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2011 in Review

1D — Sunday, January 1, 2012

Photo by Jeffrey Leo

The snow/ice mix in January 2011 made for some good sliding fun. Here Jack Camp rides on his dad Stephen’s lap as they come to a stop after sliding down a hill in the parking lot of the West Broad Townhouses in Newnan.

Piedmont gets $5.1 million gift from Newnan Hospital, Inc. ■ Piedmont Newnan Hospital receives a $5.1 million dollar gift from Newnan Hospital Inc., the largest gift in Piedmont History. The donation was to be used to offer enhanced services in the areas of interventional radiology, surgery, emergency care and women’s and neonatal services. ■ Martin Luther King Jr. Newnan parade organizers announce that longtime educator Margaret Thompson will serve as grand marshal. ■ State Representative Lynn Smith of Newnan is named one of the Top 100 Influential Georgians by Georgia Trend magazine. ■ Three people are killed in two separate automobile accidents in Coweta in early January. ■ A $525,000 settlement is reached in the death of William Calvin Sutton Sr., who died while serving a DUI sentence in the Coweta County Jail. ■ Two young Grantville sisters, Ansley and Elizabeth Boynton, die in a Jan. 9 house fire. Seven other family members escape the fire, caused by a space heater.

January

■ Snow, sleet, ice and freezing rain come calling in Coweta Jan. 10 in the first winter storm of 2011. The freezing temperatures linger for days making road conditions hazardous. ■ The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office arrests six suspects, including five juveniles, in a weekend home invasion. ■ Georgia Power employees take part in a day of service in Coweta in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. ■ Coweta County seeks dismissal of a cell tower law suit filed by property owners on Parks Road over approval of a

See JAN, page 4D

Arnco family gets new home thanks to Tyler Perry ■ Natalie Caylor in February is named the 2011 champion speller for Coweta’s middle and elementary schools. ■ A murder warrant is sought in connection with the death of infant Austin Edwards. His father, Johnny Lee Edwards, is arrested. ■ The Occupational Health and Safety Administration fines Drive Power Inc. more than $79,000 for health and safety violations. ■ Robert Prince of Herron Consulting speaking at a specially called meeting of the Coweta County Development Authority shows Coweta some things needed to work on educationally in order to get better jobs. ■ The Coweta Board of Commissioners re-thinks witness pay for courts. ■ The Board of Commissioners approves spending an extra $60,000 on a justification report for a proposed I-85 interchange north of Newnan between Bullsboro Drive and Highway 154. ■ Coweta County Water and Sewage Authority’s rate is deemed unsuitable at current customer levels.

February

■ Atlanta Christian College selects West Point over Newnan as its new home and takes new name Point University. ■ The ninth annual Run for Angels and Chicken Q brings in $42,000 for Angel’s House, an emergency shelter for foster children. ■ Newnan Utilities hosts an invitation-only meeting of local leaders to discuss findings. A roundtable discussion follows. ■ The proposal of Sunday alcohol sales in Georgia goes to the state senate. ■ NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun speaks at the

See FEB, page 6D

Photo by Bob Fraley

Workers take a short break from paving the new lanes of the Hwy. 34 Bypass while waiting for their next load of asphalt in February 2011.

Charles Wadsworth, serving as host for the Wadsworth and Friends March 2011 concert, brings laughter from the audience as he switches to his reading glasses to accompany Bella Hristova and Andres Diaz.

Former federal judge Jack Camp sentenced to 30 days in prison ■ Former U.S. District Court Judge Jack Camp surrenders his license to practice law following a plea the previous November to drug and weaponsrelated charges. He is sentenced to 30 days in prison, fined $1,000, and ordered to complete 400 hours Camp of community service. ■ Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s site preparation work begins on Newnan Crossing Bypass following a number of delays. ■ The body of Rory Z. Hunt, 52, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is found near I-85 in Newnan. ■ Madras Middle School teacher Nancy Williams is named a Georgia Teacher of the Year finalist. ■ Copper thieves strike the booths at Powers’ Crossroads festival grounds in west Coweta, causing more than $4,500 worth of damage. ■ Piedmont Newnan Hospital decides to retain its

March

traditional name after concluding a community survey on suggestions. ■ A grant enables the Head Start program to expand its class offerings. ■ Smokey Road Middle School Principal Laurie Barron is named a finalist for the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals’ “Principal of the Year” distinction. ■ Three people are arrested in connection with a meth lab bust in Arnco. ■ The Moreland Town Council sets a three-month moratorium on cell tower

See MARCH, page 6D

Tornado strikes Troup, Heard and Coweta; Gourmet hits 20 Photo by Jeff Bishop

Among those breaking ground for the new West Georgia Technical College Coweta campus in late April 2011 are, from left, Mark Whitlock, CEO of Central Educational Center; Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of WGTC; Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia; Malcolm Jackson, WGTC Foundation Board president; and Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle.

Ground broken for new WGTC Coweta campus ■ Corbette Jackson visits Madras Middle School just as his tribute to a local firefighter, “Heart of a Champion,” hits the radio in April 2011. ■ A failed air conditioning system causes problems for senior citizens at Grantville Senior Center. ■ Blake Bass, retiring superintendent of schools, is honored with the Richard Brooks Visionary Award. ■ Coweta County Genealogical Society discusses its dropping membership numbers. ■ An engineer reports that the Moreland Mill is in need of repair. ■ World Warriors Ministries withdraws its request to permit a church on property next to the historic Catalpa Plantation on Poplar Road. ■ The Tyrone Post Office is named for Lt. Robert Wilson Collins, a soldier killed in the Iraq War.

April

■ High winds and storms batter Coweta County, downing trees and power lines, but resulting in no injuries. ■ Allen Tenny Jr., 64, dies in a house fire on Crit Alley in Newnan. ■ Carmen Brown joins the Moreland Town Council. ■ Newnan-Coweta Historical Society identifies a Civil War soldier, S.J. Sanders, who had been an unknown at

See APRIL, page 8D

■ The Newnan TimesHerald publishes its “Coweta’s Greatest Generation” series on World War II veterans in hardback book format. ■ Town of Moreland holds Heritage Day events. ■ Coweta County Master Gardeners plan annual Garden Gate Tour. ■ Cowetans who were in NYC, DC on 9/11 reflect on news that Osama bin Laden is killed. ■ Work begins on armed metal poles for traffic signals at Jefferson/Clark/Jackson street intersection near downtown Newnan. ■ An EF1 tornado is confirmed in April storms in Troup, Heard and southwest Coweta counties. Wellspring Church in Senoia helps south Fayette’s Brooks community tornado victims. ■ Scott Swentor, 47, of Newnan is sentenced to 30 years in prison and life on probation after pleading guilty to child molestation. ■ Hannah Nichole Freeman, 27, of Newnan, is sentenced to five years in prison and 15 years probation after pleading guilty to striking 11-year-old Tracy Gaydoul with her vehicle on Welcome-to-Arnco Road. ■ Sue Jordan, Coweta schools first curriculum director, dies. ■ Fire started from a lightning strike destroys large home of Young Hammond Hatchett at 14 Robinson St. in Newnan’s Cole Town Historic District. ■ A 20-year-old man dies from injuries in what authori-

May

ties say was a pedestrian accident on Tommy Lee Cook Road. Georgia State Patrol tracks leads in case. ■ Cowetans mark National Day of Prayer. ■ Coweta’s 13th annual Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon is held at Coweta County Fairgrounds. ■ Zachary CampbellHovland, 21, pleads guilty in Coweta Superior Court to homicide by vehicle in the first degree, driving under the influence (alcohol and drugs) and reckless driving. He is sentenced to 15 years, to serve eight in prison, for charges stemming from an incident Sept. 18, 2010, on Ga. Hwy. 16 E. in which another driver, Sondra Lynn Reece, 62, died. ■ Former Grantville City Councilman and educator John Malcolm Jr. dies. ■ Redneck Gourmet marks 20 years in downtown Newnan. ■ New traffic signal operational at Hollz Parkway and Georgia Highway 34 E., location of Georgia Regional

See MAY, page 8D

Nursing Supervisor Denise Dasher weighs 3-month-old Madeline Brogan during a routine visit at the new Coweta County Health Department facilities that opened in June 2012 on Hospital Road.

Health Dept. moves into its new building ■ Newnan Police Department completes its probe into alleged financial misconduct at ACE, the nonprofit, Newnan-based Alliance For Children’s Enrichment. GBI investigation continues. ■ Severe storms cause power outages to over 3,500 customers of Newnan Utilities. ■ Coweta County Health Department moves into new headquarters on Hospital Road. ■ Newnan veteran organizes 6,000-mile motorcycle ride across America for fellow vets. ■ Bloomberg Business Week publication names Coweta “Best Affordable Place” in Georgia. ■ Georgia Aerospace Advisory Council meets with Coweta County Development Authority to investigate new ways to promote, utilize Newnan-Coweta Airport. ■ Georgia Department of Transportation releases list of 32 Coweta road projects to be considered for funding if new special purpose sales tax for transportation passes. ■ New murals unveiled at Central Educational Center.

June

■ Officials announce that Piedmont Newnan Hospital on target for February 2012 opening. ■ Suspect indicted on charges of arson and damage to property in connection with string of Pinson Street arsons. ■ Homeowners object to proposed cell phone tower on Lower Fayetteville Road. Coweta County approves tower. ■ Newnan City Council votes to construct conference center on Lower Fayetteville

See JUNE, page 9D


2D — The Newnan Times-Herald — Sunday, January 1, 2012

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History buffs raise funds, awareness for battlefield The Madras depot and post office may be saved from demolition, it was reported in July 2011. Newnan's Phillip Swords hopes to move the building to property he owns just north of Madras — if CSX railroad will give him enough time to do it.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park opens to public ■ As July 2011 opens, so does Chattahoochee Bend State Park. The 2,910-acre facility along the Chattahoochee River in west Coweta is the first new state park to open in 20 years. ■ Cancer Treatment Centers of America names Kane Dawson as president of its under-construction Newnan facility, the first CTCA facility in the Southeast U.S. ■ New state law takes effect requiring children under age eight to wear child safety seats. ■ A two-year old boy kidnapped by his mother in Moreland is found safe in North Carolina. ■ TV show “The Walking Dead” begins filming at locations in Coweta County. The show later becomes a major hit for the AMC network. ■ Tributes begin across Coweta for CCFD firefighter Chris Landreau, who died in June following a courageous battle with cancer. ■ Dr. Bob Heaberlin, principal of Lee Middle School, is named Georgia’s 2011 National Distinguished Principal. ■ A human skull is found

July

near Wynn’s Pond on Hwy. 34 East. Investigation begins. ■ Newnan Police begin probe of brutality claim following alleged incident outside BJ’s. ■ Newnan man is treated after being bitten by rabid fox. ■ Crossroads Church’s ReNew Thrift Store celebrates first anniversary. ■ Coweta Water and Sewerage Authority is selected to provide water for the new campus of West Georgia Technical College on Turkey Creek Road. ■ West Georgia Technical College Foundation begins new fundraising program.

See JULY, page 9D

■ History buffs host an event at the Coweta County Fairgrounds to raise awareness and funds for restoration of the Brown’s Mill battlefield site south of Newnan. ■ Local teachers get AdoptA-Stream training. ■ American Medical Response takes over control of county emergency medical service from Vital Care ambulance company. ■ Chatham County students visit Newnan Youth Council. ■ Cities of Senoia, Newnan and Palmetto vote to put referendum on sales of package beer and wine on November ballot. ■ Groundbreaking held for Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Newnan hospital. ■ A fence is installed to stop vehicular traffic from Wynn’s Pond Road into Fischer Crossings shopping center. ■ Convicted child molester Robert Leonard Ewell is sentenced to seven life sentences in Coweta Superior Court. ■ East Coweta High School resource officer Vence Meadows is named Georgia’s School Resource Officer of the Year. ■ Coweta schools open without incident at more than 30 schools and support facilities. ■ Locally-filmed feature “The Fat Boy Chronicles” is set for August 17 screening in Coweta County. ■ Moreland man is killed in two-vehicle accident on Marion Beavers Road. ■ Coweta School System announces 2011 enrollment at 21,736. ■ Newnan’s’ PAPP Clinic joins Piedmont Physician’s Group, changes name to Piedmont Physicians Group at Cavender.

August A luxury car is pulled from the the Chattahoochee River in September. Authorities seek the owner, answers.

Car is found in Chattahoochee River; Mayo Royal indicted

■ School board keeps millage rate unchanged at 18.59. ■ Dispute arises in Grantville over whether proposed project is a recycling center or scrap metal yard. ■ City of Newnan begins studying potential uses for Howard Warner property on Savannah Street. ■ Local bicyclists pedal from Senoia to Savannah to raise funds for Georgia Heartland Humane Society. ■ Bradford pear trees at Powell Library on Hospital Road are scheduled for removal. ■ The Cambridge House property on Highway 154 is scheduled to go on auction block. ■ New bridge on Moore Road is delayed by problems in moving overhead utility lines. ■ State officials announce that redistricting could result in Coweta having four members in Georgia General Assembly. ■ Area scouts plan “Memory Walk” to honor victims of 9-11. ■ School officials announce new Coweta middle school likely by 2014-05 school year. ■ Coweta non-profits in danger of losing United Way

■ No opponents announce for election involving four incumbent Newnan City Council members. ■ Coweta Development Authority announces two companies to bring 100 new jobs to the county. ■ Newnan City Council will allow a Nov. 8 vote on Sunday package sales of beer and wine. ■ Former Coweta teacher Craig Humphrey is sentenced to five years in prison for trafficking marijuana. ■ Usage soars at Newnan’s Willie Lynch Park pool. ■ Area churches announce plans for September 11 tributes. ■ Powers’ Festival has successful three-day run. ■ Per capita income declines in Coweta, west Georgia. ■ Resource Coweta group is asked to be conduit for disaster volunteers. ■ Coweta Commission on Veterans Affairs announces Vietnam Veterans Memorial traveling wall to be on display in Coweta from Oct. 20-23 as part of 2011 Veterans Muster. ■ Local CPA Mayo Royal is indicted on charges of false swearing and theft by taking in connection with handling of

See AUG, page 10D

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Northgate grad Adrian Mills dies serving in Iraq ■ Northgate graduate Adrian G. Mills is killed while serving with the U.S. military in Iraq. ■ A garden honoring Anne Powell is dedicated at A. Mitchell Powell Library on Hospital Road. ■ Coweta County begins the switch to new digital radio system. ■ Mitch Seabaugh resigns his Senate District 28 seat to take post as deputy state treasurer. ■ Man is arrested after setting fire to a table at a family picnic. ■ No injuries are reported as small jet runs off taxiway at Newnan-Coweta Airport. ■ Multi-vehicle traffic accident injures prison work crew, guard. ■ The Coweta County Commission denies a request to furnish water to the Town of

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Sharpsburg. ■ A drop box for expired prescription drugs is placed outside Coweta County Jail on Greison Trail. ■ Cats are found in squalid conditions in an east Coweta home. ■ A Coweta County resident goes before county commission to request ban on baggy

pants worn below the waist. ■ Charges pile up as more live cats — and some dead ones — are discovered in east Coweta home. ■ County plans to remove asbestos from dump site on Ishman Ballard Road. ■ Cat count continues to climb as over 250 felines pulled from east Coweta home dead, dying or alive. ■ Northgate band hosts the Valhalla Classic marching band festival. ■ The remains of Northgate graduate Adrian Mills — killed in Iraq on military duty — are returned to Coweta County. ■ A crowd of more than 1,000 attend inaugural festivities for Chattahoochee Bend State Park. ■ More than half of the more

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■ City of Newnan changes its pension plan. ■ Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Newnan hospital holds “topping off” ceremony. ■ Lewis Grizzard Museum collection relocated to Moreland Mill. ■ Top vote-getters Duke Blackburn, Mike Crane in runoff for Ga. Senate District

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Demolition at Drake Stadium; Crane elected senator ■ Major demolition work proceeds in December 2011 for the $5,322,332 project at Newnan High to upgrade Drake Stadium, with aimed completion by graduation 2012. ■ A 92-year-old woman and her son escape house fire on U.S. 29 North. ■ Coweta County schools’ total for the Newnan Junior Service League Can-A-Thon tops 195,000. ■ Marijuana is found growing in the house of a man who shot an intruder. ■ A Senoia woman is arrested after two burglaries and stealing more than $10,000 worth of goods. ■ An attempted home invasion is thwarted thanks to a family dog named Pearl. ■ A woman faces cruelty charges after leaving two disabled children in her vehicle while shopping. ■ The unemployment rate drops to its lowest since 2009. ■ Five members of the Coweta Festivals Inc. board resign in protest of a vote to end the Powers’ Crossroads Country Fair and Art Festival, a Labor Day weekend tradition of four decades. ■ Newnan city employees

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get their first raise since 2009. ■ Republican Herman Cain announces that he is suspending his campaign for president due to accusations of impropriety. ■ Intrepid Times-Herald reporter gets interview with Santa after the Newnan Christmas parade. ■ Cowetan Mike Crane is elected to Georgia District 28 Senate seat vacated by Mitch

Seabaugh. ■ The Coweta Community Food Pantry receives 283,302 items worth of canned goods and cash from the annual Coweta Can-A-Thon mounted by the Junior League, including a supply of actual food that should last until May. ■ Foreclosures in Coweta dip for the 10th month in a row. ■ Georgia sees a jump in charter school enrollment.

■ Banning Mills in Whitesburg tries to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records for “the world’s tallest free-standing climbing wall.” ■ Newnan Utilities’ reservoirs are filled to 82 percent capacity due to rains. ■ Georgia commissioners vote to allow alcohol near “temporary” churches. ■ Longtime Newnan law firm Wood, Odom and Edge announces it is moving from Jefferson Street to Spring Street. ■ Newnan recognizes 16 firemen for nine lifesaving incidents in 2011. ■ Local classrooms get aid from new technology. Students use student responders to enhance learning. ■ Woman who had more than 200 cats removed from her home in east Coweta is ordered to pay $6,000 for restitution from the public response. ■ A Coweta man is charged with child molestation. ■ UGA scientists develop a vaccine that targets breast cancer in mice. ■ Three suspects are arrested in Newnan for

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methamphetamine trafficking. ■ The Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital under construction on Newnan Crossing Bypass is planned to open on Aug. 15, 2012. ■ A gunman robs Mac’s Marathon on Georgia Highway 16 East. ■ Newnan High School and Ruth Hill Elementary are put on alert after a suspect flees police in Newnan. ■ Bank of Coweta on the Newnan Court Square is robbed. The suspect escapes on foot. ■ Demolition of Drake Stadium is completed. New stadium to be finished in

May 2012. ■ Mike Crane is sworn in as the new District 28 Georgia Senator in ceremonies at the historic Coweta County Courthouse. ■ A regional health clinic opens in Palmetto. ■ Georgia Tech studies Coweta County community needs and finds that agencies helping people need more coordination. ■ Coweta Samaritan Clinic opens and is now seeing patients. ■ Man dies following a stabbing in Newnan. Charges are dropped against the female suspect in the incident. ■ The body found in a creek running through the SummerGrove neighborhood off Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan is identified as a 17year-old from Senoia who died from a gunshot wound. Blake Tyler Chappell had been missing since Oct. 16. ■ Longtime Newnan resident and staff writer for The Newnan Times-Herald Jeff Bishop is selected to write a play based on the John Wallace murder trial.

Blake Bass named Coweta County Citizen of the Year JAN Continued from page 1D cell phone tower near their homes. ■ Community Action For Improvement’s plan to upgrade the East Newnan Head Start Center is chosen as Coweta County’s 2011 applicant for a Community Development Block Grant. ■ Senoia City Council decides to take a closer look at the city’s historic preservation overlay, its boundaries, and effects on non-historic properties. ■ The Coweta County Library Board approves a list of bidders for construction of the Senoia library.

■ Weather forces delay of planned parking space striping in downtown Newnan. Striping work begins in late January. ■ Vicki Kaiser becomes chair of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce. ■ Coweta County Finance Department receives the highest award possible from the Government Finance Officers Association. ■ Newnan Convention Center Authority prepares to approach the Newnan City Council with its final design plans for a conference center on Lower Fayetteville Road. The “Newnan Centre” would be under construction by year’s end. ■ The Coweta County Public Library System announces plans to limit use of library

meeting spaces for “library produced and sponsored programs only.” ■ A local woman is charged with a DUI after striking an 11year-old boy as he walked with his father on Welcome to Arnco Road. ■ Coweta County School System announces it will tack on five minutes to each school day to make up for the lost week of classes from snow. ■ A working smoke detector saves the lives of five people in a house fire near Roscoe. ■ Newnan City Council approves the filming of the movie “Joyful Noise,” starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton. ■ Newnan Police Department is set to upgrade camera surveillance equipment

after approval by the city council. ■ The retiring Coweta School Superintendent Blake Bass is named Citizen of the Year at the Jan. 27 banquet. ■ The newly-opened Sam’s Club in Coweta at Fischer Road and Highway 34 East presents eight grants to community groups, totaling $25,000. ■ Blood donors in Coweta are urged to give as the American Red Cross Blood Services experiences its lowest January blood supply in decades. ■ Coweta County Hospital Authority votes to approve $175,000 in funds to help the Coweta Samaritan Clinic with repairs to the former county health department building on Jackson Street. The clinic

Firefighters work frantically to extinguish an early morning fire in January 2011 on Roger Arnold Road in Grantville. Two young sisters, Ansley and Elizabeth Boynton, died in the Jan. 9 blaze. Seven other family members escaped the house fire, caused by a space heater.

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Starship lawsuit against county dismissed; Grantville store sells $1M lottery ticket its citizens regarding local parks and recreation. ■ Newnan Community Continued from page 1D Theatre Company presents “Cinderella.” ■ A local group is formed to construction. address the problem of home■ Mercer University lessness. announces it will begin adding ■ Coweta County voters graduate programs at the extend the SPLOST for educaNewnan campus in the fall tion by a vote of 3,380-1,494. semester. ■ Rezoning variances are ■ Abigail Shell of East approved for the West Georgia Coweta High School and Ella Technical College campus Taylor of Northgate High south of Newnan on Turkey School are named local STAR Creek Road. students, along with Aleisha ■ Rev. Brad Brimlow offers Kahn of the Heritage School to work with the Grantville and Kristen Michele City Council to address local Wooldridge of Newnan High issues, such as drug and alcohol School. addiction. ■ Rev. Edmond Lee is recog■ A bill to allow communinized by the Grantville mayor ties to vote on Sunday alcohol and city council. sales passes the Georgia ■ Coweta County Sheriff Senate. Mike Yeager says that the ■ A Grantville convenience abuse of legal drugs is a growstore sells a $1 million winning ing problem in the community. lottery ticket to Bruce Smith of ■ Unlucky weather doesn’t Grantville. dampen the Shamrock Run, ■ A chemical spill at the which draws more than 350 The Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse at 101 Newnan Crossing Bypass was damaged when a van apparently CLM waste transfer station participants. left the roadway, went airborne, and struck the building. NPD officer Chad Wallace is pictured with the results in three employees ■ Two new 345-foot towers damage. are erected for Coweta being treated for possible County’s new 700 MHz public chemical exposure. results in a cocaine bust and years of service. safety communications system. is arrested for a Feb. 19 attack ■ Roscoe Jenkins Funeral the arrest of Demarcus Newson Home celebrates its 100th ■ Starship Enterprises’ lawof a woman and her daughter ■ The community is chaland Chaz Cook of Newnan. suit against Coweta County is lenged to match a $2,000 grant at the Sawgrass Manor neighbirthday. ■ “Joyful Noise,” starring dismissed. borhood off Lora Smith Road. from the Coweta Community ■ Coweta’s census count Dolly Parton and Queen ■ Coweta County’s jobless He is charged with rape, armed Foundation to help the hometops 127,317. Latifah, completes filming in rate rises to 9.9 percent. robbery, burglary, and kidnapless. ■ Coweta County students ■ A cookie buyer gives local Newnan. ■ Caesar Herrera Velazquez, ping. participate in “Master’s ■ A car strikes Tokyo Girl Scouts a fake $50 bill, ■ Coweta County Board of 29, is fatally shot at the Valley Classes” with pianist Charles which results in an outpouring Restaurant at 101 Newnan Education and the community mobile home park off U.S. 29 Wadsworth, who was in town Crossing Bypass. of community support. thank retiring Superintendent South. to give his annual concert at ■ The city of Senoia surveys the Wadsworth Auditorium. ■ A routine traffic stop of Schools Blake Bass for 35 ■ Curtis Lamar McBride, 51,

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■ Dennis McEntire is awarded the “Golden Eagle” by the local Boy Scout program. ■ Firefighter Josh Gould is airlifted to the hospital after a wreck on Hwy. 34. ■ Grantville upgrads its power grid. ■ Former students of the Walter B. Hill School are invited to a town barbecue to celebrate its re-dedication as Turin’s new city hall. ■ Brothers, Ltd. closes its doors after 45 years of operation in downtown Newnan. ■ Two-hour parking is dropped in downtown Newnan. ■ Structural problems are discovered at Drake Stadium at Newnan High School, leading to demolition of the home side of the stadium later in the year. ■ Longtime Main Street Newnan Director Linda Kee announces her resignation. ■ Former Newnan High student and NFL player Drew Hill is remembered at a memorial ceremony following his death. ■ Giant hail hits south Coweta. ■ Adrian Hill Daane, who helped develop the atomic bomb, dies at his home in Newnan. ■ Four million dollars is seized in a cocaine bust at a home in Beverly Park.

Paving begins for Hwy. 34 bypass expansion project; mother assaulted and robbed FEB Continued from page 1D second annual Coweta County School System Science Fair. He advises students to set goals and keep learning. ■ The paving of the Highway 34 bypass expansion project begins. ■ The Board of Voter Registrars determines that Grantville Mayor Jim Sells keeps his job after a question

concerning place of residency. ■ Coweta County Commissioners vote to move forward with building four new soccer fields at Central Park, the property adjacent to Central Library. ■ Intersection improvements at Hammock Road and Highway 154 near. People are told to expect heavy delays. ■ Lawmakers consider allowing bicyclists to ride on sidewalks. ■ The county faces a lawsuit for denying the permit for a

proposed church on Buddy West Road. ■ Business leaders say downtown Grantville is dull and drab. ■ Two pounds of marijuana confiscated from three individuals. They are all arrested and taken to jail. ■ Newnan City Council discusses a way to slow down traffic for a more pedestrianfriendly downtown Newnan. ■ Highway 16 is shut down due to an overturned tractortrailer that blocks the road east

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Former mayor found dead

APRIL Continued from page 1D the Oak Hill Cemetery for 148 years. ■ Filmmaker Tyler Perry gives 88-year-old Rose Lee Ransby the keys to her new home that he built for her in Arnco after her previous home was destroyed by fire. ■ Renovation of the Coweta County Courthouse receives recognition from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. ■ Foreclosure numbers start to go back down after reaching their peak. ■ Grantville Mayor Jim Sells complains about the growing number of copper thefts in the south Coweta community. ■ Bill Dailey and Verna Funk are recognized with Catholic Scouting awards. ■ Work begins on improvements to Willie Lynch Park in Newnan. ■ Former Coweta County Commissioner Ray Stephenson dies at age 77. ■ Willis Road Elementary School second-grader Kylie Ferguson is recognized for her discovery of a fossil in a park out west. ■ Newnan Utilities’ wastewater treatment plant wins statewide recognition. ■ Northgate High School presents a production of “Pippin” at the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts. ■ Two churches sue Coweta County for denial of permit requests. ■ Disgraced federal judge Jack Camp reports to federal prison in Oklahoma. ■ Parks & Mottola announces it will merge with Keller Williams real estate group. ■ A report finds that the local library system is in good financial shape. ■ Coweta School System announces a pilot plan to allow cell phone use in schools. ■ Local governments announce plans to put Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot. ■ A grant is received to plan trails at the Brown’s Mill Civil War battlefield site south of Newnan.

■ Human remains are dug up on Welcome-to-Arnco Road after local teenagers stumble across them while playing outside. ■ Newnan resident Dale Lyles is named state director of the Governor’s Honors program. ■ NCG Cinemas at Fischer Crossings opens its doors despite problems with its occupancy permit and access to the retail center. ■ David Boyd is given a pin cushion and a plaque of appreciation as the final Brothers, Ltd. customer. ■ U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland appears at a town hall meeting, saying that the federal budget deficit is a worsening problem that must be addressed. ■ The spring “Taste of Newnan” event in downtown Newnan attracts a record numbers of attendees. ■ The Kia auto manufacturing plant in West Point announces it will be adding more jobs to produce a new midsize car at the facility. ■ Local gas prices edge close to $4 per gallon. ■ A Newnan man goes into a coma and a Georgia State Patrol trooper is injured following a multiple car accident on I-85 near mile marker 52. The victim, 51-year-old Donald Moore, later died from his injuries. ■ Former Newnan Mayor Clifford “Gandy” Glover is found dead in his home on Temple Avenue. ■ East Coweta High School’s Levi Young is named 2011 Teacher of the Year for Coweta County. ■ West Georgia Technical College breaks ground on its new Coweta County campus. ■ A possible tornado causes damage on Corinth Road. ■ Shannon Alicia Schmieder, 38, a teacher assistant at Jefferson Parkway Elementary, is arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old child. ■ First Choice Community Bank is shut down by the FDIC, closing the books on the final local bank in Coweta County.

News in May MAY Continued from page 1D

Atlanta movie producer Tyler Perry, left, shares a moment of celebration with 88-year-old Rose Lee Ransby while handing over the Certificate of Occupancy and keys to her new home in Arnco in April 2011.

Country music singer Corbette Jackson addresses the crowd at Madras Middle School during a visit just as his tribute to Coweta firefighter Chris Landreau, “Heart of a Champion,” hits the radio in April 2011.

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Transportation Authority’s new park-and-ride lot for Xpress bus routes to and from Atlanta. ■ The Newnan Times-Herald announces that it plans a series of stories to honor Vietnam veterans. ■ West Georgia Technical College Foundation raises $11.4 million for its new Coweta campus — $3 above goal. ■ Co-founder of The Newnan Times-Herald, the late James Jefferson Thomasson, is to be inducted into the Georgia Newspaper Hall of Fame in June 2011. ■ Traffic safety is a concern with opening of NCG Cinemas at Fischer Crossings on Ga. Hwys. 54/34 East as drivers headed east cross “gored” areas to reach the newly-developed center — rather than driving toward Peachtree City and coming back to the existing right-in, right-out entrance. After demands from the Coweta Commission, a new entrance with traffic signal is opened by late November. ■ Pathways Center for Behavioral and Developmental Growth relocates to 19B Jefferson St. ■ Sidewalks and road improvements completed on Pinson Street. ■ Georgia’s movie tax breaks bring payback for economy. Film producers spent $617 million in Georgia in 2010, in large part thanks to tax breaks supported by former Ga. Sen. Mitch Seabaugh and other legislators. ■ Cowetan Clara Coleman Bates is on hand to be honored by the Coweta Board of Commissioners for her 104th birthday. ■ Newnan Kiwanians share memories of late former member and Newnan mayor Clifford “Gandy” Glover. ■ Treasures from estate of Dorothy Willoughby Jordan are sold for Newnan Chapel Foundation. ■ Four inches of sewage floods home of David and Nicole Holmes at 9 Connie Trail in Grantville.

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland speaks at Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation for the May 2011 press conference commemorating the beginning of additional ATV production at the Coweta plant.

■ Newnan High to get $7.84 million in work, much of it to be done over the next two summers; final bid documents near for replacement of Drake Stadium. ■ Driver’s license of Alabama tornado victim is found by Newnan woman in yard 100plus miles away. ■ Jeeps “Go Topless” on the Newnan Court Square. ■ Chattahoochee Bend State Park’s grand opening is set for July, and new Park Manager Trint Wicklund works to get the new state park in west Coweta up and running. ■ Phones ring off the hook at Coweta Charter Academy after Georgia Supreme Court strikes the state charter school law. ■ Coweta Commissioners award emergency medical service contract to American Medical Response, dropping Vital Care as provider. ■ Yamaha celebrates move of “sport” ATV production to Newnan plant. ■ Newnan Convention Center Authority authorizes chairman Parks Avery to execute contract with Columbus, Ga.-based D. Dean & Associates to construct a Newnan meeting facility adjacent to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road. ■ $20 copper theft of air conditioning line threatens operations for Bridging the Gap warehouse in Newnan. ■ Lightning sparks fire at 8,300-square-foot home at 335 Chandler Road. ■ Fallen Vietnam veteran Jessie Clifford Cofield is chosen as 2011 Coweta Veteran of Year by Newnan VFW Post 2667.

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8D — The Newnan Times-Herald — Sunday, January 1, 2012

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Former Mayor found dead

APRIL Continued from page 1D the Oak Hill Cemetery for 148 years. ■ Filmmaker Tyler Perry gives 88-year-old Rose Lee Ransby the keys to her new home that he built for her in Arnco after her previous home was destroyed by fire. ■ Renovation of the Coweta County Courthouse receives recognition from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. ■ Foreclosure numbers start to go back down after reaching their peak. ■ Grantville Mayor Jim Sells complains about the growing number of copper thefts in the south Coweta community. ■ Bill Dailey and Verna Funk are recognized with Catholic Scouting awards. ■ Work begins on improvements to Willie Lynch Park in Newnan. ■ Former Coweta County Commissioner Ray Stephenson dies at age 77. ■ Willis Road Elementary School second-grader Kylie Ferguson is recognized for her discovery of a fossil in a park out west. ■ Newnan Utilities’ wastewater treatment plant wins statewide recognition. ■ Northgate High School presents a production of “Pippin” at the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts. ■ Two churches sue Coweta County for denial of permit requests. ■ Disgraced federal judge Jack Camp reports to federal prison in Oklahoma. ■ Parks & Mottola announces it will merge with Keller Williams real estate group. ■ A report finds that the local library system is in good financial shape. ■ Coweta School System announces a pilot plan to allow cell phone use in schools. ■ Local governments announce plans to put Sunday alcohol sales on the ballot. ■ A grant is received to plan trails at the Brown’s Mill Civil War battlefield site south of Newnan.

■ Human remains are dug up on Welcome-to-Arnco Road after local teenagers stumble across them while playing outside. ■ Newnan resident Dale Lyles is named state director of the Governor’s Honors program. ■ NCG Cinemas at Fischer Crossings opens its doors despite problems with its occupancy permit and access to the retail center. ■ David Boyd is given a pin cushion and a plaque of appreciation as the final Brothers, Ltd. customer. ■ U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland appears at a town hall meeting, saying that the federal budget deficit is a worsening problem that must be addressed. ■ The spring “Taste of Newnan” event in downtown Newnan attracts a record numbers of attendees. ■ The Kia auto manufacturing plant in West Point announces it will be adding more jobs to produce a new midsize car at the facility. ■ Local gas prices edge close to $4 per gallon. ■ A Newnan man goes into a coma and a Georgia State Patrol trooper is injured following a multiple car accident on I-85 near mile marker 52. The victim, 51-year-old Donald Moore, later died from his injuries. ■ Former Newnan Mayor Clifford “Gandy” Glover is found dead in his home on Temple Avenue. ■ East Coweta High School’s Levi Young is named 2011 Teacher of the Year for Coweta County. ■ West Georgia Technical College breaks ground on its new Coweta County campus. ■ A possible tornado causes damage on Corinth Road. ■ Shannon Alicia Schmieder, 38, a teacher assistant at Jefferson Parkway Elementary, is arrested for having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old child. ■ First Choice Community Bank is shut down by the FDIC, closing the books on the final local bank in Coweta County.

News in May MAY Continued from page 1D

Atlanta movie producer Tyler Perry, left, shares a moment of celebration with 88-year-old Rose Lee Ransby while handing over the Certificate of Occupancy and keys to her new home in Arnco in April 2011.

Country music singer Corbette Jackson addresses the crowd at Madras Middle School during a visit just as his tribute to Coweta firefighter Chris Landreau, “Heart of a Champion,” hits the radio in April 2011.

THE HERITAGE SCHOOL imagine the possibilities

Now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 academic year * Competitive athletics, AA division, GISA * Individualized college counseling program * Extended day services * Bus service to selected areas * Foreign language instruction K-12: French, Spanish, and Latin * Performing and visual arts programs * Classroom Smartboards and computer labs * 16 Advanced Placement courses offered

Call for a personal tour today The Heritage School is an independent, college preparatory school serving students ages 3 through twelfth grade. We are dually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS).

Transportation Authority’s new park-and-ride lot for Xpress bus routes to and from Atlanta. ■ The Newnan Times-Herald announces that it plans a series of stories to honor Vietnam veterans. ■ West Georgia Technical College Foundation raises $11.4 million for its new Coweta campus — $3 above goal. ■ Co-founder of The Newnan Times-Herald, the late James Jefferson Thomasson, is to be inducted into the Georgia Newspaper Hall of Fame in June 2011. ■ Traffic safety is a concern with opening of NCG Cinemas at Fischer Crossings on Ga. Hwys. 54/34 East as drivers headed east cross “gored” areas to reach the newly-developed center — rather than driving toward Peachtree City and coming back to the existing right-in, right-out entrance. After demands from the Coweta Commission, a new entrance with traffic signal is opened by late November. ■ Pathways Center for Behavioral and Developmental Growth relocates to 19B Jefferson St. ■ Sidewalks and road improvements completed on Pinson Street. ■ Georgia’s movie tax breaks bring payback for economy. Film producers spent $617 million in Georgia in 2010, in large part thanks to tax breaks supported by former Ga. Sen. Mitch Seabaugh and other legislators. ■ Cowetan Clara Coleman Bates is on hand to be honored by the Coweta Board of Commissioners for her 104th birthday. ■ Newnan Kiwanians share memories of late former member and Newnan mayor Clifford “Gandy” Glover. ■ Treasures from estate of Dorothy Willoughby Jordan are sold for Newnan Chapel Foundation. ■ Four inches of sewage floods home of David and Nicole Holmes at 9 Connie Trail in Grantville.

Congressman Lynn Westmoreland speaks at Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation for the May 2011 press conference commemorating the beginning of additional ATV production at the Coweta plant.

■ Newnan High to get $7.84 million in work, much of it to be done over the next two summers; final bid documents near for replacement of Drake Stadium. ■ Driver’s license of Alabama tornado victim is found by Newnan woman in yard 100plus miles away. ■ Jeeps “Go Topless” on the Newnan Court Square. ■ Chattahoochee Bend State Park’s grand opening is set for July, and new Park Manager Trint Wicklund works to get the new state park in west Coweta up and running. ■ Phones ring off the hook at Coweta Charter Academy after Georgia Supreme Court strikes the state charter school law. ■ Coweta Commissioners award emergency medical service contract to American Medical Response, dropping Vital Care as provider. ■ Yamaha celebrates move of “sport” ATV production to Newnan plant. ■ Newnan Convention Center Authority authorizes chairman Parks Avery to execute contract with Columbus, Ga.-based D. Dean & Associates to construct a Newnan meeting facility adjacent to the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Lower Fayetteville Road. ■ $20 copper theft of air conditioning line threatens operations for Bridging the Gap warehouse in Newnan. ■ Lightning sparks fire at 8,300-square-foot home at 335 Chandler Road. ■ Fallen Vietnam veteran Jessie Clifford Cofield is chosen as 2011 Coweta Veteran of Year by Newnan VFW Post 2667.

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‘Walking Dead’ to film in Coweta ■ Newnan Times-Herald founder James Thomasson named to Georgia Newspaper Continued from page 1D Hall of Fame. ■ New Haralson park expected to be focal point for Road. downtown activities. ■ State Senator Mitch ■ Coweta firefighter Chris Seabaugh is appointed to chair Landreau dies at age 26 after state’s Joint Reapportionment battle with cancer. Committee. ■ Newnan City Council ■ Senoia City Council takes approves streetscape plan for first step toward allowing vote Greenville Street corridor. on package sales of beer and ■ Musician, entertainer John wine on Sundays. Davidson performs in Senoia. ■ Operator of Coweta day■ Newnan Juneteenth event care center arrested, charged honors dads. with child molestation. ■ Volunteers improve ■ Newnan Rotary Club Grantville’s Colley park. announces 2011 Fourth of July ■ Hundreds attend funeral of fireworks display will honor Coweta firefighter Chris armed forces. Landreau. ■ AMC TV announces sec■ Study shows 90 percent of ond season of “The Walking Coweta school budget goes to Dead” will film in Coweta. salaries. Teacher pay ranges ■ Coweta job fair sponsored from $33,499 to $76,601. by Georgia Department of ■ Advance tickets go on sale Labor draws more than 1,400 — for Powers’ Festival Labor Day event. a record crowd. ■ Plans are announced for ■ State board of education July 4th weekend activities in grants Newnan’s Odyssey Moreland, Haralson, Grantville. Charter School a five-year ■ Greentop Road bridge extension to operate.

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Coweta firefighter Chris Landreau dies at age 26 in June 2011 after a long battle with cancer. Arrangements were made for the rescue truck on which Chris Landreau served to escort his remains home to Coweta. Fire departments in the metro-Atlanta area saluted from interstate bridges along the route.

Cable TV network AMC announces in June 2011 that the second season of “The Walking Dead” zombie drama will film in Coweta County.

reopens after a three-year construction project. ■ The GBI is brought in to investigate a shooting death involving a Newnan police officer. ■ Chattahoochee Bend State Park is set for July opening. ■ County finalizes a new emergency services contract with ambulance company American Medical Response. ■ Coweta reaches “Certified Literate Community” status. ■ Coweta CRCT test rates top state average. ■ Double shooting in Grantville area has residents on edge.

■ Restored Mary Ray School in Raymond holds open house. ■ Coweta Charter Academy’s petition is denied by Coweta County board of education. ■ Redistricting gives Coweta an additional house seat in the General Assembly. ■ Fifty-two Coweta groups lose non-profit status for failing to supply required paperwork. ■ Mercer University officials announce plans to build a campus in Coweta in the future. ■ The state board of education renews Coweta Charter Academy’s charter for next school year.

Copter search reveals pot growing in 4 locations suspected in robbery of two area drugstores. ■ Newnan Police probe of Continued from page 2D brutality charges ends, no charges filed. ■ Chromalloy announces ■ Madras railroad depot is plans to expand, add 125 jobs. threatened with demolition. ■ Coweta elementary school ■ Census figures show popuCRCT scores at or above state lation of Grantville has more than doubled, to over 3,000 res- average. ■ Town of Turin gets two idents. ■ Scotland’s Ayreshire Fiddle weather sirens. ■ Civil War program preOrchestra performs for enthusented at Depot History Center. siastic Newnan crowd during ■ Downtown Newnan Mrs. USA tour. ■ Moreland economic devel- Winners restaurant closes. ■ Census figures show opment plan approved by city council, sent to state for action. Coweta’s Asian population ■ Commemorative bricks to more than doubles. ■ Helicopter search reveals raise funds for Historic 1904 Coweta County Courthouse go pot growing in four Coweta locations. on sale. ■ Talks begin about design ■ Newnan City Council and location of new Poplar decides to allow vote on Road interchange on I-85. Sunday sales of package beer ■ Six Coweta schools fall and wine. short of making “Adequate ■ Historic Madras train station saved when it is purchased Yearly progress.” ■ Good progress reported on by Dr. Philip Swords, who promises to relocate structure. Senoia Library. ■ Improvements continue at ■ Authorities search for man

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Willie Lynch Park in downtown Newnan. ■ Filming continues in Senoia on “The Walking dead” TV series. ■ New Coweta County Fire department headquarters opens on Turkey Creek Road. ■ It is announced that the Coweta County Fair will now be held at earlier date. ■ Budget woes make animal control operation more difficult to operate efficiently. ■ West Georgia Technical College students offer free dental care to migrant workers. ■ Newnan City Council announces millage rate to remain unchanged at 4.39 mils. ■ Nick’s Pizza closes in Grantville. ■ Plans for 2012 “Horsey Affair” charity event are unveiled by Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Scotland’s 130-member Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra performs for enthusiastic Newnan crowd in July ■ Work begins at Hwy. 2011 during their USA tour. The students played a varying repertoire from traditional reels to a modern 154/Hammock Road interseccomposition inspired by a Florida sunset. tion.

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Coweta deputy honored as hero SEPT Continued from page 2D

Photo by Bob Fraley

Cancer Treatment Centers of America officials Stephen Bonner and Kane Dawson, along with founder Richard Stephenson, break ground on the new CTCA southeast regional hospital on Newnan Crossing Bypass in August 2011 with cancer survivors Jan Peterson, Lisa McKinley, and George Drennan.

Naked man on Minix Road; 4th lane opens on 85

AUGUST Continued from page 2D funding. ■ Copper thieves target Powers’ Crossroads festival grounds. ■ A Goodwill job fair sees massive turnout. ■ Senoia decides to put Sunday package sales of beer and wine on the November ballot. ■ More than 100 turn out in Newnan for a congressional meeting focused on Georgia bank failures. ■ Hasco Craver IV is hired as new Business Development Director for City of Newnan.

■ County considers allowing produce stands in quality development corridor. ■ Frank Harris of Senoia is grand marshal of Turin Tractor Parade. ■ Scenes from remake of “Footloose” to be filmed at Senoia Raceway. ■ Man arrested and charged with public indecency after caught walking naked on Minix Road. ■ City of Newnan in preliminary talks with hotels interested in locating adjacent to new city conference center on Lower Fayetteville Road. ■ Senoia citizens discuss recreation, shopping, golf cart paths. ■ Map of 14 new state congressional seats unveiled. ■ New state license plates announced.

■ Committee appointed to make recommendations on future uses of Howard Warner building. ■ Fourth lane of I-85 opens in Coweta County. ■ Senoia resident Holly LaBerge chosen as executive secretary of Georgia ethics commission. ■ A playwright is sought to pen a stage play depicting the 1948 trial of John Wallace, made famous in the book “Murder in Coweta County.” ■ Mary Ray School in Raymond one step closer to being selected for inclusion on National Register of Historic Places. ■ Four incumbents qualify for reelection to Newnan City Council.

examine Coweta’s tree ordinance. ■ Brick pavers at historic 1904 Coweta Courthouse are a big seller. ■ A Coweta deputy is caught on dash cam pulling a victim from a burning vehicle. ■ Newnan identifies $26 million in projects for new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax referendum. ■ The POW/MIA remembrance is held. ■ State Representative Lynn Smith, R-Newnan, receives a state tourism award. ■ Community Welcome House opens a new play area for children. ■ Torrance Construction wins the $4.7 million bid for demolition/reconstruction of Newnan High’s Drake Stadium. ■ The city of Newnan temporarily eliminates two-hour parking restriction in downtown. ■ Coweta SAT scores top state average. ■ Flu shots available at Coweta County Health Department. ■ Boot drive raises more than $34,000 for emergency response team. ■ Former Newnan mayor, the late Gandy Glover, is recognized by Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. ■ Upgrades, renovation continue on historic Moreland Mill complex.

■ CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates — unveils a new child advocacy program. ■ Coweta Board of Education members undergo mandated training. ■ Coweta water supply not affected by shortage in neighboring Spalding County, Griffin. ■ Coweta County sets 2012 budget at $59 million. ■ Bridging the Gap looks to expand assistance programs. ■ Johnny Lee Edwards of Newnan is sentenced to life in prison in death of 5year-old son. ■ Coweta County Fair begins 10-day run. ■ State check for $200,000 keeps transit systems operating in Coweta, Carroll and Meriwether counties. ■ Census data shows more than 13,000 Cowetans living below the poverty line. ■ Grantville residents question whether a proposed facility is a recycling center or a scrap yard. ■ A mother and two sons get the keys to their new home from NewnanCoweta Habitat for Humanity. ■ A luxury car is found in the Chattahoochee River. Authorities seek the owner, answers. ■ The two-hour parking limit is permanently removed in downtown Newnan. ■ City of Newnan rejects a service fee increase from CLM Sanitation. ■ The Coweta SPLOST extension vote is set for March 6, 2012.

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A railroad crew works in October to clear the wreckage after a tractor-trailer rig carrying a container of auto parts for the Kia plant in West Point got stuck on train tracks in downtown Grantville and was struck by an oncoming CSX train.

than 250 cats found in an east Coweta home are dead. ■ Sgt. First Class James Corbett takes over as head of Newnan Georgia State patrol Post. ■ A train slams into a stalled truck at a Grantville railroad crossing. No one is hurt. ■ Historical marker recognizing former Ga. Governor Ellis Arnall is dedicated at historic 1904 Coweta County Courthouse. ■ County appeals for help, homes for cats rescued from east Coweta home. ■ Ten candidates qualify to

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succeed Mitch Seabaugh in Ga. Senate District 28 seat. ■ Coweta schools push to obtain residency affidavits. ■ Cambridge House seeks funds to remain in current east Coweta location. ■ Feature film remake of “Footloose” opens, some scenes shot in Coweta. ■ Crowds pack Newnan locations to purchase new iPhone. ■ Shots fired during pizza store robbery. No one hurt. ■ Season two of “The Walking Dead” begins on AMC TV network. Many scenes filmed in Coweta. ■ Newnan Community Theatre Company begins seeking playwright to pen play based on 1948 murder trial of John Wallace.

■ Veterans Muster 2011 — saluting Vietnam veterans — opens with presentation of one man play, “The Things They Carried.” ■ Pilot walks away from plane crash near NewnanCoweta Airport. ■ Vietnam Veterans Memorial traveling wall — centerpiece of the 2011 Veterans Muster — arrives in Coweta escorted by hundreds of motorcycles. Assembly of structure begins. ■ Families of 23 Cowetans killed in Vietnam are honored at 2011 Veterans Muster. ■ Vietnam Veterans Memorial traveling wall — “The Wall That Heals” — opens to the public. ■ Chamber of Commerce “Big Expo” draws big crowds,

interest. ■ Forums for Senate District 28 candidates begin. ■ Committee charged with recommending uses for Howard Warner property on Savannah Street holds first meeting. ■ Two arrested after caught stealing copper from utility poles. ■ “The Walking Dead” renewed for third season, filming continues in Coweta. ■ Local industrial plant evacuated after fire. No injuries reported. ■ Grantville City Manager Mike Renshaw leaves for another position. ■ Northgate girls’ softball team crowned state champions.

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NOV Continued from page 3D in Newnan. ■ County’s new digital radio system is warmly received. ■ County considers allowing alcohol sales in establishments near temporary churches. ■ Curtis Lamar McBride is sentenced to life without parole after pleading guilty in Sawgrass Manor subdivision rape. ■ World’s tallest climbing tower opens at Banning Mill in Whitesburg. ■ Southern Living Idea House making another appearance at Senoia in 2012. ■ Public input sought on future uses of Howard Warner property on Savannah Street. ■ A dog boarding facility in a Canongate area subdivision is turned down by the county commission. ■ County commission rejects all bids on new fire station, claiming they’re too high. ■ Coweta Health Department reports administering 840 doses of flu vaccine to Coweta school children and staff. ■ Two men are arrested trying to pawn equipment stolen from Coweta County fairgrounds. ■ Traffic stop results in seizure of 12 pounds of marijuana. ■ East Coweta student survives suicide attempt on school property. ■ Consultant hired to find director for city of Newnan convention center, the Newnan Centre, located adjacent to Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. ■ Sunday package sales of beer and wine begin in Newnan and Senoia. ■ Twelve Parks development near Sharpsburg goes into foreclosure. ■ Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce endorses upcoming Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. ■ Two Coweta assistant principals receive national, state honors. ■ Demolition work begins on

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Newnan High’s Drake Stadium. ■ Newnan City Council approves study of Jackson/Jefferson Street Corridor Improvement Project. ■ Newnan Junior Service League holds 28th annual CanA-Thon. ■ Salvation Army kettle drive begins. ■ Huge crowds pack area

shopping venues for Black Friday sales. ■ Local genealogists work to preserve copies of Grantville newspaper. ■ Master gardeners donate wreaths to historic 1904 Coweta County Courthouse. ■ Speeding car wrecks in Oak Hill cemetery, destroys several monuments.

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