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32 | Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out: Summer Fun in Coweta

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58 | Carrying In Coweta Coweta County firearm carry permits have increased, as have questions regarding responsibilities and legalities of gun ownership.

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Can you believe that summer is almost here? Every year, as May approaches, I marvel at how fast the year has flown by. May and June bring lovely temperatures, sunny skies, the end of the school year and summer vacation prep. It’s a busy but fun time of year. For me, summers mean a slower pace, beach vacations, lemonade stands, perfect tomatoes, and poolside happy hours. Everyone gets outside and porches become our living rooms. The kids all look forward to those summer mornings with no alarm clock. Here in Coweta, we have so much going on in the summer. If your kids or spouse tell you, “I’m bored” this summer, show them my article on the “Top Ten Summer Fun Activities in Coweta.” From summer camps and a splash park for the kids, to hiking and getting “wined-up” for the adults, Coweta has more than enough summer fun for all ages. If you’re a little behind like me and need help getting ready, check out Maggie Bowers’ article on ideas for getting in shape for summer. Kandice Bell has put together a fantastic guide to all things golf and Sarah Fay Campbell interviews the Newnan Paddlers, who help keep our rivers clean during paddling weather. We hope you enjoy all that our May/June issue has to offer, and make the most of your summer fun. Happy Summer!

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NCM CONTRIBUTORS After majoring in journalism at Georgia State University, CLAY NEELY spent the next nine years living across the country, working as an audio engineer and touring the globe as the drummer for Black Pyramid. He has recently returned to his senses — writing for the Newnan Times-Herald — and enjoys raising his family in downtown Newnan. Carrying In Coweta, page 58

From a farming family in South Carolina, MARTHA A. WOODHAM enjoys gardening, especially once spring is here and oncedormant plants offer daily joy. Her gardening tip? Please no crepe murder! Don’t prune your crepe myrtles into knobby stumps. Let them grow, and you’ll be amazed at their graceful beauty. Daylilies’ Fleeting Beauty and Ties that Bind, page 24 SARAH FAY CAMPBELL is a 16-year veteran of The Newnan Times-Herald, and an adventure mom. She’d rather be camping. Keep Calm and Paddle On with the Newnan Paddlers, page 38 KANDICE BELL is a Newnan native and the business editor/reporter for The Newnan Times-Herald. 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. 2016 Ford Mustang Gracing Showroom Floor, page 22; Above Par: Summer Guide to Coweta Golf Courses, page 28

CONNIE J. SINGLETON, Spiritual Outreach Coordinator at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan, helps churches launch cancer care ministries. This wife and mom of two co-authored and published a book last year with an Atlanta-based women’s ministry executive and especially delights in sharing the stories of those who find joy in living or life purpose from their hardships. Joy Riding, page 20

W. WINSTON SKINNER is the news editor for The Newnan Times-Herald. Both his grandmothers were storytellers, and he feels he inherited their verbal gifts and puts them on paper. He loves hearing — and telling — stories that say something about people and their lives. Coweta’s “Finest Home”: Telling Stories in Grantville and “Woodbury”, page 62


MITCHELL KELLEY is a high school junior and sports enthusiast who loves to cover and play sports. Kelley has made appearances on Atlanta’s 92.9 The Game and NuLink cable. He has also written opinion pieces for and covered high school football for The Newnan Times-Herald. Kicking It with Northgate’s Coach Bryan Hicks, page 70

DR. CHASE PUCKETT, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, is the principal of Newnan High School. He loves traveling, volunteering at Buckhead Church, and occasionally bouncing around the greater Atlanta area in an ambulance as a once and again EMT. Prior to beginning his service as principal, Dr. Puckett spent 5 years as a high school assistant principal and one year as a middle school assistant principal in the Coweta County School System. Before that he began his teaching career in Sylvania, Georgia where he taught middle and high school English, AP British Literature, yearbook, and journalism. Every Student Needs a Mr. Barrett, page 19

CORBY CARLIN WINTERS loves speaking, writing, ministering and counseling to help empower and equip others to live life in their passion and purpose. She is a Master Certified Christian Life Coach and Director of Children and Families Ministries at Cornerstone UMC. Some know her as the Little Black Dress, mother to the SONS of Thunder and wife of John Winters. She adores shoes, singing, painting and celebrating her wacky life! Top 5 Trends, page 14

BARRETT “MAGGIE” BOWERS is a former graphic designer and paginator currently working as features editor for The Newnan Times-Herald. With a degree from the University of West Georgia in Fine Arts, Bowers enjoys painting and drawing portraits in addition to writing, and often uses any number of creative activities to entertain her two teenaged daughters. When it comes to free time, hiking tops Bowers’ list of things to do, along with acting as chauffeur to her princesses and their friends. Getting In Shape for Summer Fun, page 52


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Don’t be remotely surprised if you happen to see me and other women digging through dumpsters and salvage yards looking to find those things that can be rescued treasures. Yes, it is true: one woman’s trash can be another one’s treasure. Whatever can be reinvented, recreated, redesigned and repurposed to enhance your home, work space and spirit is free game. All it takes is vision and passion, which we have plenty of right here. Dumpster Divas are restoring old discarded doors, frames, corbels, bank safes, warehouse pallets and so much more into treasures to be adored decor.

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Are you looking for a fabulous present? Well, no need to road trip to Atlanta when they are right here in our neck of the woods. There are so many unique, oneof-a-kind, and creative gifts for others and best yet, even yourself. But a word of advice if you step into these speciality shops: be prepared to buy or ask about layaway because everything is fabulous! While buying fabulous finds in these lovely shops, you will find they are places where everyone knows your name, gives you a hug and is delighted you stopped by. You are often greeted by the proprietors themselves or darling young teens gaining


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For years men have had their “man caves” and now women are getting in on the fun. Whether you call them “She Sheds,” cottages, or retreats, I adore them all. I am so blessed to have one myself. Many women are having spaces built just for them. These special spaces are popping up all over our town, as well as all over the country, where women create, escape or just gather with friends. They are a wonderful treasure in your very own backyard.

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Riding Perched atop a carbon frame and two thin wheels on the open road, Newnan’s Pattie Magnan Wheeler channels the same focus, discipline and resolve she developed while working for 30 years in Fulton County Public Schools. In 2015 alone, she racked up 6,073 miles in personal training and Coweta-area cycle club group rides. Wheeler’s passion for group cycling was ignited at the 2014 Callaway Gardens Sprint Triathlon – her first. Once merely a retirement Written by CONNIE J. SINGLETON Photographed by STACI ADDISON

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“bucket list” item she considered with some trepidation, her view of the sport changed dramatically when she rode a borrowed bike to a first-place win in her age group (50-54). She learned from that event that “I enjoy triathlons, but I love cycling.” Afterward, she bought a starter bike and investigated club membership options for group rides. A friend introduced Wheeler to Ladies on Spokes (LOS), a Senoia Christian women’s cycling group. She was “petrified” the first day she rode with them, but “they are so supportive as you develop riding skills. I ride with them about once a week.” LOS members celebrate birthdays and share prayer requests on the member section of their website. Peachtree City’s Southside Cycling, a larger club open to different ages, sexes, and proficiency levels, is another group in which Wheeler participates: “I ride with about seven to eight people who have similar bike skills. It’s very challenging, but so fun. We do a lot of chitter-chattering. Most rides are 30, 40, 50 miles, three to four days a week.” Southside offers apps to track mileage and goals, seminars 18 |

on bike maintenance, cycling safety, personal riding improvement, and charitable event rides. Socializing outside cycling events is common, and Wheeler notes there is some overlap in membership between the two groups. Both operate Facebook pages and websites where riders can find available open rides, expected levels of speed/riding proficiency, news and encouragements, equipment for sale, and more. Mettle-testing encounters with log and gravel trucks, hills, mechanical issues, and wipe-outs are common for cyclists. Six months into her sport and only 15 miles into a 40-mile ride, Wheeler was “dumped by a fullon, chase-mode dog. By the time it was over, I had fur in my front tire, a cracked helmet, and a look like I’d slid into first base!” Two long-distance events are on Wheeler’s 2016 calendar. “Pedal for Pets” is a Senoia-to-Savannah, 100-mile-a-day, spay/neuter fundraiser for which she said training last year was “one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.” In Florida, Coast to Coast for Christ is an annual event where

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spiritually like-minded riders “begin on a Friday with the bicycle back wheel in the Atlantic Ocean and finish on Sunday with the front wheel in the Gulf,” with worship and small-group gatherings each evening. Novices, take Wheeler’s advice: “Just do it! You don’t have to do a lot of mileage – start off small. Your endurance improves. The main cost in cycling is your bike, followed by the cute clothes! Find a used bike, or borrow one to see if you’re interested.” Wheeler doesn’t mind that Fred, her husband of 29 years, and college sons, Ben and Andrew, are recreational riders only. This is her deal. She reflects on the challenges, thrills, and camaraderie of cycling: “It’s one of the greatest things I’ve ever done – for the mind, body, soul, friendships. It’s great prayer- and soulsearching time. Sometimes I leave the house early and get back midafternoon, but it’s what I want to do. I got a late start as a mom and I want to be around, strong and healthy, to see my boys live their lives.” NCM




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Mr. Barrett Every Student Needs a

Two Teachers. Two Schools. Two Very Different Neighborhoods. Two Distinctly Different Possible Outcomes.

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The single most important thing we can do in public education today is to ensure that all students who enter our building have at least one adult who knows them by name, cares about their wellbeing, and knows whether they are in school or not.

daring to pause in front of the forlorn looking lockers with their peeling paint and rusty locks. Mr. Barrett’s students were all on free lunch and many were children raised in single parent/ guardian families. The streets around the school where Mr. Barrett taught were riddled with violence. Mr. Barrett was enthusiastic about his classroom, as if in stubborn defiance of the forces at work to invade the sanctity of his learning environment. It was obvious he loved his students. It oozed from his pores, from his infectious grin, from his stubbornly charismatic optimism that the world was a big and wonderful place. He reminded students often that he was privileged to teach the students in his classroom. Mr. Smith taught 8th grade social studies to a class of approximately 30 students. The majority of Mr. Smith’s students came from stable, middle class families. The building was clean and shiny in its newness. When it was time to change classes, a chime would sound and students would quietly change classes, stopping to talk while opening their shiny metallic lockers. 20 |

Other than the requisite pieces of chewing gum hidden beneath their pristine tops, the desks were still as yet untarnished. Mr. Smith was a legend among the halls of this suburban school. His class was considered a rite of passage, for he taught the gifted classes. His course was the gateway for success to high school, to college, and to the educated world beyond and he reminded students regularly that they were privileged to be in his class. Mr. Smith knew virtually every fact about Georgia studies that had ever been written. He required students to memorize the “master list” of facts. It was obvious he loved his subject. I spent the first four or five months in Mr. Barrett’s classroom. I spent the last four months of school in Mr. Smith’s classroom. I didn’t realize I loved Mr. Barrett’s classroom until I realized how much I hated Mr. Smith’s classroom. In light of the current evaluation system, trends in public education, and the discourse about socioeconomic disparities in society, I think it’s important to highlight the profound difference between the two teachers.

It isn’t the setting that makes the difference. It isn’t even the knowledge of the content that makes the difference. It is how one engages and inspires students that will make the difference. The single most important thing we can do in public education today is to ensure that all students who enter our building have at least one adult who knows them by name, cares about their well-being, and knows whether they are in school or not. Mr. Barrett knew my name by the end of the first week of school. He insisted on calling all of his students by name and he made you look him in the eyes when he talked to you. He told you that you were one day going to be somebody. He insisted you shake his hand with a firm handshake when he encountered you in the doorway, because one day you were going to be someone’s boss and you couldn’t be a boss with a wimpy handshake. Mr. Smith never knew my name. He regaled the class with his stories about the antebellum mansions, early colonialism, and the changes wrought by the Industrial Revolution. He was a fairly gifted orator at times. He made

me believe that I was inferior, no matter how hard I tried to make my penmanship less horrendous. He never bothered to know my name. As one who is now tasked with hiring and supporting teachers, it’s important to identify what it is I look for in a teacher. I look for a teacher who believes in his or her own ability to shape destinies, inspire hope, and impart life lessons. I look for teachers who are willing to take a chance on every student who enters their classroom, and not those who see first a student’s color, appearance, perceived socio-economic status, or upbringing. I want to ensure every student has a Mr. Barrett in his or her life. The needs of students are more complex and more demanding than ever before. The fracturing of society and

the dissolution of the family unit in impoverished neighborhoods is more profoundly impacting our nation than ever before. Teachers today are more underappreciated, undervalued, and undercompensated than I can possibly fathom considering how they stand in the gap for those who are the most vulnerable. Without Mr. Barrett along my pathway, I would have never made it through high school. I would never have found hope. I recall my last day in Mr. Barrett’s classroom because he made me look him in the eyes and shake his hand. He told me I was going to be someone of importance one day and for me never to forget it. I’m convinced he knew I was going to strive to become a life changer, a magic maker, a story weaver, or a

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dream planter. Because that day I told myself I wanted to be just like Mr. Barrett when I grew up. I was going to be a teacher and I was going to know the name of every student in my classroom. I have changed the names of these two teachers to protect their identities, but I still recall both of their names after all of these years. Mr. Barrett would call that one of life’s greatest ironies. Every student deserves an advocate. Thank you to every teacher who accepts the challenge to get to know each student in the classroom by name. Their hopes and aspirations, their strengths and weaknesses, their pasts and their futures all hinge on your willingness and ability to stand in the gap for them. Be the change. NCM

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2016 FORD MUSTANG Gracing Showroom Floor

The Ford Mustang has been ripping the roadway for decades and is still a popular sports car today. The sleek style, roaring noise and undeniable speed makes it popular amongst many demographics. It’s also very common to see hair blowing in the wind from a Mustang GT convertible during the summer months.

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Daylilies’ Fleeting Beauty Ties that Bind


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The Secrets to Growing Daylilies There are no secrets to growing daylilies. Anyone can do it. “You can put them in the ground, and you can leave them alone,” says Bob Lott, owner of Southern Roots Nursery. “They don’t require a lot of maintenance.” Deadheading the spent blooms daily will keep daylilies looking their best, says Barbara France. And when they get straggly in Georgia’s midsummer heat, Lott takes a weed eater to his plants, shearing the foliage back. This promotes fresh new leaves that will look nice until the first frost. This trimming also can be done with clippers or a lawn mower set to about 6-10 inches. Daylilies are resistant to insects, although gardeners do need to watch out for small pests such as aphids, thrips and spider mites. And for bigger pests like deer. “My biggest problem with growing daylilies is the deer,” says Pat Farmer. “They are connoisseurs of daylilies. The deer never eat them prematurely but wait to just the perfect moment to break your heart.”

Daylilies may be the ultimate pass-along plant. Not only are they easy-peasy to grow in just about any sunny spot, but they need to be divided every year or so. Gardeners are always looking for friends who need “pass along” Hemerocallis for their yards. “Pass-along plants are always my favorites because they are lasting memories of the special people who shared them with me,” says Edie Scott, a Coweta County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer who estimates she has grown daylilies for 30 years. “Nostalgia was the reason I began growing them. My daylilies are mostly passalong plants that came from special friends or plants that I purchased during special gardening-related trips. I’ve to come to appreciate and enjoy them because they are lovely plants with relatively few pests or growing demands. Several varieties multiply rapidly, giving me the


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opportunity to share or pass along to special friends.” Pat Farmer, another Coweta MGEV, has been growing the prolific bloomers for about 45 years, dating from when she lived in Washington, D.C. and belonged to a garden club of gardensavvy women. “They used a lot of daylilies to landscape public places like schools, parks and street corners,” she recalls. “They were very fussy about species and colors. I just stood by and got the shared or discarded ones.” Another daylily fan is MGEV Barbara France, who has grown daylilies for 20-plus years: “My earliest memory of being impressed with daylilies was the mass planting of yellow daylilies at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s circular driveway. Once, when they had a sale of almost dead plants, I bought an unusual yellow daylily for 25 cents. I have nursed that plant for years and now have a small section of my garden devoted to it.” “I’m attracted to the infinite variety of daylilies—one is prettier than the next,” says France. “They reliably come back year after year, they survive when the lake floods my garden, they have a long blooming season—what’s not to love about daylilies?” Gardeners know how versatile daylilies are in Southern landscapes, coming back year after year to fill in

bare spots along fences, pools and decks or borders. They can be used as ground covers, to hold banks and in decorative beds. Yet as beautiful as the flowers are and as often as daylilies are found in Southern landscapes, the blooms are rarely used in floral arrangements. Derived from the Greek terms Hemero (for a day) and Callis (beauty), their name says it all—beauty for a day. Although new buds on the flower stalks open almost daily, individual flowers last only a day, which can leave an arrangement looking wilted.

Perhaps the attraction is not only their fleeting beauty, but the way daylilies tie us to people important in our lives. “I have special attachment to a pass-along variety that came from the grandmother of one of my MGEV friends,” says Scott, “and I love two other varieties that came from two of my best pass-along buddies.” One of France’s favorites came from a friend for whom she once did a favor: “As a thank you, Norma dug up many plants from her garden in Texas and shipped them to me. One of her plants

Are Daylilies Native Wildflowers? e blooms here and Every June, tawny daylilies show off their orang Highway 16 near there along Coweta County roads, such as along but these plants wild, Orchard Hills Golf Club. They may be growing the abilit y to produce are not native to Georgia and they do not have someone, either at a seeds. All of these daylilies were planted by to prevent erosion. bank homestead now long gone or on a ditch growing daylily a Some people, such as Pat Farmer, call this wild“ditch lily.” loped a fondness for the “Since we have lived in Georgia I have deve ty road and seeing a ditch lily,” she says. “I love driving down a coun on the side of the road. It bunch of orange flowers surprising everyone But I love shouting it as could be I just love saying the words ditch lily. and, who’s not a gardener, we drive —‘Look, there’s a ditch lily.’ My husb always rolls his eyes when I say it.”

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Want to Know More about Daylilies? Daylily aficionado and Master Gardener Barbara France has grown multiple varieties for over twenty years.

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A great source for information about growing daylilies and how to use them in your yard is “Daylily Culture,” a free, downloadable booklet from the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: extension/thomas/anr/documents/ Daylily_C545.pdf. Type “UGA daylilies” to search for even more info. According to the American Hemerocallis Society, Georgia is home to 15 daylily societies, most of whom hold plant shows and sales. Members love to share their knowledge. Find out more at html#Georgia.

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Summer Guide to Coweta Golf Courses Longer days, warmer weather and more sunshine yields more time outdoors and more time on the golf course. Coweta County has a variety of golf courses to offer residents and visiting golfers. Both experienced and inexperienced golfers can find a course that will be suitable to their needs, expertise and preference. Although a membership is the ideal option, some clubs will allow leisure golfers the opportunity to pay as you go or pay an hourly rate. Guests are allowed to accompany members at most clubs to golf, dine or shop. White Oak Golf Club and Canongate I are a part of the ClubCorp family. Membership can be obtained at three different levels: My Club, My Community and My World. Members of both White

Oak and Canongate have access to both clubs, but each membership level has different benefits. Both courses offer 36 holes and recently underwent a million dollar renovation project.

White Oak Golf Club

is designed to offer two distinguished golf courses, which includes The Old Course and the Seminole Course. The Old Course has a traditional layout while the Seminole Course offers a contemporary design, but both courses are appropriate for golfers of various experience levels. During the renovation, the clubhouse patio was expanded and now features a fire pit. Members can now enjoy a resort-style pool that includes cabanas and resurfaced tennis courts. The golf course was Written by KANDICE BELL

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upgraded with a cart path, enhanced range and restroom renovations.

Canongate 1 Golf Club,

located in Sharpsburg, features four distinguished nines that integrate seamlessly into the surrounding natural area. The practice facilities include a double-sided driving range and a short game practice area. Members also have access to tennis, swimming, dining with a refreshed bar and grill with a media area, new golf cart fleet, cart path, and renovated restrooms and family enrichment and golfing events.

Coweta Club Golf Course, located in Arbor Springs, is an 18hole redesigned, championship golf

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course. The course is also equipped with a lighted driving range, chipping and putting areas for practice and a pro shop where members and guests can purchase gear, sign up for golf storage or rent golf carts. Membership packages are available at the family, individual, dining or non resident level. Members enjoy discounted range balls, members-only golf, food, networking and holiday events, a 10% discount on food and merchandise and advanced tee time bookings. The Coweta Club Grill overlooks the 10th tee and offers casual and themed buffets on designated days in addition to a banquet hall.

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Course is one of only two Audubon International Signature Program members in Georgia. In addition to the course, Summer Grove also offers members and guests a practice facility, a three-hole short course, dining options and a shop to purchase merchandise. Summer Grove is owned and operated by the Jemsek family, who are owners of Cog Hill in Chicago and winners of the Jack Nicklaus Family Golf Award. The course was designed by Joe Jemsek and Jeff Burton and opened in 1999, and features a practice facility and 3-hole short course. Membership options include platinum, gold, silver and range, which cost between $199 to $99 per month. Each level offers different benefits. Golfers can also pay a flat hourly rate to golf.

Orchard Hills Golf Club, located on Highway 16 in Newnan, is an 18-hole golf course that has

a championship layout featuring bentgrass greens and Bermuda fairways. Orchard Hills is locally owned and describes their course as “southern hospitality with a Scottish links flavor.” Highlights and amenities include a driving range and putting green, fully-equipped pro shop, fullservice restaurant, a tournament pavilion that seats up to 250 people, club rental, golf instruction by PGA professionals, corporate tournaments and outings. They are open seven days a week to the public. Foot golf has also been introduced at the golf course, which involves incorporating soccer and golf while on the course. Membership plans can be purchased at the individual, senior, family, junior, or handicap dues level. Membership prices range from $99 to $35 per month and include different benefits. All membership plans include a 20% merchandise discount. Golf Digest awarded Orchard Hills with a four star rating in its recent publication of “Places to Play.” The rating defines Orchard Hills as “outstanding -- plan your next vacation around it.”

Newnan Country Club has offered its 18-hole champion course for golfers to swing their clubs since 1919. Members have access to the tennis court and instruction, swimming pool, brunch, supper club,

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ummer is upon us and it’s all fun and games until the kids start fighting and someone says, “I’m bored!” Fend off the boredom and a potential ER visit with exploring all that Coweta has to offer this summer. Whether you’re planning a stay-cation, entertaining out-of-town guests, or just have a few days with nothing on the calendar, we have ten of Coweta’s best summer fun ideas for you.

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rom their Birds of Prey Compound to viewing one of Georgia’s largest reptile exhibits, or a hike to a scenic waterfall, Cochran Mill Nature Center offers plenty to do for all ages. Located 30 minutes from downtown Newnan, the center makes for a great day trip when the family wants to get outside. They are open every day but Sunday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and the admission is budget friendly at $3 for adults and children over 12, and $2 for children under 12. In addition to family fun, the center also offers summer day camps for kids in Kindergarten - 9th grade. Campers will explore the center’s fifty acres of nature with hiking, canoeing, fishing, wildlife, educational activities, games and crafts. Each week will have something new so that campers will be able to attend multiple weeks. Three types of camps are offered and prices range from $115/week to $235/week.




f you’re looking for variety in a summer camp, look no further than the Summit YMCA. Their traditional camp is the summer solution to many working parents’ childcare needs, with their 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. schedule and free extended care from 7 - 9 a.m. and 4 - 6:30 p.m. Children ages 5-13 will enjoy a new theme each week and a range of activities including swimming, gardening, field trips, an Amazing Race-style treasure hunt, science experiments, the YMCA Olympics, a talent show, and many more. Scholarships are available for those in need; applications are accepted through June 15. For those looking for other types of camps, the Y also offers tennis, basketball and soccer camps, Leaders in Training Teen Camp, in addition to swim lessons. Participants do not have to be a Y member to attend camp, but the fee is less with membership.





or a place to keep cool, head over to Grantville’s Splash Park. Open since 2014, the park provides two areas: one for toddlers and one for big kids. There are tables with umbrellas where parents can watch, and a separate picnic area for lunchtime and snacks. Admission is $1 per person, making for the perfect affordable summer outing. The Splash Park is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Tuesdays - Saturdays (11 a.m. - 6 p.m.), and Sundays (1- 6 p.m.) Contact the park for details on private parties.





ou’d be hard pressed to find a better way to spend a summer evening in downtown Newnan than a wine-tasting, hosted by MainStreet Newnan. From 5 - 9 p.m. on June 10th, guests will enjoy wine tastings (reds, whites and specialty blends) and hors d’oeuvres at over 25 locations. Walk around the square, visit with friends and neighbors, get in some shopping and dinner, and make it a date night or girl’s night out. Businesses will extend their hours and offer many promotions and retail specials during the event. Tickets go on sale mid-May for $20 per person/ free for non-drinkers. Guests may also enjoy a live jazz concert provided by the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission at Greenville Street Park (rain location: Wadsworth Auditorium.) The concert is free and open to the public.




ust barely over the Coweta county line on the Whitesburg side of the Chattahoochee River, Georgia Trail Outfitters awaits the paddler within all of us. Kayaks and canoes are available for rent and trips range from two hours to all day, with prices from $25 - $80. Overnight trips are also offered, along with specialty tours (Full Moon Tours, Twilight Trips, and custom group tours.) The company also offers camping equipment for rental for overnight trips, all of which are located in McIntosh Reserve County Park. Open year-round, the company has hosted scout groups, Wounded Warrior camping trips, Banning Mills’ guest trips, and many more. Paddlers drop their cars at the end of the run and a shuttle brings the paddlers to the starting point. All trips include kayaks, basic kayaking instruction, professionally trained guides upon request, and all necessary gear. Group discounts are available for parties of 6 or more. may /june 2016 | 33

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owetans are fortunate to have a beautiful state park within the county. With 2,910 acres, the park protects five miles of river frontage and offers 51 campsites, an Adirondack camping area, and a picnic shelter available for rent. Definitely bring your hiking shoes, and a bike while you’re at it: Friends of Chattahoochee Bend volunteers have built twelve miles of hiking trails and three miles of mountain bike trails for your summer pleasure. A recentlycompleted 5K loop will soon be filled with racers.

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Special upcoming events will include the Hike and Paddle on May 7, Kids to Parks Day on May 21 and Riverfest on June 4. In conjunction with Market Day, Riverfest will be held on West Broad Street in downtown Newnan from 12 - 4 p.m. A 35’ x 50’ pool will be set up on the street for kayak demonstrations and a canoe/kayak tug-of-war, in addition to a rock wall, a scavenger hunt, and an exhibit space for local businesses and organizations. Admission is free and donations will fund Phase 2 of the park’s mountain bike trails.



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The parade will begin at 9 a.m. at Veteran’s Memorial Park and end at Greenville Street Park between 9:30 - 10 a.m. Participant registration is necessary only if a motorized vehicle will be used to pull a float. Forms are due by June 27. There is no registration fee. The Newnan Rotary Club will host their annual fireworks show at Drake Stadium, starting at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free and concessions will be available starting at 6 p.m. Musical entertainment and other attractions will be provided until the fireworks begin at dark. Official sponsors are the City of Newnan, Coweta County, Coweta County Schools and The Rotary Club of Newnan.


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ne of the best deals in town for summer kid fun is the Youth Summer Day Camps at the Rec. For $80 per week, your child will have Photo by Lance Dennis more than enough to do Monday Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. There are recreational sports, of course, but there are also swimming days, trips to the movies, and other awesome field trips. Last year, they went to the Atlanta Zoo, the College Football Hall of Fame, a Braves game and Callaway Gardens.

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Registration fills up quickly but there is a waiting list. The camp will be held all weeks in June and July except for the week of July 4th. Campers do not have to sign up for the entire summer; registration is open for individual weeks. Kids ages 5-12 are welcome.




his retreat center and conservation center is the home of the “longest and largest continuous eco zip line canopy tour in the world,” as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. Located about 20 minutes from Newnan in Carroll County, the zip line tours offer six levels to choose from and prices range from $49 - $149 per person. There are age and weight restrictions based on the level you choose, and start at 8 years old and 50 pounds. If zip lining isn’t your thing, there are many more adventures awaiting you: the world’s tallest rock climbing wall (Guinness Book of World Records-certified), Birds of Prey shows, horseback riding, kayaking trips and hiking. Lodging is available on site if you’d like to make it more than a day trip. 36 |





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WAY DOWN YONDER ON THE CHATTAHOOCHEE Newnan Paddlers founder John Sanker gets away from it all.



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Parker (left) and Sanker not only paddle for fun but also volunteer as water monitors for Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.

When the world starts to get a bit crazy, go paddling. When you’re on the river, there’s peace and quiet. If quiet’s what you’re looking for. When you’re quietly gliding along, “you see things on the river that you can’t see otherwise,” said John Sanker, founder of the Newnan Paddlers. “When you’re motor boating, you’re going to scare off most of the wildlife.” There’s also the camaraderie,

paddling with people who have similar interests. “There are quite a few world problems solved. It depends on the length of the trip,” said kayaker Tom Parker of the Newnan Paddlers. “If it’s too long, you create problems,” Sanker joked. On any trip, they try to avoid any discussions of religion or politics, though it doesn’t always work. “You want to come off the river destressed, not stressed,” said Sanker. “There’s enough other crazy things in

the world that will stress us.” The Newnan Paddlers got its start on These days, the group goes on at least two paddling trips a month. The trips are completely free and all are welcome. The paddlers spend a lot of time on the Chattahoochee but also paddle the Flint, the Toccoa, and other north Georgia rivers, as well as the Tallapoosa and Little Tallapoosa in Alabama and the Okefenokee Swamp. All of the rivers are relatively calm – they’re not paddling big whitewater.

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Sanker posted on in 2011. “I was looking for people who wanted to paddle. Because if you’re doing river trips, especially, it’s nice to have somebody with you,” he said. Paddling rivers alone can be dangerous. And when you have multiple people with multiple vehicles, you can set up shuttles between the put in and the take out. From that single posting, the Newnan Paddlers have grown to 354 members. “Now, there’s only about 10 or 15 or so that are actually active, and actually go on most of the trips,” Sanker said. “Everybody has the same kind of level of enjoyment — being with folks, exercise, getting out in Mother Nature, all of the good things that come with it. Soaking up Vitamin D.” Sanker and Parker love paddling on the Chattahoochee. The river has “some incredibly beautiful spots on it,” Sanker said.

There are cliffs and waterfalls, eagles, osprey, river otters, beavers, and “thousands and thousands of turtles,” Sanker said. “The thing that is neat is it’s still fairly undiscovered. If you go up on the north side, it’s packed with people. Down here, we had a group a week ago where there were eight of us. We saw maybe another eight paddlers on the whole river section. It’s relatively undiscovered and nice,” Sanker said. “Peaceful.” For many years, the Chattahoochee below Atlanta was seen as almost the sewer of Atlanta. It hasn’t been that way since the city began working to clean up its sewer systems, but “I think there is still that perception people have to get over,” Sanker said. “With all of the things that are happening, with the river walk and whitewater course in Columbus, and Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, this whole

section of river is just really starting to get a good reputation,” Sanker said. A year ago, Parker and Sanker took their love for the Chattahoochee River a step further when they became volunteer water monitors for the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper. Every Wednesday they go out and pull water samples at the river and several local creeks. The samples go down to LaGrange for testing. If the tests show high levels of E. coli or heavy metals, they investigate to find out why. Once, they discovered a raw sewer leak at the Newnan Utilities Wahoo Creek plant, after finding elevated e-coli levels in Wahoo. Before they became volunteers, there were no Coweta County sites being monitored, Parker said. On a Newnan Paddlers trip, Sanker and Parker like to know the experience level of everyone participating. On a group paddle, there’s always someone in

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the lead and someone “running sweep” in the back, to respond if anyone gets in trouble. “You don’t paddle something you’re not familiar with or that you haven’t read about,” Sanker said. Always have your life jacket and preferably a whistle and a knife. “The force of water – you’d be surprised how much force there is, even if it’s not a fast current,” Sanker said. “People think they can walk across shallow sections of river. But you can get your foot wedged into a rock, or you can get knocked over and get wedged under something and you’re dead before you know it.” An important rule is if you come out of your boat in fast water, float feet down, until you can get into a calm eddy. Don’t try to stand up. If you do, the water can “push you over and trap you.” If you’re interested in paddling, rent a boat and try it out before you buy it. Too many people buy boats that aren’t right for them.“They have given up on kayaking all together instead of realizing that if they bought the right size first, things would be different,” Sanker said. Beginners should look for a 10 foot kayak, or possibly a 12 foot one. Anything shorter won’t glide or track correctly, though they can be good for whitewater. NCM

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In Coweta, we are lucky that we can grill and smoke food most of the year, but the best opportunities are in the summer when the days are longer and the weather is nice. We’re also fortunate to have many good barbecue restaurants from which to choose. In their parking lots, you’ll find a Mercedes next to a beat-up truck, and inside you’ll see white-collar next to blue-collar and every color in between. That’s when you know the food is good. Who better to go to for a barbecue article than some of our local experts? While they didn’t share any recipes, they did share some insight into the business of barbecue.

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Open since 1945 and in its current location since 1999, owner Randy Striblin’s restaurant serves pork, beef, and chicken but ribs are his specialty. Striblin uses baby back ribs because they are very tender. He boils them first for more tenderization and then bastes them with a sweet and tangy sauce before grilling or smoking. For the pork, he slowly smokes whole hams for about 16 hours and uses a mild mustard sauce. Favorite sides are Brunswick stew, cole slaw, potato salad, baked beans, and grilled asparagus.

Tips For the Home Cook: Striblin recommends using a good digital thermometer and tongs. The minimum temperature should be 165 degrees for most meats. If you don’t want to use sauce, an Applewood rub would be good for pork.


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A family business since 1926, Donald Sprayberry now runs the restaurants. They received their “World Famous” designation during WWII, when soldiers would stop in on their way through to Fort Benning. In recent times, uber fan Lewis Grizzard and former employee Alan Jackson brought the restaurant even more notoriety. They still use the same recipes that Sprayberry’s grandfather (and founder) did. The chopped pork is the most popular, but they also offer beef, chicken, and ribs. The sauce is vinegarbased and served on the side. Favorite sides are onion rings, slaw, and Brunswick stew.

Tips For the Home Cook: Sprayberry recommends cooking slow with even temperatures. They recommend fresh hams cooked over hickory wood and no rub. Pecan wood would also work well.

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Big Green Egg dealers since 2015, owners Amy and Ted Casey know their way around the popular grill/smoker. The major advantage of using the BGE is its ability to hold heat and moisture inside while maintaining the proper temperature, which results in juicy meat and vegetables. There are many accessories that help with BGE success. The most popular at the Casey’s store are the ConvEGGtor (ceramic piece that helps with indirect cooking), thermometers, and the Looft Lighter, which allows the BGE to get up to temperature quickly.

Tips For the Home Cook: The Caseys see many beginners who tend to rush things. They advise to wait to put the meat on until the smoke is no longer white coming out of the top of the BGE. Also, remember the old saying, “If you’re lookin’, it ain’t cookin’!” Beginners also like to open the lid too often, which allows heat and moisture to escape. Lastly, they recommend letting the meat rest after it comes off of the grill/smoker to retain moisture. To sum it up, patience is the key to good Egging. NCM

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he late spring and summer seasons are often accompanied by a long list of expectations — most of which seem to fall into the “too late to tackle” category by the time warm weather sets in. Don’t fret. There are, in fact, a few summer essentials from skin care to fitness that can be addressed — right here in Coweta County — even as locals are already donning tank tops and shorts.

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LOVE THE SKIN YOU’RE IN Spring weather, particularly in the South, can be curiously indecisive. From day to day, and often from early morning to late afternoon, temperatures can fluctuate from a cool 40 degrees to a sweat-inducing 70 degrees, wreaking havoc on hair and skin. In a recently released book about skin care, The Best Skin of Your Life Starts Here, author Paula Begoun asks, “Have you ever noticed that the parts of your body that don’t have sun damage (the parts that are not routinely exposed to daylight) are rarely, if ever, dry?” Begoun notes in the best-selling manual that many skin problems, specifically dry skin, are related to exposure to ultraviolet rays (the sun). The author adds that even the lips should not be overlooked. One step to achieving soft, glowing skin for summer is exfoliation, according to Begoun. The author includes some basics on her website, Because of previous damage from the sun, skin may need help with the process of exfoliation. Begoun recommends using alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) products to remove the build up of old skin cells. A range of beauty products used for exfoliation can be found in Coweta, including Ulta Beauty and Cosmetics in Newnan. Located at 338 Newnan Crossing Bypass in the Ashley Park shopping center, the local cosmetics store stocks products helpful for skin and hair care in addition to a full line of cosmetics and an on-site salon. Also located in Newnan is Sephora, a high-end beauty supply boutique added inside Newnan’s JC Penney department store in 2015. The unique shop, which offers

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skin care, cosmetics and total-body products is located at 341 Newnan Crossing Bypass. ABOUT FACE Beginning an at-home beauty regime will go a long way toward correcting sun-damaged skin, but if an extra boost is needed, face and body treatments are recommended by many locals. A facial can cleanse the skin, remove dead skin cells and help to treat blemishes, dark spots and irritation. Facials generally include a 30 to 60 minute treatment for the face involving cleansing, exfoliation, moisturizing and extractions. Facial treatments will reduce the appearance of unwanted pigmentation, restore elasticity and repair the damage to the skin’s surface brought on by irritation, UV rays and harsh cleansers, according to Massage Envy ( Coweta County offers several spas and treatment centers including Massage Envy located at 238 Newnan Crossing Bypass. Pontoni Hair Design and Skin Care, located at 19 Perry Street in downtown Newnan, offers a variety of services including customized facials, chemical peels and LED light therapy for the face and body. As a bonus, the local spa also offers a special treatment for back and shoulders — areas likely to be exposed in the warmer months to come.

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As gun permits rise, what are the responsibilities and legalities facing new gun owners? Written and Photographed by CLAY NEELY

THE NUMBERS When Judge Mary Cranford began seeing a rise in firearm carry permits last fall, it didn’t come as much of a surprise. With the holiday and gift-giving season on the horizon, Cranford said that license applications typically surge. However, the numbers didn’t subside and the surge seems to be the new norm. In 2015, the county fielded 4,201 applications for weapons carry permits – over 1,000 more than the previous year. Cranford said her office is fielding roughly over 100 applications per week and anticipates seeing a total of 6,000 applications this year if the current trend continues. Every time there is a shooting incident like Colorado, San Bernardino or even the attacks in Paris and Brussels, Cranford says the number of applicants surges. Anytime there are rumblings of potential laws regarding firearms, the numbers spike again. In other words, it’s been a very busy year for the Probate Court. Coweta County recently approved a budget adjustment to allow office renovations and data line improvements so that the Live Scan fingerprinting process can be moved from the sheriff’s office to the probate offices in the historic Coweta County Courthouse. The hardware will cost approximately $10,700, and will come from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax for the Courthouse. There will also be a need for an additional probate clerk. The $27,019 for the new clerk will be funded through an offset from the sheriff’s office overtime budget. Even with the heavy workload, approved applicants are seeing their permits in two weeks or less, according to Cranford. “Our staff has done an excellent job of keeping up with this surge,” Cranford said.

Weapons carry permits are on the rise and Coweta County employees are working hard to keep up with the pace.

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According to Georgia law, a person may use deadly force if they reasonably believe it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to him or herself or prevent the commission of a forcible felony O.C.G.A § 16-3-21. A forcible felony is any felony which involves the use or threat of physical force or violence against any person. Imminent threats such as murder, aggravated assault/battery, robbery or kidnapping, carjacking, home invasion, rape or aggravated sexual battery are all fair game to use deadly force. The Castle Doctrine is a common name of the legal philosophy that every person is the King or Queen of their respective castle. This means they never have to flee before using deadly force against an intruder in their home, car or place of business. O.C.G.A. § 16-3-24.1 However, the Georgia Supreme Court has not articulated a definite list of what crimes constitute forcible felonies. If someone is trespassing, you do not have the right to use deadly force unless they’re committing a forcible felony such as arson, carjacking or robbery. Georgia code § 16-3-24 says that a person is justified in using force – not deadly force – to protect property, other than a habitation, which is lawfully in the possession of a member of their immediate family or a person whose property they have a legal duty to protect against unlawful entry or criminal or other tortious interference. Deadly force may be used if the person using such force reasonably believes that it is

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necessary to prevent the commission of a forcible felony. Georgia law allows an individual to combat force with force.

THE ADVICE With roughly 100 people per week now getting their weapons carry permit, the need for firearms training seems apparent. For those seeking instruction, there are several places around the county to accommodate firearm owners. At the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, the Citizens Firearms Class offers gun owners a hands-on experience for the responsibility of gun ownership. The monthly class is popular, to say the least. Sessions remained booked solid until October. The class covers the law – where you can and can’t carry – along with the fundamentals of trigger position, stance, and shooting. If children are in the home, the safety of handling and storing firearms is also addressed. “We give the best advice to those who are making a decision to carry or not,” said Lt. Col. James Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. “If they’re going to own one, they need to know all the laws, how to handle it and respect it.” Inside the Sheriff’s Office, students can participate in a series of scenarios using a simulator. From a home invasion to being in a gas station, the simulator provides an authentic experience for gun owners about the intensity involved in owning a firearm. “One of the most important things we teach is that when you fire a weapon, you are responsible for where that bullet goes,” Yarbrough said. “We want people to get in the mindset.” The final class is held at the sheriff’s office firing range where students can develop basic target shooting skills, accuracy and putting everything they have learned into practice. At Atlanta Range and Ordnance, owner Gary DeGeorge said the need for training is crucial. While he’s noticed an uptick in sales, the demand for training is skyrocketing. He said the trainers at the range stay booked throughout the week. The range currently tailors their lessons to be done on a one-on-one basis rather than in a classroom. However, DeGeorge said he would like to see more people getting training. “I’ve seen so many people coming in who now have their carry permit but not much else in terms of being firearms ready,” DeGeorge said. “It’s just like anything else, you have to be comfortable and confident in what you’re doing – driving a car, shooting a gun. A license doesn’t mean much unless you possess the proper knowledge.”


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MARYBETH CRAWFORD IS AN NRA CERTIFIED INSTRUCTOR in multiple disciplines and a chief range safety officer. She also leads the local chapter of the Well Armed Woman – a national organization with over 200 chapters throughout the United States. While the group places an emphasis on firearm safety, the ability to open up and discuss firearms in a comfortable setting is what makes this group a little different than most. “The purpose of the group is to educate, equip and empower women owners,” Crawford said. “We cater to the new shooter – maybe someone who has never owned a firearm before or is curious about learning more.” Since taking over leadership of the group last August, Crawford has seen a great deal of comfort at the range with members in the group handling firearms. The group meets on the second Tuesday each month at Atlanta Range and Ordnance. The first hour of the meeting is a hands-on, casual but direct conversation about a variety of gunrelated topics. From calibers to safety – Crawford encourages all participants to ask questions they may otherwise feel shy discussing with other people. “With a group that is exclusively women, they feel more at ease and not being judged,” Crawford said. “When they go shooting with husbands or brothers, they kind of stand back and are shy. When they can interact with other women, they can start sharing experiences and knowledge.” It’s a membership-driven organization. The first meeting is always free to check out and then it’s a $50 annual membership. The range also provides ladies night fees at half price. Every month, the only cost is range fees plus ammunition. “Our range is so awesome and offers so many safety classes as well,” Crawford said. “A lot of our ladies take one-on-one classes there as well. They all want to get better.” The range offers a variety of classes that are taught by POST certified law enforcement firearm instructors. From introductory courses to advanced and competitive shooting, the classes aim to cater to the skill set of the individual, including children from 8 to 16 for the youth firearm safety class. “We prefer one on one training for the student to get the most benefit and individual attention,” DeGeorge said. NCM

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place” where he “dispensed fair dealing.” My great-great-grandfather, John William Trammell, was Thomas Zellars’ commanding officer during the Civil War — Zellars was wounded at the battle of Olustee, Fla. When Captain Trammell died in 1896, men who had served under him provided an impressive tombstone. My grandmother said the men who paid for the grave marker had done well for themselves in business, and Thomas Zellars was among them. Zellars made money selling horse collars, anvils and fabric to farmers and their families, and he put much of that money into his home. “It sits on a 1.4 acre lot, which is not typical for this little section,” Manning noted. Coweta Chronicles started its report on 1879 with this statement: “Grantville was excusably puffed up over the beautiful Zellars home, brick, finished this spring. It was thought to be the finest home in the county, at that time.” Manning noted the walls are “three bricks thick” and that early,

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perhaps even before the family moved in, the bricks were covered with stucco. Manning also recalled climbing up in the attic. “I couldn’t tell you how high the roof is up there,” she said. “It’s ginormous.” Though it was built several years after the Civil War, the Zellars home has an antebellum sense of space. “All the rooms are 14 by 14 by 14,” Manning said. Large windows welcome the Georgia sunlight inside, and mantels – and the stunning stairwell – offer testimony to their origins in the Victorian era. T.E. Zellars lived to be almost 80. The family remained in Grantville. His son, Thomas Moreland Zellars, was president of an oil mill chartered in Grantville in 1906. T.M. Zellars’ son, Thomas Edward Zellars, had a brilliant mind, a military

bent, and a martyr’s heart. “His ability in mathematics was well shown when he took the algebra examination for admission to the Naval Academy – three hours being allowed – in 45 minutes, making a record for accuracy and speed,” Coweta Chronicles reported. On June 12, 1924, he was commanding a turret on the USS Mississippi. An explosion killed Thomas Edward Zellars, not yet 26, and 47 other sailors. A plaque in his memory was placed at Dahlgren Hall at the Annapolis, reading, “His hand was found grasping the flood valve which extinguished a burning powder train and saved his ship. Flaming death was not as swift as his sense of duty and his will to save his comrades at any cost to himself. His was the spirit that makes the service live.”

It is estimated Zellars’ actions saved 1,400 lives. A ship was named for him and a historical marker was placed at his grave in Grantville a few years back. The Banks family, later residents of the house that T.E. Zellars built, were another prominent Grantville family. A generation ago, Lyle and Michael Shira and their children brought new life to the old house. More recently, the lovely old home was a backdrop in The Walking Dead and fans want to see it. “Every time I’m down there, a tour car comes by,” Cindy Manning said. Paige Hall bought the house in 2013, and it is on the market. The venerable house is ready for a new chapter -- and new stories. Manning summed it up: “It’s a cool house.” NCM

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Kickin’ it with Northgate High Soccer Coach

BRYAN HICKS T he Northgate Boys’ and Girls’ soccer teams have wrapped up their 2016 seasons and there is one man at the helm of both teams: Coach Bryan Hicks. He has led both the girls’ and boys’ teams to tremendous success under his watch in a tough 5-AAAAA region. Written by MITCHELL KELLEY Photographed by SHAUNA VEASEY

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Coach Hicks grew up in Douglasville, Georgia and went to Jacksonville State University in Alabama to study psychology. He started playing soccer at the age of 10 and started coaching at the age of 16. I caught up with the very busy Coach Bryan Hicks and got to know him a little bit. I asked him some questions about him personally and the challenges of coaching.

Growing up, what did you think you wanted to do career wise? I decided that I wanted to work with kids when I was in high school.

Was it teaching or soccer that inspired you the most to get a job at the high school? I like coaching and the competition. It just happened that there was a spot for both here at Northgate. I like watching our players grow up and helping them become better people.

If you weren’t teaching or coaching soccer, what would you be doing? I would probably be working with kids. I used to work in short- and long-term residential psychiatric hospitals for kids and would probably still be doing that.

Do your students and players teach you anything? Yes, they always teach me something. Everyone has a different story and can bring something to the table that is useful to the team and me.

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What do you like most about coaching high school students? I like that you have to work with what you have and make the best team possible. It is different than club soccer where players pay to play. We only get the students in our district and have to try and compete with the best teams in the state.

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What do you look for in a player when putting the team together? There are several things we look for at the varsity level: speed of play, technical ability, fitness and the ability to understand and read the game.

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Do you believe it is important for high school students to get involved in athletics? All students want to be involved in something and feel a part of a group. Soccer is something where many different kids can come together, do something they like, and build a relationship with teammates. NCM Mitchell Kelley is a local high school junior who has also written for Atlanta’s 92.9 The Game and covered high school football for The Newnan Times-Herald.

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Race for the Orphans 5K 8:15 a.m. | $10 - $25 | Coweta County Fairgrounds The Fourth Annual Race for the Orphans 5K will benefit local families who are in the process of adopting children in need of loving families. Tot Trot: 8:15 am 1 Mile Fun Run: 8:30 am • 5K: 9 am

Hats and Hooves Derby Affair 5 - 10 p.m. | $75 | McRitchie-Hollis Museum Communities in Schools sponsors this annual fundraiser to support their mission to empower students to stay in school and achieve in life. Watch the Kentucky Derby live on big screens, enjoy food and drinks, a live band, a silent auction, door prizes and more. Dress is Derby attire or business casual.

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


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Thursdays - Saturdays 8 p.m.; Sundays 3 p.m. $10-$15 | Newnan Theatre Company Newnan’s community theatre presents the Tony-award winning comedy.

7:30 p.m. | Free | McRitchie-Hollis Museum Speakers will offer a scholarly review of definitive, yet evolutionary, moments where southern history, literature, and music merge, UWG’s Dr. Steve Goodson will present a review of Southern music in “Is It True What They Say About Dixie? Southern History Through Song.” The event is hosted by the Newnan-Carnegie Library and Newnan-Coweta Historical Society.

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Soles for Cole 5K 8 a.m. | $25 | Ashley Park All proceeds from the race will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and to a scholarship in memory of East Coweta High School student Cole Croteau.

Saturday Down South Sporting Clays and Southern Supper 12 - 10 p.m. | Ticket Price Varies | Blalock Lakes The Coweta Community Foundation will host its first Saturday Down South Sporting Clays and Southern Supper. A sporting clays tournament will be held, as well as dinner, awards and dancing. Sponsorships, Individual Tickets, and Team Registrations are available.



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

Riverfest 12 - 4 p.m. | Free Admission | Downtown Newnan In conjunction with Market Day, Friends of Chattahoochee Bend will host Riverfest on West Broad Street. A 35’ x 50’ pool will be set up on the street for kayak demonstrations and a canoe/kayak tug-of-war, in addition to rock wall climbing, a scavenger hunt, and an exhibit space for local businesses and organizations. Donations will fund Phase 2 of the park’s mountain bike trails.


Summer Wined Up 5 - 9 p.m. | $20 Presale, $30 Day of Event | Downtown Newnan Downtown merchants will offer hors d’oeuvres and tastings of a variety of reds, whites, and specialty blends of wine, as well as retail specials and promotions. For more details, visit

Live Jazz 5 - 9 p.m. | Free | Greenville Street Park A live jazz concert will be provided by the Newnan Cultural Arts Commission for those enjoying their “wine walk” but is also open to all. In case of rain, the concert will be held at nearby Wadsworth Auditorium.


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9 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Free Admission | Asa Powell Senior Expo Center (Saturdays)/Downtown Newnan (Wednesdays) Sponsored by MainStreet Newnan, Coweta County, and the UGA Coweta County Extension Office, the Farmer’s Market opens June 11th at the Asa Powell Senior Expo Center. Offerings will include local fruits, vegetables, honey and fresh-cut flowers. The market is a member of Georgia Grown.

Times and Fees Vary | The Heritage School Summer camps will be offered throughout the month of June at The Heritage School. Campers need not attend the school to take advantage of their wide variety of camps, such as athletic camps, specialty camps (dance, 3D Printing, Video Game Design, and more), half-day camps and extended day. Children Pre-K - rising 12th graders are welcome.

The Aeolus Strings Quartet 3 p.m. | $5 | The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts This award-winning quartet has performed time-seasoned masterworks and new cutting-edge works across the globe. Consisting of violinists Nicholas Tavani and Rachel Shapiro, violist Gregory Luce and cellist Alan Richardson, the Aeolus Strings Quartet was the 2013-2015 Graduate Resident String Quartet at the Juilliard School and currently reside in New York City.

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Lake Life Hordes of Cowetans head to area lakes on summer weekends for some R and R. We’ll give you a rundown of the many lakes that locals call their second home, and plenty of reasons why you might want to join them.

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A Healthcare Update

Candice Saunders President & Chief Executive Officer WellStar Health System

It’s time to celebrate! The partnership between WellStar and West Georgia Health is official. WellStar is excited to be in LaGrange. You may see some new signs going up, and that we have a new name - WellStar West Georgia Medical Center. One thing that won’t change; however, is our commitment to our patients. After all, that is exactly why we are here. Together, we are stronger. Together, we are better positioned to address challenges in healthcare. Together, we can better deliver on our promise to take care of you and your family.

Jerry Fulks President WellStar West Georgia Medical Center

WellStar has committed to investing $84 million in capital improvements over seven years, with $30 million to be allocated within the first two years of the partnership. Through this capital commitment and the generosity of hundreds of West Georgia Health Foundation donors, we expect to begin renovating and upgrading our new community cancer center soon. We always have served people in need, and we will continue to do so. WellStar West Georgia Medical Center supplied more than $64 million in charity and unreimbursed care in the most recent fiscal year. For WellStar, that number was more than $300 million. We will always be there when our patients need us.

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West Georgia Medical Center (then known as CityCounty Hospital) first opened in 1937. For nearly 80 years, we have focused on delivering high-quality healthcare with some of the state’s top physicians, advanced practice professionals and nurses.

Not only does WellStar invest in the community, we also invest in our team members. In 2016, for the third year in a row, WellStar was named one of FORTUNE® magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. We also have been recognized as a top company by Working Mother magazine and the National Association of Female Executives, among others. We regularly receive these awards because we understand the importance of taking care of the people who take care of our patients.

We also are looking for new ways to care for our community. We will further our population health initiatives by looking at how we keep people healthy. In the South, we are susceptible to many chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity and heart disease. These are expensive and often debilitating though, in most cases, preventable. If we can prevent chronic diseases, we will significantly improve the overall health of our community. Along with lowering the cost of healthcare, we will increase the quality of life for our patients. Investing In Our Community West Georgia Health always has been known as an important member of this community. Now, as WellStar West Georgia Medical Center, we remain a not-for-profit health system that is committed to investing in the care of our community with new treatments and technology.

Thanks to our new partnership, our patients have many reasons to celebrate. You can expect to receive the same incredible care from the physicians and health professionals you know and trust. Along with that, you will see more access to convenient health services and new cutting-edge treatments in your community. This is an exciting time for all of us as we forge a strong future for healthcare in LaGrange, Troup County and beyond.

We believe in life well-lived.

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