The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, August 18, 1999


BOE: We put out a good product from our schools

Fayette County School Board members discovered that their goals and opinions about the school district were fairly well-aligned Saturday, during a one-day retreat held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel near Hartsfield Airport.

FCHS assignment: The Internet

Fayette County high school students will soon have access to 600 courses via the Internet, making extra course work or make-up courses available before and after school, even at home, Stuart Bennett, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, told the school board Saturday.

County to cable co.: `Do better'

Fayette County has notified MediaOne that the cable company “is not in compliance with the terms and conditions of the current franchise agreement.”

Low density blocking quest for quality in cable here?

Fayette County's vaunted quality of life may be one strike against the county in its quest for quality cable television service, said assistant county manager Chris Cofty.

Watson's body cremated, to local officials' surprise

The recent examination of Beverley Watson's remains was concluded in a way that caught more than a couple of people off guard.

Legacy of healing, It runs in the Anders family

Staff Writer

Say it's the weekend and most or all the Anders clan is (as usual) at their parents' house in north Fayette. A caller asks to speak to the doctor.

Children paint a portrait of devotion

A portrait of Rebekah Anders by her children, in their own words.

Panel rejects parking deck for jail/courthouse
There will be no parking deck at Fayette County's new jail and courthouse complex... at least not in the near future.

Planner: New road building won't restart until 2005

It will probably be at least 2005 before the federal government releases its hold on new road building in the Atlanta area including Fayette, an Atlanta Regional Commission expert said.

Barnes & Noble underway; Ruby Tuesday looms

Construction has begun on the Barnes and Noble shopping center at Ga. Highway 85 north and Pine Trail Road, with completion targeted for May 2000.

Fayetteville planners to consider 90,000 square feet of offices

You say you can't find office space in Fayetteville? Just wait.

FCHS band ponders latest Sydney offer

Fayette County High School's marching band may still play in the 2000 Olympics opening ceremony in Australia next fall, if members decide to accept the Olympic Committee's latest offer.

New plan for bank saves more trees

Engineers designing a site plan for Southern Community Bank on North Jeff Davis Drive can save more trees, at the insistence of the Fayetteville Planning Commission, but there's a rub.

Stage set for election this fall in Fayetteville

Two Fayetteville City Council members and the mayor all say they will run for reelection this fall.

School board gets update on construction
The Fayette County Board of Education was updated on about 30 ongoing school construction projects Monday night during a sparsely attended regular meeting.
County OK's Intermedia, AT&T merger
InterMedia Partners, which provides cable television service for parts of unincorporated Fayette County and Peachtree City, is now part of AT&T's growing network of cable companies.
Fayetteville approves cable transfer
Fayetteville City Council Monday agreed to transfer the city's franchise agreement with Intermedia cable television system to AT&T under a merger agreement between the companies.

Fayetteville workers' retirement benefits kicked up a notch

Fayetteville workers now have a better retirement system at an additional cost of $8,374 a month.

Car, van collide at busy Peachtree City intersection

Traffic was backed up briefly Monday night when two automobiles collided at Peachtree Parkway and Ga. Highway 54.

Two injured in golf cart wreck

A golf cart accident last week in Peachtree City resulted in two injuries and a citation.

Superior Court

The following cases were disposed of Friday in Fayette Superior Court before Judge Johnnie Caldwell:

Child safety seats checked this Saturday

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department's Traffic Enforcement Division, along with Fayette County Safe Kids and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Occupant Safety Program, will be providing child safety seat technicians at the Back to School Carnival this Saturday, Aug. 21, at the Fayette County Library, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dining Guide

Snack Attack
The front door slams as the kids arrive from school and the refrigerator door opens.
LaFiesta opens latest link in Fayetteville
Tucked away in the Banks Station Shopping Center is Fayetteville's newest Mexican restaurant, La Fiesta.
After school snacks

Malone's to open soon

Malone's steak and seafood restaurant is expected to open soon in the new Kroger shopping center on Ga. Highway 85 south of Fayetteville.


Fayette residents grow more concerned about smog problems

According to a recent Clean Air Campaign survey, more than 82 percent of Fayette County and other suburban Atlanta residents view metro Atlanta's smog as a serious problem.

Bellsouth hopes to simplify communication needs

BellSouth announced a new program recently that could help residents simplify their communications problems.

Managing negative employees and other energy suckers

Business Columnist

They're here, there, everywhere. They upset managers and fellow employees — even themselves.


Renegades place second at major tourney

When the softball season ended in Fayette County, there were a number of girls who just were not ready to stop. Teaming up with some like-minded girls from Henry County, a new team was formed. They called themselves the Renegades.

Bulls charge through their super season

There are 450 teams in the 13- to 14-year-old grouping that play baseball in the Southeast region. When you finish in the top two out of 450, you know you have had a great season.

Classics fall short of finals rematch

The Atlanta Classics headed to the W-League national tournament last weekend with revenge on their minds.

Prime college soccer match set Saturday

Soccer fans, and there are plenty of them in this county, are in for a special treat this weekend.

Starr's Mill gets a field of its own

Starr's Mill High School will kick off its softball season with quite a show.

Softball registration begins in Tyrone

The Tyrone Recreation Department will hold registration for their fall youth softball league the next two Saturdays. Registration will be held at the Tyrone Recreation Center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Slow itch softball will be open to children 10 and under, while fast pitch softball will be open to children 12 and under.

Golf for good causes with the Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus Fayette Council #11458 are sponsoring their third annual charity golf tournament at Rivers Edge Golf Course in Clayton County.

Test your endurance with a nice bike ride

Bicycle ride to Warm Springs and back to Fayetteville Sept. 6. The ride departs from the Fayette Community Hospital at 6:30 a.m. The ride will average from 10 to 14 miles per hour depending on the slowest rider.

Sports Calendar

Amphitheater crowd will get gospel `According to John'
A night of contemporary Christian music, praise and worship is set for Friday night at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City.
Good things coming out of Pandora's Box
Pandora's Box is one of Fayette County's newest bands and they are making some noise both figuratively and literally.

Something old, something new

By Sallie Satterthwaite
Lifestyle Columnist

Ordinarily, an article like the following would appear elsewhere in this paper:


Local violinist spreading good word and good sounds of classical music
The coffehouse scene has always been a haven for poets, pundits and performers, from the days when revolutionaries would gather to discuss new political movements, to the days when Alan Ginsburg and Jack Kerouac would take the stage to ooze their musical vocabulary into the audience's mind.

Evangelist Rick Bonfim will lead 4-day revival at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church

Evangelist Rick Bonfin, with ministries in both Brazil and the United States, will be the featured speaker at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church's revival scheduled for Sunday through Wednesday, Aug. 29-Sept. 1 in Newnan. This will be Bonfin's second appearance at Jones Chapel. He is a general evangelist with the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.

God is up to something here—more than we can see and know

By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

Pastor Roger Powell of Fayetteville Church of God, which sponsored a “unity” Tent Revival last week, said that God is doing things so far beyond what we can see and know in the natural or in the spiritual. Look at the facts:

Abundant Life revival ends tonight

Revival services continue through tonight at Abundant Life Worship Center in Tyrone. Evangelist Rev. Greg Harvey is the guest speaker. Tonight's service begins at 7:30 p.m.

Small congregation seminar is this Saturday 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 held at the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church this 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.

Judy Tuttle gospel music concert is this Sunday at P'tree City Church of God

Gospel music artist Judy Jacobs Tuttle will perform at 10:30 a.m. this Sunday when the Peachtree City Church of God sponsors a free concert for the community.

Rolling Hills Baptist plans yard sale Aug. 21

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.

Disciple Bible Study sign-up deadline is August 22 at FUMC

Members of the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church who plan to enroll in upcoming Disciple I Bible Study classes have until Aug. 22 to sign up. Disciple is a 34-week series of classes designed to develop strong Christian leaders. Disciple II and III have not been scheduled due to insufficient interest.

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.

Inman UMC opens registration for fall preschool program

Inman United Methodist Church is now accepting applications for children 2-4 years old to enroll in its fall program. Classes are offered in one-, two- and three-day programs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. For more information, call the church office at 770-461-2123 or Chris at 770-460-0525.

Fayetteville First UMC youth will host dinner, fashion show Aug. 25

Members of the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church UMYF will sponsor a gourmet coffee, dessert and fashion show Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. in the church gym. Tickets are $10 and are on sale each Sunday in the Visitors' Center.



Bush/Dole looks likely; do we want it?

Over a year ago, I predicted a Bush/Dole GOP presidential ticket for 2000, and in the early going it looks like it's a definite possibility.

Join the club
Laugh Lines
If I ever have a really witty idea for a column, it usually comes from something my wife pointed out to me, though I never will allow myself to properly recall it or give her proper credit.

Letters to the Editor

Phone snafu left EMC in dark like customers

I just finished reading your column entitled, “Business or government, it's hard to reach a human anymore [The Citizen, July 28].” First, let me thank you for alerting us to the fact that we're not listed in the Fayette white pages of the BellSouth telephone book; it seems our problems with BellSouth are even larger than we knew.

MediaOne – We've heard this same old song before

Your recent article entitled, “City officials take MediaOne to wood shed,” reminds me of that old saying, deja-vu all over again!

Wolfpac gang wreaks havoc in Tyrone

Early morning on Sunday, Aug. 1, my 16-year-old son was severely beaten by approximately 20 current and former Sandy Creek High School students

'Elitist' argument a usual Hillary tactic

It is my opinion that [Donna Lee] Lakly and Hillary Clinton use the same tactics. If someone disagrees with you then you attack them personally and call them “elitist.”

Repair, don't destroy, Social Security

To critics of Social Security:

Can you be sure that your offspring can provide themselves with an income during the years that they are incapable of working for pay; to earn an income sufficient for their secure and healthy existence? Will they, then, be able to keep you from starving, or succumbing to an illness? Are they capable of successful “day trading”?

Give tax cut to overburdened families

Clinton as usual has turned the Social Security, Medicare and tax reduction issues into a political issue that is incapable of having a rational discussion with a reasonable solution.


Questions remain about BOE competency, but Yes vote needed

Sept. 21 will be the day Fayette County citizens will vote on the combination Special Local Option Sales Tax and bond issue to move the county forward with school construction. I am prepared to cast a Yes vote because maintaining first class schools is an important issue and I have nothing but the greatest respect for Dr. John DeCotis as a professional educator and a careful steward of public funds.

SPLOST supporters hope for low vote turnout

The sting is on

SPLOST supporter worries about BOE priorities

I would like to address my issues and concerns relating to the proposed SPLOST.

BOE has yet to show consistency in planning

The boldness of the Fayette County Board of Education is exceeded only by their ability to foolishly spend money. There seems to be no end. Now it is a retreat to determine where the board wants to go in five to 10 years.

Same old story for BOE, commission

At the last election, I decided that I would vote for anyone who wasn't an incumbent, my rationale being that surely anyone new would be better than those we currently had on the board of education and the county board of commissioners who had gotten us into this mess.

Vote yes to build needed classrooms

An open debate on whether we should fund a SPLOST for the Fayette County School System, I believe, is healthy and should be encouraged. There has been a question raised about whether a real need exists for additional funding for the school system. Parents that have children in Fayette County Schools are well aware that the school or schools their children have attended are at capacity or near capacity at this time. The Fayette Board of Education estimates over 5,000 new students [are] expected to enter Fayette Schools by the year 2005. We have a problem. We can ignore the present situation or together try to find a way to solve the future crowding of our classrooms.