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Heather Burkinshaw-Stanley was terminated by the Waffle House after firing her gun at three men who robbed the restaurant.

Fired waitress makes national headlines GoFundMe campaign raises over $7,000 from supporters



Offensive food receipt becomes opportunity for awareness

The story of the Newnan waitress who fired her gun at three fleeing robbers has now received national attention for both the incident and subsequent fallout. On Dec. 30 Heather Burkinshaw-Stanley learned that she had been terminated by the Waffle House after she fired her gun at three men who robbed the restaurant on Dec. 29. The men were running away on foot when Stanley

up n at ion a l ly by out let s such as Fox News, The New York Daily News and Inside Edition. Support for Stanley was m i xed. W h i le ma ny commended her actions, others believed she was in the wrong to fire at the three f leeing robbers. Regardless, Stanley maintains she was acting in the interests of the safety of the employees and patrons of the restaurant and said she would do it again. The issue of gun-free zones

fired a shot over their heads, she said. Two days after the robbery, Stanley created a GoFundMe page in an effort to raise $ 2 , 5 0 0 – a n a m ou nt s he believed would be sufficient to help support her family while she searched for a new job. By the following evening, Stanley had raised nearly three times her original goal. “All the support was overwhelming,” she said. “I never imagined so many people helping out my family.” Stanley’s story was picked

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Local woman delivers son at 23 weeks

By KANDICE BELL It is becoming more common for fast food restaurants to identify customers by name to ensure order accuracy, but patrons are not usually identified by physical attributes or a handicap. A relative of a Newnan man created a stir over a notation on his receipt she said was insensitive to a person with a hearing deficit. However, advocates for the hearing impaired are downplaying the incident. Newnan resident Stacy Nalls, who was born deaf, went to the Burger King on Bullsboro Drive in Newnan last week and was identified as the “deff guy” printed on his receipt, with deaf being spelled incorrectly. Nalls said he had written his order down on a piece and paper and presented it to the cashier, which is how he normally communicates. Nalls said the cashier greeted him, but he felt like was being judged for being deaf. “I saw it on the front screen of the monitor when she typed it,” Nalls said in a text message through Facebook messenger. “It made me laugh, but I didn’t accept what the cashier typed. The cashier should not judge the deaf customers and ask them their names.” Nalls said he did express concern to the cashier, but after posting the receipt on Facebook, his cousin Gloria Wood decided to contact the restaurant management. “He doesn’t bother a fly,” Wood said. “This was not good customer service. You couldn’t identify him as the guy with jacket or the hat?” Wood said although her cousin tried to laugh it off, she felt it wasn’t right, and she needed to speak up to try to prevent the same situation from happening again. “I immediately called Burger King and spoke to

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has also been brought to the forefront. Patrick Parsons, Executive Director for Georgia Gun Owners, said the “no firearms” policy of Waffle House not only endangers guests but also employees. “Georgia Gun Owners is encouraging Georgians who value their Second Amendment rights not to spend their money at Waffle House until the company changes their policy,” Parsons said. “We also

Hendersons receive care at Piedmont Newnan

By MAGGIE BOWERS Like many first-time mothers, Newnanresident Kellie Henderson was delighted at the news of her pregnancy and began to prepare to welcome the new baby into her home with husband, Kelly. The Henderson’s baby boy was expected in February of 2017. It was with shock and worry that the couple found themselves at Piedmont Newnan Hospital in October. Kellie was in labor at just 23 weeks into her pregnancy. A preterm birth, according to medical professionals, is classified as any live infant born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Research completed by the March of Dimes indicates that in the state of Georgia in 2016, 10.8 percent of all live births were reported to have been preterm. In Coweta County, roughly 9 percent of births were preterm. The earlier an infant is born, the more likely the baby will be to suffer health problems following birth. Most premature infants will need to spend the first weeks and even months in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). “The earliest in pregnancy an infant has been delivered at Piedmont Newnan Hospital is 23 weeks,” offered Jennifer Key, Director of Women’s Services at the local facility. That officially makes baby William Henderson the earliest in gestational age to be born at the PHOTO COURTESY PIEDMONT NEWNAN HOSPITAL Kellie Henderson holds son, William, now weighing in at just over three pounds and gaining. 1 Xtra front

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Micah suffers from severe epilepsy and experiences multiple seizures throughout each day. The attacks come often and without warning and can lead to a number of complications. “We have really good weeks and really bad ones,” Erin Scharko-Fisk explained. “He could have a seizure just from being overly tired, anxious or even just excited.” Micah’s condition was discovered in his first month of life when the seemingly healthy baby began experiencing seizures that would stop him from breathing. As he grew, Micah’s seizures only became stronger and more frequent, occurring in clusters, or, sometimes in the form of absence seizures which are short periods of “blanking out” or staring into space.

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By MAGGIE BOWERS Four-year-old Micah is a happy and active child, and, like most little ones his age, has recently begun attending preschool — a feat his mom was not certain he would be able to accomplish this year. Micah suffers from severe epilepsy and experiences multiple seizures throughout each day. The attacks come often and without warning and can lead to a number of complications.

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The Hendersons, Kelly, left, Kellie, and William are grateful to be close to home and have the ability to spend each day with with William.


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urge Waffle House to give Heather Stanley her job back.” Across social media, many echoed similar sentiments regarding an informal boycott of Waffle House. “So unfair (of) Waffle House,” said Carolyn Smith Futral of Hogansville. “She was an asset to your establishment and did what anyone would have done…(I) will not be stopping by your Waffle House again since you don’t believe in protecting oneself, fellow workers, and citizens.” One of the company’s regional managers reached out to Stanley Monday. Stanley said an unidentified Waffle House representative told her that the termination was premature. “They said I should have been suspended and then conducted their investigation to determine what to do,” she said. The same representative asked if Stanley were allowed to return, would she want to work at a different location. “I said I want to stay here, but I’d prefer not to work third shift anymore,” she said. Waffle House spokesperson Pat Warner said that a regional manager had recently been in touch with Stanley, but could not expand on what was discussed. **** Cl ay Neely : cl ay@new n a n .com , @ clayneely

the manager,” she said. “They were apologetic, but they need to teach their employees to treat everyone the same and not be insensitive about anyone’s condition. He’s a person. He’s human, too.” Burger King’s local and corporate management did not respond to requests for a comment for this news story. Marcy Colton, director of hearing advocacy group Deaf Can, said although the gesture was not courteous, she doesn’t believe the cashier meant any harm or malice. “It’s unfortunate that people see the fact that someone is deaf,” Colton said. “Just look at them as an individual and don’t label. Never label anybody.” Colton said education is the key to clear up misconceptions about the deaf community and to treat everyone with respect. “Treat people the same way you would treat anyone,” Colton said. Atlanta Speech School Executive Director Comer Yates said he was glad to learn the restaurant apologized for what occurred. Yates said, “I’m grateful the newspaper is raising awareness of the opportunity and responsibility to engage with each other with dignity and respect.”

DELIVERY Continued from page 1 local hospital. Having arrived 17 weeks early, William was in need of specialized care offered only at the highest and most critical level, an option that was not available at the local facility until just last year. Weighing just one pound, seven ounces at birth, the Henderson’s infant son was able to remain at Piedmont Newnan Hospital in the facility’s recently-added Level 3 NICU. Prior to the local hospital earning level-3 status, parents of micro preemies and critically-ill infants had to seek care up to 72 miles away in Columbus, a transfer that would have been high-risk for both Kellie and William. “It is trying at times,” explained Kellie. “But, knowing he’s here [at Piedmont Newnan] when I go home helps me sleep at night.” The Hendersons moved to Newnan recently, to allow Kelly to be closer to his job at a local company. “The one-on-one care and personal relationships with the staff helps put me at ease,” Kellie said. “Both doctors are so gentle, intelligent and caring. They’ve named him Sir William for his fighting spirit.” According to representatives of Piedmont Newnan Hospital, of the 1,200 infants delivered each year, up to 12 percent are admitted to the hospital’s NICU for specialized care. This number includes those infants born prematurely as well as those born with illness or in need of other medical treatment at birth. Piedmont Neonatologist Adegboyega Aderibigbe said these infants not only need highly specialized care, but can benefit from parents’ nearness and ability to visit, speak to, and being held. “Babies recognize their mother’s voice and scent,” Aderibigbe said. “Having constant contact makes a big difference.” The opportunity for continued closeness with critically ill or severely premature infants would not have been possible in Newnan before the local facility added the Level 3 NICU. “It is fabulous to be close to home and have the ability to spend each day with William,” said Kellie. “Being just 10 minutes away allows us to easily visit and be active in his care.”



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Coweta celebrates local authors with Senoia literary event Jan. 12 By MAGGIE BOWERS

Coweta County boasts a variety of talented residents, both current and former, who are noted for athletics, music, performing arts, arts and writing. Among those familiar and famed locals are best-selling authors Erskine Caldwell, Lewis Grizza rd a nd Ma rga ret A nne Barnes. T he works of Ca ldwell and Grizzard will be discussed in detail in an event hosted by the Senoia Area Historical Society Jan. 12. Located at 6 Couch Street in Senoia, the SAHS Museum will host the literary event beginning at 7 p.m. An informal meet and greet will also be available to guests before the lecture at 6:30 p.m. Key speakers at the upcoming event will include Carol Chancey, director of the Moreland Community Historical Society and Neal Peeples of Southern Crescent Storytellers. Winston Skinner, news editor of The Newnan Times-Herald, will also attend the lecture and will be available for questions following the event. Coweta native and noted aut hor, Jeff Bishop, sa id New n a n’s w r iters i n f luenced his own works, both as a novelist and as a local historian. “Lewis Grizzard was popular in my youth,” Bishop said. “As a kid, I remember everyone reading his newspaper columns, but a bigger personal inf luence for me was definitely Erskine Caldwell.” Bishop noted t hat he read Caldwell’s early novels, known for giving a voice to the poor mill workers of Newnan, and the works have since inspired him to continue to “tell the stories never told, from the perspective of voices that may not other wise have been heard.” “Ca ldwell offered a poetic telling of life in the hardscrabble deep South,” B i s hop s a id . “ He w rote about t he d i ff ic u lt ies of growing up in a mill town, but was able to somehow show how beautiful it was.” Though hugely successful, Caldwell’s works we re le s s t h a n p opu l a r amongst Southerners who often expressed feelings of betraya l, noting that the writer’s descriptions of the deep South and its people were exaggerated. “It is tr ue t hat he was n o t a l w a y s we l l -l i k e d ,” said Skinner, whose grandmother grew up just down the road from the author. “It may have been that he wrote about t he people no one wanted to acknowledge.”

Accord i n g to Sk i n ner, who interviewed the author and later met him face-toface, Ca ldwel l may have been unpopular among his neighbors, but that didn’t mean his account of Southerners was inaccurate. “Ca ldwel l w rote about visiting a very poor family with his father where an infant child was nursing from a dog,” Skinner said. “Many people thought this could not be true.” Later, however, Skinner heard from a woman whose father was a rural doctor at the time of Caldwell’s writing of the incident. “She sa id she detested Caldwell, did not like his w r i t i n g ,” S k i n n e r s a i d . “But she did confirm that, according to her father, the i ncident about t he ch i ld occurred.” Lewis Grizzard, known across the U.S. for his humor made evident in many of his works, began his career as a journalist. Grizzard gained popularity with the writing of his famed, and later syndicated, witty columns. In addition, the writer penned 18 novels, most of which included his unique depiction of Southern living. T he novel i s t g re w up in Moreland, where he is k nown to have ta ken his first journalism class with Skinner’s own mother, Sara Jane. “Lew is Gri zza rd was someone I knew well and interviewed several times over the years,” said Skinner. “And, of course, I am friends with at least two of his wives.” Though he wrote a play depicting the well-known Coweta County court case involving a murder committed in April 1948, Bishop said he intentionally shied away f rom Mu rder i n Cowet a County, the 1976 novel by Margaret Anne Barnes. Accord i ng to Bishop, “Flies at the Well” was written based on the original court case files, giving the Newnan Theatre Companycommissioned production a wholly different feel than the novel and, later, movie by Barnes. “The novel is an important story that continues to be a best-seller,” Bishop added. “It was ‘true crime’ before it became a popular subgenre.” Bi shop noted t h at t he novel and subsequent movie offered a documentary-style perspective that was very uncommon at the time and Barnes, in turn, was telling a story about a historical event also unheard of in the time the novel depicted. The juxtaposition of Barnes’ unique point of view and the rare conviction allowed the

Looking over an exhibit of items of Lewis Grizzard at the Hometown Heritage Museum in Moreland are, from left, museum director Carol Chancey, Camilla Stevens and Nancy Jones.

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local author to “really seize on that rare opportunity,” and find huge success. Accord i n g to Sk i n ner, Ba rnes was employed by The Newnan Times-Hera ld du r i ng t he t i me she researched and wrote Murder in Coweta County. “She had a big personality and enjoyed life,” Skinner said of the famed writer. “She liked a good story and k new how to tell a good story.” Skinner noted that several members of his own family recalled the murder and those involved in the crime and later trial. “I remember my family discussing it as it was serialized in the Atlanta paper,” said Skinner. “It was was part of their own history.” Sk in ner was invited to the upcoming Senoia event as a special guest by members of the SAHS due to his personal history with local authors and the real-life subjects the writers focused on. “I’m always glad to share Moreland’s literary legacy,” Skinner said. “I’ll be at the event to answer any questions.”

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The Senoia Area Historical Society will host an evening with two literary giants on Jan. 12 beginning at 7 p.m. Guests are welcome to join the society at the SAHS Museum, located at 6 Couch Street in Senoia, at 6:30 p.m. to mingle before the lecture begins. Carol Chancey and Neal Peeples to speak, with Winston Skinner available for a Q&A after the lecture. For more information on this and other events, visit the Senoia Area Historical Society online at www.

Newnan 3rd Annual Burns Supper Jan. 27 | 7 p.m. | $48 Newnan Georgia celebrates the Bard of Ayr, Robert Burns in its 3rd-annual Burns Supper hosted by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission and the Order of the Tartan. The supper will be held at the Historic Train Depot, located at 60 East BRoad Street in Newnan, on Jan. 27 beginning at 7 p.m. Enjoy a traditional supper with Ceilidh (Scottish folk dance and music), Scottish fare, bagpipes, storytelling, and dancing. Tickets are available now through Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. at Purchase tickets online at For more information contact the historical society at 770-251-0207.

Newnan The James Gregory Show, “Funniest Man in America” Jan. 27 | 7:30 p.m. | $25 - $40


Chattahoochee Bend State Park offers a First Full Mooon Night Hike Jan. 13

Newnan First Full Moon Night Hike Jan. 13 | 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. | $10 Chattahoochee Bend State Park is offering a guided full moon hike around the Flat Rock Trail. A telescope will be set up at the granite outcrop area for moon gazing. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Pre-registration is requested. Parking is $5, plus $5 for the hike. For more information, visit or call 770-254-7271.

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The Charles Wadsworth Auditorium, located at 25 Jefferson Street in Newnan, will host James Gregory of The JAmes Gregory Show, “Funniest Man in America.” Comedian James Gregory creates an evening of laughter with a wry sense of the absurd, a southern accent and classic storytelling. For more information on James Gregory, visit the comedian at or call 770-217-9753. Tickets and information can be found at Newnan Theatre Company at 770683-6282 and at Let Them Eat Toffee at 770683-0137

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Local musician Doug Kees and band, Moonshine, will offer an evening of Zeppelin on Jan. 13 at 9 p.m. at the Alamo in Newnan. Musicians Chris Burroughs, Robert Handley, and Riley Hoskins will join Kees in a performance of music from Led Zeppelin II and IV at 19 South Court Square. Join the band before the show at 8:30 p.m. A cover charge of $7 will be requested for the show.

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Newnan Golden Dragon Acrobats Jan. 22 | 3 p.m. | $15 The Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, located t 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan, will host the Golden Dragon Acrobats on Jan. 22 beginning at 3 p.m. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Nixon Centre online at or call 770-254-2787.

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Happy New Laws! The start of a new year is the perfect time to set goals, plan projects and get your life organized. And unless you want to spend part of the next year in jail, it’s also a great time to review the thousands of new laws that went into effect on January 1, 2017. It’s an even better time to ask yourself, “What idiot thought this law was needed to begin with?” It’s actually easy to figure out if you remember that many—if not most—new laws aren’t really aimed at making the public healthier, happier or safer. Most laws are designed to fill a politician’s urgent need to benefit a major campaign contributor. An excellent example is a new California law that bans the sale of socalled “assault weapons.” If you’re not sure whether or not your Red Ryder BB gun qualifies, California law now defines assault weapons as “semiautomatic weapons with evil features.” Really. “Evil features” include pistol grips, flash hiders and socalled bullet buttons that make it easier to remove and replace ammunition magazines. Former California state senator Leland Yee fought for years to pass this bill, claiming he wanted to “protect Californians from assault weapons on our streets.” Unfortunately, Yee was not around on New Year’s Day to celebrate with his fellow gun-haters. He was busy serving a fiveyear prison sentence for trafficking fully automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenades—in exchange for

By Alex McRae, special to The Newnan Times-Herald

campaign contributions. Visitors to America’s version of ancient Babylon know that prostitution has long been legal in Nevada. But thanks to a new law legalizing marijuana, Las Vegas is now the official global capital of (legal) sex, drugs and rock & roll. Speaking of sex and drugs, Oregon tightened up its statutes in 2017 by making it illegal for pimps and pushers to avoid criminal prosecution by accepting sex and drugs in payment for “services” instead of cash. Illinois residents are walking taller now that they have a new official State Artifact. The honored item is a pirogue, a long narrow canoe once used by Illinois Native Americans and still paddled by Cajuns through the south Louisiana swamps. Canoes are cool, but considering Illinois’s long and distinguished reputation for political corruption, a mockup of a prison cell might have been more appropriate.

The mostly widely discussed—and mocked —new law of 2017 also comes from Illinois. Senate Bill 2342 makes it legal to “harvest” catfish with a pitchfork, spear gun or bow and arrow. The big question is “Who pushed for passage of this legislation?” Catching a catfish is about as hard as catching a cold. Just slap some foulsmelling bait—or a ball of dough—on a hook, drop it into the nearest pond and get ready to rock. If you can’t catch enough in 30 minutes to make a fried catfish platter, you’re doing something wrong. It’s been said that if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. That’s nothing. Give a man a cane pole and a decent catfish pond and he’ll feed himself—and everybody else he knows—forever. And who thought catfishers needed to bring bows, arrows and spear guns to the fishing hole? Are Illinois farm supply dealers so threatened they needed a spike in pitchfork sales to stay solvent? Are Cabela’s or Bass Pro Shops working behind the scenes to boost sales of bows, arrows and spear guns? So far the new law hasn’t drawn any opposition. Perhaps because Illinois lawmakers didn’t discuss the legislation with my fishing pals. If they had, new “tools” for harvesting catfish would include dynamite. Send your email comments to:

Business and home loans prosper in Georgia Special to The Times-Her- remain competitive, and conald by the Georgia Credit tinue making promotional offers throughout the coming Union Affiliates. year,” she said. The lending growth wasn’t Georgia consumers are borrowing more money for home just at credit unions. United and business loans. They're Bank in Newnan has seen also getting their personal an increase in construction finances in order by putting loans to builders, developers more money away for a rainy and individuals who wish to construct their own home. day. “ T here i s def i n itely a O vera l l lend i ng i n t he st ate’s 1 14 cred it u n ion s demand for more construcincreased 2.5 percent in the tion,” said Yetta Richardson, third quarter of 2016 over the a construction-loan specialist previous quarter, slightly off at the bank. Such commercial lending from the 3.0 percent growth rate in the third quarter of and other business loans also jumped in the third quar2015. But si nce la st Septem- ter at Georgia credit unions ber, overall lending still rose by 4 percent over the previ10.8 percent, according to ous quarter, and 9.3 since the the Georgia Credit Union third quarter of 2015. The Affiliates, which supports increase from the 2.6 percent the 2.1 million credit union quarterly growth experienced in the third quarter of 2015 members. Part of the increase was approaches the 10.8 percent from people i nvesti ng i n increase in business lending existing or new homes. First overall this time last year. Improving economic conmortgages grew 3.6 percent since the second quarter of ditions and growing opti2016, up from a 2.8 percent m i sm a mon g sm a l l- a nd quarterly growth this time medium-sized businesses led last year. Second mortgages to strong commercial lending and home-equity lines of in the second half of 2016 at credit also increased by 2.9 Delta Community, according percent for the quarter, up to Eric Latimer, the institufrom a 1.1 percent quarterly tion’s director of commercial increase in the third quarter lending. “Overall, we experienced of 2015. The increase in interest commercial loan growth of rates has not slowed down 11.0 percent in 2016 and anticmomentum , accordi ng to ipate cont i nued posit ive K athy Weber, vice presi- growth in 2017,” he said. Latimer said Delta Comdent, residential lending at the Delta Community Credit munity lends primarily to Union, which has a branch in pr ivately held sm a l l a nd Newnan. Delta saw a 14.4 per- mid-sized businesses in the cent increase in home loans wholesale/distribution, manin 2016. October set a record. ufacturing, and professional “We anticipate this trend service industries. “We also provide financing will continue in 2017 as we

for well-capitalized commercial real estate investors,” he said. “In the past three years, our average business loan has been between $1 million and $2 million.” A lso notewor t hy, overall savings balances at Georgia credit unions increased in the third quarter, growing 2.0 percent. An increase from this time last year when overall savings balances remained flat in the third quarter. Personal checking accounts at Georgia credit unions grew by 6.1 percent since the second quarter, while money markets and regular savings accounts grew by 1.8 percent and 1.5 percent respectively, during the same period. Georgia consumers continue to experience positive economic conditions across the state. For example, Georgia's unemployment rate fell below the 5 percent national unemployment rate in the third quarter, landing at 4.8 percent by the end of September. Also, fewer Georgia residents filed for bankruptcy in the third quarter. Georgia credit union borrower-bankruptcies went from 4,422 filings in the second quarter, to 3,982 by the end of September 2016. "A natural response to an improving economy is that people become more confident with investing and borrowing," said Mike Mercer, president of Georgia Credit Union Affiliates in a press release. Reporter Kandice Bell contributed to this article.

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