The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections
Wednesday, May 26, 1999


Brooks Elem. goes to uniforms
Brooks Elementary School students tried on various combinations of navy, white, khaki and light blue uniforms Monday, as mothers looked on approvingly.

3-dog limit rankles pet lovers
A ground swell of protest is building over a Fayette County law that limits the number of dogs a resident can own, according to protester Lynn Henning.

Psychologist: Kids have more info but judgment remains immature
Joyce Divinyi, a Peachtree City-based psychotherapist who combines humor with sound advice for parents and teachers, mesmerized an audience of about 75 at Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church last weekend.

Panel plants seeds for tougher tree protection ordinance
It's no wonder that many developers in Fayette County bulldoze every tree off a construction site before beginning work, county Planning Commission members learned last week.

Man gets life sentence
A Fayette County jury took less than an hour Tuesday to convict a man on four felony counts, including kidnapping with bodily injury, and he received the maximum sentence on each count.

Dentist's practice interrupted by Sunday fire
A lightning fire damaged a Fayetteville business Sunday, but the building was empty when it happened and no one was hurt.

Commission to firm up impact fee concept tomorrow
Determining the impact of new development on the cost of Fayette County government services will be the task of a panel that county commissioners hope to appoint tomorrow.

Fayette officials still working for grant to move fire station from dam's shadow
Firefighters at Fayette County station one in north Fayette continue to live and work in the shadow of an earthen dam as county officials work to get them moved to a new location.

1999 Georgia Republican Convention
If variety is truly the spice of life, then the 1999 Georgia Republican Convention at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center certainly was spicy.

Residents: Highway 314 is no place for homes
Residents of Ga. Highway 314 north of Fayetteville didn't just go away following last week's county Planning Commission meeting... they went away mad.

Fayetteville engineer studying traffic lights for local streets
Faced with growing traffic snarls, Fayetteville officials are considering putting some traffic lights on city streets.

Applications being taken for exploratory preschool
Applications are now being accepted for an exploratory preschool class to be administered by the Fayette County School System for the 1999-2000 academic year.

Man dies after one-car accident
A one-car accident last week has resulted in the third traffic fatality this year in unincorporated Fayette County, according to the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

Cocaine charges filed after routine traffic arrest
A traffic stop in Fayetteville has led to a pair of arrests for cocaine possession, according to reports.

Man gets 10 years in assault case
Ricky Jackson of Peachtree City was sentenced to ten years in prison after pleading guilty last week to kidnapping, aggravated assault and burglary in connection with the abduction of Margaret Logan last August.

A boy and his bike try to help the homeless
Fayette County is not necessarily the first place that comes to mind when the plight of the homeless is mentioned.

Tyrone's Cannon blasts county over service delivery
Tyrone should withhold tax money from Fayette County if the town doesn't start getting its share of services, Councilman Ronnie Cannon suggested during last Thursday's meeting.

Two from Fayette are National Merit scholars
Timothy Z. Brock of Fayette County High School and John B. Martino of Sandy Creek High are among 2,400 high school seniors in the nation receiving the prestigious scholarships.


Self reliance, free enterprise define U.S.

Necessity is the mother of invention.

A hackneyed phrase, to be sure, but it's central to a system of belief that has helped make this nation great, in my opinion.

Forward, into the Year 2000
Laugh Lines

I scarcely know where to begin, though my head pounds like someone opened it up and poured in the chemical equivalent of Ozzy Osborne.

Letters From Our Readers

Help in a 'parent patrol' at your child's school
As a parent of a 12-year-old boy in the Fayette County school district, I write this as an appeal to all parents of children everywhere.

Why are we surprised in this violent culture when kids kill?
Thank you, Mary DeCaro, for saying it like it is. Not only do we give women permission to kill their unborn live children, we kill innocent people in other countries under the guise of protecting human rights.

Remembering PTC's no-sewer pledge
In view of the fact that metro Atlanta is the fastest growing metro region in the country and reflecting on the sprawl of the booming neighboring counties, there have been many articles in the paper of late concerning high density, rezonings and blatant developments.

McCarthy-like tactics being used by ITI opponents
As an educator, I have followed with interest the questions raised about ITI (Integrated Thematic Instruction).

Mazzola needs another dish
I just finished reading Mr. Mazzola's mean-spirited, and rather juvenile, letter about the food in Peachtree City. No, we do not know how to make an "authentic New York style pizza."

Take more pizza lovers north when you leave
In reference to Michael P. Mazzola's letter to The Citizen, dated May 19, 1999, regarding his departure from the "uncivilized" South:

Keep mass transit out of Fayette
I am positively outraged that Fayette County would and has considered mass transit as a viable means of transportation into our community.

Development authority should be supported by commission
On behalf of the 500-plus members of the Fayette County Board of Realtors, I would like to thank the Fayette County Board of Commissioners for continuing its financial support of the Fayette County Development Authority.

Planner: Kudos to former PCDC
As one who has spent the last 29 years in the field of urban planing, I have visited and/or studied most planed communities throughout the U.S.A. The most livable community that I have found is Peachtree City.


A father's worst nightmare
I wasn't prepared for what happened last week. I was in a meeting last Thursday when someone broke into the room to tell me there was a shooting at my kid's high school. I said to myself, "This couldn't be happening." But it did.

New McDonald's
McDonald's broke ground last for a new Peachtree City restaurant on Crosstown Drive at its intersection with Ga. Highway 74.

Fayette Family Fitness
Ron Gazaway says he is serious about putting the "family" back into Fayette Family Fitness.

Business Story--Heaven's Scent
Business is blooming for Barry and Alisa Kaplan, owners of Heaven's Scent, an innovative new flower shop on Huddleston Road in Peachtree City.


Safe at School
A big part of my professional work involves homicide investigation and prevention. I've spent much of the past five years studying homicide, lecturing on the subject at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and addressing schools and businesses on homicide prevention and risk assessment. It may seem an odd combination, therapy with children and homicide risk assessment, but the two areas are more closely related than you might think.

Hospital auxiliary members provide that something extra
If you've been in Fayette Community Hospital, you've probably seen them and didn't even realize it.

Transplant registry spans distance, brings donors, recipients together
There is a great distance between Fayetteville, Ga. and Pinckney, Mich. but it wasn't too great a distance for Tommy Graf of Fayetteville to help Ken Grundy.

Survey shows the "scoop" on Americans' ice cream habits
Ice cream is a comfort food, a source of immediate gratification and reward.

Fiber up!
The average person gets under 50 percent of the recommended daily intake of fiber

Awareness key to prevention of multiple myeloma
There are dozens of types of cancer that affect millions of people each day. Almost everyone knows somebody in their family or circle of friends who has or has had cancer.

Know the facts before tattooing or body piercing
Body art can be a form of self expression but before you decide it is for you, it is important that you know all the facts.


March for Jesus brings a surprise in the fourth prayer
It was a setup. Yet, no one knew anything about it. It was the unknown factor for the March for Jesus.

'50s dinner set for McDonough Rd.
Members of McDonough Road Baptist Church are invited to a "Fabulous '50s" dinner Friday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at the church.

Berachah sponsors car wash June 5
Berachah Bible Church will sponsor a car wash Saturday, June 5 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Banks Crossing Taco Bell in Fayetteville. Tax deductible donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of summer mission trips to China and Trinidad.

Saints Alive Day at Inman UMC
Members of Inman United Methodist Church will celebrate Saints Alive Day Sunday, May 30 with a covered dish dinner following the 11 a.m. worship service.

Toccoa's Rev. Mark Anthony elected senior pastor at Trinity Fellowship
After receiving over 40 resumes for its vacant senior pastor position, Trinity Fellowship has invited the Rev. Mark Anthony, senior pastor of Glad Tidings in Toccoa, for consideration as its senior pastor.

Southern gospel at Open Doors Baptist
A Southern Gospel Music concert is planned for Thursday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at Open Door Baptist Church in Senoia. The concert will feature the Perrys and Second Coming.


Golf tournament raises funds and awareness
The fourth annual David L. Harris Jr. Memorial Golf Classic was held earlier this month at Whitewater Country Club.

All Region girls soccer team announced
The Region 4-AAAA All Region girls' high school soccer team recently announced and Fayette's local teams made a mark. Of the 12 players selected, ten were from either Fayette or Coweta County.

Classics open season with blowout
The Atlanta Classics women's soccer team, Atlanta's only women's sport franchise, opened its season recently.

Firestix exhibit power in Griffin match
Fast pitch softball has come a long way over the past two years. Many counties in the state adopted fast pitch softball to match the level of play in high school.

Kouns to coach college; 3 Lady Tigers sign letters
Chris Kouns, coach of the Fayette County Lady Tigers, will reportedly coach at Union College in New York in the fall.

Landmark's Weaver signs with Milligan
Wendy Weaver, a senior at Landmark Christian School, has agreed to play volleyball for the Lady Buffs of Milligan College next year.

Sports Calendar


The next boat, part 2
Several points to be clear about when shopping for your Next Boat:

Options for Memorial Day weekend
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, a weekend to remember and honor our veterans.

A summer of performing puppets
Puppets are interesting creatures. They are defined by their country and time period of origin. They have evolved from cut out stencils and shadow puppets, to marionettes, to the Muppets.

Star Wars: Worth the hype
I'll admit it. The critics had me a little scared as I ventured into the theater to see "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace" last week.

Student to explore people and customs abroad this summer
While other students mow lawns and swim in the neighborhood pool this summer, 13-year-old Joshua Rakestraw will be learning flamenco dancing in Spain, and Tuscan cooking in Italy.

Second part of summer concert series announced
The Frederick J. Brown Amphitheater announced the second part of the Webb, Stuckey, and Lindsey Summer Concert Series last week during the Judy Collins show.