The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections
Wednesday, October 14, 1998


Mailboxes= Roadrisks?
Laws governing monument-style mailbox supports in Fayette County will get still more scrutiny tomorrow night at the Fayette County Planning Commission meeting.

Is it end of the road for Dixon's plan?
Developer P.K. Dixon will stand before the Fayetteville City Council tonight and again next Monday, possibly firing the last shots in a zoning battle that has lasted almost a year.

F'ville man sought on kidnapping charge
Fayetteville Police are searching for a kidnapping suspect after an incident in a parking lot at Fayette Pavilion last week.

Water schemes
A water war is quietly brewing among three Southeastern states, and its outcome could affect water supply in Fayette and Coweta counties.

PTC planners decline request to clear-cut industrial lots
The Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday turned down a bid by Pathway Communities to "pre-grade" two unsold industrial lots in the city's industrial area.

PTC Council to consider zoning variance requests

Rules aside, cell tower recommended on Ga. Hwy. 85 north
A 250-foot communications tower proposed for 17.87 acres on Ga. Highway 85 breaks some of the county's rules for such towers, but it has one thing going for it.

Highway 85 overlay to get another look

Office cluster slated for 54 at Corinth Rd.
Plans for an office complex on 4.76 acres near the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 east and Corinth Road are moving forward now that the Board of Commissioners has approved zoning for the project.

County continues hunt for office space for new superior court judge
Fayette County officials are still looking for a place to put Superior Court Judge-elect Chris Edwards.

Fayetteville council delays action on law restricting tents, canopies
The unregulated use of temporary structures like tents and canopies "may endanger the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Fayetteville," according to the preamble to a proposed new set of regulations.

Sheriff's office to chill out with new air conditioner
Fayette County is spending $9,885.77 to cool off the sheriff's office.

Tyrone Council to consider charging fees on developers
The Town of Tyrone takes a look at the future tomorrow night

Beckett named to NACo panel
Fayette's county administrator Billy Beckett has been named a member of the National Association of Counties' Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee by NACo President Betty Lou Ward.


Why are we still discussing mailboxes?

I never cease to be amazed at the extreme comfort our city and county government representatives seem to enjoy as they enact regulations that affect everything from what color a business's roof can be to what kind of plants can be put in its window boxes.

Spamming the globe in rhyme
Laugh Lines

Feeling in a rather Mother Goosey mood here are some of our current events put to childish verse.

Letters From Our Readers

'Bravest little Yankee's' mom wishes t-shirt fuss would disappear
My son is the so-called "Bravest Little Yankee."

Viet veterans' meeting touches reader
I want to compliment Kay S. Pedrotti for the beautiful job she did in writing the article about Vietnam veterans Doug Field and Ron Martin [Oct. 7].

Are taxpayers ready to pay for new math here?
I have over the past several months read some letters to the editor concerning the math program that is currently being used in the Fayette County School System.

Homeschooling does better job for children
Letter writer Alex Sherry shared with us what we already know, that Chicago math is just one of the many problems in our schools. The primary complaint was that the "onus is put on the parents," because most of the written work is done at home.

Council should annex quickly 1,166 acres on PTC's west side
A letter to the Peachtree City Council, staff, and residents:

Fayette's math curriculum is best for kids in today's world
Throughout the 1990s, I have observed the development of the secondary mathematics curriculum of the Fayette County Board of Education.

Electrics not such a good deal for taxpayers?
As is usually the case with your opinion, your column, titled "Ignorance is bliss for most Americans" in the Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998 edition of The Citizen, is a thoughtful statement of a scary, and dangerous condition of the body politic today.

Which Clinton characteristic should your kids emulate?
Our forefathers, in their infinite wisdom, knew that an unfit person could possible achieve a position of importance in our system of government. They put a clause in the Constitution that deals with the impeachment of an unfit person.

Murphy hits hilarious homer
Billy Murphy, you scored a home run with your hilarious column on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Republicans have done poor job of planning for growth
I would like to raise my concern over the Republican leadership here in Fayette County. It seems to me that they have not done a very good job in planning, responding to the public, and in managing our tax dollars. We have seen problem after problem and I believe that we need a change.

Barnes: I want to represent homeowner
My name is Stuart Barnes, I am a Democrat, and I am running for Post 5, Fayette County Commission. I am 57 years old, served honorably in the United States Navy, and have lived in Fayette County since 1978.

Flu, pneumonia kill more each year than AIDS: Get immunized
The public and many health care providers may not realize that more Americans die of influenza and pneumococcal disease than either breast cancer or AIDS each year.

Ignorance is bliss for most Americans 'Me first'
I can only sadly agree with you that a great many people in this country count the state of their financial security as the only measure of the condition of their lives.

Parole Board seeks input from crime victims
The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In a large number of criminal cases in Georgia the perpetrator of a crime and the victim are related in some way; often they are domestic partners.


Panasonic,Tyrone Rock are 'spirited'winners
The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce held its first "Spirit of Industry Award" banquet last week at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center and handed out spirit awards to two of the county's leading industries.

Accord tops list of stolen cars
Fayette residents who own a Honda Accord should beware after a new report from the FBI.

Business Briefs

State eliminates last tax penny on groceries
Residents who have been grocery shopping this month may have noticed their grocery bills were slightly lower. That's because the final one cent sales tax on food was abolished by the state Oct.1.


As long as there is life, there is hope
A couple of weeks ago I witnessed one of the most exciting football games I have ever seen. The game was between Sandy Creek High School and Forest Park High School.

Fayetteville Adventist holding 'Next Millennium' seminar
A "Next Millennium" seminar is being conducted at Fayetteville Adventist Church through Sunday Oct. 18.

Dwight K. Nelson, author of "Countdown to the Showdown" and other books, is the guest speaker.

1,500 to attend Beth Moore conference
The interdenominational group Women Seeking God's Best, comprised of members from 24 area churches, will host a conference featuring author Beth Moore this weekend at the Starr's Mill High School Auditorium.


Religion Briefs

New kindergarten director sees school as ministry to community
First Presbyterian Kindergarten in Peachtree City has a new director, Susan Gilbert, and is opening a new learning center.

Local singers of 'Justified' introduce album in F'ville
The contemporary Christian singing group "According to John" will introduce their first album on KMG Records at Sonrise Christian Bookstore in Fayetteville Oct. 20.


Women's Day celebrated at Fairburn AME Sunday
Preparations are under way for a celebration of "Christian Women Standing Firm on the Battlefield for the Lord" at St. John AME Church in Fairburn.


Teams go head to head for playoff positions, a look ahead for Friday
For the first time this season teams that are in our area began to face each other. The results were not exactly pretty.

Lakers see few bright spots
The Clayton State mens soccer team lost another heartbreaker in a season of seemingly endless heartbreakers.

Local teams face off in region play

Sports Calendar

Volleyball served up Saturday
Volleyball ends for most of us when we pack up the car and leave the beach. The fun was just beginning for our local high school volleyball teams as they headed to their area tournaments.


Simplify, sure... but, how?
The subject comes up periodically, this time at a church women's retreat focusing on Anne Lindbergh's book, "Gift from the Sea." The first chapters urged us to simplify our lives, discover ourselves, take time to meditate.

'Miracle of the Hills'

Book Review

"Little Martha Nell Hobbs, the name shortened by her parents to Marnel because that was easier to say, had heard the story of her miracle birth hundreds of times growing up...."

Technical study enrollment continues to rise
Georgia's technical institutes posted record enrollments this past summer, marking the 28th consecutive quarter of increasing enrollment. This summer's enrollment of 34,267 is a dramatic 10.9 percent increase from last summer's 30,889.

Series of open houses set at Clayton State
High school students and their parents will get a chance to find out more about academics and college life at a series of open houses on the campus of Clayton College & State University.

Refresher driving class set
The Peachtree City Recreation Department and the AARP will be sponsoring a 55 Alive Refresher Driving Class for persons age 50 and over.

Military Brief

Theatrical company seeking personnel
Offshoot Productions, a Fayette County-based theatrical company, is accepting resumes for artistic and technical personnel for the 1998-99 season. Stage managers and assistant directors are particularly invited to submit their resumes.

'Pirates' ready to entertain
Pirates will be invading the beach at the Clayton County International Park. The two nights of treats and entertainment for children ages 3-12 are scheduled for Oct. 30 and 31, from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $3 for children, $1 for adults.

Turtles and squirrels and snakes, oh, my!
A true wildlife rehabilitator can make you feel sorry for a boa constrictor.

'Evening Under the Starrs' auction scheduled for Nov. 7
Rising Starr Middle School will host their first "Evening Under the Starrs" live/silent auction fund-raiser Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. Proceeds will go toward various equipment purchases for the new school.

National School Lunch Week emphasizes nutrition, taste, variety
Fayette County is celebrating the 35th annual National School Lunch Week, aimed at demonstrating to America that school meals are nutritious, healthy and tasty.

Spring Hill gets the red out
Spring Hill Elementary School in Fayetteville has scheduled a series of events and activities to coincide with Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 26-30.

Tall tales on tap
Well-known Appalachian humorist Chuck Larkin makes his first appearance at Stars on the Southern Crescent coffee house Saturday, Oct. 17, at National Heights Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

Opening This Week

Real Estate

Peachtree City Tour of Homes set for Oct. 17-18
Pathway Communities, formerly Peachtree City Development Corportation, will conduct the 14th annual Peachtree City Classic Tour of Homes, Oct. 17-18 from noon-6 p.m. daily. The free tour will highlight some of the finest homes and homebuilders in Peachtree City.

Help Around the House:
The U.S. homeownership rate rose to 66 percent in the third quarter of 1997, the highest level ever recorded. A record 66.7 million Americans now own their own homes.

Look before you sign
You've found the home that meets your needs and fulfills your dreams and you're ready to make an offer. So, what's next? At this point, you'll sit down with the real estate professional who showed you the property and prepare a sales contract.

Certified residential specialist offers home buyers guidelines
"Recently, the National Association of Realtors estimated that buyers will purchase 6.18 million homes this year," said Betty G. George, CRS.

'Drive Home A Winner' promotion runs through Nov. 8
The final day for local residents to participate in Coldwell Real Estate Corporation and Cadillac's second "Decorate Your Driveway: Drive Home a Winner" national promotion is Sunday, Nov. 8.

Wieland introduces new phase in The Estates
The tradition continues in Fayette County as National Builder of the Year John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods announces its second phase at The Estates of Southampton, The Enclave.

Kedron Hills celebrates 100th sale
Kedron Hills has once again proven to be one of Peachtree City's most successful new home neighborhoods by completing its 100th sale.

McCurty to Market Homes in Ivy Place
Lleda McCurty of Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty's Tri-County/Riverdale office has been named marketing representative in Ivy Place, a Clayton County community which recently entered its second phase.

Metro South House Hunters Enthusiastic Over Promotion From Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty and Ethan Allen
In an age defined by consumer preference toward value, convenience and a focus on the home environment, Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty hit the mark with its unprecedented Spring 1998 pairing with Ethan Allen.

New Home Builders President
Dennis Floyd of Chadwick Homes Inc. is the newly-elected president of the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia.

Noel November festivities ready to go
Area residents are encouraged to mark Nov. 14 on their calendars as the Fayette County Board of Realtors will host the 1998 "Noel November A Celebration of Trees and Wreathes."

Phase 4 opens in Prestwick at River's Edge Plantation
Thirteen home sales have already been recorded in Phase 4 of Prestwick at River's Edge Plantation, which has homes priced from the low $100,000s.

Pittman places first as top loan producer
Barbara Pittman, a mortgage originator with PNB Mortgage, recently received recognition for her loan production. Pittman placed first out of 34 originators for producing over $36 million in 1998.

The Real Estate Scene...

The Courtyards offer affordable, family homes with amenities
Lucy Freeland and Joyce Cosby of Lucy Freeland Realty have been appointed on-site sales representatives at The Courtyards, a new community of patio homes in Newnan being built by Meyer-Sutton Homes, one of South Atlanta's leading home builders.

Phase II selling well in The Meadows, Phase III opening expected later this fall
With the third and final phase scheduled to open later this fall, only 28 homes and homesites are still available for purchase in The Meadows, a 153-home community on Tara Road in Clayton County.