Coweta County

Central Class of ’64 recognized

Central Class of ’64 recognized

John Kirkland, a member of the 1964 graduating class of Central High School in Newnan, stands with Coweta County Commissioner Al Smith after receiving an April 1 proclamation recognizing the former students’ 50th reunion. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Lee Middle math team wins region title

A math team from the Lee Middle School Math Club took first place at this year’s West Georgia MathCounts competitions and represented Coweta and the region at this year’s state level competition on March 17 at Georgia Tech. Lee’s team included: front row, left to right - Minhyuk Kim, April Hong, Josh White, Ben Lacina; second row - Marlayna Cromedy, Jenny Oh and Laura Keuhl; back row - Bryan Shim, Joon Baek and Chris Raum. Photo/Special.

A math team from Lee Middle School traveled to the campus of the University of West Georgia recently for district MathCounts competitions and took 1st Place in the West Georgia Region.

Lee’s team, consisting of Math Club students Jenny Oh, Chris Raum, Laura Keuhl, Josh White, Minhyuk Kim, April Hong, Ben Lacina, Marlayna Cromedy, Bryan Shim and Joon Baek, represented the region at this year’s MathCounts State Level Competition, held March 17 on the Georgia Tech campus, said school system spokesman Dean Jackson. Read More»

Locals save crash victims from burning vehicle

It was an occasion which required the actions of Good Samaritans to step up and save lives. The lives of a father and daughter from Sharpsburg were saved March 30 when Sharpsburg resident Mike Burgess at the scene of the accident removed them from their burning car and several others took them to a safe area and attended to them until public safety officers arrived.

Ga. State Patrol Sgt. James Corbett said the two-car accident involving a Lexus SUV and a Porsche occurred at approximately 7 p.m. at the traffic signal at Ga. highways 34 and 54 at the entrance to the NCG Cinemas area. Read More»

Father, daughter pulled from fiery wreck near movie theater Sunday

A March 30 car crash in front of the NCG Cinemas at the intersection of Ga. highways 34 and 54 just west of Peachtree City resulted in a vehicle fire and a heroic — and successful — effort to remove two passengers from the burning car.

Ga. State Patrol Sgt. James Corbett said the March 30 accident occurred at approximately 7 p.m. at the traffic signal at Ga. highway 34 and 54 at the entrance to the NCG Cinemas area. Read More»

Kathy Ann Packard Hoffman, 61

Kathy Ann Packard Hoffman

Kathy Ann Packard Hoffman, 61, died March 25, 2014 at her home in Coweta County near Palmetto, Ga.

A service was held on Tuesday, April 1, at 6:00 in the evening at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Chapel, 821 Old Atlanta Highway in Newnan, Ga. The interment will take place at the Harmony Grove Cemetery in Lockeford, Calif. on Friday, April 4th.

Kathy was born 28 March 1952 in Los Angeles, Calif., to David Packard and Vera Block Packard. Read More»

Jobless rate drops in Coweta, Fayette

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Unemployment figures in Coweta and Fayette counties continue to head in the right direction. Jobless figures for February fell to 6.5 percent in Coweta and 6.2 percent in Fayette.

Figures for February released by the Ga. Dept. of Labor show Coweta County with an unemployment rate of 6.5 percent. That represents a decrease from 6.8 percent in January and 8.1 percent one year ago. Coweta has a workforce of 63,521. Read More»

Coweta employee charged in domestic incident

Coweta County Convention and Visitors Bureau Director of Event Services Tray Baggarly is facing charges of simple battery in connection with a March 16 incident at his Senoia residence.

According to an incident report from the Senoia Police Dept, an officer was dispatched to Baggarly’s residence in reference to a family violence dispute.

The officer contacted a woman describing herself as Baggarly’s girlfriend who said she came to the residence to check on him. The woman said she entered the home and Baggarly cursed at her and told her to leave the house, according to reports. Read More»

Senoia plans citywide yard sale April 26

Senoia’s first citywide yard sale sponsored by the Senoia Downtown Development Authority and the Senoia Area Historical Society is set for April 26. Pictured are SAHS President John “Dub” Pearman, SAHS Museum Director Maureen Schulyer, DDA Promotions Committee Chairman Gail Downs and DDA Chairman Suzanne Helfman.

The idea of having a citywide yard sale was the brainchild of the Senoia Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the Senoia Area Historical Society (SAHS). Residents interested in participating in the April 26 event should register at City Hall to be included on the list of yard sale locations.

Organizers said SAHS had already scheduled its annual yard sale fundraiser when DDA members suggested the idea of having a combined event on the same day. Read More»

Shirley chosen as new Coweta fire marshal

Blaine Shirley is Coweta's new fire marshal. Photo/Special.

Coweta County has a new fire marshal. The recent retirement of Fire Marshal Jimmy Gantt was followed March 3 by the appointment of former fire inspector/investigator Blaine Shirley to his new role.

“I have learned a great deal about this office from having been fortunate enough to work with two previous fire marshals prior to their retirements,” said Shirley. “I look forward to continuing my career with the fire department in this position and I will work hard to maintain the professionalism and integrity that is expected of this office.” Read More»

HealthSouth construction cranks up, adding 120 jobs

Groundbreaking for the 50-bed HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital located on Newnan Crossing Boulevard East was held March 27. Ready with the shovels were, from left, HealthSouth Regional Marketing Director Margot Munger, HealthSouth Regional Vice President of Operations Terry Brown, HealthSouth Regional President Linda Wilder, Piedmont Newnan Hospital Chief Operating Officer Nathan Nipper and Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce Chair Sharon Szymanski. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Construction is underway on Coweta County’s newest hospital. The 50-bed HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Newnan will create 120 full-time jobs and is expected to open later this year.

Operated by HealthSouth Corp, the 50-bed comprehensive physical rehabilitation hospital will be located on Newnan Crossing Boulevard East near Interstate 85. The $22 million investment will generate 120 full-time jobs with salaries averaging $50,000, HealthSouth officials said. Read More»