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Friday, January 1, 2010— 1B

Photo by Bob Fraley Photo by Jeffrey Leo

The Chattahoochee River reached a record 29.84 feet, flooding portions of Coweta in Sept. 2009.The Chattahoochee River in the background is usually 25 feet from the house of Rayburn Gray at the end of Bob Brewster Road.

Chubby Checker, 68, wows a large and enthusiastic crowd at a November concert in downtown Newnan, where he performed a high-energy, 90-minute show celebrating “The Twist.”

Photo by Bob Fraley

Col. Joe M. Jackson, right, and Dick Stender, commander of American Legion Post 57, admire the work of Mark and Jenelle Byrd at Veterans Memorial Plaza at dedication ceremonies Veterans Day Nov. 2009. Photo by Jeffrey Leo

Cheering the inauguration of Pres. Barack Obama during viewing of the inauguration in January is former Coweta County Commissioner Robert Wood, right, with local former civil rights worker Josephine Rush, center, and her great niece Lois Zackery Mitchell, at left.

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“Bigger than a golf ball, smaller than a baseball” was the description provided by the owner of this chunk of hail that fell in Coweta in February 2009.

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A 6-foot alligator rescued from Interstate 85 northbound near exit 51 in north Coweta is is shown by Mike Clark, father of Jason Clark of Southeastern Reptile Rescue, based near Griffin.

Construction crews with the city of Newnan work in July 2009 restoring the Carnegie building in downtown Newnan, a project that began in September 2008. Work was completed in August for the grand opening of the new city reading room.


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Coweta gets new obscenity law Newnan Water and Light cabin off Roscoe Road to view historical event. • Georgia Regional Transportation Authority to relocate Xpress Bus lot off Ga. Hwy. 34 E. on Hollz Parkway. • Coweta Animal Control quarantined due to parvo virus. • Newnan trial set for Dr. Phil Astin III, Carrollton physician accused of illegally dispensing prescription drugs to patients including WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, leading up to Benoit murder/suicide in Fayetteville June 22, 2007. Astin pleads guilty Jan. 29. • Elizabeth Beers and Ray DuBose honored by Main Street — Beers for efforts to place Oak Hill Cemetery on the National Register and to recognize Chalk Level Of the 12,000 hopefuls who showed up for "Idol's" Jacksonville auditions neighborhood. • Hogansville timber magnate in August 2008, Newnan High School student Alan Jackson was one of just 16 selected to move on to the next round of Hollywood auditions, it Holland Ware offers Forestar $535 was announced in January 2009. million for land, including thousands of acres in Coweta. mentary school to open in fall Veitch is indicted for felony mur• Georgia Supreme Court 2009. Redistricting is approved. der for events July 27, 2008. upholds murder conviction of • The “other” Alan Jackson, stuDrywall worker Gaston Gonzales Charles Travis Manley in 1987 dent at Newnan High School, perwas shot and killed on Trammell Road in south Coweta at an under- forms concert at Centre for death of Vieng Phovixay. Performing and Visual Arts after construction home. • Coweta Commission passes “American Idol” auditions. • Michelle Garner Hall is indicttighter obscenity ordinance and • Newnan seeks architect to ed in shooting death of husband new ordinance regulating sexually design new police facility. John Brittson “Britt” Hall July 30, oriented businesses. Starship • Captain Tony Grant of Coweta 2008. Kip Bernard Harris is indictPresident and CEO Kelly Rogers, Sheriff ’s Office and wife Crystal ed in July 16 shooting on Johnson claim $2.5 million win from lottery working to open adult novelties Road of Senoia resident Leon “Millionaire Jumbo Bucks” game. Dennis. store near Thomas Crossroads, at • Planned Starship adult novel• January foreclosures up 12.8 meeting. ties and gifts store misses target percent. Coweta Homeless Task • Sony Pictures asks Newnan opening near Thomas Crossroads. Force forms. City Council for permission to film The company, denied a business • Milling before repaving of East license, and Coweta County would for movie “Zombieland,” starring Broad Street makes for a bumpy Woody Harrelson. Get Low be in court later in 2009. ride. Productions asks to film movie • Don Chapman named Coweta • Development Authority says Coweta still in running for “Project Citizen of the Year at ceremonies with such stars as Robert Duvall sponsored by Newnan Kiwanis Care,” a cancer hospital that could and Sissy Spacek at Temple Avenue Club. Presenting award is 2008 bring 400 jobs. home of Gandy Glover. • Memorial program, parade cele- recipient Robin Tornow. • School nurse cuts opposed. • Suspect arrested in Oct. 27, brate memory of Dr. Martin Luther • Yokogawa awarded U.S. 2008, home invasion in Line Creek King Jr. Defense contract. Cove subdivision in northeast • The Times-Herald’s longest • Replacement of copper on hisCoweta. serving employee, Joel Hyde, • Newnan convention center plan toric Coweta Courthouse delayed retires after 47 years. on hold due to economy. • Robert “Bobby” Lee elected after weather damage to wood • Jobless benefits claims spike. chairman to fill Hershall Norred’s tower structure found. • Cowetans Willie Boyd and Josh vacancy on Newnan Water, • Speed limit dropped to 50 Hickman attend inauguration of Sewerage and Light Commission. through Coweta with planned Pres. Barack Obama in Washington, • Construction proceeds on new Photo by Jeffrey Leo February lane shifts on I-85 widenD.C. Locals gather at Clay-Wood Richard Brooks Elementary, Starship President and CEO Kelly Rogers takes notes at a January 2009 Coweta School System’s 19th eleCommunity Center and move to ing project. • Newnan’s DeAnna Pappas — former star of ABC TV dating series “The Bachelorette” — to cohost Lifetime’s “Get Married.” • Bricks go in at Veterans Plaza in Newnan city park. By year’s end personalized bricks of supporters would fill spots in the plaza, and in November a statue honoring Medal of Honor winners is dedicated. • County’s dial-a-ride transportation program in place, except for buses. • Victim of fatal New Year’s Eve shooting south of Moreland identified as John Robert “J.R.” Brown, 18. • Author Dot Moore delves into files of fellow writer the late Margaret Anne Barnes, researching “Murder in Coweta County” figure John Wallace. • Rodney Brooks and Al Smith take seats on Coweta Commission. • “Old Lindsey place” north of

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Hail stones larger than golf balls pelt Coweta • Recording artist and Newnan native Hamilton Bohannon gives students a special look at music history with his new audio book, sharing his life story. • Newnan Mayor Keith Brady confirms he will seek a fifth term in 2009 fall municipal elections. • Russian translator of “Gone With the Wind” visits Sharpsburg GWTW collector Herb Bridges. • Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek in Newnan as “Get Low” cameras roll. • Traffic signal approved at Poplar Road and bypass. • Senoia names Jason Edens police chief. • February foreclosures up 24 percent from year before. • A 52-year-old Lithia Springs hunter’s body is found in remote section of Chattahoochee Bend State Park land. • Starship makes demand for a business license for proposed adult store at Thomas Crossroads. • Donald Sprayberry Jr. of Newnan’s famous Sprayberry’s Barbecue is interviewed by a Chinese television channel that became interested in the fourth-generation enterprise. • D&H begins hiring for new Coweta warehouse. • Atlanta Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking, who hails from Senoia, visits Arnco-Sargent Elementary; students praised for helping his foundation’s Locker 56 program. • State budget cuts impact Area Agency on Aging in-home services for elderly. • Annual Run for Angels in Newnan raises funds for Angel’s House children’s shelter. • Number of immigrant workers in Coweta appears to be dwindling due to economy. • Scott Tigchelaar of RiverWood Studios in Senoia praises state’s movie incentives as film production crews are pouring into Coweta. • Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity plans Lutheran build groundbreaking for March 7. • Goodwill announces plans to expand, add career center to Newnan store in Shenandoah Plaza. • Rite Aid, with distribution centers in Newnan, feeling economic pinch. • Bank presidents Mike Barber of First Coweta and Bucky Kimsey of Neighborhood Community are replaced. • Newnan City Council approves filming for Sony Pictures TV production “The Wronged Man” in downtown in early March. • A Veterans Administration Clinic is announced for location off Hwy. 34 E. • Julie Raschen is named principal of new Richard Brooks Elementary, set to open in fall. • Beloved Senoia resident and former hardware store proprietor Jimmy Hutchinson dies. • Willie Andrew Gibbs Jr., 35, dies from shooting wounds. • Hospital Authority gives one-time allotment of $150,000 to Coweta Health Department to help from state budget cuts.

• The late Bert Atkinson, a pioneer aviator buried in Newnan, is inducted into Georgia Aviaton Hall of Fame. • Coweta School System cancels teacher job fair; with budget crunch staff for new school to be shifted from within system. • Among topics at a Newnan City Council retreat, a sprayground is suggested to replace Lynch Park pool. By late 2009 plans would switch back to a new pool after requests from surrounding community. • Word at city retreat is that Carnegie renovation for a reading room to be complete in August. • Grantville City Council names the Griffin Street recreation building The Willie L. Clements Jr. and John A. Malcolm Community Center. • In mid February work resumes replacing cupola copper at Coweta County Courthouse. • Plan to vaccinate animals coming into Coweta Animal Control facility discussed, Coweta Commission gives approval. • Coweta native the late Timothy Cole Jr. to be inducted into Dustoff Hall of Fame. • Coweta Sports Hall of Fame inducts Danny Cronic, Weddington Kelley, Steve Bedrosian and Tim Clark. • Cathy Mendenhall McNaughton, 54, found dead in home on Portage Lane in north Coweta. Autopsy shows she was stabbed to death. • Neighborhood Community and First Coweta banks on “Texas ratios” list. • Vandals do $100,000 in damage to Turin cemetery, juveniles found responsible. • Storm drops hail larger than golf balls on north Coweta. • 2,000 birds expected at Chattahoochee Valley Poultry Association show at Coweta Fairgrounds. • Coweta ditches satellite health department plan for $1.5 million Jackson upgrade. That plan would later turn into plans for a new health department on Hospital Road land owned by county. • Twin brothers Robert and Rhodes Skinner south of Moreland are among those losing homes as an EF2 tornado strikes southern Coweta County. • Charter company makes proposal for charter school in Senoia area. • West Central Technical College plans to develop a new stand-alone campus in Coweta, with first phase financed by college’s foundation. WCTC would merge with LaGrange-based West Georgia Technical College July 1 — it is now West Georgia Technical College. • Hobby Lobby to fill space in Newnan Crossing East vacated with Belk move to Ashley Park. Belk soft opening March 7. • McIntosh Village sewer planning ongoing. • Coweta State Court Solicitor Robert Stokely seen moonlighting at a Wendy’s restaurant, makes national headlines. • Alec Bryant McNaughton, 60, is arrested in Feb. 15 stabbing death of his wife.

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Coweta’s population at 122,924 • Piedmont Newnan Hospital officials announce that economic uncertainties continue to keep construction of new Poplar Road hospital on hold. • Early March brings Coweta a wintry mix with about three inches of snow accumulating on roads. • A stuck DTI Logistics Inc. transfer truck’s trailer load is split in half by a northbound CSX train, scattering Wendy’s restaurant food bags along U.S. 29 at Walt Sanders Road near Madras. • Senoia police are involved in a shooting that leaves two residents hospitalized for gunshot wounds. • Coweta County Board of Commissioners agrees to offer $70,000 to county’s Board of Health to help health department avoid furloughs. • Film crews come to Newnan to shoot portions of “The Wronged Man,” starring Julia Ormond. • Development Authority officials announce that Coweta is in the running for a rumored cancer treatment hospital. • Three “shovel ready” projects totaling $7.8 million come to Coweta County as a result of federal stimulus funding. • Newnan police probe the death of 42-year-old Warren Keith who was shot in the Milton Avenue area. • Two rays of sunshine peek through the dark economic clouds as new businesses Food Lion, and Belk at Ashley Park open. • Cyclist Brandon Storey loses his life in a motorcycle crash on Martin Mill Road in south Coweta. • Coweta Magistrate Judge James Stripling rules there is probable cause to believe Alec Bryant McNaughton murdered his wife Cathy Mendenhall the previous month. His case is bound over to Superior Court. • The Newnan High Cougars Boys Basketball team makes it to the state semifinals, but lose to Milton 64-53. • Ex Grady Hospital Doctor Adam Lebowitz enters a not guilty plea in the March session of Coweta Superior Court for allegedly soliciting sex from Coweta minor he had met on the Internet. • Newnan Police take suspect

T.J. Hill of Newnan gets ready to throw a snow ball at his sister Miranda Hill during the winter weather event in March 2009. Fred Hill into custody for the shooting of a woman in her vehicle. • Coweta’s historic 1904 Courthouse gets a shiny, new copper weather vane as work continues to refurbish the structure. • The state Department of Transportation holds up Coweta’s dial-a-ride program due to budget issues. • The United Way cuts staff in Coweta due to the Atlanta United Way’s budget, and restructuring to support the organization’s five year strategic plan. • Hannah Gravitt and Emily Stephens are named Newnan and Coweta’s Junior Misses in the program’s annual pageant. • Coweta County’s Board of Health raises its inspection fees to help cope with the budget crisis. • Dianne Parker of Newnan is named the newest member of the Newnan Water, Sewerage and Light Commission. • Coweta County’s population is estimated to be 122,924, according to the latest figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau. • Dedication ceremonies are held for the renovated Grantville ballpark. • The Georgia state budget includes a proposed issuance of

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48th Infantry members say good-bye to families • Coweta officials learn the Poplar Road interchange on Interstate 85 has been given a project number by the Georgia Department of Transportation. • Lisa Johnston is named executive director of Certif ied Literate Is Coweta’s Key, a local literacy organization. • Rite-Aid announces plans to close its local distribution center. • Joseph Chad Taylor, 36, is arrested for the murder of 19-year-old Susan Elizabeth Weaver. • Newnan-Coweta Historical Society announces plans to expand the Atlanta & West Point Railroad depot complex. • Local gun dealers see a surge in sales because of fears about possible gun purchase restrictions. • Col. Joe M. Jackson, Newnan native and Medal of Honor recipient, escorts Pres. Barack Obama for Medal of Honor ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. • Newnan Community Theatre

Company recognizes Dale Lyles for 25 years of service to the organization. • The county firing range is named for the late Jimmy Scogin, who was killed in the line of duty while working for the county in 2007. • Ashley Brenetta Florence, a teacher’s assistant at Northgate High, is arrested on charges of a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. • Members of 48th Infantry Brigade Bravo Company Second Battalion enjoy time with their families before departing for Mississippi en route to Afghanistan. • Connie Psathas is charged with embezzling $200,000 from Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation. • John J. Young, Coweta County native and longtime Pentagon official, is recognized by the Joint Chiefs of Staff. • A Tea Party group holds a demonstration on April 15, the day income tax returns are due. • Local builder Jason Veitch is cleared of murder for the shooting of

a Latino immigrant at a work site. • The Salvation Army holds its regional spring concert at Wadsworth Auditorium. • Police are alerted of a door-todoor scam fraudulently using the name of Community Welcome House, a local center for abused women. • Criterion Referenced Competency Tests are given to 3,522 Coweta County School System students. • Angela Brown, who teaches fifth graders at Ruth Hill Elementary School, is named Coweta County’s Teacher of the Year. • County officials take a fresh look at plans for the new Coweta County Health Department facility. • Lee Middle School student Jay Warner, 14, is honored for his quick thinking when bus driver Donna Mitchell became ill. • Cargill employees clear debris and pick up trash at Whitlock Park and along White Oak Creek in observance of Earth Day. • Public safety officials from across

the region spend a week in Newnan for the annual Mantracker training. • University of Georgia Press publishes “What Virtue There Is In Fire,” a book by Hogansville native and scholar Edwin Arnold, about the 1899 lynching of Sam Hose in Coweta County. • U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland says he will not run for governor. • The University of West Georgia begins offering courses for a master’s degree in criminology at the UWG Newnan Center. • Local “Smokey and the Bandit” fan Tyler Hambrick joins with other fans from Michigan and Pennsylvania to create a replica trailer for the annual Bandit Run. • Events during Public Safety Appreciation Week honor local police officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and other emergency workers. • Signs are placed on Lower Fayetteville Road designating the Newnan/ Coweta Veterans Memorial

Parkway — a project spearheaded by local veteran Glenn Bexley. • Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. honors Dr. Gerald S. Troutman with its Distinguished Alumnus Award. • Coweta County’s Emergency Management office is notified of possible new dangers from swine flu. • “High School Musical” is presented by students at Newnan High School. • Erin DiPirro, a student from Arnall Middle School, receives the Norah McGraw Outstanding Achievement Award at Coweta Special Olympics at Newnan High School’s Drake Stadium. • Coweta County’s B.T. Brown Water Treatment Plant is designated as the best operated in the state by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals.

Coweta getting new health department, technical college • First suspected case of H1N1 “Swine Flu” in Coweta is investigated by state. • More than 300 cancer survivors expected at Relay for Life. • Public safety employees enjoy annual lunch in their honor. • Inspirational concert sponsored by Newnan Presbyterian Church held in Greenville Street Park. • Newnan-Coweta Magazine wins five GAMMA awards. • Even after new signs erected, second big truck in two months gets stuck on Walt Sanders Drive at Hwy. 29 north. • West Central Technical College announces $8 million capital gifts campaign. • First students graduate from State University of West Georgia Newnan campus’ MBA program. • Roundabout at Greison Trail and East Broad Street declared accident-free after first six months of operation. • Heavy thunderstorm downs trees, leaves hundreds of Cowetans without power. • Coweta schools announce layoff of 40 teacher aides to deal with budget shortfall.

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The circa 1850 Storey-Hollis home on Nimmons Street, intended to be given to the City of Newnan as a museum in the will of the late Edgar Hollis, in 2009 became the center of a battle over ownership of what was left in his estate. • Coweta County Board of Health announces it will receive $1.5 million from Coweta County Hospital Authority to build new facility on Hospital Road. • McIntosh Village development in East Coweta sold to Utah group with links to Mormon church. • Economic concerns a major focus as locals celebrate National Day of Prayer. • East Coweta’s Echostage players perform “Fame” at Centre for Performing and

Visual Arts. • American Lung Association gives Coweta County an “F” for ozone pollution. • Local humane societies form coalition to consolidate and improve services. • Senoia Memorial Fountain honoring Sam Channell, Jim Baggarly Jr., Tom McKeehan and Jimmy Hutchinson is dedicated. • New career center operated by Goodwill industries opens. • Local habitat for Humanity chapter moves into new office

on Pine Rd. • Coweta school officials eye four-day summer work week to cut costs. • Carrollton physician Dr. Phil Astin sentenced in Newnan to ten years in prison for illegally providing prescriptions to pro wrestler Chris Benoit, who was found dead at his Fayette County home in 2007 after apparently murdering his wife and son. • Cowetans travel to state welcome center in West Point to welcome visitors. • Community raises more than $3,000 to bring home local soldiers for last visit before deployment to Afghanistan. • Southtowne Chrysler and John Cullen Chrysler among 13 Georgia Chrysler dealerships closed after Chrysler bankruptcy filing. • Coweta students score higher than region and state average on graduation test. • Newnan teen Sasha Medina killed in small plane crash in Alabama while returning from Florida, where he and friends had delivered a car to a friend. Fulton County Juvenile Court Judge Sammy Jones, pilot of the plane, was also killed. Local teens Sarah Conklin and Joshua

Rumohr are injured in crash. • Newnan Police traffic stop on I-85 nets $1 million cash in huge drug bust. • Newnan native Cathy Lee Phillips named Georgia Author of the Year by the National League of American Pen Women. • Northgate High’s Backstage Players present “Oklahoma.” • Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority announces water usage down 26 percent for year. • Georgia regional transportation plan shows widening of Hwy. 154 in Coweta not scheduled until 2030. • Chinese delegation visits Coweta to inspect potential industrial property. • Nine-year-old boy charged in stabbing of his 16-year-old sister. • Smoking in bed believed to be cause of fire at Foxworth Forest Apartments. • Vandals strike buildings in Old Town Sharpsburg. • Two residences destroyed in separate Arnco, Sargent fires. • West Georgia Technical College announces new facility to be built on donated land just north of Orchard Hills Golf

Club. • Coweta County Business Occupation Tax Rate Review and Appeals Committee votes 4-2 to grant license for Starship adult novelty store. Ruling recommends that county commission overturn earlier decision to deny Starship business license for Thomas Crossroads store. • Canongate area residents oppose construction of fueling station at county fire station on Fischer Road. • Local veterans honored at Jackson-Pless Armory by Newnan High School students. • New Veterans Plaza dedicated in Newnan City Park at corner of Jackson Street and Temple Avenue. • TV series “Drop Dead Diva” approved for filming in several Coweta locations. • More than 1,125 seniors earn diplomas from local high schools. • Region unemployment rate hits 10.8 percent. • City of Newnan votes to align Roscoe and Sprayberry Roads, create new intersection. • Lawsuit claims funds in Hollis estate mishandled by former estate executor Mayo Royal.

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D&H warehouse opens, cancer hospital announces plans • Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation honors restoration of Senoia home. • After area homeowners protest, Coweta Commission decides against building fueling station at Fischer Road fire station near Canongate. • Coweta County returns $114,000 in impact fees to developers of Hwy. 34 east property. • Senoia considers package liquor sales. • Northgate wins state AAAA baseball championship. • Coweta schools cut 14 tech positions to save money. • Engineering approved for Poplar Road I-85 interchange. • Coweta County Fire Department orders seven new engines. • Authorities seek Sharpsburg man missing for two weeks. • Book sale announced to help Ferst Foundation provide free books to children. • Coweta County Development Authority cuts its annual budget. • Newnan grandmother wins large lottery prize. • More than 100 Senoia residents show up to express wishes for future

direction of town. • Coweta County Development Authority investigates potential new revenue sources at Newnan-Coweta Airport. • Local Masons promote child identification program. • Lutherans help build Habitat for Humanity home in Grantville. • Sharpsburg investigates possible revisions of alcohol ordinance. • State congratulates local education officials on Coweta CRCT progress in math, science. • Moreland officials vow to make repairs to old mill building. • Developers ask City of Newnan for reimbursement of street light fees in Summerlin subdivision. • Times-Herald wins ten awards in Georgia Press Association Better Newspapers Contest. • Grantville may be in line for stimulus funds for sewer work. • Coweta man arrested, charged with computer porn violations. Girl, 16, may be one of victims. • Runaway truck severely injures man on Pinson Street. • Sharpsburg officially proposes changes to alcoholic beverage ordi-

nance. • Sharpsburg begins push to attract more shoppers. • Northgate robotics student Thomas Broadwater remembered by classmates after passing away from complications of cystic fibrosis. • Coweta school officials rule that six unexcused absences will result in a visit from sheriff’s department. • State watering restrictions eased, Coweta follows suit. • Runaway rail car rolls through downtown Senoia, no one hurt. • Officials announce that Coweta Park/Ride lot in line for stimulus funds. • D&H Distributing opens Coweta warehouse capable of shipping 40,00 orders per day from 476,000-sq. ft. facility. • Local residents oppose sewer plan for retail, commercial facilities near Thomas Crossroads. • Coweta receives $1.6 million in stimulus funds for local road projects. • First annual “Wine About the Economyâ€? event held in downtown Newnan. • Groundbreaking for Chattahoochee Bend State Park expected in

September. • Ga. DOT loses paperwork for local dial-a-ride program. • Sharpsburg investigates creation of municipal court. • Haralson announces it will celebrate Independence Day on July 5. • Amy Mapel hired as Carnegie media coordinator. • Public sewer service approved for Thomas Crossroads area through deal between county and group named PEG. • Starship adult novelty store denied license for Thomas Crossroads location. Owner vows to appeal. • Arbor Springs developers announce plans to run line to connect to county sewer system. • Coweta County Water and Sewer department moves to former Ply-Mart building on Corinth Road. • Newnan native Alan Jackson wins CMT Award for “Country Boyâ€? video. • Ga. Department of Transportation asked to include Coweta in area covered by state’s emergency towing service. • CEC students assist with renovation of new Habitat for Humanity headquarters facility.

• Cancer Treatment Centers of America announces plans to build new cancer hospital in Coweta across from Ashley Park lifestyle center. A ruling on the hospital’s Certificate of Need from the state expected in late December. • CEC charter renewed by state. • Contract awarded for Newnan bypass widening. • Walking tour developed for Oak Hill Cemetery. • One killed in fatal crash between truck, car on I-85. • Demolition begins on Lenny’s Pub to make way for intersection improvements at Roscoe and Sprayberry Roads. • Carolina team helps build church addition in Moreland. • Brown Steel files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. • Neighborhood Community Bank shut down by federal regulators. Reopens as Charter Bank. • Coweta Board of Education denies petition for new charter school in Senoia. • Officials announce Newnan native Alan Jackson will get a star on Hollywood Blvd. Walk of Fame.

Coweta’s dial-a-ride transports its first customer • Supporters of a pool in Lynch Park appear before the Newnan City Council to ask the council to build a swimming pool, not a spray park, to replace the crumbling pool at the park. • Charter Schools USA says it is not giving up after its plan for a charter school in Senoia was voted down by the Coweta County Board of Education. • The Times-Herald’s owners Billy and Marianne Thomasson are honored by the Coweta chapter of the American Red Cross. • Coweta’s dial-a-ride service transports its first rider July 1. • The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office investigates two unrelated deaths of men in their 20s, one in Arnco and one in Sharpsburg. • The historic Hollis home on Nimmons Street, left to the city of Newnan to be used as a furniture museum, is put up for sale. • The Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority announces it will enter into an agreement with a group of investors to run a sewer line to

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• Coweta-based Georgia Army National Guard soldiers complete their first mission in Afghanistan. • Independence Day festivities are held throughout Coweta County. • Coweta Community Food Pantry announces that food is quickly running out because so many people are in need. • Newnan’s “pothole patrolâ€? had fixed more than 300 potholes since May. • Officials rule that the death of John Sims from a gunshot was accidental. • A request for an expansion of a permitted decentralized wastewater treatment system along Posey Road is withdrawn. • The BelAir Family Center, which has been operating as a temporary home for homeless families, begins a fundraising brick project. • Sharpsburg Mayor Derrick McElwaney announces he will resign at the end of the year. • The Coweta County Board of Commissioners votes to cut tall grass at intersections when it is a safety issue. • A 38-year-old woman is

arrested for statutory rape of a 15-year-old boy. • The president of West Georgia Technical College asks the county to help pave the road leading to the proposed new campus north of Orchard Hills golf course. • Coweta’s CRCT scores are above the state average. • Greg Wright is named president of the Coweta County Development Authority. • College interns work with the city of Newnan to digitally map the Oak Hill and Eastview cemeteries. • Two soldiers from Newnan-based Bravo Company, Mark Allen and Charles Benson, are wounded in Afghanistan. • Utility companies are given a notice to proceed with utility relocation for the long-awaited widening of the Ga. Hwy. 34 bypass. • The charter for Odyssey School in Coweta is renewed for two years. • Laura Westbrook, owner of a vegetable stand near the intersection of U.S. 29 and Hal Jones Road, enlists customers

to help prevent closing of the stand because of the pending intersection improvement project. • Evans and Lee Middle Schools fail to make “adequate yearly progressâ€? under the federal No Child Left Behind law. • The Coweta County Board of Education announces that, after a student has five unexcused absences, parents will receive warrants to appear in court. • Alec McNaughton is indicted for the murder of his wife, Cathy. • A town hall meeting for Coweta’s Board of Commissioners third district is held at Madras Middle School. • Construction on the Greenville/ Spence intersection improvement is set to begin. • A multi-agency drug roundup begins. • Charter Schools USA votes to appeal the denial of a charter to the state. • The Newnan City Council strikes down plans for a community garden at the former Harper’s Farm subdivision. • Newnan officials investi-

gate the possibility of arson related to two fires at vacant homes. • The Coweta Board of Education is questioned over teacher furloughs; the board also votes not to dip into the system’s reserve funds. • Attorneys representing adult store Starship file suit against Coweta for denying a business license to the store. • Restoration of Newnan’s former Carnegie Library is set to be complete by mid-August. • Signs honoring Cowetans Donald Lowery and Tim Cole, who lost their lives in the Vietnam War, are erected along Happy Valley Circle, where both men grew up. • Sheriff’s deputies arrest two men in a gang shoot-out on Howard Hughes Road. Two suspects are still sought. • Gov. Sonny Perdue visits Coweta to kick off the sales tax holiday for school supplies. • The Coweta County Library Board of Trustees votes to do away with one late night per week at the Powell, Central, and Senoia libraries to reduce costs.

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Brooks Elementary dedicated • The northbound off-ramp at Interstate 85 and Bullsboro Drive is closed two days for construction. • Roxie Clark, longtime Coweta county employee and assistant administrator, retires. • The Coweta Adopt A Soldier program to send care packages overseas gets its start. • A five-hour stand-off on Longwood Lane ends peacefully. • Coweta County Sheriff’s Office seizes more than a pound of cocaine, and arrests a murder suspect wanted in Fulton County, following a traffic stop on Interstate 85. • Three teens are arrested for thefts near Moreland. • Filming of Lifetime network’s “Drop Dead Diva” returns to Coweta, with scenes at Ashley Park and a home on West Washington Street. • Coweta Sheriff’s Investigator Todd Lengsfield is arrested and charged with child molestation for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female. • Coweta County officially transfers ownership of the Newnan Center of the University of West Georgia to the university system. • The county commission has contractors cut grass at three foreclosed homes and files liens against the properties; the commissioners also postpone moving forward with design and engineering for the Brown’s Mill

Battlefield Park citing budget concerns. • The 2009 school year begins; new school Brooks Elementary opens. • Magistrate Judge Joseph Wyant pitches a drug court to the county commission. • A man is killed when he loses control of his truck on Jefferson Street and crashes into the 75 Jackson Street complex. • Deputies seize 10 marijuana plants they discovered in a garden when they went to serve civil papers. • Newnan auto dealers benefit from the Cash for Clunkers program. • Clearing work for the Ga. Hwy. 34 bypass widening begins. • All Coweta schools make adequate yearly progress after re-tests. • Piedmont Newnan Hospital CEO Michael Bass tells the Newnan Kiwanis Club that the new hospital should be ready to open by fall 2011. • The 15th annual Turin Tractor Parade and Pull, and street dance, are held in Turin. • Christopher Loren, 25, is charged with child abuse that sent his 3-mothold son to intensive care. • A traffic signal goes into operation at the intersection of Poplar Road and the Newnan Bypass. • The Newnan Police Department Photo by Jeffrey Leo receives 15 M16 rifles through a miliRichard Brooks, retired superintendent of Coweta County Schools, and his wife, Donna, laugh as their grandson tary surplus program. Max takes center stage at the school dedication in Brooks’ honor in August 2009. • A dedication ceremony is held for Brooks Elementary. Authority approves $17 million in tax• A forum on health care reform is exempt bonds for Gregory Packaging. • Newnan City Council approves held at the Coweta County plans for a new swimming pool at Fairgrounds. • Protesters from the Georgia School Lynch Park at Wesley Street and for the Deaf, and others, demonstrate Richard Allen Drive. • The first round of auditions for a outside the offices of Newnan attorney Gary Brown, bankruptcy trustee for talent show fund-raiser for the Coweta School Superintendent Kathy Cox and chapter of the American Red Cross her family. Demonstrators were con- begins. • A pandemic flu seminar, featuring cerned that the $1 million Cox won on the game show “Are You Smarter than officials with the Centers for Disease a Fifth Grader” would go to creditors Control, is held in Newnan. • Newnan City Council assures conrather than the schools for the deaf. • The county commission asks staff cerned residents that a group home in members to construct an ordinance the Waverly Circle area will not that would prohibit the long-term teth- reopen. • The state’s Division of Health ering of dogs. • Trevor Crawford pleads guilty to Planning begins review of the involuntary manslaughter in the acci- Certificate of Need application for a dental shooting death of his friend, location of Cancer Treatment Centers John Robert Brown Jr. Crawford is sen- of America in Coweta. • Authorities look for additional victenced to five years unsupervised protims of accused child molester Amos bation. • Gubernatorial Candidate John “Ben” Huff. • A Newnan man is killed in a threeOxendine holds a fair tax townhall Photo by Jeffrey Leo vehicle crash on Carrollton Highway. meeting in Newnan. “We will win!” reads a protest sign carried by James Sears, left. A group outside a Newnan lawyer’s office in • Neighbors of Blalock Lakes protest • First Coweta Bank is shut down by August 2009 pushes for release of winnings by State Superintendent Kathy Cox from TV Show “Are You Smarter a plan to turn the shooting club over to the FDIC. It reopens as United Bank. Than A Fifth Grader” for three Georgia schools for the deaf and blind. Orvis, and allow the use of lead shot. • Coweta County Development

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Fire destroys LTI Flexible Products building • Nine swine flu cases are confirmed in Coweta. • Albert Griffin is charged with the April 19 shooting death of Antonio Roderkist Ellis, 33. • A second juvenile comes forward with accusations of molestation against 47-year-old Amos Bennett “Ben” Huff. • Qualifying ends with no elections in Newnan, Moreland or Turin. • Coweta County’s budget for fiscal year 2010 is down $1.1 million, or 2 percent. • Sharpsburg’s Wayne Reese wins the $12 million Mega Millions jackpot in the Georgia lottery. • Acclaimed Georgia writer Terry Kay visits with Newnan Reading Circle as it celebrates a century. • Newnan Rotary Club honors Scott Wilson for 50 years of service. • Senoia dismisses ethics charge against Councilman Jeffrey Fisher. • Nighttime fire destroys LTI Flexible Products doing millions of dollars in damage and affecting approximately 150 employees. • Fredrick Devale Hill gets indicted in March 13 shooting of Betty Jean Florence, 44. • The Times-Herald celebrates its 144th birthday. • Coweta Board of Education posthumously recognizes Bonnie N. Garrison for 15 years of service with Communities in Schools. • Housing Authority of Newnan agrees to oversee the city’s Urban Redevelopment Plan to improve housing conditions and homelessness. • Local authorities arrest the leader of a drug cartel after 13 are indicted in Coweta and more than $2 million is seized. • September foreclosures are a record for Coweta. • State announces a new commissary will be built at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta. • Ninety-one dogs are removed from a home on Millard Farmer Road citing unfit conditions. • Starship attorneys file objections in a lawsuit by the adult-

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Alligator spotted sunning itself on I-85 • The federal slander lawsuit filed by former Coweta County Commissioner Leigh Schlumper against commissioners Tim Higgins and Tim Lassetter is dismissed. • Longtime Coweta Development Authority President Bill Harrison dies of cancer. • “Zombieland,” the major motion picture starring Woody Harrelson that filmed scenes in Newnan, opens nationwide. • All of Coweta’s schools make Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP. • State Rep. Lynn Smith, R-Newnan, joins state’s water task force and is reappointed to a national environmental panel. • Senoia’s old McKnight Gin property will be featured as Southern Living “Idea House” in 2010. • Grantville City Manager Scott Starnes resigns after less than a year when he’s arrested for buying marijuana. • A memorial service is held for Coweta’s Gary Pate 41 years after he was declared missing in action in Vietnam and later presumed dead. Earlier this year, his bent military dog tags and ring were located. A service

will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in 2010 for Pate. • The first doses of the swine flu vaccine arrive in Coweta. • Coweta takes steps toward expanding jail, which is frequently over capacity. • Fredrick Devale Hill pleads guilty in the March 13 shooting of Betty Jean Florence. He is sentenced to 15 years to serve eight in prison. • Citizens are divided when President Barack Obama receives the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. • Coweta has record 265 foreclosures for October. • Stimulus money will fund the replacement of the Greentop Road bridge over CSX Railroad and the Cannon Road Bridge over White Oak Creek. • A 6-foot alligator is spotted on Interstate 85 northbound near exit 51 in north Coweta. • The 2009 Coweta County Fair suffers low attendance when rain closes two of 10 nights. • Newnan votes to accept its portion of the $2.1 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant. • Main Street Newnan hires Tina

Darby as the new program coordinator. • Coweta puts five buses in service for its dial-a-ride transit system. • Crews finish work on copper at the 1904 Coweta County Courthouse clock tower, and the scaffolding comes down. • Steve Stripling leaves his position as president of Bank of Coweta to become president of United Bank. Ashley H. Schubert Jr., who was executive vice president and chief lending officer at the Bank of Coweta, becomes Coweta-Fayette Regional President for Charter Bank. • Senoia’s new Main Street buildings and Seavy Street parking lot are named “outstanding new construction/infill” at the Georgia Downtown Awards. • The Heritage School celebrates its 40th birthday. • The state says Coweta’s property tax assessments are too low and demands $122,981 for the balance of state taxes owed. The county appeals the decision. • Senoia attorney James M. Kimbrough III is disbarred by the Georgia Supreme Court after it reviewed three disciplinary matters. • The Georgia Court of Appeals upholds the conviction and sentencing

of former school teacher and state legislative candidate Craig Steven Bowen on four counts of child molestation. • Coweta Firefighter Matthew Van Robinson is placed on leave from his job after being arrested Oct. 11 for driving under the influence, hit-and-run and leaving the scene of an accident. • Coweta jobless rate hits 10 percent. • The Ball Corporation plant at 98 Amlajack Blvd. in the Shenandoah Industrial Park sells its plastic pail assets to to BWAY Corporation for approximately $32 million. • Authorities charge 25-year-old Donald Joseph Miller with the Oct. 22 stabbing death of his neighbor, 77-yearold Betsill Phillips, near Arnco. Miller’s girlfriend, Holly Ann Kremel, is charged with obstruction and possession of cocaine. • Newnan Country Club celebrates 90 years. • A water main break at the intersection of Bullsboro Drive and the Newnan Crossing Bypass affects a number of businesses and motorists. • Main Street Newnan’s first-ever Oktoberfest Boutique Beer tasting draws a crowd of more than 300 people.

• A Coweta County State Court jury awards Gary Stevenson and his wife, Vicky, $7.5 million for injuries and damages Stevenson suffered in a December 2006 traffic accident on SharpsburgMcCollum Road/Highway 154 near Hammock Road. • Coweta suffers its first flu-related death. • Newnan agrees to purchase signs for the Interstate that say, “Historic Newnan Next 2 Exits.” • Authorities confirm a rabid fox was found in the western portion of the SummerGrove subdivision. • Georgia Secretary of State and Republican gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel makes a stop in Newnan while campaigning. • Molesting suspect Eugene Andrew Murphy pleads guilty, but mentally ill, and is sentenced to 25 years in prison. • Bond is set at $3 million for Alec Bryant McNaughton, the man charged with killing his wife, 54-year-old Cathy Lorraine Mendenhall McNaughton, on Feb. 15 at the couple’s north Coweta home.

Chubby Checker helps Newnan ‘twist night away’ • Newnan is named one of the “Great Places in Georgia” by Georgia Planning Commission. • Gate receipts were down 40 percent at 2009 county fair, due to the slow economy and heavy rains. • National Community Action for Improvement honors Minnie Robinson as a pioneer with program. • Coweta Public Safety Director Dennis Hammond retires after 32 years. • Northgate student and rapper Kendall “K-Mack” Mack auditions for BET in New York. • Former Grantville councilmen Willie L. Clements and John A. Malcolm are honored Nov. 1 with community center named in their honor. • Jimmy Lee Rosser pleads guilty to Sept. 2, 2008, shooting. • Selma Coty defeats Grantville City Councilman Nick Sasso in November elections; Rochelle Jabaley retains seat. Sharpsburg Mayor Wendell Staley returns, and Larry Owens and Jeff Fisher are re-elected to Senoia City Council.

• Suspected bank robber John E. Johnston was arrested. • Newnan was announced as a finalist to land a top South Korean industrial prospect. • A Kiwanis Club is chartered in Grantville. • Newnan Cougars defeat East Coweta Indians 43-26. • Veterans Day brings the dedication of the Medal of Honor statue at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Newnan, with Col. Joe Jackson in attendance. • VA outpatient clinic holds grand opening at Oak Hill Professional Park off Hwy. 34 E. • Four-year-old Raven Gore hailed as a hero after calling 911 when her mother goes into a diabetic seizure. • Kia begins hiring for its second production line at the West Point automobile plant. • Lenny’s Pub on Jackson Street demolished to make way for road improvements. • Comedian Katt Williams arrested for an alleged burglary on Smokey Road. • Darry Pilkington, founder of Newnan High Old South

Marching Festival, recognized at the 30th annual show. • Actress Brooke Shields visits downtown Newnan, working on film “Destination Home.” • East Coweta High earns the Governor’s Cup for improvement on SAT test scores. • Coweta County Hospital Authority fields funding requests from West Central Technical College and proposed Coweta Samaritan Clinic. • Vicki Hale was named new Coweta Pregnancy Services director following the retirement of Carol Rexroad. The service is part of a non-profit Christian ministry. • Newnan native and Medal of Honor winner Col. Joe Jackson meets with local students following dedication of a statue at Veterans Memorial Plaza in Newnan. • Local football fans donate 5,000 items to food pantry. • Heavy rainfall puts the improvement on I-85 behind schedule. • Ann Bell selected as Bank of Coweta president to replace Steve Stripling.

REFLECTIONS on a year gone by

• Signatures of students from Canongate Elementary set to be sent into space aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. • A Better Way Ministries move to Senoia. • Coweta County Health Department struggled to keep the much-in-demand H1N1 vaccine in stock. • Initial unemployment claims jumpˆto 1,031 and members of the Newnan-Peachtree City Area Employer Committee say many job-seekers simply “giving up.” • Irvin Riley Smallwood, 81, of Senoia, arrested after trying to set fire to his girlfriend, 35-yearold Barbara Dawn Coker. • Coweta Superior Court Judge Jack Kirby denies motion for a new trial for convicted murderer Michelle Garner Hall. • Ardarius Hart, 15, charged with string of local armed robberies. • Powers’ Festival director Carol Chancey and Coweta Festivals, Inc. part ways. • State Senator Mitch Seabaugh tells local educators 2010 budget challenges will be

greater than ever. “We are in unprecedented times,” he says. • Newnan High School football team rallies past Martin Luther King in a 15-6 win to advance to the AAAAA quarterfinals. • A 68-year-old Chubby Checker “twists the night away” at a concert on the Newnan Court Square. • Plans for a low-cost spay/neuter clinic are announced as a possibility for 2010 by Newnan-Coweta Humane Society. • Coweta Community Foundation files response in civil case involving the multimillion dollar estate of Edgar Hollis, stating that the city missed its chance to inherit the bequest. Assets from the estate dropped a staggering $4 million in just three years. Other parties in the civil suit include Mayo Royal and the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. • Kelli Marie Armstrong of Newnan charged in thefts from local schools. • Local ministry organizes Thanksgiving dinners, including

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Friday, January 1, 2010 — The Times-Herald — 11B

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Nursing becoming ‘career of the future’ • Coweta County’s jobless rate climbs to 10.5 percent. • State Senator Mitch Seabaugh tells attendees at a Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce breakfast that government can’t be expected to solve everyone’s problems. • The Adopt-A-Soldier warehouse shelves are bare. • Haralson holds its annual Christmas parade. • The Coweta County Can-A-Thon organized by Newnan Junior Service League and supported by Coweta school students exceeds its goal with 362,894 donations. • The third vehicle in three months runs off the road at the Hwy. 154 / Hammock Road intersection. • Two more inches of rain drench Coweta. • Sgt. Deputy Clint Reynolds of the Coweta County Sheriff ’s Office is arrested for assault. • Dr. Skip Sullivan says adult education would be a high priority for the new West Georgia Technical School proposed campus in Coweta. • Coweta County Library System trustees consider formally breaking its ties with Senoia library. • The Newnan High School Cougars football team ends its sea-

Northside quarterback Briar Van Brunt consoles Newnan senior standout Alec Ogletree following Friday’s game. Ogletree caught eight passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, but it still wasn’t enough to stop Van Brunt and the Eagles.

son with a heartbreaking 29-24 loss in the semifinals to Northside of Warner Robins. • Comedian Katt Williams is questioned in a parking lot scuffle outside the Newnan Walmart. • A mobile meth lab is busted at the Hardee’s restaurant parking lot. • ACE — Alliance for Children’s Enrichment — announces that the need this Christmas would be greater than ever before. • Local demand for nurse education leads to increased enrollment at the University of West Georgia. • The Sharpsburg Angel Ride helps 500 children and senior citizens for Christmas. • The Main Street Christmas parade launches the holiday season. • Coweta County Engineer Wayne Kennedy is recognized for his service to the county. • Bids were approved for a bridge replacement project over CSX railroad on Greentop Road. • Central Educational Center receives a $150,000 grant to conPhoto courtesy UWG struct a new sound studio. Nursing is rapidly becoming a “career of the future” as Baby Boomers age and require more health-related serv• A new Coweta Water and ices, and the number of students enrolled in the nursing program at the University of West Georgia’s Newnan Sewerage Authority wastewater Center reflects that. From left are Monica Piasta, RN (lab instructor), with nursing students Sabine Patterson, treatment facility is dedicated at Brandy McGuire and Alex Washington. Shenandoah. • First United Methodist Church of Newnan retires its debt on the Bank of America property on Greenville Street. • Coweta County Board of Education purchased a $10,000 scanner to help improve scores on End of Course Tests. • Construction begins on the new Grantville public library. • A coyote confronts Grantville City Councilwoman Debi Rogers. • A Christmas meal is organized for families of local soldiers. • After the arrival of a new 5,300dose shipment of H1N1 vaccine, the Coweta County Health department begins easing restrictions on who can receive it. • The Coweta County Board of Education said that deceased East Coweta High School student Darrius Butler would be “greatly missed.” • Newnan’s Jeanette Underwood beats out 300,000 other contestants to win a replica of Edward Cullen’s car from “Twilight.” • The number of foreclosure advertisements in The Times-Herald increases to 230, the third highest number on record. • A road in Senoia is dedicated in honor of the late Lance Corporal Jeff Newnan’s Jeanette Underwood beat out 300,000 other contestants for a Volvo XC60, the ride the vampire Edward Cullen drives in the ‘Twilight’ movies. Blanton.

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