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22 BECK-MURRAY Gretchen Beck and Phillip Murray said their I-do’s in a June 9, 2007 wedding at scenic Dunaway Gardens with family and friends.

19 HERE COME THE BRIDES 38 BROWNLEE-BROOKS Because they met at a barn, Jessica Brownlee and Josh Brooks decided that should be the site of their June 23, 2007 wedding.

44 ESKEW-HASTINGS Lucky sevens were in abundance at the July 7, 2007 wedding of Whitney Gail Eskew and Trenton Allen Hastings.

48 MCENTIRE-WILLIAMS Engaged in April and wed in September, Elizabeth McEntire Williams enrolled her mother in the huge but fun task of planning an outdoor wedding at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta.

52 ADVICE TO THE NEWLY WED – FROM A NEWLYWED You might say that Carolyn Barnard (who was featured in last year’s bridal issue) 8

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28 STEPTOE-TAYLOR Traditional yet simple. That was the goal when Anna Dawn Steptoe wed Jayson Holl Taylor at Newnan Presbyterian Church on Oct. 6, 2007. has learned a latte about how to make the marital budget work.

54 BEFORE THE I-DO’S If you want to divorce-proof your marriage, some experts say it’s a smart idea to invest the time and energy in premarital counseling. Two local pastors tell about their own experiences counseling soon-to-bewed couples.

58 BEHIND THE VEIL There’s no such thing as a perfect wedding, and if you think there is, just talk to some of the local wedding professionals we interviewed!

60 PARENTS OF THE BRIDE

32 MATHURA-BAILEY From engagement to wedding day, Jennifer Mathura Bailey says she “had a blast” planning her wedding to Edward Mankin Bailey on Dec. 22, 2007. happen. Mr. and Mrs. Dennis McEntire and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Cawthon share a few lessons they learned as their daughters were preparing to march down the aisle.

65 CONTAINER GARDENING In a drought, large gardens simply aren’t on the radar for most of us. Container gardening is a good solution to providing greenery in and around the home.

70 WATER, WATER NOWHERE Master gardener Jan Bowyer decorates with houseplants and also has some practical ways to conserve water while keeping your plants hydrated.

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D epartments 14 COWETA COOKS

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Grilling, smoking and barbecuing are activities that bring old friends Glenn Neely and Danny Clark together to serve up meals for family and friends – just never for groups smaller than 20.

17 MEET A READER Meet Madeline Barrow, senior writer with an international consulting group and first lady of Newnan Presbyterian Church.

82 SADDLE UP When a car accident meant that Alicia Frese Klenk could no longer ride horses, she put aside her saddle and picked up a camera. Learn more about her awardwinning equestrian photography..

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Election time! We may think we’re more interested in politics today, but Cowetans of yesteryear were just as fascinated with their presidential contests.

66 FAMILY FUN Hiking with your family is a tradition that can reap benefits for years to come.

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eading the wedding stories in this issue brought back so many memories of planning my own wedding in 2006. One thing I learned early on was that the brain in bridal mode does not function as it does at other times in life. Early in my engagement, I read one of those wacky newspaper stories about a wedding in another state where there was an altercation after an unhappy guest didn’t get a piece of wedding cake. My first reaction was, “What flavor was the cake?” It wasn’t that I didn’t care about the wedding couple, but I was making a multitude of decisions of my own at the time. What magical cake flavor would incite a brawl? That must have been some cake! One of the most clever wedding cakes I’ve seen lately was at the December wedding of my friend John “Bo” Bohannon, formerly of Moreland, and his sweet bride Emily. Their wedding was at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center in Augusta. The groom’s cake featured green holly leaves and red berries, and somehow the effect was of fine antique majolica. I thought that was quite unique, but then I’m always amazed at the cake bakers who seem to come up with new ways to outdo themselves with these cakes. From cakes and catering to guest lists and

garden receptions, the brides in this issue made lots of wedding choices that reflected their individual sense of style. I have to tell you, I am quite impressed with these brides, all of whom have wonderful stories to tell. Some of my favorite details: — One couple got serenaded by old college friends as a surprise gift at their wedding reception. — Another bride who first met her groom at a barn got married on her horse! — A Coweta bride who took advantage of that popular 07-07-07 wedding date walked down the aisle at 7:07 p.m. — And of course the wedding story that had all the ladies at the office buzzing was the proposal that began with a helicopter landing on a bride’s lawn to whisk her away to a fantasy day with her future groom. My favorite bit of wedding advice came from Jennifer Bailey, who says to “make sure this is the right guy for you,” and I couldn’t agree more. I think these brides would tell you that finding Mr. Right makes all that hard work more than worthwhile. I hope you enjoy our wedding issue as much as we enjoyed putting it together for you. Fondly,

Angela McRae, Editor Newnan-Coweta Magazine

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Web extras Special Features Web extras you’ll find only online. Look for the computer icon throughout every issue to lead you to the special content at newnancowetamagazine.com.

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Anne Cronic is the winner of the book giveaway in our last magazine, Home to Holly Springs by Jan Karon. A past selection of our Book Nook online book group, Home to Holly Springs was personally signed by the author during an interview with our magazine last fall. Congratulations, Anne!

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ASPIRING AUTHORS, the deadline is nearing for our Second Annual Newnan-Coweta Magazine Writing Contest. Make sure your entry is postmarked by March 31 in order to be eligible for one of three cash awards — and publication in the magazine or on our web site! For a complete list of rules see page 4 in our current issue, or go to newnancowetamagazine.com for details and to read last year’s winning entries.


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ifelong friends Glenn Neely and Danny Clark are having a smokin’ good time, cooking up huge feasts for friends and family… and you certainly won’t hear any complaints from the lucky diners who enjoy their fare. These two grilling, barbecue and smoker aficionados have been cooking all their lives and learned their skills early on. “My mother started teaching me how to cook when I was just four years old,” says Clark. “She taught me 14

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how to cook an egg every way possible from that early age so I’d always know how to feed myself and my interest grew from there.” Neely says he was guided and inspired in his love of cooking by Donald “Duck” Spradlin. Clark and Neely joined up in grade school and thus began their lifetime kinship. They describe their culinary talents more as “entertainment” than cooking, Neely says. “I guess we are artists in a way; we take whatever game or fish is in season

and make it edible!” he jokes. Clark picks up the thread of the conversation, obviously used to the partnership, both in cooking and conversing. “For example, we have done field trials (for hunting dogs) which are three day events. We had to prepare food for three days straight, basically re-using ingredients until they were used up, and still make it taste good the second day and then the third. The challenge was to keep making the food on the smoker ‘new’ each day. So we could


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do a chicken the first day, with biscuits on the side; then maybe make a stew with leftovers on the second day, then turn those leftovers into chicken pot pie. It was great! With a peach pie on the side, mmm mmm – it was good. People still ask us to cook for the trials, but it’s a lot of work.” The duo generally cook for larger crowds of 50 to 100 or more people and never less than a group of 20 close buddies and wives. The guys say the usual course is friends and family call up and the usual answer is “we’d love to do it,” but they only cook when they really want to because they always want it to be fun. Their specialties are ribs, deep fried turkeys (been doing those 15 years), all kinds of fish, any kind of bird or game, drunk chickens (beer can chickens, been doing those 20 years) and Danny’s tomato sauce. Just as they learned how to cook at an early age, Neely and Clark are passing their “red hot” secrets on to

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 golden brown. Remove from smoker. Using disposable pan with meat rack in bottom, put 1/2” water in pan, add ribs, cover pan with aluminum foil and place back in smoker at 375 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until desired tenderness. Remove ribs from steam pan and place ribs back onto smoker or grill (to release steam). If desired, barbecue sauce may be added at this time.

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DANNY CLARK’S TOMATO & ONION GRAVY Great served with meat, biscuits or any side dish. Danny says this should serve 25 people but recently nine people polished this off by themselves! 1 cup flour 1 cup oil 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons black pepper 1 medium onion, diced 2-3 quarts water 1 can Rotel original diced tomatoes Combine flour, oil, salt and pepper in large, flat bottom pot. Heat on high, stirring constantly with spatula until flour begins to brown, 3-4 minutes. Add onions, cook until clarified (or color of gravy is reached), stirring constantly. Gently add water until desired thickness is reached. Add Rotel tomatoes. Simmer until ready to serve.

Marinate ribs in Allegro marinade for 1-1/2 hours. Remove from marinade and apply Lawry’s (or your favorite seasoning rub) all over ribs. Cover and let sit for 1-1/2 hours. Prepare smoker to perfect temperature. Place ribs on smoker at 350 degrees for approximately 45 minutes to one hour or until

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL SMOKING The more moisture in the wood, the hotter the fire. Hickory and pecan wood are excellent for smoking. Clark also recommends sassafras twigs (cut as big around as a finger) for backyard smokers. He also likes to combine this with muscadine wine as his liquid in the smoking pan for a particularly fragrant smoker. The trick for a perfect smoker is to control the steam and heat and certainly not have too much smoke – nothing ruins meat more than to have it taste only of smoke. A larger smoker is easier to control than a smaller one. Neely and Clark actually built their smoker from old steel given to them from Sam Brown at the Brown Steel Company around 15 years ago, but there are people around the county who will custom build smokers for you, and of course there are perfectly fine store-built models. NCM

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Madeline Barrow Photo by Bob Fraley

Madeline Barrow was raised in Baton Rouge, La. and went to college at Louisiana State University where she met her future husband, Harry Barrow, who is now the Senior Pastor of Newnan Presbyterian Church. Madeline and Harry met and fell in love when they were both students at LSU. Harry worked parttime as one of the house boys at the Kappa (Kappa Kappa Gamma) Sorority House of which Madeline was a member. All of the sisters had their eyes on Harry, but he had his eyes set on Madeline. Always a gifted writer and lover of words, Madeline thought she’d teach and help others, so she earned her Master’s Degree at Memphis State in Guidance and Personnel Services. But she realized she didn’t like teaching or being a guidance counselor, and after they married Madeline began working with one of Harry’s professors at Columbia Theological Seminary. They collaborated on a writing project and the professor told her she need not do anything else in her life but write and she realized he was correct – she loves writing and she’s been writing ever since. Married for almost 36 years, the Barrows have lived in Newnan since 1984. They have two grown children, Leland and Anne. Madeline now writes to her heart’s content as Senior Writer with the Atlanta office of SRA Constella , an international consulting group.

Your writing and research in the health field helps many people. If you were 20 and could start all over again, would you do the same thing or choose a different field of work?

I would follow a different career path and get my Master’s in Public Health right out of the gate. However, I earned while I learned and I found my way to the right spot for me. I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. Are you a sports fan? Were you raised to love watching sports or was it something you learned to do being married to sports nut Harry Barrow?

I’m a true sports fan. I had so much energy as a child that my mother enrolled me in every sports camp there was in Baton Rouge. I used to follow the Celtics (basketball team) when they were THE team and I’ve always enjoyed following the sports that I played. I’ve never been that big of a football fan because I didn’t play it but I’m glad Harry and Leland have that together. I do tailgates really well! And I loved traveling all over the South

watching Anne play soccer (during high school and college). You have successfully raised two children to adulthood without any major mishaps. Leland is happily married to wife Jill and works in the sports information office at the University of Georgia. Anne is a recent law school graduate (Georgia State) and is now practicing law here in Newnan with Hunnicutt & Taylor. Were you just blessed with great kids or can you offer any important advice for parents of kids of any age?

Gosh, that’s really a hard question. I don’t know if I really have advice because every family dynamic is so different, but if I had to name one thing I would say allow them to fail at home so they can learn from their experiences. Then they won’t fall apart when they are on their own. Harry and I always tried to look and see “What’s the lesson in this?” But really we were very lucky with Leland and Anne – it was just a pleasure having them as children. MARCH/APRIL

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What book are you engrossed in right now?

heart that you hope to visit one day?

I’m so excited, I have the best stack of books now that I received for Christmas! Secret Ingredients – The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink by David Remnick. I love cooking and food writing so this collection of food writing and musings from the New Yorker should be great. Harry gave it to me for Christmas. When the Astors Owned New York: Blue Bloods and Grand Hotels in a Gilded Age by Justin Kaplan. This book made me think about a time when I stayed at the Waldorf Astoria hotel with my mother-inlaw, and ever since that visit I have been intrigued by the Astor family and families like them. The Happiest Man in the World: An Account of the Life of Poppa Neutrino by Alec Wilkinson. This non-fiction story is about a drifter with a magnetic personality who is half-genius, half-mad man who holds the Guinness record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a raft made of trash! This is only one of his many exploits in a life full of interesting if somewhat crazy endeavors.

Harry always likes to return to fantastic places we’ve already been – I want to go somewhere new. I believe I would like to go to Buenos Aires and Patagonia.

You and Harry love to travel and have been fortunate to see many great places. Is there an exotic place that tugs at your

Are you a sweet or savory woman? Crunchy or smooth?

What’s your favorite quickie meal to throw together “last minute”?

I love to make spinach salad and grilled cheese sandwiches with extra sharp cheese and sliced fresh tomatoes on sourdough bread. Then put the tomatoes inside the cheese and then grill them on a George Foreman grill so the tomatoes grill a bit. Mmmmm! Do you ever yearn to live in another age or time period, even for just a few days? If so, when and why? If not, why not?

I love the 1940s so I would be interested to dip into that era for just a bit. That time period has been romanticized for me – the soldiers, the clothes, the movies. But I wouldn’t want to live in any other time period. I’m a Southerner. I couldn’t live without air conditioning!

Savory and crunchy! NCM

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Planning a wedding? Six local brides tell Newnan-Coweta Magazine what it was like to plan and carry out their wedding day dreams.


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Gretchen Michelle

Beck Murray

& Phillip Ross

Parents

She is the daughter of Robert and Stella Beck of Newnan, and he is the son of Walter and Deborah Murray of Richmond, Va.

Wedding Day June 9, 2007

Location

Dunaway Gardens in Newnan

How they met

At Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. Phillip and I had known of each other because GC&SU was such a small school, but we officially met when we took a Business Statistics class together. Phillip tutored me in that class and by the end we had become good friends.

The proposal

The proposal was amazing! It was the first trip that we had ever taken by ourselves and we were in the Bahamas. Phillip and I had decided to go somewhere over a long weekend and I had no idea that he was planning on proposing. Before dinner one night we took a walk on the beach and we were just talking about how great this getaway was when all of a sudden he was down on one knee proposing. I really donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember anything he said because I was in total shock! Of course I said yes, and then we had the most romantic dinner. To make it even better, Phillip had asked my dad for permission before we left on our trip. That has always been very important to me and I was so thrilled that Phillip had asked him.

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Planning

The wedding planning process was very stressful but in a good way. Fortunately, I was able to work with my parents during that time and my mom and I were able to get a lot of things done that way. I really enjoyed planning the wedding, especially all the time I spent with my mom. I also loved getting Phillip to help in certain aspects, because I wanted to make sure that our wedding day represented both of us. The whole process was fun, but when you start planning you never realize exactly how much work it is to plan a wedding.

Wedding style/theme

The style of our wedding was formal with a laid back atmosphere. The wedding took place outside in the Georgia summer heat which had our groomsmen wondering why they were wearing black tuxedos! Our color was mauve; it really was a mixture between pink and lavender. The flowers and the colors we chose really went well together, especially with the beautiful landscape.

The dress

My wedding dress was white with a halter-like top. I had thought that I would want a strapless dress, but when I tried on this dress I thought that it was unique and beautiful. It also had a sweetheart top and was very fitted in the torso area with light beading. The bottom of my dress was bunchy all the way around, so I felt like a princess. I felt like my dress flattered me, and I felt gorgeous in it.That’s how I knew that dress was for me and what they say is true, “You just know.”

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We had our ceremony at Dunaway Gardens in Newnan. Dunaway Gardens has acres of beautiful gardens, and we decided to have our ceremony in the amphitheater part of the gardens. We had around 175 guests total.

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The reception

We also had our reception at Dunaway Gardens. Dunaway Gardens has an area with two tents. We used one of the tents for the dance floor and the DJ, and the other one was where we had the food set up along with tables and chairs. I loved the reception because it was so much fun; Phillip and I were able to see everyone that we love. We had different stations with all different types of foods, a gorgeous cake, and a white chocolate fountain. It was great because everything went smoothly and Phillip and I enjoyed ourselves. As a surprise wedding gift, two of our friends from school played “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain and “Collide” by Howie Day for us at our wedding. Brett Lathrup was on the guitar and Daniel Dabbs sang. It really meant a lot to us, and we could tell the crowd enjoyed it as well.

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We went to St. Lucia for our honeymoon. Phillip and I stayed at one of the Sandals Resorts, and we had the best time. It was great because neither of us had ever been there, so we were able to share that experience together.

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Favorite memories

My favorite part of planning was being able to spend a lot of time with my mom. She helped me so much, and I would never have been able to do it without her. I also loved getting to pick everything for it. The food and cake tastings were great as well! My favorite part of the wedding day was saying our vows because to me that’s the most important part of getting married. Phillip says that his favorite part of the wedding was watching me walk down the aisle.

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Enjoy your day! I took that advice from other brides and I am so thankful that I did. I really took the time to enjoy the moments as they were passing, and I made sure to look around at all the details. Even though my wedding day went by incredibly fast, it was one of the best days of my life.


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Also, make sure that you pick what the most important things are for you personally. Mine were to get great photographers and good food. You get to look at the pictures anytime you want, so get someone that takes the type of photos you love and make sure that if you have a big wedding you have more than one photographer. We had two photographers and two videographers, and it was the best idea we could have ever had. The video that we have now is amazing and when you watch it you feel like you are reliving the entire day. It was well worth it! NCM

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Steptoe Taylor

Anna Dawn

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Parents The bride is the daughter of Billy and Ophellia Steptoe of Newnan. The groom is the son of Ron and Elayne Fish of Newnan and Jay and Kelly Taylor of Peachtree City.

Wedding Day October 6, 2007

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The proposal Jayson surprised me with a weekend in Chattanooga. We went to Rock City and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, along the trail overlooking the mountains. I responded with “of course.” He proposed on Oct. 14, 2006.

Planning the wedding Stressful but fun. I had a very eventful 2007. I graduated from the University of West Georgia, started a new career, and planned a wedding.

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feel. Colors were black, white, red, turquoise.

The dress Ivory strapless satin gown, chapel length train, embellishments along the bodice.

Wedding site Newnan Presbyterian Church with approximately 125 guests.

The reception Major Long House, Newnan.

The honeymoon St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles.

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Parents The bride is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Allan (Valerie) Mathura of Newnan. The groom’s parents are Duncan and Chris Bailey of Gainesville.

Wedding Day December 22, 2007

How they met Edward and I both attended Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn. from 2000-2003. I graduated with an undergrad degree in Elementary Education and he finished with Communications. I later attended the University of Phoenix and graduated with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. Edward and I met at Lee University through a fraternity. He was already a member and then one night I was chosen as a Little Sister for this fraternity, we met and there was instant connection.

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Jennifer’s apartment at 7 a.m. with groceries in hand. Jennifer was told to get dressed and Edward began to prepare breakfast. An hour later, Jennifer was called to a breakfast of fresh fruit, pancakes, coffee and juices. Fresh flowers covered the table, and she believed she was in for a wonderful day. Although Jennifer noticed Edward seemed to be anxiously moving around the apartment, she didn’t seem too concerned. Five minutes till 9 a.m., Edward sat Jennifer down and asked her if she was ready for her “wildest dreams to come true.” Suddenly, Edward ran to a window and called for Jennifer to look out. To her surprise, a helicopter was landing in her front yard! To read the full story of the proposal – which included a spa, a chauffeured BMW, a houseboat on Lake Lanier and a Hummer – visit the couple’s wedding web site at www.edwardandjennifer.weddingwindow.com.

Planning the wedding I had a blast planning this wedding! The only time I got really stressed out was when my budget starting getting tight, but in the end we were really blessed and everything worked out perfectly. I had been in about 10 weddings as a bridesmaid,


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maid of honor, wedding director, and soloist over the past five years so I had a good ground to start on. Growing up I was always the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fairytale dreamer,â&#x20AC;? so I knew exactly what I wanted my wedding to be like. We were fortunate to have key people already in our lives like our photographer, caterers, wedding planner and florist, so it made things very simple. I definitely dedicated all my spare time and even extra hours to making this wedding happen.

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Edward was involved in every part of it except in choosing my dress. We did the traditional thing and he waited to see it until I walked down the aisle. Edward was also the designer and printer of everything we did. From Save the Date Cards, invitations, programs … everything he designed and kept the same color and theme throughout. It was amazing work and helped our cost also. To keep myself organized, I made up my own “organizer.” I started out trying to follow an organizer that was bought at a store, but that only confused me. So I bought my own planner and binder and did it my own way … it worked out great!

Wedding style/theme Our wedding was a formal wedding and our theme was a “Winter Wonderland.” We had an amazing florist that did magic with our ideas and her own

ideas. She added so much creativity to our day! Our colors were champagne and brown. The girls wore champagne A-line dresses (my sister, the matron of honor, wore a strapless, mocha color dress) and the men wore brown tuxes. Our Winter Wonderland included lots of candles, Christmas trees, white lights and music. Both receptions were decorated with the same theme. At our church reception we had one large tree in the center and several other themed trees around the room (such as a Memory Tree and Gift Tree). This reception was open to everyone invited to the wedding and it included bride and groom’s cake, finger foods, punch fountain, and a hot chocolate bar. Our second reception was open to family and the bridal party only. This was a full

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course meal with a live jazz band and open dance floor. It was held at Arbor Springs Golf Club in Newnan.

The dress My wedding dress was the “mermaid” style gown. The top was cut like a halter and was covered in beadwork. The beadwork narrowed as it went down the dress until it came to the bottom where more beadwork was added. The dress had a small train, but I wore two veils. One of the veils was cathedral length. In order to stay comfortable all day I wore simple white shoes that were great. I had a second gown that I wore to our second reception. This was a more simple dress with a top layer of chiffon. It was A-line, backless, and had simple beadwork made of pearls. This was the perfect dress for dinner and dancing, yet I kept the “bridal” look all day.

The ceremony The ceremony was held at South Metro Ministries in Sharpsburg, where my father is the pastor. He has been the pastor here for over 24 years so I wouldn’t have done this anywhere else. Since Edward and I both come from large families and large church families, the attendance of our wedding was around 500 guests.

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The honeymoon Our first night was spent at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta. The next morning we boarded an early flight for Jamaica and stayed a week at Sandals Dunn’s River. It was the best all-inclusive experience ...we hope to go back soon!

Favorite part of planning My favorite part of planning was doing the planning with Edward. He was amazing in the way he supported my dreams and handled anything I asked him to do. He also designed and printed all of our invitations, programs, video, pictures, etc. This was a blast creating!

Favorite wedding day memory I was not a bride who expected everything to go perfectly, but I was amazed how incredible the ceremony was. More than anything we wanted our wedding to be centered around God and celebrate him and what he had done in our lives. Looking back, that is exactly what happened that day. We couldn’t have asked for anything more!

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Parents The bride is the daughter of Deborah and Scott Bowden of Luthersville and the late Rick Brownlee. The groom is the son of Donna and Alan Ferguson of Newnan and Greg Brooks of Dryridge, Ky.

Wedding Day June 23, 2007

How they met We met at the barn where I was giving riding lessons. He cut the grass there.

The proposal He took me to meet his Dad in Kentucky. We spent the whole weekend with them. On the way home I kept telling him that I wanted to pull over and take a picture in front of the mountains. He kept telling me that he knew a good spot and he didn’t want to stop ‘til we got there. He told me he was going to get me a really good picture. I was starting to get mad because it looked like we had passed all the pretty mountains. Well, we stopped at the gas station and he made me drive, which was fine but a little weird because he knew I would stop whenever I wanted to now. But I didn’t see anymore good stops. We were going through Tennessee when he grabbed my left hand and started rubbing my ring finger. He told me he loved me and wanted to marry me. I said “Well, I want to marry you too,” then he said “Will you?” and slipped the ring on the end of my finger. I just started crying and said yes. He freaked out a little because I was doing 80 in the fast lane when he did it. I ended up pulling over on an exit ramp in Tennessee. I asked him if he was crazy for asking me while I was driving, and he said no, if it was meant to be we wouldn’t wreck.


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Planning the wedding It was actually pretty fun. It all went pretty smoothly. Time flew by, so we ended up with a few last minute things. Our wedding wasn’t exactly traditional, so we didn’t even get to decorate until the day of the wedding.

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would look good outside.

The dress My dress was strapless with a sheer skirt. The top had sparkles that looked like sunbursts. I wore white cowboy boots with it.

Ceremony Location The ceremony took place in Luthersville at the barn where we first met. We said our I do’s at the spot we had our first kiss.


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The reception It was in Luthersville too. It was at a friend of the familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cabin. There was a small pavilion and pond.

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Favorite part of the planning It was when we finally got to decorate.

Favorite wedding day memory My favorite thing was that I was getting married and riding my horse all at the same time.

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Parents The bride is the daughter of Kenneth and Daphne Eskew of Newnan. The groom is the son of Allen and Ann Hastings of Newnan.

Wedding Day July 7, 2007

Wedding style/theme 07-07-07. In keeping with the theme, the bride walked down the aisle at 7:07 p.m.

Bridesmaids’ dresses The bridesmaids wore black satin dresses and carried bouquets of calla lilies with black ribbon and white pearls.

Wedding site Macedonia Baptist Church. The church was decorated with white sweetheart roses and ferns. Vases of sand were used during the ceremony to symbolize two people coming together as one.

The reception The Macedonia Baptist Church multi-purpose building was the setting for the reception. In front were big balloons of 7-7-7. Tables were decorated with white linen tablecloths with black overlays and white chairs. Pearl shell candleholders accented the tables. Some 300 guests attended.

Unique favors Each guest received seven Hershey Kisses wrapped in white netting tied with a black satin ribbon with a note attached which said “Seven Hugs and Seven Kisses from Mr. and Mrs. 07-07-07.” Photos courtesy of Ben Hanson of Sharper Image Photography in Newnan

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Honeymoon The couple left the church in a 1958 Convertible Chevy on their way to a week at the Majestic Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Fla. Guests carried sparklers during the sendoff of the bride and groom.

Favorite part of the planning Picking out my wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses.

Favorite wedding day memory Having all of my family and friends around for one big celebration.

Advice to other brides Don’t stress about the wedding. Just have fun! NCM

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The bride is the daughter of Sally and Dennis McEntire of Newnan, and the groom is the son of Love and Clark Williams of Newnan.

Wedding Day September 29, 2007

How they met We first knew each other when we both went to Heritage. I was in sixth grade, he was a senior ... needless to say, we didn’t hang out then. We re-met 11 years later when we both lived in Nashville and we became friends then.

The proposal He proposed to me on Easter weekend (4/7/2007) in his parents’ back yard.

The wedding planning process Mom and I planned the whole thing from scratch. Neither of us had ever thought about what my wedding would be like, so it was a lot to take on and get done in under five months. Mom would come up to Atlanta at least once a week to get things done. I don’t even remember what we did all those times, but we had a lot of fun on all of our ventures. Somehow all the details came together by the wedding.

Wedding style The wedding was outside so it was a relaxed feeling. The reception was formal in a ballroom.

Wedding colors The flowers were ivory, green and blue. The bridesmaid dresses were blue.

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The dress I wore a strapless, silk shantung dress by Romona Keveza. It was fitted down to mid-hip and the skirt was ball gown style and had a lot of “pickups.”

Ceremony location The ceremony was outside on the terrace at the Piedmont Driving Club and there were about 150 people.

The reception The reception was in the Piedmont Driving Club ballroom and there were over 400 people there.

The honeymoon We went to Playa Conchal on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica for a week.

Favorite part of planning Checking things off my list every day. It was fun to be busy all the time and it was a great feeling to have one more thing done at the end of the day.

Favorite wedding day memory

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Whew, I don’t know, it is all a blur to me. Upstairs in the bride’s room before the ceremony was the calm before the storm. We had done everything we could to get ready, it was out of our hands at that point and it was exciting waiting for it all to begin.

Advice to other brides Don’t get stressed out because you are trying to make everything perfect. Even if things go wrong, you are still getting married and all your friends and family are going to be there to help you celebrate. The thing is, all those little details you spend countless dollars on and bunches of hours thinking about, most people don’t even notice. Also, make sure you get plenty of pictures with your family before the wedding reception (especially if you have a large reception). We didn’t take that many after the wedding because we were ready to get to the reception. Once we got there, we never saw each other to get any more pictures. It was impossible to round up the group in that large crowd. I think my grandmother and uncle are only in one picture and the same with some of Clay’s family. NCM

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Take me for example. Starbucks is virtually my lifeline. The thought of facing my first period 11th graders without my quad-venti-skinny-extra hot peppermint latte is really a nauseating one. What’s so unfortunate about this scenario is that my husband is not, in any regard, the Starbucks connoisseur I am. Starbucks doesn’t make him feel alive in the morning, so he just doesn’t understand. Nor does he consider spending $6 on a drink every day acceptable. So, we compromise. We budget. (I must say I’ve always detested that choice language. Gives me hives just to write it.) I get about $20 a month to spend at Starbucks. Officially. Unofficially, I’m forced to use a deceptive, cashonly, no-paper-trail attempt to sneak my $6 drink past my anti-latte husband. Fortunately, having an equally down-with-Starbucks Dad, whose money I shamelessly lived on until I got married, I have this paperless scheme mastered. Not that I’m bragging. Or endorsing this. Even though it works. The way that I find most beneficial to financially balance out my caffeine addiction is to use a simple equation: 1 round of golf (approximately $30) = 5 trips to Starbucks.

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The genius behind this is easy to adapt for your marriage. My husband has dreams of making it big on the Tour with Tiger one day. (After he quits his job and practices for a few years while I support us on my private school teacher salary. I’m LOL.) Therefore, I use golf as his big extra expense. Starbucks is mine. He knows that if he plays golf two or three times, I have $30 or $60 extra Starbucks. Completely fair.


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The reverse is true, too, of course â&#x20AC;&#x201C; I buy extra lattes, he plays more golf â&#x20AC;&#x201C; although he is far more mature and selfless. He also assures me that his lack of golf is to make up for my overspending, which is really a downer. Now, many of you may be wondering what to do about the necessities, since the aforementioned are extras. (Though thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debatable. Caffeine = necessity.) Major necessities need top priority on the budget list. Lesser necessities are a little trickier. Take personal grooming for example. I have inherited from my dad a variation of the weirdest toes on the planet. (Think ETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fingers â&#x20AC;Ś someone actually said that to me upon our introduction). These toes regularly find themselves in need of pedicuring so as to be presentable. This is not something in the budget, although a necessity. The best way I know to circumvent this problem is to do one of two things.

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ill death do us part.” Marriage can be a beautiful thing — especially in the beginning. However, the sad fact is that increasingly more marriages are ending in divorce. Marriage counselors are on the front lines fighting to save the institution of marriage. In Coweta County, Rev. Joe Watson of Cornerstone United Methodist

Church and Dr. Harry Barrow of Newnan Presbyterian Church are just two of many. Watson has been married to his wife, Julie, for more than 31 years, and together they have two sons. He has been in Methodist ministry for 31 years and has served as the head pastor at Cornerstone for more than two and a half years. Couples who wish for Watson to


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marry them are required to participate in marriage counseling. He recommends a non-denominational program called “Prepare/Enrich.” The program started in an area of California where it produced tremendous results. Prepare/Enrich, at its most basic, is a personality inventory, explains Watson. The program also forces the couple to delve into the type of families they came from. “This helps them see what expectations they bring into a marriage,” said Watson. He added that it specifically allows each person to identify the role they want their spouse to play in the marriage. “If they can see that, you can help them,” he said. Points of discussion in the program, and common stumbling blocks, often include finances and marital relations. “It’s nice to talk with a mediator because it teaches them how to fight fair,” said Watson. “This teaches them how to disagree and come to a resolution. It also teaches good listening skills. If you encounter issues of the major sort before you get married, you may decide it’s best not to go on until you resolve them.” In the last 15 years of counseling, Watson has had only three couples decide against marriage. Of those, one couple was in a rocky relationship and the other two realized through counseling that they didn’t have a lot of common ground with the “real issues of life.” So what makes a marriage successful? “I’d be rich if I had that

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Marriage is a lot of work, but the happiness and companionship is worth all the work it takes. answer,” joked Watson. “A lot of things go into it. Love is important, but you’ve got to have more than love. You need commitment, to listen to each other and to care.” Watson has deduced from his experience as a counselor that, for the most part, couples can work through their marital problems if they really try. “Forgiveness allows you to get through a lot,” said Watson. “Marriage is a lot of work, but the happiness and companionship is worth all the work it takes.” Barrow has preached at Newnan Presbyterian for more than 23 years. He has been married to his wife, Madeline, for 35 years. Together they have a grown daughter and son. Counseling is also a prerequisite before Barrow will marry a couple. “It’s important to back off with the help of a third party to explore what a marriage relationship is all about, and what it will mean in the context of the Christian faith,” said Barrow. Barrow meets with couples two to three times prior to the ceremony. He gives them a book titled “Becoming Married.” Through counseling, they take a look at themselves and the two “family systems.”


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“We talk about the parents’ marriages, and what they would like to bring with them from that marriage — and what they’d like to leave behind,” said Barrow. “Whether consciously or unconsciously, our parents’ marriage is the model of marriage we bring with us.” If it’s a person’s second marriage, Barrow asks the person to reflect on the first marriage. He believes the divorce rate is so high partly because extended families are now scattered, thus diluting family support. Also, in most marriages both spouses work, and there are generally more distractions in everyday life. Barrow stresses that in a marriage there are three areas for potential growth or trouble — inlaws, financial matters and sexuality/children. “The common theme among all three areas is communication and how well they’re able to do it,” said Barrow. “They have to be able to listen and express what they’re thinking or feeling.” Barrow finds that even the best marriages go through difficult times. He strongly recommends married couples reach out to a counselor before they reach an impasse. “I view that not as a sign of weakness, but as a sign of strength.” Prior to the wedding ceremony, Barrow commonly asks the couple to write love letters to each other, which he then uses in the ceremony. On the wedding day, he gives each spouse their love letter to see for the first time. He finds that it’s something special for them to keep and reflect on in rough times. “Marriage is a very serious commitment, but one that can certainly bring a lot of joy into life,” he said. NCM

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ridezilla. She’s a tantrum-throwing, cringe-inducing bride-to-be who makes all those involved in planning her “dream” wedding day miserable. The Bridezilla phenomenon has been made infamous by the cable television show of the same name, but an alternative title might be “How did anyone ever agree to marry these women?” While Coweta County may not have any Bridezillas – we hope our mamas raised us better than that – following are some, ahem, “recommendations” from experts who have been instrumental in pulling off beautiful nuptials for local couples. When the engaged couple decide to marry in a church, often after speaking with the minister, the next step is working with the church wedding coordinator. These hardtoiling volunteers are often asked to accommodate unusual requests, all while maintaining the sanctity of the building and ceremony. “It’s our job to protect the church as a house of worship and make their day as special as can be,” says one longtime coordinator. Many coordinators say photography by friends and family is one of the stickiest issues during a ceremony.

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“We have expressly written into the agreement that only professional photographers may take pictures during the ceremony, and the contract explicitly says where they set up their equipment,” said one coordinator. “We have a good reason for this – to prevent all those flashbulbs from distracting from and being disrespectful to the people in and conducting the ceremony and to preserve the sanctity of the ceremony.” “At one wedding, after the bride walked down the aisle I quietly asked two young ladies to stop snapping flash photos. One of the women simply handed her camera to a friend a couple of seats over and asked the friend to continue taking the pictures for her!” It seems the rule of thumb is … no flash photography from the pews once the service has started. Another coordinator remembered the time a bride and her family wanted a very austere setting for their wedding. Part of their plan was to remove every single Bible, hymnal and piece of paper from the sanctuary so the wedding program was the only “literature” in the pews. This seemed like a fine idea until the wedding coordinator and her helpers had to then put hymnals and Bibles

back in the pews. And you wonder how those funny little clauses get written into contracts? There have been times when the minister and groom arrived at the front of the church too early and had to go back out and come back in again. When the coordinator had to search the church looking for groomsmen only to be told “they’ve gone out to buy beer and will be back ‘soon.’” When wedding participants have been sent in a panic to Brothers Limited in search of a stand-in tie, to try and best match the other groomsmen. (Sorry, guys, but it’s almost always the groomsmen.) Where would we be without music at a wedding? But coordinators say it’s near impossible to get musicians at a rehearsal, and more than once there’s been a last-minute panic when they don’t know how to work a church’s antique pipe organ or have trouble with the acoustics or sound system. The pros suggest you either pay extra for musicians to attend the rehearsal, insist on a quick sound check before the ceremony, or hire a musician familiar with your facility or house of worship. “I think my most memorable wedding was when a non-member family used our church,” said one coordinator. “Our pastor officiated as


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a favor to the family, and it was a large wedding. The groom didn’t show up for the rehearsal and, naturally, there was quite a buzz but they decided to rehearse anyway. The families had planned the reception in the church basement for the next day.” She continued, “It came time for the wedding and we still hadn’t seen the groom, but the bride was ready and so we were given the signal to send her down the aisle, so I nervously sent her. She walked all the

return calls. Finally, the baker reached the bride’s mother by phone. “I had to tell her I was cancelling the cakes unless I received the check or a credit card that day. It was awful. I hated doing that. The caterer told me he had to do the same thing.” Worst of all was the cake delivery itself. “As we arrived at the wedding,” the baker said, “we pulled in right behind the bridal limousine so as I got out of the car, I called the bride over. I showed her first the

Coweta County may not have any Bridezillas — we hope our mamas raised us better than that ... way to the altar and then Pastor made this announcement: ‘The groom has been detained in Tennessee but the wedding dinner will still be served downstairs as expected.’ We never did find out what happened in Tennessee!” Once, a Coweta baker received a call from an out-of-town client. The bride’s mother had seen her work in magazines and placed her order over the phone. She wanted a groom’s cake resembling the groom’s college football stadium, and the wedding cake was to be a vision: an off-set, box-shaped, stacked, ivory-colored fondant and buttercream iced wedding cake with incredible champagne-colored edible ribbons and blossoms. Extremely booked with orders, the baker was given only five weeks deadline (normal is two to six months), the client didn’t send a deposit until two weeks before the wedding, and the client didn’t

groom’s cake and then her utterly gorgeous wedding cake. She looked at the cakes and had absolutely no acknowledgment on her face – it was like I hadn’t even spoken to her. It was bizarre. Everyone else oohed and aahed so that was something. The bride was in the military and maybe it was her style not to show emotion, but still … she didn’t even look at the cake! It was my strangest experience with a bride!” While planning a wedding, just remember these sage words of one longtime Newnan florist: “I wish they would just remember that we have been doing this for a long time and we know what works and what doesn’t work.” The people that are helping you plan your dream wedding do this every single day, and they have very good advice if you just listen to them. And remember to treat others as you would want to be treated. You’ll be amazed at how wonderful your day will be! NCM MARCH/APRIL

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Parents: Dennis & Sally McEntire Bride: Elizabeth Williams

Parents OF THE BRIDE

Tell us a little about yourselves and your family. Sally: We moved to Newnan when our children, Elizabeth and Clay, were preschoolers in 1986. We came to town after a series of quick moves with Georgia Power. When a position was offered to Dennis at Newnan Utilities, we knew Newnan was where we’d like to settle down and watch our children grow. I am originally from Atlanta, and Dennis is from Rome, Ga. We met in a class at the University of Georgia and married in 1979. When did your daughter get married and to whom? Was it a long engagement? What size wedding? Sally: The wedding was held on Sept. 29, 2007 at 6:30 on the terrace of the Piedmont Driving Club with the reception afterward. Elizabeth married Ray Clark Williams III (Clay), son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray Clark Williams, Jr., also of Newnan. Their engagement was a little more than five months.

By Leigh Knight

Local couples speak about what it was like planning for their daughter’s wedding day.

The wedding ceremony was relatively small at 150 or so. Because of having the wedding on the terrace, we had to have a back-up plan in case of rain. The wedding reception, though, grew to 430 or so and was held inside in the ballroom. What was your role as mother of the bride? Sally: My role was to get a grasp on what needed to be done and in what order. Getting organized and making a new list every day was 9/10 of the battle. Elizabeth was immensely helpful, organized and easygoing about the whole thing. As father of the bride? Dennis: My role was to be supportive of the mother and bride. I enjoyed my role, understood it and had no visions of making any decisions. What was the most rewarding part as a parent? Dennis: As the father, it was rewarding in many ways – to see my daughter so happy, watch mom and daughter enjoy such a major project, and to witness her marry someone she loves. It was very rewarding to have the entire family participate and be so supportive through the entire event, including all the engagement celebrations. Sally: The most rewarding part as the mother was to see such warmth and well wishes for the couple. Family and friends made such an effort to be there, and it was great. What was the most stressful part? Dennis: Afraid we left people off the list. Sally: That and getting everyone lined up – ceremony music, band, flowers, cake, transportation, reception/wedding site, hotels, etc. – for the same day at the same time. (I knew I was in trouble when I called several agencies five months in advance about bands and was asked, “Do you mean September of ’07 or ’08!”) Once they’re all lined up, then you can begin to worry if they’ll all show up! What advice do you have for mothers of the bride? Sally: As much as you can, approach the whole process

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Photo courtesy of Kristi Odom, kristiodom.com with a sense of humor. For example, we had to have all of the engraved reception invitations re-done because of a proofreading mistake on my part. We had messed around with it so many ways that we all read it and re-read it, and no one noticed until they were all engraved and beautiful and wrong! It was an out of town vendor, a very wonderful old company, and they were very nice. Early on, Elizabeth and I made a pact that we wouldn’t get all tense about it, and we stuck to it. Realize that what you’ll remember most about the day is the laughter and happiness, and don’t let things outside of your control spoil it.

For fathers? Dennis: Understand from the start what your role will be and that, regardless of what you think of your role, it is not negotiable. Commit to making the day what the bride wants, and don’t waste your time with a budget; there is no such thing. How would you sum up the experience? Sally: It was like stepping on a roller coaster in April and getting off in September. A wedding takes on a life of its own, and time moves very quickly. The day of the wedding, especially, raced by, including the reception.

Realize that what you’ll remember most about the day is the laughter and happiness ... — Sally McEntire We really wouldn’t change a thing. The wedding weekend was filled with a lot of emotion – tears and laughter – and heartfelt good wishes for the couple. There was a sense of joy and happiness that we will always remember.

Parents: Marshall & Kay Cawthon

Bride:

Meg Morgan

Tell us a little about yourselves and your family. Kay: Marshall and I have been married for 30 years and have two children, well, really three now. We are just a typical Southern family. I grew up in Newnan, and Marshall relocated from Jacksonville, Fla., in ‘73 to start Coweta Greenhouses, Inc., with his sister and brother-in-law. Meg is 24 and married to Tommy Morgan, 28, and they live in Auburn where Meg teaches horseback riding through her business, Simply Southern Eventing. Tommy is a landscape designer with Creative Habitats, Inc. Our son, Matthew, also in Auburn, is a build-

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ing and design student at Auburn University. We love being with each other! Marshall and I hope for our children the same things most parents do – health, love, and happiness. When did your daughter get married? Was it a long engagement? What size wedding? Kay: Meg and Tommy married Oct. 13, 2007, after becoming engaged in November of ’06. He’s from Andalusia, Ala., and a good Auburn man (which goes a long way at our house). They met at Auburn at the barn where they both keep their horses. Meg says love at first sight; Tommy is a little more reserved when it comes to putting a timeline on his feelings! They chose Dunaway Gardens as the site for both their ceremony and reception. Being a horticulture grad and having a love for out-of-doors really influenced Tommy’s

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lowers, herbs, trees, shrubs and vegetables overflow washtubs, birdbaths, old chairs and an assortment of lovely containers at the homes of Master Gardeners across Coweta, including Rosalie Gage and Suzanne Caldwell. Gage fell in love with container gardening after attending classes over 10 years ago while she was a member of the Old Towne Garden Club in Sharpsburg. “It’s a good way to add instant color to your garden,” says Gage. “Anything that grows in the ground can grow in a container, and it’s good for different situations.” If you are looking for a way to spruce up your deck, balcony or patio, grow plants in areas where a traditional garden wouldn’t work, or add splashes of color to a large estate, you may want to give container gardening a try, according to Gage.

“It’s also easier for the elderly and people with physical disabilities to maintain,” says Gage. “We downsized from over an

acre to a cottage-sized yard,” says Caldwell. “Containers are good because you can move them around. If you have a bare spot, you can move it there. I often elevate my containers on bricks in flower beds for a different effect. They are very

versatile. … Years ago, at my old home, a tornado came through and knocked down a lot of trees. At my daughter’s suggestion, we hollowed out a space in the tree stumps and planted flowers in there. Sometimes you have to make lemonade out of lemons!” Gage adds that huge, heavy containers are best to place first, and then fill. When placing, keep in mind which plants prefer sun and which prefer shade. Also do your research to find out which plants do well in our area. “A good rule of thumb is there are no rules regarding size,” says Gage. “Tall, fluffy and flowing works best, or, as a friend of mine says, ‘thriller, spiller and filler.’ You want it to be pleasing to the eye.” Containers usually need watering more often and provide us with an opportunity to catch water from

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indoors to use outside, such as when we are waiting for the shower to warm up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need more innovative ways to save water,â&#x20AC;? says Gage, who adds that some containers have a well inside that will dispense water as needed. Gage lists good soil, mulch and keeping the plants hydrated as tips to ensure a healthy plant with few pests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like planting herbs [in containers] because so many need a sweeter soil with more lime and good drainage. I plant rosemary, oregano, lemon verbena, mint, lavender and basil,â&#x20AC;? says Gage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love to use rosemary in cooking; it really adds to pork roast.â&#x20AC;? Herbs have been around for a long time, according to Gage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rosemary, traditionally, was used to keep witches away,â&#x20AC;? says Gage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;According to the lore, if rosemary grows vigorously, it means a woman runs the household, which has caused many a husband to prune. In the 1500s, people would hire someone to use rosemary in their houses, and sprigs of rosemary were used during the plague. It does have medicinal qualities.â&#x20AC;? Herbs can be grown indoors as long as they get a lot of sun, adds Gage. Gage recommends calling the Coweta County Extension Office at 770-254-2620 to see what classes they are offering as well as checking the ads in the local paper for container gardening classes that local greenhouses may be offering.

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Most herbs for tea can easily be grown in containers, although some herbs tend to be aggressive and take over, so they need their own pot.

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ater is as precious a resource as we have in the world. No living thing can survive without it, and we’ve taken our water for granted for many years. As we all know, the time has come where we need to watch every bit we use. So what’s to become of our beautiful plants, flowers, lawns and gardens? No one is more distressed to see the water restrictions than Master Gardener Jan Bowyer and her husband Dr. Tim Bowyer, vice president of Patten Seed Company. But these “green” experts have some excellent advice on how we can continue to enjoy plants, lawns and homes amid drought conditions. “I’ve always loved plants and I was raised with them. Both my mother and aunt were flower and plant people so I guess I just became one,” Jan says with a small chuckle. “And when I say I love plants, I love them. You see this rubber plant here? This plant is 50 or 60 years old! It originally belonged to the couple who stood up for my parents at their wedding, and now I have it and it’s still going strong.” Jan also has a Norfolk Pine that she has had since she and Tim were first married. “It is now 35 years old,” she says proudly. “It was just six inches tall and now it brushes the ceiling — I cut it back each year to keep it healthy.” In order to enjoy your plants both inside and out in times of drought, Jan says “don’t have too many houseplants and, obviously, if you are selecting new ones, pick ones that don’t require too much water.” A great way to conserve water for indoor plants, she says, is to keep a bucket next to the kitchen sink and instead of pouring unused glasses of drinking water and ice down the drain, dump them in the bucket for

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the plants. Normally, Jan would have pansies or other flowers in her outdoor planters but she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to waste water. A springtime substitute is to force some bulbs (crocus, hyacinth, etc.) in some indoor pots this year to welcome in some springtime color. They may be planted outdoors later as bulbs require little water. Another way to spruce up your house is to cut back on the number of houseplants but look for incredible containers for a few favorites. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My friend Nancy has a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;famousâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head (vase) that we all borrow as a centerpiece for decorating, flower arranging and other things. I have always loved it and one day I came across a similar one at a local store, and I snapped it up immediately. Tim saw it and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand the concept of a ladyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head for

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Proper Watering During Drought Conditions Following are some of the best management practices for managing your lawn during drought conditions, courtesy of Patten Seed Company and Home Improvement News and Information Center. Aerating lawns at least once a year is one of the greatest water conservation and healthiest lawn care steps you can take. Delay the first spring watering as long as possible. This forces grass to develop deeper root growth, which in times of summer heat stress will draw moisture from lower depths. A great misconception is that lawns need frequent watering. Much more beneficial is deep, infrequent watering which encourages the development of deep root growth, which in times of summer heat, stress and drought will draw moisture from lower depths. Lawns need only an inch of water a week. If rain should come, adjust irrigation levels accordingly – i.e., 1/2 inch rain = only 1/2 inch of irrigated water.


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market, keeping up with the new items didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow me to do what I do best, which was paint my own things, so I decided to close the store.â&#x20AC;? Faithful customers like Diane Huchet are disappointed to see the end of Milli Sanders but will surely follow this creative lady â&#x20AC;&#x201C; wherever

she goes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love everything Carrie does, she is so talented,â&#x20AC;? Huchet said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My only problem is every time I come to see her, I buy a gift for someone and end up with something for myself as well!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love painting old furniture,â&#x20AC;? Carrie explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I take a plain

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ELECTION TIME! 1800s presidential contests excited Cowetans By W. Winston Skinner

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oweta County’s residents were energized about their choices in the upcoming presidential elections. They used the latest technology to keep track of returns. Friendly wagers were made and victory celebrations planned. If someone managed to get to the White House without a clear popular vote victory, you could count on heated criticism. Though that description would fit the past few election cycles, it was also descriptive of

elections more than a century ago. In the 19th century, Cowetans were voting and talking about their election choices with a verve that matches any sparring in the current presidential race. Though early Cowetans probably were fans of Andrew Jackson and his successor, Martin Van Buren, the first election which drew notice of the county’s historians was in 1844. Two Southerners, Henry Clay of Kentucky and James Knox Polk of Tennessee, were on the ballot. William U. Anderson in his 1880 history of Coweta wrote: “Our county was all

astir from the middle of June until after the November election. We had five barbecues in town this year and an illumination after the elections. Polk stalks and ash poles, with a Clay pole and a Polk pole with banners.” Anderson also wrote that the illumination – with supporters bearing torches to the streets to celebrate Polk’s victory – “was a thing that will be remembered by many as long as they live.” It was not until 1865 that The Newnan Herald, forerunner of The Times-Herald, was established. Accounts of the 1868 election season largely consist of railing against the

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Radical (Republican) Party in power during Reconstruction. “The coming Presidential election promises to be more fiercely contested than any … that has occurred.” Cowetans attended a Democratic rally and barbecue in Carrollton, but the Republican, Ulysses Grant, was elected. Grant served two terms, but election night 1876 heralded change. An inside page of The Newnan Herald had a string of jubilant headlines beneath a jaunty rooster, then the symbol of the Democrats: “TUESDAY’S GLORY!!! THE CENTENNIAL JUBILEE!! The Republic Lives! Caesarism Is Buried ’Neath The Ballots Of Millions Of Freemen!!! Tilden Sweeps the Country!! The Solid South Presents An Unbroken Front To The Enemies of Good Government.” The same issue invited citizens to attend a celebration that evening. “There will be a grand jollification and torch light procession in Newnan … Thursday night, in honor of the triumph of reform and good government over corruption and ….” Reconstruction, however, was not quite over. Groups of electors from four states were contested. An Electoral Commission appointed by Congress chose Republican Rutherford Hayes, even though Samuel Tilden had a clear popular majority. The Herald reported that “our readers have a right to expect better news than we are prepared to give.” The election of Hayes was termed “fraud,” and a dutiful printing of the president’s inaugural address early the next year called Hayes a “usurper” in a headline. Republicans held sway for two terms. In 1884, Grover Cleveland was elected. The Herald was jubilant. Headlines proclaimed: “AT HOME. In The Old Democratic White House Again. After Twenty-four Years Wandering in the Wilderness. The Democratic Party Once More Assumes the Reins of Government.” In 1888, Cleveland again received the most votes of any candidate, but Republican Benjamin Harrison got the required electoral votes. By 1888, The Herald and The Coweta Advertiser had merged. The Herald and Advertiser’s headlines shouted: “HARRISON ELECTED! THE WHOLE COUNTRY GONE TO THE BOW-WOWS! Republican Boodles and Democratic Treachery Did It! Large Republican Gains and Heavy Democratic Losses Everywhere!” In 1892, something unprecedented in American history happened. Cleveland was re-elected. A sketch of Cleveland and Adlai E. Stevenson, his vice president, appeared at the top of a page in the Nov. 4 issue. The next week’s paper featured the victor’s jowly visage a few inches below a row of six crowing roosters. 90

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Election night 1892 used technology both to keep track of the vote and create a gathering. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The full Associated Press bulletins were received in Newnan the night after the election, and the news of Clevelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glorious victory was heard here as soon as it was heralded in Atlanta,â&#x20AC;? the local paper reported. The Reese Opera House, which now houses the downtown branch of Bank of Coweta, was the location. A â&#x20AC;&#x153;special wire (was) run in, connecting with a telegraph instrument on the stage. â&#x20AC;Ś The service was a splendid one and gave entire satisfaction to the large congregation of patriots who assembled from every part of the county to hear the joyful tidings.â&#x20AC;? Plans were also made for a â&#x20AC;&#x153;grand jubilationâ&#x20AC;? with a cannon, marching men, Mechanics Silver Cornet Band, and 50 flambeaus to give the town â&#x20AC;&#x153;a vermillion hue from one end to the other.â&#x20AC;? In 1896, the Herald and Advertiser reported Bob Milner, a McKinley man, had for several years bought his Thanksgiving turkey from Abe Young, a supporter of William Jennings Bryan. As the two talked politics, Young said he would give a fat gobbler to Milner if McKinley won, which would leave him feeling â&#x20AC;&#x153;more like eating buzzard.â&#x20AC;? A later issue reported Young had cancelled Thanksgiving plans. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He is now in sackcloth and ashes, â&#x20AC;Ś firmly persuaded that the country is tottering on the brink of ruin. Bob Milner will get the turkey.â&#x20AC;? Our forebears were as interested in the outcome of presidential races as todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cowetans. They also, however, remembered that another election is always coming up. In reporting on the 1888 contest, which did not suit the editors, there was a drawing of the paperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office cat taking â&#x20AC;&#x153;a cheerful view of the situation â&#x20AC;Ś (looking) forward to 1892.â&#x20AC;? NCM

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Want to try it? Visit Pine Mountain: The Mountain Creek Trail is relatively flat and can be hiked in sections from the RV Campground in FDR State Park. The Pool Trail section is a good short outand-back flatter trail. Other short outand-back sections for children are the first mile of the Pine Mountain Trail and the down section of the trail west of Dowdell Knob. A good loop for

ages 5 or so would be the Dowdell Knob Loop. If children get tired by the time the trail crosses the road, parents can hike back to Dowdell Knob for the car, or try a hike to one of the falls on the east end. www.pinemountaintrail.org If you want to do a trial run close to home, visit the James E. McGuffey

Nature Center, which features soft and hard trails at the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road. Visit www.coweta.ga.us or call 770-2542685 for hours and more information. Also try Cochran Mill Nature Center in Palmetto for several relatively short trails leading to scenic waterfalls. Visit www.cochranmillnaturecenter.org or call 770-306-0914.

Tips for Hiking with Kids • Set your group’s goals based on the youngest child’s ability. Pacing rules of thumb: Children 2-4 can hike 1/2-2 miles on their own, with rest breaks every 10-15 minutes. Children 5-7 can hike 1-3 hours each day, covering 3-4 miles over easy terrain, with rest stops every 30-45 minutes. And 8- to 9-year-olds can hike a full day at an easy pace, covering 5-6 miles over variable terrain (www.pinemountaintrail.org).

youngest child out. • Plan hikes with a destination such as a waterfall.

• Carry plenty of water to avoid dehydration, a common cause of crankiness (and worse problems) on the trail. • Try playing “I spy” or have a scavenger hunt along the trail. Give kids a disposable camera, so they can look but not touch.

• Limit the pack weight. Generally, children over 4 will do better with a fanny pack or daypack. Be prepared to carry it for them. • Stay flexible and know when to stop and go home. Be prepared to carry the

• Bring wholesome food for snacking such as GORP (good ’ole raisins and peanuts). Be sure to throw in some M & M’s for a boost.

Afton Aultman and son Logan

• Kids love to look for wildlife. Remind them that they are visiting someone’s home, and they should practice the same types of manners. The quieter they are, the more animals they will see.

Hiking Safety • Dress in layers; prepare for all types of weather.

• Teach children to remain on the trail and not to run.

• Let people know where you are going and for how long.

• Teach kids to hug a tree if they get lost, so they will stay in one place.

• Never hike alone. If you are new to the sport, join a group or club. The majority of the Newnan Hiking Club’s outings are suitable for children.

• Bring plenty of food and water.

• Know your physical limitations. • Wear hiking boots or good sturdy walking shoes. Avoid breaking in new shoes or boots during the hike. • Have you and your children carry a whistle with three blows for an emergency.

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• Bring a fully stocked first aid kit. • Be careful around slippery rocks and waterfalls. • Carry a map and compass. • Avoid poisonous plants, use insect repellent, and be sure to check for ticks. Have fun! NCM


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THE BOOKSHELF

Days of the Endless Corvette By Man Martin Carroll & Graf, $14.95 Reviewed by Holly Jones Charles Darwin believed all life is related and simple creatures gradually evolve into more complex beings. Earl Mulvaney believes if you take a car apart, no matter how many times, you will always have spare parts at the end. And if you have more than one car, say a 1953 Corvette or two, you could build a third car out of those spare parts. So begins Days of the Endless Corvette by Man Martin. Earl is a talented mechanic, something he might not have realized if he hadn’t had to drop out of school. But when his dad leaves, his mom’s health declines and creditors start calling, this simple young man has to find a job. The only thing Earl knows is how to take cars apart and put them back together. To top it off, Earl is in love with the girl across the street, Ellen. But she is pretty and a reader, two things Earl knows he’s not. Besides, Ellen is dating the star football player. She barely knows Earl exists. Most young men would be discouraged by these trials, but Earl is an optimist — and a romantic. With his new

job at Jimmy Wiggins’ Used Cars, Earl’s life changes. Or, more specifically, Earl gets a life. Jimmy takes Earl under his wing. Earl is given free reign to get, and keep, Jimmy’s Corvette running. Jimmy drafts Earl into the volunteer fire department, although their primary task is eating onion rings and discussing automotive evolution. Suddenly, inexplicably, Ellen dumps the football player and notices Earl. She goes from dating a Golden Boy to the Invisible Boy, but there is something appealing about that Invisible Boy. Earl teaches Ellen about kindness and innocence. Ellen gives Earl literature and fun. Despite all these things in Earl’s life, his happiness with Ellen doesn’t last. Just as quickly as she dumped the football player, Ellen is engaged to him, leaving Earl brokenhearted and confused. Endless Corvette is a coming of age tale reversed. The more upheaval there is in Earl’s life, the more he stays the same. It is the people around him who change, and are soothed or inspired by his quiet talent. In this theory of evolution, the complex creatures see the beauty in the simple and adapt themselves accordingly. Some even claim they’ve seen a mystical Corvette driving down the road in the dusk.

author’s novels “let us into the corridors of power and privilege, and poverty and pageantry, in the nation’s capital.” But she has also written “nonfiction books ... in which she shares some of the secrets and history of the White House, where she once resided.” That’s an understatement when you realize Margaret Truman is the daughter of the late President Harry Truman, so yes, she lived in the White House. Truman, who recently died at age 83, is also the author of Murder on K Street, a thrilling mystery set amongst the “power and pageantry” of Washington, D.C. In K Street, Senator Lyle Simmons has just gotten home from a successful fund-raising dinner to find his wife

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Jeannette’s body in the foyer, “her head bashed in, blood everywhere.” The first person the Senator calls is his son. The second person, his chief of staff, and the third is his longtime friend Philip Rotondi. Then, of course, the Senator calls the police. After all, a man contemplating a run for the presidency can’t be too careful. It is that second call that is crucial, however. Phil, a former Baltimore prosecutor, is the main character in K Street. Phil and Lyle were roommates in college, and Jeannette actually dated Phil first, before Lyle stole her away. The three have remained friends over the years, and just four weeks earlier, Jeannette had been to visit Phil. “Lyle and Neil are in serious trouble,” she told him. A strange man had called her and attempted to blackmail her. The man claimed Lyle and the company Neil worked for, Marshalk Group, had dealings with organized crime, and that Lyle was having an affair with a woman in Chicago. Jeannette told Phil she was going to divorce Lyle. A month later, she was dead. Phil is determined to solve Jeannette’s murder, and not just because Lyle, Neil and Polly — the daughter Lyle didn’t bother to call — asked him to. Phil doesn’t really think Lyle killed his wife, but he also knows there’s not much the Senator wouldn’t do. On the other hand, there are plenty of other suspects — lobbyists, crazy family members, blackmailers, political enemies, and even political friends. Margaret Truman was a Washington insider who knew the secrets of the nation’s capital. Murder on K Street weaves them into a tale of insider intrigue.

Private Gardens of Georgia By Polly McLeod Mattox and Helen Mattox Bost Gibbs Smith, $39.95 Reviewed by Angela McRae If the gardening bug has bitten you already, you’ll find even more inspiration after reading the lovely new book Private Gardens of Georgia by Polly McLeod Mattox and Helen Mattox Bost with photography by Erica George Dines. Nearly 30 of the state’s private gardens are featured, including Bankshaven

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in Newnan, the Federal style home of William Banks. “William’s mother began laying the gardens in 1929 with the help of famed landscape designer William C. Pauley, who worked on them from the 1930s through the 1960s. William inherited the property around 1970 and has done much to enhance the remaining 200 acres,” the authors say. Photos show various garden spots on the Bankshaven property as well as some of its statuary, including small cherubs depicting the four seasons, an 1840s Italian maiden and an 18th century French terracotta lion. Another home featured in the book once stood in Coweta County but is now in LaGrange. Betty Mattox’s 1849 Greek Revival was originally in Grantville, but it was moved “board by board” to LaGrange in 1967, according to the authors. The book is packed with good photos, so gardeners will get lots of visual inspiration in time for spring planting. Plant materials are named at each garden, so readers will learn, for instance, that Lady Banks and New Dawn roses seem to do well in many of these Georgia gardens. Although the book features gardens from North Georgia to the coast, the majority of them focus on the Piedmont region, a boon to local read-

ers looking for plants that will perform well in their own gardens. Author Polly Mattox says she pursued this book idea with encouragement from her friend Ryan Gainey, a well-known Atlanta gardener. Both his and Mattox’s gardens are included in the book — his in Decatur, hers in LaGrange — as well as several other gardens in which Gainey played a crucial role by lending his design skills. In addition to the plants, readers can also expect to see lots of great statuary, containers, outdoor furnishings, water features and outbuildings. From simple garden gates to elaborate gazebos and archways, this book is just the thing to get you going on your own private garden.

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Online Book Club You are invited to join Newnan-Coweta Magazine’s online book discussion group, "The Book Nook" led by Liz Barnett. Each month Barnett reads a new book, and readers WEB are welcome to post their EXTRA thoughts about it. Some of the selections are best-sellers, while others may be by authors new to you. Check it out at newnancowetamagazine.com.

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS These are the people who make Newnan-Coweta Magazine possible. Please let them know you appreciate their support!

Accessible Health Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 An Affair to Remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Animal Medical Clinic of Newnan. . . . . . . . . . . 86 Applause Salon & Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Arbor Springs Golf Club. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Archadeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Artisan Jewelry Company. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Ashley Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20, 21 Baby Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Bank of Coweta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 The Bank of Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 The Lodges at Historic Banning Mills. . . . . . . . 27 BB&T . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Bennett’s Antiques . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Boscoe's Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Bradley’s Antiques & More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Canongate Country Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Center For Allergy & Asthma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Charles Schwab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Cleland Periodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 The Cotton Pickin’ Fair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Country Inn & Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Coweta-Fayette EMC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 Coweta Pool & Fireplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Crescent Veterinary Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Farm Bureau Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 First United Methodist Church of Newnan . . . 80 FoxHall/Forestar Real Estate Group . . . . . . . . . 11 Foxxhollow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Fresh-N-Fit Cuisine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Georgia Stained Glass, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Heritage Quilts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Heritage Retirement Homes of Peachtree. . . . 68 The Heritage School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Hollberg's Fine Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 It's A Small World Children's Dentistry . . . . . . . 7 Jay S. Berger, M.D., P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 J&R Clothing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Kimble's Events by Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Ivey Cottage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 LA’s Hair Studio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Lee-King Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Legacy Too Furniture/Accessories . . . . . . . . . . 72 Lindsey's Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Long Orthodontics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Main Street Newnan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Massage Envy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 McIntosh Commercial Bank. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Merle Norman Cosmetics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Morgan Jewelers/Ashley Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Morgan Jewelers/Downtown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Newnan Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Nick's Pizzeria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Norwalk Furniture. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Outpatient Imaging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Panoply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Parks & Mottola Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Patricia A. Recklett, DVM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Phillips Dental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Piedmont Newnan Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Plum Southern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Protran Transmission Specialist . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 R.S. Mann Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Radiation Oncology Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Rocky's Barber Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Scott's Book Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Sentry Restoration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Southern Crescent Equine Services . . . . . . . . . 86 The Southern Federal Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . 91 Steven E. Fanning, Attorney-at-Law . . . . . . . . . 74 Stonebridge Early Learning Center . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Superior Walls of Greater Atlanta. . . . . . . . . . . 85 Tanner Health System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 The Times-Herald . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Traditions in Tile & Stone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 University of West Georgia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Vaillancourt's Pest Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Von Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Watts Furniture Galleries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 W. Daly Salon Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Wedowee Marine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Wesley Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 West Georgia Sleep Disorders Center . . . . . . . 78 1-800-Got Junk? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

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things we’ve learned

as Clerks at the Newnan Police Department

As told to Elizabeth Richardson Jada Blankenship, left, and Meredith Shirley are both clerks at the Newnan Police Department. Anyone who has business to take up with the department will see their smiling faces. Shirley has been a clerk since 2004, and Blankenship started work for Newnan in May 2006.

(1) Always remember what it is like on the other side of the counter, because it could be you standing there. People can speed without knowing the speed limit, and 90 percent of the world doesn’t have the money to pay a ticket. (2) Most people just want someone to talk to. Unfortunately, we get to be the end result of a lot of venting. People tend to get angry at the officers just for doing their jobs. (3) You have to be able to laugh at yourself, and always with others. It gets frustrating at work a lot of times, but you have to remember to laugh it off and keep on trucking. (4) A little compassion can go a long way for those who have been involved in a serious accident or have lost family members in an accident. We see a lot of grieving people who are trying to wrap up paperwork for insurance purposes. (5) Some people never learn. The same people are in here on a regular basis. The people who’ve gotten speeding tickets on Fourth Street will still go over the Fourth Street hill speeding tomorrow. Learn your lessons already. (6) We know that it’s almost time to leave when we smell the aromas from Wishbone Fried Chicken (located diagonally across the street) by about 4:30 p.m. (7) Whatever we learn today, we won’t remember tomorrow and we probably won’t need. The law is always changing. (8) In this job, you sometimes catch yourself expecting the worst out of people. We see people doing wrong on a daily basis, and we get lied to so much that it’s hard to know when someone’s telling the truth. (9) You have to read between the lines and always have the crystal ball polished. We get people at the window that just stare at us, because they haven’t had to deal with a ticket or accident report. (10) Crime breeds crime. These kids don’t know how to get out of the world they’re in. There are some you’d like to take by the hand and show them what else there is in this world. NCM 98

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