News & Musings: Grayson’s opens, Autumn Chase canceled, and more

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By John A. Winters, Publisher

Facts, figures and other interest tidbits from Coweta County to the Internet:

Piedmont Newnan’s annual Autumn Chase has been canceled. Organizers say 2021 will be even better to make up for the cancelation.

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Our very own Sen. Matt Brass has been appointed to the powerful Rules Committee by Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan. Once legislation passes a Senate committee, it is sent to Rules, which determines whether it moves on to the full Senate for a vote.

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IKEA uses about 1 percent of the world’s lumber.

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One of the area’s most popular restaurants, Truett’s Chick-fil-A, was temporarily closed for a few days after an employee tested positive for coronavirus. At the time the restaurant was only offering curbside and drive-thru services.

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Newnan High School graduate Anastasia Mattingly was awarded this year’s $10,000 scholarship from the Newnan-Coweta Historical Society. Mattingly graduated as a 4.0 GPA student, a Georgia Merit Certificate recipient, and Distinguished Young Women runner-up and scholastic award winner. She will be attending the University of Georgia as a double history and dance major. The NCHS scholarship is intended to promote the study of history and history-related fields.

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A newborn panda is about the same size as a stick of butter.

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Ray McKnight, Newnan High School football announcer, is announcing no more. McKnight was removed from his position after derogatory remarks were discovered on a shared Facebook page. He has since apologized in a local media story.

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The University of West Georgia us is planning to reopen this August for in-person instruction. “This fall, our campus will open to students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve as the vibrant, welcoming place that invites everyone to learn, grow, and become,” said Dr. Brendan Kelly, president of the university.  “We are taking steps in this phased return to campus to make sure we are ready to offer that experience to our students in a fashion that promotes health and safety.”

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On Good Friday, 1930, the BBC announced there was “no news” so played music instead.

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“Georgia’s Serenbe Playhouse will be internally rebuilt following a sweeping move by the Board of Directors of The Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture & the Environment to lay off all staff and temporarily suspend all operations, including planned 2020 performances. The decision comes in the wake of a number allegations that the theatre was not a safe working environment for many artists, particularly the BIPOC (Black and Indigenious People of Color) community.” More at: https://www.playbill.com/article/serenbe-playhouse-lays-off-all-staff-and-suspends-productions-to-build-anew

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The Port of Savannah’s proximity to major producers, direct access via road and rail, broad global network and responsiveness to customer needs have recently made it the top port in the nation for the export of containerized agricultural goods. “Agriculture is a major driver for Georgia’s economy, contributing $74 billion in annual economic benefit and nearly 400,000 jobs across the state,” said Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

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There is a “wife carrying championship” in Finland and the winner gets his wife’s weight in beer.

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CEC Entertainment, Inc. , the parent company of Chuck E Cheese, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. So you if were planning birthday parties and having a chance to drop the kids and friends off for a few quiet hours for yourself, you may need a new game plan.

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The Georgia Department of Labor recently announced they have processed over 2.7 million regular unemployment  initial claims in the past 14 weeks, more than the last seven years combined.  Of the processed claims, over one million were identified as valid claims with enough wages to establish a claim and 91% have been issued a payment.

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Grayson’s Steak and Seafood, which will be serving …. , has opened on Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. Team from Mama Lucia’s is behind the new venture.

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Coyotes can run 23 mph faster than roadrunners

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The Coweta County School System will start back Aug. 6. Students will have the opportunity to attend school as in pre-coronavirus times, or move to online learning. Decisions are made on a semester by semester basis, so choose wisely.

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Coweta County has surpassed 700 coronavirus cases.

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