Coweta County

Sharpsburg 6th-grader wins ‘If I Were A Mayor’ essay contest

Sharpsburg 6th-grader wins ‘If I Were A Mayor’ essay contest

Sharpsburg 6th grader James Spavelko is the regional winner of the “If I were Mayor” essay contest sponsored by the Ga. Municipal Association. The award was presented at the GMA meeting held April 20. Pictured (from left) are Dr. Bo Ryles, Fayetteville Mayor and GMA President Ken Steele, James Spavelko, Kristin Spavelko, Hannah Spavelko, Sharpsburg Mayor Wendell Staley and Rick Spavelko. Photo/Special.

Jobless rate continues to fall in Newnan, Coweta

The unemployment numbers in Newnan and Coweta County continue to fall as 2011 wears on. Newnan’s jobless rate in March fell to just over 10 percent while the jobless rate in Coweta hovered just above 9 percent.

Newnan’s jobless rate dropped six-tenths of a point in March, falling to 10.2 percent from the 10.8 percent rate in February. Just a year ago the rate was 11.5 percent. The current figures released this week by the Georgia Dept. of Labor means that 1,365 people in a workforce of 13,371 are without work. Read More»

Senoia Police hold gang awareness meeting

A gang awareness meeting presented April 25 by Senoia Police was attended by area residents, city Council members and Coweta County Board of Education member Amy Dees. Investigator Alicia Batts and others provided a primer on the recognition of gang activity and the methods and distinguishing characteristics community members can look for as those activities continue to spread throughout the 28-county metro Atlanta area. Photo/Ben Nelms.

For Senoia Police it is a matter of citizens being aware of their surroundings and mindful that new forms of crime can enter a community as metro Atlanta continues its spread across the 28-county area of north Georgia. To that end, Investigator Alicia Batts on April 25 presented a gang awareness meeting for city residents designed to heighten that awareness. Read More»

East Coweta’s Levi Young named Coweta Teacher of Year

East Coweta High School AP European History teacher Levi Young was named as Coweta County Schools’ 2011 Teacher of the Year April 26. Young (L) is presented with a silver tray from the Newnan Pilot Club by Coweta County Board of Education Vice-Chairman Winston Dowdell during the annual Teacher of the Year ceremony at the Centre for performing and Visual Arts. Photo/Dean Jackson for the Coweta School System.

East Coweta High School history teacher Levi Young was named Coweta County’s 2011 Teacher of the Year at an April 26 ceremony at the Centre for Performing and Visual Arts in Newnan. Young was one of three finalists for the honor along with Poplar Road Elementary’s Karen Daniel and Central Educational Center’s Amanda Sexton. Read More»

Senoia library finally breaks ground

The first shovels of dirt were thrown April 23 for the new Senoia library that will be located on Pylant Street at Merrimac Lakes Park. Helping at the groundbreaking were (L-R) state Rep. Billy Horne, Sam Belisle, Shannon Ferry, state. Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, Coweta County Commission Chairman Rodney Brooks, Kylie Grover and Coweta County Commissioner Paul Poole. The energetic kids, who did most of the work, read poems at the dedication minutes earlier. Photo/Ben Nelms.

It was a journey that began some years ago. That journey ended April 23 when Senoia residents and local and state elected officials gathered at Merrimac Lakes Park on Pylant Street for the groundbreaking of the new Senoia Library.

“The library has been on a journey for a while,” Coweta County Library System Director Barbara Osborne-Harris said as she took the podium at Merrimac Lakes Park for the ground breaking of the city’s replacement library. Read More»

Coweta dodges big weather bullet

A system of severe thunderstorms swept through Coweta County during the nighttime hours April 27. One of those storm systems tracking to the northeast out of the area of Heard and Troup counties entered Coweta near Grantville, apparently spawning a tornado. Unlike many areas in Georgia and the South that night the storm system spared Coweta from significant destruction.

“I think we dodged a big bullet compared to other places,” said Coweta County Emergency Management Agency Director Jay Jones. Read More»

Community Wellness Day this Saturday in Sharpsburg

Community Wellness Day this Saturday in Sharpsburg

It is important for leaders and citizens of our communities to understand that the health care crisis is not going to be solved in Washington; It is going to be solved in our individual communities through education, personal awareness, and people making lifestyle changes. Dr Matthew Davis, Director of Crossroads Chiropractic in Sharpsburg and many other local businesses are working very hard in our community to give people the tools they need to take back responsibility for their family’s health and well-being.    Read More»

Riding for the Wall that Heals

Riding for the Wall that Heals

Approximately 200 motorcycles and even more riders arrived at Great South Harley Davidson in Newnan April 23 to raise money to help bring “The Wall That Heals” to the Coweta County fairgrounds in October. The wall is a 250-foot version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Photo/Ben Nelms.

‘How Great Is Our God” cantata set for May 14, 15 in Coweta

Sharpsburg Baptist Church, in conjunction with Northside Baptist Church of Newnan, will host one of the presentations of the musical, “How Great Is Our God,” to be presented at Sharpsburg Baptist on May 14 at 6 p.m. and at Northside Baptist on May 15 at 6 p.m.. Read More»

Racing for the Cup through Senoia

Racing for the Cup through Senoia

Cyclists from around the metro Atlanta area flew through Senoia’s streets April 16 at the Georgia Cup Bike Race. The race was part of the Georgia Cup Health and Wellness Series that promotes cycling, running and triathlon events across the state. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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