayton County, South Fulton and surrounding counties.

Fayette doctors offer free exams at health fair
Southeastern Primary Care Specialists will host "Fit in Fayette" Health Fair, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. As a free service to the community, the fair will offer prostate screenings, breast exams, high blood pressure checks, bone density screenings, high cholesterol screenings dental screenings, spinal screenings as well as other important testing.

Fayette Senior Services to conduct health fair
Fayette Senior Services, Inc. will conduct a health fair with Promina Southern Regional Health System on September 28th, 1998 at the Friendship Center, 390 Lee Street, Fayetteville, Georgia.

Make the most of living on a fixed income
Stretching your retirement dollars doesn't mean doing without it simply means spending more carefully and efficiently.



Local man up to Challenge
On Thursday, Sept. 3, The Center for Rehabilitation Medicine of Emory Hospital is sponsoring their fourth annual Golf Challenge and second annual Tennis Challenge.

Mini Grand Prix set to hit the streets
On Saturday, Sept. 13, the streets surrounding Woodruff Park in Atlanta will be filled with mini Indy style cars for the Arthritis Foundation's sixth annual Mini Grand Prix. The race begins at 12:00 p.m and admission is free.

High school pigskin preview

Bocci tourney a warm up for Special Olympics
On Saturday, Sept. 12 the Special Olympics will be hosting a statewide Bocci tournament at McCurry park in Fayetteville. The tournament starts at 9:30 a.m. and will run until approximately 3:30 p.m.


Festivals and fairs bring flavorful fun
A slight dip in temperature and a yearning for funnel cake means only one thing it's fair and festival time again.




Peachtree City duo will be at Shakerag
Jan Zink and her sister, Katie Teribury, probably have the biggest collection of lost buttons, earrings, faux jewels and water glass east of the Mississippi. The Peachtree City residents also have a talent for matching the perfect stone with a funky earring and gluing them together with a few of grandma's old buttons to make a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art.

To satisfy body and mind: The Traveler Restaurant
When we travel, we do mornings as though we were home: a brief walk, then breakfast of cereal, orange juice, and coffee in the motor home before continuing our journey. But on a recent venture through the Northeast, Wednesday morning caught us on I-84 in Connecticut, and nothing would do but Dave's ritual Wednesday breakfast out.

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