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CONTENTS NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2019
features 20 | Bake Your Best Christmas Cookies Retired school nutrition employees vote for Coweta’s best baked holiday treats. By Jackie Kennedy
30 | Local Magician Tricks the Tricksters Newnan’s Doc Dixon performs for—and fools—renowned magicians Penn and Teller. By Susan Mayer Davis
32A | ’Tis The Season Our special section features a holiday events calendar and shopping guide. By Jackie Kennedy
34 | Area Veterans Recall Service Local military vets talk about their time overseas By Jeffrey Ward
38 | Putting the “Live” in a Live Nativity Local groups pull together shepherds and angels, donkeys and sheep, to create a live Nativity experience. By Jeffrey Ward
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Players and the public-at-large reminisce about Newnan High School football. By Jennifer Dziedzic
30 in this issue 16 | From the Editor 18 | Roll Call 20 | Coweta Cooks! 30 | Closer Look 38 | Nonprofit Spotlight 44 | Coweta Sports 50 | Coweta Home 53 | Book Review 54 | Coweta to Me 57 | Coweta Calendar 60 | Blacktop 62 | Index of Advertisers
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Karin Francis, of Newnan, takes top honors in our cookie contest. âž¤ Bake Your Best Christmas Cookies, page 20
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Letter from the Editor
The Sweet Stuff
etting a jumpstart on the holidays, Newnan-Coweta Magazine celebrated Christmas in September with our Second Annual Bake Your Best Christmas Cookie Contest. We introduced the contest last year and, since it met with sweet success, we held it again this year. See page 20 to read about our winning cookies and their creators. We appreciate all our area bakers who brought in their cookies for the competition. And our winners were such great sports to dress in cozy holiday attire for an early fall photo shoot when temps simmered in the mid-90s. Our judges this year were retirees who worked as school nutrition employees for Coweta County Schools. Through the years, they had baked many cookies and were quite particular as to taste and texture. Their background and sweet tooth made each well-qualified to judge our contest. All those cookies got me looking forward to the holidays and thinking about sweet stuff. The sweet things we enjoyed at Christmas included my grandmother’s ambrosia and her sevenlayer lemon cake. On Christmas morning, my brothers and I could expect three gifts each from Santa, plus our own fruit box. Packed into one half of a department store shirt box were apples, oranges, grapefruit, all kinds of nuts and candy canes. It was the Mother Lode. Along with the gifts and goodies, the sweetest holiday memories revolve around family. On Christmas morning, I paced the hall while Mama cooked breakfast, and then we waited for my daddy and brothers to finish milking the cows. The morning’s work had to be done before we could all five barge into the living room to finally “have Christmas.” To this day, when I reminisce about that agonizingly long Christmas morning wait, my brothers remind me how they’d been up at 4 a.m. to round up the herd, milk cows and then clean the barn. For Christmas dinner, we headed next door to my grandmother’s house where our cousins, aunts and uncles gathered for gift-giving and dinner. Grandmama gave us grandkids a new version of the same present each year—a pair of socks and a $20 bill. On Christmas evening, our other set of grandparents visited from Atlanta with a third round of gifts exchanged and chicken-and-dressing devoured. No doubt, you have your own favorite treats, holiday traditions and sweet memories. This year, you might add to those treats a new cookie recipe from one of our contest winners. Or your family might adopt a new tradition, like visiting one of the live Nativity scenes in Newnan, see page 38. Whatever the holidays hold in store for you, we hope you enjoy the memories past and find time to make plenty of new memories with family and friends. That’s the sweet stuff.
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Debby Dye and her husband Wayne reside in Newnan with their children and grandchildren. As a child, her passion for photography was inspired by her father. She enjoys capturing personalities through portrait and family photography and has photographed numerous ceremonies and activities within the Catholic church. She and Wayne enjoy seeing antique, classic and sports cars.
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Coweta Bakers put their
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Written by JACKIE KENNEDY Photographed by DEBBY DYE and JACKIE KENNEDY
hristmas came early at Newnan-Coweta Magazine when bakers throughout Coweta County brought in cookies for our second annual Bake Your Best Christmas Cookie Contest. Held in September, the contest was judged by retired Coweta Schools nutrition employees Carol Starnes, Sandy Fambro and Cornelia Landreau. The judges unanimously selected Karin Francis’ Sugar Cookie Cutouts as the Grand Prize winner. A Newnan resident, Francis took top honors in the decorated cookie category with her colorfully trimmed and delicious holiday treats.
“I’ve searched for a sugar cookie that would hold its shape and still taste good, and a few years ago, I found that recipe online.” — Karin Francis, grand prize winner 20 | www.newnancowetamag.com
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Sugar Cookies with Buttercream Frosting 2 2 2
cups salted butter, softened but still cold cups granulated sugar tablespoons plus 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 eggs 4 teaspoons baking powder 6 cups all-purpose flour 4 cups powdered sugar 1 cup softened butter, salted or unsalted 1 to 2 tablespoons milk
Grand Prize Winner
First Place Winner, Decorated Cookie SUGAR COOKIES WITH BUTTERCREAM FROSTING
submitted by Karin Francis, Newnan
To make the cookies, add salted butter and granulated sugar to mixer. Cream butter and sugar until completely mixed but do not over mix. Add 2 tablespoons vanilla and eggs and mix until completely incorporated. Add baking powder and continue mixing until light and fluffy. Add flour to mixture 2 cups at a time until completely incorporated. Do not chill the dough. Roll dough out on a prepared surface until it is about 3/8-inch thick. They can be slightly thinner, if you prefer. Cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. Bake at 350 degrees for about 6 to 8 minutes. If using a large cookie cutter, bake for another minute or two. Do not overbake cookies to where edges are brown. To make frosting, place powdered sugar in clean mixing bowl. Add 1 cup softened butter, 3 teaspoons vanilla and 1 tablespoon milk. Beat on low until the powdered sugar is incorporated. Use a towel to cover the bowl to keep sugar in bowl until ingredients are incorporated. Mix on medium to high for 3 to 5 minutes. Be sure to scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl often. If frosting appears to be dry, add more milk, a little at a time, until you reach the desired consistency.
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“I’ve searched for a sugar cookie that would hold its shape and still taste good, and a few years ago, I found that recipe online,” says Francis, who makes about 100 each year for her family and to give as gifts. “It gives me something fun to do with my daughter, Emma, who likes to help me decorate them.” Janice Bearden, of Sharpsburg, won first place in the traditional cookie category for her Holiday Fruit Drop Cookies, which were packed with holiday fruits and nuts. “I got the recipe about 30 years ago when I was taking a cooking class at a junior college in Miami,” she says. “I like the recipe because I like fruitcake.” Bearden uses dates instead of raisins in her holiday cookie, which also took top honors at this year’s Kiwanis Coweta County Fair in the drop cookie category. Her tip for winning prizes with baked goods: “Always use real butter.” A mother and daughter duo, Katie and Lauren Lowrie of Sharpsburg, each took second place honors—Katie in the traditional category for her Chewy Gingersnap Cookies and Lauren in the decorated category for her Sugar Gingerbread Men with Icing. Katie says the only things she did to help her 6-year-old daughter was point to the right-size measuring cups and pull hot cookies from the oven. “Lauren did everything else,” she says. “She did all the measuring, putting ingredients in the bowl, kneading the dough, cutting them out and icing them.” “That was the best part,” Lauren says of icing her gingerbread men. “It was the first time I’d ever made them by myself.” The key to her winning gingersnaps recipe, says Katie, is using vegetable oil instead of butter to produce “an almost foolproof ” cookie that’s chewy. Heather Nelson, of Newnan, returned to the cookie contest this year after competing in last year’s inaugural event and won third place in the decorated category for her Chocolate Sugar Cookie Cutouts. “My husband bought me a cookie decorating kit last year,” she says. “The recipe was in the Wilton book that came with the kit.” Nelson credits her husband, Adam, with encouraging her to compete and says she plans to “get some more practice this holiday season and enter the contest again next year.” Newnan resident Erika Leifker took third place in the traditional category for her Chocolate Hazelnut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints, her take on the traditional sugar cookie. “I found a recipe online and decided to take my own spin on it,” she says. “I came across the strawberry flavored Rice Krispies and thought that would be a good combination with Nutella, so I created something of my own.” Winners received prize baskets and bags with gifts donated from local businesses. See page 29 for a complete list of our cookie contest sponsors.
“She did all the measuring, putting ingredients in the bowl, kneading the dough, cutting them out and icing them.” Lauren and Ka
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— Katie Lowrie
ted a r o c e D ace 2nd Pl
Sugar Gingerbread Men with Icing 2¾ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder 1 cup butter, softened 1½ cups white sugar 1 egg 1 teaspoon plus ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoons milk 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
Second Place Winner/Decorated
SUGAR GINGERBREAD MEN WITH ICING
submitted by Lauren Lowrie, Sharpsburg
In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda and baking powder. Set aside. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Form dough into a ball; roll out dough onto floured wax paper. Use gingerbread cookie cutters to cut shapes and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake in oven preheated to 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks. To make icing, combine powdered sugar, milk, corn syrup and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract. Decorate cookies as desired.
“It was the first time I’d ever made them by myself.” — Lauren Lowrie
ted a r o c e D ace 3rd Pl
Chocolate Sugar Cookie Cutouts 3 cups all-purpose flour ₂⁄₃ cups unsweetened cocoa powder ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 1½ cups granulated sugar 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla ½ teaspoon instant coffee dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water 4 cups powdered sugar 2 tablespoons meringue powder 6 tablespoons water Food coloring In a large bowl, blend flour, cocoa powder and salt. Mix butter and granulated sugar with an electric mixer on medium for 2 or 3 minutes or until mixture is light and fluffy. Scrape the bowl. Add eggs and vanilla; mix on low until thoroughly blended. Scrape the bowl. Add instant coffee/water and mix again; scrape the bowl. Add flour mixture, 1 cup at a time. Scrape the bowl after adding each cup of flour. Mix until just incorporated. Do not over-mix or the dough will toughen. Divide dough into two equal portions. Flatten dough into two patties that are about 1½ inches thick. Use dough immediately or refrigerate until ready to mold or roll. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until no indentation is made when touched. For icing, mix powdered sugar, meringue powder and water on low speed for 7 to 10 minutes. Add food coloring. Decorate cooled cookies. 24 | www.newnancowetamag.com
Third Place Winner/Decorated
CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIE CUTOUTS
submitted by Heather Nelson, Newnan
“My husband bought me a cookie decorating kit last year. The recipe was in the Wilton book that came with the kit.” — Heather Nelson
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Holiday Fruit Drop Cookies 3½ cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup butter, softened 2 cups brown sugar, packed 2 eggs ½ cup buttermilk 1 teaspoon vanilla 1½ cups chopped nuts 2 cups halved candied cherries 2 cups chopped pitted dates Sift together first three ingredients. In a separate bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and eggs; beat until light and fluffy. Add buttermilk and vanilla and ½ of the flour mixture. Beat, and then add other half of flour mixture; continue beating. When mixed well, stir in nuts, cherries and dates. Drop by teaspoonful on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Cool slightly before removing from cookie sheet.
First Place Winner/Traditional
HOLIDAY FRUIT DROP COOKIES
submitted by Janice Bearden, Sharpsburg
“I got the recipe about 30 years ago when I was taking a cooking class at a junior college in Miami. I like the recipe because I like fruitcake.” — Janice Bearden
al n o i t i d Tra ace 2nd Pl
Chewy Gingersnaps 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon kosher salt 4 teaspoons ground ginger 2½ teaspoons ground cinnamon 1₁⁄₃ cups vegetable, canola or sunflower oil 2 cups granulated sugar 2 large eggs ½ cup unsulphured molasses Additional granulated sugar for rolling cookies Lightly grease two cookie sheets with nonstick cooking spray or butter and line them with parchment paper. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, ginger and cinnamon and set aside. Using electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment, beat oil, sugar and eggs on medium until mixture is smooth and light. Beat in eggs, one at a time; add molasses and beat, scraping down sides of the bowl after each addition. On low speed, beat in dry ingredients to make firm dough. Place some granulated sugar in medium bowl. Using lightly floured fingers, form dough into ¾-inch balls. Roll each ball in granulated sugar to evenly coat them. Place cookie balls on baking sheets, evenly spaced and one inch apart; lightly press each ball with finger to slightly flatten them. Bake cookies at 325 degrees for 16 to 18 minutes until they are puffed, cracked and lightly golden brown; rotate pans 180 degrees halfway through baking time to ensure even browning. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheets for two or three minutes before using a spatula to gently transfer them onto a wire rack to cool.
Second Place Winner/Traditional CHEWY GINGERSNAPS
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submitted by Katie Lowrie, Newnan
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Chocolate Hazelnut Butter and Jelly Thumbprints 1 1 2 ¾ 1 3¾ ½ ¾ ¼ ½ 4 2
Third Place Winner/Traditional
CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT BUTTER AND JELLY THUMBPRINTS submitted by Erica Leifker, Newnan
“I found a recipe online and decided to take my own spin on it. I came across the strawberry flavored Rice Krispies and thought that would be a good combination with Nutella, so I created something of my own.” — Erica Leifker
cup granulated sugar cup powdered sugar cups butter-flavored shortening teaspoon vanilla large egg, beaten cups all-purpose flour cup plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch teaspoon baking powder teaspoon salt cup chocolate hazelnut spread cups crushed strawberry crisped rice cups strawberry jam
In medium bowl, use electric mixer to cream together sugars and shortening. Mix on slow speed for 30 seconds, and then scrape down bowl with a spatula. Increase speed to medium and mix for 3 minutes. Slowly add vanilla and egg while mixing. In a separate bowl, combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to mixing bowl, mixing on slow speed until just blended. Do not over-mix. Separate dough into 2 portions and mix ¼ cup of chocolate hazelnut spread into each portion until dough is marbled. Combine portions and refrigerate dough for 1 hour. Remove dough from refrigerator. Scoop with a small ice-cream scoop or form 1 ½-inch balls of dough. Roll and press each ball of dough in crushed crisped rice. Place rice-covered dough balls on cookie sheet; flatten them slightly with palm of hand to form round discs. Bake at 375 degrees for 9 to 10 minutes. Cookies are done when they are pale golden and small cracks appear. Ideally, the edges do not brown. Just after removing cookies from oven, use bottom of a wooden or silicone spoon to create thumbprint-sized indentations in the center of each cookie. After cookies have cooled, fill each center with strawberry jam.
School nutrition employees retired from Coweta County Schools, these ladies know a thing or two about cookies. Judging this year's NewnanCoweta Magazine Bake Your Best Christmas Cookie Contest were, from left, Sandy Fambro, Carol Starnes and Cornelia Landreau. The ladies display grand prize-winning sugar cookies.
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From left, judges Sandy Farmbro, Carol Starnes and Cornelia Landreau get a jumpstart on enjoying holiday sweets by tastetesting cookies submitted for our second annual Bake Your Best Christmas Cookie Contest.
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Newnan Magician Mystifies the Masters Written by SUSAN MAYER DAVIS Photos courtesy of THE CW NETWORK
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he lights are up at the Rio Hotel Casino in Las Vegas where “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” is filmed for the CW network. The audience applauds for a mustachioed man holding the props for his magic trick. He’s hoping to fool two of the most iconic magicians of our time, Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller. There’s tension in the air as the sleight-of-hand master, Newnan resident Doc Dixon, sets up his trick for the famous magic duo. Within a few minutes, the shell game is done, and Dixon has won the distinction of fooling Penn & Teller. Along with the national television exposure, Dixon won the coveted “Fool Us” trophy and the opportunity to perform in Vegas with Penn and Teller, comedic magicians whose Las Vegas show is the longest running act in the history of the strip. The episode featuring Dixon aired Sept. 9 during
the sixth season of the nationally broadcast TV show. Prior to the airing, Dixon was not allowed to share the outcome of his stint on the show. “As much as I respect Penn and Teller, I respect their non-disclosure agreement I signed even more,” says Dixon, whose life story is every bit as compelling as the magic he performs. Dixon grew up near Pittsburgh, Penn. One of three children, he became interested in magic as a child after receiving a magic kit as a gift. By the age of 12, he had acquired “The Amateur Magician’s Handbook.” “This was the bible for many serious budding magicians of my generation,” he says. “In the days before the internet, books were the only way to learn magic and, for the most part, are still the best way. When I meet budding magicians, I encourage them to read and send them a list of suggested books.” Dixon’s early inspirations for sleight of hand tricks
As Raymond Teller, left, looks on, Doc Dixon, center, asks Penn Jillette to mark a pea with the letters “PJ” to prove its uniqueness at the end of his shell game trick.
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“In the days before the internet, books were the only way to learn magic and, for the most part, are still the best way. When I meet budding magicians, I encourage them to read and send them a list of suggested books.” — Doc Dixon included Pittsburgh native Del Ray and actor/ comedian/magician Harry Anderson, best known as the judge on “Night Court.” Like many performers, Dixon worked a variety of venues while perfecting his craft and playing small gigs. Today, he travels the country performing at corporate and association events and trade shows. He has performed twice at the White House, for President Georgia H.W. Bush and years later for his son, George W. Bush. He’s also appeared on “The Late Late Show with James Cordon.”
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His style of comedy reflects his character: ethical, clean and just plain funny. In addition to performing for the corporate world, Dixon has a program that serves churches in a double role. The first half of the program features a datenight comedy/magic show while the second half focuses on sharing information about fostering and/or adopting children who need stable homes. Dixon and his wife, Bethany, are adoptive parents of six boys and also have a married daughter and four grandchildren.
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Children of all ages are invited to attend an afternoon of merriment at the Grantville Branch Library. (Registration is required.) Help trim the library’s Christmas tree and then be dazzled by Santa Lee’s Ultimate Christmas Adventure. Children will have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa Lee (Parents, please bring your cameras or smartphones). Enjoy holiday refreshments. To register, contact the Grantville Branch at 770.683.0535. NOV.
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Kick off the holidays with lights and loads of fun at Ashley Park. The evening event features a tree lighting, meet and greet with Santa Claus, face painting, hot cocoa bar, caroling and much more. For info, visit ashleyparknewnan.com. NOV.
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Shop local in Downtown Newnan and simplify your Day-AfterThanksgiving shopping experience. Plaid Friday celebrates local stores and shopping with hometown friends as a relaxing and enjoyable alternative to the hectic scramble at big box stores on Black Friday. Wear plaid to receive discounts. Visit mainstreetnewnan.com. NOV.
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Courthouse Square, Newnan 6–8 p.m. Santa arrives in a fire truck to light the Christmas tree at the Courthouse Square. After the tree lighting, children are invited to sit on Santa’s lap to share their Christmas wish list with the big guy. Visit mainstreetnewnan.com.
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The eighth annual GLOW 5K and onemile family fun run benefits Bridging the Gap. Deck yourself out in our longsleeve T-shirt that glows and other glowin-the-dark accessories for this evening run where Santa Claus is sure to make an appearance. For race information, visit www. btgcommunity.org or call 770.683.9110. DEC.
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A CHRISTMAS STORY Newnan Theatre Company
“You’ll shoot your eye out!” Enjoy this holiday classic on stage as 9-year-old Ralphie Parker hopes for a Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. All elements from the beloved movie are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace, a boy’s experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost, and Mr. Parker winning a leg-shaped lamp. Visit newnantheatre.org. DEC.
Courthouse Square, Newnan 10 a.m.– 2 p.m. Enjoy this last Market Day of the year featuring handmade, homemade and homegrown products from locally sourced vendors. More than 50 unique vendors sell a variety of one-of-a-kind gift items just in time for the holidays. Favorites include honey, jams and jellies, salsa, pottery, art, handmade
children’s clothes, hand-woven baskets, leather products, freshly baked goods, handmade furniture, handmade birdhouses, wood art, fiber art, wreaths and floral design. Pickin’ on the Square takes place each month during Market Day with local musicians playing acoustic music around the courthouse lawn. Any musician with an acoustic instrument is invited to join in. For more, visit mainstreetnewnan.com. DEC.
TOUR OF HOMES
Newnan | 4-9 p.m. The Newnan Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten will host a tour of the Greenville-LaGrange Historic Neighborhood. Pick up tickets at Something Special at Lillian Gardens at 83 Greenville Street. Cost is $25 per person before Dec. 6 and $30 per person on the day of the tour. This is a rain or shine event. Enjoy refreshments and music at Newnan Presbyterian Church Garden. Parent’s Night Out will be offered simultaneously for those who need a few hours to take the tour or start holiday shopping. Children ages 3 to 12 will enjoy an evening of age-appropriate, Christian-based fun, games, music and crafts. Register in advance. For info, call 770.253.5018.
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Sponsored by the Senoia Downtown Development Authority, events start at 4 p.m. with a food court and holiday entertainment. The parade begins at 5:30 on Gin Street coming up Main Street. Santa Claus lights the community Christmas tree and then mans his station at the Gazebo to hear children’s Christmas wishes. To sign up for the parade or for more info, visit enjoysenoia.net.
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Sponsored by the Senoia Downtown Development authority, the Tour of Homes invites visitors to Senoia to get a good look at holiday decorating at its finest at homes on the tour list. Purchase tickets at the Senoia Welcome Center, from local merchants or at enjoysenoia.net.
MERRY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS DEC.
The Nixon Centre for the Arts, Newnan 7 p.m. | $15-20 Enjoy your favorite Christmas songs presented in authentic Nashville country style with guitars and fiddles along with soaring harmonicas. Matt Davenport Productions’ Merry Country Christmas ushers in the holiday season with rollicking renditions of “Old Saint Nick” and “Up On the Housetop” as well as inspirational takes on “Silent Night” and “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful.” Colorful costumes and boot-scootin’ dancing make this a night to remember. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770.254.2787.
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Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Newnan | 6–9 p.m. | Free Drive your car past scenes straight from the Bible in this live Nativity drive-thru that recounts the holiest of nights. The church is located at 2956 Sharpsburg McCollum Road. Visit cornerstoneumc.com or call 770.304.9397.
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“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” — General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
William Muckenfuss enlisted in the Army shortly after the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Area Vets recall service, give thanks Written by JEFFREY WARD and Photographed by LARRY REGIER
he holidays often become a time for reflection, especially for veterans who reminisce about their military service, typically a time of trials but also a season when lifelong friendships are formed. Three military veterans with local ties reside at Christian City, a 500-acre, multigenerational residential care facility, in Union City, where approximately 70 veterans live, according to Rhonda Silvis, director of Marketing and Communications for Christian City. Newnan native Edgar Maddox, 90, enlisted in the U.S. Army at the beginning of World War II and served in one of the most unlikely but strategically vital locations: Goose Bay, Labrador, Canada, where he helped assemble and load wartime supplies bound for the European theater of operations. The location of this base made for much quicker transit of vital war materials between North America and Europe. During time off from his duties, Maddox played mandolin with a bluegrass/ country music band that entertained troops on Friday nights at service clubs.
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After his wife died in 1992, Maddox made the Newnan Waffle House on Highway 27 his home-away-from-home where he enjoyed all three of his daily meals for about five years. One day in 2014, after he became disoriented, his friends at Waffle House dialed 911 and he was taken to the hospital for observation. Soon after, he became a resident in the memory care facility at Christian City. William Muckenfuss has lived at Christian City for one year. His physical and mental vitality belie his age of 100.
His memory is sharp and his recollections are numerous. Muckenfuss enlisted in the U.S. Army soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and trained as a medic with the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Benning. He recalls with humor traveling by troop ship from San Francisco to the South Pacific theatre of operations. “I called it a banana boat because it was heading for the tropics,” he says. His division was active in the liberation of the Philippines from enemy occupation during 1944. During one harrowing occasion, he was hidden from the enemy by a Filipino family. With his medical training, he patched up fellow soldiers and acted as a temporary dentist when there was not one available. Muckenfuss spent 24 years in the Army Reserves and retired from his career in the civil service. The centenarian credits his long life as such: “All my life, my guardian angel gets his orders from my heavenly father and passes them on to me and I obey.”
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“When you didn’t know exactly what you wanted to do back in the early ’60s, you enlisted. It’s what you did.” — Jaabir Muntaqim Jaabir Muntaqim
According to Silvis, some have asked if you must be a Christian to live at Christian City. Resident Jaabir Muntaqim, who is Muslim, is living proof that you don’t. Muntaqim, formerly James Howard, was born in Newnan and grew up on Temple Avenue with his mother and four siblings. In 1962, he enlisted in the Army. “When you didn’t know exactly what you wanted to do back in the early ’60s, you enlisted,” says Muntaqim. “It’s what you did.” While in service, Muntaqim worked as a medical lab technician and after his discharge, he attended Savannah
College to further his education in medical lab technology. In 1970, he moved to Washington D.C. and worked briefly at the Walter Reed Army Hospital and National Institute of Health before returning to Georgia where he worked a short time at Newnan Hospital. From there he worked at Pope and Talbot, a wood and pulp business with which he relocated to Macon when it moved there in 1995. In 2005, he returned to west Georgia and settled at Christian City where, he says, he is “still in the pursuit of happiness.” Christian City held a week-long celebration during the week of Veterans Day to honor their resident veterans. NCM
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The Christmas story is played out with live animals and actors at CORRAL, in Roscoe, each holiday season. (Photo courtesy of The Newnan-Times Herald)
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Silent Night, Holy Night Live Nativities bring drama and reverence to share the 2,000-year-old story
Written by JEFFREY WARD
f youâ€™re looking for a family activity that stands in opposition to the frenzied rush and pricey excesses of 21st century holidays, explore the true meaning of Christmas by visiting traditional live Nativities in Newnan. Presentations performed by the Coweta Organization for Riding, Rehabilitation and Learning (CORRAL) and Cornerstone United Methodist Church are free with both the nonprofit and church considering their efforts as gifts to the community. Brown and Marie Powell own CORRAL, which serves individuals with special needs. Based in Roscoe, their live Nativity drama began in 1983 and actually predates their riding therapy program, which started in 1987. Brown fondly recalls his childhood love for live Nativity programs: â€œIt all got started when our family went to the live Nativity put on by Hillcrest Chapel Funeral Home. When we bought this barn, I immediately wanted to feature a live Nativity scene. I built props, gathered farm november/december 2019 | 39
nonprofitspotlight animals and enlisted volunteers. Then, Bob McKoon, of McKoon Funeral Home, suggested making it a live drama with a soundtrack and costumes. We have used that original soundtrack for 25 years now. When one visitor remarked that the soundtrack was the same as last year’s, I told him the story of the first Christmas never changes. It is the same yesterday, today and forever.” After the completion of each live Nativity drama, visitors, especially the children, are invited to mingle with the performers and farm animals. “Once we do the Nativity drama, we feel we’ve finally had Christmas,” says Marie. Shepherds at Cornerstone United Methodist Church's live Nativity point the way to the manger. (Photo courtesy Cornerstone United Methodist Church)
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While CORRAL’s Nativity drama is intimate and personal, Cornerstone United Methodist Church’s live drive-through is an extravaganza which mobilizes the entire church congregation to serve the community. The inspirational brainchild of church members Paul and Penny Griffin, the idea of presenting a drive-thru living Nativity scene took root back in 2012. From its modest beginnings, it has blossomed into an event that seasonally draws an average of 1,000 visitors a night. The costumes, manpower, meals and traffic management necessary to present a pageant of this magnitude is mind-boggling. It takes 200 costumes and
The manger scene is on full display at CORRAL's Nativity drama, an intimate live portrayal. (Photos courtesy of The Newnan-Times Herald)
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Cornerstone United Methodist Church presents their annual Nativity, a live extravaganza with 40 actors. (Photos courtesy Cornerstone United Methodist Church)
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Cornerstone United Methodist Church puts on its annual Nativity this year Dec. 12-15. (Photo courtesy Cornerstone United Methodist Church)
two crews, each consisting of 40 actors, for each of the four presentations. Paul is quick to name the biggest obstacle in presenting the live pageant: “Food! It is our biggest expense and our greatest challenge to feed all of the participants a dinner and a snack. Multiply that by four days and you have a lot of food to acquire, prepare and serve.” Then there’s traffic control. Cornerstone utilizes their own traffic control team. During Friday and Saturday nights, the wait to enter the Nativity scene could extend to 40 minutes, according to Paul, who maintains, “It’s worth it.” Each carload of visitors receives a CD that details the Christmas story; if you don’t have a CD player, the church will loan you a portable player for the drivethru, which includes 10 live scenes. You’re free to leave after you view the scenes, or you’re welcome to park your car and visit the reception center for cookies and
refreshments. Cornerstone gives out 4,000-5,000 candy canes each holiday season. The Nativity scenes at Cornerstone are not static displays with actors standing as mannequins, still and silent. Instead, they are free to relax, gesture and converse with one another as shepherds and the first Christmas family would have done centuries ago. The Griffins told of one memorable encounter. “A 3-year-old boy came with a small gingerbread house, obviously made by that child, and wanted to give it to Baby Jesus,” says Paul. “So, we took it and laid it up against the manger. That touched us all deeply. We get stories like this every year. Our presentation often may be the only opportunity a family gets to experience the real Christmas story of the birth of Jesus.” NCM
Cornerstone United Methodist Church’s live Nativity drive-thru runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 12-15 at 2956 Sharpsburg McCollum Road in Newnan. Call 770.304.9397 or visit cornerstoneumc.com. The CORRAL live Nativity drama is set for 7 p.m. Dec. 19-21 at 52 Oliver Potts Road, Newnan. Call 770.254.0840 or visit resgraphicdesign.com/ corralcontent.
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Newnan High School's Football Legacy Written by JENNIFER DZIEDZIC Photos courtesy of NEWNAN HIGH SCHOOL and RADAR BRANTLEY
"Cougar Born, Cougar Bred, I'll be a winning Cougar until I'm dead." â€“ Coach Max Bass 44 | www.newnancowetamag.com
For more than a century, Newnan High Football has thrilled the community.
or more than a century, Newnan High’s boys of fall have captured the community’s attention on the ballfield. Newnan High School (NHS) football officially began in 1907. This past October, the school celebrated its 1,000th game. Since the beginning, football has drawn the Coweta community together. That pull continues as NHS fans visit McRitchie-Hollis Museum in Newnan for its exhibit, “Touchdown Newnan: Tackling the Legacy of Newnan High School Football,” on display through Nov. 29. The exhibit takes viewers from the
Top right: Cheerleaders from the 1970s strike a pose in formation. Bottom left: Willie, on the wagon, was a beloved mascot in the 1960s. Bottom right: Majorettes from a half-century ago prepared to entertain at halftime.
early days of local football to 1970 when the mascot moved from tigers to cougars and up to recent events. Revered NHS football player, Dr. Charles “Bro” Barron died in September. A wide end for the team, Barron recalled a few weeks before his death: “I played from 1934 to 1938. I remember my senior year, we were good enough offensively. Every time we got the ball we scored a touchdown for the first four games.” There were only afternoon games then as there was no lighting on the field and no electricity until Barron’s last year playing on Pickett Field.
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“Pickett Field was the city dump and it was full of Coca-Cola bottles, rocks, sticks, cans,” Barron recalled. “Every day before practice, the coach would have everybody line up on the goal line and take their helmets off and pick up broken pieces of glass and metal.” Of gear, Barron had remembered, “We had leather head gear, no mask at all; shoulder pads, hip pads; thigh pads slipped into canvas britches, real awkward to run in. Cleats were nailed to your shoes. No mouth guards, never been heard of. Many boys on the team got their teeth knocked out.” Ice was available for cooling off heated players, but it was usually in chunk form, according to Barron: “They would put a piece of ice in a bucket at game time. We couldn’t drink water until practice was over. It was not allowed because it made a man out of you.” When asked what football taught him, Barron laughed and said, “It taught me to drink water every opportunity I get.”
Left: The cougar mascot hams it up with cheerleaders in 2013. Bottom left: Coach Radar Brantley, center, poses with players Darryel Hines, left, and Marquis Hill. Bottom right: Newnan High football coaches included, from left, Mike McDonald, Radar Brantley, Max Bass and Robert Herring.
With 10 regional championships since 1949, one championship game in 1981, and reaching the Final 4 in 2003, 2008 and 2009, NHS has experienced major career highs. It’s also had its share of losses, as recalled by Radar Brantley, who retired as head athletic trainer after working at Newnan High from 1981 to 2016. “In 1981 when I first got here, we played for the state championship against Warner Robins, but we lost 21/nothing,” says Brantley. “I had just gotten out of college and that was my first job and first year of football—we played for a state championship. I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven.” Brantley loves the game, the teamwork and the lifelong friendships formed on the field. He assisted in numerous sports injury recoveries at NHS and says, “When you get one back from an injury, get him back for the next season and he has a great year, that’s just a rewarding experience.”
"In order to be on that field, you were held to a different level. Those that stepped on that field, it was an honor." – Rick Barnes Sr.
Former NHS football players who have gone on to play professionally include Michael Cheever, who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars; Alec Ogletree, drafted by the Los Angeles Rams and now with the New York Giants; and Drew Hill, who was drafted by the Rams and then played for the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons. “We have retired their three jerseys,” says Brantley. A sporting rivalry wouldn’t be complete without a trophy and thus the Brantley Knott Cooler was created. As Brantley tells it: “When East Coweta got into our region, they became one of our big rivals. Whoever wins gets to keep the cooler. We got to keep it for the last two years.” Play began at Drake Stadium in 1966, and NHS alumni Mike Barber competed in the 1966-1969 football seasons there. After graduating, he voiced the games on
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radio from 1979 to 1989. In the ’90s, he helped create the Coweta Sports Hall of Fame with the late Johnny Brown. “We started the program, and it’s really gone well,” says Barber. “We have close to 100 inductees and we try to have our banquet each February.” Rick Barnes Sr. played defensive end for the 19761979 football seasons under Head Coach Max Bass. “He was stern, but he was more like a father figure,” says Barnes. “He wanted us to be good athletes, but it was very important to be just as good off the field as it was on the field. We called him Hoss. We were known as Hoss’s boys.” Barnes recalls how Bass had “total control” of the ballfield. “You weren’t supposed to be on that field without permission,” says Barnes. “In order to be on that field, you
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were held to a different level. Those that stepped on that field, it was an honor.” Every Friday in the fall featured a pep rally with team members wearing blue jeans and their jersey, according to Barnes who, with Jett Smith, is currently forming the NHS Football Letterman’s Club, which will include former players, trainers and coaches. Rick Barnes Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps as a football player at NHS. He played in the 1997-2000 football seasons as a defensive and offensive lineman under Coach Robert Herring. “Coach Herring’s first year, we went seven and three and made the state playoffs,” says the younger Barnes, recalling how the coach required his players to polish their cleats before gametime. “Coach Herring loved his players. He demanded a lot of you and was great to play for. [He realized] not everybody was going to play college or NFL football, but he wanted to be able to influence kids and teach them discipline, teach them how to be good citizens and good neighbors.” Those skills learned on the field translated into his adulthood, according to Barnes Jr. “Sometimes you don’t want to get up, you might not feel 100 percent, but you have to,” he concludes. NCM
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ou’ve had your smartphone for a few years now, and your 10-year-old, 42-inch, flat screen HDTV hangs on the wall, still delivering picture quality we could have only dreamed of 20 years ago. Many of us are content with that level of home entertainment, a level that still sounds modern and up-to-date. But while we’re sitting on the sofa watching cable on our decade-old flat screen and playing solitaire on our cell phone, a technological revolution is transforming the way entertainment is received and experienced in the home.
The changes reflect improved quality in all aspects of home entertainment and fall into four general areas:
• Enhanced quality of the images we see through higher definition 4K and increasingly popular virtual reality systems. • Improved sound through smaller, more versatile, less expensive sound systems.
“By using a good quality HD antenna, you can pick up as many as 80 different channels over the air with excellent signal quality.” — Erin Courtright
• Increasing levels of internet bandwidth that allow streaming at the highest definition levels and improves the quality of cable. New, over-the-air HD antennas are also becoming prevalent as ‘cord-cutting’ continues to grow. • Improved control systems that link multi-unit systems through phone and tablet applications. Erin Courtright, owner of Hometown Services in Senoia, is part of an industry that helps consumers navigate the rapidly changing home entertainment environment. Hometown Services installs and designs a variety of integrated home entertainment and security systems. “There are very inexpensive options that allow homeowners to maximize the amount and quality of what they receive at home,” says Courtright. “For example, by using a good quality HD antenna, you can pick up as many as 80 different channels over the air with excellent signal quality.” These antennas have good range and will work in most parts of Coweta County, according to Courtright, who says they can be supplemented with less expensive streaming options, such as Sling TV, YouTube TV or Apple TV. Keep in mind, though: These services require a good quality internet connection. As for the equipment itself, the price of new, high quality TV monitors has dropped dramatically over the past few years. A brand name 75-inch, 4K smart TV can be had for around $1,000 or less from local or online retailers. And improved november/december 2019 | 51
“People can save money by adapting the technology in their home to their needs. We all have different needs and expectations, so it’s a really good idea to keep an eye on what you use and what you don’t.”
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sound systems, such as sound bars that are easy to use yet provide excellent quality and depth, are typically well under $500. Once you’ve purchased your new TV, hooked up your HD antenna, and plugged into the internet, new devices are available to provide sophisticated levels of control through cell phone and tablet applications. You can link lighting and even a security system, and some devices include cloud-based digital recording services. One such popular device, Air TV, links over-the-air HD channels and streaming channels from Sling, enabling the user to control and watch content from any linked device, such as a cell phone, computer or tablet. The most expensive Air TV unit is less than $120. “People can save money by adapting the technology in their home to their needs,” says Courtright. “We all have different needs and expectations, so it’s a really good idea to keep an eye on what you use and what you don’t.” If your needs are focused more on impact and less on cost, there are plenty of new ways to improve your home entertainment experience. While large, 100-inch-plus TVs have been around for some time, the quality of those systems has rapidly improved. Many larger homes have home theaters with theater-style seating and screens up to 150 inches. These systems are primarily driven through new, enhanced projection systems that can produce 4K or even 8K quality. But, if money is no object, you have options. Samsung has introduced The Wall, a flat-screen behemoth that delivers the highest quality picture possible with sizes available up to an incredible 219 inches. The cost is just as stunning. Be prepared to shell out in excess of $100,000 for your new TV. Leroy and Linda Thompson moved from Dallas, Texas, to west Georgia a year ago and hired Hometown Services to install a new media room. But they use the 10-year-old projection system from their former house to power their 133-inch screen. “We wanted to have this for our family, particularly the grandkids,” says Linda. “They enjoy it, and we love having friends over for special events. It’s not the latest and greatest, but it works for us.” NCM
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Surviving Denali A Review of ‘The Bond’
Reviewed by David Fox
imon McCartney and Jack Roberts are two young men who share an intense passion for mountain climbing. The singular motivation driving them forward is an all-consuming ambition to tackle the toughest, gnarliest mountain ascents, climbing them so audaciously, they will be remembered with distinction and awe. McCartney’s book, “The Bond,” is a life-defining personal revelation vividly depicting the costs of pursuing dreams like these with such fervor. Early on, we know that on one of the lads' more intense climbs, something went terribly askew. Something occurred on one of those ascents, so traumatizing, so searingly painful, that for the next 30 years no one in the alpinist community knew whether McCartney was alive or dead. Their Alaskan exploits on Denali assumed myth-like qualities. No one was quite sure about the veracity that swirled around their alleged dangerous feats. What truly makes this an original, brilliant work is the intimate affinity which expands exponentially between McCartney and his audience as we delve deeper into the story. Mostly told from a first-person narrative, he nimbly blends in Roberts' journal passages and those of other climbers, critical to the story’s development. This amalgam heightens the realism, fostering strong, counterpositioned viewpoints to McCartney's; it gives the story a wider, threedimensional purview. And then, filtering through all of these varied lenses, are revealing glimpses of the inner workings
of what makes these folks tick. Like a surgeon, McCartney avulses the layers of his being. He strips away the epidermis, baring the thoughts of a man confronting death with every toe-hold and icy grip. He rips back the dermis, exposing the psychological connective tissue that is barely holding him together and beneath that, he plunges deep within his psychic hypodermis, where his anxieties and humiliations (as he sees them) are palpably transparent to everyone. Simon McCartney’s “The Bond” was At the core of “The Bond,” McCartney published in 2016 by Mountaineers refers to the invisible, yet incredibly Books; 358 pages. It won both the Banff vibrant strand that links one climber Mountain & Wilderness Literature to the next. It’s the willingness of Award for Nonfiction and the Boardman these resourceful individuals to Tasker award for mountain literature in place themselves in harm’s way to 2016. ★★★★★ rescue climbers they don’t know. In one instance, a group who refers to themselves as the “Freaks” provides Roberts and his colleague with “kindness, shelter and a willingness to share their meager rations,” which effectively derailed their own climb. Such acts of sacrifice and consideration are Share your favorite new read with the rule, not the exception, Newnan-Coweta M ag azine by writing a among this tight-knit band of book review for possi ble publication in mountaineering acolytes. an upcoming issue. Whether it’s a book that’s been around Thirty years after his awhile and you’re just getting to it, or heralded extraction from if it’s a brand new pu blication that everyo near-certain death, long past ne’s talking about, we’d like to hear your the time after purging his educated take on it. Keep your review at memories of those perilous 350-450 words and ple ase include the auth moments atop Denali, or’s name, page count and date of pu McCartney recreates in blication as well as any awards the book may have won. exquisite detail all that Be sure to give the book had transpired, giving your rating of 1 to 5 stars: 1=You’l substance to the myths that l never miss it; 2=Okay; 3=Pretty go od; 4=Read it; preceded his unflinching 5=Best. Book. Ever. exposé. In doing so, without a scintilla of doubt, Send your review wi th your contact he’s created a masterpiece. informatio
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was born in Ohio and grew up about 35 miles east of New York City. My mom was a special education teacher at a cerebral palsy center, and my dad was an electrical engineer who designed navigation systems for guided missiles. My husband, Larry, and I eventually moved them from New York and they enjoyed their last several years of life here in Newnan. I still miss them both. Larry and I moved with our two children to Georgia in 1989 when I was recruited to run the Music Industry Program at Georgia State University. We lived in Kennesaw. It wasn’t until 2004, when both our children were through college and grown, that we moved to Coweta County so I could take a job as director of Career Development at LaGrange College, while Larry continued to work as a professor of music history at Spelman College. Until we moved to Coweta County, we didn’t know what we had been missing. The camaraderie and support here was like nothing we had experienced anywhere else. In 2006, I was recruited by Don Nixon to develop a strings program beginning at Smokey Road. Later, by invitation from Mark Whitlock, I moved up to the Central Educational Center (CEC) for the Coweta County School System where I created the Music Business, Technology, Medicine and Performance program. Working at the CEC, for me, was a dream. I have always believed 54 | www.newnancowetamag.com
that individual attention, real-world preparation, a strong work ethic and critical thinking skills should be the most important parts of all education. I was finally teaching at a school where everything I believed in was being implemented. Coweta County, through its business and education partnerships, is an ideal place to teach. I wish our children could have grown up here. We love the pace of life in Coweta, how service-oriented people are, and what a beautiful community Newnan is. We really enjoy the square, supporting all the independent businesses there, and the many community gatherings like Taste of Newnan, the Saturday Market Days and Newnan Unplugged at Vinylyte Records. Everyone has such a sense of pride in the community. We have wonderful doctors, and I really enjoy working with Piedmont-Newnan Hospital and Rotary on our new Music in Medicine project. Everyone is so positive. We have made many friends here. Larry and I are now retired and able to fully participate in Coweta-Newnan life. We are so very glad to be Coweta County residents and live in Newnan. Thank you to the community for making us so welcome. Now we have time to give back, and we are loving it. NCM
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