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Memorial Day 99 Plan $ Wednesday, January 9, 9 May 15, 2013 MyConnection per day! special! (max. 10 lines) Early ! Your Yard Sale classified ad will run in The Newnan Times-Herald, online at and in MyConnection. Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 Call Rhonda or Christy at 770-253-1576 or email Home Sweet (Habitat) Home C urtis and Janet Potts have seen lots of d rea ms come tr ue — together — over the course of their lives. March 8 will always be a hallmark date for them. On that day, the sweethearts since middle school days saw their dream of home ownership become a reality. They signed closing papers for their Habitat for Humanity home. Immediately afterward a small but joyously emotional celebration was held at their home on Belt Road. Janet told the story of how she and Curtis had been sweethearts in middle and high school while both attended schools in Newnan. Then they drifted apart and went in different directions. After bringing up separate families, Curtis and Janet found each other again — just over five years ago and decided to marry. “Curtis has always wanted to buy me my own home and he works so hard. Habitat has made our dream come true,” Janet said. Their fifth wedding anniversary was a week later on March 16. Both first-time homeowners, they were presented with Habitat’s symbolic house blessing gifts: flowers, to ensure their home is always filled with beauty, a candle to always have light, bread so they’ll never be hungry, salt to bring spice to their home, sparkling cider so joy will always surround them and most Middle-school sweethearts happy to be in home Curtis and Janet Potts sign closing documents for their Habitat for Humanity home at the law firm of Morris, Hardwick and Schneider. Annual luncheon honors public safety importantly the Holy Bible to ensure their home will be filled with all the blessings of Jesus. A laundry basket full of household products for the home was collected and donated by students and parents at the Odyssey School. The Potts also received a cup-holder handcrafted by clients at the Rutledge Center.  Anne Bell, a member of NewnanCoweta Habitat for Humanity’s board is the board liaison for the local family selection committee. Bell welcomed everyone to the house blessing ceremony and congratulated the Potts on their successful journey to homeownership.  “Habitat Homes are not free,” said Leslie Merriman, executive director of Newnan-Coweta Habitat. “Homes are sold to pre-qualified families, with a nointerest/no-profit loan.” In order to be approved as a future Habitat homeowner, family partners (future homeowners) must meet several criteria. They must show ability to pay a 20-year mortgage with a long-term debt/income ration of lower than 40 percent, and they must have recent, verifiable, on-time rent payment history. They also must be able to make a $900 escrow payment before closing on the home. In addition, family partners must “be willing to partner with Habitat by HABITAT, Page 6 i n s i de Salads & Desserts for your next BBQ ➤ PAGE 4 Barbeque Bests A Celebration of Sides Photo by Sarah Campbell Georgia State Patrol Trooper First Class Jason McClung, Corp. Katie Thompson and TFC Ross Buchan were some of the first people to arrive at the Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon. “We love Miss Norma,” said McClung, referring to lunch coordinator Norma Haynes. By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL Coweta’s public safety workers were feted at the annual Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon, held at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. All public safety workers, from police and firefighters to judges, probation officers, public safety dispatchers and forest rangers, were invited to the luncheon, which featured barbecue and a long table filled with desserts — most homemade. The recently held event was the 1 5t h a n nua l luncheon, a nd was the culmination of Public Safety Appreciation Week. “I want to tell y’all how thankful I am for each and every one of you,” said Norma Haynes, who is the driving force behind the event. “You don’t know how much it means to me to see my children having a wonderful time,” she added. Hay nes t ha n ked her com m ittee who put the event together, and those who cooked the food. Dennis McEntire and a crew from Newnan Utilities cooked the barbecue, and the rest of the food was provided by the Coweta County Prison. Inmates from the prison helped serve, and one provided live piano music during the luncheon. Also helping serve were various city and county offi- cials and local volunteers. “I have to t ha n k t he Coweta County citizens who brought that long table of desserts,” Haynes said. “I hope you will know they love you and they appreciate you.” “You are in my heart and my prayers every day of my life,” Haynes told those assembled. “I consider each one of you my precious child.” Coweta Sheriff Mike Yeager also spoke. “Look around. You’ll see your brothers and sisters of public safety. It’s great that we can have a time to LUNCHEON, Page 6 Family Features W hen you’re loading up the family for a big barbeque celebration, be sure to load up a variety of freshly-made salads and deliciously decadent brownies. Whether pasta salads, potato salads or even those leafy greens, this side favorite is a perfect accom­ paniment to juicy grilled burgers, brats and steaks. Because this savory barbeque fare can bring out anyone’s sweet tooth, don’t forget to dish out the desserts. 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