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By John A. Winters, Publisher

Notes collected from here, there and elsewhere …

“The Georgia Renaissance Festival announces we are postponing our 2020 season until Spring of 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 affecting the nation, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Festival until 2021 when we can offer our guests and participants a safe and healthy experience. If you have purchased tickets to the 2020 Season, your tickets will be valid for 2021, and we are giving you one FREE ticket* for every ticket you have purchased! You will receive an email with more information in the coming weeks. Free tickets are good for any Festival day in 2021.”

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The University of West Georgia is postponing most of its fall semester sports. That includes football, basketball, soccer and volleyball, according to school officials. UWG is part of the Gulf South Conference, and 12 other schools in that conference have announced similar plans. To date, there are no changes to the spring semester. 

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The faster a bug moves correlates to how much people freak out.  

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HelloFresh, the largest meal kit provider in the U.S., is opening a distribution center in Newnan, according to Gov. Brian Kemp. The nearly 210,000-square-foot-facility will employ about 750 people and will be located at International Park.

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Willis Road Elementary School was closed down because school employees tested positive for COVID-19. The school went through a “deep-cleaning” and was reopened. Currently, students are at home doing remote learning.

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Magic 8 balls have probably led some people to make serious decisions.

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Penco Restoration in Sharpsburg was just named to Inc. magazine’s 5,000 – the fastest private growing companies in the country. “Who would have thought that this company, in Sharpsburg, Georgia, would be in the top 3 percent in the country,” asked owner Joey Pendley. “You are not ordinary, you are extraordinary,” he told his staff.

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And the winners of our public #CityHallSelfie Day contest are in…drum roll, please! Congratulations to all of the winners in our #CityHallSelfie Day contest!

 • Most Creative #CityHallSelfie: Newnan-Coweta Historical Society

• Best Dressed #CityHallSelfie: Marie Schiavone, Ms. Georgia Plus 2020-2021

• Best Socially Distant #CityHallSelfie: Chris Doane, Bike Coweta

• Best Group #CityHallSelfie: UWG-Newnan

• Best #CityHallSelfie with Kids: The Aguirre Family

• NEW CATEGORY – Best Couple in a #CityHallSelfie: Gary & Brenda Welden

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A total of 110 Newnan High School football players were quarantined last month after one player caught the coronavirus. It didn’t stop the Cougars in their first game of the 2020 season as they defeated Whitewater 42-17 on Saturday (Sept. 5).

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If Transformers were real, would they need health insurance or car insurance?

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The 43rd Annual Sunrise on the Square Road Race returns to downtown Newnan on Saturday, Sept. 5. Due to the COVID-19 Crisis, Main Street Newnan will be hosting a “hybrid” race this year. The in-person race will still be offered at 8 a.m. but there will also be an option for runners to “Race at your place.”

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The glass slipper not disappearing with the rest of the clothes in “Cinderella” must have been one of the most overlooked plot holes in history. 

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In light of the continuing public health emergency, the West Georgia Technical College Foundation is postponing its annual Black Tie & Boots event until 2021. WGTC Foundation Executive Director Kelsey Jones said the decision was made to help ensure the safety of partners and guests.

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You never hear elevator music in elevators anymore.

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The three highest days with the most reported new COVID-19 cases in Coweta County so far this year were: 1. Aug. 14 (63); 2. Aug. 15 (62); and 3. Aug. 25 (66). (Through Aug. 31).

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The University System of Georgia is waiving test score requirements for prospective freshmen for the spring, summer and fall admission. Prospective students will still need to meet admission requirements, including minimum grade point averages.

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Writing “ASAP: feels much more aggressive than writing “as soon as possible.”

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Photo credit: Georgia Renaissance Festival Facebook page.

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