Sheriff: Fears about jail
Some residents' fears that a new
jail will mean increased danger in downtown
Fayetteville are misplaced, according to Fayette
County Sheriff Randall Johnson.
Parents, students, schools
grapple with graduation rules
When the state of Georgia did
away with the general high school diploma three years
ago, school districts including Fayette County's were
faced with navigating students through a confusing
maze of new requirements.
F'ville to target `for
sale' autos at The Gazebo
If you've been using the parking
lot surrounding The Gazebo in downtown Fayetteville
as a used car dealership, beware.
Planners puzzled why Ed.
Board opposesrezoning `no-brainer'
Fayette County Planning
Commission members scratched their heads in mock
perplexity last week as they read the county Board of
Education's response to two rezoning requests.
PTC votes traffic limit
rule on new construction
In a move that may be
unprecedented in Georgia, the City Council of
Peachtree City last week adopted a traffic ordinance
that places new stipulations on what effects future
developments can have on highway gridlock and what
measures must be taken to relieve the traffic
Dispatcher in Fayette
carjacking nominated for statewide award
A Fayette County 911 operator
has been nominated for a Governor's Public Safety
Award for her performance in helping thwart an April
26 carjacking in Fayetteville.
Tree protection, truck
parking laws on Fayetteville agenda this week
Fayetteville City Council will
discuss a proposed new tree protection ordinance
tonight with plans to consider its adoption Monday
Tax rates change little for
Fayette residents' property tax
rates will drop this year, but the savings will be
ARC to reveal test results
on transportation plan
Fayette and other metro Atlanta
residents will get an idea how well the Atlanta
Regional Commission's new 25-year, $37 billion
transportation plan may work in a public forum next
Candidate forum set Sunday
Fayette County Young Republicans
and Occumed Management Associates Inc. of Peachtree
City will host a Meet Your Candidates
reception Sunday at the old City Depot in
Commission: No future
public shoots county range
After this year, Fayette County
4-H won't be able to use the Sheriff's Department
shooting range for its annual fund-raising turkey
Collins: Social Security
funds in worse shape than expected
Mac Collins, Fayette's
representative in the U.S. House, said this week that
findings of the bipartisan Task Force on Social
Security reveal that the program is in worse
financial shape than previously believed.
Report: County water
Fayette County's water supply
meets or exceeds all the federal standards for
Fayetteville police make 3
Three men are in custody on drug
charges after two separate traffic stops in
Fayetteville over the weekend.
Collins races, raises funds
for Rainbow House kids
In an electrically charged race
against the clock, Rep. Mac Collins drove a
pint-sized Ford Mustang around a track and won $500
for Jonesboro's Rainbow House in the third annual
Kmart Kids Race Against Drugs.
Brooks takes turn to honor
Honoring Jack Krakeel, Fayette's
director of Fire and Emergency Services, was the
first order of business at the Brooks Town Council
meeting. He was recently chosen national Fire Chief
of the Year by Fire Chief magazine.
Brooks Coke bottles have
The Coke bottles are
in, announced Brooks Town Councilwoman Caroline
Smith at last week's town council meeting.
Christmas ornament sales to
raise funds for international learning
Christmas ornaments now on sale
at a local retail store will help raise money to
promote business education and international
Hecht named one of state's
top 40 under 40
Georgia Trend magazine has named
state Sen. Greg Hecht one of its top 40 Georgians
under the age of 40.
Two times four
Birthdays arrive in quadruplet
at the Martin home in Fayetteville this week.
Clayton State offers
teacher education information sessions
The Office of
Teacher Education at Clayton College & State
University will conduct two information sessions on
its Middle Level Teacher Education program Thursday,
Breast cancer awareness
walk nets $71,000
Local participation in the
recent Avon Beast Cancer three-day walk netted more
than $71,000 for the fight against cancer.
ARC to unveil new
high-speed transportation technology
The Atlanta Regional Commission,
in partnership with the Georgia Regional
Transportation Authority and the state Department of
Transportation, is conducting a nine-month study to
determine the possibility of bringing new magnetic
transportation technology to the South.
leaves change, realtors' thoughts turn to charity
- As the leaves
start to erupt in their annual show of color,
many residents are getting their holiday
your home's drainage system
- Every new
home comes with a drainage system.
donates land to PTC
- Pathway Communities, the
developers of Peachtree City, recently sold
approximately five acres of land on ga. Highway
74 in the Clover Ranch area to the city of
Peachtree City. The land will be used by the city
for the construction of a new police station.
interest rates can cause anxious moments
- Key interest rates are
marching in the same direction up
and the Federal Reserve Board did nothing to stop
that trend by raising the federal funds rate
earlier this fall.
officers elected by builders association
- The 1999-2000 officers and
directors of the Home Builders Association of
Midwest Georgia were installed by Rick Porter,
president of the Home Builders Association of
Georgia, at the local association's September
meeting at WhiteWater Country Club.
unveils its model home
- More than 120 real estate
professionals were on hand as Centex Homes, the
1998 Atlanta-are builder of the year, unveiled
its furnished model home at The Chimneys in
Garden offers residents a respite from the fast
- Reminiscent of an English
tea garden, High Garden at Lake Redwine
Plantation takes one back to a more gracious time
when neighbors visited on front porches and took
evening walks through the neighborhood.
a Cadillac in realty contest
- Coldwell Banker Bullard
Realty wants to help consumers drive home a
Cadillac Catera and drive down the cost of buying
or selling a home with $5,000 in closing costs
during Drive Home A Winner, a
national promotion sponsored by Coldwell Banker
Real Estate Corporation, Cendant Mortgage
Corporation and Cadillac.
says Atlanta region home prices are in the middle
- In 1998, the number of
households moving in the United States reached 16
million, up 2.6 percent from the year prior.
lures residents to Brechin Park
- The fishing lake in Brechin
Park was just one of several factors that led the
Grant Moore family to their new home in Fayette
phase of Albermarle now under construction
- Construction has begun on
the final six homes in Albemarle, Jerry Ballard
Homes' 35-home neighborhood in Peachtree City.
pace is brisk at The Meadows
- There have already been five
sales in The Commons at Meadow Glen, The Knight
Group's new residential neighborhood in the
168-acre Meadow Glen planned unit development in
can increase property value
- In addition to the obvious
aesthetic reasons for landscaping, other
homeowner benefits for having a beautiful lawn
exist as well.
Newest mall is open for
wins award from postal service
Sue Jones, of FC&A in
Peachtree City, recently received the United States
Postal Service Mail Center Management Award for her
work as leader of the company's team, including
Cheryl McMurry, Mark Accord and Gary Sampler to help
improve processes with USPS.
The new millenium
searching for meaning and purpose
By GREGORY P. SMITH
It came to me
as if it was a vision from the Lord. It is now
crystal clear. . .I know what year 2000 will look
like. Are you ready for the answer? It will look just
like 1999. I know this upsets many of you, but it is
the truth. A lot of us are going to be disappointed
because we will wake up January 1st facing the same
old problems and issues we face presently.
Southern Federal is ready
The southern Federal Credit
Union is working hard to dispel the worry or anxiety
that members may have about Y2K.
Week six was full of local
There were three football games
played by teams from this county Friday night and
none of them won.
Peachtree Road Race to be
run this weekend
Early Saturday morning, the
streets and cart paths of Peachtree City will be
filled with athletes of every race, age and gender.
Landmark bos flex muscles
at Furman meet
The Landmark boy's cross country
team just keeps on keeping on. This past Saturday,
the War Eagles ran at the 27th annual Furman
Invitational Cross Country meet in Greenville, S.C.
75 teams were invited from all over the southeast to
the meet and 67 of those teams ran. Landmark faced
some of the top programs from Tennessee, North
Carolina, Alabama, and even some of their toughest
competition here in Georgia in Brookwood and Milton.
Chiefs go undefeated at the
The McIntosh Cheifs volleyball
team have played some great matches recently and
begin their journey into the post season on the top
of their game.
Festival returns for fourth year this Sunday
- America is the melting pot.
Nationalities from all over the world have moved
to the United States for opportunities in
employment, education and freedom.
- Newnan Community
Theater paints masterpiece with Picasso
- Newnan Community Theater
launched its production of Steve Martin's
Picasso at the Lapin Agile Friday.
- Fayette Community
Theater brings favorite fiary tale characters to
life for Follies
- Starting this Friday evening
at Peachtree City Elementary School, your
favorite fairy tale characters will be brought to
comes back from a `Long Walk'
- Whippersnapper, Peachtree
City's homegrown punk band, will perform Friday
night starting around 9:30 p.m. at Jitterbuggers.
- Birth of a king
- I was crowned a king at the
age of eight.
Sometimes giving up
everything means gaining a lot more
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Last week I went to Tepic,
Mexico, along with the pastor and wife for River's
Edge's Spanish Ministries. Abner and Lesvia Calleiro
are delightful traveling companions. The week-long
mission and ministry trip was an overwhelming victory
for many reasons. The eight days gave Pastor Abner
and me an opportunity we had never had: two hours of
uninterrupted conversation. I asked him to share with
me the details of leaving Cuba as Castro was gobbling
freedoms and businesses left and right.
By Judy Kilgore
Heavens to Betsy! (Boy, am I
dating myself with that one...but sort of appropriate
for the religion editor's column, huh?) So glad to
see so many of you read the Religion section of the
paper each week. Your response to my first (and sort
of different for me) column in several years was
Jones Chapel UMC's Fall
Festival is Saturday
Children and adults alike can
look forward to an evening of fun this Saturday, Oct.
16, when Jones Chapel United Methodist Church in
Newnan has its annual Fall Festival. The festival
will begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m.
Dr. McGee to host seminar
on Search for Significance at New Hope
Dr. Robert McGee, author of
The Search for Significance, and
The Search for Freedom, will host a
three-hour seminar on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 4-7 p.m.
in the Dining Room of the North Campus of New Hope
Baptist Church. The cost will be the cost of the
book, Search for Significance, only.
Christian City to host
annual awards banquet
Christian City's annual dinner
and awards banquet is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15
at the Georgia International Convention Center in
Cornerstone Bible Church
schedules World Missions Conference Oct. 16
Members of Cornerstone Bible
Church will have their 18th Annual World Missions
Conference Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16 and 17 with
various scheduled activities and speakers throughout
the two-day event. The theme is Redeem the
Time...Touch a life.
Ellison Memorial Fund set
up at local bank
colleagues of Tommy Ellison, killed tragically last
week in an automobile accident, have set up a
Memorial Fund at Peachtree National Bank to aid the
Ellison family. Those wishing to contribute may do so
at any branch of the bank. The contact person is
Stephanie Goshman. Those wishing confirmation of the
account may call 770-487-8100.
Benji Clark Mallory is
featured speaker at Oct. 18 P'tree City Women's Aglow
Benji Clark Mallory will be the
featured speaker at this month's meeting of Women's
Aglow Fellowship International, Peachtree City
Chapter, Monday evening, Oct. 18, and Tuesday
morning, Oct. 19. 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.
Holiday grief support group
now forming at Peachtree City Presbyterian Church
The Stephen Ministers at the
First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City are
sponsoring a grief support group aimed at helping to
alleviate stress caused by grief associated with the
Women's club plans meeting,
Christian Women's Club will have its October meeting
and annual Country Fair Thursday, Oct. 21 at the
Links Golf Course Clubhouse in Jonesboro.
Christ Our Hope Lutheran
members schedule reatreat
Members of Christ Our Hope
Lutheran Church will have their fall retreat Friday
and Saturday, Oct. 22 and 23 at Camp Calvin in
Hampton. Those planning to attend are asked to try
and arrive by 6:30 and get settled in before the
dinner at 7 p.m. The retreat will conclude Saturday
at 3 p.m. The cost is $35 per person and includes
meals and one night's lodging. Those participating
must provide their own bedding, towels and toiletry
items. Pastor Halenza will lead the retreat.
Reservations are required and space is limited. Sign
up at the church.
Rolling Hills Baptist to
hold Fall Festival
Rolling Hills Baptist Church
will have it annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 23
from 4 until 7 p.m. Activities will include games, a
cake walk, a show by Mr. Puppet, a moon walk, prizes
and a hot dog supper.
Methodist youth schedule
All fourth and
fifth graders at Fayetteville First United Methodist
Church are invited to a Pre-UMYF hayride and picnic
Sunday, Oct. 24. The cost is $5 per person. The group
will leave the church at 4:30 p.m. and will return by
7:30 p.m. Those wishing to attend may sign up at the
Carriage Lane plans Fall
Festival Oct. 30
Carriage Lane Presbyterian
Church has scheduled its Free Fall Festival for
Saturday, Oct. 30 from 3-6 p.m. at the church.
Positive character costumes are encouraged.
Greentree Church will host
Southside Gospel Sing on October 30
Brian Free will be featured at
the Southside Gospel Sing hosted by Greentree Church
in Tyrone on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Word of Life Church's 2nd
Harvest Festival is set for October 30
Word of Life Family Church in
Fayetteville invites the community to attend its
second annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 30
from 4-8:30 p.m.
Ebenezer UMC sets Fall
Festival Nov. 13
Ebenezer United Methodist Church
will have its Fall Festival Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9
a.m. until about 5 p.m. featuring garage sale and
craft items for sale.
youth plan fall retreat
High school youth at
Fayetteville Christian Church are invited to a Truth
Fall Retreat, Friday through Sunday, Nov., 19-21 at
the Awanita Valley SC Christian Retreat Center.
Providence UMC seeking Girl
Girls in kindergarten through
12th grade at Providence United Methodist Church who
are interested in joining Girl Scouts or in finding
out more information about the Girl Scouts program,
or adults interested in becoming Girl Scout leaders
or volunteers are asked to contact PUMC member Ann
Scott at 770-631-1493.
PTC elections: Forgive me
Sallie, but I strongly disagree..
By CAL BEVERLY
As most of you know, the way
this newspaper opinion thing works is like this:
Redistribute wealth? OK,
let's do it right
By DAVE HAMRICK
How would your life change if
someone suddenly handed you a million dollars? (Those
who are already millionaires will have to insert
whatever dollar figure would make their eyes light
TV is better than books
- As a writer and as a parent
you would think that I would advocate reading
above television, but let me tell you, reading is
overrated, television is not
Please, not in Peachtree
By SALLIE SATTERTHWAITE
I'm angry. No, I'm not. I'm 'way
beyond angry. I can safely say I have a vested
interest in my community, having served on City
Council, as a volunteer firefighter/paramedic, and,
perhaps most significantly, as a voter who has never
missed an election of any kind since moving here in
Jail expansion just
another shell game?
We're all familiar with the
age-old shell game where the scam artist tries to get
you to focus on where the nut isn't and keep your
focus off of where the nut actually is. The hand can
be quicker than the eye!
ill-mannered, and it changes no minds
Thank you for printing the
various responses to the recent SPLOST vote. All were
interesting; some I agreed with; others, I did not.
Hometown on the Internet
Just a quick note to assure you
that former residents are still paying attention to
their hometown. In this electronic world we have
developed, it is nice to keep an eye on things past.
I can live in Oregon but still read the articles on
your web page (and, yes, I even read my mother's
articles). I can listen to Georgia Tech football
games over broadcast.com or I can listen to the same
rock station I worshipped in high school (although my
tastes have definitely mellowed).
Big Development wants to
divorce poor Traffic in PTC `court'
Contrary to what the renowned
development attorney, Doug Dillard, might say to
persuade our city officials, Development and Traffic
are now wedded. The story proceeds as follows.
Ad hominem arguments can be
I was glad to see that Chuck
Morley of the Fayette Daily News kept his editorial
on the editorial page rather than on the front page,
as has been the case in the weeks leading up to the
SPLOST vote. However, I would like to take issue with
his ad hominem arguments/accusations.
SPLOST vote shows kids
don't really matter here
The supporters of SPLOST used
the slogan, Our Children Matter, Vote
Yes. This saying could not have been more
appropriate. The election showed that here in Fayette
County, based on many of the arguments against
SPLOST, children really don't matter.
Starr's Mill High School
junior unhappy with rejection of SPLOST funds
Dear Community of Fayette
My name is
Steve Freeman. I am a junior at Starr's Mill High
School. Fayette County recently called for an act
called SPLOST. It was to be greatly beneficial toward
all families of Fayette County that have children
attending schools. The deal with SPLOST is that this
is an indirect one-cent tax on every dollar. This
money would be used to help build new schools,
stadiums, and other school necessities.
No tax cuts; stop raids on
In Congressman Mac Collins'
article, he mentions that Speaker of the House Dennis
Hastert (R-Ill.), will not spend a dime of Social
No `dilemma' on PTC budget
surplus: Simply cut taxes!
I read with interest the article
in The Citizen regarding a budget surplus of
$161,221, projected for the coming year. I was
entertained by Citizen columnist Monroe Roark's
characterization that this budget surplus somehow
causes a dilemma for the city government.
Need help locating brother
I am in search of my brother,
Jimi Drake. He has been living in Georgia for the
past several years now. His last known address was in
Check out Gore's campaign
chairman: Ready for 4 more?
Is anyone surprised that former
congressman Tony Coelho, the Vice-President's
fiscally-challenged campaign chairman, is in trouble
Guns not the problem
Ms. Hamilton stated in her
letter recently that the statistic of 2.5 million
uses of guns for self-defense was exaggerated.
F'ville neighborhood zoned
for single-family homes, not Jailbird University
In response to a recent letter
written by Fayette County Sheriff Randall Johnson
regarding prisoner escapes, I would like him to
answer a few questions. Sheriff Johnson, are you
calling my child a liar? Are you calling her bus
driver and her school officials liars?
Where did lake get new
I am curious to know where the
water is coming from that is slowly filling Crystal
Lake (Lake Bennett).
There's just something
about that Name
The ideology of moving
on seems to characterize this generation as
none before. With Y2K under a 100 days away, it makes
sense to take stock and ask ourselves about the
direction that our life is taking.