The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, October 13, 1999


Sheriff: Fears about jail unwarranted

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 squeeze.

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 night.

Tax rates change little for Fayette residents

Fayette residents' property tax rates will drop this year, but the savings will be barely noticeable.

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 week.

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 Fayetteville.

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 shoot.

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 quality.

Fayetteville police make 3 drug arrests

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 Krakeel

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 arrived

“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 commerce.

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, Oct. 21.

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.

Real Estate Review

As 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 calendars set.
Maintain your home's drainage system
Every new home comes with a drainage system.
Real Estate Scene
Pathway 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.
Rising 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.
New 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.
Chimneys 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 Fayetteville.
High Garden offers residents a respite from the fast lane
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.
Win 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.
Survey 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.
Lake 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 County.
Last 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.
Sales 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 Fairburn.
Landscaping 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 business


FC&A 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
Business Columnist

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 for Y2K

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 losses

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 net

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.

Sports Calendar

International 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 life.
Whippersnapper 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
Religion Columnist

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.

Precious gems
By Judy Kilgore
Religion Editor

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 terrific.

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 Baptist

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 College Park.

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

Friends and 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.

Religion Briefs

Benji Clark Mallory is featured speaker at Oct. 18 P'tree City Women's Aglow Fellowship meeting

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 holiday season.

Women's club plans meeting, country fair

The Jonesboro/Fayetteville 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 hayride

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 church.

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.

Fayetteville Christian 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 Scouts, Brownies

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..

As most of you know, the way this newspaper opinion thing works is like this:

Redistribute wealth? OK, let's do it right

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 up).

Why TV is better than books
Laugh Lines
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 City
Lifestyle Columnist

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 1971.

Letters to the Editor

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!

Name-calling is 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 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 turned around

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 County,

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 S.S. funds

In Congressman Mac Collins' article, he mentions that Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), will not spend a dime of Social Security.

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 Fayetteville.

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 again?

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 water from?

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.