The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections
Wednesday, November 11, 1998


Lawsuit: 4 road projects here 'illegally' OK'ed
Yesterday may go down in environmental history as the day the battle for clean air shifted to the court room. Fayette County drivers likely will feel the impact.

Ozone is the culprit, metro drivers are the offenders, environmentalists charge
Yesterday four environmental advocacy organizations announced their intent to sue transportation planners for alleged illegal road construction in Georgia.

F'ville:What to do about traffic woes?
Transportation possibly is the biggest long-term challenge facing the city of Fayetteville, the city's leaders have concluded.

Flat Creek student gets bus suspension after fracas
The fatal bus stop attack on a 13-year-old Cherokee County boy by a 15-year-old has one Fayette County parent asking questions.

Planning Commission: 'Yes' to Hwy. 85-Starr's Mill store
Commercial activity may be coming to the Starr's Mill area despite the protests of residents and Fayette County's planning staff.

Planning panel recommends rejection of increased density on Antioch Road
Bobby Jackson's plan to put 53 homes on 135.5 acres on Antioch Road is about 16 homes too dense, the county Planning Commission decided last week.

Tyrone sets impact fees for new residential development
Developers could soon start paying impact fees to the town of Tyrone after the Town Council gave their blessings to an impact fee ordinance last Thursday.

County expresses concerns over 488-home plan for Highway 74
Fayette County officials are expressing concerns about a planned 180-acre, 488-home mixed use development in the city of Fairburn, but the county's comments may have little impact at this point.

Planners ready new 'visual' rules for Hwy. 85 developers
New design restrictions for businesses along Ga. Highway 85 north of Fayetteville are on their way back to the Fayette County Board of Commissioners.

Brooks Council to attend BOE meeting on school zones to protest middle school move
The Brooks Town Council, in an unusual move, has moved it's regular meeting of Nov. 16th to Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Kiwanians seek cooperative effort on fairground plan
Members of the Fayette County Kiwanis Club and Fayette County officials are working to find ways the county can help develop a new fairground for the club.

County planners now studying designation of Pine Trail Road
Controversy over development plans for a Pine Trail Road shopping center has crossed Fayetteville's city limits and involved Fayette County.

Fayette needs more industry?
Fayette County faces an uncertain economic future because it is "extremely dependent on other counties for its economic quality of life," an economic expert says.

Democrat Senator-elect Hecht to focus on red tape, tax cuts
Between now and the crack of the gavel opening the Georgia General Assembly in January, state senator-elect Greg Hecht plans to meet with virtually everyone responsible for leading the 34th district into the next millennium.

Gov.-elect Barnes taps PTC's Cowan to co-chair air quality task force
After decades of shunning the public spotlight, Joel Cowan appears headed for a meaningful role in the administration of Georgia's new governor, Roy Barnes.

PTC Council approves 217 upscale apartments in Kedron
A 217-unit apartment complex will be built at Ga. Highway 74 and Kedron Drive, but if Peachtree City officials get their way, few travelers on Hwy. 74 will notice.

Cox aims for education or industry committee
When the Georgia legislature convenes in January, Kathy Cox, state representative for the 105th district, will get to practice what has until now been largely theoretical for Kathy Cox, Sandy Creek High School government and world history teacher.

Council meetings cancelled
The Fayetteville City Council's work session scheduled for tonight and regular business meeting scheduled for Monday have been cancelled due to lack of agenda items.


Newt's resignation

The media used words like "bombshell" and "shock" to describe Newt's resignation.

Newt acted like a statesman, not like many politicians
3rd District U.S. Congress

I was very disappointed and surprised by the news that [6th District Rep.] Newt [Gingrich] has stepped down as Speaker of the House.

The new definition of good character
Real Answers

Somewhere in the 1960s when social revolution struck the cultural landscape with hurricane-like intensity a new definition of the word "character" began to emerge.

Honor veterans on Veterans Day1998
American Legion National Commander

Democracy reigns on lands consecrated by the sacrifice of ordinary men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. We call these special people "veterans."

Murphy comes out of the closet
Laugh Lines

I want to say something to gays and lesbians worldwide. You don't own the closet and you never did.

Letters From Our Readers

Cover eyesore pipe with foot bridge at Starr's Mill
I lived in Fayetteville for a year and a half, then my wife and I moved to Senoia, where we now live. Every day on my way to work I pass Starr's Mill. It is a beautiful picturesque scene. At least it used to be.

Need info on FCHS Class of '79
I am very interested in finding out details for the next 20-year school reunion for the class of 1979. I have lived abroad for most of the last 20 years and no longer have any contacts with Fayette County High School, its staff, faculty or students.

Any cemetery help in Woolsey?
I'm trying to find out for our friends about the Woolsey Baptist Church. If anyone there can help her find someone who has a listing of all who are buried in the Woolsey Cemetery.


Southside business leader starts new scholarship at Clayton College
A successful local businessman and former continuing education student recently established a new scholarship at Clayton College & State University.

Leadership Needed More Than Ever
What is the difference between a manager and a leader? Answer: EVERYTHING. The lights are on, but nobody is home.

Siemens selects EMC as electricity provider
When Siemens Electromechanical Components Inc. executives moved into their new 90,000-square-feet headquarters building in Peachtree City this month, their electric power was provided by Coweta-Fayette EMC.

Hospital announces two new trustees
The Fayette Community Hospital board of trustees announced two new board members recently.


Local church deserves support first
Religion Columnist
These are busy days for churches. These are also busy days for charitable, nonprofit groups like the Salvation Army and even local charities.


Hopewell UMC Fall Revival begins Sunday
Hopewell United Methodist Church in Tyrone is hosting a Fall Revival beginning this week, featuring renowned evangelist Rev. Bob Nelson of Lexington, Ky.

Women's Aglow features speaker who overcame childhood abuse
Benji Clark Mallory is guest speaker at the November meetings of the Peachtree City chapter of Women's Aglow Fellowship International.

Upcoming seminar teaches how to become 'contagious Christians'
"Becoming a Contagious Christian," a seminar that shows believers how to share the Gospel in a natural way while being the person God made them to be, is being offered at Braelinn Baptist Church starting Nov. 22.

Churches gathering to pray and fast
Staff Writer

The next great spiritual awakening may be just around the corner, and thousands of Christian across the country are gathering this week in prayer and fasting in an effort to bring about that national spiritual revival.

Religion Briefs

World missions is focus of brunch
"Touching the World" is the theme for Saturday Brunch at First Baptist Church of Peachtree City this weekend, featuring popular speaker and worldwide mission worker Wanda Lee.

Real Estate

Protecting Private Property Rights
Since buying a home is probably the single largest investment most people will ever make, the $200 to $500 expense of a professional home inspection is well worth the cost.

Charitable Real Estate Agencies
Not only does the real estate market continue to draw people from all over to the homes of Fayette and Coweta counties, they are giving back to the community through various fund-raisers and charity benefits.

1998 Decorator Showplace opens to benefit charity
Visitors will line the curbs of the 1998 Decorator Showplace Nov. 14-22 for a tour with proceeds benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Newnan. Newnan Junior Service League members will be guiding the tours to raise funds for the new club's facility that is set to open next spring.

Clairmont styled with seniors needs in mind
Visitors to Clairmont, the new Fayetteville community for citizens age 55 or older, will sense a feeling of both Southern hospitality and nostalgia as they traverse streets named Biltmore Drive, Clairmont Court, and Winecoff Drive.

Reverse mortgages help older Americans stay at home
In this day and age, people are living longer and healthier than ever before. For most home owners, the question isn't "Will I continue to live in my home after retirement?" but "How long after retirement will I be able to stay in my home and continue living independently?"

Class action lawsuit with Masonite OmniWood settled
It has been determined that Masonite OmniWood Siding was distributed and used extensively in the Atlanta area.

More families can become homeowners
"Many people in our community have been waiting for the announcement which came this week from the Federal Housing Administration," said Martha Fulmer, president of Mortgage Matters, Inc. in Fayetteville.

The Real Estate Scene...


Chiefs and Tigers reflect as season ends
The season is over for both the McIntosh Chiefs and the Fayette County Tigers. Logistically speaking, it was over about a week and a half ago.

Regular season ends for AAAA, one week left for Patriots, Panthers and War Eagles

Chief girls champs as county gives good showing at state meet
Last spring, Coach Charles Buckle, the coach of the McIntosh cross country team , heard he had an outside shot at the state championships this fall, if his team of incoming freshmen could gel quickly enough and work hard enough.


Doing it right
We parked our little motor home on the lawn of a friend's cottage on Prince Edward Island and spent half of August waiting for summer in Georgia to be over. That was long enough to make numerous day-trips and longer excursions to find out what the islanders are doing right.

HOPE eligibility changing
Every Georgia high school freshman, sophomore and junior should have received a mailed reminder that eligibility for Georgia's HOPE scholarship has changed.

Participate in America Recycles Day contest
Keep Fayette Beautiful is coordinating a variety local activities between Nov. 14-21 to help Fayette residents learn more about recycling and the availability of products made from recycled materials.

Parade applicants sought
The fifth annual Main Street Fayetteville Parade is set for Saturday, Dec. 5, beginning at Jeff Davis and Kathi Avenue.

Historical Society hears families' stories
The Fayette County Historical Society recently had its monthly meeting at the newly refurbished Inman Train Depot. Fayette natives Rob Minter and wife Jana, (of Inman and Kenwood, respectively), and Rob's father, Jim Minter, have turned the old depot building into a music studio for Jana.

Club's 'delicate' work on display
The Delicate Brush China Club's exhibit of hand-painted, fired, porcelain art is on display at the Fayette County Public Library in Fayetteville through Thursday, Nov. 19.

Concert/chili supper tomorrow for Olympics-bound FCHS band
The Fayette County High School Band has been chosen to perform at the Sept. 15, 2000, opening ceremonies for the Olympics in Sydney, Australia. According to band director Kenny Beard, the FCHS band was selected by World Projects Corporation, based in California, from "the five best bands in Atlanta."

Local eatery is helping the fight against AIDS
Hungry residents who also want to do a good deed should head to Agnes & Muriel's restaurant in Peachtree City today.

'Heartfelt' essay a winner for girl, teacher
Cathleen McKernan, a seventh grader at J.C. Booth Middle School in Peachtree City, never considered herself a gifted writer, but her winning essay on her favorite teacher, Harriette Murray, proved otherwise.

Santa to visit Noel November
A visit from Santa is just part of the fun scheduled for this Saturday's Noel November A Celebration of Trees and Wreaths, the annual fund-raiser sponsored by the Fayette County Board of Realtors.

Pine straw certificate required
The Georgia Forestry Commission has issued a seasonal reminder that anyone gathering pine straw without a "Certificate of Harvest" from the rightful landowner is guilty of a misdemeanor under Georgia law. Pine straw in recent years has become an important product of Georgia's forests, used as a mulching material that is in high demand by gardeners, landscapers and others.

Women to light up 'Stars' Nov. 21
Several talented women will take the stage for the Saturday, Nov. 21, Stars on the Southern Crescent coffee house.

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