Zen News – May 2018


We are more careful with money in video games than with money in real life.

Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity recently recognized 10 individuals and one group. Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to Larry & Rita Wilson, who have volunteered 5,995 and 4,811 hours respectively. Silver award winners include a men’s group from the Rutledge Center who have volunteered over 500 hours and Mary Van Geuder, a Newnan resident who has volunteered over 300 hours. Bronze awards were given to Newnan residents: Patti Grant (148 hours), Butch Jones (117 hours), David Mitchell (155 hours), Leon Roberts (190 hours), Dennis Yokers (170 hours) and Senoia residents John Anderson (176 hours) and Kirby Belwood (123 hours).

If you spill paint on your lawn, you can watch paint dry and grass grow at the same time.

The United States Chamber of Commerce recently awarded the Newnan-Coweta Chamber with a 5-Star Accreditation for its sound policies, effective organizational procedures, and positive impact on the community. “We are thrilled to once again be honored with 5-Star Accreditation,” said Newnan-Coweta Chamber President and CEO Candace Boothby. “Our chamber has been able to excel under the strong leadership of Immediate Past Board Chair John Hall and 2018 Board Chair Andy Miller.”

Volleyball is just an intense version of “don’t let the balloon touch the floor.”

Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Matt Arthur has appointed a new president at West Georgia Technical College. Dr. Scott Rule, TCSG Assistant Commissioner for Data, Planning, and Research has been named President of West Georgia Technical College. Dr. Rule brings more than 28 years of experience in technical education to West Georgia Technical College.

Tired of boiling water every time you make pasta? Boil a few gallons at the beginning of the week and freeze it for later.

A new assisted living and memory care facility is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019. The project is undertaken by the Watercrest Senior Living Group and will be located at Lower Fayetteville Road and Summerlin Blvd. The 107-unit complex includes 75 assisted living and 32 memory care units.

The Coweta Community Foundation is accepting applications for new board members. The Foundation board is an all-volunteer board and likes to emphasize that it is a “working board” whose members will be asked to make a significant investment of time and energy. Interested candidates may send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]. Questions may be directed to Nominating Committee Chair LaVann Landrum at [email protected]. The Coweta Community Foundation is a publicly supported 501(c)3 organization that helps focus local philanthropy on the community’s changing needs.

Noses run but feet smell

Lot of musical chairs happening downtown. Southern Charm has moved into the old Mimi and Me location on Jackson Street. Ellie Mack and Newan Mercantile are moving into the spot that Morgan Trophy was in on North Court Square. And Morgan’s is moving to Thomas Crossroads.

Dr. LaToya Stephens, an OBGYN who delivers at Piedmont Newnan, completed her first Boston Marathon. “Running the Boston Marathon is like the Super Bowl of running for me. It’s the culmination of countless days of early morning trainings that was put in when no one was there watching in the cold, heat, rain, before and after long days of call, simply because that was what was on the training plan. The physical training is only half of the process. The ultimate test is surviving the mental battle during the race,” she said.

From the Master Gardener Extension Volunteers Facebook page: “Many thanks to all of you in the community for supporting the Master Gardeners annual Spring Plant Sale! Because of your support we were able to completely sell out over 5,000 Plants. The proceeds of this sale are used to fund many local projects including 4-H and the Boys and Girls Club. Thank you!”

Beginning May 1, Newnan Music Center will make a couple of changes to its daily operations. First, business hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Second, Larry Mills will take over as store manager. Newnan Music Center is located at 282 Bullsboro Drive.

Backstreet Arts was the recipient of a $500 grant from the Community Service Team, which is the youth arm of the Coweta Community Foundation. Executive Director Kim Ramey accepted the award on behalf of Backstreet Arts. The mission of Backstreet Arts is “to provide a safe, welcoming, creative environment to anyone who may benefit from the healing powers of art and community.”

Arnall Middle School seventh grader Jessica Yang recently won second place in the Georgia School Nutrition Association’s statewide essay contest. Yang’s placement in the GSNA’s “Let’s Move!’ contest allowed 30 Arnall students to attend the association’s Literary Consortium dinner at the University of Georgia and interact with UGA athletes. The annual essay contest is part of GSNA’s commitment to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles.

Meghan Proctor of Hubbell Jewelry Design in Newnan picked up a pair of first place awards at the recent Alabama & Georgia Jewelers Convention. Proctor earned top honors from the Georgia Jewelers Association in the Jewelry Design Contest – Category 3 and also brought home the Jeweler’s Choice Overall Award. The award-winning pendant is made of 14K white gold, with diamonds and a 27-carat aquamarine. It’s on display at Hubbell Jewelry Design, located at 772 Greisen Trail.

The people who invented the internet, video games and smartphones all played outside as children.

Three finalists for Coweta County’s 2018 Teacher of the Year have been chosen. The finalists are: Cathrine Nolan, a science and agriculture teacher at the Central Educational Center; Josh Tate, music teacher at Elm Street Elementary School; Lori Beuttenmuller, English as a Second Language teacher at Welch Elementary School. Coweta County’s 2018 Teacher of the Year will be selected from among the three finalists, and announced at the Coweta County School System’s Teacher of the Year program on Wednesday, May 2.

Piedmont Newnan Hospital was one of 750 hospitals nationwide, and one of only 15 of the 74 graded hospitals in Georgia, to receive an “A” for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. That’s according to The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based organization aiming to improve healthcare quality and safety for consumers.

Your first birthday is really your second.

Northgate High School senior Ashley Stephens was named the recipient of the third annual Community Service Team scholarship from the Coweta Community Foundation. Members of the Community Service Team operate as a board and form relationships with local nonprofits. The goal is for these young leaders to have the opportunity to sit on a local nonprofit board by the time they are juniors or seniors in high school.

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