The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, November 17, 1999


SPLOST group to BOE: 'Let us help plan new schools'

To pave the way for another school sales tax referendum, a citizens group Monday night asked the Fayette County Board of Education to share power with them.

MediaOne pledge: 'Things will get better'

Fayetteville residents will get a chance to air their complaints about MediaOne cable television company in a public forum if company officials follow through on the City Council's suggestion.

2 Fayette schools #2 in Ga. tests

Braelinn Elementary School and McIntosh High School were both ranked academically second in the state among elementary and secondary schools this week by The Center for Education Policy in Atlanta.

Starr's Mill H.S., Sandy Creek H.S. both bound for football playoffs

It's a season of firsts for Fayette County's two newest high schools.

City to Stinchcomb: Clean up the lake

Fayetteville officials aren't budging off their determination to force a local developer to clean up a lake they believe is filled with silt as a result of construction nearby.

Impact fee study nearing finish line

Fayette's impact fee study committee will go over its proposals one more time tomorrow in hopes of presenting its recommendations to the County Commission Dec. 1.

Robinson: New conduct rules tougher, but fairer to the athletes

Fayette athletes and other students involved in extracurricular activities now have more incentive to behave themselves.

Tree committee starts work

A committee of five is busily studying a proposed tree protection ordinance in hopes of making recommendations to the county Planning Commission soon.

Owners plan mini-warehouse at Ga. Hwy. 92/85 S. junction

Land owners want to put a mini-warehouse on 5.75 acres next to the Ingle's grocery store on Ga. Highway 92 south at Ga. Highway 85.

Variances on City Council docket

Two variance hearings highlight a very light agenda for tomorrow night's City Council meeting in Peachtree City.

Restaurant plan gets a setback

Developer Stan Thomas is back to square one after almost four years of efforts to develop two restaurants on a 3.18-acre parcel next to Fayette Pavilion

Library closed for Y2K project

The Fayette County Public Library will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 17 through Wednesday, Nov. 24 for upgrades to its computer system to ensure Y2K preparedness.

School board set roundtable

A community roundtable is planned Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Lafayette Education Complex to discuss the proposed Strategic Plan for the Fayette County school system.

Woolsey Day set in Brooks

The town of Brooks is planning a day of honor for one of its own, Helen Hardy Woolsey.

Truck hijinks lead to arrest

A nighttime display of his truck's power landed a Fayetteville teenager in custody over the weekend.

Superior Court

State Court

Local GOP gets advice on media

To win the battle of ideas, Republicans should avoid the mistake of believing the media is “all liberally biased,” was the message Tod Young presented during a recent Fayette Republican Party breakfast.

Dining Guide

Going nuts over Pecans
Pecans are as synonymous with Georgia as Scarlett O'Hara, and this year's bumper crop will provide 110 to 115 million pounds of them.
Pecan recipes that stand the test of time

Local restauranters holding their own
Dining Critic

Local restaurateurs holding their own

Gallopade celebrates 20 years of informing kids

One of Peachtree City's newest businesses has just celebrated a milestone.

Business briefs


Patriots and Panthers are playoff bound

For the first time in the history of both Starr's Mill and Sandy Creek high schools, their football teams are playoff bound.

Patriot to serve up wins for Ospreys

For the last five years John Bougon has served up an aggressive style of tennis and now the University of North Florida wants him on their side

Napa 500 races into town

When the end of a sports season is over, a part of every fan dies a little death, knowing that there will be a void while they wait for the next season to begin.

Sports Calendar

See the county sights on the Tour De Fayette bike ride

Fayette Tour the historical sights and all the cities in Fayette County. The ride is approximately 68-75 miles with convenience stores along the route for breaks. The ride starts at Stonewall Village at the intersection of Hwy. 85 and 54 in downtown Fayetteville and begins at 9AM. For more information and to respond you are riding with us call Glen Simpson at 770/716-9968.


Nellie Mae Rowe: A folk artist's work on display

The whimsical folk art of Fayetteville-born Nellie Mae Rowe will be exhibited starting this Saturday at the High Museum of Art Downtow
Nellie Mae Rowe: Fayette County's folk artist
The truth is out there and Tom Sheets wants to find it.
Fayette Ballet's 12th 'Nutcracker' to be danced this weekend
Visions of sugar plums will dance this weekend when the Fayette Ballet presents its 12th annual production of the holiday classic, “The Nutcracker.”
GYB to make Fayetteville debut with 'The Nutcracker'
The Georgia Youth Ballet Company, Fayette County's non-profit regional ballet company, will bring its production of E.T.A. Hoffman's “The Nutcracker” to Sams Auditorium Dec. 3, 4, and 5.
The plays the thing for local high schools
Not all regional competitions take place on the athletic field or in the classroom; some take place on the stage. Last week, all four local high schools entered the regional one act competition with hopes of making the state competition in Warner Robbins.

The kindness of strangers
Lifestyle Columnist

If you haven't been in Chattanooga in 10 years or so, you haven't been in Chattanooga.
Well-known Civil War author to speak
The editor of a newly released book on Confederate Gen. Patrick R. Cleburne will speak at the Sunday, Nov. 21 meeting of the Fayette County Historical Society.


Deep, abiding prayer for community needs can dissolve the barriers
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

Unity is sweet. Ask any husband and wife. Ask any leader about his staff. In fact, the Bible has something to say about unity: “How good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity...for there the Lord commanded his blessing” (Psalm 133).

Berachah Bible Church plans Parenting Teens Conference

The argument over the last donut. The cry of nothing to wear a half hour before the school late bell sounds. The familiar words, “I'm the only one whose parents make them...” Teen hassles that disrupt parents' lives? Or prime opportunities to connect with, listen to and nurture our kids?

Religion Briefs

Cokes Chapel UMC will host holiday bazaar in Sharpsburg this Saturday

The ladies of Cokes Chapel United Methodist Church will have their holiday bazaar Saturday, Nov. 20 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Steve Snider will speak at Fayette Assembly of God

Steve Snider and his wife, Robin, co-hosts of Trinity Broadcast network's “Praise the Lord Atlanta” show, will be featured this Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Fayette Assembly of God in Fayetteville. Services are scheduled for 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.

David Chancey is new pastor at McDonough Road Baptist

McDonough Road Baptist church in Fayetteville has called Dr. David L. Chancey as pastor effective Nov. 1. Chancey, who was previously pastor of Cool Springs Baptist Church in Tate for the past 81/2 years, delivered his first sermon last Sunday.

Prodigal prayer service planned for December 2

A Prodigal Prayer Meeting has been set for Fayette area churches, Thursday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. Unlike other unity events, this service is designed strictly for parents with children who have become prodigals.

New Hope's 1999 Christmas performances set

It's 1945 and the soldiers are coming home from World War II just in time for Christmas. It's a time for swing music, reunions, family and faith.

Word of Life Family Church to graduate 13 as ministry school holds its first commencement

Word of Life Family Church's School of Ministry will graduate 13 students during its first commencement exercises scheduled for Dec. 12.


We have to start demanding changes

If you were paying attention, you may have noticed that I recently labeled some gun control advocates “authoritarians” rather than the commonly used label, “liberals.”

Despite progress, evil hatred still here
Politically Speaking

In the beginning — or “When God began to create,” if you prefer that translation of the Holy Scriptures (for the Bible was written in Hebrew and God did not speak “the King's English”) — God created man “in his own image.”

What if...?
Laugh Lines
What if I wrote an article asking the question, “What If?” concerning a variety of topics?

Letters to the Editor

Homeowners group opposes bigger jail

The Fayette County Commission wants to spend over $60 million of taxpayers money to expand our jail from 75 beds to one that holds 459 inmates. The jail will take in 65 acres of real estate in downtown Fayetteville; it will dramatically alter the character of the town we love. It will burden us all with additional taxes. If newspaper accounts are correct, the commission may do this without a public vote. They have made up their minds on this one. They have already bought the land for it!

SPLOST supporters should donate 1% to school board

When one looks up the words “poor loser” in a dictionary one will find a picture of Janet Smola.

Wilden Plastics tells its side of recent chemical fumes incident in PTC

Wilden Plastics has endured considerable local criticism for its handling of the Oct. 29 incident at Wilden's Peachtree City plant.

Does owning a business disqualify one from running for office here?

I can see as I have read and reread the articles, ads and editorials in the Fayette papers during this election period one might reach the conclusion I have reached. That conclusion being that a business person that owns and operates any number of businesses in the city of Fayetteville, even though they live here, work here and call Fayetteville home, would be excluded from holding public office.

Here before PTC, why can't we sell land?

Peachtree City — you'll love to call it home! Hey, you think you like it now, you should have been here in the 1980s. It wasn't too small, wasn't too large — just right. “Well, I was here,” you might say. “I've been living here a long time.” How about the early 1970s? Remember Peachtree City then?

Don't put kids out of bus when there's lightning about

Dear Mrs. Bianco,

I agree with you. You should not drop kids off in lightning. The driver should have found a safer spot or return to the school and have the children call their parents.

Home Depot, Wal-Mart, stay away from PTC

Why Home Depot or Wal-Mart want to come to Peachtree City is beyond me.