The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections
Wednesday, June 23, 1999


Fayette kids' test scores drop slightly

The scores are in, and Fayette County school students rank an average of 15 percentile points higher than other state students on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS).
Fire hits school bus barn; 2 buses destroyed
At least two Fayette County schoolbuses were destroyed by a fire late Monday night at the bus barn behind the school system's headquarters on Stonewall Avenue in Fayetteville.
Fayette road projects left out of lawsuit settlement
State and federal agencies and environmental groups have settled their lawsuit over road building projects, but nothing will change for Fayette County.
Kosovar refugees find a PTC home far from war
The Hotis are ordinary people who have survived extraordinary conditions.

County may borrow funds for four new fire stations

Fayette County commissioners last week agreed in principal to spend borrowed money for four new fire stations over the next two years.
Parent groups: School board should pay for playgrounds
Should responsibility for purchasing and maintaining school playground equipment be assumed by the Fayette County Board of Education?
Fayetteville looking favorably on 144-acre annexation
A Fayetteville developer says his plans for a 152-home subdivision at New Hope Road and Ga. Highway 314 will work under guidelines recommended by the city Planning Commission after all.
Long neglected, Fayetteville's Church Street will undergo revival, as state grant approved
Revitalization of downtown Fayetteville is spreading off the Courthouse Square and moving down Church Street.
School safety task force to begin work tomorrow
Fayette County's new school safety task force, formed in response to recent violence in schools nation-wide, will begin its work tomorrow.
County P&Z to vote on standards for Hwy. 314
Fayette County should impose the same building standards on Ga. Highway 314 that it has imposed on Ga. Highway 54, members of Planning Commission have tentatively decided. .
Superior Court
State Court
Fayette family opens home and hearth to four children from troubled Latvia
First there was Owen, an energetic, loving little boy who, until May of 1995, had lived all his four years in a Latvian orphanage. He had no idea what his caregivers meant when they told him he was going to have a mommy and a daddy.
Fast facts on Latvia
The Republic of Latvia, with Estonia to the north and Lithuania to the south, is one of the former Soviet republics often referred to collectively as “the Baltics.” Capital is Riga, form of government a constitutional republic.
Orphans in Latvia an economic reality
What Linda and Fritz Apfel want people to understand is that life in a child care home in Latvia is not the nightmare conjured by movies like “Little Orphan Annie” or news shows filmed in Romania a few years ago.
Missouri woman charged with breaking into ex-husband's home
A Missouri woman has been arrested in connection with a burglary at her former husband's Fayetteville home.
Students named to Boys State and Girls State
Thirteen students from Fayette County's four high schools have been selected by American Legion Post 105 to participate in Girls State and Boys State this week at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.
Collins hails aviation funding bill
U.S. Rep. Mac Collins, R-Hampton, applauded the passage of the “Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR 21, or HR 1000), historic legislation to improve airport safety and expand airport capacity.

Gold's Gym wins top small business award

With more than 80 Fayette Chamber of Commerce members looking on, Gold's Gym Peachtree City West was named as the county's small business of the year last week.

Sale of former A&T Grocery building bolsters Fayetteville revitalization

Revitalization boosters in downtown Fayetteville have won a major victory with the announcement that one of the city's largest empty buildings may soon be filled.

Leadership mythology

Leadership is probably one of the most talked about business concepts, but the least understood. Leadership is about getting things done and helping people reach their potential.

Merlin Muffler opens Fayetteville branch

The first Merlin Muffler & Brake store recently opened for business in Fayetteville. The store is located at 280 North Glynn Street and is operated by Bruce Quinnell.

Local runners help break world record
Five Fayette runners participated in teh smashing of a world record recently as the Atlanta Track Club fielded three teams in attempts to enter the Guinness Book of World Records in the 100x1-mile relay recently.
Changing of the guard at Landmark Christian
The announcement of Coach Bill Thorn's retirement from the Landmark Christian School football team was a bit shocking at first. Thorn had coached the War Eagles since the school's inception in 1989.
Silverbacks tie MLS's Miami Fusion
It's no secret, Atlanta wants a major league soccer team. In order to be classified as sports capital of the country, Atlanta needs a major league team in all major league sports.
Classics come together, look toward playoffs
Half of the Atlanta Classics season is already behind them and as they look toward the second half of the season, things are looking very bright.
New mini golf course is a real "challenge"
Dixieland Fun Park has been a source of amusement and entertainment in Fayette County for a number of years. As far back as this reporter can remember anyway. Along with the arcade, batting cages, and go karts, Dixieland has been adding features in the past few years. Now, there are bumper boats, a lazer tag arena, the skycoaster, and most recently, a new miniature golf course was built.

Lakers sign seven to men's basketball team

Coach Jimmy Hebron has been busy during the off season, trying to fill the void left by the departure of the two top scorers for the Clayton College & State University Lakers
Sport's Calendar
Regal R&B
Little Anthony and the Imperials will take the stage this weekend at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City.

Coming Home

“L'shengala” is not a planet in the new Star Wars film.


Locals seek contact with amateur radios
HAM Radio operation isn't as popular as it once was but there are still many people who enjoy it as a hobby. It is possible to speak to people from across the world by simply changing frequencies.

A squirrel a day, or squirrels in the Belfry

Today a story of one man's battle against demons from — well, if not Hades, then some similar sinkhole of sedition, subversion and sabotage.


Notable Items

Turner-Southern Favorites

What do Southerners like the best? A telephone poll of 804 people 18 to 69 from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina revealed the following:

Clayton State alums name new board

The Clayton College & State University Alumni Association presented its newest board members at the recent annual alumni dinner.


Fayette programs get $248,249 from United Way fund-raising

The United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta Board of Directors has approved a $60.1 million donation package for metro Atlanta community programs in 1999-2000, including $248,249 for 12 Fayette programs.

True Christian unity means sharing services, activities of other denominations
The Rev. Dr. John Hatcher

Religion Columnist

Last week I talked to an old friend. He's Alfred Sawyer, an Episcopal priest. He took a few years off from the priesthood to serve as press secretary to the governor of Alabama. Now, he's back and has started a new Episcopal church in Buckhead.

Campolo, Sharpe will kick off festivities, at SW Christian Hospic's 7th benefit dinner

Dr. Tony Campolo, nationally known inspirational speaker, and Guy Sharpe, popular local TV personality, will head the list of celebrities at this year's Seventh Annual Benefit Dinner and Award Banquet hosted by Southwest Christian Hospice. Sharpe will serve as master of ceremonies and Campolo will be the keynote speaker.


Fayetteville First UMC adds new youth minister and organist

Fayetteville First United Methodist Church recently added two new members to its staff.

Old-fashioned summer favorite highlights New Hope UMC's Family and Friends Day

Members of New Hope United Methodist Church in Fayetteville celebrated “Family and Friends Day” on May 31 with a day filled with fellowship, games, watermelon cutting and other activities.

Cornerstone Bible Church plans 18th anniversary party

Members of Cornerstone Bible Church are planning a day-long celebration of the church's 18th anniversary Sunday, June 27 beginning at 10:50 a.m. with the morning worship service. Dinner on the grounds will follow.

Vacation Bible School schedules

Religion Briefs


Loved ones remembered as church dedicates frontal cloth

The congregation of Christ the King Church in Peachtree City recently received and dedicated a baptismal font in memory of Conchita Garcia and in honor of Deanna Roberts. Ms. Roberts was Mrs. Garcia's caregiver until her death in January. The Garcia family said they wanted to express their appreciation to Ms. Roberts for the “love and care” given the elder Mrs. Garcia, a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, during her illness.

Church plans trip to Holy Land

Members of Fayetteville Christian Church are invited to particpiate in a trip to the Holy Land scheduled for March 14-23, 2000. the trip will be led by Consolidated Tours, Inc., and will include visits to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, the Jordan Valley, Galilee and many other Biblically significant areas.


Mullins' celebrate 50th Anniversary

Harlie Fain (Red) Mullins and Marcia Hall Mullins of Peachtree City celebrated their golden wedding anniversary June 13 with a reception at Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center given by their daughter, Connie Mullins.



Don't turn off CNN yet — it's not over

All's well that ends well.

2000 race may be rerun of 1960
Politically Speaking

When the delegates to the Republican National Convention next summer pick their nominee for president — or, actually, when the Republican caucus and primary voters bind those delegates to vote for one or the other of the current crop of candidates — they will be deciding more than just the man (or woman) they want to be their party's standard-bearer in the 2000 election.

You've seen me before – nice
Laugh Lines
This article is for women. You have to think back to what I would look like young and you should recognize. I was the “Guy Friend.” Not the boyfriend. Just the guy friend. You know, the guy who sat with you in science lab or whatever, the guy who was safe. You know, you could laugh together and go places. But it was always strictly platonic.

Letters From Our Readers


Recent MARTA killing shows why so many oppose trains here

After reading Sallie Satterthwaite's's column about mass transit, and Ms. McClain concerns, it did not take long to get an answer. As we all know by now, the day after the column ran, a MARTA passenger getting off at the Buckhead station lost his life while walking to a friend's home. He had suitcases that were still at the scene after the crime; the criminals did not take them. It was interesting to see and hear the friend that the victim was going to meet state what the problem was. His words were: “It's MARTA's fault; ever since they built the Buckhead station, the crime has skyrocketed.”

Some things are worse than a few stolen TVs or VCR

I read the article by Sallie Satterthwaite on Wednesday, June 9, re: MARTA or trains having crime. Crime does not consist only of TV and VCR stealing. Some things are worse than this.

Chamber to speak out on local issues

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a new public information program known as “Yes We Are...” This program is intended to provide the Chamber's position on issues facing Fayette County. We feel it is vital that our 700 Chamber members and the business community have a choice in the issues facing Fayette County and its future.

Here comes the school board again, asking for more money

Well, here we go again — the school board is asking for more of the taxpayers money. SPLOST went splosh, so here they come again. What is so ironic to me is there is a panel that is studying an impact fee; what's to study?

Kids with emotional problems often fall through school cracks

Recently, I watched the mother of the 15-year-old Conyers High School shooter,on TV apologizing for her son's actions. I thought to myself, what great courage she had,and my heart went out to her.

After Photocircuits, PTC residents should be wary

At [a recent] Peachtree City Council meeting, Photocircuits, Inc. [was] given the remaining portion of their long-pursued variance request based on the merit of promises the corporation has made to the community.

Fund established for PTC fire victims at NationsBank

Reference article, “Firemen rescue boy, 7, from burning house” by Monroe Roark, issued June 16, 1999.

Why are we celebrating a U.S. victory?

The ancient Greeks had a word that perfectly describes the recent U.S./NATO victory in Kosovo. The word is pyrrhic, from Pyrrhus, a king of Epireus, and it means simply a victory where the cost of winning outweighs the benefits of victory. In other words a pyrrhic victory is one in which you lose nearly as much as you gain — thus leaving one to wonder if the price of wining was worth the cost.