The Fayette Citizen-Special Sections

Wednesday, December 15, 1999


Show proof or no school

Fayette County students who have not presented documentation of their residency will be denied admission to school Jan. 5, according to Stuart Bennett, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.

Home Depot appeal goes to PTC Council

The developers of a proposed Home Depot in west Peachtree City are set to appeal to the City Council tomorrow night after having their site plan denied by the Planning Commission last month.

Public, meet private...schools

This is the first in a series of articles comparing Fayette County's public and private schools

Get jail out – of F'ville, residents tell comm.

Fayette County commissioners got an idea what to expect at their upcoming public hearing on plans for a new jail and courthouse during their business meeting last week.

King birthday plans on tap

The city of Peachtree City and the Fayette County Branch of the NAACP will have a joint press conference tomorrow at 4 p.m. at City Hall to announce and discuss details of a ceremony to commemorate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Murder for hire case set for Jan. special grand jury

The case of a Coweta County woman who allegedly plotted to kill her husband is now headed for the Fayette County Grand Jury.

FUTURE group focuses on tax, service question

Officials of Fayette County and its cities may soon resolve the burning question of whether you're receiving all the services you're paying for.

Tyrone council expected to delay 169-home plan

Developer Joel Cowan will probably not get a final answer for his proposed subdivision in Tyrone until after the first of the year.

Ethics panel hears Fayette case Monday

The State Ethics Commission will meet Monday to hear a complaint against Fayetteville resident Carl Avrit.

Commission delays 178-acre rezoning

Plans for a 178-acre, 49-home subdivision on Ga. Highway 92 south are on hold.

One-car wreck injures four

A mother and three children were injured after a one-car accident Sunday night west of Fayetteville.

County seeking applicants for assessors board

If you've ever wanted to get involved in the tax assessment process, now's your chance.

Planners ponder county tree law tomorrow

The Fayette County Planning Commission will try again tomorrow night to put the final touches on a proposed new tree protection ordinance.

Post Office seeks room to expand in Fayetteville

The U.S. Postal Service hopes to build a 22,576-sq. ft. annex next year to relieve overcrowding at the Fayetteville Post Office.

Fence question acted on last night

Fayetteville's Planning Commission probably has denied Diane DuBose's request for a waiver of the city's fence restrictions, effectively sending the matter to City Council for a final decision.

Dunn leads Bush bid in Fayette

The presidential campaign for Texas Gov. George W. Bush has named Fayette County Commissioner Greg Dunn chairman of the local Bush for President organization.

Optimists honor outstanding youths

The Fayetteville Optimist Club has chosen two students from Fayette County High School as its Outstanding Youth for 1999.

CCSU growth figures above system average

Enrollment figures for the last semester of the century are in for the entire University System of Georgia, and Clayton College & State University has easily surpassed the system's average percent change from 1998 to 1999.

Local leaders get firsthand look at new super train technology

Almost faster than a speeding bullet, a magnetic levitation (Maglev) train traveling through the German countryside at speeds up to 250 miles per hour recently whooshed 19 awe-struck leaders from the Atlanta/Chattanooga corridor.

Shoppers can aid local schools

Holiday shoppers can help their local schools by purchasing presents on-line from, where every sale earns a particular school 2 to 50 percent, double the usual rate of 1-25 percent.

Dining Guide

Gingerbread is a Huddleston tradition
Visitors to Huddleston Elementary School will be drawn to the third grade hall today by the spicy aroma of fresh baked gingerbread set out in slabs on each student's desk.

Foodie chooses the best of '99
Dining Critic

Well, it's been a busy year on the dining scene in Fayette this year. Restaurants have opened and closed; trends have been started and dining choices have expanded.
Holiday favorites easy to prepare

Chamber vows to be more proactive in 2000

“The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce is about to become much more visible and verbal on issues facing our community.”

Keeping entry level workers from quitting

Attracting, motivating and retaining entry-level workers can present a challenge to businesses of all sizes.

New conference space now available

A new conference center is available to area businesses and organizations.

ARC begins new business analysis

The Atlanta Regional Commission has established a Business Analysis Center, which provides demographic and business analysis services to companies, entrepreneurs, developers and anyone needing to gain market insight to the Atlanta Region.


Panthers place first at South Metro meet

25 high school wrestling teams met last Friday and Saturday for the largest South Metro Invitational in history.

Fayette Flash sends 10 to national meet

Ben Brantly led the Fayette Flash in the USATF Region III Cross Country meet last month in Spartanburg, S.C.

Fayetteville's Martin is NAC player of the week

Jeremy Martin, a member of the Houghton College men's basketball team, was named Northeast Atlantic Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Dec. 2.

Sports Calendar


Give the gift of toys to children of all ages

Most likely you have already finished the Christmas shopping for your little ones.

'In the Fullness of Time' celebrates true spirit of the holiday
It is the largest community Christmas musical in the Southern Crescent and has been attended by over 35,000 people.
Georgia Dance Theatre's 'Nutcracker' takes stage this weekend
The Georgia Dance Theatre will perform “The Nutcracker” Dec. 18, the 105th anniversary of the classic ballet's debut performance.

Rainer, the vital link
Lifestyle Columnist

Our daughter's significant other, Rainer, keeps us informed about what Mary's doing, how she is, the weather, the music scene.



The best Christmas gifts can't be put in a box
By Rev. Dr. John Hatcher
Religion Columnist

Christmas is all too much about “what you gonna, get?” Well, I hope that someone, somehow, will give you some of the most wonderful gifts of Christmas.

Holidays are tough if you've lost a loved one

Ahhh the holidays! The most festive time of year for most of us...Christmas trees, presents, family get-togethers, special church services...and the music! Lots and lots of music...cantatas...musicals...children's programs....caroling. Gives you goose bumps just thinking about it all, doesn't it?

Religion Briefs

River's Edge sets day camp for kids Dec. 20-21

River's Edge Community Church will have a two-day children's day camp on Dec. 20 and 21. Parents may leave their children at the church at 8 a.m. and pick them up at 4 p.m.

Providence UMC youth to offer Parents Day Out December 18

The youth of Providence United Methodist Church will offer a Parents Day Out on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. This will be a Christmas Celebration Day for children through fifth grade.

Special Holiday Services


`Out there' is where our future lies

Every time any little thing goes wrong in the space program, the same nattering nabobs rise up with the same tired refrain.

`Miranda' and that pesky 5th Amendment
Politically Speaking

All of us who have watched those gritty television police dramas like Hill Street Blues or NYPD Blue — or who are fanciers of those action-packed cops movies — are familiar with the scene where the officers of the law finally get their man (or, woman, as the case may be).

A year in the life of the Murphys
Laugh Lines
Merry Christmas. Here are some of the highlights of Julie, Billy, Olivia (4 1/2) and Davis (22 months) from this past year.

Letters to the Editor

How many officials live close to jail expansion?

I am writing this letter in regards to the jail that is currently being proposed. I am really amazed that the elected officials would agree to have this huge “eye sore” right in the heart of Fayetteville.

F'ville jail plan is `monstrous'

My family moved to Georgia 16 months ago. We left south Florida purely by choice, sick of the congestion, fed up with the poor school system, and finally appalled by the violence and lack of togetherness.

Alcohol attitude is `amusing'

Fayetteville's paranoid attitude concerning alcohol would be amusing except for the fact that it hurts all county residents. No? Then what about the lost tax revenues when county residents go to neighboring counties to do their shopping?

Fayette County should donate Dorsey house to F'ville Main Street program

I'm saddened to hear the historic Dorsey house may be demolished to make room for a jail. It was interesting to read in the paper that architect Neel Reid had a hand in the existing design. His buildings are precious Georgia resources.

Alcohol penalties too hard on employers

I am a retired human resource professional, having moved here to Fayetteville several years ago. I retired from a division of Kroger in Colorado; prior to that I worked for a grocery chain in California that also sold alcoholic beverages.

PTC leaders have done poor job of planning to anticipate `big box' stores

Over a year ago, after conducting some research, I made the statement that Peachtree City is the hazardous chemical and hazardous waste capitol of Fayette County. Following that announcement, someone told me that a city councilman, Dr. Robert Brooks, was greatly angered by reading my letter in the newspaper. I asked if they knew if he was enraged because someone made this information public or was he enraged because he thought the statement was false. Federal and state data proved the statement was in fact true and the city has (at times begrudgingly) begun addressing the situation.

PTC leaders should consider safety 1st, developers 2nd

City officials met with members of the traffic task force recently to discuss the upcoming city council vote on the Home Depot/Super Wal-Mart big boxes. If what was said in that meeting is any indication, we can look for the developer winning out again when the appeal is heard before city council Dec. 16.

Punish the servers who sold beer to minors

Add my vote to those who oppose the very harsh actions of the city fathers against the various merchants who have been caught in the “sting” operation of the local police in their zealous enforcement of the sale of alcohol to minors.

Magistrate's decision applauded

I applaud the magistrate for not being intimidated by the law officer in the sheriff's department. Too many times law officers want to be the judge and jury for all of their arrests.

Moved to Canada but still cares for PTC

I recently moved to British Columbia, Canada, but nevertheless, much of my heart is still with Peachtree City. As well as subscribing to The Citizen, I also hear from concerned citizens, and naturally that encourages me to express my views to you, as I have done in the past.