The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, July 14, 1999


Decision looms for school tax vote

Fayette County voters may know by the end of the week whether a special local option sales tax will be on the ballot this September to help fund $91 million worth of improvements and additions to the county's school system.

Committee: Equalize school facilities
Do some Fayette County schools have “better stuff” than others? Yes, and that needs to change, asserts a report given Monday night to the Fayette County Board of Education.
Fayetteville approves 152 homes plus offices on Hwy. 314 North
Fayetteville City Council Monday set the tone for future development along Ga. Highway 314 north, approving annexation and rezoning for a 152-home subdivision and 20-unit office park.
Fayetteville Council eyes small tax cut
A tax cut is in store for Fayetteville residents if City Council approves the proposed fiscal 2000 budget.
MediaOne says cable upgrade on schedule
MediaOne cable company will meet its Dec. 31, 2000 deadline for upgrading its service in Fayette County, a company spokesman vowed this week.

Bus advocate says he won't give up

Stuart Hoff says he will keep trying to convince Fayette County officials that they should get involved in the public transportation process.

Council tables fence fight until Aug. 2
Residents of Stonebriar subdivision at Lester and Old Norton roads in Fayetteville may be able to put up privacy fences after all.
Worker dies at Lake Kedron construction site
Federal and state authorities are investigating the death of a construction worker at a building site in Peachtree City early Monday.
Peachtree City lawyer named associate juvenile circuit judge
Local attorney Tarey Schell has been appointed associate Juvenile Court judge for the Griffin Judicial Circuit.

Animal shelter ends Saturday experiment
It just doesn't make economic sense to keep the Fayette County Animal Shelter open on Saturdays anymore, county commissioners decided last week.
Impact fee panel getting busy, names Bob Todd its chairman
Fayette County's new impact fee committee will concentrate on fees for public safety over the next few weeks, said planning director Chris Venice.
Residents want road's old name to be restored
Years ago, residents of Willie Adams Road wanted the name changed because they thought “Willie” sounded too black, said current resident Arnie Geiger.
School safety task force meets Thurs.
A discussion on dress codes and safety policies in Fayette County schools is scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in building A of the LaFayette Center (formerly Fayette County High School).
Superior Court Action
New dock dedicated to early PTC man
Members of the Peachtree City Rotary Club learned first hand such building terms as “plumb,” “square” and “level” as they built a memorial dock at Line Creek Nature Center..
Collins on committee debating tax relief bills
Fayette County's representative in the U.S. House said this week that tax relief “for working Americans” is high on his list of goals.
CCSU putting registration, tuition, book buying on line
Clayton College & State University is trying to reduce the bane of students' existence — standing in line for registration. .
Red Cross offering training, resume enhancement and a chance to serve
“Community service with a twist” may be a good way to describe the American Red Cross Rapid Response Corps, a Red Cross spokesman said.
DNR rangers to stricly enforce new age rules for boat operators
As warmer weather continues and many Georgians head out for some time on the water, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division reminds young boaters that there is now a law that restricts boat operation for individuals under age 16.
New management rules affect local land owners
Violations of the Georgia Forestry Commission's revised edition of the Best Management Practices manual can result in legal prosecution and fines ranging from $25,000 to $125,000 per day.
Expect more fog alerts this summer
State agencies that forecast air pollution conditions are using tougher standards, effective May 1, acording to the Air Protection Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.
Real Estate
The Internet is changing the home-selling business
Every day, more and more people are surfing the Internet and finding the immense possibilities of this buying, shopping and research tool.
Highgrove Community in Fayette stirs memories of hometowns in earlier times
Highgrove has been selected as the site of Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine's ninth annual Tour of Homes showcasing the Atlanta area's finest communities.
Why choose a Realtor?
In my last column, I wrote about the importance of using a Realtor when you are in the process of buying real estate. Dealing with a “real” real agent, or Realtor, is just as important when you are selling real estate.
Real Estate Scene
Colwell oversees Centex Homes's Southern Crescent home building initiatives
Colwell oversees Centex Homes' Southern Crescent home building initiatives
Scholarship recipients recognized
The ten 1999 scholarship recipients from the Homebuilders Association of Midwest Georgia's Scholarship House program were recognized at the group's April meeting recently at WhiteWater Creek Country Club.
Pathway Communities draws 1,500 home buyers to 1999 Classic Tour of Homes
An estimated 1,500 prospective home buyers recently attended Pathway Communities' 15th annual Classic Tour of Homes. The tour showcased 12 neighborhoods and 26 furnished and unfurnished traditional and turn-of-the-century style homes ranging in price from the mid $100's to over $400,000 in Peachtree City, Fayette County and Newnan.
Knight Group honors top producers
Twanda Garvin was the winner of the top prize at The Knight Group's 1998 “Knights of the Roundtable” event, held Saturday night, March 6, at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta.
Don't inflate your 1098
For many homeowners, the mortgage-interest write-off takes the pain out of tax time. But if you took out a high-LTV loan this year, be careful of how much you deduct or you could be in dangerous territory.
Families moving into Wentworth
Four families already occupy homes built by Meyer-Sutton Homes in Wentworth, the newest golf, swim and tennis neighborhood in the White Oak community in Coweta County.

Think it's wet? Alberto still leaving its mark five years later

Residents may be growing weary of the number of rainy days this summer, but it's only a microcosm of what Fayette County and Georgia went through five years ago.

Ring in fun with BellSouth this weekend

BellSouth Mobility has landed in Fayetteville.

Innovate don't exterminate

Many large businesses suffer from short-term management thinking. Some companies are more concerned about the welfare of their stockholders than the welfare of their employees.

Rage wins the county softball championship
In what was a very hotly contested season of slow pitch softball, the Peachtree City Rage walked away the victors in the league championship.
Local girl shines on world stage
Amanda Wojtal is a local athlete who recently competed on an international level.
Line Creek Nature Center to host fishing rodeo
The first Fishing Rodeo for disabled children will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, July 17 at the Arnold Cheek Memorial Fishing Dock in the Line Creek Nature Center in Peachtree City.
Indy racing action at AMS this weekend
Atlanta Motor Speedway brings Indy Racing League excitement to the area this weekend.
Classics split during Carolina weekend
Last weekend was a big weekend for women's soccer, as the U.S. women's team defeated China for the World Cup. The World Cup affected other women's soccer games though, especially the games of our local W-League team, the Atlanta Classics.
Fayetteville to celebrate with all day July Jam
This Saturday, the shady grounds around Fayetteville's Old Courthouse will be the setting for the fourth annual July Jam on Main Street.
Buckinghams blow in from Windy City
The year was 1965 and five young men from Chicago decided to form a band, mainly to “meet girls.”
Audience to mingle in Offshoots' fairy tales
Last year, Offshoot Productions performed a play called “The Trial of Goldilocks.” It was an adaptation of the beloved fairy tale and it needed a little something.

Some thoughts about time

by Sallie Satterthwaite
Lifestyle Columnist

Time is money, they say, but no, it isn't. Time is not money, and cannot be measured in the way money can.


Former PTC resident among volunteers seeking financial assistance to help hurricane victims
A former Peachtree City resident has joined forces with a group of ten other young professionals in the Washington, D.C. area to extend a helping hand to hurricane-stricken Nicaragua.

Don't lose sleep over high falutin' snobs – Christian or otherwise

The Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

Have you ever bumped shoulders with someone and they treated you like you had the social plague? Like everyone knows something is wrong with you? They kinda, act like they've never had body odor or bad breath, but you...well, that's a different story.

Religion Briefs

McDonough Road Baptist Church has announced several outings for children this summer as part of its children's summer program.

Vacation Bible School Schedules

New Bible study course offered at McDonough Road

An eight-week Bible study course will be offered at McDonough Road Baptist Church beginning Sunday, July 18. The course is based on Max Lucado's recent book, “And the Angels Were Silent.


No wonder we've abandoned our roots!

A Gallup poll, just out, says that 76 percent of Americans don't know what country the United States gained its independence from.

Spamming the globe...
Laugh Lines
Is there anything out there that they aren't trying to package and sell on the Internet? How about these world events:

Letters to the Editor

If projects go over budget, let BOE resign

With SPLOST, the Fayette County Board of Education is looking to hit the lottery. And they are using $20,000 (the cost of opening the polling places and counting the votes) of county funds to finance their gamble.

Before any SPLOST, system must get finances in order

On Wednesday June 9 on page 7A, you published a school budget chart.

Dekalb SPLOST feeling AJC criticism

Well, blow me down and kiss my grits! Who would have thought that the Atlanta Journal Constitution would have found a tax it didn't like?

Clinton-Gore malfeasance extends from Indian reservations to N. Korea

President Clinton's visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation last week was an exercise in irony and hypocrisy. The very day that the President was lavishing Native Americans with promises his Interior Secretary was testifying before a federal court concerning the $350,000 that the Democratic National Committee received from a tribal group to influence the awarding of a gambling license.

Solicitor-General Harris tell 'the rest of the story' of ticket

In my position as Fayette County Solicitor General, I am aware that after my dealings with defendants in criminal and traffic cases in the Fayette County State Court, not everyone leaves court happy with the outcome.

Book bag ban, dress codes are overreations

With the ongoing problem of violence in our nation's schools, the school board in Fayette County decided to begin looking at ideas to make our students safer. While it is wise for us to take a look at our schools to make certain we have taken steps to make them a safe place to learn, we must be cautious not to overreact and take steps that would turn our schools into boot camps.

Every country has duty to screen immigrants

Recently, the press and TV gave much coverage to the efforts of a number of youths from Cuba to illegally enter the U.S.

Please use empty buildings before cutting down more trees

I'm very sad that people are cutting down trees to make new shops, especially when there are empty buildings.

Thanks, Fayette: Jitterbuggers jump off to great start locally

Thanks Fayette County From Jitterbuggers Teen Club

Former SCHS student decries bookbag ban

In response to an editorial in the July 7, 1999 Citizen by Flat Rock Middle School student Ben Hurst, I agree wholeheartedly with him that students will find a way to kill if they so desire.

Some people show direspect for our flag

July 4th, Independence Day, and respect.

Thanks for help with Boot Drive

The Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the City of Fayetteville Fire Department would like to thank the citizens of Fayette County for the generosity expressed during the recent Georgia Firefighter's Burn Foundation Boot Drive. The three-day total exceeded $11,000.

Thanks for help after storm damage

We would like to thank the Public Works Department, the fire and police departments, the rescue and Red Cross for their kindness during the damage to our home by the storm.