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• New Year baby surprise to family The first baby to be born in 2016 at Piedmont Newnan Hospital arrives earlier than mom, Ramonda Sinkfield, expected. Weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces, and measured at 19 inches long, Aaliyah LaShay Cook enters the world at 4:48 p.m. on Jan. 1 though the baby girl wasn’t meant to arrive for another two weeks. • The A. Mitchell Powell Library receives a $117,000 grant for improvements. • The Georgia Commission on Medical Cannabis and Gov. Nathan Deal both publicly advocate against legal cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes in Georgia. • Longtime Newnan City Councilman Bob Coggin receives a standing ovation – and a framed print of the Wadsworth Auditorium – at the Jan. 12 meeting. He also is elected to the Peach Bowl Hall of Fame in January. Later in the month, he is named Coweta’s Citizen of the Year. • Rap mogul opens restaurant in Newnan Ross visited the Newnan location at 311 Bullsboro Dr. on Tuesday and met with fans and customers. The musician also paid for Sergeant Joshua Victory’s meal, who happened to be there that day, and thanked him for his service to the country. • Justin Lee Earhart is sentenced to life in prison after
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• Six arrested in prostitution ple ad i n g g u i lt y to m a l ice sting. murder, felony murder and aggravated assault. • Annie Ransby and Bernice Superior Court Judge Travis Poy t h ress remember t he Sakrison sentences Justin funeral of Dr. Martin Luther Lee Earhart to life in prison King Jr. for his role in the 2014 murder of his 58-year-old father • Youth advocate and commua t t h e f a m i l y ’s e a s t e r n nity leader Willie Pritchett Coweta County residence. dies Jan. 16. Earhart will be eligible for parole in 30 years. • The Supreme Court of Georgia approves a ruling remov• U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreing the name of Cowetan land announces he will not Blake Randle from the sex seek re-election. offender registry. • The Georgia Department of • Ronald Baker III, 16, diagTransportation completes nosed with cancer, is prework on the Bullsboro Drive sented with a trip to the 2016 exit. NFL Pro Bowl in Hawaii. • Dr. Harry Barrow retires • A n Eva ns Middle School a f ter 3 1 ye a r s a s pa stor teacher is fired after sendof New na n P resby teria n ing inappropriate emails. Church. • • Coweta native and music legend Hamilton Bohannon is grand marshal for the Jan. 9 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. • Day parade.
St. Smyrna Baptist Church collects bottled water to send to Flint, Mich. Willia m L Bon nell Compa ny celebrates its 60t h anniversary.
• Council votes against Dollar General coming to town at • T he Scha rko-Fisk fa mily the Jan. 4 meeting. launches an effort to raise The proposal for the store money for a seizure alert was introduced to the coundog for young son Micah. cil about eight or nine months ago. The store would have • Cowetan Steve Swope blogs while taking part in a refubeen located on Hwy. 29. gee ministry in Greece.
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Newnan natives and sisters Annie Ransby (back) and Bernice Poythress (front) hold a picture of their parents, the late Rev. R.W. Sutton and Elizabeth Sutton. The Suttons attended the funeral service for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Pictured is Elaine Bryant-Day circa 1966.
• Elaine’s Beauty Salon is under new ownership after 43 years in business. Elaine Bryant-Day took ownership of the shop in 1973, only three months after her graduation from beauty school. Bryant-Day had to retire in June of 2015 because of her diagnosis with congestive heart failure.
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Don Nixon, founding director of the local arts center is remembered as a creative and talented individual.
edly abducting their children, fol• A fatal accident closes I-85 on lowing loss of custody. the morning of Feb. 3. • After a battle with cancer, Don • PTO treasurers at the OdysNixon, founding director of the local sey School and Glanton Elementary arts center, dies and is remembered School in Grantville face court proas a creative and talented individual. cedures charging them with stealing • Hundreds of law enforcement PTO funds. professionals attend an active• The Grantville Police Department raids the Grantville Veterans shooter seminar in Newnan. Club, seizing video poker machines. • Demolition of the Newna n • Cathy Wright is honored by the House Motel, long a subject of comUniversity of West Georgia upon plaints by citizens, is completed. her retirement. • Piedmont Newnan Hospital • Patrick and Martha Henderson announces plans for an urgent care are arrested in Louisiana after alleg- center locally.
• A Newnan High School student • Church’s Fried Chicken is temporarily closed following a kitchen is charged with making a terroristic threat against another student by fire. phone. • William Jackson receives a • Heavy winds and rain topple 75-year apron for his membership as trees across the county on Feb. 24. a Mason.
• Jodie Shepard is sworn in as a member of the Georgia Board of Realtors by Gov. Nathan Deal.
• Martin Luther King III speaks to • U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson speaks students at The Heritage School to the Newnan-Coweta Board of King tells students that despite Realtors. racial issues today, the nation is • Deron “Pat” Wilson, a South much better off. Ca roli na f i ref ighter, is na med King is the oldest son of the late county fire chief. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and was • Two Columbus men are arrested ten years old when his father was – after a high speed chase – for a assassinated. When he was shot on robbery at Fidelity Bank on Newnan April 4, 1968, King found out while he was watching television. Crossing Boulevard.
• Thomas Schultz of Newnan High is named Coweta’s STAR student and selects Ingrid Richardson as his STAR teacher.
• Grammy winner Todd “Speech” T homas addresses students at Newnan High School.
• Zack Braun and Tyler Sisk, Coweta ns attendi ng t he Georgia Institute of Technology, invent a device to help firefighters monitor their vital signs while battling blazes.
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• Republican frontrunner Donald Trump wins each Coweta precinct, taking almost 38 percent of the total with 9,593 votes. Tried Cruz finishes second with 6,445. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton wins every precinct with 4,356 votes. Bernie Sanders received 2,233 votes.
Councilwoman Ruby Hines at a March 3 hearing. • Newnan City Council approves using more than $4 million from its unallocated funds to cover the deficit for several capital projects, including the Howard Warner complex project.
• Pat Wilson takes over the helm as the new fire chief of Coweta • Dr. Scott Ross is named new County after being hired by the executive director of campus operacounty commissioners in February tions for the West Georgia Techni2016. cal College’s Coweta Campus. • A f ingerprinting station is • Northgate High School graduapproved for the Coweta County ates and Georgia Tech students Zack P robate Cou r t. T he stat ion is Braun and Tyler Sisk take first place designed for weapons permits only. in the Georgia Tech Inventure Prize competition. • Senoia’s police off icers are approved to wear body cameras. • While investigating an auto The 12 body-mount cameras would accident, Newnan Police Officer be purchased with money donated Van Meadows disables a runaway to the department by a local aviation car with a 9-year-old child inside. company president. • A Newnan teenager dies after • The family of a Florida man being pulled from t he Chattawho died after a confrontation with hoochee River. Alyssa Calhoun, 14, Coweta County Sheriff’s Office dep- and her sister, age 6, had been riduties hire an attorney, who is pre- ing down the river on a swim noodle paring a suit against Coweta County when they fell off and lost control. and the sheriff’s office. • A husband and wife are arrested • The Meriwether County Sher- after authorities seize moonshine iff ’s Office is investigating after and cocaine in a “party house” human remains are found in a located on their property. wooded area in Luthersville. • The state of Georgia withdraws • The city of Grantville’s Ethics its request for an arrest warrant for Board dismisses complaints against the woman accused of improperly
ABOVE While wearing the Fire HUD, created by Georgia Tech students Zack Braun and Tyler Sisk, firefighters can see their vital signs, a compass heading, and the external temperature while they are fighting fires. The information can also be transmitted to their incident commander.
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RIGHT Chief Pat Wilson
disciplining a Pre-K student during a probable cause hearing in the Coweta County Magistrate Court. • Federal Bankruptcy Judge W. Homer Drake Jr. and Norma Haynes are honored at the 2016 Golden Eagle Dinner. The event is held each year by the Flint River Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
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• Jazmen Nicole Hazelrigs is sentenced to serve 17 years with no probation for her role in the sudden death of her 4-month-old child last summer.
members gather in downtown Newnan in the first of what Coweta resident DeeDee Hall hopes will be many efforts to promote peace and bring awareness against violence • Cathe Nixon, widow of within the county. the late Don Nixon, is named • Coweta school boa rd to succeed him as the new announces that students in director of Coweta’s Centre third grade and up will be for Performing and Visual issued Chromebooks during Arts. the first semester of the 2016• Local nonprofit organi- 2017 school term. zation Abby’s Angels Foun• German grocery store dation is offering four $1,000 Aldi officially opens its doors col le ge s c hol a r s h ips for for shopping in Newnan. deserving high school seniors. • A long-time foster parent • Team FireHUD – North- and mother of five adopted gate graduates Zack Braun children becomes an internet and Tyler Sisk win the “Peo- sensation after blasting their ple’s Choice” award in the cell phones with a shotgun. inaugural Atlantic Coast Con- Her older son Josh took video ference Inventure Prize. of the phone destruction and • Coweta County deputies his mother’s associated tirade search for a man accused of aga inst socia l media a nd attempting to lure a 13-year- posted it to YouTube. old boy into an older model • Veterans of the Vietnam white Chevy Silverado truck. War are honored at a cere• Coweta County Probate mony at Newnan High School Court employees will no lon- as part of the Certificate of ger be wearing campaign Honor program launched by buttons for their boss during the Georgia Department of Veterans Service. business hours.
ABOVE The Coweta County Board of Education names Cathe Nixon as the new director for the school system’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts, starting July 1. From left, Centre staff members Keith Dearing, Brittney Henderson, Cathe Nixon, John Moletierre and Tim Murray. Nixon is the wife of the late Don Nixon, original director of the Centre. PHOTO BY JOSH SMITH
RIGHT This is a screenshot from the video of Cowetan Deborah Smith shooting her children’s smartphones and railing against their social media use. Though it was filmed a year ago, the video recently went viral and has been seen all over the world.
• Many Coweta residents don’t support Target’s recent announcement that custom- research changing the busiers and employees may use ness license fee requirements. bathrooms and fitting rooms • T h e C owe t a C ou nt y based on the gender with which he or she identifies. School System names Elm • Newnan City Council Street Elementary School denies two business owners’ Media Specialist Shannon • More than 100 community requests and approves staff to Ewing as its 2016 Teacher of
• Coweta state Sen. Mike Crane, R-Newnan, receives criticism for his comments against the use of “no knock” warrants, which have resulted in the deaths of some Georgians in cases of mistaken identity, and in the injury of a baby.
the Year. • Grantville Mayor Doug Jewell vetoes the motion that would amend the personnel handbook to implement a four-day work week for government offices.
• U WG com m issions a r t for Newnan Campus Two works created by Newnan’s latest artist-in-residence Christine Cassano are added to the permanent collection of the University of West Georgia. • Pedestrian struck by car outside Walmart A pedestrian was airlifted to Atlanta after being struck by a car in the Walmart parking lot. The accident happened when an elderly driver was attempting to park her car when she accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, according to Officer Van Meadows with the Newnan Police Department. • Governor Deal declines the “campus carry” legislation bill Local colleges and technical schools are expressing support for Gov. Nathan Deal’s veto of the “campus carry” gun bill, although the county’s state senator is not. House Bill 859, which would allow those with a Georgia Weapons Carry Permit to legally carry guns on college campuses with some restrictions, passed both the Georgia House and Senate by overwhelming margins. • RACE for the Orphans boasts record number of participants More than 500 runners, walkers and community members gathered at the Coweta County Fairgrounds Saturday morning for the fourthannual RACE for the Orphans event led by Jason and Kelly Preston.
Members of the Newnan Fire Department salute as the funeral procession for Melvin Hunter passes through Newnan on Friday afternoon. From 1971 until 2011, Hunter was in charge of the ambulances in Coweta County and spent his career in emergency medical services. “To me, he was emergency medical services,” said Sheriff Mike Yeager. “He was respected not only by paramedics and EMTs. Melvin was respected by deputies and police officers and firefighters; by everyone, because he was dedicated, he was loyal. He was dedicated to providing a good service.”
• Local sailor Levell first woman son, and daughter Makayla in the audience. to speak at Jacksonville ceremony • Transgender in Coweta Evita Levell – named Senior Sailor Un t i l r e c e n t l y, g e n d e r h a s of the Quarter at Naval Air Station remained a black and white issue in Jacksonville – got more than the base-wide honor – she also was the American culture – girl or boy, man first woman invited to speak at the or woman, Column A or Column B. But t hat ti ny demog raph ic quarterly ceremony. Levell receive the honor at the recently has been drawn sharply base Officers Club with her mother, into focus, skyrocketing to the top of Newnan resident Loretta Stin- news feeds, social media and politi-
cal debates over a basic human need: dance at the school as young girls. Going to the bathroom. • Obama administration issues • Newnan School of Dance closing new overtime rule More than 4 million U.S. workers after more than 20 years Newnan School of Dance is clos- will become eligible for overtime ing after more than 20 years in the pay under new rules issued by the Obama administration last week. community. Owners Tonya Gray and Mary • Local Alex Marmon is champion Frances Honea bought the dance Pokémon player school from its founder, Bettina CarTen-year-old Alex Marmon likes roll Smith. Gray and Honea studied to play the Pokémon Trading Card
Game. And he’s very, very good at it. In April, Marmon, a fourth grader at Willis Road Elementary School, was named the Alabama state Pokémon champion in the junior division. Last weekend, he won first place at the Southeast Regional tournament in Athens. And he’ll likely be competing at the national competition.
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• Authorities search for missing man at Coweta rock quarry Rescue person nel a re searching for a missing person in a north Coweta County rock quarry. Daniel James Daviss, 29, is reported missing by his family, according to Lt. Col. James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. • Historical motorcycle ride re-enactment rolls through Newnan A few local motorcycle enthusiasts meet up with a long-dista nce motorcycle rider recreating a 100-yearold trip in dow ntow n Newnan. Gwen Phillips of Virginia, along with photographer Tim White, cruise into Coweta on the first day of their ride to Rocky Mount, Va. She’s recreating the ride that 16-yearold Charles Findlay made in 1916 – 100 years exactly after he made it, and on an Indian motorcycle 100 years newer.
• Synthetic ‘marijuana’ is Summer Lunch Program. The Summer Food Program helps dangerous, deadly feed children that are in need They may be called “synduring summer vacation. thetic marijuana,” but the only thing synthetic canna• Meet Team Pedal for Pets, binoid products known by a female squad to be in cross names such as “Spice” and K2 country race have with the active ingrediTea m Peda l for Pets is ents in real marijuana is that based out of Newnan, and they bind to the same recepthey will be only the third all- tors in the brain. T h e r e a r e female, eight-person team in hundreds – if not thousands the Race Across America’s – of synthetic chemicals that history. are sold as legal highs around RAAM is held annually in the U.S. The chemicals are June, and riders have a maxsprayed on plant material imum of nine or 1 2 days, and marked “not for human depending on whether the consumption” and “herbal riders compete individually increase.” But those who or with a team, to trek over sell them and those who buy 3,000 miles from Oceansthem know what they are for, ide, California to Annapolis, according to experts. Maryland.
• Grantville breaks ground for skate park Grantville City Council and residents break ground at the site of the new skate park. T he skate pa rk w i ll be located on Griffin Street next to the Willie L. Clements, Jr. and John A. Malcolm Com• BTG offers summer food munity Center. The American Ramp Company, which speprogram for youth Bridging the Gap commu- cializes in the construction of nity outreach kicks off its skate parks, is the builder.
• Long-time New na n Times-Herald cartoonist and illustrator retires David Boyd, whose first political cartoons were published in The Newnan TimesHerald in 1968, is retiring from the cartoon business. B oyd be c a me a n awa rdwinning cartoonist almost by accident. After graduatPHOTO BY CLAY NEELY ing from The Citadel, Boyd David Boyd, whose first political cartoons were published in The Newnan Times-Herald in 1968, is served with the U.S. Army. retiring from the cartoon business
months. • Cowet a n s celebr ate s America’s 240th birthday with a parade in the morning and fireworks at dark. • Grantville Police Chief Steve W h it lock becomes a ca ndidate for Meriwether County sheriff as an independent. • Twenty years after local officials first started talking about a new Interstate 85 interchange at Poplar Road, visible work is finally beginning on the project.
PHOTO COURTESY THE MOUNT FAMILY
A recent photo of the Mount family with all of their seven children, first row, from left, Nate and Matt. Second row, from left, Jeni and Kevin. Third row, from left, Maddie, Clara, Silas, Kristin, and Caleb.
• The Mount family of Fayetteville, Ga., who serve as foster parents, share their story for those interested in becoming foster parents. They have a total of seven children – Maddie (21), Silas (19), Kristin (18), Caleb (15), Clara (15), Matt (6), and Nate (4). They adopted Matt and Nate through foster care. • Negotiations between hospital company Piedmont Healthcare and insurer UnitedHealthcare regarding innetwork services continues to both plague and disappoint Piedmont patients.
influence and probation violation. This is just “opening night” of a three-day crackdown over the Fourth of July weekend between the County Sher i ff ’s Off ice, Georg ia State Patrol and the Newnan Police Department targeting impaired drivers. Checkpoints are set up at five separate locations across the county.
• Men and women are hard at work the Friday morning before July 4th, cooking food and cleaning the Lewis Grizzard Pavilion in Moreland in preparation of the city’s 70th annual Fourth of July barbe• In less than 24 hours, cue that begins serving at 11 over 20 people are booked a.m. on July 2. on cha rges ra ngi ng from • T he ow ners of t he driving without a license and driving on a suspended Orchard Hills golf course license to driving under the hope to transform the prop-
erty into a commercial and i n du s t r i a l d e velo pm e n t . The Coweta County Board of Commissioners vote to rezone the 281- acre property. • T he C-7, com mercia l major shopping district zoning is approved for 36.2 acres, with 245 acres being zoned M-Industrial. • Eager to get on with the f u n , Morela nd enjoys its annual Independence Day celebration with barbecue, vendors and arts and crafts on Saturday morning, two days ahead of July Fourth.
• Now local forklift courses at a local charity come with a bonus instruction on job hunting and actual interviews with employers who have vacancies.
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vate schools around Coweta County prepare to open their • Men from all across the doors for students’ return the Southeast travel to the site first week of August. of the Battle of Brown’s Mill, which took place nearly 152 • The coming requirement years ago. The re-enactors that women register for the come each year to authenti- draft now that they can fight cally depict the events that in combat is getting generally transpired during the Civil positive reactions from vetWar. erans and active members of the military of both genders. • U.S. Senator and former presidential hopeful Ted Cruz • West Point dentist Drew announces plans to return to Ferguson defeats Mike Crane Newnan in an effort to sup- to win the Republican runoff port state Sen. Mike Crane. for the Third Congressional Cruz will host a “Rally for District seat. Freedom” at the Newna n Center. • Coweta farmer John Callaway and Meriwether farmer Kenneth Murphy enter into their second, three-year term on the beef commision. • Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle hosts a ceremony at the Georgia Capitol, where eight Coweta County manufacturers sign their apprenticeship agreements with the inaugural class of 11 Industrial Mechanics apprentices in the Georgia Consortium of Advanced Technical Training Program.
• Following a week of racial violence across the country, a spontaneous display of unity by a group of singing children from the Ugandan Thunder choir at Carl Miller Park provides a moment of peace for several parents. • Emotions and opinions stir when community members and law-enforcement professionals hold frank discussions about police violence in an informal series of meetings sponsored by churches around Coweta County. As law enforcement officers continue their battle for a positive public image on the national stage, many local residents are showing their support by showing random acts of kindness and gratitude.
• Officials are pondering better ways to protect against accidental drownings in the • Olga L. Dockery is sworn Chattahoochee River follow- in as the 45th postmaster ing a child’s death over the for Newnan and hopes to weekend, the third in as many improve customer service in
• A local man searches for relatives of a woma n whose ashes he found inside a deserted house off of Walt Carmichael Road. PHOTO BY CLAY NEELY
• Major renovation work at Nor t hside Elementa r y School is in its final phase, and Coweta school officials say they expect the project – which costs nearly $7.4 million – to be completed by the • People can no longer play time students begin their acaPokémon Go in Newnan’s demic year on Aug. 5. cemeteries, no matter how • Coweta County staff rectempting the reward for the ommends a slight increase novel cellphone game. in property tax revenue for • Public, charter and pri- operations. A sign at the Carnegie library in downtown Newnan welcomes Pokémon Go players to play the game inside the library.
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• The third annual Rocky Hill Day community reunion brings together not only current and former residents of the Newnan neighborhood, but also those who have other connections with the area – Fair Street to Rowe Street north to south, and Belt Road to Richard Allen Drive and St. Clair Street. • A Newnan man believed to be in the country illegally is arrested and charged with statutory rape and incest after a l leged ly i mpreg nati ng a 13-year-old girl. • Mike Bloodworth, who found the cremains of Charlotte Gallimore in a house where he was work i ng, reports he has connected with Gallimore’s sister and given her the cremains.
• Coweta County students outperform their peers statewide on the Georgia Milestones Assessment System, with students here performing at the top two levels in greater numbers than state averages in 85 percent of the assessments.
2016-17 academic year. • Negotiations between hospital corporation Piedmont Healthcare and insurer UnitedHealthcare regarding in- network services conclude without agreement, at least according to Piedmont Healthcare’s chief consumer officer Matt Gove, and the outcome is less than favorable for local Piedmont patients currently insured by United.
• An elderly woman is fighting for her life after a violent home-invasion robbery. Dorothy Dow, 83, was airlifted to Grady Hospital after sustain• Georgia State Patrol coning third-degree burns and several broken bones. The firms the identity of Eli Holincident occurred in the Lone land, 17, a local Northgate Oak community in Grantville. student killed following a single-vehicle crash Aug. 7. • With school renovations and modifications complete, • Three men – two of them Chromebook distribution set, residents of Grantville – are enrollment up slightly and arrested for the attack last some new employees in place, week that sent 83-year-old the Coweta County School Dorothy Dow to Grady HospiSystem officially begins its tal’s burn unit.
• A man accused of sexually and supplement their learn• A Jonesboro man is in assaulting a 12-year-old girl is ing – prepares to kick off in jail after he attempted to pull September. sentenced to life in prison. over an off-duty police offi• Brenda Jackson Farmer cer. Deion Laquon Colliers, 21, • Two more suspects are arrested for the attack on retires from her 38-year career faces charges of impersonatwith the federal government ing a police officer and aggra83-year-old Dorothy Dow. work ing in t he executive vated assault with a firearm after an encounter on Inter• T h e n e e d e d z o n i n g office of the White House. state 85. approvals are now in place • The quick thinking of two for the mental health facility, • ACT scores among stuwhich would be located in the brothers possibly saves the old Piedmont Newnan Hospi- life of a man who was nearly dents in the Coweta County tal building on Hospital Road, killed by a severe electrical School System have increased but plans for the hospital can’t shock that takes the life of his for the third consecutive year, move forward until the objec- co-worker. landing Coweta in the top 10 tions to the state’s authorizapercent of 167 Georgia distion have been resolved. • Several people speaking tricts in overall student perat the final hearing on the formance for 2016. • Charles Thomas Yates county millage rate suggest • The downtown’s first new II, 18, the driver of a car that that rate should be higher. residential construction in 30 killed a 17-year-old Eli Holland, is granted bond and • The Albion building on years is complete and on the ordered under house arrest. Amlajack Boulevard and the market, but casual observers’ Kmart Distribution Center initial reaction to the asking • Civil Rights icon Dr. C. T. building on Herring Road price leaves some scratching Vivian is honored at the 2016 are sold to two different real their head. The townhomes Atkinson Arnall Tribute Din- estate investment firms. on the corner of Perry and ner on Aug. 12, and awardMadison Streets are offered w i n n i ng ca r toon ist M i ke • Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, for $495,000. Luckovich is the keynote along with several other state speaker. • The University of West and local welfare-department officials, meet with the public, Georgia wants to increase • The Children Connect: churches, foster parents, court the number of students at the Newnan Children’s Museum workers and law enforcement Newnan campus, and a study – a ha nds-on, i nteractive as part of the agency’s “blue- with that aim could be finspace designed to help chil- print for change roadshow” ished before the end of the dren explore their interests for social workers. year. • Firefighters from Coweta, Heard and Fayette counties hike to the top of Stone Mountain to commemorate the sacrifices of their New York colleagues on Sept. 11, 2001.
• Funeral services are held for 83-year-old Dorothy Reed “Dot” Dow, who died nearly a month after she was savagely beaten and burned in her Lone Oak home during a botched robbery attempt. • Coweta County firefighters deliver two truckloads of supplies to flood-ravaged Baton Rouge, La., where they also help clear out a damaged home. • The parents of Chase Sherman, who died after being tased by Coweta County law enforcement officials in November of 2015, petition the U.S. Justice Department to intervene after becoming frustrated with the investigation. • The annual Sunrise on the Square 5K/10K race and and
Market Day kick off Newna n ’s L a b o r D a y w e e k e n d • The Coweta County School celebrations. System completes its distribution of Chromebooks to all stu• The inaugural Labor Day dents in grades 3-12. Arts Festival, a throwback to the now-defunct Powers Cross• Coweta County approves roads Festival, attracts hun- a mutual aid fire agreedreds of people to Court Square ment with Fayette County in downtown Newnan. which ensures the counties will coordinate to • Three people die after two s e nd t h e c lo s e s t f i re small airplanes collide in mid- engines out for calls in the air at West Georgia Regional Palmetto and Senoia areas Airport in Carrollton. Two of near the Fayette County those killed – including flight line. instructor Taylor Nicole Stone, 24, of East Ridge, Tenn. – were • “Coweta Strong” is in a plane traveling from Falcon in full effect as Bridging Aviation Academy in Newnan. the Gap honors those who have served in the armed • Supporters of presidential forces or law enforcement hopeful Donald Trump open at its fifth annual commutheir headquarters on Madison nity appreciation day. Street in downtown Newnan.
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Kris “Tonto” Paronto is keynote speaker at rally at Crossroads Church in Newnan.
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• The city of Newnan qui- the intersection of Highway 29 etly ends its mosquito fogging and Whitfield Road. program, which has been in place for more than 25 years. • Construction crews rupture a gas main at Poplar Road • Elm Street Elementary and Newnan Crossing Bypass School celebrates its 60th West near Piedmont Newnan anniversary with a commu- Hospital, forcing closure of nity reception. nearby roads. Hospital operations are not impacted. • Rev. K.G. Bailey of White • Coweta County invesOak Grove Baptist Church in Senoia is recognized as one of tigators report a 66 percent the most influential pastors increase in auto break-ins in metro Atlanta at the 22nd and an alarming upswing in annual Gospel Choice Awards. related firearm thefts from vehicles. Motorists are urged • The Coweta County Dis- to properly secure their guns trict Attorney’s Office decides to prevent thefts, with the not to pursue charges related sheriff’s department citing a to the Nov. 20, 2015 death of less than 10 percent recovery Chase Sherman, a Florida man rate for stolen firearms. who died on Interstate 85 after being tased and restrained. • The Newnan Service Center of the Salvation Army and • Heeding recommenda- Coweta-Fayette EMC send tions from a payroll consulting crews to areas ravaged by firm, Coweta County bumps Hurricane Matthew. up employees’ wages. Commissioners also vote to imple• Charles Carroll, 35, of ment a new job-classification Newnan is found guilty in fedplan and amend the process eral court of distributing and possessing child pornography for performance evaluations. using a peer-to-peer computer • Longtime Grantville res- program. Carroll is sentenced ident Barbara Ann Tucker, to 12 years and six months in 76, and Bobby Harper, 50, are prison, to be followed by a killed in a head-on collision at lifetime term of supervised
release. • The Newnan City Council announces plans to enter into a contract with the committee planning a linear park – a series of interconnected walkways that would connect various parts of the city. • Coweta County Board of Education members unanimously vote to issue a proclamation opposing Amendment 1, a proposed constitutional a mend ment wh ich wou ld clear the way for state takeover of failing schools. • More than 100 Coweta County first responders storm the West Georgia Technical College campus in an active-shooter drill designed to test the response of local law enforcement and other agencies. • Cowetans cast a recordsetting 1,504 votes in two locations on the first day polls open for early voting. By the end of the second day, more than 3,000 voters have taken advantage of the opportunity to vote early for the Nov. 8 election.
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• Sharpsburg man claims a small razor blade is found in teen daughter’s Halloween candy. Meriwether County deputies seize 34 pit bull dogs from a Manchester property. The property owner is charged with dog fighting, cruelty to animals and aggravated cruelty to animals. • Darrell Glover, 38, of Moreland, dies after being struck by a car as he is walking south on U.S. Highway 29 near Oak Lawn Circle. The driver who hit him said Glover was walking near the center of the road. • Amador Layuno is struck and killed by a vehicle as he is checking his mailbox on Cedar Creek Road. Grantville Councilman David Riley resigns, saying PHOTO BY SARAH CAMPBELL he and his wife have moved Taylor Long is led into the courtroom for his bond hearing Friday out of the city. morning. T he st ate Democrat ic party files a complaint about an early voting machine in banned in the state and local three counts of aggravated Coweta. burning restrictions are put assault. • Missing Newnan woman into place as smoke from Nancy Petty is found dead north Georgia fires causes • The long-awaited McIninside her wrecked vehicle hazy conditions in Coweta tosh Parkway road project in northern Troup County. County. goes out to bid. • G.D. Hendrix is named • Coweta Sheriff’s Office • A fat her tells police veteran of the year. employees Kelvin Thompa man grabbed his toddler son and Mike Kinsey are • Taylor Long is the driver in an alleged second vehic- honored at a reti rement daughter and tried to get her ular homicide, allegedly banquet. into his car in front of their causing the death of his girl• An Atlanta firefighter home on Pinson Street. friend, Tori Clanton. Long dying of cancer is escorted was responsible for the 2012 from Cancer Treatment Cen• Matthew James Rogers vehicular homicide death of ters of America to his home is sentenced to 29 years for 9-year-old Abby Bacho. in Forsyth by public safety his role in a police stand• Dona ld Tr u mp w i n s officials. off and high-speed pursuit overwhelmingly in Coweta; • Taylor Long is granted a A mend ment 1 is sol id ly $25,000 bond, with extensive that involved a 14-year-old defeated. conditions, including con- female runaway. • Former congressman stant supervision. • R ain f ina lly fa lls on Newt Gingrich is in consid• Timique Slaton pleads Coweta, breaking a 42-day eration to be Trump’s secre- guilty in the murders of Kenstreak without measurable tary of state. neth Michael Spice and Der• Thanks to the severe rick Alford. Slaton’s brother, precipitation in a big way – d r o u g h t , f i re work s a re Alex Everett, pleads guilty to with 2.5 inches.
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Frances Smith, above – longtime crossing guard, parking enforcement officer and foster mom extraordinaire is the grand marshal for Newnan’s Christmas parade.
• Coweta’s postmaster meets with Happy clowning around during a jail visitation just Valley Road residents to discuss moving their days before Ellery’s bond hearing. Ellery is mailboxes to the other side of the road. granted a $1 million bond. • A 1-year-old who was riding unsecured in • Tempers flare at a Grantville committee the backseat of her father’s truck is unharmed meeting to discuss renaming Lagrange Street after the truck runs off the road and lands on after the late Barbara Tucker. The city council its side. later declines to make the change. • The last suspect in the 2015 murder of • Fans of Chattahoochee Bend State Park Kenneth Spice, Dionte Favors, is sentenced to discuss the park’s future at a master planning two years to serve and eight on probation for meeting. armed robbery. • After putting discussion of the 2015 retire• Disabled veteran Dennis Holliman and his ment agreement with former Deputy Fire family are presented a Newnan home, remod- Chief Todd Moore on a meeting agenda and eled and mortgage-free, by Building Homes hearing two public comments, the commisfor Heroes. sioners vote 3 to 2 to approve the agreement • A 1-million-square foot logistics facil- – again. ity is proposed for property that is currently • The new segment of the Newnan Bypass, Orchard Hills Golf Course. from Turkey Creek Road to Highway 16 east, • After a federal judge stops enforcement of opens to traffic. new overtime provisions, local businesses put • Frances Smith – longtime crossing guard, their plans to comply with them on hold. parking enforcement officer and foster mom • New na n’s Dow ntow n Development extraordinaire is the grand marshal for NewnAuthority is working with the city’s attorney an’s Christmas parade. on a proposed ordinance that would allow • The Coweta County Commission votes to consumption of alcohol on public property at join with the city of Newnan on the greenway designated, city-sanctioned events. master plan project. • Three suspected burglars who returned to • The deputy director of the Georgia the scene of an alleged earlier crime are met Department of Natural Resources announces by a pistol-packing business owner. that the state is considering building an
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