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36 | Community Revitalization for a New Generation Transforming old into new: the historic Howard Warner school gets a much needed facelift.

38 | An Eye for Detail Looking for that perfect gift for the hunter in your life? Steve Bradley is your go-to guy.

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68 54 features (cont.) 46 | Get Your Game Face On Find out how Coweta does football, from a local House Divided to our reigning Super Region 2 champs, the University of West Georgia Wolves.

68 | Newnan’s Ghost Storytellers Read this spine-chilling tale about Coweta’s haunted places, if you dare… (insert creepy Vincent Price laugh here).

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FROM THE EDITOR Stadium or in front of the TV. As a woman, my own football glory days were playing for my sorority in an intramural flag-football league in college. Don’t laugh — those girls were rough. We were fierce and we looked darn cute, too. We all learned from our grandfathers, uncles, dads, brothers and boyfriends and we knew what to do. Don’t mess with a Southern sorority girl who knows how to play football. We can play football and throw a killer tailgate party, too! This issue has been a fun one for our team to put together. Fall’s activity and busyness unearth so many ideas and great inspiration, and I hope you all enjoy reading it. From the sports articles on football, tailgating, and hunting, to the spooky Halloween haunted stories, to some of Coweta’s best recipes, we’ve managed to find the best of Coweta’s fall for you. As always, thanks for reading, and if you know of a special Cowetan that we should feature, shoot us an email to magazine@ newnan.com and let us know. Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose.

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It’s fall, y’all! I love this time of year. What’s not to love? The weather, the crisp blue sky, apples and pumpkins, football games, jeans and boots, fires in the firepit… It doesn’t get much better. But really, to me, fall is football. I love watching my Georgia Bulldogs every weekend and my son playing high school ball. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been spending football Saturdays either in Sanford

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NCM CONTRIBUTORS 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. Community Revitalization for a New Generation, page 36

ELIZABETH DORSEY is reigniting her love of writing after a long hiatus, during which she followed her US Marine around the world. She has written for small town newspapers here and abroad, Navy Times, and various poetry journals. Ten years ago, she and her husband settled in Newnan with their five children, two dogs, one cranky cat, and a friendly flock of chickens. A passionate yogini, Elizabeth founded and owns Barefoot Lizard Yoga Studio. Fall Into Gardening, page 18

MITCHELL KELLEY is a high school senior and sports enthusiast who loves to cover and play sports. Kelley is radio play-by-play commentator for Fox Sports 1400 Newnan and has made appearances on Atlanta’s 92.9 The Game and NuLink cable. He has also written opinion pieces for 929thegame.com and covered high school football for The Newnan Times-Herald. Coaching From the Heart, page 62

CELIA SHORTT spends much of her time reading, channeling her inner Wonder Woman and spending time with her husband and their lab mix. Newnan’s Ghost Storytellers, page 68

SARAH FAY CAMPBELL is a 16-year veteran of The Newnan Times-Herald, and an adventure mom. She’d rather be camping. Family Fun Right on Target, page 64

After majoring in journalism at Georgia State University, CLAY NEELY spent the next nine years crossing 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. An Eye For Detail, page 38

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. Loving Local, page 14 and Abide Brewing Company, page 26

W. WINSTON SKINNER is the news editor for The Newnan TimesHerald. 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. How Governor Atkinson Saved Football, page 60

SONYA STUDT is a co-creative director for Newnan-Coweta Magazine who is also a bit of a car guy. She enjoys traveling and exploring with her boyfriend, both on- and off-road, on two wheels and four. Go Go Godzilla, page 30


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Where’s your favorite place to grab lunch in downtown Newnan? Lunch is always hectic and many times I end up eating here at my office. Usually time is the driving factor. So, when I am pressed I usually go to Christie’s. When time is not such an issue, I usually go to Redneck with my friend Jim Honeycutt, who just hates to eat alone. Rednexican is a great take out source for me and I do Golden’s at least once a week and occasionally to Leaf and Bean. What is your favorite thing about Newnan? Newnan has always had its own distinct character and is a friendly town. My friends from out of town who come for lunch always ask if I know everyone in town and if they know me. There is never a day without someone speaking or asking a question, or

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NEIGHBOR Q&A commenting on a local event. We just don’t know how lucky we are to have such a vibrant town and friendly people. What are some of the memories that resonate in your mind about Newnan? Over the years, I had the privilege to know and call a lot of local merchants friends, such as Mr. “Uncle” Taft Mansour of Mansour’s, and later my great friends Charlie and Ellis at Brothers. Mr. Charles Connally at Connally Drugs was a couple of doors down from Lee King with Mr. Whupper Lee. Then you had Economy Auto with Mr. Emmett Sewell and Harold “Flash” Barron at Barron Tire Company, Mr Frank “Hutt” Hudson on the corner with Western Auto. Right across from him was Johnson Hardware with the Hollis brothers, Joe and Slugger, and you cannot leave out Mr. Lewis Beers who had the Barnett St. John Store. One of the most interesting characters was Mr. Cauley Hayes, who had Hayes Men’s shop. I know I have left out a lot, but there was a lot of commerce right here in downtown Newnan. I think all these old guys would be smiling to see the new infill housing going on in downtown. Where do you like to golf locally or fly your plane locally? My love of flying was from childhood, but I only had time and money to get my license after we became empty nesters. Last year, I

sold my plane after nine years of enjoyment to complete a project at home, and now since that is done, I am looking for another airplane. Anyone who has flown becomes a hopeless addict and is constantly amazed at the incredible beauty and expanse of this earth we live on. Sometimes, I just fly and watch the sunset. I play golf at Newnan Country Club with many of my friends and some high school classmates who are also members, and we have a game at least once a week. What makes Newnan unique? It’s all about the wonderful people who have made this place what it is today. Their influence and spirit hang over the downtown with an invitation to anyone to come stay awhile, and anyone who did not ever see Mr. Kellum Barron and his old buddies playing checkers on the porch of the courthouse never would understand what Lewis Grizzard called “living Southern.” My wife Jodie and I have raised three sons here and all of them have feelings of wanting to come back to town. The project I mentioned earlier was to add a large sun room (living area) to our home of 33 years. We have decided it’s large enough to accommodate our hospital beds when we get to the point of being home bound. Out of all the places we have been and visited, Newnan just has never lost its magic for us. NCM

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COWETA GARDENER

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Every gardener has her war story, be it a battle with the aphids, a long summer drought, or a particularly invasive plant species. For Deberah Williams, a Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer, it was the attack of the squash vine borer on her organic squash. Deberah’s eyes sparkled with intensity as she remembered the countless hours she spent on the ground, scissors in hand, snipping fervently away at her squash leaves in an allout effort to be rid of the little red borer eggs before they hatched into the larvae that would devour her squash vines from the inside out. “I was a dramatic failure,” she sighed. The squash crop was lost. Fortunately, for local gardeners, there is a place to turn for help. With more than 100 volunteers, all of whom, like Deberah, have faced challenges and victories in their own gardens, the Coweta County Master Gardener program is standing by, ready to assist homeowners with the latest unbiased and research-derived information. This program is overseen by the University of Georgia Coweta County Extension Office, which is located near the county fairgrounds at 255 Pine Road in Newnan. Master Gardeners offer a variety of talents and experiences, with each volunteer bringing

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to the program a different set of skills, passions, and interests. One volunteer might specialize in restoring native plants to the local flora; another, the cultivation of medicinal herbs; still another volunteer might delve deep into the science of landscaping and lawns. “It’s a neat group of people with so many talents,” Deberah said. “We have a lot of fun.” Deberah’s personal passion is organic vegetable gardening and, despite the squash episode, she has enjoyed her fair share of delicious successes. She waxed poetic about her farm-fresh green kale smoothies, sweetened with her homegrown stevia leaves. Deberah admitted she has done well with green vegetables and laughed, recalling one collard that grew so big it filled up the entire back of her car. “I still have some in the freezer,” she said. By her own account, Deberah’s home garden is not large, about the size of the Master Gardener Extension office, which houses a simple desk, a chair


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lends her green thumb to her mother-in-law’s garden, which gets more sunlight than her own, and she helps out with New Leaf Community Garden in downtown Newnan. In addition to growing gigantic greens and various kitchen herbs, Deberah cultivates medicinal herbs, such as marshmallow (which eases inflammation of the respiratory tract), valerian (which helps with insomnia), and goldenseal (a natural antibiotic). Her goldenseal likes shade, so she has it growing in the woods beside her home. The Master Gardeners Extension Volunteers put on a plant sale in the spring and fall. The money raised funds scholarships for local students seeking agricultural degrees. “We

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FOCUS ON BUSINESS

BODACIOUS DREAMS, BODACIOUS SUCCESS Cathy Cunningham knows how to throw a party. When she was a teenager, her family relocated to Newnan. She threw a party to meet some new friends, which sounded like a swell idea except that her parents were out of town. The good news: they had a lot of fun and she made some friends. The bad news: they had so much fun that the police were called. So were her parents — and her father, Turner Holmes Cunningham, was the brand new principal of Newnan High School. Her mother Geraldine, later a Coweta County School System media specialist, was mortified that her daughter had caused such a ruckus in their new town. To smooth things over, she made several batches of her cheese straws to give to her new neighbors, and it worked like a charm. World Leaders, take note: it wouldn’t hurt to try a Cheese Straw Summit. Cunningham went on to graduate from Newnan High School and the University of Georgia and entered the corporate world in advertising sales. She did well, but started Written by KATIE ANDERSON 22 | www.newnancowetamag.com

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years in Newnan: “We used to eat at Sprayberry’s every day after school. I also loved to eat at Golden’s on the Square. I have so many good memories from Newnan High School, and the football games were always a lot of fun. I enjoyed watching my brothers play. “It was a wonderful place to be a teenager, and I still have friends in town. Some of them were there from the start —  guests at my legendary

party in high school and later, investors in my company. Newnan has been good to me. I love to come back to visit my parents, my brother Mark Cunningham and my friends whenever I can.” Cathy and her products have been featured on The Food Network, Cooking Channel, CNN, Rachael Ray and in Southern Living. Some exciting changes are on the horizon for Geraldine’s as they look into expanding


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Left to right are friends and brewery owners Evan Scanlan, Philip Leonard and Matt Kapusta, who started the brewery together after a hobby of home brewing.

Abide Brewing Company could be considered a pioneer in the world of business and beer by being Newnan’s oldest brewery, literally. The brewing company is located on Werz Industrial Boulevard, and it all began with friends who had a common interest in beer.

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rewery owners Evan Scanlan, Matt Kapusta and Philip Leonard were all friends and home brewers before they decided to start the brewery. “We were just people who liked brewing beer,” Kapusta said. “Philip and I were neighbors, and one day we were at the bar and met Evan. We started a home brew club called HopBreakers and started brewing every week. A lot of people enjoy the hobby of brewing. We would usually make about five-and-a-half gallons. We were doing beer for ourselves and thought it would be cool to have a brewery in this area.” The three hobbyists decided to bring their dream to life in July 2013, but would not start shipping out beer until 18 months later in February 2015. “There had never been a brewery here before,” Kapusta said. “We did a lot of work getting city approval. They had never had anything like this on the books. We spent a lot of time educating the city and county on the plans and goals of the brewery.” The brewery owners said they had to explain they were a manufacturer of a malt beverage and not a bar. State regulations september /october 2016 | 27


Abide Brewery offers tours of the facility on Werz Industrial Boulevard in Newnan. The brewery has had visitors from as far away as New York.

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allow the brewery to be open for tastings, but the sample amount can only be six ounces. After requesting approval from the city of Newnan, the business owners went to the county with a proposal. “The county was on board with the idea but wanted to attach tighter regulations,“ Leonard said. “After getting the town of Tyrone to pass the ordinance there and with clarification from the state, the county came back and said we could do it here. Eventually ordinances got passed, but we had nine months of political work.” In addition to city and county, the brewery owners had to also apply for federal and state approval, but they said they kept going until they saw their dream come to fruition because there was a need for a local brewery. “If you wanted to go to a brewery, you had to go outside of Coweta,” Scanlan said. “We wanted to provide that same environment, so you wouldn’t have to leave Newnan but instead, spend time here and support local businesses and local restaurants.” Leonard said the brewing process can be compared to making tea and that whether you’re making five gallons or 100 gallons, the process (which is to brew, ferment, condition/carbonate and place into a keg) will take about 12-14 days to make. The business partners said they brew their beer based on style and drinkability and produce beer they would drink themselves. Trial and error has been their recipe for a beer that quenches thirst. Coweta and the surrounding areas have been supportive of the brewery, with many visitors coming from all over the Southeast and as far as New York. “It’s the most surreal thing,” said Kapusta. “You’re proud of what you’ve made, but we’re still so shocked that’s it not a fad. People are really supporting us. It’s a dream come true.” The friends also agreed that the success of their brewery can be credited to hard work and support from the community, family and friends. The brewing company is currently in the process of expanding. Abide Brewery has 13 rotating beers on draft in over 50 restaurants around metro Atlanta, including Ace Beer Growlers in downtown Newnan. NCM

Looking to buy Abide beer to take home? Ace Beer Growlers is a downtown Newnan specialty craft beer and wine shop that carries the local brew. Owner Jason Kanner’s family has been in the beer, wine and liquor business for a very long time. “I knew a lot about the business and the industry and decided to pursue it when I had time to do it,” Kanner said. Jason Kanner “Best Buy had some layoffs and I volunteered for a layoff because the severance was worth it.” Kanner said it’s important to him to support local breweries. “We start local and then branch out from there,” he said. “We like to offer only great and commendable beers, but we do like to have variety. We want to give our customers choices, not limit them.” As far as Abide Brewing Company, Kanner said the two companies work well together. “Quite frankly, it didn’t matter what they were selling – I wanted to support them,” Kanner added. “I knew all of the guys from the community. They have great beer. We support them and they support us. I like them and it’s a lot easier to support a business when it’s in your backyard.” Kanner will be celebrating three years in business this November and is expanding his store to become a one-stopshop for items such as water or soda and other various items so downtown dwellers can have a place to shop nearby. “On our worst day it’s still a bad day of selling beer, which isn’t that bad,” Kanner added. september /october 2016 | 29


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eah, I know. You’re welcome for the earworm. But this IS Godzilla, and boy, does it GO. A powerful, fire-breathing legend of a car whose heritage straddles the line between the digital and analog worlds, leaving a trail of tire smoke and admiration in its wake. If you’ve ever spent any quality time with the racing/driving simulation game Gran Turismo, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Versions one through five of the Gran Turismo game included the R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R, a powerful and nimble car that performed well against most any supercar on pretty much any road track the game had to offer. The real-world R32 Skyline GT-R’s domination of motorsports after its 1989 rebirth prompted Australian automotive magazine Wheels to

nickname the car “Godzilla.” Needless to say, the name has stuck. Nissan’s current flagship R35 GT-R – a $100,000, hand-built, 500+ horsepower, turbocharged, allwheel-drive showcase of performance engineering recognizable by its iconic tail lights, distinctive body style and fu manchu grille – is the most recent in a family of high-performance cars built exclusively in Japan and rooted in that now-defunct Skyline model. Resurrected and redesigned by Shiro Nakamura in 2007 (though not reaching the U.S. until mid-2008) and subsequently also included in the Gran Turismo game, the modern-day Nissan GT-R achieved the Guinness world record of ‘fastest 0-60 MPH acceleration by a four-seater production car’ in the year 2011. The car’s 0-60 time that year was september /october 2016 | 31


Every hand-built engine is given a plaque bearing the name of the Takumi, or artisan, who built that engine.

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3.5 seconds, but newer models have since broken that record with times in the high-twos – anywhere from 2.7-2.9 seconds depending on the model year and trim. So, yeah. Go go, Godzilla! The engines are lovingly hand-built by five (previously four) professional engine builders known as ‘Takumi,’ or artisans, who are hand-picked by Nissan and work under Nissan’s “one man, one engine” philosophy. These craftsmen take enough pride in their work to put their own personal name plate on every GT-R engine they build. The car’s customizable, multi-function, seven-inch display/ infotainment system was initially developed by Polyphony Digital, the company responsible for the equally well-developed Gran Turismo video game franchise. The car has been in a constant state of upgrade and improvement over the years, kept there by this dedicated team of perfectionist designers and builders, from the ground up. The 2017 model includes horsepower and torque increases to 565 and 467 respectively, stiffer frame, upgraded transmission and suspension, and front-end modifications. According to Nissan of Newnan salesman and Skyline/ GT-R enthusiast Jacob Canady, it is a car so powerful you can race it on the weekends, but still tame enough that Granny can drive it to church during the week. After almost a decade of dreaming in digital simulation, I recently had the opportunity to determine this for myself in the real world. Nissan of Newnan generously allowed us to test drive a


2016 GT-R Premium. This Jet Black Pearl beauty is powered by the front-mounted, twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 DOHC engine. It puts out 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque through its 6-speed, automated manual transmission with dual clutch and paddle shifters. All of that power is laid down on the road by all four 20-inch alloy wheels clad in Dunlop run-flat summer tires and stopped by four Brembo disc brakes with 15-inch rotors and six-piston calipers. The car sits on sport-tuned, four-wheel independent suspension with front and rear stabilizer bars. After a prolonged session of photo-taking and shameless drooling over the car by myself and the photographer, Jacob and I hopped in for a demo drive. The car’s drivetrain is noisy, which he acknowledged as ‘normal’ for all GT-Rs. This along with the sound of the sticky tires turning on the pavement when driving slowly was a little distracting at first, but was soon forgotten. Jacob flipped the transmission, suspension, and Vehicle Dynamic Control setup switches to R-Mode, and then we were off. (Sadly, launch control was not to be used on this day.) Taking off down the road, even at low speed, I could feel the power just begging to be let out. We hit the entrance loop from Bullsboro to I-85 northbound just hard enough for me to get a feel for how well the car handles on such a curve, and Godzilla expressed its eagerness with a quickly corrected short step out near the end of the curve. Just a small taste of the beast within. Once straight, a quick flick of the throttle brought a hearty roar from the exhaust and set me back in my seat. The ride up the freeway at speed was definitely on the stiff side from the passenger seat. Under normal acceleration the car felt like a tightly-wound rubber band just waiting to be sprung loose. Maneuvering through traffic was smooth and uneventful, without the jostling or rolling you normally feel as a passenger in any other car. Once off of the freeway, Jacob demonstrated the car’s ability to automatically rev-match on downshifts in manual mode with the paddle shifters. Then it was my turn. And I am here to tell you that Jacob was right. I CAN drive it to church during the week, no problem. And if I want to get to church in record time AND have fun, I can take it on the freeway. The feeling of caged energy I had experienced from the passenger seat multiplied exponentially with my hands on the wheel and my foot on the pedal. The car was on its best behavior, but the feeling of the coiled-up power within was ever-present. After I Grannied the car onto I-85 southbound and gave myself a minute or two to get the feel, I decided I was ready to open the cage door, albeit slowly. Throttle response was instantaneous but smooth, handling and maneuverability effortless and clean. Just point and go. I was quickly approaching highway speed but wanting to feel the real power waiting to be unleashed, so I eased off the throttle to do it again. This time I ditched Granny by the wayside and hit the throttle harder. Weaving effortlessly through traffic, I left one group of cars behind, and then another, and then another. Jacob guided me along with a litany of phrases such as “Clear right” and “No worries, we’ll just hit the next exit.”

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It felt as though I could just keep accelerating until I reached warp speed while still maintaining complete control. The drivetrain transfers power to the ground like nobody’s business. The aerodynamics keep the car glued to the road. It feels more like you’re making the road move beneath you rather than making the car move over the road. The Grantville I-85 northbound on-ramp loop was executed perfectly (at slightly higher-than-recommended speed) with the car maintaining grip through the apex, and I accelerated out cleanly onto the freeway and proceeded to, uh, miss multiple exits once again. Sadly, this is where the test drive had to end. It turns out Mr. Canady’s boss actually needed him to work that day, so back to the dealership we went. With its wealth of technology and drivability, there are those who feel that the GT-R driving experience is too highly engineered and doesn’t require enough driver participation or input to be truly satisfying. Certainly a valid opinion from drivers who have experienced a higher caliber and larger variety of performance vehicles than the average Joe or Jane. This thought floated around in the back of my mind as the day of my test drive approached. You know what? It may be true for them, but after driving this car I just don’t care. As someone who has driven a handful of souped-up hotrods throughout her lifetime, I would have to disagree. I hope I never become so jaded as to lose appreciation for what has gone into these cars. And I appreciate the ‘bang for the buck’ factor as well. I am going to only half cross this one off of my bucket list. Someday I will get to take one of these out on the twisties… Special thanks to Nissan of Newnan for providing this amazing car and the opportunity to drive it. Nissan of Newnan is at 783 Bullsboro Drive and has been serving Newnan since 2014. Says manager Mike Grubbs, “We pride ourselves on having a different style of dealership, treating customers a little differently than anywhere else. Lane (Crider, General Manager) has a fresh approach to the car business and we try to portray that every day. The most important thing is treating the customer with respect here, and treating the customer not just as a number but as a person who we can see more than one time.” Thanks also to salesmen and fellow auto enthusiasts Jacob Canady for driving tips and guidance, and Matthew Donahue for keeping up while transporting photographer Aaron Heidman. NCM

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he Howard Warner School on the corner of Savannah and Pinson streets in Coweta County was laid to rest decades ago according to many… but the cries of those who once felt voiceless are reviving this pillar of Newnan with a groundbreaking resurrection. With all the media murmurings going on about political matters and various matters of justice and injustice, little is heard about programs that minimize madness and cultivate communal wellness. Clarence Bohannon, advocate for the Howard Warner Renovation, at a town hall meeting, said, “regardless of your neighborhood, ain’t no west side, or east side.” The Howard Warner School renovation has been a sevenplus-year journey, and Cowetans from all sides of the table have assembled to ensure that the Howard Warner Renovation succeeds. The essence of Howard Warner School was built on community cohesiveness and educational excellence. Isaac Aycock, a 1965 graduate of Howard Warner School and a member of the Restoration Committee, said, “Our biggest goal is to make [the school] useful to the community.” The motivation to restore Howard Warner School came from concerned citizens who saw the school had

been sitting for years and wanted to make use of it. After consistent efforts, town hall meetings and public calls to action, the Howard Warner Revitalization Committee was able to gain the interest of the Newnan City Council. Newnan City Council Member Clayton Hicks, said, “There’s a need for safe, educational alternatives that are structured and will promote success in the community.” Many community members feel that children are being lost without cause because there is nothing to do on the east side. The Chalk Level Community has few activities outside of various churches, a local park (C.J. Smith Park), and the African-American Heritage Museum, but things are evolving. Hicks not only expressed the benefits of having the Boys and Girls Club partner with the Howard Warner School but mentioned the joy of seeing Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) dollars at work. SPLOST is a one-percent sales tax approved by voters for a specific amount of time and used for specific capital projects. The Howard Warner School Renovation is ultimately funded by SPLOST, which has been in Coweta County since 1986. According to the county website, it is estimated that thirty to forty percent of persons who shop in Coweta but don’t live in Coweta contribute forty percent of SPLOST dollars. The Howard Warner School renovation is estimated to be $3.5 million dollars. Mayor Keith Brady, a supporter for the Howard Warner School, and Howard Warner Committee Finance Chair Fabian Cook said, “the community will need to collect $50,000 for the operational budget.” Donations for the Howard Warner School Renovation can be made at The Bank of North Georgia to the Boys and Girls Club. All funds donated will go directly to the operational budget. The Howard Warner renovation is on track to open sooner than expected with a projected completion date of February 2017. The renovations will include an 8,100 square-foot gymnasium, seven classrooms, bathrooms, kitchen area, playground and a YMCA - operated day care. Howard Warner School was named after the founding principal and served as the community’s primary black school during segregation. The school was built in 1935 and closed in 1969, and was later donated to the City of Newnan. Many Howard Warner alumni and current citizens find hope in the attention given to the Chalk Level area. Consistent communication with fellow residents and leaders will ensure a noble resurgence. NCM september /october 2016 | 37


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“Sometimes, you’re not gonna get it perfect. Only God can do that. But I can get it close.”

Steve Bradley

For three decades, Steve Bradley has been stuffing and mounting wildlife for some of Coweta’s most active outdoorsmen. Inside his home studio, a near-living history of his craft fills the walls and rafters in the basement where he spends the majority of his time. And time is something he doesn’t care to waste. Growing up, Bradley learned the woods of Coweta and was often found by the side of his father – a father who always held a second job and imparted the value of hard work to his son. Noting his son’s enthusiasm for hunting, Bradley’s father suggested he should look into learning taxidermy as a trade. Through mail-order courses and clinics provided at

Left, a large elk greets visitors in Steve's shop.

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Formerly part of an award-winning diorama from the Georgia Taxidermist Association Convention's competition, this adult bobcat overlooks the Bradley's living room after winning the Member's Choice trophy in 1991.

Below, Steve adjusts gill pins inside the jaws of a largemouth bass. Right, racks of antlers hang in the shop's rafters, awaiting their final mount.

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conventions, Bradley’s natural talent began to take root. But in 1986, Bradley’s father passed away unexpectedly. Because the father and son had enjoyed such a close relationship, the older man’s passing took an emotional toll on the younger. As he fought through the loss in his life, Bradley held tight to his father’s advice: “Never waste a second of your life.” “It dawned on me that my dad had wanted me to pursue my taxidermy as my primary trade,” Bradley said. On New Year’s Day 1987, he took on taxidermy full-time and never looked back. Initially, he starting off by mounting and stuffing his own pieces, along with those belonging to his friends. “But soon, I had more ‘friends’ than I knew what to do with,” Bradley said with a chuckle. “Before long, it was all I was doing.” Now averaging around 130 pieces a year, Bradley has spent countless hours in his workshop and has always held a second job. For the last 14 years, he’s been driving a bus for Western Elementary. Along with the various field trips and football games for Newnan High School, his passion for whatever he’s doing at the time never wavers. “No matter what I’m doing, that’s where my mind is,” he


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Above, Bradley found inspiration from a personal encounter with the infamous "Belt Road Booger" and created his own version of the local legend that reportedly haunted residents in the late 1970s. Right, he displays a turkey tail fan.

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animal is too exotic or exclusive for his skills. While deer heads and fish are his bread and butter, he’s open to trying anything…at least once. “I remember when Gary Horton called me and asked if I’d ever mounted an armadillo,” Bradley said. “He shot one in his garage and wanted it mounted. I’d never mounted one before, but told him I’d try it.” It would be the first – and only – armadillo Bradley would work on. “Man, it stunk!” he recalled, laughing. “I told him he’s probably the only person in Coweta County with one. I don’t think I’ll ever do another one, but you always have to try something new though, you know?” The only animal that Bradley outsources for tanning is elk. “Their hides are so thick, it’s a better use of time to have them done by someone else.” He then brings them back to finish the job. While Bradley acknowledges the rigorous physical demands of taxidermy, he keeps a sense of humor about it. As he displayed his hands, he says that most of the cuts he has endured along the way only need “a little super glue.” A lifelong resident of Coweta, Bradley has watched the county expand. The seemingly endless amount of available land for hunting doesn’t seem to be what it once was, he says. “You don’t have as many places to hunt anymore,” he said. “You used to have people who welcomed you to hunt on their property. Nowadays, they ask ‘how quick can you be done?’ ”

“If you don’t have any hunting leases or someone with property, chances are you won’t get to hunt,” he added. “It’s a sign of the times.” He’s also mounting pieces for adults who used to come by with their fathers many years ago. Now they’re grown up and bringing their own kids to Bradley’s workshop. “When they come by, I’ll break out a photo album and show them a picture of their dad when he was a kid,” he said, smiling. “They look at the picture and then at their dad, make a face and say ‘You look funny, dad.’” His own granddaughters also enjoy coming to his workshop to help out. Over the years, Bradley has entertained a few curious apprentices who discover the workload and eventually opt out. However, he understands completely. “It’s seven days a week and 12 hours a day,” Bradley said. “There are never any slow periods or down time. You have to be completely invested in what you’re doing. I have friends that want me to take a day off to go fishing but I just can’t stop what I’m doing. You have to see your work through from start to finish.” “You have to give up a lot of your life to do this craft but, to me, it’s worth every second,” he says. “If you ever catch up on what you’re doing, you’re not doing something right.” Throughout his career, Bradley’s passion for his craft has earned him a loyal following among many local outdoorsmen. For Captain John Lewis of the Coweta County Sheriff’s

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Office, his services are indispensable. Since 1990, Lewis has been coming to Bradley and says he wouldn’t trust his mounts with anyone else. “He’s a sleeper taxidermist,” he said. “You walk into his basement and it’s not a big showroom type of deal, but his work and attention to detail speaks for itself. That’s what’s really important and why he’s been so successful.” Across the county, Bradley’s handiwork is on display inside local businesses, offices and even schools. Inside a glass display case in Arnco-Sargent Elementary School sits a Cooper hawk that Bradley stuffed. “It flew into a window and broke its neck,” Bradley recalled. “A teacher asked if I could stuff it if she took care of the permits. I’d never done one before, but I said I’d give it a shot. Turned out pretty good, I think.” That’s what keeps him engaged with his profession, according to Bradley. There is never an ‘easy’ task. Each piece of work requires patience, diligence and attention to detail. “I’m particular about my work, since each piece is a representation of my skill,” he said. “Sometimes, you’re not gonna get it perfect. Only God can do that. “But I can get it close,” he added with a smile. NCM

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“Michael and I both love college football, and so from the very beginning of our marriage we both agreed to pull for each other’s team — as long as our teams were not playing each other.”

Team UGA vs Team Auburn: it’s the boys vs the girls.

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It’s the most wonderful time of year! No, I’m not talking about the Andy Williams tune and “kids jingle-belling and everyone telling you be of good cheer.” I’m talking about football season in the South. We’ve made it through winter, spring and summer sports, and they kept us entertained. But now...it’s time for fall and football. On most fall Saturdays, Coweta’s football fanatics pack their coolers and picnic baskets and travel to various destinations, whether it’s Carrollton, Atlanta, Athens, Auburn, or somewhere farther. But like my own brood, some families have to take turns and schedule our game watching because they are a House Divided. The Terrell family knows what it’s like. Mom Elizabeth attended Auburn University, and dad Michael attended the University of Georgia. With a lot of Atlanta and Georgia residents living close to both schools, that family combination is quite common. Believe it or not, a peaceful existence is actually attainable. “Michael and I both love college football, and so from the very beginning of our marriage we both agreed to pull for each other’s team – as long as our teams were not playing each other. We have instilled that ‘philosophy’ with our children, as well, to try to keep the peace around our house during the fall,” Elizabeth said. “We wear each other’s colors when we attend the other team’s games. I made the mistake of buying an Auburn shirt for [son] 48 | www.newnancowetamag.com

As many as 100 people gather for University of West Georgia alumni tailgate events before each home game.

Jack to wear to the A-day game this spring, and he was so upset that we immediately gave it to another friend after the game. I ‘forced’ him to wear it because we went to the game with his Granddaddy who is also an Auburn alum.” When asked if anyone ever “forced” her to wear a UGA shirt, Elizabeth admitted, “When I first started teaching, I made a bet with a student that the loser of the Auburn/Georgia game would have to wear the other team’s shirt. Each year I make the same bet with a student in my class. Very rarely (or not so rarely in the past couple of years) I have had to don my UGA tee the Monday after the game.” What better way to bring the House Divided together than a table full of tailgate food? Elizabeth likes to serve red-pepper jelly with

cream cheese and crackers to look festive, and always has her mother’s cheese straws to munch on. “It wouldn’t be a football game without cheese straws. I have almost perfected her recipe, but my husband and children still prefer her cheese straws when they have the choice,” she said. When the day arrives for the Auburn/Georgia game (or Georgia/ Auburn game, depending on which side you’re on), the Terrells have agreed that the winner can gloat through the weekend. But by Monday morning, everyone must move on. After all is said and done, the House Divided must become one again. The Terrells all aim to have fun and cheer for their teams, and in the end, it is just a game. Elizabeth said, “Being a House Divided does have its benefits.


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Which also means plenty of reasons to get their tailgate on. Kevin Hemphill, UWG’s Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, helps organize home game tailgates for all UWG alumni, friends, faculty, staff and their families. The event is a fun way to connect with other alumni, enjoy free food and music, play a game of cornhole or life-sized Jenga and enjoy opportunities for free giveaways. Alcohol is permitted in the tailgate area, and fans are invited to bring their own. (Note: all beverages must be in opaque cups.) The tailgate is in the big red tent across from the stadium at the UWG Athletic Complex at Stadium Drive and Victory Circle. Hemphill said, “Aside from the $5 parking fee, the event is free, but an RSVP registration is requested so that we will know how much food we will need.” “We have a great time out there, and 2015 was a big year to celebrate our football team. We had

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between 75-100 people at home game tailgates and even more during the playoffs. Last year was our first year hosting two playoff games, which was exciting. This year, we plan to host three away-game fan gatherings at West Florida, Shorter, and our big rival, Valdosta.” If you’re still a student at UWG, you’ll be found tailgating on “The Hill.” The Hill overlooks the southeast corner of University Stadium and gives students an opportunity to gather to enjoy live entertainment, complimentary food and drink, giveaways and other activities. With presentation of a student ID, you will be granted entrance to the Big Tent on “The Hill.” Official student groups and organizations set up tents near the large host tent before game time. The tailgating area opens immediately following the “Wolf Walk” (the football player procession through Wolf Plaza) and closes at kickoff. Students are allowed to leave their tailgating supplies for convenient pick up

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after the game. There are also 18 BBQ bays adjacent to the UWG Athletic Complex that may be reserved. This option is perfect for fans who wish to pull their own grill behind their vehicle. A $200 reservation fee also includes 10 game tickets. A BBQ bay may be reserved for an entire season for $800 and also includes 10 game tickets for each game. Second-year UWG student Tucker McKibbon said, “Tailgating on The Hill is like going to a family reunion. No matter how old anyone is, what Greek affiliation anyone is, or gender or color, we are all there for one common goal: to watch our Wolves win. It’s a very friendly environment as everyone is having fun, socializing, eating, watching other games on televisions, playing corn hole, or throwing the football. Let's hope all this school spirit and our extra efforts as fans this year help our team achieve the greatest goal of all: a National Championship.” NCM


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TEQUILLABERRY SALAD

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Fall offers so many wonderful ingredients and occasions for great eating. For this issue, we turned over the food section to you, the readers. We asked you to submit your favorite fall recipes, and you did not disappoint. As the days get cooler and the leaves begin to change colors, enjoy these recipes from Coweta’s talented cooks.


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Tequillaberry Salad This recipe is nice and refreshing to be served with grilled steak, prime rib, grilled chicken or just as a meal itself. I had this salad at a reputable restaurant in Minnesota back in the early 90’s and was able to figure out the recipe from chatting with others who had tasted it. Mix dressing together and chill for 1 hour before mixing. This will give the sugar time to fully dissolve. When ready to serve, mix all of the salad ingredients together, then add the salad dressing and mix well. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Salad: 1 cup finely chopped cauliflower 1 cup of finely chopped cooked bacon (or if you use bacon bits, cook in the microwave for 1 min. before mixing with salad to bring the flavor out.) 1 cup of Parmesan cheese (I use Kraft in the shaker can) 1 head of iceberg lettuce chopped up or a bag of salad mix with carrots and red cabbage

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pounds ground round large onion, chopped green bell pepper, chopped cup chopped celery stick butter can crushed tomatoes (20-ounce) can tomato sauce (16-ounce) cup water garlic cloves, mashed tablespoons chili powder teaspoon each oregano, salt and pepper teaspoon hot red pepper sauce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed (15-ounce)

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— submitted by Newnan Junior Service League on behalf of Pat Distel


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“BULLDOG” Brittle MAKES 3 TO 4 DOZEN

A simple recipe that makes a great treat and is easy to transport. This is a great recipe for children to help with. Whole or broken graham crackers 1 to 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans or other favorite nuts 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1/2 cup margarine (1 stick) 1/2 cup sugar Line a baking sheet with foil or baking parchment. Arrange the graham crackers in a single layer, covering the lined baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with the pecans. Melt the butter and margarine in a saucepan. Stir in the sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for no longer than 2 minutes. Pour evenly over the pecans. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes. Let stand until completely cool. Break into pieces.

— submitted by Newnan Junior Service League on behalf of Olivia Grubbs

Fall Time Roll Ups Makes enough to fill one large cake-size casserole dish (just to give an idea of quantity). 1 large cream cheese 20 extra large flour tortillas 1 large jar of mild salsa (or medium if you like food spicy) 1/2 cup mayonnaise Melt cream cheese, mix all ingredients together, and spoon out onto each flour tortilla. Roll the tortillas tightly and cut into slices or rolls. Place in dish, cover, and refrigerate for an hour then serve!

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Cold Weather Soup SERVES 4

Men love it! 1 package frozen mixed vegetables (10-ounce) 1/2 pound ground beef 1 can tomatoes (1-pound) 1 medium potato, diced 1 onion, diced Salt and pepper to taste Water Begin cooking vegetables according to package directions. Add meat and other ingredients immediately. Cook until potatoes are done and onions tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add water to desired thickness. — submitted by Newnan Junior Service League on behalf of Mrs. Brad Sears (Carolyn)

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup 10 oz. bag frozen diced hash browns 32 oz. box chicken broth 1 can cream of chicken soup (10 oz) 1 pkg. cream cheese (8 oz, not fat free) 3 oz. bacon bits 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese salt and pepper to taste Put the hash browns in the crockpot. Add in the chicken broth, cream of chicken soup and half of the bacon bits. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or until potatoes are tender. An hour before serving, cut the cream cheese into small cubes. Place the cubes in the crock pot. Mix a few times throughout the hour before serving. Once the cream cheese is completely mixed in, it’s ready to serve. Top with Cheddar cheese and some additional bacon bits. Enjoy!

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How Governor Atkinson

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ewnan businessman Otis Jones III grew up playing football. It was a centerpiece of his high school years and took him to the University of Georgia where he was a gridiron Bulldog. “It has been a very important part of my life, and an important part of many young men’s lives,” he said. Jones grew up in Newnan and heard the story about how his beloved football almost became illegal – and how the intervention of William Yates Atkinson, a Newnan attorney then serving as Georgia’s governor, saved the sport for future generations. In the 1890s, W.Y. Atkinson’s political star was rising. He was a progressive, opposed to lynchings. Reforms of Georgia’s education and penal systems were his priorities as governor. In that same period, football was becoming more and more popular. Colleges began to field teams and to compete against their rivals. In 1897, Richard Von Albade Gammon was matriculating at UGA and was the fullback on the team. He had played with Georgia against Clemson and Georgia Tech and was in the lineup for the Oct. 30 matchup against the University of Virginia. The game was played in Atlanta. In one play, there was a pile-up, and Von Gammon did not get up when the other players did. Doctors rushed from the stands and determined he had sustained a major concussion. Gammon was helped from the field by his coach. “Von, you are not going to give up are you?” the team captain asked. Gammon replied that he was not. “I’ve got too much Georgia grit for that,” he said. The fullback never spoke again. He died the next morning at Grady Memorial Hospital. The dangers of the game were broadcast, and some Georgia newspapers took editorial stances that football should be outlawed. The Newnan paper neither editorialized nor reprinted antifootball editorials from other journals. The Georgia legislature was in session when Gammon died. A bill was passed by both Houses to ban football in Georgia. The bill – which would have ended the football programs at UGA, Georgia Tech and Mercer – was on Atkinson’s desk, awaiting a few strokes of his pen to become law. Gammon’s mother, Rosalind Burns Gammon, was saddened that the sport her son so loved might be outlawed. She wrote her representative and the letter made its way to the governor. Mrs. Gammon noted that friends of her son had been killed skating and rock climbing, and that those pastimes remained legal. Atkinson vetoed the bill on Dec. 7, thereby saving college football in the state of Georgia. NCM 60 | www.newnancowetamag.com

Governor William Yates Atkinson Gov. William Yates Atkinson of Newnan was an advocate for better prisons and a higher quality education for Georgians, particularly for women. He also vetoed a bill that would have outlawed football.

Richard Von Albade Gammon

The death of Richard Von Albade Gammon sparked an outcry to outlaw football. Gov. W.Y. Atkinson vetoed the bill that would have made the sport illegal after an impassioned plea from Gammon's mother. Right: Letter written by Rosalind Burns Gammon to Representative Nevin; originally appeared in The Atlanta Constitution on November 5, 1897.


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HEART Compassionate, determined, and faithful… three perfect words that describe Coach Ernest Cousins. Cousins decided to take on coaching eight years ago. His inspiration came from his love of sports and his desire to coach his own two children. His son Trey began playing football at the age of 9 and his daughter Erin began playing softball at the age of 10. Cousins, unlike many parents, had the opportunity to coach both of his kids. Now Erin is 24 and Trey is 20, but despite the fact his own kids are grown up Cousins continues to coach. He is currently coaching football at the Coweta Recreation Department, where he has been since the beginning. He enjoys pouring out his knowledge of the game to young men who love the game as he does. Everyone had nothing but great things to say about Cousins both as a coach and a mentor. Jay Walton, the program coordinator for 11-to12-year-old football at the Coweta Rec Center, had this to say about Cousins: “Ernest actually cares about the kids beyond football. He doesn’t just want to make them good football players; but more importantly, great, respectable, young men. He’s hard on them sometimes but the kids respect that ,so when they go out and play they play with heart.” Everyone who knows Cousins will tell you that he is a great mentor to his players. When asked about that, Coach Cousins said, “I want

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to see my players be the best they can be. I teach them to put God first in everything they do, stay humble, treat everyone the way that they would like to be treated, and be better kids at home by listening and being obedient.” On the football side of things, it became clear that he drives his players to be winners. He said, “I expect them to give one-hundred percent and don’t be afraid. Fear is not an option.” He also mentioned that he enjoys “the spirit of competition and the gladiator aspect of the game.” Two of his former players, Tucker and Mason McKibbon, each attested to Cousin’s ability to serve as both a coach and a mentor. Tucker said, “Coach Cousins not only taught me, but taught everyone he coached so much about football as well as life. He taught us how to accept responsibility on and off the field, and do our job to the best of our ability no matter what. We would always finish anything we started, whether in life, or a drill, or a play. I truly believe he showed boys how to start on their pathway to being a

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COWETA SPORTS Cousins, with the help of his son and assistant coach Trey, helps young players find success on and off the field.

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man. He might have been tough on us and expected the best on and off the field, but those expectations are what drove us to be the very best, whether that was on the football field, at home, or in school.” Tucker’s brother Mason added, “Coach Cousins was an amazing football coach. Not only did he teach me how to correctly play the game, but he also taught me numerous valuable life lessons. For example, he emphasized how important it was to always give one-hundred percent — in sports, school and life. Playing for him was a great experience.” Coach Cousins leaves a lasting impact on all of his players. He doesn’t just coach the game of football but in fact a much bigger game — the game of life. NCM

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Target There’s no doubt that shooting is popular in Coweta. But not all of that shooting uses bullets. The ancient sport of archery is alive and well in Coweta, and a team has recently formed for adults interested in nocking some arrows.

The local Southern Draw Archery team formed in August, and is open to archers ages 8 and above. “One couple who actively participates is in their 70s,” said coach Chris Love. Youth have had opportunities for competitive shooting for years, thanks to the Coweta County 4H’s Archery Club, but there was nothing local for adults until this year. “That is what is exciting – my kids will be able to shoot. I get to shoot. It’s something that we all can do,” said Jeff Tarpley, who first fell in love with the bow and arrow at the age of 13. Written by SARAH FAY CAMPBELL Photographed by AARON HEIDMAN AND SARAH FAY CAMPBELL 64 | www.newnancowetamag.com

Jonas Walker, who shoots on the Eagle's Nest Homeschool Cooperative's archery team, takes aim.

Jeff Tarpley has been an archer since he was 13, but only recently started shooting competitively. He's both a coach and a team member, and it's something he and his children, including son John Hayden, right, can do together.


The new team is sponsored by USA Archery through the Junior Olympic Archery Development program. Chris and Cathy Love got involved in archery when their daughter Trista joined the Coweta County 4-H Archery Club. The whole family got interested, and they decided to form the new team. They joined a JOAD team in Madison, Ga., where Cathy’s sister lives. It’s an

established team, and “they are kind of walking us through getting everything started,” Cathy said. Chris and Cathy went to training to become certified coaches. Tarpley got involved with the new team and is now also a coach. “We’re trying to get the spirit of archery moving forward in the county,” he said. Tarpley is new to the competitive side of archery, though started bowhunting for deer soon after he picked


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“With archery, it’s all up to you. Either you shoot well or you don’t.” — Lori Walker

Patsy Silarek and husband Hon decided to join the Southern Draw Archery team, even though they'd never shot bows and arrows before. They love it, and Patsy said shooting is "like a Zen moment for me."

up a bow and arrow. He’s shot in one competition so far and says, “I love it.” Being on an archery team is different than other sports teams. “It’s something you don’t have to be super athletic to do,” Tarpley said. “If you’re not a wonderful athlete, it still allows you the opportunity to come out and compete.” “You don’t get benched here,” said Cathy Love. “You have a chance to move forward and improve, and encourage one another, being on a team,” said Tarpley. “For me personally, it’s just fun. I like to do things to get a little better. We’re all just trying to learn more and get better and promote the sport.” As for deer hunting with a bow, Tarpley said he loves being out in the woods during bow season, before rifle season begins. “I see more deer during archery season than I’ve ever seen during rifle season. And I have more success. I killed the biggest deer of my life last year during bow season.” For brothers Jonas and Josh Walker, the archery team through the Eagle’s Nest homeschool cooperative is a great opportunity to be on a team, but it’s different 66 | www.newnancowetamag.com

than other team sports. “Jonas was never a team-sports person, where you have to depend on someone else,” said his mother, Lori. “With archery, it’s all up to you. Either you shoot well or you don’t.” “It’s one of my favorite things to do. It’s not like your typical sport,” said Jonas. “Tournaments are really fun. I like all the pressure. I shoot better under pressure.” “And I like competing with my friends; it’s really fun. Especially when you’re shooting on the same target, constantly going back and forth about who got the better shot.” And unlike something like baseball or football, you can target shoot just as well by yourself as with a group, said Josh. Jonas said he had long been intrigued by bows, and when an archery class was offered through Eagle’s Nest, “I thought it was a good chance to get into it.” The class was so popular that the team was started after the class ended. His little brother decided to try it, too. Josh said he was thinking about trying turkey hunting with a bow, but found that he’d need a bow with a much heavier


Dana Davis shows off the Coweta 4-H Archery Club's T-shirt.

weight than he uses now. “I think I’ll stick with a shotgun.” Archery, like many hobbies, is one that you can spend a ton of money on – but you don’t have to. There are plenty of expensive bows, arrows and accessories out there, but there are also great deals on used equipment. And those arrows can last a long time. Tarpley’s son John Hayden is shooting arrows that his dad bought in 1988. “I like that you don’t have to keep buying ammunition,” Tarpley said. He’s seen used versions of the same bow he started out with at pawn shops for around $25. You can get started in competitive archery for around $150, he said. Patsy Silarek and her husband Hon decided to try archery and joined the team in early June. It’s something they’d never done before, but they love it. “It’s very calming in a way,” said Patsy. “It’s like a Zen moment for me.” NCM

For more information about Southern Draw Archery, search for the Southern Draw Archery of Coweta closed group on Facebook or contact Chris Love at 706-905-2167. For information about the Coweta County 4-H Archery Club, contact the Coweta Extension Office at 770-254-2620.

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“A ghost is someone who is not ready to go,” said life-long Cowetan Elizabeth Beers. “They’re still hanging around.” Beers is 89 years young and has experienced a lot in that time, including seeing a ghost. One night more than 60 years ago when she and her husband Lewis were dating, he was driving her home around 11 o’clock after they went to a movie. Even though it was dark on the back country road where they were driving, they both saw something on the passenger’s side of the car. It looked like a farmer, a man in overalls, she said. september /october 2016 | 69


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She remembers wondering what he was doing out on the road at that time of night. “We both turned as one when we saw it,” she said. “As we became even with it, it vaporized through the car … Something was there. It came in right by me, to me, and to Lewis. We felt the cold going through. [It was] cold and clammy on the back of our necks.” Her experience with a ghost and knowing they are here is why Beers started leading downtown ghost tours in Newnan about 15 years ago. “I have experienced it, and I know they are there,” she said. Her downtown ghost tours start at Genelle’s Beauty Shop and go around the square, as well as down Temple Street and Washington Street. “An old town with as rich of a history like we have has a lot of people hanging around,” she said. During the Civil War Newnan was a hospital town, and the warehouse on E. Washington Street and Perry Street was a holding area for the troops. Beers said there have been reports of a what looks like a man dressed in 1860s period attire in that area. “Someone is still there and trying to get home,” she said. Another place with possibilities is a house on Greenville Street that is rumored to have shackles in the basement where prisoners could have been held. At a former restaurant on W. Broad Street, there is a ghost who has a habit of patting women on the fanny while they are there. Her downtown ghost tours last approximately an hour and a half and are more fun than scary. In addition to her tours, Beers is also known throughout the area for being knowledgeable about ghosts and has people who call her with questions. One day a lady called Beers and asked her if she was interested in an old chest she had. The chest also came with a ghost. The ghost was a little girl and when Beers drove up, the lady said it had been there waiting for her all day.


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Several historical houses in downtown Newnan have had reports of ghostly activity.

“She was still there,” Beers said about when they left the house. “The closer we got to town, we felt the presence leave. It had to be something to do with the house.” The homeowner who gave her the trunk did not know much about the previous owners or what could have happened to the girl. There are also reports of a soldier being taken upstairs into a house on Jackson Street on a stretcher made out of a door. Beers isn’t the only Cowetan to have experiences with ghosts. Local merchant James Johnson has had a few of his own. “I have experienced a ghost at my home shortly after we moved in, as in the shadow of a lady who was killed in a car accident years go,” he said. “Also the TV going on and off and the door slamming.” Johnson also saw family members who had died standing around him when he was seriously ill, as well as some activity at an antique store he owned. “A few days after taking over ownership, a customer was asking about possibilities, and a wooden purse from the 1960s got thrown across the back room,” he said. “Also a white shadow figure crossed in front of my desk in the office with the door locked.” Like Beers, Johnson also does downtown ghost tours. His tours are year round and go around the square in downtown Newnan and into the older business district. Beers also likes helping people with assisting the ghosts they may find in their homes. A lady who owned a house on LaGrange Street called Beers and told her she thought there was a ghost in her house. She and her daughter felt a great feeling of sadness in the

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daughter’s room. Beers did some research and found out the house was built in the 1800s and one day a baby girl was born in the house. Three days later, the baby’s mom died, and 13 months later the baby died. Beers suggested the daughter move to a different room. She also researched the owner and found the headstone in disrepair. “I was able to work with the family and fix it,” she said. “It’s one of those happy things that happens.” When ghosts present themselves or unexplainable things happen, Beers doesn’t get scared. Instead she looks at it as them saying to her they aren’t scary. Rather, they are enjoying who is there and what they are doing. “For me, it’s a fun thing,” she added about doing the ghost tours. “With what I know – history and stories – it’s easy and fun for me.” NCM

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