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Cowetans share inauguration experience in Washington D.C. Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at the nation’s capital, and several Cowetans attended the historical event.

January • Newnan Waff le House waitress Heather “Shorty” Burkinshaw-Stanley makes national headlines following a gun incident. Burkinshaw-Stanley was fired from a Newnan Waffle House after she shot her handgun during a robbery in late December. • D r ew Fer g u s on b e c ome s t he Congressman for Coweta County and the 3rd District. • Community rallies around fire victims. After losing everything to a fire, the Jackson family received a wealth of community support after a fire ravaged their barn and home. • A f ter foreca sts of w inter weather, Coweta residents are disappointed by the absence of snow. • It’s the end of an era at Newnan High School as Mike McDonald resigns as head football coach. McDonald, 45, had been at New n a n for 10 ye a r s , sta r ting a s the tea m’s defensive coordinator in 2007. McDonald took over as head coach in 20 0 9 after long-time Cougars head coach Robert Herring retired.

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• Sen. Matt Brass and Rep. Josh Bonner are sworn in. Brass represents G eorgia Senate District 28, which covers all of Coweta and Heard counties and portions of south Fulton, Carroll, and Troup Counties. Bonner represents House District 72, which covers the southeast corner of Coweta, including Senoia and Haralson, as well as portions of Fayette County including Brooks and part of Peachtree City.

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• Arnco drug bust nets three arrests for possession of methamphetamine. Inside the house, investigators found almost 4 grams of methamphetamine, two sets of scales, baggies, and approximately 38 Xanax pills inside a dresser drawer. • Trinity Christian hires former L a ndma rk Chr istia n head coach Kenny Dallas to take over for Dan Matthews.





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• Burglars steal more than $20,000 worth of goods from a Newnan home. A woman posing as a utility worker distracted the homeowner while her accomplice entered the back door of the house.

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• Locally filmed movie, “The Founder,” opens in theaters. The movie is a biographical drama about Ray Kroc and his role in creating the McDonald’s restaurant franchise. Filming took place in the parking lot of the Coweta County Administration Building, and included the temporary building of a 1950s-style McDonald’s restaurant. Familiar downtown buildings such as Thriftown and Arnall Grocery can be seen in the movie. • Coweta ranks as an economically stable county in a report by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. • Homicide triggers power outage. David Allen Fritts, after being shot, drove into a power pole on West Washington Street. Because of the damage from the accident, nearby residents and businesses were without power for several hours while crews worked to repair the lines. It was unknown if the accident or the gunshot was the cause of death. • Cowetans share inauguration experience in Washington D.C. Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States at the nation’s capital, and several Cowetans attended the historical event. • Georgia Power officially retires 830ft. stack at Plant Yates by controlled demolition. A portion of W. Highway 16 was closed for a few minutes while many gathered along the side of the highway

to watch the stack fall. Once it was on • A government investigation conthe ground, traffic was reopened. cludes that there were no safety violations in the June 2016 Bonnell explosion. • Verdict says prison time for bacon However, following the investigation, outburst. Gregory Sims is sentenced to the U.S. Occupational Health and seven years in prison and 20 years pro- Safety Administration recommended bation. Sims caused a scene inside the safety upgrades be made to the facility. Dairy Queen on Jefferson Street when he discovered bacon on his hamburger. • Rev. Tamarkus Cook, pastor of St. After he berated a cashier and used pro- Smyrna Baptist Church, is named fanity, he led police on a high-speed pur- Citizen of the Year. Cook dedicated the suit before being taken into custody. award to the memory of his grandfather, Prior the incident at Dairy Queen, Sims Alton Kirby Sr., a World War II veteran faced charges of aggravated assault after who worked at the Bonnell Company he ran his truck into a gas station conve- and served as a major influence on Cook nience store following a domestic dis- as he grew up. Close to 250 members of pute in 2013. local organizations, clubs, businesses and the community attended the gala.

• Small named new head football coach at East Coweta High School. John Small takes over for Steve Pardue, who retired at the end of the season. • Board approves $56 million budget for Newnan Utilities. • Gang member gets 20 years for 2015 armed robbery. Alleged Blood member Marquez Bernard Smith admits to armed robbery and targeting gas stations along the I-85 corridor. In a negotiated plea, Judge Travis Sakrison sentenced Smith for armed robbery and two counts of Violation of the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act.

Georgia Power officially retires stack at Plant Yates

y r a u r b Fe Local women turn activism into action • Local women marchers turn activism into action. Local women took to the square in downtown Newnan, inspired by the Women’s March on Washington, where marchers descended on the nation’s capital to draw attention to the perceived threats posed by the new administration to the rights of women,

people of color, immigrants and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and selfdescribed “queer” community as well as to protest Trump’s plans in the areas of health care, the environment and the economy.

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• A small fire at Chattahoochee Bend State Park burns eight acres and temporarily closes the Flat Rock and Bobcat trails. The fire’s source was officially undetermined, but rangers reported it as • Newnan Fire Department rescues an “unattended campfire.”

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• Newnan High School names Rodney “Chip” Walker as the new head football coach. He takes over at Newnan for Mike McDonald, who resigned after serving as the Cougars’ head coach for eight seasons.

lack of rainfall has not only caused fire bans and watering restrictions, but also affected the agriculture economy and local cattle and livestock farmers. Cattle farmers who depend on forage and hay for winter feeding were hit the hardest, with reports of people paying between $70 and $90 for round bales. • A former language arts teacher pleads guilty to sexual assault. Michael Larvell Wilson, 56, pleaded guilty to sexual assault of a student, furnishing alcohol to a minor and possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. Wilson had taught at Winston Dowdell Academy.

• A routine traffic stop leads to drug charges. Nicki Marie Huckaby and David Ellis Cooper of Tyrone were • Coweta Superior Court Judge Travis charged with heroin trafficking after Sakrison sits on the Georgia Supreme Court for a day. Sakrison, who has been being stopped on I-85. a judge just two years, served as a “designated judge” on the Georgia Supreme • John Hall becomes Newnan-Coweta Court, filling in for a justice who had a Chamber of Commerce chairman. conflict. • Pinewood Studios expands. The • Main Street Newnan hosts Furreal expansion made the Atlanta facility the Love event. The event allowed people to second largest movie studio in the coun- meet many dogs and cats that are looktry, after Warner Brothers. ing for their “furr-ever” home. • Drought impacts local farmers. The

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February • Buffet leads to charges against a local mom. Newnan Police filed charges of reckless conduct against Jennifer Cotton of Newnan, the mother of an 11-year-old girl who was injured after her 2-year-old sibling fired a gun, which had been stored into the mother’s purse.

Born via cesarean section at 29 weeks gestation, each baby weighed less than 4 pounds.

• County settles open meeti n g s l aw s u it . B enja m i n Parsons, Loreli Scott, Linda Menk and Hank Ashmore had sued the county commission over their handling of a "golden parachute" retirement package • Two killed and two injured for a former deputy fire chief. in Welcome Road crash. Alcohol and drugs were not • Bond denied for suspect believed to have been involved who caused school cancellain the late-night crash, but tion. After making threats speed may have played a factor, against a Newnan Crossing according to the Georgia State Elementary school teacher, Patrol. Robert Joseph Antonello faces terroristic threats and stalking • Army Command Sergeant charges. Major Bennie G. Adkins, Medal of Honor recipient, • A Newnan woman is senspeaks to students at NHS. tenced in Federal Court. Andrea R. Williams, 36, was • Man faces life sentence for sentenced to six years and 2014 double homicide. Jarico seven months in federal prison Deshun Brown was charged for wire fraud and aggravated with the murder of Allen identity theft for using stolen Cantrell and Wes Watson back identities to file dozens of in October 2014. In a blind plea fraudulent federal student aid t a ken by Jud ge Tr av i s applications. Sakrison, Brown was sentenced to life in prison plus an • Pro baseball player Will additional 15 years for criminal Smith visits Elm Street attempt to commit armed rob- Elementary. Smith, a former bery and possession of a fire- Northgate High School Viking arm during the commission of a who is now a relief pitcher for felony. Brown will not be con- the San Francisco Giants, talksidered for parole until 2047. ed about how he used to practice his form at home in front of • Coweta County’s first qua- a mirror for hours after he druplets, Brayden, Kenlee, already had spent time practicBryant, and Brandon Miller, ing with coaches. He said he arrive home with proud parents became better at the sport Kortney and Justin Miller after through hard work, practice, several weeks at Piedmont and listening to the direction of Newnan Hospital’s Level 3 coaches. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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• East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate high schools are named AP Honor Schools. The G e o r g i a D e p a r t m e nt o f Education recognizes schools for excellence in their Advanced Placement programs. • Veteran firefighter honored with procession. Hundreds of residents parked alongside the 9-mile stretch of Highway 34 that leads from South Metro Ministries to Oak Hill Cemetery to pay their respects for Lt. Paramedic Michael Norton. Fire departments from around the state participated in the procession and manned Coweta stations so that Coweta fire personnel could attend the funeral. Norton had fought a fire in East Newnan in the morning was found in medical distress by his wife late that night. • Northgate’s football coach Tommy Walburn announces retirement. During his time at Northgate, the Vikings finished with a 52-27 record. His 7-year tenure with the Vikings included four trips to the playoffs. • Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk is sworn in by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Child Fatality Review Panel. The recommendation was made for Hawk to serve on the state panel after several high-profile deaths in Coweta County that highlighted the dangers of adults sleeping in the same bed with infants. Hawk worked as a medic for 27 years before becoming coroner. • Local women are recognized during National Women’s History Month.

• A mural inspired by several children from the Boys and Girls Club now decorates the exterior walls of the Wesley Street Gymnasium. Atlanta artist Corey Barksdale painted the mural. (PIC??) • Dr. Jeanette Hallam is named principal of East Coweta Middle School, while Patrick Sullivan will take over as principal of Arnall Middle School. • Kesley Dalrymple promoted to head football coach at Northgate. The Coweta County Board of Education officially approved Dalrymple as the Vikings’ new head football coach. He replaces veteran coach Tommy Walburn.

“Candy Jar,” begins. • Justice served for slain Newnan teen: Tellisavoris Demon Floyd is sentenced to life in prison plus 25 years for the murder of Sean Michael Turner. Turner, 17, and a friend were in Atlanta and picked up Floyd and another man, who later pulled out guns and ordered the teens out of the car. When Turner ran back up to the car, which was stopped in traffic, he was shot by Floyd.

• A case of child cruelty leads to the death of 4-year-old Dedrick “DJ” Alford. Alford lived in Clayton County, but had family in Meriwether County. His mother’s boyfriend is accused to the beating that led to • Coweta 911 is honored at the Alford’s death. 2 017 G eorg ia Emergency Communications Conference. A • Newnan’s alcohol ordinance group of local operators were takes effect. The ordinance named Communications Team of allows open containers of alcohol the Year. in parts of downtown during designated events. • A complaint is filed against Grantville Councilman Mark • The Georgia Department of King. Resident Marion Cieslik Economic Development begins accused King of ethics violations the 2017 International VIP Tour over Facebook conversations the in Senoia to observe the impacts two men had. The issue drags out of the movie industry. for several months. • The Newnan Chick-fil-A • Film crews arrive in down- Dwarf house is demolished to town Newnan as the filming of make way for a new Truett’s two movies, “Insatiable” and Chick-fil-A.

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Herald. • The Coweta County Genealogical Society searches unmarked graves in Coweta. Society volunteers, along with an expert, map the graves at the family cemetery on the Watkins plantation property in Grantville. Using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR), over 50 graves are detected.

• Senoia resident Travis Ellis is the first Georgian honored by Medal of Honor Society. • According to the GBI, former property manager Courtney Renee Parsons stole thousands in rent money. Parsons worked for Hope Property Manager, a rental company owned by former Grantville Mayor Jim Sells.

• Army nurse and Vietnam hero Donna Rowe speaks at NHS. Rowe, who would be featured later in the year in political commercial critical of Hillary Clinton, wanted students to know the truth about those who • A high-speed chase on Bullsboro ends served in Vietnam – that they weren’t miswith a crash. The driver of the car, Donzel fits, but were “clean, honest and faithful.” Ralphyeal Pittman of Peachtree City, faces charges of aggravated assault, felony shop- • Poplar Road and Welch Elementary lifting and felony fleeing and eluding police. schools are placed on lockdown while deputies search for a burglary suspect. • Newnan’s “Miss Pearl” goes viral. Colleen Sprayberry gets over 100,000 views • Transco agrees to stop work on portions of her three-minute videos where she shares of its natural gas line project through wisdom and sass. Miss Pearl later becomes a Coweta and several north Georgia counties Sunday columnist for The Newnan Times- while it remedies erosion problems identi-

• Drugs suspected in fatal car wreck. mer black high school. Drugs were found in the pocket of Joseph Bernard Gentile, whose died after his car • Robert DeNiro, Christopher Walken struck a tree on the Newnan Bypass. and Uma Thurman are among the stars of “The War with Grandpa,” which films at • Susan Barber of Northgate High School the former Newnan Hospital on Hospital is Coweta’s 2017 Teacher of the Year. Road. Barber has taught Grade 11-12 American literature and AP literature at Northgate • A judge denies Mayo Royal’s request to High School since 2008. modify his five-year prison sentence. Royal, a former accountant, pleaded guilty in 2012 • A felony murder trial case ends in mis- to seven counts of theft and one count of trial. The trial of Willie Louis Turner II false swearing in estate mismanagement. ends abruptly after Judge Travis Sakrison declares a mistrial. Turner was accused of • Coweta’s Carmen Pageno, a teacher at shooting and killing Travalas Acres in Smokey Road Middle school, attends the February 2016 as the two men were passen- United Nation Indigenous Peoples forum. gers in a car. • The former Howard Warner School is given new life as a community center. After years of planning and construction, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the restoration and reuse project at Newnan’s for-

• A decision to grant a certificate of need for the proposed Newnan Behavioral Hospital is overturned after an appeal from Willowbrooke at Tanner, a behavioral health facility in Carroll County. The

Georgia Department of Community Health had awarded a CON for the hospital in June of 2016.

fied by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. • Grantville revises its policy on city vehicles. The city council’s attempts to regulate when employees could take home city vehicles went through several additional twists and turns in 2017. • A local teen is reunited with her family after a runaway incident. Alissa Carroll’s family had considered contacting a funeral home before they learned she was alive in Columbus. • A small crowd gathers in downtown Newnan for the People’s Climate March. The local demonstration was held in conjunction with a larger protest against climate change held in Washington, D.C. • Grenzebach Corporation is recognized as 2017 Georgia Manufacturer of the Year. The Georgia Manufacturers Awards recognition was award in the category of companies with 150 or fewer employees.

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• Dr. David Gregory becomes the new director of One Roof. Gregory is a local educator who served in several administrative positions with the Coweta County School System, including as home- • Ride of Silence honors cyclists who were injured or killed while riding a bicycle. Over less liaison. 100 cyclists attend the 10th annual event in Peachtree City. • An Arnco man is behind bars for child molestation. Earl Rayford Cannon Sr., 52, is accused of propositioning an 8-year-old. • Nursing assistant faces several charges The girl refused his advances and told a following death of patient. Hakim Ogunkunle, 43, was arrested after 98-yearfamily member. old Edna Warren died following injuries sustained at Newnan Health and • The Tucked Away concert series in Rehabilitation, the nursing home where downtown Newnan is the first event held Ogunkunle worked. after the city voted to allow open containers at certain events.

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June High-speed pursuit ends in crash after reaching speeds of 100 mph

• The Newnan Police Department and the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office investigate deaths and apparent overdose. A 29-year-old male guest at a local restaurant had a medical emergency in the restaurant parking lot and was revived by emergency personnel, while another patron who had been the same restaurant is found deceased in a friend’s home. A young woman also died of an overdose that night, but no connection was confirmed. • A Florida man is charged with child molestation and statutory rape of a 13-yearold from Newnan. Stone Alexander Ziemba, 20, is charged with statutory rape and child molestation. Police said he traveled five hours to meet a girl from an Internet dating site.

• Police discover child living at a local motel. The child’s parents, Jeffrey W. Baird and Shenandoah Marie Chambless, were charged with aggravated battery and child cruelty. The child was discovered on May 29 when members from the Newnan Police Department responded to the Stay Lodge Motel after receiving a report of a small child crying, covered in bruises with an Ace bandage on his leg. • A Newnan man is charged with elder abuse. Jimmy Richard Hendrix, 51, was accused of leaving his 89-year-old mother, who needed daily care, alone for several days.

• A woman blames witchcraft for shooting and arson. Lindsey Deeanne Wells allegedly shot inside a Corn Crib Drive home before setting in on fire, mistaking it for the residence of her cousin. Wells allegedly told deputies she had been reading tarot cards, practicing witchcraft and went to the home to kill her cousin. The bullets hit the sofa where two children had been sitting before they ran behind the wall and

called 911. • Newnan kicks off summer with outdoors festivals, Jazz in the Park and Summer Wined-Up. Twenty-nine businesses around the square in downtown Newnan served a selection of wines for people to sample before an evening of jazz performances at Greenville Street Park.

‘Smokey and the Bandit’

• A crash on I-85 hospitalizes three people, but leaves three horses unharmed. The animals were taken to Southern Crescent Equine, a local veterinary clinic and stable that cared for the animals until the owner arranged for their transfer. Traffic was closed on the interstate to allow access for life-flight helicopters.

• Alan Jackson is honored with Madame Tussauds wax figure in Nashville. The wax body double is Jackson’s first figure to be featured at a Madame Tussauds attraction. The figure of a younger Jackson is complete with a button-up cowboy shirt, faded blue jeans, and his signature Stetson cowboy • “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” begins filming in Newnan. Three days of filming were hat. held at Sky Zone, the local trampoline park. • A Brooks man is arrested after crashing The sequel to last year’s surprise comedy his ATV into a house. Bradley Allen hit “Bad Moms” follows the mothers from Hornsby, 24, was riding a four-wheeler on the first film as they spend Christmas with Cobbler Drive when he lost control of the their own mothers. The movie stars Mila vehicle, according to Trooper Lindsey Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn. Barber with the Georgia State Patrol.

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The Great Race

• Gov. Nathan Deal picks Michael Nix for Local Government 911 Authority. Deal announced the creation of the Local Government 911 Authority, which will be housed under the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency with Nix as its top staffer.

ular homicide, hit and run, driving under the influence and reckless driving in a negotiated plea before Judge Emory Palmer. Long, 22, was sentenced to 20 years to serve 15 years in prison for his role in the fatal car crash that took the life of his girlfriend, Victoria “ Tori” Clanton, last November. Long is responsible for a • A Newnan teen is arrested after a previous crash that resulted in the car chase. Quintavious Lavar Smith, death of a child in 2012. 17, faced multiple charges, including driving without a license. When offi- • Probation roundup sends dozens cers asked why he attempted to flee, back to jail. More than 25 men were Smith stated that he did not have a taken into custody after local authorilicense.The Main Street bridge in ties executed a search warrant at Arnco is reopened for the first time Hoops Bar and Grill on Old Corinth since September 2015. The bridge Road. After receiving multiple comreopened with a 5-ton rating – higher plaints about marijuana allegedly than the 4-ton rating it had before it being openly smoked and sold inside was originally closed in 2013. the business, warrants were filed to investigate, according to Maj. John • A Newnan man is convicted of Lewis with the Coweta County attempted murder following a 2016 Sheriff’s Office. shooting. Mario Chaquez Beeks was found guilty of attempted murder, • A construction worker on Greison aggravated assault, battery and pos- Trail is struck by a car, but walks away session of firearm during commission with no serious injuries. The victim, of felony following a 2016 shooting. an employee of Southeastern Site Beeks, 20, was sentenced to 35 years Development, was wearing a safety to serve 20 by Judge Emory Palmer vest at the time of the accident and during a bench trial held in Coweta police believed the driver was travelCounty Superior Court. ing about 40 mph. • 300 pounds of meth seized from north Coweta “superlab.” According to investigators, an estimated $2.8 million of methamphetamine recovered from the Shell Road residence is the largest bust in Coweta history. • A man twice convicted of vehicular homicide pleads guilty and is sentenced to 20 years to serve. Taylor Patrick Long pleaded guilty to vehic-

• “Smokey and the Bandit” convoy rolls through Coweta. Hundreds of Pontiac Trans Ams and their owners made their way eastbound and down as they drove through Coweta, completing the home stretch of their 600mile journey from Texarkana, Texas to Jonesboro. The group was participating in the 11th annual Bandit Run to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the movie.

• The rise of transdermal drugs puts first responders at risk. A Senoia police officer encounters rice contaminated with MDMA and stresses the importance for caution when handling the unknown. As the rise of transdermal drugs like fentanyl continues to spread across the county and state, many first responders are now treating drug encounters as potential hazmat situations. • Madras Connector receives funding. Completion of phase one is predicted to cost approximately $9 million, with construction beginning around the year 2020. • A Newnan woman leads police on a chase with her children unrestrained in the car. Shatara Cashena Ashford, 27,was reportedly fleeing from a man attempting to repossess her car. • Great Race to take course through Newnan. The Great Race is a historic week-long, car expedition that spans the continental United States. This year the race started in Jacksonville, Fla., and ended in Traverse City, Mich. It featured more than 100 cars, all manufactured before 1972.** • Blickle U.S.A., which manufactures and distributes wheels and casters, breaks ground on headquarters in Coweta. • High-speed pursuit ends in crash after reaching speeds of 100 mph. Breanna Rothwell, 23, was charged with multiple counts in the Bullsboro Drive wreck, including following too closely, leaving the scene of an accident, suspended license, speeding, passing in no-passing zone, driving on wrong side of roadway, reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to elude police, obstruction, possession of false ID card, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cocaine.

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Newnan’s Tyler Gillett competes on reality TV show, “American Ninja Warrior.” During his television debut, he advanced to the semifinals during a regional competition that was held at the Daytona International Speedway.

July • Newnan’s Tyler Gillett competes on reality T V show, “American Ninja Warrior.” During his television debut, he advanced to the semifinals during a regional competition that was held at the Daytona International Speedway. • Couple survives road rage incident. Both the driver and passenger of an F-350 escaped unharmed after an unknown assailant allegedly fired four shots at the truck on Bullsboro Drive. According to the driver, three shots went into the side of his truck before the shooter paused, aimed for his head and shot again, striking the windshield of the truck. • “Campus Carry” in effect as of July 1. Under the bill, public colleges and universities and technical schools must allow students to carry concealed guns on campus. According to a statement on the University of West Georgia Police webpage, “A committee of faculty, staff and administrative representatives is developing a strategy that will ensure UWG complies with the law.”

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• A local dog competes in the national Ultimate Air Dogs dock jumping competition. Hobie takes first place in his division at Rock the Dock Air Dogs Club in Pine Mountain. Their first place finish in the senior division mea ns that Hobie a nd Sha n non Waldrop are eligible to compete at nationals, coming up in Missouri in October.





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• Gov. Nathan Deal announces that Georgia-lensed feature films and TV productions generate an economic impact of $9.5 billion during fiscal year 2017. As one of the top places in the world for film, Georgia hosted 320 film and television productions during the last fiscal year.

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y l u J • Senoia couple Brian Scott Campbell and A manda Renee Campbell are accused of injuring their infant. GBI spokesperson Nelly Miles said the case originated in October of 2016 when investigators from the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office requested the assistance of the GBI following allegations that a 4-month-old baby girl was allegedly dropped in August 2016 by her mother, Amanda Campbell.

t s u g u A • Newnan artist Jordan Wray wins radio contest. Wray won the Local Artist Spotlight, a contest hosted by The JOY FM, a contemporary Christian radio station.

accreditation can be earned by many types of health care organizations, and the recognition acknowledges high levels of care. • City of Grantville presents balanced budget for 2018-19. The $1.8 million budget called for a millage rate of 5.016 mills. A mill is one dollar for each $1,000 in assessed property values. • The Great American Eclipse creates a sensation. A viewing event was held in Moreland and at some local schools. Plans to have all Coweta students view the eclipse were scrapped because of concerns about the safety of viewing glasses.

• A Newnan-based real-estate developer is being sued by JPMorgan Chase Bank. Stan Thomas, developer of shopping centers around the country, including Newnan's Ashley Park and Newnan Pavilion, borrowed $12.5 million from JP Morgan Chase Bank in 2008. The • An Alabama man is sentenced to 282 years in prison for multiple armed robbank said Thomas was in default. beries, including one in Newnan. Tariq • AMC, the cable channel that produc- Khalil Jones was sentenced to life plus es “The Walking Dead,” purchases the 282 years. The Newnan robbery was at Senoia studio where the show is filmed. the QuikTrip convenience store on Riverwood Studios has been operating Bullsboro Drive in January 2016. as Raleigh Studios Atlanta for the past several years. Riverwood was built in • Same places, new faces. Five Coweta high schools will have new head football 1989 by Joe and Paul Lombardi. coaches to start the 2017 season. The • Healthsouth is awarded The Joint five new head football coaches are: Chip Commission’s Seal of Approval for stroke Walker at Newnan, John Small at East rehabilitation care. Joint Commission Coweta, Kesley Dalrymple at Northgate, • Brewery direct beer sales begin. Georgia’s new law regulating craft brewers was approved in the 2017 Georgia General Assembly session, and the direct sales provision takes effect Sept. 1. • M a g g ie H ick m a n’s f i l m “ D e ad Thirsty” is nominated for Best Writing and Best Picture in the Women in Horror Film Festival. Hickman and her husband, Jonathan, have made several films locally including a documentary about the Wadsworth Auditorium. • Newnan resident Davis Ozier walks the entire Appalachian Trail. Only about one in four people who attempt a “thruhike” are successful. • Local man Don Whitehead, first African-American in radio broadcasting, joins the Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame. Whitehead was the nation's first African-American radio news broadcasters, becoming the nightly radio newscaster at WLAC in Nashville, Tenn., in 1968. He held the position for 10 years. • Dr. Keith Harden from Newnan is

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impressive race debut, bringing home the first place rookie title, in their 1963 Dodge Dart convertible.

• H abit at for Hu m a n it y C owet a reveals what is believed to be the county’s largest “Little Free Library.” The free book exchange measures approximately 91 inches in height, 74 inches in width and 22 inches in length and is located at the Division of Family and Children’s Services on U.S. Highway 29 • A mother is caught bringing contra- North. band to prison. Melissa Elaine Lazar, 42, was charged with going to the Clay- • Newnan City Council approves the Wood Center with tobacco and Xanax annexation of 74 acres on the Highway for her son who was there on a prison 34 Bypass, near Hospital Road, and confirms a previous vote to annex land work detail. on Lora Smith Road into the city. • “Walking Dead” stuntman is killed Developers are hoping to build a 199-lot i n a c c ident . The de at h of Joh n subdivision on the property that would Bernecker was investigated by the U.S. be accessed by a roundabout entrance on O c cupation a l He a lth a nd S a fet y the Hwy. 34 Bypass. Administration. According to the call made to Coweta 911, Bernecker fell • Five-year-old Benjamin “Kamau” approximately 22 feet from a balcony Hosch III drowns while attending onto concrete at the studio, located just Camp Cricket, a day camp held at outside the city limits on Chestlehurst C o ch r a n M i l l N at u r e C ent er i n Chattahoochee Hills in south Fulton Road. County. The summer day camp was • The temporary Chick-fil-A closes ordered to close after state officials conahead of the Aug. 31 opening of Truett’s firmed it was unlicensed and not regisChick-fil-A. The Chick-fil-A Dwarf tered with the state’s Department of House was demolished just over three Early Care and Learning. months ago, and despite continuous construction and a hot, busy summer, the • State Rep. Bob Trammell is elected popular restaurant has continued to as House minority leader. Trammell said his decision to run for the leadership of serve locals. the Georgia House Democratic caucus • Gentry family conquers Great Race. was prompted by the vacancies in leadAfter years of competing in the Great ership positions. Race, Beth Gentry and her family are bringing not one, not two, but three first • A carbon monoxide leak inside a place trophies back to Newnan. Beth rented video-game trailer sends nine and her nephew, Jody Knowles, clocked children and two adults to the hospital. in with the most accurate times and won Because of the high volume of patients, first place in the Expert Division as well Peachtree City Fire Department assistas first place overall. Beth’s daughters, ed and took two employees to Piedmont G enna and Olivia G entry, had an Newnan, and two children to Scottish

• Hamilton Bohannon Drive is official. Peachtree Street i n New n a n wa s renamed to honor Bohannon, an internationally known musician, who was born and grew up on the street.

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appointed medical director of the Family Counseling Services in Cortland, New York. Harden graduated from Newnan High School in 1987. • A dispute over stolen shoes ends in gunfire, but no injuries. An adult and a juvenile were arrested following the discovery of the theft on Bailey Way near Sharpsburg.

Rite Hospital. • Hoops Sports Bar loses both its business and alcohol licenses after dozens are arrested during a probation-compliance check in June. County officials confirmed the violations weighed heavily into their decision to revoke both licenses. • The McDonald’s on U.S. Hwy. 29 at Interstate 85 fails a health inspection with a score of 58. The report from the July 20 inspection noted numerous violations of food safety procedures, including coolers that weren’t keeping food cold enough, hot foods that weren’t being kept hot enough, hamburgers that were a few degrees shy of being fully cooked and food that was kept in use past the expiration dates.

• Pastor Tamarkus Cook delivers a sermon at the National Baptist Convention of America. Cook’s sermon, “Fishing Without a Rod,” was derived from John 6:5-13, the story of “the two fish and five loaves of bread.” During his sermon, Cook spoke about the situations in life that often present failure. The message was also about encouragement, especially for those questioning their faith. • A local father faces murder charges in death of infant son. Christopher HalverGene Hansen, 30, was charged with felony murder, second degree murder and two counts of child cruelty. After noticing the infant sustained non-accidental trauma, doctors alerted investigators who later filed aggravated battery charges against Hansen.

The Great American Eclipse creates a sensation Micah Alba at The Heritage School and Kenny Dallas at Trinity Christian School. There is only one county head football coach who is currently at the helm longer than the five new coaches: Joey Farlow of Central Christian School in Sharpsburg, who’s heading into his second year leading the Crusaders, an 8-man football team. • Jane Ingram Allen joins the Newnan Art Rez program and begins an environmental art project. She created an outdoor quilt with handcraf ted paper embedded with seeds. The quilt was placed in a garden bed at the Children Connect museum. • A 17-year-old student is tased at Newnan High School. He allegedly attempted to grab an officer’s weapon, and was tased when he ran from a school resource officer.

• The former Newnan Dwarf House reopens as Truett’s Chick-fil-A. The remaking of the popular restaurant offered a new model for the Chick-fil-A brand, and the parking lot quickly filled.

• A Newnan teenager, Tyrik Rashad Stargell, leads police on a high-speed chase through downtown Newnan. Driving an allegedly stolen truck, Stargell lost control of the vehicle near the roundabout at East Newnan Road, striking two mailboxes and a utility pole.

• Charles Thomas Yates II, 19, pleads guilty in a non-negotiated plea to vehicular homicide and serious injury by vehicle. Yates was the driver in an August 2016 accident that took the life of Eli Holland and injured another passenger, Austin Ledbetter.

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• Sargent Baptist celebrates 100 years. symbols synonymous with hate groups The church held a celebration of the were found, including swastikas on milestone. architecture, graffiti and pictures commonly associated with hate groups and • Beth and Clay Neely are the new pubwhite supremacists. Stephen Maxwell lishers of The Newnan Times-Herald. Kemp, Lloyd Jefferson Harris, Ricky • Tropical Storm Irma causes damage Ja me s H a r t f r e e , A sh ley Mor g a n across Coweta, and more than 4,500 Hartfree, Kenneth Hamrick Campbell Coweta-Fayette EMC members experi- Jr., and Thomas Joseph Lewandowski ence power outages. The storm dumped were charged with being in violation of 3-5 inches of rain and included wind the Georgia Street Gang and Terrorism gusts of 39 mph. More than 300 trees Act. were toppled and 15 homes damaged. • Newnan Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia • Six are arrested in suspected biker Jenkins is appointed new CEO for g a n g a c t i v i t y. T h e I r o n C r o s s S o u t h e r n C r e s c e nt H a b i t a t f o r Motorcycle Club may also have ties to Humanity. Southern Crescent serves hate groups. After a raid of the house, Clayton, Henry and Fayette counties.

• Jesus, take the wheel. Stolen property, including a religious painting, was recovered following a high-speed chase. Winston Joseph Nobles, 31, and Carlos Joel Easterwood, 40, were charged with burglary and theft by receiving. Nobles faced a number of other charges, including narcotics possession, aggressive driving, aggravated assault with other weapon, and fleeing from police. The religious painting was recovered unscathed. • Plans for a civil suit against convicted child molester, Jonathan Hayes Sholar of Newnan, were announced. Court dates were delayed twice later in the year.

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Don Whitehead enters Hall of Fame

• Liberty Christian Church celebrates its 170th birthday. The church is one of the oldest Disciples of Christ congregations in the state. • A Florida man, William F r a n c i s Ur s p r u c h , f a c e s cocaine trafficking charges after a Sharpsburg resident finds him asleep in his driveway, passed out inside his stillrunning car. After failing a field sobriety test, Urspruch was placed under arrest for driving under the influence. A search of his car uncovered approximately 28 grams of

October • Two people are hospitalized after a driver collides with a fire truck on I-85 N. Two vehicles, plus the fire truck, were involved. The accident occurred near mile marker 49 on Interstate 85 North while investigators with Coweta County Fire Rescue were assisting a motorist in the far left lane. According to the Georgia State Patrol, the fire truck was blocking the lane. When the driver of an approaching F-150 saw the fire truck, he began slowing down but the F-150 was hit in the rear by a Dodge Ram. The driver of the Dodge Ram was cited with failure to use due care.

the first year of reporting for the newly reformatted SATs.

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cocaine, suspected MDMA, suspected psilocybin, suspected L SD blotter, suspected THC wax and suspected diazepam. Along with the drugs, deputies reportedly found a loaded Micro Desert Eagle .380 pistol in the glove box, a digital scale and several baggies.

he threw the 12-year-old dog approximately 10 to 15 yards. The chihuahua, named Tiny, made a full recovery. Thornton was released on a $2,675 bond. In the state of Georgia, animal cruelty is considered a misdemeanor. If convicted, Thornton faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in jail.

• Mor el a nd m a n t h r ow s , injures chihua hua . Jef fer y S c ot t Thor nt on , 51, w a s charged with cruelty to animals. He had reportedly been drinking and threatening to shoot his neighbor's cats before

• Babysitter rescues toddlers from burning home. Hayley Arnold was hailed as a hero for making sure the twins in her care were safe after a house fire on Smith Road.

100 R&B charts 41 times, and his music has been featured in several movie soundtracks. He graduated from Clark College, now known as Clark Atlanta University. Each year, graduates of Historically Black Colleges & Universities are inducted into the Hall of Fame for significant contributions they have made in their respective fields. Bohannon was also a recipient of the Chairman’s Award.

restrictions on tethering of animals.

• Downtown Newnan is the location for several film projects. Film crews with “The House with the Clock in its Walls” turned back the hands of time in Newnan. Crews transformed a vacant building at 8 East Washington into a 1950s candy store. Buildings along the Court Square were transformed into a grocery store, Greyhound station, barber shop and a Woolworths. The movie stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett and Kyle McLachlan.

• Newnan Police deliver supplies to citizens in Brunswick following the damage caused by Hurricane Irma. Three members of the Newnan Police Department arrived in a tractor trailer, with a shipping container full of baby food, cleaning supplies and nonperishable foods. The items were donated by folks in Coweta County. All the supplies were distributed within two hours of being unloaded.

• A Newnan man is arrested in child exploitation sting. Anthony Wayne “Country” Jordan, 37, faces charges of child exploitation as part of “Operation Rattlesnake.” The sting was a four-day effort centered in Hall County, Ga. Jordan traveled from Newnan to Hall County for the purpose of meeting and having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. The man allegedly responded to an ad on Craigslist, arrived in • Man convicted in shooting death. a borrowed car and brought condoms. The Willie Louis Turner II was found guilty of • CMIT Solutions is named business of bust marked Jordan’s third arrest on sex- murdering of Travalas Vonchez “Vallas” Acres. Turner shot Acres from the backseat the Year. The company received the award related charges since 2003. of a car while they were sitting in the at the sixth annual awards ceremony, hosted by the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of • Bail bondsman is arrested for alleged Target parking lot on Feb. 19, 2016. Turner, $30K theft in 2 counties. Gina Martin who was a recidivist, was sentenced to life Commerce. Dodds, 39, was arrested by the Coweta in prison without the possibility of parole. • Coweta County prepares for landfall of C ounty Sher if f ’s Of f ice a nd the Tropical Storm Nate. The remnants of Meriwether County Sheriff’s Office for • U-Haul driver plows through the another tropical storm blew through reportedly stealing money from 24/7 Best Waffle House located on Hwy. 34. The Coweta County for the second time in less Bonds. Dodds worked for the company in driver slammed into the building and then than a month. Heavy downpours and gusty both counties. She allegedly stole a total of fled the scene. Witnesses told Newnan Police officers they saw beer cans fall to the winds blew down a few trees, but no major $30,970, dating back to May, 2016. ground from inside the truck. A passenger damage was reported in the area. • Hamilton Bohannon is inducted into in the U-Haul was detained by Coweta • Coweta SAT scores top national aver- National Black College Alumni Hall of County Sheriff’s deputies; the driver was age. The average score on the SAT was Fame. Bohannon and the Motown Sound, not identified. No one was hurt in the crash, 1079 for 2017 graduates in the Coweta as his band was known, backed Smokey and the Waffle House reopened a week County School System. That placed the Robinson and The Miracles, Stevie later. school system 19 points above the national Wonder and several other well-known artaverage and 29 points above the state aver- ists. Bohannon also charted Billboard’s top • Senoia prohibits retail dog and cat sales. The city’s new ordinance also placed age on the college entrance exam. This was

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• A kindergartener is struck by hit-andrun driver in Avery Park. Five-year-old Delainey “Lulu” Pedrick was hit by a Hummer as she stepped off a school bus. The little girl suffered two fractures to her orbital bone and two fractures to her leg. Gloria Blevins, 43, was arrested and charged with DUI less safe, leaving the scene of accident with injury, duty upon meeting a stopped school bus and passing in a no-passing zone.

• Man working on billboard falls to his death. Rocky Haygood, 52, was working on a billboard in the parking lot of the Chevron on Hampton Way. Police believe Haygood was attempting to reach for a set of wires while his harness was unhooked when he lost his balance and fell 50 feet to the ground.

• Chattahoochee Hills officer saves man’s life twice. With the help of naloxone, Chattahoochee Hills Police Officer Michael Lynch saved a local man from a fatal overdose. Lynch was at the same house two weeks prior, also for an overdose. The victim was taken to the WellStar Douglas Hospital for further treatment. Nancy Mader is Coweta Community Foundation’s Woman of the Year. Mader was honored at the CCF’s Power of the Purse luncheon for her work with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Southeastern Assistance in Healthcare. • A Coweta County probation officer is charged with sexual battery. Derrick Anthony Sheppard, 54, was a 10-year member of the Coweta County office of the Department of Community Supervision. Officials claim he made sexual advances toward the fianceé of a probationer he supervised. Sheppard was also fired from his job.

serves up a possum supper. The society held a possum supper, recalling a tradition that began in the 1800s to give a local lawyer a leg up in his race for the governorship. The dinner featured baked possum and ‘taters and a realistic possum-shaped cake by a local baker.

• Coweta says “Yes” to SPLOST. Cowetans voted to extend the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for another six years. The newly approved SPLOST • Jerry Yellin, 93, a pilot who flew in the will begin after the current one ends on final World War II mission speaks at Dec. 31, 2018. Newnan High School. Yellin, a retired Army Air Corps captain, shared his story as • William “Dub” Pearman and Chuck Eichorst win in Senoia elections. Pearman part of the NHS History Speaker Series. is the newest member of the Senoia City • Man dies at local haunted house. An Council, while Councilman Eichorst is Ellijay man suffers a fatal heart attack at 13 elected to a second term. Stories Haunted House in Newnan. Coweta County Assistant Coroner Della Dean said • Turin and Sharpsburg city council races the 50-year-old man, who has not been decided by single vote. Turin Mayor Alan identified, had a medical history that she D. Starr held on to his seat by a single vote. believes was the reason behind the heart In neighboring Sharpsburg, longtime Councilman Clay Cole was defeated by a attack. single vote, losing to challenger Cynthia • Atheist group challenges adult-led Puckett-Pike. prayers at East Coweta High School football game. The Freedom From Religion • Councilman Mark King and business Foundation sent a letter to Coweta School owner Alan Wacaser win Grantville counSuperintendent Steve Barker following a cil seats. Their terms will begin in January complaint that John Small, ECHS’s football 2018. coach, prayed with his team. The group called the prayer unconstitutional and • Grantville man caught molesting little asked the school system to stop school- girl. John Allen Tucker, 57, was allegedly caught in the act by someone who also lives sponsored prayers at athletic events. in Tucker’s home, according to the Coweta • Alan Jackson is inducted into Country County Sheriff’s Office. The victim was less Music Hall of Fame. The country music than 5 years old. Tucker was arrested at his superstar grew up in Newnan. The ceremo- home. nies were held in Nashville, Tenn., and country music legend Loretta Lynn pre- • Renowned Bible teacher John sented Jackson with the medallion marking MacArthur speaks at local church. his honor. Members of Jackson’s family trav- MacArthur, an internationally known eled from Coweta County to Tennessee to teacher and pastor, preached a message on forgiveness to the congregation inside the see the awards program. Faith Bible Church in Sharpsburg. • The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society

• Coweta schools CCRPI scores rise and outpace state. As a district, the Coweta County School System scored a 77.8 on the Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), outperforming the state’s overall CCRPI score of 75.0. This year’s score is a 2.6 point increase over 2016. The CCRPI measures student performance data on a scale made up of three major areas, including “Achievement,” “Progress” and “Achievement Gap.”

East Coweta High School’s football coach, John Small, led the team in prayer.

• Snatch-and-grab at local Chick-fil-A. An unidentified man entered the ChickFil-A at Thoma s Crossroads a nd approached the counter to place an order. When the register was open, the man reportedly reached across the counter, grabbed all the $20 bills from the register and ran from the restaurant. Investigators with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office • Bond is granted to vehicular homicide believe the same man was responsible for a suspect. Andrew John Wiemann, 28, of similar snatch-and-grab at the Thomas Peachtree City, was granted bond and Crossroads Taco Bell two days later. placed under house arrest until the case goes to court. Wiemann was charged with • Convenience store is robbed at gunpoint. two counts of vehicular homicide in July Three men entered the Shell gas station off after the car he was driving reportedly Interstate 85 at Exit 51, produced a handsmashed into a car carrying Thomas Scott gun and ordered a clerk to open a safe. The Mayo, 57 and his wife Pam Mayo, 58, at the suspects got away with an undisclosed intersection of Highway 34 and Fischer amount of money. This incident marked the Crossing Boulevard. He was allegedly driv- second time the gas station was robbed at ing more than 100 mph and ran a red light gunpoint since May. when the crash occurred. • 14 kilos of cocaine seized. Juan Antonio • In the wake of the publicity surrounding Ugalde, 41, of Arizona, was arrested and the issue of prayer and school athletics in charged with trafficking cocaine. Georgia Coweta County, the Fellowship of State Patrol troopers discovered a duffle Christian Athletes organizes a large-scale bag containing suspected cocaine inside community prayer. It was the FCA’s Ugalde’s tractor trailer while it was parked “answer” to the complaint filed by the alongside the northbound lanes of Freedom From Religion Foundation, a non- Interstate 85 near Exit 51. Troopers estiprofit atheist group, to the Coweta County mated the cocaine was worth more than School Board and Superintendent Steve $127,000. Barker. Freedom From Religion alleged

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• A local teen is arrested for pot-laced treats. Rice Krispie treats cooked in THC oil were among the items found in an car after a traffic stop near the White Oak neighborhood. Stone Lloyd Matheson, 18, was arrested on several drug charges.

• Four arrested during surprise drug bust at a Greenville Street business. Jeffery Adam Shumake, 28, and David Richard Bunn, 27, were arrested along with William Scott Lunsford, 47, and Charlotte Dubose Lunsford, 42, inside the Create Sew Grow a nd Eth ic a l Hack in g busine sse s . Investigators discovered suspected methamphetamine and heroin inside the businesses. This is the second time the Lunsfords have been arrested on drug-related charges. Both times, the charges against

Charlotte Lunsford were later dropped. • A local man is shot twice while sitting in his car. The victim was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital. The suspect, Roylondo Jamorio Cook, 33, of Newnan, later turned himself into police. • Newnan native Parker Anderson serves in Navy’s “Silent Service.” Anderson, a 2012 Newnan High School graduate, is part of a crew working aboard one of the world’s most advanced nuclear-powered fast attack submarines, USS Chicago. • Community meals serve more than 2,000 during Thanksgiving. Thousands of Cowetans enjoyed turkey with all the trimmings from one of two community

r e b m e c e D • Leadership changes at Bridging the Gap as Allison Wallace, founder of the local organization, takes on the title of founder/ director of community engagement. John Melia, founder of the Wounded Warrior Project, was named interim director as the nonprofit began its search for a new director. • Dr. Steve Barker is named Georgia School Superintendent of the Year. Barker, who has been superintendent of Coweta Schools since 2011, is Georgia’s nominee for national Superintendent of the Year. • An eighth-grade student is arrested after a loaded 9mm gun is found in his backpack. The gun was not fired and there were no injuries, nor was there an articulated threat from the student, according to school officials. • Poet Jessie Janeshek joins the Newnan Art Rez program. Janeshek, an associate professor of English and the director of writing at Bethany College in West Virginia, took a sabbatical to concentrate on her poetry. • A Texas man leads police on a chase and then capsizes in a stolen boat. Sean Douglas Demore is hospitalized with hypothermia for several days after police rescue him from

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November Thanksgiving meals held Thursday. At Newnan High School, volunteers from Community Christian Church served more than 2,000 meals. Nearby at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, The Willie Pritchett Foundation, together with the church and AMVETS Post 142, had meals for 200.

competition. It’s the first time the U.S. has placed in the top three.

• Church dispute leads to police call to Mt. Sinai Baptist Church on Lovelace Street. Congregation members became upset when they learned the pastor, Stafford Dudley Sr., resigned after a verbal • A Newnan man competes in a Isuzu argument with other church leaders. mechanics competition in Japan. Tim Newnan Police were called to keep the McCarty and his team place second in the peace and escort members out of the church for a short time.

pation of a second band of wintry weather, which dropped a reported 6.5 inches of snow in some parts of Coweta.

• Business owner Alan Wacaser is sworn into office on the Grantville City Council, replacing Mayor Pro Tem Leonard Gomez. the middle of a lake in Arbor Springs. He is Wacaser won a three-way race with 115 charged with multiple crimes including votes to win the Post 4 seat vacated by reckless driving, fleeing and attempting to Gomez, who is moving out of the district. elude police, and being party to a commis• The annual Christmas Parade draws a sion of a crime. crowd. Despite cold temperatures and • Law enforcement officials seize $12,400 snowfall earlier in the day, hundreds turn in cash, 59 fake $100 bills, small amounts of out for the annual Main Street Newnan marijuana and cocaine, and six prepaid Christmas Parade. Grand marshals for the debit cards during a traffic stop on parade are David and Rosalyn Boyd. Interstate 85. The driver, Jaime Cruz, tells deputies the counterfeit bills are music • Amanda Camp becomes director of video props, but he is charged with forgery Coweta’s Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Camp joined Coweta and narcotics possession. County CASA in November after 17 years • Kayla Stripling, a 28-year-old Coweta as head of Carroll County CASA. woman on the living kidney donor list since 2015, dies. At age 14, Stripling received a • Grantville Councilman Mark King transplant of cadaver kidneys, which failed wins a lawsuit against Mayor Doug Jewell for illegally removing six campaign signs in and were removed in 2014. September. King is awarded $104.08, • New York Times bestselling author Eric which includes the cost of two signs for Metaxas travels to Newnan’s Carnegie $8.08, $1 for punitive damages, and $95 for Library to talk about his latest book, court costs. “Martin Luther,” which has been described as a startling portrait of the humble man • Two former employees of the Dow famiwho helped drag medieval Europe into the ly’s blueberry farm in Lone Oak plead guilty to the murder of 83-year-old future. Dorothy “Dot” Dow. Justin Pierce Grady • Coweta County resembles a winter won- and Cortavious Deshun Heard pleaded derland as a winter storm moves through, guilty to four felonies, including malice covering the area with several inches of murder, in an Aug. 4, 2016 attack, and they snow. Schools close at lunchtime in antici- will testify in the upcoming trials of Angel Latrice Harmon and Mina Christine Ellery

in the murder case and of Shanquavious Keontrell Cameron for a related burglary. Dow died in the hospital three weeks after the attack from her injuries. • A Coweta woman is accused of statutory rape in North Carolina after she allegedly had a sexual encounter with a child under 13 in the summer of 2016. Charlotte Tate Unzicker, 65, is charged with first degree statutory sex offense and indecent liberties with a child. • The Newnan Fire Department settles into its newly renovated station on Jefferson Street, which includes upgrades to living quarters, kitchens, common areas and a gym. The renovations, which took about a year and cost more than $2.3 million, also included replacing the sliding pole with a two-story slide for easy access to equipment and vehicles.

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