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Grading under way for multi-use development


Clearing and grading has begun for the Village Square at Newnan Crossing mixed-use development.


Massive clearing and grading is underway for the Village Square at Newnan Crossing development at Newnan Crossing Boulevard and Lower Fayetteville Road. A Lidl grocery store, apartments, senior citizen housing, and office and retail space are proposed for the multi-use development. The city of Newnan has received the grading and clearing plans for the project, as well as the site plans for Lidl, according to Newnan Planning Director Tracy Dunnavant.

Newnan City Council approved the rezoning of 40.66 acres of the tract, with a proposal for 300 apartments, 35 townhomes, 140 senior housing units, office space and retail space. There are 21 acres designated for a city park, and plans for a 2-acre “community plaza.” Dunnavant said city staff has met with representatives of the apartment developer, but no site or construction plans have been submitted yet. T he overa l l t ract is 1 22 acres, though development will begin on the southern end, near Lower Fayetteville Road. In February, the Newnan City Council approved the rezoning

of 40.66 acres of the tract, with a proposal for 300 apartments, 35 townhomes, 140 senior housing units, off ice space and retail space. There are 21 acres designated for a city park, and plans for a 2-acre “community plaza.” There are also plans for a Lidl near Thomas Crossroads. The German discount grocer is

a prime competitor of Aldi. T he representative from the company developing the Thomas Crossroads Lidl, and Lidl U.S.’s media contact did not respond to emails asking if two Lidls were coming to Coweta or if the Newnan Crossing store would replace the store proposed for Thomas Crossroads. Representatives

Neelys named new publishers of The Newnan Times-Herald

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County M&O $464 23%


Beth and Clay Neely have been named the new publishers of The Newnan Times-Herald. The announcement comes as the newspaper, Coweta County’s oldest business, celebrates its 152nd birthday. Beth Neely grew up in the newspaper’s offices and is the fifth generation in her family to work in the news business. Her husband, Clay Neely, has been part of The Times-Herald’s news staff since 2013. He has covered public safety and local government, taken photographs and spearheaded the newspaper’s increased presence on the internet. “We’re both honored to take on this duty at The Times-Herald, and hope to continue the role that the newspaper has filled for the past 152 years. As a family-owned paper, we’re connected to the community in way a corporate paper isn’t,” Beth said. Both talked about The Times-Herald staff and their passion for putting out a good newspaper – with well-written, accurate news. “That’s something we take seriously every day,” Beth said. “The people who write the news also live in our community,” Clay observed. “They and their families shop, worship, socialize and participate in life in Coweta. We want our product to be an accurate representation of that – CLAY AND BETH NEELY


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for both Lidl projects are associated with the same consulting firm. Coweta County and Lidl executed a development agreement in May for the Thomas Crossroads store. Under the agreement, Lidl is required to pay for a n intersection improvement and traffic light at the intersection of Hwy. 34 and Glenda Trace. The intersection improvement would create a “restricted crossing U-turn intersection.” Coweta officials said this week that there haven’t been any recent submittals by the Lidl developers.

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County proposing $73 million budget By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL

The Coweta County Board of Commissioners is set to approve a $73.5 million budget on Sept. 19. The budget is for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1. Approval of the budget is on the agenda for the Sept. 19 county commission meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. Meetings are held in commission chambers, upstairs at 37 Perry St. in downtown Newnan. The general fund budget is a balanced budget, though


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the county is proposing to use $375,000 of the fund balance reserve for the residential revaluation for property tax purposes, and $330,000 for additional parking at the Coweta County Justice Center. The budget includes the purchase of two new ambulances and an additional vehicle for the Coweta County Transit System. Several new personnel positions are proposed, including 26 new positions at the Coweta County Fire Department and 18 new positions at the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, as well as an additional attorney for both the Coweta County District Attorney’s Office and the Coweta Public Defender’s Office. The budget also includes $1.2 million in “salary adjustments,” including longevity pay raises. Each year during the budget process, county department heads make personnel requests and requests for capital expenditures. This year, there were capital requests totaling $9.56 m i l l ion , sa id Coweta County Administrator Michael Fouts. The budget funds $5.22 million of those requests. Approved capital projects include upgrades to t he adu lt probat ion bu i ld i ng, a new vehicle and new f looring at animal control, an HVAC replacement at the Coweta County Jail, new trucks for the road department, and 16 replacement vehicles and 10 handheld radios for the sheriff’s office. Property taxes make up the vast majority of Coweta’s revenue. Of the $73.5 million in expected revenue, $30.7 million is from taxes on real and personal property, and $8.2 million is from other pr o p e r t y t a xe s . T h e Local Option Sales Tax is expected to bring in $19.5 million. Fines and forfeitures are expected to total $5 million and licenses and permits to total $4.6 million. Intergover n ment a l a g re e ments, charges, fees, rent and investment income make up most of the rest of the revenue. Cowet a Cou nt y ’s “maintenance and operation” millage rate, for the general fund budget, makes up 23 percent of the property tax bill for Cowetans who don’t live in the cities a nd towns. T he millage rate for the Coweta County School System is 63 percent of the overall tax bill. The fire district tax, for the Coweta County Fire Department, is 12 percent, and the fire bond millage, which pays off the $20 million in bonds for fire department upg rades t hat were issued in 2008, is 2 percent. A public hearing on the budget was held Thursday before the commissioners, with no comments during the hearing At the end of Thursd ay n i g ht ’s cou nt y com m ission meeti ng, however, t wo volu nteers from the Newnan Coweta Humane Society asked the commissioners to consider funding an “adoption coordinator” position at Coweta County Animal Control. An adoption coordinator could help get animals adopted more readily, said Cindy Lauer with NCHS. “As volunteers we can only do so much,” she said. Other counties have h i red a coord i n ator with great success, said Kim McCurry, dog foster coordinator with the humane society. She also asked the county look at extending the weekend hours at the shelter. Com m ission Cha i r-

man Al Smith said he would like to consider having the county provide staffing for the gym at New n a n’s Howa rd Warner Complex, which houses the second local location of the Boys and Girls Club. Smith also mentioned k ick ing in some funding for the new playground at Howard Warner. Fouts i s concer ned about t he liabi lit y of county staff working at a city-owned facility. He suggested the county appropriate money for Howard Warner to the city a nd “a llow t hem to use those dollars for operations or capita l expenses.” The Coweta County Recreation Department used to operate the Lynch Park Pool through a contract with the city. But this year, the city contracted with the YMCA to op er ate t he p o ol , instead. “Why 100wouldn’t HIGHWAY the 314 city get the YMCA to do likeFAYETTEVILLE, GA, 30214 wise at the gym?” asked 770-460-7700 314 C o m m i s100 s i HIGHWAY oner T im Lassetter.FAYETTEVILLE, GA, 30214 770-460-7700 Fouts said he would meet with city of Newnan officials to discuss the matter and report back to the commissioners.

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Congregation B'nai Israel, 1633 Hwy. 54 East in Jonesboro, will both have observances. There is no synagogue in Coweta County, but Cowetans worship at Chabad of Peachtree City and Congregation B’nai Israel. Rosh Hashana is the first of the Jewish High Holy Days. The origin of the rituals associated with the observance is found in Leviticus 23:23–32. Some traditions maintain the Jewish New Year starts on the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve. Services at Chabad of Peachtree City include: • Rosh Hashana, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

6:45 p.m. with shofar blowing and breakfast at 8:02 p.m. Many of the prayers are recited by the congregation in unison, specifically in English, so that everyone can participate. Hebrew/ English prayer books are used throughout the service, and the rabbi provides a running commentary in English of explanatory and meaningful insights. C on g re g at ion B 'n a i I s r a el has the following services on its schedule: • Rosh Hashana evening service, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

• Rosh Hashana morning service, Thursday, 10 a.m., followed • Rosh Hashana, Thursday-Fri- by a luncheon. BY W. WINSTON SKINNER day, 9:30 a.m. with blowing of the • Yom Kippur evening service, shofar, a ram’s horn, at about 11:30 Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. a.m. Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New • Yom Kippur morning service, • Eve of Yom Kippur, Kol Nidrei Year, begins today, and area Jews Sept. 30, 10 a.m. will be celebrating the High Holy service, Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. To attend any of the CongregaDay. • Yom Kippur morning service, Chabad of Peachtree City, 632 9:30 a.m., Sept. 30, followed by tion B’nai Israel services, please Dogwood Trail in Tyrone, and Yizkor about noon and Neilahat call 678-817-7162 for tickets.

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Self-Defense for Women Sept. 20, 2:30- 3:30 p.m., Free

Off icers from t he Coweta County Sheriff’s Department will demonstrate basic selfdefense tactics for women at the Carnegie Library. Learn valuable techniques and tips to protect yourself. Call 770-6831347 to register. The Carnegie Library is located at 1 LaGrange Street in downtown Newnan.


Kiwanis Coweta County Fair Sept. 22- Oct. 1, Hours vary, $5

Open Monday through Sunday at the Coweta County Fairgrounds, 275 Pine Road. Shows will include Johnny Rockett’s Cycle Circus, K-9s in Flight, Lew-E’s Comedy Circus & DeWayne’s Dr. Magical Balloons Show, Rust & Flame Blacksmithing, Sam’s Path Exotic Petting Zoo, and Southeastern Reptile Rescue. Other activities include the 4-H Horse show, Lumberjack/Lumberjill contest, scarecrow contest, cake decorating contests, the Cattleman’s steak cook-off, gingerbread house decorating contest, and a daily scavenger hunt. Mega passes, armbands and individual tickets for the Midway are available. For more information, visit www. or call the Coweta County Extension Office at 770-254-2620.


Fido Fest 5K/ 1-Mile Fun Run Sept. 23, 8 a.m., $25

Newnan Coweta Humane Society is hosting the Fido Fest 5K/1Mile Fun Run in Ashley Park. Participants are invited to bring their dogs to walk/run with them as long as the animals are vaccinated, leashed, non-aggressive, and in good physical condition. Shirts are guaranteed to all pre-registered runners and will be given out while supplies last to late and race day registrants. There

will be plenty of f luids and fruit after the race, and there will also be treats for your dogs. Rain or shine. For more information, visit http://www. (QR CODE AVAILABLE FOR ART)


CAREing Paws Reading Program Sept. 27, 3:30- 4:30 p.m., Free

Reading Education Assistance Dog-certif ied therapy dog, Lola, and her handler, Ms. Pam, will provide 15-minute, private reading exercises for students in first through third grades. Children will be able to read out loud to Lola to practice their reading skills in a lowstress atmosphere. Registration is required. Call the Newnan Carnegie Library at 770-6831347 for more information or to register.


place during the event. Registration is required to attend. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased through Eventbrite at www.senoiacarshow. com. The event is sponsored by Senoia Downtown Development Authority. For more information, contact Gail Downs at 770-378-6627, or Suzanne Heifman at 770-599-8182.

ister before Sept. 20 to guarantee a T-shirt. Refreshments and lunch will be provided to all participants.


The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place at Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City. Walk participants will complete a 3-mile walk and will learn about Alzheimer's disease, advocacy opportunities, clinical studies enrollment and support programs and services from the Alzheimer’s Association. Participants will also join in a meaningful tribute ceremony to honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Register at

BBQ Benefit & Raffle for Randy Sept. 30, 11 a.m., $5-$8

The Venison Shop, located at 12341 White House Road in Woodbury will host a barbecue lunch and raffle for Randy Crosby, who was recently diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome. Plates cost $8, and raffle tickets are $5. Items up for raffle include Yeti coolers, deer processing services, a skull mount, shoulder mount, deer feed/ food plot seeds, and a woman’s salon basket. Winners do not have to be present. For more information, call Jimmie at 404-451-6082.


Chattahoochee Bend State Park- Hooch Hike and Paddle Sept. 30, 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fire Safety @ Your Library! Sep 29, 4- 5 p.m ., $ Free

The Grantville Library, located at 100 Park Drive in Grantville invites you and your family to celebrate Preparedness Month with the Coweta County Fire Department (CCFD). The CCFD will bring the Fire Safety house, a self-contained teaching station on wheels that is used to teach children fire safety. All Ages. Registeration is strongly recommended. For registration, call the Grantville Branch at 770-683-0535.


Get the best of both worlds at the Bend -- a 5.5 mile hike up the Riverside Trail to the bend boat launch where we’ll break for lunch. Then, a short instruction session to get you on your way; a nice, easy paddle back down the Chattahoochee. Boats are available to rent or bring your own. Register in advance, space is limited. Ages 10+ $12 per person plus $30 boat rental. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.

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Cotton Pickin’ Fair 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., $5- $8 admission

Join us for the fall edition of The Cotton Pickin’ Fair on October 7th & 8th, 2017! Gates are open from 8am to 5pm each day. We ask that you do not bring pets for the comfort of all our guests. Parking is free and on a first come, first parked basis. Come early on Saturday to help avoid the traffic or visit Sunday which tends to be slightly less crowded. Our vendors have wonderful items in store for you and we can’t wait for you to take them home! Adult (13 - 64) $8 Senior (65+) $7 Active Duty Military $7 Children (7 - 12) $5 Children (under 6) Free Parking is Free in the CPF lots.




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Historic downtown Senoia will host its annual Car Show on Sept. 30. Judging begins at 7 a.m., and the public will have an opportunity to view cars at 11 a.m. There will be live music, door prizes, drawings, and a food court featuring The Varsity. Filming of the TV show “My Classic Car” will also take


The Ferst Foundation supports early literacy by sending books to children from birth to age five in Coweta County. Individual registration is $28, or $75 per family. Course lengths vary between 12 and 100 miles. All participants must wear a helmet, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Reg-

The Oktoberfest celebration is designed to bring beer enthusiasts downtown to enjoy a night of tasting craft brews. Over 30+ downtown businesses participants extend their business hours, and their hospitality, to downtown guest to serve as tasting locations for the different varieties of craft beer that is available for sampling. Tickets on sale soon!


Nature Trail Festival Oct. 15, 2- 4 p.m. (rain or shine), $0

Come enjoy fall colors, native plants, trees and trails at the Nature Trail Festival. There will be outdoor learning activities on the trails and a chance to meet Smokey Bear. Additionally, there will be free food and prizes during this familyfriendly event. The Festival will be held at the McGuffey Nature Center at the Coweta Fairgrounds Complex, located at 275 Pine Road in Newnan. This event is hosted by Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers with the UGA Extension Office - Coweta County. For more information, please call 770-254-2620.


Hummingbird Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Free

“The City of Friendly People” invites you to the annual Hogansville Hummingbird Festival, held the third weekend of every October in historic downtown Hogansville, GA. Our Main Street will be bustling with food, crafts, antiques, music, local artists, open storefronts, rides, and activities for the whole family. Two days of old-fashioned family fun! Includes easy parking, handicap access, ample security, and kids play area.


NCHS Possum Supper Nov. 8, 7:30- 10:30 p.m., $25

Join Newnan-Coweta Historical Society for an old-fashioned Possum Supper (Yes, with real possum) in the tradition of the longtime Newnan Possum Eaters Convention. Hear history of how Possum Suppers became a Newnan tradition starting during the political campaign of William Yates At k i n son for Gover nor of Georgia in the 1890s and how the possum became a mascot for President William Howard Taft. The tradition was continued by Newnan civic leaders at several locations into the 1950s and ’60s. The dinner is at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8, at the Historic Train Depot, 60 E. Broad St. in downtown Newnan. Tickets, $25, are available on Eventbrite. com. For a direct link, go to nchs-possum-supper-tickets36865088472?aff=eac2

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NEELYS From page 1A

community, not some faraway place we'll never visit with people we'll never meet." Teaming up as co-publishers seems to be a good fit, they said. One benefit is being even more accessible to the community. “Clay and I are always around, and it's nice to know that if I'm needed in one place, Clay will still be available, and vice versa,” said Beth. The newspaper itself is a component in the lives of Cowetans. “We are a part of all the many stories here in the county,” Clay said. “We’re honored to be in anybody’s lives that wants us to be there.” The Neelys succeed Walter C. Jones, an expe-

rienced Georgia journalist, who has been The Times-Herald’s publisher since June 2016. Jones has been named director of legislative affairs with the Georgia Division of Fa m i ly a nd Ch i ld ren Services. His last day at T he Times-Herald was last Friday, and he assumed his duties in Atlanta on Monday. Beth is the daughter of William W. “Billy” and Marianne C. Thomasson, president and vice-president, respectively, of The Newnan Times-Herald. Billy Thomasson’s father, James Thomasson, and grandfather, E.W. Thomasson, came to Newnan from Carrollton in 1935 and started The Newnan Times in 1936. As an infant, Beth’s crib was placed beside her mot her ’s desk at the newspaper – sometimes with the telephone

receiver as a makeshift baby monitor to catch her cries, which would be amplified over the roar of the pressroom. “It ’s been a u n ique experience,” Beth said. “I’ve been involved in just about every aspect of the newspaper business at some point in my life.” As a youngster, she helped Ella MacNabb, the longtime bookkeeper, count change and rode along to make deliveries and refill newspaper racks. She would help “cut” and “paste” graphics onto ad templates, back when scissors were still involved. When she was a little older, her father built a wooden box for her to stand on to insert sect ion s of t he newspaper and stack them into bundles. She also remembered watch i ng her pa rents share duties and respon-

sibilities. “T here was always a solution that they were working on together,” she said. "I've been lucky to have them as role models, and know that their advice will continue to help us as we prepare to move forward." The Neelys said they see a shared responsibility for publishing the newspaper a s a good thing. “If I can’t figure out how do it, chances are Clay can. If Clay can’t figure something out, I probably can,” Beth said. “ We ’ r e m o v i n g t o another generation of the Thomasson family, which has been such a key part o f t h i s c o m m u n i t y,” Jones said. “Their love of Newnan and Coweta County is evident, and their commitment to its strength is sincere and heartfelt.” The Neelys, he said, “bring ideas and imagination to the job.”

Coweta County is waiving the fees – and extending hours – for Cowetans to dispose of storm debris at the construction and demolition landfill. Disposal of residential yard debris related Hurricane Irma can be dropped off free through Sept. 23. Only residential yard debris will be allowed – not junk, garbage or household or commercial items. The landf ill normally closes at 4:15 p.m.

on weekdays, but will be open until 6:15 on weekdays and to 4:15 on Saturday for storm debris disposal. All dumping must be completed by closing time. The C&D landf ill is located at 164 Essie Walker Road in Newnan, off Ishman Ballard Road. Local groups have been working to meet needs in areas harder hit by hurricanes. Hundreds of Buckets of Care and cases of water were col le c te d recent ly at t he Western Baptist Association

office on Jefferson Place in Newnan. The association is a group of about 50 Southern Baptist churches in Coweta and surrounding counties. Pastor Jonathan Porter of Greenville Baptist Church directed the loading of a North American Mission Board trailer. “We we overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and donations from our churches,” stated Dr. J. Wayne Jenkins, WBA associational missionary. The trailer of supplies was sent to south Louisiana.

also is sponsoring a fund drive for the playground at the Howard Warner Community Center. “We raised our visibility in the community,” Jones said. A resident of Newnan for two decades, Jones has been a subscriber to The Newnan Times-Herald since he moved here. “I’m looking forward to seeing new things in the paper and to see it continue to get better,” he said. A goal of the Neelys is “to continue building on the strides that Walter made,” Clay said. “He’s been a great ambassador to our community, and we’re in an excellent position to continue to build bridges and focus on the valuable contributions we make. ” T he Ne elys l ive i n Newnan and have two children, Charlie, 8, and Anna, 4.

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County to waive fees for disposing of storm debris BY W. WINSTON SKINNER

Jones, who was director of news services for Mor r is News Ser v ice before coming to The Times-Herald, reflected on his time at the publisher’s desk in Newnan. “I came here with the idea to take a look at the systems, top to bottom, and we made a number of changes,” he said. T here have been changes in personnel and in design. The TimesHerald moved to a new printer, The Anniston Star. The newspaper also launched NTH Boost, an internet service that promotes businesses above and beyond the norm. “We stepped up our social media and kicked our headline service into high gear,” Jones said. During Jones’ tenure, the newspaper became more active with Main Street Newnan, including participation in the Art Walk. The newspaper

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‘Kitchen Witches’ opens at NTC’s Black Box NTH Staff Reports

Newnan Theatre Compa ny opened t he f i rst Black Box Theatre production of its 40th anniversary season with “The Kitchen Witches” by Caroline Smith. The show opened Sept. 14-17 and will continue its run Sept. 21-24. In the show, Dolly Biddle and Isobel Lomax are two “mature” cable-access cooking show hosts who have hated each other for more than 30 years. Their animosity started when Larry Biddle dated Isobel but married Dolly after Isobel turned down his proposal. When circumstances put them together on a TV show called “The Kitchen

Witches,” the insults are flung harder than the food they are working with. Dolly’s long-suffering TV producer (and son) Stephen tries to keep them on track, but as long as Dolly’s dressing room is one inch closer to the set than Isobel’s, it’s a losing battle. T he show, however, b e c om e s a s m a s h h it when fans realize they are watching what might happen if Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer combined forces. “When I read this script, all I could see was those old cable-access shows we used to have back in the late 80’s,” said director Teri Whitley. Corey Hendrick plays Stephen. “Stephen is kind of the

straight man to the two ladies,” says Hendrick. “But he also gets some fantastic one-liners of his own. He’s just trying to get the best show he can out of the chaos Dolly and Isobel have stirred up for 30 years. Anyone can tell you, trying to calm a storm like that only produces more damage.” Newnan Theatre Compa ny vetera ns A ndi Laaker and Mary Caroline Moore play Dolly and Isobel, respectively. “One of the best things going for this show is the fact that Andi and Mary Caroline have known and worked with one another for years now,” Whitley said. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Satur-


From left are Mary Caroline Moore and Andi Laaker, who are performing in Newnan Theatre Company’s production of “The Kitchen Witches” Sept. 21-24.

days and 3 p.m. Sundays. shows are 3 p.m. Tickets are available at www. or by

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T he Peachtree Cit y Library will hold a screening of the anti-bullying film “Fat Boy Chronicles” on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 6:30 p.m. A Q & A se s sion w i l l fol low w it h M ichael Buchanan, co-author and screenwriter of the book “ Fat B oy C h ron ic le s ,” which tells the tale of a 14-year-old boy learning to cope with both his body issues and the bullies in his life. The event will take place in the lower level of the library. Downstairs doors open at 6 p.m. Buchanan co-authored the novel and wrote the screenplay for “Fat Boy Chronicles” with Diane Lang. The book won the National Parenting Publication’s Gold Award and the Mom’s Choice Award of Excellence. The novel and movie are used by schools around the nation to a id i n a nti-bu l ly i ng efforts.

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Southside Support in conjunction with Child r e n’s He a lt h c a r e of Atlanta, Armed Forces Mission, and Spectrum – Autism Support is hosting a Southside Symposium: I nclu sion for Sp e c i a l Needs Conference on Saturday, Oct. 14. T he d ay-lon g event will feature lectures and hands-on exercises for people to learn about how to be successful in including individuals with special needs into their pro-

grams. Admission to this event is free and open to any church, organization, agency, educational center, or business that has a desire to serve specialneeds families. Topics for this event will include autism basics, special-needs ministry case study, epilepsy basics and seizure plans, preventing childhood sexual abuse, mental health awareness, and medically fragile children. CPR training will be available at the end of the

day for a $25 fee. The conference will be held at New Hope Baptist Church, North Campus at 551 New Hope Road, Fayetteville, Ga. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. and the conference runs until 5 p.m. Chick-fil-A lunch will be provided with registration. Admission is free. For more information, or to register, please visit www.southsidesymposium. com Southside Support is a 501c3 nonprofit incorporation in Georgia, serving the southside of Atlanta.

story of Teddy Kremer, a young man with Down Syndrome who won the hearts of players and fans when he became batboy for the Cincinnati Reds. Last July, Teddy was even honored with his own bobblehead at a Reds game. Buchanan is lead writer Buchanan and his coauthor’s latest book, “Steal- for “Spiral Bound,” a feaing First,” tells the true ture documentary about Michael Buchanan, co-author and screenwriter of the book “Fat Boy Chronicles”

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