Coweta County

Patel named Coweta teacher of the year

Ruth Hill Elementary School 5th grade teacher Ami Patel on May 1 was named the 2014 Coweta County Teacher of the Year by Coweta school board member Harry Mullins, at left. Patel was chosen from among three finalists and 31 fellow school Teachers of the Year for the honor. The 31 TOTYs were honored by school board members and the Newnan Pilot Club at the May 1 program. Photo/Special.

Ruth Hill Elementary School 5th grade teacher Ami Patel was chosen from among Coweta County’s 31 Teacher of the Year winners and three finalists as the 2014 Coweta County Teacher of the Year. The award ceremony was held May 1 at the school system’s Centre for Performing and Visual Arts.

Patel was introduced by Ruth Hill Principal Aaron Corley, who described Patel as an extraordinary teacher for her “ability to see students not just for who they are, but for who they can become.” He said that he would be “proud to have (Patel) as my own child’s teacher.” Read More»

AAA:Georgia traveling to increase

The majority of Georgia residents (81 percent) plan to kick start the summer travel season by taking at least one leisure trip of 50 miles or more requiring overnight accommodations during the next three months. This reflects a 2 percentage point increase from 2013, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse™ survey on summer travel plans. Read More»

Legislature lays rules for state response to water emergencies

Georgia’s waterways received vital added protection with the passage of House Bill 549 into law on April 15.

According to the Georgia Water Coalition, HB 549 requires Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division to maintain an emergency response program that includes appropriate and timely response to emergencies that threaten the state’s waters and public health as well as proper public notification in such emergencies. Another key component of the bill is training and coordination between state and local emergency personnel. Read More»

Savor the flavor at dinner under the trees in Senoia

Savor the flavor at dinner under the trees in Senoia

The Senoia Optimist Club always knows how to put on an event. Three hundred diners attended the 5th Annual Taste of Senoia held under the trees April 27 at the Veranda Historic Bed and Breakfast Inn. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Univ. of West Georgia breaks fundraising mark with $6.7M

In 2013, the University of West Georgia raised a record $6.7 million through the generous support of alumni, faculty, staff, private foundations, the business community and friends of the university. UWG receives this record-breaking amount as it looks toward a comprehensive campaign, the first in its history. Read More»

Seminar Saturday focuses on freedoms

“Restoring Our Promise” is a day-long seminar comprised of many voices, coming from different points of view and discussing different subject matters. Yet there is a common theme-protecting our freedoms. Noted constitutional attorney John Eidsmoe will be the key note speaker at the May 10 event, which is scheduled to run from noon to 8 p.m. at Crossroads Church located at 2564 Ga. Highway 154 in Newnan. To either register to attend in-person or to watch the live-streaming video, please visit www.RestoringOurPromise.com. Read More»

Locals recover from minor storm damage

The storm that blew through Fayette and Coweta counties early Wednesday morning took out one of the greenhouses at the nonprofit 180-degree Farm near Sharpsburg. Friends of the farm wasted no time Thursday morning helping to pick up the pieces. Photo/Ben Nelms.

A storm moving through Fayette County and east Coweta County in the early morning hours of April 30 brought trees and power lines to the ground but resulted in no reported injuries.

Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones said the damage came as a storm system moved through the area early Wednesday morning between 3-5 a.m. packing winds of up to 55 miles per hour. Read More»

Senoia seeks donors for May 5 drive

Meagan Baker was one of the donors at the last Senoia Area Blood Drive Feb. 3 at the Senoia United Methodist Church. Donors are encouraged to participate in the next area drive sponsored by the Senoia Optimist Club on May 5. Photo/Special.

Nearly 6,000 times a day someone receives blood from a Red Cross donor, yet only about 3 percent of the population donates.

Donors are needed and are welcomed at the upcoming blood drive for the Senoia area that will be held Monday, May 5, from 1 – 6 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Senoia United Methodist Church. 

Members of the Senoia Optimist Club will help to host the event and will offer blood donors their “famous” grilled cheese sandwiches along with a number of free coupons from local area businesses.  Read More»

Visiting with Riley, for whom hundreds race

Visiting with Riley, for whom hundreds race

Riley Peek, center, visits with friends and their dog during the 10th Annual Race for Riley fund-raiser for the Joseph Sams School in Fayetteville. The race again this year was held in the picturesque Serenbe community in Chattahoochee Hills. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Senoia declines to nitpick over two-inch shortfall

In what was essentially a matter of a couple of inches, the Senoia City Council in April approved of a preliminary plat for lots between Main Street and Barnes Street and north of Seavy Street in the city’s downtown shopping area.

City Manager Richard Ferry said John Barrow had applied to subdivide, but one of the lots was 29.82 feet in width, just two inches short of the 30-foot width required in the zoning ordinance. Ferry recommended approval. Read More»

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