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Staying on course Whitton, 13, adds series title to impressive list of accolades in 2013 By CHR IS GOLTER MANN

Carson Whitton, 13, is congratulated by Greg Powers and U.S. Kids Georgia director John Godwin after the Lee Middle School student won the Atlanta Fall Series Championship. Whitton won four out of nine events including victories at Orchard Hills and Newnan Country Club.

A 13-year-old boy can fill his free time with an endless variety of activities, some productive, others not nearly as much. More often than not, Carson Whitton spends his free time on the golf course. And from his results over the past year, they’ve been quite worthwhile. Now if on ly t h is w i nter would hurry up and get to next spring already. “I hate that it gets dark so early, because I can’t get out there as much now,” said Whitton, who can be found regularly on the course at Canongate-on-White Oak during the year. “I’d rather be playing golf than anything else.” That fervor has produced quite a year in competition for U.S. Kids Golf beginning with his first hole-in-one on a 169-yard par-3 during its Desert Shootout tournament in Arizona. Most recent ly, T he L ee

Middle School eighth grader clinched a championship in the 13 year-old boys division of the organization’s Atlanta Fall Series, winning four of its nine events including a season-low round of 74 at Orchard Hills Golf Course. Along with the series title, Whitton now has earned an exemption for a return trip to the U.S. Kids European Championship next summer, having played in his first event in Scotland this past May as one of just four Americans out of 50 players in his division. “My goal was to get back to Scotland this year,” he said. “I didn’t start the season well, and had a couple of bad scores. But that’s OK. I played consistent.” For Whitton, taking good days with the bad has been both a balancing act and a learning experience, one that hopes to make him a better player while on the cusp of reaching both the varsity level in high school and taking the next step to a highly competi-

tive 14-17 age group. Along with his 74 at Orchard Hills this fall, which included a 34 on the back nine in a strong finish, Whitton won fall series events during back-to-back weeks at Newnan Country Club and at Mystery Valley in Lithonia with rounds of 78 and 77 respectively. The tournament at NCC, wh ich was a ma keup of a rained out event, trumped the Georgia-LSU football game for Whitton, a diehard Bulldogs fan, who hated to miss out on seeing a victory in Athens. “I’m glad I stayed,” he said. “I wouldn’t have won the season.” His only finish outside the top-two came with an 87 in the series opener only to bounce back immediately for the win at NCC while averaging a score of 78.7 over his f inal eight tournaments. “I’ll ta ke it,” sa id W hitton, who is next headed to a


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Environmental Club on an annual Rivers Alive trip, a favorite activity for many. From left, Bennett Souter, Elizabeth Abercrombie, Lindsey Kee, Chase Copeland, and Annie Hass.

Newnan High teacher sets a ‘green’ example in the classroom By Celia Shortt

Newnan High School teacher Lindsey Kee is making a difference at Newnan High School and in the lives of her students. Kee is teaching sustainable environmental principles and how to leave as small a footprint on Earth as possible. "I consider myself lucky to be able to come here each day and teach a curriculum that I truly believe in, while also supporting an amazing group of students," said Kee. "I was actually an Earth Science major in college and have tried my best to leave the smallest footprint I can on this Earth. I truly do have my dream job, and it's wonderful to be able to practice what I preach." Kee supports her students and others at Newnan High School through her Earth Science, Environmental Science, and AP Environmental Science classes and the Environmental Club, which she founded. "I started our Environmental Club in 2007 to promote recycling within our school," she said. "We are a school with over 2,000 students and over 200 faculty members who produce a lot of waste! I wanted to educate our students and staff on how easy recycling is and give them the opportu-

nity to participate in the act of recycling." Since then, students, teachers, school employees, large companies, and small businesses have joined in to help the club in its quest to recycle and reduce waste. Elizabeth Abercrombie is a senior at Newnan High School, an active member of the Environmental Club, and a student in Kee's classes. She is involved with the club because she wants to help make the world a better place. "In the Environmental Science class, Mrs. Kee made me realize how much damage people do to the Earth, but you can do so much to make it better," said Abercrombie. Malcolm Rhodes is another s t udent who h a s le a r n e d about the damage people can do to the Earth and ways to change, and even reverse, the deterioration. "I knew the Earth was bad environmentally," he said. "In the [environmental science] class, Mrs. Kee shows us how to narrow down the air quality and how recycling helps the environment." R hodes said Mrs. Kee showed the class different areas of the world, pinpointing

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Holiday ham and savory sides Family Features Holidays are a time filled with family, friends and — perhaps most impor­tantly — feasts. Traditional holiday menu items have the power to evoke warm memories of holidays past while continuing to bring people together year after year. For many, the center of that coveted holiday table would not be complete without a sweet and savory spiralsliced ham. What holiday spread would

be w it hout a plet hora of del ic io u s side d i s h e s to a c c omp a ny a nd c omple ment t he mea l? W het her you prefer ham with notes of honey, nuts or fruit, make su re you r di n ner table boasts a variety of options that enhance its delectable flavor. L ook for recipes t h at incorporate both traditional and unexpected ingredients for a holiday menu makeover. Doing so will keep guests pleased with familiar favor-

ites, yet pleas­a ntly surprised with the new variations. Savory side selections I f you’re look i ng for a savory side that spotlights the distinct flavors of the season, butternut squash is an excellent choice. W h ite Bea ns with Bacon and Butternut Squash is a perfect blend of savory, sweet and salty. Serve it with your favorite ham in a variety of glazes such as Honey, Ca ra mel Apple or Pecan Praline for a taste of tradition. For more great

recipes, visit www.smithfield. com. A potato dish is also a must for many holiday spreads. Break away from mundane mashed potatoes and gravy with this recipe for Smashed Bacon Ranch Potatoes. Family and friends will line up for seconds when they get a taste of the ranch dressing and smoky bacon combination. Or, try this recipe for Green Bean Corn Casserole for another new twist on a classic holiday favorite.

Three ways to make ham leftovers delectable

For many, the best part of the holiday meal awaits them in the fridge the next day. If you find yourself with a kitchen still stocked for a holiday feast, here are some easy ways to turn delicious ham into a flavorful meal with just a few extra ingredients:

Pizza: It seems that nothing pleases a child — or a parent, for that matter — more than pizza. Simply place mari-

nara sauce, cheese and cubed ham atop broiled French bread or English muf­ fins for a crunchy post-holiday lunch.

Pasta salad: Whip up a cool classic you can nibble on all week long. Prepare your favor­ite whole-wheat noodles, then mix in cubed ham, your favorite cheeses, diced toma­toes, spinach and a generous pour of creamy Italian dress­ing. It’s an easy meal in just


Sandwiches: Try taking the standard ham and cheese sandwich to a new level with uneaten goodies from your cheese platter. Fill leftover artisan rolls from your holiday fare with sliced ham. Experiment with your favorite cheeses and place on the grill for a gooey, crunchy bite.

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Newnan “EVERY CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD!” Newnan Theater Company December 18-22 8:00 p.m.

Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told -plus Christmas traditions from around the world, seasonal icons from ancient times to topical pop-culture, and every carol ever sung. A madcap romp through the holiday season!

Info: 770-683-6282

palmette ball

Newnan Coweta Historical Society December 31 7:00 p.m. This event is our annual fundraiser for the general operating fund for NCHS, as well as a children’s interactive museum! The black tie event will be filled with live music, food, drink, and much more. A champagne toast counting down to the New Year will cap off our festivities for the night.

Info: 770-251-0207 www.newnancoweta

senoia yoga classes for adults Coweta Public Library Senoia Branch December 19 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Senoia Branch offers free yoga classes geared toward beginners, but all are welcome regardless of experience. Classes led by Donna Owens. Mats are provided, wear comfortable clothing. Registration is required.

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And so it begins It is December. Not groundbreaking news for most of us, but it’s a whole ot her matter to t he Little Black Dress. For her, it is the releasing of her inner being. December means Christmas and Christmas to the LBD means, well, decorating. We, the SONS of Thunder and myself, have been known to hide the dogs when she brings out the spray paint. Spray paint at Christmas? Whatever for, you ask? Don’t bot her, t here’s no telli ng. Sometimes she just wa nts to change the “main” theme color. Yes, that could include


animals. I have steadfastly refused to start the whole Christmas countdown until we actually hit December. I think November doesn’t get its fair shake, especi a l ly now w it h t h at whole Gray Thursday thing going on Thanksgiving Day. One year she somehow convinced me to put up the tree the day after Thanksgiving. My con sta nt compla i n i ng for days afterward led her to forget the whole early start thing. The first “we need to bring the boxes down” comment always elicits groans from

the SONS. Said task involves cl i mbi ng up ver y r icket y stairs into the attic. Said attic is either freezing or burning up, depending on the weather outside. A nd t hen t here a re t he boxes of Ch rist ma s st u ff. Despite hav i ng a rat her robust attic, boxes are stacked one upon a not her a nd i n every corner. Unfortunately, the entire attic is not floored — only 2X4’s spaced the requisite building code distance

The perfect present W hen Ch ristmas rolls around, most of us think about toys and gifts and parties. Some of us even think about baby Jesus. But we try not to think about problems. Maybe we should. After all, problems have always been part of the Christmas story. Even the part you haven’t heard about. This episode isn’t in the Bible, but you know it happened … “Joseph?” “Yes, Mary dear. What is it? “Have you ever ridden a donkey for ten days while you’re about to birth a baby?” “No, my dear.” “It’s very hard.” “Yes, dear. I’m sure it is.” “But you know what’s even harder, Joseph?” “What, dear?” “R iding a donkey for ten days while you’re pregnant and having to GIVE BIRTH IN A BARN because your husband didn’t reserve a room at the inn! So here I am with that stupid donkey and then those creepy shepherds wander over with their stinky sheep, and don’t get me started on those three old guys who rode over on the camels.” “But dear… ” “But NOTHING! This was supposed to be a blessed event! I feel like a display in a petting zoo.”

“I’m sorry, Mary, but what’s done is done and I can’t change that. Just tell me how I can make it better.” “You can promise that as long as we live, we will never, EVER have a pet.” “Of course, dear.” T h is expla i ns why Jesus never had a dog or a cat. And it reminds us guys that Christmas can be treacherous if you aren’t careful. I just experienced a similar Christmas situation, except it didn’t involve the Virgin Mary, Joseph, Jesus, wise men, shepherds or a donkey. My problem was horse-related. The inventors of “My Little Pony” dolls have come out with a new line called “Equestria Girls.” They are “My Little Pony” dolls that adore horses. My granddaughter wanted s e ve r a l . T h e b u y i n g w a s divided among solvent relatives. I was told to purchase “Pinkie Pie” and “Rarity.” No problem . I slogged through the stores for hours, snagged my loot and came home feeling great. It was truly a “M ission Accomplished” moment. My wife the super shopper asked how I did. I said, “Great,” and took a nap. A few days later, A ngela asked to see my selections prior to wrapping and delivery. What she saw wasn’t exactly what I

ALEX mcrae thought I bought. I had found the “Pinkie Pie” doll with no problem. In fact, I found two. They looked completely different. Both were labeled “Pinkie Pie” but one was a sweet little girl and the other resembled a junior high streetwalker. That was bad. Things got worse when Angela pointed out that instead of getting the “Rarity” doll, I had purchased the “Rarity” horse the doll rides. In other words, I bought three dolls instead of two and two of them were wrong. An extra trip to the store awaits. Joy to the world. Angela was kind about it. She said that while I wasn’t much of a “shopper,” I was a fabulous “buyer.” I told her I didn’t have the shopping gene. A few days later, I found out I was right. A recent news item said years of research had finally proved that the brains of men and women are wired in totally different ways. This makes the two sexes excel at totally different things. Guys are good with maps, tools, TV and sports. Women excel at everything else, including

are in the outer regions. Yes, you have to be quite careful you don’t miss the 2X4 and go through the ceiling. Why yes, the LBD has done just that in years past. Why so many boxes? Good question. They include what we’ve collected over nearly 20 years, as well as her favorite things from her parents, whose collection rivaled her own. Each year, we say we are going to consolidate. Each year, we somehow add more boxes. I am losing the battle. But the decorating commences. Each boy (and yours truly) has his own tree with his own special ornaments. We have a wedding tree — and yes, just what its name

i mpl ies — decorated w it h items from our wedding. While she loves decorating, at times she can become slightly, shall we say, tense. This comes to the forefront when one of the SONS actually touches one of the boxes holding the “sacred, sacred” things. One simply does not touch said “sacred, sacred” box. A c t u a l ly, it ’s a b o ut fo u r boxes, each one packed into another one until you finally open the last one and the Hallelujah Chorus starts singing or something. Anyway. I come home and there’s a myriad of empty boxes stacked at the bottom of the stairs leading to the attic. I ask, quite sweetly, the

LBD if she’d like me to get the boys to move them up to the attic. My dad once gave me a piece of advice. It was along the lines of “what is actually said and what someone wants to hear are not always the same thing. Listen carefully.” What The Dress heard was “why haven’t you moved the boxes.” As she had been decorating all day and was somewhat tired, let’s say it took me quite a while to make her believe I said what I actually said. It is slowly coming together. I might get my house back by Christmas Eve. That is, if she can get all the fru-fru items on the main tree to poof properly.

thinking and shopping. What a relief. And better shortcomings, I realized that In other words, my bad buy- yet, after the gentle way my the best Christmas gift of all is ing habits weren’t my fault. wife dealt with my shopping a good excuse for failure.

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each place’s level of air pollution and how it affects the people living there. Those simple facts have encouraged Rhodes to live differently. Rhodes now recycles at his home and is working to encourage recycling within the company he is currently employed after school. Kee describes Rhodes as a “big help with recycling” at the school. Sen ior Ja ke Morga n joined Environmental Club after taking one of Kee’s classes. “I enjoyed learning to be more aware of our world and how we can protect it,” Morgan said. “That is why I joined the club.” His favorite part of the extracurricular group is helping to manage the recycle bins and clean up the campus and the community. “It just makes us feel good when we’re doing stuff, like we’re doing our part,” said another senior, Carson Vaughn. Vaughn is one of Mrs. Kee’s students and another active member of the Environmental Club. Since its inception, the club has continued to grow a nd i ncor porate more elements. L oca l busi nesses a nd l a r ger compa n ie s h ave donated various types of recycling bins the club now has scattered for use all across the school campus. Another cherished activity of the Environmenta l Club is the ca ring of an organic garden, “Cougarcopia.” The garden is located at Newnan High School and is operated by students and club members. “So far, we’ve had bountiful summer and fall crops, and it’s been awesome to see my students and club members pitch in and cre-

Martin Pate displays his painting for Coweta Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy. The painting is used as the artwork for this year’s annual Christmas card fundraiser for the Ferst Foundation.

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Over the past few years, Martin Pate has become a predominant figure in Newnan’s art circle. Pate has been com m issioned on numerous occasions to create art for the NewnanCoweta Historical Society and the U.S. Parks Department. And for the fourth time, Pate has designed the annual Coweta Ferst Foundation for Childhood Literacy Christmas Card. The cards are a fundraiser for the Ferst Foundation, an organization promoting childhood literacy by donating books monthly to participating families. “I was drawn to this project for two reasons. One is the subject matter, which sounded fun — Santa on top of the courthouse — and I just could not resist that,” said Pate. “The other reason is that I feel reading is so important for children.” “I was an early reader and remember how much I loved adventure stories and history. ‘We Were There’ was a favorite series of mine. Any-

thing that got my imagination going. Children should be read to and encouraged to read as much as possible,” he said. Janie Lore is appreciative of Pate’s eagerness to work with the Ferst Foundation and sees the artist and the organization as a perfect match. “Martin Pate has become an important partner for the Ferst Foundation, and his artistic talents are enjoyed by many in Coweta,” said Lore. This year’s artwork is a depiction of Mary and Joseph approaching the stable on a dark, snowy night. The point of view is of Mary and Joseph looking at the stable, seeing a warm light emitting from the barn. The 5x7 cards will be available throughout the holiday season and come with blue envelopes which feature a drawing inside by Pate of Santa Claus watching over a child in a treehouse. One card is $5, eight cards are $28, and 48 cards are $140. To purchase a Christmas card, go to www.cowetaferst. org or ca l l Ja n ie Lore at 770-253-9598.

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Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon to skillet and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until crumbly; remove from skillet, drain on paper towels and reserve 2 tablespoons of drippings in skillet. Add butternut squash, onion, salt, pepper, nutmeg and curry powder to the skillet; saute for 5 minutes; add chicken broth to the skillet, reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook for 5 additional minutes or until butternut squash is tender. Add beans and spinach to the skillet and cook for 3 minutes or until all vege­t ables are heated through. Sprinkle with reserved bacon.

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K ids Regiona l event t he weekend of Dec 20-22 at PGA National in West Palm Beach, Fla. Parents Darrell and Rhonda rarely have to worry about where their son is, or his motivation toward the game. “The thing about Carson is we take him to the golf course and we drop him off and he plays and he practices,” said Darrell, whose face often is recognized with his auto repair business, Crossroads Automotive. “I used to be Darrell Whitton. Now I’m Carson’s dad.” Whether it’s the range, the practice green or the course, Carson admitted he spends one or two hours for at least two to three days a week during peak seasons at the club, mostly looking for “some friendly competition.” “It’s good for him to be self motivated,” added Rhonda. It’s a long way from where their son started three years ago when Carson was encouraged by his grandfather to pick up a club for the first time. The younger Whitton equally remembers an eye-opening experience during his f irst youth event at Chateau Elan, one that ranked close to being a bit overwhelmed with his initial rounds overseas in Europe while playing in East Lothian, Scotland. It included an introduction to the bump-and-run method used to combat balls from either coming up short of the green or getting stuck in the heavy rough. “That was crazy. They play bump and run there. The first ball I hit on a par three came up about 50 yards short of the green,” Whitton admitted. His caddy for the U.S. Kids European Championship was a 19-year-old Scottish national who helped provide an introduc t ion to h a nd l i ng such hazards. “He was a 2-handicap, but he was a soccer player,” said Darrell. “Their physical education over there is golf.” Carson, who gets course management advice from pros at White Oak as well as swing coach David Schreyer locally, will have a chance to get plenty of rounds in prior to his next trip to Scotland. He’ll play with East Coweta High’s JV squad in the spring while also trying to work toward earning “stars” at events to help gain entrance to competitive youth tours including the American Junior Golf Association for 14-17 year-olds. Right now, though, just some regular sunshine would suffice for Whitton, who will turn 14 at the beginning of the new year. “I can’t wait,” he said.


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Will Smith headed to Milwaukee following trade By CHRIS GOLTERMANN

For the second time in his short professional baseball career, Newnan native Will Smith is trading one majorleague organization for another. This time, the 6-foot-5 southpaw is changing leagues as well. Smith, who first became an ace pitcher at Northgate High School, was traded as part of a one-for-one swap between the Kansas City Royals and the Milwaukee Brewers which will land him with a National League franchise for the first time since being selected in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. It also puts him closer to starting in Turner Field when the Brewers make visits to Atlanta. "I'm excited about it,"he said during a recent conference call. "It's not that the Royals didn't want me. It's just that Milwaukee wants me more. I'd like to think it's a good move.” The vote of confidence in the 24-year-old left-hander from Brewers general manager Doug Melvin was enough to warrant sending 32-year-old outfielder Norichia Aoki back to Kansas City as the other half of the trade. It gave the Royals the potential leadoff hitter they desired in the offseason in exchange for Smith, who made tremen-

Caught in a logjam of pitchers in Kansas City, Will Smith was a valued commodity to the Milwaukee Brewers and GM Doug Melvin.

dous strides in his second year in the major leagues despite being asked to switch from his previous role as a starter to the bullpen. "Will Smith is someone we have liked for a couple of years now," Melvin said in a statement. "We had the cha nce to acquire a big physical lefthander we feel can be a part of our staff. We could not walk away from the opportunity."

Melvin may have seen as much potential in Smith as the Royals did in Aoki considering Milwaukee only had one lefthanded pitcher on its roster last season. After starting the year at Triple-A Omaha as a starter and making the first of seven trips to Kansas City to open a doubleheader at Cleveland on April 23, he transitioned to a relief role. He made his final return to

the majors and put together one of his best stretches of the season while finishing with a 2-1 record and a 3.24 ERA in 33 1/3 innings pitched. One of his return trips from Omaha to Kansas City began with a relief appearance against Atlanta at Kauffman Stadium, having grown up a fan of the Braves pitchers, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz. Smith’s statistics in 2013 also included 43 strikeouts to just seven walks. His highlights included a 4 1/2 inning appearance in a comeback win over Seattle, where he struck out eight and allowed just one hit on a bloop single. Adding to a fastball that averaged 91 mph last year, Smith improved the usage of his slider while throwing less curveballs and very few changeups compared to his rookie season. "Out of the bullpen, it boiled down to 'I need to get this guy out ... now,' " Smith told the media. "That's why I kind of got more confidence in my slider, 'I can't leave this hanging, I've got to throw it.' It turned into being a good pitch for me." Melvin has already informed Smith to be ready to compete for a spot in the Milwaukee rotation. "I'm excited to get a shot back at the rotation," Smith said. "I've always enjoyed starting; I've done it basically my whole career. ” Shortly following the 2013

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By the time Jaylen Rosser was five years old, he had undergone multiple surgeries, all a result of being born at only 20 weeks. At birth, Rosser weighed merely 1 pound, 2.3 ounces and was fighting for his life. Si nce Rosser was born severely premature, his head was unable to develop fully in the womb. This left the tiny infant with only his right ear and several other complications, including a collapsed lung. As an infant, Rosser was hospitalized for the first six months of life, undergoing open heart surgery soon after birth. At age three, Rosser underwent brain surgery, followed later by reconstructive jaw and mouth surgeries at age five. The surgeries performed on Rosser during his childhood worked toward saving his life, but those that remained, such as the reconstruction of a left ear, were deemed cosmetic in nature. Medically, leaving Rosser without a left ear poses no threat to his overall health, but

his family knows the harm to his self-confidence has already been done. Rosser’s biggest fans are his mother, Lakina Smith, his father, James Rosser, his grandmother, Wanda Betts, and his aunt, Rosemary Meriwether. Together, his family understands that, despite the blessing of life and health, Rosser’s confidence is very important. “He’s been bullied basically his whole life,” said Wanda Betts, Rosser’s grandmother. Now 14 and an eighth-grader at Renaissance Middle School in Fairburn, Rosser mostly has a positive attitude, but still finds difficulty in venturing out in public for fear of teasing. Rosser’s family knows if there are any problems with bullying, the school’s faculty is quick to take action, but at this sensitive age, Rosser is simply ready to get a new ear and improve his appearance. Rosser’s family has been hosting fundraisers to cover the surgery for Rosser. The elective procedure is expensive, but the family knows it’s more than vanity they are raising money for.

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