Coweta County

Senoia to offer six week Citizens’ Police Academy

It will be an opportunity for Senoia residents to get a first-hand look at how police officers do their job. The Senoia Police Dept. will offer its first Citizens’ Police Academy beginning in July.

The six-week course will offer information on law enforcement issues ranging from training requirements, patrol operations, investigations, crime prevention, use of force, traffic and DUI law and a firearms simulation exercise, according to department spokesperson Steve Tomlin. Read More»

Senoia looks at Sunday package sales

A bill that had been languishing in the Georgia legislature for a number of years was signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal in April. The Senoia City Council on June 6 addressed the potential for the Sunday sale of packaged alcohol, voting 3-1 to have a proposed ordinance drawn up for the council’s consideration in August. If approved, the measure would be put before voters on the November ballot.

A discussion by the council led to the idea of having city attorney Drew Whalen draw up a proposed ordinance addressing Sunday package sales that would be permitted from 12:30-11:30 p.m. Read More»

Coweta approves cell tower on Lower F’ville Rd.

The Coweta County Commission at the June 7 meeting on a 4-1 vote approved a request by T-Mobile to install a 150-foot monopine tower on 37.5 acres on Lower Fayetteville Road.

The rezoning request by T-Mobile for 1874 Lower Fayetteville Road includes the installation of a monopine telecommunications tower and supporting ground equipment for wireless communications on a portion of a 37.5-acre open land and wooded property that contains one residential structure, according to county Director of Planning Robert Tolleson. The property is currently zoned RC (Rural Conservation). Read More»

‘Backyard Bible Clubs’ start this Friday

Sharpsburg Baptist Church in Coweta County will kick off a brand new youth program called “The Great Backyard Bible Clubs” scheduled for Fridays June 10, June 17, July 8 and July 15. The groups will meet from 10 a.m. until noon at the A&O BridgesRecreation Center in downtown Sharpsburg.

All children from ages first grade through fifth grade are invited.

Included in the program are food, fun, fellowship, games, music, crafts, and Bible stories — all free of charge. All children in the area are invited.

For additional questions call 770-251-6963 or email sharpsburgbc@yahoo.com.

Uncle Sam’s got nothing on this young patriot

Uncle Sam’s got nothing on this young patriot

Seventeen-month-old Solomon Speer of Senoia was in true patriotic spirit when he attended the Memorial Day Parade in Senoia on May 30. Solomon, who also brought his mom, Jennifer, to the event, was one of the hundreds of spectators that lined the street for the annual parade. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Special needs teacher charged in affair with student

Mug shot of Dorothy Elizabeth Dixon. Photo/Coweta S.O.

A 29-year-old contract teacher working at Northgate High School was charged May 27 with child molestation involving a 15-year-old former student. Dorothy Elizabeth Dixon was arrested after her husband found sexting messages on his wife’s phone, confronted her and reported her explanation to authorities.

Maj. James Yarbrough of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office said investigators were alerted to what is said to have been a sexual relationship between Dixon and one of her former students, a 15-year-old male special needs student, after her husband found sexting messages on her phone. Read More»

Senoia charter school still on shaky ground

Moving on up — The Coweta Charter Academy at Senoia held its first graduation May 27 and the occasion saw the sanctuary at Peachtree Baptist Church on Ga. Highway 16 filled to capacity with parents and friends of the K-3 graduates attending the two-hour “Moving On!” celebration. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Crunch time continues for new and existing charter schools created last year by the Georgia Charter Schools Commission after a change in state law, a law that was recently struck down on 4-3 vote by the Georgia Supreme Court on the grounds it was unconstitutional. Schools such as the Coweta Charter Academy in Senoia are attempting to work with legislators, the Coweta County Board of Education and the Georgia Dept. of Education (DOE) to find a way to continue operations. Read More»

BusinessWeek gives Coweta top state ranking

Coweta County is a mix of suburban and country with a hint of urban thrown in. It has a growing population and, despite the recession, is becoming the economic engine of southwest metro Atlanta. And it has been named by Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek magazine as the “Best Affordable Place in Georgia” in 2011.

“We are very happy with the recognition from BusinessWeek,” said Coweta County spokesperson Patricia Palmer. ”From economic activity, to a low tax rate, to a broad and expanding education and healthcare system, to our proximity to Atlanta and our rural side, we have a lot to offer." Read More»

Coweta to review cell tower proposal

It appears to be evidence of the growing population in east Coweta County and the need to provide increased cell phone service. The Coweta County Commission at the June 7 meeting will conduct a public hearing on a request by T-Mobile South to install a 150-foot monopine tower on 37.5 acres on Lower Fayetteville Road. Read More»

Sharpsburg Baptist Church will start ‘Backyard Bible Clubs’ June 10

Sharpsburg Baptist Church in Coweta County has announced a brand new youth program called “The Great Backyard Bible Clubs” scheduled for Fridays June 10, June 17, July 8 and July 15 held from 10 a.m. until noon at the A&O BridgesRecreation Center in downtown Sharpsburg.

All children from ages first grade through fifth grade are invited.

Included in this fun program are food, fun, fellowship, games, music, crafts, and Bible stories — all free of charge. All children in the area are invited.

For additional questions call 770-251-6963 or email sharpsburgbc@yahoo.com. Read More»