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Left - Right: Theresa Davis- Branch Manager, Temple Avenue Branch Jena Parks- Assistant Branch Manager, Senoia John Hughes- Branch Manager, Senoia Anne Bell- President Pam Clemons- Branch Manager, Court Square Branch Kim Resmondo- Branch Manager, Jefferson Street Branch Janette Morrison- Branch Manager, Thomas Crossroads Branch

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Table of Contents

HEALTH AND FITNESS 12 24 32 36

New hospitals make Coweta tops in healthcare Moms RUN This Town! Coweta recreation department offers programs for children and adults Coweta’s Chattahoochee Bend is Georgia’s newest state park

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 38 48 58 64

Low unemployment, high job creation a plus for Coweta businesses and industries Quality of life gives Coweta residential market a competitive advantage Coweta seeing economic impact from film and television industry TV shows and movies filmed in Coweta County

EDUCATION 66 Educational opportunities abound in Coweta

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76 Coweta County Public School Locations 78 New buildings in the works for higher education 84 Senoia library is latest addition to Coweta Public Library System

COMMUNITY 88 96 98 104

Coweta continues to enjoy vibrant arts scene New opportunities available to local garden lovers Churches using sports, charity projects to connect with children Coweta Museums

CITIES AND COUNTY 106 New projects continue throughout Cowetaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cities 112 Numbers to Know 114 Coming to Coweta

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New hospitals make Coweta tops in health care By Alex McRae

Opened in May, the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital features the latest in technology, design, treatment offerings and patient amenities.

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Betty Thomas, at back, Kimberly Dorminey, middle, Leisa Cantrell, front, and Kathy Young tour the baby nursery at the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

or the past five years Coweta County has consistently been among the 100 fastest-growing counties in the nation, attracting first rate housing development, shopping and business opportunities. The only thing that kept Coweta from matching any of its metro Atlanta competitors was health care facilities that were adequate, but not outstanding. That problem is now solved. In 2012, one new hospital opened and a second is scheduled to see its first patient in August. Those new additions to the local health care scene put Coweta at the top of the health care heap, not just in the metro Atlanta area but across the region. The largest of the new facilities, Piedmont Newnan Hospital, opened its Coweta Living 2012-13

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This artistâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rendering shows Piedmont Medical Plaza, which is connected to the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital by a covered walkway.

Admiring the lobby of Piedmont Newnan Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emergency Department are, from left, Pam Kesselring, construction project manager for Piedmont Newnan, and Kelly M. Hines, the hospital's director of public relations and communications. 14

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doors in early May. The gleaming new facility features the latest in technology, design, treatment offerings and patient amenities. The 364,000-square-foot hospital features 136 beds and 23 Emergency Department treatment rooms. The facility was built to the highest standards in environmental and energy-efficiency design and has achieved the LEED Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification. The facility emphasizes improved patient access and wayfinding, flexibility, operational efficiencies and future growth. The hospital features a Public Mall/Main Street design concept and the campus offers numerous green spaces and natural areas. The site even

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Michael J. Behr, M.D. • Board certiffieed in orth hopaedic surgery • Specialtiies include arth hroscopic surgery,, joint replacement • Sportss medicine felllowship • Chick-fill-A Bowl side lin ne physician • High school All-American swimmer

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Southern Orthopaedic Specialists has brought its Strength of Experience to Newnan. Patients in the Newnan region now have convenient, local access to exceptional orthopaedic services, leading board-certified physicians — and the caring SOS commitment that helps you live life at its best.

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Health & Fitness This view of the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital on Poplar Road shows the ambulance entrance to the hospital's emergency department.

Michael Bass, left, president and CEO of Piedmont Newnan Hospital, and John Bruce of KBR Building Group celebrate completion of construction of the new hospital.

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includes a four-acre fish pond. PNH President and CEO Michael Bass said the facility’s impact on health care is evident, but added that PNH would have an enormous impact on the local economy. “It’s going to have an enormous impact on this whole area,” Bass said. “When people from out of town visit a hospital they don’t just see a doctor. They shop and go out to eat and spend money on other things. Now they’ll be able to do all that here.” The sound local economy was also a leading reason Cancer Treatment Centers of America chose to locate its first Southeastern facility in Newnan. “We are planning on major growth at each of the centers including here,” said Kane Dawson, president and CEO of CTCA’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center. “This site is really the most ideal of all of our locations because of its proximity to historic downtown and Ashley Park.” The Newnan facility joins CTCA regional hospitals in suburban Chicago, Philadelphia, Tulsa and suburban Phoenix. CTCA specializes

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Now cancer patients and their families have a state-of-the-art cancer hospital in Newnan—Cancer Treatment Centers of America. ®

Individualized treatments. We deliver a unique combination of leading cancer treatments and supportive oncology therapies to help manage side effects and improve your quality of life. Personal coordinated care team. Patient Empowered Care® puts you in the center of your care team. Your physicians and clinicians come to YOU, in one room, under one roof. This ensures real-time coordination and communication among your care team and minimizes travel time and stress for you. Spiritual well-being. Many of our patients have found that spirituality and faith can play a very positive role in the healing process. That’s why pastoral support is there for every patient who desires it. “The moment I walked through the doors, a weight lifted. I felt the kind of caring and compassion I’d been looking for.” Audrey Allen Breast Cancer Patient Savannah, Georgia Treated at CTCA in Tulsa

A 99% patient satisfaction rating. We believe this is the ultimate proof that treating the whole person—mind, body, spirit—is the right way to treat you.

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The Cancer Treatment Centers of America facility in Newnan is slated to open Aug. 15. Below is the hospital during construction. in treating advanced-stage and complex cancer with a fully integrated model that combines leading clinical treatments and technologies with scientifically supported complementary therapies to help manage side effects and improve each patient’s quality of life. The all-digital hospital—scheduled to open in mid-August 2012—features 25 private inpatient treatment rooms, surgical suites, specialized treatment suites for endoscopy and bronchoscopy, state-of-the-art radiation and infusion therapy departments, a rehabilitation and physical therapy department, concierge services, a dining room, a chapel and onsite accommodations for outpatients and their families. “We treat patients the same way you’d want your mother treated,” said Jac Counts, regional manager of strategic markets for CTCA. “Our mission is what drives us every day. And that’s to heal the whole person, CTCA officials Stephen Bonner and Kane Dawson, improve quality of life and restore hope.” along with founder Richard Stephenson, break That spirit of renewed hope is one of the ground on the new CTCA southeast regional hospital founding principles of the Coweta Samaritan in August 2011 with cancer survivors Jan Peterson, Clinic, which opened in October 2011. Lisa McKinley and George Drennan. 18

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Caring Physicians offering Comprehensive Obstetrics and Gynecology Service.

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Mary Harper, WHNP-BC From left to right: Deanna E. Guthrie, M.D., Karen T. Greene, M.D., Rebecca D. Banks, M.D., Mironda D. Williams, M.D.

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Kane Dawson, president and CEO for the Southeast Region of CTCA, at left in photo above right, and State Senator Tommie Williams participated in a May “Blessing” event marking the 100-day countdown to the opening of the new cancer hospital. Current or former CTCA patients and survivors signed a “Beam of Hope,” above at left, which will be visible to those entering the hospital. 20

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The sound local economy was also a leading reason Cancer Treatment Centers of America chose to locate its first Southeastern facility in Newnan. Coweta Samaritan Clinic treats individuals ages 19 and above who are residents of Coweta County, who have no health insurance, and whose household income is below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The clinic was the result of a tireless effort by Dr. Kay Crosby to open such a facility

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The new Piedmont Newnan. Now open. At Piedmont, we’ve always been big on delivering world-class care. And our new hospital in Coweta County is the perfect case in point. With over 362,000 square feet of space, featuring the latest medical technology and a team of highly-qualified, compassionate healthcare providers, our new facility will allow for more patients, more specialties and plenty of room to grow in the years to come. Our doors are officially open at 745 Poplar Road. For more information, visit us online at newpiedmontnewnan.org.

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Samaritan Clinic volunteers include, from left, Mary Anne Gloer, Norma Haynes, Katie Garth and Sharon Gruber.

Newnan Kiwanis Club’s Gary Welden, at left, visits with Dr. Kay Crosby and Lou Graner of Samaritan Clinic.

in Coweta County. Crosby serves as the clinic’s chairman and medical director. Virtually all the clinic’s patients have been treated by Dr. Crosby, Dr. Earnest Barron and Family Nurse Practitioner Rhonda Whitton, all of whom volunteer their time. The clinic is operated almost entirely by 22

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Samaritan Clinic volunteer Ingrid Richardson sits at one of the cubicles where patient intake interviews are conducted. volunteer nurses, phlebotomists, a nutritionist, a pastoral counselor and medical technicians. “We have been blessed with an outstanding group of volunteer nurses and medical professionals who come together each week to treat our patients with

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“We are blessed to live in a community that has supported this effort in so many ways.” —Lou Graner, Executive Director, Samaritan Clinic compassion and excellent care,” said Peggie Lawson, the clinic’s nurse administrator. Volunteers also man the clinic’s front office, greeting patients, scheduling appointments, creating and updating patient records, making follow-up calls and assisting patients applying for free medications through patient assistance programs. The clinic currently screens patients for eligibility one day each week and treats patients one day each week. It is hoped additional hours and services can be offered in the future. “We are blessed to live in a community that has supported this effort in so many ways,” said Lou Graner, Samaritan Clinic’s executive director. “This effort has been a huge blessing for all of us.” CL

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Moms RUN This T hisTown! Town! By Alex McRae | Photos by Bob Fraley

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Moms know what it’s like to want to carve out time for fitness, and a local group created just for running moms was the brainchild of a local woman whose effort has now spread to include chapters across the country. From left are Heather Sexton, Moms RUN This Town founder Pam Burrus with daughter Anna Claire, Staci Teague with daughters Sarah and Anna, and Stacey Morgart with daughters Makenna and Emily.

o group on earth is busier than moms of young children. They spend most of their waking moments dashing to doctors’ appointments, toiling over loads of laundry and chasing curious kids eager to explore every nook and cranny of the home and yard. Many moms are so busy running after children they can’t find time to run for enjoyment. In 2011, Newnan’s Pam Burrus decided that needed to change and started a group called Coweta Living 2012-13

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Moms and children alike, at top and opposite, are clocking more miles thanks to Moms RUN This Town. Local moms and children in the group include, above from left, Tammy Hawes with Caroline; Osmari Fernandez with Marimar and Paulina Ramirez; and Lucy McCullough with Bella. 26

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Moms RUN This Town to encourage and support running mothers. It became an instant sensation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing that this vision I had came together the way it did,â&#x20AC;? Burrus said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all just having a ball helping each other out.â&#x20AC;? Burrus said when she was young she admired active, athletic types, but was reluctant to give running a try. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I never felt like I could be fast enough or good enough,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t try.â&#x20AC;? Burrus was born and raised in Gwinnett County and graduated from UGA with a degree in Information Management Systems. Burrus met her future husband, Chris, at UGA and after marriage moved to Newnan, where her husband, a pilot, owned a home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As soon as I got here I knew this was my kind of town,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love it here.â&#x20AC;?

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Front row, from left, are Xander Lockard (9), Tiffany Bellucci, Heather Sexton, Anna Claire Burrus (3), Sarah Teague (6), Anna Teague (3), Aidan McWilliams (8), Aaron McWilliams (4), Tanya McWilliams, Addison McWilliams (6), Caroline Hawes (6), Paulina Ramirez (9), Osmari Fernandez, Emerson Haufmann (13 months) and Abram Haufmann (3). At back are Stacey Morgart, Pam Aviles, Mara Lockard, Pam Burrus, Staci Teague, Krista Morin, Tammy Hawes, Bella McCullough (7), Lucy McCullough, Marimar Ramirez (11) and Linsey Haufmann.

Heather Sexton and Stacey Morgart are two of the local runners in Moms RUN This Town. Finally, Burrus and some friends with small children settled for extended stroller walks in Summergrove. When fellow mom Heather Sexton started running again Burrus decided to run too, but she found it difficult to juggle exercise with child care obligations. She knew other moms shared her concern. Burrus decided the answer was to form a running club for moms. That night, as the 28

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idea percolated through her brain, she was so excited she could hardly sleep. When Burrus finally woke up, she knew the name of the group, and as a website designer with her own web business she knew how it should be organized. “I thought ‘Moms RUN This Town’ was perfect,” she said. “I loved the double play on the word ‘run.’ Then I realized that ‘this town’ could be anywhere and thought, ‘Why not

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organizational stage. Chapters are popping up in Canada, and Burrus has even gotten an inquiry from India. “If you get a group of women together with the same goal, it really comes together,” Burrus said. She said members are glad to babysit each other’s children while another goes for a 30

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It was the Vikings versus the Buccaneers in the Coweta County Recreation Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Championship game in November of 2011, with the Buccaneers coming out on top.

In summer 2011, Zack Power of Northgate High School presented the "Friend of Special Olympics" Award to Kevin Carlisle of the Hunter Complex Recreation Department as Rec Department Director Carl McKnight looked on.

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Recent graduates of dog obedience classes at the rec department include, front row, Tim Fraumann & Labrador Retriever "Maddie May"; Joy Green & Miniature Schnauzer "Simon"; Matthew Cash & Labrador Retriever "Bo"; Charlotte Whitlock & mixed Lab "Little Dog"; Libby Parham & Weimaraner "Hiccup"; and Richard Pahucki & Jack Russell Terrier "Rowdy." In back are Alice Bowden & German Shepherd "Jake"; Gary Horton & Australian Cattle Dog "Jake"; Sherry Horton & German Shorthaired Pointer "Liam"; Lorena Allen & Pit Bull mix "Taco"; Daniel Burnham & Rhodesian Ridgeback "Buddy"; Gail Rountree & mixed Shepherd "Bullet"; and Wayne Seling & South African Boerboel "Goli."

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Chattahoochee Bend in Coweta is Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest state park

Clockwise from upper left: Guests enjoy a barbecue lunch following the grand opening of the park in summer 2011; volunteer Gail Ansley cooks hamburgers at the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first fall festival; youngsters enjoy the playground; and pumpkin carving at the 2011 fall festival.

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hose who like to spend their leisure time in the great outdoors will want to take advantage of Coweta’s new Chattahoochee Bend State Park, which is located in north Coweta along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Officially opened in 2011, Chattahoochee Bend is the sixth largest park in the Georgia parks system and the first new state park built in Georgia in 40 years. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, “At 2,910 acres, Chattahoochee Bend is one of Georgia’s largest state parks, protecting five miles of river frontage. A boat ramp provides easy access to the water, while more than six miles of wooded trails are open for hiking and nature photography. An observation platform provides nice views of the river and forest.” Features of the park include 25 RV campsites, 10 tent/pop-up campsites, 16 riverside platform campsites, 12 tent walk-in campsites, four camping shelters, two picnic shelters and a boat ramp. Activities available at the park include hiking, canoeing/kayaking, picnicking, a playground, fishing and geocaching. Park hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., and gates lock at 10 p.m. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the parking fee is $5. For more information, visit GeorgiaStateParks.org/ ChattahoocheeBend. CL

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Low unemployment, high job creation a plus for Coweta businesses and industries By Alex McRae

The business community in Coweta County is getting a boost from the medical world. This new Coweta Treatment Centers of America facility is set to open Aug. 15.

rom its founding in 1828 until the 1960s, Coweta County’s industrial base revolved around cotton and the things made from what was once the South’s most prolific

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crop. Many residents who weren’t growing cotton or supplying the farmers who did with feed, seed and other necessities of life were toiling in textile mills that turned out everything from wartime tent fabric to a new kind of sock held up by elastic bands.

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Coweta County also produced Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous peaches in abundance. But in the 1960s, when Atlanta bet its future on expanding its aviation presence, the repercussions were felt statewide. As Atlanta air traffic grew and I-85 opened through Coweta County in the 1970s, farm fields were plowed under for subdivisions and shopping centers that rose to supply the needs of

workers in Cowetaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expanding and increasingly diversified industrial base, plus an increasing number of commuters working at the airport or in downtown Atlanta. Currently, Coweta has the lowest unemployment rate and one of the highest rates of job creation in the Three Rivers Region, a 10-county area covering west central Georgia.

Coweta has the lowest unemployment rate and one of the highest rates of job creation in the Three Rivers Region, a 10-county area covering west central Georgia.

The stars of Drop Dead Diva were in Senoia earlier this year to dedicate a sidewalk plaque commemorating the show. They included Brooke Elliott, front center, the show's star, and co-stars Lex Medlin, left, and Jackson Hurst. Also pictured are, left to right, Senoia Councilman Jeff Fisher, Stacy Fisher, Stephanie Grover, Councilman Maurice Grover, Ann Busey of Senoia DDA, Councilman Bobby Graham, Debbie Graham, Senoia City Administrator Richard Ferry, Councilman Larry Owens, and Rhonda Moye, Senoia DDA. Coweta Living 2012-13

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The Café at Southern Touch Catering, located in the Summergrove Market Square, is among the new dining spots to open in Coweta in the past year. Ken and Teresa Carter, above, opened the new sandwich shop in June 2012.

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“We’ve got everything industries are looking for,” said Greg Wright, president of the Coweta County Development Authority. “A growing labor pool of skilled workers, great transportation assets and a government that knows how to work with industry for everyone’s benefit.” The opening of Piedmont Newnan Hospital and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital in 2012 make the area even more attractive as a place for businesses to locate or grow. Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Company recently expanded its Newnan facility to allow increased production of offroad ATVs. The Newnan plant remains the sole manufacturing facility for Yamaha’s popular WaveRunner personal watercraft. Custom Molded Products has leased the former Rite-Aid facility on Herring Road and will bring about 50 new employees to its molded plastics business. Air Power and Hydraulics, based in Glasgow, Scotland, has

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A Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce Power Network Luncheon was hosted by the Summit Family YMCA and catered by Sage Café in the fall of 2011. About 40 people attended including, from left, back, Ann Hand, Pat Clemons, Pat Christensen and, foreground, Kim Melhouse. Following the luncheon, attendees toured the facility, located on Georgia Highway 34, which serves Fayette and Coweta counties.

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The popular AMC zombie show The Walking Dead continues to film at locations in Coweta.

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chosen Coweta as the site of its first plant outside Scotland. Every month, new and existing industries are making inquiries about leasing space or expanding existing facilities, according to Greg Wright. Even Hollywood is enjoying the good life in Coweta County, which has become a major production hub for hit shows, including Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and AMC’s The Walking Dead. Film productions add dollars to Coweta’s business coffers each year, and the industry has had a profound effect on Senoia, a major production hub and home of Raleigh Studios Atlanta, which includes the former Senoia-based Riverwood Studios. “Film industry incentives have revitalized the state and especially our area,” said Scott Tigchelaar, president of Raleigh Studios Atlanta. Tigchelaar’s company has partnered with Senoia businesses and individuals to create streets and homes that appeal to upscale

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Bellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Handcrafts on the Court Square in downtown Newnan is one of the new businesses to open in Coweta in the last year.

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“Film industry incentives have revitalized the state and especially our area.” — Scott Tigchelaar, president of Raleigh Studios Atlanta

buyers and are ideal as period movie sets— always needed by film production companies. “We’re rebuilding this town (Senoia), and that wouldn’t be happening if not for the film industry,” Tigchelaar said. Other Coweta towns have felt a positive economic impact from film productions, and the success of the KIA Motors plant just 45 miles away in West Point has also had a positive effect on Coweta industries. Industrial growth will only get stronger as Coweta adds new educational facilities,

which not only draw highly-paid employees, but increased retail traffic from students and school officials. More importantly, graduates of the institutions become a skilled labor pool for local industries seeking employees equipped with the skills to perform the jobs in demand today and in the future. For years the Central Educational Center has been a national model for a businesseducation partnership aimed at preparing students to move to college or an advanced technical education. West Georgia Technical College is currently building a new campus

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Quality of life gives Coweta residential market a competitive advantage By Alex McRae

here real estate is concerned, nothing matters more than location. But location loses its luster if every place looks exactly like the one at the next interstate exit. In Coweta County, that has never been a problem. Coweta offers the expected retail and lifestyle choices, but visitors soon find out what residents have long

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Residential properties in Coweta County include new construction, such as the Southern Living Idea House in Senoia, above, and a home under construction at Morgan Street and Lower Creek Trail, below right, as well as horse farms like the one below left.

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sensible taxes and easy access to Atlanta’s sports and entertainment offerings and it’s easy to see why Coweta is consistently ranked among America’s 100 fastest-growing counties. The widening of I-85 through Coweta has made the county even more accessible and attractive to businesses that value a location 30 minutes from the world’s busiest airport. Interstate improvements also made a better

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Award-winning local architect Lorraine Cunanan, shown with one of her homes in Newnan (here and below), is a fan of the concept of sustainability, or what’s known as “green” design. Horse farms with lots of acreage, lower right, have also drawn many newcomers to Coweta in recent years.

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the Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors. “We’re close to everything, home buyers can find everything from homes with acreage to subdivisions with lots of neighbors to maintenance-free cluster homes and condos and we have great schools and churches. It’s all here. And the local economy is getting stronger.” The opening of two new hospitals in 2012 and the addition of new private physician’s offices, clinics and outpatient facilities will only cement Coweta’s place as a top choice for those seeking the ideal mix of business, lifestyle and housing. “The new Piedmont Newnan Hospital and the Cancer Treatment Centers of America hospital are bringing in new people and interest from other businesses that could benefit from the increased health care options in Coweta County,” Barron said. “We’re even seeing interest in the upper end of the residential market, and it’s been a while since that happened.” Coweta offers several golf and lake communities, but for those who treasure the allure of small town charm, it’s easy to sample life in the slow lane in Coweta sweet spots that include Newnan, Grantville, Senoia, Moreland, Sharpsburg, Turin and Haralson. Coweta’s small towns have also caught the eye of Hollywood producers, who have selected Coweta as the ideal location for several

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“With increasing demand from new people moving in and a smaller inventory of available homes, we are already seeing an increase in new home construction.” —Tom Barron, President, Newnan-Coweta Board of Realtors

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current productions, including Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and AMC’s The Walking Dead, both of which are filmed partly in Coweta. A few years ago, Senoia-based Riverwood Studios teamed up with Senoia partners to form the Historic Senoia Project, which develops land in downtown Senoia in a way that is appealing to home buyers while serving as a perfect period backdrop for film and TV producers. When Riverwood merged with Raleigh Studios last year, Coweta’s Hollywood connection grew even stronger. Existing industry has also remained stable and new businesses continue to open in Coweta each year. Such results are hard to overlook and in 2011, Bloomberg Businessweek named Coweta County as its “Best Affordable Place” in Georgia. The magazine said that proximity to work and great quality of life are the “status quo” in Coweta County.

People and businesses looking at Coweta as their next home have noticed. “Things are finally looking up,” said Tom Barron. Barron said that while residential home inventories remain high, the current number of homes on the market is much lower than the 1,300 to 1,500 homes normally on the market a couple of years ago. That is likely to get even better. “With increasing demand from new people moving in and a smaller inventory of available homes, we are already seeing an increase in new home construction,” Barron said. “That’s always a good sign.” For years, trying to read the real estate crystal ball has been risky business, but Coweta’s stable industrial base, booming health care market, great schools and wealth of residential offerings make it a safe bet that Coweta County will continue to be the destination of choice for newcomers ready to enjoy the good life in one of the greatest places in America. CL

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he film and television industry’s economic impact in Georgia was nearly $2.5 billion last year, according to an analysis by the Georgia Film Office, and Coweta County is among the Georgia counties that benefited. Some 47 feature films and television shows have been filmed in Coweta County since 1973, according to the Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau. One reason for the growth is the state’s tax incentive program, which was designed to draw production crews to the state. Under the tax credit program, filmmakers receive a 30 percent credit on qualified expenditures to offset their tax liability. One study found that for every $1 spent by the state in tax credits, $1.24 was earned

The group of survivors spent much of the first half of The Walking Dead season two searching for Sophia, played by Madison Lintz, above, who disappeared in episode one. In the mid-season finale they discover that she is one of the "walkers" being kept in the barn by their host, Hershel Greene. Photo by Gene Page/AMC

Crews film for AMC’s television series The Walking Dead beside Eastside Elementary School, at the intersection of Old Highway 85 and Bailey Road.

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Props fill the parking lot next to the old gym at Newnan High. In a scene filmed in July 2011 for AMCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Walking Dead, survivors run into a horde of zombies at the high schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;staged to look like an abandoned Federal Emergency Management Agency camp.

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Shows like AMC’s The Walking Dead and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva have been repeat customers here in Coweta County, and for every season the television shows return the area receives a cash injection. in local revenues. The tax credit program put Georgia on the map, but diverse landscapes, accessibility to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the production company Raleigh Studios Atlanta in Senoia lure filmmakers to Coweta County. Coweta was one of the first 16 counties chosen to participate in the statewide Camera Ready initiative, a liaison program for filming companies. Camera Ready counties are able to help production companies with permits, traffic control, catering, location scouting and finding other resources. Shows like AMC’s The Walking Dead and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva have been repeat customers here in Coweta County, and for every season the television shows return the area receives a cash injection. Money paid to the crew is spent on renting homes or apartments, hotels, food, gasoline, rental cars and throughout the county’s shops. Food provided on set is bought locally. Casting calls for extras provide work for local people. Utilities are often needed, as was the case with The Wettest County in the World, a $25 million budget feature film that set up its

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Not only does the film industry provide revenue for the county, but it also results in tourism that brings in money as well. Tourists who want to see the places where shows like October Road were filmed come in for a day and spend about $100 in the community, according to local officials. Also, the SPLOST tax money brings in an extra penny on each dollar the tourists spend. โ€œWeโ€™ve been real busy with it over the past few years,โ€ said Tray Baggarly, director of event services for Coweta County. โ€œWe know theyโ€™re out spending money. If you ask the people who run businesses, they just smile because they are getting business from it. Itโ€™s a good deal for the state and the county.โ€ CL

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TV shows and movies filmed in Coweta County

Brooke Elliott stars in Drop Dead Diva (photo by Bob Mahoney for Lifetime TV). Among television and motion picture productions filmed in Coweta County since the 1970s are: “Moonrunners”: Haralson, Turin, 1973

“Fried Green Tomatoes”: Newnan, Senoia, Haralson, 1991

“Our Winning Season”: Newnan, 1977 “Silent Victim”: Newnan, 1991 “The Sheriff and The Satellite Kid”: Newnan, 1979

“Grass Roots”: Newnan, 1991

“Guyana Tragedy”: Senoia, 1979

“Carolina Skeletons”: Senoia, 1991

“Desperate for Love”: Senoia, 1988

“Pet Sematary II”: Senoia, Dunaway Gardens, 1992

“Driving Miss Daisy”: Senoia, 1989 “Stolen Babies”: Sharpsburg, Turin, 1992 “Decoration Day”: Newnan, 1990 “Gordy”: Sharpsburg, 1993 “Manhunt in the Dakotas”: Newnan, 1991

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“I’ll Fly Away”: Newnan, 1991

“The War”: Grantville, Sharpsburg, Newnan, 1993

“Wife, Mother, Murderer”: Newnan, 1991

“Fluke”: Dunaway Gardens, 1994

“White Lie”: Senoia, 1991

“Andersonville”: Coweta County, 1994

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“Raney”: Senoia, Sharpsburg, 1996 “Zoobilee Zoo”: Raleigh Studios Atlanta in Senoia, 1997 “A Christmas Memory”: Sharpsburg, Senoia, 1997 “Flash”: Coweta County, 1997 “Mama Flora’s Family”: Haralson, 1998 “Noah Dearborn”: Newnan, Roscoe, 1999

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Educational opportunities abound in Coweta By Rebecca Leftwich

A mixed marching band comprised of Newnan High School, Northgate High School and East Coweta High School musicians was part of the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. parade through downtown Newnan. s its population has grown exponentially over the past 20 years, Coweta County has emerged as a respectedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and widely recognizedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;center of educational diversity. From public programs including traditional, charter and cyber schools to private academies, state-funded pre-kindergarten and a home school co-op supported by hundreds of families, educational opportunities to match all life and learning styles abound. More than 22,000 students currently are 66

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educated on Coweta County School System (CCSS) campuses: 19 elementary schools, six middle schools, three high schools and a charter career academy serving students from those high schools. Coweta schools consistently rank among the top-performing schools in Georgia in terms of student achievement, and its schools and educational leaders frequently receive top honors. In 2012, Lee Middle School was recognized as a national Lighthouse School to Watch and Central Educational Center was named a Georgia Innovator by the Southern

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Student Emily Williams enjoys some time on the monkey bars at Ruth Hill Elementary School.

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Education Growth Policy Board. Dr. Laurie Barron of Smokey Road Middle School, Georgiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Middle School Principal of the Year, also is one of the three finalists for the National Middle Level Principal of the Year award. Despite budget crises caused by tough economic times throughout Georgia and the nation, Coweta schools have suffered no cuts in personnel, programs or services. While other districts have been forced to rearrange or subtract from school schedules to make up budget shortfalls, CCSS

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In November 2011, Newnan High School hosted its annual salute to veterans concert at the Coweta County School Systemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. The concert featured the Newnan High School Symphonic Winds and Mixed Chorus and Smokey Road Middle School Wind Ensemble.

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educational days and hours have remained intact. Extensive renovations and modifications— including a remodeling of historic Drake Stadium—are nearly complete at the county’s oldest high school, Newnan High, and preliminary planning has begun for the county’s newest school, Corinth Road Middle, which has a projected opening of fall 2014. One of the jewels in the CCSS crown is the Centre for the Performing and Visual Arts, a 1,000-seat, state-of-the-art performance hall featuring student exhibition space, instruction and master classes in all fine arts concentrations. When the 2012-13 school year opens Aug. 6, Coweta schools will continue a system-wide technology overhaul as well as begin to implement new curriculum. Georgia has joined with 47 other states to develop a set of core standards for K-12 intended to provide a consistent framework for student success in college and/or the 21st century workplace, and CCSS administrators

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Evans Middle School band members Gray Gaude, Daven Williams and Meghan Davis participate in "Evans Meets Motown." and educators have been preparing and training since last year to implement English language arts and mathematics portions of the new Common Core Curriculum. Central Educational Center (CEC), a charter school serving high school students through career and college-based instruction and industry partnerships, is a national model and a basis for Georgia’s 25 new career academies. Beginning this year, CEC will pilot an eighth-grade program for students from each of Coweta’s six middle schools. In addition, CEC—founded in 2001 as a joint venture with West Georgia Technical College— will continue to provide hundreds of students each year with dual-enrollment opportunities. CCSS high schools also are working with other colleges and universities, including the University of West Georgia’s Newnan Center, to expand dual-enrollment programs in the Tevyn Fudge of Welch Elementary School, left, was crowned champion of Coweta County's 2012 Spelling upcoming year. Dual-enrollment allows qualifying high school juniors and seniors to Bee. At right is runner-up Daniel Wood of Arnall earn college credit while working towards Middle School. 72

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their high school diplomas. For more information on registration, schools, services and initiatives, visit www.cowetaschools.org. In addition to traditional public schools and CEC, Coweta County offers two public charter schools, â&#x20AC;&#x153;schools of choiceâ&#x20AC;? which are tuition-free with student admission determined by lottery. Each charter school is governed independently and unlike traditional public schools, each charter school must demonstrate student success, or risk losing its charter. Odyssey School in Newnan (www.odysseycharterschool.net) was approved in 2001 by the Georgia Board of Education, the first state-established charter school in Georgia. The school opened in 2004 with more than 100 students in grades K-5 and currently serves grades K-8. Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia (www.cowetacharter.org), which serves grades K-7, was established by the Georgia Charter

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1. Arbor Springs Elementary 4840 North Highway 29 Newnan, GA 30265 770-463-5903

3. Atkinson Elementary 14 Nimmons Street Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2835

5. Canongate Elementary 200 Pete Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-463-8010

2. Arnco-Sargent Elementary 2449 W. Highway 16 Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2830

4. Brooks Elementary 35 Genesee Point Newnan, GA 30263 770-683-0013

6. Eastside Elementary 1225 Eastside School Road Senoia, GA 30276 770-599-6621

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7. Elm Street Elementary 46 Elm Street Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2865

16. Welch Elementary 240 Mary Freeman Road Newnan,GA 30265 770-254-2597

8. Glanton Elementary 5725 Highway 29 Grantville, GA 30220 770-583-2873

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

9. Jefferson Parkway Elementary 154 Farmer Industrial Blvd. Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2771

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

10. Moreland Elementary 145 Railroad Street Moreland, GA 30259 770-254-2875 11. Newnan Crossing Elementary 1267 Lower Fayetteville Road Newnan, GA 30265 770-254-2872 12. Northside Elementary 720 Country Club Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2890 13. Poplar Road Elementary 2925 Poplar Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-254-2740 14. Ruth Hill Elementary 57 Sunset Lane Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2895 15. Thomas Crossroads Elementary 3530 E. Highway 34 Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-254-2751

19. Willis Road Elementary 430 Willis Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-304-7995 MIDDLE SCHOOLS 20. Arnall Middle 700 Lora Smith Road Newnan, GA 30265 770-254-2765 21. East Coweta Middle 6291 East Highway 16 Senoia, GA 30276 770-599-6607 22. Evans Middle 41 Evans Drive Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2780

25. Smokey Road Middle 965 Smokey Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2840 26. Alternative Middle School Maggie Brown School 32 Clark Street Newnan, GA 30263 770-304-5930 HIGH SCHOOLS 27. East Coweta High 400 Sharpsburg-McCollum Road Sharpsburg, GA 30277 770-254-2850 28. Newnan High 190 LaGrange Street Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2880 29. Northgate High 3220 Fisher Road Newnan, GA 30265 770-463-5585 30. Central Educational Center 160 Martin Luther King Drive Newnan, GA 30263 678-423-2000

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

31. Alternative High School 1 Dowdell Street Newnan, GA 30263 770-254-2870

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

32. Westside/Burwell 106 Westside School Road Newnan, GA 30263 770-304-5930

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New buildings in the works for higher education By W. Winston Skinner

This artist rendering shows the West Georgia Technical College General Classroom Building.

West Georgia Technical College President Dr. Skip Sullivan, at left, is shown on stage with local GED graduates at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in fall 2011.

Construction continues at the West Georgia Technical College campus on Turkey Creek Road.

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oweta County’s two West Georgia’s—West Georgia Technical College and the University of West Georgia— are both growing their local programs and reflecting that growth in bricks and mortar. For WGTC, there are two buildings being constructed for the school’s first campus in Coweta County. Plans are moving forward for UWG to have its Coweta programs take place in a piece of Coweta history, the original Newnan Hospital complex on Jackson Street. The UWG plan has yet to be approved by the Board of Regents, which owns all University System property. “We are building two buildings on 38 acres of property that was donated by the Orchard Hills development,” said Dawn Cook, WGTC’s vice president for institutional advancement. The Allied Healthcare Building—which will have 46,300 square feet of space—will house a wide range of health care programs. Registered nursing and licensed practical nursing programs will be taught there, as will classes for nurse’s aides, geriatric care and emergency medical technicians. Cook said there also will be a physical therapy assistant program at the local campus that is not being offered at other WGTC

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Technical college employees will be working with the Coweta County Development Authority, the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce and other organizations to boost economic development in the area and channel WGTCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resources in that direction. locations. Allied Healthcare will also offer training for people seeking to work in billing and coding in medical settings. Cook noted the opening of the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital and pointed to the plans for other facilities, including Cancer Treatment Centers of America, as opportunities for workâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for people who are prepared. She said WGTC will be training students â&#x20AC;&#x153;whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be credentialed to work at these hospitals.â&#x20AC;? The second building, being funded by the state, will be a classroom building for programs ranging from criminal justice and

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Sixteen work-based interns from the Central Educational Center spent part of their summer in 2011 working at the newly-opened Chattahoochee Bend State Park. At the visitors center–following a day of trail-blazing and clearing–are, front row from left, students Zach Ponce, Brock Dorman, Kenny Johnson, Jesse Stearns, Jimmie Reid, Ethan Blevins, Mitch Knabe, Sam Lasater; and back row, Gabriela Bump, Alex Palacio, Haley Johnson, Ashley Davis, Sidney Sowerbrower, Olecia Witt, Alison Walker and Kyle Sorrells.

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early childhood education to business/administrative skills and computer information technology. Core classes will be taught in both buildings, and the library will be in Allied Healthcare. Steel was already coming out of the ground at the WGTC campus early in the summer. Both buildings are set to be completed by June 2013 with an opening in September 2013. Cook said the new campus will have some facets beyond those related to direct instruction. “We also will have an economic development presence,” she said. Technical college employees will be working with the Coweta County Development Authority, the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce and other organizations to boost economic development in the area and channel WGTC’s resources in that direction.

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West Georgia leaders are working toward a move to the hospital complex north of downtown Newnan. Plans for the space have already been drawn, but the move is not a sure thing. “The new campus will also house a permanent home for adult education,” Cook said. WGTC and its predecessor, West Central Technical College, have provided adult education programs in borrowed space for years. West Georgia Technical College has offered classes at Central Educational Center, the local charter school that combines high school curriculum with vocational classes. “We will continue that partnership,” Cook pledged.

In addition to WGTC, Coweta County has college programs offered by Mercer University, a school in Macon with Baptist roots, and Brewton-Parker College, a Georgia Baptist Convention school in south Georgia. By far the largest college presence is the University of West Georgia, which was educating Cowetans at its main campus in Carrollton for decades before the Newnan Center at Shenandoah was established 22 years ago. West Georgia leaders are working toward a move to the hospital complex north of

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downtown Newnan. Plans for the space have already been drawn, but the move is not a sure thing. “We’re planning on presenting this request to the Regents,” said Dr. Jon Anderson, provost at UWG. The current UWG Newnan Center was built by Georgia Power Company and purchased by Coweta County in 1998 and donated to the university. Locally UWG offers core curriculum classes, as well as full undergraduate degree programs in early childhood education and nursing and five graduate degree programs in education and business fields. Classes are also offered for the specialist in education degree. According to Cathy Wright, director of UWG’s program in Newnan, 40 percent of the Newnan Center’s students are Cowetans, and undergraduate enrollment has grown fourfold in the last 10 years. UWG’s nursing program in Newnan has been a resounding success and has outgrown

its space at Shenandoah. “UWG is a leader in nursing education in Georgia, and the number of qualified nursing school candidates far exceeds our teaching space,” Wright said. There is a projected shortage of nurses in Georgia. That fact, coupled with the growing health care presence in Coweta County, points to a need for new space for UWG’s local program. A move to the former hospital site would provide additional room for laboratories, patient simulators and classrooms. The historic brick building has been offered to the university by the board of Newnan Hospital, Inc. In addition to space for science labs and nursing simulation labs, the complex could provide a large lecture hall, a library, a food court, a bookstore, and space for administrative and faculty offices. The outlook for higher education in Coweta County is a bright one—filled with innovation, growth and better facilities for tomorrow’s students. CL

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Senoia library is latest addition to Coweta Public Library System hen the Senoia branch of the Coweta Public Library System (CPLS) opened in May, it completed what CPLS Director Barbara Osborne-Harris has called “the last book of the trilogy.” In 2008, the Central Library opened, and in 2010 residents celebrated the opening of a new Grantville library branch. This year it was Senoia’s turn to see a new library. The Senoia library officially opened on May 23, 2012, and it was the realization of a dream for people like Totsie McKnight. Years ago she helped gather books and raise funds 84

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for a small library in a storefront in downtown Senoia. This spring, she helped cut the ribbon for the new, permanent library facility. “I think it’s awesome,” said McKnight. She and Sue Wells represented Senoia’s original library board at the opening ceremonies and the reception that followed. McKnight talked about what people want when they move to a community. “They check out the churches. They check out the schools. The third thing is the library. That’s the cultural center,” she said. At the Senoia library opening, OsborneHarris announced the library system has received a $10,000 grant from the Library of Congress’s Center for the Book. The grant resulted from a letter written by a Coweta youngster, Amber-Nicole Watty, as part of a Letters About Literature writing competition. Osborne-Harris spoke of “the power that libraries have to change our lives, to improve our lives, to put us in a better place than we were before.” The library system’s newest library is on Pylant Street in Senoia, and the library site offers a vista overlooking a lake and can be reached by foot from downtown Senoia. In addition to Grantville, Senoia and the Central Library, there also is the Powell Library in Newnan. All the libraries in the county offer books, research materials and computer access for area residents. Newcomers may visit any of the four Coweta County libraries to apply for a library

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Melinda Roberson and two-year-old Julia check out the bookstore at the Asa M. Powell Library in Newnan.

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Local residents earlier this year came to the A. Mitchell Powell Jr. Library on Hospital Road in Newnan to get help with their taxes. The Coweta County Public Libraries and the AARP Foundation offered free tax prep and filing this year at both the Powell and Central libraries.

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$20 yearly fee is charged to those who do not live, work or own property in Coweta. Children 15 and younger must have a parent or guardian sign their acceptance to comply with library rules and pay any financial charges incurred. There is one public library in the county that is not part of CPLS. The Carnegie in downtown Newnan was built after a young man, Charles Longino Thompson, wrote philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and obtained a $10,000 grant. The money came from Carnegie prior to the establishment of his foundation. The downtown library was retrofitted for offices for several years. The City of Newnan reopened the Carnegie in 2009. Known as the city’s “Reading Room,” the Carnegie is not a typical circulating library, according to Amy Mapel, the Carnegie’s media coordinator. The library does, however, have a popular Honor Book Program available for book lovers of all ages.

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That collection includes fiction and non-fiction for adults, children and young adults, as well as videos and DVD’s for children and adults, audio books for adults and magazines. The Carnegie also offers regular programs such as Preschool Story Time, History with Elizabeth, Sack Lunch Cinema, the Carnegie Literary Circle, Financial Seminars and Armchair Travelers. The Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation has also sponsored lectures and children’s performers. Programs are held on the second floor, which also houses an art gallery. Upstairs space is available to rent for events such as meetings, wedding receptions, baby showers and birthday parties. Also at the Carnegie are public computers, Wi-Fi, copier and fax service, magazines and newspapers. The Carnegie’s City Store has Newnan-themed items for local residents and visitors. The Carnegie has its foundation, and the CPLS libraries have Friends groups who help with projects that make the local libraries better. CL

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rt lovers new to Coweta County will find themselves right at home in a community that values and celebrates the arts with a variety of artistic offerings all year long. One of the most visible art projects of the year was the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s “A Horsey Affair,” a public-city art exhibit. With sponsorships from groups and individuals, some 25 fiberglass horses were

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painted and displayed in downtown Newnan. Proceeds will benefit a new children’s museum that is being planned. The Newnan Theatre Company has been providing Newnan with live theater for more than 30 years. NTC offers a full season of 10 shows a year, and NTC also offers youth programming, an improv comedy group (NITWITS), interactive murder mysteries, special events, and summer and holiday theatre camps for kids.

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The Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s “A Horsey Affair” brought 25 colorful fiberglass horses to downtown Newnan in spring 2012. At left is Citizen, the horse painted by artist Millie Gosch. Coweta Living 2012-13

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In March, the Newnan Theatre Company presented Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Upcoming shows include Seussical (Aug. 30-Sept. 9), The Little Dog Laughed (Sept. 2030), Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (Oct. 18-28), David Mamet’s November (Nov. 8-18), Madeline’s Christmas and A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail (Dec. 7-16), and Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge (Dec. 6-16). For information on tickets or to learn how to get involved, visit newnantheatre.org. Supporters of the arts know one of Coweta’s finest cultural resources is the Coweta County School System’s Centre for Newnan Theatre Company's production of Who's Performing and Visual Arts. Afraid of Virginia Woolf included, from left, Rachel Since its opening in 2004, the 48,000Shuey, Justin Sims, Kevin Macinturff and Karrie square-foot arts center on Lower Fayetteville Britton Jones. 90

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Faye Holzaepfel, president of the Newnan Coweta Art Association, presents a new art book to Jimmy Bass, manager of the A. Mitchell Powell Jr. Library in Newnan. The book, The New Creative Artist, was donated to the library on behalf of the group's outgoing president Barbara Kelly. Bass and Holzaepfel are pictured before one of NCAA's rotating art displays at the library, this one by Silvia Feenaghty.

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Artist Rusty Sharp shows a group a photograph of the model for one of her paintings in the Civil War art show that was on display at the Carnegie Library in 2011.

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Christmas at the Centre (Dec. 13-15), the Masterworks Chorale (Dec. 16) and Masters of Motown (Jan. 13, 2013). For more information on upcoming events or renting the venue, call 770-2542787 or visit www.coweta.k12.ga.us. Another of Newnanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gems is the Carnegie Building downtown. Recently restored by the city, the Carnegie has brought back library-type services downtown. The bottom floor of the building serves as a reading room and the second floor as meeting space. The Carnegie serves the public with a non-circulating reading room, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s area and an art gallery. It seeks to be an integral part of the community by offering print and electronic materials. The Carnegie and Newnan-Coweta Art Association have partnered to bring a rotating art display, which is changed quarterly. The art displays include canvas, watercolor, photography and sculptures.

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Friday Nights: Every 2nd Friday of the month we host "Movies on the Lawn" (May - September!) Rain or shine â&#x20AC;&#x201C; if it is raining the movie will be shown in our gymnasium.

Instructor Dee Keller, left, teaches Newnan Coweta Art Association members Eunice Nichols, right, and Anita Reid, sitting, about a new technique of painting a frame on the canvas before the subject is painted in the middle.

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Charles Wadsworth accompanies soprano Sarah Taylor for her debut professional performance on the Wadsworth Auditorium stage in 2011.

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For more information on the Carnegie, visit www.newnancarnegie.com. There is no better place to meet other artists or share your own work than the Newnan-Coweta Art Association (NCAA). The non-profit local group has been in existence for over 40 years and continues to “encourage and aid artists to produce original works of art of every type and character” and to “furnish the auspices for the display of such works in Coweta County and elsewhere.” The association supports the arts in Coweta schools through annual donations and scholarships to high school students pursuing the arts in college. Membership packages are available. NCAA holds monthly membership meetings throughout the year at the Harriet Alexander Art House on Hospital Road, and at least two art workshops are scheduled each year. There is a weekly “paint in” at the Harriet Alexander Art House. Members regularly exhibit their work at venues throughout the county, including Newnan

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City Hall in downtown Newnan. The NCAA hosts an annual juried member show featuring paintings, sculptures, carvings, turned wood and other artwork, nearly all of it for sale to the public. The group also maintains a directory of members who offer art classes. NCAA memberships are available for students, families and individuals. For more information or to join, visit newcaa.com. Another popular venue for performances in Coweta County is Wadsworth Auditorium. Located on Jefferson Street in historic downtown Newnan, the auditorium features a 625-seat auditorium, renovated dressing rooms and excellent acoustics. The auditorium is located in the 1939 Newnan Municipal Building shared by the Newnan Police Department. It was renamed Wadsworth Auditorium in 1998 to honor Charles Wadsworth, a world-renowned classical pianist who grew up in Newnan. Wadsworth founded the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and has directed Spoleto Festival USAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chamber music series for more than 30 years. Since 1990, Wadsworth has performed annual concerts in Newnan. In addition to the annual Wadsworth Concert, the building is also available for rental by outside groups. Schools and churches most frequently make use of the facility, with May and June the busiest rental months. For more information or to rent Wadsworth Auditorium, contact the Community Development Department at 770-254-2358, ext. 228. CL

Sunday Morning Traditional Worship 8:30 a.m. & 10:55 a.m. Sunday School at 9:45 for all ages Sunday Night Youth Group Choirs for ages 4 to 100!

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New opportunities available to local garden lovers

Crossroads Garden Club members Calvin Horsley, Dianne Carnicom, Rachelle Morckel and Mike Christie listen to Gerald Denney explain how to care for daylilies at his farm on Jim Starr Road.

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arden lovers new to Coweta County will find plenty of opportunities to meet others who share this passion, whether that means growing tasty fruits and vegetables or attractive flowers, volunteering with one of the new community gardens underway, or simply learning how to be a better gardener. A good place to start is the Coweta County Extension Service in Newnan. Here visitors can learn about getting soil tested, pick up soil sample bags, gather any literature that seems pertinent, and chat with the Master Gardener on duty. For more information, call 770-254-2620. The Backyard Association, sponsored by Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers (MGEVs), is a free seminar held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Coweta County Extension Office at 255 Pine Rd. in Newnan. Call the

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Extension Office at 770-254-2620 for reservations and to register for door prizes. Community gardens are becoming popular across the country, and one that kicked off in Newnan earlier this year is the New Leaf Community Garden in downtown Newnan. Organizer Nicole Coleman said volunteers are needed to build the garden but also to maintain the website and e-mail list, assist with photography, coordinate classes, help with afterschool projects and more. For information on volunteering or to get on the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s e-mail list, visit newleafcommunitygarden.com. Earlier this year a new garden club was organized in Coweta, this one unique in that it has open meetings and membership. The men and women in the Crossroads Garden Club meet monthly for programs on all aspects of gardening, and programs have focused on straw bale gardening, a multigenerational family farm in Coweta, daylilies and hydrangeas. The group also has enjoyed tours to locales such as Hills and Dales in LaGrange and Fern Cove Daylily Farm in Newnan. For more information on attending a meeting or joining the club, visit twosistersgardening.blogspot.com. Two popular events for local gardeners are the Coweta Master Gardener Spring Plant Sale held in April and their annual Garden Tour, usually held in May. For information on next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events, call 770254-2620. CL

Tim Coleman of Restore Coweta talks about New Leaf Community Garden at a meeting.

Backyard Association guest speaker Harold McDonald chats with Master Gardener Judy Lippman before the start of his presentation at a February 2012 meeting of the group.

Donna Dietz of the Coweta County Master Gardeners shows one of the beautiful wreaths donated for a door at the historic Coweta County Courthouse at Christmas.

Squash plants flourish in one of the beds at Sow Good Garden at Vineyard Community Church near Senoia, one of several community gardens underway in Coweta. Coweta Living 2012-13

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Churches using sports, charity projects to connect with children By W. Winston Skinner

The Upward sports teams at First Baptist Church in Moreland, above and opposite, have been a real hit with youngsters and parents alike.

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hildren need to belong.” Barbara Gibson, the pastor of Resurrection Lutheran Church, summarized the purpose behind the multitude of activities Coweta churches mount aimed at children. Some programs–like nearly ubiquitous Sunday School–are ongoing. Others tend to occur seasonally–Easter egg hunts, Vacation Bible School. Still others are one-time events planned for a specific purpose or to get youngsters involved in the general church program. “It is important for Christian churches to garner an environment in which children can have fun, make friends, be safe,” Gibson said. She said making sure children “gain a deep sense of belonging to a group that is larger than school, Scouts and sports teams” is important as well. For several area churches, part of their outreach to children is sports teams through the Upward program. East Newnan Baptist Church has had Upward for nine years, and First Baptist Church in Moreland started Upward in 2007.

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“Upward is a positive sports league. Every child is a winner.” —Daniel Ausbun, pastor Moreland First Baptist Church “Upward sports is the world’s largest Christian Sports league for children and provides the best sports experience for every child,” said East Newnan member June Harris. Daniel Ausbun, pastor of the Moreland church, recalled the beginnings of Upward there. In 2004, the church bought 2-plus acres of land adjacent to the historic building. “The field was overgrown and was filled with trash. An Upward representative came in November 2006 and said we could fit two football fields and four soccer fields on the overgrown field.” Ausbun also well remembers the Sunday in May 2007 when a visitor heard about the church’s plans and donated $1,000 to Upward. “He never came back, but his gift

helped buy all the equipment we needed to begin the ministry,” the pastor said. “I have no idea who this man was, but God mightily used his financial gift.” Since Moreland’s Upward program began, more than 1,500 children have played flag football, soccer or gotten into Upward cheerleading. Both Ausbun and Harris talked about the appeal of Upward to children and their families. “Upward is a positive sports league. Every child is a winner,” Ausbun said. Players get equal play time. There is a one-hour practice each week and a one-hour game. Ausbun said parents particularly appreciate the minimum time commitment. Harris noted each player is introduced weekly as each game begins. Coweta Living 2012-13

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“I wanted to get the youth involved in something outside of the church of their own choosing.” —Connie Jones, youth minister at Resurrection Lutheran Church That practice emphasizes the importance of each child. Upward “teaches sports fundamentals in an environment of healthy competition,” Harris said. “It is an experience featuring a fun program for the whole family.” She said Upward also “encourages our children and promotes values that matter to the whole family.” Harris talked about the response to Upward from parents and others. “We average 375-400 people on any given Saturday morning, everyone bringing their lawn chairs, umbrellas and water.” She said the church “offers a devotion during break time–giving the team a time to rest and to have spiritual guidance.” Upward taps into a trend that is already Resurrection Lutheran has been raising funds for the present in the lives of the children who get “Pitch in for Pets” campaign. Front row, from left, are Austin Jones, Nicholas Thompson and Christian involved. Ausbun quoted a statistic that 90 Gibson, and at back is Pastor Barb Gibson. percent of children in the United States will participate in some form of organized sports. Connie Jones, the youth minister at ST. PAUL’S Resurrection Lutheran, also wanted to initiate an EPISCOPAL activity that would CHURCH “Proclaiming the Abundant Life”. interest the younger set We invite you to visit with us. WELCOMES there, so she asked them YOU! what they wanted to do. Sunday Morning Worship . . . 10:30 AM Please join us for worship: “I wanted to get the Wednesday Evenings . . . . . . . . . 7:00 PM youth involved in Sundays at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. LIVE INTERNET STREAMING (Christian Formation for all ages 10:30 AM Sunday and 7:00 PM Wednesday something outside of the www.abundantlifefaithchurch.net at 9:15 a.m., September through May) church of their own Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. choosing. They chose All are welcome to find a spiritual home in the Episcopal Church. Shelter Rescue and Please St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Rescue Me,” Jones said. The Rev. Allan Sandlin, Priest-in-Charge 576 Roscoe Road Ù Newnan, GA 30263 The result is Pitch In (770) 253-4264Ù www.stpaulsnewnan.org 10 Forest Road, Newnan (Shenandoah) For Pets—a project with 100

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“Pitching in for Pets” at Resurrection Lutheran Church are, front row, Austin Jones, Nicholas Thompson, Christian Gibson, Nicholas Bouchard and "Sammy" (a rescued dog). At back are Dirk Sorrells, Kyle Sorrells and Eunice Nichols.

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Community Resurrection Lutheran’s Christian Gibson plays with Diego, who was rescued as a pup from the Coweta Animal Shelter as part of the church’s “Pitch in for Pets” campaign. (Resurrection Lutheran photos courtesy of Teresa Gibson)

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several different facets. There is a large bucket at church events for people to donate change, and then there are the empty cola cans. “Calling it recycling to charity, we asked our congregation to bring their aluminum cans so we can turn them in for the funds,” Jones said. She said the can money will go to the animal programs while the tabs will benefit Ronald McDonald House. “When school starts, the kids will be collecting disinfectant, towels and pet food,” Gibson said. There also are plans for the Resurrection youth to “spend time at the shelter helping as best as they can” in age appropriate jobs, she added. Whether it is a ballgame, an egg hunt, a lock-in, a mission trip, summer camp or a charity drive, activities sponsored by churches aim to bring children closer to God. Ausbun said more than 100 young people have accepted Christ as their Savior through Moreland’s Upward program. “Our goal is to introduce children to Christ in a way that will stay with them throughout life,” Harris said. Ausbun and Harris said Upward has served as an entry point for young athletes to get involved in other aspects of church life. “Churches who honor the gift of children will become places of belonging,” Barbara Gibson reflected, “not only for children, but for everyone.” CL

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Coweta Museums BUGGY SHOP MUSEUM 74 Main Street, Senoia, open weekends April through October and during local Senoia events. For group tours (5 or more), call 770253-1018, www.senoia buggyshop.com. This unique museum, housed inside the former Baggarly Brothers buggy building, is operated by descendants of Rev. Warren Baggarly, one of Senoia’s earliest settlers. Inside you’ll find six generations of antiques, circa 1890-1930, including a model T Ford, buggies and wagons from the late 1800s, an extensive arrowhead collection and other curiosities.

ERSKINE CALDWELL MUSEUM Moreland Town square, Moreland, GA; Thurs.Sat. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Admission, $2.00 adults, $1.00 under 12; for appt., call 770897-1888. The Presbyterian Manse, where author Erskine Caldwell was born in 1903, has been moved from outside of town to Moreland’s town square where it attracts visitors from all over the world as well as Caldwell scholars and family members. Caldwell remains one of the most widely read authors of the 20th century with more than 80 million copies of his books sold to readers in 43 different languages. Caldwell has written more than 50 books, including Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre. His themes 104

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center on social injustice in terms of race, class and gender. “The Little Manse” contains Caldwell’s books, art and items that belonged to Caldwell or his parents.

www.newnancoweta historicalsociety.com. A charming museum housed in a former boys’ private school dating back to the 1840s. A peek inside reveals period clothing, Indian artifacts, treasured furniture, a Male Academy “classroom,” Civil War artifacts, including guns, swords, bayonets as well as early medical instruments, maps, photos and memorabilia from Coweta’s own country music legend, Alan Jackson.

COWETA COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM AND RESEARCH CENTER 92 Farmer St., Newnan; 770-6837055 Coweta’s first Black Museum is located in a circa-1900 renovated shotgun house that exhibits African-American architecture and provides a repository for African-American artifacts and records. Adjacent to the museum on the site is the Farmer Street Cemetery, which may be the largest slave cemetery in the South. In addition, the museum serves as a genealogy workroom for African-American research. The museum is operated by the African-American Alliance (AAA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the African-American history of Coweta County.

MALE ACADEMY MUSEUM 30 Temple Ave., Newnan; Tues.Sat. 10 a.m.- noon and 1-3 p.m., Sun. 2-5 p.m.; 770-251-0207;

MORELAND MILL MUSEUM Moreland Town Square, Sat.Sun.1-4 p.m. or by appt.; free admission; 770-897-1888. Located in an old hosiery mill/W.A. Brannon Department store that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this museum features a textile exhibit, a collection of antique farm implements, and the contents of Dr. Quigg Young’s medical office in addition to housing the town’s government. In summer 2012, repairs to the museum were underway. The former collection of the Lewis Grizzard Museum in Moreland is now curated by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance. Plans are to have a temporary exhibit from the Grizzard museum at the Male Academy Museum in Newnan in the near future.

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Advertiser’s Index NEWNAN-COWETA HISTORY CENTER 60 E. Broad St., Newnan; for rental or private info, call 770-251-0207. Located in the old A & WP railroad depot, the purpose of the depot is to preserve and interpret the history of Newnan and Coweta County through collections, educational programs, exhibits and research. The center contains a permanent exhibit of the history of Coweta County as well as a painting of the Battle of Brown’s Mill by local artist Martin Pate. The center is owned by the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society and is available for special event rental and private tours.

SENOIA AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY 6 Couch St., Senoia; Friday and Saturday, 1-4 p.m.; admission is free but donations are accepted. The Senoia Area Historical Society owns a historic house at the corner of Pylant and Couch Streets in Senoia. Under the leadership of Jack Thompson, a group of Senoia residents purchased this home in the 1980s as a museum to house and preserve photos, film, furniture and memories of Senoia. Private tours are available by appointment. The group also enjoys many fundraising events each year, including historic home tours, progressive dinners and other events. For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page or e-mail senoiaareahistoricalsociety@ gmail.com. CL

Abundant Life Faith Church . . . . . . . . 100 Ace Hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Arbor Springs Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Bank of Coweta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 The Bedford School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 Bella Smiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia— John Williams Jr. Insurance . . . . 31 Boatwright Certified Public Accountants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65 Cancer Treatment Centers of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 The Cellar Chophouse & Bar. . . . . . . . 65 Center For Allergy & Asthma . . . . . . . . 5 The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Charter Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Clayton State University. . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Coweta County Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Coweta County Development Authority . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Coweta County Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Coweta-Fayette EMC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Coweta Medical Center . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Dalton Carpet Outlet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Discovery Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 Farm Bureau Insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Fine Lines Art & Framing . . . . . . . . . . . 91 First Baptist Church, Newnan. . . . . . 101 First United Methodist Church of Newnan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Georgia Bone and Joint, LLC. . . . . . . . 33 Golden’s On the Square . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 GMC Junior College, Fairburn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Grannie Fannies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Hemrick’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Heritage Retirement Homes of Peachtree. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 The Heritage School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Jack Peek’s Sales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Jeffries Eye Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Keller Williams Realty, Sally McEntire, Lake Redwine Plantation . . . . . . . 53 Lee-King and Lee-Goodrum Pharmacies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Let Them Eat Toffee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Main Street Newnan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Massage Envy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

McKoon Funeral Home & On-site Crematory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 My Rent Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Newnan Coweta Art Association, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 The Newnan Times-Herald . . . . . . 4, 103 NuLink Digital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Odyssey Charter School. . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Orchard Hills Church . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Pain Care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Peachtree City Obstetrics & Gynecology, P.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Piedmont Newnan Hospital . . . . . . . . 21 Point University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Radiation Oncology Services . . . . . . . . 3 The Redneck Gourmet . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Riverside Military Academy . . . . . . . . 81 Saint Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 101 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. . . . . . . . 100 The Salvation Army. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Sanders, Haugen and Sears, P.C. . . . . 53 Savannah Court of Newnan . . . . . . . . 29 ServiceMASTER. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Sewell Marine, Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Southern Orthopaedic Specialists, LLC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 SouthTowne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95 Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Inc. . . . . 61 Sugar Magnolia Fresh Market and Deli. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Tanner Health System. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Ten East Washington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Thomas Crossroads Dental . . . . . . . . . 37 Tour with Elizabeth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92 Towne Club, Peachtree City . . . . . . . . 35 Trinity Christian School . . . . . . . . . . . . 85 University of West Georgia, Newnan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 79 VITALcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Ward Law Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Wesley Woods . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116 West Georgia Gastroenterology Associates, PC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 West Georgia Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 West Georgia Tech . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

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Earlene Scott of Scott’s Bookstore visits with Michal TaylorPhillips, artist behind The Skin Horse, one of the horses in “A Horsey Affair.” Taylor-Phillips named the horse, which was sponsored by friends of Mrs. Scott, for a character from The Velveteen Rabbit.

“Forever Mine” by Corinne Galla is one of the 25 horses painted for the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society’s “A Horsey Affair.”

New projects continue throughout Coweta’s cities By The Newnan Times-Herald Staff

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n the city of Newnan, a number of new projects are under way this year. The Newnan Centre, a multipurpose events center, is being built on city-owned property on Lower Fayetteville Road adjacent to the school system’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts. “The new Newnan Centre will be an outstanding infrastructure addition for our city,” said Parks Avery, chair of the Newnan Convention Center Authority. “We expect it to house a multitude of local activities, including meetings,

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arts, shows, weddings and other social events.” Expected to open in 2013, the Newnan Centre will have a multi-purpose conference room/bride’s room, business

center/groom’s room and commercial kitchen. This spring, downtown Newnan attracted visitors from near and far when the NewnanCoweta Historical Society

Construction continues on the Newnan Centre, a multi-purpose events center in Newnan.

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The Hollis-McRitchie Furnishings Museum kicked off “A Horsey Affair,” a public-city art exhibit that also raised funds for the society’s planned children’s museum. With funding from secured sponsorships, some 25 artists painted colorful fiberglass horses which are scheduled to remain downtown through Labor Day weekend. The historical society is planning to open two new museums for Coweta residents and visitors to enjoy, the Children’s Museum of Newnan and the Hollis-McRitchie Furnishings Museum.

The motion picture industry’s estimated economic impact in Georgia was nearly $2.5 billion in 2011, according to an analysis by the Georgia Film Office. The growth is partly thanks to the tax incentive program implemented by the state to draw in production crews. The town also got a boost when Southern Living Idea

Houses went up in 2010 and 2012. The 2010 Idea House was the grandest in a row of five brownstone-style townhouses in The Gin Property, a historically-flavored mixed use development. The 2012 house is a Historic Farmhouse Renovation. The Idea Houses are designer showcases of the finest trends in home design and furnishings.

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ozens of films and TV shows have been filmed in Coweta County, and Senoia is one of the areas that has seen the most growth from the film industry here. Most recently, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and AMC’s The Walking Dead have had film crews in Senoia and other locales nearby.

Guest star Valerie Harper, Margaret Cho, Brooke Elliott, Carter Maclntyre and guest star Patty Duke starred in this episode of Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime. Scenes for the show have been filmed in Senoia. (Photo by Annette Brown for Lifetime) Coweta Living 2012-13

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County & City Government year, and the neighboring town of Haralson is home to two annual parades at Independence Day and Christmas.

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passion project of Zac Brown of the Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band. Senoia also holds a popular Memorial Day parade each

riginally named Calico Corner by those who settled it in the 1820s, Grantville adopted its name some 30 years later from L.P. Grant, an officer with the Atlanta and West Point Railroad. The railroad became a lifeline for the small, rural hamlet, bringing in needed supplies and giving local farmers access to markets across Georgia. A booming commercial center at the turn of the century, Grantville became a small mecca for cotton warehouses and mills. Fueled by the labors of local businessmen, the town thrived for decades. The south Coweta town continues to attract people who love the visible history and the availability of land at the edge of what demographers consider metropolitan Atlanta. Grantville’s location at the rural edge of the metro area meshes with the dreams of newcomers who are restoring century-old houses and opening businesses in downtown storefronts. The Glanton Complex, which was the town’s elementary school for years, is now Grantville’s municipal headquarters. The city hall, council chambers and police department are located there,

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Members of Girl Scout Troop 169 lead the 2012 Christmas parade in Grantville. and a vital senior center draws a crowd of retirees five days a week. Adjacent to the city complex is the former school auditorium, which predates the 1930s-era school. On the other side of town, Grantville Brown School, which served the area’s black students prior to integration, has for several years been the headquarters for the Regional Educational Services Agency, which provides services to several area school systems. Both schools closed several years ago, and there was not a school in Grantville until the new elementary school opened in 2004. Grantville’s downtown area retains its authentic small town charm. In addition to the freight

depot, there is the Victorian passenger depot which serves as the research center for the Coweta County Genealogical Society. Visitors from around the

country have come to use the books, newspapers and files to search their roots. The town also hosts a popular Christmas parade each year.

The Coweta County Genealogical Library is located in Grantville’s historic Victorian passenger depot.

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ne hundred years ago, three railroad lines converged in Raymond, making it an important stop for Coweta cotton farmers eager to ship their bales to market or local travelers headed for Atlanta or Columbus. Businesses thrived, a hotel opened and the Mary Ray School was built to educate students. The demise of rail traffic and collapse of the local cotton industry hit Raymond especially hard, and for years the town was little more than a curiosity stop for history lovers. But in recent years, Raymond natives have teamed up with newcomers to bring a new sense of energy and accomplishment to the town. A major achievement was the renovation of the Mary Ray School, which closed decades ago and had been slowly falling into ruin. Locals refused to give up on the school, and funds began to flow toward the restoration effort. Today the Mary Ray School serves as the Raymond Community Center, home to a growing number of local activities. An abandoned school is also key to the revitalization of Turin, just a few miles east of Raymond on Highway 16. Good places survive bad times and Turin has always managed to maintain a steady economic

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Former Turin Mayor Allen Smith drives his Ford tractor with a load of kids from Turin Baptist Church at the 17th Annual Turin Antique Tractor Parade in August 2011. growth rate and deliver quality services to residents. Turin in 2011 upgraded its municipal image when the City Hall moved into the newly-renovated Walter B. Hill School, which was abandoned years ago and in danger of being lost. Now it is a community showpiece. Once a year, Turin celebrates its agricultural roots at the hugely popular Tractor Pull and Parade, which has grown from a small community gathering into a regional attraction that features over 100 vintage and customized tractors. In Sharpsburg, recent improvements include the renovation of the Sharpsburg Town Hall, a project that included new exterior materials, increased office space, and a redesign and upgrade of the kitchen and community meeting area. A new park and recreational facilities are also in the works. The downtown area has also attracted Hollywood producers who felt the town’s early 20th

century look and feel provided the perfect backdrop for a host of films. Several years ago, Sharpsburg officials began planning for expected growth by upgrading amenities, completing a Streetscapes program that upgraded downtown’s image and planning infrastructure improvements.

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eventy-five years ago, Moreland was a typical small southern town in many ways. It was a center for commerce for farmers in the surrounding countryside and the location of a textile mill that provided employment for many. The town also had some unique facets in its history, including a farm implement factory and the community’s connections to authors Lewis Grizzard and Erskine Caldwell.

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In recent years, Carol Chancey of Reel Southern Adventure has been working with the town and tourism entities in Moreland to improve and expand attractions and put together packages for tour operators. She has reworked the exhibits of the Old Mill Museum, operated by the Moreland Community Historical Society, and the Erskine Caldwell Birthplace and Museum. Some furnishings from the MCHS collection have been relocated to Caldwell’s home, giving visitors a feel for what a rural home was like when the author was born there in 1903. Earlier this year, Moreland began getting some expert advice on its future from a team of students from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The students are developing a mission for Moreland’s future in conjunction with the town’s residents through the Blueprints for Successful Communities program. Blueprints is sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy. The statewide organization works with students and faculty at Georgia Tech to formulate plans for various issues in towns and communities across the state. Senoia was one of the first cities in Georgia to go through the Blueprints process. Through Blueprints, the Conservancy also connects towns with professionals who donate their services to help with projects. “Moreland has a lot of potential,” said Katherine Moore, who directs the Blueprints program. She also told community leaders, “If you

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Winners of the bicycle decorating contest in Moreland on July 4 were, front from left, Addison Rogin, Grant Robertson and Aidan Abrams. At back are Mayor Josh Evans (Uncle Sam) and judges Matt Williams, Chuck Smith and Chris Sims. do not choose options for your future, someone else will decide them for you.” Moreland is also known for its July 4 festivities. The centerpiece of the day—as has been the case since Cowetans began flocking to Moreland for Independence Day more than 65 years ago—is the barbecue.

Members of First Baptist Church of Moreland, Moreland United Methodist Church and White Oak Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church gather at the Lewis Grizzard Memorial Pavilion behind the Moreland Mill to prepare and serve plates of succulent pork and thick Brunswick stew cooked onsite. CL

Carol Chancey of Reel Southern Adventure, left, shows the growing Lewis Grizzard exhibit at the Moreland Hometown Heritage Museum in the Moreland Mill to Pamela Prange, center, and Dan Dietz of the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Coweta Living 2012-13

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Numbers to know

County Fire Department Chief Johnny Teeters, Deputy Chief Todd Moore, Capt. Mark Griffin and Capt. Bryan Minix, from left, monitor video screens from the boom camera in the new hazardous materials response truck.

Coweta County DEPARTMENTS/ PHONE NUMBERS Administration Building 22 East Broad Street, Newnan • Administration/ Commission Office: 770-254-2601 • Board of Elections: 678-854-0015 • Business License Department: 770-254-2626 • Code Enforcement: 770-254-2669 • Coroner: 770-683-0444 • Finance Department: 770-254-2607 • Geographic Information Systems: 678-854-0029 • Indigent Defense Office: 770-254-2658 • I.T.: 770-254-3716 • Personnel: 770-254-2604 • Planning and Zoning: 770-254-2635 • Public Affairs Director: 770-254-2603 • Tax Commissioner (Property Tax): 770-254-2670 • Tag Office: 770-254-2631 • Veterans Services (state): 112

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770-254-7260 • Voter Registrar: 770-254-2615 Administrative Addition 37 Perry Street, Newnan • Tax Assessors Office: 770-254-2680 Justice Center 72 Greenville Street, Newnan • Clerk of State Court: 770-254-2699 • Clerk of Superior Court: 770-254-2690 • Coweta Circuit District Attorney’s Office: 770-254-7300 • District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program: 770-254-7350 • Magistrate: 770-254-2610 • Solicitor’s Office: 770-254-2646 • State Court Judge’s Office: Chief Judge John Herbert Cranford: 770-254-3995 • Judge Seay VanPatten Poulakos: 770-252-4128 Juvenile Center 78 Greenville Street, Newnan • Juvenile Court: 770-254-3730 1904 Courthouse – 200 Court Square, Newnan

• Probate Court: 770-254-2640 • Welcome Center: 770-254-2627/1-800-826-9382 51 Perry Street Building - Perry and Madison Streets, Newnan • Adult Drug Court Office: 770-683-0205 • Adult Probation Office: 770-254-7204 • Environmental Health (state): 770-254-7422 Selt Road Complex Selt Road, Newnan • County Prison & Work Release Center: 101 Selt Road, 770-254-3723/ 770-254-3728 • Road Department: 101 Selt Road, 770-253-0794 • Animal Control/Shelter: 91 Selt Road, 770-254-3735 • Environmental Management: 101 Selt Road, 770-254-3785 Fairgrounds Complex Pine Road, Newnan • Fairgrounds & Conference Center: 275 Pine Road, 770-254-2685 • Cooperative Extension Service/4-H (state): 255 Pine Road, 770-254-2620 Other Departments/Offices • Airport: 115 Airport Road, 770-254-8102 • Building Inspections Dept.: 4 Madison Street, 770-254-2660 • State Court Probation: 10 Olive Street, 770-252-6440 • Development & Engineering (Stormwater & Floodplain Mgt.): 21 E. Washington St., 770-254-3775 • Development Authority: 100 International Park, 770-304-1777 • Emergency Management: 195 International Park, 770-254-2650 • E-911: 195 International Park, 770-254-3911(non-emergency)

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770-254-5809 (office) • Library System: Central Library: 85 Literary Lane, Newnan, 770-683-2052 Powell Branch: 25 Hospital Road, Newnan, 770-253-3625 Grantville Branch: 100 Park Drive, Grantville, 770-683-0535 Senoia Branch: 148 Pylant Street, Senoia, 770-599-3537 • Physical Health Department (state): 70 Hospital Road, 770-254-7400 • Powell Expo Center: 197 Temple Avenue, 770-252-6429 • Public Buildings Department: 28 East Washington Street, 770-254-2666 • Superior Court Public Defender Office: 8-B Madison Street, 770-254-2704 • Sheriff’s Office: Main Office and Jail: 560 Greison Trail, 770-253-1502 East Precinct: 55 Literary Lane, 770-254-8922 • Recreation Department: Main Office: 39 Hospital Road, 770-254-3750 Hunter Complex: 2970 East Hwy 16, 770-254-3740 Clay Wood Community Center: 135 Heery Road, 770-254-3745 • Water and Sewerage Authority: 545 Corinth Road, Newnan, 770-254-3710 • Fire Department Headquarters: 483 Turkey Creek Road, 770-254-3900 Other government offices: • Dept. of Family and Children Services (DFACS): 533 Highway 29 North, 770-254-7234 • Drivers Services: 128 Bullsboro Drive, 770-254-7203 (recorded info)/678-413-8400 • Georgia State Patrol: 517 Turkey Creek Road, 770-254-7201 • Social Security: 225 Millard Farmer Ind. Blvd., 678-423-8972

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City of Newnan If you have a question regarding a matter in the City of Newnan, here are some helpful phone numbers to have: • Beautification, 770-254-2354 • Building, 770-254-2362 • Carnegie Library, 770-683-1347 • Cemetery, 770-253-3744 • City Clerk, 770-254-2351 • City Manager, 770-254-2358 • Community Development, 770-254-2354 • Engineering, 770-254-2354 • Finance, 770-254-2351 • Fire, 770-253-1851 • Garage, 770-253-0327 • Human Resources, 770-254-2358 • Information Technology, 770-254-2358 • Keep Newnan Beautiful, 770-253-2354 • 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 • Street, 770-253-0327

Department Heads: • Beautification – Mike Furbush • Building – Bill Stephenson • Cemetery – Jimmy Hemmings • City Clerk – Della Hill • City Manager – Cleatus Phillips • Engineering – Michael Klahr • Finance – Katrina Cline • Fire – David Whitley • Garage – Charles Stanford • Human Resources – Meg Blubaugh • Information Technology – Jim Chambers • Keep Newnan Beautiful – Carol Duffey • Business Development Director/Main Street Newnan – Hasco Craver IV • Mayor – Keith Brady • Planning and Zoning – Tracy Dunnavant • Police – D. L. “Buster” Meadows • Public Information – Gina L. Snider • Public Works – Michael Klahr • Street – Ray Norton

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Coming to Coweta

Some of Coweta’s most popular events include, clockwise from upper left, the Fall Taste of Newnan; the Powers Festival; Trick or Treating on the Court Square; and the Coweta County Fair.

Upcoming Coweta events: Powers Festival 2012 — Sept. 1, 2 and 3 (powerspavilion.com)

Fall Taste of Newnan — Oct. 4 (mainstreetnewnan.com)

Main Street Newnan Labor Day Sidewalk Sales and Road Race — Aug. 31-Sept. 3 (mainstreetnewnan.com)

Octoberfest Boutique Beer Tasting — Oct. 26 (mainstreetnewnan.com)

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Downtown Trick or Treat — Oct. 31 (mainstreetnewnan.com) Holiday Open House — Nov. 11 (mainstreetnewnan.com)

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