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What can I expect in worship? We have a Traditional service that meets twice on Sunday mornings in our beautiful historic Sanctuary (8:30 & 10:55) that features hymns and choral music led by our Parish and Chancel choirs, organ, and piano. We also have a Contemporary service that meets in our Parish Hall (11:00) and is more “casual” in nature with music led by our Connect band. “Come as you are” to all of our services! What about my children? Children are welcome in all of our services and are free to sit with their parents throughout the worship time. If you prefer, however, J.A.M. (Jesus And Me) starts toward the middle of both 11:00 worship services when children are dismissed, and is a special time of worship for our children aged 4 through 2nd grade. There’s a nursery available for children under 4. Parking & Directions: There are several locations on the Newnan FUMC campus where you can park, but, being a downtown church, space is sometimes limited. Arrive early to get a close spot, or feel free to park at any of the surrounding businesses (Charter Bank, Wells Fargo, or Goodyear) with a short walk across the street. Any downtown parking is also within walking distance. Our address is 33 Greenville St., Newnan, GA 30263, and you can access our parking lots via either LaGrange St. (south-bound) or Greenville St. (north-bound). Both our Sanctuary and Parish Hall face east toward Greenville St. What other ways can I get involved? We’ve got it all! Mission opportunities, Bible studies, Boy Scouts, Job Networking, Parkinson’s Support group, music ministries, Sunday School classes, Fun ‘n Frolic events (for those aged 50+), youth (UTH) ministries, TONS of stuff for children, and much more...there’s a place for everyone at any age at Newnan FUMC. We even have an amazing preschool! Sounds great! How can I find out more? Visit our website for more information on any of these (NewnanFUMC.org) or give us a call (770.253.7400). On our website you can learn more about ALL of our many ministries and ways to get involved. You can also tour our campus, read our newsletter, listen to sermons via our podcast, watch past services, get in touch with us, sign up for events, and much more! We also have an app (Google Play or Apple App Store) that’s 100% free!

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Table of CONTENTS

WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD 14 | 16 | 18 | 21 | 22 | 26 |

From our editor The day hate came to town Find it here: Coweta 411 Coweta County Visitors Center County and town profiles Proposed trails ‘LINC’ Newnan together

28 | Navigating intersection 40 | Local events add fun element to community

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY 42 | Third year of GA GATT program means first apprentice graduation

46 | Coweta keeps a business-friendly climate 47 | Hollywood South: filming boom started in Coweta continued ➝ Coweta Living 2018-19 11

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CONTENTS cont.

THINGS TO DO 60 | The performing arts take center stage in Coweta County | 62 Find your great outdoors

REAL ESTATE

65 | Coweta County cuisine: A diner's delight around every corner | 66 Shopping in Coweta

48 | New residential construction continues in Coweta 50 | Manufacturing continues to grow in Coweta 52 | Newnan's Habitat for Humanity seeks to house

66 | Thrifting: a good deal for a good cause 68 | Coweta celebrates its past

Coweta County

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COMMUNITY

54 | Medical care options abundant in Coweta County

70 | Coweta is great for gardening 72 | Diversity in Church: Continuing the conversation of inclusion

74 | Horse farm a blessing for Conaways 76 | Moore, Daniel keep community theatre moving forward | 78 Coweta cares, and it shows 82 | Talent abounds in Coweta

SPORTS & FITNESS 84 | 86 | 88 | 88 |

Cycling opportunities in Coweta Coweta County: A destination for golfers Sport leagues in Coweta Recreational facilities

EDUCATION 90 | 92 | 94 | 95 |

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Coweta County libraries New Shaw Road middle school set to open in 2020 Private, charter schools abound in Coweta Coweta County private/charter school contact information

96 | Higher education partnerships help meet student, workforce needs 99 | Coweta County School System contact information

COUNTY/CITIES DIRECTORY 102 | Newnan, Grantville, Senoia numbers 103 | Chattahoochee Hills, Haralson, Moreland, Palmetto, Sargent, Sharpsburg, Turin numbers | 104 Coweta County numbers

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uring the past 37 years, I have often been the person at The Newnan Times-Herald who got the “How can I help?” message. For most of those years, it was a telephone call. Now it is at least as likely to be an email or a Facebook message. Pretty much every year, there are people who want to help serve a meal to people who need one on Thanksgiving day and folks looking to offer help to a family at Christmas in some way. I’ve also had people checking to find out about groups that work with the mentally handicapped, support the arts and provide mentoring or tutoring. Over the years, there have also been some major problems that got a focus of attention and activity. Some years ago, statistics were released that showed Coweta had a high level of teen pregnancy. A task force was quickly put together to address that issue on several fronts. Later, we figured out there was a higher than expected number of Cowetans who were illiterate or needed additional education or training to get the most of out of life. Certified Literate Is Coweta’s Key — better known as CLICK — was born and is still doing great work. The selection of Newnan for a rally by a neo-Nazi group in April brought our community together in a wonderful way. I am looking forward to seeing how the commitment to connection and inclusivity plays out. We also are in a time where the problem of homelessness is getting attention from lots of people and groups in Coweta County. This is a longtime problem, and I’m gratified to see efforts being made to help people move from homelessness to independence. “Helping out” seems to be in the DNA of Coweta County. Whether you are a longtime resident, a newcomer or someone passing through or considering a move, we hope Coweta Living will offer you information that helps you to find your place to help.

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The day hate came to town... By W. WINSTON SKINNER news@newnan.com

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TOP Members of the National Socialist Movement march down Salbide Avenue prior to their rally in Newnan on April 21. BOTTOM Law enforcement officers from across the state volunteered to help keep the peace during the neo-Nazi rally weekend.

RIGHT HAND PAGE Cowetans came together for several unifying events in response to the National Socialist Movement’s rally. At left, area ministers lay hands on Newnan Police Chief Buster Meadows at a prayer gathering at Greenville Street Park the night before the rally. The pastors were symbolically praying for insight and safety for all law enforcement. At right, children and adults hold signs countering the message of the NSM.

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he news that a neo-Nazi group was coming to Newnan began — appropriately — as a slithering rumor. There were Facebook posts with lots of disbelieving questions, remarks in line at the bank and the grocery store. Then there was the confirmation: the Nationalist Socialist Movement would be holding a rally in Newnan on April 21. They were coming to Greenville Street Park, one of the county’s beauty spots and a location for such events as a jazz festival, an Easter sunrise service, innumerable picnic lunches and too many weddings to count. Deadly images from the Charlottesville rally popped into the minds of Cowetans. Some oldtimers remembered previous rallies by the Ku Klux Klan. By rally day, the community had come together. Law officers from across the state came to help keep things orderly in downtown. In the end, fewer than 40 people from the NSM showed up. They proclaimed their racist rhetoric and departed. Coweta County, however, was changed. The day before the rally, hundreds of people gathered at Greenville Street Park to create chalk art that spoke — in words and symbols — of love, equality and togetherness. Debra Harris of Kingdom Connected Ministries organized a prayer rally that was followed by a group prayer walking downtown. Local insurance agent Nathan Brain had come up with the idea of Newnan Strong, an effort to bring people downtown on May 20 to help local businesses who might see few shoppers on what would normally be a busy Saturday. “#NewnanStrong” T-shirts were seemingly everywhere. On the day of the NSM rally, there was a prayer rally at Willie Lynch Park and a prayer service for unity at St. Smyrna Baptist Church. They were the most inclusive public worship gatherings in Coweta’s history — with Christian, Jewish and Muslim participation in the rally and Christian, Jewish and Hindu speakers at St. Smyrna. “We share a spirit of love and unity,” St. Smyrna’s pastor, Tamarkus Cook, said in welcoming everyone to the church on Heery Road. During the service, Hazel Glover, rector at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, expressed hope that Cowetans would “be committed to


The NSM, without intending to, gave committed Cowetans “a platform to show the greater community who we are,” Cook observed. Pastors who hardly knew each other before are now meeting regularly. More people are discovering Newnan’s downtown, and there is talk of an annual celebration each spring of the unity that coalesced when hatred came to town. Harris organized an event to pray for law enforcement in mid-May. “We can all work together and show the people that it’s possible,” she said. “Even though April 21 is over, we can’t stop

praying. We can’t stop doing what we need to do in order to bring about the love and the unity that we represent.” At the National Day of Prayer breakfast a couple of weeks after the rally, Pastor Chris Carlyle of Purified Living Ministries said firmly that the April 21 event “is drawing us closer and closer.” A meeting of community leaders held in June is moving the conversation forward. While Cowetans were horrified when the Neo-Nazis announced they were coming to town, the NSM visit was a catalyst that is moving Coweta toward a brighter, more inclusive future.

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build trust eyeball to eyeball, to listen, to go against systems and structures that say some people don’t qualify as a child of God.” The NCM rally attendees conducted their business atop a large chalkpainted rainbow, surrounded by message of love. What began as Coweta waited — with dread — is continuing. Newnan Mayor Pro-Tem Cynthia Jenkins was one of the main organizers of events standing for unity back in April. “It’s gotten a little more momentum, which is just the opposite of what they wanted us to do,” she said.


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hether they live in the city limits of a municipality or not, Coweta County residents get the majority of their government services from the county.

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The Coweta County Board of Elections and Registration runs elections and maintains the voter registration rolls. To register to vote, make changes to your voter registration including address changes, to vote early, or to figure out which district you are in, contact the office at 770-254-2615 or visit it at 22 East Broad St., Newnan. Or, you can register or make changes to your voter registration record online at www.registertovote.sos.ga.gov . Once you’re registered, you can find out what state and federal voting districts you are in, and find your polling place, at the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page site, www.mvp. sos.ga.gov . Every Coweta resident is eligible to vote for a county commissioner every four years. The county is divided into five commission districts. Generally, the 1st District is eastern Coweta, the 3rd District is northwestern Coweta, the 4th District is northeastern Coweta, the 5th District is central Coweta and the 2nd District is south and west Coweta. The districts come together in the city of Newnan. You can view an interactive map of the districts and check your address, by visiting Coweta County’s website, www.coweta.ga.us, and clicking on “Commissioners” under the Government menu. Early voting for most elections is held in two locations: at the voter registration office on East Broad Street and at the Central Community Center, 65 Literary Lane. Every Cowetan is also eligible to vote for three members of the Coweta County Board of Education. There are five districts, and two members who serve at-large. For more information, visit www.cowetaschools.org or call the voter registration office. If you live in the city limits of Newnan, you get to vote for two city council members, as well as the mayor. There are three districts, which each have two council members. For more information, visit www.cityofnewnan.org or call voter registration. The council in the city of Chattahoochee Hills is also elected by district. See chattahillsga.us or call 770-463-8881 for more information. The councils in Senoia, Turin, Sharpsburg, Haralson, Grantville, Moreland and Palmetto are all elected at large, with no districts.

ADDRESSES

The addresses of Coweta’s smaller towns and communities can sometimes be confusing. As far as most GPS devices and the U.S. Postal Service are concerned, Haralson and Turin are Senoia, and Arnco and Sargent are Newnan. Even though Haralson, Turin and Sargent have 18 Coweta Living 2018-19


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their own post offices, there is no mail delivery from them, so Haralson and Turin residents get their mail delivered from Senoia, and Sargent and Arnco get their mail from Newnan.

DRIVER’S LICENSE

Georgia law requires drivers to change their address on their driver’s licenses when they move. The local Department of Driver’s Services office is located at 128 Bullsboro Drive, in the Food Depot shopping center. For more information, visit www.dds.ga.gov .

TAG OFFICE

The Coweta County tag offices are located on the Perry Street side of the county administration building at 22 East Broad St. The Coweta tax commissioner’s office is located next to the tag office, and the Coweta tax assessor’s office is adjacent to the other side of the tag office. Newcomers to Georgia should be aware that they will likely face a hefty tax bill when registering their vehicles in the state for the first time. Under Georgia’s Title Ad Valorem Tax, which took effect in 2013, owners of vehicles being registered in

Georgia for the first time must pay the TAVT, which is set at 7 percent of the vehicle’s value – as determined by the Georgia Department of Revenue. The condition, mileage or upgraded equipment are not taken into account when the department determines the value. However, if you think that the state-determined value is not accurate for your vehicle, you can appeal. Classic cars have a base value and not are not taxed on their collectible value. New Georgians have the option of paying 50 percent of the tax at the time the vehicle is registered, with the remaining portion due within 12 months. After you pay your TAVT, you won’t have to pay annual ad valorem taxes on your vehicle, just a yearly tag fee. Tags expire on the vehicle owner’s birthday. Before you can register your vehicle or renew your tag, you must have a current passing emissions inspection – or be exempt – and proof of insurance. Vehicles that are 25 years old or older are exempt from emissions requirements. Once your vehicle is registered, you can renew your tag online or by phone, or at the office. You can renew online at mvd.dor.ga.gov/tags or by calling 877496-0249. You can find more information at www. cowetataxcom.com . Coweta Living 2018-19 19


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PROPERTY TAX

The tax commissioner’s office is in charge of property taxes, on both real estate and personal and business property. The tax assessor’s office determines the fair market value, for tax purposes, of all properties in Coweta. If you disagree with the value placed on your property, you can file an appeal through the tax assessor’s office, typically in the summer after receiving an assessment notice. You can also contest the value by filing a property tax return at the tax commissioner’s office. The Coweta County Board of Education, as well as most of the county’s cities and towns, levy property taxes. All property taxes are billed through the Coweta County tax commissioner’s office. The tax commissioner’s office is also where you apply for various property tax exemptions. Senior citizens are eligible for several exemptions to reduce the amount of school property taxes that are owed. For more information, visit the tax commissioner’s website, www.cowetataxcom.com and the tax assessor’s website, www.cowetatax.com .

PROBATE COURT

Coweta County Probate Court is located in the historic 1904 Courthouse on the Court Square in downtown Newnan. Probate court is where you get copies of birth and death certificates, apply for a marriage license, and get a weapons-carry permit. Through the state of Georgia’s computerized vital records systems, most people who were born in Georgia can get a birth certificate from Coweta Probate Court, even if they weren’t born in Coweta. Many death certificates from Georgia are also available locally. Probate court also deals with estates, wills and trusts, as well as guardianships and involuntary committals.

VISITOR’S CENTER Across the hall from probate court is the Coweta County Visitor’s Center, 200 Court Square, Newnan, where there is a wealth of information about Coweta and surrounding areas — and lots of brochures for activities and attractions around the state.

FAMILY AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES The Coweta office of the Georgia Division of Family and Children’s Services is in charge of child protection and child welfare services, foster care and Adult Protective Services, as well as Medicaid, food stamps and Temporary Aid to Needy Families. The office is located at 533 U.S. Hwy. 29, Newnan. For more information, call 770-254-7234.

JUSTICE CENTER Coweta’s superior, state, magistrate and juvenile courts are located at the Coweta Justice Center complex at 72 Greenville St. Juvenile Court has its own building. Superior court is usually where you’ll go if called for jury duty, and it has jurisdiction over divorces, child custody cases, adoptions, name changes, protective orders and felonies. State court has jurisdiction over misdemeanors, and many traffic tickets issued in Coweta are paid through the state court clerk’s office. Civil suits can be heard in both state and superior court. The Coweta Superior Court Clerk’s Office is also where real estate transactions are recorded, and where you go to search real estate records. Magistrate court deals with landlord/tenant issues, small civil suits and warrants. In a situation where an individual wants to bring criminal charges against another individual, a person can go to magistrate court to have a hearing.

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ocated in the historic courthouse, the Coweta County Visitors Center serves visitors and residents of the community by providing information about local attractions. Each year the visitors center logs each visitor they have from all 50 states and several different countries. The visitors center has been in the courthouse since 2010, after moving from its previous location on Highway 34. Since it has been in the courthouse, the center has seen more visitors, according to Mark Puckett, the visitors’ center information specialist. The visitors center provides brochures for attractions in Newnan, Atlanta and the rest of Georgia. The center will also put together packets for those who are having family reunions or weddings in the area to give guests a list of activities. In addition to brochures, the visitors center also posts current local events and will occasionally sell tickets to special events. Some of the most popular attractions that visitors are interested in are the historic homes, the historic courthouse, Civil War history, the “Walking Dead” filming sites and Alan Jackson. The visitors center also sells postcards and some local goods such as peanuts and peanut oil.

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Coweta County

Population

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$65,244

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Coweta County has a little something for everyone. A diverse county, Coweta is part of metro Atlanta but still has vast swaths of rural areas, with extensive cattle and horse farms. From brand-new subdivisions to historic farmhouses and tiny cottages, there is a variety of home styles and lot sizes, along with expansive commercial and industrial development. The easy access to Interstate 85 is a major draw for those who work in Atlanta, while the growing health care industry is building local jobs. In addition to health care, Coweta has several industrial parks and increasing industrial development.

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Held for 10 days in late September, the Kiwanis Coweta County Fair brings the bright lights of the midway, food, games, and entertainment to the Coweta County Fairgrounds. Cowetans enter their finest jams and jellies, cakes and pies, and arts and crafts. Coweta County 4-H’ers compete in several animal shows, and there’s the open poultry show. It’s the biggest event of the year in Coweta County, and proceeds support local nonprofits year round.

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Local gardeners and farmers sell their fresh fruits and vegetables, plants, flowers, baked goods, eggs and more at the farmers market each summer. The farmers market is in downtown Newnan on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Asa Powell Expo Center, 197 Temple Ave., on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market typically runs from early June to early October. All items must be grown in Coweta or a neighboring county.

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“It sounds so clichéd, but it’s the best of both worlds. I came from Decatur, which was very urban. Coming here was coming to the country in 1982. And now it’s exploded. We chose Coweta because there was a house we could afford. We stayed there for five years and then we moved across the interstate to Sharpsburg and have never even thought about moving. We’re remodeling now and our neighbors asked, ‘Are y’all getting ready to sell?’ And we’re like – No!"

— Leigh Massengill


Coweta was an “original county” created by the cession of Creek lands.

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Four cities have limits that include land in Coweta and another county. Chattahoochee Hills and Palmetto include a bit of Coweta, but are mostly in Fulton. Grantville and Haralson are mostly in Coweta, but include some Meriwether property.

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OUR TOWNS | NEWNAN

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NOVEMBER

Santa Comes To Newnan -

Santa Claus arrives at the court square by vintage fire truck on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Make your list ahead of time, and bring a camera.

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Officially known as “The City Of Homes,” Newnan was once considered one of the bestkept secrets of South Metro Atlanta. However, since 2000, the population of Newnan has boomed. In just 18 years, over 12,000 new residents have found their way into the city limits. In response, the city is hoping new developments will continue to provide potential residents more housing opportunities. With a new Poplar Road interchange set to open later this year at Interstate 85, more than 600 new homes are already being proposed by developers to help meet the demand. Meanwhile, downtown Newnan remains a healthy, vibrant nexus where many residents come to work, live and play. The historic court square offers a variety of eating and shopping possibilities that will appeal to nearly any taste. The city of Newnan is working to enhance quality of life initiatives as well. In 2018, construction is beginning on the LINC – a 25-mile, non-motorized, multiuse trail system that aims to connect the east and west sides of Newnan, with all trails leading to the downtown business district. The city also green-lighted the creation of a dog park on cityowned land, which will create recreation areas for both children and canines.

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Living in Newnan is like stepping into the past. Its historic architecture and friendly smalltown feel personify the best of a bygone era. And for me personally, it’s like stepping into my own past. My 6-year-old daughter Olivia plays and skips on the same sidewalks and in the same parks as I did at that age. Yet it’s also like stepping into the future. It’s a dynamic, progressive, forward-moving community that we are proud to be a part of.

— Emily Westergreen


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Newnan is named for Gen. Daniel Newnan, who served in the War of 1812.

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The first telephone in Newnan connected Dr. Reese's home on the corner of Greenville St. and Reese St. to his drug store near the square on the east side of Greenville St. The building still bears his name.

Fun Fact #3

Newnan was built on the highest land lot nearest the middle of the county. It was purchased from the man who drew the property in the state lottery.

Fun Fact #4

Coweta County’s two oldest businesses are in downtown Newnan – The Newnan Times-Herald, founded in 1865, and Arnall Grocery, founded four years later.

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his summer, ground was finally broken on the LINC – a 25-mile, non-motorized, multi-use trail system that aims to connect the east and west sides of Newnan, with all trails leading to the downtown business district. One of the primary drivers for creating a path system in a community is not only the added health benefits that come from a more active population, but economic opportunities. A path system serves as an economic driver for many companies looking to keep and recruit younger talent, according to Ed McBrayer, executive director for the PATH Foundation – a nonprofit group that helps assist cities and counties looking to embark on a trail project. “We want Newnan to be prepared for the future,” he said. “There’s been a 20 percent drop in 16-year-olds getting their driver's licenses and (who) don’t want to be dependent on cars. If they can find a place like Virginia Highlands here in Newnan, that’s good for employers.” The master plan is broken down into 15 separate segments as to help prioritize implementation. In June, construction began on the LINC #4, also known as the Newnan (Nixon) Centre Connection. The 1.6-mile connection will link Newnan Crossing Boulevard to the Nixon Centre, Newnan Crossing Elementary School, and the residential neighborhoods along Highwoods Parkway and Shenandoah Boulevard.


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Providing safe routes to school for Newnan Crossing Elementary and connecting the various areas to promote a future “live, work, play” development was the primary motivating factor in developing this particular segment first. Following the completion of path tunnel under Lower Fayetteville Road, the Friends of The LINC will be responsible for painting a mural inside. LINC is not an acronym, but simply a way of showcasing what the feature can do for the community, according to Greta deMayo, principal owner at KAIZEN Collaborative. “We chose the name ‘LINC’ because you have all these connected pieces and links getting you to different locations,” deMayo said. “The idea is naming these spurs for the places they go like the hospital, fairgrounds or downtown.” Funding for the project is expected to come from the 2019 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), along with impact fees for parks, and from the city’s unassigned fund balance, which includes money accumulated over time that isn’t assigned to a specific project or program, according to Assistant City Manager Hasco Craver. “This section is designed to be a showpiece and give users a great idea of what the trail system is supposed to be about,” Craver said.


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Navigating The Intersection ONE OF THE TOUGHEST THINGS ABOUT DRIVING IN COWETA COUNTY is figuring out how in the world to navigate the intersection of Bullsboro/ Jefferson Street with Jackson and Clark Streets, at the entrance to downtown Newnan. The plethora of signs don’t help much — perhaps they make it harder — and even experienced drivers don’t always pick the correct lane. But it’s not difficult. If you’re heading from Bullsboro into downtown, the right lane is for drivers who are either turning right to head north on Jackson/Hwy. 29, or going across to Clark/ Temple. The left lane is only for traffic heading into downtown Newnan. If you’re leaving downtown, a similar principle applies. The left lane is for those heading back to downtown or across to Clark/ Temple, and the right lane is only for those heading north on Jackson/Hwy. 29.

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We make a Living by what we get, but we make a Life by what we

Give.

— Winston Churchill

immediate gifts, bequests, Giving through endowments and volunteering to back support our nonprofit agencies.

What’s Raised in Coweta, Stays in Coweta.

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Senoia

Population

4,213

Median income

By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

DECEMBER

Memorial Day:

Light Up Senoia:

Senoia’s annual Memorial Day events include a parade, speakers, veteran’s meet and greet and arts and crafts market downtown during the day and fireworks at Marimac Lakes after dark. 30 Coweta Living 2018-19

To begin the Christmas season, there is the twilight Christmas parade, meeting with Santa and Santa’s workshop for the kids.

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In the past decade, Senoia has transformed from a sleepy small town to a bustling tourist attraction, filled with cute shops and restaurants and the occasional marauding zombie. The eastern Coweta town is a major filming site for zombie drama “The Walking Dead,” and has hosted numerous movie crews over the years. On a weekend when the weather is nice, “walker stalkers” and others flock to the town to eat, shop and look around. Senoia has seen considerable residential growth in the past few years, with more planned as large subdivisions are in the pipeline. There has been continuing commercial growth downtown, with new infill development and a new section of downtown being built on what was a residential street. Despite the growth, Senoia has managed to maintain a small-town, community feel. Several years ago the city council voted to allow golf carts on most city streets, and the city has slowly but surely worked to build a network of golf cart trails.

Senoia has been my dream city for as long as I can remember. We moved out here because I loved that it was so close to everything while still having that country, small downtown feel. It’s crazy seeing how much it has changed over the last 10 years since we moved here. I can’t imagine a better place to live. If my son wants ice cream or food or we want to go shopping for a gift that is unique, we get on our golf cart and drive five minutes.

— Rachel Roescher


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According to the city’s website, “If you want to stick out like a sore thumb, feel free to mispronounce Senoia. No one will say anything, but everyone will know you are not a ‘local.’” Plenty of people – even some city officials – do pronounce the word like it’s spelled – “Sehnoy-yuh.” And on occasion, you may even hear someone say “Seh-no-uh.” For those who want to be “in the know,” it rhymes with boy. Just remember, “the boy from Senoia.”

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Grantville

Population

3,226

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Median income

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$47,413

“Life is grand in Grantville,” is the motto of the small town located off Interstate 85 in Coweta County. Once home to a thriving textile mill, the town is full of historical buildings such as Bonnie Castle or the Colley House, which is said to be haunted. The city has also been a filming location for AMC’s hit TV show, “The Walking Dead,” as well as some movies. The city has put an emphasis on the sense of community and working with one another. One example is how the police department has spearheaded several community events – along with the help of churches, organizations, and members of the community – such as a Christmas Tree Lighting/Parade, Trunk or Treat, Easter egg hunt and community forums. The city is looking into internet options for citizens and bringing more business to the city and downtown area.

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Grantville Chili and Blues Festival This festival brings blues musicians to town for a festive celebration. The 2018 Chili and Blues is Sept. 15 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and will include a tribute to U.S. veterans.

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“My family and I enjoy living in Grantville because it’s a great place for families. It’ts close to the interstate, shopping and restaurants. We feel safe, and our neighborhoods are quiet.” – Tareshia Henry


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Eighth safest metro-Atlanta community, according to Niche.com in 2016.

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Grantville is named for L.P. Grant, chief engineer of the Atlanta and West Point Railroad

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In 1901, Grantville was established as a village of West Point Pepperell – a manufacturer of sheets, towels, and apparel – which opened a knitting mill to produce various cotton products that later included uniforms for allied troops fighting in the First World War. (from Grantville.ga.org).

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Moreland

Population

434

Median income

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$66,563

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Moreland, located in south central Coweta County, has had many names. Initially a rural crossroads named Mt. Zion, it was Puckett Station for many years before receiving its current name. Moreland is proud of its history. The town has two museums – the Erskine Caldwell Birthplace and Museum and the Hometown Heritage Museum, which includes a tribute to writer and humorist Lewis Grizzard. The museums are operated by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, a nonprofit organization that also maintains the God’s Little Acre demonstration garden. Moreland is home to an elementary school, a post office and two active churches. Town offices are located in a historic hosiery mill, which also is the site of one of the museums and a large public meeting space. A Streetscapes project, funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation, began in June and will transform the downtown area. The downtown square, once covered with concrete, now offers a charming green area for public gatherings, a playground and a pleasant place for Moreland residents to walk when the weather is good.

On or near July 4 each year, this event always draws a crowd.

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The people are so nice. Moreland is a good place to raise a family. Everything about Moreland I love.

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Olympic runner Mattline Render is from Moreland. She won a gold medal at the Pan American Games in 1971 and placed fourth in the relay at the 1972 Olympic Summer Games.

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Moreland is named for Dr. John F. Moreland, doctor for the Atlanta and West Point Railroad

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The train still comes through Moreland regularly. Locals joke that no public gathering – council meeting, concert, wedding, funeral or church service – can take place without the train whistle sounding.

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OUR TOWNS | SHARPSBURG

Sharpsburg

Population

361

By TAYLOR ROBINS

Median income

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$66,500

Sharpsburg, which is nestled in the eastern part of Coweta County, was founded in 1825 and spans across 0.60 square miles. The town is described as “a small rural incorporated village.” Though small, Sharpsburg is full of history. Although the town was founded in 1871, the area was settled much earlier. Cotton was the major economic engine for decades, and Sharpsburg once had its own bank. Today, the Sharpsburg post office serves a wide area in eastern Coweta, far beyond the the city limits. The schools in the area include: Poplar Road Elementary, Willis Road Elementary, Lee Middle School, East Coweta Middle School, East Coweta High School, and two private schools, Central Christian School and Trinity Christian School. The town includes a recreation center that provides art and dance classes and quiltmaking. The Hunter Complex is nearby, and there is also a small and quaint lending library in town. Sharpsburg encourages visitors to, “Take a step back in time and enjoy our old town charm.”

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Sharpsburg is a great place to live and raise a family. It's a place people will wave at you, come by when you move in, and ask how how you're doing when they see you out. We're excited to offer community events, and we also have amenities, including a great new park and a playground in a for kids.

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Sharpsburg is named for Elias Sharp, a Confederate veteran and judge who owned one of the first homes in Sharpsburg.


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The tiny town of Turin is a small farming community along Hwy. 16 in eastern Coweta. Once a bustling town with two doctors, a bank, drug store, dry goods store and acres of peach trees, Turin is a quieter place today with several businesses and a tightly-knit community. Turin has its own water system, which also serves Sharpsburg, and is starting a community garden. The town has a post office, with p.o. boxes only. Mail delivery is from Sharpsburg. Several years ago the city restored the Walter B. Hill Industrial School, which was the county’s only vocational school for African-American students from 1927 to 1953. The restored school serves as the town hall and is also rented out for events. Much of Turin is historic homes, and there is one subdivision, The Oaks, founded in 2005.

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Every August, antique tractors parade through Turin. Things kick off Friday with the street dance sponsored by the town, and Saturday is the tractor parade and show and the tractor pull. The tractor pull has antique, modern and modified classes, as well as the popular pedalrace for kids.

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“I like it because my husband liked it. He really loved Turin, it was a farming community and he liked to farm. I’ve lived here 60 some-odd years, and I still like it. It’s a small little community. There are a lot of nice things in Turin.” — Ella Hill Johnson, 101 years old

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Keith Brooking, a former linebacker in the National Football League who played for the Atlanta Falcons, Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos, graduated from East Coweta High School in Sharpsburg in 1994. After his high school career ended, he attended and played for Georgia Tech before becoming a first round pick in the 1998 NFL Draft.


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Haralson

Population

187

By TAYLOR ROBINS

Median income

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$61,250

Haralson is Coweta’s smallest municipality with less than 200 residents. Like Grantville, Haralson’s city limits lap over into Meriwether County, though most of the town’s residents live in Coweta. In recent months, the town has begun construction on a walking path extension and a new gazebo. The new path goes around the playground so that parents can walk and still see their children on the playground. The pavilion at the city’s park has also seen an upgrade. Haralson is located just a few miles from the Flint River and was one of the first areas of the county to be settled. Many early residents were German immigrants, and their descendants still live in Haralson. Mt. Pilgrim Lutheran Church, established in 1839, was the first Lutheran church established north of Macon in Georgia. Mt. Pilgrim continues to be active as do Methodist and Baptist congregations in the city and others nearby. The community’s old school building has housed a Head Start program for several years. Williams Grocery is legendary for its sausage, and other businesses in town include a feed-and-seed store, a furniture store and a “Walking Dead” tour. Mayor Audrey Holiday remarked recently on the young people who are now finding a home in Haralson.

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“I like the quaintness of a small town – knowing your neighbor and being concerned about your neighbor. Our children were raised here and – the environment they were raised in – they still think of Haralson as home.”

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Scenes for “Superfly” were filmed in Haralson in early 2018. The town’s first brush with Hollywood was a 1975 film, “Moonrunners,” starring James Mitchum and Kiel Martin.

Haralson is named for U.S. Rep. Hugh A. Haralson.

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In June 2018, Haralson was recognized for being recertified as a City of Ethics by the Georgia Municipal Association. The City of Ethics program began in 1999 and was developed by a panel of business and government leaders to encourage cities to adopt and adhere to a set of key ethical principles and adopt a local ethics ordinance.

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here are lots of festivals held in Coweta County throughout the year:

ROBERT BURNS CELEBRATION WEEKEND – Also known as the Scottish Heritage Weekend Celebration, this festival on the first weekend in February honors Scottish poet Robert Burns, who wrote the lyrics to the well-known tune “Auld Lang Syne” and the poem/song “A Red, Red Rose.” Burns was born in Ayr, Scotland, which is the “sister city” to Newnan. With both public and ticketed events, festivities include a traditional Scottish supper, bagpipes and dancing. The event is sponsored by the NewnanCoweta Historical Society and area Burns admirers. MARKET DAY – Market Day is hosted by Main Street

Newnan on the first Saturday of every month from AprilDecember, around the courthouse square in downtown Newnan, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Each month there are 50 booths with a variety of unique handmade or home-grown

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products. Pickin’ on the Square, a drop-in acoustic gathering, often brings musicians downtown during Market Day. Everyone is welcome.

ARTZ IN THE PARK – This annual event, sponsored by Southern Arc Dance, is held the first Saturday of May at Greenville Street Park. The festival is “all about diversity in the arts.”

TUCKED AWAY MUSIC FESTIVAL – This free

festival, held by Main Street Newnan each May, brings bands to play and sing in alleys and other “tucked away” spots downtown. It’s a fun way to bring attention to the hidden gems around town.

MEMORIAL DAY REMEMBRANCE AND STREET FESTIVAL – Senoia observes Memorial Day

with a patriotic program and a street festival followed by fireworks at Marimac Lakes Park.

SUMMER WINED-UP – The Summer Wined-Up is

a downtown wine-tasting event taking place each year during the month of June. Individual tastings occur at downtown businesses, where guests experience a “wine walk” that moves through over 25 host locations. The merchants that host this event feature different hors d'oeuvres and a variety of whites, reds, and specialty blend wines for guests to sample. Main Street Newnan only releases a limited number of tickets.

JAZZ IN THE PARK – Following the Summer Wined-Up event in downtown Newnan, Jazz in the Park takes place in Greenville Street Park, presented by the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission. Everyone is invited to enjoy a picnic dinner, and bring their lawn


NewnanNights are monthly events with vendors and music at Greenville Street Park. They are held during the summer from 6-8 p.m.

GRANTVILLE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL – New in 2018, Grantville holds a festival prior to fireworks around July 4. PUCKETT STATION ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET – The Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance

sponsors the Puckett Station festival in conjunction with the Independence Day barbecue held in Moreland each year.

MAKERS DAY – Sponsored by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and the Artisans Heritage Guild, this event brings local artists to the historic Newnan Train Depot. Visitors can talk with and observe artisans at work. Typically held in July, the 2019 date will be announced later. LABOR DAY ARTS FESTIVAL – This event is a revitalization of the old Powers’ Crossroad Arts Festival that once was a popular local Labor Day weekend staple. Downtown Newnan shoppers can breathe in the fragrant aromas of handmade candles, soaps and lotions. The Newnan-Coweta Art Association sponsors the festival. NEWNAN ART WALK – The Newnan Art Walk

MUNCHKIN MASQUERADE – Every year on

Halloween, downtown Newnan businesses welcome young trick-or-treaters from 10 a.m. until noon, handing out candy and other treats.

FALL FESTIVALS – A large number of Fall Festivals and similar events are held at schools and churches across the county around Halloween. Many offer Trunk-or-Treat, costume contests and other activities for families. Plans are also underway to add a spring festival in 2019 that will celebrate the community’s unity. The idea for the new festival springs from the unifying experiences that took place in April 2018 prior to and during the National Socialist Movement’s rally. A date has not yet been set. It will not be the exact weekend of the NSM event, since that will be Easter weekend this year. Some organizers would rather not make the day of the neo-Nazi rally into an annual festival, though there is wide support for some type of celebration.

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GRANTVILLE CHILI AND BLUES FESTIVAL – This festival brings blues musicians to town for a festive celebration. The 2018 Chili and Blues Festival is Sept. 15 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and will include a tribute to U.S. veterans.

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SUMMER NEWNANNIGHTS – Summer

TASTE OF NEWNAN – Held twice each year, this Main Street Newnan event draws thousands to downtown to sample food from a wide variety of restaurants. The 2018 fall Taste of Newnan is Oct. 4 from 5-8:30 p.m.

CRUISIN’ TO THE OLDIES CAR SHOW – This

popular car show is held each fall in downtown Senoia. The 2018 Cruisin’ to the Oldies will be Sept. 29.

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TOP LEFT Zha’riyah Anderson enjoys a candied apple from Golden’s on the Square, as she and her family walk through the many vendors set up for Taste of Newnan. The family event is held twice each year and offers a range of food from entrées to ice cream.

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Third year of GA CATT program means

first apprentice graduation By REBECCA LEFTWICH becky@newnan.com

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s the third year of the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training’s German-style apprenticeship program began, it marked the beginning of a new adventure for some students who are participating for the first time. For Levi Coe, it’s a time of transition – and celebration. The first candidate chosen by an industry partner, Coe’s completion of three years of GA CATT training and graduation from Northgate High School are milestones for the teenager and for the program. For Coe – who often speaks to prospective participants about his experiences – the German-style apprenticeship program’s appeal was simple and practical. “I’ll never be looking for a job because there are always job opportunities in this field,” said Coe, an industrial mechanic apprentice at Grenzebach

Corporation in Newnan. “I can take this education and go anywhere.” GA CATT’s apprentices sign on for a three-year program that is based on a century-old German training system. About 500,000 young people enter the program in Germany each year, producing a sustainable workforce in hundreds of highly skilled trades ranging from mechanics and plumbing to banking and health care. Georgia’s German-style apprenticeship program is the first one of its kind in the nation, and it started in Coweta County in August 2016 with eight local manufacturers and a handful of high school sophomores – most of them, including Coe, only 15 years old at the time – who signed on to study industrial mechanics. All eight manufacturers interviewed students, and Grenzebach Corporation – a German manufacturer of technology and robotics for the building materials industry – got first pick. Martin Pleyer, a native of Germany who served as the company’s chief operating officer

until June 2018, played a pivotal role in helping develop and implement the GA CATT program. Pleyer started out in Germany’s apprenticeship program, choosing the manufacturing pathway and working his apprenticeship in a factory that made shopping carts. While Pleyer’s apprenticeship experience sparked an interest in engineering that eventually led him to study mechatronics at university, a majority of apprentices in the German system transition directly into the workforce. And because technical/ vocational education doesn’t carry the same stigma in Germany as it historically has had attached to it in the United States, many of those former apprentices work their way through the ranks to become sought-after executives. Coe learned about Coweta’s program through Erin Bass, the ninth-grade guidance counselor at Northgate High School. He attended an informational meeting in the school’s cafeteria and took literature home to his father, Luke, who helped

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him research industrial mechanics and the opportunities in that job field and then attended a parent meeting for prospective apprentices. The apprenticeship program offers high school sophomores the opportunity to complete their high school diplomas while at the same time earning credit toward associate degrees and participating in paid training with local manufacturers. GA CATT allows students to begin their apprenticeships in 10th grade with a combination of traditional high school classes, college-level manufacturing courses, and apprenticeship modules that will pay them $8/hour. By the 12th grade, students will spend 80 percent of their days learning at the manufacturing site and earning $12/hour. After three years of training, apprentices will have earned as much as $25,000 in pay, their high school diplomas, college credits and credit toward an associates degree. Apprentices will also have the opportunity to sit for German certification, which is recognized throughout the world. Georgia’s Move on When Ready dual-enrollment program allows participants to complete the apprenticeship program at no cost, opening the doors wide for all students as more career fields add apprenticeship opportunities. Coe said his parents fully supported his participation. “My mom has always been supportive of what I’ve done as long as I’ve bettered myself, and my dad said, ‘You’d better jump on this opportunity,’” said Coe, who has run a lawn care business since he was 14, doing his own equipment maintenance and repair, and fixing up vehicles to resell. He is on track for an associates degree in precision manufacturing, is on West Georgia Technical College’s president’s list and maintained all A’s and B’s in his high school classes. Despite the occasional hiccup in the newly

established course, Coe is an outspoken advocate for the GA CATT program and often speaks on behalf of apprentices at recruiting events. Coe said he’s honest with younger students, telling them apprenticeships are not just about abbreviated school days and regular paychecks. “I’ve told them it’s sweat equity, growing up and being an adult,” he said. “The shortened schedule and the money aren’t really all they need to be interested in. You need to be interested in a job, a degree, an education and experience.” It’s something Coe began learning at 15, he said, when his idea of interviewing for an apprenticeship was putting on nice clothes and answering a few questions. His father gave him his first lesson. “He said, ‘If you want to be the best, you have to present yourself as the best,’” Coe said. “He helped me make a resume with the things I’ve accomplished, and he helped me think about how to interact with the people who would be interviewing me.” Since then, Coe has worked steadily through school and project modules, juggling school and work schedules. He said he feels like he began to understand more about how to function in a reallife workplace as he spent more and more time at Grenzebach. “This program has taught me a lot about how to start a job, how to carry myself in a workplace, how to be courteous to others,” Coe said. “It’s a lot of responsibility, and you have to take that seriously. There’s a time clock, and I have to punch in. There’s no five-minute bell. You’re either on time here or you’re not.” Coe didn’t participate in high school extracurriculars like sports or clubs, but the

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reating a businessfriendly and competitive economic climate has been a priority for those seeking to recruit industry to Coweta County. The city of Newnan continues to focus on keeping the region a leader in economic development and readily available for new opportunities. Newnan currently serves as a regional hub for retail – attracting visitors from the eight surrounding counties. The economic success of the region is clear through an exceptionally low vacancy rate for industrial and commercial space. By keeping an eye on what potential companies want to see in a community, the city of Newnan aims to maintain a competitive edge over other areas that are also actively recruiting businesses, Assistant City Manager Hasco Craver said. “The city operates in a hypercompetitive environment, not unlike a private enterprise,” he said. “As changing trends create additional pressure, we have to work harder to cultivate sustained economic success." In the past, development opportunities were primarily focused on buildings, dirt and infrastructure. Craver said companies are now seeking elements that focus on quality of life. Recent initiatives such as the LINC – a multi-use trail system – and a dog 46 Coweta Living 2018-19

park, are among several projects the city has introduced in an effort to address the quality of life demands of business and potential residents. “We’ve heard from economic development partners that having these kinds of facilities in the community is important when attempting to relocate projects,” Craver said. “Developers are required to monitor housing, recreation, hospitality and tourism." In terms of new development, the city is continuing to recruit specific industry development types such as health care, destination retail, higher education, professional services, entrepreneurs and entertainment. “For those seeking new development and investments, those are the areas where we feel we can offer our most attractive incentive package,” Craver said. “We’re very specific in attempting to recruit in these types of areas.” By offering a variety of incentives such as expedited permitting, waiving fees associated with opening businesses and construction projects, affordable plan-review fees and occupation-tax fees, the city and county hope to help recruit new growth to the area. “In order to remain competitive, you have to be willing to provide certain types of incentives to certain types of projects,” Craver said. “What we have done in Newnan is, instead of giving everyone an incentive regardless of their project, we have chosen to be very specific. “Because we’re good stewards of our city’s resources, we’re specific on

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At the city of Newnan, Hasco Craver and Cleatus Phillips are working to ensure the city maintains a competitive edge of other areas who are actively recruiting business.

what we will give and what we will not give.” While the city maintains a businessfriendly attitude toward new development, City Manager Cleatus Phillips said Newnan is still a relatively new candidate for developers who are accustomed to taking projects to north metro Atlanta. “At times, it’s easier for a group or investor to get a job done on the northside because their success record is proven time and time again,” Phillips said. “In Newnan, we’re still a little unknown, so there’s just a little apprehension there for some developers.” Phillips said today’s project managers seem focused on the construction of warehouses on the south side, while corporate offices tend to gravitate toward midtown Atlanta. For the last several years, the city has pushed to actively recruit more corporate offices to Newnan – not necessarily the primary headquarters, but satellite facilities. “We want them to know that Newnan can do it, too – it’s not unique to us,” Phillips said. Mayor Keith Brady has challenged the city to develop a more up-front “open for business” strategy in an effort for developers to see the opportunities that await in Newnan. “Everything we’re doing with imagination needs to be in front of your face,” Brady said. “We’re open to all ideas. Not every plan submitted will be in the best interest of the community, but we’re here to talk it through.”


filming boom started in Coweta By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

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hese days, movies and television shows are filming everywhere in Georgia. Studios with massive sound stages are being built, technical schools are offering courses for those who want to work in the film industry and film industry workers are moving to the state. It all started in Coweta. The Georgia movie industry was mostly dead in the early 2000s. A flurry of filming in the early 1990s with movies like “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Pet Sematary Two,” “The War” and “Andersonville” — all filmed in Coweta, by the way — had faded away. Canada began offering tax incentives for film projects, and a recession had struck. Senoia’s Riverwood Studios, founded in 1989, sat quietly for years. In 2003, Louisiana started offering tax incentives to lure productions. It worked. Around that time, Scott Tigchelaar and Paul Lombardi of Riverwood met with then-State Sen. Mitch Seabaugh to talk about creating a filming incentive in Georgia. Seabaugh, an accountant, asked how a sustainable incentive could work. And then the men got busy making it happen. Tigchelaar put Seabaugh in touch with with the head of taxes for Disney, and Seabaugh visited Hollywood. The state’s first tax incentive for filming took effect in 2005. It was tweaked and improved, and the current incentive took effect in 2008. And the rest, as they say, is history. The industry has grown steadily over the past 10 years, and Senoia, once the epicenter of the new film industry, has been overshadowed by massive studios such as Pinewood in Fayetteville, Atlanta Metro Studios on the former Shannon Mall site in Union City and EUE Screen Gems at the old Lakewood Fairgrounds. But things are still busy in Coweta. There’s “The Walking Dead” in and around Senoia, and other productions come to various places in Coweta for a few days. “The Walking Dead” began filming its ninth season in the spring of 2018. Every season but the first one has been based in Senoia at Riverwood Studios, which later operated as Raleigh Studios Atlanta. In the summer of 2017, AMC, creator of “The Walking Dead,” purchased the studio.

The biggest non-Walking Dead production to come to Coweta in the past year was “The House with the Clock in its Walls,” a Jack Black and Cate Blanchett movie that filmed in downtown Newnan and at the Parrott-CampSoucy House on Greenville Street. Downtown Newnan was transformed for a few days, with different storefront signs, and 1950s-era cars. The movie’s scheduled release date is Sept. 21, 2018. In the spring of 2018, the historic 1904 Courthouse in downtown Newnan was transformed into a boarding school for “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets.” “They had it all dressed up like a school house inside,” said Tray Baggarly, Coweta’s event services director and Film Ready liaison. “They had portraits all over the walls, and chalkboards. The jury room was turned into a classroom.” In 2017, a television pilot called “Insatiable,” a dark comedy about beauty pageants, filmed at the courthouse and around Newnan. It was picked up by Netflix for 13 episodes. Baggarly recently got a visit from the producers. At first, he thought they wanted to use the courthouse again — which would be a problem for a recurring series, as the courthouse is still in use by Coweta Probate Court and the Coweta Convention and Visitors Bureau. Instead, “they said, ‘We want to come back and photograph the same areas we used and we’re going to build it at the studio,’ ” Baggarly said. Senoia has long been a hot spot for movie tourists — people still come to visit to see places where “Fried Green Tomatoes” was filmed, and tourists from around the world now flock to the town for “The Walking Dead.” Senoia’s Bridge Street bridge is where Ruth and Idgie watched Buddy as he was killed by the train in FGT, and Newnan’s Avalon Health and Rehabilitation, then Starcrest Nursing Home, was where Evelyn met Mrs. Threadgood. The medical facility began life as Newnan’s black hospital during segregation. Though “The Walking Dead” is based in Senoia, it’s been filmed all over Coweta. Scenes were filmed at Newnan High School, the former Caldwell Tanks buildings in downtown, downtown Sharpsburg, downtown Grantville, the former Oaks Motel on U.S. 29 South, the former Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Hospital Road and along railroad tracks in downtown Newnan, to name a few. The former hospital has become a popular filming location and in summer of 2018 was being used for the television series “The Gifted,” an X-Men spinoff. The “walkers” weren’t the first zombies to come to Coweta. Downtown Newnan was turned into a postapocalyptic war zone for “Zombieland,” the 2009 movie starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg. Bill Murray, who was also in town filming “Get Low,” had a cameo in the film. Other movies filmed in Coweta over the years include “Sweet Home Alabama,” “The Founder,” and scenes from “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I.” Coweta Living 2018-19 47

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The Coweta County Development Authority is busy with several manufacturing projects. Trae Westmoreland, president of the Coweta County Development Authority, assumed his duties with the authority in January and said he wants to focus on bringing more office and professional firms to the Coweta. In a Newnan Times-Herald interview, Westmoreland said 73 percent of the county’s residents leave each day for jobs located elsewhere – according to data from a study done by the Center for Economic Development Research for the Coweta County Development Authority in May 2016. “Conversely, 45 percent of the jobs held in the county are held by someone living outside the county,” Westmoreland said. “We think locating office and professional jobs would bring the 73 percent leaving the community down.” Westmoreland said no other organization or firm has verified these numbers. Westmoreland said the authority will still focus on manufacturing. The authority – in conjunction with its workforce partners – hosted a job fair earlier this year and of the 203 applications taken during the job fair, 66 percent were residents of Coweta County.


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“That shows that there is still a big need for manufacturing jobs in our county,” he said. Atlanta-based Core5 Industrial Partners’ 109-acre, 1.1-millionsquare-foot industrial site at the Coweta Industrial Park has a tenant. Saddle Creek Logistics Services – a provider of supply chain solutions for retailers, manufacturers, and ecommerce companies – has leased the industrial building and is expected to create 300 new jobs in Coweta. Core5 specializes in industrial real estate. In addition to more industry coming to Coweta, the county’s unemployment rate has dropped, and more people are working in Coweta. The manufacturing sector has added about 935 jobs since 2017, according to data from Dr. William (Joey) Smith, chairman of the University of West Georgia’s economics department. Smith presents yearly economic data, pertaining to Coweta and other counties in the region. Smith said construction and retail jobs have grown, while the still-booming health care industry slowed down in job growth. The economics professor said the labor force is trending in an upward direction, and people are being hired as fast as new positions can be created.

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store that sells used items including appliances, building material, furniture, home decor and household goods. The store accepts donations from the public. All proceeds from the store fund administrative and construction expenses for Coweta County. Principles for the charity include demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ, focusing on shelter, advocating for affordable housing, promoting dignity and hope, and supporting sustainable and transformational development. After relocating from an industrial area near the Coweta County


Broad Street in downtown Newnan. NCHFH is now focused on raising money for the developments. The 1,225-square-foot homes will cost around $130,000. NCHFH plans to house up to 11 families in the next three years. The homes will be energy-efficient and have three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a single-car garage, fenced backyards, off-street parking, a development playground, and for those who qualify for housing, an interest-free monthly payment of around $600. The organization makes it mandatory for housing applicants to put in sweat equity. One way to do that is working at the ReStore. According to NCHFH’s website, “Using volunteer labor and tax deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds homes in partnership with future homeowner families. Habitat’s philosophy is to provide a ‘hand up’ rather than a ‘hand out.’” Volunteer opportunities are offered for a wide range of people and groups ages 13 and older.

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hile the population continues to steadily grow in every facet of Coweta County, so does the choice of medical facilities. The county seat of Newnan was dubbed the “medical mecca� a few years ago as Piedmont Newnan Hospital expanded their campus and the well-known Cancer Treatment Centers of America chose the city as the site for their fifth medical facility. Coweta County boasts health resources for those in need of shortterm and long-term rehabilitation care, those who are uninsured or underinsured and who need to see a doctor for minor illnesses or injuries over the weekend or on holidays. Whatever the need might be, the health care options are plentiful in Coweta County.

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fit the needs of the growing community. “Those investments include new equipment, new physicians and new space to care for patients,” Anderson said. “We want to serve Coweta County so they don’t feel like they need to go somewhere else for care.”

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Taking care of patients within their own community is the same goal of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America off Celebrate Life Parkway near the Newnan Crossing Bypass. The medical center celebrated their five-year anniversary in 2017. Dr. Alan Yahanda, chief of staff, vice chair of surgery for CTCA and surgical oncologist, said the way they treat cancer vastly changed in 2017. “It was a huge year. There was a paradigm shift in the way we care for cancer,” Yahanda said. “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a drug based on a genetic marker. This is cancer care for the future … treating it genetically, not generically.” Yahanda said there are currently 19 clinical trials open at CTCA, and more will become available for patients next year. Officials with the Cancer Treatment Centers America Southeast Region are also planning for more growth in the future, but not necessarily on the Newnan campus. “Our care delivery is not confined to the hospital,” said Anne Meisner, CEO of the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Southeast Region. “We have to find ways to help our patients at home. We’re looking at telemedicine or having outpatient clinics… and provide services in other areas.” “We want to keep pushing our objective to become the best cancer treatment center here, by continuing to bring in high-quality, top-notch staff and better, innovative treatments,” said Yahanda. According to Meisner, Newnan’s CTCA has helped

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program, or PCI, and the Faye Hendrix-Ware Breast Health Center. The latter facility features state-of-the-art Diagnostic Mammograms, 3D mammography, breast ultrasound and advanced MRI. With the addition of the PCI program, Piedmont Newnan added two new cardiac catheterization labs — both filled with state-of-the-art equipment. The program means the medical center is now equipped to diagnose a heart attack and provide nonsurgical life-saving treatment, such as inserting stents into blocked arteries. Piedmont Newnan Hospital is also certified to operate as a Level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU. This means doctors and staff can deliver and care for an infant born at 28 weeks or earlier, plus provide services for babies with serious medical issues or illnesses. The hospital also expanded the Women’s Services Department to include the private NICU and additional labor, delivery and recovery rooms. Piedmont Newnan has also been recognized for their commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment and that doctors and staff follow the most up-to-date guidelines to speed up patient recovery times, plus reducing death and disabilities for stroke patients. Piedmont Newnan CEO Mike Robertson said the hospital is keeping up with patient demands coming in from around the region, which includes hiring 16-18 doctors who all work in a variety of medical specialities. The hospital will add another 18 beds to the facility in 2018, most of which will be housed on the fifth floor in the former administrative wing of the building, Robertson said. The new fifth-floor wing is expected to be open in November 2018. Piedmont Newnan is also close to finalizing plans to construct a second medical building on campus, along with a smaller facility that will house conference rooms and a new administrative wing. But the biggest change of all won’t take place on the hospital’s campus. A new exit ramp is currently under construction from Interstate 85 onto Poplar Road, right beside the hospital. That means people will have an easier and quicker way to get to Piedmont Newnan. The projected growth may mean building a new medical tower on the campus and adding more than 100 licensed beds, Robertson added. “It’s a sense of pride when you take care of the community in the same sense you take care of your family,” Robertson said. Buck Anderson, executive director of Piedmont Newnan, said the hospital is investing in construction to


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URGENT CARE CLINICS People living in south Coweta County have a new place to visit if they suddenly become sick or injured. The Med Afford Express Care Walk In clinic is now open at 1 Main St. in downtown Grantville. According to a document sent to Grantville city leaders, Med Afford treats patients with minor injuries and illnesses, such as sinus and respiratory infections, lacerations, eye infections, abscesses, bladder infections, toothache and abdominal or back pain, just to name a few. Once a person becomes an established patient, the staff can help folks with ongoing medical issues, like hypertension, diabetes, thyroid problems, migraines plus mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, the document said. The Med Afford staff can also test for STDs and tuberculosis, plus perform physicals for student athletes and complete blood work. “They treat everything short of needing an ambulance to take you to a hospital,” said Grantville City Manager Al Grieshaber. “I think having your own primary care physician in your hometown makes a tremendous difference. I’ve had employees who don’t feel well and I lose them for a full day because they have to travel into Newnan to see a doctor. “Living in the southern part of the county, we have a problem getting

our medical challenges taken care of in a timely manner,” he added. The medical facility is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., but the staff may adjust the hours according to the needs of the community. Med Afford is similar to the Summit Urgent Care clinic located at 1825 E. Highway 34 in Newnan, which is open seven days a week, plus holidays. Patients do not need to schedule an appointment, according to summiturgentcare365.com The clinic accepts most insurance policies, and has several self-pay options. The Summit Urgent Care provides assistance for a variety of maladies, including possible broken bones and animal bites. The staff will also assist with yearly checkups, employment and sports physicals, and annual flu shots, just to name a few.

COWETA SAMARITAN CLINIC

Coweta County residents who are uninsured can still receive medical care in the community. The Coweta Samaritan Clinic is located at 137 Jackson St. in Newnan and provides primary medical care to people ages 19 years and older. According to the clinic’s website, their care is free of charge, but potential patients must meet a few requirements: people must be residents of Coweta County, have no health insurance and have a household income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The Coweta Samaritan Clinic focuses on clinical diagnoses and accepts patients by appointment only. The medical facility does not provide emergency or urgent care and does not treat walk-in patients. Doctors and volunteer staff treat and help patients manage chronic diseases including hypertension,


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diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, depression and respiratory disease, according to the Coweta Samaritan clinic website. Specialists in cardiology, dermatology, endocrinology, gynecology and neurology volunteer their time and talents at the medical center on a monthly basis. The clinic also assists patients in securing medications, provides patient education classes and connects patients with other community resources to better meet their needs.

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There are several programs and services in place to assist people of all ages who may be coping with emotional and mental issues and developmental disabilities. The Pathways Behavioral Health Clinic is an accredited facility located at 59 Hospital Road in Newnan. Pathways has several outpatient

programs for adults and children, such as individual and family counseling, therapy and skill-based groups, crisis intervention and psychiatric assessments, according to their website. The developmental disabilities program offers an array of services around Coweta County, such as day programs, residential support, employment and social activities. Pathways also provides a 24 hour / 7 day a week short-term crisis intervention service, called Mobile Crisis Services, or MCS. The program is for adults, children and adolescents undergoing an acute crisis who also present a risk of imminent harm to self or others, according to the Pathways website. MCS provides an alternative to emergency room care, law enforcement involvement, institutional placement or a state hospital admission, the website stated.

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he performing arts scene in Coweta County continues to grow – and so does the diverse talent. Actors, singers, dancers and musicians grace the stages in many local theaters, auditoriums, bars and even in the Greenville Street Park. Coweta County supports local talent, but also welcomes performers from across the country.

THE CHARLES WADSWORTH AUDITORIUM

The structure that houses the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium was built in 1938 at 25 Jefferson Street. While a performing arts auditorium was part of the construction plans, the facility would also serve as a municipal building. It housed the city clerk’s office, the Newnan Police Department, the city jail, and the Newnan Water and Light Commission, just to name a few. But the auditorium was the real pride and joy of Coweta County during that time. It held many precious memories for residents, from concerts and recitals, to plays and guest

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LEFT John Mollettiere, technical director, left, chats with Cathe Nixon inside the 1,000-seat auditorium. Nixon is the director of the Donald W. Nixon Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts.

speakers, to high school graduations and special ceremonies for local organizations. The building was renamed in 1998 after classical pianist Charles Wadsworth, who grew up in Newnan. The city’s police and utility departments were later moved into new facilities. The auditorium was renovated and refurbished. It was rededicated in honor of Wadsworth in 2008. The auditorium still hosts various concerts, an array of musical artists, ballet recitals and much more.

THE DONALD W. NIXON CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS

The Nixon Centre is located in the center of Coweta County at 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road and hosts around 300 shows each year. The facility is different from its other counterparts because the Nixon Centre is owned and operated by the Coweta County School System. Superintendent Richard Brooks had envisioned a centralized school auditorium that could host all performing arts – from band concerts to musicals and plays to art shows. Don Nixon was hired to be the first center director before the facility was built, and he and his wife, Cathe, moved to Newnan from Texas. The dream became a reality in April 2004, thanks in part to grant money from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. “We watched it literally rise from the mud,” said Cathe Nixon, who became the center’s director after her husband’s death. The Nixon Centre not only hosts performances, but hosts art shows, offers summer camps for students, and holds educational classes for teachers and staff outside a traditional school setting. “This is truly a center for the arts, in all mediums and forms,” said Cathe. “The building is an extension of the classroom. Learning doesn’t stop after graduation. Learning takes all forms and we offer as many experiences as we can to enhance the learning process … this is a living, learning lab.” That method includes students learning to use state-of-the-art equipment, such as lighting and sound systems. Not only do all the Coweta County schools perform in the 1,000-seat auditorium, but the Nixon Centre also brings in national touring shows, like the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater and the Martha Graham Dance Company, plus theater companies performing

musicals, popular singers and musicians. The Donald W. Nixon Centre is known as the “gem” of Coweta County, said Cathe. “We are an integral part of the community and want to be a central part of the future, bigger picture of Coweta County,” she said. “We are multi-faceted. We want people to leave here changed, educated and full of information.”

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Live music can be found on just about every street corner in downtown Newnan. Local bands and musicians take center stage almost every weekend at The Alamo located at the corner of the court square and West Washington Street. The Alamo is steeped in rich history. It was originally built in 1890 as a movie theater. In more recent years, it became a club for musicians and performers. The building kept a 100-square-foot screen for people to watch sporting events during the day and their favorite bands onstage by night. According to the Alamo website, the bar hosts karaoke, singer /songwriter nights and game nights as well. Repurposing downtown businesses continues with the RPM Patio Pub and Grill at the corner of Jackson and Madison Streets. Formerly a gas station, it holds live, outdoor concerts, an open mic night, trivia, karaoke and a weekly event called “Pickin’ On The Patio,” which shines the spotlight on acoustic music and musicians. More live music pops up around the court square, ranging from rock ‘n’ roll to jazz and blues. Those places include The Cellar, a former Firestone shop, on Jefferson Street and Rednexican, a former pharmacy, on the court square. Historic downtown Newnan is not the only area to find musical accompaniment while dining indoors or outdoors. Both the Brickhouse Grill and Tavern, located on Bullsboro Drive, and the Corner Tavern, located on the Newnan Crossing Bypass, offer a variety of live bands and entertainment almost every night. Whether you want to dine and relax to the sounds of rhythm and blues, jam out to rock ‘n’ roll, take in the ballet or watch local students perform a popular play, Coweta County will have something everyone can enjoy. Coweta Living 2018-19 61


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great outdoors By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

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f you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors, there are parks aplenty in Coweta and the surrounding areas.

The biggest park around is the nearly 3,000-acre Chattahoochee Bend State Park. Located along the Chattahoochee River, “The Bend” has shady picnic areas, hiking trails, several camping options, geocaching, mountain bike trails and playgrounds. Three “adventure cabins” opened in June, and there are several future improvements planned, including the first public road access to the “bend” in the river that gives the park its name. The North Bend Road is tentatively scheduled to open in early fall of 2018. An active “friends” organization builds and maintains trails and does other regular volunteer work at the park. For more information, visit www.gastateparks.org/ chattahoocheebend or call 770-254-7271. For more information about the Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park, visit www.bendfriend.com . For a smaller nature experience, there is the Jim McGuffey Nature Center at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. This small area tucked into the woods features several walking trails, totaling just under one mile. They include a 0.12-mile paved trail for those in wheelchairs, as well as benches, picnic areas, a small pond and the nature center classroom area, which features interpretive signage. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5

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The McGuffey Nature Center at the Coweta County Fairgrounds has a few short nature trails, including a paved trail.

p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Brown’s Mill Battlefield Historic Site is a 100acre park on the site of the 1864 Battle of Brown’s Mill. The park has an interpretive trail and large field. Volunteers have recently worked on constructing


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Chattahoochee Bend State Park is nearly 3,000 acres and features camping and hiking.

additional walking/jogging trails. The park is located at 155 Millard Farmer Road, Newnan. For more information, call 770254-2627 or visit www.brownsmillbattlefield. org . The south Coweta town of Grantville is home to the only skate park in the county. Grantville also has a splash park and playgrounds. The city of Newnan has a variety of parks, from the stately areas of the Greenville Street Park to boisterous playgrounds. The Greenville Street Park has an amphitheater area that hosts concerts, weddings and other events, a fountain, picnic areas and benches along winding paths. Across Lagrange Street is the First Avenue Park with a playground, walking track and large field. Also downtown is the city park at Temple Avenue and Jackson Street, which is home to Veterans Memorial Plaza, benches and a fountain that features multicolored lights at night and is a pleasant place to spend a summer’s evening. The city’s other passive park is Cranford Park on Jackson Street. The three-quarter acre park is tucked next to the Carolyn Barron Montessori School. The most popular park in Coweta is Carl Miller Park on Sewell Road in Newnan, owned

and operated by Newnan Utilities. It’s the home of Kid’s Castle Park, as well as two other playgrounds, including one designed for young toddlers. In the warmer months, there’s a the splash park, and there are four pavilions that can be reserved by Newnan Utilities customers, one first-come-first-served pavilion, snack machines, a walking track, restrooms and plenty of covered picnic tables and swings. The park closes at night. C.J. Smith Park on Farmer Street has two playgrounds, including one that is heavily shaded, and two ball fields. The park is adjacent to the African American Heritage Museum and cemetery. Ray Park on Spring Street was extensively rebuilt by the city a few years ago, and now includes a playground, walking area, field, small pavilion, gazebo, a bridge over a creek and lush landscaping. First Avenue, Greenville Street, Carl Miller and Ray parks have public restrooms. New this year is the Howard Warner playground, located at the Howard Warner community center at 55 Savannah St.. Constructed in 1935, the building originally served as Coweta County's African-American high school in Newnan, and now functions as a second location for The Boys & Girls club. For

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Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites Director Becky Kelly, left, and State Rep. Lynn Smith check out the porch of one of the new cabins at Chattahoochee Bend.

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more information, call 770-999-9151. Senoia has the city park on Seavy Street and the Marimac Lakes Park. The Seavy Street park has a large playground that was recently redone, picnic areas, restrooms and the Freeman Sasser building which can be rented for special events. Marimac Lakes has three lakes and a walking trail. It’s a popular fishing spot – though fishing is catch-andrelease only – and fishing is free for city residents, as long as they have a Georgia fishing license. For those who live outside of the city limits, you can purchase a permit from city hall. Permits are $10 for a day or $40 a year. There are other small playgrounds in the area, including at the Central soccer complex off Ebenezer Church Road and the Clay-Wood Center off Heery Road. Cochran Mill Park, Line Creek Nature Center, and McIntosh Reserve are large nature parks just outside Coweta. Cochran Mill, in Chattahoochee Hills, has an extensive network of hiking, mountain-biking, and 64 Coweta Living 2018-19

equestrian trails. There is also a playground and reservable picnic pavilion. There have been extensive improvements and trail additions in the past several years. The property was the former site of a grist mill and features two large streams. Across the street from the parking area and down a hill is the main waterfall, where portions of the old mill run can still be seen, and a trail takes hikers up to the top. The bridge near the main waterfall has been closed off for years, and there is no dry crossing. The easiest way to cross is to slip off your shoes and cross in the shallow part of the stream to the left of the bridge. Mountain-bike trails, which have become popular, as well as equestrian trails, are accessed from the parking lot, and trailer parking is available. Parking is $5 per two-axle vehicle or free for Chattahoochee Hills Residents. You can purchase an annual pass for $25. Passes expire Dec. 31. Line Creek Nature Area in Peachtree City has a network of trails along Line

Creek, and can be great for wading in the warmer months. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, and admission is free. McIntosh Reserve outside Whitesburg is across the Chattahoochee River from Coweta. There are many campsites – with no hookups – along the river. There is an extensive network of equestrian trails and hiking trails, playgrounds, a splash park, fishing lakes, a wide and pleasant trail along the river and a river overlook in the 527-acre park. The reserve was the home of Creek Chief William McIntosh, who was executed by fellow Creeks who were angry over his signing of the Treaty of Indian Springs, which ceded Creek land east of the Chattahoochee. McIntosh is buried on the property, and a log cabin on the site is similar to one that he might have lived in. For more information, call 770-830-5879.


The patio at RPM Full Service Patio Pub and Grill located in downtown Newnan.

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eople don’t have to travel far in Coweta County before being surrounded by the appetizing aroma of the nearest restaurant, cafe, bakery or bar. Whether by car or on foot, it won’t take long to find that special spot with the sweet and savory dishes your taste buds were yearning for. Several big name, chain restaurants have made their home along the Bullsboro Drive /Highway 34 corridor and the Newnan Crossing Bypass. Folks can take their pick of sit-down dining or drive-thru meals with one pass down any of the county’s major thoroughfares. For a more unique and fun approach to Coweta County’s many international

cuisines, head into the downtown areas of Newnan and Senoia. “The food is delicious at the Bistro Hilary in Senoia,” said Debbie Smetana. “This gem is a refreshing addition to the restaurant scene in Coweta County. Great food, attentive service and a wonderful atmosphere.” “The ‘Taco man’ at the Oasis Bar and Grill, right off Greenville Street across from Binion Tire is excellent,” said Neely Darragh Almand. “We are pretty crazy about Chylacas, too.” Whether it’s Mexican, French, Thai, German, Mexican or Italian food tempting your taste buds, people can enjoy a global dining experience within the county. But you can’t live in the South without feasting on some sweet and tangy barbecue and old-fashioned, Southern fried cooking. “My absolute favorite place to eat is Golden's,” said Linda Ballard. “It's a family restaurant that I’ve been going to since I was a kid. Great Southernstyle food with a family-friendly atmosphere.” “Sprayberry’s is my favorite,” said Earlene Scott. “I love their barbecue and their stew. Their specials each day are great. Thursday is meatloaf, butter beans and squash casserole.” “Town and Country on Franklin Highway —I love to eat the fried catfish on Fridays,” said Peggy Rohe Covey. Fortunately, Coweta County has many dining options to choose from – locally owned restaurants right off Court Square to small diners, hidden among stores in shopping centers

or stand-alone buildings along back country roads. “The best tucked-away place is Bee’z Eats,” said Arden Avery. “They have a lot of fried food, ‘comfort’ foods and seafood … Their menu is so extensive, it would take a lifetime to get through it all.” “The Oink Joint in downtown Newnan is hidden and needs to be brought to light,” said Ashley Taylor. “It's so good, and not over-priced.” For some, the atmosphere is just as important as the food. Coweta County offers fine dining to casual cafes and sports bars. “I like RPM. Not only do you get great service, the employees go out of their way for your four-legged friends,” said Cresandra Anderson. “I always enjoy the patio and hanging out with my pup.” “We go to Knife and Stone for an upscale dinner,” said Almand. “It’s bigcity quality in a small town.” Coweta County also offers a variety of warm, aromatic coffee shops and fun, tasty bakeries filled with decadent, tasty treats. Leaf and Bean on the courthouse square in Newnan has become a popular spot to meet friends and catch up over a cup of locally roasted coffee. Katie Lou’s Cafe in Senoia is another popular spot for diners to pop in and grab a cup of coffee or a plate of downhome cooking. With so many restaurants to choose from, the excellent selections make Coweta County a diner’s delight. Coweta Living 2018-19 65

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Shopping in Coweta By KANDICE BELL

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oweta County continues to develop as a retail destination, a place where county residents and visitors can purchase clothing, technology and household items, but now merchants are giving people more opportunities to “shop local.” Historic downtown Newnan is filled with merchants that offer items ranging from home decor, clothing, fashion accessories and food – including beer, wine, cheese, coffee and chocolate – that stem from local origins. Cosmetics, specialty items such as dance or running attire, handmade art, toys and hobbies are also popular in the downtown area. Many downtown shoppers enjoy the view of the historic courthouse square and the friendly atmosphere and often unmatched customer service customers often receive in local stores. To accommodate consumers who enjoy shopping for a bargain, Newnan also continues to expand its offerings of bargain outlets as well as thrift and consignment shops and antique boutique shops. Shoppers who are looking for popular, national chains can cruise down Bullsboro Drive or head over to Ashley

Park, Coweta’s outside shopping mall that features fashion, spa, beauty and nail services, electronics, gifts and stores that cater to children. The shopping center is anchored by large retailers and a 14-screen movie theater, and it maintains a family-friendly atmosphere that is popular for locals and visitors of all ages. While at Ashley Park, visitors can also indulge in sweet treats and a choice of restaurants that range from hamburgers to a sit-down dinner. Other Coweta cities also offer their own special shopping experience. Embroidery for artwork and furnishings can be found in Moreland. Visit a consignment shop in Palmetto or Sharpsburg. Senoia offers boutique-style shopping and galleries. Shoppers looking to purchase local, organic foods or items can visit the Serenbe community in Chattahoochee Hills. Architectural features can be found in Grantville. The county offers several shopping experiences throughout, whether a shopper wants to buy local honey, bargain shop or look for antiques. One annual event that draws a crowd is the miles-long Labor Day Weekend yard sale down Franklin Highway/S. Hwy. 34. No matter where they shop, locals and visitors are sure to start conversations about the deals they’ve found in Coweta.

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a good deal for a good cause By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

Several local nonprofit organizations have thrift stores that help them provide direct help to Cowetans in need – both through the money raised by thrift store sales and direct donations of clothing and household items. In addition to accepting donations, many organizations welcome volunteers to help out at the stores. Locally operated thrift stores are ReNew Thrift Store, operated by Crossroads Church, One Roof’s resale store and New Beginnings by The Coweta Domestic Violence Resource Center, formerly Community Welcome House. NewnanCoweta Habitat for Humanity has the ReStore, which sells building materials, furniture and related items. The Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries also have locations in Coweta. Another place to shop for bargains – or turn your unwanted items into cash – is the Franklin Road Flea Market, located at 54 Franklin Highway on the west side of Newnan. Though the flea market is officially open seven days a week, most vendors are only there on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with Saturdays being the busiest day. For the best deals and biggest selection – get there early. For more information, stop by or call 706-594-4510.

RENEW THRIFT STORE is located at 1741 Turkey Creek Road, Newnan, at the corner of Turkey Creek and Ga. Highway 16. Hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Proceeds go to 66 Coweta Living 2018-19


Crossroads Church’s benevolence ministry, which helps those struggling financially in the community. For more information, call 770-755-7082.

ONE ROOF ECUMENICAL ALLIANCE OUTREACH is

a coalition of several local churches. The organization helps provide temporary housing for homeless families in Coweta, and issues vouchers for the Coweta Community Food Pantry, which is next door and shares a director and staff, and for thrift store items. One Roof provides nonfood items such as toiletries and has limited financial assistance. Profits from the thrift store help offset operating costs and allow the organization to offer more assistance. One Roof’s thrift store is one of the largest in Coweta and has a variety of household items and furniture as well as clothing. There are, however, no dressing rooms. The store is located at 255 Temple Ave. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, call 770-683-7705.

NEW BEGINNINGS by The Coweta Domestic Violence

Services Center supports the organization’s work with women who have experienced domestic violence. Donations are used to support the women the organization serves. Furniture and household items are given to women setting up new homes, along with clothes and children’s items. Remaining items are sold to raise money to help with services. The store doesn’t accept donations of mattresses, car seats or televisions. The store is located at 7 West Washington St. in downtown Newnan. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 770-683-8029.

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THE SALVATION ARMY’S NEWNAN SERVICE CENTER helps Cowetans in need with food, clothing,

and financial assistance. Sales from the thrift store are the organization’s major funding stream. The store is located at 670 Jefferson St. Hours are Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Donations are accepted until 4:45. For more information, call 770-251-8181.

GOODWILL has two stores in Coweta – at 228 Bullsboro

Drive and 2730 East Highway 34 at Thomas Crossroads. The stores carry a variety of items, and there are also satellite donation centers. Proceeds from Goodwill’s thrift stores go to fund the career centers at each store as well as career resources, training and job connections. Store hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information call the Bullsboro location at 770-254-8480 or Newnan East at 678-854-6839.

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Coweta celebrates its past By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

Many facets of Coweta’s history are documented at the museums within the county.

THE McRITCHIE-HOLLIS MUSEUM

The Newnan Coweta Historical Society’s McRitchieHollis Museum is located in a stately home next to the University of West Georgia’s Newnan campus. It features rotating exhibits and a permanent collection, as well as programs and special events. The museum, which opened in 2013, was made

possible by the bequest of the late Edgar Hollis. The museum is named for him and his mother. Hollis left a bequest for the establishment of a furnishings museum, and many 1930s furnishings – including a fully apportioned kitchen – are part of the museum’s permanent collection. The McRitchie-Hollis Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Admission is $5 or $2 for students and senior citizens. Admission is free for members of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. The historical society also operates The History Center at the historic Atlanta and West Point Railroad Train Depot. The depot frequently hosts special events, and there is a Civil War-related exhibit. For more information, visit newnancowetahistoricalsociety.com or call 770-251-0207.

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The ChildrenConnect children’s museum provides kids with hands-on learning activities and opportunities to create, build, engineer and refine creative projects using simple materials and their imagination. There is the builder’s club on Wednesday afternoons, and the young

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creators groups who meet weekly to work on projects. The museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is $5 for children and free for adults. For more information call 470414-2455 or visit www.childrenconnectmusuem.com .

THE SENOIA AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY’S MUSEUM has a large display of items from Senoia’s past

and present, including historic documents and memorabilia, furniture, clothing, an extensive postcard collection, items related to the film industry, and the “Portrait of Senoia” series. There is also a small research library. The museum is located in a historic home at 6 Couch St. and is currently open Fridays and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. It can also be opened for private tours. For more information, visit www.senoiaareahistoricalsociety.org .

THE SENOIA BUGGY SHOP MUSEUM on Main

Street contains a variety of artifacts from Senoia’s past, including a buggy that was used to deliver the U.S. mail and many items from the Baggarly Brother’s store in which it is located. The building at one time also functioned as a Coca-Cola bottling facility. The museum opens for events in downtown Senoia, and can also be open for appointments with two weeks’ notice. For information, email wbaggarly@ gmail.com

MORELAND’S HOMETOWN HERITAGE MUSEUM

Moreland’s Hometown Heritage Museum includes a tribute to humorist and newspaper reporter Lewis Grizzard, and “The Little Manse” is the birthplace of author Erskine Caldwell. Caldwell is known for his two Great Depressionera novels, “Tobacco Road” and “God’s Little Acre.” The two museums are located across from each other at 7 Main St. They are operated by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance, which also has the God’s Little Acre demonstration garden is developing an old bus station/store as The Tourist Stop. Current hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ThursdayFriday, and visitors should go to the Hometown Heritage Museum to see any of the sites. For more information, visit morelandadventure.com .

THE COWETA COUNTY AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE MUSEUM AND RESEARCH CENTER

The Coweta County African American Heritage Museum and Research Center is located in a restored shotgunstyle house and includes memorabilia and artifacts from Coweta’s African-American community and a research library. The museum is located at 92 Farmer St., adjacent to the Farmer Street Cemetery, where many African-American residents of Newnan were buried before and after the Civil War. Only one grave is marked. The museum is typically open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 770-304-9111 or 470-215-3106.

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great for gardening By TAYLOR ROBINS taylor@newnan.com

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here are several groups and many green-thumbed people in the area are who are dedicated to making Coweta County beautiful. The Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program, a UGA Extension volunteer training program, gives gardeners the opportunity to be trained and certified in home horticulture, gardening and more. To achieve Master Gardener status, the volunteers complete a 50-hour horticultural training course and are expected to complete 25 hours of volunteer work per year. The Master Gardeners in Coweta County are actively involved throughout the county through the Master Gardener Extension Volunteer program. They volunteer at the Extension Office, answer questions at many local events, such as Newnan Market Days, provide gardening presentations to community groups and coordinate fundraisers to support youth scholarships. A program that the Master Gardeners are involved in is the Newnan-Coweta Boys & Girls Club’s “I Can Garden” club. The volunteer gardeners work with the club as part of a 10-week curriculum that lasts through the growing season. Activities include learning about local plants, learning how to garden and learning how to eat healthfully.

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GARDENING TIPS from Joanne Donahay, a Master Gardener volunteer: •

Plant the right plant in the right place.

Be mindful if your plant needs full sun, partial sun or shade.

Be mindful of water needs. Some plants need a lot and some need a little.

Consider size as the plant grows. Don’t plant too close to the house, fence or another plant.

Always dig the hole 10 times the size of the root ball of the plant. Mix in some manure, peat or good soil.

If the plant doesn't do well after six months to a year, move the plant.

Elizabeth Tedder, the driving force behind Oak Grove Plantation gardens, co-owns the plantation with her husband George. She has been gardening for majority of her life —growing up on a farm and learning everything she knows by trial and error. The Tedders have owned the 1830s plantation since 1983. While the plantation stretches for 21 acres, Tedder gardens on five acres, that includes 30 different garden areas. “I started putting the gardens in when we bought the plantation 35 years ago now,” said Tedder. “So the gardens are mature. There wasn’t anything here when we moved here

except the old oak trees and a few pecan trees. Everything else has been designed and put in by me in that period of time.” The Tedders also open their gardens for semi-annual garden tours, the “Oak Grove Garden Tour.” “If you want to know what grows in the South,” said Elizabeth Tedder, “this would be the tour to take because I grow everything that grows well around here.” Although Tedder does not give gardening classes directly, she is open to answering any questions about gardening when the couple decides to open their gardens to the public. She also sells and gives away plants.

GARDENING TIPS from Elizabeth Tedder: •

Figure out what kind of garden you want and the plants you prefer.

Try to match your plants based on your location.

Plants are like people — give them spaces that they like and they will respond.

If you’re going to have a garden, you have to have money or you have to be patient.

Get plants that bloom for long periods of time during the year.

Don’t do more gardening than you can handle. Maintenance is a big responsibility.

Other gardening clubs in the area include the Cross Roads Garden Club, Old Town Garden Club of Sharpsburg and the Driftwood Garden Club. For people who might not have the space for a home garden, there is New Leaf Community Garden, located on Salbide


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Avenue in Newnan. New Leaf, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, aims to “educate, feed and nourish the people of Newnan through a sustainable community garden” with nearly 40 raised beds that are available for rent. Gardeners can visit any time from dawn to dusk. There is also a section intended to grow extra produce to sell to local restaurants and at Market Days on the square, with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit. When walking in downtown Newnan, it’s hard to miss the gorgeous hanging baskets gracing lamp posts around the court square. Financed by Newnan Utilities, volunteers from the Driftwood Garden Club help select the flowers from Coweta Greenhouses and handle the potting and

The Master Gardeners and participants of the Boys & Girls Club NewnanCoweta proudly pose together after planting various plants at the back of the Boys & Girls Club NewnanCoweta building as a part of their “I Can Garden” Club program.

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Continuing the conversation of inclusion By MADELINE SCHINDLER news@newnan.com

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t has been several months since members of a neo-Nazi group gathered at Greenville Street Park in downtown Newnan. A day intended to divide did the exact opposite, bringing members of the community together in prayer. Chris Carlyle, pastor of Purified Living Ministries and Dr. Jimmy Patterson, senior pastor of First Baptist Newnan, organized the Oneness Walk in March 2018, ahead of the neo-Nazi rally. The vision behind the walk was to bring the community together, but more importantly to start the conversation about racial harmony. According to Carlyle, there was great participation in the Walk, but racial harmony is both a discussion to be had and an action to be taken, beginning with the church. Matthew Pfaltzgraf, senior pastor of One Life Community Church, says that the events held to unite local churches before the neo-Nazi rally were a good starting point, but more collaboration among churches and the community is needed. “We united, but so what? What’s next? How are we going to continue these conversations and unite with churches?” Pfaltzgraf asked. “The church is great at talking but often lacks action. We have to continue to do the work.” As a cornerstone of the community, the church is crucial to advocating for racial harmony; however, the church is often hesitant to openly discuss – let alone work toward – race relations. “If you look around any place, you’ll notice for the most part that the people there look similar,” said Greg McEvoy, campus pastor of Southside Church Newnan. “People 72 Coweta Living 2018-19

want to go to a place where they see themselves.” Churches are no exception. Congregations are usually comprised of one racial majority with few people from other races represented. ”I don’t think there’s a church in this community that would say ‘We only want one race [as a congregation].’ However, I also think it’s another thing to take steps towards reaching out and connecting to a race you don’t understand,” said McEvoy. So how can people who care encourage diversity in churches and promote racial harmony in the community? According to McEvoy and Carlyle invitation—inviting someone to church or greeting a stranger, which may encourage or invite conversation, and intention—having conversations about race with a desire to learn from people’s personal experiences—are the basics. “It starts with reaching out to your neighbor or coworker,” Carlyle said. “Just talking with someone you might not typically engage in conversation by asking them how their day is or how their family is doing. That is how you invite people to start these kinds of dialogues.” “Step away from how you view the world and see it through another person’s eyes,” McEvoy suggested. “I don’t think people take time to do that, but I think we can forward this conversation if we take moments to consider a different perspective.” Pfaltzgraf stands by the “Actions speak louder than words” approach. “We can’t just huddle in church and pray for change. We have to do something,” Pfaltzgraf said. “We have to demonstrate what we mean because if we can’t unify ourselves, how can we unify our community?” According to Pfaltzgraf, One Life unites with other churches, especially those in the African-American community, one Sunday a month to hold service. The partnering churches, such as Healing Waters Outreach


LEFT State Rep. Lynn Smith, left, arrives at the April 21 interfaith service at St. Smyrna Baptist Church with Dr. Jimmy Patterson, center, and Chris Carlyle.

Ministry, rotate the hosting location. Additionally, One Life serves through community outreach programs such as Loving Our City on Purpose, which Pfaltzgraf says works to be proactive within the community and share the message of Christ. “It would be incredible to see 10 or more churches host a giant service on the square in downtown Newnan,” said Pfaltzgraf. Both McEvoy and Carlyle recognize the need for conversation and action regarding racial harmony and plan to take steps within their respective congregations. “Southside Newnan is predominantly white, but our goal is to have as many people in the door,” said McEvoy. “We aren’t trying to reach a certain demographic or group. We just want as many people as possible to come here. Our mission is to encourage a relationship with Jesus Christ and to be people-friendly.” “Our mission,” Carlyle said, “is to act like Jesus by helping those in need.”

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Horse farm a blessing for Conaways

TOP: Coweta's rolling countryside attracts horse lovers. This bucolic scene is at the horse farm of Andy and Debra Conaway. ABOVE: Debra Conaway, left, and Judi Conger, right, flank Andy Conaway at a horse event at Bear Creek Farm near Moreland.

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When Debra and Andy Conaway bought their Coweta County farm in 2017, she was struck by its beauty and serenity, a feeling that the farm was good fortune for her family. “The farm is named ‘Blessings’ after a book I read,” says Debra. “I see God on my farm every day. That is what makes me smile.” The couple, who have been married for 17 years, had been living in Brooks. Debra kept a horse, Angel, a Percheron-Thoroughbred cross, at Bear Creek Farm, to foxhunt. When a 10-acre farm in the area came up for sale, she and Andy decided to move to Coweta to enjoy the equestrian lifestyle. Debra, a former RN who now renovates houses, has ridden since she was 5 when she took lessons on “a big, old white horse named Chip.” “My mom read me ‘Black Beauty,’” she recalls, “and I was hooked. I think a love of horses is genetic—certain women are born with this gene.” Andy is a true “rocket scientist” who commutes to Washington, D.C. He’s a later convert to riding so he could spend more time with Debra. The two got into foxhunting when they met the former huntsman of Bear Creek Hounds at Maguire’s Irish Pub in Senoia. The sport intrigued them, so they joined the club.


Unfortunately, Andy broke his leg when another rider’s horse kicked him. The injury has curtailed his riding, but Debra still hunts. She rides often with other boarders at Bear Creek. And both Andy and Debra enjoy the many Bear Creek Hounds social activities. “This is the friendliest place I’ve ever lived,” says Debra. “I’ve lived in five countries including Japan and South Africa, and this is the friendliest. We’ve made so many friends.” She and Andy share their farm with a sweet donkey, Mary Poppins; two rescue dogs, Dooley and Ike; and two feral cats, Thelma and Louise. Two horses that belong to a friend decorate her pasture temporarily, and Debra tends a large vegetable garden. “We love the slower-paced life here,” says Debra. “We’ll retire here.” After all, she says, being able to sit outside to enjoy sunsets and stars at night is a blessing.

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Mary Poppins, the Conaways' donkey, nuzzles one of the family felines.


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Managing Director Mary Caroline Moore and Artistic Director Tony Daniel lead programming at Newnan Theatre Company.

Moore, Daniel keep community theater moving forward By EMILY KIMBELL

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ewnan Theatre Company (NTC), located in the heart of historic, downtown Newnan, has truly been Coweta’s home for theater since its formation more than 40 years ago. Though it is a nonprofit organization comprised of volunteers, NTC produces 10 shows a season — one of the only community theatres in the country to tackle this amount —both on the main stage and in a smaller black box venue. In addition to stage productions, NTC hosts improv nights, kids camps and summer movie nights. At the forefront of the action are Mary Caroline (MC) Moore, managing director, and Tony Daniel, artistic director. The pair have held their positions for four and five seasons, respectively, but have long been active members of the company. Moore recalls her first acting experience as being in elementary school. She played a tree, 76 Coweta Living 2018-19

cornfield and flying monkey in “The Wizard of Oz.” She joined NTC as part of the Newnan Associated Summer Theatre Youth (NASTY) program. Daniel performed his first major role at 11 years old with the Newnan Playmakers, a precursor group to NTC, at what is now the Wadsworth Auditorium. Moore and Daniel left NTC for a time to pursue a college education and start their respective families. In 1989, they both returned to act in a production of “The Foreigner” and returned again in 2011, to act in “Rumors.” From that point, the two were hooked and became integral members of the company. As NTC enters its 41st season, Moore and Daniel are focused on ensuring NTC thrives for the next 40 years. “A lot of peoples’ view of what we do here is adults playing dress-up,” says Moore, “but it’s so much more than that.” For Moore and Daniel, the day-to-day involves reading scripts, seeing productions, managing bills, finding volunteers and organizing the children’s programs — just to


— Mary Caroline (MC) Moore name a few. Ultimately, Moore states, “What we want to do is offer a variety of shows for the community that are performed by people in the community.” Working at the theater has many amazing moments despite the hectic nature of the daily routine. One of Daniel’s favorite moments occurred during NTC’s latest season, while watching cast member Lamar Payne as Atticus Finch in a performance of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “My favorite memory would probably be watching the audience as Lamar performed the courtroom speech from ‘Mockingbird’ and seeing people get teary-eyed at that speech. I am mainly a person for laughter, but knowing that, Lamar and I steered that character to a point where he had 140 people on the edge of their seats.” Moore enjoys the collaborative nature of the theatre: “The feeling of working together as a group and creating something that other people are enjoying, there is something about that.” She is particularly proud of the Kids Academy program that started in 2012. Last year, the program had more than 50 kids in both the fall and spring session with a waiting list each season. “That program has really grown,” Moore states. She considers, “It’s been nice to see those kids that we started out with now be in high school and be graduating from high school. I see them come out and audition for our shows and come help out with the shows.” Moore and Daniel are excited to see what the future holds for NTC. Moore says, “We are definitely on an upward swing. We have more season ticket holders and walk-up visitors.” The company is also close to its goal of permanence — a campaign focused on purchasing the currently leased building was completed in July. Daniel is looking forward to the immediate future and the shows scheduled for the 41st season: “I am personally looking forward to the production of ‘Young Frankenstein.’ It’s Mel Brooks!” The show is part of NTC’s efforts to produce bigger and better shows each year. Daniel says “Young Frankenstein” is most likely the largest-scale musical performed at NTC. The theater’s ability to produce such challenging productions with high quality is a testament to the local talent. “For the most part, it is local people here performing, and we are so lucky to have such great talent from set-building to lights to sound to acting to directing,” Moore notes.

NTC has no plans to slow down, in part because of Moore and Daniel’s belief that community theater is so valuable. “It is very important in a community to have a place to go for a release. A place where you can be carried away to another place, another time and be entertained and forget about the real world.” Moore says. NTC is certainly a place for creativity, talent, and fun. Despite a long, rich history, Moore and Daniel still hear from people, “We didn’t know you were here.” NTC is here and wants the community to be involved in any way possible by volunteering, acting, painting, constructing a set, selling concessions or simply supporting local talent as a patron of the arts. Daniel describes the possibility of the theater best: “We used it in our tagline for a while, but to me, the theater is ‘where imagination comes to life.’”

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“What we want to do is offer a variety of shows for the community that are performed by people in the community.”


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Coweta cares, and it shows

must first receive a referral, either from One Roof or from various local organizations, including many churches. One Roof provides limited financial assistance, and helps with housing Coweta’s homeless.

ONE ROOF has a thrift store that By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

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owhere is the heart of Coweta more visible than in its non-profit sector. Organizations formed to help people – and animals – are everywhere in Coweta. If you need help, they are there. And if you want to help, there are plenty of ways to give of your time and your donations – of money or items. Organizations that directly serve the needs of Cowetans who have fallen on hard times include the I-58 Mission based in Senoia, Newnan’s Bridging the Gap, One Roof Outreach and Salvation Army and The Real Life Center in Peachtree City. There are low- and no-cost health care options for those without insurance, several humane societies and organizations that help children.

THE I-58 MISSION opens its food pantry every Thursday, and is able to help with food, clothing and household goods. The mission is located at 2450 Hwy. 85, between Senoia and Haralson, at the former Senoia Vineyard Church.The food pantry is open to anyone who needs food, with no income verification requirements, and patrons get to pick out the food they want from what is available. First-time visitors will need to show ID and fill out a short form. The organization’s name comes from Isaiah 58: 6-11. It was formed by the merger of two previous groups, Project 586 and the Sow Good Center. 78 Coweta Living 2018-19

“We try to meet physical needs and show the love of Christ,” said director Karma Novak. “We want to care for the marginalized in our society, and that looks like a lot of different things.” For more information about the I-58 Mission, call 770-301-8369 or visit www.thei58mission.org .

BRIDGING THE GAP, located at

19 First Ave. in downtown Newnan, gives out food, toiletries and household items every Saturday. The distribution begins at 10 a.m. The distribution is first-come, firstserved, and those seeking items are asked to arrive at 10 a.m. Items are given “without condition to those who are willing to seek change in their circumstances.” The organization also works with individuals and families to find solutions to why they are hungry and identify the root causes of needs. On weekdays, BTG has laundry facilities and showers available for Newnan’s homeless, as well as hot meals served on an individual basis. Staff also help those coming for laundry and hot showers with job applications and guidance toward positive change. For more information on Bridging the Gap, call 770-683-9110 or visit www.btgcommunity.org .

ONE ROOF OUTREACH and the Coweta Community Food Pantry are located at 255 Temple Ave., in the Westside Plaza shopping center. Though they are two separate organizations, they function in partnership under the same director. The food pantry gives out food Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m. Those seeking food

serves the organization both in raising money to help others, and in providing items to those in need, such as clothing, dishes and cookware, and household items. For more information, call 770-683-7705 or visit www. oneroofoutreach.org .

THE REAL LIFE CENTER is

located in Peachtree City and serves residents of Fayette and Coweta. Real Life has both a “full program” and “introductory program.” The full program includes food, clothing and household items as well as seasonal programs, financial counseling, limited financial assistance, career assistance and goal setting, educational classes and networking and referrals. An appointment is required to enroll in the full program. The introductory program doesn’t require an appointment and includes food, seasonal programs, financial counseling and educational classes, career assistance and networking and referrals. There are also a mobile food pantry and thrift stores, as well as the Harvest for Real Life Fruit Orchard. Visitors to the orchard can pick fruit to donate as well as keep some for themselves. For more information, visit realifecenter.org or call 770-631-9334.

THE SALVATION ARMY provides financial assistance to Cowetans in need who meet certain requirements. Help can include rent and utility payments and help with affording prescription medicine. There is also a food pantry, and the organization’s thrift store.


FAYETTE’S LEADING OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY PRACTICE The Newnan Salvation Army Service Center is located at 670 Jefferson St. For more information, call 770-2518181.

FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH, located at

194 Poplar Road in Newnan, provides a food pantry on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m., and serves approximately 1,000 families a month. To get food for the first time, you must first come to the church to get a card for the next available time slot. For more information, call the church at 678-446-5883. To receive food, you must live in Coweta or Heard counties or in towns on the border. Other local helping organizations include:

COWETA SAMARITAN CLINIC provides free

primary health care services for Cowetans earning less than 200 percent of the poverty level. Care includes free prescription medications and access to diagnostic tests and specialists. New patient availability is extremely limited, and the clinic only takes new patients for short times during the year. There are volunteer opportunities available for doctors, nurses and medical assistants, as well as for office work. For more information, call 770-683-5272 or visit www.cowetasamaritanclinic.org .

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EThe Women’s Specialists of Fayette comprise a healthcare team which understands that women have special healthcare needs throughout their lives.

Our specialists are trained in the field of women’s medicine which includes obstetrical and gynecological services such as pregnancy care, family planning needs and counseling, annual examinations and minor office surgical procedures. In addition, specialized care is available in areas such as high risk pregnancy and gynecological/ urogynecological surgery.

YOUR TOWN HEALTH/PALMETTO HEALTH COUNCIL is a subsidized clinic that offers primary

care, dental care and mental health care, as well as deeply subsidized prescription drugs, for those without insurance. Services are available to patients of all income levels; charges are on a sliding scale based on income. You do not have to be a resident of any specific county to receive care. Your Town Health has its main office in Palmetto, with small offices offering various services in Senoia, Greenville, Manchester, Carrollton, Barnesville and Zebulon. For the main office in Palmetto, at 643 Main St., call 770-463-4644. The Senoia clinic is at 48 Main St. and can be reached at 678-723-0400. Two local organizations offer help to victims of domestic violence.

THE CARROLL COUNTY EMERGENCY SHELTER has a shelter in Carroll County and a satellite office in Newnan, in room 1500 of the Coweta County Justice Center. It serves Coweta, Carroll, Heard, Meriwether and Haralson counties. The organization provides domestic violence victims and their children with safe shelter, food, clothing, counseling, programs for children and adults, support groups, legal advocacy and relocation assistance. There is also help with temporary protective orders, and shelter workers can accompany victims to court. For more information call 678-343-3341.

L to R: Matthew Ralsten, M.D., Marlo Carter, M.D., Nicole E. Quinn, M.D., Lilibird Pichardo, M.D., William T. Cook, M.D.

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THE COWETA DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCE CENTER, formerly Community

Welcome House, operates a 24-hour crisis phone line and provides services to help victims of domestic violence get back on their feet. The organization operates a thrift store, New Beginnings, and donated items are also used to help domestic violence victims get set up in a new home or provide for their other needs. For more information, call the crisis line at 770-304-0966 or visit www. cowetadomesticviolence.org.

SOUTHERN CRESCENT SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CHILD ADVOCACY CENTER works

with law enforcement agencies to handle forensic interviews and medical exams related to sexual assault. There is also free crisis counseling for child and adult victims of sexual abuse, as well as those affected by sexual abuse such as parents and siblings. For more information visit www.scsac.org or call 770-507-7772. The 24-hour crisis line is 770-477-2177.

SISTERS FOR SOCIETY CORPORATION

focuses on improving society by providing families with resources to support them through their struggles. Services include food, clothing and financial assistance as well as workshops designed to help families become financially independent. The organization also distributes monthly food boxes and serves local homeless individuals. For more call 866-811-6123.

THE COWETA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

is a fundraising and grant-making organization for many of Coweta’s nonprofits. For more information, call 770-253-1833 or visit www.cowetafoundation.

THE HELP SPAY/NEUTER CLINIC offers low-

cost spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats, as well as frequent low-cost vaccine clinics. The clinic offers monthly specials and various programs to make spaying and neutering pets affordable. There is also financial assistance available for those who meet certain guidelines. The clinic is located at 12 The Crescent in the commercial section of the Avery Park subdivision in Newnan. For more information, call 770-304-7911 or visit www.helpspayneuter.org .

HUMANE SOCIETIES: Coweta County is home to several humane societies that work to rescue homeless pets. They include: NewnanCoweta Humane Society, 770-253-4694 or www.nchsrescue.org ; Georgia Heartland Humane Society, 770-830-2820 or www. GeorgiaHeartlandHumaneSociety.com; 80 Coweta Living 2018-19

Shelter Rescue and Please Rescue Me, www.ShelterRescueInc.org ; The Good Shepherd Humane Society, paws911rescue@yahoo.com. The Newnan-Coweta Humane Society now has its own building, located at 608 Hwy. 29 North. The group was able to buy the former veterinary office thanks to an outpouring of financial support from the community.

COWETA CASA: COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES support foster children

through the legal and child welfare system. Children are assigned their own CASA, a trained volunteer who works with the court, the Division and Family and Children’s Services and the birth family to advocate for the best interests of the child. For more information, visit www.cowetacasa.org or call 770-253-0046.

WEFOSTER COWETA, a faith and community alliance, works to support foster families by building “care teams” to help families with various needs such as laundry, yard work and meals, as well as babysitting. Care teams are mainly organized through churches. WeFoster puts on a Christmas event for foster families each year and works on various projects. For more information, contact wefostercoweta@gmail.com GOODWILL INDUSTRIES provides job-search

assistance through career centers at its thrift stores, Newnan West (228 Bullsboro Drive) and Newnan East (3121 Hwy. 34 East). Call 770-254-8480 for Newnan West and 678-854-6839 for Newnan East, or visit www.goodwillsr.org for more information.

BACKSTREET COMMUNITY ARTS hosts open studio time to provide a safe, welcoming, creative environment for anyone who may benefit from the healing powers of art and community. Backstreet Arts believes that art saves lives. Backstreet Arts is located at 19-B First Ave. in Newnan, behind Bridging the Gap, across from Newnan Theatre Company. Those who have experienced trauma, illness or grief, veterans, at-risk teenagers, disabled adults, homeless and low-income individuals and anyone who wants to practice art in a comfortable, non-intimidating atmosphere are welcome to come and make all kinds of art — at no charge. For more information or to check daily studio hours, call 706940-ARTS (2787) or visit www.backstreetart.org .

PREVENT CHILD ABUSE COWETA is the local chapter of Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. PCA Coweta works to raise awareness of child maltreatment in the community to encourage discussion about these issues that are important but often difficult


FAMILY PATTERNS MATTER is a youth development organization that works with youth and families to change generational cycles and destructive patterns. For more information, visit www.familypatternsmatter.org. CAN’T NEVER COULD helps individuals and

groups facing adversity and personal battles. Through monetary donations, support, and faith in Jesus Christ, Can’t Never Could “wishes to instill determination and hope to those who are experiencing these challenges,” said co-founder Christi Estes. “Can’t Never Could makes these contributions with the desire to glorify Christ who provides strength in all circumstances.” For more information, visit www.cantnevercouldinc.com.

NEWNAN-COWETA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY brings people together to build

homes, communities and hope in Coweta County, Georgia. NCHFH is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International and is a recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization. Using volunteer labor and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds homes in partnership with future homeowner families. Habitat’s philosophy is to provide a “hand up” rather than a “hand out.” The ReStore, located at 216 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan, sells donated items that help further the mission of building decent, affordable homes in Coweta County. Appliances, building materials, doors, windows, cabinets, electronics, household goods and sporting equipment are some of the items available for sale. For more information, call Habitat for Humanity’s office at 770-252-9049, the Restore at 770-252-4061, or visit www.nchfh.org .

SOUTHEASTERN ASSISTANCE IN HEALTHCARE is a voluntary and charitable

and veterans move forward after being wounded physically and/or mentally with the assistance of service animals. Healing4Heroes also saves the lives of unwanted dogs from animal shelters by rescuing them and training them to be service animals. The dogs and training are provided free of charge to veterans. Each veteran is directly involved in the training of their service dogs. For more information, visit www.healing4heroes.org.

THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA’S COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE/4-H office provides research-based education to youth and adults in three program areas: agriculture and natural resources, 4-H Youth Development and Family and Consumer Science. Contact the Extension/4-H office at 770-254-2620 for soil, water, and forage sampling, landscape diagnostic services, landowner resources, youth-development programs and much more.

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to address, said Susan Ebersbach of PCA Coweta. The organization is run entirely by volunteers. To volunteer or join the mailing list, email sebersbach@numail.org.


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Talent abounds in Coweta By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL sarah@newnan.com

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oweta County is a fertile breeding ground for talent, as evidenced by the number of musicians, writers, actors and athletes who grew up here. Country music superstar Alan Jackson is one of the biggest names in country music, with a string of hits in a career spanning nearly 30 years. Jackson and his four sisters were born in the family home on Franklin Highway. He and his wife Denise had their first date at the Newnan Dairy Queen on Jefferson Street. Jackson was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has his own wax figure in Madame Tussaud’s Nashville. He’s had 35 No. 1 hits, more than a dozen platinum albums, 16 Country Music Association Awards and two Grammys. He’s sold nearly 60 million albums worldwide and ranks as one the 10 best-selling country artists of all time. Jackson may be the most well-known, but is by no means the only famous person with Coweta roots.

• Doug Stone, country music singer,

grew up as Doug Brooks, but changed his name to avoid confusion with superstar Garth. Stone’s career in country music wasn’t long-lived, but he had a number of hits, including “I’d Be Better off (in a Pine Box),” “In a Different Light,” “Too Busy Being in Love,” “Why Didn’t I Think of That” and “A Jukebox with a Country Song.”

• Lewis Grizzard, Southern humorist,

was a well-known columnist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and author of 25 books. Grizzard got his start writing sports for The Newnan Times-Herald, was a standup comedian and lecturer, and often talked about his childhood growing up with his mother in Moreland. At the height of his career, Grizzard’s column was syndicated in 450 newspapers. An exhibit featuring Grizzard is among the displays at Moreland’s Hometown Heritage Museum. Sprayberry’s Barbecue offers a “Lewis Grizzard Special,” on the menu. Grizzard died in 1994 at the age of 47, following heart surgery. His funeral at McKoon Funeral Home drew thousands.

• Erskine Caldwell rose to prominence

writing about poor Southerners, both in nonfiction works and novels, the most famous of which are “Tobacco Road” and “God’s Little Acre.” Caldwell was born near Moreland, the only child of a school teacher and a minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Caldwell wrote 25 novels, 12 nonfiction books and 82 Coweta Living 2018-19

nearly 150 short stories. He also collaborated with famous photographer Margaret Bourke-White, whom he would later marry, on the book “You Have Seen their Faces.” Caldwell’s birthplace, “The Little Manse,” was moved to downtown Moreland and is now a museum.

• Charles Wadsworth is a classical

pianist who has been invited to perform at the White House for John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Wadsworth founded the chamber music series at the Spoleto Festival USA, and each year sponsors the Wadsworth and Friends Concert at his namesake auditorium in downtown Newnan. As a teen, Wadsworth worked at a grocery store on Jefferson Street. He would load items for delivery in the alley behind the building. The alley, which opens onto Madison Street, has been named Wadsworth Alley.

• Hamilton Bohannon, known professionally as Bohannon, is a drummer and band leader who was a leading figure in disco music in the 1970s. In 1964, Bohannon was recruited as the drummer for 13-year-old Stevie Wonder’s band. He moved to Detroit and led Bohannon and the Motown Sound, which provided backing music for many of Motown’s top artists on tour. He later formed his own ensemble and began recording, releasing his first album in 1973. Bohannon’s songs include “South African Man,” “Disco Stomp,” “Foot Stompin’ Music” and “Let’s Start the Dance.” His music has been sampled by artists including Jay Z, Digable Planets and Snoop Dogg. Bohannon was born in a house on Peachtree Street in Newnan’s Rocky Hill community. In 2017, the street was renamed Hamilton Bohannon Drive. • James Allen McCune is a Cowetan and actor who starred in the 2016 film “Blair Witch,” and also had a recurring role on the Showtime series “Shameless.” McCune got his start playing Jimmy in “The Walking Dead.” • Rutledge Wood is a Senoia resident

and auto racing analyst. Wood was a cohost of “Top Gear” and host of “Lost in Transmission,” both on the History Channel. As of summer 2018, Wood was co-host of “Southern and Hungry” on The Cooking Channel.


Coweta actor who has starred in several television commercials and had a recurring role on the military drama “Valor” on The CW.

• Steve Bedrosian, former Atlanta Braves relief pitcher, moved to Coweta in the mid-1990s. As a Philadelphia Philly, Bedrosian, known as “Bedrock,” won the 1987 National League Cy Young Award. As a Cowetan, Bedrosian spent many years serving on the Coweta County Board of Education and helping coach baseball at East Coweta High School. • Cam Bedrosian, son of Steve Bedrosian, is an East Coweta High School graduate who plays for the Los Angeles Angels. • Jerome Walton is a Newnan High School graduate who was the 1989 National League Rookie of the Year.

• Will Smith is a Northgate High School graduate who is a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. • Keith Brooking is an ECHS graduate who played for the Atlanta Falcons.

• Alec Ogletree is a Newnan High

School graduate who plays for the New York Giants.

• Chris Hanson was a punter for ECHS and went on to play for several NFL teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots.

ust 30 minutes south of Atlanta is a place so charming, so historic, so embracing of the past, yet so welcoming to the future...Coweta County! Come see the treasures we have...Visit Newnan - the City of Homes and see where country music star Alan Jackson grew up...Shop or take driving tours in the county’s historic districts, visit Dunaway Gardens and plan to spend time at the 3,000 acre Chattahoochee Bend State Park. But before you set out to Explore Coweta, stop by the Coweta County Convention & Visitors Bureau in the historic courthouse in downtown Newnan and let us help plan your adventures!

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Cycling opportunities in Coweta

By Clay Neely clay@newnan.com

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ith more than 100 miles of county bike routes and easy access to mountain bike trails, Coweta County offers cyclists have plenty of options for a quick ride or an all-day trek. In fact, Coweta County is continuing to ramp up its identity as a destination for riders. Three State of Georgia bike routes across the county. Last year, eight century rides in the metro Atlanta area utilized Coweta bike routes for their events, according to Chris Doane, board chair for Bike Coweta. “It’s no coincidence that riders are choosing our county as a destination for their rides,” Doane said. “Our county offers a desirable cycling experience, and we’re poised to reap the economic benefits from that.” The organization is dedicated to advocating on behalf of local and visiting cyclists in Coweta County. Bike Coweta’s goal is to provide a safe and bicycle-friendly community to local citizens and to encourage cycling tourism as a source of local economic impact. 2018 saw construction begin on the LINC, a multi-use path system approved by the city of Newnan and Coweta County. Eventually, the 25-mile trail system will connect the east and west sides of Newnan, with all trails leading to the downtown business district. 84 Coweta Living 2018-19

With Trek scheduled to open its doors in downtown Newnan during summer 2018, Coweta County will have two full-service bicycle shops. Senoia Bicycle — formerly Senoia Cycle Works — has been offering their services to riders since 2012. For those more inclined to do their biking “off the beaten path,” several mountain biking destinations are within 30 minutes of downtown Newnan. Cochran Mill Park is an 800-acre park in the city of Chattahoochee Hills. There are about 18 miles of multi-use trails available for mountain biking. These trails are open to equestrians and multiple users. Chattahoochee Bend State Park offers around 3 miles of trails that are tailor-made for beginners. The trails are entirely within the forest and have manageable elevation changes. So whether you prefer miles of paved surfaces or wooded, dirt trails, there’s always an opportunity waiting for you to get on your bike and explore Coweta County.


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Coweta County boasts five golf courses — each one hosts their own driving range.

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Coweta County: a destination for golfers By CLAY NEELY clay@newnan.com

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ery few communities are as fortunate as Coweta to have access to a variety of diverse golf courses within such a

small radius. Regardless of your skill level or income, you don’t need to look far in order to find a golf course that’s right for you. Coweta County boasts five golf courses – each one showcasing its own unique designs and challenges. As many golfers can attest, such a high concentration of quality courses in a small area is far from commonplace. Canongate I Golf Club, located in Sharpsburg, originally opened in 1965 with 18 holes designed by world-renowned architects Dick Wilson and Joe Lee. Architects Rocky Roquemore and Jeff Burton designed the additional 18 holes added in 1999, creating the 36-hole facility known today. In addition to the courses, the club offers a double-sided driving range with both mat and grass hitting areas, targets and premium range balls, as well as a short-game practice area. Canongate I is open seven days a week. Walking is permitted before 8 a.m. or after 12

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noon on weekends and holidays. Coweta Club in Arbor Springs Plantation is another popular destination for golfers, touting its design as being unlike most golf course experiences. Situated on 180 picturesque acres north of Newnan, the course aims to offer a fair and interesting challenge to golfers at every level. Coweta Club features five sets of golf tees, playing to a strong 7,056 yards "from the tips" but also offering multiple levels of challenge, including a friendly layout of less than 5,000 yards from the forward tees. Coweta Club offers chipping and putting areas and is also equipped with a lighted driving range and PGA staff available for lessons. Formed in 1919, Newnan Country Club is Coweta’s first golf course and has been a mainstay of the local golfing community for nearly a century. Designed by Denis Griffiths, NCC offers 6,966 yards of golf for a par of 72. The course offers Bermuda fairways and bentgrass greens. The club is open seven days a week and offers afterschool programs for junior golfers. Spread over 250 acres of rolling hills, SummerGrove Golf Club offers an 18-hole, par72 golf course. Designed by Jeff Burton and Joe T. Jemsek, the course wanders through native dogwoods and pine trees, preserved wetlands,


and wildlife habitats. With five sets of tees, SummerGrove can be played at a distance that matches the player’s game – appealing to a wide range of skill levels. The club also offers a 3-hole, par-3 practice course, driving range, and putting and chipping greens. The driving range is open from 7 a.m. through dusk daily. White Oak Golf Club features panoramic views and challenging play for golfers at every skill level. The club offers two distinct layouts: The Old Course, with a traditional layout, and the Seminole Course, with a more modern layout. Designed by Joseph L. Lee and Rocky Roquemore, the 18-hole course features 6,850 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73.0, and it has a slope rating of 135 on Bermuda grass.

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COWETA CLUB 300 Arbor Springs Parkway, Newnan, GA 30265 770-683-4727 • cowetaclub.com 18 Holes | Public course | Par: 72 | 7,056 yds. Open 8 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat/Sun 7:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.

NEWNAN COUNTRY CLUB 1356 N. Hwy. 29, Newnan, GA 30264 770-253-3675 • newnancc.org 18 Holes | Private course | Par: 72 | 6,966 yds. Open Tue-Thu 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Fri 8 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sat 7:30 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sun 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; closed Mon

SUMMER GROVE GOLF CLUB 335 SummerGrove Parkway, Newnan, GA 30265 770-251-1800 • summergrovegolf.com 18 Holes | Public course | Par: 72 | 6954 yds. Open 7 a.m.–7 p.m., seven days a week

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sports leagues in Coweta By DOUG GORMAN dgorman@newnan.com

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f you love sports, in Coweta County there’s something for everyone regardless of age. Everything from traditional athletics such as baseball, T-ball, softball, soccer, basketball, football, and volleyball to the growing sport of pickleball can be played through the Coweta County Recreation Department.

BASEBALL

Baseball is a hugely popular sport in Coweta County and there are plenty of opportunities to play America’s favorite pastime. T-Ball is offered for children ages 3-5 in both the spring and fall at the Hunter Park Complex. The NYAA (Newnan Youth Athletic

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Association) also offers spring and fall baseball and T-ball at the fields at Temple Avenue. Baseball is offered in Sharpsburg for ages 3-14 with games taking place at Andrew Bailey. For more information visit www. sharpsburgbaseball.com The Senoia Athletic Association offers baseball and softball at Leroy Johnson Park. For more information, visit www.senoiaathletics.com The South Coweta Little League Association plays games in Grantville and offers leagues for boys and girls ages 3-16. For more information visit the Grantville Facebook page. The community of Sargent offers

baseball games for 4-year-old T-ballers, coach-pitch for 5- to 6-year-olds and baseball for 7- to 12-year-olds.

BASKETBALL

Boys and girls basketball is offered through the Coweta County Recreation Department for 7- to 14-year-olds. Games are played at Hunter Park for 7- to 10-year old boys. The Clay-Wood complex hosts older boys’ and girls’ leagues. For more information on the 7- to 10-year-old leagues, contact Kevin Carlisle at 770-254-3740 or Jay Walton at 770-254-3745.

rec facilities COWETA COUNTY RECREATION FACILITIES

Main Office: 39 Hospital Drive Newnan, GA 30263 Recreation Director: Carl McKnight Phone Number: 770-254-3750

ANDREW BAILEY PARK

1011 Andrew Bailey Road, Sharpsburg

ARNCO PARK

C.J. SMITH PARK

LEROY JOHNSON PARK

CENTRAL SOCCER FIELDS

MORELAND PARK

5 Glenn St., Newnan 172 Robinson Lake Road, Newnan

CLAY-WOOD COMMUNITY CENTER 135 Heery Road, Newnan

GRANTVILLE PARK

23 Colley St., Grantville

6646 Hwy. 16, Senoia

80 School St. & Ball St., Moreland

PICKETT FIELD

77 Wesley St. & Richard Allen Drive, Newnan

RIVERSIDE PARK

50 Ball St., Sargent

HARALSON CITY PARK

BROWN'S MILL BATTLEFIELD

171 Magnolia St., Haralson

4013 Ga. Hwy. 16 West, Newnan

HUNTER COMPLEX

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155 Millard Farmer Road, Newnan

2970 E. Hwy. 16, Sharpsburg

146 Kennan St., Sargent


Both flag and tackle football are available through the Coweta County Recreation Department. Flag football is open to players ages 5-9 with games and practices taking place at the Hunter Complex. Tackle football is available for players ages 7-12 with with games being played at both the Hunter Complex and Temple Avenue recreation football fields. The Hunter Complex hosts 7-8 and 9-10 year olds, and the Temple Avenue complex hosts the 11- to 12-year-old games. For information on the 7- to 10-year-old leagues, contact Kevin Carlisle at 770-254-3740, kcarlisle@coweta.us or Jay Walton at 770-2543745 or jwalton@coweta.gacoweta.us for the 11- to 12-year-olds.

CHEERLEADING

Cheerleading is also offered for all football leagues for children ages 4-12. For more information, call the Coweta Recreation Department at 770-254-3750.

SOCCER

Soccer is offered for players ages 4-19 through the Southern Soccer Academy. The SSA groups players based on their age. Players ages 13-19 play in the Select Group. For more information, contact the Southern Soccer Academy at www.cannonsoccer.com or call 470-314-4899.

SOFTBALL

Girls can play softball through the Senoia Athletic Department at Leroy Johnson Park. For more information, see www.senoiaathletics.com The Sharpsburg Regional Softball Association offers girls ages 4-18 the chance to play fast-pitch softball. For more information, see www.cowetagirlssoftball.com Softball is available for men and women ages 18 and up for both the spring and fall seasons. Church and open leagues are offered in the spring. Church, open and co-ed leagues are open in the fall. One-pitch leagues are also available on Friday nights in the summer. For information on the spring leagues, contact Jay Walton at 770-254-3745. For information on the fall league, contact Melanie Gramling at 770-254-3750.

VOLLEYBALL

Spring and fall volleyball are offered through the Coweta County Recreation Department for boys and girls ages 11-16. Contact Lance Dennis at 770 254-3750 or Kevin Carlisle at 770-254-3740.

PICKLEBALL

Pickleball games are offered at the Temple Avenue Complex on Tuesdays-Thursdays from 9-noon. For more information, call the recreation department at 770-254-3750.

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EDUCATION The Newnan Carnegie Library is believed to be the oldest surviving Carnegie Library building in Georgia.

Coweta County libraries By LAUREL HUSTER laurel@newnan.com

CARNEGIE LIBRARY

Started by a $10,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie in 1901, the Carnegie Library served as a public library for Newnan from 1904 to 1987. The library is likely the oldest surviving Carnegie Library building in the state of Georgia, according to the library’s website. In 1987, the library became an overflow building for the County Courthouse until 2007 when the library was renovated. The library was reopened in 2009, and since then the Carnegie has offered free computer access, programs for all ages, meeting rooms, an art gallery and several other services. “I think our mission statement sums up why I think the Carnegie is so important, ‘The Carnegie provides a central dynamic gathering place that serves residents of all ages and backgrounds as well as community organizations with a non-circulating reading room, children’s area, and meeting spaces enhanced by an art gallery,’” said Amy Mapel, director of the Carnegie Library.

COWETA PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

The Coweta Public Library System has four library branches that serve Coweta County. The four library branches are the Central Library, Powell, Senoia and Grantville. The library has 88,545 card holders in Coweta, which places them in the top five per capita in the state among the 63 public library systems in Georgia, according to Coweta Public Library System Director Jimmy Bass. The libraries offer programs for people of all ages, a summer reading program, an 90 Coweta Living 2018-19


interlibrary loan program and a digital library. Coweta libraries are vital hubs for families, job seekers, students of all ages and people who love a good book. We promote community-wide literacy through updated and appealing collections, digital resources and vibrant programming,” Bass said. Cardholders of the library system can also benefit from free or discounted passes to parks and museums including Georgia State Park passes, Zoo Atlanta and the Center for Puppetry Arts.

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1,703 programs presented in 2017 244,699 in-stock books 324,171 visitors in 2017 Fiction comprises the largest topical section of books 790,555 computer sign-ins

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388 programs presented in 2017 13,000 in-stock books 29,463 visitors in 2017 Adult fiction makes up the largest available genre 7,000 computer sign-ins

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seventh middle school – currently under construction on Shaw Road – will open its doors in time for the 2020-21 school year. In early 2018, the Coweta County Board of Education engaged Manley Spangler Smith Architects to design the school, which will be funded by the current ESPLOST at an estimated cost of $30 million. The board voted to move ahead with construction of a new school after a series of community meetings held by Superintendent Steve Barker, who requested input from Coweta residents on the best ways to solve the problem of chronic overcrowding. “A seventh middle school will allow all of our middle schools to breathe a little bit, leave a little space in them for future growth,” Barker said. Sustained enrollment projections in Coweta County have shown no decline in school population at the middle school level, which means Lee and Madras middle schools – both of which have been at least 300 students over capacity for some time – will need relief soon. “Knowing that, the discussion becomes that we need to either add on or build a new school,” said Barker, who posed that question to those attending the community meetings, which were held late in 2017. “We asked them what they thought, and we laid out all the variables.” Options included building on to Lee and Madras, but Barker said community feedback indicated concerns over exacerbating existing problems like traffic. “They overwhelmingly felt like a new school was a better longterm solution,” Barker said. Economic factors played a role as well, he said. “When you talk about building the size additions we would build at Lee and Madras, you would spend several million dollars to do those,” Barker said. “And then you would still have two schools that might be able to handle some growth, and maybe not other schools. That really drove the decision to move forward.”


Some Coweta elementary students will be districted for a different school this fall. currently has a student population of 926. The plan will move approximately 56 students from Shenandoah Forest Apartments to White Oak. Approximately 80 other students from

Foxworth Apartments, Woodlands Apartments and the east side of Shenandoah Boulevard – including Forest Road East and roads branching from Forest Road East – would be moved to Welch. Welch, built to house 990 students, has averaged 818 over the past four years and currently has 781 students. White Oak’s student capacity is 780, and its current student population is 641, with an average enrollment of 652 over the past four years. Redistricting, based on current projections for the 2018-19 school year, would shift enrollment to 699 at White Oak and 838 at Welch. Newnan Crossing will have 814 students, including students in the pre-K program that will be moved back to the school from Welch, which has temporarily housed the preschool class for the past few years.

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As the Shaw Road school takes shape, Barker said the school system will continue to work on managing its current student population at Coweta middle schools. “Because it’s a two-year timeline, we’re going to exist as we are right now for two more years with whatever growth comes,” Barker said. The school system has been monitoring long-term growth projections at several of its elementary schools as well, implementing a redistricting plan in March to relieve chronic overcrowding at Newnan Crossing Elementary School. Students will be moved to Welch and White Oak elementary schools from Newnan Crossing, which has had an average enrollment of 910 students over the past four years. The school was built for 870 students and


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The Carolyn Barron Montessori School in Newnan.

Photo by Laurel Huster

Private, charter schools abound in Coweta By REBECCA LEFTWICH becky@newnan.com

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n addition to its large and thriving public school system, Coweta County also offers a wealth of private- and charterbased educational opportunities. The largest of the county’s private schools is Trinity Christian School in Sharpsburg, whose more than 1,100 students range from preschoolers to grade 12 and attend classes across two campuses. A new high school building, a hybrid studies program and a long-anticipated transition from the Georgia Independent School Association to the Georgia High School Association are on the horizon this year for the nondenominational school. Trinity, established 25 years ago, is accredited by Advance-ED/ Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is a member of the International League of Christian Schools (ILCS), ensuring eligibility for state scholarships and 94 Coweta Living 2018-19

credits recognized by colleges and universities throughout the nation. The Heritage School in Newnan, which welcomed the first students onto its sprawling campus in 1970, also is fully Advance-ED/SACS accredited. Approximately 440 students from ages 3 through 12th grade attend Heritage, which is accredited by both the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The Heritage School also is a member of the National Association of Schools, the Georgia Association of Independent Schools and the Atlanta Area Association of Independent Schools. Central Christian School’s student population is 130, from preschool through 12th grade, and offers a “discipleship-style” education with a traditional approach to studies. Central Christian is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission. Two tuition-free public charter schools, Odyssey Charter School in Newnan and Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia, are available

for students in grades K-8. Odyssey, which opened in 2004, has a student population of about 400. Coweta Charter’s students number about 800. The Carolyn Barron Montessori School, with a student population of slightly more than 100 students ranging in age from 18 months to 14 years old, uses a child-centered approach to education. The Montessori method encourages students’ natural inclination toward learning, providing activities and materials that match their cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs. While Coweta’s other Christian schools are non-denominational, the newly established Ave Maria Academy’s classical approach is firmly rooted in the Catholic faith. Serving students in grades K-8, Ave Maria is a National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools institution, maintaining a commitment to Catholic doctrinal orthodoxy. The school currently holds classes at Resurrection Lutheran Church.


Coweta County Private/Charter Schools Contact Information CHARTER SCHOOLS Coweta Charter Academy 6675 Hwy. 16 Senoia, GA 30276 (770) 599-0228 Odyssey Charter School 14 St. John Circle Newnan, GA 30265 (770) 251-6111

Private Schools Ave Maria Academy 1250 Lora Smith Road Newnan, GA 30265 678-590-1868

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Carolyn Barron Montessori School 195 Jackson St. Newnan, GA 30263 770-253-2135 Central Christian School 3613 Hwy. 34 E. Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-252-1234 The Heritage School 2093 Hwy. 29 N. Newnan, GA 30263 770-253-9898 Trinity Christian School Main Campus 8817 Hwy. 54 W. Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-251-6770 Crossroads Campus 2564 Hwy. 154 Newnan, GA 30265 770-683-1307

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Central Educational Center CEO Mark Whitlock teams up for a game with GA CATT apprentices Caleb Bray and Maximus Godwin during a Christmas party for the students at West Georgia Technical College’s Newnan Campus.

Higher education partnerships help meet student, workforce needs By REBECCA LEFTWICH becky@newnan.combecky@newnan.com

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artnerships between the Coweta County School System, West Georgia Technical College and the University of West Georgia continue to evolve, ensuring the needs of students and of the local workforce are met. Through the Georgia Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (GA CATT) apprenticeship program, students can enter a career pathway at age 15 that allows them to finish high school while earning college credit, pays them for onthe-job training with area industries and gives them a chance to earn international industrial mechanic certification. The German-style apprenticeship program is part of a network designed to provide 96 Coweta Living 2018-19

students with more advanced educational opportunities at younger ages. Advanced Placement (AP) courses and dual enrollment allow some students to complete high school and college academic coursework simultaneously. Coweta students can choose to enter certificate, internship or apprenticeship programs as well, providing workplace access to those who are exploring career options. Educating students in an environment that closely simulates the workplace is the vision behind the Coweta County School System’s Central Educational Center. CEC – the model for Georgia’s college and career academies – works with local business and industry leaders to tailor educational opportunities to workforce needs. “We are fortunate to have a strong and continuously improving school system that prepares students to take on advanced opportunities in larger numbers


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UWG President Kyle Marrero, left, and Dr. David Jenks, right, walk through an unfinished area of the Newnan campus of the University of West Georgia. UWG has added new degree programs tailored to local workforce needs.

and at earlier ages,” said Mark Whitlock, CEO of the Central Educational Center. “That is the foundation for a system in Coweta that organizes to maximize opportunities for younger students to get ahead earlier and for adults to continue to learn all their lives.” That model has extended beyond high school curriculum into a concierge model utilized by West Georgia Tech and UWG, both of which operate satellite campuses within the Coweta community and work with local business and industry to shape coursework designed to fill workforce needs.

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Increasingly, West Georgia Tech and UWG are working together to create seamlessness for technical college students who want to continue into a four-year program. CEC and West Georgia Tech have a long history together, with WGTC offering classes out of CEC long before its stand-alone Coweta Campus opened in 2013. It fills an urgent workforce need in which many jobs being created require education and skill beyond high school but not necessarily a four-year degree. But many of the jobs being created do require a fouryear degree or higher, as well as more highly technical skills, which make West Georgia Tech grads valuable recruits for the workforce-driven degree programs offered by the University of West Georgia. In addition to Complete College Georgia – an agreement between the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia that allows many core credits to transfer between schools in the two systems – UWG and West Georgia Tech have separate articulation agreements that streamline the process of transferring into a bachelor degree program for students with associate degrees in criminal justice, psychology, general business and nursing. Nursing is the largest program at UWG’s Newnan campus. A health and community wellness degree program launched in fall 2017 is the the second-largest. Both recruit WGTC graduates and are aimed at placing graduates in the health care industry, which has a large presence in Coweta County. “The partnership launched by CEC/WGTC paved the way for a unique and successful level of cooperation and partnership among WGTC and UWG – a model for the state,” Whitlock said. “It was a Coweta effort, connected to CEC, that first started the conversation among WGTC and UWG (nursing) programs and helped to bring those programs to Coweta.” Economic growth and employment numbers reflect the intentional educational effort on Coweta County’s part. “All of that educational infrastructure was critical to a calculated effort in Coweta to attract higher-paying health care and manufacturing jobs,” Whitlock said.


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Coweta County School System Contact Information Coweta County School System P.O. Box 280 Newnan, GA 30264 770-254-2800 www.cowetaschools.org @cowetaschools Coweta County Board of Education Larry Robertson (At-Large), Chairman larry.robertson@cowetaschools.org Amy Dees (1st District), Vice-Chairman amy.dees@cowetaschools.org Frank Farmer (At-Large), frank.farmer@cowetaschools.org Sue L. Brown (2nd District) sue.brown@cowetaschools.org Beth Barnett (3rd District) beth.barnett@cowetaschools.org Linda Menk (4th District) linda.menk@cowetaschools.org Winston Dowdell (5th District) winston.dowdell@cowetaschools.org Board of Education and Superintendent’s Office 237 Jackson St. Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2801 Superintendent Steve Barker Assistant Superintendent Marc Guy Assistant Superintendent (Finance) Keith Chapman Public Information, School Nurses, After-School Program School System Central Office 167 Werz Industrial Drive Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2800 (School System Main Directory) Assistant Superintendent Vince Bass Central Registration Center 770-254-5551 Curriculum and Instruction, Special Education, Student Services, School Records, Instructional Technology, Business Services, Payroll and Benefits, Personnel School System Operations Office 140 and 170 Werz Industrial Drive Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2750 Operations and School Safety Director Doug Moore Warehouse, Maintenance, School Nutrition, Construction

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The Donald W. Nixon Centre for the Arts 770-254-2787 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road Newnan, GA 30263 Transportation Office and Bus Garage 961 Smokey Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2820

Coweta County Elementary School Schools Arbor Springs Elementary School 4840 N. Hwy. 29 Newnan, GA 30265 770-463-5903 Arnco-Sargent Elementary School 2449 W. Hwy. 16 Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2830 Atkinson Elementary School 14 Nimmons St. Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2835 Brooks Elementary School 35 Genesee Point Newnan, GA 30263 770-683-0013 Canongate Elementary School 200 Petes Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-463-8010 Eastside Elementary School 1225 Eastside School Road Senoia, GA 30276 770-599-6621 Elm Street Elementary School 46 Elm St. Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2865 Glanton Elementary School 5725 Hwy. 29 Grantville, GA 30220 770-583-2873 Jefferson Parkway Elementary School 154 Farmer Industrial Blvd. Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2771

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Moreland Elementary School 145 Railroad St. Moreland, GA 30259 770-254-2875

Evans Middle School 41 Evans Drive Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2780

Newnan Crossing Elementary School 1267 Lower Fayetteville Road Newnan, GA 30265 770-254-2872

Lee Middle School 370 Willis Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-251-1547

Northside Elementary School 720 Country Club Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2890

Madras Middle School 240 Edgeworth Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2744

Poplar Road Elementary School 2925 Poplar Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-254-2740

Smokey Road Middle School 965 Smokey Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2840

Ruth Hill Elementary School 57 Sunset Lane Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2895 Thomas Crossroads Elementary School 3530 E. Hwy. 34 Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-254-2751 Welch Elementary School 240 Mary Freeman Road Newnan, GA 30265 770-254-2597

Maggie Brown School 32 Clark St. Newnan, GA 30263 770-304-5930

Coweta County High Schools East Coweta High School 400 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-254-2850

Western Elementary School 1730 Welcome Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2790

Newnan High School 190 Lagrange St. Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2880

White Oak Elementary School 770 Lora Smith Road Newnan, GA 30265 770-254-2860

Northgate High School 3220 Fischer Road Newnan, GA 30265 770-463-5585

Willis Road Elementary School 430 Willis Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-304-7995

Coweta County Middle Schools Arnall Middle School 700 Lora Smith Road Newnan, GA 30265 770-254-2765 East Coweta Middle School 6291 E. Hwy. 16 Senoia, GA 30276 770-599-6607

Central Educational Center 160 Martin Luther King Drive Newnan, GA 30263 678-423-2000 Winston Dowdell Academy 1 Dowdell St. Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2870 Westside/Burwell 106 Westside School Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2877


A community is only as good as its schools. And great public schools are a big reason why Coweta County is a vibrant and enriching place to live. Coweta County Schools combine a small-town, community-based feel with big-city advantages and opportunities for our students.

“A passionate and caring school system dedicated to excellence, energized by the notion of family, and committed to the success of each student.” That is how the AdvancED Accreditation Review Committee described the Coweta County School System, following their review for five-year reaccreditation of our schools in 2016. According to the independent team’s evaluation, Coweta Schools performed at much higher levels than the average AdvancED-accredited learning institutions, in terms of teaching and learning, leadership capacity, and management of resources. During accreditation, school system stakeholders – including students and parents, teachers and community members – described Coweta Schools in several ways:

“Student-Centered” “Caring” “Amazing” “Exceptional” “Accountable” “Safe” “Nurturing” “Rigorous” “I would not want to be anywhere else.” “Committed” In the Coweta County School System, you will find schools among the top-performing in the state of Georgia and the nation: • On-time graduation rates and student performance on Georgia Milestones exams that well exceed state of Georgia averages. • Student SAT and ACT performance that exceeds state and national averages. • High rates of participation in Advanced Placement, college dual-enrollment and apprenticeships and work-based learning. • Distinctions such as a robust fine arts curriculum, outstanding athletic programs, a sophisticated technology environment including 1-to-1 pairing of students with Chromebook devices, and other advanced opportunities for students. • Honors that include AP Stem and Humanities distinctions, state Reward schools, Georgia School Boards Association Exemplary School Board, state financial awards, state and national distinctions for high return on educational investment, and Georgia’s 2018 State Superintendent of the Year. From academics to the arts to athletics – from college prep to career readiness – Coweta County Schools are committed to ensuring the success of every student. We invite you to visit our schools, tour the Central Educational Center College and Career Academy, or attend a performance at the Donald W. Nixon Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. See for yourself why Great Schools are at the Heart of our Coweta community.

Dr. Steve Barker, Georgia’s 2018 Superintendent of the Year Josh Tate, Coweta County 2018 Teacher of the Year

To learn more, go to cowetaschools.net, or call 770-254-2800. To enroll a new student, call our Central Registration Center at 770-254-5551.


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Mayor Doug Jewell mayor@grantvillega.org 770-583-2289

Building 770-254-2362 Carnegie Library 770-683-1347 Cemetery 770-253-3744 City Clerk 770-254-2358 City Manager 770-254-2358 Code Enforcement 770-254-2362 Community Development 770-254-2354 Engineering 770-253-0327 Facilities Maintenance 678-673-5528 Finance/Business License 770-254-2351 Fire 770-253-1851 Garbage Pick up — Waste Industries 770-474-9273 Human Resources 770-254-2358 Information Technology 770-254-2358 Keep Newnan Beautiful 770-253-8283 Lynch Park 770-683-2377 Main Street Newnan 770-253-8283 Mayor 770-254-2358 Planning and Zoning 770-254-2354 Police 770-254-2355 Public Information 770-254-2358 Public Works 770-253-0327 Sanitation 770-253-0327

Mayor Pro-Tem Leonard Gomez leonard.gomez@grantvillega.org 770-583-2289 Council Member William Kee willie.kee@grantvillega.org 770-583-2289 Council Member Ruby Hines ruby.hines@grantvillega.org 770-583-2289 Council Member Mark King mark.king@grantvillega.org 770-583-2289 City Manager Al Grieshaber Jr. agrieshaber@grantvillega.org 770-583-2289 ext. 215 City Attorney Mark Mitchell markmitchelllaw.com 770-800-2327 City Clerk Lynn Basham lbasham@grantvillega.org 770-583-2289 ext. 202 Police Chief Steve Whitlock swhitlock@grantvillega.org 770-583-2289 Emergencies Call 911 Public Works Superintendent Ron Owens rowens@grantvillega.org 770-583-2289 ext. 205 Post Office 88 Lagrange St. 770-583-2827

Street 770-253-0327

Grantville Library 100 Park Drive 770-683-0535

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Beautification Mike Furbush Building Bill Stephenson Cemetery Jimmy Hemmings City Clerk Della Hill City Manager Cleatus Phillips

Keep Newnan Beautiful Page Beckwith Assistant City Manager Hasco W. Craver IV Mayor Keith Brady Planning and Zoning Tracy Dunnavant

Engineering Michael Klahr

Police D. L. “Buster” Meadows

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Finance Katrina Cline Fire David Whitley Human Resources Meg Blubaugh Information Technology Jim Chambers

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Public Works Michael Klahr Streets/ Garage/ Sanitation Deputy Public Works Ray Norton

Splash Park 770-583-8935

Senoia Senoia City Hall 80 Main St., Senoia 770-599-3679 Senoia Police Department (non-emergency) 505 Howard Road, Senoia 770-599-3256 Senoia Downtown Development Authority/ Senoia Welcome Center www.enjoysenoia.com 68 Main St., Senoia 770-727-9173 Senoia Post Office 68 Broad St., Senoia 770-599-3251 Senoia Library 148 Pylant St., Senoia 770-599-3537 Senoia Public Works Department 770-599-3679


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Coweta County Here are Coweta County government departments and contact numbers for various county buildings and facilities: Coweta County Animal Services 91 Selt Road, Newnan 770-254-3725 Emergencies after 5 p.m. 770-254-3728

• Coweta County Business License 22 East Broad St. 770-254-2626

Tag Office 22 East Broad St., Newnan 770-254-2631

Human Resources 22 East Broad St., Newnan 770-254-2604

Georgia Department of Driver’s Services (driver's license) 128 Bullsboro Drive., Newnan 770-254-7203

County Coroner 195 International Park, Newnan 770-683-0444

Sheriff’s Office non-emergency 560 Greison Trail, Newnan 770-253-1502 Coweta County Jail 560 Greison Trail, Newnan 770-253-1664

Development Authority 100 International Park, Newnan 770-304-1777 GIS Department 22 East Broad St., Newnan 678-854-0029 crichmond@coweta.ga.us

Coweta Sheriff’s Office Eastside Precinct 55 Literary Lane, Newnan 770-253-1502

Transportation and Engineering (includes stormwater and floodplain management) 21 East Washington St., Newnan 770-254-3775

COWETA COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT • Main Office/Temple Avenue Complex 39 Hospital Road, Newnan 770-254-3750

Water and Sewerage Authority 545 Corinth Road, Newnan 770-254-3710 www.cowetawater.com

• Hunter Complex 2970 East Hwy. 16, Sharpsburg 770-254-3740 • Clay-Wood Center 135 Heery Road, Newnan 770-254-3745 COWETA COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT • Coweta Building Inspection Department 4 Madison St., Newnan 770-254-2660 • Planning and Zoning Department 22 East Broad St., Newnan 770-254-2635 • Code Enforcement 4 Madison St., Newnan 770-254-2669 104 Coweta Living 2018-19

Environmental Health 28 East Washington St., Newnan 770-683-7345

COWETA PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM • Central Library 85 Literary Lane, Newnan 770-683-2052 • Powell Library 25 Hospital Road, Newnan 770-253-3625 • Grantville Branch Library 100 Park Drive, Grantville 770-683-0535 • Senoia Branch 148 Pylant St., Newnan 770-599-3537 Fire Department non-emergency 483 Turkey Creek Road, Newnan 770-254-3900 Coweta 911 non-emergency 195 International Park, Newnan 770-254-3911 Coweta Emergency Management 195 International Park, Newnan 770-254-2650 Coweta County Road Department 101 Selt Road, Newnan 770-253-0794 Environmental Management (trash/recycling/landfill) 101 Selt Road, Newnan 770-254-3785

Voter Registration Office 22 East Broad St., Newnan 770-254-2615

Superior Court Clerk 72 Greenville St., Newnan 770-254-2698

Coweta Board of Elections 22 East Broad St., Newnan 678-854-0015

State Court Clerk 72 Greenville St., Newnan 770-254-2699

Commissioners Office 22 East Broad St., Newnan 770-254-2601

Juvenile Court 78 Greenville St., Newnan 770-254-3730

Tax Commissioner 22 East Broad St., Newnan 770-254-2670 www.cowetataxcom.com

Magistrate Court 72 Greenville St., Newnan 770-254-2610

Tax Assessor 37 Perry St., Newnan 770-254-2680 www.cowetatax.com

Accountability Courts: Drug, DUI, Veterans, Family, 51-A 51 Perry St., Newnan 770-683-0205


District Attorney’s Office 72 Greenville St., Newnan 770-254-7300

State Court Probation 10 Olive St., Newnan 770-252-6440

UGA Extension Service, Coweta County (4-H) 255 Pine Road, Newnan 770-254-2620

Felony Probation 51 Perry St., Newnan 770-254-7204 Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services 533 Hwy. 29 N., Newnan 770-254-7234

Coweta County Prison and Work Release 101 Selt Road, Newnan 770-254-3723

Social Security Administration Newnan Field Office 246 Bullsboro Drive, Newnan 1-800-772-1213

State Court Public Defender 22 East Broad St., Newnan 770-254-2658

Veteran’s Services 22 East Broad St., Room 119 Newnan 770-254-7260

Superior Court Public Defender 8B Madison St., Newnan 770-254-2704

Health Department 70 Hospital Road, Newnan 770-254-7400

Coweta County Event Services (Fairgrounds and community center rentals) 275 Pine Road, Newnan 770-254-2685 Newnan-Coweta County Airport Whitlock Field 115 Airport Road, Newnan 770-254-8102

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Probate Court: birth/death certificates, marriage licenses, weapons licenses 200 Court Square, Newnan 770-254-2640

Convention and Visitors Bureau 200 Court Square, Newnan 770-254-2627 Georgia State Patrol 517 Turkey Creek Road, Newnan 770-254-7201

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