The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections
Wednesday, April 21, 1999


F'ville to get a new 'uptown'?
An ambitious development plan that includes 203 homes plus offices, shops, a hotel and parks near downtown Fayetteville received tentative City Council approval Monday.

BOE settles for scaled-down stadium for Starr's Mill

Hardy volunteers train to 'eat smoke,' fight fires, save lives
Why would anyone take a job with hours that go beyond "irregular" to "unpredictable"? A job that may require jumping out of a warm, dry bed to spend the rest of the night on a wet highway, drenched by spray from passing trucks?

Wanted: volunteers to fight fires in PTC

Accreditation means better fire department, lower insurance rates

New $12M water plant on tap
Fayette County's water department hopes to have an additional six million gallons of water flowing daily into south Fayette homes soon.

PTC agrees to talk with Senoia about providing sewer

County buys water tank site for south side; still studying alternatives for tank in north
Plans to meet future water needs in south Fayette are moving forward, but plans for a new water tank on the north side are on hold.

Purse snatching case goes to trial today
A single bench trial set for today makes up the entire week's schedule for Superior Court in Fayette County.

Offices + 163 homes at 314, New Hope?
A concept plan that shows a 17-acre office/industrial park at the entrance to a 163-home subdivision on the west side of Ga. Highway 314 at New Hope Road is "too preliminary," said Bob Rolader, agent for S&R Properties.

Giant surplus auction is set
All five local cities, the county and the Board of Education are combining their surplus supplies and equipment for an auction so huge it will be spread between two locations.

Coke bottle orders delayed
If you ordered a commemorative Coke bottle from the town of Brooks, expect a delay in receiving it.

Collins casts favorable vote, calls 2000 budget 'historic'
U.S. Rep. Mac Collins, R-Hampton, voted in favor of an historic budget agreement last week that he said will save Social Security, hold the line on federal spending and reduce taxes.

Church gets zoning OK for new home
The Church of Christ of Fayette County can now begin the process of building its new home.

Antique piano to set musical tone for Hollingsworth House
Volunteers working to restore the historic Hollingsworth House in Fayetteville are hoping the latest donation to that effort will set just the right tone.

Council approves one Photocircuits variance, sends another for review
After nearly two hours of debate, the City Council of Peachtree City decided to vote on one of the two controversial Photocircuits variances up for approval at last Thursday's regular meeting.

Commission eyes Wieland's Woodcreek addition
Residents of 200-home Woodcreek subdivision on Redwine Road are all for developer John Wieland's plan to add 77.5 acres and 40 homes to their neighborhood.

Edwards settling into his new role on Superior Court bench
As many have already discovered, Superior Court in the Griffin Judicial Circuit has more of a Fayette County flavor as of the first of the year.

Fire Department Accreditation
Peachtree City Fire Department's current volunteer recruitment drive has two goals: lower fire insurance premiums for residents, and national accreditation.

How to volunteer
The message Peachtree City Fire Department operations officer Ed Eiswerth wants to get out is this: All we need is you.

Board of Education prepares budget
A draft of the proposed 1999 budget for the Fayette County School System should be ready by mid May, according to Jim Stephens, finance director for the school system.

Crime victims' symposium is set
Fayette area law enforcement agencies are offering crime victims a chance to air their plight.


I'm still hoping all will end well, but...

The president will get his requested $6 billion in emergency military spending increase... maybe even more.

Spamming the globe . . .
Laugh Lines

Now that Clayton the hairless mole has dug himself out of the pollen and didn't see his shadow, we can all breath a little easier that the spring drought is over.

Letters From Our Readers

Needed: history lesson on Holocaust, Kosovo
A recent letter writer ("Civil war argument is the least convincing," April 14) compared the situation in Kosovo and our reasons for becoming involved to WWII and the Holocaust.

Another history lesson: It was Reagan who freed E. Germany
Please allow me the courtesy of replying to the comment by Dr. Gunther Ruckl concerning Kosovo in your Wednesday, April 14 edition.

NATO's charter requires it to stop Serbian attempts at genocide
I feel that I must respond to some of the rather more appallingly ignorant references to the American Civil War and the present crisis in Kososvo.

Thanks for help with PTC Elem. Garden Tour info
Thank you so much for including the information about the Garden Tour for Peachtree City Elementary. We have already received many calls from the news article.

Schools definitely should teach values
Re: a March 31 letter entitled "Fayette Curriculum: Is it "character training" or indoctrination?"

Schools need to explain 'scary' teaching method
In regard to the ITI curriculum, Ron and Chris Baran, John DeCotis, etc.: I am a parent of children at both Booth Middle School and McIntosh High School.

Bonds are better than sales tax for county projects
The gradual obsolescence of old facilities combined with the growing demands of an expanding population mean that, at one point or another, counties such as Fayette face the need to build newer and bigger facilities.

Schools should teach academics, not manners
In 1990 one of our sons took a two week trip to France. While in France he had the opportunity to attend school for one week. Upon his return to Fayette we asked our son what the French schools were like.

Photocircuits should divulge what chemicals it stores at PTC plant
Recent letters to the editor of this newspaper have accused Photocircuits in Peachtree City of being a potential hazard to the safety of the city's residents.

Reading positive better than talking it
While visiting your office today, I noticed a jar on General [Manager Jack] Wheeler's desk and it was labeled "positive pills." I appreciate the need for "positive pills." Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said, "People who try to think positive have to work much harder at being positive than those who just allow themselves to think negative thoughts."


New local bank is coming to town
Fayette County residents who pine for the old days of locally-controlled banks may soon have their wish granted.

Business Briefs


Let's come together for National Day of Prayer and March for Jesus
It was a summer Saturday afternoon in south Florida. A twin engine plane took off from a nearby airport. Engine problems developed and the plane crashed into our Baptist church's preschool building.

State home schooling conference set for April 23-24 in Jonesboro
Fayette County residents who home school their children are expected to be among a statewide gathering of parents for the Georgia Home Education Association's (GHEA) 13th annual Conference and Curriculum Fair this weekend.

PTC priest helps church relocate in Milledgeville
Father Mark Johnson, Curate at Peachtree City's Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church, is assisting a Milledgeville church in its efforts to relocate to the downtown area.

Fairburn's St. John AME to celebrate Lay Day April 25
St. John A.M. E. Church in Fairburn will have its third annual Lay Day Celebration Sunday, April 25 at the 8 and 11 a.m. services.

Golf tourney set
A golf tournament sponsored by National Heights Baptist Church is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at the Links Golf Course. Starting time is 9 a.m. rain or shine.

Oasis group offers help for addiction sufferers
Fayette countians suffering from various addictions are invited to join the Oasis Group, a new ministry of Fayetteville First Baptist Church.

Tyrone-based Operation Mobilization provides help to Kosovo refugees
Operation Mobilization (OM), an international Christian mission agency with its US office in Tyrone, is working directly with Kosovo refugees in Albania, providing relief supplies and care.

Body of Christ Church sets healing conference
The Body of Christ Christian Church in Fayetteville will host a "Miracle and Healing Conference" Sunday through Tuesday, May 2-4 at the church. Special guest speaker will be Evangelist Tim Story of Hollywood, Cal.

Single parent day May 8
Single parent families in the Fayette County area are invited to share a day of fun and encouragement by attending Single Parents Saturday at Fayetteville First Baptist Church on Saturday, May 8 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Wheelchair drive planned
Next month, Fayette and Coweta residents and businesses will have an opportunity to participate in an upcoming wheelchair drive which will help provide wheelchairs to people in need around the world.


Rejoice with us: The cats are gone.

Science Olympiad Teams headed for Chicago
Science students at three Fayette County schools are fine-tuning their trajectory calibrations in preparation for next month's National Science Olympiad to be held in Chicago.

Georgia Youth Ballet springs into an exciting year of performance and class
The Georgia Youth Ballet Company, under the direction of Magdalena Maury, is preparing for an exciting spring performing season.

Georgia Renaissance Festival makes it's return
They wear earth toned shaded clothes, speak a weird dialect and hawk their wares to all passersby. If you see these people, you aren't walking the streets of New York City, you are at the Georgia Renaissance Festival.



Tigers tie Upson-Lee Knights finish season in second
It was the final soccer game of the regular season for both the Fayette County Tigers and the Upson-Lee Knights.

Locals have gloves and hearts of gold
It is a tight knit group that gathers at Mike Gaddy's house every week. They work out, lift weights and spar in a boxing ring. They are training for the Golden Glove fights, and they are training to win.

Sports Calendar

Diamonds qualify for softball World Series
The Southside Diamonds, a select softball team, recently traveled to Woodstock,Ga for The Foothills tournament, an ISA National Qualifier.

Tigers win season finale
Before an enormous crowd and with the heat of the biggest rivalry in the county between them, the Fayette County Tigers and the McIntosh Chiefs baseball teams battled for first place in the sub-region on Friday.


Walk into the Old West at Texas Roadhouse
The South Metro area is virtually exploding with new restaurants. One of the new "Restaurant Rows" in the area is along busy Ga. Highway 34 in Newnan near Interstate 85.

Area's best cuisine highlights GrandStand '99 extravaganza
Hotdogs, beer and peanuts will give way to pork tenderloins, wine and blueberry pound cake at Turner Field this weekend, when GrandStand '99 takes over the home of the Braves for a two-day food and fitness extravaganza.

Nick's has something tasty for everyone
Nick Boris wants his restaurant to be known as the place in town where patrons can get "real food" and lots of it.

Some pecan recipes to tempt your tastebuds