Coweta County

‘A Threshold Christmas’ set for Dec. 11 in Newnan

Threshold Church, an up and coming church forming in Newnan, invites the community to its first public event, “A Threshold Christmas, planned for Thursday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Ashley Park in Newnan.

The free event will feature live reindeer, cupcakes, hot cocoa and Christmas carols.

Heading up the new church is seasoned pastor and Newnan resident, Quincy Brown, a long-time pastoral leader in the North Georgia United Methodist Conference, who announced the new church last summer. Read More»

Andy Ellis ordained at CTK

Bishop David Epps presides over the ordination ceremony of Philip Andrew Ellis at Christ the King Charismatic Episcopal Church in Sharpsburg. Photo/Special.

Philip Andrew Ellis was ordained to the ministry at The Cathedral of Christ the King in Sharpsburg on Sunday, Nov. 16.

Born in the U.K. and fluent in English, French and German , Ellis attended Oxford and Leicester Universities, graduating with dual master’s degrees and a PhD. He developed a career initially working for local and then central government in the UK, ultimately working for Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet as a special advisor on European policy and environmental law. Read More»

UWG chem lab named for Newnan residents

The Parks sign papers at UWG. The University’s chemistry lab is named in their honor. Photo/Submitted.

The University of West Georgia (UWG) is proud to announce the naming of the Chemistry Science Laboratory at the UWG Newnan Center.

The chemistry lab will be named in memory of Joseph William Parks, Jr., M.D., as a charitable gift from Dr. and Mrs. Joseph William Parks III.

The lab will open with the newly renovated Newnan center in the historic Newnan Hospital spring 2015. 

The Parks also announced the new Trailblazer Scholarship Fund, a $50,000 donation establishing a scholarship to support first generation college students from Coweta County attending UWG to major in nursing.  Read More»

Light Up Senoia

Holiday event, ft. Clydesdales

Light Up Senoia is Saturday, Dec. 6. The food court next to City Hall opens at noon, and the famous Budweiser Clydesdales are coming from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., weather permitting, and will be available for photos.

The holiday festivities include a food court (which opens at noon), music from East Coweta High School’s band, lighting of the tree, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, pony rides and face painting.

There will also be a Santa’s Workshop at the Masonic Lodge next to the library. Read More»

Lost and forlorn

Okay, I’ll admit it. Sometimes I’m directionally challenged. I could get lost in an elevator or go the wrong way on an escalator.

No matter what age you may be, the experience of being lost is the same for everyone: complete and utter hopelessness.

I should know. I found myself lost last weekend, and an old familiar wave of dread washed over me and almost knocked me down.

But how I found myself lost in the middle of a crowd of over a thousand strangers, out of breath, and weeping…well, that’s the end of this story. Here’s the beginning: Read More»

Faulty outlet cause of fire

Fire officials said nearly 70 percent of the home was destroyed in Monday's fire. Photo/Bethan Adams.

A short circuit in a bedroom outlet resulted in a Nov. 17 fire at former city council member Bobbie Blandburg’s home at 323 Bridge Street in Senoia.

Fire crews worked for more than four hours to extinguish the blaze that damaged 70 percent of the home but resulted in no injuries.

Coweta Fire Dept. Assistant Chief Jeff Denney said the fire occurred at approximately 10:22 a.m. and was caused by an electrical outlet in a bedroom that shorted-out. Read More»

Festive 'tea party' helps out youth organization

Volunteers dressed as characters in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" film adaptation. The volunteers milled around with the event attendees during the night while the movie played on a screen in the front of the room. The Queen of Hearts thundered "Let their heads roll!" occasionally, and the other characters passed around a mic, saying certain lines at the same time their characters in the movie did. Photo/Bethan Adams.

All kinds of guests came through the keyhole shaped door at The Mad Hatter Tea Party Nov. 15, dressed in stripes, flashing bow-ties, popping colors and whimsical hats.

Family Patterns Matter, a youth-based development organization, hosted the event, which featured volunteers dressed as characters from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

Family Patterns Matter CEO and President Linda Kirkpatrick came up with the idea for the event and the organization’s Youth Advisory Board (YAB), consisting of teens and preteens in and around Fayette and Coweta counties, spread the word. Read More»

East Coweta Middle gets 'Breakout' award

East Coweta Middle School was named a 2014 “Distinguished Breakout School” by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals. During the school’s recognition by the Coweta County school board on Nov. 11 are, from left, East Coweta Middle School teacher Mitch Bailey, Assistant Principal George Wilkerson, Assistant Principal Yovandra Matthews-Curtis, Principal Schwanda Jackson, teachers Leslie Bryant, Erin Hicks and Blaire Boothe and Coweta Superintendent Steve Barker. Photo/Submitted.

East Coweta Middle School has been named one of only three schools in Georgia to receive the designation as a 2014 “Distinguished Breakout School” by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals (GASSP).

School system spokesman Dean Jackson said the Breakout School distinction, bestowed on only five Georgia schools this year, is the highest honor presented by the GASSP organization. The award recognizes Georgia middle schools that are high achieving or show dramatic increases in student achievement. Read More»

Exploring the solar system

From left, Alexandria McClements, Karis Myers, Wesley Weldon, Hudson Earley, Jakson Mayer. Photo/Submitted

Students of Legacy Preparatory Academy (LPA) in Sharpsburg spent the month of October creating models of the solar system.

They presented their creations to teachers and fellow students Oct. 30.

Students in first through fifth grades learned the names and characteristics of all eight planets in the solar system. LPA also went to Fernbank to look inside the Planetarium and learn more about man’s first trips into space exploration.

Christmas with choir

The Griffin Choral Arts. They present “Follow That Star” Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Photo/Submitted

Griffin Choral Arts Presents “Follow That Star.”

“Follow That Star” will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Griffin First Baptist Church, located at 106 W. Taylor St. Read More»

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