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38 | City Girl Finds Renewal on the Farm Stephanie and Nathan Neufeld use their hobby farm for producing their own food and as the ideal outdoor classroom for their five children.

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A rich piece of Newnan’s history, the oldest residence home in town is still standing strong at 167 LaGrange Street.

54 | Making Room for What’s Next Dr. Joel Richardson is retiring after 31 years. His service to the church and the community will be missed but never forgotten.

58 | Spring Gardening: Dig In!

Stephanie Butcher, Coweta County Extension Coordinator, shares advice on how to plant that spring garden you’ve always wanted.

62 | He’s in the Big Leagues Now Baseball and Bedrosians apparently go together like peanuts and cracker jacks. Cam Bedrosian, the son of one-time Atlanta Brave Steve Bedrosian, now pitches in the big leagues for the Los Angeles Angels.

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DONNELL SUGGS, a native of Brooklyn, New York, is a sports reporter and columnist for The Newnan Times-Herald. When he’s not obsessing over what he’s currently writing for the newspaper and magazine, he’s reading newspapers and magazines. In between time, the father and husband enjoys sweet tea and Major League Baseball. AutoProfile, page 20; He’s in the Big Leagues Now, page 62

When she’s not writing for NCM or covering education and the city of Newnan for The Newnan Times-Herald, CELIA SHORTT spends much of her time reading, channeling her inner Wonder Woman and spending time in Newnan with her husband and their lab mix. Loving Local, page 18

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

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. Still Standing, page 48

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. Coweta Gardener, page 22; Top Dog, page 26

SARAH FAY CAMPBELL is a 16-year veteran of The Newnan Times-Herald, and an adventure mom. She’d rather be camping. Q&A - City Girl finds Renewal on the Farm, page 38

BRENDA PEDRAZA-VIDAMOUR is a retired newspaper reporter. She enjoys all things Italian and is looking forward to cooking her first Braciole this Easter. Buona Pasqua, page 66

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BARRETT “MAGGIE” BOWERS is a former graphic designer and paginator currently working as features editor for The Newnan TimesHerald. 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. Loving Local, page 16; An Unexpected Interview, page 70

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NCM CONTRIBUTORS


TRENDING IN COWETA

TOP

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

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TRENDS with Corby Winters

Giving

It’s been said “the worth of a community is measured by its generosity.” That pretty much covers Coweta County. Donations are trending as we have a heart for those in need and give to a variety of nonprofits, from helping the hungry to the abused. The Coweta Community Foundation provides an umbrella organization for smaller nonprofits to work under, as well as raising substantial funds for those organizations. The foundation continues to grow, enabling residents to give with tax-deductible contributions, which is pretty awesome in my book.

2 Roundabouts

Traffic circles are becoming quite popular here in Coweta. We have two to date with another on the way. While they may be new here, they are pretty standard in Europe. They are much less expensive than traffic lights and signals. Thanks to our community for its long term planning, our traffic is running much more smoothly and our roundabouts are growing in popularity.

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Carry Permits

Also known as Georgia Weapons Carry Licenses, gun permits are on the rise. In fact, during one week in December of 2015, five times more permits were applied for than during the same period in 2014. Not only are people getting carry permits, they are also hitting the shooting ranges and most importantly, getting lessons on how to shoot and the laws of carrying. Whatever your views, you might be surprised at how many of your friends are packing. PHOTO BY CLAY NEELY


The 1st Annual TRENDING IN COWETA

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Pedometers

Those are the little gadgets that measure the steps you take and other health-related information. There are several companies offering these devices that can be worn like watches, used as an app on your phone or even carried in your pocket. They are all the rage and worth every penny if you want to see if you are being active enough. My friends can’t believe how many steps I can rack up just by cleaning the house. This is an item you can run out and buy today that can help improve your health.

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Essential oils

I love them! For years I have used them to help me feel great emotionally and physically. They are everywhere right now. However, they have been around for a long time and are even mentioned in the Bible. For me, lavender ranks up there at the top, but there are so many varieties, you are sure to find one you love. They are now available not just in health food chain stores but also in local shops. These oils are a great thing to add to your daily regimen and put in the medicine cabinet. NCM

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LOVING LOCAL Community leaders reveal their favorite things about Coweta

Courtney Harcourt

is the Manager of MainStreet Newnan. Newly married, Harcourt resides outside of the county in Atlanta, though she and her husband, family and friends enjoy Coweta, and continue to explore Newnan in search of the best food, entertainment and unique purchases.

Loving Local

Top of the Morning

What’s Missing

Do you make any stops on the way to the office for breakfast or coffee? I love the environment in the morning at Leaf and Bean. While I’m there, I catch the latest news from other patrons. I also love stopping by Market Day on the Square for fruit, granola or a breakfast bar.

What would you like to see more of in NewnanCoweta? It would be great if more merchants in town would absorb more local craft items. An organic food store like the specialty meats vendor that attends the market, or an expansion of business such as a delivery service of organic produce would be nice.

Midday Munching What is your favorite place for lunch? I generally spend my lunch break at Piedmont Newnan Fitness Center joining in on a circuit class or a core workout. But occasionally I will enjoy something light from a venue in town. Meat ‘N Greet has several really good salads and Leaf and Bean serves fresh soups, which are great during the cooler months.

Newnan Nightlife Where do you prefer to dine out in town? The Alamo was one of the first places I visited in Newnan while I was in college. I also enjoy Ten East Washington, and I am looking forward to trying out RPM soon. They seem to draw a large crowd.

That Special Place What would you say is the most unique business in Newnan? Market Day is one of my favorite things in town. There are nearly 30 dedicated vendors and services — even entertainment at the local market. Monthly Pickin’ on the Square events are also unique and fun. I’m always interested to see who pops up to play music and what instruments will be played. I’m still waiting to see some bongo drummers out there.

On a Mission Where would you find a humorous, interesting or special gift in Coweta?

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Celebrating Your City What would you say is your favorite annual event or fundraiser in Newnan? The Munchkin Masquerade. I selfishly just love to see the little ones in their costumes. I think this type of event will make great memories for the children. It’s a small town experience they can always associate with the holiday.

In Town for the Weekend If your relatives, in-laws, or out-of-town friends were in the city just for the weekend, where would you find time to take them? I have hosted my in-laws, my sister-in-law and other family and friends in Newnan, and I most enjoy inviting them into downtown during the Newnan Art Walk. The event is a great way to walk around and see downtown Newnan and every location offers something different and special.

Secret Spots What is your favorite place in Newnan to be alone, to reflect or simply to see something beautiful? I enjoy walking around the city of Newnan park. I would encourage anyone to walk there, as it is so close to the center of town but still so peaceful. Also, the Veteran’s Park in spring and summer is so beautiful. There are usually tons of hydrangeas — nothing but these soft blue flowers everywhere you look. NCM

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LOVING LOCAL Community leaders reveal their favorite things about Coweta

Hasco W. Craver, IV

is Newnan’s Business Development Director and lives in the city with his family. Working and living here give him an excellent take on what Newnan has to offer.

Loving Local

Top of the Morning

Newnan Nightlife

Do you make any stops on the way to the office for breakfast or coffee? After dropping my son off at school, I typically arrive at my office to answer emails prior to heading to Leaf and Bean for a large cup of the house dark roast.

Where do you prefer to dine out with your wife or with friends in town? Meat ‘N Greet and Fabiano’s showcase the crafty character I yearn for when selecting an evening destination. Each location reminds me of the neighborhood restaurants I enjoyed as a youth in Philadelphia. Outside of the downtown area, I typically find myself joining the crowds at Mama Lucia’s, Chylaca’s, Tokyo and Dynasty.

Mid-day Munching What is your favorite place for lunch? There are several great lunch locations in Newnan. I typically base my selection on time, taste and company. The quick grab when hosting out-of-towners typically takes me to the Redneck Gourmet. Newk’s Cafe provides a healthy option for a large group with ample time and Mother’s Kitchen remains my go-to unique destination for locals and visitors alike.

Running Route What is your favorite running route through town? I truly enjoy running through our community’s nationally registered historic districts (College-Temple, GreenvilleLaGrange, Coletown and Platinum Point). The unique architecture and landscapes provide the ideal backdrop to my 40-miles-per-week escape.

On a Mission Where would you search in Newnan to find a unique, rare, interesting or just plain weird gift for a friend or loved one? Gillyweed is a must-stop location when searching for a unique or one-of-a-kind gift item for my wife. RPM Grill’s unique restaurant setting is great on a warm weather evening.

Celebrating Newnan What would you say is your favorite annual event or fundraiser in Newnan? All of the events hosted by the MainStreet Newnan program; the Boys and Girls Clubs annual Oscar Night

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Thinking of food as medicine motivates experienced gardener Phyllis Graham. Herbs enhance the flavor of meals and the beauty of gardens and containers, and their scent perfumes the air.

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“It’s not hard and I have a passion for this. I’ve always enjoyed gardening,” said Graham. “Food is truly medicine and we have gotten so far from from that. Food is a basic need and we have gotten away from growing our own food, which would be nice to start getting back to. You will know what you’re getting and not have to worry about so many chemicals and pesticides.” “You can start in your backyard or even in a nice spot in your home,” said Graham. “You can go as big or small as you want.” Graham said the soil is the lifeline of planting herbs. She also added that beginners can purchase or check out books from the library to learn more gardening tips. “The biggest thing to remember is the soil,” said Graham. “Try to fill your beds with rich, compost soil. You must also have worms doing their job of transferring the soil. Compost soil is made up of so many things we throw away, such as carrot peels. The soil is rich in nutrients. We throw away so many things that would make great ingredients for compost soil. You can make your own or you can buy it already made up. If you have the time and the ingredients, I would suggest making your compost soil, but the store-bought soil would be fine.”


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“You can start in your backyard or even in a nice spot in your home. You can go as big or small as you want.” The avid gardener recommends beginners start with parsley, rosemary, or mint. “You can buy the seeds or you can buy the plants that have already sprouted,” said Graham. “I recommend beginning with a plant that has already sprouted if you are a beginner. You can take them out of the pot they came in and mix them in your own pot with the compost soil. Your initial investment could be around $20.” Graham added to be sure to have the plants near a sunny location where they can receive at least six hours of sunlight. “After you’ve mixed your compost soil, add some sand or ashes,” said Graham. “This will give consistency for drainage. The caretaking process is fairly simple. Do not overwater the plants and do not place them near a heater. Neither of these will be beneficial for the plants. I recommend a spray bottle when the plants need some moisture. Make sure there are holes at the bottom of your container for the water to drain.” Graham said it could take two to three months for the herbs to fully grow. “Rosemary lasts for years once you get the plant started,” said Graham. “Ginger is also good to start with and can be used for cooking.” Graham not only grows herbs, but she she also grows foods such as tomatoes, cucumbers and collard greens. She is a part of the New Leaf Community Garden where gardeners

on any level can plant their herbs or other plants. “It’s a great place to learn,” said Graham. “Beginners can come to learn or even more experienced gardeners can come to learn more skills and techniques. One day while in the garden, a lady passed by and asked me how I got my greens to grow so well. I told her it was all about the soil. It’s just a great place to learn how to grow food for your family. Everyone

helps each other out. Some gardeners grow just herbs and some may have a full garden. It takes about six weeks for the collard greens to grow.” The garden is located on Salbide Avenue. Additional advice for the new gardeners is to be patient and watch your herbs grow. In addition to gardening, Graham is a business owner in downtown Newnan. NCM

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introduces animals to stardom “LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION” aren’t the normal commands that most animals or pets are used to hearing. Tracy Oliver, owner of TopDog Talent Agency, is working to make these commands more familiar to animals and pets locally and throughout the country. TopDog began in California, traveled to Louisiana, and landed in Georgia because of the booming movie industry and tax incentives. Oliver has been in business for eight years. Her animals have appeared in many movies and commercials. “I was born and raised in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA,” said Oliver. “I was an animal lover from day one. Our rottweiler CoCo was my protector. At age two, she saved me from drowning in our pool. My parents said I always had a way with animals.” Oliver said she has been training dogs for the blind since the eighth grade. “I knew I wanted a career to be an animal trainer, but never expected to find a school where I got to train exotic animals,” said Oliver. “I saw an ad on Craigslist for a course that teaches exotic animal training. The course was around $3000 and it took nine weeks to complete. I decided to start TopDog on a whim and now I represent people’s pets around the globe.

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“Go ahead, make my day.” Many rescue animals, in addition to household pets, become Oliver’s stars.


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Many of my dogs and cats are rescues that I’ve trained into stars.” There are 67 animals on the ranch, located on Welcome Road. The star dog trainer said that she mainly seeks animals that are not aggressive towards other animals. “I have seven trainers and we train the dogs with buzzers,” said Oliver. “The animals are trained to know what they mean. They also know the sounds that indicate they will get a treat. Each set of animals trains for a few hours on their specific day. When booked for a part, the script is broken

down and we’re usually given two days or up to a week to train the animal depending on the behavior.” Oliver said days on set could be very long. “When they’re setting up for the scene, we have stuffies in place for the animals,” said Oliver. “The animals come out when they’re ready to film. I’m usually on set with my animals unless it’s out of town. I have trainers I can use. Many of my clients are repeat customers. I love my animals and my business.” NCM

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HOME RENOVATION A Passion and A Purpose

BEFORE: One of their trio of renovated East Broad Street homes, this 100+-year-old place was just waiting to be nurtured by Cory and Rachel. The footings for the foundation proved to be a major challenge and had to be dug by hand. That’s all just part of a day’s work for this determined couple.

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Local couple Rachel Davis and Cory Nestlehutt are on a mission in the City of Homes to restore old, neglected houses into beautiful homes. Their story could easily inspire a new HGTV show — one that would combine the restoration work of Rehab Addict, the couple dynamics of Fixer Upper, and the budget stress of Flip or Flop. However, Rachel says that the show that they actually are the most similar to is Flipping Out! Both are avid HGTV viewers, but they have to record episodes and watch whenever they get a spare moment from working long days while raising their three young children: Lily, five; Solana, four and twoyear-old Briggs. They have no complaints, though; they both have a passion for old homes and the work that goes into them. They love being able to bring their children to work sites and spend time together

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AFTER: The finished exterior and interior of their East Broad Street mill home provides a sense of satisfaction for the renovators and their renters. Every detail is carefully considered by the couple and they pick out every finish themselves.

“You’ll never see us patch a roof; we’ll replace it. We never cut corners.” – Cory Nestlehutt

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while they work. Sometimes, the kids even help out — in their own way. The couple began their home renovation business in 2010 after the housing market crashed. Since then, they have worked on 18 homes throughout Atlanta’s south side including Newnan, Fairburn, College Park, Palmetto, Forest Park, Austell, and Chattahoochee Hills. Three of them are in Newnan on East Broad Street, with two completed and one currently under construction. Two date back to 1900 and one to 1910 and were originally built as mill housing. Their renovation plan for these homes was to combine an old world look with modern finishes and conveniences. In their family-run business, they divide and conquer. Cory is the muscle behind the operation and manages the work crews on site.

Rachel does the behind-the-scenes duties such as paperwork, permits, and budget management. They both work on the design of the home and the finishes. Working with your significant other can be challenging, but Rachel says they strive to find a good balance. “We don't always agree on the ‘vision’ for the home but we work it out. We spend our date nights looking for houses to purchase.” Cory worked many years in construction and learned his skills on the job and from his dad. He says sports helped prepare him for his physically demanding job. He believes his work ethic is what got him to where he is today. He lives and works by two mottos to keep himself focused and motivated: 1) “If you want it, go and get it,” and 2) “Work hard today, win tomorrow.”

He only hires people who share his work ethic and finds that they are far and few between. He has had the same crew for several years now and they have a teamwork approach to getting the job done. He loves the idea of “letting the house talk to you.” He plans the layout by sitting in the living room while the house tells him what to do. Old homes have very different floor plans than modern homes have today, so they typically convert the layout to a popular open floor plan. As the crew guts the home, they hold on to everything that is salvageable, and reuse or recycle whenever possible. They were able to use the original trim, floors, door, and door knobs at one of their East Broad homes. Much of the lumber has been repurposed into tree houses and chicken coops.

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Work and family time overlap in this household. These busy parents share the load at the office and at home. From left: Solana, Cory, Lily, Briggs, and Rachel

“We don’t always agree on the ‘vision’ for the home but we work it out. We spend our date nights looking for houses to purchase.” – Rachel Nestlehutt

There is no typical day, and there is no boring day. Cory has uncovered plaster made with horsehair in one home, nine layers of linoleum in another, and filled six dumpsters with trash from one single house. As they demo the old homes, they do so with a reverence for the history of the home and home building in general. “It’s important to take care of old stuff, whether it’s homes or buildings or people… we operate with the idea to hold on to old stuff and spend time taking care of it and fixing it up.” One of the biggest challenges in old homes is often the foundations. With one of the East Broad homes, they had to raise the house and hand dig the footings to make the foundation safe. One of the homes had one entire side of flooring eaten by termites. Yet, much of the old wood used in framing is often in excellent shape, even at 100+ years old. Frequently, over the years, owners would put on an addition, which is usually not the same quality of workmanship as the original home. There is a big difference in the quality of work done over a century ago to modern march /april 2016 | 33


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times, and Cory and Rachel believe in continuing the old tradition of craftsmanship. “You’ll never see us patch a roof; we’ll replace it. We never cut corners. If you want someone to come out and do a quick, cheap job, then we are not the right crew for you. We believe in quality work,” Cory says. Rachel’s biggest challenge is managing the budget (“there’s always another bill!”) and maintaining her patience with the never-ending paperwork. Her fun begins when the sheetrock goes up and she can start planning the decor and finishes. She and Cory pay attention to every detail and go together to pick out every single item that they put into each home. As Newnan’s own Flip or Flop/Rehab Addict/Fixer Upper/Flipping Out couple, Rachel and Cory admit the TV shows make home renovation look easy. They often don’t show the paperwork headaches, or the hard-to-find subcontractor, or the long hours and sore muscles of the day-to-day work. The most realistic part of the TV shows is the budget stress, according to Rachel. She reminds us that home renovation “is a lot of work and you definitely have to have a passion for it.” These two hard-working parents of three certainly do. By bringing old homes back to life, they have found what’s important to them in life: working hard, working with passion, and working together.

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Cory and Rachel’s Tips for Renovating an Old Home • Prepare a budget and add some cushion for unexpected expenses. • Don’t take on too many houses at once. • Stay within the same paint color card. Don’t mix colors from all over the paint section. The paint company paid someone to prepare those sample cards for a reason. • If you’re looking for a good neutral, one of their favorites is Mindful Gray by Sherwin Williams. • Visit homes that are for sale and see the paint colors on a large scale. If you find one that you like, the paint cans are usually in a closet and you can peek at the name of the color. • Think of it as a race. You’ll start strong, then get tired as you go, sometimes want to quit, but you keep going and finish strong at the end. • Be sure the crew has materials every morning. That means you must be willing to do any job, even if you’re the boss. If no one has loaded his materials by 5 p.m., Cory loads and unloads his own materials at the site, sometimes late at night, to be sure that the crew has something to start on every morning. • Enjoy spending time with your family at the work site. Kids can help with picking up wood, sweeping, and learn about craftsmanship and how homes are built. If you have to work long hours, at least you can be together doing something that you love. NCM

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Q&A: ORGANIC FARMING

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For a city girl who had never even grown a vegetable garden, Stephanie Neufeld makes quite the farmer. Neufeld, her husband Nathan, and their five children have turned their Newnan home into a homestead/hobby farm, producing food for their family and working toward being able to eventually sell mushrooms, muscadines and berries. It’s been a journey for the family, who have been in their home less than two years. They grow a vegetable garden year-round, have chickens and ducks for eggs, raise meat chickens, and keep bees. Stephanie homeschools her children, and has found that the farm is a wonderful classroom.

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The Neufeld family – Nane, Gideon, Katie and Stephanie, and (not pictured) dad Nathan and youngest sons Abner and Blaise, have transformed their Newnan home into a farmstead.

Q: Do you have any kind of farming background? A: No. Everything I’m learning is first hand, trial and error. Nathan has a farming background. He’s ethnically Mennonite and grew up in a Mennonite area in Canada and North Dakota. There are a lot of farms where he’s from. We started with our garden. We had given the former owner time to get out of the house, but we had to get our garden in. We were planting at night by Nathan’s car lights. We were so excited to have

a garden. It was the first time I’d ever seen seeds grow up out of the ground like that. It was fascinating. Monocot, dicot and conifer seeds finally, now, have a meaning to me. Q: What do you like about having your own little farm? A: I thoroughly enjoy it. I love bees. My kids learn a lot. We enjoy working together as a family. They have a lot of energy. It’s a great way for them to expend their energy and they also learn they can do a lot of things

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“We tell the kids, we are going to treat these animals humanely. We take care of our chickens. We tell the kids — if you’ve eaten, your animals better have eaten.”

they probably didn’t think were possible. One of our family mottos is we all have to work for our family to work. There’s probably more work to be done around here than the average home. But I hope it also makes them feel valued. I think overall the gist would be we’re a family that enjoys working together. Farming allows us that opportunity as well as allows us to teach our children many life skills that will hopefully be beneficial to them for the rest of their lives. Q: You homeschool your children. Working on a farm is pretty educational, isn’t it?

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The Neufelds raise chickens for eggs and meat. The chicken coop is designed to capture rainwater and funnel it into a watering system. Daughter Katie (opposite) shows off mushroom plugs.


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Ducks are the newest addition to the Neufeld’s farm. When the ducks arrived, daughter Katie wanted to make sure they wouldn’t be used for meat.

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Grandparents Abe (above) and Carol Neufeld (not pictured) took a break from the Canadian winter to spend time on the Neufeld’s Newnan homestead.

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grow. So I discuss with the kids — what have we taken away so the weeds can’t grow. Elementary school is basically life science. In anatomy, they’re really strong. They’ve been able to dissect a lot of animals. They help with processing the chickens. When we buy a cow that we have processed, we try to keep the heart and other organs, to dissect them. I think you have to be able to understand elementary science to be able to farm. Even to look at the sky and see what kind of clouds are rolling in. It’s natural for the kids to say “nimbus” or “stratus.” Q: You’ve “processed” meat chickens. How do your kids react to that? Does it freak them out? A: The first time we butchered, we did not do a great job of telling the kids ahead of time that we were going to be butchering. My son got upset. We didn’t know we were going to be butchering, but we had too many roosters. When our meat chickens came in we were really set that these are to eat, this is your dinner. We’ve had a lot of talks with the kids. They don’t like to see things die, which I understand. We tell the kids, we are going to treat these animals humanely. We take care of our chickens. We tell the kids — if you’ve eaten, your animals better have eaten. Katie (age 5) is really sensitive. A bee stung her and she held that bee, and cradled it and she sang to the bee between her wails. She ended up burying her favorite pet bee. She didn’t care so much that the bee had stung her, but that it meant the bee was going to die. When we got the ducks, she wanted to make sure that we weren’t eating these animals. She kept asking “can we have pets that we won’t eat?” Q: How do these chickens you’ve raised and processed yourself compare to storebought chicken?

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A: I feel like our chickens are superior. I tell my friends it’s like tasting victory with every bite — we processed 69 chickens. Q: Speaking of ducks - why do you have them? A: They belonged to some friends of ours who could no longer keep them. We’ve been offered a lot of animals — we’ve been offered a cow. We had friends who were checking out how interested we are in goats. Our friends showed us how we could use the ducks as part of bug maintenance. We have to be very bee friendly. I can put the ducks down on the garden and they eat up the insects and all the extra weeds and they clean the garden for me. And they fertilize it. And the duck eggs are delicious. They’re creamier and they are huge. Q: What’s next?

Nane Neufeld tends to the bees on the family farmstead.

A: We’re looking at getting some guineas soon. I think I would like some dairy goats eventually. Q: What’s your favorite thing on the farm? A: Bee keeping. It’s so relaxing. And I find them extremely entertaining. They are fascinating! Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own hobby farm/homestead? A: Your ability to plan will determine your success. If you don’t plan your garden well, where to put it, how to grow it, where to put your animals, you end up doubling your work when your workload is already high. Don’t try to do everything at once. Do only what you can do with excellence. NCM

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HEART OF THE HOME The Hobbs family’s renovated kitchen showcases their collection of art and antiques.

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1690 Hwy 34 E • Newnan The Hobbs were newlyweds when they moved into the house, and Jodie remembers peering through a window and being enchanted by the claw foot bathtub. “As we moved in and began to restore each room – each door, space or paint covered hardwood floor became my favorite because it was like a vintage canvas waiting to be revived,” said Jodie Hobbs, sounding like the art teacher she is. She taught in Fulton County at one time but has been an art instructor at nearby Newnan High School for years. Chris Hobbs works for the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes. Their children, Candler and Anna, grew up in Newnan's oldest house – which brought with it some special lessons. Anna and Candler learned “to stay off the banister rail” and not to sit on the arms of the furniture, Jodie Hobbs said. “Antiques can be fragile.” The house was built in 1828 on Jefferson Street, on the site where ValuTeachers has their offices now. Joel Wingfield Terrell, one of Coweta County’s first doctors, was the original owner of the home. Terrell also served as city treasurer and state representative, and he was the contractor when the Atlanta and West Point Railroad line was built from Atlanta to Newnan. Terrell sold the home to Andrew J. Berry, who founded one of Newnan's first banks. Berry sold the house to Columbus L. Redwine in 1858. Redwine added a second story to the cottage and had an elaborately landscaped gardens designed by Berckman’s, a well known Augusta firm, planted in front. The gardens remained at the Jefferson Street site until a Georgia Department of Transportation project led to their destruction about 15 years ago. In 1866, Redwine sold the home, sometimes called Rosemary, to Emily Jones Kendrick, widow of a Confederate officer. Mrs. Kendrick was at one point brought before the U.S. military post during Reconstruction when she refused to pass beneath the American flag. A Union soldier later wrote of her conduct that day, concluding she was his “ ideal of the patriotic Southern woman.”

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COWETA HISTORY

Chris and Jodie Hobbs are artistic souls, and their home reflects their aesthetic sensibilities. Classic colors and antique treasures blend with photographs, paintings and drawings. While there are plenty of reminders that their home has a special place in Coweta County's history, it is also clear that the LaGrange Street dwelling is their home – the place where Chris and Jodie experience life from day-to-day. The Hobbs did a lot of the work on the house themselves. When the newlyweds moved in, the upper floor was unfinished. They created living space there – incorporating a circular window Chris Hobbs rescued from the Coweta County Landfill. In another historical twist, it turns out Chris's grandfather – as a boy – lived in another house that stood on the same lot. A sealed, brick-line well that Chris's great-grandfather dug and built is under their home.

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MAKING ROOM FOR WHAT’S NEXT Pastor Joel Richardson to retire after 31 years in Newnan

Central Baptist Church, nestled beside the Newnan Carnegie Library on the corner of West Broad Street in downtown Newnan, is in the heart of Coweta County. The church was dedicated just over 118 years ago and has become a fixture of the city, as have several of the pastors who have called the historic church home. This spring, the county will join the historic church in bidding farewell to one of the congregation’s most memorable leaders, Dr. Joel Richardson. Richardson, a prominent voice in Coweta for more than 30 years, has often described his unique, all-encompassing views of religion and community as “politically conservative, religiously moderate and socially liberal.”

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“None of us can do what we do forever. All of us are replaceable and should be.” The Baptist minister attended college in Jackson, Mississippi before marrying and moving to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1970 to attend New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Richardson spoke fondly of the city where, according to the pastor, his wife learned to cook. “New Orleans is such a great food city,” Richardson mused. “My children were born there and grew up enjoying seafood and learning to eat raw oysters.” Richardson and family came to Newnan in 1984 when the city’s population was one-third of the nearly 40,000 it boasts today. The baptist pastor has seen the community grow and change exponentially, yet still considers the city to be a small town with a “Mayberry” sensibility. “One aspect of the church and community that I think is so interesting is that it has always

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something different, and it is time for the church to move on into its future,” Richardson said. “None of us can do what we do forever. All of us are replaceable and should be.” According to Richardson, we must simply make room for what is next in life. That is the case with every generation, the pastor noted. “You come here and you do what you do and you try to do it to the best of your ability,” Richardson explained. “Then you hand off the baton to whoever is next. You say ‘have fun, it has been a great run’ and you continue on knowing that the bonds that have been formed are forever.” Richardson added that he has grown so close to the people in the

community and in the congregation that members have become family. “I realized it was probably time for me to go when I started crying at all of the funerals,” the pastor said in jest. After retiring, Richardson noted that he plans to travel a bit with his wife and spend some time with his grandchildren, in addition to answering another calling. “I would love to get involved in some things that would help people who are facing end of life,” Richardson said. The pastor noted that he had recently read a book on the topic of end of life issues and how people face aging. “Whether they are dealing with an illness, aging or dementia, I want to learn about and help people


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is ready to help out. Their expertise provides services to Cowetans year-round for help with planting a garden. Stephanie Butcher has served as Coweta County’s Extension Coordinator since 2007, and worked as the Coweta County

Agricultural and Natural Resources Agent from 2005 - 2007. She enjoys working in agriculture and with people, so the job was a natural fit. Her desire to help people beautify their landscape, grow a successful garden and manage their farm and land to preserve natural resources

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led her to her current position after graduating from the University of Georgia. In 2005, she came to a growing, thriving Coweta County that had significant agriculture production. She saw it as a place where she could assist agricultural producers and at the same time, educate citizens about where their food comes from and the importance of Georgia’s agriculture industry. She and her husband, Kirk, now live in Senoia with their four children, Tori, Trevor, Shane and Slade. The Coweta Extension office is located at 255 Pine Road, and they have a multitude of resources to help with spring planting. They also host more than 80 Master Gardener volunteers who can help with gardening advice. If you haven’t been successful in the past, never fear; they have seen a lot of garden fails and can help prevent you from experiencing one. Some of the most common mistakes Butcher has seen with spring gardening are:

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are planning to do, Butcher has some helpful recommendations for you to be successful with your spring garden. MARCH FLOWER CHECKLIST Clean out winter weeds, leaves and other debris. Mulch thin areas and note what lived and what did not. Enjoy cool weather annuals like pansies and snapdragons. Prune out dead, broken or damaged shrubs and trees. If you prune hydrangeas, know your varieties and be sure you don’t prune off the buds since some varieties only bloom on old wood. Get your soil tested if you haven’t already. Plan what is going where in your landscape, based on the amount of sun and shade. APRIL FLOWER CHECKLIST Annuals can be planted after the frostfree date. Begin fertilizing ornamentals. Shade options include caladiums and hostas. Full sun options include vinca, impatiens and petunias. Summer bulbs like gladiolas can be planted in the spring, in addition to roses.

MARCH VEGETABLE GARDENING CHECKLIST Choose a location and design for your garden. The location should be in full sun, near the house and near a water source. If this is your first garden, start small. You don’t want to get overwhelmed and you can always plant more later. Test your soil for optimal plant growth. Soil test bags are available at the Extension office for $9.00. Store seeds in the refrigerator before planting. Till in lime and organic matter based on the soil test results. Don’t fertilize until you have planted. Start seedlings for summer vegetables. Seed terrariums are easy to use and are sold at home and garden

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and raccoons. Gardeners often face certain challenges when attempting a garden in Coweta County. The biggest complaint Butcher hears is from people who are new to Coweta and are not accustomed to the red clay. While it can be difficult to grow in, the clay has great water holding capacity and with a little organic matter mixed in, it can grow beautiful gardens. The other big issue is insect pressure. The

climate in our region leads to heavy insect and disease pressure, which can be challenging to control. There are many advantages to growing spring gardens in our neck of the woods, too. Butcher notes our long growing season, with a final frost date of April 15 to our first frost date of November 15. That allows seven months of growing. We also have many local farmers’ markets to buy and sell fruit, vegetables and flowers.

Visit www.ugaextension.com for more information on recommended plant varieties, care of ornamental plants in the landscape, UGA’s vegetable garden calendar, growing techniques for roses, the Classic City Garden Awards, and Gold Medal Winners. Coweta Extension Service resources are plentiful and ready for you to use in your own spring garden... so what are you waiting for? Dig in! NCM

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Anaheim On His Mind, Senoia In His Heart Cameron Rock Bedrosian — yes, that’s his real middle name — begins a January afternoon having just finished a morning workout at Ben Green’s house on Country Club Road in Newnan. Green isn’t a baseball trainer or even coach; he’s not even that big of a fan of the game. He’s a weightlifting coach that has experience on the Olympic level and Cam Bedrosian, a reliever for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim — yes, that’s the team’s real name — is approaching his third spring training stronger than ever. “I’ve been working out with him for the past six years,” said Bedrosian of the man that helped his father, former major league all-star and 1987 Cy Young award winner Steve Bedrosian, come back from Tommy John surgery in 1992.  The younger Bedrosian reported to Tempe, Arizona for spring training on February 15, so the former East Coweta High School Indian is pursuing his third attempt at

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making a major league ball club. Monday, April 4th (Opening Day) couldn’t get here fast enough for the 24-year-old. “What I’m looking for right now is to have a great spring training and to show the manager and my coaches that I’m ready for that 25-man roster,” said Cam, following the first of two workouts today.  Cam’s come a long way from Senoia, Georgia but every chance he gets, he tries to get back to where his childhood dream of pitching in the major leagues began. The major leaguer still stays on the 120-acre Bedrosian farm with his father and mother Tammy. Cam Bedrosian has Coweta County and East Coweta High School in his blood and doesn’t plan on changing no matter how much California sun he gets out there in the Angel bullpen.  “The first thing I do when I get come home is visit East Coweta High and go see Coach,” said Cam about his alma mater and former high school coach, current Indian head baseball coach Franklin Deloach. His coach and former teammates’ impact on his professional career has not been forgotten.  “I try to keep up with the guys as much as I can,” said Cam. “I miss playing with a lot of my buddies and the guys that I grew up with.” Deloach welcomes the annual visits.  “He just finished throwing with some of Opposite: Staying focused: Our hometown Los Angeles Angel works hard as Opening Day (April 4) approaches. Above: Once an Indian, always an Indian. East Coweta High School was instrumental in helping a young Bedrosian develop his talents in preparation for a career in professional baseball.

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the guys,” said the coach, currently in his 16th year at East Coweta. “We are very excited about Cam’s career. He had a great career here and always stays in touch with the program.” Cam Bedrosian’s young career has had some highs and lows thus far. Cam was all set to sign a coveted scholarship offer with Louisiana State University before being drafted in the first round of the 2010 Major League Baseball by the Angels. The opportunity to be selected in the first round and immediately start your professional career is rarely turned down in baseball circles. He was headed to pitch in the Rookie-level Arizona League months later. College would have to wait. He was a professional baseball player now. The difference between major league hitters and high school hitters is night and day. Recognizing the difference and making the necessary adjustments are what separate the draftees from the guys on the 30 major league rosters. “With hitters,” said Cam, “the higher you climb [through the minor leagues]

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the better they are.” What a five-star, first round talent like Bedrosian got away with as a high-schooler doesn’t work the same way at the major league level. It can’t. “Pitching 90 miles an hour used to make you a flamethrower back in my day,” said Steve. “Today it’s the norm.” “You can’t just leave pitches at the belt, down the middle like you used to in high school,” he said. “That’s not enough at this level.” The stress and pressure of pitching in the big leagues can also be hard on an arm. In 2011 he had to have Tommy John surgery and missed the subsequent season. Working back from injury taught Cam not to take any moment for granted. “Recovering from surgery and just being able to overcome that, I’m very proud of what I have accomplished but it’s not just me,” said Cam. “I’ve had a lot of help along the way from my dad, to Deloach, to my professional coaches and teammates.”  “He’s got a lot of confidence. He’s


healthy, strong and looking to be more consistent this spring,” said Steve. He also had Tommy John surgery in 1992 and came back to pitch three more major league seasons for the Atlanta Braves, culminating in 1995 with a World Series championship. Cam put in the work necessary to get back on the mound in 2012 and then took a huge leap forward in 2013. Starting in the Class A Midwest league, Bedrosian was promoted to Class A-Advanced California League in August 2013. His arm strength back and even better, Bedrosian would be pitching in the Class AA Texas League in April of 2014. It wouldn’t take long before his boyhood dreams would be fulfilled. As a matter of fact, it took 18 1/3 innings. Bedrosian blew away his competition at the AA level and was promoted to “the show” on June 3, 2014. The day his dreams came true is still fresh in his mind almost two years later.  “We had just gotten back from a 15-hour road trip and I got the call when we arrived in Little Rock,” said Cam. “I was so tired but I remember as soon as they called for me to come into the manager’s office, I knew what was happening.”  Bedrosian was being called up to the big club — the Angels.  “The complete joy and nervousness that I felt for the next week was so awesome.” “Coming back from Tommy John surgery and working his way back, he’s done a great job representing himself, his family, East Coweta High School and Coweta County,” said Deloach. Coach Deloach and the East Coweta baseball program retired Bedrosian’s number 32 on February 12. Now that he’s where he wants to be, what were some of Bedrosian’s baseball inspirations that helped get him through all of the levels, all of the injuries and ups and downs that are par for the course in a major leaguer’s life? “As a kid it wasn’t about pitchers and hitters for me,” he said. “Pedro Martinez, Ken Griffey, Jr., Smoltz and Glavine, of course. But number one I have to say is my dad.” “Watching him grow up, on and off the field, has been a pleasure for my wife Tammy and me,” said Steve Bedrosian. “There are a lot of good athletes from this area and I’m glad that Cam’s one of them.” NCM

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Easter for Mama Lucia’s executive chef, Len Guillaume, was similar to how most Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. “We always had the buffet and long tables with big plates of food,” he said. Alongside the pasta and meat courses, the Pasqua feasts included his uncle’s cured salumi (Italian cold cuts), cheeses and wines made in past seasons. Sides were based on spring’s early produce. Pane di Pasqua was also part of the Sunday spread. “We had the whole eggs cooked into the bread,” he explained. When his grandparents passed away, so did most of the family’s cultural customs. Children were expected to blend into the new country. “They wanted you to be American. They wanted you to assimilate,” he said. American dishes crept in as he got older, like baked ham and its relegated sides, but Guillaume held onto his love for Italian and other ethnic flavors. His late father was French. A portrait of his Italian mother, the late Lucia Alberico Guillaume, hangs in the restaurant named after her. Guillaume grew up outside Utica, N.Y. where Little Italy shop owners spoke Italian, and the cafes and bakeries offered goods from the old country’s different regions. It was a world that excited all his senses. “Everything was like you could have been in Italy,” he said. The 64-year-old chef is a purist who prides himself in the craft of cooking. He balances his art between what he describes as customers who want to dine and those who only want to eat. True diners understand it takes longer to prepare made-toorder sauces from scratch while others may be too conditioned to accept the typical chain restaurant experience where the focus is more on table turnover. “That’s just American culture. They want it now and right away,” he said. Guillaume began his career washing dishes. After

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1 1/2 lb. flank or top round steak

Olive oil

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Prosciutto, sliced thin

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Pinch of black pepper

Tomato sauce

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Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. If meat is thick, butterfly or slice thin. Lay the meat out on a board, and pound with mallet to tenderize. Rub with olive oil. 3.

Layer the cheese, parsley, pine nuts, sausage, prosciutto and eggs across the steak to within a quarter-inch of the edges. Season with black pepper. Roll all the ingredients inside like a jelly roll. Secure and knot with kitchen twine.

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Sear the meat roll in a Dutch oven or deep baking pan until browned all over.

5. Add enough tomato sauce to the same pan to cover the roll. Bake at 300 degrees covered for 1 ½ hours. 6. Uncover for another 1 ½ hours, checking every half-hour to baste. 7.

To serve, cut and remove the twine. Slice the roll in thick medallion or pinwheelsized portions and serve over pasta or risotto.

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ROWING UP, I wanted to be an artist. I imagined myself a street artist, painting portraits for passers-by in the French Quarter of New Orleans, not far from where I lived. I envisioned owning an art studio and living alone, perhaps misunderstood and reclusive, in the loft above. It was my dad, now a businessman, who wanted to pursue a career in journalism in his youth. Although I considered writing and enjoyed the avocation, I chose art. I sketched and painted my way through high school and college, earning a fine arts degree and a significant body of work. Now, years later, I am a mother of two with a home full of lovely paintings that I admire while seated with my laptop, writing articles for the local paper. I am a journalist; a writer and editor for The Newnan Times-Herald. Ain’t it funny how life turns out? Recently, I was on the hunt for an article that I hoped would allow me to include the opinions of some young people in the community. After some thought, I found myself enlisting a class full of high school journalism students to interview a reporter. I envisioned a fellow writer being interviewed by the teens, while I recorded their direct and presumably insightful questions. I was not envious of the reporter that I would somehow convince (read: beg) to stand in front of a classroom full of probing teens. In the end though, as luck and extenuating circumstances would have it, that reporter was me. At Newnan High School, journalism students create a monthly news publication known as the Prowl and Growl. Articles are written, edited and photographed by students, and are published monthly in The Newnan Times-Herald in addition to the school’s own publication and online edition published through the local high school’s website. I was, admittedly, more than a bit nervous despite (or possibly due to) having two teenaged daughters myself. The 19 students, led by English instructor Josh Johnson, were somewhat intimidating in their initial quiet reserve. I explained the idea for the article, one that would be published in the Newnan-Coweta Magazine rather than the daily paper, and fumbled immediately in my attempt to include that it had not been in the


THE GRILLING ENSUES Newnan High School journalism students (from left) Anijah Hall, Lilly Thompson, and Madison Ricketts take careful notes while they learn how to conduct an interview.

...I simply thought that maybe if I tried,

I could.

original plan to offer myself up for the interview. “So, I’m sure you were all able to come up with some pretty interesting questions,” I said, wondering if I had spoken enough or too much. “Who wants to go first?” Questions came slowly at first, and I crossed my fingers below the podium, silently hoping that the next half hour would continue at the same reassuringly leisurely pace. “Did you always want to be a journalist?” Meg wanted to know. The question made me smile as I thought about the attempts I had made to sell my art after college, and how the inability to do so had instead led me here. I explained that my dad had once wanted to be a sports writer, but I pursued a degree in fine arts, with studies in English and creative writing an afterthought or passing interest. “What was your inspiration for becoming a journalist?” Kaylee asked. Similar to the way I once asked myself if I was, in fact, an artist, I wondered then if I had been writing long enough to actually be considered a journalist. I explained that, like many things in life, I simply thought that maybe if I tried, I could. As her second question, Meg asked, “What is one thing you wish someone would have told you about being a reporter?” Though I was not aware of it at the time, I realized that Meg’s question was one of the reasons I had orchestrated the interview. Being prepared for the reality of something — a career or any number of pursuits in life — is an important part of making an educated decision, though real-world advice is not always readily available. I admitted to the class that writing, like most other career choices, wasn’t as simple as I had imagined it to be. The combination of creativity, along with the seemingly opposing task of fact-checking and deadline writing, had brought an unexpected level of difficulty to the position. Questions continued along the same vein and I began to gain confidence, along with the students. “Is the work environment different between being a journalist and march /april 2016 | 71


POTENTIAL FUTURE JOURNALISTS? As Bowers teaches these students, they also teach her more about herself. From left: Instructor Josh Johnson, Lucas Braschler, Mandy Foster, Tanner Ballard, Haley Fisher, Andy Callaway, Paul Slobodzian, Catelynn Tanksley, Daniel Greco, Meg Oldham, Paige Batten, Natalie Gaines, Jacob Bruce, Madeline Schindler, Madison Ricketts, Meckhi Winkles, Madison Farmer, Anijah Hall, Lilly Thompson, Kaylee Farr

Every story has the potential to change

someone’s

world.

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another work situation?” Madison asked. “What classes would you recommend taking in college to prepare for a career in journalism?” Paul wanted to know. And from Daniel, “If you could travel anywhere to write, where would you go?” The interview was moving along nicely, and I was giving myself a silent pat on the back for the apparent success of the whole endeavor when the inevitable curve ball came. “Do you think writing can change the world?” Paige asked. “Yes,” I replied enthusiastically, though I knew immediately that the question would require more than a simple affirmation. I pondered several explanations in my head while looking up to the ceiling as though the reasons I was searching for might be found there. Everything we do, I thought, has the potential to change the world, in some minor way, negative or positive… right? “Every story has the potential to change the world — someone’s world,” I said tentatively. “I can think of very few things I have read, from magazines to memoirs, that haven’t taught me something or enlightened me in some way.” As Mr. Johnson’s class gathered for photos to accompany the future magazine article, I felt both relieved and jittery with the fallout of my own sustained nervousness. I wasn’t certain what the article would become — I am rarely aware, before fingers hit the keyboard, what any idea or plan might lead to — but, according to me, it would have the potential to change the world. I laughed inwardly at this thought. I guess, as with my own career path, we will just have to wait and see how it all turns out. NCM


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Dallas Brass

7 pm | $10/$12 | The Centre for Performing and Visual Arts Founded in 1983, the Dallas Brass is one of America’s most prominent musical ensembles. Their repertoire includes classical, Dixieland, swing, Broadway, Hollywood and patriotic music.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

March 10-13, 17-20 Thursdays - Saturdays 8 pm; Sundays 3 pm | $10-$15 | Newnan Theatre Company Newnan’s community theatre presents the Tennessee Williams classic.

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Shamrock Road Race

7:45 am | $10-$40 | Court Square The ShamRock Road Race sponsored by the Newnan Junior Service League will benefit the Coweta Samaritan Clinic, which provides medical care for uninsured and underinsured residents of Coweta County. Leprechaun Dash Fun Run (all ages): 7:45 am Senior Shuffle (one mile run): 8 am 5K and 10K: 8 am

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Spring Screen on the Green

7:30 pm - until | Free | First Avenue Park This Main Street Newnan family-friendly event encourages everyone to bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy while watching the movie.

Spring Art Walk

5 - 9 pm | Free | Court Square Downtown businesses will host storefront exhibits and demonstrations by local artists. Complimentary tastings and hors d’oeuvres, as well as specials and promotions, will be featured at some locations.

Grey Matters Dinner Event

6 pm | $60 and up | The Newnan Centre Newnan native Denise Jackson, author and wife of country music star Alan Jackson, will speak at Can’t Never Could’s third annual dinner event. The nonprofit works to support those suffering from adversity and personal struggles.

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“Southern Crossroads: Where History and Literature Meet”

SPEAKER SERIES 2:30 pm | Free | Newnan Carnegie Library This series began in January and will conclude in May. Speakers will offer a scholarly review of definitive, yet evolutionary, moments where southern history, literature, and music merge. UWG Professor Melissa Dickson Jackson will present “Between History and the Page: The Fugitive Moment.”

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April Market Day

10 am - 2 pm | Free | Court 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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Season Tickets - On Sale Now! We've put together an amazing lineup for our inaugural summer concert series. Six concerts from a variety of nationally-known artists are offered as part of the season ticket package. Visit our website to check out the concert lineup and purchase tickets! THE SOUTH'S SWEETEST STAGE ★ HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LAGRANGE

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3rd Annual Community Outreach Health Fair & Blood Drive March 20, 2016 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Peachtree City SDA Church 4957 Hwy 34 E, Sharpsburg GA 30277 770-253-8291 ptcsda.com

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Beading Class with Nancy Twomey 10 am | Free | Newnan Carnegie Library Children ages 4 - 12 are welcome. Class is limited to 10. Registration is required.

More than 25 exhibitors will help you be proactive with your health! Diagnostic testing including glucose, body mass, blood pressure, and new this year – kidney disease testing! Get healthy, and stay healthy!

7 Go online today to redcross.org to sign up to donate blood! Look for Sponsor Code PTCSDA.

Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff

10 am | Free | Newnan Carnegie Library All Hands Productions presents “Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff” in a puppet show designed for all ages.

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Spring Taste of Newnan

5 - 8:30 pm | Free Admission | Court Square Main Street Newnan hosts Taste of Newnan every Spring and Fall. Our largest downtown event, the Taste of Newnan offers visitors small food and drink samples from local food vendors. Tickets for samples available for purchase.

*Offer good for first-time guests only. One-hour session consists of 50-minute massage or facial and time for consultation and dressing. Prices subject to change. Rates and services may vary by location and session. Not all Massage Envy locations offer facial and other services. For a specific list of services, check with the specific location or see MassageEnvy.com. Additional local taxes and fees may apply. Each location is independently owned and operated. ©2015 Massage Envy Franchising, LLC.

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World Premiere of the Original Play

Abby’s Angels 5K Rainbow Run and Family Fun Day 9 am | $15/$30 and Free Admission to Fun Day | Coweta County Fairgrounds All proceeds support Abby’s Angels Foundation. The non-profit provides school supplies to area students; support for families whose children give life through organ donation; outreach for children who have lost a sibling; and education for drivers on the dangers of distracted driving.

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“Southern Crossroads: Where History and Literature Meet”

SPEAKER SERIES 2:30 pm | Free | Newnan Carnegie Library This series began in January and will conclude in May. Speakers will offer a scholarly review of definitive, yet evolutionary, moments where southern history, literature, and music merge. UWG Associate Professor, Dr. Rebecca Harrison will present “The Female Aesthetic in the Modern South: A Confederacy of Water Moccasins.”

Save the date! May 16 Soles for Cole 5K Run 8 am | Ashley Park

July 11-15 Art and Theatre Camp

presents an innovative telling of the historic 1948 murder trial in Coweta County in its commissioned musical

Wadsworth Auditorium 25 Jefferson St., Newnan, GA Friday, April 1, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 8:00 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2:30 p.m. Tickets $25 and up via: www.fliesatthewell.org or call (770) 683-6282 Major funding by

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FACES & PLACES

COWETA

SCENE

MLK PARADE Crowds turned out for the 29th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on January 13 in downtown Newnan. The event was presented by Newnan Chapter 483, Order of the Eastern Star. The theme was “Generations Continuing the Legacy of Education for the Growth of our Future,” and the grand marshall was musician and Coweta native Hamilton Bohannon.

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FACES & PLACES

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McRitchie-Hollis Museum

Rustic, Romantic

Historic Train Depot

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Garden Pavillion

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ANGEL HOUSE RUN

Bridal Makeup Facials • Microcurrent Lash and Brow Tint jane iredale mineral makeup Hydrobrasion / Microdermabrasion Chemical Peels LED Phototherapy

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At Bailey

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106 Bailey Station Circle Sharpsburg, GA 30277

770-304-8857

Experienced childcare professionals committed to providing quality care to the children in our community.

Caring, Teaching, Reaching children age 6 weeks - 12 years

At Newnan

Crossing

243 Summerlin Blvd. Newnan, GA 30265

770-253-8104 Research has found that the first years of a child’s life are critical for growth & development. Children learn from the moment of birth, growing and developing at an individual pace. By offering a balance of experiences, StoneBridge Early Learning Center is committed to providing each child the opportunity to develop the skills needed to advance in their educational journey.

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Runners and eaters took their marks on February 6 for the 14th annual Run for Angels and Chicken-Q in downtown Newnan. Participants had the option of a one-mile fun run, a 5K, and a 10K, and afterwards, Huckleberry’s offered barbecue chicken plates and homemade desserts at First United Methodist Church. The event benefitted Angel’s House, a local shelter for children in need.


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THE COWETA SPORTS HALL OF FAME BANQUET was held on February 13 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds. Emory University record-setting swimmer Dr. CM “Bro” Barron (not pictured) and Major League Baseball player and 1996 Atlanta Braves World Series team member Jerome Walton were both honored.

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

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Legal Carry With the dramatic rise in gun carry permits in Coweta County, what exactly are the responsibilities and legalities surrounding these permits? We will delve into these complexities, in addition to exploring the increasing numbers of women carrying guns and the growing popularity of ladies’ only events at local shooting ranges.

Let's Golf! A guide to Coweta’s best golf courses will enhance the local game for the old pro to the new beginner.

Summer Camp School is out May 27, which means summer camps for Coweta’s kids will be in full swing. There are many options to choose from but the list can also be overwhelming. We’ll give you a rundown of which camps the kids and parents are looking forward to the most.

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