Zen Notes & News: Arnall Grocery celebrates 150, Christian City CEO, Carnegie Library

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By John A. Winters, Publisher

Congratulations to Arnall Grocery Company. They are celebrating their 150th anniversary this August, making them the second oldest company in the county. For those of you keeping track at home and love local trivia, the oldest company in Coweta is The Newnan Times-Herald.

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We have been catching fish for the same way for centuries, and they have yet to learn their lesson.

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Atlanta resident Keith Horton has joined Christian City, Inc. as the chief executive officer. Horton will be responsible for the implementation of all operational strategies on the Christian City campus. Horton brings 11 years of experience working in child welfare services, including working at the Department of Juvenile Justice in Atlanta, both at the local and state level. He also served as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services
where he established Georgia’s first 24-hour child welfare intake center.

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Congratulations to Heritage Varsity Volleyball Coach James McCall and Boys Varsity Basketball Coach Joey Jerome for receiving the GISA State Coach of the Year awards at the GISA coaches conference.

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Kids have trouble learning time because when parents say “five minutes,” it’s never five minutes.

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According to Netflix, Stranger Things 3, primarily filmed in Georgia, “40.7 million household accounts have been watching the show since its July 4 global launch — more than any other film or series in its first four days. And 18.2 million have already finished the entire season.”

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Hogansville residents Holland Ware and Faye Hendrix-Ware pledged a $2.5 million commitment in 2017 to support expansion at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. Their generous contribution helped support construction of the new 18-bed Advanced Care Unit that opened on Dec.20, 2018, and started the High Risk Breast Clinic at the Faye Hendrix-Ware Breast Health Center. The final installment of $900,000 to complete their commitment was presented to Piedmont Newnan on June 28.

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Without Google, lots of arguments would last longer.

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Congratulations to Susan Crutchfield, newly appointed director of the Carnegie Library located at 1 LaGrange St. She is indeed a most wonderful personality and will be a great asset and director for the Carnegie as well.

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For fiscal year 2019, the Georgia Lottery transferred $1.207 billion to the State Treasury’s Lottery for Education account, according to Gov. Brian P. Kemp. That is the largest annual transfer in the Georgia Lottery’s 26-year history. The total raised for education through the lottery now tops $21 billion. The lottery funds specific education programs, including Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program and Georgia’s Pre-K Program. More than 1.8 million students have received HOPE, and more than 1.6 million four-year-olds have attended the statewide, voluntary pre-kindergarten program.

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Searching for a single hay in a pile of needles might actually be harder.

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The WGTC Foundation has announced the establishment of the Chahalis Family Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Scott and Tami Chahalis in celebration of the one-year anniversary of Blickle USA, located in Newnan. The Chahalis Family Scholarship will be awarded beginning Spring Semester 2020. Students must be enrolled at the WGTC Coweta Campus and have a 2.5 or higher GPA. For more information about the scholarship and application period, contact Kelsey Jones at [email protected]

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A few store closings: Juliana’s Galleries, an upscale furniture and decor store on Amlajack Blvd. in Newnan; Which Wich, a design-your-own sandwich shop in the Newnan Festival strip mall; and Charming Charlies in Ashley Park.

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Dogs are living anti-depressants.

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Four candidates are running to fill the District 71 seat vacated after Rep. David Stover resigned. The candidates are:  Nina Blackwelder, Marcy Sakrison, Philip Singleton and Jill Prouty. The election will be held Sept. 3. The district covers most of the eastern part of Coweta County.

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You can take any letter from the word “boats” and you will still have a word.

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Sandy Wisenbaker, the Coweta County solicitor-general, was named the 2019 Solicitor-General of the Year. The honor was given by the District Attorneys’ Association of Georgia and the Georgia Association of Solicitors-General. Wisenbaker started as an assistant solicitor-general with the county back in 2003.

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