The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, August 11, 1999


Back to the books

Nearly 20,000 students will return to Fayette County public schools Monday for the start of the 1999-2000 academic year.

Stricter dress code greets returning students

Fayette County students returning to school Monday should “come dressed to learn,” according to Dr. John DeCotis, Fayette County school superintendent.

County looking for help with trash troubles

Finding a place to put the trash gets more complicated all the time... so much so that Fayette County is looking for a consultant to help sort out the future of solid waste management here.

Elderly resident to parents: `Get your teens under control'

Pauline Pullan is mad and getting madder.

City officials take MediaOne to wood shed

MediaOne cable company needs to get its act together, Fayetteville officials told company representatives last week.

SPLOST supporters getting organized

A grass roots effort by Fayette County parents and citizens pushing for passage of a $90 million special local option sales tax and bond referendum Sept. 21 is taking shape.

Traffic offense sparks federal lawsuit
Apparently displeased with the disposition of his case last year, a former defendant in Fayette County State Court has filed a federal lawsuit against virtually everyone involved in the prosecution of the case.
Goza Road plan gets P&Z thumbs down
Integrated Science and Engineering will get no help from the Fayette County Planning Commission in its quest to build a 61-home subdivision on 155 acres on Goza Road at Old Greenville Road.
Shoppers get free fireworks as car bursts into flames
Shoppers in Peachtree City got a free pyrotechnic display Sunday evening as a car burned to a crisp in a local parking lot.
Dog lover gives up fight with county
Dog lover Lynn Henning is giving up in her fight with the Fayette County government over its limit on the number of pets each local family can own.
State Court

Tag office to close Sept. 7

The Fayette County tag office will be closed Sept. 7 for a system upgrade

Clayton State taking `TEAM' concept to new levels

Clayton State TEAM Students Lend Talent to University Website

Collins Black Hawk bill goes to House floor

The House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation introduced by U.S. Rep. Mac Collins, R-Hampton, to address a tragedy that occurred April 14, 1994 when two U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopters transporting foreign and U.S. personnel over Iraq were shot down by two U.S. Air Force F-15's.

New program offers ride home for car poolers stranded at work
If you've been avoiding car pooling or public transit because of fear something will happen to your ride and you'll be stranded, the Atlanta Regional Commission has a new program you may like.

Back to School

Getting there

A fleet of 161 yellow school buses operated by the Fayette County School District will start their daily routes Aug. 16, first day of the new school year.
School bus routes now available on Worldwide Web
The Fayette County School District now offers cyber help for parents who need information on their children's school bus routes.
Schools set open houses
Open house dates for Fayette County Public Schools have been announced with all elementary schools hosting parents and students Thursday, Aug. 12 from 3-6 p.m.

School's more hi-tech than ever

High tech schools offer an educational edge. Students today require more than pencils and paper to be successful

Real Estate
Survey brings out interesting facts on realtors
A new survey by the National Association of Realtors is causing many of the stereotypes surrounding Realtors to fall by the wayside.
Nine model homes show full range of SummerGrove styles
SummerGrove at Newnan, the first master-planned community in Atlanta to offer a combination of ultra-fast Internet connections, structured wiring in every home, and an interactive community intranet, is celebrating another first.
Real Estate Scene...
Protecting Private Property Rights
When Congress begins to consider federal tax legislation, most industries, like a bride-to-be planning for her wedding, put together their “wish” lists. Many also put together a “needs” list that they hope might be more in line with what is possible.
Knight Group starts work on Popular Pointe
The Knight Group, one of the Southern Crescent's most active home builders, has entered the Spalding County market with the opening of Poplar Pointe, a 47-home community in Griffin.
Brechin Park open for business
Ravin Homes has recorded its first three sales in Brechin Park, a modern neighborhood in Fayette County named for an ancient city in Scotland called Brechin.
Conceptual Design joins Tim Jones group
Conceptual Design Engineering, a full-service civil engineering consulting firm, is the newest member of the Jonesboro-based Tim Jones group of companies.
Tax breaks lure first-time home buyers
The idea of owning a first home gives many home buyers a strong dose of sticker shock.
Don't backslide on a reverse mortgage
Paying off a home mortgage loan can take up a big chunk of your life and finances. A reverse mortgage loan turns the tables — you actually get money back from your loan provider to use however you choose. All those years of monthly payments have created equity and a source of income.
Condiminium, cooperative have different meanings
The first-time home buyer has enough to worry about, right? Why worry about what makes a condo different from a co-op? Because the legal definitions are very different as they apply to ownership and management of your property.
Leasing begins at Governor's Square Office Park
Pre-leasing has begun in phase one of Governor Square Office Park, off Ga. Highway 54, just each of the Peachtree City limits.
What is takes to be a home builder
Today's homes resemble multifaceted machines and the successful home builder has the knowledge, organizational skills and drive to build them. A home builder must understand how the home's complex systems work, pay attention to detail, and coordinate various contractors in a team effort to build and sell a quality product. To coordinate this process, builders must think on their feet, plan ahead and do a number of tasks simultaneously.
Reservations are being accepted for The Magnolias of Eagle's Landing
Home site reservations are now being accepted in The Magnolias of Eagle's Landing, the newest neighborhood in the master planned community in the Stockbridge area of Henry County.

EMC chief says company is ready for Y2K

With less than five months to go before the millennium, Coweta-Fayette EMC CEO Micheal Whiteside says the company is well prepared to deal with the problems the Y2K bug might cause.

News Briefs

LaPetite aquires Bright Star

La Petite Academy, Inc., the nation's second-largest provider of early childhood education, announced recently it acquired Minneapolis-based Bright Start, Inc., which operates 44 child care/preschool facilities in four state.


Classics in hunt for championship

The Atlanta Classics have done everything they can to reach the W-League finals and exact revenge on the rivals the Raleigh Wings. The Classics, currently 11-5, have had an excellent season and possess a stellar offensive weapon in the W-League's points and goals leader, Kerry Gragg. Gragg has scored 18 goals this season while recording eight assists. Her last goal was the only goal in the Southern Conference Final.

Wolf Creek shooters stay hot, finish near top

The Wolf Creek Young Shooters continue to set their sights on winning. They hosted the 34th Junior International Air Pistol competition recently, welcoming their guests with tough competition at nearly every level.

Local boys take home medals

Ross Bittner and Matt Kelley, both from Peachtree City, won a silver and a bronze medal respectively, in the swimming competition of the 1999 Junior Goodwill Games Nationals Finals last weekend. The games were held on the campus of Georgia Tech and Bittner and Kelley placed in the 25 yard sprint.

It's Valderrama-rama at Silverbacks on Sunday

If you are a fan of soccer, you have seen the bright golden curls of Carlos Valderrama.

Shirrelles bring legendary sound to PTC
What is a Shirelle? To shirr means to either draw cloth together along two or more parallel lines or to bake eggs, removed from their shell, until they are set.
Local couple working hard for 3 Day Event
There are not many degrees of separation between you and someone who has had their lives touched by breast cancer. Chances are it has affected either you, a member of your family, or one of your friend's and their family.
Six Flags open daily for one more week
You know all about Six Flags Over Georgia. It's approximately 45 minutes away from Fayette County, it has a number of great rides and there are costumed merchants and gigantic cartoon characters swarming the park.

Tribute to Goodness

Lifestyle Columnist

With news of murder and mayhem now a virtual staple of daily life, it's easy to throw up one's hands and say, “Enough. Turn off the box. Discontinue the paper. I can't stand another interview with neighbors, sheriff's deputies and numb family members.”


Wednesday night church is forgotten in today's hectic scheduling

By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

My friend and fellow minister, Dr. Justin Kollmeyer, made some serious suggestions in light of the new dress code promulgated by the school board (The Sunday Citizen, August 1, 1999). In his column, he supplicated the schools to make Wednesday nights off-limits for meetings, programs, or anything that called for student/faculty participation. He said Wednesday nights are a key time for religious education and inspiration for youth in our churches and students should be encouraged to participate in religious activities that night. That's the way it was when I grew up: principals and teachers never even thought about planning any sort of activity on Wednesday night. Not only did they know that many of their students went to church, but also most of them did (many sang in the choir and choir practice was always on Wednesday nights).

Jodeco's `Joyfest' outdoor concert will feature Christian contemporary music, entertainment

Middle and high school students and single adults from all over the Atlanta area are invited to attend “Joyfest...A Celebration of Hope,” an outdoor concert and block party, Saturday, Aug. 28 from 6-11 p.m. at Jodeco Baptist Church in Stockbridge. Since the event will be outdoors, those attending are invited to “BYOB—bring your own blanket.”

Religion Briefs

Greentree Church to host gospel sing

The entire community is invited to Greentree Church in Tyrone on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. for the Southside Gospel Sing. Featured performers will be The Dove Brothers. Admission is $5 at the door, and a love offering will be collected. Greentree Church is at 414 Jenkins Rd. in Tyrone. For more information, call the church at 770-969-0255.

F'ville Christian sets ice cream social, variety show Aug. 15

Persons living in the vicinity of New Hope and Hickory Roads in Fayetteville have a special treat coming up Sunday evening, Aug. 15.

Dee Baxter will speak at Women's Aglow Fellowship International Aug. 16 & 17

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.

District workshop on growing the small congregation scheduled for Aug. 21 at Fayetteville First UMC

“Turnaround—Strategies for Growing the Small Congregation,” a workshop sponsored by the LaGrange District of the United Methodist Church, will be hosted by Fayetteville First United Methodist Church on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Chairpersons and members of all committees, church governing board members, and pastors of any denomination are invited to attend.

Rolling Hills Baptist plans yard sale

The adult Sunday School classes at Rolling Hills Baptist Church will have a church-wide yard sale Saturday, Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Heritage Christian will offer `Walk Through the Bible' seminar Aug. 29

A seminar covering the Old Testament entitled “Walk Through the Bible” will be offered at Heritage Christian Church on Sunday, Aug. 29 from 1-5 p.m. The seminar will be preceded by lunch from 12:30-1 p.m.

Holy Trinity schedules youth rally

Holy Trinity CatholicChurch in Peachtree city will have a “Stand Up! Sing Out!” youth rally for Catholic youth Sunday, Sept. 12 from 2-9 p.m

Rev. Fleenor is new minister of music, youth at Calvary Temple

The Rev. Rick Fleenor has assumed duties as youth pastor and minister of music at Calvary Temple Assembly of God in Peachtree City.


It's time for tough talk on Social Security

In all the discussion about tax cuts versus Social Security up there in Washington, in all the interviews with candidates for president, in all the talk shows and column writing, I keep looking in vain for some hope that this albatross is going to be lifted from our necks.

Wynnmeade's problems affects us all
Environmental Columnist

Opinion articles about the governing ability with Peachtree City can be tricky since a lot of things they accomplish are outstanding when it comes to environmental matters.

Generation H(ype)
Laugh Lines
This article could be the most important, significant 600 words you will read before the end of the millennium.

House tax package tackles serious national debt issue
3rd District U.S. Congress

It is surprising to me that the issue of returning taxpayer overpayments has become a partisan issue in Washington, D.C.

Letters to the Editor

Which Big Mac?

It is so disgusting to watch the disingenuous Democrats fight so hard against the minuscule tax bill that has been proposed by the Republicans.

The bit dog hollers

It was interesting to note Donna Lakly's letter in response to Bob Craft's letter which pointed out why this county is becoming so overcrowded, and the cost to taxpayers.

Dress code's not the answer

I am writing to you, as a parent whose kids have been in the Fayette School System for 23 years, with some concerns in regards to the proposed dress code change and book bag issue.

No one got the message

In the next issue of the Fayette Citizen when addressing the pros and cons of SPLOST, I think it would be appropriate to include a picture of Spring Hill Elementary with the school sign which states John Wieland — Your Partner in Education — with the full view of a beautiful new school entering only its fifth school calendar year with unsightly trailers out front.

Elitist? I just want a good country

My-My. I have just been called an elitist by the wife of former state Rep. Dan lakey.