The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections
Wednesday, March 17, 1999


And the superintendent is...
After 24 candidates applied, but only one was interviewed, Dr. John DeCotis was named "finalist" in the Fayette County Board of Education's superintendent search Monday night.

Kohl's, Upton's, Belk slated for Fayette Pavilion phase 3
Development firm Thomas Enterprises hopes to begin construction soon on Upton's and Belk department stores and an expanded Old Navy clothing store, the first occupants of a third phase of the Fayette Pavilion Shopping Center.

Sheriff's office: 'We must stop gang wannabes'
Fayette County attorneys are looking for ways to stop teen violence before it gets any worse.

Officers battle first signs of Fayette gangs
Twelve arrests after a teen fight, five arrests for participating in gang activity and an appeal to the Fayette County Commission are the opening salvos in what Fayette County Sheriff's deputies describe as a battle to stop street gangs here "before we have drive-by shootings and the other hard-core gang problems," said Detective Thom McKennie of the FCSD.

Wreck fatal to F'villewoman,75
A 75-year-old Fayetteville woman was killed in an automobile accident last Thursday, according to reports from the Fayetteville Police Department.

Into the heart of Haiti
When Citizen photographer Beth Snipes recently considered an invitation to visit Haiti, she learned a few things about the Caribbean country.

Matthew 28 takes Gospel at its word
A ministry in Haiti founded by Fayette County's Hein Vingerling takes its name from the passage Christians call The Great Commission: Matthew 28:19. After his resurrection, Jesus comes to his followers and says, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...."

Planners to discuss land use plan Thurs.
Fayette's planning staff is recommending no changes to the county land use plan for the area around Fayette Community Hospital, and only a few changes in the Ga. Highway 85 north corridor.

More restaurants, shops on tap for F'ville?
Plans for more stores and restaurants are on the Fayetteville Planning Commission's plate next week.

Restaurant plans on hold
Plans for a Ryan's steak house, an additional restaurant and shops for just over two acres on Ga. Highway 85 are on hold as developer Thomas Enterprises seeks annexation into Fayetteville.

Fayetteville, county find common ground in joint meeting
Fayetteville and Fayette County officials will take a coordinated approach to land use planning and zoning along the joint city/county borders from now on.

Holliday House getting famous GTTW display
"Gone With the Wind" is coming to Fayetteville's historic Holliday-Dorsey-Fife House.

Photocircuits, residents to try mediation in dispute
A "mediation committee" will be formed to try to solve problems between Photocircuits Corporation and residents of Planterra Ridge in Peachtree City.

PTC to hear variance request
The Peachtree City Council will hear a request by Photocircuits Corp., to allow setback encroachments on two sides of its property at 320 Dividend Drive, at the regular council meeting March 18 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.


The new chief exec: so far, so good

Our new governor, Roy Barnes, is wasting no time rearranging the political furniture to his liking.

Let's bring the museums here
Laugh Lines

Museums and Hall of Fames have become big business. Our country is pretty much full of galleries and archives housing important elements from our history and culture that cater to the tourist trade.

Letters From Our Readers

County needs some enlightened leaders to seek new industries
The articles written about the Fayette County Development Authority were quite enlightening. I agree in total with Director John Boothby when he speaks of being embarrassed for having to row with one arm and bail with the other.

... On the other hand, maybe Bost is right
As usual, Commissioner [Harold] Bost is thinking first of what is best for the majority of citizens in our county, not what is best for a select few. We are lucky to have at least one person in our local government who thinks this way, and who is willing to stand up for our rights.

'Superintendent-to-be deceived us' about questionable curriculum
I thought Fayette County Schools, curriculum and teachers were pretty good. I thought the purpose of our schools was to provide an academic education.

Heard endorses Dial for county GOP chairman
As you know, I have not been directly involved in the political arena for several years now. However, I have not lost my desire to see the state of Georgia move towards a Republican majority.

No sympathy here for sweepstakes 'morons'
I watched in amazement at the Senate hearings into sweepstakes contests. There was testimony from six or eight citizens that had spend upwards of $20,000 trying to win the grand prize.

Here's a reason for a leash law
I thought that I would write in to the newspaper so everyone in Peachtree City knows what I had to experience on my way home last week.

Taxes and Yankees: Is there some connection?
It seems since our county has been invaded by Yankees; the more they come the higher our taxes go.


Tips for New Managers
Sometimes a technically qualified employee may attain a managerial position but lack training or experience in the skills required for a successful manager.

Chamber votes to affirm further development authority funding
The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted unanimously last week to support a resolution of continued funding for the embattled Fayette County Development Authority.

Home Builders reminisce about 25 years of building
Members of the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia celebrated the organization's 25th annversary at a recent meeting at Whitewater Country Club.

Peachtree National honors top mortgage producer
Barbara Pittman, a mortgage originator with PNB Mortgage, was recently recognized for her outstanding performance in 1998.


Train up a child in the way he should go
If I got a licking at school for some sort of violation, I could expect another licking when I got home.

Good Friday Service
Peachtree City churches are uniting for the 18th annual Community Good Friday Service April 2 at 12 noon at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 101 Walt Banks Road at Ga. Highway 54.

'His House' celebrates two-year anniversary
"The church is moving forward," Pastor Knox Herndon said with satisfaction as his growing congregation gathered Sunday for its second anniversary.

David Meece in Concert
Christian music legend David Meece describes a "tremendous urgency" to "get the Gospel out to as many people as possible."


Tigers ruling the diamond
The Fayette County Tigers improved their record to 9-0 and a #2 ranking in the state for AAAA baseball last week.

Tigers continue to dominate opponents, a perfect 9-0
The Fayette County boys soccer team had a good week last week.

Lady Chiefs split in Carolina
The McIntosh Lady Chiefs traveled to North Carolina last weekend in search of some good competition.

Fayetteville firefighter heats up the street luge circuit, gets his first win
Not many people would consider running into burning buildings when considering a career, but for Al Braun, 27, of Senoia, that's how he takes a break.

Panthers on torrid scoring pace.
The Starr's Mill Boys soccer team has out scored their opponents 34 to 7 this season. Their latest victim was North Clayton.


"More coffee?"

Adoption seminar March 20
Families First, one of the area's largest and oldest social service agencies, will present "The ABC's of Adoption" Saturday, March 20, in the BellSouth Conference Center at Aberdeen Woods in Peachtree City beginning at 9:30 a.m.

American Legion Post 105 in Fayetteville celebrated its 80th anniversary
The American Legion Post 105 in Fayetteville celebrated its 80th anniversary by honoring outstanding local law enforcement and emergency personnel.

Free blood glucose screenings March 25-26
The Fayette County Health Department is joining the American Diabetes Association in conducting free blood glucose tests for the early detection of diabetes as part of the American Diabetes Alert campaign.

GI Bill
There are more ways than just college for veterans to take advantage of the New Montgomery GI Bill Benefits they acquired while on active duty.

Military Briefs

1999 Miss Pride of Fayette County Pageant
The 1999 Miss Pride of Fayette County Pageant takes place this weekend at Sams Auditorium. This is the 31st year for the pageant, which is hosted by the Fayette County High School Band Boosters and serves as a fundraiser for the band.

Opening This Week


Pancake Breakfast
The Metro Fayette Kiwanis Club will sponsor their 3rd annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast March 20 at Fayetteville Elementary School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Pet ID Tags
The all-volunteer Fayette County Humane Society is joining hands with the Fayetteville PetSmart store to highlight "National Tag Day" Saturday, March 27.

YMCA Guides and Princesses
Canoeing down the Flint River, sharing a hot dog at Camp Deer Point, pitching a tent for a weekend campout, or exploring the dark crannies of mammoth cave...

Dining Guide

Nick's brings fun and games to town
Normally, I usually give a restaurant a couple of weeks before a judgement, but this time I'm going to make an exception


Schlotzsky's Deli
Hungry patrons will smack their lips at the next deli making its way to Fayetteville this spring.