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
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
County to cable co.: `Do
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
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
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.
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
New plan for bank saves
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
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
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
A golf cart accident last week
in Peachtree City resulted in two injuries and a
The following cases were
disposed of Friday in Fayette Superior Court before
Judge Johnnie Caldwell:
Child safety seats checked
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.
- The front door slams as the
kids arrive from school and the refrigerator door
opens latest link in Fayetteville
- Tucked away in the Banks
Station Shopping Center is Fayetteville's newest
Mexican restaurant, La Fiesta.
Malone's steak and seafood
restaurant is expected to open soon in the new Kroger
shopping center on Ga. Highway 85 south of
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
BellSouth announced a new
program recently that could help residents simplify
their communications problems.
Managing negative employees
and other energy suckers
By GREGORY SMITH
They're here, there, everywhere.
They upset managers and fellow employees even
Renegades place second at
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
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
The Atlanta Classics headed to
the W-League national tournament last weekend with
revenge on their minds.
Prime college soccer match
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.
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
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.
- 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
Ordinarily, an article like the
following would appear elsewhere in this paper:
- Local violinist
spreading good word and good sounds of classical
- 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
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
heremore than we can see and know
Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
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
Abundant Life revival ends
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
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
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
- 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.
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
Early morning on Sunday, Aug. 1,
my 16-year-old son was severely beaten by
approximately 20 current and former Sandy Creek High
'Elitist' argument a usual
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,
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
Give tax cut to
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
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
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,
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
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.