The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections
Wednesday, September 9, 1998


F'ville teen killed in Labor Day 3-wheeler accident
A 15-year-old from Fayetteville was killed Monday when the three-wheel vehicle he was driving collided head-on with a van on Omin Road.

1 arrested, 2 sought for home robbery in Fayette
One suspect is in custody and two more are being sought in connection with a home invasion robbery on Dixon Circle in Fayette County on Aug. 26.

Raising the bars
Commissioners start long process of planning for bigger jail

Tinseltown unveils its 17 screens
Fayette County and surrounding areas responded enthusiastically to Cinemark USA Inc.'s new 17-theater Tinseltown USA complex during opening weekend, said a company official.

Neighbors worried about drainage in planned Brogdon Rd. subdivision
Residents of Will's Way subdivision are worried that Charles Jefferson's plans to build three homes on Brogdon Road will put them in deep water.

Tyrone selects attorney; no contest for 3 posts on council
After just over two months of squabbling and arguing, the town of Tyrone finally has a new attorney.

Teens to be welcomed into air cadet program
Rick Hinojosa is looking to pass on his love of old warplanes to many more children besides his own.

Land owner: Hwy. 85 design rules too tight
If stores want to attract customers, they have to be visible from the road, Julian Lee told members of the Fayette County Planning Commission last week.

Beckett lands $98,338 contract to run county
Administration of Fayette County's government will remain in county manager Billy Beckett's hands with the County Commission's approval last week of a new five-year contract setting his salary at $98,338, plus $500 a month for a car.

Russian student gets to start school here
Anastasia Kotelnikova, a Russian exchange student caught in the middle of a board of ed policy dispute over missed deadlines and a sponsoring agency's snafu, will start school this week at Starr's Mill High School, following the board's affirmative decision Friday.


On SAT scores: Who's spinning whom?

"Spin aside," said the headline in the metro daily, "Georgia still 49th out of 51."

Shedding some light on Millner
Politically Speaking

Guy "Moneybags" Millner, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, wants everyone in Georgia to believe that his Democratic opponent, state Rep. "Redneck Roy" Barnes, is a wild-eyed liberal.

Visiting the home folks and waiting on impeachment report
3rd District U.S. Congress

The most enjoyable part of my job as U.S. Representative is undoubtedly the time I spend working in Georgia's Third District. The past several weeks have been no exception.

It's all in the chemistry
Laugh Lines

Thank goodness for the science of our generation. Chemistry might just save this bored, morose, unsettled race of ours.

Letters From Our Readers

At $6,000 per pupil, are we getting our money's worth?
This morning I opened my paper and read that: "Fayette schools given top rating test scores go to the head of the class." Really? Or, is this an attempt to portray mediocre achievements as first class and encourage more people to move to Fayette for our "quality schools?"

Home-schoolers made choice; live with it
Okay, enough is enough. Bill Webster has bombarded us and our school board through letters to the editor enough. His latest tirade of Aug. 26 suggests that [Board member] Dr. Bob Todd won't respond. Well, I will.

Give the bands a break, and cut the McIntosh Chiefs some slack
Once again I find myself responding to the self-righteous rantings of Bill Bryan, this time in your Sept. 2 issue.

If only Mother Teresa had been blonde . . .
Re: Diana: Nice person, inappropriate idol. The headline of this article is what caught my attention. I couldn't believe I'd found another soul who thought as I did.

Sex, lies, and Mr. Clinton
I can appreciate Lee Howell's interpretation of Clinton's "apology," but I think the vast majority of Americans will be quite upset when all of the truth is revealed in the upcoming Starr report.

Teen Plus clinics: a defense
Let's take a look at the recent article bashing the Teen Plus Clinic here in Newnan. It was written by Vicki Hughes, in support of the recent closing of the Teen Plus Clinic in Carroll County.

Motor vehicle group: 'National ID card not what we're after'
Recently, many news outlets have published erroneous articles targeting the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration and Responsibility Act, especially Section 656 concerning state- issued drivers' licenses and their acceptance as proof of identity by the federal government.


Fayette's choices in heating suppliers to increase this fall
Fayette consumers will have to get used to a new name this fall when they pay their heating bills.

Business Briefs

Survey shows most value hard work and happy with careers
As Fayette County's and the country's economy keeps churning along, a solid majority of Americans said they are mainly or completely satisfied with their career situation.

Consumer group urges residents to invest instead of playing Lotto
Do you play the lottery with hopes of winning a big jackpot? If so, you probably already have some idea how you would spend some of the money by buying a new home or car or taking a really great vacation.


Christians, take a stand, show your faith
I hate controversy, but there are times you have to decide what you believe and take a stand. Some people refuse to commit themselves to anything.

Fall brings in festivals and fairs
A slight dip in temperature and a yearning for funnel cake means only one thing it's fair and festival time again.

Two-year-old Episcopal congregation growing
Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church, which began in a living room in Sharpsburg with 19 people, celebrates its second anniversary Sunday Sept. 13 as a congregation of 50 families looking for a place to build.

Fayette Samaritans
Fayette Samaritans volunteers say they have "a whole warehouse full" of donated clothing, most of which they hope to sell on Oct. 10 at the organization's next yard sale.

Real Estate

Protecting Private Property Rights
Sales of previously-owned homes provide a major boost to our nation's economy. Nationally, about 80 percent of homes sold each year are existing homes, making this sector of the industry a significant economic barometer.

Centex Homes holds model home grand opening
Centex Homes, the nation's largest builder of single-family detached homes, recently held a model home grand opening at its fully furnished model home in Timber Lake. More than 60 area realtors were on hand to tour the professionally decorated model.

Be prepared when closing on your house
Before you make an offer on the home of your dreams, be prepared. One in four homebuyers claim to have encountered unanticipated fees when closing, according to a recent study conducted by the Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA).

Home Builders Association to install new leaders tomorrow
The Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia will install the new slate of leaders on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the WhiteWater Country Club.

Goodhart, Hubbard join Rhodes as home fashion consultants
Diane Goodhart, Affiliate ASID, Chairholder the Color Marketing Group, has joined Rhodes Furniture in at the Fayette Pavilion in Fayetteville, Ga.

Local builder named senior vice president of John Wieland Homes Atlanta Operations
Local builder John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods has named Rick Carruthers the new senior vice president of John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods Atlanta Operations in a move that will position the company for continued growth and expansion.

Legacy Hills boasts of continued growth
The number of homes under construction in Legacy Hills community continues to grow. Of the 24 lots available in the first phase of the development, 12 are now sold and of the five spec homes currently under construction, two are under contract.

Multiple builders named in construction of master-planned SummerGrove
Pathway Communities, developer of SummerGrove at Newnan, is pleased to announce the select builder group for the new master-planned community.

Changing new homes
The National Association of Home Builders Research Council recently surveyed home builders to determine which features are most common in new homes.

The Real Estate Scene...

Board president selected as 1998 Realtor of the Year
Beverly Mobley of Century 21 Southern Crescent, the current president of the Fayette County Board of Realtors, was recently named the Realtor of the Year by the by the Georgia Association of Realtors.

Scarlett visits Millpond Manor
Millpond Manor, an upscale, custom home community characterized by its Southern charm, recently received a visit from Scarlett O'Hara.


Airshow to feature pyrotechnics, Golden Knights, aerobatics and more
Fasten your seat belts and get ready to take off for Peachtree City's weekend air show. "Wings Over Dixie" opens at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Falcon Field with enough exhibits, aerobatics and pyrotechnics to fill both days. The air show itself will open at 1 a.m. with the Golden Knights, the Army jump team from Fort Bragg, N.C., followed by a succession of heart-stopping air displays and feats of skill performed by local and visiting pilots.

Hammer Head maneuver leaves stomach spiraling
Have you ever heard the saying, "My heart was in my mouth"? I think I know how it originated: I suspect it was started by the first passenger in a stunt plane.


Fayetteville cafe aims to entertain younger crowd
The Lil' Memphis Blues Cafe in Fayetteville has changed its entertainment format to appeal more to the youth of the community.

Military Briefs

SCV sponsors exhibit Artist brushes up on Fayette
Fayette County native Nita Boyd McFarlin said she has always had an interest in being an artist.


Round-up time for Girl Scouts
The Girl Scouts of America have announced the schedule for Peachtree City's annual Registration Round-ups.


Earthy connection: walking sticks
Howard leaned on a walking stick when he came to vote a couple of weeks ago not a cane, mind you, but a walking stick.

Opening This Week



Brooke King the reason
The McIntosh Lady Chiefs softball team appears to be a force to be reckoned with. They are 11 and 1 and winners of the Sandy Creek Shoot-out, a softball tournament featuring 11 other high school teams from Georgia. If you go searching for the reason behind McIntosh's recent success, one name will keep popping up, Brooke King.

Lenny Wilkens will play in golf tournament
Lenny Wilkens, coach of the Atlanta Hawks, will play in the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council's Master of the Links Golf Tournament on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Sports Preview

Football Rollicking
One week down, nine more to go. High school football got off to a rollicking start last Friday and it only looks to get....rollickinger ?


Chiefs volleyball is on a roll
The McIntosh Lady Chief volleyball team is starting the short season well. They have cruised to a 5-0 record in their area, defeating Lagrange and Tri-Cities earlier this week. In their game against Tri-Cities, the serving was dominant.

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