Zen News – December


Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anyone else.

Barbers on the Boulevard recently opened in Avery Park, just across from the Little Giant Shopping Center. They specialize in classic and modern cuts for men, beard maintenance and shaves. The staff includes owner/operator Chrissy, with Debbie, Pennie and Nickie – all are Barber Stylists. Walk-ins always welcome at their 10 The Boulevard shop, which is open Tuesdays thru Saturdays. Call 678-673-6810 or visit their Facebook page for more info.

Students and teachers in Coweta County schools raised 181,969 donated food items or cash equivalents for this year’s Coweta County Can-A-Thon, organized by the Newnan Junior Service League. East Coweta High School topped giving among Coweta’s schools, with 20,941 items raised. The school’s Student Government Association led the way at ECHS, organizing a student-teacher basketball game and other events for this year’s food drive.

Canongate Elementary raised the most among elementary schools, with 19,017 cans and equivalent cash donations, and Lee Middle School topped Coweta’s middle schools, with 16,721 cans or equivalent cash donations. Other schools raising more than 10,000 items included Newnan High School, with 15,743 items raised, and Madras Middle, which raised 14,572 items.

East Coweta Middle School has been recognized by the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement with a 2017 Gold Award for Greatest Gains. The middle school was one of only 37 schools across the state to receive the 2017 Gold award.  The award recognizes schools that have achieved academic growth over the last three years in the top three percent of schools in the state, as indicated by the school’s progress score on the Georgia College and Career-Ready Performance Index (CCRPI).

Coweta’s own Masterworks Chorale will join the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Chancel Choir to present George Frederic Handel’s Messiah, Part I, ending with the beloved “Hallelujah Chorus.” This free concert, Masterworks’ gift to the community, will take place in downtown Newnan in the FUMC sanctuary. Artistic Director Kathy Bizarth will lead the performance. Accompaniment will be provided by David Kinrade, organist, chorus master and Minister of Music for Newnan First United Methodist Church, and a chamber orchestra. The event is Dec. 17 at 3 p.m.

One of our favorite food joints may have some new management. There’s a sign up at Bee’z Eat’s offering to sell a “turn-key” operation. That includes training by Bee’z himself and purchasing his proprietary recipes. We can tell you the Mac and Cheese alone is worth some serious cash. We will continue to follow this, because we are talking about an institution here.

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.

For the third consecutive year, Northgate High brought home a GHSA State Cheerleading Championship after claiming the 6A title. Head Coach Sarah Frazier has built quite the dynasty as her Northgate cheerleading squads have now won eight state championships in the past 11 years. Northgate won five straight 4A titles (2007-2011), then after a three-year drought, captured one 5A championship (2015) and the last two 6A crowns (2016-17).

Alison Wallace is stepping down as executive director of Bridging the Gap. She is taking on a new title as founder/director of community engagement. John Melia was named as interim executive director. Melia started the Wounded Warrior Project back in 2003 after being wounded in a helicopter crash and seeing how soldiers were treated. Bridging the Gap started in 2009 giving away food to those in need. It now provides food, showers and laundry services to the homeless, as well as local assistance and emergency shelter.

Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass

The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, which adds a penny in sales tax, will stay on the books for another six years. Country residents approved extending the tax, which begin in 1986, with about 65 percent of the vote. However, less than 10 percent of eligible voters cast ballots. Tsk, tsk. The estimated $140 million in revenue will go to pay for pre-approved capital projects.

Mike Chrzanowski has been named the new president of Newnan-based Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corp. of America. The Newnan plant manufactures many of Yamaha’s most popular vehicles, including full-size ATVs, side-by-sides, WaveRunners and golf carts. Chrzanowski was previously the company’s executive vice president and took over is new role Nov. 1.  He will oversee the company’s three manufacturing plants and more than 1,000 employees. Chrzanowski joined YMMC in 2001 as a plant manager, bringing with him previous experience leading and managing key operations in the automotive industry.

Attention all zombies, finally filming for the 8th season of The Walking Dead has started. Proceed to makeup as producers are hoping to wrap everything up by the time you read this.

Why does the Newnan-based Red Roof Inn have a green roof?

Candy Vogue in downtown Newnan announced it is closing its doors for good right before Christmas. “These past two years in Newnan, Georgia, have been filled with many sweet memories and we will miss the shop greatly, but it is in the best interests of our family to leave at this time,” the store posted on its website.

The city of Newnan is about to hold its next Newnan Citizen Academy, a free six-month course provided to city residents, business owners, and property owners to educate and inform the citizens of Newnan about every aspect of city government in Newnan. The course is an intensive, hands-on program on how city departments operate and how critical decisions are made that affect the quality of life in Newnan. Participants are given the opportunity to tour city facilities and hear directly from department managers, professional staff, and elected officials. For more information, please visit www.cityofnewnan.org or contact Gina Snider, public information officer at 770-253-2682 x 203 to sign up.

Hopefully, sometime during the shelf life of this publication (meaning December) crews will reopen Greison Trail and we can do away with that pesky detour.

Ashley Park today announced that Rocket Fizz Soda Pop and Candy Shop is set to open its first Newnan location this December next to GameStop and DSW Shoes. The store is known as one of the country’s largest collections of saltwater taffy and glass-bottled sodas. This shop will feature more than 500 different bottled sodas, thousands of candies from across the world, old-fashioned tin signs, classic concert posters, novelty items, and throwback trinkets and toys. Rocket Fizz will also have hard-to-find, imported candies from around the world, including Japan and Europe.

May not need the mowers anymore. The Coweta County Board of Education is seeking bids for artificial turf at the three public high school football fields. This doesn’t mean the board will actually make the switch, but it gives them the opportunity to look at the costs, as well as pros and cons.

Never in the history of “calm down” has anyone calmed down by being told to “calm down.”

West Georgia Technical College named Lauren Birriel, an Associate Degree Nursing student from Sharpsburg, as its 2018 Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership winner and Murphy Campus Clinical Laboratory Technology instructor Dr. Phyllis Ingham as its 2018 Rick Perkins Award winner. GOAL is a statewide program of the Technical College System of Georgia, which honors excellence in academics and leadership among the state’s technical college students. The Rick Perkins Award is designed to recognize and honor technical college instructors who make significant contributions to technical education through innovation and leadership in their fields.

Not all heros wear capes

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