The News – Aug/Sept


Drones are kites for millennials

Chief Deputy Col. James Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office is a world traveler – literally. He recently came back from Israel as part of a delegation of law enforcement officers participating in the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange program. This is the 25th year of the event, where law enforcement officials from the two countries share ideas and strategies on homeland security and other public safety issues.

If you build it, they will come. The Newnan Coweta Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore shop is moving this fall. The local home-improvement thrift store is moving out of its location on Pine Road and over to Bullsboro Drive in the Shenandoah Plaza Shopping Center. The new facility will be about the same size, but the more central location, which is also heavily traveled, is expected to draw more customers.

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough.” Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

A section of Greison Trail is now closed and will remain so for about three months as work continues on the McIntosh Parkway project. The closure runs from Berry Avenue to Park Lane. The road project will connect downtown Newnan with Ashley Park.

The Bank of North Georgia name is disappearing. The three branches in Coweta County will be taking the name of the parent company, Synovus. Bank of North Georgia was once known as the Bank of Coweta. Synovus has roughly 250 branches throughout the Southeast.

If life shuts a door, open it again. It’s a door, that’s how they work.

Feature film and television production generated nearly $9.5 billion in economic impact during fiscal 2017, according to Gov. Nathan Deal. The 320 feature film and television productions shot in Georgia represented $2.7 billion in direct spending in the state.

Sad news from the world of The Walking Dead: John Bernecker, a stuntman on the show, was killed after a fall during a stunt. The 33-year-old died at Atlanta Medical Center of blunt force trauma.

Is the “s” or the “c” silent in the word “scent?”

It’s looking like the end of August before the new Chick-fil-A on Bullsboro will reopen. The restaurant had a temporary facility serving a drive through, but that is now closed as construction continues. The new restaurant, a Truett’s Chick-fil-A, is expected to be completed Aug. 31.

Mystery meat is getting more expensive. The Coweta County School System is raising prices on lunches. Elementary lunches are going from $2.60 to $2.75, and  middle and high school lunch prices will increase from $2.85 to $3. Might be time to try out the dollar menu at some of the local fast food franchises.

“The master has failed more times than the beginner has ever tried.” Steve McCranie

Please keep Lieutenant Adam Moss and his family in your prayers. The nine-year veteran of the Coweta County Fire Rescue Department was removing a tree from a roadway when it snapped, hitting Moss and then falling on him. He was airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where he underwent surgery. He is now out of ICU and is recuperating.Please consider donating to help with expenses at the following GoFundMe account:

Coweta County students, thanks to their teachers, continue their awesomeness when it comes to those pesky tests. The Georgia Department of Education released the State Milestone Assessment results for the spring of 2017, and our kids continue to beat the statewide averages. Overall, For the annual Milestone End of Grade exams, students in grades 3 through 8 are tested in the Spring on their grade-level proficiencies in English/Language Arts and Math.  Students in grades 5 and 8 take additional grade-level tests in Science and Social Studies.Coweta County School System students outperformed the state in 16 of the 16 assessment areas, with higher percentages of Coweta students scoring in the top two and top three categories for all exams.

Our county is getting a little more political muscle thanks to State Rep. Bob Trammell Jr. , who was elected as the House Minority Leader. Trammell, of Luthersville, represents district 132, which covers parts of Meriwether, Troup and Coweta counties. He replaces Stacey Abrams, who is running for next year’s Democratic nomination for governor.

Don’t cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it

Big honk of the horn to Olivia and Genna Gentry, who won the Rookie Division Championship in this year’s The Great Race. The teenagers drove more than 2,000 miles over seven days, including a stop in Newnan, in a 1963 Dodge Dart. Their mom, Beth Gentry, and cousin, Jody Knowles, won the Expert and Overall divisions. Check out even more about their adventures elsewhere in this edition.

After a frantic APB, we are happy to report the two red cows belonging to Lori over at Blue Fern Merchant have been located and returned safe and sound. Lori went to social media after her critters escaped from their farm near Cedar Creek Road. Wasn’t long before reports of those cows being sighted over near the dam in Lake Redwine subdivision started coming in. Something after grass greener on the other side or something.

The Coweta County Library System just completed its summer reading program with more than 600 people showing up for the final program of the season. More than 49,000 items were checked out by Coweta patrons in the month of June alone.  Currently, the library system has more than 87,000 registered library card holders. That puts our county in the top per capita percentile for the 63 public library systems in the state.

Everyone thinks they are unique until they have to choose a username.

Hamilton Bohannon, one of the great musicians from Newnan, has officially gotten his own road. The former Peachtree St. in the Rocky Hill Community, where he grew up, was renamed “Hamilton Bohannon Drive.” The change was approved by Newnan City Council earlier this year.

Dreams die hard. Patrick Dempsey, the Hollywood actor nicknamed McDreamy, is moving to Newnan. Let’s let that soak in for a minute. Gasp, pant. At least that’s according to, which said the actor was tired of the Hollywood lifestyle and had visited Newnan in the past. “The people are great,” he said. “They’re genuine for one and … real. They’ll tell you what they think and I honestly find that refreshing.” A little further digging shows that alas, all is not true on the Internet., is, as its says on its website if you dig a little, “an entertainment website composed mostly of articles containing satire … none of the articles … should be considered true.”

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