The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, August 4, 1999


BOE adopts new dress code
“Come dressed to learn.” That's the message sent to parents and students Monday night by Fayette County school superintendent Dr. John DeCotis following approval of a dress code that allows shirts to remain untucked, minus belts.

Board taps new principals for MHS, Flat Rock M.S.

McIntosh High School's new principal is Greg Stillions, former assistant principal and athletic director at the Peachtree City secondary school.

FCHS Band still on hold for trip to Australia
Fayette County High School band members and their parents should decide early next week whether to accept an offer to play at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Old time fair gets new beginning
A new fair site promises to provide not only a bigger, better Fayette County Fair in 1999, but also more money for local charities and a facility that Fayette organizations can use for a variety of functions.

More rides, entertainment, set for 48th fair

With a new facility and oodles of space, the 1999 Fayette County Fair promises to grow by leaps and bounds in coming years, organizers say.

Kiwanis has given almost half a century of service

Next year, Fayette County Kiwanis will celebrate its 50th year as a civic club in Fayette County.

Local churches prepare mass mailing of `Jesus' video to area
“Jesus” is coming to your mailbox in October.
County to decide on jail plan soon
A committee studying options for a new county jail and courthouse hopes to present a site plan for County Commission action by mid-August.
Jail funding options still up in the air
If you have an extra $60 million lying around, the Fayette County Commission wants to talk to you.
Peachtree City victim of Buckhead massacre laid to rest this week
A Peachtree City woman was among the victims last week of one of the worst mass killings ever in the metro Atlanta area.
Tyrone may have sewer before year 2000 dawns
By the beginning of next year, the town of Tyrone could be hooked up with a sewer line from the city of Fairburn.
Residents in flood zone won't see relief soon
It will be some time yet before residents of 24 homes in the Ginger Cake Creek flood plain see any relief.
Bank robber suspect arrested
A suspect in last week's Fayette County bank robbery is now in custody.
New zoning for hospital area gets thumbs up
Fayetteville's new Medical Office zoning category, designed to encourage a campus-like setting for offices in the Fayette Community Hospital area, is now in place.

Homeowner sees fence issue from other side
While residents of a Fayetteville subdivision continue to look for ways around the city's ordinance banning fences in some of their back yards, Mike DeLisle of McIntosh Woods subdivision says he sees the issue from the other side of the fence.
P&Z to bank: Find a way to save trees
Concern for several large trees on their building site has delayed the start of construction for local business people trying to get a new bank off the ground.
Kedron area residents to present apartment protest to City Council
Residents of two subdivisions in northern Peachtree City plan to make known to the City Council at tomorrow night's meeting their concerns over planned apartment and road development in the area.
Apple Orchard plans go to Fayetteville Council
Owners of 20 acres on the southeast corner of Beauregard Boulevard and Grady Avenue in Fayetteville will now approach City Council with their plans to build 54 homes in a “neotraditional” neighborhood at the corner.
GTO's expansion gets planners' OK
Owners of GTO's restaurant can now move forward with plans for an expansion to allow inside dining.
Men's wearhouse request delayed
Developers of Fayette Pavilion will wait another month for approval of their plans for a freestanding building with five shops including Men's Wearhouse.
Schools revise plans for open house visits
The schedule for open house in Fayette schools has been revised.
County tag office to close for upgrade Sept. 7
The Fayette County tag office will be closed Sept. 7 for a system upgrade.
Vo-tech students can earn double credit
Dual credit classes will offered through the Fayette County's high school vocational education department and Griffin Tech starting this school year.
Bus service extended to Whitewater students
The Fayette County Board of Education Transportation Department will provide bus service for middle school students living south of Rising Starr Road and east of Ga. Highway 85 who are rezoned to attend Whitewater Middle School this fall. This will be a Whitewater Middle School bus only. To take advantage of this service, you must call and identify your student(s), with their name(s), address and phone number. Call 770-460-3520. The bus driver will notify you with the bus number and morning pickup time after compiling the information and preparing the route.
Prime Timers
Fridays stay busy on the ground and in the air
When Marion Forehand walked by Jim Friday's Jacksonville, Florida home almost 43 years ago on her way to school she didn't realize she was soon to meet her future husband. Jim saw her walk by, was compelled to “fall in behind her” and follow her to school. He says he's been following her ever since. Per Jim, “She was a cute rascal.”
Dixie Wing keeps flying for history's sake
The Dixie Wing is the Atlanta branch of the American Airpower Heritage Foundation (AAHF). The Foundation is more commonly known as the Confederate Air Force (CAF), although the name does not accurately portray the scope or purpose of the group.
Falcon Field a strong asset for Fayette County
Peachtree City-Falcon Field Airport has a strong history in the Fayette County area. Founded in 1968 by developer Joel Cowan, it was acquired by the Peachtree City Airport Authority in 1987 with the express purpose of supporting the industrial, commercial and recreational aviation community in Fayette County and the surrounding areas. Those flying in and out for conferences at Aberdeen Woods or the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center also take advantage of the conveniently located airport.
Big crowds expected for Wings over Dixie this fall
The reasons? One is the demise of the Dobbins Air Show. According to Ross Berry, Co-Chair of the Sponsorship Committee, “We will now be the only air show in the Atlanta area.”
Youth homes meeting huge county needs
Although Jim Friday's participation as a juror on a child abuse case and his subsequent curiosity are the known beginnings of the Fayette Youth Protection Home, Inc. Friday gives credit to a higher power. He says the roots of the Home can be traced directly back to a prayer he made in anger.
Flight school off and running
The Peachtree Flight School began offering lessons at Falcon Field on June 1, filling the void when Falcon Flight School closed their doors. The school also continues to operate out of Griffin as the Griffin Flight School.

Harris Teeter expected to revitalize shopping center, says memo

A memo sent to Peachtree Crossing shopping center tenants in Peachtree City from a property management company is urging retailers to consider expanding and upscaling their businesses.

Business Briefs

New study says hospitals play a big part in Maintaining Georgia's healthy economy

Georgia hospitals contributed almost $25 billion to the state's economy in 1997, according to a report prepared by the Economic Forecasting Center at Georgia State University.

Deadline draws near for natural gas marketing selection by customers

As the Aug.11 deadline draws near, Atlanta Gas Light Company is leaving no stone unturned in its drive to ensure the transition of 400,000 customers to natural gas marketers goes smoothly.

Hunting safety classes offered locally
Hunting education classes will be offered by the Extension Services of both Fayette and Coweta County. The classes in Coweta County will run the first Friday and Saturday of each month, with the exception of September and October at the Coweta Extension Office. The first class will be offered August 6 and 7 from 6-10 p.m. on Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 770-252-1823.
Sports Briefs
Last fling of the century
Though it certainly does not feel like summer is nearing an end, the 10th annual Last Fling signals the beginning of a new school year.
Twain's greatest at Sams
The characters of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer are legends in American Literature. Their adventures spanned two novels by Mark Twain and now are combined in the Fayette Community Theatre production of the musical “Huckleberry Finn.”
Stay cool with winter themed videos
The Weekend section is often used to give the citizens of the county some suggestions of what to do for entertainment and recreation.

Supper may be leftovers but the plates are clean

Lifestyle Columnist

“What are you doing?”

Georgia Academy of Dance co-hosts dance conservatory
The Georgia Academy of Dance along with LaGrange Ballet hosted a three week intensive dance workshop on the campus of LaGrange College.

Fayetteville Church of God plans Unity Tent Revival August 8-14

The Fayetteville Church of God and its youth ministry will sponsor a Unity Tent Revival at 895 Hwy. 85 South in Fayetteville, beginning Sunday, Aug. 8 at 7 p.m. and continuing through Saturday, Aug. 14. Several guest speakers are scheduled.

Camp Meeting '99 is Aug. 8-13 at Fayetteville's Word of Life Church

Members of Word of Life Family Church in Fayetteville are gearing up for Camp Meeting `99, scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 13 at the church. Services will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. each day. .

Registration closes August 8 for 'Marriage Enrichment Weekend'

Couples at Fayetteville Christian Church have until this Sunday, Aug. 8, to sign up for the church-sponsored “Marriage Enrichment Weekend” planned for November 12 and 13 at the Simpsonwood Conference and Retreat Center in Norcross. Michael and Susan Keane, who minister in Cartersville, will lead the retreat.

Body of Christ Christian schedules Campmeeting '99 for August 8-13

Several guest speakers will be featured when the Body of Christ Christian Church holds its “Campmeeting '99” scheduled for Monday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.

A 'special' that never expires–free ticket to Sunday school, church

By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

You know it. I know it. And God knows it! You need to get your children in church. Every week that you put it off, it gets harder. Now is the absolutely right time to start attending a church in which you and your family will fit. So, just do it.

Co-author of 'Left Behind' series will autograph books August 6 & 7 in Morrow, Atlanta stores

Jerry B. Jenkins, coauthor of the bestselling “Left Behind” series of books, will be on hand to autograph copies of his latest release, “Assassins,” Friday, Aug. 6 from noon-2 p.m. at Berean Christian Bookstore on Cleveland Ave. in Atlanta, and on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 1-2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble bookstore on Mt. Zion Rd. in Morrow. “Assassins” is the sixth installment in the series which has sold 8 million copies nationwide.

Vacation Bible School Schedules

Religion Briefs

Tyrone's First Christian to offer Back to School seminar Aug. 21

The First Christian Church of Tyrone will sponsor a “Back to School Seminar for Parents” Saturday morning, Aug. 21 from 9-11 a.m. The seminar will focus on helping parents become better equipped to deal with the challenges of education.

Dee Baxter will speak at Women's Aglow Fellowship International's Aug. meeting

Dee Baxter will be the featured speaker at this month's meeting of Women's Aglow Fellowship International, Peachtree City Chapter, Monday evening, Aug 16, and Tuesday morning, Aug. 17. Both meetings will be held at the Peachtree Christian Fellowship at 1988 Hwy. 54 in the Governor's Walk Shopping Center, 1/4 mile east of the Peachtree City city limits.

Heritage Christian plans land dedication ceremony, picnic

Members of Heritage Christian Church will have a dedication ceremony and church picnic Sunday, Aug. 22, to celebrate the recent purchase of 77 acres on the corner of Redwine and Bernhard roads.

New Hope Baptist Church blood drive is August 25

The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at new Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville on Wednesday, Aug. 25 from 2:30-7:30 p.m. For more information, call Heather at 770-461-4337.

Convenant Presbyterian continues worship amid construction, remodeling

Members of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville are continuing with their summer worship schedule despite the inconveniences of remodeling woes.

Religion Calendar


School system on right track with dress code

Our Letters pages have been filled in recent weeks with opinions about two separate but important issues involving the Fayette County school system: a $90 million special local option sales tax referendum for new school construction and a stricter dress code for students.

What is Atlanta's mayor so afraid of?

What a mess!

Their actions say board of education disdains environment
Environmental Columnist

It has been several months since I discussed the many environmental issues involving our Fayette County Board of Education. Over the last year or two, I have had a number of direct encounters with a board member as well as staff responsible for construction and maintenance of the school grounds. I felt that these encounters have been mostly unproductive.

Saving camper Ryan
Laugh Lines
My wife Julie and I just got back from camp. We were program directors for a three-day “First Timers Camp” which consists of first through third graders. The point of the camp is to provide a pleasurable first-time experience for kids so they will come back to camp over and over.

Letters to the Editor

On dress code, board should listen to students

The letters from the students responding to the dress code proposals for Fayette County students in the July 28 edition of The Citizen were wonderful.

Board is already using scare tactics

Scare tactics already being used

Bonds are still better than SPLOST

This is about the selling of the school sales tax, and smarter alternatives.

'Elitist' wants to shut county's open doors

I read with great amusement the homilies spouted by Bob Craft in your editorial column. It seems he has proclaimed himself “king maker” in Fayette County and watchdog of our taxes. It is incredible how he picks on former county commissions and blames them for the growth in this county. You see, Mr. Craft would have preferred it if we had just shut the door 20 years ago and let no one else in. That, my friends, is the definition of an “elitist.”

Code will bring increased trouble

I am proud of the young people of our county who have used this forum to express their objection to the proposed dress code changes to be implemented in our schools. They have shown that they are literate, civic-minded citizens despite their preference for a style of clothing which I as an older citizen do not personally choose. These young men and women deserve to be listened to. We should appreciate them and applaud them for their merits, rather than seeking to alienate them because of their dress.

Board must remember different is not dangerous

The proposals recently presented to the Fayette County Board of Education by the Safety Task Force are so misguided and pompous, they should be laughable. However, the gravity inherent in the current path tread by this county is no laughing matter.

FCHS band leader makes lemonade out of disinvitation lemon

I must admit I was initially upset about the Fayette County High School Band being disinvited to play in the 2000 Olympic Opening Ceremonies and was against accepting a different itinerary until...

Congress msut investigate Chinese spying

The Congress should take immediate action to investigate the Clinton-Gore administration's relationship to the Communist Chinese government.

The kids aren't all right

I am grateful that the Fayette County Board of Education is looking out for the safety of its students, but the dress code is addressing the wrong issue. The problem is not the presence of weapons at school, but the students in the school.

Why don't schools punish rule-breakers

It has occurred to me that no comment us students make about the strain that these new dress code rules put on our wardrobes will sway the school board's decision. It doesn't matter if the new rules are ludicrous to us or not. You need a quick solution and this was all you can come up with.