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PAPER “Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.” ~ Frank Ocean

Vol. 1, No. 8 ★ December 2017 / January 2018

INSIDE: Why of course we have an interview with Santa Claus. You didn’t think we’d let you down now, did you? _______________________________

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!

Wondering what’s going on in the live music scene around town. Wonder no more as Kris Youmans of the Kris Youmans Band has a new column for us on all things music-wise. _______________________________ And we’ve got another voice appearing, Jim Coleman will share his perspective on life from his view living in The Lofts. _______________________________ Santa came to visit and yes, we’ve got photos. _______________________________ On the menu - Seafood Stew. _______________________________ We’ve got a new joint that got big thumbs up Fat Boy’s.

Santa was out in full force recently on the downtown square in Newnan. Hundreds of kids waited patiently in line to let him know what presents they hoped he would bring to all the good little boys and girls.


CHECK OUT: Newnan Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m. The theme is “Christmas Around the World!” The parade will include floats, walking groups, decorated cars and trucks, and marching bands. Every year there is a float contest that goes along with the parade. _______________________________ The Nutcracker Presented by the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. The Wadsworth Auditorium _______________________________ A Charlie Brown Christmas Newnan Theatre Company By Charles M. Schulz. Dec 14–17 21–23 Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. Downtown Newnan __________________________________



Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.

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Barbers on the Boulevard recently opened in Avery Park, just across from the Little Giant Shopping Center. They specialize in classic and modern cuts for men, beard maintenance and shaves. The staff includes owner/operator Chrissy, with Debbie, Pennie and Nickie – all are Barber Stylists. Walkins always welcome at their 10 The Boulevard shop, which is open Tuesdays thru Saturdays. Call 678-673-6810 or visit their Facebook page for more info.

  Students and teachers in Coweta County schools raised 181,969 donated food items or cash equivalents for this year’s Coweta County CanA-Thon, organized by the Newnan Junior Service League. East Coweta High School topped giving among Coweta’s schools, with 20,941 items raised. The school’s Student Government Association led the way at ECHS, organizing a studentteacher basketball game and other events for this

year’s food drive. Canongate Elementary raised the most among elementary schools, with 19,017 cans and equivalent cash donations, and Lee Middle School topped Coweta’s middle schools, with 16,721 cans or equivalent cash donations. Other schools raising more than 10,000 items included Newnan High School, with 15,743 items raised, and Madras Middle, which raised 14,572 items.

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East Coweta Middle School has been recognized by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement with a 2017 Gold Award for Greatest Gains. The middle school was one of only 37 schools across the state to receive the 2017 Gold award. The award recognizes schools that have achieved academic growth over the last three years in the top three percent of schools in the state, as indicated by the school’s progress score on the Georgia College and Career-Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

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December, I do believe, is the most busiest time of the year. Just visit the Courthouse Square, the best kept secret in all of Georgia, and see for yourself. There is something for everyone to do around the Courthouse Square. Be sure to check The Calendar in “The Paper” so you won’t miss any of the many fun events. The treasure of the month is Emily’s Skincare and Spa located on 4 Greenville Street right next to Deals-4-Dollars. Hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone is 770-262-6233. This amazing shop offers may levels of skincare, and other services such as facials, waxing, spray tanning, as well as body and hair care. They use only the top of the line products and everyone at Emily’s is highly trained and skilled in the art of skincare and all that they do. Make your appointment today to be ready for the holidays coming up. Be sure to tell them Mr. Personality sent you. On Sunday, Nov. 12, I had the pleasure of attending the Newnan High School basketball “Meet the Cougars” open house at the invitation of Coach Lenn Brown, the president of the Newnan High School Tip Off Club. That’s a non-profit parent volunteer organization created to support all the Newnan High School basketball teams. There was an impressive display of much food and drinks for everyone to enjoy. There was a ceremony and other activities in the gym and on the basketball court. I noticed a lot of the boys and girls on the basketball court were very talented and there was quite a turnout of supporters, fans and friends. The open house seemed to have been a success from my viewpoint and I enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to meet the Cougars. The




Boom Goes the Real Estate Market Newnan Cougars are in need of sponsors and volunteers. If you can help, please call Coach Lenn Brown at 770-755-8175. Remember my Mr. Personality 2018 calendars are going fast. Be sure to check my Facebook page to locate them as they will make great stocking stuffers. This is indeed a busy time of the year, there is shopping to be done, presents to wrap and food to prepare. I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday. Please take a minute and remember the true reason for the season, after all, it is called Christmas and not Walmartmas. Remember, many people at this time of year can become very depressed for a number of reasons. If you know such people, reach out and include them. In fact, including others is the true spirit of Christmas. If you are alone and depressed, reach out, check your local church, find a place that is in need of volunteers. Surround yourself with children or pets and if all else fails, stand on a street corner and give out free hugs.

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The following are 55 years and older developments that have been rezoned for RRCC (Residential Retirement Community and Care): •

2014 - Powell Sr Village was rezoned on Hollz Parkway (48.97 acres). It is now known as Wisteria Place and Phase IA has been developed with approximately 120 units by Beverly J Searles Foundation. (Petition 005-14)

2014 - Trivue, Ltd was rezoned on Arbor Springs Parkway/Arbor Springs Circle. It is now known as “The Gardens” and is being reviewed by staff for a maximum of 78 single family detached homes. It is under construction. (Petition 006-14)

2014 - Happy Valley Development Group was rezoned on Happy Valley Circle & Redwine Plantation Dr (24.27 acres). It is now referred to as “The Cottages” and is under Preliminary Plat Review. (Petition 007-14)

2014 - Landsdown LLC was rezoned on Fischer Rd (68 acres). It is now referred to as Fischer Park and is under Construction Plan Review. (Petition 018-14)

2016/2017 - Timberbrook LLC was rezoned on Ebenezer Church Rd in 2016 & 2017. It is now known as Timberbrook and is under Construction for 226 single-family detached homes. (Petitions 012-16, 003-17, 004-17)

2017 - Powell Sr Village rezoned an additional 14.62 acres on the western side of Hollz Parkway to extend the previous development. (Petition 011-17)

Merry Christmas to you all. Until next year … Love, Mr. Personality

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If you are a “baby boomer”, it is a fine time to live in Coweta County. “Baby Boomers” are any person born between 1946 and 1964. This nickname was created after the uptick in the post-World War two birthrate. As of 2014, there were 76.4 million “baby boomers” according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The total U.S. Population is currently $325,398,017 ( This make “Baby Boomers” about a fourth of the U.S. population. With that in mind, Coweta County has seen tremendous growth in living developments and neighborhoods for those 55 years and older. 770.254.1421

55 and older communities are ideal for individuals and couples that are looking to downsize and have less responsibility with their homes. Typically, responsibilities like lawn care, exterior maintenance and trash service are covered in the Homeowner Association dues for the neighborhood. You will usually find one-level homes and ranches with smaller lots in these communities. You may also find clubhouses, pools and other amenities. “Baby boomers” will soon have plenty of options in Coweta County as the local real estate market continues to thrive! (Jess Barron is an Associate Broker with Lindseys, Inc. Realtors and PresidentElect of the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors.)

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“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2: 8-14) It was a year ago Thanksgiving eve that Corby and I signed way more papers than I can remember and then shook hands with Joe Williams. When the dust settled, we had bought The Coweta Shopper from Mr. Joe, and it has been a whirlwind ever since. Reflecting back on this past year, a lot happened. Not only did we change the name from The Coweta Shopper to The Shopper, we also just moved from Pine Road to 15 Perry St. in downtown Newnan. The first change made it more attractive when moving into adjoining counties; the second put us much closer to advertisers and a much better business environment. We added a lot of features to The Shopper, and increased distribution to around 45,000. That gives us a penetration - around 85 percent - no one can come close to. We also have well more than 3,000 in Peachtree City. Our biggest move was starting The Paper this past summer. It’s designed as a “what to do, see, eat” in the area. And based on the response, which has far exceeded our expectations, it’s filled a much needed gap. It is not replacing The Shopper, rather complementing it with additional features and providing another vehicle for our advertisers. We started with 2,500 copies a month. We’ve doubled that circulation and are looking at doubling again soon. We started with no newspaper racks, we now have 25 throughout the county and just ordered another 25. We started with about 30 businesses taking copies of The Paper to distribute. We are now about to hit 100. We are continuing to add columns as well. There’s a theater/film/on demand column, and other columns on the arts, real estate, trends, best food joints, the music scene, interviews with some great local residents and well, who knows what’s next.

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So thanks to everyone, readers and advertisers alike. Despite the craziness that has become Brown Thursday, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and whatever else the marketers come up with, I hope you take a moment and just pause. Pause and remember what this time of year is really about. It’s about a baby who was born in a manger, who within a brief life spanning less than 35 years, changed the world like no other. To this day his is despised, hated, and even forgotten. For others, he is honored, worshipped and followed as the Savior, Christ the Lord. There really isn’t a middle ground here. For my part, on behalf of the entire team of The Paper and The Shopper, I’d like to take a moment and say, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers and advertisers. And our wish for you is that each of you have a prosperous 2018 and focus on what is important, what is eternal, what matters. And please, as you celebrate the holidays and new year, SHOP LOCAL!


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Tell us one thing about yourself that few people know.


I like snow ice cream You are hosting a dinner party for six. What five people, living or dead, would you invite and why

Briefly describe yourself and what you do. I’m the jolly fellow who likes to deliver toys for all the boys and girls. I live at the North Pole so that the toys can be built and ready to go by Christmas each year.

My Mom, Dad, Mother-in-law, Father-in-law and My wife. Because I love them very much. Name an as yet unfulfilled dream To take a cruise.

Best piece of business advice you’ve received. Always give a quality toy that will endure for a lot of use. Treat my workers well.

If you weren’t doing what you are, you would be … A Police Officer Your go-to food.

You are going on an extended solo trip. What three albums and three books would you take?

Favorite movies(s)

Mexican without a doubt

Name something that you are extremely glad you did or accomplished. Made it to the top of my profession.


On my long trips, I like the golden oldies, The Oak Ridge Boys, Statler Brothers, and Randy Travis. The three books would be The Bible and professional magazines.

Your favorite quote and why. By Theodore Roosevelt: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

If I had it to do over … I would not change anything. The mistakes that I made, I learned from them and came out a better person.

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What advice would you give your younger self just starting out on their own.

Dogs or cats?

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Both. I like having both.

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Zen Monkey’s News and Musings …

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Coweta’s own Masterworks Chorale will join the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Chancel Choir to present George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, Part I, ending with the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.” This free concert, Masterworks’ gift to the community, will take place in downtown Newnan in the FUMC sanctuary. Artistic Director Kathy Bizarth will lead the performance. Accompaniment will be provided by David Kinrade, organist, chorus master and Minister of Music for Newnan First United Methodist Church, and a chamber orchestra. The event is Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.

  One of our favorite food joints may have some new management. There’s a sign up at Bee’z Eat’s offering to sell a “turn-key” operation. That includes training by Bee’z himself and purchasing his proprietary recipes. We can tell you the Mac and Cheese alone is worth some serious cash. We will continue to follow this, because we are talking about an institution here.

  Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

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For the third consecutive year, Northgate High brought home a GHSA State Cheerleading Championship after claiming the 6A title. Head Coach Sarah Frazier has built quite the dynasty as her Northgate cheerleading squads have now won eight state championships in the past 11 years. Northgate won five straight 4A titles (20072011), then after a three-year drought, captured one 5A championship (2015) and the last two 6A crowns (2016-17).

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Alison Wallace is stepping down as executive director of Bridging the Gap. She is taking on a new title as founder/director of community engagement. John Melia was named as interim executive director. Melia started the Wounded Warrior Project back in 2003 after being wounded in a helicopter crash and seeing how soldiers were treated. Bridging the Gap started in 2009 giving away food to those in need. It now provides food, showers and laundry services to the homeless, as well as local assistance and emergency shelter.

  Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass.

  The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, which adds a penny in sales tax, will stay on the books for another six years. Country residents approved extending the tax, which begin in 1986, with about 65 percent of the vote. However, less than 10 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. Tsk, tsk. The estimated $140 million in revenue will go to pay for pre-approved capital projects.

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Mike Chrzanowski has been named the new president of Newnan-based Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. of America. The Newnan plant manufactures many of Yamaha’s most popular vehicles, including full-size ATVs, side-by-sides, WaveRunners and golf carts. Chrzanowski was previously the company’s executive vice president and took over is new role Nov. 1. He will oversee the company’s three manufacturing plants and more than 1,000 employees. Chrzanowski joined YMMC in 2001 as a plant manager, bringing with him previous experience leading and managing key operations in the automotive industry.

  Attention all zombies, finally filming for the 8th season of The Walking Dead has started. Proceed to makeup as producers are hoping to wrap everything up by the time you read this.

  Why does the Newnan-based Red Roof Inn have a green roof?

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Candy Vogue in downtown Newnan announced it is closing its doors for good right before Christmas. “These past two years in Newnan, Georgia, have been filled with many sweet memories and we will miss the shop greatly, but it is in the best interests of our family to leave at this time,” the store posted on its website.

  The city of Newnan is about to hold its next Newnan Citizen Academy, a free six-month course provided to city residents, business owners, and property owners to educate and inform the citizens of Newnan about every aspect of city government in Newnan. The course is an intensive, hands-on program on how city departments operate and how critical decisions are made that affect the quality of life in Newnan. Participants are given the opportunity to tour city facilities and hear directly from department managers, professional staff, and elected officials. For more information, please visit or contact Gina Snider, public information officer at 770-2532682 x 203 to sign up.

throwback trinkets and toys. Rocket Fizz will also have hard-to-find, imported candies from around the world, including Japan and Europe.

  May not need the mowers anymore. The Coweta County Board of Education is seeking bids for artificial turf at the three public high school football fields. This doesn’t mean the board will actually make the switch, but it gives them the opportunity to look at the costs, as well as pros and cons.

  Never in the history of “calm down” has anyone calmed down by being told to “calm down.”

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West Georgia Technical College named Lauren Birriel, an Associate Degree Nursing student from Sharpsburg, as its 2018 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner and Murphy Campus Clinical Laboratory Technology instructor Dr. Phyllis Ingham as its 2018 Rick Perkins Award winner. GOAL is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, which honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. The Rick Perkins Award is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

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  Hopefully, sometime during the shelf life of this publication (meaning December) crews will reopen Greison Trail and we can do away with that pesky detour.

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Ashley Park today announced that Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop is set to open its first Newnan location this December next to GameStop and DSW Shoes. The store is known as one of the country’s largest collections of saltwater taffy and glass-bottled sodas. This shop will feature more than 500 different bottled sodas, thousands of candies from across the world, old-fashioned tin signs, classic concert posters, novelty items, and

The higher a monkey climbs, the more you see of its behind. Joseph Sidwell

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Ginger Jackson Queener

Briefly describe yourself and what you do. Vice President – Wealth Management UBS Financial Services, Inc. Wealth Advisor and Partner to 75 families with a concentration in small business owners and one large nonprofit institution. I am also chairwoman of the board of the Coweta Community Foundation. Best piece of business advice you’ve received. Take the time to really get to know your clients. Listen, learn and help find the solution that will make their lives easier and remember, what you do today can impact several generations. If I had it to do over … Law School instead of Nursing School You are going on an extended solo trip. What three albums and three books would you take? The Snowball – Warren Buffett Winning – Jack Welch Ava’s Man – Rick Bragg Best of Patsy Cline The Best of the Eagles ZZ Top Eliminator Tell us one thing about yourself that few people know I am half Brazilian.

You are hosting a dinner party for six. What five people, living or dead, would you invite and why. Warren Buffet – to pick his brain! My maternal Grandfather – I never had the opportunity to meet him. My paternal Grandmother – I never had the opportunity to meet her. Ronald Regan – No explanation necessary. Sir Winston Churchill – to listen to him talk about strategy and life experiences Name an as yet unfulfilled dream Pilot’s license and travelling to Europe. If you weren’t doing what you are, you would be … Estate Planning Attorney and working for a nonprofit institution Your go-to food. Yellow Chicken, Potatoes, Rice and Black Beans. Brazilian Comfort Food. Favorite movies(s) Patton, Tombstone, Top Gun and all of the James Bond movies Dogs or cats? Most definitely cats…I have two and would probably have a couple more. Your favorite quote and why “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi. I believe that we were put on this earth to help others and to take care of our neighbors. Name something that you are extremely glad you did or accomplished Met my Brazilian Grandmother. My husband took me to meet her for the first time in 2010 and the missing piece of my heart was found. She was three months shy of her 100th birthday this year and passed away. We were preparing to go visit her this year for that occasion, if I only had one more visit with her. I also met 70 of my 1st and 2nd cousins, which was an amazing experience. What advice would you give your younger self just starting out on their own Listen to my mother and her advice. She is a wise woman and everything she told me was true and if you don’t you’re going to have to go to her a lot when you are older and apologize and say, “Yes Ma’am, you told me so.”

Home for the Holidays While many of us rely on technology to communicate with each other by cell phone, video chats and social media, the holidays present a unique opportunity to spend time in person with family members, particularly older family members we don’t see on a regular basis. This face-to-face time provides a chance to observe behaviors that may go undetected over the phone or e-mail. Certain changes in these behaviors from year to year may indicate a need for long-term care. While each passing year will likely show some changes in an older family member’s capabilities and function, it’s important to focus on changes in behavior as compared to what is considered normal for that person. For example, if a person who is usually outgoing and conversational now seems withdrawn and isolated or if someone who has always been physically capable of caring for him or herself is now struggling to bathe and dress or make simple meals, it’s probably time for the family to consider making a long-range plan for care. The best time to plan is before that care is needed. Many people mistakenly assume Medicare will pay for all long-term care such as home care, personal care, assisted living and nursing care, but this is not the case. Since there are strict limits to what Medicare covers, more and more seniors consider purchasing long-term care insurance to defray such costs. You can start your search about long-term care insurance online. The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP) can provide valuable information such as an assessment of need, direction on developing a plan for long-term care and more; visit Also, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services sponsors an educational site at Best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season with your friends and family. This article is courtesy of Wesley Woods of Newnan, a senior living community on 54 acres offering independent apartments and cottages, personal care, memory care and nursing care, all on one campus

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Business Women of Fayette & Coweta’s 2017

O Christmas Tea - November 28, 2017 at Peachtree Hotel & Conference Center photos provided by Meghan Stewart Photography Over 130 local business women gathered together recently for O Christmas Tea. This holiday classic event hosted by the Business Women of Fayette and Coweta raised over $30,000 for Coweta Domestic Violence Resource Center in Newnan. Entertainment featured carolers from Masterworks Chorale, professional classical guitarist Matt White and eighteen dancers from Peachtree City Civic Ballet performing scenes from the Nutcracker. “We are so pleased to have raised over $140,000 in the last nine years for the survivors of domestic violence,” said O Christmas Tea chair Ellie White-Stevens, Creative Director of Dirt1x. “We had amazing sponsors support us, like Hope Diamond Sponsor Powers Heating & Air, Diamond Sponsors Community Association Management, and Cronic Automotive Group. We were also pleased to have the support of Gold Sponsor The Shopper/The Paper.”

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Main Street Newnan 6 First Avenue Newnan, GA 30263 770.253.8283 Newnan Christmas Parade Saturday, December 9, 6 p.m. The theme is “Christmas Around the World!” The parade will include floats, walking groups, decorated cars and trucks, and marching bands. Every year there is a float contest that goes along with the parade. The entry fee is $35. For more information visit or call 770.253.8283 __________________________________

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The Nutcracker Presented by the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. The Wadsworth Auditorium 25 Jefferson St., Newnan Call 770-683-3724 for more information


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Masterworks Chorale joins with the Chancel Choir of Newnan First United Methodist Church in a presentation of one of the most well-known and beautiful representations of the story of Christmas through music. Former Newnanites, soprano, Sarah Taylor Umberger and mezzo soprano, Gwendolyn Reid Kuhlmann, along with tenor, Daniel Weisman, will join the choirs and chamber orchestra to sing the solo portions of Handel’s Oratorio.

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20 W Campbellton St, Fairburn, GA 30213 770-969-0956 • __________________________________

Masterworks Chorale’s Messiah Dec. 17 | 3:00pm Newnan First United Methodist Church

Sweetland Amphitheatre at Boyd Park


A Charlie Brown Christmas By Charles M. Schulz Dec. 14–17 21–23 Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson __________________________________



“A gentleman is someone who can play the accordion, but doesn’t.” - Tom Waits “I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.” - Jimi Hendrix

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660 Peachtree St NE (at Ponce de Leon Ave NE), Atlanta 404.881.2100 Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker Dec. 8-28, Sing! An Irish Christmas Keith & Kristyn Getty Monday, Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. Widespread Panic Dec. 29-31 Sleeping Beauty Presented by the Russian Ballet Sunday, Jan. 7, 3 p.m. The Lion King Jan. 10-28

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Atlanta Falcons

1523 Lower Fayettevile Rd., Newnan, GA 30265 770.254.2787 • Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas Saturday, Dec. 16, 7 p.m. Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas is a family-friendly holiday show that celebrates the classic Carpenters’ Christmas recordings! Only at this show can you hear their greatest hits like “Close to You,” “Yesterday Once More,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and all your holiday favorites! With Harry Sharpe directing the show, Michelle Berting Brett takes center stage, accompanied by a 7-piece Nashville band. You’ll hear enthralling stories and entertaining sing-along songs, making this is one heart-warming holiday show that’s fun for the whole family! Check out website for more info __________________________________

Senoia Downtown Development Authority

Dec. 7, Thurs. vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:25 p.m. Dec. 31, Sunday vs. Carolina Panthers, 1 p.m. Home Games at Mercedes-Benz Stadium For ticket info, call 404-223-8000 or visit __________________________________

Candlelight Tour of Homes Sunday, Dec. 10 Step back in time and enjoy an evening filled with beauty and holiday cheer at the annual Candlelight Tour of Homes in historic downtown Senoia. The event will be held Sunday, December 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are limited and can be purchased for $20 each at the Senoia Welcome Center, Table Talk, Beyond the Door, Sam’s Eclectic Collection, Gail’s Antiques, and Senoia Coffee & Café. This event is sponsored by the Senoia Downtown Development Authority. Please call the Senoia Welcome Center at 770-727-9173 for more information. __________________________________


Atlanta Hawks Dec. 9, Sat. vs. Orlando Magic, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Thurs. vs. Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Monday vs. Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Wednesday vs. Indiana Pacers, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, Saturday vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Wed. vs. Washington Wizards, 7:30 p.m.

I’ve been on a calendar, but I’ve never been on time. ~ Marilyn Monroe


Dec. 30, Sat. vs. Portland Trail Blazers, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12, Friday vs. Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park 425 Bobwhite Way, Newnan, GA 30263

Jan. 15, Monday vs. San Antonio Spurs, 3 p.m. Home Games at Philips Arena. For ticket info, call 404-878-3000 or 866-715-1500 or visit: __________________________________ More info call: 770.254.7271 __________________________________


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Each month we cover some of the hot topics from health and wellness, fashion and style, business or even tapping into your creative side.

Go bold Red is always a great idea that is perfect for the holidays.

Savoring the Holiday season Savoring and celebrating the holidays with friends and family is so important. But finding the good in the midst of the stressful and quite hectic moments is so important too. I hope this holiday season will be filled with laughter, music, friends, family and a heart of gratitude and great memories. I hope we focus this season on the significant and not the insignificant things that make us crazy.Your holidays may not be perfect, but what’s really perfect anyway? Remember this is your one life to live and we are mere travelers here. Treasure the small things. And this year may we seek to give gifts that will leave a legacy and eternal blessings. Those would include love, compassion, forgiveness and words of encouragement. So what if the house isn’t spotless and the meal is not perfect. It is not the end of the world. Remember to embrace the moments and savor them.

Shop local Take a look around the corner, up the street and in every nook because you will find fun, fabulous and creative shops. These stores are owned and operated by men and women who care about our community. They hand pick their merchandise and they know your name. When we shop locally, what is spent here stays here and is reinvested in our community. These amazing shops will not disappoint. (Corby is known to many as a Power Shopper, the Little Black Dress and a fashionista. She’s crazy about shoes, clothes, accessories, and of course leopard prints. She loves writing, speaking, ministering, life coaching and being with friends,Winters and the SONs of Thunder.)

This fashion trend is for those who have bold, confident personalities and not for the shy. It can be fun and festive, but it can also be a power statement. Men can simply add a red tie for a big fashion statement or go for a red jacket for a lasting impression. Photographer Mike Colletta loves the red dinner jacket shown here on my friend Thomas Ashley and so does Mr. Personality and I! If you don’t own a little red then this year would be a great time to get your red on. So hit your local shop and stock up. Even Santa knows the power of red.

Gifts which leave a legacy Giving gifts is at the heart of Christmas and giving to those in need is the true meaning, whether you give of your time, talents or your treasures. With far more than 200 nonprofits in our neck of the woods, we have ample opportunities to change lives this holiday season and leave a lasting impact. Each year hundreds of thousands of dollars are given to help children and adults all over our community. This past November, The Kiwanis Club of Newnan awarded $180,000 in grants to 40 local nonprofits to help them continue their mission. (this is only a portion that they gave out this past year). Last January, The Coweta Community Foundation awarded S40,000 in grants and 100 Women awarded $30,000 dollars over the year. We can make a difference and we can change the face of our community by investing in it. And more importantly, by changing just one person’s life, we can change the lives of many. These gifts do not gather dust or wind up in an estate sale either. For something different and fun, how about making a donation in honor of someone this Christmas and simply mail them the Christmas card and tell them what you did. I am sure it will make them smile too.

With so many wonderful non profits in our community … feeding the homeless, providing school supplies for kids, working with those with special needs … there's something for anyone who wishes to help others.

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The View from the Loft Everybody knows Newnan as the “City of Homes,” which for most of us conjures up images of the mansions and craftsman style cottages of Greenville and LaGrange streets. Hidden behind all the grandeur and discreetly tucked away is another of Newnan’s treasures, the warehouses and mills of the bygone textile empire. In some cities these types of buildings will never have another life, but in Newnan that is not the case. The movie industry and the demand for loft living has breathed new life into these turn-of-the- twentiethcentury jewels. Built of local brick, stone and heart pine, these structures offer soaring ceilings and casual undefined spaces that cater to younger crowds, as well as to the cosmopolitan movie business, those seeking an urban experience away from the hassles of traffic and the older “downsizing crowd.” Lofts like this one, located in the old cotton mill in Cole Town, are the perfect setting for the possessions of budget minded young people as well as those more settled collectors of antiques, mid-century modern items and contemporary furniture and art.


(Jim Coleman is twice retired as a financial advisor and flight attendant. A theatre geek, musician, arts administrator and preservationist, he lived a relatively obscure life until he crossed paths with Corby Winters. Jim chose Newnan as his new forever home five years ago and is dedicated to making our community the best it can be.)

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The bigger story here is that any viable community makes a quality of life statement based on its commitment to its history, its attention to its built environment and its willingness to welcome creative people. Preservationists will also point out that adaptive reuse of historic buildings is an efficient way to use bricks that are already made and trees that are already cut down, lessening the impact of new construction on the community. As the nation’s ninth largest metropolitan area continues to creep our way, it is critical to resolve to be open and receptive to expansion and new ideas but steadfast in our commitment to protect those things which will prevent us from becoming just another nameless suburb. The arts, museums, sports and recreation, places of worship and friendly people who possess “pride of place” will ensure that we remain the 21st century’s “City of Homes.”

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Everyone has their “go-to” place to eat. It might be with linen tablecloths and waiters in ties, or where you throw peanuts on the floor and carve your initials in the wooden tables. Whatever and wherever, it’s your “joint.” There are lots of these places around here, and we’re out to find them all in The Joints column. And yes, all are White Monkey approved. __________________________________ Fat Boys By the time we walked out after eating, the Youngest SON of Thunder turned toward me and said, “that was the best chicken fried steak I’ve ever had.” If you know Youngest, that’s a serious statement. For my part, I had just downed a hamburger steak complete with gravy, grilled onions and grilled mushrooms that, well I have to say, ranked up there with my own. And I put my hamburger steak up against anyone. Welcome to Fat Boys, the definition of a serious bar joint. It’s also the definition of not judging a place by how it looks on the outside. Inside, it’s where cigarette smoke fills the air and there’s an ashtray on every table. The beer is cold and they can probably make about any drink provided it doesn’t require a Buddha bowl. Pull out some quarters and play on one of two tables. And the music selection and sound system aren’t too bad either. It also just happens to serve some of the best homestyle food we’ve experienced. And it’s eclectic. Besides the above, the variety runs from chicken wings and chips and queso to chicken livers, fresh pork skins and fried cauliflower. Pulled pork tacos or a chicken cordon bleu wrap. You will not leave hungry. You will leave happy and don’t be surprised if you say, “that was the best (fill in the blank) I’ve ever had.” 485 Highway 16 W, Newnan • 770-755-6909 Monday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, noon to 2 a.m. Christy’s Cafe Christy’s is fast becoming the go-to place for breakfast or lunch. Christy recently relocated to a big old house on Jackson Street complete with an outdoor porch for additional seating. A favorite of locals, the food is great and prices are fair. Breakfast (until 10:30 a.m. weekdays and all day Saturday) ranges from egg breakfast plates, omelets, pancakes and French toast, skillets and egg sandwiches - and you can add all sorts of toppings to any of the above. Lunch provides an even greater range, from various Philly-style sandwiches, to gyros, cheesesteaks, hamburgers, melts and various sandwiches. No one ever leaves hungry, but everyone does leave happy. 27 Jackson St., Newnan * 770-683-7512 Monday - Saturday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jamaican Delight Caribbean Cuisine. Don’t plan on bringing the family here. There are only two tables with two chairs each, plus two bar stools. That’s it. Here, they focus on catering and takeout. In fact, they don’t even have the full menu available for dining in. Pro tip: You need to call ahead to and let them know what you want so they can cook it up. The food is just like the name implies, Jamaican specialities like oxtail and goat, and beef and chicken patties. Their curry and jerked chicken is out of this world. You need to order ahead to get the seafood. This is a great place that is just something completely different and one you probably didn’t know existed. And yep, it’s attached to a gas station. They don’t have a website, although you can find somewhat of a menu if you search hard enough. Do what we did when in the area, drop in and snap a photo of the menu. 2235 Hwy. 34 East, Newnan • 770-683-8646 Mon-Fri. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. noon to 8 p.m. Mesquite Tree If you’re out on Hwy. 34 in Sharpsburg, you need to check out a new family-owned authentic Mexican restaurant - Mesquite Tree. The menu is up on big signs along one wall. You start by picking your dish: tacos, tortas, chimichangas, burritos, flautas, enchiladas, or topopos. Next your protein: steak, grilled or shredded chicken, pork and so forth. Ordering is done up at the counter, where you can also

check out all the fixins. Service is fast and friendly and there’s a variety of sauces to try out. When ordering, try the burrito “enchilada” style with cheese and sauce. Pretty outstanding. And their guacamole is pretty much out of this world as well. It’s the kind of place you can bring the whole family and have a great meal and not break the bank. 3500 Hwy. 34 East • 470-414-7822 Tues - Sat. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sun - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Monday.

Those atomic levels will certainly make your head sweat, but don’t be surprised if you fingers start to blister as well. But it’s not all wings. They are well known for their fried fish deals, which includes catfish, whiting or tilapia. They’ve got family packs for those as well. Dial the number and order away. You’ll find them across the street from Hemrick’s Super Thrift 23 Franklin Road, Newnan • 770-252-2755 Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fri & Sat. - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mac’s Pizza and Wings If you ever find yourself roadtripping to Atlanta and want to grab some wings on the way, we’ve got the place for. And heck, if you’re driving home from working in the big city and crave some wings, it’s still the same place. Here’s what they say: “Our Southern style wings are marinated in our dry rub, then deep fried to golden perfection and drizzled in sauce.” And that pretty much sums it up. They have the regular flavors as well as Georgia Peach, Sweet Chili, Kickin’ Bourbon and White Monkey’s favorite, lemon pepper. They can make you a pizza too, with free toppings and hand tossed or thin crusts. Mac’s is located off the Collingsworth exit on Interstate 85. It’s the gas station right next to Frank’s Restaurant. 1188 Collinsworth Rd., Palmetto • 770-463-4454 Mon-Sat. 5 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.; Sun. 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Fabiano’s Pizzeria Any place where you can order a bowl of tater tots, and then top them with chili, onions, jalapenos and/or cheese, is just flat out going to be a great joint. And fights have been known to break out over who gets the last garlic knot. Such is Fabiano’s, right smack in downtown Newnan attached to the historic The Alamo, a former movie house and now live music bar. There are plenty of sandwiches to choose from, but Fabiano’s is best known for their pizza. It’s one of the few where you can order a “monster” slice or two. You have a slew of toppings to choose from and it’s all New York style, so don’t be bringing up talk about pies and Chicago. Totally White Monkey approved with wooden booths or tables - and kid friendly too. 19 North Court Square, Newnan • 770-683-2683 Mon - Sun: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Mother’s Kitchen Let’s face it, any place named “Mother’s Kitchen” better live up to the name, and Newnan’s own does that and more. It is the perfect Southern cooking joint in about as relaxed an atmosphere as you can find. In other words, you are not there for the decor, but you will be greeted warmly and might even get a God bless or two. For nearly 17 years, everyone from big name politicians to bankers and construction workers have visited Mother’s for her fried or baked chicken, ham and a variety of Southern veggies. And don’t bring your gold, platinum or titanium credit card either, it’s cash or check only. If you’ve never been, just park near where you think it is and ask someone. The entrance to Mother’s is actually down an alley. 33 ½ East Broad, Newnan • 770-683-3033 Mon. to Fri. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bee’z Eat’s Tucked in a small cluster of stores on Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. is Bee’z Eat’s. So awesome they don’t even have a web page. You can check out their menu, which is drawn up on dry erase boards, on their Facebook photo page. Let’s just say their cheesesteak is arguably the best in town. Grown men have cried over their Mac and Cheese. Shrimp and Oyster Po’Boys the way God meant; shrimp and grits and hot dogs the length of a kid’s arm. Fried, grilled or however you want, everything on their menu is worth coming back for. Bee’z handles the cooking, while his wife Diane takes care of the front. You just have to go. 395 Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. Newnan • 678-673-6847 Tuesday - Saturday 11 a.m to 8 p.m.

El Taquito Located south of downtown Newnan off I-85’s Exit 41 (Moreland), is El Taquito. You have to enter through the BP truck stop to get to where you order. But don’t worry, there’s plenty of seating. Once there, a large billboard sign highlights the menu: nachos, taco salads, tortas, flautas, tacos, asada, quesadillas, fajitas and burritos. Meat options include steak, beef tongue, beef head, tripe, sausage, fried pork and other adventurous choices. And you won’t find a fountain machine here. The Cokes are in 500 ml glass bottles, and there’s no twisting these off. Fortunately there’s a bottle opener nailed to the wall right next to the refrigerator. And it’s bottled in Mexico. 1389 Hwy 29, Newnan • 770-252-2777 Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sun: 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tomo If you are a sushi lover and are really into the Zodiac, Tomo Japanese Restaurant might just be your place. The Capricorn roll, for example, includes shrimp tempura, spicy tuna with a lobster salad on top. Let’s just say they’ve got every combination of sashimi, sushi, and hand rolls you can think of. But that’s certainly not all. Lunch and dinner includes Hibachi specials as well as Bento box smorgasbords. There’s tempura offerings and special Udon or Soba dishes. For Japanese food lovers, this restaurant, smack in the middle of the Thomas Crossings Publix stripmall, is a hidden delight. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait. 90 Glenda Trace, Suite K, Newnan • 770-254-8588 Mon - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sunday noon - 10 p.m. CC’s Wings One does not go to CC’s to enjoy the decor. One goes there to eat some of the best chicken wings in the area. They’ve got family specials ranging from 30 wings and sides up to 70 wings and sides. Flavors include all the normal culprits, plus a few with the word “hot” associated with them. Order these at your own risk.

The Mexican Store Down Hwy. 29 South are a couple of buildings housing a laundromat and a Hispanic grocery. The Mexican Store caters to all things Mexican, including a large meat section. And there’s an in-house taqueria/grill. You can get authentic Mexican dishes like carnitas, chicharrones, tacos, burritos and Mexican style beef and lamb BBQ. Great food, great price. 272 Greenville St., Newnan • 470-414-7179 Monday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. JR’s BBQ If you are ever down driving in the south part of the county near the Coweta County Fairgrounds, roll down your window and follow your nose. If you’ve got a hankering for “I need some BBQ NOW,” well, JR’s BBQ is right there on Pine Road. There is a massive cooker right outside, so you can’t miss it. Just run up to the trailer and ask Nat and Angie for a pulled pork sandwich, a BBQ plate, smoked sausage and other delights. You can also get Brunswick Stew by the gallon. In and out, the way a BBQ joint should be. 191 Pine Road, Newnan • 404-391-3846 Tuesday - Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. CASH ONLY Coweta Country Junction There are probably more chicken wing restaurants around these parts than BBQ places, which is saying something for the South. And some have more flavors than you can count. But for something completely different, you need to check out the Coweta Country Junction on Hwy. 29. You would not think a gas station/convenience store would be known for their wings. You would be wrong. Their wings are battered up and they are fried. And they are big and they are delicious. The only flavor you get is some hot sauce they provide on the side. Seriously, these are some wings. You might want to call ahead and order some to make sure they are ready for you. 1502 US-29, Newnan • 770-253-5999 Monday - Sunday

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FOOD ZONE Eby’s “Finally Something I Love” Seafood Stew

Bill Eby and I worked for the same newspaper company for many years. Eby later worked elsewhere, but took care of me when I moved up to D.C. We are close friends and Bill was a groomsman in my wedding. Like others, Eby was forced to be the guinea pig for many of Winter’s creations. Some passed, others did not. But usually, because it was the first time, Bill’s biggest gripe was that he was told to show up at 7 pm. For dinner, which usually didn’t start until 10 p.m. But I finally came through with this one, which even Bill said was his favorite. So, for all he’s put up with – or rather stomached – over the years, this one’s for Bill. 2 cups onion, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 1 ½ cups red bell pepper, chopped Seasoning mix: 2 teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon white pepper, ½ teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper, ½ teaspoon dried thyme, ½ teaspoon dried oregano, 1 teaspoon dried basis. You can also just use one of those ready-made Cajun spices, just don’t tell us. ¾ cup vegetable oil ¾ cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoon garlic, minced 5 ½ cups seafood stock (take the shrimp shells, put them in a big pot of water; add carrot stick, stalk of celery and one onion and some garlic. The longer you cook it the better, just keep adding water). 1 pound andouille smoked sausage or other good hot sausage (kielbasa) you can cut into cubes 1 dozen peeled medium shrimp 1 dozen medium to large oysters in their liquid ¾ pound of crab meat 2 ½ cups cooked rice Combine the onions, bell pepper and celery in a bowl and set aside. Do the same with the seasoning mix. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat until it starts to smoke. Add the flour gradually and stir it constantly with a whisk or spoon. If it starts to burn, take it off the heat for a few seconds. Continuing cooking until the roux is a dark-red color. Remember to add flour slowly, and if it gets ahead of you, just take it off the heat. Once you have the right color, immediately add half the vegetables to the roux and keep stirring for about 1 minute. Add the remaining vegetables and cook/stir another minute or two. Add the seasoning mix, stir and keep cooking a couple more minutes. Add the garlic, stir another minute and then remove from heat. Put the stock in a large saucepan or Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Add the roux mixture above in spoonfuls to the boiling stock and mix well before adding more. Bring it all to a boil and add the sausage. Continue cooking for about 15 minutes, stirring every now and then. Reduce heat, simmer 10 more minutes. Add the shrimp, undrained oysters and crabmeat. Return to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat, skim off any oil and serve over rice. (John A. Winters is publisher of The Paper. He, Corby, (Little Black Dress) and their SONS of Thunder can usually be found somewhere in the kitchen.)

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DEC. 7-10 … THURS.-SUN. It’s A Wonderful Life adapted for the stage by James Rodgers, based on the film directed by Frank Capra The saga of George Bailey, the Everyman from the small town of Bedford Falls, whose dreams of escape and adventure have been quashed by family obligation and civic duty, whose guardian angel has to descend on Christmas Eve to save him from despair and to remind him—by showing him what the world would have been like had he never been born. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Newnan Theatre Company 24 First Avenue, Newnan, GA 30263 DECEMBER 8 … FRIDAY The Polar Express Party at The Carnegie Please join the Carnegie Library for The Polar Express Party! Wear your pajamas, drink hot chocolate and decorate a holiday cookie! Then we will watch The Polar Express. Cookie decorating will start at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 6:00 p.m. Please call 770-683-1347 to register for this free program. 770.683.1347 • 1 LaGrange St., Newnan DECEMBER 8-9 … FRIDAY-SATURDAY Society of Seven’s 2nd Annual Christmas Show Society of Seven, a group of Newnan’s finest artists, is having their Second Annual Christmas Show, Friday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. and then Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Browse hundreds of works of art many depicting scenes from Newnan and the South. Also features David Boyd, Sr. and Rosalyn Moore McKoon. The Boyd Gallery, 14 East Washington Street. Open to the public and FREE. 14 East Washington Street, Newnan DECEMBER 9 … SATURDAY Children Connect Children Museum’s Inaugural Christmas Party The Children Connect Newnan’s Children Museum is having its inaugural Christmas Party December 9th- doors open at 10 a.m till 3 p.m. Come visit Santa and receive a gift, ride Champion the Wonder Pony, come work in our elves workshop and make a keepsake ornament. Tickets cost $6 per child and can be purchased at the Children’s Museum on Temple Ave, Newnan GA (470)414-2455 or on our Facebook page childrenconnectmuseum. Temple Ave., Newnan DECEMBER 9 … SATURDAY Newnan Christmas Parade Christmas Around the World The City of Newnan’s annual Christmas parade will be held Saturday, Dec. 9th, beginning at 6 p.m. The theme is “Christmas Around the World!” The parade will include floats, walking groups, decorated cars and trucks, and marching bands. People’s Choice will be voted on Facebook by the public and on the city’s website the next day and they will receive a plaque for this honor. The entry fee is $35. DECEMBER 9 … SATURDAY Night Market in Peachtree City Enjoy live music, food trucks and (adult) beverage kiosks, and arts and crafts vendors * Golf Cart recommended * This event is intended for those 18 and older (no children’s activities provided) 5 to 10 p.m. 151 Willowbend Rd / Drake Field, Peachtree City, GA 30269

DEC. 9-10, 16-17 … SATURDAYS-SUNDAYS Fire Department Santa Run Food & Toy Drive Santa will visit Peachtree City neighborhoods on a fire engine, collecting non-perishable foods and toys for those in need this holiday season. Event covers three weekends, Dec. 2 & 3, Dec. 9 & 10, and Dec. 16 & 17. DocumentCenter/View/6512 DECEMBER 10 … SUNDAY 2nd Annual NJSL Luminaria The Newnan Junior Service League “Light Up Newnan” is on Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. This event directly benefits our 2017-2018 grant recipient, Coweta CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), and all proceeds will go towards the training of volunteers to become court appointed advocates for abused and neglected children in our community. Each Luminaria kit is $1, and includes 12 candles, 12 white bags, 12 votive cups, and sand. You can place your orders online or download the Luminaria order form at All Luminaria kits can be picked up on December 9 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Newnan First United Methodist Church located at 33 Greenville Street in downtown Newnan. DECEMBER 10 … SUNDAY Candlelight Tour of Homes • Senoia Step back in time and enjoy an evening filled with beauty and holiday cheer at the annual Candlelight Tour of Homes in historic downtown Senoia. The event will be held Sunday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are limited and can be purchased for $20 each at the Senoia Welcome Center, Table Talk, Beyond the Door, Sam’s Eclectic Collection, Gail’s Antiques, and Senoia Coffee & Café. This event is sponsored by the Senoia Downtown Development Authority. Please call the Senoia Welcome Center at 770-727-9173 for more information. DECEMBER 11 … MONDAY Second Luminaria kit/card pick-up day Mon., Dec. 11, 3-7 p.m. Hosted by Lights for Linda at 55 Lake Shore Dr., SummerGrove, GA 30265 DECEMBER 13 … WEDNESDAY Eric Metaxas presents “Martin Luther” Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at The Carnegie. From #1 New York Times bestselling author Eric Metaxas comes a brilliant and inspiring biography of the most influential man in modern history, MARTIN LUTHER, in time for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Eric will speak on his new book at 7:00pm followed by a booksigning. Books will be available for purchase. This event is hosted by Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation and is a free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30pm. Reservations required due to limited seating. 770.683.1347 • 1 LaGrange St., Newnan DECEMBER 14 … THURSDAY Carnegie Cinema: It’s a Wonderful Life Thursday, Dec. 14 at 1:30 to 4:15 p.m. Carnegie Cinema is a program showing movies of topical or popular interest. Please join us for a relaxing afternoon at The Carnegie Library including drinks, and of course, popcorn! We will be enjoying the holiday class, It’s a Wonderful Life! Reservations requested, please call 770-683-1347 770.683.1347 • 1 LaGrange St., Newnan

DECEMBER 14-17, 21-23 … THURS.-SUN. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz based on the television special by Bill Melendez & Lee Mendelson; stage adaptation by Eric Schaeffer by special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw & Ruby Persson When Charlie Brown complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees in everyone during the Christmas season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m. Newnan Theatre Company 24 First Avenue, Newnan DECEMBER 15 & 16 … SATURDAY & SUNDAY The Nutcracker at The Wadsworth The Nutcracker, a family tradition, based on the Tchaikovsky classic. Choreographed by Paulo Manso de Sousa. Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 5:30 p.m. $20 general admission. For more information call 770.683.3724, visit www.southernarcdance. org, email Presented by The City of Newnan Cultural Arts Commission. Wadsworth Auditorium 25 Jefferson St., Newnan DECEMBER 16 … SATURDAY The Carpenters Christmas Merry Christmas Darling: Carpenters’ Christmas is a family-friendly holiday show that celebrates the classic Carpenters’ Christmas recordings! Only at this show can you hear their greatest hits like “Close to You,” “Yesterday Once More,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and all your holiday favorites! With Harry Sharpe directing the show, Michelle Berting Brett takes center stage, accompanied by a 7-piece Nashville band. You’ll hear enthralling stories and entertaining sing-along songs, making this is one heart-warming holiday show that’s fun for the whole family! 7 p.m. Tickets $15 / $20. The Nixon Centre for the Arts, 1523 Lower Fayetteville Rd., Newnan, GA 30265. 770.254.2787 DECEMBER 17 … SUNDAY Masterworks Chorale’s Messiah Masterworks Chorale joins with the Chancel Choir of Newnan First United Methodist Church in a presentation of one of the most well-known and beautiful representations of the story of Christmas through music. Former Newnanites, soprano, Sarah Taylor Umberger and mezzo soprano, Gwendolyn Reid Kuhlmann, along with tenor, Daniel Weisman, will join the choirs and chamber orchestra to sing the solo portions of Handel’s Oratorio. This a FREE concert. A love offering will be taken. 3 p.m. at Newnan First United Methodist Church 33 Greenville St, Newnan DECEMBER 21 … THURSDAY Magical Comedy with Ken Scott Thurs., Dec. 21, at 10 to 11 a.m. The Carnegie Library presents Magical Comedy with Ken Scott on Thursday, December 21st at 10:00 a.m. Ken Scott combines comedy and magic for an amazing show. Please call 770-683-1347 to register for this free program or register online at https://www. 770.683.1347 • 1 LaGrange St., Newnan

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The Film Fix with Jonathan W. Hickman (Jonathan W. Hickman is an entertainment attorney, filmmaker, college professor, and novelist. More about Jonathan can be found by visiting

Streaming Selects:

What to Binge: Wormwood (December 8) While the big event on Netflix in December is likely the second season of “The Crown,” Errol Morris’ documentary hybrid “Wormwood” looks fantastic. Combining high end narrative re-enactments with factual investigation and interviews, Morris (Oscar winner for “The Fog of War”) blurs the line between fact and fiction. The Cold War story is based on and explores the CIA connection to the death of Agency employee Frank Olson in 1953. What movie to watch: Bright (December 22) Netflix is making quite a gamble with this big budgeted star-studded science fiction actioner directed by “Suicide Squad’s” David Ayer. The story is set in a magical alternate Los Angeles where mystical characters exist. In “Bright” a human police officer (Will Smith) joins forces with an Orc cop (Joel Edgerton) to search for an artifact that can alter the future of their society. Reminiscent from the trailers of “Alien Nation,” hopes are high that “Bright” will lift Netflix subscriptions during the holiday season. What to avoid: Catwoman (December 11) Critics who have heralded “Wonder Woman” saying it was the first comic book film lead by a woman, 2004’s “Catwoman” holds the distinction of being one of the first (along with “Elektra” the next year). Directed by Frenchman Pitof, who has yet to direct a theatrical feature since, “Catwoman” is a stylish mess despite great casting with Halle Berry in the lead and Sharon Stone as the nemesis.

What to Binge: Jean Claude Van Johnson: Season 1 (December 15) I watched the pilot for this one when it was part of Amazon’s innovative voting season where viewers were shown pilots and asked to vote on which ones they wanted to see. This tongue-in-cheek high concept action series has the famous martial arts star, Jean Claude Van Damme, playing a parody version of himself. The story follows Van Damme going by the name “Johnson," who is drawn back into his undercover job as a secret agent.

What movie to watch: It Comes At Night (December 9) One of 2017’s most interesting horror entries, “It Comes at Night” is a slow boil but the scares do come. Directed by Trey Edward Shults (2015’s “Krisha”), it takes advantage of a fine cast led by Joel Edgerton to craft a creepy narrative following a family holed up in a cabin in the mountains after society has broken down in the wake of some kind of virus outbreak. What to avoid: Rings (December 29) If you believe the RottenTomatoes meter rating, which has “Rings” at just 7%, this film shot in our very own Newnan, might have eliminated any chance of reviving “The Ring” franchise. The familiar story has a young woman dealing with the Ring curse that threatens to take her life in just seven days.

What to Binge: Legion (December 8) Perhaps the strangest of the Marvel television series, FX’s “Legion” adaptation created by Noah Hawley (of TV’s “Fargo”) is one of the best looking shows on the small screen. The story follows David Haller (Dan Stevens) who is diagnosed with a schizophrenic disorder but soon discovers that he is one of the world’s most powerful mutants. What movie to watch: Heaven’s Gate (December 1) The 1980 box office disaster “Heaven’s Gate” from late writer/director Michael Cimino (Oscar winner for “The Deer Hunter”) could probably also be on the “what to avoid” list. But depending on which version of the film you watch (there is a recut on the web by filmmaker Steven Soderbergh that’s worth seeing as well), “Heaven’s Gate” might be either a masterpiece or a train wreck. Starring Kris Kristofferson and an all-star ensemble, the story is about the real-life Johnson County War in 1890. What to avoid: Robocop 3 (December 1) Shot in Atlanta, this third film in the popular “Robocop” series failed to improve upon the foundation laid in the first film that was somewhat carried forward in its uneven sequel. Actor Robert John Burke steps into the Robocop role (taking over from Peter Weller) in this misguided adventure that has the half man/half robot cop take on ruthless developers seeking to evict poor people from their land. Of interest only to “Robocop” fans.

Arthouse Corner: Call Me By Your Name (review) Having this month been named best picture by the LA Film Critics Association, this 1980s set romance might trouble some viewers with its controversial story of an older man engaged in an affair with a 17-year-old. The film concerns young Elio (Timothée Chalamet) who has an affair with his father’s mid-20s graduate student assistant (played by Armie Hammer). “Call Me By Your Name” is very powerful

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Theatrical Teasers: The Post (review) Steven Spielberg teams again with Tom Hanks (who last worked together on 2015’s “Bridge of Spies”) to tell the story how the Washington Post’s Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), the nation’s first female major newspaper publisher, fought President Nixon and the government over the leaked Pentagon Papers. The resulting Supreme Court decision in the case was a landmark ruling against prior restraint and was a precursor for the Post’s Watergate coverage that was to follow. Easily the frontrunner for best picture, “The Post” might be reminiscent of 2015’s award winner “Spotlight.” However, given the current political climate, “The Post” is likely to resonate with even a broader segment of viewers. Meryl Streep is very special here, so, look for her to be in the discussion for best actress. I liked this film so much that I wanted to go right back into the theater and watch it again.


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Memorable Movie Quotes “In the end, there can be only one.” Connor MacLeod, The Highlander “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”Godfather, Godfather II “Go ahead, make my day.” Dirty Harry, Sudden Impact “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” The Captain, Cool Hand Luke “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.' Lieutenant Colonel William “Bill” Kilgore, Apocalypse Now “Get out of the way, son. You’re using my oxygen.” McMurphy, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.” Jessica Rabbit, Who Framed Roger Rabbit Rando: “Nice wig, Janice. What’s it made of?” Janis: “Your mom’s chest hair!” —Janis Ian in Mean Girls “He does dress better than I do. What would I bring to the relationship?” — Cher, Clueless

The Healthy Lifestyles Starting with Halloween, we get on a holiday roller coaster which takes us through Thanksgiving and then Christmas. We run from event to event and are bombarded with sweets, treats, decadent foods. Top that off with non-stop schedules not ending until after the new year. Many wake up in January worried about how to lose those holiday pounds. So here are some pre and post healthy holiday living tips for mind, body and spirit that will keep you feeling fit and fabulous and healthy through the holiday season and less stressed out.

Elizabeth Dorsey, owner and instructor, Barefoot Lizard Yoga Studio in Sharpsburg: Getting up and moving around while at work is great for you, take the stairs and even add in stretches. Move all different parts of your body especially where you store stress. This can include rolling your shoulders forward and back open and close your hands, make small circles with your wrists and flutter your fingers. Wiggle your hips even if you are sitting down, rotate your ankles and scrunch and your toes. Another idea that Elizabeth recommends is that focusing on something as simple as your breathing can relieve stress and help you to quickly begin to relax. Simply exhale longer than your inhale. Inhale to four, exhale to five, inhale to six. Inhale to seven then exhale to eight. Air pumped up from the diaphragm and breathing outward is a great way to calm the nervous system. Nancy Walden is an instructor/leader with Weight Watchers at Thomas Crossroads. She reminds us how important it is to be aware and mindful of what you eat and make conscious food choices. It is also so important to fill your pantry and refrigerator with healthy clean fresh foods. Another great way to stay healthy is to be encouraged by volunteering, giving and sharing with others. And she said to remember to maintain and promote a positive mindset. Jessica Griffith, marketing and fitness coordinator at Piedmont Fitness Center has these suggestions: When you are at holiday parties fill your plate and then move away from the table filled with food. Otherwise, you will be tempted to graze. And remember just because it is a busy time of year try not to skip your workouts. Jamie Arion of Peachtree City, owner of Jamie Arion HealthyLife - Fitness training, nutrition and health coaching: Around this time of year, NEVER go to a party hungry. Always have a healthy snack before you go. Take the SMALLEST plate available and if this is a day where you budgeted being less restrictive, then choose the food items that you only get at this time of year so it feels special. If this is a buffet or potluck, bring something healthy to eat such as deviled eggs or chicken skewers that are good for everyone. Lori Lovett of Newnan is a personal trainer and also a group fitness instructor at Piedmont Newnan Hospital Wellness Center: Be sure to make sleep a priority. It is the best time the body has to heal and recharge for the next day. Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day and certainly before you head to a dinner or party. Often headaches and body pain can be fixed with staying hydrated. Eat clean foods and limit processed foods, which have little nutritional value and are loaded with calories. Focus on filling your plate with fresh foods full of vitamins and minerals your body needs and uses. Finally, just move! Moving some is better than none. So even a ten-minute movement is beneficial. I want to encourage you to look at health and wellness as a long term lifestyle choice and not just something temporary. Also if you overindulge don’t beat yourself up for days but rather acknowledge your frustration, what you did and choose to move on! Changing habits and behaviors is not easy but one great way is to start quieting negative inner voices that tell you you can’t change, you are fat or you will never change because. You can change. Everyone can benefit from a healthy relationship with food and realizing that we should not live to eat, but eat to live. Great food is like medicine for our bodies. So may you end and start the new year feeling like your best self! If you need more support, encouragement and accountability please feel free to reach out to these amazing women who have shared their insights here with The Paper. Happy Holidays and have a Blessed New Year

~ Corby Carlin Winters

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MUSIC … Local & Live

Holidays in Coweta County are exciting and our Live Music Calendar is sprinkled with special events filling in the spaces of an already popular music scene! The best live music can be found literally everywhere your ears can take you - from the sounds of an acoustic guitar on a sunny winter afternoon patio at RPM’s to Pickin’ On The Square ‘round the courthouse- from the stage at The Alamo to a concert hall at The Nixon Centre. Here’s wishing you a memorable Holiday & New Year & here’s your guide to upcoming shows featuring our local musicians & touring acts in Coweta County.

THE CELLAR at The Firestone 20 Jefferson St., Newnan 770-683-6328 •

“2011 Entertainer of the Year” from the New England Country Music Organization. (Tom is a successful songwriter as well as obviously a powerful performer opening for artists like Zac Brown, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, etc, I recommend attending one of his January shows here in Newnan at The Brickhouse)

★ Dec. 12 & 19th, 7-10 p.m. The HOT TODDIES … Michelle Malone, Doug Kees & Robby Handley performing holiday hits & sing-a-alongs. This cool, yule trio is “the hottest sleigh ride in town!”

THE ALAMO 19 W Court Square, Newnan, GA 30263 770.683.2526 •

★ Dec. 15, 9:30 p.m. Bottle Of Smoke These guys are pretty much celebrating continuously from St. Pats Day to New Years! Always a good time with this Celtic folk band.

★ Dec. 16, 9:30 p.m. Departure/Journey Tribute Band “After seven years together, Departure has become the most respected Journey tribute band in the nation” ★ Dec. 22, 9:30 p.m. Monkey Foot A popular high energy Rock band from Montgomery, Alabama.

★ Dec. 23, 8 p.m.

SWEETBAY’S Christmas Eve-Eve Party.

… By Kris Youmans

★ Dec. 14, 6-9 p.m. Matt Lyons ★ Dec. 15, 9 p.m. 2 Broke Kings ★ Dec. 16, 2-5 p.m. Capo 3 ★ Dec. 16, 9 p.m. Thompson Lyon ★ Dec. 21, 6:30-9 p.m. River Bottom Blues Band ★ Dec. 22, 9 p.m. Jacob Stiefel w/ Special Guest Paul Jackson from Blackberry Smoke

★ Dec. 23, 2-5 p.m. John Lorenze ★ Dec. 23, 9 p.m. The Employee ★ Dec. 29, 9 p.m. The 4 T’s ★ Dec. 30, 2-5 p.m. Matt Lyons ★ Dec. 30, 8-11 p.m. Doug Kees & Moonshine will be Rockin’ & Rollin’ on New Year’s Eve-Eve!

★ Dec. 31, 9 p.m. New Year’s Eve - 2 Broke Kings: Ross Childress. past member of Collective Soul. is half of the duo performing as 2 Broke Kings along with Stephen Wines. ★ Jan. 6, 9 p.m. Moses Moe

RPM 15 Jackson St, Newnan, GA 30263 770.683.1414 •

★ Dec. 23, 8 p.m. Daniel Toole Daniel plays with sincerity & character - we always enjoy his acoustic performance.

★ Wednesdays 8 p.m. Open Mic hosted by one of Newnan’s favorite singer songwriters Blaire Morgan

★ Pickin on the Patio 2 p.m. every Sat & Sun, 8pm on Sat nights

LEAF & BEAN 22 W Ct Square A, Newnan, GA 30263

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★ Every Wednesday JAZZ w/ Neal Waulchope & Toni Byrd 7-10 p.m. Toni is a versatile vocalist, world class recording artist, songwriter, & a winner in the 2014 Black Women In Jazz Awards. SWEETBAY’S music is often described as “soulful, guitar driven indie rock with a colorful electronic twist”. Lance Mapp, James Tiernan & Zach Deloach always give a dynamic performance - that along with clever songwriting & their combined musicianship make them one of my personal favorites and one of the best up & coming acts in Georgia! Joining them will be Mobley & Erok Scott Patterson. Mobley’s home is Austin Texas - he’s composed dozens of pieces for stage and TV and has toured extensively. If you know Erok you know his performances are always fun. He’s a one-man party of musical genre-blending magic to be sure!

BRICKHOUSE 80 Newnan Station Dr, Newnan, GA 30265 770.683.2790

★ Dec. 30, 9 p.m. Hudson Road “music with attitude”

John & Lalla McGee : John was recently a winner in the The Walnut Valley Folk Festival in Winfield, Kansas. HALF SHELL 1690 GA-34, Newnan, GA 30265 770.502.9911

★ Dec. 14, 6-8:30 p.m. Walker Family

★ Sundays at The Alamo 4 p.m. Sunday Soul Sessions This Open Mic is hosted by one of the most genuine singer/songwriters you’ll have the pleasure to hear - Tyler Wallace. Everything is there ready for you to sign up, plug in and play to Alamo’s appreciative audience.

★ Dec. 22, 7 p.m. Holiday sing-a-long

★ Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve, Hors d’oeuvres 7

bluegrass & traditional country

p.m., Buffet 8:30 p.m. & starting at 10 p.m. Hudson Road will rock you into 2018!

★ Dec. 28, 6-8:30 p.m. LEROGIE *Live Music every Thursday - call 770-502-9911

★ Jan. 12 & 13, 10 p.m. The Tom Dixon Band Tom Dixon was named “Country Act of the Year” in the 2013 New England Music Awards and

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★ Dec. 9, 9p.m. Balanz-Zupern Ova

Masterworks Chorale Performing Handel’s Messiah Dec. 17 at FUMC

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★ PICKIN’ ON THE SQUARE: Jan 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Whether you play an instrument or just want to gather round, you can join in for a nearly 10-year tradition of making music on the square. Everyone welcome!

On December 17 at 3:00 pm, Coweta’s own Masterworks Chorale will join the Newnan's First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Chancel Choir to present George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, Part I, ending with the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.” This free concert, Masterworks’ gift to the community, will take place in downtown Newnan in the FUMC sanctuary. Artistic Director Kathy Bizarth will lead the performance. Accompaniment will be provided by David Kinrade, organist, chorus master and Minster of Music for Newnan First United Methodist Church, and a chamber orchestra. Also featured will be three soloists, all of whom have Georgia roots.

★ Jan. 13, 7-9 p.m. Newnan Unplugged is a mini-concert with a lineup of some of the best local & regional songwriters ‘up close & personal’ in a listening room environment. Stage shows featuring talented local musicians will appear regularly on the Vinylyte/Brown’s Guitar Mill Stage!

★ Live stage shows at Vinylyte Records

Kris Youmans is originally from Savannah, Ga. where she was part of the River Street music scene early in her career & is greatly influenced by music in the southern culture. She has lived in Newnan for over 12 years & is the host of Newnan Unplugged a monthly songwriter concert. She also fronts the Kris Youmans Band & won the Georgia Country Awards Traditional Artist of 2016 . Kris’ interests are focused on the local music scene , organizing music fundraisers for local non-profits , her Band , her three grown children, & Hank the Dog.

Soprano Sarah Taylor is a Newnan High School graduate with an extensive recital repertoire including song, opera, and oratorio. She has been featured in the distinguished Charles Wadsworth and Friends Concert and has sung with the Seattle Opera and Boston University's Tanglewood Program. Soprano Robin Sewell is also from Newnan and a recent graduate of Georgia State University, where she earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and studied with Kathryn Hartgrove. Ms. Sewell has recently performed with Capitol City Opera’s Madrigal Singers and Opera on Tap Atlanta. Tenor Daniel Weisman has participated in operas, musicals, and opera scenes programs with companies such as the Harrower Summer Opera Program, Kent Stark Theatre, Opera Cleveland, the Janiec Opera Company, and Solon Center for the Arts. He was named the 2013-2014 recipient of the Frances Crawford Senior Voice Scholarship.


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ARTS Newnan’s Arts Scene … By Larisa Mitchell



Also, that same evening at 6 p.m. there is an art opening for the Sherry Cook exhibit at the McRitchie. Attendees for the Mr. Personality book talk and the Sherry Cook exhibit opening are invited to stay for the following reception. The Sherry Cook exhibit is on display through January. Visit for more information on her artwork. “Personality Matters” is on sale at many downtown locations and the Newnan Coweta Historical Society gift shop, retails for $25 with proceeds benefiting Angels House, NCHS and money toward a new mural by ArtRez. Information about book signing talks/parties on Facebook, https://www.

Annlynn Whiteside, member of The Artisans Heritage Guild whose mission is to create a dedicated community school for the arts, teaches a weaving workshop series on four Fridays starting Dec 29 through Jan 19 at . . . where else? The McRitchie-Hollis Museum! Classes are at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Annlynn, a weaving expert and teacher, weaves colorful, creative works of art from her looms. Learn from a pro at this workshop series.

A book talk, signing and reception for the new Mr. Personality book, “Personality Matters” is being held Thurs, Dec 14, at 5 p.m. at the McRitchie Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St in downtown Newnan. Hear Mr. Personality read from the book, share musings and good cheer. The book features colorful professionally shot photography of Mr. P. in downtown Newnan along with his quotes of whimsy and wisdom.



Need a little help shooting awesome photography using all the bells and whistles on your new DSLR (Digital SingleLens Reflex) Camera? University of West Georgia instructor Steven Broome to the rescue! He teaches a course that explores all of the camera’s functions and how they relate to effective photography. Exposure modes, white balance, shutter speeds and more is covered in this comprehensive class. Meets 6:30-9 p.m. four Tuesdays from Jan 23 to Feb 13 at UWG Newnan campus 80 Jackson St. Course also includes a two-hour Saturday shooting workshop on Feb 10. Bring your camera to the class! Broome channels his passion for photography into creating stories and memories with great skill. Up your photography game with this unique learning opportunity. Information 678-839-2300.


On Dec 19, 7 p.m., again at the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, Dale Lyles gives a presentation, book talk and signing for his new book, “Lichtenbergian: Procrastination as a Creative Strategy”. Dale encourages everyone to face the new year with the power of procrastination.

 (After several years in advertising and then working for Woodward Academy, Larisa now lives AND works in Newnan. She handles marketing, promoting and organizing arts-related events, writing and other creative and business endeavors. A lover of rock music, folk art and reading, she always on the lookout for what’s next in the arts. She’s an empty nester who enjoys downtown Newnan and appreciates the unique and talented people who make up our community.)

Don your kilt, tartan plaid and/or other Scottish garb and celebrate a wee bit of Scotland right here in Newnan at the 3rd Annual Newnan Robert Burns Weekend Celebration Jan 26 & 27. The Cultural Arts Commission, Newnan Coweta Historical Society, Newnan Theatre Company and the Order of the Tartan Chattahoochee Hills Chapter, cosponsor this lively and entertaining event that celebrates Newnan’s unique relationship with sister

city, Ayr, Scotland hometown of Scotland’s Bard, poet Robert Burns well-known for writing from the heart about life and love. On Friday Jan 26, 7:30 p.m. see “A Newnan Outlander Adventure” stage show and after party at Newnan Theatre Company. Tickets $20 ($10 12 and under). Enjoy music by The Robert Mitchell Trio (, January Duo, Rusty Tate, The McGees with dancing by The Southern Arc Dance Company. On Saturday Jan 27, 3:30 p.m. there’ll be a whisky tasting at The Cellar (tickets $25) along with a FREE Ceilidh Concert at 4:30 p.m. followed by a Community Auld Lang Syne Sing-A-Long around the Courthouse Square at 6:15 p.m. The culminating event is the traditional Burns Supper Saturday evening 6:30 the Historic Train Depot complete with literary toasts, ceremony, dancing, haggis and more! Tickets for this not-to-be-missed event at or 770-251-0207.



Spring Art Walk in downtown Newnan is Mar 23 from 5 to 9 p.m.


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Most vehicles. Some adjustments may require additional charge. Shop supplies, tax and waste disposal fees may apply. At this location only. Not valid with other offers. Other restrictions may apply. Expires 12.31.17




• Up to 5 Qts. Premium Oil (10W-30) • New Oil Filter • Multi-Point Vehicle Inspection • Canister Filters & Special Oils Extra

Now Doing Alignment & Suspension Repair!

We Take Care Of All These Parts Bumper-to-Bumper Service from the Auto Experts Diagnostics • General Repairs • Fuel Pumps • Water Pumps Fuel Injection Cleaning • Brake Service • Factory Scheduled Maintenance • Radiator Flush & Fill • Fluid Leak Detection • Belts & Hoses Air Conditioning Service • Emissions • Oil Changes • Tune-Ups NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY.

Test drive vehicle and visually inspect braking system.


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Using state-of-the-art technology, we’ll perform a computerized wheel alignment that will reduce premature tire wear and improve steering, handling & fuel economy.


Perform cooling system pressure test, exchange used coolant with proper coolant mixture plus check belts and hoses for wear.

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Most vehicles. Some adjustments may require additional charge. Shop supplies, tax and waste disposal fees may apply. At this location only. Not valid with other offers. Other restrictions may apply. Expires 12.31.17

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Want Your Ad In The PAPER? Email for info: FRANK BARRON, Broker 770-231-9535 14 Jackson Street, Newnan, GA 30263 “Serving All of Newnan and Coweta County Since 1948”

JESS BARRON Associate Broker 678-857-9350



MLS #8170512 WEST POINT LAKE – DEEP WATER 2 acre lot on Wehakee Creek. Hardwood hill with panoramic views. Easy access to LaGrange and I-85. Just 89,900. (Frank)

MLS #8166021 RUSTIC 4BR/3BA CHALET on 35.62 open & wded acs w/1.5 ac pond on Smokey Rd & approx. 12 acs open-ideal for pasture. Plus 1BR/1BA guest house w/sep kit & ba, driveway paved, new roof & flooring. Main kit needs appliances & Mstr BA needs fixtures. All await you to finish as you choose. $495,000. (Frank)

MLS #8207751 WELCOME AREA. Front & Back porches. 1900 era 3 Bedroom Farmhouse on 10.33 +/- mostly hardwood acres. Original pine floors. Storage room off back porch. SOLD ‘AS IS”. 79,900. (Frank & Jess)

MLS #8244938 JUST REMODELED SPLIT LEVEL HOME WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE OF DOWNTOWN NEWNAN AND SCHOOLS. 3 BR, 2 1/2 BA, LR, Formal DR, den w/stone f/p. Fresh paint thruout. Fully equipped kitchen. Central a/c. Price Reduced to $129,900. (Frank)

MLS #8241901 CUSTOM BRICK LAKE FRONT HOME ON 3+ acs w/hardwds. Solarium & breakfast rm, large deck, patio & dock. Kitchen w/walnut cabinets, grill cooktop, granite c’tops, ss appliances. Cathedral ceiling in den & f/p w/gas logs, formal DR. Master upstairs. Bsmt. $299,900. (Jess/Alyson)

MLS #8215873 BEAUTIFUL CA 1886 HISTORIC VICTORIAN STYLE 2 STORY HOME on lrg lot in downtown Greenville. Wrap around front porch, 9’+ ceilings. 13x18 rms. Crown molding. Original heart pine flrs in great condition! Sep DR w/built-in china cabinet. 2 lrg greatrms! Price Reduced to $146,900. (Frank/Jess)

MLS #8254594 ATTENTION HANDY MEN! Aluminum siding home needs repair but could be a good investment. 3 BR, 1 1/2 BA, living rm, kitchen & den. Partial chainlink fenced yard. Off street parking on west side of house. Needs work but sold ‘as is’. $29,900. (Frank)

MLS #8269089 WELL MAINTAINED & PVT RANCH! Like New w/fenced yard on 1.89+/- ac in choice North Newnan location. Lrg greatrm w/f/p. Master w/ walk-in closet. Lrg laundry/mud rm. Rocking chair front porch. HVAC, appliances, water heater, lighting, carpet & flooring all updated in 2016 & fresh paint! $189,900. (Jess)

MLS #8270470 CIRCA 1932 ERA BUNGALOW w/3 BR, full bath, living room, dining room & kitchen. Laundry connections are off the back porch. Front porch w/awnings. Deep lot w/small creek in back. $39,900. (Frank)

MLS #8212829 CLASSIC LAKEFRONT 4BR/3BA IN NORTH COWETA in well-established n’hood. Easy access to Newnan & I-85. Long frontage on pvt stocked lake. Spacious GR w/fp & FR w/f/p in bsmt. Loft area. Screen porch & deck overlooking lake. Updated kit w/b’fast area. Price Reduced to $375,000. (Jess/Frank)

MLS #8251826 WELL MAINTAINED 2-STORY ON BSMT in choice North PTC location. 2-story foyer entrance w/20’ ceiling. Hardwd flrs. Sep formal DR. LR w/f/p. Kit w/ss appliances, bfast area & bar, pantry & office nook. Lrg master. Easy I-85 access! $329,900. (Frank/Jess)

MLS #8256081 PRIVATE, COUNTRY SETTING WITH YEAR ROUND CREEK. LESS THAN $3,100 PER ACRE! Several building sites w/mixture of beautiful hardwoods & pines. Underground utilities already in place. Less than 5 minutes to I-85 & 10 minutes from downtown Newnan. $69,900. (Jess)


MLS #8160544 STUNNING BRICK HOME ON FINISHED BASEMENT ON 37+/- ACS. Foyer entrance w/wide staircase, hardwd flrs, family rm w/brick f/p, separate dining room, updated kitchen overlooking backyard and acreage. Spacious master bedroom w/reading or office area. Regulation size basketball court. Reduced to $475,000! (Frank/Jess)

MLS #8238258 ‘SUMMER OAKS’ IN GAY, GA. Fabulous 1938 era brick Cape Cod on 180+/- open & wded acs w/2 ponds, barn, 2 steel bldgs, greenhouse, guest cottage, pavilion w/fplc on pond. 100+/- acs fenced & cross fenced. Updated kit. Formal LR & DR. B’fast rm. Den w/ fplc. 5 BR/3BA. $1,250,000. (Frank)

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509+/- WOODED ACRES. Ideal for development. Zoned industrial in Grantville city limits. Long rail frontage. Owners are Brokers. $12,500/ac. (Frank/Chip) _________________________________________________________ 13 CHOICE BUILDING LOTS in Grantville in Bohannon Woods. Easy access to I-85, Atlanta, Newnan, LaGrange & Columbus. Covenants & Restrictions in file. $12,000/lot. Frank _________________________________________________________ +/-

11.12 WOODED ACRES. Ideal for homesite or development. Estate sized tract for family compound or use. Lots of deer and turkey. Close to Newnan and schools. $83,400. (Frank/Chip) _________________________________________________________ 4.174+/- WOODED ACRES on Palmetto-Tyrone Road and Hudgens Road. Choice North Coweta location. Just Reduced! $49,500!. Frank. _________________________________________________________ 2 SPACIOUS VACANT LOTS in West Coweta on East Coggins Road. Easy access to Newnan, Franklin or Carrollton. Sold ‘as is’. $29,000/lot. Frank _________________________________________________________

MLS #8217354 RECENTLY RENOVATED 2-STORY BRICK w/fin bsmt & fenced bkyd in lake community. Choice N. Coweta location. New Granite c’tops & SS appliances in kit. Den w/brick fplc & built-in bkcases. 12x20 screen porch. Sep DR, LR w/hdwd flrs. Foyer, RV parking, outbldgs. Price Reduced to $299,000. (Frank/Jess)

MLS #8268350 RECENTLY RENOVATED & well maintained home in choice North Fayette location w/easy access to PTC, airport & Atlanta. Fenced bkyd w/deck/patio/garden area. New 4T a/c unit. Foyer entrance, Sep DR, Chef’s kit, open floor plan to LR. Loft area upstairs w/vaulted ceiling. Price Reduced to $369,900 (Jess)

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2 WOODED VACANT LOTS IN NORTH COWETA CO. New shopping nearby. Subject to covenants/restrictions of Chandlers Run Subdivision. $19,500/each. Frank _________________________________________________________ 18 ACRES! BEAUTIFUL, OPEN LAND w/ 500’ of frontage on Hwy 54/Lone Oak Rd, partially RACT R CONT DEMeriwether wooded. 2 miles from I-85 & 1UN mile from Industrial Park Dr. $79,900. (Jess) _________________________________________________________ NICE BUILDING LOT, with stream, close to Elm Street school and downtown Newnan. $35,000. Frank _________________________________________________________

770.253.6990 Information Deemed Reliable But Not Guaranteed. Price & terms subject to prior sale & change without notice. _________________________________________________________

MLS #7635281 HEAVILY WOODED 96.209 ACRES IN GRANTVILLE CITY LIMITS! Subdivision plan available. Grantville City water & sewer. Stream and small pond (3/4 acre) stocked with bass and bream. Ideal for Development or Recreational property. Easy access to I-85. ONLY $3,900/acre. (Frank) +/-

MLS #8187572 STUNNING EUROPEAN 1.5 STORY w/ full bsmt on White Oak Golf Course. Spectacular views! 400+/- S/F Deck. Circular driveway. 2 story mstr suite w/loft! Granite c’tops in kitchen & baths. Theatre rm & sunrm w/ wet bar. Price Reduced to $448,000. (Frank/Jess)

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POTENTIAL COMMERCIAL LOT w/road frontage on busy Hwy 34E. 9.89+/- acs. Excellent location close to Peachtree City, Thomas Crossroads and I-85! Currently zoned Rural Conservation. $75,000. Jess UNDER CONTRACT


COMMERCIAL FOR RENT OR LEASE. 5 Jackson Street. 1500 sq.ft. Office or Store Building in Downtown Newnan. $1,250/per month. Owner/Agents. Robert Hinely 678-877-5874. _________________________________________________________

COMMERCIAL FOR LEASE – White Oak Professional Center. 1100 SQ.FT. TO 8100 SQ.FT. PROFESSIONAL SPACE NEAR WHITE OAK ENTRANCE. $14.50/sq.ft. & up. Robert Hinely 678-877-5874. _________________________________________________________

6.85 ACRES on Newnan’s 2nd busiest street (Temple Ave./Hwy 34 West). Great for shopping center or medical complex. $495,000. Frank. _________________________________________________________

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