The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, September 22, 1999


PTC traffic impasse?

Stop development until the federal government allows roads to be improved?

Get ready, set tax rates!

Fayette County residents will be getting their property tax bills soon, and county governments are working this week to determine how high those bills will be.

Fayetteville liquor foes organize against Novenber vote

Opposition to a proposed liquor referendum in Fayetteville is getting organized.

Traffic not a problem on vanishing dirt roads

Once a teeth-jarring reality in these parts, unpaved roads are fast disappearing from Fayette County and its cities, taking with them the flavor and feel of a rural past.

Fayetteville eyes tougher tree-save rules

It may soon get harder to dispose of a tree in the city of Fayetteville.

Sixty-two offices eyed for Hwy. 54

With 62 new office units already approved last month, Fayetteville's Planning Commission is contemplating a proposal for 66 more this month.

Murder indictments set for three in SUV killing

A Fayette County grand jury last week handed down murder indictments of three men in connection with a drug-related killing last spring.

Council sticks to its guns; plan OK'd with 50 homes

After nine months of wrangling, Fayetteville's City Council Monday approved a plan for Apple Orchard subdivision, 50 homes on 20 acres at Grady Avenue and Beauregard Boulevard.

Board hopes ROTC can start in 2 years

The Air Force may provide a better hope of getting a Reserve Officer Training Corps program into a Fayette County school.

Planners to vote Tuesday on truck home parking ban

New restrictions on parking commercial vehicles at home in Fayetteville will be a blow to working people, says Kevin Adams.

No curbs or gutters for Swanson Road

The Tyrone Town Council rejected a proposal last week to place nearly $39,000 worth of curbs and gutters on Swanson Road when the road is rebuilt.

Band members launch funding plan for Sydney trip

A year from today, the Fayette County High School Band will have returned home from a two-and-a-half-week dream trip to Australia.

Goza Road rezoning back on agenda for commission

A controversial rezoning request that would allow a 61-home subdivision on 155 acres on Goza Road is back on the agenda for Thursday's Fayette County Commission meeting.

Presentations set for new Catholic high school

Grading is underway at the 54-acre site of Our Lady of Mercy, the new Catholic high school in north Fayette County, set to open in fall 2000.

Criminal trials start Monday

It's trial season in Fayette County.

No quotas in Fayette schools, assistant supt. tells NAACP

Staffing in Fayette County schools is becoming more diverse, according to Fred Oliver, assistant superintendent.

Collins votes for House campaign reform bill

Saying he wanted to “restore Americans' faith in the integrity of the political process,” U.S. Rep. Mac Collins last week voted in favor of legislation to provide reform of the system of campaign finance.

LaLeche advocates set walk in Peachtree City

Peachtree City is this year's site for the annual La Leche's League walk for families.

Republican Women to hear domestic violence program

County Commissioner and advocate for abused women Linda Wells will present a program on domestic violence during the Greater Fayette Republican Women's meeting Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Woodward Academy celebrates 100 years

Woodward Academy, one of the Atlanta area's oldest private schools, turns 100 years old this month. A Centennial Celebration kick-off is scheduled for this weekend, starting Thursday with a centennial display unveiling and lunch.

Spotlight on Business

Andy's nursery is a proven winner
Just like the beautiful plants and flowers they sell, Andy's Nursery is growing. This family-owned and operated business is about to open its third and largest location at 915 Ga. Highway 16 East in Newnan.
Arbor Springs is the ultimate choice in leisure living
Arbor Springs Plantation, which is located on Hwy. 29 just north of Sharpsburg-McCollum Road, has an amenity package that should “fill the bill” for any perspective homeowner. Its new championship golf course is open to play for the public and presents a challenge to all levels of golfers. It has been designed to accommodate the heavily wooded and rolling terrain, without detracting from the natural aesthetics that surround it.
Benchmark offers releif to cronic pain suffers
Chronic Pain? Interested in healthy prevention methods?
Beautiful Additions helps cancer patients
Unfortunately, cancer affects our lives today at perhaps a higher rate than ever before.
Financial planning made easy
In today's society, financial planning is becoming a must.
Craig Automotive thrives under Car Care Center banner
Gary Craig joined the Parts plus Car Care Center program in its infancy five years ago to identify his Decatur, Ga.-based shop with a nationally recognized name and image. One of the first Parts Plus Car Care Centers in the nation, Craig Automotive established a strong customer base with honesty and a clean, comfortable atmosphere.
A Jewel in Fayetteville
Looking for a jewelry store with an expert jeweler, one-on-one service, great prices and unique gift ideas? Erickson's Jewelers is the store for you.
Golf Car Sales & Supply, Inc. offers variety and quality
Golf Car Sales & Supply Inc., locally owned and operated since 1987, started out in owner Bill Manto's garage. Bill recognized the growth potential for quality golf cars in Peachtree City early on.
Golf Rider – riding a wave of success!
Less than two short years ago Frank Kadkhodaian opened his business, Golf Rider, Inc. on the corner of Huddleston Road and Route 54 in Peachtree City. In that short period of time it has become one of the fixtures in Peachtree City.
Stain it, paint it, make it your own and save
Knock-on-Wood Unfinished Furniture, in business since 1996, is owned and operated by Shannon and Scott Wood
Shoes are more than a fashion statement
At LaViri Comfort Shoes & Pedorthics, the care and comfort of your feet is the very sole of their business.
Medical Weight Management in Fayetteville offers more than just weight loss
Medical Weight Management was established in Columbus, Georgia in 1993 by Dr. William Cross Dudney III, who remains the medical director. Dr. Dudney is currently the president of the Florida Bariatrics Association.
Regions Bank enters market with cutting edge technology
Take one of the nation's strongest banks and combine it with the latest advances in financial services technology. Add products designed for your needs, plus convenient customer service. Next, make it all easy to access seven days a week. Now bring it home. That's what you'll get when you enroll in RegionsNet-Regions Bank online banking.
Fayette Shoes? The Shoe Mart? Whichever - same store same great shoes
The Shoe Mart is owned and operated by Pat Gillespie of Fayette County. Pat started Fayette Shoes in 1983, and in 1992 opened The Shoe Mart. In 1996, she combined the two stores into one large facility at 1485 Ga. Highway 34 East in Newnan with over 6,500 square feet of space.
Smith & Davis, T&G Allsports Over 30 years of family business
Ronald Davis began working for Judson Smith, the original owner of the property just across the street from where Smith & Davis now stands, when he was only 12 years old.
Bigger, Better, and Close! Changes coming to Southlake Mall
When you visit Southlake Mall, you will notice both construction and redevelopment ongoing at the huge Morrow facility. This award-winning facility is undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation, and will be a great treat to both shop and visit.
Local business is creating pottery and smiles
Wendy Lynn Tisdale took matters into her own capable hands when M.J. Designs closed in Fayetteville last year. As manager of the Quick Bisque department inside M.J. Designs at the Fayette Pavilion, the 1996 Griffin High School graduate saw how popular the ceramic arts were in Fayetteville among young and old alike.
Boutique at its best
If you're looking for the perfect outfit for any occasion or just the perfect accessory, visit t.buggs located in the Braelinn Village Shopping Center in Peachtree City. Owner, Tracy Rowell opened t.buggs in March of 1990 and is excited about her nine and a half years in business.
The Citizen covers your world
For the past six years, The Citizen Newspapers have brought local news and thoughtful commentary each week to Fayette County.
Customer-oriented; value-based; and environmentally sound! That is Trininy Air!
For over three years, Trinity Air, Inc., on Huddleston Road in Peachtree City, has served the Southern Crescent community.

Developer says apartments pay their share of property taxes

A new study of Fayette County's largest property tax payers shows that one of the biggest payers is an apartment development company.

Gold's Gym wins 1999 Sam Walton Business Leader Award

Gold's Gym owners J.D. and Varner Holmes received the 1999 Sam Walton Business Leader Award at a special ceremony yesterday.

Who's problem is this?
Business Columnist

As Yogi Berra once said, "It all starts at the beginning." Most managers want to do the right thing. But occasionally they go about it the wrong way.

Builders to install new officers tomorrow

Rick Porter, president of the Home Builders Association of Georgia, will install new officers and directors of the Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia at the local association's September meeting.

New McDonald's set to open for business in Peachtree City

The newest McDonald's of Peachtree City opens for business tomorrow at the corner of Ga. Highway 74 and Crosstown Drive with over 5,000 sq.ft. and the city's first Indoor PlayPlace.

Business Briefs


Sizeable wins for county football teams

The weather was a little cooler last Friday, but the action in the third week of high school football was hot. Starr's Mill and Sandy Creek hosted games while McIntosh and Fayette County played on the road. As the season gets closer to the midway point, each game takes on much more significance.

County gives good shows at cross country meets

There were two fairly large cross country meets last weekend. They were both large in talent and large in size. Fayette County, Sandy Creek, and Landmark Christian all traveled to run in the Carrollton Invitational, while McIntosh and Starr's Mill ran in the Marist Double Dip Invitational.

Tennis center adds star to staff

Managers of the Peachtree City Tennis Center believe there is always room for improvement.

Local youth punt, pass, kick their way to NFL

More than 30 participants between the 8 and 15 took part in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition at McCurry Park in Fayetteville. The competition allows youngsters to showcase their talent in punting, passing and placekicking, with the focus on distance and accuracy.

Sha Na Na keeps hits of the '50s alive
Where were you when you first saw Sha Na Na?
First coffee house of fall season to kick off
It is time once again for the Stars on the Southern Crescent Coffeehouse presented by Offshoot Productions. The coffeehouse features local performers and a variety of coffees, teas, homemade desserts and cold beverages
Local stages fill with action this fall
As evidenced by last week's Weekend section, fall can be considered festival season, but it also can be considered theater season as many local theater groups are launching big things for the last season of the century.
Bark in the Park gives man's best friend a special day
It is said that animals are the first to know when something big is about to happen. Their strange behavior serves as an indicator to their owners and it can often precede the event by a number of days. It has not been reported if animals have been acting strangely recently, but if they have it can only mean one thing: Bark in the Park.

Vacationing in Italy
By Sallie
Lifestyle Columnist

Mary was trying out her new phone in her new digs in Cologne a couple of weeks ago, and called us. Dave picked up the cordless, I was on the “regular phone.” Amazing: she sounded clearer and closer to me than he did.



Great old hymns of the past to be featured at Cokes Chapel's 'Olde Fashioned Hynnfest'

Those who enjoy singing old hymns from the past—some of which are no longer included in present-day hymnals—are invited to attend Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church's “Olde Fashioned Hymnfest” featuring many of those great old hymns, Saturday, Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m.

Christ our Shepherd welcomes new intern

Becoming a pastor was the farthest thing from Jennifer Hepler's mind, growing up in Kannapolis, N.C. Yes, her family was in church every time the doors opened, but their middle child was usually at the piano.

We can live without a lot of things–but not without's why
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

We can live without friends. In fact, most people don't have more than two or three genuine friends. If we take Shakespeare's counsel, we'll “grapple them to our soul with hoops of steel.”

Religion Briefs

'Life of Christ' Bible study class offered

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.

Eric Baker to appear at Rolling Hills Sunday

Rolling Hills Baptist Church will present Eric Baker in concert Sunday, Sept. 26 at both the morning and evening services.

Jay Bakkar to speak at Abundant Life

Jay Bakker, son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, will be the guest speaker Sunday, Sept. 26, at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Abundant Life Church in Tyrone. Bakker will share his testimony with the congregation at the morning service.

"Creation of Evolution/" seminar offered at Cornerstone Church

Mike Riddle of the Institute for Creation Research in conjunction with Creation Presentations will present a seminar on “Creation or Evolution?” Sunday, Oct. 10 at 9:45 and 10:50 a.m. at Cornerstone Bible Church. Resource materials will be available.

Greentree celebrates 10th

Greentree Church will celebrate its tenth anniversary this Sunday, Sept. 26. Guest speaker will be David Putman. Special guest singers will be “Liberty.”

Rev. Dan Hale installed as Senior Deacon at Christ the King Church in P'tree City

The Rev. Dan Hale of Peachtree City was installed as Senior Deacon at Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church during the congregation's third anniversary observance.

Zion Lutheran offers Parents Night Out

Parent volunteers of Zion Lutheran Church in Newnan will offer a Parents' Night Out on Friday, Oct. 8 from 6-11 p.m., giving adults the opportunity to have some time for themselves while their children participate in age-appropriate activities and games. Registration is required one week in advance and there is a fee of $5 per family to cover the cost of snacks. The church is at 53 Country Club Rd. in Newnan. Parents who would like to register their children may call the church office at 770-253-2884.

Religion Calendar


See if you can break down this logic

The only time I ever had any success in math subjects in school was when I had a teacher who used what he called “the arithmetic method” to teach algebra.

We owe our jobs to – gasp – Atlanta|
Politically Speaking

As much as us suburbanites hate to admit it, we are dependent upon Atlanta.

TV news: View from the bottom
Laugh Lines
In this bloated, exaggerated, hyperbolic world of “The News,” can we really discern significance anymore? News programs found on Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS have crossed the formerly broad line separating information from exhilaration. Need I say more than, “JFK plane crash”?

Letters to the Editor

Sheriff: No escapes yet from current county jail

To the citizens of Fayette County:

County should put big new jail outside city of Fayetteville

Citizens of Fayetteville, beware! It appears that the Fayette County Commissioners are conducting a media blitz concerning the proposed jail expansion with titles such as “No State Prison,” “We're Not going To Build a Maximum Security Prison.”

Avoid PTC traffic nightmare by restricting more developement

Anne Cowles' article on Peachtree City in the AJC [Sept. 20] presented a good look at Peachtree City's past and present. However, if Peachtree City is to be used as a “concept” for intelligent growth, we must deliberate on what lies ahead in the city's future.

'Crazed gunman' cartoon should have 4th choice

I agree with Melissa Hamilton that the cartoon in the Sept. 1 copy of The Citizen should have offered a fourth choice. However, my choice would have been something other than “God, let's hope there's only one crazy gunman here.”

Why is that police officer parking on the grass?

To Peachtree City Manager Jim Basinger:

I have no idea to whom I should address my concerns/complaints, so I decided to write you and let you pass them on to the appropriate person.

Healthcare law is devastating to local hospitals

Preserving community-based care must be nation's number one healthcare goal.

Clinton-Gore's EPA issues another non-scientific pesticide ban

The Clinton-Gore Administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has again proven to be the unchallenged center for environmental nonsense and dishonesty.