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Come enjoy the Fall color change, or take a leisurely walk around the lake or the labyrinth.

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Cover MAGAZINE Established 1995 A Times-Herald Publication President Vice President Publisher Editor Art Director Contributing Writers

William W. Thomasson Marianne C. Thomasson Sam Jones Angela McRae Deberah Williams Amelia Adams, Nichole Golden, Holly Jones, Alex McRae, Tina Neely, Cathy Lee Phillips, W. Winston Skinner, Martha A. Woodham

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FOR ADVERTISING INFORMATION, call 770.683.6397 or e-mail Newnan-Coweta Magazine is published bi-monthly by The Newnan Times-Herald, Inc., 16 Jefferson St., Newnan, GA 30263. Subscriptions: Newnan-Coweta Magazine is distributed in homedelivery copies of The Newnan Times-Herald and at businesses and offices throughout Coweta County. Individual mailed subscriptions are also available for $23.75 in Coweta County, $30.00 outside Coweta County. To subscribe, call 770.304.3373.

Looking for some new recipes this holiday season? Try some of our recipes for savories, scones and sweets this Thanksgiving or Christmas. —Photo by Bob Fraley


Submissions: We welcome submissions. Query letters and published clips may be addressed to the Editor, Newnan-Coweta Magazine at P.O. Box 1052, Newnan, Georgia 30264. On the Web: © 2012 by The Newnan Times-Herald, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.



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FEATURES 16 A CHRISTMAS TEA We’re serving up a traditional Christmas tea of finger sandwiches, scones and sweets. Sugar and cream, anyone?

50 HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS Mark your calendar now to donate to the Christmas in Newnan Can-A-Thon, attend the Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary’s Candlelight Tour of Homes, or line the streets for one of Coweta’s hometown Christmas parades.

40 TINA’S TIPS Celebrate “The Gift of Love” by decorating a Christmas luncheon table with elegant black, white and aqua blue.

46 LOCAL HERITAGE An antique bedroom suite has ties to a Senoia merchant and Andy Griffith’s hometown.

62 SADDLE UP It took a while, but Jennifer and Norris Mackey finally found the perfect spot in Coweta for their Jen-Nor Arabians horse farm.

56 THE VOICE OF THE HAWKS Newnan resident Steve Holman found his dream job serving as the radio “Voice of the Atlanta Hawks.”

68 IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK! A cherished family homeplace on Happy Valley Circle continues to delight generations of one local family.

74 ROOTED IN COWETA Janie Powell Lore has retired now, but this lifelong teacher continues to admire Coweta’s leadership in education.

DEPARTMENTS 32 COWETA COOKS Like the familiar architectural details of a church’s interior, favorite holiday foods bring comfort, including a treasured recipe for Seafood Casserole.




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Dr. Arledge is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.S. degree in Biology. He completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his residency at the Medical College of Virginia and his fellowship in Gastroenterology at the University of South Florida. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology. He is also a Flight Surgeon rank of Major in the Georgia Air National Guard Savannah. Dr. Arledge joined West Georgia Gastroenterology Associates in September 2008. Susan R. Prescott, FNP-C is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She received her Master of Science in Nursing with Family Nurse Practitioner from Georgia State University. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. Prior to joining West Georgia Gastroenterology, she was a Nurse Practitioner at Piedmont Physicians in Newnan, Georgia.




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Editor }

A priceless nativity set he most valuable holiday decor at my house is a small, clear glass nativity set. It came from a local dollar store, and I have no idea what happened to the woman who gave it to me. Years ago, I was volunteering with a local ministry when I met ”Lisa.” She and her little girl came for help with housing and groceries. She had recently left an abusive husband and was trying to adjust to life as a single mother. Lisa was from New Jersey, and our southern accents were a bit of a challenge for her. I helped with the ministry’s Bible study, and Lisa was such an eager, attentive member of our group. I was struck by how someone in her situation could have such a positive attitude, as she never complained about anything. Christmas neared, and I watched as gifts poured in for the underprivileged served by the ministry. Bikes, dolls, games, clothes—the Sunday School classes of Coweta County were working overtime to make sure the needs and wants of these folks did not go unnoticed. Right before Christmas, I was volunteering for one last time before I left town to be with family. As soon as I walked in, Lisa approached me bearing a small, carefully wrapped Christmas gift. No, I thought. It can’t be. But it was. “This is for you,” she said, beaming. “Oh, please, no, you didn’t have to get me anything,” I protested. With a smile I can only imagine belongs to the truly pure in heart, she said, “Oh, Angela, I had to get YOU something!” The world’s most powerful electron microscope could not have captured how small I felt at that moment. You know that


story in the Bible about the Widow’s Mite, the woman who puts two coins in the offering plate and the Lord says her offering was worth more than everyone else’s combined? The gift I received from Lisa that Christmas felt like that “widow’s mite” to me. I had been collecting those fancy Fontanini Nativity figures for years, but Lisa’s gift caused me to lose interest in them. Now, I pull out that little glass set from the dollar store and pray that wherever she is, Lisa is being blessed. I’m sure she’s still being a blessing. Last year, I got so busy with Christmas preparations that I was deep into December before I realized I had the clear glass Baby Jesus in the manger standing on His head. The symbolism was pretty hard to miss. So instead of packing up the set at the end of 2011 and storing it away with the other decorations, I decided to leave the nativity set in place throughout 2012. It’s sitting on a desk in my living room, and I still love looking at it. And that is why I’m probably one of the only women in Newnan who’ll have a nativity set out at Thanksgiving. May all your holidays be blessed! Warmly,

Angela McRae, Editor



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By Angela McRae and Deberah Williams | Photos by Bob Fraley

If you’re looking for an easy way to entertain and feed a crowd during the holidays, try our recipes for A Christmas Tea! The recipes are quite versatile and may be adapted to a variety of entertaining occasions, not just at Christmas. Savory fillings for finger sandwiches may also become appetizers when served with an array of crackers and breads. Tea breads and candies make terrific food gifts and would be right at home on the Thanksgiving table as well. However you try them, we hope you enjoy our recipes for A Christmas Tea!




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Shrimp Salad Crescents

Egg-Olive Spread

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

Shrimp Salad Crescents 3 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon ketchup 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 cup finely chopped cooked shrimp (about 1/2 pound) 1/3 cup celery, finely chopped 1-1/2 teaspoons onion, finely chopped 1 package (8-count) reduced-fat crescent rolls Bake crescent rolls according to package directions. While the rolls bake, combine cream cheese, may18 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

onnaise, ketchup and mustard and blend well. Add shrimp, celery and onion and combine. When rolls are done, slice and fill with spread.

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches 1 loaf of thin-slice white sandwich bread 2 small cucumbers 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 2 tablespoons prepared ranch dressing

Note: This recipe requires a medium-sized Christmas tree cookie cutter (about 3 inches tall). Each slice

of bread will yield two Christmas tree shapes. Mix softened cream cheese with the ranch dressing and blend well. Cut each cucumber in half vertically, then use a vegetable peeler to slice the cucumber into thin strips. Spread the cream cheese mixture onto the bread. (Tip: Freeze bread before cutting to make cleaner cuts.) Layer strips of cucumber on each cream cheese covered slice of bread. Keep refrigerated until time to serve. Yields enough spread for about 45 tea sandwiches.



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Egg-Olive Spread

Easy Chicken Salad

4 boiled eggs 4 ounces (half a large block) cream cheese 2 teaspoons mustard 20 green olives 1 teaspoon olive juice 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper

2 large or 3 small boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 tablespoon parsley 2 tablespoons red onion 1/3 cup mayonnaise Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse a few times, just until blended. If you like olives, you will love this spread! For a festive touch, cut out the bread for sandwiches using cookie cutters in Christmas shapes such as stars, wreaths or bells. Makes enough spread for 3 to 4 dozen small tea sandwiches.

In a medium saucepan, cover chicken with water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow chicken to simmer for 30 minutes. Chicken should be cooked until tender. Allow to cool. In a food processor or vegetable chopper, finely chop parsley and onion. Add chicken and process until very fine in consistency. Blend in mayonnaise and season to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use. Yields enough chicken salad for 120 mini sandwich quarters. If desired, garnish by spreading one edge with a thin layer of mayonnaise and dipping in nuts or parsley.

Easy Chicken Salad




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White Chocolate-Almond Scones 2 cups all purpose-flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon baking soda 6 tablespoons margarine or butter, chilled and cut into small pieces 1/2 cup white chocolate chips 1/2 cup slivered almonds 1/2 cup buttermilk 1 egg Preheat oven to 400 degrees and spray a scone pan with cooking spray.* In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add pieces of chilled margarine and combine using a pastry blender until the mixture consists of pea-sized crumbs. Stir in the white chocolate chips and almonds until well coated with flour mixture. In separate bowl, whisk buttermilk and egg. Add to dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Spoon batter into pan and bake for 17-20 minutes until lightly browned. Yields 8 large or 16 mini scones.

Cheesecake Truffles

* If you don’t have a scone pan, you may roll out the dough into an 8-inch circle and score into 8 pie-shaped slices.

1 box white cake mix, prepared according to directions in a 9 x 12 pan 1 (12-ounce) container cream cheese frosting 2 tablespoons lemon juice (fresh or bottled) 1-1/2 (12-ounce) bags white candy melts or white chocolate bark

Note: For blueberry or other flavored scones, omit white chocolate and almonds and add 1/2 pint blueberries or other fresh or dried fruit instead.

Prepare cake mix according to package directions and let cool completely. Crumble the cake finely in a mixing bowl. Drizzle lemon juice over the crumbled cake. Mix in




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the cream cheese frosting by hand. Chill for at least one hour, or overnight.

Christmas Spice Madeleines

Roll teaspoons of chilled mixture into small balls and return to refrigerator until ready to coat with melted candy. In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave half of the candy melts at 30 second intervals, stirring every 30 seconds until melted, usually around 2 minutes. Using a plastic fork with the two middle tines broken off, dip each chilled ball into the melted candy and allow excess to drip off. Transfer onto a sheet of parchment or waxed paper until cooled and set. Store candies in a container in the refrigerator, layered with waxed paper or parchment paper. Allow to come to room temperature before serving. Makes around 75 candies, depending on the size of the balls.

Oreo Truffles 1 (15.5-ounce) package of Oreo cookies 1 (8-ounce) package of cream cheese, softened 1 (12-ounce) bag of dark chocolate candy melts or chocolate bark Crumble cookies in a food processor until they are very finely crushed. You can also crush them with a rolling pin or crush them in large zip-top bags. Don’t remove the filling. For best results, don’t leave any large clumps among the crushed cookies. In a mixing bowl, combine the Oreo cookies and cream cheese until the mixture has the consistency of dough. Chill at least one hour, or overnight.


Christmas Spice Madeleines 1-1/4 cups plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon each allspice, cloves and nutmeg 2 eggs 3/4 cup confectioners sugar Grated rind of 1 orange 1 tablespoon orange juice 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

Roll teaspoons of chilled mixture into small balls. Return to refrigerator until ready to coat with chocolate.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a non-stick madeleine pan with cooking spray. (Even though the pan is non-stick, the spray will help insure an easy release.) Sift together the flour, baking powder and spices in a bowl.

In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave half of the candy melts at 30 second intervals, stirring every 30 seconds until they are melted, usually around 2 minutes. Using a plastic fork with the two middle tines broken off, roll each chilled ball into the melted candy and allow excess to drip off the fork tines. Transfer onto a sheet of parchment or waxed paper until cooled and set. Store candies in a container in the refrigerator, layered with waxed paper or parchment paper. Allow to come to room temperature before serving. Makes around 75 candies.

In separate bowl, whisk the eggs and confectioners sugar until mixture is rich and creamy, trailing a ribbon of mixture when the whisk is lifted. Fold in the orange rind and juice. Beginning with flour mixture, alternately add flour mixture and butter in four additions. Let mixture stand for 10 minutes, then spoon a heaping tablespoon of batter into each compartment of the tin. Bake for 12-15 minutes, just until madeleines begin to turn slightly golden and spring back when touched. Turn out onto wire rack to cool. Yields 24 2-inch madeleines.




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Cranberry Tea Bread 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup granulated sugar 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt Juice and zest of 1 orange 2 tablespoons shortening 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons boiling water 1 egg, well beaten 1 cup chopped pecans 1 cup fresh cranberries, cut in halves Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In separate large bowl, combine juice, orange zest, shortening, boiling water and egg. Add dry ingredients to the liquid ones and blend just until combined. Add pecans and cranberries and mix well. Pour into 9 x 5 x 3-inch pan prepared with cooking spray or lined with parchment paper. Allow batter to stand for 20 minutes before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. This is a very moist tea bread that is great served hot or cold.

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“Cup of Cocoa” Cupcakes We tweaked a favorite Hershey’s cupcake recipe to make these delicious “Cup of Cocoa” cupcakes. With a little supervision, children may enjoy frosting and decorating their own cupcakes to look like cups of hot cocoa. 2 cups sugar 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 cup cocoa 2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 eggs 1 cup buttermilk 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup vegetable oil 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 container prepared white frosting Garnishes: Mini-chocolate chips, mini-marshmallows, crushed peppermint pieces Handles: Plastic or edible candy canes 24 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with red paper liners. (You may also use red silicone baking cups, which can then be placed in the oven on a regular baking tray.) In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients. Add eggs, buttermilk, water, oil and vanilla. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Batter will be very thin. Use an ice cream scoop to make neat work of filling cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake about 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool completely. Frost each cupcake with prepared frosting, then garnish to look like a cup of cocoa with minichocolate chips, mini-marshmallows and peppermint pieces. Insert handle of plastic or edible candy cane to resemble a teacup handle. (Note: Edible candy canes are fine to use but may get sticky. Plastic ones from the discount store may be washed and used again.) Yields 30 cupcakes.



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Raspberry & White Chocolate Silk Mini-Trifles Small-bite desserts continue to be popular choices, and these small-sized trifles are a perfect, not-too-heavy ending to a holiday meal. 1 angel food cake (bakery version is fine) 1 cup white chocolate chips 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened Garnish: 1 small container fresh raspberries In a small saucepan, heat white chocolate chips and 1/2 cup of the whipping cream over low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is melted. Stir in vanilla. Set aside and let cool about 15-20 minutes. 26 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

Using electric mixer, beat cream cheese in large bowl on medium speed until smooth. Add cooled white chocolate mixture. Beat on medium speed until creamy and set aside. Beat the remaining 1-1/2 cups of the whipping cream in a large chilled bowl on high speed until stiff peaks form. Fold half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture and beat until blended. Fold in remaining whipped cream by hand and combine. Using mini-trifle glasses or other small glassware, add small cubes of cake, a layer of the White Chocolate Silk, another layer of cake, and top with a final layer of White Chocolate Silk before garnishing with raspberries. Yields 12 small (3-inch-tall) trifles.



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November Sunday, November 18th Downtown Holiday Open House 1:00-5:00 p.m. Thursday, November 29th Mingle with Kringle Meet Santa & Friends downtown 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Parade begins at 6:00 p.m.


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hurches and their worship services become central to many families during the approaching holiday season. Sanctuaries are opulent with greens and appropriate decorations to enhance the beauty of stained glass and other architectural details of lasting significance. A rising trend in augmenting the aesthetics of churches during all seasons is the presence of needlepoint in kneeling cushions, silencers in offering plates, altar chairs and banners. The purpose of this time honored classic remains one of spiritual enlightenment not only for the viewer but the artisan as well. In 1999, the Needlepoint Guild of the First United Methodist Church of Newnan was established with the support of its senior pastor, Gary Parrish. The Reverend Parrish noted in his dedicatory address of the earliest project, “[Christian] symbols help us remember things we dare not forget. I call them ‘silent sermons.’” Continuing his remarks, Parrish proclaimed the duality of the stained glass windows and the first — Linda Mote needlepoint accomplishment, kneeling cushions. Placed at the base of the front altar, the cushions, as do the windows, proclaim the life of Christ; the seven cushions depict His life, with symbols, from Annunciation to Pentecost. Current members Marsha Goodrum and Charlotte Harvey describe their attraction to needlepoint in noting that they love 32 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

These needlepoint crosses were created for the Chrismon tree at Central Baptist Church.



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Marsha Goodrum

Needlepoint is in abundance at Newnan’s First United Methodist Church. Clockwise from top left are a kneeling cushion that was one of the church’s first needlepoint accomplishments; Marsha Goodrum with two of the needlepoint offering plate silencers; and the narthex with designs of symbolic flowers on chairs and a bench to honor one of the Needlepoint Guild’s noteworthy members, the late Cile Dunaway.




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Gayle Jones, Karen Martin, Catherine Latimore, Linda DuBose, Carol Starnes and Sara Arnall display some of the needlepoint ornaments made for the Chrismon tree at Central Baptist Church in Newnan.

Stitching away at a recent Monday work session of Central Baptist’s Needlepoint Guild are, from left, Gayle Jones, Donna McKee, Angela Robuck, Sara Arnall and Karen Martin.


the augmentation of needlepoint in many of the churches they have visited around the world. Goodrum’s talent was passed on to her from her mother while Harvey is self-taught in all matters of the needle, including knitting. “There were no novices in our beginning group,” they both recall. As well, they tout the talent of the designer, Robin Chandler Wilks. An accomplished church musician, Wilks combines her love of needlework with her faith. After viewing some of her impressive creations at prestigious churches, they convinced her to visit the sanctuary and observe its large stained glass pictorials to be used as a basis for the cushions and additional projects. The first obstacle in planning the altar cushions was securing a wooden template for the curved altar. Atlanta’s Trinity Furniture Upholstery provided that service and executed



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Linda DuBose, above left, shows a needlepoint piece depicting Central Baptist Church. Designer Linda Mote, at right, is the artist behind the silencers, pew markers and pew cushions at Central.

the final fitting and installation. Quite impressive is the wedding pillow, with its white background, which becomes the central altar cushion during the ceremony.

During the next 10 years, the Methodist Guild completed offering plate silencers whose central figures feature the 12 disciples, and four altar chair needlepoint coverings

reflecting four areas of church life: mission, word, music and children. Charlotte Harvey coordinated the creation of a piano cushion to honor church music minister David

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Kinrade and his wife, the Reverend JoAn Kinrade. One of the most impressive entrances to a church is visualized in the narthex in Wilks’s design of symbolic flowers on chairs and a bench to honor one of the Guild’s noteworthy members, the late Cile Dunaway. The needlework was the exclusive work of Dunaway’s daughter the late Frances (Boots) Sprayberry and other family members. Present plans include two banners to be placed on either side of the chancellery to honor Frances Sprayberry. Two years ago, Central Baptist pastor Joel Richardson approached avid needleworker and church member Emeline Loughlin to consider organizing a Needlepoint Guild. Dr. Richardson had admired needlepoint in many churches; he felt that needlepoint would speak to church members as well as provide 36 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

them a way of ministry with their hands in an enduring gift. Chief among those who aided the Central Baptist group were the First Methodist Guild, particularly Frances Sprayberry. Some years earlier Loughlin had caught the eye of the late Katherine Bingham Glover, who configured needlework at St. Paul’s Episcopal. Garnering the support of those who had enjoyed the craft since childhood, charter members assembled in September, 2011 in the youth building across from Central. Non-denominational, the group adopted lines from a meditative collection of essays by the late Myrtle Arnall Mann featuring lines from English bishop Stanley in describing a bookmark that was a gift from his mother: “On one side the threads are re-crossed in wild confusion … looking at it, you would think it had been done by someone who had no

idea of what they were doing … turn it over … beautifully worked in silken threads, ‘God is love.’” The work of the women has no need of perfection, only dedication. The group’s first project was needlepoint crosses for the Chrismon tree in the sanctuary. Atlanta’s In Stitches shop donated the canvases as well as supplies and drawing of the church to be needlepointed as an ornament. Realizing the more requiring projects would necessitate a designer, Loughlin remembered the lovely needlepoint she observed at First Presbyterian in Spartanburg during a Converse class reunion a few years earlier. She tracked down the designer’s work and enlisted Linda Mote to design silencers, pew markers and pew cushions. The designer began her career with home enrichments, particularly Christmas stocking patterns. Soon Mote enlarged her



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vision to include liturgical needlepoint. She serves a wide base of faiths and locales. Twelve projects in varying stages of completion are commonplace for her. Since Mote finds traditional symbols so appealing, she discovered Central’s architecture “a feast for a designer.� She relays, “I love the diversity of my projects in that they continue to create beauty long after we are gone.� This year the Central Guild will honor three late church members who appreciated the beauty of the sanctuary. Memorial gifts for Margaret (Bobbie) Glover will furnish the silencers and pew markers while Dee and David Reynolds’ memorials will be present in the pew cushions. Paraments, vestments and minister stoles as well as a wedding pillow are the 2013 goals. To visit the Monday morning group finds a beehive of activity; the

evening guild serves working members. The group varies in experience; some are novices guided by more tenured needle workers. The pleasure of working with colleagues forms a friendly atmosphere as well as central interest: to serve the church by their efforts. During the holiday season, most cooks dust off their files for enduring favorites, much like the familiar architectural details of a church’s interior. Among those I have used for decades is “Lael Freeman’s Seafood Casserole.� Mrs. Freeman remains legendary with some Newnan families who remember her great contributions to Christmas dinners. Mrs. Freeman’s Seafood Casserole 1 stick of butter 3 cups cooked shrimp 1 large onion, finely chopped

2 cups lobster 1/2 cup sifted flour 1 cup crabmeat 3 cups Pet milk (I use half-and-half ) 1/2 cup sherry (I use white wine) 1 tablespoon lemon juice Salt and pepper to taste Cook the onion in the butter until soft. Add the flour and cook about 2 minutes more. Add the milk and cook until thick. Add the other ingredients and taste for seasoning. Serve on toast points. For those who are not needle artisans, admiration for their creations abounds. To visit a softly lighted church sanctuary with its fresh evergreens to play up the moving stained glass windows during Christmas can be enlarged by the messages echoed in stitches. NCM

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ep, that’s right. Only about 50 more days until Christmas. In just a couple of weeks, you’ll be decking the halls, wrapping the presents and baking the cookies! Christmas is one of my most favorite holidays and a wonderful time with our family and friends. Right around this time is our Ladies Christmas Luncheon at church, and this kicks off the holiday season for me. As I pondered what to do for my table this year, I thought about the perfect Christmas gift. What is a girl’s perfect gift? Diamonds in a blue Tiffany & Co. box! No, diamonds are a wonderful gift … but not the perfect gift. This year, we are celebrating love. Love is the most perfect gift that can ever be given to anyone, or that can be given by someone. Love of and for your spouse, your children, your parents, your family and your friends. This Christmas, we are celebrating the most important gift, God’s perfect gift of love—and that’s where I found my table inspiration. Simple but beautiful, it’s a table celebrating the perfect gift. Guests dressed in black to match the theme of the table, which was set with crisp white linens, shiny silver chargers, elegant white china, black silk napkins and fresh evergreens. Candles sat atop and inside glass, with Tiffany blue gift boxes and bags placed around the table, showered with diamonds. And on top of the beautiful blue box, tied perfectly with white satin ribbon, was the card— explaining and reminding us of the perfect gift He has given us at Christmas and every day. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 | 41



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For my little girls, the table decor was a bit of sassy and sweet to reflect their personalities. Candy apple red chargers were topped with white polka dotted china. The fun 42 | NEWNAN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; COWETA MAGAZINE

centerpiece was of puddled lime green tulle, red polka dotted ribbons, and an ornament tree made of coneshaped Styrofoam embellished with ornament and candy cane picks.

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candy. I simply cut an oval piece of lime paper, then punched a hole in each end and ran the dotted ribbon through it. This table turned out as sweet as the little girls dining there! At home, the dining table is simple but beautiful. There is burlap topped with various sizes of tree slices, and Mason jars of roses, evergreens and fresh Christmas tree clippings make the house smell

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Label on dresser a reminder of Senoia store Story and photos by W. Winston Skinner

he bedroom suite could have been a Christmas present or maybe a gift for a newly married couple. The beginning story of the stately bed and matching dresser have been lost, but clues connect it to a Senoia merchant and to Andy Griffithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hometown. Lillian Walker knew she liked the furniture the first time she saw it.




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She and her husband, Charles, had decided to move to Coweta County. “He had heart attacks and had to quit work. He was a Woolworth’s manager. Newnan is his home,” Mrs. Walker explained. It was June 1968, and the Walkers decided to take a look at a neat frame house on Carroll Street in Moreland. “Emory Murphy built the house in 1959 or ’60. This was the last house built on the street,” Mrs. Walker said. She related that a neighbor later told her “it was the best built house in Coweta County.” As they toured the house with the owners, Aaron and Earlene Sibley, Lillian’s eyes came to rest on the beautiful bedroom suite. “Immediately, immediately I liked it,” she remembered. Mrs. Walker asked if the Sibleys would part with the furniture. “I told them, ‘We’ll buy the house if you’ll leave the bedroom furniture,’” Mrs. Walker said. “She came up with a price.

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The Nixon familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deep roots in Cowetaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; and connections with other pioneersâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;are more firmly established, thanks to Valerie Freemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s genealogical sleuthing.

She said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You can have it for $75.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? The furniture was in the basement when the Walkers bought the house. For a number of years, it has had a place of honor in an upstairs bedroom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is extremely heavy furniture,â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Walker said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not something you want to move.â&#x20AC;? At one point, the Walkers found a pink gold ring in one of the dresser drawers, but it has been lost over the years. A label on the back of the dresser notes it was shipped to Ware-Nixon Company in Senoia. The furniture was made by the Mount Airy Furniture Company, the label identifying the firm as a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Manufacturer of Furnitureâ&#x20AC;? located in Mount Airy, N.C. Information from the Mount Airy Chamber of Commerce indicates the Mount Airy

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still standing. It’s at the corner of Main and Depot,” she said. Otis Nixon married Dollie Bob Hardy. She was a descendant of Aquilla Hardy, one of the few sturdy settlers to come to Coweta County when it was still Creek Indian territory. They named one of their sons Charles Ware Nixon in honor of his grandfather, Charles Bartow Nixon, and his father’s business partner. Mrs. Freeman, who married a grandson of another son of Otis and Dollie, said she knew about the store because of a cassette tape Charles Ware Nixon recorded for the family in the mid-1990s. Little is known about the WareNixon store. The Nixon family’s deep roots in Coweta—and connections with other pioneers—

are more firmly established, thanks to Valerie Freeman’s genealogical sleuthing. Otis Nixon was the son of Charles Bartow and Ida Elizabeth Pennington Nixon. Charles Bartow’s parents were Harrison H. and Elvira Elmore Nixon, and Harrison’s parents were Joseph and Martha “Patsey” Ward Nixon. Valerie Freeman was a political science major, and she said there is a genealogical thread that connects the Coweta County Nixons and Richard Milhous Nixon, the nation’s 37th president. “I think it’s a million generations back—in Ireland someplace,” she said. Lillian Walker said she has loved antiques for as long as she can remember. “I grew up with greatgrandpa’s things,” she said, recalling her girlhood in the south Georgia

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town of Mystic. “My grandparents and my parents took good care of their furniture.” Many of the pieces of furniture in Lillian Walker’s home come with a story. There’s the crock that belonged to her grandmother. Though it comes from south Georgia, she has been told it was made in Senoia, and thinks relatives with Fayette County ties may have purchased it. She treasures a painting she bought for a few dollars and framed with wood from the family barn in Mystic. She hopes more of the story of the bedroom suite with its Mount Airy and Senoia facets will come to light in the future. “The more I think about it, the more exciting it is,” Lillian Walker said. “I love to find out things.” NCM

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The holidays are a time of celebration all across Coweta. 1) Susan Moore serves up a Thanksgiving meal as part of the 2011 Thanksgiving day outreach of Community Christian Church. 2) New Beginning Baptist Church has a float in the Senoia Christmas parade. 3) Can-A-Thon founder Tom Corker greets Joe Crain at last year’s event. 4) Jermain Stephens assembles boxes for loading on the Court Square at last year’s CanA-Thon. 5) East Coweta band members march through downtown Newnan in the 2011 Christmas Parade.






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oweta’s Community Christian Church is again kicking off the holiday season by providing a traditional turkey dinner on Thanksgiving day. Meals will be served at Newnan High School and at Arnco-Sargent Elementary School from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The meal is free and open to anyone. People may eat at the schools or take the meals home. This is the 10th year the church has sponsored the event, which involves many members of the church in making the meal a reality each year. Traditional Thanksgiving favorites of turkey, stuffing, corn, sweet peas and pies are on the menu, and organizers said the meal is a way “to let people know we’re here, and that we care for them and love them.” Main Street Newnan activities are some of the first to get underway

in Coweta, with the annual Holiday Open House in downtown Newnan set for Nov. 11 from 1 to 5 p.m. Later in the month, Santa’s Arrival in Newnan will be Nov. 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. Newnan’s popular Christmas Parade will kick off Dec. 2 at 3 p.m. For more information, call the Main Street office at 770-253-8283. The annual Christmas in Newnan Can-a-Thon is set for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with drop-off locations around Newnan and Coweta County. This event is used to stock the Coweta Community Food Pantry year-round. Collection points will be set up Nov. 27 in front of the Courthouse in downtown Newnan on North Court Square and on Main Street in downtown Senoia in front of The Bear radio station from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Also, Coweta County schools will be collecting cans throughout the

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From top: Candace Frank and Jennifer McKinnon sort cans at the 2011 Christmas in Newnan Can-AThon; Casa Bella Bed and Breakfast, which is featured on the Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary’s 25th Candlelight Tour of Homes; and the CORRAL live nativity.


information, contact Bebe Moore at 770-7193194. The Brooks Christmas Tree Lighting and arrival of Santa will be Sunday, Dec. 2, at 6 p.m. at Brooks Town Hall in downtown Brooks. Music will be provided by the Brooks Elementary School chorus. The Piedmont Newnan Hospital Auxiliary will sponsor its 25th Candlelight Tour of Homes on Friday, Dec. 7 from 4-9 p.m. This year’s tour features eight homes throughout three Historic Districts in Newnan: • The College-Temple District, noted for its parks, schools, churches and tree-lined streets, will showcase the Glover-Trezevant Home at 45 College St.; the Kookogey Home at 38 Temple Ave.; the Achee Home at 42 Temple Ave.; Casa Bella Bed and Breakfast at 51 Temple Ave.; and the Hallman Home at 50 Jackson St. • The Greenville-LaGrange District, with grand homes of many prominent Newnan citizens, will showcase the Major Long House. • The Cole Town District, named for the R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company whose architectural woodwork, trusses and water towers are still recognized worldwide, will showcase the Frederking Home at 87 E. Broad St. and the Renno Home at 101 E. Broad St. Area businesses will assist in decorating the homes. The Major Long House at 21 LaGrange St. will be hosting refreshments. Proceeds from the tour will be directed towards a $150,000 pledge the Auxiliary has made to the hospital for the establishment of a “Healing Garden.” Healing Gardens located in a hospital setting have been attributed to relieving stress, speeding recovery and increasing staff retention. Tickets for the Candlelight Tour are now on sale and may be purchased in downtown Newnan at Scott’s Bookstore, The Wynn House on Spring and the Visitors’ Center; in Ashley Park at Morgan Jewelers; in Sharpsburg at Collectors’ Corner and in Serenbe at Fern’s Market. Tickets also are available at the Gift Shops at Piedmont Newnan Hospital and Piedmont Fayette Hospital or by calling the Auxiliary Office at 770-400-2380. Tickets



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purchased in advance are $15. Tickets purchased on the evening of the event are $20 and can be purchased at the homes on tour. The Coweta County School System’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts will host The Air Force Band Christmas Concert, set for Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. The Newnan Theatre Company, which has been providing Newnan with live theater for more than 30 years, has scheduled several Christmas-themed shows this year. Madeline’s Christmas and A Winniethe-Pooh Christmas Tail will run Dec. 7-16, and Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, an irreverent comedy, runs Dec. 6-16. For information on showtimes and tickets for these productions, visit The Coweta Organization for Riding, Rehabilitation and Learning,

CORRAL, will stage its annual live nativity program Dec. 17-19 in Roscoe at the historic Sewell Barn. CORRAL’s nativity is a beautifully-depicted story of the night Jesus was born. As it begins the lights go down and the story is told from Jesus being born to the wise men coming. The actions of the actors accompanied by the taped narration and music in the barn setting bring a powerful message. Children get to meet the animals and actors following the performance. The CORRAL Nativity has been held for 28 years now. The setting is the historic Sewell barn located at 52 Oliver Potts Rd. in Roscoe, off Roscoe Road in north Coweta County. “It really is our Christmas,” says Marie Powell, the event coordinator. “The program is our ministry. My husband and I both grew up going to

live nativities every year and you don’t see them too often anymore. We felt like it was what we needed to do since we had the barn. We actually started doing the program before we started CORRAL. We borrowed some costumes and animals that we didn’t have that first year like a donkey and a cow and asked the neighbors to help and it just grew from there.” CORRAL is a therapeutic riding center for children and adults with special needs. Visitors to the live nativity are advised to arrive early since parking is limited, and folding chairs are welcome as there is limited seating. This event is very kid-friendly, so the whole family is welcome to attend. The presentation lasts about 30 minutes. For more information, contact CORRAL at 770-254-0840. NCM

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The Voice of the

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Steve Holman visits with Dominique Wilkins on Nique’s last night as an Atlanta Hawk.

teve Holman has spent almost half his life as the radio Voice of the Atlanta Hawks. He calls it a dream come true. And he says it didn’t happen by accident. Holman has called Coweta home for seven years, but grew up in Lawrence, Mass., and remembers listening to radio legend Johnny

Most rant, rave and prod his beloved Boston Celtics basketball team in a signature voice that was equal parts syrup and sandpaper. After a particularly memorable growl by Most, Holman pointed at the radio and told his father, “I want to do that.” Holman was only eight years old, but was soon broadcasting imaginary games from his home, using a pencil and piece of string as his equipment. “I did it however I could,” he says. In high school Holman talked




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Steve Holman mans the controls, above, in the early days of his broadcasting career.

Voice of the Boston Red Sox Curt Gowdy, above left, is shown with Steve Holman, at right, in 1974.

Steve Holman grew up listening to radio legend Johnny Most, left, covering the Boston Celtics.

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his way into a bottom rung job at WCCM radio in Lawrence, owned at the time by Curt Gowdy, the longtime voice of the Boston Red Sox. At age 17, Gowdy promoted Holman to on-air disc jockey. “He told me I could have $110 a week and all the records I could steal,” Holman says. Better yet, the WCCM job entitled Holman to a press pass and a free seat at the Boston Garden next to his radio idol Most.

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Holman didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make a dime and didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss a game. After a few seasons beside the master, Holman knew exactly how to handle a Celtics radio broadcast. But he never expected to get the chance so soon. It was November, 1976. Most had fought throat problems all night and near the end of the game, had to call it quits. Broadcasting live on a 50,000-watt radio signal that carried across New England, Most casually said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m gonna turn it over to Steve Holman.â&#x20AC;? Holman has an audio recording of that first performance. A listener wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been doing it for years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had prepared since I was eight years old,â&#x20AC;? Holman says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew every tag line at the station and I did it. After it was over I was totally shaken, but I did it.â&#x20AC;? Holman eventually took a job with the Boston CBS radio affiliate. In 1980 Holmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Boston radio boss moved to Atlanta to start WGST radio. He asked Holmanâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who had never even been to Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to join the stationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s morning news lineup and do radio broadcasts of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Chiefs soccer team. The promise of $800 in moving expenses convinced Steve and Mary Jane Holman to move south. During the 1985-86 season Holman added Atlanta Hawks color commentary to his schedule and on March 1, 1989, took over as the full-time Voice of the Hawks. He hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t missed a day of work since. At the end of the 2011-2012 season, Holman had broadcast a staggering 1,962 consecutive regular season and playoff games. He plans to call his 2,000th consecutive game on Jan. 16, 2013 at Atlantaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Philips Arena against the Brooklyn Nets.

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Steve Holman shows the medal he received when he was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.

At the end of the 2011-2012 season, Holman had broadcast a staggering 1,962 consecutive regular season and playoff games. He plans to call his 2,000th consecutive game on Jan. 16, 2013 at Atlanta’s Philips Arena against the Brooklyn Nets.


Holman has come close to missing games because of illness, but says as long as the Hawks’ doctors kept his heart beating and his throat open he never considered sitting one out. “My father taught me you go to work every day,” he says. “That’s what I did.” Holman was named to the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2011. He attributes his success to mentors Gowdy and Most as well as the Hawks players and fans. “I work for the Hawks and Hawks fans,” he says. “I’m a homer and don’t apologize for it. Johnny Most used to always say it was the black hats against the white hats and that’s how I feel.” Steve and Mary Jane are the parents of two sons, Steve Jr. and Scott. Grandson Connor joined the family last year.



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770-631-3461 Steve Holman, center, is shown with sons Steve Jr. and Scott at the time of his induction into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame.

As he starts his 28th season in the Hawks broadcast booth, Holman has seen the Hawks at their best and their worst. He admits a special fondness for players like Doc Rivers and Dominique Wilkins. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were about the same age and hung out together and really got to be close,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Those are special relationships.â&#x20AC;? The 2012-13 edition of the Hawks features new players, a new attitude and new leadership. Holman canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for the opening tipoff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think our team is gonna be very good,â&#x20AC;? he says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re gonna be exciting. But no matter how weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing, every time a game starts I tell myself our record is 0 and 0 and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like a whole new season. I just really enjoy what I do. No, I take that back â&#x20AC;Ś I love it.â&#x20AC;? Going to work doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get any better than that. NCM


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ike a lot of horse people who have settled in this part of Georgia, the owners of Jen-Nor Arabians, Jennifer and Norris Mackey, discovered Coweta County in 2005 when they were looking for a place to build a horse farm. Moving to be closer to Jennifer’s parents in Palmetto, the Mackeys knew they wanted more land than they had in California. There, the couple shared a half-acre lot in a San Diego equestrian community with two elderly horses. They spent time riding


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Coweta couple captivated by beauty, hardiness of Egyptian Arabian horses By Martha A. Woodham | Photos by Bob Fraley

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In her twenties, Jennifer Mackey followed her dreams and began taking riding lessons. Today she and husband Norris are partners in Jen-Nor Arabians along with Jennifer’s parents, Judy and Jim Wood of Palmetto.

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when he was a young man working at a riding academy in Buffalo, N.Y. As a child, the closest to a horse that Jennifer got was her unicorn collection. But she followed her dreams when she was in her twenties and began taking riding lessons. After Jennifer and Norris were engaged, they bought an Arab named Tawny for Jennifer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But of course, the horse couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be lonely, so we had to get another to keep him company,â&#x20AC;? says Jennifer. Kimmy the Quarter Horse, a gift from Jenniferâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s riding instructor, was Norrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ride. Those first two much-loved horses have gone on to horse heaven, and today the family-owned Jen-Nor Arabians is established on five acres in the western part of Coweta



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dished face with soulful eyes; a gracefully arched neck; delicate yet strong legs; and a silken mane and tail. Horses like these are shown English and Western style in shows limited to purebred and half-bred Arabians. Arabians, who have incredible stamina, are also the horse of choice for endurance racing, where the horse-and-rider teams cover 50 to 100 miles of trails over rugged terrain. Creating their Coweta County farm—building the barn and clearing the land for pastures—has also been a labor of love. The couples visited dozens of farms in Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina to get ideas about features and designs for their farm. Jim Wood, with Norris and Jennifer’s help, turned a metal structure on the property into a horse barn with spacious stalls and specialized facilities for breeding and foaling. Friends and family turned out to help construct a round pen, celebrating afterwards with a cookout. Although the farm is complete, the Mackeys still haven’t had much time to relax on their screened porch overlooking their pastures. Norris is developing a line of horse grooming products, called EquiLux, and Jennifer is preparing their first foal, Ghazalahh Halluj JNA or “Holly,” as the 3-year-old filly is called, for the next stage in her training, being ridden. And then there are the decisions to be made about selecting the right stallions to breed to their other mares, IM Arabia and Kanani Lio. The couple, who have developed relationships with trainers and breeders, also offer consulting services for people who are interested in owning Arabs. But they intend to keep their operations small and selective, breeding to perpetuate the best bloodlines. As they say on their web site,, “Our focus is to carefully produce top-quality foals, perpetuating pure, classic Arabian type along with a kind, willing temperament.” NCM



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If These Walls Could Talk! By Cathy Lee Phillips | Photos by Bob Fraley and courtesy of Susan Smith

“I remember lots of family and good things to eat when we went to the old house. We picked pecans from trees. Grandmama had snacks and Granddaddy told us interesting stories. I’m glad our traditions have continued.” —Ann Smith Turner, granddaughter of Lamar Smith Sr. 68 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

ore than 25 years before General William Tecumseh Sherman struck a match in Georgia, Newnan’s Redwine Plantation was fully functioning. History teaches that in those days overseers were hired to keep farms producing. In 1840, a new home was built on the Redwine property. Experts believe this house



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belonged to the plantationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overseer. That the house still stands today is a Smith family members gathered for a photo behind the old tin shed include, from left, Brent tribute to the talent Grote, Christy Grote, Jackson Grote, Reese Smith, Brian Smith, Kristi Smith, Sawyer Smith, and technique of the Phillip Smith, Susan Smith, Josephine Powers, Jesse Tucker, Sara Hays Grote and Katie Tucker. builders. An exposed support beam reveals that it was One hundred years later, young It is surprising that the boy hand-hewn using an adz. The walls Lamar Smith walked past this same noticed the house at all because show the presence of square nails in house every day on his way to young Lamar usually walked with his boards used as siding. Madras School. head toward the ground. Was he shy? NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 | 69



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Jackson Grote and Sara Hays Grote have fun on a tire swing at their family’s old homeplace in Newnan.




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Not really. Praying? Probably not. He actually had a habit of scanning the road for loose coins! No one knew that Lamar dreamed of owning that pre-Civil War home. His loose coins, plus money earned from serving in the Navy during World War II, allowed Lamar to eventually purchase the historic house. He carried his bride, Sophia Hight, over the threshold in 1945 and they began building their life and family. Sophia quickly noticed cracks in the walls, for the dwelling was 100 years old. The rest of the home was lovely, and Sophia especially loved four tall cedar trees shading the yard. These were planted by the family who first lived in the home. In early days, it was a tradition to plant a

cedar tree to celebrate the birth of a new baby. Lamar and Sophia raised their sons, Lamar Jr. and Phillip, in that home. Now grown, both men still live within sight of their home place on Happy Valley Circle. Their memories are simple. Countless adventures were found everywhere for two creative, mischievous boys on long summer days. Lamar Jr. remembers watching a well being dug by hand and shovel in the back yard. And there was the day he decided to practice his shooting skills. He still canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t explain how a front window jumped into the path of a perfectly aimed BB. Lamar Jr. prayed desperately that neither of his parents would see the damage. They didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, but the hole remains to this day. After Lamar Sr.

and Sophia passed on, the house was ignored for a while until Phillipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife, Susan, decided to restore it. This coincided with Susan Smithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s retirement after some 30 years as a Newnan High School science teacher. With her great love of antiques, renovating the home place seemed a natural step. It soon became a labor of love for the entire Smith family as husbands, wives, children, in-laws and grandchildren added their own touches and ideas. After a year of working after school and on weekends, a new version of the original 1840 house was reborn. A bright red kitchen anchors the interior. Original floors are paired with new linoleum. The house is uniquely furnished with pieces old and new, items from family and friends, and treasures from Susanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s visits to antique shops and estate sales.

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Susan Smith’s longtime love of antiques made it easy for her to decorate the old home which has been in her husband’s family for generations.

There are, of course, sentimental items Lamar Sr. and Sophia used during their years in the house. After the renovation, the family celebrated with food, fond memories, 72 | NEWNAN – COWETA MAGAZINE

and a lot of laughter. Before they realized it, the extended Smith family decided to celebrate holidays, birthdays, graduations and all sorts of family events in the home where

Facing south on Happy Valley Circle, which was a dirt road in the early 1950s, are Phillip Smith, Lamar Smith Sr. and Lamar Smith Jr.



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their history began. As news about the renovation of the house on Happy Valley Circle made the rounds, friends and neighbors yearned to see the results. Many visitors suggested new ways of using the space. Some asked to use the house for their own events. The house has hosted graduation, birthday, bridge and pizza parties, showers, bridesmaids’ luncheons, study groups, retired teacher gatherings and business meetings. Susan is especially proud of tea parties she has presented for her granddaughter and friends. These young ladies dress in their finest and, once they arrive, accessorize with Susan’s collection of old hats, shawls and white gloves. The girls enjoy fruity tea, raspberry lemonade and homemade cookies while learning proper southern manners and etiquette. And wouldn’t grown ladies enjoy a tea party, too? You can almost hear the whispers of generations sharing memories, where the past and present meet beneath the cedar trees. NCM

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Enjoying a tea party at the Smith family homeplace are, from left, Emily Perkins, Isabella Mason, Sara Hays Grote, Lauren Luker, Hannah Perkins and Naomi Perkins.

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Rooted in Coweta Educator Janie Powell Lore reflects on Coweta’s changes through the years By Cathy Lee Phillips | Photos by Bob Fraley




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hen Janie Powell Lore smiles you see the unmistakable face of the new teacher who taught Business at the newly-integrated Newnan Central High School 41 years ago. Her hair was longer then and curled at the ends in a quintessential seventies style. Some boys thought she was quite pretty, but she was a teacher and had to be practically ancient! It is amusing how one’s perception of age evolves with time. Today many former students are good friends who know her as Janie. The world has changed at warp speed since she first stood amid a room of manual Royal typewriters. “No one could have foreseen computers and their impact on the world. I remember thinking that nothing could ever be better than an IBM Selectric!” she said. “I always loved the first day of school,” Lore recalled. “I was excited but never nervous. I enjoyed looking across a room of new faces, wondering what the year would hold.” A 1971 graduate of Troy State University, she met thenSuperintendent Dr. Robert Lee and Assistant Superintendent Bobby Welch when they journeyed to her campus to recruit new teachers for Coweta County. They hit the Troy State jackpot, offering teaching contracts to Lore and three of her classmates–Nancy Caldwell, Ann Blankenship and Pat Collins. Welch tossed in an added incentive when he offered a job to Lore. He promised to help her find a husband. Lore reminded Welch of that promise years later. “Well, who could have known it would take so doggone long?” he countered with his signature humor. The four Troy grads moved into a two-bedroom apartment together not NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 | 75



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School photos and annuals show Janie Powell Lore in the early days of her career as a teacher in Coweta. Clockwise from top left: Lore in her Central High yearbook photo in 1978; as she appeared in 1972; performing the skit “Ruby and The Begonias” with Richard Brooks in the Central Talent Show in 1978; more seventies-era photos; and Janie stands at back of a Central classroom watching over students Beverly Yeager, Bill Gandy and Cindy Glazier in 1974.


far from the Court Square. Their friendship grew with their independence as the four rookie teachers bought cars, paid bills and developed their unique teaching styles. “Living together was so much fun,” said Lore. “Everyone had a different night to cook dinner. Nancy Caldwell could only cook spaghetti so we had that every Thursday for years. There were only three chairs in the whole apartment. We all sat on the floor so no one would be stranded without a proper seat. I do recall some lively conversations as we shared stories of things our students did or said.” With absolutely no help from Assistant Superintendent Welch, Lore eventually married Bob Lore. A wellrespected man, Bob was a loan officer with the C&S Bank formerly located across the street from the downtown post office. They remained in Newnan their entire lives except for three years when Bob was transferred to Valdosta as a District Commercial Chief Lending Officer. Their hearts remained here and instead of selling their home, they leased and reclaimed it upon their return in 1992. Janie Lore went to East Coweta for three years while her husband became CEO of First South Bank. He remained there until he retired at age 50, a goal he set for himself. In 1995, Janie Lore was selected to begin a Youth Apprenticeship Program for Coweta and Heard counties. A state grant initiated this program where students “shadowed” professionals working in various jobs, giving students the tools to make good choices about careers and/or colleges. More changes were to come for both Lore and Coweta County. A



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group was formed to plan what would eventually become the Central Educational Center (CEC), located in the former Central High School facility where Lore taught her first business classes in 1971. Students from all three high schools come to CEC to study in classes leading to college certification upon graduation. A student interested in nursing, for instance, can graduate with both hands-on experience and credentials to help earn money for college. West Georgia Technical College was part of the charter arrangement at CEC. Brewton-Parker College and, later, Mercer University would lease space at CEC, although neither are part of the charter of the original CEC concept. Because she was instrumental in the development of this program, Lore became the first CEC principal when it opened in 2000. She retired in 2003, but did some work with Brewton-Parker for a year. Her husband’s death in 2010 marked the darkest time in Lore’s life. “After Bob’s death, I realized every moment of life teaches us something,” Lore said. “God put us on earth to help others make it through their difficult times. That lessens our hurt, but will never fill the hole in my life.” Forever the educator, she volunteers with the Coweta Ferst Foundation, an organization that highlights literacy. To encourage an early love of reading, The Ferst Foundation places books in the homes of children throughout the county. Lore is grateful for her career as an educator in Coweta County. She has one manual typewriter in her home for sentimental reasons. It

represents her journey as well as this county’s ability to change the face of education to meet the needs of individual students. “I am totally rooted in this community,” said Lore. “The quality of life is high with outstanding opportunities for service, education, healthcare and entertainment. It is the best of all worlds.” NCM

Janie Lore keeps one manual typewriter in her home as a reminder of her early days as a business teacher.

Great Gift Idea!! Coweta’s Greatest Generation Available in a Limited Edition Hardcover Book The Newnan Times-Herald spent over a year highlighting the stories of surviving local World World II veterans in a project called “Our Greatest Generation.” This award-winning series presented the stories of over 120 local men and women and was a favorite of readers young and old. Since the series ended, we have had countless requests to reproduce this collection of stories so they may be preserved for future generations and enjoyed time and again in their entirety. We are pleased to announce the entire series has been published in a limited edition hardcover book with 288 pages that tell the stories and feature photographs of these proud men and women.

Pick up your copy today at The Newnan Times-Herald, 16 Jefferson Street, Newnan, GA 30263; order online at times-herald/store; or fill out the form below and mail with your payment. Limited Coweta’s Greatest Generation Book Order Form Edition Number of books ordered: @ $42.95 per book = $ Hardcover $42.95 each Tax Included

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2012 First Place Winner Red Sky at Night, Sailor’s Delight by Pam Brown

2012 Second Place Winner Morning at Line Creek by David Sodko


2013 PHOTO CONTEST Announcing our Third Annual Photo Contest If you're like most of us, you’ll spend part of your holidays looking at pictures taken over the past year and resolving to organize them better. We'd like to help! Instead of merely organizing your old


photos, how about entering one of them in our Newnan-Coweta Magazine Photo Contest? Winners will receive a cash prize ($100 for first place, $50 second, $25 third) and publication in the March/April 2013 issue of the magazine.



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Other winning entries in last year’s photo contest included, clockwise from top left, Portland Head Light in Portland, Maine by Linda M. Mitchell, Honorable Mention; All Eyes on You by Whitney Kirkpatrick, Third Place; Seagull Spreading Wings Over Puget Sound by Richard Harris, Honorable Mention; and Reflection by Danna Verhalen, Honorable Mention.

2013 Photo Contest Rules • Each entry must be taken by a current Coweta County resident who is not a professional photographer, defined as someone who makes more than half their income by taking photos. The person entering the contest must have personally taken the photo and cannot submit a photo someone else has taken. All ages are welcome to enter. (Employees of The Newnan Times-Herald and Newnan-Coweta Magazine and their immediate family members, as well as freelancers who have worked for either publication, are not eligible.) • Each person may submit one photo on any subject of their choosing. People, pets, landscapes and vacation spots are all ideal subjects for photos.

Please include the title of your image. • Photos may be submitted by several methods. High-quality print copies or images on CD may be mailed to “Photo Contest, c/o Newnan-Coweta Magazine, P.O. Box 1052, Newnan, GA 30264” or delivered to our offices at 16 Jefferson St. in downtown Newnan. High resolution images may also be e-mailed to All should be identified as entries for the Newnan-Coweta Magazine Photo Contest and include the photographer’s name, address, phone number and/or e-mail address. Photographs will not be returned. • Entries must be received at our offices by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. NCM





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Heading Out to Wonderful By Robert Goolrick Algonquin Books, $24.95 Reviewed by Holly Jones “Let me tell you something, son. When you’re young, and you head out to wonderful, everything is fresh and bright as a brand-new penny, but before you get to wonderful you’re going to have to pass through all right. And when you get to all right, stop and take a good, long look, because that may be as far as you’re ever going to go. Brownsburg ain’t heaven, by any means. But it’s perfectly fine. It’s all right.” Heading Out to Wonderful is Robert Goolrick’s novel about the search for peace and acceptance. When Charlie Beale appears in Brownsburg, Va. in 1948, no one speaks to him and he speaks to no one. He wanders around—on foot and in his truck— soaking up the town and its people and deciding if he could find peace there. After one week Charlie buys land, the piece of land by the river where he’s been parking his truck every night and sleeping. The next week Charlie gets a job


with the local butcher, Will Haislett. Will is the first person who really talks to Charlie, tries to find out where this stranger is from, what his intentions are and tells Charlie that Brownsburg is “all right.” Within the next few weeks—days even—Charlie is a member of the Haislett family. Will’s wife Alma helps Charlie find his own house in town and invites him to church and dinner. Their son Sam sees Charlie as his new hero and follows him everywhere. Charlie still doesn’t talk much, but little by little the people of Brownsburg start to accept him. Brownsburg really is all right. Then Charlie sees the girl who changes everything. Sylvan Glass is 17 years old when she and Charlie meet. She’s a newlywed of sorts; her husband Boaty paid Sylvan’s father $3,000 and a tractor in exchange for Sylvan, under the condition that if Sylvan runs away her family loses everything. Sylvan doesn’t care. She’s learned everything she knows from listening to soap operas on the radio. She adores glamorous celebrities like Lauren Bacall and Ann Miller. And when Sylvan sees Charlie she sees Hollywood; she sees Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. When Charlie sees Sylvan he sees his wonderful. But as Will warned Charlie, wonderful has a price. And when Charlie trades the peace and acceptance he’s found in Brownsburg for his vision of wonderful, that price is devastating.

A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar By Suzanne Joinson Bloomsbury, $26 Reviewed by Holly Jones Eva English wanted to see the world—not an easy task for a young woman living in England in 1923. When Eva’s sister Lizzie announces her calling to become a missionary, Eva plots her escape. She meets a publisher before the trip and he is impressed with her idea for a travel guide, A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar. If her expedition is a success, he will publish her work. Suzanne Joinson’s novel, also titled A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, tells of

Eva’s journey and notes for her book. It is also the story of Frieda Blakeman, another young woman living in England. Frieda lives in present-day London, however, and wishes her job in government research involved less travel. Eva’s trip isn’t what she expects. In the desert of Kashgar, she, Lizzie and Millicent, who is leading their missionary group, come across a pregnant girl in labor. The girl doesn’t survive the birth and the locals accuse Millicent of murder and witchcraft. Eva, Lizzie, Millicent and the infant are held under house arrest. Eva suddenly finds herself in charge of the baby with no clue how to care for a newborn. And Lizzie’s behavior has become increasingly strange, as if Millicent has some kind of power over her. No, Eva is not happy with this adventure. Frieda receives an unusual letter at the beginning of her story, a letter informing her that a Mrs. Irene Guy is deceased and Frieda is next of kin. The “Deaths, Marriages, Births department” is insisting Frieda contact them in order to remove any property from Mrs. Guy’s home that Frieda wishes to keep through the inheritance. Frieda has never heard of Irene Guy, but her curiosity forces her to



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{ Index of Advertisers } make an appointment to check on the apartment and its contents. What she finds there leads her on an expedition of her own. Eva and Frieda have similarities. Both are strong and independent young women, without family members they can rely on. Both have a quest, not only for answers but for themselves, hoping to escape the lives they’ve been leading. Both find themselves with new responsibilities far outside their comfort zones. Their stories parallel, but what makes this novel is when the stories intersect. Joinson has created a remarkable journey in and out of countries and cultures, proving how much one decision can change lives and how much our lives are truly connected.

Wreaths for All Seasons By James T. Farmer III Gibbs Smith, $24.99 Reviewed by Angela McRae If we never hang a wreath at any other time of year, the holidays send many of us to florists and craft stores in search of festive new wreaths for our decor. Whether it’s a burlap-wrapped Thanksgiving wreath of fall leaves and feathers or a traditional Christmas wreath of green foliage embellished with a glittering red bow, the wreath remains a staple of well-dressed homes here in the South.

For those in need of some fresh new wreath-making ideas comes the book Wreaths for All Seasons by James T. Farmer III of Kathleen, Ga. An Auburn grad and the owner of James Farmer Designs, he specializes in residential landscape design, floral design and interiors. “Since the dawn of antiquity, wreaths have been used as adornment on doors, heads, tables and homes,” says Farmer. “They are full of history, lore and representation.” While Farmer acknowledges that Christmas gets a “lion’s share” of wreath displays, he enjoys using them for all sorts of occasions and designs wreaths for every season of the year. “Winter proper and its delicate serenity may be noted with a wreath of simple greens and barren branches,” says Farmer. “The verging vernal equinox may be harbingered with a wreath of eggs, flowers, fresh foliage or even nests. Summertime’s heat yields a plethora of produce and plants for wreath making, and as the year winds down again, autumn brings us a true cornucopia of bounty to swathe the seasons with wreaths aplenty.” Some of the wreaths he designs start with a base of foam, straw or grapevine. He also is a fan of living wreaths, in which plugs of live flowers and soil are secured to a specially-designed wreath base. No matter which type of base he uses, Farmer often embellishes the wreath itself with unexpected elements. Lemons and apples may appear on his wreaths, but so do artichokes, pomegranates, and slices of fresh and dried fruit, which he likes for their splashes of color. Farmer also shows how to design a wreath which can serve from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year’s with a simple switch of ribbon. Farmer’s spring and summer creations may have you taking notes for projects in 2013. From a wreath redolent with fresh roses and lavender to a wreath made entirely of palmetto fronds, Farmer shows there is indeed a wreath for all seasons. NCM

Affinis Hospice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Amazing Smiles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Ansley Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Artisan Jewelry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Ashley Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Bank of Coweta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84 BB&T. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Bella Smiles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Cancer Treatment Centers of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Charter Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Design House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Coweta Medical Center. . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Del’Avant Event Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 EMC Natural Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Emory Clark-Holder Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Farm Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Foot Solutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Gentiva Hospice . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 GMC Junior College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Heritage of Peachtree City . . . . . . . . . . 61 The Heritage School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Hills & Dales Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Hollberg’s Fine Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Katie’s Too . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Downtown LaGrange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Lee-King and Lee-Goodrum Pharmacies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Lovely Lola’s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 MainStreet Newnan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Marketplace at LaGrange Square. . . . 29 Massage Envy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 Morgan’s Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 The Newnan Times-Herald. . . . 43, 67, 77 NuLink Digital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Oak Mountain Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Pain Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Piedmont Newnan Hospital . . . . . . . . . . 2 Plum Southern Gifts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Powers Pavilion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Radiation Oncology Services . . . . . . . . . 3 R. DuBose Jewelers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Savannah Court of Newnan . . . . . . . . . 55 Senoia Health & Wellness . . . . . . . . . . 45 Serendipity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Southern Crescent Equine Services . . 65 Southern Shooters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 StoneBridge Early Learning Center. . . 48 Table Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 UGA—Griffin Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 University of West Georgia. . . . . . . . . . 73 Uniglobe Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Wesley Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 West Georgia Gastroenterology . . . . . 13 West Georgia Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 West Georgia Hospice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 January/February 2013 Ad Deadlines Published: January 4, 2013; Contract Ads: November 21, 2012; New Ads: November 30, 2012. Call 770.683.6397 for details and advertising information.





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Santa Paul (J. Paul Boylen) By Nichole Golden | Photo by Bob Fraley Being Santa is quite a job, but in the off-season you’ll see Mr. Claus disguised as Coweta resident J. Paul Boylen. Owner of a residential framing company, Boylen will be the hard-hat wearing, white-bearded master carpenter with a twinkle in his eye, renovating airport restaurants or framing homes. Santa Paul invites all Cowetans to donate new toys through Dec. 20 for needy children served by the Coweta Department of Family and Children Services. The drop-off location is his Santa South workshop at Thomas Crossroads. Santa and his wife, Wendy Sue Claus, have lived in Coweta since 2000 and feel blessed to live close to their three children and three grandchildren. How can children get their wish lists to you? Children can bring their wish lists in person by calling 678-340-5193 and making an appointment to visit with me at my workshop, or they can mail the list to “Santa,” 3072 Hwy. 154, Newnan, GA 30265. What’s the most unusual Christmas request you’ve ever received? Last year a young boy asked if I could bring his mother a wedding ring because he needed a Daddy. What does Santa want for Christmas? I would like for the real meaning of Christmas and the ensuing joy to be lived by everyone throughout the year. Beyond that, I would wish that everyone believed in the spirit of giving and loving little children everywhere. How do you relax after Christmas has passed? After Christmas I take a long nap and soak my tired, aching feet. I then put the reindeer out to pasture for the summer and send the elves home for a well-earned vacation. I then head South for warmer places, sunny days, sandy beaches, aqua blue water and palm trees. What are your favorite things to do in Coweta? My favorite pastime is eating at the many fine restaurants throughout Coweta County. I never miss the “Taste of Newnan.” Do reindeer really fly? Yes. I do not fully understand the magic that allows my reindeer to fly, but it only works on Christmas Eve each year. That is why I must rush frantically about delivering all the toys on Christmas Eve, before the magic ends. NCM




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Left - Right: Victoria Ellison- Business Banker Mark Fritz- Commercial Banker Ann Hand- Business Banker



Powerful growth and exponential success. At Bank of Coweta, we employ the best and the brightest to help you accomplish more than you thought possible. Bank of Coweta, a division of Synovus Bank, offers your business a community focus paired with proven stability, and deep resources. From competitive business checking and money market accounts to online treasury management tools that put you in charge of your money, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re ready to put our experience and expertise to work for you today. Visit us online or stop by any of our conveniently located branches. Jefferson Street 110 Jefferson Street Newnan, GA 30263 770.253.1340

Temple Avenue 192 Temple Avenue Newnan, GA 30263 770.253.9600

Senoia 7817 Wells Street Senoia, GA 30276 770.599.8400

Thomas Crossroads 3130 East Highway 34 Newnan, GA 30265 770.254.7722 Bank of Coweta is a division of Synovus Bank. Synovus Bank, Member FDIC, is chartered in the state of Georgia and operates under multiple trade names across the southeast. Divisions of Synovus Bank are not separately FDIC-insured banks. The FDIC coverage extended to deposit customers is that of one insured bank.

Newnan-Coweta Magazine, November/December 2012  

Let's Celebrate! Includes a Christmas tea, Elegant Decorations, Holliday Happenings and the voice of the Atlanta Hawks, Steve Holman.

Newnan-Coweta Magazine, November/December 2012  

Let's Celebrate! Includes a Christmas tea, Elegant Decorations, Holliday Happenings and the voice of the Atlanta Hawks, Steve Holman.