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Remembering the past...
...Celebrating the future.
From the Publisher John Winters
SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of The Newnan Times-Herald. Over the past century and a half, this newspaper has chronicled births and deaths, floods and fires, wars and famine, housing booms and busts, football victories and state championships, weddings, cotton prices and so much more. Fifteen decades, 150 years, is a long, long time for any business to be in continuous operation. And we knew we wanted to do something special to mark the occasion. When we first started kicking around the idea of a 150th anniversary magazine, it sounded like a good idea. But I doubt any of us realized just how much information one can accumulate in that many decades. We started small and the project just kept growing. In fact, we probably doubled the number of pages we originally planned for. Out of those initial discussions we tried to come up with a way to take this massive undertaking and break it down into manageable sections. Reporters were assigned individual “decades” to cover – 15 in all. And we came up with lists of interesting stories we wanted to cover – race relations, oldest readers, memorable events and reader favorites. Some made the list, others did not. We kept culling and cutting down some sections while at the same time adding this story or that. I am sure the staff looked at each other and wondered how they would get this done in time, while at the same time putting out the daily newspaper. Reporters spent inordinate amounts of time pouring over microfiche of papers more than 100 years old. They learned every nook and cranny at the Coweta County Genealogical Society. And while reporters were busy doing that, our advertising reps were out talking with businesses, companies and even individuals. From there, our graphics department turned those ideas into actual ads that would be part of this special edition. We learned that news has changed. Not only in what is considered important, but in style as well. A presidential visit merited a paragraph on an inside page; out of town guests visiting was front page news in the last century. We learned all about those special products for women’s issues and hair tonics for men. And Coweta was the place to find that perfect artificial limb. We also learned about race relations, good and horrific, in Coweta County. We learned about some amazing successes and heartbreaking disappointments. There were war rations and international maps to follow the various conflicts. We had a highly publicized murder and separately, a brutal lynching. We learned a lot about ‘King Cotton’ and its history here. We continued to learn and research until finally, we just had to call “time.” The end result is in your hands - one of the largest publications we have ever put together. To be honest, it’s a biography. It’s a history book of the last 150 years of The Newnan Times-Herald and its various other renditions that started right after the end of the Civil War and up until today. And by covering the history of the Times-Herald, it is also a story of the history of Coweta County. It is a story of the history of you, our readers, many with generations of family living here. It would be appropriate at this time to mention those who played key parts in getting this special edition magazine out. That would be the entire staff of the TimesHerald. Everyone pitched in and helped each other. Even if they were not directly involved, they took on extra duties to ensure others could get the work completed. It was an incredible team effort. There are very, very few locally owned newspapers in existence anymore. Most have corporate owners in cities far away. For four generations, the Thomasson family has guided the NTH through periods of prosperity and near economic ruin. It is because of their belief in the value and importance of local newspapers that the Times-Herald even exists. And the next generation already works here. And finally, to our customers - our advertisers and readers. We thank you for your continued support both financially and in pointing out spelling errors. And so, until the the year 2065 rolls around …
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President William W. Thomasson
Marianne C. Thomasson
Publisher John Winters
W. Winston Skinner Sonya Studt Maggie Bowers
Ted O. Brooke Sarah Fay Campbell Paul Dougherty Millard B. Grimes Wes Mayer Clay Neely Georgia Shapiro Celia Shortt
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Photography Jeffrey Leo Clay Neely Circulation Director
Bob Shapiro Naomi Jackson
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Multimedia Sales Specialists
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The Newnan Times-Herald 150th Anniversary Edition is published by The Newnan Times-Herald, Inc., 16 Jefferson Street, Newnan, GA 30263. On the Web: times-herald.com/special © 2015 by The Newnan Times-Herald, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited.
Table of contents
When It All Began....................................................... 16
Genealogist Researches History of Coweta’s Newspapers.......................................... 24
1870s............... 30 1880s............... 42
House Styles: A 150 –Year Look Back............................. 34
Newspaper Office Began as Store for Farmers................................................... 50
The Thomasson Story.................................................. 60
Faithful Followers: Longtime Readers Loyal to Their Paper............................................... 68
Reflections on 150 Years of Newspapering.................... 78
Lewis Grizzard, Margaret Anne Barnes Among Newsroom Alums........................................ 88
Race in The Newnan Times Herald............................... 104
Some Stories Stick With You...................................... 126
Significant Front Pages.............................................. 144
A Day in the Life of a News Carrier.............................. 166
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N SEPTEMBER 1865, the first issue of The Newnan Herald rolled off
Coweta County in 1865
Cummings, a Confederate nurse in
that continues today.
Newnan at that time, wrote in her diary
W. WINSTON SKINNER
have federal troops come into town
transition and poverty. There also were
at the war’s end because there was no
new opportunities for many Coweta
citizens as the Civil War’s end began
“There were no federals here, and
to be absorbed by those living in the
there was no law here,” noted Carolyn
towns and countryside.
Turner of the Brown’s Mill Battlefield
The war itself had changed Coweta County. Many young men had left to
terrible, terrible situation.” Union troops were stationed in
come home. Others returned minus an
Coweta during the time immediately
arm, a leg or an eye.
after the war. Emily Kendrick, widow of
There had been fighting in Coweta
a Confederate soldier, was hauled before
County – a skirmish at Berry’s Woods
a magistrate because she refused to pass
between Newnan and Moreland and a
before the American flag hanging at the
full-fledged battle at Brown’s Mill. The
rumors of war had also ratcheted up
U. S. Capt. Moses B. Sloan, who
tensions that were just beginning to
was in charge of Newnan early in the
subside as The Herald made its debut.
post-war days, was relieved of his duty
“A lot of people don’t realize how close Newnan came to being burned,” said Dr. Kerry Elliott, who has studied
“for being too kind and friendly to the locals,” Elliott said. Military rules included no alcohol
the Civil War for decades and has a
consumption after 7:30 p.m. and a 9:30
collection of memorabilia. “It was right
A group of federal troops “wanted to
When Lee surrendered to Grant, soldiers from Coweta began making
burn Newnan because they said they
their way home. Other soldiers, headed
were treated poorly by the citizens”
farther south, passed through the county
earlier in the war, Elliott said. There
– hungry and tired. “They were always
were allegations that a well had been
knocking on doors looking for food,”
poisoned and one Union commander
Elliott said. “If there was any way they could
to punish for saying bad things to their
get there, they just went home,” Turner
said. “Homes were full of soldiers who
The Union marauders were crossing the Chattahoochee when they learned the armistice had been signed.
Association. Coweta’s citizens “were in a
fight for the Confederacy. Some did not
“had a list of six women he was going
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that she thought it would be good to
Coweta County was in a time of
at the end of the war.”
with almost no government. Kate
the presses – starting a journalistic legacy The newspaper was launched when
WHEN IT ALL BEGAN
The war’s end had left the area
were recuperating because they didn’t have the strength to go home.” It took six months for all the Coweta
soldiers to get back home, according to
people with different customs and ideas
Tom Redwine, who worked for many
into what had been a more provincial
years for the Newnan-Coweta Historical
place before the war.
In some cases, soldiers from elsewhere
Another factor that continued to have
– including at least one Yankee soldier
an impact on the county was Newnan’s
– fell in love with local women and
role as a wartime hospital town. Local
historian Elizabeth Beers said hospital
Not long before the war ended in
locations needed to be “far enough away
the spring, Newnan had been a hub for
that you weren’t engaged in a battle.”
refugees seeking safety – fleeing shelling
They also needed to have water, timber
in other southern cities. In April, trains
and food available.
ran from Montgomery to Newnan.
Large buildings that could be
Newnan was “a very upscale Southern plantation town.”
Grace Tyler Scott, granddaughter of U.S.
commandeered to house convalescents
President John Tyler, was among the
were also required, and the towns had
Montgomery folks fleeing to Newnan.
to be on a railroad line.
Her mother, Priscilla Cooper Tyler,
Newnan was “a very upscale
wrote her sister-in-law about Grace’s
Southern plantation town,” Beers
travels to Newnan and about her
said. The insularity of the plantation
coming “back from Newnan by herself
class was such that there was initial
in the cars – a journey of 24 hours.”
opposition to putting hospitals in Newnan.
While hospitals and visitors may have broadened local horizons in some ways,
Cumming, in her diary, noted
the war’s end brought a longtime visitor
“how rude the women were, how uncooperative the people were” at first, Turner said.
– poverty. “Newnan was in very, very bad shape after the war,” Redwine said. “People
“Southern hospitality ruled, and
had no money. The stores had no stock.”
we did welcome the hospitals here,”
Dan Loftin, a retired teacher who
Beers said. There were soldiers from
is active in the Sons of Confederate
throughout the Confederate states, and
Veterans, noted that The Herald reported
later Union soldiers also were brought to
destruction throughout the county in
Newnan for care. The war had brought
1866. There had been a drought and
Coweta County supplied two companies (B & K) for this Heroic Regiment. They captured Murfreesboro for General N. B. Forrest’s birthday and fired the first shots at Chickamauga. While Newnan battled at Brown’s Mill the 1st Georgia Calvary captured General Stoneman at Sunshine Church.
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there was no corn available for food for
Army, but they were turned away.
people or the animals they were raising
“They had to work out a contract
for farm work and food.
system,” she said, in which they often
There was “one report of a death in the county of starvation,” Loftin said, adding an account of an impoverished
“.. the county was struggling, but also transforming itself into a new and more resilient place.”
Still, black Cowetans were now free to marry legally. They “had hope for the
permitted themselves three bites of
first time that their children would have
cornbread per meal.
the opportunity to get an education,”
In June 1866, an agency was formed to address the dire need for food. A Union
Tidwell said. The first school for black children in
Army officer was dispatched westward
the county was started in “a small
to get corn. “I think he went as far as
house down near the depot,” Tidwell
California,” Loftin said.
said. “The teacher was a young lady
“Trainloads of corn” were sent from Toledo, and 600 bushels came from Kentucky. “All of that was distributed to people
from Connecticut.” Men without jobs – black and white – could be arrested and then impressed into convict work gangs after being
in Coweta, Carroll and Campbell
charged with vagrancy. “It was not a
counties,” he said.
good thing to hang around in town
Union troops “helped provide food for everybody,” retired history teacher Pat Tidwell said. “We had to beg of food all over the country,” Redwine said. Food prices spiked in 1865, according
without a job,” Tidwell said. W.U. Anderson, who wrote the first published history of Coweta in 1880, noted what life was like as plans came together for the first issue of The Herald. “Our soldiers returned home and
to Coweta Chronicles. Ham and fish
began to take up citizenship again after
were $5 a pound – “flour $300 a barrel,
the four years of war, many of them
meal $50 a bushel, white beans $75 a
without a dollar to begin with, but to
bushel, tea $60 a pound, butter $15.”
their credit they did not sit down to
Most folks made the clothes they had
grieve over their losses and the lost
continue in service – since a coat was
The 7,400 black Cowetans –
“If you had all your limbs – and you owned some land – you could farm,”
enslaved until the war’s end – were free,
Tidwell said. Some of the men returned
but still lived with the impoverishment
missing a limb. They “had to turn to
and challenges that white citizens
other things,” which fueled the rise of
encountered. Most of those freed had
all sorts of businesses.
no skills except farming, no education,
There were grist mills and sawmills.
no money and no resources, Tidwell
A cotton seed press mill was opened
in 1866 in Lodi, since renamed Sargent.
Some of the county’s black men sought initially to follow the Union
they had lived earlier.
family where each family member
$350, pants $100, and boots $250.
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were working on the same farms where
The cotton textile industry got its start in Coweta the same year.
The changes in the economy and society also led to agricultural diversification. Land once dedicated to growing cotton began to be used for peach orchards and growing other crops. Blacks had worshipped at their masters’ churches before and during the war. They began to form their own churches soon after the war’s end – often receiving assistance from white citizens with funding, property or other needs. “People – both black and white – came together and made it through those times,” Loftin said. In late 1865, the Benevolent Society was organized by former slaves to help people “in dire straits,” Tidwell said. “The Freedmen’s Bureau came to town to protect the rights of former slaves. There were always those trying to subjugate the former slaves again.” Then, as now, Cowetans enjoyed social activities. The economy dictated those activities had to be cheap or free. “The church was the center of everything,” Tidwell said. “Singing was a common form of entertainment. It was something most people could do. If you couldn’t sing, you could hum or you could sway,” Tidwell said. There also were dances at Pearl Springs near Moreland. “Young people went riding together.” “There was a Crescent Baseball Club,” Tidwell said. “Watermelon cuttings were a big thing.” A fire in 1864 – not related to war – destroyed the buildings on one side of the Court Square. They were not rebuilt until 1870, but Redwine noted the new buildings –
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HE 1860s were a time of profound change in Coweta County.
The decade was marked by the
ravages of the Civil War. During the same decade, however, a newspaper was founded in Newnan which would
THE FOUNDING of a NEWSPAPER
continue to inform readers and serve the community a century and a half later. As the 1860s began, Coweta County was a prosperous cotton farming area. Crossroads communities and towns served as commercial centers for the surrounding farms, and Newnan boasted a fine courthouse and a strong business community. Georgia seceded from the Union in January 1861. In March, the Newnan Guards formed, followed by the Coweta Guards in May. Many of Cowetaâ€™s young men headed off to fight in distant places. At home, there came a time of privation and sacrifice.
The Civil War had changed Coweta County in many ways. As the first issues of The Newnan Herald were being put together, local residents had searing memories of those who had been nursed in hospitals. Many who died were buried in the Confederate section at Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan.
1860 s The location of Confederate hospitals in Newnan brought an influx of medical personnel and soldiers from across the country. In July 1864, Union and Confederate troops clashed on East Broad Street and then headed south to what became known as the Battle of Brown’s Mill. Brown’s Mill was a Confederate victory, but the war was drawing to a close with the Union gaining ground. Early in 1865, refugees from Alabama came to Newnan for a time. With the end of the war in April 1865, Coweta’s veterans began making their way home. The Newnan Herald published its first issue in September, and Coweta County would never again be without a local newspaper. Early issues reflected the hard times and the political issues of the day. The ordinary – today’s probate judge – had been authorized to administer the oath of amnesty, and 644 Coweta voters had taken the oath. “We are pleased to notice every indication of speedy return of the former business of the city. There are already five dry good stores, ten confectioneries and family groceries and two drug stores ‘in full blast,’ several
The Newnan Herald published its first issue in September, and Coweta County would never again be without a local newspaper.
more business houses will be opened in a few days,” the first issue noted. One of the businesses – with a regular advertisement – was the Depot Street establishment of W.T. Cole offering artificial limbs. The railroad schedule was regularly published, showing the connection of the county to the outside world. While life was forever altered by death and loss for many Coweta families, there was a return to a semblance of normality. Schools opened in Newnan, Senoia and Carrollton. The newspaper ran lists of candidates for public office in November 1865. Then, as now, citizens looked for things to do. A drinking saloon was opened in the Pinson House on Greenville Street, and George Burch opened an “Ice Cream Saloon for the Ladies” in 1869. The Newnan Dialectic Society was offering public debates on Maximilian’s Mexico in February 1866 at Sargent’s Hall. The following year, Mike Lipman’s Great Combination Show – Circus and Trained Animals came from New Orleans. The newspaper’s editors clearly saw their audience as the white citizens of the area. Considerable space was devoted to a Memphis race riot and to racial unrest in Jamaica. The travails of ousted Confederate President Jefferson Davis and the “lost cause” were also of interest. Slavery was over, but black citizens were by and large relegated to menial labor and farm work. Though federal troops were stationed in Newnan, their presence did not seem to have opened many doors for Coweta’s newly freed citizens.
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In 1865, Confederate soldiers trudged home from distant places to restart their lives. All had lost comrades to the ravages of war. Some had left parts of their own bodies as this Newnan Herald advertisement grimly reminds readers.
Newnan – City of Homes A community with a rich history, committed to a vibrant future
1828 1860 1864 1865
Newnan was founded Population: 2,546 Brown’s Mill Battle
Newnan Times-Herald founded:
1894 1904 1904
Congratulations! To another 150 years of great media coverage R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company founded First Chief Marshal began service (later known as Police Chief) Newnan Fire Department began service The Historic Courthouse built The Carnegie built
Founding of Newnan Utilities —
1925 1940 1942 1948 1952 1955 1960 1966
Newnan Water, Sewerage and Light Commission Newnan Hospital was founded Population: 7,182 Newnan Native Ellis Arnall becomes Georgia Governor Murder in Coweta County trial Newnan High School on LaGrange Street built William Bonnell Company began its operations in the city
Newnan adopted its first zoning ordinance Drake Stadium built
Newnan Station One is added to the Municipal building
Mayor Keith Brady voted into office
1993 1999 2001
New City Hall built First Downtown Streetscapes built
The Carnegie reopens
2009 The 1904 Historic Courthouse restored 2009
City of Newnan goes social —
2012 2012 2015
Facebook and Twitter accounts started Population: 33,039 Cancer Treatment Centers of America Opens Newnan Hospital reopens as University of West Georgia Newnan
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Genealogist researches history of Coweta’s O newspapers
Genealogist Ted O. Brooke, whose father was born in Newnan, researched Coweta County’s newspapers for the Coweta County Genealogical Society. His article originally appeared in the spring 2015 issue of “The Coweta Courier,” the Coweta County Genealogical Society’s quarterly, and is republished with the society’s blessing and with Mr. Brooke’s permission.
F THE 28 different newspaper titles published in Coweta County
since 1835, several are rather obscure and exist either not at all or in very limited numbers. For example, the Newnan Dispatch,
TED O. BROOKE Coweta County Genealogical Society
published circa 1872, the Newnan SemiWeekly Star, published in 1875, the Senoia Journal, published 1873-1875, the Senoia Enterprise, published in 1875 and 1876, the Youth’s Guide and the Newnan Leader, both published circa 1880-1881, are not known to have a single extant issue; the Southern Transcript, published in 1841, and the Newnan Weekly Blade, published in 1876 and 1877, each has only one known extant issue. Most of these newspaper titles and some additional details may be found on the Internet site www.worldcat.org. There are many diverse sources of
Maureen Schuyler, director of the Senoia Area Historical Society Museum, gingerly handles a copy of The Enterprise Gazette, one of the 19th century newspapers published in Senoia.
these original papers, including the Coweta County Genealogical Society Library, Newnan, Georgia; the University of Georgia Library, Georgia Newspaper Project, Athens, Georgia; The Georgia Archives Microfilm Library, Newspaper file, Morrow, Georgia; Emory University, Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Atlanta, Georgia; The Atlanta History Center, Grisham-Magruder Newspaper Collection, Atlanta, Georgia; The American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts; the New York Historical Society, New York, New York; and Duke University, Rubenstein Library and University Archives. Among the interesting details of these early newspapers is that one title, The New Departure, published in 1878, was edited by a woman, Maggie C. McKinnis.
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CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF COWETA COUNTY, GEORGIA NEWSPAPERS, 1835-2015 The Paladium, 1835-1836
The Georgia Banner & Sentinel, CONT’D
The Newnan Herald, 1865-1887
Several random issues are extant from 12 September 1835 to 14 April 1836.
whatever state or persuasion, Religious or Political.”
From The Newnan Herald, issue of September 9, 1865; page 4, column 6:
“Published every Saturday by C.F. SHERBURNE, Editor and Proprietor.”
18, 1857 to November 16, 1860.
Masthead: “Our Country Right or Wrong”Decatur.
The Independent Blade, 1857-1860
Southern Transcript, 1841 “Published in the town of Newnan, Georgia, every Friday by J.A. and F.S. WELCH.” The only extant issue is that of April 16, 1841.
Georgia Banner, 1840-1851 This title was succeeded by The Georgia Banner in 1851. Several random issues are extant from March 13, 1849 to 1851.
Several random issues are extant from September
Published every Friday morning. T.W. BOLTON, Editor and Proprietor; W.W. HOOD, publisher. H.E. MORROW & T.W. BOLTON, Editors and Proprietors; W.W. HOOD, Publisher. Masthead: “No Proscription for Opinion’s Sake – But be sure you are right, then go ahead.’’ Several random issues are extant from September 18, 1857 to November 30, 1860.
J.A. WELCH, Editor.
The Southern Literary Companion, 1860-1865
The Georgia Banner, 1851-1856
(1860-1863): I.N. DAVIS, Sr., Editor & Proprietor.
“The Georgia Banner is published every Friday morning by J.A. & F.S. WELCH”
Masthead:“Truly the Light is Sweet, and a Pleasant
Masthead: “Devoted to News, Politics, Literature, General Intelligence, Agriculture, &C., &C.”
(1860-1862) I.N. DAVIS, Sr., Editor & Proprietor;
Several random issues are extant from 1851 to Friday, April 18, 1856, Vol. 16 #46. This title was succeeded by The Georgia Banner & Sentinel.
Literature, Arts and Sciences, Agriculture,
Thing it is for the Eyes to Behold the Sun.” Masthead: “A Weekly Journal ... Devoted to Horticulture, Hygiene &C.” (1864-1865): STEPHENS & Co., Proprietors; Masthead: “A People’s Education is a Nation’s Best
THE NEWNAN HERALD IN COWETA COUNTY IS ESTABLISHED: The first number will be issued on Saturday the 9th of September. It will be a Political Journal – supporting the party whose principles are calculated to advance the interests of the Nation and State in which we live. At the same time, the claims of Literature, Commerce and Agriculture shall receive proper attention. Our earnest aim shall be to make it a sprightly sheet, and every way worthy of a liberal support. The citizens of this section in which it will be published, are highly enlightened, and have abundant resources for a large and lucrative trade. Merchants will find the HERALD an excellent medium for advertising. J.C. WOOTTEN., Esq., the Editor, will have unlimited control of its columns. TERMS- Three dollars per annum in advance. J.S. BIGBY- J.C. WOOTTEN -Proprietors (J.C. WOOTEN & J.A. WELCH, Proprietors; J.C. WOOTEN was Editor in 1871; J.M. DENT was Editor as of August 24, 1876. J.M. DENT resigned Editorship on February 8, 1877, and Rev. W.A. PARKS became Editor between then and March 1, 1877). Most issues are extant from September 9, 1865 to March 8, 1887 when this title merged with The Coweta Advertiser to form The Herald and Advertiser.
The Georgia Banner & Sentinel, 1857-1860
“Published every Friday morning by J.A. WELCH, Editor and Proprietor”
Several random issues are extant from Wednesday,
The Peoples’ Defender, 1869-1871
August 8, 1860, Vol. 1 #29, to Wednesday, May 17,
Masthead: “Equal and Exact Justice to All Men, of
1865, Vol. 6 #19.
Jackson T. TAYLOR, Editor. Masthead: “Moderation.”
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CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF COWETA COUNTY, GEORGIA NEWSPAPERS, 1835-2015 The Peoples’ Defender, CONT’D
The Newnan Semi-Weekly Star, CONT’D
Only two issues are extant: April 14, 1869 & September 6, 1871.
20, 1876; page 2, column 1:
Newnan Dispatch, circa 1872 No issue extant; found mentioned in The Newnan Herald, issue of Friday, February 13, 1873; page 2, column 2: “Mr. J.L. BURCH, formerly of the Newnan Dispatch and the West Point News, is married to a Miss GRIFFIN of Daleville, Alabama. The ‘News’ suspends after the last issue. Cause, lack of patronage.”
Col. FITCH, late of the Newnan Star, has become editorially connected with the Press and Cultivator, of Griffin. He has also established a collecting agency in the latter city.
Senoia Journal, 1873-1875 No issue extant; found mentioned in the following: The Newnan Herald, several issues between Friday, August 1, 1873 and Thursday, June 24, 1875. This newspaper was possibly renamed the Senoia Enterprise sometime between June and November, 1875.
place of the Franklin News, which paper will be suspended. It will be the official organ, and contain the local news of Heard County, while at the same time it will advocate the interests of Newnan and Coweta County. Being the official organ of Heard County, it will be able to retain a good list of subscribers in the county, and will therefore, be the very best advertising medium for the merchants of Newnan. M.M. BARRON, Editor and proprietor. The Newnan Herald, issue of June 14, 1877; page 3, column 2:
Col. FITCH, Publisher, Mr. BLAKELY, Editor
Senoia Enterprise, 1875-1876
No issue extant; found mentioned in the following:
No issue extant, found mentioned in the following:
Suspension of The Blade. We regret to state that the Newnan Weekly Blade has been forced to suspend for want of patronage to sustain it. Mr. BARRON is a good editor and made a spicy paper – and we are sorry that we shall no more see the ever bright and always welcome Blade. We heartily wish Bro. BARRON success in whatever business he may engage in the future.
Carroll County Times, issue of Friday, January 21, 1876; Vol. #3, page 2:
The New Departure, 1878-1880s
The Newnan Semi-Weekly Star, 1875 -1876
The Newnan Herald, issue of Thursday, August 12, 1875; page 3, column 2. Newnan Semi-Weekly Star: The first issue will appear on Sunday morning August 15th and will be distributed throughout the city, and mailed in the country by first trains and mail carriers. Any citizen of Newnan failing to get a paper by the carriers can get one by calling our office. Country Men are invited to call and get a paper. Office over Johnson’s store, West side, Public Square. The Newnan Herald, Local Dots, issue of Thursday, August 12, 1875; page 3, column 3: We understand that the first issue of the Newnan Semi-Weekly Star will appear on next Sunday morning and thereafter on Tuesdays and Fridays. The Newnan Herald, issue of Thursday, August 19, 1875; page 2, column 1: The Newnan Semi-Weekly Star: The first number of the above named paper made its appearance on our streets on Saturday last. The STAR comes up fully to the expectations of its friends. Both the matter and the manner of its execution does credit to Col. FITCH and his gentlemanly foreman, Mr. BLAKELY. Its advertising columns show a liberal patronage, the advertisements being neatly and conspicuously arranged and the whole presenting a bright and attractive appearance. We welcome the STAR to our exchange list and wish for Col. in his new enterprise the fullest measure of success in which he can attain without giving him cause to be sorry for Bro. WELCH and Co.” The Newnan Herald, issue of Thursday, January
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Mr. R.F. JONES has retired from the Senoia Enterprise on account of ill health. He is succeeded by Mr. J.A. PERDUE. The Newnan Herald, three issues between Thursday, November 25, 1875 and Thursday, January 20, 1876, when the editor of the Senoia Enterprise, Rev. Robert F. JONES, was reported to have died on January 17, 1876.
“Published Weekly at College Temple, Newnan, Ga. by Maggie C. McKINNIS, Editor” Masthead: “The Chief Glory of Every People arises from its authors.” Only two issues are extant: November 30, 1878 & December 7, 1878.
Newnan Leader, circa 1880-1881
Newnan Weekly Blade, 1876-1877
No issue extant, found mentioned in the following:
M.M. BARRON, Publisher; M.M. BARRON & M.C. CABANISS, Editors.
The Newnan Herald, Tuesday, February 17, 1881; Vol. XVI, number 17, page 3, column 2
Only one issue is extant: 16 August 1876.
The office and furniture of the Newnan Leader have been purchased by Mr. Wm. A. BRECKENRIDGE and have been removed to Fairburn where he proposes to establish a weekly paper at an early day. We do not know the name by which the new candidate for public favor will be called; nevertheless we wish it great success.
The Newnan Herald, issue of January 6, 1876; page 3, column 2: The Newnan Blade – The first issue of the Newnan Blade will not appear this week, as was advertised. Brother BARRON was delayed in moving into his new office and will not get out his first number before next Tuesday, which we understand will be his regular publication day. His office is over Fell’s hardware store in the Bank block, where those wishing to extend their patronage to the Blade will find him ready and willing to receive them. Carroll County Times, issue of Friday, January 21, 1876; Vol. #3, page 1: New Paper in Newnan! On Friday, the 7th day of January, 1876, I will commence the publication of a paper in Newnan, Georgia, to be called The Newnan Weekly Blade. The Blade will take the
The Youth’s Guide, circa 1880-1881 No issue extant, found mentioned in the following: The Newnan Herald, Tuesday, February 17, 1881; Vol. XVI, number 17, page 3, column 2: The Youth’s Guide, our contemporary at the College Temple, will hereafter be published as a monthly since Prof. JONES will not be able to devote to its interest that attention which a weekly issue requires. Mr. Claude F. EDGE, foreman of the Youth’s
Guide, a good practical printer of several years’ experience and a young man of excellent moral character, is looking for a permanent situation in his business. We regret to lose him from our midst, and hope that his surroundings may be pleasant and agreeable wherever he may locate.
The Phonix, circa 1882 No issue extant, probably published in Senoia, as several local news items of the Senoia area from the Phonix are found mentioned in The Newnan Herald, issue of August 17, 1882; page 2, column 3.
Coweta Enterprise, 1885 No issue extant; found mentioned in the following: The Newnan Herald, February 3, 1885; Vol. XX, number 16, page 3, column 3: We learn that the Coweta Enterprise, a new candidate for public favor, will begin its career this week. It will be published by a stock company and will be in the interest of our colored citizens. We extend a cordial welcome to the new journal and hope it may prove a good instrumentality in the mental and moral advancement of our colored population. The Newnan Herald, February 17, 1885; Vol. XX, number 18, page 3, column 3: We have received a copy of the Coweta Enterprise, which is edited by Rev. John WATTS. A. C. GOGGINS is the business manager and H. V. EDMUNDSON treasurer. The contributing editors are Rev. T.H. SIMS, J.S. THOMAS, M.N. NELSON and R.T. KENT. The paper is published in the interest of the colored population and judging from the names above given we have faith in its being conducted for their best interest. The first number is really very interesting and we have enjoyed perusal. Our colored citizens should rally to its support and they will be benefited by its weekly visit.
The Senoia Sentinel, 1885 No issue extant; found mentioned in the following: The Newnan Herald, September 29, 1885; page 3, column 4: The Senoia Sentinel. Another paper will try its fortunes in Senoia at an early day, perhaps next week. While we wish it much success as a journalistic venture, we regret exceedingly that it takes from us Mr. L.E. FLOYD, our much esteemed foreman, who will be at the head of the mechanical department. We understand Col. W.W. HARDY will manage the editorial column. This is a good team and ensures an excellent paper, typographically and editorially. The Newnan Herald, October 13, 1885; page 3, column 3: The Senoia Sentinel made its first appearance last Thursday. It is a neat and newsy 28 column paper published by L.E. FLOYD and M.H. COUCH. We extend the hand of fellowship and wish our friends an abundant measure of success.
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Coweta Advertiser, 1885-1887 Alva C. LOWERY, Editor and Proprietor. Many issues are extant from 24 April 1885 to 11 March 1887. This
. . AND A FEW MORE COWETA COUNTY NEWSPAPERS Written by W. WINSTON SKINNER
TED BROOKE’S excellent inventory of Coweta County newspapers is by far the most extensive and exhaustive. There are, however, a few others newspapers mentioned by various sources. The Newnan Times-Herald Centennial Magazine, published in 1965, lists THE COWETA ADVERTISER, founded in 1835 by Samuel W. Minor and published for an undetermined number of issues, as the county’s first. The Centennial Magazine also records that a Mr. Nelson founded a paper that was published for a time - title unknown - and then sold to the publisher of the Paladium. Several newspapers were mentioned at a meeting exploring the end of the Civil War sponsored by the Brown’s Mill Battlefield Association. During the July 25 meeting at the Coweta County Courthouse, retired history teacher Pat Tidwell referred to THE PROGRESSIONIST, a newspaper published in Newnan before the Civil War, and to MISS BARBER’S WEEKLY, which was published in Newnan in 1866.
THE FARM AND HOME was founded in 1880 by Newton N. Edge, a Baptist minister. It was published in Senoia.
THE COWETA CITIZEN was published for a year in 1926
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with Jack Brewster as editor and Theo S. “Red” Reese as business manager. Tidwell also said there was once a newspaper in Puckett Station, which later was renamed Moreland. The Centennial Magazine also noted, “At one time an attempt to establish a newspaper at Raymond was made, but it soon proved futile.” From 1948 until around 1956, Leo Harley Bowen, who lived in Grantville, published THE GRANTVILLE GAZETTE. Bowen had earlier run newspapers in California, and his second wife, Hortense, worked with him in publishing the Grantville paper. After he came to Georgia, Bowen was publisher of THE HOGANSVILLE HERALD and
THE THOMASTON FREE PRESS, as well as THE GRANTVILLE GAZETTE. He “made his home in Grantville for many years, where he ... served as president of Bowen Press, a company which published a number of Georgia weekly newspapers,” according to his obituary in The Times-Herald. His first wife, Marabelle, and his second wife preceded him in death, as did his daughter from his first marriage. He died in 1977 and is buried in Grantville.
CHRONOLOGICAL LIST OF COWETA COUNTY NEWSPAPERS, CONT’D Coweta Advertiser, cont’d title merged on March 18, 1887 with The Newnan Herald to form The Herald and Advertiser.
The Herald & Advertiser, 1887-1909 Most issues are extant from March 18, 1887 to February 12, 1909. This title was succeeded by The Newnan Herald and Advertiser.
The Newnan Weekly News, 1899-1906 J.T. FAIN, Editor. Several issues are extant from January 4, 1905 to January 26, 1906. This title was continued as The Newnan News.
The Newnan News, 1906-1915 J.T. FAIN, Editor. This title continues the Newnan Weekly News and was published from February 2, 1906 to January 21, 1915 when it was merged with the Newnan Herald & Advertiser to form The Newnan Herald.
Newnan Herald & Advertiser, 1909-1915 Most issues are extant from February 19, 1909 to January 22, 1915. This title was preceded by the Herald and Advertiser and was succeeded by The Newnan Herald.
The Newnan Herald, 1915-1947 Most issues are extant from January 29, 1915 to December 16, 1947. This title was preceded by the union of the Newnan Herald & Advertiser and the Newnan News.
The Newnan Times, 1936-1947 E.W. THOMASSON & Son. This title was merged with The Newnan Herald to form The Newnan Times-Herald. Most issues are extant from 1938 to 1947.
The Newnan Times-Herald, 1947-2015 Newnan Times-Herald Publishing Company. This title was formed by the merger of The Newnan Times and The Newnan Herald in 1947. This newspaper is commonly known today as The Newnan Times-Herald. Most issues are extant from 1947 to 2015.
First United Methodist Church Traditional Worship—8:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship—11:00 a.m. Sunday School—9:45 a.m. 33 Greenville Street., Newnan, GA 30263 Rev. Dr. Stuart Greene, Senior Pastor (770) 253-7400 / www.newnanfumc.org Traditional Worship (Rev. Dr. Stuart Greene - Senior Pastor) Traditional worship has a long-standing history of being the cornerstone of worship at FUMC. Contemporary Worship (Nick Almand - Director) Our Contemporary service is a service of a more casual nature with a praise band. Music Ministry (David Kinrade - Minister of Music and Organist) Our music ministry is a vital part of worship in our church. There are many opportunities for singers and musicians of all ages to share their gifts in choirs, handbell choirs, and praise band. Sunday School There are various Sunday School options available for all ages.
Established 1828 Bible Studies (Rev. JoAn Kinrade - Minister of Spiritual Formation)
Adults (Karen Oothoudt - Program Director) From Fun 'n Frolic events and church gatherings there are many opportunities to be involved with FUMC. Youth (Brent Ritter - Youth Minister)
Bible Study courses meet at various times during the year. They offer studies about Jesus, salvation, and the Christian religion.
Our youth group is constantly growing and providing chances for teens to grow in their faith and fellowship.
Missions (Rev. Maria Bowers - Associate Pastor)
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Mission activities are conducted in three broad categories— locally, nationally and internationally. All of the mission’s work is centered on spreading the Gospel and positively touching the lives of everyone with whom they come in contact.
We have a wonderful Children's Ministry here at FUMC. There are many opportunities for kids of all ages.
Preschool (Nancy Martin- Director) We provide a quality education program in a Christian environment that will promote each child’s cognitive, emotional, and spiritual growth, to strengthen each child’s capacity to establish healthy and meaningful relationships with other children, to learn respect for themselves and others, and to know God through Jesus, the church, and the world around them. Boy Scouts Newnan First United Methodist Church has chartered Boy Scout Troop 41 since the 1920's. It is the oldest Troop in the Coweta District and one of the oldest troops in the Flint River Council, which is comprised of eight counties. Job Networking Job Networking provides help, encouragement, mentoring for those seeking new opportunities and to challenge them to consider their spiritual needs and family relationships during this emotional time.
RECONSTRUCTION and Recovery 1870 C OWETA COUNTY underwent many changes in the early 1870s
following the conclusion of the Civil War.
Though the city was spared from the destruction of Sherman’s March to
the Sea, a campaign which began in the city of Atlanta and ended in the port of Savannah, many of the buildings had fallen into disrepair. Ratification of the 13th amendment left Georgia farmers, who had once depended on slave labor, without families of workers to plant and harvest crops. The state’s cotton production plummeted, greatly affecting the oncebooming economy. The Newnan Herald, the county’s newspaper established in 1865, reported on the county’s efforts to rebuild and reestablish the prosperity it once boasted in both industry and agriculture. The local publication chronicled political changes in Georgia. In 1870 a newly-established legislature chose new senators to send to Washington and the state was once again readmitted into the Union. After years of political dissention, poverty and military rule, an election was held
William Asbury Parks
The Newnan Herald had several rivals appear during the decade, and at least two newspapers were started in Senoia during the 1870s. WILLIAM ASBURY PARKS (1834-1910), a Methodist minister who had been a Confederate chaplain, had a stint as the Herald’s editor in 1877.
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The Coweta County Fair was considered to be a large, celebratory trade market in the 1870s, drawing both tourists and consumers to the county to purchase a variety of produce and other goods.
1870 s for a new General Assembly in the state and Democrats won by commanding majorities in both houses. By 1872 Georgia’s preference for white conservative Democrats came to be known. The Newnan Herald made clear the people’s opinion of President Ulysses S. Grant, who, as Commanding General, worked closely with President Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union Army to victory and implemented Congressional
Agriculture remained the mainstay of Coweta’s economy, and by 1875 the county had recovered to its pre-war prosperity. The Newnan Herald reported an exceptional season of cotton in 1875, and commonly advertised the cotton gin for use by local farmers.
Reconstruction. “Since Grant has made public his intention to make a tour through the Southern states… this is to be regretted. What has Grant done for Georgia or any other Southern state that entitles him to an invitation to visit a city in the South… [Grant] has, in many instances, filled the Federal offices in this section with unworthy men, not in sympathy with the citizens.” The new state constitution mandated public education and new leaders encouraged county residents to leave agriculture behind and begin focusing on industry. Agriculture remained the mainstay of Coweta County’s economy, however, and by 1875 the economy had recovered to its pre-war prosperity. Farmers were once again producing crops, new businesses were established and new homes were built in the county. The Newnan Herald reported an exceptional season of cotton and other crops. The city offered a trade market and the publication marketed the large amount of goods the county would have to offer. “Newnan will offer greater inducements
A monument depicting a Confederate soldier was erected on the Newnan Courthouse Square on the corner of Jefferson Street and East Washington Street in the mid-1910s. The statue honoring soldiers of the Civil War is 22 feet high and weighs nearly 16 tons. The monument remains at its court square location today.
the coming season than ever before. To those desiring to sell their produce and buy their supplies, our cotton buyers are always willing to allow the fullest prices for cotton. Our merchants too, have well stocked stores and are anxious to sell their goods ... Farmers in the neighboring counties will do well to bring their produce to, and buy their supplies from our market.” A monument was erected in the Newnan Courthouse Square to honor Confederate soldiers. The statue was 22 feet high and weighed 16 tons. It depicted a Confederate soldier and was placed on the corner of Jefferson Street and East Washington Street, facing the Courthouse Square.
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The 1890’s saw the construction of several elaborate professionally designed homes in Coweta County. The Theodore and Mary Lou Cook Atkinson home was designed by J.W. Golucke, who designed the new Coweta County Courthouse in 1904. Theodore Atkinson was brother to Gov. W.Y. Atkinson and was president of the Newnan Board of Education, president of the Board of Georgia Women’s College – now Georgia College – and begun by his brother and a trustee of the University of Georgia.
House Styles: a 150-Year Look Back
OR 150 YEARS, Coweta County residents have read the newspaper on their porches and at their
breakfast tables. The masthead has changed several times over that century and a half. So have the types of homes in which the paper was read, although examples from Coweta’s earliest days are still around. Newnan in the summer of 1865 was slowly recovering from the devastation of the War Between the States. As stores began to reopen around the square and businesses like The Newnan Herald were established with a hope for the future, the population struggled with the famine brought by
destroyed crops and the lack of men to run the farms. The town had existed for little more than a quarter century when the war began and small houses were scattered along the roads radiating out from the square. Many of the earliest
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Top: On the edge of town in 1830, this home sat on 52 acres that gradually became the College-Temple neighborhood. The house was doubled in size in 1872 as the town grew. Bottom: As businesses and professionals became more prosperous, they built more elaborate homes. Homes built with the central hallway plan, like the Major Long House, were typical for a quarter century. Many were remodeled into Victorian homes in the late 1800â€™s.
were cottages like the Methodist Parsonage, which was on the highway to Atlanta. These homes were built in the 1830s with handplaned wide pine boards for walls and ceilings and small upstairs rooms. Some of these cottages are the core of Newnan homes still standing today. As the town prospered on an ancient Indian trail connecting two rivers, more substantial homes were built on large lots, some
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Top: One of Newnanâ€™s earliest homes, the 1828-30 era Methodist parsonage sat on the road north out of Newnan in a setting similar to its present one. It was saved and moved before construction of the former PAPP Clinic parking lot expansion in the 1990â€™s. Bottom: Smaller one-story brick and frame houses were built in the 1930s and 1940s on the property behind and between large earlier Newnan houses. Young families enjoyed the cozy new homes with furnaces and modern kitchens and baths. Reese Street was cut through the property of the old Reese home on Greenville Street to LaGrange Street and was lined with comfortable houses.
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containing several acres, near the Court Square. The typical plan had a central hallway for cross ventilation, with square rooms on each side and large exterior brick chimneys. They were both one-and-a-half and two-and-ahalf stories. The kitchens were in separate buildings or attached by a breezeway. Many had servants’ cottages in the rear, some being lived in well into the 20th century by cooks, housekeepers and drivers. A number of homes in this style were built along the Greenville Road and the LaGrange Road leading south out of Newnan. Many prominent Newnan businessmen invested in the new railroad from Atlanta to Newnan, and eventually to West Point, in the 1840s and 1850s. During that period of prosperity, some built the finest homes in the city along the new track, including Dr. A.B. Calhoun’s home on Greenville Street (demolished for the Newnan Plaza and now the site of the new courthouse) and the John Wilcoxon home (now Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home). In the late 1870s, following the Reconstruction years and the depression of 1873, new homes began to slowly fill the lots between, and often remodeling or replacing the antebellum homes. Over the next 25 years, the mills in the county became the primary employers, and large homes from that period lined Newnan’s main streets. The mills had neighborhoods, commonly known as the “Mill Village,” built nearby of small cottages that housed mill workers and their families. The late 1890s brought a dramatic change to Newnan homes as electricity and water lines became a part of everyday life. There was much dispute in the newspaper from several perennial letter writers concerned that indoor plumbing would change life as they knew it forever. Nonetheless, bathrooms were added to Newnan homes. The first ones were placed on the second floor or
“EVERYTHING IN REAL ESTATE IN NEWNAN and COWETA COUNTY SINCE 1948
on the back porch. The city’s first subdivision was advertised in 1906 in the newly created blocks of the First, Second and Third Street area off LaGrange Street. The neighborhood today has a number of homes from that era, one story with fancy porches and large yards. The Cole family built several outstanding homes after
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the turn of the century along East Broad Street near the R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company, Newnan’s oldest and – for decades – busiest factory. Begun as a sawmill, Cole Shop milled details for many Newnan houses for
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Top: Some of the earliest cottages are now the core of homes still standing today. Unhewn log under-structure is found in several houses near town with a late Victorian look including this one on Temple Avenue. Bottom: Renowned Atlanta architect R. Kennon Perry designed many Newnan houses in the 1920s, mostly in the Tudor Revival style. “Carltonia” was built on Jackson Street as the home for the Parrott family. When the house was near completion, a workman’s cigarette started a fire that gutted the structure. It was immediately rebuilt and completed.
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50 years until the company transitioned into a steel company. In the 1920s, Atlanta architect R. Kennon Perry designed many exceptional Newnan homes in the Tudor Revival style, most famously “Carltonia,” the home of the Parrott family on the Atlanta Highway and “Bankshaven” (now replaced by another home), south of the city at Pearl Spring. He designed homes along Jackson Street and Greenville Street with the Tudor influence which remain family homes today. After the Great Depression and during the World War II years of the 1940s, smaller brick and frame homes began to fill in more densely in the remaining areas between the older homes. The generation just starting their families aspired to the smaller solid construction, usually one main level with central heating, after living a childhood in the big, drafty homes. In the 1970s, young families started to move into the old neighborhoods. Derelict houses became homes once again, sharing Newnan streets with gracious homes that had been cared for throughout their existence. Just as destruction of many downtown houses had begun, a new generation began to return the old neighborhoods to their former status as the heart of Newnan.
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HE 1880s brought about a time of industrial growth and economic
success for Coweta County. Producing a weekly paper to keep the city abuzz, The Newnan Herald was the voice of the county. Cotton still reigned as king
The rise of the industrial revolution
throughout the 1880s. Pickers made about 30 cents per 100 pounds picked during shifts. To maintain the agricultural-based economy, school was staggered throughout the year to allow student to help with the planting and harvesting. The school year was lengthened from 80 to 100 days to make up for the longer breaks during the planting season. The first public school was opened during this period, as well as the first high school, to meet the demand for higher education. With the rise of the industrial revolution, Coweta County experienced economic booms in the 1880s. Cotton gins and the steam-powered mills were the hot ticket items for most companies, creating quicker and easier methods
The Coweta Advertiser was started as a rival to the Herald. JAMES E. BROWN, who founded and spent nearly a decade at The Henry County Weekly, was hired as editor of the Advertiser in 1886. When the Herald and Advertiser merged in 1887, â€œJudge Brownâ€? was editor of the merged publication - a role he would fill well into the 20th century.
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to efficiently refine and distribute the cotton. As buggies began to be the primary means of transportation for most families, a new city ordinance was created in 1881, eliminating the roaming of domesticated cows and hogs throughout the streets of Newnan. With the building of the new Roscoe post office, a new community came as
Technology was improving the lives of Cowetans in the 1880s. The buggy offered a more comfortable way to travel, and the invention also created business opportunities for those who sold and repaired them.
well. Taking its name from the building, the Roscoe community offered new housing and business opportunities. Downtown Newnan also felt the wave of income from the industrial revolution. By 1883, the downtown square was under massive construction, with a new county building and eight others being built to keep up with business demands.
1880 s By 1888, railroads traversed across the entire county, making it possible to ship everything from cotton to fruit quickly and cheaply. With the Sharpsburg station and Puckett Station at Moreland finally completed, perishable items could now be transferred even farther, bringing in new regional customers. Steam engines were the newest models taking the tracks, traveling faster than ever. With prohibition being the way of the times, Coweta could not decide whether or not to follow suit. Almost every year that decade, the law was reversed, either allowing for liquor and other alcoholic beverages or banning them. Cowetaâ€™s growth led to many new organizations, schools, and businesses. The Coweta County Bar Association, the Newnan City School System, the Coweta County Medical Association and the Newnan Cotton Mill all opened during the decade. The first library association also opened.
Cotton was king for decades in Coweta County, and Coweta firms ginned the cotton grown in fields throughout the region. The latter part of the 19th century also saw the replacement of wooden stores from antebellum days with brick structures that are still part of the downtown landscape.
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N THE YEARS between 18901899, Coweta County was immersed
in a period of growth and expansion. This growth was occurring on many different scales, which encompassed economic, social, and infrastructural factors, as well as growth in population. Cowetans were treated to a front row view to observe the county seat, Newnan, transform itself from a sleepy little farming town into a bustling
A DECADE of GROWTH
cotton hub during the 1890s with a thriving business district and some of the finest physicians in the state. While the land surrounding the city remained mostly agrarian, industrialization began to spread its roots throughout the county as companies such as the R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company became a primary contractor for many of the homes built in Coweta. The decade also saw the establishment of the Newnan Water Works, and Newnan residents were thoroughly enamored with the city’s newly installed electric street lamps, which gave the court square area a real “uptown feel.” The year 1897 saw the last of the old wood framed buildings in the nine-block business district that surrounded the picturesque Coweta County Courthouse torn down and replaced with new red brick storehouses. Times were changing, and the city of Newnan refused to be left behind.
Coweta County had a higher profile in the state and nation during the 1890s, as reflected in the pages of the Herald and Advertiser. Newnan attorney WILLIAM YATES ATKINSON was speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, chairman of the Georgia Democratic Party and then governor during the decade. The SAM HOSE lynching in 1899 brought international attention. The same year, the Herald and Advertiser got new competition, The Newnan Weekly News.
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The United States Census of 1890 listed Coweta County as having 22,354 residents and that number would grow by more than 2,500 the next census. Along with citizens came the inevitable thirst for information, and The Herald and Advertiser was the go-to source for quenching that thirst. It is easy to imagine that the citizens of Coweta would have little interest in matters beyond the borders of the county or even those of the state, but quite the opposite was actually true. Even without the internet or smartphones with an infinite amount of information readily available at the click of a button, Coweta residents were able to stay well-informed as to the goings-on in the world they lived in. The four-page publication was also filled with local wedding announcements, obituaries and all sorts of other news that pertained to what was happening all over the city and county. A major news story in 1899 centered on the events leading up to the Sam Hose lynching. Hose killed a Coweta farmer, Alfred Cranford, abused Cranford’s family and then fled to south Georgia. Hose was apprehended and brought back to Newnan where he was lynched at Troutman’s Field, just north of the Highway 29 / Sprayberry Road
William Yates Atkinson was an intelligent and respected Newnan attorney whose political star rose during the 1890s. He served as governor – pushing reforms in the penal and education systems. He died, only 44-years-old, in 1899.
intersection today. The story attracted attention internationally. The Herald and Advertiser also spent
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1890 s much of the decade chronicling the political rise of Newnan lawyer William Yates Atkinson. Atkinson held several high level positions before becoming governor in 1894. He left office in 1898 and died the following year. National news was also featured heavily in each issue, which allowed readers to be constantly in the know of politics and current events happening all around the country. Newnanites who read The Herald and Advertiser were also very much up to date with world news as the paper contained extensive coverage of events taking place in Europe and other countries around the globe. In the late 1890s the Spanish-American War was a topic of great interest amongst Americans, and Cowetans were provided with in-depth articles detailing the major events as they transpired. Aside from the local, national and
The Cranford family cemetery is on the grounds of Northgate High School. The murder of Alfred Cranford by farmhand Sam Hose led to Hoseâ€™s death at the hands of a lynch mob in 1899.
world news that The Herald and Advertiser contained, the publication was a go-to source for finding just about anything and everything one could need in their day-to-day life. Topics ranged from columns on better living and opinion pieces on the best time to plant cotton, along with poems and classifieds. The paper was also sprinkled with a myriad of advertisements for just about every kind of good and service a Coweta resident might desire in the 1890s. Ads for buggy sales, supply stores, sewing machines, farming equipment, beauty supplies and clothiers were all well-represented in the pages of The Herald and Advertiser. The most entertaining advertisements, however, were those for the dozens of different miracle elixirs that came and went throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Nearly each and every one of them billed itself as being able to cure just about anything that ailed you from ragweed to rabies, and the names of the snake oils only grew more fantastical as the years went on.
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NewspapeR office began as store for farmers
Newnan still has reminders of its origins as a store. The building, constructed for Thomas Gholston Farmer, Sr. in 1914, has housed the offices of The Newnan Times-Herald for close to 50 years. Where hay, kerosene and cattle feed once were sold, now advertising representatives make calls and reporters put together stories. T.G. “Golsy” Farmer had been in business for decades when he built the large brick building at the corner of Jefferson Street and Madison Street. A rock inset at the top of the building still
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bears the words “T.G. Farmer and Sons Co.” with the date “1914” on either side. Farmer was born in Sharpsburg. His parents were James and Elizabeth Arnall Farmer, a relative of Governor Ellis Arnall. T.G. Farmer came to Newnan “when
Built as a dry goods store, the brick building at Jefferson and Madison streets in downtown Newnan has been The Newnan Times-Herald's office for almost half a century. An architectural stone at the top of the facade recalls the building’s origin and builder.
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he was about 20 years old,” according to his obituary. He initially worked with his uncles, H.C. and F.M. Arnall, “in the mercantile business.” He organized his own company in 1903. The Newnan Herald described T.G. Farmer and Sons as “wholesale and retail merchants.” T.G. Farmer “headed this concern until his death” in 1934. Farmer owned extensive farm properties, as well as stock in McIntosh Cotton Mill. He was a director of Manufacturers’ Bank for 28 years, served several terms on the Newnan City Council, and “was a leader in the
The Times-Herald building has undergone many changes before and during its times as the local newspaper office. A new press is moved into the building in 1976.
organization of the water and light commission.” “He was a quiet, unassuming man, known by actions rather than words,” according to the Herald, and one known for his lasting friendships and his “kindness and love of children.” Farmer’s family continues to live in
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Where hay, kerosene and cattle feed once were sold, now advertising representatives make calls and reporters put together stories. Top: Workers move the press unit through double glass doors. For years, eager readers waited outside the double doors on Wednesday nights to get a copy of the paper hot off the presses. Bottom: James Thomasson, longtime manager of the paper, keeps an eye on the progress. Opposite page: Bill Mitchum, who was the Times-Herald's pressman for decades, takes an active role in the 1976 upgrade project.
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Newnan. Frank Farmer, local businessman and member of the Coweta County Board of Education, is a descendant. The upper floor of the building was used for a variety of offices through the mid-1950s. The local Jehovah’s Witnesses congregation met there. Servicemen returning from World War II took classes upstairs – taught by Henry Kitchens and Sarah Robertson. When Newnan High School – then located nearby on Temple Avenue – became crowded, classes for eighth graders were held on the upper floor of the building. Elizabeth Dean was among the teachers, and students included Jane Bass, June Rutledge Duncan and Joel Hyde, who later worked at the
newspaper for years. Bobby McDonald ran Economy Auto Store, which later became Otasco, in the portion of the building that is now the advertising and composition area of the newspaper. Lindsey Barron and his brother-in-law, Willis Edwards, bought the Farmer building in 1955. Barron, who later went into the real estate business, operated an electrical and plumbing contracting business at 16 Jefferson Street. Appliances were sold, and furniture was added with upper floor space being used as furniture storerooms. James J. Thomasson and E.W. Thomasson, publishers of The Newnan Times-Herald, purchased the building on June 7, 1966. Open house was held on October 15 of that year. Prior to the move to 16 Jefferson Street, the newspaper offices had
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OWETA COUNTY, like the rest
of the United States, was a much
different place in the 1900s than it is today.
Competing headlines in a new century
During that decade, the United States suffered its deadliest natural disaster in history, the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. President William McKinley was assassinated in 1901. Harley-Davidson and Ford motor companies were founded and the Wright brothers made the first powered airplane flight in 1903. Oklahoma became a state in 1907 and the NAACP was founded in 1908. It was a busy decade for the United States, which had less than a fourth of the population it does today, but Coweta County remained a quiet place. It was a time when cotton was king and prohibition was on the rise. Most news covered in that time was political and agricultural, and the newspapers of Coweta County demonstrated their own opinion on many topics. During the 1900s, there were two weekly newspapers in Coweta County – The Herald and Advertiser and The Newnan Weekly News, later shortened to The Newnan News. The Herald and Advertiser, the official organ of the city and county, was only $1 a year, and it was organized much differently than The Newnan TimesHerald is today. To start, the front page of The Herald and Advertiser featured no local news. On the left of the page ran two large advertisements – the first ad of the
A new century brought new names to the newspapers in town. The Newnan Weekly News was renamed as The Newnan News in 1906, and the Herald and Advertiser added “Newnan” to its masthead - rechristened as THE NEWNAN HERALD AND ADVERTISER in 1909.
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1900 s century was for “Some Killers for 1900” by D.T. Manget, citing deals like 25 pounds of “good rice” for $1, three bars of good toilet soap for 10 cents, or “Early Bird” tobacco at 35 cents a pound. The remainder of the front page was filled with national news stories from a variety of other publications, including The Denver Post, The Omaha World-Herald, The Chicago Post and The New York Times. The second page began with an opinion piece from the paper, usually political gossip of some kind. When there was big news in the world, such as when President McKinley was assassinated or the Galveston hurricane, The Herald and Advertiser would have brief news pieces about them on the second page. Although, when McKinley was reelected in 1900, the newspaper reported: “Last week’s election doomed the country to four more years of McKinley and Hanna.” The local Coweta County news
A drawing of the “new” Newnan Courthouse appeared in The Herald and Advertiser in early 1904 before it was completed.
was rarely covered, though. The paper would write stories on the big events like the construction of a new cotton mill and a new railroad, but for the most part, local news was literally a collection of sentences about citizens around the county. For instance: “Mrs. Homer Watson gave a dining last Sunday, to which a few friends were invited,” “Mrs. Bettie Worthen has been quite sick, but is convalescent,” or “Mr. L.O. Hutchinson is making some very
The Herald and Advertiser often prominently featured advertisements like these from stores around Newnan. “Some Killers For 1900” was one of the first advertisements on the front page of the paper at the turn of the century.
attractive improvements upon his home.” The Newnan News, which was also $1 a year, seemed to cover more local news in Coweta County, and would feature stories on arrests and local deaths on the front page. The Newnan News was also a big supporter of the Newnan Chautauqua, a county event featuring live outdoor music, performances and lectures, and for each year of its existence, a flyer about the event would cover the front page. In 1904 and 1905, The Newnan News covered stories about the building of the Newnan and Greenville Railroad from september 2015
Columbus to Atlanta, the opening of the new Newnan Courthouse – the one that still sits in downtown Newnan – and the opening of the Carnegie Library. One of the most interesting aspects of The Newnan News, however, was its banner below the masthead on the front page. Whenever there was a big news story, a brief summary of the news would fill this banner, but on other weeks, the banner would include more competitive headlines to outdo The Herald and Advertiser. Some examples would be: “A little advertisement in the Newnan News brings results,” or, “If you don’t read ‘The News,’ you don’t read all the news.” Advertising throughout both papers was certainly eye-catching and sneaky – it was possible to be halfway through a paragraph that looked like any other small article before you realized it was actually an advertisement for some
The Herald and Advertiser attributed the growth of Newnan to the men behind the R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company, whose photo was one of the few to appear in the newspaper in the 1900s.
miracle medicine. One ad for a product sold by C.R. Bradley of Newnan read in bold letters: “‘Femenina’ For Women, An Infallible Remedy for Female Disorders, 50 cents.” Another ad was for Dr. Williams’ Pink Pills for Pale People, which, according to the ad, cured headaches by acting directly on the blood and nerves, invigorating the body, regulating the functions and restoring the strength and health in the exhausted patient. Unfortunately, it was also a time of blatant racism in the South, and stories such as “The Negro Problem in the South” was featured in the paper. Another example story was about a “colored” postmaster in Hogansville who got a job in Washington at a government building. The story, which was only a paragraph long, ended with: “This will open the way for a white postmaster at that place.” A decade later, the two papers merged, and the new newspaper became The Newnan Herald.
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OR A L MOST 80 YEARS, the Thomasson family has been
synonymous with the story of Coweta County. As the owner and president of The Newnan Times-Herald, William “Billy” Thomasson has worked at the
The Thomasson Story: Four Generations of News
newspaper since the early 1960s, and is a fourth generation newspaper owner. His great-grandfather, J.J. Thomasson, was the publisher of the Carroll County Times who worked alongside his son and grandson, Evan W. and James Thomasson. In 1935, James came to Newnan with his wife, Emeline Cheney Thomasson, along with his parents, Evan W. and Betty Clay Thomasson, and they started The Newnan Times. For the next 10 years, their paper competed with The Herald. “The Herald was here but wasn’t a strong paper at the time,” recalled Billy. “World War II came along and both papers sort of struggled until after the war. By then, the Herald was in bad
shape. You couldn’t get paper or ink, and there was no one available to work. “If it got done, you had to do it yourself.” In 1946, the Thomassons purchased the struggling paper, merging the two companies into The Newnan Times-Herald. Emeline Thomasson would work at the newspaper until the illness that preceded her death in November 1936. She and James Thomasson had two children – Dr. James J. Thomasson, who would later go on to practice medicine in the area, and the late Emily Thomasson Sealy, who became an educator – teaching elementary school at Atkinson. In 1938, James Thomasson married Ida Askew, who had grown up in Newnan. Ida became a fixture at The Times-Herald for several years while writing a popular column, “Personally Speaking.” James and Ida had their only son, Billy, in 1941, who came to work at The
James, Ida and Evan “E.W.” Thomasson spent over 40 years of working alongside each other at The Newnan Times-Herald.
Newnan Times-Herald full-time in the early 1960s. At that point, the paper had three generations working under the
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same roof and would do so for almost
person who walked in the front door
and also took phone calls – answering
Billy’s knack for engineering started at an early age and would ultimately help guide the paper into raising the bar
the phone loudly with his distinctive “All right.” “Even then, he was considered the
in terms of printing excellence. Under
best proofreader in the building,”
his guidance, The Times-Herald became
Marianne recalled. “He also was an
one the first newspapers in Georgia to
avid collector. He was fond of walking
switch to offset printing to allow more
around to different accounts saying ‘I’m
pictures and greater use of color in 1964.
here to collect.’”
When Billy married Marianne Carlisle
James would also hold court in the
in 1973, the company employed five
front of the office where many local
Thomassons – all actively working
politicians would come in, vent for a
to produce the paper. While it was a
little while, and then leave.
weekly publication at the time, the job itself was a full-time effort. E.W., “Mr. E.W.” as everyone knew
“Then another would come in afterwards to find out what he’d just said,” Billy recalled, “and it went on and
him, worked in sales while James
on until Mayor Joe Norman came by to
worked in production. Setting the hot
get the full rundown.”
metal type for hours on end, James
Seeking his advice, James also
spent so much time standing on his feet
influenced those who were considering
that they bled, according to Marianne.
running for election.
Marianne said her mother-in-law
“Folks from campaigns would also ask
tackled almost every role at the paper
him, “What do you think about so-and-
during her lifetime and was a “one-
so running for office?’” Marianne said.
person news team.”
“So he’d give him an opinion.”
“That’s how it was – everyone knew
A week after James passed
how to do everything,” Marianne
away unexpectedly in 1979, State
recalled. “As a reporter, I could be
Representative Ed Mullinax sent a note
working on a story and take a classified
of condolence. However, he believed it
ad or renew a subscription. If someone
was Mr. E.W. who had passed away,
isn’t there, you just pick it up.”
not his son.
Throughout the years, Mr. E.W. was
J.J. Thomasson was the publisher of the Carroll County Times and worked alongside his son and grandson, Evan W. and James Thomasson, who later founded The Newnan Times in 1935.
“When Ed came in to the office
ultimately considered an “ambassador”
and saw Mr. E.W. asleep in his chair,
to the company. With his chihuahua
he rushed over, hugged him and said,
“Tiny” resting in his lap, he greeted each
‘You’re alive,’” Marianne recalled. “Mr.
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Billy Thomasson, shown working in the pressroom in 1977, has spent over 50 years working full-time for The Newnan Times-Herald. Under his guidance, the Times-Herald became one the first newspapers in Georgia to switch to offset printing to allow more pictures and greater use of color in 1964.
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E.W. just said ‘yep’ and then asked,
behalf of Coweta County and the city
‘Who was that?’”
of Newnan, recognizing the family for
Billy would continue to operate
its leadership, commitment and service
The Times-Herald along with Ida and
to the community by continuing
Marianne while Mr. E.W. remained
journalism’s finest traditions.
an active part of The Times-Herald well
Forty years after both E.W. and
into his 1990s. Ida Thomasson passed
James were honored by the Georgia
away in 1981, before Mr. E.W.’s passing
Press Association for 50 years of
service in the newspaper industry,
In 1980, Billy and Marianne gave
Billy was awarded the same honor and
birth to their only daughter, Beth, who
James was inducted into the Georgia
also enjoyed spending as much time at
Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2011.
The Times-Herald as was allowed.
“It’s always been a family business,
Before his move to Atlanta, Gov.
but we’ve had so many bright people
Ellis Arnall would routinely visit the
come through these doors,” Marianne
office each Thursday before traveling
said. “Our success as a family is most
to work and still holds the honor of
certainly a by-product of the talents
being the only politician Marianne
who have helped us over the years.”
ever allowed to kiss her daughter. Since then, Billy has overseen
Today, Billy still remains a vital fixture at the family business along
the company as it has shifted from
with his grandson, Charlie Neely, who
publishing weekly, to twice-a-week,
also seems quite at home doing a little
to becoming a daily paper. In 2009,
bit of everything around the office.
Billy and Marianne were presented
Billy’s son-in-law, Clay Neely, is a
the “Community Service Award” on
reporter for the newspaper.
The staff of The Newnan Times-Herald is pictured in 1975 after winning multiple awards from the Georgia Press Association. Throughout the years, the paper hosted three generations of the Thomasson family working together to produce the paper along with a multitude of local talent.
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ROSPERITY PRESIDED in Coweta in the 1910s, although
the county also suffered its share of growing pains. The Newnan Herald and Advertiser continued as the county’s most prominent news source, and reported the growth of each city and provided advertisements for the goods sold in the increasing number of retail establishments. Healthy business competition ensued and the county flourished as sales and production increased. By 1910, the population of the city of Newnan had doubled from that of the previous decade, reaching nearly 6,500 residents. The county seat was equipped with electric current for daytime consumption, which allowed
The textile industry was growing in Coweta County and throughout the South during the 1910s and 1920s – creating jobs and economic strength for the region.
better working conditions for industry employees. By 1913, the cities of Senoia
and Grantville had also received electricity. Sewerage systems were put in place throughout the county and streets were paved, allowing safer
A time of growth and growing pains
travel and more opportunities for business. The county seat of Newnan boasted two cotton mills established by R.D. Cole Sr., while the nearby city of Moreland benefitted from E.N. Camp and Sons, a manufacturing company that patented the cotton seed planter. The many farmers in the area continued to produce cotton, still the major crop in Coweta during the 1910s. Advertisements for demonstrations of the latest farming equipment could be found in The Newnan Herald
James E. Brown wanted a less time-consuming involvement with The Herald and Advertiser. In 1911-1912, OREN WILLIAM PASSAVANT was hired as the newspaper’s editor. In 1912, Brown sold the paper to Rhodes McPhail, but the arrangement did not last. Brown returned to the editor’s post with ELLIS M. CARPENTER as his assistant. The Herald and Advertiser absorbed The Newnan News in 1915, and the masthead again read “THE NEWNAN HERALD.”
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Members of the Newnan Fire Department are pictured with their horse-drawn fire wagon in early 1910.
A flu epidemic was reported in 1918 and many in Coweta suffered. Schools and churches were closed in an attempt to prevent the spread of the illness.
Demonstration at the Red Cross Emergency Ambulance Station in Washington, D.C., during the influenza pandemic of 1918. Photo by National Photo Company, courtesy of Library of Congress
and Advertiser. Often these events took place on the Newnan Court Square. The publication reported on sales and profit margins of popular crops, along with the best seed providers and beneficial planting procedures. The local newspaper also warned farmers of a new danger: the boll weevil. Farmers in every section of the county reported damage to crops caused by the small yet destructive beetle. Many residents reported being worried about the diminished amount of sellable cotton. A flu epidemic was reported in 1918. Many in Coweta suffered, as did much of the nation. Motion picture shows were closed, as were schools and church meetings in order to prevent the spread of the deadly illness. Disagreements surrounding prohibition throughout the state could be found in The Newnan Herald and Advertiser. Prohibition laws were enforced earlier in Georgia and were imposed longer in the state than the national prohibition law. W.C. Woodall, a regional travel writer in 1910, journeyed from Greenville to Newnan. Woodall’s musings on the apparent growth and development of the county were published in The Newnan Herald and Advertiser. “Newnan is one of the most substantial and prosperous little cities in Georgia,” Woodall wrote. “The Coweta County capital… is one of the finest sections of Georgia. In the sections surrounding Newnan are a group of progressive and bustling little towns, and the amount of improvements going on in some of them is an eye-opener.”
W.C. Woodall described Newnan as a “substantial and prosperous little city.” Woodall’s musings likely included retail offerings in the city such as a local car dealership, several homes for sale and an array of products offered in local stores as pictured above in advertisements found in The Newnan Times Herald and Advertiser.
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FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS: Longtime Readers Loyal to Their Paper
ONGTI ME SUBSCRIBERS are a huge part of the continued success of The Newnan Times-Herald.
Several subscribers have been taking the paper for 50 years or more, one for over
75 years. This 150-year-old newspaper has been an integral part of the homes and the lives of many Newnan residents, as well as others in the surrounding areas. Dorris Gilbert, a spry and active lady in her late nineties, has been a subscriber of The Newnan Times-Herald since she was a newlywed in 1939. In fact, she still has the picture that was in the paper when she married. She is, perhaps, the longest subscriber, which is now over 76 years. Even when she and her husband, Carl Gilbert, lived in Mississippi for a while, they continued to take the then-weekly publication of The Times-Herald. She continues to subscribe and says, “I love my Newnan Times-Herald! They print it like they see it. Sometimes I don’t agree with everything that’s written, but I still get a gist of knowing what’s going on. At my age, I enjoy knowing what’s going on.” Dorris Gilbert is a fan of The Newnan Times-Herald’s news editor, W. Winston Skinner. She remarks, “I love Winston’s articles. I can depend on them. Winston writes it like it is, and I know his articles are exactly right.” Gilbert, who is also the oldest active member of the First United Methodist Church, faithfully reads The Newnan Times-Herald from front to back each day it is delivered. Another long time subscriber, Martha Gill Clark of Senoia, who, at nearly 91 years of age, recalls taking The Newnan Times-Herald ever since she moved to Senoia. She and her husband moved there when they built their house in 1949. Shortly after, they began their subscription to the paper. She remarks, “I don’t remember not ever having it. When I miss it, I call because I don’t want to miss one. If I did not get it, I would miss a lot of the news. I enjoy reading it. It is a part of my life; it’s always been a part of my life. I enjoy keeping up with the news from the county. I enjoy the front page, the obituaries, editorials, comics, and especially the ‘Up Close’ section. I am proud of our paper.” Joy Williams, who is also among the longtime subscribers of The Newnan TimesHerald, began subscribing in 1959 when she was a student in high school. Williams recalls, “I paid for it with my own money, because I wanted to keep up with what was happening in high school. Part of the paper, back then, was called ‘Tiger Tracks,’ which was our school’s news.” The 1961 Newnan High School graduate continued her subscription after high school and after getting married. Through the years, Williams says that taking the paper has become a habit and she has enjoyed various parts of the paper, like the Society and Up Close sections. “I enjoy catching up on local news, and I am interested in the obituaries, too.” Current school news is still important to Joy Williams now that her grandchildren are in the area’s schools. She continues to subscribe because “if I didn’t get the paper, I’m afraid I would miss something. It is fun to open it up and see what’s in the news.” Dr. Pat Yancey and his wife, Jeane, have been subscribers of The Newnan Times-
Dorris Gilbert, top, may be The Newnan Times-Herald’s longest subscriber. She began taking the paper as a newlywed in 1939 – when the Times and the Herald were still separate publications. Martha Gill Clark, bottom, began subscribing about a decade later when she and her husband moved to Senoia.
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Herald since they married nearly 55 years ago. Their son Richard, and his wife, Anne, live in Dr. Yancey’s grandmother’s home place, which was built in the 1897. Several generations have inhabited that home and the paper has been delivered there since its construction. Dr. Yancey remembers when The Newnan Times and The Newnan Herald were two separate papers, how it was later combined to be The Times-Herald and remembers
Different by Design when it was a weekly paper. “Everybody always read the paper, even the kids. The high school’s ‘Tiger Tracks’ was a good way to get young people to read the paper, because we liked to read the high school gossip. I enjoyed the Society section to see who visited whom and to read news from the different churches. I loved to read the Sports page when my good friend Johnny Brown was the sports editor. He was a fantastic writer. Everybody loved his sports page.” There have been many changes in the community as well as in the paper. Dr. Yancey comments, “Years ago, there was not much controversy when Newnan was a small town.” He remembers a time when law officers had to deal with finding (moonshine) stills, rather than drugs, and the paper was filled with more photos of brides rather than reports of crime. Dr. Yancey reflected that as a youth one looked for birth and wedding announcements, but later recognized the importance of obituaries. “Ever since it was published, most people read it cover to cover, and probably still do. When I get my two newspapers together (one is from a nearby larger town), I’d rather read the Newnan paper first. It is local news, it is interesting, and they never have prejudices. Rest assured, I will take the paper the rest of my life.” Other Coweta County residents who
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S THE 1920s DAWNED, America had moved on since the
end of World War I, and the country was embarking upon the great experiment of
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prohibition. Though federal prohibition didn’t technically go into effect until January 17, 1920, Georgia had been mostly dry since 1908 and completely dry since 1916. Nationally, Wartime Prohibition had gone into effect June 30, 1919. On January 2, 1920, The Newnan Herald reported that 78 people in seven eastern cities and Chicago had died over the New Year’s holiday from drinking wood alcohol “whiskey” and that “scores of others” were suffering from paralysis and blindness. One death was in Atlanta. The story reported at least 140 people had died since prohibition began. In 1920, several Newnan merchants announced they were going to a “cash system” and credit was to be steeply curtailed. In May of 1922, the Coweta Medical Association announced it was also going “cash only.” The end of World War I brought a mild depression, particularly in Europe, which impacted the cotton market.
Following the banking panic of 1926, “statements of condition” of local banks began running in the Newnan Herald.
There was also a paper shortage, and the January 9, 1920, edition announced concerns of the Georgia Press Association over a shortage in “sheet” newsprint. The boll weevil was menacing King Cotton, but that didn’t stop Coweta farmers. They bought large quantities of calcium arsenate “pizen” to treat their fields, and the total acreage of cotton in the county continued to grow. Thousands of Southern blacks had begun immigrating north in the early 20th century, and that led to a labor shortage in Georgia. A 1920 story from a Newnan City
THE COST FOR A YEAR’S SUBSCRIPTION increased on March 1, 1920, from $1.50 a year to $2 a year and $2.50 for mailing more than 50 miles. O.W. Passavant, who earlier had been an editor and business manager in Newnan’s newspaper community, purchased The Newnan Herald from James E. Brown when Brown retired in 1928. Though Newnan, like the rest of the nation, began to feel the impact of the Depression in 1929, the newspaper continued to offer opportunities to advertisers and local news to readers.
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1920 s Council meeting states that “day laborers in the street department who were paid 75 cents a day four or five years ago now demand $2.50 a day and are not easy to get at that figure. Which explains why more street work was not accomplished last year.” In August of 1920, it was announced that a Coweta Chamber of Commerce was being organized. The chamber encouraged Cowetans to pay their debts so that more money could circulate in the county. Though Georgia had refused to ratify the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote, it went into effect in 1920. Georgia allowed women to vote in August of 1921. On October 28, a meeting of the National League of Women Voters was held at the new chamber of commerce. President Warren G. Harding visited in October of 1921. His visit was listed under the “local happenings in short paragraphs” section of the paper. A bus line to College Park, for white passengers only, began in 1922. The Newnan Commercial School, a branch of the Atlanta Business College, opened in 1925, and on June 1, 1925, Newnan Hospital opened its doors with eight beds. In the early years of the decade, actual news stories on the front page often took a back seat to advertisements and “stories” for patent medicines, such as blood tonics and “female regulators.” But as the years went on, The Newnan Herald began to more closely resemble a modern newspaper. The patent medicine stories and advertisements decreased greatly and were replaced with more standard commercial advertisements (Wrigley’s Gum, in particular). Ads printed early in the decade included those for Nelson’s Hair Dressing and Exelento Quinine Pomade,
In the early 1920s, many local merchants went to the “cash system” and stopped offering the extensive credit that had been common. The newly-formed Coweta Chamber of Commerce sponsored “Pay Up Week,” urging Cowetans to pay off their debts to put more money into circulation.
and were intended for the Herald’s black readers. By mid-decade the paper began to move away from columns crammed
The Newnan Herald partnered with local merchants to sponsor numerous contests during the decade. Prizes included $100 in gold, trips to California and even new cars. As the decade progressed, advertisements for nationally-known products, such as Wrigleyâ€™s Gum, began to be more frequent, while ads for patent medicines declined in popularity.
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with text and headlines just barely bigger than the copy to the type of page design more common in modern papers. Even then, much of the paper was “county news items” gathered by correspondents and arranged by community. In 1928, the paper began running actual photographs instead of engravings. And in mid-1929, the paper did a complete redesign, moving to larger fonts and more easily readable stories. Several times during the decade, the paper and its advertisers launched contests with extravagant prizes. One campaign, in which Cowetans were encouraged to sell subscriptions to the paper, gave away two new cars. Another campaign offered two all-expense-paid railroad trips to California. A story in the February 24, 1928, edition told about the new telephone exchange “cut over” at Newnan. Newnan Herald editor O.W. Passavant made the first call on the new exchange. The danger of railroad crossings and “idiotic auto speed fiends” were great concerns during the 1920s, and the paper wrote several stories urging the state to pave Highway 16. In 1926, the Ritz opened, joining the Alamo as Newnan’s second movie theater. There were also various events held at the city auditorium, including
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“Chautauqua” events, which included lectures and entertainment. On May 3, 1929, “talkies” came to Newnan and moviegoing would never be the same. The amount of cotton produced in the South became unsustainable, and in 1926, prices fell to devastating levels. H.C. Arnall Merchandise Company, the county’s oldest retail business, announced in a two-page ad that it was closing, “Wrecked on the Rocks of a Shattered Cotton Market.” Georgia farmers tended to put all their acreage in cotton and bought instead of planted food for their families and livestock. Several stories in The Newnan Herald urged farmers to diversify and to grow their own food and feed. Peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes were promoted. In 1928, a huge Coweta centennial celebration was held in conjunction with the Coweta County Fair. By that time, the cotton market had improved somewhat, but another agricultural industry was about to be devastated. “Brown rot” infected peaches from all over the South. Peaches shipped north weren’t selling, and on August 8, 1929, the Herald reported that railcar loads of Coweta peaches were being left in the fields to rot. Cowetans were urged to preserve, pickle
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and can as many as possible. “Some growers have become so disheartened with the outlook, they have invited people to ‘come and get all you want. I’m glad to get rid of them,’” the paper reported. As farmers struggled, conditions got worse. The stock market crash of October 29, 1929, ushered in the Great Depression. In an editorial on November 15, the Herald lamented that farmers and other innocent bystanders who had nothing to do with financial markets would “have to bear the burden of others’ speculative losses.” However, “if a stock market panic will teach the lesson of self-sufficient farming, it may be worth all it costs the farmer to learn it.”
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was my father, Millard B. Grimes, Sr., who
chain gangs for convicts, restoring the
worked for the Kell Company, a wholesale
independence of the State Board of
Regents and of the Board of Pardons and
He found another job fairly soon at Culpepper Grocers, just down the road in
Paroles, and ending discriminatory freight rates on Georgia products.
LaGrange, and that is where I grew up.
Arnall could not succeed himself
Newnan became simply a place where
because the new state Constitution he
lots of my relatives lived, and which we
pushed through limited governors to one
visited often. Other than that, my main
four-year term. At 40, he had changed the
experience in Newnan was at funerals:
state more than any governor, but he was
my grandmother, father, mother, two
never elected to another office.
aunts and an uncle are buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in downtown Newnan. Cousins on my mother’s side included
While at the University of Georgia, I became a good friend of Jonesy Glover, of the Jones and Glover families of Newnan.
the Venables, Sam and Maude; the
Jonesy was a yearbook beauty queen at
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Walthalls, Thelma and Smokey; Johnnie
UGA, and went on to be named Miss
Millians, and several others who were
Georgia in 1952. In later years, she was the
long-times residents of Newnan whom we
head librarian at Newnan’s Carnegie Library.
FEW YEARS AGO, on a
visited in my childhood and teenage years.
My main association with Newnan and
Almost the only trips my family ever
Coweta County in my adult years was in
wife and I visited the Elim Church Cemetery
made during the Depression and World
the newspaper business. Billy Thomasson
in Coweta County.
War II years were to Newnan, which
was one of the state’s most skilled and
remains a fond memory for me, of
progressive printing technicians during the
tombstones, it was hard not to notice
beautiful homes, a lake with swans, the
newspaper industry’s transition from hot-
that many of the last names on them
country club’s very special restaurant.
type printing to cold-type, and was the
Sunday drive through the state, my
As we walked among the aging
were either Millians, Grimes, Davis or
Newnan was also the hometown of
reason The Newnan Times-Herald had such
Hardegree, which are the last names of my
Governor Ellis Arnall, whose family had a
an attractive print job and was a consistent
four grandparents. All of them were born
grocery store in which my father worked
winner for newspaper excellence.
and died in Coweta County.
when he was a boy. That connection was
Even after he became an executive,
enough for him to take me to my first
Billy continued to operate the press for
the most numerous, and many of my
political rally in 1942. Arnall ran against
every edition to ensure a quality job. He
Millians relatives lived in the area until
Eugene Talmadge, a two term-governor
also developed a technique for smaller
recently, although none that I know of
and the dominant figure in state politics
newspapers to produce their own color
today. Millians is not a common name, and
at the time. Arnall, only 35, was the
pictures without the expensive investment
I’ve always thought more Millians lived in
state attorney general and a protégé of
in equipment that larger papers made.
Coweta County than anywhere else.
Governor E.D. Rivers, who had brought
The color was also better, and in the
The Millians, my mother’s family, were
Hardegree, my father’s family, is also not a common name, and, in fact, I don’t think
free textbooks to Georgia schools. Arnall was a great campaigner and
1960s and 1970s, The Newnan Times-Herald was Georgia’s most eye-catching weekly newspaper.
I’ve ever run across the name anywhere
surprisingly beat Talmadge in both
else except in Elim Church Cemetery in
the popular vote and the county unit
the Welcome Community.
votes that gave small counties control
concentrated on the editorial side of the
I was also born in Coweta County at
of state election outcomes in those days
newspaper and was elected only the
the Newnan Hospital on March 8, 1930.
and in which Talmadge was considered
second woman president of the Georgia
Years later, in a presidential history book, I
unbeatable. One promise Arnall made
Press Association in 1996.
discovered that March 8, 1930, was the day
was to lower the voting age from 21 to
that President William Howard Taft died.
18, a promise he fulfilled as governor,
the career of the newspaperman many
I always found the coincidence interesting,
making Georgia the first state to grant the
consider the outstanding writer in the
but not significant.
franchise to younger voters well before
state’s history: Lewis Grizzard, Jr. of
the nation approved a constitutional
Moreland. Sports reporter, editorial
columnist, author of 20 or more books,
That was also one of the few days that I actually lived in Coweta County. The nation’s economic depression began just a
As governor, Arnall pursued an
few weeks before my birth, and among the
ambitious and progressive agenda, which
thousands of Americans who lost their jobs
included repealing the poll tax, abolishing
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His wife, Marianne Thomasson,
The Newnan Times-Herald also launched
after-dinner speaker, and just all-around entertainer. In one of his books, “If I Ever Get
Back To Georgia, I’m Gonna Nail My Feet To The Ground,” Lewis wrote that his first published writing was the story of a church league baseball game for The Newnan Times-Herald. He also happened to be the Moreland team’s star pitcher. This was the very of first his many stories: “Moreland’s Lewis Grizzard No Hits Macedonia 14-0 by Lewis Grizzard – Brilliant Moreland right-hander Grizzard, in his first game in organized baseball, baffled the Macedonia Baptist nine Saturday with a no-hitter. Dudley Stamps, in a lesser role, hit three home runs in the 14-0 romp.” From that modest start, Grizzard went on to become a syndicated columnist in 300 newspapers. Grizzard’s most ambitious work for his home county newspaper was in the summer of 1965, when he was trying to make money for a second year in college. For some reason he had taken a job driving a forklift, a task for which he was ill-suited. As he records in one of his books, the editor of The Newnan Times-Herald called him one day and asked if he would take on writing, editing and putting together the paper’s centennial edition on Coweta County. So for about three months Grizzard devoted himself to researching and writing about the communities of Coweta, past and present, including his home community of Moreland where his mother’s family, the Words, were stalwart citizens. Grizzard was 18 at the time and supposedly had his first beer in Moreland that summer. He wrote about Wahoo, Arnco-Sargent, Sharpsburg, Grantville, and Welcome, some communities are still around, some now gone.
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Grizzard was undoubtedly the most widely read Georgia writer of the century. Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone with the Wind” sold more copies but she never wrote anything else. Erskine
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Caldwell, another native of Coweta County, wrote a couple of bestsellers about life in rural Georgia in the 1930s, which included sex scenes that were daring for the time, but he did not approach Grizzard in the number of readers or production. Grizzard’s original books are mostly autobiographical, about
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at the age of 47, but he left a treasure trove of delightful reading. By the way, The Newnan Times-Herald does that every week. The finest literature in the world, someone wrote, is a paragraph about you in your local newspaper. Some young pitcher may be throwing a no-hitter in Coweta County this week, and the only
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OLLOWING THE STOCK MARKET CR ASH of 1929,
the 1930s were a difficult time for both
Newnan and Coweta County as the Great Depression arrived in the South. Farmers faced dropping value for their property and goods. The prices and demand for cotton and peaches fell, and farmers were forced to diversify their crops.
Great depression in Coweta
On June 2, 1933, The Newnan Herald reported that Coweta County officially entered relief work under the National Relief Administration. “Coweta County formally entered the work of dispensing government relief under the relief bills now in operation … Government relief work, done under a special act of Congress will take the place of all relief work and charity done by private and semi-public organizations,” stated the paper. In 1934, the paper reported on its editorial page that the national government had created a plan to pay farmers to reduce their cotton crop because the supply was much larger than the demand. In February 1935, the state approved several Emergency Relief Administration projects throughout the county, which employed approximately 90 people. One of the projects was to grade the athletic fields at Grantville High School and to extend the grading at the city
Roberta Lyndon wrote a column with pithy observations, “Scissorings and Such,” in the Herald. In 1935, EVAN WIRT THOMASSON and his son, JAMES JEFFERSON THOMASSON, came to Coweta County. They were from a Carroll County newspaper family. Together, the father-son duo started THE NEWNAN TIMES in 1936.
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park on Wesley Avenue. Relief work continued throughout the decade. Another element of Coweta life hit hard in the 1930s was in the educational system. Throughout the decade the school system was faced with not having enough money to operate. In April 1935, Coweta County received approximately $14,000, which had been diverted from the state highway department. Of that amount, Newnan received about $2,000. “Unfortunately for Coweta County, and most of the other counties of the state,” said J. Marvin Starr, county superintendent, in the April 5, 1935, edition of The Newnan Herald, “The funds diverted toward paying past-due appropriations still leaves our county in the red, so far as paying up school debts is concerned… The school finances, however, are in fairly good condition,
The alphabet soup of New Deal programs crafted by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, above, helped Coweta County get through the Depression. Roosevelt was not a stranger to Cowetans – having a retreat in nearby Warm Springs. Future Congressman Sidney Camp, left, was among the rising politicians who opened law practices in Newnan during the 1930s.
everything considered, and we have thus managed to keep moving and intend to keep on.” The state’s financial conditions of the educational system continued to deteriorate, and in 1939, the schools opened the school year “on faith.” They knew they could open but did not know if they would be able to stay open. Despite these difficulties, the 1930s also saw some good things happen and some new businesses start. In 1935 the Coweta County Fair returned after a six-year absence. The fair’s revival was made possible by
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the efforts of the Junior Chamber of Commerce, of which F.P. Davis was the manager. Traffic lights were also installed in downtown Newnan to help with the flow of traffic. New businesses started in the community in the 1930s included: Newnan Hardware and Seed Company
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in 1931, future Georgia Governor Ellis Arnall established a law practice in 1931, A. Sidney Camp and Walter D. Sanders opened a law practice in 1933, and Lee King Company bought the Austin Drug Company in 1935. Even with the Great Depression raging on, those living in Coweta County and Newnan pulled together and pressed on, which was more important than ever in 1939, when World War II began and they would be faced with another difficult decade.
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ANY PEOPLE have worked in the
Lewis Grizzard, Margaret Anne Barnes among
newsroom at The Newnan Times-Herald over
the years. I was one who came and stayed – I’ve worked here 33-plus years. Many went on to other newspapers or magazines. Others used their time here to hone skills they would use in other fields – particularly in public relations and law. The two most notable Times-Herald newsroom alums, Margaret Anne Barnes and Lewis Grizzard, worked here before my day, but I knew both of them. Their careers were reaching a pinnacle as I was beginning mine. I had the pleasure of interviewing them both, chronicling their many successes. My mother was Lewis’ first journalism teacher at Newnan High School, and she remains extremely proud of his success. Plus, his family and mine were from the Moreland area, so we knew lots of the same people. The places and personalities he used for column fodder were often part of my world, too. Maxine Estes, Lewis’ Sunday school teacher, served on the Moreland Town Council in later years. My daughter, Sallie, would sit in her lap when I brought Sallie with me when I was covering a meeting. Many of Lewis’ friends, cousins and teachers were also friends of mine.
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Margaret Anne’s first book – and greatest success – was “Murder in Coweta County.” It was published about the time I finished high school. It was serialized in the Atlanta paper, and I can remember my grandparents and my grandfather’s bachelor brothers talking about their memories of the John Wallace case. Some newspaper stories are hard to write, and reporters have to work to keep from letting routine assignments become boring. There are some stories, however, that are fun. The stories about Lewis and Margaret Anne were always in the fun category. Generally, covering Lewis was something that could be done on foot – or in a drive of five minutes or less. For years, Lewis came to Scott’s Bookstore at Thanksgiving to sign his latest book. One year, I took a copy of The Newnan Times-Herald Centennial Magazine – he had written many of the stories in it while he was a college student in 1965 – and got him to autograph it for Mom.
This photo, from the collection of the late Bob Norton, shows an eager Lewis Grizzard, first row left, on the Moreland Junior High Basketball Team. Norton was the team’s coach.
Margaret Anne also signed books at Earlene Scott’s store. Most of Margaret Anne’s inscriptions were themselves novellas in length. Earlene had some headaches getting all the books that were sold
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autographed and back to customers. When “A Buzzard Is My Best Friend” was re-published, Margaret Anne came to Scott’s, gave a little talk and brought a big stuffed buzzard with her to help promote the book sale. I never fail to think of Merle Hannah when I think about “Buzzard.” She was one of the characters in “Murder in Coweta County,” and “Miss” Merle was not pleased with Margaret Anne’s depiction of her. When “Buzzard” came out, I ran into “Miss” Merle, and she mentioned Margaret Anne and the new book: “As far as I’m concerned, a buzzard is her only friend.” At times, I interviewed Lewis on the phone. I experienced a side of him at variance with his smart-alec, sharp-edged, humorous public persona. He was always prompt in returning calls, thoughtful in offering answers to questions. I always felt it was a journalistic professional
ABOVE: Mourners gather outside Moreland United Methodist Church for Lewis Grizzard’s funeral.
courtesy on his part. We sometimes forget his years of writing sports stories and being a section editor before he became an entertainer. Margaret Anne had worked at The Newnan Times in the 1940s and then returned to The Newnan Times-Herald for a short stint – a couple of years before I first went to work there in 1978. She would pop by the office for a visit if she were in town. Margaret Anne also would call me – I can still hear her raspy “Winston” after my “hello.” She
RIGHT: This photo from the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance’s collection, shows Grizzard at the height of his success and fame.
sometimes sent something in the mail for me to consider for a story. She could be creative with the spelling of things at times and once sent me the only letter I’ve ever gotten addressed to “Wynston Skinner.” I got to do some traveling because of covering
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– and knowing – Margaret Anne. I remember Lynn and I were invited to a birthday party for Margaret Anne. It was really a promotion by her publisher to promote “The Tragedy and the Triumph of Phenix City, Alabama.” It was at someone’s condo in Atlanta that was for sale. I think Nathalie Dupree, then at the height of her popularity as a cooking show host, must have had a book with the same publisher. She was at the party and had prepared the spread, but did not seem too thrilled about being there. I covered Margaret Anne when she got the key to the city in Phenix City and when she and former Alabama Gov. John Patterson spoke in Montgomery. Both were impressive events that highlighted the significance of Phenix City’s transformation and the power of Margaret Anne’s prose. Neither Lewis nor Margaret Anne ever forgot
Mary Ann Cauthen, Lewis Grizzard’s first cousin, stands beside a display about Grizzard at the Hometown Heritage Museum in Moreland.
their hometown or their hometown newspaper. We extensively covered Lewis’ benefit performance in 1992 as well as the surgeries in the years before his death. He was only 47 when he died in 1994. I was among those who attended his funeral at Moreland United Methodist Church. I also went to the service for Margaret Anne at Central Baptist Church after she died in 2007. Their legacies live on, and the stories they wrote continue to create new newspaper stories to write – and to add new friends. Dick Atkins, who produced the “Murder in Coweta County” television movie, has made several trips to Newnan. I’ve enjoyed getting to know
Neither Lewis nor Margaret Anne ever forgot their hometown or their hometown newspaper.
him and his wife, Joanna, and traveling with them to sites associated with both the 1948 murder and the movie. For about 25 years, I’ve been involved in efforts to preserve and showcase the Erskine Caldwell Birthplace in Moreland. In recent years, Caldwell’s legacy has become part of the mission of the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance. Lewis was vocal in not liking Caldwell or his writing, but the two writers have become the fulcrum around which Moreland tourism efforts move. Lewis’ cousins, Mary Ann Cauthen and Melba Smith, along with his high school friends, have been supportive of MCAA. Nancy Jones, Lewis’ first wife, and Dedra O’Connor, his widow, have both been to Moreland for Grizzard-related events. I am grateful that I got to really know Lewis Grizzard and Margaret Anne Barnes. It is an honor to go to work each day at the newspaper that helped give both of them their start. The stories they told – as only they could – will be a lasting memorial to them.
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Margaret Anne Barnes, best known for “Murder in Coweta County,” autographs a book for a fan.
The Newnan-Coweta Art Association is 47 years old. Membership are those interested in promoting appreciation of the visual arts in Coweta County and surrounding areas by helping artists to produce and display original works. Every year a deserving senior receives a scholarship from the association and is honored in the annual Juried Art Show at The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in June. This show and our Christmas Show in November help artists display their work to the public. Artists also participate in the MainStreet Art Walk and The Transportation Project to benefit the Childrens Museum. The NCAA meets the third Thursday each month (except June, July and August) at 7:00 p.m. at the Harriet Alexander Art House on Hospital Road. The NCAA membership application is available at
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HE 1940s WERE A TI ME of unity, growth and coming of age for the United States
and for Coweta County. World War II started in 1939, and Cowetans
quickly supported the effort when the United States joined the war after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Many in the county joined the armed forces and others supported the war effort locally. The county began rationing in 1942. In January of 1942, the county had to start rationing tires. Each month, a limited number of different types of tires
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could be sold. Those available tires could only be purchased by people who had coupons for them from the ration book. “This is the first, and perhaps one of the least of the new sacrifices that we must make from now on and for the duration,” read the house editorial in the January 8, 1942 edition of The Newnan Herald. “At last the whiplash of war has stung us where we live, and from this time forward we must all, each and everyone of us, learn to make sacrifices calmly and good-naturedly for a cause we know to be good.” Other rationed items included sugar and gasoline. A common sense of responsibility and ownership for the local war effort was also prevalent in the county. “Those of us who have not (yet) been called into the actual uniformed service of the county should be, today, asking ourselves just what our individual parts will be in the big job America has to do,” read the house editorial, “Our Part in the Big Job” in the January 15, 1942 edition of The Newnan Herald. “The answer is there for each of us – there is not one person in the U.S. today who cannot in some measure contribute to the work that has to be done at home if the boys in uniform are to
Civilian defense was one way Cowetans supported the war effort at home. The county even had its own committee for it – The Coweta Defense Committee. Ads such as these appeared in the paper throughout World War II.
succeed. We must each determine what he can do and, in the good old American fashion, tackle the job forthwith.” Some of those who stayed at home volunteered with different organizations, including the Coweta Defense Committee and the Red Cross. In January of 1942, The Newnan Herald reported Cowetans had given more than $8,000 to the Red Cross to help with the war effort. That number was expected to grow. More than 400 workers and volunteers organized a test blackout for Newnan and Coweta County for January 22. The county also switched to daylight savings time as part of Coweta’s support of the war effort.
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The Newnan Times and The Newnan Herald struggled with wartime shortages. George Malcolm MacNabbâ€™s leadership at the Herald was notable. The newspaper received several Georgia Press Association awards including first place for best editorial and best news coverage in 1944. In October 1946, E.W. and James Thomasson acquired the Herald. The newspapers continued separate publication for a year. The first issue of THE NEWNAN TIMES-HERALD was an early Christmas present on December 24, 1947. september 2015
Coweta County Sheriff Lamar Potts solved the murder of William Turner, by John Wallace in 1948. Wallace, a wealthy landowner in Meriwether County, was executed in the electric chair two years later. The case received a lot of press coverage by the state and local press. In the years since, several books have been written about the trial. A television movie, starring Andy Griffith, Johnny Cash, and June Carter Cash, was also done.
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1940 s “Newnan Merchants this week decided on new war-time hours calculated to fit into the needs of their customers after the new government-decreed daylight saving time goes into effect Monday, February 9,” reported the paper on February 5, 1942. “At that time all clocks will move forward one hour throughout the nation.” Local businesses also supported the local war effort by building posts for ships and tent pegs. According to other historical documents, more than 2,000 Coweta County men and women served in the Armed Forces during the World War II and 63 died in service. After the War ended in 1945, the men and women who fought overseas returned home and life settled back toward normal.
1860 s The Coweta County Board of Commissioners congratulates The Newnan Times-Herald on its sesquicentennial of providing the Coweta community with vital information for quality living.
Throughout the decade farming had its ups and downs and shifted from cotton and corn to cattle and food staples. Coweta’s cotton crop suffered severe damage from the boll weevil. Throughout the decade, the paper highlighted different ways farmers could attempt to protect themselves from the pests. The story, “Farmers have good year in ‘47 despite shortages”
in the April 8, 1948 edition of The Newnan Times-Herald reported that despite facing difficulties the farming industry was doing well. Another big event for Coweta County in the 1940s was the disappearance of William Turner and the subsequent arrest, trial, and execution of John Wallace for the murder of Turner. In April of 1948, William Turner was murdered in Coweta County by John Wallace, a wealthy landowner in Meriwether County, Georgia. According to the officials, after killing Turner, Wallace burned the body. Coweta County Sheriff Lamar Potts and his associates solved the murder. Wallace was eventually found guilty and sentenced to death. He was executed in the electric chair in 1950. This murder in Coweta County received a lot of attention by the state and local press. It was also made into a television movie in 1983, which starred Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, and Andy Griffith. Several books on the subject have also been
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unprecedented rate. The booming economy and decrease in automobile manufacturing costs made cars the most prevalent form of transportation for families throughout the county. For agricultural products, though, the railroad remained the fastest and most efficient method of transportation for businesses. Cotton still reigned king, processed at the Newnan Cotton Mills and other firms, and then distributed across the state via railroad.
The 1950s brought about new levels of growth and change in Coweta County.
The Civil Rights movement grew slowly in the South, with segregated schools and restaurants still the status quo. Women, however, were granted access to jury duty in December of 1953 by a national decision. This was just the start of women having a more active role outside the homestead. When families were not busy working or keeping up their homes, watching Newnan Browns games was the thing to do. The semi-pro baseball league played at Pickett Field on Wesley Street, drawing large crowds throughout the summer.
The Newnan Times-Herald continued to be published from the Times’ offices at 11 Jefferson Street, which is now the location of Meat ‘N’ Greet. The newspaper grew in size and circulation and was known for its local news coverage and sharp appearance. RUTH INGRAM WELCH began a long tenure as the newspaper’s society editor in 1955.
Coweta County’s commercial sector grew and flourished in the 1950s. Locally owned businesses offered a wide range of services to the county’s citizens.
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1950 s Plant Yates officially opened in 1950, bringing with it new job opportunities and economic pay-offs not yet seen in the county. This new power plant allowed every farm in Coweta County to be run on full electricity, transforming life for farm families. Along with the electricity boom, an oil boom came as well. The Millard Farmer Oil company became one of the largest employers and oil suppliers in the South, opening its doors in 1954. This growth in local industries brought new money to Coweta as well as the franchising of many northern corporations now opening locations in the South. With the new growth of jobs to the cities, the schools had to keep up. Schools were built and made readily available for both black and white citizens. By the end of the 1950s, Coweta was reaping all the benefits of the booming postwar economy. As the 1960s began, the Civil Rights movement was growing
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RACE in THE NEWNAN TIMES-HERALD
OR THE FIRST T WO-THIRDS of the 20th century, there was very little coverage of African Americans in newspapers, both South and North –
unless those African Americans had been accused of committing crimes. The Newnan Times-Herald was fairly typical in that respect throughout the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, though coverage varied based on the time period. It was only in the late 1960s that black athletic events began to be covered in the paper. As public facilities and schools became more integrated, more
Coweta County’s most notorious racial news item was the lynching of Sam Hose in 1899.
and more black faces began to be seen in The Newnan Times-Herald. Some even appeared on the front page, though only in photos with white Cowetans until the late 1970s. “Before the Supreme Court transformed desegregation into a national imperative, black Americans had long been virtually invisible in the pages of the nation’s daily press,” said Dr. David Davies, professor of media history at the University of Southern Mississippi, in the section of his doctoral dissertation titled “Newspapers and the Civil Rights Movement.” “By and large, blacks were not mentioned in most white-owned newspapers unless they committed a crime or died a violent death,” Davies wrote. By that characterization, The Newnan Times-Herald could be considered a little more progressive than most in some decades. Stories related to black Cowetans weren’t common, but they weren’t unusual, either. On May 26, 1866, The Newnan Herald, less than a year old, reprinted a small article from the Thomasville Enterprise about the County Colored Convention. Attendees were paying $1 to vote on a delegate to the state convention, and one nominee, “Giles Price, a well-known blacksmith, was declared to be ineligible because he ‘aided and abetted’ the rebels by voluntarily giving $100 for arming and equipping a company” raised in that county and sent to the “Rebel army.” In 1868, the Herald ran an editorial on the Ku Klux Klan. “We assert the opinion that this organization is the natural growth of these disordered times, destined to extend to every Southern city and town. For violence and wrong beget violence and wrong. We warn those who have been prominent in assisting
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in humiliating and insulting Southern whites to be careful in the future and to remember the fate of the traitor Robespierre.” The death of “Uncle Sam Moses, an aged and well-known Negro of Turin,” merited a story in the April 15, 1898 issue. Ministers of both races officiated at his funeral and “all paid tributes to his character and worth.” Coweta County’s most notorious racial news item was the lynching of Sam Hose in 1899. Reprints from several Georgia papers were printed along with local coverage. One local story, entitled “The Majesty of the Law,” speaks of the importance of using the criminal justice system. However, in a case such as Hose’s, “the provocation is so unbearably aggravating that the people cannot be expected to wait with patience” on the slow progress of the courts.
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A week after that crime, the paper reported there were concerns that another murderer, a white doctor from Fayetteville, would be lynched. The Herald reported on the lynching of Hose on page two; “Burned at the Stake: Sam Holt, murderer and rapist, meets a horrible death.” “We have given the whole story… it is bad enough, we will not deny,” the reporter wrote. “Yet we have no apologies to make to our northern critics. We owe nothing to that section. Our civilization is definitively Southern and we thank God for it.” In the 1920s, the Herald printed several stories, some staff written, and some reprints, directed toward the “colored” population. There were also ads for two black hair products, Nelson’s Hair Dressing and Exelento Quinine Pomade. Nelson’s ads, accompanied by a drawing of a Nelson’s customer, ran on the front page. There were complimentary stories about the annual “Colored Teachers Institute and Farmer’s Conference.” O.W. Passavant, editor of the Herald, spoke at the 1925 conference and “gave a very interesting talk on the value of reading more farm literature.” A list of registered voters in 1922 showed five Negroes
Ads for Nelson’s hairdressing ran in The Newnan Herald in the early 1920s, sometimes on the front page. Nelson’s customers were encouraged to mail in their photos to the company for the chance to have themselves pictured in a future ad. ruling ending the “white primary.” The Herald reported that 6,000 white Cowetans and 700 Negroes were registered to vote in the 1946 primary. There were stories about a new camp for black Boy Scouts, nurses at the colored hospital, and a front-page story in August
registered to vote in the city of Newnan. Announcements for black musical performances, some held at the city auditorium, were not uncommon, and white Cowetans were often invited – with separate seats reserved
of 1947 about local attorney Walt Sanders filing a lawsuit on behalf of a black prisoner. The Civil Rights movement began in earnest with the May 20, 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education that segregated
for them. In the 1940s, Newnan’s Ellis Arnall was Georgia’s progressive
schools were illegal. There was no mention of the ruling in
governor, and the Herald gave extensive coverage to Arnall’s
the Herald. A year later, there was no mention of the ruling
actions, including his fight against the KKK, and the court
in “Brown II” in which the Supreme Court said desegregation
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should take place with “all deliberate speed.” But there was a glowing story about the quality of the teachers and programs at Newnan’s Howard Warner school for blacks. One month later, coverage of desegregation and Georgia’s “massive resistance” began with a frenzy that didn’t let up for over 10 years. There were plenty of staff-written stories, but the majority of state news was reprinted from the GPS news service. “Race Mixing in School is Commie Plot,” about a speech Governor Marvin Griffin gave, was a typical headline in the late 1950s. Georgia politicians called for state’s rights and said the Supreme Court decision was unconstitutional tyranny. Former governor, future senator, and white supremacist Herman Talmadge was a frequent visitor to Coweta, speaking at numerous events. The Times-Herald ran numerous stories about his fight against “so called civil rights legislation” in the Senate. Once Talmadge became a senator, the Times-Herald ran his weekly column. Events outside of Coweta or Washington, D.C. were rarely covered. There was no mention of boycotts and demonstrations in other states or parts of Georgia, nor even a mention of the September 6, 1958 bombing of an Atlanta Senator Herman Talmadge’s weekly column ran on The TimesHerald's editorial page for many years, starting just after his election in 1956. In his column, Talmadge railed against the U.S. Supreme Court, the NAACP, demonstrators, and the civil rights movement. His columns weren’t always about the civil rights movement, but it was a frequent topic.
synagogue. The goings on outside Coweta didn’t seem to affect the paper’s coverage of local stories. There were many stories about the colored blood mobile, including one urging employers to give their workers time off to donate, lists of donors, and even a photo of prison inmates who donated en masse. The Newnan Junior Service League held an event that benefited the Negro playground, and the paper gave extensive, ongoing coverage of the city’s urban renewal program in the 1960s. Since the 1940s, Georgia law had forbidden the use of state money for integrated schools. In 1960, Governor Ernest Vandiver set up the Sibley Commission, to travel the state and get input on whether state law should remain as it was, or allow “freedom of choice” for individual school districts that chose to integrate. At a regional meeting, Cowetans favored the “local option,” though the overall opinion was “segregation at any cost.” On March 31, 1960, the paper reported that the Woman’s Club in Moreland stated it was against school closings, but the Newnan Kiwanis Club voted 31 to 30 in favor of closing schools and issuing vouchers for private schools. Another club, “who wished not to be named, voted 75 percent in favor of the local option.” The Sibley Commission recommended “freedom of choice” and legislation to make it possible – including a constitutional amendment stating that no child could be compelled to attend
Grantville School Principal Thomas Glanton welcomes students on the first day of fully integrated schools in Coweta. The photo ran on the front page, September 3, 1970.
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a school with a child of the opposite race. In the October 20, 1960 story “Solicitor Lipford Blasts Racial Attacks in Circuit,” the Coweta solicitor general stated an
October 6 kidnapping and flogging of
columns spoke out against civil rights,
of Newnan, the pool was closed by
two Negroes was the third time in three
communists, mobs, sit-ins, “peaceniks”
months the rights of Carroll County
and the federal government. Seven years
Negroes were “violated by thugs” but
later, Sensing’s column was replaced by
operated the Duncan Street pool on
the first time the victims were willing to
“The Washington Merry-Go-Round” a
behalf of the city, was offering refunds
more even-tempered take on D.C.
of season passes, and turning the pool
“I will not permit the action of any
In November 1963, a black janitor was
The next week, the YMCA, which
back over to Newnan. It did not reopen that summer.
organization, the Ku Klux Klan or
pictured alongside several other Belk -
whatever name they call themselves, to
Gallant employees in a story about the
harass, intimidate or beat up any person
store’s 75th anniversary. This may have
the city’s Duncan Street and Central
in my circuit,” Wright Lipford said.
one of the first instances that a black
pools would open June 8. There was no
Cowetan who wasn’t a criminal was
mention of segregation or integration.
On February 9, 1961, the DUI arrest of the Reverend A.D. King, pastor of Newnan’s Mt. Vernon First Baptist
The following spring, a story stated
On August 5, 1965, a “freedom of
pictured in the paper. On July 9, 1964, just days
choice” integration plan was announced
Church, made the front page. He was
after the Civil Rights Act of 1964
for Coweta schools. Students could
identified as the brother of “Negro
outlawed discrimination in “public
choose to attend any school in the
integration leader Dr. Martin Luther King,
accommodations,” a small front page
system. Only a handful of black students
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first African American to graduate from Newnan High School, had her photo with all the other seniors. There were two photos of Central High students receiving awards. A year later, spring 1967, the Times-Herald began giving significantly more coverage to Coweta’s black populace. There was a picture of the Central High School graduating class, and photos from the new recreation program and the Central pool. The sports section of the Times-Herald had never covered Negro sports. By fall of 1967, Central High School football was being covered, as were teams such as Ruth Hill “midget football.” Black players were on the Newnan varsity and East Coweta girls basketball teams, and were appearing on Little League and civic teams. The next season, black correspondent Michael After African-American Newnan City Council candidate Dan Moten, (left) made it into the runoff with incumbent Joe Norman, he was pictured on the front page along with newly-elected Mayor Howard Royal, center, and council candidate George B. Addy on Ocober 16, 1969. Moten and Addy would lose in the runoff.
Clowers began covering Central High sports, joining white correspondents who wrote about East Coweta and Western. Photos of black Cowetans heading to war in Vietnam began to appear in the paper, as did a wedding announcement for a black couple. Social announcements for black couples were rare until 1971, when they began running frequently – though always on different pages than white weddings. In August of 1967, local schools were informed the freedom of choice plan wasn’t acceptable. The Coweta and Newnan school systems were to merge, with full desegregation in the fall of 1970. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated April 4, 1968. The Herald’s next issue was a week later. A short, but reverent and complimentary story about King’s funeral ran on page nine. The outbreak of rioting all over the country that broke out after King’s murder brought condemnation in editorials and columns. May 30, the paper reported on the formation of the Newnan-Coweta Interracial Council. That fall, Central’s homecoming court was featured, and there began to be coverage of black debutantes and pageants, and pictures of children at the city daycare center. White and black school officials were in a group photo, on the front page, for American Education Week.
In 1971, the second year of integrated schools, a black student, Toni Grier, was named Newnan High School’s homecoming queen. This photo of the queen and her court ran in the sports section.
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In the fall of 1969, there were two black candidates for Newnan City Council and two for the Coweta County Board of Education. While most of the candidates lost solidly, Dan Moten, manager of Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home, made it into the runoff with incumbent Joe Norman, beating out another white candidate. Moten, Norman, and Mayor Howard Royal were pictured on the front page. In mid-February of 1970, several Central High students, concerned about the future of their beloved Coach Henry Seldon, gathered outside the school system offices. Sports Editor Johnny Brown, also a member of the Coweta County Board of Education, devoted an entire column to explaining
what had happened. Some curiosity seekers had also gathered and “word spread like wildfire that a demonstration was full blown and trouble was in the making.” A white man had pulled a weapon on one of the students, and a black student was taken to city hall for questioning. The man who pulled the gun was arrested, and another warrant was taken out on a man for breach of peace and terroristic threats. Seldon had already been offered the position of the county’s physical education director, but the students did not know that yet. A story on the bi-racial meeting held to discuss concerns was on the front page. There was also a photo of two Girl Scouts – one black and one white – selling the year’s first boxes of cookies to Newnan Mayor Howard Royal. The first day of full integration went off “without incident and with orderly calm” according to the front page story. “No racial issues were reported in any of the system’s 19 schools,” though there were some issues with transportation. But the next week, the Times-Herald front page read: “Parents Demand Return to Freedom of Choice.” An angry crowd of between 800 and 1000 white parents, upset with long bus rides, packed the school board meeting, and Chairman Paul McKnight “at times was shouted down as he tried to preserve order through the meeting,” the Times-Herald reported. Coweta County Citizens for Freedom of Choice was formed, led by The Reverend Franklin Treadwell and Joe Snellgrove. The committee held a rally at Drake Stadium,
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where arch-segregationist Governor Lester Maddox addressed a crowd of 2,500 and urged them to send their children to the schools of their choice. About 25 students sought admittance to NHS and one to Central. All were turned away. A bomb threat was called into Newnan High, and the school was evacuated for a short time. There was a second bomb threat a few days later. Members of the committee called for parents to keep their children out of school, but attendance numbers stayed steady. For the next few weeks, letters from parents detailing their fight for freedom filled the editorial page. The committee threatened to boycott merchants who did not support freedom of choice, and claimed that many people weren’t attending their meetings because they had been “brainwashed by the leadership of Newnan and Coweta County.” The meetings got smaller and smaller, and the protests slowly fizzled. In the fall of 1971, the second year of integration, a black teen, Toni Grier, was elected Newnan High School homecoming queen.
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The next year, not a single black girl was on the At the first Coweta County Board of Education meeting after schools fully integrated, hundreds of angry white parents packed the meeting room. The group, led by the Reverend Franklin Treadwell, demanded a return to the “freedom of choice” school attendance model. The group held rallies, threatened a boycott of businesses, and fielded school board candidates.
senior homecoming court, though the sophomore and junior courts were racially balanced. Between 75 and 100 black students walked out in protest. The ongoing negotiations between the students, the NAACP and school officials, which resulted in the ultimate decision to name separate black and white homecoming queens at NHS, were extensively covered by the Herald. By the late 1970s, black wedding and birthday announcements were no longer separated from those for whites, and black Cowetans joined their white counterparts in showing off their prize bass or giant squash. Most vestiges of segregation seemed to have gone from The Newnan Times-Herald. In 1980, Miss Willie Boyd, a retired AfricanAmerican teacher, was appointed to the Coweta County Board of Education. She was then re-elected three times. In 1985, Willie Lynch became the first African-American elected to the Newnan City Council, and Wilbon Clay became the first black Coweta County commissioner a few years later.
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HE 1960 s were a time of growth and change for Coweta County.
Farming became more diversified. Banks
prospered and moved into larger buildings, and 1,000 new residences were built in the county between 1960 and 1965. The number of people living in the county also grew by approximately 3,400 people. One of the biggest changes, however, was the decision to desegregate the county and city school systems. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin,
One of the biggest changes.. was the decision to desegregate the county and city school systems.
including racial segregation in schools. From there, all schools in the country had to desegregate. According to the The Newnan Times-Herald article “Newnan and Coweta Schools to Desegregate All Grades,” from August 5, 1965, the only school desegregation plans being considered for approval by the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) in Washington, D.C., were ones for desegregation of all grades in all schools by September of that year. Both the city and county school systems were working on revised plans to send in for approval. By 1969 the schools still were not integrated, but the Newnan City Board of Education and the Coweta County School had unified that year. They were working to have a plan approved by HEW. Throughout the rest of the year, desegregation was a frequent topic discussed by the school board. In August of 1969, the Coweta County Board of Education submitted a desegregation plan to HEW, which would completely desegregate the school system.
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The desegregation of schools was a major event of the 1960s. In 1969, the Newnan City Board of Education and Coweta County Board of Education merged voluntarily. In December of 1969, the school system received a federal court order to integrate all the schools, including faculty and staff in time for the 1970 fall term. september 2015
“No matter what our personal preferences are your school board has no alternative but to obey the law,” said Dr. Robert E. Lee, school system superintendent in a November 13, 1969, article. “The board has worked hard and diligently to come up with a plan that will work the least hardship on all people concerned and which will be fair to all.” In December of 1969 the school system received an integration order given by the federal court, which required desegregation of all the schools, including faculty and staff, in time for the 1970 fall term. The Civil Rights movement was a major part of the decade, nationally. But other than desegregation, Coweta County remained isolated from many of its events. Another big addition to the county
The Newnan Times-Herald celebrated its 100th birthday in 1965. A college student from Moreland, LEWIS GRIZZARD, JR., spent that summer writing stories for the newspaper’s Centennial Magazine. The newspaper upgraded its printing facilities in conjunction with a move to the current location, 16 Jefferson Street, in 1966.
in the 1960s was the Newnan-Coweta Airport. In June of 1964, The Newnan Times-Herald announced the airport committee of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce was looking at 120 acres off Highway 29. At the end of 1965, the paper announced the airport would be officially opened on January 6 and a formal dedication would take place later. Other big county milestones from the 1960s were the 100th anniversary of The Newnan Times-Herald, the opening of Coweta General Hospital, the expansion of the Newnan Hospital, the construction of the 4,000 seat new Drake Stadium, and a new sewage treatment plant constructed in 1961. In the national landscape, the 1960s saw the crew of the Apollo 11 mission walk on the moon. Guy N. Witherington of Newnan was involved with the Apollo 11 spacecraft, as he was a supervisor space systems quality control representative at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He and others like him were responsible for preparation, check-out,
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This Associated Press article about the funeral for Martin Luther King, Jr. was the only coverage in The Newnan TimesHerald of his assassination in 1968. King was shot the day after the paper printed. As a weekly publication, the soonest it could run anything was almost a week after it happened.
Guy N. Witherington of Newnan was involved with the Apollo 11 spacecraft.
1960 s and flight readiness of manned aircraft. The 1960s also saw two national leaders assassinated – United States President John F. Kennedy and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. President Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Oswald shot Kennedy while he was riding in a presidential motorcade in Dealey Plaza in Dallas. On Thursday, November 28, 1963, The Newnan Times-Herald ran a story about the assassination on the front page. “Newnan residents joined the nation and indeed, the world, Monday in mourning the loss of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, while thousands of dignitaries from this nation and abroad joined the grieving family of the late President of the United States at the impressive funeral services in the nation’s capital,” read the article, “Free World Mourns Death of President John F. Kennedy.” The paper reported that flags in the city flew at half mast the Monday after. Several churches also held special services that day, and schools and city and county offices were closed. King died on April 4, 1968, after being shot. James Earl Ray pled guilty in the shooting. The Newnan Times-Herald did not cover the assassination, as it happened the day the paper printed. The soonest it could run anything was a week later, and it ran an Associated Press story about King’s funeral on page 9. It also ran inside stories and editorials about the riots which happened after the shooting.
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HE 1970sâ€‰would prove to be the decade in which the doors of
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the days when the closest restaurant to Interstate 85 was the McDonald’s on Greison Trail. From that point eastward, motorists could travel down Bullsboro without worry of any congestion, traffic lights, or much else for that matter, until hitting Highway 54 ten miles down the road. At the dawn of the 1970s, the county did not have a full-time fire department. In 1973, the Coweta County Board of Commissioners granted $50,000 to the auxiliary fire department in an effort to start fire protection throughout the county. The small group of volunteers started with only four surplus trucks, which were converted into fire trucks. In their first year as a fire department, volunteers spent their time fighting fires, training through class instruction and drills, and spending their weekends rebuilding the engines in the surplus trucks. By mid-1974, the department boasted six stations and nine trucks working within the county. Between 1970 and 1980, the county took on almost 7,000 new residents – almost doubling the previous decade’s growth. The emergence of I-85 now allowed a
Above: In November of 1974, 10,000 feet of water pipe is prepared to be buried on Bullsboro Drive. The long stretch of road was sparsely populated with several restaurants and retail shopping locations. Opposite page: The emergence of the county fire department in the 1970’s was another indicator that Coweta County was fast on the move.
Full-time, college-trained journalists became a regular part of the Times-Herald’s staff during the 1970s. in 1972, E.W. and James Thomasson were honored by the Georgia Press Association for 50 years of service in the newspaper industry. James Thomasson died in 1979, and his son, WILLIAM W. “BILLY” THOMASSON, continued to operate the paper. He remains the owner and president as of 2015.
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The 1978 Sesquicentennial showed Cowetans celebrating wholeheartedly by growing beards, dressing in period appropriate attire and having a good time.
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Along with easier access to the area came a rise in population. clear path for those who were seeking a more rural setting to call home but work in the Atlanta area. Many were also drawn to the architecture and historic homes of Newnan, which could be purchased for a fraction of what they fetch today. As Newnan continued to grow, the issue of preserving the past became a point of interest for many residents. The emergence of the Historic Zoning Ordinance saw an effort to protect the areas around the older homes so that they would not become situated next to commercial establishments. The historic zoning allowed for businesses like nurseries and professional offices in the areas that residential zoning normally prohibited. History was also on the minds of citizens in 1978, when Newnan celebrated its sesquicentennial in full force. The “Brothers of the Bush” and the “Celebration Belles” composed the fun part of the 150th party. The Belles and Brothers would promenade around town in full costume in the weeks prior to the grand celebration in late April. The Brothers invited all follically able men to grow some kind of facial hair mustaches, sideburns or beards, while the Belles wore bonnets and badges and old-fashioned clothing. Those who failed to sport such “wiry or silky hirsute appendages” were dealt
Top: The 1970 opening of Interstate 85 in Newnan now allowed a fast, direct route to the the airport and beyond. Bottom: Coweta County was not immune to the gas shortages of the 1970’s. Long lines and short supply were commonplace through the decade.
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Kangaroo Kourt.” Violators were subject to public humiliations when the “Kops” administered cream pies to the face and cold water dunkings. As the celebration wound down, a time capsule was buried next to city hall. The capsule contains messages to be delivered to those celebrating the bicentennial in 2028. The juxtaposition of a decade that saw healthy commercial growth with a depressed residential real-estate market was best personified in the Shenandoah Project. In 1973, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the approval of a $40 million federal guarantee to help build
Top: The opening of Kmart in 1974 was considered to be a landmark achievement for retail shopping in Coweta and would employ 100 workers upon its opening.
Shenandoah, which was designed to
Bottom: The Shenandoah community did not evolve as expected, the project served as a “springboard” for other developments in the county.
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have had a lasting impression on them. For Georgia Shapiro, the stories that really stick in her mind weren’t the happy ones. Shapiro grew up in Savannah, but her family is from Coweta and she would often spend time at her grandmother’s house in Newnan. For part of that time, a man named L.T. Drake and his wife lived upstairs at her grandmother’s house. Once, the Drakes “took me to Bowdon, to a Bantam chicken farm.” For a little girl who lived in the city, the trip to the chicken farm was a “profound life experience,” Shapiro said. “They were so nice to me. I thought about them all of the years I was growing up.” She moved to Newnan for good in 1973. Not long after, she read something very shocking to her in the newspaper. L.T. Drake had been arrested for hiring someone to kill a
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preacher – six years after the murder took place. He was sentenced to life for the murder in 1979. She also recalled the horrible kidnapping and murder of a clerk at a store on Temple Avenue. And the shooting of the owner of a gas station. “He walked out to get his paper in the morning and somebody rode by and shot and killed him in his
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front yard. I don’t think they ever solved it. And I don’t think I ever heard anything else about it. It was weird, like it just went away.” Shapiro remembers some more upbeat stories, too, of course. Like ones about the opening of Interstate 85 and “what a big deal it was.” She also remembered hearing that some downtown Newnan merchants had wanted to tear down the courthouse to add more parking. In the 1970s, Coweta County undertook a major renovation of the courthouse. It was while Shapiro was talking to people about the renovation that she was told about the earlier proposal to tear down the courthouse. “That was in the late 1960s and early 1970s. There had been a big move downtown to put in a parking garage. Of course, everybody that was behind it has been out of business for years,” Shapiro said. At that time, “it really was not an unbelievable thing that people would have done,” Shapiro said. In the 1960s and 1970s, some older buildings downtown
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were torn down and replaced with modern ones. The most obvious one is the former Johnson Hardware, which is now the Newnan Hospital fitness center. “It had been two great big wonderful buildings.” In those days, both new and modern were desirable. “That is the side of the Court Square that the chamber of commerce would always use in all their brochures,” Shapiro said. “It showed how up-to-date we were.” One of the funniest things she remembers was related to the opening of Newnan’s first Eckerd drug store, in the Shenandoah Plaza shopping center at what is now Food Depot. “My aunt Christine and uncle Erle Wynn were on the way to the opening of the new Eckerd. They had on church clothes. Aunt Christine had her gloves on. They were on the way to the Eckerd’s like it was a big deal.”
ANCY ROY has lived in Senoia since 1974, and has long been active in the Senoia Area Historical
Society. “The Newnan Times-Herald is and always has been generous to Senoia,” Roy said. On October 17, 1989, The Newnan Times-Herald ran an article headlined “Senoia Celebrates National Register.” The city’s historic district had been recognized as a National Register district – after a long effort by Senoia residents. Roy also remembers when Chief Dode McIntosh,
Nancy Roy enjoys remembering many Times-Herald stories about Senoia. The town’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the election of Senoia’s first female mayor and a visit from Chief Dode McIntosh are among her favorites.
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hosts in Senoia, and a lavish “Victorian Tea,” also in 1991. In July of 1996, the Olympic Torch relay came through Coweta, and local Alice McKnight Ramsey carried the torch through Senoia. Also in 1996, Senoia’s first female mayor, Kathy Goodell, began serving her term. Roy also remembers the filming of “Fried Green Tomatoes” and “Driving Miss Daisy” in Senoia, and the opening of Riverwood Studios, now Raleigh Studios Atlanta, in 1989. On June 28, 1997, there was a story entitled “New Song Tribute to Still Living Goat Man.” The Goat Man, Charles “Ches” McCartney, spent more than 30 years traveling up and down the east coast in a wagon pulled by between 12 and 30 goats. He often
The Olympic torch didn’t just have a starring moment in Atlanta. There were stops in Coweta County on the way to the opening ceremonies, and plenty of newspaper coverage for interested readers.
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CTAVIA MAHONE is the owner of Roscoe Jenkins Funeral Home, which was founded by her
father, Roscoe Jenkins, in 1911. Stories that have stuck with her include one about
On June 28, 1997, there was a story entitled “New Song Tribute to Still Living Goat Man.”
Newnan Chapter 483, Order of the Eastern Star, putting on the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. parade and events downtown, and stories about Coweta’s growth, including new industry and homes, new parks in Newnan, and the operation of Coweta’s transit system. Another major story to her was the news that West Georgia Technical College was going to build a standalone campus in Coweta. Mahone also remembers reading the numerous articles about Coweta County’s new Justice Center, and the extensive restoration project of the 1904 Courthouse that followed the opening of the Justice Center.
I LLE SMITH remembers an article about jazz singer Lena Horne having relatives in Coweta.
She also enjoyed articles about Hamilton “Hamp” Bohannon, a Newnan native who achieved significant fame during the disco era. Smith said someone recently asked her if she remembers the Pig Bowl and Shrine football games. She’d never heard of them “but my friend said several prominent local residents were part of those games.” Smith has also enjoyed reading about movies and television shows that have been filmed in Coweta.
This vintage postcard depicts ‘Ches’ McCartney, “the Goat Man,” with his wife and son. Visits by the Goat Man were chronicled in the Times-Herald many times over the years.
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LIZABETH BEERS, Coweta’s unofficial county historian, was a correspondent for
The Newnan Times-Herald when she was a teenager, sending in community news from Allen Crossroads, the area where she grew up in western Coweta. She remembers a contest being held asking readers to share their memories. As a teenager, Beers remembers a situation at the Arnco Mills, when some mill workers from LaGrange came to Arnco to convince the Arnco workers to strike for better wages and shorter working hours. The manager of the mill sent word to people who lived nearby to come to the mill and bring their guns to ward off the agitators. “My daddy, who was a farmer, went off with his squirrel gun. And when he got there, two of his nephews were there. He said, ‘I’m going back home.’” In addition to the mill strike, Beers remembers
Octavia Jenkins Mahone’s list of big stories from the TimesHerald largely center around the growth and development of the county. The opening of the Justice Center and the plans for a standalone technical college campus are two that stick in her memory.
the many announcements over the years of major industries coming to Coweta: including Bonnell, which was originally Trimedge, Douglas and Lomason, and Playtex – then the International Latex Corporation – all of which came to Coweta in the 1950s. Beers worked at Playtex, which was located on
a few miles,” she said.
Temple Avenue. “That was a learning experience,”
She also remembers the contest to name
Shenandoah. “That was a really big deal,” Beers said.
The new industries were “the beginning of change
She recalls the murder trial of John Wallace,
in Coweta. We had cotton mills and the R.D. Cole
immortalized in the book and movie “Murder and
Company and farms, and that was it” before the
Coweta County,” and when the Newnan High
industries started coming in. All of a sudden, people
School basketball team won the state championship
were driving long distances to work. “We used to go
in the 1950s.
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N MY 16 YEARS as a reporter with The Newnan Times-Herald, I have written – and read – thousands of stories.
Many I don’t even remember. But there are some I will never forget. Many of the stories that really stick with me are the ones I wrote early on – particularly some of my first stories. The very first one – which made it to the front page, much to my surprise – was about the Palmetto City Council’s vote to approve a beer and wine license for a new convenience store located across the street from a church. Others were a bit more compelling. My first feature was on
Some stories THAT HAVE STUCK WITH ME
the Shelter Rescue organization, and I was blown away by the number of pets being turned in by owners who no longer wanted them – to face almost certain death – and by the conditions at both the city and county animal shelters. One photo that ran with the story was of several juvenile cats – just past the cute stage – in a metal pen the owner had borrowed from the shelter. In the caption for the photo, I wrote that the kittens would likely be euthanized because their owner didn’t want them anymore. A reader wrote to me furious about that caption. Her young daughter had read it and was upset at the thought of those kittens being put to death. I still think about that sometimes. The strides that have been made in animal welfare in the past 15 years, both by Coweta County and by local humane societies, are nothing short of astonishing when I compare the situation today with the situation in 1999. Another early story is still one of my all-time favorites. It was a feature on carnies. I’d always wondered what carnival life was like, so I spent several nights at the Coweta County Fair in 1999 interviewing workers. They were surprisingly forthcoming and all were very nice. It was a neat experience. The main
people featured in the article included a young couple, newly
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married. He was a life-long carnie, but it was her first season. They worked side by side in two adjacent game booths. A few days later, I’m fairly certain I saw her in the back of a Newnan Police car, but I’ll never know. In 2003, after some nearly dead pit bulls had been found on local road sides, and there was an outcry against dog fighting, I decided to write a story on the issue. I lucked out when I got into a conversation with an acquaintance and found that he had actually attended a few dog fights and knew quite a lot about them. It led to what I thought was a very powerful piece. There were some memorable stories I didn’t write, of course. When the Rainwater murders were suddenly solved through DNA evidence, I was wowed. A few short years later, another cold murder case, that of Vieng Phovixay, was also solved. I hadn’t known about the murder when it had happened, though
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I went to school with some of Vieng’s younger siblings. I was glad the crime was solved, but, after learning about the case, I was also disturbed that it had taken so long. In hindsight, looking at the evidence, it seems the crime should have been solved easily, shortly after she’d disappeared. The murderer had been an early suspect, but the Harris County district attorney’s office (which was in charge of the case because of where her body was found) had declined to prosecute. One shocking crime that I and others have written about still hasn’t been solved. In 2009, a 90-year-old woman was found beaten, raped and cut at her Pinson Street home. The perpetrator had also carved what appeared to have been symbols or letters onto her stomach. The woman was unable
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to recall the incident. A person of interest was immediately named, but he was cleared when it was determined he had been out of town the day of the attack. In 2010, another man was arrested, but charges were soon dropped for lack of evidence. Perhaps someday the perpetrator of this horrible crime will be brought to justice. My favorite thing about being a reporter and a writer is getting to sit down with people – usually at their kitchen tables – and help them tell their stories. There have been
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Preserving the past while moving forward
many southern antebellum homes still intact. Portions of the city were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in the early 1980s, including the county courthouse located in downtown Newnan. The Newnan Times-Herald reported that the state would pay for the paving of 11 streets within the newly named historic district of Newnan. Though many homes and streets remained in place as the years went by, the face of Coweta County as a whole began to change. By the beginning of 1980, the interstate had transformed the county. What once was expansive farmland became suburbia. Coweta County soon
The Newnan Times-Herald began TWICE-A-WEEK PUBLICATION on June 4, 1985 - adding a Tuesday paper to the longtime Thursday publication. Two years later, the Times-Herald became an associate member of the Associated Press. A major renovation of the TimesHerald building took place in 1987-88.
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By the beginning of 1980, the interstate had transformed the county. became included with metropolitan Atlanta. Interstate 85 was completed past the city of Newnan in the previous decade, and this major addition connected Coweta with easy access to surrounding cities as well as to Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport. By 1984, 26 percent of Coweta’s residents commuted to work using the interstate. The county brought in commuters from other areas as well. Large corporations and industrial businesses chose Newnan and surrounding cities as home. The influx in employment opportunities led to the construction of both residential communities and more retail stores and restaurants. By 1985 Coweta’s total population had reached over 40,000. With rapid growth came a greater need for resources. The Georgia Power Company doubled the size of Plant Yates, the energy facility which served the county. The local phone company, Southern Bell, announced plans to install the new technology of digital
With rapid growth came a greater need for resources. Coweta’s energy facility, The Georgia Power Company, doubled the size of Plant Yates while the local phone company, Southern Bell, announced plans to install digital switching and fiber optic cable.
switching and optical fiber cable. Newnan Water and Light provided
Above: Coweta County continued to make changes from rural to suburban in the early 1980s, while preserving the countyâ€™s historic landmarks. The Newnan courthouse, originally constructed in 1904, underwent a project that involved cleaning and repairing leaks in the copper dome. The courthouse was remodeled again in 1985 to make space for a first-floor courtroom, judgeâ€™s office and jury room. Opposite page: The Newnan-Coweta Planning Commission was disbanded in December 1985, while the city of Newnan set up its own planning commission. With preservation in mind, several districts in the city were revitalized and submitted to the National Register of Historic Places. The Newnan Times-Herald published a special section annually to boast the cityâ€™s efforts of planning, building and revitalizing.
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a sufficient amount of water to the county seat, and wells remained near the homes of farmers and communities farther outside of Newnan. However, with the purchase of a failed residential community, Coweta County began to explore the possibility of merging smaller community water structures into a county water system. Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority was established and approved by 1980. Though Coweta held firmly to its history by preserving districts and antebellum homes, the county once known for agriculture watched as the culture of farming began to fade away. In the previous decade, The Newnan Times-Herald boasted weekly ads promoting locally grown produce, and County Agent Bruce Hamilton urged the county not to leave farming behind in 1971. “You hear a lot of people in Newnan making this statement,” Hamilton said, “that agriculture is dead in Coweta County. This is far from true.” By the late 1970s, however, cotton fields had been replaced with pine trees. The pulpwood industry grew in Coweta, and by 1980 newsprint from the county’s timber was being sold to publishers and printers everywhere, including The Newnan Times-Herald.
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T imeline JUNE 19
Emperor Maximilian executed in Mexico.
1869 MAR. 1
Yellowstone becomes America’s first national park.
1877 JULY 2
President James Garfield shot; dies September 19.
A bank panic begins that is followed by six years of economic depression.
1898 SEPT. 6
President William McKinley shot, dies Sept. 14.
The 16th Amendment ratified, paving the way for a federal income tax.
1915 APR. 6
The United States enters World War I.
8th Amendment prohibits manufacture or sale of alcoholic beverages.
Oren William Passavant purchases The Newnan Herald when J.E. Brown retires.
1929 DEC. 5
1936 Hanson G. Ford sells The Newnan Herald to George M. MacNabb and Victor D. Armstrong.
1941 SEPT. 2
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Lee surrenders to Grant at Appomattox, ending the Civil War.
Last spike driven at Promontory Summit, Utah, to create intercontinental railroad.
1872 Reconstruction in the South officially ends.
James E. Brown serving as editor of The Coweta Advertiser when it merges with The Newnan Herald.
1893 Spanish-American War begins, lasts until Aug. 12.
James E. Brown sells the The Herald and Advertiser to Rhodes McPhail, but the arrangement does not last.
The Herald and Advertiser absorbs The Newnan News, and the combined paper is named The Newnan Herald.
1917 The Armistice is signed, ending World War I.
1919 19th Amendment is ratified, giving women the vote.
Stock market crash marks the beginning of the Great Depression.
1933 O.W. Passavant sells The Newnan Herald to Hanson G. Ford.
The first issue of The Newnan Times is published.
Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, drawing the United States into World War II.
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Lincoln dies from a fatal gunshot wound.
1946 DEC. 24 First edition of The Newnan Times-Herald is published.
The number of U.S. troops in Vietnam rises to 16,000.
The Newnan Times-Herald celebrates the paper’s 100th birthday with publication of the Centennial Magazine.
Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. assassinated.
Richard Nixon – facing impeachment – resigns the presidency.
The Newnan Times-Herald begins twice-a-week publication.
The Newnan Times-Herald launches its first website.
1997 SEPT. 11
Terrorists attack New York and Washington, D.C.
Coweta Living is published for the first time.
2009 MARCH 22
Sam Jones, who oversaw transformation of The Newnan Times-Herald from a bi-weekly to a daily newspaper, retires.
1947 Korean War begins, lasting more than three years.
John F. Kennedy assassinated.
The Newnan Herald is acquired in October 1946 by the Thomassons, publishers of The Newnan Times.
The Newnan Times-Herald is one of the first newspapers in Georgia to switch to offset printing to allow more pictures and greater use of color.
The Newnan Times-Herald operation moves to the present offices at 16 Jefferson St.
1968 Coweta County’s schools integrated.
The last American troops evacuate Saigon, ending the Vietnam War.
The Newnan Times-Herald, Inc. becomes an associate member of the Associated Press.
1996 First daily issue of The Times-Herald published.
It is announced The Times-Herald has purchased Newnan-Coweta Magazine.
2006 The mobile version of The Newnan Times-Herald website – m.times-herald.com – is introduced.
Neighborhood Community Bank, first of three Coweta banks, fails during a financial crisis with international ramifications.
John A. Winters is named general manager of the newspaper.
Winters becomes publisher of The Newnan Times-Herald.
The Times-Herald moves to printing at the production facilities of the OpelikaAuburn News in Lee County, AL.
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Continuing our Journey of Faith in Coweta County The people of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church have come a long way on our journey of faith. St. Paul’s was established in Newnan in 1892 with services first held in Thomas’ Hall on the west side of the Courthouse Square. In 1961, St. Paul’s moved to its present location on Roscoe Road.
In 2003, we celebrated the consecration of our current church, where individuals and families now gather and experience the mystery of Christ and are uplifted by the beauty of our liturgy. We invite you to come worship with us. Whoever you are and wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome.
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Significant front pages Written by CELIA SHORTT
LL THE PAGES of a newspaper are important, but it’s the front
page that sets the stage for the readers and allows them to see what is happening in the community and in the country. In its 150 years of front pages – in the early days its second pages – The Newnan Times-Herald has shared many successes and tragedies of the world and community in which we live. The following is a just a small sampling of those pages, highlighting key events in Coweta County, in Newnan, in Georgia, and in the United States through the lens of The Newnan Herald, The Herald and Advertiser, The Newnan Times, and The Newnan Times-Herald.
November 6, 1868 “THE RESULTS” On page two, the results of the recent United States presidential election are given, and Ulysses S. Grant is named president. Grant was elected during the reconstruction period after the Civil War and helped stabilize the nation. During the war, he led the northern army to victory over Robert E. Lee and the Confederate States of America.
July 7, 1881 “PRESIDENT GARFIELD” Page two of The Newnan Herald announces the assassination of President James A. Garfield by Charles Guiteau on July 2. Guiteau shot him twice. One shot hit him in the arm and the other went into his back and embedded itself into his abdomen. Garfield remained alive until September 18, when he succumbed to his injuries.
November 2, 1894 “ATKINSON TAKES OATH” William Y. Atkinson of Coweta County is inaugurated as the governor of Georgia. Atkinson was the first of two Georgia governors from Coweta County.
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April 26, 1899 “BURNED AT THE STAKE” The infamous Sam Hose lynching is reported on page two of The Herald and
Advertiser. Hose, also called Sam Holt and born Tom Wilkes, was accused of murdering his boss, Alfred Cranford, after an argument. He was also accused of sexually assaulting Cranford’s wife. After running and being returned to Coweta County, he was tortured and executed by a lynch mob. Detective Louis P. Le Vin investigated the lynching and believed that Hose killed Cranford in self-defense and that the other allegations were given to incite the lynch mob.
September 20, 1901 “PRESIDENT MCKINLEY DEAD” President William McKinley was fatally shot on September 6, 1901, by Leon Czolgosz. Czolgosz was an anarchist. He hid a gun in a handkerchief and shot McKinley twice in the abdomen when he shook hands with him. McKinley died on September 14 from gangrene in his wounds.
November 15, 1918 “PEACE AT LAST! GERMANY AGREES TO ARMISTICE AND ACCEPTS ALL TERMS IMPOSED BY THE ALLIES” This article marked the end of World War I. Also called the Great War, it began in 1914. It was a global war, centered in Europe. In the four years of fighting, more than nine million combatants and seven million civilians died.
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January 17, 1919 “THE NATION GOES ‘DRY’” The manufacturing and selling of alcohol was outlawed in all states of the union.
September 14, 1939 “OUR WAR MAP SUPPLEMENT” This issue of The Newnan Herald was the first after Germany invaded Poland on September 9, 1939, and started World War II. Since it was unable to keep up with the daily dispatches of the war, the paper created a map of the war effort. Readers could cut it out and use it to follow the updates they heard on the radio.
December 4, 1941 “MR. BIG COMES TO TOWN” President Franklin D. Roosevelt came through Newnan on his way to Warm Springs, Georgia, for a belated Thanksgiving dinner. According to the paper, people crowded at the station to see Roosevelt as he arrived. He would travel regularly to Warm Springs, as the warm water helped lessen the pain caused by his polio.
December 11, 1941 “CITY GIRDS FOR DEFENSE ACTIVITY AS WAR BEGINS” This story marked the United States’ entry into World War II on December 7, 1941.
January 14, 1943 “GOVERNOR ARNALL SWORN IN FOR FOUR YEAR TERM TUESDAY” Arnall was the second Cowetan elected as Georgia’s governor. After his four year term, he served as an attorney and businessman. He unsuccessfully ran again for governor in 1966.
May 3, 1945 “HERALD WILL PUBLISH DAILY For the first time, The Newnan Herald was going to publish a daily paper to bring residents the most complete and fastest news service. Another front page article, “Mayor Asks City for Quiet VE Day Celebration Here,” showed that the end of Nazi Germany was near. Five days later, the Nazi German-armed forces surrendered to the allies.
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August 9, 1945 “ALLIES CLOSING IN ON JAPAN: LAND, SEA, AND AIR FORCES ATTACKING FROM ALL SIDES” Japan surrendered less than a week later on August 15, ending World War II.
May 6, 1948 “KIDNAP-MURDER MYSTERY SOLVED BY LAMAR POTTS AND ASSISTANTS” The murder and kidnapping of William Turner, along with the downfall of John Wallace, still makes headlines today. This case saw the downfall of one of Meriwether County’s most prominent citizens. It also established the legacy of Coweta County Sheriff Lamar Potts. In 1978, the events were chronicled in a book by Margaret Anne Barnes, and in 1984, a made-fortelevision movie about it was created.
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November 28, 1963 “FREE WORLD MOURNS DEATH OF PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY”
Korean War started, a photo was printed on the first page
The assassination in Dallas, Texas of John F. Kennedy on
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July 6, 1950 “U.S. GUNS PROTECTING AIR LIFE AT SUWON”
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July 17, 1969 “APOLLO ON THE WAY TO THE MOON LANDING” The United States’ Apollo 11 was the first manned mission to land on the moon. It established the country as a driving force in the space race.
July 24, 1969 “APOLLO 11 CREW TO SPLASH DOWN TODAY AFTER ‘WALK’” After the successful moon walk by the Apollo 11 crew, they were welcomed back to the country with many celebrations. The front page also features a photo of a Newnan man, Guy N. Witherington, on the Apollo 11 spacecraft. Witherington was a supervisor space systems quality control representative at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He and others like him were responsible for the preparation, check-out, and flight readiness of manned aircraft.
August 15, 1974 “HAIL TO THE NEW CHIEF” President Richard Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974, after the Watergate Scandal. The Newnan Times-Herald did not have any front page coverage of the resignation, but a timely editorial was included on the editorial page.
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November 4, 1976 “DEMOCRATS WIN WITH RECORD VOTER TURNOUT” In the first presidential election since Nixon’s resignation, local election officials said Coweta County had a record turnout with more than 9,200 people voting. President James “Jimmy” Carter served his four-year term and ran an unsuccessful re-election campaign in 1980.
January 30, 1986 “SPACE SHUTTLE DISASTER STUNS COWETA COUNTY” Two days earlier, on January 28, the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded 73 seconds into its flight when an O-ring seal in its right solid rocket booster failed. The aircraft disintegrated over the Atlantic Ocean. All seven crew members were killed – five NASA astronauts and two payload specialists. One was a teacher and the other an engineer.
January 22, 1991 “PERSIAN GULF WAR HITS HOME FOR SERVICEMEN’S FAMILIES” Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East began a few days before on January 17. Its impact was already starting to be felt in Coweta County.
March 23, 1994 “A FOND FAREWELL TO LEWIS GRIZZARD” From Moreland and one of Coweta County’s most famous people, Grizzard died after open heart surgery on March 20. He was a writer and humorist who was known for his southern demeanor and commentary on the American South.
October 12, 2000 “YAMAHA’S $51 MILLION EXPANSION WILL ADD 400 NEW JOBS IN NEWNAN” Yamaha is still one of the leading industries in Coweta County. Since 2000, it has created more than 3 million vehicles and invested more than $250 million in U.S. manufacturing. The Newnan plant and corporate offices in Kennesaw, employ 2,040 people in Georgia.
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September 12, 2001 “ATTACK ON AMERICA: CATASTROPHE” The September 11 bombing of the Twin Towers was a terrorist attack felt all over the country, including in Coweta County.
February 2, 2003 “SHUTTLE EXPLODES” The Columbia Space Shuttle disintegrated as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere over Texas and Louisiana. All seven crew members were killed.
December 14, 2004 “COWETA MARINE KILLED” U.S. Marine Jeffrey Blanton was the first Coweta soldier killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Blanton was killed in Fallujah when the building he was hospitalized in was bombed. He was one of seven Marines killed in the attack.
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November 5, 2008 “IT’S OBAMA” In an historical election, Barack Obama became the first African American person elected as president of the United States. He was re-elected in 2012.
March 30, 2009 “SQUARE BECOMES ‘ZOMBIELAND’” For the movie “Zombieland,” Newnan’s downtown square became a post-apocalyptic wasteland that had been taken over by zombies. The movie starred Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg,
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August 22, 2009 “FIRST COWETA BANK SHUT DOWN”
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HE 1990s began as a time of struggle and fear for many in Coweta County, but ended with a bang as
the new millennium approached. An economic recession and the Persian Gulf War
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brought overwhelming stress for many families. As Newnan deployed its own 48th Infantry Brigade into the war, the city was faced with the highest number of vacant business spaces and the worst economic decline it had seen in decades. By the end of the war in 1991, none of Coweta’s infantrymen had seen action in the Gulf. To ease the strain from the recession, the state introduced the Georgia lottery. Governor Zell Miller hoped this influx of funds would help boost the economy. Not soon after, he then started the Georgia HOPE scholarship, where lottery funds were used to help pay for college tuition for high school graduates who maintained a B grade point average. Coweta took advantage of the new opportunity, with many convenience stores overflowing with ticket buyers the
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The Newnan Times-Herald was one of the first five newspapers in Georgia to launch a website in 1996. SAM JONES, longtime editor of The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, was hired as publisher of The Times-Herald in 1996, and home delivery replaced mail delivery in 1997. “Good Morning, Coweta!” greeted readers as the daily TIMES-HERALD rolled off the press for the first time on October 1, 1997. Press operations were moved off-site, and another renovation followed in 1999.
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day the lottery started. Lewis Grizzard, famed writer and humorist from Coweta, passed away on March 20, 1994, after complications from heart surgery. His death echoed throughout the county and beyond, with many saddened by the sudden loss of the acclaimed columnist. The opening of the Newnan Crossing shopping center brought much hope for the rise of the economy. Loweâ€™s was the first store completed, opening for business in 1995. Hurricane Opal marked severe damage in Coweta in October of 1995. When the eye of the storm reached Coweta, it knocked out power for thousands of people for several days, placing Coweta on the federal disaster area list for Georgia. The millions of dollars of damages took months to recover from.
The 1990s began as a time of struggle and fear for many in Coweta County.
One of the biggest changes for the city of Newnan came in 1995 with the proposition of a new liquor referendum. When it passed with a two-thirds majority,
Hurricane Opal left a path of destruction in her path. Tree limbs and power lines were downed near Higgins Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home.
1990 s restaurants within the city limits could offer mixed alcoholic beverages to patrons. Newt Gingrich, who had represented Coweta County in Congress earlier, entered office in 1995 as the first Republican Speaker of the House in 40 years and was the first from Georgia in over 100 years. The 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta brought a sense of pride throughout the state. When the torch was carried through the streets of Newnan in July, crowds attended to witness the spectacle. Matteline Render, an Olympic athlete from Moreland, took part in ceremonies held in her hometown. Coweta became the “Hollywood of the South” in the 1990s. Movies and television shows, such as “Andersonville” and “I’ll Fly Away” were filmed in the county, drawing crowds of celebrities and fans alike. Current mayor Keith Brady first entered office in the 1990s, winning the 1993 election with a 64 percent majority. In the wake of the 1999 Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, the Coweta County school board made national headlines for its introductions of see-through book bags to monitor student safety. To keep up with the amount of change and bustle throughout the county, The Times-Herald started printing a daily paper instead of only twice a week. Several new elementary, middle, and high schools also opened throughout the decade to meet the population’s growing needs, as well as a new city hall and a new county jail. To prepare for the impending “Y2K bug,” the city of Newnan spent more than $32,000 to ensure that hospital and government computers would be protected. As the millennium drew to a close, Coweta was able to
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HE YEAR 2000 â€‰was more than just the dawn of a new century, it was the dawn of a
new millennium. It began as a decade of tremendous growth and profound change in Coweta, with a rapid influx of new residents, dramatic commercial growth, major road projects and increasing economic development. Two longtime cold murder cases were suddenly solved and the perpetrators were sentenced to life in prison. By late 2008 and early 2009, the bottom had fallen out of the once thriving housing market. Hundreds of foreclosures were listed each month in The Newnan Times-Herald, and both residential and commercial developments stalled. Though there were positive economic strides such as the announcement that Cancer Treatment Centers of America would be building its southeastern hospital in Newnan, Coweta ended the decade on an economic low note. On January 1, 2000, The Newnan Times-Herald became a true daily, adding a Monday edition
and publishing seven days a week. The biggest scare of 1999, the Y2K crisis, was a non-event. Citizens of Senoia commemorated the new millennium with a group photo in downtown, and Moreland buried a time capsule. Twenty-one months later, Cowetans joined other Americans in solidarity after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and on the Pentagon. America went to war. Politically, Georgia elected its first Republican governor since reconstruction in 2002, and by the end of the decade, Republicans, who had long dominated Coweta County government, almost completely dominated state government. The Tea Party made its first appearance on April 15, 2009. There was a rally in downtown Newnan, in front of Newnan City Hall.
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2000 s The murders of 20-year-old Vieng Phovixay in 1987 and father and son Joe and George Rainwater in 1990 shocked Coweta County. The crimes remained unsolved for many years. Phovixay, whose family had come to Coweta from Laos in the 1970s, was heading home from visiting her ex-husband when she had a flat tire. An unknown man picked her up and took her back to her ex-husband’s home, where she called her father. She then left with the man. When her father arrived, he found his daughter’s truck on U.S. Highway 29 South, but she was missing. Remains of a female were found in Harris County in 1989, and were identified as Phovixay’s in 1991. Charles Thomas Manley of LaGrange had been an early suspect in the case, but was never prosecuted. But in 2005, Manley was arrested and charged with Phovixay’s murder. Her body was exhumed as part of the investigation. Manley, who was sentenced to life in prison, died in 2015. On January 24, 1990, neighbors of Kevin Rainwater contacted Kevin’s father Joe to tell him about a suspicious white van at Kevin Rainwater’s home on Martin Mill Road. Joe and his son George went to investigate. When George’s wife arrived shortly thereafter, she found both men dead from gunshot wounds to the head. There were few leads in the case. In 1997, a cigarette butt found on the scene was submitted for DNA testing. And in 2001, there was a hit – on a man in the state prison system. Career criminal brothers Ricky and Michael Denny, along with Russell Brown were charged in the case. The Denney brothers were sentenced to life in prison and Brown, who testified against the brothers, received a 10-year sentence. Another Coweta murder victim received justice in 2007, five years after he was killed. In 2002, fearful of ex-boyfriend Warner Lee Arnold, Karon Moss had asked her daughter’s father, Kerry Arnold (no relation) to stay at her home for a few days to protect her and their daughter. One December evening, there was a knock at the door. When Kerry Arnold opened the door, he was shot and killed by Warner Lee Arnold, who then kidnapped Moss. Moss struggled with Arnold in his vehicle, causing it to crash. He fled on foot. Arnold was a fugitive for five years until he was found in Philadelphia and extradited to Georgia. He pled guilty and was sentenced to life. On a brighter note, there was work on two major parks in Coweta, and the groundwork was laid for two new hospitals. The 2000s brought the beginning of the Tea Party, on April 15, 2009, and the solving of two of Coweta’s most infamous cold cases: the Rainwater and Phovixay murders. The entire front page on January 25, 2002 was devoted to the arrests of three career criminals for the 1990 murders of George and Joe Rainwater.
The Central Educational Center, Coweta’s career academy which is also home to several college programs, opened. Angel’s House, a group home for foster children, opened after a major fundraising effort.
Press improvements were made in 2000 and again in 2003. The Times-Herald purchased NEWNAN-COWETA MAGAZINE from Chad and Monica Watkins in 2005 and transformed its popular summer Newcomers’ Guide into a magazine format as COWETA LIVING. A digital version of the newspaper debuted in 2008 and a mobile version in 2009. september 2015
The Coweta County Commissioners endorsed a plan in 2000 to turn the Brown’s Mill Battlefield site into a park, and the state of Georgia had previously purchased the land along the Chattahoochee River that would become Chattahoochee Bend State Park. But Cowetans had to wait many years to finally enjoy those parks. Thanks to proactive action by Coweta County and county residents and groups, a development plan for the park was created by consultants paid for by Coweta County. Once that was done, Coweta’s legislative delegation was able to get funding for the project included in the state budget. A groundbreaking for the park was held in September of 2009. The park finally opened to the public nearly two years later. The county commission endorsed a plan to turn the Brown’s Mill Battlefield site into a park in early 2000, though the park did not open until 2013. A $3 million plan was approved in 2004. Work on a significantly scaled-back plan was delayed by the commissioners in 2009 over budget concerns. The city of Newnan developed the Greenville Street and First Avenue parks, and Senoia purchased the land that would become Marimac Lakes Park. A new library was built on the county’s east side, and plans neared completion for new libraries in Senoia and Grantville. In 2000, Newnan Hospital announced plans for a new $48 million facility, on the grounds of the historic hospital on Jackson Street. Emory Peachtree Regional Hospital, the former Coweta General Hospital on Hospital Road, also announced expansion plans. In 2002, each received a “certificate of need” from the state, and Peachtree Regional purchased land on Bullsboro Drive for the new hospital. The CEO of Emory Peachtree Regional proposed the mutual withdrawal of both CONs. A few months later, Newnan Hospital agreed to buy Peachtree Regional. For a while, there were two Newnan Hospitals: East and West. In November of 2003, all emergency services moved to Hospital Road. The old hospital didn’t close completely, with some services, including outpatient surgery and the sleep center, remaining at the Jackson Street location. In 2005, a local task force formed, with hopes to open a new regional hospital. Around the same time, Newnan Hospital’s board of directors started talking to Piedmont Hospital about a possible merger. Piedmont presented Newnan Hospital with a plan to assume $40 million in Newnan Hospital’s
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Top: Coweta County spent years planning and building the Coweta County Justice Center, which opened to the public in 2006. Middle: Liberty Glenn hugs her dad, Wesley, during a picnic held before his company of Georgia Army National Guard soldiers deployed to Afghanistan in 2009. Bottom: Georgia State Rep. Lynn Smith and State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, help build a ceremonial trail at the groundbreaking for Chattahoochee Bend State Park in 2009.
2000 s debt and build a new, 143-bed hospital. The members of the task force exercised options of two parcels of land, and vowed to build a locally
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owned and controlled facility, but the Piedmont deal moved forward. A groundbreaking for the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Poplar Road was held in November of 2008. A month later, it was announced construction would be delayed because of chaos in financial markets. Construction resumed in 2010 and the new hospital opened in May of 2012. Coweta County designated the Coweta County Development Authority as its economic development agency in 2004, and funded a staff. The CCDA worked throughout the decade courting industry. One such industry was “project cancer,” which was first mentioned in 2008. In June of 2009, it was announced that Cancer Treatment Centers of America was coming to Coweta. Construction began in 2011. Hospitals weren’t the only growth, of course. Significant commercial development came to Coweta. Ashley Park was constructed, as were new shopping centers at Thomas Crossroads and Lower Fayetteville Road. West Central Technical College offered classes at CEC for several years, and proposed a new, standalone campus in Coweta. WCTC merged with West Georgia Technical College, under the West Georgia name, and funding and a location for the new campus were announced in 2009. Senoia saw the beginning of a tremendous renewal
Piedmont Newnan Hospital CEO Michael Bass speaks at the 2008 groundbreaking ceremony for the new hospital on Poplar Road.
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back, thanks to the state’s incentives for film and video production. Newnan’s Mitch Seabaugh, who was a state senator at the time, was instrumental in getting the incentives passed. The movie “Sweet Home Alabama” was filmed at Wynn’s Pond in 2001. In 2005, “Broken Bridges,” starring Toby Keith and Burt Reynolds, filmed in downtown Senoia. The television show “October Road” filmed in Newnan in 2006 and 2007, and the movie “Meet the Browns” filmed in downtown Senoia. “Drop Dead Diva” filmed in Newnan and Senoia in 2008. “Zombieland” and “Get Low” filmed in Newnan in 2009. In 2007, Historic Development Ventures, now Movies began a slow return to Coweta during the 2000s, and production steadily picked up speed. This photo is from the movie “Broken Bridges” starring Toby Keith, which filmed in Senoia, Grantville and Moreland in 2005.
known as Senoia Enterprises, began construction of new buildings in downtown Senoia. Scott Tigchelaar and his then partner, Paul Lombardi of Riverwood Studios (now Raleigh Studios Atlanta), designed the new development to be accessible for filming, and envisioned a “living backlot” for movie and television production. There were plenty of changes to Coweta’s transportation landscape, including the construction of the Newnan Crossing Bypass and Newnan Crossing Boulevard, and the widening of Highway 34 to four lanes between Thomas Crossroads and Peachtree City. The first change was the renumbering of the exits on Interstate 85. Under the old system, Highway 154 was Exit 10, Bullsboro was Exit 9 and U.S. Highway 29 was Exit
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NIGHT OWL The late hours aren’t a big deal to Earl Godwin but taking pride in your work is. “If you don’t like what you do, you should go find something else to do,” he says.
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who can take advantage of his inability to sleep for more than four hours at a stretch. “I’ve always been that way,” Godwin said. “If I can get home before daylight, I can sleep. If not, I wait until the afternoon and take a nap then. But there’s something about the job that just appeals to me. There’s no traffic, no one to bother you.” Well, maybe a few stops by the police before he established himself as a figure on the night roads. “They’d pull me over and say ‘dang, it’s just the paper man.’ They thought they had a drunk driver,” Godwin said. “But they’ve told me they’re glad to have an extra set of eyes out there.” Godwin’s current route carries him around 120 miles each night. After departing from the newspaper’s warehouse after 1:00 a.m., Godwin makes his way into the Senoia area before winding up home around just before 6:00 in the morning. In his 25 years of delivering papers, he’s got his route down to a science.
Earl Godwin usually rolls into the Newnan TimesHerald warehouse around 1:00 a.m., ready to load his car and hit the dark roads of Coweta County.
“It’s not for everyone,” Godwin said. “It’s not only the starts and stops but it’s what you put into your work. When I throw a paper, I make sure it’s done right. ‘Good enough’ isn’t really my style.” Even with over 250 stops and a race against the sunrise, he takes great pride in his route. The elderly, the handicapped –
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Top: Once the papers are unloaded from the truck, Godwin and the other carriers will spend the remainder of the night delivering them to all points of the county. Left: Demonstrating his bagging technique, Godwin ensures that no customer on his route gets a wet newspaper when they wake up.
follows him, he just keeps going until they turn off. “I’m probably more worried about deer than people,” he said. “You can’t be too careful out here, though. It’s nice to know that no matter where I go, I’m probably only a few miles from someone I know.” Godwin is also friendly with The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s carriers, although he says it wasn’t always that way. When he first started, Godwin noticed that one carrier kept pulling his papers out of his boxes. “I told him that I’m retired and have nothing but time so if I caught him doing it again, I’d go back and pull every single paper on his route. Sure enough, he kept doing it so I had to make good on my promise,” Godwin chuckled. “It never happened again.” But it’s all water under the bridge, as far as he’s concerned. These days, he runs into the AJC carriers quite often and says it’s nice to know that if you
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recently founded A Griffin father has a non-profit organi “The rally Group,” ess to bullying and zation to bring awaren e. domestic violenc shaken into action was an newm kevin Coweta County stuafter his daughter, a . The young girl dent, attempted suicide ssion after being suffer ed from depre students at her by continuously bullied school. call at his home a ed newman receiv ing him that his late one evening, inform al after having hospit daughter was in the kill herself. made an attempt to daughter was like “Almost losing my with a baseball bat,” someone hitting me he said. newman evenIt was a huge blow that a County School Cowet with tually met Steve Barker to talk Superintendent Dr. with his daughter. about what happened (the rug), I f it is being swept under
Changing technology and an overall economic slump created major challenges for newspapers across the country. The Newnan Times-Herald added Facebook and Twitter accounts, updated its website and improved its photo gallery for online readers. Reporters began using laptop computers. Sam Jones retired in March 2013. JOHN A. WINTERS, a 30-year veteran of the newspaper industry, was named general manager in 2013 and publisher a few months later. The Newnan Times-Herald is celebrating a century and a half of news coverage and community service this year.
The decision by Cancer Treatment Centers of America to locate in Newnan was the most visible evidence of Coweta County’s growing role as a medical care mecca on Atlanta’s south side.
. .Within five years, Coweta County has grown into a health care mecca, a center for a variety of educational opportunities and an attractive setting for filming.
“Rings,” and “The Founder” about the founding of McDonald’s. The first half of this decade was also a progressive one for America. Our first African-American president, Barack Obama, served two terms in office, same-sex marriage was legalized in all 50 states by the Supreme Court, the most wanted fugitive by the United States, Osama bin Laden, was killed by U.S. forces, diplomatic relations were restored between the U.S. and Cuba, space exploration reached Pluto and the dwarf planet Ceres, and a new and larger Earth-like planet, Kepler-452b, was discovered 1,400 light years from Earth. While it has been a mostly positive decade, the 2010s have also seen the continuation of the long War on Terrorism, which hit Coweta County too close to home
The historic Newnan Hospital campus on Jackson Street has been transformed into the Newnan center of the University of West Georgia. Students began classes 90 years – to the day – from the hospital’s opening. At left, nursing students pay attention during a class.
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when three Cowetans serving our country lost their lives overseas. Spc. Chad Derek Coleman, 20, of Moreland, was killed on August 27, 2010, in Afghanistan; Spc. Adrian G. Mills, 23, of Newnan, was killed on September 29, 2011, in Iraq; and Capt. Nicholas Whitlock, 29, lost his life February 18, 2012, in a plane crash in Djibouti. The Newnan Times-Herald also hit some landmarks during the decade. Previously named The Times-Herald, on September 9, 2011, the newspaper changed its name back to The Newnan Times-Herald, which it currently holds in its 150th year. In July 2011, the paper upgraded its website to make room for more photos, galleries and sections. Another major change came on May 21, 2014, when The Newnan Times-Herald decided to no longer print its own paper. The responsibility of printing
Movie and television crews in larger numbers found Coweta County a good place to film. “The Walking Dead” filmed at several Coweta locations and used Senoia as the set for Woodbury, the town in the series. At right, actor Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, makes a telephone call during a break.
the daily paper was turned over to the pressroom at The Opelika-Auburn News. Also that year, John A. Winters was named publisher.
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