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Celebrating Generations of Care The Center for Women & Children

The Center for Women & Children at Newnan Hospital is “the” place to begin a life and grow a family !

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What’s NEW for your family at Newnan Hospital ? New Midwifery Program - Unique to Coweta County and surrounding areas, this program provides expectant mothers with a new level of personal care and comfort. New Labor & Delivery Suites - Newly renovated suites ensuring you and your family a relaxing, and state-of-the-art, environment during your stay. Lactation Center - For new mothers, our new Lactation Center has everything you need to begin caring for your child.

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MAGAZINE

July/August 2006

Features 14 Little Girl Making Big Dreams Come True She may be only 4 years old, but young actress Mary-Charles Jones of Newnan has already snagged two significant acting roles.

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20 Bright Colors, Bold Strokes Illustrator Joyce Revoir is the talent behind the exciting images in the Alpha-kidZ book series, and her dreamy paintings have already captured the hearts of many.

26 Playhouses Create Lifetime of Memories Simple or grand, old or new, some Coweta County playhouses are helping create lifelong memories for the children lucky enough to play in them.

32 It’s Party Time! Looking for a unique place to have your child’s birthday party? Here are 10 ideas for places and spaces to hold your next event.

34 The Well-Dressed Child What are the most fashionable kids in Coweta wearing these days? Check out the looks sported by our young models, all wearing adorable fashions available right here at home.

40 Bathing Beauties Nothing says summertime quite like a dip in the swimming pool. Hear from some local experts about the latest trends in pools and spas.

46 In Praise of Porches Sure, air conditioning is a great thing. But sometimes, there’s nothing better than enjoying a little fresh air out on the front porch, and Coweta County has plenty of them.

50 New trend in dining: Super supper clubs It’s a new business concept known as the “meal assembly program,” but “Supper Club” is the informal name favored by loyal customers. 8

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58 The Pleasures of Sweet Tea Are you obsessed, maybe even addicted, to sweet tea? Hear from one Coweta woman who describes it as “a little glass of heaven.”

62 SPECIAL REPORT: Justice Revisited In the first in a three-part series, retired GBI agent Charles Stone of Newnan takes a look back at an infamous case of murder in Coweta County that he wants to make sure local residents don’t soon forget.

70 Capturing criminals Sketch artist Marla Lawson of Newnan is known for capturing criminals, or at least criminals’ likenesses. Find out how her sketches have helped put numerous bad guys behind bars.

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78 Senoia Speedway Not everyone can compete at NASCAR, and at small tracks like Senoia Speedway, dreams still flourish in all shapes, sizes and horsepowers.

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Known for her hospitality as well as her culinary treats, Sandy Parker of Newnan shares a few recipes from the new entertaining pavilion at her home.

60 Newcomers Meet journeyman plumber Dwayne Jarvis, who comes to Newnan by way of British Antigua, New York and Atlanta.

72 Saddle Up In this issue’s horse column, you’ll meet Mike and Emma Winter, a couple so dedicated to horses they once lived in their horse trailer so they could afford to ride.

82 Local Heritage A century ago, a distant relative of one Haralson family was mistress of the White House and one of the nation’s top celebrities.

86 Day Trip Planner The adventures of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and the Tar Baby are still very much alive at the Wren’s Nest in Atlanta, home of “Uncle Remus Tales” author Joel Chandler Harris.

90 The Bookshelf In Every Issue

10 Editor’s Letter 92 Out & About 94 July/August Calendar 97 Index of Advertisers 98 My Coweta JULY/AUGUST

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EDITOR’S LETTER

Art Director Deberah Williams and I, all smiles after the MAGS Awards Banquet

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t’s been a pretty exciting couple of months around our office, and some of that excitement came on May 18 when we learned our staff had, in its first year of competition, won five GAMMA Awards for magazine excellence from the Magazine Association of the Southeast. The day began in memorable fashion with a race up I-285 in order to make it to a Perimeter Mall area hotel by 8 a.m. for the first in a long day of sessions for magazine editors, art directors and advertising professionals. Hurrying to the venue, I was patting myself on the back for having made excellent time when I tripped down some concrete steps, bloodying up my left foot and, worst of all, ruining a beloved pair of basic black Liz Claiborne loafers. And I was worried I wouldn’t be alert at 7:55 a.m. … Fortunately the sessions were filled with good speakers, including some who talked about trends in magazine publishing. People who get paid to know about such things say today’s magazine readers want articles to be simple, they want them customized to their tastes, and they

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want to have fun reading them. I can’t remember which fellow said this, but I was so impressed by his comment that I wrote it down: “The hunger that people have to be distracted is enormous.” Now I suspect almost all of us already are distracted — did I mention I hurt my foot the other day? — it’s just that some folks wish to be distracted from their immediate distractions. When I’m too preoccupied with work, for instance, I turn to quilting or needlework because it always seems to get my mind functioning in a more orderly fashion. (I used to chill with magazines, but these days it seems I can’t read a single feature without thinking, “Hey, we could do that in our magazine!”) For those of you who choose to read this magazine every other month, whether it’s an attraction or a distraction, I say thank you. Having the support of a gracious community like this one has made all the difference in our first year of publishing NewnanCoweta Magazine, and I felt that

support when we attended the MAGS awards banquet that night in May. I was nervous but smiling — and less anxious about the ailing foot — when I accepted our first of three Gold Awards, Best Photography, recognizing Bob Fraley’s fine work. Then I was enormously proud when our magazine won for Best Design, and watching art director Deberah Williams accept it was perhaps my happiest magazine moment of the past year. Before the night was over I would also limp forward to accept a Gold Award for Best Single Issue (the one with Victor Dallas on the cover), a Silver Award for Best Cover (the one featuring Adam and Shannon Wright), and a Bronze Award for Best Feature (Alex McRae’s “Wrights Down the Road”). It was a good night capping off a great year, and with your continued support I hope we’ll see many more of them. Fondly,

Angela Webster


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Mary-Charles Jones Little girl making big dreams come true By LaTina Emerson, Photos by LaTina Emerson and courtesy of Jason Jones

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Parents Jason and Angela Jones of Newnan say daughter MaryCharles is a typical 4-year-old who enjoys Tee Ball, snacks, tea parties and gymnastics. Mary-Charles has the

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powder and lotion. Add this to her already steady modeling career, and Mary-Charles is a busy little girl. The daughter of Jason and Angela Jones of Newnan, Mary-Charles is big sister to two-year-old Maggie and soon-to-be big sister to the latest addition to the family, little Lillian. Mary-Charles’ parents said when she was a baby, everyone said, “She’s so cute. She needs to model.” At the

time, she and her family were living in Seattle. Her family was transferred to Atlanta, and Mary-Charles’ parents signed her up with “Kiddin Around Town.” A friend told them about Joy Pervis of HotShot Kids, best known for representing successful child actress Dakota Fanning. Pervis has an open call once a year. About 900 children showed up JULY/AUGUST

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Mary-Charles at her dressing room on the set of “October Road.”

the day Mary-Charles did, but Pervis takes only a certain number of children from each age group and ethnicity/ look. Mary-Charles shined above the 16

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rest and got the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sign with Pervis. “She is wonderful,” said Angela Jones. “Personable. Very supportive

and very understanding. Very honest.” Since pairing with Pervis, MaryCharles has had a steady modeling career, appearing in ads for Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and BC Moore catalogs. She has auditioned for


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appear in the show. Unfortunately, Mary-Charles’ parents will never be able to receive a tape of their precious daughter’s moments if the show doesn’t make it to air. In case ABC reshoots the pilot, they cannot have any spare copies floating around. Her family can’t show the script to anyone either. A regular little girl, her parents said, Mary-Charles plays Tee Ball, likes snacks, loves to play tea party, and takes gymnastics lessons. Mary-Charles likes her new world, too. “One day I want to go on a stage,” she said. She enjoys modeling, and a typical session lasts about an hour. “I really liked it. I love that Macy’s place,” she said. She loves trying on pretty clothes. But she is also sure about what she doesn’t like: wearing hats. “I only like one hat. My baseball hat,” said MaryCharles. Her parents have requested that Mary-Charles not be asked to wear a hat during any more modeling sessions. The Joneses say they are going to take things one day at a time, and they will help Mary-Charles pursue acting as long as she still enjoys it. NCM

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BRIGHT COLORS,

BOLD STROKES By LaTina Emerson Photos by Bob Fraley and courtesy of Joyce Revoir

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Artist Joyce Revoir

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right colors and bold strokes are her trademark. Illustrator Joyce Revoir is the talent behind the exciting images making the Alpha-kidZ book series a reading sensation, and her dreamy paintings are also capturing the hearts of many. At the last two Art Walks in Newnan, Revoir sold out of her entire collection of books and paintings.

A native of Destin, Fla., Revoir attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La., earning a degree in graphic design. She always knew she would be an artist. “I don’t remember a time that I didn’t draw,” Revoir said. “I had artist relatives that I would hang out with. My aunt was a painter, my sister JULY/AUGUST

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always drew. And I remember doodling in class all the time and getting in trouble, even in kindergarten. I always wanted to do art. I was just always attracted to it.” Before becoming an illustrator, Revoir worked in marketing and design at a newspaper and at ad agencies, where she won several advertising awards. She went on to become art director at Sparrow Records, then the biggest label in Christian music. Revoir designed packaging and assisted in marketing and promoting more than 90 albums for such artists as Wes King, Bob Carlyle, CeCe Winans and Steven Curtis Chapman. Revoir’s work was nominated for the Dove Awards given by the Gospel Music Association. Her friend Cindy Foust approached her with the idea for the Alpha-kidZ books. Revoir declined her friend’s offer on several occasions, saying she was not an illustrator, but Foust was determined to partner with her artist friend. It took the duo about 10 years to get the project off the ground, and nine books later, they are a hit. Alpha-kidZ books feature one story for each letter of the alphabet and include “Austin Alligator,” “Benny Bear,” “Claude and Callie Cat” and “Douglas Duck.” The books are celebrated in Foust’s home town of West Monroe, La. each year at the “Alpha Fest” event. More than 5,000 eager children and parents gather, and a costumed Austin the Alligator makes a special appearance. The books are scheduled to be released in about 300 major department stores as well as local shops in Foust’s hometown. Revoir and Foust chose to self-publish, something Revoir said was not easy, because there were certain things they wanted to do their own way. Revoir

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be the perfect gift to give her friend. “It really wasn’t until I had kids that I got inspired about doing this,” said Revoir, the mother of daughters Gillian, 7, and Katelyn, 4. “Seeing the world through my daughters’ eyes got me interested.” Her daughters give her many ideas for illustrations. They have suggested details such as a bow, putting letters on the characters’ shirts, and even giving a character

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a Band-Aid. Revoir creates digital drawings for the books by computer on a Wacom tablet, a pressure sensitive tablet which allows variations in the line weights. She was introduced to the Wacom tablet through her work with editorial and magazine illustrations and was required to draw quickly and on deadline. The company simply scans the drawing, and the illustration is ready to be used. Howard Publishing approached Revoir to illustrate a Christmas book called “The Legend of the Christmas Kiss,” the story of an angel who blows a kiss which turns into snow. She painted angels for the book, which was released around the fall of last year.

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This year she illustrated “Sam’s Rainbow” for award-winning recording artist Sandi Patty. “Sam’s Rainbow” is Patty’s story of adopting her son Sam. In the story, Sam came down a rainbow to be with his family. Patty will promote the book at the Women of Faith Conferences. After leaving Sparrow Records, Revoir moved to Denver but now calls Newnan home. For Alpha-kidZ, whose target audience is two- to eight-year-olds, Revoir says color is a remarkable stimulus. She uses simplicity and tries to make her illustrations fun and whimsical. “It comes together really quickly. It’s something about it being like an act of faith and letting the artwork kind of find its own way,” said Revoir. For aspiring artists, she advises experimenting with different

mediums and talking with as many people as possible. She said it is important not to pressure yourself to have a masterpiece each time. Revoir loves that she is still growing as an artist. In Colorado, she was attracted to the work of a landscape painter at an art show. It turns out the artist was Jan Myers, one of America’s great women’s artists and pastel painters. Myers helped her see colors in a whole new light. Myers does not use black in any of her paintings, and the darkest color she uses is purple so she can keep everything bright. Revoir has implemented this technique in her own illustrations. Lately, Revoir has begun experimenting with animation, so keep your eyes peeled for Revoir’s bright colors and bold strokes in motion. NCM

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Many little girls love to dress up and play house. Some are lucky to have a special place to dream, play with dolls, practice domestic skills or just keep the boys out. The boys use their spots as forts, places to roughhouse and scheme and, likewise, just keep out the girls! Grand or plain, grounded or tree-dwelling, no matter what the design, these mini abodes hold a lifetime of memories for the children lucky enough to have played in them. The Doll House was originally built in 1927 by Edward Guy Cole of R. D. Cole Manufacturing as a gift to his daughter, Minerva Cole Woodroof. The Doll

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House made its debut during the Coweta County Centennial celebration in September of that year. This tiny house features decorative patterns over the front door made from molds by the manufacturing company. Hardwood floors, molding, baseboards and electric lights add to the feeling of a diminutive wonderland. The Doll House was passed down in the family from Mrs. Woodroof to her daughter, Minerva Woodroof Winslow, and in turn to Holly Winslow Mitchell, wife of Dr. Eric Mitchell, and will next go to her daughter, Callie Brannen Mitchell.


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The Doll House, opposite, was built in 1927 as a gift for Minerva Cole Woodroof, seated at left, who has since seen the playhouse handed on to daughter Minerva Woodroof Winslow, standing, granddaughter Holly Winslow Mitchell, seated at right, and now great-granddaughter Callie Brannen Mitchell. Inside the house, near left, Callie puts her own decorating stamp on the little home. Sara Ashley and Robert Estes, below, enjoy playing in this Newnan playhouse on the property of their grandparents, Murray and Martha Ann Parks.

Countless Newnan children have played pretend in The Doll House, and its sweet door is open and waiting for the next generation. Martha Ann Parks said she first learned her domestic skills in a barn.

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Sara Ashley Estes, 4, and brother Robert, 6, enjoy spending time in the playhouse at the Newnan home of grandparents Murray and Martha Ann Parks. It was Murray Parks who spotted the small outbuilding, once used as a sales office at a real estate site, and towed it home with him that night.

She explained that she “grew up on a farm in Woodbury, Georgia,” and her first “playhouse” was an old smokehouse connected to the henhouse. Husband Murray knew Martha Ann had never outgrown her longing for a “real” playhouse. One day, he drove by a former real estate site and saw a small outbuilding agents had used as a sales office. That night, he pulled into the driveway with the playhouse towed behind him. Martha Ann says they never could have gotten the playhouse situated without the assistance of Charlie Lie-Nielsen; they had to roll it in place on logs, much like the Alan Jackson song “Home” describes. Because the little house was originally used as a workspace, it was already wired for electricity, heat, air and telephone. But Martha Ann claims the playhouse boasts the best lake view on the lot, so they added a gorgeous window to 28

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take advantage of the scenery. The seven Parks grandchildren enjoy playing in the house. Martha Ann helps with four-year-old Sara Ashley and six-year-old Robert one day a week, so they get extra time in the playhouse. Neighborhood children love to write notes in the special writing nook, and maybe they are writing down their own blissful version of what they think the grownup world will be. Some playhouses are so fun they prove irresistible. So seemed the case back in 1998 when the playhouse Bill Berry Sr. and Will Berry Jr. built together went missing. Bill and Will built this playhouse together when Will was just a boy, and it had about everything a kid could want. Two floors, a zip line, windows, a balcony– this was one cool fortress. When Will married his wife Ann and had their children — Will III, Frank and Ellis — they wanted their children to enjoy this distinctive father-son creation. When Will and Ann bought their current home site and moved the playhouse to their lot in advance of building, it sat there quite a while. One day, Ann received a phone call from a friend: “I know this sounds strange, but I think I saw your playhouse going down Highway 29!” Ann knew it must be true when the phone rang again with the same dire information. When the family drove to the lot, they found an empty space where the fabulous fort once stood. Who would do such a thing? The family contacted the sheriff ’s department. Police had actually seen the playhouse making tracks down 29 toward Palmetto on the back of a flatbed truck, but it looked secure and there was no reason to stop it. Ann ran an advertisement in the Times-Herald offering a $100 reward featuring a photo of daughter Ellis

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under the caption, “Have You Seen My Playhouse?” The advertisement generated lots of local interest and actual leads as friends turned into amateur detectives. The structure was finally located in Fairburn, and the mystery played out like this: A local apartment manager had seen the playhouse sitting for many months on the wooded lot. Since no family was currently living there, the manager thought the playhouse abandoned. She suggested another employee take it home for her children, which she did. The Berry family didn’t press charges but simply asked for the house to be returned. There are many fabulous playhouses in the area. Ashley and Carly Davis, daughters of Barry and Allison Davis of Palmetto, were gifted with an incredibly beautiful Mitch Ginn-designed playhouse by a family

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IT’S PARTY TIME!!

Tired of having the same old party for your child’s birthday celebration each year? Here are some ideas our staff compiled for unique locations and activities in Coweta County that will help make this year’s party memorable.

The Pottery Wheel, Newnan: Cost varies from $100-150 for owner Jodi Henderson to conduct a private pottery class and let partiers create their own work of art. Henderson consults with parents in advance to choose an ageappropriate project. At the party, she talks about clay as a medium and explains how it has been used for thousands of years to make useful and decorative things. She helps only minimally so that the piece is truly theirs. After finishing their pieces, partiers have to leave them behind to be dried, glazed and fired, but Henderson offers several options for finishing. A table is set up in the front of the studio for parent-provided refreshments. Call Henderson at 678-423-8940 for more info.

Coweta County Fire Department’s Fire Safety House:

Newnan School of Gymnastics: Saturdays only. Provides an instructor and organized activities for one hour, then coordinates parent-provided refreshments for a half-hour. Cost for up to 10 children and one instructor is $100. For 11-20 children and two instructors, cost is $150. Call 770-254-0637 for information.

Factory Skatepark, Newnan: Birthday parties include admission for 2 hours, party room for 45 minutes, free helmet and pad rental for all participants, two 2-liter drinks, a free cake and two large pizzas. Cost is $120 (plus tax) for up to 8 children; additional children may be added for $12 per child. Skaters must have completed waiver on file. A $50 deposit holds the reservation. Call the Skatepark at 770-683-7588 for information.

The Pottery Patio, 93 Main St., Sharpsburg:

The Guest of Honor can create a “Celebration Plate” while guests choose from such creations as pottery ladybugs, dogs, cats, fish, turtles, seasonal items Deputy Chief Jay Jones says as part of its public and t-shirts. Parties range from the Tiny-Tots Party relations effort, the fire department can send a truck to (for 3- to 4-year-olds) to the groovy Tie Dye Tee birthday parties, provided firemen aren’t on a call. “We Shirt Party and the “Paint don’t have set times that we can or can’t be there. So Yourself Silly” party. Prices scheduling shouldn’t be a problem,” Jones said. There is no cost range from $13-$16 per involved. Firemen will bring coloring books and badges to give to child, and with some the children. They show the truck and equipment, parties discounts are give fire safety tips and answer any questions available for multiple children may have. At Station 16 in Dresden (2545 guests. Partygoers are welcome to bring their own Hwy. 34 West), there is a community room that is cake, but the Pottery Patio also offers “upgrades” available to use for parties. A deposit fee is required. Anyone to include such treats as cakes and pizza. For interested in scheduling a birthday party can contact Jones at information, call the Coweta County Fire Department, 483 Turkey Creek 770-252-6969 or Rd., Newnan, call him at 770-254-3901 or e-mail e-mail thepotterypatio@numail.org.

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Coweta County Fairgrounds, Pine Road, Newnan: OK, so it’s unlikely you will ever need seating for more than 400 of your child’s closest friends at his next birthday party. We just want you to know that option is available. The Conference Center at the fairgrounds has 6,000 square feet of meeting space, seats up to 450 comfortably, divides into two smaller rooms and has a catering kitchen. The Walker Horne Outdoor Theater seats 200 comfortably and is a great performance venue. The fairgrounds rents for $300 a day, and you can contact Jackie Butler for availability at 770-254-2685. (Some groups are Fat City renting the fairgrounds for Paintball, Senoia: family reunions and Open on weekends or by wedadings.) reservation for birthday parties. Ages Asa M. Powell Expo 10-older only, and groups of 10 or more Center (Old to play as private group. Cost is $250-350. Fairgrounds), Temple Fat City outfits the group, which plays Avenue, Newnan: between 2-5 games per hour and the typical party lasts 2-3 hours. Groups can choose While the Coweta County Fairgrounds from four different fields. Call owner on Pine Road is available for rental, a Scott Prince at Fat City’s regional store smaller, more affordable option for in Peachtree City at 770-487-3993, parties is the Expo Center, which rents seven days a week. for $100 a day. For information on reserving the Expo Center, call Bonnie Weeks at 770-252-6429.

Skate Palace, Newnan: A variety of party packages is available at Skate Palace. The Queen Package ($94.95 plus tax), a party for 10 guests, includes admission, regular skate rental, invitations, drinks, a decorated birthday cake, 40 game tokens, and a host/hostess. Private parties can be held Saturday mornings from 10-noon, Sunday evenings from 5-7 or anytime Skate Palace is not open for a regular session. For information on booking a party, call Newnan Utilities’ Carl Miller Park, Newnan: 770-254-1999. The park on Sewell Road in Newnan has four pavilions that can hold up to 150 people each. Of the four pavilions, three can be reserved by Newnan Utilities customers. The main pavilion, located in the center of the park, is available to anyone on a first come, first served basis. There are also many picnic tables located throughout the park that anyone may use on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve a pavilion, call the office at 770-683-5516 and speak to a Customer Relations Representative. Anyone wishing to reserve free use of a pavilion must be a Newnan Utilities customer, and reservations may be made up to one year in advance. NCM

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BATHING BEAUTIES By Janet Flanigan, Photos by Bob Fraley

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Some of the latest swimming pools in Coweta County were constructed by Coweta Pool and Fireplace (opposite, above and middle), and Boscoe’s Pools (bottom photo courtesy of Boscoe’s).

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“Many of the trends for pools are the same for spas,” says Tom Miller, general manager of Spas Atlanta, a spa retailer in business more than 18 years and in Newnan for six. “Most people still like their spa close to their home, but now they are building surrounds with tables, stools, gazebos, rock gardens, flowering beds and full-on entertainment areas.” These are not the spas of old, Miller explained. “Only five to seven percent of the population currently has spas,” he says, “but it is on a major upswing with the baby boomers because most of them have put their kids through college and have their kids out of the house and they have discretionary income. At the same time, they have a few more aches and pains that are eased by (the) effervescence of the spa jets.” Spas range in price from around $3,000 to $11,000 for every possible feature and sound system, and Miller said most customers select a model in the $6,000-$8,000 range. Today’s spas are much more sophisticated in their jet systems, lighting and sound systems, yet they are simple to use. An electronic keypad, pre-programmed to the owner’s desires, is ready at the punch of a button to ease away troubles and allow you to sit back, relax and enjoy. Today’s pools not only look fantastic but also feel and sound fantastic and even clean up after themselves. Fred Thomas, owner of Coweta Pool and Fireplace in Newnan, has noted several interesting trends. “Our company can do any kind of pool that any customer desires, but an interesting trend is toward smaller, ‘Courtyard’ pools built to fit into higher density subdivision space,” he says. A recent installation was in a 50 x 50-foot yard space. Many customers will accentuate their pool with a fountain or waterfall.


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Ceramic Tiles Natural Stones Glass Blocks Porcelains Murals/Decos

Fountains can gently bubble or make a big splash and offer a sound shield. Other fountains can be made from Greek-style urns and statuary. Fountain choices include subtle misters and laminar flow fountains that shoot streams of water about the thickness of a finger into the air. Waterfalls have been a stylish element in pool design for many years, and they continue to be one of today’s most-requested options. Waterfalls are limited only by imagination and the laws of physics. Sheets of water falling over granite platforms that land in a secluded bathing pool create both a stunning presentation and exciting swimming area. Playful, cascading water falling over real or manmade rocks makes waterfalls visually stunning adornments. Some will allow you to increase or decrease the rate of the fall. While there are myriad pool finishes available today, the majority of Cowetans still trend toward vinyl-lined and gunite, a cement and sand mixture.


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Finishes that can be applied to gunite include Italian glass mosaic tiles, fiberglass, natural and native stone, composite materials sprayed with concrete, and pebbles. What about water without walls? That’s right, pools can even be built without the traditional “walls” around them. These playful “beach” entrances are shallow and offer comfortable wet decks and dramatic vanishing edges. The advantage of water without walls is that bathers can lie in about four inches of water, stay cool and still read a magazine or visit with friends and family without complete immersion. Another beautiful design is the infinity-edged pool where the edges seemingly slip off into the horizon. This design seems to fit best into a site overlooking a view such as a coastline, cityscape or mountain valley. But pools are so much work, aren’t they? Thomas says today’s pools are actually self-cleaning. “I’m not talking about one of those pool-tool robots,” he says. “These pools actually have an in-floor cleaning system with a series of jets that push dirt and debris into a basket that can be easily emptied.” Many pool owners are also switching over to salt water rather than chlorinebased pools which utilize a chlorine generator to keep algae at bay and water at the proper levels. In a word, though, the most important element to keeping pools and spas as beautiful as can be is safety. Children must be taught water safety and should never be left unsupervised around a pool or spa. Teach them to swim well from an early age and purchase in-pool motion detectors and alarms that will let you know if anyone or anything is in the water. In the end, common sense and practicality will be the trendiest thing you can do for your family. NCM

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PORCH: A covered area adjoining an entrance to a building and usually having a separate roof.

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a plan away By Janet Flanigan, Photos by Bob Fraley

OPEN REFRIGERATOR. STARE. MAKE LIST. SHOP.

Chad Smith, Kayla Arthur and Dick Ford are introducing more Cowetans to the idea of the “meal-assembly program,” or supper club, through their Portabella Supper Club at SummerGrove.

Then there’s the whole menuplanning, dicing, chopping, meal preparation scenario. Just face it. Feeding yourself and your family (if you have one) can get tedious, and it just plain takes work. While folks increasingly want to dine in the comfort of their homes, the desire for options for preparing convenient family meals is greater than ever. Throw into this mix the fact homemakers are becoming more conscious of what they feed their loved ones, and therein lies the rub. Two local businessmen who have been paying attention to this culinary trend toward convenience foods are well-known Newnan chef Chad Smith and local restaurateur Dick Ford. The two had previously partnered in Alamo Jack’s restaurant on the Court Square in downtown Newnan and were very comfortable with their professional relationship. The duo began researching a business concept called “mealassembly programs,” or supper clubs, and decided to open another business together. Ford’s daughter had recently opened her own independent operation in Florida, and they visited her business and investigated several franchise meal-assembly organizations. Ultimately the partners decided to begin their venture as independent operators rather than franchisees, and they opened Portabella Supper Club JULY/AUGUST

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ingredients as they wish, in March. so our vegetarian This cute spot, in the customers can leave out former Starfish Coffee space the meat as they desire.” at SummerGrove, operates “We knew the like this: customers visit the concept would work,” Portabella Web site to Ford said. “It is a trend schedule a session for one to that is taking off all over 12 people at a time. Patrons the country.” The key select a meal package that was finding a location suits their needs and may opt that was accessible to a for six whole or 12 half-size 9 high percentage of x 13” casserole pans for $105 Newnan’s homes, or 12 whole or 24 half-size 9 although the twosome x 13” pans of 16 different hope that clients will menu options. If clients think a drive to choose the half size they may Portabella is worth it. put two different casseroles “I had a woman in in each half of the pan. here last week who told Portabella is divided me she’s so excited that into stations, and guests are we are open,” Ford said. given simple directions “She used to drive to about how much of each Decatur to go to a fresh ingredient goes into similar concept up the pan. Each person there, and now she can measures out the items that come here and stay close go into the dish, mixes it all to home.” up, adds a lid bearing a Clockwise from upper left: Dick Ford whips up a dish at the Indeed there are sticker with heating Portabella Supper Club; a nutrition label accompanies the other meal-assembly directions and nutrition dishes customers prepare on site; Chad Smith shows one of his ready-to-heat-and-eat creations; and Twice Baked Potatoes program concepts out information on top, and are ready for the oven. there, although no others moves on to the next were operating in Coweta at the time casserole. It’s that simple. Clients Grouper, Island Pork Loin, of this writing. Portabella Supper bring a cooler or something to Jambalaya, Lasagna, Red Beans and Club is an independent operator, but transport the casseroles home so they Rice, and Shepherd’s Pie. They also there are several franchise concepts can be easily and safely transported to have a selection of side items available nationally. Super Suppers out the refrigerator and freezer. available each day including Black of Texas is one of the largest and has One day shortly after Portabella Bean and Corn Salad, Brunswick opened, Ford and Smith Stew, Creamed Corn, Garlic Mashed been open since 2002. It has several outlets open in the metro Atlanta demonstrated the Baked Chicken Potatoes and Twice Baked Potatoes. area. Dream Dinners in Snohomish, with White Beans and Tomatoes and “These are my original recipes; the Shrimp Scampi, and the some are the ones that my customers Wash. began offering franchise opportunities in 2003 and is one of preparation for each fresh dish have requested and some are new to the largest meal-assembly companies literally took under two minutes. Try Portabella. We are always in the nation with 152 locations. making a casserole that quickly at experimenting and perfecting and Other franchised companies included home with no cleanup! trying to give our customers what Dinner Thyme, Meal Makeover Other menu items include Aunt they want,” said Smith. Mae’s Meatloaf, Baked Ziti, Beef “We’ll be adding more vegetarian Moms and countless others. Open the refrigerator. Slide in Fajitas, Blackened Grouper, Breakfast and organic items to the menu soon,” the casserole. When it’s time to eat, Potato, Chicken Marsala, Chicken added Ford, “but the beauty of the simply heat, serve and enjoy. NCM Piccata, Crab Cakes, Crispy Crusty food stations is people can add 52

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Irresistible, Delectable Sandy Parker By Janet Flanigan, Photos by Bob Fraley

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is a friend to be counted on, someone who does things really well. Her talents extend to the kitchen. In the culinary department, she’s best known for her baked goodies. She’s famous for all things sweet. It just seems like other caramel cakes never turn out like Parker’s. Nor do brownies or other sugary treats. She’s got that sweet touch and it even extends to special poolside libations, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day. She’s a former corporate shopper, so presentation is very important to Parker. Dishes can’t just taste great; they have to look fantastic, too. The environment in which they are served must be fabulous and colorful as well. Last year, when Parker and husband Jonathan decided to create an entertainment pavilion, she worked side-by-side with builder John Beaty to make her dreams for a party spot become a reality. Parker completely envisioned what she wanted for the pavilion and drew designs for tables, a swing, benches and a bar, and Beaty constructed them. As the project grew, the budget grew exponentially. Parker has always said how blessed she is to have such a generous and calm husband, and he truly displayed this side of his personality when he good-naturedly renamed the pavilion the “gazillion” in honor of the ever-expanding cost! But the efforts are a visually-stunning arrangement for the most delectable of goodies and, true to her gracious nature, Parker loves to share her cooking and her efforts with the “gazillion” with friends and others. Isn’t that truly what hospitality is all about?

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BLACK BEAN SALAD 3 ears corn 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained 2 large tomatoes, diced 1 small purple onion, chopped fine 2 avocados, peeled, seeded and chopped 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro Juice of 3 limes 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1-1/2 teaspoons salt 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper Boil corn for 5 minutes. Drain, cool and cut from cob. Combine corn, black beans and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl. Set aside. Combine fresh lime juice and remaining ingredients in a jar;

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cover tightly and shake vigorously. Pour over corn/bean mixture, stirring well. Chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Goes great with pork tenderloin, chicken, fish or other meat of choice or as a stand-alone salad. Yields 6-8 servings.

BANANA CREAM PIE 1 (13-3/4-ounce) package coconut macaroons 1 egg, slightly beaten 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted 2/3 cup sugar 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 egg yolks 2 cups milk, divided 1 cup half-and-half

2 (3-ounce) bars white chocolate 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 3/4 teaspoon banana flavoring 3 large ripe bananas, thinly sliced 1-1/2 cups whipping cream, divided Place macaroons in food processor bowl. Top with cover and pulse 5 or 6 times or until cookies are crumbled. Combine macaroon crumbs, egg and 1 tablespoon melted butter; stir well. Firmly press crumb mixture over bottom and up sides of a greased 10-inch pie plate. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. Let cool. Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a heavy saucepan. Combine egg yolks, 1-1/2 cups


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milk and half-and-half, beating well; gradually stir into sugar mixture. Heat remaining 1/2 cup milk and 2 white chocolate bars in top of a double boiler over hot water until the white chocolate melts. Stir into egg mixture. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened. Remove from heat; add 3 tablespoons butter and banana flavoring. Stir until butter melts. Pour one-third (about 1-1/3 cups) of custard mixture into baked crust; top with half of banana slices. Repeat layers, ending with custard. Cover and chill pie several hours. Heat 1/4 cup whipping cream and 1 white chocolate bar in top of double boiler until

white chocolate melts. Let cool. Beat remaining 1-1/4 cups whipping cream at high speed of electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Stir 2 tablespoons of whipped cream into cooled white chocolate mixture. Gently fold white chocolate mixture into remaining whipped cream, then chill. Spread over chilled pie. Yields one 10-inch pie.

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luncheons, family reunions, and at any hot weather meal. I drink it with my Chick-fil-A, my Sprayberry’s, my Redneck Gourmet and my Golden’s. What would meals be like without sweet tea? Like TV in black and white, like church without music, like American Idol without Simon. What do folks outside of the South do without it? I have had wonderful meals up north, out west, and outside of the

states, but there was no tea that measured up to my southern standard. I once made the mistake of ordering sweet tea in Vermont. (What can I say, I was young and naive.) The poor, perplexed waitress said, “We don’t really have that, but I’ll make you a glass!” (She was also perky and plucky!) After 20 minutes or so, she emerged from the kitchen with a tepid, murky brown liquid, and gave it to me with a triumphant look. It was


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terrible, but since she had gone to the trouble to make it and so wanted to please, I had to choke it down, politely, of course. And so it was that I learned a valuable lesson: there is an art to making great sweet tea. Everyone has their own method of making sweet tea, and preferred levels of sugar and strength. I make it like my mom made it, but sweeter. I like lemon in it, to cut the sweet. I’m not a fan of mint in it; I don’t like to drink bits of leaves. I’d be the one to walk around all day with mint leaves stuck in my teeth. And as if all this weren’t obsessive enough, I like to fill the glass with ice, squeeze the lemon and then fill ’er up. Then I like to sip it and let it slowly water down and get ice cold. There’s nothing better than that on an August afternoon in Newnan, Ga. I may be a bit obsessed, a bit addicted, even, to good sweet tea. I probably should start a 12-step program for Sweet Tea Anonymous. I’d like to think sweet tea might just make me a little stronger and a little sweeter. I know it’s good for the soul, just like the food I eat along with it. This is how our family likes our sweet tea. How do y’all make yours?

Anderson Recipe for Sweet Tea: Boil about 2 cups of water and then add 2 family size tea bags and take it off the stove. Steep the tea bags anywhere from 5 minutes to as long as you like. Add a half cup of sugar while the tea’s still warm. This step is VERY important, to ensure you get the sugar dissolved. Then remove tea bags, pour into a 2-quart pitcher, fill with water and ENJOY! NCM

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man’s agenda. He took time out of his packed schedule to talk to NewnanCoweta Magazine. Newnan-Coweta Magazine: Dwayne, it seems like you have lived a lifetime in 33 years. Why did your family leave an island paradise, British Antigua, when you were a young boy? Dwayne Jarvis: I have six brothers and four sisters, and while the work and living conditions are great in

Antigua, we came to the states for even better living and the opportunity to make more money. My family is in New York, Boston, Antigua, the West Indies and other parts of the States. NCM: We understand that you found Newnan and your townhouse almost as the result of a wrong turn. Is that correct? DJ: That’s right. I’m a journeyman plumber and was down here for my


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job with B & R Plumbing and Fire Protection, and I took a left turn instead of a right and saw some homes for sale. I saw that they were in my price range and they were close to work, and I decided to move here. I’m taking my journeyman’s exam in August, and I also have my own business called A Septic Tank. NCM: You tell us that church has always been extremely important to you, and you were a member at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, the famous home church of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. So how did you find a church here? DJ: I was raised in the Anglican Church, but when I came here I didn’t know anybody. I had been involved in The Atlanta Ministry for International Students in Atlanta, where I hosted a few missionary students from China and Haiti and let them stay with me. So my friend from the Atlanta Ministry asked me where I was going to church in Newnan. He suggested the Newnan Presbyterian Church and I liked it and joined almost right away. I am now singing in the choir. NCM: You work two jobs, are studying to get your plumbing license, and you are also a member of the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists doing radio and television commercials. That’s a busy schedule and doesn’t leave a lot of free time. What do you like to do in your spare time? DJ: I love singing in the choir, just singing in general, going bicycling, camping, hunting and golfing. I am a bachelor right now, but I dream of being married one day and having children. I just got a little kitten named Spot, and she is a good friend to come home to. NCM: Dwayne, Newnan welcomes you and best of luck with your journeyman’s license. DJ: Thank you very much. NCM

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In the first of a three-part series, retired GBI agent Charles Stone of Newnan takes a look back at a murder case that shocked Coweta County in the mid-eighties. In coming months, look for him to tell why he thinks itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so important Cowetans not forget about this case.

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n the mid-1980s, I was experiencing a first in my career with the GBI. I was actually living in the county that was my primary investigative responsibility. Following stints in field operations, drug enforcement, and training/administration, I was granted a transfer to our Thomaston office, which included the Coweta Judicial Circuit. My supervisor, Special Agent Moses Ector, whom I’d known since college and uniform police days, readily approved the new assignment. Coweta County and the surrounding counties for the most part were quite different than they are today. The county was growing, the population was diversifying, but stranger-to-stranger violent crime was somewhat unusual. It always attracted a lot of attention, both from the public and the criminal justice community. Since being assigned to Coweta County, I had developed a good rapport — and in many cases friendship — with local law enforcement, courts and correction personnel. From an investigative standpoint, I worked closely with the Sheriff ’s Office and the Newnan Police Department. Then-Sheriff Larry Hammett gave me an office at the Sheriff ’s Department. It was a great opportunity for me to work with investigators from both departments, with cases ranging from your typical “Saturday night” murders to rapes, large-scale drug operations and child abuse. The most difficult cases we encountered were of course “who done it” homicides. This type of crime, along with child abuse cases, quickly convinces an investigator that true evil exists in the world, without a doubt. Evil had already come in the darkness on Dec. 5, 1985 when Charles Furlow went to check on his

elderly mother, Mrs. Kate Furlow, who lived alone in the modest family home on Highway 16 in the Raymond community. Family members had tried to reach Mrs. Furlow by phone and had not received an answer. When Mr. Furlow arrived about 11 a.m., no one could have prepared him for the horror that greeted him. The house was totally ransacked, and his mother’s body lay on the bed. He ran across the road to a propane company and asked for help. The Sheriff ’s Office was notified, and Sheriff Hammett, I, and other law enforcement and emergency personnel were soon on the scene. I had worked quite a number of homicides but had never seen one quite like this. Everything that could be moved or thrown in the floor had been. The point of entry was quite evident, as the front door had been kicked in. There were footprints on the door, and the frame was shattered. Viewing the scene, I found it difficult to examine Mrs. Furlow’s body. A 79-year-old grandmother, she reminded me of my own grandmother-in-law. The position of

left the imprint of the muzzle on her skin. Death was instantaneous. Mrs. Furlow’s faithful chihuahua, FiFi, was found partially concealed under a sweater on the couch. The dog apparently had been killed by either a gunshot or knife wound. I called the State Crime Lab and requested a criminalist — in this case a firearms examiner who processed evidence — and latent fingerprint team to come to the scene. Back in 1985, law enforcement had nowhere near the capabilities and resources so common today. There were no crime scene specialists, DNA analysis, alternative light sources, lasers, computer assisted drawings and databases. I had been trained to process a crime scene, with basic and advanced schooling in photography, latent print development, fingerprint processing, sketching and evidence collection. Because of the nature of this crime scene and type of crime, however, I wanted to bring in all the best resources I could to try to solve the case. While we waited for the crime lab personnel to arrive, I made a request that today would be

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GBI Special Agents Lisa Harris and Charles Stone, along with Coweta County Coroner Donald Millians, at left, were at the scene when Kate Furlow’s body was discovered after her murder in December of 1985. Then-Coweta County Sheriff Larry Hammett, below, surveys the disarray at the home of Mrs. Furlow.

photograph the crime scene for me. Having a professional photographer shoot everything gave me a sense of relief since Hill’s equipment and skills were far better than mine. The quality and result of the photographs spoke volumes about his ability, and the reporting of the story in the TimesHerald spoke to his ethics. Neither the investigation nor the news story were compromised. The crime lab personnel arrived and began processing the scene. Various items of potential evidence were recovered, most notably a .25 caliber bullet from the bedsprings. Mrs. Furlow’s body and FiFi’s body were transported to the State Crime Lab for autopsy and necropsy. Once the bodies were removed and the scene processed, Mr. Furlow and his wife Pat were asked to return to see if they could help determine what, if anything, was missing. This was an extremely difficult and emotional task for them, but proved its worth a short time later.

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When Pat Furlow got over the initial shock of viewing the destruction in the house, she made a startling statement. We were in the kitchen and, after studying the scene, she told me that whoever had committed this heinous crime had eaten ham at some point. How could she know this? She pointed to a ham sitting on the counter and said her mother-in-law would never have cut a ham like that. The ham did have a chunk cut out of it, as opposed to being sliced. I mentally filed away the comment but didn’t attach a tremendous amount of importance to it. I was looking for anything to identify the killer, and I doubted stomach contents were going to be a help. With the assistance of the Furlows we learned some small bags of jewelry, old coins and possibly a pistol were missing. It wasn’t much to go on. That same day we began the tedious part of investigations rarely


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A missing chunk of ham will prove to be an important piece of information during investigation of the murder of Kate Furlow.

Sybill Laurent. Mr. Laurent said we needed to come back later and talk to his wife Sybill, who’d had a strange thing happen early in the morning, at approximately 12:30 a.m. When we interviewed Sybill Laurent, she related a fascinating story and a critical piece of information. Mrs. Laurent said that around 12:30 a.m. she had awakened to loud voices coming from her kitchen area. She arose and went to the kitchen to see a white man talking incoherently in a loud voice. Her son, Mark Devereaux, who was playing an electric guitar with headphones on, had not initially heard the commotion. She said the intruder said something about “Ronnie” and some other things she couldn’t remember. She ordered him to get out, and the man left. She didn’t call the police, she said, because they did not have a phone. Mrs. Laurent’s description was in so much detail it was obvious the unknown man had made a lasting impression on her. I had interviewed hundreds of people in my career and dozens of socalled “eye-witnesses.” Mrs. Laurent was extremely convincing in her 66

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description, so I decided to trust my initial feelings and call on the talents of a resource person at the Atlanta Police Department. Marla Lawson was at that time working in the fingerprint identification section of the APD, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fingerprints I was interested in, it was her talent as an artist. In previous cases involving witnesses, she provided sketches of unknown subjects which proved to have an uncanny likeness to the real person once they were identified. So that night found a group of us at the Atlanta Police Department â&#x20AC;&#x201D; me, newly-hired GBI Special Agent Lisa Harris, Investigator Donnie Payne, Investigator Kelvin Thompson and Mrs. Sybill Laurent. Watching Lawson work was fascinating. She had the ability to put a witness at ease and then, seemingly without effort, extract detailed descriptions. This description was then transformed in charcoal to a sketchpad and quickly turned into a face. Hopefully, this was the face of the person who committed the heinous murder in Coweta County. Finishing the sketch, Lawson pulled me aside to relate some wonderful news. Sybill Laurent was an exceptional witness, she said, and Lawson had a very high degree of confidence in the accuracy of the sketch. We headed back to Coweta County with what we hoped was a picture of a killer. Once we put a name to the face in the sketch, we would be making tremendous progress in solving the murder, which had everyone in Coweta County on edge. NCM COMING NEXT ISSUE Find out the name of the man local law enforcement identified as the suspected killer of Kate Furlow. JULY/AUGUST

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Marla Lawson’s art helps capture criminals By Alex McRae, Photo by Bob Fraley

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appreciated. “The teachers wanted to do it one way and I wanted to do something else,” she says. “We didn’t usually see eye-to-eye.” In her final high school art class, Lawson earned a “D.” She didn’t care. After graduation, she worked as a “street artist,” drawing tourist portraits in places like the original Underground Atlanta. She saved enough money for art school tuition and submitted a portfolio of her work to the Atlanta College of Art. She was

promptly rejected. Discouraged and disheartened, Lawson put her art aside and in 1976, took a job with the Atlanta Police Department (APD), where her father worked. She was hired to do clerical work, but once her coworkers learned she could draw, Lawson couldn’t keep up with the requests for sketches. “It wasn’t what they hired me for, but it beat filing all day,” she says. Her skills finally caught the eye of an APD detective who was working to identify several unknown subjects lying disfigured, damaged and unclaimed in the Atlanta morgue. The detective believed if Lawson could sketch them as they appeared in life, they could be identified. “The morgue photos were terrible, but I didn’t know any better,” she says, “so I gave it a shot.” As soon as her drawings were released, each of the subjects was identified. Lawson became a full-time sketch artist with the APD and was sometimes sent to sketch suspects in other jurisdictions, including Coweta County. Lawson was born and raised in Atlanta, but she was living in Clayton County with her husband, Harry, and two children when APD assigned her to help Coweta authorities find the killer of 79-yearold Mrs. Kate Furlow, who had been brutally raped and murdered on Dec. 5, 1985. Working with a single witness, Lawson created a sketch of the suspected killer. Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager, then working as a probation officer, immediately recognized the sketch of a white male as one of his probation cases. “The drawing was almost photographic in detail,” Yeager says. “She just nailed it.”


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The man was convicted of Furlow’s death months later and Lawson continued to supply crimebusting sketches across the state, but in 1991, suffering from “extreme burnout,” she left APD. Not long afterward, she and her family moved to Coweta County. Lawson did some freelance sketch work and tried to relax, but in the mid-nineties, started looking for full-time work again. “I started spending money,” she says with a laugh. “I knew if I was going to shop I needed a steady job.” Lawson was working at a Thomas Crossroads sandwich shop when the store was robbed. Most people would have quit. Lawson went home and sketched the bad guy, who was soon convicted of robbing the sandwich shop and another nearby store. “I guess I couldn’t get away from it,” she says. Lawson then took a job with the Coweta County Sheriff ’s Office and was working there as a jailer when she was visited by officials from the GBI, FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. They had located a witness they believed could describe the man suspected of setting off the bomb in Centennial Olympic Park during the

Atlanta Olympics. They wanted Lawson to do a sketch. “Before I start a job I say a prayer and ask God to guide my hand so these people will be caught so they can’t hurt anyone else,” Lawson says. “That time it really worked out.” Lawson’s drawing of Eric Robert Rudolph put a face on the subject of America’s largest manhunt and was partly responsible for putting Rudolph behind bars for life. “That sketch really gave the investigation new life,” says retired GBI agent Charles Stone, who worked the Rudolph case. “It gave us a lot more leads and really put us back in the hunt.” In 1997, Lawson joined the GBI and since then, her sketches have resulted in the arrest and conviction of hundreds of criminals across the country. Since 2000, Lawson has also used clay to make facial reconstructions from skulls to help authorities identify unknown remains. “It’s pretty much guesswork,” she says, “but when I know it’s right, I can look at a drawing or clay model I did and say ‘I got you.’ That really feels great.” NCM

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THE MOST CHALLENGING EQUESTRIAN event in the United States took place in April in Kentucky, and two Coweta County riders were there to compete: the husband-and-wife team of Mike and Emma Winter of Wayfarer Eventing, a couple so dedicated to horses they once lived in their horse trailer so they could afford to ride. JULY/AUGUST

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Mike Winter is from Toronto and Emma Winter is from Great Britain, but the two now raise horses at their Swamp Fox Farm in Coweta County.

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Patricia A. Recklet, DVM, LLC The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is an international triathlon that attracted 63 of the best equine athletes in the world who competed at dressage, cross-country jumping and stadium jumping. The Rolex Kentucky’s difficulty rating is four stars, more arduous than Olympic competitions. Only four other competitions in the world (in England, Germany and Australia) are rated at this level. Both Mike and Emma have competed at Rolex before, but this year was Emma’s year. She finished in the top 20, with her best scores ever. She and Mahogany Chief, a bay Thoroughbred gelding Winter co-owns with Emeline Loughlin of Newnan, fairly skipped around the challenging cross-country course, receiving only 6.4 time penalties. Her skillful negotiation of the tricky water complex including Rolex Kentucky’s trademark giant wooden ducks — which brought down many riders — was beautiful to see. This course — with 30 obstacles averaging about four feet tall with spreads from 4 feet 6 inches to 9 feet wide — took a heavy toll on the experienced riders, many of whom have ridden at Olympic levels. Thirteen riders retired or were eliminated, including Mike, who retired Kingpin. It was the chestnut gelding’s first fourstar event, and once on course, Mike decided the horse was not ready to handle fences of this difficulty. “It’s my job as a professional rider to ride him so he feels stronger and more confident as he goes (on a course),” said Mike, a Toronto native and member of the Canadian Equestrian Team. He was a silver medalist at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic and top Canadian event rider in the individual rankings at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens (44th) on Balista (also co-owned with Loughlin). “I made a decision two minutes into the 11-minute course that my horse was overfaced. I decided to save it for another day. I didn’t want to take his heart away.” It’s all about what’s best for the horse. Competing — and finishing — at Rolex is the dream of every top level event rider, but the mental and physical welfare of the horse is paramount. So how did these advanced riders — Emma from Great Britain, Mike from Canada — end up on Swamp Fox Farm in Coweta County, where they have 18 horses in competition training and teach 30 students from Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and South Carolina? Emma is from a small town in Great Britain, where she was raised in a horsy family and always had ponies to ride. She has photos of herself on horseback before she could walk, and she began competing in Pony Club

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They worked in New Orleans, living in their horse trailer at a campground so they could afford to ride and train their own horses. The trailer was not the fancy kind with living quarters that many riders have today. The area where the horses stand was their “living room.” Up at 2:30 a.m., they’d get to the fairgrounds track by 3 and ride in the dark. Mike usually rode 30 horses and Emma 20, for $5 a horse. After breakfast and a nap, the two rode horses they were training, which included racehorses with attitude problems. The Winters later worked in South Carolina training horses to be sold. In 2000, they moved to Columbus to work for a family with event horses and began to build a client base. “To achieve what we wanted to achieve personally and professionally, we realized we needed to go into business for ourselves,” Mike said. Emma was five months pregnant with daughter Amelia, but the couple took a gamble, leasing Swamp Fox Farm in 2001. “You would be hard pressed to find a better place to raise a family and have a business than Newnan,” said Emma. Mike’s parents, Mark and Nadine Winter, have even

bought a house in Newnan, where they plan to live part-time. Mike and Emma’s show schedule keeps them on the road 30 weekends a year. Usually they pack up Amelia and her pony, Moonpie; the family dog, Teddy; and at least three or four horses to compete somewhere along the East Coast. Often the weekend trips include a gaggle of clients. Mike and Emma, in addition to competing the horses they are training, also spend time coaching clients who take lessons from them. The couple may walk a cross-country course several times with their students as they discuss how each obstacle should be approached. At competitions, the Wayfarer Eventing section of the barn looks like a potluck picnic as coolers disgorge culinary contributions from the Winters’ students. In the late afternoons, after the barn work is done and the courses walked, out come the wine and cheese for an impromptu cocktail party. “Everybody who rides with us is there because of enjoyment and a passion for horses,” said Emma, adding that the group also eats out together. “And it’s a group of people who like to socialize.” But the socializing has an important side benefit: support from


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NASCAR’s public relations people would rather keep racing’s roots in the closet, but the country’s fastest-growing spectator sport began as a series of good-natured grudge matches between moonshine runners. Saturday nights were spent hauling hooch to big city bars, but on Sunday afternoons, whiskey car drivers gathered on pastures or primitive tracks and ran their tanks dry for a prize they considered more precious than cash … pride. These days, pride won’t get you to NASCAR’s big show, where an underfunded race team has about as much chance of winning as a camel does the Kentucky Derby. But at small tracks like Senoia Speedway, dreams still flourish in all shapes, sizes and horsepowers, and every now and then, luck, sweat and pride are enough to power the world’s biggest underdog to glory in a 10-lap sprint to the top of the world. “We don’t all have much money,” says Brian Sosebee, son of Georgia Racing Hall of Fame legend Gober Sosebee. “We’re here because there’s nothing else we want to do. We couldn’t stop if we wanted to. It gets in your blood.” Charlie Edwards knows exactly what Sosebee is talking about. As a

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STILL FLOURISH: youngster growing up in East Point, Edwards, 65, remembers hitching Sunday afternoon rides to south Atlanta’s Lakewood Speedway to see racing’s first superstars run for purses as small as five hundred bucks. Edwards was a top drag racer before entering private business and becoming successful enough to buy Senoia Speedway in 1981 from the Pollard family, which opened the track in 1969. “It was out there in a pasture and seemed like miles from everything,” he says. “I thought it was the prettiest place I’d ever seen, so I bought it and we went racing.” When Edwards paved the track in 1988, Senoia Speedway finally hit high gear. Twenty-five years ago entertainment options were scarce in Coweta County and Saturday night at Senoia Speedway was a top draw, not just for gear heads, but families looking for a good time at a good price. “Racing used to have a rough reputation,” Edwards says, “but it’s really a family sport. Kids love it. They especially love the noise.” Senoia doesn’t draw the 700horsepower beasts that power NASCAR’s money machine, but each of Senoia’s racing classes — from the scaled-down replicas known as

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“legends” cars to the muscular street stocks — makes enough racket that in addition to drinks and burgers, the concession stand menu includes Tylenol and earplugs. On a typical Senoia Speedway Saturday night, the stands are filled with everyone from infants-in-arms to grandparents hollering for the family’s youngest racer. Boyfriends and girlfriends walk arm in arm through the pits, where well-financed drivers sporting hundred thousand dollar rigs rub elbows with good old boys — and girls — who live and race paycheck to paycheck and whose pit crews consist of wives, husbands and any other friends or family members who love their speed straight up and prefer the fragrance of high-octane fuel to Chanel #5. It may be small-time, but when the green flag drops and the engines scream, all the money, marketing and starpower in the world don’t matter to

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Small tracks like the Senoia Speedway may not offer the glitz and glamour of NASCAR, but they can sure draw a crowd of race fans on a Saturday night.

Senoia race fans. As the cars blow by in a cloud of exhaust, fans scream themselves hoarse for chariots sponsored by Medley Masonry or Bobby’s Signs and Graphics. Sometimes, even Jesus is represented, His name plastered all over the back of Tony Newman’s ’81 Olds Cutlass, which whips through the turns like it was late for the Second Coming. The racing action doesn’t leave anything to be desired, and neither do Senoia’s up-and-coming stars. The

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Downtown Haralson’s historic buildings date to the time when Frances Cleveland was one of the best-known women in America.

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located in Coweta County’s southeast corner, has an authentic, historical charm that makes longtime residents feel at home, attracts new residents seeking life in a small town and has even drawn the attention of moviemakers. “It looks like the old West,” John Miller of Haralson, 51, observed – speaking of the old brick buildings in the center of town. The buildings testify to Haralson’s heyday a little over a century ago – when the distant relative of a Haralson family was mistress of the White House and one of the nation’s top celebrities. When Democrat Grover Cleveland entered the White House, he was a bachelor. “Before he was president, he was the mayor of Buffalo, N.Y. He was a lawyer, and he

was a district attorney,” Miller related. In the spring of 1886, rumors began to circulate that the 48-yearold chief executive would marry someone – most likely Emma Folsom, the widow of his longtime law partner. On June 8, 1886, Cleveland did marry, but his bride was not Mrs. Folsom but her 21year-old daughter, Frances. It turns out the White House bride was – in all likelihood – a distant relative of the family of John Miller’s father, O. S. Miller. In a 1994 interview, family historian Inez Miller, who grew up in Coweta County, said she believed Philip McKoon, an immigrant who came to America in the 1700s, was the ancestor of the Coweta clan and the youngest first lady in American history. “I feel like it is the same family branch,” Inez Miller said. She said she could not prove the connection,

noting that records prior to 1850 were scarce. Inez Miller’s conclusions are enough for John Miller, who has lived almost all his life in Haralson. He refers to Frances Cleveland as “my cousin” and has read extensively about both the popular first lady and her husband. “I’ve known about it a long time,” he said of the ClevelandMiller family connection. The popularity of Frances Cleveland can be compared to that of Jacqueline Kennedy in the 1960s. There were no movie magazine covers for Mrs. Cleveland to grace, but her face was used – without her consent – to plug a range of products including several patent medicines. Like Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Cleveland found her fashions and hairstyle copied by women everywhere. “She was like an American princess,” observed Carl Sferrazza JULY/AUGUST

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Haralson is known for its small town charm. This old bank vault, at right, recalls the days when sleepy Haralson was a center of commerce for the surrounding agricultural area.

an idealization of American womanhood,” Anthony said. At the same, time, she “also had college education,” he noted, something few American women had in 1886. Frances Cleveland’s college degree and Jacqueline Kennedy’s work “as a newspaper reporter” before her marriage caused both to be seen as “a ‘modern’ or ‘new’ American girl,” Anthony said.

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Peking and “solid silver candlesticks, large and massive.” Like Jackie, Frankie was followed everywhere. When she accompanied the president to the Piedmont Exposition in Atlanta a year after they married, The Newnan Herald noted the reaction of Cowetans who made it to the event: “It is said that Young Thompson was the happiest and most enthusiastic man in Atlanta. When Mrs. Cleveland passed, bowed to him and smiled, his yell would have put to shame the warwhoop of a Comanche Indian.” Like Mrs. Kennedy, the Clevelands tried to shield their children from too much exposure in the media. Yet, John Miller noted the first two daughters, Ruth and Esther, were particularly popular. Ruth reportedly became the inspiration for the Baby Ruth candy bar, and Esther was the first child of a president born

in the White House. Cleveland lost his bid for reelection in 1888. In what is probably the most famous story told about Frances Cleveland, she instructed White House staff to take good care of things. “We are coming back just four years from today,” she said. Her prophetic words proved true, and Cleveland remains the only president to serve non-consecutive terms. The Clevelands retired to Princeton, N. J. after he left office. There eventually were five children before the former president died in 1908. A few years later, again foreshadowing Jacqueline Kennedy, Frances Cleveland remarried. Her second husband was Thomas Jex Preston Jr., an archaeology professor. Shortly before her remarriage, she was guest of honor at a White House luncheon.

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y grandson and I were visiting the Atlanta home of Joel Chandler Harris known as the Wren’s Nest. We were walking around the lovely grounds that surround the charming Victorian cottage when suddenly, from the corner of my eye, I saw something. “Did you see him?” I asked my grandson. “Did you see him peeking out from around the tree?” “Yes, I did,” he said. “I keep seeing him at many trees. Who is it?” “It’s Brer Rabbit,” I said. “He’s hiding from Brer Fox.” The imagination of children is priceless. They can go anywhere and become anything. The words in a book can take them many places, and they can imagine what the story was like.

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This is why we loved the stories of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and the notorious Tar-Baby. You could skip down the road singing “Zippity do da, zippity-ay, my, oh, my, what a wonderful day!” This song, which brings happiness to the body and a spring to the feet, is from “Song of the South,” Disney’s musical version of the Uncle Remus stories, the brainchild of Joel Chandler Harris. Harris was born in 1848 near Eatonton, Ga., and in his career he wrote everything from short stories to novels. He was an apprentice for The Countryman, a weekly newspaper, and many more publications until he was hired as a staff writer for The Atlanta Constitution. He served as its editor from 1876 to 1900. From the time he left school until his death, Harris wrote many articles and books. He was a shocking redhead but developed a sense of humor to overcome shyness and, in the process, became a practical joker. Fully taken with Southern culture, Harris aspired to the gentility of plantation life, but his boyhood passed in poverty. Along with his maturity, Harris took

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Clockwise from left: The Joel Chandler Harris portrait at his homeplace; Harris’ bedroom as it looked in his day; a rabbit topiary in the backyard garden; and the wooden mailbox in which wrens famously built a nest at the Harris home.

away the memories of plantation life, which provided the foundation of his career as a journalist and author. Harris had a column in The Savannah Daily News, “Affair in Georgia,” which provided readers with a dose of pointed observation, local color and humor. The sketches he wrote, reflecting the tastes current

during Harris’ era, are racist by today’s standards. At the time, however, this was not a liability. (He was second only to his contemporary Mark Twain in reputation as a Southern humorist.) In 1876, Harris took a position with The Constitution in Atlanta. He published a series of sketches written

in the African-American dialect of plantation slaves, and the sketches were immediately hailed as the most accurate tales of their type. It was not until 1879 that these sketches featured Uncle Remus, the character that propelled Harris to literary fame. With Uncle Remus at his side, he recounted all the slave

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legends and folktales he had absorbed as a young boy. He often spoke of life on the plantation and their curious myths and animal stories. With these stories he formed the basis of many volumes accredited to Uncle Remus. Admirers found a compelling air of authenticity in the narrative voice of Uncle Remus. Harris wrote, “(Remus) was not my invention, but a human syndicate of three old darkies I had known. I just put them in a pot, whipped them up into one person, and called him Uncle Remus.” His first collection of Uncle Remus stories was published in 1880 and consisted of animal tales focused on the crafty and sinister deeds of Brer Rabbit. Harris wrote many stories featuring all his animals and Tar-Baby. Uncle Remus belongs to that class of history which has only pleasant memories of slavery. Many of Harris’ contemporaries actually

considered his views on race progressive because he advocated public education for blacks. My grandson asked me how the Wren’s Nest got its name. I showed him the old mailbox Harris put out when he and the Mrs. moved there in 1881. Before the mail came, a wren made a nest and laid her eggs there. Harris did not have the heart to destroy the nest, so he just made another mailbox. From then on, they had one nest box and one mailbox. Life at the Harris home must have been an exciting time for his children, with room to run and hide from Brer Rabbit and all the characters of the Uncle Remus tales. By visiting the Wren’s Nest today, you can see his home and the entire legacy he left us. Just visit — but watch out for Brer Fox, for he may be lurking behind a tree. NCM

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“The Celestial Jukebox” By Cynthia Shearer Shoemaker and Hoard, $25 Reviewed by Holly Jones A 15-year-old boy with a musical obsession “straight off the boat” from Africa. A soccer mom whose husband openly cheats on her, whose kids hate her and who has a phobia of driving over bridges. A farmer whose wife has abandoned him to take care of his daughter and granddaughter. An eccentric woman prone to wearing Mexican pony blankets and black bowlers who makes birdhouses out of bottle caps and books. An elderly Chinese man who runs the local grocery in the heart of a small town.

These are just some of the characters in Cynthia Shearer’s “The Celestial Jukebox.” At first the sheer number of characters in this book is overwhelming. They seem to have completely separate storylines with absolutely nothing in common. By the end of her book, though, if Shearer hasn’t intersected her characters’ lives, she has managed to intertwine them enough to illustrate what a small world we live in. At the hub of the stories is the Celestial Grocery, owned and operated by Angus Chien. In the Mississippi town of Madagascar, a town too small for a police force but with the constant threat of being invaded by casinos, Angus presides from the security of his front porch and his binoculars. People come to the grocery under the pretense of buying a cup of coffee or breakfast or whatever supplies they need for their busy lives. They stay for the advice, the assistance, a job, or just the music, because at the Celestial stands a large “Rock-ola” jukebox. Customers could choose almost anything they wanted if it had been released before April 1968. Although, Shearer writes, “choosing a song did not mean that you’d actually get to hear it … Sometimes it played the flip side of what you asked for. Sometimes it played the same song over and over for months, and Angus had to keep it unplugged. Sometimes it played nothing.” The jukebox is the one thing all the characters in this book have in common. At the heart of this book are two themes, love and music, and it isn’t always roman-


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tic love. Primarily it is love between friends, a simple love of humanity, or even a love of music, but it is a love these characters need to share.

“A Killer Collection” By J.B. Stanley Berkley Prime Crime, $6.99 Reviewed by Angela Webster If you’re a collector who’s also a fan of mass market paperbacks, there’s a new mystery series that will make for some fun summertime reading. In “A Killer Collection,” the first in the new “Collectible Mystery” series, J.B. Stanley enters the world of potters and pottery collectors through the character of Molly Appleby, a sometime collector who is also a writer for Collector’s Weekly magazine. Covering a kiln opening in her home state of North Carolina, Molly witnesses the demise of the famous — and famously despised — pottery collector George-Bradley Staunton, and she is convinced the man’s death was no accident. Staunton, who is diabetic, is busy elbowing fellow pottery lovers out of his way early one Saturday morning when he suddenly dies from an insulin overdose. Appleby investigates and finds plenty of people who had reasons to want Staunton dead, and a few of them had access to insulin. Was it the wife he was cheating on? His former mistress? A fellow pottery collector with a score to settle? One of the many potters he’s ripped off over the years? The plot may center around a murder investigation, but the back story of this book is the real pleasure to read. You don’t even have to be a fan of face jugs and art pottery to

appreciate the tales of Seagrove area potters and their wares. The author is a former middle school English teacher who now dabbles in the antiques and collectibles world, and she includes just the right details to make her characters seem knowledgeable about their pottery passion. Georgia pottery fans will appreciate references to the famous Meaders family of potters. Photos of some Meaders face jugs appear at the end of the book. Stanley obviously knows what it’s like to be a collector, for she captures perfectly the desire to build a great collection or to find a rare piece on eBay. In describing one pre-auction scene, she writes of customers who “did their best to appear disinterested in the piece they examined, setting their faces into ambivalent masks as they ran their fervent fingers over the curves of clay. It was always the hands that gave their desire away.” This first novel in the new series was a good one, and it ought to be fun to see which collectibles will star in Stanley’s future mysteries. NCM

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July/August Calendar MUSIC July 7, 2006 Rhonda Vincent and The Wrights — Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year Rhonda Vincent will appear in concert with Adam and Shannon Wright at the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County July 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and students. Tickets: 770-254-2787.

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July 20 – 23, 2006 “Les Miserables” — The Coweta County

“Midsummer Night’s Dream” — The Coweta County School System’s STAR Production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be held at Dunaway Gardens Amphitheatre at 7 p.m. nightly. Tickets for this “Centre in the Gardens” performance are $12 ($10 students and seniors). A box dinner is also available for an additional fee when reserved in advance. Tickets: 770-254-2787.

July 14-30, 2006 NTC’s “Daddy’s Dyin’” — Newnan

FCFT’s “Aladdin, Jr.” — Fayette-Coweta Family Theatre, Inc. will present a 90minute stage adaptation of the original Disney hit, including Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, and of course the Genie. Academy Award-winning score includes such songs as “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.” Auditions will be Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Redi-Seal Offices at 177 Fulton Court in Peachtree City. Ages 8-10 will audition at 10:30 a.m., ages 11-15 at 2:30 p.m., and ages 16-21 at 4:30 p.m. Call backs for all roles are at 5 p.m.

Auditions will consist of a taught song and dance and cold readings from the script. An Audition Workshop will be held Friday, Aug. 4 from 5-8 p.m. for ages 8-16, and the fee is $45. To register, call 770599-0051. Performances will be Sept. 2124 at 7:30 p.m. at the Villages Amphitheater in Fayetteville. Rehearsals will run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings in August and Sept. 11-14. (No rehearsals Sept. 1-10.) Cast will rehearse every night from Sept. 15-20.

COMMUNITY FUN AND FUNDRAISERS July 14-16, 2006 Gourd Society Show – “Gourd, Ya On My Mind” will be the theme of the Georgia Gourd Society’s fourth annual Georgia Gourd Show, set for July 14-16, 2006 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road. The public is welcome to attend, whether longtime gourders or beginners. The show is open to the public Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5. Classes are available for such techniques as painting, coiling and sculpting gourds, and fees and materials are listed on the web site georgiagourdsociety.com. There will also be a competition, raw gourds and gourd supplies for sale, free demonstrations, and sales of crafted and fine art gourds. Info: Pat Fitzgerald, 706-654-2711 or etrimmings@alltel.net or Hudi Sandgren, 770-513-8823 or e–mail hudijay@netzero.net.

July 21 and 22, 2006 Up In Smoke

Coweta Up In Smoke — The Second Annual Coweta Up in Smoke Barbecue Cook-Off will be July 21, 2006 from noon to 8 p.m. and July 22 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Coweta County Fairgrounds on Pine Road. Businesses, civic groups, churches, restaurants, families, individuals and others will vie for the title of Best Barbecue. There will also be arts and crafts booths and a car cruise-in. Admission is $5. Proceeds benefit the Coweta County Community Chest and Civic Council, which helps local residents in need. The four categories of judging will include pork ribs, pork, beef brisket and Brunswick Stew, all offering cash prizes in addition to bragging rights. For more information about entry fees, becoming a vendor or other information, visit www.cowetabbq.com.


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Powers’ Crossroads

COMING SOON SEPTEMBER 2-4, 2006 Powers’ Crossroads — The 36th Powers’ Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival runs Saturday, Sept. 2 through Labor Day, Sept. 4. Each Labor Day Weekend more than 200 artists and craftsmen converge on Powers’ Crossroads to display and sell their work. Singers and musicians perform on the Summerhouse Stage, and wonderful Southern cooks offer homemade treats. For youngsters there is the Twin Oaks Junction children’s park with rides, games and concessions. Festival gates open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for Seniors and military personnel, and $3 for children 5-12. Kids under 4 are admitted free. Ample free parking is available with free shuttle service to and from the front gate throughout the weekend. Powers’ Crossroads is located off Georgia Highway 34, 10 miles west of Newnan. Information: 770-253-2011 or e-mail cowetafestivals@charter.net. NCM

Want to see your event in our calendar listings? The deadline for submitting events for the September/October 2006 issue of NewnanCoweta Magazine is August 1, 2006. E-mail information to angela@newnan.com or mail it to “Magazine Calendar,” c/o Newnan-Coweta Magazine, P.O. Box 1052, Newnan, GA 30264.

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STAR (Superintendent’s Theatre Arts Resource) Presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Dunaway Gardens”

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7:00 pm CLICK Graduation

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Jr. Miss Pageant

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International Team Ministries

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These are the people who make Newnan-Coweta Magazine possible. Please let them know you appreciate their support! HomeLife Communities/Fox Ridge . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Home Source Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Hullabaloo Gifts/My Favorite Things . . . . . . . . . . 24 J. Andrew’s Bridal & Formal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Katie’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Kids R Kids, Newnan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Lazy Daisy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Lee-King Pharmacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 The Lighthouse Program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Lindsey’s Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Main Street Newnan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Moonray Video Productions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Newnan Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Newnan Bridal & Prom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Newnan Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Newnan Utilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 NG Turf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Nick's Pizza Stop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 Oakhurst Wedding/Special Events . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Panoply Interior Design & Consulting . . . . . . . . . 19 Parks & Mottola Realtors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Patricia Recklett, Veterinarian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Peanut Butter Kisses Children’s Boutique . . . . . . . 25 Plaid Rabbit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Precious Memories Portraits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Publix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Radiation Oncology Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 R. S. Mann, Jr. Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Rockport Homes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Scott’s Book Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Sew Exclusive, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Neal Shepard & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Jo Sheppard/Keller Williams Realty . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Simple Treasures Children’s Boutique & Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 The Social Butterflies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Southern Bath & Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Southern Crescent Equine Services . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 StoneBridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Summit Realty/Tiger Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Ten East Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 The Times-Herald. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 University of West Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Watts Furniture Galleries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89 Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City. . . . . . . 69 2 Have & Hold. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

Advantage Realty of Georgia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 All Star Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Angie’s Cleaners . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Anna’s Linens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Ansley’s Attic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Applause Salon & Spa. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Banana Beach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Bank of Coweta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100 Bank of Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Baptist Retirement Communities of Georgia, Inc./ Palmetto Community . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99 BB&T. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Boscoe’s Pools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Kelley Brummett, DMD/J.M. Threadgill, DDS Family Dentistry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Buffalo Rock/Pepsi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Canongate Golf Clubs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Center for Allergy and Asthma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 The Centre for Performing & Visual Arts of Coweta County . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Champ’s Clock Shop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Childrens Dental Care, P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Christie Hayes & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 The Commonwealth/ United Realty. . . . . . . . . . . 61 Connie’s Antiques and Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Coweta County Farm Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Coweta Festivals/Powers’ Crossroads . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Coweta Pool & Fireplace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Dalton West Carpets, Inc.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 Don Jackson Lincoln-Mercury . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Dottie Cohen/ Transition & Creativity Coach . . . 61 Elegante Surfaces, L.L.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Exit Realty Unlimited . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Family Physicians at SummerGrove . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Fayette Ceramic Tile, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 The Five Star Team, Keller Williams Realty . . . . . 45 Floorco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Functional By Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Jackson T. Giles, M.D./PAPP Clinic. . . . . . . . . . . 67 Harper Group/ReMax Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Heritage Quilts & Fabrics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Heritage Retirement Homes of Peachtree . . . . . . . 68 The Heritage School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Highland Park/Spinks, Brown, Durand Realtors. . 81 Hollberg’s Fine Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

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MY COWETA

COME VISIT

By Kim Phillips Sasso

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iving in suburbia years ago, I spent most weekends exploring rural Georgia with my sister and her family. We’d pick a direction and head out of town, the kids making handdrawn “travel bingo” cards with a stash of cold drinks on the seat between them. Putting the Atlanta skyline behind us marked the official beginning of what we called adventuring. We’d find an unexplored back road, hoping to spot a grizzled old man in overalls dipping an ancient coffee tin into a big boiling pot and dishing out deliciously salt-soaked peanuts. We checked out any flea market or antique shop that looked sufficiently disorganized to yield treasures even the shopkeeper didn’t know were there. We wandered old churchyards, speculating on family relationships and the lives of those memorialized with poetic verse and grieving-angel statuary. We gushed at the thrill of turning down an especially dusty road, and developed the rule of always going right, then left, then right again, until we were surely in the middle of nowhere and wouldn’t soon be confronted with golden arches. One summer day in the early nineties, we headed South on I-85 until we found an exit with no signs of fast food restaurants. The ramp looped, and following our rule we turned to the right, with faith that the long stretch of blue road would lead to adventure and not I-75. Our faith was rewarded. That day, we peeked through the dusty windows of a charming old school, across from a fruit stand where the kids made a grand mess eating peaches fresh off the tree. We enjoyed the breathtaking spectacle of Starr’s Mill in the sunshine, where a couple held hands as they walked along the water. At an abandoned ice cream

stand, we imagined long-ago delight as now-grown children took hold of chocolate-dipped cones at the broken walk-up window, hearing echoed whispers of sweethearts huddled in the neon glow of the “Frosty” sign, now scattered and baking on the old asphalt driveway. We delighted in grand old houses and tumbled-down barns, and gleefully rummaged through treasures in the very best kind of antique store. In an old city cemetery, we had the unexpected pleasure of being approached by a local resident, not to be admonished for letting children scamper through the burying ground but to be treated to a grave-by-grave narrative of the old town’s history. Enraptured by the past, little did I know I was mere miles from my future. Five years on, I found myself at that same interstate exit, but turning left and heading for a weekend getaway to celebrate a birthday. This time, the blue road would lead to a turning point in my love affair with a man who would become my husband, and the true beginning of my love affair with Coweta County. It was within the haunting shadows of Bonnie Castle that Nick and I first discussed marriage, our words captured by faded parlor drapes that had guarded secrets for nearly a century. It was there that we savored Sunday eggs and Angel biscuits, there that the innkeepers regaled us with stories of textile empires and castle ghosts, town characters and local heroes, lost prosperity and renewed hope. There that we returned, time and time again over the years, to sit on the veranda and agree, “We want to live in a town like this someday.” And it was there we struck upon a simple shared vision for our future:

“We want to have a place. And we want it to be ours. And we want people to come visit.” In 2002, we bought a glorious old farmhouse built in 1861 by Malberry Smith, one of Grantville’s early aldermen and member of a civicminded family that figures prominently in the area’s early history. After a few fitful years of commuting to work in Atlanta, we have finally achieved our goal of actually living in Grantville and not just owning a home here. I’ve been fortunate to obtain full-time home-based work, and Nick recently left full-time employment to focus on other endeavors, not the least of which is his new role as a member of Grantville’s City Council. Two years ago we opened a restaurant in downtown Grantville, and we strive to be worthy of the loyal affection shown by area residents, lifetimers and newcomers alike. We’ve traded in Atlanta-based hobbies for activities like furthering the Grantville auditorium restoration, organizing a local merchants group and helping residents enjoy their community through events like Grantville Citi-Fest and Calico Christmas. We admittedly harbor a dream that our business will someday be considered essential to the story of Grantville, and indulge ourselves the vanity of thinking we are passing on the legacy of Malberry Smith and others who served this community. A dozen years after that memorable adventure in what I now know to be Moreland and Senoia, and seven years past my first fateful visit to Grantville with Nick, we have indeed claimed Coweta as our own. We have found a place … and we have made it ours … and we want people to come visit. NCM

Kim Phillips Sasso is co-owner of Nick’s Pizza Stop in Grantville, founder of Grantville Citi-Fest and Calico Christmas, and creator of the website www.grantville.net. She currently serves as Manager of Marketing and Communications for CTR Professionals, a division of CTR Group recruiting services. Do you have a story of life in Coweta County you’d like to share? Send submissions of 300-400 words to “My Coweta,” c/o Newnan-Coweta Magazine, P.O. Box 1052, Newnan, GA 30264. You may also e-mail them to angela@newnan.com. 98

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