Coweta County

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»

Maria Hellendoorn, 51, of Newnan

Maria Hellendoorn, 51, of Newnan, GA died on May 27, 2011.

She married Bernard in his native Holland in 1992. They moved to Georgia in 1997 and together they raised the three joys of her life, Brittany (17), Brent (15), and Bradley (12). Read More»

And the Bear Creek band played on

And the Bear Creek band played on

Members of the Bear Creek Middle School Band showed off their musical talents May 21 at the Palmetto Spring Festival. The band marched down Main Street in the parade and later played for cheering fans at Veterans Park. The event was sponsored by the Palmetto Fire Dept. and Police Dept. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Cat Condos for Coweta

Cat Condos for Coweta

More cat condos are coming to Coweta County Animal Control. Thanks to the generosity of the Holland Ware Charitable Foundation another set of cat condos will be added to the facility at Selt Road. Cat condos sound a little luxurious, but they are more functional than fluff. The condos allow the cats to be separated with walls instead of open wire and to have individual ventilation of their cages (condos.) This significantly reduces the transmission of disease in the cat population at the county’s animal control facility. Photo/Special.

Help send servicemember to Braves game Monday

Tyrone's Herobox has backlog of requests for tickets

Herobox of Tyrone is asking the public to participate in its "Send the Brave to the Braves" promotion.

There is now a waiting list of service members hoping to go to Monday afternoon’s Atlanta Braves game against the San Diego Padres.

To contribute, visit http://www.herobox.org/braves.asp and select the option to purchase a discounted ticket for a service member. There is also an option to purchase tickets for others.

A non-profit based in Tyrone, Herobox was formed to help support deployed American service members by mailing special customized care packages to them. Read More»

Coweta BoE adopts tentative FY 2012 budget

The Coweta County School System’s budget for the FY 2011-2012 school year that begins July 1 was tentatively set May 23. Board of Education members are expected to approve the $165.5 million General Fund budget on June 14. That figure represents a decrease of $200,000 over the current budget and a drop of $6.7 million from FY 2009-2010. The school board continues to weather the recession, maintaining $18 million in the reserve account. Read More»

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