Zen Monkey’s Notes & Musings: Little League World Series, The Mad Mexican & More

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By John A. Winters, Publisher

Kudos to the Peachtree City American team for their run to the United States Championship in the Little League World Series at Williamsport, PA. The PTC squad, representing the Southeast Region, lost its first game in the tournament but reeled off four consecutive wins to reach the U.S. title game on Aug. 25. The local squad lost to Hawaii, 3-0 in that championship game. Overall, PTC finished with a 4-3 record in the event. Coweta County natives Wills Maginnis, Jansen Kenty and Ben Traxler all played key roles and delivered game-winning plays during the four-game win streak.
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The Rednexican restaurant in Downtown Newnan is making a change. Owners Chad and Angie Smith have announced that Rednexican is changing its name to The Mad Mexican, effective Aug. 27. Everything else will remain the same. New t-shirts, stickers and pint glasses will be available soon.
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Backpack Buddies has moved to 96 Werz Industrial Blvd., off Millard Farmer Industrial Blvd. The new location is double in size and the group has also doubled its volunteer base. The nonprofit provides disadvantaged students with meals for the weekends.
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There are now not one, but two roundabouts on U.S. Hwy. 29 North at Hal Jones Road. To make it even more exciting, they are less than a quarter-mile apart. And the wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round.
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Clang, clang, clang went the trolley.
Ding, ding, ding went the bell.
Zing, zing, zing went my heart strings …
Newnan City Council has approved purchase of A Streetcar Named Desire. Or just a regular trolley for downtown and “special events.” Or something like that.
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If the thumb is not a finger, then there is no middle finger.
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Nick, affectionately known as “Crazy Nick”, the fabulous Greek Chef from Hogansville, has signed a contract to open a restaurant at 22 Main St. Grantville, October 9.
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Angela Munson and her family have moved to Louisiana where she has taken over a position as a federal immigration judge. She was a strong community supporter and we will miss her. And we wish her the best in her new role.
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Might be time to unplug and restart the country.
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A new store, Cleaver and Cork, “featuring the highest quality meats, seafood and local provisions,” is opening soon. The store is located next to Township Coins off Hwy. 34 East.
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If you die on your back and it’s freezing, you could actually see your last breath.
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The city of Newnan has opened the first section of McIntosh Parkway – which eventually will connect downtown Newnan to Ashley Park. The section now open is from Ashley Park to Greisen Trail. Construction continues on McIntosh Parkway from the Greisen Trail roundabout to East Washington Street. Completion date is unknown at this time.
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Simba is free. Those famous (infamous?) Barnum’s Animals Crackers are breaking out of their cages. Nabisco has introduced a new “cageless” box of the cookies.
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It’s been one year since Piedmont Healthcare and Walgreens joined forces and opened 27 retail clinics across metro Atlanta. Already the clinics have seen more than 100,000 patients. Piedmont QuickCare at Walgreens has two locations here locally. The Coweta location is at 3116 Hwy. 34 East in Thomas Crossroads (in front of Kroger) and the other is 100 South Peachtree Parkway in Peachtree City (across from The Fresh Market).
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The Coweta County Board of Education voted to set 2018 property tax rates at 18.59 mills, keeping the same rate in place for the 14th year. By maintaining the rate at 18.59 mills, school property tax collections are projected to increase by 2.67 percent due to reassessments.
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New parents can tell their kids they were ordered at Amazon and delivered by drone.
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One of the more popular car wash locations in Newnan, Shine N Drive Car Wash, has been undergoing extensive renovations. In addition, the company that is located at 530 Hwy. 34 East, is becoming a Tidal Wave Auto Spa franchise. Renovations include a completely new washing system and increasing the length of the tunnel.
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Those who can’t live without a little jerk chicken or beef pie in their life, take note. A Golden Krusty franchise is opening soon. Located at 1485 Highway 34, the restaurant is “Taking the Taste of the Caribbean to the World.” It’s part of one of the fastest growing franchises and was started in New York by a Jamaican immigrant.
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The first person to use sarcasm must have confused a lot of people.
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The Rutledge Center, a nonprofit working with children and adults with special needs, has named Ann Newton as the new executive director of the Rutledge Center.  She replaces Bobby Welch, who retired after more than 20 years of service with the organization.
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Coweta County Fire Chief Deron “Pat” Wilson was named Fire Chief of the Year by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GAFC). The GAFC is comprised of career, combination and volunteer Chiefs with a common goal of bettering the fire service and its service delivery to the citizens of Georgia. Currently GAFC represents over 700 chief fire officers in Georgia.
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Whether you were a good person or a horrible person, you will have left the world a better place when you die.
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We call Finland, Finland. In Finland, they call it Suomi.

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