$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
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
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
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
Fire station to be moved
away from base of dam
Fayette County picked up almost
$500,000 in federal grants for public safety last
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
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
Four qualify so far for
Fayetteville Mayor Mike Wheat
surprised onlookers last week by announcing he will
not seek reelection Nov. 2.
Australia band trip on
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
Wings air show doubles last
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
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
U.S. Rep. Mac Collins will have
two town hall meetings next week, including one in
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
Ken Steele has announced that he
will be seeking the office of mayor of Fayetteville
in the upcoming election Nov. 2.
After the third highest
enrollment increase in the University of Georgia
System last year, Gordon College's enrollment climbed
even higher this fall semester.
to the core
- Apples are as old as Eve,
but more tempting than ever
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.
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
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
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.
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
McIntosh girls still top in
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
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
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
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
It has finally happened.
Landmark Christian School has produced its first
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.
- 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.
- 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
- Students bring back
memories from summer adventures
- Joshua Rakestraw learned to
appreciate good food during his 23-day overseas
study trip this summer.
held much brief for angels, as beings that watch over
us and guide our footsteps, religious art
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
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.
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 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
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
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
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.
problems, Part 2
DENNIS E. CHASE
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.
mean, how stupid am I?
- People are getting stupider
and stupider. This I have observed.
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
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
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
Vote No for SPLOST and vote No
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
SPLOST will encourage
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?