Zen Notes & Musings: Brown Street closes; Newnan, Northgate announce Valedictorians, Salutatorians

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By John A. Winters, Publisher

The city of Newnan has officially closed the section of Brown Street between West Broad and Spring streets. The closure was at the request from Central Baptist Church, which wanted the permanent closure for the expansion of their facility.

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The Checkers restaurant on Bullsboro has closed. The restaurant had closed and moved into Walmart, but later re-opened at the former location. No word on what will become of the building.

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87 days – that’s the length of time between the birth of two twins. And yes, that’s the record.

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Medal of Honor recipient Col. Joe M. Jackson has died. He was from Coweta and received the nation’s highest military honor for his actions in the Vietnam War.

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Sen. Matt Brass (R – 28 and our local dude) will serve as chair of the Reapportionment and Redistricting Committee. Governor Geoff Duncan and the Senate Committee on Assignments recently announced new standing committee chairs for the first session of the 155th Georgia General Assembly.

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An alpaca can die from loneliness.

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Students who Go West by going online receive a top-ranked education, according to a recent U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Online Programs. The article by university staff said: the rankings took into account schools’ engagement, faculty credentials and training, expert opinion, student excellence, and services and technologies. Nearly 300 schools were ranked in an effort to help students compare programs. The University of West Georgia earned coveted spots on the publication’s lists of Best Online Programs, Best Online MBA, Best Online Computer Information Technology graduate degree, Best Online Education graduate degree and Best Online Nursing graduate degree.”

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Newnan High’s 2019 Valedictorian is Rad Wyrick and the 2019 Salutatorian is Maddie Cramer. Congratulations!

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The filling inside Kit Kats is actually rejected Kit Kats that were then crushed up.

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Northgate High School Valedictorian is Sam Pfliger and its 2019 Salutatorian is Morgan Robertson. Congratulations to both.

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Congratulations to Noah Watson, Madras MS 7th grader, and Coweta Schools’ 2018-19 county-wide Spelling Bee Champion. Arnall 8th grader Gabriel Lawrence placed 2nd out of 25 competitors at Thursday’s Bee, held at the Nixon Centre. Thanks to BB&T Newnan for sponsoring. Event took place on Jan. 17.

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Your tongue actually rests on the roof of your mouth when you are not using it. You just checked didn’t you?

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University of West Georgia President Dr. Kyle Marrero was officially named as president of Georgia Southern University. He will start in his new position April 1. Yes, we know that’s April Fools, but something tells us he’s still going. We want to thank him for his years of service and his involvement in getting the new Newnan campus up and running.

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Congratulations to the Newnan High School History Club, which put together 555 dozen boxes of cookies to send to troops overseas. Who says kids today don’t get it.

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Rhode Island declared independence from Britain two months before the rest of the colonies. For those keeping track at home – May 4, 1776.

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A Retirement Party honoring Sheriff Mike Yeager is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Coweta County Fairgrounds & Conference Center. The event celebrates Sheriff Yeager’s 31 years with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and is a drop-in from 4-7 p.m. with BBQ plates available. No RSVP is needed. Ya’ll come.

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All mushrooms are edible. Some only once.

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The Coweta County Board of Education elected member Amy Dees to serve as Board of Education Chair for 2019. Dees represents Coweta’s 1st school board district, and has served as the board’s Vice-Chair for two years. 3rd district board member Beth Barnett was elected to serve as the board’s Vice-Chair, and Winston Dowdell was elected to serve as Board Treasurer.

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There is no winning at parenting, just damage control.

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