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36 | Making a Splash in Coweta’s Lakes and Rivers Chill out on the lake or in the river. Coweta has several cool options and a few within a quick drive.

44 | Behind the Lens and Into the Light Photographer Ben Helton shares his love for the job and the compelling people and experiences he encounters from behind the lens.

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48 | Ellis Crook’s Senoia Memories Crook describes his memories of his hometown Senoia, as a businessman, family man and as an 85-year resident.

54 | Everything’s Bigger in Alaska Go big or go home: local couple David and Cathy Sandlin loved Alaska’s phenomenal fishing from the start. Forty-one years later, they’re still hooked.

60 | How to Survive Back-To-School Three families share their advice on preparing for the first day, from kindergarten to college, and catch up on the latest buzz about the upcoming school year. 12 |

14 | From the Editor 15 | Roll Call 16 | Top 5 Trends

66 | Food & Drink 68 | Sports Up Close 72 | Calendar

20 | Neighbor Q&A 22 | Coweta Gardener 32 | Auto Profile

74 | Coweta Scene 80 | Blacktop 82 | Index of Advertisers

40 | Coweta History 48 | Focus on Business

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I hope this issue finds you somewhere cool and relaxed in these dog days of summer. We’re in the thick of it now, and I do mean thick … that heavy, humid air in July and August. So find some A/C, grab some ice cream, and sit for a spell and let NewnanCoweta Magazine help keep you cool as a cucumber. First, check out my article on how to chill out in our nearby lakes and rivers. We have many worthwhile options and definitely don’t forget your fishing rod. Speaking of fishing, you can also keep your cool by reading Sarah Fay Campbell’s article on a local couple who own Alaskan fishing lodges. You’ll feel like you’re visiting Alaska without paying the big bill. And be sure to read up on our local farmer’s markets and all of their hydrating fruits and veggies that will keep us healthy and happy while we cope with the heat. And somehow, we’re about to start school again. Every year, I’m always surprised. Summer flies by with its lazy days and looser schedules. Although I hate to give up my easy-like-Sunday mornings, it’s so hot, we might as well be back in school. Celia Shortt’s article will keep us upto-date on the new school year, what to expect, and how some Coweta families are preparing. My fellow Cowetans — keep cool and carry on. Before we know it, we’ll be trading in our flip flops for boots. Enjoy the summer wind down and best wishes to you all in the new school year.


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“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bonds.” — Thomas Jefferson

CORBY CARLIN WINTERS loves speaking, writing, ministering and counseling to help empower and equip others to live life in their passion and purpose. She is a Master Certified Christian Life Coach and Director of Children and Families Ministries at Cornerstone UMC. Some know her as the Little Black Dress, mother to the SONS of Thunder and wife of John Winters. She adores shoes, singing, painting and celebrating her wacky life! Top 5 Trends, page 16

KANDICE BELL is a Newnan native and the business editor/ reporter for The Newnan TimesHerald. She thrives on the idea of business and loves to tell the stories of business owners. She enjoys her gifts of singing and writing. When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband, Dee and her sons Devin and Drake. Transforming Trash into Movie Magic, page 32; Newnan Coweta Airport Recognized for National Aviation Day, page 52

W. WINSTON SKINNER is the news editor for The Newnan Times-Herald. Both his grandmothers were storytellers, and he feels he inherited their verbal gifts and puts them on paper. He loves hearing — and telling — stories that say something about people and their lives. Ellis Crook’s Senoia Memories, page 48

After majoring in journalism at Georgia State University, CLAY NEELY spent the next nine years living across the country, working as an audio engineer and touring the globe as the drummer for Black Pyramid. He has recently returned to his senses — writing for The Newnan Times-Herald — and enjoys raising his family in downtown Newnan. Behind the Lens and Into the Light, page 44

KATIE BOATWRIGHT grew up in Newnan and graduated from UWG with a degree in English. She is currently a second year law student. Even when things get hectic, she makes time for reading, writing and music. In her down time, she loves being with friends and family and attending plays and live stand-up comedy. Loving Local Q&A, page 20

When she’s not writing for NCM or covering education and the City of Newnan for The Newnan Times-Herald, CELIA SHORTT spends much of her time reading, channeling her inner Wonder Woman and spending time in Newnan with her husband and their lab mix. How to Survive Back-toSchool, page 60 MITCHELL KELLEY is a high school junior and sports enthusiast who loves to cover and play sports. Kelley has made appearances on Atlanta’s 92.9 The Game and NuLink cable. He has also written opinion pieces for and covered high school football for The Newnan Times-Herald. Coweta’s Olympic Hometown Hero Robin Goad, page 68 From a farming family in South Carolina, MARTHA A. WOODHAM enjoys gardening, especially once spring is here and once-dormant plants offer daily joy. Her gardening tip? Please no crepe murder! Don’t prune your crepe myrtles into knobby stumps. Let them grow, and you’ll be amazed at their graceful beauty. Master Gardener of the Year, page 22


SARAH FAY CAMPBELL is a 16-year veteran of The Newnan Times-Herald, and an adventure mom. She’d rather be camping. Everything’s Bigger in Alaska, page 54

REV. HARRY D. GATEWOOD, MDiv, is a local chaplain/ pastor and journalist (a Renaissance man). A native of Oklahoma City, Harry loves God and God’s people, the great outdoors, where hunting and fishing are his hobbies, and he is currently still working on his golf game. Holy Ground, page 40




Hot trends are my kind of thing. I love every trend from fashion to the kitchen to home theater. Sometimes the hottest trends, however, can’t be found in stores. Here are a few things that are trending in Coweta County...



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The Bar or the Barre Fundamentals of ballet, Pilates and yoga are as popular as ever. Many little girls want to be ballerinas — I did. But I was not the picture perfect ballerina; I was short, a bit chunky and majorly insecure and shy. Most in my class were tall with long, lean legs. Many dance studios, fitness gyms, specialized training facilities and hospital gyms are combining ballet bars and those timeless techniques to help women (even short gals like me) get those ballerina bodies. No matter your age, height, size or weight, you too can do pliés, jetés and passés! At all ages, we need to focus on balance and body alignment. I highly recommend you give this barre training a try.

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Jane Hutchinson Arnold, former first lady of Senoia and unofficial “Queen of Senoia,” gave us some insight into why the city’s 150th Anniversary is cause to celebrate. She lives in Senoia with her loving husband Ralph where they both serve their community tirelessly and enjoy spending time with one another, their children, grandchildren, and friends. It’s no secret that Senoia, Georgia is a beloved city with a rich history and an undoubtedly bright future. Arnold insists that its greatest treasures are the people and businesses that have maintained the livelihood of what began as a little railroad town and would eventually become the backdrop for an array of storytelling, from classic films to zombie adventures. Jane Hutchinson Arnold

A Special Place in History What are the most special or interesting things you would like to tell others about the history of Senoia? Senoia is and always has been a wonderful and safe place to raise a family and own a home. In fact, the city was twice chosen as the location for the Southern Living Idea House. Also, my very own late husband Jimmy “Hut” Hutchinson Jr. was elected as Georgia’s youngest mayor in 1961. Senoia is also unique in that it has a nonprofit Historical Society working to preserve the history of our city.

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wonderful atmosphere. I would recommend the salmon and salad, and Arancini Lollipops for an appetizer. Katie Lou’s Cafe is a great place to eat with plenty of different options, as well as Matt’s Pizza, which has the best pizza anywhere. Senoia Coffee & Cafe at 1 Main Street is a perfect place for a coffee or even some delicious chicken salad or quiche. Maguire’s is a well-known Irish pub that is also beautifully decorated and serves delicious fish and chips. The Waking (not Walking) Dead Cafe serves wonderful sandwiches at lunch.

Hutchinson’s Hardware What was the best part about running a business in Senoia? We loved our customers and truly loved helping people. The store was a place of communication. People would ask Jimmy what was happening around town and would stop in just to see him. In fact, locals fondly compared


him to George Bailey from It’s a Wonderful Life. Like many business owners in Senoia, we thrived off of the interactions and familiarity with our customers.

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Big Changes How do you feel about the booming business that Raleigh Studios continues to bring to Senoia? I love to see the tourists visiting and helping our city to flourish. People will spend money shopping and eating at the restaurants, and although it might cause some crowding and minor inconveniences, I am always happy to see our businesses benefit. Senoia remains a great place to raise a family, plus I can say that I have met Kevin Costner, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Toby Keith, John Travolta, Kelly Preston, Burt Reynolds and more! Moreover, AMC, the network that produces The Walking Dead, recently donated generously to the city for re-landscaping and other upgrades to our Seavy Street City Park.

Community What are some local businesses or organizations that have had an especially positive impact on the community? The Optimist Club puts together about 24 charitable projects annually to raise money for youth. Additionally, the Senoia United Methodist Women’s group (UMW) holds fundraisers for missions and volunteers in nursing homes. I am also a member of the Variety Club. We make pink aprons and donate them to Alice Ramsey, who is the founder of the Pink Posse. The Pink Posse raises thousands of dollars each year to help anyone who has cancer and also to breast cancer research.

The Future of Senoia What do you hope to see in the future for the city of Senoia and its residents? Other cities have had great success with amphitheaters and I think Senoia residents would enjoy having one. I would also like to see even more of the golf cart paths that I and my family have enjoyed so much. Mayor Larry Owens and the city council members are always working hard to improve our city.

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DON LAMBECK Don Lambeck may be an outstanding Master Gardener Extension Volunteer who is generous with his knowledge and his time, but when it comes right down to it, he is a lot like the rest of us who dabble in the dirt: he hates to weed. “It’s a never-ending job,” says Lambeck, who was named Coweta County’s 2015 Master

Gardener of the Year. “It doesn’t seem to matter whether it’s a garden bed, a vegetable bed or the lawn, weeds are always a big challenge.” Becoming a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer, or MGEV, seemed like a natural progression to Lambeck. He credits his parents with nurturing his love for growing things because they introduced him to gardening as a small child. He grew up on a small family farm in southern Indiana, where his folks raised just

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“I love to watch things grow. I particularly enjoy growing annuals from seeds and propagating shrubs from hardwood cuttings.” about all of their own food, from cows, chickens and pigs to vegetables. As a boy, he helped tend his family’s two-acre vegetable garden. Don and Sonjia Lambeck originally came to Georgia in 1983 when his job as an electrical engineer brought them to Duluth in Gwinnett County. Facing retirement, the couple knew they wanted to live in the country with enough land to raise fruit and vegetables. After briefly considering north Georgia, Coweta was the only place to be when their daughter married and moved to Newnan. When the Lambecks moved to Coweta County in 2007, they bought seven acres and set about creating a garden around their new home near Powers Crossroads. Today, what was once treeless pasture is now lush with flowerbeds, ornamental and fruit trees, grape vines and a quarter-acre vegetable garden. Two half-moon beds, one on either side of the drive, are his and hers. While Don concentrates on conifers and shrubs, Sonjia fills hers with perennials and herbs. Lambeck credits much of the MGEV training with not only helping the couple successfully create the


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landscape they dreamed of but also as a great way to make a difference in Coweta County. “You don’t want to retire and do nothing … in looking at ways to get involved in the community, the MGEV program seemed to be a natural fit with our gardening activities,” Lambeck says, recalling how the couple researched life after retirement. Six years ago, the Lambecks went through the MGEV training together, graduating with the class of 2010. Since then, they both have volunteered in a multitude of jobs that fulfill the MGEV mission of educating the public through research-based information about gardening and landscaping. These activities range from helping with the bi-annual plant sale to answering questions from the public to working on the annual spring garden tours and holiday wreath sales. According to 2015 MGEV President Dale Senko, Don’s willingness to take on any task needed was recognized by his fellow MGEVs when the call came for Master Gardener of the Year nominations. “Don received multiple nominations for this recognition, and it’s not hard to see why,” she says. “He’s created an historical database for the greenhouse labeling program and a database that tracks greenhouse production from previous years to help us plan our planting cycles for future sales. He also has helped establish best practices for future greenhouse managers.” Working in the greenhouse, growing things, is what Don Lambeck enjoys most as an MGEV volunteer. “My favorite activity is propagating and growing plants,” he says. “I love to watch things grow. I particularly enjoy growing annuals from seeds and propagating shrubs from hardwood cuttings.” With this constant exposure to exciting new plants, it’s no wonder something new shows up in their landscape every year. “But we still have a long way to go to get to a mature, well-designed garden on our property,” Lambeck adds. His next project? A 100-foot by 100-foot ornamental garden that Lambeck designed on his iPad. And after that, maybe a pond, a big one. Want to know more about the Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteers and their activities, many of which are open to the public? 770-254-2620 or NCM

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Farm Fresh: Coweta’s Friendly Farmer’s Markets Aside from laid-back days and nights, my favorite thing about summer is the fresh, vibrant produce. I am drawn to roadside farm stands like a Kardashian to the paparazzi.

Walking into a farm stand, you’re usually greeted by a smiling face. It seems to be a business that often attracts nice people. You also see an enticing rainbow of goodness laid out before you. As “they” say, you eat with your eyes first. You smell the ripe peaches, fragrant fresh herbs, maybe some blooming flowers … and if you’re lucky, some boiled peanuts. While each season brings its own tasty offerings, summer produce

satisfies all of our senses in both quality and quantity. Right now, Coweta is exploding with delicious, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. One of the best reasons for living in the midst of so much beautiful farmland is the many choices we have to shop for summer’s bounty. Looking for something delicious and healthy to make tonight for dinner? Check out the list of markets below.

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something out-of-the-box, they also offer duck eggs, goose eggs, ginger and tumeric. Address: 237 Emory Phillips Rd., Sharpsburg Hours: Saturdays 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Offerings: Depending on the season- grass fed lamb, chicken and duck eggs, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi, kale, spinach, lettuce, herbs, heirloom tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplant, onions, potatoes, green beans, cucumbers, squash, leeks, garlic, swiss chard, beets, ginger, turmeric, and more. Accepts: Cash or checks

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with Neuroblastoma several years ago and their focus is on growing food, not just for themselves, but for others who may be sick or in need. You’ve likely heard of farm-to-table, but have you heard of farm-to-church or farm-to-hospital? They donate a large percentage of their harvest to churches for donation, and to patients and staff at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. In 2015, they donated 29,600 pounds of organic food to the community. Some of their most popular sales are their pastureraised, organically fed chicken eggs, heirloom tomatoes, honey and broccoli. For those looking for and Mike and Judy Cunningham love to help people learn to eat, grow, cook and preserve good food. Not only do they sell their fruits and vegetables, they also hold classes to teach people what to do with them. They saw early on that customers were needing help with preparing the produce they bought. The owners feel fulfilled when their students learn how to make a dish with their fresh, locally grown ingredients. According to the Cunninghams, one of the advantages to growing and selling produce in Coweta County is the long growing season. The Georgia clay has an abundance of nutrients and with some added compost, can yield a wide variety of tasty fruits and vegetables even through the winter. Some of their most popular summer sales are tomatoes, fruits, carrots and corn. Leafy greens have become more popular for their nutritional value. They also have some unique items, such as jelly melons,

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grocery store and selling candy to her friends at school as a little budding entrepreneur. She also grew up with the same families who grew her father’s produce and whose kids now grow her goods. That’s a true (multi-) family business! She started the Veggie Patch after making a wrong turn. No, that’s not metaphorical. She actually made a wrong turn and stopped to get a Coke at the Country Junction and thought, “this would be a great spot for a produce stand.” Now, in her 14th year, Laura laughs while telling about her wrong turn that led her to her destiny. “Everything happens for a reason,” she said. Although the work is tough physically, she doesn’t see herself doing anything else. She’s been offered many jobs over the years, but doesn’t want to leave her customers, her favorite part of the job. She hires local kids and family members to work for her and loves the small town community feel of Newnan. Her customers are loyal and she is loyal

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to them, as well. They fought for her when Hwy. 29 was going to widen and encroach on her business, and they (and she) won the battle. When you can get 700 people to sign a petition in two days, your business is here to stay. Address: 1502 Hwy. 29 N, next to Country Junction Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.; Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Open: mid February - December 23 Offerings: Fruits, vegetables, flowers, fresh shelled peas, local eggs, boiled peanuts, hoop cheese, Amish butter, jams, preserves, pickles, local honey, pumpkins, Christmas trees. Most produce is grown in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Accepts: Cash, checks, credit/debit cards

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MOVIE magic Movies are an excellent source of entertainment and escape for many people. Someone may watch a movie or cartoon and admire the story, people and even the cars. Local resident Jerry Patrick is making it possible for just about anyone who has the desire to own their dream car of their choice — even if it’s from a movie.


atrick’s entity Akajunk is in the business of taking cars and refurbishing them to their best, original state as well as making cars that are very popular in movies. Patrick said he has been in the business of restoring cars for a while. “My Mom and Dad were very heavy into cars,” said Patrick. “So, I guess you can say I was born into it. I started in the business of restoring classic cars about 30 years ago and started

making replica movie cars about five years ago. Who wouldn’t want to own a Batmobile? We also sell to museums and rent out to movies occasionally.” Before he started working in the car business full-time, Patrick worked for Delta Airlines. “I worked there for 23 years,” said Patrick. “Nine years ago I left Delta and decided to go full-time with the cars. I wanted to do something really neat and different, so I started making

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“We’ve learned a lot through trial and error… We make everything here.”

replica movie cars.” The carmaker said he began selling replica movie cars for others by coincidence. “The first replica car I sold was the Scooby Mystery Machine,” said Patrick. “It would get a lot of attention when we would be out. I cried like a three-year-old when it went out of the driveway. Scooby has been out since the mid ‘60s and it’s still out today. It crosses all lines of age, race and everything. When we would be in the van, we’d have 60-year-olds and their grandchildren looking at the van. It’s a very popular vehicle among people.” In addition to the Scooby Mystery Machine, Patrick has also made the ‘89 Batmobile and Eleanor from “Gone in 60 Seconds.” “The Batmobile took almost three years to complete,” added Patrick. “We took a Caprice Classic to start the transformation. It took more time because of the details that had to go into it. We had two machine guns that shoot propane and oxygen, which makes it sound like a real machine gun. We also designed the car to make the jet 34 |

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sounds. We learned to do our fiberglass, molding and creative bodywork.” Patrick added that he tries to do everything in-house. “We’ve learned a lot through trial and error,” said Patrick. “We make everything here. Let’s be crystal clear, I couldn’t do any of this without my wife Valerie. She is the organizer. She also helps with the finishing touches of the cars. You’re not gonna find too many women that will be OK with all of the stuff I bring home. The only question she usually asks is what I am going to do with it. I also have a Coweta County fireman, Joe Metzger, who helps me when he is not at the station. We got the name Akajunk, because most people would look at certain cars and think they’re useless, but we turn them into something great.” Although Patrick has been creating replica cars for quite some time, he said he still has more to do. “There are only a certain amount of cars we can remake,” said Patrick. “We have a bucket list of cars we want to do and it will just keep trickling down. We want to make the Ghostbusters van eventually. This is so exciting for us. When we do car shows, you could only just look at the cars, but couldn’t touch them.” “When we go to shows now, we have children and parents dress up as the characters that match the car. It’s literally as if we’re dragging a movie star on a trailer,” added Valerie Patrick. For more information, visit NCM

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teve St. Laurent with Friends of Chattahoochee Bend State Park shared that July 1st is the park’s fifth anniversary. Coweta County has been fortunate to have this jewel for five years. Aside from the 12 miles of hiking trails and over three miles of mountain bike trails, St. Laurent reminded us that they also have ways to chill out: canoes and kayaks for rent, starting at $20. If you choose, you can bring your own and use their boat ramp, giving easy access to the refreshing Chattahoochee River. Perhaps you’re looking for a little more of a workout to go with your water fun — no worries, the park also offers a Hike and Paddle. A 5.5 mile hike up the Riverside Trail precedes a lunch stop at the boat launch. After a short introduction session, you’re ready for a nice, easy paddle back down the Chattahoochee. Bring the kids (10 and up) and get some exercise while splashing around. The park is located at 425 Bobwhite Way, Newnan, GA 30263. For more information, call 770-254-7271.



he B.T. Brown Park Pavilion and Reservoir is located at 621 S. Alexander Creek Road in Newnan. The 300+ acre reservoir is operated by the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority mainly for the production of drinking water, but the park also welcomes visitors. Hours are Monday - Sunday, 8 a.m. until sundown. Fishing is allowed from boats only, and only boats with electric motors. Permits are required and can be obtained at the Water Authority office at 545 Corinth Road in Newnan, Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Call 770-254-3710 for more information. According to Georgia Outdoor News, Keith Watkins caught a 17-lb. 9.6-oz. largemouth bass here in 2015, claiming the #4 spot on GON’s Biggest Bass of All Time List. It took him 20 minutes to get it in the net. It was the largest bass caught in Georgia since 1987. If fishing isn’t your thing and you’d rather sit and watch, the pavilion is a wonderful space for picnics, family reunions, or other large gatherings. The space is available for rent from the Water Authority office. While no swimming is allowed, children will be entertained by a nice playground area.

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What nearby lakes do Cowetans road trip to for the weekend? Here are three popular lakes within a couple of hours distance that we can escape to for a quick getaway.



n the county line right before Whitesburg at 4013 Highway 16 West, Riverside Park sits quietly by the Chattahoochee River. The pretty spot has a boat launch, picnic tables and a parking lot. The park is operated by Coweta County and was originally obtained by the county in a land swap with Georgia Power. Fishermen, kayakers, and canoeists routinely use the park for a low-key boat put-in. Hours are seven days a week, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fish in this small park year-round for green sunfish, carp, long nose gar, channel catfish, white bass, crappie or striped bass. (Don’t forget your Georgia fishing license.)

• 50 min. from Newnan • 525 mi. of shoreline • 25,864 acres • Boating, swimming, & camping • Fishing: bass, crappie, catfish and bream • Public fishing piers available, with access for persons with disabilities FUN FACT: First launched in September 2015, the West Point Lake Floating Classroom (named the Miss Sally) is sponsored by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and managed by their LaGrange office. The custom built, 42-foot vessel allows educators to engage students of all ages in a variety of hand-on activities that highlight the challenges facing the Chattahoochee River.

• 1 ½ hrs. from Newnan • 270 mi. of shoreline • 10,660 acres • Boating and swimming • Fishing: large variety of bass including largemouth, spotted, striped and white, as well as bluegill, catfish, crappie, yellow perch and redear sunfish FUN FACT: Cheaha State Park (18 miles northwest of Lake Wedowee), at 2407 feet above sea level, is the highest point in Alabama. The park offers hiking, mountain biking and lake swimming.

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Farmer Street Cemetery is rumored to be the second largest slave cemetery in the nation and the largest in the South.


Ground Sunken spaces in a wooded lot overgrown with ivy is all that one can see, but a few Cowetans know Farmer Street to be holy ground — a place where one can find peace and quiet among the shaded whispers of tall oak trees. This little known plot of land has no evident markers of where slaves were buried. In fact, there’s not a headstone in sight. Daily residents race down Farmer Street not knowing the southern history they zip by.

Farmer Street Cemetery is rumored to be the second largest slave cemetery in the nation and the largest in the South. The largest slave cemetery resides in New York where 420 skeletons of slaves were found. Newnan resident Deborah McWilliams said, “I come out here every day. I enjoy watching the rabbits, squirrels and birds… it’s truly a peaceful place.” She then pops

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“It’s not a short story… we’ve not abandoned Farmer Street Cemetery; it just needs to be brought to the forefront of our minds.” — Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Jenkins

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out her flip phone showing pictures of events held at the Coweta County African American Heritage Museum adjacent to the cemetery. Archaeologists from the University of Alabama have identified 249 grave depressions which are most likely the locations of buried bodies. This convinced archaeologists and researchers to believe that Farmer Street Cemetery is the largest slave cemetery in the South. Surprisingly, the Farmer Street 42 |

Cemetery has not been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Dianne Wood, Director of Farmer Street Cemetery, said, “It’s been hard to gather a team of persons together to take on such a task. It’s like we will get things going and people just fizzle out.” Rachel Black, Deputy State Archaeologist of the Georgia Historical Society, said, “In order to be eligible for nomination to the National Register, a resource must generally be 50 years of age or older,

must retain historic integrity, and must meet one of the four National Register criteria for significance, found on the National Park Service website.” Farmer Street, also known as Pinson Street, was once a completely blacked owned area. During the 19th century, Newnan’s population was roughly 50% black as the cotton boom boosted the population. Pastor James Alexander, MDiv, of Zion Hill Baptist Church, whose

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Into the Light Stepping out of your comfort zone is often a prerequisite for taking yourself to the next level, no matter what your passion may be. For Senoia photographer Ben Helton, the ability to seize an opportunity has been his calling card for some truly memorable shots. Helton is a married father of two and selfdescribed “recovering wedding photographer” who has spent more than a decade behind the camera. Throughout his life, Helton’s camera often has served as a backstage pass, granting him access to worlds the meek would fear to enter. From the back streets of Istanbul to raucous street parties in Serbia, Helton’s tenacity in capturing moments in time has provided him with a stunning portfolio of images and memories. Helton has long possessed a natural proclivity for being inquisitive. On perpetual Ben Helton prowl for new ideas, his approach to life and photography is best represented by the adage “If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.”

Helton stumbled upon his current project while taking a Sunday stroll down the streets of Senoia. Its image synonymous with the economic boom derived from the motion picture and television industry, the once sleepy town now boasts a vibrant, bustling downtown scene. Thousands of tourists now make their way to Senoia from around the globe, as the small town has served as ground zero for all things “The Walking Dead.” Building facades reflect the economic prosperity enjoyed by the town for nearly a decade. But if you look hard enough, the roots of the small Southern town are still there. Sandwiched between the Waking Dead Cafe and a gift shop is the Messiah Miracle Worship Center, a non-denominational African-American storefront church. When Helton passed by and heard the sounds of worship flooding through the walls and into the street, his curiosity was piqued. He contacted the pastor of the church, asking if he could attend a service and take photographs. The pastor replied right away – yes, absolutely. Helton was in. “All I had to do is ask,” Helton said. “I think that can be a big hurdle for a lot of people who might be apprehensive about a project or

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Helton captures pastor and parishioner in the moment at Senoia’s Messiah Miracle Worship Center.

subject, but it’s worth it.” The hard part wasn’t necessarily over, however. Helton knew he would be perceived as a complete outsider. A white man in his mid-30’s with a camera wasn’t exactly going to blend in with the regular congregation. While being bold has opened many

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a few jokes and even letting them take a few shots with his camera. The tension seemed to ease a bit, but the sanctuary was quickly filling up and Helton got to work. What came next set the stage for a series of photographs that vividly captured the energy and emotion

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of a service at Messiah Miracle Worship. Helton estimates he took almost 400 pictures at the first service. “I shot like it was my only chance,” he recalled. “I guess I didn’t step on anyone’s toes because I was invited back the following week.” Helton would be a fixture at the church for the next several months as he compiled more and more photographs. During his tenure, he began feeling more comfortable working in the sanctuary. Often lending a hand when needed, Helton made himself available as a guest in the church. “I would bring prints to show them, move some tables – I even purchased some rechargeable 46 |

batteries for the church,” he recalled. “I know they were small gestures, but it was really important for me to show them respect for allowing me into their home.” After several months, Helton’s project was complete and he was left with a portfolio of memories and dynamic images which would ultimately appear in publications such as The Atlantic. Helton said the project allowed him to grow tremendously as an artist. “When you’re not afraid to ask and impose limitations on yourself, it’s amazing what you can achieve,” he said.

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Ellis Crook’s Senoia Memories Ellis Crook’s mind just naturally runs to business. When reminiscing about what it was like growing up in Senoia, he remembered the merchants of that day and time and how they enticed children – and parents – downtown on Christmas Eve. At 85, Crook has lived in Senoia all his life, except for a couple of years in the Army. He, wife Patricia and son Greg own several companies that are connected with the Crook family businesses – grocery stores in Senoia and Newnan and a convenience store, tire center, gas station, finance company and insurance agency in Crook’s hometown. “I live in sight of where I was born, and my stores are in sight of where I grew up,” said Crook. A great-grandfather is buried at Bethel Methodist Church, and the names Addy and Hunter are also in Crook’s family tree. The Senoia of Crook’s boyhood was a different place from today, but still a place where folks came from some distance to shop. “You could shoot firecrackers uptown on Christmas Eve,” he recalled. Mules and wagons were tied on a back street. “Traffic was not a problem at all,” he said. Merchants showcased their wares on Christmas

“I live in sight of where I was born, and my stores are in sight of where I grew up.” Eve – putting displays of toys and candy onto the sidewalk. “Everybody went to town.” “They had two cotton gins here. When they ginned the cotton, that’s when the money came to town,” he said. The two big downtown stores were run by merchants named Daniel and Hollberg in those days. They gave tickets to people who bought merchandise for Saturday drawings. There also were contests – climbing a greased

Ellis Crook started running the family store at the age of 19.

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One of his first changes was putting in A/C – making it the first store in Senoia to have air conditioning pole, catching a greased pig. “It was quite a show that they put on to bring people to town.” Crook’s father ran a store in a rented wooden building that stood where Bank of North Georgia is now. Later, he bought the corner lot across the highway from J.B. Hutchinson Sr. “for $400 and a handshake contract.” Hutchinson was a fuel distributor, and the store would sell his gasoline. “My daddy built a little cinderblock building there in 1947,” Crook recalled. When his father contracted tuberculosis in 1950, Crook ran the business. “He was in bed two years. I was a 19-year-old kid running the store by myself.” After his military service, Ellis Crook returned to Senoia. “When I came back from service, I looked at that little store and thought,

‘how in the world can I make a living here?’ ” he remembered. One of his first changes was putting in A/C – making it the first store in Senoia to have air conditioning. Business partnerships have now extended to a third generation. Crook’s son, Ken, who died a few years ago, ran the tire business. Ellis and Greg Crook continue to work closely together. Both are smart, have strong opinions – and do not always agree. Ellis Crook referred to the new tire center as “the Taj Mahal” noting Greg selected a copper embossed ceiling imported from Europe for the waiting area. “He built it for ladies to sit in.” Crook observed, “It’s been a challenge at times. Greg and I work together really well. We know each other’s limitations. We know when to back off from each other.”

While Ellis Crook has focused on entrepreneurship, he has also found time for community service. He was an original member of the county zoning board in the 1960s, serving until 1981. A few months ago, Crook stepped down from his post on the Coweta County Hospital Authority after 41 years. Crook shows no signs of slowing down. Most mornings he can be found at Crook’s Marketplace, the supermarket he opened in August 1981. Being part of a five-state cooperative has helped the store stay competitive. As Ellis Crook greets customers, stocks shelves and consults with employees, he is adding another chapter to the economic history of the town he loves. NCM

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National Aviation Day will be commemorated on Friday, August 19, which is a national celebratory date that honors the development of aviation.

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he holiday was established in 1939 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and gives the current U.S. president the authority to proclaim August 19 as National Aviation Day each year, if they so desire. Their proclamation may direct all federal buildings and entities to fly the U.S. flag. Citizens are also encouraged to observe the day with activities that promote interest and development in aviation. The Newnan-Coweta Airport will be recognized on this day for its contributions to the Coweta community. According to the airport’s website, “the Newnan-Coweta Airport provides a convenient and efficient location for business and leisure travel in the southwest quadrant of metropolitan Atlanta and west-central Georgia. The Airport offers full service Fixed Base Operations (FBO) and airport management.” The county airport lists amenities on their website such as: • Affordable lease rates and terms • All on-site utilities • High speed Internet options • Air charter service within walking distance • 5500 x 100 ft. runway • Precision GPS approaches • New hangar construction opportunities • Excellent quality of life The airport is very popular for both business and leisure use, especially with the convenient location to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and downtown Atlanta. The airport authority is the governing sanction, owner and operator of the airport. Members of the authority include Dale Pepper, Lee Moody, Alan Starr, Steve Swope and Brett Wilkes. The authority meets regularly to discuss financials and future plans for the airport. One of the upcoming projects the authority is working on is the addition of another fix based operator or FBO. An FBO is a commercial business granted the right by an airport to operate at the airport and provide aeronautical services such as fueling, hangaring, tie-down and parking, aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction and additional applicable needs. The interested FBO is run by a local business owner with prior experience in the aeronautical industry, as well as being one of the previous owners of the Falcon Aviation Academy in Newnan. The authority said it could take up to 10 years to finalize such a deal, but believe the acquiring of the current FBO or the addition of another could be a benefit to the county.

“This could attract more business and help improve our current FBO,” said Swope. The authority collectively agreed to form a small task force to make sure all FAA rules are met and to issue a RFP or request for proposal to determine whether or not the two parties will collectively agree on the terms of the FBO project. In addition to the FBO project, the airport is making more developments to the east side of the airport to improve the rampway and ramp access issues. The authority decided to have a working committee to help with the project. “There are a lot of moving parts,” said Pepper. “This could be about a $5 million project.” In addition to the Coweta airport, the Falcon Aviation Academy, located at 95 East Aviation Way in Newnan, is also a vital part of the aviation industry in Coweta. The academy is a Part 141 flight school in Georgia, which specializes in training career aviators and leaders in the aviation industry, according to their website, The curriculum is designed to help students develop their performance and safety skills to prepare them for career advancement. FAA President Ray Sluk said the academy will have seen over 100 students by the end of this summer. For more information about the Newnan-Coweta County Airport, visit The airport is located at 115 Airport Road in Newnan.

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n 1975, they traveled to Alaska to visit Cathy’s best friend from high school and her husband. “They wanted us to come up and go fish,” Cathy said. “And David got hooked.” Forty years later, the Sandlins own four Alaskan fishing lodges. “Everything about Alaska is bigger, more intense,” David said. “The fish are bigger, the bears are bigger, the land is bigger. Just about everything to it is an extreme, as far as the vastness of it, the beauty of the rivers, the mountains, the critters that live in it. It’s just an awesome place.” The Sandlins do a lot of traveling, all over the world. There’s a large map on their living room wall with three colors of pins – places Cathy has visited, places David has visited, and places they’ve gone together. They’ve run out of pins. “I’ve fished all over South America, all over Africa, Australia, New Zealand,” David said. But, “at the end of the day, the ultimate is still to be in Alaska.” “It gets in your blood. It’s in my blood,” Cathy said. After that first trip in 1975, David got to talking to a hunting guide who was looking for someone to fly hunters back and forth from Anchorage. That fall, he was flying hunting clients in and out. Then, one of the guides got hurt.

“He said, ‘I want you to be a guide.’ I said, ‘What do I know?’ He said, ‘You know enough.’ So that’s how I became a hunting guide.” They hunted sheep, mountain goats, caribou and grizzly bears. And they fished. The Sandlins bought a cabin and kept visiting for 20 years. In 1995, they were up there with their friend Steve Stripling. He wanted to catch some rainbow trout on a fly. “We couldn’t do that at my cabin. There was still ice in the river and no rainbows at that time of the year. So we hopped on an airplane and flew to Bristol Bay, 300 miles away,” David said. “Over the next three days, we probably caught at least 100 rainbows on the fly. Our guide Brian Kraft took such good care of us. I made him an offer: if he ever wanted the run the finest lodge in Alaska, I would build it.” Six months later, David got a call from Brian. He did want to run the finest lodge in Alaska. About a year and a half later, in 1997, the Alaska Sportsman’s Lodge opened. “It’s been named by various organizations as the best lodge in the world,” David said. “It’s nice to have people say that about something you built.” They built a lodge on Kodiak Island for saltwater fishing in 2004, and in 2006 they had the chance to buy “this fabulous site on the Naknek River” and built the Bear Trail Lodge. Then, three years ago, the Sandlins had the chance to buy Bristol Bay Lodge, built in 1940. Its owners had lost it in the financial crisis. The legendary lodge “has

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been nothing but a joy,” David said. Salmon are the lifeblood of the area. And they are why everything is bigger in Alaska. The dying salmon lay and fertilize millions of eggs, which feed all the other fish in the river. The bears and eagles gorge themselves on the dying salmon. A rainbow trout in a river in north Georgia has to expend energy to catch a tiny gnat on the top of the water. Alaskan trout feast on salmon eggs – and grow huge. “As long as we sustain the red salmon, we’ll have the most phenomenal fishing in the world,” David said. It’s handy to be a pilot in Alaska. The two towns nearest the Bear Trail Lodge, Naknek and King Salmon, are about 10 miles apart. And there’s a road that connects them. But that’s about it, other than some four-wheeler and snow machine trails around villages. Everybody comes in on a float plane. The bigger supplies, like fuel and building materials, come in on barges. Power is provided by diesel generators and solar. Solar is great, because there are 20 hours of sunlight during the summer. There’s none in the winter, but it doesn’t matter – nobody’s there. They get fresh food on the planes – some of it local. “We grow in Alaska some of the most fantastic vegetables in the world,” David said. “The growing season may be short, but there’s 20 hours of sunlight every day.” Guests at the lodge eat a lot of fish, of course. And the salmon they catch is vacuum sealed, flash frozen, and shipped home in an airline approved box. No televisions are allowed at any of the four lodges. Human nature is such that, if there were televisions, people would be sitting around watching them. “If you are going to go that far into the wilderness, the last thing you need is reruns of ‘Ozzy and Harriet,’ ” David said. They have had to bow to the modern age and provide WiFi, though. David is usually in Alaska for about six months out of the year. He heads up in June for the fishing season. Then he’ll hunt in November and December. Cathy isn’t there quite so much – there are too many grandchildren to tend to. Though


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Even though this is the time of year when a lot of people try to squeeze out a few more lazy summer days, it can still be stressful because the start of school is just around the corner.

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To help ease this stress, several parents and students in Newnan and Coweta County shared what works for them and their families with getting ready for the school year. Scott and Kim Anderson have lived in Newnan for almost ten years. Their triplets – Jake, Kate, and Laura – are starting fourth grade. A major part of their back to school preparation is routines. “For us, it’s always been about routines … and not causing them to be distractions,” said Kim. “We make sure the backpacks and lunches are ready the night before.” “But the big thing is staying organized,” she added. “There are file folders for homework and a spot for each backpack.” Another part of their school preparation is getting new clothes and supplies for school. “There are lots of shoes,” said Scott. “I’ve never seen more shoes in my life than with back to school. Jake is easy. The girls are something else.” Jenn Opsahl and her husband Jeff have three children, two of whom are starting the school year at new schools. They also work on routines and getting everyone what they need. Their oldest Grace is starting middle school at Evans Middle School, and their youngest, Aiden, is starting kindergarten at Elm Street Elementary School where their other daughter Emma will be in fifth grade. “They each get a day to go shopping for school,” said Opsahl. “Aiden doesn’t really care. He just wants an Avengers lunch box to match his Avengers backpack. He’s really excited to bring his lunch to school.” “His sister will be there … It helps that we have been there since the beginning and know the teachers,” she added. This year is the first year all three kids will be in school, and Opsahl said her oldest starting middle

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What’s New for 2016-2017? One of the biggest changes students and parents of the Coweta County School System will see during the 2016-2017 school year is the implementation of more than 17,000 Google Chromebooks for third to 12th grade students. The additional technology is part of the school system’s three year technology plan to bring more technology to students for learning and day to day activities. Its goal is to have a 1 to 1 ratio of technology to students. The school system currently has Chromebooks in use for approximately 10 percent of the students. Each device includes a three-year accidental damage protection plan; a Google Management Console License; a GoGuardian Teacher/Admin. three-year license; asset tagging; and laser etching. Parents or guardians will have to sign an agreement when the Chromebooks are issued. Each third to 12th grade student should be issued a device during the first semester of the 2016-2017 school year. The ones currently in use by the school system will be available for students in kindergarten through second grade to use.

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“At the Evans Back to School Night, we got to meet the teachers … It’s also helpful at Evans because so many students there were with Grace at Elm Street,” she added. “Grace was excited to be with a lot of her friends. I feel better since we went. When you can go see the teachers and principal, it’s easier.” Preparation also helps when students are in high school and getting ready to start college. “I can tell you that as years have passed, we do less and less and let the kids do more and now that they are in high school, they look over their syllabi and supply lists and make one list and pretty much compile their supplies and get organized themselves but believe me, it wasn’t always that way,” said Erika Hamburg-Brown. Brown’s daughter Kaitlenn just

finished high school and will be attending Savannah College of Art and Design in the fall. “Clothes and supplies are necessities,” Kaitlenn said of starting college. “But moving out of the house and into a dorm room requires a lot more work. We plan on going shopping for dorm room essentials this summer after I figure out what my future roommates already plan on bringing to the table. Then there’s college textbooks, which I hope I can rent. And because I am going to art school, there will probably be lots of art supplies I need to buy. Oh, and of course there’s tons of paperwork to fill out, too.” “I know Kaitlenn can manage the classes and the homework … now it’s about managing everything else outside of studies: laundry, snacks (outside of the meal plan), medicines, what to do if

she’s sick, getting around on the college transportation system, managing money … Trust me, we parents can find all kinds of things to worry about,” said her mom. “She will only be four hours away, but still! I’m looking forward to her coming home and hopefully seeing all the new artwork she’s created. I also look forward to visiting her. I’ve had a lot of friends offer to road trip with me to Savannah … to see her!” For those who are new to the whole back to school process, these parents and students also have some advice. “Trust the schools and the principals because they are good at what they do,” encouraged Opsahl. “Reach out to teachers if you need to … most have kids who have been in the school system. They’re a great resource.” “Just be willing to go with the flow,” said Scott. “Things will happen you

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And heathy. And that your kids will eat and NEVER trade. Five audacious ideas. There are the cutest plastic lunch containers out there with divided sections for separating small portions of healthy fun food. Cookie Cutter Sandwiches

Kids love shapes. If you have some circular, flower and heart sets of cookie cutters then you have what you need to keep your kids interested in their packed lunch. Turkey sandwiches on bread shapes and various shape of cheese make really cute sandwiches. Add some pieces of fruit and a few finger food types of veggies and they will think of you as the coolest Mom of all.

Kabobs Use some drink stirrers (like you get with your coffee) to skewer some leftover pieces of cubed chicken breast with cubes of cheese, cherry tomatoes and broccoli

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pieces. Find some little ready-made containers of dipping sauces like the Ranch dressing that comes with fast food salad or pack some wee containers of your own dressing or salsa. Kids love dipping and will eat almost anything that they get to dip! Cut some cute shapes from tortilla wraps for the kids to put their kabobs in and add a few snap peas and cookie.

Baby Red Bliss Baked Potato Halves with Dip Bake a batch of the baby potatoes and top them with cheese or sliced cherry tomatoes or ham - whatever your kids love. You will love those reusable silicone muffin liners for hummus or dressing for dipping the potatoes. Again, anything they get to dip makes lunch special. Add some baby carrots and other veggies, a few pieces of fruit like a couple of strawberries, a couple of cookies and you have a jazzy lunch.

Pinwheels Put some cheese and sandwich meat slices on a wrap. Heat it gently in the microwave until the cheese softens. Add a leaf of lettuce and some pickle slices and wrap it up very tightly. Slice into finger size pieces and you have fancy pinwheels. Add mini cookies, mini yogurt containers and some finger size veggies and you’ve made a special lunch.

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Cubed chicken breast and cubed string cheese in small baggies. Healthy bag of pretzels. Mini veggies like carrots and snap peas. Small container of Ranch dressing. A couple of tiny fancy cookies the kids don’t usually get. None of these lunches cost more than a couple of dollars. And much less if you are using dinner leftovers. The kids will love them all and you will feel good about how healthy their lunch is while still being ever so special.

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Coweta’s Olympic Hometown Hero



rom the age of six, Robin Goad dreamed of competing in the Olympics. She had been involved with gymnastics for five years up until the age of 15 when she decided that her talents would take her further in weightlifting. From there, she would go on to compete in the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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Goad was not only a good weightlifter but part of the evolution of international women’s weightlifting. She won a total of 20 medals in ten world championships and has won more international medals than any other American female lifter. She was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in November 2015 at the World Weightlifting Championships.

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You competed in the first women’s world championships in 1987 at the age of 17. Could you talk about that experience? I was the youngest member of the team by age, but I felt mature competitively. I never felt younger than my teammates on the platform, nor was I intimidated by my older competitors. My focus was always on lifting the most weight! The international atmosphere was a first for me. I finished second place and was proud but wanted to be first. It would take me seven more years until I became the World Champion in 1994.

What was it like to find out that you would be competing in the 2000 Olympics? I competed at the 2000 Olympic Trials in New Orleans. Four Olympic Team spots were up for grabs. Following my competition, I was ranked third. I, along with many dear friends and family members, had to anxiously wait and watch two other competitors attempt to bump me off. In the end, I remained on the team and was overjoyed by the opportunity to make the inaugural team.

So you arrive in Sydney, Australia for the 2000 Summer Olympics. Could you tell me what that feeling was like to arrive there? Did you feel a big sense of accomplishment? As a veteran to international travel and competition, the initial part of the games felt very familiar. The Olympic experience really set in the evening of the opening ceremonies. Surrounded by the most talented athletes in the world, by precious teammates, and entering into

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Goad enjoyed participating in the 2000 Summer Olympics alongside other athletes who were “all in one place...for the good of sport.”

a stadium 80,000 strong — you know that every person walking alongside of you has been through the same grueling and intense training. There is a deep but understood respect between all athletes across all sporting disciplines. We all made the sacrifices and we all want to show the world a great sporting show. There is certainly a huge sense of pride to compete well for your teammates, your coaches, and your country. The picture becomes much bigger than yourself. We are a representation of the world all in one place, all for the good of sport and for a brief moment, without politics and without conflict.

building a career. I served on the USOC Olympic Committee Board as an Athletes Representative, as well as a USA Weightlifting Board Member. I started coaching weightlifting in 2006 and continue to coach today. Goad’s oldest child, Sydney, is traveling to the country of Georgia this June on the US Junior World

Overall, what was your experience like at the Olympics? The Olympic Games is like no other experience in life. Describing the event to others is difficult. If you could package your graduation, your wedding, and your greatest sporting competition memory into one event, well, that’s close. My adrenaline recovery was a minimum of six weeks. Emotions plus physical exertion on the grandest scale possible takes its toll, but it was worth every bit of the work.

When you got back home from the 2000 Olympics, what did you put your focus on?

Team in Weightlifting and is working hard to make a go at the 2020 games. Her husband Dean, whom she met in the sport, is a five-time National Champion and a 1991 Pan Am Medalist. Dean and Robin enjoy training and coaching together. They also have two other children who hope to one day follow in their footsteps. NCM


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10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Free Admission | Courthouse Square Main Street Newnan hosts Market Day every first Saturday of the month, April - December. Homemade, handmade, and homegrown items from local artisans, artists, and farmers will be available for purchase.

9:00 a.m. | Free | Downtown Newnan The Fourth of July Parade will begin at Veteran’s Memorial Park at 9:00 a.m. and end at Greenville Street Park between 9:30 10:00 a.m. MainStreet Newnan welcomes the community to meet at Veteran’s Memorial Park by 8:30 a.m.

Fourth of July Fireworks 5:30 p.m. | Free | Drake Stadium Enjoy a patriotic night of family fun, musical entertainment, and concessions before the main attraction begins at dark. Official sponsors for the event are the City of Newnan, Coweta County, Coweta County Schools and the Rotary Club of Newnan.

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Pedal for Pets 8 a.m. | $30/$35 | Downtown Senoia Sponsored by Southside Cycling, Pedal for Pets offers an 8-mile family ride and a choice of 33, 66 or 103-mile ride options. The scenic ride includes Coweta, Pike, and Meriwether Counties with specialty rest stops, SAG vehicles, and a post-ride meal. The proceeds will support spay and neuter clinics throughout Georgia.

Five Challenges Facing Seniors 2:00 p.m. | Free | Newnan Carnegie Library This free program will be facilitated by Benton House.

Self-Defense for Women: Scams 2:00 p.m. | Free | Newnan Carnegie Library This free program will be facilitated by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.



Coweta County Farmer’s Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Free Admission Courthouse Square (Wednesdays); Asa Powell Sr. Expo Center (Saturdays) Sponsored by MainStreet Newnan, Coweta County, and the UGA Coweta County Extension Office, the Farmer’s Market will offer local fruits, vegetables, honey and fresh-cut flowers. The market is a member of Georgia Grown.

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July 2016 Summer Children’s Programming 10:00 a.m. | Free | Newnan Carnegie Library July 7: Family Movie Day – “A Little Princess” July 14: Chef Carlin – Kids Can Cook! (ages 4+) July 19: Preschool Music Lessons July 20: Game Day and Lego Free Play July 21: Sam’s Petting Zoo – Special Location: First Avenue Park (Rain Location: The Carnegie) July 26: Plant, Flower, and Natural Object Drawing Workshop – Facilitated by the Georgia Museum of Art (ages 6-14, limited spots available) July 27: Lego Free Play – Bring your own Legos or play with ours July 28: Pinocchio – Presented by That Puppet Guy, Lee Bryan.


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Coweta County Farmer’s Market 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Free Admission Courthouse Square (Wednesdays); Asa Powell Sr. Expo Center (Saturdays)

Market Day 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Free Admission | Courthouse Square

Minecraft with Mayor Brady 10 a.m. | Free | Newnan Carnegie Library Children registered in the Carnegie Summer Reading program will explore the world of Minecraft through various stations set up by community partners. They will also have a chance to play Minecraft with the Mayor of Newnan.

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Thank You For The Music — A Modern Tribute to ABBA 7 p.m. | $15 | The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts This tribute concert to Swedish pop group ABBA will include all of their major hits, plus much more.

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Fall Sports Saturdays Fall is just around the corner and football and hunting seasons are almost here. We’ll cover both sports and shed a light on how many Cowetans spend their fall Saturdays.

Cooler Weather Gardening You don’t have to wait for spring to start a garden. Find out what our Master Gardeners recommend for planting in your fall garden.

Halloween Haunts We’ll also look into our local ghost stories and find some spooky tales worth telling. We’re DYING for you to read them!


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