Zen News & Notes: Happenings around Coweta County

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By John A. Winters, Publisher

News and notes from around Coweta County with a few musings sprinkled in.

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Deputy First Class Brittany Doss was named as the first female Field Training Officer for the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.

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From East Coweta High School: Congratulations to EC’s own, Jennifer Jones, who was just named 2020-21 President of Georgia School Counselors Association (GSCA). This honor & distinction is most reflective of JJ’s love, devotion & hard work for her school, community and students!

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Flamethrowers are basically a type of squirt gun.

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More than 156,000 Georgia businesses received a loan from the federal government as part of coronavirus relief, according to new data released from the Small Business Administration.

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The Paycheck Protection Program is designed to “help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis,” the SBA says on its website, and companies across every sector and every corner of the state received more than $14.5 billion in recent months. More at: https://www.gpbnews.org/post/georgia-businesses-received-145-billion-paycheck-protection-program-loans

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The Georgia Lottery Corp. said fiscal year 2020 profits transferred to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education Account amount to a record $1,237,345,246. This brings the total raised for education in the Georgia Lottery’s 27-year history to more than $22.3 billion.

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One person can change the world. So can one bat.

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Coronavirus has hit all sorts of establishments. That includes the iconic Varsity in Atlanta as well as Bridging the Gap and One Roof locally. Employees and/or volunteers tested positive at all those locations, as well as many more.

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More than 70 percent of parents want to return to face-to-face instruction, according to a parental survey put out by Coweta County School System. There were 10,167 responses, with 71.56 percent (7,276) wanting their kids to return to school; 28.44 percent (2,891) planned to have their students go fully on-line. On a question regarding “comfort levels” on returning to school, 17.16 percent (1,773) were “extremely comfortable; 21.40 (2,211) were “very comfortable;” 24.52 percent (2534) were “somewhat comfortable;” 15.05 percent (1,555) were “slightly comfortable;” and 21.87 (2,260) were “not at all comfortable.”

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Vegans eat vegetables that were harvested by tractors burning fossil fuels that were created by dead animals.

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The Coweta County Master Gardener Volunteers announced their 2020 scholarship recipients:

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Josie Batchelor graduated from East Coweta High School and will attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where she will major in agriculture business. Sara Ashley Estes graduated from The Heritage School and will attend Clemson University where she will major in wildlife biology. Oran Hurst graduated from East Coweta High School and will attend the University of Georgia where he will major in forestry with a focus in parks, recreation and tourism. Catherine (Kitty) Yeager is a graduate of Newnan High School. She will be attending Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where she will major in agricultural technology and systems management.

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A person that uses a bike is a cyclist, while a person that uses a motorcycle is a biker.

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Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and its impact on community health and well-being, the Kiwanis Club of Newnan made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Kiwanis Coweta County Fair.

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Owners Jan and Suzette Smit have announced that after seven years Newnan Pharmacy has closed its doors. However, they have reopened as Newnan Health Solutions, specializing in professional quality CBD Oil and Products and Home Healthcare supplies such as medical equipment, supports and braces, first aid and compression hosiery. They remain at their 15 Baker Road location, just off Hwy. 34 East. All prescriptions were transferred to Walgreens.

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Governor Brian P. Kemp announced that Georgia has been ranked the No. 1 Film Production Leader by Business Facilities Magazine and prior to the global COVID-19 pandemic, was on pace for another record-setting year. This top ranking is featured in the publication’s annual 2020 Rankings Report. “Georgia takes the crown in our new Film Production Leaders category, ranking the states that are the top locations for motion picture and TV production,” writes Business Facilities Magazine.

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Sheriff Deputy Melvin Cameron with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office is being credited with saving the life of an inmate. Sylvia Dennis was choking on her food and could not breathe when Cameron rushed over and began applying the Heimlich maneuver.

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For the fourth consecutive year, the University of West Georgia has been named to the Colleges of Distinction, an association focusing on individualized and superior education. UWG’’s College of Education, Richards College of Business and Tanner Health System School of Nursing are each honored for the 2020-2021 academic year. UWG also was recognized for its work in career development, military support, and equity and inclusion, according to Georgia Business Insider.

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Coweta County public school students will start online classes Aug. 13 with a planned return to classrooms Sept. 4, based on which way coronavirus numbers are moving.

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