The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, September 8, 1999


Wheat calls it quits as mayor

Fayetteville Mayor Mike Wheat surprised onlookers Tuesday by announcing he will not seek reelection Nov. 2.

Wheat pulls liquor question off City Councel agenda

Mayor Mike Wheat took liquor off the agenda before Fayetteville's City Council meeting Tuesday, saying the time is not right to discuss the matter.

Lake disappears; county denies

A Fayette County public works project designed to improve the flow of Sandy Creek under Sandy Creek Road may have had the opposite effect, causing Lake Bennett on Ga. Highway 54 to dry up, according to a state Department of Natural Resources official.

Dozens of fish die, water plant shuts down as lake empties

Neil Davis hastily rigged a pump on the lower side of the dam next to Olde Mill Steakhouse Friday and began pumping water back to the upper side.

Watering supplies dropping, but not critical

The lack of rain this summer is taking its toll on the local water supply, but so far the situation is not critical.

SPLOST backers prepare for vote

SPLOST (special local option sales tax) supporters are turning up the heat this week in their campaign to pass a $90 million combined sales tax and bond referendum on Sept. 21.

Fayetteville Council discusses setting November liquor vote

Liquor by the drink was on the Fayetteville City Council agenda for last night's meeting (after press time).

Cities short-changed by county?

Are the residents of Fayette's cities getting their fair share of services from the county?

Reception honors Krakeel

It's Jack Krakeel Day in Fayette County.

Board balks at hiring consultant to push ROTC

A JROTC program for Fayette County high school students may be a long time in coming, according to Dr. John DeCotis, Fayette County school superintendent.

Developers urge caution on tree preservation law

Saving trees from the bulldozer is a laudable goal, say local developers, but they also urge caution as the Fayette County Planning Commission considers tightening its tree preservation ordinance.

Board calls civility policy a matter of simple respect

What Fayette school officials want from school staff, parents and visitors to schools is simple, said Board of Education Chairman Debbie Condon: a little respect.

Four arrested after police called to store

A single stop Saturday night in Fayetteville led to the arrest of four people for a variety of charges.

Fire wreaks costly damage on Graves Road home

Fayette County firefighters battled a major house fire late last week that left virtually nothing untouched by flames.

McIntosh graphics arts students win nationally

The McIntosh High School Graphic Arts Department has placed in national competition with ten pieces of student work produced during the ’98-’99 school year.

Collins tours farms, calls for reforms

Speaking to Georgia farmers hit by drought and low commodity prices, Rep. Mac Collins recently told them that any long-term solution to stagnant farm income must include changes in tax and trade policies.

Commission meeting cancelled

The Fayette County Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting has been cancelled for this week due to lack of agenda items.

Hecht named to commission on sentencing of criminals

Gov. Roy Barnes has appointed state Sen. Greg Hecht to his Commission on Certainty in Sentencing.


A story in the Sept. 1 Citizen incorrectly listed the date of the September NAACP meeting.

Real Estate

Supporting our community: Time to think about 'Noel November'
I know the weather is still hot — really hot — but it isn't too soon to start thinking about Christmas.
Realtors: Sales tax makes 'business sense' for county
For one of the few times in its history, the Fayette County Board of Realtors has decided to make its feelings known on a political issue.
The Point offers lake amenities in a pastoral setting
Home buyers across the Atlanta area are finding a crown jewel at The Point on Lake Kedron in Peachtree City.
Real Estate Scene...
Sales pace is brisk at The Courtyards
The sales pace has been brisk at The Courtyards, a new community of low maintenance patio homes in Newnan being built by Meyer-Sutton Homes.
Two southside Coldwell Banker companies complete merger
The merger of two Coldwell Banker franchised companies on the south side of Atlanta has resulted in the creation of the largest Coldwell Banker franchise in Georgia.
SummerGrove home sales reach 100
SummerGrove at Newnan, the Atlanta area's only community with a comprehensive technology package, is celebrating another milestone. Home sales at SummerGrove have reached 100
Pre-sales are on for executive homes
Pre-sales are now being accepted in McCullough Ridge, Tim Jones Communities' upscale new community on McCullough Road in the McDonough area.
Siemens comes home to PTC
A crowd of more than 100 was on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the dedication of the new Siemens 100,000-sq. ft. corporate U.S. headquarters in Peachtree City.
Renovation project earns top award
A bathroom renovation project by Atlanta-based SawHorse Inc. received top recognition in a cover story in the July/August 1999 edition of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine.
Challenge your assessment
A rising tide lifts all boats, the saying goes. But there's a downside to the booming economy: homeowners are watching their property taxes hit the high water mark.
Corian proving more popular with builders
With Corian and other solid surface countertop materials proving to be among the most requested items from a high percentage of today's home buyers, a Fayetteville-based company is now positioned to meet this need.
Don't get stuck with the wrong home loan
The mortgage industry is booming to meet skyrocketing demands for home mortgage loans. It's a jungle out there. Smart consumers who do their homework get the best deals, while complacent consumers risk paying inflated rates.

EMC helping send kids to Disney

Making wishes come true for children with life-threatening illnesses is just everyday business for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Atlanta and North Georgia.

Wood You Furniture changes name, but still offers quality service and products

Customers may have noticed a new name for one of the more established furniture companies and wondered if anything has changed.

Business Briefs

Delta opens new ticket counter at the airport MARTA station

Delta Air Lines, the city of Atlanta, the Department of Aviation and MARTA recently celebrated the opening of a new Delta Air Lines ticketing and baggage counter at the MARTA airport station at Hartsfield International Airport.


Huge upsets mark first week of football

The high school football season started last Friday and several local teams started off in the right direction.

Cross country looks forward to finding path to glory for 99 season

Once children return to school, athletics are never far behind. The softball season and the volleyball season begin first,followed by cross country and football.

Chiefs neeters flourish despite many injuries

The McIntosh High School volleyball team is hurting a little bit, literally. Co-Captain Heather Dockstader and setter Vanessa Contreras are both still out and Kara Nessing, another setter, is out three to four weeks with a fractured wrist.

Sports Calendar

Neil Sedaka brings thousands of hits to PTC
There are some songs that are timeless, spanning generations and uniting them with their message. Neil Sedaka, performing this weekend at the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, has written thousands of songs in his career, many of which are such monstrous hits they continue to entertain almost 40 years after they were originally written.
Power of flight to astound at Wings Over Dixie
The power of flight has always astounded man and it wasn't until this century that flight became possible.
Puppets tell Chinese tales
The art of puppetry spans cultures. No matter what the nationality of the performers or the audience, the message can be conveyed through the movements and the facial expressions of the puppets.

Self-indulgence in sterling silver

By Sallie Satterthwaite
Lifestyle Columnist

Dave's mother had a habit that he used to mimic irreverently. She'd glance at a calendar and say, “Hmmm, today's Aunt So-and-so's birthday. She'd have been 97.” Of course, Aunt So-and-so had died 15 years earlier.

Annual festival says "Long Live the Daisy"
The fall season approaches but the Garden Club of Georgia and Stone Mountain's Yellow Daisy Flower Show will usher in the sensations of spring this weekend. The Yellow Daisy Festival, an annual event, brings together garden clubs and amateur horticulturists from the 19 counties in the district. This year's show is entitled “Vive La Daisy.”

Charismatic Episcopal Church will receive three into priesthood at ordination ceremony Sunday

Three local men will be ordained into the Charismatic Episcopal Church priesthood this Sunday, in a ceremony scheduled for Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Hopewell United Methodist Church on Jenkins Road, across from Sandy Creek high School in Tyrone.

Former drug lord to speak at Braelinn Baptist this Sunday

Former drug lord Jorge Valdes, now an author and head of a ministry, will be the guest speaker this Sunday at 9 and 10:45 a.m. at Braelinn Baptist Church in Peachtree City.

It's `revival,” not sports, filling up stadiums these days
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

It's a football game, or better stated, it's a gladiatorial demonstration of muscle and guts. The goal: one of the teams to walk off the field of combat in disgrace and defeat. Broken bones are always happening. Blood frequently flows. Curses fly. Men are often crippled for life either physically or emotionally.

Religion Briefs

Small group studies begin Sept. 15 at Fayetteville First UMC

Six- and eight-week small group studies on varying topics will begin Wednesday, Sept. 15 in the Family Life Center classrooms at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. The classes are open to the community and there is no charge.

Fayetteville First Baptist to offer Bible study

Bible study classes for men and women will begin Thursday, Sept. 9, from 6:45 until 9 p.m at Fayetteville First Baptist Church. The 11-week course is entitled “Lord, Where Are You When Bad Things Happen?” and uses the book of Habukkuk.

Faith Bible Church to offer two ladies' Bible study groups in PTC

Faith Bible Church in Peachtree City is sponsoring two ladies' Bible study groups beginning Wednesday Sept. 15.

“Kids for Christ” starts today at Fayetteville First United Methodist

“Kids for Christ,” a program for children ages three years to fifth grade will begin Wednesday, Sept. 8 at the Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. Children's choir begins at 6:30 p.m. with bells or crafts and stories at 7 p.m. Parents may register their children at the church.

Community classes offered at PTC First Baptist

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.

New Hadassah group plans organizational meeting here

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.

Sherry Tomlinson Silvers to speak at Sept. Women's Aglow Fellowship

Sherry Tomlinson Silvers will be the featured speaker at this month's meeting of Women's Aglow Fellowship International, Peachtree City Chapter, Monday evening, Sept. 20, and Tuesday morning,Sept 21. Both meetings will be held at the Peachtree Christian Fellowship, 1988 Hwy. 54 in the Governor's Walk Shopping Center, 1/4 mile east of the Peachtree City city limits.

Fayetteville Christian youth plan all-night outing at Six Flags

Middle and high school youth at Fayetteville Christian Church are invited to an all night outing at Six Flags Friday, Sept. 24 following the Fayette County High School football game. Youth for Christ has reserved the park for teens from around the state to bring their unchurched friends and enjoy Christian fellowship and live Christian bands.


Award speaks volumes about Krakeel

To get some perspective on the recent announcement that Fayette County's top firefighter, Jack Krakeel, is now the nation's top firefighter, it's necessary to think about what the lives of emergency workers are like.

There's life left in 2-party system yet
Contributing Writer

For years, we have been told by this land's preeminent political prognosticators — ranging from James J. Kirkpatrick on the right to David Broder in the middle to Molly Ivins on the left — that America's historic two-party system is sick.

Why so tense?
Laugh Lines
Why, today, is everyone so stressed out? Almost every event of the hour is approached with a feeling of dread and urgency that everything is about as bad as a Bill Gates' haircut. What is it, that sends dads right past their child's newest refrigerator art to get that beer to relax? How is it that traffic figures as a leading cause of high blood pressure? What is it that prompts people today to have no sense of humor at all, about anything?

Letters to the Editor

F'ville restaurant's drink menu alarming

A couple of weeks ago my family and I went to Tanner's Restuarant [in Fayetteville] for lunch. I noticed that the cooler behind the bar held several bottles of mixer for various cocktails. I was aware of liquor by the drink being voted down several times by the good citizens of this county and I became concerned that maybe the city council or county commissioners had decided to find a way around that law.

`Crazed gunman' cartoon should offer a fourth choice

The editorial cartoon in The Citizen [Sept. 1] asked what people would likely be thinking if a crazed gunman invaded their workplace

Despite growth-happy city officials, no choice but to vote `Yes'

I saw a letter to the editor giving the board of education a rash of grief for SPLOST. I am certain the BOE can and should cut expenses in many areas, especially in athletics. These people need to find out that an education is more important than athletics.

Why is nobody talking about hidden, double fees?

The difference between honesty and dishonesty should be readily apparent to honest folks, and with all the churches in Fayette County, one might think folks would spot, and denounce, dishonesty as soon as they see it.

Never-ending cycle needs to end

I read the article in The Citizen (Sept. 1) outlining the plan of attack for the Fayette Citizens for Continued Excellence in Education and was struck by how odd a choice of a name for this group — Continued excellence in education. Get real.

Officials missing point: The Wolfpac is a gang

My children are now adults, so I do not know any of the young people involved in the recent fight that broke out while camping at Thompson Road. However, as a parent and former teacher, I do have some thoughts regarding this incident.