Coweta News & Notes with some added Zen

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By JOHN A. WINTERS, Publisher

News from here, there and the Internet.

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Congratulations and a big “thank you” to Battalion Chief Jeff Woody with the Coweta Fire Department who is retiring after 30 years of serving the citizens of Coweta County.

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A lot of people only need to attempt doing one push-up to realize how unfit they are.

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After over a decade as the Golden Knights, West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) has a new mascot, Knightro the Knighthawk.  A mascot committee made up of WGTC faculty and staff, chose the nighthawk to represent the College because it embodies many of the characteristics of WGTC students: adaptable, diligent, resourceful, and determined.

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The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage as the nation faces the lowest number of people giving blood in 20 years. If you are eligible, your blood donation will significantly impact the lives of others. Visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive in your area.

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Everything is bulletproof if you have enough of it.

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The city of Newnan Fire Department recently received a new Rescue Unit, which will be used at Station 2 (off of Lower Fayetteville Road). Rescue Unit 2 is designed for medical emergencies and will enable first responders to deploy quickly to medical calls. 

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Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Company in Newnan is committed to inspiring the love of the outdoors, sustaining the natural environment and ecosystems, and supporting local education initiatives. Students from the Kiwanis Kids (K-Kids) program at Welch Elementary School in Newnan paid a visit to take part in planting a pollinator garden. It was a great opportunity to get hands-on experience with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities while getting away from the classroom and enjoying outdoor life.

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All of us live less than 65 miles from space, yet only a very few will ever go there.

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Sharpsburg native Drew Cronic has joined the Navy football staff as offensive coordinator. Cronic comes to Navy from Mercer, where he put together a 28-17 (.622) record over the last four years, including a 22-10 (.688) mark in the rugged Southern Conference. Cronic is considered one of the more innovative offensive minds across all levels of college football. Driven by the motto “Raise the Bar,” Cronic has been a head coach for a combined eight years at three different schools and has compiled a career record of 75-23 (.765) while also handling offensive coordinator duties that featured variations of the option offense.

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West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) has named Mariah Moses of Newnan as its 2024 Exceptional Adult Georgian in Literacy Education (EAGLE) winner. The Leadership Institute recognizes and honors those students who have demonstrated superior achievement in adult education classes and programs.

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Smokers are more likely to survive lost in the woods because they carry a lighter.

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The West Georgia Technical College Foundation was recently awarded a $3,000 Traditional Grant from the Coweta Community Foundation (CCF) to support its Project CARE program. Project CARE was created in 2009 to provide financial aid to students and employees of West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) who are in need. 

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It’s crazy how many people spend 40 or more hours a week doing something they aren’t even passionate about or enjoying.

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The city of Newnan celebrated the completion of the Fire Training Facility on 473 Greison Trail. Complete with a burn building, educational training room, and office space, the facility offers opportunities to train the Newnan Fire Department in the latest techniques. 

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In case you missed it, Lily Abigail, 7 lbs., 3 oz., and 20 inches long, was the first baby of the year born at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Proud parents, Cara and Blake Harmon, and big sister Layla (7), welcomed a healthy baby girl at 9:39 p.m. on January 1. This is the couple’s second child, and both girls were delivered at Piedmont Newnan.

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The entire population of dogs is replaced every 20 years

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The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office has a new chief deputy, Milton Beck. He retired from Cobb County Sheriff’s Office in 2019 after serving that community for 30 years. He has known and worked with Sheriff Lenn Wood for many years. “He brings a vast array of leadership, experience and discernment to the Coweta Sheriff’s Office and will help us continue to deliver the professional law enforcement services that the residents of this county have grown accustomed to, deserve and expect,” a Facebook post said. 

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In other news with the sheriff’s office, two new command staff appointments were announced. Major Warren Campbell has been appointed to Lieutenant Colonel and Lieutenant David Hill has been appointed to Captain. 

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Burning the haystack is an easy way of finding the needle.

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We’re often too young to realize how big of a decision picking your first phone number will be.

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