Coweta County

Northgate student gets up close view of holiday celebration

Northgate High School senior Kevin Cheng, left, was chosen to represent Coweta County at this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Service with the help of Coweta County School System reading specialist Dr. Beverly McCray. Photo/Submitted.

Northgate High School student Kevin Cheng was chosen to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King Commemorative Service held Jan. 19 at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

A senior and Northgate’s Student Government Association class president, Cheng appeared at the annual service along with other students from around the metropolitan Atlanta area and read a portion of King’s “Address at the Conclusion of the Selma to Montgomery March” speech.  Read More»

Spelling champ crowned

 Aanchal Patel won Coweta County’s district-wide Spelling Bee. Aanchal Patel, front row left, appears with runner-up Dynahsty James, center, of Lee Middle School. At right is Garnett Reynolds, of BB&T of Newnan, who sponsored this year’s bee. In the rear, from left, are Coweta County spelling bee judges, Principal Jan Franks of Arnall Middle School, Principal Leigh Munson of Eastside Elementary School, and Principal Christi Hildebrand of Elm Street Elementary School. Photo/Submitted.

A fifth grade student at Welch Elementary School won the Coweta County School System’s district-wide Spelling Bee held Jan. 12 at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts on Monday.

Aanchal Patel, a 5th grader at Welch Elementary, became Coweta County’s 2015 spelling bee champion in the 15th round of the annual competition. She and runner-up Dynahsty James, a Lee Middle School 8th grader, sparred for the annual title in a spell-off that ended with Patel correctly spelling “delinquent” and then “intelligible” for the win, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»

Armed robber nabbed

A Senoia man was charged with armed robbery and aggravated assault on Jan. 22 after pulling a knife on a clerk at Crook’s Hit n Run convenience store.

Senoia police spokesman Jason Ercole said officers at approximately 2:30 p.m. responded to a call about a man threatening a clerk with a knife.

Ofc. Wesley Courtois was nearby and arrived on scene in a matter of seconds, Ercole said, finding 19-year-old Wyman Terry Campbell still standing in front of the counter. Read More»

Family is home for Christmas

Habitat partner moves into new home

Habitat partner celebrates in new house

The Newnan-Coweta Habitat for Humanity was able to help one family be home for Christmas when they were able to move into a house of their own before the holiday.

Family Partner Quinethia Smith, or "Q" as she is known, and her boys, Lamarcus and Kayden, celebrated in the brand new home built by volunteers during a 13-day blitz build that included aid from South-Tree Enterprises, Inc. and Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Read More»

Furgerson completes combat training

Graduates after nine week stint at Ft. Benning

Army Pvt. Joshua M. Furgerson has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA.

During the nine-week training period, Furgerson received instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, rifle marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, armed and unarmed combat, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values.

Furgerson is the son of Alice and Robert Furgerson and brother of Bobby Furgerson, all of Palmetto. Read More»

'Welcome to Senoia' video is ready for public

Features city's quaint offerings

The Senoia Area Historical Society (SAHS) is debuting a new video called “Welcome to Senoia” that features the city’s past and present and highlights the city’s offerings.

With its quaint shops, delicious cuisine, historic buildings, and filming locations for dozens of movies and television shows, the community has something to interest both residents and visitors. Read More»

Marjorie M. Minton, Sharpsburg

Marjorie M. Minton, Sharpsburg

Marjorie M. Minton, Sharpsburg, died peacefully in her sleep January 16, 2015, with family present.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, William John Orth, parents, Josephine and Clarence Russell, sister, Barbara Smith and stepson, Jerry Minton.

She played and taught organ and piano for many years and always had family dogs and raised their puppies, thus instilling a love of animals in her children. Read More»

W.A. Strickland, age 80, of Newnan

On January 19, 2015 W.A. (Bill) Strickland, age 80, of Newnan passed from this life into his heavenly home.

He was preceded in death by father and mother, E.B. and Cora Strickland; brothers, Harry, Ed and Sonny; sisters, Margie and Betty.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Diane Harbin Strickland; sister, Shirley Jane Lear of LaGrange; daughter, Cindy Strickland Ralston and husband Ray of Hiram; sons, David and wife Terri of Peachtree City; Michael Ashley of Newnan; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Bill's grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Read More»

Line Creek Baptist to host Jubalheirs in concert Jan. 30

Line Creek Baptist Church will host The Jubalheirs in concert Friday, Jan. 30, at 4 and 7 p.m., at the church on Bob Smith Road in Sharpsburg.

Jubalheirs is a female chorus for ministers of music, organists, pianists and others who are involved in the music programs of Baptist Churches. The group sings under the direction of Jon Duncan, the specialist for music and worship ministries of the Georgia Baptist Convention. The varied program consists of hymns, spirituals and anthems. Read More»

Accomplished opera singer to perform spirituals

Church upbringing instilled musical instinct

Indra Thomas may be the best-kept opera secret in America, but European opera houses know her well.

She possesses a full blown lyrico-spinto soprano and is one of the finest Verdi singers around. Best of all, she will perform “An Evening of Spirituals” on Tuesday, Jan. 27, in Newnan.

As the daughter of a Baptist minister, she has all the instincts for spirituals.

The performance begins at 7 p.m. at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts of Coweta County, 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road, Newnan. Read More»

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