The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, November 24, 1999


PTC says `No' to Home Depot

Developers for Home Depot in Peachtree City lost the first round in their bid to build a 137,184-sq. ft. retail outlet on Ga. Highway 54 West.

Newlywed charged in murder for hire plot

A Coweta County riding instructor Monday paid $500 down and promised $20,000 more after an insurance settlement to a hit man if he would kill her husband of three months, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

County: Landfill clean-up may get costly

The cat is out of the bag.

Former Rep. Paul Heard dead at 58

Paul W. Heard Jr.'s legacy of integrity, honesty and humility will live on through his family, friends and all the lives he touched, speakers after speaker emphasized during funeral services Sunday in Peachtree City. Heard, a well-known and well-respected local political leader and businessman, died Nov. 19 at Emory University Hospital of complications from cancer.

The celebrations begin!

This week marks the official beginning of the 1999 holiday season, and there are plenty of events to put a sparkle in the eyes of children and adults. Here's a list of area happenings for you to choose from:

Fayette residents losing preferred gas provider

Fayette residents who buy from Peachtree City's and Fayetteville's preferred natural gas provider will have to find a new provider, at a new rate.

Grand jury supports new jail

Proponents of a new expanded jail in Fayette County now have one more weapon in their arsenal.

Fayetteville sets sights on 2000

Fayetteville leaders set their sights on priorities for the year 2000 during their annual retreat recently.

Shop for schools on the Web

The scramble for fund-raising dollars through door-to-door sales may become a thing of the past, based on the success of several new approaches at work in Fayette County's public and private schools.

Mobile shooting gallery gives police state-of-the-art training

A Tyrone police officer walks behind a department store and finds a drunk trying to break in. The officer shouts for the man to stop and show his hands, and he responds by dropping a knife to the ground, or coming at the officer with the weapon, or coming from behind a dumpster with a gun drawn.

Fayetteville PD cracking down on drivers who put kids at risk

If you drive through Fayetteville without putting your children into the property safety restraints, prepare to suffer the consequences.

Nov. 28 is Woolsey Day in Brooks

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

Official: New college prep law won't affect Fayette programs

A statewide proposal to require local school districts to provide remedial classes for college preparatory graduates who need them should have little impact on students in Fayette County, according to figures presented to the Fayette County Board of Education by Stuart Bennett, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

Fayetteville hires firm to maintain medians

Money was placed in this year's Fayetteville city budget to hire a full-time person to maintain the city's newly beautified medians, but City Council Monday decided to contract with a landscape maintenance firm instead.

Set goals, prepare for the future, state leader tells local Girl Scouts

Cathy Cox, Georgia's secretary of state, recently challenged local young women to “take advantage of the opportunities your ancestors left at your feet” and “begin setting goals now with your education.”

Frady named to national committee

Fayette County Commissioner Herb Frady has been named a member of the National Association of Counties' Taxation and Finance Steering Committee by NACo president C. Vernon Gray.

Collins hails new child abuse law

Criminal-supported funding for child abuse prevention programs will double next year under a new law passed by Congress last week.

Health Wise

To eat or not to eat
The holiday season represents the most joyous of occasions, filled with cheer and delight. It is also considered to be one of the more stressful times of the year.
Over 46 million Americans have quit smoking: Will you join the chorus of healthy lungs?
Yes it is that time of year again: the Great American Smokeout took place Thursday, Nov. 18, 1999.

Be proud of me
Child's Play

I never cease to be amazed at the power that parents have over their children.
Bone densitometry comes to Fayette Community Hospital
Fayette Community Hospital has taken a step forward in treatment of bone diseases by offering bone density screenings, the proven means of detecting osteporosis.
Fayette Urgent Care stresses precautions to prevent sports injuries
It's ironic. Exercise is good for you, but whether it's a hot game of flag football, a round of tennis or a quiet jog on a fall morning, you are at risk of injury.
Best protection for breast cancer is early detection
More women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer every year than with any other cancer. Health professionals throughout the state are trying to increase the public's awareness of this deadly disease.
Flu shots are now available at pharmacies
Georgia patients may now visit their local pharmacy for their influenza vaccine. Many pharmacies across the state are providing flu shots, the cost of which is minimal and the benefits significant. Pharmacists have undergone immunization training and provide influenza vaccinations through a protocol with a physician.
Newnan Hospital offers free screenings
Newnan Hospital recently opened the region's first Wound Treatment Center, and immediately kicked off its “first ever” free Foot Screening and Blood Glucose Testing. The testing is designed to identify those at risk for diabetes..
New book on MDA for parents
Dr. Irwin Siegel, longtime Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic director at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, has written a new book, “Muscular Dystrophy in Children: A Guide for Families.”

A record number of travelers are hitting the road this week

A record 33.8 million travelers are hitting the roads and skies this week to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tips to make work for fun

Business Columnist

Here are a few new tips you can adapt to help you create a more productive and motivating work environment.

FC&A is working to help the Second Chance Wildlife Center

FC&A, a direct marketing company in Peachtree City, recently chose the Second Chance Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Grantville as their “Make a Difference Day” project.

Pathway kicks off police vest fund

In appreciation and support of the Peachtree City Police Department, Pathway Communities has donated $500 for the purchase of a new bullet proof vest and challenged Peachtree City businesses and residents to invest in the effort.


Patriots and Panthers knocked off in first round of playoffs

The football teams from Starr's Mill and Sandy Creek had great seasons and both teams reached the state playoffs for the first time in school history.

Peachtree City Packers win 60 lb. Superbowl

The 60 pound Peachtree City packers won the Division II Championship Super Bowl Saturday, defeating the Jonesboro Bulldogs 18-6

Seals finish season swimming strong

The Southside Seals continued their impressive season with outstanding swims at the Electric City Masters Invitational Meet in Anderson, S.C. Four Seals swimmers joined over 40 other swimmers from the state to form “Team Georgia.” “Team Georgia” took on 14 teams from North and South Carolina and finished third overall.


'Shoemaker and the Elves' bring magic just in time for the holidays

The Brothers Grimm tale of a poor shoemaker who receives help from magical elves is quite familiar, as is the theme about helping others. Starting this Friday, the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta will present “The Shoemaker and the Elves” for a second straight year.
Workshops for young actors being offered
Admit it — your child is a ham.
Suddenly Single shuts down
To everything there is a season.

Loving Fayetteville
Lifestyle Columnist

My grandfather would be shocked to know the western part of the county, then regarded as a wild frontier populated by rough and tumble folks partial to whiskey and fighting, has turned into Peachtree City and is populated by sophisticated immigrants who look down on Fayetteville and environs. AJC Columnist Jim Minter, Sept. 1999
Arts Exchange sets open house, concerts, art sale
The Arts Exchange has organized its first open house and art sale for Dec. 3-5, to give the public an opportunity to shop for original artwork in a festive setting.


Count your blessing then get rid of a few
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

Thanksgiving? Or, the beginning of the “me” season? Steve Foster, former missionary to Uganda for Campus Crusade for Christ and now strategist for winning Uganda to Christ, says Americans are “burdened by our blessings.” Steve's point: if we were not so burdened by our blessings, we could be a lot freer to bless the world.

All Christian Science services focus on gratitude this Thanksgiving Day

Special church services focusing on gratitude will be held in all Christian Science churches on Thanksgiving Day. The lesson-sermon that day will include the following words from Psalms: “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.”

Religion Briefs


For this food, we are thankful to Ga. farmers
Georgia Farm Bureau President

Americans have much to be thankful for. One of the biggest blessings of living in this country — America's safe, abundant food supply — will be the center of attention this week as Americans sit down with their families to tables loaded with food to celebrate Thanksgiving. Farm-City Week, an annual event to promote better understanding between farm and city residents, is being celebrated across the United States from Nov. 19 through Thanksgiving Day.

Does religious speech have a prayer this Thanksgiving?
The Rutherford Institute

On Thanksgiving Day, two great American traditions are on display in homes across the country. First, many families give thanks for God's blessings on this country over the past 200 years. Then, stuffed with turkey and mashed potatoes, they settle down on the couch to watch football games.

Forget search for virtue; Go for fame

From the previews, I figured “Ed TV” was just a cheap knock-off of “The Truman Show,” so I didn't go

So – this is the future...?
Politically Speaking

Most of us “baby boomers” probably never thought we would make it through 1984, much less see the dawning of the new millennium.

This year, finally, Congress just said No to higher spending levels
3rd District U.S. Congress

After hard negotiations with the White House, the House of Representatives passed the final appropriations bills last Thursday.

Spamming the globe...
Laugh Lines
“There's no place like home, there's no place like home...” for some great spamming material. So this time around I will just cover Atlanta instead of the whole country.

Letters to the Editor

SPLOST ethics charges against Avrit have some substance

In response to Bill Webster's claims that Janet Smola is a poor loser for going after Carl Avrit, let's get something straight: Carl Avrit is a certified cheap-shot artist.

Why is Smola lying about anti-SPLOST people?

Who is Janet Smola and why is she lying about Carl Avrit?

'Technicality' is a violation of state election laws

Mr. Bill Websters's letter, published in the Nov. 17 Citizen, spewed quite a bit of venom in the direction of Mrs. Janet Smola. He called her a “poor loser.” Perhaps Mr. Webster is the “poor loser” since his buddy Carl Avrit was the loser in the probable cause hearing before the state Ethics Commission on Nov. 8. Shame on you, Mr. Webster.

Oddo says thanks for support

Well, now that the elections are over, it's time to take stock of what we accomplished and to look to the future. For my part, after I took a deep breath and plunged into the waters of the political campaign, I found that much of the process is enjoyable. On the plus side, walking door to door not only introduced me to my neighbors, it also helped keep my waist trim! On the minus side, because the campaign period was short, getting out the message was a challenge.

More should have attended Vets Day

The paper carried a nice front page about the Veterans Day observance, where, when, time. And all the good citizens had to do was to show up and pay their respects to those vets that were present, and to those vets that were unable since they had given their all or were confined to a wheelchair or hospital bed. Sad to say, about 30 residents were present.

Challenges still face mental health services

The article entitled “Fayette address = poor mental health care” in the Nov. 3 issue of The Citizen raised some critical issues in the field of behavioral health care. My thanks are extended to the individual who expressed those concerns.