The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, September 15, 1999


$90M SPLOST up to voters

Fayette County voters will set the course for the future of the county's school system next Tuesday, when they cast ballots for or against a $90 million SPLOST (special purpose local option sales tax) and bond package.

Polling places listed

Polling places will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21 and close at 7 p.m. for Fayette County voters casting ballots in the $90 million special local option sales tax and bond referendum.

Liquor may be on Nov. ballot in Fayetteville

The liquor question may be on Fayetteville's Nov. 2 election ballot after all.

Traffic tidal wave worries PTC

The bell sounds tomorrow night for the next round of the ongoing fight to stem the traffic tidal wave on Ga. highways 54 and 74 in western Peachtree City.

The beavers did it!

No big mystery... it seems to be a combination of drought, a leaking dam and industrious beavers that emptied Lake Bennett in the Crystal Lakes subdivision on Ga. Highway 54, according to state and local officials.

Growth-limit 'manifesto' on table again

The so-called “Lenox Manifesto” is back on the table.

Cities, county seek third opinion on tax equity

Are residents of Fayette's cities getting as much from the county in services as they are paying in taxes?

Large crowd honors Krakeel on his day

A parade of high-ranking state and local officials took to the microphone last week to honor and congratulate 1999 Fire Chief of the Year Jack Krakeel.

Fire station to be moved away from base of dam

Fayette County picked up almost $500,000 in federal grants for public safety last week.

Youth Challenge gives teenagers another chance

Hundreds of young people in Georgia are seizing a unique opportunity for educational growth, and it is literally turning their lives around.

Council to take one more look at 54 homes on 20 acres

Four homes are the sticking point as the Odom family and the Fayetteville City Council struggle to hammer out an agreement on the family's plan for 54 homes on 20 acres just south of downtown.

Four qualify so far for city posts

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

Australia band trip on again

After a couple months of transcontinental negotiations and local uncertainty, the Fayette County High School band will perform at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Wings air show doubles last year's attendance

Last weekend's Wings Over Dixie air show at Falcon Field in Peachtree City was an overwhelming success, with attendance at the two-day event far beyond the organizers' expectations.

Tyrone roads to be closed for Founders Day

One of the biggest weeks of the year is unfolding in Tyrone this week, and residents and visitors will have to deal with road closings to make sure everyone has a safe time.

NAACP Freedom Fund dinner set

Plans are underway for the second annual Freedom Fund Banquet, sponsored by the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP. The fund-raiser, set for Saturday, Oct. 23, will honor a host of Fayette County citizens who have had an impact on the lives of area minority residents.

Collins set town hall meetings

U.S. Rep. Mac Collins will have two town hall meetings next week, including one in Peachtree City.

Grand Jury has busy week

Business is picking up at Fayette Superior Court as the next trial session looms just around the corner.

Steele announces mayoral bid

Ken Steele has announced that he will be seeking the office of mayor of Fayetteville in the upcoming election Nov. 2.

Police Blotter

Gordon enrollment soars

After the third highest enrollment increase in the University of Georgia System last year, Gordon College's enrollment climbed even higher this fall semester.

Dining Guide

Good to the core
Apples are as old as Eve, but more tempting than ever
Apple Recipes
Are you listening, entrepreneurs?
Last month in this column, I asked Fayette's foodies what type of restaurant they would like to see come to town.

Fair and festivals mean food

The sizzle of hot grease and the smell of seasonal favorites like funnel cake and boiled peanuts are all part of the sensory patchwork of fall fairs. Food is as much a part of the scenario as pony rides and country crafts.


Belles & Beaus wins top award

Continuing in its tradition of setting the standard for the bridal and formalwear industry, Belles & Beaus Bridal & Formalwear was announced as the winner of the first annual Best of Atlanta Bridal Awards for the best bridal shop.

40 new stores set for Arbor Place Mall

With the grand opening of metro Atlanta's newest regional mall less than one month away, the list of retailers planning to open in the 1.2 million square-foot Arbor Place Mall in Douglasville continues to grow.

Business Briefs


Week two has pleasure for some, pain for others

The second game of the football season last weekend, gives everybody a clear indication of what to expect over the next eight games.

McIntosh girls still top in the state

The Berry Invitational, one of the larger cross country meets in the state, was conducted Saturday. The meet gives teams a pretty good idea of where they stand, not only in their region but against the state powerhouses. Each race has a field of over 300 runners

Body PUMP comes to Fayette County

Twenty fitness instructors from a variety of metro Atlanta gyms and fitness facilities converged on Fayette County this past weekend to learn to “BodyPUMP.”

Southside Seals dominate water

Members of the Southside Seals Masters Swim Team brought home a team record 12 medals from the Georgia Games earlier this summer.

Chiefs edge out Tigers on diamond, 4-2

There is no better rivalry in the county than Fayette County High School versus the McIntosh Chiefs. No matter if the game is football or chess, emotions run high for both teams and the spectacle is always enjoyable for the audience.

Landmark has their first All-American

It has finally happened. Landmark Christian School has produced its first Athletic All-American.

Main Street Fayetteville to host golf tournament on Friday

Main Street Fayetteville's sixth annual golf tournament is slated for this Friday, Sept. 17 at The Links Golf Club in Fayetteville.

Sports Calendar

Tyrone celebrates history with Founders Day fest
Railroads built this country. As transportation allowed for people to travel from town to town and state to state, this nation grew up and out.
Life on the farm
Round up a bunch of antique tractor buffs, add a log cabin and grist mill, a sampling of crafts and plenty of food and you've got Inman Farm Heritage Days, opening Friday in the Fayette County community of Inman, just five miles south of Fayetteville.
Quick-Turner reunion set
A reunion of the Eli Quick - Drucilla Turner families will be in Inman the weekend of Sept. 17.
Shakerag Festival offers food, crafts and fun for 23 years
The Shakerag Festival, conducted annually at the wooded area of Shakerag Knoll in the Peachtree City Recreation Complex, has many similar ingredients to a lot of the regional festivals.
Students bring back memories from summer adventures
Joshua Rakestraw learned to appreciate good food during his 23-day overseas study trip this summer.

God laughs

By Sallie Satterthwaite
Lifestyle Columnist

I've never held much brief for angels, as beings that watch over us and guide our footsteps, religious art notwithstanding.



Inman UMC schedules 3rd annual outdoor service during Inman Farm Heritage Days

The Inman United Methodist Church, in conjunction with the third annual Inman Farm Heritage Days celebration, will hold a Sunday morning service in a wooded area on the site where pioneer families worshipped in a brush arbor, and where an early sanctuary was built in the 1800s.

Hell? Not a pleasant topic but a testament of the integrity of a real God
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

Don't go to hell! Yet, we all hear people wishing other people to hell. We even use the word “hell” in our conversation such as, “He's as funny as hell.” However, from everything I know, hell is not a fun place. Even people(non Christians) who consider suicide would be far better to continue living in the agony of this life rather than commit suicide and enter hell. Hell is far worse than any circumstances in which anyone is now living. Jesus said it was a place of gnashing of teeth and constant wailing.

Covenant Presbyterian will sponsor seminary extension classes beginning Sept. 15

Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville will sponsor a Seminary Extension Class beginning Wednesday, Sept. 15 and continuing through the fall semester. The class will cover the books of Hebrews through Revelation.

Religion Briefs

Fall Festival at Christian City is this Saturday

The community is invited to attend Christian City's annual Fall Festival on the Christian City campus this Saturday, Sept. 18, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Storyteller to perform at National Heights

National Heights Baptist Church will have a special service on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 10:55 a.m. featuring professional storyteller Tersi Bendiberg. The Sanctuary and Children's choirs will present “A Celebration of the Arts with Storytelling and Music: Parables, Poetry and Psalms.”

Trinity revival is Sept. 19

Trinity Worship Assembly of God will host the Tony Evans Ministry in revival Sunday, Sept. 19 through Wednesday, Sept. 22.

Grace Evangelical will host free estate planning seminar Sept. 18

Grace Evangelical Church in Fayetteville will host a free estate planning seminar sponsored by Kennesaw State University Saturday, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m. until noon.

Kenwood Christian to host Children's Ministry seminar

Kenwood Christian Church in Fayetteville will host a National Children's Ministry seminar sponsored by International Network of Children's Ministry Saturday, Sept. 18 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Tuition is $34 for individuals and $31 each for groups of five or more from the same church or organization. Lunch and refreshment breaks are included.

New Hope Baptist offers South Metro singles event here

“Single Minded,” a South Metro college and singles event is scheduled for Tuesday night, Sept. 21 at the New Hope Worship Center in Fayetteville, featuring speaker/comedian Dave Edwards and worship leader Chris Tomlin. The event is billed as a night of comedy, encouragement and worship for college and singles.

Carolyn Driver Ministries offers 'Life of Christ' Bible study class

Eugene Howard, a 1999 graduate of Beulah Heights Bible College, will teach a free Bible study class on “The Life of Christ,” each Thursday from noon until 1 p.m. at the Carolyn Driver Ministries Teaching and Training Center in Tyrone. Classes will begin on Thursday, Sept. 23. Howard has experience teaching people of all ages.


Like it or not, Fayette's school deadline is here: Vote 'YES' for SPLOST


At a precise point in the periodic life of every newspaper, whether weekly or daily, there comes a moment when a final choice has to be made, the final sentence of the final story ended and the paper sent to press. Some of the stuff is good, some not so good and some we wish later could be X-ed out and redone. But it's too late. The time for scrapping all the pages and starting over again is past — It's called a deadline.

A tough question, but yours to answer

If you go by the letters and e-mails we've been getting at The Citizen, the Board of Education is in serious danger of losing its bid for a special sales tax to pay for school construction next week.

BOE's environmental problems, Part 2

Environmental Columnist

Once again, I find it appropriate to discuss environmental laws, as they relate to the Fayette County Board of Education (BOE). My recent opinions on the McIntosh High School practice fields drew quite a bit of criticism from some members of the BOE. I thought, given time, they would install adequate sediment and erosion control measures. Unfortunately, that has not been the case.

I mean, how stupid am I?
Laugh Lines
People are getting stupider and stupider. This I have observed.

Letters to the Editor


Sales tax is least painful way to fund schools

We will go to the polls Sept. 21 to decide whether or not to approve a one-cent local option sales tax to fund additions and modifications to our schools.

BOE has no more magic rabbits to pull out

Some people believe if SPLOST fails, the Fayette County Board of Education can perform a magic trick and pull a rabbit out of a hat (come up with enough money for the projects needed by the school system).

Do what is right for our community

It is difficult to understand all the bickering that is taking place concerning the vote on the Special Local Option Sales Tax scheduled for Sept. 21.

Take note, anti-SPLOST folks: Tax supporters are numerous and increasing for Sept. 21 vote

For the past several weeks, I have read with interest the deluge of letters berating the members of the Fayette County Board of Education.


Many groups will be opposing SPLOST Tues.

Those of us opposed to the SPLOST (additional sales tax for Fayette county residents) have chosen not to organize. We believe voting citizens are aware of the Sept. 21 ballot measure. We do not know the names of all those who will vote against it, but we do know what groups of people will be voting “no.”

Voting for SPLOST is just more liberalism

Vote No for SPLOST and vote No for liberals

BOE's offers keep getting worse with each vote

Maybe we ought to vote for the upcoming SPLOST, in that the offers from the school board keep getting worse. At least the March 1998 SPLOST was going to cost us less and they tried to entice us with a two mills reduction in our property tax millage rate.

Reject SPLOST, use leftover funds for schools

I am proud that Bill Clinton did not get my vote when he ran for the office of the presidency twice. I will be equally proud to vote “NO” twice on the Board of Education incompetency to legitimize their existence with an alleged $90 million bond/sales tax option revenue package.

SPLOST will encourage higher density

Isn't it interesting that the SPLOST supporters feel it's necessary to put signs all over Fayette County to pass the 1 percent tax bill. They have organized a committee to push this bill through, but citizens, please remember that those opposed rejected this bill last year for the plain and simple reason that if the SPLOST passes it only encourages more high density in Fayette County — and don't we have enough already?

BOE allowed misuse of buses

The question of the week is who in the Fayette County school system allowed the misuse of school property to support a private organization with school/taxpayer property?