The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, July 21, 1999


High noon for SPLOST vote
The Fayette County Board of Education will meet Thursday at noon to vote on calling a $90 million school construction referendum in two months.
F'ville Council overturns mayor's annex
On again and off again, a 152-home subdivision and 17-acre office complex at Ga. Highway 314 and New Hope Road is on again.
Planning group finds tree preservation thorny
More trees need to be spared from developers' bulldozers, members of the Fayette County Planning Commission agree.
Hearings set on zoning changes
The Fayette County Planning Commission will have a public hearing Aug. 5 to consider special development standards for the Ga. Highway 74 corridor and changes in county rules for building homes on cul de sacs.
Planners eye `Apple Orchard' for Beauregard
Owners of 20 acres on the southeast corner of Beauregard Boulevard and Grady Avenue in Fayetteville withdrew their plans for a 100-home senior subdivision in the face of strong opposition earlier this year.
Judge raps rap star for jury no-show
Local authorities are sending a message that even big-time entertainers are not exempt from their civic duty in Fayette County.
Bye, bye, baggies, saggies
Trenchcoats are out. Book bags are in — but only partly. And tuck in those blouses and shirts, pull up those baggy pants, put a belt on, and lose those holey jeans, students.
'Bounty hunter' may track illegal students
The Fayette County school system may hire private investigators to ferret out students illegally attending classes here, paying the P.I.s only if they produce
Krakeel: Fire, emergency services need impact fees
Fire fighting and emergency services are ideal candidates for Fayette's proposed impact fees, a blue ribbon committee was told last week.
Chairmen says committee is up to the task
Fayette County's impact fee has a huge task ahead of it, said Bob Todd, who was named chairman of the group recently.
Planners want big trees saved at new bank site
Principles of Southern Community Bank hope to have a place to hang their hats by March, but there are hurdles to leap at City Hall first.
'Wearhouse' coming to Pavilion?
Men's Wearhouse is expected to head the list of tenants for Shops at Fayette Pavilion, a freestanding building that's planned as part of phase two of Fayette Pavilion.
Fayetteville budget approved
Fayetteville's spending plan for fiscal 2000 is now in place, including a slight tax reduction.
Decision set Tuesday on GTO;s expansion
Plans to expand GTO's restaurant to include indoor seating are looking more likely to receive approval.
Church wins as develper loses zoning battle
John Wieland's loss was Heritage Christian Church's gain.
Two injury crashes in Fayette last weekend
Two separate Fayette County traffic accidents last weekend resulted in injuries serious enough to require helicopter transport to Atlanta.
City agrees to swap land, resolve boundary dilemma
Brian McAllister has had a unique problem, the only one of its kind in Peachtree City — at least, the City Council hopes it's the only one.

Fayetteville planner takes position in private sector
Fayetteville planning director Jahnee Prince has taken a new position with Cooper Carry, the architecture and municipal planning firm that developed plans for Fayetteville's McElwaney property earlier this year.
Schools can now punish 'bullying'
A policy which adds bullying as a punishable offense to Fayette County schools' student conduct rules took effect July 1.
Schools out: Time to spruce up
About a third of Fayette County's schools are undergoing a summer spruce-up with fresh coats of paint and new carpeting being rolled out in preparation for the start of school Aug. 16.
Three sentenced in Superior Court
Three men were handed down prison sentences Friday in Fayette Superior Court after entering guilty pleas in separate cases.
Collins touts new tax bill
A new tax package sent to the floor of the U.S. House will strengthen Medicare and Social Security while granting a 10 percent cut in income taxes, says Fayette County's U.S. representative, Mac Collins.
Campaign finance reports on the Web
Secretary of State Cathy Cox has announced that her office has posted candidate and political action committee disclosure reports on the agency's web site.
Dining Guide
Garden Variety Veggies
The labors of spring planting have given way to the fruits and vegetables of summer, with an abundance of produce within picking distance of the backdoor. Local gardeners are harvesting beans, tomatoes, squash and cucumbers for use in favorite recipes, or enjoying them au naturale.
Real Mexican Style
With the tremendous population explosion in the Atlanta region in the last decade, the proliferation of ethnic restaurants has started giving the region an urban feel.

This Week's Recipes


Cellular phone store is ringing up business at the Pavilion

BellSouth Mobility's success for eight years in Peachtree City has spawned a new location in the county.

Business Briefs

Local display street luge wizard
When we last left our local street luging firefighter from Fayetteville, he had just won a race at Mt. Cheaha.
Division races heat up in church league softball
The Fayette County Recreation Department's church softball league is nearing the end of its regular season. After this week, teams will have only two games left before the playoffs.
Diamonds go worldwide, heading to world series
It has been a busy summer for the Southside Diamonds. The Diamonds are an under 18 softball team made up of players from Fayette County and their play has taken them to the NSA State Tournament, as well as across the Atlantic Ocean on a European tour. The team is full of some of the more premier players from the local high school programs and they are used to winning.
Lightning 83 play gold ball and finish bronze
Oklahoma, the state that launched one of the most famous musicals of all time, hosted the Region III soccer championships recently. Fayetteville's AFC Lightning 83 Gold team, the Georgian U16 Boys champions, traveled to Edmond, Okla. with dreams of winning big.
Amusement to be found at Dixieland
You've probably seen some new things at DixieLand Amusement Park if you've driven past it this summer.
A bewitching cinematic experience
In 1994, three student filmmakers entered the woods in Burkittsville, Md. to make a film about the legend of the Blair Witch. A year later, their footage was found.
Seniors get a history lesson on Fayette County
The Fayette County Recreation Department plans a tour each month for senior citizens in the county. Last week it offered a historical bus tour of Fayette county and 34 interested persons participated.
Breakfast for contractors and public at Home Depot
Each Tuesday 8-10 a.m. The Home Depot store in Fayetteville hosts a contractor breakfast.
Offshoot presents special Matinee on Thursday
In addition to its regular weekend performances, Offshoot Productions is presenting a special matinee of its lively audience participation play, “Cinderella,Cinderella” at 10 a.m. on Thursday, july 22 at McIntosh High School. Large groups can be accommodated at this time, as well as individuals and families. Tickets are available in advance for large groups and at the door for individual purchase.
Women authors' works sought
River's Edge Publishing Company, Georgia Branch, is seeking submissions from Georgia women for the second in its “Women Speak” series of anthologies.
Lost in the black hole of family history
Do you remember back in the 1980s, how friends would suddenly disappear for months, even years, later to surface with the explanation: “I got a computer”?


Kosovo refugees to arrive in Peachtree City
Two refugee families fleeing their war-ravaged homes in Kosovo will soon be starting their lives anew in Peachtree City, sponsored by Braelinn Baptist Church.

Nine churches will combine in 'unity' service this Sunday at River's Edge

Nine churches will gather as one this weekend for a “Unity Celebration of Christ. The special service is scheduled for Sunday evening, July 25, at 6 p.m. at River's Edge Community Church, 1091 Jeff Davis Dr., South in Fayetteville.

Vacation Bible School Schedules

Religion Briefs

Revival...God given or human driven?

The Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

Charles Finney, American revivalist who lived 1792-1875, went to great lengths to discount the idea of God's sovereignty as being the sole source of revivals. He contended that Christian believers had a great deal to do with God blowing the winds of revival over a church and/or over an entire community.

F'ville UMC will offer swing dance classes

Swing dance classes will be offered by Fayetteville First United Methodist Church each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. from July 27-Aug. 31. Classes are held in the gym and are $30 per person. Pairs are best but singles are always welcome.


Balance is key element in quality of life

Fayette County Planning Commission is looking into possible changes to the county's tree preservation ordinance, and the process is engendering some interesting discussion.

I'm getting too old for —
Laugh Lines
For those people who have seen me in person, you know I look pretty good for a 54-year-old man. Problem is, I'm 41.
At JFK Jr.'s loss, we remember Camelot
Politically speaking
Not since the senseless death of Princess Diana in a car crash in Paris nearly two years ago has there been such an outpouring of international grief and concern as has been expressed since the world learned of the disappearance of a small planed piloted by John F. Kennedy Jr. Friday night (or, for those who were not listening to CNN's “graveyard” shift Saturday morning).

Letters to the Editor

With new taxes ahead, where are officials who created this problem?

Now is a good time to be living in Fayette county. Our roads are in gridlock, our drinking water is being polluted by sewage spills, our schools are overcrowded, 10 percent of our classrooms are trailers, we need a new jail and our taxes are going up.

Further sewage spills into Lake Peachtree unacceptable

I attended the July 12 meeting [of the Peachtree City Water and Sewerage Authority] which dealt with the recent three sewage spills into Lake Peachtree.

PTC church, find an open field

Think you know what the initials “E-R” stand for in real estate zoning restrictions? Think again, if you live in Peachtree City. The zoning commissioners recently tagged that restriction with a new meaning: “Except religion.”

Instead of SPLOST, we opt out of system

As the parents of three children who attended Brooks Elementary, we are appalled at the Fayette County School Board's nerve to ask us the taxpayers for additional monies to build additional facilities in this county.