The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections
Wednesday, January 6, 1999


Commission debates election of chairman
Methods for choosing the Fayette County Commission chairman will be the first issue the county's governing body faces when it convenes for the first time in 1999 today.

School board begins its own search for new superintendent
The search for a new Fayette County school superintendent to replace the retiring Superintendent Dave Brotherton was initiated Monday night by the county school board.

Pine Trail Rd. shopping center fight continues
The saga continues for residents of the Pine Trail Road area and developers who want to put a shopping center at the road's intersection with Ga. Highway 85.

Fayette catches breath after '97-'98's torrid building pace
After having nine major companies announce they were moving to Fayette County in 1997, last year's lack of corporate moves to the county may have some business leaders worried.

Mews rezoning, Wynnmeade Parkway closing, multifamily moratorium on PTC agenda
Four public hearings, each subject debated in previous incarnations, highlight the agenda for the Peachtree City Council meeting tomorrow at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Wieland Homes seeks zoning change for 47-home Bernhard Rd. subdivision
A planned 40-home John Wieland subdivision at Bernhard and Redwine roads will be on the agenda as the Fayette County Planning Commission gathers for its first meeting of 1999 tomorrow.

Jeff Davis Plantation addition on agenda again after rejection

Waffle House gets its 32 parking spaces
A proposed Waffle House restaurant on Ga. Highway 85 south is back on the front burner in Fayetteville thanks to the City Council.

Ethics rules are on county agenda today
Ethics, a frequent topic of conversation for Fayette County commissioners during 1998, will be on the agenda for the governing body's first meeting of 1999.

Teenaged girl's death ruled apparent suicide
The death of Katherine Ann Roehm, 18, on Jan. 1 has been ruled an apparent suicide by law enforcement investigators, reports show.

PTC police charge College Park man with McDonald's burglary
Peachtree City police are charging a College Park man, arrested Christmas weekend in a Fayette County burglary, with the same charge in a break-in at McDonald's on Crosstown Drive earlier that week, says police chief James Murray.

State EPD to check safety of 15 PTC waste barrels
Larry Turner, manager of the Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority, says he is ready to meet with state officials from the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) about 15 old barrels on the Flat Creek sewage treatment facility grounds.

99-acre landfill near Fayette-Fulton line faces hearing Jan. 12
A public hearing on a permit for a 99-acre construction landfill near the Fayette-Fulton County line will be held Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. at the South Fulton Service Center, 5700 Stonewall Tell Road, College Park.

Partisanship, progress both evident in Fayette during '98
Voters said in a 1997 survey that they were dissatisfied with their government representatives, and they backed up the assertion in 1998 by sending incumbents packing.

Tyrone comes through tumultuous year
Last year in Tyrone can best be summarized by one word: contentious.

Fayetteville put revitalization up front in '98
For Fayetteville residents, 1998 was a bellwether year as the city made bigger than usual strides on a number of fronts.


President seeing the light on military?

The headlines fairly leaped off the page Saturday: Clinton plans spending hike for defense.

Seeing double: Movies meet Murphy
Laugh Lines

They say that nothing is original anymore. They say there is nothing new to be written, filmed, invented or dreamed.

Letters From Our Readers

Pandering for Clinton, NOW becomes WAS
As America prepares to ring in the new year, I thought it was so profound to witness the complete destruction of N.O.W. (the National Organization of Women).

Arguably, are Republicans too riven to be right?
Someone asked me the other day how we've gotten into this unnecessary political conundrum, and this is what I told him.

Mews project should be approved
On Thursday evening, Jan. 7, the City Council of Peachtree City will vote on the "Mews at Peachtree City" project proposed for the intersection of Ga. Highway 54 and Walt Banks Road.

By refusing facilities, school board is denying equality to Starr's Mill athletes
This letter is in response to the Board of Education meeting held on Dec. 21 and the conversation [board member Debbie Condon] initiated with me after it.

Glad this teacher is gone
Thank you for taking my letter. This is in response to "Give Veteran Teachers a break" in the letters, e-mails, faxes section of the Dec. 30, 1998 Citizen newspaper.

Here's how to get safety video
In [the Dec. 30] issue of The Citizen there is a letter to the editor entitled "Rude treatment at hands of cable company" submitted by Joan Hanson of Morrow.

Help a firefighter's family
On New Year's Eve, while most of us were celebrating and making our resolutions for 1999, a young husband and father lost his life while fighting a deliberately-set fire at a church in northeast Georgia.


Crown Andersen acquires N.Y. firm
Peachtree City-based Crown Andersen, Inc. announced recently the purchase of Syracuse-based Griffin Environmental Company, Inc. for $2.5 million in cash.

Estate planning seminar is scheduled
Pyke & Associates, P.C., along with sponsor Christian City, will present a free seminar on estate planning Jan. 19 in Fayetteville.

County's unemployment rate plummets to under 2 percent
Fayette County's employment rate dropped two-tenths of a percent in November to 1.9 percent.


Happy anniversary to local church pioneers
All hats should be taken off to Rick and Susan Snow, pastor and wife of Atlanta Christian Center (ACC).

First Baptist brings library to homebound
When Fayetteville resident Ruth Anne Johnson spent 10 days nursing her mother-in-law back to health after cataract surgery three years ago, the seed of a new ministry was planted.

New Hope offering winter class series
New Hope Baptist Church of Fayetteville is offering a series of Wednesday night classes for Christian men, women, couples and youth during the Winter L.I.F.E. (Learning Is For Everyone) series, beginning tonight and continuing through March 31.

Turner earns Master of Divinity
John E. Turner, of Fayetteville, received the Master of Divinity degree Dec. 18 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.


Religion Briefs

Women can learn 'What Matters Most' at conference
Christian women of all denominations will have an opportunity to be in one accord, and allow God to search their hearts and show them ways they can love Him and each other in every area of their lives during the "What Matters Most" women's conference.

Women's studies start the new year
First Baptist Church of Peachtree City invites all women of the community to get off to a great new year by participating in Bible studies offered at the church from this Thursday through May 9.

New pastor challenges youth
Carriage Lane Presbyterian Church recently welcomed Jon Payne as new youth pastor to serve the youth of Carriage Lane and the surrounding area.


Ailing Chiefs take third at Fitzgerald tournament
It is 1999 and the county duals of wrestling have sprung upon us like a lion on a wildebeast.

Sub-region basketball to begin
Sub-Region play begins tonight for high school basketball teams across the state.

Sports Calendar

Glavine to be at Atlanta Boat Show
Bring your baseballs, gloves, and ball caps to the Atlanta Boat Show tonight and get the Atlanta Braves' Tom Glavine to autograph them.

Lady Lakers end losing streak, beat Piedmont
The Clayton State Lady Lakers snapped their four game losing streak and defeated Piedmont College by a score of 87-84.

Upcoming basketball games

Tigers and Chiefs play smart on and off the soccer field
On Jan. 24, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America will meet in Philadelphia and honor academic award winning teams.

Holiday tournament results


Aqua-cisers go for 'Splash & Burn'
Positive results draw variety of devotees to water

Athletics up on every level in 1998
1998. The year that Mark McGwire hit 70 homeruns. The year the Atlanta Falcons went 14-2.

Cycling club goes on-line
Fayette Biking For Life is now on-line at

Gone...but not forgotten
Deeply rooted in his Southern heritage and the concept that all War Between The States veterans deserve to be remembered, Edward "Eddie" Jordan Lanham spends much of his free time delving into the past.


Gov. Miller appoints Sandy Ward to Advisory Council
Gov. Zell Miller has appointed Sandy L. Ward, J.D., executive director of the Supreme Court Committee on Substance Abuse and the Courts, to serve as a member of the Governor's Advisory Council for Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse.

Forestry Products
You probably won't hear your doctor say, "Take two trees and call me in the morning," but the Georgia Forestry Commission wants to advise you that trees and products made from trees are an important component in many of the pharmaceuticals and health-related products you use every day.

Peachtree City sees peepers, pillagers and growth in 1998
Struggling toward "buildout" in 1998, Peachtree City found some boons and some necessary evils in the process of becoming a larger city.

Omega Books to host author Terry Kay
Georgia native and critically acclaimed author Terry Kay will make a trip south to Peachtree City where he will be reading excerpts from and signing his newest book, "The Kidnapping of Aaron Greene." Omega Books, located at 100 N. Peachtree Parkway, will host the Jan. 11 event, set to begin at 6 p.m.

Military Brief

Compound Words
It isn't spelling that sends me to the dictionary every time I sit down to write at least not exactly.

Doctors give Girl Scouting a booster shot
Local physicians Dr. Helen Sams and her husband, Dr. Ferroll A. Sams Jr., are serving as the co-chairmen for the 1999 Friends of Girl Scouting Dinner.

Spivey Hall hosting 'Tales of Appalachia' and tenor Ben Heppner
On Saturday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m., The Kandinsky Trio, joined by storyteller Connie Regan-Blake will perform Haydn's Trio in E Minor and Mike Reid's "Tales of Appalachia" at Spivey Hall, located on the campus of Clayton College & State University in Morrow.

Free trees for supporting Arbor Day Foundation
Ten free flowering trees will be given to each person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during January 1999.

Tony Lankford, son of Danny and Kathy Lankford of Fayetteville, has been named to the dean's list for his first semester at Shorter College in Rome.