The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, November 3, 1999


PTC eyes halt to any annexing

The City Council of Peachtree City, one month after passing an admittedly flawed traffic ordinance, has cleaned it up and will consider a revised version at tomorrow night's regular meeting.

BOE allots $45,000 for system pay study

Recurring gripes by some Fayette County school system employees over what they consider to be salary inequities prompted the Board of Education Monday night to take a serious look at drafting a unified pay scale.

School system to borrow $4 million to meet payroll

Late tax notices have forced the Fayette County Board of Education to borrow $4 million to meet the November payroll and other expenses. Monday night, the board agreed to borrow $4 million at 5.55 percent interest and pay it back by Dec. 31.

HazMat called late in PTC funes release

Six employees of a Peachtree City industrial facility were treated Friday afternoon at Fayette Community Hospital after an incident involving an unidentified chemical gas.

McIntosh and Fayette rev up for Friday game

In sports, nothing can beat a good rivalry. In Fayette County, the rivalry that gets everybody's juices going is the match between the Fayette County Tigers and the McIntosh Chiefs. Excitement is nearing a fever pitch as the two teams will meet on the gridiron this Friday.

Craft/home decor store to take Wal-Mart space

Fayetteville officials are hoping the lights will soon be back on in the long-vacant Wal-Mart building on North Glynn Street.

It's back to drawing board for Hobby Lobby sign plan

Fayetteville City Council Monday delayed action on Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby's request for a variance to allow a larger sign than city law normally would allow.

Is there hope for F'ville's `forgotten zone' now?

Announcement that a crafts/home improvement store will take over more than half of the old Wal-Mart building on North Glynn Street has put new life into Fayetteville officials' efforts to spark redevelopment of the city's “forgotten zone.”

ARC eyes $1.28 billion for Fayette

The Atlanta Regional Commission's new 25-year transportation plan may be swinging the pendulum a little too far as planners increase proposed spending for public transit systems and reduce funding for roads, says Fayetteville Mayor Mike Wheat.

Wheat nostalgic on election eve

Fayetteville Mayor Mike Wheat was unusually relaxed as he settled behind his desk at City Hall on election eve.

County OK's AT&T for cable

The future of cable television service in Fayette County is now in the hands of communications giant AT&T.

New growth plan will mean higher density in some areas

It's not enough to have a new Regional Transportation Plan aimed at reducing air quality problems in metro Atlanta, according to Atlanta Regional Commission officials.

Friday is deadline to be considered for tree committee

The Fayette County Board of Education scrapped a proposal to clear-cut approximately 17 acres of timber land Monday night, in favor of an alternate plan to harvest 532 pines of 13-inch DBH (diameter at breast height), leaving 791 trees, or 44 trees per acre.

Board revises plan to clear cut

The Fayette County Board of Education scrapped a proposal to clear-cut approximately 17 acres of timber land Monday night, in favor of an alternate plan to harvest 532 pines of 13-inch DBH (diameter at breast height), leaving 791 trees, or 44 trees per acre.

P&Z delays `Village' zoning

Fayetteville Planning Commission members say they need more time to study plans for The Village, a proposed 110-acre mixed-use development in the heart of the city.

P&Z on truck law: Leave it alone

A proposed ordinance that would prohibit parking of tractor-trailer rigs in residential neighborhoods is back before Fayetteville City Council with only minor changes from what the Planning Commission had recommended earlier.

Dorsey house gets April deadline

A historic house that sits in the path of the wrecking ball must be moved by April 1, 2000, or it will be torn down.

Day care center set for downtown Fayetteville

A new day care center is set to go on Ga. Highway 54 just west of downtown.

Veterans Day ceremonies set Nov. 11 in Fayette

Although Veterans Day is officially observed as a federal holiday Monday, Nov. 8, local organizations will have ceremonies to honor veterans on the original Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11.

Price to be honored today

Representatives of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia will present a Legislative Service Award to state Sen. Rick Price of Fayetteville today during the Fayette County Commission's monthly work session.

Three slightly injured in north Fayette pileup

Three people went to the hospital Monday morning after a nasty-looking auto accident at Ga. Highway 314 and New Hope Road, but there were no serious injuries, although the damage to the vehicles indicated otherwise.

Clayton State news is on the web

Clayton College & State University has announced a new service for individuals who want to learn more about the university. Actually, it's a “news” service.

Library patrons remember founders

The Fayette County Public Library recently conducted its second annual Founders Day program, honoring the five founders of the library.

Collins rips president over arms budget

Fayette County's U.S. representative had harsh words for President Bill Clinton this week.

Transportation group seek local officials' input, advice

Georgia Regional Transportation Authority Chairman Joel Cowan asked a group of elected officials from across the state Thursday to help the new agency protect Georgia's quality of life.

Cycle group rides to aid of children's home

The Gold Wing Road Riders Association, chapter P, Fayetteville, recently took a van load of school supplies and toys to the Thornwell Home and School for Children in Clinton, S.C.

New web site collects stories of gov't. waste

When U.S. Rep. Mac Collins decided to cast a net for government waste, he decided that the best net would be an “internet.”

Prime Timers

Heart disease, stroke serious business in Fayette
Diseases of the heart, arteries and blood vessels are the number-one killer in Fayette County, in Georgia and in the United States. Last year 174 people in Fayette County died from heart disease and stroke. Cardiovascular disease includes heart attacks, congestive heart failure, stroke, congenital heart defects and rheumatic heart disease. Someone dies from cardiovascular disease every 33 seconds.
Winslett on the road back to health
When Glenn Winslett of the Holiday Inn Express in Fayetteville first experienced chest pains a year ago, he did what he was supposed to do.
Heart Walk sees record Fayette participation
A large contingency of Fayette Countians will be walking in the American Heart Association's Heart Walk Nov. 7. This year the Fayette County team representation will be the highest ever. Over 27 teams of 10 to 25 walkers have been raising money to help fight heart disease and stroke
Heart of Gold golf tourney nets $6,000
Although the group had slightly more than a month to plan, the first Heart of Gold Golf Tournament was deemed a success by the organizers.
Fayette AHA board seeks to involve community
Every year the Fayette County Board of the American Heart Association sets fund-raising goals and determines which fund-raisers will be held to enable them to meet their goals. The Southeast Affiliate office coordinates educational efforts in the business community and through the schools with the assistance of the local board.
Plenty of warning signs for stroke, heart attack
The American Heart Association says the body can send one or more of the following warning signals of a heart attack:

Hoshizaki, Florida Rock take Chamber award

Florida Rock Products and Hoshizaki America, Inc. were the two big winners at this year's Fayette County Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Industry Awards” luncheon. The second annual luncheon was attended by 160 business people at the Peachtree Wyndham Conference Center.

Business Briefs


Panthers edge our Patriots in big rivalry

In only its second year of existence, the gridiron rivalry between Starr's Mill and Sandy Creek high schools has become the premiere rivalry in the county.

Chiefs and Tigers meet Friday for annual rivalry

This has not been the best season for the McIntosh Chiefs and the Fayette County Tigers.

SCAT gets big performances from swimmers

The Southern Crescent Aquatic Team (SCAT) recently competed in the War Eagle Invitational Swim Meet recently in Auburn, Ala. They gave a dominant performance with many top and top ten finishes.

Southside Stars beat top teams, have undefeated season

The Southside Stars baseball team, a select group of high school juniors and seniors from local area schools, were undefeated in the East Cobb Fall League season. Playing against many top-rated teams in always powerful Cobb County, the Southside Stars not only won all of their games, but also won most of them by a wide margin. Wins include victories over varsity level teams from Pope, Sprayberry, and Lassiter High Schools. Last year, Lassiter was rated the number one high school baseball team in the country.

Sports Calendar


Pictures of America

Small town America, at least the idea of it, lives in the form of ideals inside our minds.
Classical weekend of classical music at Spivey Hall
Spivey Hall on the campus Of Clayton State College & University will play host to two rising stars and a highly regarded veteran in the classical music scene this weekend.
First Noel November coming this Saturday
With the passing of Halloween, the focus is now put on Christmas.

Fellow river rats
Lifestyle Columnist

There ahead: it looks like a warehouse complex right down on the river, an assortment of barn red, dirty gray, corroded metal buildings. Nothing on our chart indicates a factory or landing here, and we wonder idly what it is, or was.
Offshot offers workshops this weekend at PTC library
Offshoot Productions will host two acting workshops for 11- to 15-year-olds this Saturday and Sunday at the Peachtree City Library.
McIntosh to perform comic redition of Hamlet
The McIntosh High School Drama Department will present “Something's Rotten in the State of Denmark,” a farce/tragedy in one act.
J.C. Booth to host Academic Bowl
J.C. Booth Middle School is gearing up to host about 180 students, teachers, coaches and supporters for a regional Academic Bowl Thursday, Nov. 11. The quiz bowl-type competition starts at 4 p.m. and ends promptly at 7 p.m.
FCHS set two nights of "A Night in the Ukraine"
The Fayette County High School Drama Department will present “A Night in the Ukraine” and “A Nightmare called Graduation Day” Nov. 4 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Sams Auditorium.
Auditions continue for 'Scotland Road'
Auditions for Offshoot Production's production of the psychological thriller “Scotland Road” will continue this week, Thursday, Nov. 4 from 7-10 p.m. at McIntosh High School and Sunday, Nov. 7 from 1-3 p.m. at the Peachtree City Library.
Local children's author to sign new book on Saturday
Fayette County Children's Author Stan Applegate will be signing his new book, “Natchez Under-The-Hill,” the sequel to “The Devil's Highway,” at Fayette Book Shop Saturday, Nov. 6.
Cahoots MacBeth to travel to 3-AAA regional competition
Last week, the Starr's Mill High School Folger Players performed an unusual drama. The story dealt with an underground theatergroup performing “MacBeth” in war torn Prague. They are found and victimized by a communist government inspector.

God shows up when life breaks down
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

We seem to become more theological in our thinking in times of crises. We're good at asking “why?” Why didn't God stop that plane from crashing? As one who has been called to think about God, I try to defend him in tragedy. I'm wrong. God doesn't need me to defend him. He's God!

PTC United Methodist will present 'Carpenter's Tools' in concert tonight

Carpenter's Tools International, a contemporary Christian music group, will appear in concert on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at Peachtree City United Methodist Church.

Pensacola pastor will be guest speaker at Abundant Life Church this weekend

The Rev. Carey Robinson, assistant pastor at First Assembly of God in Pensacola, Fla., will speak this weekend at Abundant Life Church in Tyrone. Rev. Robinson has been a vital part of the ongoing four-year revival in Pensacola.

Tyrone First Baptist Church will host Bible Conference 2000 beginning this Sunday

Dr. John Phillips and Dr. Herb Reavis will be the featured speakers during Bible Conference 2000 scheduled for Sunday through Wednesday, Nov. 7-10 at Tyrone First Baptist Church in Tyrone. Special worship music will be featured at all services. Co-sponsors for some sessions are Immanuel College and Fairburn Baptist Association.

Religion Briefs

Fayette Assembly of God members host 10th anniversary celebration this Sunday

Fayette Assembly of God, formerly Fayette Community Chapel, will host its 10-year anniversary celebration this Sunday, Nov. 7.

Y2K series continues at New Hope Baptist

Dr. John Avant's message series on “What God Says about Y2K and the Future” will continue each Sunday through Nov. 21 at New Hope Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

New Hadassah group will meet in PTC Nov. 9

Residents of Fayette, Coweta and South Fulton counties are invited to join the new South Atlanta Hadassah Group on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Peachtree City Library for a program to learn about all the resources available in the Jewish community. Ilene Levin, of the Atlanta Jewish Federation's Shalom Atlanta program, will speak. There is no fee to attend, but reservations are requested. Refreshments will be served.

Unity Christ Church plans special service

Unity Christ Church in Jonesboro will have a special “Come Home to Unity” Sunday service to be held at the Clayton Schools Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 10:45 a.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.

CharismaLife Training Conference to be held at Atlanta City Church

Atlanta City Church (formerly Atlanta Christian Center) in Fairburn will have a one-day CharismaLife Regional Teacher Training Conference on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church. The conference is geared toward those who work with children from preschool through junior high.

Fayetteville First Baptist Church offers 'Single Parents Saturday' November 13

Fayetteville First Baptist Church will offer a one-day seminar addressing the needs common to single parents on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the church's Fellowship Hall.

Lalla Marsh to speak at November Women's Aglow Fellowship meeting

Lalla Marsh will be the featured speaker at this month's meeting of Women's Aglow Fellowship International, Peachtree City Chapter, Monday evening, Nov. 15, and Tuesday morning, Nov. 16. 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.

Inman Pathfinders plan yard sale Nov. 20

Members of the Pathfinders class at Inman United Methodist Church will sponsor a yard sale on Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Fellowship Hall. Proceeds will benefit the building program. Those who have items to donate are asked to call any member of the Pathfinders Sunday school class. Inman UMC is located at 151 Hills Bridge Rd. in Inman. For more information, call the church at 770-461-2123.


Want to save lives? Ban cars, not guns

When authoritarian politicians push for more gun control laws, they often claim to be doing so in order to save lives.

Government is NOT like a business
Politically Speaking

How often have you heard some politician in either party rant and rave on the stump about how government should be run like a business?

Sleeping good? Or making mistakes?
Laugh Lines
“Daddy, sleep is boring.” With those words, I knew my daughter was truly mine. Not that Olivia, my 4-year-old, hadn't already shown signs of being my brood; like being shy and aggressive at the same time or having an intense interest in scratching away every surface to see what is underneath.

Letters to the Editor

Fayette address = poor mental health care

As a family member of someone with severe mental health problems, I caution everyone against taking mental health for granted. Mental illnesses affect one in four residents of our community, including people of all ages, races, creeds, and economic groups. The good news is, mental disorders can be treated effectively, but only if you have unlimited finances or access to health care coverage. And while mental health care coverage should be on par with physical health care coverage, unfortunately, insurance discrimination is common. Nearly 97 percent of health insurance plans limit mental health coverage. But, even so, those with insurance coverage are lucky.

Is it moral to build big jail near school, homes?

At the September Fayette County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Harold Bost led the meeting with a prayer asking that the commissioners make their decisions with integrity. I was under the impression that integrity meant “uprightness of character and soundness of moral principle as well as honesty.”

Fayetteville used to be a great place to raise children

Myself and many of my neighbors are so disappointed with how so many different issues are being handled in the City of Fayetteville. What most people fail to recognize is that all the issues, growth, SPLOST, and the new jail are all connected.

Pay for cleanup: Impose fee on fast-food debris

Peachtree City is a beautiful community, and on the whole, most of the members of the community are mindful of what a great place it is to live and be a part of such a place. However, it seems that there are parents that never taught their children to be respectful of other people's property.

Advice on next SPLOST

An open letter to Fayette County Board of Education Chairman Debbie Condon: First, your errors.

Village Cafe chef replies to diner critical of restaurant's prime rib, chicken

I read with interest the letter written by one of your readers who elaborated on Fayette County's inability to attract “upscale” restaurants, and how the Village Cafe had to lower its standards to please its clientele, concluding that “Fayette County residents obviously would not know a fine restaurant even if they were in front of one.” Of course, “people on the north side do know good food and as a result enjoy good restaurants.”