Coweta County

Sharpsburg’s Cathedral of Christ the King will observe 15th anniversary this Sunday

Christ the King Church will celebrate its 15th anniversary as a church on Sunday, Sept. 11. Two services will be held, one at 8:30 a.m. and the other at 10 a.m.

Started as a prayer group with 19 people in a residence in Sharpsburg, the church held its first Sunday morning service at Carmichael-Hemperley Funeral Home in Peachtree City on the second Sunday of September 1996. Read More»

Haywood L. Freeman, 59, of Newnan

Haywood L. Freeman, 59, of Newnan departed his life on September 3, 2011 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born March 13, 1952 in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Mrs. Jessie L. Freeman Whatley and the late Mr. Charlie Freeman.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, John C. Whatley.

John was a member of The Dent Chapel A. M. E. Church until his death. He was educated in the Coweta County School System, attending Westside Elementary School and Central High School. Read More»

Ray Oliver Coogler, 65, of Sharpsburg

Ray Oliver Coogler, 65, of Sharpsburg, passed away on September 1, 2011.

Mr. Coogler proudly served in the US Army and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired from Atlanta Dairies as a milk distributor.

He is preceded in death by his father Oliver Coogler. Read More»

YMCA helps develop budding Picassos

YMCA helps develop budding Picassos

"Little Picasso" classes will be taught at Newnan's Summit Family YMCA Friday
mornings, 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30. This parent and child class
will introduce children to the color wheel through artistic activities. Children
will paint, use clay and learn about primary colors, artists and techniques with
the Y's certified art teacher. Practicing for the classes are (from left)
Chase, three-year-old son of Tarita and Robert Hamman; Aspyn, four-year-old
daughter of Zaida and Joe Sousa; and Katie, two-year-old daughter of John and Read More»

Qualifiers throw their names in the hat for Coweta local races

It will not be long before voters have their say when it comes to local elections. Those qualifying by press time on Sept. 1 included mayoral and council candidates in Senoia, Sharpsburg and Palmetto.

Senoia voters in November will decide on two council positions. As of press time on Sept. 1 there were four people who had qualified for the two seats currently held by Maurice Grover and Bobby Graham.

Qualifiers include Grover, Graham, retired Col. Don Rehman and IBM technical support staff Harry Ramos.

Voting in Senoia is at-large with the top two vote-getters winning the seats. Read More»

Coweta looks to extend local 1-cent sales tax

Coweta County and its municipalities met Aug. 29 to firm up project lists that will be included in the 2012 referendum that would continue the current 1-cent local option sales tax (SPLOST). If approved by voters the tax would fund a variety of local projects and run for six years with a maximum collection ceiling of $120 million. Read More»

Backpack Buddies begin second year helping kids

Vineyard Community Church volunteers assemble breakfast and lunch backpacks. Photo/Ben Nelms.

The Backpack Buddies at Vineyard Community Church are at it again this year. Now in their second year, the church group has added the income-eligible students at a third Coweta County elementary school to be recipients of free weekend breakfasts and lunches.

Backpack Buddies coordinator April Anderson said the effort that began last year has grown to the extent that in-need students from a third elementary school have been added to the effort, adding that the group is trying to amass enough support to include a fourth school this year. Read More»

July jobless rate jumps in Coweta to 10.1%, in Newnan to 11.9%

Whoever said the recession is over forgot to consider the situation in Newnan and Coweta County, at least in terms of unemployment. The relative economic boom taking place locally continues to be offset by high jobless rates. Figures for July showed Newnan with nearly 12 percent unemployment and Coweta County at just over 10 percent.

The unemployment situation in Coweta in July showed a rate of 10.1 percent. That compares to the 9.7 percent rate in June and a rate of 9.4 percent a year ago.

In all, July’s 10.1 percent rate represents 6,128 people out of work in a workforce of 60,544. Read More»

Report provides candid view of Coweta economy

It is almost impossible today for an economic report to avoid showing the impact of the recession on a county or region. That was the case in the West Georgia Regional Update report released recently by the University of West Georgia. The summer 2011 study focused on issues in the five-county region such as income, housing and recovery.

The report was prepared by the Richards College of Business at the University of West Georgia. The report covers the five-county area that includes Coweta, Carroll, Douglas, Haralson and Paulding counties. Read More»

Sharpsburg Baptist will host barbecue, craft sales Sept. 24

Sharpsburg Baptist Church and the women’s service group, the Olive Branch, will host the annual Chicken Q and Fair scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church, 6413 Ga. Hwy. 54 in Sharpsburg.

Space for selling arts and crafts and food items is available for $15.

In addition, chicken barbecue is available from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a cost of $8 per plate, including 1/2 chicken, slaw, potato chips, bread and tea. Tickets are available by calling 770-251-6963 or walk-up.

For addition questions call 770-251-6963 or email

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