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23 | Sharpsburg turns 150 The small Southern town celebrates its sesquicentennial in December. By Jennifer Dziedzic

38 | Cookies with Santa Newnan-Coweta Magazine holds its fourth annual Bake Your Best Christmas Cookie Contest. By Jackie Kennedy

52 | Hail the Return of the Christmas Parade Canceled in 2020, the beloved Newnan Christmas Parade is set to march and roll through town in December. By Emily Kimbell

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34 58 | War Veteran Recalls Military Career Ellis Lowery, of Sharpsburg, fought global terror in Iraq and Afghanistan. By Jeffrey Ward

68 | One to Watch City of Newnan's Page Beckwith is One to Watch in 2021 and beyond. By Robin Stewart

72 | Southern Christmas Dinner Enjoy a new twist on what may become your traditional Christmas dinner. By Gail McGlothin

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y daddy was 86 and had lived a full life when he died in late November seven years ago. More than anyone I’ve ever known, he exuded a spirit of gratitude, so it seemed fitting he left at Thanksgiving. With the anniversary of his death and the holiday forever linked, remembering him, especially in November, is my reminder to be grateful and give thanks. Daddy sure did. He led a good life. Born dirt poor, he grew up working on the farm and continued to work hard even 20 years after retirement age. As a cattleman and hay producer, he was also a master mechanic, carpenter and businessman skilled in veterinary care. He ran a tractor dealership for most of 40 years where he earned a good living and a good reputation. For all his blessings, he credited the same source. Whether thankful for rain on a dry day or a good ham biscuit, he’d say, “God is good.” At mealtime, Daddy’s prayer almost always included this expression of gratitude: “Thank you for the food on the table and the hands that prepared it.” In this season of Thanksgiving, we are grateful for Newnan-Coweta Magazine – and the hands that prepare it. We give thanks for the freelancers and staff members who write, photograph, edit, design and proof the pages; the community members who compete in our contests and submit photos, poems and book reviews; the advertisers and sponsors whose support enables us to publish NCM; and the readers, whose devotion keeps us motivated. In this Holiday Issue, we celebrate Sharpsburg’s sesquicentennial, see page 23, and the return of the Newnan Christmas Parade, see page 52. We share winning recipes from our fourth annual Bake Your Best Christmas Cookie Contest, see page 38, and we wrap up our Ones to Watch in 2021 features with a shoutout to Keep Newnan Beautiful’s Page Beckwith, see page 68. With gratitude, we salute local veterans, see page 62, and we profile war veteran Ellis Lowery, see page 58. Here’s hoping your holiday season is one of thanksgiving.

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Our Contributors The Rev. April McGlothin-Eller is the director of Church and Community Engagement at Wellroot Family Services, a ministry of the United Methodist Church. In her free time, she fancies herself a musician, artist and photographer.

Chuck and Barbara Cleveland of Newnan have been happily married for 44 years and enjoy travel, especially to Italy. Barbara is a retired social worker/counselor who likes photography. Chuck has contributed articles to local publications, including NCM and The Newnan Times-Herald.

Caroline Nicholson studies French at the University of West Georgia. Since she was a young girl, she has loved disappearing behind a book and falling into fictional worlds. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in English to become a college English and creative writing professor. In time, she hopes to publish her own young adult novel.

Sara Moore’s warm and welcoming nature influences her photography by putting her subjects at ease. She enjoys living the quiet country life while residing in Newnan with her husband, horses, dogs, chickens and ducks.

Payton Thompson is the mother of a baby boy who keeps her busy 24/7. She loves her family and her job as receptionist at The Newnan Times-Herald and, when she’s not occupied with all of these, she enjoys crafting.

Gail McGlothin is a nonprofit consultant and grant writer. When she's not searching for starfish on the Oregon coast, kayaking, reading or playing board games with her grandchildren, Gail helps voters get government-issued picture IDs.

Jennifer Dziedzic lives in Newnan with her amazingly artistic daughter. The two love creating stories together, with Jennifer writing and her daughter illustrating. Jennifer loves being a freelance writer, uses a pen name sometimes, and enjoys digging crystals to make jewelry in her free time.

Jill Whitley is a former courtappointed child advocate for Coweta CASA and has navigated widowhood, single parenting and blending a family. She lives in Coweta County with her incredibly patient husband and two kindhearted, hilarious children.

Emily Kimbell is executive director of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. An active member of her community, she enjoys exploring the city’s historic cemetery and acting in local theatre productions.

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Jeffrey Ward is a native San Franciscan, Vietnam vet and University of Washington communications grad with a 50-year career in aviation. He’s been married 47 years, has two adult children and six grandchildren, and is a foodie and Facebook junkie.


Robin Stewart volunteers with the Newnan-Coweta Humane Society and, along with her artist husband, is active in the local arts scene. She loves all animals, is addicted to costume jewelry, and the part of her brain that used to know math is now occupied by useless facts for team trivia purposes.


At, in regards to NCM's July-August 2021 "Red Chair" cover and tornado coverage: Local and non-local volunteers, local and nonlocal churches, are still in there getting it done. Debris cleanup, chainsaw work, all of the time and labor, personal tools and equipment these guys and gals provide are admirable. And what about Tractor Mike bringing his John Deere with the grapple every Saturday?! These crews got heart and love the community so much they are giving up their Saturdays and still cleaning up Newnan and Coweta County from the tornado. Thank you all who have and are still helping the homeowners get through this. WE ARE NEWNAN STRONG!!

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cCall: Lost Images of a Design Tradition” is replete with stunning color photography and equally stunning reminisces by the author, John Clark McCall Jr., an interior designer with important ties to Newnan. The author’s uncle, celebrated Moultrie architect William Frank McCall Jr., designed several residences in Newnan. All feature the inspired classicism with understanding of proportion and detailing that earned McCall the highest award attainable from the American Institute of Architects when he was named a Fellow in 1984. Frank McCall’s tributes included the Georgia Governor’s Award for the Arts as well as recognition from Classical America. He died in 1991. While there are two books by Robert R. Mitchell on Frank McCall, in this book, his author-nephew shares photographs and family stories that offer a capstone of information on his celebrated uncle. John McCall also includes the work of his 40-plus years in design, which have been recognized with awards from the American Society of Interior Designers. It was Frank McCall who first inspired the author to pursue the interior design field. The younger McCall also worked in education and campus planning

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at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Readers will find an engaging text that supports lavish pictorial documentation, from the marshes of Louisiana to Sea Island. Unlike many coffee table books, this one features compelling reading in addition to marvelous photography. Many photos were taken by Van Jones Martin, who recorded not only Frank McCall’s work but that of other famous Georgia classicists as well. “McCall: Lost Images of a Design Tradition” was published April 9, 2021 by; 202 pages.

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Founded in 1825, ABOVE Bridges & Cole general store was a mainstay in Sharpsburg for decades. RIGHT Downtown streets and shops bustle with business in 1970s Sharpsburg.

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the town of Sharpsburg was officially incorporated on December 13, 1871. This December, the small city in Coweta County celebrates its 150-year history in a big way with the Sharpsburg Sesquicentennial. The month-long observation is set to feature various events with local groups and businesses in cooperation with the NewnanCoweta Historical Society. The town of Sharpsburg was named for Judge Elias Sharp, one of the original town


commissioners. Cotton production was plentiful in mid-19th century Sharpsburg, and completion of the Savannah, Griffin and North Alabama Railroad in 1870 aided in moving agricultural products to markets. Halfway between Newnan and Senoia, early Sharpsburg had a bank, drugstore, cotton gins and other businesses that thrived in the community until the Great Depression hit America in 1929. Through the 1930s, people left the area in search of work, but the population gradually grew


again as more families moved in. Today, incorporated Sharpsburg is home to 354 residents; however, what Sharpsburg Mayor Blue Cole calls "metropolitan Sharpsburg" contains 22,000 residents. Cole says most citizens don’t necessarily know or understand where the municipal borders lie. He explains: “The municipal borders go from East Coweta High School over to Highways 16 and 54, roughly, so just that little bit is the actual town of Sharpsburg. The zip code of Sharpsburg, the greater Sharpsburg area, goes from Highway 29 and Interstate-85 all the way down to 16 and 54.”

Preserving History

For the Sesquicentennial celebration, historical exhibits will be on display at the community center at 105 Main Street. Visitors will see memorabilia that has been preserved over the years with some going back to the late 1800s. The items include those from founding families of the town as well as digital newspaper articles highlighting life in Sharpsburg through the decades. One item of

note is the Sharpsburg bank’s official early-1900s charter from the State of Georgia. Included in the display are a voting packet from the December 1978 election and other municipal documents.

A Mayor's Personal Ties

Mayor Cole, whose family lineage goes back to 1800s Sharpsburg, says: “Throughout the years, just like the Newnan Coles, the Cole family in Sharpsburg was active in the business and civic community. They founded the bank, and they had partial interest in the general store.” Of his family, Cole says they “did help install the first telephone line that ran from Newnan to Senoia.” A photo of that original phone line, which came through Sharpsburg, will be on display with the historical documents.

Sesquicentennial Events

Mayor Cole anticipates having both a Found Art Project, in conjunction with the NewnanCoweta Art Association, and an Art Walk consisting of Sharpsburg-centric art from Kay — Continued on page 28.

“Just like in yesteryear, we want to foster a sense of community. We want to have events. We want to have gatherings. We want a place to create memories.” — Sharpsburg Mayor Blue Cole NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 | 25


“We’re looking to find partners who are capable and willing to invest in the town with us as we try to make it a place for families and businesses to prosper.” — Sharpsburg Mayor Blue Cole

LEFT The mid-twentieth century is captured in time in this photo taken inside Bridges & Cole general store, the hub around which daily life in Sharpsburg revolved.


“One of the things that I’m super excited about and proud of is that everybody I've brought in is passionate . . . we love this little town.” — Sharpsburg Mayor Blue Cole

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Stanley, a local art teacher, and her students with art focused on the town and its history. The Found Art Project is being created by local artists using natural and discarded material like bricks, glass, bottles and metal from Sharpsburg. “The art can take nearly any form,” says Cole. “In fact, that’s part of the fun.” By taking items that would have otherwise been discarded, artists involved in the project will display their folk art works at the art show held during the Sesquicentennial celebration. RIGHT Whether Sharpsburg residents needed groceries, gas or cooking utensils, Bridges & Cole was a one-stop shop in 1978.

ABOVE A 1950s Sharpsburg Town Council meeting was held at a card table at Bridges & Cole general store.

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Looking Ahead Mayor Cole has high aspirations for the future of Sharpsburg. “We want the sense of community, as in the sense of civic pride that we’ve had in the past, but we want to give the modern touch,” he says. “We want to modernize some things around here. We started that in Town Hall and we’re hoping that the ripples can expand outward. We’re looking at developing and improving our infrastructure. We’re looking to find partners who are capable and willing to invest in the town with us as we try to make it a place for families and businesses to prosper.” Cole said work is ongoing to bring new classes and new topics to the Sharpsburg Community Center for all ages to utilize and benefit from. “Just like in yesteryear, we want to foster a sense of community,” he says. “We want to have events. We want to have gatherings. We want a place to create memories. We look back at the articles from the early



1900s, where you had brass bands and fireworks and trains coming by. We want to bring back that sense of community, and everything that we’re doing here in Town Hall is to position us to get there. Our job at Town Hall is to set our businesses and our residents up for success.” Future plans call for expanding and improving the local library, according to Cole. “We see the library becoming the focus and the driving force behind these community improvements,” he says. “We want the library to have a larger place in town, not a larger physical space but a larger presence in town, so that we can do a lot of the promotion and engage with the children.” Finally, Cole expresses appreciation for the City employees and Sharpsburg business community. “One of the things that I’m super excited about and proud of is that everybody I've brought in is passionate about the town,” the mayor concludes. “We love this little town.” NCM



Two Centuries in Sharpsburg A FAMILY LINEAGE: FROM HARDY TO ADAMSON, 1826-2021 Written by JENNIFER DZIEDZIC | Photographed by JACKIE KENNEDY


orn in 1944, Dean Adamson has had family in Sharpsburg, in the area of McIntosh Trail and Reese Road, since Coweta County was established in 1826.

ABOVE and OPPOSITE PAGE Dean Adamson describes how farm life used to be at his family's Sharpsburg homestead, constructed as a tworoom house in 1830s and one of Coweta County's oldest buildings.

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“That’s when they drew the land lottery and the settlers came in,” says Adamson. “They found one of my ancestors, Aquila Hardy, already living here.” Hardy, from Adamson’s grandmother’s lineage, was one of the first settlers in the area. “So I’ve been here since dirt was invented,” says Adamson. An old wood house that still stands on the family’s property was built in the 1830s. The family moved into a larger house on the corner of the property in 1880, according to Adamson, who says they planted cotton and worked the land using mules. “My great-great-granddaddy was a preacher,” says the descendant. “I guess the preaching and planting cotton made him enough money to build a big



house on the corner.” Adamson’s great-grandfather told stories to his grandchildren about how the family hid everything when they got word that the Union Army was on the move.

“The family went into the woods, buried everything they had that was of value, including all the hams and side meat they had cured, so the Army wouldn’t steal it,” says Adamson. “They were some tough old dogs.” After the Civil War, many of his family members moved away, leaving signs on their doors that read: “GTT.” At the time, that meant: “Gone To Texas.” Adamson’s family farmed at Sharpsburg through the Civil War, Great Depression, World Wars, and the devastating boll weevils. “They all were good farmers,” he says of the multiple generations on the land. “Some of ’em had real good mules. They were notorious mule handlers. They could make an old mule read and write.” According to Adamson, farming in the early 19th century was basically the only way to make a living in the area. “There wasn’t nothin’ to do but farm,” he says. “When I was growing up, there wasn’t nothin’ but cotton growing everywhere. That was all there was. It was the only game in town.” In 2021, Adamson wondered if he was the only Coweta County resident with a patch of cotton growing on his property. “I’ve got six rows planted over there in back of that old house,” he says with a laugh. “That might be the only cotton you’ll find within a hundred miles of here. I planted it because my dad and my granddad, they were cotton farmers, and I got two mules just because that was in my blood.” Crossed between a donkey and a horse, the mules that his family had when he was growing up handled their

share of the farm work. The mules at his place now, says Adamson: “These right here are just like me. They’re relics of the past.” The farmer figures it was sometime in the 1950s when his father purchased the family’s first tractor. “They still did most of their farming with the mules,” he says. “The last cotton that was planted here, to try to make a living with, was probably in the early ’60s.” After cotton production stopped, Adamson’s family began milking cows. “We milked about 150 cows twice a day, every day, almost all of my young working life,” he says, recalling that the family planted soybeans and corn and cut silage and hay. “A whole lot of people went into the dairy business. We owned Coweta Dairy, a local co-op right there in Newnan.” As a youngster, Adamson went swimming in the creek and played baseball. “My daddy was a big baseball fan,” says the younger Adamson. “He had all the little boys with him. He had a ’49 Ford. We’d put about ten or twelve kids in it and go all around, playing baseball.” His father was one of a few residents instrumental in getting the little league program started in Sharpsburg, according to Adamson. “Everyone had a ball team,” says the son. “Most all your little communities had a semi-pro baseball team NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 | 31


with grown people playing. That’s what you did on Sunday afternoon.” Another pastime for Adamson was riding horses. He’s ridden horses since he was big enough to get on one. “I played a lot of ball, but I wasn’t the best of the ball players, but I always have been a pretty good horseman,” he recollects. “That’s all I could think about on the way home on the school bus – catchin’ my horse and lightin’ out.” In those days, Adamson and his siblings rode horses everywhere and hunted rabbits and squirrels. Nobody complained, except for one time, he recalls: “One fella had a liquor still and told us not to tell anybody where his still was.” Adamson and his brothers took rabbit skins to the Bridges & Cole store in Sharpsburg and sold them for fifty cents apiece. Then, they would give the merchant his fifty cents back in exchange for Baby Ruth candy bars and RC colas. The Adamson family showed cattle through the local 4-H program and, after graduating high school,

Adamson worked as a camp counselor at Rock Eagle for three summers. After his family sold off the dairy in the 1990s, Adamson followed his calling. “All my life, I rode horses and mules, and liked to show horses,” he says. “I went to Texas to try to be a cowboy, got to Texas, and everybody out there was a little bit better cowboy than I was.” He eventually returned to Georgia and hauled pulpwood for a living until he sold his pulpwood truck in 2019. Ever since Coweta County was settled almost two centuries ago, Adamson’s family property has been farmed. “It’s never not been farmed since 1826,” he says with pride. Today, some of the land is rented to planters who raise row crops. Thinking back on what he loves most about Sharpsburg, Adamson says with a deep sigh: “Ah, my memories of it. My dad, he always said we are as much a part of the land as the rocks are. And that’s the truth.” NCM

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Schedule of Events DEC. 6

DEC. 10

Newnan-Coweta Historical Society officially opens a tactile timeline of Sharpsburg's history. The exhibit contains artifacts, photographs and archived newspaper material to illustrate the town's history.

10 a.m.: The Town of Sharpsburg government hosts a local reception where nearby communities can visit and learn about Sharpsburg’s education and community engagement initiatives.

Monday Memories

DEC. 7

Quiltin’ Tuesday 10 a.m.: The Sharpsburg Piecemakers hold a quilting demonstration and historic/ antique quilt and handicraft display downtown. Food and drink, including alcohol, will be available.

DEC. 8

Wednesday’s Art 10 a.m.: Kay Stanley, longtime Sharpsburg artist and art instructor, presents and displays her art and the art of her students. All the featured art celebrates Sharpsburg. 1 p.m.: Members of Newnan Coweta Art Association display and present artwork. 6 p.m.: All are invited to an Art Walk at the Community Center and Staley Park and Pavilion to enjoy art created by local artists. Food and drink, including alcohol, will be available.

Friday Night Lights

4 p.m.: Friday Night Lights: Join us for the East Coweta versus Newnan Pep Rally! Celebrate Coweta County’s favorite rivalry with a pep band, cheerleaders and your favorite East Coweta classmates from years gone by. (No alcohol.) 6 p.m.: East Coweta High School Alumni Association will gather.

DEC. 11

Market Saturday 10 a.m.: Join Team Hungry at the beloved Sharpsburg Market! Our Christmas themed gifts will be perfect last-minute purchases. Pickin' in the Park will feature live music. 6 p.m.: Enjoy an evening of dancing at the Old Town Dance Party, hosted by Rachel Ferguson’s Dance Connection.

DEC. 12

Solemn Sunday It's a day of reverence as Sharpsburg residents remember their heritage.

DEC. 9

Dancing Thursday Away

DEC. 13

6 p.m.: The public is invited to a rehearsal session for the Old Town Dance Party. Learn how to dance or practice your moves before the party on Dec. 11. Food and drink, including alcohol, will be available.

6 p.m.: Join the mayor, council and esteemed guests for food and refreshments prior to Sharpsburg’s Sesquicentennial Meeting. NCM

150th Monday

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Written by JENNIFER DZIEDZIC Photographed by SANDY HISER

Photo courtesy Team Hungry

n third Saturdays in Sharpsburg, members of Team Hungry can be found surrounded by food, crafts and happy locals at the Sharpsburg Market, a monthly farmers market they host. Market merchants offer up everything from foodstuffs to handcrafted items, including winsome birdhouses, wood art, jewelry, clothing, baby gifts, home decor and original paintings. Between visiting vendors, shoppers can relax under the large pavilion, which features plenty of seating for weary shoppers or those enjoying lunch. Jeff Flavin is co-founder of the nonprofit, non-denominational Team Hungry, a local organization for youth. “Our goal is to help every student become all that they were created to be,” he says. Part of reaching that goal is counting on the kids to help with planning the monthly market, strategic placement of vendors, and setting up and cleaning up after each market. ABOVE The Sharpsburg Market sets up on third Saturdays at 105 Main Street.

LEFT Team Hungry's teen members gather for an hour each Monday for Prayer on the Porch where they pray for each other and their community.


“Our goal is to expand to the next road over with an additional 13 vendors.” – Logan Stephens, Team Hungry volunteer

LEFT Team Hungry volunteer Christopher Mullins mans the nonprofit's table at the Sharpsburg Market, a monthly farmers market sponsored by Team Hungry.


ABOVE Janeca Hatcher, Everything on a STICK! proprietor and chef, greets customers with an infectious smile while grilling mouthwatering chicken kabobs.

RIGHT Regulars at the Sharpsburg Market, Joel Dunnington and Kay Tibbets sell creations Tibbets makes under her business name: Kay Marie Wreaths.

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“You ask any vendor there, and they’ll say this is one of the best places to go,” says Flavin, who describes Team Hungry’s purpose for the market like this: “It’s an effort to cultivate community in our local area. We dream of a place where students, parents, local businesses and people of all kinds can do life alongside one another in love and support.” The monthly market is held at 105 Main Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on each third Saturday from March through December. By working with visitors at the market, the teens create a sense of community for the kids, according to Flavin, who says Team Hungry’s short-term plans call for finding a coffee truck to bring out for markets. Long-term plans involve opening Ruby’s Coffeehouse in downtown Sharpsburg in the old 1880s post office,


ABOVE Pete Nye is the birdhouse guy at the Sharpsburg Market. Through Pete's Country Store, he's sold more than 60,000 of his handcrafted birdhouses.

according to Flavin, who says profits from the farmers markets go to the group’s coffee truck fund and developing the coffeehouse. “Everything we do is student-led and student-run,” says Flavin. “The whole reason behind the market is to develop community.” Team Hungry hopes to bring in food trucks in 2022. Flavin looks forward to having Team Hungry serve as part of the Sharpsburg Sesquicentennial celebration with activities ramping up in the weeks leading up to the 150th anniversary in December. NCM

Teething beads and paci clips are available from The Rooted Home Company.

WHAT: The Sharpsburg Market WHERE 105 Main Street, Sharpsburg WHEN: 3rd Saturday of the month, March-December, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tassels highlight this chandelier created by Humble Home + Co.


Cookies with

Santa Claus!


Best Christmas Cookie Contest Written and Photographed by JACKIE KENNEDY

Our Judges Well-suited for the task, this year’s cookie judges were Newnan restaurateurs and chefs who know a thing or two about baking.


Nathan Brain Owner, 714 Bistro

Marilyn Brown Manager, Goldens on the Square

Cile Smith Founder, Redneck Gourmet

anta himself visited on the day of our fourth annual Newnan-Coweta Magazine Bake Your Best Cookie Contest – and he came away from the table content and happy!

As we have in years past, NCM kicked off the holidays in September with guest judges invited to taste and rank cookies submitted by our readers. This year's grand prize winner was Carol Grizzard, whose delicious Fruitcake Cookies wowed the judges so much that, for the first time since our contest began in 2018, a traditional cookie beat out decorated cookies for the grand prize. Each year, we invite readers to submit cookies in one or each of two categories, Decorated and Traditional, and our judges vote for the first, second and third place winners in each category. Then, they choose the grand prize winning cookie from the two first place winners. Grizzard won first place in the Traditional Cookie category. Judges called her cookie “absolutely delicious” and deemed it pretty for the holidays as well with its red and green fruit pieces. Our grand prize and other winners received baskets filled with gift cards, candles, artwork, jewelry and other prizes donated from our gracious sponsors, who are listed on the opposite page. “I went through my basket and just loved it,” says Grizzard. Recipes for our winning cookies are featured on the following pages. 38 |


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Prize Winner 1st Place Traditional


Carol Grizzard

Fruitcake Cookies 1/2 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup shortening 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1 large egg, room temperature 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups old fashioned oats 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut 1/2 cup chopped dates 1/2 cup each candied red and green cherries and pineapple In a bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugars. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and oats; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in coconut, dates, cherries and pineapple. Shape into 1-inch balls, place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 325 degrees until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Cool on rack.

“I collect cookbooks and found this recipe in one and thought they were pretty and would taste good, and they did. They freeze well, too.”

From left, judges Marilyn Brown, Cile Smith and Nathan Brain agree Carol Grizzard's Fruitcake Cookies are tops!

Judges' Comments Nathan Brain: “This cookie has the perfect balance of ingredients with no single ingredient overpowering another. If I saw these in the grocery store and knew they were these cookies, I’d buy them every time. I’m not a fan of fruitcake, but these are great.” Marilyn Brown: “They are absolutely delicious. They are the bomb!” Cile Smith: “We could make these and sell them at Redneck!”

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First Place Traditional Cookie and Grand Prize Winner, Carol Grizzard.

“I went through my basket and just loved it.” – Carol Grizzard NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 | 41

1st Place Decorated


Karin Francis Christmas Sugar Cookies with Peppermint Royal Icing 1 cup unsalted butter, softened 2 cups confectioners’ sugar 1 large egg, room temperature 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon kosher salt Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper. In bowl of stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar 3 to 4 minutes, slowly increasing speed to medium, until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, beating until mixed.. In medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and salt. With mixer on low, slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until a dough forms. Scrape sides of bowl and knead dough 3 to 4 times to combine everything. Divide dough in half and cover one half. Place the other half on a floured surface and roll to ¼-inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes. Place cookies 1 inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake one batch at a time for about 7 to 8 minutes. Let cool on pan for 5 minutes. Remove cookies from pan and place on wire rack. Allow to cool.

“I found this recipe and decorating technique in an issue of 'Bake from Scratch' last year. I added the peppermint flavor to give it a little extra pizazz!” Judges’ Comments Nathan Brain: “This cookie makes me feel like Christmas.” Marilyn Brown: “This is a good cookie that’s not oversweet, and it’s very pretty.” Cile Smith: “It’s a good sugar cookie, and the icing is soft and good, too.”

Peppermint Royal Icing 2 pounds confectioners’ sugar 5 tablespoons meringue powder 3/4 cup warm water Couple of drops of peppermint oil In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat confectioners’ sugar and meringue powder at low speed until combined. Slowly add warm water and peppermint oil,

beating until fluid, about 1 minute. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat until stiff, 4 to 5 minutes. Icing can be stored in an airtight container for 3 days. Divide icing into bowls to add necessary colors for decorating. Add water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until border consistency is reached. Place some in a pastry bag with a small round tip.

Continue adding water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until flood consistency is reached. Place in large squeeze bottle. Using border icing, pipe an outline along edges of cookie. Using the flood icing, fill in the center. Using a wooden pick, remove air bubbles and make sure there are no gaps in the icing. Continue decorating as needed or desired. Let icing dry for 2 to 3 hours.

2nd Place Traditional


Hannah Kupfer

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies 1 cup cold salted butter, cut into pieces 1 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 cold large eggs 1 teaspoon peppermint extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup cake flour 1/2 cup Dutch Process cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup crushed peppermint 1 cup white melting chocolate

“I started with my Double Chocolate Chip recipe and tweaked it to create a cookie with a Christmasy vibe. I think the chocolate and the peppermint complement each other well and create a really good holiday cookie.” Judges’ Comments Nathan Brain: “I love the minty freshness of this cookie. I felt like I’d brushed my teeth after eating it. It reminds me of a peppermint patty.”

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together butter and both sugars for 2 to 3 minutes. Add cold eggs, peppermint extract and vanilla; mix until light and fluffy. Add flours, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt just until incorporated. Mix in chocolate chips and crushed peppermint Scoop batter onto prepared sheet pan with scoops 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. Pull from oven and let cookies finish baking on pan. Once cookies have cooled, slowly heat melting chocolate. Use a spoon to stripe the tops of cookies.

Marilyn Brown: “It’s moist and chewy and a good Christmas cookie.” Cile Smith: “It has eye appeal, too, and I truly believe people eat with their eyes first.” NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 | 43

2nd Place Decorated


Beth Johnson

Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing 3 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 large egg, room temperature 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract Sift flour and salt; set aside. Mix together butter and sugar for approximately 5 minutes. Whisk together egg, vanilla, almond and lemon; add to butter and sugar mixture. With mixer on low speed, add flour mixture. When cookie dough is mixed, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough to ¼-inch thickness. Use your favorite cookie cutters to cut out designs. Place on cookie sheet and bake 10 to 12 minutes at 375 degrees.

ICING RECIPE 1 cup confectioners’ sugar 2 teaspoons water, adding more if necessary for consistency 2 teaspoons light corn syrup 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Mix ingredients. Add preferred coloring, and decorate cookies. 44 |


“I love to bake because my grandmother baked. I use her KitchenAid mixer, and every time I bake I think of my grandmother.” Judges’ Comments Nathan Brain: “I liked this one a lot.” Marilyn Brown: “This cookie is very nicely decorated and has a good flavor, too.” Cile Smith: “It’s decorated well and tastes good.”

3rd Place Traditional MOLASSES GINGER COOKIES Submitted by

Maximus Smith, 9

Molasses Ginger Cookies 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder 2 teaspoons baking soda 1/2 teaspoon cloves 1 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon cinnamon 3/4 cup shortening 1 cup brown sugar 1 egg 4 tablespoons molasses Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first six ingredients and set aside. Cream together shortening, brown sugar, egg and molasses. Slowly mix in dry ingredients.

“This was my Great-Grandma Mary Leonard’s recipe, and we make them every year at Christmas.”

Chill for at least one hour (but dough will keep for a couple of days). Shape dough into balls and roll in sugar. Use red or green sugar for an added Christmas touch. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

Judges’ Comments Nathan Brain: “The taste is not overwhelming. It’s a good cookie.” Marilyn Brown: “I like the flavor and softness of these, and they have that eye appeal.” Cile Smith: “It’s good. I could see putting raw brown sugar on top instead of red sugar sprinkles.”


3rd Place Decorated LINZER COOKIES Submitted by

Pam Beavers

Linzer Cookies 1 cup whole almonds 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided 2 cups all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature 2 large egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla Zest of 2 small lemons Choice of jam Confectioners’ sugar To toast almonds, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds on cookie sheet and toast 8 to 10 minutes, until fragrant. Let almonds cool completely. In food processor, grind almonds with ¼ cup granulated sugar until finely ground. In a separate bowl, mix flour and salt together. Stir in ground almonds. In mixing bowl, beat butter until pale in color. Add remaining granulated sugar and beat until fluffy. Add egg yolks, vanilla and lemon zest. Gradually add flour/nut mixture. Divide dough into quarters and wrap each piece in plastic. Refrigerate at least an hour and up to 2 days. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using a flour sack cloth, put additional flour on the cloth. When dough is soft, flatten it onto the cloth and sprinkle a little flour on top of dough; roll dough to ¼-inch thickness. Use 3-inch cookie cutters (round, star and heart are traditional) to cut cookie bottom, and — Continued on page 51 46 |


“This is a cookie I’d never made before but thought it sounded interesting, and my husband and I liked the flavor combinations. I’ll definitely make them again.” Judges’ Comments Nathan Brain: “This cookie looks great.” Marilyn Brown: “They took a lot of time to make these – to cut out and bake the cookies, make the filling and put them together.” Cile Smith: “These took time to make and look like Christmas.”

Linzer Cookies (Recipe continued from page 50)

then cut second cookie as the top. Use a smaller cookie cutter to cut out the center of the top cookie for the jam to show through. Repeat with remaining dough, chilling dough as needed. Bake cookies about 12 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let them cool a little and then transition to wire rack. Once cooled, spread cookie bottom with jam, leaving a narrow border. Dust each cookie top with confectioners’ sugar, and then place the top cookie on the jam-spread bottom cookie. Using a spoon or decorating tip and piping bag, fill the cutout center with more jam. Repeat with remaining cookies. Store in airtight container for several days. NCM

Our Winning Cookies Clockwise from top: Fruitcake Cookie, Linzer Cookie, Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookie, Christmas Sugar Cookie with Peppermint Royal Icing, Molasses Ginger Cookie, Sugar Cookie with Royal Icing.

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Historic Preservationist Jack Pyburn, principal and director at Lord Aeck Sargent, was the Design-Architect of the highprofile rehabilitation project.

Headley Construction Builds a Better Coweta


Written by NEIL MONROE

hen Bill Headley founded Headley Construction in 1971, his dream was to build a better world for families and communities across Georgia. Based in Newnan since its inception, Headley Construction has been deeply involved in improving Coweta County. While Bill has passed leadership of Headley Construction down to the next generation – his son, Mitch, is now president of the company – his vision of building a better Coweta has guided the company through 50 years of growth and success and has been indelibly woven into our County’s architectural history. By renovating the Historic Coweta County Courthouse, building and expanding local

church and school campuses, improving local government buildings, and creating outstanding fire stations and public recreation complexes, Headley Construction has permanently changed the landscape of our community. While it is difficult to say which individual project has had the greatest impact on Coweta County, there is no doubt that each of the following buildings has influenced how we live, work, learn, play and worship. NEWNAN HOSPITAL/UNIVERSITY OF WEST GEORGIA Constructed in 1925, the campus of the Old Newnan Hospital has been an integral part of the community for nearly a century. Today, it


Photo by Jill Whitley

Christopher Gilliam helped guide several key projects as the building was converted from a hospital into a modern educational facility focused on nursing when he first joined the company as a project manager. These included repurposing original operating rooms into science labs, preserving and restoring original lighting, the addition of an auditorium, and renovation of more than 50,000 square feet of space for classrooms.

Headley Construction worked with several partners to convert Newnan's unique, century-old cotton mill into a live/work/play establishment as part of a massive adaptive reuse project.

COWETA COUNTY HISTORIC COURTHOUSE If there’s an iconic structure that immediately evokes an image of Coweta County and its fascinating heritage, that structure is

Photo courtesy of The University of West Georgia

remains a vibrant part of the Historic Downtown district as the home of the Newnan campus of the University of West Georgia. Focused on expanding the University’s nursing program, Headley Construction played a key role in converting the property, assisting with architectural services, estimating, value engineering, structural and site concrete services, and masonry. Headley Construction’s Vice President

NEWNAN LOFTS As Newnan faced the question of what to do with a decaying, century-old, abandoned cotton mill, Headley Construction came up with the answer: loft apartments. Today, Newnan Lofts provides a vibrant downtown lifestyle option, offering 145 loftstyle apartments, 50 unique floor plans, and 27,000 square feet of retail space. Headley Construction worked with several partners to convert the cotton mill into a live-work-play establishment as part of a massive adaptive reuse project. “Newnan Lofts is a signature project that enabled the preservation of a building that was more than 100 years old,” said President Mitch Headley, who worked as Project Manager on the Lofts development. “It was complicated. It had historical value, which created a need for multiple approvals from state agencies, required tax credits, and the construction itself had unique demands. But it was important to the community in so many ways, and we’re proud to have made it a success.”

Architects from Houser Walker supervised the major expansion for The University of West Georgia, which offers students unique learning spaces while maintaining a beloved local landmark.

Funded partly by a 2007 Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) initiative, the highly anticipated Carnegie Library opened to the public on September 15, 2009. Headley Construction served as the general contractor on the project, with architectural services provided by Carter Watkins Associates.

the Coweta County Historic Courthouse on the downtown square in Newnan. Constructed in 1904, the historic courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Headley Construction has long had a key role in updating the courthouse to modern standards. The company began its first renovation of the courthouse in 1975 with additional renovations taking place in 1990. In 2012, thanks to an effort supported by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society, Coweta County Commissioners, and citizens across Coweta’s municipalities, SPLOST funds were used to complete a full historic renovation of the Courthouse. Headley Construction provided general contracting, value engineering, site development, and construction services, including restoration of the copper work adorning the dome, cornice, pediments and railings. A structural engineer’s dream, the floorplan of the magnificent Neoclassical building remains essentially the same as it was almost 100 years ago with the addition of an elevator and restrooms for improved accessibility. The project was selected for an Excellence in Restoration Award by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. CARNEGIE LIBRARY Newnan’s Carnegie Library dates back to 1901, when wealthy industrialist Andrew

Carnegie recognized Newnan’s bright future and provided a grant of $10,000 for the construction of a public library on its town square. More than a hundred years later, the City of Newnan realized the need to bring back library services to downtown Newnan and began restoration of the library in 2007 with funding from its general funds and a citizen-supported Special Local Option Sales Tax to pay the $1.5 million project cost. The Carnegie’s bottom floor serves as a reading room and the second floor as a meeting space. Headley Construction served as the general contractor on the project with architectural services provided by Carter Watkins Associates. The team succeeded in creating an interior design that was period correct for the early 1900s while adapting the two-story, woodframed, load-bearing brick exterior building for modern use as a community library and conference center. NEWNAN CENTRE In the early 2010s, the City of Newnan embarked on the construction of the Newnan Centre, a new $5 million multi-purpose facility for a broad array of civic functions, social events and meetings. When a low-bid contractor defaulted in the early stages of the building, Headley Construction played a unique role in the completion of this important Coweta County SPLOST-funded project. The company made extensive structural modifications and was able to turn the project around and finish on schedule. The Newnan Centre opened to rave reviews in June 2013 as a multi-purpose facility designed to host

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Photo courtesy of Susan Crutchfield


After the low-bid contractor defaulted on the SPLOSTfunded construction of the Newnan Centre in 2013, Headley Construction played a unique role in the Centre's completion, making extensive structural modifications and turning the project around to finish on schedule.


corporate meetings, wedding receptions, banquets, fundraisers and social events. It accommodates up to 650 people and hosts more than 300 events each year.

A committee of firemen and other City staff collaborated with architects at Goodwin Mill Cawood to design the two-bay facility.

FIRE STATION NO. 4 In late 2018, Headley Construction crews began work on a brand new fire station for the City of Newnan, Station No. 4, and completed the facility with a grand opening on November 12, 2019. Newnan Fire Department’s daily services to the community include more than just fire prevention. Firefighters also provide rescue and emergency medical assistance and response to various unforeseen incidents. The new 7,347-square-foot facility houses 24-hour staffing with areas for high-tech firefighter equipment, spacious bunks, common areas and a gym. At the push-in ceremony, Newnan Fire Chief Stephen Brown said Fire Station No. 4 “will help to bring faster response times for neighborhoods while increasing the level of services that we provide to the citizens of Newnan.” Headley Construction was proud to provide full general contractor services for the project, which was funded with Special Local Option Sales Taxes. PATHWAYS CARE CAMPUS True to the company’s mission to build better lives, Headley Construction was honored to construct the Pathways Care Campus on Hospital Road. National Vital and Health Statistics report that more than 13% of Coweta County’s adults suffer from frequent mental distress. For our children, this number is even higher. Pathways Center, a behavioral health organization focused on improving outcomes for individuals in crisis, partnered with Coweta County and the Coweta Hospital Authority to design and construct a facility offering important support services to local adults and children in distress. Opened in 2019, the Pathways Care Campus

provides walk-in evaluations, crisis stabilization, and substance abuse help. Separate adult and children and adolescent units feature cheerful murals, bright exercise rooms, high ceilings and secluded outdoor spaces that look noninstitutional by design. Prioritizing patient and staff safety, Headley Construction also incorporated unique features differentiating the facility from other area crisis centers. State-of-the-art behavioral safety products, like impact and tamper-resistant fixtures, and ligature-resistant hinges, handles and locks, offer Cowetans in crisis the highest degree of safety while receiving mental health treatment. Pathways Care Campus is named for a program called Coweta Cares, a mobile integrated health care unit for behavioral health care calls. ELECTRIC CITIES OF GEORGIA CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS Reliable, safe, affordable electricity is important to our community, and Headley Construction looks forward to the design-build and general contracting of a state-of-the-art training facility for Electric Cities of Georgia. Electric Cities of Georgie (ECG) is a nonprofit organization providing strategic and technical services to 52 communities with utility operations, including Newnan Utilities. The new facility will be situated on 11 acres located along Ellen Sims Court in Newnan and feature a 7,000 square foot pre-engineered metal building. Jay Barlette, chairman of the ECG Board, said of the organization’s move to Newnan Industrial Park, “It will be the foundation for a brighter tomorrow.”

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The Newnan Christmas Parade Set to March Again Written by EMILY KIMBELL

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ne of the most beloved Christmas traditions in Coweta County is the annual downtown Christmas parade in Newnan. Every year, local businesses, churches, schools and other organizations display holiday floats and performances and march through downtown Newnan to a waiting crowd lining the streets. Santa ends the parade by riding into the city on a firetruck, officially marking the beginning of the holiday season.

Canceled in 2020, the Newnan Christmas parade returns this year, promising twinkling lights and a fun night as was evident in the 2016 parade featured here.

Last year’s parade was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As of presstime, the Newnan Christmas Parade, set for Dec. 11, is still a go. The annual Christmas Parade has been part of the community for more than a century. Newnan held its first Holiday Carnival in December 1900. Planning for the event began in November that year when attendees of a local citizen’s meeting decided to stage a Free Street Fair and Carnival held over the course of four days in mid-December. The community simply wanted to take time to come together and celebrate. The carnival featured a variety of attractions including a high-dive act, light show, vaudeville show, snake-handler acts, carnivalesque sideshows and a merry-go-round. While many of these early traditions have not carried through to modern times, some elements of the Christmas celebrations of yore are still part of our annual tradition, most notably, the parade. The most anticipated aspect of the carnival festivities in 1900 was the Christmas parade. A committee of ladies was assembled to plan the parade, which kicked off the Holiday Carnival week. The Brilliant Floral Parade featured decorated carriages and floats and was led by Olive Dent who had been voted Queen of the Carnival. Parade participants congregated on Jackson Street and marched toward the square and down Greenville Street, and the best decorated float won a monetary prize. Though parades had been held in Coweta County before 1900, this winter carnival seems to be the first documented Christmas parade in the county, and the Newnan Herald and Advertiser reported it as “surpassing anything of the kind ever seen in the city.” Records indicate that the Christmas carnival and parade may have continued periodically after 1900 until the 1920s. The modern iteration of the Christmas parade started about 1986 with creation of the Main Street program, though the exact date is uncertain due to incomplete or lost records. The Christmas parade grew in such popularity under Main Street that, in 2004, City Council developed the City — Continued on page 55. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 | 53

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ABOVE: A float reminiscent of the era was presented in the 1927 Coweta County Centennial Parade and featured the Sarah Dickinson Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

OPPOSITE PAGE An article published in the Dec. 14, 1990 issue of Newnan’s The Herald and Advertiser newspaper advertised the 1900 Holiday Carnival.

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aren’t so pleasant. It reminds you of what the Christmas season is all about and brings everyone together from all walks and all stages of life.”

About the Christmas Commission On April 27, 2004, the Newnan City Council established The City of Newnan Christmas Committee to gain more citizen involvement in planning the local Christmas season celebration. According to Haynes, the group’s first task was to help the City of Newnan decorate downtown, which eventually

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of Newnan Christmas Committee to assist with planning and publicity of the annual parade. In 2014, the committee became the City of Newnan Christmas Commission. Norma Haynes, who served on the Christmas Commission for more than ten years, recalls her first experience helping to organize the Christmas parade. After the parade’s lengthy hiatus, the first one staged by the Christmas Commission was “pure magic,” she says. “From Day One, it was the most exciting, fun thing. It was amazing to see how many hundreds of people came to the parade and enjoyed it. It was a small-town event that I’ll never forget. It was wonderful.” Today, the annual Christmas parade is planned by the City of Newnan under the direction of City of Newnan Christmas Parade Chair Page Beckwith, with assistance from the Christmas Commission whose members help choose the parade’s theme and the grand marshal. Past parade themes have included Christmas Around the World, Christmas Movies and Home for the Holidays. The grand marshal is traditionally a prominent member of the community who has made a particular contribution within the past 12 months. In recent years, grand marshals who have led the parade include Bill and Anita Headley, former Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager, and David and Rosalyn Boyd. Since 2014, the Christmas parade has been held at night on the second Saturday of December. This year's parade will start on Greenville Street moving north, turn left on North Court Square, turn left and head south on LaGrange Street, and end at Newnan High School. Businesses, schools, nonprofits, churches and other organizations pre-register to participate in the event and spend weeks building their floats in hopes of spreading holiday cheer and the opportunity to win a monetary prize. Each year, the parade has grown. The 2019 edition had the largest number of participating organizations with 95 groups taking part. Last year, due to the pandemic, the annual parade was called off for the first time in recent decades. In lieu of the parade, Santa and Mrs. Claus took neighborhood riding tours around the city with the fire department, police department and the Newnan trolley joining the tours. This year’s parade is set for December 11 beginning at 6 p.m. The 2021 theme is Parade of Lights, and recently retired Newnan Police Chief D.L. “Buster” Meadows will serve as the grand marshal. For many citizens like Haynes, the return of the Christmas parade brings back a sense of tradition and hope. “As far as I’m concerned, the parade is what brings in our Christmas, and it brings our community together so beautifully,” she says. “It takes you away from things that


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involved construction of a sleigh and the decorating of a large Christmas tree set up each year. In addition, the group ensured that every letter written to Santa and placed in the mailbox downtown was read and answered. On Nov. 18, 2014, the Christmas Committee was established as a permanent commission. The City of Newnan Christmas Commission was charged with planning and sponsoring events for the Christmas holiday season. Working closely with the City Council, the Christmas Commission has three main functions: 1) to develop and present plans for Christmas season events by August 1 of each year, 2) to assist and coordinate activities with the City staff and public, and 3) to review and recommend types and placement of holiday decorations in Newnan. This Christmas season, the Commission’s exciting new project is decorating the roundabouts on McIntosh Parkway, East Broad Street and MLK Jr. Drive. All the chosen roundabouts lead to downtown, and the goal of the project is to bring Christmas spirit to citizens as they drive into the area. 56 |


“The commission is super excited about adding some extra holiday cheer,” says Beckwith. Each roundabout will be decorated based on its greenery and will feature different designs. Newnan Utilities, which already works closely with the City to help with the Christmas decorating, will be instrumental in this project as well. They installed power to the roundabout areas and will help with the installation, according to Beckwith. In the future, the Christmas Commission plans to add more decorations and expand lighting to more roundabouts. Serving on the 2021 Christmas Commission are Pam Anderson, Linda Arnall, Kenya Brantley, Jane Clifford, Val Cranford and Nancy Telle. NCM ABOVE The 1927 Centennial Parade also featured the R.D. Cole Manufacturing Company float. Aboard the float as it waits on College Street were, from left, R.D. Cole Jr., Duke Cole Blackburn, Edward Guy Cole Jr. and Thomas Kellam “T.K.” Barron.


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“If anyone would have said in the beginning of all of this that I would spend 23 years in the military in active combat situations, I would have said they’re crazy,” says Lowery, who retired as sergeant first class with the Army National Guard. The son of a Vietnam veteran and East Point police officer who enjoyed hunting on his days off, Lowery grew up becoming proficient with firearms. The 1991 graduate of Newnan High School describes his military service as, “lengthy, detailed and complicated.” Wanting to emulate his father’s example, he enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school and served for six years on active duty. He then returned home and became a police officer. When the terrorist attacks struck America twenty years ago on 9/11, the warrior inside of Ellis Lowery was unleashed. Within days of the attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., he joined the Army National Guard and was assigned to Company H, Georgia Long Range Surveillance, in the 121st Infantry Airborne. In 2003, his unit crossed the border into hostile Iraq. Following that deployment, Lowery returned stateside on a ship escorting combat equipment that was withdrawn from the Iraqi War zone. He 58 |


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veteran of both the U.S. Marines and U.S. Army, Ellis Lowery served his country in the global war on terrorism in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The retired combat soldier and Sharpsburg resident never expected his military service would stretch for more than two decades.

SFC Ellis Lowery (Ret.), works at On Target Gun Club in Peachtree City.

“If anyone would have said in the beginning of all of this that I would spend 23 years in the military in active combat situations, I would have said they’re crazy.” – Ellis Lowery

redeployed in 2005-06 with the 48th Brigade, Infantry Combat Team H. In 2006, he volunteered for Airborne School at Fort Benning and took continuing training there in long range surveillance before deploying to the Syrian-Iraqi border where, as a combat field instructor, he taught Army Pathfinder and air assault techniques. Also during this time, he served as the primary protective detail to the brigade commander. In 2009, Lowery organized and trained protective service details in Afghanistan via Task Force Phoenix. Not only was he responsible for protective services to his own commanders; he also trained Afghan National Security Forces to protect their own commanding officers. His unit was based out of Kabul but was responsible for training the Afghan military all across Afghanistan. Lowery finally retired in 2019 and returned home to Sharpsburg. After two years of being back on American soil, he contemplates his thoughts on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “I grew up in a family where my dad was a police officer and there was lots of hunting, so the concept of life and death was instilled in me at an early age,” says Lowery. “Once I got into traumatic situations, the effects of violent combat were a little bit different on me than the 18-year-old who’s doing his first tour. Over time, I don’t want to say you get numb to it, but it gets easier to deal with.”

Lowery commends a new combat generation for trying to take the stigma of “disorder” out of the PTSD acronym. “The stigma attached to the disorder is putting a scarlet letter on a lot of vets,” he says. “It should be just PTS. We were in multiple violent combat situations, but you have to just lock those away and compartmentalize them in your mind.” As for close calls or injuries, Lowery recounts a couple of minor traumatic brain injuries, which were concussions caused by close enemy combat explosions. He remembers one incident with off-handed humor. “We were all doing morning physical training at Camp Phoenix when a vehicle-borne IED exploded at our compound gate,” he recalls. “It was an extremely large, powerful device, and when it detonated, it partially collapsed the roof of our gym. I immediately grabbed my combat pistol, which was all I had at the time, to defend myself. It was impossible to take cover under a treadmill, but I sure tried anyway!” In retirement, Lowery says he enjoys spending

TOP RIGHT Afghan Development Assistance Bureau Commander Larry Dudney and the Primary Protective Services Detail Team pose atop GHAR Mountain, near the Kabul Military Training Center, after a routine Friday morning hike up. RIGHT At Kabul International Airport, with Air Force One in the background, Lowery and his fellow troops provided protective services for their commander during weekly status briefings.


time with his wife Candis and their three children, Alexis Brandon, 19, Austin Lowery, 18, and Karen Brandon, 16. The veteran rides his Harley with two veteran groups and shares fellowship with other vets at the Coweta Veterans Club. He works at the On Target Gun Club facility in Peachtree City, using his extensive firearm expertise to teach gun safety classes and provide gunsmithing skills. On this season of Veterans Day, he speaks with gratitude about his career. “I have been lucky and blessed to have made it back, especially considering how many of my fellow soldiers did not,” he says. A grateful Coweta County salutes you, SFC Lowery. NCM 60 |


“I have been lucky and blessed to have made it back, especially considering how many of my fellow soldiers did not.” – Ellis Lowery

ABOVE At left, Ellis Lowery mans the crows' nest observation post outside the Queen's Palace south of Kabul. Above, he stands in front of the palace.

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OPPOSITE PAGE As executive director of Keep Newnan Beautiful, Page Beckwith works with volunteers to keep city streets and neighborhoods free from litter.

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ewnan has its very own Lady Bird Johnson in Page Beckwith. She’s not a presidential first lady, but some recognize her as the environmental conscience of the city. In the 1960s, Johnson, as first lady, brought national awareness to Keep America Beautiful’s anti-littering campaign – long before “going green” was a thing. Fast-forward a few decades to find Beckwith, executive director of Keep Newnan Beautiful (KNB), taking up the mantle locally. Carbon footprints, recycling, proper waste disposal and the like can be confusing, and well-intentioned wannabe recyclers often don’t know the right way to handle their trash. Enter Beckwith and KNB. Their mission is to educate, motivate and empower Newnan residents to take greater responsibility for improving



the local environment through beautification, litter prevention and waste reduction. Affiliated with both Keep Georgia Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful, KNB reaches the next generation of recyclers through greenspace projects like the Outdoor Classroom and Pollinator Garden, a multisensory children’s playground that features natural and recycled materials. Under Beckwith’s tutelage, Keep Newnan Beautiful offers guidance on proper disposal of hazardous household items like batteries and lightbulbs. Year-round, KNB hosts solutionoriented events such as Electronics Recycling Day,

paint recycling events and a day to clean up local streams. The campaign to end litter includes the Adopta-Street initiative where private companies or churches volunteer to help keep clean their adopted section of roadway. A former educator, Beckwith’s favorite KNB service is environmental education. Her team speaks to elementary students and adults alike on all topics environmental and ways to keep the community tidy. “Trash is not very glorious,” says Beckwith. But the fruits of trash-related labors she says, “are a NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 | 69

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litter-free community, healthier environment for people and wildlife, and clean, lovely surroundings – all points of pride for Newnan residents.” Beckwith, a married mom of three, is passionate about her purpose. She’s maestro to the KNB orchestra, which includes a cadre of volunteers, partnerships with private companies, cooperation with the City’s Public Works Department, and many more moving parts. The once part-time role bloomed into a full-time position five years ago. Beckwith finds service to the people of Newnan highly rewarding. After the March 26 tornado, she says she was compelled by a “deep desire” to do something. “I knew I couldn’t build a house or replace a roof,” she says. Instead, she did what came naturally: deployed Keep Newnan Beautiful knowledge and resources to help. She and her team posted flyers in the hardest hit areas, from Chalk Level to Hollis Heights, and went door to door to help inform city residents about ways KNB could assist. The magnitude of post-tornado debris was staggering, but Beckwith’s focus was targeted. Helping residents safely dispose of household hazardous chemicals, from bug spray to gasoline, KNB safely disposed of more than 2,000 pounds of hazardous waste, including that of

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Page Beckwith, left, joins Brownie Troop 19394 to beautify the neighborhood by picking up trash. Brownies are, from left, Izzy Godfrey, Carys Kuhr, Ansley Barrett, Allie Faison, Grace Headley, Kate Hadden, Ellie Herdic, Margaret Skinner and Troop Leader Stephanie Skinner.


a 91-year-old resident for whom KNB got rid of old kerosene cans and antique candy jars containing gasoline. The family, grateful for the ability to keep potentially hazardous waste from reaching the landfill, gave Beckwith a thank you card she keeps on her desk. “It was a group effort,” Beckwith recalls. “Between Public Works, word of mouth and the flyers, we were able to reach people who needed that kind of help.” Being environmentally conscious is all in a day’s work for Beckwith, but in the aftermath of the devastating EF-4, the job was new. With no template to follow, the intrepid Beckwith says she “just kinda made it up” when it came to how to serve those affected by the storm. She says she knew KNB had three things needed to pull off the assist: knowledge, transportation and funding. Working with the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) in Atlanta, Beckwith knew they could receive and recycle what Newnan-Coweta couldn’t. Using Public Works transport and paying for it out of KNB’s budget, Beckwith got the job done. Assistant City Manager Hasco Craver is a fan. “Page has done a marvelous job of engaging the community,” Craver says. “Citizens of all ages have grown to enjoy Keep Newnan Beautiful because of Page’s commitment to its mission.” Nominated for One to Watch in 2021 by avid recycler Misha Benson of The Newnan Times-Herald, Beckwith is humbled by the attention. She admits being more comfortable talking about KNB than herself, but that doesn’t stop others from singing her praises. “Just look at some of KNB’s accomplishments,” says Benson. “Through recycling and other efforts, Page is ensuring all of us have a better environment.” For Beckwith, Keep Newnan Beautiful is more than the name of a city program and more than a job. It’s her mission. NCM

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raditional Southern holiday meals resonate through my memory and my recipe box. Roast turkey, cornbread dressing, gravy, Brussels sprouts, green bean casserole, mashed sweet potatoes with marshmallows, cranberry sauce, ambrosia, pumpkin pie and coconut cake show up in the best way possible in November and December. Turkey does bring to mind the year my Uncle Ben went turkey hunting on Thanksgiving morning and promised to bring back a turkey ready for the pan by 10 a.m. and dinner at 1 p.m. Ten starving children and eight hungry adults finally had a small portion of a scrawny, tough old bird at 4 p.m. My grandparents did not fall for that the next year. While tradition often guides our holiday meals, life’s experience introduces new ways and new dishes to add to our holiday celebrations. Places we’ve lived or visited, friends from other parts of the United States or from other countries, magazine articles, and the wonderful internet world of recipes open doors to new dishes and menus.

Over the past years, I’ve had Christmas with Mexican friends in El Paso and learned that tamales are “must have” for Christmas dinner. We spent hours in a warm kitchen spreading masa over cornhusks, piling on fillings, wrapping and steaming the savory packets. The next year, Christmas dinner was prime rib and served on the USS Rowan at the naval base in Yokosuka, Japan. Thinking about walking up the gangway to the ship and being greeted by a sailor and an officer in dress blues brings shivers to my spine, especially when I remember those whose holiday family meal is eaten with shipmates. When close enough to Louisiana to enjoy holidays with family, we feasted on groaning boards that were truly overloaded. My German motherin-law added her famous potato salad to the table, plus stollen, lebkuchen and pfeffernüsse sent by her German relatives. Seafood gumbo, oyster dressing and pralines showed up on the south Louisiana tables, and hunters added venison roasts and cochon de lait.

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With COVID-19 likely to determine the size of holiday gatherings again this year, a simpler menu that's easy to prepare seems to be called for. We've downsized our turkey to Cornish game hens, and the Wild Rice Stuffing with Dried Fruit and Pecans is a stovetop dish that's ready in less than an hour. Start it when the hens go in the oven. A traditional green bean casserole never tasted like Not Your Mama’s Green Bean Casserole, which looks more like dressing and has flecks of artichoke hearts and green beans throughout. It may be the richest item on the table 74 |


and is certainly the most garlicky. The piece de resistance of this new traditional holiday meal is the Almond Joy Cake. The candy bar-turnedshowpiece dessert will delight coconut and chocolate lovers. Assemble it in time to display and entice guests to anticipate dessert. For the few who don't like chocolate, Cherry Pineapple Bars combine maraschino cherries with the traditional hospitality represented by pineapple. Southern cuisine, reworked favorites and old favorites mixed with new set the stage for a gathering of family and friends – the most important tradition of all.

Roasted Cornish Game Hens Cornish game hens, 1 per person Butter Salt Pepper Garlic Powder Seasoned salt Preheat oven to 375 degrees. With hands, massage soft butter all over hens. Season inside and out with salt, pepper, garlic powder and seasoned salt. Place in a foil lined pan. Bake for 1 hour or slightly more, depending on weight. Baste with pan drippings every 15 minutes. Turn the oven temperature up to 400 degrees the last 15 minutes to brown and crisp up the skin. Let rest 15 minutes then serve in halves.

Wild Rice Stuffing with Dried Fruit and Pecans “Cutting up apricots is the most labor intensive step of this recipe.” 3 tablespoons butter 1 cup chopped sweet onions 2 1/2 cups canned chicken broth 3/4 cup wild rice 3/4 cup long grain white rice 1/2 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup golden raisins 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted Melt 1 tablespoon butter in medium skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until brown, about 15 minutes. Set aside. Bring 2 1/2 cups broth to boil in large saucepan. Add wild rice; bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Apples and Walnuts “The Brussels sprouts can be shredded the day before. Add the honey mustard dressing, apples and walnuts early enough to scrape into your serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to place on the table.”

Salad 1 pound Brussels sprouts 1 medium tart apple, sliced 1/2 cup sliced red onion 1 cup chopped walnuts

Vinaigrette 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons maple syrup 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 clove garlic, finely minced 1/2 cup olive oil Salt and pepper to taste Trim the ends off the Brussels sprouts. Using a food processor or sharp knife, slice sprouts thinly. Then slice apple and red onion; combine.

Add white rice; cover and simmer until all rice is tender and liquid is almost absorbed, about 15 minutes longer.

To toast walnuts, spread on a plate. Microwave at one minute intervals until toasted. Add to sprout mixture.

Stir dried apricots, cranberries and raisins into rice mixture; cover and simmer 3 minutes. Stir onions and remaining 2 tablespoons butter into rice. Mix in pecans. Season with salt, if needed.

Combine Dijon mustard, maple syrup, red wine vinegar, garlic and olive oil in a jar, and shake until blended. Add salt and pepper as desired. Pour over vegetables, toss to coat, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.



Georgia Peach Cranberry Sauce “The Georgia Peach Cranberry Sauce evolved out of wanting to use up a bag of frozen peaches from a friend’s tree. Peaches bump up the flavor, but they're so juicy that extra simmering is needed to thicken the sauce.”

Cherry Pineapple Bars 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup brown sugar, packed 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch 1 (8¾-ounce) can crushed pineapple 2 egg yolks, beaten 1 cup chopped maraschino cherries Combine flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly. Set aside 1 cup crumb mixture; press remaining mixture on the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking pan sprayed with cooking spray. Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool slightly while preparing topping. In saucepan, stir together sugar and cornstarch. Stir in undrained pineapple and egg yolks. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and bubbles. Remove from heat; stir in cherries. Spread evenly over baked layer. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture on top. Bake for 30 minutes more. Cool before cutting into bars.

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1 (16-ounce) bag fresh or frozen cranberries 16 ounces frozen peaches, cut into bite size pieces 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup water Mix cranberries, peaches, sugar and water in a medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil and lower temperature to a simmer. Cook until cranberries pop and sauce has thickened.

Not Your Mama’s Green Bean Casserole 2 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained, reserving liquid 1 cup Italian bread crumbs 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 1 (15-ounce) can French style green beans, drained 1 egg 1/2 cup artichoke liquid (reserved) Freshly ground black pepper to taste Saute garlic in olive oil over low heat for about 3 minutes. Finely chop artichoke hearts. Combine hearts, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, green beans and egg. Pour oil and garlic over mixture; stir well. Add ½ cup artichoke liquid. Add black pepper, to taste. Bake in greased casserole for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.


Almond Joy Cake Brownie Base 1 1/2 1¼ 3 1 1/2 3 2

cups sugar cups self-rising flour tablespoons cocoa stick melted butter, cooled beaten eggs teaspoons vanilla

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his time of year, when colder weather keeps us indoors, is a great time to curl up with a good book and a mug of hot chocolate. I recommend two books to enjoy while sipping something warm this winter. “Let it Snow.” Written by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle, this book was published by The Penguin Group in 2008. On Christmas Eve, Gracetown, Va., is hit by one of the largest snowstorms in recent history. The story follows three different plotlines with all of the characters being affected by this snowy Christmas present. Jubilee, named after the holiday she vehemently hates, is separated from her family and stranded in an unfamiliar town when the train she is on breaks down. While stranded, she meets a kind stranger who invites her to his house to stay until the train gets back up and running. In another part of Gracetown, Tobin and his friends Duke and JP decide to brave the storm to go to Waffle House. What follows can only be described as a series of unfortunate (Christmassy) events. And finally, there’s Addie, who is going through heartbreak during a time that is supposed to be filled with joy. All of their stories collide on Christmas Day when the characters realize that these strangers aren’t really so unfamiliar.

“Between Shades of Gray.” Written by Ruta Sepetys, this book was published in 2011 by The Penguin Group. Deep into the Second World War, Lina Vilkas, her mother and brother are taken away from their home in Lithuania by Soviet officers and separated from Lina’s father. The life they led before quickly takes on a dreamlike quality as they are forced into a small train car with other refugees in various stages of disarray and carted north under Stalin’s orders. They are underfed and mistreated, and once they arrive at a labor camp, they’re forced to do intense labor to earn their insufficient meals. The situation reaches a worrisome peak when winter hits and Lina’s incomplete family is moved to a new camp, one that has no shelter. Required to build their own homes with little to no supplies, a horrifying number of refugees die from exposure and starvation. It is twelve years before Lina is rescued, and by then, she is wholly changed. Sepetys drew inspiration for this heartbreaking tale from real stories of Lithuanians living during this time, making Lina’s tragic struggle all the more heartbreaking. 82 |


If you’re thinking of giving books as Christmas gifts, here are a few I’d recommend. For Young Adult readers, the “Anna and the French Kiss” series by Stephanie Perkins is sure to please. The three titles include “Anna and the French Kiss,” “Lola and the Boy Next Door” and “Isla and the Happily Ever After.” The installations were published by Dutton Books in 2010, 2013 and 2014, respectively. This contemporary romance series is perfect for young adult readers with a zeal for romance. The trio of books follows three teenage girls looking for love in different parts of the world. Anna Oliphant attends a boarding school in Paris where she meets new friends, including an enchanting, handsome English boy named Étienne St. Clair. “Anna and the French Kiss” follows her escapades in France and her journey with St. Clair. Lola Nolan, a young fashion icon and designer, is in a happy relationship with her older, rockstar boyfriend – that is, until her childhood neighbors move back into the house next to hers. Cricket, her ex-best friend, brings with him hurt and long-neglected feelings. “Lola and the Boy Next Door” follows Lola and Cricket’s path to resolving their issues and forming a new relationship. Isla has had a crush on Josh since their first year at the boarding school in Paris. After a chance encounter in their hometown of Manhattan, the two begin a romantic relationship. But with the start of senior year in Paris, an avalanche of problems causes issues between Isla and Josh. The question is: Can they get through these problems and still end up together? You’ll find out when you read “Isla and the Happily Ever After.”

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hen Grove Park Inn opened in 1913, former Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan observed it was “built for the ages.” That remark has certainly proven true, but we would amend his statement slightly to say Grove Park was built for all ages – that is, for all age groups. My wife Barbara and I have witnessed couples, children, grandparents and grandchildren delighting in the gracious hospitality offered by the Grove Park Inn staff. We can confidently say that Christmas at Grove Park exudes a family-friendly atmosphere. The historic hotel, built by Edwin Grove, is nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, N.C. The original building was constructed in less than one year and opened July 12, 1913. Since then, two wings have

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The Great Hall

been added. Today, Grove Park houses more than 500 rooms and suites. Barbara and I have stayed at Grove Park Inn at least a dozen times. Each of our visits was in late December. Space does not permit recounting a lengthy list of memories, but we’ll mention a few highlights that are significant to us.

Warmth in the Great Hall. Upon entering

ABOVE The entrance to Grove Park Inn welcomes visitors from across America and throughout the world.

TOP This aerial view of Grove Park Inn spotlights the internationally acclaimed spa, which covers more than 40,000 square feet and offers exquisite treatments in breathtaking surroundings.

the Great Hall, just beyond the lobby area, what most people notice first are the immense fireplaces on opposite sides of the room. If you’re fortunate enough to obtain a chair in front of them, you can experience a carefree calm in an otherwise bustling atmosphere. In my experience, I’d say peacefulness in the mountains is particularly special.

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Gingerbread Contest. A

popular tradition since 1992 is the presentation of entries from around the nation in Grove Park Inn’s annual gingerbread contest. Judging takes place in late November, so dozens of spectacular creations are available for inspection during December.

A Forest’s Worth of Decorated Trees. Finally,

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LEFT At Christmastime, visitors to Grove Park Inn have the added benefit of viewing entries and winners in the annual gingerbread contest.

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(1) Lori Duncan, left, and Joy Barnes prepare for guests to arrive. (2) Abigail Alvarez, her husband Nicholas and their cute-as-pie daughter Evelyn represented Pathways Center, which was voted Coweta's Best Mental Health Services. (3) Lyndsey Vittegleo and Jeff Morgan represented Morgan Jewelers at the Best of Coweta reception. Their shop won first place for Best Jewelry Store in Coweta County. (4) Hank Lane, of The Venue at Murphy Lane, visits the hors d'oeuvres table. The Venue was named Best Special Event/Wedding Venue for 2021. (5) Celebrating Best of Coweta winners are Newnan-Coweta Magazine employees, from left, Jackie Kennedy, Misha Benson, Sonya Studt, Debby Dye and Sandy Hiser. (6) Daniel and Megan Lichty represented Lichty Brothers Homes, which took top honors for Best Home Builder and Best Home Remodeling/Renovation. (7) Rachel Kuehl, of Newnan Mercantile, celebrated her shop's first place win for Best Home Decor Store. (8) Owner Maridee Wise and Manager Marilyn Brown, of Goldens on the Square, contributed their famous banana pudding for the party. Goldens took top honors for Coweta's Best Southern Food. (9) At center, Doug Kees, voted Coweta's Best Local Musician, chats with Debby Dye, left, and Misha Benson. (10) A celebratory Best of Coweta cake was created by Debbie Barronton, of Cakes By Debbie, which won first place for Best Local Bakery and Best Dessert. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 | 91


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here’s just something about trains at Christmastime. They simply seem to go together like milk and cookies left out for Santa, stockings stuffed with candy, and holiday lights strung around a cedar tree. Whether it’s a toy train on a plastic track circling the tree on Christmas morning – or a weekend jaunt aboard a real train headed out on a holiday shopping jaunt in north Georgia – Christmas and trains make a happy match. With this in mind, we present our own version of the Polar Express, thanks to outstanding photography by Logan Rethmel, who took these photos in Coweta County. At top, a CSX grain train passes under the Salbide Avenue bridge in Newnan. Above, a Norfolk Southern locomotive leads a stack train around a curve in Coweta County. In our opinion, each photo whispers “Merry Christmas” as sure as a train chugging around the bend.



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Special needs students, adults enjoy a day at the fair - and what a day! BY JOE ADGIE On perhaps the most perfect day this season, groups of special-needs children and adults took to the Coweta County Fairgrounds for an afternoon of fun and games at the Fair. Groups from numerous schools across the county, as well as adult groups, were on hand for the event, where children and adults enjoyed various rides, such as the pirate ship, the fun slide and bumper cars, while others enjoyed a special show from Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix, a circus-style dog show.

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went for my yearly medical physical for work last week and had a first. There’s a first time for everything, and I had my first.

There was nothing out of the ordinary with the checkup, so I was in and out in 15 minutes. But “the first” came for me in the lobby as I was filling out my paperwork. I’ve been completing this pre-appointment paperwork once a year for decades. Very few things ever change, so it’s easy paperwork to fill out. Except this year. When I got to the part where you list your emergency contacts, it hit me. Every year for my entire life, my mother has been an emergency contact. That’s not an option this year. I didn’t like it, having to list someone else. The brother who I added probably won’t like it if they ever have to call him. He can blame his mama for that, I suppose. I’d rather it still be her, too. Christmas was always the biggest day in the year for the Nix clan. It was when my brother in Washington D.C. was sure to be in town. We would spend every waking minute up at my parents’ house for those few days. Last year was the first Christmas we had without both of my parents and my oldest brother. The year 2020 took them all. I think I must have been numb from the year because I have no memory of this past Christmas. What used to be my favorite day of the year went to something I don’t even remember, just like that. This year, the numbness is a little less numb. I’m not looking forward to Christmas at all. But I do feel confident I’ll at least remember it. And though the day will never be the same for me, it can still be the magical day for my children that it was for me all those years. My parents lost their loved ones, but it never stopped them from making our Christmases magical. I think they’d be pretty sad to know that I let pining over them take away some of the magic of what was always a magical day for us. The best thing I can do, for them, is to get back to making sure it’s the best day of the year. My parents deserve that much. And my children certainly do. They may be a little bit older now, but Santa Claus is no less real. NCM

Southern-born and Southern-bred, Toby Nix is a local writer who works in law enforcement.

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