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19 | Spring Fever Coweta County’s master gardeners prepare for their annual Spring Plant Sale, expected to feature up to 6,500 seedlings, shrubs, and more plants for purchase. By Ana Ivey

24 | Sustaining Life at 180 Degree Farm

Scott and Nicole Tyson turned their family’s ordeal with cancer into a mission to grow and give organic food raised at their Sharpsburg farm. By Jackie Kennedy 10 |


32 | Kicking Back with Craft Beer Following a national trend, Coweta County has a growing obsession with craft beer that’s heartily fed by local brewers, merchants and eateries. By Jeffrey Ward

44 | Seeds of Renewal Nurtured by Warden Bill McKenzie, residents at Coweta County Prison tend an onsite garden to feed their fellow inmates fresh fruits and vegetables. By Sue Davis

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Planters feature assorted annuals and perennials including geraniums, petunias, hosta, creeping Jenny and succulents.

Coweta’s master gardeners prepare for plant sale To plant or not to plant? That is the question Coweta residents ask each spring as garden centers shower the shelves with a rainbow of flowers, shrubs and trees. For Coweta County’s master gardeners, experienced green thumbs who grew up getting their hands dirty in rich soil and clay, the answer is a resounding, “Plant!” “Grow something—anything,” says Amy Keller, a graduate of the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer (MGEV) program offered through UGA Extension-Coweta County. “It’s so rewarding to grow your own food, which is higher in nutrients than what you get at the store,” says Keller, a registered veterinary technician who claims that anyone can grow their own food, flowers or

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houseplants. “Houseplants keep your air clean and flowers make you smile. Even if you only have a small porch or balcony, there are lots of plants that do well in containers.” She should know. Keller and her fellow Coweta master gardeners get together monthly to scatter seeds or share cuttings. It’s like church, only the hymnals are marigolds and petunias, and the sermons are about sowing seeds and bearing fruit. The meeting house is a greenhouse off Pine Road, behind the Coweta County Extension office. In January, a dozen master gardeners gathered there to sprinkle geranium, hosta, and euphorbia seeds into potting containers to get ready for the annual Coweta County MGEV Spring Plant Sale on April 14 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. The master gardeners also grow tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, trees and shrubs, herbs like thyme and rosemary, and a variety of heirlooms not found anywhere else. In all, about 6,500 plants will be up for grabs at the Spring Plant Sale. What’s more, the experts, all volunteers, will be on hand to answer questions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on sale day. It’s this dedication to sharing their wisdom that sets their sales apart. “I’ve enjoyed gardening and growing beautiful flowers and a small vegetable garden for many years,” says Melanie Landrum, who retired from

Delta five years ago and became a master gardener a year later. “This love was passed on to me from my parents. I showed horses for many years; once I decided to move on from horses, gardening was the perfect fit. I’m still outdoors, active and enjoying beautiful surprises every day.” Keller shares a similar background. “I started growing my own vegetables from seeds when I was in my early 20s and then evolved to flowers and propagating anything and everything,” says Keller, who was raised in a Midwestern farming community. “I now have a hobby greenhouse and sometimes have as many as 1,600 seedlings growing in it,” she says, adding with a laugh, “It turns into a mental illness.” What Keller and Landrum enjoy most about the Extension office’s master gardener program is the fellowship they share with other lovers of all things green. Most Coweta MGEV grads have been certified for 15 to 20 years. “I have many mentors who have gardened well into their 90s,” says Landrum. “That’s my goal.” All master gardeners go through an intense 10-week program, completing 50-plus hours of horticultural training through the University of Georgia Extension office. They do more than get their hands dirty. They promote education

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community, the meetings start at 7 p.m. at the Coweta County Extension office in Newnan. Proceeds from the MGEV’s spring (and fall) plant sales provide the funds for all of their programs, with the spring event being the larger and bigger money-maker. “There’s a long line of people with wagons and boxes before we even open,” says Keller of the spring sale. It’s like a revival, where old faithful and new converts congregate to sing the praises of new blooms and new life. NCM

10 Tips to a Master Garden Master gardeners Amy Keller and Melanie Landrum have a lifetime of gardening experience. They share their insights for anyone who wants to get their hands dirty, from the novice to the perennial green thumb. 1.

Always start with good soil. “Our soil is usually heavy clay that is acidic,” says Keller. “It typically needs to be amended with things like good compost, leaf mold, composted manure, sand, or soil conditioner.”


Take a soil sample to the Coweta County Extension office, at 255 Pine Road in Newnan, to get it tested. Results will show amendments your soil needs.


Pick the best location. Vegetables like tomatoes generally need six to eight hours of sun while leafy greens and root crops may need less.


Start small if you’re a beginner. Pick five or six vegetables and keep your garden manageable.


Water your new trees, shrubs and flowering annuals per label instructions. Steer clear of wet areas without doing your homework first. Most plants don’t like to be continuously wet.


Don’t overcrowd your plants. Give them room to breathe.


Share and swap ideas (and produce) with friends and neighbors.


Smell the flowers and enjoy your gardens. Look past the weeds; they’re just plants in the wrong place.


Get started by visiting your local nursery and asking for advice. Or make plans to stop by the MGEV Spring Plant Sale. Master gardeners will be available to help with selections and answer questions.

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growth – and hope – as the small-in-size but huge-inheart operation at 180 Degree Farm in Sharpsburg. On any given day, the place bustles with a cacophony of quacks, clucks, gobbles and mews as the farm inhabitants go about their business of simply being ducks, chickens, turkeys and lambs. In springtime, seed is planted and, through summer and into fall, crops are tended and harvested with heaping helpings of carrots, squash, spinach, broccoli, peppers and loads more, all grown organically and sold locally or given away. It’s not unusual for gardeners to share some of their harvest, to give extra cucumbers and tomatoes to family members and nearby friends. But this farm is different. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, 180 Degree Farm exists to give naturally grown vegetables and fruits, grass-fed meat and pasture-raised eggs to cancer patients in need of healthier diets and to educate about the benefits of food produced without using pesticides.

From left, Camron, Scott, Nicole and Mason Tyson operate 180 Degree Farm in Sharpsburg. Open on Saturdays year-round, they offer eggs and winter vegetables in cooler months and loads of fresh fruit and veggies as the weather warms.

coverfeature It’s a mission that Scott and Nicole Tyson never saw coming when they purchased the property at 237 Emory Phillips Road in 2006.

Blindsided The Tysons had planned to build a house and start a small farm on their Sharpsburg acreage. Those plans were postponed when, barely a month after closing the deal on the property, their younger son, Mason, then 4, was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a childhood cancer that forms in nerve tissue. “We were completely blindsided,” says Nicole. Mason spent two weeks at Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta, where he underwent surgery to remove the tumor from his stomach. Afterwards, the Tysons and their older son, Camron, made multiple trips back and forth to the hospital with Mason for follow-up treatments and checkups. The couple had numerous conversations with doctors who recommended the youngster undergo

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chemotherapy and radiation, but the Tysons considered the side effects too risky. “Chemotherapy attacks anything that’s rapidly growing in a body,” says Scott. “Just imagine, in a 4-year-old, everything is growing.” Doctors warned that chemotherapy at his young age might leave Mason to suffer dialysis, teeth problems, or even the need for a heart transplant by the time he was 20. “One of the side effects was that he could get leukemia,” Scott recalls. “We’d be trading one cancer for another.” The couple began what Nicole describes as a “rollercoaster ride” to determine why their son had this disease when no one else in their families ever had cancer. They started researching, reading case studies, and calling experts to discuss potential causes and cures. They discovered their son’s cancer could have been caused by consuming pesticides, according to Scott. “There are pesticides we consume every day without knowing, and you think you can wash those things off

Along with fruits and vegetables, livestock, lambs flourish at the farm in Sharpsburg.

vegetables, but they actually absorb into the cell walls of a plant,” says Scott. “All it takes is one cell to go rogue and create a tumor, and cancer cells will populate.” There’s no way to know for sure what caused Mason’s cancer, but the Tysons are plenty sure what turned the tide in his favor. When doctors told them they could wait and watch to see how aggressive the cancer became before choosing chemo, the family set about changing Mason’s diet as well as their own. When they couldn’t find an adequate supply of organic food locally, they grew it themselves. “We started pumping him full of stuff, green juice and red juice, mostly veggie-based,” Scott says, recalling that by mid-2007, scans of the location where Mason’s cancer had been showed nothing there. Eventually, their son’s doctor said, “I can’t tell you that Mason is in remission because he never went through chemotherapy,” Scott recalls. “But we knew God had delivered us that message already,” he adds.

The 180 degree turn The Tysons were overcome with desire to pay forward the blessings they received in the form of Mason’s restored health. Scott describes the emotions he and his wife expressed at the time: “We can’t just sit on this information we’ve learned – that the food system we’ve trusted includes a lot of unknown baggage. We’ve got to do something.” “All I could think about was what can we make or grow on this land we have,” Nicole adds. “It became an obsession.”

“There are pesticides we consume every day without knowing, and you think you can wash those things off vegetables, but they actually absorb into the cell walls of a plant. All it takes is one cell to go rogue and create a tumor, and cancer cells will populate.” — Scott Tyson


Pasture-raised chickens rule the roost at 180 Degree Farm.

The couple had purchased the Sharpsburg land in order to raise their boys and a few animals in the country. That dream went from small plan to large passion in 2009 when they created 180 Degree Farm as a nonprofit to produce organic and healthy homegrown foods for area cancer patients in need of nutrientdense sustenance. Scott had worked in family gardens since he was a child growing up in DeKalb County, but he had never worked a farm like the one he and Nicole began to grow. “Starting the farm on this land wasn’t ideal; the soil was horrible,” he recalls. “But we had the fire in our bellies to try to do it.” Crops were planted and animals were purchased, and today the farm is home to a dozen grass-fed lambs, almost 200 pasture-raised and organic-fed laying hens, and about 150 pasture-raised ducks that produce eggs that are rich in protein 28 |

“and great for baking,” says Scott. When her husband isn’t working as a project manager for a warehousing relocation company in Atlanta, he helps Nicole who runs the farm full time with assistance from her parents, Gene and Linda Marshall, and a handful of volunteers the couple calls “weekend warriors.” No one’s paid a salary, and the couple says their adventure has come with a cost that has nothing to do with money. “Farming will kill your social life,” Scott quips. “We had season tickets to the Hawks and Falcons and used to go to the theater. We started farming, and there’s no more of that.” But the weekend warriors and 180 Degree board members have become dear friends, and he wouldn’t trade life on the farm, says Scott. And neither would his sons. Homeschooled by their mom, Camron, now 19, and Mason, 15, are both

considering career paths related to their upbringing on the farm. “Mason is still cancer-free and wants to be a chef,” says his dad. “He wants to take foods some people think don’t taste good and turn them into something that’s amazing so people will crave those things and eat healthier.” Camron, who shares his parents’ love for growing produce and livestock, works as farm manager and plans to one day take the reins of the organic operation.

Grow. Give. Teach. The tagline for 180 Degree Farm is: Grow. Give. Teach. “We organically grow foods, teach food awareness and fight nutrition deficiency, and give close to 30,000 pounds of food each year to cancer patients,” says Scott. Production has increased almost every year since the farm first gave 500 pounds of organic food to cancer patients in 2010.

ABOVE Knowing the importance of a clean, healthy diet, Mason Tyson plans to be a chef who turns unpopular but nutritious foods into dishes that are palatable and pleasing. TOP The harvest at 180 Degree Farm is available for purchase on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Last year, the nonprofit donated almost 30,000 pounds to patients through partnerships with local churches and food banks, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA), in Newnan, and United Natural Foods, in Atlanta. Along with donating food, the Tysons spread the message about the benefits of eating organic. Scott routinely speaks to patients at CTCA about good nutrition and how to eat healthy on a budget. And once a week, 180 Degree Farm donates 300-500 pounds of organic food to CTCA cancer patients. “We have patients who may not have had beans that don’t come from a can, but they want to eat food that’s good for them,” says Nina Kimball, CTCA senior loyalty specialist. “The Tysons have done a wonderful job at making unfamiliar foods not so scary for patients to make at home, and having Mason work at our kitchen has been especially inspirational for our patients. Plus, for patients to get these super quality organic foods for free when they’re going through treatment and on a tight budget is just incredible.” Four times a year, the farm welcomes about a dozen college students from throughout the country to work and learn at the farm for a week. Recent participants from the Universities of Miami, Florida and California worked 8-10 hours a day and enjoyed mealtime with the Tyson family. Each Saturday, 180 Degree Farm opens to the public so people can see where and how their food is raised. “We open the hood march/april 2018 | 29


College students from across the nation visit 180 Degree Farm to learn about organic gardening and sustainable farming.

for people to look inside the engine to see how it runs,” says Scott, who also visits local high schools to talk with students about the importance of eating nutrient-filled foods. “No pun intended, but I’m looking to plant seed,” he says.

Life sustaining Everything grown at 180 Degree Farm is sold or donated locally, reducing the nonprofit’s carbon footprint and keeping revenue at home, according to the Tysons. They firmly believe that what’s grown through sustainable farming methods can sustain life, whether the organic food is consumed to prevent disease or to heal the body after chemotherapy. “We get contacted by families struggling with cancer

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All donations and proceeds from sales at 180 Degree Farm are used to purchase seed, organic soil amendments, food for animals, and other necessities for the farm operation that feeds families who are financially unable to afford lifestyle changes necessary to heal from cancer or the effects of chemotherapy. “We have three to four times the demand for nutrient-dense food than we can grow here,” says Scott, adding that he and his family would like to expand operations to serve more. To donate, volunteer or see the farm, call (678) 481-3367 or visit

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A group of friends gather for a round at a recent open house at Abide Brewing Company in Newnan.

Hey, light beer drinkers. do yourself a favor and make a st. patrick’s day resolution: put down that light stuff, back slowly away, and allow me to introduce you to the exploding world of craft beer.

basically gave up on beer decades ago after finding a boring sameness. While I enjoyed wine in the intervening years, the craft and small-batch brewing industry was quietly flying under my radar—and growing exponentially. Recently, a couple of craft brew enthusiasts handed me a bottle of artisan-crafted stout and encouraged me to try it. The full-throttle blend of flavors that assaulted my tongue, taste buds and senses was unlike anything I had ever tasted. Comparing this glorious masterpiece of small-batch brewing to American mass-produced light beer was akin to comparing baloney to a rib eye steak or decaf coffee to a Cuban double espresso. The Georgia craft/artisan brewing community got a huge boost when Georgia Senate Bill 85 went into effect last September. The new law allows craft brewers to sell and distribute their products directly to the consuming public, rather than forcing them to distribute only through wholesalers. This puts the craft breweries on the same footing as wineries, which have had the freedom to sell and distribute directly to consumers for years. Now, everybody wins. Let’s do some math. According to the Brewers Association, the national organization that represents interests of small and independent American craft brewers, there are approximately 150 distinctly different styles of craft beer encompassing 20,000 separate brands. So many craft beers, so little time. What’s a craft beer newbie to do?

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Start by tasting

Two samples of local brews available from Ace Beer Growlers are Abide's Coweta Common and Founder's Breakfast Stout.

Try the more popular and available local varieties first. You might begin with the latest rage, India Pale Ales, or IPAs. This wildly popular beer gets its name from the variety which was shipped from England to India in centuries past. The beer was over-stoked with hops which acted as a preservative to keep the brew from spoiling on the lengthy voyage. Some hard-core types may refer to the IPA as “foofie” beer. It’s a lighter beer, with a higher hops content, refreshingly carbonated, and it pairs beautifully with tavern or pub food because it won’t overpower most meals. India Pale Ales readily accept infusions of flavorful additives, such as fruit. The concoctions possible are limitless in the creative hands of craft brewers who can turn out light and fruity IPAs enjoyed by those who otherwise wouldn’t touch a beer to their lips. My personal favorites are stouts and porters, the heavyweights in the craft brewing world. The most famous and widely known example is Guinness, which is sold on draft and in bottles worldwide. Stouts are commonly considered acquired tastes in ales (and, boy, have I ever acquired that taste). Rich, bold and complex, often with a well-disguised higher alcohol content, these heady brews are masterpieces in the hands of craft brewers. Popular flavor additives currently run to coffee, chocolate and dairy. Another innovation in brewing is the infusion of nitrogen gas, both on tap and in bottles. This produces a smoother, smaller bubble mass. That means less carbonation, resulting in a more flavorful aromatic head. Whether you prefer to enjoy your craft beer at a restaurant or tavern or in your home with friends, the numerous options in Coweta County allow you to do either with satisfaction and convenience.

Visit the brewery

Whether you prefer to enjoy your craft beer at a restaurant or tavern or in your home with friends, the numerous options in coweta county allow you to do either with satisfaction and convenience.

Newnan is home to the only craft brewery in Coweta County. Abide Brewing Company, founded by partners Matthew Kapusta, Evan Scanlan and Philip Leonard, has been serving Newnan and surrounding counties since 2015 with a variety of fine craft brews. On Saturday afternoons, Abide hosts a tasting open house at their brewery located at 130 Werz Industrial Boulevard. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and welcoming (even friendly dogs are welcome). On a recent Saturday, 13 styles were available to sample and purchase. Abide currently has brewing capacity of three barrels per batch. One barrel is an industry standard 31.5 gallons, but the brewery has recently tripled its output up to ten barrels with new equipment located across the alleyway, according to brew master Kapusta. “We are gratified by the community support and are building our brand,” says Kapusta. “We aim to bring a solid product to the public and plan to keep our Saturday tasting open house suitable for everyone of legal drinking age.”

Grab a growler

If you love craft beer on tap but prefer the privacy of your own home, Ace Beer Growlers has just the solution, and they’re located right on Newnan’s courthouse square. What’s a growler and how did it get that name? At the turn of the 20th century, tap beer to take out was poured into small, galvanized tubs with covered lids; the carbon dioxide was said to emit a growling sound as it escaped. Today’s growlers are 32- or 64-ounce, air-tight containers filled with your favorite tap beer and securely sealed so you can legally drive it home. Ace Beer Growlers owner Jason Kanner has a wall filled with craft beers on draft and the largest collection of tap handles in the area. “If we don’t have what you’re looking for, just ask and we’ll get it,” says Kanner. Coweta County residents have access to stores offering large selections of craft beers. The Beverage Bank, located in Whitesburg, serves the tri-county area of Coweta, Carroll and south Fulton with a wide range of packaged craft beers and plans soon to offer singles. Also on Highway 27, the Little Giant Farmer’s Market boasts a large selection of craft brews, and other local grocery stores are jumping on the trend, offering occasional specials on smaller-batch beers. If you prefer enjoying your favorite brew in a restaurant or tavern, many Coweta County establishments offer draft taps, plentiful with craft beers. Many are located on Bullsboro Drive and Newnan Crossing Bypass. One of the largest draft selections is available at Taco Mac, where 100 beers and ales are on tap. New arrival Art & Jakes offers 26 taps with mostly craft beers. On Highway 34, the Brick House rotates many craft beers among its 16 taps. At Maguire’s Family & Friends, the quintessential Irish Pub located in Senoia, Irish craft brews will be featured for St. Patrick’s Day. The craft-brew craze has been building across America for the past decade, and its strength is now evident in Coweta County. So there’s no need to fight Atlanta traffic in search of the craft beer experience when you can visit a local brewery, grab a growler or enjoy a six-pack of craft draft at home. NCM

ABOVE Jason Kanner of Ace Beer Growlers in downtown Newnan shows off the 64- and 32-oz. growlers. Kanner keeps a rotating selection of 30 craft beers on tap. TOP LEFT Co-owner Matthew Kapusta mans the bar during open house at Abide Brewing Company. TOP RIGHT Dog-friendly, Abide welcomes patrons and their four-legged friends.

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Written by JACKIE KENNEDY Photos courtesy of KEN and MISHA BENSON

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day the way the Irish did in fifth century Ireland calls for a feast. St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is commonly regarded as the founder of Christianity there. After his death, St. Patrick’s feast day was celebrated each March 17, reportedly the day of his death, although the exact year is unknown. Organized by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston, St. Patrick’s Day took root in America in 1737 with a feast and religious service held by Irish colonists to celebrate

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the culture of their homeland. Traditional Irish food served on feast day included corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and coffee. While the modesty of an Irish meal to celebrate St. Patrick’s life largely has evolved into a day of rowdy fun featuring parades and rivers of green beer, there are still those who quietly observe the day with the traditional Irish feast. Enter Ken and Misha Benson of Newnan. A retired restaurateur with Irish heritage, Ken has been cooking for at least 50 years. “My parents were part of the restaurant industry as employees and then as owners for most of their married life,” says Ken. “You could say I grew up cooking. My father was a chef in Maryland, so I came from a household of home and professional cooks.” Ken learned by cooking alongside his grandmother and his parents at home and in the family’s restaurant in southern Maryland. He still enjoys preparing meals that hark back to his upbringing. “His specialties are Maryland seafood,” says Misha. “No one rivals his crab cakes, steamed shrimp or crab imperial – and, of course, his Irish cuisine.” That’s not to discount the North Carolina side of Ken’s family from whom he inherited his passion for anything having to do with barbecue, according to his wife, who says that passion was the reason the couple once owned and operated a barbecue restaurant and catering business.

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“Together, Ken and I have compiled quite a large volume of recipes and cooking experiences,” says Misha, noting her own specialties are cookies and desserts. “My advice for a beginning cook is to follow the recipe word for word the first time, and make it your own by tweaking it the next time. Any dish can be made your own simply by changing things to your preference.” The traditional St. Patrick’s Day recipes shared here are Ken’s creations, handed down from his family and carefully crafted over time. “My great-grandparents were straight off the boat from Ireland, and through the years these recipes were passed down and have evolved,” says Ken. “This meal is something I grew up with and passed down to our son Dylan and daughter Alexandra. They both love to cook and they enjoy the tradition of corned beef and cabbage to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.”

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While youngsters at Easter might enjoy candy eggs and marshmallow Peeps, their parents are more likely to appreciate eggs whipped up in traditional ways. Whether you serve yours fried or scrambled for Easter breakfast or hard-boiled and stuffed with yolky wonder for an after-church snack, eggs are bound to play some role in your Easter celebration. Here, we share a pair of traditional egg recipes along with one that’s fun for kids and adults.

Traditional Deviled Eggs 6 hard-boiled eggs Âź cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon relish Salt and pepper, to taste Paprika DIRECTIONS

Crack and peel hard-boiled eggs. Slice eggs in half and place

yolks in a bowl. Add mayonnaise, relish, salt and pepper to bowl and mix. Evenly spoon yolk mixture into egg whites and sprinkle with paprika. Variation: Substitute relish with shredded cheese, bacon bits or ingredient of your choice.

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Easter Morning Casserole 1 (12-ounce) package breakfast sausage links 6 to 8 slices toasted bread, cubed ¼ cup butter, melted 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded ½ cup chopped onion 9 eggs 2½ to 3 cups milk ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 3 strips bacon, cooked and crumbled


Cook sausage according to package directions; cool and cut into 1/4 inch slices. Spread toast cubes in bottom of greased 13x9-inch baking dish; pour melted butter over toast. On top of toast, layer sausage, cheeses and onion. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt and pepper; pour over cheese. Sprinkle top with bacon. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Uncover and bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool before serving in squares. Variation: Substitute sausage with (12-ounce) package ham or bacon.

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“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more.” — John Burroughs, American naturalist and writer

Warden Bill McKenzie, center, checks out the cabbages with inmates Steven Aguilar, left, and Adam Doster, right.

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What signifies the coming of spring more than tiny green sprouts poking through the dormant soil, reminding us that life renews itself over and over again? At the Coweta County Prison, on Selt Road in Newnan, a vegetable garden nurtured by inmates speaks to that renewal. After all, the goal of a prison, ideally, is not just to penalize—but to rehabilitate those in its care and prepare them for life after prison. Warden Bill McKenzie and his prison staff find that a garden is one way to accomplish this while providing health and financial benefits to the minimum- to medium-security

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inmates housed here. Calling this a “garden” may be an understatement as the prison garden encompasses several plots where different crops are cultivated—one for tomatoes, one for corn, others for peppers, cucumbers, squash, sweet potatoes and more. The produce provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the prison’s 250 inmates for much of the year. In 2017, the harvest included 1,361 pounds of tomatoes, 334 pounds of various peppers, 264 pounds of collard greens, and several hundred pounds of sweet potatoes, okra, eggplant and cabbage, adding up to more than 3,000 pounds of food. Under the leadership of Deputy Warden Larry Clifton, supervisor of the Work Release Program; Lt.

Steven Aguilar carries in an armload of collards. He had no prior gardening experience before asking to keep a small garden at the Coweta County Prison.

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Charles Burkett and Steven Aguilar rinse a load of collards and cabbage, which will be made into cole slaw.

Thomas Cook, food services manager; and Sgt. Jimmy Howard, body shop/ yard supervisor, food grown at the prison garden saves the state about $3,000 each year. Financial savings are only part of the picture. When Warden McKenzie replaced Wendell Whitlock in 1989, the exiting warden told him, “There is not a lot I can do for most of these men, but I can feed them well.” Whitlock felt this showed respect to the inmates and that a healthy person is a happier and more productive person, according to McKenzie, who took the advice to heart. He took 46 |

over the project of raising hogs for slaughter and sale, but that project ended when it got to be financially unprofitable due to numerous regulations. McKenzie still had in the back of his mind the words of his predecessor when, about 18 months ago, inmate Steven Aguilar, who had no gardening experience, asked if he could tend a small garden. The warden jumped on the idea and worked alongside Aguilar to get things going in a plot about the size of half a basketball court. A few months later, inmate Adam Doster asked to work in the garden.

Even though he and Aguilar both primarily work in the prison’s auto repair shop on county vehicles, they share a love of working outside and producing food. They voluntarily plant, weed, fertilize, and harvest the vegetables and fruits. Under their care, the garden has expanded with several plots producing corn, melons, blueberries, collards and cabbage along with tomatoes, peppers, sweet potatoes and okra. After the produce is harvested, it’s taken to the prison kitchen to be handled by Lt. Cook and his staff. Cook prepares a 35-day menu that

“Other state prisoners request coming to the Coweta County Prison because it has such a good reputation for treating inmates fairly and with real concern for their rehabilitation. The garden is just one example of that.” — Adam Doster

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Planting by the Numbers: Creating a Square Foot Garden Grow 100 percent of the harvest in 20 percent of the space Written by MARTHA A. WOODHAM

Photographed by BETH NEELY


When you think of planting a garden, numbers are not the first things that pop into your head. Instead, you dream of luscious tomatoes, tender beans, sweet corn, tasty carrots and delicious watermelon and cantaloupes.

ABOVE LEFT Tidy rows of lettuce line the greenhouses at Country Gardens in Sharpsburg. ABOVE RIGHT Iran Malagon brings in a crate of freshly cut lettuce greens.

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But you can’t get away from numbers in a vegetable garden. If you think you can, just throw out some seeds and water the patch every once in a while. Your garden won’t amount to much. Instead, you have to garden by the numbers. There are countless questions—answered by

Mike Cunningham of Country Gardens plants lettuce seedlings in this square foot garden between a grid pattern, which also functions as irrigation. A surprising amount of produce can be harvested from a small space if planned accordingly.

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Locate square foot garden beds near a water source.


Don’t plant until soil temperature at four inches is at least 60-65 degrees. (Visit to help determine this.)


The taller a raised bed, the more soil needed to fill it.


Install the grid after adding soil to the beds but before planting.


Include favorite herbs and some flowers to attract beneficial insects.


Add mulch to keep soil at an even temperature; use shredded leaves or bark as mulch. (Mulch also prevents weeds from sprouting.)


Water at the roots to avoid splashing leaves, which can spread plant diseases.


When a plant stops producing, remove it, add a handful of compost or soil mix, and plant another crop in that square. This way, your square foot garden continues to produce good things to eat and enjoy all summer long and into the fall.

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numbers—about soil tests and how deep or close to plant seeds and where to put your garden so your plants will receive six to eight hours of sun daily.

Numbers, numbers, numbers. Square foot gardening, or SFG, is a gardening technique that truly epitomizes planting by the numbers. Square foot gardening was popularized by Mel Bartholomew in 1981. He was the first to advocate gardening in a 4-foot x 4-foot square bed instead of long rows. He used a grid to divide his garden into 16 squares and promoted planting different vegetables in each square, ending up with a small but intensively planted garden. Horticulturist and organic gardener Mike Cunningham uses SFG techniques in the greenhouses at Country Gardens, his farm on Highway 154, in Newnan, on land that’s been in his family for three generations. He and his wife, Judy, have more than 40 years of experience farming and selling organic produce to the public. He has written “Seven Steps to an Organic Vegetable Garden: The Basic Steps to Make Anyone a Green Thumb Gardener,” an easy-toread guide that combines SFG and organic gardening techniques. To begin your own square foot garden, find a location in your yard that gets six to eight hours of sun a day, says Cunningham. “Make sure you select a place that has good drainage and is not overrun by weeds or thick tree roots,” he advises. “Those weeds will come back to haunt you.” According to Cunningham, boxes for raised beds can be made from timber, rock, brick, cement block— even empty wine bottles. “Just plant them upside down,” he says. Since his garden is organic, Cunningham doesn’t use treated timbers, although he does use nontreated wood. The beds need to be no more than 4 feet across, but they can be as long as desired, according to Cunningham, who says many SFG gardeners work more than one bed, arranging them in patterns pleasing to the eye. “Pick a spot where you can have as many beds as you need,” he says. “Just be sure that aisles between the beds are three feet wide.” Grids can be crafted from string (measure and attach the string to the sides of boxes), vinyl or wooden strips, or from irrigation pipes. Ordering

grids online is an option. Good soil is the key to robust, healthy plants, according to Cunningham, who recommends testing soil to reveal exactly what’s needed to add to the ground in order to create an abundant garden. The best and least expensive way to have soil tested is through the University of Georgia Coweta County

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To feed yourself and your family all summer, you’ll need a plan, according to Cunningham. “Make a chart on paper of what will be planted in each square,” he says. “Then choose vegetables your family likes to eat and what will thrive in Coweta County’s Plant Hardiness Zone, which is 7B.” Plant seeds in each square according to the size plants will be when mature, says the square foot gardener. For example, large plants, like tomatoes, typically go one plant per square while 16 seeds


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need lots of sunshine to grow,” says Cunningham. To get an early start on a spring garden, begin by growing a few vegetable plants indoors from seeds, the SFG expert advises. Or wait until the first frost is past and buy them from your favorite local nursery. In summer, when the vegetables are ripe, harvest and enjoy. Use scissors to snip lettuce leaves, tomatoes, beans and peppers. Get your children to help grow the family’s square foot garden. From planting seeds to pulling carrots, they’re bound to grow a little, too. NCM

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This Japanese maple provides a blast of bright fall color at the home of Gary Wilson in the Mt. Carmel area of West Coweta. Photo courtesy of Gary Wilson

Sustainable and Beautiful,

one tree at a time Written by NEIL MONROE


ewnan has long been known as the “City of Homes” in recognition of the many stately historic dwellings that line the city’s picturesque streets. It’s an important title for the city, and while the homes themselves are impressive, there’s another key factor that drives the designation: Trees. Imagine, for a moment, Newnan without its remarkable array of oaks, magnolias and dogwoods. That creates a fairly stark mental image. Thankfully, however, the city values its trees highly and takes aggressive steps to protect them and to beautify the area. The City of Newnan’s efforts are best demonstrated by its membership in Tree City USA, a program of the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Forestry Service, Urban and Community Forestry Program, and National Association of State Foresters. The nationwide organization works with local communities to protect and expand urban forestry. Newnan is one of more than 3,400 member cities across the country, each of which must meet four criteria to participate: 1. Maintain a tree board or establish a city department with

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This sign, on Greenville Street looking north into town, is one of several about town identifying Newnan as a Tree City USA. Photo by Beth Neely

responsibility for trees and beautification. 2. Have a tree care ordinance that puts city policies into law. 3. Document that at least $2 per capita is spent by the city toward the planting, care and removal of city trees, an essential element of long-term tree care. 4. Maintain an active Arbor Day program, with an official city designation and celebration of the day. “As a city, we want to make the beautification of our town a priority, and participation in the Tree City USA program helps us have a clear focus on that goal,” says Mike Furbush, landscape architect and arborist with the City of Newnan. “We’ve been a member for 27 consecutive years now, and it absolutely has been highly beneficial.” In fact, Furbush describes inclusion in Tree City USA as instrumental in helping Newnan maintain its appeal. “It’s an essential element of our ongoing goal to preserve and enhance the city’s overall aesthetic qualities,” says Furbush, adding that the national program allows local leaders “to see best practices in other cities, practices that we can often adapt to our own issues here in Newnan.” A key element of the city’s beautification work is making sure new developments meet city standards. Through Furbush’s department, all construction plans are reviewed to certify they meet city codes for tree preservation and beautification. The process is not necessarily an easy one, according to Furbush, as developers are constantly, and understandably, seeking to reduce costs. “The role of trees and beautification in a new development is always a struggle,” he says. “But our goal is to weigh the needs of developers against the needs of the community. We work to

Mike Furbush serves as a landscape architect and arborist with the City of Newnan. Photo by Neil Monroe

ensure that, long term, trees and landscape for any development will be a plus for the city.” Beyond development, Furbush manages a team of 16 grounds workers who provide maintenance for all city grounds, including local parks. This endeavor, he says, reflects the city’s goal of maintaining high standards for beauty and sustainability. “We have dedicated people who care about the appearance of our city, and they work diligently to enhance our public areas,”

Furbush concludes. Coweta County also places a high value on trees and landscape planning for new development. It adopted a new tree ordinance in 2007 that provides standards for the protection of trees as part of the development process. For more on the tree programs of the City of Newnan and Coweta County, visit their websites at and NCM


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An integral part of Newnan’s Tree City USA membership is an active Arbor Day program, and the city has a solid track record to that end. In addition to a yearly proclamation, the City of Newnan works with local schools to promote the day. This year will represent the 15th consecutive year of Arbor Day programs at Atkinson, Elm Street, Jefferson Parkway, Newnan Crossing, Ruth Hill and Welch elementary schools. The city partners with the Georgia Forestry Commission with ceremonies at each school that include a visit from Smokey Bear and presentations from the Georgia Forestry Commission as students learn about the role of trees and tree safety. In addition, a new tree is planted at the school, and each kindergartner is given a seedling tree to take home. Based on conversations with young and enthusiastic past participants, the program has a significant role in raising awareness of the importance of trees. Five years ago, Elm Street fourth-grader Trevor Sherman participated in the Arbor Day program, and he remembers it well. “I’m very glad they do this because

we’re going to need lots of trees and natural resources in the future,” says Sherman, adding that he remembers planting the tree he received in kindergarten. “It didn’t make it, but we tried.” Cassandra Gutiérrez, a fifth-grader at Elm Street, often notices the tree planted in her kindergarten year. “Seeing the beauty of the trees reminds you that we should all take care of the environment,” she says. First-grader Xander Mellendorf helped plant last year’s tree. “That was special to me, and seeing Smokey Bear and the mayor [Keith Brady] was really cool,” he recalls. Elm Street Principal Christi Hildebrand believes the program has significant benefits for the young students. “In my tenure, we’ve planted nine trees, and I’ve seen the impact of the trees and the program on our children,” she says. “They take pride in their surroundings and definitely have an improved awareness of trees and the environment.”

TOP LEFT Smokey Bear helps kindergarteners celebrate Arbor Day at Elm Street Elementary School. Similar programs are held at each of Newnan’s six elementary schools. Photo compliments of Elm Street Elementary School CENTER LEFT shown with Principal Christi Hildebrand, far right, Elm Street Elementary students who value their Arbor Day experiences at school include, from left, McCrae Child, Gabby Rine, Xander Mellendorf, Cassandra Gutiérrez, Antonio Mitchell, Calum Ewing and Trevor Sherman. Photo by Neil Monroe

Written by HARRY GATEWOOD CENTER BOTTOM first graders (from left) Xander Mellendorf, Antonio Mitchell and McCrae Child helped plant last year’s Arbor Day tree at Elm Street Elementary School. Photo by Neil Monroe



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aybe you recycle your used cans or including trash bags, orange safety vests and bring your own bags to the grocery maps of the area they’ll be canvassing. store; that is, when you remember. You know “We go out on some of the busier streets it’s important to do your part to take care of in town, which tend to be some of the dirtier the earth, but knowing what to do isn’t always streets at times because of the fact that they easy. are traveled the most,” says Beckwith. There is one day a year set aside to remind The KNB director makes sure volunteers us all of the importance of looking after our get breakfast and lunch, thanks to community planet. Earth Day started nearly 50 years ago sponsors who donate food and drinks. as a grassroots way to grab the attention of Volunteers leave with swag bags filled with lawmakers and demand changes to protect goodies, like seeds to help them grow plants the earth. The first Earth Day brought people to celebrate the Earth at home. from all walks of life Also that day, and all parts of the Beckwith hopes to country together and plant a seed with had a real impact – participants about how leading to the creation they garden with a of the Environmental show-and-tell at a new Protection Agency, community orchard at Clean Air Act, Clean 121 Spring Street. The Water Act and orchard is able to take Endangered Species Keep Newnan Beautiful Director Page root thanks to a grant Act. Beckwith makes plans for the upcoming from Keep Georgia Today, the mission of Great American Cleanup on April 21. Beautiful and UPS, (Photo by Beth Neely) Earth Day may not be according to Beckwith. to create legislation, but “We try to make the Great American the goal remains to give ordinary people a way Cleanup a big community effort to bring to make a real impact on the environment. attention to Earth Day and how we can You can make an impact by taking part in continue to stay green and sustainable the Great American Cleanup in Newnan on members of society,” she says. April 21, from 8 a.m. until noon. While teams An affiliate of Keep America Beautiful tackle trash pickup throughout the city, the and Keep Georgia Beautiful, KNB staging area will be at Newnan City Hall. encourages environmental stewardship Page Beckwith, director of Keep Newnan by urging local residents to do their part Beautiful (KNB), organizes the event and through litter prevention, beautification says she sees scouting and other groups and and waste reduction. To take part in this families with children eager to hit the streets year’s Great American Cleanup, sign up at and make a difference. She arms them with NCM supplies they need to get out and clean up,

The son of Newnan Assistant City Manager Hasco and Rebecca Craver, William Craver encourages citizens to show pride in their town by taking part in the Great American Cleanup. (Photo compliments of Keep Newnan Beautiful)

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Keep Newnan Beautiful (KNB) sponsors Earth-friendly activities year-round. Many homes have at least one notquite-empty can of old paint lurking in a corner; tossing it in the trash is not a safe way to dispose it. Keep Newnan Beautiful partners with Atlanta Paint Disposal to turn hazardous trash into something useful for nonprofits. Last year, Keep Newnan Beautiful collected 5,100 gallons of paint. This year’s paint collection days are March 10 and Sept. 22 in the back parking lot at Newnan City Hall. (There’s a small fee for collecting paint.) Electronics also can damage the environment if dumped because they contain lead, mercury and other toxic substances. On May 5, safely dispose of old electronics at city hall. In June, KNB helps keep a bulky problem out of the landfill with a tire amnesty day. The old tires will be recycled and turned into playground mulch. The drop-off point for this effort also is in the back lot at city hall. Keeping local waters and shorelines clean is the mission in August with a stream sampling and cleanup day. Students from Newnan High School hauled in 36 huge bags of trash in just an hour during a similar cleanup last year, according to KNB Director Page Beckwith. Find out more about local Earth-friendly events at march/april 2018 | 57

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Enjoying indoor comforts in the

great outdoors Written and Photographed by SARAH CAMPBELL

Craig and Melissa Carroll relish outdoor living.

After an extensive search, when Craig and Melissa Carroll finally found their new home near Moreland, they loved everything about it. Except the deck. It was tiny. And Craig ended up doing his grilling by the garage. “It was not fun to walk to the front door and have Craig walk over to the garage to grill,” says Melissa. “We kept saying we need a deck, because we are outside people. We live outside.” They decided to enlist Eric Bowen to design and build their new deck and outdoor living space. As CEO of Five 58 |

Star Renovations, a residential and commercial renovation company in Newnan, Bowen was the obvious choice. He’d built the Carrolls’ house for his own family and later sold it to Craig and Melissa. The couple knew they wanted a dining area, a seating area with a fireplace and television, and a grilling area. And a bed swing. For Melissa, that was the most  important. She’d seen one at a friend’s home and had to have one. “I told Craig, ‘I don’t care what we have on that deck, but we’re getting a bed swing,’” says Melissa. He was resistant, but a few days after the swing was up, she invited him to swing with her. “Three minutes, and he was asleep,” Melissa recalls. “It’s like being in the ocean with your toes in the sand.” When friends and family visit, they sometimes fight over the bed swing, according to Melissa, who says children fall asleep in it. “That is how relaxing it is,” she notes. The Carrolls had an idea of what they wanted in an outdoor living space, and Bowen pulled it together. When talking to customers about their ideas, Bowen knows where to start. “I just say, ‘Send me what you’ve got pinned,’” he says. “The trend is moving the inside out. Nobody wants to be stuck inside anymore. Everybody wants the covered porch. They want the fireplace; they want to watch football outside.” Those amenities can make outdoor living comfortable for three-season or even four-season living, according to Bowen, who says outdoor living areas are designed to stand up to the weather. Placement of the television is calculated based on weather and wind patterns to make sure it stays dry, even in blowing rain, he says. Deeper overhangs and gutters are designed to keep rain from blowing in. When Hurricane Irma came to town last September, the Carrolls moved the furniture to the middle of the deck, covered it with a tarp, and also put a tarp over the bed swing. So far, that – and blowing off some snow – has been the only action they’ve had to take to protect their new outdoor furniture from the weather. Bowen recommended the Carrolls build their deck with “Trex,” a composite decking made of recycled wood

ABOVE Eric Bowen and Melissa Carroll chat on the Carroll’s deck. Bowen, of Five Star Renovations, designed and built the deck and worked with the Carrolls on various elements. The Carrolls picked out the fireplace at Clayton Appliances. BELOW Gavin and Brook Bowen try out the Carrolls’ bed swing. Built by Veaseys Creations of Sharpsburg, it’s Melissa Carroll's favorite part of her deck.

“I told Craig, I ‘ don’t care what we have on that deck, but we’re getting a bed swing.’” — Melissa Carroll

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“Go as big as you can afford, because you’re going to fill it up.” — Craig Carroll

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coweta home Five Star Renovations designed a deluxe grilling station for Craig Carroll, including a large grill that is connected to the home’s propane system, refrigerator, cabinets, granite countertops and smoker.

and plastic bags. “It’s weather resistant, never fades, never rots,” Bowen says. It also doesn’t need to be painted or stained.  “We told him we wanted it as maintenance-free as we can get,” says Melissa. Bowen also recommends running gas lines from the house to the grill and fireplace to eliminate the need for propane tanks. The Carrolls’ fireplace and grill run on propane, but for homes served with natural gas, grills can easily be converted, according to Bowen, who says most homeowners prefer a gas log fireplace over one that burns wood. “It’s clean, it’s fast, it’s easy,” he says. The Carrolls’ grilling area features a small refrigerator, several cabinets and drawers, and generous counter space. There are a few smaller, less noticeable features, too. Pop-up electrical outlets are placed along the countertop in the grilling area. While not in use, the counter is smooth and the outlets are protected from the weather. Melissa also asked for outlets mounted on the sides of the mantle so that her Christmas decorating wouldn’t include dangling cords. When planning your own outdoor living space, Craig recommends you “go as big as you can afford, because you’re going to fill it up.”  The deck is Melissa’s favorite room now, and it gets a lot of use. When cold weather came, she invested in several heated

throw blankets, which make a winter evening on the deck, in front of the fire, quite cozy. The Carrolls hosted Thanksgiving this year, and the deck was a big hit. When their church group meets at their home, everybody loves the deck, says Melissa, adding that when a group of friends from work came over, “we sat out there, and we laughed our heads off.” “It’s just so relaxing,” she says. “It lets you cut loose and you talk.” NCM

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Youth baseball teaches sportsmanship and teamwork Written by LINDY OLLER


ustin Horner, who coaches the Sharpsburg Stixx select team’s 8-year-old division, has been around baseball his whole life and is now passing down his love for the sport to his two young sons. “I played baseball starting at the age of 4 and played through college,” says Horner, who grew up in Gwinnett County, where he played baseball at Berkmar High School. After high school, he played as a pitcher and catcher at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga. Horner has been a coach for Sharpsburg Youth Baseball for five years. Previously, he coached for Newnan Youth Athletic Association (NYAA) for a year. When not out on the diamond, he works full time as an account representative for a roofing distribution company in Atlanta. “Baseball is such an important team game,” says Horner. “Everyone is dependent on 62 |

TOP Sharpsburg Stixx player Will Schornhost catches for his team. ABOVE LEFT Jaesang Hwang gets ready to swing. ABOVE RIGHT Will Schornhost pitches, too. Photos courtesy of Sharpsburg Stixx




their teammates.” For many families, baseball provides an opportunity for children to not only play a competitive sport but also learn teambuilding and work ethic skills that can be applied to life. The Sharpsburg Stixx coach says his sons, Caiden, 9, and Alec, 8, learn about hard work and perseverance through baseball. “It’s taught them the importance of teamwork and not giving up,” says Horner. “We’re really heavy on 100 percent effort and we instill sportsmanship.” Sharpsburg Youth Baseball is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization operated by volunteers supporting programs for competitive and non-competitive play for boys and girls between age 3 and 18. Games are played at Andrew Bailey Park in Sharpsburg. The organization offers both recreation and select programs. The select program provides a chance for advanced recreation players to play travel baseball. There are 800 players in the various divisions, according to Clay Smith, president of the league’s executive board. Players in the select program pay a $350 fee that goes mostly toward tournament costs. Each season includes about five tournaments. Jim Brantley, who coaches 13-year-olds, explains what the Sharpsburg Stixx coaches hope to teach their players. “The main thing we try to do is instill a sense of ownership and responsibility in anything they do in life,” he says. “The league is family-focused,” adds Smith. “The environment we strive for is to build a sense of community with baseball as the central component.” The organization’s spring season is already in session. Registration for the fall season typically gets underway in early August. For more information, call 470-468-3261 or visit NCM

There are plenty of outlets that offer baseball programs for boys and girls throughout Coweta County. Here are a few:

The Sharpsburg Stixx 12-year-old division finished as finalists in the USSSA tournament last fall in Carrollton. Celebrating with smiles and finalist rings are, from left, front: Jaesang Hwang, Ross Loving, Nathan Dingler, Nathan Merritt, Jack Olvey and Gavin Limbaugh. Middle: Garrett Orr, Bradley Smith, Dominic Ottone and Ben Kelley. Back: Coach Jason Olvey, Coach Phillip Dingler, Manager Scott Kelley and Coach Jason Merritt.

Members of Sharpsburg’s 11U Stixx Team celebrate a win at a USSSA tournament in LaGrange last fall, from left, front: Connor Golterman, Joseph Clark, Luke Thompson, Tyler Strickland and Will Schornhorst. Back: Hunter Newton, Noah Byrd, Bryson Takvorian, Chance Izzo, Parker Stevens and AJ Ottone.

Coweta County Recreation Department: Children and youth from the area have the opportunity to become part of a baseball team through the Coweta County Recreation Department and volunteer nonprofit associations who utilize county fields and facilities. The Rec Department offers a T-Ball program for children between ages 3 and 5 at the Hunter Complex in Newnan. Parents can learn more about the program by contacting Lance Dennis, program coordinator, at or 770- 254-3750. Newnan Youth Athletic Association: The NYAA youth baseball league is a 501(c)(3) organization operated by volunteers maintaining divisions for competitive and noncompetitive play for youth ages 3-14 who live in Coweta and surrounding counties. Games are played at 24 Evans Drive in Newnan. Visit for details. Senoia Area Athletic Association: The Senoia Area Athletic Association is a nonprofit organization and a U.S. Specialty Associated League for baseball that promotes recreational opportunities for children and adults. The association has recreation and select/competitive teams as well as a designated recreation team for Coweta Charter Academy students. Games are played at Leroy Johnson Park in Senoia and other locations in Newnan, Tyrone and Grantville. For more, visit West Coweta Little League: The West Coweta Little League is part of Georgia’s District 4 Little League. For more information, call 770-254-3759 or visit

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From Trash to Treasure Written and Photographed by SUSAN MAYER DAVIS

“Everything old is new again.” Author Stephen King wrote it in “The Colorado Kid” and the Barenaked Ladies sing it in a song by that title. But one of the easiest ways to experience this truism for yourself is to discover the art of transforming discarded items into something new. Yard sale flipper extraordinaire, Lara Spencer, says in her book, “Flea Market Fabulous,” that flea markets “are filled with magical and mysterious objects that are just screaming to be brought into our homes to create rooms that make us happy.” The idea of dumpster-diving for items with potential, picking up curbside refuse, or recycling random garage sale castoffs is all the rage for those with a discerning eye and vivid imagination. The motivations vary from frugality to necessity to making money to simply having fun creating something new from something old. Valerie Dumas, owner of Gillyweed, has a flair for crafting unique creations that bring joy to people who see them. Featuring whimsical faces, her wall art pieces are made from discarded baking pans, pot lids and random industrial items she collects from a variety of places. The small art studio behind her house holds all the elements she needs to make them, and her home displays many of her charming characters. Dumas laughs when asked why she makes silly faces out of odds and ends. “They make me smile,” she says, explaining that when she’s having a bad day or feeling out of sorts, she can look at one of her creations and her perspective is reset. “I wish I could say I was doing this to save the legacy of these old objects, or that I do it to make tons of money, but that’s just not the case,” says Dumas. “Sometimes we create something just because our souls need to create. It’s inherent in most of us, I think, to somehow mark our own presence in this world by leaving behind something that marks our journey.” Dumas’ artistic nature is evident inside her eclectic store, which recently moved to its new location at 21 West Court Square. Her inventory of unique products, original artwork and displays throughout the store reflect her love of the old and promise of the new. Newnan residents Nick and Bracey Wood also transform vintage items into treasures useful and beautiful. The couple share 64 |

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a love for crafting and a knack for repurposing old items with a motivation that is twofold: giving new life to vintage items because they enjoy using them to decorate homes—and to make a little side money. Bracey’s father, local artist Martin Pate, took her to yard sales when she was young. The father and daughter first made lamps together from some of their finds, like old gas cans. Next, they crafted coffee tables from reclaimed wood. “We love to attend estate sales and we had to find something to do with all our stuff,” says Bracey, whose specialty is creating jewelry she routinely sells at Market Days and Art Walks in Newnan. Nick’s talent is making bars and display cases from old console televisions and putting bluetooth technology into 1950s or ’60s radios. One of his bars decorated the window at Ace Beer Growlers and later sold for several hundred dollars. When not working on old Philcos, Zeniths or RCA Victor sets, Nick sells airplane repair parts in Peachtree City. “My dad and I love working on old cars and planes and collecting related memorabilia such as old oil cans,” says Nick. “I just put a little of all that together to make TV bars, lamps and radios.” The Woods sell their artwork on Facebook and at the Country Pasture Sale, a pop-up marketplace held twice a year on Jim Starr Road in Newnan; the next pasture sale is set for March 23-24. To shop year-round for antiques destined to become art, visit Franklin Road Flea Market, open Friday-Sunday at 54 Franklin Highway in Newnan. Whether you scour flea markets for pans and lids and electrical parts to make happy faces, or pick up a rumpled chair your neighbor tossed to the curb, paint it purple and decorate it with feathers— Congratulations! You are part of a growing wave of crafters giving vintage items new life. NCM


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Emily Stacy bought Rosemary in 1866 from Columbus Redwine, who put the garden in place at the downtown residence.


osemary’s story is about a house that kept moving and a garden that – for almost a century and a half – was a beauty spot in downtown Newnan. Rosemary was not a person but a place on Jefferson Street. Newnan’s oldest standing dwelling was built there in 1828. After having been moved twice, that house has been the home of Chris and Jodie Hobbs, of Newnan, for more than 20 years. The original house at Rosemary was built by Joel Wingfield Terrell, one of Coweta County’s first doctors. Terrell also served as city treasurer and state representative, and he was the contractor when the Atlanta and West Point Railroad line was built from Atlanta to Newnan. (Although definitive proof could not be found, it appears that Joel Terrell was a distant cousin of James Wingfield Golucke, who came to Newnan in the early 1900s to build the iconic Coweta County Courthouse.) Terrell eventually sold Rosemary to Andrew J. Berry, who founded one of Newnan’s first banks, and Berry sold the house to Columbus L. Redwine in 1858. Redwine, from a large pioneer family, had married Sarah Glenn on New Year’s Day 1856. The newlyweds set about transforming Rosemary, adding a second story to the cottage. They also contracted with Berckmans, an Augusta firm, to design an elegant garden in front of the home. The Augusta firm was started by Louis Mathieu Edouard Berckmans, a Belgian-born medical doctor with a deep interest in horticulture. He immigrated to the United States in 1851 and started a nursery with his son, Prosper, in Plainfield, N.J., where they planted pear trees and experimented with other fruit trees. Six years later, the family and their nursery business relocated to Augusta. Berckmans was relatively new in Augusta when the Redwines contacted them. The enchanting garden that Berckmans created for the young couple began as “the latest thing.” A new, innovative luxury for well-to-do Cowetans, the garden featured 66 |


antebellum boxwoods and other plantings. A few years later, Columbus Redwine and several of his brothers fought for the Confederacy. In 1866, Columbus sold the Rosemary property to Emily Jones Kendrick, widow of a Confederate officer. Mrs. Kendrick was at one point brought before the U.S. military post during Reconstruction when she refused to pass beneath the American flag. She has been described in Times-Herald articles as “Newnan’s Scarlett,” comparing her fiery spunk to that of Margaret Mitchell’s heroine in “Gone With the Wind.” The year after she purchased her home, Mrs. Kendrick married James Stacy, a widower who was her pastor at Newnan Presbyterian Church. They continued to live in the house until their deaths – hers in 1909 and his in 1912. Dr. J. Littleton Jones bought the home next. When he decided

A section of wrought iron fence is all that remains at the original location of Rosemary house where one of the area's most glamorous gardens was installed prior to the Civil War. Photo by Beth Neely




to build the brick mansion, which today serves as headquarters of Pathways, Newnan’s oldest house was moved to Madison Street. That’s where the charming home stood in the late 1970s, but by then, a fire had destroyed the Redwine’s second floor, and the house was again the original cottage it had been in Terrell’s time. Arnold Wright, son of a congressman from Newnan, eventually bought the house and moved it to LaGrange Street. The home’s current residents have lived in Newnan’s oldest home long enough that a Christmas ornament – designed by Jodie Hobbs in 1994 and featuring a picture of the home – is now a collector’s item. As for Berckmans in Augusta, the nursery property has for decades been the Augusta National Golf Club, best known as the home of the Masters Tournament. Descendants of the founders helped design the golf course in 1931, and the family home, Fruitland Manor, was transformed into the Augusta National Clubhouse. In 2012, Berckmans Place was added to the Augusta National property. A 2016 article in the Los Angeles Times described it as an exclusive haven for “Augusta National members, tournament sponsors and other ‘friends of the club.’” So, the Berckmans name lives on as a new, exciting part of something rich with history and tradition. The Newnan garden Berckmans designed is no more. Though a wrought iron fence and bit of landscaping remains in front of the Pathways building, a Georgia Department of Transportation road project led to the destruction of the garden about 15 years ago. NCM







Coweta to Me


Coweta County is my community. I have found everything that I ever wanted and needed here.

Sharing sweet Coweta memories Written by ELIZABETH BEERS

I have roots. I am a fourth generation Cowetan. The Treaty of Indian Springs was signed in 1825. That territory contained land that was divided into five counties, Coweta being one. A land lottery was held in 1827, and several of the original families are still here and still prize that land grant. My great-grandfather, William Smeadley Allen, and grandmother, Katherine Strain Allen, came from North Carolina in the mid-1830s and purchased land on what became known as Wager’s Mill Road. Many others came along at the same time and were good neighbors. Mr. Wager had a grist mill on Wahoo Creek. One of the pleasures of a country childhood was going with Daddy

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with a wagon load of corn to be ground into meal. We enjoyed eating some of the warm meal as it came down the trough. Another memory is going to “sit until bedtime” with neighbors. Daddy carried a lantern as he, Mama, my sister and I, along with Daddy’s dogs, went to the Murphey’s, who would anticipate our coming and parch a pan of peanuts for us to enjoy. We have a family cemetery on our property. The oldest grave is that of Katherine Strain Allen, who died in 1875. The latest is a cousin, Lizzie Belle Shell, who died in 2006. There was a county school at Sargent, which I attended the first through ninth grades. The teachers were all family friends and encouraged us to do the best we could. There was a manual Remington typewriter there with covered keys that the principal, H.B. Coleman, let me use to learn how to type, which helped in my later studies. I transferred to Newnan High School for my 10th and 11th grades and graduated in 1944. My commercial arts teacher continued on page 70


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Whether you’ve lived here all your life or only a year, we want to hear your personal Coweta story. Did you and your husband fall in love here? Did you move here in your senior year of high school and make lifelong friends? Did you pick guitar with your grandpa and grow up to be a musician? Whatever your own Coweta County story is, we’d like you to share it with readers of Newnan-Coweta Magazine. Keep your word count at 500-600 words, please. Email your “Coweta to Me” story to magazine@ and we’ll publish the best. We look forward to hearing from you.


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encouraged me to take the Georgia Merit System exam for stenographer, which led to my first job at the Georgia State Employment Office in Newnan. Dr. C.C. Elliott was a general practitioner and also the company doctor for Arnall Mill at Sargent. He and his wife were friends of my family. He delivered me on Sunday, Aug. 28, 1927, at home. There was another country doctor, W.H. Tanner at Roscoe, and it has been said that the two of them delivered many babies in rural areas. There were many doctors in Newnan, all from old Coweta/Newnan families. There were many peach orchards in the county in the 1940s and 1950s, and my first job was ringing up peaches to sell at Mrs. Becky Glover’s on the Carrollton Highway. In the country where we lived, there were several churches that held services once a month. We enjoyed worshipping with them. Now, I am a member of Central Baptist Church in Newnan where I am able to contribute to various activities and programs. One of the strengths of Coweta County is its law enforcement personnel. Sheriff Lamar Potts served for more than 30 years and probably is best known for his part in solving the crime later chronicled in “Murder in Coweta County.” Newnan is now ably represented by Chief of Police Douglas “Buster” Meadows and his department and Coweta County, by Sheriff Mike Yeager and his department. I have been privileged to have had many opportunities for involvement and encouragement in activities as a citizen in my Coweta County. NCM

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Non-Profit Spotlight

Abby Bacho, a light that continues to shine



Abby Bacho, daughter of Newnan residents Stephen and Natalie Bacho, was excited about the coming of Christmas in 2012 — really excited. A fourth-grader at Newnan Crossing Elementary School, she exuded joy every day, but especially that holiday season.

On the last day of school before Christmas break, the 9-year-old learned that her teacher was planning to participate in a color run, one of those fun and funky 5Ks where runners are doused with color powder that leaves them looking like a tie-dye doll. The thought mesmerized Abby, and her family decided to do the run together. It was not to be. Two days later, on December 22, Abby’s family was involved in a severe auto accident caused by a distracted teen driver. Abby and her father sustained critical injuries. Stephen eventually recovered, but Abby died on Christmas day. On that holiday of giving, true to her generous — Monique Haskins, friend of the Bacho family nature and loving spirit, Abigail Gracen Bacho gave the gift of life via organ donation. Eight months later, in August 2013, the Bacho family established Abby’s Angels Foundation to honor their daughter in service to others. The 501(c)(3) all-volunteer,

“Abby had a powerful energy and bright smile that matched her bright blue eyes.”

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Peek into a charming yet functional Abby’s Closet, complete with zebra print curtains, Abby’s favorite.

nonprofit organization is based in

bright smile that matched her bright

give life through organ donation,


blue eyes.”

supporting grief outreach programs

“Abby’s life was too full to let it end,”

The foundation was also a way

for children in South Metro Atlanta

says her mother. “She loved life and

for the family to give back and to

who have suffered the loss of a sibling,

put off this light.”

express thanks for “support from

informing drivers of all ages about

the community, even folks we didn’t

the hazards of distracted driving, and

know,” following the accident, says

stocking supplies for each Abby’s

Natalie Bacho.

Closet in Coweta schools.

Those who knew the blonde-haired, blue-eyed beauty agree. “Anyone who encountered Abby needed to be ready to laugh,” says

On Saturday, April 21, the fifth

Inspired by Abby’s love of school

Monique Haskins, foundation board

annual Abby’s Angels Foundation

supplies and her desire to become

member and friend of the Bacho

5K Rainbow Run & Family Fun Day

a teacher, the foundation has

family. “If you were having a rough day,

takes place. Race proceeds fund

established an Abby’s Closet in several

you could count on walking away from

the work of the foundation which

Coweta schools. The closets stock

her with a huge smile on your face. She

primarily serves the local community

necessary school supplies—and some

definitely had a powerful energy and

by supporting families whose children

fun stuff, too—for students whose

At a glance... What:

Abby’s Angels Foundation 2018 5K Rainbow Run & Family Fun Day

When: Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m., rain or shine Where: Coweta County Fairgrounds, 275 Pine Road, Newnan Why:

To fund the work of the foundation

How to register: Visit or What’s a Rainbow Run? Participants pass through several color stations where they are doused with non-toxic and eco-friendly colorful powder. Wearing the official race T-shirt or a plain white tee is encouraged to best show off the resulting race rainbow. 72 |

Abby’s Closets sometimes include a reading corner.

Photos courtesy of Abby's Angels Foundation

families cannot provide the basics to begin the school year. Abby’s Closet serves all grade levels, including middle and high school where specific needs include scientific calculators. Abby’s Closets have expanded beyond Coweta to Carroll and Heard County schools and are also in West Virginia, home state of the Bacho family. New to the Rainbow Run this year is the display of a sample Abby’s Closet, and Abby’s Angels Foundation volunteers will accept donations of school supplies to stock the closets. To prepare for the run, schools with Abby’s Closets participated in Kindness Week in February by writing pledges—on paper links in rainbow colors—expressing either a kind gesture they made or plan to make toward another student. The paper link pledges are displayed at schools until race time and hung along the fence line at the Rainbow Run. “It is very impactful to know that when you see that long paper chain, it represents kindness that

was displayed by the students in our schools,” says Haskins. “Kind is a word that describes Abby well, which is why that paper chain is so meaningful.” Hosting the run in April is no coincidence. “One of the reasons we hold the run in April is because it’s National Donate Life Month,” says Bacho. Donate Life UGA will be at the run, spreading the message of organ donation awareness and signing up new donors on site. After the race, the Family Fun Day, free to all, features music and a magician, a distracted driving simulator (in partnership with Grady Hospital), food, inflatables and a raffle. Hot pink and zebra print were Abby Bacho’s favorite “colors.” Zebra print might be a challenge, but hot pink is one of the many colors participants will experience during the Rainbow Run, a celebration of Abby’s colorful life. The little girl who loved to smile, laugh and bring people together will continue to do so on April 21 at the event named in her honor. NCM


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Peter & the Starcatcher

Newnan Theatre Company | $10 Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. A play by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker, “Peter & the Starcatcher” is based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Dale Lyles directs this production that, while not a children’s play, is suitable for the whole family. It tells the tale of how Peter Pan came to be, a story that’s literate, silly, heart-warming and, eventually, heartbreaking. For more, visit

12th Annual ShamRock Run


Historic Courthouse Square, Newnan 8 a.m. Newnan Junior Service League hosts this annual USATF-certified run. Competitive runners race the 10K course, while the entire family will enjoy the 5K and Leprechaun Dash. Walking the course is fine, and dogs and strollers are welcome for the 5K and Dash. This year’s charity run benefits Coweta CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), a group of volunteers appointed by the Coweta County Juvenile Court to advocate for children in foster care. For more, visit


Coweta County 4-H Horse & Pony Club Spring Fun Show

Coweta County Fairgrounds 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. Pull on your boots and mosey over to the fairgrounds for the annual Horse & Pony show. Participants in junior, senior and adult divisions win trophies for first place and ribbons for placing first through sixth. For more, visit Coweta-County-4-H-Horse-Pony-Club.

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Liverpool Legends, The Complete Beatles Experience

The Nixon Centre | 7 p.m. Four incredibly talented musician/actors bring the legendary band to life. Liverpool Legends is the only Beatles tribute band to perform Beatles songs on a Grammy-nominated album. For more, visit

Spring Art Walk


Historic Downtown Newnan 5 – 9 p.m. During the Art Walk, businesses extend their hours to host store-front exhibits and demonstrations curated by a variety of artists. Complimentary tastings and hors d’oeuvres are offered by some local businesses, and some merchants host specials and giveaways.


Gypsy Junkers Country Pasture Sale

475 Jim Starr Road, Newnan 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. A pop-up vintage marketplace, the sale features vendors with all kinds of antiques, décor from retro to rustic, original artwork, locally grown vegetables and plants, home baked goods and loads of other food items. For more, visit events/384685071956980.

Senoia Optimist Club Pancake Breakfast

Senoia Senior Center | 7 a.m. Fill up on pancakes and feel good about it because proceeds support Senoia Athletic Youth. For more, visit



Cotton Pickin’ Fair

Newnan Kennel Club Annual Club Match

Coweta County Fairgrounds 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This AKC event provides an important learning process for dogs, exhibitors, handlers, judges and members of the Newnan Kennel Club. For more, visit

May 5 & 6, 2018 October 6 & 7, 2018 Gay, Georgia


Market Day

Historic Courthouse Square, Newnan 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Local arts, crafts, and food vendors set up for business the first Saturday of every month. Also, Pickin’ on the Square, a gathering of acoustic players, sets up at the historic Coweta County Courthouse steps with bluegrass, gospel and many other well-loved selections.



Taste of Newnan

Historic Courthouse Square, Newnan 5 – 8 p.m. Taste of Newnan features local restaurants and caterers set up around the historic Coweta County Courthouse sharing samples of their menu items. Tickets are $1 each to exchange for a “taste.” Along with the food, the event features two stages with family-friendly musical entertainment and a special area for youngsters to enjoy activities.

Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers Spring Plant Sale


Coweta County Fairgrounds 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Plants raised by local master gardeners are for sale (see feature on page 19). Bring a box or a wagon and stock up on flowers, trees, tomato and pepper plants, herbs and more. Proceeds fund 4-H Camp scholarships, college scholarships, Backyard Association speakers, master gardener projects with Newnan/Coweta Boys & Girls Club and advanced training for master gardeners. For more, visit CowetaCountyMasterGardenerExtensionVolunteers.

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Steel Magnolias

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A Christmas Carol

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

42 Book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa Based on Characters Created by Charles Addams

ANGRY MEN By Reginald Rose

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Abby’s Angels Foundation Rainbow Run & Family Fun Day

Coweta County Fairgrounds 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The fifth annual Rainbow Run funds work of the Abby’s Angels Foundation (see feature on page 71). Rainbow Run participants are doused with a rainbow of colors, and Family Fun Day activities include music and magic, a distracted driving simulator, food, inflatables and a raffle. Donate Life UGA will be on hand to sign up new organ donors. For more, visit

Great American Cleanup

Newnan City Hall | 8 a.m – 12 noon Keep Newnan Beautiful hosts its biggest event of the year with participants of all ages collecting trash throughout the city. See our feature on page 57. For more, visit



Classic Nashville Roadshow

The Nixon Centre | 7 p.m. Katie Deal and the Classic Nashville Roadshow perform some of the most unforgettable songs in country music history, including classics made famous by Dolly, Hank, Patsy, George, Tammy, Merle and many more. For more, visit

Taste of Senoia

Historic Downtown Senoia | 1 p.m. The various restaurants of Senoia will have goodies for tasting. Entertainment will include Lisa Kelly and the Irish Dancers. Proceeds support various projects of the Senoia Optimist Club, including scholarships and donations to organizations that support community youth. For more, visit SenoiaOptimistClub. 76 |



American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Coweta County Fairgrounds | 6 p.m. The Coweta Chapter of the American Cancer Society hosts the Relay for Life, with an opening ceremony, survivor/caregiver walk, luminaria ceremony and closing ceremony—all aimed at celebrating cancer survivors and raising funds to help continue the fight for a world free from cancer. For more, visit


The 6th Annual RACE for the Orphans 5K


Coweta County Fairgrounds | 7:30 a.m. Proceeds support local families in the process of adoption. The Tot Trot begins at 8:15 a.m. followed by a 1-Mile Fun Run at 8:30. Starting at 9 a.m., the 5K course is USATF-certified and a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Race day registration and packet pickup begin at 7:30 a.m. at the Fairgrounds. For more, visit


Market Day

Historic Courthouse Square, Newnan 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hosted by Main Street Newnan, the market showcases handmade, homemade and homegrown products created by local artisans, artists and farmers with 50 booths offering locally-grown produce, honey, jelly, salsa, baked goods, pottery, art, hand-woven baskets, leather products, handcrafted furniture and more. For more, visit

Hats and Hooves Derby Affair


McRitchie-Hollis Museum, Newnan 5 – 10 p.m. | $75 The Hats and Hooves Derby Affair offers food, beverages and live music with the Kentucky Derby shown on big-screen TVs throughout the gathering. The event raises money for Communities in Schools of Coweta County and includes live and silent auctions. For more, visit

In Memoriam:

Rob Estes Rob Estes’ picture should be in the dictionary next to the definition of “hero.” Rob’s death in December created a ripple of sadness throughout Coweta County because of the many lives he had touched, especially in the final four years of his life. In my mind, Rob was a real man and the picture of what a Christian should be. The young landscaping entrepreneur was known here for some of the most beautiful greenery around town, including plantings at many of the county’s prominent businesses and the NewnanCoweta Historical Society’s McRitchie-Hollis Museum. When he was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor, Rob didn’t turn inward, feel sorry for himself or decide to spend the time he had left in frivolity. Instead, he and his wife Christi created Can’t Never Could. Can’t Never Could took its name from a saying Rob’s mother, Martha Ann, often used when he was growing up. The name also was a nod to Rob’s favorite verse of scripture, Philippians 4:13, which reads, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Can’t Never Could is a foundation that is, has been, and continues to offer help to people facing life crises. The future looks bright for Can’t Never Could, as Rob Estes’ legacy of caring multiplies. Soon after his diagnosis with glioblastoma, Rob said, “I don’t want to be remembered for all the landscaping work I’ve done. I want to be remembered because I shared the love of Christ with everybody I met.” By the way he lived, Rob has made his wish come true. – Winston Skinner

TOP LEFT Rob and his wife, Christi, with their children, Robert and Sara Ashley. TOP RIGHT Rob hunting. LOWER RIGHT Rob and Christi with Mr. and Mrs. Yemanuil Gluschak, who were helped by Can't Never Could after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. LOWER LEFT Rob with Chris Collins. Photos courtesy of Rob Estes' family and friends

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 92.5 The Bear................................................... 67 Abby's Angels................................................... 73 Ag-Pro................................................................... 5 AllSpine Laser & Surgery Center.................. 9 Arnall Grocery Company...............................48 Atlanta Gastroenterology...............................15 Atlanta Market Furniture and Accessories.................................................... 41 Berkshire Hathaway.......................................84 The Boyd Gallery.............................................20 Brewton-Parker College................................ 47 Cancer Treatment Centers of America........................................................ 3 Carriage House................................................. 41 Charlie's Towing................................................ 41 Charter Bank.....................................................43 Christian Brothers Automotive....................39 Christian City.......................................................11 Cotton Pickin' Fair........................................... 75 Coweta Cities & County Employees Federal Credit Union..................................70 Coweta Cattlemen's Association................49 Coweta Equipment Rental, Inc.....................31 Coweta-Fayette EMC.....................................83 Cresswind Peachtree City.............................. 8 Digestive Healthcare of Georgia, P.C.........13 Discovery Point................................................53 Fine Lines Art & Framing............................... 73 Georgia Farm Bureau.....................................49 Historic Banning Mills.....................................40 Insignia Living of Georgia..............................15 Jack Peek's Sales............................................23 Kemp's Dalton West Flooring.......................22 Lee-King Pharmacy.........................................69 Lillian Gardens...................................................21 Main Street Newnan....................................... 79 McGuire's Buildings........................................ 37 The Newnan Centre........................................18 Newnan First United Methodist Church.............................................................. 17 Newnan Theatre Company.......................... 75 North Georgia Turf...........................................81 NuLink....................................................................7 NuWay Realty....................................................12 Pontoni Hair Design & Skin Care.................31 The Print Shop Gallery...................................55 Real Talk on the Square.................................80 Schultz Family Dental......................................31 Sewell Marine...................................................49 Southern Crescent Women's Healthcare......................................................16 Southern Roots................................................53 SouthTowne........................................................ 2 Stephanie Fagerstrom State Farm.............53 StoneBridge Early Learning Center............31 Sweetland Amphitheatre................................ 4 Tommy Allen Real Estate / Jessica Rowell...............................................61 Treasures Old & New.....................................65 United Bank........................................................81 University of West Georgia..........................70 Wesley Woods of Newnan.............................18 West Georgia Technical College.................. 6 Yellowstone Landscape................................53

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