Zen News & Notes: Graduation Rates, Coweta County happenings and more

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By John A. Winters, Publisher

Winston Skinner, the journalist who could tie anyone from Moses to Gorbachev to some visit in Coweta County, has retired from The Newnan Times-Herald. Over a nearly 40-year career, Winston interviewed … well, everyone in the county. And he really did find a David Bowie connection. His institutional knowledge will be sorely missed. We wish him the best in his new endeavor as business manager of a new trucking company.

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Georgia’s high school graduation rate increased again in 2019, rising to 82 percent – an all-time high since the state began using the adjusted cohort calculation now required by federal law. Georgia’s graduation rate has increased by 12 percentage points since 2012, with steady increases each year. In 2019, 71 Georgia school districts recorded graduation rates at or above 90 percent. Twenty-four districts recorded rates at or above 95 percent.

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Ever notice that dogs hate have you blow on their faces, but have no problem sticking their nose out of a car window going 70 mph.

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Linda Bridges in rumored to be the new owner of Monica Gaddy’s former publications, Lifestyles and Distinctively Southern Magazine. Will Blair, one of the area’s finest journalists, is taking the helm as editor. Blair announced his editorship of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce’s magazine in its third issue a few months back, but his name is nowhere to be seen in the latest issue of that publication. Why aren’t we surprised?

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And in more journalism news, The Newnan Times-Herald is cutting back to a two-day printed newspaper. Issues will come out on Wednesdays and Saturdays and will be mailed rather than delivered.

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12 a.m. comes before 11 a.m.

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State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said that Georgia broke records again in August – posting all-time highs in jobs and employment. Georgia had even more positive news in the August preliminary numbers. The state added to its labor force for the first time in six months and saw new unemployment claims fall, according to a press release.

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For the second year in a row, Georgia public-school students outperformed their counterparts in the nation’s public schools on the SAT, recording a mean score of 1048, nine points higher than the mean for U.S. public schools. Georgia outperformed the nation’s public schools by nine points in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (ERW) and performed on par with their national counterparts in math.

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Steroids and asteroids are completely unrelated.

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Famed Caped Crusader L.J. Tucker, the 8-year-old who suffered from a terminal brain tumor, has given up his capes for wings. The “Mayor” of Senoia passed away Sept. 23.  Six-year-old Keris Brembry, also of Coweta County, died of the same rare disease four years ago.

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Home Helpers of Georgia and Alabama has moved to 284 Bullsboro Drive in Newnan – in the Newnan Plaza (Merle Norman Cosmetics) and is on the second floor. The In-Home Care Service was previously located on Jefferson Street.

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Russia is the least Asian of all Asian countries.

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Bliss Salon & Day Spa of Newnan, located in Avery Park, offers a Hometown Hero Discount to those who serve this country and community. All active duty military, veterans and Coweta County first responders (firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMTs or paramedics) will receive a 10 percent discount with proper identification on all massage services such as Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Swedish, Stress Ease and Prenatal.

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One of the Uncle Maddio’s Pizza franchisees in Georgia is rebranding their stores into Pazzi’s Italian Grille. The Newnan location, at 371 Newnan Crossing Bypass, is adding calzones, pastas and paninis.

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Life will get a lot more interesting when artificial intelligence discovers WikiHow.

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The West Georgia Technical College Foundation awarded 66 students with nearly $37,000 in scholarships for Fall Semester 2019. In addition, the WGTC Foundation guaranteed $90,000 in tuition for summer semester and $75,000 in tuition for fall semester through its gap funding program. The gap funding program was established by the Foundation in Spring 2018 in order to help the college retain more students.

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The Coweta County Board of Education is discussing a possible redistricting of Northgate High School and East Coweta High Schools, which would take effect starting in 2021-22 school year if approved. The redistricting would be a way reducing the student enrollment at East Coweta High School to provide for future growth in that district, while also raising Northgate High School’s enrollment to a level comparable with Newnan High School.

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When a watch stops working, it shows its exact time of death.

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