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here’s no time like fall in Coweta to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. From football games to deer stands, Cowetans are out and about. In this issue, you’ll meet the five new high school football coaches in the county, get a glimpse into the centuries-old sport of foxhunting and learn a bit about shooting competitions. If you’re able, get outside and enjoy what I think is the very best season to be a southerner. October is Women in Business month, and Coweta has a great and growing tradition of woman-owned businesses. Female entrepreneurs are thriving in Newnan, Senoia and throughout the county. Sue Davis covered a few of these ladies in her article in this issue. October is also when we think pink and focus on the challenge and threat of breast cancer. About one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. We are very fortunate to have world-class resources in our community to help those who are struck by this disease or cancer in any of its many forms. The Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center draws patients from around the country and has also been a lifesaver for many locals, and our own Piedmont Newnan offers outstanding cancer treatment from accomplished specialists. Cancer survivors share a unique experience and offer a support network to those who are also fighting the disease. Sharon Hughes uses her art to express the stages of her disease and her journey to recovery. Read her story and see some of her amazing artwork on the following pages. Don’t forget to check out our calendar of events in this issue. The next two months are overflowing with opportunities to enjoy our community and meet your neighbors. See you outside.

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“If you don’t have any perennials that bloom in the fall, now is the time to add some—try Joe-Pye weed, asters, sedums, and chrysanthemums.” — Walter Reeves and Erica Glasener


any of the flowers, shrubs, and grasses that prosper in Georgia will grow and thrive until the first frost. One way to keep the plants vibrant through the winter is to grow them in containers. Growing flowers and small shrubs in containers creates two advantages; they can be moved around the yard, and they can be brought into the house should you want to preserve them through the coldest parts of the year. Regardless of whether you decide to have beds or mobile containers, preparation is equally important. Not all foliage has the same nutritional or water requirements. When placing them into the soil, Bob Lott of Southern Roots Nursery in Newnan encourages people to make the hole twice as wide as the container or root ball to give the roots the best chance of establishing. He also encourages planting to the soil line of the plant. Covering the plant with dirt above the soil line can cause moisture to build and damage the plant. Ann Mitchell of Breaking Ground Nursery in Newnan explains that although both perennials and shrubs come back each year, shrubs retain their foliage. However, on some shrubs the foliage changes colors. Perennials appear to die in the winter, but they usually regrow when the weather warms in the spring. Shrubbery creates lovely borders and backdrops for other flora all year long. Burning bush is a shrub whose leaves turn

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Women entrepreneurs carve their niche in Coweta


Greenhouse Mercantile owner Kenya Brantley shows off locally-roasted coffee by Savage Boys, and food specialties from Serenbe Foods.

here is an emerging force to be reckoned with in business— women entrepreneurs. Over the last few years, women have been increasing their role in new business start-ups. In fact, according to CNBC’s Upstart 25 List, 10 of the top 25 startups are owned by women. It is estimated that womenowned businesses account for 40 percent of all new ventures in the United States. According to, our state ranks second in the country for start-ups by women. This growth occurred thanks to a combination of factors, including marketplace trends, expanding financing options for women, and greater access to mentors and role models. Forbes magazine observed, “Women are more adept at seeing gaps in the market and seizing the opportunity to fill that need.” Although statistics are not currently available for Coweta County, the majority of downtown businesses in Newnan and Senoia are owned/operated by women. When you walk down East Washington

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Street, right off the square in Newnan, your senses may sharpen at the aroma of fresh, locally ground coffee and fresh-baked (gluten-free) muffins coming out of a small shop on the left. Wander through the open front door and you will be greeted by a smiling Kenya Brantley, owner and creator of Greenhouse Mercantile. Feel free to get a cup of coffee, sit on the couch and visit a spell before perusing the collection of goods, including lotion bars, local honey, fine art, unique decorative items, and even clothing, which are all either American made, fair trade, and/or local items. Her motivation is to serve people in the area by providing unique gift items. “When you own your own business, you don’t get to have a bad day,” she said. “When someone chooses to come into your store, that is a blessing and a privilege because they could have gone anywhere else to shop.” “I learned early on that, as a woman, I can’t be intimidated. I have to ask for what I want or need, whether it’s negotiating a lease or dealing with vendors. All they can do is say no,” Brantley noted. Success for Kenya is measured by the number of people she gets to interact with and the way she is perceived by her community. “If I can make my community, my church and my family a better place to be, then I’m successful,” she said. Brantley described people in the county as supportive of her and other new businesses in the area. Many of the shopkeepers are good friends and look out for each other’s welfare, to make downtown community a fun place to shop. Another successful woman in Coweta is Jennifer E. Camp, who is an Accredited Asset Management Specialist with her own Edward Jones Investments office in Senoia. She and her husband ran a business for a few years before they sold it for a profit and Jennifer transferred her business experience and education to her Edward Jones partnership. Jennifer’s role is to counsel people regarding their financial goals and how to meet those needs through wise investment strategies. “This sounds so cliché,” Camp said with a wry smile, “but I am motivated by helping people realize their dreams and showing them that there is a way to get there. For me, if earning money is the prime focus of an entrepreneur, they are probably not going to succeed. You need that human connection in order to

“I learned early on that, as a woman, I can’t be intimidated. I have to ask for what I want or need, whether it’s negotiating a lease or dealing with vendors. All they can do is say no.” — Kenya Brantley

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Jennifer E. Camp, AAMS, inside her Senoia Edward Jones office.

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attract and retain business clients.” In reality, Camp does need to generate a specific amount of business to stay part of the Edward Jones organization, and that pressure is directly on her. As a woman, she feels the pull between raising a family while growing her business, and relies on the support of her family to smooth the rough edges. Since men comprise 80 percent of her industry, Camp is in the minority as a female financial advisor, but she views that as an asset. “I haven’t faced any challenges from men either as colleagues or clients. Women have an entirely different take on money,” she said. “Whereas men, in general, tend to be more risky and focused on the growth of the investment, women tend to focus on the planning side and the protection side.” It’s a personal issue with Camp to make sure a client’s financial future is sound. When her father died and left her mother a widow at 53, his careful planning enabled Camp’s mother to stay in her home and live comfortably into retirement. As a teenager, she didn’t understand the ramifications of that, but now she does, and makes it her mission to see that others are protected in a similar manner. Not far away, Melissa Lambert, a graduate of Mercer University, is meeting a community need by filling prescriptions and answering medicine-related questions at Lambert Pharmacy in Sharpsburg. Her independent store gives her the flexibility to offer individualized service to her customers. “When I graduated pharmacy school, I knew I wanted my own store someday,” Lambert said. “I felt this area of Sharpsburg needed a place where people could get small-town service and not feel like a number, as well as developing a personal connection with the pharmacist. There’s a perception that independent pharmacy prescriptions are more expensive than chains, but with insurance plans today, that just isn’t true.” What sets independents apart, according the Lambert, is that they can make up compounds, provide pet meds, offer one-on-one access to the druggist for advice, and they deliver. Lessons Lambert learned along the way include perseverance and persistence. “You have to fight for it,” she said. She finds support through the NewnanCoweta Chamber of Commerce and appreciates the programs offered for new business owners. The growth of Coweta County means a growth in her business and her ability to help the community, which is important to both Lambert and her husband, who is her financial partner in the store.

For others considering opening their own business, her advice is to keep your dream in mind, and steadily work toward that with a firm plan, advice from specialists in business and in your field of interest, and a lot of grit. Some people actually help other businesses succeed. Maria C. Hall, the mind behind Ignite Business Coaching, offers her expertise to small-business owners who want to grow to a six-figure income. She partners with the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce to present The Six-Figure Success Club. She instructs entrepreneurs to look deep into what it is that they hope to accomplish and what value they bring that no one else can. “We help them learn to tap into their genius and also how to value the skills that they share with others. Many people don’t realize how much their services are worth.” Hall works with clients in every level of business, with the goal of increasing their bottom line by showing them how to best market themselves to others, how to relate to

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customers and how to raise their level of income through various ways. Her clients are mostly service-based entrepreneurs. Two downloadable reference guides are available free on her website, www., to start you thinking. Check out “Niche Secrets Guide” and “The 7 Stumbling Blocks that Keep Entrepreneurs Stuck in 5 Figures.” Like other local female entrepreneurs, Hall reports that she is excited to see other people’s success in business—especially the kind that brings personal and financial

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Master of Hounds and Bear Creek Hounds founder Hal Barry follows the hounds twice a week throughout the season.


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oreland residents out and about on a Wednesday or Saturday morning in the fall and winter may well encounter a scene straight out of “Downton Abbey” if they happen to run into the Bear Creek Hounds foxhunting club on the chase. The members of the Bear Creek Hounds come from all walks of life and share a common passion for the thrill of following hounds on the trail of a fox, coyote or bobcat. Coweta’s lush fields and forests are home to many of these cunning predators, which is why a thriving foxhunt club makes its home a short 30 minute drive from the world’s busiest airport. The club draws members from throughout the metro area, and many Coweta residents are active in the club as well. While foxhunting can suffer from an elitist image, it’s origins are in fact quite practical as farmers kept packs of hounds to rid their area of predators that threatened their livestock, and thus their livelihood. Since hounds and their quarry can cover a lot of territory in the chase, farmers mounted their horses to follow the hunt and dispatch

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Mother and daughter, Suzanne and Ginny Stern, enjoy the sport together.

the fox when the hounds put it to ground. Modern day foxhunting has preserved many of the centuriesold traditions of attire and etiquette that have practical application in the pursuit of the sport. Heavy woolen coats provide protection from the elements and the snags of briars and branches. A long swath of cotton or linen cloth is knotted around the neck of the rider and pinned in place. Called a stock tie, this is not merely a decorative device — in an emergency it can be used as a sling, to bind a wound or to staunch blood flow for an injured rider, horse or hound. Tall leather boots likewise protect the rider from briars and brambles as they move at speed through the woods. The untrained eye may just see a

bunch of riders following a bunch of dogs around, but in fact there is order to the field of riders who are following the direction of a field master. The hounds are being guided by a huntsman and his staff of “whippers in” (outriders tasked with assisting the huntsman in tracking the hunt and making sure the hounds are kept from danger). Road whips in trucks and cars are also active around the perimeter of the hunt to track the progress of the hounds and prevent them from being injured on roadways. So who are these people who get up early in the morning, put on dress clothes, haul their horses over to Bear Creek Farm and spend their morning in pursuit of the hunt? It’s an eclectic mix including doctors, lawyers, business owners,


Horses and riders are groomed to perfection for Opening Hunt.

Bear Creek Huntsman Steve Clifton has been hunting and breeding foxhounds for nearly 40 years. photos by Curtis Robb

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Hounds, horses and riders navigate natural obstacles in pursuit of the sport.

Riders are arranged in “flights” depending on jumping and non-jumping and “hilltoppers” who follow the hunt at a more sedate pace.

horse trainers, pilots, accountants, teachers, retirees and the list goes on. No matter what their day job is, all the participants have a shared passion for sport and the great outdoors. Bear Creek Farm is the home of Hal and Linda Barry. Hal spent his professional career shaping the Atlanta skyline as a commercial real estate developer, but his discovery of foxhunting in the 1980s has shaped his lifestyle. The Barrys bought property in Moreland in 1981 and began to pursue foxhunting in earnest in 2001 when Bear Creek Hounds was established. “There’s just nothing else like hearing the hounds speak as they get on the trail of a fox or coyote,” Hal said. In the early years Hal worked tirelessly to expand the hunt area in Moreland. Bear Creek Farms is home to the kennels where the foxhounds

and staff live and encompasses about 1,000 acres. By getting to know neighboring landowners and spreading his passion for the hunt, Hal gained access to nearly 10,000 acres in the area. In addition, Bear Creek hunts at other locations (called fixtures) in the Chattahoochee Hills area, Alabama and south Georgia.

In his mid-70s and sporting two hip replacements, Barry continues to follow the hounds nearly every time they go out. “I’ll keep riding as long as the Lord allows,” he said. It’s a sport for all ages. Doug Powell and his daughter Sklar hunted together last season. Powell, an airline pilot, introduced


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then 9-year-old Sklar to foxhunting last fall starting with hound walks (following the hounds on exercise) and progressing to hunting. “Sklar started riding when she was 4, and she took lessons and showed her pony in the hunter jumpers to develop strong fundamentals and a good seat,” Powell said. “Last year I felt she was ready to hunt. I hope it becomes a lifelong passion for her and it’s something we can do together for years to come.”

Carefully bred and trained foxhounds are the stars of the sport.

“In my opinion, hunting is the ultimate equestrian sport. You’re going over unknown terrain and whatever obstacles are in your path,” Powell said. “I hope hunting gives Sklar a greater appreciation for the horses, hounds and the whole equestrian lifestyle.” That lifestyle component has drawn several hunt members to relocate to the Moreland area. Megan and Lee Harris both grew up in Fayette County but chose to make a farm in Luthersville their home

“There’s just nothing else like hearing the hounds speak as they get on the trail of a fox or coyote.” — Hal Barry

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The hunt begins with a prayer for the safety of the hounds, horses and riders and to give thanks for nature’s gifts.

primarily due to its proximity to the hunt. “I can hear the hounds in the kennels from my farm,” said Megan. An interior designer by day and a breeder of highcaliber sport ponies in all her other waking hours, she has a true passion for the sport. “I’m currently hunting my imported Connemara stallion, *TBS Declan Pondi, as well as competing in three-day eventing with him,” she said. “Hunting gives them so much confidence that carries over to cross country in eventing. They’ve experienced so much different terrain and ground conditions that nothing they see at a show is going to surprise them.” Julie and Mark McKee live in Grantville and are fully immersed in the hunt lifestyle. Julie has hunted since her teens and traveled all around North America and Ireland to hunt. “We counted it up once, and I think it’s nearly 50 different packs that I’ve hunted with,” she said. “I’ve met so many nice people foxhunting. It’s kind of like a cult, and once you’re in, you’re in. I can go anywhere in the country and be offered lodging and a horse to ride due to the friendships I’ve made it in the hunt field.”

Julie breeds, trains and leases hunt horses. “My primary business is leasing field hunters to people who are visiting the area or locals who don’t have a horse or have an injured horse.” Mark, who owns McKee Heating and Air Conditioning, was not a rider until he met Julie in 1995. When they married in 1998, his wedding present was a hunt horse. Foxhunting is a family-oriented sport, and you’ll often find parent/child, husband/wife pairs in the hunt field. Suzanne Stern from Peachtree City and her daughter Ginny from Atlanta have been hunting together the last few years. “I love that it’s something we can do together, especially now that she’s out on her own,” Suzanne said. Every November, Bear Creek Hounds invites the public to share in the fun and pageantry of foxhunting. Opening Hunt signals the beginning of the formal season which runs through midMarch. The hounds, horses and riders are blessed by a priest or clergyman, and guests are loaded onto hay wagons to follow the hunt. The morning ends with a traditional hunt “breakfast” where riders and guests enjoy a meal together and recount the day’s hunt. NCM


ABOVE Bear Creek Farm offers verdant, bucolic vistas along Bear Creek Road near Moreland. A century ago, the property was a simple country farm known as Egypt.

LEFT Cecil Hunter spent much of his life farming in Coweta County. He often took corn to Newnan to sell from the back of his pickup.

Back when


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Uncle Cecil Hunter was an Egyptian – the only nativeborn Egyptian in our family. I suppose his parents and older siblings were temporarily Egyptians, or at least sojourners in Egypt. John Cecil Hunter was born on a cold January morning in 1906 on a rural Coweta County farm at a place then known as Egypt. When I was growing up, I always got the feeling the settlement was so named because it was “far away”


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“Out of Egypt have I called my son.” — Matthew 2:15 KJV

LEFT The children of R. T. and Jennie Hunter posed for this portrait in 1916. From left are Carney Hunter (Trammell), Frank Hunter and Cecil Hunter.

from the area usually farmed by the Hunters and Haynies in the Bexton community and environs outside Moreland. What once was Egypt is now Bear Creek Farm with its manicured acres, sleek horses and nattily dressed equestrians. Turn the clock back 110 years, and it was a farm where Dick Hunter sought to scratch out a living from the soil. Then, as now, young folks liked to strike out on their own, but going off to college or hitchhiking across country were not options. Dick Hunter had married Jennie Haynie, and they began married life as a farm couple. I’m not sure where they were living when their oldest son, Charlie, and first two daughters, Ophelia and Hettie, were born. At some point after Aunt Hettie was born in 1902, Dick and Jennie moved their little family to Egypt. There were few details in the family stories about Egypt, and I have not found references elsewhere to a store, school or church in the vicinity. It would seem Egypt was a dot in the road between Bexton and the Stricklandtown community

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across Bear Creek in Meriwether County. Egypt was a place where a few farm families grew cotton for money and corn and vegetables to eat. Cows, pigs and chickens likely also were part of the picture. Coweta County has had lots of little places that have disappeared – or nearly so. Sharpsburg has persisted as a town, but McCollum, at the other end of Sharpsburg-McCollum Road is now mostly just an intersection. The Farmdale Estates subdivision near Haralson recalls a place called Farmdale that has historical associations with one of my wife’s distant Strickland cousins. Several relatives who knew Uncle Cecil well made their home at St. Charles, just outside Moreland, where a store building gives an anchor to that history. Pa Dick and Granny Hunter did not linger many seasons in Egypt. By the time their next child, Carney, was born in 1911, they had moved to Haynie Road. The old house had been built by a White Oak Presbyterian parson in 1860 and soon sold to James Young Carmichael, a planter and

temperance lecturer, then passed down in his family. Jennie Hunter was Carmichael’s granddaughter. Dick’s and Jennie’s move there before the birth of Carney, my grandmother, marked an end to their wandering. Though she dwelt in Egypt for a time, Jennie Hunter was born, married and died in that house on Bexton Road. Uncle Cecil grew up there. As a young man, he loved to tinker with things and would take his car’s engine apart in the yard and put it back together. His sisters declared — with chuckles — that there always were pieces left over. He married Margaret Thompson who lived nearby. I remember him as a tall, thin man in overalls who worked hard but loved to laugh. We knew that he loved us because he teased us. His grandchildren — Buster, Meg, Shelby and Jeff — were cousins close to my age who were my childhood companions during family gatherings at Aunt Het’s. Life called Uncle Cecil out of Egypt, and that country spot retains its place in our family’s stories and in the history of Coweta County. NCM

Written by SAM CRENSHAW Photographed by DEBBIE BURNS BRADY

The dawn of a new school year coincides with the start of the new high school football season. Fans headed to the games will need to consult their lineups to look for the numbers and names of new players. They will also need to pay extra attention to the name in bold print next to the title of Head Coach, because all five high school football teams in Coweta will have new leaders for 2017.

After posting a record of three wins and seven losses in 2016, the Newnan Cougars were in search of a new top cat and only went as far as Fayette County to find the right fit in Chip Walker. Walker had phenomenal success at Sandy Creek, leading the Patriots to 127 wins and three state titles in 12 seasons. The new head coach appreciates the reception that he and his family have received since moving to Coweta. “There is one thing that I have found out,” says Walker. “The people in Newnan love the school. They love football, but most of all they love Newnan High School, and will do everything possible to back the football program and the school in any way that they can.” The new coach is a big fan of the Newnan town square. The

Walker family enjoys the square’s beauty, shopping and dining. It didn’t take the coach long to find some favorite places to eat. “There’s a place called The Cellar,” says Walker. “ It looks like an old Firestone store. There is a place call Meat and Greet and a place called the Oink Joint. We have a little bit of everything.” High school coaching is the family business for Chip Walker. His father, Rodney, coached in Georgia for 39 years, winning 300 games and a state title at West Rome. The elder Walker coached at Sandy Creek from 1999 to 2005, leaving the head job to Chip. Newnan football fans will get to see the next generation of the Walker bloodline as Bryant Walker will be calling the signals after starting at quarterback the past two seasons at Sandy Creek. september/october 2017 | 33

“We don’t want to be satisfied to just make the playoffs. We want to win the region championship the first year.”

Newnan High School football coach

Chip Walker “The communities are solidly behind each school. There is a ton of support here in Coweta.”

East Coweta High School football coach

John Small

“He has loved the move, and the kids here have been great. They are treating him just like one of the guys,” says Walker. The Cougars have a tradition of great defense, and Walker doesn’t see that changing in 2017. Bryant Walker should find some targets to his liking on offense, but if there is a question mark, it might be the offensive line. Walker likes their effort as a group to do everything that has been asked of them. When asked about expectations for his first season with the Cougars, Coach Walker’s response was quick. “Our expectations are to compete for championships from day one. We don’t want to be satisfied to just make the playoffs. We want to win the region championship the first year.” Arch-rival East Coweta did play in the postseason in 2016. In fact, the Indians made their 20th consecutive appearance in the state playoffs. A record of eight wins and three losses was followed by the retirement of Head Coach Steve Pardue after three seasons in Sharpsburg. The search for a new head coach ended in Snellville, the city where “everybody is somebody.” To say that John Small is somebody is an understatement. He led South Gwinnett to the playoffs six times in 12 seasons, most of the time playing in a region that included Brookwood, Parkview and Grayson. Coach Small is happy with his new opportunity at East Coweta, and for the chance to continue to compete in the state’s largest classification while being part of a smaller school system. “We are used to playing in a competitive league up in Gwinnett,” says Small. “We will be in a very competitive league here. Only having three (public high) schools is very different. The communities are solidly behind each school. There is a ton of support here in Coweta.” Twenty-one players from last year’s team have graduated, but experience abounds at East Coweta with 34 upcoming seniors led by quarterback Christian Reid. “He is just a phenomenal player and a phenomenal young man,” says Coach Small. “He is a tremendous leader with all the characteristics that you would want, and he has been on board since day one.” Like Reid, the rest of the 2017 Indians have worked hard to make a good impression on the new coach. “We’ve thrown a lot at them in a short period of time, with a new offensive scheme,” says Coach Small. “We just want to see the young men get better each day, and keep giving that great effort on and off the field. They have bought into our program, and I feel they are excited about where we are headed.” Of course, it’s never too soon to start talking about the annual showdown with Newnan. It is one of the Peach State’s greatest high school grudge matches. This will be John Small’s first time being a part of the game Coweta lives with 365 days a year. For now the new coach is trying to keep things in perspective. “There is a lot of talk about it. It’s great for the county and for the schools, but we can’t make it the main focus for the season. It’s a big game, but it has to be the next game because win or lose you want it to be on the way to the playoffs.” The story at Northgate is quite different. No need for a large truck with Mayflower, Atlanta Peach, or even U-Haul on the side. Kesley Dalrymple was already in the building, having served on Coach Tommy Walburn’s staff since 2010. Walburn retired after the 2016 season, and Dalrymple was tapped as his successor. The new leader of the Vikings program is thankful for the chance to succeed his mentor and longtime friend. “I worked with Coach Walburn so long, and he knows everybody under the sun,” says Dalrymple. The two were first united at Troup High School and would later reconnect at Crisp County. When Coach Walburn moved to Coweta to take over at Northgate, Dalrymple came along. “Coach Walburn pretty much raised me in coaching,” says Dalrymple. “He took me under his wing when I was young along with Coach Bubba Jeter at Troup. I owe a lot to those two, who took a chance on

“We just want to get better each week and be ready to hit our stride when we get to region play.”

Northgate High School football coach

Kesley Dalrymple “Preparation means we want to work harder than anyone else in the state of Georgia. And brotherhood means love.”


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Trinity Christian School football coach

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“A good foundation has been laid by the previous coaches. We just want to build on that momentum and carry it on through.”

The Heritage School football coach

Micah Alba

a young coach who really didn’t know a lot. They believed in me more than I believed in myself.” The new head coach doesn’t have the worries of fixing a program. Last season the Vikings posted a record of 9-3 after going 12-2 in 2015 and advancing to the Georgia High School Association’s Final Four. The Northgate offensive attack has traditionally relied on a strong running game. The fact that Dalrymple had served as offensive coordinator should mean a smooth transition for the players. “Most of the things that I have learned from practice habits and weight room work will be the same. You don’t have be concerned with making and molding a coaching staff since most of us have been here the whole time with Coach Walburn. I may try to put my spin on a few things, but we already have a recipe for success here at Northgate.” Given the program’s success in recent years, expectations for 2017 will be high. The players know that they are expected to play a physical brand of football. The Vikings’ opponents expect them to be disciplined, hard-nosed and tough. “There were big losses on offense, three running backs and a tight end graduated,” says Dalrymple. “We have some guys who can play; they just have to get some game experience. I tell the team that it’s not a sprint, but a marathon. We just want to get better each week and be ready to hit our stride when we get to region play.” These are exciting times at Trinity Christian School. The Lions’ athletic program is set to make the jump from Georgia Independent School Association to GHSA for the 2018-2019 school year. TCS students and supporters are equally excited about the arrival of new head football coach, Kenny Dallas. Dallas, who replaces Dan Mathews, comes to Coweta after three seasons as assistant head coach at Eagle’s Landing Christian. Dallas feels that he has landed at the right place at the right time. “I think Trinity Christian is the perfect fit for me and my family,” says Dallas. “We hope to be here for a long, long time.” TCS is still relatively new as a high school, with just nine graduating classes. Dallas says he feels at home there and is impressed with what the Trinity program has already produced. “We have sent students to all of our nation’s military academies, and we have kids at multiple Ivy League schools,” says Dallas. With new facilities going up and the transition to GHSA, I think very quickly this can become a special place athletically, and be a championship program.” It makes sense when you take a closer look at Dallas’ background. He says that building is in his blood, having helped launch a football program at a small Christian school in Tennessee before coming to Georgia and leading a

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struggling Landmark Christian program to 10 postseason appearances in 11 years, ending with a trip to the state championship game. After working in school administration in Tennessee, Dallas came back to metro Atlanta’s southside as Eagle’s Landing went to the state championship game three years in a row, winning the last two. “Since coming here in January, I don’t know if I have worked harder in my life,” he said. “But I don’t know if I have had more fun either. We are just blessed and excited.” Look for the 2017 Lions to play hard and play for each other. This will be Dallas’ 21st season coaching high school football, and he says there are two basic things that he believes in. Look for signs that say “Preparation and Brotherhood” around TCS this fall. The father of six wants his football team to live by those words. “Preparation means we want to work harder than anyone else in the state of Georgia,” says Dallas. “And brotherhood means love. I believe love is the greatest motivator in life.” “What I hope that people see is a group of boys who have worked harder and loved deeper. When you put those two things together on a Friday night, it creates a pretty exciting environment,” he said. Of the five new Coweta coaches, none has had his career take him a greater distance than The Heritage School’s Micah Alba. After attending high school in Cobb County, Alba headed west to play college football at Brigham Young University. After college Alba stayed at BYU as a graduate assistant before going still farther west, landing on Pat Hill’s staff at Fresno State. “I’ve been fortunate to be around a lot of good football,” says Alba. “Serving under Bronco Mendenhall at BYU, and Pat Hill is a legend on the West Coast. I’ve been blessed to be around some great coaches.” The college football world can be both beautiful and brutal. When Fresno State posted a 4-9 record in 2011, Hill and his entire staff got pink slips. A long way from home and out of work, Alba leaned on his ties from home. “We were looking around, and there was some small stuff

out west,” says Alba. “Then I decided, ‘Let’s go back to Georgia and get into this high school football business.’” Alba reached out to Ed Dudley, who was his coach at Walton High School and Dudley helped him land at Dublin. When Dudley became head coach at Carrollton, Alba joined him for two seasons before working last season as defensive coordinator at Troup. Alba comes to a Hawks program that has enjoyed three winning seasons under D. J. Clay. After last season’s 10-1 mark and region championship, Clay decided to step away from football and devote his full attention to the Heritage girls basketball program. “A good foundation has been laid by the previous coaches,” says Alba. “We just want to build on that momentum and carry it on through.” A father of five, Alba says his family is excited about the move to Coweta and he has been pleased with the reception that greeted him at The Heritage School. “The reception has been fantastic,” he said. “My

first priority was to get the kids in the weight room and get stronger. The parents have been real supportive, making sure the kids are there and have everything they need.” The Hawks lost a number of starters from last year’s region championship team. “We have a couple of seniors and some rising juniors we hope will assume leadership roles. We want our team to be very physical when we practice against each other and carry that into the teams that we play,” Alba said. So there you have it, five new head football coaches at all five Coweta high schools for 2017. All of them with unique backgrounds that have prepared them for their new challenges. They are all different, but they are also, in many ways, the same. Northgate’s Kesley Dalrymple sees it this way, “It’s more like a fraternity. We are all in a special profession, and it’s a tough profession, but we can all relate to the triumphs and tragedies of Friday Nights.” NCM

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oday, breast cancer patient, Sharon Brewer Hughes, can confidently say she’s given cancer a good beating. Since her diagnosis three years ago, she’s forged her own path through her journey with the disease. But it has not been without a fight.

In 2014, 48-year-old Sharon Hughes was a successful project manager for a software consulting company, trying to balance a fast-paced career and her personal life. Breast cancer was not present in her family, and her last mammogram, though four years prior to diagnosis, had been normal. The news that she had stage four breast cancer that had spread to her bones and brain was a huge blow to her. “I thought that I was going to die,” she said. The danger was indeed real. As a single mom with an autistic child who was entirely dependent on her, Sharon knew she had no choice but to fight for her life. When the doctors at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan reassured Sharon that they would provide the best treatment and care for her, Sharon’s fears began to lift. The next few months of Sharon’s life was a whirlwind of appointments and therapies that included chemotherapy, radiation and mind-body care. Her daughter, Kendall, who was then only 13 years old, called the cancer cells, “the silly cells.” It was the silly cells that the chemotherapy and radiation helped destroy so her mommy could be healthy again. Written by ANNIE SINGH-QUERN | Photographed by SUSAN CRUTCHFIELD 38 |

Sharon Brewer Hughes used painting to channel her emotions during her fight against cancer.

“Surrender is when you completely surrender to your faith. That’s when it doesn’t matter what you’re going through … you’re okay. You’ve surrendered the disease; you’ve surrendered the outcome. Once you surrender, you have peace. I am not afraid. Cancer saved my eternal life.”

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While suffering the almost unbearable side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, and not knowing if the cancer would return, Sharon realized that she needed extra strength to withstand her ordeal, in addition to the support of her loved ones. She dug deeper into her faith with the belief that she could conquer her cancer. She explained, “Faith goes hand in hand with hope. You need to have hope before you have faith. Once you cling onto hope, that’s when faith kicks in.” During one of her mind-body medicine sessions with her therapist, Sharon thought of channeling her emotions through painting, a favorite pastime of hers. Her painting series called Pink Tears was then birthed.

Each of the original nine pieces renders a complex emotional stage of her cancer journey — from diagnosis to fear to disbelief to anger and pain to forsaken to hope, faith, surrender and peace and victory. The artist elaborated on the painting, Forsaken - “When you have cancer, you lose a lot of things. You lose friends, you lose family. You lose your hair and a part of your beauty.” The staff at the Cancer Fighters Program at CTCA in Newnan soon discovered Sharon’s striking paintings, and encouraged her to use her gift to help other patients. The program itself was created by patients undergoing cancer therapy at the center. Its network of patients (and caregivers) give and

receive support from other patients. As such, a loving community of individuals is formed to nurture and empower each other by sharing their experiences and stories of cancer care. As a result, they provide strength, courage and hope to help win the fight against cancer, each and every day. For the last year, Sharon’s monthly art classes that she ministers to patients and caregivers in the Cancer Fighters Corner offer a somewhat cathartic experience to patients and their families. They are able to channel their emotions through their art freely and without any judgment from others. Sharon shared, “One day a lady handed me a piece of art she had just painted. She said she was ‘done.’ I asked

Hughes’s Pink Tears series chronicles the complex emotional stages of her cancer journey.

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what she meant and she said that painting that emotion helped her get over that feeling. She did not need the piece anymore, so she gave it to me.” Following another workshop session, a fellow patient came up and simply asked Sharon for a hug for helping him through his own journey. Sharon too has evolved personally in her journey with cancer to become a better person and live her life more consciously. Before diagnosis, her life was full of stress from having too many commitments and trying to meet deadlines. Now, quality time with loved ones and making memories take precedence over the pursuit of materialistic things. As a mother, she finds joy taking her daughter to school or simply watching her play. In addition to changing her perspective of everyday living, Sharon has altered her diet to be more natural. While undergoing integrative care at CTCA, her dietician helped her tailor a nutrition plan that included healthy and tasty recipes. Sharon is now a proud vegan with a diet that’s devoid of animal protein and dairy products. It’s been over three years since she stood in the moment of truth in February 2014, and Sharon feels that she is winning the battle against cancer. The last two paintings, Surrender and Victory, in the Pink Tears painting series, portray Sharon’s present state of peace and victory with the disease. “Surrender is when you completely surrender to your faith. That’s when it doesn’t matter what you’re going through … you’re okay. You’ve surrendered the disease; you’ve surrendered the outcome. Once you surrender, you have peace.” Sharon concluded, “I am not afraid. Cancer saved my eternal life.” Her advice to women: “De-stress. Do not take life seriously. Take time to care for yourself. Be kind to yourself.” And for those who have been stricken by cancer: “Believe you can fight. Believe you can survive!” NCM

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t was inevitable, according to Dr. Frank Powell, that he would practice medicine and that he would do so in Newnan. With six generations of physicians in the family and a few still practicing in the town, the breast surgeon said it was always his intention to “return home” and become a doctor. “I guess it is in my blood,” he said. “I have come from a long line of doctors, and that is what I have always wanted to do, and it was always my goal to be back here.” Powell described being asked as a child the popular question of what career he hoped to have as an adult and recalls always answering, “a doctor.” “My father was a true general surgeon. He initially did neurosurgery, obstetrics and urology — plus orthopedics,” Powell explained. “My brother is an orthopedic surgeon, and my brother-in-law, Dr. Clifford Cranford, is a general surgeon.” Powell attended Hampden Sydney College in Virginia and continued his education at the Medical College of Georgia. The surgeon graduated from medical school then went on to complete a medical residency in Augusta before being chosen to study and research a specific medical topic for one year in Switzerland for the Swiss Red Cross. Powell eventually returned to Newnan after completing a thoracic surgery fellowship in Canada.

Written by KELLEY PITTMAN Dr. Frank Powell, a sixthgeneration physician, always knew he wanted to practice in Newnan.

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CLOSER LOOK Piedmont Newnan Hospital welcomed a multi-disciplinary approach to breast cancer treatment proposed by Dr. Powell and two other Piedmont-affiliated doctors.

“He does more than educate his patients, but instead becomes part of their journey, and that is special.” — Katey Lewis

His specific calling in the the medical field was to follow a slightly different path than the one his father and brothers had chosen. He recalled that it was the death of a grandmother he was never able to meet that led him to become interested in the specialized care of breast disease and breast surgery. “My grandmother, unfortunately, died of breast cancer many years ago,” he said. “I have always been interested in taking care of breast cancer patients, and it is a very common problem in women, and there was no one really concentrating on it in Newnan. I thought it was something that was definitely needed here.” The breast surgeon has practiced in Newnan for more than 20 years and is a credentialed surgeon with Piedmont Newnan Hospital and serves on the Piedmont Oncology and Breast Cancer committees. Powell is currently part of a multidisciplinary clinic for breast cancer known as CPM. Named for the three Piedmont-affiliated physicians that established the breast center, Cranford, Powell and Morris, the practice is one that Powell has wanted to establish for nearly eight years. “Breast cancer is a very big problem, as one in eight women will develop it, and it can be diagnosed in men as well,” he said. “I think that we needed a center specifically for that. It is something that Newnan needed and Piedmont welcomed.” The Newnan breast center, according to Powell is a place where, in a single day, a newly-diagnosed breast cancer patient can meet with a breast surgeon, radiation oncology specialist, medical oncology specialist and possibly a plastic surgeon. 44 |

The process, Powell said, has been streamlined by the doctors in these practices and by Piedmont as well. According to Linda Steel, a breast cancer survivor in Coweta County, having a team of doctors, rather than just bad news and no direction, gave her the confidence she needed to fight for her life. Steel was taking care of her sister, also diagnosed with cancer, when she learned of her own illness. “I was told that I had stage-four, triple-negative breast cancer,” Steel explained. This type of breast cancer is often found to be aggressive, and though it is responsive to chemotherapy, it has a high rate of recurrence. Steel explained that she was scared, but felt comforted by the multiple physicians she was able to meet with, and found strength in the plan that was created specifically for her treatment. The administrative staff at CPM was “involved the entire time,” she explained. “They helped me schedule all of the appointments and kept me on track with treatment.” She added that once she met Powell, she knew that she wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to perform her surgery. “I don’t know what I would have done without the love, caring, and compassion Dr. Frank Powell has for me and seemingly all of his patients.” “If it were up to me, he deserves the ‘Doctor of the Year’ award,” Steel continued. “He truly saved my life.” Katey Lewis, also a Newnan native, has worked with the breast surgeon at CPM for more than four years. She explained that Powell is known for the compassion his patient described. “What I love about Dr. Powell is the time he spends

with his breast patients,” said Lewis. “No one wants to hear the word cancer, but he presents it in a way that is easy to understand and ensures patients that we have a plan for them.” “He is very approachable, which, in this field, can be hard to come by,” Lewis added. “He does more than educate his patients, but instead becomes part of their journey, and that is special.” According to Powell, although the incidence of cancer is on the rise, there are still several things adults can do to remain in good health and prevent disease. “We cannot control much about our genetic makeup,” he said. “But, we can control what we put in our bodies, and we can control how we affect our makeup.” The surgeon encourages healthy eating habits, exercise and, above all, getting enough sleep. “If you cannot sleep, then you won’t feel well enough to focus on good food choices and exercise,” he said. “From a breast surgeon’s standpoint,” Powell added, “it is very important to get your screenings and mammograms beginning at age 50, unless you have a family history of cancer or find an abnormality.” If you do find an abnormality, Powell explained, make it a priority to be evaluated. According to Powell, the most rewarding aspect of practicing medicine is seeing the recovery of a patient you have treated. “There is nothing more rewarding than seeing somebody return to doing all of the things they love after treating them through illness,” Powell said. NCM

BREAST CANCER FACTS — Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women. — It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women in Georgia. — One in eight females will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. — Risk factors include: hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills, obesity, increased alcohol consumption, not having children and not breast feeding. — Other risk factors include: family history, age, sex, genetic risk factors and history of radiation. Screening is the best way to prevent breast cancer. Annual mammograms for women over 40 and clinical breast exams are highly recommended.



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ABOVE Martin Pate, who lives on Wesley Street in Newnan, uses replicas of the wicked witch from the film “The Wizard of Oz,� during the Halloween season. Thousands of trick-or-treaters pass through Wesley, Temple and College streets each year. 52 |

RIGHT Martin Pate, an established artist, makes the life-size witches himself to decorate his home on Wesley Street.

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Halloween calls for scary stories, tons of candy, festivals and, of course, decorations that resemble spooky scenes. Wesley, West Washington, and College Streets, along with Temple Avenue, have a tradition of not only giving trick-or-treaters all the candy they could eat, but the neighborhoods also transform their homes and yard to anything from a pirate ship to a witch’s brew.


artin Pate moved his family to Wesley Street in 1984. He said he remembers the Halloween soiree from its early beginnings around 10-15 years ago. “Greenville Street was the place to go then,”

he said. The Halloween set-up started out very small and has grown organically by houses doing bigger and better decorations each year. “It’s been a gradual increase in the number of families and children that participate,” he said. “Other houses led the way. One of the first ones I remember is when some neighbors dressed as Elvis and his wife Priscilla.” Pate, who is an established artist, said he and his wife Rhonda started small decorating their home like the Bates Motel from the 1960 horror film “Psycho.” “We would even have an old lady to leave in the window,” Pate said. “We also carved pumpkins.” Pate said he uses his art skills to set up a scenario of three old lady witches to vamp the decorations. “These three witches run a boarding house,” he said. “The witches are life size and have real clothing and are based from the

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Martin Pate and his wife Rhonda remember the Halloween soiree beginning on Wesley Street nearly 15 years ago. Pate and his family first began decorating their home on Wesley Street like the Bates Motel in the 1960 horror film, “Psycho.”

witch from the ‘Wizard of Oz,’ which was the epitome of fear to me as a kid. My wife helps me decorate the front with the three witches and special lights.” He said the outside decorations are usually put up and taken down on Halloween, but inside decorating begins a few weeks before Halloween. Pate said Welsey and College Street and part of Temple Avenue are blocked

“It’s an amazing, carnival-like atmosphere.” off to allow trick or treaters to walk in the street. He said adults also dress up to participate with their trick-or-treaters and look forward to the setup each year. “It’s just a fun atmosphere,” he said. 54 |

“I encourage anyone who hasn’t been to come and witness it all. It’s an amazing, carnival-like atmosphere. We’ve had very few problems. Everyone has been good. Both the kids and adults.” Pate said the event continues to grow each year. “Last year we had 1,700 trick-ortreaters,” he said. “It ranges from 1,500 to 2,000, and it’s probably more than on College Street.” Pate said he and his wife don’t dress up, but will continue to decorate this Halloween in full force. Lynda Jackson, who lives on West Washington Street, said she moved to the area in 2011 because of the neighborhood and Halloween festivities. She said she has so many trick-ortreaters, she usually runs out of candy within the hour, even after rationing the children to just one piece of candy. Jackson said she receives visitors pretty early and the festivities usually end between 8 and 9 p.m. “I get very creative with my

decorations, using trash bags, spider webs everywhere, and different lights. It just sort of depends,” she said. An avid Georgia Bulldog fan, Jackson has dressed up in Georgia Bulldog gear, vampire style. Her two most memorable moments involve her grandchildren. “I dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West, with green all over,” she said. “My granddaughter was Dorothy, and decorations were complete with a yellow brick road. We really had a lot of fun. Last year I was Prince.” She said she usually begins planning around September and starts decorating the first of October. Once a professional clown, Jackson plans to put her clown skills to use this Halloween. “The decorations are amazing,” she said. “There are more decorations than Christmas. I just love to see the different costumes, and there are more and more adults dressing up as well. It’s nice to see the kids enjoying themselves.” NCM

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spts The three life-size wicked witches guard the “boarding house” at the Pate’s home on Wesley Street in Newnan during the Halloween season.

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Tallulah Gorge State Park, not quite two-and-half hours from Coweta, is one of Georgia’s most impressive natural wonders. During the spring and fall, increase water flows through the gorge to mimic the past glory of Tallulah Falls. In the summer, check out Sliding Rock for a cool plunge. It’s the only location swimming is allowed in the gorge.

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nytime is a good time to visit the mountains of north Georgia, but with fall color and fall events, there’s no time like the present.


The mountains are best seen over several days, but if you can’t get away for that long, there are some great day trips. At two hours and 15 minutes from Newnan to its northern-most point, a trip to Toccoa Falls, Tallulah Gorge State Park and Jaemor Farms brings fall fun and food and mountain splendor. All three are off U.S. 23, which becomes U.S. 441, a straight shot from Coweta up Interstate 85 and I-985. Fall is prime time at Jaemor, a family-owned farm and fruit stand along the highway in Alto. And fall gives visitors a chance to see the falls of Tallulah Gorge the way Written and Photographed by SARAH CAMPBELL

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Audrey Moncus enjoys the majesty of Toccoa Falls, on the grounds of Toccoa Falls College.


But if you want to see the really big water, visit the gorge on the first three weekends in November when water levels are cranked up even higher to allow kayakers to brave the mammoth falls, which become Class IV and V whitewater.

You can view almost all of the gorge’s waterfalls from the easy North and South Rim Trails, or tackle hundreds of steps and a suspension bridge on the Hurricane Falls Trail.

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they once were, before the gorge was dammed in 1913 to provide electricity to power Atlanta. Aesthetic water releases, which mimic the natural flow of the Tallulah River through the gorge before it was dammed, are held on weekends in September, October, April and May. Releases may be canceled in drought conditions. But if you want to see the really big water, visit the gorge on the first three weekends in November when water levels are cranked up even higher to allow kayakers to brave the mammoth falls, which become Class IV and V whitewater. On a normal day, the river flows at 35 to 40 cubic feet per second. Aesthetic water releases, which are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on scheduled days, increase that flow to 200 cfs. Whitewater releases are 500 cfs on Saturdays and 700 CFS on Sundays. Check the park’s website for updated details on water releases, at There are several ways to enjoy the gorge. The rim trails provide spectacular views of points in the gorge, and are a mild hike with minimal elevation changes. If you’ve only seen the gorge from near the Tallulah Point store overlook – you haven’t seen the gorge. The Hurricane Falls Trail gets you up close and personal with one set of falls – across a swinging bridge. Visitors can either head back up hundreds of stairs to the visitor’s center, or up the other side to pick up the South Rim Trail. The trip back up is strenuous – take water and good shoes. If you’re up for a serious Tallulah Gorge adventure that will take several hours, you can grab a free permit and hike the gorge floor – as long as there is not a water release. The gorge floor is closed during releases. Permits are limited to 100 a day, and proper shoes are required. Prepare to get at least a little wet, regardless of the weather. Take food and plenty of water. Permits can go fast on popular days, so get there early. Park staff recommend the children to be at least 8 years old and competent swimmers to hike the gorge floor. However that is up to parental discretion. From the swinging bridge, gorge floor permit holders cross the gorge and pick their way along the north side of the gorge. At the end of the trail is Sliding Rock – a great spot to enjoy the river and the only place swimming is allowed in the gorge.

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Move Better. Feel Better. Move Better. Fee Then, it’s time for the toughest part of the journey – the Sliding Rock Trail. As you head out, “trail” might seem to be a misnomer. There’s no path, just an ascent up strewn boulders. The trail is short but steep – officially it’s a 45-degree angle, though at times it seems almost straight up. Be sure and save plenty of water for the ascent. It’s tough but exhilarating. Then you’ll pick up the South Rim Trail and head back to the visitor’s center. If you’re not ready to brave the Sliding Rock Trail, you can head back the way you came and hit the staircase again. Tallulah Gorge State Park is open daily from 8 a.m. to dark. The interpretive center, which includes a large display of items from the gorge’s storied history, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Park admission is $5 per vehicle.



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to the maze itself, there is a hay ride, mini-maze, petting zoo, farm slide, apple cannon, pumpkin train and farm skeeball. Prices and hours vary. The market closes at 6 p.m. most days and 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The corn maze is open late on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 770-869-3999 or visit www. For updates on weather-related closings, visit the farm’s Facebook page. For an easy trip to one of Georgia’s best waterfalls, take a quick trip to Toccoa Falls College. If you stop there first, take a right on Ga. 17. If you’re heading there on the way home, hit Ga. 17 ALT. Unlike many of Georgia’s other major waterfalls, there’s no long hike to Toccoa Falls. From the parking lot at Gate Cottage, it’s an easy stroll of around 100 yards on a gravel road. Toccoa Falls is a sheer drop of 186 feet into a shallow pool. Signs say no wading or swimming, but there are boulders to scramble or sit on and enjoy the power of the cascade. There is also a memorial to the 39 people who were killed in 1977 when a dam burst above the falls, flooding the college campus. Gate Cottage and the bookstore are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gate to the falls closes at dark. For more information, contact the college at 706-886-7299. The campus is tobacco- and alcohol-free. NCM






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Fashion in the Park Ashley Park | 5 – 8 p.m. | Free Admission Take in a fashion show featuring attire from Ashley Park stores.

Fall Art Walk


Historic Downtown Newnan | 5 – 9 p.m. Free Admission The Fall Art Walk celebrates local art. During the Art Walk, businesses extend their hours to host store-front exhibits and demonstrations curated by a variety of Newnan’s finest artists. Complimentary tastings and hors d’oeuvres will be served by some of local businesses, as well as specials and promotions.Visitors can expect to stroll through over 30 locations and see the work of at least 40 artists, with a wide variety of art styles and media, including oil on canvas, engraving, pottery, photography, jewelry-making, fiber arts, performing arts and acrylics.


Chili & Blues Festival Main Street, Grantville | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Chili Cook-Off (prize $100), the late “B.B. King” birthday celebration, blues and country music, jam session, history and educational displays, food crafts and vendor booths, fun for youth, arts and antiques. Proceeds benefit charitable veterans organizations.

Kiwanis Coweta County Fair Coweta County Fairgrounds Admission $5, children 5 and under free Coweta’s annual fair week has rides, entertainment, baking, art and other competitions as well as animal exhibits. Hours vary, so check the website at



Fido Fest

Ashley Park | 5K & 1 K Runs - 8 – 10 a.m. Fido Fest - 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Ashley Park’s first annual Fido Fest will benefit the NewnanCoweta Humane Society. Dogs and humans welcome! Runners may be accompanied by their pets for the 5k and 1k races. There will be onsite pet adoptions, pet vendors, family fun and entertainment. (Please only bring currently vaccinated, leashed and non-aggressive dogs.)

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Cruisin’ to the Oldies Car Show Main Street, Senoia | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Spend the day in historic Senoia browsing classic cars (1986 and older) with food vendors and live music provided by the Sock Hops.




Fall Taste of Newnan

Historic Downtown Newnan | 5 – 8:30 p.m. Free Admission; $1 per food ticket The Taste of Newnan is hosted twice a year along the square in downtown Newnan. During the event, a crowd of over 7,000 visitors comes downtown to try “tastes” (small food or drink portions) from over 40 local Newnan-Coweta food vendors. Each taste ranges between 1 – 10 tickets. Entertainment is provided, with two stages featuring family-friendly, live music, and a “Kid’s Zone” along West Washington Street, equipped with rides, games, face painting and more. Tickets will be sold at the event, or you can beat the crowds and purchase your tickets in advance at one of several downtown locations.



Historic Downtown Newnan | 5 – 9 p.m. $20/$30 for Beer Tasters (Limited to 400 participants) Free Admission for non-drinkers. The Oktoberfest celebration offers a night of tasting craft brews. Over 30 downtown businesses extend their business hours to serve as tasting locations for the different varieties of craft beer that are available for sampling. Complimentary refreshments, retail sales specials and other treats are available for all Oktoberfest guests.


Sacred Harp Singing

Newnan Courthouse | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Browns Mill Battlefield Association sponsors a “Sacred Harp Singing” in the 1904 Courtroom. Sacred Harp is a 200-year-old, four-part-harmony a capella singing style, and many singers and composers lived in the Newnan area. First performed at the Courthouse after it's construction in 1904, it was revived in 2014 after a nearly 40-year break during the celebration for the Brown’s Mill Battlefield/Newnan Hospital Town observance and has continued annually. There will be dinner on the ground at the Carnegie Library from noon – 1 p.m. Bring a covered dish to share.





Power of the Purse Fundraising Luncheon


The Newnan Centre 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | $75 Hear speaker Minda Dentler, the first female wheelchair triathlete to complete the Kona Ironman, and bid on designer purses and ensembles in the silent auction. Proceeds from this event goes to the Women’s and Children’s Fund at The Coweta Community Foundation. Tickets and sponsorships available.




Ashley Park’s Fall Festival Oct. 28


Ashley Park | 10 am - 2 pm Free Admission Fall family fun at Ashley Park. Activities include pumpkin decorating, face painting and trick or treating.




Munchkin Masquerade (Downtown Trick or Treat)

Historic Downtown Newnan 10 a.m. - noon The Munchkin Masquerade occurs every year on the morning of Halloween and is a daytime trickor-treating event for young children. During the Munchkin Masquerade, preschool-aged children from around the greater Newnan-Coweta area gather in downtown Newnan around the courthouse square to collect treats from businesses. Costumes are encouraged. september/october 2017 | 63

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