The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, August 25, 1999


Boosters + beer=big bucks

Candy and citrus fruit sales may have been enough to finance high school athletic teams and marching bands in the past, but several booster clubs in Fayette County are feeling the pressure to produce big bucks. And how two of the four booster clubs are raising those big bucks may surprise many people.

Fayette farmers, homeowners parched by long, dry summer

The last couple of months have been devastating for Fayette County's farmers, and homeowners are having an increasingly hard time as well.

Despite teen beating, 'no gangs in schools'

The code of conduct for Fayette County students states that gang-related activity and bullying will not be tolerated. However, the teenage code of silence often supersedes the school rules.

PTC eyes building ban on Hwy. 54W

If your project generates too much traffic, we won't let you build it.

No watering violations so far in 1999, marshal says

The Fayette County Marshal's Office reports no violations of the county's watering restrictions up to this point in 1999.

Cable war of words heating up

The rift continues to widen between Fayette County and its largest cable television franchise holder, MediaOne.

Toddler drowns in swimming

A morning of play at a neighbor's swimming pool ended in tragedy last Thursday for a Fayette County toddler.

City workers hoping for cooler weather inside

Workers and frequent visitors at Fayetteville City Hall have been having a long, hot summer... literally..

Road construction accident leaves hundreds phoneless

As many as 1,200 residents near Ga. Highway 92 and Jimmie Mayfield Boulevard lost their phone service all day last Thursday when construction crews sliced a cable.

Homebuilders endorse sales tax for schools

The Fayette County School System's proposed special purpose local option sales tax to provide for new facilities and other improvements has received the endorsement of the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia.

New Sams school ready for students
A crew of able-bodied volunteers moved furniture, equipment and learning materials into the new Joseph Sams School Saturday in preparation for the opening of their school year Sept. 7.

NAACP seeking new member, explores its mission for 1999

Race relations are pretty good in Fayette County, says Ed Johnson, president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Brooks neighborhood to get water service

Brooks Town Council last week approved a $10,000 loan to help run water lines down Brooklet Way.

Commission eyes zoning requests

Four rezoning requests are on the Fayette County Commission agenda for tomorrow's regular business meeting, including Thomas Busey's request for zoning to allow a 155-acre, 61-lot subdivision on Goza and Old Greenville roads.

Red Cross still seeking workers for special corps

Recruiting for the 1999-200 AmeriCorps, American Red Cross Rapid Response Corps, is still open.

Superior Court

Jeffery Bryant Weaver pled guilty Wednesday to statutory rape and was sentenced to five years probation and a $1,000 fine plus costs.

Future's bright for CCSU, says interim head

Clayton College & State University will enter the new millennium and its 30th year with an extensive review of its academic programs and an emphasis on the on-going upgrading of the University's infrastructure.

First student housing dedicated

Fayette County students who don't want to make the daily commute to classes at Clayton College and State University now have an alternative.

Health Wise

Smog casts unhealthy haze over the city

You are driving to work on I-85. Ahead is one of those message boards that light up and tell you of traffic delays. Today it reads: “Tomorrow will be a smog alert day.”

Eye exams necessary when it's back to school
The children have been back in school for over a week now. You have completed the back to school shopping, but have you taken the kids in for their back to school eye exams?
Free leg screening at FCH
Seventeen metro Atlanta hosptitals will conduct free leg screening programs for people who are suffering leg pain to determine if they are at risk for a common condition known as peripheral vascular disease.

Death of a pet
Child's Play

We experienced something new to our family this summer when our beloved dog Kisses was hit by a car and died. Our beagle had been with us for several years and we had raised him since he was a tiny puppy, small enough to hold in my hand.

Health Department changes policy on Hepatitis B vaccinations

If you've had a baby recently, you may have noticed that your child did not receive a hepatitis B immunization before leaving the hospital nursery.

How to prevent pain when picking up baby

Warning: Babies can be hazardous to your health. Specifically, it's your back that's at risk, with all the lifting required when you have young children.

Program boasts "Safe Return" for Alzheimer's patients to families

The Atlanta Area Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association and other chapters around the state are promoting enrollment in the “Safe Return” program for the memory impaired.

Fayette Community Hospital's diagnostics finds way to help patients beat the clock

What do you do when 24 hours is just not enough?

Health and Fitness Fair returns

“Fit for the new Milennium,” the second annual Health and Fitness Fair sponsored by SE Primary Care Specialists, (Harsch and Osborne, MD, PC) will be Sept. 18 at the internists' Fayetteville office.

A web site to answer your medical questions

Searching for extensive health care information on-line used to be a tedious process involving numerous search engines, directories and indices, but no more.

Northside offers free presentations, screenings

The prevention and treatment of gynecological cancers will be discussed by Benedict B. Benigno, M.D., a gynecological oncologist on staff at Northside Hospital, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m. at The Wellness Community Atlanta Northside.


Deadline draws near for Spirit of Industry entries

Applicants have just one week left to supply entries in this year's “Spirit of Industry” award.

Business Briefs

David vs. Goliath

Business Columnist

Over the past decade, countless family-owned and small businesses have closed their doors, turned out the lights and gone out of business. A major reason is because of the growth of superstores in America.


County teams show promise at Tiger's football jamboree

The Fayette County Tigers invited two other county teams, the Starr's Mill Panthers and the Sandy Creek Patriots, and a AAA powerhouse in the Creekside Seminoles, as they played host to a high school football jamboree Friday night.

Lady Chiefs start season 2-0

The McIntosh Lady Chiefs opened their season last week at home with two games, facing the East Coweta Lady Indians and the Berkmar Lady Patriots.

Sports Calendar

Lee Greenwood bring hits to Amphitheater
Lee Greenwood possesses many similar characteristics of other successful artists.
Vineyard Fest returns to Chateau Elan
Georgia is not the first place that comes to mind when it comes to wine. People would consider the Napa Valley of California or the vineyards of France or Italy before even thinking about Georgia.
Southern Fried Music Fest moves away from controversy
It has all the makings of a 1980s fighting-the-establishment movie. A man attempts to promote a benefit concert in a suburban county south of a major city and the county officials block the event.

Learning to fail

By Sallie Satterthwaite
Lifestyle Columnist

Home-schooling is on my mind today. And I vacillate.



Tyrone-based Operation Mobilization helps in relief efforts to earthquake stricken Turkey

Operation Mobilization (OM), an international Christian mission agency with its U.S. offices in Tyrone, is working in partnership with Operation Mercy to bring relief to those affected by the recent earthquake in Turkey. Operation Mercy is a relief and development organization headquartered in Sweden.

God is no fool...You want the blessings?You pay the price

By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

It seems that nobody wants to pay the price for what they want. So, they accept substitutes. In something as simple as weight control, we don't want to pay the price. So, we take dream-a-way or we pay for suck-away. How about walking four miles three times a week? No way!

PTC's First Baptist Church will offer special interest community classes

Classes in overcoming personal obstacles, enriching marriages, enhancing parenting skills and weight management are being offered by the First Baptist Church of Peachtree City and are open to the community. Reservations for free childcare may be made by calling 770-487-8133, ext. 215. Registration fees vary and will cover the cost of materials used in the classes. Some of the classes to be offered include:

New Greater Atlanta Hadassah group plans organizational meeting in Peachtree City

An organizational meeting to discuss the formation of a new Greater Atlanta Hadassah group in the South Atlanta area is planned for Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. in Peachtree City. The area expansion includes Peachtree City, Newnan, Fayetteville and South Atlanta. The group is targeting all ages in the geographical area at this time.

`Joyfest' outdoor concert will feature Christian contemporary 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.

Mills Chapel Baptist plans revival

Mills Chapel Baptist Church in Newnan will have a Bible Revival Sunday, Aug. 29 through Wednesday, Sept. 1 with Dr. John Phillips as the guest speaker.

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

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.

Providence UMC hosts viewing of `Matthew' video

The Maverick Sunday School class at Providence United Methodist Church will host lunch and a video viewing of “Matthew,” a word-for-word visual representation of the book of Matthew this Sunday, Aug. 29 from 12:15 until 5 p.m. The video will be shown in its entirety.

Religion Briefs.

Bishop Louis Campese will visit Anglican Church of St. Francis in Jonesboro Aug. 29

The Rt. Rev. Louis Campese, Bishop for the Diocese of the Eastern U.S. will make his first pastoral visit to The Anglican Church of St. Francis in Jonesboro on Sunday, Aug. 29, to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to Rodney W. Joye and Rodney C. Joye and receive into the Anglican Church Carla Joye, Biff and Kathy Carmichael.


Stay out of private lives? Easy to say...

You say you don't care about politicians' personal lives and you wish the press and opponents would just stick to the issues?

Spamming the globe again...
Laugh Lines
Though we have suffered a 2-month drought this summer, there is plenty of newsworthy chuckles raining down on us. Thank goodness there's always a monsoon of morons to be made fun of.

Letters to the Editor

Maybe residents ought to pay for their garbage

In the article, “County looking for help with trash troubles” [The Citizen, Aug. 11], it was reported that Fayette County is encountering greater and greater problems in the disposal of solid waste. Along with the discussion of where to stash our trash for perpetuity, waste reduction must become an equally important factor. Before any attempt is made to find a suitable location for, and subsequent creation of, a new landfill, Fayette County residents need to know that there are serious pollution problems at the First Manassas Mile landfill, as there are at many landfills. Then, they can decide intelligently whether they want an additional landfill in their backyard.

Give up gas golf carts, wood stoves

I just read in [The Peachtree Citizen Review, Aug. 20] that one of the major pharmacies in Peachtree City is going to move into a new location so it can provide drive-through service. With its drive-through service it will also provide more air pollution.

Kraft Kronies dislike real conservatives

I have set in silence reading the editorials in you paper and several other local papers which have systematically assassinated the person and character of Dan Lakly.

Paintball confusion leads to injustice?

One Saturday, a friends's son made plans to go to Prime Time Field in Senoia for some paintball fun. The father of the other boy was providing transportation. For convenience sake, they were to meet at Huddleston School parking lot.

PTC Council ignores church appeal's issues

I was appalled at the way in which the proceedings were conducted at the Aug. 5, 1999 Peachtree City City Council meeting during the public hearing segment involving the appeals by the Peachtree City Methodist Church and a homeowner in the Robinson Road area. I have attended various such meetings in other counties and never have I witnessed such inappropriate behavior on the part of some of the council members or the audience.

Other school tax means must be sought

Once again this county resembles a house divided over a rather basic and simple-to-understand issue: Are the citizens willing to dig deeper (once again) to pay for new physical plants, teaching facilities, and equipment, and heaven forbid, athletic equipment.

Yes vote if ugly trailers are replaced at schools

I can promise my vote in favor of the SPLOST in September, if the school board can tell me when the “permanent” trailers will be removed from schools like Huddleston Elementary and Booth Middle School.