Coweta County

Senoia fugitive nabbed in multi-county effort

Shutterstock photo of police emergency lights at dusk.

It required the efforts of law enforcement agencies in counties around metro Atlanta, but in the end Senoia resident Bill Owens, Jr. ended up in custody on June 18.

Currently housed in the Fayette County Jail, the highly mobile Owens, 36, faces a litany of charges from Fayette and numerous surrounding counties. Read More»

Kids take over Newnan Theatre this summer

Newnan Theatre Company is offering three exciting youth productions this summer: Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” Roald Dahl’s “James and the Giant Peach,” and a much newer play, “Avenue Q,” by Jeff Whitty, Robert Lopez, and Jeff Marx.

By Joan Doggrell
Special to The Citizen

The Taming of the Shrew: June 26 – June 29 Read More»

East Coweta graduate commemorates D-Day in Normandy

Army Spc. James Estabrooks. Photo/Special.

Army Specialist and former East Coweta High School graduate James M. Estabrooks on June 6 joined hundreds of American service members to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy.

“He and hundreds of other American service members are here commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy D-Day invasion in 1944 that changed the course of World War II and history. Honoring our history and securing our future is the reason the American service members are here today,” said a press release by the Joint Hometown News Service (JHNS) in Fort Meade, Maryland. Read More»

Hwy. 34 intersection to get traffic light

A long-sought traffic signal on Ga. Highway 34 at Lora Smith Road moved closer to reality June 17 when the Coweta County Commission voted unanimously to fund the $182,000 project which has received approval by the Ga. Dept. of Transportation (DOT).

County director of transportation and engineering Tod Handley told commissioners the project at Hwy. 34 and Lora Smith Road which includes the installation of a traffic signal and a right-turn lane had been requested of DOT in previous years and came with a DOT denial. Read More»

Students headed to nationals

Central Educational Center students Breanne Thompson (L) and Lauren Veal will compete in the 2014 SkillsUSA Championships held in Kansas City, Missouri June 22-27, as part of SkillsUSA’s 50th annual National Leadership and Skills Conference. Photo/Special.

Two students from the Central Educational Center’ (CEC) will be competing in this summer’s SkillsUSA national championships in Kansas City, Missouri.

Breanne Thompson (Central Educational Center, Northgate High School) won first place in Graphics Communications at this year’s SkillsUSA Georgia competitions and Lauren Veal (Central Educational Center, Newnan High School) won first place in Early Childhood Education. Read More»

West Georgia Technical College sees increase in students at Coweta campus

The new West Georgia Technical College (WGTC) campus opened in Coweta County nearly a year ago. A report on the status of the new campus and WGTC’s efforts in Coweta was presented at a recent meeting of the Coweta County Commission. The report noted a large increase in the number of students at the Turkey Creek Road campus and the Central Educational Center in Newnan since last fall.

Located on Turkey Creek Road near Interstate 85, the new campus opened in August 2013. Read More»

Newnan Nissan dealership is now open for business

From left to right are finance director Mark Tumpson,owner Bruce Bean, Nissan of Newnan general manager Lane Crider and Nissan of Union City general manager Sam Ajayi. Photo/Special.

The Atlanta area celebrates its 18th Nissan Dealership and first in Newnan, Ga., when Nissan of Newnan, held its grand opening June 14.

The 39,000 square foot location is the 6th dealership owned by Atlanta-based Automotive Associates of Atlanta and is led by General Manager Lane Crider, a Georgia native who has been selling Nissan automobiles since 1984, back when they were called Datsun. Read More»

Several local authors featured at B&N book signing in Newnan

Connie Campbell Bratcher

Local author Connie Campbell Bratcher will be among several local authors featured at a book signing at Newnan’s Barnes & Noble store on June 26 from 6-8 p.m. Bratcher’s current book of inspirational poetry, Shine The Light, will be featured and D.D. Watson, illustrator of the book, will be on hand as well. Read More»

Box of pamphlets sets off Newnan bomb scare

By BONNIE HESTER
Intern for The Citizen

Downtown Newnan saw a flurry of activity around the old courthouse on the square Wednesday as law enforcement investigated a possible bomb threat which turned out to be a false alarm.

According to Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager, at approximately 8:20 a.m. June 11, an employee entering the old courthouse spotted a suspicious package on the ground just outside the west entrance. The employee informed the deputy on duty inside the courthouse, who in turn notified the sheriff’s office. Read More»

Coweta schools pick 'charter' plan

School systems across Georgia are faced with a decision about how they will conduct business in the future. And like most others to date, the Coweta County Board of Education has opted to transition to a charter system. Read More»