BOE eyes $114 M budget for
Public education in Fayette
County may cost an estimated $5.5 million more in
2000 than it has in 1999.
Court rules out widening of
hwys. 54, 74
A recent court decision means
relief for Fayette County's growing traffic snarls
will be delayed still further, officials say.
Schools deal with copycat
Students who showed up in black
trench coats at Fayette County High School last
Thursday thought they were being funny, according to
Principal Gary Phillips.
Outdoor burning ends Friday
As a county-wide outdoor burning
ban takes effect this Saturday, May 1, residents are
being advised on what steps to take before the
burning period ends.
John Wieland to county:
'Let somebody else buy it'
Developer John Wieland said last
week he will drop his plans to add 77.5 acres and 40
homes to the 218-home Woodcreek subdivision on
Psychics seek F'ville
Commission isn't yet ready to say what zoning
category a psychic should operate in.
Fayette schools rank at top
Fayette County schools are once
again ranked tops in the state, based upon reports
issued by the Council for School Performance, an
independent educational council.
Beautification group wants
A local group committed to
making sure Fayette County stays neat and tidy is on
the move, looking for support in its quest to grow in
the coming months.
Surveyor who found Watson
rewarded by WhiteWater CEO
The man who discovered the
remains of Beverley Watson was recognized for that
deed in a ceremony last week at Watson's former place
Counseling center tackles
Making friends isn't always
easy, but for children diagnosed with attention
deficit/hyperactivity disorder, behavior disorders or
learning disabilities, it can be an arduous
- Detailed survey
planned for site of future jail, court complex
- Fayette County is getting a
new survey of the proposed site of a planned new
complex of public buildings, including a jail and
Shared driveway may ease
traffic woes at Wendy's
Fayetteville planners are hoping
developers of a new pharmacy on Ga. Highway 85 can
help solve a long-standing traffic problem next door
at Wendy's restaurant.
More than half of HOPE
scholars renew grants
More than half the freshmen at
10 Georgia colleges last year renewed their HOPE
Scholarships as sophomores, according to a new report
by the Georgia Student Finance Commission.
County agenda heavy on
Fayette County commissioners
last week spent almost $13 million in eight separate
Cultures to be shared
Spring Hill Elementary School
will host its first Multicultural
Celebration the week of May 17. Through an
assortment of activities, students, parents, faculty
and staff will share their culture and talents.
Dental lab gets planners'
OK for Sandy Creek Road site
Mr. and Mrs.
H.E. Holbrook's request to annex their home into
Fayetteville and change its zoning to allow a dental
lab will go to City Council with a positive
recommendation from the city Planning Commission.
County records to be
available on computer
When you visit the Superior
Court clerk's office to look up information on court
cases or real estate deeds, you'll soon sit down at a
computer terminal instead of digging through massive
Sandy Creek Road to be
closed 8 wks.
Come June, traffic problems will
be worse around Sandy Creek Road for awhile.
Starr's Mill launches brick
The Panther Athletic Booster
Club is paving the way for students to leave behind a
permanent remembrance of their years at Starr's Mill
High School with an innovative bricklaying project.
North Fayette students tune
Students at North Fayette
Elementary School are tuned into National-TV Turnoff
Week as a way to demonstrate the excessive quantity
of television most Americans watch and to rekindle an
interest in reading, conversation and exercise.
Something wicked is in the
Allergy season is among us. The
wonderful season where pollen gets everywhere and
people sneeze, wheeze and sniffle for, seemingly,
weeks at a time. It is the season of allergic
rhinitis. Allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as
hay fever, is an allergic reaction to inhalants, such
as pollen. Hay fever can develop at any age, but
symptoms will usually appear before a person is 20
years old. Hay Fever depends on exposure, so one must
be exposed to a particular type of pollen for several
seasons before an allergy is developed.
Community-Wide Blood Drive for April
The American Red Cross will be
having a blood drive on Wednesday, Aril 28 at The
Gathering Place in Peachtree City from 2-7 p.m..
Please give a little of your time to help insure
there is an adequate supply of blood and blood
by-products. It only takes a little time, but the
benefits can last a lifetime.
Fayette Community Hospital
Fayette Community Hospital was
recently awarded a full three-year accreditation by
the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations (JCAHO). After the evaluation period,
the one-year old hospital successfully met and
surpassed all of the Joint Commission's standards
Chickenpox: danger beneath
Chickenpox is not just an itchy,
contagious rash. Chickenpox can cause serious
problems, even death. Nearly four million people in
the United States, mostly children, get chickenpox
each year. About 9,300 people are hospitalized (80
percent are children and adolescents) for medical
complications resulting from chickenpox every year
and about a hundred people die. The most commonly
serious problem seen in children with chickenpox is
skin infection, which may result in scars. In some
children with chickenpox, blisters can be infected
with certain kinds of germs that can quickly cause
shock, organ failure and flesh-eating
disease (necrotizing fascitis). Other serious
problems that chickenpox can cause in children
include swelling of the brain, loss of muscle
coordination, pneumonia, ear infections and Reye's
syndrome ( a rare disease that has been associated
with aspirin use during chickenpox infection).
Complications of chickenpox also include the lost
time from work and school and the possible cost of
visits to the doctor, medications and
hospitalization. Chickenpox needs to be treated as a
A spoiled child?
By DR. GREGORY K.
the most spoiled child I've ever seen. I've
heard words like this since I was a child myself. I
don't doubt that people are seeing inappropriate
behaviors in these children, but I do question their
interpretation of the behaviors they see. I do not
believe it is possible to spoil a child in the way
most people think about it.
The hidden costs of hearing
know that Helen Keller was both deaf and blind. But
did you know that she said her deafness was a more
serious problem than her blindness?
Medicare Toll-Free line now
avialable in Georgia
Beneficiaries Have One More Tool For Information
John Davis Whelchel, M.D.,
appointed director of Organ Transplant Services
The Board of Trustees of
Piedmont Hospital is pleased to announce the
appointment of John Davis Whelchel, M.D., as
full-time director of Organ Transplant Services.
Question and Answer Column
Insurance and Fire Commissioner John Oxendine
Students are being
recruited by American Red Cross Youth Council
The American Red Cross Youth
Council is looking for members. The council is for
anyone in grades 8-12 who wishes to be become a Red
Cross volunteer. Members of the South Metro program
have been involved in many actvities, from reading to
young children or participating in events like
National Fire Prevention Week.
Construction hopping in
Fayette Pavilion developer Stan
Thomas hopes to start construction on Upton's
department store Monday, if permits are ready in
Azalea Estates opens doors
Azalea Estates assisted living
and retirement community opened its doors to the
public last week at a well-attended ribbon cutting.
A&P leaving Atlanta
The fierce grocery wars claimed
another victim this week as A & P announced it
was leaving the Atlanta market.
For Lou Ventriglia and Rob
Eubanks, the American Dream is a reality.
Lady Panthes hold off
It was hard to place the state
of mind of the Starr's Mill Lady Panther soccer team
as they headed into the regional championship on
Friday night. The Lady Panthers had lost to McIntosh
in the Golden Isles Shootout and then returned to
regular season play to lose to Brookwood, 2-1.
McIntosh takes two from
Fayette County, again
The McIntosh boys played host to
Fayette County on Friday night for the regional
championship. Regardless of who won, both teams would
go to the state playoffs beginning this Tuesday. The
Chiefs and the Tigers battled it out, giving strong
offensive and defensive performances, neither team
scoring until the second overtime. It was with five
minutes to go in the second overtime, that McIntosh
finally put the ball in the net.
Camps to keep the kids busy
There are a plethora of sport
camps to keep your kids active this summer. Clayton
College and State University is offering week long
sport camps from the second week of June until the
third week of July. The camps will be for boys and
girls basketball, tennis, soccer and speed. The
coaches from Clayton State will be conducting the
camps of their respective sports. Call the Department
of Athletics at 770-961-3450 for information about
the camp that you are interested in.
Two one run victories for
The eighth ranked Fayette County
Tiger baseball team had to be hoping that their
rivals the McIntosh Chiefs would survive their first
round match up with LaGrange. The Tigers had beaten
McIntosh no more than a week ago and familiarity
breeds contempt. There was no such luck however and
Fayette County played host to the LaGrange Grangers.
Lady Cubs are league
champions of Track
The Fayette Middle School Lady
Cub track team wrapped up a successful seaosn on
Saturday, as they won the leaguer championship. They
had already won the county championship, by beating
the likes of Booth Middle School, Whitewater, Flat
Rock Middl and the rest of the middle schopols in the
county, but their dominance was tested as they faced
14 teams from the Metro Middle School Athletic
Fayette Youth Track full of
wins and winners
These are results for the
Fayette County Youth Track Team at their meet against
Clayton County, College Park and East Point.
- Heritage and
history helps gardens grow
- There is history right
beneath your feet and the Peachtree City Heritage
Historcal Preservation Committee wants you to
know it. This past weekend, the group began
planting their accent gardens in front of
historical gravesites. There are 26 gravesites
catalogued in Peachtree City and it has taken the
preservation committee over a year and a half to
get to the point where they are at now, the
- Heritage Committee
brings past to present
- The Fayette Heritage
Committee was formed three years ago by former
county commissioner Robert Sprayberry, initially
to create and build Heritage Park in
- Music Midtown back
to rock Atlanta
- It has been said that music
soothes the savage beast. You may not feel very
savage or in dire need of soothing, but who said
something has to be necessary to be fun. Music
Midtown returns this weekend for another year of
music and merriment. Still without a permanent
residence, the festival has moved to the area
surrounding Centennial Olympic Park. It is
accessible from three different MARTA stations
and stretches out to cover 12 city blocks. There
are a number of different stages playing certain
brands of music and nationally recognized acts
such as, Willie Nelson, Hole, Widespread Panic
and Isaac Hayes will play the festival.
The making of heroes
By Sallie Satterthwaite
Last Wednesday morning, when
virtually every sentient human being had but one
incident in mind, a reader came up to me and, in a
tone of rectitude, demanded that I write something
about what happened in Littleton.
Science expo set for Kedron
Kedron Elementary School's
gymnasium might be mistaken for SciTrek South next
week, when 250 parent volunteers take over manning 24
stations featuring hands-on activities involving life
science, earth science and physical science.
In aftermath of Colorado
tragedy, we must say. 'Enough!'
Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
They hint it.
They even quote from the Bible. But it
seems no really important person is willing to say
it: America needs to get back to God.
Women's Aglow to hear
The Peachtree City chapter of
Women's Aglow Fellowship International has planned
two meetings for the month of May, a Monday morning
meeting on May 17 and a Tuesday evening meeting on
May 18. Both meetings will be held at the Peachtree
Christian Fellowship, 1988 Ga. Hwy. 54 in the
Governor's Walk Shopping Center just east of the
Peachtree City city limits.
Fayette residents to join
in National Day of Prayer May 6
Fayette County residents and
other southsiders can join thousands from across the
nation when they gather on May 6 for the 48th annual
National Day of Prayer.
Fayetteville Church of
Christ breaks ground for new facility on Redwine
The Fayetteville Church of
Christ announces ground breaking for a new facility
on the corner of Redwine and Price Roads in
Fayetteville. After a picnic on the grounds, a
ceremony to commemorate this event was held on
Sunday, April 25th, 1999. On this site a building is
planned to include an auditorium that will seat 650
people, offices, class rooms, and a fellowship hall.
We are excited about moving into the new
millennium and the potential this new building will
have for serving the needs of our community,
explained Scott Harp, the minister for the church.
Hustle for Hospice run set
for May 1
The sixth annual Hustle
for Hospice 5K run/walk hosted by Southwest
Christian Hospice in Union City is scheduled for
Saturday, May 1 beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Representatives from Buffalo's Cafe and WSB
Radio/TV's Captain Herb Emory will be on hand to get
the race activities started. The race will begin at
8:30 a.m. for runners and 8:35 a.m. for walkers.
How I wish there were easy
It's nearly impossible not to
grasp at all the easy if-onlies when a
tragedy happens like the shootings in Littleton,
Colo. last week.
Last week was tragic for
By REPRRESENTATIVE MAC COLLINS
3rd District U.S. Congress
This has been a tragic week for
our nation. Not only is the air strike against Serbia
continuing in the Balkans, but within our own
borders, a war was waged upon the students and
families of Littleton, Colo.
Arby's Breakfast Clubř
- I am the president of a
morning breakfast club that meets at Arby's in
Peachtree City about once a week. There's not a
meeting calendar, a membership fee, or even a
membership, actually. I am the only one in the
organization so far. It's a great club.
Teacher showed morbid lack
of judgement about Colorado shootings
As parents in a community not
unlike that of Littleton, Colo., we have reeled in
the wake of yet another violent tragedy in our
schools. As parents, we were faced yet again with the
grim task of explaining to our own children how
sometimes horrible things happen, even in school
where most students and parents would presume to feel
Where's the missing Indian
Would anyone be shocked to learn
that $2.4 billion was missing from U.S. government
accounts used for medical and educational benefits
for Native Americans? If you are, it's not
Turn volume down in movies,
In your interesting editorial of
Wednesday, April 7, you pointed out that many
American citizens are excessively passive in
conforming to invasive practices of our governing
bodies. The point is well taken. I wish to add,
however, that the same is true of most of our local
citizens' reaction, or lack of, reaction to the
invasive practices of some business organizations as
Zero tolerance for even
'hint' of violence should be standard for schools
The Columbine High School mass
murder as it relates to other schools around the
nation, and as it relates to Fayette County schools
in particular, prompts this letter.
Most parents have no clue
what's being taught to their kids
hree years ago my husband and I
were consumed for two days over a situation at our
son's middle school.
Dress to learn: It's time
to require school uniforms
Another horrifying tragedy at a
public school and so many questions with very few
answers. I believe it is time to institute change and
mandate a safe learning environment for our children.
We're all to blame for
Colo. school shootings
Who is to blame?
Federal laws favor 'rights'
of violent kids over those of peaceful students
I wish that I could say I was
surprised by the shootings that occurred in Columbine
High School in Colorado.
What should teaching look
like? It depends...
What should teaching look like?
Neither NATO nor Bill
Clinton will ever force peace in Balkans
It is appalling to watch this
pathetic administration attempt to rebuild a
tarnished presidential legacy by attacking a
sovereign country, Yugoslavia, with a formerly
defensive alliance, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty
Organization). NATO was formed to protect member
nations from aggression by a nonmember country,
specifically, the former Soviet Union.
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