The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, December 8, 1999


Holiday gift: 30-day alcohol suspensions start on Jan. 1

Thirty-day suspensions of alcohol licenses of 20 Fayetteville businesses caught last summer selling to minors will begin Jan. 1, after the holiday celebrations are over.

F'ville rules too strict?

Fayetteville officials probably will take a good look at the city's alcohol ordinance with an eye to making some changes, said Mayor Mike Wheat Tuesday.

Atlanta's airport to sink $2.4 million into Fayette environmental project

The city of Atlanta's plans to build a new runway at Hartsfield Airport may provide more than $2 million for an environmental project in Fayette County.

Public hearing about new jail set for Jan. 6

Residents who have been clamoring for a public forum to state their opposition to the Fayette County Commission's plans for a new jail and judicial complex will have their chance.

Law officers irked by no-bond release of burglary suspect

Recent actions by a local magistrate have drawn some sharp criticism from law enforcement officials who believe he is making it more difficult for them to do their jobs.

Murder trail set in SUV killing case

Fayette County's latest death penalty case unofficially got underway Monday morning as a hearing was conducted in Superior Court regarding a man charged with a drug-related murder last spring.

City Offering a good deal on Dorsey house – its' free

Fayetteville officials are looking for a good home for a good home.

Former Fayette folk find new life in Big Apple

Amid the strains of car horns bleating, theater stars singing and traffic cops yelling, a Fayetteville home girl is surviving quite nicely in the concrete canyons of Manhattan.

Voter-approved jail may cost more

If you want to vote on whether Fayette County issues bonds and increases property taxes to pay for a new jail and courthouse complex, the price tag may be a little higher than if no vote is taken.

Committee: Impact fees could raise $20 million

Impact fees could have an impact on Fayette County's capital improvement projects of more than $20 million over the next 20 years, a blue ribbon committee reported last week.

Pasture conundrum slows tree protecion rules

How to address land that is currently devoid of trees remains the sticking point as Fayette County planning commissioners work to finalize their recommendations on a proposed tree protection ordinance.

City moratorium continues; so does tree debate

Development in the city of Fayetteville is on hold for another month as developers and other members of a blue ribbon committee failed to reach agreement this week on a proposed tree protection ordinance.

Fayetteville waives fence restriction

A Fayetteville homeowner will be allowed to build a six-foot privacy fence in her backyard in violation of the city's development standards.

Rising Starr teacher Cathy Nix taped for USA-Today honor

Cathy Nix is known among students at Rising Starr Middle School as a tough teacher, but she's only as hard on the kids as she is on herself.

Mosely on cover of 2000 firemen's calendar

Former Fayette County and current Atlanta firefighter Matt Mosely, whose daring airlift rescue of a crane operator stranded above a Cabbagetown fire made international news last spring, is featured on the cover of the new “Hotlanta 2000” calendar, proceeds from which benefit the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation.

Planners ready for 2000

The Fayette County and Fayetteville planning commissions have named their officers for the year 2000.

Clayton State sets its first ever winter graduation ceremonies

For the first time in its 30-year history, Clayton College & State University will have a winter graduation ceremony.

CCSU launching recruitment campaign

Clayton College & State University is inviting a few (hundred) students to join the University System's most technologically oriented institution for the new century

PSC issues score card for natural gas firms

Thinking about changing natural gas providers?

Real Estate

Survey: Face of industry changing
A new study from the National Association of Realtors is shedding light on what is considered a “typical” real estate firm.
Avery Park recalls historic Newnan
While the term “suburban sprawl” seems to be stirring up debate throughout Atlanta these days, Pathway Communities has been working on developments that actually help alleviate many of the consequences of sprawl.
Thanks for Helping 'Noel November'
Once again, we have many people, businesses and organizations to thank for the success of the annual “Noel November — A Celebration of Trees and Wreaths.”
Real Estate Scene...
Try a make everyday a holiday at home
This year, when sprucing up your home for the holidays, plan on incorporating a few ideas that will continue to bring you pleasure, even after the celebrating is over.
Do your homework and repairs before trying to sell your home
Preparing to sell your home is not just a matter of planting a for-sale sign in the front yard.
Great deals offered to veterans looking to finance home
“We're from the government, and we're here to help you.” That's a favorite line of skeptics who don't think that the government is always your best friend.
Make sure your chimney is ready to the winter months
As the evenings become crisper, most of us begin to think of building a good fire.
Take a second glance before you sign on the dotted line for a home
Hey, home buyer, before you reach for the dotted line on that sales contract, did you get it reviewed by an attorney?
'Noel November' winners announced
The Fayette County Board of Realtors has released the names of winners from the fifth annual Noel November, conducted Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Fayette County Recreation Center.
Wilson Traditional Homes starts new project in WhiteWater Creek community
Wilson Traditional Homes Inc. is presenting the Statesboro, the latest in its line of “historical plans for finer living.”
Walden Park development planned for south Fulton
Macauley Properties Ltd. announced recently the selection of the feature builder team for Walden Park.
The Point offers a glimpse of classic Southern architecture
Just as a lighthouse directs ships, the unique architecture of the lighthouse home in Peachtree City brought retired Army three-star Gen. John Yeosock and his wife, Betta, to The Point on Lake Kedron.
Home ownership offers exceptional tax benefits
So you're earning a good salary, the future is bright and you rent because owning a home is too much responsibility.

Boosting your charitable gifts while lowering your tax bill

For the charitably inclined, the end of the year often brings an outpouring of opportunities to make charitable donations. Whether it's a solicitation from your alma mater or a request from your church, writing a check is the easiest way to donate. But there are a number of other ways you can help your favorite charity and benefit your own tax situation as well. The Georgia Society of CPAs offers the following advice.

Mattress company celebrates 10 years in business

Ten years ago, the first Original Mattress Factory opened in metro Atlanta.


Lighting white will battle in Texas this June

The AFC Lightning 84 White girls' soccer team recently won the 1999-2000 Snickers' State Cup, which is identified as the state championship for club soccer in Georgia. The team captured the crown by defeating their nemesis, Roswell Lady Santos, in the final by a score of 2-1.

Lady Tigers fall to East Coweta

The Fayette County Lady Tigers lost to East Coweta Friday night and are 1-3 overall, but they aren't hanging their heads.

McIntosh boys and girls survive epic battles with Starr's Mill

Unless you were there, you wouldn't believe it.

Tiger wrestlers take second at Henry County Duals

The Fayette County wrestling team was pitted against four schools at the Henry County Duals. They showed their depth, experience and talent, won three of the four matches and placed second.


Raucous comedy on tap Saturday

Live, from McIntosh High School, it's “Saturday Night!”
Holiday-themed decor rules in band boosters home tour
Holiday tourists will be greeted by themed Christmas trees, armies of Santas and the sounds of carols next Saturday when they make the rounds of beautifully appointed homes on tour in Fayette County
Lots of music available to enhance holiday season
Each family has its own holiday traditions, including when the decorations go up, what type of food is prepared, when and, of course, what music is listened to.
Holdiay Calendar

Ghost ship on the Tennessee River
Lifestyle Columnist

When you've been on a river for a couple of weeks, far from your normal frame of reference, sometimes you see ghosts.

Art display in Newnan
Artists from the Fayette Society of Fine Art and the Southern Crescent Alliance of Visual Artists (SCAVA) will have their work featured at the Daily Grind Cafe in Newnan beginning Dec. 15 through Feb. 29.
Scouting groups add their efforts to toy collections for needy kids
Fayette County's scouting community is now collecting new toys for distribution to needy children through the county's Department of Family and Children Services.
Bike ride set for Saturday
The Escape to the South bike ride, a 50-mile moderate/strenuous trek, is planned for Saturday, Dec. 11 on the lightly traveled roads of Fayette, Spalding and Pike counties, including some of the Wilson and Pine Mountain rides.
Extension Servie offers recycling suggesions for the holidays
To encourage environmental responsibility during the holiday season, Fayette County Extension Service offers recycling suggestions for each day from Dec. 1 until Christmas.
Santa comes to the square this weekend
Santa will take his annual stroll through the Main Street Fayetteville shopping district Saturday, stopping by retailers for a sip of cider. He will also be on the Courthouse Square between 10 a.m. and noon to visit with children and pose for pictures.


Maybe having the Christmas spirit means having ideas we've never had before
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

Several years ago as I served in south Florida, our church adopted The Living Christmas Tree as an outreach strategy. We consulted an architect about the massive structure that would hold more than 100 choir members. Would it be a wood or steel substructure? The architect knocked us on a pew when he asked, “Have you ever considered polyurethane?”

Messiah sing along is Sunday at PTC First Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City is hosting the first annual Messiah singalong on Sunday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m.

New Hope Baptist's annual Christmas spectacular stars tomorrow; dress rehearsal tonight

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.

Convenant Presbyterian's Christmas Cantata will be performed Sunday

Covenant Presbyterian Church will present its Christmas Cantata performed by the Adult Sanctuary Choir and the Covenant Clubs Children's Choir this Sunday, Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. The choirs will be accompanied by the cantata's composer, Gail Smith, who will also give a special performance.

Religion Briefs

Carolyn Driver Ministries to offer special services Dec. 12

Mevalene Anderson, of Worship Warrior Ministries, will share her vision of the body of Christ as a worshipping warrior on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon at Caarolyn Driver Ministries (CDM) Teaching and Training Center.

Dr. Lydia 'Dee' Herndon offers teaching, speaking ministry here

Dr. Lydia "Dee" Herndon is beginning a teaching and speaking ministry and is available to speak on any Biblical subject. She has given talks on several topics including "Lydia and Other Women of the Bible," "Covenant," "Women in the 20th Century," "Submitted to God," "His Eye is on the Sparrow," "This is the House that God Built," and "Traditional Values Education in the Public Schools."

Pakistani Bishop visits Christ the King Chruch

The Right Reverend Prakash Yuhanna, Bishop of Pakistan for the International Communion of the Charismatic Episcopal Church, recently visited Christ the King Church in Peachtree City. Bishop Yuhanna oversees a network of churches most of which operate discreetly behind closed and locked doors in the Muslim nation.


County commission sets a bad example with jail expansion plan

That could describe the current Fayette County Commission in its belated move to provide for some public input into the controversial county jail expansion project in Fayetteville.

I've looked at trees from both sides now

Folk singer Judy Collins sang a number back in the '60s (or was it the '70s?) called “Both Sides Now.”

Free speech must find some limits
Politically Speaking

The recent increase in the popularity of the Internet raises serious questions about many of the traditional values we hold dear in this country and on which our way of life is based.

Christmas carols, '99
Laugh Lines
Here are my annual rewrites of popular Christmas tunes, bringing them up-to-date.

Letters to the Editor

Attend Dec. 16 PTC Council to stand against big box invasion

Are you concerned with the development of big box stores in Peachtree City? Do you fear that the added traffic will pose a threat to the safety and welfare of our citizens? Do you wonder what will become of our city's quality of life if these big boxes are thrust upon us? If you are concerned about these issues then you need to be present at the Peachtree City Council meeting Dec. 16 to make your concerns heard.

What if a child is casualty of city traffic engineers' plan for hwys. 54-74?

“Virtual reality” flashback:

What did this 'under-21' alcohol buyer look like?

The article about selling alcohol to underage “adults” was interesting in not what was said but what was missing: A picture of this underage adult.

Over-65 taxpayers have nothing to fear from school bonds

It's been two years, now, since I wrote the first of what turned out to be a series of educational articles about taxes, and I am indebted to The Citizen's editor for his willingness to publish them, in the form of letters to the editor.

Local leaders should get together on new taxes

We seem to have leaders in Fayette County and its towns who think that a different group of people pay for new schools, in order to eliminate trailers, than the group who eventually pay for a new police station or jail.

Why no equal time with grand jury to oppose jail?

I would like to express my concern over the apathetic attitude taken by the mayor and City Council of Fayetteville regarding the county prison expansion proposed to take place within our downtown city corridor. Why are these voted officials with whom we entrust the welfare of our city not taking a public stand against the jail expansion location?