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By JOHN A. WINTERS, Publisher

Notes from here, there and the internet …

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From Abby’s Angels Foundation: “Newnan Crossing Elementary 4th grade teachers assist us by choosing a student who possesses qualities like Abby’s. This is the Abby Bacho Memorial Eagle Award. We are deeply honored and grateful to share that McKenzie Holcombe was presented with a special Abby’s Angels bracelet and plaque during the 4th grade awards ceremony.  Her teachers  shared that McKenzie is never without a smile when she comes to class and is always helpful and caring.  She is a true friend and has a way of making others feel better. “

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Unlike popular belief, it was not Coca-Cola that turned Santa Claus red, they were just the first to create a famous commercial advert using him. It was an American cartoonist named Thomas Nast who actually turned Santa Claus red.

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“Okay” sounds happier than “ok.”

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Lauren Odom, who has spent 10 years running the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newnan/Coweta, is leaving to accept another job with the organization. “I will be stepping into a new role with BGCMA’s Resource Development Department.  I have accepted the position of Director of Institutional Giving.  In this role I hope to continue to financially support the day-to-day program operations of the clubs throughout Metro Atlanta,” she said. 

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Ever wondered why the citrus soda 7-Up is called 7-Up? When it was created back in 1929, the “7” was selected after the original 7-ounce containers and the “Up” was selected because that was the direction of the bubbles.

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The man bun is the mullet of our generation.

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Save the date for the ever-popular Beer, Bourbon and Wine fundraiser supporting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coweta County. The event is Aug. 13 at the historic Train Depot in Newnan from 5 to 9:30 p.m. 

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Fire stations have spiraling stairways for a very specific reason. Back in the old days when the fire engines were pulled by horses, the horses worked out how to walk up straight staircases. So the spiraling stairways are to stop the horses from getting upstairs.

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When you are a kid playing the game Truth or Dare, Dare is the scary option. When you are an adult, it is Truth.

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The Coweta Samaritan Clinic has announced  a long-term gift to expand its Patient Assist Program through the establishment of the Millie Coggin Patient Assist Trust Fund. Created in honor of Coweta County resident, Mrs. Millie Coggin, the fund will provide non-medical financial support to Coweta Samaritan Clinic patients in times of extraordinary need. 

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In one of the ultimate ironies, nobody knows who invented the first fire hydrant. The reason is that the patent was believed to be burned in a fire at the Patent Office in 1836, destroying all records of it.

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Since electronics contain silver, you could theoretically beat a werewolf to death with a Nokia.

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The local nonprofit Can’t Never Could is observing August as Founder’s Month and will hold its annual Founder’s Dinner on August 29, at the Newnan Centre. This year’s speaker is Steve Stirling, president and CEO of MAP International, a Christian organization providing medicines and health supplies to those in need around the world so they might experience life to the fullest.

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Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation (YMMC), based here in Newnan, broke ground recently on a new, advanced, and innovative “SMART” Warehouse, the first-of-its-kind for Yamaha Motor Company worldwide. Using state-of-the-art automated storage and retrieval systems, the new 200,000 square foot facility will be capable of reducing response time for fulfilling dealer orders for Yamaha WaveRunners, Golf Cars, ATVs, and Side-by-Sides by more than 50 percent. 

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The more you learn, the more you realize how little you actually know.

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Last fall, the Howard Warner Boys & Girls Club was awarded a grant from the Alan Jackson “Where I Come From” Tornado Relief Concert fund. The grant was given to the organization to purchase a van to replace one that had been damaged by the tornado. Thanks to that grant, and after months of searching, the Boys & Girls Club finally has its new van. 

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Greg Shinkle has been named Deputy Fire Chief of Coweta County Fire Rescue. As Deputy Fire Chief, Shinkle will be responsible for overseeing daily operations of fire suppression, emergency medical services and special operations.

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Somebody’s mom has probably used you as a bad example to their kid.

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