The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections
Wednesday, September 16, 1998


BOE hears proposal for charter school
Fayette County may get its first charter school if a planning grant submitted Tuesday to the Georgia Department of Education is approved.

'Smoke-free' signs to remain optional for F'ville businesses
Fayetteville City Council Monday enacted a smoking resolution, but the council's decision is not binding on local businesses.

Do you believe in magic?
Fairy tales can come true. Main Street Fayetteville's Lisa Martin has proved it.

1 year old, Fayette hospital flexes to meet demand
When officials opened the doors at Fayette Community Hospital a year ago, they didn't really know what to expect.

Hospital creates medical history display
Fayette Community Hospital is taking a cue from one traditional American Indian way giving away gifts on its own birthday.

Local hospital big contributor to Fayette economy
After just one year in operation, Fayette County's hospital is generating millions of dollars through the county's churning economic engine.

338 physicians on staff at Fayette Community
Fayette Community Hospital continues to grow, not only in the number of patients, but also in the number of facilities, services and physicians available to the county.

Cell tower master plan on agenda tomorrow
Fayette planning officials are seeking public comment again this Thursday on a proposed master plan for communications towers in the county.

Ga. Highway 85 design rules to get more scrutiny Thursday
Fayette County planners will continue their discussion of how to make Ga. Highway 85 north a "scenic gateway into Fayette" during their workshop meeting tomorrow night.

PTC Council sets hearing on creating special sewer district for Huddleston Rd.
A public hearing on the final documents for creating the Huddleston Road Special Sewer District will be held during the regular meeting tomorrow night of the Peachtree City Council.

Water officials to explain Hwy. 92 tank plans
Fayette County officials will make their case for a new water tank at Ga.Highway 92 and Lee's Mill Road to the people most affected by the tank... its neighbors.

15,000 view PTC air show
Falcon Field was eerily empty and quiet Monday afternoon following a weekend of high-flying history. Peachtree City's first-ever air show, Wings Over Dixie, closed Sunday evening with patrons, performers and organizers mostly pleased .

3 injured, traffic snarled for hours on Hwy. 314 in Sept. 8 accident
Three persons were injured in a traffic accident that tied up traffic along Ga. Highway 314 north of Fayetteville for hours last week.

Airport chief DeCosta listens to concerns about Hartsfield expansion
Atlanta Hartsfield Airport manager Benjamin DeCosta made it clear last Thursday to South Fulton Chamber of Commerce members that his primary concern in his job is carrying out the wishes of Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell.

Pine seedlings available from Georgia Forestry Commission
The Georgia Forestry Commission is now accepting orders for pine seedlings to be planted this fall and winter. Application forms are available at all Georgia Forestry Commission offices. Orders need to be placed as soon as possible so gardeners can be assured of the seedlings they want and will need.


Why are Democrats deserting the ship?

As I write this, it is Thursday and independent counsel Kenneth Starr delivered his report to Congress yesterday afternoon. (The report, released to the public Friday, is available to read or to download on The Citizen's website

Sen. Coverdell running in circles?
Politically Speaking

In just one term in office, U. S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., has become known in Washington's corridors of power as a "real power."

While House considers Starr report, much work continues
3rd District U.S. Congress

With the delivery of the report of the independent counsel to Capitol Hill this week, the House of Representatives lifts a grave weight onto its shoulders.

Rip time
Laugh Lines

Rip-offs, scams, swindles and cons. We think we are above such seemingly moron-involving crimes. Think again. Our day-to-day existence is nothing more than a series of stings by those we trust the most.

Letters From Our Readers

Fayette SAT scores: Falling to mediocrity?
Is our county beginning to reap what it has sown in its approach to education?

Despite spin, money for public education buys results
So, [Editor-at-large] Dave [Hamrick], who is putting the spin on what?

What a sight! Kids in buses!
I would like to report an unusual sighting in Fayette County Children riding schoolbuses.

Fayette needs bike group
We read the letter about bicycling written by Carleton Williams with great interest. One cannot help but admire this man and applaud his courage and willingness to redirect thoughts associated with his accident toward productive and contributory endeavors.

Everyday math is fun learning for kids
Both my children began the Everyday Math program in kindergarten. They are currently in the third and fourth grades at Kedron Elementary, and both are doing extremely well. Both are 'drilled' in the math facts in their classrooms.

Absent McIntosh, SATs are below U.S. average
I would like to inform the citizens of Fayette that the Concerned Parents for a Better Fayette Education group has launched its own website on Access Atlanta. The address is:

Remember the source of all true riches
Here are some thoughts on the economy: With the stock market doing roller coaster rides, dropping sharply and, then, "rallying" again more recently, it seems conducive to present some Biblical guidelines, though very limited, on the subject of money.

Don't abolish parole, probation options
The public can be easily confused by the various disciplines within the Georgia criminal justice system and the high degree of misinterpretation can be attributed to a number of factors.

Dining Guide

City Cafe now open
Leaders of Fayetteville's Main Street program now have something they've been hoping for... a quality restaurant downtown.

America celebrates the classic burger

Outback Steakhouse offers superiority in quality and taste
As an area's dining options increase, the first thing that usually follows is the invasion of chain restaurants. Many links in some of the chains offer bland and tasteless food, but every now and then, a chain gets it right.
A taste of Mexico found at San Marcos
For a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine, try out one of the newest additions to Fayetteville, the San Marcos Mexican Restaurant, located at the Banks Station Shopping Center.


New officers set at hospital
Fayette Community Hospital recently announced the election of its first three medical staff officers.

New group starts wrangling with traffic, growth problems
Fayette Countians are watching closely as the Metro Atlanta Transportation Initiative starts tackling the region's traffic congestion problems.

Business Briefs

Survey claims that part of the work week is lost to poor communication
Managers searching for the best ways to improve office productivity may not have to look beyond the spoken word.

Local business owner tabbed as best in the state
A Fayetteville business owner has been named the American Worker of the Year by Dickies Workwear.


Flat Creek Baptist anticipates Basic Seminar
Flat Creek Baptist Church will host the first-ever southside Atlanta Basic Seminar and Children's Institute with Bill Gothard, Sept. 21-26, where attendees will be taught how to apply the basic principles and the Character First program in the city, government, community, schools and families.

Follow the Bible, not the Kinsey report
It is the 50th anniversary of Alfred Kinsey's report, "Sexuality and the Human Male," and the introduction of the "sexual revolution."

Religion Briefs

Catholic Group 'Call to Action' To Meet Sept. 26
The first program for the newly-formed "Call to Action" Chapter in Georgia will be held in Decatur Sept. 26.

Fayetteville First UMC celebrates homecoming
Ending its sesquicentennial activities, the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church held a Homecoming celebration.


Girl's softball hits fifth week

Chiefs cross country team hits the warpath
The McIntosh boys and girls cross country team participated in the Berry Invitational on Saturday, at Berry College in Rome,GA.

How your local football team fared Friday

An apology to fans of Fayette County
I would like to express my apologies for the behavior of the Newnan football team, coaches, and most of the fans during the game between Newnan and Fayette County Friday night.

Magnetic schedules scam locals
Would you like to have your businesses name advertised on a magnetic schedule ? How about those cute, little footballs that the cheerleaders throw out at halftime ? Not your cup of tea ? What about a poster of the football team with your company's ad on the bottom ?

Lady Panthers and Chiefs spiked in Cobb Co. Tourney
The Cobb County Invitational volleyball tournament was not friendly to the local teams that participated.

Sports Calendar


Hollingsworth House campaign is under way
The steering committee for the restoration of The Hollingsworth House recently sponsored a reception at the home of Dan and Sylvia Davis to outline its plans for a capital campaign.

In love with the Great White North
Thud. That's me, falling in love again with the most exquisite part of the world I've visited since well, since the last time I fell in love with a destination.

Military Briefs

Registration ongoing for Clayton State continuing ed classes
Registrations are still being completed for many fall semester continuing education classes offered at Clayton College & State University. Although many classes have already begun, registration continues for a number of other courses that begin later in the session.

Fayette Ballet open in new location
The staff of Fayette Ballet has announced its relocation to a new facility at 102 North Georgia Highway 85.

Foresters are ready with helpful advice
The Georgia Forestry Commission offers a wide range of forest management services available to both landowners and homeowners.

Gardening clinics offered
Fall is an excellent time for planting bulbs, perennials, shrubs and trees, and according to Judi Kubitz, Home Depot plant doctor and a Fayette County Master Gardener, now is the time to take advantage of Home Depot's gardening department clinics.

Educational site opens on coast
Coastal Encounters Nature Center, in association with the Jekyll Island Authority, has opened its second educational site at Jekyll Island on the southeast Georgia coast.

Kiwanis fair set for Sept. 28-Oct. 3
The 47th annual Fayette County Kiwanis Fair is scheduled for Sept. 28-Oct. 3 at the Kiwanis Fields on Redwine Road in Fayetteville. The fair will feature new games and rides, concessions and plenty of entertainment. All proceeds from the fair will be donated to charitable organizations.

Master Gardener class application deadline nears
Do you like working with plants? Do you enjoy being around people? If the answers are "yes," then you might want to become a Master Gardener.

Military Briefs


1998 Old South Ball set to light up Atlanta Depot
The Holliday House Association has announced its third annual Old South Ball a fun evening of dining and dancing to benefit the Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House museum in Fayetteville. This year's ball will be Sept. 26, 6-11 p.m., at the Georgia Railroad Depot in Atlanta.

When tractors come to push and shove
You've heard of tractor pulls, but a tractor push? That's just one of many events scheduled for the second annual Inman Farm Heritage Days set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-20, 9 a.m. until dark.

Knights float through Fayette skies
"One more pass, and we'll be hot," Specialist First Class Jake Brown says as the U.S. Army's Golden Knights jump plane circles above Falcon Field. Hot?

Pet adoption addresses shelter overpopulation
As many as 27 million cats and dogs are received by animal shelters each year in the United States. Because these shelters are so overburdened, 80 percent of the cats and two-thirds of the dogs are euthanized.

Amphitheater set to host hot jazz of Spyro Gyra
Jazz band Spyro Gyra will perform Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. at Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City.

Weekend brings Fayette's turn as 'festival county'
Craft lovers and carnival junkies, take heart: You can do it all. Start out Saturday morning with a brisk 5K jog in Tyrone's Chip Chase or circle Shamrock Lake at a leisurely pace before heading to Shamrock Park at 9 a.m. for more Founder's Day activities. Browse the craft booths and take in the car show, duck race, parade and midway before boarding the bus for Peachtree City's Shakerag arts and crafts festival.

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