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Alex McRae: An Unexpected Civics Lesson Coweta County Restaurant Inspections — see page 4A 6 Sections, 60 Pages All-County Girls Team named — see page 6A — see page 3A 148th year — Issue 55 Newnan, Georgia Established 1865 Sunday, March 24, 2013 ISSN. NO. 0883-2536 $1.25 Sunday edition Coweta’s Local Daily Coweta Vision 2013: Signs of hope By W. Winston Skinner W hile the impact of the economic downturn continues, local business leaders see signs of improvement during the next 12 months in Coweta County. The strength of the growing Coweta consumers more confident — see page 2A medical presence in Coweta and a strong regional retail sector are fueling growth and increasing economic vibrancy. Business leaders also see the Local UWG campus a coup beginnings of a resurgence in the vital housing industry, and some other sectors — including automobile sales and the film industry — are also doing well. Local ban kers Ashley Schubert and Steve Stripling both see an improving local e c o n o m y. S t e v e M a d e r , owner and general manager of SouthTowne Motors, and Scott Tigchelaar, president of Raleigh Studios Atlanta in Senoia and co-founder of Senoia Enterprises, also spoke of the positive trends they see — in their own businesses and generally. “Our local economic outlook for 2013 looks positive and is indicative of growth in sever- al areas,” Schubert, CowetaFayette president for Charter Bank, said. “There are positive things happening in the county that show we are moving in the right direction. “The economic drivers in Coweta County are retail, small business, medical and some industrial. All of those affect the tax base in some Vision 2013 way, but the medical growth we’ve seen and should continue to see also has a positive impact on the housing market,” Schubert said. “Things are getting better generally. The car business is good. We’re up this year — double digits from last year See HOPE, page 2A WGTC project moving forward By JOHN A. WINTERS By W. Winston Skinner Yank out about a quarter of the names in the Newnan phone book and you’d be close to the number who’ve been involved in developing a downtown university campus. T he nu mber of a g ree ments, sign-offs, funding options, meetings and “whatifs” is, according to city officials, at times overwhelming. Yet the $15 million project to renovate the old Ne w n a n Hospita l on Jackson Street into a new campus for the University of West Georgia’s existing Newnan camBrady pus continues. This is in the midst of a transfer of leadership for UWG. Dr. Kyle Marrero, currently vice president for University Advancement at the University of West Florida, Pensacola, was off icially named Friday as the seventh president of the University of West Georgia by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Marrero will assume his new post on July 1. “There are several conditions that have to be agreed to ,” s a i d C i t y M a n a g e r Cleatus Phillips about the planned conversion of the old Newnan Hospital as a new home for  UWG’s Newnan West Georgia Technical College’s Coweta campus will soon be a reality — offering classes in several career areas and a full adult education program. Two buildings are going up at t he ca mpus located south of Newnan off Turkey Creek Road near Interstate 85. “The state building is a classroom facility. It’s about 36,000 square feet. It’s projected to be completed by the end of the month,” said Dawn Cook, WGTC’s vice president of institutional advancement. The second building, the Allied Health Building, is being funded by the West Georgia Technical College Foundation. That building will have 47,000 square feet of space. In addition to classrooms outf itted for health professions, there also will be “administrative offices and economic development as well as adult education,” Cook said. He a lt h pro g r a m s to b e offered at the local campus include the emergency medical technician course, geriatric care, registered nursing and physical therapy assisting. Other areas include business administration, criminal justice, early childhood development and learning and computer technology. Cook said core classes in English, psychology and other disciplines will also be offered. WGTC and its predecessor, West Central Technical College, have been offering classes at Central Educational Left to right and top to bottom: It is expected developing Newnan Hospital into a UWG Newnan campus will have a one-time economic impact of $21 million during the construction phase and create 176 jobs; Kelley McFarland, instructor Deb Davison and Nechama Hilaire work in the SIM Lab at the UWG Newnan satellite campus; Nneka Mbadiwe and Amabel Miller, UWG nursing students, work in the Newnan SIM Lab documenting patient information on simulation charts; work proceeds on two anchor classroom buildings on West Georgia Technical College’s new campus off Turkey Creek Road near Interstate 85 south of Newnan; at UWG’s graduation last December, the nursing program had the largest graduation group since it began in Newnan with 54 graduates. Six of those were males, notes UWG Newnan campus director Cathy Wright. They are Charles Peterson, Van Hill, James Preston, Chad Sise, Martell Hawkins and Thomas Bohner; Mark Whitlock, Tonya Whitlock and Becky Alexander at Central Educational Center, where the Coweta County School System is piloting its Eighth Grade Academy this year. More Inside: Vision 2013 — 1-10D, 1B, 4B-6B, 8B See campus, page 8A See WGTC, page 2A Pilot program at CEC among changes for schools By REBECCA LEFTWICH In t he ha llway of Centra l Educational Center, A handful of teenagers stand with remotes in hand, Vex robots poised to complete as many specific tasks as possible before time is called. In rooms along the corridor, their classmates are sorting nails and cleaning tools in construction class and explaining weather patterns in aviation class. Among more than 50 participants in the Coweta County School System’s Eighth Grade C h a r te r C ol le g e & C a r e e r Academy, the students are completing all their academic courses and exploring career tech classes at CEC this year. Mark Whitlock, CEO of CEC, said the first-year program — Reuse The News. Recycle this newspaper. which incorporates students from all six of the county’s middle schools — is likely to expand in the future. “The pilot year for the 8th Grade Academy has helped prepare these eighth-graders to take advantage of CEC opportunities in the 9th-12th grades,” Whitlock said. CEC program expansion, venturing into the world of virtual How To Reach Us Delivery: 770-304-3373 Advertising, News: 770-253-1576 learning with a pilot program for high-schoolers next year, and taking a conservative approach to facilities and budgeting — delaying construction of a new middle school, for instance, to avoid operational costs — will continue as priorities for the school system. 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