Coweta County

Sharpsburg man wins $50K with free lottery ticket

A Sharpsburg man who works at a Peachtree City manufacturing plant has won $50,000 thanks to a free Fantasy 5 ticket. Timothy Beckham, 43, won the prize by matching all five winning numbers in the March 9 drawing.

“The funny thing is I won it off of a free ticket from last week,” Beckham said. “That’s pretty neat.”

Beckham won the free ticket by matching two of five numbers in a previous Fantasy 5 drawing. He was at work when he called the Georgia Lottery hot line and discovered his big win. Read More»

House passes PTC Rep. Ramsey’s insurance market bill

A bill designed to improve competitiveness in the health insurance market has been approved by the Georgia House of Representatives.

The bill would allow insurance companies licensed in Georgia to sell accident and health insurance policies that are approved for sale in other states.

The legislation is sponsored by Peachtree City Republican Matt Ramsey. Read More»

HOPE saved, but reduced, by legislature

Gov. Deal plans to sign bill next week

The bill to reform the HOPE Scholarship, which will reduce the reimbursement to all but the highest-achieving students, has now passed both the House and the Senate.

Gov. Nathan Deal has said he intends to sign the bill next week. Leaders said the bill was necessary due to Read More»

Bass says goodbye to Coweta school system

It has been 35 years since Blake Bass began his career in education. That career will come to a close at the end of March. Members of the Coweta County Board of Education Tuesday night thanked Bass for his decades of caring and concern for students, parents and the Coweta community.

Coweta County School Superintendent Blake Bass on Tuesday conducted his last meeting of the Coweta County Board of Education. The transit from his beginning days in education to the Tuesday night meeting spanned 35 years. Board members near the end of the meeting expressed their appreciation for his service and dedication to the school system and the community.

Frank Farmer began the statements, thanking Bass for his outstanding leadership, his service to the community and his friendship.

“You left the system and the community better than you found it,” Farmer said. Read More»

Fresh Aire plays at Race for Riley fundraiser

Fresh Aire plays at Race for Riley fundraiser

The March 5 concert at the Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center marked the second appearance of the Florida-based group of air traffic controllers, Aire Traffic, known for their own blend of original jazz and rock.

The benefit concert is a fundraiser connected to the long-running, annual Race for Riley event in Chattahoochee Hills that benefits the Joseph Sams School in Fayetteville. Read More»

Coweta E-SPLOST vote coming March 15

Coweta County voters on March 15 will have their say on whether the Coweta County School System’s current 1-cent sales tax for education (E-SPLOST) will be continued. If passed by voters, revenues from the March 15 referendum will fund new schools, school additions and renovations, buses, land, textbooks and technology.

The current E-SPLOST expires in June 2012. If approved by voters the continued 1-cent sales tax would be in effect until mid-2017.
The five-year E-SPLOST carries a maximum revenue of $130 million.

The stated use of the revenues received is for: Read More»

Senoia seeks input for recreation survey

Senoia is currently working with Atlanta-based MACTEC Engineering and Consulting to determine residents’ recreational preferences and to develop the city’s master recreation plan. But to develop the plan citizen input is needed. And to accomplish that the city has a survey up and running through March 23.

MACTEC senior planner Paige Hatley said the recreation master plan will recommend specific projects to address recreation needs over the next 10 years. Read More»

Rawson Road temporarily closed for road work

Coweta County road crews on Wednesday began working on a collapsed drain pipe on Rawson Road that has required the temporary closure of the street. The pipe is expected to be replaced and the road re-opened on March 16.

Coweta County Road Department Director William Cawthorne in a March 4 letter said the cross drain pipe had completely collapsed and is causing the roadway to be undermined which could lead to the collapse of the roadway.

Approximately a quarter-mile in length, Rawson Road intersects with Bob Smith Road approximately one mile north of Willis Road in east Coweta. Read More»

Hwy. 34 resurfacing contract awarded

A seven-mile road resurfacing project for portions of Ga. Highway 34 in Newnan and east Coweta County was announced Monday by the Georgia Dept. of Transportation (DOT). At nearly $5 million, the project was one of 31 approved at a total cost of $57 million.

The Hwy. 34 project will extend from Jackson Street in Newnan to east of Ga. Highway 154 in the Thomas Crossroads area.

The 6.99-mile project low bid for $4,879,800 was awarded to Marietta-based C.W. Matthews Contracting Co, Inc. Read More»

Limited Coweta Pre-K applications taken through March 18

The Coweta County School System is currently taking applications for a limited number of Pre-K slots. Interested parents have until March 18 to submit applications for the Pre-K lottery that will be held later that day.

School system spokesperson Dean Jackson said parents who wish to secure a spot for their child in next year’s Coweta County School System pre-kindergarten classes can do so at their child’s district school. Read More»

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