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Wednesday, January 9, 2013 is conducting a subscription drive contest with a portion of the proceeds of each new subscription sold going back to that student’s school. February 12, 2013 MyConnection Published every Wednesday and delivered free by The Newnan Times-Herald Check Out the Classifieds on Page 7 see ad on page 6 for details RRRRUNNING into battle Photos by Clay Neely Tom Pattiz jumps off the line at the beginning of the 5k race on Saturday. Monica Lovett after the race with her son, Jett, and daughter, Mattie Louise. Local teacher, mother fights cancer, runs with her children By Bradley Hartsell Everyone who ran in Saturday’s Run for Angels 5/10k had their own reason for running, but Monica Lovett had an especially important one. Lovett has spent the last year battling breast cancer. “Run for Angels is my medication, my therapy,” she said. Lovett, who teaches special education at Northside Elementary School, was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, but was re-diagnosed with breast cancer to the lungs in February 2013, shortly after running in last year’s Run for Angels. She’s undergone 18 rounds of chemo, hormone therapy and a hysterectomy, leaving her understandably drained. Her son, 10-year-old Jett, however, urged his mother to run Saturday in this year’s Run for Angels. Lovett and her husband, Matt, have always loved running and exercising. She remembers them participating in Run for him because he wanted to participate last year and has been training. Matt, unfortunately, was unable to join because of an achilles injury. But their 7-year-old daughter, Mattie Louise, took the starting line with her Angels for as long as she can remember, even pushing her little boy in a stroller as she walked the race. This year, she wanted to run again, especially at the suggestion of her son, but she was uncertain her body could handle the stress. Jett finally convinced his mother to run. She wanted to be there for running, page 3 Healthier sweets for your sweetheart i n s i de Lips and Love Basket re cipe ➤ PAGE 3 Lt. Henry Freeman, shelter director, holds one of the dogs up for adoption at Coweta County Animal Control. Imminent adoption may be last chance for many shelter dogs By Sarah Fay Campbell Coweta County A n i ma l Control is overcrowded with dogs and, if some of them don’t get adopted soon, the shelter will have to sta rt euthanizing them — for the first time since November. Lt. Henry Freeman, animal shelter director, hopes that families will make the decision to adopt one — or more —of the 85 dogs the shelter currently houses. There are a few puppies currently living at the shelter, though many of the dogs are adults. Some smaller breeds are available for adoption and many medium-sized dogs as well. “We have some that have been here since Oct. 7,” Freeman said. “We haven’t had a put-down list since the first of November… we are holding them as long as we can hold them, trying to find them homes.” The shelter’s “Christmas special,” with all animals half price, was a great success — with 121 adoptions in 19 days. However, “after Christmas our adoptions really dropped off,” Freeman said. Animal control officers are bringing in two or three stray dogs a day, and that builds up. Dog adoptions are $126, and cat adoptions are $70. The adoption fee includes spay or neuter surgery, the first round of shots for kittens and pup- pies, the rabies vaccine, a microchip, and a heartworm test. Coweta Count y A n i ma l Control also has 58 kittens and adult cats available for adoption, many having been housed by the shelter for several months. Pictures of most of the animals available at the animal shelter may be viewed by visiting Coweta Count y A n i ma l Control is located at 91 Selt Road in Newnan, off Hospital Road. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Adoption hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lips and Love Basket Family Features I t’s easy to share in the f u n o f Va l e n t i n e ’ s D a y by serving those you love sweet treats that a re a hea lt h ier a lter n at ive to o r d i n a r y, h e a r t - s h a p e d confections. To really show you care, be a c upid a nd g ive you r sweetie hea lt hy, delicious t re a t s t h a t fe a t u re j u i c y w a t e r­m e l o n . N a t u r a l l y dressed in the holiday’s hue of v ibra nt red, usi ng t h is fa bu lou s f r u it i n re c ip e s adds color to the spread of any Valentine’s Day party, whether large or intimate. For a n elega nt , upsca le treat, serve Watermelon Petit Fours, which feature sweet watermelon, candied almonds a nd i s topp e d w it h you r favorite decadent frosting. Get the kids in the kitchen with Watermelon Cupcakes for a new take on the beloved classic. Served with pineapple cream cheese frosting, kids will love helping you decorate these darling delights. If you rea l ly wa nt to m a ke t hei r he a r t s sk ip a beat, carve an adorable Lips and Love Basket. Fill it with all of your sweetie’s favorite fruits for a fresh, f lavorful display they’ll devour in a heartbeat. Remember, nothing shows your love more than edible gifts crafted by hand. For more sweet ideas, visit You are invited for a fabulous evening at your favorite restaurant! join us for our Valentine’s Day Specials THURSDAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY! FAMILY RESTAURANT 1188 Collingsworth Road • Palmetto, GA 30268 FEBRUARY 13, 14 and 15, 2014 MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS NOW 770.463.5678

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