The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, November 10, 1999


Build $60M jail without a vote?

How to come up with $60 million for a new county jail and courthouse will be a hot topic again at the Fayette County Commission's next meeting.

Fayette Commission pledges public hearing on jail plans

Residents who are pushing for a public hearing on plans for a new Fayette County Jail will get their wish, says County Commission Chairman Harold Bost.

PTC fumes incident sparks county concern about HazMat response

The state's finest hazardous materials disaster response team didn't swing into action until hours after a release of potentially deadly chemical gases recently, and Fayette County commissioners are looking for ways to make sure that doesn't happen again.

Developer challenges PTC traffic ordinance

The county's largest developer is suing Fayette's largest city in a traffic dispute — a big traffic dispute.

How do you get a dump truck out of your basement?

A Fayetteville family got a surprise visitor in its living room Friday evening — a dump truck.

School board, PAC cleared in ethics complaint hearing

The State Ethics Commission voted 3-0 Monday to dismiss a complaint filed against the Fayette County Board of Education regarding a perceived donation to a political action committee supporting passage of the special purpose local option sales tax.

`They're still the best'
Two Fayette retired generals reminisce, sing praises of U.S. veterans

“The American soldier is the best fighting soldier in the world,” according to Fayetteville's resident four-star Gen. Bill Livsey (retired).

Choking victim finds help at fire station

The personnel of the Fayette County Department of Fire and Emergency Services are trained to be ready at all times for any situation. But occasionally a dire situation develops right in the station, without a 911 call, as a would-be victim can even appear at the front door.

Local emergency preparedness plan recognized by federal agency

Another Fayette County emergency preparedness program has received praise from federal officials

Planners recommend denial of 3-acre zoning on Hwy. 92

TCG Holdings Inc.'s plan to put 49 homes on 178 acres on Ga. Highway 92 south is compatible with the Fayette County's land use plan, the Planning Commission decided last week.

Commission to United Way: Sign is fine, but elsewhere

A highly visible poster board sign in downtown Fayetteville with a thermometer showing progress in United Way's Fayette fund-raising efforts is a good idea, county commissioners agreed last week.

Fayetteville City Council eyes truck parking law

Fayetteville City Council is expected to decide the fate of local truck drivers who park their rigs at home during what promises to be a short meeting Monday.

Talley, Avery prepare for runoff

Candidates Clyde Avery and Bill Talley are working this week to get their voters to the polls one more time, as the two are locked in a runoff in the Post 1 Fayetteville City Council election.

Mayor-elect Steele getting up to date

Kenneth Steele is spending a little more time around City Hall, now that he has been elected Fayetteville's mayor.

Fayette residents break record for Heart Walk fund-raising

A contingent of between 50 and 100 walkers from Fayette County joined more than 4,000 Atlanta area walkers at the American Heart Association's Heart Walk Sunday.

Magistrate candidate announces early

Robert “Bob” A. Ruppenthal has announced he will run for magistrate judge in 2000.

Tree committee named today

Fayette County's Planning Commission will have to have to called meeting to name a citizens committee to study a proposed new tree preservation ordinance.

Sheriff to speak to NAACP

Fayette County Sheriff Randall Johnson is slated to address the Fayette County chapter of the NAACP at its regular monthly meeting Saturday, Nov. 13, at 4 p.m. at the Gathering Place in Peachtree City.

Learning by doing: Students hone international skills in marketing through Star program

Amy Hunter is a Sandy Creek High School senior and CEO of an international trading company

Fayette teacher honored by TBS

Tony Pattiz, a history teacher at Sandy Creek High School, was awarded the TBS Superstation Super Teacher award for the 1998-99 school year. Pattiz represented the Fayette County School District at the Super Teacher Awards ceremony last month.

Recycling Guide seeks info

Fayette County Extension Service is updating the Recycling Guide to Fayette County.

Commission done for November

After meeting for its monthly work session last week, the Fayette County Commission is taking the rest of the month off, as far as meetings are concerned.

Harvesters of pine straw need permit

Entrepreneurs tempted to gather pine straw from vacant woods and then sell it to homeowners for their landscaping needs should think twice, according to the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Coverdell gets seat on Finance Committee

U. S. Sen. Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., will replace the late Sen. John Chafee, R-R.I., on the prestigious Senate Finance Committee.

Cox fund-raising dinner planned

Supporters will have a fund-raising reception for state Rep. Kathy Cox Tuesday from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Woodcreek subdivision clubhouse.

Real Estate

It's boomtime for commercial projects in Fayette
Just look at all the dirt moving in Fayette County and you'll quickly realize that commercial real estate is booming
Work now for a fabulous spring
Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia
When you first moved into your new home, you received information on how to care for the refrigerator, the range and the heating and cooling system.
Real Estate Scence...
Atlanta housing market continues its boom as hottest market in the country
A recent survey of home-building activities in 13 Atlanta counties confirms that builders and buyers are continuing to take advantage of the current economic cycle.
New name, same results
CitiStar Realty opened for business last month and is anxious to meet the real estate needs of its customers.
Builders set tech discussion
The Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia will hear about “Technology Affecting Your Business in the Future” at the association's November meeting, which will be held Thursday night, Nov. 18, at WhiteWater Country Club.
Sales at Biscayne Pointe are expected to top 125
Biscayne Pointe, The Knight Group's highly-successful residential development in the Rex area of Clayton County, is on a pace to record over 125 new home sales during 1999.
Evaluate a corner lot carefully before you buy
Homebuyers don't like to compromise. When it comes to the yard, the bigger the better.
Home builders receive kudos for "barn raising"
The Home Builders Association of Midwest Georgia has earned a coveted Georgia Outstanding Association Leadership award from the Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG).
Pathway sets eyes on Henry County
Pathway Communities, the company responsible for the development of Peachtree City, one of America's most successful master-planned communities, is bringing its vision of creating unique living environments to Stockbridge in Henry County.

County's unemployment rate is lowest in region

Fayette County's unemployment rate is the star of the region.

Mentoring helps reduce turnover
Business Columnist

Many companies have discovered that the use of a mentor for new employees not only helps them settle into their job and company environment, but also contributes to a lower turnover rate.


Tigers win crosstown rivalry with Chiefs

The game had no playoff implications, but that didn't dampen the spirits of either the Fayette County Tigers or the McIntosh Chiefs when they met Friday night. The stadium was packed and the crowd, coaches and players were energized. The game became rather one-sided rather quickly, though.

Panthers lose, Patriots edge out Eagles

As the season winds down for the county AAA teams, the stakes get higher. Starr's Mill traveled to Woodward Academy on Friday night to put their 7-1 record on the line. The Panthers knew they had a good shot at making the playoffs with only two games remaining in the season, but they never expected to come out so flat.

Teams give a good showing at state meet, War Eagles are state champs

The state cross country championships were held on Saturday in Carrollton. Some of the results were what you expected, Landmark Christian's boys won the Class A championship, while other results had some of our local teams falling short

Last race of the century held at AMS

When the Winston Cup series wraps up their season on Sunday, it will also be the last NASCAR race of the century. The sport has been exceedingly popular over the last few years, growing in fan attendance and average purse winnings. The 20th century has been good to NASCAR and the 21st century could be even better.

Escape to the South bike ride to be held this weekend

There will be a 50-mile Moderate/Strenuous ride on the lightly traveled roads of Fayette, Spalding and Pike Counties, including some of the Wilson and Pine Mt. Rides, on Saturday, Nov. 13

Tryouts for Bulls baseball this weekend

There will be tryouts this Saturday and Sunday for the Spring 2000 13 year old and 14 year old Bulls. The Bulls are county based Georgia Baseball Association traveling team

Sports Calendar


Local girl to enchant audiences in 'The Nutcracker'

When Hayley Stevenson was 5 years old, she saw a performance of “The Nutcracker” in Sacramento. After the show, she turned to her mother and said, “I want to do that.”
MUFON looks for answer to the UFO question
The truth is out there and Tom Sheets wants to find it.
Theaters to be swamped by Pokemon movie
If you're a parent, you've probably been hearing about this day for weeks; the day “Pokemon's First Movie” comes out.

Transportation in Fayette County
Lifestyle Columnist

A recent article about the opening of Arbor Place Mall struck me as ironic. It seems that the big new Douglas County mall may be remembered as a landmark on the road to smarter access planning.
Great American Train Show rolls into town this weekend
The Great American Train Show will be held in the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m on both Saturday and Sunday.
Callaway Gardens to hold special wine reception
The 1999 Beaujolais Nouveau is on its way and is scheduled for arrival at Hartsfield International Airport on Thursday, November 18.

Prayer can bring the prodigals home
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

Do you know a prodigal? A son? A daughter? A spouse?

Precious gems
Religion Edit

From the Alliance for Children's Enrichment in Newnan:

Religion Briefs

Fayetteville First Baptist offer '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.

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 planned 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.

Block party this Saturday

A number of churches will participate in a block party at Heritage Park in Fayetteville on Saturday, Nov. 13. The event will feature live entertainment from local Christian bands and a drama.

Author Peter Lord will lead revival services at Fayetteville First Baptist Church this weekend

Fayetteville First Baptist Church will hold revival services Sunday through Wednesday, Nov. 14-17, featuring minister and author Peter Lord as guest speaker.

"Revalations" to appear in concert at Lisbon Baptist Church Sunday

The Revelations, a family ministry from Riverview, Fla., will appear in concert this Sunday, Nov, 14, at 7 p.m. at Lisbon Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

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.


Why is the U.S. silent on Chechnya?

Have you heard much about what's going on in Chechnya?

Hillary not the first N.Y. `carpetbagger'
Politically Speaking

The off-year elections are now history and the 2000 political season has begun. Of course, politics will not really heat up until next summer, but — as we all know — campaigning for the major offices up for grabs then has already begun.

Smells like school spirit
Laugh Lines
I must brag that during one of the pep rallies when I played football in high school I won “Mr. Sexy Legs.” What seemed to be a fun time, turned about to be a curse, though. I have fought all my life against being just a sex symbol. Yet, I loved the school spirit we had back then when it was a simpler time. There was not the muss and fuss like now when cheerleaders have the extra hassle of getting their cell phones through the metal detectors or with the football team carrying the extra weight of flak jackets. But can we expect school spirit to really be the same?

Bond of faithful service links America's veterans
Guest Editorial

What is it about America's veterans that brings us together on Veterans Day? Are we living in the past — attempting to capture a fleeting moment in time that has long since passed? Certainly not!


Letters to the Editor

F'ville's mayor-elect: `Thanks'

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents of Fayetteville for their dedication, enthusiasm, and gratifying support at the polls Tuesday.

`Most likely, I will run again'

I wish to thank all Peachtree City citizens who assisted me and voted for me in my candidacy for City Council Post 2. A special thanks to my wife, Myrna, for putting up with the campaign since July, and my son David, campaign chairman.

Cree: Sour grapes or mind-reading ability?

When I read David Cree's letter to the editor in the Nov. 5 edition of The Citizen, my first thought was that it was “sour grapes” from a supporter of a political candidate who finished last in the recent election. After examining his letter a bit further, I felt compelled to respond to a few points he raised.

Planning commissioner endorses Talley for Fayetteville Council

The Nov. 2 Fayetteville city election resulted in the election of Ken Steele as our new mayor and a runoff for the position of Fayetteville City Council Post One. Again we have an opportunity on Nov. 16 to elect the best possible candidate to join the fine team we have in our new mayor and current city council.

Watch out for fox in chicken coop with Avery as councilman

In the 14 years I have lived in Fayette County, I have watched, in horror, our lovely community overtaken by commercial and residential growth which roads and schools are unable to support.

President surely could find 1% to cut somewhere in these departments

If the President can't accept a 1 percent cut in government funding to avoid dipping into Social Security and Medicare funds, he could look to Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the extra savings.

About Veterans Day holiday: Oops

Regarding your article about Fayette County observing Veterans Day on Nov. 11: I have seen, nor heard, nothing in any media, except The Citizen, that Monday, Nov. 8, will observed Veterans Day by anyone, much less the U. S. Federal Government.