The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, December 1, 1999


Expert: Fayetteville will love rapid rail

Fayette residents may not be used to the idea of a rapid rail line running through the county, but one of the architects of the plan says once it's here, you're going to love it.

Widening of Hwy. 54 now on'fast track'

Fayette County officials will continue to meet with state transportation officials to iron out the details of an agreement reached last week that would hasten the widening of Ga. Highway 54 west of Peachtree City.

F'ville to be drier?

More than half of the businesses in Fayetteville licensed to sell beer and wine are now finding those permits in jeopardy due to unlawful alcohol sales to minors.

County hones tree-save rules

The Fayette County Planning Commission will do a little more spade work before planting its final version of a new tree protection ordinance.

Tree law by next week in F'ville?

New rules for tree preservation in Fayetteville may be in place by next week, ending a moratorium on development in the city.

Christmas bird counters need more landlords' permission

This is a big year for people who love birds. The Christmas Bird Count, the annual census of North American birds sponsored jointly by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, hits a significant milestone this winter: its 100th anniversary.

Commission to discuss options for jail funding and impact fees

Two hot items dominate the agenda for the Fayette County Commission's monthly work session this afternoon: funding for a new jail and judicial complex, and recommendations from the impact fee committee.

Funding options tough to pin down

If Fayette County enacts a special sales tax to pay for a new jail and judicial complex, the average three-person household will pay about $1,500 over the five-year life of the tax.

Dealth penelty hearing set for Monday

The first of two defendants facing a possible death penalty for a murder last spring makes his first appearance in Fayette County Superior Court next week.

Peachtree City Council to address police station

Another step toward a new police station in Peachtree City is scheduled to be taken tomorrow night when the City Council considers an agreement with the Georgia Municipal Association concerning the construction of the new facility.

Fence requests are hot topic in Fayetteville

Neighborhood fence disputes continue to plague the Fayetteville Planning Commission.

Village zoning, truck law, fence fight on Fayetteville's agenda

Mayor Mike Wheat's last Fayetteville City Council meeting, set for Monday at 7 p.m., promises to be a barn burner.

Council to address police station

Another step toward a new police station in Peachtree City is scheduled to be taken tomorrow night when the City Council considers an agreement with the Georgia Municipal Association concerning the construction of the new facility.

Strategic plan taken off shelf

Fayette County school officials have dusted off a 10-year-old strategic plan, revised it and presented it to the public for comment, with the idea of having a blueprint to follow for the next five years.

School board surveys residents on options for overcrowding

Fayette County School Superintendent Dr. John DeCotis passed out a survey recently at the community round table meeting asking attendees to answer five questions relating to use of space in the schools.

Tree farms provide old-fashioned yule experience

Christmas tree farms produce the traditional greenery we associate with the holidays and a whole lot more. They provide a destination for a family outing, are havens for wildlife, and are personalized retail outlets where good cheer abounds.

Fund-raising pro takes helm at Keep Fayette Beautiful

Keep Fayette Beautiful, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, has named Marie Short, one of Atlanta's leading nonprofit community development and fund-raising professionals, as its executive director.

Collins speaks to Fayette chamber

Rep. Mac Collins, speaking to a meeting of the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, discussed legislation before Congress, predicting that trade policy will force a change in taxation, and that the minimum wage will be increased.

United Way, Saturn, union combine in toy collection

The Coweta/Fayette office of United Way is participating for the first time this year in the Presents from Partners toy drive.

Home tour to raise funds for Olympic band trip

A Christmas tour of homes is planned for Saturday, December 11 between noon and 7 p.m. to raise funds for Fayette County High School band students headed for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Australia next fall. The band is scheduled to play at the opening ceremonies.

School counselors discuss issues

Faith Smith, a counselor at Tyrone Elementary School and president-elect of the Fayette School Counselors Association, recently attended the 50th Georgia School Counselors Association Conference in Atlanta.

New ornament now on sale

A limited edition brass ornament designed by Fayetteville artist Patsy Gullett is now available at Miss Minnie's Cottage.

Government meetings change for holidays

Meeting schedules will change for Fayette County governments in December, due to the holidays.

Prime Timers

Senior Services helps growing 60+ generation
Fayette Senior Services has undertaken the momentous task of building a new facility to serve the needs of the growing senior population in Fayette County. Based on projections from the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Governor's Office of Planning and Budgeting, the over-65-year-old population will increase from close to 8,000 in 2000 to approximately 12,000 in 2010.
Senior Services seeking support for new center
Almost since the first site was purchased to house Fayette Senior Services in 1978, there has been an active hope that a larger facility that could offer more services and options to seniors would someday be a reality.
Love is in the air
Fayette Senior Services is once again preparing for the busy holiday season. Each year the Meals On Wheels program delivers close to 30,000 meals to individuals throughout the county. During the holidays, Fayette Senior Services is not required to provide meals, but for the past five years the agency has elected to deliver a five-day frozen meal pack to those who are on the regular Meals on Wheels route. The project is named “Project Love.” This year, they are adding a three-day Y2K meal pack. To support this extra effort, the agency asks for financial assistance from the community. The cost of one three-day Y2K pack is $10, the cost of the Christmas five-day meal pack is $25. Individuals can sponsor one meal or more. Donations can be mailed to: Project Love, Fayette Senior Services Inc., 390 Lee St., Fayetteville 30214-2056 or can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. Phone 770-461-0813.
Southland articles win state awards
Southland Nursing Home in Peachtree City took six out of ten first-place state awards at the recent Georgia Nursing Home Activity Director's Convention. The awards were presented at a recent banquet in Atlanta.
New local show for older adults
Tamela Ragsdale, RN, OCN and director of client relations for Aging Matters Inc., and Gina Weathersby, personal care manager with Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City, have teamed up to host a new cable program on aging.

County's umemployment rate tops the charts

Fayette County has the lowest unemployment rate in the Atlanta region, according to statistics just released by the Department of Labor.

Tools for Business Success

Business Columnist

The Scud missiles flamed toward their targets behind friendly lines in Saudi Arabia and Israel. We were in the Persian Gulf War and Iraq unleashed another salvo of airborne lethality. Air raid sirens sent both America soldiers and news media people into their bunkers beneath the surface. At any second the missile could explode on the military base. Except a few foolhardy reporters and a couple of remote video cameras, no one was standing in the open. Deep underground in a protected bunker, an American soldier talked to his wife back at Ft. Benning, Ga., via cellular phone. His wife was glued to the television watching live coverage on CNN of the same missile attack. Blow by blow, moment by moment, she relayed the information back to her husband via the cell phone. Like a military command post, she told him when the attack was over and when it was clear to return outside. This spouse, like millions of others has learned how to innovatively manage information. A few years ago these same electronic tools were available only to a small number of people. Today, half the modern world has access to them. Innovative leaders can improve productivity, reduce costs and increase efficiency by adopting new business skills as the ones below.

FAIRBANCO gets in the holiday spirit

Fairburn Banking is helping others this holiday season by accepting donations or new toys that you would like to give to the less fortunate.

Main Street ornaments are now available

The most recent addition to Main Street Fayetteville's popular commemorative ornament series is now available.


Chiefs must exercise patience this wrestling season

The key to a successful season for the McIntosh Chiefs wrestling team will be patience.

Area teams prepare for tough season

With the fall season over and Christmas just around the corner, the winter sports season has begun. The area high school's boys and girls basketball teams are gering up for a very competitive and challenging season.

Patriot grapplers prepare for season, tourney

The Sandy Creek Patriot wrestling team is not young, but it is inexperienced

Bulls complete successful fall season

The 13 and under Fayette Bulls traveling baseball team, based in Peachtree City, recently cmpleted a successful fall schedule of games. This was the third season of play for the Bulls in the highly competitive Georgia Baseball Association (GBA). The Bulls played teams from Gwinnett, Cobb, DeKalb, Spalding and Fulton counties.

Sports Calendar


Paper exhibit illustrates beauty within special artform

What is your opinion of paper? Is it the best thing to write on ever invented? Are you sometimes left in awe when you consider all of the wonderful things you can do with paper?
Plenty to do as holiday season has officially begun
There is probably no other time that feels as Christmasy, as the week after Thanksgiving, barring the Christmas holiday itself.
Give the gift of reading this holiday season
Over the next several weeks, shoppers will flock to area malls, searching for the ever elusive perfect gift.

Christmas "traditions," gone so soon
Lifestyle Columnist

When someone who grew up in Germany refers to a “tradition” in his village, he may mean an event that has happened annually since 1167.

Holiday Calendar


Prodigals are all too painful realities...come pray with us Thursday
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

Jesus told a story about a man who had two sons. The youngest grew tired of the routine and yang-yang of home life. He asked his dad for his cut of the family fortune. Dad gave it to him and the young son left home to party. .

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.

Fayetteville "Tree of Light' ceremony is this Saturday

Southwest Christian Hospice Tree of Light will be a part of "Fayette Christmas on Main Street" again this year. The Lighting of the Tree will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. along with a Christmas music program featuring students from Fayette County schools.

Christ Our Shepard begins celebrations of Advent, 25th anniversary with special services

The season of Advent has begun. Christians around the world, in keeping with ancient tradition, prepare with solemnity and contemplation for the coming of the Savior.

Religion Briefs


Going out on a limb to save some trees

It's with more than passing interest that I follow Fayette County's and Fayetteville's search for ways to save more trees from the bulldozer.

Media as gutter: How much longer?
Politically Speaking

There has been a lot of comment made about Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's comments to a Playboy interviewer this year about his views on religion — and on sex — and on just about every other topic imaginable.

A leftie looks at life: Woe, woe
Laugh Lines
I'm left-handed; thus, I'm a minority. I don't know if there is an affirmative action program for my “people,” but we should warrant a PBS documentary, a “20-20” episode and at least one Susan Faludi book. But, I bet you won't see Jesse Jackson taking on our cause anytime soon. I hear he only loves righty.

Letters to the Editor

Way to go, PTC; wake up, citizens of F'ville

I would like to congratulate the citizens of Peachtree City for their ability to identify a development project that wasn't good for their community. They showed an ability to mobilize public interest in order to prevent a nearsighted vision of their community from moving forward.

Now it's time for PTC Council to say `No' to Home Depot

I had the experience of seeing a magic show on Nov. 22. No, it wasn't anyone famous like Penn and Teller, but instead was Mr. Ed Ellis of Dames & Moore, Peachtree City's hired traffic consultant. While Mr. Ellis is not well known as a magician, I believe he showed that he has a promising career ahead of him.

It's time for affected neighborhoods to speak up about new jail

Fayetteville jail notification: Last call; don't say you weren't invited!

Bike club likes bike lane proposal

I understand it may be possible to have bike lanes included on the new bypass routes to be constructed in the future in Fayette County.

PTC traffic consultants sound like Home Depot hired them

I would like to thank the Peachtree City Planning Commission members for showing the people of the city that we matter. They made a very difficult decision in spite of being threatened by RAM Development's attorney.

Letter's anti-Jewish charge was non sequitur

I was flabbergasted that the writer of a recent letter to the editor expressed the opinion that [The Citizen's editor] Cal Beverly opposed Bruce Perlman's election to the Peachtree City Council because he was Jewish.

Congratulations to Starr's Mill H.S.

Just a mere two years ago our students were all eagerly anticipating the opening of our new facility while trekking an extra distance to attend classes.

PTC Council has been shortsighted in planning for big boxes

The “big box” debate is becoming fascinating. The Huddleston family wants their six or so million dollars and they do not appreciate the latecomers (anyone after 1965) asking for responsible development and a decent community. Of course, the Huddleston's have stated that the community was really decent before the latecomers arrived. The only problem is that their land would probably be worth about $175 an acre in the absence of the latecomers because, in Jim Minter's words, the area was “populated by rough and tumble folks partial to whiskey and fighting” (AJC, September 1999).